Zombie Strippers From Hell

Zombie Strippers from Hell is a Polish metal two-piece comprised of Mark Twain and Dr. Satan, and ‘Tales from the Other Side‘ is their debut full-length album released independently in December 2017. Lyrically the release is inspired by the works of Lovecraft and Poe, but it’s more than that.

In an interview for Prog Sphere, Twain and Satan speak about working on the album, its message, and more.

Define the mission of Zombie Strippers from Hell.

Share words of H.P. Lovecraft everywhere with heavy riffs and haunted melodies. With fun & joy!

Tell me about the creative process that informed your debut full-length album Tales from the Other Side and the themes it captures.

We started working in 2016 in spring. It looks always the same: Mark is working with riffs and when he got some structure we start work on lyrics and melodies. Then we’re preparing demo at my house in DeepOnes Studio and we’re moving on to the next number.

The main theme is always about Lovecraft’s mood and b-horror rated movies and inspiration which comes from watching classic’s like Friday the 13th, Halloween, Night of the living Dead and others. On “Tales…” there is another new factor in lyrics – some first person stories from a mind of the killer – you can guess what inspired me to do some lyrics like that.

Tales from the Other Side

What is the message you are trying to give with Tales from the Other Side

There is always the other side of living and everybody needs to find his own. Movies, books, weird hobbies… imagination – sometimes this is much better than our normal style of living. It’s like through the looking glass, if you know what I mean.

How did you document the music while it was being formulated?

We prerecord everything, do many demos – sometimes we change the songs during the studio’s process. But we record every idea. We have a lot of stuff to use in the future.

Is the dynamic flow of the pieces carefully architected?

It’s the way we feel at the moment. We’re trying do stick to one number as long as it takes to do everything right and when we’re satisfied with the whole work we’re moving to another. Sometimes we cannot decide what is better for particular song so we wait for the better moment to finish this kind of songs. But we don’t calculate – if we don’t like our song we forget about it.

Describe the approach to recording the album.

We prepare a lot. We know the producer/engineer Bartosz Gora from HugeStudio,  he is our friend and we did with him our previous EP Black Tides Rising. So we were really prepared well and the time in studio was really joyful for us.

How long Tales from the Other Side was in the making?

From the first scratch to physical CD it took almost 2 years to do this. Beside the other problems, we are not regular band what we regret, but sometimes you need to wait for right people to play with and to share stage with.

Zombie Strippers from Hell

Which bands or artists influenced your work on the release?

When it comes to lyrics, I read a lot of Lovecraft’s and Poe’s books and stories; from musical point of view we were totally focused on our music but in the meantime we listened a lot of classics like Iron Maiden, Helloween, and some modern metal like Slipknot, Machine Head

What is your view on technology in music?

I remember that 20 years ago we had many problems due the lack of proper gear to play, record, rehearse… but nowadays this kind of technology is great – we can work on new music almost everywhere and record everything on a satisfying level even at home. This kind of technology is great. The smartphones during concerts are not.

Do you see your music as serving a purpose beyond music?

Yes. We are like a culture prophet, if you know what I mean. The art for us is very important and we see many artistic values in Lovecraftian myths or Poe’s stories. And we know that they deserve praise for their work. And our music is in a tight relation with words especially inspired by Cthulhu mythos or classic horror movies from ’80s and ’90s.

What are your plans for the future?

We want to gather a new lineup and share with our music on a few stages. Then in the late 2018 we want to make EP ’cause the Strippers never give up!

Stay Strippers!

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