Tech prog may have been a bit much for what Arcaeon have to offer on their just released full length Cascadence, but it fits the avant nature of what the band offers over the course of 12 tracks and 50 minutes of run time. It is technical in nature, progressive in its ideals, but heavy as hell when it needs to be. The way the band weaves soaring vocals, lead heavy riffs, and insane time signatures is next level and that’s just complementing the first couple tracks on this thing. I took note of this band back in 2018 with their EP Balance and they’ve managed to up their game in every possible way. The album is catchy, technical, forward thinking, and insanely heavy which means you need to check it out posthaste. We recently had the chance to catch up with bassist Eifion to get the scoop on all things Arcaeon so check it out below and be sure to secure a copy from the links contained within.
How did you first get into playing music, and have you achieved the level of success that you hoped for?
I got into rock music a little late some might say, but once I did I was hooked. I received my first bass for my 15th birthday and proceeded to annoy the hell out of my parents by playing along to The Offspring, Limp Bizkit and Green Day songs as loud as my little 15 Watt practice amp would allow me. It took me some time to get into playing live after this, but since then I have managed to play all over Britain and even made a few trips over to Europe which are some of my favourite times, alongside playing some wonderful festivals here in the UK. It’s very difficult to quantify success and very difficult to get yourself and your band out there these days, so any gigs we can play and friends we can make along the way is a bonus in my book. It was put to that a famous band said they knew they’d made it when they were able to buy themselves a house with the money they made from music. I set myself the challenge of buying myself a Mars Bar from money I’ve made from music. I am still waiting for this day. I’m sure it will taste extra nice.
What’s the most you have ever debased yourself to get your band onto a show, into a magazine or otherwise promoted, covered, and praised? (If you don’t have a story, please tell us any funny/embarrassing story.)
With no management or booking agent to back you up, getting gigs is hard. Sometimes just hitting gigs and finding people to talk to is the best way, even if it means staying up until four in the morning going to horrendous clubs when you have work the next day (and then turning up four hours late, still pissed). Making these connections is key to success and thankfully it has paid off some of the time. Other times you just get in trouble with your “real life” boss.
What do you see as some of the great things happening in metal and what are some of the worst things happening inside the scene right now?
With so many bands crammed into such a small genre it really makes it vitally important for the bands to standout to be as creative as possible. This makes those that do standout something really special and is great for music fans to consume. The problem with these standout acts being so good and successful means that lots of new bands, who are fans of them, can just see copying their idols as a way of becoming popular themselves, rather than trying to create something special of their own.
It seems that now everyone has a passion for some cause and that those people are very open about displaying their passions. This is probably a very, very good (and progressive) thing socially. What are some of the most important issues (social/political/humorous/etc.) for you and how do you insert those issues into your music?
We don’t really see ourselves as a political band. Whilst we all have opinions on the state of the world currently, creating music for us is kind of an escape from the world, and a way to get together with friends and create something fun to take part in. The best bit about music for me is it brings people together, rather than drives them apart, and that is what we try to do. Going to a gig you know you’re going to be surrounded by like-minded people (at least in one respect) and the bonds and friendship this has created for me is the best thing we can get out of it, which is why we put so much effort into it.
What, or who, got you into metal and how old were you? How did your family take the news?
A friend of mine one day at school said, “have you heard of this band Slipknot?” At the time I was still in my pop-punk phase but I checked them out and ended up listening to ‘Eyeless’ as my first song of theirs. I was completely mind blown and was in from then on. They were my favourite band for some time and ‘Eyeless’ is still my favourite song. From then I just wanted to hear heavier and heavier stuff. This is still my musical endeavour to this day. My dad thought I was worshiping the devil.
What advice do you have for aspiring music critics and outlets out there? How can we all better serve the genre in the eyes of a hard-working musician?
We as musicians put so much time into writing, creating and recording the music, it’s nice to see when a music critic gives the music the respect it deserves, to take the time to listen properly and re-listen and write an honest and heartfelt critique. I feel readers’ respond to that more also, I certainly do.
What’s your goal? You guys thinking world domination? Maybe saving a continent? Maybe invading one? Any interest in starting a cult? Do you guys have day jobs or hobbies you want to share? Whatever it is, please let us know.
Obviously our ultimate goal is to eventually earn enough money to one day buy out a famous “budget” pub brand and offer discounts to all touring bands around the country. We love our pub grub in Arcaeon and said pub chain will certainly see us more than once on a run around the country. Stuart is also looking forward to finally bringing out his cranium self-care product range, which will include cricket bat “scalp massagers” and bags of wine scalp scrubs. Watch the merch store for upcoming announcements.
When you’re not obsessing over your own material, what are some of your favorite albums to listen to currently? (Feel free to include non-metal)
Personally, I’ve been really digging listening to To The Grave, as I have a certain affiliation with ridiculously heavy brutal slamming deathcore (see musical endeavours mentioned earlier). Aside from that I’ve somehow gotten into Childish Gambino too. Having not been able to gig over 2020 I’ve also made a conscious effort to give new music released by friends’ bands a proper listen, as I can’t see it live. Having played in bands for some time I’ve created a friend list full of very talented people and it’s wonderful to hear what they create, even if it won’t be hitting the Top 40 any time soon (is that still a thing?).
What is the 12-month outlook for you or your band? Any specific events on the horizon that the masses should be aware of?
That’s difficult to say. Obviously we’d love to be able to tour the album release properly, but the current state of the country isn’t allowing that. We’d love to hit some festivals this year if the situation allows and do plan to record a live gig scenario for streaming online until gigs open up again. We are booking gigs for 2021, but whether they are allowed to go ahead is anybody’s guess. Keep an eye on our socials though for all updates.
Summarize your band in exactly one word. (Disclosure: If you include additional words, we will select our favorite for the final publication.)
Many thanks to Eifion for his time!