1. Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?
Ecocide: The main thing we are focusing on right now is finishing all songs for our new album, which we hope to release somewhere at the end of this year.
2. In 2013 you had released a new album, how would you describe the musical direction you have taken with this recording and also how does it differ from the demo you had released in 2012?
Ecocide: The demo from 2012 is way more Thrash Metal. With our album we took a big step towards Death Metal. You can still hear some Thrash influences though since some of those songs where written just after our demo.
3. The lyrics cover a great amount of science fiction and Lovecraft themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in those topics?
Ecocide: Our guitarist/vocalist writes the lyrics so he is the one who is most interested in those topics. But all three of us are big sci-fi fans so when we were thinking up lyrical themes, we came to that topic very quick.
4. The band originally start out as Toxic Napalm, what was the decision behind the name change and also the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Ecocide'?
Ecocide: Toxic Napalm was actually a “non-serious” band of Sten (guitar/vocals) and myself (drums) that started out because of a school talent show (we covered a few Thrash songs). After that show we were asked to play on HIT, a band-contest in Haarlem between school bands. We came 2nd and a bit later we decided we could seriously start a band, that’s when we started searching for members and Ecocide was born.
5. What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Ecocide: That’s a difficult question since all shows have their own awesome moments but if I had to choose one I would say Essen Death Fest in Germany. We had an amazing time over there and the crowd went nuts during our show. The whole venue was packed with people so that was also really cool – to play for that many people.
When we play live we truly give it all we got, constant headbanging and a lot of energy on stage. I think this is what sets us apart from most bands these days that just stand still and play.
6. Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Ecocide: We are not touring yet but a big show is coming up on September 20th. We will play in a big (free) festival called Baroeg Open Air with Bolt Thrower!
7. Recently Disharmonic Records, re-issued your 2013 album , what are your thoughts on the final product?
Ecocide: We are very happy how it turned out, the new cover looks great and Disharmonic Records was very communicative in the process which made things go very smooth.
8. According to the Metal Archives page the band is signed to Dan's Crypt Records, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
Ecocide: Dan’s Crypt Records is a label from Spain that releases some great old school Death Metal albums from smaller bands like us but also bigger bands that were very well known in the ‘80s/’90s Death Metal scene.
9. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of death and thrash metal?
Ecocide: Very positive! We have received so many reviews, almost one every week in the beginning. All of them are very positive and encourage us to bring out an even better album. Also we sell a lot of merch worldwide, from Germany to Japan to Australia, all over the world!
10. Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Ecocide: We try to keep our Thrash influences but I have a feeling this next album will be a bit more Death Metal focused than the first album, also I can tell you the drum parts will be a lot faster and aggressive! We have all grown as musicians and I hope this will shine through on the next release.
11. What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Ecocide: We are heavily influenced by the Florida Death Metal bands like Death, Massacre, Morbid Angel, etc. I myself listen to all kinds of music nowadays, not just metal, to get inspiration.
12. What are some of your non musical interests?
Ecocide: The bassist and I draw a lot so from time to time we make some artwork for Ecocide or another band. We also like to watch bad horror movies or play games.
13. Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Ecocide: Thank you for this interview! We would like to thank everyone who supports us by buying our merch or coming to our shows.
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