Audiotopsy’s Greg Tribbett talks about debut album “Natural Causes”

Greg Tribbett is probably best known for his guitar work with Mudvayne and Hellyeah which featured former Mudvayne vocalist Chad Grey and former Pantera/Damage Plan drummer Vinnie Paul. Greg’s newest project Audiotopsy is set to release their debut album titled “Natural Causes” at the end of the summer and Media Mikes had the chance to speak with Greg recently about the album, the group’s formation and the upcoming tour plans for this fall.

Adam Lawton: Can you tell us about how you guys came together to for Audiotopsy?
Greg Tribbett: Around July of 2014 I called up Matt McDonough and we got talking about putting something together as we both had nothing going on at the time. I ended up flying up to Matt’s house for a weekend and we wrote about seven songs in two days. We hadn’t played together for about 5 years by this point but things went really well. We decided we needed to get a singer and a bass player so we called Billy Keeton who we knew from the band Skrape. He had already been jamming with Perry Stern so those two sort of came as a package deal. We were really stoked at this point as we didn’t need to look for a bass player. We ended up going down to Florida to record those seven songs and we all gelled together great. It was a great time and things just came together really quickly.

AL: Was there ever any thoughts in your mind when you put the group together about how to distance it from your guys previous works with other bands?
GT: That was definitely on my mind. I didn’t want to sound like Mudvayne or Hellyeah as I have done all that. When I was writing I really tried to concentrate on originality and create things that were both new and fresh. I think we certainly accomplished that.

AL: Was the ability to come up with new material quickly something you have always been able to do or was this something new for you?
GT: It comes pretty easy for me. Usually I will just sit down and start thinking up riffs in my head and play them out on guitar. From there I will start working on the actual song. Within about 20 or 30 minutes I will have a song laid out. When Matt and I got together he was familiar with my work style from all the time we had spent with each other over the years. When I got to his house I came with most of the songs structures already laid out. There may have been one or two songs that we worked on together but for the most part things were pretty much done. I just let Matt do his thing over the riffs that I brought. We did the albums first 7 songs that weekend at Matt’s. A short while later I ended up writing another three songs that we also did at Matt’s. We originally were just going to release an EP but ended up doing a full length release instead.

AL: What type of single release plans do you have for the album thus far?
GT: We have the song “Headshot” out right now but I don’t really consider that to be our single or anything like that. The actual single will be coming to radio soon and that is called “The Calling”. We actually have plans within the next few weeks to do videos for both of those songs.

AL: What types of tour plans are in place to support the album?
GT: Right now we are looking at late fall or early winter to get out on the road. We have a lot of feelers out right now as there are a bunch of tours going out at this time. We are looking at all those and we plan to go with the best offer that suits us. From there we will make all the plans and whatnot that goes along with booking a tour. We will definitely be out there through 2016 promoting the band and the record. We want to go worldwide with this.


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CD Review: Audiotopsy “Natural Causes”

“Natural Causes”
Napalm Records
Tracks: 12

Our Score: 3 out of 5 stars

Heavy, Melodic and Atmospheric is how one might describe the debut offering from Audiotopsy titled “Natural Causes”. The group which features former members of Mudvayne, Hellyeah and Skrape has joined forces to create something new out of something old. “Natural Causes” which is being released via Napalm Records features 12 tracks from the newly formed group which fit almost as good as an old pair of shoes.

Don’t let the bands roster fool you. Audiotopsy is not just another preconceived metal super group. Yes, the group features former Mudvayne members Greg Tribbett and Matt McDonough along with Billy Keeton of Skrape and bassist Perry Stern but the tracks found on “Natural Causes” have a keen freshness with just enough familiarity to make them catchy. Tracks such as the albums opener “Headshot” and “Disguise Your Devils” are perfect examples of that new and old combo while tracks like “LYLAB” which features euphoric like verses and guttural chorus and the haunting “Distorted” break new ground. Probably my favorite track off the release is the double bass driven “Disguise Your Devils” which features a catchy hooks and a unique off time bridge that was quickly stuck in head.

Does Audiotopsy sound completely different from any of the previous works the members have been a part of? Not so much. Undoubtedly those sounds that the members are originally known for are etched into our brains making it hard not to compare the new and old. However there is just enough newness in the sound and style of “Natural Causes” to not only peak older fans interest but also draw in new listeners as well.

Track Listing:
1.) Headshot
2.) All We Know
4.) The Calling
5.) H2O (Interlude)
6.) Swim
7.) Disguise Your Devils
8.) Burn the Sky
9.) Distorted
10.) Darken the Rainbow
11.) Frozen Scars
12.) Natural Causes (Outro)

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