Thursday, February 6, 2020

Sarcator--Visions Of Purgatory casstte{Redefining Darkness Rec.} posted on 2-6-20



Sarcator--Visions Of Purgatory casstte{Redefining Darkness Rec.}
Originally released as digital demo's from the band Redefing Darkness is releasing a compliation of both demo's on cassette.Screams From Below is the first demo featuring two tracks of blackend thrash metal.The music is played with extremely well written and performed guitars and drum patterns.For the most part the music is played with a whirlwind aggressive thrashing style.The vocals are gruff old-school growls and some screams are used in a few parts.The final two songs are off of the Sepulchral Noise EP.The music is played in the same vein as the debut with fast,frenzied guitars that are done with a lot of power and skill.The drumming is played with a lot of skill and chaotic drum patterns.
If you are looking for a new band that plays chaotic and crazed black thrashing metal with some very well written passages then be sure to check Visions Of Purgatory today.
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                                                                   http://www.redefiningdarkness.com/
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Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Schattenfall--Das Verderben cd{Redefining Darkness/Wolfspell Rec.} posted on 2-5-20



Schattenfall--Das Verderben cd{Redefining Darkness/Wolfspell Rec.}
Schattenfall are a band coming out of the German black metal scene with a new three song EP.Das Verderben contains three songs of atmospheric black metal with some depressive eelements added into the music.The music is played with a more controlled slower mid paced range with both atmosphere and some depressive black metal entertwined.The vocals are a mix of raspy black metal screams and some deeper growls.
This is my first time hearing Schattenfall so I can't compare this release to the bands past recordings but if you are a fan of dark,atmospheric black metal then do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of Das Verderben when it is released.
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                                                       https://schattenfall.bandcamp.com/
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                                                 http://www.redefiningdarkness.com/
                                               https://redefiningdarknessrecords.bandcamp.com/
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Friday, January 24, 2020

Interview done with Cianide done by Patrick posted on 1-24-20

Interview done with Cianide done by Patrick

1.Hello how are you doing this week?Please introduce yourself the readers?
Mike Perun - Bass and vocals for Chicago Death Metal band CIANIDE. I am doing great. Really enjoying this streak of having nothing to do. I'm sure it will end.

2.When did you first start listening to underground metal and who were some of the first bands you listened to?Who are some of your current favorite bands? I started with underground metal back in high school.
Mostly through a local college radio station. Venom, Metallica and Slayer were the bands that caught my ear and I have been brain dead ever since. Name drop some current bands? I dig ABHORRENT FUNERAL, MOLDER and ROTTED. All good shit....

3.Cianide was started back in 1988 when did you first get the idea to start this band? Are you happy with how everthing has gone with band over the years?
Scott Carroll (guitars) and then vocalist Bill Thurman formed the band. It was done to emulate our gods, HELLHAMMER/FROST, SLAUGHTER, DEATHSTRIKE/MASTER, POST MORTEM and DEATH. We've been through a few line up changes over the years but Scott and myself have been the core. Our "new guy" Andy Kuizin (drums) has been in us for over 20 years so. I never thought we'd get this far but here we are still kicking. What else is there to do right?


4.Who would you say are Cianide's biggest influences and how do you feel the bands music has changed over the years?
This was answered in the above question, HELLHAMMER/FROST, SLAUGHTER, DEATHSTRIKE/MASTER, POST MORTEM and DEATH. In the early days we weren't very good at our instruments, and probably even more so the case now. Hah. We definitely gotten more speedy over the years, but we still like the slow and heavy stuff. As we get older it's easier to play...

5.Unhumanized is the bands newest EP. released in December how long did it take the band to write the music for the new release?How long does it usually take the band to complete one song?
Writing is an ongoing process for us, since we're not on any deadline there really isn't any pressure for us to come up with anything. Since recording Gods of Death we had maybe 3 new songs down. By then it was like, "Ok let's try to get a few more songs complete then get these recorded. Easier said than done, but there you go...


6.Besides the Unhumanized release are the bands previous releases still available for the readers to purchase?Besides physical releases does the band have any other merchandise currently available?
The CD reissues of our first 2 albums are still available. HH and Dark Descent should have both in stock. Other than that we have shirts, patches, tapes. The usual band stuff you see at shows. Now we just have to find a way to sell 'em...

