Here is a new interview with Finland's Gorephilia who discuss their new cd "Severed Monolith" which will be released through Dark Descent Rec.
Interview with Jukka Guitarist for Gorephilia done by Patrick
1.Hello Jukka how are things going with you these days and please introduce yourself to the readers?Hello Patrick! Doing fine, thanks. I'm Jukka and I play guitar and mostly write the songs in Gorephilia.
2.At what age were you when you first got interested in playing the guitar?And are you self-taught or did you take lessons when first starting out?
I think I was 12 or 13 when I got my first guitar. It was a beat up Rockson or something. I strummed on my friends' guitars for a while before that. Never took any lessons.
3.Who are some of your influences and favorite guitarist? Besides handling the guitars do you currently play any other instruments?
Some of my favourite guitarists are Eddie Van Halen, Trey Azagthoth and Tony Iommi. I'm always more impressed by great songwriters than crazy shredders, but once in a while they come in the same package. Besides guitar I have a passion for drums. I actually started playing drums in my classroom during the recesses before I had even touched a guitar. Drums were a bit too expensive and I never had a place to play them at home. Fortunately I can now desecrate my bandmates' sets from time to time!
4.Gorephilia was formed in 2007 what gave you all the idea to start this band? And how did you all come up with the name of the band?
In 2006 we came up with this crazy idea of making old-school death metal with a western theme. The band was cleverly named GoretexX with an extra x to differentiate from the water resistant fabric. We got fed up with the concept quite fast and moved on to a bit more serious subjects. For some reason we kinda just tweaked the name and stuck with it after I did the logo.
5.What is the current line up of the band and for the readers who have never heard Gorephilia's music how would you best describe it?
Henu on the vocals, Kauko on drums, Tami on bass and Pauli and me on guitars. We play this thing called Death Metal.
6.Gorephilia is getting ready to release their second full-length "Severed Monolith" how long did it take to write the music for this release? Does the whole band take part in the writing process or does one member usually write everything? The writing took like 3-4 years and that was much too long for my liking. I'm satisfied with the end result, but I wish it came about faster. I write most of the music, but sometimes the songs are shaped further in the rehersal jams.
7.Who usually takes care of writing the lyrics and what are some subjects you all wrote about on the new release?
Henu, Tami and I all write. On this new album most of them were penned by me with Tami doing the text for two tracks. The new album is about death, nihilism and the deconstruction of the individual as a part of a whole and as a whole.
8.Besides the upcoming Severed Monolith release are their any copies of the debut still available besides the releases does the band have any other merchandise available for the readers? If yes where can the readers buy it from?
A lot of distros carry the debut on vinyl and CD. Safest bets might be the webshops of our labels - Dark Descent Records and Me Saco Un Ojo Records. We also have some shirts. Check our official page gorephilia.com and our facebook page for details!
9.Do any of the members currently play in any other bands or projects if yes please tell the readers a little about them?
Tami plays bass in Solothus - doom death with great melodies. Kauko drums in Gloria Morti and Aegrus - technical and melodic black/death savagery and straight satanic black metal worship, respectively. I play guitar in Krypts - lumbering death with tastes of doom and black metal.
10.Gorephilia comes out of Finland's metal scene what is your opinion of the metal scene in Finland these days?
I wouldn't be worried about it.
11.Who are your all-time favorite Finnish bands and are their any new bands you can recommend to the readers?
Stone, Demilich and Wigwam. No new bands come to mind right now...
12. Jukka when not working on new music or band business what do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I like to play video games, especially older stuff. I go swimming couple of times a week. Trying to get into programming. Right now I'm watching StarGate SG-1. And of course I like to do a bit of drinking with my friends.
13.Thank you Jukka for taking the time to fill this interview out do you have any final comments for the readers?Thank you for reading this. Reading is important. Also thanks for the interview!