Who are you and what do you do in your band?
I am Henu. I have been doing the vocals, some of the lyrics and spreading all kinds of sickness in the band since day one.
The others in the current lineup are Jukka and Jussi on guitars, Tami on bass and Kauko on drums.
When/where was your band formed?
We got together originally in Vantaa in 2006 with me, Jukka, Tami and a drummer.
There had been some projects between the members earlier but this one united us and has been the most accomplished of them.
Why did you choose to play Death Metal?
Our shared reverence for the likes of Morbid Angel, Deicide and the Finnish Gods of Death sparked our obsession
to start building our own abomination.
How do you compose your music? Does only one guy do everything or does everyone contribute?
Our guitarist Jukka does most of the composing. There have been some contributions by other members also. We are always open for any member to bring in whatever they feel is deserving to be unleashed in the name of Gorephilia. But Jukka has the vision and the skills for writing our Gospel of Death. So the ratio is leaning to his corner about 96,66%.
Mostly the way we do it is; Jukka comes in with a song and then we start rehearsing. Sometimes the songs are completely ready and sometimes not.
Some songs are even put together almost completely at the rehearsal room.
This sort of variance keeps the dying interesting, ’till the grave and beyond!
Tell us about your lyrics, writing, inspiration etc.
Gorephilia has many lyricists, so we have a very varying output. Thus far me, Jukka and Tami have been the writers.
The themes vary between different angles on suffering, death, misery and the release of spirit from it’s carnal cage.
Some lyrics get their inspiration from our personal experiences, hate, thoughts, ideals or dreams. Some ancient ones are purely fictional horror stories.
The combining feature is mostly a very nihilistic and hopeless point of view. Although the results of these wallowings are not always negative.
Is there an ideology behind your band?
No. We have always been a bunch of deviants lusting for the things only darkness can inspire.
Though those don’t form an ideology. Not for the living at least.
How do you see the state of Death Metal music these days in your country and in general?
Death Metal is doing great. Decomposition is well in its way and the maggots are hungry.
There are a lot of newer good bands and as this whole thing has been growing for years now we have got some of the old
geezers digging their way out of their graves and to the stage again. Ten years ago I would have never dreamed of seeing Abhorrence live or hearing
any life sings from Rippikoulu. The Kill-Town Death fests at Copenhagen were truly amazing events to be immersed in the stinking fumes from the old and
new worshipers of Death. And this year we have the TOTALLY INSANE lineup at the Finnish Death Metal Maniacs fest to further underline the fact that
there are still mesmerizing convulsions to be witnessed from this corpse of a genre. The only thing battling against the devotees is stagnation. Hopefully
we get to see many more acts stretching beyond the boundaries of their creativity to keep the vomit steaming!
What are your long term plans as a band? What do you want to achieve?
Our next goal is to finally get our second full length album recorded and released. Hopefully we get to do gigs around
the globe with groups truly drenched in this insanity. And to see all the sick individuals we have been in contact with through the years.
Ultimately there is only one achievement worth anything in life: Death.
Name another Death Metal band from your country that everyone should hear.
Adramelech. Their Psychostasia album is an amazing piece of art, forever heralded in darkness!
”Let my words be your spears
Let my fist be your hammer
Let me give you form
And let me have substance”