Thursday, December 26, 2013

TrenchRot Interview

1. Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?
  Since finishing the album, we're taking it easy.  That means we'll just hang out, drinking and smoking without playing instruments.  Instead, we'll probably listen to records or watch horror and action movies.    We're good buddies, so the band is just something that occupies our time when we're hanging out together.  

2.You have a new album coming out in the beginning of 2014, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical sound you have taken with this album and what kind of progressions do you feel you have made since the demo, Nihilistic Holocaust put out early last year?
   Progressing was never a point for TrenchRot.  We just continued writing in the same vein as the demo.  If anything, we regressed. A re-written version of one of our earliest compositions ended up making its way onto Necronomic Warfare.  We just included more guitar solos.  

3. Can you go more in depth and detail with the song lyrics you have written for the new album?
  We think the lyrics are pretty self explanatory. Some songs are written in a historical fiction of World War I and II, with the opened gates of hell spilling on to the battlefields. 

4.The title track of the album is Necronomic Warfare, which reminds me of the Necronomicon, are you a fan of H.P Lovecraft or the novels that have been called the Necronomicon over the years?
  Absolutely.  Cthulu lore played a big role in our earlier ideas for the band, and we wanted to keep that theme and incorporate it into our war-like atmosphere.   Beyond Lovecraft, we also included a little bit of the elements from the Evil Dead fiction, the Necronomicon Ex-Mortus.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name TrenchRot?
   There's not much to the band name, other than we thought it sounded cool.  Maybe TrenchRot is a type of disease that you contract in warfare, that rots your brain. It drives you insane.  The opening song on the album, "Death by TrenchRot," could be considered an explanation of the affliction.

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
  We haven't played any shows yet.  We have an elaborate idea of what our live show would entail, but we've turned down most offers to play live, as they wouldn't have been worth our time.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?
   We have no plans for playing live or touring on a DIY level, especially in the States.  A couple of us have been in that scenario before, and don't feel the need to pursue that with this particular band.   

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of old school death metal?
  The only way for us to know who and where the music has spread is by looking at our Bandcamp plays.  So far it seems like we've gotten some attention all over Europe, and the feedback has been pretty positive so far.  

9.What are your expectations once the new album is released?
   A few hundred death metal neanderthals are going to love it. We expect that the fans of old school death metal are going to get it, and people who are looking for typewriter blast beats and superfluous sweep arpeggios will probably overlook it.  It's just death metal for old school enthusiasts, not bearded posers.

10.I have read that the bands members are also involved with other bands, what is going on with your other musical projects these days?
  This is true.  Two of us also play in Crypt Sermon, an epic doom and heavy metal band.  We're working on our full length right now.  The vocalist/guitarist of TrenchRot also fronts Infiltrator, a blackened speed metal band.  There should be some new music coming from them in the near future as well. and

11.Where do you see your old school death metal sound heading into on future releases?
   We've already talked a bit about where we may go after this initial full length.  Seems like we all agree that we'd like to explore the death/doom territory a bit more, though it's hard for us not to keep raging at full speed.  

12.Can you tell us a little bit more about your old school death metal influences and also what are some of the other musical genres the band listens to?
   It seems obvious to us that one would say we sound a little European, influenced by Dismember, Entombed and Grave.  Asphyx, of course.  There's also the obvious influence that Bolt Thrower has, as well as early American bands like Obituary, Death and Possessed.  Aside from that, as a band, we're into crust punk, d-beat, and grindcore.  Outside the band, each of us likes various genres, from classical and soundtrack music to bluegrass and country.  

13.Outside of music what are some of your interests?
  BEER.  Three of the four in the band are really interested in trying new beers and consuming lots of it.  Our other member prefers his vice in the form of smoke. 

14.Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?
Thanks for giving a shit about the barbaric Death Metal we come up with while drinking on the weekends.  Have a few beers and bang your head!

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