Bulgarian based groove / death metallers Grimaze released their debut full length, Planet Grimaze, earlier this month and, as you will read below, have been busy touring on the strength of that album. Their sound falls squarely in the middle of Roots era Sepultura and Obsolete era Fear Factory which means it has an insane amount of tribalesque rythym and groove along with a punchy industrial feel. It falls in with the more modern metal of late but tips a hat to its influences extremely well without ever sounding bland or uninspired. On top of that, their lyrics are a call to arms for positivity and change in the way we, as a society, view and see the world around us. We recently shared our Profile questions with the band so read on to see what they had to say.
How did you first get into playing music, and have you achieved the level of success that you hoped for?
Music is a universal language on its own, it enables people to express their emotions like nothing else. Once you get deep enough into it, you can’t live without it; it changes the way you connect with yourself and others. Music makes you humble because you can never achieve the level of success you want but you can enjoy the road towards perfection, so this is what we are doing right now – endless path ahead of us.
What is the most you have ever debased yourself to get your band onto a show, into a magazine or otherwise promoted, covered, and praised? (If you don’t have a story, please tell us any funny/embarrassing story.)
Maybe this part of a concert (here).
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?
The level of playing and sound production are getting better and better. There are also some really cool modern bands that create amazing music within the genre. What sucks is that concerts are getting less and less attended and the audience gets more and more distant from the experience. When we attended punk and metal concerts when we were young teenagers we literally were scared of how injured we might come out. Now we are on the other end of the spectrum – people are standing and nodding. Things are getting way too comfortable and boring while metal is meant to get you outside of your comfort zone.
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?
The time has come for our consciousness as a species to evolve. We are poisonous to the planet, to others and mostly to ourselves. We are scared and lost and we don’t even know that. We are afraid to face our inner monsters, afraid to face the truth and afraid to take responsibility for our own choices and happiness.
Grimaze’s music expresses the deepest we’ve gone into our inner worlds, it’s a self surgery. It’s our path to self awareness. We’d be happy if our songs infuse strength into the listener and inspire them to explore the depth of their consciousness. Sustainable change is only possible through understanding.
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.
We want to face our demons through our songs. We want to create genuine and emotionally authentic music. We want to support other artists as much as we can. We just want to be good people. We want to be free and full of joy, the way children are.
When you’re not obsessing over your own material, what are some of your favorite albums to listen to currently? (Feel free to include non-metal)
A lot of Igorrr, Venetian Snares, some Septicflesh, lots of Yellow Days, King Krule, Decapitated and many other great modern artists.
What is the 12-month outlook for you or your band? Any specific events on the horizon that the masses should be aware of?
We will try touring as much as we can in the next few months. We have a tour with Decapitated, Hatesphere, Thy Disease and Dehydrated starting on the 6th of November which we are really excited about. We are also eager to start jamming again and see what will come out for the next album. We also miss the mountains, so we will be spending lots of time there. (Editor’s Note: due to timing, the above mentioned tour just concluded. The band will be direct support to Pestilence on their upcoming UK and IR dates. Dates as follows: 2.21.2019 – Glasgow, Classic Grand. 2.23.2019 – Manchester, Rebellion. 2.24.2019 – Dublin, Voodoo Lounge. 2.25.2019 – Stoke On Trent, Eleven. 2.26.2019 – London, Underworld.)
Summarize your band in exactly one word. (Disclosure: If you include additional words, we will select our favorite for the final publication.)
Many thanks to Grimaze for their time!