Friday, March 13, 2015

Interview with Germany's Obscure Infinity done by Patrick on 3-13-15

Metal  Hails!!
Here  is a   new  interview  with  the  German  death metal band  "Obscure Infinity"   has  released their  new cd  "Perputal  Descending Into  Nothingness"  through  Germany's  FDA. Rekotz.
keep  it  heavy  and  have  a  good  weekend/week
Metal  Regards


Interview  with  Stefan Guitarist  for  Obscure   Infinity   done  by  Patrick

1.Metal  Hails  Stefan  how are things  going  in Germany  for  you  these  days? When  did you  first  discover  metal  music? Who  were  some  of  the  first  bands  you  listened to? Who  are some  of your  current favorite  bands?

Stefan: Hey! Things are going well for us! We feel fine, thank you! My journey started in 1990 when I got my first mix tape from a guy of my home village. On this tape were bands like Scorpions, Whitesnake, MSG and other Hard Rock bands. Soon I got into bands like Iron Maiden, Accept, Overkill, Helloween, Running Wild, Metallica, Queen and so on. Then came bands like Slayer, Exciter, Exodus before I was totally blown away by the upcoming Death Metal scene. I listened to bands like Death, Unleashed, Autopsy, Dismember, Grave, Morbid Angel, Pungent Stench, Disharmonic Orchestra, Pestilence and many more. This music was and is so fascinating to me. In that time from this point there was only Death Metal the right Metal for me, with a good distance I listen to all these great Hard Rock and Metal bands. My all time favourite band are the Scorpions.


2.When did  you first  meet the other members  of Obscure  Infinity? What  is  the  current line-up  for the  band? For  the readers who  have  never heard  Obscure   Infinity how  would  you  describe the  bands  music?


Stefan: Jules and me we know each other for a long time. Long before the band was born. We always talked about Metal stuff and at some point we were talking about the idea to start a Death Metal band. Back then we were not amused about the direction Death Metal took over the years. The main Death Metal scene was dominated by Technical, Brutal, Melodic Death Metal or Death Grind. So we had the vision to create a more atmospheric and organic type of Death Metal. Just like in the early days of the scene. It took a while until we really started the band...that was in late 2006. In early 2007 we created the band as a whole with a complete line up. The current line up is: Jules (Vocals), Kalle (Bass), Sascha and me (guitars) and O. (Drums). Hmm, how could I describe our style...we play traditional Death Metal with influences from Black and Thrash Metal. You can also hear some traditional Hard Rock and Heavy Metal influences, too. We keep a balance between harsh riffs, atmospheric passages and a little bit more melodious solo guitars.



3.Obscure Infinity has just  released their  third  cd "Perputal  Descending Into  Nothingness"  through  Germany's  Metal  label  FDA.Rekotz.How did  the  band  come  in  contact  with  this  label?

Stefan: Rico from FDA ordered CD´s and LP´s from us and we played on the „Grind the Nazi scum" festival. He is one of the organizors of this festival. We recognized that FDA is a label that releases some really cool bands and albums and so we talked about the idea to be a part of this label. Rico showed interest so we signed a contract about two albums for FDA.



4.How  long  did  it  take  the band to  write  and record  the  new  songs  for the   Perputal  Descending Into  Nothingness cd?Does the  whole  band take  part in the  writing  process  or  does  one member  usually  write  everything?

Stefan: It took around a year to write the songs for this record. We constantly rehearsed new songs so at the end we had so much material togehter that we recorded 12 tracks. 8 tracks plus intro made it on the record. The other songs will be released as split singles with other bands. Everything was recorded in march 2014. Having a whole month for the recordings gave us the chance to get the best out of every song. In July the album was mixed and mastered at Temple of Disharmony studios. I write all the music and Jules does the lyrics. And at rehearsals the whole band works out every song. I think that´s the best way of working for us.


5.Who  usually  writes the  lyrics for the  band? What  are some topics/subjects  you  all write about?

Jules: I just write what comes to my mind, there are no special topics. Of course the lyrics mainly deal with the dark, somber side of existence in different ways. I have no limits in mind, don´t know what will come next. But I´ll avoid war and gore stuff I guess. That woulnd´t fit to our music.



6.How has the response  been from the fans? What  about  the  press?

Stefan: The responses from both fans and press were really awesome. A lot cool reviews´s mind blowing! And the vinyl edition of the album was sold out only three days after release. These are things we really know to appreciate!


