HEMOTOXIN Interview (Pittsburg, California, USA)

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Hello! No waste of good suffering is wanted, give us a penetrating introduction to HEMOTOXIN and don't hesitate to stuff it hard! It seems the musicians of HEMOTOXIN 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?
Michael Chavez : Hemotoxin originally was a one man band, before that myself, Brandon and Nathan were in a band called Aeon of Death, it was fronted by our friend Daniel Austi, I ended up quitting and starting Hemotoxin. A year after I started the band I asked Brandon to join and then Nathan a few years after. Hemotoxin is just the riffs I never got to use in Aeon of Death, so you could say in the way I write and structure music is a continuation of Aeon of Death, because we learned as we wrote the AOD songs so its our foundation, but the band as a whole is a different entity, AOD was almost strictly Melodic Death metal, where I like to insert Thrash, Punk and Grind influence, Daniel wasn't a huge fan of that so it created the divide that eventually lead to Brandon and I jamming together. Michael Rohwer has a back catalog of materiel as well, he's done a few guest solos, as well as playing in Kingdom Scorned, Apophis and Obastra.

Tell us more about the reasons of choosing the HEMOTOXIN moniker. What is especially interesting in the "concept" or behavior of this disease causing element for it shall represent a Progressive Death Metal/Thrash Metal band?
Michael Chavez : At the time when I learned what the disease is, it reminded me of the crimson  head zombies from the Resident Evil remake. I also had the song "Biohazard" written, which is about Resident Evil 2, so at the time the name Hemotoxin seemed perfect. Now the name isn't as connected to the theme of the songs, but I still feel it's necessary to keep the name.

play own brand of Death metal mixed with Thrash. with songs cover a very wide spectrum from straight forward Aggressive thrash and heavy hitting metal to more Complex ideas. What inspires you/the band now a days? What is your inspiration to create music, what is your drive?
Michael Chavez : Waking up every morning is my drive, I don't really do anything else except playing guitar, so no matter if I'm playing or writing Hemotoxin materiel, I'm playing guitar almost always so I constantly have riff ideas. I'm always listening to different bands, but my core influence is in Metal, I love bands like Death, D.R.I., Obscura, Sabbath, Cryptopsy, Megadeth, Sadus, Antidote, Venom, Vio-Lence, Dark Angel and Watchtower. I also enjoy and am very influenced by John Zorn, Pink Floyd, Yes, King Crimson, Bob Marley and The Wailers, Kraftwerk and Rush. All of us have our own individual influences that bring a twist to the sound, Rohwer is big into Melodic Death and Black metal, Brandon's very heavy into bands like Nirvana and Cynic, and Nathan is a huge fan of guys like Steve DiGiorgio and Evan Brewer. We all have the same bands we all love and take influence from, but we all have our own individual influence we bring to the music.

Holy fuckin surprise what an New assault Album " Biological Enslavement " Pure Complexity with perfect, Heavily production and inhuman violence like Bestial Assault. Now tell us about the concept and story behind this masterpiece. The Cool story behind " Biological Enslavement ". The story is cool and Imentioned several influences in my review. still about theme of Science Fiction and Lovecraft ? Let's talk about " Biological Enslavement ".
Michael Chavez : The theme of the album is modern society and how I perceive it. A lot of the lyrics are influence by Lovecraft especially The Alchemist, it's inspired also by another Lovecraft story From Beyond. It comes down to what pisses me off and inspires me to scream my guts out, the lyrics are part of how I achieve my vocal performance.

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 " Biological Enslavement " ?
Michael Chavez : Theres some interest, I wouldn't say we're "blowing up", but some people enjoy what we do and I'm glad there are people who like this band enough to take any interest in us. Now, obviously, we're getting more attention then we have before and there are definitely a lot of interesting opinions about us. One review I read a guy called our music the AIDs that keeps Chuck Schuldiner alive, we've been compared to Death and I have been compared to Chuck a 9/10, but that was a bit much to process, but I still thought it was funny.

