Thoren September 2018 Interview

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Instrumental Dissonant Death Metal band Thoren is releasing their full length Gwarth 1.  I talked with the guys about the album, music and well themselves….duh.  Check it out!

 

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Thoren:

Anthony Lipari – Guitars (Evilyn, Vihaan)
Joseph Paquette – Bass (Evilyn)
Alex Cohen (Live for Malignancy, ex-Pyrrhon, Epistasis, Involuntary Convulsion)
Session Drums (Tracks 1, 2, 4, & 6-8)
Kenny Grohowski (Imperial Triumphant, Secret Chiefs3) – Session Drums (Tracks 3, 5, & 9)
Maggie Cocco – Session vocals (Track 8: “Kos”)

TMR: How do you think you have evolved with your upcoming release Gwarth I in comparison to Brennenburg?

Anthony – Gwarth I is a much more in-your-face album than Brennenburg which was a slower, more atmospheric experience. The song structures, technicality, and ideas expressed are a leap forward compared to our previous outing.

 

Joe – I feel we have become more technical and different with our rhythms, phrasing, and overall melodic ideas.  Having both Alex Cohen and Kenny Grohowski have creative freedom to write their parts, helped bring new energy, ideas, and musical phrases to each song.

 

TMR: Any plans on doing shows for Thoren?

There are no future plans for live shows.

 

TMR: Is Gwarth I a separate concept from Brennenburg? What are the meanings behind the album title and songs?

Anthony – Brennenburg was a statement about fear and the existence of the darkness within each of us. Gwarth I and II are more about confronting those aspects of the world. It’s less about fear and more about malevolence and confronting it. The word Gwarth itself means “betrayer” in Sindarin (the elvish language made up by Tolkien). When working with most instrumental music it is difficult for me to capture what emotion is being expressed through in the song with a title. I will often find a word from one of Tolkien’s works or some game I’m playing. The origins of the titles are as follows.

 

Firith – Season of Fading

Agarwaen – Bloodstain

Galvorn – Black Metal

Scatha – Legendary Dragon

Daleb Dath – Loathsome Abyss

Angos – Horror

Ebrietas – Daughter of the Cosmos (Bloodborne reference)

Kos – Son of Kosm, the Great One (Bloodborne reference)

Tyranny – This one is English

 

TMR: What was it like working with Kenny from Imperial Triumphant and Alex Cohen? 
You have two great drummers that have some serious talent right there.

Anthony and Joe – We have been very fortunate and grateful to have both Alex and Kenny perform on both Gwarth I and II.  Their talents really enhanced the albums overall feel and quality.  We’re very excited for everyone to hear them!

 

TMR: Any plans for physical copies?

There are no plans for physical copies for the time being. If there is enough demand that could change.

 

TMR: How can you describe Gwarth I in comparison to your previous releases? Any different recording techniques or anything new you tried musically?

 

Anthony – On this release there is a section of 12-string guitar played backwards and a section where I detuned all the strings on my electric until they were completely loose and pressed them against the pickups. I got a lot of really strange sounds out of that. There is also a tune on this record with slow jazzy drums, upright bass, acoustic guitar and a female soprano (Maggie Cocco) that is unlike anything we’ve done before.

Joe – I finally picked up a recording interface so that I could record at home on my own.  Wish I’d picked one up sooner!

 

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TMR: What influenced you making Thoren an instrumental band? There’s a lot of great instrumental bands with a vast variety of sounds, and great virtuosos too….I hear these Satriani and Vai guys are pretty good too.

 

Joe – I think the biggest influence to having Thoren as an instrumental band is creative freedom and not be limited to musical ideas due to vocals.

Anthony – Joe is right on the money here. When I was younger and diving into music theory, I always found myself attracted to the composers that stepped outside of the box and had a unique voice. I admired how they seemed to say so much without using words. That is something we always strive for in Thoren.

 

“If a composer could say what he had to say in words he would not bother trying to say it in music.” – Gustav Mahler

 

TMR: What are Thoren’s biggest influences musically?

