Saturday, November 28, 2009
The band was originally thought of as an all swedish death metal cover band called Stockholm Syndrome. This "band" never actually had a practice, but it planted a seed to start something new. After it was known that some of the members were not going to actually commit to doing it, the band was put on hold for a while. In the spring of 2006, Wes Caley (Uphill Battle, Exhumed) decided that he would like to make a version of the band that did original songs instead of cover songs but in the same style as Entombed, Nihilist, Grave, Dismember, and Unleashed. He contacted Neil Burkdoll (Dirty Dead, Stump) after hearing his POOR project that he did that was similar to what Wes had in mind for his Swedish style band. Just as Wes made contact with Neil, he found out that Neil was actually moving out to California in the near future. They decided it was time to get together create FATALIST. Eventually Fatalist enlisted Tyler Castro and Art Hayes (ex-Butchery) to complete the line-up on drums and bass. In late summer of 2007, the band recorded a 7 song demo cd called "Loss" and started looking for shows to play in California. In Feb 2008, Fatalist signed to Ibex Moon Records!!! In Nov 2009, the full length album "The Depths of Inhumanity" was released on Ibex Moon Records.
Hi Neil, since when is California located in Sweden? With that continental drift the weather gets shittier!
Neil-Since May of 2006 actually. Yeah, I´m sure the weather is much nicer here than in actual Sweden, those poor bastards!!!
How are you man? Tell me about the band! The first idea was to do a pure cover band of old Swedish Death Metal. Who the hell needs a cover band?
Neil-I`m doing good, thanks. Just trying to keep up with doing interviews and press for the new album. The band was formed by Wes Caley and I in May of 2006 because we wanted to do something different than our previous bands. When we started the band, we didn´t really know of any other bands out there doing this sort of thing and now there are a million popping up. We thought that everyone would hate what we were doing, but people seem to dig it. The cover band Stockholm Syndrome never actually happened, it was just an idea that never went anywhere. We formed FATALIST instead.
What was the crucial point to let fail that idea and form a real band?
Neil-The point that we decided to form an original band was when I moved out to California in April of 2006, and it seemed like no one else other than Wes wanted to commit to doing the cover band. Some of the other guys didn´t want to make the 60-70 mile drive out to practice so that idea died. When I moved out here and hooked up with Wes and we started from scratch.
Do you see your band critical; is it actually a real band?
Neil-I´m not sure what you mean by that, but we are an actual band. We have 4 members and we play shows and practice. I do most of the songwriting, recording, and business stuff, but the other members are part of the band for sure. Wes writes most of the lyrics and a few songs musically as well.
Yes, but I mean you have your own songs but style, sound and so on is not really yours!
Neil-Well, there are a lot of bands doing this sort of style and we don´t claim to be inventing anything. We were just sick of the Death Metal music scene and we wanted to write some Old School catchy songs that had real memorable parts that people could understand. We don´t sit around and try to sound “Old School” or “Swedish” or anything, we just write whatever we want and it sounds more ?Swedish? because of the guitar sound.
As you started the writing process, have you known where the journey shall lead you or have you just let it drift you?
Neil-Yeah, Wes and I knew we were going to write songs that could have come out at the same time as all of the old classics. We didn´t want to sound like any one band, we just wanted to sound like we came out on Earache or Century Media in 90 - 92.
Give me some details about the album!
Neil-The album “The Depths of Inhumanity” is out on Ibex Moon Records and it features 11 songs of Old School Death Metal. It is actually the 7 songs off of our “Loss” demo and 4 new songs added to it. Everything was re-mastered and it has new artwork and lyrics added to it. I recorded, mixed, and mastered it at my home studio. It was released on Nov 23rd, 2009 in the States and I think it will be released in January 2010 in Europe.
If I hear the cd I can imagine that you had pure fun in the writing process and each song is spontaneous. Am I right or was it a hard job after all?
Neil-Some songs came out really naturally but some were harder to write. I wrote 7 of the 11 songs musically and it is easy for me to write the first 3-4 parts of a song and then it is harder to finish it for some reason. I don´t know if is “fun” to write our songs, but I am happy as shit when they are done.
In your opinion, is it favorable to give each song its own identity to make them not replaceable?
Neil-Yeah, we try to give each song a different sound so that they don´t seem similar to any of the other songs. I don´t know if anyone will agree with that, but I think they each have their own identity. I hate when bands have 20-30 songs on their albums and I can´t tell the difference between any of them.
Was this complicated to create that typical Sunlight sound? Without that the album would have not worked for sure!
Neil-It wasn´t hard to get that sound, but I also don´t think I got it perfect by any means. I wish I knew how to get the guitars to sound more like the Sunlight sound. I have a few ideas for the next album to try and get it even more similar. I made sure to use the same amps/pedals and we used a Roland V-Drum set so that it sounded close to the drums that they used on the original recordings.
What made the old Scandinavian school so damned attractive? Your own musical background is likely another.
Neil-Like I said earlier, it was just something that Wes and I hadn´t tried before. I did a 3 song demo under the name POOR that was more like Nasum or Rotten Sound and it used the same guitar sound, but doing an “Old School” type of thing was new for me. Wes and I already did the Carcass thing with Exhumed and Stump, so that was out of our system. Entombed/Dismember was just the next thing for us to do. I think we just wanted to do something more simple and also those Swedish bands had a creepy vibe that we wanted to capture. I hope we came close.
No doubt, but does this kind of music work in the US nowadays? I mean there are a lot of technical, brutal, slam, progressive, core or what ever bands out there.
