Abnormality is an intense and brutal death metal band from the U.S. Their debut album “Contaminating The Hive Mind” was recently released and has been getting favourable reviews in the metal underground. Rhythm guitarist Jeremy Henry took the time to talk about the album and the band with ThisIsNotAScene.
First of all, I have to say that I am really enjoying “Contaminating the Hive Mind.” How has the response been to it so far?
Hey Curt, thanks for the interview! The response has been very positive so far.
How did you guys get into heavy music and ultimately into playing death metal?
Well, I think each of us would most likely answer that question differently. For some of Abnormality, they were metal heads from the beginning, just graduating to heavier and more extreme music throughout the years. For me personally, I grew up as a kid into punk rock and hardcore, and just gravitated eventually to the heavier side of things, with grindcore and death metal.
On your Facebook page it states that “Abnormality strives to bury the weak female fronted gimmick , and deliver a brutal sonic experience that death metal fans cannot deny.” Does it bother you guys that one of the first things that is mentioned about you guys is the fact that you have a female lead singer and not the actual songs?
To say it bothers us would be an overstatement. It is naive to think that people will not notice for her talent, and it is awesome to hear from females from around the world who are inspired to pursue heavy music from being exposed to our music.
There are so many great bands with female members out there to us it’s just not that big of a deal. We just don’t like it when it becomes a competition between bands that have female members, it’s not a contest. We feel that each band has something to offer.
It’s all a form of self expression, which makes it really ridiculous to compare one to another in a “who’s better” fashion. It’s all in the ears of the beholder. Bottom line, we want the music to come first.
What are your opinions on illegal downloading and people listening to your music for free with no intention of ever buying it. Are you OK with this? What do you think would be fair for both musicians and fans?
My opinion on this has changed back and forth many times over, and probably will continue to do so. At this point, I can understand both sides. The music industry has gouged fans with price fixing and illegal market share control practices for years, and is reaping what it has sown.
The problem is that artists have been getting gouged as well, and this hurts them just as much if not more. I feel that the music industry is going through a much needed change, and hopefully for the better if we as artists pay attention. I also think that music is not going anywhere, the fans will always be there, and for all the people who are ripping off artists, there are fans out there supporting them as well.
Along with that, a lot of metal musicians that I’ve talked to seem to feel that vinyl and CD’s- any physical format- is preferable to a download. How do you feel about this and why?
For any audio nerd, this is for a simple reason. MP3’s are extremely compressed audio files making transfer to different mediums easier (this is why 100 CD’s will fit into an iPod), whereas analog media like vinyl or digital media like CD’s are uncompressed audio, for a superior sound quality.
I like the ease and convenience of MP3’s, but when I really want to listen to something fully, I play the CD. Also, MP3’s really only offer part of the experience for me. The artwork really plays a role in being completely immersed in a bands vision of their music. To each his own!
Do you guys plan on making a career out of Abnormality or do you foresee yourselves just being an underground band?
To put it simply, we want to take this thing as far as we can.
Musically, I hear a lot of Obituary and Deicide influences in the songs: particularly Glen Benton in Mallika’s vocal style. Were the Florida death metal bands influences at all?
There are so many different influences in this band, and in each member. I think if you play death metal at all, there has to be some influence of that early 90s Florida era of death metal, don’t you? They influenced the entire genre! I would say yes, along with many others.
How do your family and friends feel about you guys playing death metal? Any complaints?
Haha, always! They are very supportive however.
Any plans to do a major tour and come to Europe and/or Canada? If so, when?
Nothing solidified as of yet, but we are aiming at both in the near future.
Anything else you want to say to the readers?
Thanks for all the support!!!!