Interview: Bleeding Utopia

As a lot of you fine metal gamers know Sweden is crawling with death metal bands and it’s hard to keep track to them all. A band that’s been going for almost ten years and recently released a new album that was found in the honorable mentions for the album of the month March edition is Bleeding Utopia. With a revamped roster (and logo), fresh from the presses new album and coming tour it was high time to grab Bleeding Utopia for some questions!

Tell me some background story on Bleeding Utopia. How did the band start out?

The band came to mind in Nov 2009 when Astral Carneval (Andreas former band) called it quits. Andreas contacted some great musicians and invited them to join a new band called BLEEDING UTOPIA. in Feb 2010 three of them had a rehearsal to see if it worked out and if they wanted to make this a full time band…and they did haha. So the idea came  in November 2009 but the band was “formed” in February 2010 with that first rehearsal. The band became complete in April 2010 and the rest is history.

Bleeding Utopia has had a few changes in the line-up after Darkest Potency. How has this affected the band?

The changes has only been positive. We are stronger than ever right now with a solid line up where we all aim at the same goal and everyone work hard to get there.

I noticed you gut a new logo on this album, did that change happen due to a new line-up and wanted a new start or was it something else entirely?

Well the old logo was done in a little bit of “panic”. I wanted something very simple and handwritten (almost as it was carved) so me wife just wrote the name and asked “something like this” and I said “that is good, I’ll use that one” haha. Then in early 2016 when we had a new line up and a heavier sound we wanted a more old-school “heavier” logo, so Patrik and Chainsaw Design made the new logo and we loved. We needed a logo that fitted the music more than the first one, and as too show that we are updated with new line up as well….almost as a new start as you said.

You very recently released your third full-length album Where the Light Comes to Die. How long was this album in process?

Oohh…for a long time. The first song I (Andreas) wrote for the new album was “Crown Of Horns” in late 2015 so the process was long haha. Due to changing drummer and guitar player and touring it took longer than counted for. I wrote everything between late 2015 and mid/late 2016 and Adam recorded the drums in January/February 2017, then we toured February/March and guitars was recorded in April 2017 and then again in may (because I wasn’t 100% happy with some stuff so I change some bits and added harmonies and stuffs like that)…then bass and vocals in May/June 2017. And at the same time our lead guitarist had to leave the band so now we were looking for a lead player to do all the solos on the album, everything else was done. So we took the summer and tried out lead players…or well we ended up only trying out one because he is a great player and the chemistry was fantastic so he (Kristian) joined in late summer of 2017. Now he had to write solos for all the songs (except 1 song were Ryan Knight ex Arsis, ex Black Dahlia Murder play the solo). The solos was recorded in September/October 2017 and the mix and master wasn’t done until early summer 2018 so it was a long process but totally worth it.

Your albums has a lot to do with war and religion. Do you do any pre-studies on certain history or war when writing?

No not really. On the first album we had some research done because I wrote some lyrics about actual events but on “Darkest Potency” and “Where The Light Comes To Die” no actual events was added to the lyrics. On “Darkest Potency” I researched some serial killers but didn’t write of actual murders only about what is going on in their minds. I like not to have to much real events and years in the lyrics so that it becomes timeless and people can interpret them as they please. Maybe I am writing about some kind of destruction, it could be a battle but maybe some guy or girl read the lyric and in their minds it is about their own battle against something or just read the lyrics and understand them for what they are…a battle haha. You know what I mean haha.

Have their been any major influences for Bleeding Utopia? If so which?

A lot of the 90th death/black metal from Sweden. Bands like Naglfar, A Canorous Quintet, Dismember, Necrophobic, Dissection, At the Gates, Amon Amarth early In Flames and bands like that. David and I (Andreas) grew up with the bands and all the great releases on NO FASHION REC in the 90th. And of course bands like Cannibal Corpse, Deicide, Morbid Angel was a big influence when we grew up. Then the new wave from USA came in the early 2000 and a lot of bands poped up. I think that The Black Dahlia Murder is a fantastic band and you can hear the Swedish influences in their music so they inspired me back in 2003 and they still do. But I always come back to that 90th Swedish death/Black metal but I like it with a modern touch as we do it in BLEEDING UTOPIA.

This was the first album you released via Black Lion Records. How did this partnership come to fruition?

