Sunday, December 4, 2011

DOG FACED CORPSE



Dog Faced Corpse is an Iraqi death metal band from Baghdad , the band was founded by drummer Lateef on the 1st of August - 2008 and the band is considered as the first band that plays Death Metal from Iraq .. with one aim .. creating extreme music that rapes your ears… So you fuckers, if you read the following lines, you´ll get an impression what it means being Death Metal there. Let us rise the curtain!

Hi guys, how are you? Did you have a bomb-free night? How much humor do you actually tolerate, with all the shit that happens over there?


Samer: Hey bro, hahaha i'm fine thank you....we actually got used to the sudden bullet firing and the explosions after the first two years, how ever it's much better now than what we used to have here in Baghdad...so yeah me and my buds r doin' good but with some usual concern of things getting worse in a moment...

Ok, give me some details about the band!


Lateef
: Dog Faced Corpse started in 2008 with only me writing few sounds, some members joined later, we also did some gigs at that time in Baghdad. There was a "total metal silence" at that time when we did our first gig in Baghdad in 2008, people got thrilled to see a metal band playing live, that shit owned man!
Things are going better than ever right now, we have a full lineup with plenty of songs and we're willing to expand the sickness with our upcoming demo CD and a full length later, we also got signed recently with a cool underground Swedish label "Salute Records".

How did you discover death metal for yourself?


Samer
: I begun to have a nag for discovering a heavier style than thrash metal which I begun to listen to when I was 15 or so, by that time I heard of Death metal which I got drawn to very fast, because it got what I really needed from metal, considering music and the brutal ideas that came with it.

Which bands are your main influence and why?


Lateef: We listen to all types of metal in general but death metal and its sub genres is what we're really into, when we write music we try to create a balance between brutality and technique, bands like Suffocation , Gorgasm , Spawn Of Possession , Atheist , Cynic , Death , Defeated Sanity , Origin , Mortal Decay , Kraanium , Devourment , Dying Fetus , Amagortis , Morbid Angel , Pestilence and some others inspired us and have been our influences for a long time now , not to mention our jazz fusion and classical influences : Allan Holdsworth , Chopin , Bach , Shawn Lane and few others.
Still we have our thing going on such as the oriental feel in some of our riffs since we're a Middle Eastern mofos! hehe . You'll know what I mean when you listen to our upcoming demo on January 2012,make sure to get a copy of the demo CD when it’s up.

Actually I have heard some of your songs and it seems you are really into the jazz/fusion stuff. Do you like it to elaborate your sound in a wide range?

Lateef
: We believe that jazz and jazz fusion is the smartest genre in music! The way of brilliance it's written and interpreted into the table , the complexity of it is far beyond explanation , I just love the sound of it even though we're not really getting deep with jazz when we write our music, just a splash of that will do us well! It’s like the climax or when you jizz all over after nailing a real hot cunt! Hahaha

You are playing some covers of the legendary DEATH. Is Mr. Schuldiner your main-idea generator?

Samer
: the godfather of DM is the main idea generator of the whole genre he took it to the next level from the beginning, so it is to me and all the DM fans a big ideas generator.

You had some lineup changes in the past. That doesn't look like stability, right? What´s up?

Lateef: Your right, the thing is, most of the musicians we know here are not really into this extreme kind of music , most of the ex members left the band because of that, they rather play mellower stuff except for Mohammed Ali(ex guitarist) who left the band cause he's busy with work and study. We had a rough time finding members and recording with the shitty gears we have and the lack of studios in Baghdad so we're doing everything all on our own.

Tell me something about your upcoming album and your label!

Lateef: The upcoming demo album is gonna be our first physical release ever, we're really excited to put it out for the listeners, you have no idea how hard it was to do it due to the circumstances. It’s a 3 song demo with an old bonus song with the same title as the band's name, the track list will be like:
01- The Drill
02- Broiled
03- Channel of decomposed bodies
04- Dog Faced Corpse(Bonus track)
The release is a combination between slamming/brutal death metal with technical influences as well. We actually wanted to print and release the demo ourselves since it’s our debut demo, but we couldn't find proper companies that do these things here so we started thinking of labels that can do that for us, I can tell you we had a real rough time finding one cause most of the labels need bands with full length albums.
Then a friend of mine ( Yaser Aka: Lord Erragal ) who has a one-man series of projects (Erragal, Kurgal and Amelnakru) recommended Salute Records(Sweden) for us, we contacted the dude from the label, his name is Tony and he got excited to work with us and release our demo.

What are your lyrics about?

Samer
: It's about an actual happenings, vicious scenes that took place in our cities, neighborhoods, and streets, also sectarian clashes and what's left of the disgusting ideas behind it.

What about the enthusiasm for death metal in Iraq? More than a handful of idealists?

Lateef
: Death metal in Iraq is not actually well-known to metalheads, the majority prefer slower, mellower, less extreme genres , there have been plenty of metal bands in the past most of them were heavy metal! Death metal is kinda new to Iraqis and I can tell you that we're the first band that plays death metal here, for us it’s the only genre that can fit the theme we're into.

You have chosen a band name that sounds brutal, but reality is more brutal. Tell us about the origin of the name?

Lateef
: The band's name came to my head when I saw a picture with an article in a newspaper in 2006 about an Iraqi dude who got kidnapped by some militants and got beheaded then they stitched a dog's head into his body instead of his head. So I was thinking: what’s the best name for a death metal band? A corpse with a dog's head .. hmm lemme see .. Dog Faced Corpse ? .. FUCK YES!!

Do you hate it, if you get treated like exotic birds, because for the western bigotry metal and Iraq are incompatible with one another?


Samer: It got to me at first but now I got used to it, and I found my way to fit with the circumstances that we're forced to deal with, like dressing ordinarily and with beards and goatties to have them shortened and such things of speaking out our opinions in public, it is one of the main reasons that made Dog Faced Corpse the band that it is now.

How I have to imagine death metal in Iraq? I mean we hang up in bars, drinking and swear like a trooper, laughing and screaming, we are sexists (sometimes) and blasphemous, and we are surfeited of too many shows we can visit every week. How is it to be “death metal” in your hometown?

Samer: To get the main idea about our scene (DM in Iraq) is not quite hard, just like Lateef said before it's not a common genre here!!, Few people listen to it and most of them I know personally, it’s all about the actual bands and their albums that we get (download mostly...sorry!) and listen to discussing their music work and how we enjoyed it and how it affected us.
Concerning the details u described we (band members and other friends we know) also have fun laughing, cursing, doing some punks, some drink alcohol and some not, some say they are blasphemous or don't believe in any god and some not, I myself stick to being (A Muslim) so the choice is personal to and we respect each other the way we r and not by the religious view what so ever.
Concerning the shows as u know there r no band representing DM other than DFC so no concerts to go to in the DM genre but DFC's gigs, we try to put a great energy into it...although we had some thrash metal gig's with the Iraqi based thrash band Fatalogy and some other bands that worked in other genres like Olympus.

I´m sure you know the documentary about ARCASSICAUDA. How close is the story to the reality, concerning the circumstances for musicians in your country?

Lateef: Yea I know these guys and I've watched the documentary and I can tell you they acted like pussies and they exaggerated like drama queens to get exposure hehe, but anyways it’s really difficult for any "dedicated metal band" here to do their own shit.

Religion, which sort so ever, play a peripheral role in Germany. We have a vast number of people who deny their church. Our gods are money and success. Can you understand that?

Samer
: Same here bro ,it's no big difference in here having people that avoid mosques and churches, money is the main idea that drove this country where it got to now...it's all about a big war between the ones with power to get the money and control over the country which they believe it's what success represents stepping over the weak and helpless.

US – TV stations sold your first (?) show as a success of the western sort of democracy in Iraq. What’s your point of view about it? Maybe the circumstances are more complex than the public knowledge!

Lateef: Democracy my ass! I got threatened just 40 minutes after I was done with our first show , I had to stay home for a whole year , I had to leave school and I got threatened and had been told to cut my hair! We don't trust anyone here not even the police nor the military. I just graduated from civil engineering college and I’ve been looking for a job but all I get is: We can’t hire you until you cut your hair. And I´m just one case off millions of oppressed people here in this shitty society that has been created after the war in 2003.

I mean they give you publicity because of your origin, not concerning your music, right?

Lateef
: Of course! And we really hate that. Music should be treated for what it is.

Do you think the withdrawal of the US troops has positive/negative effects for the band?

Samer
: I actually have no idea, we'll see what the future will bring to us! And leave it at that point.

