WILT   DEATH METAL FROM GERMANY Band Questions answer by MATZE                                     
Please introduce yourself and the band members briefly? Hi, I am Matze, voice and bass. Also there is Börgy on drums, Marko on guitars and Sascha on guitars as well.   What does the band name mean and how do you get it? We wanted to have a simple name, just one word, short and easy to remember. It was a coincidence that I became aware of the song called 'Wilt' while listening to Brutal Thruth‘s Extreme Conditions… Album. It fitted perfectly to our first songs. We chose it, because our lyrics where meant to deal with the downfall of our world and the failures of mankind.   Where and how was the band founded? Wilt was founded back in 2011. I asked a few friends to team up with me for playing some rotten Death Metal. The rest is history.   Have you played in other bands before? Yes I did. Some of them never came out of the rehearsal room, others did. The only one worth mentioning is Melodic Death Metal outfit 'Taste Of Blood'.   Was it hard to find suitable band members who fit musically and humanely with the band? The first line up consisted of old friends. Our first guitarist Alex was also in forementioned Melo Death Band and Börgy and I wanted to do music together since years. But the line-up changed over time. Marko joined us and the chemistry was right on the spot. The same with Sascha, he came to us after a show and said that we needed a second guitar and he would like to fill this gap. Today we are close friends, it feels very much like family.   What are the lyrics about and who of you is writing them ? The lyrics deal with different topics. Some personal stuff as well as, politics. And sometimes the typical Death Metal topics like war and death. Most of the lyrics are written by Börgy and me. But also Sascha and former members took part in writing lyrics.   Which bands inspired you and how would you describe your music to someone who has never heard a sound from you? I started listening to Metal in the early nineties and quickly discovered bands like Unleashed, Grave, Dismember, Gorefest, Carcass and so on. But to be onest, most of the ideas come from Marko, so I‘m not sure how much these bands are an influence to us. ;) But there is a lot of european Death Metal in our sound.   Why should people listen to our music? I want people to hear what they want. If they give us a chance, we appreciate that!   In 2018, your debut album Faces of the Grave was published seven years after your founding. How long did it actually take to work on the album? The first songs were written shortly after the demo, but came to a standstill when we parted ways with our singer. We tried to find a suitable replacement for a few weeks, but had no luck. At a rehearsal I just stepped to the microphone for fun. The other guys liked my voice, so I had to learn to play my instrument while growling the right lyrics. That took a lot of time. But after that we quickly came up with new songs.   Where did you record the album and how long did the recording take? Fortunately, Marko has set up a recording studio in his basement. We recorded the album on a few weekends, maybe five or six days in total.   For the nice cover artwork you could win Timon Kokott. How have you come in contact with him since then and how satisfied have you been with his work? Börgy and I have known Timon for maybe ten years or so. Back then Timon played in a band himself. We‘ve all known his work as an artist for a long time, so it was quite natural to ask him. We just gave him the music and the album title and let him have his way. When he showed us the first drafts, we were thrilled. He nailed it!   Have you also sent the album to record labels and have there been any reactions to the album? Not really, we asked two or three people we knew at the time if they were interested in working with us. For a number of reasons, it didn't work. We needed this album as a liberating blow for ourselves, so maybe we were a little too impatient.   Are you always working on new songs and what are the plans for the next album? We didn't expect our album to go down so well. Since it's out we've been playing some shows to promote it. We lacked the time to work on new material. Now it's calmer again and we just started writing new songs. Whether we already write a whole album, or just an EP or split, time will tell. We have no pressure and will see where the journey leads.   What was your first concert as a fan? And what memory do you have of it? The first concert. Man, that was a long time ago. It was a benefit concert with local bands, for an animal shelter or something. There was a band from an older guy of my school, they were really good, I think they were called Witness of Reality. The first concert of a larger band was with Morbid Angel on the Formulas Fatal To The Flesh tour together with Vader. Vader met me unprepared and I was blown away.   What were your live highlights and with which bands did you play? Every concert is somehow a highlight in its own way. I really enjoyed the opportunity to be the opening act for Misery Index because it is one of my favourite bands. Also our show together with Mortals' Path and Wrathrone in my hometown was great. We've known Mortals' Path for quite a while and we got along very well. They are just as crazy as we are, a kind of Ruhrpott- version of us. In the 12 months since the album release we have played many great shows with a great audience and many other great bands. We are very grateful to have met all these great people, like in Deathrite, Massive Assault, Cryptic Brood, New World Depression and to many others to mention.   Have already resulted in friendship ? As I said, we have a closer friendship with Mortals' Path, Demored from Braunschweig and the local bands Canaima and Mayak.   Which band would you like to play live with and why? I don‘t know. I have no special wishes. The main thing is that you have a good time together backstage.   With what do you earn your money except with the music? We all have the usual 9-to-5-business jobs.   