DEICIDE Commence Writing New Album, Contemplate Own Label

September 8, 2002

DEICIDE have commenced the songwriting process for their forthcoming studio album, which may or may not surface through the band's own label, drummer Steve Asheim told Britain's Live4Metal in a recent interview.

"We've got three or four songs we've been working with," Asheim said. "Musically, we're in that stage."

Asked about the direction of the new material, the drummer stated: "It sounds like DEICIDE. It's all it's cracked up to be DEICIDE-wise. It'll be heavy with brutal vocals, Satanic, and slobbering."

With regards to the band's label situation, Steve revealed that the group are presently reviewing all of their options

"We're trying to decide which way we should go, as far as future releases — if we should try to retain full ownership and just distribute it ourselves or if we should look for a new label to deal with," Asheim said.

"Owning your record is great and everything, but you still need to promote it and market it, and that costs a lot of money, man. Being able to produce a record costs enough money without having to push it and market it yourself too. It's a full time job too. It takes too much away from what we have to do already."

Asheim also commented on the band's previous label, Roadrunner Records, and the reasons for the group's eventual decision to leave the company rather than pursue the possibility of renewing their collaboration.

"[Roadrunner] backed us right around the time of Legion, and then after that their interest in death metal had dropped off," Steve stated. "They're a record label. They're not fans, they're a record label. They're just interested in the next trend. So, if our sales slip because the trend is switching from death metal to whatever is coming in…. or because they decide not to push it because they decide to push whatever is new… They had us signed for seven records. We just did the seven records until the end when they had absolutely no interest in death metal at all, but they still had us under contract. They accept the record we give them, they put it out — just because under the contract they have to put it out — but they don't put any money into promoting or marketing or setting up interviews. They just took no interest."

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