The chief task of music is entertainment, any claims are secondary. Or should I see it different in your situation?

Lateef: The only sympathy we deserve as a band is the sound quality and the lack of studios, what I mean is that you’re not allowed to compare the mastering quality of our demo with a band that had the chance and the money to record their music in a professional studio, we did everything in my bedroom (a simple home studio). Just judge the music!

Ok, last spot is yours!


Samer: I would like to thank ur blogspot for the chance of making an interview with u, we have done few interviews with German people before, so we had developed a great idea about ur country. Besides what's actually you are famous with across the world with reputation...and glad we had the chance to express our ideas and feelings through your very good questions...all our best and regards to our families and friends that stood beside DOG FACED CORPSE and the DM bands that inspired us through the years...CHEERS!
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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

TEARS OF DECAY


TEARS OF DECAY, the sons of the land of storm and saltwater, the East Frisian strongholds of harsh Death Metal are part of a new brutal 5 – way clash called “Split Yourself”. I was really glad to get a sign of life from that death squad and thirsted for some answers from the leader of the pack, Mr. Deichkot himself! And here it is:

Hello Micha, how is it going between shortage of money and shortage of good beer?


Hi, yes it´s all fine, lots of work, little money, no spare time and about good beer, don´t even mention it. I´m still a liquid teetotaler! Beer and shows function properly as always. Last week we have played in Bremen with a band called LEFT HAND PATH. Next will be EVOCATION in Aurich, EAR TERROR FEST, than MORBID ANGEL & BENIGHTED. Yes it is going nicely, I would say.

What are you guys up to at the moment, I mean apart from giving porn to school kids?

Hey, you know I have a little daughter, I want have questions like that … she push the shit for me, of course. Nope, joke apart. We have still the same problems. We live too far away from each other, all have jobs, partly families and by now we all play in other bands too (except Steffen) or other hobbies, that we would like implement. And we don´t want to break up with the band, of course. We are in the game since 1997 and had only one lineup change, we’re just a band of brothers. Henne, our guitar player, has married that year and I was the groomsman. Nice boozy session, above all the stag party.

It seems TEARS OF DECAY had fallen asleep in the last years. What is up man? Is the air too thin in Eastern Friesland? I thought Emden would be a metropolis!


As I told you, thanks to the fact we don´t live together and the vocational and family situation of each of us, we are short of time, to do something new. Only Steffen and I inhale the marvelous East Frisian air, the others live in Hamburg, Bremen and Delmenhorst. But we were not idle, we have already finished the drum parts for the upcoming album “Suicide Dimension”. It only lasted 4 years yet, in 2020 we will got the whole thing! Next year we really want to release it and play more shows. The East Frisian isles Borkum, Norderney , Baltrum and above all Memmert (birds – island) have to be destroyed, musically!

Ok, tell me something about the just released split cd!


Yeah, the „Split Yourself“ cd was a idea of Leif. This guy is such a Death Metal lunatic and he released the CARNAGE zine. Meanwhile he does not do it anymore, but he is still active in the scene and he moved from Bremen to Berlin. We have the same comprehension about “Underground” and the commercialization of the scene. And so he had the idea to put together some good German Death/Grind bands and release their shit. We are buddies and from that point of view it was our obligation being part of it. Furthermore you´ll find on it CEREBRIC TRUMOIL from Berlin, JOHNSTON from Bremen, FETOCIDE from Oldenburg and VERY WICKED from Wolfsburg. We have taken our promo songs from 2007 and Pluto Mega Wimp Sound) has mastered it. Awesome sauce!

Are you not afraid to drown on a 5-way split?


Nope, why should we. We have no neuroses or shit like that. If anything, than we are happy to hold a new release in our hands. Our songs never saw the daylight before, so it is more than just ok for us. We see us as part of the Death Metal family. As far as I´m concerned, I like that sort of split stuff , you can check it out and when you like it, you can contact the band.

The title “Split Yourself” sounds characteristic for … whatever. How would you interpret it?

Well, the name giving was not an easy act, we consider about it for a time. But in any mail that name pop up and we all were satisfied with it and here it is. So it don´t stand for something, I would say. But it sounds delicious and put it in a nutshell.

Are you a bunch of German bands who commiserate each other and that’s the reason why you release the split cd?


Yes exactly, we hope to get the big dough with it finally. I mean if we sell each for 5 Euro, we can quit our jobs an emigrate to Memmert, that much is clear. Otherwise we knew that a single band has no chance, only united we are strong, or something like that, ha ha. We have not thought about it long time, Leif asked we agreed.

Maybe I have to ask in another way. What motivations keeps you going?


My personally motivation is just love to music and the people you meet, who connected with it. You meet freak on every occasion, who are confused in the same way like you and lots of new cool shit get released again and again. The new BENIGHTED this year is my personal highlight. To see it from the point of a band, we have still fun together making music, and with the bad jokes we make among us. When it finally comes to rehearse, we prattle nonsense for 2 hours, but constructive, we attach great importance to that!

You last album lies in the fog of grey prehistory. Can you still believe in the band?


Yes, sure we believe in us. We don’t want to earn money with our shit after all. We just dig into Death/Grind stuff and that’s what we want to play and I love it making music with my buddies. Surely it is partly frustrating to visit an festival without even playing. Had we go through with “Saprophyt” back in 2002, maybe some bigger festivals had been possible. But we are no sissies. Hey, we have played with NASUM at FUCK THE COMMERCE, what do you want more!

Why actually you never released a full length again? Are you still waiting for the return of Cudgel?


Yes, the end of the record label „Cudgel“ is a great pity, because we talked the same language. One of the guys, Besen” pulled out oneself before fortunately, and he is still active with a new label. And Jens found accommodation at War Anthem Records, what we are glad about. And how I mentioned above, we will release our new album next year, and we will see if we get a label or not. Otherwise we do it single handedly, or Dieter Bohlen is producing us.

You don’t seem to play many live shows. Don’t you have enough time for that? Could you manage being on the road more often anyway?

It’s a question of time playing a tour and above all to rehearse before. First let’s record the cd and then the shows will follow. This year we will play the EAR TERROR FEST yet, and that’s it. Anytime we want to do new things. I truly miss the stage, that’s why I have formed my other band LEFT HAND PATH and we play a lot in Northern Germany and The Netherlands. Next year we will do an album with that band definitely.

By playing just a handful of shows per year, you’ll never become rock stars! Do you want to live at your parents’ until you’re 50, collecting social welfare? But honestly, wouldn’t it be great to play support for a big tour in Germany for a few days (of course that’s a bit expensive nowadays)?


Well I would like to play a tour for 14 days or so, but one thing we would never do. We would never pay for a tour. We take no stock in these, that’s dissents our principles. But to live with my mum isn’t the worst, fortunately in 12 years I´m going to be 50 , can move out and join the ” Emden Shanty Choir” finally, yeah! We have already passion, but if you are away from the surface, such a long time like us, you can´t expect too much. Of course it would be cool to tour with BENIGHTED, ORIGIN or CRYPTOPSY.

Today it’s kind of hard to be noticed. Are there too many similar bands blocking the scene? Do we need another wave of band break-ups like in the nineties?


Yes, you are right, by now the marked is saturated and overcrowded, but we as band do not bother with thoughts like that. So it can happen that you fall through the cracks. You need a strong label at the back to get the right attention, but we don’t need it. It’s enough when we can play some shows. Similar to you I write for a magazine and because of the vast number of new releases I lose my nerves sometimes. But I like it, that Old School Death Metal is coming back currently. But the number of bands in general bugs, however who shall ban it? You don’t have to buy
everything. The bigger problem is the frequency of concerts. Some day you will have less of visitors and that means less of organizer, less of labels and less of bands. Don’t mind if it happened, everyone can do what he wants. It’s hard to say, if we need a cut.

How do you see the metal, grind and whatever movement personally? Enthusiastic, sobering…?

I´m still on fire as well as the scene and the music itself. I don’t believe that it will be change in the near future. Here in Eastern Friesland a lot has happened, with bands and with shows. Meanwhile we can book major bands like DISBELIEF, EVOCATION etc. It precedes, we don’t have to ride thus far to visit some shows. Huisi, a fellow of mine leads AH Entertainment and he booked bands in Bremen, Oldenburg and Leer such as DEICIDE, KATAKLYSM, VOMITORY, MISERY INDEX. And there are enough festivals. But I´m pissed off that after FUCK THE COMMERCE the DEATH FEAST has gone too. Apart from that I try to get my old cadaver everywhere where I can bang my head.

Do you like it to play with the stereotypes (lyrics) of brutal metal or are you real Gorelunatics? Or what are your songs about? Does brutal music need songs about rape, dismemberment etc? . How serious do you take them? Why are jokes with sex and violence in the focus of many bands? Don´t get me wrong, I like it and I´m old enough to see humor if I find him.


As far as I´m concerned everyone can sing what he wants. The times where you had to sing about death and zombie flicks have been gone long ago. I prefer sociocritical and philosophical lyrics. Sartre has a big influence and I deal with existential philosophy, but also with “celestial burial” in Tibet. The church is a topic too so ever and the human by itself. I don’t like it too dull, but this is my subjective perception. I really like it, if others sing about horror etc, or tease themselves, like CANNABIS CORPSE or something. I don’t know borders, except right or left wing extremist crap and child porn.


What was the most horrifying experience during/after a show?


After the show, I don’t know. At GAHLEN MOSHT my trouser button flies away and I had to hike up my slacks the whole time. Not funny! At our first gig, a guitar string from Hennes´ guitar demolished and he don’t had a second guitar. So he had to restring and I had to entertain the crowd. Has been horrible, anyway. But basically it has shown that we can have a lot of fun on stage and we can share it with the people.

Tell me about the EAR TERROR Fest, in that you are involved I think, give me some historic details and what about the 2011 edition?


Yes, the EAR TERROR fest takes place for the 11. time, always on the 2. weekend in November. The first edition was organized from Mike from ANASARCA but for the second edition I´m on board and since the 3. I did it all alone. But this year Mike is back. The festival shall be a little tidbit for Death/Grind/Thrash fans. We have local acts as well as bands from other countries. The mixture is important. Because of the fact that we have more shows in the local area, I can raise the amount of foreign bands. We have 4 bands every evening but without the help of the youth centre “Alte Post Emden” it would not possible. They furnish civilian employee, food, beverages and the PA above all. I have to pay the bands and the man behind the mixer unit. The show lives from the entrance, from what nothing left on the end. Therefore it is a nonprofit event. Bizarrely I have bad luck with canceled bands every year but we had a lot of cool stunner too: SINISTER, PYAEMIA, DEADBORN, AGATHOCLES, DEPRESSION and so on. It is just a underground based widget. This year we booked REQUIEM as headliner and build the whole promotion on that. But the booking agency fucked up and so they are unable to come. It’s non profitable to come for only one show from Switzerland and I quiet understand it. Fortunately my buddies from PURGATORY pick up the slack, and that’s more than just a replacement, definite! I also could book the DEMONICAL tour and so we have the following billing:
Friday; FALLEN SAINTS, TRUTH OF BLOOD, TEARS OF DECAY, PURGATORY
Saturday; SLYTRACT (Hungary), VOLTURYON (Sweden), WEAK ASIDE and DEMONICAL(Sweden). Sounds not bad, I think. We expect 100 – 150 visitors and if it become more we would be lucky. It’s always like a family gathering and it will drunk a lot, that’s East Friesland!

Time for the swan song, your last wisdoms please!


Swansong = Carcass = Good bye. Thanx for the interview, we see us on one or another show. Keep an eye of the East Friesian scene and visit your local shows. We have a lot of awesome bands in our latitudinal lines, who have deserved it to get recognition. Death Metal will never die!
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Thursday, November 17, 2011

FULCI HOLOCAUST


Fulci Holocaust is a bizarre horror influenced brutal goregrind band paying homage to the movies of Coffin Joe, Dario Argento,George Romero, Lucio Fulci and many many more. The band was born in the summer of 2010 as Zombie Holocaust, releasing a couple of compilation tracks before changing the name a year later to Fulci Holocaust, as a dedication to the movies of Lucio Fulci. MZ answered my highly investigative questions.

Undead hails to the Leicester Zombie squad, how are the Midland’s flesh-eaters doing?


We are great thanks, rotting along very nicely.


Tell me about the 3 “walking dead guys” on the couch!


In actual fact, four of us ghouls appear on the demo with the final few tracks having a different guitarist and comprising of unused older tracks. We’re all just people who want to make grind and have fun really.

Your former band name, Zombie Holocaust, was probably too trivial is this why you changed it?

Exactly, it was a bit generic, and I thought limiting as I started watching a whole bunch of 80s slashers and decided that I wanted to do a demo on these movies now and with the name Zombie Holocaust it didn’t seem right so a change was needed.

“Zombie Couch Demo” is a strange name for your current songs! Please establish a connection between zombies and a couch! Please reveal the shroud of mystery for me!

Haha sadly it is not an interesting story, couch is actually the surname of the guitarist who joined and so in honour of him I decided to name the demo after him. As without his playing and input it wouldn’t have happened….plus once gory boy (vocals) drew the various covers it was too funny and 80s inspired to say no.

The song “ Zombie Fuck Slut” deeply grieved my trust that some things are not allowed to change! Shit, zombies and sex fit to each other like pit latrine and flush, neither in the case of Peter Jackson! What the hell are your thoughts about it?

I had actually just re-watched the Re-Animator spoof, Re-Penetrator and that and the movie ‘The Stink of Flesh’ inspired this song. Sadly Porn of the Dead is just terrible, and put me off zombie sex for the near future. On a side note, Peter Jackson = Yes. Braindead is just hilarious, one party we would all like to go to.

“Do You Wanna Party” is not official part of the demo I think, it is also not a real song anyway. So enlighten me!

It’s just an attempt at some 80s horror movie ‘soundtrack’ that I wrote, going for a ‘Return of the Living Dead’ vibe, something cheesy, 80s and kitsch really. Stuck it on simply to break up the demo and because it was about zombies.

The demo is released on TORN FLESH RECORDS as free download? Is there also an physical one available?

Yeah Torn Flesh were great to stick some songs on compilations and put the demo out for their followers and more people, they have been great supporters to both us and the underground scene in general. The demo itself, is actually available as a physical copy with maybe 20+ being distributed so far, although this is only when I go to gigs and just hand them out sadly for the meantime.

Do you represent the band in the classic way with merchandise, shows and stuff, or are you just 3 guys who flee the sunlight down in the basement?

At the moment, we are just 3 guys rocking out, though I am planning to write a full length album, the odd gig and maybe a shirt….hopefully ramping up the brutality and craziness mixing my favourite bands of Mortician, Necrophagia, Deranged and Exhumed so it’s coming, as long as our limbs don’t decay and fall off and we avoid being shot in the head.

Why don´t you find a drummer – zombie yet? Are you afraid he could lose his arms while drumming?


In previous bands, as most people find, getting a drummer is always a bastard and I’ve been let down in the past so when I started Fulci Holocaust I decided to go down the drum machine route and have no limitations or hassles. I think it works well and gives me more freedom and makes writing / recording easier, if we play live however we may need to resurrect some worm infested bastard and hope his limbs can take the blasts.

Do you think you could be limiting yourself musically with the way you have chosen to play? Or is the big fun the only thing that counts?

I made a conscious decision to limit the influences and styles we play as I want to honour the gods of Deranged and Mortician especially and that is the sole purpose of the band. It is also another reason we grunt about horror movies, which are my passion. If I want to play something else then I will go join a jazz band or a Wham tribute where the band ethos is different.


Why do you kiss Fulci and the 80s horror flicks imaginary arse?


Why? Because they are fucking awesome, violent, gory and fun – something that is missing in a lot of modern horrors. In regards to Fulci he has made so many good films (Don’t torture a duckling, Zombi 2, The Beyond, NY Ripper) amongst others with the golden period of slashers and Italian rip off zombie movies being the 80s when the aim was to shock and entertain. Hard to get that anymore.

Is there actually lyrical scope left? I mean every sound – sample is used, every story a dozen times told, right?

Yeah that is true, although I like to think that one or two of our samples used on the demo are quite unique (for example we have the UK comedy IT Crowd) and there’s enough weird movies out there to keep going, but all the major horror movies have been over used for sure. I am sad enough to like guessing where the samples come from though haha. I heard a Gore Obsessed song with a sample from the movie Evil Ed, contacted Justin and ended up checking out the film, so also a good way to discover some potentially good flicks. Also, we’re singing about horror movies here, so I don’t think the lyrics are that important, we’re not trying to change the world or preach or anything just have fun and hopefully fellow horror fans dig that.

Fulcis´ zombies are not mandatory typical for the undead hordes. I mean he just ripped off Romeros success and he filmed a lot of bad flicks with other themes, just commissioned work to earn some money in the fairway of the more successful US cinema! Uff, is this blasphemy? What do you think?

