MISANTHROPIC RAGE has a name that sets the tone for what you can expect from them musically. This is one hell of a cool Polish act. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
When you release a new recording does it feel like you have to start a new a couple step back because so much time has passed and so many new bands have entered the scene since the last album or do you just pick up where the last one left?
W: Altough we’re huge fans of wide music genre spectre, and of course we pay attention to what’s new and fresh on the scene, we don’t really consider it when it comes to writing new music for Misanthropic Rage. Our work itself is hard to be categorized, it’s shocking enough to see so many people from over the world interested in what we do. We create music that we ourselves would like to listen, it’s a very natural process, we have our heads full of ideas which we transpond into notes, rather than cold calculation. We don’t know any secret recipe for success, neither we want to. From the very beginning of it’s existence, Misanthropic Rage is meant to be an outcome of our sick minds, without any boundaries. Whether anybody likes that or not, is not really that important. While of course it’s flattering when someone appreciate it, it’s not our main goal.
AR: When Misanthropic rage sounds are created we don’t think about other albums and bands. Those sounds are deeply in our minds, inspirations from childhood, sounds that were essential to us. I don`t care what`s on nowadays, what`s the top. We record music that we would like to hear, that`s it. As Chuck Schuldiner once said: “let the metal flow…” and we keep it flowing 🙂
Do you have an aesthetic that you keep true to from recording to recording (i.e. stylistical same art work, lyrical theme etc.)?
W: We just want to remain true to ourselves, and while everyday life is full of restrictions one must obey, to be able to feed his family, keep a job, etc, in Misanthropic Rage we do what we want. It’s that part of our life that’s truly ours, where we’re able to control everything, shape it to our liking, break any rule and so on. It’s our personal katharsis, tool we use to clear our counciousness of any toxic everyday frustrations, way to express our feelings and views.
AR: True to ourselves – that`s the main point. When we feel that something is not working, we don`t do it. There are no concepts, themes etc. “Qualia”, Gates…” and the new album are totally different from each other. We have many musical faces and when we think that some ideas are good for Misanthropic rage then we are working on it.
How hard is it to come up with lyrics to the songs? When do you know thst you have the right lyrics?
W: Mainly everyday frustrations, as stated before, but to be perfectly honest, almost everything can be an inspiration. It’s not about coming up with a theme, it’s about capturing it in the right moment and in the right way, so to speak.
AR: Well, sometimes lyrics came up first, then composition is made. There are no rules for that, you know. Lyrics are sometimes very primitive, straight forward and sometimes metaphorical. As W said, daily life is the main inspiration. Poland especially nowadays is very weird country. Politicians, religious fanatics. I don`t know, maybe it`s just my opinion, but I think that living in that country is harder and harder. There isn`t a moment when you feel that you have the right lyrics, you just want to express yourself, your feelings in the moment of speaking. The same goes with music. Capture it and let it go. We don`t care what people will say. Will they call it black metal, death metal, shit metal. No, that`s not the point. Be true to yourself as we said it before.
I am old school. I like really cool album covers but from what I’ve gathered some bands tend to spend less on art work because people don’t buy records, they download songs. What are your feelings on this?
AR: The same with me. I`m tired of photoshopy covers all around. When I was young while listening to great metal records I was drawing their covers everywhere. Judas Priest – Sad wings of destiny, all Iron Maiden records, Cannibal Corpse artworks. I know that for many people that comic aesthetic is really bad, awful, etc. but I personally love it. And yes, album cover is very important to me. When you listen to songs while looking at fantastic artwork, it takes you to the whole new place, a place created by musicians but with your own imagination you can create anything you want there. And that is just by looking at album cover.
W: I can’t imagine releasing our music without any cover, or with something just to fill the blank. I mean sure, the music itself is what’s important, but personally I find myself very often reaching for an album I have never heard about if the cover catch my attention, and that’s why I believe it’s integrated part of our releases. On the other hand, it’s always nice to see how your music is interpreted by somebody from the outside. On our debut album we’ve worked with Maciej Kamuda, who is becoming more and more renowned artist, not only in Poland, and we’re really happy about both the cooperation process and the outcome, and we continue to work with him again with second album cover.
Do you ever feel that you get misinterpretated because of the music you play?
W: Not really. I believe that the beauty of art comes from individual interpretations. What means something to us, as creators, can have totally different meaning to the listeners, and it’s great.
AR: I don’t care about it. Every man is different and that`s the beauty of that. I don`t want to explain every lyric and situation which made me to write it. Interpretation is for you, dear listener. And there are no correct or wrong answers. It`s not a test. Enjoy.
I get the feeling that fans that are true to a band, is a lost thing with the easy access to music these days. Do you feel that this is a bad thing or are there any positive aspects of it at all?
W: Like everything, it has both up and downsides. While it’s much harder to keep a listener interested indeed, it gives you much wider broadcast options, what was once uploaded, can be heard by people form the other side of a globe. Of course there are units that are using it’s anonymity to feel better about themselves by flaming everything around them, just because they can, and no one will find them, but screw that. While metal fans these days may lack some of the old school devotion, time has changed, and there is no point bitching about it, we cannot turn back time, no matter how much we’d like it. I think everyone that grew up in different environment, will always be sentimental about their youth and will always miss good ol’ days, but they won’t come back, so we can either moan about it to the rest of our lives, or try to adapt.
Back in the days you had to trade tapes if you wanted to hear new unheard of bands. Today you are just a click away from discovering new acts. Do you feel that this development in some ways will do more harm than good in the long run, that it will eventually kill off music as we know it?
W: Well, I hope not. Personally when I listen to music, most of the time I use my phone, just because it can store hundreds of my favourite albums on the go, I find that very convenient, sure, but at the same time I try to grow my physical records collection every day – no mp3 will ever replace that analog sound, and – at least for now – there are many like minded fans.
AR: I think that some magic died with internet and easy access. But on the other hand, you can listen to whatever you want. Every genre of music, every album is available. If you like it, buy it, but if you can`t afford it because it`s not the cheapest hobby to collect physical albums, you can still enjoy your favourite music on smartphones, ipods, etc. and I don`t think that it will kill music. You can`t kill music. There is even more music now and it still grows.
I get the impression that today’s touring scene is most made up of festivals or multiple band line-ups. Is it harder/tougher to tour today?
W: Hard to say, really. First of all, we’re yet to play our first gig live, due to being 2-man band, and there are no current plans of changing that, but who knows what tomorrow brings. Second of all, we live in Poland, where there’s actually increasing number of gigs around, at least from my perspective. Back in the days, our country suffered a lot due to wars, communism, etc, we still feel it’s consequences to this day to be honest, but every year I feel like more and more bands are starting to include Poland in their tours, which is great. Maybe it’s because we don’t have any huge metal festival, like Brutal Assault in neighboring Czech Republic, or Wacken in Germany, but personally I tend to preffer small, club gigs than huge open airs.
If you were to decide how would the stage show look like?
W: Well, I think our music is quite demanding. I’ve never really thought about it, but I guess it would be rather mystical, spiritual journey rather than straight moshpit and headbanging. Surely it would require specific atmosphere.
AR: When I listen to our records I always imagine our live show :). Big scene, marvelous lights, but reality is reality. Someday maybe, who knows… 🙂
What does the future hold?
W: We’re getting closer to release of our second album, which will come either late 2017 or early in 2018, winter (that depends on Godz Ov War Productions schedule), and so far it consumes all our focus. Expect to hear more about it soon, we’re very happy about it, and hope you’ll like it as much as we do.