Wednesday, December 18, 2013

FEROCITY



Brutal and uncompromising, yet with a melodic touch - that has been FEROCITY's trademark for years. With Nikolaj Kjærgaard on the drums as the newest addition to the band, FEROCITY are now focusing a lot more on grind and blastbeats than when they first started out. Where other bands go from brutal to more mainsteam, FEROCITY are doing the opposite! With inspiration from both N.Y. death metal, swedish and polish death metal bands, FEROCITY are creating a style of their own... from their short – bio on facebook. But I wanted to know more, so here ist what Kasper, the singer thinks about the new album The Souvereign:



Hi Kasper. The new FEROCITY album is some days out now. Can you give me a first upshot of the response already?

Hi! Worldwide it has been received very well and with high ratings. It´s been overwhelming for us and we’re truly thankful.

Give me some details about it!

We have worked on the album for quite some time now; most of the material was tested at concerts. We wanted to show our musical ambitions, and took the time to pick the right songs. It seems like this paid off very well with the fans.

Let´s go deeper. Behind the album title conceals a topic that never loses its actuality, right?

We are quite aware of the importance of the topic even though the record should not be seen as a concept record at all. Unfortunately this topic never seems to fade out, and even though it is described in so many books and songs it is still important to focus on.


Is the hardness that the new one shows to us your way of denying compromises?

We´d like to think so. We wanted to make an album where we peeled off all the unnecessary ingredients that may have given us some challenges in the past. I think we managed to do this and we certainly are planning to continue this process on the next album.

Grooves and blasts are close together like Fussball and beer - or is this thought too easy?

True, like Ferocity and the love of uncompromising brutal death metal!

The grinding moments on it were the most surprising parts for me. Where did you get that?

The grinding is an important part of our music, and is a big part of the brutality we want people to experience when listening to us. We have wanted to do this for many years and took this one a step further with the addition of our drummer Nikolaj, so definitely props to him for doing a nice grinding job.

And about the lyrics, are you afraid it becomes secondary when the music rides that massive way? Do you think anyone reads the lines from the booklet?

The lyrics and the music are really one and the same, what matters is the full expression you get when you hear it.

When I hear some older Illdisposed hooks, is my perspective correct?

I’m a big fan of Illdisposed, so maybe there are some hints here and there.

Of course I´m sure the influences and the way you implement them are much more comprehensive, right?

For sure. We are all big death metal fans, but the influences and the bands we each listen to are very diverse, even though good old stuff like Suffocation is a mutual favorite.

You want to entertain your fans and not stretch their patience, make music ambitious and taking your listeners always with you, do I understand it right?

We are very aware of our audience and try to keep them entertained. This has always been a goal for us without trying to suck up to them. It has always been a fine balance between making music that we really love end like to play and on the other hand make music that we know that our fans will enjoy moshing to.

Is the album something like professional calculus? Or was there enough space for spontaneity during the writing and production?

We spend some time on getting it just like we wanted and only small bits were done differently in the final hours. And our good friends from Dawn of Demise, Bjørn and Scott Jensen, were in on making some guest vocals on the song Son of Sam. Much of the stuff was prerecorded and we have worked on it for quite some time, so there was not too much doubt about the songs in the recording process.

How do you want the listeners to understand the album?

We want the listeners to know what the essence of Ferocity is at the moment, and brutality is here to stay, just wait for the next album. 3 songs almost ready.

What new songs are part of the live set and why?
 
So far there are two new songs on the set list. In January a third. Why? Because we like to share the new stuff with the fans at once and test the new material. Also we think our new songs have so much potential that we proudly share them already now.

The band changed bass and drum positions often in the last years. Is this always a step back or is it immaterial?

It’s always a small set back while waiting for a new member to be included in the band. But it eventually brings new ideas and energy to the band and the music. We have worked with this line up for almost 3 years now and it always goes to show that when we have a stabile line up, we are productive and deliver quality. That is why we also have great expectations for the next album.

As measured by the time FEROCITY has been part of the scene, you are not really productive, why actually?

Basically the many lineup changes that we have had forced us out on unwanted breaks. But the team we are now is the most dedicated, therefore things are happening right now.

