Monday, October 6, 2014

Monument Of Misanthropy Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

George: 'Monument Of Misanthropy' is a brutal death metal band founded by Jean-Pierre Battesti, Romain Goulon (also drummer for Necrophagist) and myself in 2012. We recorded our debut-album „Anger Mismanagement“in 2013 and self-released it after a successful crowdfunding campaign in January 2014 worldwide on iTunes, Amazon MP3 etc. but also as a physical CD.

2.In January you had released your first album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

George: Well fans keep telling us we’re kind of a mixture between Hate Eternal, Napalm Death and Cannibal Corpse and old Morbid Angel. Others would mention Deicide or Emperor vibes. Which is awesome. Because all of the above mentioned bands are bands that have always been among our favorite death metal bands when we grew up. I myself would describe it as brutal death metal with groovy grindcore and old-school death metal elements.

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

George: Well as the title “Anger Misamanagement” may already induce, the album tells the story of a fictional character that totally lost control and runs berserk against everything that he despises: Industry, Politicians, and our hypocritical and entirely superficial society as a whole. The 'Monument Of Misanthropy' doesn’t take prisoners but leaves only a trail of devastation behind him. (Laughs)

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Monument Of Misanthropy'?

George: According to Wikipedia “Misanthropy” is the general hatred, distrust or disdain of the human species or human nature. Looking at the situation of humanity today it’s no wonder that these negative feelings against our own human race keep growing ever stronger, especially among the metal crowd where we have a lot of bright and critical minds. So to some extent everyone who has the balls to speak up for oneself, naming and shaming the sins of mankind is a proud 'Monument Of Misanthropy' for himself.

5.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?

George: Well some labels approached us. But to be honest I think we have done an awesome job so far without any label and I don’t see any point why we should change that path taken. No-one will work harder for your cause than you yourself. Be it tracking albums, be it promoting your CDs and merch. Thanks to FB and YouTube we get our music and message across to a big audience. Maybe we will play some festivals now and then or some smaller tour. Let’s see what comes across. But we’re too long in this business to get ripped off again by some “label” or “tour manager” who thinks he can make profit out of some naive death metal musician’s.

6.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of brutal death metal?

George: Telling from the reactions on our sites and sold albums I think we can say we have done extremely well for an unsigned underground band. CDs and merch get sold all around the world from Alaska to Europe to Japan and New Zealand. People can feel the honesty and passion of the music and the pure aggression which comes from the heart of everyone in the band.

7.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part off?

George: Well Jean-Pierre is playing also with Brutal Rebirth and Romain with Necrophagist. I myself am also active with Disfigured Divinity and Raising The Veil. All projects  and side bands are doing great and will be releasing new material soon as far as I know….

8.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future/

George: I think we will stay where we are right know musically. Maybe a bit more technical but tha’s not a think which is planned but comes by itself. But it’s gonna be fast brutal and insane that’s for sure. (laughs)

9.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/

George: Well for me Death, Cannibal Corpse and Napalm Death where the most influential bands when I was a kid. Newer bands I like to listen too are technical death metla bands like The Faceless, Beyond Creation, Archspire and Fallujah to name only a few

10.What are some of your non musical interests?

George: Besides metal I am pretty much into astro physics and brain research and psychology. Also animal protection plays a very large role in my life.

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

George: I would like to thank you for the interview of course and once again wanna say thank you to everyone who bought our album and merch or supported us spreading the word of 'Monument Of Misanthropy' via internet or radio! It’s sincerely appreciated and will make a new album possible!

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