Heart of Steel: Interviews

"Thrash Metal Has No Boundaries..."

The Finnish Speed/Thrash Metal special (Pt. 1) Featuring interviews with Deathchain, Divine Decay, Jumalation,  Malicious Death, Mokoma, 
Pain Confessor, and WhereVictimsLie

Intro and all the interview questions by Luxi Lahtinen


First off, would you enlighten our readers on how your band got started and took its first steps musically? Then, tell us how your music has  evolved since then?

Tuomo (Mokoma): Mokoma was founded by the vocalist Marko Annala in 1996. After the fist demo the band - or Annala's solo project by that time - got signed by EMI. Our co-operation lasted for two albums (VALU (1999) and MOKOMAN 120 PÄIVÄÄ (2001)) which got OK response but didn't sell enough.

Musically we were mainly somewhere between Faith No More and Helmet sung in Finnish, although on our second album we also had one song that had some 80's thrash influence. When we started writing material for our third album, those Thrash riffs just kept coming. Soon we had a good bunch of Thrash songs, and we had more fun making music than ever. We all had strong background playing and listening to thrash, now we just didn't give a fuck if some influences might be quite obvious. We just wanted to enjoy playing again after our traumatic radio metal days on EMI.

We realized that this might mean committing commercial suicide, but at least we would go with style… And yes, the record labels didn't understand our style change. Thanks to the fantastic response from the live audience and colleagues, we ended up founding our own record company Sakara Records, which really was the right choice to make. Now our third album KURIMUS has sold at least three times more than the first two albums on a major label EMI. We showed them how to do it, hah!

Mokoma

 

Anthares (Jumalation): All started in my brains at the end of nineties after listening to some Destruction and other classic Thrash Metal endlessly. But the band got a real shape in 1999 when we gathered in rehearsals and everybody´s skills effected to the whole shit. The music hasn´t technically "changed", but let´s just wait and see how the future rehearsing and "production" will shape it.

Jumalation

 

Malicious DeathBilibaldus (Malicious Death): Me and Obadio talked about forming a band in the spring 2002. We have a similar taste in music and we were talking about different styles of music we like and how some bands are so amazing and so on. After a pizza and few beers we ended up forming a Thrash Metal band because we thought it was one of the biggest dreams for both us. We invited Jerker to play the drums in the first rehearsal with us and things got started pretty well. Actually, he blew our minds with his technique. We practiced our first songs like "Malicious Death" and "Hate Generator" before we found Red Jesus to sing in the band. After that we were ready to kick ass. Back in those days we used to laugh so much it hurt when we practiced. Of course we also have fun nowadays but things have gotten a slight bit more serious.

Obadio (Malicious Death): I must admit that our musical abilities have gotten better along the way. That still doesn't mean that the music itself has changed to a more cultivated direction. It is just easier to play certain things now as it used to be in the beginning. We started out playing raw and honest Thrash and that is exactly what we are planning to do. We made it clear to ourselves in the very beginning that we will respect the old school bands even if that meant lacking in the originality.

 

Corpse (Deathchain): Deathchain was formed in winter 1997 under the name of Winterwolf. I formed Winterwolf because I wanted to play Death/Thrash Metal with an old-school touch. Our first demo had also some Black Metal influences, but our second demo was more Thrash -orientated. Winterwolf released two demo-CDs with an old line-up. Those demos were titled DEATH…WILL COME ON YOUR WAY (January 2000) and BLOOD FOR DEATH (January 2001). After these two demos, I was disappointed to the current state of the band. During the autumn 2001 a new era for the band was started. After I relocated the band to Kuopio, new members were found for the band. The new line-up soon took over including Bobby in guitar, Kuolio in bass and Kassara in drums. Soon after that the band's name changed to Deathchain.

In the beginning of the year 2002 we entered the S. Jämsen's Studio Perkele and recorded a demo called POLTERGEIST containing four tracks of aggressive Deathrash Metal with a hard attitude. Even though the demo got mainly good reviews, I wanted to strenghten the vocal department a bit. A new vocalist named Rotten was found in summer 2002 and I started concentrating to guitar playing only. Relatively soon we also got signed to Dynamic Arts Records, and recorded our debut album DEADMEAT DISCIPLES at Studio Perkele in summer 2003.

Deathchain

 

Pain Confessor: The band got started in the summer of 2002 first as a project and then it evolved into a real band. Since the beginning our music has matured from a slightly generic melodic Death Metal into a more unique style of our own.

Pain Confessor

 

Paul (Divine:Decay): Well, it was back in spring 1999 at the yard of the famous Lepakko (building for the concerts, rehearsals and culture activity which was blown up for the NOKIA office building) where we were rehearsing with our other bands. So there we both decided to spend our extra time to build some old-school Speed/Thrash riffs what has been our favourite since mid-80´s.

