Scaphism are a death metal band from Boston,MA. Scaphism, also known as the boats, was an ancient Persian method of execution designed to inflict torturous death. The name comes from the Greek word skaphe, meaning “scooped (or hollowed) out”. A band that caught my attention about a year go, Scaphism looked very promising, with their distinctive sound, brutal lyrics and groovy riffs. Read on.
1. Greetings,how you guys doing?
Great! We’re answering these after just getting offstage from an awesome show!
2. How does it feel to be interviewed by a webzine from a far away country where your band is hardly known?
Its really cool to know that our music has reached people in so many different countries across the globe. Of course, its a lot easier for bands these days to get their sound out there with the internet and digital downloads, but we still ship out hard copies of demos and do some trading through the regular mail as well.
3. Let’s get down to the band,tell me how Scaphism came to be. The when,the where and the hows.
Evan: I started the band as a one-man project in 2007 and released one cassette demo. I realized pretty quickly the limitations of being a solo artist so I spent several months looking for musicians and the full lineup came together in the summer of 09. Since then we’ve recorded a split, a full-length and played a ton of shows in our local area.
4. As a band,what is it that you guys wish to accomplish? And how has it paid off thus far?
We just want to get our music out there to as large an audience as we possibly can. We’re pretty ambitious people and really believe in the DIY ethos so we’ve accomplished a lot so far, but we definitely want to tour more.
5. How would you describe your music? And what does metal mean to you and what’s it’s significance in everyday life?
You can classify us as death metal, but I think we’re different from a lot of whats out there. Most death metal bands these days go for trying to be the most brutal or the most guttural but our approach is to just write catchy, groovy death metal songs that are fun to listen to. We think its important not to take oneself too seriously, and we think our music and lyrics reflect that.
6. Tell me something about the metal community back home. Do you have a lot of shows? Are there a lot of world-class bands you share the stage with? Do you have an audience that’s really crazy?
The scene in New England is really solid. There are a ton of great bands right now in all sub genres of heavy music and there’s usually several shows to choose from on any given night. We play a lot locally and the people who come out to our shows on a regular basis are sick as fuck. Pits, dancing, and singing along. We’ve had a few broken bones and things like that but mostly people just come out to have a good time.
We would love to play Maryland Death Fest. They always have the best lineup, year after year, so that would be amazing to be a part of.
8. Question to Alex – you have another band called Forced Asphyxiation,how do you balance the two? And what differences would you state (musical and otherwise) between the 2 bands?
Alex: Typically I don’t find too much of an issue balancing the two. Since both bands are of a similar style in the death metal scene I don’t run into a lot of double booking issues, and practice is just a matter of proper scheduling throughout the week. I try to keep myself extremely busy with music and various studio work, and even with two main projects I feel as if I don’t get to spend enough time behind my drum set.
Musically, each band definitely has its own sound while staying deeply rooted in death metal as a founding similarity. However my drumming style varies a lot between the two projects. I like to write my drums around the guitar riffs and make the drum tracks more unique. While I will always have a signature style behind my kit, I’m given a wide range of options when it comes to playing drums for each band.
Tom: I”m also currently in two bands right now. My other band, Hard No.9 is more of a straight up southern rock project where I play guitar instead of bass. Balancing the two hasn’t really been a problem for the past couple years other than the occasional double-booking mishap. It’s really good to be able to contribute musically to two different styles of music that can both be well received.
9. You guys are gonna out be with an album this year,tell me something about that. And how does one access your music online? Legally of course.
Our first full-length is going to be coming out this Spring but we’ve actually been working on it for about a year and a half. Its been a huge headache actually but we’re really happy with the end result and can’t wait to get it out there. We’re also planning a tour which will be announced very soon for this April in support of the album. In the meantime, you can hear our split CD online at www.facebook.com/scaphism.
10. It’s been great doing this,here’s your space to share your final thoughts to the readers.
Thanks to Headbangers India for the interview! Check out our music online and support underground metal!
Check out Scaphism’s new single Encephalopathy from their upcoming debut full length Festering Human remains here.
You can listen to Scaphism at – http://reverbnation.com/scaphismofficial