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