Probably the best Danish Thrash Metal record since “Excursion Demise” by Invocator and “By Inheritance” from Artillery!
Thrash has had so many waves, ups and downs that it’s almost impossible to trace back the whole story of the style. The fans, however, remain the same since a bands such as Slayer and Metallica developed a speed and more aggressive take to NWOBHM as a backlash against the Reagan-era conservationism and the pop culture that ruled the early 80’s. KILLING is the product of just that. A bunch of kids raised to the sound of the classic Thrash Metal we all know, that made them
pick up their instruments and want to thrash like their idols. To make a long story short, this is the back-bone of
“Face The Madness”, the debut album of the Midtjylland fab-four that will simply be known as “one of the best
thrash albums of the year 2021″.
The vicious monster of energy KILLING comes from east Jutland, Denmark. Formed late 2013, with the sole purpose of writing uncompromising Thrash Metal, as in the good old days. Inspiration is drawn from the golden era of the genre, where bands like Slayer, Exodus, Kreator, and Metallica ruled the stage with an iron fist. After
years of concerts and songwriting, they released the 2018 critically acclaimed EP “Toxic Asylum”, which was
followed by a longer tour around northern Europe.
The following year, the single “Raise Your Anger” was
released, which was followed by a long series of festival performances. The many shows has proven their worth,
as the east Jutland quartet on stage create an intense and engaging vibe, that echoes long after the lights go out.
Due to Covid, the winter/spring tour of 2020 had to be cancelled. This meant the band could focus their strength
towards recording their debut album “Face The Madness” with Jacob Bredahl, in Dead Rat Studio.
“Face The Madness” will be released in digital, LP, and CD formats by Mighty Music on 13th August 2021. For fans
of Slayer, Sodom & Kreator!
Tobi – Metal and Me
Jesper Skousen (Drummer) – Killing
Hello Jesper. My name is Tobi. I run a Facebook page and a webblog. On thispage I post reviews of current albums, interviews, band presentations and reports about concerts that I visit withmy 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-riskpatient 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 „Face The Madness“.
Hello there and thank you for asking. Well, we are pretty fine at the moment. The Corona situation looks better than ever here i Denmark, even though there has been a slight upward increase in the number of infections. Hopefully it won’t reach a level once more where the Government will close down the country again. But the vaccination plan is also running quite smooth, so let’s hope the future just keeps getting better and better.
Now you are a „new Band“ in Thrash – Metal Scene. How would you describe „Killing“ to my Readers?
Yes. Actually we already started out in December 2013, but it took some years, before we had more time to concentrate 100% on Killing. There were other band obligations at that moment. But as years past by, suddenly most of the other bands, we were in, faded away, and we could spend more time on Killing.
If I should descripe our band it would sound something like this: old school thrash metal inspired by both the European scene and the US scene. Some people have descriped us like a mix between Kreator, Slayer and Exodus with some Metallica and Destruction thrown in here and there. I think that is a good way to descripe us.
How difficult was or is it, raising and holding a Band in these pandemic times?
That was actually not that hard for us. We have our own rehearsal room and can come and go like we will. Other bands here have been in the situation, where they couldn’t enter their rehearsal rooms, because the places were shut down. So I know of some friends, that couldn’t play together for over a year! Besides the fact that we had to cancel 10 shows last year due to the Corona virus, we kept on writing songs, and since we suddenly had time on our hands, we decided, we would record our album. So for Killing the pandemic wasn’t that hard to go through. Other people have had harder times than us, and we feel with those people.
Can you tell us more about the Members of „Killing“? Just a few Words about your Bandmates. 😊
Killing consists of four old friends. The guitarists Rasmus H. Sørensen and Snade, the bassist/vocalist Rasmus Soelberg and me, Jesper Skousen on the drums. We have a very dry sense of humor, and know each other almost like a family. We have known each other for 20-25 years. Rasmus Sørensen often bring the hard edging ‚Exodus‘-riffs to the table, where Snade more is the melodic ‚Annihilator-type‘.
The two really fit each other perfect on that account. Soelberg ist he most silent guy among us, but when he first opens his mouth and screams his lungs out all hell breaks loose. All of us contributes to the songwriting and how the structure of the songs should be. That gives more variation and more ideas, which is a good thing.
What brought you into Metal, in which Genre did you start, before making it „Thrashy“?
We started out by listening to old heavy metal like Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and Black Sabbath, hard rock like Guns n‘ Roses and AC/DC and thrash metal like Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and so on. So you could say it was the standard way of becoming a metal head. The first band I started was End My Sorrow, where both Rasmus Sørensen and Snade also were members of at some point. We played some kind of melodic metal with elements of heavy, doom, gothic and death metal. There were both growls and female vocals.
Our one and only album came out after 19 years! Snade was in a heavy metal band in his youth called Remedy and later on in a more thrash inpired band called Pain Storm. I was also involved in a groovy thrash band called Hell inc., a punk band called Shit Lord and in a black/doom/folk metal band called I Faderens Skygge. In this band Rasmus Soelberg was the singer. And there is a handful of other musical projects as well, where we have been parts of. So we have been in many different bands, with different styles. Killing was planned to be old school thrash metal from the start, so the style in this band has never been anything else. And it never will be!
Would you like to tell my Followers about your first Single „Kill Everyone“ in your own Words?
„Kill Everyone“ is one of the oldest songs on the album. It’s a fast little ‚Slayer-sounding‘ tune with a simple structure and lots of attack. The lyrics is a continuation of our „Toxic Asylum“-universe, where this mad Doctor is making zombies out oft he patients. In „Kill Everyone“ the main caracter is one of these patients, who is controlled by inner voices, that tells him to kill everyone. Like a way to stand up against the mad doctor. We have started many of our shows with this song, and we all agreed it should open the album.
The Video to the Single seems like a 80s Slasher Movie, or am i wrong with this meaning?
Not at all. You are absolutly right. We already did some 80’s horror movie with our last video for the single „Raise Your Anger“, and since we love the 80’s and grew up with VHS, we wanted to do more in the same vein with our new music videos.
Do you have any other Songs to release as Single before the Album apears?
Yes we do. There are two more. „Legion of Hate“, which is out at this time and then „Before Violence Strikes“, which will be out the day the album is released – the 13th of August. All three videos is done in this 80’s horror VHS style, and are actually tied together in some way. It’s like a trilogy with a character, who is appearing in all three of them. The main theme is an outcome of the album title „Face the Madness“.
The main character is the manifestation of evil and the madness, that goes on in the world. In the first video he kills one victim, in the next chapter „Legion of hate“ he has started a cult and makes these poor people drink poison and when they all dies, he steals their values. In the final chapter, we see this Killing fan in his basement, where some weird stuff is happening on his old TV. The lyrics for our three singles and videos are not tied together, event though all the songs is about violence.
From who or what do you get your inspiration for writing Music?
Our inspirations comes from the old thrash metal bands from the early years. Slayer, Kreator, Exodus, Sepultura, Artillery, Annihilator, Megadeth, Sodom, Testament and so on. These were the bands we started out listening to back in the days, and their classic releases are still relevant today. We simply love that kind of music. When we write songs, we have some settings, we have created for ourselves. If ideas or inputs sounds ‚too modern‘ or too far away from our main goal, we normally throw them away or re-work the stuff, so it can fit into our musical universe.
„Straight Out Of Kattegat“ and „Killed In Action“ are my Favs at the moment. Can you tell me about your favorite Songs – in case you have one 😊
I like all the songs, but I always gets a kick out of playing „One Last Victim“. That song is like taking a ride with a rollercoaster ha ha. But I like the whole album and the songs. It’s hard to choose one or two. But since you mention „Straight Out of Kattegat“, I will admit, I also love playing that track – especially the middle section, where it just plows ahead.
How did it came to your Bandname „Killing“ and why did you chose this Coverartwork? In Combination it looks and sounds awesome and scary as well.
The band name took a long time to come up with. We knew, we wanted a one-word-name, but it’s difficult to find any cool metal names these days, since most words have been taken ha ha. We did a lot of brainstorming and one day the word ‚Killing‘ was on the paper. We looked at each other, went to metalarchives.com to see if that name had been taken, and for some reason, no one else had called themselves Killing. So we went with that. Here in Denmark the word ‚Killing‘ could also mean ‚kitten‘, so we have had a lot of comments and jokes on that behalf ha ha.
The album artwork is based upon the title „Face the Madness“. We knew, we wanted something special and something that could combine the title to the artwork. Again we did a lot of brainstorm, but we just couldn’t come up with anything, that went that ekstra mile. Then one day, when I was going to bed, I had this strange vision inside my head. A picture of a priest standing at this baptismal font with a baby in one hand and a weapon in the other hand. Behind him there was going to be a cross of TV screens showing all kinds of crazy things going on in the world. So the idea is that even the most incarnated beliver can loose his beliefs due to all the madness, that is going on in the world. That sums up our artwork.
How is it to you to stay in contact with Metalheads via social media in these pandemic times and to find out what the mood is like in the fans‘ camp?
We are normally very active on our Facebook-page and shares the same stuff on Instagram. Judging by the respons we get from fans, we feel lots of support from these people. We are very grateful for that. It seems like a lot of people are looking forward to our album is released.
How did you deal with the restrictions in the meantime? How much does it restricted you in your working life?
It was hard not playing live for a long time. We love playing concerts! But like I mentioned earlier, in stead we had the time to record the album. Our working lives was not affected that much. Snade and Rasmus Soelberg works at the same music store and were not send home, Rasmus Sørensen could work from home and I was only send home for like 14 days in the beginning of the pandemic. I work in a kindergarden, and therefore my co-workers and myself were people that some other people were depending on. There have been lots of restrictions in the kindergarden, but we got used to go through another kind of working day than. Now things are more or less back to normal again.
