1. Can you tell us a little bit about the band for those that have never heard of you before?
Darkall Slaves is a french Brutal Death Metal band active since 2005, mostly influenced by US scene. We have released a promo cd in 2008, and have played in France and Europe with bands such as Gorgasm, Defeated Sanity, Lividity, Vital Remains, Kronos, etc.
2. How would you describe your musical sound?
Powerful, relentless, sometimes fast and intense, sometimes groovy but always straight-in-your-face !
3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
It depends on songs, but we're usually inspired by horror/SF literature and movies. For the EP songs, the lyrics are inspired by Lovecraft (Abysses of Seclusion), and by some horror movies like Texas Chainsaw Massacre (intro and Mindless Damnation). We never have a predefined topic for a song, but we're always trying to revolve around our interests.
4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the bands name ?
It's kinda old, long before 2005, and long before doing death metal. When the original members (whose Got is the last representative) were searching for a name, they chose "slaves of the dark call", later shortened as "Dark Call Slaves" (during a booze party !). Over time they combined "Dark" and "Call" in a single word, "Darkall". Nothing really serious but the name remains over the years ! It's an often question, it's true that the original meaning of the band's name is no longer clearly identifiable today. I think we're gonna make a song about that on the upcoming album, to clear things up !
5. What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and how would you describe your stage performance?
Our best shows, to keep only those ones : Houten Deathfest, B52, and the show with Gorgasm + Defeated Sanity.
Houten Deathfest foremost, because this fest was our first "big" performance, the crowd was really receptive to our songs and the fest atmosphere was really amazing !
B52, less crowded but also receptive, a memorable party !
The show with Gorgasm + Defeated Sanity, because we had the privilege to share the stage with two of our favorite bands in the same night ! Cool feedbacks from people and other band members, a memorable night for sure !
6. Do you have any touring plans for the future?
We restart shows in September, we are currently working on some dates, fest and minitour. Nothing confirmed yet, but it will be announced really soon !
7. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of brutal death metal?
We globally had some excellent feedbacks, from our promo 2008 to Abysses of Seclusion. We get some congrats from buddies in others death metal band, it's always interesting and we expect to work with them on our upcoming album.
I suppose we can't please everybody, but we never had a really negative review about our music so far !
8. What is going on with the other musical projects these days?
Right now, our bassist Alex also plays in "Giorgi Swing", a family gypsy jazz band, where he plays contrabass, Moots still have his own project "Amputated Repugnance", even if it seems to be inactive for a while.
All the others side-projects are dead (Visceral Carnage, with Mupps). Markus and Got have never played in any other band.
9. What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?
Our next release (after the EP) will be the album, from where "Abysses of Seclusion" comes, so clearly in the same vein ! For the future, we will surely try to make our music even more brutal, more technical, more intense, and keep our identity mixed with the band's influences !
10. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
We're very influenced by the US-style Brutal Death, bands with unanimous support among us are Gorgasm, Origin, Defeated Sanity, Unmerciful, Disgorge (US), Devourment, Malignancy, Cannibal Corpse, etc.
Otherwise nowadays, member by member :
Markus : Necrotic Disgorgement, Wormed, the last Suffo', Logic of Denial, Guttural Secrete, Shuriken Cadaveric Entwinement, etc.
Got : Defeated Sanity, Malignancy, Hour of Penance, Neurogenic, Gorgasm, Blood Red Throne...
Alex : different music style, mostly Death Metal and Jazz. In metal : Defeated Sanity, Guttural Secrete, Beheaded, Gorgasm...
Mupps : very eclectic, from brutal death to hip-hop, electro. Bands like Origin, Unmerciful, Ulcerate, Gorgasm, Severed Savior, Disavowed...
11. Outside of music what are some of your interests?
Markus : Visual Effects (my work) and 3D
Got : graphic artist, interest by cinema, paint, video games...
Alex : Playing jazz music
Mupps : my job as mason landscaping, art in general, video game and of course blast beat !
12. Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?
Thanks a lot for this interview, the first one for the EP release !
Keep supporting us, keep supporting brutal death metal !