Alec (Divine:Decay): Then Toni (bass) and Pätkä (drums) came along few weeks later. We knew them as friends and as fellow musicians. We also knew their passion for the same musical style.

Paul (Divine:Decay): Things took of pretty easy at first but eventually we made a demo, live shows and stuff. Who could have guessed…?

Alec (Divine:Decay): At first we had plans to search for a "real vocalist", but by "mistake" I ended up being the main voice. So that's how we got started and now we have already released our second album. I must also say that who could have guessed…

 

Simo (WhereVictimsLie): In the beginning of the year 2000 Petosalmi told Hakkola about his vision to start a band that would play aggressive Thrash Metal. They soon asked me to join them. The idea was to play Thrash Metal in the vein of the bands me and Jarkko had grown up listening to, such as Slayer, Death, Sepultura, Morbid Angel and Stone, and ultimately combining the best elements of all of these bands.

January 2003 saw Petosalmi and Rahikainen getting down to their rehearsal room with Häkkinen to show him some of the songs they had recently been working on. It didn't take too long from Häkkinen to realize that he had to be a part of this project. Me and Jarkko were having similar musical background as well as playing history of some 15 years, managed to compose four songs in two months with Häkkinen helping us on arranging. We recruited Ursin to play the bass and soon booked a studio to record our first output. In May 2003 this monster, which ended up having WhereVictimsLie as its name, entered Sam's Workshop studio in their hometown to record their first promo/demo tape. Since then, we have composed two new songs. As a mutual decision we agreed not to put too many elements to our songs from variety of our favorite bands. To tell you, in the future, we should mostly have the aggression of Slayer and the melodiousness of Death.

WhereVictimsLie

 

 

Did you start playing Thrash Metal as a natural option for you in the first place? What other genres of metal are you fascinated and interested by except Speed and Thrash?

Alec (Divine:Decay): We have a saying that "Even the worst Metal is best" and I agree. This was a natural choice for us since it was the music that we grew up with. All the riffs come out quick and naturally.

Paul (Divine:Decay): We actually didn't plan all that much. It was an idea and we decided to do it that was it. Sure other Metal and non-Metal genres are good, too. Good music in general is good music (nice sentence, eh..?).

 

Anthares (Jumalation): Fuck yeah! The main goal was to create Thrash Metal what I had in my mind back in the day, and not any retro Rock´n´Roll Thrash like some other bands did at the time. They just gave "Thrash" a bad name (should it be "trash" then?). There are so many "genres" and other music that might have had an effect on our band, but maybe just as some tiny and probably invisible parts of the constructions. I think all of us are into Heavy, - Power, - Speed, - Thrash, - Death, and Black Metal - also into Hardcore, Punk, Crossover or just whatever is powerful.

 

Tuomo (Mokoma): Thrash came in very naturally after our second album. Most of us played thrash in the late 80's and early 90's. Since that we played in several bands and experimented with different styles of metal - trying to evolve something original. Now we just stopped trying and kind of let the music play us - hah, what a cliché....

But I still have to say that we aren't 100% Thrash. We want to keep melody in our music, and melodic songs will be part of our style in the future as well. Besides Marko's original vocals, melody is the key thing that makes us a bit different compared to an average Thrash band.

We don't mind genres, we like good music. And there are good bands in every genre I can think of. But ok, besides Thrash, Death Metal is closest to my heart.

 

Corpse (Deathchain): Well, you know, I´ve always loved Thrash Metal, and I have loved it since I heard REIGN IN BLOOD from Slayer for the first time when I was 12 years old. After that album there was no turning back, so playing Thrash Metal is a very natural thing for me. I´m really much into Death Metal also, and bands like Morbid Angel, Sadus, Cannibal Corpse, Vader, Malevolent Creation are really close to my heart. But the best band in the fucking world is IRON MAIDEN though!! In other words, my favorite genres are Thrash Metal, Death Metal and ´80s traditional Heavy Metal.

Bobby Undertaker (Deathchain): I've always liked a heavy music, not necessarily only Speed and Thrash Metal. But our Thrash/Death is my thing playing-wise. I love playing this king of powerful music with a hard attitude. However, most of my favorite bands come from the Thrash genre. The type of music that we play comes out pretty naturally indeed.

 

Pain Confessor: First of all, we never thought whether or not we should play Thrash Metal or any other specific style of metal. We all have our own individual influences considering our past and musical tastes.

