Resurrection of Deathly Visions with Blasphemy, Disemboweler
Art: Mark Riddick
HMA: How would you describe your music?
Blasphemy: Gravecrusher is a face-crawling band with old-school death metal roots. Instinctive brutality is an important part of the band and expresses it the most.
Disemboweler: Within the old-school death metal style, we try to write as wild music as we can, and if it is possible, we always add something new to the previous material.
HMA: What can you tell us about your new record?
Blasphemy: When I joined Gravecrusher, I received complete material musically. After these minor changes, I played my themes, not the original drum themes on the material. I became the vocalist because I also do vocals in my other bands along with the drums, so it wasn’t a problem.
Disemboweler: The songs had been ready for a long time. The recording of the songs went smoothly with the new line-up. The guitars and bass were recorded in a couple of days. Blasphemy quickly recorded the drums, followed by the vocals.
HMA: How would you describe the lyrics?
Blasphemy: The lyrics were inspired by old bands, and old horror movies influenced me. Many visions also appear in the lyrics, whether the atmosphere of a cemetery and the world it visualizes or a more morbid approach. Primitive lyrics do not attract me so much, where only raw violence and gore are revealed. I like to give a story that the listener can imagine. It seems much more exciting than a movie.
HMA: Do you have a philosophical fixation?
Blasphemy: I consider myself a person of faith. I have been researching various aspects of occult literature for almost 30 years. Earthly life is an outlook and not an important role in my existence. Nihilism or the materialist line is only the path of those who are afraid of death, afraid of returning to the road.
Disemboweler: I don’t care about religion. I think there is some cycle in life. When we walk in a forest, nature shows itself and shows us how to renew. The thought of death preoccupies me, but since I haven’t been to the beyond yet, I can only guess what happens when a person dies.
HMA: How were you initiated in the dark arts of heavy metal?
Blasphemy: In 1988, two records started me on this line. Iron Maiden’s ‘Seventh Son of a Seventh Son’ material and Halloween’s ‘Walls of Jericho’ record. And from that point, there was no stopping. Death metal came later, but it was only a year when Obituary’s debut, “Slowly We Rot”, was released. I had no idea how to do this. John Tardy’s voice was terribly shocking to me. This material like coming from hell, and then, of course, came that certain death metal explosion with such masterpieces as the following bands such as Morbid Angel, Deicide, Asphyx, Pestilence, Massacre, Impetigo, Massacra, Death, Entombed, Grave, Autopsy, Carcass, Atheist, Unleashed, Bolt Thrower, Morgoth, Atrocity, Utumno, Carnage, Cannibal Corpse, Sinister, etc. they put it on the table. Even now, as I am writing down the names of these bands, it still shocks me how great this style was, and fortunately, it still exists, and although there are no such strong records for me today, sometimes there are one or two more interesting releases.
Disemboweler: Slayer South of Heaven and Seasons In The Abyss were the first metal records I heard, and they have been among my favourite records ever since. I was mesmerized by the speed at whichat they played, and then I decided to learn to play the guitar. Cannibal Corpse’s Vile album introduced me to the world of death metal. The low-tuned guitars and the drum themes executed me.
HMA: Why is music important to you and the world?
Blasphemy: Faith came to me earlier than the music itself, and after that, I looked for a channel through which I could express everything I wanted to convey. The various metal trends are capable of this, and since this scene is quite receptive to information, I decided that music will be the way of expression in addition to my faith, with which I can find people who think similarly to me. This has been going on for quite a few decades, and as long as I don’t end up on earth, neither will my commitment to music.
Disemboweler: Music has been very important to me since my childhood. It conveys feelings, inspires, sometimes helps you overcome difficulties, takes you to another world.