7.What have been some of Cianide's most memorable shows over the years?Who are some of your most favorite bands that you have gotten to share the stage with?
The first time we played MDF in 2011 was pretty memorable. Our new album wasn't quite yet released and at that time we hadn't played live for 3 years. It was 4 in the afternoon, hotter than piss and we were hung over as hell. I'm not sure how we made through that set. It was kinda a game changer for us though. Put us back on the map so to speak. The 2nd most memorable was when we played our 1st show overseas in Denmark for KILL TOWN DEATH FEST. Another milestone for us, as we never thought we'd ever go as far as our hometown, let alone in Europe. Almost a magical show and time for us. Something else....

8.Are their any shows or tours planned in 2020 if yes where will the band be playing?Who are some some bands that you all will be sharing the stage with?
Yeah we're playing with the mighty AUTOPSY here in Chicago in March with PROFESSOR BLACK and the aforementioned MOLDER. This will rule fo' sho'. Do not miss this....

9.Cianide comes out of the Illinois death metal scene what is your opinion of Chicago's death metal scene over the years?
The death metal scene is stong as ever now as it has ever been. Honored to be part of it.

10.Who are your all-time favorite bands coming out of Illinois and are their any new bands you could recommend to the readers?
Shit this could be a whole book: MASTER/DEATHSTRIKE (anything Paul Speckman touches actually), SINDROME, IMPETIGO, DEVASTATION, MACABRE, ZOETROPE, TROUBLE, TERMINAL DEATH, MAIMED,CONTAGION, THE DEAD YOUTH, DEAD FETUS, CARDIAC ARREST, THRUST, ZNOWHITE, NOVEMBERS DOOM, USURPER, EYE GOUGER, DISINTER, SUPERCHRIST, MOLDER, ROTTED, DRENCHED, NUCLEUS, DYSPHORIA. There you go, past and present. There's probably a few obvious ones I missed, but my brain ain't what it used to be...

11.What does Underground Metal mean to you?
A big middle finger to the world and not giving a fuck. No room for gentle feelings. Once you start thinking like that it's done.

12.As mentioned you have been a part of the underground since the mid 80's so I was curious did you read a lot of fanzines back in the 80's amd 90's?What were some of your favorite fanzines that you read?
Too many to mention. Just find yourself some KICK-ASS Monthy issues from the 80's and read them cover to cover. And when you're done. Read 'em again...

13.Are their fanzines that you currently read these days?Do you read any of the current web-zines that are on-line these days?
I don't read magazines anymore. I prefer to watch television.

14.Besides fanzines I know tape-trading was huge back in the 80's and 90's did you ever do a lot of tape-trading in the early years?What were some of the first demo's you got and do you still have them?
I have a box of tapes rotting away in my garage or something. Still have most but they are probably all degraded by now. Trading Morbid Angel stuff was life changing. Master/Deathstrike demos, Hellhammer, Death, Sadus, Slaughter, Massacre all come to mind. Great times but they are gone now...

15.When you need to take a break from working on new music or band business what do you like doing in your free time?
A full time job pretty much sucks the life out of me on a daily basis, so as Bon Scott once sang, "Doing nothing means a lot to me..."

16.Thank you for taking the time to fill this interview out do you have any final comments for the readers?
Thanks for the interview and METAL NEVER BENDS!!!

Label Contacts

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Interview withTeutoburg Forest done by Patrick posted on 1-19-20


Interview with Donn vocalist all instruments of Teutoburg Forest done by Patrick

1.Hello Donn how are things going in the UK. this week? Please introduce yourself to the readers?

Hello Patrick, things are great here thank you. I am Donn Philo Sophia the founding member of Teutoburg Forest and I create all the musical, visual and literate elements of the project.

2.When did you first discover black and death metal and who were the first bands that caught your attention? Are their any current bands that have caught your attention?

