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An Interview With Kingseeker

A brand-new release from Kingseeker hits with a fiery fierceness and riffs that obliterate from the get-go all pushing forward with a thrashing combination of metal and East Coast hardcore taking the vocal elements of hardcore and blaming them in with metal guitars that brutalize everything in their path.

"...And I Explode" wastes no time getting to the point and in doing so the song creates a fuel that gets your blood pumping from the get-go.

The riffs and even guitar tonality throughout this track is right up in your face and hard-hitting and there's nothing that grabs your attention so much as that.

One of the best aspects about this track is the energy that's captured on the recording because it just makes you want to go see these guys live.

This is one of those songs that you wonder if it was actually recorded live on the floor because it feels like each player is feeding off of each other the entire time and if they can capture that kind of energy on a recording then seeing them live must be awesome.

When it comes to tracks like this every element counts, and a lot of people don't take into consideration how difficult it is to play metal or hardcore music in general.

This is a band built with experienced players and performers who have come together to create something that hits like a blitzkrieg and leaves you with whiplash in the end.

Each of these guys brings their own element to the table and between the vocalist and the instrumentalists on the record, you get a barrage of outstanding influences in metal music that have come to the table to build a song that feels like a sucker punch to the gut.

There are a lot of intricacies that have been paid attention to in the creation of this song and dare I say it, loads of heart.

That's right, people. Hardcore and a lot of metal come from the same place as a lot of other genres do and their way of displaying what their feelings so passionately about or delivering their playing on their instruments, has a little bit of a more aggressive standpoint but incredibly passionate all the same.

Having grown up on the East Coast and seeing a lot of hardcore shows in my day, I can easily say that Kingseeker puts everything they have into making their music and you can feel their love for the craft with every note played.

This track is most certainly a fist in the air, headbanger that's built to start a pet and if you listen to it first thing in the morning with your coffee, it does amazing things for your day.

In my opinion, we need a lot more music like this because no matter what your standpoint is, when you listen to something or hear something that comes from a place of realness and is genuine, whether it be metal, hip hop, pop, folk, or country, you feel something from it, and it doesn't matter what it is you actually feel.

As long as you feel something from what you're listening to, the job is done.

These guys get the job done with no strings attached.

With such a killer new single release, we wanted to have a sit-down with the band to find out where this track actually came from and what might be coming up next for them.

Here's what went down.

Buzz Slayers: Okay, let's start with "...And I Explode"! This track boasted a fiery feel but was also anthemic with classic alternative rock soundscapes as well! How did this release come about? Right after our EP "Grief" was done, we where fiddling around and Jan(the singer) wanted to do a single that didnt sound anything like what we had done before. He wanted a "as pure of a post-hardcore song as possible" and was listening to a lot of Poison The Well. This was before we had Marius as our drummer, so Jan and Aron(guitarist) took the reigns and Emil(bass and production) wanted to see what would happen if he didn't rein us in.

30 minutes later we had the song, and a day later we had vocals to it. Buzz Slayers: How did this all start for you as a band?

Aron used to have a band named Murder The Traitor, and were doing an EP, but none of the other dudes showed up to record with Emil so Emil ended up doing bass on that. Things quickly spiraled to them doing their own things with another drummer, they found Jan through an ad on Facebook, Jan took the train to Porsgrunn not knowing any of them. Emil and Aron were writing a new song, Jan came up with a suggestion, that worked and that day we wrote "Flowered Waterfalls" which you can hear on our debut album from 2022 "Daily Reminders". We had a different name back then "Coastlines" but changed it because there were so many bands named Coastlines. Buzz Slayers: What kind of things really inspire songs for you?

This is different for each band member. Jan: Everything, injustice, my fears, my phobias, anxiety, happiness, sadness, the world, dreams, memories. Other bands. But most of all the song i work on. I write all the vocals and lyrics after the songs instrumental is done, that way i get a feel for the mood of the song and what sort of catharsis it gives me Marius: Depression Aron: My mental state has always been a struggle throughout my life, but music and video games have always been there, as soon as 4 years old I was rocking out in my spiderman outfit with a toy guitar, and looking back at these memories and working on my mental struggles inspire me, also seeing bands go beyond being just a band but something more Emil: I tend to get inspiration from video games and movies! For me, music has always been something larger than life. Buzz Slayers: This single has some great approaches to it! Can you give us some of your biggest influences musically?

