FETUS STENCH Interview (Sweden)

Fueled with hatred against the current state of brutal music, Fetus Stench is here to bring the death back into death metal. Hailing from Karlstad, Sweden, the band members are anything but newcomers. With experience including multiple tours opening for bands like Dimmu Borgir, Grave, Enslaved, releasing a handful of records with bands like Blood Red Throne, The Law and more. Andreas Björnson, Christoffer Ilberg, Kristian Karlsson and Emil Wiksten has joined forces in Fetus Stench. In February 2011, two months after their formation, Fetus Stench landed a record deal with Abyss Records in just one week after releasing their first demo. This generated interest from acknowledged magazines such as Sweden Rock Magazine. Later that year, the band entered the studio to record their debut album, "Stillbirth". In the beginning of 2012, the world got its first taste of the album. The song "The Outer Island" was released through the internet and recieved great response from the public as well as musicians from established bands like Cannibal Corpse, Vomitory and Grave.

Hi there guys, thanks for showing interest in answering this interview. How are you? Anything important to start with?
No problem man! All is good over here, just doing some final preparations for the Norwegian gigs this weekend.

Fueled with hatred against the current state of brutal music, FETUS STENCH is here to bring the death back into death metal. What's going on in the FETUS STENCH camp these days? Any "sensational and Nice" latest news?
Now in the wake of the album release we're trying as hard as possible to promote the record, get some interviews done, reviews etc. And I have entered I really creative period right now so I'm writing lots and lots of new, super fast/brutal riffs as well. As for sensational news, we'll be dropping a real newsworthy bomb soon but not yet.

I wonder how's the interest from the underground Metal media so far? How did the reviews turn out? How many interviews have you answered and how's the response for "Stillbirth" from the media and the fans up to now? How long did you orgasm last when the new album was released?
The reviews and response has been overwhelmingly positive. The "worst" reviews still gave "Stillbirth" like 7 out of 10 on a scale, and I've seen a majority of the reviewers giving it at least 8,5/10 so it seems like we have full support from the underground. I don't know how many interviews I've answered so far but it's quite a few and it's always good fun, especially if the interviewer asks generic questions. Not.

An excellent album that should be heard. If you really consider yourself a metalhead, give this band a try. and how the process of making this new material? whether all members are involved in every writing music?
The writing process is really simple. It usually starts with me getting a monster riff inside my head that gets accompanied by another great riff etc. I make somewhat of a rough sketch of the song structure when all the guitar/bassparts are written and then send it to Emil who puts drums over everything. So it's basically me writing the music and Emil perfecting the drumparts.

To you, what distinguishes this release with the material you before? what if this is for you a blast form the mature concept from " Demo 2011 " ?
We recorded the demo practically all by ourselves and with inferior tools, we had absolutely no idea what we were doing. I still like it tho, as it's the first thing we ever recorded with Fetus Stench and it contains great songs, allthough the production is a little too poor. For the album, we planned everything way better and hired competent people who knew their shit so the outcome was (of course) way better. We still recorded/engineered some things by ourselves but the most crucial parts were handled by friends with knowledge. Kristofer Strandberg mixed/mastered everything on the demo as well as "Stillbirth". We gave him way more cash for his work on the album compared to the demo tho, maybe that's why it sounds so much better haha!

You happy with the job Abyss Records doing as far as promoting the band?
Yes we are. They are doing a great job and we're happy to be on their roster.

Emil Wiksten is Amazzziiiinggg Drummers !!!, I was very surprised with his drumming Skill extraordinary. How You can find Emil Wiksten? and if You have been very satisfied with the results of his hard work?
Emil is a great, great drummer and an even better person. He is incredibly disciplined when it comes to drumming, he's practicing about two hours every day. Seriously, there are few drummers in the world, yet the country of Sweden, who has the speed, stamina and precision that he has. We've known eachother for more than three years now and I've been playing with him on-and-off in a band called Slaughterous before so we know exactly what we can expect and require from eachother. It's a match made in hell!

