Who are you and what do you do in your band?
Hi, I’m Tuomas “Putrefactor of Tormented Lost Souls in the Deepest Abyss of Hell” Iivanainen. I’m the guy who farts and burps to the mic during each and every band practice and expects it to be a good joke. Oh, and I play the guitar and “sing”, as well.
When/where was your band formed?
The unholy conception of Enragement accidentally took place in the small pagan village of Nummela in the year 2006 as the village shaman mispronounced a few words of his spell to summon young Justin B. to bring the village fame and fortune through popular music. He never got his fame and fortune.
Why did you choose to play Death Metal?
Enragement used to experiment on various styles of metal with different line-ups until the current line-up settled with the idea of combining Death Metal’s sub-genres together with some influences of Black Metal, Thrash Metal and Grind Core. Death Metal came to be the style Enragement’s songs are based on because of its intense heaviness, speed, technicality and brutal lyrical themes. Pretty much all the things that inspire us can be found in Death Metal.
How do you compose your music? Does only one guy do everything or does everyone contribute?
On our debut album Omnimalevolence of Man the songs are written by me and the second guitarist Atte Ojanne. Since then, our bass player Jarkko Niemi has composed for the band, as well. Even though we have three composers, we work on our songs together rather democratically and give our drummer Lasse Sannikka quite a lot of freedom in designing the drums. Or at least that’s what we’d like to think. In reality, sometimes the original composer of the song may get a bit tyrannical and we like to push our drummer over his limits just for the hell of it.
Tell us about your lyrics, writing, inspiration etc.
Like we combine different styles of metal into a body of Death Metal, we often try out different kinds of lyrical themes. Gore, horror, perversions and all the love song stuff that’s typical to Death Metal is present in Enragement’s lyrics, but we often find our inspiration in the dark side of human nature too. In the end, mankind is so sick that sometimes you just have to read the news to come up with something fucked up enough to qualify as Death Metal lyrics.
So far you have released only one full-length – Omnimalevolence Of Man – and nothing more, is there going to be new Enragement material anytime soon?
Hell yes! We released Omnimalevolence of Man free on the Internet to see what all the crazy headbangers out there think of our music. The reception was very positive and encouraging and we’ve been working on some pretty kick-ass material lately. We’re hoping to hit the studio during the spring. The next album will combine different metal styles even more daringly and it will be even heavier, faster and more technical than the first album. We’re also going to put more effort in the production to get the sounds just right for this album.
How do you see the state of Death Metal music these days in your country and in general?
Death Metal is alive and kicking. As one of the most extreme musical styles, it will probably never become mainstream even in the metal community. I don’t see this as a negative thing, because it gives the artists the freedom to express themselves in their music in a manner as brutal as they like and a chance to explore lyrical themes with no boundaries. Metal is a big deal in Finland and we have loads of quality underground bands as well as professional bands in various genres, but I don’t think Death Metal specifically is the biggest one of these.
What are your long term plans as a band? What do you want to achieve?
We have set on a mission to strain people’s neck muscles and release them from the burden of dandruff by moshing their brains out and we intend to keep it that way. Hopefully we’ll get to play more and more gigs on bigger and bigger stages. Maybe we’ll even get to spread our gospel of peace, love, understanding, torture, death and destruction abroad.
Name an other Death Metal band from your country that everyone should hear.
Check out Devenial Verdict, Halo of Dreams, Pussy Regurgitation and Refusal for starters. They ought to get you masturbating wildly.
Cheers for the interview! Be sure to download Omnimalevolence of Man in high quality from Enragement’s Facebook page and check out our music video Black Widow and lyric videos on our YouTube channel Enragement Deathmetal. What else? Well, keep it metal, brutal and fatal folks!