Musicscan: Dabei passt es, dass die Briten auf Bildern immer nur mit Masken auftreten, um allein ihre Musik sprechen zu lassen und ihre Persönlichkeiten zu verschleiern. DRAGGED INTO SUNLIGHT wollen weder gefallen noch die breite Masse erreichen. Es geht ihnen darum, maximal zu drücken und einen rohen, rigorosen Metal-Sound zu erschaffen. Die Mischung aus direkten Tempo-Attacken und schleppender Brachialität erreicht die beabsichtigte Wirkung und ist nicht Anderes als ein krasser, unheilvoller Downer. Die sieben Tracks von „Hatred For Mankind” fallen allesamt destruktiv, nihilistisch und unglaublich hasserfüllt aus. DRAGGED INTO SUNLIGHT vergessen dabei glücklicherweise nicht ein Mindestmaß an Melodie und Struktur. Hat man sich erst einmal in den düsteren Metal-Sound hinein gehört, stellt man sogar überrascht fest, dass die vier Briten richtig gute Songwriter sind, die nie den Überblick verlieren.
Musicscan: For some time now, the harder music scene seems to go even more extreme than ever before. Bands are pushing the boundaries as far as complexity, technical approach and extreme arrangements are concerned. What are your thoughts on this and where do you see Dragged Into Sunlight in the grand scheme?
Dragged Into Sunlight: The spectrum of extreme music is so irrevocably vast, yet there is something uneasy about pushing boundaries for the sake of it. Extreme music should evolve and progress naturally. We did not convene Dragged Into Sunlight with a view towards solely pushing the boundaries of extreme music. Rather what we have opted to do was an obvious and natural next step. A pooling of our influences expelled in one foul breath.
Dragged Into Sunlight sits comfortably in the ‘grand scheme’ of things knowing that what we do comes naturally to us. We do this with our eyes closed. What you see is what you get or rather what you get is what you see, or perhaps what we want you to see.
Although extreme music continues to progress, you have to assess the weight which is given to many of the releases out there. People will always listen to Incantation, Deicide and Mayhem, but there are many releases which will disappear into obscurity.
The most extreme aspect to Dragged Into Sunlight is the raw sincerity and commitment to what we do. It comes naturally to us and is far more important than pushing boundaries.
Musicscan: What sort of evolution has the band gone through after the release of Hatred For Mankind? You probably have already written a couple of new songs as it is out for a couple of months now!?
Dragged Into Sunlight: Dragged Into Sunlight has continued uninterrupted since the release of Hatred for Mankind. We’re in the fortunate position of feeling as if we’re still exploring our initial stages. We’ve been working on the first in a trilogy of informal releases known as Widowmaker for some time now. We’re due to start recording in December 2010. As fans of extreme metal, this is an interesting piece sourced from a variety of influences. Whilst Widowmaker does not represent what are perhaps the most recognisable aspects of Dragged Into Sunlight, it is another face. It is slower and more intricate but somehow more volatile and hideously angry.
Musicscan: Do you still remember when you wrote your first song for/with Dragged Into Sunlight and what it felt like and how it feels like now when you finish a song? How has your relationship to the music and the band changed so far?
Dragged Into Sunlight: Hatred for Mankind is our first formal release, prior to which we released Terminal Aggressor, a limited recording available on cassette tape. We’ve always known this was the right path for us and our relationship with both the music and Dragged Into Sunlight as a concept remains the same. We appreciate the life span of this band and the moment we feel like what we’re doing is no longer necessary, we’ll disappear. In the interim, we’ll continue to create music.
Exorcising each aspect to our music can prove tiresome and overwhelming as with any band. As a whole, however, the gradual creative and layering process is our contribution to extreme music and that is what we continue to strive for. The finality of a finished recording is something to reflect on, to know that it will always be there gives those involved a microscopic stake in the grand scheme of things.
Musicscan: What are you looking for in a song in general? Do you think there are still genuinely new sounds to be discovered or can modern extreme metal music basically be said to be a recombination of already existing forms and elements?
