Sunday, April 18, 2010

interview with garden of grief done by patrick

here is a new interview with a new one-man band from austria.the music is a mix of depressive black,ambient.if you enjoy the darker side of these genres defintly give garden a grief a listen.
regards,
patrick and winter torment


interview with sturmfels vocals,all instruments for garden of grief.done by patrick



1.hails sturmfels! how are things in austria? please tell the readers a little about yourself.

I'm currently on holiday, snow returned once more, so I don't want to miss the last chance to go snowboarding this year! Of course I'm still in Austria because that's best for this purpose ;) Something about myself...I'm 21 now, going to become a teacher next year. There is a lot to do as a student but even more time to do something else, you know. That's one reason why I can spend that much time on music. When not creating new stuff or recording I spend much time with my girlfriend, read something or do whatever there is to do...


2.when did you get the idea to form "garden of grief"? for the readers who have not had the chance to listen to garden of grief how would you describe the music of garden of grief?

The idea was born back in 2008 when I had already written too much songs that did not fit into the concept of my band. At that time I didn't think that I would be faster in producing albums than with my band because I were not able to play the guitar myself. A lot of my plans have changed when I got my guitar last year. The overall style of Garden of Grief is a mixture of depressive black metal and dark ambient music. The first album was just raw black metal without all the ambient stuff. The other part of this project has developed while writing songs for the upcoming album.


3.you are the sole member of garden of grief.when you started up this project did you plan to work alone? are you currently looking for new musicians to join?

When I first had the idea to start this project I wanted session members for all stringed instruments because I were unable to play any of them. Finally I decided to learn playing the guitar myself which implied the desicion to work alone. I'm currently trying to built up a live crew which is still lacking someone responsible for the drums and maybe bass and synths. My songs do not contain any bass so far and also not much synths, but it would be good to have someone in addition to the probably three guitars then...you know when someone gets ill or such things it's better to have someone in reserve.


4.if you had the opportunity to work with any musicians past or present who are some you would like to write with? what do you feel are the advantges and disadvantges to being in a one-man band?

I think I would not like to work with someone other than the people I currently work with. Firstly I do not write songs together with anyone because I think it's better to get an impression on the whole idea someone had even when working together. So someone should always make the whole song and only details be added by someone else - that preservees the unique style o the writer. Also in my band this wouldn't work out if everyone added everything to a song, because we all have some big diferences in style although it's always black metal everyone would write on his own. Secondly I could not name any person to work with that I don't know personally. I might not know how this person thinks, which approach to music that person has and so on...

The one major disadvantage of working alone is that you are strictly limited to your own skills on every instrument. In a band you have (hopefully) an expert for each instrument. In my case this would be just drums and vocals, but still I have to do all other instruments myself. I work hard on my guitar skills but I'm still not yet able to play all songs without trouble that I had written when thinking of session members playing all the guitars. The big advantage of a one-man-project is that you can easily use every spare minute to do something for your project...you even can record spontaneously when you have some hours left, no matter what time it is. In a band you alsways have to organise so many things. Still the music will always be on a higher technical level in a band (if all members practise as much as possible for them).


5.i know garden of grief's new cd "the last days of the sun" will be released soon.please give the readers some information on the upcoming release.how many songs will you have on the release? will it be a self-released or have you found a label to work with?

As my 2nd album "Novembernebel" is already about to be released, the next full-length album will indeed be "The Last Days of the Sun". There is not much left to record for that release. Before I can finish that, I will have to record one more song for a Split with Nibelheim Moonlight from Spain. Last Days will then probably be released in late Summer or Autumn 2010, on CD. I have not yet decided on which label to release the album but for the time being I work together with Bleichmond Tonschmiede, a small label in Germany, which offers a good opportunity to release an album without selling the rights of all the songs on it.

The Last Days of the Sun will contain 5 tracks with a total playing time about 60 min. There are 4 ambient songs and one black metal song with I think 23 min or so. The vocals for that song have to be recorded yet but irst of all the lyrics have to be finished...recording won't take long, probably one day and then it's all done.


6.you come out of austria's metal underground.what is your opinion of austria's metal scene? who are somme of your all-time favorite bands? are their any new bands you feel the readers should watch out for?

I don't know much about the Austrian "scene" if you like to call it that way. maybe because there is not much of interest to me. For example I do not like any black metal with too much thrash influence, which is - as far as I know - popular in the underground. I also do care about some technical aspect in particular when it's about drumming - that's also rare among underground black metal bands. And when it's not of high quality it has to be at least creative...Austrian bands I can recommend are for example Astaroth, who play symphonic black metal on a high technical level and Asmodeus wich can be also set in the same genre. Austria lacks good dsbm bands in my opinion, at least I haven't heard of too many up to now. Yet I came across Nightforest recently, I can recommend that too.

