“CRYPT INFECTION was founded in 2009 from the ashes of Encoma and Butchery. Hailing from Ventura, CA, this band's unique flavor of Technical Death Metal has been making waves in the scene. Vocalist Ken May's guttural growls and piercing highs offset Lead Guitarist Joe Billingiere's brilliantly disturbing riff and sweltering solos. With blisteringly fast double bass drums and the occasional gravity blasts from Jeremiah Taylor, the sound is rounded out by their sludgy, precise bassist Mike Payton and Rhythm Guitarist Robert Carter.” That’s what the bio says; let’s see what Ken & Joe think about their music.
Hi Ken, hi Joe, how are you. What’s up in California the land of glorified dreams of a middle – European guy during a rainy day? Is California a good place for a musician with a brutal attitude and murderous ambitions?
Ken: Hi, Jörg! I have to be honest, we are really grateful be able to live in California, so close to LA. There’s so many opportunities, and many great bands that come through here. Of course, we can’t wait to visit Europe someday! I think there’s much more Death Metal fans out there than here. Here, it’s really more underground.
Tell me something about the band? What impels you?
Ken: We’re always writing out our frustrations. All the hypocrisy and bullshit in society is insane, and we factor that in. We also have a great love of brutal horror flicks and books, such as H.P. Lovecraft and even Cormack McCarthy, and we like to write about that as well.
I think you guys have played in other bands before, has it influenced the music of CRYPT INFECTION?
Ken: Yes and no. It’s impossible to not have your previous experience be an influence, but CI is really different from anything we’ve done before.
You are not into straightforwardness, you need it considerably complex I think. Or how do you explain your music?
Ken: Sure. Well, there’s a lot of that ‘slam’ metal out there and Metalcore and stuff that’s just so basic. It’s easy to bang to, but it doesn’t carry any intellectual interest for us. Technical Death, from bands like obviously Suffocation, but also Aeon and such are so intense, that you need some time to process the song and I love that. It’s like sending a coded message that needs to be decrypted.
Your last years Ep “Haruspication” wears a unusual tile. It seems you are not interested into daily trivia. Tell me what’s behind it!
Ken: That’s right! Haruspication means ‘To divine the future be means of excising and examining the liver of something’.
26 minutes are a long time for just a Ep, you are not Slayer fans, or do you insist on fairness?
Ken: Haha, well, we’re about 5 tracks in to a hopeful 10 track full length, so we should have a lot more coming!
The guitar solo in “Imprisonment” has surprised me a little, because it is different to the other shit on the Ep. Tell me something about the background!
Joe: That solo was written as a melody and a rhythm was reverse engineered to harmonize with it. A lot of the other solos started out as a free flow that kept building, I took the parts from the licks I liked and built it over time.
The Ep sound pretty homogenous, it seems your aggressive potential harmonized damn good. Is this your standard? How does that work?
Joe: it’s not necessarily a standard, but keeping with one thought and developing a whole album is a new thing for me. Bringing continuity to an album marks a point in my musical direction. I wanted to stay with that and develop it so I could move on.
I have found “Haruspication” in some blogs for free download … an legal? I´m a bit irritated about, that can´t be just a giveaway! And what do you think about net - piracy?
Ken: You know, I hadn’t really looked, but I just searched and Google says there’s 6,000 site with it! I think I’m honored. Of course, it’s be nice to pay back even the recording costs.
What has happen after the release. Has it pushed open some doors?
Ken: Well, we got signed to Sevared Records and are playing the Las Vegas Death Fest IV, and the West Texas Death Fest. Again, we’d love to come visit Europe, if only we could afford the travel.
When will we get a full length?
Ken: Well, we’re about half way there, so possibly in about 6 months.
Are you want to create sustainable music or is the moment more important?
Ken: I’m not quite sure what you mean. We don’t write trendy music or sing about current events, so I’d say since we’re writing about universals, it should be a lasting work.
How important is timing and how long are you needed to get the right one to fulfill your ideas?
Ken: As long as it takes. Sometimes, we set a song aside and work on something else to come back to it. Since the music is more technical, it can be frustrating at times.
Is it easy to implement the ideas? From the drawing board to the readymade house, virtually!
Joe: Note for note, it's fairly easy to take melodies from my mind and transfer them to notes on the guitar, but organizing a full song with all these melodies and linking them together, recapitulating, reinforcing ideas, can often end up with ten pounds of shit in a five pound sack.
What is the better way in your band, democracy or dictatorship?
Ken: Well, it’s about 70/30. Joe, our lead guitarist is the primary driving force, and that works quite well, but everybody has riffs and ideas too.
Classical Metal elements play a roll in your music too, or am I wrong?
Ken: That’s how Joe and I met, actually, in a Music Theory class while working towards our Music Degrees.
Joe: I try to take music to a natural flow while complicating it with musical math (theory) and then simplifying it and smoothing it out again. So, yes, classic theory plays a big role in our music.
Are you satisfied with the status that you have arrived now or do you want more? Is it hard to find the right place into a overcrowded scene?
Ken: The scene is really small out here. Even at a bigger show in LA we only get a couple hundred people, nothing like the thousands that show up for European festivals. It’s crazy, but everyone out here is more into metalcore right now.
What do you think is the biggest fault a musician can ever do?
Ken: To not be true to yourself, and also to give a lackluster live performance. I hate it when a band looks bored on stage.
Joe: Letting the crowd know that you fucked up is the worst thing you can do. Never let them know you fucked up.
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