Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Putrified Interview

1. Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?

Putrified's new minialbum "Sacrilegious Purification" has just been unleashed through Hellthrasher Productions.
The band is currently rehearsing with its soon to be live line-up and work is progressing on the next full-length.

Things are busy but good.


2. How would you describe the musical sound of the new ep and also how does it differs from previous efforts?

The main thing that would strike you is the production.
It's not as lo-fi and harsh as the earlier records, it sounds more professional.

"Sacrilegious Purification" has the sound of an album, whereas "Spawn..." and "Neurotic..." has the production of a demo recording.

Having Oskar and Devo from Endarker Studio (Marduk, Funeral Mist, Ofermod, Nefandus) handle the mix and master of the minialbum did a whole lot for the final outcome.

The lyric theme has also progressed.


3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the new ep explores?


The first album "Spawn Of The Dead" dealed with zombie porn and gore while the second full-length "Neurotic Necrotic" was more inspired by classic horror, especially HP Lovecraft's work pre-Chtulu.

After those two albums I felt that I wanted to write about subjects that were closer to heart.
Enough with the "fiction".

Topics such as spiritual death, faith, fate, apparitions, history and evergrowing misanthropy are dealt with on "Sacrilegious Purification" and the upcoming full-length.


4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name Putrified?

The name is taken from the song "Rotten Death" by Tormented, the specific line goes as follows: "Unleash the armies of the walking putrified".
I also think that the spelling Putrified looks way better than Putrefied, Mercyful Fate vs Merciful Fate you know.

The state of putrefaction is also something I find very representable for a Death Metal band, or mankind in general.
There is also a certain beauty in decay.


5.Recently you have formed a whole line up after doing this band solo for a few years, what was the decision behind forming a full band?

I was sick of playing live around the time that I formed Putrified and I therefore only wanted to focus on studio work.
I did not think that the effort was worth the reward.

But with time I felt an urge and a will to get back on stage and the rehearsal space.
I also think that the climate for live gigs lately has changed to the better, we will have to see for ourselves.

Live line-up:
A.Death - Vox/Guitar
Crypt - Drums
P.Apocalypse - Bass
Grave - Guitar

I'm however handling all the main instruments on the next full-lenght since the majority of it is already recorded.
There is however more than one thing that boils under the surface.


6. Has the band been able to do any live shows yet and also do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

We actually had to take about 8 months off from rehearsing since our drummer went through rehabilitation following a serious hand operation.
When I feel that we can represent Putrified in a proper manner, that is when we'll desecrate a stage and its audience.

We don't need to take gigs as a band, we will play when we are ready.
After that I'm open for all serious offers regarding gigs, festivals and tours.


7. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to the new ep by fans of death and black metal?

Since the new MCD just recently got released only a few reviews have been published, all of them have however been very positive.
Everyone that received a copy of the album before it's official release have all said that it's Putrified's best work up to date.
And I surely agree.


8. What is going on with the other bands you are involved with these days?

Infuneral has a new split CD out with the band The Last Knell from Chile.
3 songs each of darkness and death, released by Misanthropic Art Productions.

Flagellated Seraphs lies in wait, lurking at the treshold.


9. What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?

Expect more Darkness, Death and Decay.

All I can say is that if you like "Sacrilegious Purification" you will surely appreciate the upcoming full-length album.
In short, it fucking slays.
Yet I'm sure that it will raise a few eyebrows once it's released.


10. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

The musical foundation of Putrified will always be Kreator, Autopsy, Morbid Angel and Dismember.
Yet as some of you might know, I'm deeply involved in Black Metal and more and more of that will be reflected in our upcoming output.
It's a natural progression.

That is why I sometimes refer to Putrified these days as Death/Black Metal, to point out that we spiritually have more in common with serious Black Metal bands rather than the gore oriented Death Metal bands out there.

Personally I am always on the hunt for new kicks and new musical experiences, I often buy releases every week.
The list of what I'm currently listening to would therefore be ever changing day by day.

To make things easy, I would recommend most bands from the labels:

Sepulchral Voice Records
Norma Evangelium Diaboli
Terratur Possesions

I must also point out that "our label" Hellthrasher Productions has released more and more bands that I personally am interested in.
Lately their releases of Serpent Noir, which indeed is a very good band.


11. How would you describe your views on Occultism?

I study a lot of works that could be described as occult.
And I'm fascinated by spirituality, apparitions, currents and faith.

I follow what I think feels right, things I have a subconscious attraction to.
But I also tend to look upon things in different ways, both spiritual and scientific.

Destiny is a word that pretty much sum up my view on most things in life.
I'm drawn to certain things, therefore I keep coming back to them time and time again.


12. Outside of music what are some of your interests?

Is there really a life outside your lifelong passion?
If so, it would be working out in the gym and reading books and articles on various interesting subjects.

I do however mainly occupy myself with things related to music.
Working on artwork, layouts, looking for new bands, reading magazines/ fanzines or in this case answer interviews.
Pretty much the first thing I do when I open my eyes in the morning is to put a record on.

Time is also spent handling the Frozen Blood Store where we sell records and merchandise of Putrified, Infuneral, Flagellated Seraph and our fellow affiliates, such as Patronymicon which is a great Black Metal band.
But on the other hand, that is also music related.


13. Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?

All hail the darkness, in her majestic glory.