What is that makes you want to start again after you taken a break from the band? What urge was there to get going again?
Benny: The urge to create good ol’ death metal, the way it was played back in the “age of the cassettes”. It was actually a decision between me and Mattias, we thought it was time to resurrect the beast to see if it was thirsty and capable to kill.
I thought I knew of you guys and your music but I realized that I only knew of you from reading about you. How well known is the band to the general death metal audience? How well promoted is the band?
Benny: As for many small death metal bands back then, we weren’t well known. We rehearsed, got drunk and had some gigs in Stockholm, and that’s about it. We lived and breathed “Death Metal” like crazy ass maniacs, and didn’t even tried to break trough as musicians as we were living in this sphere of underground movement. Also, during the whole period we constantly changed band members (except for me, Mattias and our bassist Marcus) and we never recorded any demo (strange huh?! everyone did!). Nowadays we do this for ourselves, the stuff that we like and if there is someone out there that digs our shit, we are more than honored. So, I guess that we aren’t that well promoted now either haha
Today we see an increase in the interest for old Swedish death metal. I never ever thought about this back in the day but what was it in the late 80s that shaped the sound of Swedish death metal?
Janne: I guess the typical sound was created in the Sunlight studio. Most bands that recorded there had at a touch of that high mid guitar sound. I remember I had to fight hard to get my own guitar sound on a couple of recordings.
Mattias: It´s hard to point a finger on just one thing that shaped the sound of Swedish death metal. But I think that when bands like Nihilist, Carnage. Carbonized, Entombed etc. released their demos from Sunlight studio, many of us were blown away of the brutal sound that Tomas Skogsberg created. But not everybody I must say, some hated it and I can understand that because the sound was kind of recreated on everything that came out from Sunlight.
Benny: Glorifying the mighty work of the BOSS HM2-pedal! haha However, we still use that one in our set of effects, just to have a touch of the classic Swedish high mid distortion. And as said, Skogsberg at Sunlight had a huge impact on forming and distributing the new Swedish sound in the late 80s.
I like some of these newer bands that are so obviously influenced by the old Swedish sound but sometimes it become too comical when they wear their influences to openly. What kind of feelings do have about this resurgence in interest for everything Swedish death metal?
Mattias: I think it’s very cool that newer bands look back to the roots and maybe create something
new from that or just keep the flame burning. But I agree that sometimes it becomes comical.
Benny: I actually like it, but at the same time, how hard they/we all try, the original is always better than the copy. Maybe due to personal memories from the underground scene back in the days. That’s why we are trying to make something slightly different, but still with one foot in the “grave”. Don’t know if we succeed with that thou haha
Janne: I guess it’s kinda cool that swedish DM has in a way ressurected or even been proven immortal.
It has taken you some time to get around to releasing an album. Although almost impossible to answer but do you think waiting this long has made the album better than had you released in years ago?
Mattias: I think that it had sound very different if we had recorded it back in 92 or something, the setup was different and we wasn’t that great musicians back then, but maybe it could have turned out to be a classic…hahaha
Benny: Maybe our last setup, with Pelle Ekegren on drums, could have been a great bunch of musicians to work on a release, but at that time we didn’t have the cash haha. Also, the band slowly started to retire at that time.
The journey has been a long one for you. How has your view on death metal changed over the years? Has it still the same importance in your life?
Janne: I believe DM either sticks or don’t. In our case it stuck like on most DM passionate active at the time of the cradle. Although I personally took a long distance for quite many years it came to a point when it couldn’t be resisted. It just becomes part of you!
Benny: Death metal, as an organic, down to earth, raw and brutal music-form has always been interesting to me, even thou I’ve had periods with only 70s rock/progressive, 80s metal/thrash and 90s Stonerrock. I personally adore the playfulness in the genre, the tempo changes, the cool drumming etc. You can almost do anything and it’s both fun to play and listen to ’cause there is so many cool things to explore. It doesn’t need to have a basic song structure with verse and chorus, to be one of the best tracks you ever heard. And of course I like the dark evilness of it all hehe. Today I’ve listen to almost everything so it’s quite hard to point out any influences thou.
Mattias: Personally I got very tired of Death metal music ,around 97 or something, and avoid it as good as I could :), but after a few year sober I had to listen to some pure Death metal again, and I admit that some of the shit I thought were awesome back in the days really sucked, but some of the stuff were amazing. And I found some new band as well. I admit that it’s not that important nowadays. In the late 80`s and early 90`s we ate, drunk, and fucked Death Metal…hahaha….now we all got families and are not that young anymore….:)
How do you age as a death metal musician? Do you take in all this new melodeath or do you keep true to the original acts?
Mattias: I don´t like that melodeath and the triggered drums and that kind of overproduced shit. The original is always the best as they say…
Benny: I’m not so found of melodic death metal. Of course some melodies are ok to put in there, as long as the brutality is intact. Blast beats is a must! Hehe We all keep true to the original style.
Janne: I personally listen to anything worth the time but I bleed for the original acts and Tampa bay DM in particular.
Is there a death metal aesthetic? Do you have to look and act a specific way to be death metal?
Janne: If you go back to the early 90’s I’d definitely say yes but I do not see the same rules apply to the same extent anymore. In the 90’s really long hair and black jeans together with a black biker jacket and a black and white DM t-shirt was law. If you wore blue jeans or something with brighter colors, you weren’t accepted as nothing but a poseur.
Mattias: I think that is more important for the younger Death metal fans, I don´t look or act a special way to be Death Metal, it’s all in my soul 🙂
When you’ve been doing it for so long as you guys have can you feel a certain pride in being a part of a scene that has come to mean so much to so many people?
Janne: I personally just find it unbelievable that stuff we’ve made over the years is considered part of it all. It’s really cool!
Benny: I can’t take credit for bringing any musical legacy to the scene back then, but I am honored that I got to experience that amazing period of time. I feel a certain pride of being a part of the Swedish old school scene thou.
Mattias: Yes of course, even thou I don´t think we have done anything special for the scene, but I´m proud over been part of it since the beginning, and it was an amazing time in Stockholm back then. It was concerts every weekend. We all sticked together, we were very tight.
How do you take Malfeitor further from this point now?
Right now we are waiting for the response on our debut. Hopefully we might start writing material for the sequel after this summer. At this moment we can’t tell you what to expect… but there will be old school death metal for sure, probably we put some more experimental stuff in there. This time we will not hesitate to get signed, we want to have the material ready first. We work a little bit slower nowadays haha. Thanks for a great interview, we believe it was one of the best so far! Also, thanks to all you that support true old school death metal, you are our true brothers, sisters and partners in crime! Be sure to grab our debut “Dum Morior Orior”, that is scheduled to be released on CD by Hellthrasher Productions at the 30th of April 2012 and on Vinyl by Chaos Records.