Death To Music are proud to bring to bring to your downloading attention the mighty sound of a little known death metal band from Estonia - 'Mass In Comatose' create a real classic Death Metal sound comparable to 'Necrotism' era Carcass and many other great bands without losing their own unique individual sound. With socially aware lyrics and themes, you'd have to be a complete numpty to not download this one. This is definitely NOT just another band with a spikey un-readable logo - this is the real shit. We spoke to guitarist Riho to help you get a better undertsanding of Mass In Comatose and something to read while you download their stonking debut recording - the E.P 'Sempiternal Nightmare Industry' ;.
Riho (guitars) Siim (Bass/Vox)
Basically, the band saw it’s
light of day in early 2007, when I parted ways with Nihilistikrypt
on account of musical and some other differences. Having much stuff in
drawer, so to speak, waiting for an outlet, I hooked up with Ove
from Aeon Aethereal who I’d worked with
on one occasion in the past and our "chemistry“ worked o we
started to arrange to material on two guitars.
Come summer, we found Siim to play bass
and thus the basic line-up was complete. In the mean time there was quite
a quest to find a vocalist. We auditioned many, including Ove’s
brother Ott from AA. Due to his lack of time, he only had time to contribute
the lyrics to "Control the Masses“. Siim took up the
vocal duties and it seems he does a bang up job at it. In the first quarter
of 2008 we started to record the EP using Thonolan's
(from the band Urt) services for the drumming
and here we are. Well if we consider arithmetical average then it is 23
- You do the math ;).
You have managed to forge metal which has comparisons to Carcass (Necrotisism era), Entombed, The Haunted and even Morbid Angel – pretty much the cream of the crop. How do you see your sound?
Well, first of all, thank you
for comparing us with masters like that. I have been fan of those bands
for a long time. Especially Morbid Angel, Carcass,
old Entombed and Fear Factory
! Of course, while writing songs I didn’t plan on sounding
like someone particular but it’s quite difficult to dodge your influences.
Since most the the basic material for this EP was written by me and later
arranged by Ove and Siim, it’s quite obvious it’s my influences
that shine out the most. Although it’s probable that the future
material is going to sound a little more varied on account of the other
guys contributing more but the overall direction is going to remain the
Basically we do our own thing. If you start writing your music after current trends then it isn’t worth it. Music has to mean something to yourself. If it coincides with whatever trends going on at the moment, then fine but isn’t a goal in itself. It may sound more than cliché but we don’t follow what’s hit at the moment.
message is apparent in the material – You have quite a cynical outlook
on humanity and the industrialised world – what are for you the most
pressing issues facing the global society ? What are your thoughts on the
world today ?
Actually contrary to what it
might seem our message isn’t really political. The lyrics seem cynical
but it’s just an interpritation of what I’ve seen going on
in the world at the time. The basis of it all being that nothing is never
as it seems. I try not to put ideas into peoples minds but just describe
things how I see them and maybe just to show the way to the door that
in my opinion is worth opening and exploring (refering to the movie
The Matrix - I can only show you the door, open it you
have to yourself).
You have grown up in Estonia, which is a former USSR state – How do you compare any memories of living under Communism to living in the „free“ world of mass consumption ? Is it much better or are the 'masses in comatose' ? Have you ever seen the great german film "Goodbye Lenin“ ?
I guess this one is for me because
I am the only one old enough to remember the soviet
times. To make it really short, during the soviet regime there mostly
weren’t any worries about basic amenities (education, medicine
was free and no problems with employment) but you had to always be
loyal ideologically no matter what, just believe whatever the superiors
were telling you. The right to express yourself your own thoughts was
very limited - there was very strict control. Believe me, I’ve had
my share of KGB encounters though I was pretty
young (pretty similar to Orwell’s "1984“)
but human values remained and in some way there was a feeling of togetherness
– a community separate from the authorities.
You have chosen to make your music available through Death to Music Productions – that’s awesome for us, because your music is of such a high quality – why did you chose to take this path ? What do your make of the current state of the „metal“ music industry ?
We are thankful for You for
this opportunity to spread our music. This was quite logical for us. We
do not expect everyone to understand this (and most of them do not)
and everyone has their own way about spreading their music but in times
like this our way we chose DTM because to unknown band like us this is
good opportunity to promo us and the conceptual thing is similar. Conceptual
thing is important.
|What are the future
plans for Mass in Comatose? Do you think you can do better than this awesomely
outstanding piece of classy death metal?
We plan to be as open-minded
as possible and not to limit ourselves to any preset guidelines. We’re
already working on new material and it’s probably going to be a
little different from the material on the EP on account of the other guys
contributing as mentioned before. But on the whole the direction is going
the be the same. Overall, we are planning to write things according to
a timetable most convient to us. No pressure or haste so to say. We do
not know if we can do better. We’ll try to do our own thing as best
we can !
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