I grew up in the hills of North wales and had quite an isolated upbringing. My Dad introduced me to Metallica, AC DC, Van Halen etc but the first (brutal) band I heard was when my brother introduced me to slipknots ‘slipknot ’album. You must understand there was no community. No circle of friends that was interested in metal and at that time no internet. So this, thing, was mind blowing. Then I stumbled across the TV channel Kerrang and I was introduced to mainly Numetal, but then I saw Cradle of Filths ‘Her ghost in the fog ’which seemed to have another layer, another dimension to it which I didn’t understand, but I was intrigued . I bought ‘Lovecraft and Witchhearts ’and became acclimated with more complex musical structures and fascinating, but confusing lyrical topics which added another dimension of curiosity.

I was perusing through the CDs, and then I saw a logo that was sharp and emanated a sinister tone, which echoed a similar feeling that I got from of cradle of filth, but more intense. I looked at the back and the was wearing, what I would later came to know as ‘corpse paint ’and so I thought ‘why not?’. It was Mayhems; European legions and Grand declaration of war. Much like the leap from slipknot to cradle of filth. This shattered my expectations of extreme music. By this time we had the internet and I started looking into Mayhem. I found out they played a style of music called ‘black metal ’and so I started looking into that title, and then it exploded. Emperor, Burzum, Gorgoroth, Satyricon. If it wore corpse paint I would listen to it, and then it just grew from there.

The interesting point is that Black Metal was not introduced to me, but it was a slow discovery by following threatening tones and strange aesthetics. What would normally be a deterrent, was was lured me in. It was the result being inquisitive, open minded and the desire to wonder into the unknown. Profoundly, the fundamental essence and principles that lead me to Black Metal, would become the core tenants that shaped Teutoburg Forest.

3.Donn you started Teutoburg Forest back in 2006 when did you first get the idea to start this band? How did you choose Teutoburg Forest as the name of the band?

Out of arrogance to be honest. I listened to music and thought ‘I could do better than that’. But Over time that focus shifted from trying to be better than others, to trying to be better than my previous state. It is obvious that that came from a state of insecurity and trying to desperately assert oneself and be recognised in the world. But it was a powerful impetus, an acknowledgment of ones dark nature and the power you can wield with complete self conviction. The wisdom comes from knowing how to channel that power, otherwise that self assurance will turn into narcissism, resulting in an inability to recognise ones own faults blinding you from being able to see things as they are. Which is the direct contradiction of knowing thyself.

The name came from the battle of Teutoburg Forest in 9AD where three roman legions where ambushed and slaughtered. This meant that the Roman Empire never established itself past the Rhine and was so significant that it changed Europe’s history forever. One simple example of this is European languages, where Italian, French and Spanish are Romance language. Cross the Rhine and they are Germanic, totally different linguistic roots and consequentially different cultures because language shapes thoughts. I chose it because I am interested in history, and considering that I was entering into a scene which valued secret meanings, hidden gems to those who would engage. I thought it was an ‘occult ’depiction of the struggle between chaos and order, civilisation and the wilderness, slavery and freedom. Also the fact that the Romans were defeated because of subversive, sinister tactics of betrayal and infiltration from Arminius, it seemed fitting with the general tone I was going for.

4.Who would you say are the bands biggest influences over the years and have they remained the same over the years? For the readers who have never heard the band how would you best describe the bands musicial style?

The most influential bands were those who seemed to focus on the lyrical content equally as much as the music. Bands such as Behemoth, Watain, Absu, Ofermod too name but a few. I have always been interested in history, mythology, spirituality. And these people made it cool to be interested in academia, and used it to add another layer of interest within the project.

How to describe the sound; like putting the your soul to the grind stone. Consciously engaging with the deepest hatred that’s so malevolent that it wants to nullify existence itself. That’s the sound, but the purpose is to recognise your own capacity for darkness, to truly know thyself.

5.I believe Teutoburg Forest has been a one man band since the beginning have you thought of adding more members to make a full line up or do you prefer to work alone?

Yes it has been a one man band for the vast majority of its life span. Maybe less than a handful of times, has there been a practice with another musician with the intent of collaborating.

I’m in the process of finding musicians to take Teutoburg Forest live, but in regards to writing, I have found a process that accomplishes the intent and so I am willing to go with the flow.

