Thursday, November 29, 2012

Manticore Interview


1. Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?
Hails! Right now we just got off the road after doing 7 shows with Deiphago in the midwest and northeast US. We also just released our first album in 7 years "Behold the Ascension of the Execrated".

2. How would you describe the musical sound of the new album and how it differs from previous recordings?
I think the sound is similar to the sound we have always had, ugly and simple, just a little more raw than the previous releases. This was recorded in a basement almost entirely live so it has that organic, old-school feel to it we think.

3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the new release explores?
The new album is a collection of hymns to Satan and against the weakness that is christianity. Songs like Denying the Resurrection and Abhorrent Baptism in the Vestal Cavity are full out onslaughts against all that is holy. While a song like Filth upon Filth is our view of society today.

4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the bands name?
A Manticore is a beast with the body of a lion, tail of a scorpion and the head of a man. It is the perfect combination to attack with and therefore we found it to be a fitting name for our style of blackend death metal.

5. What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and how would you describe your stage performance?
As of right now, the Boston and NYC shows on the just finished tour were some of the best with the current line-up, both crowds were completely insane which makes it easier to completely get into the music. On stage, we attack from the first song and only relent when the set is finished.

6. Do you have any touring plans for the new release?
As mentioned earlier, we just finished a small tour with Deiphago, and for now we have no plans to tour again until sometime next summer, just a few shows here and there in the meantime while we work on new material.

7. Your new album had a Venom cover, what was the decision behind doing a cover of this classic tune?
We are all huge Venom fans, they were one of the first bands I got into back in the mid 80's so they have always meant alot to me. Plus, they are the complete package; pure hard-rock, punk fueled SATANIC heavy metal!!! We thought this sound would fit in with the new material and In Nomine Satanas was chosen as the best fit.

8. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your new album by those that have heard it so far?
So far, all the reviews we have seen seem to be good, it has only been out for a few weeks, so we will all have to wait and see what people think in the long run. But, to us, we like it, and that is all that matters!

9. What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?
I think that the style on this album and that of the 2 splits released in the last year are where we are as a band. A mixture of blasting insanity and thick heavy riffs. This is a natural extension of what we have always done, so it will always be in this vein.

10. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
The same stuff that we have always listened to; Venom, Archgoat, Hellhammer, Motorhead, the classick stuff i grew up with. I've been listening to alot of those still, plus Possessed, Prosanctus Inferi, Witch King is really killer, Satanik Goat Ritual, alot of raw filthy music.

11. How would you describe your views on Satanism and Occultism?
My views are a mesh of many views, I feel Crowley has it right most of the time, in Do What Thou Will, I will say that I think religious views are best left to the individual, as otherwise it sounds preachy, or like you are trying to start a jim jones style cult. I need no one to lead me, or to feel they are above me in some level, they aren't.

12. Outside of music what are some of your interests?
Other than music, i do little, besides the typical day to day human existence, the only things i enjoy outside of creating blasphemy, are my heathens, who will one day follow in my footsteps!

13. Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?
We want to thank you for your support and for helping to spread the filth that is Manticore!   Hails!

Necrotherion Interview


Hail! Both Stellarvore and Chernobog did the interview, we are the two founding member's of the band.

1. Can you tell us a little bit about the band for those that have never heard of you before?
Stellarvore: Well, the band started back in 2009 with me and Chernobog. Back then we was unable to find a drummer so we decided to use a drum machine and with it we only recorded two song's. Shortly after that we decided to place the band on hold for a time while we worked on other project's. Then mid 2011 we found a drummer, Vitiatus who shared similar interest and taste in music as us so we recruited him into Necrotherion and that was the rebirth. The first live show was on "Good Friday" and we hit the stage with a fuck you attitude and praised the cold, dark void of death and nothingness. Shortly after this we gained a bass player Pain and then not long after that we gained another Guitarist Wargoat and then the line-up was completed.

Chernobog: Necrotherion began in early 2009 with one goal: We set out to found a new wave of USBM. From the very beginning, we chose not to pigeonhole ourselves into on any set formula. In our view, to do so is to squelch one's musical creativity. From our humble beginnings as a two man recording project, we have grown into a very well-directed force, but our goals have not changed. With the upcoming release of our full-length album "Novus Ordo Seclorum" we will have taken the first step in achieving our goals. This, however, is only the beginning for Necrotherion!


2. How would you describe your musical sound?
S. We never approach creation with a solid guide, it is very flow based. The only solid ground we have is Black Metal but besides that most of our music is flowing out we are just lucky enough to have musician's we work very well together. The demo only contain's 4 of our song's just wait for the full length, we have some song's on there that capture a truely different sound.

C. Dark, intense, melodic, mournful at some times and brimming with destructive power at others. I personally find it rather difficult to relate our sonic properties in words. Listening is a much better method. We currently have our Demo "From the Void" available for free download to give listeners a peek. Our full-length debut is in the recording process at the moment, and it should be realeased in early 2013.

3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
S. Well the lyric's are inspired by anything I pick up on in life. On one side, I am inspired by Art, Literature or Cinema. The work's of H.P. Lovecraft, Friedrich Nietzsche, Neil Gaimen, Lar's Von Trier and H.R. Giger. Now on the other side I am inspired by the area I live in the hill's during the twilight hour's, the fog that follow's the Ohio River, the forest that seem's endless. Then there is the people, the scum. The Pillhead's and the Crackwhore's, the leeche's and the crooked liar's. A Church on every street corner, with fornicator's and closet homosexual's doing smack with twink boy's. I think you get it.

C. The topics which we choose to explore are varied. Some songs are written in admiration of nature. Others are written out of hatred for organized religions and other corrupt institutions. We are not individuals who simply "Go with the flow" and we certainly refuse to accept things as they are. I believe that our lyrics reflect those ideals with much clarity.


4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the bands name?
S. Necrotherion is a mix of two word's, Necro which is a Greek prefix meaning Death and Therion which is also a Greek word that mean's "Beast". Necrotherion translate's into "Death's Beast" I choosed this name to embody the idea of the band. The banner the band fall's under is Death, Death is the great answer, it is the only thing that is promised to us in this life. 

