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 ApeToGod from Lublin, Poland. We formed the band around 2011, released an EP called Ape To God in 2013 and since then our line-up has gone through some changes, there’s been lots of major private stuff happening, hence the recent two-year break. In 2017 we started working on the debut album and we are proud to announce that The Head Meets the tail is out via Deformeathing Production in October.
How would you describe your music? And what bands have influenced you the most?
We’re playing a fusion of thrash, grind, death and groove but we like to simply call it metal. We don’t like clear labels, neither do we try to make our music easy for our listeners. Our approach is unorthodox, we’re still exploring in search for the most natural forms of expression and we fuck the so-called ‘purity’ of the genre.
We’re influenced by a lot of music, including Napalm Death, Mastodon, Cannibal Corpse, Satyricon, Sludge and what not.
How many and which albums/demos has Ape To God released so far?
One EP, some online promo stuff in 2015 and now the debut. We would have recorded way more if it hadn’t been for the line-up changes which held us back. The line-up is much better now, which results in a lot of good ideas and some new material is already on the way. There is some darker, heavier shit coming.
Which ones happens to be your favourite songs? of Ape To God and personal.
I personally like our God to Ape, The Head Meets the Tail and Pseudocyesis a lot but when we listen to our own stuff, we always find something that could or could have been done better or differently.
If I were to give you some titles from other bands… everything by the early Anaal Nathrakh and anything by Triptykon.
Do you feel that Ape To God’s music has changed over the years and how?
We were a bit more progressive and there was more groove in our music. Now there’s more grind but we’re currently heading in a much darker direction.
How much time does it take for Ape To God to record an album?
We all have families and careers, which takes up loads of time and leaves just some to make music. Therefore it takes us a couple of months to correct the material and record it. Thanks to our bassist Przemek, who’s also a sound engineer, the recording process is always a blast. But then there comes all the work that he needs to put into mixing and mastering.
Tell us something more about the latest album ‘The Head Meets The Tail’.
Our first EP was about the dirty nature of humans and their invented ‘gods.’ The Head Meets The Tail is about our civilization and modern processes that end up defeating their purpose because of the idiots in charge and human destructive nature. Social engineering, brainwashing, social media and humanitarian crises show how little we learn and how much we ignore or destroy as a result of being brainwashed by politicians and churches.
Whats next? Working on any new album? If so, some details please.
Sure we are. There’s new material coming, we’ll soon play a couple of new songs live. The Head Meets The Tail is like our farewell to our difficult past and new, dark and blasphemous stuff is being prepared.
Any tours, gigs for promotion of latest album?
Yes, there are some new dates coming. We’re supposed to appear in our hometown soon and in a couple of other Polish cities after the album comes out.
Any future plans for playing in Europe or USA?
Has Ape To God done any opening acts for other major heavy weight bands? If yes, then when and where?
I can’t remember all the dates but we have played with Hate, Acid Drinkers, Bottom, Straight Hate and Banisher…
What do you feel about the Metal Scene there in your country?
It’s thriving, mainly when you consider grind, black metal and avant-garde / post-metal.
Any messages for the readers?
Check out our album alongside other Deformeathing Production releases, read Sick And Destroy and support your local hordes!