From the band’s website: “What happens when you mix a guitar player that is a Metallica fan, a drummer that likes Pantera, a funky-ass bassist, and the crushing vocals of a modern-metal-turned-thrash singer? The answer, as you might have noticed, is Divided inside. . . .” Hailing from Las Cruces, Divided Inside play blistering thrash metal. These dudes took a moment from their busy schedules to answer some rapid-fire questions from Take Five. Results are below.
Tell me about your band and its musical approach.
Bowser: “Divided Inside is heavily influenced by thrash from around the world. We all have different influences in addition to thrash, and we bring all these influences together to make a sound that is both progressive as well as true to its thrash roots. We try to maintain the old-school metal feel but also like to make music in a way that people have not heard before.”
Any plans to record an EP or full-length CD? Please provide details.
Bowser: “We recorded a demo after Joey joined the band as the new singer, but the band has evolved a lot since then. This demo was basically just so we could have our songs recorded. We made a lot of new songs that show the true form of Divided Inside and are preparing to record our first full-length. The old songs will be revamped and everyone will be able to get a recording of our newer songs.
“When you hear our new recordings, you will definitely be able to see how we have evolved as musicians. If you have ever seen us live, the chemistry we share with each other and the audience is undeniable. Now everyone will be able to hear it in our recording as well. We have a few ideas for the album title, but we want to wait to hear the finished product to apply a fitting title.”
What was the defining moment in your life that enabled you to discover extreme music?
Bowser: “This was something that happened at different points for all of us. Not to mention, we continue to discover new types of extreme music to this day. We are still being introduced to different bands and sounds we had never heard before. However, the defining moment has to be the very first time each one of us heard our first metal song. Most people after having experiences like this will continue to crave something that pushes the envelope. We always want something heavier, more brutal, faster, etc. Although thrash may not be considered the most extreme genre of metal, it is where we find the best place to express ourselves. We love the sound, the feeling, and the overall style of thrash. When you add in all our other influences, it makes a more extreme type of thrash than what we knew before.”
How has living in New Mexico (and Las Cruces) influenced your musical approach?
Bowser: “This is a town where people’s perception of metal is always a bit different from what we and most metalheads are used to. There are a lot of metalcore and emo groups in this general region. It also seems like a lot of screamo bands are being billed as metal bands that can really disappoint an audience when they expect to see a full-on metal show.
“Because of this, we have tried to remain true to our roots and what we know as real metal. We are highly critical of our sound because we want it to represent our feel of thrash metal. We have also been fortunate to share the stage with bands like Cruces Cult, who have also done an awesome job of maintaining that true metal sound. Seeing bands like Cruces Cult definitely inspires you to keep supporting our scene, which is small but extremely powerful. Our city also has a lot of hidden talent in other genres. We have great bands like Wormhole and Blues Messiah that are always great to see and can give you a fresh perspective on music as a whole.”
Tell me about the song “Gold of the Decadent.” What inspired the lyrics and how did you go about crafting the song from start to finish?
Joey: “This was a song that was written before I replaced the former singer. The song used to be called ‘Artisan Form of Pain,’ and honestly, both the title as well as the lyrics made no sense to me. Plus, I thought the vocal style did not fit. The former vocalist’s departure called for a new take on the song. I loved the rhythm and everything else about the song, so we decided to just rewrite the lyrics and title. I wanted the lyrics to tell a story from my own experiences, but I wanted them to be the type of lyrics that people also find their own meaning in.
“Anytime someone asks, ‘What is this song about?’ the answer is simple: ‘What does it remind YOU of? The music, lyrics and title, what do you think of when you hear them?’ Just like it brings out something in me, it should bring out something in you. THAT is the true power in music. I will also tell you that none of our music makes you sad or depressed. Our music should uplift you and make you feel like the world is at your hands. That is the memory this song brings to me. You may live for a long time being led by the blind, but those binding chains can only be broken by you. When those chains are broken and you stare all that negativity in the eye, you will realize your true potential.
“Like the song says, not even thunder will be able to keep up with you. From there, it is your move. It will be your turn to ‘fall towards the truth’ and use it to empower you. It won’t be the last time you face this darkness (‘Defeat is a bitter thing’), but it also will not be the last time you conquer it. True courage lies in moving forward, even if you are afraid. In the end, it should be an experience you are proud of. Finding something good in all that darkness is like receiving gold from the decadent.”