|1. How did the band get started? How did you meet
and how long have you been together?
As a band weve been together for about seven years. We started
FOI in 1993. Basically I met Vasyl (bass / vocal) on Cannibal Corpse
show in Chicago and after getting drunk few times we decided to form
a band that would concentrate on playing death / black metal. To complete
the line up we added Andrzej on drums, whom I knew from Poland and
Adrian on guitar, with whom Vasyl played before in his previous Death
2. How would you describe your music?
Mark Trela: I would simply describe it as a death metal
(some say its technical) with the touches of black. But I think
were simply becoming a death metal band. Our music may still
have some elements of black metal but now days we more concentrate
on structures and rhythms, which is something that black metal usually
lacks and thats why it became so fucking boring within last
few years. I still love good black metal, but I think that most of
the new black metal bands are just talentless garbage. Listening to
all this new black metal compilations just makes me sick
cause you wont find almost anything interesting in them.
3. What are your biggest influences?
Trela: At the beginning it was mostly death and black metal that
inspired us. Bands such as Morbid Angel, Carcass, At the Gates
Not to mention Slayer or Metallica. Now days its every kind
of good music. But in order to be accepted by us it has to have a
certain extreme edge to it. We hate mediocrity! Its hard to
say what inspires me directly...probably everything that I listen
to inspires me in one way or another. One day I listen to Angel Corpse,
next day Portishead...though you will never find Portishead element
in our music, he, he!
4. What made you want to be in the
band? And if you werent in the band what would you be doing
Mark Trela: To be on the stage and see metal
maniacs get crazy in front of you, while listen to your music was
probably one of our ultimate dreams (and still is) when we started
FOI. Also have our music released officially and have it admired by
people (even if there would be only few of them) and of course travel
different countries. Even though Im in the band Im doing
other things that I think I would do even if I wouldnt be playing.
Things like school, and get drunk once a while ha, ha.
Are any band members in side projects? If so what are they, and explain
a little about them.
Mark Trela: No, there are
no side projects beside Forest of Impaled. Everyone in the band puts
all his time and energy into Forest of Impaled.
would you feel if a band took their sound from yours and became very
Mark Trela: That would probably never
happen, he, he, but I guess I would be kind of glad. That would mean
that we did something right. Also pissed off at myself that we didnt
do it before that band did.
7. What current bands do you
like or respect?
Mark Trela: Im very much
into Type O Negative lately
. I just cant stop listen
to their fucking music
. Its like a drug for me. I think
Worlds Coming Down is a best album Ive heard
in 1999 and the best in 2K so far. I like Steeles cynicism and
honesty in interviews. Though I still think some of the things they
did are really gay which really fucking bugs me, cause they could
be a perfect band for me if not for that gay moments in their music,
ha, ha. Angel Corpse is also the band I really like and respect. They
have so much energy live, their albums are great, and they are very
intelligent and well spoken people.
8. How many demos/albums
do you have? Tell me about them!!
We have three demos and one full-length album Demonvoid.
Our very first demo "Dark Wilderness" was recorded by ourselves on
the 4-track in our practice room and was only distributed for handful
of maniacs and friends in the underground. "Dark Wilderness" contained
very good songs and had early At the Gates style with some black metal
feel. It was recorded back in 1994 and actually for the new album
we wanted to re-record one of the songs from that demo, but we change
our minds at the end. "Mortis Dei" was a professionally recorded demo
that turned into the mini CD and got us signed with rip-off label
from Minnesota - Terrorizer / Nightfall. I still think that "Mortis
Dei" is great piece of extreme metal music. It was recorded in 1995
and it was played in fast black metal style. Some people compared
to Emperor or Marduk, even though it never sounded to me like that
and I think it has its own unique sound. After "Mortis Dei" we recorded
third demo "The Seventh Dominion". It was recorded in 1998 and I think
it was our best material to date. All of the songs from "The Seventh
Dominion" were re-recorded for "Demonvoid" with better production
and slight changes in arrangements. I think the last demo was the
most important, simply because it got us signed to Red Stream, which
we are very happy about. "Mortis Dei" also established some recognition
in the underground, which also helped us a little. Finally our first
full length, Demonvoid is I think our best material to
date. It still has some elements presented on the Mortis Dei
but this time we concentrated more on better structures and arrangements.
