Thursday, December 31, 2009

Vardoger Derelict Interview

1. Can you tell us a little bit about the band for those that have never heard of you before?
Hideous: Caleb and I were approached by Henry about a year ago with the idea of starting a black metal project that would showcase his lyrics. Since I tend to not be a fan of writing lyrics and Henry is never at a loss for words, it works out very well for all involved. When we started writing, the songs relied heavily on noise and blastbeats. I think we initially just wanted to create something angry and fast, but I feel that our sound is progressing beyond that with every song we write.
Caleb: Yeah Henry got the idea when he was drunk and we ran with it for the hell of it.
Henry: The band was sort of a pet idea of mine recycled from a set of short stories I wrote involving a living omen of sorts embodied in the carcass of a man. In short, the short stories were filed away along with other stories i've written, but the name was something that I thought deserved to be saved from being filed away. There was some alcohol involved I must admit as Caleb pointed out when the idea was mentioned to them. We all have our perverted muses.

2. How would you describe your musical sound?
Caleb: Harsh, noisy, heavy, fast, slow, and any combination of those depending on the song.
Hideous: I think harsh is a pretty accurate description, that's usually what I tell people.
Henry: The music itself has several skins it wears throughout song to song. To be honest, several "genres" are blended much in the same way a meat grinder processes the remains of several different animals into something unique, but not nessecarily digestible to any large group of individuals I would like to believe that the music does well to borrow from other genres and create something that is its own, but accessable only to a select few who are able to digest it and appreciate it.

3. What is the meaning behind the band name?
Caleb: The word vardoger is a Norwegian term defined as "a premonitory sound or sight of a person before he arrives" and a derelict is something that has been abandoned or deserted. A somewhat accurate way of portraying the concept is to say that a vardoger derelict is an abandoned omen of a future arrival. Personally, I always get an image of a spirit stranded at sea but thats just a feeling.
Henry: As Caleb mentioned, this is the basic idea behind the band name. An omen seeking someone new to see its message, before laying out the consequences of its' arrival. Its quite the powerful image to imagine a derelict omen becoming the harbinger of destruction to anyone that sees it for what it is.

4. I noticed that you still release stuff on cassete, is that something you are going to be doing with future releases as well? The cassete seems to be very underground.
Caleb: We like the way we sound on cassette. Its a completely different experience than on the CD or as MP3s. It brings out the low end and the grit in the songs and anyone who has listened to our material should see why we like that.
Hideous: As for future releases, we're certainly not opposed to the idea.
Henry: As the other two have mentioned, the use of older technology such as cassettes has advantages that newer formats such as CDs lack. Personally, I enjoy vinyl as opposed to CDs and cassettes, but expenses force us to use whats available to us. Overall though, a CD or mini CD release in the future may be in the works. Who knows.

5. Have you had any oppurtunity to do live shows yet?
Caleb: No. Most of our material is impossible to play live. Some of our songs have several guitar tracks in the mix and only one of us plays guitar. We also end up tuning the guitar a completely different way for each of our songs and we often use weird recording methods.
Hideous: Plus, the way that venues operate in this state, we're not concerned with jumping through the nessecary hoops to get on a show that will draw the proper audience. As fun as it is to frighten the regular customers at a bar's open mic night, I feel that it would be a waste of time. However, we are entertaining the idea of performing at a local metal festival this summer. We'll see what happens.
Caleb: No one around here gives two shits about metal.
Henry: It would take quite a lot of preparation to be able to play a live show, but whos to say that it would prove to be impossible? It would definately take a bit more time to do though.

6. What direction do you see the music heading into on future releases?
Hideous: I can say with some certainty that the second full-length album will show more of a thrash influence. The songs are coming out with greater intensity and speed.

Caleb: I think a track or two might also have a twinge of death metal to it.
Henry: Personally in the future I would like to work on an EP or stand alone concept album using ambient, drone, doom, death, and black metal influences to tell a story. A darkened guide through a world of aberrations from my dreams. We'll see though whats to come.

7. What are some bands or music styles that have influenced your band?
Caleb: Black Metal and Doom Metal are what we listen to the most so I think it has an impact but we make an effort to limit how much influence we take from individual artists.
Hideous: I don't draw influence from any bands in particular, I just try to create something dynamic and intense with each song. Plenty of bands inspire me, but I try to keep their music seperate from ours.
Henry: I think there are enough cover bands in the various scenes nowadays. I would like to believe we create something entirely our own. Though, it all eventually lies in our own desires.
Caleb: We do whatever we feel like.

8. What are you listening to nowadays?
Caleb: Masters Hammer, Blasphemy, Bestial Warlust, Silencer, Darkthrone, Profanatica, Leviathan etc.
Hideous: A clusterfuck of different genres. As long as it isn't on the radio I might find it interesting.
Henry: Benighted in Sodom, Xasthur (pre- All reflections drained), Schel aus slein, Nachtmystium, and Caina mostly.

9. How would you describe the lyrical content of the music?
Henry: The lyrics, being primarily handled by myself are from a world of influences ranging from mostly delirious nights of dreams brought about by alcohol and mental instability. Some of the songs are completely about my detestment and quiet understanding of the human condition, some are of personal demons, and there even lurks one that could be considered a darkened love song for fellow masochists I suppose. To pin down any specific influence on the lyrics would require more time than I have available at the moment for this interview.

10. Does Satanism or Occultism play any role in the music?
Caleb: Not really. None of us believe in any specific religion. We live in a fairly religious part of the US and its enough to drive any sane person away from organized faith.
Henry: As Caleb mentioned, the lack of religious beliefs amongst us despite living in a predominately religious area may go along with some of the songs being critical of such ideas. I would not go so far as to say that the lyrics themselves are anti-religious, but certainly some of the themes of the songs are not paving a road of gold for religious beliefs.

11. What are some interests that you have outside of music?
Caleb: I have an insatiable lust for old-school gore movies and cannibal flicks. Im currently working my way down the video nasties list.
Hideous: I co-host a podcast called "Cuntcast" where I get to rant about ridiculous, funny things and be incredibly offensive.
Henry: Writing mainly outside of the typical fiction genres that plague today's writers. I'm a critical fan of banned movies ranging from video nasties to films that deal with suggestive themes. At the time of this interview, I've just finished Salo: 120 days of Sodom. I spend the majority of my day traveling as well in the local area. There exist hidden points of interest in any place one lives.

12. Any final words or thoughts?
Hideous: Buy the fucking album!
Caleb: Its 6 goddamn dollars you cheap fucks and you get free fucking sticker with it! We need money so we can put out more music!
Henry: As the others have mentioned, definately pick up a copy and listen to it. Its worth the miniscule expense, and overall you'll help to fund the next set of music we have in store.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Vardoger Derelict/Self Titled/Trench Guns Tapes/2009

Vardoger Derelict are a bsnd from South Carolina that plays a form of black metal that utilizes some of the fastest playing the music has and mixes it with some of the slowest doom as well as experimental/noise and this is a review of their self titled 2009 album.

Drums are very fast with alot of brutal blast beats and they slow down alot at times when the band plays their slower doomier stuff which has some noise effects as well, while the bass player is very chaotic and primal.

Rythym guitars contain alot of fast raw black metal riffs that sound very primal and then it slows down to a sludgy/doomy pace which is slower than a snail, guitar leads are rarely used except for some parts , but there are some accoustic parts that use open chords that give the music a very dark amient feel.

Noise effects/samples sounde very trippy on this album giving the music a very distorted and evil feel, while the vocals are mostly high pitched black metal screams with some occasional sludge doom gwls, as for the production it has a very raw feel but you can hear all of the instruments. Lyrics seem to be very diverse with some left hand path themes as well as other dark and depressing topics.

In my opinion this is a very original album and it should appeal to black metal fans that like there music being diverse without sounding commercial, this probably would not appeal to close minded metalheads, since the music is very dark and it has a sound of its own you cant compare to other bands.

Recommend tracks are "The Abhorent Amalgamation" and "The Withering Vesture Of Serenity". Recommended buy.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Ophidian Forest/Redbad/2007 cd review

Ophidian Forest are a band that consists of members from Croatia, Netherlands, and San Francisco that plays viking/pagan/black metal and this is a review of their 2007 album Redbad.

Drums are mostly slow parts that sound really good with the epic pagan metal this band plays and there is some blast beats that are really fast, while the bass playing has a really dark and mysterious tone and you can actually hear it.

Rythym guitars on this recording are mostly slow to mid pace riffing that brings back memories of some of the more underground black/pagan metal bands of the 90's and there is also alot of fast riffs that sound very crushing aand there is not a lead or guitar solo anywhere on this album.

Vocals are mostly high pitched black metal screams that sound really evil with some occasional clean Viking vocals, while the production sounds very raw and primal, as far as the lyrics they cover Asataru Shamanism with a very well detailed and studied approach, and there are also alot of anti-christian themes as well. Keyboards are very rarely used on this album but when they show up you can hear alot of melodies that sound really dark.

In my opinion this is a really good album where all the songs sound different from each other which is usually a problem with some bands and I hear alot of potentanal in the music, and I would like to hear more music from this band. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Gorthaur's Wrath/Ritual IV 2009 cd review

Gorthuar's Wrath are a band from Croatia that started out as a pure raw black metal but has evolved more intoo a black/death metal band over the years and this is a review of their new ep Ritual IV.

Drums are really fast with alot of blast beats and then they slow down at times to give the music an even balance, while the bass playing is tuned down low and is mostly fast playing.

Rythym guitars use alot of fast riffing that has a mixture of black,death and thrash influences with a touch of melody and some slow riffing, while the lead guitars are mostly alot of fast guitar solo's that sound technical.

Vocals are a mixture of death metal growls and black metal screams,, whilt the lyrics seem to be on a left hand path aproach, as for the production it sounds very professional and you can hear all of the instruments.

