Sunday, June 21, 2009

interview with atrocious depression done by patrick

dark hails!!!
atrocious depression is a new band from the italian of drone,depressing black metal will defintly want to check this new up and coming band out!!
best regards,
interview with gonark,vocals,all instruments for atrocious depression done by patrick.

1.dark hails gonark!! how is life going for you? please tell the readers a little about yourself?

Dark Hails to you Patrick!Here life proceeds well enough, even if the university studies slowly proceed for this torrid heat! What can I say of me? Well... I have 23 years old and play the guitar from 4 years as autodidactic. Since the beginning I am always liked the extreme musical genre, among these I have had a great interest for the black metal.

2.when did you get the idea to create/start atrocious depression? for the readers who have never heard the would you describe the music of atrocious depression?

I have had the idea to create this project in the summer of 2008. I wanted to express my passion for the music, to the beginning I have created it for personal satisfaction. Not satisfying me more than this, have tried to make to know around this project... and seems me to have succeeded in the enterprise! The music that I create contains all of my feelings and emotions an assembled of suffering, loneliness and anguish. My purpose is that to make to try these
feelings to whom listens to my passages.

3.atrocious depression is a one man band correct?when you started this project did you plan to work alone or are you looking for new members?

Yes,it was born as one man band and it will remain always this way. This project is for me very personal and I has decided to be soloist because working alone I succeed better in expressing my emotions in the music that I create

4..if you had the chance to work with any musicians past or present.who are some musicans you would like to work with?

If this happened it would be interesting to work with musicians that have my same ideas. recently sent me your debut demo "gonark's lair".how long did it take you to write and record the songs for this release? are you happy with how the songs came out?

Gonark's Lair is an album a lot of complex that brings, metaphorically speaking, the mind of Gonark as shelter or cavern where its most secluded thoughts conceal him. To create this cd,it's taken me a few months, not so much for the technical part, but to succeed in expressing and to transmit to the best my internal run. I have to say that I am very satisfied of this release, I find it well succeeded. has the response been from the underground fans and press?

One of the so many gratifying things have been the support of so many people and bands that listen,play this kind of music and not only. Besides to receive appreciations from critical and reviewers has been a beautiful personal satisfaction, as for this interview! have also mentioned you are now working on a couple of new split cd' you know when these will be released to the metal underground? who are some of the other bands you
are working with?

In this moment I work to new split with other artists: Suicidal Nihilism, THE CRUXVOID,Penombra, Endless Solitude, Nocturnal Degrade. Each with a proper sound. These cd will be
very soon released.

8,besides your debut demo and the upcoming you have any other merchandise availble for the fans/readers?

Apart a split attached to a comic strip of Bianca, to the moment the business of merchandise are not my priority, but in the future I will look for the t-shirts.

9.are you currently play in any other bands or projects? if yes please the readers a little about them.

Yes,I'm the singer from two years of the Pray For Dying, a group deathcore of La Spezia.Besides with my girlfriend I also have the Oculus Infernum, another project from the sound
purely black metal. live in the great country of i was curious what is your opinion of the italian metal scene?

I have to say that the Italian metal scene is a little developed, but according to me some groups succeed in competing with foreign bands.

11.who are some of your all-time favorite italian bands?are there any new metal bands you think the readers should watch out for?

No, I don't have particularly any Italian bands, listening primarily foreign bands.To the readers however could recommend some bands, to my opinion, valid, as Animae Capronii, Black
Phoenix, Nefarium and finally the Oculuses Infernum ahahaha!:)

12.well my friend thanks alot for taking the time to fill out this you have any final comments for the readers?

It has been a pleasure and a honor to make this interview with you! I thank a lot you for this great opportunity that you have given me. Thanks to you I hope to succeed in making to know more Atrocious Depression. I thank all those that support me.

to contact atrocious depression
go to the bands "official" page

fans of more primitive,traditional black metal might like gonark's other project/band oculus infernum

Saturday, June 13, 2009

interview with teutoburg forest done by patrick

interview w/donn vocalist,all instruments for teutoburg forest.done by patrick

1.dark hails donn!! how is your weekend going? please tell the readers a little about yourself.

