Monday, January 9, 2017

Interview with Warfist done by Patrick posted on 1-9-17

Here  is  a  new  interview  with the  thrashing,black  metal   mettalers Warfist   who  discuss  their  new  release "Metal To The Bone"  and  the  past  and  future  of  the  band  along  with  the  metal  scene  in  general.
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Interview   with  Warfist   done  by   Patrick

1.Hails  please  introduce  yourself to  the  readers?

We are Warfist and we take no slaves! Everything started in early 2004 when Witchfucker and I felt the urge to play old school, filthy metal. After some time Pavulon on drums and Wrath on bass joined us. With Witchfucker leaving the band in 2006 after recording two demos with us, we have been active as a trio. Nevertheless, we still carry the flame of classic metal regardless of trends and expectations of anybody.
2.At  what  age did you  discover  metal  music  and  who  were the  first  bands  you   listened  to?

It was pretty early thanks to my older sister. She got herself into metal when I was six years old, so at first I had to listen to this music and then I realized I want to, hahaha! The first ever metal song I heard was "Wheels of Fire" by Manowar from "Kings of Metal". Because of the cover artwork presenting a warrior on top of the mountain, holding a sword and a ring, this album seemed quite attractive for a six-year old boy. So in general, I have been surrounded by metal from the youngest age. Later on I started discovering bands like Sodom, Slayer, Motorhead, Bathory, Venom, Running Wild, Accept, Deicide, Darkthrone, and many more by myself. But yeah... my very beginnings was Manowar and at approximately the same time also King Diamond as I remember.

3.You   all  formed    Warfist  in2004  what gave you  all the  idea to  start this band?

As I said, it was the urge to play classic metal. At that time we were pretty much influenced by what was going on in the Australian scene and bands like Destroyer 666, Gospel of the Horns, Bestial Warlust, etc. We really enjoyed their vision of mixing extreme black/death metal with more catchy classic heavy/thrash elements and wanted to try doing something similar ourselves. I myself had a few ideas in this vein that didn't fit the death metal style of my other band I was paying in at that time, Ebola. So we had some stuff to begin with. At first it was all very harsh and primitive, but started to get the shape that we wanted it to be over following months. I think that "Tunes of Hell and Alcohol" was some sort of breakthrough in our songwriting abilities back in the early days.

4.What  is  the  current  line-up  of   Warfist? And for the  readers  who  have  never  heard  the  bands  music  how  would you  say  the  music  has changed  over the years?

We have been playing in the same line-up for most of the time. It's Wrath on bass, Pavulon on drums and me, Mihu, on vocals and guitars. Apart from Witchfucker leaving the band there was one more line-up change in Warfist over the years... or actually two. Somewhere around 2012 Pavulon decided to leave the band and his replacement was M. de Sade, with whom we recorded our debut full-length "The Devil Lives in Grünberg". However, the year that this stuff was released we began to find communicating with M. on musical level pretty difficult, so he was replaced with... Pavulon, who decided to come back. I'm very glad of this decision, because Pavulon seems to be born to play the kind of music that Warfist plays. And regarding changes in our music... It has always been blackened thrash. At the beginning it was a little bit more primitive with more black and death metal elements to it. Right now I think our music has went into a more classical direction. You know, the 80s stuff and bands that have defined metal music as we know it today. Regardless of the genre, whether it's thrash, death, black or heavy. At that times labeling metal wasn't that important. The most important thing was that this music needed to be true and ass-kicking. That's our attitude towards our own sounds.

5.Warfist   is  getting  ready to  release  their  second  full length "Metal  To The Bone" does  the  band  take  part in  writing the  music  or  does  one  member  usually  write  everything?

Song-writing process in Warfist is based on me coming up with the riffs and the entire band works on the final shape of the song. This method works well for us and it has always been like this in our case. 

6.Who  usually  writes  the  lyrics  for the   songs  and  what  are some  subjects you  all  write  about  on  the  new  release?

I'm in charge of writing lyrics. The topics are pretty diversified. Mostly it's the evil nature of human kind in general. I also write lyrics disgust towards monotheistic religious systems, as well as anything that limits your freedom of mind and body. Some lyrics concern sex, partying, drinking - the metal way of life. It's pretty much the same with lyrics for our forthcoming album. You can find there songs about standing up against religion like "Pestilent Plague" or "Reclaim the Crown". There are songs of some twisted deviations like imprisonment of a woman in a monastery by nuns in "Convent of Sin" or necrophilia in "NecroVenom". There's also our own metal hymn, which is the title track, "Metal to the Bone". I could say that my inspiration in general is the world around me. There has been so much evil going in over the centuries that who needs to sing about hell, demons and stuff? We are in hell and demons walk around us. You just need to observe carefully hahaha! 

7.Besides  "Metal  To The Bone" do  you  all  have  copies  of  the  previous  releases  or  demo's  still  available  for the  readers? Other then  music  does the  band  have  any  other  merchandise  available  for the readers  if yes  what  is  available  and  where  can the readers  buy  it?