We also incorporated a lot of death metal elements into our music
making it more aggressive. I think Demonvoid would satisfy
every brutal death or black metal fan.
9. What demo/album
do you like the best?
Mark Trela: Of course we
like our latest release Demonvoid the best. It has the
best production of all our released works and has songs that we created
most recently, which means they are the most fun to play.
10. What is the meaning behind the songs?
Trela: Were all anti religious people and mostly our lyrics
deal with anti religion, anti Christian themes, even
though it may not always be obvious when you read the lyrics. Also
some of our lyrics are about our fascination with medieval battles
and artillery and some evil obsessed historical figures such as Vlad
Tepes. Adrian is the author off all lyrics and some of the lyrics
portray his personal views so its sometimes hard for me to talk
11. What are the bands favorite songs?
Mark Trela: Our favorite songs are the tracks from the
new album such as, For Ours is the Kingdom (Desecrate the Heavens),
The Impaler, Wings of Apocalypse. These are the songs that best represent
our new musical progression and they also were created last before
we went to the studio to record Demonvoid.
What does the future hold for the band?
Hopefully some tours. We are working right now with our Mexican
connections to organize a mini tour in Mexico which would be
great. Also we hope we can tour Europe somewhere in the near future.
Also our goal is to have new material ready by the summer and record
new album by the end of the summer 2000.
13. If you could
play with any band who would it be and why?
Realistically, I would love to play with Angel Corpse. I saw them
live once and they have so much energy and are so extreme
just like everything about this band. They are also relatively new
so I think Forest of Impaled would be perfect to open up for them
on some kind of tour.
14. Who writes the majority of the
Mark Trela: Me and other guitarist Adrian
write all the music in Forest of Impaled. However arrangements are
done by everyone in the band. The drummer puts the drum beats the
way he thinks they suit the music. Same goes with vocalist and keyboard
player. They create their parts the way they think is the best for
a specific song. Of course everyone in the band gives their own opinions,
and if someone doesn't like something we usually change it until everyone
15. Where did you get the band name from?
Mark Trela: Forest of Impaled is a direct reference to
Prince Vlad Tepes, and his reign of terror. During his time Vlad had
a very sadistic hobby of placing humans on wooden stakes and creating
a makeshift forest. Thus you have Forest of Impaled (mortals or humans)
it is a phrase.
16. Describe what the band is like live?
Mark Trela: We are always very aggressive and
full of energy. We play song after song with just a little brakes
simply to create more aggressive feel of the whole show, we use a
lot of dim lights, lots of red, always a fog machine. Our vocalist
wears a hooded cape as some kind of evil monk. We always try to be
more than just ordinary death / black metal band.
If you are gonna do any kind of video what would be in it?
Mark Trela: We would probably do a live type of thing
with some great stage show...unless we would have a big budget. I
mean most of the underground metal videos suck, because they are so
cheese and done poorly by some amateurs, simply because there was
not enough budget to do something creative. And sometimes when you
see a great band with a gay video you somehow loose respect for the
band. In my opinion you cant almost never go wrong with the
live show type of video, cause you always get the aggression from
playing live and natural behavior. Though if we would have lots of
money and professional director we would definitely do something dark
and extreme...like maybe try to recreate one of the Vlad Tepes impalments.
18. Are there any touring plans made; if so tell me about
Mark Trela: Not really, only a local shows.
Red Stream is still too small label to organize a full-size tour but
hopefully it will change in the near future. Also, we think well
finally do a Milwaukee Metal Show this year, so anyone who likes FOI
can check us out live there.
19. Where do you think the
band will be 20 years from now?
Mark Trela: I
never though about that. I will be so old that I wont probably
have any energy to hold my guitar, he, he.