Zombi 2 (Zombie flesh eaters) is an unashamed unofficial sequel of Dawn of the dead, no blasphemy there although the rest of his movies (Gates of Hell trilogy) become a lot more like some later Argento work in the way where narrative and plot takes second stage to atmosphere, feeling and in Fulci’s case outright shock and gore. The whole Italian 80s scene (And their earlier westerns) was based on ripping off successful movie genres, but adding a slight twist. Going back to Fulci, he had some mixed success but his giallo’s were great, zombie films really added something to the genre and are great with a beer or ten, NY Ripper is amazing and misanthropic (As well as hilarious in parts) and some of his later movies were ok. He was more than a hack, just misunderstood haha part genius, part moron.

Actually his movies are famous cause its godly gory content, and that’s enough to love them, right?

Exactly, many many eyeball scenes and intestines everywhere, forget plot or often character development give us the red stuff!


Not only Fulci is in your murderous focus, you satirize/adore the work of Dan O´Bannon and Fred Dekker too, for example: Does that mean, zombies are allowed to be funny?


Yeah def, I mean if you don’t have fun watching horror movies just go and give up on life. They are made to entertain us, be it scary, tense and creepy or outright over the top fun gore party. I liken the Evil Dead and Brain Dead to the first two Return of the living dead movies, because they are fun films that you can enjoy while drinking with mates and you can shout at the ridiculous scenes (And over the top gore of evil dead & brain dead), where as others like Fulci’s movies I think are a bit more depressing and solemn and don’t really get the party mood going haha.


Maybe you could rape the story of the TV – series “The Walking Dead”, or would it be too serious for you?


I quite enjoy ‘The Walking Dead’ both the graphic novels and the TV adaptation but I don’t think we would do a song about it, too serious and too much character development, although it could work as a concept album maybe haha. I can’t imagine an audio representation of it however.

Do you ignore the modern zombie? Those who can run, talk and even think. A real zombie don´t do that things, at the very most he crave for “BRAIN”, right!

Me personally? I prefer the Romero type – slow, decaying and moaning although if done correctly the running zombie can be a nice treat. Nightmare City (not strictly zombies I know), Dawn of the Dead remake and of course Return of the Living Dead all do this well, but I always come back and crave for the slow, rotting bastards lurching towards you. Never stopping, never sleeping, forever hungry.

Here is a test question: Define the zombie as person and its influence into a sort of music, which the common citizen does not recognise as the only true music!

That is a tricky one, personally I would probably see the Zombie be like the music of Incantation and Hooded Menace, slow, crushing and determined. Heavy doomy death, though I am interested on your thoughts about this as well.

I agree, the slower the more authentic, I prefer the morbid feeling into brutal music. We are all zombies in our normal lives, when we thoughtlessly stumble through our everyday life! Under that point of view you play the soundtrack of our normal life, right?

In a way I do agree with what you are getting at here, but zombies can be transcribed as a metaphor for almost anything in any context with consumerism being the main one thanks to Romero's Dawn of the Dead, but I think these movies are often over analysed and coincidental nuances are misinterpreted. It always raises the level of quality if a film does have an underlying theme such as Romero's or the ecological slant to 'The Living Dead at the Manchester Morgue' but if these films don't deliver the FX, the story and the zombies the fans want then all these dreams of grandeur go unfulfilled. Fulci Holocaust play for those who do not take it too seriously, there are important things in life (remaining living for one) but we shall be blasting out our songs loudly while drinking a beer, and rocking out to the forthcoming zombie apocalypse.


Send some last warnings about the undead menace to my readers!


Be on the look out for any changes in your friends, neighbours or work colleagues, infections and pandemics are happening with increasing regularity as the world opens up to us, new diseases and viruses can come from anywhere and wipe us out like the Spanish wiped out the Aztecs. Be vigilant people and grind out to the following bands: Fondlecorpse (NL), Gore Obsessed (NL), PreDigest (UK) and Razorrape (SW) also big thanks for letting up do this interview with you.
Danke und Tschüss!!!

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

MORDBRAND


The Swedish arsonists from MORDBRAND create with their current Ep “Necropsychotic” a highly dangerous firestorm, which leave more than just harmless burn marks on the old school death metal carpet. Reason enough for me to talk with Björn (bass/guit) about a, not even ordinary band history.

Hi there you firebugs, how are you. Is there still something alive in the environment of Karlstad or have you torched it all?


I’m doing fine. Unfortunately there are quite a few buildings intact - despite our presence.

Are you serious arsonists? How much fire and destruction can 3 guys produce?

No, it’s actually just a moniker for our death metal unit. I guess the three of us would be useless arsonists. We have too many obligations as it is.

You started in 2004 (under the moniker HORNED), but you needed a long time until you came up with MORDBRAND and your first release. Obviously you had no reason to rush, but actually this is a Mediterranean mindset. It seems you don´t like it to fall into work mania, right?

HORNED was a completely different band, but both me and Johan (drums) were members of it, and we also played death metal - so, I can understand your confusion. We do not rush things - but I think it’s quite an accomplishment to record a 30 minute EP plus a split release (containing three original songs that will be released shortly) in less than a year. We have only existed as an active three piece band in little over a year. The songs we did back in 2004 for the EVOKE split was a one-off thing (or so we though) and we didn’t do ANYTHING what so ever with MORDBRAND ‘til the fall of 2010. We actually came up with our moniker because we needed one for the EVOKE split 12”.

It seemed to gain momentum when Per (ex-GOD MACABRE) entered the band. Was he the driving force that time, the fresh air who stoked the flames?

I guess you could say that. We wanted to continue the band after the EVOKE split was released, and asked Per if he’d be interested in growling for us. First he was very unsure of the whole thing, but after he heard our stuff he seemed quite impressed (or at least fond of our particular sound). We had no idea that his legacy with GOD MACABRE would give us such a boost though. His role in the band is very important since he contributes with lyrical themes and depths to our musical landscapes. And oh - he’s on my top 5 growler’s list.

How far away is GOD MACABRE from MORDBRAND musically or otherwise?

GOD MACABRE was an influence for us when we started the band. But I don’t think that their sound rubbed off that much on what we’re doing today. The punky stuff sure did - but that influence, for me, comes from Anti-Cimex, Discharge, Doom, Driller Killer and that sort of stuff. I guess you could say that GM and MB share/shared the same influences.

MORDBRAND absolutely doesn’t wear the sound that a Death Metal damaged fan anticipated from a Swedish band. Hell, in what sort of pigeo hole shall we look for you? Don’t get me wrong, but pigeonholes are essential!

I’m not exactly sure what you mean by this. Production-wise we certainly don’t share the sound with our fellow death metal peers, but that’s because we produce and record everything ourselves. We can’t really predict the final product since we’re in a phase of trial and error. There are a lot of things I’d like to change with the production on “Necropsychotic”, but I wouldn’t change a note on the actual songs. I think they came out perfectly and they’re a good indication of what’s to come. Musically we’re probably a bit more melodic than many of our peers, without losing intensity and brutality. Quite the contrary. We’re all into various forms of extreme metal and we try no to paint ourselves into a particular corner. Personally, I’m a bit surprised that the so few reviewers have pointed out this fact. You wouldn’t hear a song like “Deliverance” or “The Fall of Flesh” on a record from 1991. People like to put the OSDM-tag on us, and we don’t mind that - but I think there’s more to our music than that.

That old school shit seems to be interesting for each currently, but why does it interest you?

Well, OSDM doesn’t interest me more than any other genre. There are an equal amount of shit bands/great bands in this genre as any other. It just so happens that we enjoy creating this music and we’re not too worried about stepping out of formulas and treading the barriers of something completely different. We’re certainly not progressive in any way, shape or form - we just want to make deadly tunes without the unnecessary sophistication and technical wankery. And to me, that is old school in a nutshell. And another link to the olden ways is our DIY-mentality. We are personally responsible for all details on our releases.

Are you afraid of the fire brigade? I mean anytime anything will be extinguished. How will you struggle against the water? (I mean what´s your driving force?)

If you’re using an analogy - I’d say the fire brigade are the people who will stop supporting our music when the genre is in the shitters (again) and another retro style Is gaining interest. Well, then we’ll keep on doing what we do now. We’ll never earn a single dime from this, so we have no reason to adjust our sound to the contemporary fashions. Our driving force is the love for great brutal music with that certain un-named feeling. If no label wants to support us - we’ll unleash the music on the internet for free (which is bound to happen whether it‘s released on record or not anyway). No big deal.

