Please introduce yourself.
Hello! We are Chugun, a Thrash/Death Metal band from Tel Aviv, Israel.
When your band was created?
The band was started in late 2010 by guitarist Timur Sizov and our vocalist, Denise Jani Sizov. At first they started playing covers to the old songs of DEATH just to develop some dynamics in playing music together, and after a short while started to write our own original material and recruited a drummer and a bass player to form a fully functional band.
What the style do you play?
We play Thrash/Death Metal
How could you describe your music by several words?
We combine the speed and aggression of old school Death Metal and Thrash Metal, and the groove of the modern metal. When we write our music, we make it as hard, fast, aggressive and intense as possible.
What is the main theme of your lyrics?
The main theme of our lyrics is misanthropy – The title song of our debut album, entitled “Virus”, for example, presents human kind as a virus that infests our planet. The subjects aren’t limited to that, though – We have a couple of songs which are purely humoristic, for example.
What would you like to achieve with the band activity?
Our goal is to make our music heard all around the world, and establish a large fan base worldwide. And of course, we strive to tour and perform as much as possible, and maximizing the time we invest in music at the expense time we spend at our day-time jobs. And, maybe, one day, become as rich and famous as Dethklok
How many gigs have you played so far and maybe you played in another countries so far?
We are still a “fresh” band – We started performing in early 2014, and it started intensively – Our third gig was a support appearance for album release show of one of the most successful Israeli bands – Hammercult, and two months after that we entered the Israeli Wacken Metal Battle finals of 2014. After that, our drummer left the band, and while looking for a replacement for him, we started the recording process of our debut album. It took us about a year, until we finished recording and as soon as our new drummer was ready, we returned to stage and started performing across Israel again. The total amount of shows that we played was about 10, which is not a lot obviously, but as we have a stable lineup now, we have many shows planned, including our album release show and playing on one of the most successful Metal festivals in Israel – The SpawnFest.
What is the most important thing that your fans and record labels MUST know about your band?
To fans: If you are looking for pure energy and ferocity in music – Our stuff is definitely for you! And we definitely intend to continue the same musical concept of “Faster! Harder! Louder!” in albums we will record in the future.
To labels: We are a bunch of serious and ambitious musicians that strive to perfect our musical skills and live stage performance. We won’t spare time or resources on creating music, performing and touring. Combining it with marketing abilities, experience in music production and competence in nuances of music industry like those that record labels have to offer could create a mutually beneficial collaboration.
What the formats you would like to see your releases, CD, Vinyl, Tape…? And how do you see future of physical releases?
Like most of us, I have a large collection of music, and never miss an opportunity to expand it by buying a CDs occasionally – But when it comes to listening, it is easier to find something in my digital library rather than looking for what I want on the shelf with the CDs. I think physical copies have mostly nostalgic value for those who grew on exchange of CDs with friends, and investing huge amount of time and effort to get the CD of a favorite band. The value of music was much higher then – But now times changed, and the advantages of digital media over physical copies is obvious from practical points of view. For that reason, I believe that in not too distant future, digital media will completely replace the physical copies, except for small groups of collectors and enthusiasts.
As for our band, we release our album in digital format, and a limited amount of physical CDs as well.
Would you like to help to the label with promotion from your side when you will get label deal, or you want label to do all without your help?
I think that today you can’t really sit still and not to do any promotional work at all even if you are signed in a record label. Of course, since I assume that labels are much more competent in PR than musicians are, they’ll do the most of this job, but as I see it in our local scene at least, you still need to do the basics like maintaining the social media profile and making connections in local scene, at least.
What’s your reaction towards negative opinions about your music?
Luckily, we didn’t receive much of that – So far, the reaction of those who attended our shows was positive and so were the reviews our album received so far. The positive reactions are truly energizes us. We are aware that not everybody likes the music we make, not everybody sees a value in concept of our music – And that’s an integral part of musician’s life, and we are totally cool with that.
And last question, how do you like our webzine, do you have some remarks towards its look or functionality?
The look, feel and the menus look great – Everything is simple and clear as it should be. The site works a bit slow though, but maybe it is my internet connection to blame.