Kyle Christman interviewed by PSL
What made you form Purulent Infection?
I just wanted do write my own shit and play drums. There are hardly any death metal musicians around here, so to do so I needed to do my own thing. Plus a lot of the riffs wouldn't have really fit the Human Filleted style, which is why I am now also doing an old school project called Catatonic Atrocity, and a slam project called Found Gutted.
There are exceptions, but many one man projects tend to sound like shit. In your opinion what does it take to write and record a CD all by yourself?
Patience, a good taste in music, and if not real drums, a good sounding drum machine or drum samples, so it doesn't sound like a 300 bpm typewriter… although the sound is lacking a little on Purulent Infection in some peoples eyes, I wasn't going for a huge awesomely produced masterpiece, I wanted a creepy, eerie sounding album that leaves you feeling a little uneasy.
A thing that sets Purulent Infection apart from most other one man projects is that you play drums and don't use a drum machine...what is your opinion on the use of drum machines?
Like I said before, I don't mind a good sounding drum machine programmed by someone who understands the dynamics of drumming. Not someone with a shitty machine looping lame shit and fast blast so he can play his guitar to it, then record it and call it a band. Good drum machine work is Putrid Pile, Insidious Decrepancy and of course the original Necrophagist Onset of Putrefaction.
You're influenced by bands such as Gorgasm, Severe Torture, and Insidious Decrepancy, but what others has been an inspiration?
Gorguts! Definitely old Gorguts, Regurgitation [US], I take some influence from the other band members in Human Filleted, Paralysis [US] -Patrons of the Dark is the shit. I could go on forever naming almost every good early 90's death metal band. That's my main inspiration. Old School!
Your music is fairly diverse; it's not just a blastbeat contest or the opposite. What do you think a good death metal album should contain in order to be interesting?
Feeling mainly… If it has true feeling, then it probably is going to be good. Whether it is chunky, melodic, technical… If you can't feel it then what's the point? And it shouldn't be overly monotonous. Keep changing it up from time to time to throw me off.
How do you go about writing music for Purulent Infection? Is the process any different than how you approach things in Human Filleted?
The only differing factor is me doing it all... I wrote most of the music on Human Filleted, but Ryan always did the doubling, Tony the bass, and Kevin the drums. I mean I always had an idea of what I wanted things to sound like, but then it sometimes changes over time with practicing and constructive criticism. Purulent Infection is raw straight from my brain to your ear. That's why it's so much different.
You've recorded and produced Exhuming the Putrescent yourself. Were you looking for a specific sound and did you achieve the result you were hoping for?
Well I like the raw and underground feel of it. I wish the snare could be a little more audible from time to time when I'm blasting, but overall it's what I was going for. It sounds like it was recorded in a deranged killers mouldy corpse littered basement. Some people buy CD's for the great production, and others buy them for the music and the feeling they get when listening to it. I would say if you want a CD to make you feel dirty and grimy after listening to it, then yeah, that's what I was hoping for. But if you want amazing production from Morrisound Studios then I'm sorry to say you will hate Purulent Infection. Not that it sounds like shit, but it's not The Black Album by far [laughs].
To my knowledge you've recorded the CD in your own studio. Is this a real studio or something simpler like a computer in the living-room?
Something more like a digital 16 track with good microphones, and a computer program to aid mixing, then having it mixed and mastered.
What kind of things inspires you lyrically?
All kinds of things, but with Purulent Infection I stuck to the good old simple hack, slash, kill. Lots of guts, stalking, murder... You know, plain and simple horror shit.
Toshihiro Egawa did the artwork. Was it painted out from specific ideas you had or did you just leave it up to Toshihiro to come up with something?
I gave him the idea, and he painted what I told him... but it came out way different than I had expected. In a good way though. I love how it looks. It paints the picture for the music.
Do you think it's important that the artwork represents the feel of the music?
Yes definitely, I have always looked at cover artwork while I listen to music... if it matches its way better. I mean, Obituary Cause of Death is a perfect example. You put it in and hear those noises and shit giving you the intro as you look at the cover. That's what I'm talking about.
He found me, offered me a great deal, and it went from there. Purulent Infection wasn't even meant to be a serious project for me. It was for fun so I could play drums, but Crematorium Records found it and liked it and wanted more. So now we have Human Filleted, Catatonic Atrocity, and Found Gutted all releasing shit through Crematorium Records.
Do you plan to play live or just keep Purulent Infection as a studio project?
At first I was thinking of looking for others to help me play it live, but it will probably just stay studio. Human Filleted will probably be playing a couple of the Purulent Infection songs live though.
What next is in store for Purulent Infection?
Who knows...? I have a lot of musical projects going on right now that I am focusing on. But in the future there could be another album if I have any riffs left to use!
The US has always produced some of the sickest death metal bands on the planet. How is the underground scene in Indiana and the US in general doing these days?
In Indiana it is getting better, in the US it is thriving! But in my town it's just beginning to catch on...
Anything you wish to add to conclude this interview?
Keep supporting the underground! And look out for that Human Filleted Hideous Sculptures of the Dead! Thanks for the interview.