Neil-No not really, there are a handful of bands in The States that we can relate to, but for the most part, we are more popular in the rest of the world. Americans mostly like Brutal bullshit that we can´t relate to.
Can you thrill the young folks with your tunes actually? Or is that not a bit your matter?
Neil-It seems like more kids are getting into the older stuff. Thrash is having it´s revival right now and I think this New Wave of Old School Death Metal is sort of getting bigger as well. I don´t know if it´s a trend or anything, but I think people just want real songs again. It´s probably older geezers who like us, but I do know a lot of kids into us. It gives us hope, that´s for sure.
Is it the right way to get a hearing in a hopeless overcrowded scene while you remember on old values?
Neil-I have no idea, we just wanted to do something new by playing something old. Does that make sense? We thought that people would hate what we are doing, so it´s cool that anyone likes our shit at all. If we can have any impact on the scene at all is a good thing.
You have stolen your logo from NIHILIST: coolness or respect?
Neil-The logo isn´t the exact same. A lot of bands used the Old English logo like Nihilist, Entombed, Bathory, Burzum, Carnage, etc. When I made the logo, I thought that people would know what we sounded like just by seeing the logo. I think it worked pretty well. We had a new original logo that Leon from Phobia/Exhumed/Impaled made for us, but we went back to the original because it fit us better.
Tell me about the upcoming 7 with GRAVEHILL!
Neil-I don´t know if this will ever see the light of day. We both just want to work on new albums and not just waste one song on a 7 inch, but we hope to one day have this out. Who knows?
Tell me your opinions about the following bands;
Neil-I never saw what the big deal was with this band. They are OK, but I think they are mostly popular because of their former members.
Neil-Again, they are OK and I own their demos on a bootleg cd.
Neil-All I ever knew about these guys was that Lars and Matti were in this band. I never could find any cd´s/tapes by them back in the day so when I finally heard them a few years ago on-line, I wasn´t to impressed either.
Neil-I do like these guys however. I sort of like their later songs more than I like their earlier songs. There are not a lot of bands that you can say that about. Most bands suck after their first 1-2 albums. I always thought these guys had a lot of American/Brutal style riffs that worked well with their Swedish riffs.
And which is the most underrated band of the old days in your opinion?
Neil-Probably Edge of Sanity or Evocation. The first 3 EOS albums and the first 2 Evocation demos are classics. I could listen to them everyday.
Have you already checked the NIRVANA 2002 release on Relapse? Do we need all old sounds actually?
Neil-I bought this a few weeks ago when it was released. I think “Mourning” is amazing!!! (Yes, the best song for sure, Jörg) If they had released an album with that sound and song writing, we would be talking about them instead of Entombed/Dismember/Carnage/Unleashed/Grave. I do think we need the old sounds because most of this shit is to hard to get. I have to pay $100 on ebay or download some shitty sounding mp3?s that I hate. Fuck that shit!!!
Nowadays all bands who stopped 10 or 15 years ago become cult status pretty fast. Do you think that is correct or receives crap sometimes flavor to make money with it?
Neil-Yeah, there were a lot fewer bands back then and it was harder to get on a label. Most of those bands are classics for a reason. It was an exciting time back then for sure. I remember being like 13 years old when all of the Earache cd´s were being released by Combat records in The States. It was so new compared to the Combat and Roadrunner records that were out at the time. Century Media was a few months later and it was a whole new batch of bands that became my whole life at the time. We will never have a time that again.
What else do you know about Sweden scene besides their ingenious Death Metal music?
Neil-Just their Black Metal scene and their recording studios. That´s about it. What else is there to know? I hope that we will be able to play some shows there one day. That would be a dream come true for sure.
Thanks a lot for your patience, last spot is yours!
Neil-Thanks for the interview and helping us to spread the word. Go and buy our album “The depths of inhumanity” on Ibex moon Records!!!!
Monday, November 9, 2009
I have tortured some unique one – man Brutal Death Metal acts again. This time my victims were Shaun / PUTRID PILE, Allesandro / EGEMONY and Brain / SYPHILIC. Enjoy the shit and remember that solitude leads to despaired deeds!
The 1. reason to play alone is, no one will play with you, because your music is crap!Deny or refute!
Shaun: Yeah its hard to find people to play in a band with when my music is crap! Noone wants to get shit on their shoes! LOL! So I have to do it alone, because it get pretty stinky on the airplane sometimes and its hard to find people to deal with that!
Allesandro: Yes, that’s true, but that I salso why people like my music.
Brain: Its crap, but its also too confusing to find anyone to play with. Other than brian baxter doing studio bass of course. Not to mention I dont have the time to really spend showing anyone, I´ve made it sound real on my own. So if it is ´nt broke, dont fix it. ´
The 2. reason, you are too disgusting and no one will go into the public with you! Deny or refute!
Shaun: For sure! Skid stains in the underwear repells some people.
Allesandro: Every mom will let them daughter on a date with me, I’m gorgeous trust me.
Brain: Its more that most people dont want to pick me up because I cant drive. But I was actually at the mall today, with a friend and her 2 year old daughter.
The 3. one....is probably the real one. Tell my readers why you had decided to play alone!
Shaun: Well the reason why i play alone, is because of the job. I had at the time didnt really allow me to tour very much so I could only play a handfull of shows. I couldnt have someone relocate and change their life just to play a few shows here and there, ya know? Also with everything going on in my life its very hard to have a strict schedule to practice. I dont have a set time to practice and I just do it here and there when I can.
