2014 in Review: Tempest Rising's Vin Trikeriotis - "I love the energy and the devotion I see in the extreme music scene!"

We look back at 2014 as seen by up and coming Perth metallists, Tempest Rising.

.Welcome along, Vin! Would you find please identifying yourself,a bit more formally, and tell us your band and your role in that band? "Vin Trikeriotis, Tempest Rising, Vocals".

Vocals 

We;ve not featured the band much in 2014, so fill us in - has it been a good year for the band? What have you spent the year doing? "As a band, we have had a very good year. We have released two singles from our debut full length album Transmutation. The first single was Wretch which we released with a lyric video and the second single was Devil In Me which we released with our first official music video! We also played some high calibre shows with Voyager and Chaos Divine. We are also planning more overseas touring and our first national tour, promoting Transmutation".

Busy, busy busy! When you look back on 2014 personally, what things stand out for you as highs and lows? "The lowest point was when my father was hospitalised in a near fatal motorcycle accident. He suffered severe brain damage as a result. It has been a struggle but I have worked through it with all my friends and family supporting each other. My father has recovered surprisingly well considering the severity of the accident. The highest point is when we finally released our debut album. It was almost two years in the making. It feels good to put it out there for the world to hear and get to move onto new songs. We are already ten songs into pre-production for the second album."

Good to hear that your dad is on the mend, and the musical juggernaut continues to roll! How was 2014 for you musically, aside from any projects you’re involved in? "I've been a bit of a recluse this year, not really getting into to much music. Even though I work at a retail outlet for music. That's probably why actually. I've been surrounded by music and movies every single day at work it's just drained the love out of it. I eagerly await something so mind blowing that it draws me back into the churning world of music once again".

That said, can you tell us your best album(s) of the year? Something must have filtered through! "I know its a bit of a mix, but I love variety! 

Mastodon - Once More Round The Sun

Slipknot - 5: The Grey Chapter 

Guardians of the Galaxy - Awesome Mix Vol. 1

Eminem - The Marshal Mathers LP 2".

Nothing wrong with a bit of variety. Now, we’re not going to ask for your worst album of the year, as people always say when we ask that they try and stay away from bad music; However did you feel disappointed by any album that came out this year hat you were looking forward to? "I am an old school Godsmack fan and I was really pumped for this new album, but unfortunately it was not a step in the right direction for me, so - Godsmack - 1000 HP. They need to change the P to S for shit (laughs)".. 

I haven't had the chance to listen to that particular album. I don't think I'll bother seeking it out now. Moving on to more positive thoughts, What does 2015 hold in store for the band? "A full Australian Tour for our debut album Transmutation. Possibly some international touring throughout Asia and because we took way too long for album number one, we want album number two out by Christmas 2015".

An ideal gift idea! On a wider note, how healthy do you think the extreme music  scene is where you are from, looking towards 2015? Any bands we should be looking out for next year that we might not already know about? "Very healthy! Love the energy and the devotion I see in the extreme music scene. I'm thinking Earth Rot will be big, great stage presence and musicianship right there". 

Take note people! Earth Rot are worth a look! Back to more abstract concerns now. The last couple of years have seen almost every band from the eighties and nineties that were even half decent (and many not even that good) reforming for another go at a last payday. Is this a reflection on the state of the music industry as it stands, with labels unable or unwilling to nurture young talent and punters forced into going out and watching something more tried and trusted? Or is it simply a reflection on the laziness of those same punters who’d rather watch a bunch of old blokes performing in their own tribute acts rather than risking a tenner on new music? "Obviously it's a bit of both. Labels are not making as much money as they used to so they are more selective on who they invest their time and money into. There is less and less originality in the world of music so people would rather listen to something nostalgic than something that sounds similar from a band they have no connection to, and it's also due to 'ease of access' via the internet. Essentially, the music industry is fucked. Rock isn't dead. Rockstars are. Well, in another 50 years they will all literally be dead. Nothing we can do about it. Depressing really". 

You paint a bleak picture! Nowithstanding what you may have answered to that last question,  is there anyone who hasn’t reformed that you might like a sneaky look at should they get back together? "System of a Down. After their return to the stage for Soundwave. If those mother fuckers don't get back together for another album I might just have to rampage (laughs)".

And talking of old farts for a bit longer – what did you make of the U2/Apple business? Great piece of marketing or appalling imposition on individual privacy? "Great marketing by the legal imposition on individual privacy".

Succinctly put. Next up, an important lifestyle question – vinyl, cd or mp3? "Vinyl when I'm feeling nostalgic, cd when I'm in my car and mp3 when I'm at the gym pretending to work out (more laughter)".

nd finally, anything else you’d like to bring to the attention of the MaF readership? "Did you know that the Barnacle has the biggest penis on earth (relative to its size)! If we had one that was the same relative to human size, ours would be 240 feet long. True story (yet more laughter). That, and
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