We took a moment to speak with Kyler of the North Carolina based deathcore band The Stygian Complex.
MPM: Please introduce yourself and what you do for the band
TSC: Hi, my name is Kyler Cheek and I do vocals for the band.
MPM: For a band like The Stygian Complex who plays a style of deathcore but also borrowing elements from death metal and slam, how was the process to record the self titled release?
TSC: It was pretty straightforward and overall a great experience for us. We had everything pretty much written and recorded (pre-production) going into the studio which made the process nice and smooth since we were pretty well prepared. It was also an honor to work with Chris Whited of 1776 Recordings, we went down to Florida to record and work with him and we couldn’t be happier with the process and how the music turned out.
MPM: Deathcore has been around since the mid 2000’s with bands such as Whitechapel, Suicide Silence, All Shall Perish, Despised Icon, As Blood Runs Black and Carnifex have all contributed themselves to put a name for themselves in the scene. What makes you band, The Stygian Complex stand out compared to most extreme artists?
TSC: I would have to say it’s the elements that we bring from other influential bands such as Chelsea Grin, I Declare War, Job for a Cowboy, etc. and then we take it and add our own style of tech death twist to it which gives it it’s own unique sound in a way.
MPM: Being the main songwriter and vocalist, what are some of your biggest influences in terms of writing lyrics or singers to motivate you becoming one?
TSC: I’m a sucker for personal, powerful, Hellish, and/or aggressive lyrics and vocals. So anything angry or that I can relate to personally always helps motivate me. To name a few vocalists that helped motivate me: Phil Bozeman, Tom Barber, Dickie Allen, CJ McCreery, Adam Warren, Ian Bearer, Dan Watson, Kyle Medina, Jonathan Huber.
MPM: What’s your overall thoughts about deathcore back then, to where it fully stands?
TSC: I enjoyed it then and I enjoy it now. I’m happy to see it progress and also that it’s still very interesting. Some bands now are taking things to a whole new meaning of bone-crushing heavy and it’s exciting to see all of the insane new material coming out.
MPM :What song would you say off the self titled makes a powerful impact on you terms of the lyrics?
TSC: Dead Mind is definitely the song that has the most impact on me. I wrote that song during one of the darkest times of my life and it’s a very personal song to me. If you ever read the lyrics, you’ll probably understand why.
MPM: Based out of North Carolina, what’s your thoughts on the music scene with bands such Between The Buried And Me, Krosis, Abhorrent Deformity, and Wretched?
TSC: Our music scene here is growing rapidly and it’s something we’re very thankful for and happy to be involved with. The bands you mentioned are killing it right now in the scene here, and we honestly look up to them all. We’ve actually played with Krosis before and we have so much respect for those dudes. In addition, shoutout to FILTH, they’re doing huge things too!
MPM: If music wasn’t something you do, what other hobbies do you see yourself enjoying on your spare time?
TSC: Video games, fishing, traveling, or photography.
MPM: Do you prefer recording or touring?
TSC: They each have their pros and cons. Recording is fun because you get this feeling of pride seeing your ideas flourish with other ideas evolving into this product of love and creation. But touring has the aspect of being able to do what you love, playing music, while out on the road with your friends.
MPM: If The Stygian Complex would like to work or do collaborations with any band in the foreseeable future which artist first comes to mind?
TSC: Sold Soul
MPM: How long have you been doing vocals and were you taught doing lessons or played by ear?
TSC: I learned to do vocals by ear right at ten years ago and I’ve been doing them for the most part ever since. Practice and patience is definitely key when starting to learn vocals.
MPM: Are there any releases from 2019 you enjoyed that can be recommended to people aren’t aware what’s available in the scene?
TSC: This year has been one of the best years for deathcore, there were so many great releases and it’s not over yet. To name a few: Distant – Tyrannotophia, I Killed Everyone – Lamenting Hymns, To The Grave – Global Warning, Brand of Sacrifice – God Hand, Shrine of Malice – Sheol, Bound in Fear – The Hand of Violence.
MPM: The Stygian Complex are a independent band, are there any labels that you think would be a good fit for your band? If so, what labels you personally think be a good signing?
TSC: Unique Leader Records, Stay Sick Recordings, or Prosthetic Records,
MPM: Where do you see extreme music proceed in the next decade or so?
TSC: I think people are going come up with more and more unique ways of doing vocals, as well as more unique song structures/song ideas. I feel like since bands have been getting slower and slower with BPM that possibly things could pick up and get faster and faster now, but who knows.. That’s the best part about music, people come up with crazy new stuff all of the time!
MPM: Are there any final conclusions to wrap up the interview?
TSC: We will be releasing some new music soon, so please just keep an eye out for future releases! Also, we would like to thank our fans, Metal Purgatory Media for taking time with our band, and anyone who has supported us. WE LOVE YOU!
Interview by Jake Butler