Summon: How did the band get started?
Josh: Our drummer and vocalist are the two original members left in the band. They started it up with our friends Emily and Evan because they all had been listening to slam for a long time and wanted to make their own tunes.
Summon: What kind of music do you play?
Josh: Slamming brutal death metal.
Summon: How has the fan response been?
Josh: We have received almost all positive feedback from our music and our live performances, and it appears that we are still making new fans daily, so I would say the response is pretty great.
Summon: Where did the band name come from?
Josh: 3/4 of us are from Santa Cruz, CA, USA. We met Mike (our current guitarist) when he moved down to Santa Cruz.
Summon: Introduce the band members and what they do in the band.
Josh: I am Josh Schwartz, and I play bass. Jonathan Neel does vocals, Donovan Dettle plays the drums, and Mike Mostachetti plays guitar.
Summon: Who writes the music? Lyrics?
Josh: Mike writes a lot on his own. Then we all meet up to practice and write, all of us contributing to the songs. Jono and I write the lyrics together, although he has written on his own a lot in the past, and there has also been other collaborations with previous band members.
Summon: And where do the lyric ideas come from?
Josh: Just whatever pops into our heads, mostly. We start with a theme or topic and go from there. In the past, movies and other songs have been inspirations.
Summon: What is your view in Satanism and Occultism?
Josh: I don’t know. I’m not much of an occult person anymore. I used to be into Wicca when I was a lot younger but not anymore. But as far as I’m concerned, there are Satanists out there that I can respect!
Summon: How many albums/CD’s have you released?
Josh: We have released one EP (Sickening Conduct) and one full-length album (Rationing the Sacred Human Remains). Our full-length came out just two months ago.
Summon: Tell me about some the songs on the latest CD?
Josh: There is a fusion between slam and technicality, and I think it works well on its own and in comparison to our older music. The riffs and pace change frequently to keep it interesting for us and those who are listening. Between all the songs, there is variation in tempo, style, and rhythm. Some songs are hard-hitting and ignorant, while others are a little less heavy but very interesting musically.
Summon: Do you have any side projects?
Josh: Donovan and I are both in Dragging Entrails, a band featuring members of Kraanium and Expurgate. I am also in a project called Nephrectomy with the same member of Expurgate and an amazing man from Austria named Didi who is also in Slamentation and Auricular Insemination.
Summon: Who are some of your musical influences?
Josh: To name a few: Abominable Putridity, Devourment, Short Bus PileUp, Vomit the Soul, Defeated Sanity, Vulvectomy.
Summon: Which current bands?
Josh: Pretty much all of the same, except for Vomit the Soul who broke up, unfortunately.
Summon: What is the band like when you play live?
Josh: We try to be quite energetic, moving around a lot and just really enjoying the music and the crowd response. We don’t play the music note-for-note how it is on the album because there is no fun in that. We get really into it and have fun with it.
Summon: Have you guys ever played in another country?
Josh: We have not, but we hope to very, very soon!
Summon: How big of crowd shows up at shows usually?
Josh: Well it varies based on location (city and venue), day (weekday or weekend), what other bands are on the bill, stuff like that. But we have played to five people and we’ve also played to 200+ people, so we’ve seen many different types of crowds.
Summon: How is the crowd response when you play?
Josh: Generally pretty exciting! I’ve noticed that if there are enough people, and we are getting down, the crowd gets down too. Even if the crowd is small sometimes. Only rarely have we had a crowd that just didn’t seem interested at all.
Summon: What do you think of the US Black Metal/Death Metal scene?
Josh: It is united at the heart, but it’s really spread out. Not a lot of locations have a very large scene, especially in our niche sub-genre of brutal death metal. It works tho. Makes it special anytime you meet someone who gets what you’re doing.
Summon: What do you think of the Overseas scenes?
Josh: We haven’t been overseas thus far, but from videos we have seen and stories we have gathered from friends, it appears that a lot of places outside the US have a thriving death metal scene.
Summon: What are some of new favorite black metal/death metal bands?
Josh: Currently, I’m really into Tramautomy, Acranius, and Necrambulant.
Summon: When do you guys plan on writing any new material?
Josh: We are actually currently writing for our second full-length. We’re hoping to release it summer 2014 if at all possible. It’s going well!
Summon: What does the future hold for the band??
Josh: More albums, an evolving sound, lots of shows, and hopefully as many overseas tours as we can afford!
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