Hello to the readers of Wastelands Wanderer. Here is a new interview with the Norwegian death metal band The Sickening talking about the new cd "Sickness Unfold" through the mighty Xtreeme Rec. hope you all enjoy the interview and keep watching the blog for more interviews,Reviews and whatever elsse we decide to post.
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Interview with The Sickening done by Patrick
when did you all first meet? Was it long before you all formed The
Sickening ?How did you all come up with the name The Sickening for the
name of the band?
Beist: Hey Patrick! Apart from
our recently addition on guitar, Andreas, the rest of us has actually
known eachother since we were kids. Our main-man, Markspist and myself
are cousines, so that's been a lifelong partnership of hellraising all
along. We met Neeraj at school at some early stage, long before any of
us could play anything, or even an instrument for that matter.. I think
it was Markspist who came up with the name of the band, sometime back in
the early 2000's.
is the current line-up of The Sickening ?For the readers who have never
heard the bands music how would you best describe it?
The Sickening is currently Pål "Markspist" Bjerkestrand -
Grunts/Guitars, Neeraj Kasbekar - Bass/vox, Andreas Bruheim - Guitars
and Espen "Beist" Antonsen - Drums. I'd describe The Sickening as a
fastpased-brutal-death metal band.
Sickening is getting ready to release their second cd "Sickness Unfold"
through Xtreeme Music how did the band come in contact with this great
Beist: Yeah, we released "Sickness Unfold"
through Xtreem Music this summer, our last effort in a two album deal we
had with them. We hardly did anything, I think it was our former
vocalist who sent a promo-track from "Death Devastation Decay", and Dave
Rotten sent us the contract right away..the rest, as they say, is
the whole band take part in the writing process or does one member
usually write everything?Who usually takes care of the lyrics what are
some topics you all write about?
Markspist writes most of the riffs, while I used to write most of the
lyrics. Lyrics we tend to split 50/50 between us lately. The songs we
usually just jam together at rehearsals. Some topics of ours is; death,
killing, dismemberment, death, guts, blood, necrotisism, death...you
know, all the fun stuff! Did I mention death??
the new cd "Sickness Unfold" does the band have any other merchandise
available for the readers?If yes where can the fans buy it?
Besides "Sickness..", there's our debut album "Death Devastation
Decay", and T-shirts. Merch can be purchased in the mailorder at Xtreem
Music website, or directly from us whenever we're on the road.
the Sickening get to play "Live" very often or do you prefer to work in
the studio?Who are some bands you all have shared the stage with?
No, we hardly play live no more.. due to our "pay to play/no way"
policy, the demand just ain't there these days. We used to play alot of
shows some 5-7 years ago, and we used to hate working in the studio.
That's all changed now though.. from a personal point of view I just
don't think it's worth busting our asses anymore, but expect more
recorded material, as the studio is mainly where we'll be in the
7.Are their any shows or tours planned for 2015/16?Also what have been some of your most memorable shows to date?
Nothing in the plans as of yet. But if anything is to happen on that
front, the bookies or agencies need to remember; we don't pay you, you
pay us!! There was a lot of great shows in the past, but one in
particular comes to mind, and that was headlining PetroGrind in
St.Petersburg, Russia in 2008..Never seen such a crazy crowd ever since,
nor the level of drinking/partying, or the amount of puke for that
matter..Oh, the memories!!
8.The Sickening comes out of Norway's death metal scene what is your opinion of Norway's death metal scene?
The death metal scene in Norway was always small, and will always
remain in the shadows of our more (in-)famous black metal scene..
Norwegian metal festivals/mags/zines and media in general sees to that.
It's ok though..no blame passed, it's just easier to sell, it seems.
However, some years back the DM scene had a bit of a peak, if you will,
with a lot of bands popping out of nowhere..alongside the bigger
acts(often due to black metal name-dropping) such as Zyklon(if you even
call that death metal), Myrkskog and my old friends in Blood Red Throne
ofcourse. There was a lot more smaller genre based metal festivals,
which is so popular down europe, the usa and asia. Most of those bands
that came along with The Sickening, has vanished, and sure enough, most
members of those bands appear in different black or thrash metal bands
today. In my opinion, the quality of the Norwegian DM scene is better
than it ever was, and with Blood Red Throne, The Sickening and Myrkskog,
one must also mention bands like No Dawn and the slam masters
9.Who are some of your all-time favorite Norweigian bands?Are their any new bands you feel the readers should check out?
Personally, I like Cadaver and Myrksog..and I also enjoy listening to
some black metal, such as Arvas, Mayhem and Old Man's Child. I'm really
not that up to date on new bands, but I just saw Troldskugge live, and
my friends in Semper Fi are recording new material so I'd watch out for
metal music do any of the members listen to any other forms of music?If
yes who are some of your favorite bands and singers?
are big movie fans here do you all enjoy watching movies?What are some
of your all-time favorite movies?Do you have a favorite genre of movie?
Sure we do, as long as it's gory. We like Bruce Campbell, "Hail to the
King, baby!" The beyond, Serpent & the Rainbow and Insidious are
also good.. Horror is law in The Sick-camp...
your opinion what is the best and worst thing about the underground
scene today?And what does underground metal mean to you?
The best things about the underground scene, I'd say is the creativity,
authenticity(sometimes), talent and the spirit in hard working bands
and artists from all over the world that you see on youtube and such
multi media file sharing sites, where the artists can expose themselves
for free. The worst thing about it is the labels and agencies and
promoters etc, etc.. making money off of them, ripping them of "for a
chance to shine", 15 min's of fame and what not, along with insane
ticket prices, to finance the mainstream acts production and keep them
on the road. That being said, a lot of bands themselves is to blame for
this, being naive enough and willing to pay anything for a spot on the
bill. This is ofcourse my thoughts on the matter, based on my own
experiences..been there, done that - learning by doing. No more though,
it was never worth it.. Underground metal to me is freedom to create as I
please and to express myself on my own terms.
13.When not working on music or band business what do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Well, I suppose you've figured out we don't make a dime on death metal
by now.. we all have day jobs. But yeah, we all do different shit in our
spare time. Neeraj is vegan, so he watches a lot of documentarys on how
bad we treat animals. Markspist is a gamer and time flies gaming.. Me,
I'm a coutch potato, drinking beer, watching football. Andreas? ..heheh,
trust me, you don't wanna know...
14.Thank you for taking time to fill this interview out do you have any final comments for the readers?
Beist: Check us out on facebook: www.facebook.com/thesickeningdeathmetal