Jan: Poison The Well, It Dies Today, Pogo, Deftones, Volumes, Killswitch Engage, END, Jesus Piece, Johnny Booth The Ghost Inside and so many, so,so many more Marius: My biggest influences are Metallica, Avenged Sevenfold and Tool Aron: Musically I mostly get influenced by my main-go-2 bands such as Bring Me The Horizon and Architects, I also have a few Death metal bands close to my heart, like Cattle Decapitation and The Faceless, aswell as alot of early 2000's Nu-Metal & "Emo" bands Emil:: Oh man, I'm all over the place. I could go on for hours, but I guess if I'd have to pick just a handful I'd say KoRN, Street Sects, Leprous, and Billy Talent. Buzz Slayers: What are you all doing when you're NOT working on music?

Jan: Traveling with my girlfriend, food and such is a big thing, try to workout, game and sending out booking mails, mail out promokits so we get to play live and people actually get to listen to our music. Marius: I spend a lot of time trophy/achievement hunting while gaming. Aron : I jam out with insane Delay and Reverb effects on my pedals and amps, to Mastodon type riffs, and other than music I play on my Playstations, grinding for Souls/Blood echoes/ and Runes to raise my Dexterity stats and Dress as fashionable as I can in From Software games and-a-like Emil: I produce other bands' music via my own company called Bringsli Productions! Between that and my day job, I try to squeeze in time to exercise. Buzz Slayers: Who's in all your headphones right now? Jan: I just use the Discover weekly list and heart the song i like, and then the rest of the week i listen to my liked songs. It Does Today released a new banger the other day, and i've recently fallen in love with a song named Ghost Train by Obzene and CSN. Marius: My spotify playlist "Mood" which is a weird mix of grunge, rock, metal and djent. Aron: The newest single from Spite - "Thank you, Again" Plus the last couple weeks I've jammed a song so much my girlfriend hates it to the core, the song "Cupid" by FIFTY FIFTY, I have 6 versions of that song in my playlist and I play it daily Emil: Sufjan Stevens (always brings a tear to my eye), and the new Vildhjarta single! Buzz Slayers: Are you guys doing any live performances right now? Yes, many in fact. Were working on dates down in Europe, the only confirmed dates are in Norway, October 03. Stereo Bar in Bergen w/ Frostbitt and Fretmiden. October 05. Trykkeriet scene in Trondheim w/ Frostbitt and Aphzelia October 07. Felix Pub & Scene in Lillehammer at Dødsfest /w Borgarting, Jaggu, Håndgemeng, Haunted By Silhouettes and Aspherium October 14. No venue name in Drammen w/ theFalls and Frostbitt October 28. The Farm festival in Uppsala /w Scent of Surface and a bunch of other bands. November 18. Kroa I Bø in Bø i Telemark /w Tidstyv We're working on some dates in Copenhagen, and a tour in Europe with some other bands that we cant really talk about yet in 2024. Buzz Slayers: Do you record these at a big studio, or do you have a home studio set-up?

We have a writing process where we write in Ableton with some vsts and then record scratch tracks using those. Things like ambient sounds that would be impossible to recreate in a studio setting we save. For this album we actually all went into an actual studio, whereas before we would record guitar and bass in Emil's home studio. Drums were programmed, but since we now have a drummer in Marius, we recorded the drums. So to answer your questions; a bit of both Buzz Slayers: What can your fans expect from you in the near future?

A bunch of shows, 3 more singles and an album in January. Some other projects we can't talk about yet!

A tour and yeah, a lot of stuff Buzz Slayers: Before we go, what would you like to say to fans of the music?

Thank you for checking us out, thank you for sharing our music. Just thank you for giving us just little bit of validation that what we're doing isn't trash.

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