Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Interview with Cold Colours done by Patrick 8-27-13

Dark Greetings,
here is a new interview with one band "Cold Colours" from Minnisota the band plays dark death/doom metal and has just released their Self-Titled fourth release!! if you enjoy dark death,doom metal with some brutal over-tones you should defintly check this band and his releases out soon!!
enjoy the interview and take the time to chack out their Great music!!
Patrick


Interview with Brian J.Hubner vocalist,guitarist,bassist,keyboardist for Cold Colours done by Patrick


1.Hello Brian how is your week going? Please introduce yourself to the readers.



Well, kinda broke this week! Otherwise OK. My name is Brian. I play sad metal.





2.When did you first become interested in playing music? What was the first instrument you learned how to play?What would you say was the easiest instrument for you to learn?Which one was the most difficult to learn?



My dad used to listen to a lot of early metal bands, which is what got me interested. Honestly, the first album that really got me was Bon Jovi 'slippery when wet.' May not be the coolest answer, but that was my gateway into the metal world!
I got my first guitar in 1988 for my 12th birthday. so I've been playing for 25 years now! I never really took the time to get really good, so i just started writing riffs. I started playing bass in 1994. Don't really view any as easy or difficult, but bass seems to come more naturally for me.




3.When did you get the idea to form Cold Colours?For the readers who have never had the pleasure of hearing Cold Colours how would you describe the bands music?


Cold Colours is a dark metal band. we've kinda gone all over the place over the last 15 years, but there has always been a dark mood to it. I started Cold Colours under the name Wolfthorn in 1995. At the time, I was the vocalist for a thrash/groove metal band called Inflict. I joined that band mostly because I had never been on stage, and wanted to get the live experience. So I started doing Wolfthorn on the side, as I wasn't big into the style Inflict played. I had done a project in high school with some friends called Dream Eternal, which I was really into. However, the other guys in that became disinterested in playing metal. So I decided to do my own thing.





4.Cold Colours originally started out as a full-line up band and is now just yourself with session members.What has kept you motivated to keep the band going as a one man band?


Actually, CC started as a solo project. When it was Wolfthorn, it was just me and a 4 track recorder. When I started recording the 'Somnium XIII' album in 1999, I changed the band name. It was still a solo project then, I just pictured the other guys who helped out on the album in a way that made it look like it was a full band. We didn't become an actual "band" until 2001. It went back to being mainly me in 2007. I tried to reassemble a full band numerous times but gave up in 2011.
My main motivation is unfinished business. After 15 years, I don't feel I have really created what I was wanting to with this band. The new album is the closest I have come to it, but there is still a certain 'something' I am trying to get across. After almost 20 years, I just can't stop now, especially when its my 'baby!'



5.What do you feel are the advantages and disadvantages to being a one man band?
Getting commitment from others. But still needing others, as there are things I can't do - playing drums or guitar solos for example.
The hardest part is the financial aspect. Having to cover all the costs myself. Advantage is not dealing with conflicting opinions from other band members. My other band can never agree on things and that makes it so nothing gets done.




6.Cold Colours recently released the self titled fourth CD through Sleazy Rider Rec. how long did it take you to write the songs for this release?


I wrote most of the album over the summer of 2012. 'Silent Speech" was an old song from 2005 that we had when we were a full band, it just was forgotten. I found a recording of it and thought it fit on this album. The beginning of 'Orifice' is something I wrote a long time ago.




7.When writing the new songs which came first for you the music or the lyrics? Where did you draw inspiration for your lyrics on the new cd?


I honestly don't write the lyrics until the last minute. I usually have the vocal parts written, but just babble. I really don't pay much attention to lyrics, I write about whatever I'm feeling that day. I did write the lyrics to 'of sand and tears' as a tribute to my grandfather though.




8.Do you have any plans to look for session musicians to possibly play some "live" shows in support of the new CD or do you plan to keep Cold Colours strictly a studio project now?


We are a live band as well, just a little more sporadic. We have a few shows in the coming months. Aaron Lott, who also played lead guitar on the album, plays live as well. He's the closest I have to another member. One advantage to CC being mostly just me, is I can have different people play shows if others aren't available. If we were offered a tour, I would be able to take whoever with me that was available; without having to worry about other members availability.I like playing live too much to not do it.






9.Speaking of musicians if you had the opportunity to work with any musicians {past or present} who are some you would like to work with?



Dan Swanö mastered the new CD, doing a project with him... Damn. That would be amazing. Devin Townsend is another one. David Bowie would probably be the ultimate.




10.Is Cold Colours the only band you are currently working with?If no please tell the readers a little about your other bands/projects.



I also play guitar and do vocals for a death metal/d-beat band called Mördwolf. It's like old Entombed, Dismember, Grave mixed with a d-beat punk vibe. You can download a free 5-song demo at www.mordwolf.net




11.When your not working/writing music or band business what do you enjoy doing in your spare time?



I'm still an obsessed metalhead. I love going to record stores, going to shows, talking about metal, etc. Outside of music in general, I'm just a family man. I am married with a 4 year old son, so I spend a lot of time just being a dad.





12.Well Brian we have reached the end of the interview thank you for taking the time to do the interview with me. Do you have any final comments for the readers before we end the interview?



Thanks for the interview. I hope people give the new album a listen. You can check it out on SPOTIFY to listen to it first. Cheers!







