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INTERVIEW: Tore Lunner and Fredrik Vindfallet, Matanzick – February 2014

| 28 February 2014 | Reply

INTERVIEW: Tore Lunner and Fredrik Vindfallet, Matanzick – February 2014
By Lars Westgard

Matanzick 2014

Although Matanzick was formed as late as 2010, the members collective experience with creating music adds up to several decades. Having honed their skills in various other bands, each with success locally, the guys joined forces to record Matar in February 2010, and never looked back. They are now establishing themselves as one of the hardest hitting live bands in eastern Norway, delivering an uncomprimising heavy metal sound, with both melodic and thrash elements.

Matanzick plays all original material , drawing on a variety of influences. Soul soothing guitar harmonies as well as brain pulverizing riffs make for a dynamic live experience at every concert. First and foremost, the guys define themselves as a live band, always giving their all on stage, energizing the audience.

Photo by Bente Sjovik Roen

Photo by Bente Sjovik Roen

I have been fortunate to witness them live twice, in 2010 their second live appearence and in 2013 as a well driven confident live act. In between touring Tore Lunner (rhythm guitar and lead singer) and Fredrik Vindfallet (bass) found the time to sit down with me for a chat. Their debut album Scars of insanity is just out on their own label, Insane Records, and has already recieved good reviews. The album is available for streaming on Spotify, iTunes, YouTube, Reverbnation and Soundclound, and worth a good listen for those who long back to the era of classic metal. It kicks off with Bad Old Habits Die Hard, a worthy opener on the album. It ends with Matar, written by Tore whilst battleing cancer. In between these two songs there are Sue Me In Hell, Scars Of Insanity, The Machine, Rules Of Engagement and Underworld, all of them nice old school metal songs.

Tore talks about his main influences being Pantera and Metallica whilst Fredrik started playing bass influenced by Queen. They both started playing their instruments in their teens, Fredrik played piano and guitar before ending up as a bassplayer. The other bandmates are Ole Kristian Oestby on lead guitar and Pal Gundersen on drums. They came up with the name Matanzick because it had no hits on Google, but now it does Fredrik tells me.

Tore tells me how they run everything themselves, long hours after their regular day jobs end, the real work starts. Press realeses, merch, shopping for venues to play, writing material…and so on. At the end of the day it’s an economic loss, but playing live, being on stage and being at one with the crowd makes up for it ten fold. That’s the driving force behind Matanzick, which they master so well. A carpenter by trade, Fredrik relies on his vacation to be able to tour, his girlfriend sells merch during gigs and helps out in any way possible. As is the case for the rest of the band as well, a hardworking small family of metal proletarians.

Matanzick

In May 2013 they toured Norway with the American band Death Bed Confession who loved the guys so much that they invited them over to The States to tour with them. In June they fly over to play shows in Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Diego, Phoenix, Alburquerque and Denver. ”It’s a dream come true,” Tore tells me. ”Being able to perform live to other audiences throughout the world is what it’s all about.” The live set includes older songs only avaliable for those attending their gigs as well as some new ones.

Matanzick live

Both Tore and Fredrik tell me they will slow the pace down a little after the American tour. They have been hard at it for a long time and need some time to start thinking about that second album. Writing new material is time consuming and the follow up album is always a crucial one for any band.

As a guy who lived the 80’s metal scene, it’s a treat to see and hear these guys. Good clean vocal, melodies, hard riffs, tight rythm section, in a metal world much dominated by different core styles of metal, this is something else. A fresh breath if you like, worth checking out.

 

Shane

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