TARTAREAN DESIRE WEBZINE
This interview with Martin – the bass player of the Polish death metal
Decapitated – was done by James Ashbey backstage at the London
before the band performed with Thus Defiled, Rotting Christ and Anata
Saturday 28th February 2004.
In the second wave of Polish death metal to follow upon the worldwide success of Vader, Decapitated has distinguished themselves as one of the most prominent ones. Starting out at a very young age they attracted the attention of Earache Records who signed them to their sublabel Wicked World. Now they have released their third full-length album "The Negation".
Firstly, how are you enjoying this most recent tour, and life in
This tour has been great. It’s just been a short one but we
always enjoy playing in the United Kingdom because we always get a
And you’ve enjoyed playing with these other bands?
Yes, and it’s a really diverse package as each band plays
completely different music, so it helps to get more people to the
So how do you expect the fact that your country is joining the E.U in
influence your lives as Polish citizens and Polish musicians?
It’s not so important for me. This band spends many weeks
around the whole of Europe, going to almost all the countries in Europe
except for Scandinavia, so I don’t think anything will change for us,
whether we are in the European Union or not.
With regards to creating music, how do you usually go about writing
Do the ideas begin with riffs, lyrics, or a mix? Does any one member
the lead role?
We always start with a riff. Vogg – our guitarist – he is
always responsible for the whole song writing process. He’s the main
composer. But we all make riffs to start, and then the drums, bass and
When the band formed - while you were all in music school I believe –
broad were the influences from which you drew? Presumably you were very
influenced by bands such as Deicide, Napalm Death etc. but how far into
other genres of music did your tastes and inspirations go?
We all listened to many different types of music. Of
all listened to a lot of death metal, because we play death metal, so
just have to know what’s going on in the death metal scene. But also we
listened to classical music, jazz…you know, a lot of strange things,
In terms of the media, how have you responded to the response you’ve
Recently when The Negation was released we got only
reviews! It was really strange, because I haven’t seen any negative
regarding The Negation, so it’s just a great feeling for us that almost
people seem to enjoy our music.
And how is your relationship with Earache Records? Do you feel they
helped you a lot in your success?
They’ve helped us a lot, no doubt. We’re sure that
helped us a lot. We’ve never had any problems with their corporation –
was always simple. They understood us, and we understood them, so it
been pretty pleasing.
And now to more light-hearted discussion – if you could only save one
if you’re house was on fire, which would it be?
Just one? That’s really hard. Does it have to be some death
No, any album.
Well then I would say Bjork – ‘Homogenic’. It’s nothing
connected with metal, but it’s one of my favourites!
From a personal perspective you music is a great inspiration to me –
advice do you have to anyone trying to create their own music?
Only one piece of advice – just practice as much as you
always helps. It’s all about practice.
Thanks very much for your time. Was there anything else you wanted to
Buy our albums and keep supporting metal!
Thanks very much, and good luck with the show!
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