Which Music do you prefer to relax?
That depends on the mood. I can relax to the most aggressive black metal or the most brutal death metal just as much as old 70’s prog rock. But I have found myself listening a lot to the old German band ELOY the last couple of years and their music works really well, when it comes to stress relieve. Simply love their way of creating musical landscapes and their melodies are just amazing and gets to me.
Which Band or Musician has inspired you the most?
For me that would be Guns n‘ Roses, Iron Maiden, Metallica and AC/DC. Those four bands, were the first ones that turned me into a metal head, when I was a teenager. Then came bands like Judas Priest, King Diamond/Mercyful Fate, Ozzy, Black Sabbath, Megadeth and hundreds of other fantastic bands. Some of the drummers that inspired me most, when I started playing was Lars Ulrich, Clive Burr, Nicko McBrain, Steven Adler, Matt Sorum, Phil Rudd, Bill Ward and Scott Travis. But I have been inspired by many others as well later on.
And which Album, if you have to chose one?
That would be „Appetite For Destruction“ by Guns n‘ Roses which is the greatest album ever released!
What Album(s) did you liked the most in 2021 so far?
Last year was insane, when it comes to metal releases. I did a top 30 and could easily have done a top 40 and maybe 50. This year on the other hand, has not impressed me as much with new releases. Instead I have been digging further down into the deep soil of the 70’s. I have bought so many albums from this period the last six months´, and of course lots of 80’s metal albums as well. But if I should mention a couple of albums from 2021, that I have been listening to quite a bit, it would be Küenring from Austria and their new album „Neon Nights“. Also the Danish band Gabestok and their new release „Én gang rådden, altid rådden“ is pretty good. They have their own unique take on black metal and mix it with lots of other stuff. It’s not that much doom metal, I am listening to these years, but Wheel from Germany and their new album „Preserved In Time“ has been spinning on my stereo for some time now, and it’s really good. I am also looking forward to receive the new albums from Witch Cross, Vulture and Funeral Chasm. And then I hope Evil Invaders is releasing something new later this year!
Get away from the music a little. What about hobbies of you?
Ha ha well it’s hard to get away from the music, when that is your hobby. I am a huge collector of music. I have been collecting for many years and have an entire room in my house, with all these releases, books, VHS/DVDs, merchandise and other stuff. It’s like a library. Besides that I am also pretty interested in beers. I love finding and tasting new beers from around the world. Especially the dark ones like stout and porter.
Do you do „a normal Job“ beside making Music?
Yes I work at a kindergarden.
If yout got one wish…?
It could be cool just one time in our lives to go on a world tour with Killing. That would be awesome.
A few words to your Fans out there in Germany and all the Others in the World?
To our German fans – we are looking forward to visit you again one day and go crazy with you maniacs! It’s been a while since our last trip to Germany. We were going to play in Hamborg last year, but the corona came and ruined that. Hopefully we’ll come back soon.
To the rest of world – thank you for all your support. We are a little Danish thrash metal band from Denmark, so when people are writing, commenting and ordering our music and merchandise from all over the world, we are very proud and honored. We hope, we can visit your countries and play in front of you. And we are looking forward to hear, what you think of „Face the Madness“!
And finally – thank you so much for the interview Tobias! Keep the thrash metal burning down there! Cheers.
Thanks for the interview. Many greetings to all of you. Something that is important to me: Stay healthy and good luck for the Release of your new Album!
Thank you and the same to you. Take care.
Tracks “Face The Madness”:
01. „Kill Everyone“ || 02:04 Minuten
02. „Before Violence Strikes“ || 03:24 Minuten
03. „Don’t Get Mad, Get Evil“ || 04:51 Minuten
04. „See You In Hell“ || 04:47 Minuten
05. „Legion Of Hate“ || 03:35 Minuten
06. „Straight Out Of Kattegat“ || 05:23 Minuten
07. „One Last Victim“ || 04:53 Minuten
08. „1942“ || 04:47 Minuten
09. „Killed In Action“ || 06:54 Minuten
Rasmus Soelberg | Vocals & Bass
Snade | Guitar
Rasmus Holm Sørensen | Guitar
Jesper Skousen | Drums
Photocredits: Camilla Lundbye
Das war mein Interview mit Drummer Jesper Skousen von der Thrash – Kapelle “Killing”. Ich hoffe, euch haben seine sehr ausführlichen Antworten auf meine Fragen nicht nur gefallen, sondern auch animiert euch das Album anzuhören. Eine Review zu „Face The Madness“ gibt es natürlich bald. Bis dahin bleibt gesund und munter, euer Tobi. Heavy Metal never dies!