THE WEEKEND HEADLINER: a RoM exclusive with..Devourment (Dallas)

THE KINGS HAVE RETURNED

Devourment 2019
Devourment 2019 from L to R: Ruben Rosas – vocals, Brad Fincher – drums, Dave Spencer – bass, Chris Andrews – guitar/aux vox / photo courtesy of Facebook.com/DevourmentOfficial

When brutality comes full circle

Texas slam pioneers, Devourment, return to this year’s Chicago Domination Fest as a prelude to the long awaited fifth studio album release, “Obscene Majesty”

by Ryan A Vasquez

ratedrv79@gmail.com

Texas was first introduced to the meaning of brutal death metal when this band formed in 1995.

Come 1999—courtesy of United Guttural—the world witnessed how brutal Texas death can be with the debut release, “Molesting The Decapitated,” despite the extreme metal revolution Europe, New York and Florida began.

Devourment's 1999 release "Molesting The Decapitated" cover art
1999 release “Molesting The Decapitated” cover art / image courtesy of Facebook.com/DevourmentOfficial

Those of us in Texas that craved more than mainstream metal finally had a flagship band that delivered the aggression and absolute sickness we were needing.

This would be the first step in a historical journey that would set the bar for the future of brutal death metal and Texan metal musicians alike.

Devourment fan shot - stage view
Devourment fan shot – stage view @ Maryland Death Fest 2019 / photo courtesy of Facebook.com/DevourmentOfficial

Devourment would move on to record three more intensely brutal albums: “Butcher The Weak,” Unleash The Carnivore,” and the last of which, “Conceived In Sewage,” released under the major label Relapse Records in 2013.

The more this band would continue to hit the stage, the greater the fan base would measure worldwide, creating a potency to the underground scene inspired fans came to respect and admire.

Continuing on a pioneering path, in 2014 a visionary named Miguel “Gore-grinder” Medina created the Chicago Domination Festa Chicago-based extreme music festival exhibiting some of the heaviest names in the underground industry.

Setting off this inaugural event, these four Texans made history by headlining this out-of-state extreme music festival atop of their midwest native peers.

CDF 2014 Official Flyer
Official flyer for the first annual CDF 2014 / image courtesy of Facebook.com/chicagodominationfest

Even though Devourment relentlessly played shows all over the world and participated in several music festivals, it would be six years since the last studio release.

And while so many other amazingly successful extreme metal bands had their day in the sun, release after release, tour after tour, everything else can take a back seat now.

The kings of brutal death metal are back with something new.

Devourment's Aug. 16, 2019 release "Obscene Majesty" cover art
Aug. 16, 2019 release “Obscene Majesty” cover art / image courtesy of Facebook.com/DevourmentOfficial

On August 16, the highly anticipated fifth studio album will finally be released, following the three singles that were let out to the public as a sample of where the band is today.

If you have yet to experience some of the newest material, the following video is to the single “Cognitive Sedation Butchery.”

Official flyer for CDF 6
Official flyer for CDF 6 / image courtesy of Facebook.com/chicagodominationfest

As it stands today, the Chicago Domination Fest has grown into the largest extreme metal festival in the Midwest, with a full lineup itinerary for three days to include the toughest, most brutal names in the industry.

And like a mysterious twist of fate, once again these Texas legends find themselves headlining the final day of the event.

So much has happened since the last time this audience witnessed the intensity this band brings. If you’re wondering what kind of things, guitarist Chris Andrews spoke with RoM and filled in the blanks.

Devourment live shot 2015
Devourment live shot 2015 / photo courtesy of Facebook.com/DevourmentOfficial

RoM: July 19, 2014, Devourment makes history by headlining the inaugural Chicago Domination Fest—the newest extreme music festival on a hot August weekend in Chi-town.

Had Eric Park (drums 2005 – 2014) and Mike Majewski (bass 1997 – 1999, 2001 / vox 2005 – 2014) already depart from the band by this performance bringing back on Brad Fincher (drums 1995 – 1999, 2001, 2014 – current) and Ruben Rosas (vox 1999, 2002 / guitar 2005 – 2014 / vox 2014 – current)? Tell me about this transition. [timelines taken from metal-archives.com]

ChrisAll five of us traveled up to Chicago together with our driver, Dave Spencer (bass 2014 – current), but we ran out of food halfway through the trip so we had to eat Eric and Mike.

Devourment cake 2017
Devourment cake 2017 / photo courtesy of Facebook.com/DevourmentOfficial

RoM: Five years later, Devourment is once again a headliner for the CDF, except this is the sixth annual of an event that has grown to be the largest festival in the Midwest and among the top death fests in the country.

Do you feel  Devourment has changed any since the last time they saw you guys here?

