Italy’s Despite Exile took a few moments away from the studio to talk to me a little about themselves and everything else. With their Re-Evolve [EP] currently out now and available globally, these progressive Deathcore musicians are blasting their way through and want to take you along for the ride.
Welcome to Metal Shock Finland, I’m Dylan Raine, Can you introduce yourself and the band?
Hi Dylan, I’m Jei, vocalist of Despite Exile. We are five guys that loves play and write music. We know each other from a long time, we’re like brothers. I started the band with Gio (bass player) 4 years ago and then we recruited the other members.
What are the origins of the music?
In the beginning we wanted to play metalcore, something like Parkway Drive. We did it for like 2 years, and then we all expanded our musical panorama and we came up writing stuff that you can hear now. I don’t really like to use tags for genres, so i will say that we just play the kind of metal we like most.
Are there any key figures in your own history that made your own music the way it is today?
Yes of course, our main inspirations are Whitechapel, Veil of Maya, Meshuggah and All Shall Perish. They’re just our favorite bands, we listen a lot to them, but we still want to get our own sound and not emulate theirs.
Where would you say your motivation comes from when you write or play songs?
The chance to go on tour with our favorite band and travel the world playing music.
Are you planning on touring in the near future?
Yeah we’re trying to plan a tour on September, let’s see if we can make it!
How would you describe your own music and what you bring to the stage?
I think that the word ”energy” is the most appropriate. When we write songs we pay particular attention to the energy factor: every song must be like a train that hits you in the face. Same goes for the live shows, we want to put up a great energetic show that will make people remember us.
Do you mix and master yourselves or do it separately through an outside source?
Our first EP “Scarlet Reverie” was completely self-produced, except for the drums that were recorded in a studio. For “Re-Evolve” we decided to get a better production so we went to a studio that did a great job.
Can you tell what equipment you use and if you have any endorsements?
I use a Shure 58beta but I’m planning to switch to an AKG D5 because live has a better response for the way I scream.
Sanchez uses an ESP Horizon custom shop with EMG active pickups and a Mesa Dual Rectifier. He just bought an Axe FX Ultra so I guess that soon he will be using it.
Carlos has an LTD (i don’t really remember the model, it should be an MH series) and a Peavey 6505.
Gio has a 5 string Warwick Corvette Double Dollar bass and a Gallien Krueger MB2-500
Sasha uses Mapex drums and Zildjian AAX.
We Currently haven’t an endorsement but we are working to find it!
Can we have some links to your music, website, or any other source you can think of?
You can listen and buy our music on our bandcamp page or on our Facebook page, also check out our Youtube channel and Website.
Is there anything you would like to share that I have not yet asked?
I just want to say that we are writing our first full length debut album and it will be awesome! We will start pre-production really soon.
Oh yeah by the way, to everyone who will read this: SUPPORT LOCAL BANDS AND MUSIC. We need everyone of you to achieve our dream.
Thank you very much for your time.
Thank you Dylan, it was a pleasure!
Don’t forget to check out the ‘Despite Exile – Re-Evolve’ Review Here