The recordings finished in late January and since that, we have been rehearsing a lot for we are about to unleash the songs live as soon as possible, starting at the end of April with a release-show for “Transformatio Mundi”. Apart from that, some of us have other bands they play in, so Alex has been on a European tour for 5 weeks with MAJESTY and Torturer is rehearsing with bands like BETHLEHEM or MOR DAGOR.
2.You have a new album coming out during the end of April, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
Very good question! We sound as we do, I think. We never said “we need to sound like this and this band”, for we do not want to be a cheap copy of somebody. During songwriting, we always just play and try things out and if we like it, we make a song out of it. And – I think this is what really important – we do not stand still. This can clearly be heard when one compares our debut “May all be dead” with the current album “Transformatio Mundi”: The songs are way more complex now, the riffing varies a lot to fit the concept of the album. While we often read to sound a little like bands such as “Grave” or “Asphyx” in the past, we have now read that “Transformatio Mundi” has kind of unique style, which is really great and a fantastic compliment.
3.This is the first album to be released in 4 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time span?
From the beginning of 2014 until the middle of 2016, the band didn’t even exist. We split up due to job reasons and everybody had to deal with his daily businesses, be it bands or be it a regular job – so nothing really exciting to tell you about this time.
4.The lyrics on the new album have a concept to them, can you tell us a little bit more about the songwriting?
Most of the songs for “Transformatio Mundi” were (at least partially) written before the band split up in early 2014. After the reunion, they were all taken into consideration again and later finished, so that is the reason why we could start recording that short after the reunion. Most of the ideas come from Dennis (Guitars), who then sends his ideas around and the other members listen to it, giving feedback and have their own input then. When the songs for the album were finalized, I was starting to write the lyrics for them. As for the concept, I wanted to do something different this time and came up with the idea for an untypical topic for a Death Metal band. Since I used to study theology in my past, I thought this would fit pretty well – and probably does.
5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Cadaver Disposal'?
„Cadaver Disposal“ was founded after my former band „Braindead“ had split up. We wanted to do different sounds with this new project, so we also decided to choose a new name. We had a song entitled “Cadaver Disposal” and thought this would perfectly fit. The idea for this song came from the Charlton Heston-movie “Soylent Green”, where humanity found a…well…”interesting” way of treating the dead.
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?
Haha, to be honest: „Cadaver Disposal“ has never played live. YET! As already said before, the band split up due to job reasons in early 2014 and was dead for 2 years, so there was on chance of playing live. Once again: YET. As we are currently rehearsing a lot, we are about to hit stages as soon and as often as possible. And regarding our upcoming stage-performance: Since the album has a concept, also our shows will have this – be strained!
7.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?
Indeed we have planned a release-show planned until now. It will take place on April 28th in a club called “Helvete” in Oberhausen / Germany. We’ll be playing together with our buddies of “Depression” and “Meatknife” and as said before, this is going to be the first gig ever for “Cadaver Disposal”. Other gigs will surely take place. As for touring: We are open for everything, let’s see what will be.
8.The new album is going to be released on 'Nihilistic Empire Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
„Nihilistic Empire Records“ is run by my best friend Jens. It is a small label from Duisburg and we got a deal with them in 2010, still being named “Braindead”. NE has released a few albums until today, like the fantastic “SELBSTENTLEIBUNG”, “DEUS INVERSUS” or “FINAL DEPRAVITY”. Since Jens is also our audio engineer and owns the AMP Studio (we recorded both our albums and the Demo here), we have everything out of one hand, which is great.
9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of death metal?
The feedback on the music we did so far has been really great. When we released our Demo “Signum Gloriae” in 2010, the reception was nearly enthusiastic, we were featured in so many blogs, mostly in the “Highly recommended”-sections. When we released our debut “May all be dead” in 2013, the reception was fantastic as well: Magazines and webzines really enjoyed our kind of sound and we got tons of real high ratings. As for “Transformatio Mundi” – the first reviews are slowly coming and yes, the trend seems to continue…J
10.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?
Our drummer Torturer is playing in a few other bands: So he will be doing several shows with BETHLEHEM, MOR DAGOR and GOAT TORMENT and maybe release an album with those bands, too. Bass-player Alex is also playing in MAJESTY, he just returned from a large European Tour together with BATTLE BEAST and will definitely play some more shows and festivals with them in 2017. As for guitarist Dennis: He is also playing with the Black Metal Newcomers “MALLEVS MALLEFICARVM” and in “FINAL DEPRAVITY”, so as well: Several shows with both of the bands.
11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
I think this is difficult to say. When you listen to “May all be dead” and “Transformatio Mundi”, you can clearly see the development there. So I think this will continue, but always having in mind that we will always sound like we feel like. So I cannot tell you a trend yet. Dennis already wrote two new songs and the only thing I can say is: They are kinda unique.
12.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
The thing with our songwriting is that we never put any limits on it. Once we start composing a song, we just need the feeling that it sounds great, so this question is difficult to answer. But yes, most of has have been influenced by the Oldschool Death Metal bands from the early 90s, such as Massacre, Deicide, Bolt Thrower, etc – but also by bands like Kreator. In one of the first reviews on “Transformatio Mundi”, I also read something kinda funny like “Judas Priest” (cause the riffs sounded epic) or “Voivod” – conincidence, but we saw this as compliments. To sum it up: We are of course trying to do our own thing and never want to be a cheap copy of anybody.
Personally, I listen to lots of different styles of music: Bowie, Cohan, Dead Can Dance, Nick Cave, Laibach, Depeche Mode, lots of industrial – and all the metal stuff, of course.
13.What are some of your non musical interests?
We are not only a band, but we are also friends in real life. Since we all have a regular job, we spend parts of the weekends together, having some beers, laughing, BBQ, whatever. My personal non-musical interests are movies, series and lots of literature, mostly biographies or documentaries.
14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
First of all: Thanks a lot for doing this interview with us, it was a pleasure to answer your questions and be sure that if you need some more information, you will get them, just ask. I hope that all those who read this interview will like our upcoming album and if you want to see “Cadaver Disposal” live in your town, just send us an e-mail. Last but not least: In case you haven’t seen it yet, we have just uploaded a new lyrics video for another song called “Congregation”. Check it out at https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=mo6BNoWhLVQ&t=144s
See you all soon!
Stefan (CADAVER DISPOSAL)