Archspire: The Toilet ov Hell Interview

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If for some reason you you haven’t checked out Archspire and you like tech-death, you are doing it so unbelievably wrong. The band released my favorite album in ages earlier this year in The Lucid Collective and I don’t think anything will be topping it. When Papa Joe told me that I was going to get to interview Archspire, I sat there for a bit processing what I had just read, and then I did one of these. I’m stoked to have been able to ask Archspire vocalist Oliver Rae Aleron a few questions. But enough of my fanboying, check out the interview below:

Oli from Archspire

As a vocalist, how do you discuss particular song passages with your bandmates in Archspire? Do you use technical descriptions or is it closer to “that widdly widdly diddly part”? 



Oli: Well Spencer and I have definitely developed some interesting and sometimes goofy ways of describing ideas we have. Most of the time I’ll just memorize the amount of notes or the techniques within the riff and use those to describe where i think the changes should be. For example I’ll be like “Hey Dean can you try going up higher after the second sweep and then cutting of the last 3 notes on the sec repetition?” Or if I have a pattern in my head for a chorus for instance like when I wrote “Lucid Collective Somnambulation” I was like “Ok guys can you play a riff that goes dun dun, dun dun dun, dun dun dun dun dun.” and usually they’ll just know exactly what I mean. It’s really cool to work with dudes that know so much theory but will still humour a vocalist and try out all my weird ideas.

As the end of year approaches, we’ve been thinking about the best albums of the year and The Lucid Collective is definitely on my short list. If you had to make a top 5 list of the year what would it look like? Additionally, what album are you most looking forward to this year?



  • Fallujah- The Flesh Prevails
  • Misery Index- The Killing Gods
  • Animals As Leaders- The Joy of Motion
  • 

Beyond Creation – Earthborn Evolution (which is not released till the end of the month but got a sneak peak, amazing album!)
  • 

Rittz- Next to Nothing

What is your favorite band, and which bands influence you the most?



That’s impossible to answer really. I can say my favourite live performances have been from Tool, Weird Al Yankovic, Animals As Leaders, Russian Circles, and No means No. As far as albums go my favorite band changes constantly.

Right now my biggest vocal influence is R.A the Rugged Man. His flow is flawless and fucking insane. 

I’ve also been examining the super speed syllable patterns of Twista and trying to apply that to the new Archspire material.

 

You’re on the record as a hip hop fan, as are a number of TOH readers. I’ve got to ask you a very divisive question: Who is the best MC in the Wu Tang Clan? 




I think the Wu Tang really does form like Voltron. Individually they aren’t the best in the game but together they destroy everything else. 36 chambers is one of my favourite albums of all time. Brilliant.

How does one fathom infinite depth?

One simply cannot.

The idea behind this song came from fevers I used to have when I was a kid when I was sick, where I would hallucinate objects becoming very minute then very immense in an instant. I later came to the conclusion that all matter contains infinite depth. No matter how far into an object you look or how far out of our universe we can observe, it will just keep on going. It’s a sickening thought so I thought it would make a cool premise for a death metal song.

I guess I was drugged a lot as a child… or whatever.



You released this video earlier in the year. What kind of exercises did you do to get that MASSIVE diaphragm? Do you have any advice for young vocalists? 



Don’t sing from your throat! That’s something I learned early on that helped me a lot. 

I’m going to embarrass myself here and be honest. When I was too young to realize how uncool they were, a friend from Australia showed me how to play didgeridoo. Although it’s really annoying to hear some asshole busking with one on the street, it was a really excellent tool to learn circle breathing and to strengthen the fuck out of my diaphragm.

…But lets just keep that between us.




It seems like there are so many amazing bands coming out of Canada right now. Where is the secret underground Canadian death metal factory located?



Clearly it’s in Montreal somewhere.

If you could pick any lineup to tour with, what would it be?



  • King Diamond
  • Weird Al
  • Animals As Leaders
  • Tech N9ne
  • Spice Girls (but before they got all old and rank, and just so I could cut and paste all their best parts together to create a super spice girl called “Frankenspice” to be my bride.)