In my opinion this is a good band but if you are a fan of their first demo you might be disapointed but if you are a fan of blackened death metal, I would advise picking this up or order it. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

WOLOK Interview

1. Can you all our readers a little bit about the band for those that are not familiar with your music?
To sum it up, WOLOK consists of three sick and repugant musicians with no particular goal and no particular ambitions, as we just play our grim tunes for our own pleasure. To get more into the story, the band was created in 2003 LUC from ZARICH BAAL THARAGH asked me if I would agree on playing music together so that's how we decided to give birth to WOLOK, We released a first demo, Universal Void, which was re-released as an official album a little bit later through Northern Sky Productions (CD), Then we got into that split with REVERENCE and SONS OF FENRIS. Our second album was entitled Servum Pecus (CD / LP) and it was released through Eerie Art Records. For this record, Cypher from LA DIVISION MENTALE came in our band to take care of all twisted rythyms and drums. He's also in charge of all our mixing and mastering shit. A few months ago we released or third album called Caput Mortuum (CD) through Those Opposed Records. You should grab that one if you pretend to enjoy sick music.

2. What is going on with Wolok these days?
Well there's nothing special actually. Caput Mortuum was released in March 2009 and we're just promoting it with answering to interviews and so on. I still couldn't start composing some new stuff as I'm implied in other bands and have alot of things to work on. Currently I'm getting soaked with the brand new songs of LA DIVISION MENTALE and I'm just trying to think how I can puke some lyrics on the music. tThe task is not easy at all as Cypher wrote his best songs ever. I hope it can measure up.

3. Has Wolok played any live shows, and if so what are some of the best places you have played so far and how would you describe your stage performance?
WOLOK is definitely not a live band. The music we play does not fit the fucking stage.

4. What is the meaning behind the band's name?
There is meaning at all. Let me explain. Back in 2003, when the decision was made to create the band, I took a pen and started to draw a logo. I don't know why, but these letters came nturally,Fucking dont know why it ended up to WOLOK. At the time I was interested (and still am) in black holes, anti matter and so on, So a paralel was made. See what I mean. Now a few months ago, I was contactacted by a guy who's called Michael Wolok and I must confess I have learned alot from him about this strange WOLOK thing & really disturbing.

5. How would you describe your musical progress over the years and what direction do you see Wolok heading into on future releases?
Our recent works may sound more complex than our early stuff, that is obvious. Whereas Universal Void was more of a basic record I think that Caput Mortuum is much more abstract and hard to get in at first listening. Some people told me they did not undertand anytrhing at all they could not get the essence,but that's just because they're lazy cunts and are use to hearing the mainstream sound, you know. But I dont have any problem with that. I don't plan any release, I don't say guys, let's sound more complex, or let's sound more old school, this is definitely my way of working. I don't know what direction WOLOK willhead into on our next record, it will all depend on my mood and inspiration. That's just a matter of mood and inspiration.

6. How would you describe the lyrical content of the music?
All of our lyrics are very abstract,so I think I better not unviel any detail. Each listener has to get his own interpretantion of the subject as he was staring at a painting. Roughly speaking WOLOK deals with deviance, death, religion, molestation, disease, pain, maggots. obscenity and so on and so forth... But as I said there is not one and only meaning. You just have to dig it on your own.

7. I know that the band members have particapated in many differenr bands around France, are ther any current projects, if so who are they and what styles of music do they play?
Luc is still puking in ZARICH BAAL THARAGH as he regurly releases demos. I guess he's also working on ambient stuff, but I'm not sure about it. As for as Cypher is concered, he's currently working hard on on the new LA DIVISION MENTALE album, as I told you before. He's in charge of all musical direction and I'm just the singer. This project is a mix between Black Metal and Industrial atmospheres. Our first album was released in 2007 and I think you should have a listen to it. You can expect the new album to be released somewhere in 2010 and it will just be a must.And then about me I have been performing in DEVILISH ERA since 1998, though I decided to give it up about a year ago. Now all my attention is focused on WOLOK as it deals with my top priority.

8. What are some bands or music styles that have influenced the music style of Wolok?
We'll. I'm into various genres: Black Metal, Death Metal ( be it old school or uber technical) Thrash Metal,Heavy Metal, Doom Metal, Occult Rock... I can't say I am influenced by a band in particular as I do try to create my own music. And I think I succedded. According to the reviews I have read here and there, WOLOK is aofet compared to bands such as BLut Aus Nord and Deathspell Omega,but I can tell you that there are absolutely my main source of inspiration though I am really respectful of their art.

9. What are some bands or musci styles that you listen to knowadays?
Right now I'm into THE DEVIL'S BLOOD. Here is a band I could speak of for hours and hours as there is so much to say about them. I discovered that band a while ago and it just changed my approach to extreme music. It doesn't need to be brutal or never-ending-blast-beat orientaed or something to sound extreme. Actually I have not been impressed and posessed for aeons I can't tell you why. I can't telly ou what is so bewitching in THE DEVIL'S BLOOD, you cannot depict with words, you just have to feel it and understand. I was attending the Eindhoven Metal Meeting a few days ago and I had the opportunity to the band on stage. And believe me, that was something unique.That was something unforgettable. Their live rituals can change your life and your vision of music, definitely Occult Rock at its very best. Unique band and unique sound. Just worship. Worship.

10. Does Satanism or Occultism play a big or small role in your music?
It all depends on what you mean for Satanism... What I can tell you is that my music is exclusively guided by my urges and impulses. Satan is more of a way of thinking; not another deity to venerate.

11. Besides music, what are some other interests that you have?
My non musical-interests are so various. As I've been working for a beer company for more than 3 years now, you can imagine how interested in am in the beer market. i'm a huge French wine connoiseur as well. But I doubt your readers give a fuck about it.

12. Any final words or thoughts?
Many thanks for your interest in WOLOK. May your readers get in touch with Those Oppossed Records to get our latest repugnant album. You can also visit our Myspace page as well. !! HYBERLINK "http://www.myspace.com/wolok " www.myspace.com/wolok !

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Morbid Undead Interview

1. For those that are not familiar with your project, can you gives us a brief history of the band?
It all started in 2009 after spending about a year in isolation just listening to various Black Metal bands and projects on a daily basis. I started to experiment with mixing programs on my Laptop and began recording some material. I started to experiment with different styles of Black Metal vocals and practiced until I got it right. I decided to utilize my newly learned skills and create a solo project similar to Xasthur of Alhambra. On Youtube, I discovered Nino of Black Plague whom I showed my As Black As the Void demo to. So we formed a partnership and ever since I got motivated to spread the word to various Black Metal people on the Internet about Morbid Undead.

2. Where did you come up with the name Morbid Undead?
I always admired Dead from Mayhem, and knew about his Blackened Death Metal / Thrash project before he joined Mayhem called Morbid. The original idea I had for Morbid Undead was to create a similar project to Dead's Morbid, but at the last minute decided to go for a more Depressive approach in the vein of Xasthur after discovering a natural talent I had for writing depressive music and performing depressive dissonant style vocals. The "Undead" part comes from the fact that I'm fascinated with zombies, corpses, and death. With these deep emotions, I actually feel like I'm Undead myself. So with the both of these notions I came up with Morbid Undead.

3. How would you describe your musical sound?
I would describe it as being a reflection of my own emotional thoughts and lifestyle. The music I create and the lyrics I write reflect my own mental suffering. I'm pretty much self isolated, lonely, and I suffer from depression and the feeling of despair almost on a daily basis. I had hoped to achieve a sound similar to what projects such as Xasthur and Nortt have done, and I can safely say I have done that quite well to say the least.

4. Do you have any other projects that you participate in?
Not at the moment, but I've had many different ideas for new side projects that I would like to create possibly in the near future. Though I have decided not to give out any more information regarding side projects until I've actually created some physical material first. Though I will be working and doing a split with other projects very soon, Black Plague from Torrance being one of them.

5. I noticed when I listen to your music I hear no electric guitars, are there any plans in the future to start utilizing this instrument on songs?
I originally wanted to add guitars to my project but decided not to as it was too complicated for me to add onto the mix along with the keyboards. I also felt like the "rough" guitar samples I recorded drowned out the synthesizer instruments so i decided to just keep it strictly keyboards and synthesizers. When I listened to my first synthesizer-only recording of As Black As the Void I felt it sounded better without guitars anyway so I decided to just stick with that approach. I of course added drums from a drum program to make it sound at least a bit more Metal. The Bass guitar weren't so much of a problem as the standard guitars since they're very minimal anyway. As for adding electric guitars in the near future, not unless I hire a session musician with more experience and better recording equipment.

6. How has your music been recieved so far by black metal and ambient fans?
It has been perceived very well so far, but occasionally I get someone who feels it is necessary to tell me something rude or to offer me bad advice, which is very few though. Other than that I can safely say that majority of the people who have heard of my music whether they prefer Black Metal or Dark Ambient more so over the other enjoy my music quite a lot. A close personal friend of mine even went as far as saying that I should consider recording music for horror movies, someone else even said that some of my songs are among the top 8 best Ambient Black Metal project songs around.

7. What are some bands or music styles that have influenced your music?
My primary influences are Xasthur, Nortt, Letum, Lustmord, Endless Dismal Moan, and Black Funeral. Though I credit anything that captivates the feeling of despair, isolation, nihilism, and depressive emotional thoughts as an influence to my music. I enjoy both Black Metal and Dark Ambient music, so anything that crosses those two realms are heavy influences.

8. What are you listening to nowadays?
Since my primary passion and influence is Black Metal, I mostly listen to bands like Gorgoroth, Emperor, Mayhem, Burzum, etc. But since most of my influences are Depressive Black Metal / Ambient, I listen to a lot of Xasthur, Nortt, Endless Dismal Moan, etc. I often occasionally listen to underground Death Metal and Speed/Thrash Metal as well, even sometimes classic rock/heavy metal like Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Dio, AC/DC, and so on. I'm also open to a lot of Dark Ambient bands/projects too.