 

Anthony – There are so many it’s hard to list them all, but here’s a few. Some metal influences are Meshuggah, Putridity, Defeated Sanity, anything with Colin Marston, Martyr, Capharnaum, Suffocation, Coma Cluster Void, Ehnahre, Aosoth, Gorguts, Dillinger Escape Plan, Cannibal Corpse, Deathspell Omega, Gorguts, Ulcerate, Nile and Portal. As far as other influences, I’d say Xenakis, Penderecki, Boulez, Feldman, Rebecca Saunders, Bartok, Stravinsky, Ligeti, and Scott Walker.

 

TMR: What’s your favorite piece of gear?

Anthony – My Axe FX II and my Stephen Carpenter signature 7 string ESP LTD.

Joe – My Fender Highway One Jazz Bass

 

TMR: What are your interests outside of music and Thoren?

Anthony – Exercise, video games, movies, reading, and visual art.

Joe – Camping, hunting, exercise, video games, shooting guns, fixing stuff, and yard work.

TMR: Favorite releases from 2018? And what ones are you looking forward to?

 

Anthony – My favorite releases so far are from Portal, Ehnahre and Hadean, Exlimitir, Kevin Hufnagel, Obscura, Soreption, Alkaloid, and Imperial Triumphant. I’m looking forward to Revocation, Bloodbath, Voivod, Evilyn, Infinite Nomad, and (if they release something this year) I’d love to hear new Disentomb or Dimesland!

 

Joe – My favorite releases so far are The Absence’s “A Gift for the Obsessed”, Tesseract’s “Sonder”, and Soreption’s “Monument of the End”.  I’m really looking forward to the releases from Aborted, Bloodbath, and Revocation!  It’s been a great year so far for metal!

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Samskaras September 2018 Interview with Eric Burnet

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Prog Deathers Samskaras are releasing their second EP “Lithification” on October 26th and had a conversation with guitarist/bassist/vocalist Eric Burnet of the band about the release and many other topics.

 

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1. Reconciliation
2. As Warriors
3. Alignment
4. À Deux Mains

Samskaras:
Eric Burnet – Vocals, Guitar, Bass
Alexandre Dupras – Drums

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TMR: How do you guys think you’ve grown as a band since your first release?

I started Samskaras just as my old band, Derelict, was dissolving. I had music written that was intended for that band and when we put the project on ice, I had a desire to continue working on it and eventually release it. The first single we put out, “Consecrate”, was a Derelict composition that we never used. The song “Conqueror” on the Asunder EP was too. Given all this, my writing from 2014 to 2016 was part of purging Derelict out of my system and evolving Samskaras into being its own thing. On our new EP, Lithification, I feel like the band’s sound has been more fleshed out and stands on its own without being too linked to other projects that Alex and I are in or have been in. I have less focus on a tech death approach and more on texture and feeling. I’ve brought in much black metal and grindcore influences into the songs. Every track was written completely in what I consider the “Samskaras” musical era of my life.

TMR: What did you do differently this time around with “Lithification” than your previous release “Asunder”?

During the period in which we were writing Asunder, Alex and I were still getting used to working together and working things around each of our schedules. We ended up doing things in a very odd order in which I recorded all the string instruments and vocals before Alex was ready for the drums. We then worked out the drum details together and he recorded last. It turned out great but it’s always preferable to work more in tandem. This time around with Lithification, we did it the traditional way and worked through the songs together. It felt much more natural and collaborative. We were able to support each other and give each other feedback as we went. It was much more enjoyable overall.

TMR: Do you think Samskaras will ever do a full length album? Or are EP’S the way of the future?

I would absolutely love to do a full-length. Two cliché factors have been preventing us from doing that so far, those being time and money. The time part is that given the fact that I occupy four musical roles in this project (vocals, two guitars, bass), writing, rehearsing, and recording one song is equivalent to four songs worth of normal work. I love doing it, it just takes a while. The money part is simply that we’re not a touring band so the revenue is not there to support hefty studio costs. The plan so far has been to keep releasing batches of songs when we have them, grow the name, and see what happens.

TMR: Any talk of doing shows?

I don’t want to bore anyone with the details of my non-music life, but I just moved to another part of Canada. Before making that decision, I was in talks with several musicians to form a live lineup for Samskaras. Life happened and that plan is on the back burner for now. We’ll see what happens going forward.

