Interview with Rado/SEDEM MINÚT STRACHU

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When SEDEM MINÚT STRACHU came to Baltimore last summer with FINAL EXIT, CUNTS, SPACEGRINDER and PENIS GEYSER, they surprised me by playing what was probably the best, most energetic, chaotic, and fun live noisecore set I’ve ever seen.  They also happen to be great people, and it was a real pleasure getting to meet them and hang out for awhile.  Here’s an interview with the great Rado.

Sedem Minut Strachu surely has to be one of the busiest, most prolific noisecore bands in existence right now. What is your recording process like? Do you typically record for many releases at the same time?

Sorry, but I have no time to answer your questions since I need to compose our new material for Century Media’s noisecore division, Sedem Sete Records; we are about to leave for our middle-Africa “Volkswagen Noise Wheels” tour soon, so we need to finish our new “Happy Noisecore Christmas!” CD. The fucking market, you know… but since you are a good ‘ol friend, I’ll tell you. Yes, we are always busy because we love it; we feel honored when somebody asks us for a split or any release or t-shirt or whatever. We have never turned down a single offer, plus from time to time we of course also bother our old heroes to share a split with us, so you see, we really are busy, because we love to being busy with our band.

When we record, we usually pay for 5-6 hours in our friend’s home studio that costs us some fifty euros, and we always leave the place drunk with several finished recordings.

We record everything, and we release everything, so if in twenty years Sub Pop asks us for any rare, unreleased stuff to complete our 30CD boxset, we will be sorry, because there is none!

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7M$ live in Baltimore (with Penis Geyser/Cunts/Spacegrinder/Final Exit)

I had the pleasure of meeting you, Jan & Richard when you played in Baltimore on your recent U.S./Canadian tour, and it was excellent to have the chance to witness 7M$ live! How was the tour for you? What were some of the best parts of it?

It was awesome and a huge pleasure for us to meet you and all the other great people in Baltimore. Enemy Soil, Hellnation, Brody’s Militia and Suppression were among the very first bands we heard when we started to explore the extreme HC/grind underground back in mid-90s, and honestly we all are still huge fans of these, so to shake hands and take pictures with you guys was a real honour to us, once again thanks for coming. The tour was totally great, half of it was just us and the second half we spent on the road with Final Exit.

I’ve heard Final Exit for the first time in ’97 and love them since, so I’d be happy to spend a week in jail with them, much less to travel with them and to see them play every night. One of the highlights of my life so far!

Everything on the tour was great, we liked your country, we liked Canada, we liked everybody and everything and if there was something not completely good on the road, it is absolutely not worth a mention here. Well, two really bad things happened: Gowl and Reeking Cross canceled their gigs with us, and that did hurt, guys.

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What is your day-to-day life like in Slovakia? Do you enjoy living there? Is it difficult to balance being in 7M$ and other band projects with job and family obligations?

I enjoy living here, but I am no kind of patriot or whatever, I mean, I love my home with my family, my records, I love some cool lakes and places here, I love our pretty good and cheap beer and I love my good friends here, but I also love to travel. I feel a strong urge to leave the country every few months just to be abroad, to not understand a single person, to hang around alone in a different country.  I totally love the sea and warm weather and to explore other countries’ food and culture, and I simply need to be alone for few days every now and than. Since my children are already a bit grown and much prefer not to be disturbed by something as unimportant as (their) father while beating the hell out of their notebooks, it’s not that hard to balance this with my bands and other hobbies anymore.  My job, that’s another story – it’s very hard to balance anything with that shit.

I know you have a wide variety of musical tastes, not just noise/grindcore. What are 5 CDs or tapes someone might find in your car on any given day?

In my car? I for sure never listen to noisecore or grindcore or whatever-core there. I want to singalong and move to the rhythm when driving, so in my car you would find New Model Army, Lama, Shane MacGowan, Psi Vojaci ( old Czech bigbeat ) and “Number Of The Beast.” And R.E.M., too.  That was a cool question! Can you imagine somebody blasting Gero’s “Showa” in the car? Hahaha…  (I can indeed!)

