Rapheumet’s Well (Band Interview)
Today we speak to Joshua from Rapheumet’s Well.
Let’s start with this: What’s the history of your band?
Our history is a rather lengthy and complex one but what has amalgamated to the present line up has been a evolution in the mission that is currently Rapheumets Well. Rapheumets Well started with Joshua Ward, Ralph Barnette (R.I.P), and Jonathan Finney and eventually Aaron Rogers. As life has it, people change and our personal mission changes. Our previous singer and guitarist moved on to pursue batter career options but the new line up is outstanding and one of the most talented groups to form what is now Rapheumets Well.
What’s your musical history? (Trained or Amateur)?
We have an assortment of experiences within the band. Some are self taught and some pursued more education in their craft. From Marching and orchestral classes to vocal training and piano, the diversity of the members keep the momentum flowing.
So what can you tell us about your latest album? (Inspiration. Sound. Style.)
Our latest album “Enders Door” follows the events (story-wise) that followed the last two albums. This was the necessary route for our established characters. We made a complex multiverse which integrates science and imagination to equate a replicated plain in which our own strife within the physics of our universe is replicated. We have celestial beings that can bend space and time and yet they are bound by strife and the need to evolve which creates complications. In this particular story, we are exploring the emotions of the characters; anxiety, fear, despair, and yet from such revelations and cognitive evolution takes place.
In short, the main character “the Traveler” is searching for his brother after receiving a distress signal from an uncharted planet while recovering an artifact that he and his brother were supposed to retrieve together. After arriving he would discover a race of hyper-evolved creatures called the Dreth and the head of the mysterious colony was the seductive matriarch known as Eishar. If any one reads the lore for the previous albums they will find that she was the created daughter of the celestial architect Sainath, a powerful immortal. After being seduced by Eishar the traveler flees in hopes of finding his brother but instead finds and odd “faced door”. Little does he know he discovered a relay for a dimension eating deity named Urgael. From there they imprisoned and things get quite odd from there which will be included in our upcoming book self titled “Enders Door.”
We are inspired by many bands from Emperor, Dimmu Borgir, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Black Crown Initiate, Nile, Samael, and Septicflesh to Acid Bath, Beyond Creation, Unleash the Archers, Tool, Nail Bomb, and Fallujah. Equally we are inspired by movie scores as the sound track to Prometheus, the 1980’s more Legend (with Tim Curry), and even the video game franchise Mass Effect.
How did you go about making it?
Well, writing for Rapheumets Well can seem complex as we first develop the story which takes months. After such we begin capturing each chapter as a song. We all just pick certain aspects of the story and get to writing. Many songs start out as “scores” and are infused with extreme metal. We write, record, and master all of our own music. Our story, videos, everything is self produced.
Anything you’ve learned as you’ve gone along? Or have you simply tried a bit of everything to see how it works?
This band was built through “trial by fire.” We have failed enough and re-invented ourselves enough to filter out the unnecessary things. Meetings, goals, planning, and setting standards to measure growth is what is helping us get succeed. Thanks to mentors such as Grant Truesdell and Mujeeb Basha, we are learning skills that transcend the music yet help solidify our mission.
What sort of technology and instruments do you work with?
Our guitarist use Orange heads, Line 6, Dean and Ibenez guitars. We use Roland keyboards, as well as a myriad of programs in orchestrating the album including Reason and Kontact. We use Saluda cymbals, Los Cabos drumsticks, and Ddrum kits.
Anything you’re keen to use on your next album?
We will continue to build our multiverse and expand on our theme. Musically we write purely form the standpoint we are at. Any artist can only create with the tools that they have developed and the experience that they have felt at that specific time. As such, we know we like extreme metal, we like melodies, and we like conveying emotions, and we like when planets explode so that will probably be somewhere.
Any future plans for your solo work, or do you have other projects on the horizon?
A few of us have other projects that we are involved in such as Enthean, Crow Hollar, and Carving the Architect. There are two more projects coming to fruition as you will soon find out so yes, there will be a lot of material coming soon.
Any plans for upcoming live shows?
We are heading Mexico in May, a full western U.S. and Canada tour is in the works. You can always catch us in N.C. and S.C. and our hometown venue Ground Zero in Spartanburg S.C. We will be hitting the east coast this year as well.
Let’s have a few general questions now.
What do you see as a musicians role in society?
Musicians have a podium to speak from which gives them a leadership, a voice to represent others. Music is auditory emotion, and emotion is the catalyst for purpose. Music can instill hope, can give an outlet to cope, or can even bring to light a value to fortify our sense of purpose. So musicians have a responsibility in that sense that they have some power to influence others and give tools to navigate the hardships of life. In our music we have lessons, we have experiences, and we promote the use of imagination.
How’s the scene different in your country to what we’re familiar with? -Anything unique to your country?
Well, metal is not dying but it is changing. As a scene there is still a lot of division. Division occurs when resources are falsely secured with competition being the end result. As such we have divided something that should not be divided for we are all metal; we just have a preference of flavor. But metal for the most part is still a community for the social ostracized and safe haven for the “free-minded.” Right now, symphonic metal is not very big here but it is growing and the scene is making a comeback.
Where do you stand on music videos? -Do you see their value in today’s world?
Well, they are usually pitched as being the “greeting card” for your band. Most people use Youtube as their primary source for entertainment being videos and music. We personally love music videos as it gives you a glimpse into the world in which the music derives. As in any visual art form there is meaning, purpose, and influence. Unfortunately many “pop” cultured videos promote the idea that the apex of life is wealth and sex and it’s directed at the youth. That is one thing about most metal videos I have seen is that the context invokes self exploration whether it is philosophy, ideology, sexual exploration, and or coping with negative experiences. In our newest video we are expressing emotions of anxiety and fear while exploring an imaginative visualization of our story.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
Competition! A little competition is great for promoting a natural flow, an evolution in that since which promotes growth. Unfortunately bands are competing with other bands and this divides the community as fans tend to follow the action of their preferred bands.
Any advice for new bands?
Get goals, write down your mission, have meetings, and understand your band is also a business. Brand yourself and create an environment in which lures people to want to know more about your band. Understand that as a band you need to know each other’s mission and capabilities so it is not a shock when want to take it to the next level. Fights will happen in the band but like any other relationship, work with each other to understand if you are compatible and your missions can be compromised.
Let’s have some generic questions.
Star Wars or Star Trek?
Star wars on Tuesdays, Star Trek on Wednesdays.
Sci-Fi or Fantasy?
Sci-fi on Tuesdays, Fantasy on Wednesdays ha! We like both.
Sure but Disney invokes the true fears of mankind. (Bambi was made by the anti-Christ. -Ed)
Books or Comics?
Comics are awesome and books help us remember what the word “awesome” means.
Trump or Putin?
Both, at one time, or taking turns or we can put them together and call them TUTIN or PUMP. (I like it!)
Anything you’d like to tell our readers?
Thank you for your support and we are truly thankful!
Any last words for our readers?
Please explore the lore of our music as we have a lot of time invested in bringing you an entire multiverse which is outlined in a book that is coming out with our album. Also our merch guy asked if someone will and we quote “cast themselves upon him so he may understand the splendors of life.” were not quite sure what that means but if one of your readers could do that, you would change his life.