Sunday, July 11, 2010

interview with abwehrschlacht done by patrick

this is an interview i have conducted with a fairly new war/black metal band from the u.k the band mixes in both the rawness of old-school black metal and the uncontrolled violent hatred of the most intense war metal bands out there. fans who enjoy their black metal intense,raw and not over-produced will love this band!!!!
regards,
patrick and winter torment web-zine
http://www.wintertorment.com

interview with erich von falkenhayn vocalist,guitarist for abwehrschlacht done by patrick

1.hails!! how is your week starting out my friend? please tell the readers a little about yourself.



Hails! This week has started off good thanks; I’ve been working outside all week which is never a bad thing; I work as an archaeologist. Further to that, I play guitar and sing in Abwehrschlacht, the Great War Black Metal band.



2.when did you first discover metal? who were some of the first bands you listened to? who are some of your "current" favorite bands?

I first discovered metal back in 1987 when Kiss released Crazy, Crazy Nights. Until then I didn’t really listen to much music but that totally blew me away. I was about thirteen and until then that was the heaviest thing I’d ever heard(!). My Uncle gave me an album of theirs (Dressed To Kill) and I played that LP until the groves wore out. But then I discovered Iron Maiden and all the Kiss went out of the window, a little later I heard Reign In Blood for the first time (about 1988) and all the Maiden stuff went out of the window! I had very strict rules on what I couldn’t and couldn’t listen to back then! Nowadays I listen to a lot of Black Metal, most of it from the 80’s to the early ‘90s when the scene was good. Burzum have always remained a firm favourite, but as for modern BM, I’m mainly listening to Wolves in the Throne Room a lot now. I also listen to a lot of other music outside of BM, I’m a big Johnny Cash fan and have been exploring a bit more Country music of late. I also love Krautrock and a lot of other psychedelic rock bands. I like experimentation when it comes to music.



3.when did you guys meet? was it long until you formend "abwehrschlacht"? what is "current"line-up? for readers unfamilar with abwehrschlacht how would you describe bands sound?



I have known ‘Erich Friedrich Ludendorf’ since my school years, as long as I have been listening to metal, in fact. Abwehrschlacht has always been around, by that I mean, in my second BM project ‘Immanis’ (not the modern Polish outfit), ‘Erich’ helped me out by playing guitars on my promo tape I recorded in 1993. So Abwehrschlacht is, in a way, an extension of that band, only dealing with different subject matters. The current line up is ‘Erich Friedrich Ludendorf’ on Bass and myself ‘Erich von Falkenhayn’ on Guitar and Vocals, supported by Drum Machine. Ludendorf also is the producer of all the sonic violence. We play very raw, low-fi, militaristic Black Metal.


4.abwehrschlacht is just yourself and erich friedrich luden dorf.when u started the band did you plan to keep the band a 2-person band or have you all searched for more members for a full-band?



Abwehrschlacht exists only as a recording band at the moment. We sometimes talk about playing some gigs, but we have yet to fix dates. So at the moment we are a two man affair as we work well together and know each other well enough to allow the recording processes to go smoothly. There has been no search for any other members, there’s no particular reason to bring more into the battalion for reasons already mentioned.





5.you recently sent me a "advance" copy of your upcoming debut demo "kaiser schlacht". how long did it take you two to write/record the songs on this demo? are you happy with how everything turned out?



The recording process was a weird one for the demo. The songs were actually recorded back in 2008, so they are quite old now. But there is a bit of an interesting story behind some of the tracks. The original intention was to record a song that lasted the full length of a CD, about 80mins. The first track we recorded, Blood Red Moon, was actually recorded during the full moon of December 2008 (perfect timing…) and was intended to be the beginning of that epic song. We had about five recording sessions for the song, but soon realised that all we were doing was writing separate songs and linking them together to get the long song we wanted. We managed to get about fifteen minutes of material together (you can hear this on our Myspace page as the ‘Untitled’ track) but also realised that at least two of the songs were strong enough to stand alone, these became Blood Red Moon and Weapon Be Thy Name. Then as the principle songwriter of Abwehrschlacht I came up with Die Sturmtruppen and Meat Grinder separately. I don’t like taking time over writing songs, I like things to remain fresh, so I don’t remember the exact time it took, but it wouldn’t have been long. Similar with the recording process, we try to do as fewer takes as possible of songs, again to preserve the freshness and original feeling. I’m happy with the final result, I don’t like over polished, over produced Black Metal, so to me the rawness is what I’m after and I think we got that.


6.as mentioned the copy i have is a "advance" so i was curious do you all have a release-date set for it? will you all self-release it or look for a label to possibly release it on?



There is absolutely no set date for the ‘proper’ release of the demo. We are planning on releasing it on cassette, the Old Way… But my job takes me to far flung corners of the world, so actually getting anything done is a miracle. We are looking at no release date until September 2010 at the very earliest, and even that is a conservative estimate! It will be self released, just so we are in control of every aspect of it.


7.the main theme for the band seems to be war mainly world war 1. have you always been interested in reading/studying about war? what is it about world war 1 that fascinates you so much?



