Sunday, October 17, 2010

interview with ungoliath done by patrick

here is a new interview i did with a new up and coming german black metal band.the band is currently working on their debut cd "under a bloodred clouded sky" which will be released through the mighty naturmacht productions. if you are a fan of quality black metal then give this band a listen and buy the cd when it is released!!!
metal regards,
patrick and winter torment web-zine
http://www.myspace.com/winter_torment

interview with bane vocals,guitarist for ungoliath done by patrick


1.hello bane how has your weekend been going? please tell the readers a little about yourself.


Hello, the weekend was very hard. i am at the moment in move to berlin. so the weekend cost much strengh. but i am fine.



2.when did you first become interested in playing music? your main instrument is guitar correct? when did you start playing guitar? are you self-taught or have you taken lessons?


Yes guitar is my main-instrument. and i started playingbefore 15 years. the first interested or playing guitar was after i heared some stuff like Kreator, Protector and Bathory. and this bands insprired my style at the beginning. Later Bands like Immortal, old dimmu Borgir and dark funeral filled my musican soul with strengh

and inspiration. i never had guitar lessons, i am totally self-taught in all instruments i learned and still learning.



3.who are some of your influences/favorite guitarist? besides guitar what other instruments do you play?


- I listen to many Metal styles, so its hard to see where the influences begin or end. I think the influences from the whole Metal scene inspire me. Besides the guitar i play the bass guitar for a long time. In 2001 i started to play the Drums, and joined in 2002 a grindcore Death Metal band called "Epicedium" before a few month i
started to play the Keyboard too. But have to practice a lot on it.



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


- The first interested in singing was in early 1997, i singed and played guitar in a Black Mtal band called "Black Wisdom" but this band only exist a few month and split up soon. The next vocal experiences was in summer 2002, i recorded the Demo-CD Eternal Darkness in Overlords Dungeon .At this time Ungoliath was a one.man project of me.

in may 2010 i thought about to grow the long frozen project up to a band. And after find the guitar player Luciferion, we done the first rehearsels in June, and i singed again. after this great break of singing, i got to practise and learn much. i still not found a way to keep my voice healthy. but i try this days to sing more out of the stomach

and some breathing techniques.



5.as mentioned in previous question you are vocalist,guitarist for the black metal band ungoliath.when did you create/join this band? what is the "current"line-up? for the readers who have never heard the bands music how would you describe the music?


- i started ungoliath in summer 2002 by the recordings to the Demo-CD "Eternal Darkness" All songs on it was were written spontaneously in the studio. And in Autumn 2002 i joined the death metal band "Epicedium", because I was busy musically, i layed Ungoliath on ice.The current line up is very great in my opinion. first Luciferion joined as guitar player

in May 2002n and in july 2002 overlord joined as the new drummer. so the first basic line up was born, and we played in a band called " As Stormclouds Gather" and are therefore and efficent team. Later D. joined as new Bass player and finally the line up is ready with the entry of Roba as Keyboarder. Roba is the Owner of "Naturmacht Productions" and we already

singed with this great Label. So "Ungoliath" is stronger than ever with the selection of great musicians,and we will show at the upcoming Material that will be releases next year at Naturmacht Productions. We would describe our music as Melodic Black Metal with a lyrical primer on a fictional kingdom called "Tendalied".



6.i know the band is currently working on finishing up the debut "under a bloodred clouded sky". how many songs do you plan to have on this release? do you all have a release date set for this release?

Yes, the upcoming release called so. But it will not be the Debut. Only a EP, and will be released next year at Naturmacht Productions. We are trying to find a way for a good recording, and we will do everything to bring out that release as soon as possible.



7.you have told me it will be released through the mighty german label naturmacht prod. how did you come into contact with the label?

- i contacted Roba and asked him what he think about to release with "Ungoliath" and he agreed. Later he becoming a member and play the Keys.



8.the band comes out of the mighty german black metal underground.germany has always had a strong metal scene would you agree? what is your opinion of germany's metal underground scene.


- Yes i agree. there are many great Bands and in our opinion the Black Metal scene is stronger than ever. With many bands in all Styles of Black Metal. But it is difficult to find members for a band in a small area of germany, so many bands have to cope great distances for rehearsels. in big towns like Berlin, Frankfurt, and Hamburg its possible. but in smaller
towns it is more difficult. And many artist making his music alone in one-man projects. and with the techniques of today its much easier than in the past to create a project.



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

- oh yes. talking about all-time bands are difficult. we like many bands. and yes many bands should be watched out. Great bands like agael, tattered Soul, Atrium Noctis, Dies ater, As Stormclouds Gather (Reunion in progress), abora ira, goat of hell, Tantalos, Tann im Nebel, Darkened nocturn slaughtercult and many more should be watched out.



10.everyone has their own ideas/opinions on what black metal means or stands for so i was interested in yours.what does "black metal"mean to you?


- In our opinion Black Metal stands for = The beauty of darkness. The whisper of the forest. The power the cold. to be guided by his feelings and emotions,and follow imagination where ever they lead you. this all inspire and fascinate us since many years.