How much can you invest in FEROCITY personally?

Ferocity is my main project, so whatever it takes.

Are you able to afford to take a breath for a longer time in this overcrowded scene, without getting overrun by 100 new bands every week? That fucking scene is congested like a German Autobahn on a Friday afternoon!

We have a breakthrough now, and we are going to try to defend our position, that meaning no longer break, since this is poison to both we and, I think other bands in this genre.  Always let the fans know you are still alive. Updates... videos and so forth.  Keep'em coming.

What do you think, where leads the way in the future? Yours and the whole rest of all this insane maniacs?

Death metal is her to stay, and so are we. The death metal scene is stronger than it has been in many years and we will certainly work our asses off to keep pace and deliver an even more brutal and uncompromising album next time. We look forward to this.

Last spot is yours!

Thanks for the support. We plan on doing a spring tour and hopefully we will get to go to Germany and share the brutality with the German metal fans as well! Whatever may happen…stay  metal!

https://www.facebook.com/Ferocity666?ref=stream

photos by: 
Lars V. Andersen / lavarockphoto.dk
 Amanda C. Johansen / http://www.amandacj.tumblr.com/

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

BODYFARM





A guitar sound like a tank´s roaring, drums like bursting bones under its chains, vocals like fiercest orders to the frontline duty and a bass guitar like continual artillery fire, this is BODYFARM from The Netherlands. A band full of clichés and ambitions, talent and unbroken energy. A band who wants more than being one of thousands! They proof it with their new album The Coming Scourge, and you´ll see, that’s the way death metal has to be!

Hi Thomas, new album, great press, lots of shows, almost stable lineup – can it get any better than right now?

We are very satistfied about how things have been going since the release of the album! We are playing awesome shows and we are on the road a lot. The lineup is very stable since the coming of Harry van Breda. Mathieu’s departure was a sad thing but it was necessary to keep the band going and healthy.

The speed that you run currently is a passion too, right? 

Yes, we love how things are going this fast. There’s nothing we enjoy more than being on the road together and end up in weird places you’ve never seen before. Meeting all the people, having drinks, it’s all like a big vacation!

Do you trust the boom around the band? Maybe you have a plan B, when the train comes to falter anytime (God forbid)? 

Nah, that’s not our style. This band isn’t our job, we do this besides our regular jobs. The day we don’t enjoy making music anymore, the band will be dead. But that day will probably never come, and so Bodyfarm will live on. Our aim is to become a bigger, better band than we are now. We see the future very possitive.

Is Bodyfarm just a typical band from The Netherlands, or is BodyFarm just BodyFarm? 

I don’t think we’re that typical. We’re somewhere between the classic old school death metal, and melodic, dark style of death metal. We use more influences than Entombed and Dismember, which makes the music more versatile and melodic. So I like to think that Bodyfarm is just Bodyfarm. Nothing more, nothing less.

 Is there the stereo type of “the typical band” from The Netherlands even exist? Maybe we have to understand the whole thing in a global way, without borders? 

Besides that we all wear wooden shoes, smell like cheese and love tulips? Hahaha. I allways hear people talk about the typical Dutch death metal sound, but I don’t really think it exists. For example, God Dethroned and Asphyx have nothing alike. Hail Of Bullets and Gorefest are too very different bands. I think there’s a lot of quality death metal coming from The Netherlands, but I don’t believe in this particular sound.

About the band’s name; is there any thematic connection to Anthropological Research Facility? Or is it just the sound of the name?


Yes, in fact there is! When Quint and I started this band, we wrote the first song in only 15 minutes. We didn’t have a bandname at that time. I wanted to write about the research facility in the USA, because things they research there are.. well.. very death metal, hahaha. So we called the song Bodyfarm. We thought that name was very catchy, and we decided to call the band Bodyfarm. No regrets eversince. 

You handle martial themes, means that you like to play with clichés? 

Clichés are clichés for a purpose. They work, they sound good, and they’re catchy. Otherwise they wouldn’t be clichés. We love to use recognisable elements in music because we enjoy them ourselves when listening to our favorite bands. The lyrics are all based on humanity’s depravity. Like religion, which is causing war, which is causing crimes, molestation, rape and political rot. It’s a good way to let out my personal frustration about the world and daily life.

