This week we’re featuring the L.A. death metal group Infirmity in Meet The Band. They just released their full-length debut album Descendants Of Sodom. Guitarist/vocalist Kevin Lowery introduces us to his band.
Chad Bowar: Give us a brief history of Infirmity.
Kevin Lowery: Infirmity officially started back in 2010. The truth is, we’ve all been playing music together as far back as middle school. We were all in and out of bands together and after many short lived projects we decided to team up and form Infirmity. Since we were all childhood friends with similar influences writing music together came naturally and we just cliched. No crazy back story involving murder and devil worship, just childhood friends getting drunk and playing metal.
Describe the songwriting process for Descendants Of Sodom.
We’re the kind of group that hashes it all out during in-person rehearsals. Typically we just each bring ideas to the table for a new song and work on putting it together. Since we’ve been playing music with each other for so long the process just flows organically.
What will be your strongest memory of the recording of the album?
The time we spent in the studio recording the album with John Haddad at Trench Studios, Corona. The recording process can be grueling at times but we just make the best of it and have fun. We just spent the hours cracked out on coffee, tea and beer chugging out riffs and shredding solos.
How would you characterize its style/sound?
Infirmity’s sound is for sure through and through death metal but with a heavy dose of black metal, thrash and grind to keep things fresh.
What lyrical topics do you cover?
Lyrical topics within our songs can range anywhere from topics about social unrest, misanthropy all the way to the obligatory satanic worship anthem. Typically it’s some kind of allegory for human society but we also like to mix it up with random topics and not take things too serious. Metal is about having fun and we like to keep it that way.
How did you come to sign with Lost Apparitions Records?
We’ve been fans of their respectable work and discography for years. Lost Apparitions is a label that “gets it” and truly do have a passion for underground extreme music. When they contacted us regarding releasing the album we knew it was the perfect match for us.
What are your goals and expectations for the album?
After releasing multiple demos and EPs we’re just excited to finally have this album come out.
What has been your most memorable Infirmity live show?
We’ve had a plethora of amazing and wild shows throughout the years. Opening for acts such as Cattle Decapitation, Belphegor, Exhumed, Shining, Master, Disgorge, Origin and Warbringer. I think one of the funniest things to happen at a show is when we played with Vader and Internal Bleeding and someone threw a blow-up doll with our shirt on it into the audience and everyone just started to go crazy and erupt into a mosh fueled frenzy. It was nuts.
What are your upcoming show/tour plans?
At this time, the only event announced is for our album release show on November 9th. With bands such as Euphoric Defilement, Madrost & AxIIom on the bill it’s sure to be a banger!
How did you get started in music?
We were all just drawn to the challenge of writing music. Growing up in the 1990’s and early 2000’s rock stars were gods among men. We wanted to be the next generation of them and carve a path with our own music. Writing and playing music is intoxicating and something we just love to do.
Who were your early influences and inspirations?
The classics: Black Sabbath, Metallica, Slayer, Cannibal Corpse, Deicide, Dissection – groups like that.
What’s currently in your heavy musical rotation?
Mostly a lot of brutal death metal and technical death metal. Pathology, Inanimate Existence, Deeds of Flesh, Severed Savior, Irreversible Mechanism, Decrepit Birth, etc.
Anything else you’d like to mention or promote?
Shouts to John Haddad/Trench Studios, Corona who mixed and recorded the album. Praise to Daemorph Art for the beyond amazing album cover artwork who did for us. Proud to have released this with the help and support of Lost Apparitions Records. Thanks to all of the friends, family and fans that have supported us all of these years!
(interview published November 9, 2019)
Listen To Infirmity – “Descendants Of Sodom”