Interview With Gorefest

Welcome to the first of (hopefully) many band spotlights here at Teeth of the Divine .com. Think of this as our version of VH1’s Behind the Music. The aim with these features is to take you a little deeper into some of the more influential, important and respected band in metal. Band’s that through their albums, shaped genres, defined sounds and for many, changed lives. Some bands are still charging on, continuing to adding to their legacy, while other have since call it quits, allowing their recordings to continue their impact and legacy…

by Erik T

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“Around this time, JC had become slightly bored with the whole horror-thing. He felt he had something more to say than the usual gore-stuff, and frankly I was thinking the same thing. On top of that, there were a lot of bands who were doing that shit so much better than us, like Cannibal Corpse and Obituary, for example. The major change in lyrics came after we did a few shows with Carcass – when it comes to gore, you just can’t beat the masters. Carcass were taking these lyrics to a completely different level, with so much flair AND a great sense of humor, that we just said, to hell with it, let’s do something different. This resulted in “Mental Misery”, the only ‘new’ song we recorded for Mindloss. Mindloss was generally well received and holds up well compared to many of its peers of the day, though not quite getting the international recognition as their Swedish and American peers. With a thick production, Jan Cs deep growls and an emphasis on dark groovy riffs and some hefty rumbles, Mindloss fits the parameters of an early 90s death metal record to a T. Though still lacking a truly dynamic, classic sound, Mindloss showed a band finding their feet and simply playing death metal before death metal had really found its own identity. Many of the songs still have certain rumbling charm that holds up well such as “Tangled In Gore” and long time fan favorite “Horrors In a Retarded Mind”, and Frank himself still seems quite fond of it as he looks back on the record nearly 20 years later:

“It’s all pretty much generic Death Metal, very much rooted in the sounds of all the bands we were listening to at the time. Most of these riffs and ideas can be traced one or two steps back to Autopsy, Death, Obituary, Celtic Frost, Necrophagia, Carcass and even Slayer. Even so, there’s an honesty about these songs that I just can’t deny. I wouldn’t change anything on Mindloss. I think, though I wouldn’t mind having another go at some of my leads. I quite like how it sounds, I think Colin Richardson did a pretty good job considering what and who he had to work with, but I probably prefer the demo-versions of these songs. They’re more direct, and sound pretty much like we sounded live in those days. Good thing Nuclear Blast put both demos on the Mindloss rerelease in 2005. “My favorite songs on Mindloss, even though I really don’t have a particular dislike for any one of them, are “Mental Misery”, “Horrors In A Retarded Mind”, “Loss of Flesh” and “Tangled In Gore”.

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  1. Commented by: Igor

    intresting article! thank you for reminding me of these guys: back in ’97 False and Soul Survivor were first death metal albums I heard, friend of mine gave me bootleg tape with False on the one side and SS on the other, I liked it so much – listened to it for days, untill tape in the cassette wore out) Don’t even know why I ignored both their come back albums, it’s time to give them a try)

  2. Commented by: Dr_Neo_Cortex

    I like this idea, i think its interesting to get some behind the scenes info and insights from bands. I’m not really a huge gorefest fan but this was well written and interesting nonetheless.

  3. Commented by: Evan H

    Nicely done!

    Gorefest were always one of my faves, with False being a call to arms for my much of the late 90s. As I’ve aged (finely haha) I’ve gained more of an appreciation for the Soul and Chapter, but I did agree with you at first in regard to C13. Hearing Frank’s perspective on it really help(ed/s), and overall it’s really cool that you put this together. Definitely a cult band that after their hiatus were uncommonly stronger than over.

    Cool to see, thanks for the hard work to get this up!

  4. Commented by: Red

    Great feature!!!! Can we get one on BELIEVER? That would be sssoooo cool!!!

  5. Commented by: Chris S.

    Really good article. I picked up the Fear EP in ’94 and never gave these guys a 2nd thought. When they came back with “La Muerte” in ’05 I was buying for the metal section at Tower records and a good thing as I was able to pick up Pt. 1 & 2 od the reissues NB put out. False, Mindloss and Erase are kickass death metal and should be owned by every fan of extreme music.

    Has anyone checked out the Asphyx reissues yet? “Embrace The Death” so good….

  6. Commented by: Cynicgods

    I’m the fifth person that liked Chapter 13. I understand what they were trying to do; culling from disparate influences to come up with an original sound. For all intents and purposes, an experiment that functioned within and far beyond the metal spectrum at the same time. Great record.

    Thing is, I love this band. They’ll never be a footnote to me. Frank, Boudewijn, Jan-Chris and Ed, you’ll always be death metal royalty to me. Gorefest will always have a special place in my record collection, in my mind and in my heart.

  7. Commented by: Cynicgods

    Oh and I forgot to thank Erik for this wonderful retrospective. Thank you, man. I enjoyed this immensely.

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