It is waaaaay too early to ask this, but I can’t help myself: Are you guys working on new stuff yet?




Yes! we have a bunch of riffs in the bank and have just finished the outline of a new track. It doesn’t have a tittle yet but it’s the fastest song we have written to date, 360 bpm.

There are a bunch of video game nerds at Toilet ov Hell. In fact, one of our writers once described Archspire’s sound as “a sweet game for Windows 95 with blastbeats.” Are you a gamer? What are some of your favorites? And do you guys game as a band?




We had the new Mortal Kombat game hooked up in our van a few tours back and I had a lot of fun with that but honestly gaming is not for me. Until they have a virtual reality game where you just bone chicks in public washrooms I’ll just stick to the real world.

What song is the most fun to play live? Additionally, if you could cover any song in the world what would you pick?




We just started playing “Seven crowns and the oblivion chain” on our last tour and it’s by far my favourite song to play live right now.

I love matching those quick snare bursts. 

I always wanted to do a black metal cover of “Ghetto Vet” by Ice Cube but that’s never gonna actually happen.

 

I know some of our readers would destroy me if I didn’t ask this one: what gear is essential for Archspire?




We recently all switched to in ear monitors and it’s been the best move we have ever made. we all have the click track running really loud in our personal mixes which as a vocalist was hard to get used to but know I can’t imagine playing without it.

How would you like to see technical death metal evolve as a genre?




I’d like to see more ladies at the shows. As far as the music goes I have no preference really as to how it evolves. I like it when bands do their own thing within the genre, so I’d like to see more of that individual creativity.

Lastly, thank you for making such rad music and for taking time out of your schedule to talk with us. Is there anything else you want to say to the loyal flushers here at Toilet ov Hell?

Stay Tech!

…also piss.

 


Go like these cats on Facebook and say hi.

Big thanks to Seasons of the Mist. 

  • He said Stay Tech!

  • Death

    Ewww, he likes Animals As Leaders.

    • Guacamole Jim

      The newest AAL album was actually pretty decent. They stopped being wanky douches and started writing melodies.

  • Edward Meehan

    “I think the Wu Tang really does form like Voltron. Individually they
    aren’t the best in the game but together they destroy everything else.
    36 chambers is one of my favourite albums of all time. Brilliant”.

    OMFG

    • I was tempted to throw in an Editor’s note that Oli made an incorrect statement here. The answer is Ghostface.

      • Edward Meehan

        What about the Genius?

        • 1. Ghost
          2. Rae
          3. GZA

          • Edward Meehan

            Had the ODB lived I think we might have a different list entirely.

          • Edward Meehan

            Method Man said he was called the Ol’ Dirty Bastard because there was no father to his style.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            1. GZA
            2.Method Man
            3. Raekwon

          • Lacertilian

            1. GZA
            2. Inspectah Deck
            3. Method Man

    • Death

      Of course Jack didn’t have the balls to say that he doesn’t like hip-hop.

      • Edward Meehan

        Ha, that’s probably not an appropriate thing to do in an interview.

      • I like some eminem songs, does that count?

        • Edward Meehan

          From what era?

          • His first few albums, I forget the album names

          • Edward Meehan

            Yes, that counts.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            I used to like Eminem a lot but his albums have gotten much worse since Relapse.

          • W.

            I’ll cosign that.

          • Edward Meehan

            JB you should check out another rapper mentioned in this interview your boy likes, RA The Rugged Man, his first album Die, Rugged Man, Die. Dude is tight. Grimy underground rap.

          • I’ll take a look tonight!

          • W.

            His flow is unbelievable.

        • Death

          I don’t know, ask someone that likes hip-hop.

        • Tyree

          Eminem is a cvnt!

  • You forgot to beg him on bended knee to never say “stay tech” ever again for me.

    • Stay tech msd!

      • If you’re reading this, know that I will spare your life if you discontinue your catch phrase immediately.

