Saturday, April 19, 2014

Interview with Despot done by Patrick

Here is a new Interview I have done with Marcelo of Despot if your a fan of Black metal then you really need to check this one-man band out from the Brazilian underground

Dark Hails! when did you first get into metal? Who were some of the first bands you listened to? Who are some of your favorite bands today?

I got into Metal in 1996, when I was 11 years old. The very first Metal record I bought was Metallica's Kill 'em All. That same year I went to a Black Metal concert. The line up was legendary, though I did not know how much back then: Mystifier, Impurity and As Prophecies. After that show my interest in Metal veered towards the darkest things I could find and it's been this way since, though with time I discovered a lot of excellent music outside of Metal. Some of my favorite bands today are Celtic Frost, Triptykon, Mercyful Fate, 1349, King Crimson, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Candlemass, Gorguts, Bathory, Deathspell Omega, Judas Priest, Running Wild, Sarcofago, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, Absu, Beherit, Mystifier, Yes, Death and Darkthrone, to name a few.

2.When did you get the idea to start Despot? How did you come up with the name for the band? Does it have a special meaning?

I took a break from playing guitar from 2005 to 2008 due to having to go to college and working a full time job. The problem was that even though I was not playing or writing anything, I kept hearing music in my head and I needed to realize those ideas. In 2008 my life was a lot more stable and I had more time to dedicate to music, so I bought a new guitar and started writing the music that would eventually become the first two Despot demos. This is how Despot was born.
About the name, I always liked small, catchy names for Black Metal bands. I considered other names too, but one of my favorite Sodom tunes, "Ausgebombt", has this verse:
"Political tyranny exercised by morbid despots".
I always liked the way Tom sang this line so I went with Morbid Despot, but I quickly ditched it in favor of just Despot. The word sends out a negative vibe too, so it fits the Black Metal aesthetics nicely.

3.Has Despot always been a one man band? Are you looking for reliable members to join Despot or do you prefer to work alone?

Yes. My wife wrote some of the lyrics for "Satan in the Death Row". Also, currently I'm working with a long time friend and audio nerd and he'll be doing the engineering of Despot's new EP, "The War Poems". Right now I'm not looking for other members because I don't have the time and energy to keep a fully functional band. But I might in the future. Who knows?

4.If you had the opportunity to work with any musicians past or present who would you love to work with?

I'd love to play in a band with Devin Townsend on guitars and vocals, Derek Rody on drums, Steve DiGiorgio on bass, Rick Wakeman on keys (one can dream, right?) and myself on rhythm guitar.

5.How long did it take you to write the songs on "Satan In The Death Row"? Where do you draw inspiration for your lyrics?

I started writing the songs on "SITDR" about 6 months before I recorded them. The lyrics were all inspired by real life and fictitious accounts of religious and ideological persecution.

6.How has the response been from the fans and the press?

The response has been very positive. I only got positive reviews so far.

7.Is "Satan In The Death Row" still available if yes where can the fans buy it from?
Yes! You can stream it or download it for free (or pay as much as you want) at Despot's bandcamp page:
You can also buy it from iTunes:
It will soon be available at other large mp3 stores like Amazon.

8.I read you are working on some new E.P'S when do you think they will be available? Are you looking for a label to release these or do you think you will release them?

The new EP's are part of a very ambitious project. It's a monument to long-term thinking. There will be 3 EP's titled "The War Poems" and they will be released in between full lengths. The plan is to release a full length every two years with EP's in between them. I released a full length last year (2013), so the first EP in the trilogy will come out later in 2014. Another full length is due for 2015 and the second EP will come out in 2016. After the third full length hits in 2017, the final EP will come out in 2018.
Right now I'm leaning towards finding a deal with a label, but if I can't find any I'll release them myself.

9.What does Black Metal mean to you?

Black Metal is a channel for negativity and despair. It manifests itself in the form of a wide variety of music. What is and what isn't Black Metal is open for interpretation and this ambiguity gives the style an aura of mystery and confusion that I love. I like toying with the idea of pushing the boundaries of the genre as far as I can while still retaining its oppressive, uninviting vibe. This allows me to write music that isn't based on Black Metal but that is still unmistakably Black Metal.

10.When did you start playing the guitar, are you self taught or did you take lessons when first starting out?Who are some of your favorite/influences guitarist?

I started when I was 11 years old. I took lessons from 3 different teachers, none of them fans of extreme Metal, but I learned a lot on my own. I also have a ton of music theory and guitar books that are part of my daily practice routine.
My preference for guitarists changes a lot with time. Currently I can safely say that my favorite guitar players are Adrian Belew, Jimi Hendrix and David Gilmour. I know this is kind of disappointing coming from a Black Metal guitarrist, but what can I do?

11.Marcelo you also handle the vocals when did you start singing? Who are some of your favorite singers?

I started doing vocals back when I started Necrocult. I shared vocal duties with the other guy in the band and our performances were wild, to say the least.
I really like the harsh vocals of Satyr from Satyricon, Paul Ledney from Havohej/Profanatica, Tom. G. Warrior from Celtic Frost and Triptykon, Rainer Landfermann from Bethlehem (you know, the guy who did that absolutely insane performance in Dictius te Necare), Fenriz and Nocturno Culto from Darkthrone, Quorthon from Bathory, Proscriptor from Absu, Wagner from Sarcofago and Diego from Mystifier. There are others I like, of course, but these guys are standouts in my book.
I'm also a huge fan of the clean vocals of Adrian Belew of King Crimson, Messiah Marcolin from Candlemass, Jon Anderson from Yes, Aaron Stainthorpe from My Dying Bride, Mats Léven from Candlemass and especially Therion, King Diamond, James Hetfield from Metallica before he lost his shit, Maynard from Tool, Bruce Dickinson from good ol' Maiden, Nick Holmes from Paradise Lost. Albert Witchfinder from Reverend Bizarre, and many others.

