Monday, February 18, 2013

Interview with Graham owner of Deepsend Rec.done by Patrick.

Here is a new interview with Graham of Deepsend rec. if your a fan of brutal death metal and old-school death metal then you really should check out this great label!! you should find something to your liking.
keep checking the web-zine out for more interviews and reviews to be posted soon.

Interview With Graham Owner of Deepsend Records,done by Patrick

1.Hello Graham how has the new year started out for you so far? Please tell the readers a little about yourself.

The year has started well, but not without a hitch. We just got hit with 2ft of snow in 24 hours and our city is broke. Follow that with 2 consecutive days of nearly 50 degree weather and the city is one giant swamp!!

So far we've released CORPUS MORTALE “Fleshcraft” CD in January and we have ETERNAL REST “Prophetic” CD coming in May, which can be ordered now through our shop. Next up we have HYBRID “Angst” CD and HUMILIATION “Turbulence From the Deep” CD coming later as well as a new EMBRYONIC DEVOURMENT tba CD.

I'm 33, married, no kids. I listen to all types of music and thoroughly enjoy watching movies, especially of the horror variety.

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 started later than a lot of my peer's. I was probably in my late teens. When I was younger I was mainly into punk and hardcore and still am a huge supporter of those genres. My favorite band is My Dying Bride. Some of my current favorites are all Deepsend artist past and present and I like what Dark Descent has been doing for the past few years.

3.When did you get the idea to start up Deepsend Rec.?How did you come up with name of your label?

I was managing a local band Eternal Suffering and they were recording an ep with Roger of Mortician and didn't have a label. They said, “why don't you release it.” I said, “why me?” They said “Why not?” That was all it took. It made perfect sense. Long story short, the band ended up breaking up, but the yearning to at least give the label a shot never faded, so I started scoruing the internet for bands to work with. One of the first band's I contacted was newly formed Cinerary. I instantly struck up a friendship with singer Matti Way which has spanned the 11 years of the label's existence. We ended up working out a deal and the rest was history.

4.Do you run the label on your own or do you have sosme help from friends/family?What would you say is the hardest and easiest part about running a label?

Deepsend is and always will be a one man show. I do get occassional help with inventory and selling at festivals from my wife and friends.

The hardest part about running the label is that the label just doesn't generarte enough revenue to hire an employee. I'd love to not be run ragged on daily basis. Another hard part is that I ditched my car 6 years ago, so everything is either done on foot, bus or on my bicycle. This might sound insane and it is, but I feel that there's very little need for a car when you position yourself within a 1.5 mile distance of post office, grocery store, storage, UPS/Fed Ex.

Th easiest part is turning people onto new music. Frank Rini, where you at man?

5.What advice would you have for someone reading this who might be thinking of starting up their own label?
Don't quit your day job whatever you do. Seriously, it's no joking matter. I haven't held a “real job” in about 6 years and can't even land a job at my gym with a college degree! It sucks out here. Work force is a fucking mess. Warehouse work they want you to take $9/hr. It's a joke.

If someone with money to spend wants to get their name on a cd, give us a shout. We'll make it happen. It will save you a lot of headaches in the long run than doing it yourself.

One big issue is that you need a minimum of 10 releases to even have a chance at securing store distribution. On top of that you need a minimum 6-8 releases per year to keep it going.

6.Deepsend had some great releases out in 2012, so i was curious what can the fans expect from you and the label in 2013?Any upcoming releases the readers should watch out for?

I have pump the future release of HYBRID “Angst” CD. These guys are beyond godly musicians from Spain. Think about the impact Wormed “Planisphaerium” had on the scene back in I think it was 2003. I believe this album has that potential impact. We'll have this in late March/early April.

I'm very excited about the fourth album from Malaysia's HUMILIATION “Turbulence From the Deep.” I can't say anything about this album as I haven't heard a note from it yet. It Is recorded and being mastered at the end of February. We'll hopefully have this in time for this year's Maryland Death Fest.

