- Hello, Mitch! To start this interview, could you introduce your band to our readers?
- Hello. EXTINCTIONIST is a technical brutal death metal band from Chemnitz in the east of Germany. We are Florian on drums, Christian on the mic, Jörg on the bass and me, Mitch, on the guitar.
the reason for such radical changes? Do you think new members also brought a new breath to the band?
- The change of the members was way before the new album, it was during 2011 and 2014 and had nothing to do with making a new album. But yes, the new members brought a lot of new influences and great ideas also.
- The material on this album is fast and brutal, but it's not only about that, right? How else could you describe your music? And what are the main differences in comparison with your first full-length?
- We wanted to make a brutal and technical album at once with a progressive touch. There are many different musical parts for example fast played double bass and fast blast beats. And we place great values on traditional blast beats. But we also like the new styles and have some slam parts. I think the main differences are the new members who brought new influences and that everybody of the band gives their voice while we write songs.
dehumanization by the aliens. How could you comment on it? Was it your intention? What was your source of inspiration?
- While we were writing the songs the idea was born to make a conceptual album which leads you through a whole story from the intro to the last song. You are right, every song tells you a new small thing and at the end you have a complete story for a new sci-fi movie (ha ha ha). The main inspiration was to not make a standard album with songs that contain splatter lyrics or such. To choose the topic was pretty easy because we all like sci-fi and with this we have a lot of freedom to create something that doesn't need to be based on “true” facts.
- Speaking about aliens, what is your opinion regarding this controversial topic? Is there truth out there? How do you like the early sci-fi movies from 50-60s?
- I just can tell my own opinion. I think they tell great stories and gave the world new material and impressions to think not only about ourselves.
And yes, I think there is truth out there... The space is too huge and old to say “nope... nothing is there but us!”. But who knows?
- In 2013 you participated in 4-bands split. How did you get involved in it? Which tracks did you record for that release?
- A friendly band invited us to be part of it and in a really fast way we recorded 3 of our new songs. During this time we have had no human drummer yet so that our drums were programmed and we didn't have the inconvenience to record the drums.
- Besides that, the same year you recorded a live show. What concert was it? Who did all the recordings and editings? Do you plan to release it somehow?
- It was a concert in our hometown Chemnitz and some friends of our singer recorded and edited it and we published it on YouTube.
- When you are talking to new people that don't know who you are and you say that you play in a death metal band, what is the usual reaction? Do they think that you are some kind of a rock star? :)
- Ha ha ha! Yes, from that point I say that we have played in Las Vegas yet they think we are rock stars! :D
But seriously... it's hard to talk about this kind of music with people who have totally no idea what it is. Most of them don't even know Cannibal Corpse or similar popular bands when I want to give them a hint in which way it “could” go. And to go deeper in the source makes no sense if there is no interest or whatever. Let's say the conversations are often pretty short.
- Thank you, Mitch. Do you have anything special to add in the end of our conversation?
- Thank you for the interview. Supporting the underground doesn't mean supporting yourself!