Here is a new interview with the legendary Swedish old-school death metal band Centinex.Who discuss the newest release and the past and future of the band.Anyone interested to learn more defintly read the interview and buy the bands newest release "Doomsday Rituals" through the mighty Agonia Rec.
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Interview with Martin Bassist of Centinex done by Patrick
1.Hello Martin thank you for taking the time to fill this interview out please introduce yourself to the readers?
Well I'm Martin, founding member, bassist, main song-writer and somekind of leader in CENTINEX.
2. Martin you first formed Centinex in 1990 what gave you the idea to start this band? And in 2006 you all stopped the band why did you decide to put the band on hold?
I have been listening to metal since the mid 80's and always looking for more and more extreme bands. As I had started to play guitar around the same time my musical taste also influenced my guitar playing and when the first Swedish death metal bands came in the late 80's and early 90's i was hooked. I wanted to start a band and that way CENTINEX was boen.
We kept on going during all the years, releasing albums, doing a lot of shows and so on but in 2006 I felt I had reached the end due to personal and musical differences with the rest of the band. So I buried everything, that was it.
3.You reformed Centinex in 2014 what gave you all the idea to reform the band? And how would you say Centinex's music has changed over the years?
Between 2006 and 2014 a lot of the old releases were re-released etc so there was a constant interested in the band even if we weren'r active.
I had been thinking of puting CENTINEX back together since 2012 or something but hadn't had time, then in early 2014 I felt that now or never.
When I announced the return with a new line-up and all that, I had already some new material written and ready. This is why we were able to enter the studio and record "Redeeming Filth" rather fast after the announcement.
Musically the "new" CENTINEX is a bit different than the old version of the band, now we do not focus that much on speed and melodies but more on mid-tempo headbanging friendly DEATH METAL !!
4. Centinex is getting ready to release the new cd "Doomsday Rituals" how long did it take the band to write the music for this release? And does the whole band work on the music or does one member usually write everything?
It took about 3-4 months to write the music. I wrote everything, the music, and the vocalist wrote all the lyrics. Everything went pretty fast but this is basic death metal, it doesn't have or need to take longer than that.
5.How would you say Centinex's music has evolved and changed since the beginning of the band til present day?
As I said, the music is now a bit more slower and more based around riffs instead of melodies and speed. Basically you can say that the band is now more influenced by the early American death metal bands than those from Sweden.
6.What have been Centinex's most memorable shows over the years?
There have been many so it's impossible to pick any special one. In general we enjoy doing shows and tours so we try to make the best of every show.
7.Does the band have any upcoming tours to tell the readers about? And if yes where are some places the band will be touring?
We have a lot of festivals coming up this summer and autumn and a European tour will follow in 2017. All details will be revealed soon so keep your eyes open.
8.I n your opinion what is the best and worst thing about the underground scene these days? And what does underground metal mean to you?
The worst thing in my opinion is that there are too many bands, too many labels and it's too easy to release albums these days. back in the early 90's there were also many bands but far from as many as today, and those bands who got to release albums did really deserve it, they had something to offer. Today anyone can record an album and get it to sound good with modern equipment, then you can have it out through a label or by yourself and in the end this leads to the fact that the scene will be flooded with crappy releases from crappy bands and quality bands disappear easily in the stream of shit. For me there is no underground anymore, not in the same way as 20--25 years ago.
9. Centinex comes out of the mighty Swedish death metal scene what is your opinion of Sweden's death metal scene ? And do you feel it has gotten better or worse since the mid 1990's?
As you maybe understand I think things have become worse, in my opinion.
10. Who are your all-time favorite Swedish metal bands? And are their any new bands you feel the readers should watch out for?
I don't have any all-time favorite bands, instead favorite albums. They are the debuts from GRAVE, UNLEASHED, DISMEMBER and ENTOMBED. As for new bands, yes there are some great ones but in general, the old ones were better.
11.When not writing new music or preparing for a show what do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Besides playing in CENTINEX I do also play in DEMONICAL (the band I started in 2006 after I quit CENTINEX) and run my own booking and management agency, Dreamtide Music, so I really have no free time.
12.Thank you Martin for taking the time to fill this interview out.Do you have any final comments for the readers?
Thank you for supporting us and real death metal!