1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the musical project these days?
We have lots of things we are workings towards with Anachronistic. As you may or may not know, Anachronistic’s first 3 full lengths are a loose “trilogy” so to speak. Loose concepts such as lyrics, musical direction, artwork are loosely underway. Hopefully we will have the next full length out next year.
We are currently working on a 3 song EP titled “Remnants” and will be released end of 2022. The songs will help bridge the gap between the first and second full length release.
We have additional merchandise that will be available online. Short sleeve shirts, hoodies, prints, and poster flags.
2.So far you have released one full length, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style that you went for on the recording?
As a fan of many genres under the “Metal” umbrella I wanted to use elements of my favorite styles so to say. I’m a big fan of old school hardcore. I love the ferocious, aggressive in your face yelling style. I also love black, death, and thrash metal. I believe it’s a nice mix of everything mentioned without being “cheesy” or taking away from one style or another.
3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored so far with the music?
Most of the lyrical topics are from direct experiences over the years. They are real life songs from situations that most people wouldn’t write a song or think twice about.
Breathing The Core did an interview that depicts each track:
Track By Tracks: Anachronistic - 700 And 19 Ways Of Decay (2022) - Breathing The Core
The songs range from ridiculous rules to follow, drinking, fundraising events, ridiculous social “balls”, smelly refrigerators, and my boss getting gout.
Regarding the album title “700 And 19 Ways Of Decay”
700 -19 is an actual employment document number for people working in my realm.
My job kills almost everyone in one way or another.
I did a spin on the 700-19 and fittingly titled the album 700 And 19 Ways Of Decay.
Adi has agreed to do the next album’s artwork to provide cohesiveness for this trilogy. These things take a massive amount of time and coordination. We are planning for an early 2023 release of the Deeper into the Decay.
Song about being incomplete depression over the past years rules and having a daily soul sucking persistent evil around. Nighttime, no windows, pure blackness becomes real life. Escape is the only option. No freedom, nothing to believe in, rules become the new god in this new “Reality” Slave to the Grind as going to work seems to be the only punishing option left. The coldness of winter, metaphorically speaking about shivering becomes a mantra, and the darkness and coldness consume oneself during these times. Persistent nonstop darkness WILL END.
2. Time To Drink:
Letting loose and escaping the grind of work and life is necessary. Time to Drink depicts the feeling leading up why it’s time to drink. Crummy out, feeling depressed, fighting self-control, etc….Hank is actually Matt’s persona when he gets drunk. Hank rages sometimes and is pretty loveable for his ridiculous drunken Antics.
Hank does weird stuff and feels like the cops are chasing him as he ran out into the woods to dig a hole to hide in. Hank won’t make it and the cops are going to put him in the slammer.
Swish is another word for a dirty old bottle of booze. Grab some swish and a bag of chips and set off into the night. Hank came home a few times and passed out in the shower. Once Hank ate a random girl’s Bouquet of Flowers at a bar and it was quite the site to see given the setting and circumstance. Hank is fun, but gets really loose in a fun way. Hank causes Matt morning regret hence why he wants to put Hank in the noose. After a mixed drink of OJ and Vodka, eating a Chinese Goose, Hank is in the noose. True feelings and story in a fun comical way.
3. Festering Stench:
I actually wrote this song after going to my friend’s apartment and he had a fridge that had a bad stench coming out of it. Went a little off and decided to write a song solely based on a festering stench in his fridge. Pretty Hilarious, but fun song!
4. Going to the Ball:
Being around the military realm for almost 20 years it’s an annual event for these “balls” They are ridiculous and turn into a drink fest almost every single time. People get a haircut, clean up shoes, and ham it up in a “ball” setting. This song is a sick viewpoint on crapping your pants, eating Burger King, and getting fat and the “The of Fury” as everyone typically powers drinks there in an “open” bar setting. Ball Of FURY!
5. Eruption of a Hork Filled Gut:
A real-life story is about a friend of a friend who went out for drinks one night and puked all over the place at a bar.
He ate crappy food and was a ticking time bomb ready to spew at any minute.
We all went out to the smoking area at a bar and our friend had this look on his face…..Last time this happened everyone knew. He went over to the rail and let it fly. My friend invoked a Hork, Hork, Hork, Hork chant with everyone outside as he spewed up a bunch of crappy food. Again it’s a true, but hilarious story. Gurgle HORK!
