OBM: Cheers for your time. How are you guys doing?
We are doing fantastic! I am very pleased with how The Time of Great Purification turned out and it seems to be getting great reviews from our fans. I am very excited to see what the next few months will bring for Pathology!
OBM: First off, can you tell us a little bit about what went into making this album and some goals that you had with these songs?
The writing process started off with myself writing the songs at my house, then getting together with Dave at his house and begin structuring the songs and adding drums. I spent about 2 months writing the guitar and bass, then spent another 2 or 3 months with Dave while writing the drums. Then we sent rough tracks to our vocalist Jon so he could begin structuring his vocal patterns to the music. My main goal for this album was to make each and every song memorable. In past albums I felt that all of the songs sounded very similar thus making it hard to distinguish one song from the next. I wanted this album to feel like a roller coaster ride. I wanted each song to have a different feel from the previous one so that each song had its own story to tell. Another goal was to write more solos for this album. While I have about the same amount as Awaken To The Suffering, I feel that the new solos are much better and fit very well with the new material. I am very pleased with the outcome.
OBM: How did you feel when the album leaked, and so early? Is that something that you guys take seriously or is it a bit of a compliment that fans wanted the new songs so badly?
It didn't really bother me, I think it was only a few days before the release date anyways. People started receiving their pre-orders from Victory in the mail earlier than the actual release date. But I don't care that the album leaked, if anything it's a complement. I just want people to hear the music.
OBM: “The Time of Great Purification”seems to be a heavier release with a clearer focus. Can you tell us about influences that went into writing this record? Are there any other music that influences you that we wouldn’t expect?
Yes, this album was much more focused than anything the band has ever done. My influences vary from many different styles. I get a lot of the brutal side from Disgorge, Suffocation, Dying Fetus, Defeated Sanity, and old Decrepit Birth. The technical side comes from Death, Monstrosity, and some Cannibal Corpse. I also gain influence from bands such as Judas Priest, Van Halen, Iron Maiden, Savatage, Racer X, and Black Sabbath. My solo style is influenced by many different guitarists: Eddie Van Halen, Marty Friedman, Guthrie Govan, Tony Mcalpine, Greg Howe, Eric Johnson, David Gilmour, Jason Becker... I could go on for days but you get the idea.
OBM: Your new album art looks really great. Can you explain a little bit about why you chose this design?
We wanted the new album to have an apocalyptic theme to go along with the lyrics that Jon writes. We worked with Par Ollofson again. He always does a fantastic job with the album artwork and I feel that he perfectly matched the message that we are trying to convey.
OBM: How important is it to you all to have a message behind your music?
For me it is extremely important. I don't want to be another death metal band that has lyrics about rape, murder, and killing. I want the lyrics to be relevant to what is going on in society today. Jon really did a great job writing the lyrics and gets our point across very well. We want people to open their eyes instead of being another brain washed drone. The government is subliminally controlling us on many different levels. Television, water fluoridation, genetically modified organisms we call "food". They are exploiting the American people and, not to mention, many other countries. The first step is to be aware of the tyranny, pull your head out of your ass and open your eyes. Follow the flock, step in shit.
OBM: How do you keep “Pathology” fresh and original?
It is all about the amount of time and effort you put into the music. I spent months and months writing guitar and bass, then writing with Dave, then recording at Lambesis Studios, then listening to tons of different mixes and then finally choosing a master before being comfortable with the final product. I feel completely satisfied with how the record turned out because I know I put in my best work.
OBM: Is your sound something that you guys sit down and discuss the direction of or do you just start jamming and see where it flows?
Although this was my the first time writing an entire Pathology album by myself, the rest of the band were very pleased with the 3 songs that I wrote on Awaken To The Suffering and were completely comfortable that I could write a crushing, technical, and groovy death metal album. I would come to Dave's house with entire songs completed and he was always stoked on the material that I had written.
OBM: Talk to us about the production of this album?
We worked with Daniel Castleman again for this album. He is a fantastic producer. He has all the equipment we used on the album at the studio, and helped us dial in all the tones. We recorded scratch guitar tracks first. Dave hammered out the drums in only 2 days. It took me about 1 week to record the rhythm guitar, 2 days to record bass, and half a day to do solos. The vocals took about a week to nail all of the patterns. Me, Jon, and Daniel were in the studio everyday that week working on Jon's patterns to help them complement the music instead of overpower it. Then we had to listen to lots of different mixes the next couple weeks before it was sent off to Alan Douches for mastering. Overall it was a long process but I'm glad I put in the effort to make this album the best I possibly could.
OBM: What do you see as some of the main purposes for Pathology making music?
All of us in the band just love making heavy and aggressive music. We have all been in many different bands since were were very young and have an extreme appreciation for other musicians and bands. And I'm not only talking about death metal. Everyone in the band listens to a variety of music which gives us a unique musical perspective because of all the different styles we are influenced by.
OBM: A lot has happened/changed to the music industry over 10 years, do you think it is now a better or worse place for a band like Pathology?
I am not sure if it is better or worse. The main thing that comes to my mind would be the downloading of free music. It might be bad for bands because they don't make as much money, however, it is much easier for their music to be passed around so they gain that back with new fans that might not have had the money to purchase an album. I am just happy to have the opportunity to make heavy music with my band-mates and be able to tour and travel across the country. It is some of the most fun I have ever had and I will always appreciate all the awesome people I've toured with and met on tour and all of the great memories from being on the road.
OBM: What kind of music do you tend to spin on the bus while on the road? Do you tend to listen to a lot of heavy music in your down-time or, do you prefer more of a variety of styles?
Well we don't have a bus, but we definitely rock out in the van!! Dave and Jon seem to always be listening to Bad Religion. I tend to put on heavy metal, like Judas Priest or Savatage. And Oscar would be the one to put on Deftones.
OBM: Thanks for your time! Last question, do you have any announcements or shout outs for your fans?
I want to thank all of our old fans for sticking around throughout the years and all of the new ones we have made more recently. I also want to thank my good friend Scott Lienhard at Acacia Guitars for the killer custom axe he made for me. If you haven't checked out The Time of Great Purification yet... GO DO IT! You will not be disappointed!