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December 10, 2018

Interview Horrid

Hi Horrid horde! Give a brief history of your band, music style, and the members.

Hello Guys, this is Dagon, Horrid’s singer and bassist.
The band was born in 1989, but the releases worth to mention began in 1998 with the EP “Blasphemic Creatures”.
Horrid’s music is just Death Metal. Raw, violent and obscure.
Early influences were the great bands from Stockholm like Entombed, Dismember and Grotesque but during the years we have incorporated in our sound also elements from Bolt Thrower, Asphyx and Deicide.
The line up is now a three piece:
Belfagor, the founder. He does not play old school, he is old school. He takes care of the composition.
Eligor is the last member to have joined the band. He’s a very young and talented drummer.
Me, Dagon, have joined the band almost three years ago. I take care of the lyrics and all the technical stuff such as music and video production and interviews.

Give in more detail, some information about your album ‘Beyond the Dark Border’ (released by Dunkelheit Produktionen) and how well it sells?

It took a couple years to write ‘Beyond…’. It has been our first work as a team and we are very proud of the final result. We do believe this is the best record Horrid have produced so far.
The songs are tight and powerful, the sound is clear and heavy.
I took care of the recordings of guitars, bass and voice. Then we moved to 16th Cellar Studio to record drums, to mix and master. Stefano is a great mix engineer and the record sounds awesome.
We have no sells data yet, but the reviews are very positive. Our hopes are high.

Horrid has signed with Dunkelheit Produktionen, tell more about that?

After ‘The Final Massacre’ the band had no deals on the table.
They recorded a raw preproduction of the first songs composed for ‘Sacrilegious Fornication’ and sent them to some labels. Dunkelheit Produktionen proposed the best offer.

What is the difference between your latest and the very first records?

Horrid recorded their first demos and EP in the early ’90s and I was barely 10 at the time!
I know nothing about those, but the band was young and immature.
Speaking about full albums, the differences between ‘Reborn in Sin’ and ‘Beyond…’ are many and huge.
The songs were more articulate and more melodic, due to the presence of two guitarists.
The lyrics spoke of religion and esotericism and the production was low budget and rushed.
Yet, I love that album for the attitude and energy.
Today it’s all different. Composition has become more focused and straight, lyrics themes have changed and the production is finally high level. The attitude has been left untouched: we hit as hard as we can.

What inspires Horrid music and lyric writing? What does Horrid lyrics talk about?

The lyrics are mostly horror themed. I get inspiration by H.P. Lovecraft, E.A. Poe and zombie movies.
Also comics played a good part: “Demonic Challenge” is about Neil Gaiman’s “Sandman”, while “Blood Painted Walls” comes from “The Immortal” by Hiroaki Samura.

Do you play live often? Do you like abroad gigs?

We really like to play live. Now we are scheduling things for the fall/winter season and we hope to tour the most we can.

How often does the band practice and work on new material?

We usually rehearse once a week, but the works never stops.
When our commitments don’t let us to rehearse I keep recording music.
We are already working on our next project.

How did the band come up with the name Horrid and tell what does it means for you?

The name comes from the antireligious side of the band. It is how we define Vatican, its religious lies, political interferences and crimes against humanity.

What does the band plan on doing in near time?

As I told before we hope to tour as much as possible to promote the new album.
In the meantime we keep working on new songs. I hope you’ll hear news very soon.

Any message to Sick and Destroy readers?

Thank you for supporting Horrid.If you want to get kicked in the teeth listen to “Beyond The Dark Border”.