Tuesday, October 26, 2010
On the first of January FACEBREAKER started to record the new studio album called ”INFECTED”. This time they choose to work together with Jonas Kjellgren at Black Lounge Studios and Peter Tägtgren at ABYSS studios. This is their most brutal and best played album yet, with the intensity and horror that makes them Facebreaker. I have talked with Mika Lagreen about it.
Congratulations to “Infected“, that album includes some unique shit. Tell me something about the incurrence!
Thanx!! We just did what we always do and this time as well it turned out really great. We have some new elements on this album and perhaps some stuff is unique.
Detractors assert you will copy yourself again. What can you hold against it?
All band copy themselves I think otherwise they would not be that special band. Look at Maiden, Entombed or Motörhead to name a few. You can instantly hear what band you are listening to. I am not comparing us to these bands at all that would be ridiculous but you get my point.
I know you don´t like it to be compared with others, but I see no negative facet on it. I´m sure FACEBREAKER has its own irrevocably identity, am I right! Was it a long way to stay where you stay today?
You always get compared with other bands unless you start a new genre. If someone thinks that we sound like some other band then I really don´t give a shit. We are not trying to sound like anybody else, but since we play death metal we have of course been influenced by many other death metal bands. This kind of music is not a new born genre.
I asked this because I want to name some inevitable parallels. You have got a common touch to BOLT THROWER (such as “Mankind Under Siege). How far am I away from the truth?
I think that Bolt Thrower is going to like that song and maybe they even would like to have done it as well hehe. “Mankind Under Siege” is a perfect song that should be performed on a late night festival stage.
Can you explain why this symbiosis of Swedish death and British war machinery works so excellent?
This is something that we love and the combination is just something that came out naturally and not something that we were thinking about that hard.
I also have noticed, that “Cannibalistic” has some peripheral similarities to Illdisposed´s “Submit”. Is it easy to assimilate that kind of groovy attitude into the sound of FACEBREAKER?
"Cannibalistic" is perhaps the grooviest song on the album, it is all about that kind of groove that you mention. As we are not into the new and technical death metal that many new bands play, we do it like this because this is the way we like it to sound ourselves.
How important is it to have a sound that shows you are Swedish?
It is not that important to me at all. If you listen to our albums and compare the sound you might recognize that we have a much more cleaner sound than before. We don´t try to sound old it is just that we play some kind of old school death metal and that’s why it sounds that way.
Is the Swedish Death Metal history actually influential for the band?
Yes it is since we all grew up with it.
Tell me about the title track and its introducing guitar riff. And why have you chosen it as the last song. Is it not a bit stepmotherly?
Although it is the title track we felt that it was not the typical Facebreaker song so it ended up as the last song on the album and what a great way to end “Infected” it is. The intro riff is something that I came up with a long time ago and since the song “Infected” is one of our most melodic songs I thought that a melodic intro would be a great thing. I recorded the intro and showed it to the other guys and they liked it so that’s why we have a intro on that song. Don´t know if we will play the intro ourselves or just let it be a played back intro to the song. Anyways it is going to be really cool to do that song live.
What about the bonus track “The Return” and why did you release a limited digi pack version?
Because we wanted to do something special this time for the Digipack and Vinyl.
The extra song is not some song that we recorded just because we needed to. It is actually the first song that we made for this new album and it stands out from the rest of the songs just because it is so god damn slow and exploding groovy.
Was the work with Jonas Kjellgren and Peter Tägtgren determining for the final result?
I would say yes. The collaboration between Jonas, Peter and Facebreaker turned out to be a great combination. They are really professional guys and they know what knobs to turn in the studio. Facebreaker is also not their typical band they get to the studio so I think that they really enjoyed it and put allot of effort in making it special.
The change from Pulverized to Cyclone Empire opens some doors to make FACEBREAKER more popular, am I right? What are the advantages being on Cyclone Empire?
Cyclone Empire has been acting very professionally from the day that we started to talk about the fact that we wanted to sign with them. I think that we have made the right choice joining Cyclone. This time we will get the proper distribution that we deserve and we will also release it through Metal Blade in US and Canada. That will be a new thing to Facebreaker as well. We have also signed a deal with Sure Shot Worx to do the publishing thing. So we have more behind our backs this time.
After “Dead, Rotten And Hungry” you have left the shadow of the masses and foreshadowed you own. What happened to FACEBREAKER in the last 2 years besides recording a damn cool album?
We did some festival gigs and a European tour. Then we concentrated on making new songs.
Is your musical heaviness, your way of dull and brutal warfare your secret ace in the hole, because no one can avoid that tank.
Hehehe man ….. you have the fieriest questions. Hopefully no one will be able to avoid the Facebreaker tank that we have become. We are heavy just because we can´t do it any other way.
Now, when you hold the finished album in your dead cold hands (LOL) are you absolutely satisfied with it? What chance do you give it in the confusing scene of today?
We are totally satisfied with it and I don´t know at all what people might think of it. If I would rely on the reviews we have gotten so far I might say that we are in for a ride this time. I hope people like it because we have put allot of effort in it, and it would be a shame to let this album go to waste without anybody listening to it.
Do you have another view about the scene with the years? Are you more quiet or more determined or more confident and more hardened or what ever now?
The death metal scene has been finding it´s way back from the dead and I think that we are just right in time to release this epic album Infected. We have done our best album so far, so we are pretty confident about it.
Is FACEBREAKER that kind of band who runs forward with all power or do you see it easy, drifting with time on your side?
