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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Reaping Asmodeia

      "Asmodeia pertains to the principle demon that overlooks the circle of hell pertaining to lust and wrath.  Most of the problems we encounter throughout life involve the desire to let lust overcome us or sway our sense of right and wrong." Explains the progressive deathcore band from Twin Cities, Reaping Asmodeia. "We all feel the name just came together as a concept we all believed to hold true in our lives, and to anyone that is truly living theirs."
      After forming about a year and a half ago, the band is very proud of the fanbase they've earned. "We are very lucky to have the incredible fans that we do!  To have the people that  have interest in what we are doing is amazing and we are very thankful for it.  Especially since people just are not going out to shows as much as they were even 2 or 3 years ago, we are always looking forward to playing a show in St. Paul or Minneapolis."
      The band came together when Alex Kelly (guitar), Jakub Muhle (Bass), and Daniel Koppy (drums) left their band, Dead Hands Rising. Alex and Daniel quickly started work on the new project, spending 10 months preparing 5 songs and trying out vocalists and guitarists. Eventually, thet found Tim Snook (vocals) and Matt Kalsnes (guitar) for the positions. "To put it simply, they both shared the same vision in every way Alex and myself did.  They strive to become better musicians everyday they work with their instruments.  And they wanted to bang their heads hard and play fast and heavy music! So that definitely furthered our decision along."
        A good friend of the band, Kyle Skogquist, played bass for the band's first 5 months. "We were always in close contact with Jakub and he had wanted to be a part of what we were doing all along the way." Jakub joined the band in July 2010. "We are 5 guys that are all almost the same person.  We pour every ounce of ourselves into our live show, and we definitely feel that anyone that has seen a Reaping show will hopefully agree that it stays intense from start to finish."
      Some of the many musical influences include Despised Icon, Cannibal Corpse and Behemoth. The band also takes influence from solo guitar and bass work like Jason Becker, Paul Gilbert, Rusty Cooley, Victor Wooten, and Les Claypool. "We all draw a lot of influence from a lot of punk bands as well and none of us are afraid to say we love Blink 182. The list really goes on and on cause when it comes down to it, we really are all just a group of true music lovers."
      When describing the band's sound, one would say they were fast and heavy. "We are by no means the fastest band out there or anything like that, but speed definitely plays a big part in our sound.  I think that a lot of our music just kind of keeps kicking you in the face in a sense.  We are not afraid of trying different ideas though feel and dynamic, which is something a lot of bands lose in the mix of creating music.  So we are trying new things here in there with some of our new material.  But rest assured, we love playing fast and keeping things heavy, so dont expect that to change from us."
     As far as lyrical content goes, the band has lots of real life themes. Typically the band's lyrics are darker. "(Our lyrics) pertain to a lot of real life experience within our dismal world.  Luckily we have a very crafty vocalist and his lyrics flow and are interesting to us.  They are very thought out, a lot is put into the words Tim screams.  Even if Tim is screaming about someone going to hell, he means it, and theres a reason for it."
      You can find the band playing all kinds of shows with all kinds of bands. "We are quite obviously playing a more modern style of metal that will appeal more typically to the younger crowd, but at the same time, we have a lot of old school metal influence with our guitar harmonies and such that we get respect from the older bar crowd we get to play for often, fortunately."
      Their performances are filled with energy and very intense. "We just do what feels natural to us, and that is just bangin our heads as hard as we can and having fun with the crowd and each other. The one thing that really makes or breaks any rock or metal band is the live performance.  The 5 of us, luckily, all share the same idea when it comes to performing.  We are in a metal band and we want to perform the way the music should feel to the listener: intense! We always have fun and thats the most important thing.  How should we expect anyone in the crowd to get crazy if we are not doing so ourselves?  We hold ourselves to a high standard but always have fun at the same time."
      The band released their first demo near the end of 2010. The demo is filled with guitar solos, fast breakdowns, melodies, dark riffs, and technical metal drumming. "Really, the songs are what they are, demos.  It's us working with our sound and trying to find out what works and feels right for us."
      The band has matured in the last year and it shows in the band's latest material, set to be released in the coming months. Their first full-length album will be tracked October 4th and the band has really honed in on their sound. "The newer stuff is much more melodic, yet it is also the heaviest stuff we have written thus far.  We are really excited to play some of the newer songs that no one has heard because they are our favorite stuff to play. It's easier on the ears, yet it's our hardest stuff to us to play. I really don't think our music will ever really be "easy",  It's very busy and we like it that way. We try to challenge ourselves with every riff, but we want people to be able to latch onto parts a little more, so I think that will show in our music in our newer stuff.  We may play something twice here and there instead of a riff for 3 seconds and then it's gone forever."
      The band plans to keep on trucking as far as the band can take them. "We are working hard to work our way up the long tall ladder in the metal world.  We want to get this full length done that we are tracking next month and get back on the road and tour and play our asses off.   We want to play for any and every person that will give us their attention, or die trying.  It's the only way to get noticed in any genre of music and we will continue to bust our asses with every note we play to be a band that stands out in some manner and that you notice for one reason or another."
      And now a personal message from Reaping Asmodeia to you, the reader: "Pass the word on about Reaping Asmodeia.  If you dig us help us out and tell a friend or ten.  Come out to a show and bang your head with us and we will for sure be hitting a city near you very soon!"


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