By Nicholas Jason Lopez
Influenced by an eclectic blend of bands that range from Metallica and Pantera to Alice In Chains and Lamb Of God, Existing In Exile have churned out a unique brand of melodic death metal since their formation.
In November 2020, they put out ‘Enter The Odyssey,’ an extensive concept album that pertains to “Greek mythology and the Gods’ different characteristics.” The album has been highlighted by the single “A Painful Lust,” which was accompanied by an action-packed music video.
Recently, the band celebrated their achievement of reaching 20,000 Spotify listeners and announced on social media that they’ll a new EP out in March 2021.
Existing In Exile are vocalist George Kingery, drummer Bradley Trotter, guitarists Blake Byrd and Jason Smith and bassist David Smotherman.
The Music Bugle had the chance to talk with the band about their music and more.
Music Bugle – How have you been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic?
Blake Byrd – We have been able to focus on writing new material and getting it recorded, despite the setbacks with shows.
Music Bugle – How would you describe the new music you’ve been working on?
George Kingery – We have been focusing more on melody and groove and not trying to force technicality. All in all, we are very excited about the new tunes.
Music Bugle – What’s something you wish happened more in today’s music industry?
Jason Smith – Quality and musicianship isn’t rewarded like it used to be.
Music Bugle – How did you guys decide the band name?
George Kingery – I came up with the name after several weeks of all of us coming up with ideas.
Music Bugle – Where do you go when you need to escape?
Bradley Trotter – I go to the woods.
Music Bugle – What excites you the most about your musical style?
George Kingery – The musical diversity is where we shine. We have a lot of different influences and try to make each song sound unique.
Music Bugle – Away from music, what’s something people might be surprised to know about the band?
Blake Byrd – Jason, George and Dave were in a band before ours.
Music Bugle – What has been your biggest memory while with the band?
George Kingery – Going to Texas to play End Of Days Fest.
Music Bugle – Who are you listening to right now, music-wise?
George Kingery – We’re into Soulfly, Gojira, After The Burial, Whitechapel and Ed Sheeran.
Music Bugle – Which of your songs were the hardest to write?
George Kingery – We’ll definitely say “The Hand Of Zeus.”