Blogging returns to calideath.com! Coming off our recent episode #37 with Dennis Röndum, drummer and vocalist of the legendary Spawn of Possession, we had a great career-spanning discussion, with several interesting topics that are highlighted below. Recording the drums for “Scorched” Spawn of Possession pushed the boundaries of death metal in nearly every direction: songwriting,Continue reading “Episode Excerpt: Dennis Röndum (Spawn of Possession) on playing “Scorched”, and BEGOTTEN (unreleased album feat. SOP members)”
Apologies for the hiatus in blog posts. I haven’t had the time to update the website since I got a new teaching position, and I started renting a new lockout for band rehearsals. More Cali Death content will appear here eventually.
With Amidst Voices that Echo in Stone, Ominous Ruin demonstrate a mastery of the tech death genre, utilizing razor-sharp riffage and calculated brutality to craft a collection of memorable songs that are full of suspense and vitality. Their offering has already reinvigorated a scene that one might have thought had already passed through its heyday.
Defeated Sanity’s Chapters of Repugnance (2010), once advertised via CD sticker as “the most brutal album of all time,” owes its heaviness in part to the insane vocals of California Death Metal vocalist AJ Magana. In this excerpt we asked the band how they got hooked up with AJ to record the album and perform a select few shows.
In this excerpt from Ep. 4, Diego Sanchez talks to us about his family’s musical heritage, getting exposed to death metal in high school, playing in Strangulation alongside Ben Marlin and Travis Ryan, learning alternate picking in order to play Disgorge, and writing the material for 1999’s She Lay Gutted.
Coming soon to the Cali Death Blog:
Severed Savior’s Servile Insurrection is one of the classic releases from the California Death Metal scene. Released in 2007, it is, according to guitarist Mike Gilbert, the first death metal album to be recorded using a Fractal Audio guitar amp simulator. However, the story behind the guitar recording on the album includes even more history, as Mike explained to us in Ep. 3.
We did a deep dive into music projects past, present, and future with longtime friend Cary Geare. Some topics we covered in this episode: Meeting Joel & early projects Seeing Odious Mortem for the first time Writing music with KC at the furniture dome Recording the first Son of Aurelius demo Writing 2010’s The FarthestContinue reading “Ep. 12: Cary Geare (Son of Aurelius, AllRealm (who?), &…Odious Mortem?!?)”
In this excerpt from Ep. 2, Matt recalls the formation of Decrepit Birth, meeting Derek Boyer, and recording 2003’s …And Time Begins in his home studio.
In this excerpt from Ep. 1, Mike Hamilton and Jacoby Kingston of Deeds of Flesh candidly recount hearing of their bandmate Erik Lindmark’s passing.