- Hey, Andrea! First of all, I would like to congratulate you with the upcoming release of your 2nd album! Have you already decided how to celebrate it?
- Hi there brother, thank you very much we are also very pleased that Graveyard of Eden is out now! Yes we have already plans to celebrate the way it should be. This Saturday (21/03/15) we just did our release party in Brussels, a really good show. In a couple weeks we will embark on a South European tour for three weeks in Italy, Portugal, Spain and France. So for now everything is looking good.
aiming for is to contrast with today's ultra compressed and generic material that our generation seems to have fallen into. Pure aggressive music, that shoots for creating the new, while not forgetting the old. Our aim is to deliver solid brutality, freshened by more melodic intervals. Adding anything to the genre that is 30 years old is not something we have the pretention to achieve, however presenting something different then BTOAC was definitely our main objective. I also like to believe this album is unique in its own way, and is a result of freedom and dedication.The production has been handled by our long time friend Phorgath of Enthroned, as a matter of fact all tracks were recorded in his studio: the Blackout Studio in Brussels home of Lvcifyre, Necrowretch, Emptiness and Enthroned just to name a few. The mix and master were done by Francis Kastes of the Paris based Studio St Marthe itself home of Arkhon Infaustus, Kickback, Svart Crown and more. The songs on this album were written and arranged in little over a year, the recording took about 2 weeks and a half, the mixing and mastering a week.
The recording process was very professional and pleasant to do, Jeremy is a long time friend which understands us very quickly, and we arrived in studio with a pretty clear idea of what we wanted to do. The mixing and mastering process was also very smooth, Francis Castes is a very professional sound engineer which understands bands and what they want so we came easily to the result we wanted.
were very young and in some way a bit more naive and less professional. Hence our skills since 2012 evolved and we wanted to present something to the audience more mature more aggressive and straight to the point. So becoming faster and heavier was something natural in our idea to present something different in Graveyard of Eden then in BTOAC. Also I think we wanted to prove ourselves that we could handle very fast and violent music, to make sure we could use our instruments the way we intended to.
- How could you describe this album to a person who never heard of Dehuman?
- Music is an experience of life and life in different perspectives is hopeless. We all bear death and commit ourselves to survive a crude existence shaped by our perceptions of others. Experiences of death, experiences of violence and despair are a versatile matter and largely depend on our environment and the choices we make. Our music depicts this idea and is a reflection of our perceptions and the social environment we are committed to. There are no trends, no compromises whatsoever. In our perspective, for music (as for life) to make sense it needs to follow an ethic to which you will remain faithful. No special effects will be found in our records, only us and the way we intended to play fast and aggressive music at a certain point of time. In this stance Dehuman is down to earth and straight forward death fucking metal!
The listener should expect to smash his head on a wall! No really this album is what the four of us like in music: a morbid and aggressive musicality and a well executed performance. We worked also a great deal on the melodies and harmonies to achieve a macabre result. The tempo was raised to serve the same purpose, to finish this album worn out. I think we don't have to regret anything and we will not change anything. Moreover, I am not used to look back behind me, we are thinking on what we will do next. We have taken our time for this album, it is two years we are working on it. I think this is an accomplished work we offer the public. To make things a little bit clearer, we have chosen the final songs on this album through a wide selection of tunes made in the purpose to keep only the best. Looking back this really the best thing we could have done. This album is what we considered the most valuable work of Dehuman from 2013/2014
- "Graveyard of Eden" is a nice title which goes perfectly with the band's name. Is that a conceptual album?
- Most of us are familiar with the 'Garden of Eden' birthplace of mankind and of the universal sin in monotheistic mythology. There is no specific context/conceptual album theme behind the idea of the 'Graveyard of Eden', it's rather a reflection on the repetitive pattern that afflicts mankind, "the general inclination of all mankind, a perpetual and restless desire of
power after power that ceases only in death' (Thomas Hobbes). The Graveyard of Eden is our interpretation of what is seems to be looked upon by the majority as heaven, a world where monotheistic and unique thoughts tend to be the norm. Most of the lyrics are finalized during the recording session. Being in a productive environment and exclusively concentrated on our music puts me in the correct mood to finish the ideas and concepts I came up with prior to the recording.
My inspiration for the lyrics on 'Graveyard of Eden' comes mostly from rituals, dogmas, and belief found in various religions. Mostly from all four major monotheism and their derivatives. Take for instances 'Invocation of the Sublime Death' is based on the Theosophical (Blavatsky) principle that life is eternal and separated in three stages: earthly life - death - incubus - death - stellar and eternal life, 'Ov Madness' about a mujahidin who falls in deep and sweet madness. On the other hand 'Temple of Lust and Fire' is the story of a twisted and perverted carnival of its own and 'Crypts of Blood' is an interpretation of the Biblical and Coranic story of Abraham.
- What is your reaction when people compare you to Morbid Angel? Do you think that you voice sounds like Derrick Green from Sepultura sometimes?
- Well I think comparing us with Morbid Angel is a very nice compliment, in our early days we were all very big fans of MA! Not that we don't like them anymore but that our tastes evolve and to be honest apart from from very specific bands we don't listen to Death metal that much anymore. At the beginning my biggest influence on vocals was Patrick Mameli from Pestilence, but for this album I have to admit I wanted something more intelligible vocal wise, has if you could understand what I am saying, I think Joe Duplantier from Gojira did that extremely well. Maybe I do sound like Derrick Green but to be honest I never really listened to him, my Sepultura discography stops at Chaos AD.
previous drummer Thomas Libioulle who was playing together with Rafaël Sellekaerts in Cranial Autopsy. Thomas and I were playing in a speed metal band called Satyr. When the band disbanded Thomas asked me if I wanted to join Cranial Autopsy which by then had lost half of its members. We quickly changed the name for Dehuman. Keep in mind all this happened when we were 15 years old.
- How is the death metal scene in Bruxelles? Did Aborted take all the glory?
- Death metal scene is not that vivid, to my knowledge we are the first Death metal band hailing from Brussels city and to ever released a album. Brussels used to be a stronghold for metalcore with bands such as Arkangel and Length of Time. Nowadays Vibrion from Buenos Aires, Argentina moved to Brussels a couple years back. Also the Enthroned guys moved to Brussels some years back. Aborted at some point did take all the glory for Belgian Death metal but now I guess they don't have many Belgians in the band, Sven is the only original member left.
- Besides eating gaufres aux chocolat and taking pictures with Mannequin Piss, what else are you doing in your free time?
- Ahah, well we also like going to drink beers and eat fries! We are all very busy with music so there is not much free time but we like going to shows, relaxing home and take life as easy as possible.
- To end this conversation, could you share your plans for this year?
- Like I said we will be on tour this April around Spain, Italy, Portugal and France. This summer we will concentrate in writing new tunes and start preparing our new release. In September we will play Kash fest with the Monolith Deathcult. October is when we will start touring again, we have a week tour booked with Jig Ai with whom we will play London, Rotterdam and the Loches en Grind fest. We are also waiting a confirmation for a new Balkan tour for October and in December we should hit again the European roads but this time eastern and northern Europe.
- Great, Andrea! Thank you for the interview. Please, say a few words to your fans and to those lucky people who will discover your music after reading this interview.
- Thank you very much Dima for this interview and all your readers. A big shout goes to all our fans, all people that supported/helped us in anyways and the bands we shared the stages with! Don't let them mind fuck you! Keep your head straight and prevent yourself from haste full judgments! Only death is real!