Pre-WinterFest’14 interview with Messiah Complex

Website of origin: metal4africa
Band: Messiah Complex
Band member: Alex Wiese (Vocals)

This article was written following an interview conducted by of metal4africa in cooperation with Heavy Metal Panic and metal4africa. Other items from authors of either website will appear on both websites prior to WinterFest’14.


Messiah Complex came thundering onto the Cape Town live circuit to great effect in 2011. They’ve presented the city with one of its more brutal incarnations of modern metal styles, and are celebrated to deliver some pretty intense live performances. Even without a bassist at their first M4A appearance where they opened up for SummerFest’13, Messiah Complex did not seem lacking in any way. Imagine now, with their line-up strengthened to include this low-end feature? You’ll just have come and see it to believe it.

“Yes, that’s right, after SummerFest’13 we recruited Arthur on bass. He brought a refreshing passion for music and the band scene as well as quickly taking an active role in the writing process; both elements that had been missing for a quite some time before.”

Since the recruitment, Messiah Complex have set about the writing and recording of a new album to follow-up their debut self-titled EP released in 2011. The newer track ‘Antediluvian’ was released as the first single off of their forthcoming album, although no release date for the full-length has been suggested as yet.

“The musical style and sound of the band has definitely shifted heavily since the old days of the EP. It’s very likely that we’ll release more tracks from the album before it comes out. We have an upcoming track which might surprise some people with how different it is to ‘Antediluvian’. This won’t necessarily be an indication of any new direction the band’s music is headed. We just tend to write whatever the band as a whole is the happiest with at the time. This is what makes producing an album so difficult; each new song just sounds better than everything before.”

At M4A, we could not help but to notice a certain bond that Messiah Complex shares with the bands of an entity well-known to the Cape Town scene as a bit of a mover and shaker: Burning Tone Records. Their album is also being tracked with Louis Henn at Burning Tone Studios which begged of us the question as to whether or not the band would be signing with Burning Tone Records at any time in the foreseeable future.

“At this point we are all just good friends enjoying being in metal bands. We are not signed to the label but, if we ever did go the signing route, they would be our first choice. Not just because of the obvious quality of everything they produce, but the creative process is that much easier working with friends who are like-minded people.”

To thicken the plot with the BTR clan, it has already been released that Messiah Complex will soon be embarking on their first tour to Gauteng later in August, along with none other than BTR’s eight-string terrorizors, Megalodon.

“The tour is something we’ve been looking forward to for quite some time. Even from the start of the band it was one of our primary goals to achieve, so it’ll definitely be a milestone for us. And also, it should be cool sharing a van with a bunch of Vikings for fourteen road hours!”

But before our Gauteng readers get to enjoy Messiah Complex alongside Megalodon and local (to Gauteng) bands such as Bleeding Spawn, Bile of Man and even Fokkofpolisiekar midst others, Cape Town get’s a mouthful this Saturday at WinterFest’14 where the band appears at 19h15.