Monday, October 21, 2013

Interview with Craven Idol done by Patrick 10-21-13 done by Patrick

Metal Hails!
Here is a interview with a new band from the U.K's underground playing old-school blackend death with an aggressive touch to it.The trio has just released their debut cd "Towards Eschaton"{which I believe will also be released on vinyl for all of the old-schoolers out there} through the mighty Dark Descent Rec.
enjoy and defintly be sure to pick up a copy of Towards Eschaton you will not be disappointed!





Interview with Vrath vocals,guitarists for Craven Idol done by Patrick



1.Metal hails Vrath how is life going in the U.K? Please introduce yourself to the readers.


Life’s just fine here in North London. Winter is creeping in with warnings of its impending fierceness populating the headlines. Whilst these cautionary words may be alarming to some, as a native Finn I welcome the mellow breezes of hibernal Britain with soothing nostalgia to my homeland, which I left in the mid-nineties, having also lived in Germany, Switzerland and France also. I’ve been active in the UK metal scene for a decade now, playing in a number of bands.




2.At what age did discover the metal scene? Who were some of the first bands you listened to? Who are some of the current bands that you have been listening to?




I’ve had the fortune of growing up in a somewhat musical family, where vinyls of acts like Led Zeppelin and AC/DC were regularly spun. As countless others, I was always attracted to the unique sounds of Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden, and in my early teens I became curious of what else was out there. Through Judas Priest, I became increasingly interested in the NWOBHM (although they are not generally accepted as a part of said movement), and perhaps the most pivotal bands for me were 1. Satan – who made me realise the richness of the ‘underground’, of a whole hidden scene. 2. Venom – for introducing me to a more extreme take of it all. I became absolutely possessed by Venom and so my journey into the extreme began.



As a music journalist, I listen to music near incessantly. I can definitely confirm that there is a lot of soulless metal out there, void of any spirit and fully loaded with modern technological vanities.



But obviously music finds a way. In Dark Descent, Craven Idol have the fortune to work with undoubtedly one of the best labels around today – bands like Vorum and Lvcifyre are amongst the best there are. I am also utterly possessed by the new Zemial album Nykta – a release that truly defies/transcends trends and scenes. I also listen to loads of Realmbuilder.




3.When did you and the other members of Craven Idol first meet?Was it long until you formed Craven Idol? How did you all decide on the band name does it have a special meaning?




The core of Craven Idol is Vrath and Scourger. We met at a metal related event at university – both of us new to London and eager to start a band. A rehearsal room in the cellar of Scourger’s residence provided a meager but adequate platform for the writing of our debut demo. The creative chemistry between the two of us was immediate and I would say the band was born at our first rehearsal.



A literal reading of the name Craven Idol might be ‘cowardly object of worship’. The name was devised in reference to the human tendency to venerate things perceived to mask or mitigate our own failings. It is most applicable to the grief cult surrounding the person of Jesus, but can be seen to some extent in all religions and dogmatic movements.




4.What is the current line-up of the band? For the readers who have never heard Craven Idol's music how would you best describe it?




We are currently experimenting with a new line-up so nothing is set in stone. The formation on the album was Vrath – vocals, guitars, Scourger – guitars, Suspiral – bass, Volgard – drums.

Volgard unfortunately left the band during the album’s mixing process.



I find it next to impossible to put my music into words, as this would inadvertently lead to the use to misleading genre-tags. Craven Idol is the sum of a vast variety of musical fancies, reaching from Candlemass to Belial, from Bathory to Venom, from Manilla Road to Razor. If a tag is to be placed, I recommend ‘extreme metal’, as it’s a tag loosely associated with the emerging death and black metal acts of the late ‘80s/early ‘90s.



5.Craven Idol just released their debut full-length Towards Eschaton" through Dark Descent Rec. How did you all come in contact with the label?





I had been a fan of Dark Descent Records for years and once Volgard provided us with the album master I undertook my usual, unfailing routine of sending promos to labels. DD topped my list and I was delighted when the label expressed interest in releasing our debut. I’ve met label boss Matt Calvert since, a true die-hard, who revealed to me that Craven Idol was the very first band he signed based on a promo.




6.How long did it take Craven idol to write the songs for the debut?Did the whole band take part in the song-writing process or did one or two members handle all the song writing for the band?



As mentioned, the core of Craven Idol is Scourger and I, we are the primary song-writers of the band. We both write about half of the material. The material on the record was written between 2006 and 2012, song like ‘Left To Die’ stem from some of the bands initial writing sessions, and we’ve worked them to fit ‘Towards Eschaton’. Ex-drummer Volgard had a say in the cration process as well, being a brilliant song-writer. He was a big loss for us and we’re recovering.





7.Which usually comes first when writing a new song the lyrics or the music? Who usually writes the lyrics? What are some topics/subjects you all write about?





