Please introduce yourself and the band members briefly? Severed Humanity is myself Jay Raposo-Vocals, Sean McGowan-Guitars, Tony Oliveria-Guitars, Christian Schomberg-Drums, and Deni Guenard- Bass   What does the band name mean and how do you get it? Its how we see the world and how “Man” continues to evolve for better or worse. We were brain storming names and I believe Sean was the first to come up with Severed Humanity.   Where and how was the band founded? In about 2012 Sean McGowan and myself Jay Raposo met at a Forevertree show at a barn show in the middle of nowhere. After that others were added and replaced until we came to the line up we have now in January of 2017.   Have you played in other bands before? Some of us have been in bands for more than 30 years. So the list would be long and boring   Was it hard to find suitable band members who fit musically and humanely with the band? It was tough no doubt but as you know a band is like a family and when you find the right people you know. You can feel it gel.   What does the band name mean? Short answer is its how mankind has lost its way in the world and towards one another. More in depth answer is in the lyrics about war and the inner workings in the minds of us all.   What are the lyrics about and who of you is writing them ? They range from the wars of men to the insanity we all live with daily. I write all the lyrics at this point.   Which bands inspired you and how would you describe your music to someone who has never heard a sound from you? We all have many different influences from classical to death metal which makes it difficult to pick a few but bands like Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Motorhead, Merciful Fate, D.R.I., Testament… I would say we are a mix between old and new metal with some groove and melody, we hope lol.   Why should people listen to our music With a jolt of energy and passion we try to combine melody with aggression for a release from the stresses of everyday life.   Ashes Form the Base is your debut ep from the beginning of 2018. How long have you been working on the four songs and who helped you with the genesis? The songs have been in the works for about two years before the EP was released. They were the 4 we decided best suited us at the time of release out of our set. Nick Davey recorded it with Mixing by Sterling Winfield who has worked with Pantera, Merciful Fate, HellYeah and many more and Mastered by Andy Narsingh. We had a blast putting it together.   Are you already working on new songs and what are the plans for the next release? We have been writing non stop and are working towards a new video and possibility a full length release in the near future.   What was your first concert as a fan? And what memory do you have of it? My first big concert was Motley Crue in Toronto around 1986. Although I was drunk and way underage I remember seeing the most amazing spectacle of music and excitement, that I was hooked from then on. Their energy and showmanship is still hard to match to this day.   What were your live highlights and with which bands did you play? One of my live highlights was playing with Razor in an original band I was in back in the late 80’s. It was a packed house and the pit was intense!   Have already resulted in friendship ? Many friends have been made over the years. So many people come in and out of your life being in a band. Each person has a influence on you and it helps to make us who we are as musicians and people.   Which band would you like to play live with and why? I myself would love to play with Testament! Having met Alex after a show they played opening for Judas Priest in Toronto. Spent more than an hour in the hotel bar, which it turns out we were both staying at, talking. Great memory of an awesome night. Im sure the other members would have many others they would love to play with as well.   With what do you earn your money except with the music? As we all know there is no money in music and if thats what you are in it for you should get out now. I myself am a commerical drywall taper and we have a truck driver, electrian, metal worker and a silk screening company owner.   How important are social media for you as a band? Seems the only way to reach people now is online. We have a Facebook page and videos on YouTube as well as a presence on Twitter, Instagram and Reverbnation. Its hard to keep it all going but we try.   What would you (her) want to achieve with the band? Playing live is what it's all about for us. We want to play to as many people as we can to share our passion for what we do   What do you think about the Canada Metal scene in general? I think Canada has a great host of talent and there has been a resurgence of interest as of late in the veteran bands some of which have always been around or regrouped such as Annhilator, Voivod, Sacrifice, Razor, Infernal Majesty, Anvil, Piledriver and many more.   Maybe you can recommend some bands from your area? There are alot of great Death Metal bands from Quebec like Kataklysm, Crytopsy, and Beyond Creation that alot of people know as well as bands from the Toronto area such as Astaroth Incarnate, Panzerfaust, Eclipse Eternal, Visions of the Night whom all play a form of Black Metal but with a certain twist of their own.   PERSONAL QUESTIONS !   Where did you grow up and how was your childhood? I grew up in Cambridge Ontario Canada in the 70’s and 80’s so things went from laid back to big bush parties and even bigger hair.   How was your school time you were rather the good student or the break clown ? School was great. Music was important at an early age so once the hair grew out I cared more about listening to and making music then to classes. Enjoyed drama and wrestling up until I graduated.   How did your parents react when you started making metal music? did they support you and how do you feel about your music today? My parents separated when I was young so It was just my Mom and she was very supportive. She still encourages me every chance she gets.   Would you be successful in making music as a musician? Success is relative. Just to make music that makes you happy has to be why you do it.   Its the only success that matters.   Are you someone who loves the hustle and bustle of the big city? or rather looking for peace and relaxation in nature? They both have there place.   Being in the city allows you to let loose and get your fill of live music but on the other hand there is nothing like a quiet lake in the woods with a fire and an acoustic with good friends.   Do you actively practice sports or are you more of a passive spectator? There was a time when I played baseball and wrestled but those days are long gone. My job is very physical and keeps me active. I enjoy watching hockey with a few cold beer now.   When it comes to your physical well you can cook or let you cook for you I cook most meals. Enjoy making a good meal but also like when its cooked for me.   What does your environment tell you about your passion for metal (friends / family / colleagues) ? My younger brother is in a band A Rebel Few. My wife and I run their merch so we get out to alot of shows and enjoy getting out to heavier bands when they come through.   How do you see the problem with the haters on the internet who have to announce their mental garbage in anonymity always and everywhere? I pay little attention to these people. They aren't worth the effort when it seems their only motivation is chaos.   What do you think about the internet in general? a blessing or a curse? Even though it keeps us looking down and at a distance from each other mankind has never been more connected to the world.   Any question you can think of has an answer on the net. Right or wrong.   Which question would you like to have answered and why? Whats next?   What would you personally like to do in your life? I want to make music and make people happy when they hear it. I love spending time with my wife and dogs after a long hard day.   Ontario Beautiful   Canada Home, great beer.   Austria A place I've always wanted to see as I do have roots in neighboring Germany.   Niagara Escarpment Lots of cliffs and trails. Awesome colors in the fall.   Horseshoe Falls Always visit Niagara Falls which is right beside it. Awe inspiring.   Amazing power!   Casa Loma A Castle in Toronto I have yet to visit.   Coffeeshop Tim Hortons   Steak Medium rare   Beer Just about any kind if its cold   Pickerel Delicious deep fried   Movie or Series Ancient Aliens Bram Stoker‘s Dracula   CD or Vinyl Both   Family Comfort   Your top 10 all time album faves Merciful Fate-Don't break the Oath King Diamond-Abigail Them Conspiracy Metallica- Kill'em All Master of Puppets Iron Maiden- Number of the Beast AC/DC- Let there be Rock The Monks- Bad Habits Pink Floyd- The Wall So many more….   your top 5 albums in time! Testament-Practice What You Preach Forbidden-Twist into Form King Diamond- Them Queensryche- Operation Mind Crime Alice Cooper- Welcome to my Nightmare And many more…   The closing word is yours? Music to me is life. Every waking hour of the day I am listening to something.   We need music to keep us going, to drive us to be better people, to push us forward. Music for Life! Long live Metal!! \m/
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