Interview with Covan, Decapitated (March 9th, 2006) - Hi, first off I just want to congratulate you on your new album “Organic Halllucinosis”. To new fans could your please fill us in on the history behind it all?
Covan -
Hi To you all guys. Thank you very much for kind words. “Organic Hallucinosis” was recorded last summer at Hertz studios in Bialystok Poland . We worked with Wieslawcy brothers who were recording previous Decapitated albums. We had one month booked for recording but actually some vocal parts and all the solos by Vogg were recorded later after return from the European tour. Maybe interesting thing was that most of the songs and tracks were done in studio. It was like working on puzzles or building hallucinogenic structure. The band did not rehearsal before going to studio. – Thomas, who has reviewed your album, calls it: “32 minutes of relentless death metal battery from four Polish guys who obviously never considered letting steam out.” Can you agree on this description?
Covan - NO I would call it “32 minutes of relentless tripping hallucinogenic metal focused on mind spheres dedicated to open minded maggots. But say thanks to Thomas, his sentence is cool. - “Organic Halllucinosis” will be released shortly, what kind of expectations do you have for it?
Covan -
Personally I don’t have any expectations. I only hope some people will like it. - I know artists don’t like to put a label on their music – Thomas describes it as: “You hear echoes of the technical brutality of Death, Pestilence and Carcass in Decapitated’s work – and add a stint of Napalm Death.” – do you think he has hit it spot on?
Covan - We have to ask the fans what they think. - Do you feel that your sound will evolve in some different direction, in the future, or you will still follow the same path?
Covan It’s like in life. You are born. You grow. You learn lot of things. Your life experience evolves…it’s the same in music. From album to album you want to do things better way. Different way or the way it will satisfy you personally. - If you should suggest one single song to understand the full Decapitated musical potential, which title would you choose and why?
Covan - It would be “Spheres of Madness” this is the song that shows what the band can do. I like “Day” 69 from new album as well. It’s new look at the sound. - Who has produced and mixed the album? Are you pleased with the result?
Covan - It was recorded in Hertz studios by Slawek and Wojtek Wieslawscy. I think they did a good job. Album was produced by Vogg and Wieslawscy brothers. It’s always fun and really pleasure to work with them. - Who has done the artwork? And how important do you feel it is to have a great cover?
Covan - It was done by Seth from Greece known from covers for Paradise Lost, Lost soul, Dimmu Borgir and lots of other famous artists. You know the most important thing is sound…layout, graphics are on the third position. I know that its part of attraction but sometimes there is great layout /cover but the music is shit. As a band we don’t pay too close attention to graphics. - Any touring plans for 2006?
Covan - For now we know that in May we start UK tour. Then France and rest of the Europe . There will be some festivals in summer. That what I can now say but I don’t have schedule now so you have to check new Decapitated web page for details. - Let’s speculate – you have been granted a free slot on a tour of your own choice – who would be your ideal touring partners?
Covan - Anybody that is normal human being. Not egoists. For me the thing that counts is friendship, tolerance and helping hand, not musical skills, material status, and colour of skin or sexuality. - Name a person, event or maybe an album, that have had a big influence on you life, and why?
Covan - First war in Kuwait . Meeting Chechen refugees and they witnessing they tragedy. - The internet is a very important source for many metal fans – how do you use the internet and how important is it for you and other bands?
Covan - Internet is like zines and magazines in early 80 ties. It’s very important because you can let people faster and better about your plans or events. You can promote yourself the cheapest way and keep in touch with people in other countries just by clicking the button “send” or “receive”. The future is in Internet and computers if you want it or not. - And how do you feel about the metal scene in Poland at the moment?
Covan - It’s bigger everyday. Plenty of bands and plenty of new coming bands that will really arise in couple of years. I hope its going to be that way and other bands from my country will have opportunity to play in N&S America, Europe, Asia, Africa or North pole.;-) - I thank you very much for participating in this interview and sharing this information and your thoughts with us - these last lines are entirely for you. Any final words you would like to round off with?
Covan - I thank you too!!! It was pleasure. What can I say? Everything was said. I hope that one person at least will touch our new hallucinogenic stuff. Come visit us on our new web page. Be yourself and support your local bands!!! They need you. Cheers!!!!!!!!!

Decapitated - Organic Hallucinosis

Album available on Earache Records.

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