Preview: As Enemies Arise – Grief

Legends Arising is about supporting bands you love. We want to offer a platform to share music and to discover new music. As Enemies Arise is one of the young bands that have our support and truly deserve to be talked about.

Their new effort Grief is due for November 11th this year. To see what we could expect bass player Jelle Swanen answered a few questions.

You have just released a new track of your forthcoming effort Grief, due 11.11.11. ‘Downward’ is different so to say: less downbeats, more melodic. What can we expect of the other new tracks?

I think you can expect a lot of variety in all of the tracks! We have some more melodic hardcore songs now, some songs are still downbeat with some breakdowns. We tried to put as much different stuff in as possible, since we have so many different influences.

Can you tell us a bit more about the production process and the outcome?

This time around we only went to the Toneshed studio (Same as the one from Chapters) to record the drums and vocals. We learned a lot from the recording from that record, so we became more prepared and knew what we wanted with this EP. We recorded the guitars and bass ourselves and it got mixed by the amazing Felix Ofner (Showyourteeth) who knew exactly what we loved and how we wanted everything to sound. It was really easy to work with him, and we couldn’t be more stoked on how it came out.

The cover art is remarkable. Who designed it and what’s the story behind it?

The picture is actually something we found while browsing through the Internet, looking for a photographer for our artwork. We all loved it as soon as we saw it, and we were lucky he was willing to work with us and sell it to us! The cover art relates a lot to our lyrics, how politics, religion and war are destroying this world.

What future plans do you have to promote Grief?

Hopefully by touring are asses off! We’re going to record a new video very soon as well, and apart from that we just want to keep doing what we love most in this world; Touring everywhere we can, meeting new people and having the time of our lives.

After the interview we took the record for a spin and like Jelle said: “you can expect a lot of variety”. There are more catchy guitar riffs, but also melodic metal riffs. Grief might sound a little less heavy, but you could compare it to the new For The Fallen Dreams record: less low tuned guitars, less breakdowns, but still an overall heavy sound. It’s something to get used to, but you will fast!

‘Like Wolves’ and ‘Loved and Lost’ are the must-listen-to tracks on this record. They display the growth of As Enemies Arise in both sound and maturity. Grief is the next step for the boys, and we can’t wait to see where it will bring them. Support hardcore and purchase Grief at a show or from their online store.

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