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Oracle: Hail Drew! At first I want to congratulate you on such good debut album as Tenements of Ephemera.
To be honest, I don't know any other death metal one man band who released such good stuff! How you did it?

Drew: Thank you very much. I took a lot of time to write and record the debut,
so I think that the effort shows in the end result.

 

Oracle: OK, but let's start from the beginning. The Wakedead Gathering isn't too old band, you create it in 2007.
You always want it to be a one man band or were there any other reason, why it is in such form?

Drew: I first started The Wakedead Gathering as a one-man band because it was just sort of a side project to record
some of my ideas. I like having control of the entire creative process for this project so I haven't actively tried
to recruit any other members at this point.


Oracle: Your first release was Ars Notoria. I didn't heard it, but I read two reviews of it and there weren't too
positive, rather average rating. What are you thinking about it after two years since released that demo?

Drew: I haven't really read many reviews about the demo, but if it didn't receive great reviews it's because it was
simply that, a demo. The recording process and gear wasn't great for those songs and I am always critical of my work
and trying to move forward. So, I think it was a good starting point, but obviously I was still trying to figure out
my sound at that point.


Oracle: This demo has strictly limited edition, only 50 copies and 200 copies of tape version. Why?
You didn't believe it become more popular than 250 maniax or what, haha? You know, I don't like such low
limited releases, because it's often make some shit called cult or whatever, don't you think?

Drew: Well, with the demo I only had 50 copies pressed because I didn't have the money to do more and didn't want
to create way more copies than I thought I could sell on my own. It was the decision of Skeleton Plague Records to
only do 200 copies of the repress, which I think was a good number. Sometimes bad releases are advertised as limited
to make sure they sell, but more often than not, it's because there just isn't a huge demand for cassettes or demos
for bands just starting out.


Oracle: Well, so your second, and last since now, release is your full-length, Tenements of Ephemera.
What you can say about that? Is it hard to made everything only by yourself? Do you think that it could be
even better with other musicians?

Drew: Writing and recording Tenements was fun and sometimes tedious, for example tracking the drums, but overall
I'm proud of the effort. The only things I have difficulty with by myself are programming the drums and writing lyrics.
Everything else seems to come fairly easy to me. I think that Wakedead could sound a lot better with a live drummer/drums
but so far I haven't had much luck in working with drummers.


Oracle: Tenements of Ephemera has a very good sound but raw at the same time. And what I like the best the drum
machine sounds very natural, sometimes even I wondered did You recorded a real drums... Could you tell me something
about your way of recording this stuff?

Drew: Thanks. The drums are recorded using BFD2, which is a plugin for Pro Tools. I basically write all of the drums
in another program and then redo everything in BFD2. I have not yet found another program that sounds as natural as
this one. Everything is then recorded at my friend's home studio.


Oracle: The music, which we can hear there is generally death metal, but in their early, morbid form,
don't You think? Why You choose that way of express?

Drew: To me, that is the way death metal should sound. It wasn't really a conscious decision to play old school
death metal, but rather that's just the sound that I like to listen to and is more enjoyable for me to write.


Oracle: I also like your front cover from the debut, made by Subtrocity. You know, when we are looking at it,
we know what we should to expect real death metal in the old way. In the EP's case it wasn't so obviously...
Is that a reason, why you choose this artist to make a front cover for your next release?

Drew: I think Subtrocity did an excellent job on the debut cover. For the split EP, the artwork was presented to me
by Tony from Beyond Hell and was something that was already completed and I thought it would be okay to use for the cover.


Oracle: Your debut was released as a tape in cooperation of Skeleton Plague Records/Dark Descent Records,
real underground label, what in connection with your music makes real underground essence, don't you think?

Drew: Brandon from Skeleton Plague was the first one to approach me about doing some future releases back when the
Ars Notoria demo first came out and has been extremely supportive ever since. Dark Descent is a great label, releasing
some of the best death metal out there today and I plan on working with them for the next album.

 

Oracle: If we are talking about underground, what are the strongest and the weakest points of that community?
Should we called it as community, or maybe some other name You have on mind?


Drew: To me, the underground is really run by the D.I.Y. labels that are putting out this style of music. Internet forums
are taking the place of tape trading, etc. and there are more people involved than ever, I think. As long as there isn't
a shift towards shittier music, then I don't think it will ever go away. One thing that troubles me are the increasing number of
bands doing the old school death metal thing but don't really have any unique to differentiate them from other bands of the
same style. I realize that I'm guilty of that to an extent, but I feel like adding something new to the mix is important.


Oracle:Tenements of Ephemera, probably now is sold out, so are you planning any repress or something?
For sure this material is worth of it...

Drew: There were 100 copies of the CD version, which is now sold out. However, there are still copies of the cassette
repress available from Skeleton Plague/Dark Descent and through the Wakedead Gathering MySpace page.


Oracle: On your MySpace profile we can read something about 7 split. According to the info it should be available,
but it isn't. What is the reason? This split should be sharing with Beyond Hell, I know their album, The Sleeper Awaken
and it isn't such good release like your, so don't You worry that split will be unequal if we are talking about quality
of music itself?

Drew: Well, the split was something we had been talking about for a while. I actually finished recording the track for it,
but due to technical problems it was erased so I'm still waiting to re-record. I haven't spoken with Beyond Hell for a few
months, so the split may still come out, but right now there is no time-table. I did hear a rough copy of their half of the
release and I can assure you, it is great material.

Oracle: It's a thirteenth question, so are you superstitious? Or maybe you believe in such things as fate, destination?
Or just opposite. You believe in a free will and taking life in our hands? Are you interested in traditional metal theme
like Satanism, Lovercraft, Crowley etc?

Drew: Well, no I'm not superstitious. I consider myself an atheist and am not really interested in the theatrical version
of Satanism that a lot of bands use as their image. The demo dealt with some Crowley-esque themes and I'm a huge fan of
Lovecraft as well, but my lyrics are usually a story that I have created, instead of borrowing themes from others.

 

Oracle: Past months, a lot of great death metal albums were released. Is there any album, which grind you since the beginning?

Drew: The new Immolation is a great album and I've been playing that a lot. Also,the Adversarial album is awesome, save for
the snare sound. Other than that, I've honestly just been listening to a lot of old King Diamond stuff, haha.


Oracle: From where You're taking info's about underground news? Are you reading any traditional paper zines
or rather webzines? Or maybe you are supporter of the opinion that real underground has nothing in common with internet etc?

Drew: I don't really read paper zines or anything like that. I mostly get my news from internet forums and labels. In today's
world, don't think you can get enough information on music without using the internet, so to avoid it is just plain stubborn,
idiotic behavior, in my opinion.


Oracle: You are living in Ohio and I don't know many band from your state. Can you say something about your local scene,
are there any bands worth to listen (expect The Wakedead Gathering of course, haha)?

Drew: Well, Ohio is home to Nunslaughter and bands like Estuary, but otherwise I'm not really too familiar with groups from
my home state. I'm not really involved with any kind of local scene (if there even is one) so I wouldn't really know who to recommend.


Oracle: OK, for the end, I know you are working with stuff for a new album, we should expect it early 2011.
Will music from it be different than that, what we can hear in your debut album? Should we expect any changes or
will it be still good old school death metal?

Drew: I think the new album will be somewhat different from what I've done previously. It has more of a black metal vibe
and more doom-oriented parts. But, just expect a heavy, crushing album, as always!

The Wakedead Gathering

 

November 17/2010
Interview by: Oracle