Enthean’s Priests of Annihilation is a modern collision of all manner of Extreme Metal styles, all wrapped up in a handsomely aggressive package. Guitarist/vocalist Adam Broome was kind enough to take time out from dreaming up new mythologies to hammer out some answers to some pertinent questions…
Introduce us to Enthean!
We are a progressive blackened extreme metal band from Greenville, SC. Well, we say Greenville, but no one knows where Anderson/Pendleton/Central is and secondly, our drummer is from Charlotte, NC… so we just met in the middle and said Greenville. Fuck it.
What are your influences?
Musically, it’s old punk, most rock, classical, ska, metal, r & b, ragtime, appliances and hardware, nature, Slayer… Other influences include philosophy, mythology, life events, jackasses, both motivated and lazy people, and Deep Purple.
Name five things you’ve listened to recently that you’d recommend
Dead Kennedys – Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables
Ray Charles – Anthology
Operation Ivy – Energy
The Legion – Unseen to Creation
David Bowie – Best of Bowie
Tell us about your latest release
It’s the sonic equivalent of an astral projection gone horribly wrong.
I describe Priests of Annihilation as progressive, technical and symphonic Black/Death Metal – which is a bit of a mouthful really. How did you decide to combine so many different genres into your musical style?
It wasn’t a conscious decision. We love heavy music. We jam and all kinds of shit comes out. Fuck trying to be a specific style.
How did you choose the cover artwork?
Mr. Marco Hasmann took our idea and ran with it. I had the idea of the Divine Council passing judgement on the whole of the earth. It also makes use of the ‘Priests of Annihilation’ that have been summoned in the song ‘Dysthanasia’. Oddly enough, I had a dream which was very similar in detail. Anyhow, he did a fucking GREAT job!
What’s the process you use for writing songs?
We usually come up with riffs, mix and match ones that are destined to go together, then I write lyrics usually on how the song makes me feel or what it reminds me of. In all but three of the songs on the album, they were mythologised happenings in my life.
How do you think your music will progress in the future?
We have enough music for another album, actually…Some of it is what I would want Opeth to sound like. Some of it sounds like Emperor if they were pirates…Some sound more “evil” than this album. But to answer the question, it’ll progress for the better. I know it may be cliché to say, but it’s more mature sounding.
What’s your favourite song on the album and why?
I want to say every one of them because it changes from week to week, but if I had to pick one it’d be ‘Invalesc de Profundis’. It’s got a beautiful intro written by Brian, then a whirlwind of hateful shit, then some ‘Death’ influenced licks, then Old Man’s Child-y action, some Immortal, some jazz, blues…
How important is good album art to you?
To me, it’s VERY important. It’s important for it to pertain to the music as well… Album art is timeless and the albums wouldn’t be the same without the killer artwork. ‘Reign in Blood’, ‘Eaten Back to Life’, ‘Beneath the Remains’… It’s actually the reason I bought ‘Amongst the Catacombs of Nephren-Ka’ by Nile and ‘Godless Savage Garden’ by Dimmu. I was pretty young, but still: it’s the first thing people see and a good first impression is a good start.
With music becoming increasingly digital in nature, what’s your take on the digital/physical debate and the current state of the music industry?
Digital’s cool and convenient as hell, but it’s nothing compared to having a fresh CD by a kickass band in your hands. Or seeing a band live and HAVING to get their CD right away! I did that with Impaled “Dead Shall Dead Remain”, Lecherous Nocturne “The Age of Miracles”, Necrocosm “Damnation Doctrine”, Carcass “Heartwork”, Rapheumets Well “Dimensions” and numerous other bands.
Playing live – essential or pointless?
Essential. We’ve got some friends who have been in Decibel and all kinds of other big magazines and they got more attention live. Plus, playing live is the shit. There’s nothing like putting in your sweat, blood, etc. to kick everyones ass. Also, there’s a difference with playing live and listening to a CD. Besides the obvious, there are some bands more suited for playing live. Just fun, kickass bands.
What are the next steps for Enthean?
Prepping for the tour! Touring religiously, then getting out some more music!