04 Mar
Interview with PARASITE


Welcome to the FILTHY DOGS OF METAL Webzine.

Tell us a few things about PARASITE (Members, Starting Year etc).
We are Parasite, old school thrash from Washington county wi. Kaden Burnbaum vocals & rhythm, Ryan McCalla drums, Christian Fielden bass, Arthur Navit lead guitar. Kaden and I formed the band back in late 2022 - 2023. Christian joined around march and we finally became a full band when Arthur joined in the summer of 23.

You have recently released your demo ''Blood Moon''. What is the feedback from your audience as well as from the press?
We haven’t received any press coverage but we’ve heard a lot of great stuff from other people and it’s been great. Especially when people from other bands reach out and say they like our music it can be kind of mind blowing to know other people dig what we’re doing. Obviously some constructive criticism to but we’re always listening and trying to improve.

Label or DIY and why?
DIY was really the only choice that made sense to us. We knew it’d be crazy hard to get signed and work with a label so self made really seemed like the best choice. Our boy Taylor from age of the fallen helped us record everything and we wouldn’t have blood moon out right now if it wasn’t for him.

Is there any funny or weird story from the recordings or from your live shows that you would like to share with us?
One time when we were practicing i didn’t twist one of the wing nuts for my crash enough, half way through practicing a set it came flying off and landed in my lap. I had to try to knock it off so i could keep playing cause i was stopping for that.

Do you prefer Vinyl, Tape, CD or Digital Format and why is that?
I’ve been a huge fan of records and CDs having physical copies of music is always great and vinyls sound better than everything else. We all have some kinda music collection of either vinyls, CDs, or tapes.

Your music style is Thrash Metal. Which are your main influences (Favourite Artists / Bands etc.)
We all listen to a lot of different music but thrash is something we can all agree on and love. Megadeth, Exodus, Anthrax, Overkill, Metallica. A lot of people say we sound like we have a lot of punk influence and I know personally it’s their a lot but I think some people would be surprised to know collectively we don’t listen to it all that much.

Which things do you think a band should sacrifice in order to succeed? Have you ever sacrificed anything in your life for a better future for your band?
We’ve all sacrificed a lot of time and money. When we started we didn’t really have a lot of equipment and we still have issues with affording good stuff sometimes. And time for band practice and practicing solo gets difficult while balancing other stuff but it’s what we love and what we got to do.

Describe your ideal live show as a performance band. Have you already experienced that?
Our first show in coming up in march 3rd at kochanskis in Milwaukee so we don’t really know what a show will even be like until then. I think a show where the crowd is going nuts and loving the music as much as we love playing it would be the dream, as long as the people are into it then really no complaints from our side.

What attributes do you think that a new Thrash Metal Band should have in order to gain identity and be unique?
I think caring about your music and putting time into writing it is all the difference. If you’re a band just playing trying to make money it shows, just as much as a song someone wrote cause they love playing and writing the music shows.

Do you believe that Digital Platforms help the new Thrash Metal Bands? Which, do you think, is the ideal way for a band to promote its work?
Social media provides a great way for bands to get bigger it’s even helped us a good amount and being able to have all your music and social platforms on one device makes networking super easy. I do think it can become an issue when bands start to focus more on likes and followers, it can just take away from the music.

Do you see any differences between the US Metal Market & the EU Metal Market (Labels, Bands, Fans etc)?
We’re not to familiar with the European metal scene but it seems like a lot of bands we know are starting to tour there more. All we know is one scene has a good set of teeth and the other drinks tea.

Tell us a few things about the New Underground Metal Scene in Washington County, Wisconsin (Bands, Fanzines, Webzines, Metal Clubs etc.)
We’re from a somewhat small town without other metalheads, so when we started reaching out to other bands we realized there’s a lot of music up here. We have some buds in Litwax, Harvesting the dead, Age of the fallen. Not bands we know personally but toxic rune, bray road, and morbid saint are some of my favorite bands from the area, a lot of great stuff.

Do you know anything about the Hellenic Metal Scene?
We are not very familiar to be honest.

The last 4 years, worldwide in the world, we have faced many dark, strange & new situations in our everyday life (covid, lock-down etc.) Did all of this affect you positively or negatively?
We were really to start when we did, covid was just starting to die down when we started playing so we definitely just grazed it.

What are your future plans?
Definitely going to release another single or two by the end of the year, play as many shows as we can get. We don’t plan on slowing down anytime soon, we are just getting started.

By Steve the Filthy Dog.






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