- Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?
Hey. Currently we are preparing to concerts, to which we return after a few months break due tocrossovers and later drummer’s thumb injury. We have also started working on new songs, whichwe hope will be published next year. Preparations for the tour of the Balkans in late July and early August, aiming to promote our new album "Syfilis Mentalis" are underway. We'll see what comes out as several festivals have not been yet confirmed. The organization of the tour is being watched by our current publisher Goldi from NEANDERTHAL STENCH RECORDS (Belgium).
- Recently you have put out a new album, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical direction of the new recording and also how does it differ from your past releases?
We believe that after recording two songs: Split LP with THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL and "Syfilis Mentalis" our musical direction which we will follow has been clarified. You will be able to check it out at the upcoming split LP with THE DEAD GOATS. The fact is that the team memberscome from different scenes: crust, punk, death metal, grind core, hard core and what seems to usto be heard in our music. Common point, however, was old school death metal. Our trademark is dominant, medium pace with plenty of double alloys combined with sharp guitars and melodicriffs. Added to this is a hard-sounding bass guitar and growling mixed with screams. It's hard totell what the differences between musical materials are. Undoubtedly, we are richer with the experience gained with each new work in the studio. For the third time we are working with the same executor, Jaroslaw Wysocki of SOUND SCOPE STUDIO in Wroclaw what we believe gives excellent effect.
- What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
The author of all texts is Mokry. Topics include, among others, population pressure in a megaCatholic country like Poland. We are fed by the media with patriotic - catholic pulp, which is making us sick. Another important theme is our resistance against nationalism, which is growing in Europe on the wave of populist propaganda. The third very important problem is the exploitationof workers by corporations, legitimate with economic crisis that affects only the lowest society groups.
- The band started out as 'Evil', but then changed its name to 'Icon Of Evil' what was the decision behind the name change?
After several years of existing of EVIL and playing with almost no change in composition of a teamthere has been some personal frictions. The result was a split in the band EVIL. Three peoplehaving a dominant influence on the music and lyrics in the previous formation now play in ICONOF EVIL.
- What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Our best concerts include: SCUM FEST (London), DIY (Gdynia), PLAY FAST OR DON’T (Hradec Kralove), KOPI (Berlin). In fact, we believe that each of our concerts is good, unless we are defeated by alcohol … (joking). Best if you check it out for yourself.
- DO you have any touring a show plans for the new releases?
Partially we gave answers in question No. 2 Shortly after the release of the LP "Syfilis Mentalis" we played in 2013. a very successful tour in Germany, Belgium, Czech Republic, Switzerland and Poland.
- A few years back the band was a part of a split album with The Bold And the Beautiful, what are your thoughts on the other band that had participated on the album?
They are our friends from the east Polish, related personally with ANTICHRIST. They are heavily involved in anti-fascist and anti-authoritarian DIY scene in Poland. It's a good and interesting band. Events with them are really great.
- On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of death metal, grind and crust?
We are a relatively new band on the scene. I think it is too soon to talk about the global reception. We hope that the promotion and release executed by the PRC MUSIC Remi will allow us to win a wider audience. The official release date of CD "Syfilis Mentalis" in Canada is 27.05.2014r. inEurope, the album sold very well and the reception at the concerts is really good
9.What is going on with the other musical projects these days that some of the band members are involved with?
The only team that plays up to this day is INFEKCJA (crust / core), in which the vocal is done by Mokry. . Previous projects in which the members of ICON OF EVIL played are: CREEPINGCORRUPT (death metal / grind), COHORTIS (death metal), WOJTYLA (crust / grind),POLTERGEIST (crust / grind), and the EVIL which I have previously mentioned
10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We are optimistic. We are doing our job and the time will show if everything will be all right. In addition to "Syfilis Mentalis" we have already completed another song. The wording and arrangement are more thoughtful and refined. The effect will be soon available to check on Split LPwith THE DEAD GOATS.
11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Because each of us listens to different music and come from different scenes the inspired list is very long. Together, we can say that mainly we are inspired by death metal, crust and grind core…
12.What are some of your non musical interests?
We are not a monolith, each of us has his private life and totally different interests ...
13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts.
Thank you for your interest and an interview. You are welcome to our concerts and bandcamp and facebook profile.
Questions were answered by: Mokry and Grzelo.
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