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What kinds of movies are you interested in?

I like all “Saw”  movies, I like shit like “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” or “Spun,” or generally funny movies about drugs, “The Name of the Rose” is perfect, I love documentaries about music and literature, underground especially Czech stuff from 60s-80s, but generally all rock n roll / bigbeat / punk documentaries.

I like movies from Kaurismäki brothers (especially Zombie ja Kummitusjuna), Tarantino, Kusturica, I like movies based on Hrabal’s books, etc. I don’t like horror movies except for very few classics I saw when I was a kid, especially I don’t like any of that cult Italian and whatever underground horror stuff that everybody does, I don’t like westerns, I hate Clint Eastwood (I spit ten times better than him anyway). I am not fan of Alien, Dune, Predator and all other cult sci-fi shit, fuck Batman and fuck Superman, fuck all comics. And of course I like a lot all that romantic stuff on Redtube and similar channels.

7M$ has several releases out – can you tell me if you have any particular favorites?

I like the SSMFS collab 10″ because it’s different. I like Massola collab CD for the same reason. I like all the splits with the bands we are real friends with, I am honored to had a chance to share splits with 7MON, Suppression, Reeking Cross, Deche-Charge…

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You recently released a new LP, “General Fucking” on At War With False Noise – how did this come about?  Are you happy with the result?

I have been in contact with Al for some ten years, we’ve met few times, he’s a great guy and AWWFN is a special and great label to me, because of so many different music styles he releases, and all great stuff. I was surprised and of course very happy when he offered us an LP release, we are still very, very thankful for this, cheers Al! We are happy as fuck with the result, can’t deny that, and it’s great to be a labelmate with Wino, isn’t it?

The artwork for the LP is excellent and fits it perfectly! Who did the art for that?

Thank you very much, happy you like it! Our friend Obluda redrew the sketch we did with our friends and girlfriends one drunken evening at Richard’s. It’s a kind of parody on company where Richard’s girlfriend works, it’s a truck company called General Trucking, her boss knows about this and I’ve heard he printed a big poster of the cover and put it on the wall at his office! Obluda already did few other covers for us before, like that PTAO split or our part of the Erectile Dementia split, he’s really great I think.

Can you tell me about your other band, Temnohoň?

Temnohoň is a beer parody on blackmetal, we are inspired by ukrainian band Temnozor – which translates to “he who has a dark view” and Slovak band Temnohor – which translates “he who lives in dark mountains.” Temnohoň translates to “he who masturbates in dark”. We are also very inspired by one of the greatest comedy ever called Nuclear War Now! forum. We play MSBN (translates: mentally low black noise) exclusively.

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What releases do you have coming up next?

The test press for the split 10″ with DeBlenders is ready and confirmed, a split 7″ with Suppression on RSR is planned or in the press already, a few days ago we just agreed on split 7″ with Anarco Vomit Noise from Brazil (new recordings, not the stuff from the tape), 7M$ feat. Massola / Cunts split 7″ on Awesome Mosh Power Records is planned for some time already … and amongst few other cool split tape offers, we will also join and spoil what otherwise could be an amazing Reeking Cross / Sadistic Lingam Cult split tape, sorry, Andy!

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Interview with Pierre/BLUE HOLOCAUST & VOMI NOIR

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I first became aware of BLUE HOLOCAUST from their three-way split CD with SAVAGE MAN, SAVAGE BEAST and MICROPHALLUS (2001).  Pierre’s (formerly) one-man campaign of giallo-obsessed goregrind savagery has since expanded to include a second and equally devastating band, VOMI NOIR, whose bassist and drummer have since joined BLUE HOLOCAUST, as well. 

