Thursday, November 13, 2014

Interview with Cemetary Filth done by Patrick on 11-13-14

Metal  Hails 
Here  is  a  new  interview  done  with  the   U.S  death/thrash  metal  band   Cemetary Filth  who  recently  released  their  debut  E.P  through  Unspeakable Axe Rec.   and I  believe  is   limited  so  act  fast  if  you  want to get  a  copy  of  some  excellent  death/thrashing  mayhem.
Enjoy  the  interview  and  expect  more  soon

Interview   with   Cemetery Filth    done  by   Patrick  

1.Metal  Hails  thank  you  guys  for   taking  the  time  to  fill  out  this  interview . When  did  the  members  of the  band  first  meet? Was  it  long  before  you  started   Cemetery  Filth   ?
 How  did  you  all  decide  on  the  name  for  the  band?

Neal: Jonah (drums) and I had met in early 2013 when he started drumming for another band I was in. That band went its separate ways after several months, which led him to join my band Manic Scum. Shortly after that, we recorded an EP. The guy who recorded it (David Prae) put Matt and I in touch since Matt's a graphic designer and could help with the EP layout. Turns out he didn't live too far away, so it wasn't long before we started talking about jamming. Ryan and I knew of each other through the local scene and had talked for a few years before Cemetery Filth was formed.

Matt: As Neal said, we met through David Prae and started talking about layouts and our mutual love for old school death metal in general. Neal mentioned wanting to start a new band, and when we met in person at the night of a Manic Scum / Exhumed show at The Hideaway in Johnson City, I think we both felt a strong connection and moved forward from there. He had come up with the band's name and we ran with it. I had been burnt out on playing guitar for the previous year or so, but as soon as he sent me a tab of a song he had written, which later became "Gateway Among the Graves", I quickly rediscovered my passion in guitar playing. I remember thinking "this guy can really write riffs!" and before I knew it I was back to writing my own riffs and my chops were getting better than ever. We met at Jonah's folks place on a cloudy day in early January, and we wrote half of "Screams From the Catacombs" that first day. The connection was instant. 

2.What  is  the   current   line-up  of   Cemetery  Filth ? For  the   readers  who  have  never  heard  the  band's  music  how  would  you  describe  it?

N: The current lineup of Cemetery Filth is Matt Kilpatrick on vocals/guitar, Ryan Guinn on guitar, Jonah Turner on drums, and myself on bass. Matt will be moving soon, though, and a new lineup will be announced afterward. As far as describing our music - if anyone feels like they might be interested in hearing us, I'd suggest they listen and make that judgement for themselves.
M: The current line-up is the original one. Ryan left us for a few months in the spring, and while we forged on, the band was definitely lacking in something (namely awesome lava leads and pervy hilarity). He came back and it was like he never left. We started the band to pay tribute to our love for simple and FILTHy old school death metal, so I guess that's how we would describe it. People seem to relate us to a lot of the Scandinavian Death Gods, and even more so to the Florida Ancients... all of which is flattering. We get influence from every where.

3.Cemetery  Filth   is  getting   ready  to  release  their  demo  "Screams  From The  Catacombs" Through  the  great  label  "Unspeakable Axe Rec."   how  did  the  band  come  in  contact  with  this  great  label?

N: Unspeakable Axe Records released the tape version of the EP in late September. I had helped to put together the Mountains of Madness Fest in July, which featured a band on UAR called Shards of Humanity. That and the fest lineup in general got Eric from UAR to attend. He saw us play at the fest, liked what he heard, and Matt began corresponding with him afterward.

M: It's actually an EP, not a demo, and we released 45 limited and hand-numbered CDs through the label that I co-run with David Prae, called White Ship Records. Eric Musall, founder and owner of Unspeakable Axe Records, is a mutual collector and metal-head to the core, so the connection between us was instant. The guy is truly dedicated to the metallic cause and does what he does out of love for metal and the underground scene. One of the nicest dudes around, and we're stoked that he's into what we do, and has helped us spread the Filth.

4.Does  the  whole  band  work  on  the  music  or does  one or  two  members  usually  write  everything? Who   writes  the  lyrics  for  the   band where  does  the   band  draw  inspiration for the  lyrics?
N: Matt and I have contributed the majority of riffs thus far, especially since Ryan was away from the band for a short period of time. The whole band contributes ideas, though. Matt handles the lyrics.

