Well, let’s start the interview speaking about the birth of Cemetery Urn, how did this project start up? Some of you come from old and (nowadays) cult bands from the Aussie scene, but Cemetery Urn represents quite a change from the typical style we are used to listen from your lands. Was this meant to be a change for you ? Why did you choose old putrid and obscure Death Metal?
Gill: The idea was conjured up at the bar one arvo. We both agreed it was time to get back to basics and bring back the old Death Metal. We decided to go to the U.S. to soak up as much metal as possible. We met many maniacs in the U.S, some of which are now playing key roles in our tour of the U.S. in '08. On our return, writing for the album was completed and we enlisted a local drummer and that was it. This was a change in direction for both of us. I had been playing extreme Black/Death with Abominator since 1994 and after the forth album was ready for something different. I definitely wanted to start using a lot more mid paced beats. The old style is dark and brutal as hell.
As I said on the review of “Urn Of Blood”, I felt the same vibes as listening to the first albums of the Swedish and Finnish scene, the darkness of Incantation and the technique of the first Carcass albums, as well as the slight touch of the typical barbaric Australian style. What’s your opinion about this? Which bands motivated you to create Cemetery Urn? I think nowadays it’s not so easy to find bands sounding like that, I can only think about Funebrarum or Drawn And Quartered having such a heavy sound as yours nowadays.
Gill: Before we entered the studio we had many discussions with our producer in regards to staying true to the era we were aiming for.
I get into the sound's of albums before drum editing took over. I like the natrual dynamics of real drums, where the guitars and bass become the main time keepers and the drums don't sound like a metronome. I think the key to this music is to have a drummer good enough to do it in the studio without relying on computer's replaced kick's and snare. Band's like Demigod, Funebre, Necrovore, Incantation, Rottrevore, to name a few, would be a good indication of the original vision of our direction.
By the way, it seems the old-schooled Death Metal is coming back, with a lot of bands, some which have always been there or really cool new ones, some that just jump on the wagon for the fashion and some created by people who really believe in it anyways. What do you think about this fact? Which are the best ones in your opinion? What’s the biggest difference about the scene of the old days and this new one?
d.bloodstorm: Nothing is really different, it's just the older blokes who have been in bands for years are still playing this shit. Cycles
The vocals on “Urn Of Blood” are fucking amazing, very deep and even gurgling sometimes, like the good old Carcass, simply perfect for that music. What’s your opinion about the usual vocals you can find on nowadays Death Metal, especially Brutal Death, more froggy or not so deep?
d.bloodstorm : yeah thanks! am pleased with them ,well i dont really care who does what style as long as the individual is creating what they want then so be it, me i choose dark low end agony type of style!!!
On the lyrical side, you seem to have chosen some dark and gloomy subjects, like in the old days too, but where do the influences come on that side? Is it just about dark, horror or sci-fi themes or are you into some more occult stuff? Any specific influence on that side?
d.bloodstorm : well we write about whatever comes to our minds as long as its to do with extreme, nasty and dark concepts total fucking death from the grave!!
The cover of “Urn Of Blood” is pretty dark and gloomy, perfect for a dark Death Metal band like you. Who was in charge of it? Does it have any relation with the lyrics or concept of the album?
d.bloodstorm: andrew came up with idea, the art was done by daryl kahn from funebrarum he understood where we were coming from and what we are about! It represents us and the whole album theme perfectly.
This album was released under Modern Invasion, which is the label who released the old albums of Bestial Warlust, among others, but I didn’t know much about it, do you think enough promotion was done? Is it going to be released on vinyl on some other label? Have you received any offer to do it? With which band would you like to share a split EP?
modern invasion have been around a long long time !! and do very good distibution. they have done well for us so far!!! more promotion grows day by day for us!!! as for the vinyl releaase we havent spoken about it to anyone yet, the devastation will arise some day!!! it would be killer to a split with funebrarum !!!!
I’ve seen on your Myspace you’re doing a tour across the US, how are you feeling with it? Are you touring from some other band? Have you received any offer to play in Europe or have any idea about this? How is the situation on Australia about the gigs, is people still going to see some live shows or do they prefer to spend their money on other things?
We are extremely brutalized about the tour of usa with our warbrothers from here gospel of the horns.it will be an annihilation !!! the first 5 shows will be with angelcorpse which is fucking killer!!! in the meantime we will play a few shows here in our home town of melbourne to prepare!!! and as to europe! we will hopefully dominate next year sometime ,promoters get in contact now!!!!!
It seems the aussie scene never stops producing high quality and intense Metal acts in the old vein, since the days of Slaughterlord or Hobb’s Angel Of Death to Bestial Warlust or Sadistik Exekution, and then passing to Deströyer 666, Gospel Of The Horns, Atomizer and all the rest of thrashy bands. Nowadays it’s more or like the same, not a really big scene, but some bands that really worth a listen, such as Portal, Assaulter or yourselves. Is it still as alive as it was in the past? Which new bands should we take a listen to?
Hell yes!!! australia has a killer scene very aggressive and we all like to party on!!!the metal way!!!we here, will never fucking die!!! look out for bands like nocturnal graves,ignivomous, the furor, and more from the pits of hell!!!!
Which is your opinion about these bands, which are some of the best nowadays in the old Death Metal path:
- Pentacle: killer fucking band!!!
- Mortem: only heard old stuff,but killer
- Drawn And Quartered: always brutal!!!!
- Funebrarum: fucking gods!!!!
- Headhunter DC: killer stuff
- Dead Congregation: havent heard them
- Drowned: havent heard them
- Repugnant: heard some old stuff very cool
This will be enough for now. Thanks for your time and keep spreading Death Metal, I hope to hear some new stuff from you soon. Add anything else you want…
support australian fucking metal!!!!!! die by fucking power!!!!!
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