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A Lower Deep - Biography


Interview Introduction By EvilG

A Lower Deep play good ol' heavy metal with some hints of thrash metal (a la Sacred Reich perhaps?). This track is from their new album and was submitted to me before the album was done and as such this is a slightly different version of the song then on their actual CD. 

The below interview is with A Lower Deep's vocalist, Billy Mullican.

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How did you first learn about

I've been reading Metal-Rules for a couple of years. It's how I check out most of the music I end up buying. Metal-Rules always gives good comprehensive reviews that give me a good idea as to whether a band would be to my taste. The webzine has just gotten better over the years. The interviews are very informative and entertaining, and I enjoy most all the sections the mag offers.



Are you a regular visitor to the webzine?

Yes. I read the webzine at least once a month, when the new reviews come out.



How important is or the Internet in general for getting your music?

It is my starting point. I read all the reviews each month and then check into the bands that sound like something I would like more thoroughly.



In your experience, either as a reader or as a band, what has meant to you?

As stated, Metal-Rules is very important in letting me know about bands I might not have known previously. As far as our band, the guys at Metal-Rules have been very positive and receptive to us and hopefully the relationship between us will only strengthen over time.



Do you think webzines like are, or maybe someday could, replace traditional published magazines?

I think they have to a large extent, particularly in the US. Metal Maniacs is the only mag I know of that still covers 'real' metal and is easily obtainable. Personally, I like the feel and tradition of the written word in a format that you can touch and keep. But more importantly is the quality of information relayed to the reader.



Can you please list the members of the band and what they each person plays?

Billy Mullican - Vocals
Troy Reid - Guitars
Tim Umstead - Bass
Brad Arron - Drums



How long has the band been together and what goals would you like to achieve in the coming years with the band?

A Lower Deep was formed in late 2001, but each of its members have more than a decade of experience playing and touring. Our hope is that this is our last stop, band wise, and that this band will grow and mature together for a long time to come. We simply wish to play music that we are passionate about, build a loyal fanbase, get to play with bands we respect and in new places, and lastly we hope to procure that elusive deal that will make our music more widely heard and perhaps afford us the opportunity to do what we love for a living.



In your opinion, what style of metal would you say best describes what you play?

We are simply heavy metal in the tradition of bands like Maiden, Metallica, Megadeth. We are still learning each other and our individual styles and tastes are still being infused into the overall A Lower Deep sound. We hope to always remain true to what we consider 'real' metal but constantly evolve and mature both as musicians and as a band.



Who have been some of your main influences?

That would depend on which of us you asked. We all share a love for the 'greats' of metal. The bands that really forged a timeless sound like those above and the likes of Judas Priest, Queensryche, Slayer and so many others. But each of us has our own influences that range from jazz and classical to bands like Aerosmith, The Cure, Journey and countless more. We are pretty eclectic in our individual listening and influences.



Is your band currently signed to a record label?

We are currently unsigned. We are shopping for a label/distribution. That is goal of any serious band to find the avenues that will allow us to play more and farther from home, as well as, allow the most people possible to hear our music.



Have you contributed work to other compilation CDs?

We are selective about who we do comps with. A lot want you to pay but don't seem to offer much to make it beneficial for the band. We were also selected to be on the ProgPower III Compilation but didn't get our copyrights done in time. Due to the good reputation and work of Metal-Rules we are proud to be selected for this comp and for it to be the first we appear on.



Where did they hear about this compilation?

Through the Metal-Rules website.



Why did you choose this compilation to get your music to potential fans?

The quality and reputation of Metal-Rules.



Besides your song, what is the best feature of the Metal-Rules compilation and why?

The potential numbers of fans that will hear it or at least know of the bands on it. Also, the quality of the bands that were selected. If only a bunch of unknown, mediocre bands were on it, it would not benefit us much to be on it. But all the bands are very good and lend credibility to each other.


Why did you choose this particular song for the compilation?

