"In brutality we show no
Finnish Death Metal special - Part 1.
Featuring interviews with Carcase Inc., Death du Jour,
Deepred, Exit Wounds, Luciferase, Scent of Flesh,
Slugathor, Sotajumala, Source of Demise, Torn and
All Interviews & Intro by Luxi
For starters, would you enlighten the readers of
Metal-Rules.com about how your band started and took its first musical
steps. Also, tell us about how your music has evolved since the days you
made your first recordings with the band.
Laine (Torture Killer): As our band has just started a year and
a half ago, not much of progress or regress has occurred yet. Torture
Killer was a fun project for "weekend boozing" at first, which
soon started to take more serious steps and nowadays it´s a main band for
more than one in Torture Killer. Living in a time when minority of the
metalheads are into Death Metal, you´ll know pretty soon who´s into it
in your hometown and who´s not. Sharing even the same rehearsal room
makes it pretty obvious that sooner or later you´ll hang out with those
guys thinking of starting a new project. That´s how it started for us, at
first just playing our old-school Death Metal favorites of other bands and
then moving on to play our own songs.
Antti (Deepred): Me and Ile started this thing originally
somewhere around '98 with this one drummer who was more interested in
drinking and partying than actually playing some music so that didn´t
work out for long, so we put the "band" on ice until spring '99
when we got Teemu for drums and Deepred was "officially" formed.
We were pretty active in the beginning and made the first demos and shows
over the following months. As for music evolving, I'd like to at least
think the song writing has improved in sense of making actual songs
instead of just a bunch of brutal riffs together like it was case more in
the beginning. But basically the brutal Death fucking Metal concept hasn't
TF (Death du Jour): When I got into the band I had a feeling of
being brought into a group of individual musicians all playing their part
in a working plan, but still the feeling was that something was amiss. The
band had started a few years before my arrival and quite a few songs were
gathered from the pieces that had been starting to build up along the way
and maybe the final step to form a completely working piece of machinery
was the abandonment of the patterns and getting something else to fill the
void which I managed to create.
PB (Death du Jour): To fill up the blank issues before TF was
invited in: We were playing some kinda industrial Death Metal as a trio.
The idea to build up this construction named Death du Jour simply formed
in my and TK's all-but-sober brains during our conversation about being
fucked up of our situation in our previous bands. OM was a natural choice
to invite into this little fore playing party. This was year 2000, TF was
found in year 2002 more accidentally than on purpose.
Aki (Torn): We started in the summer of 2000, even the first
songs were already pretty technical and fast. The purpose of Torn was to
be as extreme and technical at the same time as possible. Some people call
this style of music "Neo-Death Metal".
K. Pyyhtinen (Exit Wounds): The band was started in 2002 as our
vocalist J. Lahikainen asked me and other guy if we were interested to
play some Death Metal. So we rehearsed four songs and soon after that we
recorded our first demo-CD entitled PLEASURES OF BLOOD AND CARNAL SIN. We
used a drum machine on that demo since we didn't find a drummer who would
have been skilled enough. That demo wasn't sent to almost anywhere. A
couple of reviews and that's about it. During the summer 2002, S. Manninen
joined the band as a guitarist and B. Niininen as a drummer. The line-up
became to it's final form when P. Hokkanen joined the crew as a second
guitarist in 2003.
S. Manninen (Exit Wounds): As B. Niininen and I joined the band,
things really started to go fast forward, mainly because of the complete
line-up. We rehearsed a lot with this renewed line-up and came up with
some new songs. After having a bunch of new ones we entered the studio
again to record the second demo titled DEATHPOINT, which finally ended up
to a split release with another Finnish band Luciferase. Nowadays the
music is more technical and faster which comes through a natural
development, I think.
Hell (Luciferase): Luciferase was born during autumn of the
bastard's year 2000. At the very beginning it was supposed to be a project
of two guitarists with some friends helping out with some other
instruments, but as the other guitarist wasn't actually into the direction
the band was heading toward, the project grew into a more serious thing
that most people tend to call "a band". The first notes were
played in a small rehearsal room in the downtown of Turku - ironically
located downstairs of an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting premises… We
spawned our first and only actual demo recording in autumn 2002 and
baptized the result as MISERY RITUAL. Those songs with an enhanced sound
quality + exclusive intro piece were released as a split-CD with Finnish
Death Metallers Exit Wounds. The label was a newcomer in the scene, Onyxia
(www.onyxia.org), and the split was released in July 2003.
