comes this extreme band, making an interesting crossover of styles… The results
created in their debut album “The Perversion of Humanity”, recorded at their own
home studio in the year 2004, are indisputably great, with an innovative
porpousal and great professionalism. This band shows to us how the Modern Metal
BB: First of all, I would like
to thank you for this interview. Can you tell us about the band’s beginnings?
Make three become one, combine
death- and blackmetal, add ultramodern crossover influences and see what
happens. These were the thoughts of Marc Steiner and Beni Weber in November
1998. They got together with Thies Steiner, who prides himself in the pressure
behind his phenomenal drumming. The steady groover, Reto Wittwer, who had
already played together with Marc in earlier years, was once again the first
choice for the bass. With Retos deep, powerful voice the band found the perfect
compliment to Marcs high, almost screeching vocal. The characteristic,
atmospheric synthesizers are provided by Beni himself. Marcel Roesch on guitar
convinces and impresses with his fast hand and speedy fingers and completes the
line-up perfectly. Since then, Nekropolis is a well-coordinated team where
everyone can express his ideas and a place to merge variety and individuality.
With David Luginbuehl, an old friend of Nekropolis, as second guitarist in the
package, they want to fill the future with as many concerts as possible.
BB: What are doing nowadays?
are trying to play as many concerts as possible. And of course we are already
writting new songs for a possible next album.
BB: Why you choose the name
Nekropolis to your band? Why the “K” instead the “C”? Have this name some
special meaning to you, besides the Greek meaning (City of the dead)?
As we was on the search for a name, Marc, Reto and Beni sat
in a bar one rainy afternoon, drinking beer and thinking about this new project.
They decided themselves to push a knife into a loan German-Greek dictionary and
take the word, where the knife point would stop as the name of the band.
Fortunately the word meant something suitable to their idea of an image of a
band in those days: to be dark and evil...as you said: the city of the dead or a
burial place. In Greek you will write it with K and we didn’t want an English
BB: The first thing that takes
my attention was the name of the band written (in the info sheet) with old Greek
characters. Have you any direct connection with the Greek legacy?
I mean, we all (the western
culture) are influenced by the Greek civilization…but there are no association
to the Greek. The characters just look well and it sounds good
BB: Your logo has some
astrologic symbols… Why is that? Have you some esoteric inspiration?
It was the aim to include real
personality of every member of the band. So we took the astrologic symbols of us
and designed the logo. People changed and it isn't true anymore, but it looks
still okay for us, so we won't change it.
BB: Can you tell us about your
previous works: Nekropolis and Demo 01? What’s the main difference between those
works and “The Perversion Of Humanity”?
Well, I think we developed the sound, the ideas, the quality
of the production and the band for itself. The Demo'01 was thought for finding a
deal or getting more gigs. Suddenly we were selling it and it reached the status
of a CD.
BB: Can you tell us how has
been the reception of “The Perversion Of Humanity”?
As we had the idea to produce a new album, our
contition was to do it right! It have to be a full-length album with a really
good artwork and of course a convincing production.
Hehe but...if you don’t have any idea how such a
project works, you'll find a lot of hurdles on the way to the aim. It was an
amazing time to learn very much. It was heavy, but also extremely interesting.
I'd do it again in the same steps. Not now with my knowledge, but if I had to
begin again, I would do it as we did it.
BB: You seem to have a wide
“live” experience… Can you tell us how your live shows are?
“Nekropolis live” means
high-energy-performance on stage and an audience turned into a headbanging fury.
When we go on the stage, it’s like enter another world. On stage everyone is
giving all what he have. We had some bloody decoration before we went on tour in
May...but unfortunately, everything is away!
BB: What’s the most important
concert (to you) in which you have played? Why?
This is difficult. We had a lot of cool shows, but if I had
to decide, I would say, that it was the gig at the Metal Dayz in Pratteln (CH).
We could play for Lock Up, they felt out of the program, due to someones helthy
or anything else. There we played in front of 1300 people. That was a fantastic
BB: Can you tell us about your
“Perversion over Europe” Tour? How was the reception of the audience?
this is not the easiest question. We could play only two shows and then we
already had been interrupted by the stolen car and equipment. The first gig was
quite good with some amazing people. The second one wasn't the absolut hit! We
play pretty late and most of the fans already left the place.
After that we were forced to break off the tour for almost
two weeks. But in the end we did the last four shows in Germany and Switzerland.
