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CREATIVE WASTE - INTERVIEW

SLAVES TO THE GRIND



OEF: We made an interview a couple of years ago for Obscene Extreme in Mexico, how are you doing guys? Does the band have any substancial change? 

Fawaz: We're doing great! We're just working on doing more of what we used to. Take it to another level, play more shows, more studio time.  A new album is currently being recorded and we intend on releasing it very soon.   

OEF: For the guys who don't know you, tell us a little about the band history. How did 3 arabian guys decided to play grindcore in a country that doesn't allow this music? 

Fawaz: Well, it didn't happen right away, the band went through many permutations until we finally decided that Grindcore is what we wanted to do. We experimented with many styles, who gets to play what instrument, etc...   We still cannot perform live shows, although Saudi claims to be undergoing major changes (when it comes to entertainment, events and such) since it did hold the first Comic Con recently. I heard from friends that attended that it didn't seem like the Saudi they knew at all, in terms of the prohibiting nature when it came to events that were aimed at youths instead of families. It's usually family orientated. 

OEF: We can't await for a new full lenght after all this time. Are you writing any new material? 

Fawaz: Yes, all written and being recorded, almost done with all the instrumentals. Vocals to be recorded soon. It will be 10 tracks, no album title or album cover yet but we will have it announced very soon. We're working with our good friend Hani Taqi from studio 77 in Bahrain, a real pro. He has definitely pushed us more than we have before to get the best out of us. I can't wait to hear how it comes out. 

OEF: Many people ask the same, is it heavy metal music banned in Arabia? Have you ever feel at risk practicing in your country? 

Fawaz: It's music in general, well not exactly...  whatever is unfamiliar is frowned upon, more than it is banned. So there are no real laws banning music, because you have music played on tv, restaurants and you even have instrument stores. So music is not really banned, it's public live shows that are banned, you are allowed to apply for a permit... but chances are you'll never get one.  Shows are banned, unless they're sponsored by royalty then it's definitely going to happen. There are no bars or clubs in Saudi which people would usually associate music performances with. There are a few exceptions here and there, say at an event opening or Saudi's national day. But other than that no live music shows period, metal or non-metal alike. Metal obviously being worse because of the perception and association with "devil worship" or whatnot. So it can be very problematic.  Practicing is not a problem for us, the problem is when you decide to play a show in public. But that being said, you do have many people who do listen to and support metal. I have friends who support rock and metal and they don't even really listen to it much, they just want to see shows and see more artists in the country. There are groups who are also working officially and legally to try and change that, maybe one day we'll be able to do gigs and live shows there.  

OEF: This is your space to write what you want to the fans. 

Fawaz: Thank you all for reading, I hope you come down to our shows so we can make sure you enjoy it! Cheers!  


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