HI! WHERE ARE YOU? HOW ARE YOU? WHO ARE YOU? Hello, I’m here at home in Raisio, Finland and I’m doing fine, thanks. My name is Matti Liuke and I’m the vocalist of Torture Killer. AS YOU ARE A QUITE NEW BAND IN THE METAL SCENE COULD YOU PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF TO OUR READERS?! TK started out in early 2002 as a weekend boozing project playing Six Feet Under and Obituary songs. A gig was played consisting a set of covers and after that I joined the band. That’s when things got more serious and we begun making our own songs. So in January 2003 we relcorded our first album which was released through Karmageddon Media in October 2003. SOME OF YOU ACT IN OTHER BANDS LIKE DEMIGOD OR ADRAMELCH. IS TORTURE KILLER OF TOP PRIORITY FOR ALL OF YOU? I believe so, yes. I think this is the band we all enjoy playing the most and have the most fun with. MOST OF YOU SEEM TO BE BALD ON THE HEAD. ARE YOU (OR HAVE YOU BEEN) IN MILITARY SERVICE? Hehheh. Yes, we have all completed our military services. Some of us longer ago, some of us more recently. YOU STARTED AS A COVER BAND. WHICH SONGS HAVE BEEN (OR STILL ARE) YOUR FAVOURITE COVERS? Even though we just got our first album out containing 9 of our own songs, we still play covers at gigs, mostly by SFU and Obituary. We all like the SFU first album ‘Haunted’ best and almost any song from Obituary is great, lately we’ve been playing ‘Killing Time’ from The End Complete… And of course there’s always SFU’s ‘Torture Killer’ that we enjoy playing live every time. THE ARTWORK OF YOUR DEBUT IS VERY STRONG. WHO HAD THE IDEA? ANY BAD NIGHTMARES LATELY? All the ideas and artwork was created by the artist himself. We gave him the lyrics and told him to do something that would reflect our music and lyrics, and that’s what he did… Nightmares? Haven’t seen any lately, got past the kindergarten age some years ago… UNTIL NOW DID YOU HAVE ANY CENSORSHIP PROBLEMS IN CERTAIN COUNTRIES? We haven’t had any problems with anyone else yet. This whole censorship thing came as a surprise to all of us, but as the release of the album was only delayed by two months, it really didn’t matter too much. Actually I think it might have been more of a good thing. AND HOW DID YOUR COLLABORATION WITH HAMMERHEART/ KARMAGEDDON START? ARE YOU CONTENT WITH THEIR PROMOTIONAL WORK? After recording the album we sent some promo’s to few record labels and in a matter of weeks Hammerheart contacted us. We made a deal and everything has gone great after that. They’re really good in what they do and we hope to continue our cooperation in the future. DON’T YOU THINK YOU COULD MAKE AN EVEN BIGGER IMPACT WITHOUT THIS GORE/ PORN STUFF AS YOUR PLAIN MUSIC IS VERY STRONG AND SOME PEOPLE MAY BE DISTRACTED BY THE ARTWORK? I don’t know if it would have an effect on our record sales, but that’s not something we think about. This gore/porn stuff is the stuff what we like and naturally we do what we like, so we didn’t just choose some theme to go with. And if you can’t listen to our music because of the lyrics or the artwork, you don’t have to. It’s not a crime to be a wimp. YOU OBVIOUSLY LIKE HORROR/ GORE MOVIES. COULD YOU TELL ME YOUR FAVOURITE TITLES? Yeah, it’s always fun to watch someone lose his head. Braindead, Bad Taste, Friday 13th series, Evil Dead trilogy… You name it. All kinds of psycho thrillers are fucking cool too, not to mention violent games like GTA and stuff. There’s nothing like good old splatter… I WONDER IF YOU LIKE THE WHOLE FINNISH GOTHIC (POP) METAL SCENE WHICH IS VERY SUCCESSFUL NOWADAYS. I guess you mean bands like HIM or The 69 Eyes… Well, I got nothing against the music, but I’ve never understood guys who dress up like girls. If that’s a trick to get women, I’ll pass… I’m not that desperate, hehheh. WHAT ARE YOUR OTHER INTERESTS BESIDES MUSIC? Getting drunk and trying to get laid… WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE NEW SIX FEET UNDER OUTPUT? IN MY OPINION THE PRODUCTION VALUES ARE A LITTLE BIT STRANGE. We’re all into the old stuff as you probably would have guessed. Sure they got some ok stuff in the few new albums, but I think their golden era was in the beginning. Barnes likes to experiment and maybe people don’t always get his new stuff… I COULD IMAGINE THAT YOU GUYS LIKE MORTICIAN. WOULD THAT BE A PREFERED BAND FOR A TOUR SUPPORT? Sure, Mortician is cool and I bet it would be really awesome to tour with them. WHEN WILL WE SEE TORTURE KILLER LIVE IN GERMANY AND WHAT CAN WE EXPECT? No plans have been made, but we hope to tour Germany as well as other European countries in the near future. What to expect? Well, we ain’t the kind of band that just stand still as people scratch their asses. Torture Killer is all about brutal and extreme death metal action on stage. Anything can happen. THANX AND GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR STRONG EFFORT. Thanks to you for your support. Stay brutal!