        • Pssst. Hey guess what?….You should remember to stay tech!

          • Silence peasant. This is between me and Oliver.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            No, you stay tech!

        • W.

          GRIND!

    • Janitor Jim Dvggan

      I hate the phrase as well. I prefer my phrases “stay Depeche Mode” or “stay Duran Duran”.

      • Those are a thousand times worse man.

        • Janitor Jim Dvggan

          If you couldn’t tell I was joking. Do you think I would really use either of those phrases or the phrase “stay 80’s synthpop?” I prefer staying tech because of this great band.

          • Do u really want me to answer that?

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            No. I like to stay tech because of this great band called Archspire. They remind me of someone playing Doom or Quake for the first time and the reaction when the soundtrack comes on for either of the games.

          • W.

            Man, look at the pedostache.

  • YourLogicIsFlushed

    I definitely don’t own a didgeridoo…..

    • W.

      I doo.

      • YourLogicIsFlushed

        Funny story, I bought mine and a Renaissance faire. Does that make any sense? No. None at all.

        • W.

          As I mention somewhere in the comments, I bought mine from the masters at Inlakesh after I met the lady at an art expo.

    • “your mom does”
      -Mr. Bojangles

      • YourLogicIsFlushed

        “that is not funny”
        -Death

        • Death

          I don’t remember saying that.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            But srs that is not funny

        • “Why would you make fun of Death? I like Death. Except when he bashes Emerson Lake and Palmer.”
          -Janitor Jim Dvggan

          • Jimmy don’t start

          • Death

            “Please don’t mention that band here anymore.”
            -Death

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            “Why Jimmy Why? Why would you bring that up when I don’t want to ever hear them again?”

            -Janitor Jim Dvggan

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            “Jerks in a circle circle-jerking other jerks in a circle, once again”

            -Karhu

          • Indeed. I’d like it to stop.
            -Joe

          • “Why are our fucking ears always ringing?”
            -Emerson, Lake and Palmer

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            “Don’t steal anything from me or I’ll kick your ass!”

            -John Mellencamp

    • Xan

      I definitely didgeridoo!

    • Howard Dean

      STAY TRADITIONAL ABORIGINAL MUSIC

    • Guacamole Jim

      Didgeridoos are for poseurs. THROAT SINGING 4 LYFE

      • Janitor Jim Dvggan

        Sitar or nothing!

  • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

    When first I saw his name shortened to Oli, I thought of that Oli Sykes guy from BMTH. Ha

    • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

      Note to swlf: learn the art of didgeridoo

  • Tyree
    • Killing gods is so Fucking good I just want more

  • Gurp

    Did you rub one out before or after the interview?

  • Frankenspice lol

    • YourLogicIsFlushed
      • Howard Dean

        I’d take Pumpkin Spice. Srsly.

        • Randall Thor cleans up real nice.

          • Lool

          • Howard Dean

            Hahaha.

            I’ll take a trendy, healthy-looking American yuppie in yoga pants over haggard-ass snaggle-toothed Brits any day.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            The Spice Girls look terrible in this photo. Why did they let this photo be taken? I would rather take Pumpkin Spice over any of them in their prime.

          • KJM

            No doubt, even Emma looks horrible.

          • darn right

        • JWG

          I’ll just put this right here…
          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DeQqe0oj5Ls

          • YourLogicIsFlushed

            His show is so great.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            I watched that clip and it was amazing. I loved his book as well.

        • KJM

          You’d love my neighborhood. Women like that are everywhere.

          • Steve Smithwick

            MA represent!

      • ahhhhhhh, yoga pants. sigh.

      • Janitor Jim Dvggan

        You’d think Conan would have commented on this post yet there is no comment. He’d probably say something about them either looking hideous or something like that.

  • Didgeridoos are for wimps, throat singing is for true warriors: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0djHJBAP3U

    • Stay steel!

      • I think you mean “keep it steel.”

