Hemoptysis Guitarist Discusses Upcoming Album "Misanthropic Slaughter"
Arizona based thrash act Hemoptysis is a rising star in the metal world, making a recent appearance at NAMM and gearing up to release the new full-length album "Misanthropic Slaughter" on March 8th, 2011. The band's achievements are all the more impressive for the lack of major label support. Hemoptysis guitarist Masaki Murashita recently spoke with me about the band's upcoming album and the search for a new home with a record label.
xFiruath: When did Hemoptysis get started and what has the band done so far?
Masaki: Travis, our drummer, and I started back in June of 2007 and we recorded our first EP “Who Needs a Shepherd?” That was released in September, 2008. We got over 25 positive reviews on that and lots of interviews and exposure. We ended up re-recording one of the songs from the EP, “Shadow of Death,” with producer Ryan Greene. That opened a lot of doors for us. We did the music video and it was featured on Fuse TV in 2009. We finally recorded the full-length and are getting ready to release it on March 8th.
xFiruath: What specific style or sub-genre would you use to describe the sound of Hemoptysis?
Masaki: We have a lot of different backgrounds and influences. There’s a lot of different thrash, black, and death metal elements. We are mainly influenced on old school thrash, and Travis is our death metal guy. Our guitar player Ryan Miller and the bass player we have now listen to pretty much everything. That all makes us sound different and unique. In a simple word it’s “a buffet of metal.”
xFiruath: Your new album “Misanthropic Slaughter” comes on March 8th. Tell me about the new album and how it sounds.
Masaki: We just put up a couple of songs from the album on our Facebook and MySpace. We’ve been getting great feedback so far. We just started getting reviews back and so far their positive. Now we’re hitting up the labels and seeing what they say.
xFiruath: Fill me in on the recording process for the album.
Masaki: It went great. It was a great experience working with a top notch producer like Ryan Greene. It came out great. It was a hell of an experience and we’re happy with the product we got.
xFiruath: Tell me a bit about the lyrics on the new album.
Masaki: Both me and the drummer Travis write lyrics. One song we wrote together. It doesn’t stick to a theme. Every song has a different feeling. There’s a song about killing. “Hopeless” is a song about feeling hopeless at a day job and just doing what you’re told. There’s an anti-war song about the Iraq war and it deals with propaganda.
xFiruath: Do you have any plans for videos on this album?
Masaki: We definitely plan on doing a video. We don’t know what song or when we’ll be doing it. Right now we’re focusing on the album release, but we definitely are planning for a video.
xFiruath: Where is Hemoptysis headed next for new live shows?
Masaki: As an unsigned band it’s really hard to book shows out of state, so we’re doing our best and hopefully we can book a U.S. tour this Spring or Summer.
xFiruath: Do you have a record release show lined up for the new album?
Masaki: We have a CD preview show, but we’re not planning on a CD release so far. We’ll see what happens. We’ve got three or four shows in Phoenix, but in the mean time we’re working on getting a full tour.
xFiruath: How is your local metal scene and are there bands you regularly play with?
Masaki: The metal scene in general is getting bigger and bigger. There’s a lot of talented bands in Phoenix. It definitely stimulates us and makes us work harder to stand out. There’s a lot of different bands. We play with Landmine Marathon soon. They are a great band. There’s Depth Perception and a bunch of other great bands out here.
xFiruath: What bands are hitting your rotation lately?
Masaki: I am listening to a lot of acoustic stuff. I try not to listen to metal recently. I don’t want to get the influence from other metal bands. I want to be different and unique, especially when writing. I’ve already started writing new stuff for the next record. I’m trying to listen to other types of music.
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