Only death can save you by David Cachia
Beheaded rolled into life in 1991 with Malta as a backdrop to its caustic roots of death metal. Drawing inspiration from death metal hailing from Europe and the US back then and diving head-on in the tape trading, zine, snail mail networks, Beheaded furnaced its demo Souldead in 1995. Statement made. European and worldwide record deals preceded the final cementation of the band as a placeholder in the extreme music scene. With six official releases under its belt, respect was gained through the energetic live set tying its relentlessness to its pure death metal inner sanctum. Several tours and Festivals in Europe, US and Asia have channelled this thick-skinned aural punishment to crowds all over bringing more devoted followers in this death cult. Years ahead have taken the tinge of freshened vigour – this beast is ready to deliver death metal of the highest calibre. The horror breathes and death is coming!
The artist for the artwork is Daniel Corcuera and the artwork is hand-painted. That is something we specifically wanted for this album as we felt it would give a stronger, more organic representation of the music. We gave the artist our input, an explanation of the concept as we viewed it, the lyrics to the songs and let him give his own twist and interpretation to it. ‘Only death can save you’ deals with death as one of the most integral and unavoidable parts of life, which however is a basic instinct of every being to fight against. No matter which way one looks at it, death is the only salvation from life.
Beheaded being around since the early 90s the band went through various lineup changes yet keeping a steady pace with quality releases throughout the years ultimately finding it’s footing from 2013 onwards with a more steady line up. Our latest release is ‘Only death can save you’ coming June 14th via Agonia Records and is the band’s sixth full-length album. The record can be described purely as a death metal album which draws a lot of inspiration from classic death metal without getting caught in the “being a nostalgia act” trap.
Inspiration can be drawn from many things but artistically we try to tap into the darker side of the human psyche and explore that dark place which in our case coming from a Mediterranean country with religion and politicals being the oppressor in cahoots, those are the areas where we draw the most inspiration from. Religious topics. Extreme music should be provocative and if it isn’t there would be no point for it.
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