Vince​ ​Santonastaso​ ​​ ​Vocals

Kevin​ ​Cust​ ​​ ​Guitar

Blair​ ​Smith​ ​​ ​Drums

Fernando​ ​Carrera​ ​​ ​Bass

James​ ​Soto​ ​​ ​Guitar

Beautiful,​ ​humble,​ ​balanced​ ​and​ ​intelligent​ ​-​ ​a​ ​perfect​ ​dream.​ ​Hailing​ ​from​ ​New​ ​Jersey,​ ​where countless ​ famous​ ​ acts​ ​ have​​ ​been​ ​discovered,​ ​you​ will​​ find​​ ​Symetria.​ ​Pleasing​ ​the​ ​musical ​​taste buds ​ of​​ ​thrash,​ ​power​ ​metal, ​ metal,​ ​ hardcore,​ ​​classic​ ​rock​ ​and ​​straight​  up​ ​ rock​ ​ ‘n’​ ​ roll​​  ​fans ​ alike,​ Symetria’s ​ mission​ ​ is​ ​ to​ ​ connect​ ​ with​​  their​  ​fans​​ and​​ touch​​ ​their​ lives​ ​ as​ ​ music​ ​ has​ ​ touched​ theirs.

 

Vince​ Santonastaso​ ​ ​(vocals)​ ​and​ ​Kevin​ ​Cust​ ​(guitar) ​met​​ ​playing​ ​in​ ​an​ ​Iron​ ​Maiden, ​ Judas​Priest ​ and​ ​ Metallica​ ​ cover​ ​ band.​ ​ But​ ​ Vince​ ​ knew​  ​after​​ ​playing​ ​for​ ​over​ ​15​ ​years,​ ​it​ ​was​​time​ ​for more,​ ​and ​ boy​ ​ was​ ​ Kevin​ ​​ready​ ​too.​ ​In​ ​their​ ​eyes, ​​Symetria ​​wasn’t​ ​even​ ​a​ ​concept ​​yet​  but​ ​ little​ did ​ they​ ​ know​ ​ this​ ​ was​ ​ just​ ​ the​ ​ beginning.​  ​Fernando​ ​ Carrera​ ​​(bass)​ ​was ​​an​​old​ ​friend​ ​of​ ​Kevin’s, came ​ to​ ​ jam​ ​ after​ ​ moving​ ​ back​ ​ from​ ​ California​ ​ and​ ​ blended​ ​ right​ ​ in.​​ ​The​ ​missing ​ piece​ ​ ​was ​ Blair​ Smith ​ (​ drums) ​ who,​ ​ by​ ​ ​luck  ​of​​  the​​  draw,​ ​ they​ ​ found​ ​ on​​ Bandmix.​​  He ​​came ​in​ ​ on​ ​ ​a​  ​rainy,​  muddy​ Sunday ​ afternoon,​ ​ and​ ​ he​ ​ made​ ​ it​ ​ thunder.​ ​ His​ ​ style​ ​ ​and​  ability​ ​ to​​ bounce​ ​ around,​ ​ change​​  time​ and​ ​lay​ ​a​ ​groovy​ ​beat​ ​made​ ​the ​ band​​ bring​ ​ ​him ​ ​back. ​ And ​ so​ ​ Symetria​ ​ ​was ​ born.​

 

Symetria​ ​spent​ ​the​ ​fall​ ​jamming​ ​and​ ​writing.​ ​They​ ​had​ ​7​ ​songs​ ​ready​ ​to​ ​play​ ​but​ ​were​ ​still missing ​ that​ ​ second​ ​ ​guitarist​ ​they​ ​needed ​​to​ ​really ​​solidify ​​the​ ​bands​ ​sound​ ​and​ ​power. ​​But finding ​ “the​ ​ one”​ ​ was​ ​ proving​ ​ to​ ​ be​ ​ more​ ​ difficult​ ​ than​ ​​expected. ​ Regardless,​ ​ ​the ​ band​ ​ took​​  their​ first ​ show​ ​ in​​ ​November​ ​2016,​ ​a​ ​Toys​ ​for​ ​Tots​ ​benefit​ ​in​ ​PA,​ ​and ​ the​​ response​​ ​they​received​​ ​was overwhelming. ​ The​ ​ rest​ ​ was​ ​ history.​

