CHAOS INCEPTION Interview (USA)


Answer Matt Barnes

Death metal group Chaos Inception was formed in 2008 by former Fleshtized members Gary White and Matt Barnes. Soon after Cam Pinkerton was added as bass player before the group finally found its singer in Chris White. Cam later left and then rejoined the band in time for their second record and the band set out on its goal of creating and executing death metal of the highest calibre, free of any lame trends. The band worked hard for most of 2011 preparing and recording songs for their next album which has resulted in the release of The Abrogation. On The Abrogation, Chaos Inception continue to etch out their own identifiable brand of death metal, pushing it even further into the realm of extremity while remaining rooted in the traditional conception of the genre. The Abrogation was produced and mixed by Lance Wright at Stargate Studios in Huntsville, Alabama during the Fall and Winter of 2011. The album is ready to make its world debut, but as a special sneak peek to fans in this world premiere, here's the song "Pazuzu Eternal." The band offered some commentary on the song's lyrics: "'Pazuzu Eternal' is a premonition of the coming thousand year reign of Pazuzu. The demon Pazuzu is unmerciful and will tolerate no sycophants or followers at his side. There is no entreaty or praise to the demon that would render him to your will. The demon demands obedience and subjugates in the most vile and humiliating manner. The battle of good versus evil began in the blur of a sandstorm atop an ancient ruin. The end is enslavement and annihilation, without end."

Hi there guys, thanks for showing interest in answering this interview. How are you? Anything important to start with?

This is Matt from Chaos Inception. I’ll start by saying thank Herry for this opportunity!

We appreciate you taking time out of your busy schedule promoting your new album "The Abrogation" and rehearsing for your tour to take some time out to answer some questions for your fans. So please give us a brief Little history and genesis of the band CHAOS INCEPTION.
The band boils down to Gary White and I doing what we’ve always wanted to do, but never having had a good line-up with the proper goal. Every band before had seen too much clashing of personalities and musical direction. A band can’t function as a total democracy in regards to the direction. So Gary and I argue over the direction, so that we don’t have everyone in the band arguing and trying to pull it in different directions.

I wonder how's the interest from the underground Metal media so far? How did the reviews turn out? How many interviews have you answered and how's the response for "The Abrogation" from the media and the fans up to now? How long did you orgasm last when the new album was released?
The reviews have been good overall. We just received a 4 out of 5 mark in Terrorizer, in fact. I’d say we’ve done about 10 interviews, mostly to smaller webzines. With this album, for the first time it is an album that I’ve completed that I can still listen to with pride. Most everything else I’ve done I thought it was great at the time and then I am embarrassed by it. But after the final spasm of orgasm, the worst part of releasing an album is the blank piece of paper you’ll stare at when starting the next album.

Now tell us about the inspiration for the epic story behind "The Abrogation". The story is epic and I mentioned several influences in my review. Which bands have more inspired you?

The basic songwriting aspect is mostly influenced by Immortal, Angel Corpse, Morbid Angel, Krisiun – bands with lots of blast beats and good riffs. I think another aspect of our style is we try to take things to a ridiculous extreme. Compare a band like Immortal to Benediction, and you’ll see what I mean. Immortal is completely over the top, or they were around Battles in the North. Benediction is meat and potatoes, no frills. That’s not what we’re going for. We’ll take a song or a riff and keep adding to it until it explodes. Only then does it become a Chaos Inception song.

An excellent album that should be heard. If you really consider yourself a metalhead, give this band a try. and how the process of making this new material? whether all members are involved in every writing music?
Most of the music was written by me. Cam wrote one song for this album, but he could probably write more in the future. I come in with the riffs first and see what Gary likes out of my riffs. Then I use those riffs and make songs. From there we work on the song’s arrangement and possibly add or subtract a riff. For the harmonies, unless I have something in mind for the bass, I come up with those whenever I’m writing my solos.

The musical approach is certainly ever-changing and pleasingly different. However, I hope you don't mind me saying, your Riffing approach on the album is very Fast & unique. aren't always exactly what you'd expect. What was the motivation behind approaching the Riffing in such an unusual manner?
It’s just the sum of our influences plus having a bunch of assholes in the band who will not let a crappy riff go by without making fun of it constantly. Gary named one riff I wrote the “S.R.E.” – Shittiest Riff Ever. I could take no more abuse so it was deleted from a song, but I still thought it was ok. It’s that kind of tough love that polishes the songs. But as far as the riffing style, I believe a riff is like a story, and it has to resolve perfectly. So it usually takes a long time to get back to the resolution when the beginning is pure chaos. Typically there are a lot more chords and notes in the riffs as opposed to other bands riffs. I am not a fan of many technical bands, but I like notey riffs. I don’t think our riffs are technical and they aren’t supposed to be. I don’t like too many odd time signatures, or stops and starts. Compared to Angel Corpse or Krisiun though – bands we get compared to a lot – our riffs have about five times as many chords in them, and less repetition - whether that’s good or bad, I leave up to the listener.

