1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album? Man, No rest for the wicked! We have an upcoming European tour - Eradicating Europe- with Internal Suffering and Neuroma. We are playing Neurotic Death Fest, Insane Insanity Fest, Madrid Death Fest, SWR Fest... and many more. We have a couple new shirt designs and we have been discussing what direction for the next album as well.
2.You have a new album coming out this year, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past? The first album was really a crash course. We bought the recording gear and figured out how to use it as we recorded so it was definitely an amateur DYI sound. For Anatomize we had better musicians and way more of a professional sound. For the new album we wanted kind of a mix of the two. A professionally produced NASTY, brutal sounding album and I think that's exactly what we accomplished.
3.This is the first album to be released in 7 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame? Total melt down HAHA. When Scott quit the band we were at a loss. He was the primary writer and handled almost all of the bands affairs. I actually wanted to end it and try a new band. Sash, convinced me that he had learned enough of Scotts writing style and that his friend Ted could play Scotts stuff no problem. Since we had a decent name in the underground I decided to keep it going. I'm glad we did. I think Sash made an amazing album, Darren as always CRUSHED on the drums and its my most diverse vocals to date.
4.The lyrics on the new album have a science fiction concept to them, can you tell us a little bit more about the lyrical content of the new recording? Lyrics to me are important. I think a lot of death metal bands are more focused on just making the gurgles. I wanted to have memorable parts that people could "sing" along too yet still retain that brutality. It tells a story loosely based on the H.G. Wells War of the Worlds, but ties into modern day. It explores the possibility that aliens have been on the planet for centuries walking among us yet terraforming under the earths surface. Strip mining water below our surface and performing experiments in underground caverns. The sink holes happen because they become careless. We spot them and within seconds these space ships travel light years to attack us and eradicate the human species. There is a track on how this relates to the loss of faith and the realization that religion is a fraud. We were not created by god but by an ancient alien race. The humans fight back and create a machine called the Berserker that starts to win our planet back.
5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Incinerate'? Scott had come up with the name when we only had two songs written. We weren't ultimately sure of the direction of our music or lyrical content so we wanted something that could apply to about anything in the death metal field but not have us pigeon hold into one area.
6.The band members are all located in different location from Canada, Minnesota and Maine, how does the band get together to compose the music?
It definitely poses challenges that most bands don't have to deal with. Still, there are positives. Everything is written to a set tempo so it forces everyone to play at one consistent speed. The guys have to be on point and responsible for their own part. We send a lot of emails back and forth to get everything nailed down.
7.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance? We played a show in Denver years ago where there were 3 different pits going at once and it was soo rad. The last Building Temples From Death Fest was hella fun. I made a comment of "how our stage is your stage" just wanting people to get up on the stage and have fun... next thing I know people were stage diving and going off. We got Majewski on stage to do Anathema off of Anatomize. It was a blast. The M.O.D. fest was another amazing show. Our performance wasn't the best but it was just an amazing experience and something i'll never forget.
8.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released? First and foremost is the Eradicating Europe tour. We are beyond excited as its our first European tour. After that we want to hit up Indonesia and Canada. Those are our next goals.
9.Over the years how has the feedback been to your music by fans of technical and brutal death metal? Its been really good. I think the long time between albums and line up changes forcing us to cancel shows and turn down tours has definitely hurt us. Right now we have an amazing line-up and I only see the band growing.
10.Are any of the band members also involved with any other musical projects or bands these days? Sash is possibly filling in for some friends of ours on a tour- I don't wanna say who yet as im not sure if its 100% but it should be a killer time for him. Darren has just been a studio drummer but we have discussed with Duane Timlin about drumming for us full time. Duane is a true veteran of the scene and an amazing drummer. I know he is currently doing the Acme Grind Corporation which is ex Maggot Twat and he is also drumming for another MN Death Metal band named Nailed Shut.
11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future? Sash has a new song written that is Brodequin meets Severed Savior. SO expect more blasting brootality. Everyones all Slam and we're like lets go faster!
12.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays? I still listen to Necrotic Disgorgement a lot. I just got the Euphoric Defilement cd, Disentomb Misery and Delusional Parasistosis. That's about it for brutal death metal stuff. I go in cycles, I mix that with Steel Panther, Dead Kennedys, Fear, Suicidal Tendencies, Anthrax. Kinda a wide array of metal, punk, hardcore and thrash
13.What are some of your non musical interests? Ive owned a laundry list of cool muscle cars. I used to love street racing and I'm a bit of a car freak. Having kids as cut down on that a bit due to the cost. I build guitars at Roeller's Custom Guitars and Cthulhu Guitar Cabinets as well.
14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts? I just wanna thank everyone who took the time to read my ramblings. It is important to me to be humble and to convey how thankful for everything that has happened for this band. We greatly appreciate the support and everyone who has or continues to purchase our mech with their hard earned money. You could have done about anything else with your money but you choose to buy something we created and that means a lot to us. Thank you.
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