9. What role does Satanism or Occultism play in the music?
As much as I'm fascinated with the Occult and Satanism, none. My songs and the lyrics mainly focus on Nihilism, Misanthropic Projection, Suicide, Despair, Isolation, etc. Though I am strongly opposed to Christianity, and religion based on Christianity as a whole. I'm not sure if Morbid Undead will ever turn it's focus to a more Satanic theme in the near future or not, but as of right now it remains as it is until further notice. I know for sure if I decide to start another side project though, it will be focused entirely on the Occult, Satanism and Anti-Christian blasphemy.

10. What are some of your interests outside of music (i.e films, literature etc.)?
Before getting involved in music I was a hardcore video game player, I spent most of my days playing video games alone or over the Internet against other players when I had a Sony Playstation 3. I got bored of the same old mindless shooting games and generic gameplay/storylines so I turned my interests solely towards music instead. I still occasionally play video games, but not as often as my youth days. To put it quite simple, I got bored.

11. What direction do you see Morbid Undead going into on future releases?
My next so called release will be a split with Black Plague, after that I can't really say. I might create a compilation CD of As Black As the Void with Bells of Suicide and a few other newly recorded tracks but after that I can't really say. Perhaps by mid or late 2010-early 2011 I'll record and release a full length album, before hand maybe getting a record label if I desire to get signed onto one. Though I was planning to keep my music commercial-free, as I despise commercialism in Black Metal.

12. Any final words or thoughts?
The Morbid Undead / Black Plague split will be done sometime around 2010 according to Nino of Black Plague (hopefully) if all goes well. I'd like to thank you for giving me this wonderful interview, and look forward to speaking with you or doing another interview sometime again in the near future. Thanks.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Drudkh-Microcosmos/Season Of Mist Unerground Activists/2009

Drudkh is a band from Ukraine and the mastermind behind this band is also the same guy who does Hate Forest and Blood Of Kingu as well, this is a review of their 2008 album Microcosmos which was recently made available in the United States from Season Of Mist and I would describe their music as epic folk/pagan/black metal.

Drums on this recording range from alot of slow parts to some brutal blast beats, while the bass playing which you can actually hear on this recording seems to be slow and melodic with some folk and classical influences with a good amount of distortion.

Rythym guitars cover alot of different variety with some slow melodic riffs that seems to have a depressive,doomy,distorted edge that covers the feel of ancient tribes when paganism ruled the Earth and no one knew what Christianity was and the mixing of Ukraine traditional music with electric guitars sounds very original, while the leads are very melodic and have some classic metal influences, as for the accoustic guitar it sounds very epic with alot of influences from classical and folk music that utilizes alot of full chords.

Vocals are mostly high pitched black metal screams, while the keyboards have the feel of a movie soundtrack from a fantasy film, as for the lyrics they are written in a Slavic Language but from hearing the music they seem to be about Slavic Paganism and Mythology. The Pan flute at the end of this recording has a very mysterious tone.

Production on this recording which was recorded during the summer of 2007 at Viter Music in Kharkiv, Ukraine sounds very profesional and you can hear all of the music instrumenrs very well.

In my opinion this is a great album and I would recommend to all fans of pagan black metal, you can not do wrong picking up a copy of this cd if you are a fan of this style of black metal. However if your a fan of Hate Forest or Blood Of Kingu, dont expect this still sound like those other projects.. Drudkh is an entity of it's own.

Standout tracks on this recording are Days That Passed and Widow's Grief. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Dark Metamorphosis Interview

1. Can you tell us a little bit about your project, when you formed and what you have accomplished so far?
It's a black metal band, started back in early 2006.
2. How would you describe your musical style?
Noisy bullshit nonsense.
3. How would you describe the lyrical content of the music?
It's all over the place, honestly.
4. What direction do you see the music heading into on future releases?
No idea. I have a few ideas for the next album, but it seems like the more albums I do, the more progressive they seem to get. Kind of similar to Celtic Frost's musical progression over the years (but nowhere near as great, of course). The soon to be released album has a plethora of different styles. A bit like my second release with Beneath The Fog, The Last Temptation Of Draclecarde, only I think this new album is about a thousand times better. I can't wait to see what my fans think about it.
5. Have you thought of getting a full line-up, or is this going to stay a 1 man project?
There will never be a full line up, that is for certain. I wouldn't mind doing vocals or guitar for another band or something, but DM will always be solo, because that's how I roll.
6. What do you hope to accomplish with Dark Metamorphis in the next coupl of years?
I WANNA BE JUST LIKE DIMMU BORGIR!!!! I'm joking of course. In all honestly I just want to keep making music that fans of the genre can enjoy. I feel accomplished every time someone tells me they enjoy what they hear. It's (obviously) not for everyone, as even black metal fans seem a bit divided on it, but as long as I feel inspired, I'll keep making music, hopefully for years to come.
7. What are some of your influences as amusian?
Classical, gothic, and metal music. Also, a good deal of horror and fantasy films and video games.
8. What bands or musical styles are you listening to nowadays?
I've been listening to alot of Tobias Sammet's Avantasia recently, as well as Alice In Chains, Equilibrium Ablaze(RIP), King Diamond, Dark Lunacy, and The Black Satans.
9. Does Satanism, Occultism, or Paganism play any role in the music?
Not really. I guess i'm not "trve" enough for that.
10. What are some of your interests outside of music?
I don't want to bore you with that.
11. Ho would you describe the metal scene In South Carolina?
It's abysmal. Nothing but mallcore hipsters around SC.
12. Any final words or thoughts?
I know i've been a bit of a silly ass here, but I do want to give my sincere thanks to those out there who have supported me with their kind words and album purchases. I've been inspired many times by simply reading a nice Myspace comment. Oh, and keep an eye out on Beneath The Fog's website (www.beneath-the-fog.com) for my upcoming album as well, I'm not sure exactly when it will be released, but I will post updates on Myspace as soon as it is. As far as my biased opinion goes, it's the best DM album i've ever done and I'm really excited to hear some thoughts on it. Thank you for the interview, and have a great afternoon and/or evening.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Kratornas Interview

1. Can you tell us a little bit about the band, what were your goals in the beginning, and what made you decide to form a brutal black metal band?

Main goal is self improvement. There’s nothing more to expect, especially in making this kind of “selfish music” where only the like-minded individual will appreciate. Spreading the music is next, just to see what others think. Thus, also knowing where I stand as a guitarist. I don’t make music to please others but listening to critics really makes room for improvement. This so-called formation of a “brutal black metal band” is not an intention. That’s just the way it should be, but brainless brutality is very easy to make and we don’t do that here…

02. Were did you get the idea for the band name?

It simply came out, well… yeah, just like that…

03. How would you describe your music style?

Like an Anaconda wrapping around you, breaking your bones and devouring you half-dead!

04. How has the response been for the first 2 albums?

The second album is already gathering positive reactions worldwide but of course, we can’t avoid purists that do nothing but criticize and criticize. Most critics were hobbyists that don’t know shit but talk and talk. On the other hand, if you’re seeking improvement, there’s nothing wrong if you listen to them – so that’s OK. I find it stupid for band members who just can’t accept an insult from a critic – that’s just sad…

05. In the beginning you had more band members, but know are a one man band, what made you decide to go in this direction?

The fact is that I don’t want to be a “one-man-band” but after meddling around with morons’, making a decision like this is easy. Back in ’95, it feels awkward but as the years go by, you’ll realize that it’s better to be alone rather than wasting your time working with someone stupid! Sure that it is easy for a FORUM WANKER to bash a “one man band” since they only record shit in their bedroom computer, etc! How ignorant is that?! I’m using a combination of drum machine and DTX and so what?! Fuck off, I guess…

In my case, I’m investing on the needed equipment and already build a bunker for it, sorry to disappoint you but it’s not in the bedroom, so? The whole thing looks like a real studio only that the walls were tweaked with filth and ugliness to raise an atmosphere! Old flyers from ’89 to early/mid ‘90s, animal skulls, red bulbs, chains and barbed wires were coiled in this bunker! If you’re serious in making an art like this you wouldn’t choose a bedroom, a piece of computer and one guitar to do it, that’s just useless! This doesn’t only involve money but mostly an infinite passion in making this kind of music.

So yes, I prefer things like this. I might already found the right people and put them as members but they’re 90 miles away and that will not help Kratornas at all. Once again, that’s just useless! I work base on my own schedule and NOT adjusting on someone else schedule – that’s pathetic.

06. When can we expect new material and what direction do you see the music heading into?

I’ve no idea about the ‘new material’. I didn’t even think I am making a second album after the debut CD came out – if you know what I mean. Improvement is the only direction I can think of, otherwise I’ll end up with an ‘oh-so-brutal-monotonous-666-album with 2-riffs-raw-kvlt musick’, bah! Stagnation is useless, though I’m not talking about changing the style kuz that’s just fake and stupid! Just move forward and deliver the goods…

07. What are your main influences as a musician?

It is mostly guitarists that influence me. Satriani, Paul Gilbert, Eric Johnson, Petrucci, etc., just anything by Shrapnel Records actually… Other medium includes Bathory, Mercyful Fate, SWALLOWED IN BLACK and ILLUSIONS respectively, Morbid Angel (with Mike Browning), Brazilian Death Metal, RUST IN PEACE, Somewhere in Time, PAINKILLER, Morbid Saint, and 80s German Thrash!

08. What are you listening to nowadays and what would you recommend new or old?

I can listen from WASP to Bathory and it circulates just in there. I don’t collect a thousand of music (be it CDs/LPs/Tapes). That’s just useless! I only have a few and this is from bands that I really like. The only recommendations I could give to your readers now is the South American DEATH METAL releases. I’m not so thrilled about these ‘retro’, ‘intentionally tweaked to sound dirty recordings’, ‘mega-oh-so-brutal-kaotik-666-blackness’ and all of the clone-tribute bands were utterly useless! I hope someday quality in Metal will regain its strength because quality has been lost since ages and with the kind of bands I’ve just mentioned in dislike, Metal will certainly go down the drain in the next years to come…

09. What role does Satanism or Occultism play in the music?

Nothing. Kratornas is not ‘Satanic’. People just love making up with their own stories like linking Kratornas with Satanism just because they see the word Satan in the lyrics! Makes sense to me!