12.Marcelo you live in Brazil what is your opinion of the Brazilian/South American scene? Who are your all time favorite Brazilian bands? Are there any New Brazilian bands you feel the readers should check out?

I'm going to be honest with you: I don't feel like I'm part of a scene in any way. I don't hang out with groups of metalheads, I don't go to many live shows and I generally keep to myself. I think that musical taste doesn't define anyone's character and is not something relevant enough for me to bond with other people. It might make it easier to start conversations and such, but in the long run it's not enough.
When I was a kid, still finding out about the bizarre and contradictory world of Black Metal, I used to get a lot of hostility from older guys who didn't like the idea of a kid being into the music they liked. I mean, I was 12 and getting threats of physical violence from dudes in their late 20's. The result of this hostility is that you go to a Metal concert in Belo Horizonte and there are very few kids and the bands are just a bunch of 40-something guys whose lives went nowhere. That's the scene in Belo Horizonte for you. It sucks and it's obviously dying.
Most Brazilian bands I know of are more, say, conservative in their approach to writing music. If you're into the more traditional side of Black Metal I'd definitely recommend you check out In Nomine Belialis from Belo Horizonte.

13.Are you currently working with any other projects or bands? If yes please tell the readers about them?

Nope - Despot is the only musical output you're getting from me, though I can't say I won't get involved with other music in the future.

14.Well Marcelo we have reached the end of the Interview do you have any final comments for the readers?

Thanks for the interview! My message to the readers is this:
If you want to support Despot head to the bandcamp page, download the album, share it with other people who might like it and make sure you visit the Facebook page and "like" it so you can get updates directly from me.
Oh, and now you can make your iPod/iPad 1000% times more badass by buying "Satan in the Death Row" from iTunes:
Here are the links:

Monday, April 14, 2014

Interview wihth Skelethal done by Patrick

Metal Hails
here is a new Interview I have done with Skelethal from France. the band recently released their new MLP "Deathmanicvs Revelation" through Iron Bonehead Rec. enjoy the interview
there are plenty of new Interviews and reviews coming
thanks for the support

Interview with Jon Whiplash Drums and bass for Skelethal done by Patrick

1.Hello Jon please introduce yourself to the readers and when did you first meet Gui Haunting?

So I'm Jon Whiplash and I play in both bands, Infinite Translation (Thrash) in which I play bass guitar and Skelethal (Death Metal) in which I play drums and I played bass just for the last records.

I met Gui Haunting for the first time during a gig (I don't remember which one) but it's when he joined Infinite Translation that we really learnt to know each other.

2.When did you guys form Skelethal? For the readers who have never heard the band how do you describe your music?

Skelethal starts in the early 2012.

This is a Death Metal band. « Old school » is not really the good word because we think it's the only way to play pure Death Metal. We are influenced by a lot of bands and styles. The Swedish style is our biggest influence ( Entombed, Carnage, Dismember ), we are also influenced by others Death Metal bands ( Death, Autopsy, Bolt Thrower, Morbid Angel, Pestilence, Massacra, … ) but we both love 80's Thrash Metal, we listen to it as much as Death Metal, and I think you can hear it in our riffs. Gui is also influenced by the English Crust and Hardcore bands from 80's ( Doom, ENT, Heresy, Unseen Terror … )

3.It is yourself [drums,bass] and Gui Haunting[vocals,guitars] have you looked for other members to make it a full band or do you prefer to keep it a two piece band?

At the begnining, it was cool to be just two. Our personnalities fit very well but the will to perform live quickly came to feel.

That's why now we are four. Simon (Maleficence) and Hélène (Oratores Maleficum) joined the band as live session players. They both play guitar so Gui Haunting take the bass and vocals for the gigs.

4.How long did it take you all to write and record the songs on Deathmanicvs Revelation? do you both take part in the writing process or does one person do it all? Who usually writes the lyrics?what are some topics you all write about?

The songwritting process is often the same. Gui arrives at the rehearsal with ideas of riffs and structure, we develop it together and find the best drums rhythm. Solos and Lyrics (which talk about Death, Darkness and rotting stuffs) are the last steps. They are also songs on which I wrote the guitar parts. We are complementary, Gui's more attentive on the riffs and I'm more on the rythm.

About Deathmanicvs Revelation's recording we really did the whole by ourselves : recording and engineering. We did that at my school in September 2013. We had a lot of trouble with the equipment, so it got on our nerves, fortunately we were tight with our parts. We began with the drums, then all the guitars, the bass and we finished with the vocals. The recording process took like one week and after that and few time of enginnereing, I could start to draw the cover.

About the lyrics, Gui usualy write them even if sometimes we write together. For example, some part of lyrics was missing before the recording session of the demo so we wrote the lyrics beyond the beach eating ice cream. However, I wrote the 'Putrefaction' s one.

5.How has the response been from the fans and the press for 'Deathmanicvs Revelation'?

Deathmanicvs Revelation just came out so it's hard to tell. But the songs was available by digital listening and the first reviews are really hopeful.

