Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Hell Preacher Johnny of Merciless Onslaught radio show done by Patrick posted on 7-19-17

Hope  everyone  is  having  a  good  week  so  far? Here is  a  new  interview I  have  done  with  Hellpreacher  Johnny  who  hosts  the  diy  Merciless  Onslaught  show.If you  have  never  heard  his  show  please  check  out the  interview  and  tune in  or  download  the  shows.If you  are  a  band,label  or PR.Companie  be  sure to  get  in touch  as  I  am  sure  Johnny  will check your  band{s}  out  if  they  fit  his  musical  taste I  am  sure he  will feature  you.
Metal  Regards

Interview  with  Hellpreacher  Johnny  DJ of  Merciless Onslaught  done  by   Patrick

1.Hello  Johnny  how  are  things  in  Texas  these  days? Please  introduce  yourself  to  the  readers?

Hey man, still hot as fuck in Texas hahah! the never ending summer. For everyone that doesn't know my name is Johnny from San Antonio, Texas but most know me as Hellpreacher, the host of Merciless Onslaught. I also created and run the Merciless Models pages if anyone didn't know. So if bands might be looking for models to help promote their merch and whatnot I could probably help out there.

2.When  did you  become  interested  in doing  a   internet  radio  show?And  how  did you  choose  the  name  Merciless  Onslaught  as  the  name  of the  show?

Well I always wanted to do radio but I never listened to any internet radio or really paid any attention to it but Jeff from the band Iniquitous told me about Brutal Existence Radio and said I would do great on there. So summer of 2010 he got me to listen to Audio Aggression w/MetalMark, while listening it felt right and would be something I could do.

As for the name Merciless Onslaught it comes from two different places. Obviously Metal Church's song "Merciless Onslaught" plays into it but along with it would be a small tribute to the Tone Control, he was the host of the Thursday Night Metal Show on KSYM here in San Antonio. His show helped with some great bands I hadn't heard yet, so the Audio Onslaught had corrupted me haha!
The name really plays well into what I throw on the show as well. Playing whatever the fuck I want without any mercy to the listeners. They always have to suffer with my background music mostly.
3. Merciless Onslaught   was  first  played on  Brutal Existence  Radio{R.I.P}  was  it  long  before you  decided  to  bring the show  back  to the  airwaves?

It wasn't long, actually the show kept going without any interruption. I had just did the 6th Anniversary special 2 days before BER went down, so I searched online to see how I can continue doing my show live without BER. Some of the DJ's decided to take a small break but I just kept on doing the Onslaughts. 
Truly bummed me out that BER had to go but the show must go on. 
Some of the fellow DJ's at BER still going with their shows as well after the break they had. BER may be gone but we are still together diy style, really cool family to have I'd say.

4.What  styles  of  metal  and music  do you  play  on  the  show?And  if  any bands  or  labels  are  reading this  where  can  they  send  music  to  be  featured on  one  of your  upcoming  shows?
Mostly Black, Death & Thrash Metal but I play a lot of different shit. It comes down to if I like it I play it, no reason for me to play something I don't like to hear.
If Bands and Labels want to send in music they can email me at or contact me at my Merciless Onslaught facebook page. 
Just remember if I don't like it I won't play it. 
So maybe take a listen to an episode or two first or look at some of the past playlists. 
5.For  the  readers  who  have never  heard your  show   what  day  and  time  does your  show  come  on? And  where  can the readers  tune in  to  listen  to    Merciless Onslaught ?

The show is LIVE every Tuesday night from 10pm-1am EDT
Here's the link to listen to the show live

We also still use the old Brutal Existence Radio chatroom
I believe the site will play a hour of the last recorded episode whenever it isn't live. 
Merciless Onslaught special episodes will also end up at the mixcloud page.
6.Johnny  you  live  in  Texas   what  are your  thoughts  of the  metal scene  in  Texas?

Texas metal scene is a great one. Sometimes a show might not get a good turnout but it still ends up being a fucking great show. Right now I still say that Houston is the one delivering the goods, in bands and shows.
I will say that San Antonio shows get more insane at times.

