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Meat Train Interview


Meat Train Interview

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Meat Train was formed in 2011 as a collaboration to create music with a heavy British sound and a huge appreciation of horror. With the September 29th release date of new album Random Acts Of Carnage drawing inexorably closer, we managed to get the band to put down their cleavers and chat for a few minutes.

What type of artist are you?
MM: Death metal, filthy death metal. Grinding riffs and a bit old school.

PD. Tell us the brief history of yourself.
MM: I was brought into this world to open people’s eyes to the evil of Man and to prepare them for what’s yet to come, and we have just recorded the ultimate guide.

Chas: We got some hard-drinking like minded people together to make some nasty sounds, we’ve been in bands together before, but Meat Train has an agenda to push.

PD. Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
MM: Horror, history, serial-killer documentaries and places of significance – I’ve been to the killing fields in Cambodia, and Auschwitz recently. People need to remember what governments are capable of and not bury their heads in the sand. Musically I like a mix of thrash and death which is why we use that as the medium for our message.

Chas: Musically I like industrial trains, pneumatic drills and the sound of gun fire or anything country. Non-musically I think Mortician and Skinless are about as awesomely non-musical as it is possible to be.

PD. What are your dreams and goals?
MM: Get our Random Acts out there to spread the message – the end is coming, it might be cannibals, politics, or the animals claiming their world back – we need a woke population aligned in death.

Chas: I want an off-grid existence, free from control, to write and record music all day.

 

Random Acts of Carnage as an album is about people and what they are capable of. It highlights the evils in our past and present, the fact that people have learned nothing from them and that when the end comes – which it will – it will be of our own making.

 

PD. Who writes your songs, what are they about?
MM: I have the vision and the ideas for our messages, the serious side to the band. Musically everyone has input but you can tell after a while who came up with a part of a song.

Random Acts of Carnage as an album is about people and what they are capable of. It highlights the evils in our past and present, the fact that people have learned nothing from them and that when the end comes – which it will – it will be of our own making.

Chas: There’s usually an idea, music or otherwise, we work it together and then fit together for a song. Mike will spill his hate onto a scrappy piece of paper in a long rambling, hate-fuelled rant and then we cook it up into something we like. We write about zombies both kinds, the flesh-eaters that are coming and the even scarier ones – people who stand by or put their heads-down while their leaders commit acts of atrocity.

PD. How do you promote your band and shows?
Mike: Our seminars for Random Acts of Carnage are advertised in the usual ways, ironically the cult of facebook – that mind-numbing echo chamber – plays a big part in that. We try to get the message out there with as many sites and magazines as possible. Our collaborators who we’ve met on the road are a great help. With the support of independent and underground publications we’ve been able to take the Meat Train as far as Vietnam the Philippines, Thailand and Nepal, as well as awesome places closer to home like Germany, Austria and Scotland.

 

We try to get the message out there with as many sites and magazines as possible. Our collaborators who we’ve met on the road are a great help.

 

PD. What do you think about downloading music online?
MM. That’s a hard one. Anything that gets the message out and helps people wake up is good – but stealing online makes it harder to produce, meaning a dumbing down and homogenisation of creativity as people chase popular trends. That isn’t good for music or people, a symptom of the problem.

PD. What’s your outlook on the record industry today?
MM: Not as powerful as it once was but it’s still there. Death metal is small and yet still full of self-funded productions, people with something to make, who give a shit and want to do their thing. You can easily tell who means it and who is just writing for its own sake, or worse still the fakers in it for the money.

Chas: Meh! All forms of business is just about control what you tell people and what you want them to hear. Don’t buy into the bullshit buy local and look past the soundalike crew or whatever the next manufactured lump of shit is.

 

Don’t buy into the bullshit buy local and look past the soundalike crew or whatever the next manufactured lump of shit is.

 

PD. What song do you wish you’d written and why?
MM: Epidemic (Slayer) or Hammer smashed face (cannibal corpse). That amount of hate in musical form is a beautiful thing.

Chas: Maybe Albert Lee’s Country Boy. Now thats music to eat people by.

PD. What are some of your pet peeves?
MM: Bullies, the intolerant and closed-minded. Animal cruelty is a big hate of mine too.

Chas: Did you know poacher testicles cure aids? I hate stupid people who go round being holier than thou, these over-populating breeders with 5 kids who just because they recycle their thousands of imported water bottles reckon they are saving the planet – while in reality suffocating it with their offspring. They’ll be first against the wall.

PD. What is your proudest moment in music?
MM: Random Acts Of Carnage. The world will discover it September 29.

Chas: The chug in Stop Killing all the Whores.

PD. Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
MM: There’s a tour in planning but can’t say more yet. London will have a launch event to get the message out. Riding the Meat Train is heavy and in your face. Be there to experience a brutal ride.

Chas: We play intense, and if you want big-riffed, pounding lessons in preparedness delivered via the medium of zombie-based filthy death then come. If you don’t want that – why not what’s wrong with you?​

 

 

 

 

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