Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.
Maxdmyz has been in existence since the Millennium with more members, dead and living, than we care to remember. We achieved some notoriety on the industrial metal scene in the band’s early years – live sex acts, chainsaws, bloodletting (the usual stuff) – maybe what persuaded Eminem to use our song, No Control, as a backer for one of his tunes. The band’s been in its latest incarnation for a year or so now – things really came together when Roger joined us on guitar last year – it’s by far the best line-up we’ve ever had. Along with Roger, who was the leading light in German metallers, Apophis, we’ve got Jay on drums, Twister on vocals, the remaining founding member, Vortex on programming and A’Zedd on bass. Our last two releases are the ones we’re proudest of – the Cosmic Hearse EP and the album The Hate Plane from last year.
How would you describe your style? Which bands influenced your music?
Alternative, progressive metal – but incorporating elements of thrash, classic rock and death – with maybe a little rap metal/drum ‘n’ bass lurking in there on the side. Influence is a funny thing though – and it’s not always immediately obvious or audible. We all of us listen to a huge variety of acts – from Lady Gaga, Square Pusher and Judas Priest, to Miles Davis, Morbid Angel and Origin. But, basically, we feel represented by heavy, intense, passionate, melodic music. We’re cynical romantics…
Why should a metalhead buy your demos/albums?
Here’s the thing – our music spans quite a few sub-genres – and that kind of makes sense when you look at the range of our influences. There’s just stuff we love – and we’d bore ourselves senseless if we too rigidly embraced or subscribed to a particular style – so our tunes sound as if they were prepared in different kitchens, although the recipe’s the same – this is the band’s glory and frustration. Sometimes people like things simple – and our commitment to doing the music that just emanates from us (rather than self-censoring) makes us tough to label – and people like labels, they’re safe, comforting and familiar. At times, our music can be challenging and that can give people like a bit of anxiety – they don’t know what to think or how to respond, unless someone tells them how.
What have you released so far and how were your releases received by the public/media?
Over the years, we’ve released a lot of music – most of it well-received and getting good reviews – some middling, a few awful. Good reviews help sales – but, whatever people say, you know in your heart of hearts whether it’s any good or not.
Do you play live as well? How's your live activity so far?
This band is at it’s best live – it’s uber-intense and full on. We give everything – absolutely everything – when we’re on stage – we can give no more, and our crowd deserves nothing less.
What should labels/zines/promoters know about your band? Why should they be interested in it?
Easy. It may not appeal to a fan who defines their tastes in narrow generic terms – we complicate that process too much, because we’re challenging and diverse. But, most people I know, once they move past the purist stage have albums and love stuff from all across the spectrum – what we love about this band is our ability to integrate and synthesise styles as diverse as seventies rock, thrash and classic metal. Our music, at its best, is timeless, classic, and contemporary. It’s not easy to ascribe a given tune to a particular moment in recent rock history – much less a specific narrow style. The reason that people should give a damn about this band is that we integrate all the best there’s been in rock and metal and make it one. Whatever humanity loves about heavy music, whatever its constituent elements, we bring it all together,
What plans do you have for the near future as a band?
We’re recording and writing a new album with Roger, and working with legendary producer Ays Kura – it should be out in the autumn.
Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?