DISMEMBER vocalist Matti Kärki recently spoke to Denmark's Metal Reference about the four-year break between the band's last album, 2000's "Hate Campaign", and their brand-new CD, "Where Ironcrosses Grow". Asked why it took so long for the band to release new music, Matti said, "We just had millions of things to do. After we left Nuclear Blast we had to sort out things. Find a new record label and then there were just lots of things that needed to be sorted out. That part of the business is not very fun to deal with. So we just took the time we needed to sort out everything, a clean plate so to speak and then we could concentrate on writing new stuff and we didn't feel like rushing anything. Actually we've been signed to Hammerheart/Karmageddon for quite a while now and the guys have been waiting for the album for a very long time so that was kinda the only pressure we had. But we still felt we didn't wanted to rush anything so we just said, 'Let's take it easy so we don't make any mistakes.' As I said before we felt we needed to make a really strong album so we wouldn't disappoint all the people who have been waiting for so many years."
Regarding the band's split with longtime label Nuclear Blast Records, Kärki said, "I think our relationship with Nuclear Blast turned to shit after the release of 'Massive Killing Capacity' (1995). We couldn't get any work done. They didn't believe in the band anymore. They actually told us to change style since they thought death metal was out and didn't sell anymore. They thought we should become more commercial and do other stuff. So if a record label says things like that to you then the relationship is not very good. So we kept doing our stuff and things went to the worse after that. So the relationship just turned to shit and after we full-filled the contract with 'Hate Campaign' we felt, 'Okay, no more Nuclear Blast.' We gave them a last chance to make us a new offer and give us a reason to stay but obviously they didn't do that."
Matti's entire interview with Metal Reference can be viewed at this location.