You songwriting is from the frontal sort, right in the face. Is this kind of straightforward Death Metal that makes you special?

I don’t know what makes us special, but when we recorded the tracks for the upcoming split we definitely heard that it sounded like MORDBRAND. I think it’s the audible crust influences combined with a certain variation of notes that we like to use - combined with Per’s particular way of phrasing his vocal patterns - that makes us stand out a bit in the flooded underground.

With EVOKE you had an accomplice last year on your incendiary attacks! Why was it the guys from the British Empire? Tell me about the split!

Well, I’m friends with EVOKE’s vocalist John Redfern, and I had sent him the tracks right after we recorded them. It was a LONG time ago, so I had almost forgotten about them. He asked me if we’d be interested in releasing them as a vinyl split. It was a no-brainer for us, so it happened. I was surprised to see that the release was quality through and through in terms of printing and layout and it gave us a new spark. Since our main priority (the thrash metal band) THE LAW was in a temporary hiatus - we both felt that we still had an urge to create death metal, and now we actually had a humble opening of a discography. Without the EVOKE split there’d be no MORDBRAND today, so in that aspect the release is very important to us. Musically it’s a bit rough around the corners and it’s more of a blue print than anything else.

Now you have a new EP released by Deathgasm Records. But while you call it an EP, others would sell it as full length. It seems you couldn´t find your arse with both hands. Don´t you wanna earn money?

We rather release a lengthy EP than a short full length album. The first 4 songs are the actual EP songs and the last two should be considered bonus tracks of sorts. They were recorded at a separate occasion and have a more primitive production. “Deathbound” was a test recording and the first thing that Per recorded with us, but it came out really well so we put that on the disc as well. Money? There’s no money. Keep your day job ‘cause the band ain't gonna make it!

On that EP you vastly cudgels on my eardrums, and I love it! But with “Deliverance” at the end you create a morbid abstraction of the previous songs. Tell me about!

“Deliverance” is a weird tune indeed. We wanted to try a different approach on that one, take some chances and broaden our perspectives a bit. We love doom metal and the chorus (if you can call it that) is sort of a Candlemass-esque bit. Hell, even the verses are typical Candlemass. And for some reason Per started experimenting with his voice in the verses and it sounded killer in a weird way. I guess we put it as the last track on the EP not to confuse people too much (hence the bonus track perspective). We’ll probably try more weird shit in the future, without losing the purpose of the band.

Will the unmistakable Crust impact be getting stronger in future, maybe? Is that your musical destination?

We’re a death metal band - but variety is king. I think the crust influences are very important for us, ‘cause it allows us to keep a certain pace and groove to our mayhem. One of our new tracks, “The Eternal Feast of Annihilation”, is the crustiest thing we’ve recorded thus far. If we get anymore crustier we’d have to quit or day jobs and grow mohawks.

You have once told that you liked bad production; a production doesn’t have to be polished in every detail. Is that applicable for you too? Why is perfection not necessary in Death Metal?

I don’t think I’ve ever said that I like “bad” production, but I enjoy flawed production ‘cause it leaves a certain human un-machine-like feel to the music. It provides a certain dynamic. And to be honest - all productions are flawed in some way or another. These flaws may very well be turn-offs for some people, and for me too. But it has a certain charm that cannot be emulated. If we are done with the mixes and I discover that some vocal parts are too high or low in the mix for instance, it’s not a big deal. Most of my favorite records have a bunch of weird details that was unintentional. It’s just a personal thing for me, and a lot of people probably won’t agree - but a lot of people like VOLBEAT (…).

MORDBRAND is not a live band! Are you afraid of the lynch mob with their pitchforks, torches and stuff?

No. I’d love to do live shows, but not to promote our stuff in a work-like manner - but because it’s a cool momentum. We’ve never said that we won’t do live shows, it’s just that we live 4 hours apart and we’d have to use session live members. It’s a huge task and it has to be worth the effort.

Where and what you will burn down next? Or maybe it’s time to chill again?

As I said previously, we have recorded three new songs for a split 10” with the mighty BOMBS OF HADES that will be released in a collaboration with CARNAL RECORDS (CRAFT/OMNIZIDE/ARCKANUM/SVARTSYN) and the brand new label BIFROST RECORDS. We have no official release date yet, but everything is basically all done and paid for.

A band like DISMEMBER quit the duty, because all stories are told. And a lot of youngsters refuse to believe it and try to tell them again. What do you think about the development currently?

All bands and people have a reason for quitting and starting up - whatever it might be. It’s not for me to tell people that they should or shouldn’t. If they don’t want to do music together anymore, I think it’s a good call to call it quits. There’s nothing more uninteresting than an uninspired band. Good on them!
Generally - I don’t see a particular development. Some bands quit and some bands form. It’s the circle of death.

One last question about a fact I have never understood. Why so many Swedish guys play in several bands? I mean it must be disgusting to visit a show and only meet other musicians who ogle each other skeptical!

Many Swedes are playing in bands. My experience is that Swedish musicians are very supportive of one another. I’ve never seen it as a BAD thing, more like a motivation to grow musically and to perfect one’s craft.

Ok, last spot is yours!

Thanks A LOT for the interview! Great questions indeed! Check out ”Necropsychotic” on DEATHGASM RECORDS! We’ll also have a vinyl version out soon on CHAOS RECORDS, so if you’re a vinyl nerd - this might float your boat. Keep supporting metal!
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Monday, September 26, 2011

SPASM


Prepare for a drum & bass gigolo and the secrets of a women whisperer. Here you get a lesson in human sexuality and you´ll find the source of our real religion! And don´t bore me with your political correctness, this is entertainment! Sit down and keep silent, now the curtain will rise for SPASM and their taboo tales.

Hi Lukas, how are you and the new album? Has it brought in the expected, perfumed love letters already?


Hi Jörg! I am OK, man, and hopefully, the new album has been spreading to all the goregrind fans around. We have received many perfumed pink letters with pussies’ prints inside and pictures of some naked hot chicks who begged us to appear on another CD layout. Some of them have also sent us their used tampons; we might use these tampons as a bonus to a package for our CD´s. Lucky one who buys it.

With the new cd SPASM seems to be the ultimate ladies whisperers. Do you go hand in hand with modern feminism now?

Oh yeah, man! We formed our band almost 12 years ago and finally, our time has come to pass on our valuably gained (non)sexual experience to ladies who deserve and long for it. Modern feminists are just poor girls who didn´t live through love, emotions, pain and awesome sex, they are really depraved. That´s why we are here, we have to show them how it works.

I see the cd as a kind of set to music encyclopedia to explore female needs. I hope I understand it in the right way?

Yes, definitely. We tried to show our girlies and fans that our band conception can be based on other attributes but gore themes or tawdry pornography. “Taboo Tales” are meant to be a handbook which might prevent boredom in bedrooms and it should reveal your hidden lust and pleasures. It is an encyclopedia of forbidden desires and cravings for major society, but a great manual for all the free sexual minds all around.

Is it your aspiration to fill the knowledge gaps of your fans? Have you some kind of teaching assignment?

I think it is, I finished studies as a teacher few years ago, and so I am persuaded it´s really important to spread awareness of dark corners of sex, for me it´s a combination of my job and hobby. Who can say that? There is nothing worse than an uneducated impotent.

Do you give any guarantee of success?

Of course, our band has been playing for almost 12 years and our teaching and prophecies are still interesting for a lot of people, so that´s the proof of success, that´s our guarantee, or isn´t it?

You have created a basic work to analyze the female mind. But do the girls actually understand it too?

We don´t differ girls from boys and their opinion. We just hope everyone will understand our conception and intentions. We wanted to realize our thoughts and ideas about unconventional sexual deviations; hopefully, it has any sense for all the horny listeners. Girls should understand it for sure, they are more perverted than guys, that´s it.

To be serious, the chick on the cd – poster don’t look happy at all. Maybe she feels misunderstood?

After being brutally beaten and raped by that dude (Radim), you might not be happy as well. She didn´t know that innocent flirting can be so dangerous.

Are you afraid that your creative energies are misguided and that you are just 3 sexual perverse and unsatisfied guys?

We are not afraid at all. The point of our efforts is that we just have a lot of fun with things we are doing. If someone thinks we are perverse, it´s OK, but we definitely deny being unsatisfied guys. We are satisfied with all the private things regarding sexual needs or activities. Just ask our shemale slaves, sorry, boy/girlfriends. I believe that everyone who has sense of humor should understand if we take it seriously.

