Friday, July 5, 2013

Desolator Interview

1. Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?

Yeah we just released our debut album, Unearthly Monument, through Hellthrasher Productions and we are going to play as many shows as possible during the summer and the rest of the year to promote it. We are already working on new songs as well. So there is alot going on right now.  

2. How would you describe the musical sound of the new album and how it differs from previous recordings?

I think Unearthly Monument sounds very raw and honest, it almost sounds like a live recording at times. I always thought our songs sounded more brutal and had more energy to them when we played live than they ever did on our previous demo recordings and we have finally managed to capture that power and aggression with these new recordings. This has the advantage that when you see us live we will sound very much like we do on the album, I always hated bands that sounded awesome on an album and then sounded totally different live.

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

Most of the songs deal with classic death metal topics such as war, death, violence, zombies, satanism and some H.P Lovecraft Cthulhu mythology on top of that. You could say that it is cliché stuff but death metal cannot have lyrics about love or happiness, it needs to have lyrics that are both as sinister and powerful as the music is.
4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the bands name?

The word desolator derives from the words desolation and desolated. Desolation means a complete state of emptiness or destruction and desolated is when something has been layed to waste or been destroyed. Hence desolator would be that which causes the destruction, which lays to waste. I came up with that name early on for the band because it sounded brutal and very death metal and the others agreed on it. One could also see it as a cool metaphor for what our music sounds like.

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

That is a though question since we had many great shows the last year. But I have to mention the latest show we did on the 28th of June together with our friends in the bands Obscyria, Phidion and Corrosive Carcass in connection with the album release. The audience smeared themselves with blood and lots of people came up on stage and it was just crazy, a perfect death metal show!

6. Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?

No touring plans so far but we have many shows booked for the rest of the year. The biggest one I would say is the first show abroad at the Matanza Festival in Palma de Mallorca, Spain in August. There Desolator will be playing alongside great bands such as Insision and Tormention. But we always want to play more shows at new places so if any promotor reads this then contact us!

7. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to the new album by fans of old school death metal?

The feedback have been good so far from reviwers, friends and fans alike. Of course I love the album just for the simple fact that it is our first real album but I am confident that we have created exactly what we aimed to do, a solid and brutal death metal album, notihing more and nothing less.

8. What is going on with the other musical projects these days?

Well we just finished recording what is going to be Ending Quest's debut album and we will start mixing that in the near future so hopefully we will have that out before the end of the year and Stefan is constantly writing more material for Soliloquium so I am pretty sure there is a new release in the making for that project as well.

9.What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?

I read in a review of Unearthly Monument that the reviewer didn't think we had developed that much from previous releases. What many people might not understand is that this album has been two years in the making and all these songs were finished back in 2011. We have also re-recorded many songs that are several years old from back when we first started the band. Within that time we have never stopped writing new material and we already have a couple of new songs ready and we are constantly working on new stuff. I think many will be surprised the next time we release something as we have in my opinion made a big step towards finding a sound of our own.

10. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

We are moving in a new direction that is more technical and perhaps a little more modern in the sense that we have left most of the thrash metal influences behind us and are even more brutal. Immolation have been a big inspiration but there will always be that inflence from the classic death metal acts such as Death, Autopsy, Morbid Angel, Bolt Thrower, Vader and Asphyx. We want to find a sound of our own but it is not like we will change genre or anything, Desolator will always play brutal and powerful death metal.  

11.Outside of music what are some of your interests?

I have two passions in my life, metal and martial arts. I have been training Karate for 16 years and I am a 3rd Dan black belt and a teacher at a karate dojo in my hometown so that takes up almost as much of my time as the music does. What time I have left I want to spend with my family.

12.Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?

Stay brutal, keep supporting death metal and buy our album!

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