 

The​ ​band​ ​engaged​ ​with​ ​Tim​ ​McMurtrie,​ ​an​ ​old​ ​contact​ ​from​ ​a​ ​previous​ ​band​ and​​ ​also​ ​the original ​ guitarist​ ​ for​ ​ M.O.D.,​ ​​and ​his​​  new​ ​ label​​  Tripsquad​ ​ Records.​ ​ Symetria​ ​ started​​ recording​ their ​ full-length​ ​ album​ ​ at​ ​ Trax​ ​ East,​ ​ produced​  ​​by ​ Eric​​  Rachel​ ​ and​ ​ Tim.​ ​ While​​ all​​  of​ ​ this​​  was​ going​ ​on,​ Symetria​ ​ hopped​ ​ on​ ​ a​ ​ friends​  ​​show ​ ​in ​ Allentown,​ ​ PA​​ ​and​ ​the​​crowd ​ ate​ ​ it​ ​ up​ ​ -​ ​ ​further solidifying ​ they​ ​ were​ ​ really​ ​ onto​ ​ ​something. ​ The​​  recording​ ​ was​​​done​ ​and​ ​sounded​ ​so ​​full,​ ​so powerful ​ and​ ​ so​ ​ intense.​ ​ Now,​ ​ it​​  was​ ​ time​ ​ to​​  ​add ​​the​​second ​​guitarist. ​ Enter​ ​​James​ Soto​ (guitar). ​ While​ ​ James​ ​ isn’t​ ​ on​ ​ the​​  full-length,​ ​ his​ ​ influence​​  ​is. ​ Behind​ ​ the​​  scenes,​ ​ Kevin​​  jammed​ with​ ​James,​ ​teaching ​ him​ ​ all​ ​ of​ ​ the​ ​ music,​ ​ ​making ​ ​his ​ audition​ ​ ​for ​ Symetria​ ​ gig-level​ ​ acceptable.​

 

What​ ​sets​ ​Symetria​ ​apart ​​from​ ​the​ ​ever-growing ​​metal​ ​scene​ ​is​ ​not​ ​just​ ​their​ ​unique​ sound,​ ​ but​ their ​ humanitarian​ ​ roots.​ ​ As​ ​ a​ ​ band,​ ​ they’ve​ ​ lived.​ ​ They’ve​ ​ ​been​  around​ ​ the​ ​ block​ ​ a​ ​ few​ ​ times​ and​ ​their​ ​goal​ ​isn’t​ ​only​ ​to​ ​sell​ ​out ​ shows​ ​ and​ ​ ​make ​ ​a ​ global​ ​ name​ ​ for​ ​ themselves.​ ​ From ​ animal​ shelters​ ​to​ ​habitat​ ​for​ ​humanity,​ ​Symetria ​ want​ ​ to​ ​ be​​  known​ ​ as​ ​ ambassadors​ ​ for​ ​ helping​ ​ people​ and​ giving​ ​ ​back.

 

Symetria’s​ ​debut​ ​album​ ​is​ ​slated​ ​for​ ​release​ ​September​ ​29,​ ​2017​ ​on​ Tripsquad Records.​ ​The very​ ​same​ ​weekend,​ ​Symetria ​ will​ ​ share​  ​the​ ​ stage​ ​ with​​  idols​ ​ and​ ​ metal​ ​ icons​ ​ OVERKILL.​ ​ With​ two​ ​big​ ​milestones​ ​in​ ​such​ ​a​ ​short​ ​time​ ​for​ ​young​ ​band,​ ​Symetria​ ​has​​proven​ ​they​ ​are​ ​in​ ​it​ ​for the ​ long​ ​ haul.​ ​ Horns​ ​ up!​

 

 

Your music is Judas Priest, meets Avenged Sevenfold, why is it so important as musicians to stay true to your roots?

Blair – Honestly I think we are a bit more than that, we try not to be stuck in the past, while staying true to your roots is a noble endeavor you risk becoming irrelevant. We are all a sum total of our parts and we all have different influences that make us who we are as musicians and help us establish our musical identity. You need to keep fighting to do things a little different, be creative and innovate while alluding to your past and not play just like your influences , that has already been done .