This is first album with Unspeakable Axe Records, are CERCENATORY very satisfied with the results of the hardwork from label for the band?
Michael Chavez : We couldn't be happier with our label. It's a very simple deal and there's no money really involved. They helped us out with getting the album out there and like I said we couldn't be happier with how it's gone, hopefully we'll be putting out more releases on Unspeakable Axe Records.

Your music is quite seriously Damn Progressive and Dynamic Awesome ... 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 Progressive and obscure feelings?
Michael Chavez : I'm always conscious of making the music feel like a punch in the face, while keeping it musical. It's also my way of expressing all the pent up aggression and grief life has thrown at me and I convert that energy into riffs and deliver Death metal the way I think it should sound. The way I'm feeling effects the song I'm writing. An example is a song like The Alchemist, it was written during a very fun and new time in life where Hemotoxin was in full swing traveling and doing a little touring, so the music has an exciting feel to it. Then listen to a song like Bleak Prognosis which has a more dark feel, it was written during a more depressing period in my life and although I wasn't in the right place, I knew things only get better and thats what the song is about. Some of the songs are like my messages to the people I can't communicate with and thats why their filled with so much emotion and at times hatred, it's my release.

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?
Michael Chavez : This album was actually the first full collective effort by the band. On the last two releases the songs were written by Brandon and Myself, compared to now where everyone brought their own songs and ideas. Forgotten Faces was a song Rohwer wrote before he even joined the band and I arranged it back and forth with him.

What was the biggest compositional challenge for you when you were writing this album? Was it a problem you’ve always faced or was it unique to this effort?
Michael Chavez : The only problem is writers block, which happens every now and again. It happens to me when I have enough riffs for a song, but not bridge to fill the gaps. That's why i find it important to let the all the members contribute to the album, those guys are always coming up with ideas I'd never think of and it keeps the music interesting.

What is the special thing with HEMOTOXIN Sophisticated Bombastic Progressive Stuff ? Damn Bizzare Structure? Or is it much more? How much material overdubbing and harmonization do you do in the studio? Is layering a necessity for the HEMOTOXIN formula to work properly?
Michael Chavez : I love using  huge chords and dual guitar harmonies for everything. This is why we use 7 string guitars, a lot of my riffs are basic chords but I like to take notes and change them to give the chords a more unique voice.  That came from listening to a lot Black Sabbath and Floods from Pantera. The only song we do more than two harmonies is A Journey Through Dreams which actually has four separate guitar parts.

I'm Very Surprise with Punch Sound Production for this album, what Is this already a Trademark for HEMOTOXIN established itself from the beginning? and how HEMOTOXIN still able to maintain all of this until now? How with compare than before material?
Michael Chavez : Part of that is working with Scott Fuller, he helped us achieve our sound on Between Forever ...and the End and has helped establish our sound from then on. Our music now compared to the last releases is our maturity as musicians. We know what we wanna do and as we write more music we become more aware of the music itself and as a result we get more detailed with our music.

You are an educated musician. Do you sometimes struggle with overthinking when writing your music? What i really like about HEMOTOXIN is that almost every riff has some detail that gives a unique feel to it, and music as a whole is pretty layered, which is also a good thing.
Michael Chavez : That does happen and I have to filter myself sometimes. I want the music to be thoughtful, but I don't want to be too pretentious. It's especially a challenge trying to play technical music that isn't over bearing. I like to have the extremely wild out of control riffing with a balance of intricacy.

Where do you think or where do you want HEMOTOXIN to be 5 years from now?
Michael Chavez : Hopefully we'll be writing more music. I'd also like to tour within that time, we have done mini tours, but never a national tour. The ultimate goal is to have as much music out as possible.

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 !
Michael Chavez : All I have to say is Thank you to everyone who has supported us so far. All we want to do is write albums like our heroes did and now we are, as kids jamming in a garage who's music can reach places I've never ever seen is weird but amazing feeling. I only hope some day soon we can bring out to different parts of the world and to spread our music even further.

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