The Goregrind Monster, Viscera Infest!

Left to right: Ryo Himeo, Yuya Yakushiji and Eizo Asakura.

MM: Thank you for accepting the interview, Viscera Infest! Can you tell us the short history of the band? 

Eizo Asakura: こんにちは 俺たちVISCERA INFESTに声を掛けてくれてありがとう 光栄だよ。 VISCERA INFESTは1999年結成したDEATH METAL色の強いGOREGRINDバンドだよ。日本の南部に位置する九州で中でもとても小さな町なんだ 当時俺は16歳でVISCERA INFESTを結成し今年で16年目となる メンバーチェンジを繰り返しながら今のラインナップとなる 

Hello, thank you for contacting us VISCERA INFEST. It is a great honor for us. VISCERA INFEST, formed in 1999, is a goregrind band with a strong death metal influence. We play in a very small town in Kyushu, southern part of Japan. I was 16 when the band was formed and it has been 16 years since then. The band went through several member changes until now. 

MM: Let's get straight to the business. Your recent release 'Verrucous Carcinoma' is well received. Congratulations! It's melodious, fast, and brutal at the same time. It's a total grinding machine! Can you explain what the album is about? 

Eizo Asakura: ありがとう 喜んで貰えて嬉しいよ アルバムの内容はタイトルと聴いての通り、病理学・解剖学をコンセプトに曲を書いてるよ 臓物や嘔吐物・水死体・溺死体・事故死体などから発する残虐性・暴虐性を全て音に変えて表現している スピードと破壊力がVISCERA INFEST最大の売りであり一番大事にしている事だよ 

I am glad to hear that. The same as the title of the album, the songs were written with the concept of pathology and anatomy. We express in sound all the cruelty and violence coming from things such as offal, vomit, drowned bodies and dead bodies from accidents. Speed and destructive energy are what we VISCERA INFEST value and boast the most. 

'Verrucous Carcinoma' cover CD.
MM: Since 'Sarcoidosis' was a great record, truthfully I wasn’t surprised by the amount of appreciation regarding 'Verrucous Carcinoma'. What is your opinion about that? 

Eizo Asakura: リスナーが喜んでくれて好評なのは俺たちは凄く嬉しいよ 前作の[Sarcoidosis]も好評なようで嬉しかったけど 今回の「Verrucous Carcinoma」はおれらも現状で最善を尽くせたと思っているし満足しているよ。これからもVISCERA INFEST更なる進化していくつもりだよ 

We are happy to hear that. We are happy that our previous work 'Sarcoidosis' was successful. To 'Verrucous Carcinoma' we gave all what we have now. VISCERA INFEST will continue its evolution furthermore. 

MM: From musical point of view, are there any significant changes to 'Sarcoidosis'? 

Eizo Asakura: 前作の[Sarcoidosis]よりも演奏を複雑になったかも、曲展開にはかなり拘ったよ・何十通りも試したしね。弦楽器のチューニングも下げたし更に 速く過激にしたよ。それもハイゲインで極悪になるようにね! 今後も大きな芯は変えずに進化しより極悪最強サウンドをファンに提供できるようにしていきたい グラインドと名乗る以上は前傾姿勢で速く演奏する努力をVISCERA INFESTは心掛けたい!速くなきゃそりゃグラインドやない。速いのはドラムだけやない、ギターの音やリフ、Voなど全て総動員させてスピードを発した い 

The performance might have become more complicated than 'Sarcoidosis'. We insisted on how the songs should be developed and tried dozens of different ways. We also tuned down the guitars and played faster and violently, to achieve high gain and enormity. We would like to further improve and keep on providing the more nefarious and the strongest sound without changing our core. As long as we claim to be a grind band, we VISCERA INFEST will keep on trying to play even faster! No speed, no grind. The drummer isn’t the only one who’s fast, the guitarist and the vocalist are also in the fast speed element. 


MM: There is this huge eight years gap between 'Verrucous Carcinoma' and 'Sarcoidosis'. Why it took so long to produce an album? 