5. What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and how would you describe your stage performance?
S. Well the first show was on "Good Friday" we take great pride in that. I greatly enjoyed the show at the Steel Mill in my hometown, then there is of course the Cleveland show with Dark Funeral and Morbid Angel. It was fucking awesome and a great time! I was surprised to see so many of our local fan's making it all the way to Cleveland, really show's the growing follower's!

C. Our first show was in a small bar known as "The Shamrock." Nobody had heard of us at that point, but we certainly noticed a mixed reaction as our set progressed. When all was said and done, we had managed to clear out half of the bar with our blasphemies. The remaining half were very much into what we did, and it was gratifying to know that we were able to show people the reverse of the coin. Looming not far behind was the night that we opened for Dark Funeral and Morbid Angel. We were actually scheduled on a separate stage during part of Dark Funeral's set, yet we managed to maintain a considerable crowd of our own. Most stayed for the duration of our set!



6. Do you have any touring plans for the future?
S. Well, currently we are working on recording the Album, but we are also trying to hit some local show's if we can. We are willing to play anywhere no problem. We hope to do a tour in the future if we can, it would be an epic experiance.

C. We hope to conquer the world, and the only real way to do that is to get out there and do it. We're by no means a recording project. Our goal's reach far beyond the local level. Whether funded by a label, or financed out of our own pockets, we will spread this like a wildfire.

7. Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label and if so what kind of label do you feel that would be a perfect fit for the music?
S. We would be happy with a Label, it would surely take some pressure off of our back's. But we also do not want a controling Label, Necrotherion is a band for indivisual's we will not sell out this idea for money. 
C. We are (at present) in negotiations with a few separate labels who are interested in releasing our album. Ideally we would like to find a label that has the power to send us on world tours and give us the ability to sell as many albums as possible. However, we will not allow any label to stifle our creative freedoms. Many bands have abandoned their ideas and ideals in the name of the almighty dollar. We are not one of those bands!

8. Are there any other musical projects besides this band or is this a full time line up?
S. The member's do have other project's that they enjoying working on, but we make really good use of our time and Necrotherion is a full force. None of the other project's cripple the Beast.

C. We are (at present) in negotiations with a few separate labels who are interested in releasing our album. Ideally we would like to find a label that has the power to send us on world tours and give us the ability to sell as many albums as possible. However, we will not allow any label to stifle our creative freedoms. Many bands have abandoned their ideas and ideals in the name of the almighty dollar. We are not one of those bands!

9. What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?
S. Honestly, I don't even know! This band seem's to grow on it's own, to create something of it's own. I am greatly happy with where it is heading and if it ever reache's a peak where it shouldn't be, we will stop. But the band is in great hand's, the only way it will be going is up, and through it's own sweat and blood.
C. Necrotherion is not afraid of change or experimentation in any way, shape, or form. However, this change (if and when it occurs) will NOT be motivated by anything but our own creativity. We certainly shall not allow our music to stagnate and release album after album of repetitive material.

10. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
S. Well the first band's to inspire me was Gorgoroth, Mayhem, Immortal, Celtic Frost, Darkthrone and Dissection. But more recent band's that have insipired me are Venenum, The Devil's Blood, Urfaust, Shining (SWE), Pentaface, Diabolical Masquerade, Moonsorrow, Limbonic Art, Obsequiae, Ravencult and much, much more.
C. We all have various musical influences, which I believe contribute to create a unique band. Personally, I am influenced by certain "expected" influences such as Immortal, Mayhem, Darkthrone, Satyricon, Dimmu Borgir, Raventale, Bathory, and Venom. It is not only Black Metal that influences me. Other bands include Candlemass, Iron Maiden, Stormwitch, King Diamond, Yngwie Malmsteen, Adagio, Ring of Fire, Savatage, and of course my favorite band of all time....Mercyful Fate. As a classically trained musician, I also note the influences of Bach, Mozart, Paganini, Vivaldi, Pachelbel, and many others. Every member of this band has MANY different influences which blend together to create the musician, and we blend together as musicians to create Necrotherion.

11. How would you describe your views on Satanism, Occultism, and Paganism?
S. Well ever since I was 12 I have had a fascination with the "Dark" side of religion and spirituality. I wanted to know why these thing's are forbidden and are no-no's, so I studied and learned. I came to realize that this was my path, that the Left Hand Path treasure's knowledge and learning, of not being a slave to a single master, but instead become one's own master. Who do I worship? Myself.
C. My views have changed quite a lot over the course of my life. Like most people from West Virginia, I was raised christian. As I grew older, I became increasingly disgusted with the mental and spiritual tyranny which all of the Abrahamic faiths inflict upon their adherents. At the time of our formation, I was a Theistic Satanist. There was something else that called to me, with much more strength, than simple rebellion. That thing was ancestry. As I began studying my ancestral cultures, I discovered that we had our own spiritual beliefs and practices that predated both christianity and its reverse, Satanism. I am of course speaking of Paganism. As far as general Occultism is concerned, I believe that the mastery of oneself and one's world is of utmost importance. This is not only a physical pursuit. It is a mental and spiritual pursuit as well. Various occult disciplines such as Magick, Alchemy, Meditation, etc... have undeniably fostered tremendous growth for me, and Occultism has the power to do the same for anyone with the resolve and intelligence to reap those benefits.



12. Outside of music what are some of your interests?
S. Nature and Knowledge is the main key for me, cinema and art as well. Literature is a big one, I like to go on long hike's and find a nice spot to sit and read a good book.
C. Music is nearly all-consuming for me. Apart from my studies of various subjects and occult knowledge, there is very little that draws me away from music. I began playing guitar at the age of five, and since then, there has been nothing else.


13. Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?
S. Yes, Necrotherion is a rising Force far more then I expected, I enjoy it and see no end to it! If you want to see what it is all about, like it on the Facebook and keep updated on it! The Full Length Album is coming along greatly and should be out early 2013.
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Necrotherion/150393611662666

C. To any who may read this: Do not set out to be "normal" and do not set out to be "different." The single most important goal for anyone is to be yourself; what ever that may be. Just as some sheepishly follow trends, others seek to be different simply for difference's sake. Find and pursue only those things which speak to you and satisfy YOU!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Cruelty's Heart/Rex Anglorvm Saxonvm/Wodfreca Records/2012 CD Review


  Cruelty's  Hear  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  with  a  musical  style  that  I  would  describe  as  being  melodic,  raw  and  primitive  sounding  pagan/black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2012  album  "anglovm  Saxonvm" which  was  released  by  Wodfreca  Records.

