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Man Must Die

Interview von: arne mit Alan, am: 28.09.2009 ]

Schottland strikes back! MAN MUST DIE legten mit „No Tolerance For Imperfection” kürzlich ihr Zweitwerk vor, dessen Titel man als Drohung und Versprechen zugleich werten darf. Die Relapse-Kombo hat ihren Sound merklich gestrafft und findet in der straighten, direkten Entwicklung der neuen Tracks eine mit dem Debüt „The Human Condition” nicht erreichte Durchschlagskraft. Das Quartett holzt sich hoch technisch und zumeist im Highspeed durch sein Material und nimmt sich selbst niemals zurück.


Musicscan: You guys have been around for some time now: What fuels the fire and keeps you guys interested in the music you create?

Man Must Die: I would say that it is each other that keeps the fire burning, we inspire one another and we strive to always write music that we love ourselves firstly.

Musicscan: Right 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 development?

Man Must Die: For me, I find it boring, its not a scene that im really interested, we are not a tech death band, we are not trying to be faster or heavier than anyone, we just want to write music that is memorable and enjoyable, too many bands are trying to out do each other. Yes we are fast but that’s just part of what MMD is, we want to be violent but melodic at the same time.

Musicscan: Would you agree to my statement, that the acceptance for this kind of complex, crazy and extreme music in between hardcore, grindcore and death metal you are playing has become broader over the last few years. What would you say is the reason for this?

Man Must Die: Well, firstly I don’t think we fit into this complex and crazy style, our music isn’t complex, its fast but we are no job for a cowboy band, we grew up in the vinyl age, in classic thrash and old school death metal, we write music in the classic way, to make it all memorable and catchy as that’s the way it was done back then, and it’s the way we love, its inevitable that people will try and pigeonhole you into a scene, but we are part of no scene that’s a passing phase in my eyes, we write Metal, extreme metal, we don’t write hardcore, we don’t write deathcore and we don’t do tech death.

Musicscan: Of the songs you guys have written and recorded, which one do you feel crosses the most borders? What other borders, musically speaking, do you guys wanna knock down in the future?

Man Must Die: I would say the song It comes in three`s as its our first mid paced song and has a solo part that sounds like its from the 80`s haha you gotta love it. Im not saying it’s the way we are going to go, not at all, but it sure is the most different song for us to tackle, it feels like the single of the album haha.

Musicscan: You have just released your new album No Tolerance For Imperfection: What sort of evolution has Man Must Die gone through into this new album from you own point of view?

Man Must Die: NTFI is the pinnacle so far for MMD, its completely night and day to the last recordings, we haven’t lost our way or changed musical direction from the previous two, but we have matured into creating our own sound and have managed to record a real monster in this new one and we couldn’t be happier. We tried in the past to recreate what MMD is on CD to no avail, finally now we can say we have done that with No Tolerance.

Musicscan: What ideas and "strategies" went into the process of setting apart No Tolerance For Imperfection from your previous record? Did you guys do something differently by choice to keep things progressing?

Man Must Die: No, its really just a natural progression, plus this mixed in with the new drummer joining the band which really added the spice. We started with no vision of how the album should be, we just wrote songs that we loved ourselves and put them together to create the beast we have now haha

Musicscan: Man Must Die has always been a 'progressive' band, never sticking to any formulas. But listening to the new album quite a bit, I have been noticing a little more groove and flow. Is this something you guys tried to do with the new stuff or did the writing process just head in that direction?

Man Must Die: Yeah I guess its just the natural progression again, but yeah there is a couple of more groovy death parts, just to get some of the fun factor into something that is so serious most of the time, we are fun guys who just happen to love aggressive and fast music, so its good to show some of the other aspects of personality in the music I guess.

Musicscan: Is it an intentional drive to make the songs as varied and brutal as possible? And how do you know when a song is finished and ready for recording?

Man Must Die: I suppose it is something you think about, keeping it varied, well for us anyways. Its important to keep it interesting. I guess if we write one song that sounds similar to another we notice it straight away and get it torn apart and redone. You just know when a song is finished and when it needs some extra work, I think that is something that comes with experience, fuck knows haha.

Musicscan: Why do you have No Tolerance For Imperfection?

Man Must Die: Its more focused on the fact that society has No tolerance for imperfection, the way we should look, the things we should do to acquire normality. All these magazines and programs telling people if you don’t look like this then you are different or strange, then you have all these people going and getting plastic surgery to make themselves look more like their favourite pop/movie star so that they can “fit in”, the media, the society, the world has no tolerance for imperfection. It’s a harsh reality.

Musicscan: Do you think there are still genuinely new sounds to be discovered or can modern music basically be said to be a recombination of already existing forms and elements?

Man Must Die: Of course all music that is created is culminated by existing music that’s been invented but its possible to reinvent how its portrayed, that’s what all bands should strive to do, this and also create something that can only be described as their own sound, its what we strive for and believe that we have done this with No Tolerance.

Musicscan: Where do you guys see the line drawn between progressing on what you do well, and completely offering a new direction or sound?

Man Must Die: With us there are no lines, there are no boundries for as soon as you have boundries you are limiting the potential of what you can achieve. We will always incorporate what we like and feel and where that takes us is anyones guess.

Musicscan: What makes Man Must Die special to you? How would you describe the essence of the band?

Man Must Die: What makes it so special for me is that it is me, it is each of us, its all that we are as people and musicians, its all the anger we have , its all the passion we have and its an essence of what we are when we get together as a group of people in a band. We write music in the way we personally want to hear it and when people like it, there is nothing more special and rewarding in the musical sense of life.

Musicscan: Final thoughts?

Man Must Die: Thanks to everyone who has supported us, we really hope you enjoy No Tolerance for imperfection, its what we are so proud of and to have you guys on this whirlwind of steel makes us a very happy band indeed. Stay cool and we sure hope to meet you all at a show sometime soon.