COLD COLOURS
www.coldcolours.com
www.facebook.com/coldcoloursmetal

MORDWOLF
www.mordwolf.net
www.facebook.com/mordwolfmetal

ROOT OF ALL EVIL RECORDS
www.rootofallevil.com

Monday, August 26, 2013

Interview with Heretic Cult Redeemer done by Patrick 8-26-13

Dark Greetings,
This time we have a real treat for all the black metal fans out there! a interview with the Greek black metal band "Heretic Cult Redeemer" the band has just released their debut and possibly one of the BEST,and darkest black metal bands to out of the black metal underground in quite a few years.If your looking for something original,dark,occult tied in with some epic black metal metal then defintly head over to the Mighty Iron Bonehead Records web-store and pick up this bands debut LP. today!!
regards,and keep supporting the true underground scenes.





Interview with Funus vocalist,lyricist for Heretic Cult Redeemer done by Patrick







1.Greetings Funus! How are things in Greece? Please introduce yourself to the readers?




Hello there, i'm Funus, the lead singer of Heretic Cult Redeemer. We are ok here, except the unbelievable heat of the last days...












2.When did you first become interested in singing in bands? Is Heretic Cult Redeemer the first band you haver sung in?



From the beginning i was a singer. We start playing with D when we were thirteen years old. That's the first time i ever sung. HCR is not my first attempt. I was founding member and lead singer of Acrimonious.










3.Who are some of your influences/favorite vocalists? Do you do anything special to keep your throat/voice healthy when recording or getting ready to play a concert? Besides singing do you play any other instruments?




Attila Csihar (Mayhem, Tormentor etc.) is a big influence for me. The way he sing and perform is unique. I do not have something particular for my voice. I just watch not to hurt my throat before any performance (live & recording) and i warm up my voice half an hour before just to be ready. I also playing guitar when we are composing songs but i never do it live.













4.Heretic Cult Redeemer recently released their debut LP through Iron Bonehead rec. how long did it take the band to write the songs for this release?For the readers who have never had the chance to hear your bands music how would you best describe it?




We started back in 2009 and all the procedure last four years. For me "Heretic Cult Redeemer" is a complex and intelligent form of our darkest emotions.












5.Funus you handle the lyrics for the songs where do you draw inspiration for your lyrics?Do you have any kind of message with your lyrics?




I draw inspiration from my life experiences and my inner dark emotions and i filter them through my philosofical and occult ideology. Lyrically our debut album indicates something that we call "The end of the flesh". We approach philosophically and metaphorically the passage from the material world to another aspects of reality and conciousness.











6.Does Heretic Cult Redeemer play "live" very often or do you prefer to work mainly in the studio?






Τhere's no distinction for us. We like working on the studio as much as we like to perform live.










7.Who are some bands you all have shared the stage with? If you could set up a "dream" show who are some bands you would love to play with?





Individually we have shared the stage with bands like Watain, Septic Flesh, Vader, Cephalic Carnage etc.. I really don't know...










8.Heretic Cult Redeemer comes out of the legendary Greek black metal underground scene.What is your opinion of the metal scene in Greece these days?





Our music scene here is still great. Our heritage is more than enough to continue making dark music.











9.Who are some of your all-time favorite metal bands from Greece? Are their any new bands you feel the readers should check out soon?





For sure an all time favourite band is Rotting Christ. Necromantia and Varathron also. From the new wave of Greek Black/Death Metal scene i would say Acherontas, Embrace of Thorns and Dead Congregation.










10.Everyone has their own opinion on what black metal stands for/means. So I was wondering what does black mean to you?




The passage from the material world to another aspects of reality and conciousness. Particularly, reality is something cloudy and it's never the same for everyone. The way we use our energy is the cause of our acts. So, i can tell that black metal is the way how i drain my energy.












11.Are you or any of the members of Heretic Cult Redeemer currently working with any side-projects or bands? If yes please feel free to tell the readers a little about them.




Our former drummer he's playing for Necrovorous and Embrace of Thorns. I don't have any details about their current moves but if you don't know this bands you have to check 'em out for sure.












12.Well Funus we have reached the end of the interview,Thank you for taking the time to fill this out do you have any final words for the readers?



Thank you. Don' t forget to check our debut album released via Iron Bonhead. Support the Cult!






To order the Debut SELF-TITLED LP from Iron Bonehead Rec. go to the web-site/store.

http://www.ironbonehead.de


Interview with Dehuman Reign done by Patrick 8-26-13

Metal Hails!!
Here is a new interview with Germany's Dehuman Reign! if you haven't had the chance to check out this great up and coming band defintly do it soon!! the band recently released their debut Mcd "Destructive Intent" throught the mighty FDA Rekotz.
thanks for reading the interview and supporting the zine!!
regards,



Interview with Ulf guitarist of Dehuman Reign done by Patrick





1.Metal hails Ulf! How is life in Germany going for you? please introduce yourself to the readers? When did you first start listening to metal? Who were some of the early bands you listened to? Who are some of your current favorite bands?


Hey Patrick, Metal hails back to you! This is Ulf, guitarist of Dehuman Reign, a Death Metal Band from Berlin, Germany formed in 2011. Our debut „Destructive Intent“ was released in July 2013 through FDA Rekotz. I think that’s the reason why we do this interview.



Metal life is going well in Germany, there are many options to live the metal way. Nothing bad to report at all.



My personal metal-life started with Megadeth’s “Countdown to Extinction” in ’92, growing with Maiden, Metallica, Kreator and so on. The first Death Metal band I was introduced to was Entombed with “Lleft Hand Path”. This one punched me directly in my face. I could not believe that there’s a band playing harder and faster than Slayer. Pretty much the same story from my bandmates. I think every metal head grew up with those bands.



