Who are you and what do you do in your band?
Hi there. My name is Tomas and I´m musician and songwriter, who happens to handle guitar duties in death metal band Heaving Earth. We have recently released our 2nd album Denouncing the Holy Throne, so everyone into some real dark death metal stuff should check it. I also play guitar in other very swedish OSDM inspired band Brutally Deceased and bass guitar in surprisingly other death metal band Feeble Minded.
When/where was your band formed?
Heaving Earth came to life in fall of 2007/2008. We used to play in other death metal bands before and mostly knew each other, but I guess guitarist Patrick was the one, who brought us together. We have released 2 full lenght albums since, toured Europe with Immolation/Marduk in 2012 and did some other stuff. So thats about history of our band. Of course lot of line-up changes happened during those years, but who wants to read this?
Why did you choose to play Death Metal?
I would not say that I choose to play something. I was more asked to join in by the music itself. Death metal is all about freedom of expression with lot of space for creativity, living language you learn to speak with. That is the main reason, why it still attracts me after so many years of listening to it and being on scene.
How do you compose your music? Does only one guy do everything or does everyone contribute?
I am the one who brings in ideas and builds song structures upon them. We used to develop ideas together with former guitarist Patrick, but since he left after our debut album it is my job to take care about songs. I guess I´m doing pretty good.
Tell us about your lyrics, writing, inspiration etc.
Hard question. There is a lot of music and sounds that have impact on my perception of music context, phrasing, sound scales etc. It could be some classic death metal, but modern classical music as well, ambient, jazz, whatever brings some new experience and sounds reasonable to me. The final outcome should be some sinister dark death metal of course, but that doesn´t mean there shouldn´t be any contrast. Lyrics pretty much follow the line of our sound, with, speaking in general, some anti-religious (anti-christian) themes. It´s hard to believe how many people still live their lives based on some bronze age myth and it´s only getting worse with all these stupid fascist religion-based violent acts, that you can read about everyday, assaulting basic civil rights.
Is there an ideology behind your band?
Death metal is the only law. No politics, no ideologies, just pure love for death metal.
How do you see the state of Death Metal music these days in your country and in general?
Czech death metal scene is somewhat stagnating I must regretfuly say. We have some few scene veterans that hold it together for some decades already, but not much of a new blood. Other extreme styles of music are much more popular, especially grind core scene is much stronger. In general it seems better for death metal with other countries producing quality death metal bands, but what I know about concert attendances in general, we are pretty much stuck at the bottom of a giant lake. Good thing is, that it can´t be any worse, only better.
What are your long term plans as a band? What do you want to achieve?
We want to produce some killer death metal as long as we have a fun and good support from fans. That means there has to be some progression in our music, otherwise it don´t make sense for us. If I´ll find out I´m empty of new ideas resulting in writing stereotypical thousand times heard riffs, I´ll know it´s time to call it quits.
Name an other Death Metal band from your country that everyone should hear.
Check out our label mates Destroying Divinty. Some blaspemous death metal darkness. If you are into this swedish OSDM you should check Brutally Deceased. To throw some other names you may check these bands: Dissolution, Mortifilia, Feeble Minded, Keep on Rotting, Martyrium Christi, Hypnos, Perfect Citizen.
Thanks for opportunity to introduce Heaving Earth to your readers. We are very serious about death metal, so everyone may take a notice, because there is much left to be told from our side. We will stay around on scene for great deal of time disturbing still waters.