We know the guy behind Black Lion from before and when he presented us with a good deal we took it because we think he is doing a great job and he is a very hard working man.

Has Where the Light Comes to Die been as well received as you hoped?

The reception have been overwhelming. Great reviews and people seems to like it a lot and it feels fantastic. We have been working on this album some time and it feels great now when it is out and all the love it is getting. couldn’t be happier.

Are there any gamers in Bleeding Utopia? If so what’s your favorite game of all time?

Hmm…not so much computer games as COD or WOW or something like that, we are old-school haha. Nintendo 8-bit (NES) and Castelvania, Ghost & Goblins and all those old games are the favourites (for Andreas and David and Kristian at least haha)
And Sega Mega drive (Genesis) was a GREAT console also. Many great games.

What’s next for Bleeding Utopia?

Next is a few gigs around Sweden and looking for even more gigs around Sweden. A EU tour in October/November and some video shooting for new videos.

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Bloodphemy – In Cold Blood (Death Metal)

Oh sweet death metal how I’ve missed you. After a week away from metal reviewing I’m back to a genre I adore. Bloodphemy’s sophomore album In Cold Blood is here to get me right back into the fray and what hits me straight from the start are the really deep and freaking great vocals from Olivier van der Kruijf. Where has this guy been all my life!? I’ll be honest I wasn’t at all sold on the bands debut Bloodline in 2017 but wow what a difference it makes switch vocalist! Not only that the band overall has got their shit together and plays a heavier, meaner sound than on the debut (sometimes I even think they’re close to the brutality of Deranged). How’s that for an upgrade!?

Lets get one thing straight, it’s hard not to get your head banging for this release. You’ve been warned! The album length is just enough that together with the meaty buzzsaw riffs and Oliver’s sick vocal performance will get you hooked throughout the album. Old-school death metal fans will rejoice that Bloodphemy has taken a major step, no a leap, as a band. There is much to like here for fans of the meaner side of death metal with acts like Morbid Angel, Obituary, Sinister and Pestilence in mind. They still have some ways to go but the brutal and evil sound on display here is more than enough to keep this album in my repertoire for death metal this year. If you just want to check out one song then I have to advice on “Bloodline”, damn that is a song for the heavy gym sessions!

Written by J.B.

Label: Black Lion Records
For fans of: Morbid Angel and Sinister
Release date: April 12th, 2019
Favorite song: Bloodline
Score: 3.5/5 Very good

Hath – Of Rot and Ruin (Blackened Death Metal)

American blackened death metal band Hath is a new name to me and as I write this I’m currently just done listening to the EP Hive they had released before the full-length debut Of Rot and Ruin. Hive was a fine display of blackened death metal which they put out same year Hath was formed (2015). Meaning now I was very stoked to hear what Of Rot and Ruin would have in store for me as they now have a few years together, a solid foundation to build on and a great label behind them in Willowtip Records.

Of Rot and Ruin is very different from Hive in some aspects. There is a lot more emphasis on creating a atmosphere that essentially guides you towards rot and ruin. It’s quite beautiful and I respect Hath for going their own way like this, I can’t really say I’ve heard blackened death metal being this close to me naming it atmospheric death metal before. Hell even blackened progdeath would be cool label for it! Labeling aside I am quite sure you haven’t hear anything quite like this. Sure you can say it sounds like Opeth here or Sulphur Aeon there (even some Rivers of Nihil aspects at times) and you’re right in saying so but that would take so much away from Hath and the path they are carving. Of Rot and Ruin has definitely left me speechless at times, which doesn’t happen all that often. One side of me thinks this is unique, inspiring and superb death metal. Then one side things the album is too long, if I aint in the right mood it’s easy for me to ditch this album halfway through as it doesn’t captivate me. That’s where the only negative aspects lay, granted a big one, the album is long and the music is rather unique that definitely requires a listener that’s focused and willing to invest into the music, taking it all in. I do see this being a hit or miss for quite a few out there due to these reasons.

One thing is certain Of Rot and Ruin is miles ahead in songwriting than Hive, the years in the making have proved to be well invested. Also as The Metal Gamer I need to add, how cool is it to make an album based on Dark Souls!? That alone deserves a lot of praise. Hell we all know how hard that game is, you can almost say Hath is hard to get into for a few but those willing to accept it will come to love it. Of Rot and Ruin might not float your boat in terms of the style they go for but I am sure I will see this album being on many peoples end of the year lists.

