Thursday, July 2, 2020

Serene Dark--Enantiodromia{Self-Released} done on 7-2-20



Serene Dark--Enantiodromia{Self-Released}
Coming out of Canada's blackend death metal scene is Serene Dark with their debut full-length.Enantiodromia contains ten songs of well crafted and performed blackend death metal with a lot of powerful riffs and epic musicial structures.The guitars are played with a mix of mid paced powerful guitar passages and some extremely fast and chaotic patterns.The guitarists does write and execute some extremely well performed guitar passages even adding some well performed solo's.The drumming is done with a lot of intense blasting drums and some slower more mid paced drum patterns.The drummer does a good of creating and performing some well played drum patterns that are both memorable and powerful.
If you are a fan of{early}Septic Flesh,Dark Funeral and Dissection then be sure to pick up a copy of Enantiodromia when it is released.
                                                                   Band  Contacts
                                                             https://serenedark.bandcamp.com/
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Sunday, June 28, 2020

Interview with Eternal Armageddon posted up on 6-28-20


1.Hails please introduce yourselves to the readers?
Hails and salutations to our legions out there. We are Eternal Armageddon. A black metal/ black thrash metal trio from Dhaka, Bangladesh. We’ve been around for 12 years now, released a single, an ep, a demo, and a full length by this time, and played a few gigs … nothing much. There was a brief hiatus, multiple lineup changes. What’s important is to carry on, and we did it. We kept doing what we do best — music and blasphemy.

2.When did you first discover metal music and who were the first bands to catch your attention? Who are some of the current bands that you have been listening to?
We all have our individual preferences. But to mention one band, where we all connect, from the point of influence, inspiration and everything, that’s Iron Maiden. There’s none like Maiden. If we get a bit genre-specific, then we’d like to mention Dissection. Jon’s music and philosophy profoundly move all of us.

3.Eternal Armageddon was started in 2009 when did you first get the idea to form this band? Who would you say are the bands biggest influences and have they remained the same over the years?
(Abrar speaking) Here’s the correction: the band started back in “2007.” We were struggling to put the right name on, though. Initially, it was DNW for a few days, then Solstice of Armageddon. Later Eternal Armageddon. We played our first live gig in 2009, and probably that’s why in some places it is mentioned the band was formed in 2009. But it was two years earlier actually.
There’s an interesting story behind it. Some of my school friends and I used to jam with some heavy metal songs, mostly Maiden and Priest, you know. Once, I was struggling to hit a high note in clean, and rather a distorted sound came out of me. Our then drummer Kushal recognized that right away, like, “dude, you sound like Dead (Mayhem).” We were not into black metal that much at that time. We sucked at playing, you know, we were a bunch of teenagers who just started. But since I suddenly became the most valuable asset of the band, we started exploring black metal and playing it.
Mayhem, Darkthrone, Emperor, Immortal, Enslaved, Dissection, Gorgoroth, Bathory, Celtic Frost, Impaled Nazarene, and countless bands influenced and inspired us. Mostly, the Norwegian black metal and Teutonic thrash metal lords heavily influenced our sound.

4.In Light,In Dark In Hate is the bands debut full-length how long did it take the band to write to write the music for the debut?How long does it usually take the band to complete one song?
It took a long time, like 6 years. You know, the band was reformed with new members, there was a shift in genre, there was this initial chemistry developing period. Recording took us a long time. Many local sound engineers are not that professional or familiar with this music. So it took time 
to find a proper studio. It took us 2 years to record the album. There were other ups and downs in our lives. So, what happened to this album is not something usual.
In case of a song, you know, there’s no specific time. Whenever a composition hits out of our creative urge, we start working on it. Once all of us agree on a structure or skeleton of the composition, it takes around 3-4 weeks to put the meat on and make it a complete flesh and blood. 

5.Who usually handles the lyrics for the music and what are some topics written about on the debut release?Which usually comes first the music or the lyrics?
(Abrar speaking) I take care of the lyrics. Also, most of the compositions. You’ll know it if you go through the album and see how dominating the bass is (laughs). In this album, we offered blasphemy, horror, and an invocation towards the listeners. We offered a journey of enlightenment.
You see, apart from being a musician, I’m a writer as well. So there’s no specific first. Sometimes, it’s lyric, and sometimes it’s the music.

