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!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Azaghal Interview

1. Can you tell us a little bit a bout the band, when you formed and what your goals were in the beginning?
- Azaghal was formed in 1995 by me and ex-drummer V-Khaoz (aka Kalma). In the beginning we were highly influenced and inspired by the early 90s norweigian black metal scene (and still are, atleast musically). We've never had any goals per se, our only goal is to satisfy ourselves, both musically and lyrically.

2. What is the meaning behind the bands name?
- Azaghal is from the Tolkien mythology, which was highly popular during mid-nineties. Perhaps not the best name for a black metal band, but the name is a product of it's time.

3. I know on your last album you had a song about the Aztec serpent god, what interest do you have in Aztec Mythology?
- I am very interested in different mythologies and history, there has always been themes from mythologies present in our lyric, altought Quezalcoatl is maybe the first song I've written directly from a specific myth.

4. How would you describe the musical progress over the years?
- I think we still have the same essence as in the beginning of the band, you can still hear that it's the same band when comparing our first and latest output. Nowadays the songs tend to be a bit more technical and melodic and overall better thought out than in the beginning, but like many bands that have been around for as long as we've, I think we haven't lost the underground edge and rawness in our music.

5. What direction do you see the music heading into during the future?
- It's hard to predict at the moment. I've written a couple of new songs since "Teraphim" and they are more straightforward old school black metal. But at this point it's hard to say if they'll make it to next album or not. Our music has lately taken it's final shape in the studio and usually when we come out of the studio the album turns out to be something completely different than what we had in mind when entering. So it's hard to predict what it will be like, but I can guarantee that it will sound like Azaghal heh.

6. How would you describe your live show, and what are some of the best gigs that you have played so far?
- Brutal is perhaps the best word. Feeling is always more important to us than playing the songs exactly like they are on the albums. Our best gigs so far are perhaps our first one, which was at Under the Black Sun Festival in 2004. Also last years gig at Dunkelheit Festival was very good, it was the first one to feature Niflungr on vocals and everything just worked very well atlought we had only like 2 rehearsals before the show.

7. Are there any plans for a U.S tour?
- No concrete plans for now, but hopefully Moribund is able to come up with something. It would be fucking great to say the least.

8. When can we expect new material?
- No plans as of now. But it's usually a year and an album with us. Or if we do some splits in between it might be two. We are pretty active writers, and when comparing to the past when I wrote all of the music, there are now three writers in the band.

9. What are your main influences music wise or non music wise?
- I can only speak for myself, but early on several hard rock bands like Motley Crue, WASP etc. and then of course the early 90s norsk black metal which I already mentioned. Nowadays I don't follow the black metal scene that closely so my influences come from totally different kind of music, which might be good since the world doesn't need anymore darkthrone clones I think.

10. What are you listening to nowadays and what would you recommend new or old?
- Been on a huge Nick Cave trip for a long time now, also stuff like Death in June gets frequent plays. Also I am really digging the new Alice in Chains album right now, however uncool that might be for a person in a black metal band to say hah. Regarding Black Metal, the new Beherit was a very positive surprise, also all the Archgoat stuff they've put out since their return. Also Darkspace, Coldworld, Code and Austere deserve a mention I think.

11. WHat roles does Satanism or Occultism play in the music?
- This is a subject that I really haven't bothered really wondering or explaining about in many years. We've been doing this for about 15 years now, so our views should be pretty obvious from the lyrics.

12. What are some good films or literature that you would recommend?
- I enjoy generally all horror fiction, be it filmed or literature. Anything with zombies is fine by me hehe.

13. How is the response in Finland towards your music?
- Pretty non-existent, we've never really pushed ourselves forward in Finland and we have never played live in Finland.

14. Any final words?
- Thanks for the interview and support. Listen to Scarecrow and drink whiskey.

15. Thanks for the interview?

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Mord Interview

1. Can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Hail Satan!
At This moment I am working on new songs for the new album, new riffs and arrangements that take up most of my time. Another thing is to prepare for our first concert. Necrolucus trying to complete session musicians and I'm preparing a track list for this show.

2. Were did you come up with the idea for th band name?

It was in 1999 I think. Previously I played in a band called MROK< but we never recorded a demo. During rehersals we were more preoccupied with alcohol and the devastation of nearby cemetaries than making music.

3. How would you describe your sound?

Morbid Noise...Satanic screams.

4. What made you decide to sign to Southern Lord Records, instead of putting out another album on Southern Lord Records?

The Southern Lord was not interested in releasing the other album. We recorded Necrosodomic Abyss for our money and right after we finished album recording we sent two songs promo to some labels. Osmose would release LP and CD, and we got good offer. French label is more extreme metal profile and suitable for Mord.

5. According to your bio the band members are originally from Poland, how would you compare the Norwegian black metal scene to the one in Poland?

The Underground Polish black metal scene is much different than Norwegian i think both are extreme but polish bm is much more spontanoious than norwegian and is more i feel than in Poland is more rebellian because of radical Catholic mentality. Here and there you will find that bad boys who want to make money on BM.

6. How would you describe the musical progress over the years?

We play more extreme music and we will go this way in the future. Sure we will work on better sound to but we could never go beyond certain boundaries. BM is BM.

7. How would you describe the lyrical content of the music?

Blasphemy, Anti Christian propaganda, rape, burn, kill everything who have something to do with church to do!!! Well we are not interested in the nature (leave it for GreenPeace) we are not interested in fantasy stories( leave it for writer. Fairy tales are for children.)

8. What are your main influences music wise or non music wise and what are you listening to nowadays and what would you recommend?

Anima Damnita, Urgehal, Infernal War, Cannibal Corpse, Deicide, Sodom, Belphegor, old Darkthrone, Krypt, MORD, Hellhammer, Blasphemy, Immolation, Incantation etc...

9. Have you heard of the other bands that use the name Mord?

No I have not. Have You. I know that we are not alone but i don't care. Maybe you would recommend me something???

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

Major role, without Satan BM don't exist?

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

People should read what they like, so no I would not recommend anything?

12. Any final words?

HAIL SATAN

13. Thanks for the interview?