By the way, what about Radim´s swimsuit, does it still fit him or is it grow with him? Has Radim actually the legal “Borat” legitimation to wear it?

Yes, it has been one year since he received Borat legitimation. Radim and the guy from Borat – Sasha Baron Cohan popularized this kind of swimsuit, so Radim got a free voucher for buying another pair of this awesome bathing dress. As he´s getting fatter and fatter, actual Borat swimsuit is about to break up and it will not fit him until he loses some weight.

I like the album title “Taboo Tales”, is it a dependence on the 70th hardcore serial with incest stories and shit like that?

Even if we are keen on porn movies and hardcore serials, we didn´t know that the title “Taboo Tales” was used for it in the past. I was almost sure that this title haven´t been used, but you are the man who opened my eyes. Anyway, both titles are used in uncommon senses, so I will be really pleased if this serial will help us in promotion and on the other hand, we might attract people to this movie. It is a dirty cooperation.


The cover is cool too! For the blinds and deaf who don’t know SPASM it will be a surprise to hear the music, because there is nothing explicit to find on it. Or do I have a wrong interpretation about it?


You are absolutely right. We thought about different kind of cover that won´t be comparable to another one and will be little bit original in this genre. Reactions and comments convince us that we had decided well. We discussed it within our band and agreed on the fact we don´t want to have something explicit. The box on this cover encourages people´s fantasy and imagination. If you look at it, you should be curious what´s hidden inside – stories about deviant and nonconforming sexual attitudes. That was our aim. It was really hard to invent something special and extraordinary, but we don´t regret putting more effort and ideas into it. I personally like gore or porn covers, it´s a cool thing about the whole gore/porn grind scene, and we just want to go in a different way and try to make something special.

Is your style something like a caricature of a genre picture of our time? Or do you love it just to fuck and torture?

Oh, maybe you are right. From my point of view, this is a caricature of human being, pain and secret perverse behavior which is widespread among people. Our booklet with a chick might not belong to classic porn/gore covers, but for us it´s more important that it shows reality, true state and real face of human society which is more horrifying and frightening, because it really happens. But of course, this chick is hot, we fucked, tortured and took turns on her during our shooting session. She is a sexual goddess, she doesn´t mind doing anything we ask for; she is quite open-minded person in many aspects.
Have you your overpressure of your testosterone level under control?
Almost always, but you know, sometimes something goes wrong and some ladies have already paid for their provocative gestures and clothing.

Is your strict bass sound your key to the female womb? Because the erotic vibrations and stuff.

You should ask our bassist Sam, but as I know him, he would surely agree. He always relies on his low-tuned sound and hopes that vibrations, coming from the bass, will increase women´s sexual desires and lust. This is a guaranteed way to woman´s womb and pussy. All our gigs can prove it, Sam score on 90% gigs. Despite the fact I am a drummer and have fast and sensitive fingers, Sam is the biggest pimp in our band. I envy him his status.

How much Gigolo is in a Czech guy? I mean you’re not that kind of subtly ravisher like the Italians!

That´s a widespread lie. Most of the Czech guys are pure gigolos, we might not be ravisher as Italians, but our persuasive arguments and sexual experience in combination with our penile art are unquestionable. Ask German ladies who are married to Czech guys, you will know. Of course, we are on the top of the list of the best Czech gigolos.


Is porn religion and masturbation the prayer service?


Without doubt, it is. I believe this is most spread religion in the world, it has beaten Christianity. Who doesn´t watch porn, lies and watches thousand times more than the ordinary guy. The same thing applies to masturbation. You should all know that masturbation is the law!!!

You have lost 3 years after the last album. Is it something like an orgasm to come back with a new one finally?

Yes, it is. We are really pleased and happy. It´s cool to play and arrange new songs for gigs, because even if you like your own songs, the more you play it, the more you start to hate it. We have made a brand new playlist with actual songs and I personally love it. I also enjoy playing older songs, but this something new, something special like a new chick in your bed. I really enjoy all the stuff around the new material and attraction to our band, it convinces me that I am doing something well. If it was silence after releasing the stuff, it would be a sign for review our acts and decisions.


What brought you back to Rotten Roll Rex? Is it the metro sexual charisma of the label boss?


One thing is that Marco is a real metro sexual icon. We love his charisma, athletic figure and sexual experience. The other thing is that we had been actually agreed on releasing this CD some time before we started recording it, so our minds could concentrate on important issues of recording, not on things like “ What we will do after recording this shit?”. The important thing is that we can arrange and agree on many things, the cooperation is fucking great – I mean releasing CD´s or printing our merchandise. We are absolutely satisfied with current state and we hope that Marco would say that too.

Last shot is yours, cum on!

Ok, man! Thanx a lot for your funny/serious intie, I really enjoy writing answers! I also thank you for your interest in Spasm and the space we were given in your blog. We really appreciate it and hope that you will enjoy this interview as well. Thanx to any reader who will read it till the end, I admire his bravery.
My last wish: Buy our CD´s, our merchandise and go to see us live at some gigs! If you want to contact us, just do it via mail: spasmgrind@seznam.cz or profiles on Facebook: www.facebook.com/spasmgrind or MySpace: www.myspace.com/spasmgrind
Thanx a lot again, see you at some gig, guys!!!
Greets Lukas and Spasm crew

Monday, September 5, 2011

CRYPT INFECTION


CRYPT INFECTION was founded in 2009 from the ashes of Encoma and Butchery. Hailing from Ventura, CA, this band's unique flavor of Technical Death Metal has been making waves in the scene. Vocalist Ken May's guttural growls and piercing highs offset Lead Guitarist Joe Billingiere's brilliantly disturbing riff and sweltering solos. With blisteringly fast double bass drums and the occasional gravity blasts from Jeremiah Taylor, the sound is rounded out by their sludgy, precise bassist Mike Payton and Rhythm Guitarist Robert Carter.” That’s what the bio says; let’s see what Ken & Joe think about their music.

Hi Ken, hi Joe, how are you. What’s up in California the land of glorified dreams of a middle – European guy during a rainy day? Is California a good place for a musician with a brutal attitude and murderous ambitions?

Ken: Hi, Jörg! I have to be honest, we are really grateful be able to live in California, so close to LA. There’s so many opportunities, and many great bands that come through here. Of course, we can’t wait to visit Europe someday! I think there’s much more Death Metal fans out there than here. Here, it’s really more underground.

Tell me something about the band? What impels you?

Ken:
We’re always writing out our frustrations. All the hypocrisy and bullshit in society is insane, and we factor that in. We also have a great love of brutal horror flicks and books, such as H.P. Lovecraft and even Cormack McCarthy, and we like to write about that as well.

I think you guys have played in other bands before, has it influenced the music of CRYPT INFECTION?

Ken:
Yes and no. It’s impossible to not have your previous experience be an influence, but CI is really different from anything we’ve done before.

You are not into straightforwardness, you need it considerably complex I think. Or how do you explain your music?

Ken:
Sure. Well, there’s a lot of that ‘slam’ metal out there and Metalcore and stuff that’s just so basic. It’s easy to bang to, but it doesn’t carry any intellectual interest for us. Technical Death, from bands like obviously Suffocation, but also Aeon and such are so intense, that you need some time to process the song and I love that. It’s like sending a coded message that needs to be decrypted.

Your last years Ep “Haruspication” wears a unusual tile. It seems you are not interested into daily trivia. Tell me what’s behind it!

Ken:
That’s right! Haruspication means ‘To divine the future be means of excising and examining the liver of something’.

26 minutes are a long time for just a Ep, you are not Slayer fans, or do you insist on fairness?

Ken:
Haha, well, we’re about 5 tracks in to a hopeful 10 track full length, so we should have a lot more coming!

The guitar solo in “Imprisonment” has surprised me a little, because it is different to the other shit on the Ep. Tell me something about the background!

Joe:
That solo was written as a melody and a rhythm was reverse engineered to harmonize with it. A lot of the other solos started out as a free flow that kept building, I took the parts from the licks I liked and built it over time.

The Ep sound pretty homogenous, it seems your aggressive potential harmonized damn good. Is this your standard? How does that work?

Joe:
it’s not necessarily a standard, but keeping with one thought and developing a whole album is a new thing for me. Bringing continuity to an album marks a point in my musical direction. I wanted to stay with that and develop it so I could move on.

I have found “Haruspication” in some blogs for free download … an legal? I´m a bit irritated about, that can´t be just a giveaway! And what do you think about net - piracy?

Ken:
You know, I hadn’t really looked, but I just searched and Google says there’s 6,000 site with it! I think I’m honored. Of course, it’s be nice to pay back even the recording costs.

