Wednesday, September 25, 2013

interview with HELL'S DOMAIN

interview with a thrash metal band from Denmark.
bass player of the band "Lars Knudsen" answered.

1.Can i get a backstory on the band/ band biography?

It started in 2007 when Bjørn, our guitarist, heard an old demo tape from 1986 from my old thrash metal band called Crionic. He told me to give him a call, if I ever wanted to play some old school thrash metal again. I called him a few weeks later. We met, drank some beers and wrote some of the first tracks. We got in touch with the other band members who are all old friends from way back, and we recorded a demo in 2010. And here we are now – with our brand new self-titled debut album released on Punishment 18 Records.

2) What lyrical theme do you guys use in your music? What message do you want to send?

The main theme in the lyrics on this album is desperation. How you feel when you are caught in those kind of situations where insanity crashes down over you like a brick wall. Ed Repka’s illustration on the album cover shows a person going mad from being trapped in crazy surroundings. That pretty much sums up the overall message in the lyrics. So basically the lyrics are inspired by war, insanity, drug addiction, you know, those kind of things.

3) What bands have influenced your band and its sound?

We all grew up with bands like Slayer, Metallica, Exodus, Testament, Anthrax, Overkill, Death Angel, Forbidden, - all the good stuff from the classic American thrash metal scene. The art of writing and executing the ultimate cool guitar riffs that you hear especially in the Bay Area style.

4) What made you guys decide to form a band?

The love for beers, incredibly loud music, and completely stupid comments in the rehearsal room!

5) How do you guys feel about the classifications in metal? like deathcore, metalcore and other subgenres and how some get a negative rep.

Classifications, well, it's something you can use as a map to find your ways around the many corners of the metal genre. I think it’s up to who you are as a person, what kind of metal that feels right in your chest. Most metalheads have a couple or maybe three preferred metal subgenres that they love. Personally I don’t listen much to metalcore music. It’s way to modern for me. But I totally accept that some might think that metalcore is the shit. No problemo, fine by me. People like different types of metal. But in the end we are all going to the concert in the sky with the late great Ronnie James Dio, hahaha!!

6) When not doing things with the band, what can you guys be seen doing?

We all have day time jobs and we live different lives outside of the band. Bjørn is working for an IT company. Anders is a teacher. Andreas is studying at the university. Alex works for a big company that designs, manufactures, and markets engineered hydraulic and electronic systems and components. I have been in the music business for many years, current employed in the Danish Musicians Union. So besides playing in Hell's Domain, whenever there's good metal bands in town we meet and hang out at the local venues.

7) Your biggest band moment?

At the moment we are all still high on releasing our debut album just a few days ago. It has been overwhelmingly well received by our fans and the critics. So the biggest thing for Hell's Domain is to see how well all the hard work we’ve put into the making of this album over the past few years is turning out at the moment. We are extremely satisfied so far.

8) What is your opinion on the current state of metal?

Our opinion on the current state of metal ... well, that's a big question that you can discuss for hours and hours. We just concentrate on thrash metal. Thankfully, thrash metal has proven that it is back to stay, since the second wave arose at the beginning of this millennium. Many of the old legendary thrash bands are still alive and kicking in spite of the difficult decade for the genre in the 1990s. And many of the old bands are re-uniting as well, so we can enjoy them once again. And it’s fantastic to see the growing number of new thrash bands and supporters increasing all the time. So the future looks really good for thrash metal, which I believe to be the metal subgenre that most followers of other metal genres can find unity in.

 9) How did you guys come up with your band name?

We needed a band name, so we sat down and read the lyrics to Slayer's "Hell Awaits" and came across the term in the title track. So whenever you’re in doubt in your life, play a Slayer record.

10) What can the fans expect to see from you in the future?

Fans of Hell’s Domain can expect that we are going out to play live and promote the new record. We have a few concerts scheduled in Denmark, as well as a mini tour in December 2013 in Germany where we are supporting the mighty Dark Tranquillity in Berlin, Essen and Hamburg. We look forward to see all the crazy bangers out there and drink a toast with them. And finally I can tell you that although we are currently working to promote the new album, we already have a devastating arsenal of new killer thrashin riffs in the making for the next album. Thrash 'till Death!


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