Angelic Desolation – Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
–Death metal band with shades of grindcore and thrash.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
–Started guitar lessons at age 16. Never really took anything serious until 18. Went through 3 bands with friends before I figured out how to do things and really started taking it seriously.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
–Musical influences come from every genre. Every genre has some merit and to ignore that or not see how you can use those elements in some way is naive. Non-musical influences are things that are wrong with the world. I feel like some of the best music comes from a place of intense emotion.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
–A dream would be to make enough from music and make enough good connections to not need a regular 9-5. Current goals are playing internationally or maybe even buy on to a tour if the situation was right.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
–The music is written by the bass player Chris and myself. The lyrics are written almost exclusively by the vocalist Jay. The songs range from your typical death metal tropes of death and destruction to really out there ideas. For example one of our latest songs is titled “Necropotamus”. It’s about a zombie hippo. Hippos already hunt humans so imagine if there were zombie hippos. Real bad day.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
–We promote via social media, attending other local shows and flyering around town. Making friends with movers and shakers in our scene/genre so that every once in awhile we get a shout out from someone which brings in new people.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
–I’m not the biggest fan at all but people are streaming it these days so it’s really a lose/lose situation. However, in metal it seems like the average fan enjoys supporting their favorite artists so at the very least, our genre still has some hope for physical sales, especially with the resurgence of vinyl.
PD: What’s your outlook on the record industry today?
–I feel like everything is still switching over from the old traditional model. There’s a few good ideas here and there to bring in money on the side for your band but there isn’t really a “new” model so to speak. All you can do is roll with the changes and try to create an identity that’s very specific so as to stand out from the crowd.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
–I’ve always liked well done instrumentals. I’ve written a few but they just don’t have that epic feel; I’m sure that comes with time. I’d have to say Orion by Metallica though. Epic beyond epic is what they achieved. I’m sure it felt amazing after it was completed and they got to listen to it for the first time in the studio.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
–Uncalled for disrespect and a lack of manners. We all can be decent to each other, it’s actually rather simple. If your parents didn’t teach you these things you may be at a disadvantage but everyone can learn if you make an effort. I personally really like Hannibal Lecter for this exact reason. If you’re rude for no reason, he eats you. I love it.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
–When my band Angelic Desolation opened up the regional Summer Slaughter date in 2016, we played alongside Cannibal Corpse, Nile and Suffocation. To have guys from those bands watch our set and nod their heads to our riffs was an indescribable feeling.
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there
–Our next two shows are June 6th and 8th. June 6th is in support for a touring band from Nebraska named “Drowning In The Platte”. June 8th is in support of “Nefarious Heart” as they release their first full-length album. We are known around town for killing babies, taking hostages and performing live (fake) abortions. We aim to entertain and always put on a show. You never know what antics we will pull. We may even swing around a baby attached to it’s umbilical cord and throw it in to the crowd. Gotta show up to catch the little guy though.
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