Introducing – Sophicide

It’s rare to find one-man projects in the DM scene, especially one as technical as Willowtip’s latest protégé Sophicide. The German lone ranger Adam Lazslo was just 19 when he formed the project, with EP ‘The Art of Atrocity’ only showcasing half of his possibilities. With Sopicide’s literal meaning being “murder of wisdom”, it’s apparent what the themes are. “It’s about failures of modern society and the misery that results from this, value systems that try to impose ridiculous ideas to people, like religion and in general things that one should worry about nowadays I think. And [this is] my humble attempt at musically executing these ideas”, explains Adam.

To start alone so young is an interesting move; however debut ‘Perdition Of The Sublime’ proves Adam’s technicality and song-writing is close to challenging credited artists already in the death metal scope. “I didn’t have fitting band members at that time, so I decided to start on my own. I also found it easier to realise my musical ideas without having to make compromises. It’s the upside if you’re making music alone, you’re the only one responsible for the quality of your music, and I kinda like that idea.”

Adam’s influences are prominent throughout – the brutality of Bloodbath, the technicality of fellow countrymen Necrophagist and the guitar wankery of Animals As Leaders. ‘Perdition …’ boasts widdles and wails on both guitar and bass but at no point are you given time to rest, while it challenges both your brain and wind milling simultaneously. Despite the isolation, a live line up is already on the cards and although his village may not have much of an extreme scene, Adam’s proud to be a part of Germany’s tech death community as well as Willowtip’s gruesome library.

Lily Randall

Will be published in Issue 1 of Iron Fist magazine

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