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interview by: Abhishek Chatterjee

Brodequin are a brutal death metal outfit from Knoxville, Tennessee. They started out in the summer of '98 with the line up of Jamie on vox/bass,Michael on guitars and Chad on drums. They recorded a 3-song demo that was distributed for free in the underground. Soon after they released their self-financed debut CD Instruments of Torture. These guys are now back in the news with their latest output of aural violence called Festivals of Death. Featuring some insane drumming and blood congealing low vocals, this is a CD all death metal fans can enjoy. These are some of the questions posed by me to Jamie.

Maelstrom: First of all, I'd like to congratulate you on a job extremely well done. Festival of Death is one of the most brutal albums ever to infest my CD player. It totally surpasses Instruments of Torture in terms of complexity and brutality. How long did it take to write these new songs?

Jamie: Thanks a lot for the compliment. We started writing the new songs pretty much right after releasing Instruments... so it took about a year or so.

Maelstrom: The label that has released Festival of Death (Unmatched Brutality Records) is owned by Brodequin members right? Are there any other bands signed on this label as of now?

Jamie: Unmatched Brutality is owned by our guitarist, Mike, and I work with him on most of the aspects. Currently, the UBR roster is Brodequin Festival of Death, Retch Reinsertion of Aborted Remnants (these guys are super sick they have a new album coming out this spring). We also have a Cock and Ball Torture/Last Days of Humanity spilt CD on the label. I don't really have to say much about that; it's like you would imagine: very brutal. Inveracity just recently signed and should have an album out summer/fall 2002.

Maelstrom: How is the death metal scene in your hometown, Knoxville? Are there many local gigs to play?

Jamie: Tennessee is not death metal friendly at all. This is a very religious part of our country, so you can see why it would not be popular. Plus it is a college city and all of the clubs are more toward the dance/club scene, so there is no place to play locally. Nashville, TN, which is about 150 miles from here, has some cool places to play, but it is very limited as well. It's the country music capital of the world, so again death metal is not very accepted here.

Maelstrom: About the music, I'm a bit curious about the drums on the new CD. They sound inhumanly fast and the blastbeats are much more intense and prolonged than the last album. Did Chad use triggers while recording the drums?

Jamie: Yes he did. He triggered the bass drums on the recording, but that's it. He didn't trigger the snare or the rest of the kit. He worked pretty hard to build up the stamina to continue the blast beats as long as he can.

Maelstrom: Instruments of Torture seems to have a twin vox attack. How were the vocals recorded? Were they multitracked or processed in any way?

Jamie: No vocal processors/harmonizers were used on any of our Recordings. All the vocals on Instruments... were recorded in one take, except for the last track at which point I was pretty burned out and had to go back and re-do a couple of things. We did do a bleed on "Strappado," but other than those two instances we never did and vocal multi-tracking.

Maelstrom: I once met a grind fan from some Islamic state on IRC. He said he hated you guys since you had called Osama Bin Laden a "raghead" in some interview. There is a lot of death metal fans in the Middle East who regard Osama as a hero. Do you have anything to say about that?

Jamie: Sure I never called Osama "raghead" so he must be thinking of someone else or had gotten some incorrect information. Actually, I don't ever remember mentioning Osama's name in any interview except this one. As far as Middle Eastern people regarding him as a hero, that's great for them. I don't want someone telling me who I can and can't have as a hero, so I wouldn't do that to someone else. There are people that regard Adolf Hitler as a hero and although I wholeheartedly do not agree with them, I wouldn't attack them because of it.

Maelstrom: Can you tell us something about your side project Cinerary? Who are the Brodequin members playing in that band and who are the other members involved in that project?

Jamie: Cinerary is made up of Matti (ex-Disgorge) on vocals, Wrench (ex-Incestuous) on Guitar, Ricky(Disgorge) on drums, and myself doing bass and vocals. So far we have a CD out called Rituals of Desecration on Deepsend Records, which the contact is

Maelstrom: Since Brodequin and Disgorge have similar foundations in their brutal yet technical style, is the Cinerary stuff along the same lines? Or does it bring any new twists into the picture?

Jamie: It is along the same lines but at the same time it is completely different. The songs are very brutal just like Disgorge and Brodequin. At the same time Cinerary has some guitar work that is different than either band mentioned. It is some really cool stuff and more than worth checking out! Currently we have been working on new material for the next Cinerary release and we will be playing the Ohio Deathfest here in April 2002.




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