Also, sometime in late Spring we'll have the new album from FEROCITY “The Sovereign” CD. These guys are like a young Dawn of Demise. They're ambitious and have an absolutely punishing sound. We look forward to their impending impact.


Miserricordia “TBA” new album
Embryonic Devourment “TBA” new album
Australlus “TBA” debut album

7.If any bands are reading this are you currently looking to "sign" any new bands or is the label's roster full at the moment?

We're always available to sign a band with a finished album in hand. Makes the process so much easier now. Even better, have your artwork finished as well. Not just for signing to Deepsend, but you'll approve your chances tenfold by having everything finished. A label can just punch you in to an open slot in their release schedule or do a distribution deal, etc. Lots of options when you present the finished product to a label.

8.What are some things you look for when signing and releasing a band?

We just like bands who stay active. We're not talking extensive touring, but do your best to play out of state/country whenever possible and constantly stay in people's faces. Obviously we have a specific sound that we're into. It's not too hard to figure it out when listening to our catalog. We're not really into the whole slam-death trend or deathcore. Sure, we love brutal death, but the true brutal death doesn't need the negative aspects of slams and pig squealing to make it “brutal.” It's about tone, feel and atmosphere. Does your music make me want to hurt humans while headbanging? If so, you're on the right path.

9.I n your opinon what is the best and worst thing about the underground today? and what does the term "underground metal" mean to you?

The best part of the underground is that our fans still support their bands. We've actually increased sales since the industry shit their pants with file sharing. I've found that sharing actually impacts our scene positively because our fans still want the physical product. We're one of the only genres of music that actually gives a shit about the entire aesthetic of what an album was when I was a kid in a record store and blindly buying a record because of the artwork. For me the entire notion of listening to a song here and a song there from an album just doesn't compute. I don't even listen to shit that I only like one song from. So, that entire mainstream mentality of song over album is a complete shit show to me.

Underground metal means loyalty. We respect the underground, whatever it is now and whatever it will become moving forward.

10.Do you try to set up tables at any of the local shows or bigger fests around the u.s or do you mainly sell through your on-line shop? what would you say are some of your biggest sellers?

We do selll at as many fests as possible. This is great promotion whether you make any sales. It's great to meet the fans and hear them saying how some releases of ours have had the same impact that made us sign them, to them as a listener. It makes the whole process worth it. It's the little things such as this that keep the label going. You have to have loyal fans that will support you when misfire as well as knock it out the park so to speak.

On the festival front, we've been a vendor at every year of Maryland Death Fest and will continue doingso until our demise. It's the besy weekend of the year for us. Very hot and tiring, but great for fans and the label.

In the past we've sold at New England Metal And Hardcore Fest and their Rock & Shock horror convention. Basically poor lineups have forced us out of NEMAHF as we were a big supporter of that fest, since it's located only 40 mins from where I live. We do the horror convention when we're around as I just love horror.

I think this year we're gonna try and hit up Martyrdoom in NY. We're not a doom label by any means, but I love that genre and would love to pursue some of that in the future.

11.Well Graham thank you for taking the time to fill out this interview with me. good luck to you and the label in the coming year,do you have any final words for the readers before we end the interview?

Support the labels directly that release the bands you love. It's the only way we'll keep releasing records. Buy a cd, shirt, download, etc. Every little bit brings us closer to the end result of another release that could turn out a favorit of yours.

Thanks for the interview and good luck with the site in the years to come

to contact Graham and Deepsend check out the following "official" Sites.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Reviews of some of recent Abyss rec. releases 2-11-13

this has been a busy but good day here at Winter torment web-zine. The Last blog is a blog of reviews of Abyss records. for those who don't know Abyss rec. is a label that started out as a fanzine and distro back in the mid 90's. and started releasing cd's a few years ago. and in the short time has released some GREAT Bands so if you are not familar with Abyss rec. and Are looking forquality black,death,doom,black/death,traditional metal,etc.. check out the main web-site for you all your metal needs

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enjoy and keep looking past the trends and support the quality underground labels,bands that deserve it.
patrick and winter torment web-zine