How you can find him?
Go to Forshaga, Sweden and put a banana on a fishing pole. He'll show up sooner or later.

and whether Emil brought many changes to the Fetus Stench own music since joining? I Hear FETUS STENCH More Aggressive and Brutal beat now !

Well Emil has been a part of Fetus Stench since the beginning so there's hasn't been any musical change to anything, but it is of course a pleasure to have a drummer that can play just about anything. The problem before Fetus Stench was that I had such songs that were superfast and brutal but we couldn't find a drummer to play them, but with Emil on board, that problem is solved. I think it's because of a better production on the "Stillbirth" compared to the demo that everything seems more aggressive and brutal.

How much guitar overdubbing and harmonization do you do in the studio? Is layering a necessity for the FETUS STENCH formula to work properly?
One guitar track to the left, one guitar track to right and, if needed (for an evil chorus or whatever), one in the middle. It didn't take long time at all to record every guitar piece for the album, seeing as we had rehearsed a lot by ourselves for preparation. Layering is not a necessity as long as you get a real fat and distorted guitar sound from the beginning. I personally think that we achieved just that and so we only had one guitar to the left, one to the right and (if needed) one in the middle.

I'm Very FETUS STENCH with Sound Production for this album, what Is this already a Trademark for FETUS STENCH established itself from the beginning? and how FETUS STENCH still able to maintain all of this until now?
Awesome! I'm not sure if we have made ourselves a trademark Fetus Stench sound just yet but if you say so, perhaps we have? Looking back and listening to record, all of us in the band can hear a few flaws here and there, something we played wrong or a little to slow or whatever - but that's good! That means that we have progressed as musicians and that we're going to grind like motherfuckers for the next record.

What result All member Satistify with Hardwork Studio from Kristofer Strandberg for this material ??
Given the preconditions, we have to be satisfied! We had to put our own cash into the recording process, we had to arrange everything by ourselves and record each instrument in different studios to keep the costs down. Kristofer did a very good job, but you have to be brutal with him. He wants everything to sound the way he likes it while we want it to sound in another, more distorted and twisted way. It should not have to be that way, because we are the clients and it's WE who in the end has to be satisfied, not him. We're just paying him to make our album sound like we want.

Please tell something about the lyrics and what they deal with? As Much Say People, Death,Gore & Horror is Out of date theme, what You agree about this as far ?
There are a few lyrics that actually describe some horrible events, albeit with a nasty twist to them, and if you read the booklet, you'll find em'. I can tell you right now that some of them are NOT PC. Regarding death, horror, gore etc, a majority of the lyrics to the album deal with just that and that's simply because it's easy to write such lyrics + it fits the music perfectly. But for the next album, who knows? Maybe we'll begin to sing about Satan instead. We love satan.

Your music sounds really matured, well-structured and Blaster as fuck. Did you and the other band members play in other bands before and how do you see your band considering the musical skills?
Thank you. We have all been involved in the Karlstad Metal scene for a few years and we've played with eachother as well. I've played with Illern (guitars) in Anti-Christian Death Squad, I've played with Bullen (bass) in Inferior and I've played with Emil (drums) in Slaughterous, all before we decided to form Fetus Stench. As I said, we know exactly what we can expect/demand from each other. Considering our musical skills, I'd say that we're competent enough to play our music live while not fucking up. We play tight and we're having a blast while doing it.

Talking about Death Metal Brutal releases. Tell me some of your current fave-releases and some of your all-time classics. Please explain what makes the releases special to you.
Current favorites are Dying Fetus - Reign Supreme, Cannibal Corpse - Torture and Hour Of Penance - Sedition.

Dying Fetus - Reign Supreme
This one is simply going to be my favorite of 2012. It's supergroovy, speedy and technical without having focus on just one of the key ingredients, this makes the album really interesting. There's just not a single bad song on this one, buy it!

