Albuquerque’s Impaled Offering are an extreme death-metal band that combine other genres of metal into their core sound. Other genres include goregrind, blackened death, and old-school tech death. The band consists of drummer/percussionist Ben Segura, guitarist Kenneth Padilla, and bassist/vocalist Joseph Chavez. It was Ken who spoke with Take Five.
Tell me about your band and its musical approach.
Kenneth Padilla: “We are a straight underground extreme death-metal band, with a wide variety of influences and styles. Styles cover progressive, goregrind, blackened death, thrashened death, and old-school tech death.
“Influences include Impetigo, Iced Earth, Morbid Angel, Morgoth, Incantation, Angelcorpse, Goregasm, Septycal Gorge, Massicra, Demilich, Depravity, Dread (NM), Demogorgon (NM), Coroner, Nocturnal Breed, Laughing Dog (NM), Immolation, Echoes of Fallen (NM), Spawn Of Possession, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, DJango Rynheart, Steve Gadd Band, Frank Zappa, Bach, Handle, Monte Verde, and many more.
“We oppose deathcore/screamo bands because they are ruining something meant to be true, dark, fast, brutal, and primitive. Our approach for the most part is creating a chasm of sound that exfoliates darkness and a feeling of transcending though life and death.”
Any plans to record a debut EP or full-length CD? Please provide any details.
Kenneth Padilla: “We plan to release a five-track EP by February 2011 and a full-length hopefully by mid-summer. We are most definitely going to spread our EP to every major record company that promotes extreme music.”
Explain how the band composes a song. Be as technical as you like.
Kenneth Padilla: “We try to approach each song as if it were a different personality. By doing this, each song is constructed differently not only from one another but also from within. Each song contains multiple tempo changes, time-signature changes, and changes in genre. Our songs consist of 13 to 20 riffs per song, whereas most bands put three to eight riffs a song. We have nothing against that style of writing—it’s just not what we’re doing.
“Because we have so many changes within a song, structuring songs can be tedious and frustrating. We have to work on one section at a time and repeat, repeat, and repeat until it is to our satisfaction. This approach is what makes it so rewarding when we finally get it down.”
How has living in New Mexico influenced your musical approach?
Kenneth Padilla: “There have not been many influences in New Mexico for us, except for the New Mexico bands listed in our influences at the beginning of the interview. What New Mexico has done for us is realize we must get our music out of the state because the New Mexico scene ain’t strong enough to support us as artists.”
What is the best part of being in a metal band? What is the worst?
Kenneth Padilla: “The best part is meeting other open-minded and talented individuals. Playing is of course very rewarding and therapeutic, just being at a show is a very energetic and powerful feeling, ‘cause everyone is there for the same thing. There’s also getting props from people you look up to who are in the scene—that’s one of the coolest things.
“The worst part is that we aren’t on tours yet, but it will happen.”