TM - Hi this is Amelia and Elizabeth from Twinmusix, and we are here with Obie from Pathology. Thank you for having this interview with us today we appreciate it.
OF – Absolutely.
TM - So how's everything been going for you?
OF - It's kind of like the Twilight Zone but I think we will get through it. I guess the world is terminally weird but besides that life is okay.
TM - Do you have any shows coming up?
OF - No we don't, it's kind of an on and off kind of thing. We have things line up and then fall through and then we go back into lockdown you know. There are shows but they are few and far between and were also laying low until the album comes out so we can push it.
TM - What can fans expect from your album The Everlasting Plague?
OF - They can expect some seriously gnarly, brutality, catchy riffs and some new elements added in. It has a little bit more atmosphere in the album. There's some different stuff we added in and some new elements from the last album that I think people are going to dig.
TM - What was your writing and recording process?
OF - We were in lockdown, we kind of took a little bit more time with this one and we revised the album more than we did the last one. We had skeletons of songs and we listened to them all. The last time we had skeletons of songs we were like ‘this is solid let’s do this’ and we cranked that album out fast but this one we were in the same place, and we were like ‘we don't know, is this the last one? Is this catchy, is this it?’ and the answer was no. We went back to the drawing board and threw some of the songs in the meat grinder and Dan put a lot of new elements into the songs. I got those back I was like ‘holy sh*t man, these are different, it's way different, it's cool I’m excited about it’
TM – Would you say it’s a continuation of Reborn to Kill or do you think it went in a different direction?
OF - You will hear the signature pathology riffs in it, but we went off in a different direction as far as adding atmosphere, there’s more of a journey. Reborn to Kill was like getting hit in the head with a bat repeatedly and this one is more like getting hit in the head with a bat and you fall off a cliff. It's nothing sane you know.
TM - Well hopefully it's a Harley Quinn at least because Harley Quinn is cool.
OF – Nice.
TM - How did you come up with your album cover and is there a meaning behind it?
OF - You know the album cover we just kind of put some ideas together we used Par and he has done a bunch of Pathology album covers and he knows what we like the meaning behind it. I don't know if it has a specific meaning but there's always a doctor on the cover. He started as a normal doctor and on every cover, something different happens to him. At this point, he's been killed and taken out of the grave and is zombie-like. He’s a super juiced up angry zombie ripping people's guts out and sh*t. It's an evolution of the doctor we came up with for an album cover and I used it again and again and it just evolved. The cover doesn't have much to do with the songs lyrical content or anything like that, it's kind of separate.
TM - I love it, how you picked a character and stuck with it it's kind of like Iron Maiden did.
OF – Yes! The doctor is our version of Eddie for sure.
TM - You got signed to Nuclear Blast Records on the 27th of August, how did that come about?
OF - They came and watched us play in Los Angeles about two years ago and I'm pretty sure we just tore the house down they liked what they saw. It was an abrasive live performance and that was the first time I've heard of them having an interest in us. At that time the band had gone through a bunch of line-up changes, so it would’ve been a gamble for them to sign us upright when we formed. I think they wanted to hold off and see what we were going to do you know? We cranked out Born to Kill, then we toured it a bunch and then toured it some more and I guess they liked what we were doing and hooked us up.
TM - I also noticed you are a San Diego band, it's one of my favourite places in America so I love that.
OF - It's a pretty nice place. I'm the only person that doesn't live in San Diego. I'm about 40 miles north of Los Angeles but all the guys are San Diego born and raised. They all live within 15-20 minutes of each other.
TM - If you could have any band play one of your songs, what band would it be and what song? In your style or their style?
OF - Oh my god that's a great question. I could nerd out on this one. I would like to see what 1992 Cannibal Corpse would do with the song "Submerged in Eviscerated Carnage" off the new album, that would be cool. It’s a super heavy song and I vibe on Chris Barnes old stuff a lot, I love his work you know, early Cannibal Corpse, is what got me into death metal, to begin with. I always go to the Barnes era of Cannibal Corpse, I'm a dork like that.
TM - What's your favourite festival and why?
OF - That's a huge Europe thing. I've played a couple of them but in the United States. I would say my favourite I have been to is the Las Vegas Death-Fest which is now called Sin City Slaughter-Fest. It is unbelievable to have all these metal bands playing right on Fremont Street in Las Vegas, right where the casinos are. All the crazy sh*t that you see on TV, with the giant overhead screens and there’s a death metal festival there, it's wild, I love that one. As for Europe, I don't know. We played Mountains of Death a long time ago. It's not around anymore but it's some of the most epic scenery I have ever seen. It was out there in Switzerland, in the middle of nowhere, and you have this ambience and it’s just beautiful you know? It was the weirdest place to have a metal festival.
TM - What was your first ever concert, can you tell us the story?
OF - My first ever concert, you're going to make me go back and date myself. My first ever concert I went to was Sepultura, Napalm Death, Sacred Reich and Sick of it All. It was a long time ago now. It was the Sepultura Arise tour that was a life-changer for me. I fell in love with the tunes after going to a death metal show and seeing people perform like that. It was sweet.
TM- Oh that's cool, that's an epic line-up as well. What's your favourite memory of watching someone else perform live?
OF - I'm a big fan of Gorguts and I never got to see them perform live as a youngster when I was a kid. They came back out with Carcass or something like that, maybe 10 years ago, it's the only time I've seen them. They played “And Then Comes Lividity" and then again on acoustic guitar. It was my favourite song; they played my favourite song of all time. I didn't cry but I think my eyes watered up a little bit. It was a very emotional thing to watch, and it was f**king awesome. That was a memorable thing for me, personally, you know.
TM - Yeh that's epic! Last question is there anything else you want to say to your fans?
OF - Pick up the new album and give it a spin, let us know what you think because me being a fan of death metal I think there's something special on this new album. Compared to our previous stuff it still has the brutality, there are new elements in there and it brings something else and makes it like a journey. It’s going on a journey of listening to this whole album, it's cool. Get the new album when it comes out then come and see us out on the road and let us know what you think, that's what I like to leave it with.
TM - Thank you for having this interview with us today we really appreciate it.