Yes, absolutely right the main theme is World War One, the name Abwehrschlacht is taken from the German Military Doctrine of the latter stages of that war. I have always had a massive interest in studying military history and for the past six years I have been lucky enough to work as an archaeologist on First World War battlefields. We have excavated trenches and mass graves amongst other sites and this has given me great inspiration to write about the brutality and horror of that war. It always surprises me that a lot of Metal bands seem to dwell on the Second World War, yet the Great War is a relatively untapped resource for material. It is really fascinating as it ushered in the beginning of the new modern age. The war changed everything from the way the soldiers fought, to society, to the breaking down class boundaries, to industrialisation on a massive scale. So many things were changed by it, it is hard not to be fascinated…


8.this is going to sound like a joke question i know {but it is not intended as one} do you think we will see world-peace in our lifetime or ever? seems like they get close then someone does something to fuck it up.

I think humans are predestined to continue war as long as they exist. We will never see wars like the Great War or the Second World War again, but there will always be conflict wherever there are people. There are hundreds of wars raging across the world that are hardly ever reported, stuff happening in various mid African states that no one in the Western World cares about because there is no oil there. War is also a political means to an end, so as long as we have politicians we will have war. I believe it is human nature.



9.i know like myself you have been a part of the metal scene for 15-20 yrs.how would you say the scene has changed. do you feel it has gotten better with technology or worse?



Ha Ha, this is a question quite close to my heart. Yes, back in the late eighties/early nineties I used to tape trade heavily. My first two bands, Xaztur and Immanis were very involved in the underground BM scene back then. I look back on those times with great fondness, I used to love the idea of finally tracking down a particularly difficult to find release. That has changed massively now with technology. With a few clicks one can find the entire back catalogue of a band and download it in seconds. I feel something has been lost by that immediacy. People talk about having weeks and weeks worth of music on their computers but how much of it do they actually listen to? I’m a collector, I always have been and always will be, but even I am starting to bend towards downloading obscure albums just so I can actually hear them. It’s good to be able to check out a band before committing to buying one of their releases, but I still feel like something is missing. Also the actual feel of the ‘underground’ is missing now. Back then it felt like you were part of something, a movement of like minded people. Now, it’s more detached, more clinical. I know there are people trying to get back to how things were (we are too, with our demo tape release), but we will never truly relive those times. They are gone.


10.when did you first become interested in playing guitar? are you self-taught or have you had lessons?



I became interested in guitar when I became interested in Metal, but could never afford one until I was about 17. I bought a bass when we formed Xaztur and basically learned that way. I’m totally self taught.


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



I don’t have a particular favourite guitarist, but as for influences or Abwehrschlacht, I would have to say Burzum, Venom and early Bathory. It’s not that we strive to sound like these bands though, but I guess part of their sounds comes through naturally. I like a lot of hard core punk as well, so I guess the simplicity of that comes through as an influence. No, I can’t play anything else.


12.you also handle the vocals for the band. when did you start singing? who are some of your favorite singers?do you do anything special to keep your voice/throat healthy?



Again this goes back to the Xaztur days, when I was vocalist for that band. And again my favourite ‘singers’ would be the ones from the bands mentioned above. I do all I can to keep my voice unhealthy! This is raw Black metal after all!


13.are either of you currently working with any other projects/bands?



Erich von Falkenhayn is currently rehearsing with an old band he was in over a decade ago that are in the process of reforming. They have nothing whatsoever to do with the Black Metal scene. I have nothing else but Abwehrschlacht. We both created the ‘Ninja Metal’ band Sudoku as a joke a few years ago, but that is on hiatus at the moment: www.myspace.com/thisisninjametal


14.everyone has their own idea on what black metal means. so i would like yours what does "black metal" mean to you?



God, this is a tough question. How long have you got? I got into BM because of the imagery, the mystery, the danger and dynamism of the movement as it was back in the early 90’s. This no longer exists, with over produced bands popping up everywhere, all sounding the same. Look at the old bands from what is now called the ‘second wave’. Not one sounded the same, even though they were coming from the same influences. Nowadays BM seems to be anyone that has corpse paint on playing at a million miles an hour. It’s lost its way. It’s become commercialised and lame. It’s splintered off into numerous offshoots, all of which have no variety within their own circles. It’s an amorphous mess that needs heavy trimming. To me, BM is someone with a conviction that what they are doing and creating is right. It’s that feeling of strength and power through conviction, not the mindless copying of what has gone before. Black Metal is a strange enigma because it seems like it should have conservative boundaries but it should also strive to be dynamic. I’d far rather listen to a band like the enigmatic Ordog from Scotland with their mystery and creativity than some band like Ov Hell or Dimmu Borgir with their unit shifting production and imagery.


15.you are a part of england's metal underground. so i was interested in your opinion of the scene there? i have heard some great bands from your country.



To be perfectly honest I am not really involved in the scene as I was nearly twenty tears ago. I know very little about what is going on, so I really cannot commentate on that. I try to check out local bands that play where ever I can, but where I’m from there are not many venues for that kind of thing. That, I think is real shame.


