ADRIAN GEEZAR (ART OF SHOCK): “The Best Tour Is Always The Very Next Tour“

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Thrash Metal outfit Art Of Shock are set to release their second album entitled Sine Black Light on September 8th. The band’s drummer Adrian Geezar took the time to talk with Metal Express Radio about their upcoming album, their new single entitled “Drag Me To Hell”, his favorite releases of 2023, and more. Check out the chat below!

Metal Express Radio: Your band, Art of Shock, are set to release your second album entitled Shine Black Light on September 8th, what can you tell fans about the upcoming release?

Geezar: We all feel very proud of the album that we came up with, we didn’t cut corners in any way. It was an arduous process in the span of two years. We put together a top notch team and everyone delivered, we can’t wait for the world to hear it.

MER: How was the writing and recording process, being your second album?

Geezar: Art wrote the album during the lockdown. It was a very tough time, our first album Dark Angeles had just come out. We had to put everything on hold for a couple of years, working on these songs gave us a purpose and to keep us sane. The recording process very smooth, our producer Taylor Young understood our vision and helped us develop the idea that we had in mind.

MER: How would you compare Shine Black Light to your debut album entitled Dark Angeles?

Geezar: It definitely sounds like “album #2” is an evolution in every sense, It’s AOS “Mark II”.

MER: You’ve released a single entitled “Drag Me To Hell,” what kind of feedback have you received?

Geezar: It’s been very positive, actually. “Drag Me To Hell” is very different from anything we’ve done in the past, it’s not the obvious or the expected. Musically speaking is a statement about the band not being afraid of trying new things. We don’t follow trends or norms, we do the music that we like and that feels right at the moment.

MER: Do you feel like “Drag Me To Hell” gives fans a good idea on what to expect from the full album?

Geezar: Since the conception of the album we knew that we wanted dynamics, we wanted a musical roller coaster that takes you places. We didn’t want to do the same song over and over, it took a lot of thought to find the right balance. We wanted to create a listening experience that gives value to the LP as a whole and think we’ve got it!

MER: What do you see as plans for you and the rest of the band for the remainder of 2023?

Geezar: We just started working with a new management company, they have a bunch of interesting stuff in the works, can’t say much yet. We’ll keep you posted of course.

MER: Is there anyone you hope to tour with that you haven’t yet and why?

Geezar: An interesting thing about Art Of Shock is that we can fit in with many different bands, not only one specific genre or style. The palette is pretty big when it comes down to bands we could tour with, we have a lot of respect for the stage, we don’t see it as “that band has a bigger name than the other” we see it as an opportunity to do what we love and to show people what we’re about, so the best tour is always the very next tour.

MER: What have been some of your favorite releases of 2023?

Geezar: What I’ve heard so far from the new Cannibal Corpse sounds pretty rad, Erik Rutan was a great addition to the band. Label mates Frozen Soul are doing some really cool old school death metal, the homies from Brujeria are putting out a new album a week after ours, the re-recorded versions of the first two Sepultura classics from the Cavalera brothers are very interesting. We should support new releases in general.

MER: What are your hopes for your band’s future?

Geezar: We’re very proud of the album that we’re about to put out to the world, it’s been an endeavor of love and passion for what we do. Hopefully it’ll resonate with some folks out there that like and appreciate our music, our main focus right now is getting it to as many ears as possible. We’re committed to spread the word and welcome anyone that wants to join the ride. We’re here to stay!


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