Best known for their diabolical sick death metal meanderings and brilliantly horror-inspired cover illustrations, Cardiac Arrest is a Midwest band well worth checking into. Now signed to Ibex Moon, their latest collection of gore soaked tunes is now out for all to witness entitled Haven For The Insane. Due back in the Southland for a show on July 4th with Gravehill, here is a recent interview we conducted with one of the Cardiac members…
Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Cardiac Arrest, and how long the band has been together.
I’m Grindhead Jim Deabenderfer, the drummer and occasionally backing vocalist of CA. The current lineup of Adam Scott, Tom Knizner, David Holland, and I has been together for about five years now.
What is your hometown metal scene like and where are you based out of?
We are from Chicago, Illinois. It has a rich and diverse music scene, with particular favor towards death metal.
Is there any story or concept behind the CD title Haven For The Insane?
Yes, the album title refers to a lyric in the first song on the CD, Insanity’s Grip. That song is loosely based on an early 70s flick called Don’t Look in the Basement. The film is about an unorthodox mental institute where the Head Doctor lets the patients act out their fantasies.
The cover art is the sickest ever! Who did the artwork and how much input did you have on it?
Putrid “Matt” Carr has done all three of our album covers. We always pitch an idea to him, and he takes that idea and runs with it. He always turns in something unexpected, and, invariably, better than the original idea. Check out his work at http://putridgore.com/
How did you wind up on Ibex Moon Records? Did you know John if Incantation prior to the signing?
Tom and I have known John for about fifteen years or so. Over the years, John saw CA play various festivals, and took note of our live performance. When we toured with Incantation last year, the ball began rolling to put out HFTI. We are truly honored to be on such a wonderful label, and have been getting tremendous amounts of support from John. We couldn’t be happier.
What was your experience like playing at the Milwaukee Metalfest?
It was disappointing, to be honest. It was a wonderful venue, great sound, killer lineup… but no one showed. Seeing Resurrection was a highlight for me.
How do you feel about Acheron announcing their breakup after 20 years?
It was a shock, to say the least. We’ve toured with those guys, and we all got along well. I was really looking forward to playing some fests with them this year, but, it is not meant to be. That said, The Final Conflict is a hell of a record to go out on.
What was the experience like playing Murderfest and when could we expect you back here in the City Of Angels?
LA Murderfest was a great experience – great crowd, great sound, and a well-organized show. It was really, really hot in there, though… that would be a complaint. It was worth it to share the stage with so many great bands, though.
We will be back in LA on July 4th with Gravehill and HOD, as part of the Campaign For Death Metal Purity 2010 tour.
What could one expect from a live Cardiac Arrest show?
We like to think that we are more entertaining than the average death metal band. I’ve described it before as “the slow parts are slower, the fast parts are faster, and the songs flow together”.
What was it like sharing the stage with Anal Blast and what were your memories of Donald Decker?
I was honored to be in AxBx for not quite a year. It was a lot of fun, and I have great memories of the experience. I am still very close to Aaron T Whitesides (now of Enabler and Sacrificial Slaughter). Don was a much warmer, genuine person than many thought he was. He may have had a short fuse, but he was always willing to apologize when he knew he was wrong. He did a lot for the Midwest underground scene, and his memory is best served by keeping the music alive.
What could one find at Death Dealer Distribution?
See for yourself at: http://www.myspace.com/deathdealerdistribution
Any final words of wisdom for metalheads here in the Los Angeles area?
We have had a lot of support coming from the SoCal area, and LA in particular, for a long time. We appreciate all you sick fuckers, and can’t wait to tear it up again!
May ROT be with you!
(Interview by Kenneth Morton)
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