Immu (Slugathor): Well, we wanted to form a Death Metal band in
1999 because we really adored this style of Metal. Also we were not aware
of any other Death Metal bands at that time and thought we want to play
something more brutal for these pussies wearing Children of Bodom
t-shirts. Later we discovered Deepred that was the only actually serious
band that I recall and of course Devilry and some others as well. Anyway,
I think the Death Metal scene in Finland is really not so big and strong
that it once was… But to answer to the actual question, I think we
slowly developed and became a more and more serious and intense group. I
think we have become better musicians, too but our music hasn't changed
and that's all. We will never wimp out playing any other style expect
brutal Death Metal or we have to quit this. Our new recordings of course
have a much better sound quality than the old stuff. Also I think we have
a better line-up now than in the beginning.
Miika (Source of Demise): We started the band in the beginning
of 2001 in order to create aggressive music that we like, but haven´t
been able to play in our former bands. In the beginning the style was more
a primitive old-school Death Metal, but very soon it changed into what it
Markus (Carcase Inc.): In the beginning I had a dream to gather
up a Death Metal band, so I started looking for band members. I founded
some musicians who were interested in building up the band, but those
projects always turned to be fucking drunken projects some way that
couldn't possibly lead anything serious. After every disappointment I was
still holding up my dream and it was early spring 2002, when I got a call
from an unknown number and a called guy (Jani) said that he wanted to form
a band with me. This was a point in timeline where the story of Carcase
Inc. begins. A couple of months later we got the whole line-up together
piece by piece and soon we recorded our first demo (MENTAL SUICIDE) in
October 2002. If I compare that time to what Carcase Inc. is today, I have
to say that our music has become much more technical and faster than it
was in the beginning. Also we have concentrated on a little bit more
´spicy details´, too. On the other hand, we have had some changes in our
line-up, which naturally has caused some differences in our music.
The current Carcase Inc. line-up is however: Juhani Jokisalo (vocals),
Jani Vesanen (guitars), Markus Rantala (guitars), Mikael Seppanen (bass)
and Toni Kostiainen (drums).
Otsala (Sotajumala): The band was formed in the summer of 2000.
The basic idea behind the actual birth of Sotajumala was our will to
create brutal Death Metal in the vein of Florida -based acts such as
Cannibal Corpse, Obituary, Deicide, Morbid Angel, Hate Eternal and Nile
etc. - of course, with an exception that our lyrics are written in
Finnish. Our material has evolved in to a bit more intense and brutal
direction due to our development in playing this kind of music.
Scent of Flesh: At the beginning we were just a group of
musicians playing just for kicks. After the first demo DROWNED INTO THE
DARKNESS our music has evolved into a more brutal and technical style.
Every time our skills have improved, we´ve been able to raise our songs
into a new level.
Was playing Death Metal a natural option for you in the first place
that just felt right and comfortable from the beginning? What other genres
of metal are you fascinated by except Death Metal? What other bands do you
play/have you played before the line-up in your current band?
Laine (Torture Killer): As for myself it was pretty natural.
It´s the stuff I´ve been listening for a better part of my life and I´m
still enjoying it the most. At some point years ago I was into some Black
Metal stuff also, but that kinda faded away after a couple of years. Those
Death Metal bands were always there for me and it always came back to
those classic Death Metal albums. To me it feels only natural that I want
to play the same kind of stuff I like listening to... it´s just as simple
as that. I wouldn´t say that there´s any specific genre besides Death
Metal that I´m really into. There are a few bands in some other genres
like Strapping Young Lad that I like a lot, but it´s usually one or two
bands from those other genres that I find myself enjoying listening to.
