LIFELESS: Beyond The Threshold of Metal

Lifeless is anything but dead – instead this German entity celebrates death metal at it’s finest. Their latest disc entitled Beyond The Threshold Of Death has been re-released here in the States courtesy of Ibex Moon, featuring a cover of Casket Garden originally by the legendary Dismember. Let’s go beyond the threshold of metal and meet the devastating Lifeless brigade…

Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Lifeless, and how long the band has been together.
Hi. I’m Marc, guitarist and singer of Lifeless. The band has been together since August 2004, when Andy and I decided to found a band in the vein of the glorious 90´s Death Metal bands, which we adore since our youth. But due to some private issues it took some time until the band was finally formed. In early 2006 the first line up was completed and we started to rehearse as a real band.

Where in Germany in the band based out of and what is the metal scene like there?
We are based in North Rhine-Westphalia in western Germany, the state with the highest population in Germany. The metal scene here is fucking amazing and varied. Surprisingly Germany is a very big market for Death Metal but there are less bands playing this kind of Metal that arouse big attention abroad. Germany is still seen as the home of classic Heavy Metal and Thrash Metal I guess.

How did you wind up being signed to Ibex Moon Records, and did you know John from Incantation prior to the signing?
Well, it was Neil Bukdoll from Fatalist who came up with our name and suggested us as a potential new signing for Ibex Moon. I have been in contact with Neil for several years now. John was interested and offered us a deal. Of course I knew Incantation before since they are active for a long time now, but I didn’t know John before. Not personally.

What made you decide to cover Casket Garden by Dismember?
We used to cover this song at our live shows before. Of course Ibex Moon wanted us to do something as a bonus for the re-release so we decided to record this song. It is a great song but the original version sounds a little bit tamed, if you know what I mean. So we just did it a bit more dirty and faster. I even guess Dismember themselves would like the sound of our version more than the original, ha, ha. It is also a dedication of our respect to one of the best and truest Death Metal bands of the world. Dismember are gods!!!

With Fatalist being from another part of the world, how did you wind up doing a guest appearance on one of their new songs?
Well, Neil asked me if I would be interested in it. Both bands were recording songs for the soundtrack of After Party Massacre. He sent me the stuff; I did some vocals and sent it back. On our next album he will get his chance for a revenge, ha, ha.

Has Lifeless ever played here in the States or do you plan to do so in the future?
No, we haven’t played in the States yet, but we would love to do it. I hope we can work something out for the future. According to the great response we get from US we should play a tour there in any case.

What could one expect from a live Lifeless show?
A Lifeless show is just Metal to the core! Honest and pure beyond any image and wannabe shit. We are four Metalheads doing music for Metalheads. We go on stage and just rock to have fun wanting to share it with the audience. Banging, posing, having fun. That’s it basically. Just as it was in the good old days…

What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most after hearing Beyond The Threshold Of Death for the very first time?
It’s pure and honest feeling.

What German beer could you recommend to our readers and do you like American beer at all?
Oh, hard to say. The most popular German beer abroad is “Becks” if I got it right. But this is not the best German beer at least. There are so many different kinds of beer in Germany that it is really hard to decide which one is the best. My favourite one is “Kronen Pils” from our hometown Dortmund. And “Diebels Alt” is also great. Unfortunately I don’t know American beer yet. But if we ever do a tour in the States I will try as much of it as possible. Promised…

With Beyond The Threshold being a re-release, how close are you to writing and recording all new material?
Very close. The next album is almost composed completely. We hope to start recording it in late summer. The new material is way more varied and more melodic in parts but of course still old school to the core. There will be some great guest appearances on it too.

(Interview by by Kenneth Morton)

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