7.Who  are your  all-time  favorite  Texas  bands   and  are their  any  new  bands  you  feel  the readers  should  watch  out  for?
I think the list would be too long but here are some great ones! Hellpreacher, Infernal Death, Blood Spill, Absu, Morbid Scream, Imprecation, S.A. Slayer, Fearless Iranians From Hell, Scum Allegiance, Apocalyptic Horror, Death Tripper, Militia, D.R.I., Hod, Plutonian Shore, Averse Sefira, and can't ever forget Necrovore!
There are always new bands to check out, Here's a few that some might have overlooked:
Wülfskol - from Houston
Venereal Baptism - from Laredo 
Black Jackal - now San Antonio
Expander - from Austin
Church of Disgust - from San Marcos
Remnants - from Houston
Voidspawn - from San Antonio
Pious Levus - from San Antonio
Funeral Ash - from Kingsville
8.Besides bands   are  their  any  honest  and reliable  labels  or  distro's  you  could  recommend  to  the readers?

Lot of good ones out there but usually stick with the same ones like Headsplit Records, Dark Descent Records, Memento Mori, Xtreem Music, Iron Bonehead Productions, Hells Headbangers, Pulverised Records, Forever Plagued Records, Nuclear War Now!, and World Terror Committee.

Also check out Nigredo Records, Diabolic Force Distribution, and Unholy Black Abyss Productions.

9.When  not  preparing  for your  next  show  or  taking  care  of  emails   what  do you  like to do  in your  free time?

Don't remind me about those damn emails hahah!! 
Well with the free time I like watching lots of wrestling, mainly BJW, Dragon Gate and DDT Pro. So many promotions out there I just like to watch them all. 
My misanthropic side is taking over and lately haven't really cared about going to much shows. I'd rather stay in and watch some wrestling or see some movies, jam some music and play Battlefield. 

10. Merciless Onslaught   is  a  diy  radio show  would  you  like to  find  a new station to  work  with  or  do  you  prefer to  stay  diy?

I had some offers when BER shut down, none of them really felt good like BER did though. Would be nice to find a good station to be apart of but they would have to be loose with their rules and let me do my show my way like BER let me do. I enjoy the diy way right now cause I don't have to worry about running over time or follow any rules.
If someone at a station sees this and would like the Onslaught to join feel free to message me or maybe just to run a replay of the podcast shoot me a message. Don't be like everyone and be afraid to ask me shit. 
11.Besides   metal  music  do  you  currently  listen to  any  other  forms  of  music? If  yes  who  are  some  of your  favorite  bands  and  artists?

I do listen to other shit than just metal. Really enjoy some good synth works, newer darkwave releases are great but recently there was a synthwave going and most became too soft and repetitive. Will throw on some stuff like 90's eurodance, 80's/90's freestyle, old and new electronic bands to techno industrial shit. Would Dark Ambient be thrown into this? cause that as well. 
Favorites? not sure but I do listen to these a lot: 
Kraftwerk, SSQ, Debbie Deb, 2 Unlimited, Equitant, Crystal Castles, Perturbator, Nightcrawler, Kick Puncher, Reaper, even throw in some Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Also anything from John Carpenter.
Oh yeah can't forget the Tejano hahah!! If you listen to my show all that stuff I use for background music when I talk.

12.Do  you  get  to  go to  a lot  of  concerts  in your town? What  have  been  some  of your  most  memorable  shows  over the  years?
There is always a show to go to almost every day/week or so here in Texas. As I said before I have slowed down on going to every show. I kind of burnt myself out but will go to the ones I really want to go to. 
Hmm.. memorable shows? Quite of few like the Rites of Darkness, Sacrifice of the Nazarene Child, Goregrowlers Ball, Destroying Texas Fests etc. etc. Fests always have crazy stories. I could probably write a book of everything just at those fests. 
There was this one show that Lethal Aggression played in SA, was great cause of the fights and cops showing up out of nowhere instantly hahah! the bands didn't stop playing. Just felt right like it was part of the show.
One good one that the internet went nuts over without even knowing what exactly happened was Morbosidad at Fuckin' Metal Hell IV and the band Conflict who were playing upstairs at the same venue. You can just google search that if you want.
Oh yeah the year before that had a fun setting, Michael Sweet of Stryper was playing upstairs in the main room while Fuckin' Metal Hell III was downstairs in the basement. Kind of a heaven and hell thing hahah!! Was funny seeing Michael Sweet at times going down to the basement while Gravehill, Ghoulgotha, Blaspherian, Sacrocurse, and Terrorist played. Forgoat who but one of the bands gave him a shoutout and I think people started chanting Stryper haha could be wrong. 
13.Thank  you  Johnny  for  taking the  time  to  fill this   interview  out do  you  have  any  final  words  for the readers?

