Chugun is the result of vocalist Denise wanting to create a furious band, teaming up with guitarist Timur, and through several lineup changes reaching it's current form. After only three shows we made it to the Israeli finals of the Wacken Metal Battle, and after a year we finished recording our debut album. Recently we made our debut in Europe, playing ten shows in six countries, supporting Nightrage. With the recent signing with Sliptrick Records we are hoping that our music will reach even more people.
2.So far you have released one album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
Virus is a modern interpretation of old school death and thrash- on one hand it's fast, dirty and aggressive, and on the other it incorporates grooves more typical to modern death metal, and a more advanced production. It's like early Death or Morbid Angel with today's production technology.
3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
The main concept in the lyrics is misanthropy and criticism of society, but there are two comical reliefs, for one of them we also made a silly lyrics video which you can find on YouTube (Evil Whiskey).
4.I know that the bands name means 'Cast Iron' in Russian, how does this name fit in with the musical style that you play?
Cast iron is a pretty heavy material, and that is exactly how we strive to sound- heavy, blunt, straightforward, and painful when crashing into your face.
5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
There was a show in Freaked Studio in France where we managed to kill the PA system but before that got a very warm reception and a great time, there was another in Liege where we started the craziest mosh pit with people flying into the monitors, and of course we had some great shows back home, like the album release show where we got electrifying feedback from the crowd.
6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
We have several shows coming up in Israel and after that we're hoping it won't be long till we're on the road again!
7.Sliptrick Records are re-issuing your 2015 album, are you happy with the support that they have given you so far?
We started working with Sliptrick Records in March and already things have started moving. One of those things is a crazy music video that we are working on and hoping to release soon.
8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of death and thrash metal?
So far the album got many praising reviews from blogs and webzines worldwide, and a positive feedback from the crowd in Europe. There even were people who followed us on several shows on the same tour, which was very awesome.
9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We already started working on materials for the next album, and so far it seems that the music became more complex and groovy, without losing the solid base of heaviness and aggression.
10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
You can hear some old school death and thrash metal influences in the album, as well as modern grooves mixed in, like Slayer and Sepultura with some Lamb of God. Every band member likes different stuff- from old school, through folk metal, to modern metal.
Recently there's been a lot of Decapitated and Clutch in some of our band member's music players.
11.What are some of your non musical interests?
Our guitarist is a computer geek finishing his masters degree, the vocalist (also a programmer) is a book worm, the bassist is a booze loving faster-than-spongebob cook and the drummer has time for nothing but practicing drums!
12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Open a beer, put our album in the background and we hope to one day see you at our show!