“I want to represent what I am, what Savage Deity is! We want to show the true Death Metal from Bangkok / Thailand to the world!”
It is quite a hard task to keep track of what is happening in the most exotic parts of the planet when it comes to Extreme Metal. Thailand, a country mostly known for its tourism, body massage shops, crazy night-life, Mua Thai boxing and tourist destinations, perhaps has become one of the fastest growing Metal hubs in Asia; especially when it comes to the “underground cult”. Savage Deity is an old school Death Metal band hailing right from the streets of Bangkok. Formed in 2010, Savage Deity has a 7” vinyl split EP with Goatchrist666 and has performed at the Siamese True Metal Festival with the Black / Death Metal legends Impiety.
Heavily influenced by the old predecessors of Death Metal, Savage Deity exhorts rebel against all the conventional false religions & deities and summons upon the ancient occult entity through their music. On the 16th of November, Savage Deity is going to have their international debut at Banish The Posers Fest 2013 in Bangladesh. GMA's Bangladesh Correspondent Nabil Abaddon caught up with Ray Mullaxul over the internet, lead guitarist and the founder member of Savage Deity and talked to him about their trip to Bangladesh for Banish The Posers Fest 2013, their upcoming full length album and much much more.
Infernal Hails to you brother Ray! You are the lead guitarist of a young Death Metal band from the depths of Thailand. Would you like to tell us how did the band come about? What is the meaning behind the band moniker? Please tell us the ideological references for such band name.
We began at the end of 2010, the band initially started with Twish on bass and vocals and me on guitars, Tanasan from Nuclear Warfare then joined to play drums with us. We recorded and self-released a demo “Rehearsal Tape 2011” and also worked on a 7” vinyl split EP “Icons of the Wicked” with Goatchrist666 in 2012. We have gone through some line up changes this year. We have Thinnarat on drums now (replacing Tanasan) and our second guitarist Saran aboard. So we are a four piece band at the moment. Now, we are about to release our debut album ‘Amulet of Sin’ from Slaughterhouse Records (USA) and looking forward to playing some gigs.
By the name ‘Savage Deity’, we refer to the ideologies of ‘The Ancient Ones’, ‘Occult God’, sometimes the ‘Evil God’ or ‘Satan’ from the ancient dark side.
Banish The Posers Fest 2013 is going to be Savage Deity’s first international gig. How excited are you guys? What are you expecting from the Bangladeshi metalheads?
I’m f**king excited to be there! It seems like ‘I am gonna play this gig and I’m gonna have some adventure too!’ This is really our first overseas gig and first time in Bangladesh too. I’ve heard that Bengal metalheads are fucking awesome! The hellish crowd and the consistent concert goers are there. I wanna see them all in front of stage when Savage Deity goes there!
Do you have much idea about the Bangladeshi Metal scene? Do you follow any bands from the Bengal?
I think the Bengal metal scene is awesome. I’ve seen in the photos that everyone goes to the shows and makes a big crowd. I don’t know much about the bands though. But I’m certainly a big fan of Orator! They’re the most bestial Metal act ever in Bengal scene.
If I am not mistaken, you guys have played at the ‘Siamese True Metal Festival’ for two years in a row, right? How has been the experience? Please tell us more about the festival.
Actually, We’ve played at the STM festival only in the first year, on 2011. The gig included 15 bands and started from mid-day till the midnight. We performed with great bands like Impiety, GxSxD, Surrender Of Divinity, Zygoatsis at that gig. It was a great experience.
Savage Deity is going to come up with their debut full-length album “Amulet of Sin” this year from Slaughterhouse Records, USA. Any insights about the album? Is it going to be out in tape format or CDR?
The album will be released in CD format worldwide and the production is going to be limited to 500 copies only. We will also release the album in tape format via Demonized Productions, Thailand.
Get a glimpse on what awaits for you in the album ‘Amulet of Sin’ here
What is the Metal scene like in Thailand in terms of what festivals are there, venues, labels, media and most importantly the bands? Which bands would you recommend us from there? Also tell us about the fans and how they support Metal?
We have no big festivals here yet. We have a newly opened Metal shop called ‘Sick Chainsaws Metal shop’ by the label Sick Chainsaws Productions. I’d like to recommend Thai bands like Goatchrist666 (Black / Death Metal), Intricated (Brutal Death Metal), Heretic Angels (Legendary Death Metal), Zygoatsis (Black / Death Metal), Surrender Of Divinity (Black Metal) etc. Thai fans are really supportive to the bands. They also support by going to the gigs in the middle levels.
Lets talk a bit about you Ray, how did you get into Metal music, playing Death Metal and who do you take your inspirations from?
I’ve been into this music ever since I was a kid and my father inspired me to pick up the guitar. He’d play the videos of Queen, Gun n Roses, Metallica and Def Leppard and teach me the songs on the guitar. When I was about 15 years old, I got the compilation CD ‘Best of Roadrunner’ from which I discovered bands like Sepultura, Obituary, Deicide, Malevolent Creation, Suffocation, Pestilence and Death. I was totally blown away by their music. I told myself that I must get all the f**king stuffs of these bands! I became a crazy fan of Death Metal right away and began practicing my guitar skills. I take my inspirations from my favorite Death Metal guitarist Trey Azagthoth from Morbid Angel!
Can you give me five albums that you would want to take to your grave?
The five albums would be
Whats your take on religion and spirituality?
I just have interest on occultism and anti-christianity. I don't need Jesus Christ because I have my own way of seeking truth and the Christians way back then would have said that I am evil because they had this authoritarian type of view and they wanted to control everything. I don’t believe in any of the Gods at all.
What are the future plans of Savage Deity? Any more tours outside your country or any festivals coming up?
Yes, we are looking forward to more gigs and overseas tours in 2014 to promote our debut album ‘Amulet Of Sin’ !
Savage Deity has a split with Goatchrist666 called “Icons Of The Wicked” which came out via Legion Of Death Records. Please tell us more about that alliance.
Absolutely! Goatchrist666 are our blood brothers. We wanted to show our brotherhood to the world. We had to contact with so many labels to release a split EP in 7” vinyl format but they ignored us. Until we contacted with ‘Shaxul’ from Legion Of Death Records and we finally released it in 2012. The production was limited to 300 copies and included 2 exclusive tracks from each band.
It has come to my attention that Savage Deity will be on a compilation featuring the most gruesome cult bands like Mantak, Belligerent Intent, Twisted Fate, Orator etc. When is it coming out? What do you make of the underground cult movement in this part of the world?
Mark Aitken from Twisted Fate is the person who is managing everything. He can tell you better. It’s the compilation of the bands from South East Asia, also from the Australian region. Well, I just want to do my own thing. Attitude, goal and the stand point is very important. I want to represent what I am, what Savage Deity is! We want to show the true Death Metal from Bangkok, Thailand to the world!
Gratitudes for your time Ray. Looking forward to Savage Deity’s performance in BTPF 2013. Ave! Any last words for the readers and fans?
Thank you so much GMA, for the great interview session. To all the Bengal Metalheads, See you in Dhaka! Get ready for our gruesome sacrifice and the upcoming debut album ‘Amulet Of Sin’!