Music. Whilst I’m heavily inspired by lyrics for many of my other projects, I find that with Craven Idol there’s a certain aura that takes over when writing the music.

Scourger has been the solitary lyricist for the band thus far. The album covers themes ranging from necromancy and mythology to biblical scenes and prophecies; all of which orbit the central notion that humanity attaches irrational emphasis to deities, legends and beliefs not rooted in evidence. To do so is to drag civilisation towards Eschaton, the End Times.




8.Does the band have any upcoming shows or tours to tell the readers about?If yes where are some places Craven Idol will be playing?





We are making plans as I write this, but nothing definite as of yet.




9.Who are some bands Craven Idol has shared the stage with? If you could set-up a dream show/tour who are some bands you would love to share the stage with?






We’ve had the privilege of sharing the stage with many of our idols, most notably Inquisition, Nifelheim, Impaled Nazarene and Sadistic Intent.

There are countless acts I would love to share the stage with… however, that would be too long a list to get into right now. See above for some of my current favorites.





10.Vrath you handle the vocals for the band when did you become interested in singing? Who are some of your influences,favorite vocalists?






I started by singing along to my parent’s vinyl collection as a young kid. Then during my adolescences I lived with my parents at a house in the south of France, which came replete with a stone-walled cellar. I managed to save up for a Marshall Valestate guitar amp and was free to make as much noise as I could. Waved on by the spirit of Venom and Bathory I did just that. As there was no one else there to do the singing, I had to learn myself; the metal scene in the south of France really is (was?) nearly nonexistent.



I’m inspired by a number of vocalists but have never set out to imitate anyone… so naming anyone would just be misleading. I’ve been compared to a number of US old school/extreme vocalists, which I suppose is accurate. Pronunciation is key.



11.Do you do anything special to keep your throat/voice healthy when recording or preparing for a Craven Idol show?





I had a few vocals lessons some years back that help with stamina and power. They are basic breathing exercises really, but they really do make a difference. I’ve never had any issues with singing/screaming hours on end, so no other precautions have really been necessary.






12.You also play guitars for the band when did you start playing the guitars?Are you self taught or did you take lessons? Who are some of your favorite guitarists?





I’ve been playing guitar for near 15 years now. Besides of some very basic guitar lessons from my father, I’m self-taught, although I must admit that Scythian guitarist Satyrus’ teachings completely revolutionised my playing style. So whilst I’ve never had actual lessons, I’ve taken pointers from countless guitarists. I’m very curious to learn and have been known to start side projects/play session stints just to learn a new style of playing.



I wouldn’t say that I have pack of favorite guitarists… as with vocals I aim to play/sound like no-one else… to the great misfortune of many a band-mate.




13.In your opinion what does the term "Underground metal" mean to you?





There really are countless underground metal scenes today. Underground metal has come to mean a lot of things to a lot of people. Alas, oftentimes the notion of being part of a ‘scene’ has overtaken what’s important: the music itself. I could talk ceaselessly about the things that are wrong with metal, but kindred spirits will know what I mean.



On the other hand the underground is about a freedom of expression, and the networks that I am part of all swear by the same gods of old… the only true gods of metal. We are torchbearers, sworn to keep alive the spirit of a time when metal was pure and fresh, rather than over-polished, commercialised rubbish.




14.You and the band come out of the great U.K underground metal scene.There seems to be a growing metal underground scene within the U.K. would you agree?What is your opinion of the metal scene in your country?





As mentioned above, as with any scene, the majority of bands involved are worthless garbage, usually formed to abide by meaningless trends. The metal scene worldwide is suffering from the curse of worship… no longer is originality the goal, but rather the precision of mimickery.



Outside London the UK metal scene is very small indeed, unless you’re into mallcore that is. Any band that has toured the UK, has undoubtedly made bad experiences playing in a pub cellar to the landlord and his dog. There simply isn’t the demand for metal.

From time to time a good promoter will come along – for example the lads of Bro UK up north in Newcastle. Despite their efforts they are damned to face the lack of interest of lazy ‘metal fans’, who rate downloading and procrastination higher than attending a gig.



This said, there have been great leaps forward in the UK scene in the last decade or so, but obviously I’m bias, as I enjoy a very limited amount of new bands… so even the injection of five decent groups into the mix would feel like a watershed of talent.




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



I’m a great admirer of the NWOBHM, talking bands like Satan, Desolation Angels, Witchfinder General, Pagan Altar, Venom, Witchfynde, Angel Witch, just to name a few.

The current scene is also has plenty to offer in form of Esoteric, Grave Miasma, Cruciamentum, Sepuku, Indesinence, Lvcifyre, Salute, Spearhead, Razor Of Occam, The One, Macabre Omen, The Wounded Kings, Funeral Throne,etc. I can also recommend checking out my other bands Scythian, Sepulchral Temple and Crom Dubh. Scourger also drums for the epic doom pioneers Solstice, as well as speed metallers Deceptor.