  Drums  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  drumming  with  a  good  amount  of  blast  beats  being  thrown  into  the  music  at  times,  while  the  bass  playing  has  a  very  dark  tone  with  riffs  that  follow  the  riffing  that  is  coming  out  of  the  guitars.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  black/pagan  metal  riffs  that  are  very  raw  and  primitive  sounding  with  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  traditional  metal  influences  being  thrown  into  the  riffing  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  soft  and  clean  playing  that  gives  the  music  a  progressive  feeling,  while  the  lead  guitars  are  very  melodic  sounding  pagan  metal  guitar  solos  and  leads.

  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  a  brief  use  of  pagan  metal  clean  singing,  whispers  and  spoken  word  parts,  while  the  lyrics  cover  Anglo  Saxon  Paganism,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  heavy,  raw  and  primitive  sound  with  some  of  the  songs  being  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  recording  from  Cruelty's  Heart  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Blood  Of  The  Wyvern"  and  "King  Hrodgar's  Hall".  RECOMMENDED  BUY

Necrotherion/2012 Demo Review


  Necrotherion  are  a  band  from  Ohio  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  primitive  form  of  occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2012  demo.

  Drums  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  drumming  with  some  blast  beats  being  utilized  at  times,  while  the  synths  which  are  only  used  on  the  intro  bring  a  very  dark  sound  to  the  music,  as for  the  bass  playing  it  has  a  very  dark  tone  with  riffs  that  follow  the  riffing  that  is  coming  out  of  the  guitars.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  black  metal  riffs  that  are  very  raw  and  primitive  sounding  with  a  good  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  being  thrown  into  the  riffing  as  well  as  some  thrash  influences  on  one  song  and there  are  little  to  no  guitar  solos  or  leads  present  on  this  recording.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  and  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  with  some  deep  demonic  growls  being  thrown  into  the  music  at  times,  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  occult  themes,  as  for the  production  it  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  primitive  sound  to  it.

  In  my  opinion  Necrotherion  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  primitive  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Necrotherion"  and  "land  Of  Decadence".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Vitam Eternam/Blackened Dreams Of Nocturn/Wild Rags Records/1997 CD Review


  Vitam  Eternam  where  a  band  from  Iowa  that  played  a  very  atmospheric,  raw  and  primitive  form  of  vampyric  occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  1997  ep  "Blackened  Dreams  Of  Nocturn"  which  was  released  by  Wild  Rags  Records.

  Drums r ange  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  drumming  with  a  good  amount  of  blast  beats  being  thrown  into  the  music  at  times,  while  the  keyboards  bring  a  very  dark  and  atmospheric  sound  to  the  music,  as  for  the  bass  playing  it  has  a  very  dark  tone  with  riffs  that  follow  the  riffing  that  is  coming  out  of  the  guitars  and  at  times  they  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  black  metal  riffs  that  are  very  raw  and  primitve  sounding  with  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  being  thrown  into  the  riffing  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  soft  and  clean  playing  and  there  are  no  guitar  solos  or  leads  present  on  this  recording,  as  for  the  acoustic  guitars  which  are  only  utilized  briefly  they  use  finger  picking  to  enhance  the  darkness  that  is  coming  out  of  the  music.

  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  that  have  a  depressive  tone  to  them at  times  with  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  clean  singing,  while  the  lyrics  cover  Vanpyric  Occultism,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  primitive  sound  to  it.

  In  my  opinion  Vitam  Eternam  where  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric,  raw  and  primitive  sounding  vampyric  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Part  1:  Blackened  Dreams  Of  Nocturn"  and  "Part  3:  The  Swoon".  RECOMMENDED  BUY. 

Battlelust/Of Battle And Ancient Warcraft/Hammerheart Records/1997 CD Review


  Battlelust  where  a  band  from  Sweden  thay  played  a  very  fast,  raw  and  primitive  form  of  black/war  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  1997  album  "Of  Battle  And  Ancient  Warcraft"  which  was  released  by  Hammerheart  Records.

  Drums  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  drumming  with  a  great  amount  of  brutal  sounding  blast  beats  being  thrown into  the  music  at  times,  while  the  bass  playing  has  a  very  dark  tone  with  riffs  that  follow  the  riffing  that  is  coming  out  of  the  guitars,  as  for  the  keyboards  when  they  are  utilized  they  bring  a  very  dark  and  atmospheric  sound  to  the  music  without  becoming  a  lead  instrument.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  black/war  metal  riffs  that  are  very  heavy,  raw  and  primitive  sounding  with  some  death  and  thrash  metal  influences  being  thrown  into  the  riffing  and  there  are  no  guitar  solos  or  leads  present  on  this  recording,  as  for  the  acoustic  guitars  when  they  are  used  briefly  they  use  finger  picking  to  add  more  darkness  to  the  music.

  Vocals  are  all  high  pitched  black  metal  screams,  while  the  lyrics  cover  anti  christianity,  demons,  darkness  and  violent  themes,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  heavy,  brutal,  raw  and  primitive  sound  to  it.

  In  my  opinion  Battlelust  where  a  very  great  sounding  heavy,  raw  and  primitive  sounding  black/war  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should c heck  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Armagedon  Arrives"  "The  Sword  Of  Death"  "The  Dawn  Of  The  Black  Hearts"  and  "Snow  And  Ice  And  Demonmight".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.

Graven/Perished And Forgotten/Undercover Records/2002 CD Review



  Graven  are  a  band   from    Germany  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  primitive  form  of  misanthropic  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2002  album  "Perished  And  Forgotten"  which  was  released  by  Undercover  Records.

  Drums  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  drumming  with  some  blast  beats  being  thrown  into  the    music  at  times,  while  the  bass  playing  has  a  very  dark  tone  with  riffs  that  follow  the  riffing  that  is  coming  out  of  the  guitars,  as  for  the  synths  when  they  are  utilized  they  bring  a  dark  and  atmospheric  sound  to  the  music  without  becoming  a  lead  instrument.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  black  metal  riffs  that  are  very  dark,  raw  and  primitive  sounding  in  the  90's  tradition,  while  the  lead  guitars  which  are  only  utilized  are  very  raw  and  primitive  sounding  black  metal  guitar  solos  and  leads

  Vocals  are  all  high  pitched  black  metal  screams,  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  misanthropic themes,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  primitive  sound  to  it  in  the  traditional  black  metal  tradition.

