WHO ARE YOU? HOW ARE YOU? WHERE ARE YOU AND WHAT HAVE YOU DONE 15 MIN. AGO? I’m Martin, the bassist and founding member of the Swedish hellfire horde DEMONICAL. I’m at home and 15 minutes ago I sat here and answered another interview. FINALLY YOUR DEBUT IS FINISHED AND VERY IMPRESSIVE. HOW SATISFIED ARE YOU YOURSELF WITH THE RESULT? Very satisfied actually. I knew we had some killer tracks when we entered the studio but still, the final result blew me away. HOW ARE THE REACTIONS FROM FANS AND PRESS SO FAR? The reactions have been really good. As I said, I felt I had a supreme album in my hands when we were finished but it’s of course always great to hear it from others as well. YOU RECORDED YOUR EP AND THE ALBUM @ NECROMORBUS. WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS STUDIO AND NOT FOR EXAMPLE THE ABYSS? Abyss is a great studio but lately all the albums recorded there have sounded the same. We knew the guys at Necromorbus and as it’s a cheap and good studio the choise was pretty easy. WHY DID YOU PUT THE FOUR EP-SONGS ALSO ON THE ALBUM? ARE THEY SPECIAL FOR YOU OR DIDN’T YOU JUST HAVE ENOUGH SONGS 😉 ? No, actually we didn’t have enough songs… But that wasn’t the main reason, the main reason was that they are good songs so we wanted to have them on the album with a better production, new vocals etc. We did also re-arrange them a bit. Besides that the promo was just recorded in a few days and only ment for media and labels which means the tracks weren’t widely spread, so we saw no reason not to include them. AFTER THE EP JOHAN WANTED TO CONCENTRATE ONLY ON HIS GUITAR. WHY? SPECIAL REASON? Johan doing the vocals on the promo was just a temporare solution. The plan from the beginning, when we formed the band, was that Johan would only play guitar and we would add a separate vocalist. We were looking for one but couldn’t really find any suitable and as the studio was already booked we decided to let him do the job… So we decided to do the promo as a 3-piece and then start hunting for a frontman. It was also easier to do that when we had a final product to give to the candidates and say, “here, this is how it should sound. Learn the lyrics and vocal-parts and come to the rehearsal place and do a try out”. So in many aspects it was better, easier and quicker to do it this way. ARTWORK, TITLE AND SOME SONG-TITLES ARE VERY “BLACK METAL”. ANY RELATION TO THAT GENRE?. WHAT ARE THE LYRICS ABOUT IN GENERAL? The lyrics are real death metal lyrics and everyone who really knows the scene know what such lyrics are about. Real death metal lyrics are quite close to the lines many black metal bands use so there’s the connection. Personally I do also listen to a lot of BM so maybe that have had an input “LEIPZIG 1945” SEEMS TO DEAL WITH THE 2ND WORLD WAR. WHY THIS TOPIC AND WHY LEIPZIG? Death metal is about destruction, chaos, pain, grief, suffering, death etc and as we all know, the WW II was full of that !! Leipzig is the ultimate german city, this is my tribute to that place. The old buildings, streets and surroundings of that city fascinates me, if I would move to Germany I would move to Leipzig. Dresden is also a heavy fucker, that city is at second place on my list…. THE SPLIT OF THE MIGHTY CENTINEX AND THE BEGINNING OF DEMONICAL HAPPENED NEARLY AT THE SAME TIME. WOULD THERE BE DEMONICAL WITHOUT THE SPLIT OF CENTINEX? No, DEMONICAL wouldn’t exist without the split of CENTINEX. I was somehow the mainforce behind CENTINEX and when I do something, I do it fully for 100% so to concentrate and push two bands forward is impossible for me. The first thought in my head about splitting CENTINEX came already in the fall of 2005 but it took almost half a year before I announced my decision. During that time I did have the complete concept ready for DEMONICAL so when the final day appeared it was an easy thing to unleash this new horde. Many think the start of this new band went really fast, like over a night from CENTINEX to DEMONICAl, but as you can see there were many months of preparation and strategies…. Like preparing for a battle or attack he he… PLAYING DEATH METAL FOR SUCH A LONG TIME AND DOING SEVERAL OTHER BANDS, WHY DID YOU FORM ANOTHER BAND PLAYING THIS STYLE AND NOT SOMETHING DIFFERENT? Even if I listen to other styles and other kind of music death metal is the only thing I wanna, play. Death metal satisfies my (dark) heart fully!! I’m not in “several other bands”, never been that. As I wrote, I prefer to concentrate on just one band….. and by saying that I can also announce that I have recently joined INTERMENT as their new bassplayer ha ha…!! But in INTERMENT I really just play the bass, I don’t write any music nor take any decisions, I just pump that 4-string. DEMONICAL is my baby !! COULD YOU EXPLAIN THE SPECIAL KIND OF INSPIRATION/ FORCE CREATING YOUR ALBUM ESPECIALLY AFTER BEING IN THE SCENE FOR SO MANY YEARS? The inspiration and kick was having a new band, playing old-school death metal with musicians I respect and feel that