Matt Barnes is AmazzziiiingggGuitarist !!!, I was very surprised with his Guitarist Skill extraordinary. what Is the strong influence of some bands Matt Barnes like as Monstrosity, LisiyaGori, Quinta Essentia, Temple of Blood, and Fleshtized, or The characters are still carried in a guitar riff, or Matt here over trying to find something about "Himself"?
Thanks! I think one thing that separates me – and on this album especially, but probably more so in the future – I don’t care about playing something difficult at all times, as I used to. I have become much more attuned to sounds. I will lie down in front of an amp and forget about my fingers and just make sounds, sometimes. It helps get to the heart of the matter – does this sound like I want it too, or is it that my fingers like to move in this pattern? That’s where the effects come in too. Sometimes you need a certain sound and the effect almost makes it so that you don’t have to play anything, yet it fits perfectly as a solo. My biggest influences as far as soloing are Uli Roth, Vinnie Moore, and Joe Satriani. It’s too bad that some death metal freaks find those guys too wimpy to listen and learn from them. And yet they always name drop Holdsworth? That’s muzak – I can’t stand it, but no shit, he’s a great guitarist. If you don’t have the songs, who cares? Anyways, vibrato is one thing that most death metal guitarists suck at. They can play bad ass licks and sweeps and when they land on one note it sounds like they’re strangling a cat. Maybe play and practice to some Michael Schenker. Most every decent guitarist in death metal history is probably influenced by one or more of those, but won’t admit it. I know the history of metal music, and that has helped immensely in finding my own voice. One of my problems is that when I practice, I mostly play neo-Classical style sounding exercises. So when I improvise as I’m writing solos it’s all neo-Classical, then I have to work hard to make each solo different, and not overly ‘powdered wig’ metal sounding, like Yngwie.

Also Gary White is Amazing Fastest Drummer ! I was shocked once with a sharp blow hypersnare drum, what Is CHAOS INCEPTION was satisfied with himself characters drumming Gary White?
Gary White in person is just like he sounds on the album or looks like in pictures – a mean, bad-ass, drumming machine. He leaves me in the dust every time – even if we are just messing around playing Maiden or Megadeth covers. He plays everything faster, but unlike many other drummers, he keeps it tight. His practice routine is insane. He needs to come out with a drum instructional video. I’ve used his practice techniques for guitar and they work wonders. Everything is isolated, timed, planned, and all weaknesses are attacked and overcome. He’s the best drummer I’ve ever played with, and without him, there’d be no Chaos Inception.

How much guitar overdubbing and harmonization do you do in the studio? Is layering a necessity for the CHAOS INCEPTION formula to work properly?

Well, it depends on the parts. We try to keep it to a minimum because I’m the only guitarist, but sometimes I have something in mind that I must use two guitars to accomplish. Also, sometimes a riff will be less liked by us at a later point after the song is written, so a harmony is added to make it sound better. Sometimes harmonization and adding dissonance is merely masking a bad riff or polishing a turd. I think layering is necessary, but I don’t think I’d ever want to add another guitarist to the band. It would have to be a perfect fit, and I don’t believe that person is out there.

To you, what distinguishes this release with the material you before? what if this is for you a blast form the mature concept from 1st " Collision with Oblivion " ?
I mentioned earlier that I didn’t care about whether or not listeners thought what we were doing was difficult or challenging. I think we were trying harder to earn respect on the first album, and now we just do what we do. That attitude may come from no one hearing the first album, so what difference did it make? We are resigned to our current status, and we have few commercial expectations with our music. We would like to be able to break even monetarily, but we never have before, so we will do whatever we like and still get by.

I'm Very Surprise with Sound Production for this album, what Is this already a Trademark for CHAOS INCEPTION established itself from the beginning? and how CHAOS INCEPTION still able to maintain all of this until now?
We cut as many corners as possible in getting a good sound as cheaply as possible. We don’t have much of a budget because all our members are broke, and the labels are broke too. We have to have our songs tight before going in the studio because we cannot waste time. I’m mostly concerned with my guitar tone, and I spare no expense to get the best tone possible. It cost us about $2000 to record the album, if you don’t count my buying a home computer and recording set-up. Anyone should be able to get similar results with a similar budget, if they work with someone who knows what they’re doing, like Lance Wright.

What result All member Satistify with Hardwork Studio from Lance Wright in Stargate Studios, Huntsville, AL for this material ??
Lance is a great engineer and a cool dude as well. He knows his death metal. We sometimes disagree over the best tone, but after a friendly discussion, he usually helps finding the best way to get the sound we are trying to achieve. I would like to see Lance get some more business based off our work with him. Any bands interested in recording with Lance, just hit him up.