10. What are some good films or literature that you would recommend?

It is usually about the older films once again. How can I recommend recent films like District 9 when everybody here already saw it and got their own opinions about it? I dig classic horrors, mostly. Other stuff includes Witchcraft, Satanic, UFO/Alien/Orange Apocalyptic Sci-Fi, and Gore Films. I could watch other ‘genre’, but there MUST be interesting to watch in there…

11. How would you describe the extreme metal scene in the Philipines?

Great scene! Check out people who is going crazy with Vampiric Black Metal and when that’s over they’ve went Black Thrash but then again, getting tired on it and now switching to Black n’ Roll but guess what kuz Black n’ Roll didn’t last a year for these flukes so let ‘em dig what’s the most popular on blogspots and there they go again with Bestial Black Metal – who knows what next for these idiots… maybe form a band and praise their own work, now… that’s just typical once again aha! There’s also this crab mentality that’s been existing since ages! Everybody is a critic and wants to be! Nothing gets more exciting seeing Filipinos, who didn’t achieve anything in life, criticize someone else. What a waste…

12. Any final words?

I’ve already said everything above I think…

13. Thanks for the interview?

Many thanks to you for this given chance to share thoughts in your webzine. Anyone can drop by to our website @ WWW.KRATORNAS.COM for cds, shirts and other exclusive merchandise only available direct from us (paypal accepted). If you’re from Europe, you can also get in touch with our label, Kneel Before the Master’s Throne Records from Germany.

WEBSITE : www.kratornas.com
EMAIL : kratornas@gmail.com
STREAM : myspace.com/kratorns

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Necronoclast Interview

1. Can you tell us about your project, when you formed and what is going on nowadys?
-- I started Necronoclast in 2003, from a desire to create dark atmospheres based on my own mind, my own thoughts. The first full album, "Monument", was released in 2006. Since then, there have been two further albums, "The Plague" and then "Haven". At the moment, I'm writing some new material for forthcoming releases.

2. Where did you come up with the name Necronoclast?
-- It was a combination of the prefix necro, referencing death, and the word iconoclast, referring to an opposition to traditional beliefs. It was based on lyrical themes I was using at the time.

3. How would you describe the musical progress over the years?
-- I think the recent songwriting is more focused and polished. Although atmosphere remains key and the core musical elements have not changed much, I feel that Necronoclast is much more accomplished now in terms of reaching its target sound.

4. What direction do you see the music heading into on future releases?
-- I'd like to incorporate some other elements into future recordings to expand my musical scope. Necronoclast will always be grounded in black metal, but I will be incorporating some new elements into my new work. I see no great worth in recording essentially the same material twice.

5. How would you describe the lyrical content of the music?
-- Lyrics have never been an important focus of Necronoclast, because I always feel that music itself should convey ideas and emotion. Lyrics are based on concepts of anxiety, imagination, and humanity.

6. how has the reception been towards your music by other black metal fans?
-- I've had a lot of positive responses, particularly to "Haven". It's interesting to get feedback because black metal - especially solo projects - is a genre which has become quite overpopulated, so it's good to see that people are still interested. Ultimately though, Necronoclast is the most egocentric thing I have ever done, and as long as I am achieving my own targets then I am satisfied.

7. What are some of the black and doom metal bands that have influenced your music style and do you have influences from any other types of music as well?
-- Katatonia is an obvious influence, plus more traditional black metal like Burzum, and doomier bands like Shape of Despair and My Dying Bride. I don't set out to copy any existing bands, but these are bands whom I feel achieve the same targets I set myself through their works.

8. What are you listening to nowadays?
-- Recently, Gris, Pantheon I, Watain, Absu, Shining.

10. Do you have interest in any Satanic, Occult and pagan beliefs or philosophies?
-- No, other than from an 'outside interest' point of view. I don't see any value in giving my beliefs a particular title.

11. What are some of your interests outside of music?
-- I'm a big fan of unconsciousness.

12. How would you describe the metal scene in Scotland, I have not heard of that many band coming from the country?
-- I don't live in Scotland at this point in time so I can't comment on the active scene. But Scotland has always had a fairly strong underground. Though black metal has, in my opinion, been underrepresented.

13. Any final words or thoughts of wisdom for the people reading this interview?
-- Thanks for making it to the end...

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Abominator Interview

> 1. Can you update us with what is going on with Abominator these days?
>
At the moment we are planning a return from a hiatus that has lasted more than three years. In that time myself and Andrew have been focusing on our respective true death metal bands IGNIVOMOUS and CEMETERY URN. Soon our soul searching journey through the darkness will be over and new bouts of fury will be unleashed. We are also planning to release our early demo material on Nuclear War Now! Productions.

> 2. I know the band has experienced a few line up changes, who is in the
> current line up?

At this point it is just myself and Andrew, but since we plan on returning to the battleground we are negotiating with some worthy souls to join ABOMINATOR. Valak Exhumer is living in Germany doing VOLKMAR so he won´t be continuing with us for now.

> 3. Abominator and Australia have alot to do with creating the war metal
> movement, what is your opinion on the modern war metal scene, there are
> even bands in the U.S and Canada that play war metal, but it does not
> have the same sound as the bands from your home country?

To be honest, ABOMINATOR should be considered more of a bestial black metal band rather than a pure war metal band. I think the term ´war metal´ is quite redundant these days, its always wiser to ask the band themselves what they consider their style to be. Australian bands have always had their own unique brutal sound, and just like the hordes of bands who tried to emulate the scandinavian sound, many of these so called war metal bands have fallen short of the true sound. Abominator can´t really be compared to any other bands, and our true depth goes unnoticed when people mis-label our music.

> 4. How has the support from Displeased records been so far, and how
> would you compare it to Necropolis and Osmose?
>
Decent support from Displeased records is virtually non-existent, as our last album ´The Eternal Conflagration´ had next to no promotion, despite relatively good sales in certain areas. Displeased records dumped us after just one album anyway, so in the end they are no different to the businessmen ethics of dumbass labels like Osmose or Necropolis.

> 5. How would you describe a live Abominator concert and what are some of
> the best shows that you have played so far?

Epic evil and total destruction! Its a wall of satan, basically. Soon when our line up is solidified we will attack the stage again with unprecedented force and all the posers will surrender in horror! There have been many great shows over the years, one highlight was playing a show with MAYHEM in Sydney, we played like demons! There were also many great shows in the past with Damon Bloodstorm on bass/vox. Maybe he will make a guest appearance at future shows, time will tell.

> 6. Are there any plans to annihilate the United States in the future
> with a tour?

I wish I could say we had such plans, but first we have to get the band together and make sure our live show is as brutal and as satanic as possible! We will not do this half-arsed! Also we have to write some new material to blow the shit out of the venues over in the states and bring fear and death to the hearts of the weak! Anything less would be pointless!

> 7. How would you describe your musical progress over the years and what
> direction do you see Abominator going into on future releases?

During the course of our career we have progressed our sound to a point where we really cannot take it any further without sounding like a regular death metal band, so the next logical step is to return to the evil and destructive sound of the demos and our first album. There is a primal evil quality to these releases and we must return to this to make the band whole again!

> 8. What are some of the bands or music styles that influenced you to
> become a musician and what bands or music styles are you listening to
> nowadays?

In the very beginning I found bands such as BLASPHEMY, BEHERIT, SARCOFAGO, MYSTIFIER , VULCANO, GROTESQUE, SODOM, POSSESSED etc. to be a major influence on what ABOMINATOR was to become. There are many great bands out there today who retain these traditional ways, but we have a broad range of music that influences us on unseen levels. I personally like to listen to alot of progressive rock ala 1970s style such as RUSH, KING CRIMSON, YES, JETHRO TULL, AMON DUUL II as well as the usual stuff like BLACK SABBATH, LED ZEPPELIN, PINK FLOYD etc. also some old Aussie rock and some industrial stuff.

> 9. What role does Satanism or Occultism play in the music?

Satan and the occult plays a massive role in what we have created. It isn´t all just about warlike themes and goats and ´fago´ and the like, we express a healthy philosophical realization of the darkness within ourselves and humanity as a whole. It is also based around the eternal battle between god and lucifer and how that affects the universe in its constant state of flux. There is also alot of blatant praisure of evil and death, and that comes from many angles, anger and dissilusionment towards the world, but its also a healthy way to expel these dark emotions and express them creatively.

> 10. What are some of your interests outside of music (i.e
> films,literature and of course beer drinking.)

Beer drinking is a great social hobby, which is strange as we are in general anti-social people! Personally my interests range from alternative science and technologies, hyper-dimensional and nuclear physics to science fiction literature and films, as well as the occult and ancient knowledge, ancient advanced civilizations etc. Andrew is into alot of horror films and literature and we are all immersed in various elements of satanism and philosophy.

> 11. How would you describe the extreme metal scene in Australia these days?

Good, alot of great bands springing up, but also alot of shitty clone bands as well. You have to take the good with the bad I suppose. the best bands going down here right now apart from the forementioned are PORTAL, TZUN TZU, BEYOND MORTAL DREAMS, LUSTRATION, IMPETUOUS RITUAL, SHACKLES, DESTRUKTOR, BACKYARD MORTUARY, URGRUND, DENOUNCEMENT PYRE, HUNTERS MOON, BELLIGERENT INTENT, CADAVERINE as well as a plethora of great black metal and death metal bands too numerous to mention at this point.

> 12. Any final words or thoughts of destruction?

All beware, soon we will return with another sheer outburst of brutal black metal terror, exactly in what format remains to be determined, either a MLP or another full-length if the black godz look down upon us kindly enough. You have been warned, TAKE FUCKING COVER!!!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Darkened Nocturn Slaughtercult Interview

1. Can you update us with what is going on with Darkened Nocturn Slaughtercult?

DNS:
We have finished the audible manifestations of our fifth chapter entitled "Saldorian Spell" whilst you have been awaiting the completion of this interview. As many a night will pass before these answers are made public to a specific circle it should be mentioned that the release date of the new album is October 31st, 2009, however for the broad public it is November 20th. This is the solemn and most important update at the time being.