I’m on the same level with, both musically and mentally. All those things combinated with the whole situation was an excellent inspiration and drivingforce for me and also the reason why “Servants of the Unlight” turned out that good !! HOW DIFFICULT IS IT TO GET ALL THE SCHEDULES TOGETHER. FOR EXAMPLE RONNIE IS OFTEN BUSY WITH GRAVE… It’s not difficult as long as things are planned well ahead and we have a good contact and understanding for each other. So it hasn’t been any problem and hopefully won’t be that in the future either. It’s more like the opposite as we can now open easily for GRAVE and that way play for larger crowds. SOME GIGS WITH GRAVE AND NUNSLAUGHTER ARE PLANNED. ANY MORE PLANS FOR TOURING? Yeah we already did a few Scandinavian shows with GRAVE and we have more coming up for the autumn. There are a lot of loose plans and pre-booked shows for rest of the year but I keep my mouth shut until the contracts are signed. Yeah, we will do a few shows together with NUNSLAUGHTER in July… But keep checking our website, as soon anything is confirmed it will be posted there. WILL THERE BE SOME CENTINEX-SONGS IN YOUR SET? FANS WOULD DIG IT FOR SURE… No absolutely not!! I know that some people might expect that but I see no reason of doing it. CENTINEX was then, DEMONICAL is now. This is a new band, not CENTINEX 2.0. WHAT OR WHO WAS YOUR BIGGEST INFLUENCE AS AN ARTIST? DO YOU SEE YOURSELF AS PART OF A CERTAIN TRADITION OR AS PART OF A MOVEMENT? I see myself as a part of a movement. For me, to be part of a tradition is a way of looking back and longing for the past. Even if I do that when it comes to LPs vs CDs hah..!!! WHEN WOULD YOU FEEL A SENSE OF ACHIEVEMENT IN YOUR MUSICAL CAREER? Sounds like the typical cliché, but I feel satisfied and that I have achieved things that satisfied me already… Of course I would like to live off the music but that would also mean sacrifices that aren’t realistic at the moment. So I’m quite happy with the situation as it is now… IMAGINE YOUR MUSIC HAS BEEN CHOSEN AS A SOUNDTRACK. WHICH FILM WOULD IT FIT BEST? “Cross of Iron” or “Deep Throat”… YOU ARE ASKED TO EQUIP A SPACE-SAGGAR, WHICH DEMONSTRATE THE MENS CULTURAL HERITAGE – WHICH 3 ALBUMS MIGHT NOT BE MISSED? The first Black Sabbath, Bathory and Entombed albums. On vinyl of course. DO YOU FEEL AN ARTIST HAS A CERTAIN DUTY TOWARDS ANYONE BUT HIMSELF? OR TO PUT IT DIFFERENTLY: SHOULD ART HAVE A POLITICAL/ SOCIAL OR ANY OTHER ASPECT APART FROM A PERSONAL SENSATION? I think any artist, no matter if you are a musician, painter or whatever, should principally satisfy and have a duty towards him/ herself. You can never make real art if you care too much about what other people think or say. Of course it’s great if other people then like your art also but you can’t have that as your main goal. Too bad there are too many bands that haven’t understood this….. Maybe not an answer to your question, dunno ha ha… JUST IN CASE YOU WOULD HAVE FREE CHOICE: IS THERE A BAND/ ARTIST; DEAD OR ALIVE, (REGARDLESS OF GENRE) YOU WOULD LIKE TO PERFORM WITH LIVE? Not not really, DEMONICAL is enough for me…. Yeah I know, über-boring answer ha ha !! Or maybe there’s one, see below…. CONSIDERING YOURSELF BEING A FESTIVAL DIRECTOR. WHICH ACTS WOULD YOU LIKE TO INVITE TO PLAY ON “YOUR” STAGE? DARKTHRONE headlining playing one track from each of their albums. Supportacts would be BEHERIT with the original “..Oath” line-up, NATTEFROST backed up by DEMONICAL and ENTOMBED playing the entire “Left..” album with that recording line-up + L Rosenberg on bass. The whole stage and the audience-area in front of it would be screen off and separated with barbwire and everyone attending would need to fill in a form and answer a couple of dozen questions about the 1980 – 1995 metal scene. Maxpoints would be 100 and if you don’t get over 95 pts you are not allowed to enter. “Bye bye, Cradle of Filth are playing on the main stage, go there and FUCK OFF”!! Brilliant idea, right ? THE WORLD WIDE WEB: CURSE OR BLESSING FOR INDEPENDENT MUSIC? The web has both good and bad sides, but when putting these towards each other I still think a blessing will be the winner. WHICH ARE YOUR OTHER TALENTS BESIDES PLAYING MUSIC? Ask my girlfriend. WOULD YOU EVER CONSIDER BEING PART OF A CASTING SHOW IF OFFERED THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF MONEY… DRUGS… OR WHATEVER YOU WISH FOR? No, wouldn’t want to take part in a casting show but I could do the casting for a porn movie. I would be the “testdriver” of all the female actors…. AT LAST: FEEL FREE TO ADRESS YOUR SUPPORTERS/ ENEMIES DIRECTLY IN YOUR OWN WORDS! Supporters can visit either www.demonical.net and/ or www.myspace.com/thedemonicalhorde and spill their blood. Enemies are free to knock at my door. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR SHARING YOUR TIME AND GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR INTERESTING RELEASE! Thanx a lot for your support, very much appreciated !! See you in Germania, alles klar!!