  In  my  opinion  Graven  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  primitive  misanthropic  black  metal  band and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Of  Darkness,  Sorrow  And  Hate"  "Nightwinds  Lead  My  Sword"  and  "Of  Misanthropic  Spirit".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.


Monday, November 26, 2012

Sindecent Interview

1. Can you tell us a little bit about the project for those that have never heard of you before?








The project is called Sindecent , formed in 2011. It’s a single man Black Metal project from Dhaka, Bangladesh.







2. How would you describe your musical sound?







Well, I will like to call it atmospheric, depressive and melodic black metal.











3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?







The lyrical theme is mostly based on death, depression, struggle, legends, mythology, dark fantasies and misanthrope.







4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the bands name?







Sindecent is a combined word which is named after the behavior of social disguise and hypocrisy which we named decent and practicing it for ages. This generates a lot of hate in me towards everyone and everything caused by us.











5. Currently there is only one member in the project, are you panning on expanding the line up in the future or do you choose to remain solo?







I never actually thought about this but things might change if it needs to be in future.







6. Can you tell us a little bit more about Akkrosh Records/







Akkrosh is an independent & non-commercial label for Black metal , Viking metal, Doom metal & DSBM. The first compilation album is coming out in this December called “Doomed In Depression” focused on dsbm’s and raw black metal. It’s the first Asian dsbm compilation album which is participated by black metal bands from Europe, America and Asia.















7. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of depressive black metal?







Well, ‘Hearts Of Funeral’ got some thumbs up as a dsbm track. I have only one EP out there and some positive feedback so far.











8.Are there any other musical projects besides this one?







I have an experimental project focused on dark ambient electronic sounds.







9. What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?







Sindecent will stay black metal but I’ll probably try to add some folk sounds to introduce Baul in a very different way.







10. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?









Rotting Christ, Bathory & Burzum have influenced me a lot towards Black Metal. I would also add Immortal, Agalloch, Lord Belial, Marduk, Xasthur, Forgotten tomb and Nocturnal Depression on the list. I have been listening to a lot of underground black metal recently for our upcoming compilation album. Bands like Cheerful Depression, Toorn & P.h.t.o are quite reknown among them. I am still stuck with Katatonia and Forgotten tomb latest albums along with good old Sargeist, Angantyr, Windir & Wedard.











11. Does Satanism or Occultism play any role in your music?





It doesn't.







12. How would you describe the metal scene in your home country of Bangladesh?







Heavy Metal culture is quite established in Dhaka and still growing like a disease in other parts of the country. We have thousands of metal heads and loads of bad-ass bands making really good music. Black metal as always has a reputation of being isolated from the others and it’s not different here.











13. Outside of music what are some of your interests?







Travelling, sports, martial arts, manga, psychology and history.







14. Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?







I would like to thank BlackMetalZine for this interview. Cheers!!





















Best Regards



Faisal















 

Sunday, November 25, 2012

This Gift is A Curse/I, Guilt Bearer/Discouraged Records/2012 CD Review


  This  Gift  Is  A  Curse  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  mixes  raw  and  primitive  sounding  occult  black  metal  with  sludge  and  hardcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2012 album  "I  Guilt  Bearer"  which  was  released  by  Discouraged  Records.

  Drums  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  drumming  with  some  blast  beats  being  thrown  into  the  music  at  times,while  the  bass  playing  has  a  very  dark  tone  with  riffs  that  follow  the  riffing  that  is  coming  out  of  the guitars  and  at  times  they  have  a   powerful  sound  to t hem.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  riffs  that  combine  raw  and  primitive  sounding  occult  black  metal  with  sludge  and  hardcore  to  create  a  sound  of  their  mixed  in  with  a good  amount  of  heavy  distortion  as  well  as  a  great  amount  of  drone  soundscapes  and  there  are  no  guitar  solos  or  leads  present  on   this  recording.

  Vocals  range  from  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  to  sludge/hardcore  screams,  growls  and  shouts  as  well  as  a  brief  spoken  word  part  that  is  utilized  at  the  end  of  the  last  song,  while  the  lyrics  cover  occultism,  darkness  and  violent  themes,  as  for  the  production  it h as  a  very  dark,  heavy,  raw  and  primitive  sound  to  it  with  some  of  the  songs  being  long  and  epic  in  length  and  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording.

  In  my  opinion  This  Gift  is  A  Curse  a  very  great  and  original  sounding  hybrid  of  raw  and  primitive  occult  black  metal,  drone,  sludge  and  hardcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan of t hose  musical genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Inferno'  "Inferno  Ad  O"  "Deciever"  and  "I  Will  Swallow  All  Light".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Moloken/Rural/Discouraged Records/2011 CD Review


  Moloken  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  experimental  dark/black  metal  with  some  influences  from  death  and  doom  metal  as  well  as  some  70's  progressive  rock  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2012  album  "Rural"  which  was  released  by  Discouraged  Records.

  Drums range  from  slow  to  mid  paced  drumming  with  not  much  in  the  way  of  fast  playing  or  blast  beats,  while  the  bass  playing  has  a  very  strong  and  powerful  sound  with  heavy  riffing  that  dominates  throughout  the  recording.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow  to  mid  paced  dark  metal  riffs  that  combine  influences  from  black,  doom,  death  metal  and  70's  progressive  rock  to  create  a  sound  of t heir  own  with  a  good  amount  of  clean  playing  being  thrown  into  the  riffing  as  well  as  a  good  amount  of  melody  and  there  are  no  guitar  solos  or  leads  present  on  this  recording.

  Vocals are  all  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  that h ave  a  depressive  edge  to  them  at  times,  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  despair,  as  for  the  production it  has  a  very  strong,  powerful  and  heavy  sound  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  present  on  this  recording  with  the  songs  being  long  and  epic  in  length.  

  In  my  opinion  Moloken  are  a  very  great  sounding  experimental  dark  metal  band  and  if  toy  are  a fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Titan  Above  Us"  "Blank  Pnt"  and  "Thin  Line".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Adorned Brood/Kuningaz/Massacre Records/2012 CD Review


  Adorned  Brood  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  with  a  musical  sound  on  this  recording  that  I would  describe  as  being  as  being  pagan  metal  mixed  in  with folk  music  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2012 album  "Kuningaz"  which  was  released  by  Massacre  Records.

