JERAMIE KLING "The Gospel of Black Metal, The Art of the Massacre" 

By Theron Moore

Not to sound cliched, but, Jeramie Kling might be the hardest working man in music today(Better check in with Rogga Johansson and Mike Lepond to confirm—Dr. M).  He’s the drummer for RIBSPREADER, VENOM, INC., THE ABSENCE, NECROMANCING THE STONE, death metal godfathers MASSACRE (featuring Kam Lee), GOREGANG and FORE.

In addition to the bands he’s involved in, he and Taylor Nordberg (FORE / GOREGANG / INFERNAEON / MASSACRE / RIBSPREADER / SCAB / ABSENCE) co-own “Smoke and Mirrors Productions,” a studio located in Spring Hill Florida.  I recently caught up with Kling during some downtime due to the COVID-19 virus quarantine.  But Kling, as you’re about to read, would much rather be in the studio or out on the road with one of his bands.  

WORMWOOD CHRONICLES:  Do you remember what that one defining moment was that got you hooked into the genre of extreme music?  Was it an album you bought or a concert you attended?  How old were you?

JERAMIE KLING: Yes, as a matter of fact I do recall! It was SEPULTURA “Arise”, I had heard many metal bands before that however, I purchased that album when I was 13 from my local music pawn shop. Since then I have been completely hooked. The atmosphere in that record was second to none.

WC:  How did you break into the recording business as a recording engineer / producer?  What was the initial attraction to you of basically being a studio guy?

JK:  Well, I always wanted to have a hand in the creation of the music. So, the next logical step would be to learn how to record! I have been dubbing stuff since I was a kid...warping audio was always fun. I just do it professionally nowadays!

WC:  For the uninformed, you’re a member of both VENOM, INC and MASSACRE.  Did you ever go through a period of time when there was a disconnect inside your mind having {most likely} been a fan of both bands as a kid – maybe having bought their records and seen them in concert – and now being a member of both bands as an adult-professional-musician?  Can you talk about that a little bit?

JK:  Oh, hell yeah, I have many moments like this…. Especially when I am playing black metal on stage with the fucking dude who wrote “BLACK METAL!” I get overwhelmed with this feeling of “holy fucking shit, that’s Mantas! I am here!!! I am ripping along side these guys!! “Lay down your souls to gods rock and roll!”

WC:  You’ve seen the music industry sitting behind a console in the studio as well as touring with a band on tour.  How do you think Covid-19 will change how artists tour nationally once clubs and (small) theatres reopen for concerts, most likely on a limited, small capacity basis?  Bands have to get paid but venue owners most likely will operate on a much, much reduced scale for the next few years.  Is it profitable from a band standpoint to tour and do you think it’ll be profitable for club owners to resume booking shows expecting crowds to show up?

JK:  This is a tough speculation question. I am as nervous about this as anyone, not really sure how this will all pan out. We shall see soon enough.

WC:  Are you or the bands you’re involved in, in favor of monetizing meet N greets, autographed photos and other fan-based interactions?  Do you think that takes away from the traditional experience of bands and fans meeting and hanging out or is touring so difficult that charging fans for this type of experience is inherent to survival on the road?

JK:  I understand both sides of it honestly. None of the bands I play in like charging for meet and greets, it feels a bit weird, ya know? 

WC:  Speaking to our current situation with Covid-19, what are you doing musically to stay busy with all of the bands you’re involved in – THE ABSENCE, VENOM INC, NECROMANCING THE STONE and RIBSPREADER.  

JK:   I am literally spending every waking moment in my studio, making the most of my time home with my family. This has been a curse and a blessing, I have four children that live at home, so playing Dungeons and Dragons with them has been killer.

WC:  How did the gig with MASSACRE happen?  That’s a big deal.  MASSACRE has earned its place next to DEATH, CANNIBAL CORPSE, etc.  Did you guys complete an album yet or is it still in process?  What label is the band on?

JK:  I have known Kam (Lee) for a few years, I was one of his first choices for drummers (especially because I am a Floridian), The label will be announced shortly! The new record is almost 100% tracked!

WC:   Do you listen to metal when you’re not in the studio or out on the road or do you feel yourself getting burned out by being around it all the time?  How do you keep the world of metal, that you’re heavily involved with, fresh and not stale or un-exciting to you?

JK:  I always listen to metal, I have always loved it, I am not a tourist, I live here! I do listen to lots of other styles of music ranging from ambient spa music to orchestral. It really just depends on my mood.

WC:  As a producer / engineer / musician, how do you feel about streaming services?  I can see the exposure potential when a band’s music gets extensively streamed all across the world but the profit component for the artist doesn’t seem to be there.  Is this a situation of the artist “paying dues” to further their career or does something need to change with this paradigm of not paying an artist what he or she is worth?

JK:  There is nothing that can be done with this, the floods gates are open. We are all subject to riding these waves regardless of our feelings on it. It’s a double-edged sword that has pros and cons. 

WC:   Last question.  What’s a guilty pleasure of yours, musically, that we as metal fans would never guess you like or listen to?  Maybe some Olivia Newton John (Grease, Xanadu?), ABBA, etc?

JK:  I have no music I feel guilty about  I am a very secure human On that note, I love MADONNA and BRITTANY SPEARS!