Over the break we had the opportunity to chat with Richie Cavalera, vocalist in the metal band Incite. The band has just embarked on tour with Soulfly and Kataklysm, and also dropped their fifth album, Built to Destroy. Check out our interview and summary of new album down below.
Berklee Groove (BG): You guys are kicking off this tour soon, and the line-up just couldn’t be any better with classic bands like Soulfly and Katakylsm, and then newer bands like you guys and Chaoseum. Being a touring band for quite a while now, what are some aspects of the tour life that have changed for you and Incite as a band?
Richie Cavelera (RC): Just being more grown up. We started out when we were 19, kind of piling in a van and had no clue about anything, man: how to live or how to do anything, but now we got it really dialed in. We stay at Flying J truck stops, we know where all the good foods is, you know we're at the point now where we're able to kind of sight-see a little more now, and we used to never do that. Now, we try to hit lakes, national monuments, and all that kind of stuff. That’s been really cool to see the country, and getting to enjoy more being on tour rather than just sitting at the van and playing at the club.
BG: Built to Destroy is set to be released on January 25th, the day tour starts! Overall, what was the writing process like for your upcoming record? What musical aesthetics/boundaries were you trying to achieve with this record that you hadn’t already with previous records?
RC: I think with this one was it was kind of about having all the right parts in place as far as members. We’ve had a consistency now and have been able to do all the things we wanted. On this record, I think [what] you notice first and foremost is the soloing and the guitar leads. That was something we wanted on Incite records since day one, but just never had the right guy to do it. Solos are so unique, to where if they’re done right they’re killer, and if they’re not they just suck and ruin everything. I think that was a huge thing [that] we were able to finally get dialed in and have put on the album, and it was a completely different process. Like, in the past we would always just take ton of riffs and kind of piece songs together out of them. With this [record], Drew, our guitar player, came forward and was like, “I want to do it all,” and we gave him that chance. He came to us with 12 demo tracks, and from there, it was just so much easier to do the things that we wanted to, add or fix or replace, rather than literally building songs from nothing. It just made the whole process, I think on everybody’s behalf, so much smoother and so much more dialed in when it came time to record. It was a cool process and it’s fun after all these albums and all these years to be learning new ways to make records, man. It worked great for us this time.
Incite is flexing an amalgamation of metal sub-genres with their new record Built to Destroy. Right from the first listen, this record is gushing with pungent and hard hitting guitars. Tracks like "Resistance," "Hate for Life," and "Ruthless Ways" showcase a nostalgic, yet modern blend of metal sub-genres, with each song feeling unique in its own right. For someone who’s accustomed to metal music, Built to Destroy is very reminiscent of 90’s acts like Pantera, Machine Head, and even Cannibal Corpse at times. All of these influences are brought to life through Incite’s unique technicality and versatility. At one moment the band whips up their melodic death metal roots with “Poisoned by Power,” and then they take you right back to the early 2000’s Slipknot with “Confronting Darkness.” Built to Destroy is almost of summary of every important metal genre over the past 30 years. Every song on the record has fun and straight to the point songwriting, but ceases to bring anything new or intuitive to the metal genre as a whole. That being said, Incite clearly show the bands and genres that have influenced them, and this goes to both the band’s benefit and detriment.
This records has something for almost every metal head to enjoy, but it doesn’t bring anything new to the table. Incite offers a solid fifth album, but has yet to establish themselves as a more than unique band in a vastly cluttered genre.
In addition to this article, we’ll be covering Incite’s Boston show at Brighton Music Hall on February 10th, so be sure to look out for that in the coming weeks!