  Drums  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  drumming  with  not  much  in  the  way  of  blast  beats,  while  the  folk  instruments  bring  a  very  atmospheric  and  medieval sound  to t he  music  as  well  as  adding  in  some  keyboards,  as  for  the  bass  playing  it  has  a  very  dark  tone  with  riffs  that  follow  the  riffing  that  is  coming  out  of  the  guitars.

  Rhythm  guitars range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  pagan/black  metal  riffs  that  utilize  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  folk  music  influences  in t he  riffing, while  the  lead  guitars  are  very  melodic  sounding  guitar  solos  and  leads,  as  for  the  acoustic  guitars  when  they  are  utilized  they  use  full  chords  and  finger  picking  to  give  the  music  more  variety.

  Vocals  range  high  pitched  black/pagan  metal  screams  mixed  in  with  some  deep  growls  and  a  good  amount  of  folk  metal  style  clean  singing,  while  the  lyrics  cover  Norse  and  Germanic  Paganism,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  strong,  powerful,  heavy  and  professional  sound  to  it.

  In my  opinion  this  is  another  great  recording  from  Adorned  Brood and  if  you  are  a  fan of  this  band,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Kuningaz"  "Victory  Of  Valhall"  "Just  A  Fight"  and  "We  Are  Legion".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Sindecent/Hearts Of Funeral/Akkrosh Records/2012 EP Review


  Sindecent  are  a  1  man  band  from  Bangladesh  that  plays  a  very  depressive  from  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2012  ep  "Hearts  Of  Funeral"  which  was  released  by  Akkrosh  Records.

  Drums  range  from  slow  to  mid  paced  drumming  with  not  much  in  the  way  of  fast  playing  or  blast  beats,  while  the  synths  are  only  used  for  the  background  briefly  and  they  do  not  become  a  lead  instrument  on  the  recording,  as  for  the  bass  playing  it  has  a  very  dark  tone  with  riffs  that  follow  the  riffing  that  is  coming  out  of  the  guitars  and  at  times  they  have  a very  powerful  sound  to them.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow  to  mid  paced  depressive  black  metal  riffs  that  are  very  dark,  raw  and  primitive  sounding  with  some  influences  from  other  depressing  music  genres  being  thrown  into the  riffing  on  one  song  and  there  are  no  guitar  solos  or  leads  present  on t his  recording,  as  for  the  acoustic  guitars  they  are  only  used  briefly  and  use  full  chords  to  add  more  darkness  and  depression to  the  music..

  Vocals a re  all  grim  sounding  depressive  black  metal  screams  and  growls,  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressing  themes,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  primitive  sound  to  it.

In  my  opinion  Sindecent  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  primitive  depressive  black  metal  band  and  if  you are  a  fan  of t his  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Hearts  Of  Funeral".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.   

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Wilt Interview


1. Can you tell us a little bit about the band for those that have never heard of you before?

Wilt is cold, darkdeprived black metal in its truest form hailing from the frozen prairies of Central Canada. Wilt intends to take you on a journey into the depths of your soul and every crevice of the earth.

2. How would you describe your musical sound?/

The best way to describe our sound is cold, dark and sorrowful yet beautiful. We try and capture a lot of emotion  lyrically. Musically we lock you into a trance-like-state. We want you to be drowned in a wall of sound and experience the beauty of the cold northern plains.

3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?


Typically we sing about strengths and weaknesses of human emotion, nature thematic and how it was in the olden days and now its tainted by technology etc.  

4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the bands name?
The meaning behind the name is simple. Wilt, much like a plant full of life. It will eventually perish so, the inspiration behind the name is to encompass music about death, decaying and the dying. 

5. Currently there are only 2 members in the band are you planning on expanding the line up in the future?

We probably will proceed from here to add a permanent studio drummer, but who knows.. we work together so well that another opinion may tarnish the sound or improve it, we haven't thought of it but it would be.

6. Currently the band is signed to Winter Wolf Records, how did you get in contact with this label and how would you describe the support that they have given you so far?
Winter Wolf Records is my (Brett) own start up label which is still in it's early stages. I'm currently working with Chris from the band Winterus. Together we've been working to get the label off the ground and able to support new bands. 

7. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?


The overall feedback as been  overwhelming, from all parts of the world. So unexpected that an EP has been getting a copious amount of traffic.  Its incredible, we didn't expect that at all

8. Are there any other musical projects besides this band or is this a full time line up?
Jordan: I currently sing in 2 other major bands spanning from Death thrash to melodic death metal. 

Brett: Right now I have a few projects on the go but, Wilt is my main priority.

9. What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?
In future releases I see us expanding on our sound. I would like to have more ambient passages, acoustic parts as well and clean vocal sections.

10. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

Jordan: For me, I love Pallbearer, Loss, Lord Mantis, Heresiarch and Incantation. I try and bring the aesthetic of them into Wilt but, making my own unique sound as well

Brett: My influences vary. I'm influenced by a lot of folk music as well as Black and Doom metal bands. I listen to bands like Agalloch, Worm Ouroboros, Winterfylleth, and Woods Of Ypres to name a few.

11. Does Paganism or Occultism play any role in your music?
We do dabble a little bit in paganism, but we don't try and dwell on the topic as it seems way too common. We probably will in future songs but on the EP there isn't much pagan content. As for the occult we try and steer away from that as much as possible, we want this to be a thing of darkness and beauty, organic not of the occult which can be lost in translation

12. Outside of music what are some of your interests?
Jordan: Besides music i sit at home and watch old school horror movies but with all these bands under my belt i usually lyrics write 24/7

Brett: Besides Work, writing, producing and recording other bands than my own. I like Western European history and folklore. Right now I'm learning Old English.

13. Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?
Thanks for the interview. I hope this provided a nice doorway into the wilted mind. Look forward to some live appearances and a second opus in the new year. 

Koboloris/Lupinotuum/III Rooks Records/2012 Single Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  single  from  Koboloris  called  Called  "Lupinotuum"  which  was  released  by  III  Rooks  Records.

