Sunday, August 22, 2010

serbian metal scene feature interviews kozeljnik and shadowdream plg 2.

here is the 2nd blog/page of my serbian metal report the two bands featured this time are. kozeljnik a band that mixes in fast,aggressive black metal but also has a certain dark atmosphere entertwined.the band's new cd "deeper the fall" is now availble through the u.s label paragon records.
the final interview is with the great shadowdream! ambient/expiremental metal band.the band mixes in horror movie soundtrack ambience and expiremental sounds for a very unique and interesting sound.
hope you all enjoy the interviews,
best regards
patrick and winter torment web-zine

Interview with L.G., drummer for Kozeljnik / done by Patrick

1. Hails my friend!! How are things going in Serbia this week? Please tell the readers a little about yourself.
Well, I'm currently out of Serbia so I wouldn't know much, but in general, same old same old..
Me, myself and I is the drummer of BM bands Kozeljnik, The Stone, May Result and Dead Shell Of Universe, all of which are currently active and have some or plenty of releases under their skin. Music and ancient Kozeljnik devilry are the themes my dreams and living conscious deal with. I'm separated from the fokken Earth, yet still I dwell deep in its core, amidst the flames and woe, above and beneath...

2. When did you first discover metal? Who were some of the first bands to catch your attention? Who are some of your "current" favorite bands?
I'll admit, at very young age. My older sister used to be with her whole being into bands like Black Sabbath, Metallica, later Alice in Chains etc.. all of which are one my favourites up to this day. So I followed "blindly" her passion for this kind of music when I was just a freakin' child, so this later evolved into a really serious, life-meaningful thing. I also look for plenty of bands aside metal music, but some of my favourites in this type would include: Slayer, King Diamond, Craft, The Chasm, Enslaved, Cannibal Corpse, Mayhem, Sadus, Pantera, Absu, Runemagick, Unearthly Trance, Darkthrone, Code, Death, Aeternus, Root, W.A.S.P... there's a whole lot more, but I'll stop in order to save you a little bit of space here.

3. When did you and Kozeljnik (vocalist, guitars) meet? Was it long after you both decided to form Kozeljnik? For the readers who have not heard the band before how would you describe the music?
You mean 'before' we formed Kozeljnik. Sure, I knew his bands way before we even met, but officially our friendship/brotherhood goes from the end of 2002, or beginning of '03. Kozeljnik was formed in 2006. Dark and Morbid BM art in its basics, but we tend to push the limits quite often and quite hard. Check out our most recent state of mind, revealed in an album called "Deeper the Fall" that just got released through NY-based Paragon Records.

4. Kozeljnik is just the two of you. Have u guys thought of adding more members for a full-studio band or do you prefer to work as a duo?
As an entity that Kozeljnik represents, we're always gonna be a two-piece devilcraft. On our live performances, we always add some more people to hail this ritual with us and only those whom we trust deeply. As for the studio efforts, so far all of 'em were made by the two of us, yet we may have some guest(s) in the future, that's if we feel like embracing some different kind of energy in the very moment and let it become one with ours.

5. If you personally had the opportunity to work/write with any musicians past or present who would you like to work with?
I'd definitely like to work/share/co-operate/get lost and again get back-on-the-track with f.e.: Tony Iommi, Zakk Wylde, Blasphemer, Mike Patton, Dimebag Darrell, Robert Plant and Jimmy Page, James Hetfield, Jerry Cantrell, King Diamond/Andy LaRocque/Hank Shermann, Les Claypool, Ozzy, Peter Steele, Ivar Bjørnson, James Murphy, Milan Mladenovic/EKV.. just to mention those few I adore.

6. The band recently released it's second CD "Deeper the Fall" through the US label Paragon Records. How long did it take you both to write/record the songs for "Deeper the Fall"?
We've been working on it for a few months, all of it came strictly on our studio sessions. We just lock ourselves, let all of our internal and the spheres beyond show them faces to us, afterwards we channel them and shape in a way that suits our Will at the moment. That's how this album appeared to be made and that's pretty much the way Kozeljnik breathes for us and us for him.

7. Are you happy with how the music/songs turned out? How has response been from the fans and press?
We are, we are indeed. So far, reviews posted all around the web and ones we got from some magazines have been really in-depth and you can easily see who figured out his/her own way with "Deeper the Fall". We need people to dive into our art, to experience, to expand... I see no worth in having positive, negative or comments made by people with lack of interest & dedication. I want those who are capable of understanding this kind of art, who are willing to share themselves with what we and other of our kind have to offer.. beyond, just go beyond and let go off all that you thought you possess and embrace the Unknown.

8. As mentioned Kozeljnik signed with Paragon Records. How did you come into contact with the label? Do you find it hard to work with a label in a different country?
Not at all, all the bands run by K. and me are involved with labels from abroad. So far, co-operation with Paragon seems quite nice, they were one of the most attractive labels to us because of their chief's interesting choice of bands and huge effort that he and his comrades involve in order to support them. So, we gave it a try, sent out a rehearsal with some new songs and got the deal. We're pleased with the outcome.

