Chapel of Disease are a new band playing ridiculously filthy and rotten death metal in the vein of Asphyx, early Pestilence, early Gorguts and Morgorth. With fast banging riffs and slow doomy sections the band play a varied style of death metal which should have any fan of old school death metal foaming from the mouth. With a vocalist who sounds like Martin Van Drunen, Chapel of Disease wouldn't have sounded out of place in the Dutch death metal scene of the late 80's/early90's
Hello and greetings from the UK! First of all can you tell us about the beginnings of the band? How did you guys meet? How did you guys first start practicing and how long did it take you guys to get tight with original material?
Cheers UK! When I moved to Cologne in 2008, I asked my brother, who has already been living here for quite some years before me and was already playing in a band with our drummer David, if he would be up for some sort of old school death Band. Of course he was up for it, so we told David of our plans and Chapel Of Disease was put to life. The first 9 or 10 months it was only us three- so it was me on the guitar and Vocals, Ced on the bass and Dave on the drums. Funny thing is, that we started with playing own stuff straight away. "Summoning Black Gods” was the first thing we created, following up with "the nameless city”, the two other demo songs and two (or three?) more songs that weren’t released yet. It was strange, but we just didn’t feel like starting off with covering stuff. The only thing we covered in the beginnings was "Left To Die” from Death, but we stopped doing that after a short period of time, since the process of own songwriting was doing more than OK. Still it didn’t take that long until we realized that we would need a second guitar to be doing the music we were planning on doing. We met Christian and showed him a very funny version of "Summoning Black Gods” (recorded in 2008), asked him if he would be interested in taking over the bass and that’s pretty much it- we’ve been the same lineup since 2009…
How is the death metal scene in Germany? What other bands do you guys play with live?
There are some really good Death Metal Bands in Germany nowadays, like "Necros Christos”, "Venenum” or "Excoriate” (although they split up some years ago), just to name a few. Still, I wouldn’t be able to talk about a real death metal scene here. Maybe it’s because we’ve only played two gigs so far, or maybe it’s because there is none, haha. But no, I’m serious, I really don’t know yet. Of course you got quite a lot of bands around here that make death metal in some way or another, but for me there are only a few that I really think suit my taste. Then again, there is some sort of real metal scene in Germany that’s going along quite good but of course the genres get mixed up inside of it. Personally, I think that’s the way it should be. There shouldn’t be single metal scenes, like a black-, death-, thrash- and heavy scene. As long as it’s some sort of good metal, it’s cool!
How is the writing process for Chapel? Do you guys do group writing or do individual members write complete songs?
It gets mixed up. Me and my brother write some stuff at home, we bring it to the rehearsal room and from there we work on it all together. Christian writes all of his Basslines himself and David always has some good ideas that can make a riff sound a whole lot different than you originally had in mind. I’m really happy with the way we work out all of our stuff. There’s no real leader or whatsoever and I think that’s the way it should be if you want to make your music sound harmonic (even tho’ it’s death metal).
If you had to chose three death metal albums which are Chapel of Disease's main influences what would they be?
Fucking tough one! We all worship the "Altars Of Madness”- not only for it’s time but even today it still is just one pure definition of aggression… It’s a masterpiece. Still, I don’t think you’d hear that in our music.
Of course the first (three) Death Albums are a huge influence for us. Sometimes I do have the feeling that people forget what sort of music Chuck created especially by writing his first two albums. So Death has always been a huge inspiration. To name a third album (out of way too many) I would probably choose Asphyx "The Rack”… or Autopsy’s "Severed Survival”… or… Fuck, this question is too hard for me, haha! Just put all those big old school Death Metal albums from the beginnings together and you’ll get the message.
With a killer demo and a recent split released, what is the next move for Chapel of Disease?
Just today we set up our rehearsal room to get the recordings starting. So next weekend we’ll probably be recording the drumtracks for our first full length. We’re pretty excited about it and of course filled with some sort of nervousness… It’s the first full length and we want that one to rip! If all goes well, it is supposed to be released in December via FDA Rekotz.
In August we’ll all shit our pants at once because we’ll be playing at the Party San Festival here in Germany. So that’s something huge for us! After the album comes out we want to get a small tour going- maybe even over in the UK!, fuckin killer!- and then, we’ll just take it from there. One step after another.
Thank you for answering these questions and good luck in future endeavors, looking forward to what Chapel have in store for us in the future!
Thank you for the interview mate!
Interviewed by Daniel Alderson