Seven Gates of Hell with DEVILSPIT

22. října 2015 v 20:10 | RaznAgul |  seven gates of hell interviews
The aim of the open series of the blogzine´s Seven Gates of Hell interviews is to introduce the bands and their music that struck my metalhead´s heart and soul recently. In seven questions, the gates are open for those who make their music of true metal spirit, pure dedication and of what I understand as underground approach and aesthetics.
Today, the gates open for the French punkish black metal gem DEVILSPIT. The band originated in the year of 2013 and has left the world blessed with two demo recordings so far. I feel really honoured to have had the chance to talk to the band´s mastermind F. the Korpserizer. DEVILSPIT´s cracking music as well as the words put here are something you do not want to miss, if you consider yourself real and metal.

Don't drink and drive fast the demons into your head - this rule does not apply always. At least not for those who believe that booze helps open the gates of divine perception of the damn reality. That reality which resists any attempts of subduing unless you yourself stand in resistance to its systems. Strapping them naked, 'till you reach the very gist of its wild nature. There, you can find the darkness of its own. This may be the loose interpretation of what one can expect from DEVILSPIT's alcoholic rural black punk metal spinning thirty minutes of the demo tape recording "Grim, Hateful and Drunk". The smashing piece of music I grabbed from Caligari Records the very moment I noticed from a promo teaser wbat kind of hell it might be all about. F. the Korpserizer, the sole perpetrator of the madness, might shed some more light on his tipsy, punkish, blackened inclinations.

I. You are the one and only who stands behind the beast of the name DEVILSPIT. Was it because of your deep misanthropic stance vented throughout your music that you couldn't find proper musicians to form a band with a full-fledged line-up?
"Both, it all started as a selfish need to do something different from my previous band. I needed to do something closer to what I was listening to at the time. And I was really into old Venom and Darkthrone (I've always been into them but it never stood as a real influence before). I did not really look for some musicians, as I've been working on my own for most of the last 8 years. But it is a real band now, since we put up that show last August.
I did not work alone cause I hated working with other people, I just could not or did not try to find the right persons to work with. Working alone has a lot of positive aspects, that is for sure, but in the end it is a bit boring, especially when you attend a show and think "man I would fucking love to be on stage too", you know. And that music, very punk rock oriented, was fit for the stage, people were asking about it, but it seemed impossible to reach at the time. Anyway, now I have a solid horde with me, and our first show was a personal success. So we are looking forward to do it again and make some fucking noise!"

II. French ug black metal of today sounds by far differently, with all its hazy progressivity, experiments and occult shrowd, than the music you play on "Grim, Hateful and Drunk". Do you feel yourself with your demo like a castaway in the French black metal scene?
"Maybe. I really don't have a fucking clue, for I do not listen to a lot of French bands, at least not any more. But yeah, seems like the biggest tendency is to do complicated stuff (thank you Deathspell Omega). But at the same time lot of bands are back to the roots with all this "retro scene". A scene I would not consider DEVILSPIT as being a part of. At least not entirely.
Early Black Metal bands were pioneers, you know, that's what I try to do at my own level, to sound different. That's what Darkthrone did with "A Blaze in the Northern Sky", or even Peste Noire on "L'ordure à l'état Pur". I want people to think "it's kinda cool, I see what they are listening to, but the way they put it is a bit different". That's the point, and a matter of identity and artistic view. Maybe that's why I don't feel close to a lot of bands back here. Most of the bands I hear of, they just seem do to the same thing over and over, it's predictable.
Among the few bands we, as a team, feel close to there are, Hexecutor, Perversifier (but they are more thrash oriented), Sepulchral Voices and Electric Shock. And we feel close cause we like their shit and we are friends with most of them. I will mention Herzel too, it's epic heavy metal from our hometown, and half my line-up comes from this band! On a more personal matter, the only band I really follow here in France is Peste Noire, cause they sound like no one else. But we do not belong to any "scene", the bands I just quoted are not necessarily linked with the Black Metal scene. They just are people we get along with and we like their stuff."

III. DEVILSPIT's grimness sprawls from the graveyard stench at dawn, altars in the woods where one sacrifices his optimism and remnants of a dark past of pagan fears. Do these images portray your birthplace and current whereabouts, or do they come from your inner imaginary world?
"Both actually. I've been living in Brittany for 12 years now, but although my family comes from here, I was born in Paris, and spend most of my youth in the 'Pays de la Loire" (western region). I ain't a city guy, and that plays a huge role in what I write. As far as I can remember since I left the capital when I was 4, I've been living in the countryside filled with dusty trails, fields, trees, abandoned farms, old rural houses... It is a totally different atmosphere from the so called "big cities". You don't grow up the same way back there. Everything is far, access to culture is not as easy, you hang out differently when you are a teenager. Those areas are still close to the past, and this is especially true for Brittany. Lot of old churches back there, dolmens and shit like that, pretty cool stuff. Which elevates the imagination. I love horror movies, weird stories and everything, and here there are some awesome tales about ghosts, death and the devil. And it rains a lot and it can grow very misty sometimes, it is almost unreal.
Add to that Black Metal and The Misfits and you'll get where that shit comes from."

