We took a moment to speak with the Death Metal band Innumerable Forms to discuss about today’s current scene, latest album, being signed to Profound Lore Records and much More!
MPM: Please introduce yourselves to what you do in the band
IF: I’m Justin, I sing. Jensen Ward and Chris Ulsh play guitar, Doug Cho plays bass and Connor Donegan plays drums.
MPM: You guys recently released your first debut full-length from 2018 titled Punishment In Flesh which is a very killer release. What was the inspiration behind the album and artwork?
IF: Thank you. Musically, the goal was to make something heavy and miserable that was both an ode to the bands who have inspired us (Demigod, Disgrace, Paradise Lost, Anathema, Trouble, Winter, Autopsy, and many more) while staying true to what we wanted to do creatively. That’s always been the goal of the band. The lyrics are mostly about different ways to deal with pain, be it physical or mental. I’ve noticed that the faster songs deal more with anxiety, while the slower ones deal with depression. That wasn’t intentional, it just turned out that way. Artwork wise, we wanted something that fit the general mood of the album…we figured that a simple black and white drawing of a man slowly drowning in filth matched the listening experience better than a grandiose painting. Nothing wrong with those, but that’s not us. The illustration was done by Seth Goodkind.
MPM: As a death metal band, what’s your overall status of the current scene with other artists keeping the sound alive and kicking?
IF: There seems to be a healthy amount of interest in death metal and an abundance of bands playing all different styles related to the genre. In that respect, I can’t complain. When we first started playing shows there weren’t a lot of similar bands to us so we often felt like the odd guys out on a bill. The gigs these days are certainly better. I also think it’s cool that people in the scene are open to innovation but also appreciate bands that want to stay within the boundaries of a particular style.
MPM: What’s it like being signed with Profound Lore Records with stellar bands such as Bell Witch, Infernal Coil, Portal and Evoken?
IF: Bruni has been great with us. He’s put up with my crazy bullshit and he’s done an excellent job of getting the album out there to people who have probably never heard us before. There are some sick bands on Profound Lore, but it’s a special honor to be labelmates with Evoken. They are a band we have looked up to for many years.
MPM: Who’s some of your musical inspirations to play instruments?
IF: “Kill Em All” was my gateway into extreme music. That pretty much started it all. Although I sing in this band, I’m a drummer at heart. Some of my favorite guys are Clive Burr, Chuck Biscuits and Cozy Powell.
MPM: Are there any upcoming 2019 releases to be looking forward to?
IF: New Lifeless Dark, and the Blessed Offal, Pissgrave and Tomb Mold LPs.
MPM: Why should everyone check out Innumerable Forms and what does this band offer to the table?
IF: I don’t think everyone should check out Innumerable Forms because this band is not for everyone. However, I think that we are angrier than a lot of other death metal bands, so if you’re looking for music that’s more visceral than technical, you may get something out of it. Maybe not. Also, our lyrics are rooted in reality, and not fantasy, so it’s possible that you might to connect with us on that level.
MPM: What’s some advice to give to upcoming musicians wanting to form in a band?
IF: Always strive to create the best music you can but don’t gauge your success on how popular your band gets. You will never be happy and that pursuit will force you to have to rub shoulders with some of the most vile people you could ever meet.
MPM: Any last words to close the interview?
IF: Nope, that is all. Thanks for the interview!
Interview by Jake Butler