Iron Bonehead has a penchant for finding the most underground and hard to access bands on the planet. In that vein, they recently released New Zealand-based Prisoner of War’s debut EP Rot. Full of furiously fast beats and layered riffs that obliterate all in their path, Prisoner of War are poised for a powerful death metal breakthrough. We got the chance to chat with Typhoid Filth about the band. Check out his answers after the jump!
How did you first get into playing music and have you achieved the level of success that you always hoped to achieve?
We started this band so we could quit our jobs, so not enough success yet.
What’s the most you have ever debased yourself to get your band onto a show, into a magazine or otherwise promoted, covered, debased and praised?
One time we were hanging outside a venue having just played a set, and we found a small brain on the ground underneath the bench. No shit.
What do you see as some of the great things happening in metal and what are some of the worst things happening inside the scene right now?
I don’t have time to worry about the shit things that are happening in metal. I’m sure they are out there, but I mostly listen to the classics and new stuff that is inspired by the classics. As far as innovation goes, I think extreme metal has probably peaked already, and now it’s about refining and building upon the traditions laid out from previous generations. I hope it becomes more commonplace for modern bands to record albums live again, and dial the studio digital trickery back a bit.
It seems that now everyone has a passion for some cause and that those people are very open about displaying their passions. This is probably a very, very good (and progressive) thing socially. What are some of the most important issues (social/political/humorous/etc.) for you and how do you insert those issues into your music?
We don’t have a cause or any political leaning. We write solely about death and mental collapse.
What, or who, got you into metal and how old were you? How did your family take the news?
I was introduced to death and black metal by a radio show that used to air here in Auckland called Nocturnal Dominion. It was in the late 90’s so I would have been about 13 or 14. My family thought I had a screw loose.
What’s the stickiest you have ever been?
The stickiest I’ve been was probably when I got hit in the head by a cricket bat when I was a kid. I was covered in blood from head to toe.
What advice do you have for aspiring music critics and outlets out there? How can we all better serve the genre in the eyes of a hard-working musician?
I enjoy reading well-written reviews, but a large proportion of them are cliche-ridden, hype-mongering and overloaded with hyperbole. Many times I’ve been bitterly disappointed by an over-hyped band. There is so much music coming out these days. Critics need to thin the herd by being a lot harsher with their reviews.
What’s your goal? You guys thinking world domination? Maybe saving a continent? Maybe invading one? Any interest in starting a cult? Do you guys have day jobs or hobbies you want to share? Whatever it is, please let us know.
Starting a cult is a major life goal of mine. But I don’t think I’m smart enough…yet.
We have day jobs, so playing music is relegated to the evenings and weekends. We are thinking world downfall.
Finally, when you’re not listening to, writing or playing metal, what are some of you favorite albums to listen to currently?
- Fleetwood Mac – Rumours
- Morbid Angel – Altars of Madness
- Autopsy – Mental Funeral
- Morbus Chron – Sweven
- Voivod – War and Pain
- Sepultura – Schizophrenia
- Pestilence – Consuming Impulse
- Deep Purple – In Rock
- Immolation – Close To A Word Below
- Coil – Music To Listen to In The Dark vls 1 & 2
- Incantation – Mortal Throne of Nazarene
- Black Sabbath – Vol 4
- Order from Chaos – Stillbirth Machine
- Bolt Thrower – For Victory
- Killing Joke – Night Time
- Brad Feidel – The Terminator (OST)
Thanks to Typhoid Filth for his time. Be sure to check our Prisoner of War’s debut EP Rot out now on Iron Bonehead!