Pierre is also a tremendously talented artist – if you’re reading this blog, you’ve probably seen his artwork on more than one occasion already – and also runs BRAINDEAD, an excellent webzine dedicated to underground/DIY grindcore & goregrind that I’ve spent countless hours reading.  Thanks to Pierre for the interview! 

Your new band, VOMI NOIR, marks a significant change for you compared to BLUE HOLOCAUST, in that you now have a full band – what was it like for you to transition from doing everything by yourself to actually collaborating, working with a drummer and playing live?

Yes, I made multiple attempts to form a band in the past, but they all failed miserably every time. I actually moved to a bigger city in recent years and was able to get a band going more easily this way… At first I found a friend to play bass for BLUE HOLOCAUST and we rehearsed old and new tunes for a drum machine set! But eventually we found a drummer who was available through another friend.

Doing BLUE HOLOCAUST by myself derived from a desire to create the type of grindcore I wanted to hear, but it was eventually kind of frustrating only working by myself. Finally playing with flesh and blood persons is a bit more fulfilling and more of a real commitment to get things done, and not procrastinate quite as much. We formed VOMI NOIR, but we’re still doing BLUE HOLOCAUST, too, and working on a full length album right now!

What is your recording set-up like? Is there a particular guitar amp or simulator that you prefer to use? Do you enjoy programming drums or was it a result of not having a reliable drummer to work with?

It kind of evolved with time… I’ve never been satisfied with my sound, I’ve just always been using whatever crappy equipment was available to me. Originally, in the “Twitch of the Death Nerve” era, I was playing on a small Fender amp, plugging it directly into my computer without any sort of interface… I think I might have fried a soundcard or two this way… Basically using Cubase and programming drums through that, too. I tried mic’ing amps for a long time, but I could never get a satisfying sound. I tried every amp simulator. Lately it’s been a combination of Line 6 stuff, Gearbox & Amplitube, and Superior Drummer for the drum sound. Our tracks for the upcoming split 7” with ROSKOPP were done this way, for example.

I only bought my first real amp recently though… It’s a ENGL Ritchie Blackmore that belonged to a dude who shares the same practice room… I’d like to record from a real amp on the upcoming VOMI NOIR & BLUE HOLOCAUST recordings!

I don’t particularly enjoy programming drums, but it’s a good way to demo songs, so I’m still programming drums and sending demo tracks to my bandmates before we start working on new tunes! When riff ideas creep up in my mind, I like being able to record a version of the songs with the beats I hear in my head, as well. But we started working with recording drums with my drummer first so I can come up with riffs afterwards… That gives a different dynamics to songs… Maybe more spontaneous, we might try that more often in the future!

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I know of your interest in giallo and horror film in general – what do you think about the state of horror films these days? Are there any you’ve seen in the last few years that you’ve especially enjoyed?

Hmmm… I don’t really keep up to date with modern horror… I haven’t seen anything particularly good lately. I was hoping I would dig Eli Roth’s “Green Inferno” (since I didn’t mind “Hostel”) but I thought it kind of sucked. I did enjoy the “Maniac” remake, the first half of “Martyrs”… Some stuff like “Amer” or “Berberian Sound Studio” paying homage to giallo could have been my thing, but they don’t provide the chills for me, there’s something missing…

There might be decent stuff out there I’m not aware of? I usually immerse myself in older movies, and there’s so many older movies I haven’t seen yet, I’d rather catch up on those…

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You are an amazing artist, and extremely generous with your time and talents in doing cover art and logos for many bands – when did you begin drawing? Were there any particular artists that influenced you as your skill progressed? Do you enjoy the process or is it a painstaking, time-consuming one?

Thanks, man! Well, I began drawing as a kid I guess, like everyone… I remember drawing my own Garbage Pail Kids “stickers” since I wasn’t allowed to buy them. So that’d be one of my first influences… I would always draw gory stuff in the margins during school…  I remember coming up with fake band names and drawing logos and covers for ‘em pretty early, too!

