MNEMOCIDE is a really cool Swiss death metal band that you ought to check out immediately. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
Do you notice that there is an anticipation for you to release an album? Have you built a large enough following for people to eagerly await a new album?
-Mnemocide was founded in 2017 so we are at the beginning of our journey to settle the name oft he band in the international Metal scene. Just a few gigs were played so far. Of course there is a small group of fans who are waiting for the next release. But it needs more than one record to make us grow as a band. But we are working on it.maybe some day there will be a large crowd waiting for our future releases….time will tell.
Is it important for you that a new album picks up where the previous left off? How important is continuity??
-We have found our style of deathmetal ; very heavy and intense. We will follow this lead and try hard as we can to bring it to perfection. The main substances are already there, now our task is to bring this recepy to the next level.
Was it hard for you to come up with a sound for this album that you all could agree on?
-no it was in fact very easy. We as band had a very clear vision about how Mnemocide should sound like. We are pulling as one on the same rope.
How important are the lyrics to you? What kind of topics do you deal with?
-The lyrics a very important for us. The main topic is the madness of humanity. It seems that mankind repeats its failures again and again. There are no findings from our history , no consequences. We keep on destroying our planet and stumble from war to war. This blindness and ignorance to the past is what the bands name means: „Mnemocide“ (killing the memory)
How important is the cover art work for you? How much do you decide in choosing art work?
-For our first release we wanted the artwork plain and simple. The attention should be on the logo of the band. This skull stabbed by a sword is our brand.
How important is having a label to back you up today when you can just release your music on any sort of platform online? Are there any negative consequences to music being too readily available to fans?
-At the moment we don`t miss a label. Today you can spread your music wihout it. So everything lays in our own hands and right now it feels good. We will see what the future brings….
I guess that today’s music climate makes it harder for a band to sell mega platinum. How do you tackle the fact that downloading has changed how people consume music?
-What kind of deathmetal sells platinum? We are playing in this band as hobby. We put a lot of effort and passion in Mnemocide, but we don`t expect to pay our bills with our music. We all have our jobs to live our lifes . But this gives us freedom to play the music we like. If people download our music, great I hope they turn it loud and go crazy. We don`t care the ways people get attention to Mnemocide…..as long as we get heard by a bunch of headbangers around the globe.
Does nationality matter today when it comes to breaking big. Does nationality play a part in if or not you will make it big internationally?
-No idea. Indeed there are some swiss metal bands which are/were internationally: Celtic Frost; Coroner; Samael, Tryptikon; Eluveitie…..just to mention a few.
I use Spotify and Deezer but only as compliment to buying CDS (it’s easier to just have your phone or pad when you’re out) but I fear that soon music as we know it will be dead and buried. What are your worries as a band
-We can be found on spotifiy and also on itunes. I think the whole downloading issue threads a lot of bands, but first of all it kills record labels; distributors and music stores. Today you don`t need necessarily a label to spread your music, if you have some knowledge you can take care of it on your own….you just need a good promo Partner;). I think there a two sorts of bands who suffer less from downloading: the real big ones and the underground bands. The big ones sell a lot of merch and can play expensive shows to get money out o fit, and the small ones have bigger chance to be heard around the world by downloading and they have not the need to get a lot of money out of their music, because the bandmembers work on regulary jobs to make a living. But there are countless bands, especially in the metal scene, who can barely survive fiancially from their music. They put so much time in their bands, that there is no time left to work besides. If then the records sales going down it becomes a matter of survival. I`m afraid we will see a lot of great bands going down the drain in the next few years….
What does the future hold for you?
-Playing shows; producing further records; spreading the Mnemocide virus