I am an individual treading the Left Hand Path. My music is a byproduct of my journey with Teutoburg Forest being one of many such expressions. what age did you become interested in playing music?what was the first instrument you played?

At the age of 16, myself and close friends created a band names 'Cult of Truth' In this I preformed Bass and vocals, though it was my first attempt to play any instrument and this was noticeable within the recordings. the band soon dissolved due to confrontations between myself and the drummer.
I then left music until I was 19, When Teutoburg Forest was formed by myself and another musician. Though I soon discovered that there was a significant difference between the level of our commitment. And so I decided to take TF forward as a solo project. From this I had to learn guitar, drums and really how to play bass. The three TF albums you have reviewed are a result of my experimentation and development whilst learning the instruments, as I have not learnt a single chord, scale, drum technique. I wanted TF to be an expression of my understanding of music, and not a regurgitation of what musicians dictate sounds right.

3.when did you form teutoburg forest?the band name is really interesting. how did you come up with this name for the band? for the readers who have never heard the band how would you describe teutoburg forest's music?

There are several reasons for choosing this title. The name derives from the battle of Teutoburg Forest which took place in 9 c.e. where three Roman Legions were slaughtered, halting the expansion of the Roman Empire North at the rhine. This created a divide between the order of Rome, and the Freedom of the barbarians. Hence this battle had a huge impact on the world, as Europe has held such a key role in shaping the world as we know it today.
I see this as a representation of the battle between the cosmos and chaos. Where the boundaries were set and the conquest of the bastard gods halted. This title represents the end of God's influence over myself, and signifies the turning point, where now the tide has turned, and through my actions I will break the laws of math (god) to take control of my own existence (just as lucifer).
Another reason is on a more personal level. Since a young age I have always been fascinated with History. It is a huge part of my life, and in defining who I am. So the title is a further insight into myself.

Teutoburg Forest is a voiceless scream. The true power of the songs are in the emotions that emanate from them. As each song was created through emotion, not technical guidelines. So to understand the true darkness that permeates through every resonance, one must look past the obvious to reach the true essence of the project. All my projects are drawn from the darkness that is everything and nothing. And so my audio expression is a reflection of how esoteric existence truly is. recently sent me the 3 newest releases.please give a brief description of each release? are you happy with how each release came out?over-all the releases do you have a personal favorite song{s} from teutoburg forest?

'Chao Ab Ordo' translating 'Chaos over Order' was the first culmination of my thoughts/emotions. Being my first attempt, it is obviously the most ferocious and raw. As a new born always tears into the world kicking and screaming, TF is the reverse. There is a fair amount of breadth in this album. From culminations of rage 'the journey' insights into the abyss 'absolute freedom' representations that darkness is not always on the face of the obvious 'Lighting the Acausual Flames' and ritualistic callings 'Destroying Cosmos'.

'Anti-Subhuman Scum' was the next expression, written immediately after the completion of 'Chao Ab Ordo'. In this short space of time, I had learnt much from the production of the music to actually playing each instrument. And so 'Anti-Subhuman Scum' is a continuation of the learning curve, though with the application of experience.

'Cult of the Individual' was the final stage of development. Again written straight after 'Anti-Subhuman Scum' though I wanted to keep in the mentality of progressing and not stagnating. I wanted to create something utterly different from the previous albums, and have done in this manifestation of my will. Songs such as 'Prodesse Quam Conspici' translated 'To accomplish/progress rather than to be conspicuous' is designed to reenforce my philosophy of self reliance, self strength and self Deification and that only these can be achieved within the Self. Along with TF most popular song 'As the Ego Dissolves' which is an expression of pain/detest.

