Musicscan: Neuraxis’ sound is pretty unique for everyone who ever got in contact with you guys. What would you point out to be bands “trademarks”, and what makes the difference out of your view?
Neuraxis: Our goal is to write music that is challenging, memorable and highly intense. My main background is traditional heavy metal and thrash metal. I take inspiration from these styles and mix it with my death metal influences. Neuraxis is not about showing off all the techniques we know. Its about real songs that flow. There is a starting point, and the song will travel through ups and downs, twists and turns but will always come back something that helps build the song to a climax.
Musicscan: Do you still remember when you wrote your first song with Neuraxis and what it felt like and how it feels like now when you finish a song? How has your relationship to music and band changed over the years?
Neuraxis: I started writing music in Neuraxis back when I joined in 1996-97. Back then, the metal scene was not as open as it is. The internet wasn’t huge yet either. A lot of bands were either completely brutal, or completely melodic. I remember I wanted to mix styles. I was tripping on stuff like Dissection, At The Gates, Eucharist as well as Suffocation, Morbid Angel and Broken Hope. Over the years my guitar playing and songwriting has evolved but I still feel the same way about writing songs. It has to move me in order for me to show the rest of the band.
Musicscan: With this new wave of insane and technical grind/tech-metal-bands with influences ranging from progressive to jazz aren't you scared that it has become harder for Neuraxis to find its listeners? What have been the experiences you’ve made with younger audiences on your last few tours?
Neuraxis: It doesn’t worry me. I think those types of bands are hear today, gone tomorrow…no offense to anyone. I consider Neuraxis to have more of an authentic sound and I hope our albums will continue to grab new fans and listeners who enjoy hearing something more unique/original than your average clone band. So far on this Deicide tour, the responses from fans has been great. A lot of comments have been that our live show is super intense, tight and highly entertaining.
Musicscan: This whole underground-extreme-metal-thing turned more and more professional over the past few years. What do you think about it? Is the extreme-underground loosing its basis, identity and sincerity? Have there been benefits for Neuraxis?
Neuraxis: Yes its true. A lot of bands are more professional in their business and image. Players are more proficient and equipment/gear is also a lot more professional. I think the scene is evolving but their will always be more darker underground bands that don’t follow trends and stick to their own sound and values. I think Neuraxis appeals to both older school death metal fans and newer tech fans as well.
Musicscan: What lessons have you learned from being involved with the extreme-underground for a longer time? What has it done for you?
Neuraxis: Well I’ve been doing this for so long, I’ve learned a lot about the business aspect and also about managing a band. Loosing members, getting new ones, songwriting and recording skills. With technology progessing so fast, I’m still learning like everyone else. You can never stop learning, even if its from newer younger bands…you got to keep up with current ideas as much as old school ones.
Musicscan: Is there something that bores you about todays extreme-underground-scene, or maybe there is something you miss?
Neuraxis: It bores me to hear breakdowns and ultra technical tapping and sweep picking from all the thousands of bands that are doing nothing but ripping off other boring bands.
Musicscan: Are there any principles you would never give up to with Neuraxis? Which?
Neuraxis: As I mentioned, I draw from my traditional and thrash metal influences and I will never give up on that. This is the style of music that still hits a raw emotion to me. I will never start writing music to keep up with current trends.
Musicscan: Neuraxis have always been an extreme and straightforward band, never sticking to any formulas. But listening to the new songs and to Asylon quite a bit, I have been noticing a little more groove and flow together with a confident “traditional” approach. Is this something you guys tried to do with the new stuff or did the writing process just head in that direction?
Neuraxis: The songwriting just came out naturally for me. It was inspired by events in my life that occurred in the last few years, be it personal issues or band issues . When I got home from touring on the last album, and I picked up the guitar the music just came flowing out of me.
Musicscan: Musically and lyrically Neuraxis is a band fueled by raw emotion and a lot of hatred. What are the motives behind writing in this style, and what reactions are you seeking to evoke in your audience?
Neuraxis: Music and lyrics are very personal issues to us. Neuraxis doesn’t set out to write music to fit in a formula to reach a bigger audience. Sometimes the music will come out dark and vicious, and sometimes it will come out more melodic and progressive.
Musicscan: What makes Neuraxis special to you? How would you describe the essence of the band?
Neuraxis: The essence of Neuraxis is to write, record and play live our style of metal and hope that people will have the chance to see us live and listen to our albums. It will and always will come down to the music. This is what keeps it special to me. We write music that we enjoy playing and listening to.