1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?
We finished the new album just in time to head out on tour in late June. We went to the east coast and back with our black metal buddies in Cell (another Winnipeg band worth checking out!). For us, the eastern half of the country was uncharted territory so it was fun to go out there and show our music to people who’ve never heard of us. Hopefully the next time we go there a few people will have heard of us now that we’ll have new music available online, same goes for the west!
2.You have a new album coming out in October, 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 songs on this album are definitely more mature than anything we’ve put out before. We’ve all become better musicians and song writers and that comes through in the music. It is difficult to narrow down our sound since we don’t limit ourselves to a genre, nor do we have one formula for writing songs. We put ideas in a blender and whatever comes out is our music.
3.Your lyrics cover a lot of metaphysical, geometric, scientific, philosophical and gnosticism themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?
On the previous albums our drummer, Ben Deveau, wrote the bulk of the lyrics and he explored a lot of those metaphysical themes. On the new album, we shared the lyric duties more so the lyrical topics became more diverse and, generally speaking, the lyrics are less abstract and more direct. The album is definitely not a concept album and every song touches on something different. This made it difficult to find an appropriate title for it. But if there’s a consistent theme over the course of the album it’s that when dark or negative topics are dealt with in the lyrics, there’s usually a positive or hopeful outcome that is either explored in the lyrics or that occurred in our lives following the bad things discussed in the songs. So you could say this album is a hopeful one because we talk about the possibility negative things eventually withering away, hence the title: ‘As Spectres Wither’
4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Inverted Serenity'?
There’s a Meshuggah lyric in the I EP that inspired the band name. The lyric is: ‘‘Inverted miracles’’. It inspired our founding members, Ben and Tom, to play around with words and they came up with Inverted Serenity in computer class in middle school. The name stuck ever since.
5.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 recently did a local CD release show (in Winnipeg) and that was definitely one of our favourite shows based on the energy in the room from the crowd’s enthusiasm. Our previous CD release was also had a similar vibe. We’ve also been fortunate enough to open for many touring acts that we look up to. We’ve had the chance to play in front of a few hundred people on a couple occasions and that’s always a blast because you feed off the crowd’s energy. Our stage performance is pretty straight forward. We don’t use gimmicks or stage props (unless it’s a Halloween show or something along those lines) but our show usually involves a lot of hair flying through the air.
6.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?
There are no formal plans for touring as of yet but we’ll start applying for Canadian metal festivals soon. We will be playing locally though. We have a show with Archspire in late September, and then we’ll play shows with some friends including Occvlt Hand’s LP release in October.
7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
It’s not something we are actively pursuing. We’re more focused on making music, playing shows and becoming better at what we’re doing. If the right offer came our way we would consider it.
8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of technical death metal?
There has been some positive feedback in the tech scene about the two singles we’ve released thus far. Hopefully we get more of that feedback once the album is out.
9.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?
Our bassist and singer, Tomas Ingham, plays in doom/dark rock band called Madeira. They will be putting together an album shortly. They’ve also talked about touring western Canada at some point. Our drummer’s band Moira are finishing up a follow up album after releasing an EP they put out late last year. They play a cool style of groove/death metal. One of our guitarists, Drew, also has a progressive death metal side project called Parasitism. They’ve been working on a debut album for a while and it’s nearing completion.
10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We have some new material we’ll work on as a band pretty soon. So far it’s looking like we’ll do something conceptual like a long multi-part song. It’s hard to say what the end result will be like but it’s probably going to be pretty progressive.
11.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 think we all have common musical interests but each member listens to different stuff. Generally, we get inspiration from death metal and black metal. If we went through the album riff by riff we could maybe pinpoint specific a bands influence on a specific part but it would take for ever to list that here.
Here’s what we’ve been jamming lately and some of our votes for album of the year.
-Recently: Dirsfiguring the Godess, AOTY: Gravebloom by The Acacia Strain
-Recently: Neumenorean, AOTY: Heartless by Pallbearer
-Recently: Drab Majesty, AOTY: Futility Report by White Ward
-Recently: The sounds of the wilderness…
12.What are some of your non musical interests?
Drew loves hunting; in fact he’s hunting right now so we can’t get a hold of him to figure out what he’s listened to recently. Ben skateboards a lot and is a part of the Scam Skate skate team. Marco and Tom don’t have anything going for them outside of music…
13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
We don’t have much to say except a big ‘’thank you’’ for showing some interest in our band and our music! Cheers!