These were great concerts. You could feel all our hate against the thieves of
our bus and equipment. We were very sad about the fact, that we had to cancel
all shows in Poland. It was and still be our dream to play there…but time will
BB: I remember the first time I
contact you, you told me about an unfortunate incident with your bus and
equipment during your tour… Can you tell us about it and how you
overcome this difficulty?
Yes! It was planed that we play two shows in Brnõ (CZ). The
second day was the 1st of May. On this date in Brno - well in whole Europe -
people are demonstrating. It is the day of the work. So when we were on the way
to the club, where we would play in the evening, we had a short contact with the
police. They thought, that we are going to a battle. Of course we didn't and
they suggested us to leave the city and to come back in the evening. So we went
to a lake near the city. We were drinking beer in a bar, playing cards and
watching the ice hockey world championship. The promenade of the lake was really
busy and the police was standing around everywhere. As we went back to our bus
around 6 pm...well, back to the bus isn't right – rather back to the place where
we parked three hours before, there was nothing – only emptiness. Not one only
police officer saw something. Afterwards we had to stay for hours in a police
station and then we drove home by train. There we had a lot to organize with the
insurrances, the concert organisators and with ourselves. One week later we
could borrow everything we needed and could finish our tour! That’s why we could
finish our tour with some losses. Now, three months later, we got the money from
the assurance and could buy most of the stuff back, what we had before. But
anyway, we lost a dream and at least a lot of money. But we didn't lose our
aims, our dreams and we found back on our way. We got an amazing experience!
BB: The first time I listen to
Nekropolis the first band that comes to my mind was your country mates of Samael,
specially in the song “One Day In Hell”…Does
Samael influence you in some way?
Yes of course. We all listened to Samael and we loved it.
They gave us the first impulse to try it with a sequencer and electronics
anyway. Unfortunately we didn’t have the change to play with them somewhere.
Once on a festival in Switzerland they played one day before.
BB: What are your most
important musical influences?
The musical background of us is not exactly the same.
So, not everyone listen to the same sound. Okay, our favourite bands in the
early ninties were Metallica, Slayer and or something like this. During the last
few years we all gazed the work of Dimmu Borgir, but everybody has his own style.
Everybody has his own idea of music and all this influences togehter are giving
Nekropolis. In the beginning 1998 I think Deicide, Cannibal Corpse, Dissection,
Machine Head, At The Gates and Metallica were important. But in the following
years we developed our own style. Yes of course you'll find simmilar things to
other bands, but there are already as much stuff in the world, it is hardly
possible to produce something what never have been done before. And isn’t it
interesting to hear someones roots out of the sound?
BB: I read in your info sheet
about a DVD-clip of the song “Organ Removement”. Where can we found this clip?
Is this part of some compilation or something?
For the moment this clip is sold out. It was available on a
DVD with some other stuff like a little making of and photos from the set. I
think you can enjoy it on our website soon.
Now we are working on a DVD with a lot of stuff from our
tours in this year. We gonna add also the clip "Organ Removement" again on this
publication. I expect, that this DVD will be availlable in the end of this year
in our onlineshop on our homepage www.nekropolis.ch...
BB: What about Subversive
Records? Was “The Perversion Of Humanity” labelled
under this label, or was entirely self-released? …I’m quite disconcerted about
"TPOH" was self-released at the beginning. Subversiv
Records is a nonprofit-organisation of several bands from our region. They came
together to help each other. They have a deal with a distribution company in
Switzerland and because of this we are available in every store here, but we are
not in the frames actually. So that's no deal as you know it. You know, in
Switzerland doesn't exist any metal label. We had to look in foreign countries
and “Subrec” was an interim solution.
How have been the conversations with Metal Axe Records?
In Metal Axe Records we found our label in Germany. Since
February, when we had the first contact with Metal Axe Records, the chemistry
was brilliant. Of course we had many points in the contract we had to deal out
first, but that's normal and we found for each point a perfect solution.
BB: When can we expect new
material of Nekropolis? Will be this work under Metal Axe Records?
I have no concret answer for both of these questions. It
depends on what does gonna happen with the actual album. But it is possible,
that it will be under Metal Axe Records and it could be in the end of the year
2006. But at the time we are concentrating on "TPOH".
BB: Thanks again for your time
and words… These last lines are all yours…
So, metalheads all over the world…support your local bands
and raising your middle fingers high against the MTV bullshit today! Stay black,
stay brutal and above all – stay true!