Coming from our friends at Moshpit Promotions, here is another newcomer on the progressive metal scene and another great debut release. 2018 had them quite a few. Sydney’s Elision successfully blend prog metal’s technicality with metalcore’s fierce riffing on their debut EP “The Conscious Collider.” Guitarist Elliot Koroneos talked with Rocking Charts about the EP, gear, favorite records, and more.
Hey Elliot. How are you doing?
Hey! We’re doing great thanks! Life is keeping us real busy inside and outside of music and we’re loving it.
You have recently launched your debut EP entitled “The Conscious Collider.” How do you feel about the release?
We are extremely proud of “The Conscious Collider.” It’s a culmination of songs that defined who we are at a particular point in time of our lives and it was one of our first attempts at writing a set of songs that we wanted to release. Everything from the music to the lyrics all mean something special to each of us in the band and we are so humbled and thankful to be given the opportunity to share it with people all around the world.
The EP challenged us in many ways, but all in good ways. We had more than just the seven tracks on the EP recorded as demos and it was obvious that our sound was developing early on in the demo stages. We constantly challenged ourselves to write tracks that were better than the last so we practiced more on our technique and how we can make our music sound more interesting than what’s going around in the heavy music scene nowadays. We all had so much fun playing and recording the songs, which made the process really smooth and all the songs on the EP came together very naturally.
What other artists similar to your genre that are coming from Australia are you friends with?
Sydney djent legends Above, Below are awesome dudes. I’m good friends with them and their vocalist, Jacob Wilkes, produced our EP. They are all extremely talented musicians, write amazing compositions and are really going to change the world with their music.
What is your opinion about the current metal scene?
Our current metal scene is changing for the better. We are seeing more bands starting out and releasing high quality material which is really good for all bands in the scene because it gives them the opportunity to play more shows and share music with more people. The high quality music that bands are releasing is also great because it gives audiences a fresh sound that doesn’t replicate what other bands have already produced in the past. It shows that more people are becoming increasingly inspired to write interesting and intriguing songs.
Can you tell me something about your influences?
I have a range of influences from the heavy music scene. My favourite band of all time is Metallica. The first song I ever heard by them was “One” and I remember being terrified of the double kick breakdown in the middle of the song. I was instantly drawn to the aggression that they delivered and I wanted to write music with that same level of aggression. As I got older I started to broaden my music library to include bands like Lamb of God, Pantera, System of a Down, Machine Head and then into the heavier artists such as Parkway Drive, Northlane, Polaris, Justice For The Damned, Thy Art Is Murder, Periphery and Novelists. The different styles and techniques brought forward by each band has shaped my writing ability.
What are you listening to these days?
The artists that I have on rotation at the moment are Above, Below (“The Sowers of Discord” – EP), Polaris (“The Mortal Coil“), Diamond Construct (“Paradox” – Single), Justice For The Damned (“Dragged Through The Dirt“), Gravemind (“The Deathgate” – EP) and Alpha Wolf (“Black Mamba” – Single). These bands are all from Australia and they are some of the best bands that exist with amazing compositions. They all work so hard to push their music and their abilities and shows in the songs that they release. I can’t stop listening to them.
Your 5 favourite records of all the time?
Metallica – “The Black Album“
Northlane – “Singularity“
Pantera – “Vulgar Display of Power“
Polaris – “The Mortal Coil“
Parkway Drive – “Horizons“
Can you tell me a little bit more about the gear you use to record “The Conscious Collider”?
Guitar wise we used a Kiesel Vader 7-string with stock Kiesel pickups and an Ibanez Iron Label 7-string with EMG active 80/61 pickups. Post-recording we re-amped the guitars using Kemper profiles, gave them a little more juice so they cut nicely through the mix. We do also have certain sections in our compositions where the pitch drops to lower tunings so we used Digitech Drop pedals to hit those tunings.
Besides the release of the album, are there any other plans for the future?
We’re currently working on our next release! As we are constantly writing we always have songs written, it’s just a matter of picking the tracks we think are the strongest. We’d also love to tour in support of the EP. Sharing our music to as many people as possible is something we are striving to achieve.
Any words for the potential new fans?
We hope you enjoy our music and we thank you so much for the support you give us. Feel free to engage with us via our social media pages to stay updated on new music, shows and merchandise!