27 Mar
Interview with GRIMOIRE


Welcome to the FILTHY DOGS OF METAL Webzine.

Tell us a few things about GRIMOIRE (Members, Starting Year etc).
Aleksander Hybś on bass guitar
Filip Małż on drums
Eryk Jakubczyk on guitar
and Jakub Zajkowski on vocals

JZ: We started in the middle of 2021. All of us came from different musical backgrounds. We were connected by the idea of old-school, fast and raw heavy metal but without any genre boundaries or limitations.

You have recently released your EP ''Threats''. What is the feedback from your audience as well as from the press?
EJ: None from the press at the moment except you and overwhelmingly positive from fans. We're actually surprised how well it turned out, it definitely keeps us going.

Label or DIY and why?
JZ: We don't give a fuck. If some label wants to release our music let it be. If it comes to“THREATS” we have done it all by ourselves. Most important thing is not to let anyone tell us what and how to play our music.

Do you prefer Vinyl, Tape, CD or Digital Format and why is that?
EJ: Digital. Don't get me wrong, physical releases are great but 90% of time I'm listening to shit on streaming since it's way more convenient. Also I'm way too poor for collecting CDs of everything I'm listening to. That being said - support your local scene by buying their CDs instead of buying the new AC/DC compilation.

JZ: I don't have equipment for vinyls but I love how they sound. For now I collect mostly CDs and tapes of underground bands, cause I'd love to start collecting all the shit on vinyls.

Your music style is Heavy/Speed Metal. Which are your main influences (Favourite Artists / Bands etc.)
FM: I look up for influence everywhere, from doom/stoner through fusion/jazz. My all time favorite bands are Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and Motley Crue. I’m also in love with African rhythms expect that on new songs!

EJ: Man I listen to too much shit to be influenced by anything in particular. My favourite band is Alice in Chains, I listen to a shit ton of both old school and modern hip-hop, basically every genre of metal in some capacity, even djent or nu (which I know is heresy for some), although thrash and death are the ones I listen to the most. When it comes to guitarists - Marty Friedman, Jerry Cantrell, Jason Becker, Chuck Schuldiner, Paul Masvidal, Synyster Gates, Trey Azagthoth, Kim Thayil.

AH: When it comes to my musical influences, as EJ and FM, I listen to a lot of different stuff. Starting from all kinds of metal music through funk and jazz.

JZ: Three times I’ve tried to answer that question but its too hard. Too many bands, so lets just say LED ZEPPELIN.

Which things do you think a Band should sacrifice in order to succeed? Have you ever sacrificed anything in your life for a better future for your Band?
JZ: Fuck success. We’re here to play some heavy metal and not letting that shit about success to fuck with our brains. I don’t mind staying underground. For sure in the underground you can find the purest and most personal stuff that came all from the soul. And for sure no band success is worth for example being dickhead to your close ones.

EJ: Well I've spent more money than I wanted to fix my gear and also I've cancelled a date once for a rehearsal so there's that.

FM: Hmm... it’s demanding for me to play in three bands. (Typical drummer) But I love that as fuck! I wouldn't say sacrifice, say investment instead. Music is an expensive hobby, but I believe every penny you spend will result in better performance.

Describe your ideal live show as a performance Band. Have you already experienced that?
EJ: Civil unrest, riots and a single dog.

AH: Cool place, great sound engineer and favorite bands to play with.

FM: I don’t remember being arrested and fighting with cops naked... So perfect gig? Not yet!

JZ: I guess that would be a Motorhead's gig.

Which attributes, do you think, that a new Speed Metal Band should have in order to gain identity and be unique?
EJ: They shouldn't try to play speed or any genre in particular, just play what they think is good and makes them feel good. Setting up boundaries from the start is the worst thing you can do as a musician, it limits your creativity. Think about it - I can't imagine Tom Angelripper telling his bandmates on their first rehearsal that from now on they're going to play black/speed and that’s it.

AH: There are no attributes that will make you unique. If you want to sound unique just play what you think sounds good.

Do you believe that Digital Platforms help the new Speed Metal Bands? Which, do you think, is the ideal way for a Band to promote its work?
EJ: Yes and no. It's way easier to release something now, just look at us, but on the other hand the competition is waaaay stronger, also look at us. I think that the best way is to do your thing and people will eventually catch onto it.

Tell us a few things about the New Underground Metal Scene in Poland (Bands, Fanzines, Webzines, Metal Clubs etc.)
JZ: In the past few years our scene has gone through some kind of renaissance. We have plenty of bands that are more than great. My personal favourites are Armagh (CHECK OUT FUCKING SERPENT STORM ALBUM), Wielki Mrok, Frightful, Pandemic Outbreak, Gallower, Dagger Maniac, Torpor and Nightbound. Great respect for your work fuckers, you make polish scene great again. Also have to mention Sign of Evil Productions, Diabolic Force, First Wave Only and Black Silesia Productions. Don’t stop, cause we need you.

EJ: Frightful, Pandemic Outbreak, Species, Wielki Mrok, Armagh, Truchło Strzygi, Night Lord, NIghtbound, Gallower, Buddah, Black Hosts, Pandemic, Leprozorium, Torpor, Mara, Dagger Maniac, Nekrokrekro - all killer shit.

FM: I’m new to the metal scene to be honest. We played with great bands that I loved immediately : Gallower, Buddah, Leprozorium, Night Lord, RIP, Species!

Do you know anything about the Hellenic Metal Scene?
JZ: FLAMES and RAVENCULT and I love it, but that's all.

FM: 1000mods counts?

What are your future plans?
AH: We want to release a long play and do as many gigs as we can. It would also be great to release some merch in the near future.

EJ: Release a lot of my ideas, cook some nice food, watch Robert Makłowicz, find love in life, spend more time with people I like. That and a gas grill.

JZ: Beat the horse and play metal!

Thank you very much for your time & Keep up the good work! The closure is yours.
JZ: Thanks for the opportunity to share some of our thoughts. Best wishes for all the music maniacs!

EJ: Always relax! Listen to Grimoire on the bus, while doing the dishes, while having sex or while masturbating, with friends, family or alone, just not while riding the bike on a speedway because that might be dangerous.

By Steve the Filthy Dog.





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