16.who are some of your all-time favorite u.k bands? are their any new up and coming bands the readers should watch out for?



As I mentioned earlier, I think my favourite band that ever came out of the UK are the almighty Ordog. But finding their stuff is nearly impossible. It took me over five years to track down their first LP, and I only just learned the other day that they have three demos, when I thought they only had two! They’ve long since split up, but if you can get hold of their stuff they are amazing. Obviously Venom rate very highly on my list of UK bands along with Motorhead, Priest and Maiden (I threw off my teenage tunnel vision and got back into them…). As I mentioned before, I don’t really know much about the UK underground as it stands today so it’s difficult to comment. I will say, I saw a very young band called Fortress (www.myspace.com/fortressyork) play the other day and I admired their balls to stand and play music that isn’t popular with their contemporaries. Check them out.


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



Thanks Patrick, it’s been a very interesting interview and also my first for over fifteen years since I put Immanis on ice. Check out our stuff on myspace and keep watching for the Cassette release of the demo. Weapon Be Thy Name!


to listen to abwehrschlacht's militarist black metal check out the bands "official"myspace page here:

http://www.myspace.com/abwehrschlacht



interview with abwehrschlacht done by patrick

this is an interview i have conducted with a fairly new war/black metal band from the u.k the band mixes in both the rawness of old-school black metal and the uncontrolled violent hatred of the most intense war metal bands out there. fans who enjoy their black metal intense,raw and not over-produced will love this band!!!!
regards,
patrick and winter torment web-zine
http://www.wintertorment.com

interview with erich von falkenhayn vocalist,guitarist for abwehrschlacht done by patrick

1.hails!! how is your week starting out my friend? please tell the readers a little about yourself.



Hails! This week has started off good thanks; I’ve been working outside all week which is never a bad thing; I work as an archaeologist. Further to that, I play guitar and sing in Abwehrschlacht, the Great War Black Metal band.



2.when did you first discover metal? who were some of the first bands you listened to? who are some of your "current" favorite bands?

I first discovered metal back in 1987 when Kiss released Crazy, Crazy Nights. Until then I didn’t really listen to much music but that totally blew me away. I was about thirteen and until then that was the heaviest thing I’d ever heard(!). My Uncle gave me an album of theirs (Dressed To Kill) and I played that LP until the groves wore out. But then I discovered Iron Maiden and all the Kiss went out of the window, a little later I heard Reign In Blood for the first time (about 1988) and all the Maiden stuff went out of the window! I had very strict rules on what I couldn’t and couldn’t listen to back then! Nowadays I listen to a lot of Black Metal, most of it from the 80’s to the early ‘90s when the scene was good. Burzum have always remained a firm favourite, but as for modern BM, I’m mainly listening to Wolves in the Throne Room a lot now. I also listen to a lot of other music outside of BM, I’m a big Johnny Cash fan and have been exploring a bit more Country music of late. I also love Krautrock and a lot of other psychedelic rock bands. I like experimentation when it comes to music.



3.when did you guys meet? was it long until you formend "abwehrschlacht"? what is "current"line-up? for readers unfamilar with abwehrschlacht how would you describe bands sound?



I have known ‘Erich Friedrich Ludendorf’ since my school years, as long as I have been listening to metal, in fact. Abwehrschlacht has always been around, by that I mean, in my second BM project ‘Immanis’ (not the modern Polish outfit), ‘Erich’ helped me out by playing guitars on my promo tape I recorded in 1993. So Abwehrschlacht is, in a way, an extension of that band, only dealing with different subject matters. The current line up is ‘Erich Friedrich Ludendorf’ on Bass and myself ‘Erich von Falkenhayn’ on Guitar and Vocals, supported by Drum Machine. Ludendorf also is the producer of all the sonic violence. We play very raw, low-fi, militaristic Black Metal.


4.abwehrschlacht is just yourself and erich friedrich luden dorf.when u started the band did you plan to keep the band a 2-person band or have you all searched for more members for a full-band?



Abwehrschlacht exists only as a recording band at the moment. We sometimes talk about playing some gigs, but we have yet to fix dates. So at the moment we are a two man affair as we work well together and know each other well enough to allow the recording processes to go smoothly. There has been no search for any other members, there’s no particular reason to bring more into the battalion for reasons already mentioned.





5.you recently sent me a "advance" copy of your upcoming debut demo "kaiser schlacht". how long did it take you two to write/record the songs on this demo? are you happy with how everything turned out?



