Earlier this week I was lucky enough to review We Are The Burden by the one man grind project The Sound That Ends Creation. And luckier still, I was able to interview the man behind all of the madness Chris Dearing. Read on and enjoy! And thank you again Chris for the opportunity to review your work and thank you again for answering some questions I had for you!
Can you tell me a little bit about how The Sound That Ends Creation came to be?
I just felt that metal has kind of lost it’s edge with the super clean productions and super technical playing being rampant. I wanted to bring back that “dirty” feeling. Not just from a production standpoint, but I wanted to create something that was almost impossible to predict, to constantly keep people guessing.
Has grind always been a passion of yours and did you always want to be a musician and make this kind of music?
I love all kinds of extreme metal. Grind/Mathcore has that indescribable feeling that’s been missing from most modern metal though. It actually sounds dangerous, if that makes sense.
I’ve always wanted to play music for a living, I was raised on oldies like Elvis and would sing along to the songs (still do), but with metal it’s like I get a shot of adrenaline whenever I write a great riff or record a vocal pattern just right over a song.
Did The Sound That Ends Creation start as strictly a grind outfit? And if so when did you begin adding different elements such as black metal and sludge in?
The style of grind that you play is eclectic. Did you always want to add different genres to grind to create something unique, or did it take shape on its own?
I just wrote what came to me. Like I said before, I wanted to keep people guessing and create something unique, music shouldn’t have boundaries and TSTEC certainly doesn’t. I just throw all of the extreme metal genres into a blender, and what you have on We Are The Burden is my extreme metal smoothie. But as cliché as it sounds the songs really do just flow, when I come up with a great riff the following riffs just come out.
Is there an artist or artists that you try or have tried to model your style of music after?
I’m essentially trying to take what bands like The Number 12 Looks Like You, and See You Next Tuesday did and take it as far as possible.
Are there certain ideas or themes that you work with exclusively, or is the content free flowing?
There isn’t a focused lyrical theme, I cover everything from depression, to war, to how we are harming the environment.
Are there any bands or people that you would like to work with on your next release?
It would be pretty cool to work with Kurt Ballou, but I’d rather keep this as a one-man operation, I just have a certain vision for the music.
The last few questions I have are just standard ones I like to ask. The first is: what would be your favorite band shirt you have?
I guess it would have to be my WRVTH shirt. I played a show in a different project with those guys when they came though last and they are great guys. They are also one of the more original young bands right now, and certainly deserve more recognition.
When you were growing up, what were some of your favorite records you would play on repeat?
Cattle Decapitation’s “Karma.Bloody.Karma”, Circle of Dead Children’s “The Human Harvest”, Dimmu Borgir’s “Spiritual Black Dimensions”, and Pig Destroyer’s “Terrifyer” changed my life, and opened my eyes to all of the other extreme stuff I listen to now. Outside of metal I also listened to The Killers’ “Sams Town” and The Gathering’s “Home” constantly.
To conclude, is there anything you would like to say to your fans?
Thank you so much for the support! And thank you, Jared, for the interview.
You can catch the entire review for We Are The Burden