From not knowing anything to digging like crazy. That is my journey with MASACHIST. An interview had to happen and here it is. Read and find out why this is such a great death metal band. Anders Ekdahl ©2012
How important is it to have a name to from the start tells the listener what to expect?
-I didn’t think about people’s expectations when I was choosing the name. It was supposed to sound good and stay true to the tradition of the genre. There’s no deeper meaning behind it.
When you play the kind of death metal that you guys do where do you find inspiration?
-Life is inspiring when it makes you angry. Everyone has some negative emotions that need to get out, it’s better to put them into music than to do something crazy that you could regret later. But it’s also that I was listening to lots of Death Metal when I was growing up, so it needs to get out of me in some way. It’s just natural for me to play this kind of music.
How did you find out that this is the kind of death metal that you want to play? What is it about this sound that is so great?
-Death Metal is a great kind of music to perform. I love other genres, but only as a listener. This music is energy and at the same time it explodes with all the aggression that lives inside you. Our sound improves with each album, mostly due to the experience that we have from playing with other bands.
I get a strong Morbid Angel vibes listening to your album Scorned? What would you say is the perfect death metal band? Feel free to mix and construct your perfect band.
-I already did that, the band is called Masachist. I make the music that I would like to hear, simple as that. As for the Morbid Angel comparison, I take it as a compliment. This is one of the best bands in the genre, if not the best. But I don’t know if there is a perfect band. I’d say there are perfect albums, like “Legion”, “Covenant” or “Dawn of Possession” for example. The great thing about them is that they all sound different, and I don’t really need to mix them together. If I was to mix something, I would take some members of Morbid Angel and Napalm Death and force them to make a killer grindcore album. Oh wait, that already happened 20 years ago… So there’s no need to mix anything apart from the influences that I have for composing my own music.
When you play this kind of metal how easy is it to find the right people to work with as far as studio, art work and lay out goes?
-We are lucky that we’ve been doing this for a long time, so naturally we know some people who are good with those things. As for the studio it was an easy choice, because our guitarist has his own recording facility. At first I wasn’t 100% sure if it was a good idea, but after checking the place I knew it will work out great, and it did. The layout was done by a friend of ours, Ataman Tolovy from Stillborn, who also wrote lyrics for our song “Manifesto”. As for the cover, the artist was suggested by Aro, and I think it’s a really good job and fits the concept of the album very well.
Death metal has been around close to 30 years now. How easy is it to come up with something that hasn’t been done already?
-Close to impossible, but we will keep trying. But the most important thing is to write good songs that are not just a bunch of riffs thrown together without any thought put into it.
Do you feel that you are a part of a scene (nationally as well as internationally)?
-Yes and no. No, because we do our own thing and we don’t really care about what the other bands are doing. Yes, because we do interact with other bands and people from the scene, so it would be stupid to pretend that we are not a part of it in one way or another. But the scene is not what I really care about, it’s the band.
Is it important to feel a part of something to get things moving or can you achieve things by standing alone?
-What I want to achieve is playing good music and to do so I don’t need to be a part of anything. It’s great when people want to help you out in some way and we appreciate it, but it’s not a good idea to completely rely on others. I understand the general idea of a “scene”, when people work together in order to make things happen, but my focus is on the music, not on being a member of some club.
How much of a DIY aesthetic is there in the death metal scene contra your local/national scene?
-It depends on a band, I don’t see many differences between scenes or genres. Of course if you play popular music you usually don’t need to take care of every aspect of the band yourself. But with music like ours people are often forced to do as much as possible by themselves, and many bands decide to release their own albums and organize gigs for others in exchange for them doing the same. But there are no “rules” in the death metal scene, each band does things the way they think works best for them.
What would you like the future to hold for Masachist?
-To be able to perform and record our music. We’re not expecting a world tour or an army of fans. We just want to keep playing and if other people appreciate it, we will consider it our success!
Thrufel – lead & rhythm guitars
Daray – drums
PIG – throat
Aro – rhythm guitars
Heinrich – bass
Promo – demo 2007 [self released]
Death March Fury – CD/LP 2009 [Witching Hour Productions]
Scorned – CD 2012 [Selfmadegod Records]
Two tracks from the album are available on band official YouTube channel under the following links:
The Process of Elimination: http://youtu.be/EP8dOReufyU
Opposing Normality: http://youtu.be/ui_py2If8sA
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