Psycroptic is an Australian technical death metal band formed in Hobart in 1999. Mainstay members are Dave Haley on drums, his brother Joe Haley on guitar, and Todd Stern on bass guitar. Their lead vocalist, Jason Peppiatt, joined the band in 2004 and In 2008 they signed to Nuclear Blast. Psycroptic have recently released their new album 'As the Kingdom Grows' and the album has had huge success and hit number fifteen on the new release charts.
Twinmusi got to speak to Todd Stern from Psycroptic and spoke to him about their upcoming album, tour and more.
TM - What can fans expect from your new record As the Kingdom Drowns?
TS- Fans can expect slower Groves, alot of crushing mid-tempo and slower head banging stuff. We have a lot a real tasty riffs and licks you can sink your teeth into, not so much too fast up a lot of tasty melodic fun awesome material that you would want to listen to Forever and Ever.
TM- What was your writing and recording process on As the Kingdom Drowns?
TS - A Slot of the parts were recorded even before I joined the band. I ended up trading files from New Jersey to Australia, just putting parts in here and there. I am not even on the entire record, it was done before I joined. I was only able to add sporadic parts here and there based on what I thought was appropriate or what I could add to the mix.
TM - How do you think you influence the record style?
TS - I think I got to the party a little late to influence the record sound but I did get to help name the songs and she's the album sequence.
TM - How did you come to join Psycroptic?
TS - I filled them that for them once in 2015 by a freak occurrence where my friend of mine Brent a bass player from a different band was meant to fill in for them but he couldn't so he offered it to me. Even though me and the so Psycroptic guys had never met they agreed to let me fill in and the very first tour we decided to do more touring together and that's history.
TM - Can you tell us a tour story?
TS - We got lost one night in tilburg in the Netherlands we went went drinking with these two guys at a bar called the little devil.
TM - No way, I love that bar! I went to watch Steel Panther in Tilburg one time and my sister and i typed in rock bars near me into Google and came up. We started walking down a back alley and i said to her this doesn't seem right. It was right around the corner. It has a sweet room at the back for gigs too.
TS- Steel Panther are great guys!. Yes the bar is sweet.
TM - If you could perform at any music festival what would it be and why?
TS - Probably hellfest in France because they out of all the music festivals I have heard it's most organised most proper and one of the best music festivals around.
TM - I would have to agree, Hellfest is one of the best festivals i have been to in my life. Hopefully you guys play it sometime soon
TS- I hope so.
TM - What can fans expect from your Australian tour?
TS- There's a lot of places on our to at that bands don't normally go to expect us to play new songs of this record that no one has heard live before and people can see us how they have never seen us before.
TM - How did you pick the setlist for your tour?
TS - We are lucky we never really argue about anything in this band. We discuss water set this should be and there's never any bickering.
TM - If you could have any band play one of your songs which band would it be which song and in your style or theirs?
TS - Slayer playing setting the skies ablaze in their style
TM - If you could collaborate with any artist who would it be and why?
TS - Probably Metallica because they are a massive influence they are such an important reason why any of us got into the game in the first place it will be cool if he got to do something together even at the end of a big 4 show then there are like 20 guys playing together.
TM - What is your favourite experience watching it different band perform live?
TS - I don't remember a lot of bands but same always in a different state of mind then I watch my favourite bands for life. Once i went to a Black Sabbath show where started pissing rain on everyone when they started War Pigs it reminded me why I got into heavy metal in the first place and I had the best time ever
TM - Anything else you want to announce to your fans?
TS - Hopefully we will see you at a show and make sure you check out our new album.
TM - Awesome, Thank You so much for this interview today we really appreciate it.