DEATHGOD MESSIAH is one of these underground acts that I wished I had known of but missed out on. With the rerelease of all their recorded stuff I had to interview them. Answer by Andrew/ Kinslayer Guitarist. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
Do you feel that it went the way you intended when you formed back in the days?
-We knew we wanted to make shitty, sloppy, evil Sarcofago / (early) Sepultura style death/black metal from day #1 and I think we did a pretty good job of that, particularly on the first demo (Bastard Christ, 2011)… For the 2nd release, Phallic Flagellation, we had definitely progressed and came into our own sound a little bit more and the quality of the songs and overall production went way up but we still were able to capture that old-school, chaotic, shit-head sound we were looking for.
How do you feel about the compilation? Did it come out the way you expected it to?
-The compilation came out great! We had no plans of ever “officially” releasing the 2011 demo so it was nice to get that music out there to people that hadn’t heard it before. Blake (Ascension Monuments Media) asked me if he could release a compilation of both releases and I, personally jumped at the opportunity; I mean why not? It just means more people get to hear it and to have it released with a patch and screen printed slip bag was really cool.
What did you build the band’s sound on? What was it that you wanted to accomplish with the sound?
-Early, South American, death/black metal…Sarcofago, Sepultura, Sextrash etc… the sound evolved over time to a more “polished” sound and a little more death metal creeped into the mix but the overall aesthetic never changed.
Is having a message in the lyrics important to you? What kind of topics do you deal with?
-Death Fiend wrote all the lyrics; satan, sex, violence and evil!
How important is the cover art work for you? Can a really cool cover still sell an album in this day and age of digital download?
-I think artwork, if anything has gotten better and better, at least among most of the bands/genres I’m currently listening to… I love good artwork; it draws you in and gives your brain a place to live and explore while you’re listening to the music. Obviously the artwork doesn’t play the role it used to because less and less people are physically holding an actual copy a release and/or displaying it on their walls like we did in the old days. With the advent of digital downloads, that whole aspect of being a music fan has fallen by the wayside to an extent but I think T-Shirts are a good way to keep the artwork relevant.
Why is it so hard for bands that come from places not the US or UK/Sweden/Scandinavia to break big? What is success to you and is it something you’d like to achieve?
-I don’t know the answer to that or even what “making it big” even means anymore. I suppose a lot of Western European countries and the USA have more people and resources to get the music out there but at the end of the day, I personally don’t give a fuck what country a band is from; if I enjoy it, I listen to it; unfortunately most of the bands I listen to don’t have “mass appeal” and will never “make it big” beyond playing underground metal festivals/small tours. I’m lucky enough to live in the North East of the USA and a lot of my favorite bands end up eventually touring through this area and I always go!
Today the competition is harder. You got plenty of digital platforms for new talent to display their music. How do you do to really stand out in a world where everything but the music is blind to the listener?
-You have to stand out! Write different music. More dynamic and mind-blowing music. If the music is good, it will get out there to the right ears… I discover 80% of the new bands I listen to through people sharing them with me digitally or discussing them in Facebook groups.
What is your local scene like? How important is a national scene for a band to be able to break out and make it international?
-Local scene in New England is great. Generally speaking if you live on the coast or in a “big” city in the USA, the “scene” is going to be “good”…when we were a live band, we played a handful of really good shows including a festival with Bestial Mockery and Morbosidad. Like I said before, you need to be making music that has mass appeal to make it “big”… Deathgod Messiah does not have mass appeal nor do we want it.
Rock and metal has come a long way since the early 70s but still some people’s attitudes towards it seem to be left in the stone age. How accepted is metal in your area? Is it like in Finland where it seems to come with the mother’s milk?
-New England has always had a strong rock and metal scene.
What does the future hold for you?
-Deathgod Messiah are not an active band but we all play in other projects; I myself, (Kinslayer / Guitars) am in a black metal band that has been active on and off since 2003 called Horn of Valere which is about to release a new 3 song EP. I’m also playing in another project called Worldender which should have a demo out soon. Death Fiend (bass/vocals) plays in PanzerBastard (punky/hardcore/rock), Blessed Offal (death metal and his solo project Vein (black metal) and Ninkaszi (drums/vocals) has his solo project Servant (black metal) and a black metal project called Impenitent Thief that was formed out of the ashes of Witch Tomb.