2. How would you describe your sound to someone who has never heard you before?

DNS:
D. N. Slaughtercult follows strictly the old school path of raw Black Metal, which means we intend to uphold the banner despite of current trends and modern interpretations of misshaped musical influences. It is difficult to describe the own style, or in this case "sound", in a neutral way. Thus, we shall simply adopt the often made comparison to being a relict of mid nineties Scandinavian black metal.

3. What is the meaning behind the bands name?

DNS:
As we have answered this question numerous times before we shall simply quote ourselves: “The meaning behind our name is well thought about. Unlike others who choose a name disregarding their type of music and themselves, we tried to combine ourselves along with our beliefs and turn it into a banner out of the ordinary. So, Slaughtercult was baptized in blood by Onielar as the union of occult powers, who's cruel, blasphemous deeds are being held during the midnight mass. It is the music and our very own way of existing which stands for Darkened Nocturn Slaughtercult.”

4. How would you describe one of your live shows and what are some of the best gigs that you have played so far?

DNS:
We refer to our live performances either as live rituals or bloodstained live battles. It is an intense atmosphere, sort of an exchange of energies between the performer and the audience. Definitely a worthwhile experience for those interested to participate in an audible mass. By now we have played many gigs in Europe, it is difficult to say which ones were the best. Of course we’ll never forget our first festival experience. We were used to regular club venues with one or two hundred people. Our first festival performance had four thousand maniacs in the audience! That’s a big step for an underground band!

5. When can we expect new material?

DNS:
One of the main reasons why the answering process of this interview was postponed over and over again is that we have been in and out of the studio for the last months. Since October 31st the new album “Saldorian Spell” is out. It can be ordered directly through us. By the end of November the album will be available through usual mailorder companies.

6. What direction do you see the band heading into during the future?

DNS:
We are not making concrete plans where to go or what to do. We’ve always taken one step at a time. We’ll evaluate offers and opportunities as they come. Certainly, we are aiming at a general direction, namely “straight down to hell”.

7. Are there any plans for a U.S tour?

DNS:
It would definitely be great for us to travel to distant countries, however, we must face reality that it is most unlikely for an underground band. We are not making arrangements ourselves, thus we are relying on organizers to get in touch with us. In the past there have been concert offers, we'll simply have to see if it finally happens in 2010.

8. What are some of the bands that inspired you to play the raw style of black metal that you play?

DNS:
It has definitely been early Scandinavian Black Metal which inspired us most. But there are also many other more or less popular bands, which have paved our path to start an active band. To name a few without any particular order Bathory, Immortal, Slayer, Kat (PL), Emperor, Ulver, Beherit, etc., etc.

9. What are you listening to nowadays and what are some good bands or releases that you would recommend?

DNS:
The latest albums which were sorted into our collection were from Carpathian Forest, and Tsjuder, but also ambient stuff a la Popul Vuh.

10. I know from reading other interviews you seem to have alot of knowledge of Satanism and Occultism? What are some satanic or occult philosphies that you follow and has the biggest impact on your life?

DNS:
If you have read previous interviews you should have also noticed that we are following an individual path. We try to find our own interpretation of given philosophies. We attempt to redefine the mere definition of given words, so that our mind is capable of grasping the essence. The biggest impact of our live must be the very founding stone of our inner sanctum, thus, you will certainly understand that it is something to not be discussed in an interview.

11. What are some good films or books that you would recommend?

DNS:
In one way or another, what ever is intended to be seen by yours eyes will reveal itself in due time. No need for any recommendations.

12. How does Germany react to your style of black Metal?

DNS:
A more valuable questions would be if we, as the protagonist, are satisfied with the reaction of the German scene. A simple - yes - would be the answer.

13. Any final words?

DNS:
Saldorian Spell – the circle of gathering is here!

Thanks for the interview

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Dalkhu Interview

1. Can you tell our readers about your band, and what you have accomplished with your music during the 6 years you have been a band?
Sorg: Band consist of me (guitar), Kalki (battery), Berstuk (vocals), Jurij (bass). This line up is active since 2008. First of Dalkhu was meant to be a project for expressing my musical side, but it evolved into something more, when Berstuk joined on vox. We have made one demo entitled Ars Goetia in 2006 and a few months back we've finished the work for our first album Imperator.

2. According to your bio, you formed your band out of disgust for the modern black metal scene, what was it in 2003 that made you sick of what was being considered black metal?
Sorg: I get this question a lot. The turn point for me wasn't in 2003. I kept asking myself what is happening to black metal since around '99 and since then I wanted to make a band to express my vision of extreme metal, but that hasn't happened until 2003. From my point of view what happened to black metal is that it went from obscured into unobscured genre. It became a fashion for people to listen to, it got stuck in it's own created stereotypes. It started becoming this big thing and nowadays it feels like everyone who can play an instrument and every 15 year old kid wants to play black metal. I got fed up with bands trying to sound as the early black metal bands and with modern bands who have their record sound polished and overproduced... And with that the cold feeling of darkness is gone. But on the other hand our main goal is not anymore to go against what is happening, because we really don't care what others are doing as it's their own thing to do. We present the music through our vision and don't care anymore what type of bands call themselves black metal these days.

3. Since you are very underground and most people have not heard you yet, how would you describe your sound?
Sorg: Our sound is kind of old school sounding, but with our own twist. We try to make it as natural as possible. Everyone who wants to hear how we sound can go to http://www.myspace.com/dalkhuband and make their own mind about it.

4. What is it that you are looking for in a record label?
Sorg: First and foremost we want a label that will not interfere with our music nor philosophy and would put an effort to promote the band not just press the album and release it. We have some offers and we will see how it goes.

5. In 2006 you released a demo called Ars Goetia, what is your interest in the Goetia?
Sorg: Ars Goetia derives from the King Solomon's grimoire. The demo philosophically speaks about the linked chain between humanity and divinity. Demo is sold out and not available anymore.

6. How would you define the songwriting style of Dalkhu?
Sorg: I take a lot of inspiration from nature and that is why some parts of the songs appear in my head when I am watching the night sky from my window smoking a cigarette or driving in my car through the countryside. In Slovenj Gradec where I live, we have a lot of hills and forests and that gives me a unique feeling. I have a forest 5 metres from my house which is amazing. When I have a song done, Kalki and I rehearse alone to make drums to it, or I record the guitar and send the file to Kalki who work on the drums and then he shows to me what he's done. Sometimes when I write a song I have in my head a specific drum part for the guitar riff. Basically I write all the music and lyrics, but in the end the whole band gives it that final touch.

7. I have seen some of your live stuff on YouTube, had you had to oppurtunity to play outside your country?
Sorg: Our live performances are quite different now as those on youtube, because as an artist you have to get used to being on stage to give your maximum performance and at first it's very strange. We are very different on stage now as we were 2 years ago when we started live shows. You learn and experience a lot. We decided we will not go abroad until we have released our album, though we have had a few offers. In the future we hope to play in other countries if an interest for a Dalkhu concert will be shown.

8. What black metal bands inspired you to become a musician and what other styles of music besides black metal do you draw influence from?
Sorg: The funny thing is, that no black metal band was the reason for me to become a musician. The one who inspired me to play a guitar was my highschool schoolmate and the other reason was Dimebag, I always enjoyed watching him play. I also listen to pagan metal and old school death metal besides black metal. I also like some early heavy metal like Manilla Road, Iron Maiden. Other genres get me bored after listening for 10 minutes.

9. What are some bands or music styles that interest you nowadays?
From more well known bands I like: Dissection, Bathory, Burzum, Gorgoroth, Temnozor, Behexen, Nokturnal Mortum, Kroda, Morbid Angel, Lunar Aurora, Arch Goat, Death, Behemoth, Vinterland, Satyricon, Absu, Melechesh, Darkthrone, Hades, Drudkh, Destroyer 666, Horna to name a few.
And from the underground: Deathevokation, Verminous, Vasaeleth, Branikald, Forest, Ravendark, Katharsis, Goat Molestor, Cultes des Ghoules, Kaamos, Blood Of Kingu, Hromovlad, Orlog, ... but let everyone discover the undergournd for themselves as the grimness awaits them... Among others I listen to Orff's Carmina Burana, some Irish folk music, but on very few occasions. I mainly enjoy extreme metal.

10. Do you have any interest in other forms of the black arts besides the Goetia, and how do the black arts play a role in your music?
Sorg: Black arts play a role in my music and I take that very seriously as oppose to a lot of posers in the black metal scene, but it is only them who live a lie! I don't care. I study thelemic literature, chaosophy, the occult. I am not a follower of any cult as I believe that black art and it's philosophy is an individual thing. It is for an individual to understand and walk the path of salvation or damnation.

11. What are some interests that you have outside of music?
Sorg: Work with graphic design, go to the forest or drive through the countryside and discovering my inner self.

12. I have not heard plenty of bands from Slovenia, how would you describe the metal scene out there?
I think the scene is strong and very underrated in metal world, but for that I think we have only ourselves to blame. It is some sort of a general idea, that if a band comes from another country it deserves more. We are not proud enough of what we have. There are also conflicts among some bands which is really the biggest idiocy you can imagine for a small country like Slovenia. Nevertheless some of our bands are way better than a lot of foreign bands and Slovenian metalheads need to start supporting us more! I believe we are doing a good job producing quality music.