Bane-the accusal fire cd {abyss rec.}{done by patrick}
bane is a band i have known about and followed for a few so it's great to see they are on such a respected label like abyss rec.for those of you unfamilar with bane the band comes out of serbia's underground scene and the accusal fire is the bands second cd {the debut "chaos,darkness and emptiness was released in 2009} the accusal fire is ten tracks of melodic,yet semi brutal and aggressive blackend death metal.the guitars and drums are extremly fast and done to have the thin black metal sound but also use some nicely done solo's not usually heard in this style of metal.the drums are non-stop but played with alot of precision and well-written patterns that fit perfectly with the rest of the music. the band does some keyboards but before you condemn the band to harshly the band knows how to meld the meld the keyboards with the rest of instruments for a fuller sound and adds an extra layer to bane's already full and dark sound.the vocals are a nice mix of deeper death growls and some blackend metal of melodic,atmospheric should defintly give bane a chance i don't think you will be disapointed with the accusal fire.

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corrosive carcass--compositions of the flesh cd {abyss records}
nothing like listening to some good ole old-school brutal swedish death metal to get the adreniline going is there?apparantly the musicians in corrosive carcass feel the same way and have created some of the Best and heaviest swedish death metal to be hard in some soon as you hit the play button to listen to this monster of a release of you are instantly hit with heavy,thundering drums fast whirlind guitars that are equally as heavy as they are fast.the vocalist fits the music perfectly with his deep vicious that enjoy early dismember,entombed and the more rawer swedish style bands will love corrosive carcass i know i can't wait to hear what these guys put out next.

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demonicus-deadwork cd {abyss rec.}{reviewed by patrick

dan{owner of abyss rec.} defintly has great taste when it comes to signing top quality swedish blackend death metal. this time he has unleashed demonicus upon the undground maniacs "deadwork" is the bands second cd. and easily one of 2012's best death metal releases so far uncomprimising death metal fast,chaotic guitars,pummeling drums that go from mid- to blasting beats.the vocals are a nice mix of brutal death growls and more raw screams. demonicus will defintly impress the die-hard fanatics traditional swedish death metal.

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erupted-in the grip of chaos cd {abyss rec.}{reviewed by patrick}
erupted are a new band that hail from the mighty swedish underground but before you write them off as just another clone band or wanna-be etc give them a chance.the band obviously as mentioned is influenced by the early 90's gods of the swedish gods but i also hear some u.s influences from the legendary autopsy and cianide and similar style bands. you should get the metal picture by now. erupted don't waste time time they like their metal raw,dirty and straight to the point mid-paced guitars and drums, the band are not all clones as they have alot of good ideas within the music and keep it interesting.after listening to in the grip of chaos it's hard to believe this is the bands debut so i for one am really interested to hear and see where this band goes in the future but for now everyone who is into old-school swedish and u.s style death metal go to the abyss rec. web-store and buy this metal gem now!!!

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fetus stench--stillbirth cd {abyss rec.}{reviewed by patrick}
with a name like fetus stench you would expect brutal,solid death metal right? well you would be correct stillbirth is fetus stench debut cd 9 songs of intense,psychotic death metal. heavy guitars with some complex riffs and solo's entertwined,the drumming ranges from mid-paced all the way up to blasting rage blasting beats.vicious,angry growls and screams this is a nice mix of old/and newer death metal so anyone into brutal death should check it out.

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humanangled--odd ethics Mcd {abyss rec.}{reviewed by patrick}
hmm not really sure what direction italy's humanangled are taking {or wanting to take for that matter}on the new e.p the band seems to be mixing in technical death metal,thrash and some varied guitar patterns.i give the band credit their trying something different and combing the different metal elements but it just doesnt seem to be working. because by the end of the four tracks their really isnt anything that sticks out that is that memorable on odd ethics.