Written by J.B.

Label: Willowtip Records
For fans of: Opeth and Sulphur Aeon
Release date: April 12th, 2019
Favorite song: Accursed
Score: 3.5/5 Very good

Nocturnal Hollow – A Whisper of a Horrendous Soul (Death Metal)

You ready for some old school death metal? Of course you are, there is always time for some death in your life! This Venezuelan trio makes no secret that they are playing death metal as if it was made in the early 90’s. Seeing as two of the members in Nocturnal Hollow are also in a resurrected Baphometh line-up (who hasn’t released anything yet though) it’s safe to say my expectations on Nocturnal Hollow was big. A Whisper of a Horrendous Soul is the bands fifth full-length since the formation in 2010. The line-up has stayed intact and it seems they are only growing with each release.

Boy oh boy does A Whisper of a Horrendous Soul give me a lot of good vibes from the prime swedeath scene, the 90’s. Fans of bands like Entombed, Entrails, Revel in Flesh, Feral and Interment are going to dig into this album like a kid in a candy store (or a metalhead in the rock album section). All the meaty hooks, groove and deadly growls are here to satisfy your need for the classic death metal music you, just like me, crave. 35 minutes is just about enough too as it does tend to kinda roll by with a barrage of tracks that, while checking in all the core boxes, in the end doesn’t stick out from one another. It does get a bit tiresome near the end to be fair so a few more tracks without much variation would have lowered the score for me but they managed to make a good choice to end it where they did here.

A Whisper of a Horrendous Soul does what a lot of death metal do today, offers nothing new but captivates what made the 90’s scene so bloody awesome and that’s totally fine. Us death metal fanatics will take it for a spin, enjoy it, reminisce the good old days then probably put on an Entombed album. A great slab of metal that will get your head banging, air guitar riffing and beer flowing. If you haven’t come to like swedeath by now then Nocturnal Hollow probably won’t win you over but sometimes all you need is a well written and produced piece of metal that will make you want to go grave digging!

Written by J.B.

Label: Redefining Darkness Records/Raw Skull Recordz
For fans of: Entrails and Entombed
Release date: March 29th, 2019
Favorite song: Trapped in a Coffin
Score: 3.5/5 Very good

Epicardiectomy – Grotesque Monument of Paraperversive Transfixion (Slam/Brutal Death Metal)

Three months after the release I find myself in Epicardiectomy territory with their third album Grotesque Monument of Paraperversive Transfixion. The title is as massive and hard to say fast three times as the album is brutal, exactly what can be expected by these crazy Czech’s. I’d honestly forgot about this release as I had it marked down but then it kinda went into the black hole due to a wave of promos in 2019. Reason I came to remember Epicardiectomy’s latest release is because I very recently booked a trip to Prague with my wife for our wedding anniversary (booked time to get a sweet Megaman tattoo there too) and I was like “oh shit I need to take this bad boy on a spin!”. So here we are, a bit late to the party but I am sure it will be a grand party anyways!

So what’s happened with Epicardiectomy since their last offering to the brutal slam world? In 2014 Putreseminal Morphodysplastic Virulency took the world by storm and kinda cemented Epicardiectomy into one of the most promising bands in the genre. However after that the trio lost their original vocalist Tom Vysoký, who was a very important piece of the slam puzzle. I for one thought it would be hard to replace him. The trio has since then been looking far and wide for the perfect replacement which eventually become a very young prospect in Andrew Benc. Not only that they have also become a four-piece act! Serge Gordeev has gone from doing both guitar and bass to being solely on guitar duty while they added another youngster Stan Pozharnitsky on bass. Going from a trio to a four-piece can be challenging enough but doing so while also looking for a new vocalist can be way harder. We will soon get to realize nothing can stop the slam tank that is Epicardiectomy though!

