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Forest of Impaled
Interview with guitarist Adrian.
This is a killer new old school death metal band. Check out their
cd on Red Stream and read this interview.
MC: SINCE A LOT OF PEOPLE DON'T KNOW WE WILL GET OVER THE SILLY QUESTION FIRST. HOW DID THE BAND FORM.
Adrian: The band formed in 1991 under the name of Nocturnal Serenity, with original members Dan Prawica (bass/vocals), Andy Rusin (drums), Mark Trela (guitar), and myself also on guitar. In the beginning we were primarily influenced by early At The Gates material. We tried our best to create melodic and harmony filled songs that focused on the guitars. As the year passed we saw that a lot of us were into the black metal scene and we tried to incorporate this extreme style into our music. At that point we decided to change our name to the present Forest of Impaled and have been composing chaotic music ever since.
MC: WHERE YOU IN ANY OTHER BANDS?
Adrian: Yes, originally Dan and I were in a death metal band called Crypt and then in Morbus. Unfortunately, the bands broke up due to personal differences between the members. After Morbus, I played in another Creaphagy, but when this band also didn't work out, Dan called me to see if I would join his new band which he was just forming. So since I wasn't doing anything at the time I agreed and joined what is now Forest of Impaled. The other two members, Andy and Mark, were also in a couple of bands while they were in Poland, but I can't recall their names.
MC: DID THE BANDS EARLY MATERIAL SOUND ANYTHING LIKE YOU DO TODAY?
Adrian: In some ways it did, but mostly it was in the vein of At the Gates and Amorphis. This helped establish our melodic sense that can be heard on Demonvoid and our previous MCD Mortis Dei. The early stuff helped us develop our playing skills and basically form an overall understanding of each members opinions and direction.
MC: HOW MANY DEMOS DID YOU PUT UT BEFORE YOU GOT SIGNED?
Adrian: The Dark Wilderness was our first demo, which we recorded live at our rehearsal spot on a four track. After that we landed a deal with Terrorizor records to release our next demo on MCD. Thus Mortis Dei came into the picture featuring our melodic black metal style. Mortis Dei was also released on Vox Mortis Records in Poland and distributed around Europe establishing us in the underground. Or next demo, The Seventh Dominion was basically a promo tape which featured four songs of pure evil black/death and essentially was used to promote our band and present it to various record companies. Finally Red Stream picked us up and offered a good deal to release our first full length, or The Demonvoid.
MC: WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE DEMOS NOW?
Adrian: Well, The Dark Wilderness was our first stab at any kind of recording, and was a low production tape which we just gave to friends and other maniacs in the underground. Since it was recorded on a 4 track it didn't achieve the amount of power and destruction we wanted to convey. Mortis Dei on the other hand was a well produced MCD and brought forth the chaos of our music. At the time, we were very pleased, but felt that we could do better, but overall Mortis Dei is still a masterpiece in my book. The Seventh Dominion was the point at which the band had developed an original style and the demo was received well in the underground. On that release we tried to create a more technical, rhythm based song structures that represent the very best of both black and death metal.
MC: HOW DID YOU GET SIGNED TO RED STREAM?
Adrian: Basically, we sent them our demo tape and they offer us a two album deal which we were happy with so we signed to the label.
MC: WHERE THERE ANY OTHER INTEREST?
Adrian: There were a few other offers from independent European labels, but since we live in the US we felt that signing with an American label was more beneficial since they would be in close contact with us and would promote us more thoughtly in the states.
MC: HOW WERE YOU GROWING UP? WERE YOU A GOOD KID OR BAD KID?
Adrian: As with any other metal fan, I was an evil little demon, vandalizing, and getting into fights on the streets of Chicago. So much that my parents decided to place me in Catholic School. This decision was important since it instilled the hatred I now feel towards the Christian God and his Church. According to his doctrine, humans should fear the all powerful God in their daily life, their week minds see that if they obey his laws they will be reward with eternal life in heaven. With this form of religion, the servants of God brainwash their children into fearing and accepting their dogma. Their organized religion is making fools of these followers as they dish out their souls for reconciliation. If they would only believe that God is merely an aspect of your own mind, and that you can accomplish anything as long as you focus on your goals. God is you, and you are God nothing can ever take that away form you. Also, in their Christianizing of the pagans, the Church burned many occult texts or hid certain ones from the public so that humanity would not question their authority. The Bible itself is a collection of pagan thoughts and Christian aspects such as Mary and the Child, which can be a reference to the Mother Goddess in early ancient religions. The fact that the writings of the bible are just interpretations of its writers (apostles), and not actually written by them also contributes to the book of lies these organized religions have created to uphold moral law.
MC: ARE THERE MANY RECORD STORES OR CLUBS THAT PROMOTE METAL WHERE YOU LIVE?
Adrian: Although in recent years a lot of the bigger clubs such as The Vic, The Oak, and The Thirsty Whale have either developed a policy of no metal because of the consequences of frenzied fans or have merely been replaced by gas stations or parking lots, there still are a lot of places to play, but are much smaller compared to those in the past. As for record stores, we have many independent shops that carry all types of metal and help promote the scene.
MC: DID YOU GET TO SEE MANY SHOWS WHEN YOU WERE YOUNGER?
Adrian: Yes, the scene back then was huge with bands like Morbid Angel, Obituary, Deicide, Cannibal Corpse, Unleashed, Entombed, Suffocation, and other extreme bands who came to Chicago almost every other month. Yeah, there were more people back then and most of them supported and came to local shows. Nowadays most of the fans only come out to shows if a national act is playing and hardly every to support local shows. Also most of the people who do show up for local shows are some how involved in the scene already (band member, zine writers, or distributors).
MC: IF YOU COULD START A LABEL WHICH BAND WOULD YOU SIGN AND WHY?