 

Bilibaldus (Malicious Death): Well, as I said we had a serious conversation that led to this situation. Actually, I'm not interested in any genre in the whole. I'm just interested in music. If it's good, it's good. That's it. But also I don't judge music beforehand just because it comes from some specific genre.

Obadio (Malicious Death): We are both into so many different types of music that you wouldn't believe. That doesn't mean that we would bring different elements to our music or that we wouldn't take our Thrash Metal seriously. We are no youngsters anymore. When people get older they might understand that it is not important to be fundamentalist when it comes to music. I listen to a lot of different sorts of Punk, Ska, Progressive Rock and Jazz bands. Metal in its numerous forms is of course the most heart warming music there is!

 

Timo (WhereVictimsLie): I don't really listen to Thrash Metal that much. The Haunted and At the Gates are both awesome bands, but that's about it for me. I was asked to join WhereVictimsLie by Simo (we both play in Funeris Nocturnum) and I went down to our rehearsal room once with the other guys and liked to material a lot, so why not. Even though I'm not a fan of Thrash I must say that the songs we have are amazing, just wait 'til you hear our new stuff! The genre of Metal I listen to the most is Death Metal. Some Grindcore and Black Metal are great, too. I'm very open-minded with music and listen to a lot of other genres, too.

Simo (WhereVictimsLie): For me, Thrash Metal has always been a strong option for everything I have musically done. As Timo just told, we have been playing Black Metal together. About 10 years ago, I listened to Death Metal and other extreme Metal very enthusiastically. Nowadays, I am maybe old and conservative and have lost some of my interest for brutality what comes to listening new musical acts.

 

 

What bands could you consider as some of your influences or inspirations? Would you say that some of those influences are visible and can be tracked down in the band you play?

Anthares (Jumalation): Obviously Dark fucking Angel, Destruction, Onslaught, Slayer, E.X.E., Necromonicon, Virus (UK), Possessed, Sacrilege (UK), Sacrifice, Razor, Lobotomia (Bra), Kreator, Sodom, Sadus and Morbid Saint as the latest innovator for me personally in my songwriting. I know for sure that some of those influences are tracked down in our songs and I am not even ashamed of that at all. But we are probably following the same paths with the the bands I just mentioned recently, but in the future we will be kicking asses with our own monstrous stuff! We are taking influences also from some bands like production-wise. Like filtering some of the rage, filth, fury and blood of our main influences into our own soup of a thrashing madness.

 

MokomaTuomo (Mokoma): I must admit that a few teardrops fell when I saw a Slayer concert with Lombardo back in the line-up a while ago. In the end, we owe them everything. REIGN IN BLOOD was the album that changed my life permanently.

We also have to thank The Haunted for a great inspiration. They pulled our Thrash trigger by showing that you can play Thrash in the 00's and still sound fresh. We actually honoured them with the song called "Vainottu ("Haunted" in English)" on our album KURIMUS.

 

Bilibaldus (Malicious Death): Influences come from the end of 80's from bands like Kreator, Sodom, Destruction, Slayer, Death, Sepultura and so on. But biggest thing that inspires me is Voïvod. I hope people can hear these bands in us.

Obadio (Malicious Death): Yeah, you can easily track down some of the influences. Actually, if some riff turns out to resemble let´s say Death or Kreator we just think that then it must be a good riff. For me the most inspirational band of all time is Motörhead.

 

Simo (WhereVictimsLie): I've had my all time favorites since decades and not starting to lose my interest. Of course everyone should hear the influences from my compositions. Slayer, of course, is one the biggest. Stone made a big impression when I first time heard of them. Death was amazing with their new touch and approach of taking some of the melodies and rhythms. Others to mention are: Testament, Meshuggah (never stopped listening to Thordendal's incredible lead guitars), The Haunted, and last but not least: Metallica (I hope everyone got their tickets to Metallica´s forthcoming concert in Helsinki in June 2004?).

Timo (WhereVictimsLie): I grew up listening to Metallica and Iron Maiden etc., but for quite a long time Death Metal has been "The Metal" for me. At the moment bands like Origin, Cryptopsy, Rotten Sound and such influence me a lot (I'm not going to list all the bands I love, because that would take too much space). I don't know if that's really visible in this band as I've tried to keep the drumming fairly simple with WhereVictmsLie. I will add some elements into our newer stuff however... I think Death is one name that you'll be able to hear through from our new material.

 

Corpse (Deathchain): The biggest influence that you can hear in our music is definitely Slayer. But I could also draw influences to my riffs from bands like Testament, Destruction, Sodom, Morbid Angel, Sepultura, Kreator, Malevolent Creation and Dark Angel. I could say that in a way you can hear them all in our music. Like some of our songs may have the same kind of feeling. For example the chorus riff in one of our songs called "Carrier of Pestilence, it´s got a similar riff as the first riff in "Painkiller" from Judas Priest.

