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......::::SUCKING VOID (Germany)::::......
Date: 14th, October 2013

 

1. Greetings here. Let´s start with short intro story. Where did you dig out the name? How would you characterize the development of your band during this 2 years?

Greetings from our side, too! I don't really remember how the name came to my mind. It has no special connection to anything. It just sounds cool and provides some space for interpretations. For example, I think of a black hole consuming and crushing everything in its closer environment when I hear the name SUCKING VOID. One could also think of a big hole of nothingness inside an individuum that sucks out its life or just a massive vacuum.

Well, Sucking Void can be seen as a project and therefore, we haven't been too busy with working on it after our Demo. Nevertheless, we nearly finished six new songs so far which are going to be on our next EP/Demo. I think we opened up for more various influences and styles with the new songs. One reason therefore definitely is that Stixi was able to contribute full songs to this release and not just had to make my shit sound cool.

2. How would you describe SUCKING VOID as a whole? Is there anything that makes the group different compared to most new and upcoming bands?

Well, I would just say that we are a band creating Death Metal from fans for fans.

I think the first Demo contains four songs which can not be entirely described by mentioning just one sub-genre of Death Metal. There are Swedish parts as well as American ones and grinding passages mixed up with a lot of groove and a little doom. That's what makes us interesting, in my opinion. It's also important for us that the songs contain hooklines and parts that stick in your head as well as that the structures of the songs are varying and not fully accessible when listening to the song the first time. Nevertheless, we are not the most original band in the world. We just have the goal to compose good stuff of which we think that it makes people want to bang their heads. I think I have already described the direction in which we seem to go in the answer to the last question.

3. - Speaking of your debut demo “Scavenger”, could you tell us some aspects about the recording process and what kind of feedback have you got so far

For sure. That's why we're doing this hehe. We did the drums in a studio in South Germany (Studio Toninfusion) in which also FLESHCRAWL recorded their last album. Afterwards, we entered the "AXL studio" which is the home studio of one of our guitar players, Olli. There we recorded all the guitars, bass and the vocals within three days and Olli did an awesome job, like I think all of us did. Afterwards, we sent the material to Christoph Brandes. He mixed and mastered it in his "IGUANA Studios", a really recommendable studio with a great professional and friendly producer who is into extreme Metal. Bands like Necrophagist or Deadborn and many more already recorded there.

The feedback we got so far was surprisingly good!!! We did not put too much effort in promoting the demo. We often carry the Cds with us to shows and give them away for free. If we have luck we get a beer in exchange. I sent the demo to a few writers and a friend of us, Hauberson from Revel in Flesh and the Mystical Music magazine, helped us a lot by adding some demos to his mail, which brought us some attention. The reviews reached from good to very good but, honestly speaking, there are not too many. I think about 8. As a reaction some people from various countries asked for the Demo, which was really cool. We didn't expect to gain attention from the outside of Germany. Of course, everybody got the Demo and if you, the reader, are interested in one just feel free to drop us a message!

4. Do you have serious opportunities for live shows in Germany? What are the most memorable shows that you played?

I think we have good opportunities for underground shows here but (so far) we don't play live. We don't have a drummer and we're all busy with other stuff. Apart from Sucking Void, Olli, for example, plays in FLESHCRAWL and I play in BITTERNSS and ROTTEN POPE. Furthermore, Flo is working on the first album of the follow-up band of our old band CHAOSREIGN. Additionally, we all have obligations like working or studying and we do not live too close to each other anymore. Sucking Void is a free time project that is there for enjoyment without obligations. We take the time we need and do not put us under pressure.

5. Can you explain the method of songwriting employed by SUCKING VOID? Is the writing process generally collective or does one member often craft the song on his own?

Usually one member (so far Stixi and me) comes up with a full song. Then everyone is allowed and wanted to add or change something. This means: The basics come from one person but we all put something into the songs which makes the outcome collaborative. In the beginning the songwriting takes place by exchanging files via the internet and later on we meet to work out details.

6. What are some of your interests, occupations and hobbies outside of composing sick
music?

Apart from composing sick music Olli is into sports. He does some bodybuilding and combat sport. He also started playing the bagpipe and I think he's doing well, trying to judge by the videos I have seen. Stixi seems to try to travel a lot and he is into comics. Flo is into engineering and sometimes mixes bands live. The three of them seem to be well informed about "computer stuff". I am not :-). Apart from Metal I do some sports every now and then, but nothing seriously or constantly. I think all of us also just like to hang out in pubs :-).

7. You recorded your demo debut back in 2012, so I’m guessing you’ve come a bit since. How’s the writing process going, any plans so far for next recording session?

Yeah man! The next recording session is roughly scheduled for December 2013/ January 2014. At the moment it seems as if you could expect a new Sucking Void release in 2014. As I already mentioned we plan to record six songs which are nearly finished and there are going to be some surprises (or maybe disappointments for some hehe) .

