. Endure The Affliction 12/09/21
Answers from Deion Lanthier, guitarist & co-lead vocalist
MM: Can you tell us about your Band and whos your biggest influences
- Endure The Affliction is and always will be the kind of metal band that tries to provide an uplifting message. That's what most of our music is based on. The "Affliction" in our name refers to life itself. We have to find a way to endure it.
Our influences are all over the place between the 5 of us. From Ronnie James Dio to Killswitch Engage to Tool.
MM: Where do you draw your inspirations and ideas from
- All 5 of us have had some pretty rough goings in our lives that has shaped who we are today. And we know that these situations aren't unique to us, so we tell our stories through the music, especially with the lyrics. We want people to realize that others have gone through the same things that they're dealing with and have come out on the other side a better and/or stronger person for it, and they can too.
MM: What would you say is your Bands favourite song ?
- Oh man, that's tough haha. I'm sure each member has their own favorite. But I will say that there is a track on our upcoming Evolve EP titled 'The Reckoning' that is absolutely beautiful.
MM: Plans tour and festival wise for 2021
- We don't plan on touring at this time, unfortunately. But we do have an upcoming festival, Rock The Home Front Gest, of which all proceeds go toward building transitional housing for military veterans.
MM: What can we expect from you guys live
- Connection and energy. Some of our songs have deep meaning and are very personal, and we like to portray that to the crowd. We feel like we're able to connect to people more that way. And aside from that, it's the tried and true jamming the fuck out. Especially Byron, our bassist. That dude throws down on stage.
MM: What do you like best and worst about touring
- We haven't had the pleasure of going on tour yet. As much as we'd all love to do music full time, all 5 of us have families to support. But hopefully someday soon we will plan out a mini tour.
MM: Which three Bands would be your ultimate touring buddies
- i can't speak for the other guys, but for it'd be Killswitch Engage, Periphery, and All That Remains. Those three have been my biggest influences over the years.
MM: What's the most memorable concert you've been to (other than your own) and why
- I remember seeing Avenged Sevenfold on tour after they released the Nightmare album. I was blown away. Those guys are the tightest musicians I've ever seen live, and their "theatre" was unexpected. They had a body drop from the beams as if being hung and remained there for the duration of their set, and for one of the songs they'd dedicated to their recently passed drummer, there was a piano that played itself. It was an experience for sure.
MM: What do you feel has been your biggest accomplishment so far with
- As I'm sure most musicians would say at this point, our biggest accomplishment was probably surviving not only covid, but also an unexpected personnel change right as everything began returning to normal for music, and coming back (in our own opinion) much better than we were before.
MM: Which are your Two favourite Albums of all time
- All That Remains - The Fall of Ideals is definitely #1 for me. The second is tough but I'm going to have to go with Avenged Sevenfold - Nightmare, because of the huge impact it had on me during that time of my life.
MM: Can you remember the first time you ever played live and how it felt to have people watching you?
- Oh man was I nervous haha. We were the opener for a four band bill at a pretty small venue with probably about 80 people packed into it. I thought I was gunna be awful just because of how nervous I was, but we got up there and we played a tight set, and the crowd loved our stuff. It was a great night, and that definitely had a huge effect on my confidence going forward, realizing that I was a better musician than I gave myself credit for and a better performer than I thought I'd be. Very gratifying.
MM: Growing up which Bands posters did you have on your bedroom wall.
- I was never a big poster guy. I had Slipknot, Avenged Sevenfold, Killswitch Engage, and Disturbed from what I can remember.
MM: Who do you think influenced the world of Metal / Rock more than any other person
- I'm definitely no expert on the classics, having not discovered metal til I was well into my teens. But as far as some of the more modern guys, Oli Herbert (RIP) was definitely at the top of my list. I idolized that guy. Howard Jones is a huge influence as well.
MM : What's the most important thing to the band right now?
- Continuing to push forward as we have been getting this next EP released, and getting on stage as much as possible now that live music is coming back. Being on stage again after over a year was the greatest feeling in the world.
MM: If you could do a cover of any song which one would it be and why?
- Aww that's too tough of a question! We don't do covers because we can never decide on a single song, haha! It would have to be something unique, and of a different genre than rock or metal, instead of the same songs every other metal band covers or converts to metal.
MM: Tell us why we should buy and listen to your Band
- We like to think that the topics that we touch upon, and the way we touch upon them, is relatable. We're writing from experience. Every word, every riff, every beat, is written from where we once stood in one situation or another. We get told by people how our music has helped them through something or has brought tears to their eyes because it hit so close to home. That's what music is about. To make people feel something. And that's what we set put to do with every piece of art that we create.
MM: Four words to describe your Band
- Sincere, emotional, technical, and humble
MM: Final Words for your fans and our readers
- Our newest single 'Identity' (along with our first official music vid ever) is dropping on August 6th, and our Evolve EP will release this fall!
Always remember, whatever you may be dealing with in your life, there is a way out. Even if your situation is self-inflicted, it's never too late to grow as a person. Pieces can always be put back together. We've done it, so can you.