13. Any final words or thoughts of blasphemy?
Thanks for a good interview without the stupid questions. Check our myspace for songs and support us by buying our debut album when it gets out if you like what you hear. Stay true to yourself and go where few steps lead. Find your path. Hails!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Nocturnal Fear Interview

1. Can you tell is a little bit the band for my readers that are not familiar with your music?
1. I'm the Rev. Chris Slavehunter Ph.D. I play guitar for and write all> the music for NOCTURNAL FEAR. We are from Detroit Michigan in the USA.> We play rabid and violent speed fucking METAL. Our main influences are> the best shit done by the GERMAN thrash METAL> bands-SODOM,KREATOR-DESTRUCTION and even stuff like assassin and> protektor, BUT WE ARE NOT A RETRO IMITATION! We have been around for 10> fuckng years, and all of our shit is ORIGINAL and our production is top> notch! Any True German Metaller who hears our new album METAL OF HONOR> will shit their fucking pants! WE DONT DABBLE IN SO-CALLED 'THRASH> METAL' CALL US WHAT YOU WANT-BUT DONT CALL US ANYTHING BUT TRUE FUCKING> FACE RIPPING METAL TO MURDER POSERS WITH!!>

2. What is going on with the band nowadays?
2.We just released our new album METAL OF HONOR on the greatest METAL> underground label in the world MORIBUND RECORDS. To say the new album> is already causing shock waves in the METAL world would be the> understatement of the year! These so-called false metal bands with> their ladyboys running around in their baseball caps are being castrated> at 50 paces by our new album! WE ARE NOT A 'BAND' WE ARE A SPECIAL> FORCES UNIT DEDICATED TO CLEANING UP METAL WITH OUR ASSAULT!!>

3.When can we expect new marerial?
3. Our new album will be available NOV. 3. SO SUCK IN THAT GUT> FATBODY-TUCK IN THAT SHIRT AND PUT ON THAT BULLETBELT-AND BE READY TO> FUCK SHIT UP!!!>

4. I know that the bass player plays in Anrry Aryans, the first album was released on Unholy Records and there was a song about George Eric Hawthorne being a race traitor, does Nationa; Socailism still play a role in the music and if so what is it that interests you about ns?
4.Our music and lyrics speak for themselves! We don't do our shit for> 3rd graders who need shit explained to them, think whatever you want> about us, but the bottom line is WE WILL RIP YOUR FUCKING FACE OFF! We> didn't get where we are by trying to make people happy. We may be> controversial but what the fuck! This is FUCKING METAL not fucking> HANNAH MONTANA!>

5. WHat are some of the best live shows that you have played so far?
5.Some of the best live shows have been in California and Texas with> our comrades HORNA and BLOODSTAINED DUSK. Those were some crazy fucking> bangers I'll tell you that!>

6. Are there any plans for an European tour?
6.We plan on destroying Europe the first chance we get.>

7. Does anyone in the band still have outside projects going on besides Nocturanal Fear, and if so who are they and what style of music do they play?
7.NO!>

8. What are some of the bands or musicians or musical styles that influenced you to start playing an instrument and form this brutal thrash/death band?
8.See question 1>

9. What are some of your interests outside of music?
9. WORLD DOMINATION!>

10. How would you describe the metal scene in your home state Of Michigan?
10.We have quality over quantity, there are some really great THRASHERS> here.>

11. Any final words for my readers?
DEATH TO FALSE METAL!> >
That which does not kill us makes us stronger-NIETZSCHE>
That which does kill us makes us immortal-SLAVEHUNTER

Friday, October 23, 2009

Merrimack Interview

1. Can you tell us a little bit about your band for my readers that are not familiaw eith your music?

Terrorizt: vox: Once upon a time, some young metalheads from the Parisain suburbs gathered to play Black-Metal. This was in 1994. i5 years after even if only one member is left from the early days (perversifer-gtrz) Merrimack is still around, more active than ever. Today apart from the guy I've just mentioned, we have EsX (gtrz also in Vorkreist, Necrolith (drmz), Dathorh (bss) also in Purge), and myself(also in your girlfriend). We have released 3 albums (Ashes of Purifacation !! 2002 ; Of Entropy and Life Denial !! 2006 ; and grey rigorism 11 2009).
2. I know you have a U.S tour coming up , what expectations do you have of the tour?

T: It is avery good oppurtunity for us to play in large venues and convince large audiences. We are very pleased and impatient to confront to so mmany people who never had to chance to witness the madness of Merrimack on stage. we've toured across Europe several times and we somehow have the impression to play for the very same persons over and over again. So it's all going to be new and fresh, which is pleasnat. We expect the North American audience to be very receptive, devoted sick and violent. But that's we expect from every audience anyway.

3. I remember some of your older stuff was more pagan orientated and melodic, what made you decide to evolve into a brutal Satanic black metal band?

The stuff you are talking about is very very old now, and the band's line up was very different back then. Members were way younger and influences were different. With new, more stable members joining, the identity of Merrimack became more solid and more orientated towars sinister and spiritual topics.

4. What are some of the best gigs that you have played so far, and what can us Americans expect when you play out here live?

Difficult question, there were so many gigs ! I defiently could not pick one up in particular, I would say that all our gigs in Paris turned out really great, with packed venues, fanatic audiences and a truly morbid, sick and dangerous atmosphere. That's what you guys can expect from us: pure Black Metal madness with spikes, leather, blood, darkness, death, danger and devotion.

5. How has the response been to the new album so far?

Very good indeed. We have some excellent reviews in almost all (all1) mags/ webzines, and long time fans are very enthuastic. People have easily realized the abominable power contained in the work and glorifacation and worship that is Grey Rigorism.

6. What direction do you see Merrimack going into on future releases?

We'll keep on doing what we're doing now: incorporating more and more new elements in our music while making sure it stills faithful to the tradition of morbidity darkness and mystery of the purest Black-Metal.

7. What are some of your influences as a musician?

We are of coursed influenced by the legacy of the most repungent Black-Metal. We're also listening to many other music styles and this can be felt in our music. We're all big fans of Doom and Death-Metal. Most of us are also into stuff like Sunn0)), Isis, Pelican, Neurosis etc.

8. What are you listening to nowadays and what is your opinion on modern black metal?

I will only speak for myself, not on behalf of the other members. I am myself getting back to vintage stuff like Led Zeppelin, Thin Lizzy, ZZ Top and even older stuff, besides the bands I mentioned in the answer above. Moder Black-Metal is easy to sum up 99 % of shit. But let's be thankful for the increbibly good and strong 1 % remaining.

9. How would you describe your Satanic Left Hand Path philosophy and do you also have any interest in the other forms of the black art?

If by other forms of the black art, you mean occult practicing, then yes, I am more and more involved in such activities. It is up to everyone to question one's own engagement and to get involved in further activities than music or not. I have choosen to do so, and my interpretations, interrogations and comments are to be found in my lyrics. for those that care. I won't devolop here the basis of knowledge that is esoteric by essence. Esoteric = reserved for the initiate.

10. What are soome of your interests outside of music (i.e films, literature etc.)?

I read alot, though as much as I would like, I enjoy all kind of stuff, but I prefer esoteric literature, historicalm essays and philosophy> When it comes to films, I would recommend Sous le Soliel de Satan (by M. Piliat) and The Island ( byPavel Longuine).

11. How would you describe the black metal scene in your home country?

I would describe it with the exactly same words I've used to describe the moden Black-Metal scen in general 99% percent os shit and 1% exceptainal good band. With some good bands diseppearing it even tends to be 99.5 %/ 0.5%.

12. Any final words or thoughts for my readers?

Our new album is now out and available everywhere, so make sure to check it out (and to actually buy it instead of downloading it.) The vinyl version will be available very soon ( late october/early november). We hope to see you all on tour, my it be U.S.A and Europe

Have faith in the devil
Hail Satan
Terrorizt on behalf of Merrimack anno 2009

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Dodsferd Interview

1.Can you update us with what is going on with Dodsferd these days?
Dodsferd appeared in Sathanas in Gloriam Festival for one show this year approximately two weeks before and now I am working on new material!
Soon a Dodsferd 7” ep and a split cd will be released by Moribund records!
2.What were your goals with this project in the beginning?
Two ease the demons in my head!
3. Where did you come up with the name Dodsferd?
It found me! It was not my choice!
4.I know you have some other musical projects, who are they and how do they differ from Dodsferd?
Nadiwrath, Grab, F.W (Ex – Kampf), Mortovatis, Nunonbong…They are different in their way!
5.What was it that got you into black metal, and are you happy with the way the scene is now, or do you prefer the older days when the scene was more underground?
It was not for everyone! It was not for the masses and the group of people I hated! Happy? …and it should have stayed underground!
6.You have some interesting song titles, what inspires you when you write the lyrics?
The fucking human cunts and their pathetic existence!
7.What direction do you see the music heading into during the future?
More hateful and violent! More painful and sick!!! Not for the masses! That’s about my music! I don’t care about the others!
8.How would you describe the musical progress over the years?
It’s not about progress, it’s about hate!
9.What are some of your main influences as a musician?
Bathory, Burzum, Judas Iscariot, Iron Monkey, Sons of Otis, Bongzilla…
10.What are you listening to nowadays?
Sludge, doom, drown and a lot of black metal!
11.Do you have an interest in any Satanic or Occult philosphies, or are you just a misanthrope that hates life and humans in general?
I am Wrath from Dodsferd! Imagine whatever you want!
12.What are some good films or literature that you would recommend?
No recommendations!
13. Out of all the albums that you have recorded so far, which one are you the most satisfied with?
Nothing satisfies me at all!
14. How has the response to your music been so far in the underground metal community?
It’s out of my concern! You love it or hate it! I prefer to be hated!
15. Any final words to my readers?
“Another two of Your Scars and the world is dead!
Wrath from Dodsferd!

Friday, October 16, 2009

In Memorium Interview

1. Can you update us with what is going on with the band these days?
Nihilist: Greetings & Salutations! As of October 3rd 2009 we are taking a 6 month hiatus from performing any live rituals of any form. Our last performance was with the mighty Velnias from Illinois & a local band named Alda @ the Jewelbox Theater. As we take this time off we HOPE to focus on advancing with any new materials we have started working on for a new e.p. or split with another band. Maybe Ceremonial Castings, not sure at this moment. Just taking time off to let our minds & bodies heal from the physical & mental abuse we have all suffered from performing in Underground death/black/doom/thrash bands for the past 13 years!!!

2. What inspired you in 1997 to form this band, during the days when Washington was kind of going through a post grunge phase, and play the style of melodic black metal that you play?
Nihlist: Well, at that time there were quite a few die hards doing their thing up here & around Oregon. Seattle had Drawn & Quartered,Blood Ritual,Darkenwood,Windam Hell,Baba Yaga, & of corpse Inquisition. I was living in Oregon at that time. And we had Agalloch,Thy Infernal,Murdergod,Warhate,Merde,& Vein. Since that time some have gone onto other bands & others have quit musick altogether. It was a hard time at first, but now things have picked up over the past 6-7 years. We just gave it our all. Even before I was in the band, when I saw In Memorium they were an awesome live band & I think that's what sticks out in peoples minds. We ALWAYS deliver a killer set of fucked-up,decrepit & destructive death black metal!! KILL!!!!

3. How would you describe the musical progress over the years?
Nihilist: We have added more death metal & doomy elements over the past few years. Plus we lost & gained lots of different members since I.M. was formed. It is a totally different machine that the 1st incarnation of this band, however we have maintained & held high the ideals & the original spirit that have been here since the beginning. No more live keyboardist either.

4. What is the meaning behind the bands name?
Nihilist: In Memory of....
5. I know that the band members are veterans in the scen and allso have other projects as well, who are these bands pat or current?
Nihilist:Well for me the bands/projects I have worked with,recorded with, or stepped up to help out would be: Necrocide/Hate-Fuckers/Thy Infernal/Wraithen/Lord Gore/Zettilmeyer (1 show)/Abazagorath/Stahlmantel/Bethlehem/Wizards of Wor (yes, like the old video game!)/Walls of Lava/Vetus Obscurum/Gorebitch/Omnia Mutantor & I'll sometimes do guest vocals with Scorched-Earth or Grey!

6. How would you describe your live show?
Nihilist: An eruption of blackened thrash & pent up aggression. A surge of hate-filled metal & waves of headbanging galore!

7. Are there any touring plans?
Nihilist: We are hoping to have something planned for late 2010. Maybe a mini-tour, but things are up in the air right now.

8. What direction do you see the music going into, on future albums?
Nihilist: More DOOM elements for sure. Darker, more dismal & crawling.

9. What are some of the bands influences?
Nihilist: Metallica/Slayer/Iron Maiden/Black Sabbath/Celtic Frost/Death/Anthrax/Grave/Dark Angel/Vio-lence/Pentagram/Entombed/Katatonia/D666/The Accused/Incantation/Impulse Manslaughter/Discharge/Carcass/Napalm Death-"Mentally Murdered" e.p.!!/Emperor/Mayhem/Impetigo/Disciples of Hate/Bethlehem/Goblin....the list goes on.

10. What are some bands or styles of music that you are listening to nowadays?
Nihilist: I dig on such bands as: Portal/Black Breath/Methadrone/Disciples of Mockery/Agalloch/Evoken/Funebrarum/Necrovation/Maim/Vassafor/Diocletian/Tribulation/Secrets of The Moon/Hirudiniea/Witch Tomb

11. Does anyone in the band follow any Satanic, Left Hand Path, Occult or Pagan philosophies?
Nihilist: Cannot speak for anyone else in the band. And I don't have the time for this one, sorry. Not alot of fun eh?

14. I know that the band members are fans of horror films and Lovecraft, what horror films are you into, and what other literature do you read other than Lovecraft?
Nihilist: As of the past few years I have been catching up on Chuck Palahniuks' works, which I adore. Diary,Survivor,Choke & especially Haunted have all been my favorite reads over the past few years. His travel book on Portland, Oregon was also great. I am also really into autobiographies of semi celebrities, like the Artie Lang bio was pretty fucked up. The new David Cross book was hilarious. Wasted my time on the Steve Martin book though! Heh! Aftermath Incorporated was another pretty intense read. Just started scratching the surface on The Gods of Blood the other night.

15. How would you describe the extreme metalscene in Washington State these days?
Nihilist: Lots of killer & diverse bands around it seems: Black Breath/Scorched-Earth/Anhedonist/Sol Negro/Shaded Enmity/Skelator/Drawn & Quartered/Krohm/Doom Lit Sky/Drakul/Nekro-Morphosis/Lesbian/Grey/Vulgarizer/Slutvomit...etc.

16. Any final words or thoughts for my readers?
Nihilist: Thanks for your time & interest. You can order our new c.d. through your local record den/shoppe or though www.moribundcult.com Vetus Obscurum-"Blood Revelations" e.p. will be available Oct. 30th through Debemur Morti Productions. In the Hour of 11:11...Nihilist

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Grimbane Interview

1. Can you update us with what is going on with the band these days?
We have been recording demos for the new album and currently recording is halted as we come up with the finishing details and wait for business matters so on and so forth.

2. I know all of the members are veterans in the Canadian extreme metal scene, what made you decide to form this new band?
I had been looking for the right members to work with as so many here are not valid black metal, or even valid musicians. So when after a few years of letting go ties with certain people being able to run into them saying "hello what is going on" you find people have the same interests still. Timing is everything when it comes to these things as now were older and members have jobs, kids ect..and that was the case this time.

3. Where did you come up with the name Grimbane?
I was noticing that many times in metal bands they conjure up their own ideas and worlds even a band that isn't english will take words and jumble them or scramble to their own meanings or even invent things.So instead of two that's why Grimbane is one word. I just felt that the two words fit well and I liked their meaning too also shorter is better when it comes to band titles I think.

4. I know in some of the songs there are references to Egyptain gods, what interest do you have in Egyptian Mythology?
I have interest as far as ideology the album is conceptual and is about the unveiling the truths of government, religions, and the controlling sect who adhere to themselves only controlling the masses so its all tied together. For generations and even centuries these control methods have been used.

5. When I listened to your album I noticed a bunch of acoustic guitar intros, is anyone in the band classically trained?
I took lots of training as a youngster then realize you must forget all the musical rules and I found learning it all and then conscientiously forgetting it was the best way because music is a feel thing I just try to make whats in my head come out of the instrument.

6. I know in the early 90's there was a black metal skinhead movement going on in the Ross Bay Cemetary in Victoria B.C, is that movement still going strong today?
I see many who are yes all over Canada there is such a strong following and all over the world too now there is bands who follow the ross bay cult

7. According to your myspace page there is a new album coming out, when can we expect it and what direction is the music heading into?
We have no time frame in the band we dont feel pressures like other money making bands or scenes. The good news is the music is 85% done the other 15% is on the table and the details of it all are coming along. The direction is the album isn't a concept album its just a black metal album and the songs are good I cant judge them you will have to .

8. How would you describe a live Grimbane show?
Short and full of surprises we aren't a band that plays every song the same. We try to write songs that use ups and downs, fast parts and slow parts to keep people interested

9. Are there any touring plans?
Yes if we can arrange that sure

10. What are your main influences as a musician?
I like pots and pans crashing out of the cupboard, car wrecks I mean you have to go off in your own head and I try not to be predictable but its tough earlier in life it was all early metal. Sodom Kreator, some punk stuff you will hear it creep into our sound

11. What are you listening to nowadays?
Soundtracks. I do listen in on black metals big name bands to see what they are doing but its mostly other types of music

12. Does anyone in the band follow any Satanic, Occult, or Left Hand Path philosophies?
I am, (as in) I know for the sake of enlightenment but this band is about free thinking and any belief systems I have forbid myself.

13. What are some of your interest outside of music?
I have a career outside of music the band doesnt give me enough income but the normal stuff hunting, fishing, Canadian stuff

14. How would you describe the modern extreme metal scene in British Columbia?
We have many great bands and people who are into it. I dont follow it as I am too busy with my career and such. I know that some bands have come out of it 3 inches of blood and can do well in the world. Gene Hogland is a guy we see at shows so are all the SYL members and the odd time Slayer members are around town recording ect..

15. Any final words or thoughts?
I thank you for your interest in the band and look for new Grimbane 2010 ok

Friday, October 9, 2009

Brown Jenkins Interview

1. Can you tell us a little bit about the band, what your goals were in the beginning, and if you felt you accomplished what you wanted, during the time your project was around?
Well, looking back on it now...I feel like I accomplished everything I wanted in terms of what music I wrote. I'm not so happy about my recordings or the way people have perceived Jenkins, but...what can one do? What's done is done. The most important thing about this band was that it directly reflected my inner experience, feelings, thoughts, etc. and that I didn't try to belong to any "scene" or group of musicians in the underground. I never wanted any part of that. So I set myself a few rules really early: no double-bass, no tremelo picking, no stupid religious dogma or whatever, no themes that tried to criticize or show anyone anything other than what I had inside my own head. It's all very solipsistic, of course, but I also felt that it was honest. I didn't have to lie and pretend to be something that I wasn't. I think Jenkins shows a real progression in terms of songwriting ability over its short history and I can only hope that pattern continues. I would love to be able to get to a place where I feel comfortable expressing almost anything through music...but that's a lifelong pursuit, you know? One is always learning. Music is infinitely flexible...well, mostly because it's so shallow/malleable.

2. I know you got your name from a Lovecraft novel, but can you explain who Brown Jenkins was to my readers who have not read Lovecraft?
The band is named after a creature called "Brown Jenkin", from Lovecraft's story "Dreams in the Witch House." Jenkin is the familiar of a witch in the story, he's basically a miniature, demonic hybrid man/rat. He kills children, etc. - not a nice little guy. He's been one of my favorite Lovecraft creations ever since I was a kid.

3. What made you decide to disband the project?
Well, it was never supposed to last this long in the first place. I think I've taken it as far as I can, I want to move on to new things, new styles, new ways of doing things. I think Jenkins will be served the best by having three CDs out and then just being left behind. I like the notion of "leaving" things, completing them, letting them stand on their own. I can put it on a shelf and say, "Well, that's where my mind was at that point in time, I can always visit it but I don't need to live there forever, I can move on." For me...a band is like a doorway into another world. That's the way it should be thought of. The Jenkins world has been thoroughly explored by me now. I need to go into new things. If I don't...the next work will just be more of the same. It will bore me, I'll get sick of writing or playing, etc. I don't want that to happen. This last album is kind of unsettling. It's not really like what has come before. I mean...it's still really heavy, dark, morbid, mournful, etc. but there are a lot of fast parts and the riffing is just all over the place. There's a lot of interplay between the guitars and bass. The drumming is different, there are more vocals lines/parts, the songs are better structured and flow better, etc. I think people will be surprised when they hear it. It's still as dense as ever with multiple guitar parts echoing off each other all over the place...but I paid a lot more attention to how catchy the riffing/songwriting would be this time.

