Exist Immortal [Interview]

Metal is often dismissed as being brutish, blockheaded, and generally stupid. In some cases, that reputation is well deserved — but Exist Immortal’s upcoming album Breathe (reviewed on TMMP here) stands as a great example of intelligent metal done right. I got talking to Exist Immortal vocalist Meyrick de la Fuente about not only Breathe, but also an approach to spirituality that pretty much exactly matches my own.

Read on to discover more…

Your new album Breathe is out at the end of the month. What thoughts and feelings are floating through the Exist Immortal camp right now?

Mostly excitement with a slight apprehension. We can’t wait to get it out and for people to hear it! There is also a sense of relief that finally we will be releasing this record which we have spent so much time on over the past few months.

With song titles like Breathe, Lucid, and Chi, I’m intrigued: Is there a spiritual element to the new album? If so, could you please expand upon it a little?

I guess you could say there is a spiritual element, in the sense that it is a very enlightening process learning how to interact effectively and enjoyably with the natural world, which is a topic that forms the basis to a lot of the songs on the record.

However, any spirituality in the album is taken from an interest and sense of wonder in the natural world, void of any religious sentiment — in essence, it is a beautiful thing to feel a sense of spirituality as human minds attempt to comprehend the sheer impressive nature of reality.

To be more specific about a couple of the songs you mention, Breathe describes the sense of relief that coming out of a period of deep confusion and perhaps even depression can give someone, a sense of being able to properly take a big breath for the first time in ages. Lucid relates to the overarching theme of the album, the sense of overwhelming awe that can be felt towards discovering how major processes actually work, and how it can feel like something of a drug or a lucid dream to experience such a thing.

What was your creative process while writing and recording Breathe?

It was the first time we had properly written together with this current lineup, so we were able to really delve into each other’s writing abilities and find things that really worked well together.

We were fortunate enough in autumn last year to stick around in the Italian countryside, after finishing a European tour, to write a lot of the material with no distractions. This allowed us to really explore the ideas we had without any of the familiar realities to fall back on and take away from the creative process.

What was the most challenging aspect of recording the new album?

Probably ensuring the ideas we had hashed out in demos were properly learned and played well on the actual record, to make sure the ideas and concepts were put across exactly how we wanted.

We did this whole record ourselves. I recorded and mixed it in my own studio — so personally for me, the most challenging aspect was definitely making sure I was somewhat objective during the mixing process, attempting to stop my personal connection to the songs from clouding my mixing ability.

How have you evolved, as musicians and as people, over the course of completing Breathe?

We’ve all become much closer as a band, for sure. I personally feel super lucky as the vocalist to have such a talented group of musicians to play with, as we all push each other to make sure everyone is performing to the same high standard we try to hold ourselves to. In that sense, I’d like to think our songwriting has developed from our previous record — but that is for others to judge perhaps!

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received about pursuing a career in music?

Don’t give up. Deal with all the shit that comes your way. Don’t expect to be able to pursue any other career at the same time.

Expect to put in ridiculous amounts of work for very little short term payoffs. Unless you really love doing it, don’t do it. Haha!

How would you like to see the world change?

I would love to see a world that relies much more on scientific truth as opposed to cultural norms and prejudices; a world where people are able to find a sense of wonder (and “spirituality” if you like) from actual reality, instead of preconceived (and often disproven) notions about how the world should work.

How do you feel about the future beyond October 28?

Personally, I am super excited to tour this record everywhere and can’t wait to get back on the road and play these songs live!

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Originally published at The Musical Melting Pot.

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