Interview for DEATHTHRASHER MAGAZINE by
ARMANDO MUTILATOR :
Hi there. Our bassist (Mahmood Abdul Ghaffar) answered some questions here and there. Anyway, here are the answers. We hope to see them in your magazine / website soon.
Mahmood Abdul Ghaffar = MAG
Abdulla Muijrers = AM
Yousef Hatlani = YH
DT: Hello, how are you?.
Abdulla Muijrers (Drums): Grrrrrrr.
Yousef Hatlani (Guitars): Just peachy.
DT: When & why MOTOR MILITIA was formed?.
AM: We formed in 2001 under a different name. We formed, well, because Mahmood (Abdul Ghaffar, bassist/vocalist) was a great bassist and where we live thats very rare. We started jamming together and eventually we got a steady guitarist that played what we played. The rest is history.
DT: How old are you?.
YH: 12....well, I look that old anyway. 17.
DT: Your influences?.
AM: Mainly Bay Area Thrash and NWOBHM.
YH: Many, many different places. Namely BUCKETHEAD, PAUL GILBERT, TRENT REZNOR, SLAYER, DAVE
DT: Talk me about your friendship with REDOUANE AOUAMEUR.
YH: We don't know him real well, however he is a great guy for putting us up on his website =D hehehe. Originally we just contacted him to put us up on LELAHEL METAL, and he replied back. So that's that.
DT: Who put the name of the band and why?.
AM: MAHMOOD called me "motor" because of my double bass grooves, and this band is my army...therefore; Militia.
DT: When did you start playing?
AM: A fuckin' long time ago. Hehe, about 97 I think.
YH: I started playing in 2001 as sort of a backup thing, seeing as I was a singer at the time. Didn't last that long. I eventually started to play guitar more and was inspired by a lot of different and diverse people to keep playing.
DT: Do you have problems with drugs?.
YH: He can't make up his mind. I'll answer for him and myself: no. Well, I have no problem at all seeing as I don't drink or smoke. Never tried either. Sheesha occasionally.
AM: What an angel.
YH: Shut up.
DT: Do you like the old Heavy Metal?.
AM: It's the only Metal that really does anything besides...uhh..just rules.
MAG : (just walked into the computer room): YES. PRIEST. SLAYER. and OVERKILL. (Leaves the room)
definately. Although I listen to a lot of different things...IE ALICE IN CHAINS, NIN, SLAYER, PANTERA, etc.
AM: BLUE OYSTER CULT. heheh
YH: They really, REALLY suck. They went beyond the verge of suckage. But they're fun to laugh at. MORE COWBELL.
DT: Do you eat cus cus?.
AM: Occasionally. What does this have to do with Metal?
YH: Yes. Also occasionally. I tend to eat KFC more of course. And Hardees. And McDonalds. Dominoes too. Goddamn, I'm skinny for a guy who eats that much.
DT: Are you friends with KAMAL from DEATHLESS ANGUISH?.
AM: YES. He's cool, and has a great sense of humor.
YH: Of course, he's one of the coolest people I've met so far in the metal scene in this area. He has a one of a kind sense of humor and is such a nice guy. He can do the best Kerry King impression I've ever seen!
DT: Tell me about the Metal Scene in Saudi Arabia.
AM: I wouldnt know, I live in Bahrain. But I hear it's pretty cool, however opressed.
YH: Me neither. The Metal scene here is decent. It could be better...but with the recent scare of >= ( DEVIL WORSHIPPING RITUALS >= ( through the press it's getting a lot worse. Primarily because we live in a hypocritical and closed minded society that wont open their mind to anything outside of their conservitive train of thought. Now the public is made to believe anything the government hands to them on a plate, including that Rock Concerts are really just covers for Satanic Rituals! Fuckin A, I'm not gonna go on forever about it. Its sickening the amount of shit we have to put up with thanks to them.
DT: Do you believe in NECRONOMICON, what can you talk me about ABDUL ALHAZRED, do you like H.P. LOVECRAFT?.
