1- Hello, thanks for answering to our questions. What are you guys currently up to?
Queens of Steel! Alright! This is Chris Carey and I am the guitar strangler of Dead Conspiracy. Right now we are sharpening our weapons. Oh yeah, we also have a new album hitting the streets Nov 15th. It is very cold in hell right now! Bahahaha!
2- First off, could you make some history of the band?
Back in the mid-’80’s, Mark Murphy (AKA Frankie Delmane) and myself met in JR High. He was a punk and I was a headbanger. Me and my friends thought he was a total freak, so we started hanging out and listening to music and being anti-social. Our friend Mike Teal had a PA and drums and guitars so we would make just fucking absolute noise with awful lyrics, that band was called Wretched Death. By 1986, Mark and I were ready to try playing live. We had a neighbor friend, her name is Lisa «Moonchild» Mann and she could play anything on the bass- classical, Mercyful Fate, KISS, jazz, etc. We met another total freak at a punk show named Jeremy, he became our drummer. I played guitar and Mark was the singer.The four of us started rehearsing in my room at my parents house. The name Dead Conspiracy was Mark and Jeremy’s doing, I still think it’s a great band name. We were going for a hardcore punk sound. That scene was tough, man. Our 2nd show was with Poison Idea and these nazis were beating me up (I was 15 years old and 120 pounds soakin’ wet). Our drummer got them off of me. On, X-mas night, 1986 we played the Satyricon with Lockjaw and were scheduled to play there the next night with the Mentors. Jeremy and Lisa opted out, so I fired them and got drunk on Old English 800. In Feb 1987, Mark and I joined a band called Protest along with our friend Chris Ashley on drums. We replaced their rhythm section, Eric Detablan(Drums) and Eric Dorsett(Bass). They fired us after a few months for being too nihilistic! Mark and I started Dead Conspiracy back up with Mike Teal on bass and Jeremy Devine back on the drums. We had been listening to a lot of death metal- Sodom, Death, Possessed, Slayer, Hellhammer/Celtic Frost, Destruction, Kreator, Bathory, all the heroes of that genre. We had 2 song «Killing For Fun» and «Dead Conspiracy». They were heavier, but still basically….punk. That summer we put up an ad at 2nd Ave records. «Death Metal Band seeks bass, drums, 2nd guitar. Remember the bassist and drummer from Protest we repIaced (Eric Dorsett, Eric Detablan)? They contacted us! We also found guitarist Jason Neikes. The 5 of us wrote and recorded what is known as «Dead Conspiracy ’87 demo», 5 of the most ear-splitting, skull-digging tunes of necro-sound ever recorded! After that everything that can happen to a young band, did. We got huge locally, our demos were selling like crazy, we started changing our sound, got signed and broke up due to musical differences. So, why now? Why are we back after 25 years? I’m really fuckin’ insane! I really just wanted to play those old songs! Hahahaha! We also felt we had unfinished business and a lot of new songs. It has been Eric Dorsett(bass), Jeff Taylor(guitar-Demise/Dead Conspiracy) and me since 2012. We had a drummer named Skinnee. Now my old friend Eric A (Religious War/Skullspltter) is on the drums, he also is the band’s artistic director. We’ve had a few different vocalists since we’ve been back, the first was Brian Chainey (Deathsaw/Daemoniis ad Noctum), next was Marco Destructor (Raptor), now we have the one…the only …….Mike Abominator (Gravehill, Ruin, Necrozier) spewing unholy rhetoric! Our new album will be streaming by the time you readers see this!
3- How could you describe your sound?
The Dead Conspiracy sound is Total Annihilating Death Metal! We like to think we are a punk band that plays faster, rawer, evil sounding noise. We are extreme Rock’n’Roll, if you know what I mean. Guitar driven insanity. We are old dudes, Hahaha, so you’re gonna get that old school delivery. No down tuning, no long guitar solos, no cut and paste recording, fuck it.
4- What are the band’s main musical influences?
In the old days, it was Slayer, Venom, Metallica, Motorhead, GBH, Poison Idea, Cryptic Slaughter, these bands inspired us to start a band. Music was changing and it was changing fast! That 1st wave of death metal is where our sound evolved-Sodom, Death, etc. As far as my influences now? It can be anything The Stooges, MC5, Anti-Cimex, Emperor, John Coltrane, the sound of machines, jet-planes, silence, anything!
5- How is the feedback for your new album being?
We are excited for motherfuckers to hear it! The reaction to the songs we previewed like «Blood Everywhere» are getting a lot cool feedback. We’ll see how the reaction is over the next few months.
6- And are your personally satisfied with the final outcome?
I think it sounds killer. It’s a miracle that it is going to be out….Hahahaha! It is a depature from our last record which ranged from Black Metal to Thrash. This record is more of the same, I guess. It is heavier. It is different from what the rest of the scene is sounding like.
7- How could you describe this opus in just 3 words?
Indomitable Death Metal
8- How has the production process for your new release been?
I could lie and say it was easy! 5 of the tracks feature our previous drummer, Nathan «Skinnee» Richardson. Those were all recorded in one session well over a year ago! It took awhile to replace him. I contacted Eric A and we wrote 4 more songs and finished the rest of the album. Then, we needed a singer. Eric Dorsett contacted Mike Abominator and he just handled it, man! We sent the recorded music down to LA and he just added a whole new dimension with his words and vokills! Me and Mike spoke quite a bit about how certain parts should go, but he had total freedom to do it his way and the results are Horrifying! In a good way! The album is self-titled and will be available on vinyl on our own Necromantic Press label, on cassette through Exile Musick and CD on Brazilian label
9- And how do you use to work on the songwriting?
I will get a sound stuck in my head and I will find the nearest instrument to figure out what that sound is. Once I have a riff, anythings possible, the song will write itself. Sometimes, I won’t use a riff for a few years. A good example is the slow intro riff on «Vultures Feeding», you take your chances with songs that dramatic, but I think it is right on the money. We also collaborate on this new album. Eric Dorsett and I wrote a few songs together on it. Jeff ‘el jefe’ Taylor has a riff in there, Skinnee too. Eric A is like a secret weapon! He wrote «Blood Everywhere» and «Paralyzed With Terror» (which are the 1st and last songs on the album)! Mike Abominator really killed it as well.
10 – Finally, what are you near-future plans?
On Feb 10th, 2017 we will be co-headlining Famine Fest 4 with Nasty Savage here in Portland. Then, we caravan on down to Oakland for a gig with Violation Wound. We are stoked, totally stoked! More will be announced right here @ Queens of Steel!
11- That’s all from our side, thanks again for taking your time to answer our questions. If you now want to add some final words; feel free to do it.
Thanks to Queens of Steel for the interview and SUPPORTING UNDERGROUND MUSIC! What I mean by underground is not following trends or tastemakers! If you know what I’m sayin’. Seek and you will find.