I must say that I totally missed out on EXCRUCIATION in the 80s, or they’ve just slipped my mind but it was nice to get to know them now. So here is an interview for the rest of you to get to know them too. Anders Ekdahl ©2016

As you might not be that known to most people a short introduction might be in order.
-Hi, we’re Excruciation. Started in 1984 as one of the first extreme Metal bands in Switzerland as a deaththrashdoompunk-band. Did a few releases in the 80ies but disbanded the band 1991.
In 2005 for old times’ sake all the original members came together again.
EXCRUCIATION was reborn and resurrected from the dead. Since then we did a few releases with different labels. If you want to get deeper in our history, you may check our homepage, www.excruciation.net.

How does your latest recording compare to the previous ones?
-Well, always difficult to tell when you’re involved. I really think it’s darker than anything we did in the past. Somehow we got back to our roots, allowed those early musical influences from punk to wave,
from early Doom and Black Metal to Death Rock to have an impact on our music. We didn’t care for any genre we just did what we felt was right.

Was it hard for you to come up with a sound you all could agree on?
-Not really, we know each other since years and know exactly how each of us reacts to certain sounds/riffs. If there was a song, an idea, not all were happy with, we discarded it. The goal was to do
a record that everyone involved is proud of.

How important are the lyrics to you? What kind of topics do you deal with?
-They’re at least important to me or I wouldn’t write them and would use instead a phonetic way of singing like Paul Chain did on his records. The topics are all about the dark side of life, things that happened to me or my family, my friends, disturbing things that happen around the world day by day, my dislike for any religious institutions, etc…

How important is the cover art work for you? How much do you decide in choosing art work?
-You know, it’s our music, it’s our soul that lies within, so it’s only us to know how the artwork should
look like. We had about 18 artworks preselected and looked for the one that came closest to our vision.

Where outside of your country have you had success with your previous albums?
-Hard to put the finger on the map. Judging by the people who order directly there’s no boundaries. It depends a bit what they order. The re-releases of the 80ies stuff were pretty popular in South and Middle America and Italy, the last album in the eastern states and Russia. But we got some decoted supporter around the globe.

Why is it that we do not see more metal bands from your country making it big internationally?
-Switzerland is a really small country, you can’t compare it to Germany, the UK or the United States.
Anyway, there were and still are a few very important an influential bands coming from here. Hellhammer/Celtic Frost, Samael, Coroner. At the moment Eluveitie is doing really good.

What is your local metal scene like? What status does your band have in the national metal scene?
-It’s pretty much divided in different scenes, soundwise, that do not overlap much. Most people go either to Death, Thrash or Black metal gigs. And we’re somewhere in between. In the Doom sector we belong to the bigger ones, of course. There are a few nice bands around you may should check out. Like Deathcult, Antiversum, Arkhaeon, Funeralopolis, Blood Runs Deep, Shever, Bölzer, Ashtar, Schammasch, Zatokrev, Total Annihilation, etc…

What is the general populations opinion on metal? Is being a metal musician a respectable choice?
-Don’t think that most people really think about it, since bands like Metallica, Rammstein and even Motörhead are being accepted as popular culture. It’s a common thing to have bands like Slayer in the top ten nowadays.
I didn’t choose being a metal musician, it just happened, so for me it’s as respectable as any other style.

What does the future hold for you?
-If I look around, doom, death and mayhem! And we will provide the soundtrack to it as long as we breathe!

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