Saturday, November 16, 2019
Interview with Patrick vocalist of Mortuary done by Patrick
1.Hello Patrick how are things in France this week?Please introduce yourself to the readers?
Hi I am Pat the Mortuary's singer. We play a violent death thrash metal for 30 years. Everything's fine thanks ; our new album " The autophagous Reign" has just released on Xenocorp records this Friday the 8th of november and the first critics are very enthousiastic!
2.When did you first start listening to metal and rock?Who were the first bands you listened to?Who are some current bands that have caught your attention?
Oh It was from an other times ! The Jurassic era, maybe ; Seriously, I was 11 and the firts bands I listen to was the Saxon's Denim and leather I think because a friend of my parents gave me the album. Then I listened to the very first Iron maidens, AC/DC of course and the german bands like Accept and Scorpions. But the best memory is the first listening of Warning a french heavy band. The singer was so amazing, I loved his vocal style and then that's why I loved this music
3.Mortuary was formed in 1989 when did you and the other members get the idea to start this band?
A very long story ! Jno (bass) and me met each other at a gig where our first bands played together and after many beers and sharing passions about music, we decided to join us to create a band in a thrash metal style. Both of us wanted to play something faster and more agressive.
4.What is the current line up of the band?How do you feel Mortuary's musicial style has changed over the years?Who would you say are the bands biggest influences and have they remained the same over the years?
The current line up is : Pat vocals, Jo drums, Jno bass and Alex and Bastien on guitars. I don't think our musical style did change over these last years. When we record « Agony in Red » in 2003, this album was more in death metal style but with thrash roots. Since this album we go on to play a mix with typical death parts but always with thrash influences. That's the sound and the music with which we were born. Influences are legions of course when you spent the most of your time to listen this music. Well, Slayer, Death, Vader, The Crown and all the german thrash bands like Kreator, Darkness, Sodom, if I can list only some of them. the list is so long but we know who they are!!
5.The Autophagous Reign is the bands newest full length release how long did it take the band to write the music for the new release?How long does it usually take to complete one song?
For the writing of this new album, it took us about one and an half year, almost 2. In the meantime, Bastien our new guitarist joined the band so we have work the old songs with him for the shows and at the same time and we gone on to write the new songs. In general, write a new song could be very quick if we have very interesting riffs. Sometimes, we work on a song and we found a riff but this one end another song ! Two months before going to the hertz Studio, We wrote almost 5 news songs cos we were continually in writing process. We were like riffing machines!! Our minds were boiling !! For sure, We already have tons of riffs for the next one !!
6.Who usually handles writing the lyrics for the music and what are some topics written about on the new release?Which usually comes first the music or the lyrics?
I usually handles writing the lyrics for mortuary. I start to write tons of words, texts, ideas on paper and little by little, it turns into a text for an upcoming song. The main topics on this new album is about societal and ecological suicide. Humanity reached a critical point . The autophagous reign is a journey from the anthopocene to the sixth mass extinction ; the our !! Music comes in first, musicians bring some riffs or ideas and I try to imagine my words on this music. After, i can listen to this music more than a hundred times sometimes before finding the good vocals line. It's the moment I prefer in the song's creation process. Very tiring but so exciting!
7.Besides the upcoming The Autophagous Reign release are the bands past releases still available to buy?Besides physical releases does the band have any other merchandise currently available for the readers to purchase?
Yes we got new merchandising including too our physical release at our website shop on www.mortuary-fr.com and you can find too, more merchandise to purchase on Xenocorp our record label at www.xenokorp.com
8.What have been some of Mortuary's most memorable shows and tours over the years?Who have been some of your favorite bands that you have had the chance to share the stage with?
One of the most memorable shows was to play at the Hellfest festival in Clisson, France ; It was a great memory, unforgottable !! And also when we toured in Europe with Vader and Entombe AD, two death metal legends. They are all of them really good guys and the tech crew were so kind and professional with us. A so rich human experience !
9.Are their any tours or shows planned in support the new release if yes where will the band be playing?Who are some bands you will share the stage with and what are some countries the band will be playing?
In January 2020, we start our french tour with some french bands and friends of us ; we are so exciting to begin this tour cos we gonna meet lot of people that we only know thanks to the social network, then certainly in fall of the next year, we will join a new european tour. You know, whatever the countries where we'll play, we will so happy to meet people sharing our passion
10.Patrick you and the band have been involved in the underground since the mid 80's how do you feel the underground metal scene has changed over the decade's?
The underground is more viewed and mediatically exposed due to the many new way to communicate. Thanks also to a most efficient tools, the musicians now can work and write their music at home like professionals, I think. The Technical level is higher. More technical, faster, album sound quality is at its best level, etc... New metal styles born and it's a good thing. Metal it's like a candies assortment. There are a lot of different flavors for all the taste. that's why it's so addictive like the sugar
11.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?
