Andrew Hileman from I AM talks ‘Eternal Steel’ and Australian Tour

Texas death thrashers
I AM are set to release their new album ‘Eternal Steel’ this Friday September 9th via MNRK Heavy.

Across three full-length slabs of bludgeoning intensity and snarling rage, I AM puts a Southern stamp and revitalized swagger into deathcore, a subgenre rarely as raw, energized, and diverse as this band. In the spirit of fellow Southern icons Pantera and newer Texan heroes Power Trip, the band channels discontent and anger into empowering anthems, as likely to inspire a gruelling workout as to incite the pit. Reminiscent of the combination of death metal heaviness and thrash metal speed found in the early catalogue of Sepultura, I AM mines the heaviness of Morbid Angel and the dexterity of the Big 4 to create something ground-breaking of their own.

The band are currently in Australia for their first tour down under with Thy Art Is Murder, Carnifex and Malevolence with tickets selling fast as fuck in each City.

The Everblack Podcast spoke to I Am frontman Andrew Hileman about their new album ‘Eternal Steel’, it’s metal as fuck cover art and lyrics, their first Australian tour with Thy Art Is Murder, Carnifex and Malevolence and more!

Watch/listen to the interview here :

Brandishing a unique blend of furious thrash and death metal like a weapon of mass destruction, I AM is purely no-nonsense in their patented “Texas Death” assault. Armed with riffs, speed, and overwhelming power, “I AM writes songs that make you want to move” (Decibel Magazine).

I AM has earned a reputation for devastation in the live environment, converting doubters and curious onlookers alike into diehard believers with sweat and determination. And across the two most recent records, they established themselves as a band who never writes the same song twice. Eternal Steel songs like ‘Iron Gate,’ ‘Infernal Panther,’ ‘Queen Incarnate,’ and the title track are demonstrative of the diverse extremes on offer. Menacing moods, blistering thrash, and crushing death collide all over the record. The lyrics harness the power of dark subject matter in ways that serve and inspire the listener. “For example, the topic of ‘fear’ is addressed in the song ‘The Primal Wave,’ but in a way where that fear is used to fuel you to overcome obstacles,” Hileman explains.

The death n’ roll groove of Obituary, the street-smart violence of Cro-Mags, it all coalesces into something fresh, exciting, and distinctly I AM. Hearkening to the past of classic metal with a hard shove forward into

Eternal Steel will be released on September 9th on CD, LP, cassette, and digitally. Find Pre-Orders at here:

Catch I AM  on tour in Australia in September with THY ART IS MURDER, CARNIFEX and MALEVOLENCE

Wednesday, 7th September – Magnet House, Perth, WA (18+)

Thursday, 8th September – Lion Arts Factory, Adelaide, SA (18+)

Friday, 9th September – Northcote Theatre, Melbourne, VIC (18+)

Saturday, 10th September – Manning Bar, Sydney, NSW (18+)

Sunday, 11th September – Princess Theatre, Brisbane, QLD (18+)

Tickets here: