Baltimore's death/thrash unit Noisem was on a roll between their inception in 2013 and 2015. The band released two full length albums, a split, an EP, a single and a live album, all of which were talked about in metal media. Then some lineup woes hit the band, and while Noisem promised a new album called Cease To Exist, it… well, ceased to exist.
Noisem is back now with a brand new blistering song called "Sin Rash" via Adult Swim, and in an interview with Decibel guitarist Sebastian Phillips and bassist Ben Anft discuss their future as a band.
SP: The past few years have been difficult, to say the least. There was a time with the old lineup where things were going so terrible and I felt like I didn’t even want to play music anymore. I quickly realized it wasn’t music that was the problem, it was the people I was doing it with. Ultimately, my brother Harley and I have always been the driving force behind the band since we formed. We sat down and had a conversation about whether or not we wanted to keep going and what needed to change if we continued.
BA: The past few years have definitely been very uncertain, but that’s all been absolutely necessary. As Sebastian said, him and his brother have been the ones spearheading this band since day one. Every riff, every beat comes from those two little schmucks. Doing what we needed to do to continue as Noisem has been rough on us all, but I don’t think we’d have it any other way.
Its worth noting that Noisem is currently the Phillips brothers and Anft, all three of which used to play together in a band called Necropsy. Noisem's new album Cease To Exist was recorded with Kevin Bernsten (Integrity, Full of Hell), mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege and was given artwork by Primitive Man's Ethan McCarthy. It'll be out in 2019.