Wednesday, September 23, 2009

interview with ravenhelm done by patrick

metal hails!!
hope everyone is enjoying their weekend so far? here is a interview i did with new up and coming band from the u.s.ravenhelm play raw pagan black/folkish metal.this is a band all black metal fans and folk fans will want to check out for themselves. enjoy and talk to you all soon.
best regards,
patrick and winter torment e-zine
also feel free to check out winter torment e-zine on blogger!!!
http://wintertormentzine.blogspot.com


[interview with Munnin the Impaler all instruments, vocals for Ravenhelm done by Patrick]
1.dark hails my friend!! how is your weekend going? please tell the readers a little about yourself.

“Mighty hails kindred, thanks for showing your support and cares. My weekend is going ok. Enjoying a rather long road trip around the United States and embracing the sites I haven’t been able to see for so long. To tell you the truth, I am a person that keeps to myself for the most part. I try not to get involved with too many people, but I tend to either make my friends and foes. For some time now, and years, I been a practicing Wotanist though not affiliated to the movements of NS doctrine. Romantic person I suppose and have a love and reverence for mother nature and all that of the natural world. Enjoying long hikes in the woods listening to my surroundings. For the most part in the music realm I enjoy various bands from Black Metal, Power Metal, and the Folk Metal variations.”
I do have many hobbies and interests. Mainly in the arts. Since I was a young boy, I always loved to pick up paper and pencil and draw pictures, today I very well enjoy fantasy art. Also, I am very fond to various teachings in the Universe and occultism(mainly in the area of Runic Magick and castings)
I try to think that I am laid back and easy going, however I rant about many things and can be out-spoken more than I realize……

2.at what age did you become interested in playing music?

“I was maybe about the age of 13 or 14. Which I am 21 now so its been a few years but not as long as many others have dedicated themselves too. I wish I took it more serious in my youth but I did not, however I have started ‘playing music’ since I was maybe at the age of 8. Never did I really have an interest at an earlier age and didn’t even really listen to music at all on my own free will. Just wasn’t my thing until I became a teenager.”
what was the first instrument you learned to play?
“The first instruments I learned to play was a cheap recorder flute I got from grade school in the class I was enrolled in and I rather enjoyed messing around on a harmonica I bought when I was young, so I have some experience in woodwind and pipe intruments. I also played drums for about a year in the school’s band. Although, guitar was my first true love of an instrument that I started to play at age 14-15.”

3.when did you first get the idea to create ravenhelm?

“I came up with the idea about 2007, although it was nothing stable. I formed a few various thrash/death metal outfits from my local town with my best friend at the time through out high school before hand. Sadly, all such bands died before anything was accomplished or even wrote. I was in the realms of stupidity and posers wanting to be the next big thing, to be the next Metallica or some shit like that. So much dreams of being famous without the work being put into it. They ended up becoming a formed fake band with Guitar Hero, what a waste. Though, on my own, I still wasn’t all that great in my musicianship skills and had no funds to get recording equipment. During the dawn of 2008 many of those I seeked for band creation with faded into oblivion and I found that those people were holding me back from my own dreams hahahahaha. In the fall of 2008 I was finally able to start recording a demo for Ravenhelm. In its infancy, Ravenhelm was called Immortal Visions and I wrote a few songs for the project, which was to be mainly depressive black metal and doom metal fusion. Ending that name, Immortal Visions changed into Ravenhelm and one of the songs I wrote for IV ended up on the Ravenhelm demo. The project after a short period of time evolved into pagan black metal, and now with folk elements.”
 
 
 how did you decide on the band name?
“To tell you the truth, I had many ideas, ranging mainly from Orcish language…one being Ankath originaly. That project never formed like I wanted. Ravenhelm I came across from combining Helm’s Deep of LOTR with the idea of Wotan’s raven Hugin an Muninn. I am also a big geek, and play video games from time to time, and Ravenhelm sounded a lot like ‘Ravenholm’ which is location in a game called ‘Half-Life’ so I pretty much took out the ‘O’ and substituted a ‘e’. As I see it, Ravenhelm in my usage is a fictionary analysis I created for describing Midgard, the realm of man in Norse Paganism. Referring to the fact that the Ravens of Wotan/Odin watch the world and take its helm.”
 
 are you happy with how the band is progressing so far?
“Yes and no. I am never satisfied with what is the final product, but enjoy the range of progression and evolution I am taking. It is hard to do such music and being the only member in it, especially if you want it to sound like a full line up did it. The more complex I want to take the music, the bigger of a challenge its becoming since I have to put a lot of time and dedication to learn new instruments to bring out such a sound. After the point I decided to take my music into a more pagan/folk direction…its more than speedy riffing and bombastic drums. More layers and textures are needed to bring out the full essence that I am trying to convey. Its not an easy feat, but the challenge towards the outcome in its own can be refreshing”
for the readers who have never heard ravenhelm how would you describe the music?
“My music has been to me all about experimenting, since I been unhappy of how certain recordings and sounds that came from me has turned out. I want something new every album. I started out doing a combination of doom and thrash as my early styles for Ravenhelm with mild usages of prog metal melodies on the debut demo “Infernal Ancient Years“. By my first album, it was a mix of styles ranging from blackened thrash and black/death metal(minus growls) with a handful of progressive melodies. Now, Ravenhelm is going further and further away from typical black metal and into the heart of pagan metal with folk instrumentation sections and melodies. I try to build up epic song structures and lengths. Very similar to Hammerheart era Bathory and newer Graveland, but with my own take on it all. To put it direct, my music is for the spreading of Wotanic poetry and tales.. Ideals of bringing out the wisdom of all mortal man to journey on his or her own voyage of life. However, being strong into paganism, I seek to bring a certain beauty to the listener of its enlightenment”
 
4.you recently sent me copies of the new EP "serenity is only for the dead" and "through

pagan mist cd".how long did it take you to write, and record the songs for these two releases? Are you happy with how the music turned out?

“I am still glad you got them, I send copies for promotional uses to people before and they ended up getting lost in the mail. “Through Pagan Mist” took many months of work, I started on it February of this year and was completed about a week before Beneath the Fog Productions signed it in mid July. It proved its hardships of trying to outdo everything I did on my first album “Grave Beyond Yggdrasil” that I wrote and recorded almost over night(laughs), not literally but I rushed it I admit. I am fairly happy with the way TPM turned out, but it could have been better. The production is a bit more balanced than the debut album though there are errors on timing with the drum programs which I wish I paid more attention to. Above all, I think it’s the album that helped me into the sound I want to embark on and into a bit more recognition. Maybe a few more months of planning and execution would paved to something better.
“Serenity is Only For the Dead” was an album that I recorded as a fan service for a select few people only or for those who requested a copy of it that was limited to only 20 handmade copies by me. I worked on it off and on during the time I was recording TPM, and most of the riffs and songs I had wrote or was lying around for some time so its hard to pin point the amount time it took to write it. The song on it however “Demented Profundity” has guitar work which was contributed by my good friend Melchizedek of Sancre Tor. It was a song that was written as it was recorded, improved and rehearsal take. This EP was a recording I did more for the enjoyment and not for actual release on a wide scale, and I did not take all that serious. 3 out of the 4 tracks is rather short for what I am used to write now and the title track originated as a single that was originally going to be on TMP. I removed it from the final set list because it didn’t fit the sound. I may be planning on finding a label to sign it eventually, if not then its no big loss. Beneath the Fog Prod. Which is the label I am signed with denied a signing for it due to its short length sadly, so it may be included alongside my new album “Runemal” if signed. Give is as bonus tracks on a limited edition version.”
 
