čtvrtek 1. dubna 2021

Interview - CARNAL SAVAGERY - Zombies will follow us!

Interview with death metal band from Sweden - CARNAL SAVAGERY.

Answered drummer and bassist Mikael Lindgren, thank you!

Translated Duzl, thank you!

Ave CARNAL SAVAGERY! I haven’t found any interview in the Czech language with you, yet. So please, first introduce the band to our readers who don’t know you. You could start from the early beginnings and describe the whole CARNAL SAVAGERY history.

It all started in the summer 2017. I was home with my child the whole summer and when he sleept during the days i picked up the guitar and made some riffs. I asked a friend later if we should start a band. Him and me had played together before in another band called Cromlech. So i did like 4 songs that we started to rehearse and then we also asked around fro more people. We did a demo after awhile and send it around to record-labels and i think it was like 8-10 different labels that wanted to sign us. Later on we recorded our debut album Grotesque Macabre and now its time for our second album to be released, Fiendish.

I’m just listening to your new record „Fiendish“ and I feel like as if I am closed in some tomb together with DISMEMBER, NIHILIST, ENTRAILS, and INTERMENT. The record has a great Swedish sound. Where did you record it and how satisfied you are with it? Did you have the "last word" concerning the resulting sound?

We recorded it in Studio LV5 in Sundsvall. And we are pretty satisfied, things can always be better, but still we are happy with it, sounds alot better then our first album. And yes it was our call to 100% to decide how it would sound.

How was the new material for album „Fiendish“ created? How exactly CARNAL SAVAGERY writes the music?

The first day i came home from the studio after we recorded Grotesque macabre i picked up the guitar and started to make new music then the first days i wrote the track Dead rotten meat. And i wrote like 50 songs in 8-10 months. I quit my work so i had all days to play guitar. So to the Fiendish album we had alot of material to choose from. When i write the music i do both the music and lyrics at the same time, just so i see that it turns out good both on the guitar and the vocals. Sometimes you can make a good riff but you dont find any good ways to sing on it, then its better to change that riff right away if it supposed to be a vers for an example.

„Fiendish“ has dark and morbid cover art. Who is an author? I really like his work. How did you actually choose the idea of the cover and what exactly illustrates?

The artist is called Hand Rot Art, he have done all our covers, tshirt prints etc. And we wanted a cover with a Zombie because thats whats our lyrics is mostly about. Also we had that name Fiendish allready as for the album title. And also we will have that theme during all our albums, this Zombie will follow us like Eddie in iron Maiden. And the cover illustrates the end of the world, death and evil everywere!

Could you reveal us who is an author of the lyrics and what is their background? Where did you take inspiration for certain topics?

Me, Mikael writes all music and lyrics to this band. Patrik have helped out on one track though regarding the lyrics to the Fiendish album, otherwise its me. And like i said its all about Zombies, Cannibals etc. I like the lyrics sick, the sicker it gets the better. I dont need any inspiration because i know what i want. So it is just to sit down and start to write and then it comes natural.

The new album was released by Moribund Records. This label has a very good name in the underground scene and does a very good job. However, didn't you want to release a record in some bigger label? Did you ask some other label? How you are actually satisfied with Moribund Records?

Bigger labels are often not interested in small bands like us, aint enough with money in thoose bands. Moribund are awesome, couldent be better at least that is how i feel so far. I have nothing to complain about, they have been amazing to us. Also Moribund and labels like that have more heart into bands music, while bigger label just want to make money, at least thats my oppinion.

You play typical, classical Swedish old school death metal. You have never changed the direction, you are let's say „orthodox“. Personally, this is one reason why I like your music so much. But, didn’t you think about try to play something different, somehow to make the CARNAL SAVAGERY music more unusual?

I dont think we play typical Swedish death metal. My influces regarding writing music aint nothing at all towards the Swedish style, more to the american style. I would say Autopsy are my biggest influence, Severed Survival and Mental Funeral. So i try to stick away from the typical Swedish style, haha..... Obviously i havent!! :)).

When I look through your albums, you really made a long journey. It is obvious that you as a band are still working on yourself. How often do you rehearsal together? Are you a "hard-working" band, which practices regularly or are you more „punk“ in the rehearsal task?

We pratice twice a week. And for myself im defintly hard working. Sometimes i play guitar all day long, like 8 hours/day, making music and lyrics. I have that time now when i dont work. So we have so much material so in May we go back to the studio, to record our 3 album. And even 5-6 songs to our 4th album is allready written.

In the case of your band, it is very good to see your development, each album is better, and you are also gradually better and better musicians. Do you have some goal, which you would like to achieve? Someone wants to release an album with a large label; other wants to play on one stage with some famous band. What about you?

Thanks, fun to hear that you also think its getting better and better. Well play live with some bigger band would be great when this Covid shit is over. We would like to go on tour and open up for a bigger band, that would be awesome. And of course it would be nice to be signed to a big record label, but only if they can make a big difference towards Moribund for an example. Like i said before i really like Moribund and i could release all Carnal Savagerys album with them because it works so good between us.

Can you recommend some new albums, which impressed you at the latest time?

I have just order the new Cannibal Corpse album, cant wait to hear it. Otherwise im not into new death metal bands that much, the older ones did it so much better in my oppinion.

Do you know and listen to some metal bands from the Czech Republic?

Nope, sorry i havent. I used to be a die hard fan of all sorts of metal music before, reading all magz etc. I knew all the names of the members in bands and so on, but i stopped with that for a long time ago. Today i dont bother at all, i dont have the time when i have small kids. When i have my own time i spend that on making music and praticing playing drums.

We are slowly approaching the end of the interview so I would like to ask one more philosophical question. How would you define the Swedish death metal style? What represents this music for you and why did you choose exactly this genre?

The HM2 boss pedals is the main reason to making it sound swedish in my oppinion. And then again i dont think we play typical Swedish death metal, but that is up to everyone to think what they want.

What CARNAL SAVAGERY is planning for the next few months?

Fiendish releases April 9th. We go back to the studio in May for the recording of our 3 album.

Thank you for the interview and I wish you a lot of sold CDs, hundreds of crazy fans and tons of great ideas.

Thanks you for having us, cheers! / Mikael

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