With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to MENSCHENFRESSEN. Anders Ekdahl ©2018 With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to MENSCHENFRESSEN. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
You have one of these names that do not really tell what kind of metal you play. How hard was it to come up with the name?
– “Menschenfresser” is the german word for cannibal / man-eater. It was Holly who came up with the idea. It fits perfectly with concept: horror metal with german lyrics. “Menschenfresser” as a word sounds nice and it is easy to remember.
How do you introduce the band to people that are new to your music?
-When the person is new to metal, you could introduce us as similiar to the band “Rammstein”. They use german lyrics and the pronunciation of the letter “R” is the same. The lyrics are about similar subjects, too. When the person has some expirience you could say, that we are somewhere between death, black and thrash metal. Some people say, that we are similar to the bands “Eisregen” or “Totenmond”.
We all carry baggage with us that affects us in one way or another but what would you say have been the single greatest influence on your sound?
-The strongest influence is the music we listen to. Each of us listens to different styles of metal and we combine that in our band. We have some fast and brutal songs but also slower doom songs as well as many midtempo songs. Every songs has its own spirit but it always “Menschenfresser”. Music is a very good way to get free from stress and to get a break from allday life. Playing metal makes us happy.
What is the scene like in your area? Is it important that there is some sort of local scene for a band to develop or can a band still exist in a vacuum of no scene/no bands?
-Our hometown is not big but it has a solid metal and grind scene. A local scene is really important for a young band to start and playing their first gigs and its a need for smaller bands to survive. There some bands that exisit in a vacuum but these are mostly experienced musicans.
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?
-No, we dont see us as better persons. To see a project developing and working satisfies and to play in a band makes a lot of fun.
When you play the sort of music you play I guess you cannot have birds and bees on the cover of your album? What is a great album cover to you?
-A great cover has to fit with the topic of the album and the concept of the band.
What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
-to distribute your music digital is the modern way to reach people. When the people like your music, they will support you and buy the physical stuff or come to your concerts.
What kind live scene is there for bands like yours?
-we are established in our local scene and we have a solid fanbase. We will be on tour this year with shows in some german cities and in luxembourg an the netherlands, too.
When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
-Playing a show is both: a happening and a party! We want to play our songs tide and with passion. Everything has to be professionel. It makes much fun to play live and to get in touch with new people.
What would you like to see the future bring?
– this year we want to play more gigs and to get further away from our hometown. We are working on new material and there are two different concepts. We have big plans and the looking forward to the upcoming shows.
Thank you very much and keep on banging