TMR: What does your band name Samskaras mean and what influenced it?

A samskara in Hinduism and other Eastern philosophies is a sort of emotional imprint that forms on a person’s consciousness from life experiences. It’s supposed to affect how a person behaves and acts. When I read about this I thought it was a really cool way of illustrating how our minds and emotional reactions are shaped by our lives. I then imagined an artist’s songs being samskaras given artistic form, sort of an emotional snapshot in time of what someone was going through. My goal with this project was to be rawer and more emotional where my last band was more political, so I thought the name fit well.

TMR: Can you further elaborate on the meaning of your upcoming album title “Lithification” and it’s lyrical content?

Lithification is the process by which sedimentary rock forms under heat and pressure. Raw organic material gets compressed and heated over millions of years and changes into a new, harder form. On this EP, this is a metaphor for the hardening of the human heart. Pain, anxiety, pressure, all these compress and attack our heart and our spirit, changing us. We adapt to be more resilient to those influences, but also become harder people for what we go through.

This theme runs most strongly through the song Reconciliation, which is about attempting to resolve a past conflict with someone and having the discussion re-open old wounds. The idea has been something I’ve had on the shelf for about eight years. There was an old Derelict song called Lithification that we never recorded. The music was written by a member who quit and so the song was canned. I was disappointed because the lyrics were very important to me. When I wrote Reconciliation, the word lithification just fit at a certain point in the chorus and it made me realize I was writing about similar pain once again and the idea became appropriate to revive.

The songs As Warriors and Alignment are both about anger in different ways. They deal with how we change and adapt to a society that isn’t built with our basic needs or best interests in mind. I dwell a lot on the unnaturalness of that. Lastly À deux mains is in French and is a more political song about the past and present history of our homeland of Quebec. The sentiment could apply to most places though; it’s a review of how the poor and powerless have always been stepped on, and it’s a call for solidarity.

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TMR: What underground bands do you guys love the most?

The only appropriate answer to this for us is Quebec bands. Spend two decades listening to Gorguts, Cryptopsy, Quo Vadis, Augury, Voivod, Despised Icon, etc, and you’ll know where we come from, musically.

TMR: What are you both listening to these days metal and non metal wise?

Here’s what’s currently saved on my phone, metal: Aethereus, Oubliette, Obscura, Augury; non-metal: Iron & Wine, Wintersleep, Bob Marley and The Wailers, Damian Marley, Radiohead, Propagandhi. This morning I just added the new Pig Destroyer and Ken Mode albums, and I’m interested in giving the new Eminem album a once-over as well.

TMR: What motivated you guys to link up and start Samskaras? 

As mentioned I was seeking to continue where I left off with Derelict. I reached out to Alex because he’s a fantastic drummer. We had met before and got along. Alex was interested right away and things have worked out very well. One of the coolest things about working with Alex is that he’s a much more organic player than I am. He feels everything out where I’m more calculated. I think that as we continue to work together, we influence each other and come towards a comfortable middle.

TMR: What are you interested in outside of music?

Aside from working full-time as a social worker, I’m quite into fitness and strength training. I’m also a pretty dedicated Dungeons and Dragons player. Oh, and I recently joined a fantasy and sci-fi book club in my new town.

TMR: What are your opinions on newer bands changing extreme metal using instruments and ideas not primarily found in death metal? 

Music is art. Art evolves alongside culture. This is an inevitable process. What’s great is that our culture also conserves, celebrates, and re-creates older art forms even while new ones continue to evolve. It therefore does not matter. If someone wants to just keep listening to the first three Death, Suffocation, and Obituary albums on repeat until they die, they can do that. Hell, some people listen exclusively to reproductions of classical pieces written hundreds of years ago. At the same time, artists continue to sharpen the cutting edge and make challenging new things. I think that’s great. To be honest, when I browse the “New Metal Tracks” playlist on Spotify, I like very little of what I hear but I still usually find at least one new thing. It’s cool to know that other people are making and finding things they like as well.

