Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Zombieslut Interview

1. Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?

Since the release of "Undead Commando" we weren't able to play live since our drummer Hamdi had do undergo some complicated knee surgery and we didn't want a replacement drummer. So we made the best out of this and are currently experimenting on even more brutal sounds and working on new songs since then.  The new album is taking shape and is nearly done in demo state with programmed drums of course. Hamdi will have a lot to do when he is back in business in a few weeks.

2.In November you had released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

First of all we tuned down a few steps for a more massive sound. Especially for the doom parts (of which there are many more) this is really great since you literally feel the lava oozing out of your speakers. Furthermore, there are two guitars since Joe joined our congregation! Especially in the live experience the sound therefore also is more massive. The vocals are also more variable and also a bit deeper.

3.This is the first album to be released in 5 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time span?

We experienced the fate of every free-time band, I think. Besides going to our regular jobs, going to our regular jobs  and going to our regular jobs a bit more we did rehearsals, played 7 to 8 bigger and smaller regional shows a year, often as support for international bands such as NERVOCHAOS or KROW. We also did some songwriting, but the recording process wouldn't start at once. When Joe joined our ranks on the second guitar in 2013, things became more dynamic and creative once more.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?

There always is the superficial horror theme first of all. If you go deeper, you will find elements of social criticism, hatred against all people that treat you wrong or exploit you and lots of antireligious stuff. Kind of our Zombieslut's crusade for justice and peace, haha!

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Zombieslut'?

Well - we were drunk when we wanted to come up with a new band name that contains some dirty horror elements. That's one side of the story. On the other hand we all have to cheaply sell a big part of our lifetime to our bosses - that makes you kind of a slut. When you go to work by train in the morning you see a lot of these tired moaning and yawning Zombiesluts staring out of the window in a half-life state. There you go.

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?

We always want to have the most massive sound possible. The guitars have to sound like a wall or a bulldozer parking on your face. The rest is metal cliché. The long haired guys are banging, I am growling all the time or doing cryptic and sometimes funny announcements. Of course I also bang, but without long hair...You should book us for a show!

The best shows so far have been countless! Which means we loved every show we played...the best in memory would be the Kraichgau Inferno (where we did a legendary cover song with some ex-GUT-members), the Waldpark Open Air and the Rhein-Neckar-Metal-Festival 2010. Not to forget the shows we played with our mates from Brazil!

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

Of course! When our drummer will be ready in a few weeks we will start rehearsing again and play the Rhein-Neckar-Metal-Festival once more. Some concert-slots are still pending, but we are in no hurry. Touring would be great, but it takes time and money for a humble underground band.

Besides, the new album has to be recorded (maybe also an EP before that). It won't take us 5 years until the next release, I promise (or is it a threat?)!

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of death and doom metal?

Feedback has been generally great, especially from the more doom-afflicted fellows. Everybody loved the sound so far. For some Death-Metal-Maniacs the album is too long and some songs not complicated enough, but hey, we don't want to please everbody, right? For us doing this mixture of Doom and simplistic Groove is the very right thing to do!

9.Are any of the band members also involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?

Yes, there are a few. Joe is also playing guitar at NUNWHORE COMMANDO 666 and is the mastermind behind GLOOM WARFARE, Hamdi is playing drums at WAR AGENDA, Hamdi and I also have a Stoner Metal project called WEED WIZARD going on. Mojo is playing bass at SICKND.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

Even more brutal and rough sounds, more massive, deeper into the abyss of Doom/Death Metal.

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?

All four of us are very open minded in the music we listen to. Of course we love extreme Doom and Death Metal, but there always is Thrash and classic Heavy stuff to consider. Don't forget Crust, Punk and the occasional Industrial and electronic stuff! For myself please add Stoner, Rockabilly, Psychobilly or basically everything with strings.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

Football, movies and video games! Mojo also is quite the climber.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?

I would quote some more famous guys: It's a long way to the top if you wanna Rocknroll! And maximum volume yields maximum results.

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