Thursday, March 26, 2009

interview with depraved indifference-done by patrick.

here is a interview i did awhile back with the 1-man depraved indifference.if you have not heard this band yet i would suggest checking them out! miscreant has created a nice mix of black,progressive metal.i believe miscreant still has demo's availble so if interested check out his page and contact him for price/availbility.

interview with miscreant,all vocals,and instruments for depraved indifference done by patrick.

1.hails miscreant!! hows the week starting out for you? Not to bad, with the economy in such a poor state has certainly been a testment to the futility of modern day society. With the lively hood of millions hanging by a thread, one could say for all our progress we have really not progressed at all.

please tell the readers a little about yourself. Well, I am a father of 2 young children, 30years old and a metal head. I stole a cassete of Carcass - Symphony of sickness when I was around the age of 13-14 and was all down hill from there.

2.depraved indifference is a fairly new band correct? Yes, would say the idea became a reality at the start of December 2007. what gave you the idea to create this project/band? for readers who have not heard the band how would you describe the music? THe Idea for D.I. came after years of failed band attempts, would get a musician or 2 and start some great ideas. Then after a short time, others would loose interest, were not commited to seeing it through etc etc . It seemed apperent that if I wanted this idea to become a reality, I would have to do it all. As far as the music itself, I am a terrible judge of my own music. I would call it Blackened Thrash Metal, others have said it is more progressive. I have on my latest release included some ambient/acoustic tracks, I try to incorperate more then just one style as I never want to find myself limited. So one can hear a number of different influences, with solos on most of the tracks, as well some light synth work. are the sole member of depraved indifference.when you first the got the idea for the band did you plan to keep it a one-man band?

In december when I decided on the bands name, I was set on the idea of me doing all instruments and then finding someone to do vocals. The music was coming along quicker then I had originally planned and decided to keep things moving forward. After a few test run on vocals and some positive feed back I took on vocals aswell. I generally keep to myself and creating music has become a almost ritualistic practice for me, so for now it will remain that way.

4.what do you think are the advantages and disadvantages to being a one-man band? if you had the opportunity to work with any other musician {past or present} who are some musicians you would love to work with?

The only real disadvantages are not being able to perform live and the writing is a far more tedious process when you have to rely on recordings to put everything together. I have respect for many talented musicians, but for me I have come to enjoy and prefer things as they are. Despite the disadvantages it is a far more satisfying result, when you know you did it all yourself. Along with the fact, I have the pleasure of not dealing with the drama and bullshit that often comes with a multi member band. It has become common place for many bands to have several line up changes in a very short time and then of course the disputes as to the direction. I am sure everyone can think of atleast a dozen bands that have either canceled tours or seen major delays in the release of new music due to internal disputes or sudden exiting of members.

5.i had mentioned earlier this is a one-man band. so i was curious what instrument was the hardest to learn for you? what was the easiest?

Hardest has to be Keyboard, this is not a instrument that I ever had a real desire to play. So practice is very manotinous and in turn is not my strong suit. Drums on the other hand is a great release of energy and can practice for hours on end. It was the last instrument I picked up having had the least amount of experience on before recording. Though came very naturally and come to ask myself why I did not pick it up sooner. My goals for this next release will incorperate a greater deal of skill and variety in drums. often do you get to practice/write material? how often does it usually take to write/complete a song? does the music usually come first and then the lyrics or do you usually have lyrics already written? what are some subjects/topics you write about?

Like I said earlier, I have been very fanatical about time spent practising drums, usually 3 or more hours a day. Between raising my kids and 40-50hour work weeks I try to give myself 3-4hours of practice time through out the day. I generally come up with ideas for new songs while practicing, usually one riff here, a drum line there after a week of this I have the foundation for a song. Once I feel I have a strong structure will set asside a couple days to starting puttting everything together. I try not to force songs out as the result is usually shit and those songs often get tossed. Lyrics always come last as I usually write them as I am listening to the music. The themes very from song to song, there is a definite disgust for religion and human stupidity. Generally the sound of the music decides the theme for lyrics and vocals.

7.i know a few years back the u.s black metal scene was not taken very seriously in other countries.but seems to be gaining some respect so i curious your opinon on the u.s.b.m? who are some of your favorite bands you feel help spread the darkness of the u.s.b.m?

I pay little attention to countries when it comes to music, I think for far to long people associated a certain type of metal as being native to certain countries. I think this provented a lot of talented and creative bands from getting the attention they deserved. Being Norweigen doesn't mean you know how to make black metal better then someone from south america or the US. Demoncy is a great band, that I have listened to for many years, Crimson Moon, Grand Belial Keys. Whether they helped spread usbm, I couldn't say I judge bands on there music not there origin or any amount of hype surrounding them.

8. in your opinion what is the best and worst thing about the underground today? and what does the term "metal underground" mean to you?

Well the definition of underground for metal has certainly changed, as it is far from underground. A simple google search can lead you to any band you would want to learn more about and ofcourse with myspace everything is all out in the open. For those around long enough to remember the only advertising undergrounds bands had were in photo copy zines printed in less then a 100 copies, black and white flyers usually sent out from small distros. I think it was a stronger sense of comradory back then, but also made finding new good metal harder to get your hands on and saw many bands recieve little notice that other wise should have. Though some things never change, this whole true/false childish bashing of other bands has held strong. Which is just as pathetic now as it was then, usually brought on by some personal dispute that has little to due with the actual music. The term Metal Underground for me means, music not made for the masses. Music that is extreme and not created for the purpose of potential success, but rather for the sake of individual creation.

9.are you currently involved with any other projects or bands to tell the readers about?

No, Depraved Indifferance is my sole project and one I intend to continue for many years to come.

10.well miscreant we have reached the end of the interview.thank you for taking the time to fill this out.good luck to you and depraved indifference future. do you have any final words for the readers?

Thanks Patrick for the Interview and thanks to all the folks that have supported Depraved Indifferance! Keep it Fucking Metal!
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interview with demonic cremator-done by patrick.

here is a new interview with scotland's demonic cremator.demonic cremator are a duo who worship the old-sounds of old-school black metal!.raw,dirty and just plain nasty! fans of old-school black metal will defintly love this band so read the interview and contact them for the debut demo {in "limited" quanities so hurry!!} and keep a eye out for the bands debut full-length coming soon!! all hail the blackness!!!!!!

interview with asphyxiator {vocalist,drummer} and necrotica {bass,guitars} for demonic cremator done by patrick ...

1.metal hails asphyxiator and necrotica!! how is your weekend going so far? please tell the readers a little about yourself.

Asphyxiator: Not too bad, thanks for asking. We have recently returned from a holiday in Prague and have now completed our first album. I am pretty simple really, haha, i am a metal fanatic, drinker, rough as fuck!

Necrotica: Well right now i'm pretty much just concentrating on the band whether it's designing the artwork or writing songs. This is becoming a full time business!!

2. at what age did the two of you discover metal? was it long until you discovered black metal?

Asphyxiator: I discovered metal at age three and i am thirty two now, ha. After my first Maiden gig at age seven my love has just grown for all things heavy but with attitude.

Necrotica: I have always been surrounded by music of all types, especially punk and rock with my parents. It wasn't until i was in my early teens that i started getting into heavier types of music. I was always trying to find heavier and more extreme types of music and eventually discovered Black Metal.

3.who would you say are some of your all-time favorite bands? what about in the current scene who are some of your favorite bands?

Necrotica: All time favourite bands for me would have to be; Mayhem, Bathory, Darkthrone and Emperor. As for current favourites; Tyrant, Watain, Ravencult...the list goes on.

Asphyxiator: Well for me it's; Mayhem, Iron Maiden and Venom. Newer bands would be; Bestial Mockery, Nocturnal Breed, those are the best.

4.when did the two of you decide to start demonic cremator? for the readers who have never heard the band how would you describe your sound?

Asphyxiator: Well we started early last year just as an idea because we were tired of nothing else happening up here. I just bought loads of recording equipment and off we went.

