THE DECEIT (Austria)::::......
1. Please start with
introducing your band to the sick readers. What are the most
memorable memories would you extract from your early days?
It was so difficult at the beginning?
Hey Gort, first of all thanks
for the interview and your interrest in AMONGST THE DECEIT.
Well as you know from our
Biography we put the Band together in 2008. Our Rhythm
Guitarist Johan played in an Black Metal Band called OBSCURE
ANACHRONISM and i played in DISCIPLINE-M. We are longtime
good Friends and every one of us wanted to do some more
brutal furious stuff than the Bands we are playing in so we
formed AMONGST THE DECEIT.
Ok one of the most memorable
moments were probably the building of our rehearsal room,
man that was a lot of shit work but in the end its the best
reherasal room ever hahaha. After this we started writing
material and look out for a drummer, this exposed as very
2. It seems like one of
the major problems was to find a proper member to take care
of the drums, how did you sorted this at the end?
Since we play very fast and
brutal shit it was difficult to find a proper drummer who
has the technical ability and stamina to play our songs,-
and weve went through a lot of them who thought they can
handle it (sorry guy´s-- you suck!!!!) . And after a long
search we´ve got Tom "Sic" Urbanek to fit in this
position and he´s doing an amazing job!!!
Hes an hell of a drummer, the only disadvantage is
that he lives about 300 km away from us and is also very
busy with his own band DEVASTATING ENEMY, so we only have
rehearsals if we play some Live Shows. Its not the best way
but it works.
3. One thing I have
noticed into your trajectory is that despite you have 3
years in existence, you never made a demo, instead you go
straight with a debut full lenght, Which was the reason for
that? And are you totally satisfied with the CD in terms of
We´ve wanted to release a
whole Album instead of making demo´s and all that other crap.
And start right away with an album that grind´s everything
in it´s way.
4. Artworks… how
important is this to you? Do you buy a record just because
the artwork is great? Could you tell us something about the
artist Par olofsson who realized the cover artwork of your
debut album? How did you decided to work together?
Artwork is very important to
us,- in fact the Artwork is also a reason to buy an Album
when looking around in Recordstores trying to find new
Pär Olofsson is an awesome
Artist, I love his style and his previous works for bands
such as THE FACELESS, IMMOLATION, SEVERED SAVIOUR,
BRAINDRILL and many more. I also have some Tattoos of his
works on my Body haha. So i get in contact with him and make
the deal complete. He is also really fast, from the
beginning concept to the finished cover we worked about 2-3
weeks thats cool. So chekk out some of his stuff.
5. On this album you had a
guest musicians like Sigurd (ex BELPHEGOR). How did you get
them to participate and why did you do it? Do you think it´s
a good “selling” point?
As you proubably know
Belphegor are from the same region as we are, and they are
long time friend´s of us. Between 2003 and 2005 I was also
the tour merchandiser for Belphegor. Sigurd is an awesome
guitar player too an during the recording session´s we
decided to ask him for a guest solo on Inferior Lives and
Death walk´s the Earth,- and he did a fucking awesome job!!
We don´t care really about the selling point, just because
some famous musican is involved in the album with two solo´s
doesn´t mean the whole album is great. But our´s is!!!
6. The music on your debut
album is what you consider extreme Metal. I can’t disagree
with such a description, because I think it´s really
extreme. What is it that makes you deliver such insanely
All of us in the Band are
longtime Metalheads and were listening since the early 90´s
to X-treme Musick and love Band´s such as Deicide, Gorgasm,
Malevolent Creation, Morbid Angel, Akercocke, Belphegor,
Immolation, Incantation, Drawn and Quartered, Origin,
Obscura, and dozen´s of more to list. And so it naturally
turned out for us to make the musick we like to listen and
go nut´s to.
7. Can you explain the
method of songwriting employed by AMONGST THE DECEIT? Is the
writing process generally collective or does one member
often craft the song on his own?
