Saturday, December 10, 2016

Beating Dead Meet Interview

Answered by Iikka, the vocalist.

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

Well, it all began years ago, when I met our drummer in high school, and we started playing some death metal together. Quite a few years later in 2013 Beating Dead Meat, or BDM, was formed when our guitarist and bassist came along.

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

The band is a combination of different musical backgrounds, since our guitarist has his roots in blues and rock, while our drummer and bassist have their roots in technical death metal. The sound has pretty effortlessly formed in the combining of these elements.

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

In the first album, the lyrics didn’t really have much meaning, which I had to fix in the upcoming album. Most of the themes are in touch with everyday life, concerning mostly things that may make one irritated. One of the carrying themes was the obvious lack of strength in today’s people. People tend to be oversensitive about everything, and the only thing they manage to do correctly is complaining about every goddamn thing. Sometimes it’s just better to grow a pair and get over whatever it is that’s troubling you.
4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Beating Dead Meat'?

Someone once said, that making metal music is a complete waste of time. Beating Dead Meat is kind of a metaphor for that, so that’s basically it. Of course it can be thought of as some erectile dysfunction kind of thing, but to each his own. Every good name must have more than just one meaning, you know?

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

The best show has to be the first one we ever played in our home town. There were a lot of our friends there, so we had a pleasant evening of drinking and brawling. Our stage performance has been described as energetic and humorous. No one wants to see a band, where the players stand in one place with a fuck on their faces.    

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

There is to be a couple of shows here in Finland, and we’re planning on touring in Europe at some point. I can’t really say much about these, since the they’re still a work in progress.

7.On the album you had done a 'Pantera' cover, what was the decision behind doing your own version of one of there songs?

There was actually a couple of reasons. The first one was the fact, that there really aren’t a lot of Pantera covers out there. Secondly, we had to think of a song from them that suited the overall message and the music of the album. Also there was my gentle voice to consider, since it really doesn’t work with some of their songs. Overall, the cover was a great way to end the album.

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

It has actually been a lot better than we expected. Since it’s a bit hard to define our genre as purely death or whatever metal, we were pretty sure that the more “OG” death metallers wouldn’t be too happy with all the genre mixing. Luckily it wasn’t so, since the feedback has been really positive. I guess the whole “define this, define that” bullshit is finally dying down. After all, to define is to limit.  

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

Our drummer has another metal band called Systematic Sickness Kin, and our guitarist plays guitar in a party rock band called Soviet Onion. Our bassist and I have each other, which is more than enough for one lifetime.        

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

It’s a bit hard to say. I myself would see the new material being a combination of the first two albums, including some blast beats from the first album, and some groove from the new album. I think it would be cool to make a couple of songs that are more complex to play and to write, since the technical metal force is pretty strong in this band. (Star Wars pun intended).

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?

I think they’d have to be blues/rock, and a hell of a lot metal subgenres, mostly extreme and groove metal. I myself still listen quite a lot of metal music, but I also enjoy game soundtracks, like Morrowind and such. Pretty much anything goes except Punk. Guess I should say that I only listen to whale cries infused with Norwegian black metal, but let’s leave that to the elitists.    

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

I enjoy reading quite a lot, and I’ve been playing guitar since I was fifteen, so those two take most of my spare time. Our drummer goes hiking in the woods or something, since he’s more of the outdoors kind of guy. I guess our guitarist and bassist just try to keep on breathing. Overall we enjoy Jim Beam and other sports.

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

Guess there really isn’t anything that’s been left unsaid. Since the year has been full of events like Trump been elected as president, and DiCaprio winning an Oscar, I guess it’s not impossible to wish that someone would even buy our new album. I think that’s pretty much it. Sorry for the long post, have a potato, and stay metal af.

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