-Interview- Ashes Of The Forgotten (8/21/14)

Dallas, TX metal band Ashes Of The Forgotten recently talked about their "Dark Aeons" EP as well as their take on the current state of metal.
From: Dallas, TX
Sounds like: Metal

1. How did you get started with music and how did you develop your sound? Who thought of the name “Ashes Of The Forgotten” and is there any meaning behind it?

TJ: The band first started with 3 members back in 2010 and was called simply 'The Forgotten' the band was later changed to Ashes of the Forgotten. The meaning behind the name is pretty self explanatory, it's about all the forgotten dead.

2. What do you want listeners to take away from your newest EP "Dark Aeons"?

TJ: As with every release we will do, I hope they can get a sense of how we have grown and how much time we spend creating music that our fans will enjoy.

3. How would you describe your music to the average listener?

TJ: Haha, that's always been a tough one. We have so many styles of metal that influence us and we mix it all in. We are heavy is what I normally say.

4. What can people expect from your live show?

TJ: Lots of energy and mosh pits haha I love interacting with our crowd/fans they can always catch me walking around before and after the show. A lot of people have commented on how I'm a totally different person on stage.

5. Who are three bands you’d like to tour with?

TJ: The Acacia Strain, I Declare War, The Black Dahlia Murder (substitute any for Babymetal as well haha).

6. Any crazy show stories?

TJ: HA! There are a few... I've broken my hand at a show, nose, we've been flashed, had a drunk guy hit our vehicle once after a show, list can go on.

7. What’s your take on the current state of metal?

TJ: There is a lot of metal bands out there and more popping up everyday. The whole music industry has changed since I first started in the mid 90s and bands can easily DIY over the internet from their bedrooms. It's very hard to stand out because of this.

8. What’s the current music scene like there in the Texas both locally and state wide?

TJ: Music locally had a little down moment but is picking up, there are a lot of very talented bands in the scene. State wide is the same, there is a lot of metal in Texas.

9. What’s your take on legal/illegal music downloading?

TJ: I'm not sure where I stand on that. I know some places have our EP up for download for free and we have it for sale on iTunes, Amazon, etc... There is a lot of illegal downloading and it will never stop. At least (hopefully) they come support us at shows and buy merch, that is where bands really make their money. I'll never get upset at someone if I found out they downloaded our music for free.

10. What’s next for Ashes Of The Forgotten?

TJ: We are currently working on new music which is still evolving. Hopefully we can continue to do so for years. We are always working hard to become better and get our name out there.

11. Any shoutouts?

TJ: Shout out to all our fans/supporters, our friends, family, DMS (Dallas Metal Scene), Arm The Pit, all the venues we've played at, every local band we've share the stage with (way to many to list), All the DJs at Nuclear Rock Radio for jamming us, Raven at KNON 89.3 The Dungeon, Nothing But Metal Radio, Let's Rage/Rageon Clothing & Dino Cazares for the awesome shout out he did for us.