Immolation Conspiracy Interview
For a quarter century, New York’s Immolation has been pulverizing the metal scene with its own brand of brutish death. On May 14, the band will release its ninth pillar of sonic chaos, “Kingdom of Conspiracy” through Nuclear Blast Records. This week, bassist and vocalist Ross Dolan took time out to shed some light on the darkness within the new record.
Immolation began its evolution in 1986 as Rigor Mortis, changing its name in 1988. The duo of Dolan and guitarist Robert Vigna have been recording together since the debut album “Dawn of Possession” in 1991. Guitarist Bill Taylor joined the fray with 2002’s “Unholy Cult“, and the addition of drummer Steve Shalaty for 2005’s “Harnessing Ruin” set the line-up that remains through the new record.
Unlike previous albums, Immolation did the majority of the writing and even some of the recording for this record while touring around the globe. “Kingdom of Conspiracy” follows the band’s highly acclaimed 2010 album, “Majesty and Decay“.
In between the two records Immolation was approached by Scion A/V to record and release a digital EP. The result was 2011’s “Providence“. The EP was given away free to fans via online downloads with physical copies at the shows. It was well received by fans and critics alike and according to Dolan set the foundation for the songs on “Kingdom of Conspiracy“.
Lyrically the band has always taken on deeper subject matter and “Kingdom of Conspiracy” may be its most aggressive and powerful statement to date. Dolan talked extensively about his feelings on where the world is at and where it may be heading, and the darkness he sees surrounding our society. He also talks about strange foods he’s eaten on tour, where he’d still like to perform and growing up metal in New York City. Listen to the full 30 minute interview below, and get ready for “Kingdom of Conspiracy” on May 14.