1. If compared
to "Growth" this CD shows a lot of efforts more. Why did you decide
to release such a rich CD and weren't you afraid of being forgotten
after 4 years?
So, we decided to release “such a rich CD” because this album is the
middle part of our concept and we thought it was a very important step
in INHUMATE career. So, here is the explanation of the concept : we’re
putting together 7 albums (we call it a heptalogy) base on the idea
of Life and Time abolition. « Internal Life », the first CD (1996),
is an illustration of the antenatal life, « Ex-Pulsion » (1997) represents
the moment of the birth, « Growth » (2000) doesn’t need much explanations,
« Life » is the middle concept album, then will follow « The Fifth Season
», « Expulsed » and « Eternal Life ». This last step ends the life on
Earth of all man and opens the mankind’s one to the infinite. Now about
the fact to be forgotten, I don’t think so because we’re an “old” band
in the deepest underground scene and people who are involved in it for
a long time uusally already know our name. People that werer supporting
us 4 years ago are still supporting us! And if we've lost some supporters
during these years, I think we have some new ones with the last album.
But you know we’re a 100% self produced and underground band and
we don’t need to have several thousand people following us to make us
feeling like rock stars!
2. I think the songs are more defined and discernible and the production
is definitely killer this time. What's your view?
Thanx for your words! We tried to make the best we can, as the previous
times. But we record our stuff in a small studio, and the owner of it
is improving his job as well as we do with our music. So, we hope to
always have a better sound and next time it will be better!
3. Did you take a lot of shots in the studio or was usually the first
one OK to finish on the record?
We always record the instruments one by one : first drums, then bass,
then guitars then vocals. So the first shot is never the best one… And
it explains the long time passed in studio.
4. Which are the songs best representing you nowadays?
??? I don’t know… All the tracks are representing INHUMATE I think…
But in my personal opinion the ones I prefer on “life” are “For Lust”,
“A Trip”, “Blasted” and “Sickness is the Law”… But tracks like “Blind”
from “Ex-Pulsion”, “Putrefaction” from “Internal Life”, “Vanité ?”,
“Satyriasis” or Muensterturm” from “Growth” are also really representative
from the INHUMATE spirit.
5. How does it feel to be in a grind band nowadays? I mean, usually
grind bands are young or come from Japan, so you must feel some pressure
and honour to bring this 'flame' forwards in France?
We’re an old band and we’re also “old” guys. And we’re proud of what
we do. You know we always kept high our independent way now I think
we begin to have a small underground name in the French scene, that's
cool ! But there are also some other French cool grinding acts like
SUBLIME CADAVERIC DECOMPOSITION, GRONIBARD, WARSCARS, ELYSIUM, etc…
And I don’t think we’re the leaders of the scene, we’re just one band
amongst the other ones.
6. Does Chris write all the lyrics and who is the minotaur you talk
about in "Labyrinth"; is it a metaphor or a real being?
“Labyrinth” is totally metaphoric because it’s a way to explain how
life can be. How your life can change from a day to another just because
of one decision you've made. Everything is only the result of the choices
each of us have to take.
7. Do you think there should be a balance between social and less
committed, serious lyrics (like the ones in "A Trip")?
Yes, because we’re not into social or politic lyrics. We don’t think
we have to tell to people what they have to think, believe in, eat or
do through our music and lyrics. We are a music band, so we try to not
put some social messages in our lyrics. And I think that’s why we have
such “strange” topics, far away from the usual goregrind cliché, or
agathoclones social lyrics.
8. What were the best shows and what happened to Chris so that his
forehead bled during the show?
Difficult to say which were the best shows, but when people ask me
I usually say that the Obscene Extreme Festival is amongst them. It’s
such a brutal as fuck festival !!! I never visited such a cool place
for underground people ! It’s maybe 10 times more underground and less
devoted to the commerce than the “Fuck the Commerce Fest”… Now about
Chris forehead, he hits himself with the microphone, that’s why it’s
bleeding… And to the question “ Why is he hitting his head with the
microphone ?” I answer : because INHUMATE is a real sick band… Too many
bands use the word sick and show sick artworks… That’s easy, everybody
is able to do that. We say we are sick, and we are really sick, the
proof on the video you can find on our “Life” album and the best way
to understand that is to visit an INHUMATE show.