16.Well Vrath thank you for taking the time to fill this interview out.Do you have any final comments for the readers before we end the interview?





All hail the winter torment! Stand up against the raging tide!

http://darkdescentrecords.bandcamp.com/album/towards-eschaton


To order the cd or LP of "Towards Eschaton" {or anyone of the GREAT Releases of D.Descent rec.} go to.
http://www.darkdescentrecords.com

Monday, October 14, 2013

Interview with D.J Heretic{Ber.} of Blasphemous Serenades,The Inquisition done by Patrick

Here is a new interview with a D.J Heretic from BER. after hearing his black metal show "Blasphemous Serenades" I knew I wanted to interview D.J Heretic and learn more about the man and his shows.Enjoy the interview and be sure to check out the BER site for showtimes and tune-in!! for all the quality metal you can handle.





Interview with D.J Heretic of Blasphemous Serenades and The Inquisition radio shows 10-14-13{on B.E.R} done by Patrick



1.Metal hails D.j Heretic How is your week going so far my friend? Please tell the readers a little about yourself.



It's Monday for me at the moment and I have the day off of work, so it's about as good as a Monday can be. Hahaha.



About myself, I'm 42 years old, married, kids, a house, a dog, a cat. I'm retired from the US Navy after 22+ years of active service and just really enjoying no longer being at the beck and call...



2.At what age did you first start listening to rock/metal music?Who were some of the early bands you listened to? Who are some of your current favorite bands?

I started listening to rock/metal in 1983, when I was 12. I started out with Van Halen, Ozzy, Judas Priest, Quiet Riot, Motley Crue, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, etc.

I'm pretty much into the majority of metal styles and bands I listen to a lot are Enslaved, Borknagar, Death, Aosoth, Gorguts, Vintersorg, Mayhem, Darkthrone, Emperor, Blut Aus Nord, Behexen, Iced Earth, Blind Guardian, Rainbow (mostly Dio era), Deep Purple, Dio, Whitesnake (yes, Whitesnake), Fleshgod Apocalypse, etc. I'm sure that's a good representation of my tastes.



3.When did you discover the internet-radio station BER? Was it long until you joined their ranks as a d.j? How did you come up with the name of your radio shows?



I started to listen to BER in May of 2010 after I went to Maryland Deathfest and met someone that was a DJ on the station. It was then August of 2010 that I started hosting "The Inquisition" on BER.

4.Are The Inquisition and Blasphemous Serenades the first shows you have ever d.j'd for?I believe you told me you did a college radio show as well.Is this something you thought of doing professionally when you were younger or more of hobby/just for fun?



Actually, No. When I was 17 in highschool (1988/1989) I was friends with a guy that went to college in my home town and was the student station manager of the college FM radio station. They were short of DJs to fill out a metal day, and my best friend Jess & I were asked if we'd like to try it out. We did and considering the size of the school, station and our town it was a pretty successful run for us.

After that, I was in the navy and did nothing radio wise, until I started on BER.



5.For the readers who have never heard your radio shows on BER. how would you describe. What styles of metal,music do you play on them?



We have a bit of it all (except Nu-metal) none of us seem to like that much. Death, black, power, symphonic, Brutal death, doom, sludge, stoner, pagan, viking and even punk are all represented on BER.



6.If any bands or labels,P.R companies etc.. are reading this where can they send you submissions for you possible air-play?


They can send it to me directly at Heretic@brutalexistenceradio.com or they can send it to submissions@brutalexistenceradio.com and it will then be forwarded to the DJs that it best fits their show(s).



7.What would you say makes a good radio show? Would you have any advice for anyone reading this who might be thinking of trying out their own radio show sometime soon?



The first and easiest answer is a love of the music you play. I've listened to a lot of radio in my life and if the DJ doesn't care or doesn't like what they're playing it's pretty obvious and that's a huge turn off.


After that, to do a show on a station like BER, you need a pretty good collection. We play what we own. There is no library of tunes like a big stations and not all of us have the contacts to get freebies from bands or labels. I have been lucky enough to make friends of some bands/band members and they graciously send me stuff to play, but I'd say about 90% of what I play on my shows is stuff I have bought myself.



8.I know you have been a "fan" of the metal scene since the eighties so I was wondering how do you feel the metal scene has changed over the years?Do you feel technology has helped the scene grow over the yrs. or do you miss the days of "printed" fanzines,tape-trading etc..?



Well, one way that technology helps is the world wide reach of the internet. There really is no more mystery in music buying. You can hear entire albums online before you ever buy it.

