DESECRESY is a classic finnish death metal band. With a new album out now they are ever so present in the metal scene. Interviewanswered by Tommi. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
Was it hard to come up with a name? What does the name mean to you? How important is it to have the right name?
-The band name, yes it did take some time to come up with it. Nowadays every single usable or unusable word have been taken already. There are potentially infinite word combinations of course, but it can be hard to come up with a name that has meaning and doesn’t sound too familiar. I wanted to have the right feel and sound in the name, so it’s not so much about specific translatable meaning of the word when it comes to Desecresy.
The album name The Mortal Horizon – as well as the lyrics of the album – deal with things not within the realm of our mortal experience, due to the limited time of our physical existence and our restricted human senses that set the horizon for us. That name came to me without much reaching.
Who would say have laid the foundation for the kind of sound you have? Who are your heroes musically and what have they meant to you personally and to the sound of your band?
-It’s impossible to credit the death metal sound to a one band, or to list all the bands that have contributed. I also try not to mimic a specific sound. Just to play along I could mention Bolt Thrower, Grave and Mortician as influential for the sound of The Mortal Horizon. I guess they could be called my musical heroes too, although I may be too nihilistic (with a lack of better word) to really have any.
When you play slow do you have to think differently arranging the music than if you play faster and vice versa?
-My thinking is quite slow regardless of the tempo. The idea of each riff or other musical building block finds its right speed and requires an arranging approach suitable for it. The thinking follows the idea, it doesn’t need to be different based on tempo.
Will your music work in a live environment? What kind of stage environment would best suit your music; a big stage or a small club?
-Never tried. The smallest clubs would not be ideal sound wise I would think. There would be too many variables affecting wether it would work or not to even speculate, as it is not something I have plans to do.
It is very hard to be 100% satisfied. Everybody seems to be disappointed with something they have released. Is there something that you in hindsight would have done differently on this your latest recording?
-It’s too early for me to say anything in hindsight about the latest album. I leave the criticism of my work to the reviewers and random internet wise-asses. They have enough ideas on what should have be done differently without me chiming in.
Also it’s not necessarily wise for me to discuss publicly about any second guessing I might have, as I don’t want to give more poison to the venomous tongues slithering my way.
Someone is always disappointed (or just eager to shit on something) regardless what you do, as often stated.
Promotion can be a bitch. Even today with all different platforms it can be hard to reach out to all those that might be interested in your music? What alleys have you used to get people familiarized with your band?
-To be honest I’m not all that interested in aspects of promotion that’s why record labels exist. Perhaps that’s a little lazy way of looking at it, but I rather focus on what I’m really interested in instead of derailing into attention seeking or something else unrelated to the music itself. I try to post something interesting to the fb page frequently, but that mostly reaches the people already in the know of Desecresy of course.
To me art work can be the difference between bust or success. What to you is a great front cover? What should a cover have to make it great?
-At least one skull. There can not be a formula to make a great cover. Desecresy album covers are always connected to the album name and the themes that the albums consist of. For me those are important aspects in the cover art, and achievable when done without an outside artist.
Do you feel that you are part of a national scene? Is a local/national scene important for the development of new bands?
-Desecresy is part of Finnish death metal scene, if the word scene is used loosely, meaning If “scene” refers to bands from Finland with some common aspects less present in bands out side Finland. If “scene” means a social setup and their activities, then perhaps not. I don’t know how tight or active scene there is and I don’t have much contact with it.
I’d guess national/local scenes are less meaningful for new bands with the internet and all.
I could just be me but I got the feeling that the live scene is not what it used to be. Could be that more and more people use the net to discover bands instead of going out and supporting new bands live. What is you experience with the live scene?
-My experience is limited, so I might be part of the problem from that point of view. You’re probably right about the net being path for new finds these days. I also think there is a generational decline in the numbers of people attending metal events, or even being interested in metal at all.
What does the future hold?
-Chaos and destruction. Virtues of humanity diminishing to nothing. Cyclones of darkness wiping the earth, tearing the skin of civilisation off the bones already rotted with total lack of values in the times of debauchery. Abysmal giants shall rise once more to seek mankind for the final punishment. The futile existence can not find comfort even from its end as Death is in a form of unmeasurable horrors. Also – once I get to it – the latest album should be available for ordering from Desecresys bandcamp page too for anyone interested! Come to think of it, that might have already happened by the time this is out, so it’s not in the future in the sense of linear time continuum. I guess I’m trying to say that there are no big plans at the moment. Anyways, thank you for the interview.