My all time favourites are probably Peste Noire, Drowning the Light, Taake, Limbonic Art,

Nokturnal Mortum, Kroda, Nyktalgia, Forgotten Tomb, ... bands where I can listen to any song and I like it for sure. I'm also really into such outstanding bands as for example Darkspace, Panopticon or Graveland, who have a unique style that can't be mixed up with some other band.


7.is garden of grief the only band you are currently workin with? if no please tell the readers about your other bands/projects.

Garden of Grief mostly exists because of songs that would not fit into my band Winterblast. We play symphonic black metal and I'm currently responisble for drums, vocals and synths. There are only two people left of the original members and that's me and one of the guitarists. We had always trouble finding musicians to fill the gaps but I think in the future we will not try too hard finding new members but instead recording the songs in the current line-up. We all could play bass if needed and I could probably learn the songs on the guitar even though they're still above my current level. next step will be recording the long planned album.

I'm also playing drums in Locus Neminis, a highly technical symphonic black metal band. The recording was already done when I joined the band, and now we are preparing for upcoming shows in 2010. I do really enjoin this because it's the only chance for me to play drums live. With Winterblast I do the vocals on stage and with Garden of Grief it would probably be guitars and vocals if I played live someday.


8.everyone has their own ideas/opinions on what "black metal" stands for.so i was interested in your thoughts what does "black metal"mean for you?

That is a tricky question, because it's probably already the answer. Almost everyone has different ideas of black metal, and I think that is what it's all about. To me it is a way of thinking. Thinking without limitations of social conventions or political ideologies. I think Black Metal is somehow close to anarchy, because it is all about thinking outside "normal" boundaries. Black Metal is exclusive by definition because within it's concept you could never say what the outcome for any individual person might be. After all I'd really say that Black Metal is mental anarchy. That's the best and shortest explanation I can come up with.

9.as mentioned earlier you are the only member of garden of grief. so i was curious which instrument was the hardest one for you to learn to play? which was the easiest to learn?

The hardest was the guitar because I did not understand the whole concept of the instrument before I was actually trying to play. It took long to make my fingers do what they were supposed to, but now after a year of training I can't understand how it could have been that hard.

The easiest to learn was obviously the drums for that was my first instrument to learn.


10.you also handle the vocals for the band.when did you become interested in singing? do you do anything special to keep your throat/vocals healthy? who are some of your favorite vocalist?

First of all we tried to find someone else to do the vocals but this was impossible. We then tried out who of was closest do do serious vocals and so I became intrested in practising more. I do nothing special other than drinking something inbetween...you shouldn't feel too much if you did it right. Just be sure you don't make the distortion of the screams too deep inside your throat because that will probably do some damage after a while - after the first time you will surely notice that it's not correct and change your technique...

my favourite vocalists, that's hard to say...I think most of the vocalists who can do some sort of high-pitched screaming such as Neige or the vocalist of Nyktalgia. I also admire Jari of Wintersun and Hansi K├╝rsch of Blind Guardian for their excellent clean vocals.


11.we have reached the end of the interview my friend.thank you for taking the time to fill out this interview.do you have any final comments for the readers?

Take care of yourselves and beware of molesting priests in your country. Thx for the interview, hails!

to contact sturmfels and garden of grief be sure to check out the bands "official" myspace page.
http://www.myspace.com/thevoiceofsuicide

interview with blooddawn.done by patrick

hails!!!
here is a new interview with england's blacked/war metal machine blooddawn.if you enjoy chaotic,hate-filled black metal then be sure to check out this great band.
enjoy and thanks to all for taking the time to read winter torment
regards,
patrick and winter torment e-zine
http://wintertormentzine.blogspot.com

interview with donn vocalist,lyricist for blooddawn done by patrick
1.dark hails Donn!! how are things going with you? please tell the readers a little about yourself.

Things are going very well. Im currently finalizing the vocals for the new Blooddawn album 'Black Hymns from the house of god' which should be done within a day or two. So look out for the new material which will be released shortly.
To those who have heard of Donn most probably have heard of Teutoburg Forest from which I perform all duties. I joined Blooddawn at the request of Paul and have been a part of this project since the winter of 09. In that time paul has created three albums from which I have had the privilege to produced vocals for, and it looks like this work rate will continue. Not to be bias but I believe Blooddawn is one of the hidden jewels within the UKBM scene.