5.besides the above mentioned releases do you have any other releases or merchandise available at the moment?
“ I have a demo, “Infernal Ancient Years” which I recorded and gave to a select few people. The demo in its self was never widely released so I gave some permission for internet downloads. Limited to 100 copies, I ended up lowering the number to 50, only ever releasing about 12 actual hard copies. I have a few t-shirts available through the Zazzle services…I want to find something better and cheaper for the buyers however.”
 
6.how has the response been from the fans and the press?

“Its been nothing to get excited about. I have a very small fan base and even less of press coverage. However that doesn’t really bother me due to reasons I want Ravenhelm to stay small and out of the face of blatant commercialism. The fans I do have, they all seem to enjoy the works. Some have came to thinking Ravenhelm is a NSBM band due to some of my own personal political views, even though they misunderstood everything I mentioned, and others I been able to speak on highly intellectual standings. Some of my fans I have come to know them personally or talked to them from time to time and are all wonderful individuals. Your webzine has been the first to actually review my material, which is awesome…so I thank you for the added promotion. This is also my second interview”
 
7. I believe I read on your site that you are currently writing new songs for a new release? will this be a full-length or e.p? do you know when it might be released. feel free to share any other information you might like to on this release.

“ Yes, you are very much correct. I am working on material for a third full length album titled “Runemal” I hope to have it done by the year’s final days and maybe a release in 2010, early in the year. The new release is taking certain principles and sounds from the previous album and taking it further. Unlike the last albums, which has a dark ambient track, this will not. All the songs so far are long lengthed and written to be epic and full of pagan glory. I am making more use of the Irish penny whistle than TMP and have also added acoustics and Mandolin segments for the first time…also I am making good uses of keyboards in this album to synthesize background choirs and several added horn instruments to add upon it epic nature. It will also showcase for the first time of any o my albums, the use of soundscapes. I also plan to record a cover of the Braveheart theme song on the album. Unlike other albums, I also have the privilege to be blessed with a session drummer on this recording, rather than using drum machines for a change which has made the overall outcome to be much more better. Id like to give my thanks to Melchizedek for his drum tracks on this album. While I am at it, I might as mention that I am also working on lacing a runic spell into the overall album, bringing the listener more enthralled into its calling. Interesting how it will play out since, in Norse ‘Runemal” translated to “Speech of Runes” a old practice of rune casting shamans using the Alfather’s wisdom as a oracle. The album has a loose concept based around this, but not every track deal heavy in the actual mystic nature of the runes”
“ In vocal department, it will have less violent shrieking and more clean folkish chants. I also hope to incorporate female operatic to it in the future”
 
8.you are the sole member of ravenhelm. when you started this band did you plan to keep it a one-man band or have you looked for other members? what would you say are the advantges and disadvantges to being a one-man band?

“ I am the only the member at the moment. I do have my good friend Melchizedek that has contributed session work from time to time with me. He did some work on that EP and doing drum tracks for the new album. Never did I want a true full line up for it. I usually don’t work well with others in the arts. Too much conflicts and not enough actual product to show for it, looking back into the past. I wouldn’t mind adding members one day if my mind set changes. Advantages overcomes the disadvantages. Being my project alone, I can work at my own pace and achieve what it is that I desire out of my own personal art. Keeping outside voices out of the equation allows me to just relax and reflect on what it is that I want out of Ravenhelm. Diving deep into my own influences and interests and captivate their meanings deeper from my point of written speech. Just like the Runes that came visible to Odin, my music is my own journey into the point I want to end at, wisdom. Making a sacrifice with a sacrifice to gain something so much more marvelous. Its more harder in my views to have an actual band than a solo project. Though, it means that it is all up to me to deliver. The quality, production, everything rest upon my shoulder and I and I alone must withstand the hardships. If I fail, then it is no one elses fault other than my own. If a band has a crap drummer, it may be ok in the long run…but that doesn‘t work to well in solo projects. However I do see fans of this type of thing to be a little less harsh in their synopsis for it. Its my heart, soul, and utter being that goes into it. I must learn and evolve many elements, sounds, and instruments to get to the key point of personal approval.”

 
9.if you had the opportunity to work with any musicians {past or present} who would you like to work/write with?

“ That is something I don’t normally think about, but since you ask I would probably love to have the chance to collaborate with the great(and my hero if you want to call him that) Robert “Lord Wind” Darken, the man behind Graveland. I would also would love to have the honor to work with Quorthon, Valfar and the legendary Per Ohlin..”

 
10.everyone seems to have their own opinions/idea on what black metal means or stands for.so i was curious what does "black metal" mean to you?

“ The ‘Black Metal” scene has left a rather lingering and unwanted taste on my palette. As much as I love the music, a lot of it and the musicians of this genre is running stagnant and uninspired. Giving birth to hundreds of identical bands that thinks praising “satan” is the coolest thing since the invention of the guitar. Preaching their path as law, talking ill upon all who disagree and frown upon the “enemy” when they do the same. The so called atheistic and individualist “Satanists” are no better than Christians as they are indeed CHRISTIANS. I find it funny how they use a Christian and Jewish coined invention term to express themselves that has nothing to relate each other in context and later speak against the term's creators.. A symbol it may be, but one severely over played, one with little meaning outside egotistical hedonism and has become what black metal fought against, trends and fads. To me…”Black Metal” is the essence of one’s inner self of personal reflection. Standing aside what others think and do it based through your own inner calling. A lot of these “Look at how cool and evil I am” bands are doing exactly what they have sought to destroy. Bringing it further and further into a commercial laughing stock of idiocy and illiterate teenage angst mediocrity. Black Metal is not categorized by a sound. Its not about playing the same old fucking flat noted punk riff played in tremelo picked fashion and leeching off of the Norwegian bands before. Its about an ideal that you will stick true to you inner being and cast that onto the world. You came to that path by your own choice through a period of such inner reflections. Black Metal can be anything it wants to be, as long as it embraces what man usually doesn’t, and that is the embrace of the natural design of life and death, nature and universe
Though recently I have denounced my own connection to the said “scene” and never wanted to be just another Darkthrone want to be, Varg worshipping idiot. I follow my own path which that I decide, through hours of intense meditation and personal studies into the universe that I am housed in, under Wotan’s golden halls. Either it be in sound or reason, I decided that Ravenhelm will be what it wants to thrive to be. As long as I keep my personal beliefs at hand, then thats what makes it the epitome of opposition, or to the metal community....'Black Metal' ”
 
 
11.besides ravenhelm are you currently working on any other projects or playing in other bands? if yes please tell us a little about them.

“ Well I did agree to join a Black/Thrash band called Nightmare Angels, but I been too busy to work on such material as of yet. I did send a guitar track to contribute to USBM horde Nokturnicon(great band that shares similar views), which I still need to tab for them(laughs). I also contributed a guitar track for Sancre Tor’s “Great Sigil Gate” to which he is currently looking for a label.
I do plan for the new year to form a Nordic themed power metal project that I may name “Thunder’s Bane” Other than that, Ravenhelm is pretty much taking up most of my musical time and I am very dedicated to this project. Hoping to have enough inspiration and material to keep it alive for a long time.”
 
