GRIND ZERO is an Italian death metal band that really blasts their way through the debris. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
Let’s start with your latest recording. When you look back at it now what kind of feelings do you have for it?
-First of all, thank you for the opportunity that you are giving to us with this interview to present our band and promote our music and our new album.
We’re definitely very satisfied about our new album called Concealed in the Shadow and, since it is going to be released at the end of May, we’re very impatient to get the first feedbacks. We worked a lot on both the songwriting and the arrangements and also to find the more congenial sound that could fit our style and we opted for the infamous Buzzsaw – Boss HM 2 guitars style, the typical one used by most of the bands in the Stockholm scene back in the early 90’s. Although the music sounds a lot more old school, we obviously took advantages of some modern technologies. Concealed in the Shadow is definitely a big step forward compared to Mass Distaction, it is more brutal, darker, more technical and much more complete and complex… comparing the two albums, it seems that eternity has passed between them.
I am fascinated by band names. What was it that made you settle on the one you have and what does it mean to you?
-Grind Zero is obviously a play of words and I don’t think it needs much explanations. We basically chose it because it is a moniker with a certain impact, it sounds good and is also quite easy to remember, I must say that we liked the idea to have the word “Grind” in the band name and the logo.
What does it mean to you that there are people out there that actually appreciate and look forward to what you are doing?
-It’s pretty awesome, these people give us the right incentives to continue straight on our way, proposing our sound mixing our personal influences but also trying to go beyond the typical clichés and stereotypesof this genre without distorting our ideas. We pay a lot of attention to detail, trying to make sure that each riff mixes with others to create a song, not just a jumble of riffs slammed together, this thing has already been pointed out to us and we think that for a band this is the great thing, it means being connected to the listener.
How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
-Depends on what kind of image you are talking about… for sure we are a Death Metal band and so we don’t use any uniforms or particular stage clothes, we go on stage more or less with the same clothes that you could see at the pub or around in the streets. We are longtime fans of this kind of music, we don’t just play it, it’s a king of a way of life for us. A pair of jeans, a t-shirt of a historical band, a pair of boots or black sneakers and that’s it, like it usually was at the death metal concerts back in the 90’s.
I am a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
-Yeah, it isdefinitely very important, 100% true!!! For our last album we decided to work with César Valladares and his artwork, an acrylic painting, is perfect for the atmospheres of the album and it is just what we were looking for. This Spanish artist has captured our attention for his ability to transmit dark and evil feelings.We are very satisfied and we already received a lot of praise about this kind old horror movies poster-style cover.
We live in a superficial world today where you don’t exist if you are not on Youtube and Facebook. Has social media been only beneficial in socializing with the fans or is there a down side to it too?
-All the things need the right amount. Perhaps over the last few years there has been too much abuse of smartphones and social media. For a band it can be good if it is able to “sell” itself well on the net, but in the end person to person contact is always the best one, especially before and after a concert. Maybe the impact is on the sales of CDs because people listen to music (often in bad quality) almost only on YouTube or Spotify or Soundcloud and unluckily the low sales aren’t substituted with legal downloads, but it is also true that the vinyl market is expanding again, but in general the collectors are those who spend less time online and more time around between fairs, concerts and festivals. For the younger generation, on the other hand, we think that the true meaning of passion for music has been lost, they are less affectionate consumers, more inclined to change depending on the trends. We do the comparison on our territory of course and we noticed that young fans are a lot different comparing to a 10-15 years ago, I’m curious to see what will happen in the future.
When you play in a band does it feel like you are a part of a massive community? That you belong to something that gives meaning to your life?
-Yes, we are part of a sub-culture or, as you called it, a massive community and our belonging to this scene also determines our lifestyle, such as going to concerts, dressing in a certain way , buy CDs and LPs and also supporting the bands and the scene doing our best.
When you are in the middle of it do you notice what state our beloved music scene is in? Is the scene healthy or does it suffer from some ailment?
-Probably there have been better periods, but also some even worse, than this in the past. The historical bands are still producing good music, some others are coming back after years of absence and unluckily a few others have disappeared, but there are also several good new bands around and this is definitely positive. Beside this many clubs have closed in the past years and it is not always easy to play around. Trends come and go, who cares, the important thing is to continue supporting the scene, keeping the underground alive, especially when the bands are good and their music is worthy. By the way we always try to see only the positive aspects.
How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
-We are a band who loves to play live and we are currently trying to organize various concerts in Italy but not only, sometimes the situation is not very simple for us as for other bands at our level, clubs around aren’t many for this kind of music and sometimes it’s really frustrating. Also in the past we had some problems with the lineup and this has slowed us a bit, but despite all we managed to play in many good situations through the years supporting bands like Entombed, Possessed, Merciless, Incantation, Necrodeath and others. Our goal is always to improve ourselves, and hopefully in the future we will be able to play in some of the best European festivals such as the Netherland Deathfest, Party San, Hellfest or Brutal Assault.
What will the future bring?
-For the future we will continue playing our music with our sound, trying to improve ourselves even further, giving more strength, and power and making everything more compact and aggressive. We already have some songs ready that will end up on the MCD that we’re actually working on and that we will try to release at the end of 2018/beginning of 2019. What we will surely try to do is to play live as much as possible and we hope we’ll be able to play concerts in Sweden during the next year too.
Thank you very much again!