If you are not familiar with the Polish extreme metal scene I pity you. So many cool bands to discover. Like RITES OF DAATH. Questions answered: T. – Guitars, Vocals Anders Ekdahl ©2018
Every band has to introduce their music to new people. What is it that you want people to get from listening to you guys?
RE: Not much. We know what we are, we’re nothing special. But I think if you’re interested in underground death metal, we’ll might have something for you. If you especially like the grave-scented death metal that is, this is the music for you.
How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
RE: No, it wasn’t very hard as it was a part of our evolution, I believe. We shifted from the very plain and not-so-serious death metal into something more complex, and the name came to us very naturally. And by complex I mean something more consistent, as we put more attention to the final outcome. Everything must fit together, the music, the lyrics and the graphics.
Everybody is influenced by certain things. What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of music you play? What inspires you today?
RE: I think it was Slayer that got me into metal in general. After listening to “Reign in Blood” I went crazy about oldschool thrash/heavy and speed metal from the 80s. Also a lot of death metal bands came in but I don’t want to get into name dropping. I think my biggest inspiration (then and now) is Celtic Frost and Hellhammer. Maybe they are not the first bands that come in mind while listening to Rites of Daath, but I think that I’m following the same principles in the songwriting process: the easiest means are the best. As for the entire band, we’re inspired by the bands like Immolation, Incantation, Grave Miasma, Dead, Congregation, Qrixkuor or Portal.
When you formed did you do so with the intent of knowing what to play or did you do so from the point of having a band name and then picking a sound? How did you settle on the name/sound combo?
RE: No, at the beginning we weren’t serious about this band at all. It was supposed to be a side project. The music was quite punkish, and the lyrics were funny, settled in the zombie-death metal agenda. We’ve started under the “Cemetery Whore” name, it speaks it all about the attitude we had! But with time, it changed into something more serious. The changes originated from the clash of our personalities I think. We’ve just realized that we might do something more.
I believe that digital is killing the album format. People’s changing habit of how they listen to music will result in there being no albums. Is there anything good with releasing single tracks only?
RE: I don’t know, it didn’t affect me or my friends, but I don’t have the larger picture. It works quite different here, in underground I believe. Here people are still buying CDs or LPs, or at least me and my friends are buying shitloads of CDs. I don’t dig Spotify or things like this. But I like to check an album on Youtube or tracks on Soundcloud before I buy something and I see nothing bad about it. It works as a promotion. As for the second part, do you mean releasing albums only on the internet? If you do, I think it’s shitty thing to do. I need to have a physical copy of an album, it makes a lot of difference to me. I can’t imagine having an album and being unable to hold it in my hands, to read the lyrics in the booklet and to see how it works as the whole concept.
What part does art-work and lay-out play when you release new recordings? How do you best catch people’s attention?
RE: It is very important to us. The music, the artwork and the general look of the record should be considered as a whole and that is what we’re trying to achieve. We’re paying a lot of attention to the lyrics, graphics and the layout, to the whole picture. But I don’t know how to catch people’s eye and to be honest I don’t care how to do it.
Has social media re-written the rules on how to promote your music? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way?
RE: Yes, of course it has changed it all. It has its pros and cons I think. It made things a lot easier, now you have a direct access to the music, you can listen to whatever you want whenever you want and that is great. And it means that it is a lot harder to make money out of it, which is a pill hard to swallow to a lot of people, but for me it’s great, because I’ve never wanted music to be my job. This situation is giving me full freedom, I can tour whenever I want and I can make music whenever I want and I’m not bound by any kind of contract telling me what I have to do. I am not doing it for money, I am doing it because I like to do it, so if people could listen to my stuff easier because of the internet and the wider distribution – it works for me. But as for promoting Rites of Daath over the internet – we’re doing the absolute minimum, only the most important information like something new coming up, or a gig.
When you play in a band, does that make you feel like you are a part of a scene, of something bigger and grander?
RE: It is hard to say, we’re a small band. But I believe that the extreme metal scene is very alive nowadays. You see, I came from the thrash/heavy metal scene, and here in Poland this scene is dead. Nothing happens here, only few bands keeping the spirit alive and one or two releases a year with a small response. When I started to be much more into extreme metal scene, I was shocked how vital it is. There’s a lot of really good bands and good gigs to go to, a lot of committed people to speak with. It is great to be a part of it, even if it is a small part.
How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
RE: We’re not much into touring. We’ve got normal lives apart from being in the band, that’s why we can’t go full retard about touring. Also, we prefer to play few good gigs, then hundred shitty ones, in a shitty venues with a shitty sound. Quality over quantity for sure.
What will the future bring?
RE: Who knows? Too soon to tell.
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