EMQ’s with INHUMAN CONDITION
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Florida, US based, new Death/Thrash Metal band featuring former Massacre members Terry Butler (Obituary, Death, Six Feet Under) on bass, Jeramie Kling (Venom Inc, The Absence, Goregäng) on drums and vocals, and Taylor Nordberg (The Absence, Goregäng) on guitar. Huge thanks to Taylor, for taking part.
What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?
Hello! Taylor Nordberg here, and I play guitar for Inhuman Condition. Jeramie and I were playing in Massacre in 2019/2020 and wrote the new album for the band, but eventually we had to leave the band/situation and wanted to keep the music alive. Terry seemed to love the music and was interested in being in a band with us, so it was a no-brainer!
How did you come up with your band name?
Well obviously “Inhuman Condition” is the name of the 1992 Massacre EP, but it’s just such a great name too! It’s perfectly fitting for the modern world too, given that the human race has completely lost the plot.
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
I’m from a small college town in central Pennsylvania called State College. There is a huge music scene there but unfortunately, it’s mostly cover/bar bands. There are a massive amount of musicians and creative people there but unfortunately not a great audience to build yourself as an individual. I was stuck in the cover band thing when I was younger, but managed to escape!
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
Our album “Rat God” is our first release, and it will be out on June 4th. Our singles ‘Tyrantula’, released on April 23rd, ‘Euphoriphobia’ on May 8th and ‘Killing Pace’ on May 18th, all come with an accompanying music video.
‘Killing Pace’ (Official Video)
‘Tyrantula’ (Official Video)
Who have been your greatest influences?
Well for this album, I think the influences are pretty obvious: Massacre, Death, Celtic Frost, with a splash of NYHC, and some Metallica of course.
What first got you into music?
Probably Michael Jackson and The Beatles when I was a young child, but I didn’t get REALLY into music until I heard the early Aerosmith albums and Queen, Rush, Alice Cooper, etc.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician, who would it be?
Paul McCartney! He’s one of the greatest song-writers of all time, and I think it would be awesome to write with a Beatle!
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Wacken was always a festival I wanted to go to when I was a kid. There are “bigger” festivals but Wacken is so legendary. I actually ordered a ticket for the festival when I was 18 but the tickets got lost in the mail and I ended up not being able to go. So, it would be nice to go there finally but on stage instead!
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
An unwanted, drunken, sweaty hug.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Support the bands you love!
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Frank Zappa. I think the world could benefit from having a guy like that around these days. Intelligent, totally “crazy”, monstrously talented, not afraid to say what he feels. Also, who wouldn’t want another few hundred Zappa albums?!
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
The music part! Haha. I love writing. I think it’s like mad scientist stuff when you’re deep into it. I love recording, I love mixing and mastering. I absolutely love touring and playing shows. There’s an exciting uncertainty about touring that is highly addictive. Traveling and seeing the world is pretty priceless too. What do I hate? Taking band photos…I hate pretending to “look tough”, or look “metal” haha.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Megadeth’s “Rust In Peace”! What a ripper! The riffing and rhythms are just unreal on that album, and there’s so much melody while being brutal at the same time. I hear new things every time I listen to it.
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
Music is best! I’m a collector of CD’s and vinyl, so I prefer those formats, but there are times when digital is best, too. I don’t digitally buy music, I still buy physical music, but I honestly just think it’s important for the fans to hear it, one way or another.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
I’ve played a lot of really cool gigs, but one that stands out as being special is when I played bass with Soilwork at the Bataclan in Paris. This was about a year and a half after the shooting that took place there and it was a pretty emotional, but insanely energetic show! There was a person in the crowd wearing a unicorn head…
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Recording/mixing/mastering music. And if I wouldn’t do anything music-related, I would probably just adopt a million dogs and just hang out with them all day.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Lars Ulrich, Paul McCartney, Steven Tyler, Rob Halford, Jerry Cantrell
What’s next for the band?
We already have lots of music done for the next album/EP, so I suppose we’ll start working on that! It looks like there won’t be many shows for the rest of the year so I imagine we’ll be busy in the studio, and planning for next year.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
You can find us on Bandcamp, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.
Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?
It’s a biscake.
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Thank you everyone who has shown us support so far! Stay tuned!
“Let the music do the talking.”
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