Saturday, September 7, 2013

Satanic Dystopia Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Satanic Dystopia is a black thrash band from the north of England comprised of four people joined by a mutual love of nasty music, solid state amps and aural violence. We exist in fleeting moments outside of our real lives in service of the riff.

2.Recently, you have put out a cassette, how would you describe the musical sound that is present on the recording?

The album represents the overall sound of Satanic Dystopia. A combination of black metal, thrash and punk played with little consideration for trends and personal safety. Its a short and nasty introduction to what people can expect from us.

3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the new release?

The lyrics are all down to our vocalist. You need to be harsh and violent when it comes to this music and his lyrics most certainly deliver on that front. 

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the bands name and also do you have an interest in Satanism and Occultism?

The name stems from a blink-and-you'll-miss it shot in a well known exploitation film of recent times. It was suggested and seemed suitably fitting considering everything. We have as much of an interest in Satanism and Occultism as we do the works of Mario Bava, Fabio Testi and Umberto Lenzi. As clich├ęd as it is, this sort of imagery goes hand in hand with this sort of music.

5. Has the band been able to play any live shows or is this strictly a studio project/

So far we have played one show but there are plans for more in the future. We can't and won't gig constantly so the idea is to make each live ritual worth while.

6.Recently, NoVisibleScars  put out your music on cassette, do you prefer this format over compact discs and mp3's?

Cassette is a nice throwback to a period we all grew up with and we are very thankful to Bill at NVS for giving us the chance to release the album through his awesome label. The rise of the cassette label over the the last few years is a good indication that underground music is surviving and that there is always going to be an audience that want physical products. Downloading may have killed of the CD market but I notice more people are actively seeking out vinyl and tape releases these days. How many of those will weather it and become firm fans of the format or jump onto the next fad, I don't know. The bubble will burst, everything moves in cycles, nothing lasts forever.

7. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of extreme metal/

So far what feedback we have had has been good. The Fenriz thing was pretty interesting and its always fun to get a nod from those above. We don't make music for any other reason than to please ourselves but if people get it and enjoy it then fair play. Everyone is allowed an opinion.

8.Are there any other musical projects besides this band or is this a full time line up?

We all have other concerns outside of the band, musical and otherwise. We have all been playing in bands for quite some time now. The band is by no means a full time concern. None of us are in a position to do this full time but then I don't think any of us would want to. Satanic Dystopia serves the purpose of giving us an outlet for the drudgery of normal life.

9.What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?

There is no concious idea of where the music will go. Writing music is a very organic process and I don't think you can force creativity. Its early days yet but our newer material is moving into faster and darker areas. Double Denim Shotgun Massacre will be getting a future vinyl release at some point and then you we will have to wait and see what happens after that.

10.What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what  are you listening to nowadays?

I think its pretty easy to work out who we pay tribute to from just listening to the record. Greats like Celtic Frost, Midnight, Aura Noir and Motorhead all play a pretty important part in our sound. We also draw a lot of influence from Italian cinema and exploitation films ( if you couldn't already tell) As far as current listening goes, I think you would have the most disjointed list if you looked up our collective day to day playlists. 

11.Outside of music what are some of your interests?

Lust, filth and sleaze.

12.Any final words or thoughts before   we wrap up this interview?

Kneel before the black thrash attack.

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