Thursday, August 4, 2011

Crypt Of The Zombilord/Interview

ELK – Guitar/Screams
BERGMAN – Drums/Growls

Can you tell us a little bit about the band for those that have never heard you before?

ELK – It’s an interesting story. The band “started” when several other bands, that I presume we were members of once were on an airplane together, and tragically it crashed into an unmapped chemical plant. We three were the only survivors yet at the same time we were not actually “alive” but according to doctors at the accident, medically dead. Scientists think we may have contracted an infection from the Solanum Virus which despite us being dead, somehow kept our bodies in motion, albeit with little motor skills and a lust for human flesh.

We were taken to a laboratory to be studied. In the early days our motor responses were few, only reacting to the first two Napalm Death albums played at high volume and beer. This was also the first sign of us communicating vocally as we shouted along to what they presumed to be the lyrics of the records. Since this music was the only thing we reacted to, as an experiment the scientist Dr S.Haig gave us instruments to see if we could remember how they were used, and his test worked – we could remember. And so he decided to record what we played to see if it resembled structured music.

Later down the road he has taught us how to communicate and react like regular living beings with some success.

How would you describe the musical sound that you went for on the 7 inch?

ELK – Our limited memories only seem to remember the bands we loved most when we were alive and at the start it was quite hard to play our instruments with the flesh rotting from our fingers and hands – luckily we felt no pain so were able to thrash out as we think we did before. I would say we most resemble an “old school” grindcore band with a a bit of stuff we love thrown in, crust punk, D-beat, thrash and black metal.

What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the seven inch explores?

ELK – We cover subjects that mattered to us when we were alive. The decline of human intelligence, the click-copy-paste ethics of modern day media, lies fed to us by the mainstream and of course our own experiences of being dead yet craving the fermented vegetable drink “beer”. Of course it’s always hard to know what we are singing about when we vocalise the way we do so our releases will include a lyric sheet in both English and Swedish (with the English translated to Swedish and vice versa)

What is the meaning and inspiration behind the bands name?

ELK – To be honest it was the one we laughed at so much that it just had to be awesome.

What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and how would you describe your stage performance?

Dr.Haig at the laboratory we our housed at has said that there is a risk that our infection may spread if we are released. So at the moment we are in quarantine for a while.

6. Do you have any touring plans?

ELK – I believe Dr.Haig wants to display us to the public in the future to see if he can draw any similarities between the reaction our music has on us and the general living public. I believe these displays that people like to call “gigs” or “shows” will be us playing to you, the living. I do not want to say this out loud but personally, although Dr.Haig has been working on a way to control our lust for human flesh via our music I would see it as an opportunity to get as many tasty human crushed as close to us as possible with the least risk of escape.

Are there any side projects besides this band or is this a full time line-up?

BERGMAN - I play drums in Banal Anal and do some pretty shitty songs by myself at home.

8. On a worldwide level how has your music been recieved by grind/crust fans?

ELK – So far the recorded sounds of our music has been kept locked away for public safety. It has been said that listening to us can cause the spread of a primal urge to feed on human flesh. Others say that somehow the Solanum Virus can travel aurally. The military want to test this theory but the doctors want to make sure it is safe for humans with no side effects first before letting out the recordings.

9. What direction do you see the music heading into on future releases?

ELK – We have actually started to write a few new tunes, it’s hard to say but I guess much of the same! We love what we love – there will be no “selling out” in the future, that’s safe to say!

10. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

ELK – Personally, Napalm Death, Carcass, Discharge, Darkthrone, Skitsystem for influnces on this recording. As for what I listen to right now, this week has been Winds Of Genocide, SNMS, Crom, Kafka and a lot of 80s/90s thrash (Kreator, Sepultura, Nuclear Assault).

BERGMAN - Influences - Napalm Death, Repulsion, Hellnation, Extreme Noise Terror, Disrupt, Agathocles, Arsedestroyer, Cripple Bastards etc...
Listening to nowadays - Pretty much everything. The last days it's been a lot of Ofermod, Funeral Mist, Macabre, Agoraphobic Nosebleed, George Jones and David Allan Coe.

11. Outside of music what are some of your interests?

ELK – Drinking beer, trying to educate myself, writing stuff.

BERGMAN - Playing tennis, golf, russian roulette and volleyball. Drinking 40 year old whiskey and blaming the kids that metalcore exists

12. Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?

BERGMAN - bam-bam-bam, oh-ah oh-ah

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