– Hi, thanks for your time. What are you currently up to? How is everything doing right now with SKINEATER?

Hello! It´s our pleasure. Right now we just wait for the release of the album, nothing else. And after that we can look forward to go out and play, festivals, clubs etc.

– First off, as you are a new band; could you please make some history of the band? How did an act as such get together?

Well, Håkan formed Skineater in 2008 with an american guy called Jeramy on drums and vocals. Stefan was later asked to join the band on bass. Some changes had to be made to be able to get the band moving so I (Jörgen) was asked to do the vocals. They needed someone closer than Jeramy. But it ended with him leaving the band completly. A drummer was now needed as well, so we asked around and tried a couple. When Matte showed intrest it was no question about it. He was defenatly the guy for the job. On the album all solo guitars was done by Petri Kuusisto (Carnal Forge etc) but he didn´t feel that he had the time to be a full time member of the band. Thats when we found Kari, and we were happy to have him in the band. Thats pretty much it, the short version.


– You have just released your debut album, entitled «Dermal Harvest». How is everything going with it so far? How are the first reactions being?

It hasn´t been released yet. Only qritiques have gotten the promos now. It will be released january 28:th in europe and february 19:th in north america. But the reveiws we have seen so far looks really good.


– This is a pure Death Metal album yet with catchy parts that help getting a more dynamic end result. Is this balance something important for the band? As I guess it may also make things more interesting for you as musicians.

We want to keep it intresting and not do the same song over and over. Some death metal albums can get quite boring and sounds the same from beginning to the end. We want each song to have a special caracter. That way it´s much more fun to listen to and play. We hope to have created an album that wont get boring and last for a long time. Maybe even get better and better in time for the listener.


– On your music I’ve personally noticed influences from both European and US Death Metal but, what have been some of the most influential bands for SKINEATER?

We all have been listening to extreme music and played in metal bands since it first started in the mid/late 80´s. We still find the old bands such as Cannibal Corpse and Morbid Angel very inspiring. Also Swedish bands such as Entombed and Dismember.


– And what do you think does SKINEATER bring to the DM scene?

Even though we get inspired by old school bands we hope to bring a new angle to it. We keep it honest and clean with good riffs and exploding energy and melodys that you can remember. It´s up to the fans to decide if theres a place for us in the DM scene. We certanly hope so.


– The straight-forward cover artwork was crafted by Matthias Björkbacka. Would you mind to tell us how did you work on it and what does it represent?

We gave him quite free hands to create something that would represent the album title and the bands name. He did an excelent work. When he sent the first scetches there was no question about that he was spot on. It´s a kick ass cover.


– On the other hand, I’ve read «Dermal Harvest» was recorded at different studios so, could you please shed some light on how was the production process for the album like?

We all have cumputer devices and programs for creating music in our homes. So everything except the drums were done in our homestudios. Then sent and reamped in Studio Underground where Pelle Saether mixed it all together. And he did a great job. Many thanks to him.


– All this about «Dermal Harvest» being said; how could you describe it in just 3 words?

Cocky bonecrushing metal hehe


– We could say you are a Death metal “all-star” band, as all of you are playing or have played in some other well-known bands into the scene. I personally think this can sometimes be a double-edged sword, as I guess it may be good in terms of exposure but people will always expect more form you or will just compare you to your other bands but, what are your thoughts on this? Do you consider it as a benefit or more as a handicap?

It´s only positive for us. The experience of the music industry that we all have makes a really strong band. And I don´t think Skineater sounds like any other band we have been involved with. People is always gonna compare new bands to others no matter if the members have been in the music scene before or not. It doesn´t bother us either way. Hopefully the music will speak entirely for it self.


– As 2012 is about to end; could you please tell us what are your 3 favourite albums of the year as well as the least favourite one?

That is really hard. I can´t speak for the other guys. And I have few new favourites. I must leave this one blank unfortunately.


– And finally; what are your near-future plans?

Our plans now is just to wait for the release of the album and hopefully get some awsome gigs for the spring and summer. We really want to get out and perform live now!


– That’s all, thank you once more for answering our questions. If you want to add some final words; feel free to do it.

Thank you very much for the interveiw! And we´re happy you liked the album!


Sergio Fernández

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