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......::::FUNERAL WHORE (Netherlands)::::......
Realized at: 16th, March 2017
Author: Daniel Müller

"I have always been a big fan of Dutch death metal since the early 90´s when I discovered the veterans of the scene, like Asphyx, Sinister, Pestilence, Gorefest etc. One of the few “new” bands of the scene, besides Entrapment, are FUNERAL WHORE. I got a free copy of the tape version of the new album “Phantasm” in exchange to an in-depth interview with this great horde. And here it is:"

Hi Roy! Please let´s start at the very beginning: How did it all start with FUNERAL WHORE back in 2006?

Hey Daniel! Okay, here we go, dude! Kellie and me started FUNERAL WHORE with the one and only goal: making old school death metal. And look at us now, 10 years later. We're still chasing and catchin' constantly our passion.

Which bands are your main influences?

No band has any influence on us, only albums such as “Left Hand Path”, “Into the Grave”, “Mercenary” etc. We are and have never been "fan" of any band. Most bands delivered excellent work with their first or first 2 albums and than turn into a complete pile of shit, leaving behind 10 more albums of that type of crap. That's very disappointing, but that’s the way it is. Facts don’t lie! Exceptions are there, of course, like Dismember or Bolt-Thrower, but most bands are written of for me since I checked them out.  

What are your lyrics about? Is it only about fulfilling the typical death metal clichés or is there a certain message to spread?  

The lyrics theme depends on the subject of the album. We try to make a reasonable balance on a certain piece of work. Personal opinions or messages are there, but like I said, it depends on the subject of the song which you work on. “Phantasm” covers only movie-linked lyrics. Our latest split with Bloodfiend was from our part dedicated to serial killers, so lyrics are based on these true events.  

Your new album is called “Phantasm”. The cover shows that´s it´s inspired by the movie. Which other movies or horror authors/books are good inspirations for lyrics in your opinion?  

Personally, I'm pretty moved by the first 4 parts of “Friday, The 13th”! I was very young when I saw those movies. Maybe we are going to use it as a theme, who knows. It has loads of victims, buckets of blood and it will be perfect for drawing coverartwork.  

I like the cover of “Phantasm” a lot! Who painted it? And how did you get in contact with the artist?  

Thank you a lot for that, although some people would definitely do not agree with you for sure. All drawings were made by myself. Drawn by wooden pencile and coloured by the computer. It took a lot of time to get that whole piece together, and not only the frontcover, but the whole artwork itself.  

“Phantasm” was also released as a tape version with a download code. What do you personally think about downloads? Isn´t it much cooler for a musician when you have a physical CD, LP or tape in your hands instead of lifeless MP3 data on your computer?  

I have no problem with downloading because I'm doing it myself. People who are really into the underground collection will buy it anyway. If there's a very cool strong release about a band or project, I will buy it also. Most of the time I download a whole album from some unknown or new band and check it out. You'll find out soon enough if it’s worth buying.    

You released two split-7” EP´s with Profanal from Italy and Obscure Infinity from Germany. How did that happen? And is it important to you that you like the music of the other featured bands? Or don´t you really care about it?  

Oh yes, it's important as hell! We do not go for a split with some black metal band or technical deathcore band. That ain't gonna happen! We make old school death metal only for those who like that typical style and it would be a shame to disappoint them with a band on our split who most likely do not please their ears. And it’s also bad for that band because their music also falls in wrong hands, it's that simple. We knew the Italians and Germans since the beginning and we did some very cool gigs and adventures together so those splits are a firm symbole of brotherhood, a very important element in the underground scene.  

It´s obvious that you released most of your stuff on German labels, like FDA Rekotz, Godeater Records and The Crawling Chaos Records. How did you get in contact with them?  

It is part of important band business for which you have to go for because it needs time to build up this network of contacts and it can only be achieved by fanatical persistence and will for the passion you work on. It sounds simple, but it's more difficult than you think. Without a solid network in the underground, you can forget your plans.  

Do you also play live? And if so: When and where can we see you on stage soon?  

Yes, we mostly play outside of our own country. End of this month we'll play in Italy, respectively in Turin and Milan and we are looking forward for these shows. 2 years ago we played also in that area and it went very well, so: Here we are comin' again!  

Let´s please also talk about the Dutch death metal scene, okay? Because I´m a big fan of bands like Asphyx, Soulburn, Grand Supreme Blood Court, Throne, Pestilence, Thanatos, Sinister, Sempiternal Deathreign, Delirium, Beyond Belief, Eternal Solstice, Pentacle, AntropomorphiA, Acrostichon, old The Gathering, Etherial Winds, Orphanage, old Celestial Season, Altar, Gorefest etc. Are you in contact with some of those bands? And is there a true scene that supports each other? Or is it more about rivalry and jealousy?  

I'm sorry, my friend, but I'm not in contact with any of the mentioned bands above and I hardly know any members of those bands. I'm more intrested in the underground bands. Sadly, there's no Dutch underground death metal scene here, so there's not much to talk about that, sorry.  

Please let me know about your future plans with FUNERAL WHORE!  

New, fresh, strong personalities have to take their place in the position for bass and drums. We do our shows at the moment with stand-in musicians, but we hope that we we'll get the band back in it's frontline again, so we can work on a new album full with full strength!  

Okay, Roy! The last words are yours!  

Alright, Daniel! The true underground scene remains small and hard to find, but that is exacly the way it should be. OLD SCHOOL DEATH METAL NOT FOR TRENDY EARS.  

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Author: Daniel Müller
 

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