of all, a summary for those who don't know you yet...
"Torture Killer from Finland has it's debut album out now through Karmageddon
Media. We play old-school influenced death metal in the vein of Obituary
and SFU, the album is called "For maggots to devour" and you should
definitely check it out if you're into more riff-based mid-tempo death
metal. More info can be found at www.torture-killer.cjb.net
which also has some
samples in it."
-When you composed the songs, did you decide to play that kind of
old-style death metal or is it what you've always played and liked?
"Well we have different death metal bands that already do the fast death
metal stuff, I´ve always loved the early 90´s US death metal bands and
sound - I grew up with that. So it felt really good to start writing
similar kind of stuff, most of the bands nowadays are doing the faster
and more technical stuff but we wanted to try [to do something] a bit
different with Torture Killer."
-I really appreciated the lyrics and the artwork. Do you wanna talk
about the cover or some lyrics you feel closer to?
"Thanks man, well the lyrics are basically normal death metal lyrics.
It's about descriptions of various random acts of violence and brutality,
I don't necessarily feel close to any of those subjects...haha...otherwise
I might have a problem or two...haha...We're more concerned how the
vocal lines are arranged rhytmically rather than what it has to say.
It's not what you say, it's how you say it that matters. (I believe
they're both important, form and contents actually/Note of Markus).
The covers are made by a friend of ours who's done album covers, demo
covers and logos for Finnish bands for over ten years now, the idea
for the layout is his. We didn't have a specific idea how we wanted
the cover to look like, but we knew he had some sick ideas so we left
him only with the tracktitles and the album title, and said "do something
brutal"...haha...this is what came out and it's perfect."
-I heard you had some problems with this cover, so I'd like to know
how you view this fact and censorship in general...
"Yes, the album was delayed with problems on the CD manufacturer who
refused to press it, no harm done really since the label found a new
place to print it and it was taken care of quite easily. We didn't have
to change anything so we didn't bother ourselves with it. Censorship
- well, in a way I can understand it...but that stuff should be used
with items pointed at kids and below 18 year old, but death metal records
are not for 6 years old. Fuck it, I don't bother myself too much thinking
about it...but think of this: there's a modern-age museum in Finland
with a jar full of shit, sperm and blood. That's considered as "civilized
art", and people pay tickets to see that. Now THAT'S fucking sick."
-How do you explain that 90% of Finnish bands are very good and Death
metal is one of the fields that includes most bands? Do you have special
musical courses at school or is it just in your...DNA?
"You should update your databases my friend...I can count something
like 5-8 existing death metal bands in whole of Finland today. (I can
add another 20 if you want/Note of Markus). I think that the level of
death metal is way up to that melodic stuff Finland is more known of,
but in all honesty I think death metal is as non-popular it can get
without dying to extinction. There is a small group of committed death
metal freaks keeping it brutal, but for some reason most of the metal
kids prefer the melodic and wimpier stuff."
-How hard was to find a deal and why Karmageddon?
"It wasn't hard I guess, I mean we sent only about 4-5 promo copies
of the album to the labels we really wanted to be in. Any of them would've
been our choice but Karmageddon picked us up. It's a professional label
that is destined to get bigger and we're still very satisfied with the
deal." (beginner's luck? Maybe, I just know that lady luck has never
crossed my street very often, well, whatever, life sucks!/Note of Markus)
-What festivals are you gonna play at next summer?
"Haha...none. You see we are not in a level of popularity to play festivals
yet. That's for bands like Cannibal Corpse and Deicide." (Might I suggest
you some underground festival like the Obscene Extreme or the Fuck the
Commerce?/Note of Markus)
-What brand-new Finnish bands would you recommend us to listen to?
"You should check out at least: Deepred, Torn, Kataplexia, Slugathor
and Sotajumala. And of course my all time favourite Demigod, which is
THE no.1 band of all times from Finland. They should be putting out
their 3rd album sometime this year so be sure to check it out, I heard
some demo tracks of it and it will be MASSIVE."
-What do you like to do when you're not working, I mean on tour?
Do you like winter sports? Are you one of those who likes to swim in
the snow naked after having a sauna?
"I'm only into hockey, I try to get on each home-game of my team and
I keep on checking that quite a lot. I live in a flat at the suburbs
so if I chose to run around naked after a sauna looking for a snow to
crash I'd be probably jailed for exposing myself before getting outside...haha...I
tried it though at some summer house but it takes a few drinks before
I'm up to it...haha..."
-Tell us about Finnish booze. Is pontikka your fave drink or are
you into vodka and red wines like me?
"Pontikka...haha...no way man, that's a beast...haha...guaranteed
to make Tequila taste like an orange juice. I prefer beer, that's my
stuff, if I drink hard liquor it'll definitely be Vodka. With beer I
keep what I'm doing pretty much in control , but Vodka is different...haha...and
it gives me the hangover of armageddon..."
-What band would you like to play with? How would you react if a
bigger band you're supporting wouldn't treat you well as to live volume,
lights, and so on? Have you ever played with I.Nazarene? Tell us something
about them as people?
"No matter really, we have tour coming up supporting Vader in Finland
in September and to me that's very cool. I wouldn't like to go on
tour with Cannibal Corpse for sure, they are simply just too good and
would probably make us look like dicks...haha...It's the price you pay
for being a support act, I don't think I would mind about the lights
and all...after all it's the headliners who the people come to check
out, not the support act. Impaled Nazarene are from the other side
of Finland, Oulu, so we haven't had a chance to play with them, sorry."
-Why are the Finns so calm and silent? It can't be because of nature
because the rest of Scandinavians are different...
"Don't know man, I guess we're just modest and a bit shy. You can make
us noisy only if you put up a fight...haha...or drunk...haha..."
-Have you written new songs and are you gonna play a cover of the
mighty Demilich in your next CD?
"We have most of the material for the next one ready, there is not going
to be a Demilich cover or any other covers for that matter. I'm not
a big fan of putting cover songs on the album, I never listen to them
myself and since we have enough material of our own I see no point of
-Time's up. You can add all you want for further info. Just take
all the place you need and thanxxx for the killer intie!
"Thanx for the interview, go check out www.torture-killer.cjb.net
for samples and shit. Keep it brutal and cheers!"
MARKUS GANZHERRLICH - 20/2/04