8. How would you define death metal? In your opinion, how much did the death metal scene change compared to the late '80-s/early '90-s?

That's a tough question. Maybe somebody who is mainly into the Swedish stuff would define Death Metal as shredding guitars with the HM 2 sound and many Polka beats and so on. Personally I like many bands out of many sub-genres of Death Metal. Death Metal has to be brutal and it has to deliver energy. Concerning the vocals in my opinion "vomits" and "pig squeals" are Death Metal as well as "grunts" and "screams", although they are not that "traditional". But every kind of music develops. Nevertheless, in my opinion pure Death Metal means NO CLEAN VOCALS!!! Guitarwise I like very technical stuff as well as groovy and simple shit. Same for the drums. Concerning the pace it maybe should not be too slow, otherwise it would be "Doom Death Metal". But who cares. I don't really feel the necessity to define Death Metal. All these fine distinctions can help a lot when you want to describe the sound of a band to someone else (as I tried in question number 2). Then this person can judge if he or she wants to check out the band or if the sound is totally not his or her bottle of beer. But that's it. At the end of the day you have to listen to the music yourself to judge if it's good or not. Well, lyricwise I think Death Metal deals with horror, zombies, war and guts'n'gore. But if a band decides to write about other stuff, why not. It doesn't make the music worse if it's not "real" Death Metal and if the band spreads a message you don't like, just don't listen to them and don't support them. I guess it's as easy as that.

The other part of the question is tough, too. I am at the age of 25, which means that I was shitting in my pants during the late 80's. I think what might has changed is that today (at least in Germany) Death Metal seems to be more popular and there are many people who only listen to it superficially and do not identify themselves with it in any way. Why not. That's their right. Even if the "carnival" attitude of these people pisses me off on bigger festivals and on some shows of bigger bands that I am into ... to say it the "Hardcore" way... who am I to judge them? But I imagine that during the late 80's and early 90's the scene was more full of "Die Harders". Furthermore, I guess there was not such a flood of releases you could pick from and it was more easy to maintain an overview of the whole thing, which is absolutely impossible today.

9. What would you consider the hardest part about playing in an Underground band?

It depends on what you want. If it's enough for you to have rehearsals only every now and then, to play one show a year and to release something every decade, I think it's not that hard if you have people who want the same.

If you love to play live and you want to record stuff on a regular basis, I think the hardest part is to keep your motivation because you have to put much effort and time into a band and if things do not work out fine, even money. There are always obstacles you have to take. You have to find other people (unless you're a one man band) who share your passion and you have to arrange everything in a way that is fitting for everyone, which can sometimes be really time consuming and frustrating. Being in a band and trying to keep everything going, especially when the members live far away from each other, means that everybody must be willing to adapt his personal time schedule to the time schedule of the others to a certain degree. Everybody should be reliable and not only provide the others with "empty words" and the communication must work. If the communication within a band doesn't work everything gets incredibly hard. If one member out of four or five is demotivated or unorganized, which can happen very easily, it can challenge all the others. It does not need to be mentioned that everybody should have kind of the same rough idea of the music you want to create.

If most of the things mentioned above (not necessarily all) are cool you can easily keep your motivation and you are ready to KILL!!!! If not, you have to keep on trying or you stop. At least, that's my experience.

10 . What are your thoughts about the underground scene and the German scene in particular?

The German scene: I think we can't complain. We have many good bands and many good bands from foreign countries visit us and play here. Unfortunately, during the last years the number of festivals in Germany is increasing. Why should this be bad? My impression is: It seems as if this makes less people visiting regular tours and single shows. This is especially bad for smaller bands.

Concerning Death Metal in particular, bands playing it the old school or the "Swedish way" seem to gain much attention here at the moment. We have good ones of them. To mention a few newer ones: Wound, Revel in Flesh, Lifeless, Dehuman Reign... . In general there seems to be a retro trend here. Apart from that, I am under the impression that most of the "Die Harders" are willing to support each other rather than to compete with each other, which means: In general all good with the underground scene here.

Talking about the underground scene of Germany compared to other countries, I can't really give you a statement. I think we can be happy about the huge number of events we get offered here. The USA, compared to Germany, seems to rather like technical/brutal death bands like (to mention German ones having played in the US) Necrophagist, Defeated Sanity, Despondency. But that might be just my impression and not necessarily the truth. I have spent five months in New Zealand recently and for this country I am under the same impression like for the USA. Check out "Carnal" from there!!! Necessary to mention ULCERATE? Great band! This country only has a few bands and it was great to see how enthusiastically they supported them and how excited they were about shows of for example ROTTEN SOUND or DISGORGE. You hardly will find any German being that excited because we have so many opportunities to see many bands live, although most of the Metalheads here are really dedicated.

11. - 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.

Thank you very much for your interest and support!!! If you got interested in our music after reading this, check out the links below and feel free to contact us via facebook!!!

Cheers and Beers!

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