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Interview - MACABRE DECAY - Dark echoes from the catacombs!


Interview with death metal band from Sweden - MACABRE DECAY.

Answered vocalist Henka Andersson, thank you!

Translated Duzl, thank you!

Questions prepared Jakub Asphyx.

Recenze/review - MACABRE DECAY - Into Oblivion (2021):

Ave MACABRE DECAY! 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 MACABRE DECAY history.

Well it all started 2014 in the ruins after a band called Afterlife.Fredrik Gunnarsson is the only member left from that time.Henka Andersson joined 2014 Henke Edlund around 2015 and Martin Knutar around 2018. We first recorded an ep 2016 and after that we did our first fulllenght Purgatory wich was released 2018. 2019 we released another ep bloodsoaked wich was recorded completly live. 2020 we signed with grind to death records and will release our new beast through them in june 2021.


I’m just listening to your new record „Into Oblivion“ and I feel like as if I am closed in some tomb together with DIMEMEBER, ENTRAILS, ENTOMBED, NIHILIST, DEATH, CARCASS, BOLT THROWER. The record has a great dark sound. Where did you record it and how satisfied you are with it? Did you have the "last word" concerning the resulting sound?

Thank you, it was recorded in studio Dorftrottel with Andreas Bagge Baglien.we are very satisfied with the way it turned out. Andreas did the first mix and after some discussion and small changes it sounded great. He was also responsible for the mastering.

How was the new material for album „Into Oblivion“ created? How exactly MACABRE DECAY writes the music?

We wrote songs over quiet a long time and at some point we choosed a few of them to be on the next recording. We did not have any specific plans for the release of it but we knew it wouldnt be on the same label as Purgatory. When everything was recorded and done we reached out to some labels and found grind to death. And so far it has been a really smoth ride to work with them. Most song are created from a idea of a song and tried out in the rehearsal place.every song is written by the band and everybody chips in with something.


„Into Oblivion“ has dark 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 fantastic cover art is made by Niklas Webjörn and it was Jimmy at Grind to death who helped us wit that contact. We just said we wanted it oldschool and brutal and gave him the recording of the album. He made a sketch and after that it was a go.

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

We all help out in writing lyrics. For me personally (Henka) Im inspired by everything about death murder and pain. And Henke has done some about the lunacy of religon. In the end the most important is that it sounds good rather than have a deep meaning.


You play music as old as death metal itself. How do you perceive new directions in the death metal? I mean mixing with death core or technical death metal? Do you have any favourite bands in “modern metal”?

Haha we are as old as deathmetal. Realy dont like any new kinds of deathcore and so on. Death metal is perfect the way it has always been so dont feel any need to change it.

I do like many new bands but not the ones trying to reinvent and change it to something. On the other hand i am a old grumpy fuck.

What about MACABRE DECAY and concerts? Do you play a lot? Are you going on tour or you are choosing only bigger festivals? And what about touring over Europe?

Macabre Decay loves to play live. Thats why we are doing this.

We would love to do a tour across Europe as long as we can afford it and not loose to much money. We would love to do festivals to but so far gefle metal 2019 is the only festival we played and that was great. At this point we never played outside of Sweden but hope for a change there.


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

Demonical, The Generals, Goathead,Caedem,Benediction,Necrophobic.

Has all released great music in the near past.

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

Cant say i know of any Czech bands that i listen to.

Ill try to change that.I do love your beer though.

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

For me personally it all started with punk. Then came Slayer, Metallica, Exodus and so on. But first time i saw Entombed live in 89 it changed things and after that it has been most death metal for me. Probably cause it was so extreme and new and full of aggression.


What MACABRE DECAY is planning for the next few months?

Next weekend we will record bass and vocals for a couple of songs. In Dorftrottel studio these will end up on something probably later this year. 16/6 we will have some kind of releaseparty in our rehearsal. And after that we will rehearse a setlist for gigs to come and start working on new material.

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

Thank you its a pleasure. Hope to see you on a gig in the future. Cheers.

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