Sunday, September 4, 2016

Skeleton Of God Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?

We're psyched for the re-release to be in our hands and contemplating releasing a couple new songs in the near future.
> 2.Your last album was released in 2008, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

We consider it a progression, it's similar to the original vision but evolved.
The newest stuff has more of a death metal, psych, doom vibe. The early 90s stuff has more of a straight up "brutal" death metal vibe. We consider both psychedelic and weird variations of those styles.

> 3.There has been no new material in the last 8 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?
We've been busy with our personal lives and other musical pursuits.
We're both creative, motivated people; there are many more interests we pursue.
> 4.The band was broken up for more than 10 years, what was the cause of the split and also the decision to reform?
We broke up because we had other goals to pursue , Erik was working on Napalm America, I moved to Arizona to work on my BFA. I Can't recall what Tim and Joel were up to.
We just couldn't keep it together. I regret not being more serious at the time.
After not really communicating for years we just happened to cross paths again. As soon as we stared hanging out we decided we should work on a new recording. It was great, we got to know each other again and realized our chemistry was still there. After the recording was under way we contacted Joel and and he flew out to Colorado to lay down the bass tracks. Was great to have everyone (sans Tim) back in the studio.
Joel passed away in 2015, the re-release is dedicated to him!

> 5.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explored on the last album?
The lyrics are based on the visions / hallucinations I experienced on a Salvia Divinorum trip. It was frightening and enlightening; you literally see "inside" yourself. Trying to put the experience into words was a challenge but it worked out fairly well, they were close to interpreting the visions I experienced.
The themes deal with personal perspectives on spirituality, paranoia, failure, success, family/friends, enlightenment, politics etc...

> 6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Skeleton Of God'?
When I came up with the name it just rolled off my tongue joking around.
At this point it represents the "remains" of naïveté, I guess, ha.
> 7.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
The best shows were with Carcass (on their Necroticism tour) and Anal Cunt (on the Morbid Florist tour).
Stage performances were energetic and straight forward, no bullshit or gimmicks, most of the time anyway.

> 8.The last album is getting re-issued on 'Everlasting Spew', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
It's a new label, we're the first release. We're very honored to be involved with an upstart with such a clear, professional vision.

> 9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to you music by fans of death metal?
We've alway received a lot of great feedback!
Primordial Dominion was a bit challenging for death metal purists who were hardcore Urine Garden fans but most people have warmed up to it. We've always included "psychedelic" and progressive elements in the music, we never wanted to repeat ourselves.

> 10.Are any of the band members currently involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?

I have a band called Devil Worshipper, it's a heavy, "psychedelic rock" project. Erik has helped me out with some drumming and recording so it has some SoG "soul".
Erik has a studio and records bands from time to time. He also works on music of his own, more in the electronic realm.
> 11.Are there any plans to release new material in the future?
Yes. Hopefully a couple new songs early next year.
> 12.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your current music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
My influences are all over the place and always have been, it's hard to nail down any primary influences as they relate to SoG but here are some that were and have continued to be interesting and or influential to some degree: Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Pentagram, Kiss, Devo, Iron Maiden, Hellhammer, Bathory, Slayer, Mercyful Fate , Dark Angel, Destruction, Death, Autopsy, Morbid Angel, Fatal, Napalm Death, Immolation, Godflesh, Cathedral, Entombed, Suffocation, Carcass, Dark Throne, Satyricon ,Can,  Melvins, Sleep , The Cows, Soundgarden...

Some the stuff I've been listening to on repeat lately: Jex Thoth, Autopsy, Disma, Thee Oh Sees, Dead Moon, Om, Brian Jonestown Massacre, old Megadeth (Killing..., Peace), Wooden Shjips, Zeke, Fungal Abyss, Satyricon, Godflesh, Black Sabbath, Pentagram , Trypticon blah, blah.....

> 13.What are some of your non musical interests?

I make art = illustrations, sculptures, paintings etc....

> 14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?

Thanks for the interest and support! \m/

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