I chose to release the three albums at once, as I saw it as a symbol of my Anti-Cosmic allegiance (the trident) Thrusting the manifestation of my will into the heart of cosmos (in the year of 2008. 2 + 8 = 10 the cycle complete and ready to continue once more). TF is a representation of understanding the cycle, and breaking Ouroboros to create Leviathan.
Teutoburg Forest is created upon the foundation subtle symbolism. And the essence of symbols is that of our pre-existing knowledge of the symbols meaning. Hence I presenting you with symbols and signs that only those whom tread the path will understand.

I am happy with the results, though I know I can do better. This is the drive that has fueled not only TF but my being. The desire and will not to be content with current existence (stagnation). Rather a continuos journey of development and progression.

Personal favorites are : Seeing gods, Destroying Cosmos, Prodesse quam conspici, Delusion of Purpose, Black to the Blind, As the Ego Dissolves. The reasons why are obviously personal, it would take to much time to explain why. has the response been so far from the zines/press and the underground fans? if anyone is interested in ordering a demo {or all 3} are they still availble? where can they be found?

Feedback has been very positive. Some even going as far as to say TF is one of the strongest BM projects in the UK underground. Though this is a deserved title, as I find that to many seem to take BM on its aesthetically value, and do not find the essence that truly defines BM.

The albums are available from the TF myspace.

6.are you currently working/writing new music for the next release? any idea when it will be released?

I have recently finished university, and so I have more time to delegate towards music. I am currently working on six solo projects and various collaboration projects. Im planning on releasing all my solo projects in the second wave of Donn which should be next early - mid 2010, and Teutoburg Forests 4th release will be part of this.

7.when you begin working on a new long does it usually take to finish a song?which usually comes first the music or lyrics?

Some take days, whilst others (such as 'As the ego dissolves') was simply picking up the guitar with no pre conceived concepts, pressing record and doing in one take, and every subsequent element (instrument) of 'As the Ego Dissolves' was done in one take. So it all depends on the song.

I generally write at the same time, as my Occult study goes hand in hand with writing material. So they are produced at the same time. Though I fit the lyrics around the completed songs.

8.while on the subject of lyrics.what are some topics/subjects you write about? do you have any kind of message with teutoburg forest's lyrics?

The project deals with my progression along the Left Hand Path. Though I take inspiration from many sources, the lyrics are a culmination of my research / development and presented as my own interpretation. Themes include Lucifer is Satan, breaking the cycle of God (anti-cosmic) personal development via self discipline and wisdom (knowledge is learnt, wisdom is experienced)

9.are you currently involved with any other projects or bans at the moment? if yes please tell the readers a little about them.

I preform : Blooddawn (vocals), UK based marduk style blackened death. Rape of Orchis (vocals) , Uk based Blackened Grind. Catacombs of doom (vocals, bass, drums, guitar), Greek doom/atmospheric. Torch of darkness, (vocals, bass, drums, guitar) New Zealand raw black metal. Isolated Empire (Vocals), UK doom. Uncle Ghost (Vocals), UK blackened grind. Shulkskull (Vocals) UK avant guard.

They are the bands that have been completed, though I am working on many more at the moment which will be released as they are completed. And there are bands that I feel do not need to be released. That is the power one possesses when one takes control over their reality. The ability to make choices.

10.everyone seems to have their own idea/opinion on what black metal stands in your opinion what does black metal mean?

Black Metal is the music of the opposer. It is not defined by musical aesthetics, but rather that soul that is put into it. As stated before to many bands think if they play these notes, scream in that manner, and wear corpse paint then they will be black metal. That is why so many BM are hollow. They are missing the key element that creates the genera. The blackened soul.

11.well donn thank you for taking the time to fill out this you have any final comments for the readers?

