I liked the latest effort Reek of Pubescent Despoilment from the American death metallers Guttural Secrete quite a bit and with the band currently working on the successor it seemed like a good opportunity to ask guitarist/vocalist Blue Jensen a bit about the band, Reek of Pubescent Despoilment and other things as well.

Blue Jensen interviewed by PSL

Reek of Pubescent Despoilment has been out for a while now. How has the reactions been so far?
The reactions have been really good. I think the disc came out around June, so it has time to filter through the scene. You get the occasional pricks that talk shit on you, but the majority of the response has been great!

Since the recording of Reek of Pubescent Despoilment you've found a new bassist. Do you feel you have a solid line-up now?
Yeah, for the most part we are a solid line-up. We are thinking of adding another guitarist so I can do vocals full time, but if it doesn't work out, then I will continue to do both. Me and Randy write all the music anyways.

I noticed a statement in the booklet saying that there were no vocal effects used on the album. Was it important to get that message out?
I think that it is a good idea to have it in there for all the naysayers that think you are using effects. That shit is all natural!

Besides bands like Devourment, Goratory, Suffocation and Disgorge, who else are you inspired by?
Fuck man, the ones that I am personally brutalized by are Malignancy, Iniquity, Wormed, Deranged, Scattered Remnants and the list goes on!

Your music is quite diverse. It's not just a blastbeat contest or the opposite. What makes a good death metal song in your opinion?
I think you should definitely have a good combination of everything. Technical parts, grind and chunk. You have to make that shit tasty. Some bands anymore just want to slam of just grind, and that's totally cool, but like I said, for me I like to mix that shit up.

You use quite a few samplers from movies on the CD. What do you think these add to the songs?
We have a good sense of humour, and I love trying to find samples that for the most part have a little to do with the song title. It just makes it more enjoyable to listen to if you ask me.

What kind of things inspires you lyrically?
Dumb fucking bitches that talk too much [laughs] I guess it just depends on how I feel at the time. Sometimes the lyrics come out cheesy, and other times they are just fucking nasty!

Your guitarist Randy Thompson recorded and mixed the album. Was he the logical choice for the job?
Yeah, Randy did an excellent job for the equipment that he had, and he has been taking classes for recording for a while now, so we gave it a shot and it turned out pretty good.

The production is really good. Did you achieve exactly what you were looking for?
There were a few things that we would have liked to change, but overall it's good.

Reek of Pubescent Despoilment is your second CD out on Unmatched Brutality. Are you happy being on that label?
Yeah, Unmatched Brutality has been real cool with us. They are not pushy at all and let us take our time with things.

Have you commenced work on the next CD?
At the moment we are writing new shit, and I'll just tell you right now that it is going to fucking butcher Reek of Pubescent Despoilment. Me and Randy are really taking the time to sit down and write some nasty tunes. Before, we would just come up with parts at home on our own, and then we would bring them to practice and piece them together. Now, we go over to each others places to actually write the shit together.

Mike Hrubovcak did the artwork. Was it painted out from specific ideas you had or did you just leave it up to Mike to come up with something?

I told him exactly what I wanted, and that's what he gave us. He did a killer fucking job!

How important do you think the artwork is? Should there be a certain synergy between the artwork and the music?
I think the combination of the nasty artwork and music is very important. With us, we just wanted something really offensive and disgusting and that is what we got. I think the music speaks for itself for the most part! We are happy with songs we write.

Besides Guttural Secrete are any of you currently involved in other bands?
I'm not, but Randy has got his drum machine project Vomitricide which he does everything in. If you haven't heard it, check that shit out. It's good tech death grind!

How is the death metal scene in the Las Vegas area and in Nevada in general?
There are more bands coming around lately, but the scene itself is still not very good.

Anything you wish to add to conclude this interview?
Thanks for the interview bro, and hopefully we will get a new album out to the masses here after a while. Take care!

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