Profile: California Thrashers Diabology


Thrash metallers Diabology are a group of teenagers that came together on the rock school circuit and have been building a following ever since playing live shows in and around their hometown. They’ve steadily been releasing singles on their Bandcamp page and will be featured in the Combat Records compilation Bullets Vol. 1 which is due out this Friday. Their sound pulls from a wide array of classic metal influences but the golden 80s era of thrash metal is most prominent. Just ahead of the Bullets compilation we had a chance to ask the band our set of Profile questions so head inside to see what they had to say.

Combat Records Bullets Vol 1

How did you first get into playing music, and have you achieved the level of success that you hoped for?

Cash: My spite for the world.

Andrew Godinez: I had a toy drum kit as a kid. I just moved up from there.

Jesse Bergen: A music school opened up in my neighborhood and my parents, who are musicians themselves, started sending me there, where I learned guitar.

Everett Babcock: Queen got me into playing.

What’s the most you have ever debased yourself to get your band onto a show, into a magazine or otherwise promoted, covered, and praised? (If you don’t have a story, please tell us any funny/embarrassing story.)

JB: So, not too long ago, we got put on a poll with 99 other bands. The top 25 bands got put on a compilation release by Megadeth’s original label, Combat Records. The thing is, it let you vote as many times as you want, so we did. Us and our families sat around for hours just voting for ourselves over and over again. In the end, we got in 9th place with around 18,000 votes. Speaking of which, find Diabology on Bullets Vol. 1, in stores April 6!

What do you see as some of the great things happening in metal and what are some of the worst things happening inside the scene right now?

JB: Great things: Us.

AG: Worst things: Dillinger Escape Plan’s breakup.

It seems that now everyone has a passion for some cause and that those people are very open about displaying their passions. This is probably a very, very good (and progressive) thing socially. What are some of the most important issues (social/political/humorous/etc.) for you and how do you insert those issues into your music?

JB: We’re not really a political band. It’s not our job to save the world. It’s Bono’s!

What, or who, got you into metal and how old were you? How did your family take the news?

AG: My parents actually introduced me to metal when I was about six month’s in the womb.

JB: Same.

EB: Hearing System of a Down on the radio when I was 10.

C: My dad gave me his old Iron Maiden box set when I was like 5.

What’s your goal? You guys thinking world domination? Maybe saving a continent? Maybe invading one? Any interest in starting a cult? Do you guys have day jobs or hobbies you want to share? Whatever it is, please let us know.

EB: I’m in choir, which is basically a cult.

AG: I research fish.

C: I want to have my own signature guitar.

JB: I wanna be a guest on Sesame Street.

When you’re not obsessing over your own material, what are some of your favorite albums to listen to currently? (Feel free to include non-metal)

AG: Option Paralysis by The Dillinger Escape Plan

C: Thousand Mile Stare by Incendiary, Everything by Beach Bums.

EB: Sing Along with Mitch Christmas Season.

JB: Anything by System of a Down.

What is the 12-month outlook for you or your band? Any specific events on the horizon that the masses should be aware of?

JB: We played a show at Watts Cave on February 19th and another one on March 11th at the Rec Center. Our next show lines up with the Bullets Vol.1 release on April 6 at the 5 Star Bar. As for our outlook, we’re just trying to play as many shows as we can and to get our material recorded.

Summarize your band in exactly one word. (Disclosure: If you include additional words, we will select our favorite for the final publication.)

JB: Diabology.

Many thanks to Diabology for their time!

Bullets Vol. 1 will be available April 6 on Combat Records and visit the band’s Bandcamp page for their catalog of singles. For more information on Diabology visit their Facebook page.

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