Abhorrent Disease by Mike Hrubovcak
Hypoxia is a New York City-based death metal band featuring members from Monstrosity, Secrecy, Castrator and Lethal Entity. Hypoxia was founded in 2008 by Drummer Carolina Perez and Guitarist Carlos Arboleda. In 2015 Hypoxia recruited Monstrosity Vocalist Mike Hrubovcak into the band for the Recording of their First full-Length album entitled ‘Despondent Death’. Hypoxia has since completed their Second full-length album entitled “Abhorrent Disease,’ which was once again recorded at Full Force Studios NY and released via Selfmadegod Records.
Hypoxia has been around for a while, I first got introduced to Carolina through a mutual friend Mallika from Abnormality because she knew that they were in search of a vocalist. I then met with Carlos, and we all hit it off being fans of old school death metal and such, so I starting writing lyrics and recording for the previous album ‘Despondent death’. We’ve played a bunch of fests and shows since and have just completed the newest album ‘Abhorrent Disease’.
Deamorph also did the previous album cover as well. Amazing work. It pretty much sums up the horror and pain from dying from some ‘Abhorrent Disease’. Both of the album cover concepts I had come up with and conveyed the ideas to Deamorph to do his magic. Each song is different, some based around actual murders that took place, or some just me venting some rage on paper. Overall though the same theme is despair, hatred, violence, murder, death and dying. What death metal’s all about in general. It’s a purging process, a rite of passage in moving forward. Negativity needs a release or it will eat at you like cancer.
The new album ‘Abhorrent Disease’ slays! For fans of true old school death metal like Cancer, original Sepultura, Death, Suffocation, etc. Total early 90s sounding New York Death Metal. Lyrics are based around hatred, horror and life in general, mental problems, disease and death, murder and such. The album is actually dedicated to all our fellow metal friends in the scene who’ve died of cancer or some other ‘abhorrent disease’.
In terms of inspiration possibly horror movies and murder documentaries. I try not to fixate on one thing, but the lyrics always are around death in general and hatred for existence in general. Those are the main themes throughout all my lyrics I think.
If metal is still dangerous? It depends, most modern black metal isn’t dangerous anymore I don’t think.. the popular stuff anyways…also death metal has become a bit of a parody of itself. Back in the 80s and 90s it was truly rebellious and offensive to hate on Christianity and caused major outrage and upset, now it’s a fad and it doesn’t really offend any more, and it’s “cool”. I think the times have changed and modern society gets too offended by everything anymore, but not the things you would expect like anti-christian stuff since it’s so played out in metal. Death and Black Metal needs to always be offensive so it needs a new direction and bands that aren’t afraid to get death threats and physical retaliation by rebelling against other things in life that need that same rebellious attention that Christianity once got. I think Metal, in general, has gotten too popular too so you have more people added to the scene pool who would of never of gone there, in the beginning, had they not had access to the internet. Back in the day metalheads were the outcasts, now they’re the cool kids, so it’s lost it’s feeling of being a “freak” and the rebellious violent energy that comes from that. Kinda like what happened to Punk. We got pop-punk and then commercialized CBGB’s Cafe Restaurants at the airport where you can go buy overpriced vinyl while you eat a fancy breakfast before your overpriced flight. The exact opposite of what Punk once stood for.
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