Thanks for giving me the opportunity to do this update.
Hopefully people would like to tune in live for the Onslut, if not they can download it the next day. Just expect a 3 hour desecration with underground metal, featuring new releases, obscure bands, Demos/EPs & Texas bands.
If anyone needs info on anything I play, feel free to message me and I will gladly tell you. 
Not sure for final words except Fuck Off And Die!





Sunday, July 16, 2017

Metal reviews done on 7-16-17 posted by Patrick

Thanks  for  checking  out  the  new  blog  of  reviews  hopefully you  will find  something  to your  musical  taste.Be  sure to  support the  bands and  labels  that  keep  putting  out  great  music for  us  to  listen to.
Keep  watching the  blog  more  reviews and  interviews  coming  soon!!

Barbaric  Horde--Tainted Impurity  cassette  {War  Arts  Prod.}
Barbaric  Horde are a band  coming out  of  the  Portugal black metal scene.Tainted Impurity  is  the  bands second  demo  featuring five songs of  violent and  brutal  black metal.The band  does  have  some  death  metal  influences  mixed  in with music.The  guitars range from  heavy mid paced style to  a  more crazed,extremly fast  guitar  patterns.The guitarist  even  adds some  well written  and  played passages and  solo's mixed in  a  few of the  songs.The  drums  range from a heavy  mid paced  drum  style  to  a  allout assult  of  blast beats.The  vocals  are demonic  death metal  growls and  some  black metal  screech vocals.If you  have heard  Barbaric  Horde's debut  demo you  know  what to  expect but  if you  are a  new  listener  then  expect  nothing  less  then vicious,violent  black  metal.
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Dead  Asylum-Death  Always  Wins  cd  {Self-Released}
Canada's  Dead  Asylum  have  released their  sophomore  release Death  Always  Wins.Which  is  a  nice  mix  of  melodic  death metal  and  some  fast,raging  thrash  parts mixed into  the  music.The  guitars  are played with some very  well written  and  performed patterns  going from slower,mid pace range but  then the  guitarist  goes for a  faster tthrashing  guitar style.The  guitarist  also shows off his  writing  skills  by  adding some well played  and written guitar solo's and patterns.The drumming  is  done  in  top notch  style with both  some  thrashing drum  style but can  also  play a more melodic and controlled  drum pace.If you  are  a  fan  of well composed  and played  melodic death  with a lot  of thrash  elements  then  be sure to  pick up  a  copy  of  Death  Always  Wins  today.
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Displeased  Disfigurement---Origin Of  Abhorrence   cd {CDN  Rec.}
Displeased  Disfigurement are  one  of  the  first bands I  have  heard  from  South  Africa  and  are  a really  good  brutal death metal band.Origin Of  Abhorrence   is  the  bands second full length  featuring nine tracks  of well  written  and  performed  brutal  death metal.The  drums  are  played  with hyperspeed blast  beats but  do  slow to  a  more controlled mid paced  style  in  a few  songs.The  vocals  are heavy,brutal death metal  growls.If you  are  a  fan  of  brutal death  metal  then  be sure  to  pick  up  a  copy  of  Origin Of  Abhorrence   you  will  not  be  disappointed.
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Extermination Angel--Demo  2017  cassette {Self-Released}
Maryland's Extermination Angel  return  with  a  brand  new  demo  featuring  six  tracks  of  thrash  fuelled  death  metal  anthems.The  music  stays  pretty  much  in  the  thrash  metal realm  with  some old-school death  metal  influences  mixed into  the  music.The  guitars range from crazed,fast  riffs  to  a  more  controlled  slower  guitar  pattern  used in  some of the  tracks.The  guitarist  can  play  both  extremely fast and  a  slower,mid paced  range  equally  good  and even throws  in  some  well  written and performed  solo's.The  drums  are  done  in  the  same  vein  with extreme and blasting  patterns  but  do  slow to  a  more  controlled  mid paced  drum  style.The  vocals  are  raw thrashy  screams  mixed with  some gruff old school  growls.If you  are a  fan  of  well  written  and  performed  thrash  mixed with  old-school  death metal  influences  then  be sure to  check  out  Extermination Angel  today.
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Vehementer--Replenishment  Circle{The Black Spectrumfest} 7Inch,cassette {Bloodharvest Rec.}
Serbia's  Vehementer is a  one  man band founded by Ferreus The Adversor.The  musical  style  is violent early thrash metal  mixed with  old school black metal.The guitar work  is done with a lot  of aggressive thrashing patterns and even some  well written  solo's  mixed into the music,The  vocals are grim,raw screams mixed with some spoken type  vocals  used throughout the  songs.If you  are a fan  of  old-school black thrashing  metal  then  be  sure to  check  out Vehementer's  releases today.
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Sunday, July 9, 2017

Paraguay's Verthebral interview done by Patrick posted up on 7-9-17

Here  is  a  new  interview  done  with  Paraguay's  old-school death metal band  Verthebral who  discuss  the  bands  debut  release Regeneration  and  past  and  future  plans.So  if you  are a  fan  of  well  played  and  written  old-school death  metal  be sure to  check  out   Verthebral.