6.What do you feel is the easiest and hardest part about being the sole member of the band? If you had the opportunity to work with any musicians past or present who would you like to work with?

The fact that everting relies on you is both the blessing and curse. You don’t rely on anyone, but you can’t rely on anyone. If something gets done it’s because you made it happen. Subsequently if it doesn’t happen, it’s because you haven’t done it. I have learnt a lot from working this way, about personal responsibility and learning the limits of what can feasibly been done. What you can reasonably expect from yourself and what you know you can improve on if you are put the time and energy into it. It’s a great teacher.

I do not look at other bands like that. I respect that it’s something different and take it for what it is. I am quite content with how things are, but again, I’ll accept the flow.

7.Voltigeurs is the newest EP that was released in 2019 how long did it take you to write the music for the new EP.?How long does it usually take for you to complete one song?

Voltigeurs is the remastering of two songs from previous albums and one new song to complete that era/chapter of writing/thinking/awareness. So it’s hard to say with Voltiguers. But I have written a new Album entitled ‘Enantiodromia ’which I will be releasing after Voltigeurs. That took about a year, but there were huge gaps because of technical issues including, having to write all he music again because the computer broke and my external hard drives were corrupted. So six months is probably the more accurate number.

8.Where do you draw inspiration for the lyrics and what are some topics you wrote about on the new release? Which usually comes first the lyrics or the music?

I draw inspiration from the experiences I put myself through as a means to gain understand of how I would react as a means to understand myself. That continuous process of testing and refining the knowledge of self is the very essence of what drives the project. Hence why I describe the music as ‘putting the soul to the grind stone’.

This includes practicing the occult with the intent to become receptive to desired frequencies, to then summon those fragments into your perceived existence. This is the process of throwing yourself into situations that you don’t know if you are ready for, but in doing so, you learn the true nature about yourself, and in doing so destroy your own self imposed illusions about yourself. Will I break under pressure? What really matter to me? What will I compromise and what will I stand for? It like removing weeds and discovering what truly is, rather than a perceived sense of it. This is my intrinsic purpose of engaging with the practice. To know my Self.

Normally the concept comes first. The music is written to represent the idea, then I write lyrics whilst listening to the music so I get inspiration from both an emotional and logical perspective. Then it’s a rapid succession of vocals, instruments, vocals, instruments to get the right balance. You serve the song, which serves the intent

9.Besides the newest Voltigeurs release are the bands previous releases still available for the readers to purchase? Besides physical releases do you have any other merchandise currently available if yes what is available and where can the readers purchase it?

The original trident trilogy; Chao ab ordo, Anti-subhuman scum and Cult of the individual, three albums written at once (the very embodiment of the limitless power it tapped into) limited to 100 copies each, but are available on Spotify and Bandcamp for digital download.

‘Horns curve into broke circles ’written under the title ‘Donn the Philosophy’. This album is the conscious descent into the qlipoth, opening with an invocation of Naamah, the portal to the subconscious is torn and the full fury of chaos is channeled into songs entitled ‘Malkuth transforming into Lilith‘ ’Revolt against solar singularity ’and ‘Rotten blood and dead seman as the foundation of creation’. The absolute manifestation of the destructive, vengeful, lawless energy which is barely contained.

10.What does Black Metal mean to you?

Consciously engaging with the unconscious. Exploring the shadow aspect of yourself, from the limitless well of creativity to acknowledging our darkest desires that we try to repress. For It was only when I recognised my capacity for malevolence did I no longer see myself exempt from the corrupting consequence of ignorance. innocence is the mantra for perpetual incompetence and so I see Black Metal as a tool to know thyself.

11.Donn you live in the U.K what is your opinion of England's black metal scene over the decades?

There are some great bands in the UK such as Inconcessus Lux Lucis, Funeral Throne, Deitus to name but a few. I have been out of the scene for some time but coming back into it, it seems to be quite active. There are some great festivals such as Legions ov Darkness in Cumbria, Bloodstock and Damnation festival so I think there is still life yet.

12.Who are your all-time favorite bands coming out of England and are their any new bands that have caught your attention?