The balancing act between brute violence and the requisite grain of technique, the intuition for functionality and fervor seems to be a cinch for you? At least it looks like it! 

Thanks! That’s pretty much Bodyfarm described in one sentence, hahaha. When we write a song, we first write the basic frame for it. Some riffs and breaks and stuff. We don’t try to be innovative or technical or something, but 3 minutes of standard polka beats and tremolo picking is just boring. We want a song to tell a tale, so you can often find different kinds of ‘moods’ in one song. In the end, it must blend into a whole.

The album came relatively fast after the last one, so it seems you sit on a boiling volcano full of ideas. When you write new songs, do you still have the “old ones” in mind?

We started writing The Coming Scourge during the recordings for Malevolence. The songwriting for Malevolence didn’t went that smooth since we were searching for our own sound, and we were afraid we couldn’t do as good as we did on the first EP, which was received greatly by the worldwide press. During the recordings for Malevolence we were so glad that the album was in the making, the creativity started flowing again. The Coming Scourge was written in only a few months. We totally let go of the previous album because we wanted to sound a little more mature this time.

Tell me about the video clip, what meaning hides behind the poor devil, who is crawling over the field, covered with blood. Why have you chosen Unbroken for the clip? 

Unbroken is about perseverance and bravery on the battlefield. The battlefield can be seen as a metaphore if you want. The video was shot between a Sovjet field of honor and a former nazi concentration camp. All in our hometown Amersfoort. Unbroken is one of the most aggressive songs we ever wrote. It’s short, versatile, and again: some clichés are in there, hahaha. It’s a very catchy song and we thought that people would like it. It’s been viewed over 12 K now, so I guess people do like it.

Enter The Eternal Fire stick out of the album. Was it a challenge to give that Bathory classic your sound and drive? 

Well, since we didn’t try to improve the original song it wasn’t a challenge to cover this song. Bathory is awesome, and since this particular song is a cult-classic it was pretty risky. We didn’t know how press and fans would react. But we justed wanted to do something really epic this time. We rehearsed the song a couple of times and just recorded it along with the other songs. Ronnie Björnström did a really great mix for it, and Pasi Pitkänen provided the orchestrals. I think it turned out pretty interesting to listen to!


Indeed! Also a bit surprising is the acoustical interlude Edens´Destruction. Is it something like a cut in the middle of the album for any special reason? 

We are all very big Dissection fans. As you know, Dissection did these interludes a lot and I can’t stop listening to them. I wrote this piece of music myself about 2 years ago for no reason. My fellow bandmates loved it so much that they wanted it on Malevolence, but I refused because I thought it wouldn’t fit between the very brutal songs on that album. The Coming Scourge on the other hand, has more melody and epicness to it. So we decided to record it and found a suitable place on the album.

Do you have any different way of writing, of producing, as lots of the other bands who are looking for the sound and feeling of the 90ths? Or are you just better? 

Some of the bands who try to create this early death metal sound are doing a damn fine job, like Entrails. But most of the bands who try to sound like this just sound like pure crap. We don’t even try to sound like old Entombed. We like to use modern techniques to make our music sound clear but aggressive. So yes, we like to produce our music the modern way, but we like the songwriting to sound a bit older. I’d never say we are better than any other band! But I think the old school death metal sound revival is over now. Time to move on.

The shadow of the old ones lies like a curse over most of the newer bands. What about you. Is your creative process influenced by anything in particular, maybe even retarded? 

There’s no doubt about us being retarded, hahaha. We listen to a lot of different bands. Dissection, Amon Amarth, Exodus, Hail Of Bullets, Asphyx, Gorefest, Dimmu Borgir and so on. They inspire our guitar riffs. But when we are glueing those pieces together we just do what sounds best in our ears. If you let the arrangement of a song be inspired by what another band those, you’re gonna sound like a clone. And that’s the last thing you want. Clichés are good, clones are not.

Are you prepared for compromise, any concessions? Or are you tenacious and confident straight on your way? 

No compromise, no concessions. Never. We do what we do and we love it. No record deal, or money offer can change that. Maybe we’ll sound totally different 10 years from now, but that would be our own choice.