Hail Lucifer
Hail Self
Hail The Individual

to contact donn or to hear some tracks from teutoburg forest check out the "official" page here

hope everyone is having a good end to their weekend? just to let everyone know.all reviews were done by patrick this time around.lori will have some up very soon.but everyone knows how life likes to get in the way of our fun.
also thanks to all our new friends that have either took the time to read or "subscribe" to our blogs.the support means alot!!!
best regards,keep in touch!!
patrick and winter torment myspace zine.
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angantyr-kampen fort saetter cd {2006 re-released on eisenwald records}

angantyr are a new band to my ears.but looking over their sites it looks like the band has quite a catalog out there.well if your like me and this is your first encounter with this band from denamark angantyr are a one-man band that play raw mid-paced traditional black metal mixed with some atmospheric and ambient over-tones.their are even traces of doom in the guitar sound on a few songs.the vocals are harsh shrieks of torment and hate.angantyr walk a fine line between harsh black and more "atmospheric black of the early 90's.i get the feeling the more ambient/atmosphere is used to give the listener a sense of false hope before main-man "yleborgaz" attacks with another harsh and hateful black metal of early xasthur,burzum and the such will enjoy this band and his dark visions.
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angantyr-sejr 2004 cd {det germanske folklet}
this is the second cd i recieved from ynleborgaz and his project/band angantyr.starting things off with a melodic soft intro that seems to be drawing in some folkish influence and feelings.the music quickly changes to a more straight-forward black metal approach.the music sounds much more raw and brutal than which was on the previous review of "kampen fort saetter".within the whirlwhind guitars and violent punishing drum beats are some folkish and even atmospheric sounds and influences.but i personally feel angantyr's strength and talent lie within the more straight-forward chaotic of early-to mid 90's black metal will enjoy this band's sound.
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desolation-misery cdr {self-released}

desolation is a new ambient/experimental project within the u.s underground.mainman kei {all instruments,soundscapes,vocals} has created a interesting blend of dark ambient/experimental music.kei also adds some heavier guitar,and harsh vocals for a black metal influence and feel.from listening to desolation i feel the band could be just as good as total-instrumental band.but don't take that wrong the vocals are harsh and do blend well when used.i would recomend desolation to the more experimental/ambient generes/fans.but the newer black metal generation may enjoy the bleak/dark sounds kei has created on "misery.
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desolation-anguish cdr {self-released}

this is desolation's newest release.this time around kei has made one long song instead of multiple songs.this music this time around seems to be more experimental and ambient oriented.a very dark and haunting release it will be interesting to watch and listen to kei and see in which direction he takes future desolation of experimental and ambient music should defintly give desolation a listen.{2 new split releases will be availble soon from desolation so check with kei if interested}
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immundus--haunted memories cd {hypnotic dirge records}
norwegian ambient/instrumental artist immundus has released his newest dark masterpiece "haunted memories".this is proably one of the most chilling,haunting releases you will ever hear! while it seems alot of today's ambient/instrumental projects seem to focus on the depressing/dark side of things.immundus focus more on creating dark horror-soundtrack theme music.each track on "haunted memories" tells a story {without ever using a single word}of pure terror and leaves the listener with a uneasy of horror movie soundtracks {espically from the 70's.early 80's} or dark ambient music will enjoy what immundus has created and this is a masterpiece of dark music
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make a change..kill yourself-self-titled cd {black hate prod.}
this is a side-project of ynleborgaz{who is in b.m nand angantyr} this is the debut and musically seems to be more in the depressive/suicidal realm of black metal.ynleborgaz also mixes in some dark ambient passages within the songs for a even more depressive sound and atmosphere.also used throughout the a few tracks are female spoken word parts and the female vocals while not used a whole lot during the cd still manage to add an extra element to the already dreary and depressive of burzum,xasthur and others within the suicidal/depressive black metal scene will enjoy this alot.i also believe fans of ambient music might enjoy this as well as their are some very well played and thought out ambient parts.

