Hail, welcome to Sick And Destroy. Before we start the interview, I would like you to introduce yourself to our readers. To begin with where are you from and a brief history about your band?
We are Grand Demise of Civilization from Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. We started the band in 2008 and played a couple of years as a full band and recorded one album “Black Goat Apocalypse”. In 2010 the band broke up but was continued as a studio project and recorded the album “The Repent of the Sentient Being” in 2013. In 2017 we decided to play again as a complete band and brought in a new drummer and second guitar player; we wrote all new material and recorded a new album ourselves called “Below the Feet of Kings”.
How would you describe your music? And what bands have influenced you the most?
Our music is basically black metal in style, with chord driven riffs mixed with guitar harmonies and a touch of melodic melodies. We have no true main vocalist, but rather split all vocal parts between the two guitar players and bass player, giving a three-headed vocal attack. Our influences vary, some with bands we grew up listening to like Carcass and Death, but also bands like Dawn, older Satyricon and Deathspell Omega. We try to bring some dynamics to the band as well, heavily influenced by classical music.
How many and which albums/demos has Grand Demise of Civilization released so far?
We have released three albums: Black Goat Apocalypse was released in 2009, The Repent of the Sentient Being released in 2013, and most recently Below the Feet of Kings in 2019.
Which ones happens to be your favourite songs? of Grand Demise of Civilization and personal.
Some personal favorite songs are The Gallows and Gathering of the Aggressors from the Black Goat Apocalypse album, and really all the songs on the new album, Below the Feet of Kings, are some of the best stuff we’ve ever written; each song is different from the next. The songs are long and have a lot of different sections to them and always moving forward.
Do you feel that Grand Demise of Civilization’s music has changed over the years and how?
Our music has definitely changed and evolved from album to album. Our fist album, Black Goat Apocalypse was more driving and fast, each song had a lot of riffs and changes and the songs were usually around the five minute mark. The second album, The Repent of the Sentient Being, is one lone 43-minute track with a mixture of atmospheric interludes dividing the song into four chapters. Our most recent album, Below the Feet of Kings, is six songs and about an hour long, with more of a melodic touch and some groove elements bringing in more variety to our songs. We play seven and eight string guitars to give a wide variety of notes to these songs.
How much time does it take for Grand Demise of Civilization to record an album?
We have taken several years between each album release, taking our time to write the best songs we feel we can compose. We record our albums ourselves, so we have as much time as we need to do the recording process and make it exactly how we want it. Below the Feet of Kings took us about a year with some small breaks in there to complete the whole recording and mastering of the album.
Tell us something more about “Below the Feet of Kings”.
This album was amazing to write. We had an idea of what direction we wanted to take the music in and just let each song take us to where it ended up being. We always demo our songs as we write them, so we can get a true sense of how the song sounds and what elements it needs and where the next part should take it. We don’t purposely write long songs, they just end up that way, we have to actually make a conscious effort to keep the songs shorter. We added a lot of layers to the guitar parts and vocals on this album, giving it a more melodic and full feeling.
Whats next? Working on any new album? If so, some details please.
Right now we are just playing the new material from Below the Feet of Kings, but our plan is to start writing a three song EP and record that next year.
Any tours, gigs for promotion of latest album?
We don’t play a lot of gigs, mostly a few local shows, no touring, just a lot of studio work with writing and recording.
Any future plans for playing in Europe or USA?
No plans on playing in Europe, and really only select shows in the USA.
Has Grand Demise of Civilization done any opening acts for other major heavy weight bands? If yes, then when and where?
We have played on a few festival style shows with some good bands, one that sticks out is opening for Mayhem several years ago when they played in Minneapolis.
What do you feel about the Metal Scene there in your country?
Metal is more of a niche style of music in the USA, it’s definitely not as popular here as it is in Europe. I think it kind of peaked here in the 1980s, then grunge took over in the 1990s and metal really took a back seat from there on out.
Any messages for the readers?
If you’re a fan of aggressive metal, you may like what we are doing, we bring our own bits and pieces to our music, while still delivering a mix of brutal fast blasts with melodic groove.