Musicscan: Annotations Of An Autopsy has always seemed to me to be an underdog band over here on the “European Mainland”. How do you feel about it? Will this situation change with the new record and the support of Nuclear Blast?
Annotations Of An Autopsy: We're not the type of band to complain about where we're situated on a bill. We work hard and honestly for respect, we are not here to dominate and disrespect bands of higher statuses. Just being on bills with headlining bands is enough and if it's our time to shine then we will. Nuclear Blast have been great to us and helped us realise a lot of things in regards to the industry. Again we're not aiming for a shortcut with such big backing, we will prove our worth. All I can say is expect bigger and better things from AOAA.
Musicscan: You guys have been around for some time now. What is behind bands longevity? What fuels the fire and keeps you guys interested in the music you create?
Annotations Of An Autopsy: Yea it's getting on now isn't it!? 4 years so far. Well as for a somewhat new band comparing to some of the Death Metal acts we've toured with, we are still new to it all and everything is exciting and fresh so it's not something we worry about at the moment. In regards to keeping the band going, we're are all heavily into progressing in the music industry and progressing ourselves so it's an awesome challenge that keeps us driven.
Musicscan: Right now, the harder metal scene seems to go even more extreme than ever before. Bands are pushing the boundaries as far as complexity, technical approach and extreme arrangements are concerned. What are your thoughts on this development?
Annotations Of An Autopsy: Let's face it AOAA will never be a mathematical equation band, we have no interest in being disgustingly technical. Personally my hat goes off to all these bands with musicians that can write and play instruments at lightning speeds, but we're not about that. I think you can only go so far with technicality before you start losing the structure or meaning of a song.
Musicscan: Do terms like “tech-death”, “deathcore” and “math-metal” bother you? There's a strong geek connotation with those terms. What influences or parts of your sound are outside of the just mentioned terms?
Annotations Of An Autopsy: We get labelled under all these new sub-genres based on the fact that we're are somewhat new. Yes we helped contribute to heavy metal at the time "Deathcore" first started appearing, but we're a Death Metal band with many influences and twists. It doesn't bother us at all what people label us, if you like the music why should a genre title effect it? "Sticks and stones may break my bones but words can never hurt me."
Musicscan: There is a statement I would ask you to comment: Jamey Jasta once said, that the Hardcore and Metal scene are growing together nowadays and that both are respecting this development. What is your opinion on that?
Annotations Of An Autopsy: I 100% agree with Jamey on that. The metal community from I've seen has developed into a massive community that is widely growing every day. I think a lot more people are coming to terms with the wide variety of music and styles of bands the metal & hardcore scene can offer. You'll see a lot more bands touring together of which can be of totally different musical styles and I think this is very beneficial for bands as it gives each band a chance to reach out to new fans etc.
Musicscan: You guys get compared to a lot of bands. Which comparisons annoy you the most?
Annotations Of An Autopsy: I would say we get matched up with Suffocation a lot ha. Which let me point out, no one can be as good as Suffocation, those guys kill it. You can't get away with comparisons which itself can be somewhat annoying because you're trying to make your own mark. Being tagged alongside Job For A Cowboy is probably my one complaint. Those guys have a whole different style and modern direction. I guess being associated with other bands for a style of music isn't a bad thing in most cases as it allows people to try your product who actually like the band we're being compared to. Just make sure you listen to us for us and not for the bands we're tagged with.
Musicscan: Annotations Of An Autopsy s sound is pretty unique for everyone who ever got in contact with you guys: Is it important to you to create something original every time or would a “simple” heavy metal song do the trick for you if it feels right?
Annotations Of An Autopsy: We are all about song writing, not excelling in specific areas. It's pretty important for us to create something original every time as we are all very interested in progression. It wouldn't feel right just writing riffs/songs and not being into it ourselves, it would just be wrong.
Musicscan: It seems that your sound is continually changing, while it stays the same for the core. How do you make sure to progress on what you are doing to keep yourself and the listeners interested?
