Saturday, December 20, 2014

Obduktion Interview

1. Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new ep?
We are still promoting “Mors Janua Vitae” EP, working on new material and rehearsing for some gigs in the near future and probably a Balkan mini tour. After that we’ll keep composing and enter the studio once again for the 4th album, hopefully released in the fall of 2015.

2. Recently you have released a new ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is present on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
It sounds 100% Obduktion for sure! We tried to keep the main elements of our tunes, the aggressive riffing, catchy melodies, brutal vocals and solid rhythm section with fast and mid tempo parts. For once more we worked hard on production, combining the old school death metal feeling with fresh sound. Compared to our past releases the new EP is a more in your face work and still has the high level standards of our previous album “Pain Chronicles”.

3. The band was broken up for a year, what was the cause of the split and also the decision to reform?
We really needed a break at that time due to some individual personal reasons but never buried the reunion thought since our personal relations were always extremely good. Recharged our batteries, the idea of reforming came up and here we are again!

4. Some of your lyrics have covered Occultism and Masonic Rituals, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?
I can’t say that Obduktion refers to occultism lyrically. Perhaps some words and phrases but not in general. The track “Lordship of Superior” of our new EP is about Masonic Rituals and scripted words and actions that are spoken or performed during the degree work in a Masonic Lodge. I was fascinated by the perceived secrecy of a Masonic Ritual and the vows and oaths that are taken but I was never really a fan of Masons or into it. Just an interesting subject and that’s all.

5. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Obduktion'?
Obduktion originates from the german word meaning autopsy. Our guitarist Obduktor came up with the name since he had to changed it to that, cause at first, the name was Obduction, but already taken by other bands. I think this is what we do all these years, an autopsy of extreme metal music and then bringing out the results through our tunes. Don’t forget to mention the death metal legends Autopsy!

6. What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
I will always remember the ones supporting Asphyx, Absu and Belphegor but our first time playing in Thessaloniki was really awesome too! Crazy crowd, great gig! We try to do our best on the stage doing our job with passion, banging our heads and I believe that’s appreciated by the audience.

7. Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
We are planning some live shows in Greece including a special one, celebrating the band’s 20 years and preparing a Balkan mini tour in the spring of 2015.

8. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of death metal?
Considering that Obduktion is an underground Greek death metal band, the feedback we get is more than just satisfying. All the good words we receive from friends and listeners are one of the main reasons we will keep on playing.

9. When can we expect another full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
According to our schedule we’ll probably enter the studio in the summer of 2015 to record some brand new tracks of pure death metal and hopefully release a new album the fall of the same year. Our musical roots will remain the same and always close to old school death metal but as our main goal is to become better and better, as a band and musicians, we’ll never stop experimenting to achieve the best results with higher and higher professional standards.

10. 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?
It’s easy for someone into extreme metal music to find out our main influences when listening to Obduktion. 90’s European and US death metal scene and bands like Bolt thrower and Obituary have surely affected us but gaining experience through the years brought us to our own unique sound and musical identity. I listen to all bands that have something to offer to the metal scene and I sure dig Fleshgod Apocalypse! I also like a lot the growing Indonesian death metal scene, many kickass bands there.

11. What are some of your non musical interests?
I am a huge fan of soccer, basketball and watch lots of series and movies, mostly horror ones. Reading about any historical period or subject is one of my interests too. And drinking cold beers!

12. Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
I’d really like to thank you for the interview and interest and wish you good luck and much success! Tones of respect to our friends out there and keep supporting the underground!
Takis V.O.T.

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