Friday, November 18, 2011

Enfuneration Interview

Dave Thompson / ENFUNERATION

1. Can you tell us a little bit about the band for those that have never heard of you before?

We are a 4 piece death metal band from Oklahoma City, Ok. , U.S.A.. We are all old school guys with traditional roots in death metal, heavy metal, thrash metal, and some black metal. We have been around since late 2006, and released a 7 song e.p. entitled "Souls To Burn" in 2007. After a few drummer changes, we now have a very solid line-up with Bryan Nikkel on guitar / vocals, Rodney Cochran on drums, Bryan Carman on bass guitar, and myself on guitar / vocals. We just released our split cd with Sacrificial Slaughter (ca.), entitled "American Death Thrash". Combing forces with them has worked out killer and the cd is strong, with both bands delivering some true metal.


2. How would you describe your musical sound?

We try not to sound like anyone else, as do most bands, and hopefully we have achieved that. I believe we have a raw gritty sound that a lot of death metal fans will dig. We have many musical influences among the band, and we all have a variety of stuff we grew up on and that combination has warranted some cool songs that have different styles even within the same song.

3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjecs the band explores with the music?

We sing about serious matters, real life, real death. We are not a gore band, or a porn band, that's just not for us. As an example, the song Bearing Their Scars is based on the perils of the U.S.S. Indianapolis and the story of the men that lived through it. But brutal reality is the main content throughout our songs.

4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the bands name?

Its so hard to find a name that is cool and that nobody has in this day and age, so I made up a word by just adding some letters on the front of an existing word. EN-FUNERATION..The word funeration means to be buried with last rites, so adding the en on the front to me would turn it into the opposite, which would mean to me, mass graves, not being buried, and no religious figures to say your final rites, or to pray for your soul.

5. What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and how would you describe your stage performance?

I would say for this band, the best show has been the ILDM Spring Bash 2, in Milwaukee Wi. earlier this year. As far as local shows, they are all killer, especially opening for killer national, or international bands. we have opened for quite a few nationals, but Vital Remains was probably the sickest of the national shows that we have opened.

6. Do you have any touring plans for the future?

We will see what comes up, but in this day and age, everything has to be right to be able to afford the trips, and making sure the venues are all set up and stuff. It's a lot tougher nowadays but we still plan on doing some fests, and as many out of state shows as we can pull off.

7. On a worldwide level how has your music been recieved by death metal fans?

So far I have heard nothing but good things. Of course we aren't trying to take over the world, just get our music out to the real metalheads that will enjoy it...!!

8. Are there any other projects besides this band or is this a full time line-up?

Nobody else has any side stuff, but I do studio vocals for a power metal band from here called Forte'. I have been in that band since 96', and have sang on the last 3 studio albums. The new one comes out inJanuary 2012, on tribunal records, and is entitled "Unholy War". Pure power thrash..!!

9. What direction do you see the music heading into on future releases?

Just trying to maintain our style without becoming too repetitious, and of course stepping up the writing the best we can...

10.What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

Like I said this bands members have been around for a while, so we have a wide interest in music, from Iron Maiden to Judas Priest, Suffocation to Nile, etc etc. Recently I purchased the new Arch/Matheos, "Sympathetic Resonance", and it is one of the best cds I have bought in a long time. Of course we listen to a lot of stuff.

11.Outside of music what are some of your interests
Bryan Nikkel is a bike builder, Bryan Carman is a mechanic, Rodney Cochran is a tattoo artist, and I refinish cars and bikes, and also do wood-burning. Also hockey is a big part of my existence as well. Horror movies and good metal all around.!!!

12. Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?

Support the music you love, stay true to your heart, and keep it fucking METAL...\,,/


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