Of course, technology has also made it easier to steal music per se. I love being able to BUY digital downloads, especially when I want to debut something on one of my shows and can't run out to a store to buy it in time. I'm not a fan of illegal downloading though. That's not really supporting the scene in the right way.

Growing up, one of my favorites things was to run to the local book shop to pick up the latest Circus, Hit Parader, etc magazine (yeah, I'm dating myself...Hahaha). I'll be honest though, at this point in my life I'm just as happy to get all my news online. I have a family and kids and my house is already cluttered. Old magazines laying around is the last thing I need.




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



The term to me, means hard working musicians that are doing music that they love and just trying to fulfill dreams of being in a band. Growing up I wanted to be, but I was never able to succeed because of the amount of time the Navy took up in my life. I was briefly in a band that never made it out of the garage, but it was a great time and I’ll have those memories forever.

The best of the underground are the bands that do it because they love it. They write and record and just want nothing more than to get their music out to the world. I’ve had people that send me their music and when I play it on air on BER, they are just over the moon happy to know that the music is getting out there and it’s going to be heard.

The worst: that’s a more difficult question. I think to my mind it might be the attitude of “unless it’s underground” it sucks. The elitist mindset that if more than 100 people like it or listen to it at one time, it must be mainstream and suck. As an example, I’ve heard people say that Emperor only had one good album, and then they started to suck. Ok, why? Is it because after “In the Nightside Eclipse” they started to experiment and grow and mature as musicians? THAT is crap...any band that puts out the same album time after time after time...well, that’s what sucks.






10.Besides the radio-shows I know you enjoy reading books,is reading something you have always enjoyed?Who are some of your favorite authors? What about books?I know a lot of books get turned into movies do you usually watch the movie or do you feel they loose something from the print to big screen?



I've been an avid reader since I was around 8. I'm a fan of sci/fi & fantasy, Historical novels and philosophy. Favorite authors include: JRR Tolkien, Roger Zelazny, David Eddings, Jeff Shaara, Anne Rice (she's hit or miss with me, but I like a lot of her stuff), Dan Brown & Thomas Harris. I'm also a big, big, BIG fan of Star Wars and read a lot of the novels.

As for movies made of books, I will generally watch them, but I'm also almost always hyper-critial and hate when they take way too much artistic license. I enjoy the Lord of the Rings movies, but I also don't like how much they were altered (The Two Towers especially, it's nothing more than a decent movie VERY LOOSELY based on a good book).





11.Speaking of movies do you watch a lot of movies or mainly read and listen to music? what are some of your favorite movies of all-time? What makes a good movie in your opinion?



I listen to music & read much more than I watch movies, but that hasn't always been the case. Some of my favorite movies are Star Wars (all 6 of them...YES, even the prequels). Excalibur, Silence of the Lambs & Red Dragon, The Harry Potter movies, Dredd (the good one, not the one with Stallone, though that movie is a guilty pleasure of mine too, simply because I'm a huge fan of Judge Dredd), Lincoln, Gettysburg, Gods & Generals, The Lion King, Evil Under the Sun, Death on the Nile, Star Trek (most series & movies) and Cheesy 80s horror movies.

A good movie captures and holds my imagination and removes me from the real world for a time.

Also, my current favorite anything is Doctor Who.



12.Who are some of your favorite actors and actresses?



Oh wow, this question should be easy, but it's not. hahahaha

Gary Oldman is a huge fave...he can play just about any type of character with flare.

Christopher Lee, David Niven, Peter Ustinov (whom I share a birthday with), Maggie Smith, Diana Rigg, Alex Kingston, Billie Piper, David Tennant, Christopher Eccelston, Richard Harris, Clint Eastwood, Burt Reynolds, Sally Field. A lot of older ones as you can see...hahahahaha


13.Well Heretic thank you for taking the time to fill out this interview! keep up the killer work on the shows I've enjoyed them for awhile now.Do you have any final comments for the readers be we end the interview?


Thanks for taking the time to get to learn more about me. Thanks to those that have listened and will continue to listen to not only my shows but ALL the show on BER, we greatly appreciate it.

www.brutalexistenceradio.com

If any bands,labels would like to contact D.J Heretic directly can contact him through this email.
heretic@brutalexistenceradio.com

OR if you play band more along the lines of a brutal death,grind,technical,doom etc... then be sure to send it to this email email and it will be sent to the d.j/show which it fits best. submissions@brutalexistenceradio.com



Sunday, October 6, 2013

Interview with Cvinger done by Patrick 10-6-13


Dark Greetings,
Here is a new interview I did with a new black metal from Slovenia! the band has not been around for long but has already releady a impressive Self-released debut MCD "Monastary Of The Fallen"
the band will be a force to be reckon within the black metal underground in the next few years if they keep releasing fierce,quality black metal like that on that on the Monastary MCD.So check out the interview and then check out the band's sites and SUPPORT D.I.Y,Underground metal/music and BUY THE RELEASE!!
blackest regards,
Patrick


Interview with Cvinger,done by Patrick


1.Greetings how are things going in Slovenia for you all? Please introduce the members of the band to the readers.How did you guys come up with name of the band does it have a special meaning?