I guess Vince Locke, Stevo/Impetigo, Luisma/Haemorrhage have been influences… And especially Jeff Walker, I’ve been aping the “Scum” cover drawing style a lot these past few years… I dig the look of it, but these artworks are a fucking pain in the ass and super time-consuming to do. I’m beginning to feel burned out on this stuff… I always thought logos were my weak point, so I tried to focus more on those lately, not really sure they got any better…

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You run one of the best, most well-informed resources for grind/goregrind reviews on the internet with BRAINDEAD. I know I’ve spent hours on that site discovering new bands and reading reviews. What is/was the biggest challenge of running BRAINDEAD? Do you plan to continue adding new content?

Thanks again… Yeah, when I started the website there wasn’t a lot of information out there about the type of goregrind and grindcore I liked… I just had a lot of fun with it especially in the early years… Getting to write to my favorite bands, etc, was exciting! I get burned out every now and then, like right now. It’s difficult to recapture the same type of enthusiasm I used to have… And some sites like Goodguysgogrind have like, ten interviews out during the time I struggle to come up for questions for just one… I tend to get disheartened quickly, maybe I’m too old for this shit. But right now, I’d still like to do a printed version of BRAINDEAD, that’s the main thing I’d like to do with it, might be a mix of old stuff and new and featuring a lot of my artwork…

I’ve been leaving the website alone for a while, I know, but maybe I’ll bring it back some time… Enthusiasm comes and goes.

 

It seems that these days, there are not nearly as many grindcore bands with politically-geared lyrics as there were in the 90s. How do you feel about grind bands with politically-charged lyrics, and why do you think there are fewer of them now?

Yeah, that’s possible! Maybe people are more and more disillusioned nowadays about changing things with lyrics?! I don’t know… Stuff like early Napalm Death, Agathocles, Disrupt, Drop Dead, Enemy Soil & Wadge definitely influenced my way of thinking. Personally, I don’t think I could write political stuff… I’m way too confused and I don’t really like to preach anything… I’d rather write about general disgust, insanity, death and gore which feel more personal to me anyway… I just love songs about dying horribly the most.

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Everyday when I look online,I see new goregrind band names or logos popping up. There seems to be new bands (or projects, in many cases) coming up all the time, and because recording software is so accessible and sites like Bandcamp and Facebook make it easier than ever to spread info on new bands, sometimes it can be hard to separate the garbage from good quality bands. Has this effected you at all, or your interest in checking out new bands? Are there any new bands you would recommend?

Yes! I’m just glad the genre isn’t completely dead… There’s always gonna be garbage out there whatever what the musical genre is, but you can easily sample stuff and make up your mind, so that’s cool. Not sure they’re all exactly new, but some bands I like right now are Radiation Vomit, Acid Feast, Heinous, Pancreatic Purulence, Meat Spreader, Halitosis, Couple Skate, G.O.D. and Reeking Cross, of course…

Can you share 5 CDs (or tapes) you currently have in your car?

I’m actually a subhuman who doesn’t know how to drive and doesn’t own a car… But off the top of my head some stuff we often listen to on the way to rehearsal with my band mate David (bass) are: Regurgitate “Effortless…/Concrete Human Torture,” Excrement of War “Cathode Ray Coma,” Defecation “Purity Dilution, and Obituary “Cause of Death”…

We were listening to Incantation “Onwards to Golgotha,” Impetigo “Horror of the Zombies” & Napalm Death “Scum” in my girlfriend’s car the other day, too… Otherwise I just walk around listening to my iPod… Honestly, it’s mostly old Napalm Death, Carcass & Regurgitate usually… Not very original. Been listening to Bodies Lay Broken a bunch too to study the riffs… I was listening to a few Coroner albums during a train ride the other day.  Also “Razor Sharp Daggers” by Agathocles!