9. Kozeljnik are a two-man band in the studio but I have read on the band's sites: you use some session members for live shows. Please introduce the session members. How often does Kozeljnik play live? Do you enjoy playing live or do you prefer studio-work only?
Yup, as mentioned earlier, we have men helping us on stage, them being: Demonetras, guitarist for The Stone, very important figure in our live performance, Dusan of May Result, who's handling second guitar and most recently, our new bass player Tibor (of Hungarian band Neochrome). This is the live-formation of Kozeljnik. We tend to play live whenever we have the opportunity, expect some mini-tour to be arranged at the beginning of the next year. European part for now.

10. You are a part of Serbia's black metal underground. For the readers unfamilar with Serbia's metal scene, what is your opinion on the scene there?
I'm not at all pleased with the situation in our homeland, there's no bands, no gigs, media, no real people supporting this thing.. we always look for the outside shows, contacts and cooperation with people in other countries. Unfortunate, perhaps, but this is the way we've been doing like for years now... there's some glimpses and flashes on times and I really hope some of the worthy people I know from around will make it big, or at least visible in the near future. But again, I'm silent and observing to that.

11. Who are your all-time favorite Serbian metal bands? Are there any new bands the readers should keep their eyes open for?
It's pointless to mention any, really. They either last for few years and make something bearable or not at all worth mentioning, or they simply vanish after the idea of having a band is put on table. No favorites, sorry. Do check out our work with The Stone, May Result, Dead Shell of Universe and stretch your eye into direction of the following acts (it may worth your while, after all): Disdained, Consecration, Space Eater, Heretical Guilt, dreDDup (more industrial psychotic groove than metal, but still, vicious), Vehementer, Zaklan; some of the older ones: Bloodbath, Heller, Bombarder (Bosnian ancient hellish outfit).

12. Speaking of Serbia's metal scene Kozeljnik and yourself are part of the mighty Serbian bands "The Stone" and "May Result". When did you guys form/join these bands? How would you say The Stone's and May Result music is different from Kozeljnik's?
Both of these bands have been there from mid 90's and are very active with both studio and live performances. K. has been there from the start and I joined them in '07, just a year after we started out with Kozeljnik. Well, music and approach differ a lot, anyone can tell that just by having either one of those bands' albums and will to observe & compare them. If you're into blasphemous, not-typical, well played and on occasion brutal black metal, do check out The Stone. We have new album "Umro" and have recently returned from 1-month European tour with Romanian band Negura Bunget. May Result, on the other hand, is an old-school black metal of Death, having 4 albums behind and has played some of the bigger UG festivals in Europe in past decade.

13. Everyone has their own idea on what black metal means/stands for so I was curious of your opinion. In your opinion what does "black metal" mean to you?
Everything and Nothing, the idea of flame consuming all, the idea of earth unfolding its true face - Reversal of the known, the great destroyer and wisdom bringer. BM as we know it keeps expanding every second and is an art completely out of control. That's what puts a grim smile on my face every time I confront my reality. It gives all and vanishes as if it never was there. Weird and strange, yet present and constantly intriguing. Fucking sick, at last...

14. You handle the drums for Kozeljnik and I would like to compliment you on the amazing drum work you did on "Deeper the Fall" some of the best black metal drumming I've heard in years. When did you first become interested in playing drums? Are you self-taught or have you had lessons in the past?
Thank you for your compliments, I really appreciate it. Yup, I finished high-school of music, classical percussion department, but I'm pretty much a self-taught drummer. I always tend to embrace as many styles as possible, hear and listen a lot of same and different musicians every day, all the time, think & learn this craft.. that's how it goes for me. Can't really remember when was the first time I took such an interest in actually playing this instrument, but I think it was always present in my life. Always been there.

15. Who would you say are some of your influences/favorite drummers? Do you play any other instruments?
Some of my all time favorites include Mikkey Dee, Paul Bostaph, Fenriz, Bill Ward, Sean Kinney, Proscriptor McGovern, Vinnie Paul, Tim Alexander, Pete Sandoval, Hellhammer, Donald Tardy, Dave Lombardo, Mike Bordin; Dave Weckl, Stewart Copeland, Buddy Rich, Jonathan Moffet, Matt Abts, Jeff Porcaro, Chad Smith.. a bunch of them really, just too many to mention. I also play piano a little bit.

16. Well my friend we have reached the end of the interview. I would like to thank you for taking the time to fill out this interview. Do you have any final comments for the readers?
Thanx so much for doing this wonderful interview, thank you for your support and interest in me, Kozeljnik and the Devil that speaks within. Take care and keep up the good work..
To the true observers of the horde: Deeper the Fall is dedicated to you. May you find yourself.

Interview with rastako,all instruments for shadowdream,done by patrick

1.hello rastako! how is your week starting out? please tell the readers a little about yourself.

Hello my friend, thanks for asking it’s quite well, but little bit chaotic. As for second part of question, I am author of music project Shadowdream, educated in cinematography, music theory and violin, as well as amateur astronomer.

2.when did you first become interested in playing music? what were some of the first instruments you learned to play?

Since first days in music school, when I began playing violin at the age of 6, I was discovering this magnificent dimension of artistic expression called classical music, which can add little bit more drama to already established visual art presentations in vein of sculpture, painting or, for that meter, cinematography (horror, suspense movies would not exist by today’s standards without alteration of picture with sound/music). Of course, when I sensed Art as autochthonous entity, as alteration of life and life on its own, I began to discover different ways of music expression via different musical instruments, so after violin I started to learn flute and piano, and in my free time guitar. I explored total diversities of musical techniques therefore widening my own musical knowledge and appreciation. Every form of Art presents individuality, which is proven in greatest period of Renaissance, where secular knowledge and individualism flourished.

