Thursday, 27 October 2011

Heaving Earth VS Brutally Deceased - interview

It’s been some time since the Czech death metal scene really attracted me with some killer tunes. To be honest, I really like KRABATHOR, early PANDEMIA (but their last album sucks!) and maybe few more, but in comparison to the Polish scene, Czechs have too much crap and too few memorable and quality bands. Luckily it has changed with the spawn of HEAVING EARTH and BRUTALLY DECEASED. Both bands plays death metal, but each does that in different way – find out yourself from the interview and from the music. What they do have in common are the musicians, as both acts share some members. This is why I decided to base my interview with Patrik Snobl on both bands… As they say I killed two birds with one stone (or in Czech “Zabít dvì mouchy jednou ranou”) he he. Death metal eternal!

Hi Czech maniacs! Two bands I would like to ask you about are death metal, but there’s not much in common between HEAVING EARTH and BRUTALLY DECESED. Tell me, did you decide to form two different death metal bands because you like so many styles of this music or what? One moniker is taken from MORBID ANGEL song, another I think from GRAVE song… I guess that says all about the main influences for each band?
Hi Marcin. These are two different stories to tell. BRUTALLY DECEASED was formed back in 2007 by couple of friends, who were already tired from their previous dysfunctional bands and projects. Initially we wanted to do some old school in OBITUARY / INCANTATION way, but that soon changed and we went towards good old Stockholm sound. HEAVING EARTH as a regular band came to life year later, but as a project it existed since 2005. Songs that
appeared on our demo” Visions of the Vultures” were already written in 2005, so we were conscious of what we are doing from the very beginning. HEAVING EARTH is much more continuation of something, I had been working on for years.

Are both bands of the same meaning to you guys, or one of them has priority, speaking of the work at rehearsing, composing and gigs, etc?
There is shitload of work to do so honestly there is no time to think about priorities. As you have mentioned, there is not much in common between these two bands (besides it´s still death metal of course), so there is no rivalry or jealousy. Both bands work good in terms of their abilities I think. 

Keep it on then! How does the underground react on both bands’ albums? Are happy with the reviews and amount of interviews and tour offers you get?
Reviews are really good and satisfying. Especially BRUTALLY DECEASED got lots of great reviews and our name got noticed from many metalheads all around the world, all thanks to our one man label LAVADOME Prods and its endless work. We have also lots of offers to play gigs so there is absolutely nothing wrong with BRUTALLY DECEASED. HEAVING EARTH is not doing that well these days. Hands down, it´s partly our fault and we got some weak support from label. We have recently went through some pretty crucial line-up changes, but I´m sure that we can power it up.

HEAVING EARTH… The band debuted with first demo in 2008. “Vision of the Vultures” has three songs and I must say they’re nice start for the band. I don’t know the second demo, but this first one is pretty cool. What was the intention behind this demo? By the way, you didn’t re-record any songs from this demo, how come?
It´s a very interesting coincidence. These 3 tracks were recorded live on 8 track recorder in our rehearsal room, mostly because we were curious to hear how it sounds together and how close we are to play those songs live. We also wanted to start Myspace so we needed to offer some sounds to people. Fortunately enough Gab from NIHILISTIC HOLOCAUST was one from first listeners and surely first guy to tell us, that it´s a fucking shame, that we don’t want to release a proper demo. I think he gradually got obsessed with that idea so later on he offered us a deal. We didn´t re-recorded those demo songs, because we don´t like recycling much. We had enough new songs to put on record. It´s better to leave those songs from demo their magic. By the way, our second promo contains two songs from “Diabolic Prophecies” album (“Beyond the Void”, “Hideous Idolatry Violation”) and MORBID ANGEL cover (“Pain Divine”).

This debut demo was spread by NIHILISTIC HOLOCAUST. How do you see Gab’s work for the band? I think he’s doing great job in promoting underground bands and releases, even if he only does CDr’s!
Yes, definitely. He is a real hard core old school metal maniac. He did a great job for us and we have no other words but pure ave for him.
Your album, “Diabolic Prophecies”, was released by Polish label, REDRUM. What do you think of the job they do for your band? Here in Poland the album is easily available and well promoted, how’s that situation in other places in Europe? 
Uneasy question to answer. First of all I´m really glad that there is good promotion in Poland, which is pretty attractive country to play in with music like we produce with HEAVING EARTH. On the other hand we had some communicational problems with REDRUM666, that issued in some events which none of us made happy, so “Diabolic Prophecies” was for sure our last album under REDRUM666.