My favorite bands these days, there are a lot of them, I like nearly every kind of Metal music, also Grind and Crust. I’m not into slam or screamo stuff, same with Pagan/Folk bands. I think my bandmates agree with that. To name some bands I listen these days: Degial, Necrowretch, Immolation, Volture, Vektor, Martyrdöd. I discover some new music almost every day.



2.When did you and the other members of Dehuman Reign meet? Was it long after you that you all decided to form the band? What is the current line up of Dehuman Reign?



Totte [drums] and me have been making music over 10 years together in a Death Metal band called Harmony Dies. They split up and we decided to launch a new band. This was in March 2011. Shortly after we decided to create a new band we found in Tesk our second guitarist and Rouven joined us as Bass-player. In March 2012 we finally found our vocalist Alex.




3.How did you guys come up with the name for the band? For the readers who have never heard Dehuman Reign's music how would you best describe it?



The bands name, this is a long story. Here’s the short version: we collected maybe up to 50 bandnames, but each of it was already in use by some Chilean or Mexican black metal band, haha ... Someday Totte [drums] came up with „Dehuman Reign“. We all thought about the artificial wording but decided that this name catches the sort of music we wanted to spread very well.





4.The band recently released their debut Mcd "Destructive Intent" through FDA Rekotz. How long did it take you all to write and record the songs for this release?



Most of these songs are written by Totte and me some years ago. There are two songs on it which we wrote as whole band. Except the lyrics, these are all written by Alex.

We recorded „Destructive Intent“ in stages during the summer 2012 in the Englsound Studio, Berlin.




5.How has the response been from the press and the fans?



So far very good! The reviews we read were all positive. Our purpose was to deliver an old school Death Metal feeling on “Destructive Intent”. All the reviewers caught that detail and gave us a good response on the things we did. On our live shows the feedback is even better, we play the material from “Destructive Intent” as well as new stuff that will be on our first Full-length. The response is always positive!





6.Does the band have any upcoming tours or shows in support of Destructive Intent? If yes where are some places the band will be touring to?



We have been booked for some single shows for the remaining year (check the web for more information). A tour is not planned at this moment. Since we don’t like the “pay-to-play” concept that’s becoming more and more usual, we prefer to play concerts for the real underground scene for now. We’ll see what the future holds for us.





7.Who are some bands Dehuman Reign has shared the stage with so far in their career? If you could set up a "dream" show/tour who are some bands you would love to play with?





We started playing concerts in December 2012, our „stage-career“ isn’t that big so far. But we had great concerts with Defeated Sanity and Cenotaph (TUR), Wound, Goregast and Harm (these bands are also on FDA Rekotz, check’em out!). The last concert we played with Hooded Menace (FIN) and Graveyard from Spain. By the way, great guys! We’re looking forward to play more and more shows. A perfect show/tour would be difficult, cause the bands I'd like to play with don't exist anymore. It would be the triple „D“ Tour: Dehuman Reign, Demolition Hammer and Death.





8.Has the band begun working on new songs for the next Dehuman Reign release? Will it be a full release or another Mcd? Any idea when it might released to the fans?




We are currently working intensively on new material for a full length album. Our goal is to make a full length album as fast as possible after the release of „Destructive Intent“. Indeed, we first had the idea to make a second Mini Album, but we decided to make a full length. You can be sure that the material we write right now is more sophisticated. All members of the band are involved in the song writing process and we hopefully will release it in 2014.






9.When the band begins working on a new song how long does it usually take to complete? Does the whole band work on the music or does just one or two members handle all the music writing? Who usually handles the writing of the lyrics what are some topics/subjects you all write about?



We are not that type of a hard working band. It comes when it comes. The songs were written by all members, everyone got his own idea of Death Metal riffing and song structures. Alex [Vocals] writes all the lyrics. They are of a dark, philosophical nature and allow a wide range of possible interpretations, which is what he intends to achieve.



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


For me real underground means being a metal head to the bone. That’s it!



The best thing is that you can discover a new band that is developing it’s own sound based on the roots of the old bands every day.

The worst thing I think is that the underground is splitting up more and more into several sub-scenes such as the NSBM stuff. Elitism and classification suck.



11.Are you or any of the members of Dehuman Reign currently playing with any side bands? if yes please tell the readers a little about them?




Yes, most of us are active in additional projects/bands;


Tesk [guitar] plays guitar in YSPOTOPSY (Djeazz-metal, nobody knows what that means…), Rouven [bass] plays bass in a rock band and Totte is playing drums in a harsh black metal project (both bands without a name yet). I’m playing guitar in NECROMORPH (Grind/Crust/Death).




12.Ulf you live in the great country of Germany we all know of Germany's amazing metal history with bands. But I was wondering what is your opinion of Germany's metal scene both past and present?



I don’t know the metal scene from the 80’s but I could say that at present the scene is very active. There are many concerts and festivals in Germany you could visit. A lot of good bands are growing from the underground.




13.Who are some of your all time favorite german bands? Are their any new bands you feel the readers should check out soon?



Oh, there are many good German bands. I think my all-time favorites are Running wild, old Kreator, Sodom, Accept, 1st & 2nd Atrocity, and so on... Immortalis-indicium de mortis is a very good old school death metal album you have to check out if you haven’t listened yet. Some new bands you should check out: Wound, Blood Patrol, Android Empire, Violent Frustration, Begraven and of course all of the FDA Rekotz releases!





