Sunday, April 21, 2013
With Burning Contempt Interview
Answered by Tim Gutierrez (With Burning Contempt) – 4/21/2013
1. Can you tell us a little bit about the band for those that have never heard of you before?
Sure, the first songs were written mid 2012 and recorded late that same year. So it is a pretty recent thing. The beginning of 2013 we released an EP called Red Visions. Home base is in Northern Virginia, USA . Members are David Atkinson and myself (Tim Gutierrez). The stuff so far has ended up as simple, kind of catchy, straightforward metal in more of the old school style.
2. How would you describe your musical sound?
A mixture of early styled death, thrash, and black metals with a touch of rock n’ roll at times. Cranked out with the famed Boss HM-2 pedal sound. A lot of hero worship thrown in. No reinventing the wheel here.
3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
So far... mostly hate.
4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the bands name?
I guess the band name is pretty literal. No huge inspiration other than it sounded cool and the meaning behind it ties in well with the intended vibe of the music and words.
5. Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you planning on expanding the line up in the future?
For now the line up is cool with just us two. Not to say things won’t change, but as have learned through the years with bands… and in life in general for that matter… most of the time things are usually less complicated with less people involved.
6. Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or received any label interests?
Yeah, so far everything is DIY. We haven’t sent any stuff to labels at this point. Since postage is so high these days whenever I send CDs out it’s just been to friends or zines or people placing orders. With the fuckload millions of metal bands there are these days who even knows what the labels listen to of what they receive. Am actually pretty cool with just doing it at this level. The EP is up on some of our pages for free anyway. But I don’t know…maybe down the line will shoot some to labels and see what happens. It’s not a huge priority. I’ve been in bands that have been on labels before and yeah, the promo/exposure they can provide is certainly more than we can do on our own… but it’s also a bit of a headache... and then of course some are crooked (hello Hammerheart Recs/Karmageddon Media!!). This is basically just meant to be a fun underground thing anyhow. No big ambitious undertaking.
7. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of underground metal?
We just did Red Visions a couple months ago so it hasn’t been long. So far though everything has been positive. It’s always cool when people like what you are doing. But we’d still keep doing it even if they didn’t. As long as we like and enjoy it.
8. Are there any other musical projects going on these days?
For me, not really. David has some other projects in the works. White Dawn Death, Kings of Steel, Swine, Ivadd. Hopefully some of those will see the light of day soon.
9. What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?
Probably will stay somewhat on same course as it is now. But who knows, maybe it will morph over time. In a few years we could be writing a rock opera concept album about pro-wrestling porno space mutants.
10. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Well, we grew up in the mid-80’s early demo trading and scenes of what turned into extreme metal so a lot of that kind of stuff formed the core foundation for this band. We both have a wide range of music we dig so later metal rubs off on us for sure too. I guess a few of the ones that come directly to mind are Hellhammer/Frost, Venom, Motorhead, Slayer, Deathstrike, Entombed, Asphyx. Lately some stuff have been listening to is Hellkommander, Vektor, Grand Supreme Blood Court, Gospel of the Horns, Unholy Lust, Sorcery, Dishammer, Hot Graves , Cianide,
11. Outside of music what are some of your interests?
Though I hate exercise and athlete attitudes I weirdly watch a lot of sports. Boxing is my favorite but aside from basketball and college shit I follow most everything. Even Nascar.. yeee hawww! Also, cats, reading, tv, travel and junky tasty food. I’ll have to ask him sometime as am not totally sure but I think David’s main interests are his son, horticulture, history, fantasy stuff and shark porn.
12. Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?
Thanks a lot to you for the interest and interview… and for supporting underground stuff in general!! If anyone wants to check more into the stuff they can visit these two main sites…