Ah how I’ve missed these crushing drums, that wicked snare and gnarly slam that Epicardiectomy is all about. Having the founding member Milan Moškon still on drums is the bread and butter of their sound, damn does this hit hard and can make you go ape shit on the drums alone. Stan Pozharnitsky does a superb job on bass, actually he makes it more than superb. I would go as far as saying this is the best Epicardiectomy has sounded on that department. Gordeev did it fine but you can tell it’s been given more space on Grotesque Monument of Paraperversive Transfixion to shine. So how has the replacement for vocals done on his first try? Well Andrew Benc definitely nails those gutturals like one could expect in the style Epicardiectomy does. On tracks like “Repugnant Hemicraniotomical Ingurgitation” and “Chamber of Excruciation” he even gets to showcase a bit more variation to his sewer gut-wrenching vocals. Sure I can argue that I did enjoy Vysoký’s deeper gutturals more but Benc is a whole different beast with other tricks ups his sleeve. I am sure with time I will come to embrace Benc’s style more and miss Vysoký less.

They played the safe card when creating this album as it sounds an awful lot like Putreseminal Morphodysplastic Virulency but at the same time who can blame them? They had so much going on behind the scenes this was the best option. If anything this is a good thing, I would say most slam fans have some love for Putreseminal Morphodysplastic Virulency (which was a major improvement from their debut) and this is more of that same filthy candy for you ears. You still have the insanely sick lyrics to come with it too. There is certainly a few things they’ve improved on, especially in the bass department. One major improvement to me, which I’ve always think has been a bit too much, is that there are less samples being played on this album, they let the music talk more. Big win here to me! While some areas have stayed the same and that’s all fine. Right now my biggest fear was that Epicardiectomy would take a few steps back but instead they took a few step forward, yet maybe a bit small and this ends up being their best work yet.

A small note is that they also have what I think is the most brutal album cover I’ve seen in a long time! Who says how the cover looks doesn’t count though? You need something sweet to wrap around the filthy maggot eating insides.

In conclusion there is no need to fear slam fans! The future is bright for Epicardiectomy once again, the young guns deliver and with the long lasting members Gordeev and Moškon to guide them I can only see the band grow from here. It’s quite astonishing such a revamped line-up can still produce one of the heaviest albums I’ve heard in a long time.

Written by J.B.

Label: New Standard Elite
For fans of: Cephalotripsy and Devourment
Release date: December 31st, 2018
Favorite song: Chamber of Excruciation
Score: 4/5 Incredible

Interview: Wretched Fate

After a great debut album the Swedish death metal band Wretched Fate has been on many death metal lovers minds. Questions like “how did the band start?”, “what’s influenced Wretched Fate when creating Fleshletting?”, “what’s brewing in Sweden to make a lot of new quality death metal bands emerge as of late?” and more needs to be answered! Turn in for The Metal Gamer’s biggest interview yet!

A lot of you guys share a past in Non Divine Sun. How did Wretched Fate start from that?

Adrian;
Non Divine Sun consisted of five rather stubborn wills, constantly pulling in different directions.

Mats did most of the writing together with drummer Leo Collett (Mass Murder Agenda) but was always held back by differing opinions, my lack of skills as a guitar player, etc. Non Divine Sun’s best songs are actually the ones we wrote after the release of the debut album, but since Leo moved to Stockholm we split up after some time and that left us at a musically anti-climactic point. Since I’d heard some of the other stuff Mats had written before and during the Non Divine Sun era, I knew he was an amazing composer as long as he was creating without any restrictions. In the summer of 2016 I had an obsession with the Swedish evolution of metal after reading some books on the subject. I told Mats I wanted him to write some death metal as an homage to the 80’s/90’s era of Swedish death metal. Besides using a Boss HM-2 and allowing me to do the vocals I told him he would have more or less free rein over the song. That’s how we wrote “Only Death to Abide” and from there things just kind of took off on their own, Mats would get inspired and keep writing songs and I’d make the trip up from Örebro to Dalarna to lay down some vocals.

Robin;
As Adrian mentioned, all of us where pulling in different directions, which caused disturbance within the band, and when Leo moved to Stockholm and joined Mass Murder Agenda, I don’t think anyone of us had any major motivation to continue with Non Divine Sun anymore. So naturally, we just dissolved. Shortly after that, I joined Incised where Samuel play the drums, and Adrian and Mats started to write the first songs of what would later become Wretched Fate.

I remember hanging out one night with Mats and Adrian at Mats’ place when they had just finished writing “Only Death to Abide” and were working on “Embedded in Flesh”. They played the songs for me for the first time and I got hooked immediately. They seemed really fun to play too, so Mats showed me some of the bass work, just for the fun of it. After that, I was completely sold, so as soon they would finish writing a song, I would show up at Mats’ place and learn the bass stuff. I think we started talking about the possibility to turn it into a full band around early 2017.