make a change...kill yourself-ll cd {total holocaust records}
this is the second release i recieved from make a change kill yourself.simply titled ll the cd features 2 much longer and more darker tunes than those featured on the debut the first track is "life revisited is 24 minutes of gloom,grim and depressing music.ynleborgaz also features some dark ambient soundscapes within the depressing black the songs progresses into the unknown bleak and darkness of ynleborgaz mind i hear some doomish style riffs and feelings layered within the ambient black metal .vocals {when used} are the cold,more straight forward shrieks of despair and torment.the second and final track "fooling the weak" is a 18 minute roller coaster of hellish sounds and eerir feelings.the music starts off a little more in the realm of traditional early 90's black metal.then it slows to the more moderate and controlled musical journey.i would say this track is proably the better and darker of the two featured tracks and mixed in with the shrieks of pain and suffering this time are some deeper spoken word who don't mind longer depressive black metal will proably enjoy of the more fast-paced and straight forward black metal should proably stick to angantyr {ynleborgaz other band}

stormbane--tortured in the arms of salvation demo/mcd {self-released}
australia has one of the strongest and most underrated metal scenes out there.i have been listening to australian metal bands since the late 90's and only a handful have been average or just sucked.well stormbane defintly doesnt suck.the band plays the speed/black/thrash metal. yes i know this seems to be the latest trend or fad within the underground scenes.but stormbane have the musical ability and talent to create energetic and fast and furious thrash metal with a nice black metal influence and sound.not the most original sound or band but stormbane are enjoyable and have created a demo worth your attention and time.
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teutoburg forest--chao ab ordo demo cd {self released}
this is the debut release from the u.k's teutoburg forest.raw/harsh blackend death metal is what this young band is creating.the music.the guitars are harsh and chaotic sounding and the drums are fierce and intense blasts of blasphemous noise.donn {vocals,all instruments} does mix in some doomish style while keeping the guitars harsh of the more noisy,harsh black metal will enjoy this release.
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teutoburg forest-anti-subhuman scum demo cd
this is the second release from the u.k's teutoburg forest.starting off with a fuzzy,distorted guitar riff.the musicial insanity of this one man band soon follows.the drums are played with vicious and intense beats.the vocals are the harsh sreechy traditional black metal vocals.but also you will hear a slight death metal influence with some deeper growls and the guitars have some heavier chords that remind you of the earlier days of brutal black/death metal.teutoburg forest is a band i enjoy and see them having a good chance to make it within the cult underground.but fans of the more polished sounding black metal bands of today will proably not enjoy this band.teutoburg forest are pure,harsh blackend hate.
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teutoburg forest-cult of the individual demo cd {self-released}
this is the newest release from this donn and his blasphemous creation teutoburg forest.the music seems to be less chaotic and more controlled this time around.but no worries to all fans of this band it is still harsh and raw in production and delievery.the 5th track on here "as one" is a real surprise adding a extra element of experimental and ambient music within the harshness."cult of the individual" is defintly donn's best and most diverse release to will be interesting to hear if donn takes teutoburg forest back into the harsh blackness of the previous two releases or continues to add more ambient/experimental sounds.
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interview with adumus done by necrosadism!!!


Houston, TX

When you walk into and Adumus show what do you first see on stage? Cerberus in his chainmail...crest of Adumus...spikes galore...and one heavy black metal band. Hailing from Houston, TX comes to you and extraordinary act. Adumus. As I sit down to ask Archfiend about what it is that distinguishes great music from bad and a bit small talk on the split with Blaspherian whom I earlier interviewed last year. I couldn't pass up this opportunity of asking Adumus a few questions after seeing them a couple of times...last time being at Walters on Washington in Houston, TX a few months back....

"Death is a displaced name for a linguistic predicament."
- Paul De Man

1.What distinguishes great music from bad? Can it be distilled into technique, or is it something less easily defined?

A: It's more about feeling than technique from my standpoint. Some of the most remarkable, timeless songs are the simplest. I give credit to extremely technical musicians for their skill, and many of our songs have fairly complex structures, but just because someone can run up and down a guitar neck with a billion scales and modes at an inhuman speed, or play some hyper blast-beat on their drum kit for 10 hours straight, does not mean the music will grab me in any way.

