A couple of months ago No Escape Records reissued the debut Teenage Giallo Grind and the most recent Horror Rises From the Tomb from the Spanish gore junkies Gruesome Stuff Relish. The Spaniards are now working on a variety of upcoming split releases. Some weeks ago I asked drummer and vocalist Pablo Deodato a line of questions - things like the inspiration, the song-writing and of course zombie and horror movies.

Pablo Deodato interviewed by PSL

Some years ago the band almost broke up for a while. What made you decide to come back?
We did never really break up, but we were out of business for almost four years. We were trying to come back for so long, but we never found the way. Some of us were living far from here, somewhere else in Spain and it was pretty difficult to put ourselves back to the studio and record anything cool. Fortunately everything changed a couple of years ago. Everyone was back home and Noel had a lot of new songs we were ready to work with.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but it sounds like a lot of your inspiration comes from old school Swedish death metal like Left Hand Path era Entombed?
You're absolutely right, early Entombed, Dismember and Carnage are a huge inspiration for us. We love that crunchy and powerful guitar sound. We also miss the great old times when songs were something unforgettable and not a bunch of non-sense blastbeats and grunts. It's obvious that we are also influenced by some of the founders of goregrind and grindcore. We always keep bands like Impetigo, Carcass or Terrorizer in mind when writing songs. So our music is somewhere in between both styles. There's nothing new in it. Bands like Haemorrhage, Necrony and General Surgery have pretty much done the same thing too.

Your guitar sound is also very close to the characteristic meaty Sunlight Studio production. What is it you like about this particular sound?
Yeah, as I told you before, we're devoted fans of the early 90's Swedish death metal so of course the Sunlight Studio production are a clear reference for everything we do.

Who mostly writes the music and do you write songs all the time or just in periods?
Noel Kemper writes the all the music and lyrics. I used to write some lyrics in the past, but we realized that it was easier for Noel to sing his own lyrics, so right now he's doing all the writing himself. He writes music all the time either for Gruesome Stuff Relish, Altar Of Giallo or some of the other bands he plays in. He always has tons of riffs, lyrics and everything ready for new songs. So when we have the time to practice we make all the song-structures and arrangements jamming all together at the rehearsal pretty fast.

The songs are not just blastbeats from start to finish or the opposite. It's really a good mix of both. Do you think about this when you write or does it just turn out that way?
Well, yeah I think blastbeats are exciting, but the contrast to other slower parts makes them more exciting. I think that if you blast from start to finish it gets really boring. Anyway it's nothing we really think about. Each song has its own tempo and structure and when you are sure about a song you don't need to change anything just because "it's not fast enough".

Obviously you're inspired by horror and zombie flicks. Which movies and instructors have inspired you the most?
Italian and Spanish movies and directors from the 70's, 80's are our main inspiration. Ruggero Deodato, Lucio Fulci, Dario Argento, Joe D'amato, Amando de Ossorion and many more

Do you enjoy newer American horror and zombie movies like for instance Planet Terror and the Dawn of the Dead remake or are you mostly fascinated by early Italian and Spanish horror movies?
I've seen both movies and they are not bad at all, but not as good as the older stuff, however good enough to have some fun in front of the TV for a couple of hours. We are not European movie fundamentalists. George A. Romero is one of America's biggest directors.

The lyrical inspiration, does it solely come from horror and zombie movies?
Yeah [laughs]. Noel is like a horror encyclopaedia and I think he's got material enough in his mind to fill a few albums more [laughs].

Have you considered doing like Machetazo and sing in Spanish?
It would be fun. We are probably doing a Latin American license of our last album on EMF Records and we'll re-record a couple of the songs from this album in Spanish.

Horror Rises From the Tomb was put out via Razorback Records earlier this year. Why already do a reissue? Was it sold out?
We and Razorback Records had some different points of view on how the promotion of the new album should be and other issues as well. We both decided not to keep working together anymore. So we were free to look for a new label and do the re-release. I think the Horror Rises From the Tomb reissue is doing well and it's like a whole new release as no promotion had been done by Razorback Records when it first came out.

Razorback Records have previously been releasing your full-lengths. The next one will it also be out on Razorback Records or do you plan to use No Escape like with the reissues?

Yeah, No Escape is doing a great job regarding the promotion of these reissues so I think we will definitely try to work with them in the future as well. We're also really good friends with the label-owner Dave and he's a person we have confidence in. We were playing a few shows with Fuck… I'm Dead and The Day Everything Became Nothing in the US and we and the Australians became brothers in gore and dope [laughs].

You've put out quite a few split releases along the way. Do you have any new 7', split CD's or vinyl releases on the way?
We've always like to do some different releases and formats and not just full-length albums. Splits and EP's are great and formats like these some of the most important things in the underground. We have some different material coming out in the near future. There are some splits with Call The Paramedics, Haemorrhage and The Day Everything Became Nothing in the works. Also Horror Rises From the Tomb just came out on LP a few weeks ago on Torture Garden from Maryland, USA.

I read somewhere that you consider yourselves a bit lazy when it comes to playing live. Do you enjoy playing live or do you prefer not to?
We're some lazy bastards Spanish lazy and our preferred sentence is "We'll do it after the siesta or maybe tomorrow" [laughs]. No, seriously this year we have been busy playing live more than we've ever done before. We've played in the US, England and Holland plus we've played many places here in Spain and we're booked for a festival in Portugal with Macabre around Christmas. So I wouldn't say we have been that lazy lately. But the point is that most of those shows were really well-organized and we've got pretty nice conditions to play. Unfortunately this is something not all the promoters do, so we've become pickier than before when getting an offer to play. We're not 18 years anymore and we're not willing to go play 3000 km away from home for just a few bucks and a tent. I'm not saying we're trying to make a lot of money playing goregrind. I'm pretty sure that won't happen and I'm not that crazy to believe it can, but we need to at least get all our expenses paid and don't feel like the promoters are laughing in our face.

Do you think goregrind fans are more dedicated than most other music fans?
Yeah. All the extreme metal fans in general are really dedicated to their music. This kind of music is really underground and it will always be, but on the other hand the bands get an unbelievable support from people everywhere. Fans do still buy the albums today instead of downloading them - could any other music genre say the same? The fans drive thousands of kilometres just to see their preferred bands live. I mean, that's dedication.

Anything you'd like to add to conclude this interview
Not too much. It's been a big and interesting interview. Just wanted to thank you for the interest and I hope we'll hit Denmark for a live show sometime soon.

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