James – I think it’s important because of the next generation that’s gonna be grabbing an instrument and making music. They should know what started it all and where the foundation lies for this music that we love. There’s a reason why many of these early metal bands are still so relevant today even among the younger crowd, it’s just great music, simple as that. At the same time we should be striving to build and expand on those roots, always moving forward without getting stuck in the past.

Vince – Why change the recipe for success, the challenge lies in finding ways to create new music with the old feeling, that’s how you re-connect with old heads, and bring in the young crowd at the same time.

 

Playing in cover bands in the past and now an original band, what are some differences you can decipher ?

Blair – The last cover band I was in was a loooong time ago . The ability to create my own sound and establish my own niche as a musician is something I have always wanted . Cover bands are all about playing and perfecting your skills so you can play someone else’s part. While there is always a place for this in the music world there is a danger as you can lose yourself and all of the things that make you unique; you didn’t take up an instrument and invest all that time to play someone else’s music . If you did have at it , you will make a lot of money and have a full gig schedule and I wish you nothing but success and happiness . That was just not in my cards .

Vince – Covers can be fun, and I’ll always enjoy jumping up with friends that are playing a bar and doing a Metallica song or something like that, but it’s still someone elses music. If you love it, and that’s what your happiest doing that’s great, I want to create, and there’s no creating when your playing covers. I used to think covers were easier, that’s not necessarily true, when everythings clicking you can write a song faster then learning somebody elses. On the flipside the response is always greater doing covers, at least at first, and all your friends will come out and see you every time you play.

 

Your newest album will be available via Tripsquad records, can you explain how all this came to fruition?

Blair – Vince’s relationship with Tim goes back a way , I guess the old adage never burn your bridges is true . It is a bridge we walk across today .

Vince – I’ve know Tim for a number of years, he had just released his bands full length, after an EP a year or so earlier, so I called him to ask about the differences between the 2, knowing that they re-recorded the EP songs for the full length I wanted to know if the EP was a step worth skipping. For us going full length right away made more sense especially considering theres so many different feelings to our sound that picking 3-4 songs for an EP was nearly impossible. That conversation led to him telling me about this label he was starting, a life long dream of his, and it just worked that his dream of a label, and my dream of a professionally released album all clicked together.

What are some of the bands goals?

Blair – To be happy, creative , make a difference in music, in the world and enjoy the journey .

Vince – To cross the lines of the metal community and break the sub-genre lines. I want to be the band that brings it all back to the basics, Heavy Metal Rock & Roll. Horns up in the air, heads banging, hair flailing around, body moving the whole time were playing. No haymakers, and round house kicks, we ain’t about that. Have a good time, feel good, and love eachother. I remember going to huge metal shows, tens of thousands of people all together, smiling, bobbing there heads, waving there arms, fists in the air, and everyone being there to be together. I want to see the brotherhood strengthen again, and I want to be a part of it.

 

You’re playing with Overkill at the end of the month ( September 29th), can you explain what it means to share the stage with these legends?

Blair – It means a ton, Overkill are guys who found the formula , they innovate , create new exciting original great music with every album . Personally now that Jason Bittner is playing with them it takes on an even more important tone . He is a guy I have followed since his Shadows Fall days and is a drummer that few can come close to in the musical world . It will be a humbling, emotional, surreal experience and to say I was not nervous would be a lie lol….

James – To open for such an influential band that is still going strong and putting out consistently good music is amazing. I’ve been counting down the days and I can’t wait!

Vince – For me it’s a dream come true, Bobby was the first guy that made me want to be a singer. To share the stage with legends like them the day after our album releases is amazing.

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Not for the faint of heart, the always loud and in-charge P.O.D. is back serving up hits with the track “Soundboy Killa”— premieres August 18th via AltPress.com. Feeding off the Southtown, classic SoCal flavor, this quintessential track leaves you wanting more. Listen here:

“Rock & Roll has become entertainment that just says what the consumer wants to hear. There’s no more edge or rebellion that sets it apart from the norm.” – Sonny Sandoval. “Soundboy Killa” is classic P.O.D. guitar riff power, head banging groove with the lyrical attitude and edge missing in today’s Rock & Roll.”

Known for their hits “Alive”, “Youth of the Nation”, and “Southtown”, the multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated band is giving today’s rock scene a run for their money.

