Your brand of music has influences from many genres. How do you define your style yourselves, are there some bands you could be compared with?
L > Youre right, there really are many influences. But i think that crust, thrash and doom are the most important. I can't really figure out any bands that would sound the same, cause our songs are pretty different from each other.
E > Well, we play Crust with so many influences that I'd only pick the morbid angel influence and use the term "Morbid Crust".
U > I like to call our music morbid crust because it sounds cool, but to be more precise I'd say its crust punk with thrash/death metal influences. I don't think our production as a whole can be compared with any bands as our songs and their influences vary alot.
What are your main influences? What are the things that define Horros, and separate it from the mass?
L > For me bands like for example His Hero Is Gone, Tragedy, Electric Wizard, Nuclear Death Terror, Stone, Sodom, Sleep and Amebix are really important. We all listen to different bands, and that's why Horros doesn't really fit into one specific genre.
E > Well my favourite bands in this scene are still the ones I first got into, Nuclear Death Terror and Akupunktio. I listen to, and take influences in so many genres and bands that it's nearly impossible to pick only one or two.
U > Crust, Old death and thrash metal. Lately our sound has a lot of sludgy and atmospheric stuff too. I guess it's the variety of influences that seperate us from the mass.
How did you come to name your band Horros (which means hibernation)? It isn't the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about crust.
L > When we were doing the cover art for the s/t album, Elias came up with this name and a pretty cool logo. Many of our our lyrics tell about nuclear war and fallout, so Horros fitted the theme.
E > Well I think it fits our "theme", the fallout, post-apocalyptic desert, when world falls into hibernation after the nuclear war, eternal sleep... pretty deep shit.
U > We had some trouble picking a name and I think this was the first one we all could agree on. It sounds cool and somewhat defines our sound too.
How do people react to mixing punk and metal together these days? Despite the whole "metalpunk-scene" and even though these things must be easier with crust punk, there's still many purists out there.
L > Pretty good i think. Still, as you say, there are people, who think that metal and punk shouldn't be mixed at all. But nobody hasn't said anything to us...yet. In my opinion music can get really boring without any variation.
E > Well mostly we have only get good feedback, it's not that puritanic anymore, I'd think.
U > I think especially the original crust bands that were heavily thrash influenced are the most respected ones today, which sort of paves the way for us other "metalpunks".
What gave you the original idea of forming this band, and how did the members find each other? Was your musical style the same from the beginning?
L > At first, Elias, the guitarist thought about forming an old school death metal band. We invited Miska, the former guitarist to join us, but the genre didn't really work out, because it was difficult to compose songs. So Miska did this song called Point of no return and so genre turned to thrash. Some time passed, and Urho joined us to play the bass. When Urho came to the band, he brought crust with him. Miska parted ways at winter 2008 and the band was at the same position as now.
U > From what I've been told this was supposed to be a Morbid Angel rip-off band. I was introduced to the band through Miska and I guess I had a hand in changing the music more into the crusty stuff we do now.
How do you usually make new songs?
L > Usually Elias or Urho comes up with a riff and then somebody fills it with an other riff. Then we figure out the structure of the song and I play drum patterns that fit in.
E > A cool riff follows another one.
U > I usually make them at home and then we modify them at practice.
What drives you to make music today? Does Horros have a message, or any goals you're trying to achieve?
L > We do music cause it's fun. I don't know if we have a particular message, but there's always something wrong in the world and people deserve to know about it. Our goal is allways set to pretty close in the future. Like getting gigs or training a new song. But of course, audience's acceptance is never too nice.
E > My personal goals within Horros is to play as many good gigs as possible.
U > Well I haven't really set any goals for this band in the sense of "I want to change this and this with my music" or that "I want to make this many records" or anything like that. With Horros I can be quite creative, so I guess for me this is a channel for the creativity in me. What inspires me on the other hand are post-apocalyptic fiction along with all kinds of extreme metal/punk.
If all goes well, what will be the band's situation after five or so years?
L > Hopefully we have done some new releases, great gigs and good music.
E > well as an opportunist (pretty discordant, huh) I would say we will do this same stuff with more gigs and new songs and discography list longer that archagatus has.
U > Split 12" with Napalm Death (scum lineup)
Do you have any other bands or projects aside from Horros?
L > Yeah, me and Urho are in a mincecore/grindcore band named Arroyo. I also play in a band, Nimettömät Haudat, that plays "cello metal", heh.
Your first releases were two rehearsal-recordings with really primitive sound quality, and then you released your debut EP that sounded a lot more professional. After that you released a rehearsal-demo with intentionally really lo-fi sounds. Are you going to settle for either of these soundscape solutions, or will you be using both in the future, too? What was the point of this rehearsal recording "Morbid Crust"?
L > In my opinion, the not-so-lofi soundscape is better. The Morbid Crust cassette was, as you said, intentionally very lo-fi and also very limited (15 copies). We just came up with the idea of releasing a c-cassette with 5 new songs and recorded in the traininghouse.
