Hi there. Congratulations for your great debut “Gods Of Thousands Souls”. Please describe the reactions concerning the CD so far.
Maciej Rochaczewski: Hell- o!!!Many thanks for good words. We are really surprised that our debut album “Gods of Thousand Souls” is appreciated by so many people. We have just had Polish premiere and now there’s the European re-edition. We have never dream about it.
Some of our readers may never have heard about you. Please give us a short briefing of the band's biography.
Empatic was formed in December 2005 in Ostrołęka. It´s founders are two musicians from Ostrołęka: a vocalist- Maciek Rochaczewski and a bass player- Włodzimierz Małaszek, alias Włodas. They are the ones who assembled the new group. It turned out that founding of the band resulted from the break-up of two other music bands from Ostrołęka. The bands present name, Empatic, was adopted from one of those groups. Currently the band are: Rochaczewski Maciej - vocal ,Bednarski Jakub – guitar, Cikacz Przemysław – guitar, Małaszek Włodzimierz – bass, Jaroslavus Slivkus alias "Yopeque" – drums.
What is your personal message of "Gods Of Thousands Souls"?
That’s a difficult question. When making the album I decided to write about my beliefs, opinions on wars, death, suffering but also about positive aspects of our lives such as dreams coming true.
My favourite songs are "Empatic" and “So What?”. Can you tell us something about these songs and the history of writing, the lyrics...?
…and my favorite are “Green Mile” and all the rest:-). I know why you like “Empatic” song, I’m not singing there!!! But seriously I wrote the music and sophisticated lyrics yeah:-). I wanted to keep the band busy at rehearsals and make sure that they’re in good physical condition:-). Wlodas our bassist wrote the lyrics to ”So what?”and only he knows the real message of this song. In my opinion he wants to kill somebody or something like that. As you can see the history of songwriting is easy.
How and why did you choose the album cover, is there a further meaning behind it?
The guy who designed the album cover is Jacek”Th3rion” Wichowski. He just asked what the lyrics were about and he did the cover by himself .I think he did a great job.
Are there some lyrics which are special for you in personal; tell us something about them.
“Fulfilled Dreams” is special to me because it’s the first song I wrote. It’s about how important it is to believe in your dreams as they really can come true, you just have to be patient and never give up.
Why did you choose “Enola Gay” as a coversong?! It sounds really great, you did a typical Death-Song from a kitchy Synthie-Pop-Song. But the lyrics are very important of that song too, so why O.M.D. and why this song?
As you said, the lyrics are important. The event described in this song is true and it changed the history of this world forever. We all have heard “Enola Gay” before, but never really paid such attention to the lyrics, just the melody was catchy. But when we got into details, it seemed clear that the song would be a good cover.
I think your sound is a mix of Old School Death Metal and Nu Melodic Death, like a mix of such as Kataklysm/In Flames and Napalm Death/Frontside or something like that. You create a sound between Pure Death Metal and the Melodic Nu Death Metal… Where do you get your inspirations from and how do you think about your sound? I mean, how would you describe your own music, what are your musical influences...
It’s simple- I copy In Flames, Włodas copies Type-O-Negative, Yopeque gets the riffs out of space, Sesyl copies Slayer and Kuba looks for riffs at discos…:-) Well, the truth is that we are a mix of different musical influences and it’s sometimes difficult to write a good song and make every member of the band happy at the same time. But fortunately we all have our roots in death metal music, we just add melody with elements of trash and core.
What about the recording process of your album. Any stories or curiosities to report; which studio, which producer,…?! Please tell us something about the process of songwriting
We started recording the album at the end of 2008 and I took us two years to finish it. In the meantime we had some problems with finding drummer, there were several gigs we couldn’t call off and we also had to look for sponsors. Guitars, vocals and drums were recorded in different studios. We all have jobs so it was quite difficult to find enough time. Luckily we manage to finish the album. Tomek ”ZED” Zalewski did the mix and mastering. Our hometown council decided to support us financially which was surprising as it doesn’t happen very often.
We'd like to know something about your background in making music. How did you learn to play, what are your experiences and which musicians are your main technical influence?
Once upon a time my sister bought an old classic Russian guitar but she never even started to learn how to play the guitar. I did. I spent whole days practicing and after a while I managed to play it quite well, in my opinion, and then I turned to making my own melodies. When I got my first guitar, it was a bass guitar, for a change, and I formed my first band, called Whoyeah. Once I went to our present bass player’s band rehearsal and took a microphone just for fun, and started screaming. That’s how I switched the guitar into singing, or rather growling. That’s my history…
How important is it for you to play live on stage? Tell us something about further live activities.
Live performances are what we like best. We can see the reactions of people and we do our best to prove that Empatic can create a good atmosphere at live gigs. So far, our next concerts are: 11 February 2012 Banska Bystrica (Slovakia) 14 April 2012 Terrasound Festival Wien (Austria) and 09 June 2012 OstFest IV , Ostroleka (Poland)
We are looking forward to seeing you in Germany. Best wishes for you all and good luck with “Gods Of Thousands Souls”.
Hell yeah. See you in Germany. Best Regards from Empatic to all the readers of your website METALGLORY.
Hope to see you at concerts.
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