COLLAPSE 7 : interview with Mario
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OLD-SCHOOL ATTITUDE, YOU CAN NEVER LEAVE IT, IT'S IN OUR BLOOD. FUCK YEAH!
Speaking about the album, concerts, fans, label, studio, religion and sado-maso in Bible, Apocalyptic Death and lyrics, new horizons for Death Metal, exploring and feeling music, targets and messages, instrumental tracks, cover art, bass and vocals, rehearsals, Apocalypse and diabolic fears, Austria and Falco, future and time, projects, and of course the evil Game of the Tower!
Mario, which are your considerations about „In deep Silence“, almost 6
months after the release date? How
was the impact with the audience in the recent concerts? Do you think that
the material works live?
- Well, first of all and I think for us it´s a very
important fact we´re still nothing but satisfied with our record. I mean
the album was finished almost two years ago or something and even
ourselves are getting not too bored of it, ha. The reactions were mostly
above all expectations, so we can say that we´re still very happy with
everything so far concerning “In deep Silence”. We had done our best
to create a great atmosphere without being pathetic but there are always
some things you could have done better. Next time I would like to find a
good way to change my vocal parts a little to reach more variety within
the songs. The drum-lines are also not the best but o.k. and the mighty
twin-guitar work needs more extra harmonic overdubs to gain even more
atmosphere on the album.
at the beginning of this interview I want to tell you that our deal with Napalm
Records is no longer existing in any way!
finished with us after four months and nobody could say what´s really up
with them, cause two months of that time was completely in the middle of
the summer season and there was almost no chance to play tours, play
festivals or even sell a lot of records of our album in such a short
period of time. I think they were not that interested in our music from
the very beginning and that was the reason why they had wasted so much
time to release the album, which isn´t a good sign anyway. After that
they told me they thought of selling more copies under my name, what a
shit! We are a full functional band and everyone is like the same
important than the other, I mean we don´t speak here of another
uninteresting so called
the other hand the promotion was good and now there a lot of people who
knows us everywhere and for us it´s indeed very positive. For sure it was
a big bang and once again we were standing before the abyss, not knowing
what to do next and stuff. But to quit at this point is to give up and
that´s really not our style. If we would give up because of this next
disappointment, we would not have existed for years……
we considered to continue once again and to prove that our debut album was
not a one time wonder. We were on tour in January with Pungent stench,
Eisregen and Disastrous Murmur.
reactions was great and we had a good performance and the new material
does work fantastic live. I played two shows a day cause the new Pungent
bass player was kicked out just before the tour. I do play all upcoming
tours around the world until they find a new one.
Collapse 7 are proud to battle on without any support or label in the
play our own death metal-style and we are good musicians. I have
aggressive vocals and there is this blasting drum-machine called mike! If
we have a nice live sound we could lay the place in ashes……..we love
to perform live and to let the crowd feel our dark melancholic, totally
aggressive atmosphere. Once again the tour was
would say pretty good and very relaxing within the most time. You know, we´re
not just band mates but also very good friends which makes it so much
easier to work together as a team. Martin of course is a great guy and
very professional, he helped us pretty much to claim the result that we
wanted to get all the time. We know each other well because of Pungent
Stench and Hollenthon. But one time he was just about to went crazy with
me and Werner. We have always big discussions about some things but at the
end everything is alright for everyone……….that is the point!
bands are building now (and for so long time!) the big part of the
Austrian extreme metal-scene, that´s a fact. The connection of all bands
should be clear, I think. We know each other for a long period of time and
I am proud that I ever was a part of them all. Playing in these bands has
helped me a lot to create my own style as a musician and to get more
professional as well. There is good friendship among all!
is a spoken sound-sample from Tarantino´s cult movie pulp fiction. We are
all fans of him and during the mastering session, I had that idea to use
this spoken intro for my Old-School Death Metal hymn “Blessed with Pain”.
It fits almost perfectly to the lyrics of this song and there´s faith,
believe & religion in it. I really like this sado-maso thing when it
is involved with the bible and in my opinion this nice little book is
almost full of that shit! I am kind of fascinated cause I can not imagine
myself at all to get addicted of such brainwashed bullshit. Don´t get me
wrong, I´am not an Antichrist or even Satanist but sometimes I get really
sick of such people, that´s all.
think next time I will write about some exploitative sects and their so
lyrics are indeed the main source of the apocalyptic style which we do
perform. They are pretty strong as the same as the music itself and
together with the music it is melting to such a strong combination of dark
menacing. Everything else is just more strengthening to the listener.
There is so much knowledge we have used for the album and also a good
producer as well. And do not forget that we have done a lot of records
during our carrier which means we know to create the sound that manifest
our song writing best. The Drumming is extreme but not overdone, vocals
are aggressive but clear and the guitar-work is very transparent and
almost distinct. If you concentrate on the mean thing during the
recording, the essence, you not get lost in spheres you never wanted. We
just wanted to transfer our special imagination of death metal which means
to sound as natural as we could and, nothing more and less.
are many bands who want to sound very extreme, mega-brutal or special
threatening. I think if you force such things to get a “better”
result, song writing, sound & atmosphere will never be as one!
is sure one of the most dynamic expressive music-style in the metal genre
but it depends on how bands sound and play like. I think when you play
such an extreme form of music you should not be limited at all. At the end
of the 80´s or even beginning of the 90´s there was limitation including
sounds and of course song writing and that was good for that time. At that
time I loved to buy a new record and I couldn´t wait to figure everything
of the album out. There was always that special feeling when everything
was on the limit without being sterile or even unnatural, which makes it
very extreme for that time. That magic had vanished a little through the
years and ten years ago there were no limitations of anything involving
“Modern Extreme Metal”. For myself and as a musician it´s a shame but
also a natural process I guess.
