ITALIAN PREHISTORIC METAL OF DEATH : INTERVIEW WITH THECODONTION
"Thecodontion is a Prehistoric Metal of Death band from Italy formed in 2016 and about prehistory, fossils, and geologic periods. NO GUITARS - ONLY DEATH!" (Excerpt from Thecodontion's bandcamp)
Hail Thecodontion ! You're a recent band from Italy playing Bestial Death Metal/Black Metal without guitars...And with lyrics about prehistory ! Can you introduce yourselves to our readers ?
G.E.F. (vocals): We officially formed in 2016 and thus far we've released a demo and an EP, named "Thecodontia" and "Jurassic" respectively. The idea for this project actually dates back a few years before (2012-2013), back then I've already wanted to form a black metal band without guitars and with a prehistoric imagery. Then I proposed my idea to G.D. and things took a different, but more focused direction, in a natural way.
PREHISTORICAL METAL OF DEATH FROM ITALY : THECODONTION
What is the story behind your prehistoric thematic ?
This « bestial/war metal » you play is maybe one of the most extreme kind of music ever created. What do you think about another real extreme genre, Grindcore ? (i think about it because of the proeminence of bass guitar into your music )
Are you working on an album ?
I often say italian bands are always originals ! What decided you to play that kind of extreme music without guitar ?
Can you give us your 20 favorite records ever ?
R.E.M. - Murmur, Reveal and Green
Oneohtrix Point Never - Replica
The Avalanches - Since I Left You
Discordance Axis - The Inalienable Dreamless
The Axis of Perdition - Deleted Scenes From the Transition Hospital
Death Grips - The Powers that B
Dalek - Asphalt for Eden
King Crimson - In the Wake of Poseidon
In Flames - Whoracle
Clarence Clarity - NO NOW
Code - Resplendent Grotesque
Faith No More - King or a Day, Fool for a Lifetime
Depeche Mode - Music For The Masses
dISEMBOWELMENT - Transcendence Into the Peripheral
Disasterpeace - FEZ OST
Tangerine Dream - Logos
Fripp & Eno - Evening Star
Franco Battiato - Sulle Corde di Aries
G.E.F.: It's hard to pick my 20 favorite albums ever... I'll try making a list of ten metal albums and ten non-metal albums that influenced me the most:
Bathory - Hammerheart
Type O Negative - Bloody kisses
Portal - Outre
Bathory - Under the sign of the black mark
Judas Priest - Screaming for vengeance
Antediluvian - Throught the cervix of Hawaah
Demilich - Nespithe
Slayer - Show no mercy
Thergothon - Stream from the Heavens
Celtic Frost - To mega therion
Sonic Youth - Goo
Cocteau Twins - Treasure
Franco Battiato - Patriots
Swans - The great annihilator
Primus - Pork soda
Depeche Mode - Music for the masses
Big Black - Songs about fucking
Fabrizio de André - Non al denaro non all'amore né al cielo
Devo - Q: Are we not men? A: We are Devo!
CCCP Fedeli alla Linea - Affinità-divergenze tra il compagno Togliatti e noi
This interview will be published in a book about different kinds of Black Metal, like Post-BM, Black/Death, True Black, atmospheric black... What is the part of Black Metal in Thecodontion? What do you think about the evolutions of the genre ?
When we listen to your EP Jurassic we can both learn a lot of things about prehistoric reptiles and headbang til death. Is it your goal to make a kind of « intelligent primitive music » ?
Are you going to play live ?