14.What about metal fan or web-zines worth reading any that you can recommend to the readers?



There is a very funny and different fanzine called “Fatal Grind” I like to read, but it’s written in German only. Very good magazines written by real metal heads I could suggest are Carnage Death Metal Zine, Mystical Music and Voices from the darkside.





15.Well Ulf thank you for taking the time to fill out this interview, do you have any final comments for the readers?



Thank you very much! Just check out our music and thanks for readin



to order a copy of the new Mcd "Destructive Intent" go to the FDA-Rekotz web-site here.

http://www/fda-rekotz.com

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

New Reviews done by Patrick 8-20-13

Metal Hails!!
hope everyone is having a good week? here is a new batch reviews for you to check out while you wait for the weekend to get here. This time it is a little a mix of mostly black,death but their is a few more vinyl reviews then we normally get so if your a vinyl fanatic be sure to check out the great labels Iron bonehead and Nuclear Winter rec. as well as all other great bands and labels featured.
enjoy the reviews and until next time.
Patrick




Besieged-Victims Beyond All Help cd {Unspeakable Axe Rec.}



Originally self-released by the band in 2010 Victims Beyond All Help is a roller coaster intense thrashing riffs with some crazy guitar patterns and solo's mixed in.The drumming is done just as chaotic with crazy blast beats with some slower mid-paced beats in sections before picking up the pace again.the vocals are done extremely well and fit perfectly with music gruff screams and vocals.This is one of the best thrash releases I've heard in quite sometime if your a fan of pure aggressive thrash then buy this now!

Label contact

www.unspeakableaxerecords.com









Bombs Of Hades-Carnivores 7inch{Bloodharvest Rec.}



Bombs Of Hades is a band that has been making a name for themselves within the underground scene so I was excited to finally get the chance to hear them.Carnivores is actually a re-release from 2008 and play the style of death metal that is near and dear to my heart raw,unpolished Swedish death metal. Raw,fast guitars with unrelenting blasting drumming that is both vicious and uncompromising but also played very well with some well thought guitar and drum patterns.The vocalist uses some deep death growls and raw screams fans of old Entombed and classic early Swedish death will love Bomb Of Hades godly sound.



Label contact

http://www.bloodharvest.se





Cold Colours-cold colours cd {Sleazy Rider Rec.}

Cold Coloura is a death/doom metal band from the cold depths of Minnesota.The bands self titled fourth release is my first encounter with the band and main man Brian J.Hubner{vocals,guitars,bass,keyboards} labor of love and one listen and you will Brian's musical talent shine through heavy slow to mid-paced guitars that go from heavy,slow to a more mid-paced feel.Brian does speed up the drums and guitars on a few tracks for a more aggressive sound but it only lasts for a minute or two and fits very well within the musicial style and sound.If you enjoy early My Dying Bride,Anathema and early ninties atmospheric death/doom mixed with Brian's own creative writing style you will defintly want to check out the latest release from Cold Colours.


band contact


www.coldcolours.com







Ensnared-Ensnared MLP/Mcd {Nuclear Winter Rec.}

Ensnared are possibly one of Sweden's best kept secrets up til now but thanks to Nuclear Winter rec. the underground maniacs will get to hear their metal genius.Starting off with a blinding,blasting drum attack the band settles into a dark mid-paced guitars and drumming each song is very heavy,fast with a lot crazy metal riffs and soloing that all are all over the place and the drummer does a great job of keeping up the pace going from mid-paced beats to more chaotic,violent blast beats. each member of Ensnared is able to play and control their instrument nicely so that each song on the MLP comes off sounding different from one another.One big difference that I noticed and i'm sure most will to is while Ensnared come from the Swedish underground scene they don't really have the classic sound like so many bands instead they seem more influenced by the early to mid ninties south American black/death,thrash scene with the raw noisey guitars,blasting drums and demonic death growls.Ensnared is a must hear for all fans of classic sounding death metal!!



Label contact

http://www.nuclearwinterrecords.com



Heretic Cult Redeemer-Heretic Cult Redeemer LP {Iron Bonehead Rec.}

Greece's Heretic Cult Redeemer are a new band to my ears but after listening to the debut for about the fourth time it's safe to say this is a great band and release.Musically the band seem to be influenced by the mid-paced blackend metal scene with some faster crazed guitars entertwined.The guitars are razor sharp sounding riffs and mixed with some fast blast beats that are really well played and some uncommon drum patterns not usually heard in black metal but Heretic,Cult,Redeemer make it work really well within their cold blackend sound.The vocals are semi gruff deep shriek and spoken type of vocals and some raspy vocals mixed in some of the songs.This is a black metal masterpiece and if your looking for something is pure black metal but doesn't follow any trends this is the release for you!


Label contact

www.ironbonehead.de







Inhumate-Expulsed cd{Grind Your Soul Rec.}

Grindcore legends Inhumate return with their sixth full length release Expulsed.Seventeen tracks of intense,violent brutal grinding death metal songs that have to heard to be believed.Guitars are extremely heavy,noisey,fast with some of the craziest riffs ever recorded.The drumming is pure blasting insanity the vocals are shared among all members of Inhumate and range from deep death growls to insane screams and all the members do a great combining the vocals and backing vocals together when needed with the music.It is great to see this death/grind band still going strong after so many years and still writing and putting out quality releases fans of pure grind should defintly check out Expulsed as soon as possible and support diy. ethics.