Akercocke is high on that list and Saor was probably the newest act from the UK I heard where I was highly impressed.

13.I believe your all your releases over the years have been based on Occult and Satanism when did you first become interested in studying these subjects?

I was always interested in religion, mythology and history even though I came from a completely secular environment. Maybe because I came from an absolutely A-religious environment that I felt a yearning for something that I wasn’t getting in the society. Finding Black Metal gave me inspiration, references and a direction to focus my attention and guide me through the darkness.

14.Who are some Satanists and Occultist that you enjoy studying? Besides Satanism and the Occult do you read and study any other subjects?

Kenneth Grants study of the qliphoth was invaluable in shaping my intellectual understanding of the subject. Dion Fortunes book ‘Mystical Qabalah ’was the most concise and rich explanation on the ‘Tree of life ’(and its tunnels) that I have read to date. Lon Milo DuQuette helped refine my practice of western ceremonial techniques. Mark Alen Smith provided an example of no nonsense, purely practical path. Vexior 218 showed me the anti-cosmic correlations between cultures. Thomas Karlssons ‘Qabalah, Qliphoth and Goetic magic ’might be one of the most important books I ever read because I found it, between the age of 18-19, and it was so concise that it pierced through the liminal fog and started the amalgamation between my emotional draw to these topics, and then providing a logical framework to truly engage with it. Merging the disparate elements and providing a torch in the dark. These are just a few examples, but I hope it implies that the path into the unknown requires true engagement with many fields and perspectives. And what I learnt most was that the path itself was the goal, that you never stop learning and you should keep that interest in life because that’s what will make life interesting.

15.Besides working in Teutoburg Forest do you currently work with any other bands or solo projects? If yes please tell the readers a little about them?

I have several other solo projects though their purpose is purely to experiment with different formats and so I doubt they will be released. But we will see what happens. I particularly like one project entitled ’Sound in silence ’which is a soft rock, Fleetwood Mac esk (but with more intense tempos) there is an entire album written, but I need to develop my clean vocals before that is produced.

I have done some vocals for the blackened soundscape band ‘catacombs of doom ’but other than that I have been putting all my effort into refining Teutoburg Forest.

16.Thank you Donn for taking the time to fill this interview out do you have any final comments for the readers?

Thank you Patrick for taking the time and effort to compile this interview and to those who engaged to the end. I enjoyed answering the questions and I hope that it has expanded people’s understanding about the projects purpose. To the readers, I hope to see you at a Teutoburg Forest show when it is fully active as a live band and feel free to contact me on any of the social media platforms if you want to know more.
Band Contacts
https://teutoburgforest.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/teutoburgforestbandofficial/

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Interview with Pasi Vastamaki vocalist of Apocryfal done by Patrick posted on 1-11-20


Interview with Pasi Vastamaki vocalist of Apocryfal done by Patrick

1.Hello Pasi how are things starting out for you in the new year? Please introduce yourself to the readers?
I’m Pasi Vastamäki from Finland and I make the lyrics and handle the vocals in Apocryfal. The starting year has been dark and grim. It feels more like autumn than winter since there isn’t much snow on the ground, but fortunately that supports our last record though, heh.

2.When did you first discover death metal and who were the first bands that caught your attention?Are their any new bands that have caught your attention?
As I was young, I looked up to bands like Vader and Gorefest for the power that was in the shouting/growling vocals. The commanding style was something that I wanted to master myself. Since the early days, I have found much greater meaning and inspiration from Black Metal bands, since they often offer so much more in their lyrics. Also, I have found that breaking the usual boundaries with the vocals lets you deliver the message that you are trying to channel much more authentically and with much broader range. That’s why the vocal style varies within the songs and why we don’t label us strictly Death Metal anymore.
Some of the newer bands that I have found interesting: Fullmoon Lunacy, Abyssal Vacuum, Death Fortress and Mylingar.

