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1) Please, tell us something about your band (history, members, recordings/ releases, livegigs, label? etc.).

An ultrabrutal deatmetal band from Estonia (it's a country near to Finland). I, Rain, do the basses and grunts, Sandra is doing the drumming. The idea of a two-piece band is our energy, the lowness / heaviness of the bass is our sound and neither of those are going to change. Roland was drumming on the debut and with him we also had a guitarist a year before the recording. With a guitar, we were just sounding the same like everybody else. Offering nothing new to the ear. I can't stand guitar frequencies in my band anymore, they are boring. But those low frequencies bring me into worlds were I have most definetly not been before. It makes me feel good and I know that in their subconsciousness, humans do love lower frequencies because they resemble those with the massive heartbeats of a mother, which they felt when they were unborn.
We have had 6 local lives with some very cool moshpits. Brutalheads seem to enjoy the low blasting side of our performance. It finds the beast within the mind and frees it, resulting also in a fight some of the fans had during one of the shows.
As for releases so far: we sold a 2-song promo entitled "Neander Valley" a year ago. They are all gone, but I think some copies could be available at
The debut "Neanderthals Were Master" is yet to be released. I will be sending promo packages to labels hopefully in the next 8 days.

2) How would you describe your position in the wide-world metal scene? What do you think about the underground movement?

The concept of our riffs are influenced by Disgorge(US) and some of those groove parts by Devourment. Every once in a while I would say we also have a Gorguts "Obscura" influence. But I'm always searching for more brutal recordings that smoke the past efforts of man. Some of the newer bands like Orchidectomy are absolutely jaw-dropping.
The underground is doing something what it always has done - it has created wonders for the ear and mind. I only wonder if slam really gets as big as rap is today like some people over at the Decrepit Birth board predict?
Right now we are like the small Homo floresiensis in a world of giant primates.

3) Which 3 CDs would you take with you to a lonely island?

Disgorge (US) "Consume The Forsaken" ...and probably "Tomb Of The Mutilated" for teasing the mind for some very long nights.

4) If you had enough money to shoot a video, how would the clip look like?

One video is being composed right now for "Neanderthals Were Master Butchers". Marc from the Netherlands is mixing up live footage with some of his own scenes and with a bloody cartoon I and Roland (the old drummer) did some years ago. The cartoon contains some undead puppets being butchered, we worked for 3 days straight to complete it. I'm sure Marc has a bright future in the movie industry so I'm very thrilled to see the outcome. There will definetly be more videos like that in the future.

5) If you`ve the chance to change one day of your life. Which will it be and why?

I would have wanted to discover metal at an even earlier age perhaps. Maybe trading for myself the Cannibal Corpse "Vile" CD at the age of nine instead of getting it when I was twelve.

6) Which song shall be played on your burial?

We have a song entitled "Defleshing The Cadaver Before Burial". The Neanderthals did fear their dead and believed that the undead spirits will come back to haunt them if the bodies were not defleshed. But, we are no longer a spirit fearing tribe anymore... And according to some scientists, we could trick death by achieving a life of over 1 000 years with the help of modern technology.

7) If you had the chance to kill someone and to bring back one person in the same way, which would it be and why?

Like every kid I like zombies. So I would kill noone and bring back everyone.

8) What means metal to you?

The most brutal forms of ultrabrutal deathmetal is the only metal I enjoy on a daily basis, so that is metal for me.

9) What is your opinion on political lyrics?

Writing lyrics about how to serve other people is rather boring.

10) What can we expect from your band in the future?

Albums with the lovely Sandra tearing it up behind the drumkit. Everyday rehearsals, merchandise, tours and everything necessary for a healthy band life.
I have started gathering ideas, pieces of lyrics and hundreds of riffs for our next effort. The materia for our second cd is halfway completed. It is entitled "EBU GOGO" and it deals with the very dark side of Homo floresiensis (belived to be the Ebu Gogo) including subjects such as necrofilia, zombies and sexual kidnappings. It's based all around real facts mixed with somewhat over the top sexual horror tales.


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