Label contact


www.grind-your-soul.com

band contact


www.inhumate.com





In SIlentio Noctis-Disenchant The Hypocrites Mcd {My Kingdom Music}

Simply breath taking Finland's In Silentio's Noctis have written and created a masterpiece of atmospheric,blackend metal with some of the most beautiful female fronted vocals to be heard in a long time. Armi's vocals are a perfect blend of beauty to go with In Silentio Noctis more aggressive,fast,epic and atmospheric background.The musicians like to keep the listeners guessing as you are getting into the bands more aggressive fast guitars,fast drums the band will slow and bring in the more melodic violns and keys which are done to perfection on these songs.If you enjoy Quality symphonic,atmospheric metal then be sure to pick up this gem by Finland's In Silentio Noctis.


label contact

www.mykingdommusic.net





Trials-Malicious Arts 7 inch {Nuclear Winter Rec.}

Malicious Arts is the follow up to last years debut "The Primordial Temple" Malicious Arts features two songs of classic sounding heavy metal mid tempo guitars with some killer metal riffs and solo's mixed in.Vocals are done in the traditional higher pitched scream but sound really good and don't come off annoying and fit Trials music nicely their is also deeper more melodic voice that is used in a few of the lines.This is a great release that should appeal to fans who appreciate the more traditional side of heavy metal I am defintly looking forward to hearing what this Swedish band has to offer the maniacs of the underground.


label contact

http://www.nuclearwinterrecords.com





Triumph,Genius-Vsehorovnost Je Porazkou Prevysujicich LP {Iron Bonehead Rec.}

The Czech Republic has always had a strong metal scene and Triumph,Genius are just another fine example of this great scene.Triumph,Genius are a duo playing cold,hateful black metal.Fast guitars that are semi raw but not horribly probuced with some chaotic riffs and solo's.Blast beats that do slow to a mid-pace for short periods of time so the drummer can catch his breath before going right back into the violent hyperspeed.Vocals are a mix of gruff growls and higher pitched screams entertwined.A great black metal release defintly not to be missed by the old-school fanatics of the underground.

Label contact

www.ironbonehead.de





Vredehammer-Mintaka Mcd {Black Plague Rec.}

Norway's Vredehammer are a band playing the classic style of early nineties norse black metal.The musicians Per Valla{guitars,drums,vocals} and Kristoffer Hansen{bass} took great pride in the writing of the songs on Mintaka as you will hear in their delievery.Mid-paced raw gutars and drumming that have the cold and desolate atmosphere that a lot of the early black metal bands possessed.Per Valla is extremely well played with the guitar going from mid-paced riffs to a all out crazed fast riffs.The drumming is done quite well with some aggressive blast beats that slow to more controlled beats with the guitars. The vocals are extremely well done black metal screams and harsh,gruff screams.Vredhammer have created some of the best black metal to come out of Norway in quite a few years taking some of the influences of the early norse gods and combing it with their own ideas and ability to write memorable black metal.


Label contact

www.blackplaguerecords.com

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Interview with Ensnared done by Patrick 8-18-13

Metal Hails!!
here is a great band from Swedish underground playing old-school eighties styled blackend metal with some death metal influences.A real gem within the underground scene and a band's musicial talent talent and love to the metal music it plays is evident on the band's self-titled MLp/MCD which was released by the great label Nuclear Winter Rec. fans of Old-school thrashing blackend death metal should defintly look for this band soon!!!
Metal Regards,
Patrick



Interview with H.K guitarist for Ensnared done by Patrick


1.Metal hails H.K! Please introduce yourself to the readers.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?



Hello and thank you for this interview. I am the guitarist and
soon-to-be singer of Ensnared. I started to listen to metal when i was
about fourteen if i remember correctly. I mostly listened to bands like
Iron Maiden, Motörhead, Alice Cooper, ZZ Top, AC/DC etc at that Point,
as well as listening to punk.

I'd say that my favorite bands are Rainbow, Fields of the Nephilim and
The Rolling Stones.



2.When did you first become interested in playing the guitars?Are you
self taught or did you take lessons when you were younger?
Probably around the same time when i started to listen to Heavy
metal/rock 'n' roll, so about fourteens year of age. I took some lessons
here and there, but it didn't give me that much. I've taught myself
for the most part and learned from others in the band.



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



All my influences cannot be named, since there are so many , and since i
cannot put any names on some of them, but if we speak in musical terms
i'd say Morbid Angel, Mayhem, Grotesque, Bathory, Necrovore and so
forth. This is what influenced me when i was younger, and the band was
younger as well. Today, i don't get influenced in the same way. I get
influenced by myself, by the rythms and ideas inside of me, and those
which come from the other members of the band. Our former guitarist DÖ
influenced me a lot, and so does the current members as well.

Another thing that influences me is the competition from really
good bands that are Active now as well.

I can manage to play drums and bass as well, but i'm not any good at it.



4.When did you and the other members of Ensnared first meet?What is the
current line up of the band?For the readers who have never heard the
band how would you describe Ensnared's music?



I met JK for the first time in 1991, when he was born, since he's my
brother. I can't remember when i first met AJ, because i was drunk when
i met him. The same goes for AE.

The line up of Ensnared is as follows: JK - drums, HK - guitars and
vocals, AJ - guitars, AE - bass.

I'd describe it as Death Metal, but i would rather tell them to listen
to Ensnared instead, since i Think our Music describes itself. Thus can
people make their own opinion on how we sound.



5.Ensnared has just released their debut MLp/Mcd through Nuclear Winter
Now Rec.How did the band come in contact with this great label?



