Deathcore always finds new ways to reinvent itself. Be it with, faster drums, heavier breakdowns, harsher vocals, or other strange incorporated elements, the most brutal bands of 2016 are nothing to scoff at. The boys in Infant Annihilator are among the kings of some of the most merciless when it comes to lyrical content, musicality, and imagery, with songs like “Soil the Stillborn” and “Decapitation Fornication”. They’ve taken the internet by storm over the past few years, and after their first studio release, The Palpable Leprosy of Pollution, they are a common name among deathcore fanatics, referenced as one of the most intense and unmatched bands in the world. Recently, they had a slight lineup switch, adding vocalist Dickie Allen as the new frontman, and we scooped him up to talk about what it’s like leading the pack of viscous beasts that is Infant Annihilator:
ID: How did you secure the spot as vocalist for one of the most intense metal bands on the market right now?
DA: “I met Aaron [Kitcher] when he was over here (US) filling in on drums for Desolated and I joined my buddies band, Traitors on that tour to help out (mostly party), and we instantly became friends.”
ID: What was your musical résumé before Infant Annihilator?
DA: “Ah, I’ve been in a few different bands. My first was Misanthropic Tyrant, then I joined as the second vocalist for Dealey Plaza on the album, The Masonic Dairies, right before joining Abiotic for a few tours. Plus, I’ve had my fair share of guest spots.”
ID: Tell us a little about the new album coming out later this year.
DA: “It’s fast, it’s heavy, and filled with eggs.”
ID: I’m sure a lot of other young vocalists out there would love to know your warm-up regiment. Do you have any kind of a routine to get that demonic sound?
DA: “My routine probably isn’t really acceptable for the younger vocalists, but I usually just belt out a few highs and lows, drink some beer and smoke a joint [laughs].”
ID: Who are some of your biggest musical influences?
DA: “My friends and band members are honestly my biggest influences. I grew up with the guys from Traitors when we were all just starting our music careers, as well as my buddy Dillion Becker, an absolutely amazing vocalist and writer from AnimalFarm. Other than friends, I think it’s obvious but Travis Ryan of Cattle Decapitation [laughs]. Also, Don Campan of Waking The Cadaver and the great GG Allin.”
ID: What’s an unusual hobby or talent aside from music that you have?
DA: “Ah, I love playing golf and billiards. I’m pretty good at drinking beer too.”
ID: Do we see a tour for Infant Annihilator in the works for 2016 or 2017?
DA: “We’re just focusing on the album release at the moment but with enough support, you never know what could happen.”
ID: What advice would you give aspiring singers/vocalists that want to make a name for themselves?
DA: “Never stop trying to put your name out there, and listen to the people who are pushing you to do better not putting you down. It’s not gonna happen overnight. Be kind, be thankful, be yourself, and take no shit.”
ID: Tell us about your writing style. How do you formulate ideas for your lyrics and where do you draw your influences from?
DA: “I have always liked writing. When I was a kid I tried to write comic books but when I became a vocalist I really got into writing stories and trying to come up with my own mythologies. I also like to write with kind of a medieval style. Lately it’s been more of a horror movie aspect which kinda goes for the new Infant Annihilator album where I was trying to be as vulgar as possible, keeping the same feel as the first album but honestly stepping it up a notch.”
ID: Finally, in the spirit of our name, what do you think about the term, “djent”?
DA: “Dick. Jiggling. Eggs. Near. Town.” (D.J.E.N.T.)
Well, there you have it. A sense of humor, quite the poet, and a man of principle! Plus he can way scream faster than the guy from Attila (Don’t believe me? Just listen for yourselves). Pre-order Infant Annihilator‘s upcoming album, The Elysian Grandeval Galèriarch, *HERE*.