The recording process was a weird one for the demo. The songs were actually recorded back in 2008, so they are quite old now. But there is a bit of an interesting story behind some of the tracks. The original intention was to record a song that lasted the full length of a CD, about 80mins. The first track we recorded, Blood Red Moon, was actually recorded during the full moon of December 2008 (perfect timing…) and was intended to be the beginning of that epic song. We had about five recording sessions for the song, but soon realised that all we were doing was writing separate songs and linking them together to get the long song we wanted. We managed to get about fifteen minutes of material together (you can hear this on our Myspace page as the ‘Untitled’ track) but also realised that at least two of the songs were strong enough to stand alone, these became Blood Red Moon and Weapon Be Thy Name. Then as the principle songwriter of Abwehrschlacht I came up with Die Sturmtruppen and Meat Grinder separately. I don’t like taking time over writing songs, I like things to remain fresh, so I don’t remember the exact time it took, but it wouldn’t have been long. Similar with the recording process, we try to do as fewer takes as possible of songs, again to preserve the freshness and original feeling. I’m happy with the final result, I don’t like over polished, over produced Black Metal, so to me the rawness is what I’m after and I think we got that.


6.as mentioned the copy i have is a "advance" so i was curious do you all have a release-date set for it? will you all self-release it or look for a label to possibly release it on?



There is absolutely no set date for the ‘proper’ release of the demo. We are planning on releasing it on cassette, the Old Way… But my job takes me to far flung corners of the world, so actually getting anything done is a miracle. We are looking at no release date until September 2010 at the very earliest, and even that is a conservative estimate! It will be self released, just so we are in control of every aspect of it.


7.the main theme for the band seems to be war mainly world war 1. have you always been interested in reading/studying about war? what is it about world war 1 that fascinates you so much?



Yes, absolutely right the main theme is World War One, the name Abwehrschlacht is taken from the German Military Doctrine of the latter stages of that war. I have always had a massive interest in studying military history and for the past six years I have been lucky enough to work as an archaeologist on First World War battlefields. We have excavated trenches and mass graves amongst other sites and this has given me great inspiration to write about the brutality and horror of that war. It always surprises me that a lot of Metal bands seem to dwell on the Second World War, yet the Great War is a relatively untapped resource for material. It is really fascinating as it ushered in the beginning of the new modern age. The war changed everything from the way the soldiers fought, to society, to the breaking down class boundaries, to industrialisation on a massive scale. So many things were changed by it, it is hard not to be fascinated…


8.this is going to sound like a joke question i know {but it is not intended as one} do you think we will see world-peace in our lifetime or ever? seems like they get close then someone does something to fuck it up.

I think humans are predestined to continue war as long as they exist. We will never see wars like the Great War or the Second World War again, but there will always be conflict wherever there are people. There are hundreds of wars raging across the world that are hardly ever reported, stuff happening in various mid African states that no one in the Western World cares about because there is no oil there. War is also a political means to an end, so as long as we have politicians we will have war. I believe it is human nature.



9.i know like myself you have been a part of the metal scene for 15-20 yrs.how would you say the scene has changed. do you feel it has gotten better with technology or worse?



Ha Ha, this is a question quite close to my heart. Yes, back in the late eighties/early nineties I used to tape trade heavily. My first two bands, Xaztur and Immanis were very involved in the underground BM scene back then. I look back on those times with great fondness, I used to love the idea of finally tracking down a particularly difficult to find release. That has changed massively now with technology. With a few clicks one can find the entire back catalogue of a band and download it in seconds. I feel something has been lost by that immediacy. People talk about having weeks and weeks worth of music on their computers but how much of it do they actually listen to? I’m a collector, I always have been and always will be, but even I am starting to bend towards downloading obscure albums just so I can actually hear them. It’s good to be able to check out a band before committing to buying one of their releases, but I still feel like something is missing. Also the actual feel of the ‘underground’ is missing now. Back then it felt like you were part of something, a movement of like minded people. Now, it’s more detached, more clinical. I know there are people trying to get back to how things were (we are too, with our demo tape release), but we will never truly relive those times. They are gone.


10.when did you first become interested in playing guitar? are you self-taught or have you had lessons?



I became interested in guitar when I became interested in Metal, but could never afford one until I was about 17. I bought a bass when we formed Xaztur and basically learned that way. I’m totally self taught.


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



I don’t have a particular favourite guitarist, but as for influences or Abwehrschlacht, I would have to say Burzum, Venom and early Bathory. It’s not that we strive to sound like these bands though, but I guess part of their sounds comes through naturally. I like a lot of hard core punk as well, so I guess the simplicity of that comes through as an influence. No, I can’t play anything else.


12.you also handle the vocals for the band. when did you start singing? who are some of your favorite singers?do you do anything special to keep your voice/throat healthy?



Again this goes back to the Xaztur days, when I was vocalist for that band. And again my favourite ‘singers’ would be the ones from the bands mentioned above. I do all I can to keep my voice unhealthy! This is raw Black metal after all!


13.are either of you currently working with any other projects/bands?



Erich von Falkenhayn is currently rehearsing with an old band he was in over a decade ago that are in the process of reforming. They have nothing whatsoever to do with the Black Metal scene. I have nothing else but Abwehrschlacht. We both created the ‘Ninja Metal’ band Sudoku as a joke a few years ago, but that is on hiatus at the moment: www.myspace.com/thisisninjametal


14.everyone has their own idea on what black metal means. so i would like yours what does "black metal" mean to you?



