|Interview done by Burt Wolf with Mike Pribble, guitarist for BEYOND FATAL.
Interview done May 1st, 2005.
I DON'T KNOW MUCH ABOUT YOU GUYS, SO CAN YOU PLEASE GIVE A BIT OF THE BANDS
HISTORY? ANY PREVIOUS BANDS YOU GUYS WERE IN?
We had a full line up in 1999, started playing shows hear & there & distributed demo CDs every where we could.
Eventually we recorded & self released "SYMPHONY OF DYING CRIES" which did well for the time. After
that, we signed to BLOODSOAKED RECORDS & released "SANCTUARY IN MISERY", which got our name
out a lot more than anything we had done at that point. We started playing bigger shows, had some changes in
the line up & began recording "THE DEMON EULOGY", our newest project. Right now we are shopping around
for labels & plan to release the album in the summer. That's the band's history in a nutshell. As far as previous
bands, our current bass player Dave has played in a few Doom bands prior to BEYOND FATAL. Myself & our
drummer Adam also play in an extreme Metal band called DISSEVERMENT. Adam sings in that band & I play
WHY WAS THE NAME BEYOND FATAL CHOSEN AS THE BANDS NAME?
We considered several names at the time, but we just felt that BEYOND FATAL was the right name for us. It
was inspired by a blood filled video game we all used to play.
WHO OR WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR INFLUENCES IN MUSIC & IN LIFE?
As far as Metal goes, we are influenced by a broad range of bands. IMMOLATION, SPAWN OF
POSSESSION, INIGUITY, SUFFOCATION, MESHUGGAH, DEATH, CANNIBAL CORPSE, VILE, etc.
Personally, outside of Metal, I love some ALICE IN CHAINS (probably my favorite band of all time) & some
YOU GUYS HAVE AN OLD SCHOOL
BRUTALITY MIXED WITH NEW
SCHOOL INTENSITY SOUND. HOW
WOULD YOU BEST DESCRIBE
YOUR STYLE & SOUND?
I'd say you did a pretty good job right
there. I really suck at describing our
sound. I just say it's heavy. We really put
an emphasis on groove & the over all
feeling of a song rather than playing fast all
"SANCTUARY IN MISERY" IS THE
NEWEST RELEASE I HAVE OF
YOURS, WHICH HAS BEEN OUT
FOR AWHILE. HOW WELL DID THIS
RELEASE DO FOR YOU GUYS?
WHAT WAS THE RESPONSE LIKE?
I'd say that release was pretty successful
for us. It really helped us get our foot in
the door so to speak & got our name out a
good bit. We got a lot of great reviews &
feedback from supporters at shows.
WHAT IS SOME OF THE LYRICAL CONTENT OF YOUR SONGS?
Matt writes 95% of the lyrics & it is difficult to explain his writing style. He is one crazy bastard. He definitely
strays from the gory side of things & focuses on more of a philosophical approach. He touches on a lot of
personal demons & our new album will really show this.
WHO WRITES THE MAJORITY OF YOUR SONGS? IS IT A WHOLE BAND COLLABORATION?
I start most of the songs on guitar & then get with Adam & he writes all the drum parts. Usually following that
we give Matt a tape & he writes the lyrics. Dave & Jeff finish the song writing process by throwing in any of
their input & completing the overall sound of the tune.
CAN YOU EXPLAIN THE COVER ART A BIT & WHO DID IT?
A local guy named Troy Dunmire (a.k.a. Snake) did the cover art for us. It basically illustrates the "sanctuary in
misery" & shows a troubled man sitting in front of this sanctuary, possibly contemplating his own existence.
THIS DISC WAS PUT OUT ON BLOODSOAKED RECORDS. HOW DID YOU GET HOOKED UP
WITH THEM? HOW WAS IT WORKING WITH THEM? ARE YOU STILL WITH THEM?
We basically got signed when the owner of BLOODSOAKED heard some mp3's of ours on the internet. He
emailed us & asked if we were looking for a label. We are not with BLOODSOAKED anymore. We signed for 1
IS THERE A NEWER RELEASE OUT OR IS THERE ONE IN WORKS?
