MORTAL PERIL has one of these names that fascinates me. So much that I had to ask them some questions. Interview with Bassist/Shouter Jan R. ©2015 Anders Ekdahl
Could you please introduce us to the band?
-We are Mortal Peril from Cologne Germany. We consist of four members: Jan R.: Bass/Leadvocals; Jonas L.: Drums/Backings; Björn L.: Guitars and Pete R.: Guitars/Backings. We were found in 2010 by Jan and Jonas. Through the years we had a few line up changes on the guitars. Our first guitarists Tasso T. and Lucas K. left us in 2013 for personal reasons. Nicki H. deputized for them in 2013 and left us by the beginning of 2014 also for personal reasons. Björn L. and Fabian G. joined in February 2014, but Fabian left the band in September to begin his studies but you can still hear his Solos on our album “Walking on hellish trails”. We released an EP (Of black days and cruel Alliances) in 2012 and our first album (Walking on Hellish trails) in february 2015. We are playing classical old school Thrash Metal with influences of Hardcore Punk and NWOBHM. Our lyrics are dealing with movies that we like, some senseless alcohol based stories but also with sociocritical issues.
What has been the greatest catalyst in forming your sound?
-We have different influences in our Sound. Obviously our Sound is inspired by the old school heroes of Metal like Iron Maiden, Slayer, Exodus, Overkill and Motörhead. We prefer a basic and raw Sound with lots of energy and powerfull riffs, beating the shit out of your ears!!! Of course we are also listing to other Metal genres (except for the core stuff). You can also hear some Punk and Doom vibes in our songs.
How hard is it to record and release new songs?
-Nowadays it is quite easy to record your songs. We recorded our EP at Happy Drum Studios with Bruno Mascolo with a very small budget. Our Album was produced, mixed and mastered by our guitarist Björn and our ex-member Nicki. While the recording is an easy job it is difficult to sale your CDs to a big amount of people. In times of youtube and the internet in general many people are not willing to buy physical record mediums like CDs. The best way to sell your records is to play good shows.
Has digital made it easier to get your music released?
-It is easy to release your records in the internet and advertise them. Many people all over the world can listen to your music and it is a matter of fact that it is cool to know that people in foreign countries love your music without knowing you in personal. But the internet made it difficult to sell your records as there is so much music that you can listen for free. You have to work hard to sell your Redords at gigs so that you earn the money that you invested in recording and releasing your songs.
If you release your music digitally is there a risk that you release songs too soon, before you are ready compared to releasing them on cd?
-We only record songs that are good enough to be released. And we only release them if they are ready to be released. Sometimes we are showing some raw versions and live videos of our songs so that our fans have a chance to get an impression of our material. The rest will only be a viable on the CD.
What kind of responses have you had to your recorded music?
-We got some very positive reviews to our EP from Germany but also from other countries in Europe and America. The first responses to our album are coming in now and until now most people seem to like the record.
We live in a world were there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
-Our first EP was send to magazines all over the world. We got very cool responses from Italy, France but also South America. It is amazing to read positive reviews from people living in a different continent thousands of miles away from us. Besides that it is always cool to meet other metal fans on festivals and gigs who like your music and support your band.
Do you feel like you are a part of a greater conmunity playing in a metal band?
-We are definitely a part of the metal community. We are trying to add something to the scene and the music that we love. The metal scene has much power that you can feel while you are performing in front of metal crowd going crazy to your music.
What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
-If you are doing a good job on stage you can definitely win some new fans. You have to kick ass and play with power and passion for your crowd. You have to show them that you are worth the attention and money they spend to watch you. That is exactly what we are doing and in every night so that we can convince some more metalheads of our qualities.
What plans do you have for the future?
-We want to play as much shows as we can and have a great time on stage with authentic metalheads enjoying our music. We also hope that we can release a new album in 2016. We are already working on new songs. So get your asses ready for some heavy stuff!!!