Nomadic, a metal quartet from Tampa in Florida, released their debut EP Horror back in April, and they are about to release a new single. Rocking Charts talked with the band about the name, writing, inspiration, and more.
What made you go for the name Nomadic?
Two of our members used to be in a band called “As Crusaders Depart” and when they decided to change their name they chose the name “As Nomads”, but did not want to keep the word “as” in their name again, so they pretty much just said “why don’t we call it Nomadic?”, and it stuck.
How do you usually describe your music?
To normies we say “metal” but to metal kids we say “blackened theatrical death metal.”
What is your writing process like?
The writing process is pretty cohesive. It usually starts off with Nic (guitarist) and I (James) coming up with a backbone to a song. We then tab the song out on Tuxguitar and send it to Taylor (bass) and Chris (drums) to write their parts. Then Nic and I record the song.
Who or what is your inspiration, if you have any?
I try not to take too much influence from people’s technical musical skill, but I have people that I really look up to. Vocalists like Cattle Decapitation’s Travis Ryan, Job for a Cowboy’s Jonny Davy, and Deafheaven’s George Clarke really inspire my vocals. I also take a lot of frontman / stage presence inspiration from George Clarke and After the Burial’s Anthony Notarmaso.
What is your favourite piece on the “Horror” EP?
If you ask anyone in the band, we’re going to all have different answers, but my favorite piece is our single, “The Monster”.
What makes “Horror” different?
“Horror” blends so many different elements from all types of heavy music, so there’s something for everyone to love over just 4 tracks.
What should music lovers expect from “Horror”?
Music lovers should expect a death metal album that is in no-way “ordinary” or “classic”. There’s everything from blast beats, to driving, intense melody, and from low-guttural screams to soft, melodic singing.
What kind of emotions would you like your audience to feel when they listen to your music?
We honestly just want people to get excited when they hear our music. We want people to bang their heads and throw their horns up.
Which do you like most, life in the studio or on tour?
Life on tour, for sure. It’s ironic considering my career is being a recording engineer, but tour is where I’m meant to be. We’re all best friends and get along so well. I also love coffee so I like being able to try all the different coffee shops around the nation.
Pick your three favourite albums that you would take on a desert island with you.
Everyone in the band has drastically different musical taste, with a little bit of overlap, so they’d probably castrate me for the choices I’m about to make, but here we go:
Altered State by Tesseract
City of Evil by Avenged Sevenfold (don’t hate on me)
Juggernaut by Periphery
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