 
12.well my friend thank you for taking the time to fill out this interview.do you have any final comments for the readers?

“You are very welcome mate. Its an honor that you wanted to take the time to give to me such an interview. To the readers, keep true to your calling. Be proud and never falter. Find strength from with in and releases its aura. True wisdom and the search for truth is not in a text book, or any book for that matter…its from with in your own heart and soul. Only you can decide your path and only you can conjure your chains to wisdom. It can not find you, you must find it. Don’t forget your ancestry and have pride from where and whom you hail from. Search, Search, Search…..
Show your support to all the great musicians that are the voice of the true music and disregard the “scene”. If you feel like you have to, come by at
www.beneath-the-fog.com/ravenhelm to order an album and show your true support, if you choose not too, then that is ok.
Also show support to these bands…
Dark Metamorphosis
Nokturnicon
Sancre Tor
Deviator
Eterul
Dominion ov Hate
Ophidian Forest”
 to check out some of ravenhelm's music or to order his cd's check out the band page here:
http://www.myspace.com/ravenhelmofficial

interview with necrosis e-zine done by patrick

metal hails!!
as always thanks to everyone who is taking the time to read/check out winter torment.hope you find some bands,zines,labels to your liking. here is a new interview i did with a friend of mine vinnie {most myspacers proably know her best as necrosadism} vinnie has been a big help with doing some interviews with various bands over the last year or so.and decided a few months ago to create her own zine.necrosis e-zine was born just a few weeks ago but already seems to be going strong.if you are a band,label or just a metal fan be sure to check out necrosis e-zine!!!
enjoy and thanks for all the killer support
patrick and winter torment e-zine
http://wintertormentzine.blogspot.com


Interview with Vinnie {aka. Necrosadism} editor of necrosis e-zine. Done by
Patrick

1. Hello my friend!! How is your weekend going so far? Please tell the readers a little about yourself.

-It sucks, what can I say? ;) My name is Vanessa Marie; 'Vinnie' is what everyone calls me actually. I prefer that name over my actual. I'm an average person you can say...just traveling, writing and listening to good music. I live in the Rio Grande Valley where we had a scene...it’s slowly getting back up. I attended Texas State at one point and UTPA. Did Criminology and now I’m moving on to Culinary Arts. Boring I know…I’m also the holder of Necrosis e-zine and will soon and hopefully put out a fanzine which was the next goal and dream for me.

2. At what age did you start listening to metal? Who were some of the first bands you listened to? Who are some of your "current “favorites?

-At the age of 8 I started listening to Iron Maiden, Motley Crue, Metallica, Pantera and such. I didn't really know what the hell I was listening to...But I knew I liked it. I have my uncles to thank for that. I graduated over the years to heavier shit such as death metal and some black metal...later on...I did in fact get into funeral doom and such.


3. When did you first become interested in writing for zines? Besides Winter Torment and now Necrosis zine. Have you ever written for any other zines?

-I started writing for myself...back in my junior year of high school. I did have Journalism. I didn't start writing for zines until after high school. I did write for the small little fanzine which doesn't exist anymore a while back. I suppose they decided to just cut that out...I went on to better things such as this.

4. I know you have wanted to start necrosis e-zine for a long time now. What made you decide to make the dream a reality?

-I was sitting outside smoking a cigg when I realized...I have to do it ASAP. I've been talking about it...and thinking about it since 11th grade and finally sat down and just put up a page. I procrastinate at times. Other than that, I also hoped for the support from many friends I’ve met along the way…and I did…and I’m still receiving help. Thanks.


5. How did you come up with the name for your zine? For the bands, fans etc. who has not had the chance to read your zine. What cane people expect from you and the zine?

-Well, my personal page is Necrosadism. Which of course means to mutilate a dead body for sexual pleasure. Note: No...I do not do that. It's a philia associated with Criminology which I took back in college. Necrosis comes from a medical txt. Which is the localized death of cells. Pretty neat huh? Ppl can expect support and promotion. Such as flyers, interviews and advice if any.


6. If any bands or labels reading this are interested in working with you. What styles of metal do you cover/support? how can people get in touch with you and the zine?

-You can get in touch with me through my Necrosis page. Or my email. I will support Black metal...Death metal...Doom...Ambient...Thrash...Grindcore…Goregrind…

7. You come out of the mighty Texas
scene. So I was curious what is your opinion on the scene in Texas?

-LOL. My opinion? Jesus...It's a booming scene. What can I say? Alot of strength in the musicians you can see from Houston, Austin, San Antonio, Laredo, Corpus Christi, Valley, practically everywhere. Mexico even which we are very close to. Even the old timers I've met over the past couple of years I admire most of...Dobber being one and being a drummer. The Texas scene takes their music seriously. I should know...I'm dating serious musician.

8. Who are some of your all-time favorite Texas bands? Are there any new bands that you feel the readers should keep their eyes on?

-The readers should keep an eye on this one bad that are fairly new...from Houston, TX. That would be Demoniacal Genuflection. They are a strong bunch. Characters if I may say...intelligent. Their music is strong...fresh and just in your face. Their stage performance is a great one. The drummer is quick and efficient, the vocalist is precise…the bass player is on time and comes with speed…while the guitar player lays it on the line. They’re head on. I'm not saying this because I know them...but because I'm a critic. And I know what would look wrong and just plain frumpy. I am a very blunt person. I might be a quiet one…but I say what is on my mind and am not afraid to share what I think. I never pick sides unless I have to. For me to say that I have a personal favorite...I don't have one. Yet. I think in my opinion all the TXDM or Texas metal bands are equally good. It would be certain bands that do not practice enough that make the mistakes.

9. Are their any other good zines from Texas you can recommend? What about distro's/labels?

-As for zines. There aren’t that many. I have yet to see a good one. A hands on print. Which this will soon become once I square off some writers. Distro’s…Jesus Christ man…for me distro’s are like finding a needle in a haystack. Sevared, Comatose, TMU, Adversary, Ossuary, Rigor Mortis www.extremetexasmetal.com so on so forth.


10. In your opinion what is the best and worst thing about the underground today? And what does the term "underground metal” mean to you?

-Underground to me means…not mainstream. Of course some Ppl will disagree. It’s opinion assholes. Get with the picture. The worst thing about the underground scene today would be drama. Then again…what comes with the territory…is pretty much what you get. There’s always going to be a musician or a band who thinks they are better than the other. The scene like many others…comes with a huge past. Other than that…it’s an amazing scene. Of of the big scenes in the states.

11. When not working on the zine what do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

-Reading reviews, painting, cooking and entertaining, trying to enjoy life the best I can. Trying to find the right Culinary school and figuring out how to open a box of cereal without ripping the damn plastic to shreds.

12. Well Vinnie we have reached the interview. Good luck to you and necrosis e-zine!! Do you have any final comments for the readers?

-Look for Demoniacal Genuflection and Black Silence Malignant around your area playing the next show. Don’t under estimate the Texas metal scene.

