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Feeding: Occult Pals Release Second Heavy af EP

Friday 19th, January 2018 / 14:00
By Brittany Rudyck 

 

Grindcore meets death metal and Grand Theft Auto  
Photo by Ben Bucholtz

EDMONTON – The five dudes in Feeding are easily some of the friendliest people in Edmonton’s heavy music scene. And with their latest EP, In Hell, they’ve proven themselves to be some of the hardest working. Their first self-titled EP, released spring of 2016, was a way for the group to feel out what they were trying to create.  

Since then, they’ve upped their rehearsal time and gotten only slightly more serious in their goal to morph into a downrigh demonic, death metal band. Their goal is predominantly to improve on their instrumentals but also to stay connected to each other. The latter is something that appears to come extremely natural, as they slid in and out of jokes while sipping their black coffees.  

“We’re still figuring out what it should sound like,” rhythm guitarist Tyler Marshall explains. “The first thing we put out was definitely different… it had a lot of elements of the things we were doing in other bands. This is more what we had in mind and is the real representation of what’s to come and what we want to do. We’re really pumped.” 

In Hell is clearly damper in tone and demonstrates the band’s ability to play faster and more intricately. Not only is the EP heavy and brisk, Zach Pyshniak’s vocals sound like he is gnashing on razor blades while he screams. 

“I’ve actually learned how to do vocals and not just scream,” says Pyshniak. “I’ve practiced more.” 

It shows. Not only are the instrumentals dropped down to a lower tone, but so are the vocals; something that’s evolved from the slightly more hollow vocal textures of the first EP.  

“We just want to get as heavy as we can,” reveals Brett Enns, the lead guitarist. “Going toward straight death metal and trying to push the limits of what we thought was acceptable. The new stuff is way more technically challenging to play and we’re all getting way better at our instruments. Tremolo picking and double kicks and just more in general.” 

While their first effort is undoubtedly frenzied and the essential embodiment of grind, In Hell captures some of those sharp moments and refines them even more steadily, with diabolical sleight of hand. “Stuck Pigs” is one such example of the group sharpening their skills in a manically appealing bid to become one of Edmonton’s premiere death metal bands.  

“People started moshing at our shows now,” says Pyshniak. “So it’s less awkward.” 

The gang then regaled BeatRoute with a tale of a recent show at Tubby Dog with grind heavy weights Wake.  

“This guy in a Canadian tuxedo was standing directly in front of Justin’s drum kit air drumming,” laughs Marshall.  

“He kept trying to drink my water while we were playing,” says Pyshniak. “And he was trying to talk to all of the other bands. It was one of the weirdest things I’ve seen on stage.”  

In addition to playing more interactive shows and getting together to rehearse more often, the crew of best friends have graduated from playing Dungeons & Dragons regularly to crushing Grand Theft Auto. Marshall also spearheaded a playful bid for mayor during the civil election in October with the support of his comrades. 

“My campaign was based on smoking weed and righteousness,” says Marshall with a grin. “I think my main mistake was shaving my head.”  

 

Feeding release In Hell February 2nd at the Aviary in Edmonton with Wormwitch, Falsehood, Slumlord and Everythingyoueverloved. In Calgary February 3rd at Distortion with the same heavy line up. 

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