Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Irate Architect Interview

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

We started Irate Architect in 2003. The first step was to give the underground scene our debut single (7" & CD) "Born Blood Portrait" in 2005, which got great reviews, also festivals and labels were interested in us since the output. Then we signed a deal with "War Anthem Records" and released our first full length album (CD) "Visitors" in 2007, afterwards we played more festivals and little tours. In 2010 our drummer Philipp suffered from a disease so Irate Architect paused for a while. In 2013 got back on track and recorded new songs and one coversong for a split with the powerviolence band Yacopsae. The release lately came out in the beginning of 2016 via "Haunted Hotel Records" (NY) as 10", CD or "die hard edition" with a bonus 5" and got a worldwide distribution. Before the release came out our drummer Philipp quit and we found a new talent and friend in Zlatko, together we wrote the brandnew track "Circle of Exile" and created a video for this song (you´ll find it on youtube).

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?

The "Born Blood Portrait" output is a raw piece of deathgrind with a groovy punk attitude.

"Visitors" is more technical death metal with a very transparent sound and different bunch of songs and feelings (from fast and brutal to slower and ambient).

The split songs with Yacopsae have a really brutal and modern sound and combine the styles of the previous both outputs with great hooks, atmosphere and song structures.

3.The band has been around since 2003 but so far has only released an ep, full length and a split, can you tell us a little bit more about the gap in between releases?

The gap between the first two outputs (2005 & 2007) is pretty usual. We have done some touring and songwriting, but we were also a bit burnt out. In 2010 we had a long break. After this period we started writing the split stuff from 2013-2014. In 2015 our drummer Philipp quit and we did a restart in the end of 2015 with Zlatko. Now we are motivated as hell and hope to release a new full length album in the end of 2017.

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

The most of the lyrics are personal or fictional short stories and gives enough space for interpretation.
Some stories are bloody or mystical, others are more emotional and with depth.

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

We are irate against the system, mankind, world order, our selfs and putting this aggression into our own architectural wall of sound.

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?

The festival show at Party-San open air was outstanding, Deathfeast open air and many more were also good, but we also love passionate club gigs.
We try to put our personal and musical aggression on stage but with a more serious touch.

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

First we are focusing on songwriting for a new Album. After that we will do the plans for upcoming shows and tours, but request are always welcome.
Right now we have got 2 external requests for festival shows in 2017.

8.All 3 of your releases have came out on different labels, can you tell us a little bit more about the labels you have worked with?

"Third Alliance Records" was the label from our guitarist Jens.

"War Anthem Records" gave us whole musical and conceptional freedom. We have chosen and done all the artwork, layout etc. by ourself. Luckily we got a worldwide distribution of "Visitors" and a great promotional work.

"Haunted Hotel Records" (NY) led by Ralph is a very likeable supporter of the underground scene and gave us whole musical and conceptional freedom too,
so an artist from Hamburg (Sebastian Feld) created the complete split artwork and layout. We have chosen output formats (10", 5", CD), cover songs…

9.Recently you where a part of a split with 'Yacopsae', what are your thoughts on the other band that had participated on the recording?

Yacopsae are longtime friends from our hometown Hamburg, we met them in 2005,
since then we stayed in contact and did also some gigs together. Also the contact to Ralph of "Haunted Hotel Records" was caused by Stoffel of Yacopsae. Furthermore they are very friendly and freaky guys who play a complete unique style of music, a mix of punk, grind, stop motion, aggression and speed as hell, so check them out!!!

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

The feedback was almost entirely great from all around the world but didn´t achieved the big audience yet.

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

Our Guitarist Jens and Bassist Kai have two other projects. One is a instrumental acoustic guitar project called Aenima. The total opposite of Irate Architect. Peaceful, sensitive and unhasty, but very listenable and just great music. The other project is a sludge band. Currently without a name, but they are working on an output. So in the near future, there will be more information to come.
Our drummer Zlatko is involved in a death metal project, which is, at the moment, just a rehearsal room band, but will release some recorded songs in the future.

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

We´ll follow our current path and try to create heavy and unique music to be a serious part of the death metal scene.

13.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 band members brings different influences into our music.
The earlier IA songs were more influenced by punk and grind,
nowadays we are writing more variable death metal songs.

We´re listening to very different styles of music, but with the priority on death metal.
Here´s a small list of some bands we listen to: Suffocation, Cryptopsy, Napalm Death, Satyricon, Entombed, Acid Bath, Grand Magus, Morbid Angel, Rotten Sound, Ulcerate, Gorguts, Origin, Nero di Marte, EyeHateGod, Triptykon, Cro-Mags, The Dwarves, Down, Alice in Chains, Bohren & the Club of Gore, John Grant, Queens of the Stone Age, The Heavy, Portishead, Vitalic...

14.What are some of your non musical interests?

Non musical interest are movies, books, red wine, exhibitions, theater, eating well, art, culture, whisky, museums, concerts, life.

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

Thank you for the interview!
Be who you are, stay tolerant and reflected

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