To this point we have had some time to do whatever we want besides Facebreaker, but I guess that we take it is more serious now. We have put our foot down with this album and it is time to prove that Death Metal is here to conquer you all.
Last spot is yours!
Well I have nothing more to say than this as always: Keep Supporting death metal or I will come and Kill You !! See ya out there Mainiacs !!
Cheers // M Lagreen
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
They are far away to be exotic birds, they are brutal, strong and offer lots of neck breaking tunes. They are Death Metal! They are DECAYING PURITY! Check out the most intense band from Turkey!
Hi Mustafa, how are you? What has happened with the band since releasing the “Phases…”album back in 2008
Hi, everything is good, thank you. Since releasing “Phases” we spent our time on playing shows and working on our second album. During this time we recruited a second guitarist for a short time but it didn’t work out. We also changed our label. “Phases” was re-released a short time ago and we’re working on some material for our second album.
Give me some brief information about the band to make my readers familiar with you!
Decaying Purity is a brutal death metal band founded in 2005 by me and Onur, we completed our line-up with Malik and Serkan shortly after. We’re a band that puts out death metal material we like to play and trying to stay out of the shitty, spiritless and inadequate trend of new school bands.
Where are your musical ideas from and how do you turn them into music?
Actually this defies explanation. Musical ideas can come from everywhere, everytime. It’s not necessary to have my instrument ready to have some ideas. We’re all living with death metal and we try to arrange the ideas in our heads as songs.
To what extent is Death Metal accepted in an Islamic-based country?
Contrary to what most people think, Turkey is not an introvert islamic country. As extreme metal bands from Turkey, we’re facing this question in almost every interview. There is a pretty fine death metal scene here. Deliberate or not, the support to death metal and output is growing day by day.
Do you relate any of your song ideas to religious themes in general, musically as well as personally?
There are some songs about the hypocrisy and senselessness of religion, but most of our songs are about torture, sadism and hate.
Do you think conservative conventions and metal really exclude each other inevitable?
In my opinion, conservative conventions are one of the most important topics of death metal. If performed correctly, metal is a great tool to crush those ideas right into the asses of those narrow minded people.
Where do you see your band musically? Reflect the critics and fan – response your purposes?
We haven’t done too much promotion (paper or internet) but I feel the band is in a good place. We only have one album and we didn’t tour aggressively but people know DP very well and I can say we had pretty good responses. These responses show us that what we’re doing is correct and that makes me feel good.
For what stand “Phases…” musically and ideological?
Phases was written 5 years ago without giving too much thought. It released 3 years after we wrote it and we had good responses which exceeded our expectations. I can say Phases is a brutal death metal album to the core with its sound full of spirit (caused by the recording conditions) and stories told in lyrics.
What about the idea to re-release it now?
We were searching for a label after we parted ways with Grotesque Productions and the first press was almost sold out. We asked Sevared if they would want to re-release it. They were willing to do it and we decided to re-release it with new artwork, layout design and 3 bonus songs.
Have the innumerable good reviews had any influence on the number of sales anyway?
The sales were really satisfying. As far as I know, Grotesque Productions sold out all the CD’s they pressed. The response to the album really exceeded our expectations.
Do you think you sometimes gets screwed on money because your music get ripped and uploaded to the Internet and then downloaded for free?
There’s not an end to it. We’re all in this shithole down to our neck. It’s not really important for us as we do it too when appropriate.
How are you financing the band? Are the production costs affordable in Turkey?
I can say that the band finances itself for know. The biggest source of income for the band is merch sales. When extra income is needed, we all do what must be done. The production costs are neither expensive nor cheap in here but the real problem for us is not costs, but finding people who understand what we want to do.
How far away is DECAYING PURITY from classic metal bands? Do they still play a role in your music?
Everything can play a role in music. I think it’s pointless to talk about what has a role and what doesn’t. I can’t say classic metal bands have a big role in our music but they have their place in our individual musical backgrounds.
What about your deal with Sevared ? Do you think they have the power to push DECAYING PURITY?
Sevared Records is one of the few labels around that does justice to what it does. It was a label I followed and liked already. They actually wanted to do US distribution of “ Phases” but they had a falling out with Grotesque Productions and it didn’t happen. The new version of “ Phases” is released now and as far as I’m concerned it’s distribution is great. People seem to show a great interest in the re-release. Sevared Records is a top-notch label and I think it’s great for both DP and other bands in its roster.
You have never played outside of Turkey, don´t you think it is time!
Actually we played outside of Turkey. We played a show with Inveracity and Human Rejection in October 2008 at Thessaloniki, Greece. But yeah, we must do more shows abroad. We were on the bill of Ludwigshafen Deathfest 2008 in Germany, but forced to cancel it because of financial conditions. We had lots of offers for tours and festivals but we couldn’t make it because of the members’ personal things like schools and jobs, and bad timing. We’re getting tons of mails about this thing. People find it strange. But we’ll arrange abroad shows for the promotion of our second album. We’re in talk with some festivals for summer 2011 and we’ll announce it when it’s time.
Have you guys enough breath to go on for another album? What are your motivations in that overcrowded scene?
We’re working on our second album now. I can say we’re a little bit too late actually. We had songs enough for an album but we scrapped some of them to write better songs and the period between our albums got huge. We’re planning to record the album during the end of this year. Brutal death metal scene is really overcrowded and there are lots of bands coming out everyday. We never thought about our place in the scene. We just did what we could do.
Last spot is yours!
Support the bands you like. Never make concessions over brutality! Thanks for the interview.