Shores of Elysium is an up-and-coming technical deathcore band from Ohio ready to blast on into the big leagues. Their self-released Entity In The Void magnum opus is a thrilling adventure in sound, pummeling the listener with its raging intensity and ultra-tight musicianship. We recently caught up with vocalist Dylan Glendening to find out more about the mighty Shores of Elysium and their compelling new album. Let the sonic journey commence…
Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Shores of Elysium, and how long the band has been together.
My name is Dylan Glendening and I am the vocalist for Shores of Elysium. We have been together with this line up for just over two years.
Where is the band based out of and what is your local metal scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?
We are mostly from Delaware, Ohio which is a city about 30 minutes north of Columbus. Our scene is alive and well, lots of kids come to local shows and most everyone knows each other. A few good bands from the area are The Beast and His Image and Collector.
Is there any story or concept behind the CD title Entity In The Void?
No concept at all. Every song has no relation to the last.
Select two songs from Entity In The Void and what inspired the lyrics.
Mindsculpt is my favorite song on the album. The lyrics are about religion and how it ruins everything in short. It’s not so much a shot at people for being religious as it is a shot at organized religion and how it uses an idea (god) to deceive and manipulate people.
Another song is Transhumanist and that song is based on the idea of humans transcending mortality by replacing parts of the body with machines.
Who did the artwork for Entity In The Void and how much influence did you have on it?
Jon our bass player did the album art. I initially had the idea of an ambiguous face in darkness and he took it further and developed it into a work of art.
When you look back on the previous release The Arbiter’s Clockwork, what do you think of it now?
I still love it and am still very proud of it, but in the new things we’ve been working on you can clearly hear how much we have grown.
What gave you the idea to release Feliz Navishred and will there be any other metal holiday songs in the future?
Jason is always recording and writing songs, so he decided to do that as a joke and it got really popular. It’s never out of the question.
What could one expect from a live Shores of Elysium show?
A bloody nose and depending on how close you get, to be covered in bodily fluids from yours truly 😉
Has Shores of Elysium ever played here in the Los Angeles area or plan to do so in future days?
We would love to play in Los Angeles, we haven’t even come close to the west coast yet.
If Shores of Elysium could open up for any band either now or from the past, who would it be and why?
I’m sure we would all have different answers to this question, but my personal vote would be to open for Slayer. Slayer is THE metal band and it would be an honor to open for such a legendary band. Or Pantera. That would also rule.
What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most after hearing Entity In The Void for the first time?
I would like the listener to remember how much we appreciate them taking their time to listen to our album. There have been people buying physical copies of our album from overseas and things like that absolutely blow our minds. We have nothing without our fans.
Are you or any other members involved with bands or projects outside of Shores Of Elysium?
Not at all. We are all dedicated to our cause.
What’s up next for Shores of Elysium?
Hopefully some touring on the horizon, we want to travel around the country and meet/make some fans!
Any final words of wisdom?
Question everything. Life is boring if you just take everything as it is.
Shores of Elysium is:
Jason Harris : Guitar
Nate Ankrom : Drums
Jon Misich : Bass
Dylan Glendening : Vocals
(Interview by Ken Morton)
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