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January 24, 2019

Interview Angerot

Hi, Angerot. Greetings from Sick and Destroy team. What are you up to these days?
Currently, dealing with a blizzard with 3-5 foot snow drifts. Yes… in April.

Would you please introduce your band to our readers who are not aware of your band and music?
We are four 40 year old dudes who were raised on the birth and rise of Death Metal thru he late 80s and 90s. We play what we know and do it to the best of our abilities. Fuck trends.

Give us a little insight into the formation of the band. When and how did it happen?
Angerot formed about a year and a half ago… however we have all been in bands together off and on since 1989. Josh, Jason and I spent the last 7 years together in Tennessee Murder Club. All of us spent time in Suffer at some point since 1989.

At what age did you guys start playing instruments? Since when are you into metal music?
I began playing drums at age 9 and shifted to guitar at 15. Suffer formed in 89 and most of us started playing around the age of 14-15. By 16, we were all headlong into the Death Metal and playing as a fully functional Death metal band by 1991.

Angerot to release “The Splendid Iniquity” on May. Tell us something about it. Walk us through all the tracks lyrics and meaning.
April 13th was the actual release date. We have spent the last 14 months working on it, tracking and getting production in place. We have assembled a team of the best in the business to be a part of it and we are pretty proud of the results. The album is a hit of a concept album… to a degree. 6 of the tracks collectively tell a story of sorts. From birth to death to a resurrection and annihilation. It is about faith, loss, lies and revenge.

When and where did you play your first gig? How was the experience of going live for the first time?
Locally here with a grip of great regional bands. It was a stressful show for me personally. It has been years since I fronted a band… at least 15 years. This is my first return back to vocal duties and the pressure I put on myself was heavy. I am glad we are past it. Things are far more comfortable now.

What, according to you, is the secret behind band’s success?
Good question. I feel that we are very comfortable in who we are, what we produce and the quality of our music. Are we reinventing the wheel?? Absolutely not. BUT, I do feel that we are bring a purity that is undeniably 90s without sounding like a copycat nostalgia band. We are simply doing what we love to hear.

Ever had an epic fail moment during a gig?
Too many I feel. You play live for 30 years and you probably have a weeks worth of them. Falling, forgetting where you are, forgetting riffs. I played a show years ago with a band called The Electric Hellfire Club and several of their members attacked some of ours on stage… all shot hit the fan and a brawl broke out. That was an epic fail.

If asked to differentiate Angerot from other bands in your country, how would you like to respond to it?
Speed. Right now it seems the sole focus for so ml such American Metal is speed… how fast can you play, how many sweeps do you have, how technical and insane you can be. I am just not a fan of that. I respect the skill, dedication and effort it takes to compose and perform that music, but it doesn’t do much for me personally. To me, good music of any kind leaves you with something… either a riff, a pattern, a lyric or chorus…something. Something that sticks with you, something that brings you back to that song again and again. We do our best to try and bring that with our music. We are definitely not a band that cares about trends or what is popular now. We just do what we do best and if people like what we do, excellent.

Which bands/ artists do you draw your influences from? Which are your favorite local bands?
We draw a lot of influence from our roots. The early 90s and the bands that built the genre; Bolt Thrower, Dismember, Grave, Carnage, Carcass, Death, Suffocation, Morbid Angel. All so unique and all doing things their way. As far as locals… we live in a very rural area. Our local scene spans a distance to kore a regional type scene. Garoted from Lincoln, NE. Torn the Fuck Apart from Kansas City. Oppress the Tyrant from our city. The Midwest has always been home to killer bands.

How do you guys manage jobs and gigs? Also how often do you guys gathering altogether just to fun?
Its tuff. We are all family people, wives and kids and careers. We are not kids anymore that is for sure. It can be a challenge to play shows in general. We do the best we can with what we have for time. We dont just play shows to play shows… we try to play shows that make sense. We are selective and thoughtful about everything we do considering what we have available for time. Touring is a tiff one… there is no money in it. When you have families and Bill’s to pay, they dont mix well. We get together at least once a week to rehearse and write new material. We speak and text daily on things, shows, merch, writing, and all aspects of management. Ot works well for us.

Angerot is very promising formation. Talking of your future, 5 years from now, where do you see yourself?
Honestly, no idea. We are all very comfortable with who we are and what we are doing. All we can hope for is that people like what they hear from us. We are only just getting started and have so much more to bring to the table. This album has given us some great insight as to what we are doing for the next album and how we are going to do it. We have another great list of friends we are going to be working with as well. Really, we just want to get our music in as many ears as we can with the means we have available. Everything else is a gift.

Well, that’s it. Thanks a lot for your time. Speak out to all your fans and supporters.
We can’t thank everyone enough for the support, kind words and interest for Angerot. We are fortunate and grateful for all of it. We are just getting off the ground and hope to continue to bring awareness to the roots of our incredible Death Metal culture. Hails!

C.R. Petit