Necrosadism666@yahoo.com

http://www.myspace.com/severed_one666

http://www.myspace.com/necrosisezine

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

new reviews for 9-7-09

hails!
here is a new review blog with some really amazing bands from all-over the world so take some time to check out some new bands and keep supporting the underground!
metal regards,
patrick and winter torment
http://wintertormentzine.blogspot.com

exiled from the light-descending further into nothingness cd {hypnotic dirge rec.}{reviewed by patrick}
i think since i first came into contact i have been hearing alot about this release and now the long wait is over.new zealend's exiled from light release their debut.everything was handled by mort {vocals,all instruments}according to the bio mort had other more straight-forard black metal projects.but with exiled with the light it seems he wanted more in the musical realm.starting with a ambient,melodic intro.the music begins with a dark harsh guitar sound.the bass and guitars have the more modern scratchy/harsh riffs and sound.mort seems to keep the pace of the songs to mid-paced to slower than most black metal bands today.the drums are in the same mode played exceptionally well and fit well with the range of the rest of music.the vocals{when used} are scratchy screams.fans of somber,depressive styled black metal will bow down to this band and the amazing debut.defintly one of hypnotic dirge's best releases to date!!
label contact
www.hypnoticdirgerecords.com
band contact
http://www.myspace.com/exiledfromlight



funeral fornication-solitude and suicide cd
{hypnotic dirge records}{reviewed by patrick}
this is the third release{first for hypnotic dirge rec,}and apparently a new beginning for this canadian project.looking at the band's site and bio i guess funeral fornication's first two releases were more in the black/thrash style.well with solitude and suicide will shock alot of older funeral fornication's fans.as it is more dark,dreary sounding.the band plays some decent dreary,and depressing mid-paced black metal.i respect the band trying a new sound/genre but really for a debut of dreary ambient styled black metal this is release is just decent.fans of the newer black metal/ambient style might enjoy this.
label contact
www.hypnoticdirgerecords.com
band contact
http://www.myspace.com/funeralsex


hegoxuri/pogrom-split cdr {funeral rain rec.}
{reviewed by patrick}
both of these bands are new to my ears so i was
eager to hear this release.first up is canada's hegoxuri.
2 tracks of minimalistic and modern black metal the first song "the end of darkend days"is mid-paced raw black metal.the second track from hegoxuri is "a breathless oblivion"starts off with some low chanting vocals but speeds up quickly with a old-school punkish feel to the song.the songs are not bad for a debut release.fans of minimalistic,raw black metal will like hegoxuri.up next is another canadian band pogrom.the opening track "this is a funeral{minimal mix} is mid-paced bass heavy black metal usually with this genre the guitar or drums really stick out.but general blaspheme {vocals,all instruments} have some really well-played bass lines. the songs from both bands are a bit short but do showcase some good ideas and musical patterns.fans of harsh/primitive,mid-paced black metal will want to check this split cdr out for sure.
label contact
http://www.myspace.com/funeralrainrecords
hegoxuri contact
http://www.myspace.com/hegoxuri
pogrom contact
http://www.myspace.com/pogromofficial

immolith--hymns to the countess e.p {carrion crawler rec./forces of satan}{reviewed by patrick}

this is a release i have been waiting to hear for a few months now.immolith are easily one of my favorite and proably one of the best new black metal bands from the u.s.b.m right now.for those of you who have not heard these new jersey hate mongers.immolith play a semi-raw old-school black metal.very well played and thought out guitar and bass riffs and few solo's.vocals go between gruff styled vocals and all out violent black metal screams.the drums have a heavy mid-paced sound and feel but immolith seem to have control on the drums unlike alot of newer bands who just use the all-out blasting insanity.the production is perfect as well it is not horribly raw/low but also does not have the crisp-perfect sound so many of the newer bands are using which i personally feels kills the black metal sound and intensity.it is great to hear/see a band keeping the early days of black metal alive and well. fans of late 80's/early 90's black metal will love immolith with all their dark hearts. {special note:if you are a fan of "digital"downloads you can go to forces of satan for the digital download of this mighty release or fans of the real deal cd/cover etc.can contact the band.i am not sure how many copies were made up so if interested contact them asap!!}
label contact
http://www.myspace.com/carrioncrawlerrecords
forces of satan contact
www.forcesofsatan.com
immolith contact
http://www.myspace.com/immolith
or
www.immolith.net



nebrus-twilight of humanity pro cdr demo {self-released}{reviewed by patrick}
nebrus defintly are one of the more expirmental and dark bands i have heard from the italian scene.looking at the bands bio.the duo started out as a funeral doom project but quickly evolved keeping the dark dreary doom feeling but also incorporating other styles of dark insanity.beyond the doom influence and feel the duo also have a harsh modern black metal sound and even
sneak in some progressive guitar chords within the darkness of the entire cdr.the vocals are equally as dark with a mix of harsh screams and drone-inspired screams and alot of clean vocals sung in the bands native language.i do recomend everyone check out nebrus as they have created a masterpiece of dark,haunting and original which is not easy to do in today's scene.
band contact
http://www.myspace.com/666nebrus

prayer of the dying--structures of a dying matter "2007 cd" {war flagellation productions}{reviewed by patrick}
this is the debut release from malta's prayer of the dying.with so many one man band's flooding the scene these days i was not expecting this level of mature songwriting and combining elements from various metal
genre's together.the songs on "structures of a dying matter heavily influenced by the early 90's black/death gods.main-man martin ciappara also incorporates alot of early 90's death/doom to give prayer of the dying a heavy,dark and unique sound that is heavily layered with atmosphere.all fans of black/death with touches of death/doom will want to be sure and check out this new band.
label contact
http://www.myspace.com/warflagellation
band contact
http://www.myspace.com/prayerofthedying

prayer of the dying-from the mouth of the passing cd{nekrogoat heresy productions}{reviewed by
patrick}

here we have the second and most recent release by prayer of the dying.once again martin c.handles all instruements,vocals.the music starts off with a much more brutal black/death sound than on the debut release.but has not totally abandoned the death/doom style as he slows the music down mid-way through the cd and the song "breed up with hate"have some really well sung and placed clean-male singing and chanting style vocals.prayer of the dying are a band fans of blackend death/doom will love.
band contact
http://www.myspace.com/prayerofthedying



ravenhelm-through pagan mist cd {beneath the fog productions}{reviewed by patrick}
u.s pagan black metal warrior munnin the impaler{vocals,all instruments} has unleashed a great and mighty release with "through pagan mist" a nice mix of raw/hate-filled black metal with alot of pagan/folk emotions and instruments.vocals are raw and screechy early 90's styled.guitars are raw yet played with exceptional precision for this style of metal.the drums are mid-paced keeping the tempo at a steady but controlled speed.a good release from this u.s band.fans of pagan blackend folk metal will defintly want to check out this amazing band.
label contact
www.beneath-the-fog.com
http://www.myspace.com/beneaththefogproductions

ravenhelm--serenity is only for the dead e.p {self-released}{reviewed by patrick}
this is the newest e.p/material from ravenhelm.for those unfamilar with this band ravenhelm is a one-man band from right here in the u.s playing a mix of pagan black metal.serenity for the dead is 4 songs of pure black metal with some epic,pagan influences throughout the tracks.the vocal approach is once again in the traditional vein of harsh,violent screams and screeches.the guitars while a little more faster than on the previous ravenhelm cd are still posses alot of precision and amazing riffs/solo's not taking away from the music's intensity or rawness at all. the production seems to be a little heavier/clearer on this release on the previous full-length but still has enough rawness mixed in so shouldn't scare too many old fans away while gaining new ones for this up and coming band.another good release from ravenhelm all fans of pagan,black metal should defintly take the time to check this band out.
band release
http://www.myspace.com/ravenhelmofficial


