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Wormrot Interview Number 2

Posted: March 30, 2011 by Flashbox in Music
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Wormrot were one of the first bands to do an interview for us and we’ve kept a close eye on their career since, which has seen the lad’s popularity and critical acclaim sky rocket. Having just played a blinder at the SXSW festival, Wormrot are preparing to unleash their sophmore album “Dirge” on May 3rd (through Earache) and based on the already released tracks “Spot A Pathetic” and Erased Existence” (embedded below), its going to blow your mind.

Seeing as the release of “Dirge” is so close, I got in contact with guitarist Raysid to hear how their US tour is going,their feelings on “Dirge” and their new found fame.

Hey Raysid, hows it going?
Hey Norman, everythings going pretty well. Fit has just recovered from his fever and I’m still recovering from my nagging coughs. Other than than, we’re pumped to play every night.

Wormrot’s popularity has exploded since we last spoke with you guys. Has your success sunk in yet?
Not yet dude, we’re still a struggling band on the road. I’m still trying to keep my food spending to less than 4 dollars a day. Sleeping on the floors of generous people at night. Not that we’re complaining. Cuz I’ll forget all that every night after every show.

You guys just played at the SXSW Death party last night. How did the show go?The bill was awesome and it must have been great to be part of such an amazing festival?
It was an awesome display dude. I was so excited to be on the same bill as Magrudergrind and Kill The Client. The attacks were relentless, non-stop. Met lots of old friends we made during the previous US tour. SXSW is an awesome aural and visual orgy.

Have you guys been playing many tracks from the new album in your recent shows?
Our current setlist consists mostly of the songs off Dirge, some from Abuse and the split with I Abhor. Set To Kill was the only pre-Abuse song which made it into the current setlist.

The tracks you’ve released from “Dirge” sound brutal and we cant wait to hear the full album. You guys must be pumped to release it!
I can’t wait to see all the mixed reactions! All I can say about this album is all of us in the band are proud of Dirge and how we worked together in a short amount of time to come up with it. And we cant wait to let it out.

How has your USA tour been going?
Its been great dude. Our tour manager, Mike Red has been taking great care of us. Shows have been awesome, crowds have been crazy, especially yesterday in Churchill’s Pub in Miami, Florida. They were mental last year, they were even more mental this year! It’s becoming a satisfying tour, and we’re only 60% through.

Have you found much of a difference between US audiences and the Singaporean fans?
US audiences are more receptive, more vocal, and as proven by those in Miami, a lot more sweaty. Singapore crowds are more reserved.

Will you guys be heading to European festivals to promote “Dirge” this summer?
We’re in the talks of promoting Dirge in the UK and EU this coming September. I’m not sure which festivals we’ll be part of. But no Obscene Extreme this year. Damn.

What kind of a difference is there between “Abuse” and “Dirge”?
Gotta find out yourself dude. We, as a band, has a strict ‘no-telling’ policy about ‘upcoming albums’.

Finally, any plans to head to Ireland in the near future?
I hope so dude, we had a great time when we we’re there the previous time! I still remember there was this band called Hope Is Noise that I caught a night after we played, and they we’re fantastic. Maybe there might be a date during our tour this September. We’ll see.

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Lets just get straight to it. Grind legend’s Agorophobic Nosebleed and new grind heroes Wormrot both released new material from their upcoming releases. These tracks were released earlier this week, as reported by Uber-bloggers Vince and Axl over at Metal Sucks.net, so I’m a little late in posting this news but hey, better late than never.

Agorophobic Nosebleed are streming two tracks from their upcoming split with Despise You, “And On And On”. The tracks, “Possession” and “Ungrateful” are, as expected, as brutal as a swift shot to the nads with a sledgehammer and have me all kinds of excited about the release. “And On And On” will be released by Relapse on April 26th and you can do yourself a massive favor and go and pre-order it here

Wormrot meanwhile gave us a second taste of their upcoming sophmore album “Dirge” (which will be released on Earache and should come out on May 3. The track, “Spot a Pathetic”, again shows why Wormrot are creating such a stir in grindcore land and sounds like an explosion of pure aggression. I’ve embedded it below for you guys to enjoy.

Wormrot Interview

Posted: September 17, 2010 by Flashbox in Music
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Singaporean grinders Wormrot have been causing quite a stir in the underground metal scene. Since they were discovered by Digby Pearson of Earache records when he heard their track “Born Stupid” on the Invisible Oranges blog and decided to sign them to Earache records and re-issued their debut album “Abuse”, which has been well received by critics and fans alike.

