METAL PULP AND PAPER: Hello Mateusz. So glad to be catching up with you. Thank you for taking the time to speak with us here at Metal Pulp And Paper. We appreciate it.Now give us a little run down about your band and what we need to know, and especially tell us if you have any new music coming out or any tour announcements you can share here?
MATEUSZ SIBILA: Vishurddha is a death metal organism that seeks for the growth and evolution of own style and music so it would become more and more devastating, sick, fast and aggressive. We try to develop our compositions and skills to deliver better songs with each recording we release. The Awakening demo was totally old school death metal stuff – a good thing to begin with as a warm-up. Our debut album, Addiction To Death And Anguish, went into more brutal and aggressive direction, but at this moment the level of our album, even when people still call it 'sick' is not totally satisfying for us, we seek to create more crazy shit right now. Currently we are working on two new songs for the ep we are going to release in the next year around January. There is some vibe of technical death metal like Necrophagist so we think that fans of such music will find it satisfying. Also, we will do something totally new for us, and I mean by that, recording at least two videos for our songs. We plan to finish one in this year, maybe in December. We were in a little slumber due to some situations, but now we have to get back on a track and wake up, crawl out from the underground. We plan to tour in the next year when we release the new ep, videos and create more blasting songs, but on the 12th of October we are going to play a gig on Black Waves Fest in Jarocin, Poland. It will be total fire, and we will raze the place to the ground.
MPAP: Very nice. So, for anyone new to this, we changed things up and are doing something different. We've pulled some recent headlines from the Metal Injection website and get reactions and comments on them from bands all over the world. We did this last month, with different headlines, of course, and it was fun to read each group's different answers. So, please place your seat backs and tray tables in the upright position, and hang on, here we go again.
1. Granny Caught Rocking Out To Slipknot
MPAP: At a recent Knotfest show an elderly woman, even with her cane in hand, is caught on video rocking out to Slipknot. The story doesn’t mention her age, but I would say she’s in the prime of at least her 70s. What do you think of granny rocking out to Slipknot? Have you ever seen any older folks rocking out at any of your shows before? And bonus points, if we were keeping score, have you had any of your grandparents at any of your shows before?
MATEUSZ: Personally, I saw a man on wheelchair in the center of moshpit at Woodstock Festival, so I guess nothing will surprise me anymore. Woodstock moshpits are like thousands of people, chaotic, from-changing organism. But according to the topic of the headline – yeah, we even had a few 'more mature' people on our gigs. When you will look closer at the metal genre, you will realize that Black Sabbath is like from 1968, so when someone started to listen to the heavy music back then, at the age of 19-29, and is still interested in observing the 'evolution' of music and still will attend to the metal gigs of newer bands and so on, that person can be 70 - 80 years old. Yeah, time passes by pretty fast, so, I guess that in perspective of 20-30 years, the population on metal concerts will be mostly like 70 year old people, haha.
2. Metal Guitarist Too Young To Play Bar Plays Outside With Wireless System Instead
MPAP: The band Ancient Burials had a bit of a dilemma when they played a show at the Hawthorne Theatre in Portland, Oregon. Their guitarist was underage and not allowed into the bar to play. Some places will mark your hand with an 'X' identifying you’re a minor and let you play. Not the Hawthorne Theatre with Oregon’s liquor laws. So, instead of them canceling the show, fellow bandmates Paradigm Shift hooked him up with a wireless pack, and he went outside and played. The bar had an open window so you could see the band playing inside and he was outside shredding it out on the street. It’s a great video to watch.
MATEUSZ: Haha, that's a funny story with a good message too – never give up and search for the proper solutions instead of bitching and complaining. I don't think I heard about such situation before. One time I watched a documentary about pornography and there was a situation with a girl – the star of the movie couldn't get to the club for the premiere of her own movie. Kinda cringe situation, but it shows in some way absurd and hypocrisy surrounding us in our lives. Everything is relative when it comes to laws and morality.
3. Comedian Gilbert Gottfried Reveals Himself As Slipknot’s Tortilla Man
MPAP: Obviously, someone brilliant out there got him to announce that, probably on one of those Celebrity Cameos or something. In all seriousness, does it even matter who Tortilla Man is? And why do you think Slipknot is so strict on revealing who new band members are? They had this previous issue when Paul Gray passed away and was replaced by Alessandro Venturella, and also when Jay Weinberg replaced Joey Jordison.
MATEUSZ: Who the fuck is Gilbert Gottfried and what the fuck is a damn Tortilla Man? Am I too old, or missed something important in my life?
