MANIAXE is a really cool Aussie band that you ought to check out. 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?
-looking back at the album now obviously we are proud of the work we have done. It’s been a work in progress for a few years and with the release of Cantcles of Corruption comes a feeling of relief and excitement. We’re relieved the hard stuff is done and excited that we can finally share our music with a wider audience.
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?
– it would have been late in 2007 when the maniaxe name first surfaced. We are big fans of old horror films, and after a night of chilling serial killer classics (maniac, and maniac cop 1 and 2) the name was decided on. We though Maniaxe sounded appropriate for a thrash metal band, it conjured images of a frantic alcohol fuled mosh pit for us. Also it’s a line in whiplash, ‘acting like a maniac!’
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 a very humbling experience to play to a crowd of headbanging maniacs no matter the size. We enjoy playing to 30 dudes as much as playing to 300 dudes.
Music and art in general is extremely personal thing, you bare your soul and share a very internal part of yourself. And to have an audience wanting to take that energy in is one of the most rewarding things that could happen to a musician.
How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
– image doesn’t mean a great deal to us, we believe the music creates your image for you. Over the last 10 years we’ve focused on writing and playing, not how we look. You’re costume doesn’t play the guitar for you. We like to drink beers and bang our heads, if you like to do the same then we’ll drink to that.
I am a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
-the artwork for the album is fairly important, it’s the first thing people will see and with that comes the first impression of the band. The songs have a darker lyrical basis and we feel the artwork should tell the story of the album. For example somewhere in time by iron maiden has the perfect artwork to match the sound of that album. It explains the futuristic story those songs tell even before you’ve heard it. We tryed to capture that sort of story telling with our artwork for Cantcles of Corruption.
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? :
-social media has its place in the music world. The ability to contact bands and bookers all over Australia in a matter of seconds is a game changer. It’s not everything though. At the end of the day your music should speak for you. It’s too easy to create a false image of yourself or your band through the overuse of social media. People can put too much value on this ultimately meaningless social media. More riffs less status updates.
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?
-creating music is a very special thing. Sharing your music with an audience is an honour. We have been playing in the Melbourne heavy metal scene for just on 10 years now and we have been embraced by so many people crossing so many genres. It’s not uncommon to see maniaxe on a bill with black metal bands or crust punk bands or even more traditional heavy metal bands. Being welcomed by so many bands from so many backgrounds is truly an honour. It really feels like a family of Misfits and dropkicks bought together by the love of music and beers.
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?
-the metal scene is like anything creative, it lives and breathes. It feeds on energy, and as long as there are people willing to give themselves to the music it will live on. There are spikes at times where it can be almost overwhelming how many awesome bands are kicking around. Fortunately we have such a rich history of metal music to feed off, and it’s easy to feel inspired
How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
-we don’t tour that much. That’s not to say we don’t want to or we don’t like it. We play interstate a couple of times a year and that is how we like it. To hit the highway with your best mates with your guitar and an esky full of froff monsters is the most fun you can have with your pants on. The benefit of keeping the maniaxe flag flying strong for 10 years is that word travels. We get offered more shows than we book ourselves.
What will the future bring?
-there is always more you can create. We are already writing more songs and booking shows flat out. The next move for maniaxe is a split release with our very good mates (and a fucking awesome band) diabolical demon director. We did our very first show with diabolical in January 2009 and our friendship has only gotten stronger over the years so it seemed like the next logical step. We feel maniaxe has the same fire that fuled us when we were just kids writing riffs. As the Lord Rob Halford sang ‘the worlds a stage that’s waiting for it’s badass to get kicked and we’re all on the road to hell and that’s route 666’.