The first time I saw the band name KHADAVER my mind wandered to the old Norwegian death metal band Cadaver. This is nowhere close to that in sound but the mind is a strange thing. ©2015 Anders Ekdahl
You have one of these names that does not really tell what kind of metal you play. How hard was it to come up with the name?
-When I started the band I wanted to give it a name which would bring certain emotion and feeling when you would read or say it. To trigger negative or cold emotion in the mind of people. I liked the word “cadaver” not only for meaning but also for the sound. Then, I adjusted the spelling to fit the music and sound even more cold and detached.
Could you give us a short introduction to the band?
-The band was established in 2006 in Slovakia by myself. I am only original member. The intention was to create the band which would not only sound unique on Slovak metal scene but also worldwide. That is why I decided to combine electronic elements with metal. And as the years passed, more elements were added, some of them were dropped. But the aim was always to create music which can be hardly defined and which sounds cold. Currently, we have released our second album EXSTINCTIO MUNDI and we want to bring it to people.
What would you say have been the single greatest influence on your sound?
-The large influence would be black metal but it is not the only influence, obviously, because our songs are not structured in your typical black metal way. Generally, it would be the sound of industrial and electro music combined with blackened metal.
What is the metal scene like in your area? Do you feel that you are a part of a scene?
-The metal scene in Slovakia is rather large considering that we are small country. There are many well established or emerging bands. I believe we have managed to become part of a scene and a band which is well known here. On the other hand I also think that we have many close-minded and elitist members of metal scene. And the situation with concert attendance is generally not very good. People like to stay at home in front of computer instead of going out there and supporting the scene.
Something I have often wondered about is if you feel that you are part of something bigger and greater when you play in a band, that you are part of a movement sort of?
-There were times when we began to play when I thought that. Because the community and scene was tighter and people were more open to ideas and support. Now, I believe, it is everyone for themselves. We just want to play our music and bring certain message to people. Hopefully, someone is out there listening.
When you play the sort of metal you play I guess you cannot have birds and bees on the cover of your album? What is a great album cover to you?
-If those are mechanical birds and bees, why not? Haha. But seriously, the image of Khadaver always went hand in hand with music and that is why I always put lot of emphasis to visual side of the record. If I don’t count our own releases I like the cover of Behemoth’s Evangelia Heretika live dvd/album. Great drawing. I also like the whole booklet of Dope Stars Inc. album Neuromance, Zonaria – The Cancer Emprie and Dimmu Borgir – Death Cult Armageddon.
What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
-Digital is a must and standard in today’s age. I don’t think that digital kills the music. It helps us and helps lot of underground bands. But I think that fans find it OK to find and download your music but not pay for it. If you like the record, pay for it. It is not expensive. Be it digital album or physical copy.
What kind live scene is there for bands like yours?
-In today’s age you play with big names only if you have lot of money. It is no secret and you can ask many bands on same level as we are that if you want to make it big and book nice tour you have to pay thousands. Luckily, there are smaller promoters and booking agencies who can help you with a tour for small amount. Of course, everything has this DIY attitude but it is the only way. We are looking forward to going this way right now and we hope to make our way higher.
When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
-We take our music and lyrics seriously but also want to bring good show and time to people. But I would say that it is definitely a happening. We party only after gig is over, hehe.
What would you like to see the future bring?
-We have recently released our second album so we want to book some shows and tours, play on summer festivals and prepare ourselves slowly for next record. But live playing is most important right now and we hope to book some tours so we can spread our music and message further.