- Hi! Please introduce Desecrated Grounds to the readers.
We are Finnish metal band that combines deathmetal and thrashmetal the modern way. We want to keep our music as brutal as deathmetal and full of rage and anger like in some of the thrashmetal bands. Our band was formed in 2014 and we have released one demo and our full-length album Lord of Insects on fall of 2017.
- Tell us more about your latest record “Lord of Insects”.
Idea to Lord of Insects album was born in summer of 2016, when our singer wrote the lyrics of the song that carries the same name. After that we composed rest of the songs and our first full-length album was almost done! We contacted the only artist that we knew would love the job, and it came out wonderful!
- How is it easy to live and survive in Finland right now during this worldwide financial crysis? Is there strong metal scene or just attempts to have some strong scene?
We have very strong metal scene in Finland generally, and also in Helsinki every band works very much to make it even stronger. There are many small promotion offices and few awesome venues to play in. Actually at the moment the financial situation is pretty good in Finland.
- When did you start writing music – and what or who were your early passions and influences?
Our guitarist Keijo started composing roughly ten years ago and has been going so ever since! The early passions and influences included bands like Black Sabbath, Cannibal Corpse, Slayer, Pantera.
- What are your main impulses to write metal music?
We think it is impossible to answer that question. We think that it comes naturally to write metal music, it is hard to say that if there are any external impulses.
- What do you personally consider to be the incisive moments and pieces in your musical work?
Almost all of our gigs have been great moments for us, and of course it is nice if people like what we do.
- How would you describe and rate the music scene of the city you are currently living in?
The metal scene in Helsinki is currently great. Lots of gigs, and almost every band co-operates with each other. And we work very much with the Estonian gig organizers as well. So over all the scene is pretty good, but of course Finland is a small country with limited possibilities.
- When it comes to be musician, what are your criteria for quality? What are currently your main challenges and ambitions as a musician?
Main challenge on these days is trying to do something new and exciting. We dont tend to try that too hard, and keep our music and work as we like it. And as it seems, few others has liked it also!
- What do you usually start with when working on a new song or lyrics?
Usually our Guitarist Keijo has 4-5 songs ready, then he offers them to me and i write lyrics on some of them. Few of the songs might be left outside, but usually they’ll come to our music later on. Our lyrical themes jump between political and gory. For me the story is important and what we are trying to tell the listeners.
- Tell us a bit about the selection process for deciding on what to write about, please. What sources will you draw from for research purposes and how much time goes into research, gathering altogether in general?
There are many songs that needed a lot of research to write the lyrics, For example on our upcoming album there is a song that tells a story about the infamous Camp 22 in North Korea. We are very much into the so speak ”darker side of history”, so we anyways read a lot about of different things. If we find an interesting theme to write about, we well try to find more information about the facts and understand them.
- As more and more people are producing and releasing music, there has been an exponential growth in promotion agencies. What’s your perspective on the promo system? In how far do you feel it is possibly undermining musical freedom?
Promotional agencies that restrict musical freedom in any way, are pretty shitty agencies! We are not and we will not ever work with such entities.
- Metal scene have changed considerably over the past century. What, do you feel, could – or should – be new forms and formats for music? And, should we save old-school spirit or just go forward together with musical ‘evolution’ (‘degradation’)?
For me I think that oldcshool formats still works amongst collectors and listeners of underground metal music. Many bands have released casettes and LPs. But of course the modern day brings new formats and ways to listen to music, and for freshly starting bands, it is inevitable to upload our music in spotify and all other streaming services, but maybe things will change in the future and music becomes more appreciated.
- Music-sharing sites and blogs as well as a flood of releases in general are killing music. What’s your view on this topic?
That is true, it is hard to keep your head up when there are so many new releases with huge promotion behind them, but it doesn’t bother us that much, because people who listens to underground music in general are very updated on whats going on in the metal scene.
- Please recommend two bands to our readers which you feel deserve their attention.
Enragement is a Finnish brutal deathmetal band, we have done few gigs together, and hopefully more in the future
Hellavistais a band that we met when we were playing few shows in Switzerland. One of the members organized one of the greatest shows that we ever played.
- What are your plans for near future?
We are currently booking shows on next year and soon we will start to record our new album. And if you are interested in having us in your city, just let us know via facebook and we will see if it would be possible.