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Interview with Jan of Rademassaker by Lucifer Elena

1. What inspired you and Felix to start Rademassaker? Tell us a little history behind your band and band members.
When my last band Blizzard split up through personal differences, I thought about forming something new. My brother Felix always wanted to play in a Death Metal Band, so I asked him if he wanna do some noise with me. Soon we found our direction, ultra brutal and fast Death Metal with no compromises. A short time after this we recorded the first demo-tape with very raw and unpolished stuff. But Felix wasn't as freaky as me. He was too lazy and had to many other things going on in his life. So we decided that it would be the best for both of us, if I'd do this alone. So this was no decision with bad blood, ya know?! I also wasn't really satisfied with this super fast stuff, cause I'm more into this primitive old-school Death Metal. So I changed the direction at that time and began to write this typical stuff Rademassaker is standing for today.

2. Why did you chose this name, Rademassaker? What does it mean to you?
As we were talking about a band name, my brother thought he made a good joke, when he said Rademassaker, haha! But I like this name a lot, cause the English-spoken meaning "Raid Massacre" is cool and it's almost sure, that no other band in the whole world will ever have the same name. There are so many bands with the same names; it's very hard to find a new and good-sounding name. So I'm really satisfied with Felix' idea!

3. Many people still haven't heard your music. You say that you are primitive old school death metal but what else would you add to this? What bands influence your style?
Yeah, describing always is very hard. Cause when you compare your band with well-known acts, people can be disappointed very fast when they hear your stuff. My sound basically is inspired by Celtic Frost, Autopsy, Slaughter and Pungent Stench. But it's impossible to reach the class of these gods. I just want to play the sound that I want to hear; and that's stuff for head bangers! For me this must be primitive, powerful and catchy. Not thousands of breaks and all this sick musician-competition-shit... Some other bands which influenced the Rademassaker-sound are: Impetigo, Blood, Mortician, Winter, Disastrous Murmur, old Grave, Asphyx, Massacre and old Messiah.

4. Are you and Felix still in contact? Are you still on good terms?
Come on, haha! He's my brother! ;) And I never want to miss him! He lives in the same town and we meet at least one time in the week for some beers. He's happy that I'm doing this music on my own now, so I'm not getting on his nerves every day, haha... But he's still one of the most important persons, when I want to hear an opinion on new songs that I've made. And he's very critical!

5. Was "Gnawing on a rotten piece of flesh" your first release/demo? How would you compare this to your latest assault "Satanic Zombie Hordes"?
Art by Vince Locke "Gnawing on a rotten piece of flesh" was the second release. The first demo-tape was just entitled "Rademassaker" and was recorded with my brother on vocals. Otherwise I might say that "Gnawing on a rotten piece of flesh" was the first release with the typical Rademassaker-sound. It's almost impossible to compare "Satanic Zombie Hordes" with the "Gnawing..."-demo. The original demos were limited to 30-66 pieces and had not so good artworks. This stuff was real underground! "Satanic Zombie Hordes" is a damned nice demo-compilation with professional artwork and it's released on a real cool underground-label!

6. "Satanic Zombie Hordes" was released on Redrum Records (Will Rahmer of Mortician's record label). How did you feel about releasing your album on Redrum Records? How did you you and Will get in contact?
It feels great! And it's the first release on Redrum Records; that's a thing I'm very proud of, too! It was great to get out this release on Will's label! The Rademassaker-demos weren't distributed and promoted in the usual way. I only made very small quantities and gave them out to some friends and fanzine-writers. I also was sending some of the tapes to Will, cause I'm a big Mortician-fan. As I knew that he's into this primitive old-school stuff, I just wanted to have his opinion on my demos. One day I got an e-mail from Will, where he offered me the record-deal with Redrum. I was really shocked!!! Will Rahmer wants to release MY stuff on his own label??! I couldn't believe it! But it really happened and I hope to do some more releases with Will in the future!

7. Tell us what your album is about? What ideas/movies influenced "Satanic Zombie Hordes"?
It's a Death Metal-album with those typical horror- and gore-lyrics. The lyrics aren't directly inspired from movies. First I write the music, listen to it and then I think about what story could fit. So, you see, the lyrics are mostly inspired by the music. But these sick thoughts are just a tool to make these songs complete. I love it to use all these satanic, gore and metal clichés, cause they're much cooler than those "I wanna tell you something really important"-lyrics.

8. The art is excellent. You got this from artist Vincent Locke. How did you find this artist and was this the idea you wanted for your cover?
I came to Vince through his work he did for Cannibal Corpse. I love his stuff!!! He also did some great work for a Comic called DEAD WORLD. I have many of those comics and I wanted to use an artwork, which was in one of these issues. So I contacted Vince and asked; but he wasn't happy with my decision and told me, that he'd rather want to do some new artwork for me. So I told him how the artwork for "Satanic Zombie Hordes" should look like and he did it! He did a real great job and I'm very happy to have an original Locke in my living-room now.

9. Tell us how you have been recieved in your own country, Germany? And if you have gotten response from other places that have surprised you. Tell us about the metal scene in your country. Do you feel it is as united as other metal lovers might expect?
I got some nice reactions - But it's a little bit too early now. Most of the reviews aren't written until now and not so many people know about this release. I've answered about 3-4 interviews in German fanzines yet. And I've found some real cool underground-maniacs all over the world! Interviews I also got from fanzines of Australia, Poland and Thailand - it's very exciting!!! The German scene is really o.k. Many bands come on tour here and most of the fans are really possessed by Metal! The Germans may be not freaking out as much as the fans in South-America at the shows, but the fans take it very serious here with their "metal way of life"!

10. What kind of merchandise is available from Rademassaker?
I have some black shirts in M, L and XL for sale; bothside (white) printed. Anyone interested can check them on my site. CD's are available directly at REDRUM RECORDS or at distributions. I guess that some time shirts with the cover artwork will be available at Redrum-Records, too.

11. Have you recieved offers to do compilations or tributes? What band's music would you like to do a cover of?
I've recorded a Nunslaughter-Coverversion called "Sacrificial Zombie" This song will be a part of a Nunslaughter-Tribute, which will be released through Morbid Souls Music. But I don't know exactly when it will be released and if it will be a on 7"collection or on a LP-Vinyl. I'm not so much into coverversions, but I could imagine doing covers of Blood or Impetigo.

12. Have you played any live shows? What bands would you most likely enjoy touring with?
I've never played live with Rademassaker. But I'd love to! When the band is a little bit more known, I will search for a session-drummer and a session-guitarist to play some live-gigs. I can't say when this will be- but I hope that this will happen!

13. Any last words?
Thank you for the interview Elena! It was a pleasure for me to answer your questions! Keep the hell burning & say hello to the mighty New York Death Metal Hordes!!!