|Interview by Burt Wolf with Thomas, singer, guitarist & bassists of DEBAUCHERY.
Interview done 4-1-09.
DEBAUCHERY HAS BEEN AROUND SINCE 2002.
CAN YOU TAKE US ON A SMALL HISTORY TRIP OF
THE BAND UP TO THIS POINT?
Recording, touring, recording again, then touring... some
highlights were the tour with SIX FEET UNDER and the
"small world tour" last year.
DEBAUCHERY IS NOT YOUR TYPICAL DEATH
METAL BAND! WHO OR WHAT HAS HAD SOME
IMPACT ON YOU CREATING YOUR SOUND?
I like a lot of different Metal bands, from CANNIBAL
CORPSE to AC/DC, RAMMSTEIN to SLIPKNOT. I
think they all bring some influences, this way or another.
The first CD I bought was "APPETITE FOR
DESTRUCTION" from GUNS 'N' ROSES & I think all the
Hard Rock bands have the most heavy impact on my song
HOW WOULD YOU BEST DESCRIBE THE STYLE OF DEBAUCHERY?
Oh, It's DEBAUCHERY Death Metal.
YOU HAVE UNLEASHED YOUR NEWEST & 8TH ALBUM "ROCKERS & WAR". CAN YOU GIVE US
SOME INFORMATION ON THIS ALBUM & THE TWO PART SPLIT?
Yeah, I made a poll on the home page to ask the DEBAUCHERY audience what they want to listen to: more
brutal or more Rock? They decided for a mix. So now there are two parts. One brutal as hell and the second part
THERE IS A BONUS DVD WITH THIS RELEASE. WHAT IS SOME OF THE DVD CONTENT?
A making of, and some backstage footage of the "Blood God Rising In The East Tour 2009". There was a video
planned for the DVD too, but it was rated 18 and it will unfortunately not be on the DVD, but you can download
it for free on our website.
YOUR WEBSITE SHOWS 2 COVERS FOR THE ALBUM. WHAT IS THE REASON FOR THIS?
It's a two part CD so it needs two covers as well.
CAN YOU TELL US THE MEANING BEHIND THE COVERS & WHO DID THEM?
There's no real meaning behind the covers, a demon on a motorcycle with bones and flames all around for the
war part of the CD. A cool girl with a motorcycle and a chainsaw for the rockers part. The girl was painted by
Jan Meininghaus, the demon by Adrian Smith, some of you may know him from his work for Games Workshop.
WHAT IS SOME OF THE LYRICAL
SUBJECT MATTER IN YOUR SONGS?
The songs of the war part are about war,
the songs of the rockers part about Rock.
HOW WOULD YOU SAY THIS NEW
RELEASE DIFFERS OR COMPARES
TO YOUR LAST RELEASE "CONTINUE
It's much more brutal on the one side and
much more Rock on the other side. And the
songs are just a little bit better I think.
YOU HAD SOME GUEST MUSICIANS
FROM PRIMAL FEAR, DESTRUCTION
& HEADHUNTER ON THE LAST
RELEASE. ANY GUEST APPEARING
Tom Naumann (ex-PRIMAL FEAR) played the solo again and Tomasz (ex-BELPHEGOR) played the drums.
But they are not real guest musicians, more of a constant DEBAUCHERY recording team.
AFM RECORDS PUT OUT THIS RELEASE & THE LAST ONE AS WELL. HOW DID YOU GET
HOOKED UP WITH THEM? HOW HAS IT BEEN WORKING WITH THEM?
It's very good, but my last label was BLACK ATTAKK, this was some shit, so it's not really difficult to make
YOU HAVE A EUROPEAN TOUR COMING UP SOON. WHO ARE YOU GOING OUT ON THE ROAD
WITH & WHERE WILL YOU BE HEADING? ANY CHANCE OF HITTING AMERICA FOR THIS
We will be on tour with EKTOMORF, but unfortunately no America this time. It's just too expensive for me.
YOU'VE BEEN OUT WITH SOME GREAT BANDS IN THE PAST. ANY COOL ROAD STORIES OR
OTHER BAND STORIES YOU COULD SHARE?