Eizo Asakura: 時間に関してはまったく気にしていないよ。 ショートカットの3コードグラインドみたいに単調なのはVISCERA INFESTではないし、曲の内容は慎重に時間掛けて書いていくよ だからトラック数も10曲以下にしてるし、繰り返しや同じ展開は使わない、色々試しながらアレンジするから時間を要するよ それに曲も頻繁に書かないし。ライブしてワイワイ飲んでるほうが好きだから 次回はコンピレーションやSPLIT albumに参加したいと思っているよ 

We don't care about the elapse of time at all. Monotonous shortcut 3-chord grind is not what we want for VISCERA INFEST. We take time in writing songs. So we limit the number of tracks to 10 or less, and we don't have repetitions or the same development in the songs. We make many trials and arrangements. That’s why it takes time. And we don't frequently write songs. Because we prefer to have live stages and have fun drinking with others afterwards. The next thing we have in mind is to be a part of a compilation or SPLIT album. 

MM: 'Verrucous Carcinoma' and 'Sarcoidosis' released through Obliteration Records. Is there any specific reason why you guys stick to the same label? 

Eizo Asakura: 同じレーベルに拘ってるのは絶対的な信頼があるから、VISCERA INFESTがこうしてインタビューが来たり音源が出せているのもObliteration Recordsの力強いサポートやバックアップがあってこそ。オーナーのナルトシ氏には本当に感謝でいっぱいだよ こうしてVISCERA INFESTの名が浸透しObliteration Recordsに少しでも貢献できたら俺たちは嬉しい・常に恩返ししたい気持ちがあるよ レーベルとバンド側は本来そのような関係がBESTだと俺は思う。 それにObliteration Recordsのオーナー率いるGOREGRIND BAND{BUTCHER ABC}も家族ぐるみで仲良しだよ もちろんサウンドもイカしててLOWでDEATH MEATLでCRAZYなバンドだよ。一緒に飲む酒も凄く楽しいし美味いんだ! 

It’s because we have an absolute trust in them. VISCERA INFEST can have these interviews and release sound sources thanks to the strong support and backup of Obliteration Records. We are truly grateful for Narutoshi, the owner, for this. By making the name of VISCERA INFEST known, we are hoping to contribute to and repay Obliteration Records. I think a relationship between a band and a label should be like this. The Obliteration Records’ owner has a Goregrind band, BUTCHER ABC. We are family friends. Their sound is cool, low, crazy and death metal. Drinking together is truly exciting and fun. 

MM: Pick one, 'Verrucous Carcinoma' or 'Sarcoidosis'? Why? 

Eizo Asakura: どっちもSick!!!Sick!!!Sick!!!両方聴くべし!そして痙攣しろ! 

Both are Sick !!! Sick !!! Sick !!! You must listen to both of them, and go into convulsions! 

MM: After 'Verrucous Carcinoma', what is next from Viscera Infest? A tour perhaps? Or maybe you're currently working on the third full-length? 

Eizo Asakura: 「Verrucous Carcinoma」発表後、年内は日本各地を廻る予定だよ VISCERA INFESTのショーを少しでも楽しみにしてくれる仲間やお客の前で最高にブッ飛んだ演奏をしたいんだ 次のアルバムは当分先だよwライブやビールが先だw 条件が揃えば来年海外でプレイできるように視野に入れて交渉しているよ またインドネシアジャカルタでプレイできたらいいな 

After releasing 'Verrucous Carcinoma', we will be touring around Japan. I want to show extreme stages for those who are waiting for VISCERA INFEST. We won't be releasing the next album for a while, as we need gigs and beer first! We are making negotiations so that we could play overseas next year if things go smoothly. I hope to play in Jakarta, Indonesia, again. 

MM: Talking another subject. What do you think of metal in digital age? Is it good or bad such as downloading singles and the work of social media?