Bobby Undertaker (Deathchain): I think I also must say that Slayer is the thing that can be heard through our music. Maybe it´s not only the riffs, but overall this specific feeling of our music as well. My biggest personal influence is Kind Diamond and Mercyful Fate, but that is something that can't be heard in our music too much. Of course I take influences from anywhere I can, from many different kinds of bands and genres.

 

Pain Confessor: We have been compared to the usual melodic Death Metal bands and to some extent those comparisons may be correct. We don´t try to sound like any of those. Our music is what we like to play and we strive to sound like Pain Confessor.

 

Paul (Divine:Decay): Yeah, they are probably pretty obvious. Stuff like Accept, Slayer, Testament and VoiVod are the main influences.

Alec (Divine:Decay): …and of course Stone (Finland) which sometimes is almost a burden because of my voice. Foreign journalists seldom spot the similarity because they don't know them, but here in Finland the situation is completely different because they were the biggest band of the genre back then.

Paul (Divine:Decay): Although, being compared to Stone is a compliment, but sometimes pretty annoying, too.

 

 

Are there any Finnish Speed/Thrash Metal bands that you kind of thank and give some credit to for how they have inspired you to create a similar type of music?

Simo (WhereVictimsLie): I think Thrash Metal is somehow trendy nowadays. Still, I am not keeping track of new bands coming from Finland. Anyway, I have a feeling that there are not so many bands here performing Thrash Metal in the vein of Slayer? However, all-time gratitude to Stone, tho!

 

Bilibaldus (Malicious Death): Well I have to say Stone and Airdash were one of the biggest and because of our name I have to say Necromancer. Well, all the bands that used to play in the legendary gig place Lepakko and in the Helsinki area inspired me. Brainwash, Charged, Dethrone, N.N.S., A.R.G., Protected Illusion, Terrific Verdict, Dirty Damage and Oppression are definitely worth mentioning.

 

Tuomo (Mokoma): Of course Stone has to be mentioned first. After a decade, their albums still sound fresh - apart from the lyrics maybe… Musically they were - and still are - unbeatable. But a band called Charged might have been even a bigger influence for us. They released only one album called IN VICE in 1989. It is a great album, but wasn't marketed at all. Since they were from our home town, we saw them live many times and learned the basics of headbanging, watching those guys… We did a tribute to them on our PUNAINEN KUKKO EP, which was released in October. We covered and translated their song titled "A.C.N.R." which stands for "Anti-Christ Never Rest". Our version is called "H.E.L.L. ("Hän ei Lepää Lainkaan").

 

Alec (Divine:Decay): Oh shit! Here we go again. Well, I must answer Stone…

Paul (Divine:Decay): The Finnish Speed/Thrash scene back in the 80´s was pretty lame expect for a few bands, but mainly the whole Heavy Metal culture in Finland has always been really active in general if you consider the listeners´ point of views.

Alec (Divine:Decay): Yeah, and nowadays people are more interested in bands like Nightwish, Children Of Bodom or Stratovarius which is a good thing of course even if I'm not such a fan of those…

Paul (Divine:Decay): And music comes and goes in cycles, so we are just waiting for our turn to be rich and famous, he-he-he…!!

 

Anthares (Jumalation): Yes!! They are 99% those classics from late eighties like Necromancer, ARG, Mengele, Lycanthophy, Terrific Verdict and Protected Illusion. And from the recent stuff I like our musical soul mates Malicious Death!! ("Morjens siat!"). But I love the attitude of Evil Angel as well. Cheers...!!

 

Bobby Undertaker (Deathchain): Not actually. I have always liked Stone really much though. Roope Latvala is one hell of a guitar player and he impressed a lot of people back in the Stone days and he still does. But we are quite different from what Stone did. All old Finnish Speed/Thrash bands were so much different from what we are. I think our inspiration is elsewhere and I think it's a good thing to keep the blood fresh.

 

Corpse (Deathchain): Hmm… I haven´t really been inspired by any Finnish bands. But I won´t never deny their meaning for Finnish Metal scene either.

 

Pain Confessor: A little besides the point old Sentenced until AMOK... and Stone.

 

 

Tell us something about the releases you have done so far and what kind of plans you have for your future releases?

