Incarnate Deity – “Theodicy”
Christian Metal Underground
DIGITAL | CD
Symphonic Blackened Death Metal from South Africa
Incarnate Deity present their new album “Theodicy”, a blend of death and black metal with symphonic orchestration aimed for fans of SepticFlesh, Dimmu Borgir, Carach Angren, Fleshgod Apocalypse. This Christian metal project creates epic blackened death metal sounds for both Christian and secular fans alike. Enjoy it!
(Mixing and mastering by Allen Purkiss of Dreamlab Studio)
Zerachiel – guitar, bass, vocals, drums and orchestration
Tell us a little bit about the band and how long you have been together for some of our readers that may not know about the band?
Incarnate Deity is my solo symphonic blackened death metal project. I’m a member of multiple live bands here in South Africa, including Surdus, Forsaking Fate, Omentum and Nerve Zero. Incarnate Deity came to fruition partly because of the lockdown caused by COVID-19 and partly to express my Christian beliefs – which don’t do in any of my other bands.
What is new with the band?..New Album out? New Videos?
My first full length studio album, Theodicy, came out on 14 August 2020. It incorporates death and black metal styles with orchestral accompaniment. For fans of bands like Septicflesh, Dimmu Borgir and Carach Angren.
With all this madness going on with the virus…What do you think the music scene will be like in the future…and how are you prepared to make your music heard if there will not be any concerts or festivals for the year of 2020?
I reckon it will be a long time before any of my live bands will play shows again so I’m just going to compose music and keep on practising.
What got you into music and what is your earliest memory of when you told yourself… “THIS IS WHAT I WANT”?
I didn’t really like music until I heard System Of A Down and then I binged on their discography – much the annoyance of others. That made me want to play guitar and so I did.
Who was your first concert and what is your best memory?
I cannot really recall my first local show but the first international band that I watched live is Fleshgod Apocalypse and they blew my mind.
If you didn’t become a musician, what would you be doing right now?
I wish being a full time musician was a sustainable career path but it isn’t. So I actually run a software development company, which focuses on game development contracting.
On a scale of 1 to 2593, How good is your newest single compared to your last single? (my attempt at humor, but please still answer)
Theodicy is the first album that I’ve done with Incarnate Deity and while there are no bad songs (in my humble opinion), my favourite track is definitely Plaguebearer. So 2593.
What do you feel is the best song you have released to date and why?.
Plaguebearer. It has such groove and such heavy symphonic elements.
Do you think you can get any better as a musician/singer? And if so, How would you achieve that?
Every musician in existence can always improve. So yeah, I’d like to improve. And it’s down to practice. For guitar it’s shredding exercises, such as chromatics and sweeping. For vocals, I try to imitate the vocalists that I like, which mainly come from deathcore bands.
If you could give your fans one random fact about you that you think they should (or should “not” know) about you what would that be?
I’ve made games for Disney.
You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?
Blackish red I guess. Black representing black metal and red representing death metal.
Who are you inspired by musically or in life in general?
I’m inspired by bands that use symphonic orchestration with their heavy music such as Shadow of Intent and Septicflesh. These guys influence my writing style. I’m also into technical death metal such Necrophagist and The Faceless. These guys inspire me to become a better musician.
What’s an average day like one tour? and what about these days?
These days there are no tours. But previously, when touring with a band like Forsaking Fate:
it’s travelling, getting together and practising (because I live in a different city to the rest of the guys) and then getting to the venue early (way before the first band plays) to sound check and ensure everything is setup.
Please discuss how you interact with and respond to fans?
I’m extremely grateful to anyone that listens to my music or watches my bands live. I try to show that side to anyone that expresses appreciation.
Have you ever dealt with performance anxiety before, during, or after a show?
The first time I perform with any band live, I am a little nervous. But once those first few notes start then beast mode is activated and the show goes by in a whirlwind of carnage.
If you could collaborate musically or artistically in any way who would it be and why?
I’d love to contribute vocals to an Andy Gillion track, be it for his solo stuff or for Mors Principium Est. I’d also love to do vocals on an Impending Doom tune.
What advice would you have for someone wanting to follow in your footsteps?
Just do it. In the age of the internet everything you need is at your finger tips, literally. Just do it. Time is not an excuse – watch less TV or cut down on social media. If you want to make music then make music.