“Endseeker”, das ist Death Metal Made in Hamburg! Die Jungs veröffentlichen mit “Mount Carcass” ihre dritte Studioscheibe. Das Album kommt am 16.04.2021 über “Metal Blade Records”. Am 18.04.21 folgt eine Online-Release-Show. Details und einen Link dazu gibts von Drummer Kummer, dem ich heute einige Fragen zur neuen Platte stellen durfte!
Kummer – Endseeker
Tobi – Metal and Me
„Moin“ Kummer from the Death Metal Band Endseeker. My name is Tobi. I run a Facebook page and a webblog. On this page I post reviews of current albums, interviews, band presentations and reports about concerts that I visit with my wheelchair. On the one hand, to tell other wheelchair users how the venue is equipped in terms of accessibility and on the other hand, how to best proceed to get tickets, which is usually not possible with conventional ticket portals.
In the future I will also write about hygiene measures, as this is important for me as a high-risk patient and for my readers too. Of course, I also write about the bands‘ performance. Today I have a few questions for you about your new Album „Mount Carcass“.
First of all, I want to ask you, how are you and your Bandmates doing right now?
Me and my Bandmates are doing great. With the release of “Mount Carcass” coming up, we are of course extremely excited to see how the album will be received by people. At the same time, we have a lot to do now in the last week before the release date.
And how are you when you think about April 16th, 2021?
As I said, the excitement is growing every day. We have really worked extremely hard for our new baby in the last few months and are accordingly excited to finally be able to present it to the world.
„Unholy Rites“ and „Count The Dead“ were the first singles to release from your new Studioalbum. Why did you chose this two songs?
We picked the songs in close agreement with the label and we are very happy with the choice of the two advance singles. I think that both songs together cover all facets of the album. Both musically and lyrically. “Unholy Rites” is a fast party death metal song with a classic zombie theme, while “Count The Dead” is our most political song ever in terms of content and a complete groove monster musically.
About „Unholy Rites“: Where did you get your Inspiration for this song? I like how vivid you can do the happening – especially in this song. George A. Romero would be proud of you.
Thank you very much. As I said, the song has classic zombie lyrics without a deeper message. Just a good mood party death metal song with splatter lyrics. I don’t think there was any real inspiration for this particular song. It just came out of our sick brains, haha.
It is always a pleasure, listen to Music from Endseeker. Can you give me a hint about what we can expect from your new album?
I think that “Mount Carcass” definitely sounds like Endseeker and contains all our musical trademarks. At the same time it’s more spontaneous and more from the gut. The songs are more accessible and compact than the songs from “The Harvest” album. They give off a certain punk vibe in places. It’s an album that flies by and afterwards you want to listen to it again right away.
What is the main difference between „Mount Carcass“ and „The Harvest“ from 2019?
I think “The Harvest” is more progressive and also more cerebral. I’m still very proud of the album but “Mount Carcass” sounds more liberated and more in your face to me. Also, the production is much more organic this time and exudes more live character. It’s a death metal album that’s just fun to listen to.
The new tracks are brutal, aggressive and with hard Messages, „Count The Dead“ for example. Do you think the World will change in the near Future?
I hope it very much, however, there are not many points that speak for it at the moment. Of course, I personally wish that mankind will learn its lessons from the current events. However, my inner pessimist gives me little reason for hope. But I like to be taught better. That would be nice.
How long did you write on „Mount Carcass“ and how long did it take, for the whole Album to be ready for Release for our Ears?
The album was mostly written during the first months of the pandemic. Since we couldn’t go on tour, we had all the time in the world to concentrate on songwriting. This created a very stress-free and pleasant working situation. We were even able to do a complete pre-production with vocals before the recordings. As a result, we went into the studio maximally prepared and everything went almost smoothly.
Do you have a song that you particularly like on „MC“?
Hard to say. It actually changes on a regular basis. But my favorites are definitely “Bloodline” and “Mount Carcass”.
The Cover-Artwork is really dark but impressive. From who was the Idea?
The idea came from our good friend and colleague Bart, who suddenly presented us the artwork out of nowhere. We are extremely happy with it, as it perfectly reflects the contents of the album visually.
How was working with Eike Freese at the Chameleon Studios in Hamburg?
Eike has been a very good friend of the band for a long time, so the recording of “Mount Carcass” was absolutely relaxed. He just knows perfectly how to tickle the best out of each individual without exerting pressure. In addition, he is an experienced musician and songwriter himself, so he can also give creative input. Recording with Eike always feels like coming home for us. In addition, this time we were more prepared than ever before. Therefore, the recording process was very stress-free.