3.which instrument do you feel was the easiest for you to learn? which was the hardest for you to learn? is their any instrument you have not learned to play yet that you would like to

I cannot really determine which instrument or technique was easiest or hardest to learn, since I learned all of them by heart, all I can appreciate is which one is more interesting than the other. As for some new instruments, I would really like to feel the power of church organs as well as to play harpsichord and some woodwind instruments – clarinet, Cor anglais, oboe…

4.when did you get the idea to create "shadowdream"? how did you come up with the name for this project/band? for the readers who have not heard would you describe the music you create?

Concept and idea to form Shadowdream came gradually, during my wondering to great realm of Art. I felt a need to express my inner world with words of different language – one which alters life and expresses mine emotions. As for name, I feel
that any Artist should work by his intuition, which is in most cases dark and unpleasant, therefore I woken up this inner state and called it Shadowdream, which reflects that hidden world of dreams (what we are and who we might be) under the veil of dark shadows. My music is basically part of Program music style, which means it is cohesive with imaginary – your own personification or something you already have materialized. So, I can say it is widening imagination, it is reflection of, somehow, postmodern period, where Art was created only for people who understand Art and enjoy it, it is conspiracy against plain people. It is music for intelligent humans and not for the masses, so don’t expect some trendy, decadent tunes. But, at the end, let the last judgment on my music be told by person who listens to it! recently sent me your newest cd "part of the infinity". how long did it take you to write the songs for this release? are you happy with how the songs turned out?

The creative part took around one year of time and it was triggered by unimaginable greatness of science of Astronomy. I was intrigued by theoretical, physical laws and representations of celestial objects, but when I looked trough the eye of my telescope, the things I saw were movement, shape, somewhat color, so I decided to add a new, sound dimension and immediately started to write “Part of…” which is rather my personal vision of something men observed for centuries – great cosmic ballet. Until this moment, I am very pleased with final product and representation of my impressions. has response been from the fans and press?

Fan and press response was great, I must admit. It was discussed by Astronomers on “A brief voyage trough our universe” lecture and was part of astronomical lectures in local observatory for some time, so I guess secular people are very intrigued by another vision of science – Artistic.

7.i believe you told me you have been busy writing songs for the next shadowdream is this going? do you know how many songs will be featured on this release? do you have a release date set or planned? how do you feel the new music is different from your past work?

Thank you for asking, the album is finished. As in my previous works, I like to explore different spheres of knowledge, so every opus is very different from the previous one, therefore this one, as representation of my deep admiration towards renaissance period, is somewhat my greatest success – it’s symbiosis of modern anti-decadent mind with renaissance Art and the final product trying to infiltrate greatest ideas of all time in modern society. Opus is composed from eight

.... compositions and it is already out on tape format (Depressive Illusions Records), with CD release on different label being set during this forthcoming winter.

8.i believe i saw your sites that besides shadowdream,you have also composed for some movie this correct? what are some of the movies you have written music for?

Indirectly my music was used as soundtrack for some of movies on Academy of Arts; they were mainly student music, so I guess it was an act of altruism, ha ha. However, some rather serious film productions have asked me for contribution, so I will eventually see how that turns out.
9.i also saw on your site a banner for the church of satan. would you consider youself a satanist? when did you first start reading/studying anton lavey's writings?

By philosophical views I do consider myself as Satanist and do agree with most of the philosophy written by LaVey. Satanism, as philosophy, has that dark aura around it, that is why most people don’t won’t to approach it and “cross the line” of yet undiscovered, but the other side of the mirror tells different story – realistic. I do not find myself depending on some artificial being, rather find mythology (religion by some means) as quite unique approach, from psychological point of view, to incomplete personality and, of course, find these stories as good belles-lettres, which can discover to us some hidden thoughts from times in the past. Satanism presents personal responsibility, since we do not have any higher being to be our lawyer.

10.besides anton lavey and the church of satan do you study/follow any other satanic/occult writers?

I had chance to read some occult books, which dealt mostly on theological approach to Satanism or/and wider occultism - I don’t find that as relevant for my ideas, rather enjoyable belles-lettres. Recently I have red, when it comes to occult associated literature, book “The Devil” by Italian writer Alfonso M. di Nola, which is chronological look at devil’s usage by various cultures from certain points of time, so I found that, from anthropological and historical point of view interesting.
11.besides occult/satanic writers are their any other philiosphers you study? do you have a certain kind of philosophy you try to live by?

I do have my own philosophy, which is mainly directed towards Art, Science and depicting decadence, as well as some codex of living – I have collected my own impressions and thoughts, which will be released online, or maybe with some future

album, I still haven’t decided, but you will be able to read my works and take a peak inside my “philosophy”.

12.coming back to music you come out of the serbian metal underground. what is your opinion of serbia's metal underground?

My honest opinion is that there is problem of quantity against quality. There is lot of envy among people, like everywhere else, but I do think that people in, let’s call them, socially aware countries, look their own business and way to “success”, rather than doing stagnation and the “evil eyes” on those who do not find themselves positively progressing. It’s easier to be better than average, than better than best. As for some established bands, who resisted this place and time, and still are productive I do support them and their work and feel they are representatives of real, creative Serbian metal scene.

