Hi, first off all I just want to congratulate you on your new
album “As God Kills”
Thanks a lot!
you satisfied with it?
of course! We’re absolutely satisfied with the album. Both the production- and
How did you get your name, NODE?
Mhm... To be honest, I joined the band in 1997 and it was already
with this strange name. NODE means "point of junction"
and I know is frequently used in a lot of fields of the science
(as biology, computers, anatomy etc... etc...). I think that, in
our case, it could mean "band”!!
I was in for a big surprise when I heard the intro to the first
tack on “As God Kills”… The
track I’m talking about is “Shotgun Blast Propaganda”…
first I thought it was Dolly Parton I was listening to… and then
suddenly you burst into pure Thrash Metal…
Who came up with that splendid idea?
Eheheh... the song that open the album is taken from a movie of S.
Kubrick: "Full Metal Jacket". The song is called "Hello
" and written by Tom Hall. During the three weeks in the
Pelle’s studio we were confined in a little apartment with 5 DVD.
One of them was "Full Metal Jacket": we decided together
to put something of the soundtrack in the album 'cause it was very
close to the lyrics and approach of the album.
In what words would you describe the music and moods of NODE for
someone that has not heard you yet?
I think I can tell him... Node is a thrash metal band. They play a
sort of violent and direct music but they never forget the
dynamics. Furthermore, Node wants to try something different on every
album. We don’t like to write and play "the same
album" every year. We like to change the way about the
sound and the approach... so, "Sweatshops" was a
death-metal-oriented album, "Das Kapital" was an album
with more melodies, more arrangements, more variety and in a few
words an experimental-thrash-album. The last one "As God
Kills" is our "evil-album". "As God Kills"
is the more aggressive and violent: no compromise, no pauses, no
reflections, no sweet-solos... just anger.
Where do you see the main difference between your first albums and
your new album?
As I said before, I think this is the fastest and most violent
Node album. We have followed the way of the title track of
"Das Kapital". This song is short, fast and violent. The
new album ”As God Kills” follows this line. The songs are
shorter than on "Das Kapital" and the structures of the
songs are more simple. In the same time the album is obscure,
negative, claustrophobic and full of madness...
Do you feel that your sound will evolve in some different
direction, in the future, or will you still follow the same path?
We have never followed the same path. I think we will evolve our
sound for the next album too. We don' t write music thinking
about a way to follow. When we start to play the new material, we
have no an idea about the final result. We like to prove and...
see what happens!
How long do you need to practice to feel comfortable with your
songs before you record them?
question! I don' t know... sometimes we finish to write a song one
week before the entering the studio. Sometimes the song is ready
three months before the entering... I don' t know... Anyway, we
don't need to practice a lot: just play what we know we are able
to play! And we know our limits very well! Hehehe...
Any plans to go on tour? If so, when and where?
We have some gigs in Italy
to do: 27 of May in Milan
(Transilvania Live), 30 of June in Verona, 14 or 15 of July in Rimini... but you can see all the details on
or in the website www.node.it.
We are planning also some gigs out of Italy and this is our main goal right now. But it' s not so easy. We' d
like to play in Germany, in
Holland, in Denmark, in Sweden, in France....
everywhere!! So, if you have the chance to let us play
somewhere in your country, just drop us a line!!
Let's speculate - you have been granted a free slot on a tour of
your own choice - who would be your ideal touring partners?
Hey... there are a lot of bands! Ok, I start to dream... Mhm...
Slayer, Kreator, Testament, Metallica, Megadeth, Machine Head,
Fear Factory, In Flames, Meshuggah and Pink Floyd.... Is it enough?
What are you doing besides NODE, job wise as well as hobbies?
We are all workers.
works in a handles factory, Klaus is a painter, Marco is a cooker
and I am trying to finish the University... I' m a fired worker...
What albums or bands do you believe have had the greatest impact
on the history of Metal?
Mhm... good question Peter ! I think there are a lot of
bands/albums that have influenced the history of metal. I think
about the first albums of Iron Maiden and Metallica... I think
about Slayer, Anthrax, Megadeth and Testament... I think
about Helloween, Kreator,
and Destruction... All these bands (and I forget a lot of other
bands) are fundamental for the metal history. In my personal
experience I think about Ride the Lightning, Master of
Puppets and ..And Justice for all (Metallica); I think about
Cowboys from Hell and Vulgar Display of Power (Pantera); Human and
Symbolic (Death); Reign in Blood (Slayer); Rust in Peace and
Countdown to Extinction (Megadeth); Cause of Death and World
Demise (Obituary); Beneath the Remains and Arise (Sepultura)...
For the last ten years I think about Fear Factory, Meshuggah, At
The Gates, Entombed, In Flames... They are other fundamental bands
too. As you for sure understand I am oriented to the death/thrash
metal scene (and all the other guys in Node). Anyway, we like also some classic
What albums have you been listening to lately? Any recent releases
catching your ear?
I' m really good impressed with the last cd of Node! Hehehehe...
it' s a joke.
Seriously, at the moment I' m listening to "Still At Arms
Length" of a Swedish band called The Provenance. I think they
are amazing! Now they are on Peaceville but they were under
Scarlet like us. Another really good album is "The Sickness
Within" of HateSphere. Great band, good album!
Thank you very much for participating in this interview and
sharing this information and your thoughts with us!
no! Thanks a lot to you, Peter! Was a pleasure for me to answer to
your question promoting our new album and my band!
Thanks to you all at Powermetal.Dk !!!
“As God Kills” is one of a hell of a great Thrash Metal
release… I really mean that.
man. Good to hear that from you.
So, finally - any words of wisdom or funny facts about the nearest
future you want to share with the readers?
What' s wisdom? I' m too young to be wise!
We' d like to play in Denmark. We are trying to find some gigs in your country. If you want to
let us play over there, just drop us a line at www.myspace.com/nodeband
or contact us at www.node.it
!! Hope to see you soon on stage or in the crowd.
Wish you all the best,
Thank you again for the interview!
& NODE (www.node.it
- www.massacre-records.de - www.myspace.com/nodeband)