Is there a better declaration of intent than WARFIST? You know that you won’t be getting pink fluffy toy animals when you listen to this. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
I am a word buff so when I find a band name that excites me I want to know the reason behind the choice. So how did you pick your name?
-Well, I just hope my answer won’t disappoint you, because there’s no larger reason behind this choice. The idea of our band’s name came from our original vocalist and Warfist’s co-founder, Witchfucker. One day, we were sitting and drinking in a pub. We had already decided to form a new band, but we still didn’t have a proper name for it. So, Witchfucker suggested that it should be Warfist. This name was supposed to be powerful, pounding, brutal and in-tour-face. Just like our music.
There are so many genres and sub-genres today that it is hard to keep track of them all. So what was it that made you pick the style you play?
-It all came natural. I mean, at first we wanted to play something more in the Australian war metal vein. You know, stuff like Destroyer 666, Gospel Of The Horns, etc. In time, our style has developed more into the 80s vein metal. This is the music we listen to the most and it kinda defines metal in our opinion. This was the decade, in which all the best things in metal had been invented and they have defined this genre for the next decades. As you can see, a lot of people today refer to the 80s, when they’re talking about the purest metal music. Getting back to us, a lot of people also say that one can hear plenty influences from the German thrash metal in our sound. I agree with that! I love the German thrash myself, especially Sodom. Besides, when we’re talking about metal sub-genres, I would actually define our music simply as metal. No other labels needed here. Most often we’re described as black/thrash, which is fine with me. But at the same time, we incorporate some more influences into our music that I think that describing our music as metal is the most complete.
What influences you in creating your music? What is/has been the single greatest influence?
-That’s a tough one. Inspirations for music come and go, and you never know when to expect them. Sometimes I am capable of creating five new songs during one week, but there are times when I can’t come up with a single riff for a few months. And to be honest, for all these years I haven’t been able to find a connection between my creativity and the mood that I had been, or the circumstances that had inspired me. Although maybe it’s the alcohol? Sometimes when I’m drunk or hugover I tend to come up with some cool ideas. It’s definitely easier to point out influences when it comes to lyrics, because it’s the evil side of human nature. You know, deviations, religious fanaticism, serial killers, etc. I especially love to discover such stories that refer to the history, however, present times have plenty of them as well.
How important is it to have a message as a band?
-My opinion has always been that the music should defend itself the most. However, a message is important too. I think I wouldn’t be able to listen to a band, whose lyrics touch the subjects that I either disagree with, or find unappealing to metal. But still, at the end of the day, it’s the music that has to convince me the most. We, ourselves, have a message that’s called METAL! It’s as simple as this. Perhaps, too simple for somebody, but that’s their problem.
Is image an important factor to the bands appearance?
-It’s not the most important thing but… You have to admit that it’s kinda awkward when you listen to a band playing pounding, aggressive and devilish metal and then it appears that its musicians wear look as if they were just back from a Sunday school. Sometimes it goes the other way round – you may ignore a band that looks stupid, but they may play killer music. I know that one shouldn’t put image above music, but what the fuck is wrong with keeping these things consistent? Lemmy said that when people come to see a band play, they don’t want to see guys from their neighborhood, but some fuckin’ creatures from a different galaxy… or something like that. The bottom line is that if you play extreme metal, your image should be extreme as well.
How important is it to have an album cover that stands out to grab people’s attention in this day and age?
-A good album cover definitely attracts the attention. It’s just like with a cover of a book – you know you shouldn’t judge the book by this, but you very often do. The same thing applies to albums. Sometimes they may contain the best songs in the world, but if its artwork sucks, most likely not many people will give it a chance. I myself very often decide to listen an album because of its cover. Therefore, we’re glad that Maciek Kamuda did such an awesome job creating artwork for “Metal to the Bone”. It’s totally kicks ass and you can feel hell struggling to break free from it. That’s exactly what we wanted.
What kind of respect do you get from your local scene?
-I think it’s quite ok. Whenever we play in Zielona Góra, the attendance is pretty satisfying, people bang their heads to our music… We’re also in a good relationship with the local bands. You know, Zielona Góra is not a large city, so basically everyone from the local metal scene have known each other for a very long time. The bands have often shared rehearsal rooms, played live together and partied together. So, we can’t complain about the respect or support in our local scene.
How massive is it to get response from places you have never heard of?
-hat’s a totally cool feeling when you receive a review or a message from a totally random place in the world. It’s good to know that your music has managed to reach such distant places like South America, South-East Asia or Australia. But then again, metal underground has always been very wide and music managed to spread far via tape trading and stuff. It’s good to know that it still has such power. Or maybe now this power is even stronger due to the internet.
Is playing live still a great way to get new fans to discover you?
-Yeah, it sure is. When we had played some gigs shortly before, as well as shortly after the release of “Metal to the Bone”, many people approached us and had been saying that they didn’t know our music to well, but after the show they are eager to hear much more. And it’s still fun for us to play live. We still love the adrenaline rush that you feel each time you’re about to go on stage. Plus, I think that our music shows it’s true potential at live shows. Albums are one thing, but the hell gets truly unleashed on stage.
What does the future have in its womb?
-Recently, we have recorded four new tracks. We don’t know yet, when exactly they are going to be released or on what format. Also, we have already been thinking about the third album. We have started working on new tracks and… that’s all I can say for now. Anyway, the future looks busy!