Good morning, it’s time to metal. Here’s some news you might have missed from the last couple of days:
Leading off, Noisem have announced the departures of guitarist Yago Ventura, bassist Billy Carnes and vocalist Tyler Carnes. That leaves the Phillips brothers and new vocalist Ben Anft, also of Castle Freak. At least there’s a new album in the bag?
Last month saw the release of Blossoming Decay, the second album from death / thrash / grind upstarts Noisem.The band had already built up an impressive following on the heels of their 2013 debut, Agony Defined, and they continue to amass new fans and supporters through a near-constant touring schedule. Young though the band members may be, they’ve built up the resume and presence of seasoned vets. That tends to happen when you play with everyone from metal elites to local talent and lay waste to any venue that will have you.
Ahead of a new tour with Iron Reagan and Angel Dust—set to kick off this evening in Noisem’s native Baltimore—we got the chance to speak with bassist Billy Carnes and guitarist Sebastian Phillips about the writing process behind Blossoming Decay, taking the songs live, and more. Here’s what they had to say: