NIHIL: The first MCD of KADATH is now unleashed upon mankind, do you feel proud about it? How many copies did it sell?
HOLGER: I dont feel proud about it, thats exaggerated, I just think its great to have a CD out! You know its not our 1st release. When our debut-demo came out some years ago, then I felt proud! Meanwhile we got rid over 500 copies of our M-CD and it was released in november97! But I sent out many copies on consignment, so they are yet not sold and its impossible that Ill get some copies back in some months!
NIHIL: How would you describe your music?
HOLGER: We call it grind metal! But we try to include many different aspects in our music to keep it interesting! Its basically death metal with many grind (no core) influences performed in a complex and variated way! Wait for our new songs which are far more violent than the M-CD!
NIHIL: In your music I found lots of old SARCOFAGO tunes, some riffs reminds me a lot their « INRI » LP (in particular the opening riff of the song « nightmare »). Are you OK with me or am I just an ignorant metal head?
HOLGER: Hey man, youre just an ignorant metal head, haha. Just kidding. Of course I know SARCOFAGO and their I.N.R.I LP, but I dont see any similarities to our tracks! They played much more primitive, but maybe their is a riff or 2 similar. In any case, its unintentionable, cos the guy who did the riffs doesnt listen to SARCOFAGO (at least not the old ones). We were compared to so many different bands that you wont believe it! Back then we were told to sound like MORTICIAN, BOLT THROWER, BRUTAL TRUTH or SUFFOCATION! I t ake it as a compliment to be compared to these bands, even if I dont see the connection! I just agree with KATAKLYSM , cos these dudes really influenced us!
NIHIL: Youve included some little breaks with guitars arpeggios, usually its not my cup of tea but here its excellent! Dont you think Die Hard fans could reproach it to you? Are you for or against the bands who try to include some different stuffs in their music?
HOLGER: Its okay with me if bands try some different stuff in their music as long as it stays brutal and extreme! If a band is too progressive I normally hate it! But if some original or own ideas are included, it helps to make the music more interesting! We just try this and as you, for example, like it, it seems that we succeed! Its easy to play fast with 3 riffs or so, but its not so easy to connect different stuff to one complete song! I dont think Die Hard fans will reproach it to us , cos that is our way, thats simply KADATH! Brutal and fast death/grind with some small hints of melody! Maybe a MORTICIAN and DEAD INFECTION fan could think were too soft, but I dont care! We are no grindcore-band and we play what we like! Come to our live gigs and youll witness some of the most intense and wild shows! Pure brutality! I think we are suitable for brutal death metal and grindcore fans. But wait for our upcoming full-length CD that will totally crush! Twice as brutal, heavy and fast as the M-CD! Thats a promise!
NIHIL: Who writes the music in KADATH? When you write songs do you try to reach a certain feeling? I mean music is an emotion and perhaps the one who writes the stuffs tries to put himself into a certain state of mind, Tell me everythings!
HOLGER: We all do the music together! Everyone includes his ideas, but mainly our guitar-player Marcus comes up with some riffs and we all arrange the structure of the song! We dont want to reach a certain feeling, we just want to create brutal and fast songs with variety! The only emotion we have is lake and anger (and sexual excitement, haha).
NIHIL: How often do you rehearse a week and how long does it lasts? Is it easy to find rehearsal rooms in Deutschland?
HOLGER: Normally we rehearse 3 times a week for about 3 hours! But at the moment we just rehearse 2 times, cos our drummer is having some exams and our guitarist is doing his driving-license! But thats okay with me, cos this way I have more time to do the mail and answer stupid interviews like this, haha. (Just kidding). In 2 months or so (when you read this) well prepare for our next CD and Im sure well again rehearse 3 times a week! Its not so easy to get a place for rehearsals here in Germany! There are many places, but there are so many bands (of all kinds). If we would lose our room, we certainly would have a grave problem!
NIHIL: For me the german scene is thousand times better than the french one, in Germany bands are more professional than in France, some demos bands sounds like albums... What are for you the best german bands? What do you think of NECROPHAGIST and IMMURED?
HOLGER: Yeah, the German scene is better than the french one for sure, bur you have some cool bands like GOTHIC,SUFFICIDE,BLOCKHEADS,INHUMATE,DAMN NATION, DISABLED and others! IMMURED is a great band and it was cool to do a split-EP with them! I advice you to check out their new tape out on Obscene prod! Its very heavy and crushing! About NECROPHAGIST, I just love them! Their demo is maybe the best German death metal demo ever! Perfect sound, great playing ability, complex and crushing songs and a very low and brutal voice! Just brilliant! Look out for their debut-CD coming in the next few months! Other cool German bands are BLOOD, ORTH, SANITYS DAWN, DAWN, MUCUPURULENT, old NYCTOPHOBIC, CEREBROCIDE, FLESHCRAWL, HARMONY DIES, MINATORY SICKNESS, RESURRECTED and ANASARCA. And the worst is definitely KADATH, hahaha!
NIHIL: The artwork of your MCD is really beautifull, the photograph of these skulls stackedd on a piece of wood is interesting and original! (It reminds me the cover of « Requiem » from the mighty BATHORY ...) The colors are perfect, where did you get it?
