Unchained Beast Unleashes Itself with John's Responses to Band's Activity

Heavy thrash metallers Unchained Beast have released a few things here and there including a EP most recently called "The Guiding the Lamb". From that point they have played shows just getting themselves out and establishing a fan base as far as it will go from all parts of the globe. Drummer John-Vidar Antonsen discusses the band's EP, insight of the band, and plans for writing more and more material for future releases.

1. Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.

John: Well, there’s not much to say. The story is pretty standard, to be honest. People and relationships go through changes, people leave, people get other interests, people disagree. We've had a steady line-up vocal, bass and drum-wise up until recently. In the summer we parted ways with 2nd guitarist Kim Daniel and bassist Benjamin Berthelsen, and we've just had a small break. We hope to get back to song writing very soon, though, and hopefully get some new members, but it’s hard in a small county like Finnmark. Plus I (John) live on the other side of the county from Adrian now, so.

2. Why did you pick the name that you did for your band?

John: We had lots of trouble coming up with a good band name back in the day, and just kind of settled with the first thing that at least wasn't used yet. It’s cheesy and it’s weird, but it stuck with us. It doesn't mean or symbolize anything, really.

3. Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?

John: There isn't really a scene, at least not for metal. Our home town doesn't have any other metal bands that’s out there and trying to reach out. We’re from a town with just 2,000 inhabitants. We do dig Ironbound from Alta, though!

4. How would you describe your style? Which bands influenced your music?

John: Our most obvious would be Metallica, which has been a main influence from the beginning. It has since then expanded with more thrash metal from the old days, like Exodus, Death Angel, Slayer and Megadeth, further into the newer thrash like Evile and Havok, and expanded from there to the progressive genre with Dream Theater, Gojira, and also some melodic death metal (for me) like Insomnium and Dethklok. I’m pretty sure Adrian’s stayed with the more heavy and gritty, but I also think it definitely shows in our music that our taste have expanded and evolved.

5. What have you released so far and how were your releases received by the public/media?

John: We've released a handful of demos, an EP and a single. The Guiding the Lamb EP has been reviewed a couple times with lots of positive feedback, and the Hostility single has been stated by many to be one of if not our best track as of yet.

6. Do you play live as well? What do you have planned in terms of shows and touring, if any?

John: We would love to tour, but we don’t have the finances to do it. We live far away from any respectable metal scene, and that sucks, and even though we wished we could just focus on the music and get out there, we also have lives outside the music, lives here in the north. Plus, Adrian’s not even 18 yet, so.

7. What should labels/zines/promoters know about your band? Why should they be interested in it?

John: I think that with the right people behind the helm, we would get the motivation needed to keep the juices flowing, and with the capital we would be so much better off in terms of recording and playing.

8. What plans do you have for the near future as a band?

John: Get down to writing more tracks and get them out there. We have tonnes of riffs and ideas just waiting to get picked up and used.

9. Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?

John: BUY OUR EP AND OUR SINGLE DIGITALLY: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/unchainedbeast









10. What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most when hearing your music for the first time?

John: That’s a tough one. We just want people to have a good time, enjoying the heavy music, I guess. Me personally want people to listen to the lyrics and really think about them, and try to understand them, because I write them from the heart and I write about stuff that matters.

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