Seven Gates of Hell with GRAVEBREAKER

22. června 2018 v 18:55 | 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.

Break the graves and harvest old metal treasures out of the undead times of yore! And if you go really deep where only the precious dwells, you will get the debut album "Sacrifice" of the Swedish heavy metal maniacs GRAVEBREAKER. Though the recording is just two years old, it managed to leave a remarkable trace in the heavy metal scene of the eighties. And it fits perfect to all the aging metalheads of today who still dream about the taped Judas served everyday on their plate. The band of the three old-school devotees prove with their debut album that there still could be some really captivating vibes and spirits hammered out of living in the past. Sharing the same obsession for the good old days of heavy metal, I was really pleased to talk with the guys of GRAVEBREAKER about their music and deeds.

I. It took some time before you managed to forge your debut album "Sacrifice" and burst into the scene loud with the name of GRAVEBREAKER. Did you have to get old enough first in order to become more prone to nostalgia and proper appreciation of heavy metal classics that you venerate so much in your music?
NIGHTMARE: I think we were nostalgic before it was cool. But I guess the older you get, the more you look in the rear view mirror remembering the good old days.
FURY: But to be fair, we liked a lot of this stuff when it first came out - and that can't very well have been nostalgia, can it?
NIGHTMARE: No, and they weren't classics yet, back then.

II. What did you have to "sacrifice" in your lives for heavy metal and, looking back, do you think it was worth it?
NIGHTMARE: A career as a hedge fund banker, a princely Saudi inheritance, and fraternizing with the cool kids in school. We truly sacrificed a lot for Heavy Metal. And of course it was worth it, just look at us now.
FURY: Good taste?
NIGHTMARE: The only thing you really need to sacrifice is listening to a lot of boring music.

III. Your debut album abounds with straight-forward heavy metal raids like "Pray for Death" or "Gravebreaker" but plays also with some crafted epic patterns like those in "Kill and Kill Again" or "Messenger of Death". What is easier and more rewarding for GRAVEBREAKER, to kill with a bash of headbanger fury or to bring forth some vivid heavy metal charms?
FURY: Both are equally rewarding.
NIGHTMARE: And I like that you mention the word "Epic" in the same breath as "Kill and Kill Again", a song that is well under three minutes, excluding the spoken intro. But that's our approach, really. Epics in small packages.
FURY: Exactly. Like a really big car smashed to a small, dense metal box in a compactor.
NIGHTMARE: And we like to hear that when we're listening to music. Mercyful Fate, for example, are very good at that combination.

IV. Demons and evil forces guide almost every line and all the riffs and melodies of the album. Do you believe that since heavy metal was once born in hell, it will stay cursed and haunted forever?
FURY: I thought it was born in Aston...?
NIGHTMARE: Looking at the album, I honestly can't say that we're dealing with demons and evil throughout the whole thing - there is plenty of general violence and bad-assery also.
FURY: And it's not just general violence. There's some very specific violence in places: you have your Karate, your road wars, your street gangs, your psycho killer in the park, your brainwashed master race army...
NIGHTMARE: All the good things in life.

V. I gave the record tens of spins and still get surprised each time when listening to the album's title track "Sacrifice" in which some weird voices resound from the sonic depth. As if somebody talked to me from behind, before I realize that the voices actually spook within the music. What the hell of subconscious mesmerizing sounds did you mix into the track, and maybe even elsewhere in the recording?
FURY: We had an accident with an Ouija board.
NIGHTMARE: We are not at liberty to discuss those sounds. It would break the unholy pact we made with our dark lord.
FURY: Do you mean the choir during the harpsichord outro? That may or may not contain backwards messages in Latin.
NIGHTMARE: Now you've done it.

VI. The magic of your music comes much from captivating keyboard melodies, still in the booklet of the album you say "No synthesizers were harmed in the making of this album". How is it then with the place of the keys in the band?
FURY: I'm always very happy to hear people say that they liked the synths on the record.
NIGHTMARE: That disclaimer was to avoid those damn dirty people at the Keyboard Humane Society.
FURY: We'll keep our keyboard player behind a curtain on stage to avoid any controversy.

VII. Have you ever thought of taking other musicians on board and getting ready to feed your heavy metal nostalgia even further as a live performance beast?
NIGHTMARE: This beast is too wild to tame, and letting it be shown on stage wouldn't be a good idea. Not a good idea at all.
FURY: Also, we might not remember how to play all the songs.

Thank you very much for answering the questions. Stay up and praise the fallen angels of heavy metal!


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