Honestly, this is not the best song from our CD in my opinion. Don't get me wrong, it is a good song and I like it a lot. We think all the songs on our CD are good or we wouldn't have put them on it. But this one was among the first we completed in recording and felt it offered a good representation of what we do. The version that is on the CD has better production, a second rhythm guitar added, and an overall fuller sound. But we didn't want to miss the opportunity to be included on this comp. We are proud of this version of the song, and hope everyone will enjoy it enough to check us out further.



Where did you record the song & who wrote it and produced it?

We recorded it at Weaver Brothers Recording in Blountsville, Alabama, USA. It was engineered by Phillip and Jonathan Weaver. Tim Umstead mixed and produced. Lyrics are by Billy Mullican and music by Troy Reid. This version of the song was recorded in May of 2002. The CD was finalized and released on October 26, 2002.



Would you say that your song on this compilation representative of all your material?

In so much as it has a variety of tempos and rhythms in it. All ten songs on our CD are quiet different from each other. This song is the most 'traditional', meaning it pays homage to the classic metal sound more than the others. I think it gives a good idea of what we do and are about, but doesn't fully reflect the versatility of the CD as a whole.



What is your song on this compilation about and what was the inspiration behind it?

It is entitled "The Breed." It is based on the novel Cabal by Clive Barker, also made into the movie Nightbreed. The song focuses on a concept put forth by one of the breed in a discussion with Boone's girlfriend deep under Midian. She says that the breed where nearly driven to extinction by the fear and hatred of humans. But though humans fear and hate them, when they dream, they dream they can fly or have super-human powers. In short, they dream they are Breed.



What about this song made you select it for this compilation OR if your band wrote or recorded a new song specifically for this CD, what things did you have in mind when writing the song for use this compilation?

We had three songs for the CD recorded at the time the bands for the comp were being selected. Of the three, "The Breed" contained most of the elements that are characteristic of the over all A Lower Deep sound. Numerous changes, transitions from melodic to heavy vocals, and catchy riffs.



What kind of expectations do you have towards this particular compilation? What do you hope to gain by being featured?

We hope that this will allow our name to become more widely known. We hope a good number of people we be intrigued enough to check out A Lower Deep further. We hope people will enjoy and relate to what we are doing, and maybe someone listening will be in a position to help us move forward in some way.



Are you hoping this might help you in some way gain the kind of exposure that may lead to a label picking you up?

Definitely! That is the ultimate goal I think for all serious bands.



As you know, most of the bands on this compilation are not extremely well known. Do you think a compilation CD with a group of mostly underground bands is a great way to help get your music noticed?

I don't know, I guess we'll see. But with Metal-Rules putting it out, and a great band like Jag Panzer being affiliated, I think it is a good opportunity for us and the other unsigned bands on the comp.



What do you think of compilation CD's overall?

Depends on how they are handled. ProgPower handed one out for free to everyone at the festival. A lot of labels sell them cheaply with a lot of their bands on it. It can be a way for fans to sample bands they might not know or hear of otherwise.



What kinds of things should a compilation feature in order to make it worth purchasing and what makes a compilation worthwhile?

Of course first and foremost is the quality of the music. The songs should be good and the sound quality good. I think the price must be low and treated as a sampler to entice fans to listen to a lot of bands they don't know. Having a couple of bigger bands offer previously unreleased songs is great idea.



If you had a chance to put together this type of compilation, what would be some of the unsigned bands you'd like to feature?

I've listened to most of the bands to be on this comp and I think Metal-Rules chose very well. The cross section of styles is good and all the bands sound very pro. This is exactly the type of comp I would like. Perhaps, do comps that are genre specific as well.



Would you be interested in sacrificing another song for " - Vol. II" if the opportunity presented itself?

Let's see how this one goes (laughs). Seriously, I see no reason why not. We'd be honored to be associated with anything Metal-Rules would like us to be apart of.



Where can people order your other recorded material? for ordering, more songs samples, and bunch more stuff.



What are your band's upcoming battle plans?

Play anywhere, anytime. Hopefully, do some opening slots for some signed bands. And just continue to plow away at reaching the masses and forging a small niche for A Lower Deep.



Do you have any live dates coming up that you'd like to list here?

We are booking shows now and will be online soon.


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