  Drums  range  from  slow,  mid paced  to  fast  drumming  with  some  blast  beats  being  put  into  the  song,  while t he  synths  bring  a  very  dark  and  atmospheric  sound  to the  music  and  have  a  dominant sound  to  the  song,  as  for t he  bass  playing  it  has  a  very  sdark  tone  with  riffs  that  follow  the  riffing  that  is  coming  out  of the  guitars.

  Rhythm  guitars range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  black  metal  riffs  that  are  very h eavy  and  dark  sounding  with  a  good  amount  of  melody  being  thrown  into t he  music,  while  the  lead  guitars  are  very  melodic  sounding  guitar  solos  and  leads.

  Vocals a re  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  with  some  spoken  word  parts,  while t he  lyrics  cover  dark themes, a s  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  dark,  heavy,  raw  and  primitive  sound  to  it.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  great  song  from  Koboloris  and  I  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  early  90's  era  atmospheric and  melodic  black  metal.  RECOMMENDED.  

  

Koboloris/Self Titled/III Nooks Records/2012 Ep Review


 Koboloris  are  a  duo  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a  very  dark  and  atmospheric  from  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2012  ep  which  was  released  by  III  Rooks  Records.

  Drums  range from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  drumming  with  a  good  amount  of  blast  beats  being  thrown  into t he  music  at  times,  while  the  synths  bring  a  very  dark  ambient   and  atmospheric  sound  to  the  music,  as  for  the  bass  playing  it  has  a  very  strong  and  powerful  sound  with  heavy  riffing  that  dominates  throughout  the  recording.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  black  metal  riffs  that  are  very  dark,  raw  and  primitive  sounding  with  a  good  amount  of  melody  being  thrown  into t he  riffing  as  well  as  some  death  metal  influences,  while  the  lead  guitars  are  very melodic  sounding  guitar  solos  and  leads.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  and  high  pitched  black  metal s creams, while t he  lyrics  cover  dark  and  occult  topics,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  primitive  sound  to  it  while  you  can  still  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording.

  In  my  opinion  Koboloris   are  a  very  great  sounding  dark,  heavy  and  atmospheric  sounding  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of t his  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Malign  Inspiration"  and  "Astral  Gate  To  The  Infernal".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.  

Monday, November 19, 2012

Bergelmir/Niflheim/III Rook Records/2012 Single Review


  Bergelmir  are  a  1  man  band from  Texas  that plays  a  very atmospheric,  raw  and  primitive  from  of  depressive  black/pagan metal  and  this  is  a  review  of their  2012  single  "Niflheim"  which  was released  by  III  Rook  Records.

  Drums  range  from  slow,  Mid  paced  to  fast  drumming  with  some  blast  beats,  while  the  synths  bring  a  very  dark  and  atmospheric  sound  to  the  music,  as  for  the  bass  playing  it  has  a  very  dark tone  with  riffs  that  follow  the  riffing  that  is  coming  out  of  the  guitars.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  black  metal  riffs  that are  very  dark,  raw  and  primitive  sounding  in  the  old  school  tradition  and  there  are  no  guitar  and  there  are  no  guitar  solos  or  leads  present  on  this  recording.

  Vocals  are  all  high  pitched  depressive  black  metal  screams,  while  the  lyrics  cover  Norse  Mythology,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  dark,  minimal,  raw  and  primitive  sound  to  it  in  the  early  90's  tradition.

  In  my  opinion  Bergelmir  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheri,  raw  and primitive  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  single.  RECOMMENDED.

Mourning Hours/A Journey From Here To Nothingness/III Rooks Records/2012 CD Review


  Mourning  Hours  are  a  1  man  band  from  Bangladesh  that  mixes  depressive  black  metal  with  atmospheric  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2012  album  "From  Here  To  Nothingness"  which  was  released  by  III  Rooks  Records.

  Drums  programming  ranges  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  beats,  while  the  synths  bring  a  very  dark  and  atmospheric  ambient  sound  to  the  music,  as  for  the  bass  playing  it  has  a  very  dark  tone  with  riffs  that  follow  the  riffing  that  is  coming  out  of  the  guitars.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  depressive  black  metal  riffs  that  are  very dark,  raw  and  primitive  sounding  with  a  good  amount  of  atmospheric  doom  metal  influences  being  thrown  into the  riffing  as  well  as  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  there  are  little  to  no  guitar  solos  or  leads  present  on  this  recording,  as  for  the  acoustic  guitars  when  they  are  utilized  they  bring  an  ethnic  and  old  music  sound  to  the  recording.  with  a  good  amount  of  finger  picking  and  full  chords.

  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  and  distorted  sounding  black metal screams  along  with  a  brief  use  of  choirs,  clean  singing  and  whispered  vocals  as  well  as  some  spoken  word  parts,  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  primitive  sound  with  one  of  the  songs  being  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  Mourning  Hours  are  a  very  great  sounding  hybrid  of  depressive  black  metal,  atmospheric  rock  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "To  My  Nothingness"  and  "Vague  Visions  That  I'm  Having  Since  The  Day  I  Came  Here".  RECOMMENDED  BUY. 

People Are Mechanisms/Morodth/Lost In Life III Rooks Records/2012 Split EP Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  ep  between  Russia's  People  Are  Mechanisms  and  Morodth  called    "Lost  In  Life"  which    was  released  by  III  Rooks  Records  and  we  will  start  of  the  review  with  People  Are  Mechanisms  which  plays  depressive  black  metal.

  Drums  are  slow  to  mid  paced  drumming  with  no  fast  playing  or  blast  beats,  while  the  sound  effects  bring  a  very  dark  avant  garde  ambient  sound  to  the  music,  as  for  the  bass  playing  it  has  a  very  dark  tone  with  riffs  that  follow  the  riffing  that  is  coming  out  of  the  guitars.

  Rhythm  guitars  have  a  depressive  and  drone  style  depressive  black  metal  approach  to  them  ranging  from  slow  to  mid  paced  riffs  with  some  dark  sounding  melodies  being  thrown  into  the  riffing  and  there  are  little  to  no  guitar  solos  or  leads  present  on t heir  side  of  the  recording.

  Vocals  which  are  mixed  down  low  in  the  mix  are  depressive  and  grim  sounding  suicidal  black  metal  screams, while  the  song  themes  cover  darkness  and  depression,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  primitive  sound  with  the  songs  being  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  People  Are  Mechanisms  are  a  very  great  sounding  depressive  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  music.  RECOMMENDED TRACK  " Empty  Midnight  Sheets".  RECOMMENDED.