Catch the Soundboy Killaz fall tour with P.O.D. featuring special guests Alien Ant Farm, Powerflo, and Fire From The Gods. Full tour dates available below. ( Press Release via Alternative Press)

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Soundboy Killaz Tour Dates: P.O.D. with Alien Ant Farm, Powerful & Fire From The Gods

Sept. 9, 2017 Stanhope, NJ Get Tickets
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South America Tour Dates with Alien Ant Farm
Oct. 11, 2017 Rio De Janeiro, BR Get Tickets
Oct. 12, 2017 Sao Paulo, BR Get Tickets
Oct. 14, 2017 Belo Horizonte, BR Get Tickets
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Oct. 19, 2017 Buenos Aires, Argentina Get Tickets
Oct. 21, 2017 Asuncion, Paraguay Get Tickets

 

If you’re looking for something new to get into this long weekend, make sure you take a chance on Don’t Believe In Ghosts. Their newest album “Give It Meaning” features 13 tracks packed with solid hooks, infectious melodies blended together with some great instrumentals. Did I also mention an appearance by Dr.Fink? – Yes the guy who played in Prince’s backing band. Steven Nathan of Don’t Believe In Ghosts speaks with the World Rock Countdown below.

How long did it take to write this record from start to finish?

Well it’s interesting… i wrote over 60 songs for this album. It all started with a 7 day challenge I gave myself where i wrote a song a day for seven days.  I was really excited by the results and possibility of expanding on that so i then set a goal to hit 30 songs over the next two months.  After hitting that goal I picked like 6 of those for an ep… shortly after releasing that i kept writing. I ended up writing about another 30 songs in all by the time this album was coming to light. So i’d say almost two years of writing went into this whole process… I have to say, that is probably my favourite part of this all!

Your mindset when entering the studio is very old fashioned or very focussed rather, can you explain why you don’t believe in showing people what you’re doing ?

Well I actually did share with a few close friends each time i finished an idea… I felt it really helped keeping me accountable to have to show something to keep hitting my goals. But as far as broadcasting from the studio and posting pics etc. I don’t know… I try to but when I go into a work mode I kind of go into a hyper focus that keeps me from thinking of things like snapchat and Instagram haha. Unfortunately the way things are these days you have to constantly have a presence online… that’s really really distracting to me.
  

You look to Beethoven for inspiration, why is that?  and what else inspires you?

Beethoven was the first thing i heard as a kid that really captured things i felt inside. He definitely wasn’t updating his snapchat when writing the 9th symphony!! haha

Collaborating with Doctor Fink of Prince’s band back before it was called “The New Power Generation” must have been quite the experience, can you explain how the chance to work together came about and what have you learned from that specific event in your career?
I was working on a song some years ago and i was really interested in capturing that Purple Rain era synth sound. In my process of hunting down what he used I happened to stumble on Matts email, so i just emailed him. Totally didn’t expect to hear back but he really dug the track. He played on that album and has played on every album i’ve recorded since. He also performed as a member of Don’t Believe In Ghosts for our first ever live show!  I’ve learned so much from him, he’s really become a great friend as well.

Man on Earth was your main band. You guys had some successful runs, but how did this new project come to fruition?

I did the Man On Earth thing for a long time… through many incarnations. Really I put it on hold because it was just time to try some new stuff and get creative again. We had been on the road for a few years and when you’re touring the way we were you just don’t have time to write and be creative… that part of it starts to slide. Man On Earth started with me in my room writing and recording, in fact i spent a few years working on the first album. So in a way starting this new project was going back to where it all began.

Any big plans for Don’t Believe In Ghosts?

I just want to keep a healthy balance between being creative and having to go out and promote what i’m doing. Right now we’re in the process of making a number of music videos for these songs… perhaps i’m doing that to stall going out on tour and playing the same songs over and over? haha I just want to keep things interesting and creative, it’s 2017, we have so many new outlets for music and i’m looking forward to really making the most of them!!

Be sure to add this album to your playlist now! 

 

In Motive is a band that successfully blends melody and the right amount of heavy. They have one of the most inviting sounds i’ve heard in years. The music is just perfect.  Formed by members of Born of Osiris, and City in the Sea, the band is setting the stage for something huge..so be on the lookout.