Antti (Deepred): Ile had been looking for members for a Death
Metal band for a longer time before we met and the same goes for me so it
was the most natural choice. Ile was more into an ultra brutal way and I
was and am more into the old-school style, but we share - like pretty much
all of our ex-members - the same obsession for especially the early
Suffocation sound which should be obvious when hearing at least our debut
album. As for other genres of metal, Death Metal, primitive morbid Black
Metal, Thrash, Heavy, Doom, Grindcore, etc. etc. - it's all good for me. I
can only speak for myself here, but I'm first and foremost a metalhead and
don't limit myself to just some certain thing as long as it has the right
spirit. And finally about our other past/current activities: Before
Deepred I had my first Death Metal band called Excrement (name describe
the quality perfectly) around ´90-´94 and some other crappy projects.
Currently I also play in Slugathor and few other bands. Rodrigo's old band
was called Kabak and today he's doing his other brutal Death Metal project
Kataplexia beside Deepred. Our new drummer Tuomo is known also for playing
in Torn, Demigod, Torture Killer... and some more, I guess. He´s quite a
busy guy, yeah...
Markus (Carcase Inc.): When we started to create Carcase Inc.,
it was very obvious what we were going to do. We definitely wanted to do
Death Metal songs, so we didn't even think about anything else. You
couldn't say that playing Death Metal was a some kind of natural option,
it was more like an obsession in our little metal heads. Nowadays our
line-up consists of members who have been fascinated by different genres,
Mikael (Carcase Inc.): Yeah, take our vocalist for instance, he
likes Black Metal a lot, our guitarist Jani listens to more traditional
metal that I know of and Death, - and Black Metal, etc. I listen to
hardcore a lot; Punk, Grindcore more than Heavy Metal in general and lots
of brutal Death Metal, too.
Markus (Carcase Inc.): What comes to playing in other bands
part... The founders (guitarists) of Carcase Inc. don't have any other
band because they are so dedicated to their own creation. Our bassist (Mikael)
plays in other Death Metal band, too, which name is Kataplexia. Also our
vocalist (Juhani) is a frontman in a band which name is Apocryphal Voice.
Juhani (Carcase Inc.): Even though there is a strong interest
for other genres by some members, too, it does not mean Death Metal music
would be any lower in anyone´s priority level. The fusion between power
and intellect is just compelling. I'm the member who has gotten into Death
Metal quite lately and slowly in the latter half of the 90's. I guess I
was not an "angry enough teenager" back in the day, but instead
of that I learnt the ugliness of this damn world later on, especially in
contrast with some my otherworldly experiences. With my own band I am
venturing beyond the fabrics of reality, but for me Carcase Inc. works as
a perfect flipside of the same coin. As long as there is anger, Death
Metal is needed. And I do have lots of anger. The modern mankind has
failed in its once great potentials.
Aki (Torn): I played in such bands as Imposed Silence
(Death/Thrash), Shadows of Sunset (melodic metal), Nightside (Black
Metal). Brutal Death Metal is the most inspiring form of music, as it's
the most challenging to perform & write and also very different from
any kind of "normal" music.
K. Pyyhtinen (Exit Wounds): We just felt like playing Death
Metal because we had listened to that genre for a long time and it felt
comfortable. I'm also interested in many other genres of metal and
non-metal genres, too. I've played in many different bands and at the
moment I've one band besides this. Our vocalist J. Lahikainen has one band
also beside Exit Wounds as well as B. Niininen, our drummer, does as well.
S. Manninen (Exit Wounds): Ever since I was 12 years old I've
been listening to Death Metal, so it feels quite natural to perform this
kind of music. Amongst this I'm also interested of some Thrash - and Black
Metal bands as well as of some doomier stuff. At the moment I don't have
any other bands in the line.
PB (Death du Jour): I started with a Death-Grind band called
Necrobiosis ages ago. After it broke up I was hassling around in various
bands like Fall of the Leafe, Nightside and Luciferase before Death du
Jour. Death Metal has always been the closest form of metal for myself
even though am not restricted by genre-conventions may it be from lounge
to grind. After all it's the music in itself that matters, not the
presentation of artificial genre theories.