ChrisYeah, we’ve been together with this lineup for over five years now, so we are tighter. We were pretty good when we first started, but it’s impossible not to evolve with time the longer you play together.

"Arterial Spray Patterns" graphic design
“Arterial Spray Patterns” graphic design 2019 by: Francesco Lorenzetti / image courtesy of Facebook.com/DevourmentOfficial

RoMWith the tracks “Cognitive Sedation Butchery,” “Narcissistic Paraphilia” and “A Virulent Strain Of Retaliation,” we finally got a taste of the new material scheduled to be released Aug. 16 under Relapse Recordsthe long awaited fifth full length album, “Obscene Majesty.” 

Producer D. Braxton Henry from the first three albums was brought on for this project. What was the strategy for this album?

Chris: We wanted this album to be so heavy that you could put it on and sink to the bottom of a lake.

Devourment with Indonesian Law Enforcement 2017
Devourment with Indonesian Law Enforcement 2017 / photo courtesy of Facebook.com/DevourmentOfficial

RoMIt’s been quite the adventure for Devourment leading up to album #5. If you recall in late Oct. 2017, there was an 11 city Asia run including two nights in China, two nights in Japan, a stop in Korea, The Philippines, and so on.

What are some of the differences you guys found in metal culture and crowd response between Asia and America?

ChrisI guess, in general, the further away you get from home, the more people are excited to see you.

RoMThe year 2018 brought on the Netherlands Deathfest IIILas Vegas Death Fest X, Fincher receives a sponsorship from Trick Drums USA for playing the first-gen “Dominator” model double pedal for 10 years, and then tragedy strikes.

Erik Raymond Lindmark, CEO and founder of Unique Leader Records passes in late November. How did you take the news? Did this have any effect on the Dec. 8 Ft. Worth Rail Club Live performance with The Black Dahlia MurderHavokGhoulLust and Skeletal Remains?

Chris: It was a big shock. I emailed him back and forth sometimes since they had reissued two of our albums, but I had no idea he was dealing with a fatal illness.

I was a huge Deeds Of Flesh fan, so it hit me twofold in that he was someone who I was communicating with and someone I looked up to.

It didn’t really have an effect on that December 8th show, though, that was more affected by the fact that the power went out for two hours and it was cold and rainy and outdoors.

Devourment live 2016
Devourment live 2016 / photo courtesy of Xichty.cz Photography / http://www.xichty.cz

RoMWell, it’s deathfest season again. And Devourment is like a storm spreading its fury across the circuit, full-on.

The last dates to my knowledge are 10/3 and 10/4 in Dallas and Houston with Despised IconKublai KhanIngested and Shadow Of Intent before you guys are done touring for the year, only two months after the album release.

So what’s the plan?

ChrisWe’re taking a nap after all this Obscene Majesty business, but we’re playing out more in 2020.

Ruben Rosas - vocals
Ruben Rosas – vocals / photo courtesy of Facebook.com/DevourmentOfficial

RoMAs we discussed earlier, it’s amazing how things come full circle, and can be definitely be taken as a sign of things meant to be.

But if you could change anything, even dating as far back as 1999’s “Molesting The Decapitated,” thus changing the course of history for the band and your lives, what would it be?

Chris: I shouldn’t have cut my hair in 2005.

Devourment 2019
Devourment 2019 from L to R: Dave Spencer – bass, Chris Andrews – guitar, Ruben Rosas – vocals, Brad Fincher – drums / photo courtesy of Facebook.com/DevourmentOfficial

RoMMessage for the fans?

ChrisHang in there.

Devourment graphic logo
Devourment graphic logo / image courtesy of Facebook.com/DevourmentOfficial

The kind of impact this Dallas-native band has on the underground metal scene will forever hold it’s integrity, judging from the buzz around their previous performances. Who knows if in 1995 they had some sort of premonition of the chaos, the screaming fans begging for more or the anticipation for yet another album.

They were just four musicians wanting to share their sick artistry for others to hopefully enjoy as much as they did.

Fast forward to today, people will plan ahead by scheduling off from work, purchasing airline tickets, saving their money for the newest merch and properly stretching before the show, because it is the most brutal experience we’ve been looking forward to all year long.

Author: Republic Of Mosh-Texas Underground Journal

I am a freelance writer with a passion for the underground metal music scene in Texas. I studied advertising and mass communication at Texas State University in San Marcos and Radio & TV at Del Mar College-Corpus Christi. I've been jumping in mosh pits all across Texas since I was a kid and now it is my goal to create the most informative and widely recognized publication for the Texas underground. I have a son (Vicente) and a daughter (Valentina) and currently live in Austin, Texas.

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