Necrotica: I'd describe our sound as old school Black Metal. If you like you raw Black Metal with a 'fuck you' attitude then check us out!!

5.the 3 song demo you recently sent me is really good old-school raw/primitive black long did it take to write the 3 songs for this demo?are the two of you happy with how the demo turned out? if anyone reading this is interested is the demo still availble for sale or trade?

Asphyxiator: Writing these songs was pretty easy as i've had these ideas for years and continue to do so with thirty songs and counting. We love the demo for what it is, we have a cool producer who understands our sound. So far the demo has been limited to only fifty. We do occasional trades with people around the world, so if interested contact us ASAP.

6.has the band had time to begin work on the next demo/release? any idea when it might be released? has the band been lucky enough to find a label to work with yet or will it be self-released?

Asphyxiator: No new demo, no need, we have just completed our first album.

Necrotica: We've recently been signed with Ziekte-NL who are an underground label from the Netherlands. Our album will be released very soon through them.

7.necrotica you handle the guitars for the group.when did you become interested in playing the guitar? are you self-taught or did you take lessons?

Necrotica: I became interested in guitar when i was fourteen when i started getting into heavier music. My dad learned me the basics and i did the rest myself.

8.who would you say are some of your influences/favorite guitarist? do you play any other instruments? if yes which ones?

Necrotica: I like lots of different styles but concerning Black Metal my favourite guitar players are Euronymous, Blasphemer and Ihsahn. I also play bass but guitar is my main interest.

9.asphyxiator you are the vocalist for the group.when did you become interested in doing vocals? do you anything special to keep your throat/vocals healthy? who are some of your influences/favorite vocalist?

I've been singing for years now in one way or another from Iron Maiden tribute bands to blues stuff but no special routines for warming up other than a few shots. Lots of vocalists influence me from Ian Gillen to Attila Csihar, especially for this stuff. also handle the drumming duties for the group.when did you start drumming?are you self-taught with the drums or have you had lessons over the years? who are some of your influences/favorite drummers.

I am self taught on drums, however what you're hearing is a drum machine programmed by myself. I have too many favourite drummers to list but anything with groove and an awesome style.

11.have the two of you discussed adding more members to demonic cremator to make it a full-band for playing live or do you prefer to keep demonic cremator a 2-piece.

Necrotica: No, we have no intention of adding more members to the band. We work well as a two piece and want to write the same style of stuff. Nobody else fucks with our music!! metal seems to have a different meaning to each person who listens/support it. so i was interested what does the term "black metal" mean to the two of you?

Asphyxiator: Black Metal to us means a darker sense of freedom without giving a fuck about anybody that is undeserved and the music basically compliments that attitude to us.

13.what is the scene like in scotland? are there any new bands the underground should keep watch out for? who are some of your all-time favorite scotland metal bands?

Necrotica: I don't know of any Black Metal scene in Scotland!

Asphyxiator: I honestly can't think of any pure Black Metal bands that we know of here. Thats partly why we're doing this.

14.well thank you for taking the time to fill this interview out. do either of you have any final comments for the readers?

Asphyxiator: We're here to give you what YOU want, the way WE want it!! You will be hearing a lot from us soon.

Necrotica: Aye, what he said haha!

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interview with hagalaz of streben.done by patrick

here is a interview done with italy's melodic black metal band streben.streben are a fairly new band to the scene but have already made quite an impact with their debut demo "of melancholic elegies and wanderlust".the band is now hard at work on finishing up their debut full-length to hopefully be released later this year {no date has been given yet} so keep your eyes open for the new dark masterpiece.

Interview with Hagalaz vocalist, bass and synths for Streben, done by Patrick.

Metal hails my friend!! How is life treating you this week? Please tell the readers a little about yourself?

Hello, Patrick! I am doing fine, thanks.
I don't know what I could say about myself, is it okay if I say that I had rice at lunch today?

2. At what age did you become interested in playing music? You are vocalist, and play bass synths for Streben.
Besides these instruments do you play any other instruments? If yes which ones?