God, this is a tough question. How long have you got? I got into BM because of the imagery, the mystery, the danger and dynamism of the movement as it was back in the early 90’s. This no longer exists, with over produced bands popping up everywhere, all sounding the same. Look at the old bands from what is now called the ‘second wave’. Not one sounded the same, even though they were coming from the same influences. Nowadays BM seems to be anyone that has corpse paint on playing at a million miles an hour. It’s lost its way. It’s become commercialised and lame. It’s splintered off into numerous offshoots, all of which have no variety within their own circles. It’s an amorphous mess that needs heavy trimming. To me, BM is someone with a conviction that what they are doing and creating is right. It’s that feeling of strength and power through conviction, not the mindless copying of what has gone before. Black Metal is a strange enigma because it seems like it should have conservative boundaries but it should also strive to be dynamic. I’d far rather listen to a band like the enigmatic Ordog from Scotland with their mystery and creativity than some band like Ov Hell or Dimmu Borgir with their unit shifting production and imagery.


15.you are a part of england's metal underground. so i was interested in your opinion of the scene there? i have heard some great bands from your country.



To be perfectly honest I am not really involved in the scene as I was nearly twenty tears ago. I know very little about what is going on, so I really cannot commentate on that. I try to check out local bands that play where ever I can, but where I’m from there are not many venues for that kind of thing. That, I think is real shame.


16.who are some of your all-time favorite u.k bands? are their any new up and coming bands the readers should watch out for?



As I mentioned earlier, I think my favourite band that ever came out of the UK are the almighty Ordog. But finding their stuff is nearly impossible. It took me over five years to track down their first LP, and I only just learned the other day that they have three demos, when I thought they only had two! They’ve long since split up, but if you can get hold of their stuff they are amazing. Obviously Venom rate very highly on my list of UK bands along with Motorhead, Priest and Maiden (I threw off my teenage tunnel vision and got back into them…). As I mentioned before, I don’t really know much about the UK underground as it stands today so it’s difficult to comment. I will say, I saw a very young band called Fortress (www.myspace.com/fortressyork) play the other day and I admired their balls to stand and play music that isn’t popular with their contemporaries. Check them out.


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



Thanks Patrick, it’s been a very interesting interview and also my first for over fifteen years since I put Immanis on ice. Check out our stuff on myspace and keep watching for the Cassette release of the demo. Weapon Be Thy Name!


to listen to abwehrschlacht's militarist black metal check out the bands "official"myspace page here:

http://www.myspace.com/abwehrschlacht



brand new reviews for 7-5-10

hail!!
finally!! a new blog of reviews is now up for all to read. i must give out a sincere apolgy to all the bands and labels for the longer than expected delay with posting these. first one thing then another but that is hopefully behind me. before i end i want to let all the bands/labels who are currently waiting on their reviews they will hopefully be finished and posted within a month or sooner!!
enjoy and as always thanks to everyone for the continued support!!!
best regards,
patrick and winter torment web-zine
http://www.wintertorment.com

Aldaaron-nous reviendrons immortels cd {paragon records}
aldaaron have been in the black metal underground for a few years now.releasing 1 demo {2007's "des legend et ancients dieus} and one listen to the new cd and you will understand why paragon records picked them up for this release{and hopefully more in the future!} as the music created is simply brillant.8 tracks of early 90's styled fast black metal with alot of memorable and well used atmsphere blended in nicely.the drums are furious and pounding away with so much force and aggression.the guitars are just as fast with intense riffs and blazing speeds.mixed in with the whirlwind of guitar riffs are some great sounding and placed solo's.aldaaron is band that is a must hear for fans of {early} dissection,emperor and even a little immortal can be heard within aldaaron's dark sound.
label contact
www.paragonrecords.org
band contact
http://www.myspace.com/aldaaron


An autmn for crippled children-lost cd {ATMF.rec.}
this is a release i have been listening to alot! since i recieved it.and each time i do i hear something i had missed the previous listen.a.a.f.c.c musically the band seems to be tied within the depressive black metal realm but also a strong death/doom influence espically from bands such as early anathema and my dying bride.an autmn for crippled children are not all dark melodic doom/black metal as their are outburst of raging,fast black metal.this is a band that is not afraid to mix up various genres of metal and they do it well.recomended to fans who enjoy original,dark blackend doom.
label contact
www.atmf.net
band contact
http://www.myspace.com/crippledchildren2009


anima infernalis- walk in the perdition of a lost world tape {depressive illusions}
anima infernalis is the new project/band from gonark {who some might know from his previous band atrocious depression} the most notable difference between atrocious depression and anima infernalis is the musical style/direction. A.depression was more drone with black metal touches.where as anima infernalis is more straight forward old-school black metal. anima infernalis is still very much layered and keeps the listeners attention with both the more straight-forward agressive black metal but also has some very well played acoustic/dark interludes.gonark's vocal style fits perfectly with the new direction. with the cold/raspy shrieks of torture.fans of raw,atmospheric black metal should defintly look for anima infernalis!!
label contact
http://www.myspace.com/depressiveillusions
band contact
http://www.myspace.com/animainfernalis

