You have one of these names that does not really tell what kind of metal you play. How hard was it to come up with the name?
-Scott had already chosen the name prior to me joining the band. The rationale was that we wanted a name that didn’t have a set theme or mold that we would be limited too. At that point we didn’t have a lyrical concept or anything. So it has been a good fit. Each cd has followed a different path.
Could you give us a short introduction to the band?
-Incinerate was formed in 1998. We released our first album Dissecting the Angels in 2002. After a number of line up changes and a revolving drummers we opted to use session players for our 2008 release Anatomize. Shortly after the release of Anatomize we found Sasha who ended up being our permanent bass player. In 2010 Scott left the band and we were dropped from our then label Brutal Bands. Sasha brought in his friend Ted Isaac from his ex-band Mortify to take over guitar duties. We have completed our 3rd album Eradicating Terrestrial Species which is being released on Comatose Music. We now have a European Tour with Internal Suffering and Neuroma that starts April 17th. We plan on doing many more shows in support of the new album.
What would you say have been the single greatest influence on your sound?
-I don’t think there is a single band that has molded our sound. I would say that the biggest influence as a whole would be the 1998-2004 Death Metal Scene. We grew pretty big bonds with a lot of the bands of that era and played a lot of fests and shows in that time frame. A lot of bands now seem to be over the top tech for techs sake. Writing whole albums in Guitar Pro and shit. or they are just slam for slams sake. We want to put out music that is tech yet has feeling. I hate to say, but shit you can get into and follow and “sing-a-long” too.
What is the metal scene like in your area? Do you feel that you are a part of a scene?
-There are some killer bands in my area. Invidiosus, Deterioration, We Are Legion, Face Of Oblivion, Compulsive Mutilation, Human Bashing, Gorgatron (close enough to MN). But our scene seems to fight more than help each other to make it grow. I don’t consider Incinerate to be a local band and we never play shows in MN due to being as spread out as we are. Theres a lot of people that talk shit and hate on Incinerate locally. I could careless. We are out there, pushing hard and playing outside the “scene” the bands I mentioned are all ones that have gone above and beyond and I give them mad props.
5. Something I have often wondered about is if you feel that you are part of something bigger and greater when you play in a band, that you are part of a movement sort of?
Me? Us? no man not at all. For us its just surreal. We’ve always done it because we love the music and its a party to go see other bands play. Sasha’s shirt collection is fucking mind blowing. We are just fans that are lucky enough to have the opportunity to play in a band that allows us to go to some of the greatest concerts in the world! We are truly thankful for each and every person that spends their hard earned money, comes to our shows or supports us in anyway.
When you play the sort of metal you play I guess you cannot have birds and bees on the cover of your album?
What is a great album cover to you?
-Ha! Good question. Man I dunno, obviously we look for darker subject matter but we try to use not only some of the best artists but also our friends. Majewski and Tony Koehl have been long time good friends. Dudes I would give the shirt off of my back. We’d been long time fans of Zig and Nev at Gore Gruesome so we wanted to do some work with them this time and they haven’t disappointed.
7. What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music? I’m a collector. I like to have something tangible. I want to hold and look at the art, I wanna read liner notes and lyrics. Digital has some benefits. I can instantly have something to listen to without having to wait for shipping. It definitely helps with spreading your name like the tape trading days. There is no doubt that the digital aspect of illegal downloads has hurt the music industry. I do think that the average death metal fan will purchase something, support, go to shows, buy a shirt… But obviously someone who straight downloads everything and gives nothing back is a cancer.
What kind live scene is there for bands like yours?
-Well all I can comment on is the U.S. scene. I’ve seen over the years the individual show turnout for the underground has gone down. But the festivals… man there are some killer festivals and they keep growing. When we first started going to LVDF it was nowhere near where it is now. Building Temples was awesome last year. Gutfest is growing fast. Now this Full Terror Assult is coming up. Its getting pretty crazy in the U.S. I can not wait to check out some more of the European Fests.
When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
-Haha Party. We are up there to play and perform and have a good time. That’s why we do this. We love music. It is soo much better than working all day. And when we have a good time, the fans feed on that. You can tell when a band is just going through the motions. We are up there cause we love what we do.
What would you like to see the future bring?
-When we started Incinerate I had some goals. Play the Milwaukee Metal Fest, Put out a CD, Tour the U.S. and tour outside the U.S. so this year I will be completing a goal that I set for myself in 1998. Everything else on top of this is just gravy. One more album for sure. Then I just want to see Incinerate play more fests and continue to get outside the U.S. We really wanna play some shows in Canada. Id kill to play in Indonesia. Hell, anywhere where there are fans that want to come see us. Its all about making them as happy as they make us!
Thank you for the opportunity to answer some questions. Check out our new album Eradicating Terrestrial Species out on Comatose Music.
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