San Diego's Pathology put their newest effort Incisions of Perverse Debauchery out via Grindhead Records in late February. It's not a CD that exactly oozes of anything that you wouldn't already expect from the genre, but it's a great work of brutal death metal and definitely among the best releases of 2008. I recently got a brief talk with guitarist/bassist Tim Tiszczenko about the CD, the production, artist Mike Hrubovcak, death metal and some other things as well.

Tim Tiszczenko interviewed by PSL

If you should do Incisions of Perverse Debauchery versus the past release thing, where would you say the biggest differences are?
The technical aspect of the music is much more apparent. The drumming and vocals are improved also; the entire album is an upgrade from our first CD.

To me it sounds like much of your inspiration comes from bands like Disgorge and Devourment. Do you mostly find inspiration in the American death metal underground?
Yes, most of our influence comes from American death metal. The sound tends to be more mapped out and precise.

Variation seems like an important thing in your music. Do you deliberately work on this or do things just turn out that way?
We talked about it as a band before writing, and we agreed that our sound should have as many aspects of metal possible.

You moved a few things around in the line-up in September 2006 and had Disgorge vocalist Levi Fuselier join the band. A little later you took over the guitars from Nick Gervais. Have you got the right line-up now?
Yeah, we have "flow" with our music now. Overall the band has a better feel to our sound.

Did you chose to record in Doubletime Studios because of prior recording experiences with both The Locust and Cattle Decapitation or was there a different reason?
That was the initial reason, another being that we are friends with the recording engineer along with the location of the studio.

I really like the crunchy and meaty production. Did you experiment with the sound or did you know exactly what you wanted?
Thanks, we had a good idea of what we wanted the production to ultimately sound like. It took much longer to record Incisions of Perverse Debauchery then our previous album. We were satisfied with our final product, it was agreed that it was an improvement from the last.

How's the cooperation with Grindhead Records? They seem like a label that actually put an effort in promoting their bands all over the world?
Grindhead Records has really done their part in promoting the band. We have been fortunate to sign with such a cooperative label.

Is Pathology a studio project or do you play live as well?
The band has for the most part been a studio project, although we are setting up some festivals and tours for 2009. We enjoy playing live, and plan to devastate some ears later down the road.

Besides Pathology the three of you also have another band called Being Killed. Where does Being Killed differ from Pathology?
Being Killed was a side project that Dave and I thought might be cool, being that it's a drum machine band. Since the first release Massacre of the Living, our new album will have real drums on the recording. The difference was the drum machine and different writing style, with live drums it will sound like another great death metal group.

You've used Mike Hrubovcak to do the artwork for both Pathology and Being Killed. I'm a big fan of his art so I'm interested to know what it is about his work that made you go with him and not other great artists like Jon Zig or Wes Benscoter?
Aside from being big fans of his work, he is someone that we can rely on. We give him a deadline to have a piece finished and he his is able to complete it without a bunch of excuses. We've never met, but he seems like a cool dude also. We plan to use his art in our future releases as well.

The San Diego brutal death metal scene, and the US death metal underground in general appear to be vibrant nowadays. Being very much a part of the scene how do you see it?
It seems to be a growing by the hour. More and more people are becoming exposed to death metal and its scene. I think that MySpace and other related sites have helped show the public that death metal isn't as scary as they may have thought. In my opinion that's what turns people off of death metal, the scary aspect of it. When in reality for the artists and the die hard metal heads, it's a positive release of pent up negative energy.

Anything you would like to add to conclude this interview?
If you haven't bought our new album Incisions of Perverse Debauchery, you should because it kicks ass! And if you haven't checked out our other band Being Killed, go to . You can reach us for comments or communication at Hope to hear from you.

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