Interviews: Intimidation Display

On this new occasion, we have had the opportunity to interview the Blackened Death Grind band, Intimidation Display from the USA. Check out the interview and follow the band on their FACEBOOK PAGE.

1. Where did you get the idea for the band name, you planned it or came out just like that?

The idea for the band name Intimidation Display actually originated from SyFy's "The Expanse." In the show, a faction of revolutionaries living and working in the Asteroid Belt began a campaign of violent resistance against the oppressive government of the Earth -- essentially a labor movement against intragalactic capitalism. The Belt demonstrated the power of their weaponry to strike fear into their oppressors in what was called an "intimidation display." This is a fitting origin story for the band's name because one of our lyrical themes is economic disparity and the exploitation of laborers by oppressive elites, which continues to be a crucial issue in the world that a lot more should be done about. Much of our anger is directed toward the deliberate unfairness of the system into which we have all been born and by which we have been practically enslaved.

2. Why did you want to play this genre?

All three of us, Mike, Zach, and Ben, have been diehard metalheads for years, and we joke about being elitist in our taste for the most brutal music out there. To be honest, it's pretty true because we're very opinionated and selective about what we listen to and which artists we admire. We're not assholes about it, though, and we can disagree without arguing. We just like what we like, and what we like is "as nasty and as heavy as you can fucking make it!"

3. Did you know each other before the band was formed?

No. Mike and Zach connected first on Craigslist and Ben was brought in some months later by the same means. We cliqued from the start with our down-to-business attitudes and mutual addiction to brutality.

4. Each band member's favorite band?

Mike: I love way too many bands to choose just one. In 2022 some of the metal bands I most listened to were Sinister, Civerous, Ecchymosis, Extirpating the Infected, Cryptic Hatred, Rotted, and Dead Congregation.

Zach: Metallica

Ben: The ones I listened to the most in 2022: Sinister, Dawn, Sacramentum, 18 Carat Affair, Hello Meteor, and Enforced.

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

Just picked up a dope guitar and trying to do dope shit with it.

6. Where was your last gig?

Our last show was at a bar called the Shamrock Inn in the Hamilton area of Baltimore City. It's a small place but a lot of nonlocal bands come through there, and the scenesters do show up.

7. Where would you like to act?

Some of the local venues in Baltimore that we would like to play at but haven't yet are Soundstage, Metro Gallery, and Ottobar.

8. Whom would you like to feature with?

We'd be stoked for the opportunity to play with bigger bands located near us like Dying Fetus, Misery Index, Full of Hell, Visceral Disgorge, and Genocide Pact. Some wider reaches would be Suffocation, Devourment, Sanguisugabogg, Creeping Death, Gatecreeper, and Imperial Triumphant.

9. Whom not?

We don't fuck with Nazis.

10. Have any of you ever suffered from stage fright? Any tips for beginners on how to beat that?

Anyone who says they never have suffered from at least a little bit of stage fright is probably lying. The biggest thing is going into a performance with the belief that you're going to do your absolute best and so there's no point in getting stuck on any mistakes you might make, if you even do. Most of your smaller mistakes won't even be noticed by anyone but you! Have confidence in the work you've put into preparing yourself for this moment and show them what you've got!

11. What bands have inspired you the most?


12. What's the weirdest thing a fan has ever asked you for?

We did get a message on Instagram inviting us to a jewelry sales collaboration opportunity. For some reason, we didn't jump at it.

13. What do you think of your fans?

There are a lot of people who have been very cool to us and have shown us a lot of support. We appreciate that big time. The people in the scene do what they do because of their love for music, not for money or appearances. The ones who get what we do have welcomed us, and we look forward to bringing more contributions to Maryland's good reputation for serious metal.

14. What do you think of our site?

It's a snazzy one and we appreciate being featured on it!

15. Something to add?

Shout out to Tombstone Pizza. We want your sponsorship.

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