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NATIONAL NAPALM SYNDICATE INTERVIEW: Check us out, the latest album The New Hell is old school thrash with some suprises

by Vjeran

When we started Metal Jacket Magazine, we wanted to somehow bring our readers closer to bands that might have a harder time breaking through to listeners in the sea of ​bands and music.

To begin with, it would be best if you introduced yourself.
My name is Jukka Kyrö and I am the guitar player in the Finnish thrash metal band National Napalm Syndicate.

Is it hard to keep all the members together since this music has no income?
Well we’ve been doing this for so long that we’ve gotten used to being broke and just getting by. We’ve had some problems but we are all veterans on the Finnish metal scene, so we have seen it all. Nothing really suprises us anymore. Besides we have our dayjobs. We are doing this because of the love of metal.

How do you finance yourself and can you cover the costs of recording, equipment, concerts with music?
We have a own studio for recording, we can do most of the studio work there. For the mixing and mastering we use other studios and producers. Our record label pays for the printing and takes care of the distribution. Equipment is mostly self financed, we have a couple of endorsements but mostly we buy our gear ourselves.

What made you start playing metal music? Who were your role models in the beginning and has that changed over time?
The first bands that really made the mark on were Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Nazareth and AC/DC just to mention few. Then I became obsessed with the hardcore punk bands and Venom. After that the whole thrash metal scene exploded and I found Exodus, Possessed, Sacrifice etc. Most of the Bay area bands really were the ones we started to like the most.

Is it hard to find a publisher or is it better to self publish considering the internet?
It’s hard to find a label who can promote your music, the distribution is a problem too. I’m not really very into the whole internet thing, i’m old school, I like to hold the album in my hands, CD or a vinyl.

What have you published so far?
Let me see, five albums and couple of ep’s. Some tracks on split singles etc. Half a dozen videos.

How do you create songs, how do you record them?
I have written most of the music, but nowadays we have other guys too bringing their song on the table. We demo the songs and do some pre-production work and after that we start the recordings at the studio I mentioned earlier.

Where do you get inspiration for the lyrics?
Our singer Epe writes quite a lot of presonal stuff and talks about the social problems in the world today. My lyrics are more like horror stories of murder ballads, made up shit.

What is your favorite song you’ve made so far and why?
I have couple of favorites, on the latest album we have a song called Venomous Encounters which is a bit different that our other songs usually are. I wanted to try if a thrash metal band can do a slower tempo ”ballad”. Other one is a song called Lucy, that one is from our first album, old one but it still mostly opens our live shows. I love to play it, very old school thrash.

Where can readers listen to you and maybe buy your material?
Youtube and most of the digital distributors have our albums. You can order cds from our label Iron Shield Records. Universal owns the first album and it is available everywhere digitally.

How do you organize concerts, is it difficult for you and how many people come to such concerts?
We don’t organize that many concerts, we usually do gigs with other older Finnish thrash metal bands and we organize everything together with the other groups. Sometimes we get 50 people and sometimes we get 500 it depends on the bill and the town we are playing.

In which countries have you played and where did you have the best time, where is the crowd the craziest?
We havent really played outside of Finland, Estonia once and maybe Sweden. The best crowds were back in the eighties at Helsinki Metal Massacre gigs. Nowadays we have had helluva lot of fun at Tampere Speed Metal Party festivals.

What do you think about the digital release and is it serious like CD or LP?
I don’t buy digital releases at all, it just gotta be a physical item, I love record shops it’s a shame if everything will go digital in the future. It ruins the whole experience of checking out the covers and hanging out at a cool shop and buying new shit. But still I have to admit that it’s a pain in the butt to own several thousand albums, I just moved to a new apartment and the moving was something I dont want to do in the near future. The weight of the albums almost killed me.

Was metal music more honest than today?
I don’t know, maybe the albums were a bit more honest because the studios didnt have pro-tools etc. to fix the mixes, if you had a good take with a small tuning problem or what ever you just had to live with it. Otherwise I think the metal is the same, maybe bands tend to sound all alike in some sub-genres but at least we have metal music.

How do you comment on this bunch of sub-genres in metal and is it good for metal or is it destroying it?
Some of the sub-genres a kinda funny, sometimes I think they are joking with the new genres but who knows. At least kids play music. I dont think it’s destroying anything, maybe they just want to be original. Maybe we should make up a new genre for National Napalm Syndicate, we would really stand out from the thrash metal genre… Napalm Metal! That’s a joke by the way. 🙂

Do you support this commercialization of metal music and how about the wearing of metal t-shirts by some “exposed” people who do not belong to this philosophy of metal music?
It depends on so many things, some of these bigger metal bands sound like bad disco music but if they like it that way so be it. I dont care. We have always had punk ethics in this band, we wont sell out in certain things, it’s gotta be metal and it’s have to be honest. It would be interesting to see what would happen to us if a Kardashian would wear our shirt in public.

What would you change in the world of metal and would you like to go back to the time before the internet if you remember it at all?
I would like to get back to the eighties, it was so much more exciting and the bands had a certain mystic around them. I dont want to change anything, like I said earlier, it’s all good as long as kids play real instruments and keep the metal alive.

How important is supporting the local scene and can you single out a band from your area that you would recommend to our readers?
Of course it’s important, it’s the roots all the bands need. You should check SadistiK Forest, they are my favorite band from here.

How do you see this situation in the world and how do you think it will develop? Will they imprison us again, scare us or maybe send us into a big war?
I really hope not, we are next door neighbours with Russia, if a ww3 starts we are all fucked. I dont have much faith in humanity, people are creedy idiots.

Finally, what would you say to our readers and why should they listen to you in the sea of ​​bands that are offered to them every day?
Check us out, the latest album The New Hell is old school thrash with some suprises. You wont be disappointed!

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