You happy with the job Lavadome Productions doing as far as promoting the band?
I think sales are up by 2000% for this album – I haven’t calculated it really but it is a lot more. There is a lot more interest in the band. I have done interviews – before we had none. Our album is reviewed in legit zines – before there were none. Lavadome is the best.

CHAOS INCEPTION is dedicated to the destruction and recreation of the current death metal paradigm, and a return the true spirit of the Ancient Gods brought to light by the vision quests of its progenitors. Please tell something about the lyrics and what they deal with? CHAOS INCEPTION Wrote the lyrics to the concept of life and a philosophy of deep meaning, so it will take a pleasure for the listener to be able to digest their meaning. exactly what you wrote all the lyrics on this matter?

I think there are parts of our lyrics that have deep meaning but other parts do not, because I don’t want to be a one of those guys – someone who babbles on like a blithering idiot about “the nine angles of the 6th gate of the oracle of Himwawa”, or a emo-esque band that sings about pedestrian feelings. I have different things that I want to accomplish with each song, each line, and each riff. I can’t boil it all down to one thing. The lyrics are necessarily fragmentary and disjointed to match the musical chaos. It’s like a dream – you can’t pin down one interpretation or meaning. I know the meaning of my own lyrics for me, but they are written to mean something else for a listener. I could only go line by line and tell you what each line meant to me and what it’s purpose was, but that discussion will be had over a case of beer one day perhaps.

Your music sounds really matured, well-structured Technical Riffing and fast Blaster as damned. Did you and the other band members play in other bands before and how do you see your band considering the musical skills?
We’ve all been in bands forever – since high school. There have been times when we thought we were about to have success, like during the death metal explosion in the 90s, and Fleshtized and Spinecast were having huge shows in Alabama. I was in a band called Temple of Blood that was a part of the thrash resurgence, I guess, and we had a pretty successful run too. Chris White was in Blood Stained Dusk, who did a US tour with Horna and has several albums out. But, nobody’s ever heard of our other bands, so they see Chaos Inception as the new kids, hot shots. Well, we’ve been around, and we have some experience, but we don’t claim to be the best musicians on earth. Nobody really cares about that anyways. We try and write good songs and unlike the current trend, we don’t exclusively play diminished arpeggios and call them riffs. Speaking of trends, and I guess this is important because as a rule we are against any kind of musical trend, I despise the number of handlebar moustaches I see these days in these retro doom/death bands. Also, don’t get me started on the self-proclaimed geniuses on the scene, you know who they are. Some of these bands don’t have real fans, they are just propped up by critics and advertising. I guess with me you can talk religion or politics, maybe, but just don’t get me going about what’s popular and passes for ‘metal’ sometimes.

Talking about Death Metal dynamic releases. Tell me some of your current fave-releases and some of your all-time classics. Please explain what makes the releases special to you.
The first 3 Morbid Angel albums are obvious. I likedNocturnus’s The Key a lot. Asphyx was a big influence growing up, and I love Martin Van Drunen’s vocals. I liked Death up to Spiritual Healing. The first couple Deicide albums had a big influence. Battles in the North, I mentioned. Cannibal Corpse’s Butchered at Birth is as heavy as it gets. Possessed The Eyes of Horror is my favorite, much more than Seven Churches. The solos are crazier and the production is clearer - Satriani deserves some credit on both counts here. Suffocation is a great band. Krisiun Apocalyptic Revelations is one of my all-time favorites. It is so intense, it makes me want to commit evil deeds, or smash my face through a brick wall. I would like to be listening to that album when the Armageddon arrives.I like a lot of basement sounding black metal too – I’m listening to Beherit Radio right now and this Demoncy track playing is on hit. Von’s Satanic Blood is one of the best as well. There is none more evil and obscure. I like BlutAus Nord, Leviathan, Sarcofago, and all the classics from Mercyful Fate to Thin Lizzy. And anything that Vinnie Moore, Michael Schenker, Tony Iommi, Uli Roth, Robin Trower, or Joe Satriani play on. There are too many others to mention.

Overall, it's time to come to an end now. Hope you enjoyed this interview? Thanks for answering my questions and the time you spend on them. I hope I didn't forget anything? If there's something left to say at the end feel free to use this opportunity now. The last words are yours!
I’ll leave you with a little verse that I wrote on the walls of our practice room: “Each riff is unpredictable, but if the blast is tight, I hope you’ll have the time of your life.” In addition, since the world continues to exist after the release of the Abrogation, Chaos Inception are planning a new spell which will surely bring about the true end of all.

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