Incite Talk "All Out War"
Tue, 18 Dec 2012 12:32:29
Incite burst through the door with all guns blazing on their latest album, All Out War [minus HEAD Records].
It's a corrosively catchy combination of thrash, metal, and even a little hardcore that explodes on impact. Incite have got the elements of heavy metal's next big thing, and you're going to enjoy this War from the first shot to the last.
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino, singer Richie Cavalera talks All Out War and so much more.
What's your take on All Out War as a whole?
All in all, it's a big story. It's a diary of my life over the last few years. The music is like a diary for the other guys in the band too. We want to do other things than simply try to make the heaviest album ever. We had grown a lot. We'd been on tour a lot. When we came into it, we wanted to make a good record. It shows our growth. Some parts are heavier than the first album. We wanted to keep that thrash influence that's been there since the beginning of Incite. We maintained that. With songs like "Nothing Remains" and "Hopeless", we tried to push the boundaries of the band and explore new things. We didn't want to make the same record twice.
What's your favorite song on the album?
My favorite is probably "Feel the Flames". I love playing that song live. Crowds get into it, and the pits get going. It jumps out at me. It's got that really chunky guitar. It's groovy. A lot of people are having trouble pinpointing what we are, and I think that's great. It feels like we're pushing boundaries. There hasn't been quite the blend of different sounds like we've got going.
What's the story behind "Departure"?
That was the first song we had written for this album. It put us on the path to where this album led. Closing the album with it made a lot of sense. About a year ago, I was frustrated with everything. I was so unsure about the band. We had been touring a lot. We had come to the point where we needed to make a new record. We just kept sitting for about a year though. The album was ready though, but the previous label just didn't work out. I was ready to move to a small town in Missouri and work at a Wal-Mart. Is this really worth all of this frustration every day? There was no end in sight. It was a crazy time. I wanted to get away. That's a song to myself and all of the people I knew at the time.
minus HEAD Records seems perfect for you.
They're great! They're exactly what we needed. We're still a new band. We're still gaining traction and trying to build a solid fan base. They believe in this band, and that's huge. It's a great relationship. We don't have to wait to hear back from the label. Everything is amazing. We made a video for the first time in our history. I see good things for minus HEAD and Incite together.
What bands shaped you?
One band is Deftones. When I was really little, Deftones were hanging around Arizona, and they were good friends with my older brother Dana [Wells]. I had my band with Dana through them. They've been a huge influence on me. It might not be in my music but in my life. They're great people to hang out with. They showed great respect to Dana with "Headup". Then, of course, there's old school Metallica. I'll always listen to albums like Ride the Lightning. That early music is where everything that we do came from. Metallica stepped it up for metal.
If All Out War were a movie or a combination of movies, what would you compare it to?
I think probably Pulp Fiction. It'd be a great soundtrack for that movie. Like Pulp Fiction, there's so much intensity, but it brings that down at points and puts you in a new world. That's how our album is.
Have you heard All Out War?