Pedal To The Metal (U.S.A.)
1. How did DEFILED get together?
We came together in 92 to create original unique & bizarre Death Metal in
Tokyo. Yeah, it was over a decade ago! Then, we went through several members
changing as same as other bands and itfs settled these three years. Yusuke
on guitars, Norihisa plays bass, Yuichi the drummer, and I, Hideki sing.
2. How did you come up with the bands name DEFILED?
Yusuke, the founder named. I heard that he named gDEFORMEDh first and
changed to gDEFILEDh because he found a same named fanzine. I donft know
well why he chose this word though the sound of this name is cool and very
Death Metallic anyway! Thatfs the most important thing for the Death Metal
bandfs name. Far better than gCandyh or something, isnft it?
3. "Divination" is by far your best work the melodies and deathly devouring
style of death metal blended together sounds great.would you say the time
and effort with maturity has a part in this?
Yes. We are always trying to get better in playing and singing so the
quality of the music has been rising, we hope! Yeah as you mentioned
gDivinationh is far improved on each aspects than our former releases. I
think we finally established our own style with this album! Now we are
playing Psychotic/Chaotic Brutal Death Metal with many dissonant chords and
weird melodies. This is our own style and we will give a polish to it from
now on. Look forward to the future releases too!
4. Who did the artwork for "Divination"?
Itfs done by Wes Benscoter, who has done many great covers for the
following bands like SLAYER, MORTICIAN, VADER, NILE, SINISTER, BROKEN HOPE
etc moreover he also did our previous two albums, gUgliness Revealedh and
gErupted Wrathh. Wefre very glad at new one for gDivinationh, itfs a
5. Why the departure from Necropolis records?
Itfs because the contract among us was just a one-shot-license one. There
was no trouble or something between DEFILED and Baphomet/Necropolis, just to
6. Do you have a favorite song on the new album?
I like no songs and just hate! Especially I hate gThe Dormant Withinh
itfs so hard to get well-ensemble this song! Just kidding. Well we donft
have particular favorite song. Parents should love any sons!
7. How did you get into playing Death Metal?
First, we think Death Metal is the ultimate form of music. It should be
faster, heavier, darker than, and surpass, any other kind. Thatfs great to
be a part of this advanced genre! Death Metal is, as a matter of fact,
broad-minded opposed to its looks, and we found no limits here musically.
Thatfs why we love this kind of music. Wefre looking for the ends of the
earth and know at the same time therefs no end.
8. Who where some of your influences growing up?
We got influences from a lot of things, not only music, so I canft
enumerate them here! The most important thing is, we must digest any
influences well. Some gso calledh musicians are only imitating others. We
donft like that. We wanna be the band gone and onlyh. We always are
trying to be original, and no specific influences are important here.
9. Living in Japan, how is the music culture there compared to the American
We Japanese have our own music culture, which has been there over thousand
years and we should hold it in respect more... But, in fact, many young
Japanese musicians seem only to follow the western style, as I mentioned
before. I think itfs stupid and donft wanna call it a fusion of culture.
We young Japanese should create the sound of our own, as you American
sneaked well out from English Rock in f70s.
10. What do you think of so called metal bands like Linken Park, Godsmack,
and Mudvayne taking the spotlight from the real metal bands?
I donft know well about these bands sorry... We actually donft care who
take the spotlight. Yes, we do never need the spotlight or gorgeous stage!
We just want to create our own music and believe steady fans will always be
there! Our fans are true to us and wefre very proud of it.
11. For the people who havent heard of DEFILED how would you explain your
sound to them?
Itfs hard to explain our sound by words. Buy the CD and listen to the music
please! Well though, I definitely can recommend our music to the people who
love crazy, bizarre, advant-garde music. And to whom love a labyrinth or a
12. What has been your most prfessional or personal acheivement in your life
The performance at the show he had in the last weekend, in Tokyo, was
successful and I had much satisfaction there.
13. Do you think metal music is making a comeback?
Hey, I donft think Metalfs gone! Metal is always there for kids! If you
mean the possibility of the metal-bubble-economyfs revival, like mid 80fs,
I never hope that! Thatfs totally nonsense. Again, good Metal bands have
always been there, are there, and will be there, even if theyfre a few.
Donft expect the quantity but quality!
14. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
Wefll be playing music, we hope. Therefs no limit here and we have too
many ideas left to embody!
15. How would you like the music world to remember DEFILED when it's over
for you guys?
Well, only a few masterpieces will be recognized after 100 years and we hope
we can be one of them! Anyway, wefll keep trying to create our own unique
original sound, and everything will be judged by... time.
Interviewer : Chris Tuttle / Pedal To The Metal zine
Interviewee : Hideki Fujimoto / DEFILED Vocalist
2003 April 14