Hi mate! We started recording the album in summer 2015. First the drums, then guitars and bass and last the vocals. Everything was recorded at our drummer’s studio. In November 2015 everything was sent to the Hertz Studios in Poland for mixing and mastering. Our previous record Mass Awakeless we recorded from beginning till end at the Hertz Studios, but we couldn’t make it this time to take 14 days off and go to Poland. End February 2016 the mix and master was done and sent to our label Xtreem Music from Spain. In the meanwhile we were very busy putting up gigs, rehearsing the songs, printing shirts, making promo etc.- So we want to promote the album as much as we canAt this point we have 5 shows ready to promote our new album. Only yesterday we got the news we can do a gig to support Cattle Decapitation, which is very good news!
2.Recently you have released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
Every Fractured Insanity album is different. Our first album When Mankind Becomes Diseased was pure US death metal, Suffocation, Pyaemia, Disavowed like. Then our second album Mass Awakeless had a more modern Polish death metal feeling, more like Decapitated, Behemoth, Vader, but also some Necrophagist. It was more technical. This new album still has that Polish death metal sound, but is less technical. There is more groove in the album, more melody, some more old school parts as well. You can hear some Morbid Angel Domination influences, but also Behemoth, Hour of Penance, some Gojira. There are even black metal parts and progressive parts, we wanted to put the best we can of different metal styles on the album. We didn't want to play only deathmetal in the vein of..., no if some progressive stuff sounds awesome, why not.
3.This is the first album to be released in 6 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time span?
After the Mass Awakeless release in 2010 we did a lot of gigs, in Belgium, UK and The Netherlands. We played together with Avulsed, Basement Torture Killings, Beheaded, Carnal Decay, ... All to promote our album. Then in 2011 Didier, our bass player (plays now in Gotmoor), decided to quit the band. We had to find another one, which became Tom. He played 1 year with us and stopped also and he joined Storm upon the masses. In 2013 Fafa our vocalist also stopped, so we had to find another bass player and vocalist. We found that in Stefan, who combines the both. It took a while to get him ready with the old songs, plus writing new songs.
4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
We have lyrics about terrorism, Ancient Rome, inquisition, anti-religion, …
5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Fractured Insanity'?
We were looking for words that in a way were powerful as word itself, on the other way words that describe the music we wanted to make, the impression it gives to people. After some philosophical moments (at the bar) the word Insanity seemed not that bad. In that time Kenny also broke his wrist, so that explains the "fractured" part .
6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Some of the best shows? We always liked playing in the UK. Most of our shows in West-Flanders (our homebase) are also legendary. Houten Deathfest, Limburg Deathfest, London Deathfest, ... (yeah we like deathfests :))
Our stage performance is very intense. We want to play the songs as perfect as possible, so we take playing live serious. But we also have fun on stages and we interact with the audience. The most important is that everybody is having a good time, and that after the concert people are impressed with what they just heard.
7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
The next month we have 3 release shows planned. Then we'll have a support gig for Cattle Decapitation and a festival in October. Other then that we are talking about doing another weekend tour in the UK.
8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of brutal death metal?
For us it's always funny to see people from for example have our album in countries like Indonesia. Then again, our label has good distribution, so it gets everywhere. We always got good feedback so that's really nice. We love to have our music/merch spread all over the world!
9.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?
Ignace play also the drums in Gotmoor (fast black metal), Darkest Mind (melodic black metal) and session drums with Svartsyn (Swedish black metal) and Aguynguerran (melodic black metal).
10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Not easy to say. We always play what we like at that point. Maybe some more classical influences? Doesn't matter, as long as it kicks ass.
11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Ignace: In fact I like many kinds of metal, but mostly extreme metal. My favourites are Nokturnal Mortum, old Dub Buk, Skyforger, Morbid Angel, old Hypocrisy, Dawn (Swe), Mörk Gryning, Sacramentum, Mgla, Falkenbach, Priest, Type o negative, old Korrozia Metalla, ...
Stefan: going from Hardcore (Madball and so on, H8000 scene from Belgium from the 90’s) to Death Metal (Morbid Angel, Obituary, …) to classic stuff, more jazzy, …
Kenny: I listen to everything: pop (Abba, Adele, Coldplay), Jazz (specialy early jazz: bop, swong, cool), metal (Fleshgod, Behemoth), lots of classical: Bach, Villa Lobos, Scarlatti, Mendelssohn, Beethoven,...
Daems: I listen to a lot of music, going from pure death metal like Horrendous, Gruesome, to more black metal like Deathspell Omega, Ihsahn, Dodheimsgard, Abigor, hardcore like Congress and Hard Resistance or classical music like Stravinsky, Holst, Mussorgsky, ...
12.What are some of your non musical interests?
Reading, nature, traveling, renovate my house, technology, history, sports, …
13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thanks a lot fort he interest and the interview! We hope a lot of fans keep supporting underground death metal and keep buying albums and attending gigs! Get over to our FB for more info about the new records, for more reviews and interviews. Get in contact for your copy of MAN MADE HELL, or go to www.xtreemmusic.com !