6.I believe In Light,In Dark In Hate is a digital release are their any plans to do a physical release soon?If yes when will it be released and where can the readers purchase it?
There was a limited copy self-released version for the local fans. But of course, we’d like to see it coming out from a proper label who can do the distribution all across the globe. Right now, we are independent. And due to this COVID-19 situation, it actually hard to forecast anything at the moment. But we hope it happens soon.

7.Besides the In Light,In Dark In Hate release does the band have any other releases or merchandise currently available for the readers to purchase?If yes what is available and where can the readers purchase it?
Right now, no. But when everything gets back to normal, we’ll bring new merch of course. All of our albums are available on Bandcamp, iTunes, Spotify, Deezer. So listeners can purchase the music from there and support the band.

8.Has Eternal Armageddon gotten to play very many live shows over the years or do you prefer to work 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 play live very frequently. In 2014, we had the opportunity to share the stage with Defiled (Japan) and Funerus (USA) in 2015. We always love to play in the port city Chittagong. We got some crazy maniacs fans and brothers over there.

9.When bands are able to play live shows again are their any sshows or tours planned in support of the debut release?
We had plans, of course, and we are also scheduled to play a few gigs. But right now, due to COVID-19, everything is in pause. Once things are back to okay again, we’ll follow the plan.

10.What does Underground Metal mean to you?
Underground metal is freedom of thought, expression, experiment, and a big fuck off to the traditional industry, which is not driven by art but by some coin-mongering leeches.

11.Besides working in Eternal Armageddon do you or any of the members currently play in any other bands?
Rashik solely plays in Eternal Armageddon at the moment. Turag plays in Burial Dust and Leela.
Abrar has a one-man black metal project called Left and a one-man hardcore/black n roll project called HaremSluts.

12.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?
You see, the situation is kinda different here. Since we all have full-time jobs to afford our livings, when we get a break, we get into the band business. That’s where we find peace of mind. Apart from that, you know, just the usual. Personally, I (Abrar) read a lot of books and play video games sometimes.

13.Thank you for taking the time to fill this interview out do you have any final comments for the readers?
Stay true. Stay heavy. Keep supporting metal. That’s undoubtedly a friend who’ll never betray you. Cheers!
Band Contacts
http://smarturl.it/il_id_ih {if you want to order or check out the debut listen here}

Friday, June 26, 2020

Bleeding Spawn--Pariah Attestante cd {CDN Rec.} posted on 6-26-20



Bleeding Spawn--Pariah Attestante cd {CDN Rec.}
Bleeding Spawn are a brutal slam death metal band coming out of South Africa.Pariah Attestante is the newest EP featuring three songs of guttural fast blasting death metal  music.The guitars are played with some extremely well written and performed guitar patterns and structures.For the most part the guitars are played with fast and chaotic guitar patterns but do slow to a more heavier mid paced guitar tone.The drumming is done with blasting fast drum patterns that are played with skill and expierence.The drummer does slow to a a more controlled mid paced range in the songs before blasting away.
 If you are a fan of brutal slam death metal then do yourself  a favor and pick up a copy of Pariah Attestante today.
                                                                Band Contacts
                                                    https://www.facebook.com/bleedingspawnmp/
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                                                            https://cdnrecords.com/
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Sunday, June 21, 2020

Interview with Death Courier done on 6-21-20




1.Hello Billy please introduce yourself to the readers?
 Hello Patrick, and greetings to all our friends and readers of winter torment webzine. I am Billy the bassist and vocalist of the Greek death metal band "Death Courier".

2.When did you first discover metal music and who were the first bands and artists you discovered?Who are some of the current bands that have caught your attention? 
 In the early 80's I was struck by bands like Venom and Bathory. Before them, I was into Kiss and Black Sabbath, but I always was seeking more heaviness and speed.

3.Death Courier was originally started back in 1987 when did you first get the idea to start this band?How did you come up with Death Courier as the name for the band?
 After the release of Possessed's "Seven Churches" and Destruction's "Sentence of Death", I was looking for musicians to build a similar band. In the beginning, we played Bathory and Venom covers. The name 'Death Courier' came from the 1986 demo "the Courier" by the German death/ thrash band Samhain (later named Desexult). Being big fans of the band, we took the name Death Courier in early 1986.