AM: Evil Dead is a cool movie, but I dont believe in it. And no for the last two.
YH: Evil Dead is OWNAGE. But I'm not into it to the extent that I believe in it. As far as HP LOVECRAFT goes, I've heard of him (her ?). Author, right? Sorry, dont know much about that.
DT: Your fave food from Saudi Arabia?.
AM: Camel's head. And Lama's anus. Hehe.
YH: Anything from the Rashid Mall that's under SR 40 and takes 5 minutes to make is fine with me. Although Fuddruckers there is awesome. Well, I think so anyway. Heheh. Cheesebread is good too. From Khobar.
DT: Are you into soccer?.
AM: Holland "O Bas". (Holland is THE best).
YH: Wait, ice skating counts as a sport right? Not into soccer but I sure as hell look magnificent in a Tu Tu and a pair of skates! ROCK!!!
DT: What do you think about DEATHLESS ANGUISH's "WORLD DOMINATION" Demo 2003).
AM: Haven't heard it, but I know it's great. Knowing it's from KAMAL. And I dont want to get dropped from SANDSTORMS. Hehe.
YH: I managed to get a copy of it from him. It's fuckin AWESOME. No, really. It is. I love it. Especially since it's just him in the studio doing all that.
AM: Ok well, havent heard ALL of it. I heard two tracks and I liked them.
DT: Do you think that wearing chains, blood, make-up and all that stuff is important for you image?.
AM: Yeah, if you want to get picked up by the Police over here, or worse...some fucked-in-the-head religious group.
YH: Makeup+Chains+Blood = Distractions. DIMMU BORGIR is an exception because they DON'T suck. But in Black Metal's case when it started way back with VENOM and BATHORY it's become more of a traditional thing than a stage get up, so they have an excuse. However in the big scheme of things, its more or less a distraction from the music you play.
AM: If you think you look cool with corpse paint, I'll always think of it as Clown White.
YH: SHUT UP. GRIMM. TRUE. CULT. RAAAAAAAAAAAA.
DT: What do you know about South American Metal Scene?.
AM: I know some cool bands in the vein of SEPULTURA, and Thrash bands are popular especially German bands like KREATOR and DESTRUCTION.
( \m/ !!!)
YH: Nada. Zilch. Nothing.
DT: What topics do you consider in your lyrics?.
MAG: (Just walked into the room, again): Political, and about life in general. Muijrers talks about hazel nuts.
AM: Oi, oi...also about opression and struggle.
YH: That's why none of his songs are on the album.
AM: Goddammit you little bitch. Nuclear Winter is my song.
YH: That's an exception because everything else sucked!
DT: Your discography?.
YH: One goddamn motherfucking CD. YAY!!!
AM: The Sound Of Violence. What, you're waiting for more?
DT: What can you tell me about your work with SANDSTORM RECORDS?.
AM: A very hard working, subsidery label doing what they can for local bands. Their efforts are appreciated.
YH: What he said.
DT: Who designed the MOTOR MILITIA's logo?.
YH: ME. By accident. I was toying with an interesting font and eventually that cool swirly thing under the M came out, I typed the small M and the big M side by side with the swirl and stuck with it as a complete logo.
DT: Your future plans?.
YH: Nothing really. We're breaking up due to everyone going to College seperately. Except me. Dammit. I wanna leave.
DT: Your last growl for DT. Readers�.. where can they find your stuff?.
AM: Contact SANDSTORMS records and SA Metal (www.sametal.cjb.net) about the album
YH: You will be getting your money's worth. Especially cause the damn thing is gonna be rare in a couple of years and we'll all be members of different world wide famous bands. I'm gonna fuckin try out for MICHAEL JACKSON and show SLASH what I'm made of!!!
AM: You suck.
YH: I know =(
(MAHMOOD comes back into the room)
MAG: Are you done yet?
Anyway, thanks for your time. Later gator.