Yes, "THE DEMON EULOGY". Advance tracks can be heard on our website.
ANY OTHER LABELS
INTERESTED IN BEYOND FATAL?
Yeah, we are talking to some labels
right now, but I shouldn't mention any
DO YOU GUYS PLAY OUT A LOT?
WHERE ARE SOME OF THE
PLACES YOU'VE PLAYED? WHO
ARE SOME OF THE BANDS
YOU'VE SHARED THE STAGE
We play out as much as possible. This
summer we will be playing like madmen
& possibly touring the east or west coast if possible. To this point, we have only played in various places around
the PA/MD/VA/WV area. We have played with bands such as SUFFOCATION, GOATWHORE, CATTLE
DECAPITATION, WATCH THEM DIE, MORTICIAN, MISERY INDEX, a whole slew of local bands &
DO YOU HAVE ANY GOOD STORIES TO SHARE OF BEING ON TOUR OR PLAYING LIVE?
I can't really think of a specific story...we have a lot of good times at shows.
ARE YOU INTO ANY OTHER STYLES BESIDES WHAT YOU PLAY? WHO ARE SOME OF THE
BANDS YOUR CURRENTLY INTO?
We are all into various style of music. I started learning guitar by playing Jazz & Blues stuff, so that was an early
influence for me. As far as what I am currently into, I've been listening to a lot of GODFLESH.
WHAT DO THE MEMBERS OF THE BAND DO WHEN NOT DOING ANY WORK FOR THE BAND?
I go to college full time & work at a music store part time. Adam works in West Virginia running a saw, Matt is
just started a new inventory job, Jeff is a construction worker & Dave works all around welding shit. Personally,
I like to play paintball, watch fights, drink beer & train in MMA with Adam & Matt when we have the time.
WE ARE BOTH PART OF THE PENNSYLVANIA MUSIC SCENE. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF OUR
SCENE? WHO DO YOU FEEL ARE SOME OF THE BETTER BANDS, LABELS & ZINES IN PENN.?
The scene here is off & on, probably much like anywhere else. I'd say right now it is actually pretty strong for
extreme stuff. There aren't a whole hell of a lot of really heavy bands in PA. so people tend to really appreciate
the bands that do exist here. I am not up on all of the zines in this area, so I can't comment on that.
WHAT IS ONE THING PEOPLE WOULD BE SURPRISED TO FIND OUT ABOUT YOU?
I like pizza & beer.
WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE MOVIES OR TV SHOWS?
EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND is good, THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER on Spike is great. I am a huge UFC
fan so I really dig that show. As far as movies go, I like BAD TASTE, DEAD ALIVE, EVIL DEAD, TRUE
LIES, COMMANDO, PREDATOR, SNIPER, AMERICAN BEAUTY, so on...I could list movies all day.
WHAT ARE YOUR VIEWS ON THE WAR WE ARE FIGHTING NOW & SOME OF THE OTHER
DECISIONS OUR PRESIDENT HAS MADE FOR THIS COUNTRY?
Right now I have mixed feelings. Honestly, I haven't been keeping up on current events like I was in the recent
past so I don't feel that I can comment on the president & the war.
CAN YOU GIVE SOME OF YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE TRAGIC MURDER OF THE GREAT
DIMEBAG DARRELL FROM PANTERA & DAMAGEPLAN?
I think it shows how fucking nutty some people are. It was a true tragedy & is a day that will be remembered for
quite some time. Dimebag was an incredible player & seemed like an even better guy. PANTERA was one of the
first Metal bands I got into when I was younger so of course I was crushed when I heard the news.
WHAT CAN WE EXPECT TO SEE NEXT FROM BEYOND FATAL?
Hopefully quite a lot. We will most likely be signing to a label within the next three weeks & from there we will
release "THE DEMON EULOGY" & play as much as we possibly can.
THANX A LOT FOR DOING THIS INTERVIEW. WOULD YOU LIKE TO ADD ANYTHING ELSE TO
Thanks for the interview. Keep your eyes peeled for our new album & go to the website. We are also on
myspace right now.