Local black/deathmetal band Terra Morta played Seattle’s Studio 7 on March 4th, 2011, opening for Atheist’s 25-year reunion world tour.
Although I couldn’t get to the show, the band was kind enough to sit down with me after their set and talk about all things Terra Morta.
MVRemix: Terra Morta means ‘dead earth’. What’s that about?
Margaret: We see the destruction of the earth, the abuse of animals by man, the environmental damage, as something that needs to be addressed now. I have a background in environmental science and that’s where the blend of doom and death metal comes in. The earth is suffering.
MVRemix: Your initial tracks all have to do with the death of the environment. Is there no hope?
Margaret: If we focus on what is going on now, and change it, there is hope.
MVRemix: That’s a different take from most death-metal. What influences your music?
Joel: It’s a wide range; some jazz, classical rock, of course, some progressive…we all take something from other metal genres. We’ve been together since ’08. So there’s been time to meld our interests and come up with the current sound.
MVRemix: Margaret, as a female member of a band in a genre not known for femininity, and a drummer at that, tell me about your experience.
Margaret: I know some of the female lead singers/guitarists try to play that up, so it becomes a focus. I find that I am not taken seriously as a musician sometimes, so I go the complete opposite direction. I want respect for my work and not because I’m a curiosity. It’s all about the music.
The emphasis on the music is evident in the lyrics and lethal guitar riffs. Joel’s vocals are simultaneously growly and understandable…a refreshing difference. You can’t save the earth if no one understands what you are talking about.
Offstage, the band is friendly and definitely un-death-metal like. Not a scary one in the bunch. More importantly, they speak intelligently of their commitment to their passion , something that is definitely reflected in their work.
Musically, my favorite track is “Dead Earth”, although “Beasts of Retribution” satisfies my inner bass desires. This band would be a definite “must-see” when their set list expands.
Terra Morta is currently unsigned and working towards a debut CD, but the band is a solid addition to any metal lineup. Check the MySpace or Facebook pages for details.