Sunday, June 19, 2016

Scythe Beast Interview

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

In 2012 a good friend of Koopie (Producing) and me had to face the 40th birthday.So we thought about creating a little song for him, just for the fun of it.

But it figured out, that we both fit in that process really good, so the wheel started spinning. Finally the song “God of Carnage” was the result for our friend, who is a huge Amon Amarth Fan. Just in case you asked yourself of that track sounding like a rip-off: that was the plan ;-)

Andreas Tegeler, who is a good friend of mine  is the drummer in Scythe Beast., besides his band Povertys no Crime and other projects. I´m very grateful to have this talented yet busy guy on board.

And there were some really cool guitar players helping out with some solos: Ville Pajala,Joshua Cole,Richard Steward and Frank Schwenker.

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

I´m a huge fan of the Swedish Death Metal scene, but that´s only one small facet. Growing up with the first releases of Slayer,Kreator also there is also a great influence from the thrashy side of life. We had really no particular approach, what we´re doing. It just turned out what it is; a bastard from several styles.

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

At first, singing was really not my sector in that project, but after a while I was bored of listening to “instrumentals”. So I started to try that vocal part, including the lyrics. It´s really hard work for me (and ;-)) to write in English and not sound like a complete moron. There are different topics i´m working on, from that classic gore stuff to religion or other dark sides of life. I´m watching the news and start writing ;-)

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Scythe Beast'?

We looked for a name, that represents the style and the attitude. Scythe Beast must be a well known name for those guys playing the game “Doom”. It was a tough opponent with scythes at the arms. Mike from Dragon Design turned this in a catchy, a bit old-school cover. There is no name for it, but i´m proud to have my own Eddy J

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?

We actually are a studio project. But maybe if Amon Amarth ask us for tour support we´ll think it over :-P

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

See above

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

Our drummer Andreas Tegeler from the Prog-Metal Band Povertys no Crime went out to contact a few guys he knew from his work on the new album ( which is Spiral of Fear), but there is far too much music with many bands wanting a record deal.

Though the responses were good, there is no such deal in sight. From the start I wanted to do this music just for fun and having a good time. So there is unfortunately no cd to buy or something. You can download our album for free on our bandcamp page. Any money you pay us,´cause you think it´s worth it, will be donated to an organization, doing something good for children or fighting cancer or similar.

 I once wrote a song for a 6 month old kid suffering on leukemia.I told his dad to use it for a donated download or something like that to raise money for a typification.

On these days this little boy is regaining strength and starts to live like any other kid. It´s great to have the opportunity to do things like that!

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

Well, we really don´t expect to leave a huge impact on the metal scene, and that never was the plan. We just did what we did and got some very kind words from people around the world, saying that Breeding Devastation is quite better than we thought ourselves. You dudes make us a bunch of insane grinning lunatics (who we are of course!)

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

Andreas is the drummer in german prog-metal legend Povertys no Crime and in other countless projects.

Koopie is always doing anything, starting from his own musical efforts to producing other musicians. He´s like Batman: you don´t know what he´s really doing, but always there when you need him ;-)

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

I´m the songwriter, and I already do what I like most. So we go on with this style , but maybe we won´t record a complete album the next time, because it´s a huge time-eating process. But we are working on a follow-up, maybe in ep-format.

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?

Early Entombed,Dismember,Dark Tranquillity,Death,Morbid Angel, Dark Angel,Slayer also.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

My kids and when there is a short gap in time cycling (like i´m playing: as fast as I can ;-))

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

I really like to say a huge thanx for giving me the opportunity, to say these words. We do this for the scene, so everybody is invited to get our album for free on Bandcamp (or any Russian one-click hoster you trust), leave your thoughts on our Facebook page and pay me a beer on the next concert you´re at ;-)

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