Gene,Angelcorpse are back after a long time and now you are focusing
on live dates as much as we know.How are the gigs after a long time?How are fans
and audiences reaction to you?
Gene: We recently had our 1st new show at the NETHERLANDS DEATHFEST...
it went over enormously well! I also enjoy the fact that we did not bother with
some small "warm up" shows before diving into a larger metal fest event like
this... it made us increase the stakes on ourselves in our delivery... i believe
the event had almost 3000 in attendance daily, and the main large stage room and
balcony was quite full while we played... so i'm sure it all bodes well for
Probably you are one of the very first act which play blackened death
metal in all scenes of all around the world and Usa How did you form this sound
and style musically when you start to perform in Angelcorpse?
Part of the sound of ANGELCORPSE comes from the balance of what both I and Pete
always contributed to the whole of the material... being teens into the
developing wilder and more aggressive sorts of metal that had been developing in
the 80's into 90's we found much influence in varied types of bands... we were
not simply trying to one up any one particular bands sound... so you can hear in
all that material clear influences from SODOM, SLAYER, BATHORY, and into more
over the top sounds of even CARCASS or MORBID ANGEL, or other varied things like
even CELTIC FROST, and maybe a bit of very early 90's bands like BESTIAL
WARLUST/etc... any idea that came across in a way of things we were into found
some way into our material...
What projects you played in 90s before Angelcorpse ?Can you tell us how
you start up mighty Angelcorpse? When I was just out of high school there were some early demo projects
that might have been a moderate influence on what was to come from me not too
much later in ANGELCORPSE... nothing that ever survived long enough to do any
gigs or more... At one point in 95' when things were in limbo looking for any
new sort of project to start, a correspondence with Pete informed me his
previous band had decided to stop (ORDER FROM CHAOS)... I hit him with the idea
that I might move to his city and we attempt to build something new... by early
96' we made our 1st, and only, very rough demo on a four track cassette recorder
and thing rolled along from there...
Why did you give up playing and recording Angelcorpse after Of Lucifer
and lightening? How was that album reacted?Had you have any chance to tour
There was about 3 or so week tour in USA with WATAIN and NEGATIVE PLANE in
2007... in 2008 about a month in Europe with REVENGE and ARKHON INFAUSTUS... and
back in USA about a week of shows on the West Coast with CEMETARY URN, and
GOSPEL OF THE HORNS... the OLAL album had some differing reactions, many liked
and some felt it might have been a bit of a departure from old sounds from the
band... around 2009 Pete and I came to a sort of creative stalemate as to what
it what that we wanted to pursue with the band for the future, at the end of an
extended period of indecision we chose to let the band go away... we then both
promptly began developing the new projects that would shortly follow ...
As a fan of Angelcorpse,I would like to hear a new record from you,and
exactly I can say that many people want to hear it Any plans you have?Or
possibilities?Have record labels shown interests after you returned?
For sure there have been interests from some labels about the prospect of some
new material from ANGELCORPSE... It is not an impossibility...for now Pete and I
are wiser and perhaps a bit more settled in ways to work... the real trick to
distinguish ANGELCORPSE material from our other active projects is that the
material must be developed fully by both he and I, that way the variances of how
we both work with material can have the most direct impact on the definition of
ANGELCORPSE songs... if possible for he and I to do it right, we will need not
sacrifice anything from our other current projects to make something like this
real... we have talked at length about this... time will tell what may come...
What are live gigs scheduled in next?Where? In May we have Mexico, Miami,Fl, and also MARYLAND DEATHFEST... in July
we have some more USA shows starting with one in CHICAGO at METAL THREAT FEST...
then back to Europe in August for PARTY SAN and BRUTAL ASSAULT fests, then back
in USA in OCT for HELLS HEADBASH 3 and also CALIFORNIA DEATHFEST... also some
other major stuff yet to be announced to take place before the end of year...
