Interview: Geovanni Muñoz of THE SEATHMAW PROJECT

Geovanni Muñoz is The Seathmaw Project, an one-man band releasing melodic death metal music since 2012. His latest, third studio album “Inexistence” was released in December 2017. Geovanni talked with Rocking Charts about putting together “Inexistence,” his opinion about the scene, and more.

Hey Geovanni. How are you doing?

Hi I’m doing good, the new album is tracking really well, something about it is catching new listener’s ears.

You have just launched your new album with The Seathmaw Project titled “Inexistence.” How do you feel about the release?

I feel pretty good, its by far the most well balanced album I’ve yet to release. This album felt different from the get go, and the response is really backing up that feeling.

How much of a challenge was to work on the album?

The way I have things set up in the studio makes it so that the workflow is incredibly fast. If anything the mixing/mastering phase is always a bit complex, this is my first album where I master. Typically I send it out to get mastered, but I found that the album changes in vibe when you do that.  This time around I took it upon myself to do the entire production and I love the result.

The Seathmaw Project - Inexistence

What other artists similar to your genre that are coming from Dallas are you friends with?

The late Betrayal By Truth was really good, they had a classic Death Metal music style but they had a hardcore singer which gave it a very fresh unique sound, it’s a shame it fell apart.  Great friends with Burying The Trend played many shows with those guys, they have a southern metalcore sound. I think Anathemic is a good up and coming underground metal band from Dallas. Unfortunately or better fortunately my colleagues don’t sound like The Seathmaw Project.

What is your opinion about the current melodic death metal scene?

It’s rather lacking at the moment but the bands that are doing it, are doing a great job at it.  Omnium Gatherum have been at it for a while but they keep putting out great music,  Noumena is one of my current favorites, so much so I might venture into adding some clean vocals for the next album, something I’ve never done before.

Can you tell me something about your influences?

There’s a few albums that have influenced my writing in a big way, the first was …And Justice For All by Metallica, that started the journey, the blueprint for my tastes.  The next big influence was by Beyond The Veil by Tristania, that album showed me that metal could be very aggressive and catchy at the same time in a dark way.  Miasma by The Black Dahlia Murder glued everything together, it was fast, aggressive, and very catchy.  There are many more influences in between but those were the catalysts for my songwriting.

What are you listening to these days?

Indie Rock honestly, Honeyblood has me in a trance currently with their album “Babes Never Die” along with Chelsea Wolfe which is more of a doom/goth metal. I’m also into Mala Rodriguez from Spain which is rap in Spanish. While I do listen to Metal I try not listen to it while in the writing process which is were I discover different styles of music. I shut off from metal to avoid being influenced by it, after all it runs in my veins I don’t need it in the background.

Your 5 favourite records of all the time?

…And Justice For All-Metallica, Beyond The Veil-Tristania, Countdown To Extinction-Megadeth, End Of September-Self Titled,  (N)utopia- Graveworm……. I can listen to those albums front to back and enjoy each second of them.  I would have put “Babes Never Die”-Honeyblood but its very fresh so it’s unknown if it will stand the test of time with me.

Can you tell me a little bit more about the gear you use to record “Inexistence”?

I ran ProTools Eleven with a Focusrite Interface. The guitars were tracked with a EVH 5150 15 watt head going into a PRS 4×12 loaded with Celestion Vintage 30’s, I used two Shure SM57’s on Y-axis and a 609 to round out the bottom end.  I ended up using 4 different guitars ESP Horizon, ESP Mystique,  ESP  MI, and a Gibson Les Paul Studio.  For the bass I went straight into the interface using a Music Man Stingray 5.  Vocals were tracked with an SM7B going into a PreSonus Blue Tube  pre-amp.  My drums are always laid out with sounds I tracked  from an old DM5 drum module, I then run those sounds into Drumagog drum replacement software. That was the Inexistence gear used. I always change the sounds and instruments for every album so the next album will have a fresh new sound. The goal is to eventually play the drums and record them, thats the next step.

Besides the release of the album, are there any other plans for the future?

I would like to tour,  but at this moment its not a viable option, working on it, other than that just keep making music and evolving.  There’s some genres of music I want to add to the mix, just gotta find the bridging riffs to make it happen.

Any words for the potential new fans?

Thank you for listening, there’s more where that came from, the future is limitless.

“Inexistence” can be ordered from Bandcamp here.