Fresh out of the fires from one of Metal's
finest factories, the creative musician's
metropolis that is Stockholm, hails Deathember;
a somewhat dodgy name should not serve as a
reason to dismiss what is actually a swirling
inferno of punch-packed, rancid and almost
serenely pure metal, cleansed from most prefixes.
Starting as nothing but a sallow seed, shuffed
aside with rough force to grow depraved
of sunlight in a wayward rehearsal space
underneath a towering chimney, founder Elias
Ryen-Rafstedt and guitarist Staffan Birkedal
started to spend larger and larger amounts of
their lives perching their band together with
the same set of mind that most great artists
pursue: the idea of the band playing just the
kind of metal they would like to hear, a kind
that not yet existed, but - concerning their
hometown's vast quantity of talented musicians -
was well within reach.
As the band abhored the name Deathember, and
finalized their first lineup in 2010 with
guitarist Rikard Bonander, Bassist Pontus
Wicklander and vocalist Tobias Sandin, the
answer as to what "Deathember" was and
how it sounded like started to feel within reach.
As they quickly gathered a notable reputation in
the town's underground metal scene, their
communal taste finally morphed together into the
sound resulting in the 2011 EP "A Thousand
Flatlines" - hooky and catchy mid-tempo
groove metal, occasionally slowing down into
menacing and gloomy when not speeding up into
hysterical mayhem, picking influences from
Strapping Young Lad, SikTh, Daath, Gojira,
Protest The Hero and Soilwork. With Tobias
departure in 2012, followed up by the newest
member Simon Tarasewicz, the band made no
hesitation but to dive into the studio, signing
to Violent Groove Music Group and ascending into
the new year 2013 with one, strong and
inevitable goal: show the world what GROOVE is.
The result is "Going Postal"; it takes
the heritage from "A Thousand Flatlines"
and updates it heavily, giving more space to
direct to-the point songwriting, attitudous
groove and foreboding atmosphere. With "Going
Postal", Deathember clearly defines their
sound. It's not lesser or more that what other
bands may bring to the table - but it's
different. Deathember continues to stroll down a
path of brutality few bands have trodded, and
with "Going Postal", they're stating
their sound, their message, to the world.
And the world shall listen.