I was born with the tape-trading and papers zines. I am nostalgic of this period. We were in touch with many zines, radios around the world by example from Chile, Poland, Sweden, Puerto Rico, Canada... I don't remember their names but we were reviewed sometimes with futur big ones like Immolation, Vader, Dark tranquility, Carnage, etc....
12.Are their fanzines that you read these days?Do you read any of the current web-zines that are on-line these days?
I mostly read webzines but I prefer to listen the band before and looking after from where they are from and who they are, so I search for infos on the web.
13.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?
As I said it before, it was the tape trading period. If you wanted to be known out of your town, you had to trade with other bands around the world. I have yet many demos of them like the first Immolation, Vader, Massacra, Angel Corpse,etc... and of course many french bands.
14.Mortuary comes out of the French underground what is your opinion of France's underground metal scene over the years?
Our metal scene is bigger than in the past for sure. There are many bands with their own style, really good musicians too. The french scene is rich. The bands member are younger but already so talentuous ! We have really some great ones, world recognition like Gojira, Benighted and really promising ones like Ad Patres, Mithridatic, Disowning, Pitbulls in the nursery...
15.Who are your all-time favorite bands coming out of France and are their any current bands you feel the readers should check out soon?
Warning and Massacra are my all time favorites bands coming out of France, the first for the reason I explained at the beginning of the interview and the second cos they were the musical violence incarnated. For all the readers, check out to a band called Ad patres. It's my favorite now !
16.Thank you Patrick for taking the time to fill this interview out do you have any final comments for the readers? > Thank you so much for this very interesting interview and putting interest in our music ; A big salute to all of your readers ; Check out our new album called « The autophagous reign » and support your local scene !! see you soon on the road!!
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Interview with Bryce vocalist and guitarist of Plaguewielder done by Patrick
Saturday, November 9, 2019
Interview with Reido done by Patrick
1.Hello please introduce yourselves to the readers?
Hello. My names is Alexander. I’m a member of Reido, where I’m mainly responsible for guitars and vocals.
2.When did you first get the idea to form Reido and how did you choose Reido as the name of the band?What is the current line-up of the band?
The idea to form a band came about 20 years ago but the band was formed in spring 2002. We were students at that time. The name appeared later, after the first album was recorded. We were trying to choose something that matched the music and its atmosphere. I also wanted to have a short and simple name, easy to read and pronounce. I had been learning Japanese and had some dictionaries, so I looked through them hoping to find something. As a result, the band got the name Reido. The first track on “F:\all” was “Zero Level Activity”, so the idea of “zero temperature” turned out to be quite appropriate.
Currently there are three musicians in the band. Anton and I are the former members of Reido, whereas Dmitry joined us remotely to record the drums for the third album. He lives in Moscow, so we rarely see him. But we’ve been friends since 2006 probably. By the way, he has his own musical project, Vnezemie. Dmitry formed this word himself from Russian “Vnezemnoy” (Unearthly). So it’s something like “Unearthliness”. He completed the album “Raspad” (Decay/Fission) in 2015, but it wasn’t promoted properly, so very few people heard it. It’s some kind of cosmic funeral doom/dark ambient, and I can recommend checking it out.
3.Who would you say are Reido's biggest influences over the years?And for the readers who have never heard the band how would you best describe the bands musicial style?
It’s hard to name our biggest influences, the more so because they change from time to time. Funeral doom, traditional doom, dark ambient, the second album was partly influenced by Celtic Frost, Tool, Meshuggah. I can’t name any serious influences on the third album. I didn’t listen to much music in the period of working on it.
To those who have never heard the band I would say that it’s slow and heavy music. Probably, an extreme form of doom metal containing the elements of funeral, sludge, ambient and something else.
4.Anatman is the bands third full length release how long did it take the band to write the music for the new release?How long does it usually take to complete one song?
I suppose it took us 5-6 years to make “Anātman”. But we didn’t start it immediately after releasing “Minus Eleven” and finished last year, there were pretty long breaks during the record sessions, so as a result we have 8 years between the albums. Of course, if we only count the time we spent on making the album, it will be much less. Some songs are composed really quickly. If I catch some good idea, even one riff, it is often enough to make a song around it for several hours. However, sometimes I stop at some moment and don’t feel what to do next. Feeling the music and its spontaneous intuitive development is the main approach I use. If I stumble and begin to think how to continue this part, in most cases it means that the feeling left me. So I’d better stop and come back later in order to try and catch it again. Rarely does puzzling over music produce a good outcome.
5.Who usually handles writing the lyrics for the music and what are some topics you all wrote about on Anatman?Which usually comes first the lyrics or the music?
The lyrics are written by me. “Anātman” is mostly based on Buddhist spirituality, as one can guess from the name of the album. This topic has always been present in Reido albums, but “Anātman” goes much deeper into it, since it became an especially important part of my life a number of years ago. In some lyrics I’m sharing some of my personal experience.