Allesandro: Cause in this fucking shitty place there are no guys to play with; I mean, there are a lot of musicians and metalheads, but I don’t give a fuck to technics, first I want attidute and devotion to the genre, and here no one has’em.
Brain: Its easier, its my project and dont really have to answer to anyone. I plan to keep it that way.
Is your mother worried, because you play alone all your lifetime, you don..t have friends who want play with a freaky little loser.
Shaun: LOL! Ive had members before and been in other bands, so she knows Im not that hard to get along with. She worrys when I play abroad, but any mother would. She would rather I play Classic Motown though instead of Brutal Death Metal! LOL!
Allesandro: True… This made me cry :(… sigh.. sigh… )
Brain: She is more worried about the lyrical content she is found in the past.
Probably you had a bad childhood, you had 9 elder sisters and you had to wear their old clothes? It must be hard!
Shaun: Yeah I was never really good at the whole nail painting thing. I can wear high heels like its nobodys business though! HA!
Allesandro: No, I have only a younger sister, and that is 193238 times worst than having 8 elder sisters.
You must be insane, when you do all your crap alone? I think you are unemployed, the day is long and boring, and you have too much time with beer , drugs and pornflicks! By the way, who is your favorite pornstar?
Shaun: Yeah you could say that. I used to have a pretty good job, but my stinky band repelled it away and now all I have to do all day is tug on my ballsack and look at free pron on the internet. My favorite pornstar would have to be anyone who does anal. If you do anal you are truely a pillar!
Allesandro: It’s not a simple question …. Well let me think… I think I’m gonna choose Fellucia blows, the best blowjobs on youporn… sensual and…. She swallows haha.
Brain: The day = working on music. Fav pornstar right now is probably Ava Lauren, but that changes every 5 minutes
Seriousely, where do you find the ideas for your songs? I think it..s easyer to write a song if more guys have separate ideas and put it together.
Shaun: I just think up riffs in my head and lay them down. Than i listen and listen again over and over and see what I can do to refine the riff to make it as catchy as I possibly can. Sometime the 1st thing I come up with will work fine, and other times I have to work out the kinks. Than when I listen to it and I can get my head bobbin I know I have it.
Allesandro: I think it..s easyer to write a song if more guys have separate ideas and put it together. Every song borns from different stuff: a movie, a book, a PORN MOVIE, and of corse, listening to other bands can help you in the song writing.
Brain: Its easier when i can just do it myself.
Did you never searched for musicans?
Shaun: Yeah I have, but I gave up the search a long time ago. Its just too hard and too much drama to have other members in the band. Also I wouldnt get to have all the opourtunities that I do if there were 3 or 4 other members in the band. Its hard to get everyone to be able to get off of work and pitch in $ when need be, ya know? Its really hard for bands most of the time.
Allesandro: I’m still doing it… but I’m still alone… maybe cause I eat to much garlic, onion and beans haha.
Brain: Havent gone out of my way for it. Brian Baxter and I talked about doing bass but I didnt think anything would come of it. Hes now almost done recording his 2nd album with me.
Do you play your set live, if yes, how do you do it?, if not, why not?
Shaun: Yes I do play my set live! All the classics! LOL! I have my drum tracks on my ipod and than I just play my guitar and do vocals. Thats it! Nothing fancy, just doin it straight forward and it seems to get the job done for me and the fans.
Allesandro: My drummer is the i pod, I connect it to the mixer, I turn on the microphone and the guitar amp and i start playing my shit. And the magic happens.
Brain: I hate playing live but do sometimes. I do it with my drum tracks on an ipod, run to the mixer with rca cords
What is the biggest, or hardest part in writing/recording music? I think, timing is very important!
Shaun: The hardest part is coming up with tunes that sound different so the 1st song doesnt sound like the last song. The hardest part is being my own worst critic and not havine other members to bounce ideas off of. But Im getting better at keeping an open mind and just to play what Im feeling at that particular moment.
Allesandro: Recording the bass! Damn, I’ m not able to play it!
Brain: Probably the computer problems that occur over time. I recorded erotishock twice full through because of a failed harddrive and almost had that same problem with this full length.
I think you work with a drummer from Japan, LOL. Don..t you miss a real sounding drumming?
Shaun: Well I use real drums anyways on my recordings, so I dont really miss it to much, but you can never really beat a real drummer thats for sure. You just cant top the feel of real drummers for the fills and everything.
Allesandro: I miss it so much, a real drum sound has more power and more groove, and I think groove is one of the most important thing in this music.
Brain: I make fake sounding drums real. Its easier for me with this odd timed shit.
How long will you stay alone with your shit? Don..t you have problems to kick yourself and going forward? Do you afraid to stagnate?
Shaun: I just want to write good brutal death metal songs and dont care really if I seem to get "stagnate". I just have to stay true to myself and the music and never sell out and keep putting out discs for my fans to enjoy and I will be satisfied with that. If it gets old to some people then thats their problem, ya know? At leaste I can rest my head at night knowing if contributed something special to the underground and Im thankful for that.
Allesandro: Untill my legs will keep me up, I’m gonna play and release album!
Brain: Um... what? I am going forward, the point is for me to release music, its my solo project and will stay that way.
Do you understand it as an advantage to stay alone with all problems, sucess or what ever?
Shaun: Its an advantage, but its also hard doing everything yourself, ya know? All the interviews and networking and shows and writting and recording and selling merch and.... WHEW! I get tired just typing that shit out! LOL!