TMR: List your favorite releases of 2018 so far, what you’re excited for….and in your opinion THE best album of the year, so far.

I think the new Obscura album “Diluvium” is fantastic. I’m also super proud of my hometown boys Augury for their new record “Illusive Golden Age”. It’s definitely their heaviest and most complex release, while remaining a very fun listen.

I’m very excited that The Ocean has a new album due out. They’re one of my favourite bands. They really walk that line between emotion, heaviness, and complex ideas. Beyond Creation as well have a new album coming and the singles have been great so far. Not to mention Cryptopsy, Aborted, Revocation, Anaal Nathrakh…

I can’t really take a position on a best album. Different things for different moods. I dug J Cole’s K.O.D. a lot this year as well.

TMR: Any new material in the works? Or is it too soon to ask that question?

I sat down to write the other day for the first time since we finished the Lithification recording sessions in April. I’m starting to get some vibes and ideas but nothing concrete yet. I have some ideas left over from writing Lithification but I always hesitate to reach backwards. It’s fun to start from scratch. We don’t have any pressure or deadlines, we just promise to put our all into whatever we do. It’ll be ready when it’s ready, but I promise it’ll be great.

Check out “As Warriors” from the upcoming EP “Lithifcation”!

Thoren release “Tyranny” from upcoming full length “Gwarth 1”

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Instrumental Death Metal band Thoren released their single “Tyranny” today.  It’s a quick, heavy and dissonant headbanger that kicks your ass from the get go.  Tyranny is a straightforward extreme metal ass kicker.  Don’t worry, there’s plenty of dissonance in this quickie (as Decibel Magazine ever so eloquently labeled Throen as genre-fuckers!).  If you’re into odd timed, dissonant, heavy instrumental extreme metal these guys are for you.  Congrats to my friend Anthony of Thoren for getting his music premiered through Decibel Magazine!

YOU TOTALLY MADE IT BIG BRO! Seriously, enjoy the song.  While you’re at it grab their previous release Brennenburg.

 

 

Iomair release “Embodiment of Emptiness” and “Cast Away” from upcoming debut EP

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Do you like your prog death metal mixed with pop and folk sections? Iomair will help you scratch that itch.  Dylan Gowan of Canadian band Vesperia launched this outfit recently, and is absolutely awesome.  The self titled debut EP is set to be released through Infamous Butchered Records on September 21st.  It’s a great melodic, heavy and progressive trip with all sorts of sweet string sections that make this a great work of art.  Check out the two singles right below! I promise it delivers!

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Instrumental Prog Metal Band Nomera has an album out called “Holos” and it’s a very good one, to say the least.  There’s so many solid instrumental bands with unique sounds (some sound a bit repetitive or dull but you get that in every genre really) but Nomera really hammers that point home.  They aren’t overly technical or flashy players, but instead very focused on rhythm and transitions.  There’s occasional keyboard and synthesizer tracks that make some of their sections very moody and create the perfect emotion.

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 David Hernández (drums)
Aleksey Stepanov “John Base” (bass)
Vicente Roca (guitar)
Jose Jurado (guitar)
Their attack is very melodic and very heavy sometimes as well.  The band’s prog moments outshine their metal side as much and truly shows their diversity, proving they have many tricks up their sleeve.  Nomera is a new band to look out for and keep an eye on without a doubt.  I’m not sure if they have any shows coming up but you will have to keep an eye on that if you live in Spain! Grab their EP on their bandcamp website listed above.
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Odious Construct September 2018 Interview

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The Odious Construct are releasing a killer EP “Shrine Of The Obscene” next month October 12th and I chatted with the guys about their band and new record label.  Check out the first single right here.

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The Odious Construct:
Casey Ryle – Vocals

Wes Yee – Guitars

Ben Jackson – Guitars

KC Brand – Drums

Sam Datu – Bass

TMR: Who’s your favorite band on your new label The Artisan Era?

 

Oh man. Every band on this roster is god tier, that’s an impossible question to answer! -KC

 

TMR: What shows does the Odious Construct have coming up in support of your new release?

 

We have a show lined up in October and were planning on actually having Decrepit Birth headline for us.  There’s a number of bands that were trying to get in, but nothing set in stone yet. -KC

 

TMR: What did you guys do differently this time around for “Shrine Of The Obscene”?

