Saturday, January 5, 2013

Maximize Bestiality (Guttural Slam Death Metal)

Hello i'm Dr. Faust, the guitar player and background vocalist of 'Maximize Bestiality'.

Jonathan - What makes a good Death Metal band?
Dr. Faust - Hmm... hard to say in short. At first you have to define the word "good". 
In may oppinion good means not how many fans you have on facebook, how many gigs you play on big festivals or how many records you did sale. The music itself has to be interesting for me especially over a longer period of time. This means a band has to have a very own sound. The sound quality is not too important to me, more the style the music is mixed and played. For 
example take Abysmal Torment. They have a very unique and brutal sound. Also they provide 
their own type of music, riffs, vocals and musical structures that make you think "wow, i would recognise that band under 100 other death metal bands."
Also a very important point to me is the comparison between recorded music and live 
performance. Is the band able to achieve the same level live than on cd? Or even better? Last but not least i focus on the creativity. I don't like bands bringing out a great album and following then with something boring, uninspired or very different. In my oppinion a the band should be loyal to their own styles. Too much experimenting often disappoints conservative long-time fans of the bands, and new won supporters propably won't like the old stuff so you have to decide "which songs do we play live?" (Look on Gorerotted / The Rotted 
for what i mean).
In summary: A band needs to fascinate me on a long-time base - live and on cd. That does not 
only apply to Death Metal.

Jonathan - I really believe the only passionate way to do music is with your heart. But sometimes hard times and trouble can get in the way. Why is it so important for you to be in a band and do you have any funny stories to tell?

Dr. Faust - For me it is important to share my creativity with other people. At the one hand discussing with other musicians my ideas and creating something combined, so all of them can say "wow, this is brutal and i love playing / singing it". On the other hand it's always great show and play your music for people appreciating it saying "I love it, please gimme more!", haha.