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What is next for BLUE HOLOCAUST and VOMI NOIR?

Right now we’re learning and jamming new songs for the upcoming BLUE HOLOCAUST full length called “Flesh for the Cannibal God”… I’ve got 22 tracks already written! It’s just a matter of learning them as a band now… Ideally it should come out on vinyl LP and the “Carnage” EP should be released on tape pretty soon…

And I’m trying to write new stuff for Vomi Noir, too… We’ve got splits with Halitosis (tape on SAORS), Acid Feast & Radiation Vomit in the plans! The first demo/EP is coming out on 7” through Morgue Ritual, Headsplit, Hjitrous Tyror & Symphony of Death Rattles in the coming months… Plus a tape release… There’ll be a tape for the “Session Ecorché à Vif/Peeled Alive Session” too. That’s about it for now!  Thanks again for the interview!

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Interview: Martin Witchskinner/BLOOD

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Useless disclosure:  Before an untimely technical clusterfuck with my domain registrar & web hosting company(s) derailed my plan, the original name of this blog/webzine was “Dogmatize,” in tribute to the German death/grind legends, BLOOD.  (I mention this as it will make sense of Martin’s final comment in this interview!)

Far more importantly, BLOOD have just finished recording material for a new release (sadly, no details available yet!) and will be playing at the Montreal EARSLAUGHTER festival this summer (June 2 & 3, 2017). 

Many thanks to Martin Witchskinner for the interview!

BLOOD is one of the longest-running bands in the grindcore scene, having recording your first demo back in 1986, and a very influential one, as well.  From your perspective, what has been the most difficult aspect of keeping a band alive for such a considerable length of time?

First, thanks a lot for giving me the opportunity to speak; I guess this is the first interview I’ve done since the ’90s.. It’s been a while since I was in hibernation for the last, well, 15 years, haha.  After my band DAWN split up in 1999 I wasn’t active. So, concerning your question, I may be the wrong guy to answer that. When I joined BLOOD in 1988, they already had their first demos recorded. I joined them before the debut LP (“Impulse to Destroy,” 1989) and I was so excited to sing in a band, especially a band that may have been the fastest in Germany at that time. Being an 18-year-old who was 110% into underground death metal/grindcore and hardcore, that was the best thing that ever happened to me.

After I left BLOOD, the others kept the fire alive because I guess that’s what they love to do, it was/is something that sticks for life, and as long as it’s fulfilling, that’s a good thing to do. I’m very glad that everyone (and I mean everyone) that ever played in this band, did what he did. The most difficult part was maybe the changes in the line-up; the singers. But as Clausi (vocals), who was my follow-up was in the band for about 20 years, that wasn’t really a problem.

Another problem, I guess, is that Eisen (guitars) lives in Berlin, which is 500 kilometers away from our base here, that makes things difficult. We don’t practice with pre-recorded stuff or computers, so I guess we’re very old-school.

Unlike many grind bands where you often (more or less) know exactly what you’re going to get with each release, each of the BLOOD releases have a fairly unique/distinct vibe, sound and aesthetic to it. Was this intentional? Do you have a favorite BLOOD album?

When we recorded “Impulse” in 1988, there weren’t too many studios that had the
experience to record and mix a grindcore band. So we found a studio that did
rock/hard rock bands. When I look back, it was funny – I guess the producer tried to vary the sound between the songs, as he was maybe thinking that makes the songs more distinguishable. He obviously thought that each and every song sounded the same! He used some effects for (different) songs, drums sounded a bit different from one song to another…

We were excited, never went to a studio before, we had “Reek of Putrefaction,” “Scum, “Scream Bloody Gore,” in our heads, plus all those bands we knew from tape-trading. I guess, we wanted to sound just brutal, and with every knob he turned we thought “Wow, that’s cool, more echoes…”

Later on, producers knew more about blastbeats, plus the band developed, as well as my vocals. Being in a different studios, that’s maybe one of the reasons why everything sounds different.