anima infernalis-depressed with myself tape {depressive illusions}
here is the second release from italy's master of dark,depressing black metal.gonark once again handles all the instruments,vocals{when used} the music this time around on depressed with myself is much more in the realm of dark,depressing black metal with touches of drone metal.the vocals which are not used alot on this release are harsh,bitter shrieks but also some more well used screams of anguish to really give the music the sad and depressive feeling that this music calls for.for the most part gonark relys more on his musical writing ability and has created one of the best depressive black metal releases of 2010!! get this now!!
label contact
http://www.myspace.com/depressiveillusions
band contact
http://www.myspace.com/animainfernalis


bring me the head of orion-courting leviathan cd {blackdrone rec.}
this is a style of music that the listener will either love from the start or despise it with all their heart.and that of course is drone metal.bring me the head of orion try to add their own unique sound/style by using razor-sharp guitar riffs from the realm of sludge,doom metal.another aspect i find interesting is on the four songs on this release no drums or vocals were used on the music creation. as a music lover/listener i can appreciate that bring me the head of orion is trying something different but when it is all said and done the music itself is not that creative or memorable. drone,sludge fans might enjoy bring me the head of orion.but as for me i'm gonna pass.
label contact
www.blackdrone.com
band contact
http://www.myspace.com/bringmetheheadoforion


in death i become-black wings,grey skies cd {scattered to the winds rec}
in death i become are fairly new to the black/death metal scene but with this release i believe will raise a few eyebrows.starting off with an amazing guitar riff/solo.the brutal metal onslaught soon follows.the band doesnt really go for the all-out,over-the top brutality like so many of todays bands.instead they rely more on the mid-paced,old-school sound approach.besides the clear death metal influence i can also hear some thrash and even "traditional" metal riffs combined within the musical onslaught.espically in the 2nd track "wolfskin demons".the guitar duo of grimnir and forest work really well together creating both heavy,and at the same time memorable riffs.the vocals are pure death metal growls with some blackend shrieks mixed within some of the songs.in death i become is recomended to fans of quality,original old-school death/balck/heavy metal.
label contact
http://www.myspace.com/scatteredtothewinds
band contact
http://www.myspace.com/idib


nyseius-militiae cd {ATMF.rec}
another fine export from the highly underrated {yet extremely talented french black metal scene} nyseius have released one of 2010's fines black metal releases.the few bands i have heard from ATMF.seems to go more for the depressive or expiremental side of black metal.but nyseius go straight for the kill with militiae with 6 songs of traditional black metal fury.i have unfortunatly not had the chance to listen to nyseius previous releases so i can't compare them with militae.but i can say militae is as close to a black metal masterpiece as you can get.razor-sharp guitar riffs and chords,the drums are a range from mid-paced early 90's black metal to the more furious and fast blast beats.raw demonic shrieks spew out the lyrics and fit perfectly with nyseius dark,sinister sound.an amazing release not to be missed by black metal purists.
label contact,
www.atmf.net


shadowrealm-part of the infinity cd {nurdsturm productions}
serbia's shadowrealm have created one of the most interesting,and well crafted ambient/expiremental releases i've ever had the pleasure of hearing/reviewing.starting things off with a dreary,slow atmospheric piece.part of the infinity is 8 tracks of ambient/experimental metal. mixed within the already dark soundscapes are some expiremental noises,creative writing that mixes well with shadowdreams already dark,dreary.the last few songs off this release remind me alot of the early 80's horror-suspense movie soundtracks.fans of horror movie soundtracks or ambient/expiremental brilliance will not want to pass up shadowrealm's releases.
label contact
www.nurdsturm-productions.de
band contact.
http://www.myspace.com/shadowdream666official

spectre-abyss pro cdr {gravelord productions}
spectre are a new 2 piece out of the ever-growing black metal scene in england."abyss"contains 3 songs of pure black metal similar to the norse gods of the early 90's.the duo also mix in some moments of dark ambience and fit it into the hateful black metal sound nicely to give it a even darker atmosphere and sound.the guitar has the raw,harsh riffs. the guitars are mid-paced range throughout the 3 featured tracks so it will be interesting to hear on future releases if spectre keeps this sound or if they will break away into the more chaotic,raw sound.for a debut release spectre has done a great job with abyss. so i am very eager to hear the new upcoming releases from this young band.
label contact.
http://www.myspace.com/gravelordproductions
band contact.
http://www.myspace.com/spectremusic

svartiloghin-drifting through the void cd {ATMF.rec}
sweden's svartiloghin are not a bad band at all but to be truthful i can not get into this as it has ALOT of influences from indie rock,expirmentl type of music.and i am not a real familar with these genres.the only real "black metal"influence i hear are some screamy/scratchy vocals.fans of newer expiremental black metal might enjoy the band but as for me i'm gonna stick with nyseius and a.a.f.c and pass on svartiloghin.
label contact,
www.atmf.net