Allesandro: When you sell a cd, all the money goes to you, but if you print t shirts you have to pay it all by yourself.. so there are problems and there are good thing in playing alone. Fifty fifty.
Brain: Problems or success? I dont really care about either of those.
What is the ultimate real live Horror for you? And don`t tell me, the answer is this
Shaun: LOL!! No its nice to do an interview with someone with a sense of humor. Its really a breath of fresh air for sure. I just thank you for being so patient with me! LOL! One real live horror was to be stranded in Mexico for a few hours and had to book some other flights home because the dates did not match my itinerary with the tickets they gave me. That was a nightmare, but I came out unharmed so everything worked out for me. That really sucked though!
Allesandro: Dunno.. I live a simple life, in a simple city… probably my last real horrible experience was my disentery when I was ill. damn, I thought I was gonna crap out my soul.
Brain: I dont want to die by being lit on fire, that would suck.
Are you an modern medieval bard ? Do you want to impress your princess? What says your girlfriend to your way wasting time? But you probably don´t have a girlfriend!
Shaun: Well I did have a girlfriend for a long time. Shes the mother of my son, but things didnt work out between us. She tolerated the band, but never really cared for it. It was hard on me to have someone you care about not give 2 shits about something your very passionate about, but that never stopped me from pursueing my deams. Ive worked at this since I was 10 years old and worked too hard kust to throw it away. My sone really loves it and I cant wait to pass the torch to him someday. I hpoe he will get to see the things I have a meet all kinds of great people around the world too as I have.
Allesandro: I got a girlfriend, and he’s hot too! No no , I’m not a bard, that stuff is for gay power metalheads! I’m more like a…. mmmh…. Dunno… but for sure I’m not like a bard!
Brain: I did but not now. Whatever girl is around at the time will have no say in what I do with music.
Make your decision and explain it!
Gore or Porn?
Shaun: Both. Pussy is great, but its even better covered in lacerations!
Brain: Porn, its more gratifying.
Paris Hilton or Jenna Jameson?
Shaun: Jenna. Paris is boring in bed. Dont waste your $ on her bunk-ass home movie. Yawn.
Allesandro: JJ all life long
Brain: Jenna, Paris is just a dumb cunt. At least Jenna has some tits to stare at.
Jason or Michael
Shaun: Jason. Much better killer!
Brain: Horror movies? Who cares, theyre both fake. If i had to choose one I ´d probably choose Jason because hes retarded... and thats funny.
Brain Dead or Lord Of The Rings
Shaun: Thats a tough one. Probably Lord Of The Rings. I can eat, take a nap, fuck, work on some new material, use the bathroom and play with my son and the movie still would be playing in the DVD player! LOL!
Allesandro: The first you said.
Brain: Dont know what Brain Dead is and I´m not gonna go with that other fairy tale bullshit.
Your homemade noise or true metal music?
Shaun: Def. True metal music. I wouldnt have my music if it wasnt for the ones before me.
Allesandro: My shitty shit.
Brain: My homemade noise. I dont even need an explanation.
That´s enough, last nonsense is yours!
Shaun: Well thank you so much for the interesting interview. Sorry it took so long to get it to ya. I appreciate your support Fatal Grind! Thanks to the fans that have stuck by me though thick and thin and continue to support to the death! Youre the best! HAILS!
Allesandro: Yo tank for the stupid interview, i really enjoyed it! Probably cause I can only say bullshits hahah. Seriously. I just wanna say tank to everyone who listens, supports and lives this music, everyone of you is important for the scene, without you we all will be nothing! By the way without fatalgrind the world will be better ahahahahaha.
Brain: www.myspace.com/syphilic. Thanks for the interview, prick.
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Brutal, aggressive and catchy are keywords when it comes to Danish death metallers THE CLEANSING. The Copenhagen based quintet combine intense and unique melodies with both old school and modern death metal elements. Inspired by bands such as Morbid Angel, Hate Eternal and Immolation, THE CLEANSING have perfected their own devastating style of death metal. Performed with almost surgical precision and with a clear yet heavy and intense production thanks to Danish metal producer JACOB HANSEN (Aborted, Yyrkoon, Destruction, The Arcane Order etc.) THE CLEANSING have spawned an album that will appeal to both death metal fans and metal heads in general! So come on and check "Poisoned Legacy"
Hi mate, how are you? Is Copenhagen actually something more famous as the unmatched Olsen- gang?
Hi there, Toke speaking. Or writing really. Hmmmm, is Copenhagen more famous for something other than the Olsen-gang? I hope so! The Little Mermaid perhaps?
What about the band name. Are you going to clean the desolate crowded scene, blow away the dust of numberless insignificant bands?
Of course! That’s exactly the point. It might be a bit arrogant, but hey, arrogance never hurt anybody did it? We thought The Cleansing sounded strong, and would fit our style of music perfectly. For me personally though The Cleansing stands for inspiration. The Cleansing fire that burn in us all. The feeling you get when you are feeling inspired to do something different with your life.
Tell me something about the band!
Okay! We started writing “Poisoned Legacy” in early 2007. We had a band called Usipian, but broke it up in order to concentrate on something a little different. With The Cleansing we have been able to work very concentrated and with one single goal: To do the best we can. With The Cleansing we feel we can match our intentions with abilities. Something that we didn’t always had the privilege to. We are now currently finishing writing the harder second album, and might begin recording it in early 2010. Hopefully before April where we will begin our DK tour with Dawn of Demise, which we of course are looking very much forward to. The new album should be a step forward for us, and it sound really good. The songs are shaping up, and will hopefully have a crushing impact on the listener. We’re here to stay, and our next album should cement that statement.