6. Follow The Rules Or Die:
A true story about following the rules during this insane time. Worthless vaccine people fought against, worthless rules, feeling like it will never end. I once internationally traveled and got in trouble over a CBD-infused hair care serum. The Criminal Investigation Department was gunning for me to make me “pay” for this hair care product. Basically trying to slam for carrying “narcotics” although it was a legitimate hair serum. This realm is just absolutely ridiculous and the only luck is if someone dies after working his/her life in it for 20 years while following horrible rules and following spineless decisions. The rule-makers banned everything, lunch, life, thoughts, life, strife, and death…Pretty self-explanatory song. True story, obviously.
7. Hatred for Work Causes Gout:
True story about my boss who hated his job so much he got gout.
The job held insane hours, starting @ 3am and working 12+ hours.
No chance for a real diet, just grab some peanuts and keep on grinding away.
His foot got so swollen. The doctor put him on meds to ease his pain.
Self-explanatory song and actually my personal favorite song from this album. It’s a song about my boss’s hate for work and causing his feet to get gout. Come on, it’s hilarious because it’s so ridiculous, but it’s all true!
4.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?
The artwork is a direct representation of my office. Every detail is from my office.
The person coming out of the computer monitor is Major Skinnis who is a character that I pretend to be at work as I prank call unsuspecting coworkers.
The person in the chair is me.
The creep watching from the doorway is our government oversight guy who is seen eating a can of chili as this is his preferred lunch.
Breathing The Core did an interview depicting a behind the artwork article:
Behind The Artworks: Anachronistic - 700 And 19 Ways Of Decay (2022) - Breathing The Core
When deciding to put out this LP I reached out to many artists that I really admire and like. I received great insights but through the journey, I was given Adi Christianize name. Adi is an Indonesia artist and I immediately contacted them once I check out all of his previous works. Adi was extremely responsive after he accepted to do the layout artwork. I was extremely detailed with the image of my artwork from the beginning. I personally had a vision to recreate my exact office setting, simply because a lot of the songs, directly and indirectly, stemmed from my ridiculous work realm/life. I put together exact images of the room, satellite terminal, network racks, spectrum analyzer, computer, and people.
Major Skinnis is the zombie coming out of the computer. Major Skinnis is a fictional character that I use to prank phone call people at work and scare the crap out of. He is a high-strung military officer who likes to degrade weak employees in our office. Quick note, only a few people actually know that I am Major Skinnis and the one doing the prank phone calls.
The person in the chair is actually me. My job has been killing me for almost 20 years. It’s a fitting graphical representation of a day-to-day experience in my office environment.
The creepy guy in the door is someone who is in charge of my office and is always standing around creepily grinning, watching, and eating chili. (Hence the Hormel Chili)
5.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you open to expanding the line up or do you prefer to remain a duo?
Duo for now works the best.
Never say never, but for what we are trying to accomplish this is the best method.
6.One member lives in South Korea while another lives in Poland, what impact does this have on the musical style that you play?
I’m American living in South Korea. The impact of living in Korea has compounded into a stress ball for me. I’m way more mellow now that I moved away from Seoul, but the damage has already been done. Living in Korea makes me continue to appreciate and love hardcore and metal.
The other half is Ukrainan living Poland. His life conditions are pretty severe given the current situation in Ukraine. It’s no secret that Ukrainian black metal is some of if not the best in the world. The current struggles in Ukraine and that region certainly impact the music style. It is in the riffs and song structures for sure.
7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
We are open to sign with a label if the right one comes along.
For now, absolutely everything is 100% fully DIY.
8.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of hardcore and extreme metal?
Worldwide reception has been very positive.
Most people understand and appreciate what we are doing. How far the music has reached has been the most astonishing part of all this. People all over the world have sent messages or purchased merchandise which still blows my mind. We have gained some legitimate fans and friends that we are extremely grateful for.
9.What is going on with 'Eradication' these days?
One off project that is no longer active.
10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Musically we are still expanding on the blackened infused style. More of the blackened thrash / death style will be incorporated as we move onto the next chapters. Just refining the style off of the first album as we dig deeper with this project.
11.What are some of the bands or musical styles the band members are currently listening to nowadays?
Personally, we have not strayed away from our styles that we incorporate into our music. I still listen to a wide variety of hardcore and metal. Personally, I’ve been into black metal from Finland these days.
12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
We sincerely appreciate the time and support for this interview.
This project is from a passion and love for all of this.
If anyone out there has any questions or comments, please feel free to contact us:
Bandcamp: 700 and 19 Ways of Decay | Anachronistic (bandcamp.com)