at: 17th, January 2016
1. Since your inception in 2007, you has
undergone significant line-up changes and another impasses.
Tell us a bit about the early days of Sinmate and any
difficulties you found in establishing your band.
first idea of putting together a band takes us to the year
2007 when Teemu, Janne and Aatu had talked about it. Soon
these guys were already playing together covers from
Metallica, In Flames, Megadeth, Pantera and so on. Quite
soon they found also Markus to join the band. Finding a
singer was a bit more difficult job in a small town like
Iisalmi so 2008 was nearly finished when Janne contacted
Jani for an audition. The line-up was ready and everything
was looking good. Until the beginning of 2009 when we lost
our training place when water flowed there from a broken
pipe nearly destroying our gear. And finding a new
place to play was not an easy job too but luckily we had it
before the end of the year. At that point we were finally able
to really start the band. Mainly we still played cover songs
but also own songs started to see a light. And it was the
way we wanted to go.
What is the main conclusion you have learned during these
years about life and music being two inseparable things?
Hard to say. Those are two things that are really
inseparable. It would be very difficult to live without
music and the life itself is a essential fuel for the music.
For example when Aatu had to leave Sinmate and the future of
the band seemed unclear it also affected strongly our
lives outside Sinmate. And
of course our feelings were opposite to that when we found
Ville to join Sinmate.
3. You have a newly released 3-song demo. Could you tell me something about
the process of making these intense songs? How
challenging were these songs to play compared to those on
To be honest we can’t actually see it as a process
because those songs themselves were made during quite a long
time. We just decided to pick those for the demo because
they fit together so well. Perhaps the most important thing
in making these songs was that we have grown as a band to
this point so they just were born. Practically our way in
making songs is that Janne or Ville compose at least the
riffs, maybe a whole song, and then we start to play those
together. Lyrics come last depending on the writers mood.
these three songs was pretty easy although they are more
technical when comparing to earlier stuff. That’s
obviously because we had played them together a good
while and even live a few times.
4. Let´s talk about the suggestive title
"Atrocities MMXV", who
came up with it and why? Does it have some special meaning?
Title is a result of a long chat together. We had recorded
almost all the music and the cover art was nearly finished
when we had to decide the title for good. Before that
we had not put too much effort on the title and had just
called it ”Demo 2015”. Since it would have looked a
little lame we started to throw all kind of ideas and
finally Janne took ”Atrocities” from the song ”Beauty
of Atrocity”. Of course, that’s it. It just describes
the whole demo very well. There is no other meaning for it.
You have been masterfully described the whole
composing/recording process this way: "These
times were full of observing the variety of madness, but we
also were fascinated by the colorful forms of violence while
strengthening the deep pagan consciousness". How did
you transferred all these collection of emotions into the
There are no words to describe it well enough. It’s
just the flow you have to surrender to. Everything depends
on the world around, all the good and bad things we see
every day and how we process it. That process comes back as
riffs, single tones and words. It’s all true and still
everything is fictitious. Eventually every listener will
interpret our songs in his/her own way so you must not over-process
your feelings when making music.
How long time it took to record it and in what manner you
wrote ideas for this material? What kind of composing is
more congenial and inspirative for you?
If we count only somehow active time, it took maybe about
a week. But for practical reasons that time was sliced into
smaller pieces starting in August with drums and guitars.
Last recordings were done in the end of November. So the
whole job took about four months till the end of
mixing. Maybe our answer to Q3 answers also the
rest of this.
7. This is a question that I often ask simply because
I’ve never ever been in that position. What is it like to
release an album? What kind of emotions runs through you?
It feels good, of course. Before releasing a thing it
feels a bit like just messing around but when you have a
ready album in your hand you know that you’ve actually
done something. It makes even a metalhead Finn smile
briefly. But on the other hand there’s a big thing dimming
the joy. When working underground there are no distribution
channels ready for the album so it takes a lot of work to
let people know about album. Hopefully some record label
finds us some day and we can just watch how our albums are
distributed while we just focus on the playing.
8. To become a musician in Finland where
almost everybody plays some musical instrument and has three
bands at least – it’s a challenge, or is it something
you Finns are predisposed to at birth?
It’s a challenge obviously. Actually looking it here
inside there are not so many people who actually play some
instrument so finding other people around to start a band or
just to play together is not necessarily easy. And if you
want to be a musician that’s crucial if you’re not
aiming for troubadour. And then there’s also how you
define a musician. For example we have our jobs and studies
outside the music so we think music is just our hobby, but
very serious one.
9. You play thrash in a classic way. How much thought has
gone into finding the right kind of sound and how much has
been pure gut feeling?
Almost 100% pure gut feeling. We all have our own
influences and backgrounds and Sinmate is just the sum of
us. Actually we have never talked a word how we should
sound in a big picture. There has never been a need for
for Mankind” is some kind of example of that as it
contains our first song ever and the latest one during that
time. If those songs were put on a timeline it would show
quite clearly the development we’ve gone through and how
we’ve ended up here with ”Atrocities MMXV”.
It’s so much more solid entity both musically and
10. What era of the thrash metal age do you feel has been
Because Slayer, Metallica, Anthrax and Testament. No other
What’s your opinion about underground these days? In which
aspects the scene got better and in which aspects did it get
At least in Finland underground means basically that you
really have to struggle to get some gigs. It feels that
there’s the biggest difference to earlier in the bad way.
Most places seem to take bands only from the lists of
agencies and so the bands which try to make it independently
are just left out. When talking about underground bands the
improvement is obvious in most cases. It’s more and more
difficult to say if the band’s in underground or not when
listening to it’s recordings for the first time. On the
other hand there also pure shit because nowadays it’s so
easy put everything online.
12. What are your short-term goals and plans for Sinmate
in terms of hopeful exposure and touring?
We’ve talked a while about making a video for some of
the songs on ”Atrocities” but we shall see. Of
course we will send ”Atrocities” to some record
labels, agencies and magazines and try to reach some
visibility and gigs that way. And in the same time we’ll
be making new songs now when we are already on the run.
13. Well, my friends, that´s all for now, thanks a lot for your
co-operation. I hope you enjoy this interview.. Some words
you like to add?
you and everyone reading this! We Finns are often described
as people of few words and we think there are exceptionally large
amount of words above so this could be enough for now ;)
behalf of Sinmate