Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
I’ll refer to an awesome description of what type of artist collectively IN-DEFILADE has evolved to and continues to be exact. Plus it’s such a killer write up, why would we not want to share it.
IN-DEFILADE is a colossal, radioactive slab of quality brutality showcasing the scathing yet intelligible and multifaceted vocals of Vesano whose uncomplicated yet massive riffing styles furiously claw straight for the jugular, embellished this time with scorchingly chaotic guest solos courtesy of none other than former NILE bandmate and longtime friend, Dallas Toler-Wade (NARCOTIC WASTELAND). Excommunicating themselves from a hollow scene dependent on substance-less technicality, IN-DEFILADE’s martial, no-bullshit approach to extreme metal is unwaveringly focused and intolerantly crushing with molten yet memorable riff sections assembled around a mercilessly pummelling rhythm department provided by the combined bludgeoning might of Hudson’s stygian, harmonic-heavy low-end and Schultek’s inhumanly advanced, panzer division percussive prowess. Eludeobliterates everything and everyone in IN-DEFILADE’s path.
That being said, me personally as an artist, I see it as a way of life for me. My desire to create and enjoy what I create is always the primary goal. To bond with absolutely amazing people through generating aggressive sound. Over the many years I’ve played in bands and music there’s always been that one guy or group of people you don’t click with when diving into the local pool of accompanying artists. Now with the age of social media and internet you can have an incredible experience expressing and collaborating with people you truly respect. A brotherhood on a level I take personally.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
Well, my history started in 1989 playing Death metal and did it quite horribly those early days. I ventured into several bands and in the beginning of 1994 I joined forces with Demonic Christ. That was the beginning of a lot of metal to come on a entire new mindset. After departing Demonic Christ in 1998 I formed a band named DARKMOON that I was very proud of and after releasing 2 albums on music for nations and tribunal records. In 2001 an opening for the Bass slot for NILE came up. Karl Sanders called me and asked if I’d be willing to do some fill in for them finishing the Black Seeds of vengeance tour cycle. OF COURSE I would !! Considering I’ve been sharing the stage with Karl for many years playing shows with our bands etc. it was an honour to be considered at all. I disbanded DARKMOON after hearing some grievances from the other members of my participation with NILE. I guess that’s a normal reaction to most. Once that happened I was open to go full time with NILE and continued to do so until 2005 into early 2006. During that time I did vocals on “In their Darkened Shrines” and bass and vocals on “ Annihilation of the Wicked”. I left shortly after the recording of Annihilation of the Wicked since then I took a short break and started recording and writing songs and IN-DEFILADE was born.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
I grew up in a metal and punk/hardcore era. I was a fan of Neurosis”Word is Law” Septic Death “Now I have the attention” Cromags “Age of Quarrel”, Onslaught “Power From Hell” Slayer “Reign in blood” Napalm Death etc etc etc. I am also a big fan of Dead Can Dance. So that about covers most of where my tastes for aggression began.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
Dreams? To be alone without a care. in the forest with an abundance of resources and people of the same mindset gathering around a fire. Daily wandering through the forest and enjoying waterfalls and wildlife.. Building and creating a new world of strength and loyalty.
That’s a dream … I find dreams have an ability to cloud judgment at times. Now I could be a bit cynical but at this point in my life I have nothing but strategic goals to achieve the best results for a better life. Lately reality takes precedence.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
I write the skeleton of the songs. . We then collaborate in arranging and fine tuning.
To describe the lyrics, Sean recently said it perfectly.
“Post-apocalyptic survival; betrayal/defilement/infanticide and the murderous vengeance that results; eradicating oppression wrought by theocratic rule through personally killing every last party responsible for perpetuating it.”
I couldn’t have said that any better.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
For this album we enlisted the services of Imperative PR to get the word out about our existence. They’ve done a great job so far. We’ve been using Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/indefiladeofficial), Instagram (@in_defilade_official) and YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtWcVwTGQdna71c39yT6Ejw) to do our part in promotion.
No live shows have been booked due to the fact we are from far parts of the USA. Logistically a large fest or a small tour would work best if the numbers financially work. Nothing would be better to play this live. Would be legendary to say the least.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
It has its faults. It’s a great thing due to its vast reach and availability that wasn’t there during the early days. Where different cultures and people get to enjoy the passions of those who wish to reach them. The faults are people demand that bands travel to them when the finances can not enable them to do so from music that people work hard on creating gets shared without at least it being documented of its saturation into the scene. Hopefully one day where a balance can find its way to an artist. Nothing would be better than to dedicate all my time creating 24/7. But as stated before my goals are realistic and enjoy what I can from my efforts.
PD: What’s your outlook on the record industry today?
I don’t know. I would imagine a balance would come. The labels seem to be doing ok but the artists I feel are struggling to make the ends meet. When it’s their dedication, immense amounts of time and sacrifices they take. It seems very one sided at times to me.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
Dead can Dance – Dawn of the Iconoclast
Something about this one is so chaotic. It’s saturated with agony and triumph.
I wish I was in the room when they wrote and tracked this. I probably would have fucked it up if I made any suggestions. Hahaha The imagery is like embracing someone and slowly dragging them to the bottom of a lake. The slow decent as the bubbles rise from their final efforts of Life. A peaceful moment as a weightless drift of lifelessness is suspended as you let them go into the dark murkiness.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
This isn’t long enough. I’ve developed an intricate list of them over the years. I assume that’s natural but I’ll state one. The one thing that will set me off instantly is actively betraying someone in my presence. I respect loyalty beyond all. For example. If someone is too fucking lazy to break a relationship before venturing into another states to me if you’re willing to deceive one who shares your bed then the value you hold on anything is merely minimal and expendable. I care not to have those types around me. I find myself holding them suspect to everything. Some probably think it’s “fun” or living “free” If that’s what they desire, why does it require the deception of another on a personal level. If I’m going to deceive it’s to a true enemy and most definitely not someone I share meals and flesh with.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
Too many to list. The most memorable maybe would be taking the Stage with NILE at the mighty Wacken festival in direct support to Slayer. Walking out and to captivate a sea of willing eyes and ears made all struggles to that moment worth the effort.
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
As of now no shows have been booked. Why you should be there ? Because of the ferocity that would be poured on you. You’d be a willing savage awaiting the chunks of meat of our shared hunt. To devour it upon grasp! a feral connection ! Then the final bond would be complete.
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