Dragged Into Sunlight: It depends. If you’re pushing boundaries for the sake of it, it becomes a struggle to relate, perhaps because the reality you’re presenting doesn’t really exist.
A focal point for Dragged Into Sunlight is the raw and punishing sincerity of our delivery. We present our reality as it is perceived and that is the bind between us. Generally, we look for a sound which represents our collective efforts. It comes in many different forms.
We rely heavily on our influences and we’re relatively humble to that fact, however, there is an aspect to our sound which comes solely from our individual identities. The point is that, in a scene where there is argument that extreme music can be said to be a recombination of existing forms and elements, individuality is all you have. Of course there is always scope for new sounds to be discovered, it is however largely dependent on the individuals involved. Whilst we rely on existing forms and elements, Dragged Into Sunlight also has many individual aspects.
Musicscan: Do you think it's more important for metal-bands to observe the traditions of a style, or to push the genre's boundaries? Is there a way to achieve a balance between progression and tradition?
Dragged Into Sunlight: Dragged Into Sunlight began as a tribute to those bands we grew up listening to. Without bands such as Cephalic Carnage, Pig Destroyer and Mugwart, it is not only the case that we would not be doing what it is we do, but we would not be the individuals we are today. Music is such an important aspect to each of our lives.
There is a lot of recycled, second rate black metal diluting extreme music at the moment. It is our opinion that if you want to sound like Weakling or Isengard, you’re too late. Many bands do come to the genre with empty hands bringing nothing new.
The balance is relatively easy to achieve if you’re able to reflect on your influences whilst at the same time, delivering an objective and competent assessment of what it is that you intend to add and why it is necessary. Tradition is as important as progression, there seems little point in re-iterating words already spoken for the sake of reminder.
Musicscan: Is there something like a main idea that runs through all of your music, something that perhaps connects the individual songs you‘ve created for Hatred For Mankind?
Dragged Into Sunlight: Total disgust.
Musicscan: Musically and lyrically Dragged Into Sunlight seems like a band fueled by raw emotion. What are the motives behind writing in this style, what reactions are you seeking to evoke in your audience?
Dragged Into Sunlight: Audiences are a secondary consideration for us, we’ve all been doing this too long to waste time on what other people think of us. We present our portrayal of how we see extreme metal in 2010 and beyond. If you don’t like it, don’t listen.
We seek to evoke those feelings which people would otherwise seek to repress, misery, lonliness and hatred. We want each person in the room to reflect on their self-worth and assess why it is they bother to breath 24000 times each day.
Musicscan: From what there is to hear on Hatred For Mankind you have a pretty diverse background!? Is there any benefit from past bands you’ve been involved with?
Dragged Into Sunlight: We have a very diverse pallet of influences. Dragged Into Sunlight is not, however, a stepping stone from our previous projects. In fact, it is something which should have been done a long time ago. It was the first step which we all missed and we’ve wasted a lot of time and effort as a result. It is something we all wanted to do, but failed to do until we were out of options and had nothing left to lose. In many ways, that same total lack of care is evident in the nihilistic approach to the music we have created ever since.
Musicscan: What, in your opinion, are the most exciting aspects about Hatred For Mankind?
Dragged Into Sunlight: It offers our interpretation of extreme metal at present. Either this is one of the most exciting contributions you’ve heard or it is a piece which you are completely unable to relate to. Neither opinion carries any weight with us. The most exciting aspect of Hatred For Mankind is that we feel it is only the beginning.
Musicscan: Can you take one „typical“ Dragged Into Sunlight song and explain what you hope people are getting out of it, please.
Dragged Into Sunlight: You can listen to any Dragged Into Sunlight track, pick out our individual influences throughout the recording and then buy that bands back catelogue. This is what matters to us and this is what we hope you’re getting out of it.
Musicscan: Lastly, what has been your proudest moment being in Dragged Into Sunlight so far?
Dragged Into Sunlight: There isn’t a single particularly proud moment anymore. We’ve had the utmost honour of working with such well respected bands and individuals. Each day is as proud as the last now. This hideous creation is our own doing and we intend to take it to the furthest extent possible.