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Jools Green


Following the recent release of Italian extreme death Metal band Humangled's second full length offering, the crushingly impressive 'Prodromes Of A Flatline', caught up with guitarist Luke Scurb and vocalist Andrew Goreds for a chat.

Luke, Andrew, you both originally started as cyber-grind duo Putrid Sequence back in 1994. How did that evolve into the extreme death Metal band Humangled?

Andrew: "Well, while the music changed a lot in the "style" from cyber-grind of the origins (something in between the scenes of Pitch Shifter/Godflesh/Ministry on one side and Napalm Death/Carcass on the other) leaving back all industrial influences in the years, we still consider some original PS ideas as seeds of our recent music."

Luke: "It's important to mention that in those years in Italy there wasn't a huge musical culture linked to extreme Metal; perhaps industrial grind was more practical to implement (not easier)."

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Over Humangled's nineteen year history your releases have demonstrated a continued solid push forward in the band's development; in terms of construct and brutality, what keeps you motivated and evolving?

Andrew: "The feel of having something to say!!! For us music in general, and death Metal specifically, is just the perfect form we found to channel our hate and reaction to social and personal aberrations. Humangled is simply an incarnation of these thoughts in heavy form, and we really see death Metal as a strong positive reaction."

Luke: "It's an evolution that does not aim for perfection, we just try to adapt the means of communication to what we want to express. The motivation is linked to our desire to express ourselves."

Your sound is has quite a unique edge but who influences and inspires Humangled and where do you draw your inspiration for your creative endeavours?

Andrew: "We feel lucky to have deeply dug so much thrash/death/industrial in our formative years, that probably is the cause of the familiar sound but unrecognizable "scene" to which we could belong. We are really proud of producing our own mixture, and the inspiration comes usually from real life facts more than music, situations that create increasing echoes in the brain and gets more defined day by day."

Luke: "Exactly as Andrew told."

Therion's 'To Mega Therion' was an interesting choice of a track to cover for the final offering on 'Prodromes Of A Flatline'. I loved the brutal edge you brought to it. What made you choose that particular track to cover?

Andrew: "After the 'Odd Ethics' EP it was planned to record a cover song for a compilation or so, but we never wanted to choose a track from a band that would sound even little similar to Humangled. In the 90s we enjoyed a lot Therion albums like 'Theli' and 'Lepaka Kliffoth' and we came to the conclusion that we could "spice up" one of their most iconic songs."

Luke: "The song is intended as a simple tribute to a band of our musical background and above all a bonus accompanying album. Although the "brutal edge" is clearly perceptible; we tried to respect the original scores, with the approval of Christofer Johnsson."

Globally how far has Humangled's music reached would you say?

Andrew: "We do feel and hope that we are right in the middle of our road, still many ideas to put in practice and greater audiences to reach. We shared the stage with some our teenage idols like Entombed, Obituary, Cryptopsy but that made us just want for more of those feelings."

Luke: "I think in any case that an arrow to our bow is the fact that we haven't a preordained path to follow."

As guitarist and vocalist what are your individual roles in the creative process and how do you go about implementing this creativity when writing and composing?

Andrew: "We like to discuss a plot together and then privately write something on that mood. From the continuous confrontation of the ideas energy flows and more elements are created and old elements are redefined. After our last CD we were engaged to evolve this composing process from a binary brainstorm into a five pointed star band environment."

Luke: "Although we focus on some ideas that interest us, we never know when inspiration overwhelms us and we try to be timely and ready to record/transcribe everything that comes out."

What's the extreme Metal scene like in Italy/Pisa? How easy is it to get you music out there and heard?

Andrew: "Pisa and Italy are cradles of really good bands, but I think there's an audience problem: I don't feel that any underground band is really perceived as interesting or there is a desire to discover other bands. Really attended events are "Big 10" worldwide known Metal bands, or - on local scale - tribute bands concerts. We felt the situation is slightly better in north Italy, but especially abroad, at least for what concerns our music."

Luke: "I subscribe to Andrew in full, in Italy there is not a proper "scene" to be called like that, particularly in our genre."

I believe there is tentative talk of a European tour for 'Prodromes Of A Flatline'. Who would your ideal band or bands be to tour with?

Andrew: "Personally I'd like to share the stage with old school bands from UK - Napalm Death, Carcass, Bolt Thrower. I really do hope this can happen someday in the future!"

Luke: "In fact we are working with an agency in order to bring 'Prodromes Of A Flatline' around northern Europe at the end of this Year but we have nothing confirmed yet."

What is your happiest/funniest tour memory and who is your favourite band you have shared a stage with so far and why?

Andrew: "We titled our last tour 'Legionaries From Hell' and it was kinda fun after the tour to realize we were fatigued like ancient Roman soldiers! Most funny episode for me is a concert completely messed up with punk/hardcore guys roaming around in Czech republic, something really unconventional in Italy."

Luke: "A funny episode was to play in a "Metalcore addicted" country in a "Metalcore addicted" avenue with a local Metalcore opening... at the end of the evening we impressed everyone with a breath of 'Brutal Way Of Life!'. That was amazing!"

Do you have a favourite country/city to play live in?

Andrew: "It's normally a pleasure for us to return to some previously visited cities, but personally I really like to test new places, and I really would like to finally land in U.S.A. as we couldn't finalize the opportunity couple of years ago."

Luke: "I'd like to bring Humangled's music where it has not yet arrived... there are still many places!"

Is there some special message in 'Prodromes Of A Flatline' that you wanted to convey to your listeners? In titles, or lyrics for example?

Andrew: "We liked to dedicate this CD to the musicians that shared our path during the years, despite so many lineup changes due to personal reasons we are anyway in good contact with the guys, everyone added their personality bite in the years. If we are still here is also thanks to you."

Luke: "'Prodromes Of A Flatline' in a certain way carries on the musical message undertaken in all previous works, expanding and widening."

Any last comment?

Andrew: "Thanks for your good words about our last work and we do hope that your readers will take ten minutes of their time to check our music... Enjoy !"

Luke: "Thanks to Jools and for the opportunity of sharing our music and words!"

Thank you Andrew and Luke for taking the time to speak to Humangled's 'Prodromes Of A Flatline' album review can be read here.



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