4.Who would you say are the bands biggest influences and have they remained the same over the years?For the readers who are not familiar with Death Courier's sound how would you best describe the bands music?
We love bands like Terrorizer, Possessed, Razor, and Sodom. I think these are our major influences. We play a ferocious mixture of deathrash with maximum speed, and an old school atmosphere. So check out and see what you think.

5.Necrotic Verses is the bands newest release that will be released through Transcending Obscurity Rec. when did you and the band first come in contact with this label?
 We spoke to Kunal, the mastermind behind Transcending Obscurity Records, and he loved our last album "Perimortem". So when he heard the demos for "Necrotic Verses" he offered to release it. We love the excellent work done in every release of transcending obscurity records, and Kunal is a cool friend to work with who does everything to help and promote all the bands.


6.Does the whole band take part in the writing process or does one member usually write everything?How long does it usually take to complete one song?
George, our guitarist, and I make all the music. It usually takes a few months to complete a song as we rehearse it again and again in the studio to make it more violent and extreme.


7.Who usually writes 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?
The lyrics mostly are written by me. Although, I took a lot of inspiration for the lyrics on "Necrotic Verses" from obituaries and poems written and found on gravestones around the world. They are mixed with my lyrics, so in a strange and twisted way, there are some hundred people involved in the writing process. Usually first comes the title of the song as an idea and then we create the music and end up with the lyrics. 

8.Besides the upcoming Necrotic Verses 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 if yes what is available amd where can the readers purchase it?
We have re-released the demo cassette in superb quality… we have "Demise" (1992) and the 7" "Necrorgasm" (1991) release from Nuclear War Now Records on vinyl, and "Perimortem" (2013) on CD. Soon there will be a new t-shirt design from the band which, alongside all the old material, can be purchased from the Death Courier Facebook page or directly from me at: billycourier@gmail.com

9.Has Death Courier had the opportunity to play very many shows over the years?If yes what have been some of the bands most memorable shows over the years and who are some bands you have shared the stage with?
Yes, during our 30+ years in the Greek metal scene we have had the luck to play with many amazing bands such as Rotting Christ, Septicflesh, Varathron, Aura Noir, Dead Congregation, Mortal Torment, Mass Infection and many more.

10.When it is safe to play live again are their any shows or tours planned for the future?If yes where are some countries and cities the band will be playing?
Due to Covid-19, it is not safe yet to play here in Greece, and we have had to cancel a few concerts and are waiting for new dates to be announced. Mostly our concerts are in Greece, and because of the difficulties we face with our work schedule, we can't make tour plans yet. Still, we once played in Nuclear War Now fest in Germany in 2014, which was a great experience for us, and we hope to return soon. 

11.What does Underground Metal mean to you and how do you feel it has changed over the years?
 I try to listen to everything that falls into my hands…. I respect everyone and support fellow bands in any way I can buying merch and going to concerts. We always need new blood and new ideas! In the old days of tape trading, you could find only a handful of bands playing metal, but all of them sounded exciting and fresh. After all these years of expansion, there are now thousands of bands playing a variety of metal forms. Still, it can be challenging to find something that sounds as fresh and unique as the first wave of great metal bands.

12.Death Courier comes out of the legendary Greek death metal scene what is your opinion of Greece's death metal scene over the years?Do you feel it has gotten better or worse or stayed the same over time?
 Back in the early years, the music scene was small, and everyone was exploring its varieties. Today, we live in a different reality with hundreds of great bands playing all types of metal. I think a lot more people are into the music now. Today the Greek metal scene has gone worldwide thanks to the internet and many great record labels and distributors.

13.Bill as mentioned earlier you have been a part of the underground metal scene for years back in the 80's and 90's were you a big reader of fanzines?If yes what were some of your favorites to read?
That was the only way to learn about new metal bands, so the original fanzines helped us to spread Death Courier everywhere.
Starting from the old "THRASH METAL" zine from Greece to Andreas Veneris' "MERCILESS DEATH" zine and others such as "BUTTFUCK", "GENITAL GRINDER", "VOICES FROM THE DARKSIDE", "GLORIOUS TIMES", "SLAYER MAG", "TEMPLE OF ADORATION", "BELLS OF ACHERON" zine and too many others to mention. Last but not least, I couldn't talk about zines without mentioning "BLACK BLOOD" which kept the underground alive in the old days.