2.Can the genre be said to have a philosophy or culture of its own?

A: Black Metal has been torn to pieces by those who want to create sub-genres, but personally speaking, the genre in its truest form should embrace an evil ideology.

3.What methods do you have for conceptualizing the songwriting process?

A:I can honestly say that 90% of the music I've written has just poured out of me without necessarily having an initial concept. I may have an idea or two before picking up my guitar, but once I get started, the rest just flows. If it isn't flowing, then it’s not a good time to write. Often times we'll all give input and tweak the music once it’s laid out, but the basic structure is typically spawned from being in the "writing mood" and just going with it. Please note that I'm speaking about the music itself, not the lyrics. Cerberus comes up with the vast majority of our lyrical themes once we present him with the music.

4.How have your tastes changed across the years of making music?

A:My tastes haven't changed at all. If anything, I listen to more of the music I was into as a kid nowadays than anything new.

5. Which thinkers, writers, artists and musicians have most influenced your learning?

A: I can't pinpoint who or what has truly influenced me, even though I know it’s inevitable we're molded by what our senses absorb most often. I'd say it’s more of a subconscious conditioning on my part since I've never had an epiphany or felt life-altering inspiration from any writer or artist. Musically speaking, a few honorable mentions would probably be Morbid Angel, Slayer, Mercyful Fate, and Dissection among some others…

6. Is the metal underground an effective way of distributing niche music according to its artistic integrity, or a justification for the kind of independent distribution needed to move relatively small numbers of CDs?

A: The metal underground is an extremely effective way to distribute music, but I suppose small and large numbers of units are defined differently by different people. In my opinion, our ‘08 full-length, Invincible Black Order, has spread rapidly in the underground, and it’s doing very well.

7.How did you get into metal, and how have you been involved -- books, zines, bands -- with the genre?

A: I can attribute my life as a metal head to my older sister who got me into heavy music at an extremely young age.. I was about 7 years old (she was 14 at the time) when I began blasting all of her Megadeth, Testament, Metallica, Priest and too many other bands to name, on a daily basis. The prime of the cassette era! That was back in '86, and it’s pretty much consumed my life from that point forward. As far as my physical involvement goes, that’s primarily through ADUMUS and my support of the underground by going to shows and purchasing albums, shirts, etc. any chance I can.

8.What exactly inspired you to write Storms of Annihilation and Order 666? Both remarkable songs in my opinion...

A: I can't comment on Order 666, because that’s Moon’s work with the exception of one guitar harmony I threw in, but Storms of Annihilation wasn't inspired by anything in particular. It was another one of those times where I just sat down with my guitar and spewed out all the riffs. I do recall listening to a lot of Immortal at the time I wrote it though, and Moon actually mentioned that he heard the Immortal influence in some of the riffs when I showed it to him.. Like I said before, the subconscious is powerful!

9. Can you tell me a little bit of the Maelstrom Split with Blaspherian?

A: The idea behind this was just to put out a unique and brutal piece of vinyl. It’s rare, if ever, that you see a split between a black metal and a death metal band, and Blaspherian is a killer band, and they're long-time Warbrothers of ours. About the vinyl itself – It’s a 7”, one song on each side, pressed on blood-red wax, limited to 666 hand-numbered copies, and it’s become a pretty sought-after item in the underground since ’05. We're all extremely pleased with this release.

10.What aspects of the metal underground would you change, if possible, and how would you change them?

A: I'll just comment that due to the Internet making music so accessible, there’s a lot of posers out there nowadays who research online and “get into underground metal” overnight. Not 100% of the time, but more than often, these people lack support and just want a collection of MP3's. If they do support the scene, great, but the true underground metal heads will always stand out and show their support over fake Internet whores.

