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Interview with Alex of Despised Icon!


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Despised Icon is set to release their highly anticipated comeback album “Beast” courtesy of Nuclear Blast! Alex Erian took some time to answer some questions about the comeback and what to expect off the new album. Big thanks to him and the rest of the band for getting back together.

Pre-order “Beast” here:
BEAST PRE-ORDER

1. When you announced that the album would be coming out on Nuclear Blast it seemed like the perfect fit. How did signing with them come about?

What originally was supposed to be a 5 song independently released EP rapidly became a full length on Nuclear Blast. We didn’t know if we still had it in us to be honest. We hadn’t written anything together in 7 years but ideas flowed as soon as we sat down to write. We only reached out to one label, Nuclear Blast, and they offered us a deal right away. They’ve been treating us like family already. Great to be working with people that actually care about our band, music and legacy. We’re label mates now with Suffocation, Hatebreed and Slayer. Unreal.

2. What was the process like getting everyone back together to record/play shows with all the busy schedules with other bands/familes/etc. ?

Fucking complicated haha All the guys are dads now and have family and job obligations. They can’t just throw it all away and get back on the road full time. We ARE back though and we have a bunch of short tours in the works around the world. All this time away made us realize how much we loved doing this band and how lucky we were to be given this opportunity. That spark that went missing somewhere along the way is definitely back. Shout out to the fans for sticking around all this time. You rule.

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3. What is your favorite piece of Despised Icon merch that you have put out for tour/online?

The original all black DI new era fitted cap, definitely. We just brought it back as a snapback on our store. It’s just as nice and a lot more affordable. The new bio monster long sleeve is death metal as fuck but I think my favorite new item is the white pullover hoody. I like the simple stuff. We’re rocking our MTL DM logo (Montreal Death Metal) on a lot of the new merch. Represent.

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4. One of my favorite things about this pre-order for “Beast” is the exclusive bone colored vinyl. Are you or anyone else in the band vinyl collectors? If so, have any holy grails in the collection?

We only printed 300 of the bone coloured vinyls, on sale exclusively via Indiemerchstore. Sold half already! Funny how vinyl became cool all of a sudden. I remember selling ours live and people would ask “Hey, how much for that calendar?”. I’m not the biggest vinyl fan but I can still picture myself in my parents’ basement, back in the day, discovering my dad’s collection. That’s how I heard Sabbath, Hendrix, Led Zep, Santana, etc. for the first time. You could say that my gatefold of Cryptopsy’s “None So Vile x Blasphemy Made Flesh” and Trapped Under Ice “Big Kiss Goodnight” are two stand outs in my collection.

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5. What can fans expect from the rest of the songs off “Beast?”

The name says it all: BEAST. Lots of slam parts mixed with fast and technical riffs. We’re definitely keepin’ it brutal.

Big thanks to Alex for taking the time to answer some questions for us! Hope you guys are as stoked as we are for this album to release.


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