Sunday, March 11, 2012

The Obscene Interview

1. Can you tell us a little bit about the band for those that have never heard of you before?
We are a 4 man unit from the north east of England. We evolved from Death metal band Salute to the sun and Black metal band Nebula rising. The 4 members are myself (Tom - vocals) Chris (drums) Jonny (guitars) and Garry (Bass).

2. How would you describe your musical sound?
We play old school death metal with a modern day twist. Thats not to say that we use clean vocals or breakdowns. We mix the old school death metal sound with black metal elements and grindcore. Fuck the trends!

3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores?
Death, murder, chaos, hatred, blasphemy, war, prostitution. All the good stuff! It's easy writing lyrics when you live in a world this disgusting!

4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the bands name, and why you changed it from the old name?
I'm not sure about the inspiration because Chris (Drums) came up with the band name. The name was changed because Salute to the sun didn't really reflect the band anymore. It was also cool for myself to join a band and start fresh, with a new name. Our lyrical content is all about the obscene side of life, The Obscene works well for us.

5. What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and how would you describe your stage performance?
We have yet to play a live show. We aim to play some select dates in the future but at the moment we are putting all out efforts into the first full length release, Architects of Deliverance.

6. Do you have any touring plans for the future?
  We will just have to see what happens in the future. No plans to tour at this time the moment though.

7. Currently you are signed to Pest Records, how did you get in contact with this label and how would you describe the support that they have given you so far?
We are no longer with Pest Records. Originally, Chris (Drums) and Adrian at Pest were in contact and they arranged to have our EP, The Torment of Sinners, released and distributed via Pest Records. The release was a good one and it was distributed well. Pest have spread our filth all over Europe and we will always be grateful to Adrian at Pest Records for the support \m/ Chris (drums) has started his own record label, UKEM Records, so we decided it made sense to control everything ourselves.

8. On a worldwide level how has your music been recieved by fans of death metal and grindcore?
Overall, we have had a very good reception from metallers all over the globe. Our debut EP as been reviewed a fair few times now and all the feedback we are getting is positive. Cheers to everyone who got hold of a copy of The Torment of Sinners and thanks to all the reviewers! 

9. What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?
Well, we want our future releases to not only progress musically, but we also want to move towards a more polished production. In recording The Torment of Sinner, we intentionally set out to capture that ugly and raw production. We now wish to record something that sounds just as disgusting as our EP but with a clearer and deadlier production. The material for the new album is faster, heavier and will provide more hatred than an Islamic street cleric.

10. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
A whole evening could be spent discussing our influences. I'll say Abored - Zyklon B and everything decent in between. Bands that i am listening to at the moment are Arkhon Infaustus, Vorkreist, Darkspace and Wulpurgisnacht. Just to name a few.

11. Outside of music what are some of your interests?
Drinking, fucking, the occult and misanthropy!

12. Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?
Cheers for the support. The Torment of Sinners will see a re-issue in a very limited run, with new and improved artwork/package. 

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