ALL QUESTIONS ANSWERED BY BEYOND HELL VOCALIST: SUPREME SICKO AND ELEKTROKUTIONER
1. Can you tell us a little bit about the band for those that have never heard of you before?
Beyond Hell actually originally formed way back in 2002. Me and our guitarist Tony & another
drummer did a demo (that was horrible!) and the band was dead for quite awhile. We both were
in various other bands over the years and in the summer of 2009 we both got together to do
some real death metal again. And released another demo which was much better, but was done
with just a drum machine, and still wasn't really the sound we were looking for. So towards
the end of 2009 we contacted Elektrokutioner, (as we are huge fans of his main band,Decrepitaph,)
and he agreed to do the drum work for us. His drums totally redesigned our sound as we were able
to do exactly what we wanted musically, due to his masterful drumming skills. Since then we
have released an ep: And Evil Crept Through...which recieved alot of praise. We have now signed
to Dark Descent and Skeleton Plague records for a full length album release which should be out
Elektrokutioner: Beyond Hell is Death/Doom with a bit more melody than is usually found in bands like this. We did a MCD early this year and soon the full length will be unleashed!
2. How would you describe your musical sound?
Raw, Morbid Death Metal with touches of Doom, & a goal to make memorable/catchy songs
rather than 10,000 riffs a track. With some of the best death metal leads ever from our
guitarist Tony P! True Death! with a strong old school feel.
Elektrokutioner: It is basic old school DM, but with some of the guitar playing of mid-era Death mixed in. There are also a good amount of slow doomy parts and some blasting as well. It doesn't sound like my other bands at all, so it is a cool thing to be involved in.
3. Have you had the oppurtunity to do live shows if so, what are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and how would you describe your stage performance?
No at the time we are a non-live band, mainly do to the distance between band members.
There might possibly be live shows in the future one day, but as of now we're concentrating
on our recorded music output only.
Elektrokutioner: Nope, we live thousands of miles apart, so we won't be playing live anytime soon!
4. What is it like working with both Dark Descent and Skeleton Plague records and how has the support from both labels been so far?
They've both been fucking great so far! Super-professional, extremely cool and huge metal
heads that know their shit! Big Horns up to both labels!
Elektrokutioner: The guitarist Tony pretty much handles all the label related stuff, but I have seen a lot of ads, reviews, and promo for the upcoming CD, so I would say they are on the ball with it. I think they offer good support, especially for a relatively unknown band.
5. What is going on with the other bands these days that the other members participate in?
Well as for me and Tony, we're focused on Beyond Hell totally. Although we have
a couple other projects that we may do in the future.
As for Elektrokutioner...shit check his myspace page! He has so many bands/projects, He is one
prolific busy fucker! when he sleeps i do not know! ha ha!
Elektrokutioner: You had to ask this one, didn't you? haha Well, here are the bands I'm currently involved in: Decrepitaph, Father Befouled, Skincrawler, Festered, Encoffination, Scaremaker, Tombstones, Loathsome, Wooden Stake, Bastard Cross, Black Pentagram Cult, and of course, Beyond Hell. I have 25 releases this year, so check any of those MySpace pages for more info!
6. According to your page the band is influenced by horror films and H.P Lovecraft, what are some of the more underground horror movies that the band is into and are you influenced by any other authors than Lovecraft?
Well i can't speak for everyone in the band, but i think our tastes in horror films are similar
I'm into films by Fulci,Argento, D'amato,Henelotter,Carpenter,
Romero,Stuart Gordon,Coscarelli,HG Lewis,
Hammer films...all the classic horrormeisters and i'm leaving out tons. As for horror literature: Poe,
Joe R. Lansdale, Jack Ketchum, Shirley Jackson, Ambrose Bierce, John Shirley, Brian Keene, Michael Laimo,
William F. Nolan, Edward Lee,Stephen King,Richard Laymon ect.
Elektrokutioner: Speaking for myself, some of my favorite movies are Basket Case, The Beyond, Black Roses, Maniac, Night of the Creeps, Videodrome, Frankenhooker, Wild Zero, Battlefield Baseball, Dead and Buried, Evil Dead Trap, and billions of others. I also like lots of authors, but I usually don't read horror related things. Some of my favorites are Moliere, Alexander Pope, Pablo Neruda, William Butler Years, Oscar Wilde, Robert Frost, and lots more.
7. How has the music been recieved so far by doom and death metal fans worldwide?
Our first ep release, got a great response and sold out quick. Still waiting to see
the response of the new album when it comes out, but all the response has been real positive so far!
Elektrokutioner: Good so far! I think once the full length album comes out, there will be more interest. The MCD was limited to 50 copies, so there's really not that many of them floating around out there.
8. How would you describe your musical progress over the years and what direction do you see the music heading into on future releases?
Well since our initial inception we've grow leaps & bounds musically and Thematically, and i forsee
us climbing farther into the abyss to bring an even darker & more horrific slab of death metal straight
from the underworld!
Elektrokutioner: Fuck progress. That's another term for making your music commercialized and not playing what comes natural to you. I've been playing drums the same way for 15 years and that is never going to change. We will just continue to write music we are proud of and if people are into it, then that is cool!
9. What is it that hope to accomplish with your music?
I think we've already achieved our main goal: creating dark horrific death metal OUR way that
we're proud of and getting it out there to like-minded damned souls. We hope to continue the
work of Beyond Hell FOREVER!
Elektrokutioner: I don't have any expectations for what I play. It's not about that. If I wanted to be famous, I wouldn't be playing this type of music. I just play what I like and whatever happens, happens.
10. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and what are you listening to nowadays?
All the godfathers of Death...Incantation, Death, Obituary, Autopsy, Asphyx, Dismember,
Entombed, God Macabre, Immolation, Morbid Angel, Impetigo, Carcass, Grave, and many more.
New shit: Decrepitaph (of course) Hooded Menace, Coffins, Funebrarum, Necros Christos, Burial Invocation,
Wakedead Gathering, Father Befouled, Mortuous, Encoffination, Grave Ritual, Cosmic Atrophy, Anatomia, Cardiac Arrest, Claws, Kaiju, Spun in Darkness, Fondlecorpse, Revolting, Scaremaker, Disfigured dead....and many more.
Elektrokutioner: I like all the old metal styles and plenty of stuff outside metal as well. The only thing I don't like is this new wave of br00t/slam/guttural garbage and anything relating to metalcore. Real DM, BM, thrash, grind, doom, punk, crust, is all cool with me. I've been listening to the Affliction Gate album a bunch lately as well as my usual huge Sisters of Mercy kick. I've also been playing Burning Witch and the first Dropdead LP too.
11. What are some of your interests outside of music?
Elektrokutioner: I love books and olden literature. I've been getting back into reading a bit more lately, like I used to do growing up... before the internet took over and possessed all of us. I'm also huge into cars and have been since I was a teenager. But usually, my time is spent working on music or something related to music.
12. Any final words or thoughts?
Thanks For the interview! Horns Up!
Thanks to anyone who supports real death & Doom
True Horror, True Death.....Beyond Hell
Check us out at: www.myspace.com/beyondhellmusic
Elektrokutioner: Check out 'The Sleeper Awakens' when it is released and look for more Beyond Hell material in the future!!!