  Next  up  is  Morodth  another  band  that  plays  a  depressive  form  of  black  metal.

  Drums  range  from  slow  to  mid  paced drumming  with  not  much  in  the  way  of  fast  blast  playing  or  blast  beats,  while  the  bass  playing  has  a  very  dark  tone  with  riffs  that  follow  the  riffing  that  is  coming  out  of  the  guitars,  as  for  the  synths  they  bring  a  very  depressing  and  dark  ambient  sound  to  the  music.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow  to  mid  paced  depressive  black  metal  riffs  that  are  very  dark,  raw  and  primitive  sounding  with  some  clean  playing,  while  the  lead  guitars  are  very  melodic  sounding  guitar  leads  that  have  an  early  90's  doom/death  metal feeling  to  them,  as  for  the  acoustic  guitars  when  they  are  utilized  they  use  finger  picking  and  full  chords  to  enhance  the  darkness  that  is  coming  out  of  the  music.

  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  depressive  black  metal  screams  with  a  brief  use  of  deeper  vocals, while  the  lyrics  cover  depressing  themes,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  primitive  sound  to  it.

  In   my  opinion  Morodth  are  a  very  great  sounding  depressive  black  metal  band  with  the  best  music  on t his  split  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  songs.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Desperation".  RECOMMENDED.

  In  conclusion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  depressive  black  metal.  RECOMMENDED  BUY.

Frostwork/Lore Of Winter - Eadspell/Wodfreca Records/2012 CD Review


  Frostwork  are  a  1  man  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that h as  been  featured  before  in this  zine with  a  musical  style  that  I  would  describe  as  being raw  and  primitive  sounding  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2012  album  "Lore  Of  Winter-Eadspell"  which  was  released  by  Wodfreca  Records.

  Drums  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  drumming  with  some  blast  beats  being  utilized  at  times,  while  the  sound  effects  bring  to  the  sounds  of  nature  to  the  recording,  as  for  the  bass  playing it  has  a  very  dark  tone  with  riffs  that  follow  the  riffing  that  is  coming  out  of  the  guitars.

  Rhythm  guitars range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  black  metal  riffs  that  are  very  raw  and  primitive  sounding  with  a  good  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  being  thrown  into  the  riffing  and there  are  no  guitar  solos  or  leads  present  on  this  recording,  as  for  the  acoustic  guitars  when  they  are  utilized  they  use  finger  picking  to  enhance  the darkness  that  is  coming  out  of  the  music.

  Vocals range  from  high  pitched  black  meta  screams  that  have  a  depressive  sound  to  them  at  times  and  clean  singing  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts, while  the  lyrics  cover  the  winter  season  and  Northern  landscapes,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and primitive  sound  to  it.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  recording  from  Frostwork  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Winter  Raven"  "Frozen  Veins  Shed  No  Blood"  and  "This  Women  Wolf  Skin  Clad".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.

  

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Wilt/Self Titled/2012 EP Review


  Wilt  are  a  duo  from  Manitoba,  Canada  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  form of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  and  self  released  2012  ep.

  Drums  range  from  slow  to  mid  paced  drumming  with  not  much  in  the  way  of  fast  playing  or  blast  beats,  while  the  bass  playing  has  a  very  dark  tone  with  riffs  that  follow  the  riffing  that  is  coming  out  of  the  guitars.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow  to  mid  paced  atmospheric  black  metal  riffs  that  have  a  very  modern,  raw  and  primitive  sound  to  them  as  well  as  some  soft  and  clean  playing,  while  the   lead  guitars  when  they  are  utilized  are  very  melodic  sounding  guitar  solos  and  leads

  Vocals  are  all  grim  sounding  and  high  pitched  black  metal  screams,  while  the  lyrics  cover  nature  and  melancholy  themes,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and primitive  sound  to  it  with  some  of  the  songs  being  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  Wilt  are  a  very  great  sounding  modern,  raw  and  primitive  atmospheric  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Autumn  Veil"  and  "Empyrean".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.   

Goatfucker Interview

1. Can you tell us a little bit about the project for those that have never heard of you before?


Goatfucker is a solo black metal project I started in April of 2004, at the age of 19. After a series of failed bands and working with musicians who weren’t serious about playing, and having fucked around a little with making music by myself, I decided to try the one-man-band route. This was during my second semester of college. For most of Goatfucker’s existence I recorded into a Fostex MR-8 multitrack recorder and used a Yamaha RX11 drum machine for percussion. Cheap equipment with very few possibilities. I then recorded the tracks from the multitracker into my computer using Sound Recorder, the one that came with older versions of Windows. This is how I could put the music to CD. A very unusual process that resulted in even shittier sound quality, but it worked. I’ve since upgraded my recording equipment, so the process is a little easier, and the sound quality noticeably better.



From April 2004 –2006 Goatfucker was based in Franklin, TN. From 2006-August of 2008 it was based in Murfreesboro, TN, and from August 2008 until the present it has been based in Knoxville, TN.



2. How would you describe the musical sound of the new album and how it differs from previous releases?



There’s a greater presence of thrash and death metal on this record, though it’s still very much black metal in spirit and in sound. Seven Spears in the Throat of God also features improvements from a songwriting perspective. Like a few other Goatfucker releases, each song on the album is almost entirely through-composed, and an overall theme connects each track. The relationship between music and lyrics on this album is the most significant it’s ever been. Because there are no choruses, verses, or commonly repeated musical accompaniments to new lyrical sections, each song is able to have an arc, kind of like a character or story arc. It doesn’t return to the point it started, or repeat things that have already been played or said, like a pop song or pop-structured metal songs will. It bulldozes through a section and doesn’t look back, with a couple exceptions. To accompany this, I’ve made the music of each lyrical section match the mood and scenery of that section, while sections without lyrics convey a dramatic transitional period between scenes or a climax. This may or may not make sense, because this is the first time I’ve ever actually verbalized this.



3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?