HOLGER: Yes, we really like the cover, too! Its some kind of cliché, but we dont care! We like skulls and you immediately assimilate it to Death metal! That was our intention! We found it in a magazine dealing with political topics! Our bassist Marc saw it and showed it to us and we agreed to take it as cover for our M-CD. I dont know exactely where its from, either Africa or Asia! Sorry, but I cant give you further details about the photo!
NIHIL: I read your lyrics and it deals with the decadence and perversion of man. You seem afraid of man, do you think theres a killer inside of every single person? You seem a little pessimit about the future, do you think the end of the world is near?
HOLGER: If you see the new everyday, you HAVE to be a pessimist! All these wars, killings, crimes, diseases and so on! Yes, in every man can be a killer! No one can look behind the facade and so you NEVER know someone for real! You have a friend for over 10 years and think you know him and then hell backstab you! Or you think hes friendly and harmless, but behind closed doors he rapes little children! You can trust no one!!! I think that the end of the world is near, but Iwont live to « see » it! But humanity is stupid enough to destroy itself within the next century! I generally hate human beings, most of them are fuckers!
NIHIL: What does KADATH means? Where did you get this name? Do you know the french band CATACOMB who released several demos and a EP called « In the maze of Kadath » years ago, do you know what is the maze of Kadath?
HOLGER: The word « Kadath » is from a novel by H.P. Lovecraft called « The dream quest of unknown Kadath ». The main character in this fictional story is searching for the palace of the gods (all in his dreams). This palace lies on the giant mountain with the name Kadath! Of course I know great CATACOMB from France! I was totally into their single and that was the first time I saw this word! So I guess the mountain Kadath has a maze, a labyrinth for people to make it harder reaching the top and the palace! I didnt read the novel so I have just to guess! We didnt take this word as monicker because of CATACOMB, it was BLOODs fault! On their 3rd CD(O agios pethane) the first track is simply called « Kadath »! At this time we had to change names and we all agreed with Kadath! Its short, good-sounding and original! We just didnt want to name our band Bestial Slaughter Death or Bloody Massacre!
NIHIL: Youve released 7eps with IMMURED and EVOKE, how did it happen? I think its cool to release 7 Eps nowadays because vinyl seems to be a little forgotten, its like if Eps and Lps are slowly dying...
HOLGER: Yeah, sad but true, vinyl is dying! I like singles very much and so it was fantastic when we got the chance to do the 2 split- EPs! First, Dave of IMMURED asked me if we would like to do a split with them! Some time before we should release a CD5 with them on WILD RAGS, but it didnt work out! So we took this chance to cooperate with IMMURED! They knew a guy who was interested to do the EP (thanx to Frank of StuhlgangRecs)and so it happened! Our bassist Marc was in contact with Switzerland based PARANOIA SYNDROME RECS.,cos they distributed our 2nd demo! Then they offered us a split EP and of course we agreed! So this is our part to save vynil! If some other labels are interested to release EPs or split-EPs with us, contact me, we are always open to cool offers!
NIHIL: You cover a classic grind song from TERRORIZERs only album (« Corporation pull in »), do you prefer the drum work of Pete Sandhoval in TERRORIZER or in MORBID ANGEL? Do you think it would have been better if he has staid in TERRORIZER? What do you expect from the next MORBID ANGEL?
HOLGER: You really cant compare TERRORIZER and MORBID ANGEL! For me, Id rather get a new TERRORIZER-CD than a new output from M.A. I dont care for this band anymore. I think their debut LP « Altars of madness » was mega-great, but then it got weaker an weaker! In any case I prefer TERRORIZER! They have one cult-LP and are no more and so we took a cover-version from them! We dont cover bands who are still existing! Weve and AUTOPSY-cover (Severed survival) and maybe we do an INCUBUS song! Thats my all time favorite band! Especially their 1st LP.
NIHIL: Youve also got a zine called BRUTAL FUCK, are you happy with the way it sells? Is it well known in your state? How do you choose the bands you want to interview? Do you think the extreme metal scene is in good health and have you got any new unknown but trully excellent band to recommand to our readers?
HOLGER: First up, the B.F Mag is mainly Marcs thing! 2nd, the mag doesnt exist anymore, cos of the lack of time, money and nerve! I just did some interviews, mostly all reviews and some reports! For the 1st issu Marc took bands he liked and some he knew very well! The 2nd issue only had great bands we liked! I think the extreme metal scene is in a good health! In spite of the trend of black metal, hardcore and gothic (go-sick) there are many cool death metal bands and grindcore bands emerging! They are pure underground, so you wont find them in Metal hammer or so! Great (yet) unknown bands you have to check out are OBSCENE CRISIS with a former KATAKLYSM-member (extremely brutal grind/death), CORPUS MORTALE (DK, skillfull death/grind with a slight black touch), CENOTAPH from TURKEY with technical and fast grind/death, DEADEN (Brutal us death/grind), LIVIDITY (ditto), MENTAL ABERRATION from my home town (death metal in old C.C. style)
NIHIL:The last words are yours!
HOLGER: Thank you very much for this interesting and long interview! Good luck with the zine! Everyone into brutal death metal should contact me. No IRC needed! We can offer our Mini-CD « Twited Tales of Gruesome Tales » for 10$ ppd world! It contains 4 trax including the aformentioned TERRORIZER-cover-version! The booklet is 8 pages and full coloured in professional lay-out! Support true and brutal bands! Keep the underground scene alive! Grind on! Write to: