Who are you and what do you do in your band?
This is Philip. I am the vocalist and bass player.
When/where was your band formed?
Philip: We originally formed the band as a
side-kick in the late 2000´s. 3 of us played together in a different Brutal Death Metal Band since 2003. Symmetric Organ became „serious“ and stepped out into the spotlight in 2013 after we managed to complete our line up by getting lead guitarist Ivar into the game. Our Hometown is Dortmund in Germany.
Why did you choose to play Death Metal?
Philip: Simply passion! We try to express ourselves in the most intense and precious way we can. And harsh Death Metal (sometimes on the edge to Grindcore ) is what comes out when we do so.
How do you compose your music? Does only one guy do everything or does everyone contribute?
Philip: When it comes to composing, we're more a team player-band. Anyone can contribute ideas... And a song is not done until we're all happy with it. But every once in a while one of us comes around with an almost complete idea. For example Ivar did that twice until now. By the way a lot of ideas come from Andreas (Drummer) and myself...
Tell us about your lyrics, writing, inspiration etc.
Philip: Some friends of mine had a Death Metal Band in Switzerland back in the 90ies. They had a song called „Nothing is more brutal than Reallity“ That's a slogan that sums up the lyrical inpiration pretty well. A lot of the lyrics deal with freedom and state against the diffrent forms of hidden as well as obvious opression. There's alot of of real life horror out there that fits perfectly into Death Metal. But Death Metal without Zombies is not Death Metal. That's why some lyrics also deal with the living dead...
Is there an ideology behind your band?
Philip: We don't have any certain relgious or politcal agenda as major topic for the lyrical side of Symmetric Organ. And we don't want to preach in any way. But we do use our lyrics for criticism on society and the rotten world of today. At least to us that's no contradiction in terms.
How do you see the state of Death Metal music these days in your country and in general?
Philip: We've got tons of great (new or not not too new) bands and a lot of creativity here in Germany coming from the underground. But we're still far away from the hype of the Mid-90´s since 60´s/70´s Occult Rock is even bigger in the German Metal Scene of today. In General I think Death Metal is growing back to old strength with a lot of exiting stuff from all around the world. Especially the smaller countries of South America and Asia have brought up a few great bands in the past three to five years or so. And the technical level increased so fucking much... The climate for extreme music seems not too bad at all!
What are your long term plans as a band? What do you want to achieve?
Philip: Music is always ment to be played and heard. That's what really thrills us may it be as listeners or as a playing band. Doing that is hell of a privilege and great fun. We want to keep that up as long as possible. Anything else time may bring.
Name an other Death Metal band from your country that everyone should hear.
Philip: World Downfall, Defeated Sanity, Deadborn, Sophicide, Sufferage, Phobiatic... to name a few...
Thank's for having us here! Horns up and keep it brutal!