War From A Harlots Mouth Guitarist Checks In To Talk About Its New Album "MMX"
War From a Harlots Mouth are on the edge of becoming one of metal's premier extreme metal acts. With its blend of brutal intensity and exceptionally complex songwriting the band have begun to break out of the Berlin, Germany metal scene. With a U.S. tour on the horizon and a new album released in the beginning of the month guitarist Simon of War From a Harlots Mouth checked in with Metalunderground.com to talk about the new album.
Cody B: So you guys are preparing to release you’re new album “MMX” which is set to hit store shelves around the world. Are you guys proud of the final product?
Simon: Actually, i just came out earlier that month and we are super stoked about 'MMX'. It's been taking us a while to find our very own niche, but i think we finally nailed it. Everything just came out the way we hoped it would...the production perfectly fits the material and the record got that certain gloomy and ugly vibe going, which we've been trying to create with it.
Cody B: How would you say “MMX” differs from your past material on the other two records?
Simon: On one hand it combines the best of both of them but on the other it just takes a few more steps up, I think. It definitely is our most extreme record to date, because we've been opening up for a more Metal type of influence. You can tell there is some Black Metal influence to the record for example, which resulted in a lot of eerie melodies and blast-beats all over the place, but we also made the heavier parts heavier. And I'd say it's a little more straightened out than our previous material, it contains actual songs and the structures might be a little more accessible. The chaotic elements are still there, but more subtle.
Cody B: “MMX” is a very eclectic record with lots of different textures and sounds. Was the writing process for the album difficult at all?
Simon: We've really been trying to work with layered textures a lot to make it a wall of sound, built up through dissonant melodies and partially with 8-string guitars, trying to cover all the range they got. I don't know how, but it just worked quite well, I'd say. As always we've been writing in a pretty short period, which adds up to a more homogeneous sounding product in the end. But yeah, it just happened to work very well for us.
Cody B: Many of the songs on the record are very complex, how do you think they will translate over into a live setting?
Simon: Apart from the closer 'Inferno III/IV', which is most definitely not gonna make it into our live set, all these songs are totally playable. Even though the record sounds and is pretty layered, there are barely any extra guitar overdubs or anything. All you're hearing are two guitars and a very prominent sounding bass, which just adding up to everything. So, in the end it's all pretty doable and we just played up to four of the new songs on NEVER SAY DIE! Tour.
Cody B: Alot of people on the Internet tend to label your band as metalcore. How do you feel about that? Seeing as the music you guys play is much more technical than simple metalcore.
Simon: Well, fuck it, haha! People would call it Metalcore or Deathcore, just because everything that is modern and extreme and not purely Metal gets these labels nowadays. Neither Metalcore, nor Deathcore has an influence on our sound, but I'm too tired to mind these labels. I think our music is just something very extreme and somewhat experimental and couldn't really give it a certain genre tag really.
Cody B: Coming from Germany, which has such a talented and diverse metal scene, how would you say “MMX” compares to other bands in your area and genre?
Simon: Germany used to have a huge Metalcore scene, but with the, let's call it downfall of that genre, only a few survived, such as Heaven Shall Burn or Caliban. There is a huge Hardcore scene, but hypes just keep coming and going so quickly. It's actually a bit annoying and I wish it would be more sophisticated or original. There are a few good bands, such as Final Prayer, Dead Flesh Fashion or Dioramic, which keep my hope for a change towards good music from Germany alive.
Cody B: Was it hard getting started in the Berlin scene for yourselves?
Simon: In the very beginning, yes. When we started out people over here just weren't into technical or chaotic music at all, so it was even hard to find members to complete the line-up of the band and we went to record our first release as a three-piece with bass and a second guitar in mind for the future. For some reason, kids in the US caught up on us through MySpace and we got a huge response and inked a deal with the Indie label 12 Gauge Records, which put out our split with Molotov Solution in 2006. So, the response from the US got the ball rolling for us over here more than and everything started to work out really well for us, in our local scene and beyond.
Cody B: War From A Harlots Mouth blend many different sounds and styles together in its music. Where does the band’s inspiration come from?
Simon: Mostly by the bunch of different music we're listening to. When we started out, bands like The Dillinger Escape Plan, Botch, Cephalic Carnage, Between the Buried and Me and Ion Dissonance had a huge influence on us. These are all bands that kind of went over the edge and broke the rules of certain genres with what they did, so that is the type of scene and underground we're coming from.
Cody B: With this new record coming out, what are the band’s plans for the near and distant future?
Simon: We just want to tour as much as possible really. Let's hope that record is making that possible.
Cody B: Will fans on North American shores be able to catch you guys anytime soon?
Simon: We just got confirmed for SXSW actually and are trying to book a tour around that, to promote 'MMX'. So we're defintely working on getting back over to the US of A in spring 2011 and we can't wait to make that happen!
Cody B: So before we go, anything you guys would like to say to all of the Metalunderground.com readers around the world?
Simon: Yeah, I want to thank you for the interview and support. I just want people to check out 'MMX' with an open mind. I really think it has something for almost every fan of extreme music. Feel free to check www.wfahm.com and www.facebook.com/wfahm to stay in the loop with updates about our U.S. tour and everything related to the band. Peace!
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