Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Matterhorn Interview

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

We are entangled in several chaotic procedures. Each one in the band has loads of work and is also committing the upmost. We’re currently working on new songs and we did and still do a lot of reforming and are getting ready to record two bonus tracks called “Crass Cleansing” and “Bydying”. They will be included in the coming advanced edition of our debut as we did a limited number of non-label LP’s and need to relaunch ‘Crass Cleansing’ in its completion and higher quantity soon, this time with label backup. Further news is that a tape version will come into being over ‘Destruktion Records’ in Germany.

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

I would say it is embodying the DNA of Metal in aggressive youthful and morbidly comic shades; the darkened energy is magically charged. The sound on ‘Crass Cleansing’ turned out almost as we expect it. We were looking for a modern, but not to clean sound, that’s why we recorded it live on tape. The mix could be wider and some details aren’t as good as they need to be yet, so we’re planning to remix it for the second advanced edition. Also we can offer a more complete and differing product.

3.When I listened to the album  a lot of the music sounded very heavily rooted in the 80's, do you prefer the classic era of the genre a lot more than the modern era?

First of all, it is much easier to pick your things of liking out the massive legacy that all the years and evolvement of Metal brought. Simply because it’s so big, it’s presumably the case that you’ll sooner make a find. Maybe this is also the reason why all this Metal-related Metal bands are so common. Hard to have all on the screen nowadays, where the good stuff is easily lost in a flood of tons and tons of material. But we actually don’t see ourselves as retrogressive or want to keep something alive or so, we just play the music we need to. What we often say is that emotions we use in our music are still the same as in the 80’s and they will also stay the same forever, they don’t get old or change in style, that’s not possible… There aren’t many Metal bands we’d relate or get inspired to from today. We look for extremity and inspiration in a wider spectrum, that can led to Dutch Hardcore or microtonal Bulgarian folk songs and no matter which time it’s from. Music like progress is nonlinear with time. I also think that Metal is still a young genre and that the world needs more Metal bands today than ever before, there was never a better time for what we do.

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

Our content most often arises from sociology studies of our own, so to say… As outsiders, we became good observers.
We won’t choose topics or limit our writing to a certain field of interests. When I write I give everything into it. Other than that ‘Matterhorn’ is about the daily displeasure, worshipping women, exploring human abysses, the salt of the earth, killing the kings, lurking in the woods, making homes out of the horrors of life and energize the weak. It’s mainly wounds comparing.

5.I know that the band was named after a mountain in the Swiss/Italian Alps, how does this name fit in with the musical style that you play?

To be correct, the band is named same as the mountain, not named after it. It resulted from searching a name that would polarize strongly in any aspect, not how one learned it to be right, something that don’t fit the expectations and comfort zones of a potential clientele. We don’t need to explain our art to somebody, haha… Also we have it explained on other occasions. But true, it would have an unknown feeling to it; convey an emotion that one simply isn’t equipped to understand. It would also reflect the absurd need for apotheosis and further the calculus in human nature.

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?

Definitely last year, when we opened for Bölzer and Urfaust at their Swiss show and release party for their debut full-length ‘Hero’. It was our real first show, as it came closest to what we are. Our performance is changing at every concert; one can expect an unprecedented live show that signifies certain energy concealed behind arousing reality-oriented portrayals at a highly professional performance level.

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

Yes we will announce some concerts and touring soon, few shows are scheduled for September. The organizational debates are mostly centering on touring Germany. 2019 will become a touring year for us, performing a longer live set and many new songs, from a much more heavy, advanced and inventive group.

8.The new album is getting released on digital format for 'Iron Bonehead Productions', how did you get in contact with this label?

IBP is a licensing partner for releasing our debut on CD and distributes some of our LP’s, that’s all for the moment. We sent him a promotional test pressing, it was actually Bölzer’s KzR whose enheartening influence led to this, telling us ‘go ahead, they’re waiting for your promo-package!’. So that’s how we ended up with IBP, we’re very curious about the CD release, already coming in June!

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of old school and extreme metal?

The reactions are, without any doubt, quite surprising for us, most of them were positive. But often the feedback wasn’t as differentiated as we wished it to be but that’s for us another incentive to radically go further for the future artistry. We do not play Metal for the Metal itself, for us, it’s to journey our chemistry and world of negativity and demarcation we’ve built around ourselves. That vaguely gives comfort and chills to the horrors, life’s but a succession of tiny little depression phases. For us it’s more relevant how we react on our debut and how we proceed. Our youthful start has its eligibility due to the material that arose from when we were young. We always wanted a punk and young sounding debut, catching that pure spirited moment in life.

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

We bond the group to pass the time we are forced to endure beautifully, what sounds instantly very profane and egoistic, but literally, if this would be taken from us, we couldn’t possibly manage to stay relatively cool about life and weren’t able to function in normal life anyhow at all... Now that we are rearranging interns and dealing with a more detailed and wider formulation of our identity, we can’t have that refuge and so it is really getting violent and hard again. Nevertheless, we feel no pressure at all, just an immense unrest for creating an album that has a relevant impact and thoroughly goes conform to our very vision. The newer material already shows the band’s capability to advance towards an outstanding and inventive group and we’re feeling less agonized about the fact that we’re not strained nor debilitated under the ballast of old material which is finally just bygone.
Infinitely variable ways of the deepening darkness and new approaches are conceivable.

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?

We’re thankful for all the music in the world.

13.What are some of your nonmusical interests?

Noise. And clarity, contemplation, deep inner listening and quiet awareness. At the moment, we’re mainly interested in having a normal, functioning life, not to let it hinder our band completely.

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

What would be the purest human connection? …I have to admit thanks for this interview as it was an appropriate act of compensation and I hope the answers are not getting mistaken for being neither dogmatic nor moralizing.