Interview with Acranius done by Patrick
1.Hello please introduce yourself to the readers and when did you start listening to brutal death metal?
Hi, I´m Björn, the guitarist of Acranius. First of all thanks a lot for the interview request…we really appreciate your interest in Acranius. I started listening to Brutal Death Metal in the age of 16 or 17 or so. I remember listening to the Waking The Cadaver Demo for the first time. This masterpiece blew me totally away and started the whole thing for me.
2.Who were some the first bands you listened to? And who are some of your current favorite bands in the scene today?
In the early days I enjoyed and still enjoy Abominable Putridity, Gorevent, Guttural Engorgement, Waking The Cadaver, Without Remorse, Pathology, Visceral Disgorge, Devourment, Cerebral Incubation, Ingested and other slammy stuff like that. But I really enjoyed straight death metal like Hour of Penance, Unmerciful, Inveracity, Disavowed and Severed Savior and some deathcore stuff like Oceano as well. My taste of music didn´t change that much so I´m still into this stuff and these are bands who influenced my style of writing music but I´m always listening to some good hip hop and hardcore as well.
In the moment I really dig the new stuff of Defeated Sanity, Jesus Piece, Shadow of Intent and Mass Infection. Really cool stuff you have to check if you´re into aggressive music!
3.When did you first meet the other members of the band and who chose the name of the band? Does it have a special meaning?
First of all I have to say that we started Acranius as a 2-man-outfit. My bassist Lars and me wrote the EP “The Echo Of Her Cracking Chest” and after the realese we searched for a singer and a drummer. The first rehearsel with a full line-up was in 2012 I guess. We had some changes in the line-up so we met Rob and Kevin of our current line-up 2,5 years ago.
I think Lars was coming along with the bandname in the beginning of Acranius and I was cool with the sound of the name and the meaning haha. An Acranius is a newborn without a cranial bone. LOL
4.Acranius is signed to Rising Nemesis Rec. the band has worked with this label for many years how did you all come in contact with this label?
Yeah I think we are one of the bands who are longest in the roster haha. The first contact was through the internet because Nasar wanted to sign us and the rest is history.
5.Acranius is getting ready to release their third full length Reign Of Terror does the whole band work on the music or does one member usually write everything?
Mostly I write all Acranius-Shit and so I did for the new record. Lol
6.Who usually takes care of writing the lyrics for the band and what are some subjects you all wrote about on Reign Of Terror?
For “Reign Of Terror” our old vocalist and good Friend Tomm wrote the lyrics because he´s still close connected with the band and is pretty talented in writing shit.
7.Besides the upcoming release Reign Of Terror does the band have any of the previous releases available for the readers to buy? Besides the physical releases does the band have any other merchandise available for the fans to buy?
For sure…check our online store or the store of our label and get some shit.
8.What have been some of the bands most memorable shows over the years?And who have been some of your most favorite bands to share the stage with?
One of the greatest experiences for me personally were Las Vegas Deathfest and Neurotic Deathfest in the Netherlands. But honestly I enjoy nearly every show because I can share some great moments with my best friends and this is something I´m really grateful for.
There were so many great bands we really enjoyed to share the stage with..to name some there are Cerebral Incubation, Ingested, Science Of Sleep, Mastication Of Brutality Uncontrolled, Candero, Carnal Decay, Slowly Rotten, Unfathomable Ruination, Euphoric Defilement, Iniquitious Deeds, Defeated Sanity and Unmerciful
9.Does Acranius have any upcoming shows or tours in support of the new release and if yes where are some countries the band will be playing?
We have some single shows for the future but nothing special and no tour so far planned. When you check our facebookpage you won´t miss anything.
10.Besides working and playing in Acranius do any of the other members currently play in any other bands if yes please tell the readers a little about them?
Kevin has another Project called Slowly Rotten. Check them out…lovely guys and great music. I have a pretty new project as well called Hang Em High. This is a hardcore/Stoner Project with friends of my hometown.
11.Acranius comes out of the brutal death metal scene in Germany what is your opinion of the German death metal scene?
The german death metal scene is pretty good I guess. There are a lot of great bands and friendly people. Next to the death metal we also enjoy to be in the beatdown and deathcore scene as well. We see the whole thing as a big family.
12.Who are your all-time favorite German bands and are their any new bands you feel the readers should check out soon?
Ufff this is a tough question but like I already named there are some great german bands like Candero, Mastication Of Brutality Uncontrolled, Slowly Rotten and Defeated Sanity…there are also some great beatdown bands like Abolisher, Spawn Of Disgust, Brawl Between Enemies,
13.Besides bands are their any honest and reliable labels or distro's you could recommend to the readers?
Hm I can´t really answer because I don´t have any contacts to other labels you know?! But I guess there are a lot of other great labels and distros!
14.When not working on new music or band business what do you like to do in your free time?
When I´m not doing any kind of music I do my studies haha. No no to be honest I enjoy the simple things like hanging with friends, raping my Netflix-account and riding my bike. My second passion is collecting sneakers.
15.Thank you for taking the time to fill this interview out do you have any final comments for the readers?
Thanks a lot for having me and keep an eye out for “Reign Of Terror” and keep supporting the underground. Cheers I´m out!