Anthares (Jumalation): Our catalogue is quite humble with only one three track demo and its now getting older and older. It´s called JUMALATION THRASH ATTACK which we released under Pedro Anthares Group. Maybe now the both titles are sounding uninteresting? But musically we are not ashamed of the songs, only some song constructions could have been done better. But we are happy with it because we know we will do much better stuff in the future. And future plans are a bit open now except we are going to do the split with this Malicious Death. I don´t know that accurately yet what kind of split it will be, probably 7" E.P. or something... It really depends on who is going to release it eventually.

 

Mokoma - KURIMUSTuomo (Mokoma): Those two albums released on EMI are not available anymore. Musically they might not be that interesting to someone who reads the Finnish Thrash Metal special on Metal-Rules.com. Our third album KURIMUS (April 2003) has been a success in Finland. It has been described as the first ever Thrash Metal album sung in Finnish. In October we released PUNAINEN KUKKO EP, which title song was taken from KURIMUS. It also included the above mentioned Charged -cover, re-make of an old song and two left-over songs from KURIMUS sessions.

At the moment we are writing material for our fourth album. We are not sure about its releasing schedule yet.

 

Corpse (Deathchain): All of our releases have been recorded in Studio Perkele with S(atanic) Jämsen.

Here´s a list of all our recordings:

Winterwolf: DEATH... WILL COME ON YOUR WAY (2000) sold out
Winterwolf: BLOOD FOR DEATH (2001) sold out
Deathchain: POLTERGEIST (2002) 10 copies left from 250 copies
Deathchain: DEADMEAT DISCIPLES (2003)

We are writing new songs all the time, and we have 4 new songs ready after our debut album. We are planning to go to the studio in summer 2004, but it´s not absolutely sure yet because we are hoping to do some touring, too. But we´ll see what happens.

Bobby Undertaker (Deathchain): We don't have to rush into studio. We want the next album to be as good as possible. So we hope to gig as much as possible and compose new material whenever it feels right.

 

Paul (Divine:Decay): Well, to continue from your first question first. After the demo sessions and a few shows we got signed to Osmose. Since then we have made two albums. The first one was titled SONGS OF THE DAMNED and our latest that came out a couple of months ago was called MAXIMIZE THE MISERY.

Alec (Divine:Decay): We are proud of both albums, but very poor in describing the music in them. It´s the 80´s type of Speed Metal with a more modern sound and of course we can't avoid being influenced by what's going on now.

Paul (Divine:Decay): In the future we plan to continue in what we are doing which means making music without thinking that much. It´s easy for us… Not thinking, I mean.

 

Bilibaldus (Malicious Death): We have just released our first album on vinyl only. Eight tracks of pure Thrash inferno! In the future we have plans to do a split single with Jumalation and of course the next album. Some songs have already been written and I have the name for the album and the cover idea already planned. From the song titles like "Possessed", "Morbid Massacre" and "Grave Under Ice" you get some hints of the brutality of the new stuff.

 

Pain Confessor: We have recorded a couple of demos and currently we are working on our first release for a label.

 

Simo (WhereVictimsLie): So far, we have done a 4-song demo/promo. Our plan is to take careful steps and not to hesitate. At the time, we have approached a few record companies and made a few gigs. We will see what future brings to us!

 

 

How do you see your band on the map of the Finnish metal scene? Particularly being located amongst Finnish Thrash Metal bands, knowing that stone-hard fact we have many talented and skilled musicians in all kinds of metal bands and many of them have already been acknowledged as damn fine and unique bands worldwide. 

Alec (Divine:Decay): Once more we don't think that much. I don't know if we're just plain dumb or what's going on…

Paul (Divine:Decay): We are…!!

Alec (Divine:Decay): The thing is that we're just having fun with what we do. I know it's a corny thing to say, but that's the truth anyway.

Paul (Divine:Decay): We'd be doing this anyway, record deal or not. Everything we have gained is of course a big bonus and we appreciate everything we have achieved thus far.

Alec (Divine:Decay): Yes, of course. We are very thankful for all the people who have and will trust in us and our music.

 

Simo (WhereVictimsLie): At the moment, we are still a quite fresh new-comer in the business. What comes to our location on the map on Finnish metal scene as a name WhereVictimsLie. Definitely, we are quite unknown at the moment. But our main bands should quite a many recognize, tho. According to that, it is natural that we got peoples attention more easily. But of course, you cannot force someone to like our music.

