Apocrophex Interview


Apocrophex Interview

Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (

Answered by  Justin and Pete

PD. What type of artist are you? 
J-One that doesn’t consider himself an artist. I’m just a dude that writes music, calling myself an artist seems to serious.
PD. Tell us the brief history of yourself
J-I started making death metal demo tapes in 1999. My father had a little studio and I would have people over all the time and we would record these demos on a four track. My first studio experience was in 2000 when I recorded a 4 track EP. From there I have been in a few bands and shared the stage with some of my old school idols. Everything I’ve done has been a progression up to this point. 
PD. Who are your musical and non-musical influences? 
J- I still rely on the old school stuff to motivate me, I haven’t really found an album that I really liked since the first Alter Beast or the most recent Krypts. Thats not saying there aren’t plenty of amazing albums out there I just don’t really listen to a lot of music unless Pete sends it my way!
PD. What are your dreams and goals? 
J-My goal for this band is to put out high quality metal with interesting song structures and powerful themes. I hope to build a fan base that feels the same way!
PD. Who writes your songs, what are they about?
P- Justin writes all of our music and I take care of all of the lyrics. For ‘Aeternalis’ at least we wanted to focus the general theme of the album around the countless mysterious stone structures, monoliths and ancient carvings found all across our own planet. There are many untold stories that have been lost to time surrounding these prehistoric sites, so we wanted to put our own spin on a few of them. I like to write smart lyrics with lots of inspiration drawn from science fact, fiction and theory… but at the end of the day we are a death metal band so the elements of gore and violence are peppered in frequently to showcase the horrors of that specific unknown.
PD. How do you promote your band and shows? 
J- Currently our music is only available on bandcamp. We do not have any live shows planned in the near future.

PD. What do you think about downloading music online?

P- As a diehard collector of physical media I don’t personally download music, but I absolutely understand why it happens and since there is nothing we can do about it I’d rather embrace the fact that someone is taking time out of their day to listen to my album illegally then not listening to it at all, especially if it may potentially lead to a later album sale.


PD. What’s your outlook on the record industry today?

P- I support small labels and independent bands all the time and always will. My outlook on that side of the industry is a positive one. I don’t need major labels or radio/tv to tell me what to listen to and with the power of the internet we all have the entire world’s worth of new music to discover and listen to at will. I think dedicated reviewers, blogs, zines and even YouTubers are most integral in my discovery of new music compared to any other source.


PD. What song do you wish you’d written and why?

P- Wow, tough question. Id be remised if i didn’t say ‘Hammer Smashed Face’


PD. What are some of your pet peeves?

P- Gatefold “replica” cardboard sleeve “digipaks” can fuck off and die. 


PD. What is your proudest moment in music?

P- haha nothing beats the first time you find one of your albums in a random ‘used bin’ at a record store. Its a bitter sweet moment… 


PD. What do you think about downloading music online? 
J- I’ve accepted that downloading music is the primary means for most people to get their music. I still wish there were more stores where people could go and get their CDs but if you’re dedicated to the scene like Pete is, he will order hard copies from all over the world. He has the most insane CD collection I’ve ever seen.

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