Eizo Asakura: ほんとにアンダーグラウンドのバンドが好きだという人は音源を買ってバンドやレーベルを応援してほしい。その応援でレーベルやバンドが活性化し良いバンド が生まれたり、良い音源がリスナーの耳に届いたり還元出来ると思う。違法ダウンロードはレーベルやバンドを最終的に殺すことになる。それを踏まえて応援す る気持ちでCDを手に取り楽しんでもらいたい。 LIVEに関してはYOU TUBEでいくら見ようと現場の音圧や空気感などは絶対に届かない。 音は耳だけで楽しむのではなく五感全て使って体感し楽しんでもらいたい 

If you really like underground bands, just buy CDs and support them. By supporting them in this way, things get activated and more good bands come out. Listeners will benefit from it in turn as good sound sources will reach them. Illegal downloads will destroy bands and labels in the end. Having this in mind, support them and get CDs. Watching gigs on YouTube cannot possibly give you real live experiences. Music is not something you enjoy using your ears. You should use all five senses to enjoy music. 

MM: I wanna know about the underground scene in Japan, specially your region Oita. How could you describe your scene these days? And do you guys know about a thing or two about Indonesian underground scene? 

Eizo Asakura: 日本のアンダーグラウンドシーンはハッキリ言ってメチャメチャ良いバンドの巣窟だよ 名を上げだしたらきり無いけど凄く良いバンドが沢山活躍しているよ 地元大分も小さな町だけど個性的で熱いバンドばかりいるよ KNAVE(grind)/TRUST(hardcorepunk)/Goddamn Bull(hardcorepunk)/Ladygore(♀gore)/SPRAWT(hard core)など地元で仲良く時に激しくLIVEしては騒いでるよ 昔は地元にもDEATH/BLACK/GORE/GRINDバンドがいくつか活動してて盛んだったけど今は減ったよ インドネシアは2007年あたりにジャカルタ デスフェストに出演し凄く楽しかったよ "JAKARTA DEATH FEST 06" in Indonesia in Nov, 2006 インドネシアのバンドはASPHYXIATE / DEATH VOMIT / GELGAMESH / PROSATANICA / SIKSAKUBURと対バンしたよ インドネシアはTOTAL RUSAKとかも好きだよ~ 日本からは BLIND HATE/ GRAVITON / PUKELIZATION / VISCERA INFEST / HYDROPHOBIAで出演して盛り上がったな ~。お客は熱くて最高だったしメシもビールも美味かった。屋台のナシゴレンまた食べたいよw 

There are so many great bands in the Japanese underground scene. There are too many to count. Our town in Oita is small but has special hot bands, such as KNAVE (grind), TRUST (hardcore punk), Goddamn Bull (hardcore punk), Ladygore (♀gore) and SPRAWT (hard core). We often have a loud and great time at a gig. In the past we had many death, black, gore, grind bands but the number decreased now. It was fun performing in JAKARTA DEATH FEST 06 in Indonesia in Nov, 2006. Indonesian bands participated were はASPHYXIATE, DEATH VOMIT, GELGAMESH, PROSATANICA and SIKSAKUBUR, I also like Total Rusak. Participated from Japan were BLIND HATE, GRAVITON PUKELIZATION, VISCERA INFEST and HYDROPHOBIA. The audience were great and food and beer were awesome. I have an urge for some nasi goreng at a stall again. 

MM: Thank you for this opportunity. All the best for Viscera Infest and the sick record 'Verrucous Carcinoma'. To wrap it all up, would you like to say some words to our readers? 

 この場を設けてくれてありがとう。機会があればまたインドネシアでプレイしたいと思っているしVerrucous Carcinomaの楽曲を生で体感してほしい。それまでアルバムを聴いて予習しておくように! インドネシアはアジア最強のDEATH METAL大国だと思っているから凄くリスペクトしているしまた現地のバンドとも深い交流がしたいよ。ではそのときまで 

Thank you for providing this opportunity. If we are given an opportunity, we want to play in Indonesia again. We want people to experience 'Verrucous Carcinoma' in live performance. Until then, listen to the album and be prepared! I believe that Indonesia is the strongest death metal country in Asia, for which we have deep respect. We also want to socialize with the local bands again. Until then… 


Viscera Infest


*Japanese to English translation done by Kevin Yamasaki of Empty Box (Japan Thrash Metal).
All photos belongs to Viscera Infest.

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