Unfortunately, we don't have anymore copies of our debut full-length, nor any other releases. But if somebody wants to get "The Devil Lives in Grünberg" album, he or she should ask at Wydawnictwo Muzyczne Psycho. This is the label that released our debut and perhaps they still have some copies. Regarding other releases, I believe that they're all sold out. Although a friend of mine recently completed the entire Warfist discography by looking for our releases on eBay and places like this. So maybe you should also try your luck there. And as for other merch, new t-shirts will be ready to celebrate our second full-length's release, so ask for them at Godz Ov war Productions!

8.Does  Warfist  play  live  very  often  or do you  prefer to  work  in  the studio? What  has  been  some  of the   bands  most  memorable  shows  over  the  years?

Not as often as we would like to, but we have some gigs to our account. Actually, I can't imagine Warfist only becoming a studio project. We love to play live, because these are the circumstances in which our music can show its full power! There was some memorable shows over these years. I can mention our first show in Berlin with the mighty Piledriver, our gig at Metal Head's Mission in Crimea, Ukraine (at least at that time, if you know what I mean), the show in Orthodox Club in Mlada Boleslav in Czech Republic, the gig in Nürnberg with Hellish Crossfire and a few more. I only mentioned our abroad gigs, but the Polish ones were awesome too. Especially in Szczecin and Poznań. We really feel at home in these cities.

9.Are  their  any  shows  or  tours  coming  up  that the  readers  should  watch  out  for?  If  yes  where  are  some  places  and  countries  the  band  will  be  performing?

Actually yes! We have three shows booked for the forthcoming weeks. The first one is scheduled for October 25 in Wrocław with the mighty Dead Congregation. Later, we will play in Gdańsk with North and Taran on October 31. And finally, a gig in Poznań with the legendary Ares Kingdom and Pentacle on November 6. There are no precise plans for any tour yet, but hopefully we will come up with something next year. It would be awesome to play in Germany again and we'll do our best to achieve this goal!

10.Besides   working  in  Warfist   do   any  of the   members  currently  play   with  any  other  bands?

All of us had or have some other bands to play in. However, Wrath is currently only focusing on Warfist and doesn't play anywhere else. Pavulon plays drums in Spirit Crusher, which started as Death tribute band, but as far as I know they're starting to make their own songs now. As for me, I also play in Supreme Lord, death metal beast from Zielona Góra.

11.In  your   opinion   what   does  underground  metal   mean  to you  all?
The question is, can we even speak of something as underground metal now in the internet era? Currently most of the bands are present online, which makes them very easily accessible, so there's one underground element that we may call history. But I think that underground metal is not about remaining hidden from everybody, but about honesty and creative independence. This is what it should be all about. Being online doesn't make a band less underground in my opinion. It's just another promotional tool, like flyers was back in the days. It's signum temporis. Let's be honest - you don't start a band just to play for your friends and guinea pig. You want to be heard by as many people as possible. But the most important thing is to stay true to yourself and don't follow trends blindly. This is underground metal - honesty, creativity and independence. 

12.Warfist  comes  out  of  Poland's  blackend  thrash  metal  scene  what  is your  opinion  of   Poland's  metal  scene  over  the  years?

It has been growing strong over the years. It already was strong in the 80s with bands like Kat, Turbo, Dragon, Wold Spider etc. Then came more extreme wave with Imperatior, Vader, Pandemonium, Christ Agony, Magnus, Damnation and many others. Younger bands like Witchmaster, Embrional, Ragehammer, Infernal War, Stillborn, Deus Mortem or Azarath continue to keep the flame burning. There are many talented bands in Poland. I mentioned a few for you. Find the rest yourself. 

13.Who   are  your  all-time  favorite  Polish  bands?  And  are  their   any  new  bands you  feel  the   readers  should  watch  out  for ?

When it comes to my all-time Polish favorites I'd definitely say Witchmaster, Damnation, Christ Agony, Imperator and Kat. Sadly, two out of these bands exist no longer and Kat has split into two bands approximately a decade ago, and their music is very far from their best years. But their first three albums have been genuine classics ever since. As for new bands I definitely recommend Regehammer who really killed with their debut full-length "The Hammer Doctrine". You should also watch out for young thrashers from Gallower, who only have one demo so far, but if they keep on playing, they should be something really smashing. 

14.Besides  bands   are  their  any  good  labels  or  distro's  you  can  recommend  to  the  readers?
Godz Ov War, of course hahaha! But I would have recommended it even if it wasn't our label. Greg has a really good taste in underground music and I enjoyed his releases ever since he started cooperation with my radio show, Metalizacja. Another label worth of recommendation is Arachnophobia Records, which releases very diversified metal music. Some other names I could mention here are Old Temple, Under the Sign of Garazel, Bad To The Bone, Wydawnictwo Muzyczne Psycho, Malignant Voices.

15.When  not   working  on   new  music  or  band  business  what  do you  enjoy  doing  in  your  free time?

As I said in the previous question I also run a radio show called Metalizacja. I promote bands which are interesting in my opinion and also play a lot classic heavy/speed/thrash metal from the 80s. What else? Sex, drinks and metal!

16.Thank  you   for  taking  the  time  to  fill  this  interview   out  do  you  all  have  any  final  comments  for the  readers?

Thanks for this interview Patrick! It was cool talking to you. To all the readers - watch out for our second full-length and remain METAL TO THE BONE!!! See you out there!

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