OMNIHILITY Interview (Eugene, Oregon, USA)


Omnihility was formed in 2009 by Dan Rabago (guitars) with the intent to create music of extreme technicality and brutality. The band recorded a self-titled EP, a full length album entitled, "Abscess Of Oblivion", as well as two singles, "Biogenesis", and, "Unsummoned". These recordings were never released due to members disbanding and being replaced. In 2011, John Kurzejeski (Vocals), and Armen Koroghlian (drums), joined the band. It was then that Omnihility began to write the material for their debut album entitled "Biogenesis"The band as well singed a one album contract with both the labels Sevared Records, and Butchered Records. "Biogenesis" was finished in the summer of 2012 and released on both labels in the fall of that same year. After signing a deal with Unique Leader records in the winter of 2013 Steve Crum stepped in to fill the drumming position and the writing for their first release on Unique Leader Records began entitled “Deathscapes Of The Subconscious” And it is set to be released summer of 2014. Omnihility is a modern technical death metal band, influenced heavily by the early 90's death metal scene. They forge on to create their own unique and brutal style. Omnihility is currently writing the material for their third album entitled " Dominion Of Misery" for Unique Leader Records as well as playing shows as much as possible and gearing up to tour the world.

Interview Answered By Dan Rabago (Guitars)

Hello! No waste of good suffering is wanted, give us a penetrating introduction to OMNIHILITY and don't hesitate to stuff it hard! It seems the musicians of OMNIHILITY play or used to play in various other outfits before... Is the band supposed to be a new and totally fresh entity, or rather the continuation of another one that existed before?
Dan Rabago : Omnihility formed in 2009 from the disbanding of Submortal and Soulscythe. Both Robbie Lagumina and I decided to push ourselves alittle further in terms of speed and brutality- thus Omnihility was born. Robbie moved away after a few years, as well as our singer Ben Bishop left, and our friend Chris Merrell stepped in on drums shortly to record "Biogenesis" and "Unsummoned" with us. After Chris Armen Koroghlian stepped in on drums and recorded our first full length on Sevared/Butchered Records titled "Biogenesis" Shortly after that Armen moved away and Steve Crum joined as our permanent drummer and has recorded "Deathscapes of the subconscious" and "Dominion of Misery" After recording the vocals on "Dominion" John Kurzejeski left and we were lucky to find Adam Toepfer to fill the vocal spot.

The readers who aren't familiar with OMNIHILITY, what should they know about the band before their reading keeps on going? A Short biography isn't necessary, but a few good and strong ideas could be interesting ...
Dan Rabago : Omnihility is a technical brutal death metal band from Eugene, Oregon. We strive to compose the best music we can and push ourselves and the genre as far as possible. Our themes are based around anti-religion, chaos, other dimensional beings, internal strife, and basic underlying truths within hypocrisy.

Tell us more about the reasons of choosing the OMNIHILITY moniker. What is especially interesting in the "concept" or behavior of this disease causing element for it shall represent a Technical/Brutal Death Metal band?
Dan Rabago : The name Omnihility came together back when Robbie Lagumina and I brainstormed what we would like the content of the band to be about- nihility, and negating lies. Robbie came up the "Om" part meaning= all. And I put them both together and the non word "Omnihility" had a good sound to it. Basically it means a combination of all and nihility- with reference to mankind and nothingness, as well as the cosmos.

What inspires you/the band now a days? What is your inspiration to create music, what is your drive?
Dan Rabago : Inspiration for the songs for the band come from many sources: dreams/nightmares, conceptual ideas, or things that have happened or what we deal with in daily life. It is a great destressor for all of us and I feel personally compelled to write songs and riffs- it is most of what I think about and what I live for.

Congratulation for New Album … Pure madness with perfect, Unearthly production and There are a lot of little pieces of technicality scattered throughout the album. Now tell us about the concept and story behind this masterpiece. The Cool story behind new " Dominion of Misery ". The story is cool and Imentioned several influences in my review. still about theme of Chaos, Society and Technology ? Let's talk about " Dominion of Misery ".
Dan Rabago : Dominion of misery we feel is a more melodic album and alittle more clear in terms of musical statement. The songs are shorter and more to the point- while still adding all the elements necessary to feel "complete" Conceptually it definitely leans more towards mental illness and internal strife. "Psychotic Annihilation" is about when a person loses their mind and just goes absolutely violently frenzied. "Immaculate Deception" is about unveiling untruths and conspiracy. "Dementia Praecox" is an old term for general mental illness that was once used and based around insanity. "Dead Eden" was inspired by a documentary on netflix about a massacre that happened in Africa that was quite similar to the infamous "Jonestown massacre" "Reflections in Blood" is inspired by the serial killer "Dexter" as I was noodling and watching that series. "Parasitic Existence" is a song from personal experiences about how psychic vampires will latch on to anyone with energy and attempt to drain a person of their lifeforce, and is big "Fuck YOU!" to them. "Necrotic, Consumption, Obsession" is about a zombie eating oneself and trapped in a primal state of violent consumption.

This is the second album with Unique Leader Records, are OMNIHILITY very satisfied with the results of the hardwork from label for the band?
Dan Rabago : Yes this is our second album released under Unique Leader Records. We are very glad to be a part of the UL family of amazing musicians and have the opportunity to work with Erik as well as record with Zach Ohren at Castle Ulimate Productions.

"Dominion of Misery" is the first appearance for Vocalist Adam Toepfer, whether OMNIHILITY satisfied with his work? how John Kurzejeski?
Dan Rabago : Adam joined the band right before the release of "Dominion" John recorded all the vocals on the album and decided to leave shortly after we finished recording.

