Fairytale Abuse Talks The Future Of Metal Icons And The Death Of Peter Steele
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As we come upon the one year anniversary of the passing of Peter Steele, twelve bands have lent their talents and provided cover songs for an upcoming tribute album. Denmark's symphonic outfit Fairytale Abuse contributed a black metal rendition of "Black No. 1 (Little Miss Scare-All)," which is the second track on the tribute.
Explaining the recording process for the cover song, vocalist Simon Pederson recently shared his thoughts on how the band translated the track into something unique while still staying true to the original version. He also discussed how the fracturing of the various sub-genres has left heavy metal with fewer legendary icons to inspire the upcoming generation of new fans. The full interview can be read below, or you can head over to the Fairytale Abuse MySpace page to hear some of the band's music.
xFiruath: Where did you record your tribute track and how did the recording process go?
Simon: We are so fortunate that we have our own equipment for doing it so the recording process went quite easy in our own rehearsal room. We are a band with some years of experience so we are quite used to the recording process. Also Morten Odgaard (guitar) has a lot of experience with sound engineering and the technical part of the recording so that helps a lot.
xFiruath: Tell me about how you approached the cover and how closely you stuck to the original.
Simon: I think that we struggled just a bit on finding out how similar or different the song should be from the original, but in the end decided not to change it a lot – merely to translate it into the Fairytale Abuse style of playing. Obviously that involves some changes from the original track. We also discussed if we should use clean vocals on the track but we really thought that would never be able to copy the voice of Peter Steele and that any attempt on that would seem unaccomplished. We left that idea and mainly focused on to make it a translation from Type O Negative to Fairytale Abuse also regarding the vocals. This is making the track a black metal stylish track, which very well suits the title “Black No. 1,” in a slow and heavy pace with some faster elements but not floating so far from the original that is not the same song.
xFiruath: When did you first get exposed to Type O Negative or any of Peter’s other bands?
Simon: One of my friends and a former drummer of Fairytale Abuse introduced me to Type O Negative back in the 90’s. The album was “Bloody Kisses”. This album really appealed to me at that time with the somewhat erotic laden melancholy theme.
xFiruath: Which Type O Negative album have you listened to the most and what do you dig about it?
Simon: “Bloody Kisses” is my favorite but “October Rust” is a close follower. I don’t remember which one I have listened to the most, but I have listened to them both a lot! Again, it is the melancholic melodies and ambience that I find compelling.
xFiruath: Got a favorite Type O Negative music video or one that’s stuck with you the most?
Simon: No, I have never been so much of a music video type of guy, so I have no favorite but I remember that I was quite perplexed when I saw a video featuring Peter playing on a contrabass as it was a normal electric bass guitar.
xFiruath: Other than contributing to the tribute album, what’s been going on with your band lately?
Simon: It should be no secret that we the last year or so have been struggling with a stupid booking company from Germany that completely ripped us off when arranging a tour last year. This has really taken a lot of energy from what should have been used playing and composing music. We have been in this business for many years now and have learned that unfortunately there are a lot of assholes in the metal industry. Those people just want to earn money and don’t care about the artists. Metal musicians do not have a lot of money and it is really tiresome to fight against those people. So instead of writing a new album this “so called” company completely ruined all hope and energy that we had in store for that. Hopefully 2011 will be different.
xFiruath: Are there any plans for new shows in the near future?
Simon: We are currently working on a small row of shows with another Aarhus based band called All Trays For Venom. They have just finished their new album and we thought that both our bands could offer the crowd something different than what else is going on in Aarhus at the moment so I expect some shows in the months to come.
xFiruath: Been to any good shows lately?
Simon: Hmm, No not lately. The metal scene in our hometown of Aarhus however, is thriving and there are a lot of concerts. It has been a while since I have been to a concert but in May there are some cool shows I need to attend.
xFiruath: Several of the big names of metal have passed away recently. Do you see a new crop of metal icons influencing future generations in the same way?
Simon: This is a difficult question. It is a different time now. The 80’s and early 90’s provided the metal fans with new stuff never heard before - just like Dio or Type O Negative. Today it is different. Metal music today is very diverse and runs in many directions. But there is very far between the originals. Metal used to gather metal fans across any subgenres. Today I believe that it is the opposite. The metal industry is segmented and the subgenres more or less fight each other. I doubt that there will be new “icons” in the same way as before because it will be too difficult for the metal fans to unite and agree on who should be the new icon.
xFiruath: Any parting words?
Simon: I just want to take the opportunity to send my huge thanks to Ty and Metalunderground.com for letting us participate in this project. You guys have really been pro in any thinkable way handling this tribute. Guys like you keep us wanting to play metal. Thanks for that!
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