ALICE IN HELL is a Japanse thrash metal band in the old school. Answers by Daisuke Hamate. Anders Ekdahl ©2018

You have one of these names that do not really tell what kind of metal you play. How hard was it to come up with the name?
-The name of our band is taken from the 1st album of Canadian thrash metal band Annihilator. We also got a few of the new generation of thrash metal bands that take band names from the album titles of famous thrash metal bands.

How do you introduce the band to people that are new to your music?
-I am going to explain that we are doing very exciting, fast and heavy rock.

We all carry baggage with us that affects us in one way or another but what would you say have been the single greatest influence on your sound?
-I have liked Heavy Metal by listening to Metallica. If you raise one band that has the greatest influence on our music it is Metallica.

What is the scene like in your area? Is it important that there is some sort of local scene for a band to develop or can a band still exist in a vacuum of no scene/no bands?
-There are many people in Japan who like heavy metal just like countries around the world.
First of all we think we should continue playing with full power in front of them.

Something I have often wondered about is if you feel that you are part of something bigger and greater when you play in a band, that you are part of a movement sort of?
-We like purely rock music and we always play with that feeling.

When you play the sort of music you play I guess you cannot have birds and bees on the cover of your album? What is a great album cover to you?
-Our two album artworks correctly express our musicality. We like these very much in flame and skull design.

What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
-There is no change to rock either digital or analog.

What kind live scene is there for bands like yours?
-We often play in small clubs, but our goal is to play big festivals and venues like the big bands.

When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
-I think that it would be great if you enjoyed something and enjoyed everyone in our live show.

What would you like to see the future bring?
-We hope that many people around the world are excited about our music.

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