Lucerus
Hails it has been better, economy is fucked, but hey isn't it everywhere. Cvinger is a 3 member band with guitarist Bagot drummer Krieg machine and vocalist & bass Lucerus. The Cvinger is an old Slovenian name for a cemetery wall where people who committed suicide were buried. Also it was a first defence wall in the midlevel ages.



2.For the readers who have not heard Cvinger's music yet how would you best describe it?


Lucerus
We play very blasphemous type of black metal. No happy stuff just pure dark, evil, misanthropic music.

3. Cvinger just released the debut Mcd "Monastery Of Fallen" how long did it take the band to write the songs for this release? How has the response been from the metal fans the metal press so far for this release?


Lucerus
It took us six months to write, record and mix it, and I enjoyed every second of it. The response is good for a new band on the scene without any gigs. The reviews are quite good and a lot of people like our music. Most of them come out of states, Brazil, France, Portugal even some from Norway.



4.Where can the fans buy "Monastery of Fallen? Does the band have any other merchandise at this time you all are selling besides the E.P?


Lucerus
You can buy our EP on our bandcamp or official band site www.cvinger.com. You can also get a T-shirt of monastery of fallen and our demo/single abyss of horns. We have also some packages that include T-shirt and the EP Monastery of fallen. On ebay seller Metal Monastery has our stuff and he is also direct support.



5.Does Cvinger play very many live shows or you do all prefer working in the studio?Who are some bands you have shared the stage with?


Lucerus
We haven't played any gigs yet but we also haven't searched for them, so I can say that at this moment we are a studio band. Next year we are going to have some festival gigs in Europe. And maybe if there will be a chance we will come to states to.



6.If you all could set up a "dream" show who are some bands you would love to share the stage with?


Lucerus
If you are asking me about black metal bands than I must say Mayhem, Marduk, 1349… and death metal bands Morbid angel, Deicide, Nile.



7.Cvinger just made a video for their song "Monastery Of Fallen" when did the band decide to make a video? how long did the process take to make the video?


Lucerus
We already started making the video in January but we weren't satisfied with the material that we shot back then so we reshot it three weeks a go. We filmed it one day and we used another three days to put it together and produce it.



8.Are you guys happy with how everything turned out with the final video?Do you have any plans to make more videos in the future?


Lucerus
Yes we are happy with it. This is and will be the only video for this EP. We will shoot another one for the full length album that will probably come out before the summer of next year. And we hope that it will beas good as this one, or even better. Harder and darker then this one.



9.Coming back to the music for a moment has the band started working on new music for the next Cvinger release? Any idea will it be a full-length or e.p?


Lucerus
Like I said we are writing new material for a full length album that is coming out next year before summer.



10.When the band begins working on a new song song how long to usually finish the music?Does the whole band work on the music or just one member handle on the writing process?


Lucerus
Bagot and Krieg are writing the music I write the lyrics. After that we put all the things together and shape them in to songs. After that I start with all other ideas as clean vocals, gregorian chants, latin recitals, and so on..



11.Which usually comes first the music or the lyrics?What are some topics,subjects the bands writes about?


Lucerus
It depends who has an idea first. If Bagot has a song already written I listen to it and then I write the lyrics, this goes both ways.
I write about what I see, feel, and think. I don't care what kind words or phrases I use, what I want is that people who listen to my words think about them and maybe I give them a new perspective.



12.Everyone has their own ideas/opinons on what black metal means to them.So I was curious what does "black metal" to you all?


Lucerus
I can speak only for myself… when i listen to black metal or when I write songs in this genre is like I am unleashed from the modern world and all it's shit. I am free and connected to the spiritual world.


13.The band comes out of the great country of Slovenia so I was curious what is your opinion of Slovenia's metal scene?


We have some great bands here and some of them have a lot of concerts around the Europe. The only problem that I see in the Slovenian metal scene is that slovenian listeners don't support the home bands as they do all the other bands that come from other countries. We are a small country and we should stick together.



14.Who are some of your all-time favorite metal bands?Are there any new bands coming out of Slovenia that the readers should watch out for?



Lucerus
Well all those that I said I would love to have a concert or a tour with. Morbid angel, Marduk, Deicide, 1349, Nail, Dark funeral, Incantation..
Somrak is a great slovenian black metal band, it's not a new one but it is one of my favorites so I recommend them, check them out.



15.Well we have reached the end of the interview thank you for taking the time to fill this out.Good luck to you all and the band I look forward to hearing more from Cvinger.Do you have any final comments for the readers?