I've always been interested in music since I was a child. It has always been my greatest interest. Well, I used to play guitar since I was about 8-9 years old up to a couple of years ago, but I stopped for several reasons. But, beside this, I haven't any other experience with other musical instruments.

When did you first get the idea to form/create Streben? What is the "current" line-up? For the readers who have never heard the band how would you describe the band's sound?

Making music has always been my greatest wish since I can remember; the exigence of creating a personal project where to voice my own world has been ripening over the years within my mind, even if I had to wait before I finally met the right persons to share this plan. The current line - up features me (of course!), and Valker as guitarist. We also have a guest on drums, which is Dark Shadow (also in Cold Empire with Valker), and we'll soon annunce the identity of the session musician that is recording acoustic guitars for us in our upcoming debut full - lenght.

4. You recently sent me the band's debut demo "... of Melancholic Elegies and Wanderlust".
How long did it take to write and record the tracks for the demo? Are you happy with how it came out? Do you have a personal favorite track from the demo?

The making of our first demo took a very short time because we were excited, and impatient; we did everything hurriedly and instinctively, I wrote the music and the lyrics in a very short time, and we recorded it all as hastily. We were very satisfied with that demo right after its release, but we conspicuously revalued it, I think that's pretty normal. My favourite song from "... of Melancholic Elegies and Wanderlust" is "In the Woods of the Satyr".

How has the response been from the underground press and fans? Do you all have any demo's left for sale or trade?

"... of Melancholic Elegies and Wanderlust" actually got many positive opinions from both underground press and listeners (and I still can't believe how could it have been possible, ah ah), in fact it is now sold - out, so there aren't any copies left, not for sale, nor for trades.

6. I know the band has been hard at work writing new material for the debut full-length.
How many songs have you all finished for the new release? How long does it usually take you to finish a song once you begin writing?

The songs on our new release, which will be a full - lenght album, will be seven: four of them are brand new, and three are old songs from the demo which have been re-adapted by me. The duration of the songwriting process varies according to my mood and inspiration; anyway, it took some more time for the songs of the upcoming album, which have been more pondered than the older songs.

7. How would you say the new tracks for the full-length are different than the songs on the demo "... of Melancholic Elegies and Wanderlust"?
... Totally different! I prefer not to talk too much about it, because the readers of this interview still coudn't confute the truthfulness of my words, and that wouldn't be fair. But I can tell you that the new songs are even more personal and display my own feelings and emotions better than the old ones did.

8. Streben is a 2-person band with a session-drummer for recording purposes.
But are you 2 currently looking for new members to perform live performances or do you prefer to keep streben a studio-only project?

The second one. I prefer keeping Streben a studio project, first of all because I don't think that its introspective characterization may fit the live dimension, and also because I'm not interested in recruiting strangers or people I don't esteem, just to perform a live gig, that's not worth it.

9. If you had the chance to work/record with any musicians past or present. Who are some musicans you would like to work with? And why.

Oh man, there are so many! The first one that comes in my mind is Neige from Alcest, even if this will always remain unattainable because such artist would never waste his time with me. There are many other musicians I admire and esteem and almost love, ha ha, but I find his ideas and concepts he spreads with his project are interesting and somehow attinent to mine.

10. Do you or Valker {guitars} play in any other bands or have side-projects? If yes please tell us a little about them.

Valker also plays in Cold Empire with Dark Shadow; Cold Empire are a raw melodic black metal band, they released a demo in summer 2007 and they're currently working on their debut album. As for me, Streben is my only project.

11.You come from the Italian metal underground.
What is your opinion of Italy's metal scene? Who are some of your all-time favorite italian metal bands? Are there any new bands the undergroud readers should watch out for?

I'm not an assiduous underground's follower, so I'm not very informed about foreign or local underground bands, but I like Vultur and Fearbringer's works very much.

12. Well my friend thank you for taking the time to fill out this interview.
Do you have any final words for the readers of Winter Torment?

Thank YOU for the interview, and, of course, thanks to all of you readers.

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