Cranial Contamination Interview / Realityfade Records
Firstly, I hope you have all stayed safe through this unprecedented period. How was your lockdown experience, did you take time to reset or get creative, write, and throw yourself into your craft?
For us, the album had been written pre lockdown, so we did use the time to record. For Ellwood, the time was spent relaxing and resetting, whereas for Will, work continued throughout and was busier than ever, so didn’t have alot of time do focus on much else!
Were you directly impacted by Covid-19 – any tours or releases impacted by the pandemic?
We didn’t have much planned in terms of touring, we had a few shows that were cancelled / rescheduled but compared to a lot of bands we were probably in a better position. I think our upcoming release through RealityFade has taken a bit of a hit where people don’t have money / jobs and buying CD’s and T shirts are probably not the first thing on people minds!
How has the pandemic effected things like writing or rehearsing?
It hasn’t really affected anything, we only rehearse close to playing shows / tours as we’re scattered across the country making it difficult to meet up and rehearse anyway. And being that no gigs have happened, we’ve had no need to rehearse.
How do you see the music industry adapting coming out off the back of COVID-19?
I think it’s going to be difficult with loads of venues closing down, however, bands are still writing music, labels are still releasing albums so as long as we keep on doing that I think people will find a way to make gigs happen.
Do you think that the music industry has pulled together to support each other through this time?
Yeah definitely, loads of artists have been supporting each other through these tough times, sharing music etc… we’d like to shout out at this point to some of our RealityFade label mates who have just put out or are about to put out some amazing records, so big up to Visions of Disfigurement, Human Barbeque, Alter Idem and Purulence who just got signed, welcome to the family!
What artists influenced or inspired the members of the band to become involved in music.
Going way back to when we first got into metal, it would be bands like Megadeth, Metallica, Slayer.. bands that we still listen to now! However as you can probably tell by our music, our inspirations have somewhat changed over the years into more brutal music.
What has been the biggest challenge that the band have faced pre Covid-19?
Permanent members for sure, we’ve always struggled finding a drummer and bass player. For most of our gigs and touring, we’ve been lucky enough to have some friends from other bands step in to help us out, so we want to send a huge thanks out to those guys for helping out, without them most of the amazing shows we’ve done wouldn’t have been possible!
Would the band have done anything differently in the past?
I don’t think we would have done much differently, the only thing would probably be to take a bit less time to put out new music! We’ve struggled with long working hours and with just the two of us we’ve found it hard to find time to write and record.
When the band was formed, what was the vision and is it different to your current standing? If so, do you still aim for that vision and how will get try to get to that position?
The vision was just to write heavy music that we loved playing! That hasn’t changed and to be honest I don’t see it ever changing for as long as we’re a band. We write songs that we’d want to listen to and it’s awesome that there are lots of like-minded people out there who also enjoy our music.
What’s Happening Now: Tell us about what you are currently up to?
Currently, we’re just promoting our upcoming album on RealityFade records due out on Aug 30th. Once that’s dropped I imagine we’ll start work on a second album, we already have some concept ideas for it and while we’re not playing any shows it makes sense just to carry on writing. We’d love to get some tours in with our label mates but I don’t think anything like that will be happening until at least next year.
If you could give any advice to anyone who wanted to become involved in the Brutal Death Metal side of music, what would it be?
Get a drummer before writing any music hahaha. In our experience they’re impossible to find! Don’t take things too seriously, it’s all about having fun and meeting friends. Nearly everyone we’ve encountered in the scene has been awesome and no one takes things too seriously.
Where do you see the future of extreme music going?
We think it’ll definitely grow, new bands are popping up all over the place and it’s hard to keep up with all the new releases! RealityFade are also announcing new signings all the time and Dimitri definitely has a keen ear for the best new bands, so keep an eye on the page!
What are the plans for the future of the band and the bands members?
Write a new album, do as many tours as possible and try and make it to some countries we’ve not played yet. If any bands out there wanna take us out to the USA or Asia please let us know!