Deocculted – Interview

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

PD:  How would you describe yourself or your band as an artist?

D: I would say that we are

Relentlessly Aggressive building resilience and driven to push ourselves to become our optimal versions through determination and perseverance.

We are passionate about spreading our message. Which is you have the strength  to overcome any obstacles in your path.

 Our Music sets the tone Encouraging strength and power through our versatile style of

B.D.S.M. Blackened Death Slam Metal


PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.

Xavier: Born in Houston Tx in 1980. Growing up in the slums learning the fight of struggling. 1992 my cousin John Savage Rena was murdered in cold blood. After being told , I was brought into his room and given all of his tapes which I had first pick. Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Judas Priests, were the first tapes I pulled. From there I was instantly hooked , I got a guitar at 13 and was sponsored by New Era Music at 16. It’s been a hell of a ride with ups and downs but overall music saved my life and is the driving force behind it.

Edgar: Born in Guatemala City , Guatemala then moving to Miami Florida Then to Texas where I met Xavier and form Lacerated Souls in 2010 when I had been drumming for a year. We lost contact after Lacerated Souls broke up. 5 years went by till we reunited. While both of us were different bands that were coming to an end , we rekindled our musical partnership. Many blast beats later here were are still Slamming together!


PD: Who and what inspires you to make music, both in terms of musical and other influences?

D: Going through the harsh realities of life and the struggles of overcoming them.

We are inspired by life and death

Musically we love it all from Sabbath to Suffocation , from Priest to Party Cannon and everything in between.

If it moves you , it groves you. 


PD: What do you like to write about in your songs?

D: Life experiences turned into allegorical compositions. Such as dealing with the horrors of life like overcoming addiction, demonic possession , pain , betrayal, Murder , surgery, mind control, poltergeist, vampires, gorgons , mythology, psychological , fringe,  occult knowledge & all things horror.


PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?

D: As an artist we strive to push ourselves to be the best musicians we can become and to embark on Major label distribution and international touring.

It’s a long hard road if you want to rock n roll


PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?

D: When we were asked to open for Beyond Creation and Born of Osisrus

was very exciting for us.

But the proudest moments are when fans come up to us after the set and tell us how it made them feel.


PD: Promoting one’s music is such a challenge these days, especially with so many new artists emerging from bedrooms in the day of the home studio. How is that going?

D: Well can’t live comparing ourselves to other bands , we’d be beating our brains if that were the case.

Instead we do out thing and hope more people will feel what we are doing.

As far recording , we recorded with Shaun Ezrol who worked with Sony Records.


PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours?

D: I do all the booking and management

We are usually invited to play show and festival. We have shared the stage with some great bands and it has inspired us to level up our skill set.

MD/PR is our promotion company and we are very happy with the results. I encourage any artist to use them.


PD: Any performances coming up?

D: We are very excited about The Tennessee Devastation Metal Festival coming up on October 8th! By MD/PR , Metal Devastation Radio. Zach and Raven have been working very hard against the grain to make TMDF happen. Deocculted is very honored to be apart this.

Another Fest we are exited about is the Apocalypse in the Dessert Fest in Las Vegas in March 24-25 2023

Our next show is in San Marcos Texas at Ragnars on the Compound for The Texas Domination Fest lll  August 13th


PD: What do you think about downloading music online?

D: Back in the day I would collect records, tapes and then CD’s. I loved going through the inserts checking out the photos, art , lyrics and thank you notes.  The  Up in Smoke vinyls had a record size rolling paper in the insert. Ya can’t find that on a download lol”

With that said buy our music online and download it from all of our streaming sites.

What about streaming sites like Spotify?

Spotify is a catch 22 for up and coming artist. On hand you have the opportunity to have your music heard on the most popular streaming site and on the other hand Spotify is only using bands to fatten their corporate pockets screwing over the artist.


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

D: The Imperial March

When you hear it, it strikes fear into the heart knowing that Death by the hands of Darth Vader will soon follow


PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?

D: As a DIY band , any bit of success we have achieved has been completely on our own. We have recently teamed up with Metal Devastation Press Release and have been receiving major feedback

I would change main stream formula for success to be more open minded to the underground bands that have something new to offer instead of the same ol some old cookie cutter regurgitation


PD: So, what are you working on at the moment?

D: We are finishing up our full length album and shopping it to major labels

Also writing our second full length

We will be releasing videos for out EP “An Eye for the Occulting Sun” very soon.


PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?



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