TK (Death du Jour): In the very beginning I was singin´ in a
Death Metal band called Shadows of Sunset (nowadays Torn). Then I joined
in Luciferase with PB. But as well as PB, I started to putting my focus on
the main project which was of course Death du Jour and so we decided to
continue our journey with only D.d.J.. I also play in a band called Pyuria
(Death Metal). I felt that Death Metal was pretty much a natural choice
for me and my style of playing after experimenting in some other styles of
TF (Death du Jour): I hadn't actually played Death Metal before
I joined D.d.J. even though I had listened to it quite much and was really
looking towards it as an interesting genre for me as a drummer. I'm
playing in two Black Metal bands also, if you should call them such,
Obruthion and Mental Transformation, but they have become less that
active, at least at times.
OM (Death du Jour): I'm into different kinds of music and absorb
influences to consolidate things I happen to play. On my classical
platform of studies I've tried divergent styles in a metal fashion and
ended up into Death Metal. I play besides D.d.J., also in Pyuria which is
more my own handicraft.
Miika (Source of Demise): I start listening to Death Metal when
I was 14 years old. I had one band in those days that played Death Metal.
After that I didn't find right players, but in 2001 we found Source Of
Demise with Janne. It's just felt right to play Death Metal finally. I
like many bands whatever genre it is, but I really don't like any Power
Metal bands. I play in Grayscale and I have some "no named"
Janne (Source of Demise): For me it came also pretty naturally
since my taste of music has been developing more into an extreme metal
through the years, starting from Twisted Sister when I was at elementary
school. But I´ve always been quite open-minded with music, listening to
many bands that got nothing to do with metal, too. And the same goes with
music that I play, there is Black Metal with Gaurithoth, of course Death
Metal with Source Of Demise, more melodic style of metal with Grayscale
and with ShamRain we do kind of melancholic Rock.
Risto (Luciferase): Concerning my musical roots it wasn't
natural, but kinda "planned" to perform ´deathish´ metal. I
usually listen to artists/bands like Satriani, Vai, Priest, Diesel
Machine, Soilwork, Meshuggah and Status Quo (quite far from Death Metal).
Bands before Luciferase: Rock Brigade, Black Hammer, Crimson Fire, Toth,
Suzie Wolf, Dementhia, Red Alert, ShortShit and Judashit. Since year 2000
I´ve been a live singer in Therion (Swedish "Opera Metal").
Hell (Luciferase): We don't play Death Metal, so maybe that's
the end of this interview…? ;-) Well, ok. For my behalf I have to say
that I consume almost all kinds of metal, except most of the power (-less)
metal genre, 99% of the Prog-Metal shit and 99,9% of the ´nu-metal´ hype
cunts. Besides those I pretty much listen to everything from Goth-Rock to
Grindcore, from the 80's Speed Metal to funeral Doom. At this moment I
don't have any other bands except a Slayer cover project with some friends
from local bands. We rehearse only for gigs that occur not too often.
Previously, since 1994 or so, I've been in bands such as Crimson
Midwinter, Primitive and DeathImage + some smaller projects.
Tuomas (Luciferase): I just play and listen to what feels good,
regardless of the genre. Categorizing is something I´d like to avoid as
much as possible. When it comes to metal, I generally like all kinds of
it. From the meanest to the cleanest. ;-) As long as it's fairly well
produced. My other projects at the moment include Primitive (http://www.netti.fi/primitive/),
two Prog-Rock kind of newer projects, and a sequencer-oriented simple and
melodic metal thingie.
Immu (Slugathor): Yes, I used to play Black Metal before
Slugathor, but it was all dying and uninspired…the spirit was not there
anymore. I needed TOTAL DEATH!! I like all styles of Metal. Death/Black
Metal, especially old bands who started in the 80s-early 90s. Some names
from the top of my head: Beherit, Blasphemy, Sarcofago, Possessed, Sodom,
Morbid Angel, Mayhem, etc. But I also like traditional Metal, Iron Maiden,
even old-school Doom Metal, etc. I think we all like different styles of
Metal, but the main thing for us is Death Metal anyway. I don't care
mentioning any other groups that we had before or what bands the other
members have had… except that Antti our bass player who also plays in
Deepred. I'm the original drummer in Slugathor and Tommi our guitar player
is our mastermind since the beginning. As I'm only a drummer, I of course
have lots of spare time for some other bands as well.
