From within a vacuum silhouettes of distinction cannot be wrestled or desired, they seek Asylum and form uninhibited and reflective attitudes. Through augmented realms unseen ideas are formative and paths coalesce. Music is a portal for hearts that bleed and dream through pain and suffering. Dark remnants diminutive of loss, torturous memory and wretched torment seethes the Black.
LAYLA: Asylum Black has been around for a bit huh? Can you tell me a little more about that?
JONAH: We’ve been a band for about 5 years at this point; we’ve reached some weird peaks and lows but we’re still kicking. I started this project as more of a goth/industrial-type band and we’ve recently evolved our sound into something a little heavier than that.
STEVEN: I came around after the “industrial” title to Asylum Black was put to rest. I love the old material, but I’m thrilled to be a part of the birth of new Asylum Black. I’ve come to be very close with Jonah and know what Asylum Black was all about and what it will be about now. It’s quite different from what people remember.
LAYLA: The Of faith and blood of the lamb, video is going to come out soon, how soon? What’s it about?
JONAH: Our new single “Of Faith & Blood of the Lamb” will be dropping soon, probably around the end of this month (July). The best way to describe song is metaphorically being a slave to something/someone toxic in your life that continues to drag you down and strip you of your value, almost like letting go of an addiction. The ‘blood of the lamb’ part relates to the corruption of pure innocence. The video will drop along with links to the online retailers in which everyone will globally be able to purchase the track.
STEVEN: Hopefully soon in the next month if we figure out a proper marketing strategy for new Asylum Black so people can hear a new genre of what we’re about. Marketing isn’t my expertise, but I’m just anxious to get something out since Asylum Black went on a long transforming hiatus. People keep asking. The wait is almost over.
LAYLA: I hear that you’re working with a California Producer, kind of a big deal for a band from Texas.
JONAH: Yes, we’ve recently worked with Orange County-based producer Mick Kenney (Anaal Nathrakh, The Iron Sun) who has worked with a wide range of bands like Motionless in White, Dawn of Ashes, Eighteen Visions, Bleeding Through…the list goes on. He’s worked with some of my personal favorite artists that helped shape the scene and thats pretty fucking cool if you ask me.
STEVEN: I’m extremely humble to say we’ve collaborated with Mick Kenney. He’s great at what he does and has some great clientele under his belt which we look up to and listen to as musical influences. We intended only having him just mix/master our single and find someone else in Texas or wherever to mix/master the rest of our EP, but we might as well have Mick do the rest. Just to keep the mastered EP consistent as far as sound, mixing, etc goes. It’s still in discussion since we’re still in the pre-production stages.
LAYLA: What’s your new EP called?
JONAH: Its under some working titles at the moment, but you’ll definitely know when we can agree on something solid. We’re finishing up the recording process, so I’m sure we’ll conjure up something by the end of it.
LAYLA: When do you think it’s going to come out? I’m sure your fan base can’t wait to hear your track with Nero Bellum from Psyclone Nine?
JONAH: Realistically, I want to say it’ll be out later this year. I can’t give a solid date yet though. It was a pleasure working with Nero. P9, along with other industrial bands, was a band we were greatly inspired by in the time of our inception. He’s a great guy and its awesome that we had the chance to work with him.
STEVEN: We anticipated an EP release sometime last year, but had many setbacks, which any new band in this day and age can relate to, so there’s no set date. If you follow our band social media, you’ll know our progress and when we put anything out. I’m stoked to share our track with Nero Bellum guest singing for us. Jonah and I love Psyclon Nine and are heavily influenced by Nero. I’ve become more than an acquaintance with him over the years so for him to be willing to collaborate with us is awesome. We’re trying to go all out with our debut EP so we might just have guest vocals from Nero, any maybe someone else that I’m connected to that has an immense following. We’ll see.
LAYLA: To anyone first listening to you, what do you say your influences are individually?
JONAH: We have a lot of ‘metalcore’ influences here in there that I can compare to a lot old OC bands like Bleeding Through or Eighteen Visions, but on the other side there are some extreme black metal undertones in there as well that I think fans of Dimmu Borgir or Gorgoroth would appreciate. And of course, we have some of the old ‘classic’ industrial elements in there that keep us grounded to our roots.
STEVEN: I’m very diverse as a musician. It’s healthy to keep your mind open to influences and what you listen to. I’ve been classically trained in guitar in college briefly which required training in music theory, piano, ear training and such so I was exposed to composers like Bach, Mozart, Chopin, Rachmaninoff. I love classical music in general as well as jazz, black metal, death metal, industrial. I could go on. But to name a few I listen to religiously are Leprous, Mayhem, Emperor, Hocico, Psyclon Nine, Watain. My writing influence comes from many of these and different genres. So when you combine all these different ideas, you get something that isn’t so generic and repetitive. That’s what we want to incorporate into our sound.
LAYLA: What do you think the future holds for Asylum black?
JONAH: Our main priority at the moment is to get this EP finished and released. On the side of that, we’re currently rebuilding our live lineup, so expect some tours to come early next year in support of the release.
STEVEN: Success in a struggling industry for newer bands. It’s rough, but we’re willing to dig our way up the band pyramid of struggles to grasp any amount of success. Hopefully what we have to offer will pan out well with old and new fans so that we can have a future in this industry. It’ll be great to play shows around Texas to get our new sound out there. Eventually get on a tour that’s right for us and many more. This is still so new since we’re not labeled an industrial act anymore, so we’ll see what the future holds for us.
LAYLA: So, the Band logo is on the cover, what do you think about the cover being hung up on the wall of The Rainbow on the sunset strip?
JONAH: I personally think that would be super badass. i grew up as a huge Motorhead fan and I’m aware thats where Lemmy chose to hang out a lot- I’d love to somehow be presented in a place with a rich history like that.
LAYLA: Where do you stand on the topic of a French fry walrus?
JONAH: Hey, I like french fries and walruses. I can dig it.
LAYLA: Before we wrap this up, is there anything you want to say?
STEVEN: Follow us on social media so you don’t miss out on what’s in store for us. You can find us on Facebook as Asylum Black and on instagram as asylumblackofficial. Thanks for the interview.
JONAH: – Keep an eye out for our debut single followed by the release of our EP later this year! Also keep following us on Facebook (Facebook.com/asylumblack) or through our Instagram @asylumblack