EMQ’s with INHUMAN CONDITION

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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)

‘Euphoriphobia’

‘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.
www.inhumancondition.bandcamp.com/
www.facebook.com/Inhumanconditionband
www.instagram.com/inhuman_condition_band/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/3unugXDIgyLGDkorSoRTfm
www.youtube.com/channel/UCBnJ1ERQ4iGqQ8Oz4bMYKLw

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.”

Inhuman Condition Promo Pic (Photo Credit - Deidra Kling)
Photo Credit – Deidra Kling

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Pandemmy – Subversive Need

Pandemmy – Subversive Need
Self-Released
Release Date: 06/03/2020
Running Time: 35:37
Review by Victor Augusto
9.5/10

Being part of what people call the Heavy Metal scene may seem like just being a member of a band or a reviewer in any magazine, as if they are all independent and not connected. No, we are all working in synchronism to make a huge machine (music) reach around the globe. The best part of this machine is the many incredible bands I have met so far. Not only that, but also all the friends that I made after one review. Here it was the same. My friend Raphael Olmos from Kamala introduced me to Pedro Valença (guitars) and I discovered one more good and professional band. Once again, the good music has connected people from different places and I was lucky to receive this incredible work to review, so let us start our journey about the Brazilian Death/Thrash Metal band Pandemmy.

The band has a good maturity after several releases over the last decade. On a first audition, you will be sure of good Death Metal played brutally, but after listening carefully; you will realize that their music contains more than just one genre. It is a perfect match of Death Metal and Thrash Metal. Maybe in its essence, Death Metal comes first, but the versatility and all the tempo changes throughout are amazing. Overall, we have a dark atmosphere, sometimes even a small Black or Doom influence, which is a good soundtrack of the albums subject. The lyrics are about human beings lack of morality that we all have to face in our daily lives. Pandemmy decided to be a bit more specific and stick the finger in the scars that are old problems in Brazil and other new issues that we are suffering in this country.

Straight away, the first song shows it. ‘Deforestation’ is perfect Death Metal with a strong and doomy cadence, showing the power of the guitar work on riffs with a dramatic atmosphere and the sound of a burning forest. It is inspired by an old problem of the Amazônia forest devastation in Brazil. We have been facing this problem for decades, but just this year it was brought to worldwide attention. ‘Webchaos’ is about the war of information that occurs on the internet, mainly when a nation suffers with distorted information by the news, sometimes just to create panic or to hide a more critical problem. ‘Neo Hate’ and ‘Xenophobia’ go the same way. Each track has an important message about and against all the chaos we live in.

Musically, there is a strong work on intense atmosphere. Pandemmy bring a sad vibe with the reality they mention, but they also bring a kind of hope with certain melodies. Melodies that come after all the destruction are uplifting and make you feel strong to stand up and fight. Brazilians will probably feel and understand better what the band exposes with small details, such as the short Maracatu percussion section (local music typical of the northeast, where the band live) at the end of ‘Xenophobia’. Why? Because people from the northeast suffer with a kind of Xenophobia inside Brazil. Moreover, this short percussion sounds like the last breath of hope for a people who have been struggling with poverty for so long, and who now despair after being forgotten by politics.

I love how Pandemmy mix many genres in their music. There is the amazing guitar work of Guilherme Silva and Pedro Valença. Good riffs and the solos are very catchy, not so exacerbated in speed or aggressiveness, but can hear a good balance of melody and heaviness. Marcelo Santa Fé has the hard job to follow them and his bass is not hidden. The drums of Vitor Alves are the soul of everything. What a killer and unrelenting work. He uses cadences that come from dancing percussion through to furious blast beats. In addition, the Thrash Metal beats are all incredible. You won’t get tired of this album mainly because of the creativity of different tempos used.

This album is not a conceptual album like a history divided into chapters, but it could easily be considered one. It sounds like a paradox to what I have just said, but if you stop to analyze the world we are living in today, you can see that it is pure chaos, but with hidden traps to slaughter you slowly. New and different traps that we’ve been facing for a long time. Considering the way that Pandemmy expose everything could be seen as chapters of this book of hate.

“Subversive Need” has many important chapters, with a killer soundtrack behind, to bring consciousness to all people who live in society. It is rich musically and lyrically and you don’t need to put the chapters in a correct or particular order. If you hear any song, no matter the sequence, you will feel what Pandemmy is showing you through their music. Is it a complex album? Absolutely! However, it is also very easy to digest and to enjoy. Amazing work!

TRACKLISTING:
01. Deforestation
02. Neohate
03. Free Mumia (A Panther In The Cage)
04. Webchaos
05. Xenophobia
06. I Choose My Blood
07. Terror Paranoia
08. The Illusion of Suffering
09. Charlottesville

LINE-UP:
Guilherme Silva – Vocals/Guitars
Pedro Valença – Guitars
Marcelo Santa Fé – Bass
Vitor Alves – Drums

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