Time for the next edition of Metal Anarchy’s “new music showcase,” the feature where I introduce you to up and coming bands that readers of this site may find interesting. This time I have an exclusive Q&A with Project:Heavensent.
METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:
PROJECT:HEAVENSENT: Well, Project:Heavensent is me — Adam. I’m the only band member and writer, producer, engineer and all other band-related things. I prefer sticking with a band name despite being the only member as it gives the music an ethos to adhere to. In this case, the name is derived from an accompanying science fiction concept I’m working on, as well having a more direct relation to the world and how I see it.
Project:Heavensent is a relatively new entity, though I’ve been writing music for close to a decade at this point. Previously, I was writing under the pseudonym “On Wings Of Wax”, but have since shifted gears and musical goals. Hence, this new project was born!
METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?
PROJECT:HEAVENSENT: I have a fond love for the Australian prog scene, so bands like Karnivool, Cog, Meniscus and Sunk Loto are huge influences. I’m into a variety of more emo/screamo stuff like Envy, La Dispute, Hum and Mineral. Of course, there’s the Post-metal bands like Russian Circles, Cult of Luna, Sumac etc. I’m a huge Deftones fan, I’m really into post-rock (Jakob, We Lost The Sea, shels*), I listen to a load of atmospheric music (Sigur Ros, Lowercase Noises) and of course, the prog metal stuff like Periphery, Meshuggah, Cloudkicker and Frontierer. Basically, a lot.
METAL ANARCHY: What can you say about your latest release and why should readers of this site check it out?
PROJECT:HEAVENSENT: The self-titled debut! I feel like it’s quite a unique record. I’ve blended a wide array of influences and textures that I feel help pace the record really well. There’s some super intense, crushing riffs with really aggressive vocals balanced against minimalist ambient passages that give the listener’s ears a bit of a rest. It’s written as a single, cohesive piece so it’s also a great chance to throw it on, lie on the floor and zone out for a while.
METAL ANARCHY: What can people expect when they go to your live shows?
PROJECT:HEAVENSENT: Being the only band member, live shows are unfortunately not a possibility at present. But I haven’t ruled it out altogether, I may one day look to assemble a group to help me bring this to the live environment.
METAL ANARCHY: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
PROJECT:HEAVENSENT: I just want to keep being creative, but also never stagnate as an artist. I want to get more expansive both as a musician and as a storyteller. I actively ensure that each record I create is different to the last and endeavor to create unique works instead of mimicking whichever “flavor of the month” may be popular at any given time. In a more explicit sense, I want to keep expanding on the narrative of “Project:Heavensent”, write more concept records in the universe and hopefully even have a written form of the story available too (for example, a book or graphic novel).