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Inteview with Crejuvent

Crejuvent is a one-person project that recently released put forth a 20+ minute demo entitled “Pretty Demos”. Typically it is easiest to describe demo bands by attaching subgenre labels and making comparisons to other bands, but that won’t do for Crejuvent. Nevertheless, I’ll be trying anyways! At its core, the band’s music is certainly based in technical death metal, but it also offers much more. There is plenty of virtuosity showed on “Pretty Demos” (this becomes evident quite quickly in the opening track “Dualism”, and especially in the bass-guitar driven “Projection”). With that said, the demo isn’t a Brain Drill-like experience of sweeping or blasting.

Perhaps the biggest thing that separates Crejuvent from their peers is their use of clean vocals. These sections are interwoven into the music pretty seamlessly; in other words, Crejuvent doesn’t play 3 minutes of technical death metal followed by a 2-minute clean interlude. Instead, half of one riff/section of a song will be comprised of a death metal riff, whereas the next half will be more atmospheric and utilize clean vocals. This is a unique and refreshing approach because it makes the songs feel more cohesive and less like two different ideas mashed together. Although the harsh vocals are incredibly brutal, the clean vocals are quite mellow. In fact, an apt comparison would be to something like Obscura or The Faceless, where the singing doesn’t show a particularly wide range, but instead offers supporting melodies to the rest of the music.

Check out my chat with him below:

How did the name come about?

I just came up with it by accident (I thought it was a real word when playing scrabble) and nobody tried to stop me from using it!

How would you describe your genre to someone who isn't familiar with your music?

Some variant of extreme metal. I would tell them not to get too invested in trying to place the music into some weird and obscure little sub genre – at its core, it’s just metal music.

How did the band form?

Some people like to hang out with their friends in their spare time, or do something constructive, or do something healthy with their time like relax or pick up hobbies. I just spent it screaming into a microphone when I was younger and I thought somebody might have enjoyed listening to it, so I started Crejuvent. Oh boy how wrong I was…

What are some of the artists that influence you?

Picasso, Marquis de Sade, and Bob Ross. If you could tour with any artist or band (still active or not) who would it be?

I would tour with Dethklok. Not the real band, the cartoon band. Just so I can be involved in all their crazy death-related hijinks.

What's your favorite show you've played?

I did a show in a tiny venue here in Liverpool about a year ago. It was very intimate (i.e. there was nobody there), so I chugged a bottle of red wine mid set and just sort of phoned it in. It was so liberating.

What's the future hold for the band?

Treasures and riches and lots of women. That ALMOST rhymed, so it MUST be true.

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