- Hello, John! You are about to release your new album "Dominion of Misery". What is the meaning behind that title? Can you say that it's a conceptual album?
- I would say it is conceptual. Dominion of Misery is a chaotic realm that all humans experience in some way once or infinite amounts of times depending on the circumstances. It's a place of misery. Mental and physical struggles of this life. The insanity within this realm of chaos.
- There is a significant contrast between your first 2 albums: the sound got better, the songs became heavier and more elaborated. So how will the new stuff be different from your previous releases?
- We were much more focused on this recording. We took a lot more time working on this composition.
The lyrical theme's went in a new direction as well. Focusing more on the human condition. This recording was much more planned out and perfected.
- Your first album consisted of 10 tracks, the second one, "Deathscapes of the Subconscious" had 9 songs, and now you are announcing an 8-track album. Does it also mean that with each new album you are paying more and more attention to the quality instead of quantity?
- I think so. More focused and perfected each album. I would say Progressing more each time.
- Once again you decided to ask Mark Cooper to be in charge of your new artwork. Is there any cooperation between the band and the artist? How do you decide on the whole concept and the final vision of the picture?
- Mark is amazing at what he does. We gave him a idea and he made it come to life as well as adding his vision into it as well. We have been happy with everything he has done.
- By the way, your previous cover for "Deathscapes of the Subconscious" is quite interesting. How do you think, where could this place be? And what's happening there right now?
- I believe it is in a dark corner of your mind. The part you never see but is always there. And I believe that it is tearing inside your mind all the time.
- You also announced that Nick Superchi is writing some intros and outros for "Dominion of Misery". Why did you decide to add such an element as piano to your music? How does it sound so far?
- It was actually my idea to have Nick work with us. He is amazing. If you like dark music then look Nick's music up. I asked for his help and gave we gave him no restrictions and we love what he has done for this recording.
- To promote your debut album you filmed an official "Biogenesis" video featuring aliens in the center of the story. How is that subject related to your music?
- Well if you read the lyrics to that song you will understand why I chose that film for that song when I made the video. The lyrics are about the creation of hybrid alien /human beings.
- "Deathscapes of the Subconscious" was your first release under Unique Leader. How did this partnership happen? How could you compare this label's approach to its bands with your previous label, Butchered Records?
- Well I sent Erik Lidmark our album "Biogenesis" and right away he was interested in us. He made up a contract and we signed on to Unique Leader. If I had to compare the two I would say they are both great. I am from NY and moved to Oregon about 7 years ago from there. I am a long time friend of Barrett from Sevared and he was more than willing to help us after hearing what we were doing out here. I have nothing but good things to say about both lables. They both are big to me in the underground scene of heavy music.
- How close are you with you fans? After the concerts, do you usually stay for a while to talk to your audience and maybe to sign some stuff?
- I always hang out. Most of the times I watch all the bands. I talk and hang out with everyone.
- Do you have any other hobbies besides music? What do you think about the Beavers football team?
- I make leather products like gauntlet's , cuffs and wallets stuff like that. I have a small company called Hellbent For Leather. I don't give a shit about football. Haha! Fuck the corporations and fuck the media.
- Thank you for this interview, John. To end it up, when can we expect the new album from you? Will there be any following tours in support?
- I have actually have left the band Omnihility due to personal reasons I would rather not get into now. I have been playing in my other bands "Cruciation" and "Smutek" to keep me busy and both bands are getting ready to record this summer. As far as the band Omnihility I don't know what they have planned. I stepped away for reasons that couldn't be ignored any longer. Thanks for the interview we put a lot into this recording and I am very happy with the turn out and I hope people can release some anger when they experience it.