INTERNAL VOID are maybe one of the most criminal underrated bands since their debut release "Standing On The Sun", back in 1992 on the legendary Hellhound Records. Now 14 years later one of Maryland's finest bands comes with theit third album "Matricide" and it' s once again a virtous heavy soulful slab, far away from any trends. This band is a class of its own, and if people talk about heavy music they MUST add INTERNAL VOID to this list. No excuse for other desicions! Well, "Matricide" is definitely one of the top ten albums in 2004, and not only because of this it was once again time to make an interview with Adam Heinzmann (b.), Kelly Carmichael (g.) and JD (voc.) about the new album, and a lot of other interesting things like the new Pentagram line-up etc. Check it out!!
Hello Adam, hello Kelly, hello JD! Once again it's a pleasure for me to welcome Internal Void here in the Cosmic Lava. You released your third full-length "Matricide" and it's hard to describe the power and beauty of the album with words. How long have you worked on it and are you satisfied with the result?
Kelly: Very satisfied! We worked on it in a couple different stages, we did the drums in a weekend in Jan 03, that summer I had about 2-3 days of guitars, then it was on hold for a year for the Pentagram album. Once Pentagram was completed in April we jumped on it right away, and had it done within two months by late May 04.
Adam: We started writing material immediately following the recording of 'Unearthed'. We're always writing, as soon as we finish a song, it's on to the next. Three of the songs, 'Matricide', 'Window To Hell' and 'All Smoke and Mirrors' were written before the recording of 'Unearthed'. All the others were written and developed during 2000-02. This album turned out better than I imagined it would. Being away from it for so long (to record the Pentagram album) I wasn't exactly sure what we had. Once it got rolling, it took on a life of it's own.
What happened around the band since the release of "Unearthed"? As far as I remember you haven't played much shows in the USA to promote the album. Can you agree and what's the reason for it?
JD: We didn't play as much as we would have liked but, we did play the Washington DC area quite a bit to support it. Timing was really bad for all the members after the record came out, but I do wish we had hit the road for that once.
Adam: We certainly haven't played out as much as we'd like to. We've caught some shit for it and plan on changing that in the near future.
It was a surprise for me that "Matricide" hasn't been released on Southern Lord Records. Instead, you founded your own label Dogstreet Records. Are you striving for complete control about your music or is total independance an old dream of the band?
Kelly: Really has never been a dream to have total independance, it just seemed to be the right time to do something different. Southern Lord turned the album down in 2002, which set the release back two years. Just so happens I had started Dogstreet Records soley to release my solo blues cd on and to distribute other blues artists too, so I decided to launch the label with our new cd MATRICIDE, and of course adding the heavier genre to the label, now it's time to get the blues section of the label done!!