Muscular, taut, and full of the kind of death metal that can knock you out from a distance, Carnal Decay’s fourth album You Owe You Pay is brutality incarnate.
This is an album that’s relentlessly hostile and spends its entire length bludgeoning you with torn off body parts and bloody stumps. Carnal Decay buzz with energetic violence, and You Owe You Pay is this energy captured and distilled into musical form.
Enter guitarist Isabelle Iten to spill her guts about the carnage within…
Introduce us to Carnal Decay
We’re a 4-piece brutal death metal band based in Switzerland. We already toured in 19 different countries and played a lot of great festivals all over the world. We released 3 full-length Albums so far: On Top of the Food Chain (2011), Chopping off the Head (2008), Carnal Pleasures (2006). Our new album You Owe You Pay will be released in February 2017.
What are your influences?
For us as band I would say a big influence is and always was Dying Fetus. As well Misery Index, Deeds of Flesh, Hatebreed…For me personally also bands like Requiem, Defeated Sanity, Severe Torture and Beheaded.
Name five things you’ve listened to recently that you’d recommend
Big End Bolt – Killstruments & Deathods
Beheaded – Beast Incarnate
AOTP – In Death Reborn
Defaced – Forging the Sanctuary
Green Day – Revolution Radio
Tell us about You Owe You Pay
You Owe You Pay was recorded at Kohlekeller Studio in Germany. Some of our favourite singers doing guest vocals on this album so we are very happy to have Melchior Borg (Abysmal Torment), Wille Kurr (Jehacktet) and Julien Truchan (Benighted) being part of this. Sound wise it’s for fans of in-your-face death metal.
What does the album title refer to?
There is not the “one” particular meaning. For me it’s about you can’t do something without getting a reaction. Also stay true to yourself and shit like this, haha!
What are the themes or ideas behind some of the songs?
Most of them are about lazy jerks who are always complaining about everything. So pretty much about ourselves, haha!
What’s your favourite song on the album and why?
At the moment it’s No Sequel cause it’s a groovy and powerful song to play life. A classic headbang-able one.
How would you compare this album to your previous material?
I would say it’s pretty close to On Top of the Food Chain (our last release) when it’s about the structures, riffs, song writing in general. But it’s a huge step regarding the production. It’s from our rehearsal room up to a professional studio where massive Bands like Aborted, Benighted and Crematory are recording their albums.
How do you go about writing your songs?
Michael, our singer (and formerly bassplayer) and I we try to find riffs who fit together. With a rough version of a song we go to the rehearsal room and try to finish the song with our bass player and the drummer.
Sounds kinda easy but you really have to fight for getting your riffs into a song, haha!
How did you choose the cover artwork?
We really wanted an artwork who totally goes along with the music. Something rough, brutal and in your face. As you can see Daemorph did a fantastic job and we’re all extremely happy with the result.
Playing live – essential or pointless?
For me it’s the main reason for having a band! Playing live and spend time with your bandmates, meet nice people and being able to see places in countries you have never been before…it’s definitely the best part of it!
Do you have any upcoming shows?
We have several shows this year, next one is GutterSlutSlap-Party in Bern, Switzerland, March 25th. All shows will be announced through our Facebook page.
What’s your favourite band you have toured with?
I couldn’t pick a favourite band. But with some bands we toured twice or even more. And if you have more time to get to know each other it’s more fun to spend time together!
What are the next steps for Carnal Decay?
“Next steps” sounds like a masterplan…Which we don’t have at all, haha! But I hope we’ll still have the opportunity to play shows, meet old friends and new people and visit places we have never been before! 🙂
Any final words?
Please give this rose to my wife and tell her that I love her, haha!
Thank you for your time and your support!