2.when did you first get the idea to create blooddawn?for the readers who might not have heard blooddawn yet how would you describe the music?

It is a shame Paul is unable to handle this interview to give a direct answer. Though from what I know, Paul simply created music he wanted to hear. As any who have listened to the BD, the influence of 'Marduk' and 'Funeral Mist' is undeniable. Though that is not to say it is a rip off of either of these bands because it clearly isnt. Rather the music takes the ferocity of the aforementioned and shapes it into something unique. We have been compared to 'Anaal Nathrakh', but put simply 'Blooddawn' is intellectual aggression materialized into sound.


3.blooddawn is just yourself,and donn{teutoburg forest} when you started blooddawn did you plan to keep it a 2-man band or has it just worked out this way? would you like to add more members for a possible live-show or do you prefer to keep blooddawn a studio-only band?

At its conception 'BD' was Paul's solo project, releasing both 'Heralds of Pestilence' and 'Chapel of Bones' in 08. When I (Donn) joined, we agreed that the line up was solid. Paul is more than capable of handling the music, and was impressed of how the new vocals complimented the sound, from which we both agreed took 'BD' to a new level. Though I would be more than happy to take 'BD' live, Paul has more pressing matters at the moment and so we will not see 'BD' live anytime in the near future. Saying that, Paul has agreed to share the tabs, and so you can see Blooddawn songs being performed at the upcoming 'Teutoburg Forest' shows.



4.you handle playing all the instruments yourself. so i was curious to know which was thhe hardest for you to learn? which would you say was the easiest to learn?

Again unfortunately am unable to give a answer.

5.when did you meet donn{teutoburg forest} are you happy with his vocal performances on the last 2 blooddawn releases? personally i think his style fits perfectly with blooddawn's brutal war-style black metal.

Thank you for the compliment. Both Paul and myself are pleased with the vocals. Within 'BD' Im given alot of free reign to experiment with different techniques and timings. This leads to a unique and interesting result which prevents 'BD' from sounding like a clone, and raises it above the shit.

6.the newest e.p "the enlightment" is a dark/chaotic masterpiece! did it take you long to write/record the songs for this release? are you happy with how they turned out?

Again thank you for the praise. As stated before this music is written for our personal desire to hear something brutal and chaotic. You may have noticed the rapid succession of which Paul writes the material. I am equally prolific with the lyrics and vocals, and so we are able to write an album (from conception to completion) within a few months. This may sound average, but the difference seems to be that we dont sit on our Loral's. Once an album is complete we start work on the next one immediately. Each album is given our full attention and is not released until we are both perfectly satisfied with the final product. We are both very proud of all our releases. Personally my favorite is 'Funeral for a Despised Icon' though i know Paul is partial to 'The Enlightenment'. Saying that the new material for the 'Black Hymns from the House of God' is far beyond that of anything created by 'BD' previously. I know alot of bands say that, but 'BD' has become a new band with this upcoming release.



7.as mentioned the music you create is very brutal,chaotic in style and delievery. so i wanted to ask you do you have to be in a certain mood when you begin writing/creating new blooddawn music?

To prepare for the vocals, I preform various rituals to channel the specific energies desired for each song. Delving into areas of thought that put bluntly, fucking piss me off. I am enraged before performing vocals, and have to calm myself before the actual takes are recorded. Otherwise there would be no structure at all. Though the essence channeled and attained is obviously present within the recordings.

8.which usually comes first the lyrics or the music? the lyrics seem to be occult/satanic themes.would you consider yourself a satanist?

The music and lyrics are written around the same time, though separately from each other. I write the majority of the lyrics and Paul writes the music. Once Paul has completed the album, he sends it over to me and I apply the existing lyrics to the tracks.
Though I am a Satanist, the lyrical content within 'Blooddawn' revolves around the hatred towards religion and those who follow it. Aswell as the subhuman filth that live for materialistic principles. One should consider both the lyrics and the manner of which they are sung. An example is within 'Circle of Stars' time sig : 2.20 where the word 'Fools' is performed in an unexpected high pitch. This was designed to represent the scum that I hate. The moronic air headed women who's life ambition is to emulate Paris whore Hilton. These materialistic/atheistic filth (who only believe what their senses tell them) infuriate me as much as a religious zealot. As they are as fanatical to their false logic as a religious man to their false scripture. Mocking and denouncing all those who will not accept the obvious truth. Blooddawns lyrics do not just deal with the hatred for organized religion, but for those who follow it. For where would a church be without the donations from its followers? Its the slave that empowers the master. So detest the slave.

