Not very long ago Dutch brutal death metallers Prostitute Disfigurement released their third and new album Left in Grisly Fashion through Neurotic Records. I recently got the opportunity to ask bassist Patrick some questions about the new album, the switch of label, the production as well as some other things. Patrick was very informative and the interview turned out pretty good in my opinion.

Patrick interviewed by PSL

I'm sure you've probably been asked this question a lot, but how did you come up with the name Prostitute Disfigurement?
At first we started under the name Disfigure [our demo has been released under that name too], but when our vocalist Niels noticed that there were a couple of bands going by the same name we had just finished writing the song "Prostitute Disfigurement" which is on the Embalmed Madness record and we thought that it would be a name that would suit us as a band as well. Since the lyrics imply on the gruesome thoughts of serial killers like Jack the Ripper and the Yorkshire ripper and so forth. And we really couldn't come up with anything better.

How does Left in Grisly Fashion differ compared to your previous album Deeds of Derangement?
First of all I think Deeds of Derangement is not a very strong record in sound as well as in writing. I like a couple of the songs. Don't get me wrong, but most of the songs don't really stick together the way the songs on the new album do. In my opinion the new record has much more power and energy then all our previous releases. Deeds of Derangement was a product which we thought was the best we could do at that time. As you might have noticed Left in Grisly Fashion has a far more death metal feel to it and that's the way we like it.

I found "In Death's Decay" to be a peculiar little thing. What's the story behind that track?
If you listen closely to the first synthesiser part on "In Death's Decay" you can hear that it's the same as the first riff on "Bloodlust Redemption". We thought it would be fun to make some sort of epos on the way to the final track.

Would it be entirely wrong if I said that you're somewhat influenced by for instance Cannibal Corpse?
Well yes the first Cannibal Corpse album Eaten Back to Life has been an influence for everyone in the band, but in my opinion this is the only album that has some comparison to our style. Roel and Benny have a more thrashy background, which you can here on all our albums. I used to listen to black metal a lot [and still do], but my roots are still in death metal like Michiel and Niels. Also bands like Queensryche, Nevermore, Motley Crue and more of these old heavy metal and hardrock bands are appreciated by most in the band.

A thing I noticed on Left in Grisly Fashion is that you have relatively many solos for a death metal album. Is this something you have in mind when writing the music?
Yes we did actually. As I said before we're also into hardrock and heavy metal in which each song contains a solo or many solos for that matter and since many death metal bands nowadays don't use solos in their songs like in the old days we thought it would be cool to include some. We just love solos because it really completes the song.

Are your lyrics solely based on horror movies or do you find inspiration in non-fiction?
Well, to be honest they aren't exactly influenced by horror movies that much. The songs mostly contain the thoughts and actions of serial killers. We think these kinds of lyric suits a brutal band like us well. So in a way they are non-fiction, because a lot of songs on the Left in Grisly Fashion album are based on real serial killers. Like Fred West for instance was the main inspiration in the "Corpsegarden".

You've once again recorded in the popular and widely used Excess Studios. Was it a logical choice for you to use that studio again?
We've had good experiences with recording the Deeds of Derangement album there. So it was a logical decision for us to return to the Excess Studios and since this is our first album on Neurotic Records we didn't had a very large budget. Hopefully next time we are able to record it in a different country [Sweden for instance].

The production is clear, but not that juicy and fat. Have you made compromises in order to achieve a clearer sound?
True, in order to have a sound that has a good definition we needed it to be clearer and not too juicy or fat. Since Niels' vocals, Michiel's kick and my bass are all three in the low range we needed the guitars to be less fat in order to keep the definition we wanted. The album was recorded with 4 guitar lines [2 in each speaker and extra dubs in the middle] so that's also a reason why a fat guitar sound couldn't be used. But all in all you don't hear me complain about the final result.

You were previously signed to Morbid Records. How did you end up on Neurotic Records?
The main reason we left Morbid Records is; we weren't satisfied with what they did or better say didn't do for the Deeds of Derangement album. Like good promotion, tours and stuff, but mainly promises they didn't keep and stuff like that. And they still owe us a lot of money. Well, yes they're nice people to hang out with in a pub [even when half of the time they don't have a clue what you're saying], but not when doing business with them. We weren't even sure at the time we recorded Left in Grisly Fashion who would release it. We've known Ruud [Neurotic-Records] for quite some years now, and he showed his interest in the band. We really liked what he did for the other bands on his label like Visceral Bleeding. We also have the advantage that we can communicate in our native language, but that obviously isn't the main reason. Neurotic Records definitely shows more care for his bands, better promotion, and better distribution and is offering us tours.

Do you see it as an advantage that you're now on a label from your home-country?
Of course we have the advantage we can communicate in our native language, but that wasn't the main reason we switched labels. Morbid Records just wasn't the kind of label you could rely on. I'll just leave it at that. And we've known Ruud for quite some time now, and as I said before he showed his interest in the band.

What do you think sets you apart from your fellow countrymen in bands like Severe Torture, Sinister, Pyaemia and Disavowed?
We try to be less American-styled death metal than the bands you've mentioned I guess. Not that I don't like it, don't get me wrong. But our main goal is to write the music we like and for other people to like as well. When we're writing our songs we're mostly thinking about what feeling it gives us when we play it. That's pretty much it.

Are you going to tour extensively this year?
Yes, finally! In August we're doing a mini-tour with Macabre and in September we'll be touring through Europe with Exhumed, Severe Torture and Psycroptic. There are some plans to tour through Scandinavia in the near future and hopefully next year an American tour as well.

Anything you wish to add to conclude this interview?
First of all thank you for the interview and the interest in our band. We will be writing new songs throughout the year and hopefully we can record the new album next spring. Until then I really hope to see all our fans on tour.

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