Adrian: If you're speaking of current bands, I would probably sign: Ethereal Sin. It's a great Japanese band with a lot of potential that hasn't been discovered yet.
MC: WHAT CATCHES YOUR EAR THE FIRST TIME YOU HEAR A BAND?
Adrian: It has to have a certain amount of catchy material such as well-placed breaks and structured riffing. Also the voice has to be descent, since it makes or breaks the band. Mostly I listen for originality, that is incorporated to enhance the band, but it also has to be placed in such a way that it doesn't bore the listener. Oftentimes bands try to place too many riffs in one song, even though the riffs may be good the structure of the song is too chaotic and not organized.
MC: DO YOU PLAY MANY LIVE SHOWS?
Adrian: Lately we haven't been playing shows since we were in the process of writing and recording Demonvoid. When the album finally is out we plan to promote it during the next couple of months.
MC: DO YOU THINK YOUR A GOOD LIVE BAND?
Adrian: Yes, I think we possess good stage character and always give our full attention-energy while playing live. The only problem that can contribute whether the band is good live is basically the sound, otherwise the music speaks for itself.
MC: DO YOU PLAN ON DOING ANY TOURING AT ALL?
Adrian: We're not sure at the moment, but we are trying to plan a tour of the Midwest for the future.
MC; HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE NAME?
Adrian: Forest of Impaled is a direct reference to Prince Vlad Tepes, and his reign of terror. During his time Vlad had a very sadistic hobby of placing humans on wooden stakes and creating a makeshift forest. Thus you have Forest of Impaled (mortals or humans) it is a phrase.
MC: TELL MY READERS WHY THEY SHOULD BUY YOUR CD?
Adrian: Demonvoid is a creation that encompasses both sides of extreme metal. I has many aspects of death metal such as grind beats and intricate guitar work. It also has the black metal melodies and symphonic interludes. Overall it is a brutal work of art, and our best material so far.
MC: WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE UNDERGROUND TODAY?
Adrian: I feel that the underground scene is still thriving and producing many good bands. Of course some places such as Norway, New York, and Poland have a great scene with a multitude of bands and zines. In these places the underground is active and many of the fans contribute.
MC: DO YOU LIKE MANY NEW BANDS?
Adrian: Yes, some of the newer bands that I'm currently listening to are Krisiun, Deeds of Flesh, and Children ofBodom. I believe that the underground contains many hidden talents and the scene will always grow and produce new bands for the future of metal.
MC: DO YOU SEE THE UNDERGROUND MOVING UP OR GOING DOWN?
Adrian: The underground will always be an upward moving system. New bands will replace older bands with new music that is original and creative. Metal will never die!!!
MC: HOW WAS IT GOING IN THE STUDIO. WAS IT HARD OR EASY FOR YOU?
Adrian: Recording went fairly well, with only minor obstacles. One of the main concerns was to get a good guitar sound, we tried a few different heads and ended up using a cleaner sound which could be enhanced and added on to while mixing. We also had 3 final mixes to choose from which was pretty hard since each one had a different unique sound. Overall the recording went well and without many stresses.
MC: DO YOU PLAN ON USING THE SAME STUDIO AGAIN?
Adrian: Maybe, but we'll keep our ears open to other bands demos and their sound.
MC: IF YOU COULD PLAY 5 COVER TUNES WHAT WOULD THEY BE AND WHY?
Adrian: Actually we play several covers such from bands like Suffocation, Satyricon, and At the Gates. Also we like to play a lot of Slayer covers. Basically, we feel that playing covers develops your skill as a musician and the tightness of the band itself.
MC: WHERE DO YOU SEE THE BAND IN 2 YEARS?
Adrian: On tour hopefully, presently we are working on new material which we will be recording in the summer of 2000 and released in fall. This next album will most likely more intricate and the song structures will be more complex, but still catchy. It should be release in Fall 2000.
MC: DO YOU HAVE ANY GOALS FOR THE BAND?
Adrian: Yes, we want to play a major tour sometime in our lifetime. That and getting signed to a bigger label.
MC: LIKE WHO METAL BLADE PERHAPS?
Adrian: Not Metal Blade, I would really like to sign with a European label like Nuclear Blast or Century Media. These labels have many good bands and seem to promote them extensively.
MC: HOW MUCH TIME DO YOU SPEND ON THE BAND PER WEEK?
Adrian: Well the whole band practices 3-4 times a week for about 3 hours each time, and I play on the side each day so I spend about 15 hrs per week.
MC: WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE INTERNET? DO YOU HAVE A WEB SITE?
Adrian: The internet is a great medium for metal and the underground. There are many zines and web pages devoted to all extreme music. Yes, we do have website http://welcome.to/foi
MC; IF YOU WERE THE MANAGER OF A YOUNG BAND WHAT ADVISE WOULD YOU GIVE THEM?
Adrian: I would tell them to practice as much as they can, and with time they will eventually be writing great songs. The hardest obstacle of a young band is to develop a sense of each other's musical abilities, when that is reach every member knows exactly what everyone is capable of. Then the band could focus on song structures and originality.
MC: DO YOU THINK YOUNG BANDS SHOULD HAVE MANAGERS?
Adrian: I don't think its necessary, but having a manager, relieves the stress of setting up shows and promoting the band by yourself. It can be a good thing, if the manager is totally dedicated to the band and their music.
MC: ANY MERCHANDISE FOR SALE? ANY LAST WORDS?
Adrian: Demonvoid will be released on CD as well as LP version which are available from Red Stream directly. Also a t-shirt is in the works. Thanks for the interview Chris and keep up the good work! Hail to all our fans! Screams of angels! A dark symphony dirge! We desecrate the holy! Blasphemous acts reborn!