Interview: Illinois-bruisers DEMATERIALIZE on the process behind debut full-length OMNISCIENCE and more.
Today we are catching up with Illinois-quartet DEMATERIALIZE (Stephen Jinga, Craig Hoffman, Jeremy Verbin, Bryce Tollner) who debuted with label Famined Records and released first self-titled EP in 2018.
Arising from metalcore, djent and deathcore soundscapes, the band has crafted a spine-chilling personal brand of music. Thunderous chugs and bleeding screams are paired with creepy and densely layered atmospheres, bringing with them an unbridled sense of pain while instilling nightmarish suspense. DEMATERIALIZE have been making waves since debuting on the scene in 2018, by exposing the listener to a brutal assault and a sinister listening experience. Still proving to be an unstoppable force, they are moving towards a new chapter of their creativity with first full-length OMNISCIENCE, out on September 18th via Famined Records.
The band took some time out of their busy schedule to sit down and talk with us about the journey since their first EP and the key features of their sound. We talked about the creative process approached for debut full-length OMNISCIENCE as well as the lyrical themes and challenges involved in the recording and writing stages. We discussed the artwork and the vision the band would like to get across with their music and a few songs off OMNISCIENCE. DEMATERIALIZE also opened up about a possible future direction, upcoming plans and more.
- Hello DEMATERIALIZE, it’s a pleasure to catch up with you after a long time. After your first self-titled EP dating back to 2018, you’re back on track with your first full-length OMNISCIENCE coming out on September 18th, 2020 via Famined Records. What was the journey since you debuted on the scene until you laid out plans for this record?
After our first EP we dropped “Dead Orbit” and were stoked on the reception we received. We continued to write and record new songs which culminated into our new record “OMNISCIENCE”.
- You are arising from metalcore, djent and deathcore soundscapes. What characteristics are necessary for a song to be typically DEMATERIALIZE?
Our songwriting approach borrows our favorite elements from heavy music to put our own spin on the genre and create music that we would want to listen to ourselves. DEMATERIALIZE is three things: fat chugs, weird leads, and crazy synth.
- What was the creative process approached for OMNISCIENCE and what was different for this album as opposed to your previous material?
At the time we were living way closer to each other which made it way easier to collaborate on ideas. We also recruited the aid of Cory Brunnemann, a producer in San Antonio, to record and take our songs to the next level. Our previous EP was recorded entirely by us, so going to a studio was greatly beneficial to let ideas flow and to cultivate bangers.
- How long have you worked on this record and what were the challenges involved in the writing and recording process?
We spent about a year writing the record. One of the biggest challenges was finding ways to add new elements to our music while keeping the general DEMATERIALIZE sound mentioned earlier. We did a lot of experimenting with our songs to finally get something we were all happy with.
- Let’s briefly explain the artwork you designed for OMNISCIENCE.
The artwork was designed by Caelan Stokkerman Arts, who absolutely SLAYED the artwork for this release. We just told him we wanted something with a futuristic space vibe and gave him free reign over the design. We absolutely love how it came out and think it perfectly fits with our music.
- Let’s share the lyrical inspiration and some more of the specific themes behind the songs.
All the songs address different topics, but the general theme of the record seems to be adapting to change and overcoming the challenges life and society throws at us.
- Is there a particular vision or message that DEMATERIALIZE would like to get across with their music or this record in particular?
We chose to name our release “OMNISCIENCE” because all the songs, while diverse in message, can relate to a sense of better understanding the world we live in and how we fit in it as individuals. Our main message with this record is to inspire others to better themselves through education and experience to live a fulfilling life.
- What songs do you consider to be: the heaviest, the most melodic and the most experimental on this record?
We made a conscious effort to really push our sound further in all of those directions to give each song its own vibe. The heaviest song on the record, and maybe our whole discography, is definitely Lighthouse. Astral is probably the most melodic since it features the most clean vocals and has tons of leads throughout the song. The most experimental is definitely Binary Sunset, we got real weird with that one and are stoked on how it came out.
- Nowadays many mainstream bands are drastically changing their sound for whatever reasons to embark a journey of experimentation. Is there any soundscape, new experimental direction or influence you may want to undertake at some point in the future?
We want to keep getting weirder and write unique songs that catch people’s attention.
- If you had the opportunity to tour with 3 of your favorite mainstream metalcore or deathcore bands, who would they be?
ERRA, Architects, & Volumes.
- What else do Dematerialize have planned for the official release of OMNISCIENCE and how are you adjusting in the current pandemic scenario? Any sneak peeks or news you may want to share with us.
Our new music video for “Lighthouse” came out on the same day as OMNISCIENCE dropped. You can watch the video HERE. We’ve also been writing tons of new music during the pandemic and are going back to the studio soon.
Thank you for your time guys and having a chat with SICK AND SOUND. All the best for the promotion of your record and success for your future endeavours. We will keep an eye out for Dematerialize!
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