sacred ground-into the ruins mcd {self released}
{reviewed by patrick}
i was not expecting this style at all!! when i read/saw ths bands page i was under the impression this band was sludge/doom.well when your wrong,your wrong and i can admit when i am wrong.as soon as i put this in and pushed "play" i was blown away by the heavy bass death metal.heavy pounding drums only add to sacred ground's wall of sound.the third track "lost for eternity" has a strong mix of blackend death and adds some screechy vocals for a black metal feel.overall i would label this band has a sound and feel of the newer death metal genre but also adds some elements of blackend death so it will be interesting to see which road this bands takes on it's upcoming full-length.not a great release but the band does show alot of promise so time will tell with sacred ground.
band contact
http://www.myspace.comsacredgroundmetal

strah--full manens ve and gru demo cd {self released){reviewed by patrick}
now this band and release take me back in time to genre and style i enjoy early 90's norwegian black metal.
strah are a 2-piece band coming out of the norwegian scene.the duo play as you proably guessed "classic"early 90's.raw razor-sharp guitar chords cut through the each song with cold intensity and the vocals equally harsh and razor-sharp shriek and scream forth the lyrics sung in the native norwegian language.the drums carry on with fast,and heavy beats preparing all for the war against the white light religions of the world.strah are a great band paying tribute {but also adding in many ideas/riffs of their own} to the mighty norwegian scene.and strah is here to prove once and for all norwegian black metal is not dead it is alive and well.recomend for fans of {early}gods such as mayhem,gorgoroth,dark throne and so on..
band's "official" site
http://www.myspace.com/strahbm

reviewss from napalm records,moribund rec.

hails one and all!!
here is a new blog with some reviews from the mighty moribund rec,and napalm records.more reviews coming soon.
best regards
patrick
http://wintertormentzine.blogspot.com

ahab--the divinity of oceans cd {napalm records}{done by patrick}
germany's ahab return with a monumental and possibly one of 2009's best doom albums.
"the divinity of oceans" is 7 tracks of epic,funeral doom.the band and label have both labeled ahab "funeral doom".and while their is no doubt the band plays crushing and epic doom.but the band also adds some non-funeral doom elements to give each song a life of it's own.the music crushes the listener with thunderous drums and heavy bass but also adds some obscure guitar/bass riffs and solo's not usually found in pure funeral doom.as well as the vocal patterns are death growls but also surprise with some clean somber/melodic male vocal patterns.if you are a fan of crushing funeral doom with some moments of death/doom then ahab is a band you will defintly want to take the time to check out.
label contact
http://www.napalmrecords.com
band contact
http://www.ahab-doom.de

syrach-a dark burial cd {napalm records}{done by patrick}
norwegian masters of death/doom syrach return with another death/doom masterpiece.syrach seems to have added some more up-tempo yet extremly powerful and crushing doom riffs.the drums are soul-crushing slow yet keep up with the guitars/bass and only add to syrach's already
heavy wall of sound.the vocals are traditional death growls and maybe even a little brutal sounding compared to some other doom vocalist.syrach offer no melody,no hope or light at the end of any tunnel just pure doom sure to please all fans of death/doom.
label contact
http://www.napalmrecords.com
band contact
http://www.syrach.com

hiems-worship or die cd {moribund rec.}{reviewed by patrick}

hiems are a new band coming out of the ever-growing italian metal scene.this is a journey into utter darkness and insanity.10 tracks of insanely dark,heavy black metal music.the music created is a roller-coaster of black emotions
.main musician/member algol attacks with fast and brutal black metal that will tear your soul apart.just when you don't think you could handle anymore algol slows the pace down to a somber almost eerie sounding black metal.the vocals equally as brutal shrieks keeping up with the ever changing tempo and musical mood of hiems.the music is brutal,yet very dark and somber in some parts.even with the guitars having a raw,fierce sound their is also alot of well-played progressive riffs/solo's never once taking away from the dark intensity of hiems.i would say the most impressive thing about hiems it is all created and played one individual {including the drums} one listen to this dark masterpiece you would swear it was a full-band playing the songs created on worship or die.
label contact.
www.moribundcult.com
band contact.

merrimack-grey rigorism cd {moribund records}{reviewed by patrick}
french black metal masters return with a new cd for moribund.i really enjoyed the bands previous cd "of entropy and life denial"{also released on moribund} so i was excited to listen to this release.the music on grey rigorism is just as good if not better than of entropy".the new cd consists of 10 furious,and fast black metal hymns.the band also seems to be trying to add a more elements within their already darkend sound with some slower more mid-range songs.but long-time fans need not worry the band while using some more mid-pace elements has not lost or compromised their hateful,straigh-forward black metal roots.fans of previous merrimack releases will defintly want to add this to their collection.and if you are new to merrimack and you enjoy cold,fast unrelenting black metal merrimack is a band for you.
label contact
www.moribundcult.com
band contact
http://merrimack.satanlegions.com

nazxuxl-iconoclast cd {moribund records}{reviewed by patrick}
after nearly eleven year abscence the legendary australian band is back with their follow-up.nazxul combine and display all the dark/cold black elements that made the early 90's black metal great.combining the cold atmosphere of {older}satyricon and dark throne.and adding some well used and played synths into the mix adding a haunting and disturbing sound.nazxul will please fans of {early}emperor {nightshade eclipse} {early dimmu borgir {first 2 releases} and just pure epic blackend metal.
label contact
www.moribundcult.com
band contact
http://www.myspace.com/nazxul

interview with towards global holocaust done by patrick

here is a new interview with one of the u.s best new bands.towards global holocaust is a nightmarish ride through the nightmarish visions of two depraved individuals mixing violent raw black metal,brutal death,
and some dark ambient and industrial a band worth checking out if you enjoy original yet extremly violent and dark metal..
as always thanks to everyone who comments,kudo's and writes all support is greatly appreciated!! if u have not done so please subscribe to our blogs we are in process of working on new reviews,interviews with bands all-over the world.
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interview with r.f guitars,bass,vocals and blaash drums,vocals for towards global holocaust done by patrick

1.metal hails r.f and blaash!! how is your week starting out? please tell the readers a little about yourselves.

RF - Old, bitter, scrawny, scruffy metalhead of dubious merits.

Blaash –I am a very bitter, drunk, violent metal head bent on world annihilation and self destruction... however, it seems, since I’m almost 40, I’ve procrastinated horribly, and normally just drink, puke and play with loaded guns.. I handle skins for tgh (until I get fired due to incompetence), scribble Wheresmyskin zine, and also skins for Bahimiron…

I have a severe dislike towards all right hand path religions, but humans in general tend to annoy me to a point of wanting to go on a shooting spree.. however, again, this alcohol thing just means I talk a lot of shit, and pass out

2.when did the two of you meet? was it long until you decided to form towards global holocaust? for the readers who have never heard the band how would you
describe the music of t.g.h?


RF - I think that we met in 1995 through a mutual friend and fellow musician. Details are difficult to recall, but I think that we first started off doing
weird troll rock called Eternal Ice Storms before deciding to go in a different direction. Thus Holocaust SS was formed in 1996 I believe.
Not really sure how to describe the music. It is not happy, positive or uplifting in any way, shape or form. I try to write songs that we want to listen to.
We try to be fast, aggressive, chaotic and hateful while having a bit of variety thrown in to make things more interesting. Unpolished is a word that comes
to mind.