While listening to “Diabolic Prophecies” two bands come to my mind, MORBID ANGEL but first and foremost IMMOLATION. Songs like „Beyond the Void” and „The Shrine of Desolation” are ideal for me, great massive riffs, dark atmosphere, deep vocals… They’re also very long, but luckily not overly complicated, the structures are pretty simple. How did you come up with the idea of composing such lengthy songs? Are you happy with them from the time perspective?
Well it´s not our intent to compose such long songs, but we felt that this is the way these compositions should be performed. In general I feel that these comprehensive dark and epic songs are integral part of our musical speech, so we gonna keep composing such songs in a future. There is nothing wrong with a length, because we are not that much in demand from mainstream radio stations, hahah…

The album is quite diverse, as the songs I mentioned are mostly slow and damn heavy, while such „Serpents Domination” and „Humanity Exiled” are much faster and totally murdering. Which way of playing do you feel is more comfortable for you? Which are your favorite tracks on the album?
It depends on a mood and chemistry within a band and feedback from a crowd. Sometimes these mid-paced dark and atmospheric tracks work better, sometimes fast and mayhemic songs. My personal favorite is “Humanity Exiled”, because it has both ingredients and many hooks, so it works every time we play it. Then I will go for “Beyond the Void”, “The Seething Fragments” and our oldie “Vultured Vision”.

Such title like “Diabolic Prophecies” may give an idea of quite antireligious, antichristian lyrical content, how close would that be to the truth? I’m asking about songs like „Serpents Domination” or “Disciples of Obscurity” especially…
Antireligious indeed, so you are completely right. No one will be truly saved, none of your prayers will be heard, never will you see it end – that is what we feel.

Recent news from HEAVING EARTH say about major line up changes; tell me something more about them and I must ask if they’ll somehow influence the band’s activity in future months, for instance stop you from playing gigs or composing new album?
Damage done. Our singer left because of work reasons. He moved permanently to Dubai, so there is no way how we can rehearse and
play gigs with him. Then our other guitarist Patrik has decided to leave, because he didn´t feel comfortable any longer in our company. Obviously he had no heart for this music. We have a new live member on guitar now. It´s Jarda Santrucek, known from bands IMPERIAL FOETICIDE and DESPISE. We already played summer festivals with him on guitar and it felt just right. Vocal duties will be handled by Michal Stepanek, known as Zlababa, who also clears his throat in a band BRUTALLY DECEASED (surprised anyone?). We gonna play first show with this line-up this October in Prague, so you see we don´t cancel shows. Next album is in works and should be unleashed upon mankind next year.

And now BRUTALLY DECEASED… This band has debuted with full length titled “Dead Lovers' Guide” straight away. How come you never did any demos? Tell me also, why did you decide to massacre with the old school death metal in the Swedish style? Many may see this as the trend following, as there are many, many bands like that, which appeared recently on the scene…
We never made demo, because we were not in a state to record anything for a long time. When the line-up was finally completed, everything just went so fast that we were prepared to enter studio in a few months. We knew that Jan Fastner wants to release something, so we went straight for full length and it was a good decision indeed. I don´t mind and care if anyone see us as a part of some trend, but that is not truth. Like I stated above – BRUTALLY DECEASED started as an old school death metal in OBITUARY / INCANTATION way, but it didn´t work much. First song that I wrote and we felt it´s ok was “A Life Once Aborted” (6th song from our album). That was a breaking point for us and we started to move towards Stockholm sound. It just felt right to keep it that way. Whole story.

How do you actually see the new wave of Swedish / Finnish death metal? Do you care? Personally I think there are many absolutely fantastic new bands there and they surprised me totally with the great music they produced! Your opinion and favorites?

Honestly, I don´t care much. I´m busy composing songs for HEAVING EARTH and don´t have time to look for new bands. My latest favorites are PERDITION TEMPLE and CHAOS INCEPTION, bands pretty distant from Swedish sound.

Yeah, two good bands, but I think it’s weird you rather try not to follow some great recently coming bands, as they have many strengths and passion dedicated to the old skull style! Change your mind, man! Back to “Dead Lovers' Guide”… Personally I think that there’s this passion and atmosphere and also brutality in your album, which are essential for such kind of death metal. That’s why I find the album so great… And the riffs or melodies in the style of DISMEMBER, ENTOMBED, DESULTORY, GRAVE, EXCRUCIATE… Killer! How the composing process was then, was it very spontaneous or rather difficult to capture the essence of Swedish sounding death metal?
Not that difficult really. If you can feel uniqueness of Swedish death metal sound and that freezing bone-chilling atmosphere, then everything goes smoothly and fine. If not, then your music would suck. There is no way how to play this kind of music without being touched by its magic. All trendy followers gonna wither and die. 

I like the sound you have on the album… It’s pretty rough, not overly polished or synthetically modern. Do you prefer such analogue like productions personally or the sound you have is only because it fits the music better?
Both of your suggestions are right. I really love analogue productions of 80´s and early 90´s, because there are fucking balls and heart in there. You can hear how musicians really played, how they were struggling in studio to get best out of them. Even with mistakes it´s still much better for me than some clean digital production with annoying click drums. So many bands sound so cool and brutal from CD these days, but their live performances are damn weak.