6.Besides the new release Anatman are the bands previous releases still available for the readers to purchase?Besides physical releases does the band have any other merchandise to buy if yes what is available and where can the readers buy it?
I’m not sure if “F:\all” is still available on CD. Solitude Prod don’t have it at least. I saw some links in the Internet where it was on sale but didn’t check them. “Minus Eleven” is still available on the website of Solitude Prod/Slowburn Recs. We are considering some merchandise like T-shirts, because we received some requests from listeners so perhaps there will be something. Anyway, if something appears, it will be available on reido0.bandcamp.com.
7.Does Reido 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?
Reido has never played live. Every time we release an album, this question arises because we get some invitations from organizers. However, we could never recruit all the musicians we needed for a concert lineup. There were 2 members in the band but we needed at least 4 or even 5 and all the attempts failed for one or another reason. We were just unable to prepare in time.
Now we don’t even discuss the prospects of playing live, even though we have a drummer. He lives far from us. Maybe it would be nice to play a few concerts a year, I don’t know. Anyway, I wouldn’t like to go on tours for a series of concerts. I think that’s not my cup of tea.
8.Are their any shows or tours planned in support of the new release?If yes where will the band be playing and who are some bands you will share the stage with?
Probably this question makes no sense after the previous answer
9. Reido comes out of the doom metal scene in Belarus what is your opinion of the doom metal scene in Belarus?
I’m not sure if there is a real doom metal scene in Belarus. Talking of old examples, I would name Gods Tower “The Eerie”, but it was many years ago. Some other Belarusian acts that I would like to mention are Woe Unto Me (doom death/experimental band from Grodno), Coat (trad/stoner doom in the vein of Electric Wizard), Longa Morte (funeral project in the vein of Thergothon) and doom death/funeral act Fading Sun with its EP “Yawning Void”. I think they are worth checking out. I don’t know what else to mention.
10.Who are your all-time favorite bands coming out of Belarus and are their any new bands you feel the readers should check out soon?
I can’t name all-time favorite Belarusian bands but apart from the above mentioned projects I would like to recall black metal bands, such as Pestilentia, Kruk, Niezgal, black-death project Doomslaughter. These are good examples of underground metal and they all have the true spirit of such music.
11.Besides Reido do you any of the members currently play in any other bands or solo projects?
No, we have no other projects.
12.Thank you for taking the time to fill this interview out do you have any final comments for the readers?
Thank you for the interview. Just listen to our “Anātman” if you haven’t done it yet. I think it’s worth checking out. That’s all I wanted to say.
Thursday, November 7, 2019
Interview with Rogga Johansson vocalist,guitarist of Paganizer done by Patrick
1.Hello Rogga how are things in Sweden this week?Please introduce yourself to the readers?
Autumn is here and winter pproaching, so its getting cold, and windy. Perfect weather for making metal i guess. Well Im ROgga Johansson and I do quite a few bands, been doing music since the early 90s, mostly metal. i guess thats an introduction as good as any haha.
2.When did you first start listing to metal music and who were the first bands and artists you listened to?Was it long before you discovered death metal music and who were the first death metal acts you listened to?Who are some current bands that have caught your attention?
When I was a kid, maybe around 6 or 7, I got hooked on heavy metal from older friends. I got copies tapes from them, and there was also cassettes you could borrow at the library. The bands were the classics like Iron Maiden, Accept, Judas Priest and stuff like that, then after a little while also stuff like Twisted Sister and WASP. I was around 7 when I got my first own vinyls, Iron Maidens Killers and Kiss Love gun, needless to say the Kiss album didnt get much play compared to the Iron Maiden album. I discovered more extreme metal when I got into my teens, first thrash like Kreator and I discovered one of my fave albums too SODs Speak english or die. When it went onto death metal the first bands I really got into was Massacre and Dismember. As for surrent bands, I dont have the best knowledge there haha, I usualy listen to my old things, aswell as when the old bands release new albums.
3. Rogga you started Paganizer back in 1998 when did you first get the idea to start this band?
We started in 1994 as Terminal Grip, and then we changed name to Paganizer in ´98 as we changed some members. Oh I dont know how I got the idea haha, I mean I recall coming up with the name, and at the time I played more industrial type music, and just wanted to move into making death metal stuff myself, this was in my later teens. I had some bands before, but not doing death metal, as I also listened to industiral music and crut punk a lot.
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 Paganizer's music how would you best describe it?
I guess the biggest influences are Massacre and Grave. aswell as Hypocrisy and Vomitory. but I dont know if you actaully hear that in our music though. Paganizer plays fairly simple death metal, with hooks so you can remember the songs I hope, but we are not very melodic. I dont think we sound like the regular swedeath stuff much, we are a bit different, but I dont know really in what way haha.
