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Hail Trench Warfare! You're a recent band in the Black/Death Metal zone. Can you tell us more about your story and the goals of the band?
Tony: Our goal and vision was and continues to be to create violent and extreme bestial death/black metal music. We don’t want to merely exist. We want to do our part in pushing the boundaries even further.
Jay: Tony’s solo project Plague Swarm was, in a sense, the precursor to Trench Warfare. Trench Warfare’s original bassist Bogus introduced Tony and I since he knew we both liked bands like Beherit and Blasphemy. As soon as we met we decided to start a band together, and the seeds for Trench Warfare were planted. It took a good while for the ball to get rolling, but once the war machine was built, we hit the ground running and we haven’t looked back. We’re just here to sodomize the universe.
Your demo “Perversion Warfare” is quite brutal, violent and filled with hatred! It reminds me both War Metal legends as Revenge or Conqueror and the cult Beherit or Blasphemy. Can you tell us more about your influences? And your vision of mythic Ross Bay Cult?
Tony: We are definitely influenced by all the bands you mentioned especially Conqueror. Conqueror has played a major role in influencing my guitar playing style. Other major influences for me are Proclamation, Bestial Warlust, Deiphago, older Morbid Angel, older Deicide, older Napalm Death (Mentally Murdered) and various hardcore punk/d-beat bands.
I’m not entirely certain what you meant by my vision of Ross Bay Cult. I will say they are a major force within extreme metal, and from what I have heard, they know how to party!
Jay: I’m not a one dimensional person, so the influences upon me personally are vast. However with regard to Trench Warfare, the band is an expression of rage and hatred. We are fueled by plenty of music, including that which Tony mentioned, and we are fueled by our experiences. Humanity has fallen short of what it should and could be. And there are countless pathetic people who infect the universe with their presence. Celebrate their demise. Celebrate victory. And yes, Blasphemy rules.
This bestial/war metal you play is maybe one of the most extreme kind of music ever created. What do you think about another real extreme genre, Grindcore?
Tony: Truth be told, I have not delved into this genre in its entirety. The main grindcore that I listen to is Napalm Death’s Scum, From Enslavement to Obliteration, and Mentally Murdered, as well as Carcass’ Reek of Putrefaction, Terrorizer’ World Downfall, and just about anything from Dead Infection. Jay is the major grind freak and Im sure he will answer this question at length. (haha)
Jay: Grindcore is a major influence upon our style and sound, and the bands Tony mentioned are all killer.
Are you working on an album ?
Tony: We actually have a full length album, Hatred Prayer, coming out soon. Hatred Prayer will be released on Transcending Obscurity Records.
Your music is so extreme, what can we expect from the future?
Tony: You can expect that we will continue to push the envelope and evolve as a band.
Jay: Our devotion to raw musical extremity will always remain, but we will continue to push and challenge ourselves. Even though many are content with playing by the rules, we’re more interested in expressing the negative aspects of who we are through extreme music that hasn’t yet been properly explored.
Can you give us your 20 favorite records ever?
Tony: In no particular order:
Deicide - Legion
Slayer - Hell Awaits
Conqueror - War Cult Supremacy
Angelcorpse - The Inexorable
Proclamation - Messiah of Darkness and Impurity
Eskhaton - Worship Death
Napalm Death - Mentally Murdered
Abysmal - Lord Disciples of the Inferno
Abominator - Subversives for Lucifer
Bathory - The Return
Bestial Warlust - Vengeance War Till Death
Poison Idea - Pick Your King
Vassafor - Obsidian CodexLucifer
Possessed - Seven Churches
Ritual Necromancy - Oath of the Abyss
Immolation - Here in After
Deiphago - Filipino Antichrist
Teitanblood - Seven Chalices
Cannibal Corpse - Butchered at Birth
Nihil Domination - Sado Perverser Goat Insulter.
Man! It’s hard picking just 20. Please note: My answers change from time to time. There is so much great shit out there.
Jay: I could answer this question, but I’d rather jerk off. Bring us your women.
This interview will be published in a book about different kinds of Black Metal, like Post-BM, Black/Death, True Black, atmospheric black... What is the part of Black Metal in Trench Warfare? What do you think about the evolutions of the genre?
Tony: I’ve always preferred faster more aggressive black metal like early Bathory, Mayhem, Antaeus, Luciation, Blodfest, early Immortal. Of course, anything I listen to repeatedly will come out in my song writing. I think genres evolve when bands attempt to stand out. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t think there is anything wrong with being a Blasphemy worship band or a Discharge worship band. I think to stand out and to evolve one tries less to sound like their favorite band and begins bringing in foreign concepts.
Jay: Black metal is great and will always be a part of our sound. Black metal can manifest itself in a variety of ways, but why do so many people listen to fruit loop black metal bands like Deafheaven and Alcest? This scarf and sweater black metal is pretentious and it sounds like crap. It isn’t black metal. I don’t have time for that BS.
For me there is also a big thrash feeling into your music. When I heard you I was thinking about old bands like Dark Angel. Do you agree? What Thrash means to Trench Warfare?
Tony: Of course. Again, I love fast shit. That’s what got me into extreme metal to begin with. Our motto: No grooves, no melody, etc. was due to an overwhelming number of bands that favor slam grooves (break downs?) or just flat out boring 120 bpm chug chug riffs. Thrash can be summed up in one word, or should I say country? Germany! They produced some of the best thrash. Period. Timeless classics! Satan’s Gift, Pleasure to Kill, Defenders of Justice, Obsessed by Cruelty.
Jay: It’s likely that thrash metal will always influence us. Following up on Tony’s comment, we started our band in a small, West Texas city that was home to an abundance of deathcore, metalcore and Lamb Of God clone bands. We were going to take our chosen musical path regardless, but we definitely enjoyed creating music that was antithetical and incompatible with the music in our hometown.
Are you going to play live?
We have played a handful of live shows already. Our first show was at the Gospel of the Serpent Fest in Chicago back in July 2018, and we opened the Texas dates on Heresiarch’s tour last summer.
Jay: I’m not sure when this interview will be published, but in the summer of 2019 we have a show with The Chasm and Cruciamentum. We have some other stuff in the pipeline as well.
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Tony: I appreciate the interview and your interest in Trench Warfare!
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