13.who are some of your all-time favorite serbian metal bands? are their any new upcoming bands you think the readers should watch out for?

As I really don’t have all-time favorite amongst Serbian metal bands, I will mention those who I truly respect and see as relevant to be part of something called “scene”. Names such as May Result, The Stone, of course “new blood” on the scene in vein of Ancient Sorrow, Bane, Vehementer and, unfortunately disbanded Disdained, with great respect toward primal nucleus of Serbian metal in vein of Bombarder, Necrophiliacs Terror, Murder etc.

14.besides shadowdream do you currently work or play with any other bands? if yes please tell the readers a little about them.

Actually, I am second member of black metal band Ancient Sorrow. It is straightforward black metal, taking it’s inspiration from primordial Scandinavian scene, along with emphasized orchestral parts. New material is soon to be presented in underground publicity.

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

Thank you very much, my friend, for interesting and dynamic questions, it was pleasure answering them. Enjoy art, because art provides the answer to what cannot be answered!

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serbian metal scene feature interviews w/bane and samrt

metal hails!!!!
this is a new idea i had and finally had time to put it into action. i had thought of doing monthly or bi-monthly "scene reports" but instead of just posting a list with a bunch of bands/labels i decided to interview 4 bands,labels,zines from a certain country or state here in the u.s first country up is serbia.i have met/heard some excellent bands from this country so i wanted to shed some light on their scene for the rest of the world to hear/check out.
i will soon begin work on the next feautured country so keep reading. {i am HOPING to do this feature every month or 6 weeks depending on fast i can send out and recieve the interviews back.
always interested in feedback so please let me know ur opinions {good OR Bad}
best regards,
patrick and winter torment web-zine

up first is the mighty bane,i have interview branislav before but the band is currently working on a brand new of early 90's european style black metal will love these guys!!!!
Interview with Branislav (lead guitarist, growls, lyrics for bane).
Done by Patrick.

1. Metal hails brother! How are things going in Serbia? Please tell the readers a little about yourself.

Hails Patrick! Things are pretty chaotic for at the moment, but good enough, thanks.

Well, I am Branislav - founder, main writer, lead guitarist & vocalist for Serbian Black/Death Metal band BANE (, and lead singer for Serbian/USA Modern Death Metal band Synesis Absorption (

Beside that I use to play in Technical Death Metal band disdained.

2. When did you first start listening to metal? Who were some of the first metal bands you listened to? Who are some of your "current" favorite bands?

I started listening to Metal about 10 years ago, but extreme Metal came in about 7 years ago, when I discovered bands such as Cryptopsy, Cannibal Corpse, Morbid Angel, Broken Hope, etc...

3. When did you guys form BANE? How did you all come up with name of the band? Does it have a special meaning? If i am not mistaken you all stopped the band for a few years. Why did you all stop the band?

BANE was formed by myself in 2006, and I am the only original member. The band name simply represents in a way the music and emotions I have to express: misery, death, curse, ruin, etc...

Yes, the band was inactive from 2007 (after the first demo was recorded) to mid/late 2009. There are several reasons, but the main ones are because I could not find a steady line-up, and because at that time I was very busy with touring & recording for disdained (which is now disbanded).

4. When did you guys decide to re-start up the band? What is the "current" line-up? For the readers who have never heard the band how would you describe the bands music?

I decided to re-activate the band in mid/late 2009, when I started writing some new material for BANE. Luckily, with a few struggles once again, I finally managed to gather a full (live) line-up:

Branislav - Growl Vocals & Lead Guitars
Khargash - Scream Vocals & Bass
Vandal - Rhythm Guitars
Zombi - Drums

The music we are now playing can be best described as "Swedish Styled Black/Death Metal" from the mid 90`s. For fans of early Dissection, Dark Funeral, Naglfar...

5. Earlier this year the band released it's debut EP "Misanthropia". How long did it take you all to write/record the songs for this release? Happy with how everything turned out? How has the response been from the press and fans?

Correct. The writing process & recording of that material was realized pretty quick actually...I would say about 2-3 months in total.

I am very satisfied with the EP, since at first I did not even think it would be released. Victory By Fire Records released it in March 2010, and just a few weeks ago Set Productions from Egypt re-released it. And it will most likely re-appear on a 3-Way Split CD later this year on US Label Winter Thorn Records.

The response of the fans & press is very nice as far as I know and heard.

6. I know you have told me the band is currently working on new songs for the bands new full-length. What can you tell about this release? How many songs will be on it? Will this be a self-release or have you found a label to help you release it? Do you all have a release date set for it?

The new material for our first full-length album is about 95% complete at this time. We are entering the studio in about a week or so to begin the recording of the album entitled "Chaos, Darkness & Emptiness". The artwork is done by legendary Marcelo Vasco (Belphegor, Gorgoroth, Satyricon, Vader, Obituary, etc....).

The album will contain 9 songs, and will be equally divided into 3 chapters.

Chapter I - CHAOS

It will be released on ABYSS RECORDS (USA) as a special Digi-CD edition, with a bonus track - cover of Dark Funeral`s "The Dawn No More Rises". It will also be released on European soils (co-release between 2-3 Record Labels) as a standard jewel case CD version. And finnally, a limited MC version will be released on Satanic Deathcult Productions.

