Interview with Los Angeles Based Death Metal Band
took place mid March 2014.
by Glenn Milligan
Why did you
decide to call yourselves Hereticide?
The literal definition of the word is the killing of heretics. Most
people seem to refer the word heretic to people opposing the Catholic
church, but the actual definition is "a professed believer who
maintains religious opinions contrary to those accepted by his or her
church or rejects doctrines prescribed by that church."
Meaning it could pertain
to religious killings both modern and ancient. So, the word Hereticide
to us, other than sounding cool phonetically, embodies the sound we
go for in our music, pure chaos and slaughter. It also allows us a lot
of lyric freedom to talk about historical events and whatever we come
up with in our twisted heads.
Who came up with the band logo and what were the
influences behind it?
Our guitarist and vocalist Jared Keefer came up with the logo. He says,
"I loved the look of black metal, and underground death metal logos;
in that they look brutal and accurately represent what you hear musically
from the band. The problem with them though is that they are often to
f*ck*ng hard to read. So, when I went about creating our logo I wanted
to make it look like similar to the logos of Decrepit Birth and the
old Dying Fetus logo, but make it as tangible as possible."
turned you onto music, especially Death Metal?
Jared: My dad was a big fan of all the classic rock stuff such as The
Eagles and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. So, I'd always listen to
that stuff with him and I started to get into it. Then I started seeking
out heavier music, so I found Lamb of God, then eventually found Cannibal
Corpse and that was the moment I had found what I was wanting to hear
Nick and Dylan both agreed
that they were attracted to the intense dark themes and power of the
fast upbeat sound of death metal inspired by such bands as Death, Nevermore,
Pantera, and Amon Amarth.
Greg: First time I ever listened
to Pantera my world changed, their sound so aggressive, powerful and
groovy left to me in awe and after that I wanted to find more amazing
bands in metal that had the extreme sound and power that they brought
into my world.
What turned you onto your chosen instrument?
Jared: I have always idolized guitar players like Eddie Van Halen and
Dimebag Darrell. So much so as a kid that I'd often only know the name
of the guitar player in bands I liked and really didn't care who the
other dudes were haha. So, when my parents bought me my first guitar
I fell in love.
Nick: I found it easier to
portray emotion through my instrument than through speech.
Dylan: I played all instruments
in my projects but finally played the drums and enjoyed them the most.
Greg: I have always loved
the sound of the low end and how it works with the drums to amplify
guitar and vocals, my main inspirations to pick up the bass though were
definitely the brutal grooves of Rex Brown of Pantera and the awesome
bass grooves of John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin.
What brought you all to LA in the first place?
We all moved to LA in order to attend school at Musician's Institute
Your thoughts to the Metal scene there and why?
The metal scene in LA is still very underground in that there are only
a few venues that have heavy music nights. So that is a bit hard for
bands like us, but when there is a night for heavy music people seem
to show up which is promising. Overall, We think the LA metal scene
has a lot of potential and will rise again here in the next few years.
are many venues in the area but which ones stood out as your preferred
ones and for what reasons?
The main venue we loved until it's recent change in direction was the
Joint because it was one of the few places in the greater Los Angeles
area that you would not pay but in fact be paid based on attendance
with a 80/20 split in favor of the band. It also offered many different
nights such as a blues night, heavy metal nights and many artists famous
and upcoming played there.
You've written a nice handful of songs. Which
ones are you most proud of and why?
The one that stands out the most for the band would be 'Into the Abyss'
as it is the first song where the whole Hereticide gang contributed
to its epic formation of structure, riffs, solos, and vocals. It signalled
the beginning of an awesome collaborative experience for the rest of
the album as the whole song writing process was super smooth, it was
like it was meant to be.
How was the Whisky Show for you on the 28th of
January 2014 and what were the highlights of it?
The Whisky show had one of the best crowd reactions with awesome mosh
pits, high energy from the people as they chanted our songs and to top
it all off they gave us an encore of which we were the only ones to
receive the pleasure of performing one of our crowd favorites, "Drop
How do you think you stand out from other bands of a similar style overall
either locally or on a larger scale?
We bring elements of all of our favorite bands into our song writing
ranging from Extreme Death Metal to Groove Metal. Each song we write
has its own unique signature that displays our influences both old and
What are the bands future plans over the next
five to ten years?
We plan to expand our fan base across the United States starting with
Southern California and then expanding further with upcoming tours,
at metal festivals and definitely tearing it up in the underground in
America because that's where music especially Metal is dominant in today's
When not on stage or working in the band overall,
what other things do you guys like to do with regard to hobbies and
Transcribing and playing our favorite tunes, playing video games, having
fun in the great outdoors like hunting, hiking, and partying.
If you had the chance to tour with any particular
band or play a particular venue or festival, which ones and why?
If time travel were possible we would love to play with Pantera at the
Monster of Rock Moscow 1991 because they have greatly influenced our
musical style and it's F*ck*ng Pantera!!! We would also love to play
with Van Halen because Van Halen, enough said. Venues such as Wacken,
Download or the other many awesome musical festivals that are held in
Europe would be awesome to play because the music scene is always and
will always be amazing.
big thankyou to Hereticide for their killer answers & especially
Bassist, Greg Kate for liaising with the other band members and placing
it all together!