IV. DEVILSPIT's hate seems to aim at all and everybody. Still, you turn to your enemies with certain affection and dedicated your recording to them. How much do you need all those folks and fellas, you address in your lyrics, being 'round you?
"Everybody needs enemies. It's part of what defines who you are and what you do. But it does not need to be a person. It could be an idea. What I hate here is the "scene" cause it's not even one, it's very self centered, no support, most people only think about their shitty little bands. Most of the time, I see no spirit, no faith, no passion. We do what we do cause we like it. I have the feeling that lot of bands just want to get out here to be famous and flatter their ego. They should try to write better songs and lyrics. It's a very urban attitude, a bit like gansta rap: the success, the wealth, the women... It is very enjoyable when it happens I am sure, but it shouldn't be an end in itself. If you do that, you're wrong, because it's all artificial, all a lie. And it's all an establishment: you're in a band, so you want to be famous. You want to be "pro". What the fuck does it mean? Being paid for what you do, sure, I have nothing against it. But the market decides, not you. It just makes me sick. Just like what the Hellfest became. Something accepted, something of a fun, a recreation for the middle class. I've never seen so many people NOT wearing a metal shirt at a "metal" event, so many people in costumes..., they don't know shit, they're here because it is "cool", fuck that and fuck'em.
That whole "metal attitude" pisses me off."

V. DEVILSPIT's drunkenness comes from home-made alcohol. As a musician, do you consider the booze god's mercy, or devil's curse?
"Neither. Could be both. It's just the way it is. A St Erwan pack and some Bathory records. That's how we live. It's all linked you know, there is something really childish in all of that, in the way to express. It's kind of naive in the means, but much more down to earth in the content. And on this matter I can speak for the whole band, for we've been knowing each others for years, and there was a shitload of parties. Alcohol was always there: during the funny moment, the optimism and the euphoria, but also the depression, the failures and the vomit. That's why it has an important place. Not like in "I drink alcohol because I am a badass blablabla", it's not like that, and it never was. It is just what we are."

VI. You puked out four demo/single recordings within three years of DEVELSPIT's existence. Dou you think it might be the right time now to come out with a regular album on more accessible format than a cassette, or you prefer keeping the underground low profile for your music?
"I would like to clarify something here: there are no "singles". I just put a couple of songs on bandcamp as a preview and a dude reported them as "singles" on Metal Archives, but they're not. I treat each release the same way, as a definite object. I do not put the "demo" or "album" label on it. Back in the 80's, demos were poorly recorded and very limited, because bands wanted to be signed. Nowadays no one gives a fuck, nobody is buying anymore, except for hardcore metal fans. It is easier to record nowadays. But who decides if it is a demo, an album or an EP? I never had the chance to say what it was, as soon as the tapes were out they were considered as demos. But I don't mind. As long as it gets out there, it is fine with me.
This is why I won't say that the next step is an actual album. I just want us to record good songs, get a good artwork and have fun. No plans here, really. I don't mind releasing tapes until the end of times. But the major factor here is financial. If it was up to me I would release triple lp gatefold filled with goatshit and cigarette butts but let's face it, self-release is expensive, and I just cannot afford to manage the merchandizing and the release on my own. It's not like I wanted DS to be successful or whatever, it's totally out of the question and it would never happen anyway. So the underground is both a choice and a fact. I like it that way."

VII. There is more of a distance than the common between black metal and punk rock nowadays. The two scenes are more detached than they used to be, at least if I am to judge on the state of things out of my distant past experience. Mixing the two sounds like provocation to the orthodox. What do black metal and punk rock give to you idea-wise and music-wise, both together and each on its own?
"If it sounds like a provocation then I guess the so called orthodox don't know shit and should get the Deathstrike demo. Thrash would not exist if punk rock was not around, that's a fact.
But most metalheads disregard punk rock, and so do punk rockers towards metal, by the way.
Cause it's cultural, they belong to a circle and they stick with it. Like tribes. Black Metal had in common the rawness, primitivity and the will to be different, to say "fuck you, I do things my own way". And that was awesome. I am just closing the circle, just like Darkthrone did in 2006. Punk rock was pissed off, just as Black Metal was pissed off back in the late 80's. And the frontier was very thin between all those genre. An that's great, being able to combine the energy of Discharge with the atmosphere of Venom. Basically it gave the first Bathory record...
I hope anybody who is reading this owns and worships this record. The music and the spirit are one and the same, and sometimes the music can express something words are not even able to."

Thanks a lot for your time and effort put into answering my questions. My full support to your music!!


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