1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
The band started as a solo project of mine (Lachy) in 2013 that was originally meant as not much more than old school Finnish worship. After the release of Pestilential Decay, the first demo, the songs grew from simple Abhorrence-isms to incorporating slightly more complex and varied compositions in the vein of Morpheus Descends, Incantation and a bit of Dead Congregation. Or at least trying to do that, ha.
2.So far you have released 2 demos and a full length, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?
As mentioned before, Pestilential Decay pretty much shamelessly rips of Abhorrence and Demigod and I think it does a fairly good job of that. The Promo '15 demo was the first recording with a full band and shows the faster and more dynamic approach that was being explored at the time. The LP has a lot of fast and savage blasting contrasted with crushing dark downtempo parts as first shown on the Promo tape.
3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
Extreme disgust for ourselves and most people and institutions around us. Zev's pretty cooked though so that's about what I've gleaned from his ramblings.
4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Contaminated'?
Nothing more than "no one has taken this yet and it sounds cool".
5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Our album launch show on April 28th this year was an absolute blinder. We played with fellow Melbourne death metal crushers Faceless Burial, grind syndicate OGs Christcrusher, the legendary Kutabare and new Morticianwave enthusiasts Incinerated. Every band destroyed, we played really well, lot of good people about and we sold a bunch of records. Was a sick night.
Last year we got the opportunity to open for Dead Congregation in Adelaide and that was pretty incredible too - D.C. fucking showed everyone how it is.
6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
I'd love to do a US and EU tour one day but the chances of that are slim with real life issues like work, family, other bands etc.
7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of death metal?
Mostly very positive, from what I've seen. We play and are involved with different "scenes" outside of metal here and I'm glad folk from outside of the immediate metal scene and picking up on us. The slightly more grindy and loose aspect of it appeals to a few more from the hardcore/grind crowd.
8.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects that some of the band members are a part of?
I'm in Derailment (sludge/hardcore) and Pregnancy (goregrind) along with Christoph (both) and Zev (Derailment), and do a Morticianwave solo project called Rawhead. Christoph and Zev together are also involved in ESP Mayhem (grind with synths instead of guitars) and Headless Death/Desperate Pigs (raging embittered death/grind). Christoph also plays in Internal Rot (90s US styled grind), Unnatural Birth (grinding black metal), until very recently Doubled Over (sludge/grind, the heaviest band ever) which I think is once again done and Cop Date (sportscrust) which more or less moved on into ESP Mayhem. Zev also plays in Clogged (goregrind), Nick in Asbestosisis (goregrind) and The Nihilistic Front (drone/death/doom), and Matt is also a part of Ignivomous (death metal, sure you know em) and Vulgod (death metal).
9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
I'd like to take it back a little and focus on a bit more of the old Finnish stuff again. Beyond that I don't really know yet. We'll see.
10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
The prime influences ranging throughout the rather short history of this band thus far have been the aforementioned Finnish and US legends. I'd also like to say Immortal Fate and Immolation but no one can truthfully say that they can play stuff like them. It's not worth listing the stuff we listen to because it ranges from dubby hip hop to 70s psych rock to drum n bass to slam to whatever anime music Matt likes. I dunno, heaps of weird stupid shit.
12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Go buy the record, I reckon it's sick! Cheers for the interview.