Hi! Can you tell us a bit about the origins of Parasitario and how the band came together?
Hello, thanks for interviewing me, I’m Yuto, vocal / guitarist from Parasitario. We started out as a goregrind band in 2018. But as we started writing music, we started learning more old-school style.
What inspired you to play death metal as a genre, and what are some of your biggest musical influences within the genre?
My dad listened to a lot of metal bands, so I was listening to death metal before I was 10 years old.
Your debut album, “Everything Belongs to Death,” has just been released. How would you describe the creative process behind the album?
We were all recording separately because of the COVID epidemic. Vocal, guitar and bass in Osaka, drums by Haruki from Nagano death metal band INVICTUS.
The album cover for “Everything Belongs to Death” was created by Dedy Badic Art. Can you tell us a bit about how you collaborated with him and how the artwork relates to the themes of the album?
I had always admired FDA Records, where Skeletal Remains, Morfin, Rude were from, and I asked Dedy Badic Art to do the cover for my first album. After many revisions, I’m happy to say that the artwork is the best I could have asked for.
What do you hope listeners take away from your music, and what emotions or feelings do you hope to evoke in them?
The lyrics basically express sad feelings. I just hope people will enjoy it.
What themes or ideas do you explore in your music, and how do these themes relate to the title of the album?
I wanted to express that everything is connected to “death”. The artwork shows a desolate land without water, withered flowers, and suffering people.
Osaka is known for having a vibrant metal scene. Can you tell us a bit about the metal scene in Japan and how it has influenced your music?
Although I was not directly influenced by them, I often listened to them, especially Cryptic Revelation in Osaka and Transgressor in Tokyo. I would like to listen to various kinds of music.
What do you think sets Japanese death metal apart from the death metal scenes in other countries?
There are too few young bands trying to play death metal. We always hope there will be more bands.
What have been some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced as a band, and how have you overcome them?
The fact that we couldn’t find any members. Now we have two support members.
What do you think draws people to Death Metal?
The lyrics and artwork are still very radical. When I was a kid, I used to look at all kinds of cover arts and be amazed at what’s on them.
Many people consider Death’s 1991 album “Human” to be a landmark release in the death metal genre. What do you think sets this album apart from other death metal releases, and how has it influenced the genre over the years?
I’ve listened to Human, too much, I think it’s a great album.
Some people argue that death metal’s popularity peaked in the 1990s, and that the genre has since become somewhat stagnant. Do you agree with this assessment, and if so, what do you think could be done to revitalize the genre?
I don’t think the 90’s was the peak, but I think the great albums are in the late 80’s and 90’s. We actually had a lot of influences.
Do you have any plans for future tours or shows, and are there any countries or regions you’re particularly excited to play in?
We have a lot of gigs coming up in Japan. We would like to play overseas as well. In Asia, Malaysia, Taiwan, Korea. also want to play in Germany and Europe where our label is located.
What advice would you give to up-and-coming metal bands, especially those who are just starting out and trying to establish themselves in the scene?
We have released an album and it feels like we have finally made a start. I can’t say anything yet, but please make a lot of songs! And let us hear them haha.
With the rise of digital streaming services, what do you think the future of the music industry looks like, especially for underground metal bands like Parasitario?
Digital releases are becoming the norm. But I love listening to the songs while looking at the booklet of the album. I don’t think physical will ever go away.
What are some of your favorite memories or experiences as a band so far?
Maybe the fact that I was too eager to play death metal and was playing live by myself lol.
I used to play live with MP3 drum track and a guitar amp and a bass amp at the same time.
Finally, what’s next for Parasitario? Thank you!
Now I’m doing live shows and composing all the time for the EP, Split CD or the second album. I hope to make something better than the first album. Thank you and Cheers!
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