3. Apocryfal was formed in 2009 when did you and the other members first get the idea to start this band? And how did you choose Apocryfal as the band name does it have a special meaning?
I wasnt the first vocalist of the band. They had 3 or 4 songs ready when I hanged out in the rehearsal room. I knew the drummer Juho Suomi and our guitarist Juha Lausamo from before and I liked their style and got invited to fill-in when their vocalist didn’t show up. That’s where our path started. The first songs were very much in vein with bands like Vader but like I said before, we have grown out to be something of our own and not defined by our pioneers anymore. Or so I hope. Apocryfal is a stylistic version of the word apocryphal which means some story or part of it that is often believed to be true, but which is probably just lies. Like someone could guess, it refers to religions.

4.Who would you say are the bands biggest influences and have they remained the same over the years?For the readers who have never heard Apocryfal how would you best describe the bands musicial style?
I have spoken about this in the other questions. Our style is blackened death metal and nowadays it probably nods towards Icelandic Black Metal scene, even though we don’t have any clear idols from there. Our musical preferences vary a lot within the band so it’s not easy to compare us to any particular band. Crushing Black Death hopefully summarizes what we are or aim to be.

5.Crushing Black Death is the bands debut full length release how long did it take the band to write the music for the debut?How long does it usually take the band to complete one song?
The songs take the time which they need. The whole process lasted 6 years since the EP mainly because we have grown up and had responsibilities pop up in our lives. Like army and such. I’m not going to tell some bullshit lies about the need to take those years for this release, but without the time, the material wouldn’t truly be so strong, and the songs wouldn’t have been the selected ones. We have had some scrap songs,but we have trashed them, since they haven’t been what we want to signal. So, it differs a lot. There are lots of bands which have tens of albums out and sadly, the quality reflects that as well. 

6.Pasi you handle the vocals for the band so I assume you write the lyrics for the music what are some topics you wrote about on the debut release? Which usually comes first the lyrics or the music?
I have done all our lyrics except when I have taken parts from the book of lies. Also, Truth Hath No Confines is taken from Moby-Dick by Herman Melville, which has been a great inspiration to me. I have done some lyrics beforehand, but it’s important to me, that the lyrics fit the song. You can force your lyrics into any song, but if the music doesn’t support the lyrics, you are doing things half-assed.

7.Besides the debut Crushing Black Death are the bands previous demo and EP.still available for the readers to purchase?Besides physical releases does the band have any other merchandise currently available if yes what is available and where can the readers purchase it?
We have Aberration of Mind t-shirts available (graphics done by Costin Chioreanu) in sizes S and M. The physical copies of the first two albums are long gone. We are currently pondering with the idea of pressing a shirt with the Crushing Black Death’s drawing on the front, but we will see. The front cover was drawn by my father and we are more than pleased with the result. We will inform about these things in our Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Apocryfal/

8.Has Apocryfal gotten to play live over the years or do you prefer working in the studio?What have been some of the bands most memorable shows and who are some bands you have shared the stage with?
We have done over 10 gigs in the past years. The highlight must have been the Steelfest open air 2014, where we played with bands like Vader, Primordial and Maveth (R.I.P.). The live shows aren’t really any necessity for us so we are not interested in playing every other month in our hometown, where the crowd would probably be 95% the same every time, like some other bands do. You get so much more from a band, when there is a decent gap between the live shows – and that goes for both the listeners and the artists as well.

9.Are their any shows or tours planned for 2020 if yes where will the band be playing?
No tours or shows planned. Again, we will inform about these in our Facebook, so subscribe if you are interested.

10.What does Underground Metal mean to you?
Something that operates by its own boundaries and not with those that the mainstream has set. That’s why I see attacks against bands or events as conservative acts rather than liberal acts since the meaning and purpose of the underground should be against what is set and settled.

11. Pasi you handle the vocals for the band when did you first start growling and screaming? Do you do anything special to keep your throat and voice healthy?
I have done metal vocals since the start of our band. The higher pitched screams started around 2012 and I have not rehearsed those a lot. I do them only for the record, so there were years of silence on that part. I started to rehearse those again like 1 month before the last album, but I’m pleased with those since I could transmit what I intended with that style. I keep good breaks from it and let my throat rest, so nothing special.