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radiation sickness-reflections of a psychotic past cd {abyss}{reviewed by patrick}

radiation originally split up in 92 but performed a reunion show in oct.2010 after a great response and the band had a blast they decided to reform.after twenty plus years radiation sickness release reflections of a psychotic past 19 songs of metal/punk crossover style. personally i'm not a huge fan of this style {it's not bad just never really got into it} but i do respect bands that do their genre justice and radiation sickness defintly know how to write and perform catchy,memorable,aggressive songs keeping their songs short and to the point ranging from a minute and a half to three minutes in range. so if your a fan of cross-over style music defintly check out radiation sickness.

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Reviews for 2-11-13

Metal hails
here is a new batch of reviews for everyone to sink their teeth into, a little of everything from the black and death scenes. so hopefully you will find something to your liking! enjoy and expect some new reviews and interviews coming soon.
patrick and winter torment web-zine

Audrey Horne-youngblood cd {napalm rec.}reviewed by Patrick}
Norway's Audrey Horne have released their fourth cd {their first for napalm rec.} youngblood is my first listening encounter with the band but i will say it is an enjoyable one.Not usually what i listen to the band plays hard rock,rockNroll with some metal guitars thrown in here and there.The musicians are very precise and know their instruments playing top notch,rockin and even catchin songs that have it all.Choruses,memorable riffs.If your a fan of hard rock with a nice of melody and heavy guitars then Audrey Horne is a band you may wann check out soon.

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Clairvoyant--Curse Of The Golden Skull Mcd {Self-Released}reviewed by Patrick}
Poland's Clairvoyant keep their metal roots alive and well on their new four song Mcd.The guitars are the galloping heavy metal style with alot of memorable riffs and solo's entertwined.The drumming is right on the mark with fast,yet catchy drum beats the drummer does keep the pace with the guitarist.vocals are old-school gruff vocals with some screams.Clairvoyant has created a solid heavy metal release for fans of {old} iron maiden,wasp,and other classic metal legends.
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Enshadowed-Magic Chaos,Psychedelia cd {pulverised rec.}{reviewed by Patrick}
Greece has always had a very impressive scene for producing quality black metal bands and Enshadowed can be added to that list.After a nine year silence the band returns to take their place among Greece's most extreme,yet complex musicians you will ever hear in the black metal scene.Intense,fast black metal guitar riffs with some solo's.Pummeling drums that have a few slower parts before picking up the pace and pummeling the listener again.The vocals are black metal shrieks with some deeper vocals used in some of the songs. Fans of fast, intense black metal should defintly check out enshadowed soon.
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Gruesome Stuff Relish-Sempiternal Deathgrind cd {FDA Rekotz}{reviewed by Patrick}
Spain's Gruesome Stuff Relish return with their third release of sick,gore death grinding metal for the underground maniacs.The band mixes in old-school sounding entombed {left hand path} and dismember{like an ever flowing stream} raw,fast guitars and chaotic drums with some carcass influence.The band members are not all stuck in the past just rehashing out the same old music of the gods of the past as their are some really good,heavy guitars and drum patterns as well as vocals which use some vocal effects in parts for a cool and original effect. if you enjoy brutal,sick death metal with some grind influences Gruesome Stuff Relish is a band worth checking out for yourself.
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Hallig-13 Keys To Lunacy cd {Folter Rec.}{reviewed by Patrick}
After listening to Hallig's debut 13 Keys To Lunacy a few times one word comes to mind to describe this bands musicial writing brilliant.Musicially Hallig is rooted in fast yet atmospheric black metaal.Guitar riffs are fast and full of fury with alot of melodies.the guitars are also know how to blend the melodies with some slower epic and acoustic guitar patterns.the vocals are a nice blend of raging demonic blackend shrieks,and deep clean male vocal patterns that the acoustic parts perfectly.If you enjoy atmospheric black metal that isnt afraid to mix in both raging,violent black metal with the more melodic side of epic,atmospheric side of black metal then defintly check out out Hallig today as they have a great job on their debut release.

