The Mighty American Metal of The Unbroken
The Mighty American Metal of The Unbroken
Meet The Unbroken, thought provoking American Metal destined to take over the world in a vast and epic way. Human Crown is the name of the latest heavy metal manifesto, jammed packed with fist pumping anthems that you’ll want yo revisit time and again. Fans of acts such as Metallica and Pantera will certainly discover their next all time favorite band when exploring the intensive tunes The Unbroken has to offer. Highwire Daze recently interviewed vocalist / guitarist Chester Oszustowicz to find out a whole lot more about this mighty band on the rise. Read on…
Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in The Unbroken, and how long the band has been together.
Chester, I am the vocalist and rhythm guitar player. The band was created Mid 2016 by Tamas (Drums) and myself. A brief short time later we got Mark (Lead Guitarist) on board as he and I played together in another act. Jeff (Bass) came roughly a year later. Everything with our band starts with the music. 4 guys jamming in a room. There is something special about a bunch of guys working in a room together. The honesty comes through the music.
Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there? Any local bands you could recommend?
The band is located in Brooklyn NY. The metal scene has really come along way over the last few years. There is lots of diversity, and action in the scene. Acts such as Ourselves, Americas Death Bed, Minimal Absolution – all over different flavors of metal.
Is there any overall story or concept behind the EP title Human Crown?
It’s a sarcastic take on humans in general. The concept of the album is looking at humans and ourselves from the outside in and the inside out. As a generality us as humans think of ourselves as high and mighty, As kings of morality and the righteous. But when it comes down to it our leaders, social influencers, us, don’t do enough. We talk a lot and do nothing.
Select two songs from Human Crown and what inspired the lyrics.
“The Human Crown”
The lyrics were inspired by an event I was at in Washington DC which was across from a convention center. Over the course of those days I witnessed both major political parties coming and going after eating thousand dollar a plate dinners. Witnessing them coming and going and stepping over homeless right outside. Spending time inside talking about how good they are yet not one who left gave anyone a red cent or dollar. I said look at these people? These are our leaders? They are more interested in the next biggest headline to sell us instead of handling things they are supposed to do. Our media is corrupt and has become big business and not informative anymore.
The Human Crown is a song about everything that is wrong with today’s society. We have become a generation of “Keyboard Cowboys.” The “You hurt my feelings generation.” We sit home on our computers consumed by social media, Believing Fake news, posts by people who are experts at consuming C02 and nothing more and we take their words for gold. We are sold a bag of stories and we follow right along. We fight, argue, they divide us and we follow. So the question is what would our maker think? An angry maker. Whether it be god, the universe, a father or mother. The song is not about picking sides, It’s more about being a witness, a reporter to what’s going on. When the chorus comes in that’s our maker.
“Stuck in your Way”
Ever met that guy? That person who does all he or she can to self-sabotage themselves. There is that aurora of almost cockiness about the decisions they make, yet they can’t get out of their own way. They are upset and mad at what they do, yet they do nothing about it. All of us sometimes go through that. We are our own worst enemy, then we have that friend, family, internal voice, or love one who asks “Hey man. Don’t you realize you’re stuck in your way again?” The song teeters on learning through experience yet not growing. The battle, the help, the Experience, the regret. It’s about internal struggle and rational behind the decision of not deciding to change and that voice inside that goes back and forth.
Who did the cover art for Human Crown and how much input did you have on it?
We had a great chance to work with Brian Allen from Flyland Designs.
Our concept idea was….and he took it on with his own interpretation. Collaborated work just like we work with everyone.
What did producer John Bender (varied credits include Breaking Benjamin, Sleeping With Sirens, One OK Rock, Heartist) contribute to the overall recording process?
He was able to help us shape the songs using our pre-produced tracks. Lyrics and vocal melody suggestions…additional production to take the songs to the next level. He came in with fresh ears and eyes. Helped us see the trees again from a different point of view. When you’re standing in the forest too long the trees start to go away. John helped us freshen up our prospective and helped us as musicians get on the same page.
What could one expect from a live The Unbroken show?
High energy, brutal tight performance. All real musicians playing their instruments. No tracks, No fake vocals, No fake computers. All real American Metal.
Has The Unbroken ever played on the West Coast or plan to do so in future days?
We have a lot of our metal brothers and sisters from the West Coast we haven’t gotten to yet, but our 2020 plans are definitely including it. We already have confirmed festival appearance at the Arizona Music Fest in Nov 2020 More to come……
If The Unbroken could open for any band either now or from the past, who would it be and why?
Metallica would be the most amazing achievement but we’d love to share stages with great acts like 5FDP, Slipknot, Gojira, Lamb Of God…. etc
If the music of The Unbroken was a donut, what kind would it be and why?
A new kind of an old favorite, A Multicolor Glazed Boston cream, With a spicy kick of hell yea!
What’s up in the New Year for The Unbroken?
We have 2 albums worth of material ready for production. New music 100%!
Also just signed a Publishing Deal with De Wolfe Publishing so the future is very promising. Its going to be a great New year
Any final words of wisdom?
It’s better to be pissed off, then pissed on!!
The Unbroken is:
Chester Oszustowicz: Vocals/Guitars
Mark Johnson: Backing Vocals/ Lead Guitars
Jeff Hinz: Backing Vocals/Bass
Tamas Vajda: Drums
(Interview by Ken Morton)
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