Interview: Herr Brummbar and Herr Hornad from Chainsword

BOLT THROWER!!!! Ok, now I should have your attention.

Chainsword from Poland have just released a cracker of a Death Metal album in Blightmarch (27 Feb 2021 on Godz ov War Productions) and yes, the Bolt Thrower worship is present, but this album is still its own beast! I can’t wait for my CD to arrive, although it will be a while as its gotta travel about 15,450km from Warsaw to Melbourne!

Anyway, I am Steve from Aussie Death Thrash band, Aeons Abyss, and here is my HIGHLY ENTERTAINING interview with Chainsword.

Chainsword in 2021 are Herr Brummbär, Sarin Spreizer, Herr Hornad, Wutender Ente and Herr Feldgrau (order of members in photo unknown)

Chainsword is a great name for a Death Metal band.  How did you come up with the name, who’s in your band, and when did you first start?

Herr Brummbar: I think the name’s been conceived by our drummer Herr Feldgrau after overdosing on Warhammer 40K books and passing out on dinner time. Apart from myself and him, there’s also Wutender Ente weilding the bass and our two axemen: Herr Hornad and Sarin Spreizer. We’ve had this line-up since around 2019, but the band itself was formed three years prior.

Your new album “Blightmarch” is now out.  What are 3 things we need to know about this release, and tell us about the name of the album?

Herr Brummbar: First, let’s talk ‘bout the last thing. “Blightmarch”, the title track, is a song about the young boys, who happily went to fight in 1914 and quickly got in a situation which is best summed up by the lyrics: “With first barrage reality kicks in. Shells turn boys into old men”. 100 years passed and it’s still shocking to see old clips from the era, showing kids in uniforms smiling at the camera, ‘cause they’re on an adventure and will be back home by Christmas. Needles to say, lots of them didn’t even survive till’ next Friday.

Herr Hornad: All of humanity are fools who go blindly into the abyss. It is best at creating tools of total destruction, selfish indulgence and selfdestructs itself by burning their home.

What is your favourite track and why?

Herr Brummbar: I love Dead Hand Call – the primitive caveman blastbeat part in particular. 06.08 09:15 is an amazing finale for the album, I’m really proud of how it turned out. I’m very pleased with the entire album to be honest, it’s hard to to pick just one song.

Herr Hornad: 06.08 09:15 is the best for me, it is showing how the humanity makes no sense, how we are going into destruction unaware of consequences. We are fucking sheeps following the wolves

Who did your album artwork and what is the story behind the image?

Herr Brummbar: Wilson German Arrieta. We asked him if he could draw something in the vein of a conjoined twin of war, chaos and the worst nightmare you can think of and he came up with this beast. Highly recommend you check out his other works. He does some really disturbing and powerful shit. Great stuff.

Artwork by Wilson German Arrieta

What other bands would potential listeners of your album enjoy?

Herr Brummbar: First and foremost: Bolt Thrower. If you dig us, you may also find interest in Asphyx, Unleashed, Hypocrisy, Vader, LIK, Bloodbath and Repugnant. That’s just from the top of my head.

Herr Hornad: I can add Entombed, Dismember, etc…

Tell us one amusing thing or story about your band

Herr Brummbar: It may look like we’re a bunch of boring dorks, but I can’t think of a story worth of mentioning here… Seriously, I’m struggling here.

Herr Hornad: I have one: during my first rehersal with Chainsword I wanted to show the guys that I’m so fuckin’ “true”, that while playing I broke my BC Rich Warlock IN HALF by using too much force. It is repaired now and has a big place in my bad ass soul.

What is the metal scene like in Poland?

Herr Brummbar: It’s quite big and diverse. You’ve got the classics, like Vader, Behemoth and Kat (but only the old, pre-schism stuff). There’s plenty of huge-at-the-moment bands, like Hate, Mgła, Decapitated, just to name a few. There’s also many crap bands, but it’s inevitable and I’ll spare mentioning any of them. The scene in majority became very black metal-oriented recently. A weird phase, weird fashion, but it brought us some fantastic stuff as well. Oh, and the fans. They are THE SHIT. Amaizing, vigorous and prepared for anything, just to see their favourite band play.

Herr Hornad: Huge and Hard like a bulging cock of the Oldest Metal Motherfuckers.

What have you got coming up in the next 6 months

Herr Brummbar: Promoting the album in any way possible, which may be hard during the pandemic. We’re also looking forward to a vinyl press of Blightmarch.

Herr Hornad: Survive, whatever it means.

Last Question – What is your favourite War Movie and why?

Herr Brummbar: There’s the Holy Trinity of war movies: Battle for Midway, A Bridge Too Far and Battle for Britain. Dunkirk was great, Fury was entertaining. There’s a lot of massive classics, like Das Boot, Stalingrad, but I’ll go with Starship Troopers and Blackadder goes forth!.

Herr Hornad: Inglourious Basterds. And some polish classics: “J23 znowu nadaje… Stawka większa niż zycie”, “Czterej pancerni i pies”

About Steven - Aeons Abyss 41 Articles
I do the music for the band Aeons Abyss, and also co-host The Metal Podcast on Spotify. I have been into Metal since the mid-80s, growing up in country Victoria, Australia. Some of my favourite bands from back in the day include Morbid Angel, Slayer, Obituary, Bolt Thrower, King Diamond, Megadeth, Sabbat and Iron Maiden. I am a massive fan of Aussie Metal, and underground metal in general, and for me, nowadays the scene is very much akin to the tape trading days when metal first started; but instead of tapes we have Bandcamp, websites like Noob Heavy, and Social Media platforms. These are the tools to network with other underground metal bands and metal fans from all over the world. A little about my band: Aeons Abyss formed in 2017 and we play our own brand of Death Thrash Metal. Our music is on all streaming platforms and Bandcamp, where we also sell our merch directly to fans. Also, our lyrics are a very important component of our music, so much so that our vocalist is known as "Death Metal Poet".

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