Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Undead Creep Interview
1. Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?
David: Hi there! Ok, after the release of the album in June we haven’t had any important activity, but we’re getting a very good feedback from both people and ‘zines.
2. How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the album and how it differs from the demo?
David: We’re pretty satisfied for the sound on the album, it’s heavy and boor! It’s also very natural, I mean we didn’t use effects or triggers on the drums, so maybe you can also hear some mistakes in the playing, but our goal was to get exactly this. I think the album differs from the demo ‘cause of the great mastering by Damian Herring from HORRENDOUS with which the sound became really tight and blown.
3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the music explores on the new release?
Giorgio: We've been dealing with some of the classic death metal topics of course, but in some of the songs we felt like we could push ourselves a little bit further. Of course there is a zombie-inspired tune, which is "Surrounded by Tombs"; another one's about drowning and meeting an excruciating end, and it's called "Frozen Asphyxhiation"; while the closing number is a weird tale about Lovecraftian rites of darkness and blasphemy ("Forbidden Cult"). In spite of that, we also wanted to try and come up with something more personal or even"earthly": I'm talking about "Eradicated Memories", my personal favorite lyrics-wise, which is about the feeling of deprivation and anguish caused by the loss of memory, and the bleakness of a world without shape. Funny stuff indeed, ahaha! Moreover, "Survive the Aftermath" features some rude anti-war lyrics. It's the closest we've ever got to a real declaration of intents. We wanted to summon the image of a world eventually turned into a charcoaled battlefied to make everyone realize what we believe is total "hate's tremendous price". The "warlike propagandas" you can read about are being shoved down people's throats even as we talk, so this is tremendously serious. But I'd like to mention "Swallowed by the Chasm" as well: Sandro wrote some quite obscure stuff for that one!
4. Your sound has a Swedish feel for it, what made you decide to go for this sound?
David: Since I started to listen death metal I always loved the most famous Swedish bands like Entombed, Dismember or Hypocrisy, but after I read the Daniel Ekeroth’s book “Swedish Death Metal” and I started to discover all those underground bands, I wanted to have a band with that sound, just for fun, and with the plan to do only one demo…
5. What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and how would you describe your stage performance?
David: So far we have been playing just three times in Sicily and they have been not that bad. While we play we don’t look for any particular visual effect since we rather like to impress the audience with the gloomy atmosphere that the music inspires.
6. Do you have any touring plans for the new release?
David: Not at the moment, but we hope to organize something soon.
7. On a worldwide level how has your new album been received by death metal fans?
David: The feedback is going really beyond our expectations, lots of people are writing to give us enthusiastic review and opinions, so we are of course very pleased and surprised about that.
8. What is going on with the other projects these days?
David: We have just finished our first HAEMOPHAGUS european tour together with canadian grinders MESRINE , which began at Obscene Extreme Festival. It was awesome, really a blast even if we ran into the usual troubles you can experience during a d.i.y. tour. For what the new releases are concerned, the LP version of our first album “Slaves To The Necromancer” and the split CD with the scottish death metal act BONESAW are out now. A split 7” with swedish REPUKED and the LP version of the BONESAW split will be available at Bloodshed Festival in Eindhoven on 14th and 15th October. Speaking about MORBO, we’re still working on the songwriting for the first album.
9. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
David: It’s evident that the music of Undead Creep is strongly influenced by old school swedish death metal like old ENTOMBED/NIHILIST, DISMEMBER, CARNAGE, GRAVE, UNLEASHED, GOD MACABRE, NIRVANA 2002,AUTHORIZE, MEGA SLAUGHTER, SORCERY, MERCILESS, old EDGE OF SANITY and so on… even if it’s pretty clear that Autopsy, best death metal band ever, are the main influence. Personally I’m listening very much the new AUTOPSY album, BURIAL INVOCATION from Turkey,
10. What role does Occultism play in your music and how would you describe your vies on this subject?
Giorgio: We kinda know that it's no new topic at all, not for metal at least, but we wanted to embrace it nonetheless. Needless to say, we kept it real primitive and the references we included in some of the lyrics sound hazy to say the least (just read the lyrics to the aforementioned "Forbidden Cult" or the ones to "Summoning the Abyss Lord", a demo track included in the cd version of the album). We only needed that atmosphere and we tried to create it much like in the vein of an E.A. Poe tale. Personally, I'm a "long-time beginner" in occultism: I've tried to read Cavendish's "The Black Arts" four or five times but always got stuck in the numerology-related chapters, which to me are way too boring and complicated, ahaha! Anyway, Undead Creep are much more EXoteric than ESoteric: our sonic rite is public and every good motherfucker can get as close to it as we can...
11. Outside of music what are some of your interests?
David: Watching old movies, reading books and playing games, and managing d.i.y. activities but when I’m so bored I like to spit outside the windows on the walking people hahahaha.
12. Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?
David: Thanks for your time, we really appreciate your support. And thanks very much to all the people who struggle to keep the real death metal alive and to legalize marijuana.