4. Can you tell us about your new project and what style the music is heading into?
Well, I have a couple of things going right now. The "main" one, I guess, is called The Ash Eaters and I suppose people can see that as a sort of "continuation" of the spirit of Jenkins (meaning that if they like Jenkins, they'll probably like this new stuff), but the truth is that it's much more technical/avant-garde then Jenkins, progressive, experimental. Basically I'm trying to take what I've inherited from listening to black metal over the past decade, decade and a half, and really push it to an extreme in terms of what it can say and how personal/bizarre/unique it can be before it just falls apart. So although this new music, I think, is really catchy and people will enjoy it, there are parts of it that are almost painful in terms of what I'm doing on the guitar. I don't mean that it's really difficult to play or anything like that, I'm not a tech guitar player...I mean harmonically difficult, very dense, very strange. Hopefully I can continue to get better and better recordings so that all these things will come out. The first Ash Eaters CD should be out in December, I think. I also have a couple of other projects going but I'll announce those (I guess) when they're ready to be released. I should be putting out a lot of music this year, so that's exciting...

5. When can we expect the final Brown Jenkins album?
It should be out the week of November 17th-24th, but I think you can order it before then and get it delivered from Moribund.

6. What are some of your main influences as a musician?
Just my favorite bands when I was growing up...Voivod, Burzum, Morbid Angel, Autopsy, Godflesh, Joy Division, Bauhaus, Christian Death, etc. I really like powerful, commanding vocalists and technical/atonal/dissonant riffing. I seem to have an instinctive aversion for "easy" or "simple" music...I like music that is emotionally complex.

7. What are you listening to nowadays and what would you recommend new or old?
I listen to all kinds of stuff these days. Just recently I've been going through and trying to review all of the Aube recordings I can find. I've been listening to a lot of Australian thrash/death, power electronics, dark ambient, dub, reggae, etc. I listen to black or death metal very rarely. I don't know that I can recommend anything to anyone now...in terms of music I tend to kind of exist in the past. I do a lot of scouring of mp3 blogs, listening to stuff that's 20 years old. I did enjoy that Anael album that recently resurfaced, I've been seeing lots of people paying attention to Order from Chaos again...when people ask me what to listen to I usually point them at Negative Plane. There are very, very few contemporary black metal bands now that I listen to or even like. A lot of the time I'll listen to them in order to remind myself what NOT to do with music.

8. What role does Satanism or Occultism play in the music of Brown Jenkins?
Well, I'm very interested in both satanism and occult subjects and enjoy studying them...but I can't really say that they have any influence in my music whatsoever. It's such a cliche in heavy metal to write about such things...I could never do it. It doesn't touch me deeply enough to inspire anything worthwhile. I'm an atheist so you can probably guess how I view most occult stuff. It's fascinating, of course, but mostly from a sociological standpoint. The bands who profess to be satanists, left hand path occultists, etc. are either liars or insane, in my opinion. Oh well. Whatever helps them write music, eh? Whatever helps them create a sense of "mystery". I think there are only two real domains of "darkness" in human behavior (which can then be written about without sounding like an idiot): mental illness and sadism.

9. What are some good films or literature that you would recommend?
Honestly...these days, I don't feel I can recommend anything to anyone. Everyone needs to find their own path. In terms of reading...I mainly go through history, cultural/critical theory, poetry, etc. Every now and then I'll go back and read some of my favorite writers of fiction. Camus, Ballard, Howard, Gibson, etc. Most of the time I'm reading nonfiction or ancient history or whatever. I tend to mainly watch documentaries. The sad truth is that I've read or seen almost everything else. I'm not one of those people who can read/see things over and over again.

10. How have metal fans react to your musical style so far?
Well, you find some people who "get" what's happening in the music and can actually feel it, then you have others who don't hear it at all and don't understand it. There's not much you can do about that. Music is direct in its impact. Of course it can be picked apart and analyzed to death, etc. but if it doesn't have a visceral power people will never hold on to it for very long. My music is mainly emotional...it tries to replicate what I'm feeling when I write it. It's just...the nature of the thing that people aren't going to be able to feel the same things. I would guess that people who have had experiences similar to mine would "get" it. The other people don't really matter to me. Life is too short to worry about people who can't hear you when you're speaking directly into their ear. There are 6 billion people on this planet, you know? How many do you really have to talk to before you feel validated as an artist?

11. Any final words?
No, not really. ;) Thanks for this interview and for your support, I appreciate it. If people want to know more about Brown Jenkins, hear some music, etc. they can go to:http://www.myspace.com/brownjenkins13http://www.myspace.com/asheatershttp://www.moribundcult.com/Cheers, and good luck with your blog/magazine. U

Ayat Interview

1. Can you tell us a little bit about the band, what got you into playing a brutal form of metal, and what your goals were in the beginning?
FF: No.
2. I know you gort the band name from the Koran, but can you explain what "ayat" means to my readers, who have not yet read the book?
FF: Your readers should Google it.
3. How do you get ahold of music equipment, c.d's, tapes, or records in a Muslim land, I know from listening to your music, you must had to go through all of the trouble obtaining this stuff?
FF: Yes. It’s very hard in Muslim Land. We all have to make our own equipment with wood, rope and camel fur.
4. How are the liquor laws in Lebanon, i know some Muslim countries ban the use of alcohol, but I did see an imported beer from your country once?
FF: I’m neither a lawyer nor a legal expert in liquor laws.
5. How would you describe your live show?
FF: Non-existent.
6. Are there any plans for a tour?
FF: Not in the foreseeable future.
7. What other releases have you put out besides the one on Moribund?
FF: A bunch of shit. Check Encyclopedia Metallum.
8. How would you describe the musical progress over the years?
FF: A sharp slope.
9. What direction do you see the music heading into during the future?
FF: I’m not a fortune-teller.
10. How would you describe the lyrical content of the music?
FF: Awesome.
11. WHat are some of your influences music wise or non music wise?
(Filthy Fuck mumbles a few obscure titles no one knows to impress the ignorant cunts reading this.)
12. What are you listening to nowadays and what would you recommend new or old?
(Filthy Fuck mumbles a few obscure bands no one knows to impress the ignorant cunts reading this.)
13. What role does Satanism or Occultism play in the music?
FF: Occultism: none. We are striving hard to get Black Metal back to the horrible real world and leave the golems and trolls alone. The Troll Union had already expressed concern over the abuse of their image and they’re legally pursuing Mortiis as we speak.
Satanism: none. If you are bold enough to be anti-(insert name of religion) you might as well be bold enough to deny the whole myth down to its very foundations. Being a worshipper of Satan instead of god is like believing Free Base will get you out of Heroin.
Yet, if we are to take the figure of Satan as an analogy of rebellion, the figure that says no at the ultimate moment and is prepared to suffer an eternity for it, and thus Satanism becoming a code of honor, a behavioral set, an attitude, then we are Satanists to the moment of death. But to begin to think that people are actually KNEELING down and PRAYING for Satan just sends me into roars of laughter.
14. What are some good films or literature that you would recommend?
(Filthy Fuck mumbles blablabla….)
15. How would you describe the extreme metal scene in Lebannon?
FF: The best in the whole wide world.
16. Any final words?
FF: No.
17. Thanks for the interview?
FF: You’re asking me?

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Avsky Interview

1. Can you tell us a little bit about the band, how you formed and what your goals were in the beginning?
Our initial goals were to o recreate that feeling you got when you listened to black metal back in the early '90s, not to sound exactly like those bands but to have the same feeling in the music, those are still among our goals even though our music has changed a bit over the years.
Not much to say about how the band formed. Just two guys who decided to play black metal together.

2. Where did you come up with the name for the band?
We thought it would be a fitting name for the band and for the views and ideas we express through our music. Avsky is Swedish for loathing/disgust.

3. How would you describe your musical style?
Hateful, Scandinavian styled, black metal.

4. How would you describe your musical progress over the years?
We have become much better musicians since our first recording, so our music has become more and more advanced for every recording. Also the songs have become longer and longer.

5. What direction do you see the music going into during the future?
I guess our song will become even more advanced and longer in the future. but we will continue to sound like Avsky

6. When can we expect new material?
We have just finished the recording of our third album that will be titled “Scorn”. It will be released early next year

7. How would you describe the lyrical content of the music?
The end of the world and the destruction of man. Mankind in its current state is a failure.
Most of our lyrics deal with subjects like these.

8. What are your main influences as a musician?
Mainly early nineties black metal and some newer bands like Craft and the way they take that early Scandinavian style and make into something of their own.

9. What are you listening to nowadays and what would you recommend new or old?
Lately I been listening a lot to bands like Coven, Black Widow, Uriah Heep, Blue Öyster Cult and that kind of stuff, they don’t make music like that anymore.
When it comes to black metal I’ve been listening a lot to the latest Mgla and Glorior Belli albums, both amazing records.

10. Does Satanism or Occultism play any role in the music?
No, not really. Avsky is not a religious band.

11. What are some good films or literature that you would recommend?
I don’t watch that much movies, but Tarkovsky and Kurosawa are among my favorite directors.
When it comes to literature I can recommend Michail Bulgakov´s “The master and Margarita”. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s “One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich” and anything by Franz Kafka.


12. How has the response been so far to your music in the black metal community?
Quite good, most reviews on “Malignant” have been really good and people seem to like what we’re doing. So I have to say that we are pleased with the response we have gotten so far.

13. Any final words?
Be sure to check out “Scorn” when it’s released. It will take Avsky’s music to the next level. TOTAL HATE!

14. Thanks for the interview?
Thanks for support!