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Dehuman Reign (band)
Not too long after writing up my review of the debut Dehuman Reign EP Destructive Intent, I shot some questions over to the good folk at Clawhammer PR for the band to answer. Vocalist Alex and guitarist Ulf took the time to answer the questions together and get them back here for you all to see. Check out what they had to say below, and be sure to hit up F.D.A. Rekotz to pick up their EP if you haven’t already!


How is everything on your end? Have you been busy since Destructive Intent dropped?

Ulf:
Thanks for asking, we are quite fine and very happy about all the positive feedback we get.

Alex:
We also get asked for interviews a lot more often since the release of our debut. Apart from that it’s pretty much the same, we play our gigs and we work on new songs for our first full length album.

I’ve been seeing a lot of praise for the EP around the net. How does it feel to have your first release earning such high scores? Do you guys feel any pressure for your next recording because of it?

Ulf:
Of course it’s great to get so many positive responses. We don’t feel any pressure though, because we are convinced that the new songs we are working on right now are even better than what we did before.

Alex:
We also include some of the new songs in our live shows and the reactions towards the new material have been very good so far. We are looking forward to record the new stuff.

How did you guys get the attention of F.D.A. Rekotz? Was the EP done and presented to the label, or are there some recordings not available to the public?

Ulf:
After the recording sessions for “Destructive Intent” we put a rough mix of one of the songs on our bandcamp page. Two record companies contacted us afterwards and showed interest. We decided to sign with F.D.A. because they are death metal specialists and we felt they could offer optimum support.

I love the artwork to the EP and saw Dedy from Badic Art from Singapore is credited. Who had the idea for the artwork, and how did you end up working with Dedy?

Alex:
The idea for the cover was developed by the band in our rehearsal dungeon. We just gave Dedy a basic idea of what the picture should contain and I think we sent him a very bad looking sketch. On that basis he created the great artwork very quickly. Dedy is a highly professional artist, it was a pleasure to work with him.

Ulf:
Of course, we wanted some small corrections, like, “make the moon bigger” or “make the graves look more wrecked” and these were implemented very fast, too. We can unreservedly recommend him as an album artist!

I saw what looked like a poster of the artwork in a picture on Facebook next to a shirt. First of all, how did the idea of a poster come about, and do you feel more bands should issue a poster of their album’s artwork?

Ulf:
We like the idea of the poster very much but we have to admit that it was not our idea. It was Rico from F.D.A. Rekotz who suggested to create a poster as a give-away for the first buyers of our CD. Indeed, some metal album covers are phantastic works of art and would deserve to be printed in a bigger format!

You worked with Matias Ahonen at Finnish Audiamond Studio to master the album. Why was he chosen, and were there any others you considered to master the recording?

Alex:
Unfortunately, we wasted a lot of time during the mastering process. We gave several people a chance to try and master the recordings but we never got any satisfactory results. When we decided to send our stuff to Mr. Ahonen in Finland, everything happened really fast. We got a demo mastering within 3 days and liked his results very much, so we let him do the complete mastering for the CD and he vinyl version of “Destructive Intent”.

Ulf:
The vinyl will be released later this year, probably before the winter.

Did Matias also handle the production or recording of the album? If not, who did, and how much involvement did Dehuman Reign have in that department?

Ulf:
No, recording and mixing was done in Berlin at the Englsound studio by Tobias Engl (Essenz, Android Empire, Drowned). The mixing was a long and nerve-racking procedure. We had a countless number of rough-mix versions and each of them brought new ideas for improvements and possible modifications.

Alex:
We also gained a lot of experience from that process and I think we will be able to do it much faster and better the next time.

How long did it take to lay down the tracks for Destructive Intent while you were in the studio? Were there any problems or changes to the material while you were in the studio?

Ulf:
We had our recording sessions on several weekends during the summer of 2012. It took a while longer than we expected, of course, but we didn’t encounter any serious problems, because the songs were completely finished and agreed upon before we started recording.

Alex:
I did some minor changes and final additions to the lyrics in the studio, but as Ulf said, the songs were actually finished before..

Were the three interlude tracks (“Prelude to Perdition”, “Invocation I Black Seed” and “Invocation II Scorched Earth”) originally planned to be on the EP, or were they later additions you came up with in the studio?

Ulf:
“Prelude to Perdition” was intended to be used as an intro for our live shows. The idea to add some lyrics came later, but it was part of the planned recording from the beginning.

Alex:
I’ve been making some electronic music for quite a while and suggested to add some interludes to the debut EP to add a little atmosphere and morbid touch. Originally they were supposed to be without vocals. Ulf had the idea to add some distorted voice. We recorded that stuff in our rehearsal room by ourselves and we liked the result.

I don’t have the lyrics sadly, but I’ve seen the band is more on the “philosophical” side. Given the content and mood those interludes give off, what is the band’s lyrical goal if one exists? 

Alex:
There is no lyrical concept. The lyrics I write evolve on a what-comes-to-my-mind-basis. It’s important to me to transport some message, even if it might not be clear to every listener. My intention is to allow a wide range of interpretations for the lyrics and to expand the genre standard.

Are you currently working on a full-length, or is Destructive Intent it for a little while?

Ulf:
Yes, the next output will definitely be a full length album. We are already working on new songs and we hope to release it in 2014.

I see Dehuman Reign has mostly been doing one-off shows like on the seventh with Hooded Menace and Graveyard, and playing festivals. Will you guys be heading out on tour any time soon, or are there any other shows or fests you’re booked for?

Ulf:
We have had no tour offers so far and we are quite happy with playing single shows. A tour offer would actually be quite problematic, since most of us have full time jobs to earn a living and some band members have families and children. A small tour through Europe would be great though. We will see what the future holds for us!

Is there anything else you would like to mention before I let you go?

Alex:
Thanks for your time and interest, Jason! You people out there support the underground – buy our CD and come to our live shows!