Finnish thrash upstarts, Lost Society are back with their second studio effort, Terror Hungry. The band was founded in 2010 by guitarist and vocalist, Samy Elbanna, who dragged bassist Mirko Lehtinen, drummer Ossi Paananen, and fellow guitarist Arttu Lesonen into the mix. After a couple of well received demos in 2011 and 2012, the quartet signed with Nuclear Blast for its debut, Fast Loud Death in 2013. The album sent a massive buzz through the thrash metal scene and landed them on many a year-end best-of list.
Gearing up for their upcoming album, Metalholic and Metal Wani had a chat with Samy Elbanna. He discusses the new album, “Terror Hungry“, songwriting, challenges in thrash metal, influences, the 80’s thrash metal scene, dedicated fans worldwide, and much more.
Here are a few excerpts:
First of all congratulations for releasing an insane thrash metal album, Terror Hungry which is the sound of a band that is out to prove that it can be among thrash metal’s elite. You have been reading lot of reviews from past few weeks. We at Metal Wani and Metalholic were blown away with the album. How have your fans responded?
It’s really nice to hear. From the bottom of our hearts, we would like to thank you. I mean, we tried our best to come up with a kickass album and we are proud of it. So it’s really nice to hear that. I was really happy. When we do new stuff then it’s nice to read reviews and see fans are liking it. Talking about response, it’s been really good. After Fast Loud Death was released, we were stunned with the response we got from press and fans. So we are really open minded when Lethal Pleasure comes out. We don’t know how fans are gonna react. Everyone seems to like the song we released and I am sure rest of the album will also please the listener. Hopefully everyone else will like it as much as we do.
Tracks like “Attaxic”, “Game Over”, and “Lethal Pleasure” contain some pure thrashy riffs, but I also found the dark atmosphere present in songs like “Thrashed Reality” and “Brewtal Awakening”. What was the intention behind this vibe?
Hell yeah dude (laughs). When we were doing the writing process, after touring for “Fast Loud Death”, we didn’t actually think about it, because if we get caught up with what we are gonna do then we don’t really get a good result. So we just started writing riffs, some of the songs became darker and I think it fits the album pretty well. Off-course the first album was like straightforward thrash, old school stuff. So we got some more technical stuff on this album because all of us progressed with our own instruments. Oh yes, the dude definitely is terror hungry (laughs).
Terror Hungry” is a huge progress in terms of musical maturity and you guys were successful in incorporating a wide variety of riffs and moods in a genre like thrash? For a genre like Thrash Metal, Everything Has Been Done Before, how does Lost Society make sure their music stand out among the rest of new wave of thrash metal bands?
Yeah dude we tried to do with “Fast Loud Death” as well. We also did with “Terror Hungry”, our genre is thrash/speed metal but we really like to incorporate different kind of elements like groove riff, crossover stuff and so on. Anyway thrash is a kind of genre were so many bands are already doing the same thing so it’s cool to do something new and fresh.
I think the biggest, powerful thing we have on our side are the members. Even though all of us have similar taste in music, we come from different backgrounds e.g. I love Iron Maiden, our members love Black Sabbath, Pantera and so on. So we get all these elements when we do songs together, we put them together. It’s a song that’s thrash but it has a lot of different stuff in it too.
In my opinion, Lost Society is a band that incorporates the twist and turns of jazz into the juvenile mischief that signifies thrash. Some people might even call Lost Society the love child of Megadeth and Anthrax. How much of influence have these bands had on the sound of Lost Society? Do you see the same intensity and fire when it comes to bands like Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer etc?
(laughs) Definitely. In “Fast Loud Death”, it was like old Megadeth albums and Anthrax albums e.g. “Rust In Peace”, “Peace Sells”. They have been an influence on us. People used to call Megadeth a jazz band when they play live so we have incorporate lot of that kind of stuff in our songs and of course Scott Ian’s riff’s. He has been an inspiration for us.
You know if you look at their first two or three albums, you can feel that actual real anger that they had. Megadeth and Metallica were starting this thrash metal scene and you could see they were angry with glam metal scene that was happening. I think that was the time those bands were at their pure form. I can’t say the same thing about new school Megadeth or new school Metallica. I don’t like that stuff anymore but their old school albums had something in them that really hit me hard. Maybe it’s a progression since they are not so angry anymore, probably they have loads of money and shit like that. I hope I really don’t lose the intensity of this stuff. This is what I wanna do. I am not particularly pissed off at so many things since it’s just the music. I am just an angry little boy (laughs).
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