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Interview With She Said Destroy

In our ongoing Hammerslag Festival coverage and in an effort to help raise awareness about the bands on the bill, we sent out some questions to She Said Destroy, who are playing the December 16th leg of the festival at Rivals. Anders was cool enough to respond, and here's what he had to say:

Gothique: First of all, tell us about the history of She Said Destroy. Why did you choose that name, and what does it stand for?

Anders: We started out in 2000 with an urge to play extreme metal unbound of scenester rules and restrictions. It took us a few years and line-up changes before we found our direction, but now we're well on our way to make a name for ourselves and venture on into poverty by playing this non-profitable brand of music. The name has no deeper meaning. It's a phrase in one of my lyrics. I originally nicked the phrase from the neo folk rock band Death in June. It's the title of their best tune. They're a great band, although slightly scary.

Gothique: How did you get into metal? And when did you decide you wanted to be a musician yourself?

Anders: My best friend played Ride the Lightning for me when I was 12. I got hooked instantly, and I've been searching for the best metal bands on a daily basis ever since. I decided to become a musician right after I got into metal. Strangely I'm still not much of a guitar player over a decade later.

Gothique: You recently signed a deal with Nocturnal Art Prod./Candlelight. How did you come to know Samoth?

Anders: We signed a deal with NAP/Candlelight in May this year, and we're proud to be part of their roster. We got to know Samoth through playing a gig with his band Zyklon in 2003.

Gothique: You have already released several self-financed demos. "Armageddon, anyone?" is a favorite with the international press. Were you expecting this release to be so successful?

Anders: I don't know if we expected it to be successful, but we knew that we'd made a solid demo with "Armageddon, anyone?". The feedback on the demo has been awesome from day 1 and I'm hoping it'll continue that way when our album comes out next year.

Gothique: The press is also raving about your live performances. What is the secret ingredient that makes you such a good live act?

Anders: Well, we have this extra special sauce... I guess we just give everything when we play, and try to entertain the audience and ourselves the best we can. It's not exactly brain surgery.

Gothique: You've played on some great shared bills, including Inferno in Oslo. Are there any bands playing now or who you've played with that you see particularly as kindred spirits? Anyone who you'd like to play with?

Anders: There aren't really any bands that we see as kindred spirits, but we have made a lot of good friends through doing shows. Of course we can think of several bands we'd love to play with, but we'll play anywhere with nearly anyone. We're not picky.

Gothique: How far are you from completing your upcoming full-length? Is there a particular direction you're heading, or a theme you're focusing on?

Anders: Our debut album was completed in November. It sounds fantastic. It's got brutality, subtlety, complexity and simplicity all roughly mixed up in a lovely metal masala stew. A release date has yet to be set, but it will be sometime in the beginning of next year. The recording took a lot of time, blood, sweat and tears, which kind of reflects in the title TIME LIKE VINES. We have this sneaking feeling that time is always working against us. I guess most people can relate to that.

Gothique: Do you have any shows other than Hammerslag planned right now?

Anders: Yes, we're scheduled to play at Yuletide Metal Meeting 4 in Belfast on December 27. It's an annual event in Belfast with several Irish bands and we're honoured to be headlining the gig. We've got no gigs booked for next year yet, but we're working on it.

Gothique: Thank you for doing this interview. Any last words to our readers?

Anders: Thanks for the interview! Keep an eye on our website http://shesaiddestroy.norge.cc for news and make sure to hook up with us on www.myspace.com/ssdband if you're a nerd, like me.

No negotiations! No coming to terms! No people skills! She! Said! Destroy!

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