7. You also told me the band is preparing for a european tour in support of the new full-length. How is this going? Can you tell us any confirmed dates for the tour? Where are some of the countries you will be playing/touring in?

Yes. At the moment, there are only confirmed dates in France, Poland and Czech Republic. But we are hoping to visit other countries such as Belgium, Holland and Germany.

There are still a few open days for booking, so local organizers can write to me for more info, a deal will be easily fixed:

The tour dates will be announced in early September, if not earlier. So if you are reading this interview and located in Europe, and would like to see BANE live, then drop by our MySpace page for frequent updates & info.

8. Who are some bands you will be playing/touring with? If you could set-up a "dream" show/tour who are some bands you would love to play with?

We will do the whole Tour with great French band NIBIRUS ( Also on some dates of the Tour Brutal Death Metal/Hardcore band LIVARKAHIL ( will share the stage with us. For now this is all I know.

Definitely I would love to play a Tour as support to DARK FUNERAL, or any Swedish Black Metal band: Naglfar, Setherial, Watain...

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

Well, the best thing for sure is that it`s still alive, and that there are tons of new bands releasing their material on Tapes, Vinyls, CD-r`s, the spirit or the Underground in that way is still alive, and happy to see that there are a lot of small labels supporting small bands, and the other way around. And the worst probably that there are too many new bands/releases, that it`s impossible to follow everything. And most likely by now I have missed many releases which I would have enjoyed if I had a chance to listen to them.

"Underground" has a big meaning for me, a value that cannot be replaced with anything. By underground I think of all the bands, shows, releases that will never be supported in mass-media, that I love and support. It`s just something that to most people has absolutely no meaning, but yet for me, means a lot.

10. Bane come out of the mighty Serbian metal scene. Serbia seems to have a strong metal scene. Would you agree? What is your opinion of serbia's metal scene?

At this time, it is really bad. Since the last time we spoke about this, things have gone even worst...a few more clubs have closed, which means that it`s even more hard to find a club/local organizer and promoter who will help you support UG bands anywhere in the country.

As for releases, people seem to have no interest at all in buying original CD`s, MC`s, Vinyls...and our first and only Metal Shop closed, so we now don`t even have the possibility to enter a store and buy merchandise.

So to be honest, the Metal scene in Serbia is horrible. Even bands seem to be really lazy, and do not work on themselves for promotion, recording, etc...only a VERY small number have gathered some attention on themselves, but that attention mainly comes from abroad countries.

11. Who are some of your all-time favorite Serbian bands? Are their any new up and coming bands the readers should watch out for?

Some of my favorite Serbian bands are: Dead Joker (Brutal Death Metal), May Result (Black Metal), Infest (Death/Thrash Metal), Draconic (Modern Metal), Through Art (Melodic Death Metal), Shadowdream (Ambient/Metal) etc...

Or course, there are a few new bands I would definitely recommend:

Ancient Sorrow (Old School Black Metal), Mrznja (Black Metal) , Blasphererion (Black/Death Metal)...damn, I can`t think of any more at the moment.

12 .Besides bands does Serbia have any good/honest zines or distros/labels to check out?

The only and true Metal Record Label is of course GROM RECORDS (

As for zines...NOCTURNE MAGAZINE (

13. You handle guitars for the band. When did you first start playing the guitars? Are you self-taught or lessons?

I seriously started playing the guitar when I was 13 years. Since then, I never had a guitar class in my life, so I guess you can say I am pretty much self-taught.

14. Who are some of your influences/favorite guitarist? Do you play any other instruments?

Some of my favorite guitarists and main influences: Chuck Schuldiner, Jon Nödtveidt, Ishahn, Lord Ahriman, Luc Lemay, Jonathan Levasseur, Andy Timmons, Guthrie Govan...and no, I don`t play any other instrument seriously.

15. Do you or any of the members in bane have side-bands or projects to the readers should know about?

We all have different side projects:


-Synesis Absorption (

-Goat Eater (


-Obscured (


-Infest (


-Infest (

-Simargal (

16. Well brother thank you for taking the time to fill out this interview. Do you have anything you would like to add before we end the interview?

Patrick, I would like to thank you once again for the true support you have given to this band since it`s re-activation, it really means a lot to us.

Everything that I would say is already mentioned above, so thanks to everyone who read this interview, and if you are interested in reading more info about BANE, feel free to drop by, add & follow us on:


And for direct band contact & booking, write to:

Let thy Chaos forever reign upon us!


next up is samrt,simply described by the band as "black metal" which listening to the songs off the bands myspace page fits perfectly. nothing fancy just pure aggressive black metal. fans of this style watch for the debut cd "nek vam crn bog sudi" coming soon.

nterview with Nekrst, guitarist for Samrt. Done by Patrick.

1. Hails Nekrst! How is your weekend going? Please tell the readers a bit about yourself.
Hails Patrick! Greetings to readers! Weekend was okay, I've mostly spent these days in checking all parts of the upcoming album, from music to lyrics, for the umpteenth time, to be sure that everything is allrigth. The rest of the time I was listening to music, right now it’s a 4-way split 'Secta Nova' from Angstridden, Enshadowed, Devathorn and Burial Hordes. Great bands from Greece.