Blaash – hm… now that you mention it, I’m not exactly sure when I met RF.. I’m positive it met him in the mid 90s, and we hit it off just extraordinarily – I mean this is a guy you can count on to use a webley headgun to blow your head off in an instant! What better ally could you account for? About t.g.h….. that was not the original name, and we actually tried relatively hard to get something going circa 1996/97.. even have some godawful recordings somewhere of what eventually became "Issuing forth.." and "Burn the ashes" on the mcd that was just recently released..


3.i know you both take part in writing lyrics and music for the band.what are some topics/subjects you guys like to write about?

RF - The lyrics that I write are repetitive and focus on : Fire, the Holocaust Winds, World War, Death, Global Genocide and things in that vein.

Blaash – cheerful topics like burning to death, burning others to death, burning the world (to death) and overall causing flame to espouse the eventual end of all life.. well… that’s not totally accurate, but I will say that our lyrics (unlike perhaps our titles) are not either politically or religiously motivated.. religion and politics have no use to tgh.. we’re not un-intelligent folks, and we know that they (religion and politics) play well in controlling the masses, but for us, its just world annihilation.

4.how long did it take the two of you to write/record the songs for the new cd "...ever onwards"?are you guys satisfied with how the songs turned out?how
has the response been from the fans and press?

RF - We started Holocaust SS in 1996 and broke up in 1997 or 1998. Reformed as towards global holocaust in 2008. Five of the tracks on Ever Onwards... were
taken from ideas we had in 1996. Changes and revisions of varying degrees were made and things were finalized to finish those old songs. Flamethrower and
Ritualized Planetary Cleansing were written in the beginning of 2008. So overall it took us twelve years or so.
At the time we finished recording I was mostly satisfied with things. Now, not so much. We could have done much better. Future releases should be vastly
improved as the song writing, musicianship, recording, mixing and mastering is improving rapidly.
Response has been minimal at best. We have a decided lack of PR at this point in time. Which is to be expected. With the upcoming release of the split with
Christ Dismembered and our first full-length cd, we should get more interest. The few people that have heard it seem to like it.


Blaash – ah.. who said we were satisfied with the result heh.. it took a while, and we’re still trying to get this record in two different states (we live thousands of miles from each other) and get stabbed into something we find satisfactory…

Response? Limited I would say.. some folks (like my bandmates in Bahimiron) really like it.. but for the most part I haven’t heard too much.. a couple of reviews compare us to a blasting maniacal screech attack of non-sensical metal.. not sure what they mean though…


5.if i am not mistaken the two of you live in seperate states.does this make the writing/creative process more difficult?

RF - It doesn't seem to be a huge problem most of the time. I write all of the music and come up with drum patterns which blaash then modifies to suit his
preferences and skill set. It is time consuming more than anything.

Blaash – ah, glad you asked this question. The short answer, is YES, its extremely difficult.. but even when we were practicing in 1996/97 in our rehearsal dumpster, it was rather difficult to get things accomplished.. actually, I think we’re doing a bit better now with creation, completion and arsenic inclusion in all mail we send out.

6.have you guys had time to write new songs for the next towards global holocaust release?any idea how many songs will be on the next release? will they be
in the same vein of ..ever onwards?

RF - Currently, we have all of the music recorded for four new songs and have drums for 3 of them and vocals for two of them finished. Flamethrower and
Ritualized Planetary Cleansing will be re-recorded and brought into line with the newer songs as they did not turn out as well as intended on Ever
Onwards..., and I feel that they deserve better than what we gave them on the mcd.
I have ideas for 3-4 additional songs and plan to get those finished up in the next couple of months. So, we are looking at about 9-10 songs for the full-
length clocking in at about 40 minutes or so. We will also include two old rehearsal tracks from 1997 as bonus tracks.
Somewhat similar to Ever Onwards..., but now I can kinda play guitar again after a ten year break. So things will be faster, tighter and more aggressive while at
the same time being more diverse and experimental/progressive. Time will tell if we are deluding ourselves or not into thinking that we are getting better.

Blaash – mr. RF is in charge of the song creation – we have new songs already done, and will prolly re-record or re-mix some of the old ones for the first LP release..

7.speaking of the bands sound you guys seem to combine alot of different styles together to create the unique yet dark and brutal towards global holocaust
sound.so would you guys say you have a open-mind towards metal and music in general?

RF - I think that we do, although we have some differences in taste. I can listen to a fairly wide variety of bands and genres. The main thing I look for is
sincerity, artistic integrity, talent and quality. So, in some ways I might be considered to be open-minded when in reality I am exceedingly closed minded.
Any sub-par effort that lacks sincerity, conviction, intergrity and vision will not be tolerated

Blaash – I do not have an open mind. I’ve been categorized as a die-hard believer in very simple, un original music. If there is any innovation, it comes from RF.. I do listen to other things besides metal at times.. but for the most part.. no new innovative ideas from me..

8.do either of you guys currently play in other bands or side-projects? if yes please tell the readers a little about them.


RF - blaash plays drums in Bahimiron. We also have two other projects that feature just the two of us : Ever Adrift and Eternal Ice Storms. I also have
another collaborative project that is currently in the early stages of writing. At this point in time, it looks like we will be busy writing and recording
until I keel over and make some new friends with worms in the damp and cool earth of my looming grave.
We hope to have a full-length for Ever Adrift out sometime in 2010. Maybe a split for Eternal Ice Storms and an instrumental concept that I have in mind.
It is too early to talk much about the music as things tend to change once the initial writing has been extensively revised. Slow, depressing, melodic,
suicidal, drifting, dreaming are what Ever Adrift should end up being.

9.blaash besides the band i also know you are "editor" of the long-time running u/g fanzine "wheres my skin".when did you start the zine? how did you come up with the name for the fanzine?

Blaash – I think I started it around 1994.. mainly because the zines that I was reading at the time were rather less then average; downright shiate in some instances; the editors couldn’t spell/write/compose worth a damn, the art was fuggin’ horrible, and there was a repetition of the same boring questions…

I’m not exactly sure when I came up with the name, but I’m positive it has something to do with a person who is getting skinned alive thinking to himself, "hm… wheres.. my… skin…".. or something to that effect. I found it jocular and decided that sense of humour would befit a title for a written zine type publication…


10.how many issues have you released? do you have a new issue coming out this year? if yes please give the readers some details.also do you work on the zine alone or do you have some "writers" to help out?

Blaash – as of right now (and I literally mean right now), 11 issues have been birthed.. quite slow I know, but there are a variety of issues on why this happens; combinations of laziness, procrastination, and the fact that I like to work on WMS when I am *motivated* by the music/bands I’m reviewing/interviewing.. I don’t just try to scribble some unintelligent questions about favourite colours or the state of the shitty underground or what releases they have out, though I may mention those, I like to dig into the bands philosophy and/or ability to further what motivates them and how they relate their music to real life in general..

I’ve always worked on WMS alone; I’ve had a split issue with MkM’s "IMPAIRED" zine, some many years ago, and I do sometimes include certain articles, pieces, etc.. done by other folks, but for the most part I do all the reviews, layout and design; well, apart from stealing all the shit from the interpenet and before that it was stealin’ from various other violent/xxx/vomit natured writings to use as background…


11.i know the two of you have been in the underground scene for many years now.so i was curious on your thoughts on how you feel the scene has changed over
the years?

RF - Seems about the same to me, except that the means for distributing music have changed drastically. There are still insincere scene/genre hoppers around
as always. Which doesn't matter in the least to me. There will always be people/bands that do what they want to do and ignore styles and trends and simply
create what they want to.