How important are social media for you as a band? Social media are a good way to communicate with fans. This is much more direct today than 10-15 years ago with email or MySpace.   What would you (her) want to achieve with the band? Actually, that's exactly what we're doing right now. Writing songs, recording them and playing them live.   What do you think about the Germany Metal scene in general? We have a very vital scene in Germany, which always produces exciting bands and in which many enthusiasts are on the road as well as of course the whole festivals. Not only the big mass events like Wacken but also the great small and medium-sized festivals like In Flammen or Party-San. I perceive the scene as a bit split. Not only in underground and mainstream, but also within the sub-genres. At least the local scene here is divided into two camps, the one that's more into that heavy stuff like Thrash/Death/Black Metal and the traditional Heavy and Power Metal faction.   Maybe you can recommend some bands from your area? Sure I do. You should check out Canaima. They play a crazy mix of different influences and make their own groovy Death Metal thing. Similar to Mayak. It's a wild stew of Crust, Sludge, Black and Death Metal. And Convenaut, from the Doom/Stoner corner.   PERSONAL QUESTIONS !   Where did you grow up and how was your childhood? I think I'm the typical suburban kid.   How was your school time you were rather the good student or the break clown ? I don't know, that was too long ago to remember. :-D   How did your parents react when you started making metal music? did they support you and how do you feel about your music today? When I began to listen to this music and dressed myself accordingly and let the hair grow, they were at first probably a little skeptical. But they quickly understood and supported me financially when I decided to buy a bass and take lessons. They still follow exactly what I'm doing today, our current album is framed on their wall.   Would you be successful in making music as a musician? I don't know. When is one successful? I do exactly what I want to do and am lucky to be able to do that with three great people. It's not about monetary success or becoming some kind of rock star. We are just some guys who love Death Metal.   Are you someone who loves the hustle and bustle of the big city? or rather looking for peace and relaxation in nature? I like cities like Berlin, Hamburg and the whole Ruhrpott, for a weekend or a few days the hustle and bustle and the many possibilities are great. But I like to live in the East Westphalian province, because it's not so turbulent here. So yes, I am more of a country bumpkin.   Do you actively practice sports or are you more of a passive spectator? I did martial arts in the past, but had to let it go after an injury.   When it comes to your physical well you can cook or let you cook for you I'm able to cook food for myself. But for me this is no substitute for religion like for some others.   What does your environment tell you about your passion for metal (friends / family / colleagues) ? I don't care about that. That's part of me, you can either get along with me or not.   How do you see the problem with the haters on the internet who have to announce their mental garbage in anonymity always and everywhere? Fuck them. It's annoying sometimes. Everybody thinks to have to have an opinion about every shit and to be right and to have to tell everybody that. I allow myself to have no opinion on some topics and find that everyone should do what he thinks is right, as long as he does not harm anyone else.   What do you think about the internet in general? a blessing or a curse? The Internet is a great thing. I love the exchange with other people and the endless possibilities to discover new music.   Which question would you like to have answered and why? There is no answer to everything, and that is a good thing. ;)   What would you personally like to do in your life? I do what I want to do as much as possible. I find it pointless to just hang on to your dreams, if you want to experience something, then you just have to do it.   Herford Here I was born and raised and here I still live today.   Austria I've been hiking there a few times and I go through every year to come to Italy. ;)   Externsteine Are a relatively popular local recreation area. Some consider this place a mystical place. Unfortunately, questionable groups occasionally meet there.   Soccer You're asking the wrong guy. I don't have anything to do with that.   Beer Although we have a local beer, I prefer to drink northern German beers like Astra, Jever or Flensburger.   Westphalian ham Yummy!   Die gelbe wand Doesn't ring a bell. Oh, that's a soccer thing, right?! I don’t give a damn.   Widukind-Denkmal I pass it twice a day on weekdays. It just stands there.   Movie or Series Both!   CD or Vinyl Depends. There are albums that just belong on vinyl. But basically I don't care about the format, as long as the music is cool.   Kurköln Never heard of it. Cologne is a long way away.   Junk Food I rarely eat something like this. Food is not a religion for me, but I have a certain claim.   Family Family is the most important thing. But for me family is more than blood. Wilt are also an important part of my family.   Your top 10 all time album faves Wow just 10? That’s a tought one. ;)   Grave - Soulless Misery Index - Retailate Bolt Thrower - The 4th Crusade Sepultura - Arise Entombed - Left Hand Path Dismember - Like An Everflowing Stream Fleshcrawl - As Blood Rains From The Sky… Gorefest - False Vomitory - Blood Rapture Phobia - 22 Acts Of Random Violence   your top 5 albums in time   ! Tomb Mold - Primordial Malignity Gatecreeper - Sonoran Deprevation Carnal Tomb - Rotten Remains Blood Incantation - Starspawn Vitriol - Pain Will Define Their Death And as bonus, because it’s just an 7": Inert Obliteration Of The Self   The closing word is yours? Thank you for giving us the opportunity for this interview. And thank you out there for your support and dedication to Death Metal Underground. Maybe they meet at a festival and we can have a beer or two together.
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