The terminus “Old school” became a bleary term with the years, every halfway talented bands can rage oneself out of it. To call it classical Death Metal sounds better for me. People tend to call Asphyx or Entombed an Old School band, what the hell! Do you think it is immaterial? 

Well, I can imagine why people call those band old school. Because they were among the first bands who made this kind of music. Old school, classic, I think both terms mean the same these days. ‘Old School’ however, became a genre a few years ago. Back in the ninetees it wasn’t called old school, haha. It’s a term used by bands who like to compare themselves with Entombed and such. We rarely use that term for our own band. We used to, but we don’t sound like ‘old school’ at all these days. And it was never the intention! We just write things we like.

When you founded the band, did you have a goal in your mind, or was it just about jamming and having fun? 

There was a certain goal, yes. The baseline was “we are not going to be one of those bands who still play in local bars and pubs after ten years of existence”. So we never played in bars! Hahaha. When we played our first show, we allready had merchandise and the EP. It looked quite professional, and that’s very important to
jump out of the thousands of other bands. I don’t think we are a big band or something, but compared to other bands (who often exist way longer than we do) we are above the mid-range. That’s because we’re very ambitious and really want to do something with this band. The shows get bigger and better.

If you could accomplish a desire for the band, what would it be? 

Do a European tour! Maybe some more news on that next year, who knows… Our desire is to become a well known and respected band in the genre. To mean something in the vast world of death metal. We don’t really care about money. As long as we can finance our merchandise and albums we’re fine. Unfortunately even that is really hard these days
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Last spot is yours!

Thanks to you for the interview, and thanks to everyone who made it to this last sentence! Hahaha. Please visit our Facebook page and official website and stay in touch!


Friday, August 23, 2013

HYBRID






HYBRID … hmmm … strange?, tricky?, twisted?, classical dressage of brutal music or just daily madness? Maybe these guys need a hand surgeon or a neurologist.  I don´t know. Only one thing is for sure – their kind of music is not the usual attack on your nerves. To learn more, read the next lines and follow the links (compulsory) and maybe you get a nearly impression about HYBRID 

Hi Chus, my admiration to score such an intense album. How does it feel with the record in your hands?

Thanks Jörg, we feel satisfied but exhausted after a long and rough way to here.

The band name is not by chance, right?

Actually yes, it was the result of a silly brainstorm. I don´t like it, it's too obvious, but it's just a name and I don´t use to think about it. There are worst names around like Tool or Korn and everything is in order.

How did the music come together - individualists together?

Everyone write ideas at home and then wet meet in our rehearsal room to jam these ideas over and over; if we feel that the pieces flow, we record and listen to the song to continue writing more ideas; the process tend to stretch to the infinity as the songs have zillions of parts and we're quite inconformists, but when we finish a song we know it and then we focus on new ideas for the next one.
  
HYBRID lost many members in the past. Why could you not hold the original line up?


Well, it's something which is not on my hands, I mean, people change their priorities, get 9 to 5 jobs, get married or get bald. I used to wonder how a band like Slayer could maintain the same line-up each release...but then...it happens even in the best of families.
 
Do you carry the responsibility, you are the creative head, and you are HYBRID?

I'm the founder and only remaining original member and for sure I'm carrying a lot of responsibility because the less I do in HYBRID is to play drums, but our sound is the sum of every individual idea given by the people involved within.

Ok, tell me about the album!


You recorded the instruments in several studios, each on its own. Isn’t this inconvenient?

Definitely, yes. We had to work this way because the lack of budget and it was a hell of a process, but we hadn´t other options at this time and the hey-fan-we're-very-poor-please-give-us-your-money or crowdfounding method isn´t classy for us.

Why the use of a German album title. Have you an avant-garde flight of fancy, is the English word for “fear” to mundane, what is it?

The term “Angst” was used by existentialist philosophers such as Kierkegaard, Nietzsche or    Sartre referring to a state of mind of inner despair or perpetual anguish more than a to simple feeling of fear. And that's the whole concept behind the album, not only the lyrics -which result in that grim mood- but the music too, as it has a dark and tense vibe floating around which is designed on purpose to bring an angstly listening.