12.Who are some of your influences and favorite vocalists?
It’s hard to pick one favorite, since the styles differ so much, and some vocalist do better on studio than they do on stage. The usual tipping point is that when a good sounding studio vocalist sings live, and the voice can’t carry the whole show. Or if the vocals are mixed so that you cannot really do them live. Deicide’s latest put Glen Benton high on that list. Wasn’t really a fan before that. Corvus from Korgonthurus is probably my favorite Black Metal vocalist since he can really transmit the black energy that he intends to.

13.Apocryfal comes out of Finlands death,black metal scene what is your opinion of Finland's metal scene over the years?
Lots of circle jerking and holy pioneer bands that people wouldn’t dare to criticize. I think that Black Metal especially should stay in the underground but there are lots of ground rules that you cannot break, or else you are a poser or what not. I agree that lyrics should define what is BM and what is not and that is one of the strong points of Finnish BM scene. In US and UK there are lots of bands which label themselves as BM but then make some pitiful statements against hate or change and they make their lyrics about some fairies and other wimpy shit. They should really reconsider what they are trying to put forth – What is black about some hopeful fucking unicorn dreamland pictures that are sung on top of some cheerful melodies? Absolutely nothing.

14.Who are your all-time favorite bands coming out of Finland and are their any new bands you could recommend to the readers?
Korgonthurus, Shape Of Despair, Maveth (not active anymore, check out Proscription), Saturnian Mist and Lordamor come first in mind. If I would have to pick just two, it would be the first ones mentioned. Highly recommend both their records and their live performances. Other than metal: Kuolema-duo, Leevi and the Leavings and Mika ja Turkka Mali (their Vysotsky works).

15.When you need to take a break from working on new music or band business what do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Feels stupid to say this in this context but walking in the nature. I have a forest like 50 meters behind our home so that’s where I spend a lot of time. I also like reading biology (evolution and ethology especially) and psychology (errors in thought etc.). In the summertime I try to spend as much time as I can in our cabin which is isolated by the lake. 

16.Thank you Pasi for taking the time to fill this interview out do you have any final comments for the readers?
Put out the light in the darkness that you have personally set ablaze and greet the Truth.
Band Contacts

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Verthebral--Abysmal Decay cd{Transcending Obscurity Records} posted on 1-1-20


Verthebral--Abysmal Decay cd{Transcending Obscurity Records}
Paraguay's old-school death metal band Verthebral return with their second full length release.Abysmal Decay contains nine tracks of well played and performed death metal that is rooted in the mid 90's death metal scene.The band's ability to write some memorable and catchy death metal tunes.The guitars are played with fast patterns that are well written and performed.The guitarist writes and composes some well executed patterns and solo's are mixed into the music.If you are a fan of Verthebral's debut release then do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of Abysmal Decay today.
                                                           Band Contacts
                                                      https://verthebraldeath.bandcamp.com/
                                                     https://www.facebook.com/VerthebralOfficial/
                                                            Label Contacts
                                                       https://tometal.com/
                                                      https://transcendingobscurity.bandcamp.com/
                                                    https://www.facebook.com/transcendingobscurityrecords
                                                    https://twitter.com/transcendingobs

Apocryfal--Crushing Black Death Metal cd{Mara Prod.} posted on 1-1-20



Apocryfal--Crushing Black Death Metal  cd{Mara Prod.}
I was first introduced to this band in 2013 with their EP. Aberration of mind which was really good introduction.Crushing Black Death Metal is the bands debut full-length featuring eight tracks of old school death metal with some black metal elements used in some of the songs.The guitar work is a mix of both crazed fast guitar chords and patterns but do slow to a more calmer mid paced range.The guitarist does write some memorable guitar passages even adding some well played solo's in a few of the songs.The drumming is done with both fast,aggressive drum passages and some slower mid paced drums.The vocals are a mix of old school deep death metal growls and some raspy black metal screams,If you are looking for a band that creates and plays old school brutal blackend death metal then do not let Apocryfal's debut pass you by.
                                                                     Band  Contacts
                                                               https://apocryfal.bandcamp.com/
                                                             https://www.facebook.com/Apocryfal/
                                                                    Label Contacts
                                                               http://awakeninginthedark.pl/
                                                           https://maraproductions.bandcamp.com/
                                                        https://www.facebook.com/ars.manufaktura/