What has happen after the release. Has it pushed open some doors?

Ken:
Well, we got signed to Sevared Records and are playing the Las Vegas Death Fest IV, and the West Texas Death Fest. Again, we’d love to come visit Europe, if only we could afford the travel.

When will we get a full length?

Ken:
Well, we’re about half way there, so possibly in about 6 months.

Are you want to create sustainable music or is the moment more important?

Ken:
I’m not quite sure what you mean. We don’t write trendy music or sing about current events, so I’d say since we’re writing about universals, it should be a lasting work.

How important is timing and how long are you needed to get the right one to fulfill your ideas?

Ken:
As long as it takes. Sometimes, we set a song aside and work on something else to come back to it. Since the music is more technical, it can be frustrating at times.

Is it easy to implement the ideas? From the drawing board to the readymade house, virtually!

Joe:
Note for note, it's fairly easy to take melodies from my mind and transfer them to notes on the guitar, but organizing a full song with all these melodies and linking them together, recapitulating, reinforcing ideas, can often end up with ten pounds of shit in a five pound sack.

What is the better way in your band, democracy or dictatorship?

Ken:
Well, it’s about 70/30. Joe, our lead guitarist is the primary driving force, and that works quite well, but everybody has riffs and ideas too.

Classical Metal elements play a roll in your music too, or am I wrong?

Ken:
That’s how Joe and I met, actually, in a Music Theory class while working towards our Music Degrees.

Joe: I try to take music to a natural flow while complicating it with musical math (theory) and then simplifying it and smoothing it out again. So, yes, classic theory plays a big role in our music.

Are you satisfied with the status that you have arrived now or do you want more? Is it hard to find the right place into a overcrowded scene?

Ken:
The scene is really small out here. Even at a bigger show in LA we only get a couple hundred people, nothing like the thousands that show up for European festivals. It’s crazy, but everyone out here is more into metalcore right now.

What do you think is the biggest fault a musician can ever do?

Ken:
To not be true to yourself, and also to give a lackluster live performance. I hate it when a band looks bored on stage.

Joe: Letting the crowd know that you fucked up is the worst thing you can do. Never let them know you fucked up.

Last spot is yours!

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Thursday, September 1, 2011

UNDEAD CREEP


Sicily is well-known for a bunch of clichés as Mediterranean feeling, & palms, mafia & the Godfather, honor killing & vendetta, Mongibello & Stromboli with fire and ash. Our philosophy of the southern tip of Italy is pathetic. But here are some ruffians who want to change it. They mess with Swedish Death Metal and add her part to globalization of Metal. Let´s see, if it works, welcome UNDEAD CREEP!

Undead hails to Sicily, how are you? Is the creep still hunting for innocent metal heads? I didn´t know that Scandinavia is so close to Italy. Have I to rewrite my atlas?


It's all right dude, we're here in Palermo, Sicily and we do nothing but bring our lazy asses down to the seaside every day. The heat is crazy right now! Anyway no, Sicily's not any close to Sweden, but there was some kinda link between the two when NIHILIST and SCHIZO were young and raging. That was back in the day.

UNDEAD CREEP, the name sounds like an little spooky monster under the cellar steps. What has inspired you to use a name from “tales from the crypt”?

I came up with that spooky monster name. Just wanted to connect two different but equally horrific concepts into one. Something not living (but living!) and something that makes your spine shiver with fear. Of course the name itself has no rational meaning at all, and it's up to you to evoke the "right", dreadful image that lies behind it.

Have you forgotten to close the backdoor with the result that the creep came in with a backpack filled with Swedish folklore? Why do you have a preference for that kind of music?

Actually Swedish death metal is not all we listen to. Definitely, eheh! We're influenced by every old-school way of playing death metal. We just wanted to write and play crushing, merciless music in the vein of the old masters. And even though the Swedish influence is the one you can hear the most in our songs, they wouldn't have been the same if we hadn't listened to massive amounts of bands like AUTOPSY, INCANTATION, NUNSLAUGHTER, CIANIDE, REVENANT, DIVINE EVE and all these American cults. So you see, it's not JUST about ripping off ENTOMBED and DISMEMBER!

UNDEAD CREEP started as a project and then turned it into a real band.

Exactly. We had initially decided to start UNDEAD CREEP as a HAEMOPHAGUS side-project, and the idea was to record only one demo just for fun. We were real high on Ekeroth's 'Swedish Death Metal'! But after all the good feedback we got for the demo we wanted to go on like a real band and write a proper full-length album.

Maybe you get this question often, but how do you manage to make your sound? In fact, in the early times of death metal the bands had mostly cheesy equipment and no high end gear, maybe that’s the real reason for the authentic sound, or am I wrong?


As is now widely known, it takes a cranked-up Boss HM2 distortion pedal to have the classic Swedish chainsaw guitar sound. That's it! It is not "our sound" after all, and it was perfectly achieved more than 20 years ago. I agree with you on the fact that probably the most fascinating features of that old demos and LPs are the low-fi recording, together with the naturalness of the overall playing.

I understand it as an genuflection that you use the best ENTOMBED song for your opening song on your CD. But I hope you want to not exploit “car pool” of classics?

“Immolated For Reincarnation” was made to be the opening headbanger, and it was clearly influenced by songs such as “Left Hand Path” for what concerns the creepy keys section, and “Like and Ever-Flowing Stream”. We didn't think that people would have compared it to these classics right on the spot, haha!

Is the album title “The Ever Burning Torch” a hint that you could not go another musical way? Is it an statement?

We were thinking about something eternal. The feeling and themes to this kind of music we love so much often deal with torments and pain that last forever! You can easily find out more about it if you read the lyrics to “Immolated...” I/we are part of an ever-burning torch of passion for this genre, and the title had to fully express that. A burning torture that never ends!

Tell me something about the songs and artwork of the album, and about your deal with DARK DESCENT!

We wanted to pour as much brutality and power as we could. The songs had to be simple, not far from punk and hardcore at times, and they had to showcase some of the obscure melodies Swedish dodsmetall is commonly worshipped for. There are also many doom/death parts in there (a guy in a review compared us also to November's Doom, and personally I DIG their very very early stuff!), and these are of course important parts of our sound. All artworks and illustrations on the booklet have been hand-drawn by Sandro, the lead singer. The deal with Dark Descent was found after the release of our demo. Dave of UNCONSECRATED introduced us to Matt, the boss of this great label. We'll never grow tired of thanking him for all his incredible support to the Undead Creep cause and for the professionalism of his work. He runs one of today's best labels for sure.

Are you not pissed off if reviews come along with endless name dropping? Does it not deny your outstanding status?

We gotta live Wight that, man! But anyway, It’s not a problem to be compared to the Great Old Names 'cause many of the musical ideas you can hear on our records come straight from their age, and most of all straight from the bloody past! We would be fucking hypocrites if we denied that. I'd like to say something for all the name-droppers out there : UNLEASHED, DISMEMBER, CARNAGE, ENTOMBED and NIHILIST aren't the only Swedish bands we know and adore. We also abuse vinyl’s, tapes and cds from many many Scandinavian bands like UTUMNO, early THERION, CRIPT OF KERBEROS, the Norwegian CADAVER, SEANCE, NECRONY, CARBONIZED, ADRAMELECH, CONVULSE, TOXAEMIA, NIRVANA 2002, INTERMENT, FUNEBRE, XYSMA, downtempo death metal crushers ETERNAL DARKNESS, GROTESQUE, FURBOWL, CREMATORY, ABHORRENCE and the likes...

I mean you get promotion with cross references to the old Swedish school, but is it not too little for you?

It would be a swindle to avoid the fact that we play old-school swedeath and we never wanted to do anything different from this. But again, it's not hard to find non-Scandinavian influence in there. Can't you hear that ASPHYX vibe here and there?... Come on, it's not so hard to see we ALSO love this stuff, hahah!


Tell me about the classical instrumental on the album. Have you thought the listeners needed a meditative break, or do you want to show another side of UNDEAD CREEP?

To include classical guitar interludes or intros was one of our aims from the very start. For the album I tried to come up with something dark, sorrowful and yes, meditative. Many people could say that it's just another Swedish cliché that's been carted away for our personal needs, but I also see something quite Mediterranean, especially in the final arpeggio part of 'On Blackened Mountains'. And it comes as quite a shock when it all ends and another primitive piece kicks in!

Will we get a vinyl version with any limited nick–nacks?

