Interview: Introducing New York-based metalcore powerhouse AS WITHIN, SO WITHOUT and new album INTO OBLIVION.
Today we are catching up with New York-based metalcore powerhouse AS WITHIN, SO WITHOUT consisting of vocalist Mitchell Lustosa, guitarists Matt Tzovolos and Chris Kallianiotis, bassist and vocalist Mathew Lustosa and drummer Lukas Vitullo.
The quintet formed in late 2016 and debuted on the scene with Our Self-Destruction EP in 2017. They are back in sparkling fashion with debut full-length INTO OBLIVION released in March 2019.
As Within, So Without expose their rapidly growing fan base to a blast of energy, coming and firing on all cylinders. The quintet delivers a brand of modern metalcore that definitely had us pumping and banging our heads on the groovy hooks. Guitar-laden tracks blending chuggy metal riffs and aggression drop into hovering and soothing melodies. Instrumentally accomplished and relentless, the band also delivers impressive vocals and heartfelt performances. The quintet is a highly recommended listen for fans of In Hearts Wake, Miss May I, Wage War, Fit For A King and Oceans Ate Alaska.
Our editor-in-chief Alex is catching up with AS WITHIN, SO WITHOUT to discuss the writing process, the challenges and the lyrical inspiration behind the new record INTO OBLIVION. We got to know the band a little better talking about the band’s journey, sound and influences. We also discussed singles DEPARTURE and ALONE and future plans.
- Hello guys and welcome. Would you mind introducing your band? How was it brought together in the first place and what’s been your journey so far?
We are As Within, So Without and we are a five piece metalcore band from New York.
Mitchell Lustosa: Vocals
Mathew Lustosa: Bass/Vocals
Matt Tzovolos: Lead Guitar
Chris Kallian: Guitar
Lukas Vitullo: Drums
The band was originally started by Mitchell Lustosa who is the bands lead vocalist. The only original members are Mitchell and Mathew Lustosa (bass/vocals) and Lukas Vitullo (drums). Our journey so far has been very fulfilling and we hope to make an impact in metalcore.
- What’s the story behind your name “AS WITHIN, SO WITHOUT”?
It can be interpreted in multiple ways, but the most suitable meaning would be: As Within – What we think within ourselves So Without – Will be expressed or reflected on the world we live in. Originally the band I think was going to be called hollow kingdom but one of the members who is no long in our band interjected and suggested As Within, So Without and we stuck with it.
- What kind of influences do you have and what genres have you explored before sticking to metalcore?
We all listen to things that range from pop, hip hop, hardcore, deathcore, death metal, and metalcore and more. We all listen to so many different styles of music. But collectively metalcore is our favorite genre and it’s the most fun to write and play live. There were a few songs that didn’t make it to Into Oblivion that were too heavy for the feel of that album, maybe those songs will see the light of day though, anything is possible!
- INTO OBLIVION is your debut full-length released in March 2019. What progression in the sound has been taking place since your first EP Our Self-Destruction dating back to 2017? Differences, new features, experimental efforts..
I know we all have our own opinions and feelings on OSD but it was our first ep and it wasn’t meant to be anything but our first release. It was the first time the we have ever written together and we took a very blind approach to it. Basically what we wrote was what we got. We didn’t opt to change things or write more songs than we needed. For Into Oblivion we wanted to take a much different approach. Making friends in the industry as our careers continue you tend to pick up pointers from higher ups and your peers. Our main goal was to make a cohesive album and to really push ourselves in every way possible. We also took steps to educate ourselves on properly promoting it as well. We’re currently working on new material, and while it is still AWSW we’re going in a different direction. A more atmospheric, and technical direction. But that’s really all I can say at the moment.
- What was the general writing and creative process approached for the record? Do you usually start from a riff, rhythmic pattern..?
Some songs would come together differently than others so I can’t really pinpoint an exact way we start songs but I do think that Alone is our most thought out song structure wise. It’s collectively our favorite song that we’ve ever written and looking back at it that song came together the fastest.
- What were the most challenging aspects working on your record?
To be completely honest, all of it. Sometimes we would be completely tired out from the process but realized what was at stake so it kept us going. The whole process is challenging in every way but very fulfilling.
- What were the specific lyrical themes and concepts discussed across the tracks?
A lot of the tracks on this album mainly focused on mental health and really personal experiences and it’s by far the most personal we’ve ever gotten with our audience. It was a great outlet for us as a band.
- In September you unleashed a video for track ALONE, following up previous video for DEPARTURE released in Feb. Let’s share more details about those two songs and the mindset behind choosing them as to best represent your music output and record.
Departure was the first song that we finished for the record and as soon as we finished it we knew it was going to make the record just because of how powerful the song is and because of how different the vibe of the song was from anything we had previously released. Alone is just a really solid an catchy song and it really captures the sound and feeling of the whole record and is one of the most diverse songs that we have done.
- What song do you consider to be the heaviest and the most melodic on this record?
WHAT YOU SAID has the heaviest breakdowns/riffs but also some of the more melodic styles the make up the AWSW sound. We have actually never played that one live but we’re going to break it out at our next shows!
- If you had the opportunity to share the stage with five of your favorite bands who would they be?
That’s a tough question! I’ll pick every members favorite band.
Invent Animate, BlessTheFall, As I Lay Dying, Wage War, and Beartooth.
- How are you going about the promotion of this record in the short term and what aspirations, goals, plans do you have in store for the future?
Right now we’re trying to keep the content coming for you guys and to keep doing cool interviews like this one. We also are looking to keep playing shows supporting the album and really pushing the album over social media as well. We may or may not be planning a run to play the album start to finish, just maybe 😉
We’re hoping to drop a single or two next year but nothing is set in stone. Follow us on Instagram @awswband and like us on Facebook! Thank you for reading 🙂
Thank you for your time AS WITHIN, SO WITHOUT and all the best for your new record. We are keeping an eye on your news and supporting you into Europe and US!
As Within, So Without – Into Oblivion tracklisting:
3. A Disease Called Man
4. Sleepy Hollow
6. The Torch
7. What’s Left Of Me
8. Hate Me
9. What You Said
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