Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Massive Slavery Interview

1. Can you introduce the band for those that have never heard of you before?

We are Massive Slavery, from Rouyn-Noranda, a mining district of Northern Quebec, a French province of Canada.

2. How would you describe your musical sound?

We describe ourselves as a modern and melodic metal sound, with a sweet touch of hardcore and brutal influences.

3. What are some of the lyrical topics and concepts that you cover on the new album?

Our first album, Global Enslavement, is a semi-concept album about the epic failure of modern society. The whole album can be described as a reflection about some of the worst part of our history, with theme like mass media disinformation, the enslavement created by the explosion of new technology and also the rise and fall of all kind of religion.

4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the band's name?

We have called our band Massive Slavery to illustrate the fact modern man is just a tool is this system….

Everyone in the word is enslaved by something, or by someone. Massive Slavery is everywhere; people can be enslaved by their job, by a corrupted system based on power and domination. Massive Slavery can also be found on a daily basis. You just have to check around you, a lot of people can’t live without their blackberry, Ipod, Facebook and Twitter. Other can’t leave their full HD TV, their videogames and completely forget about what happening in the word. We are becoming lazy and more easy to control by the dominant ones, corporated tie manipulators of our world!

5. What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far, and how would you describe your stage performance?

Our first show back in april 2010 for the independent release of our album in our home town of Rouyn-Noranda was totally awesome. The show was sold out (400 crazy fans) and the energy was incredible. The heat was up in the place and I think we never sweat like that in our entire life. Metal fans in Rouyn-Noranda/Abitibi are simply amazing. We brought up 400 people to the show in a 40 000 people town so we can’t ask for more!

There is some live footage on Youtube if you want to see a little bit of what the Massive Slavery experience live is.

6. Do you have any touring plans for the new album?

For geographic and timing reasons, we only made a couple of local show near Rouyn-Noranda. But we’re planning more in the next month/year. We want to conquer the Canadian market first, and see what happen next…

7. How has your music been recieved so far by extreme music fans worldwide?

The reception is pretty good; we are working hard to bring the album to new fans on a daily basis. The band only has a year and a half old and we already have a pretty nice fan base worldwide and we want to thanks everyone who supports us since the beginning. We are a little surprised that the buzz is growing this fast around the band and it’s pretty cool.

8. Currently you are signed to Maple Metal Records, how would you describe the support that the label has given you so far?

Their support is good! They are a new and young label, such as the band, so I think that we will continue to grow together and continue to take over the metal industry one fan at the time. We have inked a deal on last June and we’re looking forward for a great business relation between us.

9. Are there any other side projects besides this band, or is this a full time group?

This is a full time group, but none of us want to take it too intensive. Massive Slavery is a serious band with a lot of goals to achieve in the future, but we are also really down to earth. We all have day jobs, family and stuff so we won’t drop everything for intensive touring and stuff like that. We’re working hard to promote and reach new fans with online contact such as Myspace and Facebook, and we want to continue to create and play music for a long time, so the best way to achieve it is by taking it slowly and not burning ourselves in intensive touring.

10. What direction do you see the music heading into on future releases?

We’re already starting to work on some new stuff; Joel already composed the entire second album on guitar. We want to continue in the same direction, but with a more technical and melodic guitar sound.

11. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

The most interesting fact about Massive Slavery is that everyone in the band came with a very different background in influence and musical style. I think it helped the band to touch a lot of influences and create an album that can reach a very large range of fans.

For myself, I’m more into the modern Metalcore/Deathcore scene, and right now I’m really down with bands such as Despised Icon, Born Of Osiris, Beneath the Massacre and Parkway Drive.

12. Any final words or thoughts before we close this interview?

We invite everyone who want more informations on Massive Slavery to visit our Myspace at : www.myspace.com/massiveslavery and to join our Facebook page at : http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/MassiveSlavery/205503389299

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