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A few questions - interview with death metal band from United Kingdom - MORDHAU.


A few questions - interview with death metal band from United Kingdom - MORDHAU.

Ave, can you introduce your band to our readers? – When was it founded and what style of music do you play etc.? 

Hi! We are Mordhau from Nottingham in the UK. The band was formed in March-April 2017. We play dirty, noisy, metal with an obvious nods to Swedish Death Metal. The band consists of: 

Matty - Vocals 

Sean and Jamie - Guitars 

Brett - Bass 

Nick - Drums 

Where and under what conditions were you recording the new album? Who was in charge of sound, production and mastering? 

We recorded the album between January and March of 2020 at the Moot Group Headquarters in Nottingham, England. We were ably assisted by the Mighty Johnny Carter and his engineer of Doom, Andy Jones. The album was produced, mixed and mastered all at the Moot Group HQ. With their assistance, we were able to hone our sound and create something we are really very proud of. 


How many copies were released and which medium was used for this new edition (CD, digital, vinyl, cassette)? 

We're are on our first run, so initialy there was a release of just 100 CD’s, which have now mostly all been sold. The album has also been released on Bandcamp and should now be available on all major streaming platforms. When we get to the point of being able to gig again, there will be another run of CD’s. 

Who is the author of the lyrics and how were they created and about what do the lyrics deal with? 

Lyrical duties were undertaken by myself (Matty) and for me mostly the songs represent a thought process that helps me personally deal with the world around me. To that effect, I tend to write about death and what comes after, the potential of the void, Time, how it remains constant despite who perceives it or how, and generally what I perceive to be evils within society, in light of which we're powerless to do much but scream about. This album particularly features no running themes, but we have spoken as a band about a running concept and that might be something we see worked in on a future release. 


Who created the logo of the band, and who took care of the graphics and the website? What about you and social networks? Do you consider these things important? 

Our logo was designed and executed by the great Gary Ronaldson of Bite Radius Designs. A friend of Jamie's, he went on to design an album cover based on an idea that we gave to him in a mash-up of word soup and daydreams. Clearly he understood as the products themselves, logo & album cover, came out exactly as we imagined. We are ever grateful! 

Which label did you choose for releasing your album and why this label? Are you satisfied by how your label represents you and takés care about you? 

We ended up choosing to self-release this album. Releasing a DIY album and seeing how far we could take it was something we all agreed we wanted to do, and now here it is! To be fair, it's very much what we know. As far as we could see, we'd already recorded the album, commissioned the artwork, printed the CD - what we really wanted to do was a big release show, a decent tour on that album and to attract some interest in our future that way, but the world said no due to covid. Things don't always go as planned but we're very happy with the response we've had despite what direction we've chosen. 


Which bands do you idolise and where do you get your inspiration? Like with most bands, we get inspiration from a lot of great bands! 

To mention a few, in completely random order Carcass, Deathspell Omega, Emptiness, Satyricon, Darkthrone, The Monolith Deathcult, YOB, Akercocke, Black Sabbath, Zeppelin, At The Gates, The Haunted, Dismember, Entombed, Gorefest... The list could go on and on but collectively, we listen and are inspired by lots of bands from lots of different rock/metal genres from all over the world. 

Did you send your record to some Labels - which are the labels? How was the response? 

We all agreed that we wanted to a self release for our debut release, so had no real urge or desire to send to record labels. We have been approached by a few Indy labels since, with some interesting propositions... We may do something with those guys in the near future... 


How many gigs have you played? Which type of gigs do you prefer, whether it's (clubs or festivals) and which of your performances would you consider as the best? 

We have only played 17 gigs so far! 2020 was set to be the year that we toured our album Immaculate Massacre. We had plenty of gigs already lined up.... But ... everyone knows what happened to live music in 2020.... As for gig preferences, we would love to do a festival! Close, intimate gigs are where we are currently at! 


What about your plans for the future? What do you want to achieve with the band? 

Our immediate plan is to gig and promote the album! We were ready to hit the road back in Jan 2020. As soon as we can, we will be playing live again. Long term, we already have a lot of new material kicking around that we want to start working on, as soon as that’s done.... a follow up album! Then... who knows? 

How and where can your fans contact you? Can you provide some contact information? 

We are active on most social media platforms, so feel free to message us there. Just search Mordhau or Mordhau_band and you can’t go wrong! 

Or you can email us directly at: 


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