Interview  with Daniel   L.  guitarist   for   Verthebral   done  by  Patrick

1.Hello  Daniel  how  are  things  going in  Paraguay  these  days?Please  introduce  yourself  to the  readers?

Hi Patrick and friends of Winter Torment web-zine, greetings from Paraguay-South America. I'm Daniel Larroza, Verthebral's guitarist, everything is fine here, i live in Ciudad del Este, the second most important city in my country, it's a border city. Paraguay is a mediterranean country, we are in the middle of winter but still it is very hot here, that's something normal for us.

2.What  age  did you  first  start  listening to  metal  music? Who  were  the  first  bands you  listened  to  and  who  are  some  of your   current  favorites?

Well, like most of kids , the first contact with this sound was when I was in school, with my friends, I was 13 years old and one of my best friends in that time had many albums from unknown bands, so many vinyls, tapes and CDs, I used to copy on tapes all those dark bands that fascinated me so much, in those times i was totally obsessed by Sarcófago and Sepultura. I remember i used to listen: INRI, Rotting, The Laws Of scourge, Schizophrenia and Morbid Visions, these albums blew my mind. It was mid-90s and it was very difficult for a kid to get some death metal stuff. Another very important moment was when I got the famous video TRACES OF DEATH 2, was a VHS banned in so many countries but you could get it clandestinely in any video rental shop, it was so scary, it was very violent, seeing all those ways of dying but better than watching the video was to listen to the soundtrack. There's so many dark and cool death metal bands, there were songs from MORGOTH, GRAVE, UNLEASHED, ASPHYX. I used to listen those bands and think "It would be so great if someday I could start a band like these ones". Currently  i listen only old school death metal bands, honestly the best are always the classic ones like Deicide, Morbid Angel, Death, Benediction, Sinister, Unleashed, Entombed, Morgoth, Grave, Obituary, Dismember.

3.Verthebral  was  formed in 2013  what  gave you  the  idea  to  start  this  band?How  did you  all choose  Verthebral  as the name of the  band?What  is  the  current  line up  of  the band?

It was my dream, start a death metal band, i was born to play in a death metal band, for me it's definetely the most violent and aggressive type of music, a sense of strength and power. Verthebral started in 2013, we started playing covers and later writing the first songs. The idea behind the band's name, in spanish the word "vertebral" represents the backbone or spine that make us move, the bone structure that gives us mobility, the letter "H" in the middle is just to give it a touch of originality. In summary, its importance and how fragile it’s to be broken, the human race feels so strong and powerful, but at the same time we are the most fragile form of existence, we could break our bones and our lives would change forever, it's like a paradox or analogy. Verthebral's current line up is: Christian Rojas on bass/vocals, Daniel Larroza-guitar, Alberto Flores-guitar, Gabriel Galeano-drums.

4.For  the  readers  who  have never  heard  Verthebral's  music how would  you  best  describe  it  and  who  are  some of the  bands  biggest  influences?

I can define Verthebral's music like a classic death metal sound, with old school influences, it's the death metal style played like those bands from the 90's. Our music is heavy, aggressive but at the same time it's quite technical, vocals are guttural and it's easy to understand, you can understand what the vocals are singing, that is very important, our style is refined, all the guitars  are extremely heavy, but they have clear tones, drums and bass work in a precise way, producing a powerful sound base to the songs. Our greatest influences are undoubtedly: Morbid Angel, Sarcófago, Grave, Unleashed, Obituary.

5.Regeneration  is  the  bands  debut  release  which  will be  released  through  Satanath Rec.  how  did the  band  come in  contact  with this  great  label?

The conversations with Satanath Records came since we release our first EP "Adultery of Soul", this material was self-released, we did it totally independently, so at this time we got in touch with Aleksey from Satanath, he liked the band, our songs, so when I told him we were recording a full album with new songs, he was very determined and interested in releasing "Regeneration", when he listened our new songs he liked and approved totally, so we signed with Satanath Records, this way was how we finally have released our first album through his label.

