We are a sci-fi themed death metal band from Chicago, IL that has been around since early 2012.
2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?
We are big fans of the 80s/early 90s death metal. For the most part it is straight forward death metal without too many frills, but a little bit if weirdness in it.
3.Your lyrics cover a lot of Science Fiction themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic and also some of the authors that have had an influence on your song writing?
They are the only kind of lyrics it made sense for me to write. I’m a huge science fiction fan, and most of my small amount of free time goes to plowing through science fiction books. Lyrically most of the songs follow stories or combinations of stories from science fiction books I enjoyed. On our new album “Sentient” specifically there are songs based on books by Frank Herbert, Robert A. Heinlein, Dan Simmons, Peter F Hamilton, Lovecraft, as well as other sci-fi related media. I don’t specifically write music to make it feel like its science fiction related, but luckily I think our musical style fits the theme.
4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Nucleus'?
I think the way a lot of bands who start playing for fun and never expect to go anywhere do. We threw in a bunch of names that sounded cool and sounded science related and picked our favorite one. Luckily 4 years later I don’t regret the choice.
5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
We’ve ended up on some great shows so far, and some of the best have been playing with bands we in the band are all huge fans of. A few that come to mind are playing with Derketa, Hellwitch, and Warmaster, which were all fantastic shows and had great crowds.
As far as stage performance goes, we try to stay away from throwing on any tacky alien related stuff just because we are sci-fi. We just get on and play death metal, and we get into it as much as we can. Every show we play we feel has gotten better and better.
6.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?
We will be playing a release show the day our Album comes out April 15th in Chicago at Livewire Lounge. After that we are booked on two festivals. April 22nd we play Spring Bash fest in Milwaukee, with some awesome bands like Wehrmacht and Heretic. The weekend of September 16th we are playing KC Blackdeath Fest in Kansas City, which with what has so far been announced is shaping up to be a killer fest. We definitely want to start branching out to other states as much as possible once the album is out.
7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of death metal?
I haven’t really run across any very negative feedback yet for any of the Eps we have so far released. The handful of people who have heard promos of the new album so far have all said good things, so I’m feeling pretty confident that people will like it.
8.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?
Our drummer Pat is in another death metal band called Narcotic which just released a full length album called “To The Pyre”. Guitarist Dan has been doing some writing for his grind band Special Delivery. I (Dave) was until fairly recently in a crust band called Nequient, which just released a new EP called Infinite Regress.
9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We will of course keep incorporating new and weird ideas, but for the most part we won’t change too drastically. We are playing the kind of death metal we want to be playing, and have no plans to change too significantly stylistically.
10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
A lot of my favorite bands are from the old school finnish death metal scene. Stuff like Adramelech, Demigod, Demilich, Convulse. Some of my other favorite bands are Atheist, Cianide, Immolation, Incantation, Timeghoul, Asphyx. How much of that shines through the music is hard to tell from my perspective, but those are some of the bands that I feel have influenced my music.
Some of the stuff I’ve spent a lot of time listening to recently have been Chthe’ilist, Emptiness, Krypts, Cruciamentum, Sadistic Ritual, Cemetery Filth, Undergang, and Vastum.
11.What are some of your non musical interests?
Outside of work and music related things I don’t have too much free time, but I do spend a good amount of time reading. A lot of that is obviously science fiction, but other things too. I just started a new book series which is called the Heechee saga by Frederik Pohl. Currently I’m on the first book called “Gateway”.
12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
I hope people enjoy the album, and if you do, pick up a copy through Unspeakable Axe Records!