Ivan Ðordevic of MetalSerbia.com conducted an interview with Ross Dolan and Robert Vigna of New York death metal veterans IMMOLATION on September 10 in Belgrade, Serbia. You can now watch the chat below.
Asked if he agrees with the opinion that the divide between death and black metal is artificial and that these styles are simply two sides of the same coin, Ross said, "I think so. Because if you really look at it, we all came from the same roots. We were all inspired by the same bands. If you talk to us, and you talk to MARDUK, and you talk to, maybe, the IMMORTAL guys, you talk to AVERSE SEFIRA, whoever you talk to, we all were inspired by the same bands. It's just different interpretations. We took that and we all went in our own directions. But it's all extreme metal, it's all very dark. I've heard people say that we kind of crossed the boundaries between death metal and black metal. If you had to put us in a genre, I would consider us definitely death metal, but I can see where we would appeal to black metal [fans], because our sound is very unorthodox for death metal, definitely very dissonant, very dark, and very bleak. So I totally understand that connection, and I agree with that. I think we all came from the same starting point, so it makes sense."
IMMOLATION recently entered Sound Studios in Millbrook, New York with longtime producer Paul Orofino to record its ninth full-length album. The follow up to 2010's "Majesty And Decay" will once again be mixed and mastered by Zack Ohren (ALL SHALL PERISH, DECREPIT BIRTH, SUFFOCATION).
For photos of the band in the studio, click here.
"Majesty And Decay", was released in March 2010 via Nuclear Blast Records. The CD sold around 1,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 29 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.