9. What were the worst shows on the other hand? Have you ever been
whistled or treated bad by some big bands? And have you ever had problems
with the public?
Problems with the public ? No, never. We don’t consider ourselves as
“stars” and the public as “fans” (I hate the word “fan”)… We’re all
together to have a good moment and we’re all united for the same cause
! Now about our worst shows I don’t know what to say… It’s years that
we've enjoyed almost all our shows. We give the best we can and the
public understands it and they support us during our performance, either
if they’re not grind freaks. Until now we haven’t been whistled by big
bands. Usually they ignore us and we do the same. They are stars, we
10. Have you ever played in Japan or other places out of Europe?
Which is the best audience and why? How do you react if the people don't
move too much?
Unfortunately we've never played out of Europe… We already had some
offers from Brazil and the USA, but we had to pay the travel and it
was too expensive for us. And as I told before the audience usually
moves enough. We think that the audience is “king”. So if people
don’t move or seem to be boring it’s ONLY the band that is responsible,
and never the public. So bands that are crying because this or that
public isn’t good should think a bit that maybe the band itself isn’t
good enough !!! Let's stop the rock star attitude in the underground
11. Has it ever happened that Chris lost his voice during a show?
Would someone be able to replace him and sing in his place immediately?
Hopefully it never happened… And in that case I can’t do anything… Maybe
should David do it, but I think we’d stop the show. INHUMATE is D. (David),
I.(Christophe), Y.(Yannick), F. (Fred) [“DIYF”, from “Growth” album].
We all have something to do and if one of us is missing then nothing
can go on.
12. Are you also friends out of the band?
Of course we are, but it doesn’t mean that we meet each other every
night. Nowadays it’s maybe 6 months that I haven’t met another guy (except
Yannick concerning Grind Your Soul distro things) out of the rehearsal
or concert moments.
13. Has the line-up been solid for many years so far or is Alzheimer
spoiling my memory?
The line up has been the same since 1994, and I think that’s why we’re
able to make the things we do.
14. Do you have time to answer all the fans?
I don’t like the word “fans”, I prefer people or guys. So, yes I find
it. I’m really busy between my family life, my job and INHUMATE but
I do answer all the e-mails and letters I get. This is also something
very important in my eyes. The people who write me are people who take
a bit of their time for INHUMATE, so I need to give a bit of mine time
for them. This is a fair attitude I think.
15. Next plans and releases? Have you ever been contacted by some
We’ve been contacted several times but we always refused all the proposals.
INHUMATE is and will stay an underground and independent band. We will
never obey to any commercial shit. I don’t mean that we refuse a possible
deal, but as long as we think that the propositions we have are not
honest we don’t want to sign. I think we will never sign, but never
know what may happen in the future . Now about new release, yes, we
will release Our next album “The Fifth Season”! When ? I don’t know,
we still haven’t the first note of it.
16. You can take all the place you need for info, messages or whatever
you feel necessary.
Thanx a lot for your support Markus and now to all readers I say : feel
free to contact me for anything, all letters and e-mail will have an
answer. We also have a huge distro list, if you’re interested to have
it just send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remember that if INHUMATE is still self produced until now it’s because
some cool underground maniax are buying some of our CDs!!!
MARKUS GANZHERRLICH - 22/3/04
I N H U M A T E [band since 1990 - line up since 1994]
C/o Fred ANTON, 19 rue des paturages 67310 ZEINHEIM - FRANCE
-4 track demo 93 "abstract suffering" (tape 01)
-6 track "grind your soul" (tape 02)
-"INTERNAL LIFE" (CD, 1996 - GYS001)
"EX-PULSION" (CD, 1997 - GYS002)
-"GROWTH" (CD, 2000 - GYS003)
-"LIFE" (CD, 2004 - GYS004)
-7"ep "MISSED EX-PULSION"split with Alienation mental
-7"ep "LIVE" split with Vaginal incest
SFP 001 : GERBE OF LIFE / REPUDIATE Split CD
SFP 002 : PUNISHMENT / 7TH NEMESIS Split CD
SFP 003 : THE FRENCH UNDERGROUND SERIES