30th, September 2013
by Nick Karamitanis
for Death Metal, technical, fast, brutal and fucking
guttural!!!! They have an awesome EP recorded in 2012 with
an killer artwork and 6 great songs inside! Highly
recommended in you want your ears to bleed!
The band was established on 2011. Tell us a bit about the
early days of HEADLESS and any difficulties you found in
establishing yourselves in the Australian scene.
was, we formed around May 2011 with band members Luke
Helgesen on guitar, and Nick Karamitanis on Drums. We used to jam on Friday/Saturday nights jamming out to early
styles of Death Metal/Grindcore until we started writing our
own material. Our first song would be Hacksaw abortion,
which is on the Cremate the Living EP.
After we started writing more material, we were
looking for band members to play in the band, not to mention
think of a band name. We spent days thinking of band names
till we thought, we need something easy to remember, yet
brutal in a way. So we came up with HEADLESS after hours of
drinking and deciding ha-ha! But eventually we started
looking for band members. Nick Woods would be the first
person to try out for HEADLESS. He was good mates with us,
and was looking for a heavier band. So he was willing to try
out for HEADLESS.
So time had past, Nick Woods was in the band. All we needed
was a vocalist! Which would be hard to come by, as no one
was interested in doing vocals for a Death Metal band? After
numbers of auditions and months which had past. We
eventually found this crazy fucker named Alister Roy. We
finally found someone who suited the sound, and was accepted
By this time, we were tight and willing to play shows. But
we thought we were missing something, which was a rhythm
guitarist. So we put up auditions for the band, and after a
few weeks of auditioning we found a guy named Matt Kazi.
Great guitarist and a good dude!
So after a good 10-12 months we finally had a full line up!
All we needed to do was keep writing material and get the
band extremely tight!
I am curious to know more things about your debut EP. Tell
us something about the main idea of the 6 tracks. Where did
you record? Did you have any problems in studio and all
sorts of interesting details for our readers?
the thing is. By the time we had a full band line up. We
already had 6 tracks which would be ready to perform or to
record! So there was no point in not recording all these
tracks? So it would have been around mid way in the year
before we started recording our material. Funny thing was,
we didn’t record our material in the studio. We could not
afford to pay for a studio or anything to crazy! But luckily
enough our bassist had a room which was sound proof and set
up to record. So we recorded Guitar/Bass and Vocals in this
room! The drums would be also recorded at a home based
studio which had the works! The sound was perfect.
All tracks were completed with all instruments and vocals in
one or two months. Was more of a project at the time! But we
had a great time recording it. No
The cover artwork from your EP is
very impressive. Could you tell us a bit about the person
who made it? And what is the concept behind it?
concept behind cremate the living's artwork was basically
goes with the track. About a sick fuck which burned people and started eating them.
Mothlord, the artist, added his own touch and paid a little
homage to our name by making the main corpse Headless, which
we were pretty psyched over!
think the most interesting songs on the ‘EP’ are would
be Radiation Malformation or Determined to Die Determined to
Die, more so than Radiation Malformation, because it's
loosely based on a true story.
Last year a man in Tasmania tried to kill himself in
the shed behind his house.
Over three times he tried killing himself with a sawn-off
shotgun, he ended up having to use his feet to pull the
trigger because his torso was so messed up, pretty fucking
Let’s talk about the live aspect of the band. Do
you have serious opportunities to play in your area?
say that the whole band puts in as much effort as possible.
From playing extremely tight, to giving the viewers a show/set
The band itself has had a few big opportunities to play. We
have headlined lots of shows and opened up for some big
bands such as “Belligerent Intent”
But for the meantime we are just playing local shows,
getting known in the Melbourne scene! But we are hoping to
start touring Australia really soon. Would be a dream to
play shows outside of Australia, play lots of shows in
Europe or America, but I guess we have to keep that to a
future reference for now.
What are some of your interests, occupations and hobbies
outside of composing sick
the guitarist “Luke” would be highly interested in cars.
As he works on them for a job and a hobby.
The drummer “Nick” is also highly interested into
Motorcycles and Cars and Planes, as he is a mechanic. Not to
mention he loves skateboarding! Our vocalist “Alister”
has many interests, but is still completing high school. So
he is always is always busy and packed down with homework.
You recorded your first and unique release, “Cremate the
Living”, almost one year back, so I’m guessing you’ve
come a bit since. How’s the writing process going, any
plans so far for next recording session?
can I say, time has flown past! But the band has improved so
much! On stage and off stage, our way of writing music is so
much more relaxed and laid back. We have a lot of new
material which we have worked on in the last year. I would
say that the new material is a lot crazier then our older
material. A lot faster! Heavier! Basically you want to bang
your fucking head!
we might as well tell you a little secret. The band has
recorded a new track which we only play live. We have just
finished recording this track as we are releasing this as a
single. And will surely be out really soon! So keep an eye
out for this beast of a song! But we will love to return to
the recording studio and release a whole album. But we can
keep that for the future!
What are your thoughts about the underground scene
and the Australian scene in particular?
most underground scenes, it seems the Australian scene in
particular, it is pretty loyal, but that loyalty only
extends to the more well known bands in the underground
scene. If you're just starting out, like in anything, you're
going to have a hard time finding your feet, but if you
stick your foot in the right door, you’ll be on top of the
scene before you know it.
Well, that would be all for the moment...thanks very much
for your time. If you have anything to add in the end to
conclude this interview.
problem! Thanks for having us, and we hope to work with The
Pain Fucktory in the near future! And to fans and people
which have just heard of us! Keep an eye out for our new
material! Heavy as fuck! Thanks!