Blaash – there is the very obvious answer of how technology has ‘destroyed’ the True UnderGround ™ © as it were.. but again, I have early interviews with other extreme metal bands in the early 90s, who already said the underground was dead… personally I do NOT like the way too many fuckers with no credibility or integrity can easily pollute this so called scene… .but really.. I just try to ignore all the bullshit, and concentrate on the things I like..yes, some things annoy me; kids with plastic swords and guns; hippies, pro lifelovers, and overall mallcore crap that likes to use "heavy" guitars or "grunts"… I mean but really, that’s just fuggin’ annoying…

12.R.F i know you play bass and guitars for t.g.h what age did you start playing the bass and guitar?who are some of your influences/favorite guitarist and
bassist?

RF - I started playing guitar when I was 15 and got my first electric, a really crappy strat copy made by Hondo, when I was 16. I upgraded that to a Charvel
shortly there after. I had quit guitar for about ten years or so and got back into it in 2008 to record Ever Onwards... . Now, I practice seriously again.
Bass is something that I have taken up recently as we needed a bass player for the cds and this is pretty much a two man band until we play live one day and
add another member or two.
I don't really have any favorite guitarists. There are guys that play guitar that write good songs and I am more into that aspect of things now. When
younger I listened to most of the typical 80s guitar oriented bands. I have never learned how to play anybody elses songs so any influences are going to be
more on a sub-conscious level. Somebody else could probably tell me what my influences are more easily than I could simply by listening to our material. I have heard Immortal and Morbid Angel mentioned before and that sounds like fine company to me if it were remotely accurate.
I am a shitty guitar player and have to set my goals low and reasonable and work towards them. So I won't name off a list of competent, good or great
musicians and say how much they influenced me and drag their good names through the muck of our incomptetence.

13.i know you also sing on a few songs on the debut.who are some of your favorite vocalist? do you do anything special to keep your throat healthy?

RF - My throat isn't healthy after practicing and recording. Something feels like it is torn in there and it bleeds at random. Doctors are forbidden in the
Holocaust State so it will go unchecked/untreated until our regime is overthrown by left-wing, pc fascists.
Favorite vocalists include : Nattramn, Jonas Renske, Grutle from Enslaved, Bennie from Mysticum, Henke from Niden Div. 187, the guy from Abyssic Hate,
Zyklon B, Robert Smith and Nick Drake.


14.blaash you handle the drums for the band what age did you start playing the drums?are you self-taught or take lessons?
who are some of your influences/favorite drummers?

 
Blaash – drums.. lesse.. I started to try to play drums I think around 1994 or 95.. that’s when I bought my first drumset, and started trying to take some timing lessons (paradiddles anyone?)..but learning drums was very, very hard for me.. I just didn’t have the right/left foot coordination, and I became rather disappointed with my lack of progress.. RF and myself, as stated, attempted a few tracks in 1996/97.. but after that, we went our separate ways..during these years, I would sometimes try to practice on drums again, but I didn’t really have a band or any goal, so I wasn’t really that good.. when finally asked to handle percussion for BAHIMIRON in 2001 or 2002 (not sure when), I started practicing more and realized just how shitty and out of shape I was… quite horrid….. to this day I am not happy with many facets of the drumming I do, but it has always been my standpoint that the drums are not to be a prominent instrument in extreme metal, just lay the basic groundwork… so fuggit.. if you want superneat/blasting/perfect rolls/toms etc, then go somewhere else, coz you most certainly will not get that from me.. conviction in what I play fuels my drumming..

Over the years I’ve had a lot of help, especially in Houston from the Kathonik drummers (Jon and then Lord Poe) and also the Adumus/Imprecation drummer (Vomit).. I mean with realllly basic shit like how to do rolls etc… drumming like I said, does not come easy to me..

For influence I would say I really like the early scandic scene of black metal – the drumming by Frost, early Dimmu/OMC, Fenriz, and a ton of others that used the drums to accent as well as lay the groundwork for extreme metal assault.. there are a trillion drummers now that impress me; all the way from jazz drummers to the Behemoth drummer; really I’m amazed at how good these guys are, and I like to watch and try to (on a very, very basic level) understand what they’re doing; but I’m not up for reading music theory and really applying myself physically to training for drums, so what you hear is what you get I guess; if you don’t put the effort in, you won’t hear the improvement..



15.you also sing on a few tracks when did you become interested in singing? who are some of your favorite vocalist? do you do anything special to keep your throat healthy?


Blaash – I do some leads and backing vocals; honestly there’s not much rhyme or reason to it; I let all the bitterness and acrid vileness that I keep happily tucked away in my shorts (along with my glock 40) come out and I just, for lack of a better word, SPEW… I don’t keep my throat healthy; I don’t even really know how to sing; I just want to convey a conviction laced with maniacal and unbalanced mindset – and I personally really like dual to even three layers of vocals; so I try to come up with some patterns as such that make some sort of sense with our musical contrivance…favourite vocalist for me right now is Arioch.. others I appreciate are the vocals done on Bethlehem’s "Dictus Te Necare", Nattramn (Silencer) Niden 187 (Mr. Henke Forss), Nasko (Teitanblood) and of course Grimlord from Bahimiron/Imprecation…

Why am I interested in vocals..well.. when watching live bands or when listening to extreme metal, I want to feel negativity flow from the hymns, and it seems to me a that dual assaults promote to me that more then one entity in the band is fueled with the same vileness/hatred whatever, and that, to me, shows more conviction.. so.. I started doing backing vocals (not too many) for BAHIMIRON..and it was a pain in the arse to try to do drums and backing vocals, and nobody ever hears them anywho heh.. but with tgh, yes, I figured I’d lay down some pukeage (ha take that kraggit!) and see what flows…


16.well guys we have reached the end of the interview.thanks alot for taking the time to fill this out.do either of you have any final comments for the
readers?

RF - Expect "Upon Firmaments of Sacrilege and Genocide" to be out in the near future on Disease Foundry Recordings. A full-length release on Scattered to
the Winds Productions should be out late 2009 / early 2010 followed by Ever Adrift sometime in 2010. Perhaps we will have PR by then and somebody might
actually hear the music by then. Genocide Worldwide!

for more information on towards global holocaust check out the bands official myspace page.
http://www.myspace.com/towardsglobalholocaust

interview with syrach done by patrick

here is a interview with the norwegian death/doom masters syrach!! be sure to check out their new cd "a dark burial"on napalm recods!!
enjoy and thanks to everyone who
supports me and this zine.
patrick and winter torment e-zine.
http://wintertormentzine.blogspot.com




interview with ripper vocalist for syrach done by patrick.

1.hello ripper how are things with you this week? please tell the readers a little about yourself?

Ripper:

Hi..I’m doing good..busy rehearsing with the band for our 2 upcoming tours in Europe in Sept. and Oct. About myself..hmm..well, I started Syrach back in 1993,-then doing both the drums and vocals,-but a year later I decided to focus on the vocals. Since that I’ve being doing this in SYRACH, but this year I have also started up a project called Among Gods,-a three piece band playing funeral doom style music.

2.at
what age did you get into metal? who were some of the first bands you listened to? who are some of your "current"favorites?

