Unendlich – Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
U: Black Metal
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
U: Unendlich officially started in 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland. The name Unendlich means “infinite” or “without end” in German, which serves as a constant reminder of the permanence of death – a unifying theme throughout each album. Inspired by one-man black metal bands, Unendlich is the sole creation of multi-instrumentalist Michael Connors. Unendlich’s style retains the chaotic aggression and brutality of Black Metal balanced by melody injected throughout each song.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
U: Musical: Samhain/Danzig, early thrash, 2nd wave black metal. Non-Musical: History, emotions of despair, anger, and hatred experienced through life.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
U: Live long enough to see humanity destroy itself from afar while enjoying a couple extra years of self-sustained living but until then, having a functional band and to play some shows.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
U: I do, Mike Connors. The theme of the first album focused on the fault in humanity’s desire for power that leads to short term destruction and the demise of great empires, yet results in paradoxical long-term evolution. The second album, “Scales of Existence,” is a journey through a nihilistic existence, the vices used to cope, and the resulting aftermath. The latest album, “Thanatophobia,” deals with the reliance on religion as a mechanism to satisfy the human ego’s desire to attribute meaning to one’s existence and pacify the feelings of discomfort in the unknown – in life and in death.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
U: At shows where I meet folks with similar musical interests, various outlets over the internet etc.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
U: Go for it. Though most people probably just stream since download sites usually contain monetized or malicious Ads. In general people do not value the music or physical media the same as the era I grew up in and nothing I say will change that. At this point it is adapt or die. I am greatly appreciative though to those who buy merch, CDs, or a download but that is the exception these days.
PD: What’s your outlook on the record industry today?
U: It continues to die. Though with extreme music and with smaller labels it is all a labor of love. A business model of loss or just breaking even is non-sustainable when capitalism is concerned. Only labels that will remain are those propped up by corporate interest which may experiment time to time in other genres like metal.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
U: Danzig – “How the Gods Kill”. In general, I admire songs that can express a great deal of emotion within simplicity. The song also contains a lyric in which I love as well . . . “If you want the answer, If you want the truth, Look inside your empty soul, There you’ll find the noose”.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
U: Elitism. Talking with authority on subjective, non-factual topics.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
U: Completing my first album.
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
U: It will be Unendlich’s first live show so if you like the albums and like live music and are in the Maryland (USA) area, come check us out.
Band location – Baltimore, Maryland
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