Summon: How did the band get started?
Patrick: We started when we were 18. We played a lot of covers from Misfits and Metallica like a lot of other bands do as well. But after a while we started to write own stuff as “Pissdolls”. After 10 years our style changed, so we wanted to make a restart. Skeleton Pit was born.
Summon: What kind of music do you play?
Dominik: We play old-school thrash metal.
Summon: How has the fan response been?
Julian: Quite good. To be honest, we are really surprised how good the reaction was. Even people who normally don’t like thrash, sometimes say that they are enjoying our music.
Summon: Where did the band name come from?
Dominik: We just wanted a name, which sounds like thrash metal. We also think the word “Pit” is a big part of thrash metal, so we wanted it in the name.
Summon: Introduce the band members and what they do in the band.
Julian: We are Patrick on the Guitar, Dominik aka Doyle on the bass and Julian aka Lizzard on the drums.
Summon: Who writes the music? Lyrics?
Patrick: Normally Dominik and me are writing the riffs and the lyrics together, then we meet in our rehearsal room and put the stuff together with the drums. I would say this is our normal writing process.
Summon: And where do the lyric ideas come from?
Dominik: They just pop up in our head. Most of the time it is funny stuff about the typical thrash cliches. Partying, drinking but also zombies and such things.
Summon: What is your view in Satanism and Occultism?
Patrick: I think generally it is a quite interesting topic but neither of us really is into it. We are rather the party metal-head.
Summon: How many albums/CD’s have you released?
Julian: With Skeleton Pit this is our first album, but we released 2 EP’s and one LP before with the old Band.
Summon: Tell me about some the songs on the latest CD?
Patrick: All songs are quite fast and energetic. My favorites are “Hit in the Pit” and “Terror Tentacle” but I would say if you like fast thrash, you can bang your head to every song.
Summon: Do you have any side projects?
Dominik: Once a year we are having a party band and play a hometown show. But nothing serious. We want to concentrate on Skeleton Pit.
Summon: Who are some of your musical influences?
Patrick: Our biggest influences are the old thrash heroes from the bay-area like Testament and Exodus but also German bands like Kreator.
Summon: Which current bands?
Dominik: We absolutely love Havok. Last week we played with Lich King. They are great too.
Summon: What is the band like when you play live?
Julian: Energetic. We try to involve the crowd in our live shows. They should have fun when we play and not just listen to the music.
Summon: Have you guys ever played in another country?
Patrick: Not yet, but of course we have plans to do it. We hope to play a few shows across Europe in 2016.
Summon: How big of crowd shows up at shows usually?
Dominik: Hard to say. It really depends on the venue. Our last gig was in front of 70 people, but the club was stuffed. The week before we had a crowd of around 400 people. So it really depends on the size of the venue.
Summon: How is the crowd response when you play?
Julian: Normally the people really like it. I think our music is made for playing live because there you can bring the whole energy to the people.
Summon: What do you think of the US Black Metal/Death Metal scene?
Patrick: The scene itself is quite big and there is a lot of quality. As we are a thrash band, we don’t listen that much to black metal. But we like death metal too.
Summon: What do you think of the Overseas scenes?
Dominik: You mean Europe? For us it isn’t overseas…haha… there are a lot of great metal bands of course. Especially in Germany, where metal always was strong. I think the American bands love to play over here in Europe.
Summon: What are some of new favorite black metal/death metal bands?
Patrick: We really like Hackneyed, because they are close friends to us and they are really good musicians. Great sound, great people.
Summon: When do you guys plan on writing any new material?
Julian: We already wrote a few new song. One of them we played live on the last show. You shouldn’t stop writing new stuff when your album hits the shelves. After the album is before the next album. But i think you shouldn’t force it. Songs need a lot of work sometimes.
Summon: What does the future hold for the band??
Dominik: We don´t know. We can only hope for a successful album and a lot of live shows in 2016.
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