 

Our upcoming EP has more experimentation with different orchestra instruments. We used the harp a lot for our last EP, but we expanded on that and used a koto, viola, choirs, and of course more harp to keep the songs more interesting and dynamic. Our next EP also has a lot more character to it since everyone had more input and was more involved in the song-writing process. The last EP was mostly just me and KC since it was older songs we had written before we found the right band members. Our single, Shrine of the Obscene is a pretty good representation of everyone’s hand in the songwriting process, and musically it creates something more interesting. – Wes

 

TMR: What is the theme and meaning behind Shrine Of The Obscene?

The title track/EP title is an overall portrayal of how we as a modern society tend to relish in the pain of others, as a form of escape from our own suffering. The “shrine of the obscene” is a physical representation of this worshipping of others suffering. -Casey

TMR: What are your biggest influences outside of death metal?

Marty Friedman was a huge influence for me, back when he was in Cacophony with Jason Becker, to his stint in Megadeth, and all of his instrumental solo albums. The biggest thing that I took from him is the importance of melody. I really try to focus on writing something that is memorable and has a flow to it that will hook the listener. I think that’s one thing that kind of gets lost these days since a lot of people are focusing on “how can i make this more technical” instead of “how can make this more melodically interesting?” – Wes

 

TMR: Guilty pleasure band or artist?

I haven’t been listening to too much metal these days, so i’ve been casually listening to Kpop or Korean music. Right now I’m on a Heize binge which is a mix of like korean hip hop/jazz/r&b. – Wes

Some of our members dabble every now and then in some early 2000’s nu-metal bands like Korn or Mudvayne. I actually like a lot of bands without vocals, either djent or post-rock/metal/whatever genres. -Casey

 

TMR: Describe your typical Odious Construct show?

I mean, we try to be as energetic and engaging to everyone as possible,  Usually try and start the set off with a fast one just to get the blood flowing and set the tone for the set. We’re actually setting up a light show currently so that should add some extra zest to everything. -KC

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TMR: How did you get into music and did you ever think you’d be doing it as a signed band?

I personally have been around music since I was a toddler, my dad was a drummer, and I kinda picked it up from him.  Didn’t start playing seriously though till maybe the 8th grade talent show haha. All my friends were chanting my name with the beats I was playing it was super cool!  But I guess after doing that, I decided that drumming was something that was going to stick. So it did. And no, never thought I’d be a signed artist. Especially not to a fire label like this one.  Although small, there are some killer acts on this roster man. Everyone is insanely talented and good at what they do. -KC

 

TMR: That is some nasty art! Who designed your EP cover?

We got lucky with that one!  Leonardo Devidson drew up that one.  Killer artist! -KC

TMR: Design your dream tour composed of 4 bands. Who makes the cut?

 

Ooh, tough one. But I think we all agree on these four: Baby Metal, Dragonforce, Attila and Nickleback, of course. -Casey

 

TMR:  What band would you love to play with you haven’t yet? And what show was your most memorable?

 

I mean, if I have access to any band I’d pick probably pick someone like Opeth or Between the Buried Me. The most memorable show for me was when we played a small festival The American Legion in Tahoe with Cattle Decapitation headlining. The extra drive in the snow just added an extra layer of atmosphere. – Sam

 

TMR: Describe your biggest or most important moment as a band.  

I think we would all agree that getting signed to The Artisan Era for our upcoming EP release was a huge step for us. We all look up to everyone on that roster and to be apart of that is a huge accomplishment for us. -Wes

 

TMR: How has your journey been since The Odious Construct started? How many sacrifices have been made to keep the band going?  

 

Being a small band, especially new, can be extremely challenging at times. -Wes

 

TMR: How did the band start?

