Asylum the Band Who Wasn't Crazy Enough

Formed in February 2012 and bred from the underground metal scene of Fort Worth, Texas, ASYLUM is setting the stage to become one of the most unique, inspiring metal bands in the DFW area. Let your mind be creatively expanded as you experience the band's one-of-a-kind sound, delivering intricate melodies rivaled by bone-crushing rhythms, and hauntingly poetic lyrics embodying concepts such as psychosis, anatomy, and the human psyche. Mosh pits are highly encouraged at all live shows. The band took sometime to discuss the new music that they have been working on and will be unleashing soon enough.

1. What type of band are you guys?

Asylum is primarily a death metal band, incorporating roots from a lot classic and modern death and black metal artists such as Behemoth, Cannibal Corpse, Job For A Cowboy and The Black Dahlia Murder. In addition, we incorporate many atmospheric and thrash elements from a variety of influences such as Between the Buried and Me, Animals As Leaders, and Megadeth, in order to create a more dynamic blend of sound.

2. Where is the band from?

Asylum is from Fort Worth, Texas, United States. Specifically, the southern and Lake Worth-area.

3. How did the band get its name?

The name “Asylum” was first vocalized following some in-depth thought about concepts such as psychosis, physical and psychological disorders, pathological behavior, and the human mind. The name does not necessarily pertain to an insane asylum, but more of that of a place of austere mystery, whose secrets are known only by those who travel there. This concept, as well as the aforementioned ones, is embodied in many Asylum lyrics.

4. Do you write your own songs, what are your songs about?

All of our songs are original, excluding the cover song(s) we play at live shows. Lyrical themes include psychosis, physical and psychological disorders, pathological behavior, and the enigma that is the human mind. Guitar and bass are rich with tremolo and intense solo work, embodying the complexity of the mind’s inner workings. Drums follow intensely, and vocals accentuate the creepy lyrical themes.

5. Who are some of your musical influences?

Many old school death metal bands: Death, Obituary, Nile, Suffocation, and Cannibal Corpse; many modern death and black metal bands such as Behemoth, Job For A Cowboy, Obscura, Spawn of Possession, Watain and Belphegor; progressive artists like Between the Buried and Me, Animals As Leaders, and Opeth; thrash artists such as Megadeth, Anthrax, Slayer, and Venom.

6. So what can you tell me about this new album?

This album is going to be the collective work of all effort put toward Asylum thus far. Beyond what anyone has seen from us already, this album will exceed all expectations. It will tell an entire story from beginning to end, enchanting the listener along the way, and leave way for a sequel.

7. What title did you deicde to go with it and is there a meaning behind it?

We have not established a concrete album title yet, but we know it will fully embody all of our lyrical concepts. Expressing many different themes in a single word can often prove challenging, but fans should have no doubt that this album, title, music and all, will kick plenty of ass.

8. Is this album going to be a concept release?

Yes- our song titles and lyrics all, for the most part, revolve around psychosis. We are fascinated about the inner workings of the mind and the depth of darkness and insanity it is capable of. Nowhere is this more clear than in the tracks “Welcome” and “Decadence of Man,” both of which tackle issue of the mind’s sinister capabilities.

9. Where are you in the recording process of the new album?

We will be starting within the next week.

10. Who is producing the album? How has the producer aided the recording process?

This will be a self-produced album.

11. Where are you recording the album?

BNMG Studios in Dallas with Bryan Nichols.

12. Did the band have any definitive goals they were shooting for before the recording process began for this album?

Certainly- first and foremost we will not settle for anything less than stellar perfection. Our technique, our mix, our tone - everything- must come together to convey the mix of atmosphere and heavy blackened death metal that is Asylum.

13. Are you using any new instrumentation you've never used in the recording process before?

This will be our first time recording live drums, as opposed to electronic, and we are very excited for the authenticity.

14. When did you start writing for this album? How was the songwriting process different/similar to previous Dreaming Dead releases?

The day Asylum began was the day we began writing for this album. Everything has been leading up to this. This will be the culmination of all our hard work to this point. It is our first release and we promise to start our recording careers off with a bang, so to speak.

15. Did you feel any pressure to do this release?

A little bit. But I think every band is kind of nervous about recording their first album.

16. Can you go into one or two tracks on the new album? If so, can you give us the track title and brief description of how the track sounds and how it came about?

Well there's our newest song, "Welcome", It's a very frenetic menagerie of eclectic and brutal riffs. With, of course our ridiculously skilled drummer (Chris Maddry) matching almost every note with his bass drum and Colby shrieking beautiful poetry over said "shredapalooza".

17. How do you think the vibe in the studio will go?

It should be great! The engineer we'll be working with has done a great job on previous bands he has worked with. Daniel (guitarist) is slightly versed in audio production as well, which will help us communicate what kind of sound we want with our producer/engineer.

18. When can we expect the new album to be released?

Look for it before the end of THIS summer!

19. What can the fans expect to see from you in the future?

Nothing but progression and ascension, up and away. Our drive for this band is absolutely immense and unending.

20. Is that your final answer?

No, this is.

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