Otsala (Sotajumala): In the case Sotajumala´s decision was
quite natural because no other genre would have suited the concept that
had planned to carry out in our case. Besides Death Metal we have played
in bands that performed some sort of Heavy Metal, but nothing worth
Scent of Flesh: It was clear from the beginning that Death Metal
would be the only option. None of other genres can offer such rage and
brutalism than Death Metal. But still our interests in other genres are
Herkko (Scent of Flesh): I listen to all kinds of metal,
mostly Proge -, Black - and Barbarian (!) Metal.
Niko (Scent of Flesh): Mostly I listen to underground Black
Antti (Scent of Flesh): My interests are in all kind of
extreme music. Death - and Black Metal and Grindcore as long as it´s
Sofian (Scent of Flesh): I listen to Death Metal mostly, for
me it doesn´t have to be always extreme.
Matti (Scent of Flesh): I´m only interested in Death Metal and
only in its most aggressive forms.
What bands would you consider to be some of your main
influences or inspirations? Could you say that some of those influences
are quite visible in the sound of your band and can be heard somewhat
easily in your songs?
Laine (Torture Killer): As for Torture Killer I can only pick
two names: Obituary and early Six Feet Under. Actually it´s the whole
old-school Death Metal style of the early nineties, especially the Florida
US-style Death Metal, but those two bands are the top ones for me. I´m
really into a fast and modern style of Death Metal as well, but we felt we
needed to try a bit of something different with Torture Killer. Most of
the bands are doing the fast stuff nowadays and we have guys in the band
who have one or even more bands doing it already so there was no point of
doing the same with this band.
Immu (Slugathor): Bolt Thrower, Deicide, Morbid Angel, Autopsy,
Immolation, Mortician, Incantation, Suffocation, Cannibal Corpse,
Sarcofago, Grave, etc. Perhaps you can hear some Bolt Thrower in some of
our songs or some beats that I've stolen from Blasphemy, but in the end I
think we have (at least I hope we have) our own style and we don't sound
too much like some certain band.
TF (Death du Jour): My answer on this will much alter from the
other members', I presume, since I'm quite 'new' to this so called 'Death
Metal genre' and my artistic influenced as a drummer would slide towards
Mayhem and Emperor, for starters at least. I haven't been into metal for
that long anyway since it would seem that everybody were listening to Iron
Maiden and Metallica when they were 6 years old or so. I think this has
something to do also with the fact of me being the youngest member in the
band also. I have of course been somewhat influenced by such bands as
Morbid Angel and Nile since their genres are quite similar to the music we
TK (Death du Jour): What can I say… Of course Morbid Angel
which one can hear pretty easily in our music. Hate Eternal is also one of
my favorites alike Napalm Death, Carcass, Necrophagist, Brutal Truth, etc.
OM (Death du Jour): Carcass, Nile, Morbid Angel, Origin,
Immolation. I listen almost everything skillfully played. Listen to
yourself and find it out.
Aki (Torn): Suffocation (the best band in the world), Deicide,
Deranged, Cannibal Corpse, etc. everything that's brutal with a good song
Mika (Source of Demise): I have to mention Carcass and At The
Gates for sure, don´t really know hot it can be heard in our music in any
way directly, except the start of the song "79!", there could be
something similar elements to some Carcass stuff, heh!
Markus (Carcase Inc.): There are many Death Metal bands that
have had an effect on our music in one way or the other, but the main
influences come from such bands like Cannibal Corpse, Deicide, Morbid
Angel and Cryptopsy. They are quite visible and easily spotted out from
our music. Otherwise what comes to technical part of a song structure and
some details in them, we admire a lot the way how Decapitated is doing it.
Their way to make music inspires us a lot.
Ile (Deepred): For me inspirations are quite obvious Suffocation
influences and you can hear it if you are not deaf or something, but we
are not trying to be Suffocation or any other band, just Deepred...
S. Manninen (Exit Wounds): If you are listening to our music,
it's quite obvious where our influences come from. I think that you can
hear at least old Deicide, Morbid Angel and Cannibal Corpse from our
songs. Purpose is just to create music we prefer and to maintain that
killer feeling in it, no matter if it sounds like it was played one
thousand times before.