Lucerus
Yes. I would like to say thanks to all who support us to all our fans and friends. This is just the beginning of the darkness so called Cvinger
Shortly we will start with writing the full length Cvinger album. And we will update you about everything on our Facebook/cvinger666 and on our official web site.



Cvinger contacts
http://www.cvinger.com

"Official" Facebook "like" the bands page for all the lates news,videos,merchandise
updates http://www.facebook.com/cvinger666



Interview with The True Endless done by Patrick 10-6-13

Dark Greetings!
This Black metal band from Italy needs no introduction playing since 1997 The True Endless has been creating and releasing violent,fast,black ever since but the band also does not release the same-release every time and is not afraid to expirment sometimes {without loosing the extreme blackend sound} so if your a fan of extreme black metal but are tired of all the copy cat bands that sound the same take a chance and check out The True Endless you won't be disappointed!!
the new cd "Legacy Of Hate" which was just released by the mighty Paragon Rec.
Enjoy what M. has to say about the b.m scene,the band,his career,and more!!
keep the black flames of metal burning bright!



Interview with M.vocalist and Guitarist for The True Endless done by Patrick



1.Hails M. how is life going for you in Italy these days my friend? Please introduce yourself to the readers.



Things in Italy are not so good actually, bad politicians, bad economy, few work, etc...

According to music, Italy don't give a fuck to extreme genres and so it's very hard for extreme music, but we have very talented bands and musicians

I play in extreme metal since 1991, I played in several bands and actually I'm into The True Endless, Skoll, Opera IX, The Blessed Hellbrigade, Darkness, A Forest, Torvara and Zentih and I recorded as session in Dimentianon (U.S.A.), Gosforth (Ita), Ysengrin (Fra), Midgaard (Ita) and Lifend (Ita). I'm quite active in the underground. I ruled a distro and a zine some time ago, but actually I prefer to focus more on the bands.



2.Yourself and Soulfucker{bass player} founded The True Endless back in 1997. What gave you guys the idea to form the band? How did you come up with name for the band does it have a special meaning for you all?



We created The True Endless for the need to make violent and antitrend music, we started to mix Black, Thrash, Death and even Grind and Doom together and we slowly formed what The True Endless is now.

The band name comes form my personal passion for H.P.Lovecraft, we're very linked to it's deep meaning...Endless are the stars and the abyss endless is the time that the Ancient ones can sleep before coming back.



3.What is current meaning of The True Endless? As mentioned in the last question the band was formed in 1997 so I was curious how do you feel the bands music has changed over the years? For the readers who have never heard The True Endless music how would you best describe it?



For the meaning of the band name just go at the previous answer.

About our musical style, I can tell you that we changed a lot, we grew as persons and musicians, so it would have been impossible not to change our music too. When we formed The True Endless I was 23 yeas old only and now I'm 39...and it's impossible to play the same music for so much time without being bored...

I think now the T.T. Endless music is a mature form of extreme art, brutal and melodic (as a Black Metal band can be) and made for our own taste!

We play Black Metal in our personal way... But I think that the best for everyone, is to listen at our songs, so I invite all the readers to check our tracks on the web to discover us.



4.Which usually comes first when writing a new song the lyrics or music? Who usually handles the lyrics for the band?What are some topics/subjects for the bands lyrics?





The music is the starting point of the T.T. Endless songs since the early days, we work alone and together to create the songs at home, then we arrange them in rehearsal room. The lyrics come later; now I'm the writer, but when Astraghon (old singer) was in the band he wrote many lyrics too. Soulfucker wrote some lyrics for “1888 From Hell” album and Mayhem (old drummer) for some songs too.

The topics are about war, death and destruction, madness and extinction of mankind, some are about ancient traditions and occultism, others about the strenght in man. The songs are singed in english, italian and ancient Novara's dialect.








5.Has The True Endless played Live or toured very often over the years or do you guys prefer to work in the studio only?What have been some of your most memorable shows?What about your favorite countries that you have played in?





We played some good and bad live gigs around the years, but we never toured for working reasons, so we did single gigs or festivals only.

The best country to play Black Metal music (where we played) is Czech Republic, we played for few maniacs only and the atmosphere was great and sulphureous! I give you here some links we turned on youtube to understand what I mean: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aYLoMrP7mQ8

The most memorable show??? I don't know...maybe when we opened for Vader Marduk and Deicide few years ago...great show great audience and great aftershow party!!!







6.Who are some bands you guys have shared the stage with? If you could set up a "dream" show/tour who are some bands you would love to share the stage with?





