Hails Here is a new interview with the Swedish black,death metal band Omnizide who are getting ready to release their new full-length "Nekroregime" as a joint release through Carnal Rec and Daemon Worship Rec. If you are a fan of well executed and played Swedish blackend death then be sure to pick up Omnizide's new cd today.
Interview with Anders Guitarist and music writer of Omnizide done by Patrick
1.Hails Anders please introduce yourself to the readers and when did you become interested in playing and writing music.
Well, I play the guitar in Omnizide and some other bands as well, not much more to say about myself.
I always listened to music. First Twisted Sister and that sort of stuff, then bands like Metallica, and later on the Earache bands (Bolt Thrower, Morbid Angel, Carcass etc).
Like many other in my generation I first discovered black metal when I read newspaper articles about the churchburnings and murders in the Norwegian Scene. As a teenager I though it was really fascinating and instantly got hooked on band like Darkthrone and Burzum. After a while me and Mikael thought we should try to create something similar ourselves and that's when I picked up the guitar and started to write music (well at least tried anyway)
2.When did you first meet Mikael and what gave you two the idea to start Omnizide ?How did you come up with the name Omnizide for the band and does it have a special meaning?
Me and Mikael grew up as neighbors but we didn't really start hanging out until we realized we shared a mutual interest for extreme metal.
It was actually Mikael who got me to play the guitar in the first place. We were both really into Scandinavian black metal and, like I said, we felt that we wanted to create something similar ourselves.
Mikael came up with the name Omnicie (but we decided to spell it with a "Z")
It means the destruction of all life, total death. It suits our lyrical themes and our music very well.
3.Anders you and Mikael formed the band in 1995 how do you feel the bands music has changed since the beginning of the band until present day?
When we started none of us really knew how to play our instruments so the music was really simple an minimalistic. And very influenced by Darkthrone and that style of Scandinavian black metal.
Back then we were much better at drawing cool logos band taking band photos than actually writing and recording music so the early days just ended up in a couple of rehearsal tapes we mostly kept to ourselves.
Through the years we have discovered and got influenced by other types of extreme music (crust for example) and incorporated more death metal elements.
4. Omnizide is getting ready to release the bands second full length "NekroRegime" through Carnal Rec. And Daemon Worship Rec. How did you come in contact with these two great labels?
Björn, who runs Carnal Records, is an old friend of ours. So when we decided to reform the band it seemed natural to ask him if he was interested in releasing it. He is also very easy to work with and doesn't live too far from here.
We came in contact with Daemonic Worship through Carnal. They have collaborated on other releases.
5.Anders you take care of writing the music for the band how long did it take to write the music for the new release "NekroRegime"?
We started writing the songs right after the Nekromantik EP was recorded. The song "Shockwaves"as actually finished before that. I guess it took about a year or so to write all the songs.
We actually never intended it to become an album, we aimed to record another EP, but then we realized we had nearly enough new songs to make an album, and then the idea of a second album were born.
6.Who usually writes the lyrics for the music and what are some of the subjects you all write about on the new release?
Me and Gaddur(drums) usually write most of the lyrics, but Nox contributes with some lyrics as well. And the lyrics for the first song (Himmelstrasse) were written by B-Force.
The lyrics of this album deals with things such as Necrophilia, Doom, Murder and WWII. And some other delicate subject as well.
7.Besides the new CD "NekroRegime" does the band have any past releases or merchandise available for the readers if yes what is available and where can the readers buy it?
I think some of our previous releases is still available through various distros and record shops. Easiest for the readers would probably be to contact Carnal Records directly, they may have some stuff left.
When it comes to merchandise we have handled that part for ourselves so far. We usually print a very limited amount of shirts (30-50 ex or so) each time so they are quickly sold out. However, we we probably make some Nekroregime"-related shirts in the not so distant future.
8.Omnizide comes out of the Swedish blackend death metal scene what is your opinion of the Swedish black and death metal scene over the years?
I think it started out strong in the late 80's and early 90's. Especially the death metal scene. But then it got really boring and I really grew tired of black metal and especially the sound of the late 90's.
However things have improved a lot. I think the Swedish scene of today is probably as strong as ever with lots of great new bands. And some older bands like Marduk still releases real quality stuff (I think Frontschwein is there best record so far).
9.Who are some of your all-time favorite Swedish bands and are their any new bands you feel the readers should check out soon?
Bathory (of course) is one of my favorite Swedish bands, as well bands as Nifelheim, Repugnant and Kaamos and such.
People should check out our labelmates in WAN, there really good. And the latest Kill album is really worth a listen.
10.Anders in your opinion what does black metal mean to you?
It's hard to explain.
Of course the lyrics has to deal with the "right" subjects, but to me it was always the music that was most interesting. The rawness and the feeling in black metal. It was a whole new experience compared to the death metal stuff I had listened to before and I was totally engulfed by black metal back in the 90's.
11.Besides writing and playing music what do you like to do in your free time?
Since I work full-time and have a bunch of kids I don't have that much free time. But I do enjoy fishing.
However music ris my main interest. I'm an eager record collector, so listening to and discovering new bands is how I spend most of my free time.
12.Thank you Anders for taking the time to fill this interview out do you have any final words for the readers?
Thanks for all support! Check out Nekroregime!