Summon: How did the band get started?
Inhuman: The band started in the last days of the year 2009 through the Alliance of four musicians with some past in Peruvian Underground. We started with our own songs since day one and quickly were able to release our first demo tape and play live. Since then the path has been rough and full of work but we keep on the struggle to make Metal how we feel it should be done.
Evil Avatar: Inhuman gathered us. Each one of us came from different bands, but we all knew each other. We used to rehearse in the house of former guitarist R. Monzón; that’s how it all began. We had lousy equipment and not very much time to create music. Inhuman brought most of our first songs and that was the point from which we started.
Summon: What kind of music do you play?
Inhuman: It has always been kind of difficult to label our sound but is basically blackened death metal, to me, with some primitive imprints of thrash and grind. Basically violent, obscure and aggressive noise.
Evil Avatar: I’ve always thought of ourselves as a band who has listened to lots of Slayer but has a black metal approach to the composition.
Summon: How has the fan response been?
Inhuman: We have received positive comments for our work. Usually for people in the Underground whose work we respect and that strengthen the idea of being doing the things right. That was always one goal: to create the music we like, the way we like it, honestly, and for people like us.
Evil Avatar: I have little trust in the Peruvian scene. Basically here the trend is to play in revival metal bands and that works fine for lots of bands. Some people have told me that we’re doing a good work and have offered deals to release some material outside Perú, but that is not the biggest deal. I think that what is relevant as a band is to sound how you feel you should sound.
Summon: Where did the band name come from?
Inhuman: The idea comes from what our perspective on how Metal should be. It can’t be artificial, pre-set, plastic, pretty… if it’s not putrid in the core there’s something wrong with it.
Summon: Introduce the band members and what they do in the band.
Inhuman: Currently the band’s line up is: Evil Avatar in Guitars, J. Inhuman on vocals and Noise Attack Grinder behind the drums. We also have the support of our comrades Evil Butcher on bass and Erick Graves in rhythm guitars for our live performances and some recordings.
Summon: Who writes the music? Lyrics?
Inhuman: Nowadays the music is written mostly by Evil Avatar, almost in a 70 or 80% proportion, and lyrics have always been in charge of Inhuman.
Summon: And where do the lyric ideas come from?
Inhuman: Basically I want to tell stories about the topics I enjoy the most on music, films and literature. Our lyrics are little horror stories about death, violence, revenge, the end of the world, demoniac possession, and obscure myths, either they have external references or are entirely created for the song.
Summon: What is your view in Satanism and Occultism?
Inhuman: Satanism as a way to find freedom and autonomy for individuals is a quite valid and sustainable ideology; occultism as a form of exploration through parallel or hidden ways of reality is interesting. I’m not so into learning about it as I was in previous years but is a valuable reference for lyrical depth and content.
Evil Avatar: I consider occultism more relevant than Satanism in the broad perspective. Occultism implies starting with elements that are not common to most of the people. Satanism is so bifurcated than today almost anything could be labeled that way. The Idea of linking it to Metal is contextually absurd from first sight, as it has lost most of it’s value. The act of becoming a “Satanist” just because engaging with the listening of Metal is a superficial act.
Summon: How many albums/CD’s have you released?
Inhuman: As today we have a demo tape, and Split CD, a Promo CD released; a 4 Way Split LP to be released and a closed deal for both a 7”EP and our debut full length for this year.
Summon: Tell me about some the songs on the latest CD?
Inhuman: The four songs on Proclaim the Pest are and advance of what is going to be our full length debut album “The Triumph of Impurity”. Musically they are more into a bestial way of composition, without losing the edge of obscurity from our previous work. The songs are “Alive in Decay” a straight forward attack with lyrics regarding perpetual suffering; “Desekrator” a more primitive song, composed earlier in the history of the band, with lyrics about the coming of an end to mankind with the arrival of the desecrator beast from hell; “Pentamorphic Maze Asylum” which is more dense and blackened at the same time, with lyrics that deal with a sense of being trapped inside a realm of punishment both physical and mental; and finally “Triumph” which condenses the lyrical theme of the album and is also made in a direct, violent way, musically speaking.