Well as you know we never had
a drummer to work songs out together with. On Tribulations
Of Man I did 5 Songs and Johan 2. Everyone of us has a
different style to work so we write the material on our own.
You know write some riffs, put a drumcomputer over it
experiment with it and arrange them and then put the vocals
over it. It´s great to have an session drummer who doesn´t
have limits in playing drums so you can show all of your
8. How important do you
see the lyrics for your music and as a fan when listening to
other bands? What do you think about those Death Metal bands
which don't really care that much about the lyrics?
Lyrics are very Important to
me and i´m always reading the lyrics when i´m listening to
a new album,- it´s kind a way to figure out what the Band
is trying to deliver with their Art.
And if you write a song and
you consider to write lyrics just to have them, most of the
time the Band is not that good either.
9. Now please tell us a
bit about your live performances, Any nice or best story
from the concerts you would like to share with the readers?
Yeahh man that was a great
experience for all of us. We just deflowered AMONGST THE
DECEIT Live on 4 an 5 November 2001. Especially our CD
Release Show in Hallein (our hometown) was amazing. We had
about 200 maniakks who banged with us through the whole set.
We had great recognition and sold a lot of merchandise too.
THANKS GUYS YOU RULE!!
We also filmed and recorded
the gig so be prepared for some awesome live stuff in the
nearest future, I will let you know. The day after we get up
with an hangover hahaha and drived to the next show in Graz
Austria. It was also a cool gig but not as good as the
We love it to shred our songs
live into the crowd, so i hope we get some cool offers for
shows in the future.
Maybe in your country too?
10. Are you in search for
a record-deal actually? How does it work out? Have you
received any offer after the “Tribulations Of Man” came
Yes we are searching for a
record label but in times of downloading and filesharing it
is very hard for an unknown Band to get a deal. We´ve
shipped about 50 Promo Packages to all relevant Metal
Labels. Then We´ve got an offer from Sevared Record´s but
somehow it didn´t worked out right, cause after some
e-mails the contact got lost, so we decided to release the
Album by ourselves, and after we´ve got the Album
selfproduced he contacted us again
and then we´ve traded some Album´s with him. That
was not the luckiest part but i think a good base to build
on for the future.
11. What would you
consider the hardest part about playing in an Underground
band? Would you prefer to be a great band in the underground
scene or just one average band in the mainstream scene?
The hardest part is to get
the recognition, a record deal, proper shows and the media
promotion. And you have to pay for everything by
yourself. But we still prefer to be an great underground
band instead of beeing an average mainstream band that will
disappear in a few years.
12. Are you satisfied with
the current Austrian metal scene? Could there be any
improvements to the 'scene'? ? Are you getting the gigs and
exposure you want?
There re a lot of wimps in
the scene in Austria,- We
organized a lot of concerts in our hometown, let´s
say you organize a Concert you will have a hard time just to
get the fixed cost´s for the show just because they are to
lazy to come to the show. And on the other hand they are
complaining about the fact that there are not enough
underground shows. If there is soon not a change happening
good underground show´s will disappear.
13. The death metal
underground is constantly changing. How do you think the
underground will be in the..hm..lets see, five years to
Death Metal will always be
around just look back when they said Death Metal is dead and
it came back in a fury!!! And more brutal than ever!!
Death Metal will never be a
Mainstream genre and it might go back to it´s roots where
all that Evil started.
14. OK, please define
death metal with your own words, and if death metal was a
beer, which one would it be?
Death Metal is the best music
ever. No other genre has such dynamics in it. It allows you
to act from beautiful to the most brutal aspects in music.
And if Death Metal was a beer
it surely would be STIEGL GOLDBRÄU hahaha
best beer in the world haha!!!! We devastated
countless litres of it!
15. Well...Steve, It was a
honour to interview you. I hope you enjoy the interview. Our
readers are waiting for your last comments.
Again thanks for your
interest in AMONGST THE DECEIT. Chekk out our live gig
section we come to your town and blast you away haha!!! and
chekk out TRIBULATIONS OF MAN you will love it!