REPULSIVE AGGRESSION

I can’t say that I was too impressed by my first encounter REPULSIVE AGGRESSION on their debut but it grew on me and with a new album out an interview was in place. Interview answered by Holter. ©2016 Anders Ekdahl

As you might not be that known to most people a short introduction might be in order.
-We’re a death metal band from Oslo, Norway. Started out in 2008 and since then we have released two albums. “Conflagration” in early 2013, and now “Preachers of Death”.

How does this new album compare to the previous ones?
-It is definitely an evolution from the previous album, we had settled on a lot of things musically for “Conflagration” so we had a very solid base to work from. This had allowed us to push it further and develop a more varied expression without letting go of that core.

Was it hard for you to come up with a sound you all could agree on?
-It was surprisingly easy. From the very beginning we’ve had the same views of what we wanted to do musically. It has definitely evolved over the years, but we’ve never been pulling in different directions.

How important are the lyrics to you? What kind of topics do you deal with?
-It is certainly important to get it right, and to represent the idea behind the band. Staying away from juvenile angst and esoteric explorations of the soul. Still, you’re not going to save the world with death metal so something that fits in with, and adds to, the aggression found in the music is the main focus. As for themes and topics, it is very much a case of doing exactly what it says on the tin. Repulsive Aggression, Preachers of Death.

How important is the cover art work for you? How much do you decide in choosing art work?
-The importance of cover artwork has certainly diminished over the last years with the digital platforms more or less taking over the music business. It is easier than ever for people to find your music and listen to it through streaming services so the need for the cover to sell your music to people without any knowledge of the music is not as important as it once was. That being said it still is an important part of the complete package, so a blank cover with some basic text on it will not do.

Where outside of your country have you had success with your previous albums?
-There is a trend that’s quite easy to see that when you move away from black metal and towards death metal that the interest in your music takes a quite significant step towards the west. so the UK and other places you rarely hear from as a black metal band has certainly come forwards this time.

Why is it that we do not see more metal bands from your country making it big internationally?
-There are several reasons, first of all there really aren’t that many of us so the total amount of bands we can produce is somewhat limited in the first place. Adding to that is the fact that most Norwegian bands tends to operate in more niche genres, so breaking through as a mainstream band is rather unlikely. That being said, there are quite a few Norwegian bands doing very well both in Europe and the rest of the world.

What is your local metal scene like? What status does does your band have in the national metal scene?
-It is certainly there, but I wouldn’t say that it’s one big tightly knit group. As for status in the metal scene, not really I give any thought or commit any effort to achieve or thinking about, so I really can’t give you an answer there.

What is the general populations opinion on metal? Is being a metal musician a respectable choice?
-While the general populations interest in metal is rather limited it is certainly accepted in all civilized parts of the country. There are of course the religious backwaters of the country where it could still be considered problematic but those places have little to no effect on the lives of people not in the local cult. Other than that being a metal musician really isn’t all that different from anything else.

What does the future hold for you?
-More of everything, more music more shows. Keep doing what we’re doing and keep improving on it.

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