We were formed back in early 2015.  Wes and I had departed from a thrash metal project that kinda just lost its spark overall.  Took some ideas had floating around and wrote Flatline, (last song of our self titled EP) and asphyxiation, which has currently been unreleased.  Shortly after writing a few tunes we got ahold of our buddy Ben, who actually played drums for a band called Legions Requiem, and was also someone that Wes and I grew up in the Sacramento metal scene with for quite a number of years.  Having dabbled in guitar just a little, Ben picked up everything super fast, and quickly became proficient enough to help write. You’ll hear a lot of his stuff on Shrine of the Obscene. Sam and Casey were a bit tough to find, scouring craigslist and social media, we all got in contact with each other and it just worked perfectly. We have great chemistry and I couldn’t imagine having other band mates honestly. We’re all musically on the same page for the most part, so its nice to be able to work with like minded people. -KC

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Inanimate Existence August/September 2018 Interview

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Not only have I  recently seen one of my favorite prog/tech bands and also featured them in July as the website’s featured band/artist, but I also got to INTERVIEW the band! The fanboy in me got some questions answered by Cameron Porras, the band’s guitarist & vocalist. Dig in and enjoy this one!
TMR: How did you come up with the band name?
Back when the band was conceptualized I was doing a lot of research on the Tibetan Book of the Dead which is a Buddhist funerary text.(In Tibetan it is called the Bardo Thodol which translates to Liberation in the Intermediate State Through Hearing. This is where the name for our first album comes from.) I was reading around and I saw something about there being two types of existence: Animate existence which would be anything with consciousness, basically humans and animals, and there is Inanimate existence, which is anything that lives and dies but without consciousness basically like plants, trees, or fire. They said that through meditation a human can reach a similar level of consciousness as the inanimate existence by learning to let go of their conscious thought and it would bring you to state of Dharmakaya which is when you transcend the realm of the 5 senses humans are wired to perceive.
TMR: Any progress on the writing for the new album? And can we expect a single before the end of the year?
The new album musically is basically finished. I have been fine tuning little bits and adding lots of solos and layers to keep it interesting throughout but now I’m pretty happy with the way things turned out. Ron is going to record his drum parts in a few days and then I’ll be recording guitar sometime after that. At the time of me writing this Im about halfway done writing lyrics which I also want to spend a little extra time on then I usually do. I wanted to try something new to get the creative juices flowing so I’ve been micro dosing psilicobilin mushrooms everyday while I write and I think it’s having an interesting effect on my writing. Lyrically this album will be much more poetic, symbolic, and very personal to me.
TMR: What’s the story behind Underneath A Melting Sky? How was the recording process for it was it any different than your previous albums?
This was the first album of ours on our new label “The Artisan Era” (shoutout to Mike ‘n’ Malc) and also our first album where I wrote the music in it’s entirety (minus the basslines and some drum parts). I thought of this as sort of a rebirth of our band and really wanted to amplify what makes us unique and create something more mature than our old material but also bring back some of the brutality and dark vibes that people expect when they go to listen to a death metal band. The only problem was we wrote and recorded it very fast which is something I’m trying to avoid with our new album, but still UAMS was our most well received album at release.
TMR: Any tour plans in the works after the Blood Of the Beggar Tour?
No we don’t have much else beside the new album planned out for the band. A few shows here and there but no tours. Unfortunately it’s getting harder and harder to tour because the turn outs are getting weaker and weaker these days. Times are tough and people are being more and more careful of where they spend their time and money. It seems people wait for that one show that has 5 of their favorite bands on it rather than one or two which I understand. It just sucks for us lol.  
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TMR: Do you guys enjoy being a smaller band?  
Well I guess we don’t mind it, but of course we wish we could make a living wage off of our efforts. Like I said its getting harder and harder to get people to care about you in particular because the market is so saturated with good music and death metal is a tiny genre to begin with. It’d be nice to play sold out festivals, tour Europe, get free drugs and mad poon on the reg, but hey, I guess it keeps us humble.
TMR: What was your musical journey? When did everyone start playing and how did you learn your craft?  
