Abnormality's Josh Staples Speaks his Mind

Extreme metal act, Abnormality hails from Massachusetts, U.S.A. Abnormality came together in 2005, and now features seasoned members Mallika, Jay, Josh, Ben, and Jeremy, all hailing from various underground acts such as Goratory, Ascendancy, Sexcrement, Revengeance, and Iranach.
Purveying a female fronted violent hybrid of the heaviest subgenres in metal, Abnormality mixes technicality and speed with devastating grooves. Taking from a wide range of influences, Abnormality captures the speed and unrelenting viciousness of Hate Eternal and Origin and infuses it with grooves and hooks more reminiscent of Suffocation and Deeds of Flesh.  Abnormality strives to bury the weak female fronted gimmick, and deliver a brutal sonic experience that death metal fans cannot deny. Bassist Josh Staples talks of the band's  latest album and new music!

1. Can I get a backstory on the band/ band biography?

Josh: No. That will be included in the tell all book. Briefly though, ABNORMALITY started in early 2006 after Teratism broke up. Mallika was trying to find a band at the time and Jay and Mike responded to an ad she put up. 

2. How did you guys come up with your band name?
Josh: I think it was picked out of hat.  Cianide Tsunami and Obliteration were other names considered as well.  No one else had Abnormality though, so there it was.

3. Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?

Josh:We're based out of Marlborough, MA. The scene here sucks other than local thrasher Crypter.  Worcester, Boston and Providence are where it's at. Too many good bands to mention from those areas.

4. What lyrical theme do you guys use in your music? What message do you want to send?

Josh: Lately it's alot of question your leaders, greed is bad, don't trust the government stuff.  The message is that we're here to rock and smash down the walls of that bullshit, you know what I mean?

5. What bands have influenced your band and its sound?

Josh: A lot to mention here. I guess Suffocation, Morbid Angel, Cryptopsy, Napalm Death and Eternal Suffering are the obvious ones.

6. Is there any story or concept behind Contaminating The Hive Mind title?

Josh: Not really a concept more of an agenda of questioning authority/authoritarian rule etc.

7. Who produced Contaminating The Hive Mind and what was it like working with them?

Josh: We produced the album, it was awesome working with everyone.  Pete Rutcho engineered the album.  He is the man. We recorded with him for EP "The Collective Calm in Mortal Oblivion".  He's the man.  Total executioner. Knows how to make the players feel at ease but always gets the best out of you.

8. Who did the cover art for Contaminating The Hive Mind and how much input did you have on it?

Josh: Mallika our singer did it. I didn't give any input because I trust most artists. I think we picked like the color of the logo and placement of the title and text but nothing major or wicked critical.

9. Select two songs from Contaminating The Hive Mind and what inspired the lyrics.

Josh: Taste of Despair is about cannibalism in some famous event somewhere. Monarch Omega is about MK-Ultra.

10. Do you guys have any new music in the works as far as a follow-up release?

Josh: We're writing right now for the next album. Hopefully we'll have it all put together for 2014.

11. What are your upcoming touring/show plans?

Josh: Banging around New Hampshire and New York for appearances with Gorod and Krisiun.  July we're playing Something Bloody Fest in Providence with Dawnbringer, Cauldron, Attacker, Cauchemar, Gravewurm, Dehumanized and Malignancy. We'll be in Europe for 2 weeks in October too.

12. Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?

Josh: At shows, online at bandcamp, YouTube. Buy merch from our big cartel page too!
13. What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most when hearing your music for the first time?

Josh: Remember to buy our album from our big cartel store because we could always use the support!

14. What can the fans expect to see from you in the future?

Josh: Like I said before, a new album hopefully in 2014 along with some awesome gigs in support.  New merch designs, more killer music, maybe another video or two. We'll see what happens, the future is great time.

15. Any final words of wisdom?

Josh: Remember to listen to Metalucifer, Pentacle and Aura Noir.  Buy organic.  Unplug electrical appliances will help you save BIG on your electric bill.  Don't get a patched vest until you are 5 years noble supporting shows at least once a month.  Buy print zines.  And never blow out the eastern candle. 

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