We just needed a drummer. And since I was also a member of Incised, I thought it would be a great idea to add Samuel to the Wretched Fate lineup. I suggested it to Mats and Adrian, they agreed and, in the summer of 2017, the four of us went to Gefle Metal Festival together. We had a couple of beers, talked about it with Samuel and he was on board straight away. After that, everything just fell into place and here we are!

Personally, I think your debut Fleshletting was a very strong one, one of the best releases early on in the year. How long was it in the making?

Adrian;
We wrote, recorded and produced “Fleshletting” during a two-year period between 2016 and 2018. Most of the album was recorded in the summer of 2017. Mats and I would grind at our day jobs and do some writing and record the album during the nights. I would get up rather early in the morning, get off from work at 6 or 7, immediately go to Mats’ place and record some vocals. We would stop at about 10 o’clock since the neighbors would complain otherwise, so we had a tight schedule. It was quite hectic, I would pass out on a thin mattress on the floor in the studio every other night while Mats was mixing and tweaking.

Speaking of Fleshletting the reception seems to have been going really well for it. Did it exceed your expectations or did you from the start think this album would be a sort of a sleeper hit within the death metal community?

Adrian;
It’s definitely been overwhelming thus far. We knew from the beginning that we’re in tough competition with a myriad of other bands, so the reception has been great! Our label has been doing an excellent job with promoting our debut, which we’re very thankful for.

You’re signed with Redefining Darkness Records, a label I think is on the rise. How did you get in touch with one another?

Adrian;
We were actually supposed to release via a Swedish label, but things didn’t really take off and we started reaching out to multiple labels. I started sending some emails, filling in contact forms and such, with a demo attached. The only problem was that I mistyped our email address and so any response would bounce. Thomas at Redefining Darkness Records figured he should get in touch with us via our Facebook and that’s where we’re at now!

Swedish death metal seems to be having a new era with a lot of new bands spawning, you being one of those. Why do you think there is a new wave coming at this time?

Adrian;
That’s a really great question! I personally think that a lot of metal has become very formulaic. There seems to be this collective idea of how a modern metal tone should sound, it’s really polished, and it feels like it’s lacking some of that aggression and rawness. I’d say overall that there are lots of mixes sounding overworked nowadays. On the other hand, I sometimes feel that the new “formula” is throwing in some HM-2 in there and then that’s it. But you really have to utilize the HM-2, and even though I like hard-hitting punk riffs and d-beats they become quite stale after a while.

Robin;
Due to our age, we didn’t get to experience the full bloom of the Swedish death metal scene in the late 80’s and 90’s, so this is as close to it as we get. I believe it’s a generation thing, really.

I mean, many of the “greats” of the Swedish death genre have split up or quit and I think it’s only natural for the next generation to pick up the torch in order to keep that flame alive, so to speak.

What bands has influenced you guys the most when creating Fleshletting?

Adrian;
The most obvious influence is Bloodbath, I’d say. Though I was completely mesmerized with Dismember in 2016 so that’s definitely had an effect on me. Considering the vocals, we worked hard with the articulation and so Mikael Åkerfeldt was of great inspiration. There’s definitely some Peter Tägtgren and George Fisher influences in there as well.

Mats;
Other than the ones Adrian mentioned I’d say Vomitory is a huge influence when it comes to the relentless energy. And whether or not I do it on purpose there’s always a touch of At the Gates in my riffs.

If you were stuck on a deserted island and could bring one album with you, which one would it be and why?

Adrian;
Slaughter of The Soul. It’s got more or less everything, from rage and aggression to melancholy and some real beauty to it. The lyrics are absolutely fantastic as well with some interesting themes. I think At The Gates really captured the atmosphere of Swedish winter on that record and it kind of feels like the soundtrack to our society as a whole. I guess it would remind me of home, for better or worse! REINKAΩS by Dissection is also a strong contender though. I think you’ve really come up with something great when you manage to conjure a version of death metal that’s just beautiful, awe-inspiring and that has you absolutely spellbound. God of Forbidden Light is a great example of this. The whole album really inspires you to delve into some mythology as well, which is always welcome in my book!