7.Besides the new cd/Lp does  Obscure Infinity  have  any  other  merchandise  available  for the  readers? If  yes  where  can the  fans  find  it?

Stefan: We have some shirts and hoodies in stock. Just look at under „stuff for sale"!

8.Does  Obscure  Infinity  have  any tours or  shows  planned  for  2015?  Where  are some  places/countries  you  will be  playing?

Stefan: We didn´t play live since Kill Town Death Fest 2013. This year we´re planning to play some live shows again. So if anybody is interested to book us feel free to contact us. There are already some shows planned. The first gig will be at the end of february in Limburg (Germany). This concert is for a good friend of us who sadly died last year.


9What  have  been  some  of   Obscure  Infinity"s   most  memorable  shows to date? If  you  could  set  up a dream tour/show  who  are  some  bands{past  or present} you  would  like to  share the  stage  with?

Stefan: Hmm, the coolest memories are without a doubt about our gig at the Party.San Festival 2012 and the Kill Town gig in 2013. But with most of our gigs we combine really positive memories. We met great bands and people in the years of this band´s existence. From the newer bands it would be cool to play with Skeletal Remains I think. I guess we would suit togehter really fine as a package. From past bands...Death would be my first choice!


10.Obscure  Infinity  comes  out  of  Germanys  metal  scene  what  is your   opinion  of Germany's  Metal  scene?

Stefan: Germany has a lot of awesome and really talented bands. There many bands with whom we have really great friendship. The scene is vital and strong so that we get recognized by people from other countries. That´s really cool. Beside that it´s great to see that nearly every german band has its very own sound.

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

Stefan: We have some really outstanding bands. Morgoth have to be mentioned here. Their first two EP´s and the „Cursed" album are classics. Then the first Atrocity album. Torchure and their „Beyond the veil" album were fuckin´ awesome! Lemming Project and Fleshcrawl are great bands as well. Also check out bands like Wound, Sulphur Aeon, Charon, Deathronation, Reckless Manslaughter, Lifeless, Revel In Flesh, Diabolical Imperium, Cryptic Brood, Arroganz or Eraserhead just to name a few of the „newer"ones.


12.Stefan  you  handle  the guitars  for  the  band  when  did  you  first become  interested  in  playing  the guitars? Are  you  self taught  or  did you take  lessons  when first learning?

Stefan: I guess it was around 13 when I got more and more interested into guitar playing. I got my first guitar with 14 I think, haha. I took guitar lessons back then. My guitar teacher was a Jazz guitar player what was good for stuff like a good technique, music theory and chord knowledge. But most of the stuff I play today is self taught. For me it´s the best way to find your own style of playing.

13.Who  are some  of your  influences/favorite  guitarists? Do  you  currently play  any  other    instruments?

Stefan: My all time favourite guitar players are Uli Jon Roth, Brian May, Yngwie Malmsteen, Joe Satriani and Eddie Van Halen. When it comes to guitar music I listen to many styles. I also love the guitar playing of Randy Rhoads, Steve Vai, Paul Gilbert, Shawn Lane, Marty Friedman, Jason Becker, Greg Howe, Tony MacAlpine, Mark Knopfler...I could go on and on with that list, haha...and no, I don´t play any other instrument.


14.In  your  opinion what is the  best and  worst thing  about  the Underground  scene today? And  what does Underground  Metal  mean  to you?

Stefan: Underground Metal is the music we want to play. If you are not satisfied to be in an underground band you have to play a totally different style of music. So that´s the place we belong to. That means underground to me: Total devotion to the music, you´re playing without any financial expectation and total control about your music and your band.


15.Stefan  are you  or  any  of the  members  currently  working  with  other  bands If  yes  please  tell the  readers  about  them?

Stefan: Jules plays guitar at live gigs of a Black Metal band (Chaos Invocation), O. plays drums for Membaris, Chaos Invocation and Porta Nigra, Kalle plays drums in a Hard Rock band and I recorded some solos for Porta Nigras two albums (the new album will be released soon) and for Membaris and Reckless Manslaughter

16.Thank  you  for taking  the  time  Stefan  to  fill out  this  interview.Do  you  have  any  final  comments  for  the  readers?

Stefan: We thank you for your interest and support! Thanks to all the people who supported us over the years! Thanks to the online and print zines for the awesome reviews and of course to the people who bought the new record! We really know to appreciate this! We hope to see you soon on the road!!!

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