MIRROR OF IMMORTALS
Joel Glisson (instrumentalist, writer, vocals 2015-2016, background vocals 2017)
Katie Thompson (Lead Vocalist 2017-current)
GENRE: Alternative Metal
RECORD LABEL: Glisson’s Recordings
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HOW DID YOUR FANS RESPOND TO YOUR NEW SINGLE THE DOOR OPENS?
As of this point, only the demo version of the song has been released, but fans are already digging it way more than my previous material. While the new unreleased versions feature Katie instead of me, I’m positive that fans with receive not only the single well, but the entire album.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE MOMENT WITH YOUR FANS?
You know, we haven’t reached the point of interacting with fans in person yet, but the support I’ve gotten over social media has meant a lot. It makes me happy to know that there are people out there digging my music.
WHAT BANDS INFLUENCED YOUR STYLE OF MUSIC?
I started listening to bands like Three Days Grace, Breaking Benjamin, and Staind during the sixth grade. While I ventured into tons of other awesome music, I would definitely say that Breaking Benjamin has influenced my style the most. They have an unshakable formula that works, and I wanted to make my own formula based around theirs.
WHAT BRAND INSTRUMENTS DO YOU USE?
On my ep, I strictly used a PRS SE 6 string to track my rhythm and lead guitars. I also used an Ibanez bass and a simmons electric drum set paired with Steven Slate Drums.
On my upcoming album, I mostly used a 7 string Dean Razorback guitar that has a remarkable tone. I have a few songs that feature my beloved PRS, but I just found my razorback to work so well for this album. I also use a 5 string Ibanez soundgear bass for my 7 string songs, and stick with my good ole 4 string bass for the 6 string songs.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE CONCERT MEMORY?
I have never been to a concert.
HOW DID YOUR BAND FORM? AND HOW DID YOU DECIDE WHAT TYPE OF MUSIC YOU WERE GOING TO PLAY?
I originally was not aiming to do everything on my own. I tried out several different people for my band, but they lacked the commitment that it took to do anything serious with music. That became a huge struggle for me to ever form a “band.” It wasn’t until the 10th grade that I realized that I could potentially do everything on my own. The only thing I ever really lacked was a vocalist. I auditioned quite a few of them, but they all seemed to drop off the face of the earth when they realized that making music is not an easy task. I eventually decided to give vocals a shot on my own after a few vocal lessons. I was not happy with the outcome, but it was all I had at the time. With that being said, I released my ep with over processed vocals that I am not proud of.
After giving my ep some time to thrive, I got a fairly balanced mixture of positive and negative feedback. Most every single response I got was somewhere along the lines of, “The music is awesome, but the vocals suck.” After taking the feedback into consideration, I knew I either had to improve or keep searching for a vocalist. And after a while, my voice actually did improve, and I got a lot more compliments and positive feedback...however, I still was not personally happy. So I found these “Sumerian Records” vocal auditions scattered around on YouTube. I sent most everyone that auditioned a message asking if they were willing to sing for my band. Only 4 people responded, and 3 out of 4 didn’t work out for various reasons.
Katie Thompson, vocalist of Chiasma and guest singer of Fallujah, responded to my message with unexpected and bright greetings. We briefly discussed the plans of my band, and that eventually led to her working on my previously released demo titled “The Open Doors.” I was impressed with what I heard and agreed that I wanted to proceed further with her writing her own melodies over my music.
The style of Mirror Of Immortals is simply based off of what is going through my head. I’ll pick up a guitar and just play. If I like what comes out of the amp, I save it for later!
HOW DO YOU HANDLE MISTAKES DURING YOUR PERFORMANCE?
I just smile and keep going. It’s the best thing you can do.
HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH YOUR BAND NAME AND LOGO?
I have always been obsessed with mirrors, especially when they were used in scary movies. One of my favorite scenes in a movie is from “Donnie Darko” when Frank was in the mirror and Donnie was stabbing at it. That scene really grew my desire to base my band name off of it.
I originally called my band “Behind The Mirror”, but I realized that there was already a band with that name. After thinking on it, I settled with my current band name. I based it around the fictional concept that there is always immortals watching you through mirrors your entire life. As far as the logo goes, I don’t really have one: however my girlfriend designed the artwork on my ep, and I stressed that there had to be a crow. Maybe I’ll bring that back...
WHERE DO YOU SEE YOUR BAND SOUND IN THE FUTURE, ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A SIMILAR SOUND OR ARE YOU GOING TO GO IN A DIFFERENT DIRECTION?
After writing and recorded this unreleased album I’m working on, I thought it would be cool to change the sound up a LITTLE on every album after, but keep it close enough to keep fans happy. I’ll just write the style that best suits the concept I’m aiming for.
TELL US A RANDOM FACT ABOUT YOURSELF THAT FANS DON’T KNOW?
I love guns and trucks!
WHAT WAS YOUR EXPERIENCE LIKE THE FIRST TIME YOU PLAYED ON STAGE?
I knew it was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.
WHAT IS THE MOST UNUSUAL SPOT YOU’VE PLAYED A GIG?
I’ve only played at school and church.
WHO WRITES THE MUSIC IN YOUR BAND OR DO YOU ALL WRITE IT TOGETHER?
Currently, I (Joel) writes all of the music.
COULD YOU BRIEFLY DESCRIBE YOUR MUSIC MAKING PROCESS?
It all starts with one riff. That’s all it takes. If I have one badass riff, then I have a song. I feel that’s where some bands lack. You can have a whole song of well thought out material, but you’ve got to have that driving riff that’ll make you want to headbang. Once I have my riffs, I just feel the song out for everything else.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT MUSIC?
The emotion and power...
WHAT IS YOUR MOST METAL MOMENT TO DATE?
I was in school with friends and I was going crazy over Slipknot’s new song “Custer.” I went so crazy that ripped a door off of a cabinet full of cleaning supplies.
WHAT SUBJECTS DO YOU SIGN ABOUT IN YOUR MUSIC?
During my ep, I was so pissed off with the world. I really wanted to capture the hate I had within the lyrics. I used my ep to just express myself. With this new upcoming album, I wrote a spooky concept from scratch that I’m looking forward to reveal sometime this year.
AS WE ARE PROMOTING YOUR BAND, IS THERE ANYTHING COMING UP LIKE ALBUM LAUNCHES OR TOUR DATES YOU WOULD LIKE US TO PROMOTE ON OUR SITE FOR YOU?
October 1st will be the release of our new album titled “The First Moon.” There will be 2-3 singles randomly released before then.