6.Have you all started writing new music for the next release? how long does it usually take for you all to complete a song?

Yeah we have 3 songs which we are working on and are supposed to be on our next 7 '' EP.

The time to complete a song is very variable cauz' when gather, we have to balanced gigs rehearsal and writing time. So it depend is we have to practise for gigs or not.

7.Jon you live in France what is your opinion on the French metal scene?

I think France is not really a « metal » country, the largest part of the population have a bad idea about this kind of music. There is only a fistful of maniacs, especially in Brittany, where you can find bands like Hexecutor, Perversifier, Cadaveric Fumes, Demonic Oath … Those guys are all real Metalheads with the true spirit, whom we had great partytime with. Here in the North of France we are lucky to be near belgium, because their scene is really more active than the French one !

8.Who are your all-time favorite French bands? Are their any new bands coming out of France that the readers should watch out for?

I will mention Agressor (Neverending Destiny) and Massacra (Final Holocaust)

About the coming out bands, check question 7.

9.In your opinon what does underground metal mean to you?

Cheap beers.
Seriously, small festivals, moving your ass to the other end of Europe to support bands who really deserve it, never suck a cock to grow up your band.

Keep the listening of Tapes and Lps cauz many of underground bands don't release CD or shitty mp3.

10.Jon you handle the bass for the band when did you start playing the bass? Who are some of your favorite bass players?

I started the bass with Infinite Translation. In the begining of the band, we hadn't bass player. I played guitar but I took the bass when we started to perform live as I had a bass guitar at home.

After a few gigs, we realized that the trio was a good combination. It's only after like 3 or 4 years together that Gui Haunting joined the band.

My favorite bass player is Steve Di Giorgio and Dan Lilker. They both have a fucking sound and I love the way they play.

11.You also play the drums for Skelthal when did you start playing the drums? Are you self taught or did you take lessons?

I started to play the drums when I was 9 but I was'nt really good.

My parents enrolled me at the conservatory to learn music theory and when I had to choose an instrument, I chose the drums.

I had a no serious band during my high school in which I played drums but at the end, the « band » splitted up and I stopped to practise drums.

I came back behind the drums specially for Skelethal.

12.Who are some of your influences/favorite drummers? Do you play any more instruments?

My favorite drummer is Nicke Andersson (Entombed). He brings crazy stuff that make a simple guitar riff, a fucking auditory pleasure.

I also really dig in the Pete Sandoval's style.

As I said before, I 'play' some guitar but just to write song.

13.Thank you Jon for taking the time to do this interview with me.Do you have any final comments for the readers?

Thank you and cheers to all readers.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

New Reviews for everyone to read for 3-30-14

Metal Hails
sorry it has taken so long to get these up but I had some shit I had to take care of first. I am back and new Interviews amd Reviews will be up soon
best regards
Patrick and Winter Torment web-zine

Agony Face--Clx Stormy Quiblings {My Kingdom Rec]

Agony Face are from Italy and have done a good job of mixing older tech death metal gods like atheist,cynic and later era death.with some progressive metal.crazy,fast guitars with some really good solo's and and patterns.The drumming is flawless and executed just right with some really fast drumming to a more mid-paced drum.The vocalist are screams with some deeper growls.Over all this band does a good job of mixing early tech death metal with some progressive. .

Blood Mortized-The Demon,The Angel,The Disease

Ahh old school Swedish death metal one of the best and purest forms of metal period.It has defintly been way over done the last few years but Blood Mortized know how to play it and also keep it fresh.The bands third masterpiece is now available from Chaos Music and is filled with old-school Swedish greatness.heavy,raw guitars that speed up to ungodly chaotic speeds.The drums are vicious and fast with some mid-paced breaks.Vocals are raw screams and some deep growls.Highly recommended to old-school Swedish death metal.

DragonHammer---The XExperiment {My Kingdom Music]

Itally's DragonHammer play a mix of epic power metal and some heavy meta[ and progressive thrown in.Usually I'm not a fan of power metal.But I found myself really liking this band.The musicans do a great job of creating fast whirlwind guitars that do a great job of mixing powere metal and some progressive metal.The drumming is just as creative and wild for that matter with all out drum attacks to more mid paced controlled speeds.i usually don't like the vocals in power metai but these vocals are amazing not to high pitched perfect blend of hard rock melodic and aggressive,deeper vocal patterns

Glorior Belli--Gators Rumble,Chaos Unfurs cd [Agonia Rec.]

This release from France's Glorior Belli is a wild ride of musical genres The main styly I would say is black metal but the musicans aren't afraid to expirement with new ideas like sludge and old school rock.mixed with their fuzzed out harsh black metal.Glorior Belli mainly stay in the mid paced range with some faster tempo changes. Fans of the more artistic and creative black metal should defintly like this a lot.

Khaos Aeon--Koenigreich [self released]

Germany's Khaos Aeon have released their debut cd eight songs of heavy mid-paced black metal and an all out assult with vicous blasting drums,raw,fast guitars with some mid paced riffs entertwined.. Vocals are blackend shrieks/screams.If your a fan of fast un-relenting black metal defintly check out Khaos Aeon debut cd today.


