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Interview with Deseized!

Deseized_Jun2015_PROMO

A: Andreas Lien (Vocals)

S: Semming Haraldsen (Guitars)

PSAB: Correct me if I’m wrong, but Norway is known for black metal. What is it like to be a metalcore band in Norway? Do you find yourselves playing with black metal acts frequently or are there a variety of bands?

S: Although you’re not entirely wrong there, the ubiquitous Norwegian black metal bands are a bit of a myth. Although we’re big on black metal here, there’s so much more to the Norwegian metal scene than what might meet the eye. We’ve certainly shared the stage with a bunch of black metal acts through the years, but I find the Norwegian metal scene to be really diverse. I don’t know if we’re really a metalcore band, but in any case we are not alone in standing out, so to speak.

A: Although the vast majority of international known Norwegian bands fall under the black metal category, there is a considerable amount of bands in the Norwegian underground doing their own thing regardless of genre. So yeah, there is a variety of bands, some of which bear no similarities to the “true Norwegian death metal” at all.

PSAB: What are your influences?

S: Oh, man there are so many! The big, big, big ones for me as a songwriter are probably SikTh and Meshuggah (to stick to the metal ones). But I’m all over the place; from Snarky Puppy to Decapitated. A good song is a good song! I think everyone in the band listen to all kinds of music from all kinds of genres, and that’s what makes us work so well as a band. If you stick too much to just one band or one genre, you’re eventually going to make som pretty boring music..!

A: We are influenced by a number of bands and artists. We all have different taste in music and we like to think that the combination of our different approach to music help us create something that sounds original and energetic.

PSAB: How does “A Thousand Forms of Action” compare to your other releases?

S I think we’ve grown a lot over the years and you can really hear that through our music. I don’t want to say that this release is better than our previous ones, but it’s certainly the one i like the best right now. I guess the music kind of grows along with us. So “A Thousand Forms of Action” is…. different. It still has the groove, the melodic and heavy parts, there’s still the odd time signatures and the crazy drumming, but it’s maybe a bit more mature in a way?

A: Yeah, like I said,, everyone of the five members may think differently about a riff, a drum beat or a melody. This time we’ve opened up to the different mindsets, and we kind of stepped out of the box, if you know what I mean. I would also argue that since the writing and production process of the album have been more of a one-man operation than before, the songs are more connected and intense than before.

PSAB: I hear many elements of metal in “A Thousand Forms of Action.” What is your goal when you write music?

A: When we were younger we had this notion of what was allowed and what wasn’t allowed when writing metal music. Ideas would get discarded because they weren’t “metal” or “Deseized” enough. Nowadays we try to implement all ideas that are good, regardless if they can be considered “metal” or not.

S: The ultimate goal to us is to write songs that we would really like to listen to ourselves. I mean we are a metal band made up by five guys who really like metal, so the outcome, I guess, is bound to be, in it’s essence, metal. But we do like to keep things interesting. To me, when you start including prog-elements and complex riffing in metal, it just makes listening to the music so much more rewarding. Still, we try to keep things groovy and to keep the live experience in mind when we’re writing. Doesn’t matter how impressing your riffing is if the entire gig revolves around five guys looking at their guitars!

PSAB: Is there a story behind the album art?

A: The artwork is the creation of the brilliant Kjersti Sandkvist Halden, and is a reflection of the title “A Thousand Forms of Action”. The title can be interpreted as a sort of call to arms, that there’s a thousand ways to revolt, and a thousand ways to make this world all that we want to make it. The artwork represents this, and shows that it all starts with the individual. And it looks totally bad-ass.

PSAB: How did you get signed to Negative Vibe Records?

S: I think we just kind of gravitated towards each other. We’ve been doing this for a while now, and I guess that when the guys at Negative Vibe were setting up their roster we were sort of an integral part of the Oslo metal scene and a fitting match for the label. They’re a hardworking bunch of dudes and we’re really happy to be a part of what they’re trying to accomplish. I don’t think people really appreciate the kind of significance those guys will have for the metal scene in the years to come. In any case; we might just be a charity-case and I’m not able to see it, but what the hell! We’re in, right?!

PSAB: Are there any other notable bands in your scene for whom you want to give a shout out to?

A: We’ve played alongside many great Norwegian bands that don’t get nearly enough credit. The scene is varied and there’s something out there for everyone. That being said: all the bands at Negative Vibe Records add something unique to the underground scene and are worth checking out.

S: Hell yeah! And there’s just far too many good ones to make a list! But I would like to mention Silence the Sky since they’re working on a new album these days that I think everyone should listen to! And party. People should party also.

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