Monday, May 8, 2017

In Reverence Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Yes, we are a band that came into being in the late summer of 2010 and are originally a band with roots in the deathcore subgenre. The band was created by Filip and Oscar who had the purpose to create a project that explored the deep brutality of the extreme metal scene but to also make something original. The music mixes dark melodies with dissonant guitars with oriental instruments and midi choirs to create an atmospheric touch to our sound. We started rehearsing with our first line-up in a suburb in the southern parts of Stockholm called Tumba. Shortly after our creation we started playing shows and recorded a demo in 2011 and also a 5 song EP in 2012 before fragmenting and taking a long brake before returning back with our new debut album in 2017 with a completely reshaped sound. Our sound developed from deathcore to death metal due to disagreements within the band about where our musical direction was heading back then. This made for a more stable ground in which we could continue this musical project.

2.You have a new album coming out towards the end of May, 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?
As mentioned in the previous question, we do have roots in the deathcore subgenre of the metal scene and this was particularly present in our previous releases. But with this new album we really did a dramatic shift towards death metal instead of deathcore but kept the old atmospheric touch that we had to our music before. On our old material we had breakdowns, bass drops, low-tempo parts and a couple of more typical deathcore-ish style instrumental parts. Even the vocals was more of the typical deathcore vibe rather than what we have on this new album.

3.This is your first album since 2012, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time span?
Shortly after our “Hallucination” EP back in 2012, we stared having disagreements within the band about where we should develop musically and this eventually lead to the loss of two band members but also made us shift towards death metal. Once that transition was complete we found ourselves standing on a more stable musical ground but this time we were only three people left in the band, me (Pedram), Filip and Oscar. We worked hard to reshape our sound and to buy in the equipment needed to write musical material from home. This took a long time but also completely changed the way we sounded.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
The lyrics are apocalyptic and tell the step-by-step story of a human induced mass extinction. But there is a deeper concept within the lyrics for the listener as well. Behind the story of the human induced mass extinction, the lyrics also illustrate how life carries with it the seeds of its own destruction. An infinite cycle of life and death that always continues because all life-forms are corrupted with evil.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'In Reverence'?
In Reverence was suggested by Oscar as an inspiration from the song “In Reverence of” by the band Impending Doom. It’s a remnant of our old deathcore roots that we chose to keep because it describes the feeling that we are trying to create with our atmospheric approach. In Reverence for the evil that corrupts everything.

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Two of the absolute best shows we’ve ever played must have been at “slakthuset” with Skitarg and Eldrimner and “debaser, medis” as support for Degreaded. Our stage performance was at its peak back then. There hasn’t been so many gigs after those gigs, unfortunately. We are pretty rusty for the moment.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?
Yes, plans are being made! Touring might take a while before we get it going but we will definitely play gigs!

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of extreme metal?
Very positive! We are extremely humbled!

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Hopefully sticking to the original purpose of In Reverence, which is to be the brutal metal-project it is supposed to be. Where the musical style is heading to, no one knows.

10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
There are way too many to mention here, but one band that had a huge influence in our music was the band Whitechapel with their album “The New Era of Corruption”. It’s a deathcore band that we still sometimes use as reference when mixing and recording songs. Other bands which also are close to our heart are bands like Behemoth, Hate, Decapitated, Hideous Divinity, Dark Funeral, Bloodbath, Svart Crown, Meshuggah, Gorgoroth, Diabolical, Aborted, Cattle Decapitation, etc.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
Meeting with friends, working out, traveling and all the usual stuff people are interested in.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
We are very grateful for this interview and appreciate what you guys are doing for the metal community! Keep it up!

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