Interview with DedMoroz (bass) and Doctor (drums) about the Thrash metal band, Pokerface.
Salutations to you both, how things are going?
DedMoroz: Hi, Carla! Everything fine, thanks.
Doctor: Hi, all the best. Thank you!
You’re the bass player of the Russian Thrash metal band called Pokerface. When the band was formed?
DedMoroz: The band Pokerface was formed in Moscow in 2013 by our drummer Doctor and ex-leader Dietrich. I came to the band in Autumn 2014.
You have debuted last year with the album entitled ”Divide and Rule”. Where the recordings took place?
Doctor: We were not interested in abroad producing – it’s a little bit expensive for DIY release, you know. So album was recorded and mastered in Navaho Studio (Moscow). It’s one of the best studios in Russia. Many heavy bands prefer to have a deal with Navaho. There are talented and outstanding sound engineers in crew. Highly recommend for extreme music.
Were the reviews positive ones for this release? What is the album’s story?
DedMoroz: Yes, almost all reviews were positive. Many well-known magazines and webzines give us average 7,5/10 and sometimes – 9/10. It’s very pleasant to know that we could make the album on such high quality that was warmly met not only in Russia but in Europe in a whole. We started to write this album while we were on tour with Sepultura, but the first song (Killed by Me) was written at the and of 2014. Some songs we remade several times (Human Control, Age of Terrorism) while others were born on the first try (Existence, All is Lie). The title song Divide and Rule was written a few days before the general recording. So, after the Summer Hell Tour we went to the Navaho studio for recording and then mixing and mastering.
The cover art of the album might suggest something…
Doctor: Yeah. The cover is great. It’s real painting, you know? In colors, about 1×1 meter. Exciting picture! The artist, Svetlana Golikova, didn’t have experience in extreme music covers. But she did best. There is a bit sinister scene – Poker with deadmens. You can recognize each deadman, of course. Main meaning of painting – don’t be crazy in playing against the higher justice. Never mind who you are – dictator, terrorist or the richest person in World. No matter.
Are you going to release new stuffs in the future?
DedMoroz: Yes, we have a plan to release the new album in this year. We already started to work about this and for now we have 2-3 songs in work. In parallel we are in contact with some European labels who are interesting in our release. We can find a deal, I hope.
Soon you are also going to tour over Europe. Have you ever toured in Europe before?
DedMoroz: Yes, we will go on tour this May. We already were on tour in Balkan countries last October with Polish groove band Thy Disease. It was our first experience of touring abroad. Many things were new for us even with our knowledge of supporting famous bands in Russia. Especially day-to-day concerts and very high rhythm of life. But we did our best and now we are ready to repeat this exciting journey.
Being a Thrash metal band, what are the influences that you are focusing?
DedMoroz: As far as music for the ”Divide and Rule” was written by our ex-guitarist Nick, we are focusing on creations of old school thrash bands such as Kreator, Sodom and Slayer. But some songs has influence from Sepultura, while other ones from Vader. But at last we want to have our own style.
Tell me what do you think about the metal scene from Russia, how is it?
Doctor: We need to buy several pages in magazine to explain what the scene we have. But in short terms: the music: really good, concurrent. Many genres are there – Thrash, Folk, Progressive, Symphonic metal, Electronics :Manic Depression, Arkona, Imperial Age, Siberain Meat Grinder and many bands; stuff and gears: the best in the world, we can buy or order any good stuff for activity now. Musicians , a few amount are really ambitious persons. But in common, nobody wants to do serious business, nobody believes in producers and promoters. The biggest part of band splits in about 2-3 years average without achievements, being unknown. Public and visitors: they are fans of foreign metal band’s. local metal is crap – foreign metal is godlike. That is not good, because we have some Russian bands better than European or American ones. Cargo cult in brains, you know.
What is your message for the fans?
Doctor: Hey, folks. I really appreciate the opportunity to tell you something. Please, don’t forget your dream, don’t lose the focus on your targets, no matter what is it – music, business, sexy girls from college. You have to know – step by step, breath by breath – you are moving straight forward to your final goal. You are the main boss of your life, be strong and don’t be scared. Bless you, my friends!
Thank you Dmitry and Doctor for your time. Cheers and hope to see you soon!
DedMoroz: Thank you Carla for this interview and wish you all the best!