Do we get another Video for one more Song from „Mount Carcass“ in the near Future?
Yes, there are more videos in planning. For example, you can look forward to a special highlight on the release date.
How are you all actually after a show with all your tracks? How long do you need to regenerate?
Of course, it depends on the length of the show and the location. I remember a gig in Berlin in high summer in a club without windows and ventilation. It felt like 60 degrees on stage and we had to take a break in between because otherwise I would have fallen off the drum stool. You’re not the youngest anymore. But normally after a show I always need a moment for myself to come down. Then I drink my “reward” beer, change my clothes and then I usually go to the merch stand.
A few words to the fans who definitely can’t wait to hear you and these fucking great new Songs live. Are there any plans about a streaming or Release Event? Although I have to say that I don’t know the current rules for Hamburg. The restrictions in Rhineland – Palatinate are enough for me.
Yes, we have such plans! Namely, we’re going to have a big streaming release party at Knust in Hamburg on April 18. For this we have thought up some cool stuff to give our fans a cool evening. Of course we will play a live show with many new songs. In addition, there will be, among other things, the possibility to ask us questions via chat and you can even fill us up with booze, haha. In addition, the audience will have the opportunity to buy new merch at an exclusive price. Tickets for this event are available at TixforGigs under the following link: >>> TIXFORGIGS <<<
How is it to you to stay in contact with your fans via social media in these pandemic times and to find out what the mood is like in the fans‘ camp?
Social media is enormously important for us as a band because we have direct contact with people here and also get to see the various reactions to our activities. Of course we are happy to see when fans post that they are happy that the letter carrier just brought our new album. We are really grateful for the great support in the last months and hope that we can soon celebrate together again in real life.
How did you as deal with the restrictions in the meantime? How much does it restricted you in your working life?
Fortunately, we were able to use the past year to write “Mount Carcass”. Otherwise, I personally would have fallen on my head more than once, because I’m usually always on the road. Either on tour, concerts, traveling or in the nightlife of Hamburg. Personally, I miss all that a lot. I can do my main job completely in the home office, so I don’t have any big losses in that case.
How have you spent your Free time under Covid 19 so far?
So far, I’ve actually been able to spend most of my time playing drums and being in the band. Beyond that, I try to do sports regularly and keep up my social contacts as good as I can at the moment.
Where was your last gig before Covid19 cast its dark shadow over the world?
Our last gig before Covid 19 was on February 22nd 2020 at the Heathen Rock Fest in Hamburg. A really cool indoor festival, super organized by great people. That was a great evening.
If you could privately go to a concert in this, sorry for the expression, shitty corona pandemic, which one would it be?
Honestly, I’m so excited about finally being able to go to concerts again that I almost don’t care which one. The main thing is metal, people, sweat, fun and beer. As soon as this is possible again, I will spend my life exclusively on, in front of and behind stages, haha.
Which other Music do you listen to?
I’m very open to that, as long as it’s well done and touches me in some way. Besides all kinds of metal and rock, I love listening to singer/songwriters like Tori Amos, Ane Brun or Eddie Vedder. But I also like to listen to bands like Depeche Mode, Placebo or Muse.
Get away from the music a little. What about hobbies?
In fact, music also determines a large part of my free time. Normally, I would visit a lot of concerts and festivals, which is unfortunately not possible at the moment for well-known reasons. In addition, I like to read and go running regularly.
Because the Band is from Hamburg i have to ask you (and you ask your Bandmates perhaps): HSV or St. Pauli? Matjes or Herring? And what Beer do you prefer?
Okay, since none of us are actually soccer fans, I can’t really answer the first question. In terms of attitude, I think we’re all closer to St. Pauli. When it comes to fish, I’d go for the herring, and when it comes to Hamburg beer, I personally prefer Ratsherren.
A few words to your Fans out there in Germany and all the Others in the World?
Thank you for the interview and support! Listen to “Mount Carcass”! I hope you like it as much as we do and hopefully we’ll see you on tour sooner rather than later!
Thanks for the interview, Kummer. Many greetings to all from the Band. Something that is important to me: Stay healthy and good luck for the Release of your awesome Album!
Lenny | Vocals
Ben | Guitar
Jury | Guitar
Eggert | Bass
Kummer | Drums
Photo by Toni Gunner
Das war mein Interview mit Kummer, dem Mann an den Drums, von Endseeker zur neuen Death Metal Walze “Mount Carcass”. Ich hoffe ihr hattet Spaß beim Lesen. Supportet die Hamburger beim Stream und kauft die Platte – es lohnt sich!
Bleibt gesund und beste Grüße