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Interview von: Daniel mit Ed und Rogga, am: 05.08.2010 ]

Death Metal-Supergruppen gibt es nicht viele und sie sind nicht in jedem Fall ein Garant für Qualität. Mitunter steckt hinter den Projekten bekannter Musiker doch keine gemeinsame Vision und es bleibt bei einem Marketinggag. Auch bei DEMIURG? Was kommt dabei heraus, wenn Szene-Legenden wie Ed Warby (Gorefest), Rogga Johansson (Ribspreader, The Grotesquery) und Dan Swanö (Edge Of Sanity, etc.) sich zusammentun? Einfache Antwort: Ein superbes Stück Todesblei! Music-Scan gab Ed und Rogga Gelegenheit zum genialen Output “Slakthus Gamleby” Stellung zu nehmen.


Musicscan: Your Myspace Page quotes, that Demiurg was planned as a creative outlet for primitive Death Metal. Now „Slakthus...“ ist totally different. Although it's still brutal death metal, it evolves in a direction I would call „sophisticated“. How would you describe the evolution the band has made and how did you end up being full of details, atmosphere and ideas?

Demiurg: Ed: That was Rogga’s original plan, once upon a time, but already when Dan and Johan got involved the level of technicality rose and this has only grown since. The cool thing about Demiurg to me is that the frame of the songs is still deeply primitive, but because of the stuff I, Johan and especially Dan add it evolves into something quite layered. I wouldn’t go so far as calling the pounding we regularly indulge in as sophisticated (I think Rogga will choke on his beer when he reads that word, haha), but it’s definitely a more polished affair than Rogga’s usual mongo-death.

Musicscan: The first impression I had was that Demiurg is somewhat heading in the direction of Edge Of Sanity. How great was Dans influence regarding his former projects. Or, to ask in a different way: Who of the members had the greatest impact on „Slakthus...“

Demiurg: Ed: Rogga wrote all the basic riffs, and then we all added equal parts to the mix. I suppose Dan’s contribution is more striking because he played some pretty virtuoso guitar- and keyboard stuff, but the songs transformed quite a bit from the demo’s already when I came up with the drum arrangements, and likewise Johan’s basslines changed many basic riffs into a progtastic spectacle.

Musicscan: What is the title and the lyrics about?

Demiurg: Rogga: The title is swedish for Slaughterhouse Gamleby, the later being my hometown. Theres no deeper meaning behind the title, I just thought it was equal amounts stupid and cool. The lyrics are in the same vein as on previous albums, some of the utterly Lovecraftian and others more personal thoughts on existence and its eventual end. Ive never really been able to indluge in total grossout gore lyrics so ususally it turns out more reflective on various matters. Ive chosen to make it more personal with Demiurg though, as I think Ive covered the basic religious tirades with most my other projects.

Musicscan: Is there any contemporary band that you would regard as an influence? Demiurg seem to me quiet influenced on older bands but doesn't sound like a retro-thing.

Demiurg: Ed: to me it’s a mix of all the stuff we like and listen to, within but absolutely not confined to a classic swedeath framework.

Demiurg: Rogga: As for Demiurg I would actually say Im not very influenced by any other band, more than for occasional riff steals or homgaes ofcorpse. In demiurg I can rather take any of my own ides and use them, wich makes me less influenced by other music than Id be in any of my other projects. Atleast thats how I feel, and if that is noticeable for others or not I couldnt say.

Musicscan: Is there any chance that we might see this band coming alive on stage?

Demiurg: Ed: not at this moment, but I’ve learned to never say never…

Musicscan: All of you have been in the business for quiet some time, especially playing in different death metal bands. What does this particular style of music mean to you? An escape? An attitude? A way to cope with the aggressive, rather dark side of the human nature?

Demiurg: Ed: Ever since I first heard death metal back in the late 80’s/early 90’s I „felt“ it, and it has remained my favourite style of metal ever since. It’s hard to explain, but good death metal can be so uplifting, so empowering, it’s unlike anything else. My musical taste is extremely diverse and ranges from all kinds of metal that don’t start with the word „nu“ to classic rock, soul, blues and even country, but my playing style is most suited to heavy music. I’m a very friendly fellow in real life, but obviously there’s a certain darkness and aggression that I tap into when I’m behind the kit, beating the hell out of it!

Demiurg: Rogga: I too listen to all sorts of music and always have, but heavy music is something that has always appealed to me. So for me its just natural to play and listen to extreme forms of metal and as far as I know its not because its regarded a dangerous or provocative music style. To me its just the haviness and brutality that appeals to me, Id listen to it even if the lyrical content would be based on stories about cuddling small animals. I think that would rather be to preferred too when it comes to many extreme styles of metal, I just couldnt care less about all these bands with attitude problems and lyrics just written to awake disgust or provoke.

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