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Hate-Solarflesh cd {Napalm Rec.}{reviewed by patrick}
The polish black/death warriors Hate return with their new release Solarflesh.I have heard this band bands previous release and was impressed.But Solarflesh has blown me away mixing in the raw intensity of early nineties black metal and the sheer heaviness of death metal guitars.the music is while mainiting the band does have some creative ideas and interesting guitars riffs,solo's while still maintaing the brute force of the uncompromising sound of blackend death metal that hate seems to have mastered over the last few years. if your a fan of uncompromising blackend death then defintly check out hate today you won't be disapointed at all!!!
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NervoChaos-To The Death cd {GreyHaze Rec.}{reviewed by patrick}
I remember hearing this brazilan's bands 2006 release "quarrel in hell" through ibex moon rec. but lost track with the bands activities afterwards.It's great to see the band has been carrying on and keeping active in the underground scene with releases and looking at their bio has played quite a few shows with some great underground death and black metal acts.To The Death is NervoChaos fifth release thirteen tracks of pure of well played,aggressive death metal.unrelenting fast drums with some mid-paced passages before the pace is picked back up. Guitar riffs are intense and heavy with some solo's thrown in the mix to keep the listeners attention while the muisicans pound your eardrums and senses with the heaviness of the music.the vocals are done pretty original sounding with brutal,angry death growls and some gruff/screams. fans of past of Nervochaos releases should enjoy this or if you enjoy heavy,fast uncomprising death metal you will defintly want to check this south american band out for some quality death metal.

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OverTorture-At The End Of The Dead Await cd {Apostasy rec.}{reviewed by patrick}
The debut release from sweden's OverTorture is anything but memorable or worthwhile.I guess i was expecting more from the band but honestly the band is not doing anything new just bland,heavy straight forward death metal that lacks both power or feeling.I hope the band takes the time to work on their song writing for their second release.
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Saturnine-Saturnine demo/Mcd {Self-released}{reviewed by Patrick}
Saturnine are a new black/death metal from florida and if the songs on this on release are any indication saturnine will have a bright future in the blackend death underground scene.Jim Greco handles the majority of the instruments {guitars both electric and acoustic,bass and vocals} and Bobby Marcum handles the drums.The songs range from ten to thirteen minutes the shortest of the four songs is seven minutes but honestly their is so much going on musically it doesnt seem like that much time has passed.Musically Saturnine is influenced by early/mid nineties black metal like Emperor and other similar style bands.But the band also has a dark atmosphere entertwined in their music which reminds of older opeth at times never completly ripping off a certain sound or band but instead mixing their own unique style with some of their influences of the past for a very dark,epic yet enjoyable listen.mid-to fast paced guitars which have some harshness in their deliever but done very well and also the use of acoustic guitars throughout really help set the tone for the bands more melodic side.Vocals are mostly harsh black metal shrieks and melodic vocals.saturnine also uses a violinist on some of the songs which really helps add to the bands sound and another layer to this bands already full sound. if you enjoy atmosperic dark black metal then defintly give Saturnine a listen you won't be disapointed. {special note: main musican Jim Greco has set up a paypal acct. thru this email $5 u.s dollars postage paid!!

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Skineater-Dermal Harvest cd {Pulverised Rec.}{reviewed by patrick}
Dermal Harvest is the debut from sweden's Skin eater.Skin eater play straight forward death metal but instead of rehashing out the old-school swedish sound {which is probably my favorite style of death metal-patrick} the band plays a more modern death metal approach.Skineater mix brutal death metal but also have alot of melody within their brutality.Skillfull guitar riffs and solo's mixed with precise yet powerful heavy drumming.Vocals are sick raw screams and growls combined with the music for a complex,yet brutal and vicious ride of pure of death metal.

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Sonic Reign-Monument In Black cd {Apostasy Rec.}{reviewed by patrick}
Germany's two man band Sonic Reign have released a solid black metal release with monument in black.The two members play aggressive,uncompromising black metal razor sharp guitar riffs,mid paced drumming that speeds up in sections but defintly the band seems more at home in the colder more mid-pace black metal range.Sonic Reign is defintly inspired musically by the black metal movement and gods {espically norse,swedish} but the band does use some thicker,heavier guitar riffs that give Sonic reign a dark death metal vibe within their blackness.Fans of brutal black metal with some touches of death will not want to miss out on this great release of 2013.