Most of the stories are more or less loser stories, guitarists who piss off in the middle of a tour, a tour manager
who gets paid for a tour which never starts and so on. But fuck 'em all, I'm still rockin'.
YOUR ALBUM & T-SHIRT ARTWORK IS SOME OF THE BEST I'VE SEEN IN THE METAL SCENE.
IS IT ALL DONE BY THE SAME PERSON OR DO YOU USE DIFFERENT TALENTS?
They are made by different artists, the biomechanic back print of one of the zip hoodies for example was made
by a friend of mine, the Chainsaw Masturbation artwork by Kris Verwimp. He has made a lot for other Metal
bands like MARDUK too. My favorite is Adrian Smith, I'm loving his artwork since I was 15 years old or so. He
has done a lot for Games Workshop and their Warhammer World. For me he has made the "CONTINUE TO
KILL" cover, the "BUTCHER OF BITCHES" artwork and the new cover for "ROCKERS & WAR".
YOU HAVE YOUR OWN ART
WEBSITE CALLED HELL CULTURE.
CAN YOU GIVE US A LITTLE
INFORMATION ON THIS?
It's a small art page featuring my own
stuff, like sculptures of monsters and
corpses, some paintings and a part of my
war gaming miniatures collection.
YOU DO SOME PRETTY BIZARRE &
UNIQUE SCULPTURES & PAINTINGS.
DESCRIBE SOME OF THE SUBJECT
MATTER FOR US. WHICH DO YOU
PREFER DOING MORE?
I'm much better in making the sculptures than in doing the paint job, but I like both.
WHAT EXACTLY IS THE WAR GAMING SECTION OF THE SITE?
For now it shows some of my war gaming miniatures, but I plan to bring my own table top game and some
scenario rules and stuff too. All in all it's a hobby area, nothing commercial. Perhaps I will even post miniatures
of other war gamers. But right now I don't have the time for this.
WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN NOT DOING WORK FOR THE BAND OR YOUR ARTWORK TO OCCUPY
I play a lot of Warhammer Apokalypse or play with my girlfriend.
ARE YOU INTO ANY OTHER STYLES OF MUSIC BESIDES WHAT YOU PLAY IN THE BAND? WHO
ARE SOME OF THE BANDS YOU HAVE CURRENTLY BEEN LISTENING TO?
As said before, I like a lot of music, right now I am listening to MOB RULES "POWERMETAL"...before that to
a song of Robbie Williams, CANNIBAL CORPSE...
FROM THE LOOK OF YOUR ARTWORK & BAND MERCHANDISE I WOULD TAKE IT YOUR INTO
HORROR MOVIES. WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE HORROR MOVIES OR NON HORROR
Yes, Horror movies are great, a very good one was THE FOG, not THE FOG from John Carpenter (but that's a
good one too), but THE FOG movie based on Stephen King. I also like the new RAMBO, BLACK HAWK
DOWN is great, the new Clint Eastwood GRAN TORINO was cool too.
WHAT'S ONE THING YOU'D THINK PEOPLE WOULD BE SURPRISED TO FIND OUT ABOUT YOU?
I tried to support PETA, the animal rights organisation, but they don't want the support of DEBAUCHERY, they
think the lyrics are too brutal.
WHAT CAN WE LOOK FORWARD TO
NEXT FROM THE GREAT
Right now, I'm working at some new songs
for a Hard Rock band, people who like
DEBAUCHERY will like that too, I think. But
the next DEBAUCHERY record will be some
time in the future. For now, I will promote
"ROCKERS & WAR" as best as possible,
because I think it's the best I have ever done.
WHAT WERE YOU DOING BEFORE
THIS INTERVIEW? WHAT WILL YOU DO
NOW THAT'S IT'S DONE?
I have made the daily online shop work, after the interview, I don't know yet, perhaps helping my girlfriend with
her internet connection.
THANX A LOT FOR TAKING THE TIME TO ANSWER THIS INTERVIEW. FEEL FREE TO ADD
ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO FINISH OUT.
Check out my website and download the Death Metal Warmachine Hardcore lesbian video clip!!! Cheers!