 

Bobby Undertaker (Deathchain): I think Deathchain fits into that map really well. I mean, in Finland the best thing about Metal bands in general are their unique and different styles. No one is trying to rip off other band's shit and everyone is doing their own thing. Some bands are very successful both in Europe and in the rest of the world, too. I don't necessary like all the bands myself, but you have to give them credit for their hard work and success. Nowadays you can be very proud of playing in a Finnish Metal band indeed. Playing-wise and from a productional point of view, Finnish Metal kicks ass. And nowadays almost everyone knows Finland. The statue of being "A Finnish Metal band" has a very good reputation. Of course Deathchain is not a mainstream thing in Finland, we're too heavy I guess. I think Central Europe is better for us. The underground scene in Finland is very strong and very talented bands are popping up everywhere and all the time. And I mean truly skillful bands and players. Now it seems like Death/Thrash is very strongly raising fists everywhere. It's great to be a part of that and see what the future brings.

 

Anthares (Jumalation): Well, I think on this "map" we should be attached with this older stuff like I mentioned above. We are not doing anything with these "high quality" bands what Finland is probably known for. Their ´suave´ and polished production is absolutely not our thing at all.

 

MokomaTuomo (Mokoma): I am extremely grateful about the way we have been recognized by our fellow bands and audience. Due to our Finnish lyrics, hippie-looking vocalist and variety in our material, I still think that we are considered more or less a freak among metal the Finnish metal scene - and I think standing up that way is only a good thing. I don't want everybody to like our band.

We love metal - that unites us with other Finnish Thrash Metal bands - at least WhereVictimsLie and Pain Confessor. And that we are no longer teenagers, that´s for sure…

 

Bilibaldus (Malicious Death): I see us more in the underground scene and hope to gain some popularity there. I can't see us as growing a huge name even inside Finland. I hope people consider us a minor cult name all around and enjoy what we do.

Obadio (Malicious Death): That's right. We have already gathered a certain underground following in the Helsinki area. We honestly believe that getting acknowledged by a mass of people is not the primary thing for us. It's great to sell some records and t-shirts and see people coming to gigs but if things get bigger it might take the fun out of it. We are happy to be in the underground but definitely in the frontline of true Thrash Metal.

 

 

How much has internet helped to get your band name around to people´s lips? What are some of the advantages and disadvantages of the internet in your opinion if we only try to keep the main focus on your band activities?

MokomaKuisma (Mokoma): Internet was a very important medium of promotion when KURIMUS was released. Since our marketing budget was pretty close to zero, we needed to get innovative in that sense. We almost felt that the old school demo trading and flyer hand-out days are back. The greatest advantage of course is the relatively low price (if you don't value your time) and controllable target audience. The disadvantage is mainly that you cannot control the media easily, and since any MF can write what ever shit about you anonymously, you need to be quite alert what people is publishing and trying to spread the "truth" as much you can. Some rumors, however, can be very flattering such as that someone heard from someone that our singer, Marko, had shattered his cervical vertebra due to all that head banging. We were very flattered!

 

Paul (Divine:Decay): The internet has been a really good channel for smaller bands like us. For example our new video was shown in our website and there were over 1000 clicks within first 4 days. It´s quite a lot for us because it's really hard to get any publicity for the videos in any country.

Alec (Divine:Decay): And overall a lot of promotion is done over the internet in the comfort of your own house (if you have one).

Paul (Divine:Decay): While it's plain and easy to do the things via internet I'd like to see where people would be without the internet. For example, our drummer has never been on the internet or sent any emails and he's doing just fine (or is he?).

 

Anthares (Jumalation): Quite a lot actually. Especially we have been lazy as hell to spread our stuff anywhere. The good side is that I don´t have to walk to a local post office and send packages anywhere. I just hate dealing with post office! The negative side is that everything is sooo easy for everyone to pick up whatever they want to, so a certain spark of finding stuff is kind of gone because there is so much shit available nowadays via the internet.

 

Bilibaldus (Malicious Death): I think internet has been a big help for us. We are selling M.D. albums ourselves and it's easy for people to contact us by e-mail. Internet helps us to get some listeners from outside of Helsinki. We haven't had any big orders from outside of Finland yet but will see what happens in the future. Internet is also a good place to spread information about gigs. There are some special Finnish Metal forums that are very popular. The internet hasn't caused us any problems yet but I'm sure there are also some disadvantages. Rumors and false information spread fast when anybody can write what they want and thousands of people read it.

 

Timo (WhereVictimsLie): It has helped a lot. We've only done one promo/demo tape so far, but in the Finnish metal circles our name has gotten around fairly well. I mean we've done only few gigs and haven't yet really promoted the band that much, but people are starting to recognize our name. Internet is a huge advantage. For bands it's amazing because you can easily get people to check out your band, listen to your music and spread the word as there are some really active metal communities available (message boards especially!) which really help people to check out new bands and spread the word. Communication with other bands and sharing information about gigs etc. is also a lot easier now than it was before.