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Spektr-Cypher cd {Agonia rec.}{reviewed by patrick}
Spektr have created a very interesting but also kind of disturbing and morbid sounding releaseat the same time.The french band mixes elements of expirmental black,industrial and even ambient music.Their are some fast,chaotic guitar riffs blended with industrial noises and sounds that creates a very harsh sound but at the same time the band blends all these elements together for a really good outcome.The band mixes in some aggressive metal heavier industrialized soundscapes throughout the entire's hard to pick one favorite song as all the songs are really well done and blend together and it's better if you listen to cypher from start to finish.Spektr is defintly not a band for everyone to enjoy but if your a fan of industrialized,expirmental black metal with some melodic ambient interludes then you might enjoy listening to Spektr's vision on cd know as Cypher.

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Ulcer-Grant Us Death cd {pulverised rec.}{reviewed by patrick}
I have to be completly honest i was not really expecting to like this at all.With the band and cd title i guess i was expecting some over the top gore-grind band or second rate autopsy clone.But thats not the case with these uncompromising old-school maniacs from poland.Ulcer draws influence from swedish gods such as entombed {left hand path era} dismember{like an ever flowing stream and the demo days} and other classick gods of the swedish scene.heavy.blasting drums fast intense guitars with some really crazy riffs and solo's throughout.angry screams mixed with deep death growls fit perfectly with ulcer's insane old-school brutal death metal sound.Ulcer has released one of 2013's best old-school death metal cd's of the year {i know the year just started but it's gonna be hard to top this masterpiece of sickness}

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Interview with Chapel Of Disease done by Patrick 2-11-13

here is a interview with a great new old-school death metal band from germany Chapel Of Disease fans of early,mid 90's death metal will defintly want to check this band asap!! you can get the cd from the great label FDA Rekotz.

Interview with Laurent Teubel  vocalist,guitarist  for  chapel of disease  done  by  patrick 
1.Hello  thank you  for taking  the time for doing this interview,please  introduce yourself  to the readers.

Hello out there in internetland! Laurent here, guitarist and vocalist from Chapel Of Disease. Thanks for having me.
2.When did you first get into metal?Who were some of  the first bands you listened  to?Who are some of your "current"  favorites?


I got into metal through my bigger brother Ced, who is playing the second guitar in CoD. I guess I was about 10 or 11 when he showed me Metallica, which was pretty much the band I started with, like many others one could say (even tho‘ many might deny that by now). Later, at the age of 15 or so, I got into more heavier stuff like Death, Atheist, Morbid Angel or Sadus. I remember that those bands got me addicted straight away. So it was at that age when I started checking out heavier thrash and death metal, later on I got into black metal as well. Nowadays it is just a bunch of stuff, no matter what specific genre, as long as my ears get off to it. Some of my current favorites… Right now I am once again for this week listening to the Consolamentum of Ascension, furthermore Grave Miasma has been spinning a lot in my room (once again) these last weeks, as Tribulation (waiting for the new album!), Sadistic Intent, Ketzer, Solstafir and Chelsea Wolfe are spinning as well… It always differs…

3.When  did you and the other members of Chapel Of Disease meet?What is the current line-up?For the readers who have never heard the bands music how would you best describe it?

I met David in 2007 or so as a friend and bandmate (in Infernäl Death) of my brother. By that time I wasn’t living in Cologne yet. Later, in 2008, after having known David a bit better and after moving to Cologne, we started CoD as a three- piece. So it was me, Ced and David. We got to know Christian in the same year and decided that he, as an actual bass player, could take over the bass, so Ced could focus on the second guitar. It’s been the same lineup since then, I doubt it will ever change…
CoD is a band that produces plain, rotten, rough death metal, in the vein of the late 80s, early 90s, without being a terrible rip off. If you are pissed off cause of all those clean, always blastbeating, always sounding the same, boring death metal bands nowaydays, you’ll be just fine coming over to our side!

4.Chapel Of Disease just released their debut " Summoning Black Gods"  through FDA Rekotz. how did you all come in contact with the label?

