Thrash Hits

September 29th, 2011

Future Hits 097: Massakren

Massakren band video threshold black metal thrash hits

From: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Lazy Equation: (Satyricon x Amon Amarth) + corpse paint
URL: Facebook // Twitter // MySpace

Thrash Hits Verdict:
They’re young, they’re unsigned and you really, really, really cannot call them “Hipster Black Metal”. These crazy Americans think they’re Nordic metal warriors judging by the vats of black and white corpse paint and the several cows’ worth of leather. Unfortunately their name actually happened in real life earlier this year. Hopefully they’ll be able to overcome it with the power of their music. Get ready to headbang as we talk to guitarist/vocalist, Parker Jameson.

Describe your sound in 3 words
Epic melodic brutality

How did you meet?
Spencer [Weidner, drums] and I are brothers and had always wanted to do the whole metal band thing. I went to Indiana University looking for other like-minded musicians, found Charlie [Federici, rhythm guitar], and the three of us began writing and recording material. Shortly thereafter we found Justinian [Dispenza] who assumed the role of live bass, and that’s how we came to be.

What made you want to start a band?
Playing music is the biggest thing we enjoy. Writing and performing songs is just what we do and we love doing it.

Where did the name come from?
It’s actually the Norwegian word for “massacre”, which is both a stylistically fitting word and also acknowledges our Scandinavian influences.

What are your musical influences?
Pretty much all the bigger melodic death metal bands from Scandinavia, as well as various black metal and power metal bands. Amon Amarth, Dimmu Borgir, Nightwish, and Children of Bodom are some of our bigger influences, but stuff like Emperor, Immortal, Dark Funeral, and Behemoth can definitely be heard within our music too. All my guitar leads also have a lot of late 80’s guitar-hero influence as well. Satriani, Yngwie, Vai, Petrucci… etc

So far, what has been the best thing about being in a band?
Being able to play the music which we love for crowds over and over is great, plus the four of us are also all really close friends. We’re always having a good time.

With which band would your dream tour be?
If we could play with any of the previous bands I listed in our influences that’d be fantastic.

What bands do you consider as part of your scene or as your peers?
I feel like the melodic death/black metal we write hasn’t seen a lot of output from bands in a category as young as us. All the bands playing stylistically comparable stuff are our influences.

What’s the most memorable show you’ve played?
We played a really awful show in Indianapolis where the entire staff were high off their asses and tried to pay us with sexual favors. It was awful then, but hilarious in retrospect.

Tell us a joke.
Two cows are standing in the pasture. One turns to the other and says, “Although pi is usually abbreviated to five numbers, it actually goes on into infinity.” The second cow turns to the first and says, “Moo.”



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