Skeletal Remains’ Mike De La O: Songs to Live By

At its heart, music is all about emotion. Californian death metal act Skeletal Remains are no different. Presenting the follow-up to 2018’s much-lauded Devouring Mortality, on September 11th, 2020, the band will release The Entombment of Chaos, their fourth studio album via Century Media Records. Sticking to their brew of classic ’90s death metal of Death, Obituary and Morbid Angel, this new LP also packs some darker, doomer and some melodic intros. “This time around there are a few more songs on seven-string guitar than the last album, making it an overall heavier sounding record,” the band said. “We also wanted to incorporate more aggression and brutality to give the album that extreme edge it needed to top our last three releases.” With that in mind, we caught up with guitarist Mike De La O to find out what music he listens to for every mood. Read on to find out the songs that the musician turns to when shaking off the morning grogginess, looking for a pick-me-up and more.

When I pissed off: Deicide entire Legion album

Album just makes you want to fuck somebody up in the name of Satan! [Laughs]

When I’m feeling depressed: Alice in Chains’ “Down in a Hole” and “Nutshell”

The lyrics explain the reasoning better than I ever could.

When I get up in the morning: Opeth’s “The Wilde Flowers”

Really anything by these dudes. Nothing like working the vocal cords and training my voice.

When I go to bed: Jayke Orvis’ “Slow Down”

Helps calm all the thoughts running through my mind and with some closure with some personal shit.

When I’m hungover:

Fuck any kind of noise during a hangover [laughs].

When I’m getting it on:

Been single for two years and counting — ain’t no Horizontal Mambo going on in my life.

Song I most want to be remembered for: “Eternal Hatred”

I wore my heart on my sleeve when I wrote this one.

Song I wish I wrote: “God of Emptiness” by Morbid Angel or “Upon Desolate Sands” by Hate Eternal

These two songs are so mesmerizing and brutal. I can’t get enough of them.

Songs I want played at my funeral: Again this one has to be Alice in Chains’ “Down in a Hole”

When you’re dead, you’re dead.