A band that made some waves in the brutal death metal community straight from the bat on their 2012 debut Consuming the Morgue Remains is the international act Devour the Unborn. Since then there has been a lot of problems on finding a stable trio, did the joining of Andy Tseung from Sweden finally made the line-up complete? With a new album coming in April I thought it was the right time to have a chat with the founding member Joseph Carrillo.
Could you start by telling me and the readers some history of the band? How did it all start?
Joseph: Hello! I started Devour The Unborn back in 2007 but didn’t do anything with it until 2011 when we self-released a Demo and got signed to Ossuary Industries. We then recorded our debut in 2012 and it literally blew the doors wide open, I was not ready or anticipating that sort of reaction. I guess we just came in at the right time.
How did you happen to get the fellow Swede Andy Tseung in the band? What’s the story there?
Joseph: Devour The Unborn has been plagued with frontmen issues since it’s inception, in 2016 I found myself without a full lineup and in need of a vocalist, if I was going to move forward with this band, I knew i had to make some adjustments and consider the possibility that DTU could work better as an international band rather than a local band, I already knew I wanted to ask Andy because I have been a huge fan of his vocals since I heard him in Vomitous, I knew his crushing gutturals would compliment the texas pit riffs, so I asked him about joining up and he was down right away, this was in october 2017 i believe, we didn’t announce his addition into the band until mid 2018 because I wanted to have some riffs in the oven before announcing anything, fast forward, we have completed our first collaberation which is the mCD entitled “Liturgy of Irreverent Oblation” we’re already working on our next DTU release for Lord of the Sick Records which should be dropping in late 2019. Two DTU albums in one year. Talk about coming back with a bang.
Being an international band with members around the globe I can guess the process when creating music is a bit different. Talk us through the process on how the upcoming EP Liturgy of Irreverent Oblation was created.
Joseph: It’s actually even easier this way, I’m the one that writes all the music and then I send it out to Andy and he does his thing, when DTU had local members I still had to help with the lyrics and with vocal patterns, I basically had my hand in everything which can be cool but sometimes i just want to write a song and not have to worry about anything else, now it is far more professional and I thoroughly enjoy it more. Less stress.
You share both ex and current members of Defleshed and Gutted (who also released a great album last year), was that how you got in touch with Lord of the Sick Recordings?
Joseph: Myself and TJ Lara are also in Defleshed and Gutted, we just released a banger of an album late 2018, how I got in touch with LOTS was because I was having issues with a former label, I decided Defleshed and Gutted needed a more professional, responsible label and reached out to LOTS, I’ve worked with them in the past and never had any issues with them and while we were in talks about releasing DAG album i decided to offer them both bands and they were more than happy to accept. It’s a win/win for everyone.
Talk about Liturgy of Irreverent Oblation, what can brutal death metal fans expect from it?
Joseph: They can expect the most crushing, brutal, pit-inducing musick come out of DTU to be put on record, sickest vocals on any DTU release and the best produced DTU album thus far. Our 2nd full-length had some really great bangers but unfortunately the production was utter failure, although I understand some fans really do enjoy it, which is why I plan to re-record most of those songs on every new DTU release in order to give them proper justice. Kinda like how Suffocation are re-recording songs off the breeding the spawn album.
Texas seems to be a region that keeps on giving great brutal death metal bands, why do you think that is?
Joseph: It’s the heat, it’s hotter than satans ass out here, especially in our region, it’s dry and unforgiving, the west is brutal and so is the gotdamn weather. Arizona get’s it worse but we’re not far behind. I hope that’s a good enough answer.
The art for Liturgy of Irreverent Oblation looks sick (made by Armaada Art), how was it working with the artist to come up with that? Was it a long process or did you know from the start how you wanted it to look?
Joseph: We didn’t come up with the idea, it was created by label owner Maxim, when he asked me what kind of art direction we wanted to go, my mind was buried in riffs and soley focused on that. Andy was moving into a new home so he was occupied as well, I basically left it in the hands of the label to get it going while we finished up the mCD, the end result was amazing, certainly did not see that coming, very hapy.
What’s your favorite albums of all time?
Devourment – Molesting the Decapitated
Suffocation – Effigy of the Forgotten
Dying Fetus – Killing on Adrenaline
Internal Bleeding – Voracious Contempt
Disgorge – She Lay Gutted
Cryptopsy – None So Vile
Prophecy – Foretold, Foreseen
Dehumanized – Prophecies Foretold
Deathspell Omega – Trilogy
Misfits – Earth AD
Minor Threat – Minor Threat
Immolation – Here in After
Morbid Angel – Formulas Fatal to the Flesh
Got a favorite game of all time?
Joseph: I like a lot games man, I usually fuck with Diablo the most though, but man, that’s a tough question. Too many games, so little time.
Thanks for your time, any shoutouts or other last words?
Joseph: Shout out to my boys in Defleshed And Gutted and Devour The Unborn, the Sick Boys in Lord of the Sick, Alex Cadaver, Reinier Van Loon and UltraMagnus from Old Skull Zine, Brian Wynn and Kill Everything, TJ Mundy and Putrid Womb, Nefarious Zombie, the Sculpting Atrocity crew, all my buds in Texas I’ll see y’all soon, my brother Danny G from Seraphic Enthronement, my boy Joe H from Omnicast, Joe L from Disgruntled Anthropophagi, Jake Nelson from Post Mortal Possession, Donovan Dettle and Parasitic Ejaculation, Jason L and Putrified J, Joe K (SWW) , the sick Aussie crew from Nails of Imposition, all our online and real life supporters, we appreciate you all a lot, go to lordsick.com and grip our new album from DAG and DTU and all the sick bands on our roster. Thanks for the interview Jimmy! Best of luck with your zine bro!