Since our last epic interview with vocalist Orion Stephens, In Dying Arms found themselves embraced by Artery Recordings. Shortly thereafter the band unleashed a pummeling collection of tunes entitled Boundaries. In Dying Arms has been consistently on the road since their fateful Artery encounter, promoting their music and garnering a good deal of attention and respect along the way. We caught up with the charismatic In Dying Arms front man while he and the band were undoubtedly in a strange town somewhere getting ready to unleash their sonic terror to the locals. Read on…
Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in In Dying Arms, and how long the band has been together.
Hey I’m Orion and I do vocals for the band. We’ve been together since 2006!
Where is the band based out of and who are some of the local bands you could recommend?
We are from Baltimore, MD. Bands from here to checkout would be: Camisado, I, The Breather, and For Fear Itself.
How did you wind up being signed to Artery Recordings?
We were on Artery Foundation Management previously since April of 2011. They were interested in getting us on their label from then so the rest is history lol
Is there any story or concept behind the Boundaries title?
Yes, Boundaries was to stand for our sound on the record pushing the limits of deathcore and post-hardcore together. No limitations for what we were doing at the time.
Select two songs Boundaries and what inspired the lyrics.
Blind to The Truth: These lyrics are about myself looking back into things in my life. The main message is from the chorus “Blind to the truth of what didnt last. I keep moving forward, but keep looking back.” Dominus: Is about feeling empowered and being in control. “Now that you’ve made me your king, bow down to me“
Who produced Boundaries and what was it like working with them?
Stephan Hawkes from Interlace Studios. He was a very easy going cool guy. The experience of being there alone was just so great, plus it was the first time being on the West Coast. For me, the recording sessions were very smooth, no pressure. Very natural.
Who did the cover art for Boundaries and how much input did you have on it?
Our manager Mike Milford. It was my idea about the naked female, i love the bursting glass he added.
How did Fronz from Attila become involved with the Bathed In Salt song and have you performed it live with him yet?
He lived with our manager at the time and we were all in the same time where the studio was. So we got him to come through, told him the topic of the song, he did his parts and it was that easy. We haven’t performed it with him yet, but one day we shall : )
You have been doing a lot of touring as of late. Any interesting or scary stories from the road you could share?
We’ve been touring a lot since August of 2011 til now. Haha I don’t know if any of the stories are interview worthy lol. Every day something interesting happens. Just come catch us on the road – you’re in for a treat
If you could tour with any band either now or who has ever existed, what band would it be and why?
Suicide Silence, since now they will never be the same without Mitch. RIP to him : (. I’d love to tour with Slipknot as well, they are a great inspiration.
If your music was a donut, what kind would it be and why?
Chocolate glazed jelly filled! Cuz we gots flavour!
When you look back on the two previous In Dying Arms albums, what do you think of them now?
I think they’re still awesome lol. There are a lot of elements where we grew up, but also some things I miss. But every album we do is different, so we plan to bring back things that we miss.
What’s up in the new year for In Dying Arms?
More touring! And of course writing for the future album ; )
Any final words of wisdom?
Come check out IN DYING ARMS live and hangout with us. We love the fans and we wanna meet all of you.
In Dying Arms is:
Orion Stephens – Vocals
Jeremy Magee – Guitar
John Myers – Guitar
Terence Bright – Bass
Alvin Richardson – Drums
(Interview by Kenneth Morton)
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