What kind of “poisoned legacy” will you succeed? Has that album-title a critical term anyway?
The title represents our decaying society. Being a parent, I have probably become a bit more aware of my surroundings and what kind of world I am shaping for my daughter. It’s not like I can make much of a different, but at least I can find the time to preach for others to make them feel guilty right? But yea, it does represent something along that road. Our legacy isn’t as pure as it once was, or as we were led to believe. It has been poisoned.
Tell me more about the album!
As I said the album was written, roughly, in 2007 and recorded in 2008. We are still pretty proud of it, and feel there’s some really strong material. It won’t just be a walk in the park to match in on the next album, but we sure as hell will try. The reviews has pretty much all been in our favour, so it seems we must have done something right at least.
Right now we’re just really focused on preparing gigs, because we haven’t had a chance to sell it to the live audience. The material should work well live, and we look forward to give it our best.
The songs are done temporarily, why are they released with delay? Was Deepsend your first choice? What about the conditions from the label, are they ok?
We didn’t really have that much of a choice. We recorded the album without any deal. We were an unknown band with no demo, concerts of any real back story. We did however have a strong product. But you also need a name. Deepsend liked our material and offered us a deal. We knew them from the work they had done with our fellow metalists in Dawn of Demise, which didn’t seem to be too upset about Deepsend. And instead of beating around the bush, we took the offered deal since it sounded reasonable. We were also just eager to get started instead of shopping around for all eternity. Until now we can’t complain at all about Deepsend. They have given us a well needed push.
You sell your CD as a download too. Will that be a full value replacement for CD´s in the future? Do you think CD´s will become a relict like vinyl one day?
Never! There will always be a demand for physical products. I don’t think that will disappear anytime soon. Even vinyl has had a strong comeback. People like to have something in their hands you know? Other than their penis.
I have a fucking problem with your fucking cover! What shall I see there? A rusty alien? A post apocalyptical vacuum cleaner?
Hahahaha, well I’m sorry that you have a problem with it! Maybe it DID turn out a bit too dark? You should see what you feel like. It’s entirely up to you hehe. The vacuum cleaner however probably wasn’t the intention. But it’s good to see you have some degree of imagination. The intention from our side was actually to have a “typical” death metal cover without it being typical. If that even makes sense. We just kind of loved the sculptures that Powel did, and asked him if we could use it since it fitted our title. Luckily we were more than welcome, and we hope to work with him again. What should you see? Something nasty. Something ugly. Something poisoned. Something slightly wrong and twisted.
How important are your old bands for the music of THE CLEANSING? Is it easy to start ingenuous in a new project?
The old bands will always represent our past in one way or another. It will always in some ways be important. On the other hand “now” is where our focus lies, so we try not to think of the old stuff too much. We like to move forward and improve ourselves. To start at zero will always mean to take some steps back. But hopefully it will work itself out in the long run. That’s the idea at least.
Your label says you are a mix of IMMOLATION and DAWN OF DEMISE. Who came up with that comparison? Do you consider yourself just that?
Probably Deepsend. I wouldn’t put that label on us. For one thing, we don’t sound like Dawn of Demise at all. But being Danish and are using the same producer, maybe we have a similar sound... for now. I don’t think we sound too much like Immolation either. Even though I know both Jeppe and Andreas (guitars) are very fond of Immolation I consider The Cleansing to be more catchy and straight forward. I like some of Immolations material, but I wouldn’t even put them on my top 50 Death Metal acts.
Tell me about J. Hansen’s studio. Would you recommend it? Has Jacob checked your music out, has he influenced your sound someway?
We always had a very specific route we wanted to try with Usipian, so this time we tried to do things a little different and left it almost entirely to Mr. Hansen to work his little magic. Obviously our sound screams Jacob Hansen, and since we liked a lot of his productions, that was pretty much what we wanted. I don’t think Jacob really knew about us since we were a new band. I would definitely recommend Jacob Hansen since he is very professional and reliable.
It seems you are not a very active live band. What is the reason for that, maybe you have no desire to play out live? Or are there more secular reasons?
We have had some small problems, like me being imprisoned, which halted our progression a little bit. Also our drummer lives about 200 miles from us, and plays in a million other bands, so playing live with The Cleansing means a well prepared schedule. We do however have a great desire to play live, but it will be over a more concentrated time period, and not spread out like a gig here and there. We will probably be more tour minded. We have only to this date played two live gigs with The Cleansing, and are much exited to play again soon.
What will you do, if THE CLEANSING overtakes the fate of your old bands? Can you ensure that you will stay in the scene for a long time?
As I stated earlier we are very much here to stay! This is our band, not a project, and all of us do this because we care. Not because we don’t have other stuff to do or are bored.
Do you see the band as a newcomer? Or is it just another stage in your journey?
I don’t really think about it actually. I mean, in Denmark people know us, but in the rest of the world they don’t. But we weren’t a bestselling band with Usipian anyway, so I don’t think there’s much difference.
The reviews for “Poisoned Legacy” are very positive. Do you trust the critics? Do you see your own impressions and intentions in the reviews?
Some comments are of course totally retarded and out of context, but it’s the reviewers point of view, and they are entitled you know? Stuff like “eeww why don’t they sound more like Iniquity!?!?” are for instance totally retarded since we don’t have anything to do with them. Criticism is something I’m always aware of. Some things we can use, some things we can’t. Good reviews are not that usable. I mean, if we only believed the good stuff, then we would just make the same record again and again. There will always be room for improvement. But mostly, I think we get recognition for what we intended to do, and that’s always nice.