I had an opportunity to speak to speak with the guys, as they were in the middle of their U.S tour about touring, getting picked up Earache, how they’ve brought attention to the Singaporean metal scene, serving in the national service in Singapore and other topics. Enjoy!

)Hey guys, how are you?
We’re doing mighty fine man, thanks for asking.

Your in the middle of a U.S Tour at the moment. How is life on the road?
We’re having a blast in the US. Responses are amazing. Yes we are on tour as we speak. Life on the road seems pretty cool. We have our own “Road Warrior”/Tour manager doing a great great job on handling contacts, organisers and whatnots. Mad props to him!

This tour is one of the first times many fans will get to see you guys live. How has fan reaction been?
It is also our first time ever touring the states and it has been pretty awesome. We met new and old friends along the way and nothing can beat that shit!. US grinders are freaks. We’re just finished a show in Denver Colorado and its a major grind galore! total chaos. Probably one of the many kickass shows we did so far. Pictures and vids will be uploaded soon once we have the chance.

You also just completed a tour in the U.K and Europe. How was that?

Well, the UK was amazing as well. Everything went smooth and the responses were great!. Meeting up with the peeps from Earache etc. Good times. We had a few hiccups on the Europe tour this year though. But it’s all been done and the do’s and dont’s will forever sink in our heads. All in all we learned alot during the Europe tour. It’s all good and can’t wait to be back in Europe again and hopefully a well planned Europe tour maybe next year? we’ll see.

How do the fans in the U.S and Europe compare to fans back home in Singapore?
Honestly speaking, Singapore fans wont be as massive and as fanatical fans as the grinders from the US and Europe. There’s not much of a grind scene going on in Singapore in the first place and we are kinda being “alienated”. We played in Indie shows, metalcore shows, black metal shows etc. We dont really care much about the scene in Singapore but if we feel like playing, we will play. No big deal. But then again, we do have close friends supporting our shit through thick and thin and thats all that matters.

You guys have done a lot to get recognition for the Singapore metal scene and grind in particluar. Other local bands must almost see you guys as heroes now. How does that feel?
We definitely have done alot amongsts ourselves. I’m really not sure what we have done to the Singapore “Metal” scene though. haha. We dont see ourselves as heroes or whatever. We are just being thankful to the right people that have been supporting us since day 1. You know who you are. We’re just like any other bands that love fucking grind! and thats it! But thank you to those who sees us as heroes, it feels awkward to say that, haha!

“Abuse” is a great album and has been really well received over here. You guys must be thrilled with its success?
Abuse has been doing pretty fucking great lately. Although it has been out almost 2 years ago, it’s still going strong. We can’t thank the grinders enough for supporting and spreading the album all over the world. Really does means alot to us, especially for a debut release. (We’re feeling)Pressurized on the new one,haha!

How did it feel when you got the phone call from Digby Pearson at Earache records?
Phone call? Don’t think so man, haha! It was a message sent by him in myspace. We’ve never thought that he would directly message us and that point of time we were looking for a label. and BAM! there you go. Everything after that goes with the flow and its doing awesome till this very day.

How is the metal/grind scene in Singapore? Any bands in particular we should look out for?
There’s definitely something going on in Singapore in terms of “scene”. Not much of grind going on but there are tons of Deathcore, death, black metal etc. There are killer bands over in our country. Asilent, Demisor, Magnicide, Analdicktion, Hen, Bombarde, Secret Seven, Flesh Disgorged to name a few.

When your touring away from Singapore, what do you miss most about home? Also, is there anything in the U.S and Europe that you must have when you visit.
I MISS MY HOME COOK MEALS ALREADY! hahah!! Of course Family and friends. And my goddamn PS3 which i just bought. I got to use it for like a day and then off for the tour already, haha! A must have in the US and Europe? CIGGARETTES!!

How was your time in the National Service?
IT SUCKS. THATS IT!.

What got you guys interested in Grindcore?
It’s all about having fun with grooves and the pleasure to play as fast as you fucking can man. Grindcore is the best solution to destress yourselves from the shithole we call home. Not to mention the struggles we had in our own country and put it in our songs. Typical grindcore is the way to go. It just suits us and our lifestyle. no fucking boundaries, lets fucking go!

Any updates on your next album?
We are currently done with a few tracks for the new album. We’ll be extremely busy after the US tour and head back to the rehearsal room for the next album. So yeah, keep intouch on our myspace, facebook whatever. We will update you grinders with some news with the next album most definitely.

Any chance that we will see you guys come and visit Ireland again in the near future?
As I recall, Ireland was awesome. Another show? Hell yeah brother.

For a list of Wormrot’s remaining U.S tour dates and to keep up to date with the guys, check out the Wormrot’s MySpace