Profanatica--Thy Kingdom Cum cd,LP [Hells Headbangers Rec]

U.S black metal legends return with a brand new release Thy Kingdom Cum.Carries on the bands tradition of writing the most raw,primitive black metal ever recorded.thin,raw guitars pounding,fast drums and some of the most harshest,demonic vocals ever that go perfect with Profanatica raw,uncomprimising sound Fans of the band should not be disappointed at all and if your new to the band just think of raw,primitive it's best.



Sheol--Sepulchral Ruins Below The Temple 12 inch MLP [Iron Bonhead Rec.]

U.K based Sheol play some very impressive death metal.The two members of the band A.B.S{Vocals,Guitar and Bass] and A.H.S [Drums,Guitars have created some pure straight forward death metal fast chaotic guitars,heavy bass and some extremely fast drum work.but the drums do slow to a more mid-paced sound.The vocals are low deep death growls and fit perfect with Sheol style. If your a fan of straight forward pure death metal then this is a band you will want to hear soon.



Skelthal--Morbid Ovation cassette [Disharmonic Rec.]

From France comes Skelthal is now out for all the maniacs to hear.four tracks of dark death metal.raw guitars that will run you over like a tank.with their sheer speed and intensity.Heavy mid paced riffs and some solo's. and the drumming is just as chaotic and unpredictable going from mid paced to all out fast beats.The vocals are gruff,raw death growls fans of autopsy,incantation will love Skelthal debut demo.

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Skoll--Grisera cd [Ewiges Eis]

Skoll is the side prject/band of the mighty M.[The true Endless] Among other bands he worked/works with.M handles the vocals,guitars for Skoll presents his the newnest cd a more folk inspired black metal band.four songs that feature quite a variety metal style from somber with acoustic guitar,that are done beautifuly before the the band picks up the pace with icy,raw guitars.The drumming is done extremely well with slow to mid paced drums.M. vocals show a range of emotion mainllllly using the black metal shrieks but their are also some deeper death growls used in a few songs and even some clean vocal patterns and chants. defintly worth the price if your a fan of folkish black metal

Temple Of Baal--Verses Of Fire cd [Agonia Rec]

Temple Of Baal one of Frances best black/death bands release their fourth cd to date.Ten songs of fast,vicious blackend death metal. Blasting drums that are done to perfection and flawless guitars that are played very fast and chaotic but also have a great deal of skill to back them up. Temple Of Ball are not all speed they do slow it down to a more mid-paced on some tracks.

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Valkyrja---The Antagonist Fire cd [W.T.C Prod.]

Sweden's Valkyrja have released their third release 'The Antagonist Fire seven songs of violent straight forward black metal.The band takes no prisioners with their musical approach.With their guitars with fast riffs and some solos and mid tempo changes.Their drummer is godly on this release going from ultra fast blast beats to the more controlled mid paced style.The vocals are sick,demented blackend shrieks.Fans of violent Swedish black metal will love this release

Paragon Records Reviews

Hello Sorry for the delay and everything but here are some new reviews from the mighty Paragon Rec. hope you all enjoy them and more reviews and interviews are in the works.

Metal Hails

Elderblood- Son Of The Morning [paragon rec.]

Ukraine's ElderBlood play a symphonic and epic form of black metal that you will either love or hate.Personally I love this release as the band members are not trying to be someone else just playing what they love.The band uses a lot of emotion and their is some synths but they do it very well and it adds a nice layer of symphonic black metal.The vocals are blackend gruff screams that fit very well.If you are a fan of atmospheric black metal then defintly check this out soon.

Fornace--Pregnant Is The Night cd [Paragon records]

Originally released in 2012 through the Russian label Auto Dafe Mike from Paragon rec.heard a masterpiece and decided to release it.for the people who missed it the first time.Fornace comes out of the highly under-rated Italian black metal scene.Early ninietys black metal with some excellent melodic interludes and somber acoustic guitars before picking the pace with aggressive,faster black metal.their are some slower guitars almost doomish before going fast again.Fornace is a early nintes band but are not afraid to mix it up.with varied speeds.

Kozeljnik--Null:The Acheron Of Mutiform Negation Mcd [Paragon Rec.]

Serbia's Kozeljnik return with their second release for the mighty Paragon Rec. six songs of dark,eerie black's defintly black metal but

their is a lot going on with this band musically.mixing raw black metal guitars with some fast blast beats with some grim black metal.Kozeljnik also have a melodic side with deep clean male vocalsin a few of the tracks.Kozeljnik have released a great second release.

Permanent Midnight--Under The Blood Moon cd [Paragon Rec]

Permantent Midnight was a black,death band from the Pennsylvania's a shame they didn't last longer.After hearing this RE-release.Permanent Midnight play barbarbic black/death metal.Raw guitars pounding drums and demonic shrieks each song while primitive and straight forward the songs are different from one another.If you are a fan of nineties raw uncomprising black/death then get a copy of this before it sells out.

Root--Kargeras cd [Paragon Rec]

Legedary Root from the Czech Repupbulic has been active in the scene for decades.and have had many releases as well as re-releases.Originally released in 1996 Kargeras is roots fourth masterpiece of dark heavy metal.slow to mid paced guitars excellent drums.Big Boss does a great job on his vocals.If you are a long time fan or a newer fan of Root this is a great release with some demo tracks incuded

Storm Breeder--The Knave cd [Paragon Rec.]

This is defintly not what I iwas expecting from Paragon Storm Breeder play semi melodic heavy metal.with a lot of great guitar work and solos.The music is not bad but not my favorite release from the label.The vocals are decent and the music is pretty good.If you enjoy progressive thrash with a lot of complex guitar work then defintly check this out soon.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

New Metal Reviews 11-24-13 done by Patrick

here is some new reviews for everyone to check out while their on-line doing whatever it is you all do while your on here like.This time it's a little of doom,death and black mixed into one blog so hopefully you will find something to your liking!!
regards,and keep the flames of metal burning bright!

Disfigured Dead--Relentless cd {Butchered Rec/Sevared Rec.}
New York's Disfigured Dead's second release Relentless is a perfect title for their style of music.Ten songs of U.S brutal death metal with a early-mid ninties influence. Mid to fast paced guitars with some well played guitar riffs and solo's in the mix their is a mix of slower,heavier riffs and more thrashy/faster interludes.The drumming is just as frenzied and chaotic with fast and brutal blast beats before taking a slower approach to a more heavier mid-paced before picking up the pace again and attacking with blast beats.The vocals are brutal,deep growls.Defintly a must have for fans of mid-ninties brutal U.S death metal.

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For-Blakaz Asko Herto MLP {Iron Bonehead Rec.}

Iron Bonehead Rec. unleashes the Sedish beast known as "For" on the bands newest Mlp "Blakaz Asko Herto" the band mixes in raw,heavy mid paced death metal with some dark haunting slow almost doomish guitar riffs and slow pounding drumming before the dark aggressive nature of the musicians takes over again with heavy mid-paced guitars and drumming.For never really go over the top with the speed or vicious style of death metal like some of Iron Bonehead's other recent bands instead sticking to the more morbid,dark heavy death metal style.

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Malthusian-MMX111 Cassette,Cd {Invictus Prod}

Ireland's Malthusian have created some of the heaviest and bleakest death,doom metal these ears have heard in quite some time.Three songs of thunderous drums,heavy slow-mid paced guitars.The guitars are played at various speeds ranging from the normal slow,heavy chord to some faster,harsh mid-paced raw death metal riffs.The vocals are growls with some effects used that are done very effectively and fit Malthusian's music style and sound perfectly.If you are a fan of slow dreary,minimalistic death,doom then Malthusian is a band that is perfect for you.

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Mental Killing Spree-Centrifuge Of Man cd {Self-Released}

Ahhh the gods of brutal underground death metal return! after hearing the 2008 demo Vae Victis {which can be downloaded for free on the bands F.B page!} I was hooked on this german's bands catchy,brutal and just plain vicious death metal style. Fast,thick guitars that build from mid-paced guitars to all out whirlwind,fast guitar riffs and masterful played solo's.The drumming is precise with the fast,blast beats chatic in some songs while other structures are more heavy,mid-paced drum beats.Timm's vocals are vicious deep death growls with some higher screams and fit perfectly with M.K.S musical style perfectly with Mental Killing Spree's original brutal death metal style.Fans of brutal straight-forward death metal are urged to check this band out today!

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Mortal Decay-The Blueprints For Blood Splatter cd {Comatose Music}

Legends of New Jersey brutal death metal return after eight years of silence The Blueprints For Blood Splatter this is defintly a great comeback release and must have whether you are a long time Mortal Decay fan or a new fan just learning about this great band.After listening to these songs it's obvious the hasn't lost any of the fire or passion it ever had for this style of metal the band plays and mixes in brutal death with some technical guitars and even some influences from mid-late ninties death/grind gods for one of the years of best and most brutal releases.Danny Nelson {who most probably know from Malignancy} and his brutal,sick growls,screams are a perfect fit for Mortal Decay's brutal death metal style. This release should please both long time Mortal Decay fans as well as bring in a lot of new fans to the band who appreciate quality brutal,vicious death metal with touches of grind.

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Possession-His Best Deceit cassette tape {Iron Bonehead Rec.}

Possesion from Belgium have released their demo with a little help from the mighty Iron Bonehead Rec.Starting with a small intro the band kicks in with some raw,fast blackend thrash metal.Raw guitars that are extremely fast and frenzied mixed with intense drumming start out to mid paced and build up to a faster,thrashier momentum.Vocally Possession have blackend shrieks and screams the band is defintly influenced by old school blackend thrash but also has a lot of their own ideas and mixes it together quite well.Fans of aggressive original blackend thrash with some death influences should check out Possession.

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Prayer Of The Dying-Gods Failed Creation cd {Self-Released}

Prayer Of The Dying from Malta have returned with a brand new release of all new material.Main man Martin Ciappara{vocals,instruments} has some friends,musicans that help him out on Gods Failed Creation.As always Martin does a great job of writing and creating a unique style of blackend death with some doomish element.On the song "The Desert Inside" features females vocals which are only used in a few lines {and if I am not mistaken this is the first time martin has ever used female vocals with Prayer Of Dying} which sound really good and fit nicely with Martin's musicial writing style so hopefully he will consider using more female vocals in the future {as long as he does over do it like so many bands do these days} If you have heard past Prayer Of The Dying releases and liked them defintly! get Gods Failed Creation as it is the bands most creative and strongest release to date.

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Suffer The Wrath-Divine Sign Mcd {Self Released}

Suffer The Wrath is a new band out of the U.S death metal underground.Divine Sign is just a small taste of whats to come until the band can release their monster of a full-length in 2014{as far as I know no release date has been set yet but keep watching their web-site,facebook for updates} the four songs on Divine Sign are as solid as they come espically for a debut release.The guitars are heavy and fast but are also catchy and memorable with some great solo's entertwined the music.The vocalist does a good job mixing in death growls with some thrashy screams.Overall Suffer The Wrath are a very impressive new band that should not be over looked so do yourself a favor and buy this today! support the underground.