Yes. The cd was released by Dark Descent whereas the vinyl has come out one month ago or something like that for the Italian Iconoclast records did it. Agipunk is distributing the 500 copies, 100 of which are "die-hard" versions: splatter vinyl plus patch.

UNDEAD CREEP came alive during the horrible, torrid summer of 2009 Anno Satanas. Forced to come out of the catacombs where their decomposed bodies used to lie, pushed by the urge to bring back the spirit of old school death metal…” that’s from your promo text, who the hell writes something like that? Ha ha, its fucking entertaining!

Hahaha, it's Giorgio (by the way, he's here to help out with the questions!) the one who writes this crap. They are surely fun and appropriate. The most important thing is NOT trying to be fucking boring and serious. I hate those bands that have tremendously serious and boring bios, this shit is just for big-headed wannabes that in most cases sound nothing like they tell.

Do you really think you have to bring back anything? That assumes that anything was gone before, is it?

The only thing we want to bring back is the unbearable stench of the Buried and Forgotten dead!

How will you protect yourself from disappearing if the retro – wave die down any day?

Personally speaking, I'm not playing this kinda music just for the sake of the retro-wave. It's not even a problem to me: I like this old-school metal revival and I've always been madly into old-school thrash, death and grind revival. Musically speaking, I wouldn't see myself anywhere else. It seems like a commercial: PLAY FOR PASSION, NOT FOR TREND! But I can't think any other way. And most of all, we are talking about an "elite" sub-genre, I don't know why some people only want to be rockstar playing in a death metal band.

How far can a band come nowadays with that dusty and raw old school sound?

We should focus on that particular issue. I mean, if you wanna make money just avoid playing death metal! We already have enough shitty MTV/Metal Hammerish "metal" bands, and this is a nightmare... I'd like to think that one only plays what he/she/it feels deep within, without wondering about what doors can this thing open up, but it seems like this ain't no easy topic.

From Italy no one expects music to hear like yours. Are you alone and isolated on the Italian boot, musically?

Well, there's a band called HORRID that plays Swedish death metal since 1990. Maybe they have never written a true masterpiece but they've stayed true since the beginning, and they're still active. Then we have ERODED (not to be confused with the German ERODED), which are really great. Their only two demos have been reprinted on CD and they're currently preparing a full-length record. PROFANAL must be mentioned as well, they're sweadeath-like and Dark Descent itself has just released their brand new split 7"! Furthermore, there are of course other killer, non-swedeath bands out there in Italy, but the main problem is not the lack of bands. The problem is, indeed, the organization and support a scene should have to be healthy.

What does the godfather think about you, do you need his permission to devastate Sicily?


"We made him an offer he couldn't refuse..." ahahahah

Last inevitable spot is yours!

Thanks for this supercool and funny interview but most of all thanks for the support! And we also have to thank those who'll waste their time reading it, haha! For all those interested in our album, it is available both on CD and LP and you can get it either from us via an email sent here undeadcreep666@gmail.com , or from Dark Descent Records and Iconoclast records. http://www.myspace.com/undeadcreep666

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

GOREGAST



GOREGASTs´ nr. 3 “Desechos Humanos” will be out next month. The albums dance its twist in my stereo again and again for weeks. And my son declared it to one of his favorite releases this year, especially because the song “Capa”. He has an reliable radar for good music. There was no way back, I had to talk with singer Rico about the music, the band and so on. Enjoy … and pick up the album!

Saludos Rico, do you enjoy the Teutonic provincial life, has it an positive influence to your band GOREGAST or is it boring already?


Buenas tardes Senor Jupp. The moving from the big city to the countryside was just the right step for me and my family. Also the Goregast rehearsal room is located here in unholy Oderbruch de muerte. Boredom is not with me. Quite on the contrary, because of label, children, animals, etc.. I'm always doing something.

Everything will remain unaffected, in GOREGAST, or would that be an tribute to the
unholy goddess of stagnation?


I do believe that we developed with each album. Stylistically we haven't changed anything, why we should do? I'm listen to the same shit since more than 20 years.

Thx for letting me check the upcoming album . It will be in the ears of the crowd soon. Give me some indispensable details abou
t!

A half hour, 9 sonx, a fat death metal / grindcore mix. The rest you should find out by yourself.

What about the lyrical terms? Stereotype serial killer stories, “World Wildlife Found” campaigns or still real gory death metal terms like “undead hordes reaping innocent maidens”?

It's about love, candies and butterflies....no sorry I'm wrong "Desechos Humanos" in the whole is about human disease. The songs are about many things that people affect. Sadists, murderers, boring workaholics, rapists, etc.. For example the title track "Desechos Humanos" . It means "Human Waste" and there is a sadist who likes to torture his victims, whether humans or animals in the most disgusting ways. Or "Puerco de Dinero" means "Money Pig" and acts of superficial paroles who do everything for money.

Is the opener something like “false pretences”? I mean the horrific morbid feeling deviates raw violence very fast!


Listen well to the entire album. At a slower song always followed a faster. The songs do not incur with a plan, but simply out of the belly, may therefore also something crawling like in "Desechos Humanos" come out, who was the most recently written song on the album.

Maybe the beginning is just a gimmick?

In no case. It's deadly serious, it creates a terrific atmosphere.

Why do you use that kind of brutal pace and aggression, Won´t you get you fans the time to think about what happens with their brains and emotions while they hear the music?

I think that people who're consuming Goregast are something special, almost the elite of the universe. strong, handsome, somewhat brutal, powerful, hairy ...short let's say..they're gods. I hope that they dance while listening to our music.

GOREGAST needed 4 years for another album. Was the band not able being creative while the micro – spazz was in Spain?

Jupp, exactly in the time when I lived in Spain, except for a few concerts, nothing much happened. The guys have lost their inspiration in a black hole for that time. I promise you, the next album doesn’t need 4 years again! In spring next year is hopefully the split CD with Dutch FONDLECORPSE unleashed .

The British war machine sound is not foreign for you. Or have I misunderstood some parts of “Desechos Humanos”?

I have no idea what you talking about. Influences come from everywhere, no specific band can be called...from CARCASS to MORGOTH to CATHEDRAL and back to GENERAL SURGERY or ENTOMBED. I don't know. The guitar sound is pure, refined with a small Swedish note.

Do you eat what you like, is GOREGAST something like a symbiosis – machine, or would that deny your autonomy?

I eat what I want. I pay attention only to where it comes from, how it grew, how it was treated during his lifetime. If you stand for animal rights it does not automatically you have to be vegetarian or vegan. No, I'm not, but I stand for animal rights.

Explain the dynamics of the band!

Our motivation is the desire to play music and of corpse beer.

How intensive can you hustle the “project” GOREGAST, temporal and innovative
generally speaking.


A difficult question. Because of my work in FDA REKOTZ I know, what bands I prefer. Namely the scene active band which does not sit around and just leave everything to the label, which make promotion for their self, or search for gigs etc.. Generally, you always come up with something new, to remain in public and that works best with a sensational album.


Your own label FDA will release the album, has the promotion any emotional charge, more as your other releases?

No, because I authorize the US Promotion agency CLAWHAMMER for the promotion, who doing a great work. But I'm also doing a lot, but not in a different way as other releases.

What about the Spanish songs / lyrics (?), want you to make intolerant oddballs like me look like fools?

Yes. Ähhmmm no, I just like both languages (English) but prefer Spanish, it sounds more straightly if you know what I mean. Maybe a upcoming album will be written in Spanish only.

When will we have the seemingly inevitable influences of flamenco, castanets and whatever in the music of GOREGAST?

A good idea, thanx Jupp ! Next album.......maybe.....for sure.

You have canceled your Spain – tour, is it because they won´t let you in after your last trip anymore?

Haha..no no they're nice people there and hopefully they'll see us again. The only reason is, our drummer Josch left the band in the end of spring. But don't worry, finally we found a new one yet, soon he will be announced. Next year we'll entering Spanish stages again. ya esta..

All times I see GOREGAST , you jump, tumble and crawl over the stage. Do you get discount on your local laundry? Or do you clean the stage for passion?

The reason why I let myself fall again and again is that I want to rest.

What are you, weekend warriors or metal motivated criminals?


I'm a farmer.

Last spot is yours, give some cheers to the bloody … whatever!

Jupp, thanx a lot for the questions, for your interest in GOREGAST, thanx for your support ! All the best for you and Fatalgrind !! Everybody who's interested in our new album, in the band or whatever can write to fda-rekotz@gmx.de or visit us on Facebook or www.goregast.de.
Also check out our record label: www.fda-rekotz.com
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