Hi guys, thanks for doing this interview!
Seeing as Dammercide is a relatively new band on the metal scene,
tell me a little bit about your collective background. How did
Dammercide get its start?
Dammercide are five guys that listen to a
completely different metal music. These five guys joined together
in order to perform an original and new music proposal. This band
started, for fun, at the end of 1994. At that time we all were
engaged to organize a concert for the end of the school year. Max
and I were invited by present bass player, by vocalist and by the
other guitarist to form an extempore group that probably would be
lasted till concert time.
What led to you joining the band?
Since the day of the school concert I entered
their group, and Dammercide was born, with another drum player who
left the band in 1997 after recording the "Compromise"
demo tape; therefore we called Max, confirming the present
The Dammercide sound is very heavy, but is
not derivative of anyone else. Who were the bands that influenced
you and how?
Our inspiration sources are various, but the most
similar bands in regards to melody, technique and taste are:
Cynic, Death, Atheist, In Flames, Dream Theater, Megadeth, Slayer
and Iron Maiden.
What made you decide to use a full mix of
growled and clean vocals?
It's very important in a song to take care of
dynamics of parts both played and sung. For that reason, it is
necessary to create a mix of growled and clean vocal; on soft and
melodic parts we use clean vocals to create a certain atmosphere,
on more aggressive and technical parts growled vocals are more
Tell me a little bit about the stories
behind "Queen of Diamonds" and "L.O.V.E." off
Queen of Diamonds is a song about Alex's ex-
girl-friend. With L.O.V.E. (lessons of visual ecstasy) we wanted
to say that "love" today means, first of all, vain
appearances. It's like a great flesh market where guys get in and
choose their "twin souls" just for outward appearances.
Today imagination is the most important thing, love and good taste
are smashed to pieces leaving a large abyss that is swallowing
little by little everything.
The title "L.O.V.E." doesn't
happen to be a tribute to either W.A.S.P. or UFO does it?
No, it doesn't. When this song was first released
in the previous demo "Compromise" the title wasn't so
The album cover art looks like it could have
been done by H.R. Giger. Who did it and what made you choose it?
Luca Sambuco, one of the minds behind our label,
created the cover. We chose this one from a set of covers because
was the only that made everybody satisfied.
Negatron Records is a brand new label for
metal acts. Can you tell me a bit about the label, how it got its
start and why you guys chose to sign with it?
We received a lot of offers, but Negatron Records
was the only one that fulfilled our requirements. The main feature
of Negatron Records is the incredible expertise of the two bosses,
Luca and Riccardo; they left us maximum freedom in every thing
concerning the entire production of 'Link'.
Have you heard any of the material from your
Yes, of course. We think our lablemates are great
artists and we are happy to be under the same label.
Italy is mostly known for its power metal
acts like Rhapsody and Labyrinth, but you and your lablemates are
all death/black metal bands. What is the metal scene like in Italy
and how does Dammercide fit in?
In Italy we have the impression that the genre
that everybody listen to seems to be power. Maybe it's for this
reason that we had many difficulties in finding a label willing to
produce us and places to perform live.
How do you feel about the many power metal
acts that have come out of Italy in recent years?
Why so many acts? They all look and sound the
Is the crap-rock (rap-rock) movement big in
Maybe not as big as in America, but it's
Where does the name "Dammercide"
The name Dammercide is the contraction of
Dammerung (twilight in German) and Omicide. It's a very evocative
imagine- Omicide at twilight-. We like to picture evening and fear
coming out with dark .Our mix between a German and English word
was due to avoid that someone else could think of the same name.
The album has been out for a little while
now, have you guys had the chance to play any shows or go on tour
Yes, we played out as much as we could, but we
still have to do something that could be named "tour".
What can we expect from Dammercide in the
In the future we will do our best to promote
"live" our product everywhere we will be allowed to
play. We are also working on new songs that are still in embryo
but seem much more mature and identify our band even more in our
That's all the questions that I had for you.
Thanks for taking the time to do this interview!
Thanks to editorial staff of
"metal-rules!" for giving us the opportunity to promote
again our "Link".