 

DeathchainBobby Undertaker (Deathchain): For us the internet is a great help. I mean, it's the strongest media today, easy to use and more and more people have access to it every day. Net ´zines, forums and shit are really easy and free promotion for an upcoming band like us. In general, the internet helps to keep yourself informed. You can easily read news and shit from bands´ websites and spread the word. What comes to MP3s, it's a bit difficult thing. I think that true fans buy their records from stores anyway, even if they download it first from the net. MP3s are a great and easy way to look out for new bands, even if you could do it at the record store as well. But of course MP3s affect record sales and that's a bad thing. Lots of bands can't tour because their records haven't sold enough. The better your album sells, the better your chances are for touring. Of course it's wrong that you can download full albums of music for free. Besides that, the internet is really a great channel for promoting our band.

Corpse (Deathchain): Most of my contacts have found us from the internet, so for us it´s been a really great way to promote Deathchain abroad. I also believe that true fans want the whole package, but like Bobby mentioned, MP3s are a great way to look for new bands.

 

Pain Confessor: Promotion-wise, internet is THE thing for us. Since almost all the people who have heard of us and checked out our music have mainly done so because of the free tracks we put up on our site, so we can´t say there are any disadvantages.

 

 

Band homepages... Could you introduce some detailed things out from a homepage of your own band; what you already have there now and what it will possibly contain in the near future? And do you have the ability and know-how to build up your own homepage and to add stuff into there by yourself?

Kuisma (Mokoma): We are pretty lucky that we have two semi-pro internet developers, me and Tuomo, in our band so that we can do everything pretty much our selves. As mentioned in the previous question, we try to develop our website to be as informative - and why not entertaining - to our fans and the media representatives. Now we have covered the basic issues quite well, and we try to answer our fan mail as often as possible, even twice a day. We also try to write some stories about our gigs and related activities. It's nice to see that a lot of people have digital cameras with them, so we have a lot of live pictures in our site too. Unfortunately these people take the cameras to the after parties too… That's not a pretty sight. Future plans for the website are yet to be confirmed. Development will happen, that's for sure. Some interaction, games competitions… We'll see.

 

Anthares (Jumalation): Our pages are very simple. I made the pages very late compared to the times when we did the demo and stuff. Even I have some know-how with doing web stuff. I probably am too lazy to update the pages, so there is our whole demo and little biography and line-up. If someone wants any detailed info of us, just pop in and ask that in our guest book or by e-mailing me. I think we are the worst guys to do any promotion. Only promotion is probably what I have been having in some certain metal forums and such. Shit, we could need a manager to do such things for us, I guess...

 

Bobby Undertaker (Deathchain): Well, our webpage www.deathchain.com is quite basic stuff. There's a bio, info about us and a media section containing lots of pictures and stuff. Soon all our demos will be downloadable from our website. There's also a studio diary from DEADMEAT DISCIPLES sessions with some crazy pictures. Go and check it out. A guy from our label made our sites and we are updating them regularly.

 

Alec (Divine:Decay): Our pages contain mostly the usual stuff and I think that's enough. The usual sound clips, photo, bio, video, etc.

Paul (Divine:Decay): That's all that is necessary to get your message through.

Alec (Divine:Decay): We do have a separate webmaster (Hail Sepi!!!) behind our pages. He does all the updating for us and a lot of other things also like the video for "Silence Of Decades" (Hail Sepi again!!!).

Paul (Divine:Decay): We would probably be intelligent enough to do it ourselves, but like said earlier, we try to avoid thinking.

Alec (Divine:Decay): You would have to learn all the letters, numbers and stuff. And it´s bit too much for us...

 

Bilibaldus (Malicious Death): Our pages are pretty simple and we tend to keep it that way. We have had a big help from Evil Hellman from the mighty Hellbox who has done those pages and he still updates them. We have so much to do to those pages but no time to carry them through. I hope we get some more pics and a full biography on the pages soon. I have a little knowledge of building pages but I could never do this much as Evil Hellman has done. So big thanks to him.

Obadio (Malicious Death): The site is still under construction but right now you can find some member information, pictures, mp3 samples and a guestbook from there. We added a poll there, too, where you can vote for your favourite track on the album. Results have been really interesting to see. We are also finishing our video for the song "Antichrist" which we will upload there as soon as we can. We had such fun shooting the video! It is totally hilarious material! But that's another story…

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Timo (WhereVictimsLie): I'm personally responsible of wherevictimslie.com with a friend of mine (a partner in crime @ dahmon.org). At the moment the site is still in progress, but it's there so that people could get some info about gigs and listen to our songs. Full site will be launched fairly soon. At the moment we have two full mp3s available and some 300+ downloads per month so far (the site has been up around three months now), which I think is pretty good compared to how little we've actually promoted the band. Once the full site is up much more information (full biography, member profiles, lots of photos, more downloads etc.) will be available. We might put one of our new songs also available as live version also, that would be cool. Maybe some video stuff too, so keep on lurking in our site from time to time. I really am the nerd in this band and I truly understand to advantages of a website, so we/I really try to keep things interesting, trying to have lots of stuff available through our website and keep it updated on stuff that happens with the band, etc. Live stuff (mp3s and maybe even videos) is something that I'd like to see more with other bands doing and that's why we're going have that available if possible. We're also going to pay attention to the visual side of the full site, so once it's out you might be able to see some connection between the site and the lyrics (serial killer stuff).