U > I don't think we have to make a decision whether or not to stop making lo-fi stuff, but still I do believe that we'll be heading towards better production values in the future. I wanted to make the Morbid Crust tape beacuse well first of all it's a demo of the new songs, and second of all I love making crummy artwork like on morbid crust.
What kind of a reception have these two releases met?
L > Pretty good actually. There are people, who like the lo-fi releases more than the EP, and otherwise. The EP has been criticized for the "genrehopping". But for all the comeback, I'm flattered, heh.
E > Positive and.. "erm... the soundscape is pretty interesting".
U > The EP got a pretty good reception I.M.O. Not many people have called it too bad, and we drew some interest from the European metal scene and labels. I think with Morbid Crust people were just wondering why we'd make such a small pressing of such a gritty rehearsal tape, but most people who have bought it have been satisfied.
What are your plans for the band's future? Any new releases waiting to be released? Will your future releases be published by your own label "Noise for Satan", too, or are you searching for a bigger label?
L > We have a bunch of new songs ready and we are planning to record them on some studio sometime. I don't really know about that yet, we haven't given it a thought.
E > NFS is our bassist, so yeah, we are eager to get a label which would put some money on us, heh.
U > We're hopefully going to record a new album before the summer, which I hope will be released through a label that can invest a bit more money in it.
Would you care to tell us about the "Noise for Satan"-label and it's purpose? What will the future hold for it?
U > Well that's actually just my label. I found it to release the Horros EP but I decided to keep doing other stuff as I found the whole thing quite rewarding. I'll be participating in the distribution of the upcoming Arroyo 7" split and another tape release. I'll also be hoping to get together a distro of some sort.
Your releases this far don't include any lyrics. What are they about? You seem to have some apocalyptic, anti-society and anti-religion-themes, if I've understood right. How important are the lyrics in your music to you anyway?
L > Yeah, you're right. Apocalypse, fallout and problems in the world are pretty important. Elias writes our lyrics and shows them to us if they are okay.
E > I always have some "message" in the lyrics, it's not intentional that the lyrics are not published, maybe they should be published on myspace or so on. Anti-war, anti-religion, anti-violence yeah, and pacifism. But what can you say, it would be cool to know what it would be like after the nuclear fall? Wouldn't it?
U > They're about exactly the things you have listed, plus some random gloomy and dark stuff. The apocalyptic stuff is the most important for me. The lyrics are pretty important in forming the atmosphere of the music. The only reason they haven't been published with our records is because we didn't have the energy to make inlays etc.
Making releases and doing gigs, which one is more important to you? Are the gigs for promoting the releases, or does it go the other way around?
L > Both are important, but gigs are more important. We do gigs because we want people to know about us and our music. The releases are important, but you shouldn't hurry with them. In the other hand, if you don't release anything in a long time, people lose their intrest.
E > The gigs are the fun, records are bonus
U > I prefer making releases as they usually have more context than just live performances.
"Regular question" -time. What is your view on music piracy? Are you quilty of it?
L > It kinda depends. I personally often download or listen the album from somewhere before i buy it, but i think that you should support bands and artists. And what's better support, than buying their album.
E > If I do such crime, I do it to bands on huge labels, always support indie!
U > Yes I'm guilty of it and I don't mind it. I still do support small bands and labels but I just don't have the money to buy every record I want, and I think most bands don't mind it that I enjoy their music - even for free. If I download a record that I like and I can still get from distros or record shops I'll still buy it for sure.
What is your view of the world? If you could change one thing in the world, what would it be?
L > "Regular answer" -time, i would probably stop the weapon industry and use the money to solve for example the worldwide foodproblem. War is ridiculous.
E > More places for gigs and the money on weapon-industry could always be used to good things.
U > The world has it's ups and downs, for the majority of us mostly downs. Not that the world is rotten to it's core and every person's an asshole but there's alot of things that I consider wrong or unfair going on, but I do think that every event and action has it's consequense and that there's always hope (lol cliche). If I could change something I'd make it so that the founding fathers of the United States rise from the dead as zombies and seek revenge on private banks and corporations.
What are your thoughts about these things, and what do they mean to you: human, music, god?
L > Human...hmm. Music, propably the best thing in the world. There is no god.
E > Human: potential, good to have around.
Music: the best way to feel feelings you can't get from anywhere else.
God: Something's out there, we just dont know what.
U > Human - Capable of both good and bad, very influencable.
Music - Great way to feel and to express creativity. The best form of art.
God - A shortcut to lifes mysteries..
And finally: why should our readers listen to Horros?
L > Because do you really have anything better to do?
E > I always quote our first international fan "weakling_goat" from metal-archives when I get this question. "If you're a fan of crusty thrash metal, grab this one if you see it. If you aren't, then fuck you!"
U > Because they might like our music of course! Because they might be inspired by it.
Thanks for the interview.