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Zloslut-Zlosultni horizont-Donosilac Prokletstva,ocaja I Smrti cd {Dark Chants Prod.}

Serbia's black metal masters return with a full length after a couple of Mcd's and singles the band has their debut full-length.founding member Hunter{vocals,guitars,bass} and Lord Gryma{drums} have written and released Zloslut's most mature and best release to date.Musically Zloslut's style is primitive,raw,mid-paced black metal.while the guitars are raw and sometimes harsh sounding they are well-played and have some good sections of excellent musicianship. Hunter's vocals approach is raw violent screams and vicious shrieks.Lord Gryma's drumming is really keeping pace with Hunter's

guitars and vocal patterns which range from mid-to fast range.If you enjoy raw,mid paced black metal that mixes in their own ideas should defintly check out Zloslut soon!

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Interview with Temple Of Baal done by Patrick 11-24-13

France's Temple Of Baal have been a favorite of mine their previous releases have been extremely masterful blackend masterpieces each one getting a little better {and more vicious} then the last.Well the fourth and newest one "Verses Of Fire" through Agonia Rec. is pure genius mixing the violent,blasphemies of black metal and brutality of death to a sound all of their own.
read on to hear what bass player Arkdaemon has to say about the newest Temple Of Baal cd,the scene and more!!

Interview with Arkdaemon bass player for Temple Of Baal,done by Patrick

1.Hails Arkdaemon! thank you for taking the time to fill out this interview for Winter Torment.When did you first get the idea to form Temple Of Baal? How did you all come up with the name of the band?Does it have a special meaning?

Arkdaemon : Hey, thanks for the interview. Actually I'm not the creator of the band, Amduscias already had the full concept and the first tracks when he looked for musicians. It was a strange period, one-man bands was constantly appearing, multitrack recorders and drum machines were more and more easy to buy, and raw sound was almost a standard for black metal. I think from the beginning Amduscias wanted to have a full line-up, with a band spirit and the ability to perform live. So, a night, back in 1998, I think it was at Antaeus Mkm's place, we formed the first core of the band, it was way more Thrash-Black Metal, but the intensity and the original vision are still burning from that day.

2.What is the current line-up for the band?For the readers who have never heard Temple Of Baal's music how would you best describe it?

The current line up, besides Amduscias and me is completed by Skvm (drums) and Saroth at the guitars, who is replacing our previous guitarist, Alastor, who took part of the recording and composing of Verses of Fire. The best way to qualifies our music is certainly, in my mind, "Black Metal" but you can surely note that music-wise we are way closer now to Death Metal. While I really don't like genres and sub-genres and meticulous classifications, "Blackened Death Metal" comes a lot in reviews and third parties description, I think it may be the more efficient way to describe us.

3.Temple Of Baal just released their third masterpiece "Verses Of Fire" through Agonia Rec. how long did it take the band to write the songs for this release?Did the whole band take part in the writing process or does one or two members usually handle all the music writing?

It's actually our fourth album, I think we spent at least two years and a half to get the tracks in their final versions. Amduscias wrote 8 tracks and Alastor the two remaining ones. That's how we worked, they bring the tracks and the band as a whole work on the arrangements until we are all satisfied by the result.

4.Who usually handles the lyrics for Temple Of Baal songs? Where does the band draw inspiration for the lyrics?

Amduscias is, he has a vast culture and is highly intested in many different arts and cultures. Crowley, amongst others, inspired some tracks in Verses of Fire.

5.Are their any upcoming tours or shows planned for in support of "Verses Of Fire"? If yes where are some countries,places the band will be heading out to play?

Nothing totally confirmed now so I won't spoil anything, but there are many countries we never had the opportunities the play, as Germany, England, Eastern Europe etc. I have high expectations for the year to come. Playing live is a very important component of the band so we are doing our best to play when we can.

6.Who are some bands Temple Of Baal have shared the stage with over the last few years? If you could set up a "dream" tour who are some bands you would like to share the stage with?

I honestly can't list the bands we played with these last 15 years of existence, but our very last gig was already pretty impressive. It was the Wolf Throne fest, here in France, and there were no least than Antaeus, Demigod, Disma, Dead Congregation, Proclamation, Destroyer 666, Ritualization etc etc. It was one hell of a fest. I'd like to play with Archgoat and if you want an impossible wish, it would certainly be Funeral Mist.

7.Everyone has their own idea,opinion on what black metal means to them.So I was interested in your opinion what does black metal mean to you?

Black Metal means Satanism. It's pretty simple I guess. a more subject to opinion is what is Satanism to you. Some organisations or churches exist, but none of them are canonical representatives of the movement. So we have the luck to be free to find our own left hand path.

8.Temple Of Baal come out of the French black metal scene,there seems to be a good metal scene in France right now would you agree with this?What is your opinion of the French black metal scene?

There is more than 65 Millions of souls in France, of course you can find some good bands, why not ? I enjoy a lot of French bands, but I don't really care if you want the truth. I don't feel the need to prove than a french band deserves to be listened, at least not only because of that. My opinion on the French black metal scene is almost the same than in all other countries : a few maniacs,

9.Who are some of your all-time favorite French black metal bands? Are their any new bands that you can think of that the readers should check out soon?