We shared the stage with many bands famous and not...some are Marduk (Swe), Deicide (USA), Vader (Pol), Dismember (Swe), Opera IX (Ita), Mortuary Drape (Ita), Forgotten Tomb (Ita), Taake (Nor), Helheim (Nor), Vulture Industries (Nor), Sulphur (Nor), Horna (Fin), Vorkreist (Fra), Black Lodge (Fra), Frostmoon Eclipse (Ita), Sekhmet (Cz Rep), Vexed (Ita), Adversam (Ita), Myrkvid (Fra), Morrigan (Ger), Besatt (Pol), Vesna (Cz Rep), Gosforth (Ita), Malvento (Ita), Meridian (Ch), Natassievila (Ita), Imago Mortis (Ita), Handful Of Hate (Ita), Sacradis (Ita), Novembre (Ita), Death Dies (Ita), Abhor (Ita), Kult (Ita), Black Flame (Ita), Kurgaall (Ita), Nefastt (Fra), Malepeste (Fra), Fearbringer (Ita), Nefas (Ita), Fornace (Ita), Unctoris (Ita), Totenheer (Ch) and many many more...

In a dream tour...it could be with Marduk, very good and inspired musicians and more than all very good people!







7.The True Endless has released a lot of demo's and e.p's as well as six full-lengths.So I was wondering out of all these releases do you have a personal favorite The True Endless song?What about a favorite release from the band that you feel is your? Why are these your favorites?







As you can imagine I cannot tell you one single song; we're proud of all our productions because they represent what we was at that very particular moment, every song is strictly linked to our lives and I cannot tell you a single song, I'm sorry...

About the releases it's easier...I'm more linked to the albums, I love the splits too, but the albums are what we did at our best!









8.The True Endless comes out of the great Italian black/metal scene. Their seems to be a strong extreme metal scene in Italy would you agree with this?What is your opinion of Italy's metal scene?





Thanx for your words, yes, we come from the italian Underground and we still live proudly in the Underground!

Italian's metal scene is strong concerning the bands, there are many good bands, new and old, everyone into metal music cannot ignore bands like Mortuary Drape, Opera IX, Necrodeath, Bulldozer, Death SS and so on from the early bands, and no one can ignore the new ones!

The problem is the audience that don't support enough the local bands and the local Underground, they prefer to go to the “big” events, to pay lot of money for the tickets and don't buy merchandising and cd's from the bands...Not all, but the most...And this is the worst problem in the Italy's metal scene!





9.Who are some of your all-time favorite Italian bands? Are their any new Italian bands you feel the readers should check out? There are many good bands as I said before!





Some of my faves albums from the Italian Underground are: Necromass: Mysteria Mystica Zofiriana, Adversam: Proclama, Death SS: Black Mass, Malvento: Oscuro Esperimento Contro Natura, Necrodeath: Fragments Of Insanity...and many more!!!

Check all the italian bands I mentioned 'till now, you'll be not disappointed!



10.Everyone has their own ideas/opinions on what black metal means to them.So I was wondering what does black mean to you?



Black Metal is a state of mind, a way of life, and then music. We are Black Metal, not in the way of the “I wanna be evil trendkids”, but in a strictly personal way.





For us Black Metal is not “I worship the Devil” and “I'm evil at all costs”, but it's a path, personal and obscure, that have to be walked for ourselves without caring about the others.

Music is part of this path, but not the most important one! But this is my opinion only...



11. Coming back The True Endless for a moment you handle the guitars for the band.When did you become interested in playing guitars?Are you self-taught or did you take lessons when you were younger?





I started at guitars in The True Endless since the beginning and I'm still playing guitars...Even if I was a bass player in the early days, but not in The True Endless. I'm totally self-taught, no lessons when I was young...







12.Who are some influences/favorite guitarists?





I like more the bands than the musicians, I'm very influenced by Bathory over all, and of course all the old scandinavian Black and Death Metal scene, Hellhammer/Celtic Frost and some of the old extreme Greek and Italian bands.

Probably my favorite guitar player is Zakk Wylde even if he is not into extreme metal at all.





13.You also handle the vocals for The True Endless when did you start singing?Who are some of your favorite vocalists?



I started growling in 1997 with my old project Huginn, then I started to sing in other bands where I was (and I am) involved; I started to sing in The True Endless in 2009 when Astraghon left the band.

My favourite vocalists are Quorthon, Attila Csihar, Dead, Mortuus, Aldrahn, Diamanda Galàs and few others...





14.Is their anything special you do to keep your throat/vocals healthy when recording or preparing for a show?







Nothing in particular...I use to drink some beers before the show, a red bull before coming on stage and alcohol after the show...nothing so healthy as you can see, hehehehe!





15.Well M. thank you for taking the time to fill out this interview with me. Do you have any final comments for the readers?





A big thank you for supporting us and helping in spreading The True Endless in the Underground!

To all the readers, get in contact and buy our cd's,lp's,shirts,etc... and come at our gigs!

Actually we're preparing a split 7” with our friends Entirety and a new promo, so keep an eye on our news!