It seems your music concept is already leaving the border area of the human mind. Is it hard to recognize that you plow a lonely furrow?

We know it, that's the price of the individualism, but we're OK with that and we enjoy the other price which is a total freedom to play what we want.

How much can you put on your fans, how much can they take?

Actually we are a very selfish band and we write songs only for ourselves and our pets, if we have to please our fans we will need to include cheap djent breakdowns with cheesy auto tuned melodies, full triggered drums, bad-ass poses in our photos and lots of merchandise...but that definitely won´t happen. In the other side, the fans can take whatever they want, if they can.

Beside all the jazzy progressivity, a healthy sense for harmonies seems to be important too, right?

Jazz and progressive music is all about harmonies and this time we've worked a lot into it as we wanted more layers of musicality. ”Angst” is also more melodic, but not in this way, and we took care a lot in songwriting this time, so these are some updates since our previous album “The 8th Plague”.

Breaks, change in speed, acoustic parts, always new facets, how do you keep the overview?

That's our natural songwriting style, even my head works that way, we also speak like this!



Clarinet and sitar, what the hell? You are quite painless? Or do you just like the unexpected?

Obviously we want our music unpredictable and if we have the chance to fit some crazy ideas or instruments into the context of a song we'll do it, but trying to not lose sight, it has to flow, we don´t want to be weird just because. We tried to cover this song but din´t work so we have to trash the idea...maybe for the next album.

You had some guest musicians, tell me about them!

First of all we have the mighty
Oscar “Townsend” Martín from the avant-garde metal band As Light Dies playing a beautiful fretless bass, singing the clean (gay) parts and adding some layers of keyboard and electronics; his contribution to the album has been essential for the final result. The vocal duties are in charge of Alex Martín, a local singer with the perfect histeric screaming pitch for the new songs. Iago Fuentes (ex-bass player) was an important piece during the writing process and he contribute with a lot of ideas as well. We also have Carlos Sánchez on didgeridoo, Álex Díez on clarinet and the actor Eric Da Silva doing some low spoken words. There's a very special guest hidden somewhere in the mix, but you've to find his contribution.

Is the lyrical part equally complex, chaotic, profound?

Not too complex, definitely not chaotic, but yes, a bit deep. You can read it while listening to the songs in streaming here

A universal run for the purpose to write more catchy tunes is not in sight? Being catchy seems equally interesting for you as the water levels of Ebro and Tajo, right?

There are a lot of bands playing catchy music much better than we will ever do, even in extreme music (which is very sad in its concept and context), so, well, let them get the gigs and the money and the groupies and the social network success while we keep doing twisted tunes with fuck up lyrics for outsiders.

Is HYBRID in a certain sense... erratic as well? Or do you always need control? Where do you see the bandy musically and intellectual...in your eyes?

We started being erratic, testing our skills and limits, to end as a control freaks knowing exactly what we want with every chord or drum fill. Musically and intellectually (?) I see HYBRID in the middle of nowhere: too extreme for the classic metalheads, to classic for the avant-hipsters, to experimental for the death metal cavemen; too much for everybody, that's extreme music at its best!

Are you afraid that the press loves you more, than the fans can?

I'm only afraid of cat pics, I can´t stand it anymore. Apart from that, we don´t care a lot about press or fans, sorry guys, you have tons of bands with better looking members doing music just for you who need all your support because they feed on you. The funny thing is that “Angst” is getting outstanding reviews, and we're happy about that, but...don´t believe the hype

Tell me, what keeps you going and what scares you?

What keeps me going is the need to express through music and the challenge of reaching new heights (in terms of creativity), and beside the cat pics in facebook, what scares me the most is
Dylan Carlson's hair. 


Is profane Death Metal too banal and boring?

We grew up listening classic death metal and we love it, it's in our roots and you can hear some clear influences in our songs, but for us don´t make sense to copy bands who created a genre and play it better than no one. We take these influences to settle the pillars and then we build something on our own, trying to offer something fresh, maybe not new, but with a new perspective.
 
Last spot is yours!

Treat your mother right!

Well, let’s see, don´t want daddy´s job actually. Thx for your time, and you guys out there, buy the album and get your dose of lovely headache!