Me and Ron met sometime between 8th and 9th grade and by that time he was already doing blast beats and I was only able to play like smoke on the water and iron man, but we were both all about death metal and so I got my first shitty electric guitar and started learning cannibal corpse and deicide songs. At first we did a bunch of cover songs, our first song we played all the way through I think was blame it on god by deicide. Then in high school we finally started learning to do originals and we just kept at it and 15 years later here we are.
TMR: What’s the story of Inanimate Existence and how the band came to be?
We played in a band called Flesh Consumed prior to the birth of Inanimate Existence. It was a fun band but it wasn’t ours and we didn’t have the level of artistic freedom that we really wanted. We did a cd with them and after a little turmoil within the members we decided to leave and start working on a group of our own that we would have control over. That’s when we started deciding what exactly we wanted the group to be about and by that time we had outgrown the standard death metal themes of blood and gore which is why we decided to make some more mature music with themes we could actually stand behind.
TMR: The artwork on your albums are so cool! Have you had the same artist for all of them or was it someone different every time?
Yes every album cover has been a different artist. Only on our shirts do we have a lot of designs from the same artist named Parin Cashmony who also did the art for the cover of our third album.
TMR: Favorite show you guys ever played?
It’s hard to say but two shows come to mind. One was on our last tour, we played Kingsman AZ, which is a pretty small town so I didn’t really know what to expect. It was a typical bar scene and no stage, but god dam people filled the place up. Not only that but the crowd was so into every band and just loving every minute of it. People were moshing and head banging and visibly having so much fun and we really feed off that energy and it makes us perform that much better. After us I even joined in the mosh pit for the other bands and by the end I was drunk and sweaty. Everyone was so friendly too, afterward it felt like a big party where everyone was down to shoot the shit. The other best show to me was Lousville deathfest. I know that show gets a lot of flack for the mishap of the bands not getting paid but we get screwed out of money so often it didn’t really mean shit to me. I loved it because there were so many super fans there who really made it special. There was karoake next door too and Scotty and I sang random songs and got wasted in the parking lot with so many friends both new and old until the wee hours of the morning. It all ended at like 430 in the morning when someone handed me an air horn and I just held the button down and emptied the can. The owner of the bar came out and told us to fuck off or he’d call the police. It was all good, we were out of booze anyway.
TMR: What’s the first thing you guys think about before a set starts, and the moment a set ends?
That’s different from show to show. Most the time it’s standard thing like “hey maybe I should warm up” or “better take a dump while I still can”. Some days it’s like “Wake me up when the band before us is on their last song” and “I’m going back to bed”. Sometimes you gotta use your meal ticket before the kitchen closes but you don’t want to be full while trying to rock out. A lot of times we’re just bored and anxious to play.
TMR: What’s your favorite go to drink?
I assume you’re talking about alcohol lol. It depends how far into tour we are. In week 1 it’s definitely beer. Cold refreshing and doesn’t get me over the level too fast. Around week two I’ll start having fun drinks with lunch or dinner, Jack n coke, Moscow mules, margaritas, that kinda thing. Then when tour starts to get gnarly I start getting double shots of whiskey on ice. Then when I start to realize how broke I am I’ll buy a bottle of whiskey and just ask for a cup of ice. That’s when things get fun.
TMR: What’s your favorite memory or event as a musician? What has stood out the most you’ll always remember?
A few years ago we played Springfield Ohio I think, and the venue was this weird nightclub all sleek and new looking and the whole town was just dead. Nobody walking around, no stores open, just the bands at the show. The opening bands were some little kids who were playing for there parents and needless to say after they played they all left. Scotty and I, in the face of feeling pretty bummed decided to drink a bottle of whiskey before we played to the bartender. Once we took to the stage and miraculously plugged in all our gear semi correctly a small group of people, I think it was like 3 people came and watched us. Scotty and I, being way drunker than we should have been started fucking around and doing rock star stage moves the likes of which that town had never seen. They were eating it up which encouraged us to be even more whacky. Afterward we were all hanging out with our new friends who turned out to be juggalos and they were all super high on ecstasy which accounts for why they were so easily impressed. They were lead by a young man named “Batman Strange” (cant make that up). He invited us over to his pad gave us a bunch of weed and ridiculously huge dabs all night and then at like 5am he turns to us and says “So what are your plans for the night?” We were like “uhhh i thought we’d sleep here with yall?” and then B.S. disappeared and made his friend kick us out, haha I guess the drugs wore off. We just went and slept in the van in front of his apartment.
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