K.P. (Exit Wounds): I think there are also some influences from
Black Metal bands, like Dark Funeral, for example. But mainly influences
are from Death Metal genre, maybe a bit more old-school stuff. Newer songs
are faster and therefore I could consider them having more influences from
modern Death Metal bands such as Nile and Hate Eternal, etc.
Otsala (Sotajumala): As I mentioned in the first question
already, our roots are deep in the Florida -style Death Metal. So the main
sources of inspiration and influence are bands, I mentioned and I think
that these nuances are quite typical when you listen to our Death Metal
Risto (Luciferase): See the previous answer.
Hell (Luciferase): Maybe the choir parts in the title song of
our demo are somehow related to the fact that Risto howls in Therion boy
choir… ;) Lyrically, I'd say a kind of inspiration has been drawn from
the lyrics of Martin Walkyier (ex-Skyclad). He's a verbal genius.
Scent of Flesh: Probably we get influences from all extreme
bands we like to listen to. For example Deicide, Cannibal Corpse, Nile
and Luciferion. Bands like Dissection and Dimmu Borgir have probably
influenced the way that we do our melodic parts. We don´t mean to copy
anyone or anything, but of course some can hear these influences in our
music. It seems to be almost impossible to create music that doesn´t
sound like something that someone else has already created. Some say
that we sound like bands what we haven´t even heard.
Are there any Finnish Death Metal bands that you
would like to credit for how they have inspired you to create a similar
type of musica? Bands like Funebre, early Xysma, early Disgrace,
Abhorrence, Demigod, Cartilage, Vomiturition and the likes come to my mind
Laine (Torture Killer): I fucking love Demigod, but I wouldn´t
say they would´ve inspired me to do something like they do. It´s beyond
my abilities to write songs, the feeling and the vibe they have in their
songs is incredible and there´s not a band in the world doing that kind
of music anymore. Demigod gets all my credits for being above others in
Finland´s metal history, but like I said, my strongest influences mainly
come from the other side of the Atlantic.
PB (Death du Jour): I don't think any Finnish bands have
directly affected our material even though I must give credits for
Demilich, early Disgrace, Coprophilia and so on for example.
Antti (Deepred): I don't think our sound has much to do with the
mentioned or many other old Finnish bands at all. Personally I please my
old-school needs in Slugathor. But I give a great respect and credit for
the old Finnish scene for basically changing my life back then. I can't
quite explain how great it was discovering the underground when I mostly
knew the bigger extreme bands (the Earache -era, etc.) and suddenly
realized there's a very morbid underground in my own country, too! Seeing
especially live bands like Xysma, Convulse, Beherit, Demigod, Sentenced,
Cartilage, Impaled Nazarene etc. etc., getting demos, ´zines and so on
was the greatest thing ever and I became totally obsessed by the
underground. But like I said, sound-wise we don´t have much to do with
them. Well, maybe I could say I'm influenced by Demilich's way of taking
hell of a long time to get up my ass to do the band mail duties, etc.
Janne (Source of Demise): I cant really say that those Finnish
bands have had an influence on me, except Demigod, I have their first
album. I listened to more those Florida bands, Death, Obituary, etc.
Miika (Source of Demise): The same goes with me. I owned albums
from Funebre and Demigod, but they really didn´t affect to any music that
I have composed.
Immu (Slugathor): The old Finnish Death Metal scene was strong!!
Just think of Beherit ("you mean they were a great name in Black
Metal, don't ya?" Luxi comments) and Belial, too!!! All the bands
you've mentioned are all ´great-good´ in my opinion, too and I
especially adore Demigod's first demo. I think it's some of the finest
Death Metal I've heard from the North besides some Swedish Gods' stuffs!
Not all of our members like those old Finnish bands that much, but Antti
is simply an expert with this stuff. Just ask him…
Aki (Torn): Yeah, "Turku Death Metal" rules (old Xysma
& Disgrace). Also worth mentioning name in the old Finnish Death Metal
scene is Demilich…
K.P. (Exit Wounds): Actually I think I cannot credit any. Or at
least from those you mentioned. I used to listen to pretty much Archgoat
and Beherit, but they haven't inspired me what comes to this band. I used
to have bands to which those were the main influences. But not anymore…
Purtenance and Demigod are good.
