We are Obscene, a death metal band from Indianapolis. We play traditional death metal running the gamut of influence from 80's/90's death metal from the UK, Scandinavia, US, and plenty more. Collectively, we've all been rummaging around in various underground metal bands for years as well as being fans of metal for decades.
2.You have an ep coming out in 2018, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
Metal of death that with memorable songs, crushing riffs, dark melodies, and acid vocals. Some bands we revere and use influence to forge our trajectory is
Edge of Sanity, Asphyx, Demigod, Cianide, Bolt Thrower, Grave, and many more. In short, death...the brutal way.
3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
We follow the Cianide school of thought with themes regarding death, doom, and destruction. There are also topics regarding time and eternity as well as general misanthropy. Influences range lyrically from classic horror films and literature to Emily Dickinson to Kafka to Bukowski.
4.Originally the band was known as 'Blood Chasm', what was the cause of the name change and also the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Obscene'?
Honestly, 'blood' in metal band names is getting a little excessive. We sort of rushed with the 'Blood Chasm' moniker, and after seeing that Obscene was fairly under utilized, we went forward due to our affinity for one word band names and Obscene being how we like our metal.
5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Well, we've only played a handful of gigs, and they've all been in Indianapolis. But the best show was probably opening for Incantation. It was a lineup with us, our friends in Legion from Muncie, and Shed the Skin. We've been fortunate and lucky not to have any real duds for live gigs, but that was a show we really felt we were where we truly belonged. Our performances are intense, tight, and maximum headbanging.
6.Do you have any touring or show plans once the ep is released?
We have a release show in Indy on Friday December 15th with our brethren in Shroud of Vulture and Legion. We plan on doing a brief Midwest trek in March, and potentially doing an east coast tour in late summer 2018.
7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of old school death metal?
Thus far, the reception has been extremely positive! We were confident in the material, but didn't expect anybody outside of the 20 people in our town to really give a shit. The fact that people were willing to give us a chance, and be supportive is equally humbling and flattering.
8.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?
Our drummer, Brandon, is active with Acheron until the end of 2018, as well as providing vocals for a technical death metal band Summon the Destroyer along with our guitarist Mike. It's somewhere between Suffocation and Immolation musically. Our other guitarist Josh, is playing in Photian Schism, a d-beat/thrash hybrid. Our bassist Roy ans myself are in Boddicker, a deathgrind/crust band that is pretty much on life support at this point.
10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Thus far, some of the newer material being written is a little faster, but I don't forsee significant changes to our sound musically. It's only getting heavier and more gruesome from here.
11.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?
Well, we touched on this previously, but we're influenced by bands like early Paradise Lost, Pungent Stench, Edge of Sanity, and Asphyx. I feel comfortable saying that fans of those bands would find something to appreciate with Obscene. Some bands I've been listening to as of late are Spectral Voice, Loss, Necrot, Impetuous Ritual, Phrenelith, Vallenfyre, Krypts, Interment, Deathevokation, Desultory, and others.
12.What are some of your non musical interests?
Horror films and literature, pro wrestling, comics, and video games.
13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thanks for the interview and support! Stay death and hail and kill!