Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Interview with Deus Otiosus done by Patrick

Hails!! here is  a  second  interview  with  the  Mighty  Deus   Otiosus  from Denmark. the  band  recently  released  their  3rd  cd  "Rise"  through  Deepsend Rec.So  if  you  are  a  fan  of  extreme old-school  death  metal  then  defintly   check  this  band   out  today.
Metal  regards

Interview  with  Henrik Guitarist  for  Deus   Otiosus     done  by  Patrick

1.Hello   Henrik   when  did  you  first  meet  the  other  members  of   Deus   Otiosus  ?

“Hey man, our other guitarist Peter Engkjær is my brother so we’ve known each other always. Our drummer (Jesper Olsen) and bassplayer (Jesper Holst) I’ve met through him. But before that I met Anders Bo Rasmussen as we were writing for the same Danish metal magazine back in the days. Anders and I started Deus Otiosus as a studio project and recorded the demo like that with a session drummer. The albums we’ve done as a full band with only a couple of line-up changes.”

2.What   is  the   current  line up  for   Deus   Otiosus ? For  the  readers  who   have never  heard  Deus   Otiosus     how  would you  describe  the  music?

 “The current line-up is:
Anders Bo Rasmussen – Vocals
Henrik Engkjær – Guitars
Peter Engkjær – guitars
Jesper Holst – bass
Jesper Olsen – drums.
We’ve been so lucky to hold that line-up for the past two albums. I would simply describe it as old schooled death metal, but retaining our creative freedom. We are not bound by any rules but have our own personality and style.”

3.How  did  you  all  come  in  contact  with  Graham  and  Deepsend  Records? This  is  your  second  release  for  Deepsend  will you  work  with  them  for  the   next  releases?

 “We sent Deepsend an advance copy of our last album “Rise” and they responded quickly offering us a deal, so we agreed! We sent them a promo because we thought they had done a good job for other Danish bands and I think we found a good and fair deal. The deal is for the two albums “Godless” and “Rise”, so nothing is certain about the future. We’ll see!”

4.Deus   Otiosus      just  released  their  third  cd  "Rise"   how  long  did  it  take to  write  the  music  for  the  new  release?  Does the  whole  band  work  on  the  music  or does  one  member  usually  write  everything?

 “We have written the songs during 2 years. The was only 1,5 years between the recording of “Godless” and “Rise”, but the “Godless” recordings were delayed for half a year, so during this time, I was already writing for the next album. I have written all the music and most of the lyrics. But once the songs are written I bring them to rehearsals and we arrange the songs together as a band.”

5.Who   usually  takes  care  of  the   lyrics  for  the  band?How   has  the   response  been  from  the  fans  and  the  press?

“I have written most of the lyrics too. “Vultures” was written by our bassplayer, Jesper, though. The lyrics incorporate a wide range of themes from mythology, violence, war, history and philosophy but they are all gathered under the theme of the band: The sinister things that go on in a world unguided by any god and where mankind is left to fend for itself.”

6.Does   Deus   Otiosus      have  any tours  or  shows  planned  for   "Rise"  ?If  yes  where  are  some  places/countries you  will  be  playing?

“We have already been playing a mini-tour in Denmark as well as the Metal Magic Festival and a warm up show in Copenhell. But now we would like to come abroad and it would be cool to come back to Germany for example this year! We will announce later this what we will find out.”

7.Who  are  some  bands  you  all  have   shared  the  stage  with?  If you  could  set  up  a  dream tour/show  who  are  some  bands{past  or  present}  you would   love to  play  with?

 “We have played with bands like Exhumed, Sonne Adam, Corpus Mortale, Dawn Of Demise. I think the best bands today are Morbid Angel, Absu, Macabre, Melechesh, Entombed, Aura Noir and Grand Magus so it would be great to play with one or more of them! But it’s not too important who the other bands on the bill are, we just want to bring the fire and flame to the stage.”

8.What  does the    term  Underground Metal  mean  to  you?  

“Metal that is not within the mainstream. Usually a rawer, perhaps more old school sound. It’s a stylistic alternative. These days however I only think in two categories of music: Good and bad. There are some good (and mostly bad) bands both in the underground and mainstream categories.”

9.Henrik you  and  Deus   Otiosus      come  out  of  Denmark  what  is  your   opinion  of  Denmark metal  scene?

“Very many bands and very few fans! Does that sound familiar? I think it’s mostly like many other places, but not that many people are into metal in Denmark compared to our neighboring countries like Sweden and Germany. I suppose the Danish bands in general are not too successful in gaining attention abroad. Otherwise there are metal gigs all the time here in Copenhagen, but most of them are not that interesting and many suffer from poor turnouts.” 

10.Who  are  your  all-time  favorite  bands  out  of   Denmark  ?Are  their  any  new  bands  you  feel  the  readers  should  check  out soon?

 “Well, like most other people I think the best Danish bands are Mercyful Fate and King Diamond. There’s really no surprise there. If you’re thinking of a newer/smaller band, you should give Strychnos a listen!”

11.Henrik  you   handle  the  guitars  for  the  band  when  did you  become  interested  in  playing  the  guitars?Are  you   self taught  or did  you  take  lessons  when  first  starting  out?

“I have taken lessons at one point, but mostly classical guitar. Metal I’ve taught myself. I’ve also played other instruments like drums back in the day, but I’ve only kept up
 with the guitar. I suppose I stuck with that instrument as it is the “song-writing instrument” for extreme metal. And I’m probably spending more time working on new songs than actual practice these days.”

12.Henrik  who  are  some  of  your  influence's/favorite  guitarist?Do  you   play  any  other   instruments?

“Not anymore, today I only play the guitar. That’s more than enough for me. Favorite guitarists? That’s pretty hard, anyone who can play a good song. But I must admit I find the duo of Tipton and Downing in Judas Priest to be unbeatable. When you listen to the leads of “Ram It Down” and “Painkiller” you know that you can never do just as good. So technique was not my way. I’ve tried to focus on writing some good songs instead. Not that Priest don’t have good songs too. They obviously have great ones!!”

13.Henrik   do  you   or  any  of  the  members  of   Deus   Otiosus   currently  work  with  any  other  bands? If  yes  please  tell  the   reader's  about  them?

 “Yes, but they are not really metal. Anders has an electronic project called Quatum and Jesper Olsen plays the drums in a rock band called Black Succubi. It should be easy enough to look them up I guess. The rest of us are focusing only on Deus Otiosus and that is more than enough for me!”

14.Henrik   what  do  you  enjoy  doing  in  your  free  time  when  not  working  on  band  stuff?

“Working and being a father. There’s not much time beyond that. In fact I’ve stopped most other free-time activities to focus the excess time that have on that which is my most important pastime: Writing music and playing in the band.”

15.Thank  you  Henrik   for   taking  the  time  to  fill  out   this   Interview.Do  you   have  any final  comments for  the  readers?

“Thanks you very much for taking the time and having interest in the band to do this! Cool interview, man. Readers: Be sure to listen at least once to our new album “Rise”. If you don’t have it yet just look it up on Bandcamp or wherever you go. This album might just make a difference for you.”

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