6.How  long  did it take the  band to  write the  music for   the debut release? Does  the  whole  band  take  part in  the  writing  process  or does  one  member usually  write  everything?

The process to write songs did not take long time, most of the songs were written by me, songs and lyrics. I show the ideas and the structure that I have in mind, the other guys also have an important role, they bring their suggestions. There are opportunities for every one in the band, but i know  very well the direction i want to take, the most important thing is not to lose focus.
For example the song Old Man's Memories was composed by Alberto Flores and the lyrics written by me, Spirit in Solitude was composed by Me and Alberto Flores and Beyond The Garden Of Creation by me and Christian Rojas. 

7.Besides  the  debut  release  Regeneration  does  the  band  have  any  other  merchandise  available  for the  readers to  purchase? If  yes   what  is  available  and  where  can  the  readers  buy  it?

In this moment only the album "Regeneration" available on Satanath Records Bandcamp, before "Regeneration" we have released in 2015 the EP called "Adultery of Soul", this material came out in CD format with a limited press of 250 copies, nowadays they are almost sold out, but there's some chances to re-edit it later. We're already thinking about offering more merchandising, like shirts, badges and of course a Regeneration's re-edition on vinyl or tape.

8.Does    Verthebral    play   live  very  often  or do you  prefer to  work  in  the  studio? What  have  been  some of the  bands most  memorable  shows  over  the years?

For the recordings process we decided to focus only on that, we did not mark any dates to play because any other distraction could hinder or delay the final result, so all this time that we were involved in the recordings we do not accept any invitation for shows. Vertheral don't play very often, we are an underground band and as such we do not make money with the band, we all have jobs and college, we analyze before deciding to play in any gig, if the conditions are not good we don't play.
The best show we had was with the Brazilian band RATOS DE PORAO, we were support band in this gig, the show was in Foz de Yguazu city - Brasil, and it was wild and violent, a very good show.

9.Are their  any  tours  or  shows  planned  in  support  of  Regeneration  if  yes  where  will the  band  be  playing  and  who  are  some  bands you  will  be  sharing  the  stage  with?

We have no tours planned currently, only some gigs in Paraguay,  Yes, it is in the plans to make a good tour through South America, but that must be very well planned to be able to realize it. We want to go slowly with this matter, as i said before, we do not make money with the band, we do it for love and because we like to play death metal.

11.Besides  working  in   Verthebral    do  you  or  any  of the  members  currently  play  in  any  other  bands  or  projects? If  yes  please  tell the  readers  a  little  about  them?

Oh yes, me and our drummer Gabriel, we also play in a heavy metal band called Ariman here in Paraguay, the band has 14 years of trajectory, I am not one of the founding members, i join them a few years later and gabriel  too, we have a self-titled demo and an album "Pacto de Muerte" released in 2011.

12.Daniel  you  handle  the  guitars  for  the  band  when  did you first  become  interested  in  playing  the  guitars? Are you  self taught or  did you  take  lessons  when  first  starting  out?

I started a little late, at 18 years old, i was a fan of death, thrash and black metal, in the begining i took some lessons, but it was not what i wanted to play, i wanted to learn metal music tecniques, to play death metal, so i decided to be self-taught, i bought a bunch of magazines and books to expand my knowledge, when i started i was very bad, i played very bad but later  i improved my way of playing, it really takes a lot of work and dedication

13.Who would  you  say  are your  biggest  influences  and  favorite  guitarists?Besides  playing  the  guitars  do  you  play  any  other  instruments?

There's so many great musicians in the world, i like a lot of guitarists, but strictly speaking as musical influences, my main influences are Jeff Hanneman from Slayer, Trey Azagthoth from Morbid Angel, Chuck Schuldiner from Death and Andreas Kisser from Sepultura (the old era). I also play a little of keyboards. I recorded some keyboards parts on our album "Regeneration". it was just to create a darker atmosphere in some songs.

14.When  not  working  on  new  music or  band  business  what  do you  like to do  in your  free  time?

I liked to read, i read some books, i try to be inspired by somethiung i read to write lyrics for my songs, i also like to read metal magazines to keep me updated. When i have more free times i like to watch some movies and listen music. There are many new bands currently releasing good albums, it's always good to listen death metal stuff.

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

Ok Patrick and Winter Torment's friends, i really enjoyed this interview, thanks for your interest on Verthebral, i would like to tell people who love death metal, listen our new album "Regeneration", you will see the sound is pure, brutal and honest, we are death metal fans and this album was made for you who appreciate this kind of music.

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