- Hello, Chris! Could you introduce your band? When was it created? What is the current line-up?
- The band is Burial Ritual, and we've been around since November 2005. We're a death metal band based out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and our current lineup consists of myself on vocals, Jason (Geno Cidal) Dykas on guitar, Matt Holtz on guitar, Gary (Oso) Crawford on bass, and ''Metal Fuckin' Pete'' Kissane on drums.
difficult, as we are not able to fully recoup our studio expenses, but we see it as an investment in ourselves.
- Who is usually doing your artwork? How would you comment on the "Genocidal Theory" cover?
- We've gone with different artists on each of our albums, and this one was done by Moon Ring Design. The artwork says it all, and does a good job of projecting our overall theme behind the album. It took some tinkering to finally come up with a cover we were happy with, but Moon Ring came through.
- What are the main topics raised in your songs? Can you say that across all your albums you develop the same lyrical line?
- Our first full length album consisted of typical death metal lyrics, mainly blood and guts kind of stuff. But we decided to go another route with our next two albums and make our focus on politics, democide, corruption, conspiracies, and societal horrors. To me, regardless of whether you believe that anything we say has any merit, you can at least agree it's a refreshing concept for a death metal band.
record, I believe "Genocidal Theory" blows it out of the water, which is what we want to do with every album, out-do the previous one.
- How and where did you record the material? Did you have any special guests?
- We recorded with Chris Wisco at Belle City Sound in Racine, Wisconsin. He does an excellent job, and his work on Jungle Rot's records is what sold us on working with him. For our title track, "Genocidal Theory", we brought in Shaun LaCanne of Putrid Pile to do some guest vocals, and I'm really glad we did. The dynamic he brought to that song really elevated it in terms of quality, plus he gave me some great pointers on my vocals, which I ended up using.
- As you are in charge of releasing your own CDs, what is your usual way of pressing them, printing the covers etc?
- We do business with a local company, they handle pressing and packaging. It's pretty simple, once the art and music are finished we send it over to them and they handle the rest. The quality is as good as anything a label would put out.
- How do you distribute your merch and your CDs? I assume you are in a very close contact with your fans, aren't you?
- Absolutely, we are big fans of our fans! We have a distribution deal through CD Baby, and they in turn get us the hookup on iTunes, Amazon, and so on. We recently opened a merch page on Big Cartel so people can buy our shirts and other things as well, but the music can easily be purchased just about anywhere online.
- Tell us about your concert life. How often do you have concerts? Have you already had a chance to play outside of USA?
- Unfortunately we haven't made it outside the USA... yet! But we have been all over the country several times, and to me it's a dream come true. I couldn't even tell you how many hundreds of shows we've done over the years. We try to stay as active as possible in our area, and once a year we go on the road for a few weeks. The response we get is fantastic, and we've made tons of new friends and fans across the country.
- To sum it up, what are your main plans for this year? Do you have any upcoming live shows?
- I'm hoping this year will be a big one for Burial Ritual. Our CD release is May 16th, and two weeks after that we are opening for Cryptopsy and Disgorge, and later in the year we're playing alongside Nocturnus. In August we will hit the road again, but it won't be for as long as we usually are out, unfortunately. But perhaps a second mini-tour will be in the works.
- Thank you, Chris! Would you like to say anything to your fans and our readers?
- Keep supporting your local scene, I cannot stress this enough! We couldn't do what we do if it wasn't for all of you. And that's not some cheesy cliche either, I really mean it. And big thanks to all of our great friends and fans, you make it all worthwhile.