Ripper:

I got into metal in 1983,-when I was 10 years old and the first metal band I ever heard was Iron Maiden with the song “The Trooper”,-from the Piece Of Mind album,released the same year.I also remember that I started to listen to bands like Venom,Celtic Frost and Motley Crue in 1983,-so that’s a couple of years with metal for me ;).

I still have Iron Maiden as one of my favourite band,-but nowadays I listen to a lot of different styles of music, not just only metal. But most of my vinyls and on my ipod is metal I have to admit that. Some of my current favorites are Novembers Doom,Wall Of Sleep and Starchild. I almost just listen to older music,-so I seldom by new records..I like the classic bands best.

3.the band comes out of the norwegian metal scene.norway seems to be more known for the amazing black metal bands of the early to mid 90's.but what is the doom scene like in norway? any new up and coming norwegian doom bands the readers should keep a eye out for?

Ripper:

The Doom scene in Norway ain’t that big,-there are some bands around like Funeral and Sahg,-but they sound different than us actually. But I hope that Doom Metal will become more popular, not only just here,-but in other countries as well. I will recommend Funeral,-but they have been playing as long as we have,-so I won’t call them upcoming,hehe.

4.while on the subject of black metal.what is your opinion of this genre? who are some of your favorite norwegian black metal bands ?{if any}

Ripper:

It’s no secret that I don’t like Black Metal,-I have never liked it. Never liked the image,the sound and all of that “corpsepaint & sword & forest & axes” stuff... But for those who like it, go ahead..there are some good musicians in Black Metal of course. I do not have any favourite Black Metal bands…sorry.

5.please give a brief history of syrach? what is the "current" line-up? for the readers who have not heard syrach's music how would you describe the bands sound?

Ripper:

Well, the band started in 1993,-have done 3 cds and some demos. The last two cds on Napalm Records. The current line-up; me on vocals,Rolv Erik Berge (guitar),Adam Suleiman (drums) & Øystein Knutsen (bass). We are looking for a new guitar player and in these days we’re having some in for audition.

The best way to describe Syrach’s music is that we’re in a death/doom metal style,-not too fast and not too slow,-but the slower elements there’s more of..we have also a touch of 70’s prog and a bit rock’n’roll to our music..you just have to hear for yourself..I don’t know any bands that sound like us,-but many people draw lines from us to My Dying Bride,Paradise Lost and bands like that,from the early 90’s,-but I don’t really see that.

6.the new cd "a dark burial" was recently released through napalm rec.how long did it take you all to write/record the new cd? are you satisfied with how it turned out? do you have a "personal"favorite song?

Ripper:

We started writing the songs after our last album “Days Of Wrath” in mid-2007 and finished them in early 2009,-so it took awhile.We recorded and mixed the record in about 10 days I guess,more or less. We are really satisfied with the new album, I think it’s a more band feel on this one,-so yes, we’re very satisfied with all of it, the songs and the production..it’s been a pleasure working in Conclave Studio in Bergen again.

I think I have to say that my favourite is “A Mourner’s Kiss”,-it seems like I always stick to the longest tracks on our albums,-from “Days Of Wrath” my favourite was the 14 min.opus “The Firm Grip Of Death”. “A Mourner’s Kiss” has everything a good song should have and we combine many different styles on that song,-but of course,-it’s hard to pick one favourite, because I like them all really.

7.how has the response been from the fans and press?

Ripper:

We have almost just got good response,-really good reviews in the press and the feedback from fans has been amazing. I am proud to make music people can find worth listen to and I’m honoured that we have such great fans that appreciate what we do. We owe it all to the people out there.

8.when the band begins to work on a new song/release.how long does it usually take to finish a song?does the whole band work on the music or does 1-2 members handle everything?

Ripper:

Hmm, it depends,-some songs can be done in a couple of rehearsals, others can take months,-it depends how satisfied we are with them. All members of the band work on a song at rehearsal,-so everyone’s involved in all the making of the songs..it’s best that way,-so we can have different views on parts of the songs..we first make the music, then I make the lyrics and vocal lines and then we finish it off with vocals.

9.who usually handles the lyrics for the band? what are some subjects/topics you all write about?

Ripper:

I do the lyrics to the songs,-it’s always been like that. I think that our lyrics concentrate on life,-from birth to death,-and they are taken the dark paths that mankind often use..like a dark journey full of pain and despair. The title track on the album is about a serialkiller,-looking through his eyes on the deeds of horror.But we have had songs about witches (“Stigma Diabolikum” from Days Of Wrath),about betrayal in “In Darkness I Sigh” and about nightmares and fear of sleep in “The River’s Rage”...I'm sure nobody knew that..

10.does the band have any upcoming shows/tours to tell the readers about?who are
some bands you all will be playing/touring with?which countries will you be heading out to?

Ripper:

We have a headliner tour in Europe from the 11th of Sept ‘till the 19th of Sept. and another one supporting Pentagram and Trouble in Europe from the 30th of Sept. ‘till the 14th of Oct., after that we’ll only do “one-off” gigs somewhere…and concentrate writing new material. I have of course many bands I would like to tour with, it will be great for us to head out on the “Doom Over Europe 2009” with Pentagram and Trouble,-those bands have been my favourites from when I started to listen to them in the mid 80’s or so..

I think we will cover Denmark,Germany,Holland,France,Switzerland,UK,Poland,Cze Republic,Hungary on those two tours in Europe…so look out for those dates in Europe.

11.if you could set-up a "dream" show/tour who are some bands you would love to tour with? any special country you would love to tour?

Ripper:

My perfect tour would be with Candlemass and My Dying Bride maybe,-two great bands that I really would like to have the chance to tour with. I have been a C-Mass fan from the very beginning, I will actually see them live here tonight,in Bergen. I would also love to take my band to the US, we have never played there,-so if we have the chance,-we’ll go there.

12.you are the vocalist for syrach.at what age did you become interested in singing?who are some of your influences/favorite vocalist?

Ripper:

I started singing when I started Syrach in 1993,-but did sing some songs with local bands that I played in,-but those were not really in the metal style.I have always loved the vocal of Bruce Dickinson,but you can’t hear that on my voice,hehe..but people like Nick Holmes,Aaron Stainthorpe,Lee Dorrian among others of course inspired me in the early 90’s,-but I have tried to make my own style if you can call it that..make a clean growl so you actually can hear what I am singing/growling,-I think that’s important in this style of singing.

13.do you do anything special to keep your throat healthy?besides singing do you play any other instruments? if yes which ones?

Ripper:

As the other guys in the band tell me,-that I should bring a private doctor with me on tour..on two tours now I have lost my voice,-once a throat infection and once inflammation on my vocalchords,-then I was told not to speak nor sing for 3-4 weeks,-and we had only done 2 gigs on a European tour,hehe..guess who did NOT listen to his doctor ;)..so yes,-I should keep my throat more healthy and I will do warm up on the forthcoming tours and try to live healthy on tour (that is impossible,hehe)…and I also hope that I can get antibiotics from my doctor here at home,-just in case..to be prepared for the worst,hehe. I started out doing both vocals and drums in Syrach for 1 year,-so yes..I play drums as well,-but not that good..I’m not Chris Reifert,haha…I havn’t played drums for nearly 15 years now,-so..

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

Ripper:

Thanx, Patrick, for a brilliant interview, it’s been a pleasure. I also hope that as many as possible will support Syrach and buy our album and see us on tour..just give us a line if some are going to a gig and we’ll for sure have a talk and a beer together at the venue..that’s always great. Raise The Flag Of Doom High!!