11. What is your opinion the Black metal scene in TX? Is there one to make up?

A: Texas Black Metal is a brutal, relentless, and evil force! Eternal hails to all of our comrades here!

12. Anything you would like to add?

A: Mighty salutes to you! I appreciate the interview. The only thing I'd like to add is that if anyone is interested in checking out the Adumus Online Propaganda Hellsite, visit:


Adumus is:

Moon - 6 Strings of Chaos
Vomit - Assault & Battery
Archfiend - Hell Axe
Cerberus - Demonic Screams & Bass Axe


Infinite Battles For Immorality (1999) Demo

Besieging Abominations (2001) E. P. Self Released

To Heed The Call Of War (2004) Full - Length Self Released

Maelstorm Split 7" (w/ Blaspherian) (2006) Self Released

Invincible Black Order (2008) Full - Length - Aural Offerings Records

Record Label:

Aural Offerings (FR) / Azmerdoth Records (MX)

Band Web:

You may reach them at:

Winter Torment E-Zine (2009)

interview with immolith done by patrick..

hope everyone is having a great weekend? immolith is our latest band to be interviewed/featured.if you have not heard this band and you are a fan of "traditional" black metal you will worship this band and their sound. defintly check these guys the underground!!!
best regards
patrick and winter torment myspace e-zine.

interview w/Isiamon,guitarist,
lyricist for immolith.done by patrick.

1.dark hails my friend! how is your week going so far? please tell the readers a little about yourself.

Ave Patrick. Things are well. I am Isiamon guitarist for Immolith, a black metal band hailing from Central New Jersey.

2.when did you guys form immolith? what is the current line-up? for the readers who have never heard the band how would you describe your sound?

Warhead and I met when we were both involved in another musical project back in the Summer of 2008. I of course was familiar with Warhead from his work with US black metal legends Abazagorath. I presented Warhead with some of the ideas I had for my own black metal project and asked if he would like to work with me, and Immolith was officially born on Friday Oct. 31st 2008. It originally just consisted of the two of us, me on guitar and vocals and Warhead on drums. We recorded our second rehearsal together, and released that as a demo. Since then we’ve added our current bassist, Ahazu. So now, we are now moving ahead as a three piece band, and Warhead now also handles the vocals. We are an old school traditional black metal band.

3.i know the band recently finished writing a new e.p that will be released through the label many tracks will the e.p have on it? any idea when the e.p will see the light of day?

The EP “Hymns to the Countess” should be out in a very short time. As of today, May 29th, I’m just putting the finishing touches on the mastering of the recordings, and should have the master CD in the mail to our Dutch label Ziekte-NL by the end of the week. The EP was intended to have 4 tracks, the title track “Hymns to the Countess,” “Slaughter the Legions,” “The Ghost Tower of Inverness,” and the cover track of Venom’s “Countess Bathory.” I have purchased the rights and paid the royalties to include the Venom cover song on the EP, but as it turns out the license is only valid to CD’s sold in the US. Since Ziekte-NL is a European label, they cannot include the Venom song. So the European release of the EP will contain only the 3 original tracks. The other news, and this is the first time I’m announcing this, is that we’ve signed a pact to have the EP available digitally through Infernus of Gorgoroth’s personal label Forces of Satan Records as an MP3 download! A high honor for us indeed.

4.are you guys happy with how the songs on the e.p turned out? how did you all come in contact with ziekte?

I am quite happy with the way it turned out… It has been such a personal project for me, it is hard to say it is finished. Since I’ve written everything, recorded, mixed and produced the entire EP, which is the first time in my career I’ve ever done all of this, I’m not sure I’ll ever say it is done, merely abandoned. Otherwise I’d still be recording, and tweaking until next year. But for now, it is time to move on to writing our full length, and release what we have so far to the public.
As far as getting in touch with Ziekte, I suppose it comes down to our promo…. We pressed a limited number of copies of our second rehearsal as a promo CD, and the pure old school approach and sound attracted more interest than we ever would have expected. It caught the ear of several underground and not so underground labels…the three European labels we’ve worked with so far Ziekte-NL, Frozen Darkness Productions, and Forces of Satan Records.

