Aversions Crown Thrive Under Extreme Circumstances

Posted by Ramon Gonzales in Interviews on June 23, 2020

Austraila’s Extreme Metal Exports Aversions Crown Turn A Corner with Hell Wlll Come For Us All

The running theme of 2020’s universal cancellations and postponements have spared no one. Artists big and small, established and budding, have all be sidelined in a way that makes the future seem uncertain, at best. While most artists had to deal with the crush of cancelled tour plans, Australia’s Aversions Crown experience was an abrupt stop. Completing the rigorous process to commence touring internationally, the band was all set for an important stateside run with fellow countrymen Thy Art Is Murder. The band completed the first night of the tour, then, the world came to grinding halt. In the weeks since the reset, the band has returned home and shifted their focus to discussing what they had hoped to translate live. Hell Will Come for Us All is the band’s fourth full length record and their most ambitious attempt thus far. Stepping outside of their impassioned niche of sci-fi enamored fans, the progression of the band’s sound continues to push the boundaries of extreme metal, but now offers a different lyrical perspective that sets this record apart from the rest; deliberately. Though derailed in a way that would handicap most bands, Aversions Crown remain confident that their latest offering is one that clearly defines the band, even if they have to wait to offer fans the live translation. 

While recounting the days leading up to when the world hit pause, Aversions Crown drummer Jayden Mason painted a vivid picture of the chaos. Scrambling for international flights, cancelled tour plans, and pandemic pandemonium all seemed to pale in comparison to the disappointment of only being able to perform songs from his band’s new record once. “I was so stoked that I got to perform songs like ‘The Soil’ and ‘Born In the Gutter’ once. At the same time, I only got to perform those new songs once. You know what I mean?” While that disappointment is due in part to the lengthy, expensive process international bands have to go through to tour in the US, the reality is more not being able share the kind of songs that are best translated live. “A lot of the creative process in writing these songs was focused on how they would work live. Songs like ‘Scourge of Violence’ is an absolute banger. Fast and angry. Being able to recreate that live is something we enjoy to the max.” 

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Mason’s excitement seems to reiterate a shift in the culture of band. The fourth record finds Aversions Crown treading outside of familiar territory and opting to not indulge the sci-fi imagery that ultimately led to the band earning the moniker of “aliencore”. While shift might seem like a major departure for the band, Mason explains the reality is more practical than anything. “This was the natural progression of the band. We’ve grown as songwriters and lyrically these songs are more relatable, You don’t need to look to aliens to find the darker side of life.” The progression of the band’s sound and unique esthetic is something Mason takes pride in, “I loved a records like Xenocide and Tyrant. Every record we have ever done has been great for us but I think Hell Will Come For Us All really shows a different kind of maturity.”

The kind of pride Mason conveys stems largely from being half of the creative core of the band. The precision-proven drummer explained that while Aversions Crown has been effected by a rotation of personnel, including three different vocalists, he and guitarist Chris Cougan have continued to press on and produce. “There has been no different writers for this band. It’s been Chris (Cougan) and myself working with him. We have had some bad luck with some members but throughout it all it’s been Chris and I.”Understanding the sense of creative camaraderie within Aversions Crown, it becomes evident that making the same record for the fourth time just wasn’t something reasonable. As the unit of Jayden and Chris evolved as musicians and songwriters over the course of the last decade, veering away from aliens and science fiction was a conscious effort to avoid repeating themselves. “We can’t be stuck In the same algorithm,” said Mason. 

It should be emphasized however that differences on the self-produced effort are subtle. Aversions Crown made their mark by combining elements of blistering, extreme metal with accents of the atmospheric and melodic in a way that offered an ebb and flow in metal track. Hell Will Come For Us All offers a healthy dose of the familiar dynamics that have made Aversions Crown one of Australia’s most noteworthy exports. Mason confidently agrees that their fourth offering is the best version of the band yet. “Straight off the back of this album the band has solidified itself. We’re aiming to give the fans a shock.”