Skeletal

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How to describe Skeletal? It´s like a bastard child breeding from a threesome between Death, Morgoth and Kreator.

Who are you and what do you do in your band?

Samuel, I’m the vocalist and guitar player.

When/where was your band formed?

We started playing together in 2007 I guess. There’s been years when we weren’t active at all, we made our first demo in 2011, but then people moved in to different cities and we were inactive again. Our rebirth was in 2013, that’s when we got serious. Following the 2014 release of our Rotten Inside Out ep.

Why did you choose to play Death Metal?

We started as a thrash band, playing Kreator and Slayer covers, then I became the vocalist when our original bass player and singer left the band. And it just evolved naturally in to death metal, because that’s what we were more into anyway, and I can’t really play or write anything else. We are mostly inspired by classic death metal bands like Death, Obituary, Pestilence and Morbid Angel.

How do you compose your music? Does only one guy do everything or does everyone contribute?

I write most of the songs, our lead guitarist Markus also comes up with stuff.
I  usually write the songs until they are pretty much completed, then I present the basic song structure to the other guys, who add their stuff and ideas to it, and make it 10 times better.

Tell us about your lyrics, writing, inspiration etc.

There’s a variety of topics I write about.
Some current world events may inspire me or, a documentary Iv’e seen, or just personal stuff like depression and anxiety.
There´s some basic gore stuff in older songs, but nowadays I try to avoid obvious death metal clichés. Eventually it gets boring just singing about defiling corpses and shit.

Your latest release, Rotten Inside Out, came out in 2014. New material in sight?

Yeah, we are planning on recording and releasing a full length album in 2016, hitting the studio hopefully some time in the summer!
Some intense and heavy stuff coming, in the same vein as Rotten Inside Out, but more variety in the songwriting, there’s some of the fastest and also the slowest stuff we’ve ever done, with some atmospheric elements. Real cool shit, can’t wait to get in the studio!

How do you see the state of Death Metal music these days in your country and in general?

I guess there’s more vibrant thrash and black metal scene here in Finland.
Our band is sort of a statement, there’s tons of modern and technical bands out there that all sound the same. We want to bring back classic early 90’s/late 80’s death metal sound with real aggression, and also have some personality of our own.

What are your long term plans as a band? What do you want to achieve?

Get as many people to listen to us as possible, play more live shows. Just keep getting tighter and evolving as a band. Most importantly keep making better songs and developing our sound. We’re just getting started!

Name an other Death Metal band from your country that everyone should hear.

Scumripper. Found out about this band lately, beautifully fucked up and disgusting stuff with a nice punk vibe, death metal as it should be!

Free word.

Thank’s for the interview! Check us out if you like classic death metal. And wait for our upcoming album, its gonna be sick!

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