Australian metallers Zeolite released their self-titled debut EP in February. In an interview for Rocking Charts the band tells us about the 5-track release, but also about their influences, gear, and more.
Hey folks. How are you doing?
Really well thanks thing have been going good lately, trying many new sorts of nuggets! Yourself?
You released the self titled EP recently. How do you feel about the release?
We were so stoked with the response! We had really strong pre orders and the launch show was insane amounts of fun, selling out a The Royal Oak in our hometown. Now we can’t wait to hit some new places and new sets of ears. We really appreciate anyone who has supported the to date.
How much of a challenge was to work on the EP?
We self produced and recorded, then sent off our tracks off to Buster Odenholm of Impact Studios to work his magic. It is a huge undertaking. Although the amount of time needed to invest in a project like this is somewhat daunting, the rewards are well worth it in the end, even when you are staring into a blackhole of edits. Hard work pays off.
What other artists similar to your genre that are coming from Tasmania are you friends with?
Tassie is a pretty small place, so a small metal community. We are lucky enough to have met the guys in Psycroptic and played numerous shows with them, and not only are they an amazing Tasmanian music export, but a national one. There are a few smaller bands like the Absolution Sequence from Hobart who are doings some cool stuff, but in general, anyone involved in the heavy music scene down here you are friends with. We aren’t elitist. We like everyone.
What is your opinion about the current progressive metal scene?
We feel like progressive metal has somewhat stagnated. Its strange to us that a genre which should pride itself on innovation and creativity has fallen into the trap of over saturation with bands who arent really doing anything unique, and following that, nothing interesting. We always say that for a band to be iconic they must be unique. You have to be able to hear a band and immediately know who they are, and it seems there are so many carbon copies of other bands in the progressive metal scene at the moment this attribute is kind of lost. We don’t really identify as a “progressive metal” band, more so a Death Metal band with Prog elements.
Can you tell me something about your influences?
The chicken nugget was invented in the 1950’s by a man named Robert C Baker. Death metal. Time signatures. Tuning low.
What are you listening to these days?
The new Aborted album, Wormed, Whoretopsy, Cattle Decap. Bunch of old favourites always (Deftones, Decapitated, Fear Factory..)
Your 5 favourite records of all the time?
Deftones – Diamond Eyes
Animals as Leaders – Self Titled
Meshuggah – Obzen
After the Burial – In Dreams
Aborted – Global Flatline
Psycroptic – Observant
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Can you tell me a little bit more about the gear you use to record The EP”?
All guitars were recorded on and Ibanez RGD Prestige, with Bareknuckle Aftermath pups. The bass was all recorded on a Warwick double bucker, using power cable for strings. Both these were loading through Focusrite preamps and interfaces. All strings were recorded dry, and reamped, cos that’s how we like to do it.
Vocals were recorded through Mackie preamps/Mackie Satellite and a single Samson condensor mic.
Drums were programmed as WE AINT GOT THE MONEY TO BE IN DA STUDIO.
Besides the release of the album, are there any other plans for the future?
Our own branded nuggets and dipping sauces. That and new music. Tours. Nuggets. No specifics, but some of these sooner than expected.
Any words for the potential new fans?
Check us out. We promise there is something for any metal fan in the EP, we’re not here to disappoint you. And to anyone who has already listened to us, we cannot thank you enough for even giving us a spin. Its humbling that people take time out of their busy lives to listen to our tunes. Thanks for the support. XOX