Exhume: 25th Anniversary Edition by Ben Janssen
Inhume started out in 1994 after the demise of Dutch death metal band Malignant (former band of Roel and Ben) with an initial try-out of nine people (among them was also Twan “Kiës” Fleuren of Occult). The idea was to start the most extreme/diverse band out there with influences from bands like Napalm Death, Carcass, Brutal Truth and Terrorizer amongst others.
At this try-out, it became obvious only Roel, Loek, Richard and Joost were qualified. Roel immediately suggested Johan as the second vocalist and at that time Loek was still on Guitar (occasionally playing bass already). In the meantime, while recording Demo I in 1995, Roel suggested another guitar player to join the ranks and when Ben joined the “Missing Limb” was found. In the following years, some band lineup changes took place with the first one being Roel and Richard to leave the band at the end of 1997. Some months followed with respectively Michiel and Eric on Drum duty but just before the recording of the “Decomposing From Inside” album in 1999, Roel was back to kick some ass. Harold had replaced Richard in the meantime and this line up lasted for the first 2 albums (“Decomposing From Inside” and “In For The Kill”) after which Johan left and was replaced by Dorus.
This new line up with Dorus recorded the “Dutch Assault” sampler for Relapse Records and the”Chaos, Dissection Order” album on Osmose productions and when in 2007 Harold no longer had the time he left the band and since then Inhume got on as a five-piece recording the 4th album “Moulding The Deformed”. In the following years, it became obvious Joost (Cliteater) also did not have the time and occasionally being replaced by Dennis on numerous live shows for years, Joost also left the band and was replaced by Dennis (Severe Torture). Then with Roel leaving again in 2015 Remco took place on the Drum Throne and this is the current line up to date (Loek, Ben, Dorus, Dennis, Remco) and work has started for the 5th album to be released in 2019 at the 25th anniversary.
Inhume is a good mix between grindcore and death metal so grind death or Deathgrind would the best way to describe us. Short and fast, I know but that is exactly what we do. It has been a while since our latest album (besides this 25-year anniversary compilation) “Moulding The Deformed” was released and we are very happy with it, it’s our fourth full length and as always we strive to keep to our style. (Even if that means for some people there is no progression or whatever, this is what we set out to do and always will do with Inhume) We usually work on songs together at rehearsal because that way we want to make sure our riffs etc. don’t become too technical or complicated as that just does not fit the style. This time we also did a pre-production recording ourselves to be a bit better prepared before entering the studio.
Our lyrics come from many places but a lot of them are in the horror / brutal stories genre. We do plan to have somewhat of a concept for the new album though which is quite interesting and should provide some good lyrics. From the beginning on several members came up with lyrics but on the latest albums about all of them come from our two vocalists.
I think our inspiration comes from a lot of stuff; horror movies of course but also even everyday life I guess. We don’t like to involve politics or religion but I would have to ask our vocalists where they get their inspiration from. It seems to have reached the top in ridiculousness, about time things became brutal and all about the music again. Some good artists out there still do monochrome stuff so that is a good thing. (Especially in this digital age where anyone can come up with some decent looking artwork on his or her computer) Now we just have to wait for a revival of brutal grinding one-foot blast music.
Interview by Alex Milazzo – Copyright 2019 © Heavy Music Artwork. All rights reserved.