I like the “Christbait” and “O Agios…” albums the most, I guess.

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In 1989, “Impulse to Destroy” was released. This was the first BLOOD that I heard, and seemed to get fairly good distribution and zine advertisements in the United States, as well, through Wild Rags. Do you have any specific memories of recording this album? How was the band’s relationship with Richard/Wild Rags?

We had two weekends to record “Impulse.” It was a small studio and the producer never heard a band like us. Obviously we were really excited and it was cool to use features like a harmonizer. On the song “Terroraise,” which was recorded in this session (and ended up on the “Recognize Yourself” 7″) we used much harmonizer and it was like: “Ok, we want to sound like Carcass here,” then we had a laugh after we listened to the distorted vocals. The producer was like: “We can increase this effect, if you’d like,” and we said, “yes, do that!” and laughed even more!  And that was ‘the harmonizer song’ for us. We used this effect on a few songs more, which earned us some critics afterwards..I didn’t like the idea that we were put down for that and I said, never again effects on vocals. Yes, afterwards I was a bit pissed.

About Wild Rags, back then we were very glad at first to be signing up with a label. Richard seemed like a very nice guy at first, but unfortunately, he made some promises he couldn’t keep. I was pretty angry about that, because I took some of his words too literally.  Then some things went wrong on the business side and the whole thing collapsed.

I spoke pretty badly of him and his label back then. Nowadays, I’m thinking it was a good idea that we did this record on his label, because a lot of great stuff was released by Wild Rags, and it spread our name.  The only thing that wasn’t too good was the fact that they didn’t have proper distribution in Europe. A German band releasing a record in the States that was only available as an import. That was the downside of the deal. If we had a European label, things would have been different.

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May I ask some of your favorite, perhaps not-so-well-known horror movies?

I confess, I’m a movie buff and still an excessive collector of Laserdiscs – if anyone wants to know what that is, it looks like a gigantic 12” CD with movie data on it – my favorite genres being horror, action and sci-fi. That’s a pretty hard question, since you can see almost every movie online today, even the hard-to-get stuff. My all-time favourite movie is “Dawn of the Dead;” it’s just the crown of everything that is bleak and nihilistic in movies.

I could easy watch Carpenter’s “The Thing” twice a year, “Prince of Darkness,” “Dellamorte Dellamore,”  “A L’interieur,” (aka “Inside,” 2007), “Day of the Dead,” Fulci’s stuff… well, but those are not especially unknown. I prefer older movies; can’t stand alot of the mainstream stuff that’s released these days.
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How did your split 7″s with AGATHOCLES and IMPETIGO come about? Were/are you fans of these bands?

Now we travel back in time, haha…  Eisen and me were very dedicated tape-traders back then and had several contacts in those days. We visited Agathocles in the ’80s and really enjoyed what they did back then, as it was pretty much what we did – trying to play as brutal as possible. When the idea came up to record some new songs, we first wanted to release a 7″ split ep with Blasphemy from Canada.  Somehow that didn’t work out – too bad, as we are fans of their music.  So we ended up doing the split 7″  with AG and they delivered a masterpiece. “Theatric Symbolisation of Life” is my favorite track ever by them.

Eisen had contacts with Impetigo and they agreed to record some songs, they also made their statement with their masterpiece, “Boneyard.” We went crazy when we got the advance tape of the 7″ – it was just mindblowing and I guess we  were a little bit proud. On our side, we featured “Dogmatize” for the second time, which is kind of our “hit” so to speak, haha.  The cover with the Impetigo split was done by my penpal Chris “Thorncross“ Moyen, who delivered this insane blasphemous cover of Jesus being torn apart by a demon.