11.besides singing/playing guitar in ungoliath you also have started a new small label "uthilion prod.". when did you decide to start up this label?please tell the readers about your current and upcoming releases. will you release pro-cd or cdr's or even cassete tapes?


the decison came in late july 2010. My friend Danny told me about his promotion agency " Moonspell Rites Promotions" and i liked the way he works and supporting the underground since 2 years. After Danny and robert from Naturmacht Productions had granted me courage i opened Uthilion Productions to support the underground, and in order that

Underground Black Metal should never die. i will granted talented bands the possibility to share their music with the underground. In order to bring Black Metal to where it belongs. Into the Underground! in early 2011 there will be 2 tape releases from "Geist"(italy) and "Tendalied"one-man project of me(Germany) both playing Ambient. After that i will release a

great project called "Dead Summer society"(Italy) and in march April we will bring out their Debut-Album (gothic/doom metal). A few Month later the Debut-Album from "Sanctimonuis" (Russia) will be produced (Black/Post Metal). And if there are more great bands we will find a way to work together. UP only will release Pro CDS/Tapes. i dont like CD-R and its not fair for

the Buyer to get cheap releases for high prices.





12.do you own/run uthilion prod.alone or do you have some friends who help? what do you think is the easiest and hardest part about doing a label is? would you have any advice for anyone who is reading this who might be interested in starting up their own label?


- Yes i actually run the Label alone. but i have great Backup from Naturmacht Productions and moonspell rites Promotions. So it is much easier with this great guy, and they are very experienced and they helping me where ever they can. A Very special thanks to Danny and Robert by the Way! for people who wanna running there own label. first you must imagine that profit is
not important in a underground label. Supporting stands in front, and my opinion is only produce music you even like. for making money you should produce other music. the hardest part is to spend the money for the releases. The fund is a huge rips hole in the label. and be shure, its many work for less money. you should love the music and the supporting do run an own label.



13.are you currently looking for any new bands to "sign" to the label or possibly carry in your distro? if any bands/labels are reading this what styles of metal do you want to sign and release?


- Yes i am still searching for talented bands. releases, Labels for distro are always welcome at early 2011. i am at the moment to busy with coming out with the label and with the move to berlin. styles are focused on Black Metal and Dark ambient. but experimental and extreme Metal music is always welcome, too.



14.as if working on ungoliath and uthilion prod. was not enough work. you also have a ambient,black metal side-project "tendalied"when did you start this band up? do you have any releases out yet for the fans to buy? if yes where can they find the releases? how would you say Tendalied s music is different from ungoliath's?


- Yes i started this project in august 2010. This project is a mirror of my soul, to showcase how I feel, and process many things. There are many influences. Emotions such as love, hate, depression or just the whisper of the forest. Imagination plays a large role. There is no better way to close your eyes and see where your own thoughts carry you.

a release will be out at february 2011 produced at UP. i dont think there are enough fans of Tendalied to buy a release, the project is to new in my opinion. the Story of Tendalied and Ungoliath are very close. It is set in a fictional kingdom called "Tendalied". The music is is very different in my opinion, so Ungoliath plays fast and melodic Black Metal. Tendalied is very

and melancholic, and only played with keyboards.







15.well my friend,thank you for taking the time to fill this interview out. do you have any final comments for the reader


- first thanks for the great interview, many thanks to Danny and robert for the great support. Regards and many thanks to all readers and supporters of my Bands/Label. and finaly i have got to say that the German Black Metal Band "As Stormclouds Gather" are in progress for a Reunion. Splitted up in 2003 we will be gathered again!



band contact
http://www.myspace.com/ungoliath666

interview with maniac butcher done by patrick

here is an interview i was able to get with the legendary black metal band maniac butcher!! if you have never heard this band and consider yourself a old-school fan you should look for this bands current release "masakr" on negative-existence rec.enjoy the interview and stay tuned as we have ALOT Of new reviews,interviews and ideas we hope to add to winter torment web-zine in the future.
thanks to all who have read and supported my zine the last few years!!
patrick and winter torment web-zine
http://www.myspace.com/winter_torment


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

- Hell-o !! I am an old old-school Metal head from Czech. I was involved in several Black Metal bands and projects like Nhaavah, DarkStorm, Iron Fist, Tundra, Gottlos, Cintoreen Moor but since the end of 80-ies my soul belongs to Maniac Butcher.

2.when did you all form maniac butcher? what is the "current" line-up? i am sure by now most people into black metal have heard the band but if someone is new to the band how would you describe your music?

- The idea and name, Maniac Butcher, was created between 1987-1989, the horde was formed later in 1992. Until 2000, we had released six full-length albums and some other stuff like live-albums, live-DVD, EPs, demos and splits. Over the next 10 years all of our old recordings were re-released several times on all formats (CD/LP/MC) in many countries. There was even a special 2-CD/3-LP called "The Beast of / A Tribute to Maniac Butcher". Our line-up? Since the beginning, Blasphemer (guitars) and me - Barbarud (vocals) are two main members. Now in 2010 there is new drummer, Coroner, and two live-members: Infernal (guitar) and Brady (bass).