Jonathan - What's the origin of the band name, Maximize Bestiality?
Dr. Faust - The first name of the band was Maximize Brutality, which should point to our level of groove and heavyness in the song structures but also refer to the song themes itself.
Nevertheless Thorso, our former second guitar player didn't like the name because it could be mistaken with "Brutal Death Metal" ( which it not our main musical genre) and us being big-
headed as "the most brutal band" haha. We then collected different words and our decision was "Maximize Bestiality", which displays more the level of perversity and deformity, which is the main theme.
Jonathan - Who are your major influences? Or do you just write what you like and that is the result?
Dr. Faust - All of the current- and former instrumentalists wrote their owns songs so i only can speak 
for myself. I have different bands that inspire me to some riffs, Cerebral Incubation, 
Devourment, Cerebral Effussion or Visceral Disgorge, just to name some of them. But its 
entirety you can say i write what i like, try to combine different styles of riffs and rhythms 
until its brutal in my eyes. Also i set a high value on jamming during band practice and working on the songs, getting inspired by the ideas from the other musicians.
Jonathan - How long have you all known each other?
Dr. Faust - I think i know Marty the longest time from all. We got in touch about drumming and band stuff 
think 4 or 5 years ago.
Jonathan - How did you meet?
Dr. Faust - I met Marty on a show with my former Death Metal band "Gorethroat" where we talked a little 
about our interest in playing grindcore. Thorso, our former second guitarist joined Gorethroat later and switched over to Maximize Bestiality after the split-up of Gorethroat. Analex was a 
friend of mine who i met on a party, later we drank on a little festival and talked about making music together.
Jonathan - When did you form your band?
Dr. Faust - In 2011 after the split-up of Gorethroat.
Jonathan - What inspired you to make music together?
Dr. Faust - We we're impressed how people can party on slamming brutal death bands not only needing 
blast-beats to go off. So we startet making plans on a band focused on groove and slam where 
people could rip of their heads to on live shows.
Jonathan - Im sure some countries or crowds are more enthusiastic than others, do you have any particular anecdotes to tell us? Any funny moments? Disappointments?
Dr. Faust - We have not played often live with Maximize Bestiality at the moment, so i can only tell about 
my experiances with other bands. At first i can say, don't play in little locations we 99% of 
the audience consists of old school metalheads, coming to the bar every weekend, will result 
in very silent applause, haha. If you have to, do it, when everyone in the location is drunk 
already haha. 
In common you can say playing in the netherlands is fun, because of the different mentality of 
the people. We've played in living rooms and gardens in the middle of densely populated areas 
and mostly the neighbours we're very nice and tolerant. Some of them even came to watch regardless they don't like the music. Haha netherlands is hell of a party.
Jonathan - Which songs do you perform most frequently?
Dr. Faust - All of them, haha. At the moment we have material fitting for one show, so nothing will be left out.
Jonathan - Do you ever play any covers?
Dr. Faust - Not with Maximize Bestiality, no.
Jonathan - Who writes your songs?
Dr. Faust - At the moment only me. But mostly any bandmember who is interested and has good ideas.
Jonathan - What are the main themes or topics for most of your songs?
Faust - Cruelty, perversion and abstract brutality. We try to achieve brutal themes by describing special acts and trying to tell the story through a more complex title then "Stabbed with a 
knife, then fucked in the ass. Postmortem." haha.
Jonathan - Do you think these topics will change over time?
Dr. Faust - That depends on creativity and inspiration. Every theme can be overused. The future will show. At the moment we're satisfied with it.
Jonathan - Could you briefly describe the music-making process?
Dr. Faust - For the songs i write i collect different riffs, which i think could fit together. Often i already have structure fragments, which i combine then.
I rearrange them, writing the basic drumming for it. After that the breaks and interludes have to be worked on again and again. When i think it has enough flow in it i make a raw recording and show it to the other band members. Often they have some additional ideas or alterings for 
the song, which are build in until everyone is ok with it. After that the vocal structures will be written by jamming through rehearsal and experimenting through recordings.
Jonathan - What are your rehearsals generally like? Do you have a set time each week in which you 
practice or are rehearsals more spontaneous?
Dr. Faust - Before recordings or live show we rehearsal frequently, mostly every weekend, because the band members do not live very close to come over after work.
Jonathan - How has your music evolved since you first began playing music together?
Dr. Faust - The songs have become more complex. We began to bring in some different structures and rhythms 
so the new songs don't become a boring copy of another. We try not to write two similar songs.
Jonathan - What has been your biggest challenge as a band? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?
Dr. Faust - Our biggest challenge was to fit in the different intentions of the band members to a compromise. One wants to do as much releases as possible, another wants to focus on live shows and the next one likes more to write new songs during rehearsal. But we're all grown up, so a compromise means to cut down your personal desires a little bit, which anyone i possible in my opinion.
A good example for that were the lyric/song titles. I for myself initially wanted more "straight-in-your-face" brutal titles, while Marty was more heading for abstract phrased aggression. I think we found a great solution to it and our phrases now kick ass than my or other former ideas!
Jonathan - What advice do you have for people who want to form their own bands?
Dr. Faust - At first make yourself clear what you want and what you whish to achieve. Then tell it your 
mates. Make sure anyone has a fitting level of motivation. It won't work if a band member is 
just for fun in the band restraining the others from going on. This leads me to the most 
important point. Talk in the band about everything you don't like. It will destroy yourself 
from the inner if you swallow every anger and this leads to frustration, unmotivation and even 
depressions. Perhaps other mates think like you and something can be changed!
Jonathan - For those who don’t know you, How can fans-to-be gain access to your music? Do you have a website with sample songs or a demo CD?
Dr. Faust - Fans can look us up on facebook, chat with us or leave us a comment! At the moment you can
check out our music from the upcoming ep on our youtube channel. Also you can see live videos 
from us. Just search for "Maximize Bestiality"!
If you're interested in buying merchandise from us like shirts, stickers or the ep coming out 
this month, just visit out Bigcartel store!
Jonathan - And the last question is all yours, you decide what to say here!
Faust - I would like to thank anyone you already supports us, without having seen us live or listening to the ep. You guys are great! I've already send out shirts in the different countries of the world and we're happy to have already fans all around the world.
Stay tuned and order our Ep "Excreting The Malformed" coming out late January 2013!

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