Classic Swedish death metal juggernaut, Blood Mortized is currently working on its sophomore full length album entitled The Key To A Black Heart which is expected to be released this winter on Chaos Records. Once again handling production duties will be drummer Mattias Borgh who also produced the Bestial EP.
Beside Mattias in Blood Mortized are vocalist/founder Mattias Parkkila, bassist Mattias Söderlund, and guitarists Anders Biazzi and Gustav Myrin.
To whet our collective appetite for the new record the band released the Bestial EP, and Metalholic caught up with Borgh to get the lowdown behind on it.
The cover art for the Chaos Records release was created by the amazing Thomas Kynst whom I got to know through another project where I play percussion, called Arcana. He likes the music and we talked some on MySpace before that community died haha… Kynst is a world-class tattoo artist and very skilled painter. I ordered a piece with hands crushing a heart, and he delivered in Ace of Spades! Kynst is also doing all the artwork for our upcoming album The Key To A Black Heart! We are really pleased that Chaos Records understand that the fans should be treated to something extra for buying a release and not just download it in crap quality. They include a bonus poster on the vinyl release, a great looking Digipak CD with bonus sticker. Support the true underground scene and get the real deal!
The cover art for the cassette version was created by this really talented upcoming artist called Daniel Devilish, I had some contact with him and we agreed that he should make the cover for the cassette version. I wanted it to have a grind house feeling, you know the old great Italian horror movies or the typical Euro sleaze things (or American since I pointed out the Maniac poster as main inspiration) The Devilish artwork will be a poster on the vinyl version and if you like metal and horror movies, you NEED to get the vinyl if not only for the ass kicking poster haha!
The album was recorded, mixed mastered and produced by me at my studio Underworld Recording. I can say that it was a very heavy task to do everything on my own, but in the end I learnt so much from that kind of DIY attitude.
Something which I find quite amusing is that many people say that it sounds like a Sunlight Recording, if so I take that as a compliment. But to be honest I never try to copy a sound. I just try to record and mix the music so that it fits the music. I think it´s a matter of us in the band growing up playing and listening to very early extreme music. That is the sound we have in our ears, starting from writing the songs and lyrics all the way to the recording.
If I would try to make one of these awful modern productions with quantized and triggered drums which sounds as inspiring as some one hammering on a typewriter I would feel like crap!!! BLOOD MORTIZED wants and needs REAL drums, REAL tube amps, REAL vocals delivered by a human and not a computer. The sound is the result of us recording in a very honest way, everything in one take and a minimum of editing, something we are used to since we started making music…
Track by bloody Track
“Bestial” – Is a mid-tempo crusher with quite a lot of pounding bass drums and the typical D-beat during the verses. When me and Biazzi arranged the song we talked about wanting to have some parts sounding a bit like Unleashed and the verse part is our small homage to the early Unleashed stuff. The lyrics deal with someone who is clearly pushing the boundaries of what we perceive as normal. This person claims him self to be “Bestial”. He IS “Bestial” and he stands for that, he is not a shamed of his horrible acts and for making his victims suffer. What I like the best about this song is that it is both heavy and fast (well fast for us old bastards haha…). This will be a great song for our upcoming live concerts, prepare to become “Bestial” and bang your head until it turns to dust & doom…
“Of Dust & Doom” The most heavy song we wrote so far. It is quite experimental and does not follow any regular song writing patterns. We got so much positive reviews on Rekviem that we wanted to try some more experimental writing. It started as a track with just percussion (there are no regular drumset playing on this song) and I told Anders Biazzi to write some VERY heavy riffs. Then we re-arranged the song and I actually re-recorded all the drums haha, that took some hours, uff… The military snare drumming for example is recorded 8 times with different snare drums, which is why it sounds quite massive. The spoken words in the middle of the song are both in Swedish and in English. When I wrote the lyrics I imagined a desert landscape where no living being can be seen. Only a moaning wind can be heard and the desert sand is whipping the landscape erasing anything that might be still alive. Earth is dying and mankind is on the brink of annihilation. This is the CD and vinyl bonus song.
“Shadow of The Quarter Sun” – One of the first songs we wrote as a trio, Biazzi wrote the music, me and Biazzi arranged it and Parkkila wrote the lyrics. I like it because it has a lot of drive and a bit of speed (once again old mans speed hehehe…), I think it is the song on the EP that sounds most “typical Swedish Death Metal”. The lyrics, what do they deal with? Well Parkkila wrote them so ask him haha! I If you ask me it deals, yet again, with some one who is mad as hell and the sun makes him even more mad. I have a strong feeling that he is quite evil and not some one we would recommend for dating material (unless you fancy yourself as a victim for a serial killer that is…)
“Rekviem” – My favorite song of the EP. I wrote the intro riff and the outro melody on my acoustic guitar at home. During a weekend I went to hang out at Biazzi´s place. We wrote the song in one very long and very late session picking out and modifying riffs Biazzi had written and mixing it up with the intro riff I wrote. The lyrics deal with the fall of mankind and one mans (or a Godly power of some kind it is up to the listener…) thoughts about mankind and earth. Why did it come to this and who is to blame? When I was about to start mixing the song I felt it missed something, so I recorded a bunch of Daraboukas in layers, different shakers, Egyptian finger cymbals, some floor toms but I still felt there was something missing… I decided to record a choir part which I wanted to sound a bit like a mass. Each part was recorded several times and in the end there were something like 20 voices. It was a nightmare mixing this song with its well over 100 different tracks that had to be mixed into a regular stereo track haha… You can listen to “Rekviem” and “Shadow Of The Quarter Sun” on www.bloodmortized.com.