The all time favorites would be two actually. Antaeus and Arkhon Infaustus, but it's hard not to speak of Mutiilation, Deathspell Omega, Belketre etc... "New" ones would be Necroblood, Ritualization, Christicide, but most of these bands are not really new I guess.

10.Coming back to the band for a moment you handle the bass for the band?When did you first starting playing the bass?Are you self taught or did you take lessons when you were first learning how to play?

I was a guitar player for an other band when Amduscias asked me to try the bass in his band, I began like that, I think I learned very slowly how to use the bass differently than a guitar and I still don't see myself as a proper academic bass player.

11.Besides the Bass do you currently play any other instruments?If yes which ones.

I'm still playing the guitar in Hell Militia.

12.Well Arkdaemon thank you for taking the time to fill out this interview with me.Do you have any final comments for the readers here at Winter Torment web-zine?

Thanks for your support. AMSG.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Interview with Craven Idol done by Patrick 10-21-13 done by Patrick

Metal Hails!
Here is a interview with a new band from the U.K's underground playing old-school blackend death with an aggressive touch to it.The trio has just released their debut cd "Towards Eschaton"{which I believe will also be released on vinyl for all of the old-schoolers out there} through the mighty Dark Descent Rec.
enjoy and defintly be sure to pick up a copy of Towards Eschaton you will not be disappointed!

Interview with Vrath vocals,guitarists for Craven Idol done by Patrick

1.Metal hails Vrath how is life going in the U.K? Please introduce yourself to the readers.

Life’s just fine here in North London. Winter is creeping in with warnings of its impending fierceness populating the headlines. Whilst these cautionary words may be alarming to some, as a native Finn I welcome the mellow breezes of hibernal Britain with soothing nostalgia to my homeland, which I left in the mid-nineties, having also lived in Germany, Switzerland and France also. I’ve been active in the UK metal scene for a decade now, playing in a number of bands.

2.At what age did discover the metal scene? Who were some of the first bands you listened to? Who are some of the current bands that you have been listening to?

I’ve had the fortune of growing up in a somewhat musical family, where vinyls of acts like Led Zeppelin and AC/DC were regularly spun. As countless others, I was always attracted to the unique sounds of Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden, and in my early teens I became curious of what else was out there. Through Judas Priest, I became increasingly interested in the NWOBHM (although they are not generally accepted as a part of said movement), and perhaps the most pivotal bands for me were 1. Satan – who made me realise the richness of the ‘underground’, of a whole hidden scene. 2. Venom – for introducing me to a more extreme take of it all. I became absolutely possessed by Venom and so my journey into the extreme began.

As a music journalist, I listen to music near incessantly. I can definitely confirm that there is a lot of soulless metal out there, void of any spirit and fully loaded with modern technological vanities.

But obviously music finds a way. In Dark Descent, Craven Idol have the fortune to work with undoubtedly one of the best labels around today – bands like Vorum and Lvcifyre are amongst the best there are. I am also utterly possessed by the new Zemial album Nykta – a release that truly defies/transcends trends and scenes. I also listen to loads of Realmbuilder.

3.When did you and the other members of Craven Idol first meet?Was it long until you formed Craven Idol? How did you all decide on the band name does it have a special meaning?

The core of Craven Idol is Vrath and Scourger. We met at a metal related event at university – both of us new to London and eager to start a band. A rehearsal room in the cellar of Scourger’s residence provided a meager but adequate platform for the writing of our debut demo. The creative chemistry between the two of us was immediate and I would say the band was born at our first rehearsal.

A literal reading of the name Craven Idol might be ‘cowardly object of worship’. The name was devised in reference to the human tendency to venerate things perceived to mask or mitigate our own failings. It is most applicable to the grief cult surrounding the person of Jesus, but can be seen to some extent in all religions and dogmatic movements.

4.What is the current line-up of the band? For the readers who have never heard Craven Idol's music how would you best describe it?

We are currently experimenting with a new line-up so nothing is set in stone. The formation on the album was Vrath – vocals, guitars, Scourger – guitars, Suspiral – bass, Volgard – drums.

Volgard unfortunately left the band during the album’s mixing process.

I find it next to impossible to put my music into words, as this would inadvertently lead to the use to misleading genre-tags. Craven Idol is the sum of a vast variety of musical fancies, reaching from Candlemass to Belial, from Bathory to Venom, from Manilla Road to Razor. If a tag is to be placed, I recommend ‘extreme metal’, as it’s a tag loosely associated with the emerging death and black metal acts of the late ‘80s/early ‘90s.

5.Craven Idol just released their debut full-length Towards Eschaton" through Dark Descent Rec. How did you all come in contact with the label?

I had been a fan of Dark Descent Records for years and once Volgard provided us with the album master I undertook my usual, unfailing routine of sending promos to labels. DD topped my list and I was delighted when the label expressed interest in releasing our debut. I’ve met label boss Matt Calvert since, a true die-hard, who revealed to me that Craven Idol was the very first band he signed based on a promo.

6.How long did it take Craven idol to write the songs for the debut?Did the whole band take part in the song-writing process or did one or two members handle all the song writing for the band?

As mentioned, the core of Craven Idol is Scourger and I, we are the primary song-writers of the band. We both write about half of the material. The material on the record was written between 2006 and 2012, song like ‘Left To Die’ stem from some of the bands initial writing sessions, and we’ve worked them to fit ‘Towards Eschaton’. Ex-drummer Volgard had a say in the cration process as well, being a brilliant song-writer. He was a big loss for us and we’re recovering.

