Founded in 2009 Sophicide started as a one-man-project by 19-year-old musician Adam Laszlo, dedicated to creating brutal and technical, yet melodic and elaborate death metal. After the first few months enough material was written and produced to release the first EP "The Art Of Atrocity", which gained great responses throughout. Soon Sophicide would become a respected name in the local german death metal community. Shortly after the first release Sophicide signed a deal with Willowtip Records. Since then Sophicide worked relentlessly on writing new material for the first LP. Almost two years later the deed was done - the debut record entitled "Perdition Of The Sublime" was written, recorded and produced
Hi Adam, how are you. If I name your prodigy and kiss your ass , figuratively of course, do you think I can ham it up?
Hey! I'm doing great, I've been working a lot lately and I'm kinda sleep deprived right now, but I really can't complain. And yes, I guess you could ham it up, haha.
So much positive feedback, that must be scary, or does your self – assurance absorb it like a sponge?
Well it's not really scary, rather new and unfamiliar somehow. But it sure feels awesome, I'm really thrilled about all feedback.
With your album “Perdition Of The Sublime”, you gain a lot of laurels. Are you under pressure now, as a result of people's expectations?
Actually no, not really. I don't think that kind of pressure has a positive impact on my songwriting, so I try not to think about it. I mean I'll do my best to always improve and that's about as much as I can do. So hopefully that's enough!
Tell me about the beginning, what was your basic idea, and who has taught you to perform magic?
It all started pretty unspectacularly, I just wanted some kind of creative outlet for my death metal ideas that didn't really fit any of my bands at that time. So I figured I'll write a couple of songs and share them online. The feedback was pretty good, so I continued and things became more and more serious eventually. So not much magic involved, really, haha.
What’s the reason that you started alone? Because no one could keep up with you? Or do you live on the dark side of the moon?
Originally I started alone for the sake of simplicity. I didn't have any big plans with this project at that time, so I decided to take matters into my own hands, instead of searching for bands members, which is frankly a major pain in the ass, at least where I live. I have been writing and producing music alone for some time besides playing in bands, so I was already familiar with the whole process.
Ok, give me some details about the album!
Essentially the main topic of this album is the intellectual decay of society. People seem to prefer not thinking for themselves but being told what to do and what's wrong or right. I think this is a human tendency, it's not a phenomenon of our time. And this characteristic has been exploited by other people for a long time, the classic example for this would be religion, so this is a big topic on the album. Basically the overall message that I'm trying to get across is: Be skeptical, think for yourself and question everything.
I made a few changes and re-recorded all the EP songs. So it's not exactly the same, the album versions sound a lot better.
I have read you have used a drum – machine, but it sounds pretty homogenous. Enlighten me!
That's right, the drums are sampled. I'm using Toontracks Superior Drummer 2, which has great sounds in my opinion. The samples are completely raw though, so I spent a few months getting a decent drum sound.
I hear a lot connections to classical music. Is this delusion or am I right?
You're probably right, I do like classical music and also neo-classical guitar playing, I always thought it was a rather subtle influence, but people usually notice, so it's obvious, I guess.
What about the metal – core riff in “Art Of Atrocity.” Just a gimmick or does it just fits to the song?
Hmm to be honest I don't quite know what riff you're referring to, but I think the riffs just fit the song, so there's no actual "gimmick" in this particular song, I'd say.
About the acoustic parts – device for loosening up or will you strut one´s stuff?
I really like acoustic guitar in general, although I don't play it too well actually. But I think it helps the atmosphere and it does kinda loosen up things. Non-stop blasting gets tiring after a while and I just like the combination of both worlds.
The whole album leaves behind the impression it was already written in your head before the first chord was played. Can it be?
Haha, no, not at all, I wrote it song by song. Things went down pretty smoothly though, I rarely got stuck in the middle of songs. But it happens every now and then.
How important is it to think and write sophisticatedly, to play precise?
I think if you're talking about music like Sophicide it is important to some degree. I mean it's what technical death metal is about, at least to some extent. It shouldn't be the whole point of this music though. Playing sophisticatedly and precisely is fine, but what I care about mostly is that music conveys a feeling and brings me into a certain mood. As long as this is the case, I think it's good music. But that's only my opinion of course.
From where have you got that know how to write and play your stuff? I mean you have got an awesome comprehension for music. What are the roots of it?
Thanks, it's flattering that you think so! To be honest, I have no idea if there are distinct "roots" or something like that, I'd rather say it's lots and lots of practice. I mean I started writing songs at age 14 maybe and they pretty much sucked (at that time I didn't think so, but trust me, they did), which is kind of obvious having no experience in songwriting whatsoever. So I just continued listening to and writing music for hours every day and eventually after a couple of years I could write songs that I'd still consider somewhat decent. So that's it, learning by doing.
You use your guitar like a 70s porn star, like his magic wand. How do you manage it so that it is not unnerving? I mean lots of these modern progressive bands are exhausting after a little while.
Again it's hard for me to give an exact answer here. I don't have anything like a "recipe" for my songwriting, I'm just trying to make things sound good to my ears. But the truth is, I feel the same about some bands like you do, so of course I'm trying not to make my music sound exhausting. I'm just trying to use technical skill and virtuosity as a mean to an end instead of an end in itself.
Melody will override disharmony, is this a compromise for being catchy?
I wouldn't necessarily call this a compromise, I think melody and disharmony can complement each other, even if that sound kind of paradox. To me writing melodic parts really doesn't feel like a compromise at all, I just like nice and catchy melodies. Then on the other hand I love the harshness and dissonance of death metal, But each one gets boring on its own after a while, at least in my opinion, so I really like the combination of both.
How important are harmonies in death metal?
For me they are essential, some people might think differently. I like comparing this to food, I mean it's the combination of flavors that make a food enjoyable, you don't want to eat something that's all salty and nothing else. And like with music there are a lot of people who just love fastfood, that tastes all the same.
Your roots are Mr. Schuldiner and his adepts. But you have your own way, you are not too fixed on some idols. Is this impudence or part of the evolution?
A bit of both maybe. I do have my idols but I'm not focused on one or two. So I guess it's just lots and lots of influences and idols that blend together and form something new, that you could call my style.
Ok, the album is here, Willowtip and Hammerheart doing their job, do you let your balls be sucked from fans and press or laying low the order of the day now?
Well, not really, besides the fact that I need to work to make ends meet the next big goal is to complete our lineup to go live as soon as possible. So that's what my fellow member Sebastian and I are working on right now.
Last spot is yours!
To end this with Charles Chaplins words: "Let us fight for a world of reason, a world where science and progress will lead to all men’s happiness." (The Great Dictator)