Middian (Post YOB) Set Debut
(Metal Blade) Mike Scheidt gives us the 411 about his new band: After YOB got back from our last tour in 2005, it became very obvious that our individual goals in the band had changed. Travis Foster and Isamu Sato both left the band after we explored options for keeping YOB together. Neither of them had the stomach for touring anymore, and I knew I wanted to keep touring. After about 8 months of thought as whether to continue with what would be YOB’s 5th line-up after Isamu and Travis left, and after trying out some fine musicians, I decided to let YOB go. So I decided to start a new band: very much in the vein of YOB, but more angry and mid-paced on average, but still with roots in slow DOOM and the cosmic vibe that was a part of YOB. Middian is that band. In my mind I was already thinking about who I was going to approach for a rhythm section: My friends Will Lindsay on bass and Scott Headrick on drums. They are both very experienced musicians who, while having roots in extreme music, neither had played DOOM influenced music before. I wanted a fresh take on the riffs I was writing. Luckily they were both into it, and we have been having a blast ever since.”
Age Eternal is our first album together, and we are very happy with it overall. It is a solid first album for us and is setting the blueprint for what we do: DOOM and Stoner influenced music without it exactly being either....but definitely being HEAVY. It has lots of lurching faster riffs and chord melody not unlike YOB, but yet it is different. It is more urgent, straight-forward, and punk influenced in many ways, and our bassist Will shares vocal duties with me. Age Eternal also has slow pummeling DOOM riff*ge. The band is extremely collaborative even though I write the tunes thus far. We all have strong ideas and opinions that mesh very well and it culminated in Age Eternal. We are very proud to have our first album released by Metal Blade Records.
MIDDIAN is: Mike S-guitar and vox ** Will Lindsay-bass and vocals ** Scott Headrick-drums
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