Hey, thank you for your time, and congratulations on the upcoming release of your EP “Dogmatic Convictions Of Human Decrepitude”.
First of all, thank you very much for this interview!!
How excited were you about the September 11th release of your debut EP “Dogmatic Convictions Of Human Decrepitude”?
Oskar: We felt very excited with this release and hope that the death metal fans like as much as we have enjoyed composing and recording the songs.
When did you first start getting into music and know you wanted to join a band?
Oskar: I began listening to metal at the age of 12 and death metal 2 years later (Cannibal Corpse, Obituary, Demigod, Suffocation, etc.), but when I listened to Cryptopsy “None So Vile” for the first time, I was really shocked.
A few months later I discovered Cynic “Focus” and immediately was freaked out by those amazing fretless bass lines. It can be said that thanks to the astonishing Eric Langlois and Sean Malone, I decided to learn to play bass (not as well as they do, haha) but they were a true inspiration for me and then I knew that I wanted to play bass in an extreme metal band. A new road of no return had begun in my life.
Is there a concept behind ‘Dogmatic Convictions’?
Jordi: The lyrics talk about anti-religion, Dogmas of faith, atrocities committed by the Catholic Church. It is not going against religion and that’s it, no, it goes further, it is a response to all the garbage that they have and have had within their institution. Of everything they hide and will never be known. What is known, but nothing will ever be done. In Spain, being a supposedly secular country, you can be accused of blasphemy today, I shit on God! We want to blaspheme and get out of that correct line that their absurd laws command. We are in the XXI century, there are things that no longer make sense, we want to throw shit on their writings and their signs!
That’s what our lyrics are about; questioning things and not believing what they tell you because God’s law says it! Fuck it!
Do you have a favourite track from the EP?
Oskar: I like very much the 3 songs of the EP. That said, if I had to choose one, it would be the last track, “Scapulars of Human Decay”, for its crazy changes, some vocal lines, the almost-jazzy drum part and of course, for its cool and inspired guitar solo.
How would you describe your music to someone who has never heard it?
Oskar: I should say that we play brutal death metal strongly influenced by the first albums of Cryptopsy, with a little Suffocation and Gorgasm touch but from a personal point of view.
Has your band played live and are you missing gigs and fests a lot with the coronavirus having shut the music scene down?
Oskar: ‘Slit Your Gods’ was born as a studio project. Except Rod and me, who live near, the rest of the members live in different regions of Spain and our drummer Roman, lives in Russia, so it´s almost impossible to play live with SYG. So no, we haven’t played live yet, but if the conditions were good and that day arrived, it would be a dream for all of us.
Has the coronavirus pandemic hampered or changed plans for the release? How have yourself and the band been coping with the current pandemic situation? Have you explored digital streaming or focused on creating more music?
Oskar: No really, the process of composition of the Ep and the new album hasn´t been interrupted by the new situation, because as I said before, SYG was born as a studio project. The Covid 19 has changed our lives dramatically, but fortunately, this has not affected very much as a band, so as you can imagine, we have decided to focus on creating new songs for the full album that will be released by Comatose Music, as you probably know.
You call your music blasphemous death metal. Where do you draw your influences from when it comes to producing new music/lyrics?
Oskar: I d say more “blasphemous brutal death metal”. I think that this description says everything: we play brutal death metal with atheist and irreligious lyrics, denouncing the atrocities that mankind has done in the name of false gods, dogmas and beliefs. The inspiration comes from different sources: religions, history, etc. Here in Spain, we had the sadly famous Holy Inquisition that for centuries committed many murders in the name of the Christian god and which is largely to blame for cultural and social retardation of Spain in comparison to other more advanced democracies. I can’t imagine other better musical way to represent all this corruption and iniquity that making songs as fast and brutal as we can.
Is it difficult balancing being in a band with a ‘normal working life’?
Oskar: For sure! All the band has our work and family duties and compromises, so we have to do some kind of magic to find the time and the moment for SYG and for the other projects which we are involved in, but we do because we love the extreme metal underground.
Your band is made up of members from different countries. Do you all live near or are some of you still in your native countries? Is it difficult to rehearse and record together?
Oskar: SYG is some kind of an international band, haha. My brother Rod lives in Albacete and I live near, in a village of Cuenca, Santi lives in Soria, Jordi in Barcelona and our drummer Roman, lives in Russia, in a city near the Ural Mountains. So it’s impossible for us to rehearse together. Thanks to the new technologies, we can work as a band, composing and recording via the internet.
Do you think it’s important for a band to be signed to a label to be recognised in today’s society?
Oskar: Absolutely! Despite the globalization, it´s very difficult for a single band, no matter how good it was, to reach many fans by its own. I think that in our case, having the support and experience of Steve and Comatose Music on our side is essential to make our musical proposal known by many more death metal fans around the world.
What are your views on bands who give away their music free on social media? Do you think this is a good, beneficial marketing idea, or should fans be paying to purchase tracks?
Oskar: What is good for a band, could be bad for another. It´s another point of view and I respect that. I think that this system could work better for bands that play more commercial stuff, so they can compensate with their notoriety on social media and their so much bigger fan base the fact of giving away their music for free.
What is your writing/recording procedure like? With the lockdown are you finding more inspiration and time to write and create more music?
Oskar: Rod, Santi or I try to create a song and send it to the rest of the band. Then the other members give their opinion and the song is changed if we think it’s necessary. Once we have decided the structure of the track, Roman records the drums and sends it to the rest of us. Then it’s time for the bass or the second guitars (it depends on who has composed the song) to be added, then the arrangements come. Finally, Jordi creates the lyrics and the vocal lines based on the song that is finished in terms of guitars, bass and arrangements. Of course, if at any moment one member didn’t like something, we would try to change it doing something different in order to make a song that was fully satisfactory for all of us.
To answer the second question, yes!! We are trying to take advantage of this almost dystopic situation working hard in the songs for the full album.
What genres of music do you like to listen to personally? Are there any new bands that have caught your attention recently?
Oskar: I like almost all kind of metal, especially death, black and doom stuff. Besides metal, I also enjoy very much jazz fusion, rock, blues and classical.
About new bands that have surprised me, speaking of brutal death, I have to say that I have enjoyed very much the albums of our label partners Architectural Genocide and the Spanish band Human Carnage. On the other hand, I think that Helfro “Afeitrun” is one of the best albums of the last years in terms of black metal.
What advice would you give someone wanting to start a band?
Oskar: Umm, be patient, enthusiastic, humble and empathic. Be your biggest critic so you can accept and comprehend the constructive criticism of other people and above all, practise your instrument all that you can, never is enough.
What do you like to do outside of music? Any hobbies?
Oskar: I very much like travelling, reading, cinema and of course having some beers with friends.
What are your plans for the rest of the year?
Oskar: We have the structure of at least 4 new songs. I think that if we can finish these tracks and make at least one more, it should be a cool and achievable goal. Generally speaking, I hope the trials for the Covid19 vaccines go as well as possible to recover soon our vulgar normality.
Thank you for your time, is there anything you’d like to say to our readers?
Oskar: as I said before, thank you very much for this interview and for letting us be known to your readers, it has been a true pleasure!!!
Our Ep “Dogmatic Convictions of Human Decrepitude” is out now by Comatose Music and we hope that death metal fans around the world will appreciate it. We are working hard to create a very sick album, this is only the beginning. Btw, stay safe, enjoy brutality and life!!!