DEATH YELL is a Chilean band of the death/black metal persuasion with a history that dates aeons back. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
Let’s start with your latest recording. When you look back at it now what kind of feelings do you have for it?
-Well it feels great having this release finally out! It is a mixed sensation: Iin one side we are satisfied about the album itself and especially about what Death Yell fans are feeding back to us! All good so far! In the other hand it feels a bit weird, 20 years looks like a long time to release a single LP… how could we have been so lazy hahaha
I am fascinated by band names. What was it that made you settle on the one you have and what does it mean to you?
-We started as Pestilence, back in 1986… but then we realized there were some other bands using the same name, particularly the infamous dutch band. After many different options we ended up with Death Yell as it was original (never heard about any other band using this name) and it meant something very raw and natural to us… like our music.
What does it mean to you that there are people out there that actually appreciate and look forward to what you are doing?
-It is just amazing… I mean, we have always played what we like, we do not feel tied to any particular style and we have never looked to pleased anybody… we really appreciate the fact that there are other crazy people enjoying what we do… haha.
How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
-Death Yell is a very simple band in terms of image… in our shows you will not see painted faces, chains, fire, candles nor goat heads! The fans going to our shows will hear raw and brutal music, direct to the guts!
I am a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
-It is very important indeed! We believe there should be a consistency between the music, lyrics and the art we put I our disc. The art must reflect what our fans will hear… rawness, brutality and chaos!
We live in a superficial world today where you don’t exist if you are not on Youtube and Facebook. Has social media been only beneficial in socializing with the fans or is there a down side to it too?
-We were born in a world without youtube or facebook and survived thanks to tape trading and metalzines made by fans.
We use social media to allow our fans be closer to us, nothing more!
When you play in a band does it feel like you are a part of a massive community?
That you belong to something that gives meaning to your life?
-We enjoy playing and we are passionate about it, of course that id one of the things that gives meaning to our lifes!
When you are in the middle of it do you notice what state our beloved music scene is in? Is the scene healthy or does it suffer from some ailment?
-As said, we like playing and put all our passion on it, during the 40-60 or 90 minutes we are on stage we enjoyed as much as we can and try to transfer that feeling to our fans too. We also like to be part of the public supporting other bands we like… that is what keep our scene alive.
How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
-We really like touring! Not easy go out of our borders for many reasons…but we have got the chance to go to several interesting places and meeting many fans.
What will the future bring?
-We hope having the chance to play “Descent into Hell” alive almost everywhere… we are willing to play in America, Europe… promoters and producers contact us!
Thanks a lot for the interview!!