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10 Quick Ones with INVIOLATE – November 2017

According to a recent press release: “Atlanta-based rock/metal/industrial band Inviolate has released their brand new music video for “Broken Cycle”, the second single from their August 2017 full-length CD The Insomniac’s Dream. Originally premiered on Tattoo.com, “Broken Cycle” was shot by Chance White of White Flame Studios at both the complex of the Safety Wolf facility and Atlanta’s Big Peach Studios.”  We get members of the band to answer our 10 Quick Ones about new music, their influences, and more…

1. Tell us a little about your latest release.  What might a fan or listener not grab the first or second time they listen through?  Are there any hidden nuggets the band put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?

All: This album The Insomniac’s Dream is an interesting cross-section of our work over the past five years since the last album. Some of the songs have been played live for years, and some of the songs are brand new. I think some of our long-time fans may hear the subtle changes or complete reworkings of some of the older songs, and see the stylistic changes that are present in the newest songs. We are proud to have a very diverse fan base, and we think there will be something for everyone on this new release.

Kadria: A couple of special notes: “Skeptic” was a live acoustic track on our previous release Feast Of Ashes, which got so much positive feedback from our fans that we decided to do what we jokingly called a “remix” with full band instrumentation on this album. Also fans have asked us about the music Kadria sword-dances to during our live show, which we included as bonus cuts (aka “Sword Cuts”) which are only available on the physical album.

2. What got you into music, and can you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to be a musician?

Chris: I think that each musician associated with Inviolate has always felt a connection with music, and many of us have been playing since an early age. I have personally wanted to play since the first times I ever heard music that could be called rock and roll (or anything that sprung out from that!) I did not start playing until my late teens, when the grunge movement made playing this music seem more attainable. I feel it was a good time to start, as the simpler song structure and punk-influenced styles of these songs are a good way to ease into playing heavier music. I think many of us started in different places, but have been drawn into the heavier stuff. The metal scene in Atlanta is such a great and supportive family, and I think we are all proud to be a part of it.

3. Who would be your main five musical influences?

All: Static-X, early Linkin Park; Soilwork (and the Swedish melodic death metal scene as a whole); Celldweller. and…you fill in the fifth one. We’ve heard everything from Fear Factory to Butcher Babies to Amaranthe to NIN. In the end, we love who we love, and we write what we feel without necessarily considering who the muse is.

4. If you could call in any one collaborator to do a song with, who would it be?

All: We’re one of the lucky bands who can say we can cross this off our bucket list at this stage. Björn Strid of Soilwork appears on our song “Sisyphus” and all of us are fans of his work with Soilwork and The Night Flight Orchestra.

5. How would you describe your music to someone who’d never listened to you before?

All: Female-fronted metal with Scandinavian-metal-influenced guitars, lots of aggressive technical drumming, a good helping of industrial samples and a dash of Middle Eastern flavors.

Kadria (in the peanut gallery): Headbang or dance to it!

6. What’s the best thing about being a musician?

All: The chance to see so many different places, and discovering people who might be far away but share that emotional connection to certain bands, songs and the metal life in general. Going through crazy shenanigans on the road together. And also those moments of crafting and laboring on a song for hours on end when everything just falls into place and fits and sounds better than the initial thought in your head.

7. When the band are all hanging out together, who cooks; who gets the drinks in; and who is first to crack out the acoustic guitars for a singalong?

<conferring> Kadria wields a mean crockpot, Chris and Alan always have the great craft beers while Derek brings the PBR and Mark *has* to have Busch Light somewhere. We haven’t seen an acoustic guitar in our midst since 2014, but Ernie would do some really cool things with a djembe. Maybe we should get Robert an upright bass.

8. If you weren’t a musician, what would be your dream job?

Chris: I think this is the dream job! Most of us are at least in our 30’s, and we have all had to do the day job thing to keep the bills paid. I think some of us have been blessed enough to do work at pursuits that we really enjoy, but we all make sacrifices just to be able to keep playing live and getting our music out to people.

9. Looking back over your career, is there a single moment or situation you feel was a misstep or you would like to have a “do over”?

Kadria: I honestly can’t think of anything I’d like to “do over”. Of course it’s always “if I knew then what I knew now…” but who doesn’t think that? Okay, maybe I’d tell myself “Don’t ever eat cole slaw from Zaxby’s less than three hours before you go onstage. Or ever.”

10. If you could magically go back in time and be a part of the recording sessions for any one record in history, which would you choose – and what does that record mean to you?

Kadria: I have loved Metallica’s S&M album from the moment it came out. I’m gonna get pelted with empty Wawa cups for this statement, but the reason it’s my favorite Metallica album by far is because it really drove home the concept of fusing metal with a “something else” musical element that is decidedly un-metal by itself (academic discussion metal’s roots in classical music aside) . I watch that DVD all the time and thin: what would it have been like to be part of the audience in Berkley for those days? In the orchestra pit playing a viola while seeing one of Jason Newsted’s last performances with Metallica? Or even one hit on a timpani and then I could say I’ve shared the stage with Metallica. <fangirl grin>

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10 Quick Ones with INVIOLATE - November 2017

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About the Author: ToddStar - that's me... just a rocking accountant who had dreams of being a rock star. I get to do the next best thing to rocking the globe - I get to take pictures of the lucky ones that do. I love to shoot all genres of music and different types of performers. If it is related to music, I love to photograph it. I get to shoot and hang with not only some of my friends and idols, but some of the coolest people around today.

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