There are some new bands underway in Denmark. Is it a dawn of a new generation or just recycling of old farts?
People are getting better and better on their instruments. Especially the new generation. Will they make better music? Time will tell I guess, we will just have to wait and see. But there’s not too much recycling of old farts going on here.
The whole international scene is absolutely overcrowded. What do you think qualifies you to get involved?
Well, since there can never be too much of the good stuff, I only see a problem with really lousy bands overcrowding the good ones. People will just have to decide for themselves if they want to listen to good or bad material. Different bands for different tastes. I think we make strong material, and we want to compete with the best out there. In the end it’s up to people really. I think we’re qualified to compete, but I don’t think we will a gold medal just yet hehe.
Last spot is yours, may the ghosts of the Olsen – gang with you!
Thanx for giving us some space! I don’t really understand your Olsen-gang obsession hahaha but I did enjoy the left field questions. Hopefully we can offer more to you than post-apocalyptic vacuum cleaners in the future! Toke, over and out.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Inspired in the 90’s Death Metal, formed lately at 2006 with the urge to create dark and real Metal of Death by not amateur musicians but from ex and actual formerly band members from some finest Mexican acts, like Oscar Clorio, ex- drummer from the legendary band CENOTAPH (also drummer in SHUB NIGGURATH at the last recording), Marko Guevara bass player and vocals from PULVERIZED (playing guitar in DENIAL) and Ivan “Bloodhunter” ex-vocalist for UMS and DEW OF NOTHING.
At 2007 founding a new guitar player on Roberto Granados, just before know him was making the recording for their first 7” called Immense Carnage Vortex with the collaboration of Luis Ramos on the bass, which was launched through Swedish Death Metal cult label BLOOD HARVEST RECS.
In 2008 the band enter studio again for the recording of their first full lenght "CATACOMBS OF THE GROTESQUE", mastered by the Death Meatl legend Dan Swano, with the colaboration of very first bass player Ricardo Gil creating an oscure and mythic Cd that is spawned though Asphyxiate Recordings early in 2009.
Hi Rob, how are you man? Congratulation to “ Catacombs Of The Grotesque” How is it going with the publicity?
Things with the album are going good! We are getting great reviews on fanzines, websites, etc... I'm not sure about how is it selling, our label (Asphyxiate Recordings) is selling it in Australia, its being distributed aswell in the U.K. by Code 7 and by Relapse Records in the U.S.A., but to be honest I don't know how is it selling, but we are getting great response from the people that have listened by far and that's what matters.
DENIAL includes members of different bands. How did you get together?
DENIAL started just as a project to record, no tours, live shows... anything, just to record. It was started by Marko and Oscar, they had the need to play Death Metal the way it was played in the late 80's early 90's, just that. So they invited Ivan to be the singer and they started to rehearse and when they recorded the first Demo, Xtreem Music from Spain got interested in Denial music, so they wanted to sign Denial for the first LP, so they recorded the Demo and Bloodharvest from Sweden contacted the band to release the Demo on a 7"vinyl. After that they considered to put Denial on a full time status band, and since they were only 3, Marko called me to join them, and that's how Denial got into a serious band and not just a project.
Are there any differences about the official album version and the digi wallet?
What changes is the presentation. The jewel case version and the digipack have the same booklet and the same cd, no bonus tracks or video. What makes it different its the digiwallet, its a limited edition that it's only manufactured in Australia and the label printed only 500 copies, so I guess that is what makes it special.
The album-concept is about Lovecraft stories. What is the fascination behind it? Is it only about the Cthullu myth or are you taking account the whole Lovecraft universe?
We are taking Lovecraft literature as a mere inspiration. Our lyrics are not based in an specific story or character. We just wanted to project the feelings that are meticulously represented in Lovecraft stories, like madness, horror, insanity, terror..., and we wanted to do that with the music aswell, not only with the lyrics. So our songs are 50% lyrics and 50% music, there is a story going on in our songs both musically and lyrically.
Are the lyrics your own stories in the tradition of Lovecraft or is it real Lovecraft topics?
The lyrics are just inspired in Lovecraft stories. We don't make any reference to any specific story or character, we make our own stories based on our musical and literature influences.
What about the songwriting? Are you building the songs around the lyrics?
We work in music first and then the lyrics. We did that with our first album because it's easier for us. At practice you show the guys your new ideas and everyone contributes, and if we are all 100% satisfied with that we start thinking about ideas for the lyrics, of how you will be able to complement that music with lyrics. We just don't put lyrics because there is a space for the singer to growl. If you have listened to our album you can notice that the guitars and the vocals kinda complement each other and if there is not a singin part then the guitars will be doing something as a "second voice" I could say. And we do that because the music tells the story aswell.
Who wrote the intro, it catches the morbid atmosphere about the “ Great Old Ones”with much apropos. Tell me about!
Wow! It's the first time someone notices the intro! haha! A lot of people says that it's long and boring. Actually I came up with the idea for the intro, I brought all those weird sounds to the studio and mixed it, we just added some keyboards and that was it. But what we wanted to achieve with the intro it's that when you listen to it, you can imagine yourself in the same realm as we are (musically). I know that most of the people won't pay attention to it and I don't blame them, it's quite long haha, but if you want to feel the same experience that we feel when we create and play that music, starting with the intro could be a good idea.
How will you bring the idea of DENIAL´s world of horror to your fans who have no clue about it? Or are the lyrical topics just a means to an end?