Cannibal Corpse - Torture: "Kill", was awesome, "Evisceration Plague"
had me longing for more but on "Torture" they are back to form. Way better songs than last time and a great production as well. I can see many of the songs on "Torture" filling up Cannibal Corpses setlists for many years to come.

Hour Of Penance - Sedition
Often compared to Fleshgod Apocalypse, due to the fact that they're Italian and somewhat similiar in musical style, Hour Of Penance have delivered an awesome album this year. While Fleshgod Apocalypse are becoming the Dimmu Borgir of death metal, Hour Of Penance keep grinding out really brutal songs without any unnecessary orchestration. "Sedition" is one of the best albums of 2012.

As for all-time favorites, check this write up that I did for Gun Shy Assassin! http://gunshyassassin.com/featured/guest-column-five-albums-that-will-change-you-by-fetus-stenchs-andreas-bjornson/  Guest Column: Five Albums That Will Change You By Fetus Stench’s Andreas Björnson

Vomitory - Terrorize, Brutalize, Sodomize
The one album to rule them all. TBS is simply the most intense and aggressive record created by any band ever. With Peter Östlund replacing Ulf as lead guitarist and going from Berno Studios to Leon Studios, Terrorize, Brutalize, Sodomize was somewhat of a new start for the band. With a ridiculously brutal production and a relentless, yet diverse, collection of songs, it’s bound to be a future classic. From the first blasts on “Eternal Trail of Corpses” to the slow and haunting outro of “Cremation Ceremony” this album is a hellride. Go buy it.

Lock Up - Necropolis Transparent
With the sad passing of Jesse Pintado, there were many of us who wondered how Lock Up would sound like when they decided to get back to business with Anton Reisenegger as the new guitarist. All doubts were blown away with Necropolis Transparent. Although a little more than a year has passed since the album was released it’s still as great as when I heard it the first time. The blast beats never ends, it’s a deathgrind trip that will beat you bloody and then some. I fucking love it.

Dismember - Like an Everflowing Stream
Along with Entombed, Grave and the likes, Dismember set a new standard as for how you’re supposed to play metal. Dismember was always superior to the other Swedes tho. With the typical Sunlight Studio-sound and great, great songs, this album has indeed shaped me to the death metal head I am today. With hits like “Soon To Be Dead” and “Skin Her Alive” (among many others), this is an album that every fan of death metal should have in their collection.

Exhumed - Slaughtercult
In the year of 2000, the gore metallers of Exhumed thought that recording an album with Mieszko of Nasum at Soundlab studios was a great idea. I agree. Slaughtercult is to me the best album they’ve released, with a raging speed and a real nasty production only matched by few others this album will make you bang your head whether you want to or not. Favorite tracks: “Decrepit Crescendo”, “This Axe Was Made To Grind” and “Slaughtercult.”

Bloodbath - Unbleesing The Purity (EP)
While not being a full length album, this record just had to be included. UTP reeks of evil from start to finish. With a great production, fantastic songs and lyrics that could convert one from christian to satanist within mere seconds, this is the peak of Bloodbath’s career. Every song kicks ass in its own way.

I read Some Word on metal-archives.com, This Band " Features members of Anti Christian Death Squad ", What About " Anti Christian Death Squad " ??
ACDS was a band that me and Illern had during 2008-2009, a project that was anything but serious. We were known for incredibly shitty gigs and released a demo called "Zombie Murder Machine". It actually contained some good songs, but it's super rare and hard to get a hold of tho. Check us out @ http://www.myspace.com/acdeathsquad

Overall, it's time to come to an end now. Hope you enjoyed this interview? Thanks for answering my questions and the time you spend on them. I hope I didn't forget anything? If there's something left to say at the end feel free to use this opportunity now. The last words are yours!
This was one of the better interviews so far, good and interesting questions. Keep an eye out, we'll be going through some changes soon - only for the better tho. Follow us on facebook @ www.facebook.com/fetusstench


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