Hails, how are you doing guys? How do you feel with your new album finally released? Are you ready for the questions? Obviously the first question is: what happened since the release of “A Call to Arms” until this new album, “Realm of the Damned”, which only went out this year? I imagine moving from Australia to England, searching new members and all that affected a lot, but now, is it all stable for the band, with a complete line-up and everything?I know you had quite some changes in the near past.
A lot has happened since the release of Call to Arms… after the Euro tour in ‘03’ we basically kept playing the odd live show, toning it down somewhat over the years... Marauder departed some time in ‘05’, but we kept going as a three piece for a while, starting to write new material and then Hexx entered the band on rythem guitars.
During this time we written and recorded ‘Realm’,with Hexx departing soon after and Marauder rejoining we endeavoured to tour the album in Europe again in ‘07’ but this fell through due to unfortunate circumstances, and now we are about to embark on the U.S tour in June/July ‘08’.
After a few listens to “Realm of the Damned”, I think we can find some differences with the sound of your previous work, although you mantained the aussie Black/Thrash sound that made you reknown but with an even more rocking atmosphere. Which are the biggest differences in your opinion with your previous release and with other aussie styled bands? What are you most proud of?
With the new material, I,(Masochist) wrote a lot of the songs tuned right down for a different edge and inspiration, and then tuned most of the songs back up when recording the album except for 3 songs…Hexx wrote with his style and the songs just started coming together really well! This line up had different influences to Marauder in writing songs which allowed it to sound fresh and heavier at the time,(taking nothing away from Marauder’s writing!) also being that the album was recorded at much better studio allowed us to get the sounds and atmosphere that the new album achieved!
So, what about this title, “Realm of the Damned”? Are you still speaking about satanism and war or you have some other influences on your lyrics? Do you take any influence from what you see/find in your lives? About “1915”, what are the lyrics inspired in?
The lyrics will always have the elements of Satanism and War, but also personally I take my own view on the song titles when playing them…as for “realm’ I mean, personally I think the world is a pretty damned place to be in at the moment, so that’s the view I get, and I hope fans take their own view too… I’m sure when Howitzer wrights the lyrics, he has a different picture of what he’s signing about to anyone else!
1915 is about one of the last ever hand to hand combat’s between the Australian diggers and the Turkish defenders of Gallipoli, during World War 1.
The album has been released by Invictus Productions from Ireland on CD and Black Ace Records from The Netherlands on Gatefold LP. Was it your idea to release it on vynil too as vynil freaks or the label just asked you? What do you think about the other releases on K.K.'s label?
Both actually… we always want Vinyl when we release pretty much anything if possible. Black Ace wanted to do the release as well, but that had not a great deal to do with us, but between Invictus and Black Ace themselves.
You played at the Festung Opean Air in May with other great acts, how was the experience to play in Germany? Which bands surprised you there? Are you going to do some other concerts this summer or perhaps some kind of tour after it? Have you thought about going back to Australia to play some gigs?
We endeavoured to play Festung but it never eventuated due to the euro’07’ tour falling through! We would like to concentrate on getting to Europe in ‘09’ after releasing a mini album!
You, as Destroyër 666 some time before, changed your Australia for Europe, was it because of the difficulty for the band to come to Europe to play and all that or it was for other matters? Which are the biggest differences between Australia and Europe, especially concerning the extreme Metal scene?
The biggest difference is distance and money! Europe has nearly every band you could think of touring and playing frequently and at very reasonable prices to go and see them, but in Australia you get few and far between bands touring, it’s ultra competitive to get a support slot, and it’s about triple the price to see an international act hear compared to o’seas!
By the way, Gospel Of The Horns has two ex-Deströyer 666 and two ex-Bestial Warlust members, what do you remember about the beginnings of that aussie scene? How do you see it know? Any new bands that surprised you? I liked a lot the new Assaulter demo for example.
The early years were killer!.. Lots of gigs, and venue’s to play at which are becoming more rare now. There was plenty of new material obviously never been heard before and it was very affordable to buy and see.
As for new bands out of the south…some killer bands on the rise are Nocturnal Graves, Portal, Cauldron Black Ram, Denouncement Pyre, Ignivomous, The Dead, and plenty more….
Some short choosing ones: (explain us please why did you chose them)
- Slaughter Lord o Hobb's Angel of Death: Hobb’s, you cant go past the first album…classic!
- Politics or religion: Religion, it’s nice any easy to pick the loopholes and crap out of it, for all those false weak individuals who need to be told what to believe in! Politics ain’t worth the breath because most it is pure evil!
- Past or future: Future, if you live in the past to much with life, you’ll get left behind! Past is for great heavymetal influence and guidance, and that’s it!
- Peace or war: War, you’ll never have peace as long as there’s religion, terrorism..etc,
so if you cant beat em’ killem!!!
- Atheism or satanism: Personally for me, Atheism… I’ve read into a fair bit of Satanism over the years but, I don’t get into it enough! It’s great to have the Satanist angle for the band which is what it is before and after I’m gone!
Ok guys, that’s all for now. I hope to see you on stage sometime. Good luck. If you want to add anything else…
Get to the states in June’08’ for some hellish Aussie thrashing assult!
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