We wanted FDA to release our first demo, entitled „Death Evoked", on tape. It was planned that we would release it at the same time as a CD-R version. We send Rico from FDA Rekotz a song and he was into it straight away, Not only did he want to release the demo on tape, he offered us a deal for our upcoming work as well.  

5.How long  did it take you  guys to write and record the songs for "summoning black gods" ?How has the response been from the press and the fans?

That’s a tough question. We’ve been a band for almost 5 years now (holy fuck!), but the problem back then was, that we just didn’t work on a solid base, meaning, we rehearsed every 2 or 3 months or so (maybe even less sometimes). So I guess one could say it took us 4 years to write our tracks for our debut. But then again, if we would have got our asses up earlier, it would have probably be done in about 2 to 3 years or so. I doubt we’ll take another 4 ½ years for our next record. 

6.When the band starts working on a new song how  long does it usually take to complete?Does  the whole band work on music  or does one or two members handle it all?

That always differs. We wrote songs and thought they were all set, but after a year or so, or maybe during the recording process, we added or changed something about it. Then again, other songs are pretty much done after a month or two… It always depends. We try to work on the songs all together, since that has been working out best for us so far. Me or Ced bring the riffs inside the rehearsalroom and from there on it’s up to all four of us. 

7.Which usually comes first the music or the lyrics? Where does the band draw inspiration for the lyrics?

I’d say most of the time it’s the music that comes first. I know that Ced actually got the idea for the lyrics of „Descend To The Tomb" through the melody of the song. All of our lyrics are based on ancient horror or phantastic literature. We do try to combine lyrics with the individual songs, try to create an atmosphere on both sides that harmonize together.

8.Does the band have any upcoming shows/tours in support  of the new  cd?If yes where are some places the band will be playing?

Next week we’ll be leaving for the UK for 5 Dates together with our mates from Occvlta. We’re looking forward to it, since it will be our first tour and we’ve never been in the UK so far. It will be a blast! Then we’ll do a mini-weekend-tour with our labelmates Deserted Fear and Lifeless here in Germany. Single gigs will follow, some in Germany, some in Belgium, some in the Netherlands. We try not to „overplay" ourselves. Meaning we want to keep the band interesting to the listeners and not play 20 gigs in one year inside of Germany. But I think the year still has some cool places to offer, let’s see!
9.Who are  some bands that Chapel Of Disease have shared the stage with?If you could  set-up a "dream" show/tour  who are some bands{past or present} you would love to play with?
One of our highlights so far has been the NRW Deathfest, since we had the chance to play the same stage on the same day with the mighty Sadistic Intent. Cruciamentum was also tearing shit apart that day. In Oberhausen we had a gig together with Deathronation, which was also a pretty neat thing. A dream tour… Well, I would combine old legens with newer stuff I admire as well. Let’s say it would be us, Grave Miasma, Necros Christos, Tribulation, Sadistic Inent and Morbid Angel headlining the place with a special "Blessed are the altars of madness" show… Killer…  

10.Are you or any of the members  the band  currently  playing  in side-bands or solo projects?

Ced is helping out some friends on taking over the basspart in a band called "Blackwhole". The first demo will be out this year, it looks like I’ll be off recording and mixing it. Otherwise we got nothing else going on so far.
11.What does the term underground metal mean to you?

That’s quite a hard one. I think on the one hand it’s a term that deals with the actual sound of the music. People who listen to underground metal don’t expect something to sound new, or well produced. They most likely expect to hear something sounding old (in the vein of the 80s) or just completely fucked up, so in a way that most people wouldn’t want to listen to it.
But then again it is more than just a sound. In the underground scene, there seems to be more heart behind the thoughts on the music. People don’t listen to metal, cause they want to fuck their parents up or some shit like that. People actually listen to the music, cause they simply love it, they get some sort of direct feeling out of it. Furthermore they seem to study it in a different, maybe in a deeper way than other people might do (although this is something, you have in every underground scene, could be hiphop or electronic as well).
Then again, the term „underground" can be a fuck up quite often as well, since there are quite a lot of people trying to profile themselves through being more true or more undergound than another, which is just hilarious… Some dudes seem to misunderstand this whole stuff. To me it’s not about knowing undergroundband ‚x‘ from who knows where, it’s just about truly standing behind the stuff you listen to and not just trying to follow a subculture that doesn’t really reflect what you feel.