are not really much borderlines in now a days when you think of the
brilliant abilities of many musicians to play their instruments fast and
very technical. At the other hand there are frontiers in another form
which means to mix up this genre with other ones and to me this kind of
crossover is not allowed to be called Pure Death Metal, I really don´t
like that so much.
call a “modern” extreme metal band unexplored or even very independent
is almost impossible!
both because our style is a good mix of all the important ingredients
which Death needs to ignite the spark to the listener. There are so many
parts that reminds on the Old-School days, but also many which includes
other extreme metal styles. Even Thrash or Speed is here and there. We
could not exist if we would try to commit everything to one special
source. Variety would never be the same. We need variety, it´s the key to
satisfy ourselves best and entertain those people who likes that kind of
music. If you love death or extreme metal and you listen carefully to
Collapse 7, then you find out that we need to be experienced and to feel
something very strong, that´s the point. In my opinion, music exists to
get moved from it, to feel and explore it. A challenge if you want!
track is just the result of a little accident! We always record new riffs
and songs at home and one fine day the tape recorder was played backwards
and this riff sounded so different. It was a magical alternate to this we
original knew from it. Deep melancholic melt with a catching sadness, but
sometimes a little positive as well. We loved this combination. Yes I
think such tracks can get (keep) albums more interesting and a good
example for this by the way is Death, At the Gates or the mighty
has his own fears, almost every individual of this earth. Fear of the
future, sickness, wars and even just to grow older. You have to mange your
life as best as you can to get a grip. I know that our lyrics &
concept is very strong and mostly negative too, but maybe it´s our way to
confront ourselves with such things. There are also many positive things
in life and you just have to pick them out. I can not imagine myself to
write just positive things, I mean it´s death metal and I want to scream
it out. Fear, aggressions, pain, love and even joy.
target is to make real good music, to improve from record to record and to
learn from our mistakes as a musician and also as a human being.
stands for a deep, endless silence after all. We decided to use this
artwork because it is for sure unusual for this genre and that means it
fits almost perfectly to us. Love at first sight, I would describe our
reactions, when we first saw it. Can you imagine a devastated,
plague-hunted, hopeless civilization which “exists” in a kind of
desert where no more life dwells?
there is sitting this little creature and he is thinking to
himself:”What happens here, who will survive and who is to blame?”
could you describe your playing bass and singing? Which are the
innovations proposed by your techniques and, on the other hand, which are
the fixed old-school schemes you would never leave?
is a big different to just play bass or front a band. I started as a
singer and bass player. With my original band Collapse 7 I can express my
feelings best cause I write music and also do a big part of the lyrical
concept. Through singing I get a lot of satisfaction, I can express myself
and when I am on stage I can erupt like a Vulcan. Through Pungent Stench I
learned to “relax” a little on stage because it just fits right to
them but with my band I prefer more old-school-attitude, you can never
leave it, it´s in our blood. Fuck yeah!
much time do you dedicate to rehearsals, exercises, practice?
that much because for us it is very hard cause some live in Salzburg and
some in Vienna.
string bass or 6 string bass?
me guess, you want me to put you on the guest list next time, don´t you,
your opinion, what can impress more the human sub consciousness: the
Grotesque or the horrorific Menace?
both but I like the sarcastic way best.
your opinion: is it more diabolic to laugh on everything or to fear
how do you figure that? What is really apocalyptic for you? And why can
save us from an apocalyptic vision: the faith?
people never have any apocalyptic visions in there whole life. Their only
real fear is death and what´s coming after it, when they are lying six
feet under. Since I was a little child I feared something like the
apocalypse and I was thinking of that in many different forms. I guess I
was watching too much Terminator which really is one of my all time
favourite movies. Then I had the vision of the global decease and other
forms of the world downfall. If you have enough thoughts, imagination,
fears then you just have to use your eyes and ears and the apocalypse will
grow and prosper in your head………….
Austrian, do you feel to have a different vision of the extreme if
compared with other artists coming from other countries?
Austria everything is different.
do you think about the Austrian artist Falco? (RIP)
songs I do like and some not but I have a deep respect of him and the way
he had gained so much attention in the international music scene. I think
he deserved not to die so young and of course not that way!
you agree with this sentence said by Albert Einstein: “I never think of
the future. It comes soon enough”
do not think that very often of the future because I mostly do live in the
past. You must know that I am pretty nostalgic all the time. I love to
think of the past, listening to some old music and watching old movies. I
never was so much interested in the future because it will catches us up
pretty soon, maybe too soon. Beside of that just look at your watch, next
second you already are in the future, don´t you!
That means that our end time lies beyond the past and even the present, otherwise I would not sit here to write you this lines and maybe therefore I always think of an ultimate (technological) breakdown which brings us the infernal apocalypse!
now I cannot do anything else than asking about the future projects for C
we have to find a new label to record our new album which is almost
written. I can promise that this record really has again big potential and
will surprise a lot of people in a very positive way. It is still pure
Collapse 7 but maybe in another form I would say.
can not wait to spread the new material and to perform it on stage because
it will work perfect live.
I tell you these words: “ under the bleeding sun” well, what is the
first thought that crosses your mind?
Is this a new summer festival?
we are now! On the mythical evil tower. The Game of the Tower is the game
we play with the bands we interview for the very first time. On a high
bloody tower, 3 bands wait for you: you can kick down 2 of them, saving
just only one. The 3 bands for you Mario are: Ill Niño, Decapitated, Ark
I would save nobody, save your self from the infernal apocalypse you fuckers!!!
you so much Mario!
you too, good luck with everything in the “future” and your fuckin´great
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