Thursday, January 10, 2013

Expurgate (Slamming Guttural Brutal Death from Denver,Colorado)

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Jonathan - What makes a good Slam Death metal band
- To be a quality Slam Death band I feel like you need a few things. First, don’t slam the whole time, you need some speed so you have something to break it down from. Also, I feel like too many vocalists do the SAME technique the entire time…Some people enjoy that but I feel like it becomes monotonous.

Jonathan - What's your opinion of the DIY movement?
- I feel like it’s easier today to get your music out to the masses with downloads and whatnot..But that also creates a lot of shit that you have to sift through first before you find something good.

Jonathan - I really believe the only passionate way to do music is with your heart. But sometimes hard times and trouble can get in the way. Why is it so important for you to be in a band and do you have any funny stories to tell?
- I definitely agree with that…Being in a band is important to me because creativity is one of the few things a person can truly have control over. It’s a healthy way to escape reality and express your thoughts.

Jonathan - What's the origin of the band name, Expurgate?
- I was looking through a dictionary and found Expurgate-cleansing of moral offenses. Which I felt fit us really well. In our local music scene having gore themed lyrics is really frowned upon and I knew we would offend some.

Jonathan - Have you changed the band's name before?
- We started out as a drum machine band with me, the bassist Devin, and our friend Carey West (ex-Intracranial Butchery) named Anomalous Malformity at first, but as we gained more members and defined our sound we decided to have a more memorable name.

Jonathan - Who are your major influences? Or do you just write what you like and that is the result?
- The songs were mostly written by Devin (bass), but I also had some creative input. Our biggest influences would have to be Disgorge, Digested Flesh, Dysentery, Suffocation, Internal Bleeding, Condemned, Guttural Engorgement etc.

Jonathan - How long have you all known each other? 
- Devin and I have known each other since we were about 16. We had always talked about doing a brutal death band, and it came together after his old bands Carcinoma and Calculating Genocide ended and I was kicked out of Cerebral Incubation…I feel it was definitely worth losing our old bands for us to come together.

Jonathan - How did you meet?
- We met at a show and became drinking buddies. We were the only two metal heads that lived in our boring suburb so we wound up spending a lot of time together and writing a lot of tunes.

Jonathan - When did you form your band? 
- Devin and I started writing Expurgate in 2009 but the whole band didn’t get together until mid 2010.

Jonathan - What inspired you to make music together?
- The fact that Devin and I were the only people we knew of who really got into brutal death metal. We felt like we were obligated to start one of the first brutal death bands in our home town.

Jonathan - Im sure some countries or crowds are more enthusiastic than others, do you have any particular anecdotes to tell us? Any funny moments? Disappointments?
- The worst moment was when our drummer on the album Chris, quit less than a week before Las Vegas Death Fest 2012. We had to get Kevin from Execration to fill in with only one day to practice! A lot of people were very disappointed when we only could play 4 songs. Also, Colorado truly isn’t the best place for brutal death…Although we had a lot of fun local shows playing with great people, there was hardly ever a great turn out. Besides the last show at the Rockaway with Disease Called Human, and when we opened up for Rottenness.

Jonathan - Which songs do you perform most frequently? 
- Viscous Human Putrilage, Viscera Insufflation, 40oz. Facefuck, Disgorging Vomitous Anomilies, Remption Through Seppuku. We had so many frequent lineup changes that it was difficult to play most of our material.

Jonathan - Do you ever play any covers? 
- The one song that we’ve been talking about covering is “The Truth”-Bulldoze. We feel like a death metal version of that song would be brutal!

Jonathan - Who writes your songs? 
- Devin Tauber writes the intricate stuff, I threw in a few slams and wrote the songs 86 and Methamphetamine Induced Surrogacy Malformation.

Jonathan - What are the main themes or topics for most of your songs? 
- The theme of our first album is a bunch of stories of alcoholics and junkies going through brutal shit to show the brutality of addiction. We wanted to do something different than just pure gore, have some substance to our material.

Jonathan - Do you think these topics will change over time?
- Yes, if we work on our next album it will be themed about aliens.
Jonathan - What are your rehearsals generally like? Do you have a set time each week in which you practice or are rehearsals more spontaneous?
- Before we were on hiatus we would get together and practice once a week. We were always very laid back with practice, usually enjoying some beer or liquor along with our jam.

Jonathan - How has your music evolved since you first began playing music together?
- All of the members have become much better at their instrument through this band. Everyone added something unique to the mix.

Jonathan - What has been your biggest challenge as a band? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?
- Our biggest challenge was dealing with me losing all of my money to stupid shit. Considering the rest of the members were broke. We relied on me and Devin to pay for the studio for the full length and I wasted all of my money. Finally got the mix paid off though.

Jonathan - What advice do you have for people who want to form their own bands?
- My biggest piece of advice is to make sure that you can get along with the other members under stressful situations because you can get absolutely fucking sick of each other really quick.
For those who don’t know you, How can fans-to-be gain access to your music? Do you have a website with sample songs or a demo CD?
You can find our old demos for free download on our facebook. As well as youtube. You can also pre order our full length through Comatose Music’s website, it will be released February 12th!

Jonathan - And the last question is all yours, you decide what to say here!
- Pre order our god damn cd!! Haha, but really, thanks to everyone that has supported us over time, its been great.

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