Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Meat Train Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?

IKI: Mainly preparing our live seminars for the road, as well as starting on new material. Mike just pukes riffs out as quickly as he can drink beer. He’s like some bottles to metal machine.

2.You have a new album coming out in September, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
Mike: we've brought the raw sound of the first album up to date with a more brutal clearer sound to make the messages shine through the light in short we've become more brutal in the delivery of our sermons.
Iki: There’s stuff that happens in life that can only be channeled into angry riffs and wretching vocals and gut shaking drums. I’m pretty sure we have our core sound, but we’ve definitley moved on in a stronger direction with Random Acts

3.This is your first album in 4 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what was been gong on during that time span?
IKI: The usual. Flipping tables, defying death, drinking beer, staining hands with blood and dye. We built our own studio to hone our craft and all collectively work together easier longer and louder, and not upset the locals at our usual place.

Mike. We also played shows in Vietnam the Philippines, Thailand, Nepal, Germany, Austria, Scotland and the UK then took time to redefine our Acts.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
IKI: Pain, suffering, inevitable doom, blood, futility of humanity and healthy injection of Zombies. We do like a good zombie song; both types of zombies, the undead and the ones that just sit by and let evil happen in their name.

5.I know that the band name came from the writings of Clive Barker, how does this name fit in with the musical style you play?
IKI: Heavy, pacing, once you’re on board you kinda want to get off but you’re hooked into staying from morbid curiosity and that little bit of the brain which you usually ignore is shouting “Fuck yes this is it! This is living”.
Mike: If you take a ride on the Meat Train you'll discover a dark brutal ride that grinds.

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?
Mike. That's a difficult one. Asia and Nepal were awesome. We met so many cool bands on our journeys there. Germany with our friends the mighty Fleshcrawl was awesome too. Svenson is onboard the meat train contributing his own Random Act on the title track of the new album. My personal favourite show was in Chromebox Manila. They knew how to get onboard the Meat Train. Brutal beautiful people.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?
IKI: Everywhere possible

8.Currently the band is signed to 'Contagion Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
Mike. Contagion are an independent British label who contacted us when we finished our first album. They support the UK scene and have a lot of love and support for us.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of death metal and grindcore?
IKI: Pretty damn awesome. Can’t wait to spread more globally.

10.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?
IKI: *Jedi hands* There is no side project

Mike. We're all committed to the message that Meat Train wants to deliver.

11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Mike. Random Acts Of Carnage is a statement of intent. The style is open to development in a more brutal way.

12.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
IKI: The chains tear at their flesh... Hear their screams. Such sweet music.
Mike. Death, grind, thrash. I love Slayer, Cannibal Corpse, Testament. Whitechapel and Decapitated's offerings are suitably dark.

13.What are some of your non musical interests?
IKI: Personally, working in the lab. Stitching skins and making new horrors. I’ve got a fridge in there now – put a hammock in and I can spend days in there at a time. Until Mike summons me to make noise.
Mike. Preparing for the dark times ahead.

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Mike. Get Random Acts Of Carnage and prepare for the apocalypse. Get to a live seminar and become part of a brutal journey.
IKI: Always wear gloves.

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