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Afresh: What is your name, and name your group/band/act?

Clint: The Castle Is A Tomb

Afresh: Where are the artists from?  What is their talent in the group?

Clint: We are from Murfreesboro, TN. Just outside of Nashville. We are all from different parts of the country though (Nebraska, Ohio, Alabama, Illinois.) We all just moved here to go to school.

Clint: Guitar, Paul: Bass, James: Guitar, Kellen: Guitar, Alex: Drums

Afresh: How did the band get the name?

Clint: There was this serial killer named H.H. Holmes from Chicago. He basically built a hotel death trap and is responsible for killing at least 300 people. We just thought it was pretty nasty, so we went with it.

Afresh: How would you describe your music/art/entertainment for the public audience if they have never seen you before?

Clint: We are a brutal death metal band. We are just trying to make some disgustingly heavy music that people can have as the soundtrack to the apocalypse. haha!  There is just a lot of fucked up shit going on every day and this is just a way to release that aggression. We take pride in our live show. COME SEE US SOMETIME!

Afresh: Give me some details about the group/act/art?

Clint: We are all really chill and positive dudes, but we just have this affinity for negative and nasty music. We have songs about conspiracy theories, church burnings, and murder. You know, the usual. haha! We just want people to open their minds and think for themselves.   We all go to college for degrees in the Recording Industry, so we do a lot of DIY work. We record, mix, package, and distribute our own music. A couple of us handle booking as well. There is no point to pay anyone to do stuff that you can do yourself.

Afresh: How long have you been performing live or making art?

We played our first show in April of 2008.

Afresh: Where did you meet your group and how long have you been together now?

We all met going to school and through friends of friends. Metal communities are usually hard to find, so it was cool finding everyone who was down to play some music. We finally found a solid line up in early 2008 and started playing shows.

Afresh: What has been the biggest challenge for you or the group?

HAHA. Where to begin? It does kind of suck being a death metal band in the bible belt. A lot of venues around here wont let groups play that don’t have christian lyrics and stuff like that. It does make it cooler when we play bigger shows though. It feels like a really open minded community.

Afresh: You’ve heard of the term “starving artists” before, how do you cope with major obstacles?

Well. Sometimes you just have to sacrifice some things in order to do what you really want. There has been times where we have eaten ramen noodle for weeks on end just to pay for us to make some shirts and stuff. There are a lot of people out there trying to do the same thing as we are. It is all just a matter of how bad you want it. It is all about staying positive and focused on the prize.

Also, blunts usually make things easier as well. haha

Afresh:  Do you feel the economic crunch has hurt the industry, or do you have some other promotional tips to help support your music?

There is not doubt that it has. Show attendance is down and cd sales are down. I guess it just makes you appreciate the real mother fuckers who come out to shows and support their local art scene. We try to give away as much stuff for free as we can. If you’re in this to get rich, get out!

Afresh: Art & Music has an impact on both young and old.  Everyone loves a celebrity, so what advice do you have for the youth of today?

I’m not so sure I’m the best role model, but just have fun. Do what you want to do with your life. Fuck anyone who tries to tell you no or that you cant do something. Just experience as much as you can before it’s too late. Don’t take anything for granted.

Afresh: What does your family think of your performance and do they support you?

Our families are just fantastic! They dont really get the whole metal thing, but they still come to shows and get down when we play close to them. A few of our parents are musicians, so they understand and want to see us do the best we can. They are super supportive.

Afresh: What is your stance on how to get the public to support “live music” and see the shows?  Any ideas???

The internet has just become too impersonal. I mean, dont get me wrong. the internet is awesome! There is limitless information out there. But i think people respond to personal human interaction as well. It is important to establish relationships with everyone. We always pass out fliers and chill with people.

Afresh: Thinking back, did your family carry on the same musical/artistic interests?

In a way, i suppose. Our parents are into blues, r&b, and classic rock. They were young too, so i guess they can relate. We are share a similar outlook on life, so we are all just trying to work hard and play hard when we can.

Afresh: Do you have your own favorite type of music and is it any different from what you play now?

Clint: We are al into different types of music. We are music enthusiasts! Of coarse we all listen to metal and grind, but we like to keep our interests open. There is way too much awesome music out there to just stay fixed on one genre. Our van stereo is like an ultimate mix tape. We listen to ambient/ experimental stuff, hardcore, some jazz, ska and punk music. Anything that is catchy or uncompromising really.

Afresh: Do you have other interests or talents you would like to share with us?

Each of us has our own respective talents. We all have other side projects and personal stuff that we right as well.

Afresh: What has been your strong influence to continue performing?

As lame as it sounds, the people that come to shows are what keeps it going. There is no greater feeling in the world than seeing a room full of people getting down to our music. That, and we are always pushing ourselves to be better musicians and keep it fresh for the people who listen to us.

Afresh: Does anyone in particular influence your artistic/musical talent?