Your music is quite seriously Technical and Dynamic ... Don't tell me "it's just how we feel", it should be directed towards someone or something... So what's the reason for so much of Technical and obscure feelings influenced heavily by the early 90's death metal scene?
Dan Rabago : Every element of our lives plays a part into what Omnihility becomes. All the stress, work, fatigue, injustices that we all deal with every day get channeled into the creation process. Be it a concept, idea, or a feeling- it gets brought to the band and exorcised. And also it is just great to be able to play with great musicians and have fun doing what we do. Everybody in the band is a great person and we all get along very well and are quite mellow. We all love metal and we all love the creative process and each individual bringing his talents to the fore. When I first got into deathmetal in 1990 everything was so unique and intense and powerful- there was a sense of brutality about this genre of music that was both cathartic and wonderful at the same time. Its that excitement- if it can be captured- that we hope to bring to the metal world in our own way even though there are thousands more amazing bands out today than there was in the early 90's. This new legion of bands are directly influenced by what was happening in the 90's- its that energy, intensity, and excitement that will hopefully have a resurgence.

I wonder how's the interest from the underground Metal media before release? Now you should begin to receive reviews... Are feedbacks nicely putrid and juicy? What were the weirdest things you read about " Dominion of Misery " ?
Dan Rabago : We are pretty happy with the reception "Dominion of misery" has had so far and the reviews it has been receiving. We stand behind this album being the best thing we have produced thus far. We are excited that others enjoy it and that word of the band is spreading further. Positive criticism is always good. I believe the only weird comments we have received about the album is that the production is too sterile and artifical. In the recording process we strive for clarity, punch, and definition and Zach Ohren definitely knows the tones we are after, so we are very happy with the productions on our last two albums recording with him, and we will continue recording with him and strive for even better tones on our next albums.

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?
Dan Rabago : Every member has input into every song. Basically I either conceptualize a song or am inspired to write riffs and piece a song together. I bring the riffs to Steve and we then work out/ fine tune, or change depending on what the two of us would think sound best. Isamu offers input in the creating process but for his bass playing he really considers the sonics of the sub frequencies along with the velocity, the "glue" that locks all the frequencies in. Usually the vocals happen last to the almost finished song, and input towards shortening or extending parts for the vocals comes into play. Everybody has their own part and is excited to to it- the more minds upon a song- the better.

What is the special thing with OMNIHILITY Sophisticated Technical Stuff ? How much material overdubbing and harmonization do you do in the studio? Is layering a necessity for the OMNIHILITY formula to work properly?
Dan Rabago : Before we enter the studio we try to be as well practiced as possible. We want to feel ready because everything we play will then go under the microscope. We have 1 week to record/ complete/ and mix the album. So there is no time except to come prepared to play the best as we all can and hope that we do not make too many mistakes in the process. Drums usually takes up to 3 days, I usually record all rhythm guitars in 1 day, bass is recorded in 1 day and usually guitar solos in that day as well, then vocals take one day, and the last day for mixing/ final touches. No one can play perfect every time so that is part of the learning experience recording. We go in expecting to play our best and hoping we dont take up too much time when we all make mistakes.

I'm Very Surprise with Amazing Sound Production for this album, what Is this already a Trademark for OMNIHILITY established itself from the beginning? and how OMNIHILITY still able to maintain all of this until now? How with compare than before material?
Dan Rabago : Our last 2 albums were recorded with Zach Ohren/ Castle Ultimate Productions at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, California. We are very happy the recordings on both Deathscapes.. as well as Misery.. It was an eye opening experience compared to when I was a amateur recording engineer and recorded Biogenesis myself- I am quite proud of that album but sound quality wise and what I have learned recording with Zach- I would prefer to leave the recordings to professional engineers and pro studios.

What is the main reason you are currently using the keyboard for this album? whether Nick Superchi gave what has become OMNIHILITY desire?
Dan Rabago : The joining of forces with Nick Superchi came about by his correspondence with John and it was Johns idea to see what could happen if we worked together. Nick is an amazing musician and has played in alot of great bands in the Washington/ Portland area. I have had a classical piece in mind for using on Dominion for some time and we thought to send it to Nick to see what he might do with it. So Isamu and I recorded the classical guitar at his studio and we sent it off to Nick and when we heard it we were blown away and kept it and titled it "Within Shadows" Nick also composed some other pieces that were amazing- the first track "Morte Aeterna" with its definitive horror movie sound to it. We are very happy that we could collaborate with Nick and hope to again in the future.

And in Arranging songs, whether OMNIHILITY pressing to play more Endless Complicated than Complex?
Dan Rabago : The composition to the songs never starts with "Complex" or "Technical" its mostly a groove or a riff that starts it then we just elaborate and harmonize and change frequency, velocity, and time signature. Most of the riffing comes from just having fun playing the guitar and not really trying to hard or anything- but finding the good balance between melodic, brutal, and intense. I think in terms of classical music similarly in how the sound of the metal hits your ears, striving for that clarity, speed, and brutality while still being legible and have the listener get whats happening before the riff concludes.

Where do you think or where do you want OMNIHILITY to be 10 years from now?
Dan Rabago : I hope 10 years from now Omnihility will still be raging strong and that we will have recorded many more albums we can be proud of and delving into every facet of humanity or concept that inspires us. We hope the fans will be with us and to see you all on tour in the future!

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. You can add what you wish, I let you conclude all last word this Interview !
Dan Rabago : Thank you LOSTINCHAOS Magazine and all your readers that took time to check us out! Cheers and keep shredding! \m/

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