The Splendid Iniquity by C.R. Petit
Angerot hails from Sioux Falls, SD USA The band consists of C.R. Petit – lead vocals/guitars; Jason Ellsworth – guitars/vocals; Josh Ferrie – drums; Zaugg – bass/vocals. The inception of the band started at the end of 2016. Three of the four members spent time in the death metal band, Tennessee Murder Club, and as that project came to a close, it was decided it was time to shift gears and do an old school Swedish death metal influenced project which was rampant in all the member’s heavy metal DNA. The members all cut their teeth during the rise of the early 90’s Swedish death metal genre so to us this is not a throwback. We wear our influences on our sleeve, but also create what comes naturally.
We are an unapologetic old school Swedish style influenced death metal band while trying to add our own touch. Buzz saw guitars with the Boss HM-2 is a must. We are influenced by Entombed, Grave, Dismember and Bloodbath to name a few. Our album is entitled ‘The Splendid Iniquity’ and will be released by Black Market Metal on April 13th, 2018. The album consists of 10 tracks with varying tempos and moods which make for a diverse listen. The writing process started in December 2016 and was wrapped up at the end of March 2017.
We entered Cathouse studios in April of 2017 to record drums and spent the next the next few months tracking vocals, guitars and bass at Underground Sound Studios. The album features two very special guests who are household names in the genre. Additional vocals on Rivers of Chaos are by L.G. Petrov of Entombed, Firespawn, Comecom fame and James Murphy of Cancer, Death, Obituary, Testament, Disincarnate doing a guest lead on ‘From the Pit to the Apex’. In order to help achieve our vision, we tapped the man most responsible for creating the sound of this genre. Tomas Skogsberg from Sunlight Studios. He nailed the sound we were looking for and was truly a joy to work with. Brad Boatright from Audiosiege mastered the album.
As far as writing, we write the same way we did as kids. We bring a pile of riffs to practice, hash them out as a group and really focus on structure. Once the song has a backbone, I work out lyrical patterns, potential hooks and take it from there. We don’t do much digitally really. I feel we work best in the same room sharing ideas. There is an overall theme to the record. We worked with Jon Zig on the art. We wanted to keep that 90’s feel, yet pull a bit of our vibe with it. The album as a whole is about faith, broken promises and the ultimate reaction as a result.
Not as much as most I would say. I write on a very personal level and from personal experience. I am not a huge movie, book or trends person. We all have our personal feelings when it comes to faith and politics, the latter of which is something I will never bring into music. I think I write more on the level of a graphic novel split into sections… chapters so to speak. I like to inject my personal feelings, yet leave a lot of room for interpretation by the follower. Being able to make the song yours as a listener is important for that song or album to become part of you.
Personally, I struggle a bit with some modern elements… which is fine. There are modern bands I do like. However, I am slowing turning into that ‘Get off my lawn’ old man. Styles change. Trends change. We just never really did. We are 1000% comfortable in that fact and simply do what comes naturally to us.
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