Too many to name. We all have different performers that we draw influence from, but in general we are all big fans of bands like Meshuggah, The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza, Cannibal Corpse, old Whitechapel. We like to take the influence from all kinds of metal sub-genres and mix it together to form our style.

Afresh: Who does most of the song writing/art/literature?

We all do our part in the song writing process. Someone will write a song and bring it to practice. Then everyone will learn the riffs and try to find ways to make it flow better using everyone’s ideas. This keeps the songs fresh. We try not to write the same song over and over again. What is the point in that?

Afresh: If you had to change one thing about your music/group what do you feel would be the best change to benefit the group overall and why?

Honestly, absolutely nothing. We are all totally in this 100 percent. We keep getting tighter and writing crazier songs. These things take time, but i think we are on the right track. As long as we are still having fun, we will keep pushing the limit.

Afresh: Have you ever had any strange or stalker type fans that you are aware of?

HAHA! Well, not really. We are just regular dudes in a metal band. We always talk to anyone that likes our music. We aren’t rock stars. We love it when people want to talk to us. Come say hey!

Afresh: While getting ready to perform have you ever been interrupted by fans who snuck in to the dressing room/rehearsal?

Not really. if people want to come hang out, the more the merrier!

Afresh: Tell us about your most embarrassing moment if you care to share it with us?

It is pretty hard to embarrass us. We usually do it to ourselves.

Afresh: What has been the most bizarre thing (thrown) on the stage with you?  How did you react?

I don’t think anyone has ever thrown anything at us. Which is a good thing i guess. Thanks for not throwing blunt objects!

Afresh: What is your wildest story with the group?

That all depends on what you call wild. We don’t have any Motley Crue stories. Touring is always fun. Everyday is a new adventure. We think it is funny because all of these other bands talk about “dude, we totally had this stripper in the van last night.” We just arent that cool i guess. We are probably the least sexually active metal band ever. haha!

Afresh: What has been the worst nightmare for the group?  How did you get through it all?

No major mishaps so far. We all struggle with going to school, working, and playing music. We all have pretty full plates, but we always find a way to make it work.

Afresh: What are your up-to-date performance plans?  New releases?  Tours? News?

Well, we just finished recording our 2010 demos. We are currently just trying to get it out there as much as we can. We are working on a couple of tours this summer, but nothing is set in stone yet. check out myspace for show updates!

Afresh: If you could perform with anyone in the world, either dead or alive who would it be? Why? (Name up to three)

Clint: Well, I think we would all poop our pants if we got to play with Meshuggah. They have just done so much for metal music. They do what they want to do and don’t give into trends. They have their own unique style and we all appreciate their work.

It would also be sick to play with some Norwegian black metal band like Behemoth or Gorgoroth. We all dig black metal and everything it stands for. I personally would like to play with any member of the Hank Williams legacy. Their music is straight from the soul and being from the south, i can relate to the outlaw mentality that all of their music portrays, especially Hank III.

But hey, we will play with anybody!

Afresh: What is the furthest show from your home that you have done?

We playing in Mobile, AL. That is about 9 hours away from Murfreesboro. We usually do little weekend tours. We will play 2 or 3 hours away as much as we can while school is in session.

Afresh:  How do you feel about file swapping?

Clint: Well, it is kind of a weird subject, because nobody in this industry has quite figured out how to properly utilize the internet for the benefit of the industry. The labels ripped people off for a really long time, so now people want it free. At the level we are at, we are just stoked that someone wants to listen to us. We tell people to pass it along to their friends or whatever, but some people don’t understand how many people get ripped off if you illegally download a major release. We are talking producers, labels, artists, etc. The industry is about to go through rapid changes here in the next couple of years. I’m just glad we get to be a part of that.

Afresh: Have you been involved in any benefit performances?  What was it and how did you become involved?

Clint: I think the only benefit we have been involved in is for a local venue in Nashville called the Muse. It is our favorite venue. They work so hard to keep the Nashville underground music scene alive. They have done so much for our local scene and us as a band. They truly believe in what they are doing. The city keeps trying to shut them down with new regulations and whatnot, but we simply wont let that happen. It isn’t just in Nashville, underground venues everywhere are having trouble. It is almost like local governments don’t want their youth peacefully assembling to engage in an open exchange of ideas.

Afresh: Do you currently have an agent, endorsement, record label, sponsor, etc.?

Clint: We are currently unsigned and represent ourselves in all aspects of the band. We are currently in the works for getting some representation to help us get distribution to help get our music out there. But hey, you know what they say. If you want something done right you have to do it yourself.

Afresh: Is this your first interview or do you have some other articles/stories about you posted somewhere for public viewing?

This is our first interview. We have had a write up in the local entertainment periodical, but that’s about it.

Afresh: Do you have any video links where people can see you?

We have TONS of videos up. Just go to and type in “the castle is a tomb”.

We also have some of those video featured on our myspace page.

Afresh: Do you have a website of any type?  (Name all options)

Hit us up at: There are links to our other pages

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