It will be released the 6th of September, yes. I Think our former member
e-mailed Nuclear Winter, asking if he would release our first demo-tape
(this was in 2010) and he agreed to this proposition.

The cooperation bore fruit, and it continues to do so.



6.Did it take thee band long to write the songs for the MLp?Did the
whole band take part in the writing process or did one or two members
handle all the writing process?



Yes, it took a long time. Some of the songs has been worked on since
2010, but with other members. I wouldn't say that the whole band took
part in Writing the songs, but there's been a lot of

bandmembers involved in the Writing. The songs has passed Three line ups
of Ensnared, but most of the songs on the Mlp are written and
arranged by me, DÖ and JK. AE joined after the Mlp was recorded, so he
didn't have the possibility of having any input.



7.Which usually comes first for the new song the music or the lyrics?Who
usually writes the lyrics?What are some subjects the band write about?



Normally the Music comes first. Everyone contributes to the
lyrics in one way or Another i Think, but on the Mlp, the lyrics are
witten by me, JK and a person outside of the band.

The lyrics on the Mlp involves occultism, alchemy, Death, darkness and
doom. Personally, i like to write lyrics in a poetic and metaphorical
way.




8.Ensnared come out of the legendary Swedish underground so I was
wondering what is your opinion of Sweden's metal scene?



I like some of the Swedish metal bands, but not a lot of them. I don't really
care that much either to be honest, so i don't really have any opinions
on the scene per se.



9.Who are your all-time favorite Swedish metal bands?Are their any new
metal bands you feel the readers should check out soon?



That's a difficult question to ponder upon, but I'd say that Bathory and
Grotesque are my favorite metal bands from Sweden.


Anyone who hasn't, should check out Irkallian Oracle.



10.What about fan or webzines are their any good Swedish zines you could
recommend?What are some of your favorite worldwide zines?



The best zine from Sweden is Tombs Zine. I don't have any favorite
zines other than Tombs Zine. I mostly read books.





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



The best thing about the underground is that the good bands leave it and
becomes recognised for what they truly are. The worst thing about it is
that it still exists, since underground for me personally means a bunch
of half-assed bands that stays in "The Underground" because their lack
of quality, Hence feeling a certain Connection towards eachother, and as
a selfdefence mechanism, accuse bands who leave it and become "big" of
being sellouts and posers. Underground metal to me means metal of poor
quality.





12.well H.k we have reached the end of the interview,thank you for
taking the time to fill this out.Do you have finaal comments for the
readers?



Thank you for the interview Patrick.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Interview with Temple Of Void done by Patrick on 8-5-13

Metal Hails!
Here is a interview with a new death/doom band from the Detroit Michigian area if you enjoy heavy guitar doom with early nineties death metal influence then this is a band you MUST hear probably one of the best demo's I've heard in quite some time.
enjoy the interview and defintly take the time to check out and order some Merch you won't be disappointed!!!
Regards.
Patrick





Interview with Alex Awn guitarist for Temple Of Void done by Patrick




1.Hello Alex how is life treating you this week man?For the readers unfamiliar with Temple Of Void please give a brief history of the band.


This week is going pretty well. Bought some great new comics, bought a big machete, and rode my motorcycle. Can't complain!
Temple of Void started less than a year ago by me and Eric (the other guitarist). We met each other through Krav Maga and discussed playing music together for quite a while. It just never seemed to work out b/c of our workloads/schedules. Eventually things freed up for me and we started writing. We had a shared obsession for old school doom metal and knew that's what we had to do.
We hand-picked friends we thought could each contribute their own positive attributes to a band. Personality, skill, dedication, equipment; it all played a factor. We wanted five professional metal maniacs and that's what we got. So we honed our sound, crafted some songs, recorded a demo, and unleashed it on May 13th 2013. We've been funeral marching forward ever since...





2.What is the current line up for the band? How did you all come up with the name of the band?Does it have a special meaning to you all? For the readers who have not had the chance to hear Temple Of The Void's music how would you best describe it?



I play guitar. Eric plays guitar. Brent plays bass. Mike growls. And Jason beats his drums like a fucking caveman.
Eric planted the seed for the name. He was inspired by a line in Alan Moore's Watchmen comic. We kicked it around and after many a discussion we hadn't decided on anything. Eventually our friend Jay took Eric's seed and brought it to fruition. Temple of Void was born. We wanted something that could evolve. Something somewhat ambiguous. We're all into iconography and symbolism so the idea of a temple worked for us. There's a lot we can do with that. I think each of us can breathe our own life in the Void, and it's not something I really want to discuss. We all have a personal interpretation. Some truths are best left unsaid.




We play slow to mid-paced death/doom. It's a hybrid of old British doom and old school American death metal. Although Temple of Void is clearly a death/doom band, I don't think there's anything formulaic about us at all. We have an eclectic set of influences, we're all in our 30's and 40's and that comes through in the music. It's not a clone of anyone, but you can hear our heritage...





3.Temple Of Void just released their debut demo cassette "MMXIII"through Til You Fuckin Bleed rec.{Pol.} how did you guys come in contact with Bartuus and the label?How many copies were made up?Have you heard how well it's been selling?





We started by self-releasing the demo on CD format and download. Then Bartuus got a copy and offered to do a limited run of cassettes. So far I believe there are only 70 copies on cassette. We have 200 on cd. Then shortly after Bartuus's offer, we struck a deal with Yuriy from Archaic Sound. He's releasing the demo on digipac format with a bonus track previously unavailable. We're appreciative to have underground support from both these guys.





