Sunday, May 10, 2009
If you like brutal US Dath Metal with catchy guitars and a heavy technical default, you have to stop here and check out PARASITIC EXTIRPATION from Massachusetts/New Hampshire. Visit them in the net, pick up the “Knee deep in disease” Ep and let your ears bleeding. Prepare for a amazing experience in brutal metal! I have talked with Blue(guitar), Chris(guitar) and Tim(vox).
Hey Blue , what's up on the other side of the big pond! Hope everything is running well for the band.
Blue: How's it going Jorg, thanks for the kind words and thanks for giving us the opportunity to do this interview.
Tell me about the band!
Blue: Well, PARASITIC EXTIRPATION started in the fall of 2007 when the band Tim (vocals) and I (guitar) were previously in (PORPHYRIA) disbanded. We quickly rounded out the band with a bunch of our friends that happened to have the same musical aim that we have - Drew (bass, PROTEUS), Chris (guitar, 3 HEADED MONSTER) and Alex (drums, ex-THE TASTE OF SILVER).
What's happening in the other bands you guys play in? Any new developements?
Blue: DYSENTERY (I play guitar) just released our debut full-length on Amputated Vein Records and PROTEUS is supporting their full length they released on Macabre Mementos.
Why did PORPHYRIA break up? Did you and Tim take some ideas from the former band into PARASITIC EXTIRPATION?
Blue: The band broke up because some of us were going in other directions, musically and non-musically. Some people just weren't into playing in bands anymore. The only real things that Tim and I brought over to PE was the need to retain a solid grasp of writing catchy, technical death metal. But we really wanted to fuse those elements with a more groove heavy approach.
Do you think your band name fits the music? Who had the idea for it?
Blue: The name was a collaboration between Tim and I, nothing too significant behind the name.
Your EP “Knee Deep in Disease” is a damned great piece of brutal music. Tell me about the writing and recording process for it.
Blue: Thanks man. The songs for the EP were written within the first 3 months of the band's existence and were recorded by Ryan Nolan at the Breaking Studios in Goffstown, NH. Ryan did an awesome job with getting the performances we wanted and for our debut release we are very satisfied with it.
What about Fernando Sor. Why did you choose a classic guitar composition to be on the EP? Tell our readers who Fernando Sor was.
Chris: Well, Blue asked me to play something acoustic on the record and I figured I'd look for a piece in B because that was what our sweet 7 strings are tuned to. I came across a piece I played in college and thought it fit perfectly.
How do you feel about classical music? Do you take it very seriously? In my opinion (I have a well sorted classical collection), classical compositions and metal songwriting have lots of similar arrangements, do you agree?
Chris: I went to college for music and I studied classical guitar for 4 years there under the tutilege of Scott Sanchez. He's a great guitarist and musician. I love classical music because if you listen closely, you can hear a lot more going into the composition than just the notes and rhythms and you don't really see it in any other type of music. I really think classical music in in a world of it's own as far as musicianship and the ability of classical players. Metal comes close, but most metal players can't really do the vibrato, rasqueato (sp) or tremolo fingerings and evoke the moods that classical music can. Then again, Mozart never wrote any sweet slams either.
You sent this EP out for free. Why did you choose to do it this way. Why didn't you just put it up for free download online?
Blue: Well, ever since we released the EP we have been focused on getting hard copies out to distros/labels and to zines/blogs for review. We want to be able to reach the largest audience we can at the moment. We also like the aesthetic of having a professionally pressed CD with quality production. Something you really don't see with underground metal, especially with a debut release. It doesn't really matter that we didn't put it up for download - because there are tons of blogs/people already doing it for us.
What about the lyrics, is there significant meaning to them or are they just means to an end - to give your music the right accompaniment?
Tim: Well, there is no real significant meaning that directly relates to my personal life or beliefs. But some of the lyrics are more plausible in terms of what can, and what does happen in this world. For example, "Echoes of Brutality" is a song about two children that were viciously murdered. After exhausting all resources to catch the killer and coming up with nothing, the parents kill themselves to find closure and put an end to their misery in hopes of being reunited with their dead children in the afterlife. But then you have songs like "Stabwound Symmetry" which is just about a guy who goes on a murderous rampage by stabbing people but making art out of it. Kind of like Picasso with a knife.
I guess you could say it really depends on what I feel like writing that day. Some songs have more validity in their content than others. I think though, when we do the new record the lyrics will have a more serious tone to them. The new stuff has a much more mature and developed sound to it and I think that the content of the lyrics should reflect that.
Who is responsible for the songwriting? How is it possible to put so many ideas in one song without letting it sound patched together?
Blue: The songwriting is more or less a team effort. Riffs will be presented and jammed out on, and then they will be pieced together in what we feel is the most cohesive manner. We have been all playing in bands for a long time, it's come to a point for us that writing is very natural.
Tell me about your upcoming split with COMPOSTED!
Blue: The split with Composted is actually no more, we had complications with the label and decided to release our tracks as the 'Knee Deep in Disease' EP.
Are you guys working on a debut full-length? How is coming along?
Blue: We are pretty much 75% done with writing our first full-length, and we are really psyched to get our new stuff out. Expect a more focused and technical brand of brutality.
You played the New England Death Fest. Tell me about it! Is it a big event?
Blue: The New England Deathfest is a yearly fest set up by myself and a couple other area metalheads. It's basically our version of all the awesome fests that you see all over the world, we bring bands from all over and put them along with some sick locals for a couple days and let the mayhem ensue! This past year was the first and went over extremely well, and we have already booked next year's NEDF for August 29 & 30 at the same venue in Providence, Rhode Island USA.
Reading online, people say you play in the vein of GORTUARY, do you agree with this? Sometimes comparisons can limit a band I think. Where do you guys see your place in the scene? What are your influences?
Blue: It's pretty hard not to have comparisons put on you in todays underground scene I think. Everyone is just doing their version, but you gotta get your influences somewhere. GORTUARY is an awesome band, but I don't think we're that musically similar besides the fact that both bands play brutal death metal.
There are so many bands out there, sometimes I think there are more than there are fans. Can you guarantee that PARASITIC EXTIRPATION will still be playing together in 5 or 10 years? What's your opinion on all the new bands coming out nowadays?
Blue: I definitely cannot guarantee how long PE will be in existence for. Right now, it is a top priority for everyone in the band and we are psyched to be doing this. But people and situations always change, and no one can ever predict things like that. I think it's great to see so many people wanting to go out there and start a band. Obviously though there will be a large influx of low-quality music. As it always does though, the cream rises to the top.
Ok, enough with the questions. The last spot is yours!
Blue: Thanks a ton for giving us this interview, thanks for the support!