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Alterbeast
Alterbeast had one of the more impressive debut albums I’ve heard in a long while with Immortal. It was so good I knew that I had to get some questions over to the band, even if I didn’t have an offer. But when it comes to bands Earsplit PR manage, that’s usually never a problem. Sure enough, guitarist Andrew Lamb came through and took the time to answer them. Check out what he had to say below!


How is everything on your end? Hopefully you’re doing well.

Andrew:
We are doing awesome! Thank you for asking!

First of all, you guys formed under the name Gary Busey Amber Alert. Why did you change the name to Alterbeast when you signed with Unique Leader?

Andrew:
GBAA was always a working title, we were never really found of it, sorry to those that loved it. But once things started to get serious, we decided it was a good time to lock down something we could be proud of. Its hard to have a sick, fresh name this day and age, so we are really happy with ALTERBEAST, and that we get to pay tribute to a an arcade classic, Altered Beast, like a lot of other DM bands before us have done. Mark Cooper of Mindrape Art really solidified it with the ALTERBEAST logo.

How did the deal with the label come about? Had they seen a live show or heard about them, did you send a demo, anything like that?

Andrew:
We got the awesome opportunity to play with Michael Hamiliton (Deeds of Flesh, Unique Leader) and Exhumed, and he told us to send our demo in, Erik (Deeds of Flesh, Unique Leader) contacted us back, and we pinned the deal *smiles* UL has been the best, and huge part of our lives even before we signed (Mark of the Legion, Crown of Souls, Cabinet, The Scepter of the Ancients, Depopulate, Devouring the Prophecy, A Perfect Absolution, etc, etc, etc), so we are really happy to be part of the UL family.

Immortal has a lot going on in it, let alone in almost every song. What was the writing process for the album like, and did you ever find yourselves working on a song and getting lost in some of the complexity you incorporated?

Andrew:
Song writing goes fast and slow *laughs*. Some time things fit together nicely, other times we will fuck around with something for a while, and then decide it sucks and scrap it/start over. Line-up changes have effected our song output in the past as well.

Given how Immortal is very precise, especially in timing, I’m curious how long you guys have been playing your instruments, and if anyone has any sort of specific practice schedule they follow. Would you mind explaining?

Andrew:
Both guitarist have been playing for along time, so has Gabe. Cameron and Michael have 5 years plus experience. And we try to practice a lot at home and at rehearsal, between beers and bong rips of course.

You guys recorded Immortal in three different studios. Why did you go that route instead of all at one location?

Andrew:
Oh man…. When we originally began recording “Immortal”, we were unsigned, and on a budget. We love TBDM and seen that Ryan had just left to pursue recording/engineering amongst other things, and figured he would be affordable and he would have a lot of insight on how to get those TBDM tones. When we went to record, our ex singer decided he wanted to quit. So after trying to figure if we wanted to do vocal duties amongst our selves, we opted to hold off till we got a new vocalist, which we did, and just went to a studio in our home town to track vox. During this time we worked our deal out with UL and decided to go record live drums for Immortal, which we couldn’t do before as there were time and money restraints.

How did you manage the music between the three studios, and what was it like going this route? Also, will you do it again for your next release?

Andrew:
It was cool to work with so many talented people, but it was definitely not the way we would of liked to do it, and hopefully woulnt have to that again in the future.

Given the history some of the guys you worked in studio with, especially Ryan at Augmented Audio, were guys given any ideas or suggestions you worked into your music during the recording process, or just found beneficial to Alterbeast in general? If so, please explain.

Andrew:
Absolutely, working with both Ryan, Zack, and Robert gave us a lot of insight of how to work smarter. Also gave us tremendous insight to what we are doing right, and what we are doing wrong, i.e. what works and what dosent in our music. The knowledge and experience we have gained from these 3 dudes is priceless.

Unless I’m hearing things, I noticed that, amid the chaos, Immortal had this underlying Classical touch to the songs. Was this something you focused on incorporating to the release? Or am I just reading too much into it?

Andrew:
We love neo-classical type stuff, and Necrophagist. Maybe that has some bearing? We don’t know *laughs*.

Were there any songs you wrote or recorded that didn’t make the album? If so, what are we missing out on, and will we maybe see them one day as bonus tracks, an EP, or something along those lines?

Andrew:
Unfortunately not, we would have LOVED to have put more songs on “Immortal”, but with time, money, and other set backs, we were unable to make it happen. Definitely expect a bigger, better, longer, sophomore effort from ALTERBEAST.

So what is next for Alterbeast at this point in the game?

Andrew:
We will be doing as much touring as possible in support of “Immortal”.

Is there anything else you would like to mention I didn’t touch on?

Andrew:
“Immortal” will be out Tuesday, March 18th via Unique Leader Records and we hope everyone gets a chance to check it out and we hope to see ya on the road soon!

Thank you very much for your time!

Andrew:
Thank you!