Summon: How did the band get started?
Jeremy: Two brothers, vocalist, and guitarist decided to recreate vocalists band from the 90’s.
Summon: What kind of music do you play?
All: Technical Death metal with an old school twist.
Summon: How has the fan response been?
Michael: There’s been clear progress in brutality in response with every show.
Summon: Where did the band name come from?
Jeremy: Basically, the idea was that if every death metal band of the 90’s were to play a show within a couple of days, the person that managed to brave the pit from start to finish would be the figure depicting the idea of our name, Torn the Fuck Apart.
Summon: Introduce the band members and what they do in the band.
Jeremy, the longest lasting and founding member, handles the vocals,
Michael, his brother, does backing vocals and guitar,
Brandon takes the low end on the bass,
Nick takes the other guitar,
Jake manages the drums.
Summon: Who writes the music? Lyrics?
Nick: The song writing process is initialized from I and/or Michael writing up some riffs, converging what we have into a solid piece and cleaning it up. When the fundamental structure of the song is complete, we start working the drums and bass in more or less at approximately the same time. During this entire period, the vocalist is examining the song structure, and preparing lyrical content to be put down once the totality of the song has come to fruition.
Summon: And where do the lyric ideas come from?
Jeremy: My head.
Summon: What is your view in Satanism and Occultism?
Nick: Though I could rant on for days about several aspects of the occult and Satanism, I’d rather keep it rather short and concise. I don’t particularly favor the left hand path of Satanism or other similar methods, nor do I necessarily sympathize with the seemingly “New Ager” mentality that often associates itself within the Right hand path. There are aspects of each worth being knowledgeable and experienced with, but in the road of either, you omit the totality of various impertinent facets of the purpose by adhering to strict dogma, which is IMO completely in-conducive to the point to begin with. At any rate, any occult practitioner ought to be skeptical and analytical of, and question everything.
Summon: How many albums/CD’s have you released?
Jeremy: 1 EP, 2 Full length albums.
Summon: Tell me about some the songs on the latest CD?
All: The general concept of the album revolves around the atrocities of organized religion, specifically in this context, Christianity. In the process, we adhere to a strict supplement of violence, gore, etc. to paint the very picture of the grotesque nature of these and similarly related principles within the realms of faith.
Summon: Do you have any side projects?
Nick: Currently, I’m working with a melodic metal band revolving around the idea of a post apocalyptic North America, and the search for the city it is named after, Klehma.
Summon: Who are some of your musical influences?
Some influences include:
Nick: James Murphy, Rumpelstiltskin Grinder
Jeremy: Broken Hope, Cancer
Michael: White Zombie, Braindrill
Jake: Pantera, Cattle Decapitation
Brandon: Cannibal Corpse, Burning the Masses
Summon: What is the band like when you play live?
Nick: To summarize, the atrocious cacophony of blisteringly fast, yet respectively slamming at times, technicality and absolute butchery is compensated by the energy we bring to compliment the audience pitting themselves against each other.
Summon: Have you guys ever played in another country?
All: Collectively, Not yet…. There were shows booked out of the country, unfortunately, they had to be canceled due to unforeseen circumstances.
Summon: How big of crowd shows up at shows usually?
All: Varying based on the marketing of the promoters, dates, line ups, venues, and what have you, I think it’s safe to say that it’s, on average, a large enough turn out to feel appreciated and really get lost within the constant pitting, yet small enough to know we are still in good company.
Summon: How is the crowd response when you play?
Nick: As fairly as it can be said, those that know what to expect come ready for battle. Those who didn’t are seemingly apt to be pleasantly surprised by the performance.
Summon: What do you think of the US Black Metal/Death Metal scene?
All: Retrospectively, it’s a robust, enduring movement that’s constantly evolving, yet manages to retain everything that was so repulsive within it’s early years. It has it’s ups and downs, but manages to stay consistent enough that it’s safe to say it won’t be going anywhere anytime soon, and has only new ground to cover.
Summon: What do you think of the Overseas scenes?
All: That’s where it’s all at. Though there are, of course, area’s less invested in extreme metal, it’s safe to say that a good majority of the most ingenious, progressive minds and refined musicians within the entire scope of this seem to be brought forth from Europe, more specifically.
Summon: What are some of new favorite black metal/death metal bands?
Michael: Pork Farm, Ingested
Jeremy: White Chapel, Job for a Cowboy
Jake: Cerebral Bore, Arkaik, Fleshgod Apocalypse
Brandon: Rings of Saturn,
Nick: Wourkr, Keith Merrow
Summon: When do you guys plan on writing any new material?
Jeremy: Already in the process. Be prepared!
Summon: What does the future hold for the band??
Brandon: Pushing our limits of our musical technical ability as well as innovative ways to perpetuate our sound.
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