Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Destroying Divinity Interview

1. Can you tell us a little bit about the band for those that have never heard you you before?

The band was founded in January 2001, we started musical path with following members: Erik - vocal, Gassi - guitar, Nagard - guitar, Ommurtag - drums. We recorded first demo "Created" in this formation at the Šopa studio in June 2001. This demo was self-released and send to local labels. After releasing this demo, guitarist Mille was replaced by guitarist Nagard. At the beginning of 2002 Flagin joined us as a bass and guitar player. In this new formation, we played a few concerts and wrote some new songs, which were recorded in the Šopa studio in the spring 2002. Subsequently a czech label Grodhaisn offered us releasing a full lenght debut album, where all material from the the demo and the 4 new songs were used. The CD was released at the end of 2002 under name „...Created...“. After releasing the debut, we played some gigs and worked on new material. After guitarist Mille left the group, Flagin had to reduce his status from bass/guitar player to guitar only. Then, in spring 2004 the second full lenght album "Hell Unleashed" was recorded with this line-up: Erik - vocals, Gassi - guitar, Flagin - guitar, Ommurtag - drums. CD was released by Grodhaisn at the turn of the year (2004/2005). After some gigs a piece of work done we recorded our third album called "Dark Future" in December 2008 with the same line-up in the Šopa studio again. Then we spend almost two years by looking for the proper record label... The newest milestone in our history was signing a contract with Brutal Bands records (USA). BB released the CD "Dark Future" on the 25th June 2010. We are currently composing new material.. Hope this is enough :)

2. How would you describe the musical sound of the new release, and how it differs from previous albums?

Our musical sound? Well, we thnik south moravian dark death metal says everything. Compared to 'Hell Unleashed' 'Dark Future' is not so technical album but it's much more about the atmosphere. Maybe like the debut was.. The most important thing is that we (and our sound eingeneer) are much more experienced now and it's strognly seen on the last album.

3. What are some of the lyrical subjects and topics that the new release explores?

Bigotry and fanaticism, killing in the name of god. Insanity of man. The future of humankind which sure won't be nice. We don't like any kind of Church in the meaning of the assembly or association of followers of whoever or whatever. They're all the same parasitic venom preachers, mind torturing brainwashers and puppetters. However religious shit is not the only thing that's pissing us off so the lyrics are also about wars, exploitation, indolence..the inevitable fall of man.

4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the bands name?

Our guitar player Gassi came up with this. It follows Monstrosity song and it definitely describes our bearing to all the churches, sects, cults and all the similar institutions. What brought more wars, death, suffering and pain than these divine cults?

5. What are some of the best live shows that the band has played so far and how would you describe your stage performance?

The best were the gigs where we could play with bands like Dying Fetus, Natron, Misanthrope or Krisiun.. It was also great to play in Prague all the time. And we specialy enjoyed the show at world famous Obscene Extreme festival. Our performance is the death metal classicism, play fast the set with no poser bullshit or great speeches, the music has to say everything. The fans are the only who can judge our performance. Now we are thinking about some true metal proprieties like ammunition belts or some nails, haha.

6. Do you have any touring plans for the new release?

We would like to do some gigs after quite long time we didn't perform at all but our singer Erik is off now because of serious sickness.. We are looking for somebody who will replace him until he gets well /if it is possible at all. However one vokiller you already interviewed is currently in center of our interest and we hope this alternate will succeed. It sure won't be a tour but several gigs, we can't tour because of our jobs.

7. Currently you are signed to Brutal Bands Records, how did you get in contact with this label, and how would you compare them to your old label?

We signed to Brutal Bands almost accidentaly, one of our fans named Johnny (we have no idea who it is) wrote us that he likes our music for a long time and that he would like to help us to a big label like Brutal Bands. He suggested us to Scott Ellingboe - the founder of Brutal Bands - who liked the stuff for which we just were looking a label for and wrote us at once. Unfortunately this was the only thing he did at once, it took whole year from first contact to the final releasing of the CD. Scott fullfiled the date and send us discs and promo discs in time but from that time we don't know almost anything from him. He doesn't reply our emails and when he by chance does it takes several months. We don't even know how many copies has he sold, he refused to say us to which media he send the promos and I'm quite sure it weren't much because we almost didn't see any reviews (and there should be 500 promos send to media and distributors), so now we please media to review 'Dark Future' ourself. There also should be merch, 500 promotional posters, 5000 promotional flyers and adverts in relevant media. Well we didn't see anything of that, we just don't know and Scott just doesn't communicate with us. We wanted some merch at least for us but he didn't reply as usual and removed our merch from the labels website.

Our previous label endeavoured at first but then it also weren't nothing special and now he doesn't even exist.

8. On a worldwide level how has your music been recieved by death metal fans?

As we stated before the are currently not many reviews but we think this is due to shitty work of our label because almost all the reviews that we found are very positive. In future we hope the situation will get better and then we will set the list of all reviews we find on our facebook page which is starting to breathe in these days. None of us is daily user of myspace or facebook as we don't have time for this due to giving a shit about bringing home the bacon so we are sorry for lack of communication there. However we are trying at least to get in this facebook thing with our band profile, just be patient with us please. We are plannig to give our previous albums to free download there.

The situation in our homeland is even worse, signing on american label would just be big thing there but this dark death metal doesn't have any medial support. There are a few very positive reviews but that's all, no reactions, no columns, 3 interviews in ten years. We are medialy nameless band.

9. Are there any side projects besides this band, or is this a full time line-up?

Only our guitarist Flagin has another band - Get Away - which is also death metal band. Ommurtag and Erik had one Satanfather project in which Erik did the guitars but this is also on hold now. It was gory mix of death-black-grind.

10. How would you describe your musical progress over the years and what direction do you see the music heading into on future releases?

We think that the fans must make the opinion on their own, we can only say it goes still directly from us. In the future we'll maybe try to have darker, more obscure sound.

11. What are some band or musical styles that have influenced your music, and also what are you listening to nowadays?

Biggest inspiration came probably from Morbid Angel, Immolation, Incantation and Nile.
We still listen to these bands but we have another beloved ones as like Gorguts, Immortal, Deicide, Mithras, Dark Funeral, Ghoul, Lord Gore, Nasum, Impaled etc.

12. I know that the band is very anti-christian but do you also have an interest in Satanism and Occultism?

Not deeply.

13. Outside of music, what are some of your interests?

PC games, internet, roller-skates, mouintain biking, forest walks, walking the dog and drinking of course :)

14. Any finaly ordsor thoughts before we wrapup this interview?

Thak you very much for the views and for this interview and also thank to all the fans who support underground bands. All the best to you.

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