 

Pain Confessor: Free music and all the info you need to know about the band. Tuomas is the webmaster, so no problems there.

 

 

Would you call your music mostly ´Thrash Metal´ though there is/may be some other hints from some other metal genres as well? What do you think are some of so-called ´key elements´ of your sound from your own standpoint?Jumalation

Anthares (Jumalation): There is no other description for our music except Thrash Metal!! But I am obsessed to Doom and an old school Power Metal (don´t even try to imagine any wimpy ´Sonta Arctica´ or ´Helloween´ here or I shall decapitate your fucken skulls!!), too so probably those elements could pop up in the future through our furious Thrash Metal madness in a crushing way...

 

Bilibaldus (Malicious Death): Yes. We call ourselves a Thrash Metal band. Of course you may find some other elements in our music as well, but we like to stick to Thrash. I think one main point in our sound is our drum machine Jerker who is such a special gift to our band. If he has a bad day we all suffer from it.

Obadio (Malicious Death): Yes! Jerker for instance does these incredible fast runs with his right hand! But I think our secret and trademark are Bilibaldus' riffs. They have a kind of a groove to them. His riffs are timeless and ingenious. We try to keep our music as pure Thrash as possible, but a little Iron Maiden here and there can add some extra spice. I think it's important to have some hooks in the songs, too. But of course you can play Thrash Metal without hooks and end up with a good album like Razor's MALICIOUS INTENT.

 

Simo (WhereVictimsLie): I would still call our music as a Thrash Metal. Our Thrash Metal has been influenced by the Florida / Bay Area bands. I know, this is just our own point of view that may separate peoples´ opinions of Thrash Metal from ours. There are of course many Speed Metal elements in our music since I listen to all the time bands like Stone, Cacophony, Annihilator, etc. As I said earlier, the direction of our key elements are going in the aggression of Slayer and The Haunted, and melodiousness of bands like Death and Stone.

 

Kuisma (Mokoma): I think ´Thrash puritans´ won't even categorize us under Thrash Metal. We have very many influences from a more melodic shit and we try to combine what ever we feel fits right to us, our playing and singing style. Like Tuomo said, we try to do what ever comes natural. The heavy down tuned guitars and the speeding is of course trademarks of Thrash Metal, but we try to expand that a little bit more.

 

Corpse (Deathchain): I would say our music is filled with Thrash riffs, but there is also some Death Metal sawing included. The vocals are a bit Tomas Lindberg alike, and the drumming is really fast… We call our music ´Deathrash´. The key elements in Deathchain are aggression, speed and an old-school feeling.

Bobby Undertaker (Deathchain): Our music is a combination of both Thrash - and Death Metal. Of course you can also hear some old school heavy stuff in our stuff. As for these so-called ´key elements´ as you want to call them, well, I'd say rough and fast riffs, an accurate hard drumming and ripping vocals. An extreme aggression, that's it.

 

Pain Confessor: We would not call our music just Thrash Metal. There are many styles we mix in our music and it would be pointless to label it as just one thing.

 

Alec (Divine:Decay): ´Pätkä´ has told me that this music is Speed Metal and not Thrash Metal. And what´s the reason for that? I don´t have a clue, but I´ll stick to that.

Paul (Divine:Decay): I think there is a huge difference between Speed - and Thrash Metal. Speed is faster and Thrash is far noisier. Anyway, we are Heavy Metal and that's enough.

Alec (Divine:Decay): On MAXIMIZE we even had some vocal harmonies, so maybe you could call us the Simon & Garfunkel of Speed Metal, he-he-he!! I actually enjoy the songs with melodic and beautiful choruses between a heavier and chaotic sound and want to continue with that kind of style in the future.

Paul (Divine:Decay): Now with 3 guitars I´m sure the next album will also have a lot more guitar harmonies. Stig (our new guitar player who joined after MAXIMIZE) came in to give us more solo power and it will be used in the future also. I´m sure that us being such a young band, we will develop a more definite sound in time.


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