M: I always wanted to write lyrics and tried every now and then, but when I sat down to write for the first song, "Screams From the Catacombs", the words just wrote themselves. The riffs we write always set the tone, I usually pitch the first idea that comes to mind during or after we start jamming new riffs at practice, and if the guys approve, the story that becomes the lyrics usually writes itself.  We all love Morbid Angel and other bands that broke away from the atypical gore/zombie and/or satanic lyrics in death metal (not that there's any thing wrong with that), especially those of which that took influence from more scifi-based writers like H.P. Lovecraft. As fans of horror like that ourselves, it seemed natural to pull from those influences and pay homage to that type of written terror.

5.How  has  the   response   been  from  the  fans? What  about   the   press?
N: So far the response has been very positive overall. I think we expected a positive reaction, but it's exceeded expectations.

M: People seem to be really into us at live shows and we've gathered lots of fans through social networking. Being released through Unspeakable Axe has only boosted our reception and it's awesome to know that people all around the country, Europe, and on the other side of the world dig what we're doing. 

6.Does   Cemetery  Filth   play  "live"  very  often  or do you  all prefer to  work  in the  studio? Where  are  some  places  the  band  has  played?

N: We played our first show in July and have played several shows since then. We've played Whitesburg, KY, Atlanta, GA, Asheville, NC, and Johnson City, TN thus far. We plan to expand on that in 2015.

M: We've played in four different states so far, which we're pretty proud of, considering we've only been playing live for a handful of months. We had our tape release show at Criminal Records in Atlanta and afterward were invited to open for Raven later that night - both of which were two of the best and funnest shows we've played. Our show at Static Age Records in Asheville was also super fun and the vid footage on the net rules... Can't forget The Hideaway in Johnson City, which always gives us good, hometown love.

7.Are  their  any   Cemetery  Filth    shows  or  small tours  coming  up  that  the  fans  should  watch  out  for?

N: We have a show planned in Atlanta on December 19th with Ectovoid, Cesspool, and Malformity which will likely be Matt's last show with us. Beyond that, we have some small things we're planning on that we'll announce details of soon.

M: That December show is going to rule. The Atlanta scene seems to be ready for us now that they've gotten a taste of the Filth back in October. And with the bands we're playing with, it's surely going to be a night to remember.  

8.In  your   opinions  what  is  the  best  and  worst  thing  about  the  underground?And  what  does  the  Underground  Metal   mean  to  you?

N: The best thing about the underground scene is discovering good new bands that stand out. The worst thing about the current underground would be trends and lack of diversity in the music. You don't have to be original to have a distinct sound, and I think a lot of today's underground bands are content to just take influence from one or two of their favorite bands as opposed to a plethora of influences.

M: I'd say the best thing about the underground is the community. You can reach out, find other people into the music, form bands, discover other bands, and meet those people you weren't sure existed... the weird freaks that love the same disgusting, cheesy, and taboo music that you do. The worst thing is that you have to self-promote yourself and that a lot of venues and bigger labels don't want any thing to do with you. Thankfully there are people like Eric at Unspeakable Axe who work within the underground... and that the fans in the underground are willing to support us.

9.Has  Cemetery  Filth    begun  work  on  the  next  demo  or  full-length  yet? Will  it  be   released  on   Unspeakable  Axe  Rec.  or  have  you  and  the  label  talked  it  over  yet?

N: We are in the process of recording three new songs for an upcoming split with Trench Rot, Sabbatory, and Ectovoid. It will be released on CD in early 2015 through Unspeakable Axe Records. Beyond that, we hope to continue our relationship with Unspeakable Axe, but we'll see.

M: That split release is a concept Eric of Unspeakable Axe Records and I came up with together. It's called "Four Doors To Death" and is supposed to be a call back to the old compilation and split releases from the early 90's. These new songs are sick and I can't wait to hear the other band's contributions.

10.Are  any  of  the   members  of   Cemetery  Filth   currently   working  in  side  bands? If  yes  please  tell  the  readers  about  them?

N: Jonah and I currently play in another death metal band called Manic Scum. Jonah also currently plays in the bands Death Trip and Cerebral Death. Ryan and Matt don't have any side bands at the moment, but I know Matt plans to get something started when he moves back to Atlanta.

M: Jonah and Neal are amazing in Manic Scum. If you haven't heard them yet, do yourself a favor and check them out. I'm a huge fan of Scum and it's amazing to me how different Neal's writing style is for that band. 

11.Thank  you  all  for  taking  the  time  to  fill  out this  interview  do  you    have  any  final  words  for  the   readers?

N: Thanks to everyone that's supported us so far and helped spread the word. We can't wait for all of you to hear the new material on the "Four Doors To Death" split, and it won't be long until you do.

M: As Neal said, thanks to the supporters and our fans! And of course to the death metal bands that influenced us. We wouldn't be here without any of you. 

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