Like old school 80’s style thrash metal? The you need to check out Phylactery. I had a chance to talk with drummer and lead vocalist K.T. about their new album, the metal scene and more. Check it out below as I give K.T. the XS ROCK version of the 20 questions interview.
XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?
K.T.: Our debut album “Necromancy Enthroned” would be the main focus for the band right now, getting that into the ears and hands of as many people as possible, and at the time people read this we’ll have just come off of a run of shows in Canada with Ares Kingdom and the Covenant festival in Vancouver.
XS ROCK: How long has the band been together?
K.T.: It was founded in late 2013, but I think in the past year or so there has been a shift in attitude and the band has almost had a second and more serious start.
XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band?
K.T.: I was a musical kid, I loved metal. It seemed the logical thing to do. The reason for starting this band in particular was T.G. and I saw a show with Possessed and Sacrifice and both of us were hit with a feeling of wanting to get a project in a style like that off the ground.
XS ROCK: What is your music background?
K.T.: I played a bunch of instruments growing up, but I started playing guitar around 15 years old. When I moved to the big city for University no metal bands needed guitarists, they needed drummers, so I bought a drum kit and joined a band and have been focused mostly on drums to this day.
XS ROCK: What image do you think your music conveys?
K.T.: Honestly I think the artwork we got for the album displays the image for our music perfectly. Harsh and filthy, but also instantly compelling.
XS ROCK: What are your immediate music career goals?
K.T.: To get as much exposure for this release as we can, wherever we can. Europe, the U.S, doesn’t matter. This is a strong album, and it feels right to tour off the strength of it. I also don’t think people will have terribly long to wait for more material from us either.
XS ROCK: What are your long-term career goals?
K.T.: I just want to stay on that treadmill of new material to new albums to new tours to new material. Long as I find that cycle fulfilling the rest will take care of itself long term.
XS ROCK: Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience?
K.T.: I think I slightly prefer writing to performing but like I said, it is a cycle. Writing new songs makes me want to play them live, and playing live and hearing a crowd respond to our work inspires me to write. I couldn’t have one without the other.
XS ROCK: What are your songs about?
K.T.: I grew up playing a lot of Dungeons and Dragons, and I was obsessed with the darker, more macabre parts of the rulebooks. I’d read about the different types of undead creatures over and over and that never really went away. Our album is one single narrative top to bottom which features creatures of that sort, so from the storytelling aspect to the surface level subject matter I think the lyrics all really stem from that misspent youth of mine.
XS ROCK: Were your parents supportive of your aspirations to play in a rock band?
K.T.: Generally yes, very supportive. They were the ones who encouraged me to be musical from a young age so I guess they had no right to complain when I ran with it.
XS ROCK: What are your favorite tracks to play live?
K.T.: Our opener, “Unholy Empire” starts off the set for a reason, it gets us as pumped up as it does the audience. “Eyes of Fear and Flame” is also great just because that song has so many parts that sound so different from each other.
XS ROCK: Which band or artist inspired you to perform? Why?
K.T.: I mean, this project was literally founded because two of us saw Possessed and Sacrifice at the Noctis festival, so I feel like they should get most of the credit. Just seeing these bands play this old school style and having it feel so timeless, it definitely made me want to start a band in their vein.
XS ROCK: If you could design a dream tour for your band, who would be on the bill?
K.T.: Nocturnal Graves, Possessed, Morbid Saint, us. I’m limiting myself to four bands because otherwise I wouldn’t stop.
XS ROCK: What do you consider your greatest accomplishment so far?
K.T.: Getting to open for a legendary band like Ares Kingdom for our second show ever. It showed how quickly we were able to win over people based on our music alone.
XS ROCK: If you weren’t performing in a band what kind of career do you think you would have?
K.T.: Well my day gig is helping to run a family owned cafe, so probably that. I guess I would get a lot more sleep though.
XS ROCK: What type of equipment do you use for live shows?
K.T.: When I’m using my own hit I use a DW performance series maple kit with a Pearl steel piccolo snare, and DW 9000 series double kicks. I have a set of small steel toms but sadly I don’t bring them to live shows that often.
XS ROCK: What do you think of the current music scene?
K.T.: Looking at it from an international perspective I think it is incredibly exciting, the internet removes so many barriers. So much and so many different types of metal releases happen every week and as a listener I am spoiled for choice. As a musician it puts pressure on us to stand out, because if we don’t write something that doesn’t absolutely kill there are so many other bands that will step up and take our place that are just a click away.
XS ROCK: If someone had never heard you before, how would you describe your sound?
K.T.: Deaththrash with a mentality straight out of the 80’s but influences as broad as the thrash genre itself.
XS ROCK: Is there anything that you’d like to promote or say to your fans out there?
K.T.: If there are those out there that listen to those classic albums from the 80’s and say “they don’t make them like that anymore” then we’d like to take a chance to show them that that isn’t true. We started this band because we loved that sound, and that places us right beside the fans of our music where we find ourselves in good company.