This coming week West Coast melodic death metal consortium, World Under Blood will start the slaughter with their debut release, Tactical. To whet our collective appetites, front man and guitarist Deron Miller, is graciously taking us track-by-track through the band’s monster release on Nuclear Blast records due out July 26th.
When we call the band a consortium, we mean it. Miller hails from CKY, drummer Tim Yeung from Divine Heresy, Morbid Angel, Hate Eternal, and Decrepit Birth. Bassist Risha Eryavac is also a former member of Decrepit Birth, while guitarist Luke Jaeger comes from Sleep Terror. There’s enough old school extreme metal in this band to call them a supergroup, but we won’t beleaguer them with that tag.
1. A GOD AMONG THE WASTE Listen:
A fan favorite, this was one of the first songs we wrote. I remember doing the vocals with Logan Mader engineering and I had the lyrics, but no vocal pattern or melody ideas. We pressed ‘record’ and that’s what happened. I wanted it to start the record off because it just kicks in with the fastest blast on the whole cd and the song ends very mellow. there’s a lot of dynamics. the bridge riff reminds me a lot of Death‘s Spiritual Healing. Lyrically its pretty much about finding a legitimate political leader, and finally cleaning up the U.S. When will we finally be desensitized as a nation to political correctness and just do what needs to be done?
2. INTO THE ARMS OF CRUELTY
Probably my favorite song off of the album. I think it’s one of the most perfect songs I’ve ever written. Child abuse makes me fucking sick and this song pretty much gives my unrestrained opinion. A lot of people enjoy claiming that metal is the most evil form of music, but actually it’s the only genre that artists tend to explore serious subject matter, and try to take a stance against things they believe are not right. The opening riff is one of the hardest riffs to play on guitar, and I shot myself in the foot when I wrote it because no matter how much I practice it, it doesn’t get any easier. Out of 20 years of songwriting this song is in my top 5. Killer drumming and awesome solos.
I’m obsessed with mental illness, and I love to learn and explore that field in my music. The idea of someone lusting over lighting their house on fire while they’re inside sounds like a stretch, but I bet there’s someone out there that enjoys being burnt. Incidentally, this track has the most difficult to play riff that I’ve ever come up with, and it is the chorus riff. It’s a fucking bitch, but it’s hooky as hell. Unlike a lot of bands out there I don’t try to write complicated music for the sake of it because i think in the end there really isn’t a song there. But a lot of metal bands can write technical parts that are also catchy, and I learned that from Gorguts, Pestilence, Death, Cynic, and Believer…in 1993. Luke Jaeger’s solos are incredible, and although he’s extremely eccentric, he’s an amazing friend and extremely gifted.
4. DEAD AND STILL IN PAIN
The first official World Under Blood song written and probably the most accessible. It got a tremendous reaction when it was streamed on MySpace in 2006. I was really happy with it and was excited to forge ahead and see what else we would come up with for a full-length album. Lyrically it hits close to home because it’s about depression and extreme anxiety and just not knowing what to do with yourself or where to turn. The ending riff, to me, is really sad. After that long ass scream it feels like the song ends on a sad note, which I’m very fond of. Tim Yeung plays the keyboards at the end, and I believe the bass at the end too.
5. PURGATORY DORMITORY
This was the last song written for Tactical and when i heard the demo i was worried that it was going to be the album’s only throwaway track. Once we laid it down for the record, it turned into one of my favorites. It’s about numbing every nerve in a criminal’s body, blinding and deafening them, and leaving them with just their brain… to think and to suffer. What would that be like? I think that we should experiment on rapists and murderers and find out all the things we’ve ever wanted to know about the human body…much like the medical field experiments on rats and other animals. We could correct and cure a lot of diseases and problems if we started using worthless humans as the subjects. Non-stop speed and brutality. not much melody this time. fine with me.
6. UNDER THE AUTUMN LOW
The 2nd song we wrote, and the ruff mix ended up on MySpace. Some people, such as myself have something called S.A.D….”seasonal affective disorder”….mine has hit me every other year from August until December since I was 19. Basically , these people get severely depressed during a certain season, usually autumn. Many have problems during winter as well. I’m very proud of the riffs and arrangements in this song and I love the trade off of solos between me and James Murphy. I’ve been dreaming of trading off with Murphy since i was 11, and this song made it happen. The funny thing is, I am no lead guitarist, but I pull of some pretty cool licks. I also dig the scream at the end, no tricks, no pro-tools or punch in’s…It really is that long. Tim‘s fills and drumming on this one are just out of fucking control and amazing.
7. I CAN’T STAND HIS NAME
Everybody has someone they can’t stand. Upon getting to know this song people will believe that “HIS NAME” is Jesus Christ. Not necessarily, as I certainly had someone else is mind. But if you want to think it’s a stab at Jesus, go ahead. Organized religion has stupified and brainwashed so many people all over the world to the point where they would die for it. Even worse, they preach and try to force their beliefs on other people who just happen to be intelligent enough not to buy into it. I believe that death is death and that is that, so live your life the way you want without bringing harm to others until you’re gone…just like you were before you were born. World Under Blood is surely not anti-faith, but I purposely can’t stand people who preach. Either way, that’s not “who” or “what” I had in mind anyway. A pretty brutal track, the bridge is a surprise and I love how the kick drums get faster and faster. cool shit for sure.
8. REVERE’S TEARS
George Revere was a genius doctor who had privately discovered a treatment for most forms of cancer in his basement, while his wife suffered from the disease. He administered her treatment, and she went into immediate remission when suddenly George was found dead in his home. Murdered. You can’t find him on the internet, you can’t even google the guy. He has pretty much disappeared along with his wife, Estelle who hasn’t been heard from in years. The perfect song to “end” the album…Revere’s Tears is based upon the theory that if you do discover a cure for cancer, you will either be privately bought out, or killed. I think it’s interesting that we’ve been collecting a lot of money through charities for years, and we have yet to cure anything, from the cold, to A.I.D.S, diabetes, cancer, warts…you name it. But we’re always “so close” aren’t we? I wrote this song with CKY‘s Jess Margera about 12 years ago, and I always thought it would have been great as the 9th track on Gorguts’ “The Erosion of Sanity,” which is one of my favorite records of all time. It’s changed a lot since Jess and I wrote it…killer bridge section.
9. WAKE UP DEAD (MEGADETH COVER)
One of the only cover songs that Tim Yeung and I knew from start to finish, and I’m thankful for that because it’s one of my favorite songs ever written. Even though Dave Mustaine mentally hasn’t been aging well lately, “Wake Up Dead” is his masterpiece. It defies all typical style of song arrangement and happens to be one of his biggest accomplishments when trying to get revenge on Metallica. The Master of Puppets album is a masterpiece from start to finish, but this song off of Peace Sells is a huge “fuck you” to his former bandmates. Its a classic thrash song, and I hope if and when he hears it, he enjoys our rendition of it. Luke nails Chris Poland’s solo perfectly note for note. James Murphy plays Mustaine’s parts with his own style. I was too scared to even go there.
You can grab pre-order bundles at Nuclear Blast:
For those who grab the iTunes pre-order there is also a cover of Malevolent Creation‘s “Alliance of War”.