Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Disintegrate Interview

1. Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?

Well, our album has just been released through Massacre Records and we are very excited about it. But that doesn't mean we are sitting on our asses, waiting for what's to come. We are working hard on new songs for a second album and we are working on some cool stuff to improve our live show.

2. How would you describe the musical sound of the new album and how it differs from previous recordings?
Our previous release was a demo and contained four songs that we have re-recorded for this album. The focus on that demo was a bit more on thrash metal and with our new album we've tried to incorporate some more styles and try different things to get more of a distinct sound. We always focus on writing good songs and not just to combine  a meaningless string of riffs.

3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the new release?
Our main influence for our lyrics is life itself. We look critically at what surrounds us and what is happening in the world. For instance; Twist of Faith is about sexual abuse in the Catholic church, a subject that doesn't seem to loose any actuality. And Casus Belli is about the pointlessness of war and the meaningless deaths of civilians and soldiers that go with it.

4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the bands name?
Disintegrate means "to fall apart" and that is all there is to it. There is not really any deep reason on why we chose it

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 done a lot of awesome shows but there are some that are more memorable than others. Being asked to play with Sepultura was fantastic and to open the main stage on Waldrock, one of the largest metal festivals in Holland was a dream coming true. We like to give energetic and fierce live shows with a lot of aggression and a good balance between the songs.

6. Do you have any touring plans for the future?
We are slowly gathering shows for the new season and we'd love to go on tour to promote the album, but there is no tour confirmed so far.

7. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your new music by fans of melodic death and thrash metal?
So far, the album has been received pretty well.  Obviously not everybody likes it, but the general opinion seems to be good. You can never please everyone, and that is not our goal. Thrash fans sometimes feel we are too melodic and should not use keyboards. And some death fans think we are too thrashy. But we do what we do, take it or leave it.

8. Are there any other current side projects besides this band or is this a full time line up?
We have the current line up since 2009 and this is the most solid and creative we have had. But there are some other bands that some of us are involved in. Danny (vocals/keys) is also a drummer in the progressive death metal outfit Dimaeon, and just recorded his parts for their new album. Our drummer Joran is also the drummer in the live band for Bert Heerink(ex-Vandenberg) and our bassist Sander is working on a solo album, due this year, under the name Sense vs. Sanity.

9. What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?
We are getting a clearer definition on what we want to sound like and what we want to do. We will maintain the combination between melodic death and thrash, but it will be more balanced.

10. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
We are influenced by so many bands; to name them all would be too extensive. Swedish bands like Dark Tranquillity, Darkane and In Flames have always been an inspiration to us, but every musician in the band has his own influence. Obviously Death is of great influence as well and also some of the German thrash bands like Kreator. Their new album is killer and we are looking forward to seeing them in our home town in December.

11. Outside of music what are some of your interests?
Music is our main interest and most of us are always playing when our lives allow us. Between our jobs, music and even children nowadays, we all enjoy a good whisky, read and play video games. Nothing too extreme.

12. Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?
Thank you for this interview en giving us the opportunity to introduce the band a bit. We hope your readers will take the time to listen to our album and hopefully like it!

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