9.how do you feel the world would be different today if religion {christianity,satanism,etc} was never invented or practiced?

Religion was a means of controlling the population, to maintain order and evert the regression into pre-empiric civilization. Religions role has now been greatly diminished with the widespread growth of materialism which has lead to globalization. Now religions role has been replaced by governments (with various political systems in place) Religions history should be seen as such, simply a means of control and stability whilst exulting the few. So the question now is 'How different would the world be without order/control/ restriction'. I think the answer is quiet obvious.

10.i know donn also has another project/band teutoburg forest. are you currently involved with any other side-projects/bands? if yes please tell the readers a little about them.

I am not aware of any of Pauls others bands. Though I am in various projects both solo and collaborative. I am currently working on the next wave of 'Donn' which is entitled 'The Emanation of Thought' which included many new musical projects (including a new Teutoburg Forest album) Illustrations and texts that explain my philosophies and research into the dark realms of the individual. I do not want to give to much away, though 'The Emanation of Though' will be a testament to the strength of an individual who disengages from unity, and embraces the darkness.

11.everyone has their own ideas/opinions on what black metal means. so in your opinion what does "black metal" mean to you?

Every interview I have done has asked this question. It is interesting to see how there seems to be as many interpretations to the genera as their are fans. To me Black Metal is Satanic through and through. If it is not Satanic then it is not Black Metal. Though this is a much grander statement than its face value. One must understand the seriousness of the title 'Satanic' to truly grasp its significance. I could write on and on about Satanism, but one prominent elements is freedom. Within (true) Black Metal, there is the ability to delve into and explore as many aspects of music as the imagination will allow. There also seems to be a serious leway for those who may not be musically proficient (be it technically or on the production side) but are able to express emotion. Within Black Metal one has the freedom to simply create and have their music listened to by individuals who genuinely enjoy ..and not what they are told on the radio) as to truly enjoy Black Metal, one must engage with it. So many other musical generas are just easy to listen to, obvious and pleasant at face value. But like an essex blond, the body may be appealing, but the core is rotten. Black Metal is the reverse, and when one sees the inner beauty, the body is so much more.


12.you come out of england's black metal scene.their seems to be quite a few bands coming from your country lately.what is your opinion of england's black metal scene?

There are quite a few good bands (though I admit im not an expert on the scene) such bands are Self Inflicted Violence, Forest of Stars, ShulkSkull, Abyssian Desolation, Inconcessus Lux Lucis, Dragged into Sunlight and Necro Ritual, Artisian to name but a few. You may have noticed that there were only a few synonymous sounding BM bands within there, as to be honest there are not many stand out bands within that vein. I think the BM scene is not helping itself out by being fractured. I have emailed many BM bands to open discussion only to be ignored. It seems they have taken the elitist principle to a new hight, and unless this changes the BM scene will remain stagnant, and unrespected upon the world's BM stage.

13.who are some of your all-time favorite metal bands from england? are their any new up and coming bands the readers should watch out for?

Im not really a fan of old school metal. I believe music is timeless, with bands like Iron Maiden and Ozzy been seen as 'good for their time' is a pathetic argument. Is Mozart good for his time? was Von good for its time? No! Von is as powerfull now as it was in the 80s, and so I dont feel a connection to the apparent 'Classic' shit. If some cocksucker says 'but without Black Sabbath there would be no metal' fucking hit him. If we going along that line then we can say if there was no jazz there would be no BS, then no metal. And if slavery didnt happen and take Africans over bla bla bla fuck off. What if, what if, what if. Deal with the fact that those bands may have helped shape the genera, but there are far superior bands out now. Some UK bands that have influenced my progression are Anaal Nathrakh, Akercocke, Cradle of Filth (as Mike Strutter would say 'if your easily offended by this then my advice to you is simple....... go shit on my cock') but one must not focus on a bands origins and focus on the bands itself. Who cares where they come from, aslong as its good.

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

Hail the individual, detest the slave. Rise through thought

have you checked out/added the new paragon rec.music page yet?

i usually don't post alot of random news/bulletins here but mike z. of paragon rec. has been a good friend of mine for a few yrs now. and so i offered to help post this up for him to help spread the word. if you have never checked out or heard of paragon rec. defintly take the time to check out the MASSIVE catalog tons of quality metal from all over the world and many different genres.
thanks and expect new reviews and interviews {and possibly more news} up in our blogs soon.
best regards,
patrick and winter torment e-zine



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