S.M. (Exit Wounds): I've heard some bands you mentioned above,
but actually none of them have inspired me this far. There's at least one
potential name around here that I think it should be mentioned: Sotajumala.
Mikael (Carcase Inc.): Yeah, we know those bands and we have
respect for what they done and stuff, but they don't come as influences to
Hell (Luciferase): I think the main songwriter in Luciferase has
never even heard (of) most of those bands.
Risto (Luciferase): As Hell says… :(
Hell (Luciferase): That can be considered also as an advantage
because when writing songs you can concentrate on the most important
thing, creating an interesting and GOOD songs, instead of worrying if this
part sounds like Sublime Cadaveric Decomposition and that part like early
Otsala (Sotajumala): None.
Scent of Flesh: Not really. We´ve listened to some of these
older bands, but they never interested us much.
What bands would you consider to be the true
originators of the whole Death Metal genre that basically were the first
bands with a sound that was a few steps further from Thrash Metal toward
heavier, more brutal and more mean musical direction with lyrics based
more on ´gore-guts-blood´ - and satanic themes?
Immu (Slugathor): Grave from Sweden!! They really took brutality
some steps further… and why not some other Swedish bands as well (you
know Dismember and Nihilist). Also, Carcass, Autopsy, the gods Morbid
Angel should be mentioned and of course Death.
Laine (Torture Killer): I can only answer the obvious one:
Mikael (Carcase Inc.): I would say some of those bands from the
end of 80's such as Possessed, Autopsy, Terrorizer, Morbid Angel, etc. -
and of course some less famous South-American bands as Mortem, etc. And of
course some Death Metal bands from New York like Suffocation, Pyrexia,
etc. that could be considered as very important bands for the evolution of
S.M. (Exit Wounds): I guess there's no doubt that one of the
first bands that comes into my mind is Morbid Angel. Of course Death
should be mentioned as well as Obituary, Cannibal Corpse and Deicide. I
think these few are the bands that have affected greatly to a whole Death
Aki (Torn): I consider bands like Possessed, Death, Morbid Angel
& Massacre as the first Death Metal bands for the whole Death Metal
Hell (Luciferase): Is this a listing question? Here's my five
cents: Possessed, early Death, early Celtic Frost, Onslaught, Sarcófago,
Vulcano and early Sepultura. However, it's just a matter of taste whether
you call these bands' first recordings Death Metal or Thrash or whatever,
since the concept of Death Metal is so different nowadays. Deep Purple was
fucking heavy in the standards of early 70's yet nowadays, for a Death
Metal fan, their first albums sound like my mother trying to imitate Doro
Risto (Luciferase): Death.
PB (Death du Jour): Routines of such history might be a bit too
hard to dig up, but probably the most common bands for verification of the
Death Metal genre are Carcass, Repulsion, Terrorizer, Napalm Death, etc.
TK (Death du Jour): Morbid Angel simply varied all the existing
ground forms of Death Metal done before. I think they developed a very
unique sounding combination with their funky rhythms and style of forming
strong riffs and patterns.
Antti (Deepred): Possessed would be the most obvious, of
course!! Their sound especially on SEVEN CHURCHES is just possessed, evil,
sick, morbid and brutal for its time and still for today even. Pure Death
Metal!! And bands like Celtic Frost, etc., of course... just not to forget
also the 80's Brazilian ´warfare noise´ and so much more...
Genocide/Repulsion... just too much to mention!! It´s all about the 80's,
but I really can´t say much because I wasn't old enough to actually
discover those things back then when they were happening. It was bands
like Death, Morbid Angel, Obituary, Bolt Thrower, Nihilist/Entombed,
Grave, etc. who introduced me to Death Metal.
Otsala (Sotajumala): Death, Morbid Angel, Cannibal Corpse,
Scent of Flesh: That´s a hard question. When the Death Metal
genre started to form itself, we were probably at an elementary school
learning how to listen to metal. Bands like Metallica and Iron Maiden
sounded very extreme at those days.