towards global holocaust/christ dismembered-upon firmament's of sacrilege and genocide split cd {disease foundry records}
this is a release i have been wanting to hear for awhile now so i was excited as a kid on christmas to recieve this.starting off the dual assult is towards global holocaust probably one of the best kept scecrets in the war,death,black,thrash scene.continuing on with their violent war metal assult that began with bands debut release "...ever onwards".the 4 tracks on this release are more mature in writing and the guitars while still keeping some of the rawness in tact are a bit more thicker to give it a death metal feel and sound in some of the tracks.blaash's drumming is even more brutal and chaotic something i didn't think possible but his drumming style is some of the most insane,chaotic but also extremly talented and well written beats in this style of brutal music.the vocals {which both r.f and blaash share on various songs} are a mix of deeper growls,traditional black metal shrieks and some of the sickest,most depraved screams/shrieks of insanity to be ever be recorded by any band.up next is christ dismemberment this is my first encounter with the band. christ dismemberment has a very thick bass driven sound.remindes me of early mortician,incantation and maybe even hints of the classic deceased-luck of the corpse release.christ dismemberment are not horrible by any means but i am interested to hear future releases to hear if the band grows/expands in song-writing.
band contact
http://www.myspace.com/towardsglobalholocaust

interview w/sleepwalker vocals,all instruments for A transylvanian funeral,editor of forbidden mag.done by patrick

here is a new interview i did with one of my longest supporters since beginning winter torment web-zine. sleepwalker fans of black metal will defintly not want to miss out on his new release "the others".and his new web/fanzine "forbidden-magazine is getting alot of great bands on it so fans of all styles of black,dark metal should defintly check it out asap.!!
enjoy the interview and keep an eye out more reviews and interviews coming soon!!!
best regarards,
patrick and winter torment web-zine
http://www.wintertorment.com


interview with sleepwalker vocals,all instruments for A transylvanian funeral,owner/editor of forbidden magazine,and forbidden records. done by patrick


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

Hails brother...I enjoyed my weekend, thanks. I went on a hike up Mt. Lemmon here in Tucson and it was really nice. It had been quite a while since I have spent any time away from civilization...I also went back to the gym for the first time in about 9 months...something else that I miss greatly.

2.well i guess we will begin with your musical band/interest.i was first introduced to you through your black metal band "A transylvanian funeral". was this the first band/project you have ever worked on? if no please tell us a bit of your othere. when did you come up with the idea for for A transylvanian funeral ? how did you come up with name for the band?for readers who have never heard the band how would you describe the music?

A Transylvanian Funeral is relatively young, in terms of a discography or whatever. I released the self tilted debut in March of 2009 and also was lucky enough to do a split with both Black Torment from Mexico and Funeral Winterdust from Brazil. I have been a musician all my life so I have been in several different music groups...the project before ATF was called Scorpio Rising and was quite different from what I am doing now. The songs were dark but had a more mainstream sound...something I have no desire to pursue again. ATF was born out of my discontent with working with other individuals and wanting to express my true nature as an artist, without a care for a 'common goal' amongst musicians. I have always had the intention to allow the music to change and evolve, so describing the sound would only be accurate if you were speaking of one release...

3.you are the sole member of the band.when you started A transylvanian funeral did you plan to work alone or have you considered looking for other members to join? what do you feel are the advantges and disadvantges to being in a one-man band? if you had the opportunity to work with any musicians{past or present} who would u like to work with?

When ATF was born, it was a collaboration between Sojourner and I. I would play the parts and write the songs, Sojourner would give me feedback, help write some lyrics and sing additional vocals. When the songs started to form an album and I talked about releasing it, Sojourner seemed less and less interested the more it grew. Now, we rarely talk...It is a lot of responsibility to do everything yourself, but it is also more rewarding. I also don't have to become reliant on someone only to have them walk away from what was a collaborative effort. I have recently relocated and have thought about putting together a bad but I doubt I would care to share songwriting responsibilities with anyone...I would like to do some live recordings and I want the sound of a real drummer on my next release...

4.i know you are in the process of finishing up the writing/recording of your 2nd release "the outsiders".are you happy with how everything turned out on this release? how many songs will be on the new cd? will you self-release the outsiders or have you found a label to work with?
do you have a release date set for the outsiders?

The album is titled, 'the Outsider'...the is only one 'Outsider'. I am very happy with the release, everything you will experience on the album is of my own creation...no guest musicians or anything...I even designed the packaging save for some illustrations from my friend Nate of the Living Dead. The album will have 12 songs and be just over 66 minutes. I am releasing the album myself on my own Forbidden Records. There is some talks with a few South American labels for doing different version releases but that is all it is right now...talk.

5.how many hours a day/week would you say you devote to writing/working on new music? which usually comes first the lyrics or the music? what are the lyrics about? do u have any certain topics/subjects you write about?