Check out the interview below!

At what point did you realize that you guys had something worth producing?

Devin Barrus (vocalist): When I first joined In Motive it wasn’t at the point where the question was being asked if the music was formidable to be produced. It was already established, the songs just needed tweaking at best.

In Motive, Jonathan Davis, and their engineer Allan Hessler

How was Recording with Jonathan Davis? Were you nervous? What are some things you’ve learned from him?

Devin: Jonathan Davis was one of the nicest most “down to earth” type of people I’ve ever met at that status of success. He isn’t full of himself or a “rockstar” type persona which made working with him that much more enjoyable. At first I was a bit nervous to meet JD, I had no idea what to expect, but like I said he was such a nice guy and made us all super comfortable. Jonathan really helped In Motive make the most out of the songs we took in, and as a vocalist he understood what worked and what didn’t for my voice even coming from such a drastically different place stylistically as a singer. He cut out “the fat” in our arrangements and it was great to work with a producer who understood the importance of song structure, hook, and top line.

Some band members come from a relatively heavier musical background ( Born of Osiris) can you explain how hard or easy it was to adapt to this style of music?

Devin: I think everybody in this band besides me comes from a heavier background. Both Born of Osiris and City In The Sea are pretty rooted in the meadow Progressive scene where I’ve come from more of a pop -rock/ alternative background. I definitely think everybody in this band has adapted to all of those Styles in some shape or form. I definitely wouldn’t label In Motive as anything “Heavy/Prog” or anything “Pop Alternative” but it definitely pulls from both styles which makes it interesting.

What motivates you?

Devin: For me that’s a simple question my biggest motivator is to influence, Inspire, and to continually grow as an artist and performer. I want to push the boundaries of music itself and create a legacy for myself. I think so many bands and artists get caught up in trying to be quote on quote “The next big thing” but they really miss out on the intricacies of your own unique voice(quite literally in my position). It’s a genuine process full of failure and sometimes success. My journey has just been to find that and I think I am on the right path.

You’ve probably have some good memories on tour, for a band that’s just beginning their touring career what’s some advice you can give them?

Lee Mckinney (guitarist): I’d say that it’s important in the early years of touring to be as professional as possible. Don’t show up late, load in at the correct time, keep your gear confined to a small area, and be ready on a moments notice to get it on stage! Other than that, just enjoy the experience. Try to remember that if you are a group that gets to travel the world playing music, you should be thankful and never take it for granted!

What does the future hold for In Motive?

Devin: We are gearing up to release more music, tour, and grow our fan base. This is just the beginning for us

– Pick up a copy of their latest singles here. Itunes – In Motive

Featuring: Don Broco (England), Marrok (Austria), Mondo Cozmo (USA), Crossfaith (Japan), Serious Black (Greece,USA,Germany, Austria,Czech Republic), Screaming for Silence (USA), The New Roses (Germany),For All We Know (Holland), Moretta (USA), The Sherlocks (UK)  – Mastering Engineer Maor Appelbaum.

 

 

Maor Appelbaum’s success has been earned through decades of hard work and determination. From humble beginnings in Israel, he is now an elite mastering engineer whose first studio job in America was working as part of Sylvia Massey’s (credits include: Tool, System of a Down) production crew. The opportunity to work with Sylvia, reinforced his desire to succeed and laid the groundwork for a truly stellar career.

You’ve become How Important is Mastering to your song/record?  The mastering process is the final touch. It’s where you improve the experience of the listener, you can manipulate the sound and tone.  It’s like going to a museum and seeing a picture on the wall. The frame of the picture and the lighting thats on the picture – its like the mastering. It will help you present the picture.

Why’d you chose mastering ?  It’s about knowing what you’re best at.  I believe that Mastering is my forte in the music production process.  I have the skills to do mixing and other things, but my calling is mastering.  

“If your dream is to work on music, either as a musician or a producer, do the best you can and work hard. There are a lot of sacrifices and if you really want to do it, then go do it because you may like it and be successful too.” – Maor Appelbaum, Mastering Engineer

He’s worked on some big albums from Armored Saint, Rob Halford, Faith No More, Starset and Butcher Babies. Check out his discography here : www.maorappelbaum.com