Mats;
It would have to be Get Lucky by Mark Knopfler. It’s one of my all-time favorite records and it’s been that for quite some time. The way Mark tells stories with his songs together with how he writes the music really speaks to me and I never seem to get tired of him. Great music for road trips!

Samuel;
Probably Blackwater Park by Opeth. It’s one of those records and band that changed and shaped my view of music and creativity. I was so blown away by all their songs in my early teens that I became a real prog/metal snob. If the song wasn’t 10 minutes long and contained growls and clean vocals it was not advanced enough!

Also, Martin Lopez, their former drummer, has been a huge inspiration for me since I heard him on Opeth’srecords.

Robin;
Ah man, that’s a tough one! I would have to agree with Adrian about Slaughter of The Soul. However, I think if it really comes down to choosing one, single album, I will have to say Dance of Death by Iron Maiden. Simply because it was the first metal album that I ever owned, so it has huge sentimental value to me. Plus, it’s a fantastic album! Either that or Nightmares Made Flesh by Bloodbath because that eerie, nasty sound just speaks to me. Everything on that album is so well made from top to bottom, and with Peter Tägtgren on vocals at that. There is just something about his strength, deepness and rage on that album that really gets me going – The lows, the highs and the hardcore screams; the whole thing is just great.

Will we see Wretched Fate going on a tour this year?

Adrian;
First of all, we’re ripping of a gig at Gamrocken Festival 2019. We’re hoping that a strong performance at Gamrocken will help in kickstarting bookings and tours now that the album is out and we can focus on other things than the promotion.

Robin;
We’ve been pretty busy with the release of the album and everything around it up until now, but as Adrian said, now that the album’s finally out, we are so ready to get out there, and play as many live shows as possible. With that being said, I don’t think we’ll be going on any tour this year, or at least not for the coming six months. But hey, who knows? We’ll see what happens. Keep your eyes peeled!

What’s next for Wretched Fate? I know Fleshletting just got released but are you already working on a new album?

Mats;
There are a couple of songs written. We can’t really say we have started working on an album yet, but songs are growing and riffs are always being written here.

Adrian;
So far, I’ve only just started with the “research” for upcoming lyrics. I get tons of ideas that all of a sudden pop into my head every now and then though, and I feel the lyrics will be a lot easier to write this time around. The creation of “Fleshletting” required somewhere about two years of our time so I would expect the same for the next record. If I were to guess I’d say we’ll write the next record parallel with live shows as well.

I need to know, do we got any metal gamers in Wretched Fate? If so what games are your favorites?

Adrian;
Definitely. I’m a sucker for DOOM, especially the 2016 revival! It pretty much sums up death metal as a genre and translates it into a game. I’m a big fan of YouTubers Accursed Farms and Ahoy as well, the latter which produces excellent documentaries on retro-gaming, such as the original DOOM for instance. Other than that, I think the Dark Souls franchise is fantastic. The gameplay is great (most of the time) and the scenery, atmosphere and soundtracks are very immersive. Who can resist the monstrous melancholy of the “Firelink Shrine”-themes? I also really enjoy horror games such as Amnesia, Dead Space and Outlast.

Mats;
I don’t consider myself a gamer anymore, but I used to be a big one. I grew up on Age of Empires 1 & 2 and the Grand Theft Auto franchise and in my late teens I got really into Half-Life 2. I have a lot of nostalgia for the Zelda games on N64 and GameCube and I really love those games. Like a lot of people, I have my fair share of hours put into Counter-Strike: GO but all that game stuff is not for me anymore. Now I just hoard old and new consoles and games and make other people play them I guess, ha-ha.

Samuel;
Just like Mats I’m not a gamer in its rightful meaning anymore.  I usually just “game and chill” when the evening comes. I’m a huge sucker for RPG so I’ve played a lot of The Witcher: Wild Hunt. Probably the best single player RPG I’ve ever played. Looking forward to Cyberpunk 2077!

Robin;
Yeah for sure. I play a little bit of everything. I used to play games like Counter Strike, PUBG and Overwatch, but lately I’ve been getting into a lot of the newer fighter games, like Tekken 7 and SoulCalibur 6. I’m really looking forward to Mortal Kombat 11 as well. However, my favorite games of all times are Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic (2003) and Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic 2: The Sith Lords (2004), both of which I got with my first Xbox, back in 2004. The story, the scenery, the graphics, the gameplay – It’s all amazing. They still hold up really well today, too. I’ve probably finished them around 20 times in total over the years and every time I play them, to this day, I still discover new things in the game.