Hmm... It won't be hard, just listen to the album and read the lyrics. You don't have to be a Lovecraft reader to notice what's going on with our lyrics or music. There is always something behind every song, if you get to notice that, it's like a plus for the listeners, it will make the listening more interesting, or you can just enjoy the music aswell, we did this album as fans of Death Metal music and horror literature, so there is always something enjoyable for the listener.
I recognize a morbid touch of NECROPHAGIA in your music, beside the obvious swedish influences. Or am I wrong? NECROPHAGIA are the masters of transforming Horror into music, arent they?
Now that you mention it, yeah, we have this eerie and dismal atmosphere in our songs just as Necrophagia. I haven't read any Necrophagia lyrics but I can guess that the way we create our music could be similar. Horror shit and Death Metal it's always a nice combo! haha
Oscar plays in SHUG NIGGURATH, this is also a divinity of Lovecrafts universe. Did he bring the basic idea to the band? Did he take some shit from that band?
Oscar used to play un Shub-Niggurath back in the 90's and even recorded an album with them but actually the idea was like a common agreement, we already had 4 songs finished but we didn't had anything clear with the lyrics and the concept of the band, so since most of us are familiar with Lovecraft work we decided to go with that one.
Tell me about the “Immense Carnage Vortex” Ep! Any changes since then?
Absolutely! Denial at that time was only a project like I mentioned before, and musically they had a huge influence from Swedish Death Metal bands like Grave, Crematory, Dismember... you name it. So when I joined we started to work for the full lenght and after 4 songs, that Swedish sound started to change into a more darkened and dismal Death Metal, so we decided to tune our guitars way lower than they did on the EP and we even had to re-structure a couple of songs to fit this sound the band got into. We took more influence from the Finnish Death Metal bands like Demigod, Demilich, Convulse, Anguish...that's heavy shit!
You have probably used some songs from it for the album. Why?
We used one song from that EP, "Remains", and we decided re-record that one because it's the first song that they composed together, and when we played it with the lower tunning it sounded fucking brutal!, so we decided to record it again for the full lenght, and the sound did fit with the finnish style that the band got into.
Dan Swanö has mastered the album finally. Tell me about it! Had he used some of his own ideas for it? Have you give him free hand?
When we finished to record the album we were really tired... the whole process took a long time, almost 2 years working on the songs and almost 2 weeks to record it. So when we got the final mix (which is amazing by the way), we just sent the Master to Dan and gave him free hand, and of course he didn't dissapointed us! The album is a relentless sonic assault! thanks to Dan for that!
Why have you deceided for unblemished Old School Death Metal in that modern times with lots of new possibilitys to celebrate Metal-music? Where are your roots?
Because as a Death Metal fan the stuff that you get to cherish and value the most are your old tapes and cd's from real underground Death Metal bands that are almost impossible to get nowadays, and that's why we decided to play that kind of stuff, like a tribute to those almost forgotten primal Death Metal. And since we are all fans of this music it was clear that we would go for it, that's the way we feel Death Metal!. I don't see the point to play this modern Death Metal because we don't feel it
Do you feel, the early Death Metal scene falls into oblivion and what remains is music for nostalgic metal heads?
Yes, in some way I can agree with you, but I can't say that this music falls into oblivion. Old School Death Metal will always be there because of the fans of true Underground Death Metal. There will be always people looking for that old music, and nowadays there are a lot of bands like us trying to resurrect Death Metal from its true essence. Nostalgic?... Yea I guess so, but it has been alive for some reason, and when you listen or play this music, you do it with the ultimate passion and from the soul, no bullshit here, not trendy crap, just music we feel and we are 100% satisfied about.
What is your opinion about Metalcore, New Metal, or Cybergrind, Goregrind, Brutal Slam...what ever?
Cybergrind??? Are you fucking kidding me??? Does that shit even exist??? hahaha! Well I just see that as a fashion, maybe it's in vogue now but that's the shit that will fall into oblivion man! Goregrind music has been there for quite a long time, but the others... ask me in 10 years where those bands will be.
What are your personal faves, your favorite albums? And what is the most underrated band of the old days?
My favourite Death Metal bands are from Finland! I think that it's a very underrated Death Metal scene, I guess it's because Swedish Death Metal it's always at the spotlight. But my favourite bands are Demigod, Convulse, Demilich, Belial (early), Disgrace (early), Adramelech, Anguish, Carnifex, Vomiturition (early)..., also a few Swedish bands like Utumno, God Macabre, Dissection, Unanimated, Merciless, Necrophobic, Dismember...etc, but I go with the Finnish ones.
What about DENIAL in the future? How long will you stay in that amazing overcrowded scene of today?
Who knows man, we will be making this music as long as we feel it, and as long as we can. Denial started as an underground Death Metal band and we want to stay that way. We started creating this music for us, now its great to realize that people likes our musical concept and it's an extra motivation for all of us, but that doesn't mean that we will start making music for the people to like it, we will stay working just the way this band started. It has been working by far so I don't see a reason to change. And if staying like that keep us active with Denial we will stay in the underground Death Metal scene for a long time. Right now we are about to release a 7" split for Relapse Records and another 7" split with Paganizer for Cyclone Empire, then we will focus on the 2nd LP.
Last spot is yours. Thanks for joining the weird world of FATALGRIND!
