Summon: How did the band get started?
Fai Sall: Demonification was spawned in 1997 by me (Psycho Fai) on vocals / guitars and J.Rage Maniax on drums. It started because of our passion for Heavy Metal music like Judas Priest and Black Sabbath which started our vision that we must formed a Metal band. Back then we played mostly cover songs by Judas Priest and Black Sabbath. Soon after listening to Sodom, Kreator and Destruction, Demonification is only natural to Thrash Metal music.
Summon: What kind of music do you play?
Fai Sall: The kind of music that can kill your neighbors and make your ears bleed. Raging Blackened Thrash Metal.
Summon: How has the band response been?
Fai Sall: The respond from Metal maniax have been totally great. We got maniax from Singapore and Malaysia supporting us, even in Germany, France and Poland. Maniax have been constantly sending me letters, emails and bands would do tradings. I will say that the world Metal community is a great community of maniax hailing from different walks of life and we are totally under one big flag. And that is the Flag Of Metal.
Summon: Where did the band name come from?
Fai Sall: The name, Demonification, came from Shyaithan (Impiety). Back in 97, I was searching for a band name, so in order to get total evil and proper name, I’ll have to asked the goatfather himself. He suggested only one, and that is Demonification.
Summon: Introduce the band members
Fai Sall: I’m Psycho Fai, the original member of the band, leader, vocalists and guitarists. J.Rage Maniax, the first and original drummer for Demonification. Thoth Saitan, bass player, who just joined Demonification in Jan 2011.
Summon: Who writes the music? Lyrics?
Fai Sall: I would write down most of the music and lyrics. However if the other demons created any songs, we will work the songs out together as a unit.
Summon: And where do the lyric ideas come from?
Fai Sall: Lyrically, I write mostly topics about Satan, Devil, Demons, Hell, War, and so on and so forth. But for Espionage Of His Messenger EP (coming out soon), the topics I wrote is about The Messengers Of God viewed from the my point of view which I’ve read from the bible and quran and how misleading it is when I wrote the lyrics down. And we all know how sensitive Muslims is towards this topics too especially when there is a part about Mohammad in one of the songs. Maybe this release will be banned in some countries. Maybe not. Nevertheless, Espionage Of His Messengers will be one of the most proud record we’ve made.
Summon: What is your view in Satanism and Occultism?
Fai Sall: I’ve nothing much to say about Satanism and Occultism. As long as we are all under one Flag Of Metal, then I will shout, INFERNAL HELLISH HAILS!!!
Summon: How many albums/Cd’s have you released?
Fai Sall: These is Demonification discography:
1999 – A Thousand Sadness – Demo Cassette – Self Released – Limited 100 copies.
2000 – For The People – Demo CD-R – Self Released – Limited 100 copies.
2001 – Rehearsal Tape – Demo Cassette – Self Released – Limited 100 copies.
2002 – The Holocaust Continues – EP CD – Ravage Records.
2004 – Hell Metal – Album CD – Self Released – Limited 666 copies.
2005 – Bonded By Siamese Hellfires – Split w/ Ironfist – Cassette – InCoffin Productions – Limited 300 copies.
2011 – Hell Metal + The Holocaust Continues – CD-R – Self Released – Limited 666 copies.
Summon: Tell me about some the songs on the latest CD?
Fai Sall: Demonification upcoming record is Espionage Of His Messengers EP, contain 5 tracks, concentrating on the topics of the Messenger Of God in a negative way. With Raging Blackened Thrash Metal music. This will be a killer record. We have the songs, Solomon’s Death (instrumental), The Rebirth, Espionage Of His Messengers, Molten Lava, Neolithic, Destroyer Of Saba.
Summon: Do you have any side projects?
Fai Sall: No. I don’t have any side projects at the moment.
Summon: Who are some of your musical influences?
Fai Sall: Personally, I still prefer Thrash Metal music no matter if it’s old or new.
Summon: Which current bands?
Fai Sall: Bands that have tremendously influenced Demonification is Abhorer, Impiety, Nuctemeron, Sodom, Sadus, Destruction, Kreator and Motorhead.
Summon: What is the band like when you play live?
Fai Sall: Totally unprofessional, messy, destroyer of stages but Absofuckinglutely 666% Metal.
Summon: Do you have any type of stage props or special clothing?
Fai Sall: I put a gas mask on my mic stand. Our uniforms is leather, denim, spikes, bullets and Metal.
Summon: What was the best band you played with?
Fai Sall: I was with Ironfist during Demonification hiatus moments but in these 2 bands I played, I gave my full potential and passion for Metal music. So no biased answer from me. I’ll say Demonification and Ironfist.
Summon: Have you guys ever played in another country?
Fai Sall: With Ironfist, as a guitarist, we’ve played in Thailand and Indonesia. Whereas with Demonification, we have yet to get a gig overseas.
Summon: How big of crowd shows up at shows usually?
Fai Sall: In Singapore, it depends really. The recent concert I went to is Loudness, about 1000 people turn up for that night. But if local Singapore band plays anywhere in clubs or stage, maybe 100 plus people will turn up, the rest of 900 people did not attend. This I don’t understand. As for me, I’m a die hard metal and when there is a gig in Singapore, I’ll attend to bang my head provided if I’m not working on that day.
Summon: How is the crowd response when you play?
Fai Sall: The recent gig we played is Play Thrash Or Die 2 gig. The venue is like a sauna. Hot like hell. And the crowd felt the heat too. But they are crazy maniax as well, headbanging, body surfing, moshing, shouting, screaming, raping and molesting. It was a historical moment because for the first time, Demonification shared the stage with Malaysian Thrash Metal Bad People, Hereafter. A few days after the show, I received a letter from one of the maniax complimenting Demonification.
Summon: What do you think of the US Black Metal scene?
Fai Sall: My knowledge for USA Black Metal scene is not much. I go just a few total underground ones like, Kult Of Thorns, Ssenkrad, Xilentium. Some I received through tape tradings or through myspace.com. But I love the music coming from Toxic Holocaust, do you know that Joel and me have met and played on the same stage before back in 2004 during his days in Abigail? He is a total maniac and a warbrother of Metal.
Summon: What do you think of the Overseas scenes?
Fai Sall: It is the same as Singapore only more crowds in gigs because Singapore is the most smallest country on the map of the earth. So our population is very little. But of course we all in the world got the same problems like posers everywhere, rip offs, politics creator. Fuck, these things never die. There will always be those arrogant kids just into Metal music ruining the scene. Only the true survive.
Summon: What are some of new favorite black metal bands?
Fai Sall: The only new Black Metal bands I received is via tape tradings and letter writings to bands. No biased answer here. All bands I received and listen to is killer and good Metal music.
Summon: When do you guys plan on writing any new material?
Fai Sall: As I’m answering this interview, I’m also holding on to my guitar. So I’m writing it now as well.
Summon: What does the future hold for the band??
Fai Sall: The future is set to look like hell for Demonification as we plan to tour Asia and Europe (if all goes well) after Espionage Of His Messengers EP is out. We will be releasing more killer records. And of course meeting Metal Maniax worldwide is truly a pleasure. Thank you Summon for this interview and I urge you readers of Metal to check us and Asian bands out. Yes we are crazy and a maniac just like you. Thrash till Death.
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