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Interview von: arne mit Mikael Norén, am: 22.01.2010 ]

Ein Titel wie „Death Domination” ist zwingend als selbstbewusste Kampfansage zu verstehen. Insbesondere dann, wenn das Album von einer Institution wie IMPIOUS stammt. Die Schweden hämmern sich seit 1994 durch die Death’n’Thrash-Szene, doch Kreativkopf und Gitarrist Valle Adzic sieht erst im dritten Metal Blade-Longplayer des Outfits ihr „Reign In Blood“. Das lässt aufhorchen, schließlich zählte die Gruppe schon zuvor in die Kategorie der straffen Attackenreiter. Anno 2009 legen die Musiker aber noch einmal nach und präsentieren sich so bissig und vehement, wie niemals zuvor.


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

Impious: True passion. This is what we love and we wouldn’t have it any other way. We’ve never been in a band to make money, get drunk or get laid. Even though they all are good side-effects, ha-ha. But seriously, we are the best of friends within the band. We love our music, we love playing our instruments and we always have a good time when doing so. The fact that there are people listening to our music and that we have a record label who more or less pays us to create music is just amazingly awesome.

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?

Impious: Yeah, it’s freakin’ awesome! Without this kind of development, music would be really boring.

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

Impious: Well yeah, or at least extreme music is getting way more attention that it have been given in years. There are a lot of big tours and festivals and despite the record sales going down the drain, metal music is huge at the moment. I think the reason is the Nu Metal/Metalcore-wave that started about 10 years ago. A lot of new people got introduced to metal back then and even though a large portion of those people were trend-following poseurs, a huge chunk of people stayed in the metal community and discovered a lot of great bands.

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?

Impious: We got a few songs that definitely cross a lot of borders between both styles and speed. The new album is a good example of that. Not only is it the fastest album yet, it is also the grooviest, and even though it’s pretty classical Death Metal we’ve incorporated a lot of fresh ideas both when it comes to arrangements and musicality. In the future we definitely aim at adding more flavors to our deadly mix. The music will pretty much be where it’s at today, but you will see a bit more playfulness when it comes to the overall sound and feel of the album. Just you wait and see.

Musicscan: You have just released your new album Death Domination: What sort of evolution has Impious gone through into this new album from your point of view? Why do you think this is your Reign In Blood? This is something I read in the news from Metal Blade…

Impious: The evolution since our last album Holy Murder Masquerade has been huge. We basically sound like a different band. We did a lot of soul searching after that album and we found out where we want to take our music in the future. Death Domination is the result of that. And yeah, in a way this is our Reign in Blood. We’re not comparing the songs in any way, only in the sense that it is an intense album. There are no slow songs, no fillers, nothing like that.

Musicscan: What ideas and “strategies” went into the process of setting apart Death Domination from your previous records? Did you guys do something differently by choice to keep things progressing?

Impious: We didn’t want to think too much about how this album was going to sound. We wanted everything to be very personal and honest. So we wrote everything from the heart instead of thinking about how we should sound like or what would sell. We’ve always been honest in our way of writing new material, but when you’ve been into the music business long enough it starts becoming more about the business than about the music. We tried not to think about record sales one bit during the creation of this record, and this is what truly sets Death Domination apart from our previous records. It really helped us in and we will definitely continue working this way in the future.

Musicscan: Impious has always been a band never sticking to any formulas and playing brutal metal. 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?

Impious: I must say that Holy Murder Masquerade was without a doubt the grooviest album we’ve ever made. And even though Death Domination is a step in another direction we still kept some of the groovier sound just to make things a bit more interesting. Playing fast and energetic is what we’re all about but we still love to add some groove here and there. It’s not on purpose; it’s just how we write.

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?

Impious: Unless totally new and genuine instruments are created I think we probably have created the basic genres by now. Not saying that new genres will occur, they most certainly will. But I guess the result will, as you say, be a combination of already existing forms and elements. But I sure do hope I’m wrong.

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

Impious: Not at all. Songs more or less become that way in the process. Sure, we write a lot of fast riffs, but riffs ain’t everything. It’s the composition of riffs and song arrangements that make a song brutal. We love when a song builds up in intensity, but we seldom like it when a song decreases in intensity. That’s why most of our songs hit pedal-to-the-medal pretty quick and rarely ever slow down. A song is finished when it has made it all the way from the studio (where we write) to the rehearsal space, and back into the studio.

Musicscan: Why do you aim for Death Domination?

Impious: Death already dominates the religious world. If religion wouldn’t tell us story tales about a fantastic afterlife, who would follow it?

Musicscan: What makes Impious special to you? How would you describe the essence of the band?

Impious: The essence of the band is highly energetic and aggressive music made by an intensely brotherly group of people. We’ve been together in this line-up for 8 years, and we will never have it any other way. We’ve never been in it for any other reason but our passion for Death Metal.