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Metal Hammer (UK) - - The Gospel -

WHY DOES AN­TIC­ULT SEEM TO BE SUCH A HUGE LEAP FOR DE­CAP­I­TATED?

“On this al­bum the band have sounded far more to­gether and com­plete. I wrote Blood

Mantra just by my­self, but on An­tic­ult, hav­ing had in­put from all of the band­mem­bers to­gether has made it a far more rounded record. Also, af­ter Blood Mantra’s re­lease we toured re­lent­lessly all over the world, and if you play that many shows in suc­ces­sion it’s a mas­sive learn­ing curve, which in turn equates to lessons learnt for the next al­bum. All of these things to­gether have pro­vided An­tic­ult with the per­fect for­mula.

I’m su­per-happy with it in ev­ery pos­si­ble as­pect!”

WAS THERE AN IN­TEN­TION TO WRITE THE RIFFS WITH MORE HOOKS AND GROOVE?

“Of course there are ag­gres­sive songs, riffs and lots of other com­po­nents, but it’s cer­tainly the groovi­est al­bum we’ve ever made, and I think this sound works re­ally well live. A good groove is not al­ways easy to find and it’s what we were search­ing for in An­tic­ult. Groove is not a strict style; we are still an ex­treme me­tal band and I think the groove makes us even heav­ier than be­fore.”

YOU HAVE BEEN A BIG IN­FLU­ENCE ON THE DEATH ME­TAL SCENE SINCE YOUR DE­BUT. IS THIS SOME­THING YOU’RE NOW AWARE OF?

“I didn’t think about it as such, but some­times I do feel some kind of pres­sure or a re­spon­si­bil­ity as peo­ple were wait­ing for the new al­bum. But as we see it, if the riffs and the songs sound good to us we’re not afraid. It’s very cool that we are able to in­flu­ence other peo­ple and can use our mu­sic to in­spire some­one or change some­one’s life, or to even just give them a cool day!”

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