I spend all my fucking time working with music. It isn't always my own. I will write music for several months, writing and recording and then I will spend several months promoting the music and releasing it. I would like to have the luxury of spending all my time writing but to get the music out to the fans, I have to spend an equal amount of time doing the business end of things as well...If I am not promoting my own music, I am promoting someone else's with Forbidden Magazine. There isn't really any set order as to what comes first, lyrics or music. I guess that the two sort of find on another in their own way. The best work is the stuff that I don't really have to try on...when it comes naturally. 'Worship a Dead Fucking Goat' is a great example of strong lyrics that came to me in one flash of sporadic bliss. The lyrics to 'Worship...' are pretty visual, all about ritual suicide and initiation into the inner circle of a clandestine cult. 'the Outsider', as a whole, is based loosely on the story by Lovecraft, which was not my intention...the title track was the last song written for the album, and as it manifested, I found the unifying theme in all the songs...it is a story of reincarnation and the despair of eternal life...

6.is A transylvanian funeral your only band/project you currently work with? if no please tell us about your others.

Right now, ATF is the only musical project I do...I have thought about using the name Scorpio Rising again, but just for a noise project...nothing like what it was before.

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

Black Metal is something very personal. It has to have a different meaning for everyone. Knowing that you are an individual and that you are allowed to think and feel as such is a big part of it to me. Having the guts to do what you want, when you want...Do what thou wilt. For some, black metal is all show, make up and glam and lightshows and fashion, and that doesn't do it for me. It is something that is meant to frighten, to cause worry and fear. Black metal is one of the few things that change its form depending on who is looking at it. I think that if you get two people to really agree on what BM is, and put some simple definition on it, then those two people are probably fucking full of shit.

8.i was also curious in your opinion of the u.s black metal scene. it seems to have gained alot of respect and more quality bands over the years.would you agree?

The quality of bands may have increased, sure. The number of bands has also increased and all the bands are able to get more exposure these days, which, in turn, only makes the bands that much better. There are more people going to shows, writing zines, picking up instruments and listening to Bathory than ever before...it is a natural progression made possible by technology.

9.who are some of your all-time favorite u.s black metal bands? are their any new bands you think the readers should watch out for?

I like Grand Belial's Key, Thronspawn, Funereus (new album kills)...haven't stopped listening to the new Prosanctus Inferi since I got a hold of it. Those guys will fuck up a festival full of other bullshit bands.

10.you also recently started up the new fan/web-zine "forbidden magazine.when did you get the idea to start up the web/fanzine?

I was tired of fucking with Beyond the Dark Horizon...I worked 70+ hours a week and still made time to write my music and write for the zine...I still don't think the last interviews and reviews I did got published...it is a shame, we had a killer inty with Marduk...I also wanted to do my own thing, support more underground bands. I am not a person who likes to work for other people...I usually think that I can do better than the next asshole, so I just do...Trying is half the battle and the other half is taking responsibility for your fuck ups...that is all I do and that is all that is necessary.

11.are you happy with how things have progressed so far with the zine? you are currently working on issue no.2 correct? who are some bands/labels you will be featuring in the second issue of forbidden fanzine?

It is really Issue One....Issue Zero was the first...it is a download only zine, with a compilation. Hells Headbangers Records is the only label/distro with any print copies...and there are only 10...the download version is free and it is encouraged to be shared, printed, whatever by fans and distros...I am very pleased with how everything has been going...we have covered a lot of ground in only 4 months...I can't believe we have done two issue in 4 months...I got a great team of people working with me, so that really helps...
I just got the cover story back today...A Forest of Stars. We try to do a lot of different genres within the extreme realm of music. Interviews will include AFOS, Watain, Deiphago, Denoucement Pyre, Dodenkrotch, Funereus, Withershin, Eyehategod and more...plus a pro CD with all these killer bands...

12.in your opinion what makes a good zine? do you have any advice to someone who might be reading this interested in starting up a web/fanzine?

I can't really give anyone advice for doing their own zine...that is why I do mine...Just do what you want, be honest, don't rip people off, be honest and don't do it unless you really want to help bands/labels and extreme music in general...be fucking honest...the extreme metal world is a very small place...too small to run and hide after you rip someone off...fuck all you scum fucks....

13.if any bands or labels are label in sending in promo material how can they contact you? what styles of metal do you cover/support?

We will cover whatever music we like...I am not opposed to checking out your myspace for 3 minutes to catch a glimpse of your music...some people don't do all that but the music needs to really grab me to go beyond that first listen...the trick is, though, I can't say 'yes' if you don't fucking ask! So ask me to check out your music @ info@forbidden-magazine.com …
I stay fucking busy, too, so be persistent and be patient!

14.well sleepwalker we have reached the end of the interview.thank you for taking the time to fill out this interview.do you have any final comments for the readers?
Thanks to everyone reading this, to Winter Torment for the continued support, ultimate Death Hails to the fans, fucking worldwide maniacs everywhere! The labels who support the killer bands and the zines who keep the flame burning...'the Outsider' 07-21-10...
to check out sleepwalker's projects/zines follow these "links"
A transylvanian funeral
http://www.myspace.com/atransylvanianfuneral
forbidden magazine
http://www.myspace.com/forbiddenmagazine
www.forbidden-magazine.com
forbidden records.
http://www.myspace.com/forbiddenrecords
www.forbidden-records.com


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