12.The band comes out of Germany's underground scene,so i was interested in your opinion of Germany's underground scene?

The german scene seems to be doing good. The cool thing is, that you can go to any sort of concert that may be a couple of hundred miles away from your hometown and you most likely will meet quite a lot of old familiar faces. The single ‚underground‘ bands know each other quite often. We are always happy to see the dudes of Erazor, Nocturnal, Witching Hour or Ketzer. Of course you got some idiots running around as well, but then again, there is no part in life where you haven’t got those…
13.Who are some of  your all-time favorite german bands? Are their any new bands you feel the  fans should check out soon?

Of course we are all into the old legends. Old Kreator, Sodom and Destruction, without those first pressings of them, we most likely wouldn’t have such a healthy metal scene over here, doesn’t matter what kind of metal they make nowadays. When it comes to death metal, Morgoth is a must, no doubt. But Germany has quite a lot to offer. Think of the healthy black/ thrash scene with bands like Ketzer, Erazor, Nocturnal, Witching Hour, Hellish Crossfire. Then all the death metal stuff that has been coming out, like Venenum, Alchemyst, Necros Christos… I can’t really tell you my all-time fave, since there is a lot of good stuff going around, some of it from the past, some of it is just beginning.
14.Coming  back  to  the band  you handle  the guitars for the band,when did you first start playing guitar? Are you self-taught or have you had lessons out?

I started playing in 2001. I had a really cool teacher, Mr. Healy, a very open minded, old school blues guy who was open for every sort of music I brought with me to try to learn it on guitar. Who knows, if I would’ve gotten an asshole as my first teacher, maybe I wouldn’t be playing nowadays. Later, I got some more lessons from a good friend of mine in Turkey (I was living there at that time of my life) who plays in the turkish Death Metal Band "Suicide". He is also a keyfactor to my whole style of playing, since he introduced me to some basic extreme metal riffing and especially soloing. It was him that actually got me to really start practicing a lot and try to constantly improve my skills, although I try to keep Chapel Of Disease away from the whole technical stuff, since it’s just something none of us feel like doing
15.Who are  some of your  influences/favorite guitarist? Besides the guitar do you play any other instruments?
Chuck knew how to write really cool riffs, I’ll always admire the Scream Bloody Gore and Leprosy, since it seems nearly impossible to me, how one could come up with that sort of stuff in those times. Same goes for Trey Azagthoth, he is an own mind when it comes to the guitar and impossible to copy.
Then again, I am a huge Cynic fan, even though one might not be hearing that in our music. But Paul Masvidal definitely knows his instrument on a different sort of level than most dudes in metal. I really like the old Atheist stuff as well, but Cynic is always one step ahead of them to me.
Then again, I mix up genres to get inspired. I love the guitar stuff on Pink Floyd’s "Animals", it is just perfect. Marillion has a lot to offer as well. Then again, every time I listen to Black Sabbath’s early stuff, I just realize where it all comes from.

16.You also handle the vocals for the band,when did you start singing?Who are some of your favorite singers?
I started "singing" when starting with CoD. I just stepped in front of the mic and started screaming my lungs out. Seems to be working out fine. I never thought much about all those internet tutorials on metalscreaming and I don’t practice or anything either. I just try my best and smoke a lot as well, maybe that helps!
I’ll always admire Chucks vocals on the first two DEATH albums. Same goes for the vocals on the "Altars Of Madness". I wish David Vincent would have never stopped singing like that.
17.Well Laurent we have  reached  the end of the interview,do you have anything you would  like  to add before  we end the interview?
Once again, thanks for having me! And thanks to all those crazy ghouls and girls who have supported us so far … let the rotten times roll!