Thanks Jörg for taking the time to make this interview for us, and the best wishes to your zine. For people interested in Denial you can check us out at www.myspace.com/denialmex
INFEST is born in 2003 in the Basque / Bayonne and is composed by 4 members: Pat/Bass, Bud/Vocals, Flow/Guitar and Sbeu/Drums. The band plays an aggresive music between Grindcore and brutal HxC with big tendency to NASUM. They have just released their 2. album « Moshroom ».Check them out !
Hi Flow, how are you. What is going on in INFEST? Any news?
Hi Jorg. I’m fine thanks you. We’re at this moment working hard on the promotion of the new album “Moshroom” recently release. That’s why I’ll try to answer to your questions today
Tell me something about the band, what made you feel certain that you could play fast grindcore without it would it become a complete waste of time?
You know , INFEST is a big part of our respective lives, we are a grindcore band and we like to play fast and extreme music for a long time. If you expect to become a fucking rock star playing grindcore it becomes a complete waste of time.
For us, playing grindcore is totally the opposite. We play for fun and we enjoy it !!!
How is it going on with your album Moshroom and the support from METAL AGE? Did you get what you expected?
We signed a record deal with Metal Age Productions this year and they release the second full length of INFEST “Moshroom” recently. The collaboration with the label is pretty good and we work together like professional people. They know what they have to make and we know what we have to make. We have to follow this relation because it’s beneficial for both.
Is that album a logical consequence to your debut ?Feel The Rage? or are you looking for new ways?
For this album we have tried to work more on the vocals more brutal and more on the grindcore vein.
We play faster too on this cd and I really think this album is more accomplished than “Feel the rage”. Both are different, your readers should have to make themselves the differences between the two productions.
Peace, love, freedom and flowers?...what the hell... You are on your way to insult the ideals of the Woodstock generation. What are you saying with this?
How important are the lyrics if no one can understand them and the lyrics are not printed in the booklet.
OOO no no .. We insult no one man… Our lyrics are full of humour, sometimes speaking about personal experiences, sometimes denouncing the musical market with some fucking commercial stuff polluting our radios and Medias.
Peace love freedom and flowers is the first track of the album and is here to show that we can play a brutal and aggressive music and being cool, with peaces dreams at the same time. You doesn’t agree with me ?
What shall I say, you are right!”Murphys Law” is pretty cool. Are you having some personal experiences with this principle or are you just a Charles Bronson fans?
“Murphy’s law “speaks about all the negative things which could happen in one day for one man.
Personal experience … but I like Charles Bronson too
The last song “Polype” stands out, it seems more funny. Tell me about!
Yeahhh !! You ‘re in the right way !! “Polype” is the last song of the album the 20th track.. And it was recorded totally with fun. We all of the band members sing on it and the recording studios technicians too. Some lyrics in Japanese too….a non serious track but so brutal to close the album!!
Otherwise your music is pretty serious. Meaning that Grindcore is more than just formless noise?
Yes, sure.. I tell you that we play for fun, we have some funny lyrics…. But we still serious on the composition of the tracks.
Grindcore is much more than just formless noise because you have to prove that your band is powerful, serious and mad at the same time.
All this things you have to make in CD and in gigs too. That’s INFEST try to make since 2003.
Your album is downloadable at countless WebPages. What do you think about that?
I’m sure that a real fan or a person who really respect the grindcore and Underground scene will buy some cd’s. I’m sure that our scene have always some really fans who are ready to buy cd’s.
The “Moshroom is downloadable??
Download it guys !! And if you like it and if you really want to support INFEST buy it !! It’s so easy.
Tell me something about your part on the upcoming NASUM tribute! What song will it be and why?
POWER IT UP records release this awesome tribute this month. We have made the cover of “The everlasting shame” from “Helvete” album. It will be so brutal and we‘re so glad to take part of the cd. We always were big fans of NASUM. We choose this song because we like it and we thought it correspond as well with the INFEST attitude.
Is the proximity and the comparison with Nasum? it can be actually annoying sometimes or does it appeal to you?
Like I told you, we’re very close with NASUM music..A lot of people make the comparison with NASUM but I think we’re really different simply because they are the best grindcore band ever and INFEST is not
Tell me something about the last tour with your buddies from TREPAN DEAD! Correct me if I´m wrong, but you had to cancel some shows correct?
Yes yes, this tour was so fantastic and on the other hand so difficult at the same time due some mechanic problems with the tour bus. We traveled across France and had some gigs in Germany like the GRIND THE NAZI SCUM Festival in Torgau. It was awesome!!! Unfortunately we had to cancel some shows in Poland and Czech Republic. But we promise to be back as soon as possible in this countries.
Have you ever had problems with the band name? Hell? there are so many bands with the name INFEST out there, it?s like sand in the desert! A very common name. Aren?t you concerned about getting mixed up with the other INFEST bands?
Ohh !! We heard after the release of “Feel the rage” in 2007 that a famous band INFEST has already exist in the 80’s in the USA. It was a shock for us but we decided to keep this name and we assume this choice. Some people tell us that we are some RIP off because we use a “Big” name of the scene.
It’s wrong !! we are INFEST from the Basque country and we play grindcore. No less, no more !!! But I can understand the big fans of this US band. I have to admit the question of the name seems to be important because I have to explain it in a lot of interview.
Flow, is your band EXCISE still active? It seems with that project you never dedicated yourself full time to it!
I played in EXCISE with Sbeu and Pat until 2002. This project is totally dead.
We’re now 100% concentred with INFEST.
Last spot is yours, thanks for your time!
Thanks a lot Jorg for this interview and for the support to INFEST. Hope to come back soon in Germany.
If you want more information about the band or the new cd contact us via our myspace www.myspace.com/infestbaiona