Mike Stack is a guy who has carved out a significant portion of extreme music history with pure, unrelenting RIFF. Based in the 518/Troy area, Mike has written, recorded and performed since 1989 with some of Troy, NY’s best. Flat Broke. Execution Style. Politics of Contraband. Withstand. Dying Breed. When Jason Bittner (of Shadows Fall fame) decided to take a break in 2007 from the NWOAHM touring/recording circuit to revive his old death metal/hardcore band Burning Human, he recruited Mike Stack along for the ride. Moving beyond the metal-influenced hardcore of his youth, Mike started Of Old in 2004 to fully flex his metal roots, a project that soon became the progressive, technical death metal of The Final Sleep and his primary focus. And on top of all of that, there’s lost recordings, bands and projects forgotten by time and documentation. “Do you still have any recordings of Harbinger? Maybe.” It’s been a storied career for Mike, from the glory days of metallic hardcore at QE2 to fights with Madball to a rare stint on the 2000’s Van’s Warped Tour to fully swinging for the progressive death metal fences in today’s saturated metal market. I recently had the opportunity to speak to Mike about his entire career, his legendary run in defining Troycore and the culture and memories of that era, his experiences and influences in metal, The Final Sleep (!), the realities of promotion and recognition, gear, fried chicken and much more. Check it all out below, pick up The Final Sleep’s debut I here and be on the lookout for their sophomore effort soon! Follow The Final Sleep on Facebook here, on Instagram here and on Bandcamp here.
Additionally, stream and download the entirety of Dying Breed’s discography (minus an alternate version of “God’s Hate” on the Capital Punishment compilation) and the majority of Politics of Contraband’s tracks here!