4.Does the band have any plans to release the demo on cd or possibly vinyl formats in the future or is the cassette the only way to hear your godly music at this time?Where can people buy your merchandise?



If you check templeofvoid.bandcamp.com you can snag it on cd. We have shirts, stickers, pins, cds, all kinds of ways for you to spend your money. We're only releasing items we'd be excited to own ourselves.




5.How has the response been from the press and the media regarding the debut demo?
Everyone seems to 'get it,' which is cool. We've gotten an exceptional response from the European underground, but I think the North American metalheads are picking up on it now, too. It's early days. The doom will spread.






6.How often does the band get to practice and work on new music?Have you guys started working on a follow-up release to the demo?Do you know if it will be a full-length or a e.p or have you guys decided on this?



We practice once a week. We have careers and shit. We're not 18 anymore. But everyone is really focusing hard on the Temple. It's an inspiring environment. Lots of forward momentum.


We signed a couple deals for our debut full-length. We'll be writing throughout most of 2013. Probably hit the studio in the winter. Drop something early 2014. We're doing the CD with Rain Without End Records and the vinyl with Saw Her Ghost Records. James (RWE) is a real cool dude from Canada. Very high expectations of his bands. I appreciate his attention to detail and his appreciation for art. He's not out to sign some shitty crab-core band and make a packet. He's got integrity. Mark (SHG) has been a supporter of the band since day one. He's from Detroit so it'll be great to have a local label helping us out. He's released some awesome Detroit bands like Supercontinent, Incisor and Beast in the Field. Again, he does cool vinyl layouts so it's a good fit for us.





7.When you do start working on a new song does the whole band take part in the writing process or does one or two members usually handle it all? Who usually handles the lyrics for the band what are some topics you all write about?




Typically Eric and I will start working on riffs together. We'll piggyback off each other's ideas. By the time we've hashed it out and the whole band has worked together it's truly a five-person collaboration. The band exists as a five-piece. No one person controls the output. It's all checks and balances. And it works because we all respect each other's opinions. If Brent disagrees with something or Mike thinks we should try this or that, we all listen and do what's best for the song. Jason might lay down a different beat that what I envisioned and his beat will be way cooler. We jam a lot, too. Eric writes his best riffs on the spot. I write my best riffs alone at home.

Mike writes all the lyrics. I told him I wanted a song about Conan so our first song was about Conan. Any song about Crom and the Hyborean Age rules right out the gate. The rest are culled from film and literature. Dark and ominous tales. Mike's a good story-teller. He can paint a vivid picture. He adds an element of fantasy and depth that none of us could have brought otherwise.





8.Does Temple Of Void get to play out live very much or do you guys prefer to work more in the studio?Who are some bands you guys have shared the stage with?


We just played our first two shows this month. We hand-picked our first show and put together a great line-up of Detroit metal. Konkeror, Writhing and Beast in the Field. It fucking ruled. Our second show was with Shitfucker and Mutant Supremacy from NYC.
I love being in the studio. We had a good vibe in the studio for the demo and it'll be ever better for the full-length this winter. Internal expectations are high. We don't do anything by half-measures.










9.If you had the opportunity to do a "dream" show/tour who are some bands{past or present} you would love to play with?


Fuck. I'd really want to play with some non-metal bands like Floyd and the Who...but I gotta keep it contextual. Master of Puppets era Metallica, with Don't Break the Oath era Mercyful Fate, and A Sun that Never Sets era Neurosis on one stage. We'd have Necros Christos, Bolt Thrower and AOQ era Cro-Mags on another stage. It'd be a big fucking event. Bad Brains might be playing in a tent with Streetcleaner era Godflesh. Who knows!









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




The best and worst aspects are two sides of the same coin. On the one hand you've got unbiased global support for metal that fucking rules no matter what. And on the other hand, you've got cliques whose taste is determined by scenesters and flavors of the month. Real recognizes real.








11.Temple Of Void comes out of the Detroit,MI area what is your opinion of your cities and states metal scene? who are some of your all-time favorite bands from Michicigan?Are their any news bands you feel the readers should check out soon?



Detroit's metal scene is blowing the fuck up. You've got Writhing, Konkeror and Saprogenic for starters. If you're into bands like Immolation and Deicide then check those three bands out. Then there's Isenblast, whose new material is more like old school Morbid Angel. Then there's Perversion, who do a great old school Sepultura/Sacrofago sound. Beast in the Field are a super heavy two-man stoner/satanic doom outfit. Drums and guitar. Pummeling. There's Acid Witch, who do a tripped-out stoner doom thing really well. There's Nuke, a new thrash band with elements of NWOBHM. Shitfucker and Reaper doing the more Venom meets Bathory style. There's a lot of quality metal coming out of the Detroit area. I'm sure I'm leaving out some other good bands from Detroit but there's a lot going on...







12.Are you ot any of the members of the band currently working with any side-bands or projects?If yes please tell the readers a little about them.



Jason does the MotorCity Troubadours. They're a great band that does Latin American music. Shit like Antonio Carlos Jobim and Ibrahim Ferrer. Super talented.


Eric does Knife. He just put out their debut EP. Totally sounds like Rollins Band meets Crobar. It's more on the rock tip, but it rules hard.



Mike does a lot. He just started a thrash band called Nuke. He's been doing Failed for years and they sound like an AmRep band. Or at least that's my story and I'm sticking to it. They're harder to pin down. He plays in Acid Witch. He also does a couple cover bands called Steely Dan and Dark Avenger. The dude is busy as fuck.


