Dayton black metal horde Bringers of Disease celebrate newest release at Blind Bob’s
By Gary Spencer
Not all music being made in Dayton these days is of the “fun” variety. Dark musical rumblings have been crawling their way out of the local music underground and up to the show circuit on occasion to shock sensibilities and make one’s hair stand on end. This coming Friday will be such an occasion as Dayton-based black metal warriors, Bringers of Disease, will be performing at Blind Bob’s in celebration of the release of their debut EP entitled Gospel of Pestilence. The disc storms out of the gate with a hailstorm of eardrum-clubbing, blast-beat drums and slashing guitars that resemble a swarm of killer bees buzzing through the cool night sky, punctuated by blood curdling shrieks and guttural growls certain to scare an average listener. But the band isn’t afraid to slow things down on occasion to let their sonically bleak nastiness further invade your psyche and bring an even greater sense of dread to the proceedings.
The band includes Jason Phillips on guitar/backing vocals, Nick Christensen on guitar, Logan Madison on vocals, Dave Mann on drum and Kevin Schindel on bass. Recently, I got to catch up with “Metal Monday” DJ and Bringers of Disease guitarist Jason Phillips to get the dirt on the band, their music, their new record and extreme metal in general.
How did you guys originally get together?
The first incarnation of the band formed in 2009. We had a few member changes before solidifying the lineup you hear on the EP. We’re all Dayton-based, except for Nick, who lives in Columbus and Logan, who lives in the middle of nowhere.
Who are some of the group’s musical or conceptual influences?
I can’t really say who would be an influence on this band. There’s never been a time in the writing process where we’ve specifically tried to emulate a certain artist. We are all very eclectic when it comes to the music we listen to and bands that we have played in, so we just draw from that.
Many people reading this probably are not familiar with black metal. How would you describe your band to a stranger?
It’s heavily distorted, dark, negative and fast.
How would you go about trying to persuade the uninitiated into checking out your new album or live show?
I would never try to persuade someone into checking out this project. If they don’t like this art form, they would have no interest in what we do. This form of music is not about making everyone feel good, or feel like a part of something bigger. It’s about individual thought and expression.
Tell me about the making of your new EP, Gospel of Pestilence. What was the recording process like? When/where was it recorded?
We recorded Gospel of Pestilence with John Lakes last winter at our rehearsal space over the course of about eight hours in one day, though we did do some extra vocals and bass tracks a few days after the initial tracking. It was a relatively quick and painless process.
What label is putting out your new EP?
This album is actually a split release. Waylon Recordings and Translation Loss are putting it out together. They’re both national labels, with Translation Loss being the more established of the two.
Who writes the words to your songs? What lyrical themes do Bringers of Disease explore?
Logan is the lyricist. His themes encompass a variety of negative subjects, primarily Satanism and death worship.
Some readers might be surprised that there is a sizable international market for your brand of metal. Thoughts?
As previously stated, I don’t think that this art form is for everyone. If they are unfamiliar with this genre and lifestyle, there is probably a reason for that.
What type of publicity has the band gotten outside of Dayton?
We do play shows and we have plans to tour to support the release. The news of our signing with Translation Loss and details about the forthcoming EP have been posted on a lot of metal blogs. We also have a feature article coming out in Decibel Magazine next month.
What does the future hold for Bringers of Disease? What do you see yourselves doing with the band, musically or otherwise?
We have already started writing material for the next record. I think as long as the creativity flows, we will keep producing material and playing shows. We are pretty seasoned musicians, so I don’t see us setting down our gear anytime soon.
Bringers of Disease will perform live in celebration of the release of their new CD, Gospel of Pestilence, at Blind Bob’s on Friday, May 20. Struck by Lightning, Mockingbird and Footbinder are also on the bill. Cover is $5 for patrons 21 and up. For more information visit www.blindbobs.com.
Reach DCP freelance writer Gary Spencer at GarySpencer@daytoncitypaper.com.