Hanna Tsepesh: Moro Pete! Thanks so much for accepting this interview and Welcome to THE GATES OF METAL! First of all: how are you and how are the things doing with your concerts?
Pete: Moro Hanna! We just got our new album “Non Compos Mentis” done and it feels good as hell. We have a European tour coming up in February 2010 with Hellfire horde Demonical and Death dealers My Own Grave from Sweden, the tour will run for 16 shows through 11 European countries. But we are gonna do some shows in January here in Finland too before the tour.
Hanna Tsepesh: Great! For those who do not know the band, could tell us a little how it all started?
Pete: Well we started the band in Sweden in 1995 with the name Twilight, and did some demos under that name, but later in the year 2000 me and Kai moved to Finland. Our line-up changed and we started making different kind of music than Twilight did, so we changed the name to Deathbound, just to get a fresh start and a more suitable name for our music style. Now we have done 4 albums, and still making terrible music for terrible people.
Hanna Tsepesh: What inspired you the most to create the lyrics and what process the band use to create the riffs to comply with the lyrics?
Pete: Well first me and Sami make the music, and then we record a pre demo of the songs at Samis place just to listen to them if there is something that we can change, or do better before the real studio recordings begin, then we send the songs to Kai so that he can write some lyrics to them. Our music is bacically inspired by all kinds of music that we grew up with, bands like Dismember, Merciless, Bathory, Motörhead, and stuff like that. Kai writes all our lyrics, and he gets the inspiration of movies and all kinds of daily stuff, chaos, death, insanity and violence.
Hanna Tsepesh: What are your favorite bands? You have any musician that you admire the most?
Pete: King Diamond is my childhood hero, and who i still admire. Nicke Anderson, Lemmy Kilmister and Jon Nödveidt has also made a huge impact on me. I listen to all kinds of bands like Dissection, Down, Celtic Frost, Cardigans etc. But mostly Death and Black metal. I guess the other guys in our band listens at the same shit as i do?
Hanna Tsepesh: When you start to play guitar? What brand guitar you prefer?
Pete: I started playing guitar when i was 15 or 14 years old, and my first guitar was a acoustic Takeharu guitar which i got from my fathers Norwegian friend when i was little, and i still got that same shit (laughs). But when I started to play guitar i never wanted to be a guitar hero that plays like Yngwie Malmsten, I just wanted to play dirty, fast and ugly. I got 2 ESP guitars now, but I am going to buy a brand new Gibson as soon as I get some money in my “big” pocket.
Hanna Tsepesh: What was the highest and lowest point of your career as a musician?
Pete: The highest point was probably when we got to do a Baltic tour with Napalm Death in 2007, great guys, amazing shows and lots of free beer. The lowest point is when our old bass player Tommi “Kuntz” had to leave the band because of distance problems, it`s not easy to rehearse when you live in another country as he lives in Sweden and the rest of us in Finland.
Hanna Tsepesh: Let’s talk about your new album: “Non Compos Mentis”. Can you tell to our readers what they can expect from this new album?
Pete: Non Compos Mentis consists of 14 songs of fast, slow, groovy and “some” melodies here and there, but still the whole concept is brutal as hell. I am really pleased with the sound and the samples on this album, and it will be great to see the reaction that this album will get, I hope it will brainwash a lot of people who haven't heard us before.
Hanna Tsepesh: At recording studio, you guys faced with difficulties? If yes, tell which was and how as the whole process?
Pete: The recordings of this album went really good. Sami recorded the drums in Kantola studios in Vaasa, and the rest was recorded at Janne Putkisaari`s Penthouse studio here in Tampere. The worst was the heat when we recorded the guitar and bass, it was almost like 30+ inside the studio and it was like hell`s fire was on us the whole time.
Hanna Tsepesh: How has the response been to the album by the fans?
Pete: Well the album will be released in January 2010 so only my friends have heard the whole album. But we have 2 new songs on our myspace site at www.myspace.com/deathboundspace and the response there has been really good.
Hanna Tsepesh: If one of our readers wants to buy your album, what they can do?
Pete: They can order the album and merchandise from our label at www.dynamicartsrecords.com or they can buy it from the local “metal” music shop (i hope?).
Hanna Tsepesh: what is your favorite music in this album?
Pete: Hmm?? i think all the songs is great on this album and every song is uniqe on it`s own way. But if i had to choose one, maybe it would be“A Better Tomorrow”.
Hanna Tsepesh: What is your big advice for a young musician?
Pete: Try to do something original, don`t do it for the money, and don`t be surprised if your first or second record label rips you off or just fucks with you.
Hanna Tsepesh: Do you want to send any message for the people who going to read this interview?
Pete: Listen to our 2 new songs on our myspace site, buy the album when it`s released in January and come to see us live if you get the chance and then you will see how Death comes for a visit.
Hanna Tsepesh: Thanks o much for your answers and time. THE GATES OF METAL wishes the entire band a big success and a great 2010! Hope to see you guys very soon in here…
Pete: Thanks for the questions, see you in 2010.
Hanna Tsepesh: Thank you and you are very welcome.
By: Hanna Tsepesh
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