5.when the band starts working on a new long does it usually take you all to complete one song?

I come up with some riffs and put a basic structure together, record it and present it to Warhead. Once we get together with that in the rehearsal room, we can usually put a song together in about 1 night of rehearsal. The three songs that appear on the EP were written shortly after we got together in October. In the meantime I’ve built my studio up to the point where we were able to record it personally rather than use a professional studio, and do everything in house. Now that the EP is nearing its release, I hope to have a full length written and recorded by the winter of this year.

6.i know you handle the lyrics for the i was interested do you usually have lyrics done before the music.or do you wait until the music is done for the song and then write lyrics? what are some subjects/topics you write about?

I generally write titles first, and then lyrics. I find having a title and some idea of the lyrics give me a atmosphere or direction when it comes time to write the music. All 3 songs on the EP were written this way, by starting with the titles. History, evil, darkness, Satanism and the Occult are all themes I write about. To break down the lyrics on the EP I will say this; Hymns to the Countess is written of course about Countess Bathory, the most infamous female sadist. Slaughter the Legions recounts the Battle of Tuetoberg Forest. The battle took place when the Christian Roman Empire was at the height of its power, and they were soundly defeated by the Pagans of Germania. Finally Ghost Tower of Inverness is inspired directly from the Dungeons and Dragons RPG, describing an evil Tower created by an ancient sorcerer as a source of his power.

7.does the band live very often or do you prefer to stay a studio band? Since our inception we’ve only worked in the studio.

I don’t know if we intend ever to really gig on a regular basis, but if we could play occasional black metal bills or festivals at some point that would be something we would consider.

8.who are some bands you all have shared the stage with? if you could set-up a dream show who are some bands you would like to play/tour with?

Warhead and I have played many shows in the underground with other bands we’ve been involved in…Warhead being in Abazagorath, has played in the US and in Europe with bands anywhere from Kult ov Azazel, Black Witchery, to Marduk, and many others. I’ve shared the stage with more death metal/thrash metal bands since most of my former projects were in that genre…. Incantation, Goreaphobia, Hod, Alestorm, etc… The dream show would never happen because that would have been with Dissection, one of my personal favorite bands of all time. But some USBM bands like Absu, Kult ov Azazel, and Blood Storm would be fitting bills for Immolith I believe. In Europe many bands that come to mind of course are huge bands like Gorgoroth, Watain, Immortal, but again that is just wishful thinking…

9.everyone seems to have their own ideas/opinions on what black metal i was interested in your opinion what does "black metal" mean to you?

To me black metal is evil music, written by evil people for evil people… are the guitarist for the band.when did you become interested in playing guitar? are you self-taught or have you taken lessons?

I started playing guitar in my early teens… I took lessons for a short time, but then just learned on my own for the most part. I got involved early on with bands and just playing original music almost from the start, so that was always my focus, just creating metal on our own like the bands we all listened to. I’m a shitty guitarist technically, but I like playing and writing music. So fuck it.

11.who are some of your influences/favorite guitarists? do you play any other instruments?

My favorite guitarists include Michael Denner of Mercyful Fate, Dave Murray of Iron Maiden, Jon N√∂dtveidt of Dissection, Chuck Schuldiner of Death, and Mille Petrozza of Kreator. I play bass a bit, and now that I’ve got the home studio built; I’m trying to teach myself to play drums.

12.well man thanks alot for taking the time to fill out this you have any final comments for the readers?

Thank you for taking the time to help spread the word about Immolith it is most appreciated. I would just ask the readers to check out some of the other great bands on Ziekte-NL’s black legion of bands like Ophidian Forest, Kirkkopalovaroitus, Abalam, and many others. There are some great black metal bands on this young label, show them support of the true underground. Hails!
In Blood, Isiamon ov Immolith!

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