Senem: Hey there, great to have you here. We know you guys from Massacre. So what’s the story here?
Inhuman Condition: Yes, Jeramie and I were playing in Massacre in the fall of 2019 and wrote 14 songs for the new album. About a year later we had to leave the band and the situation and decided to use the music for a new project. Jeramie and Terry have known each other for years and Terry heard the music and loved it, so it was an obvious choice to get him the band on bass.
LOMM: Pandemic has taken an emotional toll on everyone yet the arts have been hit especially hard. The musicians are vulnerable to financial upheaval. How have you guys have been holding up?
Inhuman Condition: Well obviously a ton of money was lost for all of us due to no shows or tours for the last year and a half, but I think we are all smart enough, and well-prepared and adult well that we are all okay. I work a “regular” job when I’m not touring so I was able to get unemployment thankfully! Terry has done a handful of live-streams with Obituary, and Jeramie has had a few mixing/drumming gigs as well, so we’re okay for now.
LOMM: On the other hand you seem to have had a productive time. Is that right?
Inhuman Condition: Incredibly productive! Jeramie and I did a project at the start of the pandemic where we wrote, recorded, mixed, mastered and released a song in one day. We did this for 12 days and did different genres of metal each day, and collaborated with tons of our musician friends around the world. That led to the forming of FORE, Jeramie and I’s punk band with Spiesi (former Kreator bassist) and our friend Brian “Canadian Glenn Hughes” Stephenson. Jeramie and I have about a million bands, and run a recording studio, and an independent label to release our own music, so we’re all pretty busy. Not to mention Jeramie and Terry being family men!
LOMM: Modern sounds are my thing. How about you? What does your genre means to you, why did you choose this genre?
Inhuman Condition: I think that the three of us are still into a lot of the music that influenced us as kids, so that’s anything from Venom, Judas Priest, Metallica, Celtic Frost, etc. The genre we “chose” was I guess Massacre, because the album was written to be the new Massacre album. Of course we put our own flare on it, and then Jeramie’s vocals add a totally unique vibe to it, as well. So it’s death metal, it’s thrash metal, it’s hardcore, it’s crossover, its…its….metal!
LOMM: How did the initial musical and thematic elements evolve?
Inhuman Condition: The music went pretty quick. I wrote the skeletons for about 12 songs in about a month and a half, then Jeramie and I did some arranging, some riff adjusting, then we cranked out our parts for the recording. Unfortunately the album sat unfinished until we eventually left Massacre and finished it with Terry. The artwork was done last November by Dan Goldsworthy and that sort of set the tone for the album. The human race, and all it’s problems.
LOMM: Are you happy with your product? I mean, what aspects of it do you think you guys nailed, and what parts do you think you could improve
Inhuman Condition: We are completely stoked on our album! I think Jeramie nailed the mix, I’m proud of my master, I think the artwork is unbelievable, I like the track sequencing. There is always room for overall improvement, but I couldn’t be happier with this album, top to bottom!
LOMM: How has the overall reception been?
Inhuman Condition: It’s been wild! We have nothing but positive responses so far. We only released 23 seconds of a demo, and people were losing it! It will be nice to have the first single, Tyrantula, out soon! People are excited to see Terry in a new project. There have been some “this just sounds like Massacre..” comments, but we just say “well…it was written to be a Massacre album originally” hahah.
LOMM: Have you ever been on a tour? Given live performances? Is it tough for you not to be able to do so now?
Inhuman Condition: We have our first show this weekend! We are very anxious to hit the road though, and have some things in the works for late this year or next year. It is tough to not be able to play often, but it seems like it will be opening up (hopefully) more and more.
LOMM: What do you see for your future? How is it looking?
Inhuman Condition: This album comes out in June, then I imagine since we won’t be touring that we’ll start/finish up the next record!
LOMM: Could you tell us about the lyrics / themes /concepts you focus on or plan to focus on? How did the ideas come about, and how do they influence the writing process? Who is writing the lyrics?
Inhuman Condition: A lot of the lyrics involve mankind, and all it’s problems. Shitty humans, bottom-feeders, the end of the world, being in a coma, murderers, you know, all the stuff that a death metal album should have. Jeramie and I split up the lyric duties on this album, and one song “Killing Pace” was penned by our good friend Paul Mazurkiewicz from Cannibal Corpse, who is an excellent lyricist!
LOMM: Which is more exciting? Being on the road or studio?
Inhuman Condition: Both! That’s impossible for me to pick because we are recording engineers as well as performers, so they both bring a certain pleasure. The road is fun because anything could happen, every night is different, it’s a tidal wave of excitement. The studio has it’s own fun, because creating and being able to bring the sounds you hear in your head to real life is a magical experience as well.
LOMM: Who is composing the songs?
Inhuman Condition: I wrote the basic tracks for all the songs, but Jeramie wrote two of the songs on drums before I wrote the guitars. I always say a song isn’t a song until it get’s everyone’s parts on it though. The next record will be more of a group effort.
LOMM: What bands do you draw your inspiration from?
Inhuman Condition: For this band/album, it was a lot of Massacre (obviously), Death, Celtic Frost, Metallica, with a little hardcore thrown in there. But in general, I’m influenced by anything from Frank Zappa to Alice In Chains to Grateful Dead to Gorguts, etc.
LOMM: What’s more important to you? Catering to the audience or music for its own sake?
Inhuman Condition: Music for its own sake. If you’re writing to the audience that’s more of a pop mentality to me. Which is cool, I love a lot of pop music, but I think I tend to write the riff/album that I would want to hear. I suppose that’s a bit selfish, but oh well! haha.
LOMM: When you look back your music career, what do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment?
Inhuman Condition: Not getting to the drug addict/alcoholic stage. I have a whole shelf of autobiographies that were incredibly entertaining to read, but every one of them was depressing as hell reading about all of their drug addictions and alcoholism. I’m pretty proud of a lot that I have done, but one of the highlights was playing bass with Soilwork at the Grugahalle in Essen with Kreator, Sepulture, and Aborted, which is a massive arena where The Beatles and Frank Zappa and the Who have played.
LOMM: Anything else you think your fans should know?
Inhuman Condition: Our album is out on June 4th on Listenable Insanity Records, and a ton of other labels around the world. The vinyl will be our August 6th on Black Serpent Records. Stay tuned for more music this year! Cheers.
LOMM: Looking forward. Thanks for your time.