Interview with Dead, From Decibel Storm 1989
HI DEAD! HOW ARE THINGS GOING AFTER THE RELEASE OF THE "DEATHCRUSH" EP? DOES IT SELL WELL?
The "Deathcrush" EP is now a year old demo, which is not limited, and can still be ordered. We will sell it for around $5! This release was produced by us and is expelled only by us! If we had a commercial label in the background the songs probably would not have become as they are, never mind which one would have certainly not permitted us to use the front cover. Each who has a copy knows why... After Deathcrush we had a long period of reduced circumstances without photographs and appearances. We have our practice room now since April 1989 and a great equipment, now apart from the fact have also a place to live... Now we can begin to work hard on new songs to realize our plans for the future.
WHY HAVE YOU CHANGED YOUR LINE-UP?
Well, actually we haven't changed it anymore... Only Manheim (ex-drummer) and Maniac (ex-singer) left after Deathcrush. I came in the summer 1988 and Hellhammer a few weeks later. Our line-up today: Dead-vocals, Hellhammer-drums, Necrobutcher-bass and Euronymous-guitars.
WHAT DO YOU THINK NOWADAYS ABOUT YOUR FIRST DEMO "PURE FUCKING ARMAGEDDON"?
Actually it still has the equally bad sound quality like at that time. In '86 when it came out and I heard it for the first time (I haven't sung on it yet) it was the roughest, noisiest and most destructive black metal work which I had up to then heard. From the demo we only play "Carnage" live and the title track. Before we also released "PFA" on vinyl, possibly a CD will be available. What comes certainly is a new edition of Deathcrush on lp with another cover. We will not use Posercorpse as we have founded our own label with "Deathlike Silence Productions" and also our next releases will come out through it. On DSP we will not only put our own albums out but also material of other bands. The first DSP release will be the "The Awakening" LP of Merciless from Sweden.
HOW IS LIFE IN NORWAY? TELL ME ABOUT YOUR COUNTRY.
As in every country you would also find people who would rather live somewhere differently. I would rather live in Transylvania! Also I'm no fucking Norwegian so it would probably be better if another one of us would answer this question. In Norway everything is very expensive and also the death metal scene is not very large. Here there are nearly no Satanic places, the blasphemy in the Christian church is not big very much and also the weather is crappy. I think France is better and much closer than the other European states (in comparison to Norway). Also I've heard there's many ancient castles there. I must look at them probably sometime...
WHAT KIND OF MUSIC LEAD YOU IN SUCH A WAY? DEATH METAL I SUPPOSE.
Bands I listen with pleasure are: Mantas and old Death/Necrovore, Azagthoth, Matricide, Immolation, Autopsy, Damnation, Merciless (Swe), Casbah, Necrophile, Deathspeed, Nausea, Imperator, Panic, Slashing Death, Merciless Death, Tormentor, Mutilated, Agressor as well as new things of Loudblast.
AH, YOU KNOW THIS MUTILATED. I THINK THEY ARE STUPID ASSHOLES WITH HYDROCEPHALUS. DO YOU ALSO THINK SO?
Mutilated are musically ok, however, I don't know them personally therefore I can't say nothing more. Somebody had told us that supposedly they sometimes don't answer letters. Do not ask me please which between them and the French audience has run off.
YOU PLAN TO MAKE A NEW LP. WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO SAY ABOUT IT?
We hope in March 1990 to go to the studio to record our "De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas" LP. When it comes out and we enter into the studio will be dependent on possible offers of live appearances. Hopefully it will still be this year what with 20 to 30 gigs in Russia and if nothing more comes afterwards then we can go to the studio in March. The title "De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas" comes from a book about spirits. Spirits of meat and blood and forces a normal human brain cannot introduce. Apparently only one copy exists, however, I'm still trying to find another copy. I can now however say which songs will be on the LP: Carnage, The Dark of the Freezing Moon, Buried By Time and Dust, Funeral Fog, De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas, a song which we call "When the Vultures Left" and a song that right now has no title. That makes 7 songs however we want to release 10 on the LP, therefore we must write 3 more. We also have 4 songs on Deathcrush and a few which we have written in Russia. There are certainly differences with the new songs in contrast to Deathcrush, however, for me they are the same kind as the old ones. They are somewhat longer with some solo parts. We have everything that concerns with technology, since what we've learned, however, it still has the same "death" like it did at that time.
ARE YOUR LYRICS FUNNY OR CONNECTED RATHER WITH REALITY? LET'S TALK ABOUT THE NEW TEXTS...
Nearly everything is written by me and I also take it very seriously, since I think I am moved by horror. I am moved after ancient, nearly forgotten legends about pure bad, lonely castles in the Carpathia, in Transylvania..... myths so old, but in Transylvania are still alive... -Black Metal
YOUR PLANS FOR THE FUTURE!
I do not talk gladly about the future. I rather live in the past. It is hard to do predictions when everything goes so slowly. What will we do after the release of the LP? Indeed, we have many plans, however, our largest goal is the tour with matching planning: Eastern Europe (as a whole), many places in the west (it is not yet fixed however I think France is present), South and North America, and maybe still Canada and Asia. I would play anywhere if one invites us. We only want to play in the "sickest" places where everything by Communism are blocked and no tourists ever come. That's all I can say right now.
Whom somebody finds "Satanic evil true nosferatu insaniacs of immortality" from the book "De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas" and survives the contact with it, then please contact me so I can die in peace...