I do Hellmouth. We've been around for five years and we're like Slayer meets Discharge meets Entombed. That's a lazy comparison, but basically we're a thrash band that blurs the line between thrash metal and thrash punk. The complete inverse of ToV.






13.Alex you play the guitars in the band,when did you start playing guitar?Are you self-taught or did you take lessons when you were younger?



I've been playing since I was about twelve of thirteen. A friend took me under her wing and taught me. I compensate for lack of virtuosity by copious headbanging and down-picking.





14..Who are some of your Influences/favorite guitarists?Do you play any other instruments other then the guitars?



I don't play any other instruments. My guitar influences probably aren't what you'd expect. But I think the groundwork was laid for me in the early 90's. You can't escape your past. Andy Cairns from Therapy? was probably a subconscious influence. I think Vic from Inside Out, too. Walter Schriefels from Gorilla Biscuits / Quicksand. John Porcelly from Judge. Unbroken. Gregor Mackintosh from Paradise Lost. Joey Z from Life of Agony. Old Sepultura. I think all that shit shaped how I play and how I think about rhythms, melodies and accents.
Chris Haskett from Rollins Band has got to be one of my all time favorite guitarists. If I could play like anyone, it'd be him. Brian Baker from Dag Nasty / Minor Threat / Bad Religion is another dude I've got mad respect for. They've both got signature sounds. Instantly recognizable.








15.Well Alex thanks a lot for taking the time to fill out this interview! do you have any final comments for the readers before we end the interview?



You're all doomed!


To contact or Listen Temple Of Void check out these "Official" sites.

templeofvoid.bandcamp.com

facebook.com/templeofvoid

youtube.com/templeofvoid

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Interview with Uvikra done by Patrick 8-4-13

Metal Hails,
this is a new interview with Uvikra,Loikav handles all the music,instrument and voices. excellent muciancianship and voice. this is really well done for fans who enjoy blackend death metal.Loikaive is currently working on new music for the new Uvikra release coming soon! so keep an eye out.
regards and defintly check out this amazing band,and release.
Patrick




1.Hello Loikav how is your week going?At what age did you first become interested in playing music?What was the first instrument you learned to play?What is your favorite and least favorite to play?




Hello Winter Torment, I'm doing fine.
I became interested in playing music at age 9, and my first instrument was the guitar shortly thereafter. My favorite instrument these days is drums, and the least favorite is vocals, but not that I dislike doing vocals.




2.Are their any instruments you have not learned how to play yet that you would like to learn to someday?


No, I think I got everything that I need covered.



3.You started Uvikra in 2009 when you started the band did you plan to keep the band a one man band or have you looked for other musicians to join?




I planned to be a one man band in the beginning. Later, I had ideas about getting others involved about two years ago, but then realized that it wouldn't work out. Now I'm certain that Uvikra will always remain a one man band, because that's just the nature of this project.




4.If you had the opportunity to work with any musicians{past or present} who are some musicians you would like to work with?


I don't know, I never imagine such situations.




5.Badgod Music recently re-released your second release "BI".How did you come in contact with the label?For the readers who have never heard Uvikra's music how would you best describe it?


I found the label by reading a couple of reviews on Dead Void Dreams zine in June 2012. Then I contacted Dave, and about two months later he was on board. But I actually discovered the label long before that, but then forgot about it and didn't recognize it. I read an interview with Trillion Red in late 2011 on this same zine because I had done an interview right before him, but when I listened to it, I figured that badGod would be more of a rock label, because Trillion Red's first EP was the only release back then, so I didn't bother with it.
I'd describe Uvikra's music as black metal on the first album, black/death on the follow-up EP "Patterns of Life", and progressive black/death on the last album "Bi". But the album I'm working on now is very different from any of that, so there's no consistent one genre to describe Uvikra's overall discography.




6.Have you had time to begin working on new songs for Uvikra's next release?Do you know if it will be a Mcd or full-length yet?Will BadGod Rec. release it or have you and the label discussed it?




Yes, I'm recording during this summer. It will be a full length. We'll see if badGod will release it or not. It depends on whether it's appropriate for the label, and whether there's demand for it.




7.Which usually comes first for you the music or the lyrics?What are some topics you write about.



Always the music. I write mainly about things that happen to me, about some relationships with other people, just personal stuff.




8.In your opinion what does the term "underground metal" mean to you?



Pretty much any extreme metal, or just bands who don't make a living off of it. Most metal is underground in general, few bands are actually mainstream.




9.Loikav you live in the great country of Lithuania what is the metal scene like in your area and country?



There are quite a few bands in Vilnius, but somehow I'm not very familiar with the scene.




10.Who are some of your all-time favorite Lithuanian bands?Are their any new bands you think the readers should check out soon?What about zines are their any good web/fanzines the readers should watch out for?



My all time favorites are Anubi and Regredior. Of the modern bands I like Life's Edge.
I'm not familiar with many zines. I guess the main site is Ferrum.lt




11.Are you currently working with any other bands or projects?If yes please tell the readers a little about them.



I do, but now during the summer vacation none of that is happening though. Those projects aren't very developed yet, so I don't really like talking about stuff which is still loose.




12.Well Loikav thanks a lot for taking the time to fill out this interview,do you have any final comments for the readers?



Thanks for the interview, and keep an eye out for the new album "Fulfill Thee" coming this fall.



To order a copy of the new Uvikra cd "BI" check out Bad God music's web-site here.
www.badgodmusic.com