Courtesy of Internal Bleeding
Often overlooked and sometimes underrated is NYC death metal unit Internal Bleeding. This early ’90s death metal band’s contribution to the scene is creating the subgenre known as slam death metal, a style still brutal but not as focused on speed and virtuosity. In 1992, Internal Bleeding coined the term “Total Fucking Slam,” creating a sound that persists to this day and has influenced bands all across the metal spectrum, from Slipknot to Dying Fetus. Known for intensity both on record and at live shows, Internal Bleeding is made of original guitarist Chris Pervelis, with additional guitarist Chris McCarthy, bassist Shaun Kennedy, and vocalist Joe Machese. The band made the headlines recently but for a tragedy, when original drummer, Bill Tolley (pictured far right), who was also a NYC Firefighter was killed during a rescue operation in April, leaving behind a wife and children, along with his death metal brothers. Yet, Internal Bleeding fights on, on behalf of the fallen headbanger and bandmate, as the band brings its undisputed brand of slam death metal to fans across North America for a tour with Vader, along with Sacrificial Slaughter and Voices of Ruin.
Pervalis took the time to speak with the Weekly from the road before the tour hits Malones in Santa Ana Monday night. He spoke about his favorite memories of Tolley, the current Internal Bleeding tour with Vader, what types of music gets his creative extreme metal juices flowing and his adoration of Black Sabbath.
OC Weekly(Alex Distefano): Who were the bands who influenced the music you create with Internal Bleeding?
Internal Bleeding(Chris Pervalis): For me, as a guitar player Black Sabbath was the band that got me started playing guitar and into metal in the first place.