Many metal historians will credit different bands with the creation of the 'slam' genre in death metal. The simple truth is that Internal Bleeding coined the term in 1992 and began defining their music as "Total Fucking Slam" long before any other band even contemplated using the term—that is the plain fucking truth. Ask anyone who was involved in the Long Island Scene back then and they'll tell you — Internal Bleeding was using the word slam long before anyone else. They truly are the Godfathers of Slam.
Fans around the world would like to know what are you guys doing at the moment: playing gigs, writing new material?
btw: how was your first show from 2016 (January 22)?
The show yesterday, considering the huge snowstorm we had, was pretty friggin' good. A great pit, lots of violence, headbanging and fun! Sadly, I have to work today, and I am exhausted.
Yes, you are correct. We cannot wait. Our expectations for both shows are really high, because we have never been to Russia or Indonesia before. We know that we have really big fan bases in both countries and we cannot wait to just get to both places and tear the living shit out of them with our patented Total Fucking Slam style of deathmetal. It's going to be epic!
To give fair credit, it was me, Bill Tolley and Anthony Miola who I consider the founders and developers of the band and the style. We all loved deathmetal at the time, but what we thought it was lacking was:
1) Catchy hooks that you could remember.
2) Riffs that made you want to move.
We stripped away all the needless (in our view) grinds, soloing, blast beats and time wasting and went straight for the heart by designing songs that built up tension in the listener, then exploded with grooves that you would remember and could not sit still to.
We developed the term "slam" for our music one night at a restaurant in 1992, when we decided we were sick of using the term "mosh". We always associated "mosh" with Anthrax and we all though Anthrax wasn't even remotely heavy, so why associate it.
Bill finally said "We're fucking slam" and both me and Anthony agreed. I added the "total fucking" and a sub genre of deathmetal was born, hehehe.
|1. One dollar demo ('91) 2. Invocation Of Evil ('92)|
On the second one (demo), I want to mention your vocalist, Wallace Milton, I saw also several live appearances with him, his vox sounds so huge..
The 91 demo was recorded on a cheap four track in our rehearsal studio in Mineola, NY. I think we recorded it in the space of about 45 minutes. It's so terrible, so rough and poor, but I think it gives you a good idea of what we were doing at the time.
The 92 demo, "Invocation of Evil" was recorded at Legend Studios on Long Island, which at the time was becoming the "Morrisound of Long Island" -- everyone started going there. Wallace was great on vocals at the time, it's a shame that his performance, concentration , creativity and professionalism degraded over time.
|Perpetual Degradation Demo ('94)|
That demo really shows ''the essence / the pulse'' for which you have worked in those years, and is one of the best demos I have heard in my life! Thank you for that!
As for Frank, we got him about two weeks after we released "Perpetual Degradation". We all knew him from the scene, because he was very involved with deathmetal. He saw that we had hung an advertisement in a record store (remember them!? hahah) seeking a vocalist, so he came down to try out.
Needless to say, he completely blew us away with his attitude and vocals. We were amazed. Frank will always be considered a member of the band because of the loyalty and love he had for IB. I am always in touch with him, and share with him everything that's going on with IB.
I think you are right, "Perpetual" defined everything completely for us. It solidified our sound, and really opened a lot of doors for us. Songs such as "Anointed in Servitude" and "Inhuman Suffering" have been crowd favorites since they were released, and we still play them.
But.. between 1999 - 2004, the band had a tumultuous period, some members quit, a few demos came out, compilations and one album ''Oneward To Mecca'' (2004).. and since 2004 until 2011 the band ceased to exist.. It was a difficult times?
Things really fell into disarray in that period, and, quite frankly I think most of it is my fault. I left the band in 2004, because I was exhausted, depressed and just plain sick of all the abuse and disrespect we had gotten over the span of our career. I needed to get away. Sadly, when I did, I think there was no one there to really "steer the ship" and keep on top of things.
The band managed two tours for Onward to Mecca, but it really wasn't the same Internal Bleeding. Too much had changed, the attitude had changed, and the band's personality had changed. Things just eventually fell apart.
When 2011 came around, it just seemed like the right time to start anew. Wipe the slate clean and get back down to being what Internal Bleeding should be.
After your comeback in 2011, 3 years later, your new album came out.
'Imperium'' is your most complex album, your new vocalist Keith DeVito fits perfect, he sounds so oldschool with IB tone, that bass is so clear, it was placed in the same row with all instruments, it's not just for a background. Good job Sir, it's catchy, memorable and it's ''alive'', not just an wall with noise (many bands love to do so nowadays). It looks you were hungry for the music..:)
Thank you very much for those words.
We worked really hard on writing IMPERIUM and we wanted to make an album that would re-define the whole slam genre and expand on it as far as what possibilities are available in that genre. We tried really hard to stretch ourselves musically, push our own envelopes and even do things that we were uncomfortable doing. I think all the experimentation really paid off.
Keith's vocals on the album are just perfect. They really hit the emotional intensity we were looking to hit with IMPERIUM. He has a great range and depth to his delivery.
Guitars: Roeller Custom Chris Pervelis Signature Model
Amp: Ampeg VH140C or Peavy 6505+.
How you starded to play guitar Sir, do you remember?
Well, I started playing around with the guitar probably in 1982 but I didn't really take it seriously. By the time I got into college, around 1986 I started putting a lot more time into really becoming a decent guitar player. I wish I had started really playing a lot earlier so I could be so much better than I am today, but it's hard to concentrate on one thing when you are young!
What recent releases you liked?
Dehumanized: (new album, got to listen to and advance the other day -- wow!)
Tommorow's Victim: Autophagy.
Many of the things we did on IMPERIUM was kind of like a revolution against what was going on in Slam. We added a lot of ingredients that weren't in there before and really tried to push things forward and show people that a lot can be done within the format.
Play what you love, don't compromise and dedicated yourself fully to your band and your bandmates.
Beside being a Raider fan, my other hobbies include: restoring, racing and maintaining my 1968 Plymouth Barracuda Formula S, Smoking cigars, sipping bourbon and hanging out with friends and family.
I saw some pictures with your blue babe Cuda, what a beauty:) From the outside it appears to be in stock, but it's not so, am I right? You have an Mopar on it? ;)
I restored the body and the interior to 100% original condition. So the way it looks is the way it came out of the factory.
The engine is another story though. I didn't do a lot of work to it, but it has a better camshaft, some valve work, headers, manifold and better carb. She definitely moves out -- fast. It's not very good on a twisty, curvy road, but in a straight line, the cuda is a fucking terror!
Yes, I am a big history and politics hobbyist. World War II is one of my favorite areas of study, but I also love WWI, The Vietnam War, Korea, as well as the Cold War and geopolitics from 1945- present day.
I had no family members who fought in WWII, but I did have many who fought in WWI, 3 of them died, two survived.
And the last question, name the TOP 10 albums that are the most revealing for you.
Iron Maiden: Killers
Slayer: Reign in Blood
Rollins Band: Weight
Morbid Angel: Blessed are the Sick
Black Sabbath: Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
Entombed: Left Hand Path
Black Flag: Slip it In
Grave: Into the Grave
John McGlaughlin, Al Dimeola & Paco Delucia: Passion, Grace and Fire.