2. When did you first start listening to metal? Who were some of the first bands you listened to? Who are some of your "current" favorite bands?
In primary school. First bands were Iron Maiden and Metallica, later I discovered Death, Dimmu Borgir and Emperor and these were the doors that lead me into the world of extreme metal. Some of my favorite bands beside the bands I mentioned above are Marduk, Immortal, Darkthrone, Vader, Slayer, The Stone, Behemoth, Avenger, Inferno, Inquisition and others.

3. When did you all form Samrt? What is the "current"line-up? For the readers who have never heard Samrt, how would you describe the music?
Samrt was formed in winter 2006. That was a time when I was already largely working on songs, and after Nemanja joined the band, things were even more accelerated. In may 2007. we entered studio as a duo to record the first demo called 'Poljubi me majko odlazim u smrt' , which is released as a split CD with On Horns Impaled on Darzamadicus Records from Macedonia in September last year. During recording session I was vocalist and guitarist and Nemanja did the drums and bass. After recording demo, for the needs of live shows Demonetras is involved in the band, and now he is a full time member. Current line-up that works in studio on debut album is Demonetras on bass and guitars, Dragan Pagan on vocals, Nemanja on drums, Urok behind the keyboards and me on guitars.
As for the description of band's music... I love to describe it simply as black metal. I like to let my music speak for itself, but let's say that Samrt plays an aggressive, raw, yet melodic black metal with frequent changes of rhythm, that leads you from the atmosphere of the time when this country was pagan to the feelings of devastating apocalypse.

4. I read on the band’s page that you are currently writing/recording the debut cd "Nek vam Crn bog sudi". What can you tell about this release? How many tracks will be featured? Do you all have a release date set for this release?
We are still in studio, recording is in progress and soon we will finish it. Album should be out until the end of summer, there is not precisely specified date. It will contain 7 tracks, lyrics are written in Serbian language. Topic of lyrics remained the same as on the demo release - antichristianity and Slavic beliefs, but in musical aspect there were some changes. They are not big, but I think we made an important step forward.

5. The debut will be released through Darzamadicus records. How did the band come in contact with the label? Are you happy with them so far?
As I said above, our demo is released last year as a split CD througth this label, so we were in contact several months before it. They had a good distribution of the split all over the world and they were satisfied with the band, so we decided to continue our cooperation for the debut album. We'll see where will it lead us, so far it is good.

6. When the band begins to work/write a new song, how long does it usually take to complete? Does whole band work on the music or does 1-2 members handle everything?
It depends, sometimes it can be finished in one day, but it often takes a couple of months to complete everything. In fact the song is not over until it's put on CD, until then you can always change something, it is all a game of thought with an instrument, the circle is closed when you have done recording. On demo I was working all alone, but on album I decide to include Demonetras in composing and I think we made a good job. You will soon have the opportunity to hear it.

7. Which usually comes first, the music or lyrics? Who usually handles the lyrics for the band? What are some topics/subjects you all write about?
Sometimes lyrics comes first, sometimes not, it depends on the inspiration. I wrote the lyrics for the demo and most of the texts for the upcoming album, while the rest is the work of my fiancée. Topic of the lyrics is antichristianity imbued with Slavic paganism, mythology, culture and customs of our ancestors.

8. Does Samrt play live very often or do you prefer to work in the studio only? Who are some bands you have played/toured with? If you could set-up a "dream" show/tour who are some bands you would love to play with?
We've played live but not so offten, last gig was in November last year in Belgrade with Nargaroth. We also played with Volkodlak, with Serbian death/trash horde Infest and a few more bands. It's equally exciting working in the studio, to create something new, and to present that work live. If I could set up a dream tour it would be with Slayer, Black Sabbath and Dimmu Borgir.

9. You handle guitars for the band, when did you become interested in playing guitars? Are you self-taught or have you had lessons?
I become interested in guitars when I was 6 or 7 years old, but first time I took it in my hands when I was 16 years old. I didn't have money for lessons, so I was forced to learn everything by myself. It was very difficult to learn alone, but passion for playing was strong and I have succeed.

10. Who are some of your influences/favorite guitarist? Do you play any other instruments?
I only play the guitar. I don't have some special influences but there is a couple of guitarists that I really enjoy to listen, like Blasphemer (ex-Mayhem, Aura Noir), hellish Slayer duo, Steve Vai and my collegue Demonetras.

11. The band comes out of the mighty Serbian scene. What is your opinion of Serbia's metal underground?
Well, the situation is better from day to day, no matter in which genre you are you can always find some cool band to listen. More and more bands are signing deals with Western labels, some bands are playing abroad and that is a motivation for everybody to keep working hard. There is also couple of concert agency, longstanding and most dedicated record label Grom Records, high quality printed magazine Nocturne. There is also some internet promoters and supporters of underground scene... More effort should be made, but I think that the bright future of the Serbian scene is in front of us.

12. Who are some of your all-time favorite Serbian metal bands? Are there any new up and coming bands readers should watch out for?
Number 1 domestic band for me is definetly The Stone. I adore their work, it's perfect, and I also enjoy to listen other bands from their members, May Result and Kozeljnik. There is also an interesting band called Mor and I have to mention forever frozen but not forgotten band Maroth. And if you are lover of true old school black metal, you should check out newcomer band Strah Gospodnji.

13. Do you or any of the other members of Samrt currently play in other bands? If yes please tell us a little about them.
I play only in Samrt but rest of guys are playing in some other bands. Demonetras plays in The Stone (guitar), May Result (bass), Besomar (guitar and vocal) and also work live shows with Kozeljnik, Nemanja plays drums in Besomar, Dragan Pagan plays guitar and sing in Posmrtna Liturgija and Acaverna and Urok is in May Result (keyboards) and The Stone (bass on stage, keyboards).

