Pro Rock (Bulugaria)
First letfs start with the presentation of the members and the history of the band?
Okay. Yusuke, our guitarist founded this band in 92 to create original Brutal Death Metal
in Tokyo. We released two demos in the early e90s and one self financed mini CD entitled
gDefeat of Sanityh in 94. In 99, we released our first full length gErupted Wrathh
album on US based Nightfall/Terrorizer Records, and also have gUgliness Revealedh
in 2001 on also US based Baphomet Records through Necropolis. And as you know our brand
new gDivinationh album is just unleashed on Season of Mist in this May. Yusuke the
founder plays guitars, the bassist Norihisa is also defiled over 10 years, Yuichi the
drummer joined this band three years ago, and I Hideki sing since 97 from
gErupted Wrathh album.
How do you define your style? Do you agree that it is a mixing between Cryptopsy and
Basically, we avoid intentionally getting influenced from other Death Metal bands
because we wanna be one and only, that is to say goriginalh. We listen not only
to Death Metal but also many other styles. And wefre always trying to make our
sound unique. But itfs also the fact that we respect Cryptopsy or Suffocation and
are actually familiar with their music so yes I think your comment doesnft miss the
mark at least.
It is notable that your band is inspired by US death metal scene. How did you become
interested in death metal and which are your favorite bands?
Well, we actually are good friends with some US Death Metal bands like CANNIBAL CORPSE,
VITAL REMAINS, INCANTAITION, SKINLESS and many more so they may have some inspiration
on us besides other kinds of music wefre also familiar with. As I told before, we
like to listen to many styles of music. For your information, Norihisa and Yuichi,
our rhythm section had formal education at musical schools and they are into Fusion
Jazz very much. Yusuke loves Classic music of itfs most avant-garde way like Stravinski
or Holst. And Ifm a big fan of old Rock like CACTUS or Experimental Noise like MERZBOW.
About Death Metal, we thought it as a progressed form of Thrash Metal when we started
the band and our favourite bands were mainly e80s Thrash bands like SLAYER, POSSESSED,
KREATOR, DEATHROW and many many more.
What are the strong points in your new material compared to your previous releases?
We are really proud of this new gDivinationh albumc itfs far progressed and improved
without doubt than the previous ones on every aspectsc songs, lyrics, performances, and
production, I really think. We changed the drummer since the previous gUglinessh album
as I already told, and Yuichi brought new elements, freshness and energy to the band.
The possibility of this band comes widen by his joining for sure. And I am personally
satisfied much with my lyrics this time. Ifm influenced from the brutality of Eastern
philosophy and you can find some significance or Eastern originality here. Please check
You play very aggressive but in the same time very technical music. Do you keep a certain
limit when combining them?
Well, Death Metal is a broad-minded genre opposed to its looks, we think, and we found
no limits here musically. Death Metal has been evolved these 15 years and there still
are much areas left to be developed. And thatfs why we love and keep doing this kind
How could you describe your composing process?
Yusuke brings the basis into the studio and we arrange them altogether. Wefre doing it
instinctly rather than logically. We do without any sheet of music but just through
sessions. Each of us has many ideas in our minds and quotes them properly.
You have recorded your albums in USA. Are the studios in Japan not good enough or you
are seeking something different?
We have good studios also here in Japan but itfs because of the matter of timing why
we have used studios in the states. For example, the mixing of this album was done
again at Morrisound and itfs because that was the very time after we just finished
the US tour. It just fit our schedule perfectly.
The album is mixed by Jim Morris. How did you get connect with him?
All of our full lengths were mixed at Morrisoundc Jim did gErupth and new one,
and Tom did gUglinessh. I forgot how did we get connect with them first but they
really are great anyway. I heard ggood producersh are sometimes so arrogant and
hard to associate with but Morris brothers are never. They are really nice guys
moreover the great engineers and itfs always great for us to work with them.
There is one very strange song in the album, called Eciov Erazzib, in which your vocalist
is sounding like an angry ninja. What is its meaning?
Frankly, we put the song just because to gain the insufficiency of the time but itfs
cool to know you find it unique or something! Okay, please tell everybody that the song
is a Japanese incantation or something though it in fact is just a reversed sentence
taken from a song in this album.
Each your album is out with a different label. What are the reasons for such often
changes and is Season of Mist the perfect choice for the future?
Every time wefre choosing the best label and therefs no other intention. Season of
Mist promised us their best promotion on our new album and we are really expecting it.
Nothing special happened with Baphomet/Nectopolis. It was just a one-shot contract
and no fetters were put on our foot.
You have toured in Europe and USA. How did the local fans accept your band, as one
cannot see every day a metal band from Japan?
Itfs always great to play abroad and meet the maniacs. Our fans follow us strongly
everywhere! Wefre very proud of them. Theyfre always crazy and support the band
Is it true that in Japan it is somewhat usual to see on metal concerts people wearing
On the weekday, yes. Many frustrated office workers come to the show and wreak their
anger by moshing!! You must think itfs totally crazy but itfs true. Many crazy
matters we have here in Japan.
In every country there are bands loved by almost every fan, like Iron Maiden or
Metallica. Which are the famous bands of the fans in Japan of the following styles
: heavy metal, thrash metal, death metal, and black metal?
The senses of values are diversified recently in this country and I canft enumerate
them here, sorry. Though the long distance runners like LOUDNESS are of course pretty
famous in this country.
Do you have any other occupation outside the band?
Yes, we all have other jobs. Itfs just to survive.
Do you know anything about Bulgaria?
Yoghurt and wine! We wanna go and play in your country someday soonc hope we can go
on Divination tour that now we DEFILED and Season of Mist are trying to plan.
Any final words?
Thanks for the great interview! Readers, please enjoy our new gDivinationh album!
Hope to see you all on the road! Stay brutal and support the underground!!
Interviewee : Hideki Fujimoto / DEFILED Vocalist
2003 July 20