FUNERAL WHORE

Dutch FUNERAL WHORE are old school death metal the way death metal used to be when I gbrew up. With equal doses Swedish and Floridian death metal they blast us through the night. Anders Ekdahl © 2012

How important is the right band name as a statement of intent? How controversial is the band name in actuality?
Roy: Nothing special. The name just sounds brutal, that’s all.

You seem pretty obsessed with old school Swedish death metal, or so it seems. What is it that is so great about this stuff?
Roy: Osdm just sounds so brutal, caused by its simplicity and easy listening. The predictable elements are exacly one of the coolest thing in this genre. No technical fucking constant peaking shitmetal but easy built up straight ahead and in your face.

What is wrong with modern day death metal? When/where did it go wrong?
Roy: Unlike Tim, I hate technical shit like Necrophagist, Obscura, Nile, shit like that. With the incoming of emo, screamo or deathcore shit, it went completly wrong. This corestuff has NOTHING to do with metal at all. But also media like Aardschok contributed in the demise. These fuckers support every genre, loads of fake metal, giving people the impression that the metalscene is some sort of universal playground for everybody.
Tim: I personally like the modern day death metal. Technical bands are really great for the death metal scene. It’s the metalcore bands that are fucking ridiculous, which has nothing to do with death metal anymore.

How do you go about getting the right sound both on stage and in studio so that you don´t end up sounding like the latest metalcore acts?
Roy: First of all, we write osdm in its most known way, so we simply can’t sound like a metalcore. Me and Kellie play both on BC Rich, both on same amplifiers and both using the same guitarsettings. Tim has also his own amplifier settings. This works quick in build up on stage, soundcheck and in the rehearsal room.

When you play death metal I guess that everything from promo pics to album covers to backdrops for the stage has to be the right way. How do you go about getting everybody to go along on getting everything perfectly correct?
Roy: All members are very open minded, loyal, close related, but above all, very enthousiastic and extremely fanatic. When these key elements are in a band, than its obvious good results will eventually come up.
Tim: Luckely we, pretty much, all have the same taste, so it isn´t hard to get merchandise the way we like it. As long, as it is morbid and brutal.

What kind of death metal scene do we speak of in Beverwijk? Any cool squats to play?
Roy: Well, none. But this is not much different than in the rest of our country. But here in the north it’s very poor. When you have past Haarlem region, you’ve past the “metalscene”.
The best gigs are, most of the time, our own package gigs with other osdm bands from Holland or foreign countries.
Tim: Here in the north of Holland is not much to say about death metal. It is not big at all. There are some venues in the area around, but mostly in the neighbourhood are bars. No underground metal bars. Just random ass cafe´s.

The Netherlands has always been a great place for metal. What is it that makes Holland so good for metal?
Roy: With the coming of the euro and internet media, the scene made a tremendous metamorphose. For media bussinessmen and posers great, for underground people a sad defeat. This place isn’t the best but we also do not complain too much because we get most of the time our things done.
Tim: Problably because the scene isn´t al that big. You really can, and have, to be fanatic about your music.

You are a Dutch death metal band on a Mexican label. Has the world of metal become less distant with modern technology so that it doesn’t matter if your label is on a different continent?
Roy: One of the good things with this technology. Indeed, now, it really doesn’t matter if your label is on the westbank, Africa or Alaska. One email adres is needed and things can be done. Great!
Tim: It isn´t all because of modern technology, ofcourse it helps to get things done faster. But there are still people that do things the old way. It takes a bit longer but who cares, something to look forward to in the post-box.

How do you utilize the social media best to gain maximum exposure? Any dangers in using the social media in spreading the word of the band?
Roy: No I don’t think so. And If so, I don’t care about rumors, lies or social media in general at all.

Will 2012 be the year that everybody gets to hear about Funeral Whore? What plans do you have?
Roy: Absolutly! Full length has been received great, we have a lot of gigs to play, material to trade and new osdm bands and fans to meet.

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