The title “Dead Lovers' Guide” is quite weird, poetic to some point, but I have a feeling that there’s something weird behind it, so would you mind saying something more about it?
“Dead Lovers´ Guide” is an ironic title
indeed. It refers to raising of stupidity and arrogance in our society. People seem to be in need for some guidance in every possible aspect of their lives (mostly those of the kind I proudly call human waste). Ok, I can understand importance of mother care manuals, driving manuals and even cookbooks in some cases, but then you got time management and life management manuals and shit like that and even manual how to arrange your own funeral. So what we need next? Sure some guide for dead lovers.

You live in Prague, one of Europe’s most popular cities and surely one of the most beautiful ones. How do you stand the hordes of tourists attacking this city every day? What are your favorite locations there? By the way, have you ever been to the Church of Bones, in Kutna Hora? I’m going to visit it soon, as I think it must have great atmosphere…
Good question, because I really fucking hate these hordes of tourists that stand always in your way. Walking in metropolitan is like being part of some weird slalom competition with no rules and in the end, you are in urge to get a gun and clean that fucking place completely. One of my favorite locations is Letna park, where you can sit and watch river and downtown with a glass of good beer, without being disturbed. Some other parks in Prague are cool places too, as long as you can get a cold beer there and have some privacy. As you can see, I´m not enthusiastic at all about Prague Castle, Jewish town and other popular touristic destinations, because of the amount of people you have to struggle with. Unfortunately, I´ve never been to Church of Bones, though we played twice in Kutná Hora with HEAVING EARTH.

Polish Kraków is very similar to Prague, I wonder if you’ve ever been there or maybe do you know anything cool about Poland? Poles usually find Czech language as hilarious, as the words are similar to Polish, but may mean something completely different, like your word “sukat” sounds like Polish “szukac”, which is “to look for something”, but in Czech is something completely different (Polish tourists will know hehe) or “pachne” means stinks, while in Polish it’s “smell nice” he, he…
Sorry man, I have never been to Kraków. I have been only to Wroclaw once to see ULCERATE, that´s all my experiences with Poland so far. I know you have some beautiful castles in north of Poland, that were built during Teutonic Knights period and I really want to go and see it once. Malbork looks so impressive (Fuckin true, man! Even the town where I’m from, before moving to Gdansk, had one of the most important Teutonic castles from XIV century! – ed.). On very positive note and what is of big
importance for me -  you have some great death metal bands, something Czech metal scene should be envious for (but we are not – we drink seas of beer and have a good time instead, hahah…).  Besides that your nation is known in Czech Republic as a very religious one and full of heavy drinkers, which is pretty sharp combination. And last but not least - you will be surprised, but in archaic Czech “sukat” has the same meaning - to look for something.

So, maybe that’s because the old Czechs were only searching for… pussies! He, he! Czechs have some great summer festivals… Do you often go and watch bands there, or maybe both your bands had / will have a chance to play live on these festivals, maybe not just in Czech, but Europe in general?
We were invited to play at Obscene Extreme Festival with HEAVING EARTH in 2009 and this year with BRUTALLY DECEASED. That was really good experience for us. Besides that we were part of some smaller summer festivals in Czech Republic this year, mainly with HEAVING EARTH, and recently played our first festival outside our virtual borders in Ukraine (Uzghorod) with BRUTALLY DECEASED. Personally I had no time, will and energy to go for other festivals, except those, we have been invited to. I don´t have a magic crystal ball, so I won´t tell you about our c
hances to play at really big summer festivals in future, but surely I hope for some progression…

Any plans for both bands to do new albums? Personally I’m waiting for them impatiently, as these two bands of yours shred! Besides, it’s good to see the Czech scene finally producing some great bands, as since KRABATHOR has split up I didn’t find anything truly killer on your scene… Even HYPNOS disappointed me!
Thank you for your kind words. We have been working on both things simultaneously. HEAVING EARTH is for sure to enter studio for 2nd full length next year, while BRUTALLY DECEASED should release “Dead Lovers´ Guide” on vinyl this year yet and then we will go to studio to record few songs on planned 10 inch split vinyl with one pretty known old school death metal horde. Can´t wait for that, believe me.

Oh man, vinyls are definitely something I’m gonna look for! Finally last question – new MORBID ANGEL album… A complete failure, mediocre disappointment or masterpiece? Your comment… Thanks for the interview!

At least they released something everybody is talking about, if you can see it as positive aspect. Other ways new MORBID Angel fails in every possible aspect and it´s a big insult to every fan and death metal scene in general. I can´t find any more polite words, sorry…

Don’t need to apologize me, I haven’t recorded it ha, ha… Besides, personally I like the death metal part of the album… Take care and good luck with the future albums!

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