Rotengeist interview done by Patrick posted on 8-26-17

Interview  with  Rotengeist   done  by  Patrick

1.Hello  how are   things  going  in  Poland   these  days? Please  introduce  yourself  to  the  readers?

Hi! How are things giong in Poland? Well, in terms of politics it's very stormy right now. I think it's one of the most difficult periods in our history. Current situation in our country is one of the topics of our new album. 

2.When  did you first  meet  the  other  members  of  the  band?And  how  did you  all  choose  Rotengeist  does  it  have a  special  meaning?And  who  would you  say  are some of the bands biggest  influences?

Our band exsists since 2005. Until April 2015 we used to have the same line-up. I'm a guitarist and vocalist, Ziemek Gawlik does drums and Alek Partynski bass. We were friends long before we created Rotengeist. Every one of us had some previous musical experience. To cut the long story short, in 2005 I've decided to come back to playing music and I offered Ziemek and Alek to join. As far as our tastes for music are concerned, each one of us had a different one. Ziemek used to be (and still is) the most “old school”, I loved American thrash, especially Megadeth. (I'm a bit different now, taking a turn towards alternative and electronic). Alek listened to Tool and grunge bands.

3.What  is  the  current  line up  of the  band? And  how  do you  feel  Rotengeist's  music has  changed over  the  years?

In April 2015 Alek left the band. We mutually agreed that we can't continue to cooperate any longer. We begun to write a follow-up to “Start to Exterminate” and we realized that differences in views between Alek and the rest of the band are too huge. His boots were filled by Adam Drys (after we tried some other candidates). Adam finished a school of music and he's got some solid experience, playing in Underdark and Cryptic Tales (a band originally from 90's which had major influence in Polish undergound of that era). He knows a thing or two about music and he is a real bag of ideas. :) He definitely had his share in development of the band and the way our new album sounds.    

4.The Test That Divides Us  All is the  bands third  full-length  release  how  long  did it  take  the  band to  write  the music  for the  new release?Does  the  whole  band  work on  the music or does one member  write everything?

It took us nearly a year to write all songs. Adam brought two songs and we wrote the rest together. We arrange songs together.

5.Who  usually  takes  care  of  writing the  lyrics for the  band  and  what  are  some  topics  you  all wrote  about on  the  new  release?

Until now I used to write lyrics and arrange vocals. When we worked on our last album it was different. Adam helped me a lot, because he wrote lyrics and arranged vocals for 4 songs. It turned out great. When I used to arrange vocals I mostly thought how to sing while playing guitar. Adam didn't have to think about it so I guess we made a step forwards. i'm far from thinking of myself as a great singer, but I believe vocals on “The test that divides us all” are the best in Rotengeist's history.   

6.Besides  the new release  The Test That Divides Us  All  are  any  of the  previous  releases still available  for  purchase? Besides  physical releases  does the  band  have  any  other  merchandise  available  for  thereaders  if  yes  what  is  available and  where  can the  readers buy  it?

Except from “Promo 2007” all our releases are available. You can buy it directly from us or via our label Defense Records.

7.Does  Rotengeist  play  live  very  often? What  have  been  your  most memorable shows  over the  years?

So far we played 200 shows. When you look at our history one can say it's not a lot, but keep in mind that we're all busy guys and we're involved in many projects not related to music.
If I was to point a single memorable show I'd say a recent one together with Christ Agony in Polish town Krosno. Great crowd. That was the second one where we performed new songs. Crowed reacted really well so we're on the right tracks (or should I write “wrong” tracks) :)

8.Are  their  any  tours or  shows planned  in  support of the  new  release? If  yes  where  will the  band  be  playing  and  who  are  some  bands you  will  be  sharing  the  stage  with?

Yes. We've planned 8 concerts, which are going to happen in October in Poland. We're going to be supported by MoshMachine (I play guitar in that band). After that we'd like to go abroad, but there're no specifics yet.

 9.Do  any  of  the  members  of   Rotengeist   work  with  any  other  bands or  projects? If  yes  please  tell  the readers  a  little  about them?

 Like I mentioned earlier I play in MoshMachine. It's a groove metal band based in Krosno (home town of Decapitated). Other members have vast experience but right now they play in Rotengeist.

10. Rotengeist   comes  out of  the  Polish  thrash  metal  scene  what  is your  opinion  of  the  thrash  scene  in  Poland?

Lately there have been some excellent thrash metal bands in Poland such as Virgin Snatch, Tester Gier, Terrordome. Although there are numerous bands who IMHO play very solid music, thrash metal is underrated in Poland as well as abroad.   

11.Who  are your  all-time  favorite  Polish  bands  and  are their  any  new  bands you  feel  the readers  should  check  out   soon?

I admire Behemoth for what they do and how they do it. I'm not 100% into their music but the way they “take care of business” deserves a round of applause. Next in line is Vogg and his Decapitated. I'm paying more attention to drummers, despite being a guitar guy, but Wacek is a master in his trade. Precision and tightness of his right hand blows my mind.     

That would be all I can think of. Obviously there are plenty of good bands out there but I've been more into alternative these days.

12.Besides  bands  are  their  any  honest,reliable  labels or  distro's  you  feel  the  readers  should  check  out  soon?

Check out Defense Records' distro.

13.We  here  at  Ancient  Visionz  web-zine  are  huge  movie  fans  do you  watch  a lot  of  movies?  What  are  some  of your  all-time  favorite  movies?

Yes I love movies. I watch as many as my schedule permits. Woody Allen is a guy I can watch over and over. On top of my list is also Melancholia by von Trier and Das Leben der Anderen by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck. I'm not a big fan of SF but I love Star Wars since I was a kid. Our Polish cinema is getting better and better. Ida, Jestem Mordercą, Zaćma. I highly recommend.

14.Who  are  some  of your  favorite  directors? And  favorite  actors and  actresses?

Like I mentioned above Woody Allen. Some time ago Tarantino and Almodovar.

15.Besides  metal  music  do  you  listen  to  any  other  underground  musicial  genres?

Yes, more often electronic music and Polish alternative. The last album of a Polish female singer Brodka is great. I can recommend that one.

16.Thank  you  for  taking  the   time  to  fill this   interview  out  do  you  have  any  final  words  for the  readers?

Thank you for the opportunity. Best wishes to your readers and thank you for taking up with Rotengeist.

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