Early on it was standard anti-Christian fare, with a strong focus on violence, hatred, general carnage, and unrefined madness. Even the way the lyrics were written was representative of chaos and madness and insanity, like the psychopathic ramblings of some apocalyptic devil-worshiping lunatic. These topics are still common in the lyrics, though I’d like to think they’re now a little more coherent, thought out, narrative, and structured. There’s still a strong dose of blasphemy, but over the years the lyrics have touched on war, goats, suicide, outer space, immortality, mutilation, sodomy, Satan, wolves, rituals, human sacrifice, sexual holocausts, enslavement, victory, vengeance, dominating the universe, transcendental devastation of hope, cosmic apocalypse, subterranean entities, invincible and not so invincible empires, evolution, the fall of civilizations, transhumanism, surrealism, black holes, misery, Christcrushing, inverted crosses, and even a touch of Lovecraft.



4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the bands name?

According to the Bible: "the Son of Man . . . will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.” As you probably already know, goats represent the path away from obedience to the law of religion, toward damnation, independence, and freedom. This is why representations of goats are often seen in metal; they’re symbolic of the left hand path, the march away from piety and anything holy, toward the dark world of the unholy. However, many of those who would like to identify with the symbol of the goat are, themselves, much more like sheep. Another animal often used to represent these ideals is the wolf. But many who fancy themselves goat-like or wolf-like are, in fact, to quote a Goatfucker song title, Sheep in the Clothing of Wolves. So a Goatfucker is one which has risen above even the identification of goats or sheep or wolves, to stand outside all of it as a fully objective, independent entity. This philosophy manifests itself in Goatfucker’s lack of allegiance to any other bands, any scenes, any cute ideology that dresses itself up as rebellious or unique.



5. Currently the project is solo, have you thought of adding a line up or do you choose to remain solo?



For writing and recording purposes Goatfucker will always remain a solo act. There may be times I’d like to work with other artists in a collaborative capacity, perhaps featuring them on my recordings, or me on theirs, with due credit. But the project will always remain mine and mine alone. However, I do have a strong interest in getting Goatfucker to perform live. Living in three different cities over the last 8 years has contributed to this not happening, as well as a number of other factors. But I do intend, at some point, when I have the time and the resources, to put together a full live band, including drummer, bassist, and a second guitarist.



6. Can you tell us a little bit more about Inverted Cross Records?

I began Inverted Cross Records shortly after I started Goatfucker simply as a means to control all Goatfucker copyrights from some semi-professional aspect. At the time, I was involved in a few other musical projects and lumped them all together as being under the roster of Inverted Cross Records. This became an entity to act as a secondary controlling power over Goatfucker’s music, the official releaser and distributor of Goatfucker’s music. For many years it was stagnant, serving only to be the umbrella over Goatfucker’s recordings. When I met Brandon of Malignant Christ he showed great interest in the label and has since put an amazing amount of time and work into the label, even releasing the music of other bands through our label. He’s now the real force behind the label and no amount of gratitude would be enough for what he’s done. When my time is freed up from graduate school and related things I intend to put more time (and money) into the label, helping Brandon with his efforts, and releasing all the things we’d like to. Without Brandon, Inverted Cross Records would still simply be the small apartment-based record label with one band’s recordings to show. We now have an internet presence and swift distribution of recordings of artists.



7. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?

Lately I haven’t been aware of the response to anything I’ve done. But from about 2005-2009 I was in touch with a few fans and other bands all over the world, and had generally been receiving positive responses from all of them. In early 2009 I was asked to be on a 4-way split with three other American black metal bands. But none of the bands besides Goatfucker finished their recordings by the designated deadline, so the split was scrapped. Those songs instead became Goatfucker’s sixth EP, “Omega Beyond.” I’ve received a few offers from other bands to do splits, but most of these have fell through or just been put on hold. But I’d be fooling myself if I said there was a huge awareness of Goatfucker’s existence on the worldwide level. Goatfucker is and always has been very underground. But the beautiful thing about metal and its fans is that it doesn’t matter how underground and unknown something is, they will find it and they will hear it and they will, in some form or fashion, show it to others and voice their opinions about it.



8. What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?

I’d like to push it toward a steady balance of some of the more epic and almost doom-inspired songwriting I was doing in 2005-2006, and a vicious thrashing, blasting, holocaust of pure violence, but with effective and meaningful demonic melody where it’s appropriate. But I rarely envision the musical direction of Goatfucker before I sit down to write songs. The sound has certainly evolved a lot over 8 and a half years, but I have a few things in mind when I am writing and playing, and instead of thinking of a musical direction, I focus on a sound that will convey what’s in my head. It’s not until the song is almost fully written that some semblance of order and purpose seems to materialize behind it, and I can mold it into the shape I think it needs.



9. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays/

As far as influences within metal, these bands are most responsible for Goatfucker’s beginning and evolution: Absu, Barathrum, Bathory, Belketre, Bestial Warlust, Bethlehem, Blut Aus Nord, Burzum, Darkthrone, Destroyer 666, Judas Iscariot, Kreator, Goat Semen, Gorgoroth, Megiddo, Mutiilation, Order From Chaos, Sabbat (Japanese), Satanic Warmaster, Satyricon, Sodom, Vlad Tepes. Even though I think it’d be difficult for any listener to identify any direct influence from most of these bands. But outside of metal I’ve been influenced by Frank Zappa, Captain Beefheart, Sun Ra, Skinny Puppy, a number of old grindcore and punk bands, Hawkwind, and many more. I’m always finding influence in something, somewhere. The way it manifests itself in Goatfucker is not usually straight forward or obvious.



10. How would you describe your views on Satanism and Occultism?

I like the idea of Satan as a metaphor, like the goat or the wolf. As a symbol of disobedience and self reliance and independence and free thought and defiance against religion in all forms. I refer to this cosmic representation of Satan often in Goatfucker’s music. But I don’t believe in any devils or gods, and I don’t align myself with Satanism or Occultism or any –ism or religion or ideology.



11. Outside of music what are some of your interests?

I’ve had a lifelong interest in writing, and over the past few years have been developing and honing my skills in this craft so I can hopefully, one day, make a profession out of it, even if it’s not my primary source of income. I write fiction, mostly short stories, and I’ve been working on two novels. One is currently over 115,000 words and has been in the works for almost 3 years. The first draft should be finished soon… I’m also currently working on my PhD in experimental particle physics, and plan to be finished with it sometime around 2014. Whatever job I obtain with this PhD will likely be my primary source of income while I focus on music and writing as moneyless passions.



12. Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?

Adios, amigo.