Annotations Of An Autopsy: We are all about high energy and we like to bring this to our shows. We try to use a lot of dynamics in our songs to keep the movement of the track refreshing and unexpected. Each album is kind of like a stepping stone for us. We take what we know from each release and apply it to the next with new content also. So yes it is going to be changing but staying true to the core elements.
Musicscan: How important is the technical side of music to Annotations Of An Autopsy?
Annotations Of An Autopsy: Generally from my answers you'll be able to tell we are more about song writing than technicality. We want the listener to have a good time, interact with us and generally get some honest songs that we've worked hard on.
Musicscan: Do you think there are still new metal sounds to be discovered or can modern music basically be said to be a recombination of already existing forms and elements?
Annotations Of An Autopsy: I personally think there is still a lot to be discovered. Yes, Metal is almost always associated to be heavy of some status but I still think there is a beautiful art to it and everyone has their own way of showing it musically.
Musicscan: What sort of musical evolution has Annotations Of An Autopsy gone through over the years of existence? Did your view on music change somehow? There are differences between Before The Throne Of Infection and The Reign Of Darkness…
Annotations Of An Autopsy: AOAA has been under attack since the first tracks were uploaded onto the world for its musical style. It's an ongoing process and that's what I don't think people get. We will continue to evolve and offer people more yet still retaining those core elements that allow us to stand aside of what every other band is doing.
Musicscan: Your releases cover a lot of bases musically, beside the fact its extreme and complex of course, but there's something for everyone within the “crazy-underground”. Whats behind writing in this way?
Annotations Of An Autopsy: We like to write content for everyone. We have no interest in writing for one specific group of listeners, we want to involve as many people as we can with our music and we do so by progressing our sound. Writing extreme music is fun, it allows us to express ourselves via high energy music.
Musicscan: Annotations Of An Autopsy seem to be an extreme and straightforward band, never sticking to any formulas. Is this something you guys tried to do with your stuff or did the writing process just head in that direction?
Annotations Of An Autopsy: None of it has been intentional it's just what happens when we get together and write. I guess we shock ourselves sometimes with the writing differences and influences we all bring to the table, which is a great part of this band. We all have different writing styles and influences which is awesome as this band is all about team work.
Musicscan: What are you looking for in a song, and how do you know that a song is finished?
Annotations Of An Autopsy: We look for impact from start to finish and how we can achieve this through methods like the dynamics, vocal lines etc. We just aim to make catchy listenable heavy metal tracks that has something for everyone. Be it fast double bass backed up with intense fast guitar work or choppy hard hitting guitar riffs.
Musicscan: Musically, and especially lyrically, Annotations Of An Autopsy seems like a band fueled by raw emotion which is at the same time connected with a reflected approach. What are the motives behind writing in this style, what reactions are you seeking to evoke in your audience?
Annotations Of An Autopsy: We write hard hitting yet catchy songs so that we can tour this content and have crazy interactive shows. We want to see the crowd really enjoying the show and just going crazy. The raw emotion is a weapon of ours that everyone has come to know. When we are on stage people know we mean business and it also means you're going to have fun.
Musicscan: With the direction of Annotations Of An Autopsy heading a certain way and fans growing with you over the years and releases, do you feel the fans can relate to what you are feeling or at least understand what you are trying to tell them with your music?
Annotations Of An Autopsy: I think the fans know how much we have achieve over the years and I think they know how grateful we are. We like to keep our fans up to speed with everything that is going on with the band and by doing this I think we get a certain level of respect as we are not going down the route of not talking to fans when they have questions. We keep in direct contact with our fans and they tell us all sorts of things in regards to our music which is great!
Musicscan: A last question: What makes the band special to you? How would you describe the essence of Annotations Of An Autopsy?
Annotations Of An Autopsy: We are a fresh Death Metal act with aims of taking this genre of music further. This band is our life. We are a band of brothers set on world domination and we believe we can do so with our determination and writing style.