How did you form Perdition Temple?Actually all albums you recorded for
Perdition Temple are very kick-ass records.How did fans reacted to them?Can you
give some information for the fans who have no chance to hear Perdition Temple? When ANGELCORPSE stopped in 2009, I immediately settled on a new band
name to pursue my workings, a name that was more fitted to me individually... it
was quite literally the next evolutionary step from ANGELCORPSE as a work that
was almost entirely solely created and performed by me, with the exception of
the drums performances... it is really only that difference that separated it
from the joint creative process in ANGELCORPSE...in 2010 the debut album came
out entitled "Edict of the Antichrist Elect", and more recently in 2015 the "The
Tempter's Victorious" and "Sovereign of the Desolate" 7" e.p.... overall the
material is somewhat more complex musically and lyrically marginally different
in that i write the lyrics and some subjects take a bit of an altered slant than
what might have been as readily identified as ANGELCORPSE stuff, but still
obviously coming from the same sort of malefic temperance...
You splited up two times,one is after Inexorable album,second is Of
lucifer album Would you tell us what happened back in times? What things
happened in Inexorable tour in 1999?
In 99' into 2000 some non band events happened like vehicle accidents and some
violent(non band) things happened that strained some things amongst members...
in 2000 and even again in 2009 there came around the sort of creative stalemate
that made continuing an extreme difficulty at those periods...
How was you contracted with Osmose records?How things have gone with
Osmose? We maintained the relations with OSMOSE, even during the times the band
was inactive... and most recently they have done the great stuff with the LP re-issues
of the old albums... so things have been fine..
Both Helmkamp and you have side projects ,can you give some details and
information for readers who have no heard them before? The debut of PERDITION TEMPLE from 2010, "Edict of the Antichrist Elect"
was released on OSMOSE, and some editions are still available of it... and the
2015 releases of "Sovereign of the Desolate" e.p. and "The Tempter's Victorious"
were released by HELLS HEADBANGERS here in the USA..most all versions still have
ready availability... I'd mentioned a bit above what all of that stuff is about
Pete has had a few projects since 2010... There was the KERASPHORUS mcd and 12"
single(2010 / 2011) which were released on NWN PROD, and soon to see re-release
through OSMOSE/HHR... which was an excellent document of how many of his ideas
operating more to his individual taste manifested in some grand recordings and
songs... and now flash forward to 2016, he has his new project, ABHOMINE, which
much further advances his unique take on warped and dark sounds...also to see
release through OSMOSE/HHR...
What are the best purest metal sound and bands to you in past and now?What
things can you tell us your favourite records?And what are the weakest and worst
things in metal music history? Some modern ones i've liked are GENOCIDE SHRINES, ADVERSARIAL, ASCENDED
DEAD, MASTER OF CRUELTY, various things... for whatever reasons some bands just
have a combination of sounds that appeal to me... Bands that give me a feeling
of sounds that i'd evolved with or whatever... And of course bands i've
mentioned of old that might have had some influence on what developed into
ANGELCORPSE or other works... and of course very old music from 70's into 80's
like SCORPIONS, JUDAS PRIEST, IRON MAIDEN, DEEP PURPLE, etc...
Do you have still that hate and rage against judeo christiantiy like
past?Or you feel more reckless after all years?How do you define yourselves
ideologically and spiritually after 20 years? After many years around these ideas, i feel more disconnected directly
to any form of "faith" or religious or even irreligious leanings... I find more
interest in what extreme followers of any theology or belief system might erupt
into... the reasons and motives and what "sells" these people into whatever it
is they choose to become a pawn of... many of my lyrics in PERDITION TEMPLE
delve into various facets and perspectives of what this can be all about... not
to say that some of this form of subjects were ever completely foreign in even
Thanks a lot for you honest answers I hope we will see you much more on
stages and hear more records in future Please tell the last words t ofans and
our readers Cheers We are enormously grateful to have followers and supporters of works
we've done, and may yet do after these 20 years of mayhem and wild churning