I can’t remember the last time I heard some melodic death metal the Swedish way played by a non Swedish band. REVENGE DIVISION does just that. ©2015 Anders Ekdahl
Was it hard to come up with a name? What does the name mean to you?
-Yes, it took a few months. In facts, we played our first show nameless. It came to my mind one night, but in a reversed order – Division Revenge. I introduced this to the guys and our guitarist Juro just turned it to Revenge Division. It doesn´t have any deeper meaning. I simply like those words.
Who would say are the founding stones of the kind of sound you have?
-As far as our influences go, we draw inspiration primarily from the Gothenburg/Swedish death metal scene, that is, from bands such as Amon Amarth or Hypocrisy, also from the German thrash metal, especially from Kreator, and finally we incorporate contemporary influences from modern bands.
When you play slow do you have to think differently arranging the music than if you play faster and vice versa?
-Not really. It’s about contrast. We are trying to maintain balance and variety in our music.
How does your music work in a live environment?
-We can’t complain. We love to play live, and to every show we dedicate ourselves 100%.
You have some releases to your name. Which one are you the most proud of?
Well so far, our discography consists of the “Mediocracy” demo and “The New Generation”, released by MetalGate Records, which is our debut. So understandably, we are very proud of our first album.
Is it hard to reach out to all those that might be interested in your music? What alleys have you used to get people familiarized with your band?
-We are using mostly internet and live shows. Also our label MetalGate is helping with the promotion.
What to you is a great front cover? What should a cover have to make it great?
-Front cover is the album’s face, representing it and the band as well. Besides professional execution of the technique, good cover should capture and express an idea that ideally reflects the atmosphere of the music and/or the central motif of the album. It should also be done in such a way that makes it stand out, so that when you see it, it gets stuck in your head.
Do you feel that you are part of a national scene? What is the climate for metal in your country?
-Yes we are the part of our national scene. We’ve played tens of shows and we have a decent fanbase here in Slovakia. It’s not a giant scene, but it is alive and has all the usual attributes: fans, clubs, promoters, festivals and a lot of good metal bands.
How does one promote oneself the best possible way?
-I think that you do so by playing live shows where you deliver your best, by being in touch with the scene and especially with your fans and treating them with respect, and also by believing in your music. Of course, the internet helps too.
What does the future hold?
-We would like to record a new album this year and play as many shows as possible