Artifas spoke with NRR on current happenings with the band shortly before making their debut appearance at The Machine Shop in Flint, Michigan.

Memphis-based Artifas is comprised of Scottie Somerville (lead vocals), Cody Criswell (lead guitar/vocals), Mikey Miller (rhythm guitar), Anthony Mattox (bass) and Jared Wainscott (drums/percussion). This line-up has been together for just over a year and a half and has quickly solidified them as a vital part of the Memphis rock scene.

The band plans on touring everywhere and anywhere in support of their debut album, Inhuman. According to the band, the album focuses on the concept of duality, and the balance of good and evil that resides within every person.

The members of Artifas come from numerous backgrounds, such as metal and classic rock. They use these influences to create a unique, honest, down-to-earth hard rock vibe similar to that of Red, Crossfade, Devour the Day, or Shinedown.

The band took some time to speak with Erik Heemsoth of National Rock Review shortly before going on stage at The Machine Shop on August 21, 2015. They describe working with Blake Allison of Devour the Day on their first EP and Justin Rimer (formerly of 12 Stones) on their debut album. They also discuss signing to Round Two Records, writing, touring with Saint Asonia, the future, and much, much more.

Interview with Artifas:

Thom Seling was on hand to capture their live set. Here are his images from that night.

Artifas on-line:
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About The Author

Erik's interest in music began at an early age. In high school, he was the co-host of the underground metal show the Social Mutilation Hour, on 89.5 WAHS, under the name of Neurotik Erik. During this period of his life, he independently promoted shows under the name of Ding Dong Ditch Productions. Erik would rent out local VFW Halls, use space at Oakland Community College Auburn Hills Campus, or simply throw basement parties around the Detroit area. While at college at Ferris State University, he became head of the student run organization, Entertainment Unlimited, and continued to promote shows, but on a larger scale. He also helped start an underground magazine, 'Outpunk', where he interviewed bands and wrote music reviews. Additionally, Erik joined the staff at the Ferris State University Torch and wrote on a larger scale.

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