Enthrope Drummer Mikko Mustonen On "October Rust" And Recording A Type O Negative Cover Song
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Fans of the Finnish metal sound should take note, as the gentlemen from Enthrope are purveyors of some of the finest atmospheric death metal around. With the Silenced Earth demo and debut full-length Tomorrows Dead Days, Enthrope has put itself on the map among the ranks of Finland's dark metal juggernauts.
The group donated its time to hit the studio and create an Enthropic version of Type O Negative's "Wolf Moon (Including Zoanthropic Paranoia)" for our recently released Peter Steele tribute album. Explaining the band's respect for the Gothic metal icon and how a death metal act can cover a group like Type O Negative, drummer Mikko Mustonen recently answered a series of interview questions about Peter Steele.
Mikko's thoughts on the "October Rust" album, the music video for "Black No. 1 (Little Miss Scare-All)," and more can be found below. For anyone who hasn't been exposed to the death metal supernova of Enthrope, you can check out the band's last interview with Metalunderground here, or let the music speak for itself through the Enthrope MySpace page.
xFiruath: When did you first get exposed to Peter Steele’s music?
Mikko: My first contact was the Black No 1. video from MTV. Probably in 1994, I don't remember exactly. At that time I wasn't aware of Type O Negative’s existence but the video made a rather huge impact on me.
xFiruath: Which Type O Negative album made the biggest impact on you?
Mikko: That’s a hard one, probably “October Rust” has been more on the plate than any other album. There ain't much to say about such perfection. Better just to be silent and let the music speak for itself.
xFiruath: Where were you when you learned Peter had passed away?
Mikko: I was at work and saw a glimpse of an RSS feed on my screen. You may imagine the cold shivers I got before I started to read the whole news. Bad day indeed. At least it wasn't Monday morning.
xFiruath: Fill me in on the recording process for your cover song.
Mikko: As before we went to D-Studio again with Jarno Hänninen as our host. It was a very short trip being in the studio, just recording drums, we recorded another song from Pestilence on the same sessions. All the other instruments were then recorded in our home studio and reamped them in the studio, this was the first time to handle the guitars that way but we were very pleased with the sound. A rather painless trip.
xFiruath: Tell me about how you went about arranging your cover.
Mikko: Type O Negative hasn’t been that big of an influence musically for Enthrope, although we have always appreciated the music itself. We tried to make it a bit different and sounding more like us. I would imagine you still can hear Enthrope playing there. We speeded it up a bit and added some choirs etc. Just some small doses of enthropic spices.
xFiruath: What else is happening in Enthrope land?
Mikko: Well we're starting to gather up after a long period of silence. I've been trying out some lyrics and the guitarists have tried out some riffs etc. Nothing solid yet but it is coming. Oh and the single “Moon Chains Descent” and the album had its release in Germany, Switzerland. and Austria on the 8th of April. So to the metalheads in the GAS countries - tune into iTunes.
xFiruath: Been to any good shows lately?
Mikko: Can't say I have been so active with live shows lately. Only one in a couple of months was Throes of Dawn and Tuliterä. I’m probably getting too old or something. Summer is coming though and there will be many great festivals coming with good lineups.
xFiruath: Does Enthrope have any upcoming live shows?
Mikko: We are hard working on those, there's been a bit of a passive period because of some personal things within the band but we have been activating during this year and we are now aiming for some late summer or autumn gigs at the moment with our label mates Evemaster.
xFiruath: Who do you think will take up the mantle of “metal icon” to influence new generations after the deaths of so many musicians recently?
Mikko: I haven't been following the scene much with that in mind so it is hard to say. Of course we have Alexi Laiho from Children of Bodom who's been in the spotlight lately and with the talent he has he deserves the attention he and the band gets from it. But speaking of future legends I think the scene is pretty full of great musicians so the title will be rather hard to get. Have to see what happens.
xFiruath: Anything else you’d like to discuss?
Mikko: I think we're done here, Good night folks - Enthrope signs off!
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