Thanks for your time! That’s all the questions I had, any last words?

Thank you very much for having us! Make sure to check out our Facebook and Instagram and to get your hands on “Fleshletting” at Redefining Darkness Records! See you at Gamrocken Festival, May 31st, 2019!

Interview: Unfathomable Ruination

It’s been close to three years now since the modern brutal techdeath classic Finitude from Unfathomable Ruination saw the light of day. It was time to check in with vocalist and fellow gamer Ben Wright for a talk!

I want to start by asking some of your metal history. How did you get into metal and what made you start doing vocals? Any specific band/vocalist that got you into it?

I first saw a band on TV that looked pretty crazy, there was 8 dudes jumping around bashing shit with masks on so I checked them out, bought a CD and was hooked. It was the vocals that got me first, after that I just kept discovering heavier and heavier bands, I then found a CD in a store with some skulls on it and thought that looked pretty rad and it turned out to be hammer smashed face, that blew my fucking mind and since then I knew I wanted to be in a band, Chris Barnes and John Gallagher were my main inspiration to start vocals, I tried my best to emulate them as a kid.

You were a part of the band Fleshrot for many years until the split-up. I noticed a couple of the members, including you, are current or ex-members of Unfathomable Ruination. Was that how you got into the band?

Me and Dan go way back, he played in some local bands that played with Fleshrot at times and we got speaking through that, he ended up being our guitarist for a short while and we stayed in touch, he randomly sent me a message one day asking if I wanted to jam with UR and the rest is history! To this day he regrets sending me that text! Haha!

Unfathomable Ruination has risen very fast in the ranks of death metal with every release receiving amazing reviews. How has this affected you as a band?

I’m not sure it has, really? Were still a bunch of drunk retards who like making loud noises together! I’d say if it was to have any affect I guess it has made us more and more hungry each time to up the anti, keep on progressing and writing heavier, more technical, and powerful music.

Finitude is in my personal opinion one of the best brutal techdeath albums made in years, how will you top that on your next release. What can we expect from it?

Thanks man! I was really proud of all of us for that album, I’m not sure how we’re going to top it!? We have for sure set the bar high for ourselves! It’s been a really organic process writing for the new album, the material we are churning out is ridiculous! I’m pretty sure you guys are gonna dig it.

How far in development of the upcoming album are you? Can we hope for a 2019 release?

We recently announced the artist who is creating the cover art, Eliran Kantor. The album is in full swing, many cogs are turning! You’ll have to stay tuned for further updates but I can say we are expecting a 2019 release, yes.

You recently went on tour with Aborted, Cryptopsy and Ingested. How was it?

Insane. The shows were packed and it was great to tour the UK again as we hadn’t done that since the Malignancy tour a few years back, Ingested are old friends of ours so it’s always a pleasure hanging with those guys, it was amazing to watch Aborted, they really are a spectacle live, the stage show, the tightness, the props, it was awesome! The Cryptopsy guys were top blokes and great fun to party with.

Do you have any tours planned for 2019?

There a couple of ideas being thrown around at the moment, nothing set in stone currently. We are focussing most of our efforts on the album. We do have a few shows in and around Europe throughout the year, Brutal Assault & Kaltenbach etc.

As I know you like to hit the gym, what bands do you usually spin to get you doing that extra rep? Any special album even?

For me, anything with a good groove/rythm. I find that super techy or fast stuff kicks me out of sync! My last session I was spinning “Suffokate – return to despair” its got a perfect pace to it! And the new Whitechapel track, Brimstone gets me PUUUMPED!!

As a fellow gamer, what’s your favorite game of all time?

Wow that’s a ridiculously hard question!! I’d have to say if I was forced to choose, for its nostalgic value, and the fact it’s on my favourite console and my favourite movie series, Star Wars – Rogue Squadron on the N64. I’ll never forget the pure excitement as a kid flying an X wing around destroying tie fighters!!

Cheers for your time Ben! Any parting words?

No worries bro! Stay tuned for the new album, its going to be immense!! Add me up on Steam if ya wanna get owned on PUBG! Benrot138