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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