And now for a fun fact: I got his letter when I came from work, went straight to the toilet to..well, have a dump…and read my mail. On the toilet I opened the letter and that was the first time I saw his drawing, sitting on a  white porcelain throne and taking a dump..I guess that’s funny as I remember this fact very well. The cover for the AG split was painted by a friend of Eisen, he also played in a Swiss deathmetal band called Damnatory.

What inspires your lyrics? Do you find it difficult to come up with ideas for lyrics or do they flow easily when you are trying to write?

I hate doing lyrics, I need so much time…and I guess in the realm of grindcore and death metal, nearly everything has been said. So, well, yes, I think it’s difficult, though I love reading lyrics, sometimes it’s funny and sick what people can come up with, sometimes it’s haunting (I really like some of Leonard Cohen’s stuff, at least parts of it), sometimes it’s awesome and aggressive (everything Slayer).  I really like the lyrics of Amebix, Carnivore, and Massacre (FL).

What inspired me a lot when I was in younger were those UKHC lyrics from bands like Ripcord, ENT, and Hellbastard. They were dealing with animal rights, non-conformity, and alternative lifestyles – that impressed me. I’m still vegetarian to this day.  I’m not using those ideas in my lyrics, as we are different people in the band and we are not political whatsoever, and I won’t use lyrics that are not necessarily in line with the other band members’ opinions.  Right now I’m working on lyrics and, hell, it’s killing me.


The “Recognize Yourself” 7″ – do you have any particular memories of this recording?

Well, it was recorded in the same session as “Impulse to Destroy.” The songs were recorded pretty quickly and we didn’t have time to mix them, like some of the stuff on the LP.  Wild Rags asked us, if we want to do a 7“ and we agreed on that. Looking back, I’d rather we had used the picture from the back of the record (of me) instead the one we used for the cover. It just looks too honest.

How did your nickname “Chicken” come about?

When I was new in the band, Eisen said, “No way that we can write Martin on the records..you need a warrior name…”, haha. So I took my English dictionary and pointed the next best word out: Chicken. You have to consider, those were the late-80s, and I was 18, so being funny was also part of it. Unfortunately people started to call me Chicken, which was kind of annoying, but hey, that name was then printed on the record, they couldn’t know better! I tried to change that – Martin Witchskinner sounds more like I directly came from the abyss, haha.

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You rejoined the band in time to record “O Agios Pethane.” How do you feel about this album, nearly 25 years after its release? What led to your return to the band?

I still like it, the record is good. I didn’t have too much time to practice the songs, but somehow we went to the studio and made them sound good. If anyone wondered, the CD cover is a little sculpture I brought back from a trip to Ireland, and it features Pookas. Those are little fairies that are pretty bad little fuckers.

As far as vocals are concerned, do you have any particular influences?

Back in the day I loved ENT, Napalm Death (Scum), Massacre… yes, when it comes to an influence I would name Kam Lee, as he was inventing those growls… I love their classic live tape from Tampa and their demo tapes were outstanding.

Could you share five of your favorite grind/death metal albums?

Five? Bloody hell….what can I say..

Pyrexia- Hatredangeranddisgust
Malevolent Creation – Eternal
Blasphemy – Fallen Angel of Doom
Possessed – Seven Churches

I can’t choose a fifth one, there’s just too many, but those above, I played them like a  madman. You see, I love death metal, most grindcore is just too much for me – I’m into heavy music, not so much into speed.

It seems you’ve been playing many shows and festivals as of late. What is next for BLOOD?

Things are going really well for us, considering the band didn’t record anything new since 2003. Playing live is always great, you should come to see us, we’re always giving 666% of pure mayhem, that’s promised. We got quite some shows ahead of us, besides that, what can I say, we’re still there and maybe there will be a new release one day.

Thank you so much for the interview, Martin! Any final thoughts?

Hell will open it’s gates in Montreal, the 2nd of June!  If you visit a show this year, come to the Earslaughter festival, we will happily crush your souls there! La vie est finie! Thanks for the opportunity to speak and the support! By the way, great name for a ‘zine!

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