5.The Tower Of The Morbid is the bands newest full length release how long did it take to write the music for the new release?Does the whole band take part in the writing process or do you usually write everything?How long does it usually take to complete one song?
I dont know really, I guess we worked on the album for maybe six months, rehearsing once a week and then recording during a couple weeks. The whole band does take part in adding their stuff, the drummer comes up with the drums, the lead guitarist does his solos and such but I write the songs mostly. This time Martin the bassplayer wrote a song, its the one last one the album, the fastest one. Usually I write a song during just like fifteen minutes or so, but then it ofcorpse can chnage a bit, and then we play it in the rehearsal room, where we figure out the drums and where to put the solo parts and things like that.
6.Besides the The Tower Of The Morbid release are the bands previous releases still available?Besides physical releases does the band have any other merchandise currently available if yes what is available and where can the readers buy it?
In this internet age I guess all previous releases are available at different websites, some of them maybe just used, but then again you can often find old releases new too. We have merch for the previous album aswell as the new album, really cool stuff like tshirts and ziphoodies, just swing by the Transcending Obscuirty bandcamp and check it out.
7. Paganizer comes out of Sweden's old school death metal scene what is your opinion of Sweden's death metal scene over the decades?
I think the swedish scene is the best one, most my fave bands are swedish. Ofcorpse the US scene has some great bands too, aswell as the british and german scenes, but to me the swedish stuff is closest to the heart I think. And I think it still is a great scene, I know lots of new bands come out all the time, and from the stuff I hear they always sound good too.
8.Who are your all-time favorite Swedish metal bands and are their any new bands that have caught your attention?
I would say Edge of Sanity is the fave band, cloesly followed by Hypocrisy. I also totally love Furbowl, wich is a very underrated band. Graves first albums are also among the faves aswell as the first few Vomitory albums. As for new bands I dont know... i hear a song here or there and it always sounds great.
9.What does underground metal mean to you?
I guess it means that you dont do anything just because it could sell, or make you get to play more shows or whatever. Basically that you do what you want, and not try to do something just because you think it would make you successful. theres nothing wrong with commercial metal, if the persons making it also like what they are doing. I mean its their thing, but if you do it just to be successful I think its rather shitty.
10.Besides working in Paganizer I know you have some other bands and projects you are currently working with.Please tell the readers about your current bands you are working with?
Oh its too much haha. But yeah I have a few, some old ones like Dead Sun wich I started back in the 90s, where I play more melodic stuff, like old Tiamat or Lake of tears sorta. Then i have a few projects together with friends, people who I love the vocals from, like The Grotesquery with Kam Lee, Johansson & Speckmann with paul Speckmann and Down among the dead men with Dave Ingram. I have various other stuff too like Eye of purgatory, Ribspreader, Revolting and more, as I simply write too much music haha.
11.Rogga as mentioned earlier you have been a part of the underground scene since the early 90's so I was curious did you read a lot of fanzines back in the day?What were some of your favorite fanzines that you read back in the day?
Ah yes I love reading about music, and tried to get my hands on fanzinesas much as I could. It was a long long time since I gave them away or sold them though, so I dont remember the names really, but it was stuff like Nekrologium and Nordic vision I think and many many others. But after the internet boom eventually all of them went away, and since then Ive just kept reading online aswell as getting the few official bigger metal magazines that are or were around, like Terrorizer, Close-up and Sweden rock magazine.
12.Are their any current fanzines that have caught your attention?Do you read any web-zines these days?
Nothing in physical form no, as for webzines I usually check them out when I get a link to a review of some of my stuff, then I browse around and check out the rest too. I read both metal zines aswell as industrial music zines online, aswell as naturally the more tabloid stuff like Blabbermouth and Metalsucks, just to keep in the loop a bit.
13.Besides fanzines I know tape trading was a big part of the underground back in the 80's and 90's did you ever do much tape-trading?
Actually i didnt do any tape trading, I live in a small village, and the way i got music was from catalouges from the metal shops in Stockholm. So I never got into tapetrading at all.
14.What were some of your favorite demo's and releases that you traded for?
As mentioned above, it wasnt something I did at all back then, I didnt even know it was a thing haha.
15.When you need to take a break from working on new music or band business what do you like to do in your free time?
I love spending time with my family, just doing normal stuff, playing with the kids or watching movies or series with them. Or be out in the playground, or get out when they ride their bikes. I like listening to music too, other bands music haha. And having a few beers too, and firing up the barbeque, even if its snowstorm. When youre swedish you cant be bothered with the weather too much haha.
16.Thank you Rogga for taking the time to fill this interview out do you have any final comments for the readers?
Thanx man! Yeah, check out the new Paganizer album and the merch at Transcending Obscuritys bandcamp, if youre needing some quality ugly music!