Angelic Desolation – New Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
AD: We’re an amalgamation of grindcore, death metal and thrash. At our core we’re categorized as a death metal band. We take the lyrical styling of grind core, the intense drumming you come to expect from death metal and the riffs are thrash influenced death metal brutality. We actually had another band from the Denver area give us a moniker to describe our sound and we ran with it: American Razorgrind.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
AD: The vocalist Jay, bassist Chris and myself (Matt) have all been friends since middle school so we’ve been playing music in some form for over 10 years. After a few drummers came and went, we met Max in 2014. He was an instant fit and exactly what we needed to get to that next level. We released an EP titled “Evilgasm” in 2014 that featured a reworking of some older material to show our fans what direction we were headed. We followed it up with a well received full-length release in 2018 titled “Rumpus Time Is Over”. It consisted of nine all new tracks that correctly showcased the sound we were going for and that’s also when we embraced the American Razorgrind label. Since 2014 we’ve put out 2 releases and have opened regional dates for Summer Slaughter, Devastation On The Nation and Bloodletting North America. None of us seem to be getting sick of it yet haha.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
AD: I’d say from the thrash spectrum some favorites are Slayer, Testament and Iced Earth. As for the more extreme side of things, Cryptopsy, Aeon, Aborted and maybe a little Nasum too. Lyrically speaking, Jay is a pretty big fan of Oderus from GWAR so things can get pretty entertaining if you read along with the songs. As for non-musical influences it would probably be religion, everyday human interactions and then anything that’s offensive.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
AD: I guess my dream would consist of someone to move my gear to and from every performance and then being allowed to use real infants as stage props instead of dolls. I could get behind that. The goal we’re shooting for is to be able to tour other countries. I love the idea of a language barrier that is overcome by connecting through riffs and double bass that we wrote.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
AD: Chris and I will have sections of music that we work with until a rough idea is agreed upon. We then take it to Max and have him get the drums down before we bring it to Jay. Though, we are open to suggestions with each other’s parts during this process so we are all genuinely involved in the creation of each song. Our lyrical content is all over the place honestly. We have songs ranging from raising hippos from the dead to eat tourists, sodomizing your kid brother, complaining about disgusting cat ladies, dinosaurs and killing children. It’s all done with a tongue in cheek message though. If you were to read along while listening to our music, you’ll crack a smile or two.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
AD: We still have the old school mentality of putting up flyers around town as that is a tried and true method. Also, attending other shows beyond just musicians we’re friends with. Those in person contacts with new people really go the extra mile get people to support you. Finally, to ignore the online part of it would be a mistake so we make sure to maintain a presence on all the major socials. Whether it’s Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Tik Tok, YouTube, etc, we’re there.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
AD: There’s nothing we can do about it at this point. It’s here to stay so you just have to learn how to branch out and create content, merch, etc that your fans will want to pay for.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
AD: This might be out of left field but if I had written Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells I’d be pretty proud of that achievement. I think he plays 20 different instruments on that song and the hour-long traversing soundscape is beyond amazing. Coupled with the fact that it’s an analog recording so you don’t get to mess up 20 times is just insane.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
AD: Beyond the typical ‘drummers who build and break down their kit on stage’ I’d say uncalled for rudeness. Hannibal Lecter is my favorite villain because of his disdain for rude people. If you’re rude to him, he eats you. I wholeheartedly support this policy.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
AD: We opened up Summer Slaughter in 2106 here in Denver and that was beyond fun. That was the year that featured Cannibal Corpse, Revocation, Ingested, Nile, Krisiun and Suffocation among some other heavy hitters. We had asked Paul from Cannibal Corpse to watch our set and told him how much it would mean to us. To see him off to the side nodding his head and staying for the entire set was a feeling beyond explanation.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
AD: We’ll be recording with Taylor Hahn of Hahn Audio out of Denver, CO at the beginning of June. It will be a 4 song EP titled: “Quorum Of Unspeakable Curses” It will feature all new material and will be mastered by Ted Jensen of Sterling Sound, known for his work with Gojira, Carnifex and Death Angel. We’re aiming for a late summer release and we’ll be unveiling some new merch designs that will be available in a bundle package when the EP drops.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
AD: We are on all the major streaming platforms, as well as Soundcloud, Apple Music, YouTube, etc. To purchase a hat, shirt, cds or even toddler onesies that feature “Shake Me” in alphabet blocks, head to our bandcamp page at angelicdesolation.bandcamp.com
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