7.Which usually comes first when writing a new song the lyrics or the music? Who usually writes the lyrics? What are some topics/subjects you all write about?

Music. Whilst I’m heavily inspired by lyrics for many of my other projects, I find that with Craven Idol there’s a certain aura that takes over when writing the music.

Scourger has been the solitary lyricist for the band thus far. The album covers themes ranging from necromancy and mythology to biblical scenes and prophecies; all of which orbit the central notion that humanity attaches irrational emphasis to deities, legends and beliefs not rooted in evidence. To do so is to drag civilisation towards Eschaton, the End Times.

8.Does the band have any upcoming shows or tours to tell the readers about?If yes where are some places Craven Idol will be playing?

We are making plans as I write this, but nothing definite as of yet.

9.Who are some bands Craven Idol has shared the stage with? If you could set-up a dream show/tour who are some bands you would love to share the stage with?

We’ve had the privilege of sharing the stage with many of our idols, most notably Inquisition, Nifelheim, Impaled Nazarene and Sadistic Intent.

There are countless acts I would love to share the stage with… however, that would be too long a list to get into right now. See above for some of my current favorites.

10.Vrath you handle the vocals for the band when did you become interested in singing? Who are some of your influences,favorite vocalists?

I started by singing along to my parent’s vinyl collection as a young kid. Then during my adolescences I lived with my parents at a house in the south of France, which came replete with a stone-walled cellar. I managed to save up for a Marshall Valestate guitar amp and was free to make as much noise as I could. Waved on by the spirit of Venom and Bathory I did just that. As there was no one else there to do the singing, I had to learn myself; the metal scene in the south of France really is (was?) nearly nonexistent.

I’m inspired by a number of vocalists but have never set out to imitate anyone… so naming anyone would just be misleading. I’ve been compared to a number of US old school/extreme vocalists, which I suppose is accurate. Pronunciation is key.

11.Do you do anything special to keep your throat/voice healthy when recording or preparing for a Craven Idol show?

I had a few vocals lessons some years back that help with stamina and power. They are basic breathing exercises really, but they really do make a difference. I’ve never had any issues with singing/screaming hours on end, so no other precautions have really been necessary.

12.You also play guitars for the band when did you start playing the guitars?Are you self taught or did you take lessons? Who are some of your favorite guitarists?

I’ve been playing guitar for near 15 years now. Besides of some very basic guitar lessons from my father, I’m self-taught, although I must admit that Scythian guitarist Satyrus’ teachings completely revolutionised my playing style. So whilst I’ve never had actual lessons, I’ve taken pointers from countless guitarists. I’m very curious to learn and have been known to start side projects/play session stints just to learn a new style of playing.

I wouldn’t say that I have pack of favorite guitarists… as with vocals I aim to play/sound like no-one else… to the great misfortune of many a band-mate.

13.In your opinion what does the term "Underground metal" mean to you?

There really are countless underground metal scenes today. Underground metal has come to mean a lot of things to a lot of people. Alas, oftentimes the notion of being part of a ‘scene’ has overtaken what’s important: the music itself. I could talk ceaselessly about the things that are wrong with metal, but kindred spirits will know what I mean.

On the other hand the underground is about a freedom of expression, and the networks that I am part of all swear by the same gods of old… the only true gods of metal. We are torchbearers, sworn to keep alive the spirit of a time when metal was pure and fresh, rather than over-polished, commercialised rubbish.

14.You and the band come out of the great U.K underground metal scene.There seems to be a growing metal underground scene within the U.K. would you agree?What is your opinion of the metal scene in your country?

As mentioned above, as with any scene, the majority of bands involved are worthless garbage, usually formed to abide by meaningless trends. The metal scene worldwide is suffering from the curse of worship… no longer is originality the goal, but rather the precision of mimickery.

Outside London the UK metal scene is very small indeed, unless you’re into mallcore that is. Any band that has toured the UK, has undoubtedly made bad experiences playing in a pub cellar to the landlord and his dog. There simply isn’t the demand for metal.

From time to time a good promoter will come along – for example the lads of Bro UK up north in Newcastle. Despite their efforts they are damned to face the lack of interest of lazy ‘metal fans’, who rate downloading and procrastination higher than attending a gig.

This said, there have been great leaps forward in the UK scene in the last decade or so, but obviously I’m bias, as I enjoy a very limited amount of new bands… so even the injection of five decent groups into the mix would feel like a watershed of talent.

15.Who are some of your all-time favorite metal bands from the U.K?Are their any new bands you feel the readers should check out soon?

I’m a great admirer of the NWOBHM, talking bands like Satan, Desolation Angels, Witchfinder General, Pagan Altar, Venom, Witchfynde, Angel Witch, just to name a few.

The current scene is also has plenty to offer in form of Esoteric, Grave Miasma, Cruciamentum, Sepuku, Indesinence, Lvcifyre, Salute, Spearhead, Razor Of Occam, The One, Macabre Omen, The Wounded Kings, Funeral Throne,etc. I can also recommend checking out my other bands Scythian, Sepulchral Temple and Crom Dubh. Scourger also drums for the epic doom pioneers Solstice, as well as speed metallers Deceptor.

16.Well Vrath thank you for taking the time to fill this interview out.Do you have any final comments for the readers before we end the interview?

All hail the winter torment! Stand up against the raging tide!

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