DIABOLICAL DEMON DIRECTOR

It took a Polish fanzine for me to discover Diabolic Demon Director but once I’d done so I fell in love with their take on thrash metal. Interview answered by DJ and DA. Anders Ekdahl ©2011

For the longest of times I had a hard time remembering the whole band name. Why did you choose such a long band name?
-DJ: G’Day mate cheers for the interview! Yeah she’s a long one but surely it isn’t that hard to remember hahhaa. If you are right into metal remembering band names isn’t a problem. I had the name with me since I was a kid so I thought it would be a good strange name for a band. Suits the strange thrash metal we play I think. “Hey there’s that band with the big fucking name…” hahhahaha

Is being a three piece band the ultimate number of band members?
DJ: Yeah being a 3 piece suits us just fine, it makes things easy and quick to work with. If we go on tour it’s easier as well and as there’s more beer for us haha. All our favorite bands have just one guitarist Like Black Sabbath, Venom, Vomitor & Destruction etc and that’s all you need really, it gets the job done. I have had thoughts to get a singer more than once since I find it a bit tricky to sing and play guitar at the same time sometimes. But no one knows how to sing with power and aggression and hold in the shit at the same time like me, so fuck it!
DA: I think it is, some of the greatest bands have been three pieces. Things seem to work out so much better in the sense that I can work with these guys a lot closer and we think very similarly in the direction we want to take things. I found it very hard to find a person I could jam with that had the same vision and could see eye to eye with me. To have not one but two mates in the band is the best thing ever.

What significance does the stage names have and how did you come upon being named individually?
DJ: All our stage names relate to Death. Necrohammer and I came up with ours while we were still at high school 10 years ago hahaa.
I wrote a song at the time called Death Justice and decided to use that as my name and Necrohammer was right into Vomitor with the Neutron Hammer 7″ so he called himself Necrohammer, all the chicks really loved us!! hahaha. Death Angel joined in 2007 so we named her Death Angel to keep the spirit of death going.
DA: Generally speaking, I find stage names to be pretty significant since I think it’s a huge part of being a performer. If you really love the music and what you do, it becomes a part of you. I like to believe being on stage or just even rehearsing with the others I feel like my true self and having the stage. Name is just an expression of that. DJ just gave me my stage name, it doesn’t really have much of a story behind it but it sure beats my regular name because you can’t really do anything with it.

Thrash metal has gone through different shapes/sounds. Which period to you is the ultimate thrash metal sound?
DJ: There are good bands in all periods, although these days there’s too many boring same old thrash bands without a face just doing the same old shit. I wish they would at least attempt to try getting their own sound and style instead of trying be another slayer, sodom, overkill etc. I guess it’s like that in all the genres of metal. Of course the mid 80’s are the ultimate thrash metal sound to me. Infernal Overkill, Skeptics Apocalypse, Most Likely To Exceed, War And Pain, Reign Of Fear, Gates To Purgatory, Expurse of Sodomy etc so many bloody rippers!! Some newer thrash bands I like are Stormbane (Aus), Oath (Italy), Hereafter (Malaysia), Skullface (Greece), Xanadoo (Singapore), Assaltator (Italy), Hellbringer (Aus), Maniaxe (Aus), Nekromantheon (Norway) and many more.
DA: Geez that’s a tough one. As cliché as it seems, I’m just going to have to say early to late 80s. There wasn’t really anything like that before it all happened, so at the time it was original and had a lot of power behind it, but also probably just before the time where people were sacrificing decent song Writing for speed and trying to be brutal and over the top.

What in your opinion is the ultimate thrash metal song, in terms of structure?
DJ: hahaha that’s a bit of a ball breaker question. Just 1 song haha. I would probably say right now Slayer’s Metal storm/Face the slayer is the ultimate thrash song, probably isn’t even thrash that song? haha more like heavy metal ahh well. Either way that song is one of the greatest songs ever written it’s been up there for me for over 10 years.
DA: haha that’s real specific! I don’t think I can put it down to one song, but some of my favorite thrash material in terms of structure and song writing comes off fistful of metal – anthrax, obsessed by cruelty – Sodom, eternal devastation – destruction, power and pain – whiplash & Feel the Fire – overkill. That’s just at the top of my head, I’m sure I’m missing some great stand outs that hold up well over the test of time.

Is there a thrash metal aesthetic to writing lyrics, or does anything go?
DJ: Generally anything goes but in DDD I like to keep it on the dark and weird side. Lyrics are a prick, they take the longest to do when making a song for me, and I like to get them just right. Topics we like are Death, Evil, Sex, The bizarre and the current rotting earth.
DA: genres aside, a well written song is a well written song. That’s DJ’s department as I’m sure he’ll explain. However having only contributed to one song lyrically (creeping vengeance), for me it has to come from the heart and written with conviction, flow well with the music, not be too cliché and needs some elements of darkness and evil in it.

Having been around so long as you guys have you’ve seen the interest for Aussie metal worldwide increase. Do you feel you’ve been left on the side on this rejuvenated interest?
DJ: I wouldn’t call us Heavy metal veterans just yet hahhaa. Yeah I started the band 10 years ago but things didn’t start moving forward until Death Angel joined in 2007. I have been following the local metal circuit for about 11 years I would say there is defiantly more interest in Australian metal now then back then. But also I think you will find that it’s a similar story in every country now because of the internet. Heavy metal interest in general right now is probably the biggest it’s been in ages I would say, defiantly biggest I’ve seen since I started listening to it in the mid 90’s.
-The internet makes everything easily accessible with just a few clicks now. Even people around here that don’t even look metal and have no knowledge of the local circuit know all the old cult bands. Its bloody weird man hahahaa I don’t care much, anyway what can you do?
-I wouldn’t know where we sit in this “rejuvenated” interest hahaha. Locally we’re kind of left on the side I guess you could say, but that’s because we’ve hardly played any gigs, don’t post on forums, no local distro support and generally just keep to ourselves.
-We were going to return to the stage this year for some gigs for the first time since mid 2009 but our drummer got really bad tendinitis late 2010. 10 months later she is still recovering hhahaa (need more beer maybe?) so that’s thrown a spanner in the works so no gigs and no debut album this year, hopefully in 2012 we will return to the demon chamber!
-Interest is defiantly building up for us this year for sure. We’ve had the most orders, trades & gig offers than ever before (cheers demon bangers!). If we played live now we would have double the amount of crowd easy then what we had in 2009.
DA: There seems to be an interest in Aussie metal predominantly in the ‘black thrash’ genres mostly, but from the amount of interest we have gotten worldwide despite being a thrash band has to be some indication that I guess the interest is definitely there. We’ve mostly been left on the side in our own backyard, having been around longer than the recent craze of thrash bands and being excluded from the gig circuit says something about the trendy thrash scene here. I think we’re maybe to ugly and shit for them to handle haha! However, it’s strange that only recently after being quiet on the scene we have gotten a lot more interest locally then when we first started playing gigs.

Do you ever feel like you’ve made the wrong turn at some point on your long journey and had you chosen another road you’d be much further along?
DJ: Nah I don’t think we made any wrong turns so far, really our journey has only just begun. Ask me this question in another 10 years? hahhaa.
-One thought crosses my mind sometimes and that’s imagining if Death Angel joined a little earlier say in 2004/2005 instead of 2007. We would of have been up to the second or third album by now. We would also have done a tour or 2, drinking barrels of whiskey and riding limousines through the desert hahahahaha.
DA: ummm… Yes! You’d think the others want to kill me by now for holding them up for over 9 months, if I was them I would, but they’ve just been really patient and understanding. I was way too stubborn to rest for a few weeks as I find it really difficult to go without drumming even for one day. Alongside the combination of not understanding the extent of my injury and incorrect treatment I have a completely fucked up case of tendonitis in my left wrist and forearm. So it’s just a waiting game at the moment and it’s frustrating, but what can you do?

What is it like to go abroad and tour when the distances are so great just to feel mainland ground under your feet?
DJ: I couldn’t tell ya mate! hahhaah we haven’t played outside our home state yet, Hopefully soon when Death Angel returns we’ll bring back the thrashing rage upon the stage. I’ve heard from other bands it is a pain in the arse sometimes and can be a bit hard on the wallet. Catching a plane would be easy, now driving would be an adventure haha. You would need 2 trailers, one for the gear and one for whiskey & listening to Blackkout & Agent Steel as we go off the beaten track into the desert of hades, classic!!
DA: I wouldn’t know, because we haven’t had the pleasure of that experience yet, but I’d love to do that someday. We’d been offered to play an interstate
Festival, but unfortunately had to decline for obvious reasons.

The Aussie metal scene, while vibrant, seems spread out over vast amounts of land. How do you even manage to set up a national tour?
DJ: Again I’m not sure as DDD hasn’t gone past the local pub up the road, but usually there’s people in each city that help set it up for the bands. Just shoot a few emails, talk some horse shit & suck a few dicks… That’s what most the underground super stars do these days hahhahaa. Cheers for the interview battlehelm mates! Hope our dirty thrash metal poison gives your stereo speakers a sudden combustion hahahah yeah!! Zero technics just impact as my mate Dezo would say! Anyone interested in Diabolical Demon Director should contact diabolical_demon_director@hotmail.com we’ve got a couple of EPs left and few bits of merch still left. In 2012 the demons will return from the grave to sit on your roof, drink beer and piss down your chimney. Beware!! As my mate Pascal from the mighty Zebarges would say; Cheers & Beers, Vlobeurghhh!!!
DA: Like anything else, research and do it yourself. We’ve always been a self sufficient band and never really had much support from anyone else. It’s easy when you know people who have connections, but it’s not impossible to do it yourself. Having said that, there’s no avoiding really having to put your faith into interstate bands to really do their bit and take part in the event such as booking venues and providing equipment, as logistically it’s not always easy especially when it comes to drum kits. We’ll do it someday with some of our mates and just have fun with it. The experience would be worth the while and I’d defiantly be keen to explore the lands as well while we’re at it.

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