Profile: Mark Bronzino of Kontusion

Kontusion
Kontusion – image courtesy of Aaron Brown

Sometimes an album cover can give honest insight into its contents and one look at the cover of Kontusion’s self-titled debut EP clearly states ‘primitive’ death metal. If for some reason you missed that cue, the four tracks that comprise this effort will make anyone a believer. Honestly, it should come as no surprise as Mark Bronzino and Chris Moore are the duo behind it and together they’ve been involved in bands such as Repulsion, Mammoth Grinder, Coke Bust, and Ghostemane just to name a few. This slab of putrified death is at once raw and classic yet fresh and morbid as hell, just BEGGING for fans all across the more extreme side of metal to experience the thrill ride that’s been nearly fifteen years in the making. Just ahead of the EP’s release, we had the chance to pose our Profile questions to Mark so read on below to see how it went down and do grab a copy from the links contained within! Trust us on this.

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

As a little kid I was always coming up with small phrases and yelling them at random to annoy my family and the rest of the neighborhood. Then when I was around 11 my older cousin got an electric guitar and played the lick from Johnny B Goode and I was hooked! In terms of success, I’m always setting new and different goals for myself as I get older. I’m not very interested in “resting on my laurels,” there’s always more riffs to write and gigs to rock. It keeps me going. The fact that I am still passionate about music is success to me, after everything I’ve seen in “the industry.”

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.)

When I was around 15, a local promoter approached my band and convinced us to sell tickets in order to play a show. We were not wise to “Pay To Play” at the time. The big sell for the show was that Ensign, who were huge at the time, was going to headline. We hustled to sell tickets and got on the gig, but alas, no Ensign. Bummer. That’s the first time I have debased myself for music, and certainly was not the last.

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?

The death metal scene is really flourishing right now, there are a lot of bands starting up and people getting turned on to the style. It’s really cool to see bands getting attention for their hard work.  Aside from the riffs, one of the coolest things to me is seeing death metal bands and fans move away from sketchy racist bullshit as an aesthetic. The worst thing about the scene, I want to say cargo shorts on stage. But if you think you look good, what do I know, fly free.

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) for you and how do you insert those issues into your music?

I personally think it’s important, especially for death metal bands, to be anti racist, instead of just “not racist.” There’s definitely a huge problem with racism in metal, and the history of death metal definitely played a part in that. But that’s the past, the scene doesn’t have to be that way in the future. Also it really sucks when you hear a new band that absolutely slaps, and then you see the song titles that make you say to yourself, “god DAMN thats racist as hell!”

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

In the late 80s and early 90s Guns n Roses were the biggest band on the planet, you could not escape their music. They still had that edge, they were badasses. Somehow I got my hands on a cassette of “Appetite” at around 5 years old. Not sure if they are fully “metal” or whatever, but Slash was the coolest person in the world to me, and my family has never recovered.

What advice do you have for aspiring music critics and outlets out there? How can we all better serve the genre in the eyes of a hard-working musician?

Get out there and go see live music. Follow the career of a band, aside from just one release at a time, reflect on the entire catalog.

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.

KONTUSION is a computer virus. We’ve already infected you if you’re reading this. We have no hobbies, we don’t use air conditioning, we sleep 2.5 hours every 5 hours to stay vigilant. Soon we will crush you.

When you’re not obsessing over your own material, what are some of your favorite albums to listen to currently?

Some newer metal bands I dig are Altar of Gore, Mutilatred, and AntiChrist Siege Machine. I’ve also been listening to the new Gunna album “DS4EVER.”

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

Looking forward to releasing the EP March 25th and an East Coast tour starting in April. After that we plan to record this new LP we’ve been writing, which is brutal as fuck. Followed by more touring all over the place.

Summarize your band in exactly one word.

UGH!

Many thanks to Mark and Kontusion for their time!


Kontusion will be available March 25 on Bandcamp. For more information on Kontusion, visit their Facebook and Instagram pages.

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