Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Afgrund Interview

1. Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?
1. We have a new release out called "Corporatocracy", released on cd by PRC Music and on colored vinyl by Fat Ass Records. We have a new drummer, Patrik Fält, he joined us for the european tour with Mumakil in March 2013 and he's been delivering some shocking blast beats.. looking forward to record new material with him!

2. How would you describe the musical sound of the new album and how it differs from previous releases?
2. Somewhat more primitive.. and refined, at the same time.

3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
3. Enrivomentalism, globalization, medi-cruelties, sexism, alienation and broken dreams. 

4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the bands name?

4. "Precipice", "cliff" or "ravine".. dunno the exact word in english. It represents our music and the feeling behind it.

5. Currently the band members live in different countries, how do you set up the recording process and also how do you rehearse for tours?
5. We get to the studio and live there for 1 or 2 weeks before recording and we put together all our ideas directly at the studio and then we record a sessions. For example, the first session of Corporatocracy was done in 2010, then for label reasons we had put that aside and we recorded The Age of Dumb in 2 sessions in 2011. Then in 2012 we recorded the final session for Corporatocracy, while the cover songs are from a short session in 2009. For touring, we get a rehearsal place nearby the first gig, we fly there a day before and get our act together. 

6. What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and how would you describe your stage performance?
6. Maryland Deathfest in USA, Brutal Assault and Obscene Extreme in Czech Republic as the biggest stages. However the best gigs are always the mini-stage or no-stage gigs, becos of the energy, becos band and crowd become one angry creature!   

7. Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
7. We're figuring that out, probably no more shows until 2014..
8.The new album had a few cover tunes, what was the decision behind all of these covers?
8. The covers represent 3 moments in the history of grind. Discharge as the radicalisation of punk and first step towards grind, Repulsion one of the first grind bands and a period of the mixture of death metal and grind, and Nasum a coloss of modern grind.

9. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of grindcore?
9. It seems good, hard to say.. 

 10. What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?
 10: We've been talking about exploring the murkier aspects of our style in the future..  

11. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
11: Mostly 90's grindcore and death metal, hardcore, punk and doom-rock. To name a few: Assuck, Rotten Sound, Entombed, Pungent Stench, Converge, Youth of Today, Misfits, Active Minds, Cathedral and Black Sabbath. 

12.Outside of music what are some of your interests?
12. I love science-fiction movies and books and all kind of comics. I'm big fan of Alan Moore and Grant Morrison, these guys blow my mind. I can suggest reading Moore's "Swamp Thing" and Morrison's "Animal-Man" or "Doom Patrol", greatest shit ever!

13. Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?
13. I'd like to spend a few words about the "siamese crocodile" on the cover of Corporatocracy: everybody i talked with assumed the meaning toward the predatory nature while this is a symbol of democracy and unity in diversity. These reptiles share a common belly, yet they fight over food! 

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