14. Everyone has their own ideas/opinions on what "black metal" means. So in your opinion what does "black metal" mean to you?
Many see it as a lifestyle but I consider it primarly as a beautiful art, and then as a lifestyle that logically follows the art I do, through which I express my spiritual and conscious thoughts and feelings.

15. Well Nekrst,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?
Follow the news about our upcoming debut album on our page and also check out some of Serbian bands I mentioned above, you will not be disappointed. ''Nek' vam Crn bog sudi'' is coming soon, so keep your eyes open and prepare your ears. Hails from Serbia! SLAVA!

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Monday, August 2, 2010

interview w/grave co-owner of core of destruction radio.done by patrick

yes as i am sure some of you are wondering i usually don't interview or promote crust/h.c style bands or people. but when grave told me about her new station and show. i just had to interview/promote it as much as possible.
grave and i met about a year and half-2 years ago. and she is one of the most intellegent,straight-forward and genuine people you will ever meet. right now as you will read the station is still being fixed up so it will take time. but if you are looking for a person to play or promote your band,label's music.look no further than grave and core of destruction radio!!!
metal regards,as always enjoy the interview!!!
patrick and winter torment web-zine

interview with grave co-owner of core of destruction,and d.j for the radio show in noise we crust,as well as various "random" metal shows.done by patrick
1.metal hails grave!! how is your week starting out? please tell the readers a little about yourself.

Hey Patrick, thanks for the interview. You're always supporting what I do - appreciate it.
Well lets see, I'm 19 years old from Miami, FL. I work & go to school. Love metal/punk and pretty much everything that relates to it. I've been in different bands in the past, I'm currently in a crust band called 'Meet my Meat' (Amebix-styled band) playing drums, and I'm also recently working in the station Core of Destruction Radio which just launched today. And I wouldn't call myself a co-owner of the station, we're all DJ's in there and I'm not a dictator neither is Lizardmessiah, so we don't run the station like a dictatorship. If one of the other DJ's calls me a cunt, I will gladly speak to them to find out what I did wrong and how I can fix it, I love criticism - without it all of us would be liars.

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

I think I started really listening to metal when I was 13 years old, got my first Black Sabbath tape as a gift. And even when I was younger 7/8 years of age my uncles would blast old school Metallica in my house. Current favorite bands? That's impossible to answer, because there's so many bands, so many categories and sub-genres of metal. I like it all. Doom/Crust/Black/Death/Punk/Powerviolence/Sludge/Old school Hardcore etc..

3.when did you become interested in becoming a d.j for internet radio shows/stations? what do you think are the easiest and hardest parts about being a d.j? if anyone is reading this is thinking of being a d.j what advice would you have for them?

I started back in 08 DJ'ing for Open Grave Radio which is no longer a radio station, then I was DJ'ing in a couple other stations until I got to Core of Destruction, which wasn't planned at all. I'll explain later in the interview what happened...
I don't think there such thing as an easy or hard part about being an online radio DJ. It is what you make it to be. If you enjoy promoting unsigned bands and underground labels and bringign new music to the table for other people to check out then it's great and easy. If it's more of a "job" for some DJ's then shame on them, shouldn't be doing it in the first place.

4.i believe your first internet radio show was "journeys through the black abyss" a black metal/drone show that aired on open grave radio{r.i.p} and then on brutal existence radio for a short time.why did you decide to stop the show? any plans to ever resurrect the show? also did/do a show called "in noise we crust" when did u start up this show? this show is obviously more of a crust,grind,punk,hardcore show. why did you decide to change formats of your shows?

Yeah Journeys Through The Black Abyss was my first show ever on Open Grave Radio, I only did two episodes because the general manager decided to put the station to rest right after I started. Then some of the DJ's from Open Grave Radio went ahead and started their own radio station (Brutal Existence Radio) right after. I wanted to continue DJ'ing so I asked if I could be part of that and they took me in. I had different shows on Brutal Existence Radio, with different formats, there wasn't many DJ's in there at that time and I had a lot of free time, so I did plenty of different shows with different formats on that station. The last show I had on there was called In Noise We Crust - which was a very different style of music than all the other shows I've ever done. Why? Because I started getting into punk/powerviolence around that time, and I just wanted to see what I could bring to the station since no one else was playing what I had to offer.
The show IN NOISE WE CRUST will be resurrected on Core of Destruction Radio, I loved the show and so did everyone else, so I decided to bring it back to life since I was doing so well with it. mentioned previously you started off your d.j career with a black metal show and now a crust/hardcore/punk show. is it safe to say you have an open-mind towards metal and music in general? have you always been open-minded? if you had to choose what would u say are your 2-3 favorite genres of ANY musical style?

I'm very open minded, I hate elitist who think they are all "kult" because they went ahead and bought their first Cradle of Filth album or even those idiots who hang out at the mall with their "so-gory" Cannibal Corpse T-shirts and think death metal is the only "true" metal genre out there. It's all music in my opinion, everyone likes what they like, if everyone liked the same style of music or dressed the same or even thought alike, this world would be pretty boring to live in. To each their own, if you like what I like then that's great, but I definitely don't go around intimidating people because their taste in music is "less" brutal than mine. That's nonsense and whoever does that should be sent to the electric chair or burned alive.

