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Nihilist Death Cult – Interview


Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)

PD:  How would you describe yourself or your band as an artist?

NDC: I would describe Nihilist Death Cult as an abrasive, relentless Death Metal Hardcore Punk band made of anger and hate, that never lets up.

 

PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.

NDC: I’ve been playing and writing music since I was about 13… inspired by metal bands of the time like Iron Maiden… started writing thrash metal around 87 with Overthrow until about 91, then I started Soulstorm… so when Soulstorm ended in 2016, I wanted to get back to writing really fast Death Metal again, with a live drummer… so I started Tribe of Pazuzu with Flo Mounier on drums but as much as I love that band it’s not so easy to get it out on the road for shows… plus I had a whole batch of songs in a diff style so I formed Nihilist Death Cult with my brother John (Soulstorm, Abyss) on drums… then we got Ethan (guitar, Jaww, Abyss) to help us out and it just kept gathering more steam as we went along, we got Scott Middleton to produce and mix and it was  definitely the perfect choice for what we wanted to do, and he really helped a lot as a producer so it was exactly what we wanted from that relationship to be… then we added Rick (guitar, Soulstorm, Bound By Defiance) to the mix for the live shows and it’s been working out great.

 

PD: Who and what inspires you to make music, both in terms of musical and other influences? What do you like to write about in your songs?

NDC: I get influences from a lot of places… for lyrics, there are movies and books… there’s the anger and hate of watching any of the bullshit propaganda on the news… the anger and hate of a failing government trying to control us more and more… all that stuff is fuel for the fire when we write… which in turn is why we keep the music so fast and relentless… it’s not meant to be inviting to the outsiders… but as a metal fan this is what I want to hear… not something watered down, or adding slower parts for commercial radio play… we went into this style knowing we won’t make any money… it’s for the love of the style, the art… everyone is writing in the band now, wait until you hear the next one 😉

 

PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?

NDC: My aspiration as an artist are to leave a bit of a legacy of whatever I can… when I look back, my output was a bit sparse to non-existent for a long stretch there, and it was a lot of wasted time with weak-minded people… but I was also on a lot of medication at the time so there were people taking advantage of that… so now that I’ve gotten away from that situation I was able to focus more on the stuff I wanted to do if I had a great drummer behind me… so when I started working on Tribe of Pazuzu, I knew that was part of it, and with my brother on drums for Nihilist Death Cult, the biggest pieces of those puzzles were in place… so now with that high calibre of musicianship I’m able to create some of the heaviest unrelenting music I have ever created… and that makes me smile 🙂

 

PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?

NDC: Sure there are many proud memories… having my first real band Overthrow record with Scott Burns and Tom Morris at Morrisound Studios was a great experience… having the first Soulstorm album picked up by Metal Blade records worldwide was awesome and reaffirming… but honestly the most recent stuff I’ve been working on… Tribe of Pazuzu and Nihilist Death Cult… this is what I’m most proud of… even if we never play another show or record another note… I’m so happy and warm inside when I hear the CDs, what became of those demo songs I wrote in those witching hours every night … as well as all the people involved, I love all those guys, couldn’t have done it without them… and I’m thankful they did trust me and trust the vision, it means a lot to me and it says a lot to me that these people willingly want to work with me… we’re not spring chickens anymore 😉

 

PD: Promoting one’s music is such a challenge these days, especially with so many new artists emerging from bedrooms in the day of the home studio. How is that going?

NDC: Well, that’s the thing… I create music… I write and record riffs, arrange them, put lyrics to them… find a producer/studio… record… after that it’s a different skill set needed… so there is PR which is still kinda new to me but makes sense cuz I don’t know all the radio stations, I don’t know all the magazines… so you get someone who does… this is almost unheard of when it comes to extreme music, especially DIY but I’ve learned that I can’t do everything, even if it means paying someone who is a professional… that’s why I don’t bother producing or mixing anymore… I would rather pay someone who can do a professional job instead of trying to save a buck which hurts the end product… and obviously, you have to be concerned about the end product because that will live on for a long time even after we’re dead… it’s in the digital world now, so why cut corners? So when I demo all the songs in my home studio, the intent is always to go to a studio and do it properly with a killer drummer in a real studio drum room… real amps with tubes and cabinets

 

PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?

NDC: So far we’ve just been using social media and having flyers/posters in some key locations in the city… but we seem to have a pretty good reach right now, for now, what we’re doing… touring, I doubt it but would be cool… we’re focusing in on playing a few cool places with some cool bands… Detroit with Centenary is one of them, and hopefully more by the summer

 

PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?

NDC: Personally, to each his own… everyone has a reason for what they do, doesn’t make them any less fan… for example just because you buy the latest re-issues cuz this new one is splattered vinyl doesn’t make you better than someone who bought it off Spotify… it’s still revenue for the band… also I used to be a huge collector of the format at the time… going back to my teens, I had tons of vinyl accumulated, the stuff that shaped most of my musical inspirations, then CD came and the constant quality from every playback had me sold, as well as fitting more songs on there… but now I’m just mp3s on my computer at home or iPod in the car… I remember I had like 20 milk crates full of CDs… and trying to find that ONE CD with that ONE song on it was a huge pain in the ass… and shelves take up too much space… if I was still collecting I would have to build an extra room onto the house haha… why have all that when I can just play the song I want in an instant, one-click… done… how does that lessen the experience of the actual song??? The song is the art not the format.

 

PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?

NDC: Fall From Grace by Morbid Angel or anything off Rock For Light by the Bad Brains (except the reggae songs obviously)

Why? Just killer hooks and relentless energy and power

 

PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?

NDC: Hahaha funny… I don’t like a lot of it, but to a certain extent I also get why some of these things happen, and why it goes the way it does, but still if there was something to change it would be the percentage of money the artist gets, cuz without the music what are they selling? It all hinges on actual music being made by artists

 

PD: So, what are you working on at the moment?

NDC: Right now Nihilist Death Cult has officially started writing for the next recording but we’re not rushing anything, but will probably be adding some of these new songs to our set over the next few shows… and I also have the Tribe of Pazuzu album coming out in March so I’m hoping to be busy for a bit if all goes well 🙂

 

PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?

NDC: I usually do longer posts in the NDC Facebook page and Instagram, but we’re also on Twitter and of course the only place to get march for any of the bands is band camp… www.nihilistdeathcult.bandcamp.com

Thanks so much for the interview… TURN OFF YOUR TV!

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