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Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Copenhagen, Denmark based Hyperthrash band, Terminalist. Huge thanks to vocalist/guitarist, Emil Hansen, for taking part.

What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

We’re Terminalist and we play hyperthrash, which is a self-proclaimed genre tag describing our mixture of thrash, black and prog with strong sci-fi-lyrics and concepts. The band was founded in 2018 by me; guitarist and vocalist Emil Hansen, guitarist Morten Bruun, and drummer Frederik Amris, but it took some time before we got a regular bass player in Kalle Tiihonen, our American element with a Finnish name, who joined in 2020. Hence, we are a Danish-American band.

How did you come up with your band name?

Kind of hard to say. It was a struggle to come up with something that wasn’t in use already, related to our sound and sci-fi themes, and had a good ring to it. The result was Terminalist; it has an 80’s vibe which fits our retro thrash sound, it is part homage to Vektor’s landmark Terminal Redux album and the Terminator franchise, and it relates to our themes of speed, acceleration, and death: The terminal is a place from which you leave to travel elsewhere but it’s also the plane where you leave life and enter the realm of death. Plus, it sounds cool.

What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

Copenhagen, Denmark with a little bit of Waco, Texas from Kalle. We can’t really speak a lot on the Waco scene these days, but Copenhagen is thriving and has been for many years (when we look past the pandemic and all). There’s a lot of quality black metal (Slægt, Solbrud, Orm for instance) coming out of here, we have the whole Kill-Town death metal scene (Undergang, Taphos, Deiquisitor) and some great hardcore acts (EYES, Demersal, Hexis, Telos, Throwe).

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)

Well, our album, “The Great Acceleration”, was released on May 7th 2021 through Indisciplinarian, so our latest release would be ‘Terminal Dispatch’; the second single and video for the album. If we look past the upcoming album, it would be the single ‘Voyagers’ from last year.

‘Terminal Dispatch (Official Video)

‘Relentless Alteration’ (Official Video)

‘Voyagers’ (Audio)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Vektor, Rush, Metallica, Testament, Death, Judas Priest, Melechesh, Coroner, Anacrusis, Tribulation, Unto Others (formerly Idle Hands), Deep Purple, Black Sabbath. To name a few.

What first got you into music?

A Beatles compilation. Later, my dad’s records with Deep Purple and Alice Cooper paved the way.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician, who would it be?

You can namedrop a lot of talented people who have inspired you in a spot like this. But if it was a collaboration that was to make sense and still be exciting, a pick would be the Swedish singer and guitarist Robert Andersson, formerly of Morbus Chron, now in the ethereal prog death band Sweven. He could add some to our sound, we could add some to his. Maybe.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

We’d of course like to play the big Danish festivals – Roskilde Festival and Copenhell since they are the ones we attend regularly ourselves and have a personal history with. Otherwise, I think we have enough death metal elements to play Maryland Deathfest; that would be a blast! I can see that Coroner and Vio-Lence are booked for next year, which should make us.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

Well, we have yet to receive any, but we’ll see what the times may bring.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Play fast and eat ass!

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

None. Life is temporary, death is forever.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

Playing music is akin to a team sport. You take part in and create something bigger than yourself which itself is rewarding. What do we hate about it? Well, maybe the hangovers from an excessive and raunchy metal night.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

A more equitable distribution of the flow of money could be a start.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

If we look at the last 10 years, a quick top three would consist of Vektor’s “Terminal Redux”, Mgla’s “Exercises In Futility” and Behemoth’s “The Satanist”.

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

Whatever you prefer. I’m mostly a streaming guy myself, though the vinyl collection is expanding slowly.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

We’re so damn new to this that we have only played two gigs before the world shut down. Do we really need to choose?

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

Drinking. So, it would pretty much be the same.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Well, our whole lyrical universe is based on dromology, a theory of speed and acceleration originated by the French philosopher, architect and urban planner Paul Virilio, so of course it would be nice to have him and a couple of friends over for a motivational conversation about speed, destruction and the apocalypse. Of course, he died a couple of years ago, so it would probably also be kinda morbid.

What’s next for the band?

We’ll be playing a couple of shows in the coming months when things open up and hopefully go on a small tour this Fall before we head into the studio and record some more.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

We’re active on Facebook, Instagram, and Bandcamp. To support artists directly, go to Bandcamp.

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Nope. I have no idea what it is but if they’re called “cakes”, I guess they’re cakes.

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Well, if this piqued your interest somehow, go check out our album “The Great Acceleration” released on May 7th via Indisciplinarian for some speedy, sci-fi-induced thrashing. Hope you like it!

Terminalist Promo Pic (Credit Johan von Bülow)
Photo by Johan von Bülow

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