3.i read on the bands official web-site the band has been broken-upfor 10 years.what made you guys want to reform after so long? are you all happy with how things are going so far with the band?

- Our sixth album "Epitaph", released in 2000, was supposed to be the final album of Maniac Butcher. We decided to stop due our frustration and disgust with the scene. At that time we were sure that we would never return. The horde was disbanded for a long time but Maniac Butcher's name was still alive thanx to numerous re-releases of our old recordings. Now, after ten long years, we feel the same disgust, but despite that we have decided to return.

4.the band recently released a new cd "masakr" through "negative existence". how long did it take the band to write and record the songs for this release? are you and the other members happy with how it all turned out? how has response been from press and the fans?

- Blasphemer and I decided to return on the first day of 2010, just after a New Year's party. We then started to compose the new songs. The album was recorded in 3 different studios over 3 months between March and June. We are very satisfied by the result of our work. The first responses and reviews are very positive. Alex of Negative Existence told me that the sales are very good too.

5.does maniac butcher have any upcoming shows/tours in support of massakr? if yes please tell the readers about them. i know some black metal band prefer to only work in the studio and not to play live shows. so i was curious of your opinion on playing live shows or do you prefer to write/record in the studio?

- No, there are no plans for long touring. Since our reformation we played and will play only very few and select shows in Europe just for our pleasure. Numerous gigs and touring turn the performing into ordinary work and we would rather look forward to every gig and enjoy it. It is hard to compare live shows with the recording of a album. The studio work is something totally different and much more important.

6.speaking of studio-time when the band begins writing a new song how long does it usually take the band to complete? does the whole band work on the music or just 1-2 members handle everything? which is usually done first the lyrics or music? who handles the lyrics for the band?

- We have always used the same method: Blasphemer composes the music and records a demo tape, then I write lyrics and create vocal patterns and then we enter the studio.

7. what are some topics/subjects you all write about?

- Since our debut album, all of our albums have been conceptual. All my lyrics have been written in ancient Czech, an old language of our medieval forefathers, which is not easily understood by modern Czechs. This has been the best way to recount the legends from our fatherland's forgotten past and simultaneously express my personal feelings and views. After ten long years the story is continued in the same manner on the new album.

8.yourself and the band have been a part of the black metal underground for many years now. how do you feel the scene has changed over the last 15-20 years? do you feel it has gotten better or worse with time and technology?

- Now there are thousands of new bands and thousands of new albums every year. But it is hard to find out about something really good. Unfortunately, the quantity has exceeded the quality for many years and it is going to keep getting worse. Now any teen can record an album in his bedroom coz' he can do more with his small notebook than we could accomplish in expensive recording studios 10-20 years ago. Recording and manufacturing of the CDs is much cheaper and easier now and it doesn't help the scene, it kills it.

9.everyone has their own ideas/opinions on what black metal means to them.so i was interested to hear your opinion what does "black metal" mean to you?

- First of all, Black Metal is my most favorite music. Also my personal philosophy is closely related to my music. I would say that (Black) Metal is my way of life.

10.maniac butcher come out of the czech rep.underground. what is your opinion of the metal scene in your country?

- There was a very strong scene here in late 80's and early 90's. Unfortunately, the conditions were very hard and many talented bands never had the possibility to enter a good studio. Now, it's the same as anywhere else in Europe... there are many bands but only few of them are really good.

11.who are your all-time favorite czech bands? are their any new bands you think the readers should watch out for?

- I love early albums and demos of old bands like Master's Hammer, Torr, Asessor, Debustrol, Fata Morgana.

12.you handle the vocals for the band when did you start singing? who are some of your influences/favorite vocalist?

- There are many vocalists who's voice I like. Not only Black Metal. Blasphemer and I are old-school Metal heads and we love early albums of 80's Thrash and Heavy Metal gods like Slayer, Metallica, OverKill, Kreator, Sodom, Living Death, Piledriver, Accept, Running Wild, Venom, Celtic Frost, Bathory... as well as early Death Metal stuff like Morbid Angel, Deicide, Unleashed... and of course early Black Metal jewels like Mayhem, Darkthrone, Immortal... All of these bands have great vocalists but I never tried to copy anyone else, I never looked for any inspiration. I just wanted to make vocals that best fit the music of Maniac Butcher.

13.do you do anything special to keep your vocals healthy? do you plan any other instruments?

- In the early 90-ies I played bass for one of my old side-projects - but that was in the very deep past. And anything special what I do for my vocals? For nearly 20 years I have used one simple trick. A day before a recording session or a live show, I take my car and go out of my village alone. And while driving through the forest where nobody can hear me, I roar and scream as loud as I can for about 10-15 minutes. The next day my voice sounds better and harsh.

14.well barbarud,we have reached the end of the interview. thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to fill this out. do you have any final comments for the readers?

- Never follow the trends and fashion !! Forget the youtube and listen to Metal from CDs, vinyls and tapes !! Stay loyal to old-school Metal !! Raw War !!

label contact
www.negative-existence.com
band contact
www.maniacbutcher.com