Support the Underground and keep the Black Flame Burning!


To keep up with all the Latest band news,updates
http://www.thetrueendless.altervista.org










Inerview with Scalpel done by Patrick 10-6-13

Brutal Hails!
Here is a new interview with Boston Mass. new brutal psychopaths of brutality Scalpel.The band play straight forward death metal with a nice mix of old-school and newer/modern death metal.Fans of death metal that is heavy,vicious but also has some originality mixed into their sickness.
if your interested in hearing the bands debut cd "Sorrow And Skin" be sure to check out Sevared Rec. web-site/store for more information!! fans of straight forward death metal won't be disappointed!!
Brutal regards,
Patrick



Interview with Manny Egbert Guitars,vocals for Scalpel done by Patrick





1.Metal hails Manny! how is your week going?Please introduce yourself to the readers.





Hey Patrick, my week has been a festering dog shit how about yours? I’m Manny, and I do guitars, vocals, and songwriting for Scalpel. I live in Allston rock city and play death metal.







2.When did you first discover metal music?Who were some of the first metal bands you discovered?Who are some of your current favorite bands?





I discovered metal first with BLACK SABBATH at the ripe age of 9. Still my all time favorite band. From there it was Ozzy and Judas Priest into Megadeth and Slayer into Carcass, Napalm Death, Suffocation, Morbid Angel, and the like. Lately I’ve been listening to a lot of Inveracity, Gorgasm, and fucking Creedence.






3.At what age did you become interested in playing the guitars?Are you self taught or did you take lessons when you were younger?





I started playing guitar when I was 13 and I took lessons with a few different teachers until I found the right one. Taylor, the other guitarist taught himself riff mastery in the woods on his own.










4..Who would you say are some of your biggest influences,favorite guitarists? Do you play any other instruments? if yes which instruments





My favorite guitar player of all time is Marty Friedman. To me, his playing combines the best elements of shredding and soulful guitar playing. Other dudes that I look up to are Trey Azagoth, Randy Rhoads, Chuck Schuldiner, Tony Iommi, and Dave Suzuki.








5.When did you and the other members of Scalpel first meet? Was it long until you decided to form the band?What is the "current" line-up? For the readers who have never had the chance to hear Scalpel's music before how would you best describe it to the readers?





Scalpel has had a whole bunch of lineup changes. Taylor and I are the only two original members at this point. We met at summer camp like a couple of good little kids way back in the day and decided to get evil.

The music is dark and very fast, mixing elements of punk/grind with raw death metal. We love the old school but we’re trying to pick up where it left off rather than regurgitate old material.







6.Scalpel just released their debut cd "Sorrow And Skin" through Sevared Rec. how long did it take the band to write and record the songs for this release?How has the response been from the metal press and the metal fans so fars?





The album release has been delayed and there have been some issues here and there but the recording and writing process is very streamlined for us at this point. Usually Taylor or I will have an idea hit us and we will write most of a song from there. After that the other one will finish it off and after some hashing out at practice the songs are done. People have really received the album well so far. The reviews have been positive and we’re proud of our first full length release.







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





We do plan to tour the Eastern US in support of Sorrow and Skin, but that is currently in the works. As of right now our biggest show coming up is with Morbid Angel at the Middle East downstairs in Cambridge MA on November 10. It’s going to be a ridiculous night.






8.Who are some bands Scalpel 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 share the stage with?





Luckily Scalpel has had the opportunity to play with some of our favorite bands including Gorguts, Behemoth, Decrepit Birth, Vader, Suffocation, Origin, Nile, Anthrax, Krisiun, Immolation, and others. If we could do a dream tour, I think it would be Scalpel, Dying Fetus, Suffocation, and special guests Lynyrd Skynyrd.





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





Metal underground is a term that both helps and hurts the scene. Being underground is awesome, but our goal isn’t to stay there forever. Metal underground to me refers to all of the bands busting ass playing dive bars and touring on pocket lint for no other reason than love of the music.





10.Manny you and the band come out boston's underground metal scene,in your opinion what is the scene like in boston?





I love Boston, and I would put our scene on par with any other city scene in the US. The people are great, and they are loyal. We have seen familiar faces at our shows since the beginning and at this point everybody knows each other. It’s always a party.





11.Who are some of your all-time favorite bands from boston and the entire state of Mass? Are their any new bands you think the readers should check out soon?





Gotta check out bands from MA. There are some really talented people up here. Some of my favorites are Totality, Abnormality, Sexcrement, and Forced Asphyxiation, but that’s really only scratching the surface of what Boston and MA have to offer.






12.Well Manny thank you for taking the time for filling out this interview! if you have any final comments for the readrs please feel free to leave them at the end of the interview.





The pleasure is all mine man. Listen to the album and hopefully puke up your goddamn lunch.




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