        • No, that’s definitely not what I meant

        • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

          Only one step away from KEEPing IT REAL

      • Tyree

        Stay Steele!

        • Cock ov Steele

          I can get behind this

          • Between The Buried & Smee

            I can get in front of it too, If you catch my drift.

    • Xan

      The last time I attempted throat singing, I vomited. Yay for shitty throats!

    • W.

      Have you ever seen a real digd master? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v9ULyuOyy_w

      • Sounds like a throat singer just using a huge megaphone. True warriors both

        • W.

          Inlakesh are awesome and can do all sorts of crazy effects. I actually met the lady in the group at an art expo and ended up buying a didgeridoo from her. I haven’t mastered circular breathing yet because I’m lazy and don’t practice, but I can do some cool tones.

          • me and my roommates in college couldn’t get the didgeridoos to work, but we could all overtone singing. I have rare, limited success with throat singing, but it usually ends in me sputtering my lungs out

          • W.

            it’s all about filling your cheeks with air as you run out of breath, then using that to maintain the flow while you inhale. Sounds easy enough in theory.

          • I know what you’re supposed to do! One of my ex’s was a bagpipe player and tried to teach me. Never got it

          • W.

            Word. I never really think about bagpipe players needing to do it too, but that makes sense.

          • TECHNICALLY, they don’t have to, but it’s massively helpful to them to learn. That little pouch is like a spare lung that they are constantly applying pressure to to maintain the sound.

            So basically, even if you can’t breathe circularly, you could just sit there puffing air into that thing as fast as you could, taking breaths in between, and keep a consistent sound.

            Or you could just learn circular breathing.

          • W.

            I’m catching what you’re pitching.

          • I’m sorry, I don’t think we’re close enough for that yet

          • W.

            Something something steel.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            That kind of thinking must cease immediately, lest you wish to taste my burning hot steel, maybe?

          • W.

            PS, my explanation was partially for others’ edification.

          • Death

            Did she ever play your bagpipes (if you know what I mean)?

          • W.

            A gentleman never asks, and a lady never tells.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            It’s a good thing then neither are anywhere to be seen.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            Hey, don’t come to assumptions as I am a gentleman.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            You were not visible to me

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            That is true. If you knew me personally you would know I am a gentleman.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            I have my doubts. But don’t let that knowledge stop you.

          • Death

            What if he’s a lady?

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            Well he wouldn’t be a gent would he now? And I believe I did say I had my doubts about him.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            I am a man. Did you think that I was a woman? I have said a lot of things about female friends I have but that is because I never had many friends who were guys.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            Stuff means nihil

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            I have no clue what that means. On the whole me being a gentleman or not you’d have to know me personally to get a real answer. Since you do not know me you can’t get a real answer to the question.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            Nihil ex nihilo fit = nothing comes from nothing

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            Exactly. With no proof you can get no right or wrong answer.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            Hey man, uncool.

          • Death

            Do I seem like a gentleman to you? If I do, then I’ve done something wrong.

          • Oh he just basically said u aren’t a gentleman

          • Death

            Well, he ain’t wrong.

      • Stockhausen

        WHOA. This is awesome. As much as it’s been co-opted by gross white guys with dreads, I would love to be good at the didgeridoo. Throat singing rules. Stay throat singing.

  • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

    Did anyone else begin disliking Oliver due to this interview. A great interview, once again. But now I don’t like him.

    • Death

      Why do you dislike him now?

      • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

        I don’t know. He doesn’t come off as a douche or anything, but I can’t help feeling a little dislike and loathe towards him now. Maybe it’s… I don’t know

        • Dat reasoning tho

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            Not very good is it. But do I really even need a reason to hate a human?

        • Death

          Maybe you’ve just forgotten to stay tech?

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            I’ve increased the amount of tech cells swimming in my blood circulation recently, so I don’t think that’s it

    • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

      I still like their music tho. That ought to balance things a little

  • Xan

    Good interview. I really enjoyed The Lucid Collective. It’s currently on my short list. I listened to Dead Congregation’s newest album again today. It got moved to the top of my short list.

