Musicscan: What was the biggest and the most primary reason you got into extreme music? Has this reason changed until today as the band is around for some time now? What are you going for with MAN MUST DIE in general?
Man Must Die: I really love aggressive music first and foremost, everything from death metal to "real" hardcore punk. There's something primal about it and how it makes me feel, it's like a kind of therapy i guess hah
Man Must Die: If i have a really bad day rather than punch some dickhead in the face i put on Reign in Blood and it helps relieve the tension lol. With regards to MMD we really try to write the music that we want to hear that we don't hear other bands doing. We are really into writing good songs and not just showing off how many notes we can play. There's a serious lack of good song writers in metal nowadays and we are trying to i guess bring that back especially in the extreme metal scene. You can be really aggressive and still write a memorable tune it does not always need to be about who is the fastest drummer or whatever, that shit just bores the shit outta me.
Musicscan: How do you feel about your place within the heavy scene as well as in between tradition and gaining new ground to bring forth what the metal heroes you grew up with did before MAN MUST DIE were around?
Man Must Die: I'm very proud of what we have achieved thus far, we have a very loyal fan base that are super into what we do and that's all that really matters to us. We are always trying to push the boundries of what we do and i think that's what makes us stand out from a lot of bands in the extreme metal genre.
Musicscan: Looking on extreme music in general you can find lots of sub-scenes and styles, the underground is changing all the time. Are there bands you feel connected with that might have a similar agenda to what you have with MAN MUST DIE?
Man Must Die: That's hard to say because everyone has their own vision of what they want to sound like. I guess maybe bands like Dillinger Escape Plan or Mastodon, not that we sound like those bands but like us they seem to try something different with every record and they don't seem to pander to trends, they just write what they want to write and i totally respect that.
Musicscan: Words like vicious or dangerous have to be used to describe the style your band is playing. Is that what you're going for?
Man Must Die: Yeah i suppose you could say that, it's not like we are trying to be controversial or anything like that but we try to write from a street level perspective where all the real shit goes down. We are all from working class backgrounds and know what it's like to struggle growing up so it's only natural for our music to reflect that. I grew up in Govan which is one of the roughest parts of Glasgow so it's not like i'm going to start singing songs about wizards and dragons and all that cheesy shit. I've experienced and seen all kinds of fucked up shit and i use MMD as a means to express how i feel and what i have observed.
Musicscan: What separates your band from other extreme bands from your point of view? What are you doing to create own trademarks?
Man Must Die: We think outside the box more than a lot of "extreme" metal bands and i think that's what makes us stand out from the rest. We really don't give a shit whats trendy we just do what we do and it's served us well thus far so why mess with it?.
Musicscan: The style MAN MUST DIE is playing finds separation through passion and honesty. It's well balanced, brutal and having a good dramaturgy to keep things interesting. What is your attitude towards metal in general and towards being MAN MUST DIE in particular?
Man Must Die: I think for the most part metal sucks right now, there are very few bands that interest me. I still listen to old classic stuff that i grew up with but to me metal nowadays falls into two cattagories either it's cheesy Viking bullshit or super technical "look how fast i can play". There are still a few bands that i really dig but for the most part everyone just sounds the same or they're rehashing old shit from the past and doing it really badly. Like i said before we try to think outside the box and make things interesting for the listener. I love albums that have slow songs, fast songs, heavy songs you name it, it's called dynamics but sadly most newer bands don't know the meaning of the word.
Musicscan: With the extreme sound and the “extreme crossover” style that you guys have does it give you a lot more freedom when you're going to record new material to go in a different direction and not be constrained?
Man Must Die: We have no constraints when it come to writing, we write what we want and that's the bottom line. Music is about free expression not stylized mass production. That's the problem with metal today it's turned into pop in the sense that it's written for mass appeal rather than what it was originally which was the complete opposite, it was music for outcasts, but now you can walk into a kids clothing shop and pick up a motorhead t shirt, i mean what the fucks that all about?.
Musicscan: Peace Was Never An Option is a pretty aggressive and self confident record. It is intense and stands somehow outside competition due to the fact you are not following trends. What is your view on the album?
Man Must Die: Exactly!, we do what we want and that's the bottom line. The new album is the most honest thing we have recorded, we really just said "fuck it! if it's good it's going on the record".
Musicscan: Where do you guys see the line drawn between progressing on what you do well, and completely offering a new direction or sound? Especially in the context of MAN MUST DIE of course…
Man Must Die: I see us as an aggressive metal band with punk rock/hardcore ethics so that will always be part of our sound as that's what we love but that doesn't mean to say we are scared to push the boundries wherever it feel right to do so. Sometimes songs write themselves and as they progress they start taking on a life of their own and can go in any direction. Sometimes we start off with something super angry and then half way through it changes into something completely different., that's the beauty of being in this band anything can happen, but as long as it's done naturally and not forced we are cool with it.
Musicscan: Is there something like a guiding line listeners have to know about to get a better understanding of what you are trying to tell them with Peace Was Never An Option?
Man Must Die: No not really haha.
Musicscan: Did all of you guys have had an equal vision about how the new album should sound like right from the beginning of the working process? What stands out in your mind about the chemistry of the band during the writing and recording of Peace Was Never An Option? How did this contribute to the overall sound and feel of the final product?
Man Must Die: Me and Alan the guitar player wrote the entire album from start to finish and gave the completed songs to the other guys in the band to learn. We didn't have a vision of how it should sound as such we just wrote the best songs we could with no mind to what the current trends where. We went through a lot of shit in the time between no tolerance and peace was never an option so the new songs reflect the frustration we felt at that period and made for a more intense album.
Musicscan: Who is listening to MAN MUST DIE? What kind of people you see and meet at your shows? What are they telling you about their impressions? And what do you want people to leave with with your songs?
Man Must Die: All different types of people contact us from all walks of life so it's really hard to narrow it down to be honest. I think if people can learn anything from our songs it would be to think for yourself and be your own person.
Musicscan: What type of “success” did you hope to gain with Peace Was Never An Option?
Man Must Die: The very fact that we where able to keep it together and get it recorded and released is success enough for us haha.