A new brutal death metal band recently emerged from Texas, USA as Embodiment of Suffering released their debut in December 2019. After I reviewed the album less than a week ago I was lucky enough to catch the founder of the band for a quick chat on the how the band got created and how they operate, among other things.
Hi Vile Kyle! First off thanks for doing this interview. Lets start with asking how everything is done in Embodiment of Suffering. According to metal archives you work as a one-man band but I’ve also read that Embodiment of Suffering is a duo with Rene Martinez. Do you play every instrument yourself, is some digital, do you use session musicians or is Embodiment of Suffering actually a duo featuring Vile Kyle and Rene Martinez?
When I started EoS it was originally a one-man band home studio project. I would write all the music and program the drums. I eventually debuted EoS at a house party with a good friend and drummer named Sterling Junkin (Narcotic Wasteland, Infuriate, Id). After that Rene Martinez and Meryl Fry joined and it became a solid live line-up. During this time we recorded the EP and played many many shows for well over a year straight. To make a long story short, I was an asshole to them and they left the band last year. I was partying pretty hard at the time and I regret how things happened, sometimes we fuck over the people closest to us, like family. Hopefully thing can be made right someday, its def been a learning experience and I’m gonna handle shit more professionally in the future. We’ve never really been a duo, but Rene was featured on some of the promo stuff since he did the drums on the EP. As of right now I’m writing and playing a couple shows solo style.
You recently released your debut album Revoking Salvation, how has the reception been for it so far?
Its been pretty good, I think lots of people in the States are just now getting copies, and distros will start to circulate it more. The Corpse Is My Domain single seemed well received online and Ungodly Ruins is def on top of their game. I know its not your typical BDM release, so I just hope people don’t think it sucks hahaha. I’m proud of this being our very first release though, and I’m def gonna push things in a more brutal direction.
You signed with the Russian label Ungodly Ruins Productions for this album, how did you two find each other?
I met them through Unopsis Records, who was originally going to release the EP. I’m not exactly sure what happened but Unopsis was unable to release
the album at the time so they passed it on to Vad and Ungodly Ruins. They’ve been amazing to work with and knocked it out of the park. All the merch looks awesome and the cd’s look killer.
Even with only six songs (one being an intro) Revoking Salvation touch a lot of different subject, such as religion, society issues and even a beer run. How did the progress go to write the album?
That’s a good question. I’ve always liked to touch on social issues like greed and poverty because those things anger me and it drives the music and passion. When I’m playing live or recording a song its my chance to get on the mic and say what I need to say. When I wrote the song Revoking Salvation it practically wrote itself, the lyrics just came pouring out and it matched all the riffs I had recorded. I actually started writing most of these songs right after my girlfriend was hospitalized and nearly died. We had no insurance and could have lost our house. It was a very stressful time but everything ended up ok, and it helped fuel the start of this band. Beer Run is actually a real story, some buddies of mine saw this guy get shot to death trying to steal a 12 pack of shitty Budweiser. As far as writing the album I had written most of it on my own as demos before there was a full line-up. Rene and I wrote Fuck Religious Freedom together and made small changes before we recorded the EP.
Embodiment of Suffering is already playing live and you had Meryl Fry on bass and Rene Martinez on drums to complete the lineup for some time. Was it an easy step for you to find the musicians you wanted to play live and who do you play with now?
Yea, I’ve been very lucky to be surrounded by extremely talented musicians and TXDM has some of the best. As far as a new lineup I’m about to begin working with a very sick drummer named Dennis Sanders (Unnecessary Surgery, Exulcerate, HOD) along with some other good friends out of San Antonio. At some point in the next couple months there should be some announcements and updates on the band page.
What would you say is the biggest influence for Embodiment of Suffering when writing music?
Suffering. It sounds cliche, but I usually feel most inspired to write when I’m pissed off, stressed out, or hear about fucked up real-world events. Not always though, it can depend. That’s what I love about playing death metal and metal in general. Its a reflection of the evil in society, but also an escape at the same time.
Texas seems to be filled with brutal death metal (and slam). Why do you think that is? Is it the heat?
Haha, it might be the heat. I think its a few factors. For one, its a huge state so there’s just tons of musicians spread out all over the place. I think another big factor is the musical influences in the south, things were always dark and heavy down here. Shit, Billy Gibbons still has a crushing guitar tone haha. There’s also the big Hispanic population down here, and they keep metal alive. Texas is just a melting pot of creativity and brutality! I don’t think it matters where you are though, brutal death metal is just part of the natural evolution of extreme metal music.
What’s next for Embodiment of Suffering? Are you already writing music for album number two?
Yes! I’m spending this next entire year working on the full length album as of now titled- The Immaculate Conception Of Sickness. I’m already recording demo versions of new songs including the title track along with a new intro. A few other titles will be- Inoculation of Unholy Blasphemy, Rotting Body In The River, Blinded By Your Dogma, and The Pedophile Priest. I want this album to be 10x sicker, tighter, and lean more towards the BDM style.
Alright I will end it with a quick one! What’s the greatest album of all time in your eyes?
I think everybody knows that’s a tie between – W.A.S.P. – The Last Command, Insidious Decrepancy – Extirpating Omniscient Certitude and S.P.M. – The Last Chair Violinist.
That was all, thanks! You got any shoutouts before we end this?
Yea, shout out to my girl Dee, all the homies and TXDM homies, Colonel Sanders, Joe Sandoval and Eviscerated, Nene & Meryl, Steveo, Bad Bois Santiago, my guitar hero Shawn Whitaker, Missy, Con, Brad, & Shaun of Defiled Crypt, them bois in Reviled, Demonseed, Necrosis, Putrid Womb, Flesh Hoarder, Cheesegrater Masturbation, Baptized by Fire, Uncleansed, Juan Pablo & Extremely Rotten, Suppuration, Limbsplitter, Grotesque Formation, Architectural Genocide, WOB, Zig & IOV, VBT, SIP, SPM, Black Jackal, Id, Infuriate, Teratism, Toluca, Alexis & Daggra, Ayasoltec, Gore & Orchiectomy, anyone else I’ve ever jammed with, and anyone I forgot. Shout out to Vad & Ungodly Ruins, Razor Hoof, Ritual Printing, Lady Death comics, my drug dealer, Al Pastor on Riverside, and shout out to Alaska Thunderfvck and Trixie Mattel. Thank’s for the interview and support bro! TXDM 666!