M.M: I'd say it's a blend of influences from the late 80s and early 90s Death and Thrash scenes. We try to incorporate the speed and aggression of darker Thrash bands like Slayer, Sepultura and Kreator with the filthy groove of Swedish Death Metal bands like Entombed and Unleashed.
A.L: Well, our first lineup came together in the winter of 2008 and it took us about three months to actually decide on a name. At the end of that year the Israeli military invaded Gaza as part of what they called "Operation Cast Lead" and initiated a three week conflict that would become known as the Gaza War or the Battle of al-Furqan, depending on where you're from. It was a particularly savage conflict in that most of the fighting took place in densely populated cities like Gaza, Khan Yunis and Rafah, meaning that civilian casualties were high and atrocities, such as the use of human shields, were committed by both sides. As a result Israel came under a lot of international pressure to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid to the civilian population of Gaza. So, on January 7th, 2009 the Israel military opened a humanitarian corridor through Gaza and both they and Hamas agreed to stop fighting for three hours to allow the safe delivery of aid. The two sides went on to repeat this three hour ceasefire nearly every day for the remainder of the conflict.
It was during this ceasefire that people would leave the safety of their homes to get food and supplies and conduct the ordinary business of everyday life, and so for us the ceasefire came to represent the disconnect between the leaders of the warring factions, squabbling over land and pride and pseudo religious ideals, and the ordinary people they claim to represent who, for the most part, just want to live in peace and carry on with their lives the same as everyone else. The daily ceasefires came to represent for us the absurd and truly inglorious nature of most conflict and so we named our band in solidarity with the people who found themselves trapped between Hamas and the Israeli military and for whom the three hour ceasefires meant a brief respite from the violence.
M.M: Currie, the guy that runs Savour Your Scene is the drummer with a band called Gacys Threads from Belfast. We got to know them through gigging and specifically through a gig we promoted for them in our home town when they brought a German band called Killtribe over to tour Ireland. Currie heard a song that we uploaded prior to the release of our Cry Havoc EP, liked it and offered to help us promote and distribute it. Their support has been great so far and it's been really heartening to have the support of a third party that is into our stuff and wants to help us spread the word.
A.L: Well, we have three songs written for our next release, which will probably be another EP out next year. The new material is similar to the stuff you can hear on Cry Havoc in that the songs are short and violent, but differs somewhat in that we've injected some Napalm Death-style groove into the songs as well as the manic ferocity we love about their music. We're also working on a song that has a much more morbid sound, inspired by the likes of Dead Congregation and blended with the speed and aggression of our own sound.
M.M: For me personally, my playing and writing style is influenced to a huge extent by old Slayer and Sepultura. There's a big AC/DC influence in the way we structure and deliver our music too. By that I mean that we have zero progressive tendencies and like to keep the songs simple and to project a feeling of urgency.
M.M: No, we've no other projects. Between work and girlfriends and children we've little enough time to dedicate to this band let alone any side projects.