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   CHAOSBREED
Esa Holopainen Esa Holopainen
June 2004

http://www.chaosbreed.net

Chaosbreed is another all-star-kinda band, hailing from Finland. The members, namely vocalist Taneli Jarva (The Black League, Impaled Nazarene, Sentenced) guitarists Esa Holopainen (Amorphis, Nagoetj) and Marko Tarvonen (Gorewinter, Kuha, Larharyhmä, Moonsorrow), bassist Olli-Pekka "Oppu" Laine (Amorphis, Mannhai) and drummer Nalle Österman (Gandalf, Lullacry, Shaman) are all known musicians from the Finnish metal scene. They draw influences from many directions, from artists like Entombed, Slayer, Unleashed, Autopsy, Motörhead and some more. Though we can complain their music doesn't hold too much originality, one thing is fur sure: They enjoy playing in this band and it's coming from their heart. Here is what Esa had to say about their debut album "Brutal" which was released in April.

Greetings from Hungary! How is life these days? Are you busy with the promotion?

Life goes on, we are actually quite busy with the interviews but it's just cool. People have shown great interest about Chaosbreed, I wouldn't believe such an impact. It shows that there's lack of death metal.

You released an MCD last year at Rising Realm and now you are signed to Century Media. How did this record deal come about?

Century Media was interested before they heard us and I quess that our demo (MCD) convinced them musically. Century Media was definately best choice for us as they are stable, trustful label and they know about this kind of music.

For how many albums have you signed to them?

Not that many, we go further album by album and I don't see any point of changing label.

This MCD "Unleashed Carnage" had got very positive responses. Have you been surprised?

To be honest I was a bit sceptic when I heard that "Unleashed Carnage" was going to be released. "Unleashed Carnage" was meant to be demo and it has quite authentic shit-sound.

Why did you decide to put all tracks online on your website for free download? Because "Unleashed Carnage" was demo and we felt that best way to promote Chaosbreed was to put it on web.

I'll keep going back in time...all of you were and still are in other bands besides Chaosbreed. How did you get the idea of forming Chaosbreed?

Nalle, Marko and Oppu formed the band. They asked me and Taneli to join them a bit later and the line-up was formed from guys who had great passion for old death metal. Our aim is to spread this message and do Death Metal how we used to hear and do it back in 1990. We are inspired by hearing shit music from radio day after day...

Chaosbreed I assume you all knew each other, but how did you come together in Chaosbreed, especially since the music of Chaosbreed is a bit different compared to your other bands?

We've been knowing each others for years and having talk about forming death metal band was the thing. This is pure therapy from our other bands.

Is Chaosbreed a project band for you or does it got the same priority for you as your other bands?

I consider Chaosbreed as another band and we are willing to tour as well.

Entombed has got a song "Chaos Breed"... did you name the band after that song?

Of course, we are Entombed rip off!

What does this name represent from the band? ;)

Hmmm. We spread chaos!!

You used three songs from "Unleashed Carnage" on "Brutal" as well. Why only three and not the whole stuff?
There was so much songs ready when we started to record Brutal and we wanted to re-record some demo tracks.

Who is the main songwriter(s) in Chaosbreed?

Taneli writes all lyrics and whole band compose, that's why we have a shit load of songs ready. Actually we have all stuff for next album!!

Your sound is very similar to old Entombed, is that something you wanted on purpose?

Totally rip off!! That's purpose, we respect Entombed.

Your guitars are tuned to ... ?

C. I play with Gibson Sg's through Koch Powertone amplifiers!! Great Sound!!

Your musical influences are sometimes very, very obvious starting the list from Motörhead and Venom till Entombed and Slayer. I assume you enjoy playing in Chaosbreed very much...? :)

I enjoy playing this band a lot. You don't have to think, just plug in and blast.

What is the best thing to play in Chaosbreed?

Shitgrinding and boozing!

Do you meet often? Normally, when you are not preparing for recording or a gig, how many times do you meet for rehearsal?

We try to rehearse once a week, sometimes often. Before studio or shows we rehearse a bit more often. There is an old saying: Those who don't have the gift rehearse! Or something like that...

The songs are varied enough to keep the attention all album long. How did you choose which song comes after the other?

I don't know, we just put the songs together and yell own opinions about which song shoud be next. Slayer is also great band!! Great band to rip!

Chaosbreed The promotional copy didn't come with the lyrics. Can you tell us what are they about?

You didn't miss that much. :) I can't tell what they are about, I'm already scared enough.

Who are shitgrinders?

Politics, me...

I am really interested in it since I have checked in to the "Home for shitgrinders" section on your site... ;)

There lives a little shitgrinder inside everyone of us.

Are you posting on the message board or you rather keep yourself away from it? :)

Hmmm. No.

I am really curious to know what are the first lines of Shitgrinders. Would you please translate that sentence into English?

This is for all you shitgrinders!

What does F/C/D/C stands for?

Freedom Corps Death Crush

Please tell us about the recording session. When, where, who was the producer,... whatever you want to say about it.

We recorded it at CCPC studio which is runned by Santeri and Niclas from Amorphis, they also recorded the album. The session was very smooth and intense.

I would like to ask you to say something about each song. Why you like it, you don't like it or... anything that comes to your mind about them ...

1. Wretched Life: Entombed rip off
2. Casket Ride: Totally rips.
3. Faces Of Death: Slayer rip off
4. Mora-lized: 2nd best track on the album
5. Rotting Alive: 3rd best track on the album
6. Demon Skunk: Dope song
7. Shitgrinder: My fave one.
8. Symptoms Of The Flesh: Discharge type of a song.
9. F/C/D/C: Great shit.
10. An Evil Eye: Doooom!!!

Do you have a favourite song on "Brutal"?

Shitgrinder, it's so groovy.

You have played a few gigs in Finland and some more Finnish gigs are confirmed for the summer. Is there any chance you are going to play/tour outside of Finland? Whom would you like to tour with?

Hopefully, I would like to tour with finnish classic Horto Kaalo!

Chaosbreed Are you going to shoot promotional video for any of the songs?

There's a plan to do a video from "Shitgrinder" but it looks like we don't get any support....

You are playing in several bands, can you make your living from playing music or do you still have day jobs?

There and there, I run record shop here in Helsinki.

Finnish and Hungarian are belong to the same family of languages. Do you know anything about Hungary? Or maybe something in Hungarian ?;))

The best festival ever, Sziget!! Budapest is one of my fave cities!

Thanks a lot for taking all the time to answer my questions!

Stay brutal and hope to see you on tour!


submitted by Katalin 24.06.2004

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