7.well the big news is yourself and lizard messiah{who does the internet-radio show,stoned insanity} are in the process of starting up your own intenet-radio station "core of destruction" when did the two of you meet? what gave you two the idea to take the next step and start up core of destruction.

Yeah my buddy Lizardmessiah and myself just launched Core of Destruction Radio at We'll doing live shows, we got several DJ's already doing shows, got movie reviews, political ranting, streaming metal of course, it's going to be a well rounded station, a little bit of everything going on. We met on Brutal Existence Radio, he was one of the newest members of the station and we started talking, we talked music/politics etc and we're just pretty much on point with everything, agree on a lot of subjects and have the same view on plenty of different topics. He asked me to join forces with him to go on Blogtalk Radio where he does Stoned Insanity and I did, so that started pissing people off at Brutal Existence Radio. That's when the "no-politics talk in the chatroom" rule was enforced at Brutal Existence Radio because we would both talk about conspiracy theories and they didn't approve of that for some reason - but at the same time it was okay to talk about religion, doesn't make sense to me but anyway moving along... I went on Blogtalk one day and spoke my mind about things that were making me angry, Fowler (Brutal Existence Radio's owner) heard the show and fired me and lizardmessiah from Brutal Existence Radio. That's when we thought about doing our thing - Core of Destruction, that way we can say whatever we want, speak our minds, and not get banned or fired.

8.i know the two of you are still working on some last minute details. but what can you tell us about the new station so far? when will you all begin launching new shows on-line? are you both happy with how things are progressing so far?

We still got a lot of things to work on, getting there slowly but surely. The schedule is not completely done as of yet, but in the upcoming weeks as soon as we get DJ's situated things will start rolling, we officially launched the station today at 10a.m. Central/11a.m. Eastern with some random metal. We're planning to stream 24 hours a day, but that's way later on if time allows it. Banners and websites are being made and worked on as well.

9.if you can please introduce some of the d.j's and shows that will soon be heard on core of destruction.
10.are you and lizard messiah still looking for new d.j's to host shows or is your roster full for the time being? if anyone reading this would like to try out what are some things you both look for in possible d.j's?

We've got Ryan Mckern from Wolvhammer doing a show doom/noise/crust/death/black metal.
Bobby Paranoize doing a show hardcore/crust/sludge/southern metal - Bobby actually left his show on Blogtalk to permanently continue his show on Core of Destruction Radio.
Jester - Doing a Conspiracy Theories show
Shu - Doing horror movie reviews and just plain movie talk
Lizardmessiah is doing Stoned Insanity on there as well - This show is a variety show, he plays a little bit of everything.
and I'm doing In Noise We Crust - Which is Crust/Punk/Grind/Powerviolence/Hardcore
We've got some other DJ's getting settled but don't want to mention anything else until we get the full schedule going.
We're also interviewing bands and airing that as well.
Anyone who wants to DJ for Core of Destruction radio can email us at: We look for someone who's willing to promote the underground, play some sick tunes and just be cool. After everything that's happened in the past Radio Station's I've been in.. We don't want ANY drama what so ever, no one has the time for that in there.

11.if any bands/labels are reading this and would like to get some internet-radio air-play. where can they send their cd's,cdr's,mp3's etc,etc? from what i can tell the station seems to be open towards most style of extreme,underground their any styles of metal or music you WON'T Play?

Bands/Labels looking for airplay send me an email at
We're all open minded, send your music and if it doesn't fit our roster we'll let you know. But to answer your question yes, we will be playing different styles of metal so I'm pretty sure no one will be rejected. your opinion what is the best and worst thing about the underground today? do you think the real d.i.y underground is dead or just buried deeper now? and what does the term "metal underground"mean to you?

I truly believe the underground is dead for the most part, you hardly find genuine underground bands anymore. But you can't really blame anyone, it just happens with time. As more and more people check a style of music out it starts becoming mainstream. Metal Underground for me was once the greatest things on earth. I wasn't alive for the tape trading days and the good local shows but I know a lot of people who were, and from what they tell me, I wish I was there to experience it for myself.

13.if i remember right a few yrs ago when we first started talking you were playing guitar in some various bands/projects. are you still playing guitar as time permits? who are some of your influences/favorite guitarist?

I don't play guitar as much anymore, because of my hectic schedule and I don't plan to either for the time being. As far as favorite guitarist, I have no idea. Favorite drummer George Kollias, he amazes me every time.

14.are you currently working/playing with any bands/projects? if yes please tell us a little about them.

The only active band I have going on at the moment is Meet my Meat which is a crust style two-piece band including myself and my buddy Jonathan. We're in the writing process and should be playing local shows and recording music soon - I'll keep you posted on that.

15.besides working on the new station and show.what do you enjoy doing in your spare time {if u have any!! ha,ha}

You're right I barely have time to do anything anymore, but I like going to shows, collecting vinyl, and listening to Alex Jones on

16.well my friend thank you for taking the time to fill out this of luck to you and lizard messiah with new station. do you have anything else you would like to add before we end the interview?

Thank you Patrick for Promoting my stuff, the station and looking forward to working with you with the reviews.
I'd just like to say to those people who really appreciate the underground - support it, it's people like us who keep it alive!