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I don't really have any real questions or anything, I just want to thank you for making amazing music.
All the best to you guys!
Re: your vocals - based on what you demonstrated in Helsinki, I'd describe the technique as you pulling your trachea (windpipe) open in a way that makes it rattle with a specific resonance when you exhale, then you shape the words with your mouth. It's not vocal chords half as much as it is throat and diaphragm. I think we need to get you into a CT machine so we can see what's going on. Either way, I'm convinced this is just your freaky biology and it cannot be taught. ;)
You might be right, and I'm ready for examination if BBC makes a 60 minute document of it.
I'm sure it didn't inspire Demilich since you were apparently living in a cave while writing for the band, but have you ever read William S. Burroughs' "Naked Lunch"? The dark humor seems way too far up your alley.
I also remember some years back on a message board you mentioned that you had been listening to African percussion, or at least had become interested in it. Did you end up with any favorites, or anything worth recommending to Demilich fans.
p.s. if you could also post tabs of your vocals...:)
I've seen the film, but haven't read the book. It's now added in my ever-growing ToDo list.
I haven't listened to African percussion, and I don't remember saying things like that. I might have referred to the odd rhythm patterns in African way of music, but I haven't really enjoyed listening to that kind of music.
PPS: I posted a note on Facebook called "Ironic brutal death metal"; I think you might enjoy it.
Me again with yet more questions! I'm quite the inquisitive soul, it seems.
About the title of "The Planet that Once Used to...", how is a planet suffocated TO flesh? I've never seen that verb and that preposition used in conjuction with each other -- do enlighten me.
Also, wherever did you get your knack for writing the riffs in Nespithe? They're ALMOST random-sounding, but they're all coherent at the same time. Oxymoronic/paradoxical, almost. (I can never tell between the two.)
PS: I can do a very slightly convincing vocal cover of "The Echo (Replacement)". Just throwing that out there.
"How is a planet suffocated TO flesh?"
Just exactly like there is The Uncontrollable Regret of the Rotting Flesh.
"Also, wherever did you get your knack for writing the riffs in Nespithe?"
I have never learned to play the guitar the right way, so that's my natural style. I only took the barre, and came up with everything else.
I'd be interested in hearing your vocal cover.
Is it ok for me to use "When the Sun Drank the Weight of Water" in a school project?
Be my guest.
What do you think of Blind Guardian? It's been asked before but what bands/artists do you listen to these days?
And what's it like making the transition from death metal guy to software/IT specialist? Have you seen the movie Musta j
I really haven't listened to Blind Guardian, so I have no idea.
I'd rather be a full-time death metal guy. Still, the reality is that I'm a programmer, and get a fairly good money out of it. And that sometimes helps me forget how fucking dull and frustrating life is these days.
I haven't seen Musta J
Well antti just do one or two tabs a month and if people wanna "learn by ear" they don't have to look at them. ALL HAIL DEMILICH
Well, the real reason for not having done the tabs is that I just haven't found time or interest to make them. I most probably will, eventually, and publish them then.
Hey Antti, what is your opinion on Demilich tabs? Do you care if people find them by ear or do you like Demilich songs to stay a secret?
I can't wait for a new batch of shirts I need one
It's okay if people try to find the things by ear, but usually the tabs are just so wrong. I cannot complain, though, unless I release the right ones myself.
You raised a point I've been thinking for a long time. Should I tab the songs at all? Sometimes learning from tabs ruins the feeling. I haven't decided about it, yet.
There will be shirts, eventually. There will be lots of shirts.
Had you ever listened to King Crimson before recording Nespithe? I feel some similarity to mood and build of their compositions.
No, I actually hadn't. I found myself in their compositions afterwards, too, but I think I managed to trace it: I had always loved Voivod, and the guys of Voivod had always loved King Crimson.