- Hello, Adrian. Would you mind to present the band? How and when did you start Skeletal Remains? What are the main bands that influenced you at the first?
- We have Chris Monroy on lead vox and guitars, Adrius Marquez on bass, Joe Martin on drums and I Adrian Obregon on guitars. Chris Monroy and Chris Reyes along with Mike (ex-guitars) were the original members that started Anthropophagy. When mike decided to leave the band Chris Monroy contacted both Adrius and I to fill in for bass and guitars. When we had joined in, Adrius and I had tried to start our own band prior, under the name Skeletal Remains. Since that wasn’t working out we had giving the option to Chris M. about changing the name from Anthropophagy to Skeletal Remains. Monroy and Reyes liked the name so it was then we all decided that Skeletal Remains would be a better fit for us. Demolition Hammer, Gorguts and Pestilence were our main influences from the start and will always be until the end.
- Originally, you came up with a different title, Anthropophagy. So why did you decide to change it later to the current name? And who came up with Skeletal Remains?
- Personally I liked the way Skeletal Remains sounded. It was catchier and it just had more brutality within the name. When me and Adrius had decided to start our own band we were trying our hardest to find a cool sounding name. While I was listening to Demolition Hammer’s Human Dissection, I remember listening to Steve Reynolds scream out the chorus lyric “human dissection of SKELETAL REMAINS” and I thought to myself that Skeletal Remains would be a cool band name. I presented that to Adrius and he liked it.
- Ok, let's talk about your newest album, "Condemned to Misery". Being still fresh after the recordings, what can you say about this album? How would you describe it?
- There is quite of few things about this album that I really like. The lyrics for one thing, although we’re on the topic of death and the many ways of dying the lyrics are just imaginable. To me the lyrics are really vivid to the point where you can just really picture what’s going on within the song and I think it’s great. The riffs are really good to. They got a more rhythmic feel to it and it’s more complex this time around. This album is just brutally savage. It comes at you like a rabid pack of wolves. I would describe Condemned To Misery as aggressive, powerful, angry and technical in a overall sence.
- Where did you record the material? How long did you stay at the studio? Who produced your new album?
- Both Beyond the Flesh and Condemned to Misery were recorded by Juan Cruz of Executor Studios and produced by Skeletal Remains and Juan as well. It took a little longer than expected to record the album counting the fact that we all have jobs other than music including Juan which timing was all up to him about when and what time to head down to the studio for recordings. But overall the amount of time we spent at the studio recording probably took about a month I’d say if I add up all the hours we put in.
- I know it can be hard, but which tracks from "Condemned to Misery"
could you choose as your favourite and why? And what song has the most tough riff on that CD?
- Well let’s see, my favorite tracks in order would have to be Obscured Velitation because of the lyrics, Euphoric Bloodfeast because of the riffs and Beyond Cremation because of the powerful sound it gives off once the album starts. It’s really intense. My favorite song to play though is Euphoric Bloodfeast. I love the changes in that song because it just brings out the creativeness in us. It’s really cool. The song with the toughest riff would have to be …Still Suffering.
- How could you compare this album to your debut CD, "Beyond the Flesh". In your opinion, what is the biggest improvement you managed to achieve this time?
- Condemned to Misery is a big step forward from Beyond the Flesh in terms of the riffs that were written. They’re a bit more technical, more aggressive and more powerful. And the drums were a huge step up in the album. You can hear how more advance the drumming is in CTM. More creative and stronger. The biggest improvements in my opinion were the riffs in CTM. We’ve managed to improve ourselves more intensely rather than keep it straight leveled and the same.
- You invited Carlos Cruz to record drums. Why did Christian Reyes had do leave the band? Does it also mean that at the current moment the band is left without a permanent drummer?
- As of a few months ago we now have a permanent drummer and he goes by the name Joe Martin. Joe has stepped up to the plate and he’s doing a great job right now. You’ll see him hopefully next year on our next tour. Chris Reyes had to leave due to the lack of his devotion to the band. His mind wasn’t in the right place at the time and because of that we had to part ways with him.
- You, guys, have been doing some great shows, including some of the festivals, such as Conquered Chaos fest, OC DeathFest. How much do you like playing live? What is a good Skeletal Remains show? Is there any festival you would like to visit the most?
- We love playing live. It’s what we do and it’s we want to do for the rest of our lives. We got in this business because we want to write death metal and we want everyone to hear it. Live especially. Our favorite show was PARTY SAN 2013. That was such an epic night for the whole band. We met some of our heroes and hung out with them and we even had Marc (ex Morgoth) come out and do vocals for our cover of BODY COUNT. It’s all on YouTube so all you fans out there should check it out if you haven’t done so already.
- The start of 2015 you marked with your "Reconstructing Europe" tour. You managed to visit so many cities! How did it go? How kind of
impression did you Europe left for you, guys? Did you like any place
- We were able to play more cities on this tour run and they were all so awesome. Places like Slovenia and Czech were awesome shows. My personal favorite was Slovenia. We over sold the show in that city. Everything was awesome there, the people we met the venue was really cool. Unfortunately the venue is now I believe closed down, but that’s a memory that’ll stick with the band for a long time.
- Chris Monroy, beside being your guitar/vocals, he is also in charge of the guitars in another band, Fueled by Fire. How does he find enough time for both projects? Does it interfere frequently with your plans?
- So far nothing has got in the way everything runs smoothly we always find a way to work things out so it doesn't get in the way.. But I love to play music so it's amazing being able to do both bands.
- Alright, thank you for the interview, Adrian. In the end, would you like to share with us your plans for this year? And maybe you would to say a few words to our readers?
- We recently got added to California Death Fest with Autopsy headlining so we are proud to announce that. Other than that we’re just gonna play a few local shows, write some new material and enjoy what we have accomplished this year. To all the readers, we’re glad you took the time to read this interview, supporting our music and we hope to see you all next year. Cheers!!!