Interview: deathcore legion ENTERPRISE EARTH on the process and themes behind THE CHOSEN, touring with Fit For An Autopsy, pandemic scenario and more.
After unleashing singles Reanimate // Disintegrate, Where Dreams Are Broken and Legends Never Die, Washington-based deathcore outfit ENTERPRISE EARTH (Dan Watson, Gabe Mangold, Brandon Zackey, Rob Saireh) released their brutal new record THE CHOSEN on January 14th, 2022 via MNRK Heavy.
In support of their new record, the band is currently on stage with headliners Fit For An Autopsy along their 2022 tour next to Ingested, Great American Ghost, Signs Of The Swarm and will also embark a EU/UK tour alongside Fit For An Autopsy, Une Misère, Great American Ghost and Sentinels kicking off in May 2022.
Our editor-in-chief Alex had the opportunity to have a chat with ENTERPRISE EARTH who took some time out of their busy schedule to discuss the writing and creative process approached for THE CHOSEN, alongside the lyrical themes and vision the band wanted to get across with this record.
In this interview we talked about how the band is adjusting in the current pandemic scenario and how the COVID-19 crisis had an impact on the band’s activity in the music industry and daily life.
We got into the details of six-minute math track Reanimate // Disintegrate alongside a few songs off the record.
The band discussed the feelings and thoughts behind the experience of sharing the stage with Fit For An Autopsy, Une Misère, Great American Ghost and Sentinels across their upcoming 2022 UK/EU tour. We also had a chance to sneak peek on their upcoming live setlist and to know more about the key to the band’s success over the course of the last decade of music.
- Hello ENTERPRISE EARTH and welcome. Before getting into the details of your latest record, I would like to discuss with you the COVID-19 crisis we are globally coping with. How have you adjusted in the current pandemic scenario as a band? What kind of impact and consequences are these troubled times having on your daily life and activity in the music industry?
There have actually been a few silver linings resulting from Covid, for us. It prompted us to take the self production route and gave us the time to write The Chosen.
- Let’s talk about your new album THE CHOSEN out on January 14th, 2022. This records seems to be your heaviest offer in terms of monstrous brutality, yet most diverse work with shifting vibes, ambience, different soundscapes, old school death metal and a modern approach. What’s been the creative and writing process approached for this record as compared to previous materials?
We just wanted to write fun songs that we resonate with and that’s all there was to it. We didn’t worry about boundaries or limitations of our genre, or ourselves.
- I would love to know more about the mindset behind recording, producing, mixing and mastering THE CHOSEN entirely in Gabe’s trailer studio (Kudos!).
I’ve been living a nomadic lifestyle for over 5 years now, 4 years in my trailer rig. It was a lot of fun are very fulfilling to do this project entirely in my home and complete different parts of the record in different places of the country. I’m not really sure what the mindset was as doing that kind of stuff has been totally normal for me for 5 years now so it was quite a natural process.
- What’s the message and vision that ENTERPRISE EARTH are ultimately getting across with this record? Let’s talk about some of the lyrical themes discussed in THE CHOSEN.
It’s about the misconception of fate and destiny. Instead of ‘The Chosen ‘One’. It’s ‘The Chosen’ because we ALL have a chance to become something great and accomplish great things despite our circumstances. So naming it ‘The Chosen’ calls out each listener as an individual and asks them to stand up and keep fighting, on an intimate level. The lyrics of the album take you on a journey of perseverance through misfortune. The odds are against us all but that’s what makes us all special, when we defy them.
- I would love to know more how six-minute math track Reanimate // Disintegrate.
That song was created with the intro/chorus groove and the rest flowed from there. For the breakdown, we wanted to sonically depict what it would be like to fall off of a cliff in slow motion.
- What songs on this record do you consider to be:
– the heaviest
– the most experimental
– the most personal in terms of lyrical content
– and the most traditional in terms of signature sound
– You Couldn’t Save Me. Easily the heaviest breakdown.
– Overpass and The Chosen. They’re 8 minute songs that cover A LOT of ground.
– Overpass and The Chosen
– Reanimate // Disintegrate, Legends Never Die
- You’re getting back overseas and supporting Fit For An Autopsy along their 2022 UK/EU tour next to Une Misère, Great American Ghost and Sentinels kicking off in May. How are you preparing for this smashing tour and what gets you amped up?
We’re hoping for the best and preparing for the worst. Time will tell if we can even get over there but we sure hope we can!
- What can your fan base expect from your live setlist? Reveal a couple of songs you will be playing from your discography that fans can expect for this tour.
We’re playing pretty much all new songs on this tour. You Couldn’t Save Me, They Have No Honor, and more.
- What was the key to the band’s success over the course of the last decade of music?
Putting one foot in front of the other, picking ourselves up after getting knocked down, and supporting one another in the face of adversity.
Thank you for your time ENTERPRISE EARTH, I appreciate that. All the best of luck for the promotion of your amazing record and future endeavours. Love and support!
Enterprise Earth – The Chosen tracklisting:
1. Where Dreams Are Broken
2. Reanimate // Disintegrate
3. Unleash Hell
4. I Have To Escape
5. The Tower
6. They Have No Honor
8. You Couldn’t Save Me
9. Unhallowed Path
10. Legends Never Die
11. My Blood, Their Satiation
12. Skeleton Key
13. The Chosen
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