Monday, 22 August 2016

Interview with Norway's The Sickening, done by Patrick on 11-18-15

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.
Regards  and  have  a  good  week.

Interview with The Sickening done by Patrick

1.Hello 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.

2.What is the current line-up of The Sickening ?For the readers who have never heard the bands music how would you best describe it?

Beist: 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.

3.The Sickening is getting ready to release their second cd "Sickness Unfold" through Xtreeme Music how did the band come in contact with this great label?

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 history..

4.Does 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?

Beist: Usually 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, know, all the fun stuff! Did I mention death??

5.Besides the new cd "Sickness Unfold" does the band have any other merchandise available for the readers?If yes where can the fans buy it?

Beist: 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.

6.Does 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?

Beist: 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 future..

7.Are their any shows or tours planned for 2015/16?Also what have been some of your most memorable shows to date?

Beist: 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?

Beist: 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 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 themselves, Kraanium

9.Who are some of your all-time favorite Norweigian bands?Are their any new bands you feel the readers should check out?

Beist: 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 those two.

10.Besides 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?

Beist: NO!!

11.We 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?

Beist: 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...

12.In your opinion what is the best and worst thing about the underground scene today?And what does underground metal mean to you?

Beist: 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?

Beist: 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:


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