4. These Post Malone Fans Are Just Hearing About Ozzy For The First Time Thanks To New Collaboration
MPAP: Recently Post Malone recorded a song called "Take What You Want," and it featured Ozzy Osbourne. Honestly, it’s not a lousy collaboration between the two. Wasn’t expecting it to be a good song. Anyways, what gets me is some people, mainly his fans were saying thanks to Post Malone he just gave this Ozzy guy a career. They obviously have no idea! Even back in 2015, it was almost the same thing, Kayne West did a song with Paul McCartney, and Kayne’s fans were saying Kayne just gave Paul a career in the music business. Really c’mon? So, my question is, should the history of music be taught in school or something? Shouldn’t the younger generation know who Ozzy Osbourne and Paul McCartney are?
MATEUSZ: It depends. I think it would be good to learn in school about genres of music like rock and metal, even rap and other stuff, just to get to know the whole range of variety that is offered by the world of music and to have easier choice to dive deep in the topic of music itself. Possibilities are almost infinite, and it is good to learn even about basic genres beside the classical music, opera or jazz. The only thing is that the standard education doesn't gives a fuck about 'outside of the box' ideas mostly. Also, I know that many professional well-educated classical musicians, college lecturers, professors, etc., don't consider metal music as something that is worth to learn about. I think the same situation happened with jazz, which was considered by scholarship as pure chaos without any technical value, but now it can be studied easily on universities.
5. Sabaton Involved In 'Serious Traffic Accident' In Tunisia, Cancel Tonight’s Show
MPAP: Luckily everyone is ok now, but do you have any scary tour bus accident stories that you can share with us? Or, if no accidents, any close calls where you thought you might die?
MATEUSZ: Personally, I had few situations that could end pretty bad for me. One time I was climbing a tree as a 6-year-old boy and fell almost from the top but manage to catch a branch somehow and then I climbed down. One time I was also attacked on a street by a guy who was like 2 times bigger than me. I knocked him down but broken my arm, he was telling some bullshit that he will kill me. One time I was hit by a car. I went on truancy then. It was like 150 meters from school. Maybe some karma or shit, haha. One time I saved my ex-girlfriend from being hit by a car. It was raining, we were going through a street and one car let us in but the second one didn't and in the last moment I stopped her from going further. It was raining and the driver didn't see us, he also wouldn't stop. He would smash us on the street. Yeah, there are some stories. We can lose our life or get serious injury in less than a single second so good reflex and ability to observe the environment becomes crucial to not get killed easily.
6. Slipknot’s Jay Weinberg: The Effects of Climate Change Are Undeniable
MPAP: Some say there is no such thing as climate change, or some say it is getting better. Both sides of the party point fingers at each other. Even back in February of this year, Ocasio-Cortez, the 29-year-old democratic socialist, wanted us to get to the point of where air travel would stop becoming necessary, and believes farting cows are responsible for the climate change and we need to get rid of them. What are your thoughts on climate change?
MATEUSZ: When we look closer at the history of the planet Earth, we will easily notice that climate changes happened many times, very extreme changes like ice ages and shit like that. Climate changes are inevitable, and they can even wipe out the whole world that we know someday. We will be helpless; nature can fuck up humanity and other beings easier than the most people think it can. I think that humanity is not neutral for the environment and climate change, but is not big enough to affect that matter so much. I would rather focus on getting rid of the plastic wastes etc. from the oceans and other places where humanities actions and irresponsibility have huge impact on lives of other helpless beings. Pollution in my opinion is the 'greater' impact of humanity on the wildlife world.
7.Nicole Kidman Attended An Iron Maiden Show with Her Husband, Keith Urban
MPAP: Never would have expected that couple to be into Iron Maiden, but still cool either way. It’s good to know that music can reach anyone. So, have you ever had anyone famous that you know of attend one of your shows? If not, who would you like to leave a ticket for at will call to come to your next show?
MATEUSZ: I think it is just normal for everyone to have some personal taste of music and other forms of art. Some people like to talk about their preferences, some do not, that's cool. I don't know if someone really famous attended the show of our band, but personally I did vocal trainings for professional actors from Polish Theater in Poznań for a month. They needed to learn how to scream for a specific play.
8. Yellowstone Police Are Using AC/DC To Clear Bison Off The Road
MPAP: In our previous headlines feature Metallica was blasted to scare away a cougar, and now bison are being blasted by AC/DC. It makes you think, what animal is next, and then how long until the animal kingdom doesn’t put up with this anymore and revolts against humans?
