DAEMONICUS (Sweden) Interview by thecoreofbrutality

DAEMONICUS (Sweden) Interview

by thecoreofbrutality

By Meowmix


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

Well the story of Daemonicus goes back to 2006, when myself (PO), Jörgen and Stefan decided to start a serious band and try to record a couple of songs. We started up as a thrash band actually but we drifted into death metal almost instantly, since that’s the music we all knew we wanted to play. We recruited Magnus (Boström) on drums and eventually Tommi (Konu) joined on bass and we recorded our debut album Host of Rotting Flesh. Nowadays days Daemonicus looks a little bit different since both Magnus and Tommi has left the band. We got a hold of Martin and Johan to fill their places and let me tell you. We have never sounded this good! As I’m sure you can hear on our new album “Deadwork”.


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

When it comes to the lyrics, we like to tell a story. Something that has a beginning and leads you towards the end. Instead of just repeating verses over and over. Our themes are mostly based on horror in some ways. Like in the song “Inhabited” which is on “Deadwork”, it is mainly inspired by a certain horror movie and the story that the movie is based on. But horror comes in many forms and we also like to express our feelings about religion in our lyrics. Since religion itself may very well be the root of all evil!


3. How have the gigs you guys been doing been?

Earlier this year we toured with the Polish veterans Christ Agony, We learned a lot from them and we all felt that our performance was getting better and better each and every night. When we enter the stage we take no prisoners. We are waging a full blown war on stage every time we play and that’s exactly what we have always been about.


4. What equipment do you guys use?

Well me and Jörgen both used to have Engl amps until mine broke down. He still uses his Powerball, but I have gone over to a Peavey 6505. We both had a sponsorship deal for guitars with a local brand, but when I got my hands on a Gibson Flying V, I never looked back. That’s the guitar for me! Other than that we like to keep it simple. We have the boss tuners and to no one’s surprise we use the legendary Boss HM-2 pedal combined with the distortion from the amps. That’s all there is to it.


5. What bands have influenced your band and its sound?

Of course a lot of bands from the 90’s are a big part of our music and will remain a big inspiration to us, whatever else we are inspired by, since we all love that music and at least I consider it to be the way death metal is supposed to sound. Lots of bands these days are trying their very hardest to play faster and more complicated than the competition. And even though I still listen to that kind of music a lot, it will never be music I want to play. But I’m still sure you can hear influences from modern bands as well. We are not narrow minded when it comes to embracing influences. We just know what we want to accomplish with Daemonicus.


6. Do you remember your first show and what was it like?

Yes I do. We made our first show here in Umeå in 2006, and our second show the day after, in a place called Hörnefors. Which is the town Me, Jörgen and Stefan are from. We played the 4 songs of our own that we had just released on a the demo “Demon Inside” And we also played a couple of cover songs, from Amon Amarth, Grave and even Metallica I think! We managed to get through the songs and we had a good time so I guess we could consider it a success!


7. What made you guys decide to form a band?

We were in another band before we started Daemonicus. But we were only goofing around, drinking beers and recorded whatever we came up with. But somewhere we reached a point where we had to decide either to call it quits or make an effort to create something real. I’m glad to say we chose the latter. And when we started to record our first demo and realized the potential it had, we knew we made the right choice.


8. What is your opinion on sites posting your guys material and other bands material?

If it is illegal downloading you are referring to then we like to focus on the positive effects that it has. Specially for smaller bands. We get our music out to every corner of the world and hopefully the ones who dig the music will buy the album and come to the shows and pick up a shirt as well! And as they say. All publicity is good publicity.


9. Is there any bands that you guys enjoyed playing with more than the others?

We enjoyed the company of the guys in Christ Agony very much, and I think it was a great collaboration we had, where we would warm up the audience to the bursting point and then Christ Agony would enter the stage and finish them off!

But there are lots of bands in and around Umeå that we always get a kick out of playing with. Like Feral or Raging Steel just to name a few


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

Although classifications can be helpful when describing a certain band or a certain sound. I still feel that it is wrong to put labels on music. It should be up to the listener to decide what he or she is listening to. It’s either metal, or it’s not. Simple as that.


11. What song do you enjoy playing the most?

We have always loved playing songs like “Carnage”, “Unrest In Peace” and “Breeding In Decay” which are all from our debut album. But now when we have a new album out we had to rearrange the setlist quite a lot to make room for new material. I think that songs like “Nothing but Death” and “A Dead Work of Art” are songs that are going to stick with us for a long time. It just feels awesome to unleash them, and we are going to have a hell of a setlist, I promise you that.


12. When not doing things with the band, what can you guys be seen doing?

Most of us have kids and families so naturally that takes up lots of the free time. But of course being a musician these days almost certainly means that you have a couple of side projects as well. Me and Jörgen are trying to get the material together and record a full length with “Sanity of Impiety”. And Martin has “Hate Ammo” and Johan is keeping himself busy with a couple of black metal projects as well.


13. Your biggest band moment?

I remember when we first got signed. That was a big moment for us! We had a big celebration and all. We had so many big band moments since then, like going on our first tour and first TV appearance and many more. However there is one moment that sticks out from the rest. When we opened up for “Asphyx” in Bucharest on a packed club named The Silver Church. And afterwards hanging out with the band and having a good time. It was awesome!


14. What is your opinion on the current state of metal?

The current state of metal is healthy and productive. Just this year there has been so many awesome releases, the list is too long. That has got to count for something, right? 2012 is a good metal year if you ask me.


15. How did you guys come up with your band name?

We had such a hard time coming up with a band name that we all liked and would fit us. We had a couple of different names on a try out for a while, until one night I was watching The X-Files on TV. That episode was named Daemonicus and the word kept coming up a couple of times during the episode and I just knew that was our name. I told the guys the following day and they all agreed! It’s Latin and means Possessed by demons.


16. What can the fans expect to see from you in the future?

We are currently working on new material and the plan is to record the next full length sometime in 2013, and hope for a release in late 2013 or early 2014. Other than that we are going to try to play as many shows as possible in the spring of 2013 and hopefully do some touring as well.


Interview link: http://thecoreofbrutality.blogspot.com/2012/11/daemonicus-interview.html

Daemonicus links:

Myspace: www.myspace.com/wwwdaemonicusnu

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Daemonicus.nu

Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/daemonicus

Last fm: www.last.fm/music/Daemonicus

Abyss Records links:

Label & Online Music Store: www.officialabyssrecords.com

Myspace: www.myspace.com/abyssrecordsofficial

Facebook: www.facebook.com/OfficialAbyssRecords

Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/label/abyssrecords

Last fm: www.last.fm/label/AbyssRecords

Youtube: www.youtube.com/user/MinionfortheAbyss

To purchase DAEMONICUS “Deadwork” go to: www.officialabyssrecords.com/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=daemonicus


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