25th, March 2013
by all members )
DEFACED is one of my favorite bands from
all the times, since the time I discovered to them, I did
know I had one of the true Death Metal revelations in front
of me. So this is the reason I want to share with you this
1. Since your inception
in 2006, you took several years to come with a debut full
what was the main reasons for that and which difficulties
you found in establishing yourselves in the Swiss scene?
In the beginning, we played
what we like, without focusing on a specific style. With
time passing by, we decided to concentrate our music on
After this decision and some changes in the band set up, we
were able to write songs to use for a record. It took us
some time to establish our own studio and produce the record
all by ourselves.
From the moment we found our band, 'till the release of our
record, we were able to play many gigs in Switzerland and
put the name DEFACED in the people's minds.
But to be honest, it wasn't that easy to get a chance
playing at concerts.
2. Let´s unveil the
past of DEFACED, how did the bandmembers come together? I
would particularly wish to hear your early moments as
It all started with Markus
(drums) and Romano (guitar) playing together and searching
for other members for the band. Then, through a friend of
ours, we met Simon (bass) and he was interested in
supporting us on the bass.
After a while we discovered that our ideas of the songs we
were making couldn't be played without a second guitarist.
So we met Marcel (guitar, obviously). With him, we shared
many of our earliest concerts and begin to grow as a band.
3. Speaking of your
debut album, tell us something more about it, where it was
recorded, mixed and mastered? Did the final product surpass
Well, as we said before, we
recorded everything in our own studio (HardBeat), which is
also our band room. Simon and Romano build the studio and
bought all the equipment, etc. and they led the whole
recordings and production.
The hardest part of the production was to find a sound we
all like. Everybody had different issues about the sounds of
each instrument, etc...
Simon and Romano tried to combine this ideas in the record.
At the same time we recorded our album, we also recorded an
album for our close friends from the band OMNICIDE.
So you can say we put ourselves into a shitload of work, but
after this whole lotta work, we are glad to have it done and
are more than happy about the result.
4. According to your CD
cover illustration and song titles, I noticed that there´s
a lot of war/ violence/ concept present in your music. Could
you tell us more profoundly about this?
The subject of "War"
isn't new, especially in the Death Metal genre. But
nonetheless, it is a theme that need to be handled from time
to time; as so, it cycles around in history for years over
But with our songs and lyrics, we wanted also to describe
the character of the persons which are leading these war's
or suffering from them, that also can be just an inner war
fought by yourself with your daily struggles.
5. What are your
thoughts on the human society and the way we treat Mother
Well, mother earth will
definetly stay longer than us. So, some people just need to
relax about this.
The planet isn't going anywhere; we are...
6. What do you think
about those Death Metal bands which don't really care that
much about the lyrics at all? How important do you see the
lyrics for your music and as a fan when listening to other
In our opinion the lyrics
in the Death Metal genre isn't the most important part.
Nevertheless we try to put our lyrics into a whole story
within the album. That means the cover artwork, the booklet
and the lyrics describing a subject.
7. In my opinion the
most profound songs on the album are "Pleassure to Kill"
and “Insane Memories” which subsequently made the hair
on my arms and neck stand on end.
Is there a particular favorite song of yours that has the
most personal meaning to you ?
It isn't a whole song, but
part's of them. For Example: At a concert, the headbanging
crowd that builds to the first minute of our slow-mo-neckbreaker
"Gore House" is just phantastic! It's always great
to see people go freakin nuts to our songs.
8. Which elements
conserve your music from your very first demos until the
most recent full-length album? What was the musical
progression? Are you still pleased with your old demos?
It is the element of
simplicity, which we try to improve through alternating
instruments and vocals.
To keep a song simple yet catchy is one of the hardest
things you can do, if you write songs.
In our older demos and records the sound was way more
monotonous, maybe you can say a bit rough.
At the time we released our first demo we were more than
happy about the result but looking back to this piece, all
we can say is never again. Still, it is a part of our band
history and we learned from that point on.
9. While playing
undisputable death metal, you have an extremely original
sound. How do you stay true while implementing so many fresh
dynamics into your music?
We gather our influences
from all around. It isn't our thing to concentrate on one
musical genre and avoid listening to others. We're concious
that you can acquire ideas from every style.
A second point is, that our songs developed over the years
and in this time we've had many different bands we've
listened to and letting ourselves influencing by their
sounds. We play what we like and try to evolve from song to
10. What do you think is
the state of Swiss Death Metal at the moment? Is there still
some original young bands?
Just to name a few, which
are in our opinion the most asskicking: Disparaged, Carnal
Decay, Nihilo, Omnicide, Amagortis, Omophagia, Cremation,
Requiem and many more. They're well known in the swiss Death
Metal scene and what's missing are the young bands. I can't
tell when the last time was we've seen a remarkable new band
I’ve noticed your pretty solid technical skills. Are you a
self-learner, or do you have some musical education? Do you
think that musical education is important, when creating, or
playing music? Or both?
Most of us have some kind
of musical education. Sure it is better to have help and
learning from a professional, but the most important thing
is the idea behind what you're trying to do. So if you're
stuck with something in your mind, you try and try and then
finally you've made it the way you wanted, that's the
greatest thing. And exactly in this way, we try to improve
ourselves from song to song. So summarized: Get started with
the help of a professional, the rest is learning by doing.
13. What are you most
proud of achieving as a band, What makes a band special?
What is that vital ingredient that separates a good band
from a great one?
Playing together and having
fun! Seriously, it sounds better if a band plays fucking
awesome and has a lot of fun on stage than some bored guys
with a shitty attitude trying to impress you with their
lazyness. It is this kind of enthusiasm which seperates the
greate ones from the rest.
14. Let´s talk about
your live performances, Do you have serious opportunities
for live shows in Berne?
How many times per month can you play live?
We try to take every chance
for playing but it isn't easy to find these opportunities.
On average, we play maybe a concert every two months.
15. Let’s meet band on
stage. Describe us a DEFACED show, do you keep any special
features for the fans to enjoy on stage (extra covers on
classic songs, some sage show, or whatever)?
Our shows are build up like
we write our songs: Simple yet catchy. We do have some
special features, but they are rare. To get an idea of a
Defaced show, imagine a Cannibal Corpse show: They all stand
in a line on the stage, one leg on the monitor box and let
their brutal sound and the impressive headbanging do the job.
Our goal on stage is
similar, but not equal. We always try to build a show that
matches the songs and not vice versa. Therefore we use the
special features to underline a special part of a song.
And regarding cover songs:
We do have some covers, but we only play them on really
special shows like CD release shows etc.
16. You all have your
regular works and families. How difficult is for you to
combine the daily tasks with Winterstrain duties?
Normally its not that
difficult, because we have fixed dates to practise and fixed
dates for our live shows. If there is an exception, we
normally know it weeks before and everyone has enough time
do arrange everything besides the band. But there are still
problems we struggle with. One of the major problems is the
three weeks per year absence of bandmembers for the swiss
These absences are individual for every bandmember through
out the year. That means about four months were one of us is
not available. Especially live shows are always an
organizational pain in the ass during such an absence..
17. Before we come to
the end, I would like to ask you if you have in plans to
TOUR outside of Switzerland,maybe to visit SouthAmerica in
the near future?
Hell Yeah! We would like to
play some gigs outside of Switzerland. We're ready to
conquer new ground and deliver our sound to a whole new
18. No more questions my
friend. Just thanks for your time and good luck for your
future plans. Closing is yours…
Thanks for these good
questions! We can't wait to see the interview in it's final
And thanks to you who read the whole interview and hopefully
we see you at a DEFACED show in the near future!