Summon: Do you have any side projects?
Inhuman: Noise Attack Grinder is the drummer and composer of SxFxC, the best grindcore band in our scene; Evil Avatar is also part of Diabolous666 with some members of Nahual and Hadez; I’m preparing a solo Project which will release extensive material this year. Besides that Evil Butcher plays in cult Peruvian act Kranium and has a solo project named The Somnambulist.
Evil Avatar: I’m also live bassist for Hadez these days. I´m hoping they get a full time member soon, cause is one of those bands who I like to enjoy more as part of the audience than from up in the stage.
Summon: Who are some of your musical influences?
Inhuman: First Bathory albums, Necrophagia’s Season of the Dead, Benediction’s Transcend the Rubicon, Baphomet’s The Dead Shall Inherit, early Deicide, Darkthrone, Desaster, Aura Noir, Sodom, Carpathian Forest, Autopsy, early Sepultira, and a long etc.
Evil Avatar: Emperor, Deathspell Omega, Slayer, Bathory. MORBID ANGEL will always be the supreme demon in Death Metal! Besides all that, nowadays I’m listening to the OST of Kubick’s Space Odissey, Penderecki’s Polymorphia, Blood Axis (Gospel of Inhumanity) and almost all the Arditi releases.
Summon: Which current bands?
Inhuman: I really like Whip, from Norway, which also has a sound kind of difficult to label. Hymns, from USA is an interesting band from the most new ones I’ve heard.
Summon: What is the band like when you play live?
Inhuman: As a kick in the testicles.
Summon: Have you guys ever played in another country?
Inhuman: We’re just about to announce a gig in Colombia, and we’re negotiating shows in two more South American countries.
Evil Avatar: We had plans for other countries but I think it will have to wait until 2016. We’ll see the response to our first trip this year.
Summon: How big of crowd shows up at shows usually?
Inhuman: Between 80 and 150 headbangers per show in the nicest venues of the true underground from Lima.
Evil Avatar: That is the standard around here, 200 or more is a very successful gig.
Summon: How is the crowd response when you play?
Inhuman: Through time many people engage with our proposal.
Evil Avatar: Although people from other bands have said that they don’t get tour music. That is hard to listen live as it has too many changes in a song (?). I don’t know if they are used to listen to too much punk or they fall in the short trick of making 2 or 3 riffs and think of themselves as rockstars. Who gives a fuck.
Summon: What do you think of the US Black Metal/Death Metal scene?
Inhuman: That USA has very respectable and emblematic bands. In the death metal field they have influential bands as Autopsy, Possessed, Baphomet, Deicide, Incantation shit! Let’s put a huge etc.here… and in Black Metal you can’t forget for one second bands as Absu, Goatwhore, Black Witchery, and more recently Hymns and Ampütator.
Evil Avatar: All Death Metal that I have always loved and worshiped comes from the United States. Bands nowadays have not reduced in quality but they have reduced their diffusion. It’s a shame that less bands are marketed from the US than from Europe to the world these days.
Summon: What do you think of the Overseas scenes?
Inhuman: Worldwide underground is a great source of inspiration and we can find in almost every country bands that work with honesty and in a fruitful way along the path we all follow.
Summon: What are some of new favorite black metal/death metal bands?
Inhuman: I really like Dead Congregation, and of course Maim, Stench, Bastard Priest, Necrovation, all the Swedish stuff is glorious. Also I liked Castevet from NYC.
Summon: When do you guys plan on writing any new material?
Inhuman: We never stop writing music and lyrics.
Summon: What does the future hold for the band??
Inhuman: Keep playing if we have the opportunity, keep writing and composing and releasing productions. Thanks for the space and keep on the good work; we’ll do our part to keep the black flames of hell still burning.
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