Interviews: Madicide

This is a new interview with the Thrash Metal band Madicide from the UK. Check out the interview and follow the artist on his FACEBOOK PAGE.

1. Where did you get the idea for the band name, plan it or did it come out just like that?

Thanks for having us back again Breathing the Core!

So, when the band first got together back in 2010 we went through loads of (mostly ridiculous) names… I think one was "Pagan Steel", we tried "Steel Storm" and then "Cyanide". We thought "Cyanide" was ok but a bit unoriginal especially being that Metallica had released a track with that title a couple of years earlier...
Eventually Jack 'Wilbo' Williams (drums 2010-2015) just shouted out "Madnesside!!" (I think it was) which we quickly changed to "Madicide". It makes absolutely zero sense at all and that's why we like it!

2. Why did you want to play this genre?

Ceri: For me, hearing thrash metal was genuinely the first time that I'd really cared about music - it was just so fucking angry, I was so angry. It was the perfect match. I love Cat Stevens but you're not exactly humming along to "Wild World" when you're 14 and want to kill God, are you? 

Josh: What first attracted me to metal and specifically thrash was the fast-paced energetic tempos coupled with the raw grit of hardcore punk, while still maintaining a great deal of musicianship unlike with a lot of straightforward punk bands.

3. Did you know each other before the band was formed?

Ceri: Josh Bevan (bass) and I (Ceri Roberts, rhythm guitar/ vocals) had technically known each other since the age of 5 in primary school but we didn't become friends until age 16 in comp. There was some kind of drunken fight at a football club in our town and we ended up chatting and quickly found out that we both worshipped heavy metal - he followed me home after school every day until I agreed to join his band & quickly discovered I was the only other member!

Naturally, we needed a drummer so I then talked my best mate (since year 7) Jack 'Wilbo' Williams into it, and Madicide were born. Later on (2020) when Jack was unable to return for our comeback we grabbed Tim Roberts (ex-Supernaut) to step in. We knew Tim would be a great fit from his aggressive playing style with Supernaut who we'd shared stages right back in the early days of the band. We were right, he's an excellent drummer and a top bloke.

When it comes to Ian Woolfe (Lead Guitar, 2010+), we quite literally met him AT band practice. He turned up, blew our fucking faces off and that was that. Simple as.

4. Each band member's favorite band?

Ceri & Josh: Metallica and Megadeth.

Ian: AC/DC, Rainbow, Pantera, and Carcass, and I'd love to play with Nuclear Assault and Megadeth.

Tim: Napalm Death & Suicidal Tendencies

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

Steve? I'm pretty sure his name was Steve… I'll ask around!

6. Where was your last gig?

Josh: Our last gig was at our second home: The Duke (Neath) hosted by the legendary Tony Grunt. He's always meant a lot to us after getting us some of our earliest gigs back when we could barely play - also the crowd there is mental and it always makes for a great night. 

7. Where would you like to play?

Josh: That's a great question! There are so many places, but as our goal right now is to get playing at bigger festivals like Bloodstock and Hammerfest, I'll say those.

Ceri: Spain for the weather and the crazy crowds, South America for the same reasons, and… Seattle in 1989 because you know, well you should know. 

8. Who would you like to support?

Josh: My top 3 have to be; Metallica, Machine Head, Lamb of God.

Ceri: Mötorhead, Pantera & Slayer… oh shit.

9. Who not?

Ceri: What was that band… Brassed Against?? The one with the 'golden shower' halfway through the set… I wouldn't be keen to go onstage after her basically. 

Josh: Ed Sheeran 

10. Have any of you ever suffered from stage fright? Any tips for beginners on how to beat that?

Josh: Yeah we all experience it at some point. A bottle of scotch and a gram of coke has been quite helpful in the past. 

Ceri: Absolutely do NOT do a bottle of scotch or a gram of coke. 

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

Josh: So many bands have been a huge influence on us with Metallica always being in the top 3 from a musical standpoint - their musicianship at times is absolutely flawless. One of the reasons I believe they are the biggest metal band in the world is they focus more on the soul and the spirit of the song as opposed to just technicality. 

Ceri: Yup, and also Black Sabbath and Mötorhead for all the same reasons and more, Ozzy and Lemmy make (rock and) metal fun, it grabs you by the balls and forces you to listen! I quite like Gojira for example but are they… fun? I don't know. 

12. What's the weirdest thing a fan has ever asked you for?

Ceri: Some of my nipple hairs. It was a weird night. 

13. What do you think of your fans?

They smell really bad, get much too drunk, and start fights. We love them dearly.

14. What do you think of our site?

It smells really bad, gets much too drunk, and starts fights. We love it dearly.

15. Something to add?

We have a new single streaming worldwide on: 27.05.2022, it's called "Carnivore Incarnate" and it's definitely our most intense track yet. The music video will likely get us arrested so be quick!

We're also playing a special show to celebrate it the next night (28.05.2022) at The Bunkhouse (Swansea) with the absolute maniacs in Verletzen and Kill by Mouth as support. I'm going to be super cheeky as it's our second interview and shove the ticket link right here;

We're also playing with Scottish thrash royalty Virus the next night at Fuel in Cardiff! Check em both out.

Thanks again Breathing the Core for having us back. It's been a pleasure as always. Catch you soon.

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