    • Howard Dean

      Promulgation of the Fall deserves the hype. Death metal royalty.

      • Xan

        It’s been hard for me to make a short list this year. Even though the new Judas Priest was incredibly average, I still enjoyed thoroughly but I had to cut it after listening to Belphegor’s new album.

        • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

          I gave up on ever completing my short list when I realised I hadn’t included any non-metal albums yet. Sigh.

        • Edward Meehan

          How short are you talking here?

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            I can barely manage a top 5. When you add in non metal bands I can’t manage a top 10. There’s too many good albums to even have a top 10 in my opinion.

          • Edward Meehan

            I’ll complete my top 10 albums before the end of the year. Due to this being a metal blog primarily (and metal and noise being my primary genres of interest at this point) my top 10 will be mostly metal and related genres, however it wouldn’t shock me if Run The Jewels 2 bumped off the 10th album on there.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            I have a good top 11. The top 5 have already been set as well as spot 6 but the other spots are open and will probably change depending on what comes out. This list does include rock and offshoots of metal but what is on the list shall stay secret until the time comes.

          • W.

            I really think I should probably make a top 10 of non-metal stuff, what with Death Grips and Run the Jewels 2

          • Xan

            15.

  • Howard Dean

    Well done on the interview, Mr. Bauer!

    Also: Secret Canadian death metal factory? ROSS BAY. Conqueror. Revenge. Blasphemy. TOTAL DEATH. BYAH.

    • Thanks!

    • Tyree

      BYAH INDEED!

      • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

        Attack.Blood.Revenge?

        • Howard Dean

          Byah!

  • RuIN?

    Fuck yeah Jack! Excellent interview, now go clean yourself off!!

  • I’m jealous that he heard the beyond creation album already

    • Scrimm

      I just picked up The Aura. Should have done that a long time ago.

      • I daresay that is a perfect album

        • Scrimm

          Four songs in and so far I would agree. I could never play like this.

    • have you heard it yet? it has recently been posted to a certain music site that some of us are on. i can’t get it til after work tho…

      • Yea, heard it last night. Most likely my aoty unless something unexpected shows up

  • Dirt Wiz-tard

    NERds!!

  • Cock ov Steele

    Archspire!

    • Janitor Jim Dvggan

      So many weedlys and deedlys. It’s like a soundtrack to a 90’s shooter for the PC that had a cliche setting but had revolutionary ideas when it came to gameplay. This article makes me want to play Quake again.

  • Janitor Jim Dvggan

    If Archspire sounds like a Windows 95 game with blast beats I must hear it. My old laptop had Windows 95 and the idea of this band sounding like a awesome Windows 95 game with blast beats has me sold. Also, Archspire does sound like a 90’s shooter that could rival Doom and Quake.

  • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

    Excuse an ignoramus and enlighten him. What do the DR 5 or DR 9 mean on album info, or at such

  • JWG
  • Simon Phoenix
    • Nah man I couldn’t pull off those moves if i tried lol.

    • Scrimm

      I scrolled over this while listening to the new Exodus and it fit perfectly. Many lolz ensued.

  • KJM

    I pictured this going somewhat like the old Chris Farley interview skits on SNL. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W79N7ph5r9A

  • W.

    All you hip hop haters in this thread: Listen to the Rugged Man!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6DvuHQ45a-U

  • Guacamole Jim

    This dude seriously likes a fuckton of music I love. I think I would get along well with him. Mr. Bauer, set it up.

    • Hmmm I’ll see what I can do. Hopefully he likes chip dip!

      • Guacamole Jim

        I’ll throw in extra lime, just for him.

  • Lord Ov Kapsko

    Cool interview.

  • crazytaco_12

    Fuck yeah, hahaha, laughing my ass off he said “stay tech…also piss”, don’t even care it’s been 2 days since this article was posted.

  • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

    Great interview! And there is it again; MISERY FREEKING INDEX!