MATEUSZ: I don't wish anyone to meet some wild, maybe frightened creature that feels like it has to kill or be killed, but I would get wiped out from earth if I saw something like 'a guy played a Cannibal Corpse song to scare away a giant bear, lion, or crocodile'. These are animals that simply don't fuck around and that is why I personally wish everyone to not get in the way of such animals. Also, they deserve their peace to. I can add that animals like bears are metal as fuck – they can do with you almost everything that is written in lyrics of bands like Autopsy or Cannibal Corpse – strangle you, eat your face, dismember you, torn to pieces, turn you inside out and stuff like that.
9.Vinyl On Pace To Outsell CDs in 2019
MPAP: Buying albums seems to be the trendy hip thing it looks like again. Since streaming services are the popular norm, it’s good that records are making a comeback, but sad in a way, because CDs will become extinct.
MATEUSZ: I prefer CDs instead of digitals but I can only listen to them on my psx console which serves as my CD player nowadays. I think that business is too big to just extinct too fast. It will have its comeback too I guess.
10. Dude Who Tried To Swim Back Into Slayer Show After Being Ejected Immortalized on Beer Can
MPAP: The guy that tried to swim back into a Slayer show is from 2018, but him being immortalized on a beer can is new. This is a two-part question. Which beer can would you like your face on, and while out on tour, what is the craziest thing a fan has done that you have seen?
MATEUSZ: The guy's determination and dedication is impressive for sure. I don't know any details why he got ejected. I guess there was some reason, but his determination to get back on gig of his beloved band is really awesome. I don't think my face deserves to appear on any beer can yet, haha.
11. Former Five Finger Death Punch Drummer’s New Gig: A Horror Porn Anthology Series
MPAP: Yep, you read it right, former Five Finger DeathPunch drummer’s new gig is in the porn business. Not only is Jeremy Spencer a part-time cop in Indiana now, but now he writes, directs, and even stars in his pornos. Crazy. So, my question is, what is your dream job if you weren’t performing in a band? If you had to hang things up in the music business, what would you rather be doing?
MATEUSZ: Our drummer Jakub grows his own airsoft company, so I guess he is very close to his 'dream job'. I do vocal lessons and plan to squeeze the best shit out of me to become independent from my full-time job and growl my own company. I like doing vocal lessons because I see that they have real value for my students – they get inspired, they improve themselves, they become more confident and they just become a better singers/ screamers week after week. Also, I have finished my six month work of creating own vocal course for udemy.com – Ultimate Extreme Vocals Course, this is the best shit if you want to learn how to scream or to improve your present vocal technique!
12. Flaw Accused of Plagiarizing You Tuber’s Song, Vocalist Said He Had No Idea
MPAP: This isn’t really a question about that headline, but it made me think and want to ask, is there one song out there that some band has recorded, and it’s so good that you wish you could claim it as your own song?
MATEUSZ: I think that our lead guitarist Damian would say something about music of the band Necrophagist, haha. To be honest, we rather focus on creating own style and music than bitching or envying music and songs of other bands. It would be wonderful to create music so good that other musicians and bands wished to record something on similar level.
13.Metallica Named 'World’s Biggest Touring Act' According to New Study
MPAP: Even though they’ve released a few records that some fans can’t stand, that still hasn’t stopped them by selling over 22 million tickets and grossed $1.4 billion in touring since 1982. That’s very impressive. So, I guess the question would be, lets rain on their parade for a moment, what’s your least favorite Metallica song that you must turn off or turn down when it’s on the radio? And by no means, this is no disrespect to Metallica at all. I think they are man enough to handle hearing which songs or albums are not fan favorites. It's just for fun and games, until we shot our eye out.
MATEUSZ: There are too many songs from Metallica that are too hard to stand, but definitely I would turn off the radio when I heard "My World" or other songs from St. Anger album. I know it was like a therapy for the band to record that stuff, but in musical way it is just garbage and even snare sounds like a trash can, haha.
MPAP: On behalf of Metal Pulp And Paper, I’d like to thank you, Damian, for taking the time to answer these questions. We look forward to what Vishurddha does to finish out 2019 and beyond. Any last words for all your fans out there?
MATEUSZ: Thank you for this pretty unconventional interview, it was fun to take part in it. Words to fans? What fans? Haha, just kidding. Stay fucking tuned for our new songs and definitely get your copy of our debut album Addiction To Death And Anguish on Bandcamp, Itunes, Spotify, or CD, and bang your fucking head until it explodes, we are Vishurddha. Cheers!