14.What do you feel made a good fanzine and are their any current fanzines or web-zines that you like to read today?
 A good fanzine can open your eyes and guide you in finding your way in music, shaping your tastes. There are too many brilliant webzines to mention. Still, please feel free to check out the Death Courier Facebook page and read some of the excellent reviews and interviews from these last few weeks… 

15.Besides fanzines tape-trading was also big back then did you do a lot of tape-trading in the early years?What were some of your favorite demo's and releases that you traded back in the day?
We had a great tape trading community those days with many friends in many countries. I had hundreds of letters every month! I remember I had loads of demos from bands like Merciful Fate, Nihilist (who later became Entombed), Possessed, Sodom, Death, Slaughter Lord [AU], Casbah (from Japan), also Samhain / Desexult (including very important "the Courier" demo tape) and too many others to mention.

16.Bill 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 usually take my family on road trips away from our hometown. Life in the city is shit. I prefer to explore new places, learn about history, read and sometimes paint. Life can be simple when music fulfils and completes you.

17.Besides Death Courier do any of the members currently work with any other bands or solo prorjects? If yes please tell the readers a little about them?
 Yes, George, our guitarist and Ilias, our drummer, also are part of the local death metal band Vermingod (check them out they are brutal).

18.Bill thank you for taking the time to fill this interview out do you have any final comments for the readers?
Thank you Patrick for your time and support, this interview was great. I wish the best for Winter Torment webzine. I would like to thank everyone who showed interest in Death Courier all these years, take care, keep in touch, stay brutal, and join the couriers. 
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Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Interview with Disavowed done by Patrick posted on 6-17-20



1.Hello please introduce yourself to the readers?
Hi Patrick! This is Daniel from Disavowed. Nice to talk to you. Looking forward to your questions!

2.When did you first discover death metal music and who were the first bands you heard?Who are some of the current bands that have caught your attention?
When I was about 14 (1989), we had a certain radio station in the Netherlands called “Vara’s Fireworks” and they had a metal program once a week, playing tracks from bands like Napalm Death, Carcass, Morbid Angel, Death, Rigor Mortis and such. I guess those were the first Death Metal bands that attracted my attention. The last “new” band that really thrilled me was Cerebral Effusion, which I really like. Those guys kick hard balls. Love it!

3.Disavowed was started back in 2000 when did you all get the idea to form this band?Are you satisfied with how things have progressed with the band over the years?
I joined Disavowed early 2001 and they were already on the verge of signing to Unique Leader and releasing their first album. As a lot of young metal bands they experimented with some cross over Thrash/Black/Death metal in a previous period, to learn and get a broad aspect of playing metal music in general. The same goes for Disavowed I guess. Firstly operating under the name of “Nocturnal Silence” and playing a mix of the mentioned styles above, they eventually made up their mind about what style they preferred to proceed with, which was US style Brutal Death Metal. The demo “Plateau” released in 1999, was a result of that; playing brutal US style death metal, inspired by Suffocation, Cannibal Corpse, Deicide, Deeds of Flesh, Disgorge etc. So, when I joined them as the second guitar player, Nocturnal Silence was already evolved to Disavowed, with the style of music we still play today. I don’t think I would ever play something else. I love the US style Death Metal. Gutteral deep vocals, blast beats and speedy riffs.

4.Who would you say are the bands biggest influences and how do you feel the bands musical style has changed over the years?
I think while listening to bands as Death, Kreator, Sepultura, Suffocation, Cannibal Corpse, Pestilence, Gorefest, Carcass, but also the more earlier metal like Metallica, King Diamond, Nuclear Assault really got me into playing guitar and having a great interest in this type of music in all its aspects when I was young. Some bands mentioned aged well I guess, some didn’t. But that’s just a personal thing for me. Although a band like Pestilence really pushed the boundaries in the 90’s, I remained to have tremendous interest and respect for this experimental things they did. I even liked Spheres. On the other hand; Morbid Angels lust for experiments totally lost me as a fan. So it’s just personal. Personally I really love the Scott Burns era bands. They just sounded like nothing else and for me he is the greatest metal producer that ever lived. With him leaving the scene, I somehow lost a little interest in most of the bands that he formerly produced. They just didn’t sound right after that. Also the worldwide production of many bands changed after that, and there was growing a new trend within metal production. Something I just regret a lot. Although Kristian Kohle did a great job producing our latest album, I think if Scott Burns was still producing bands, we definitely would have had him as our producer.

5.Revocation Of The Fallen 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 the band to complete one song?
For me it takes a couple of sessions to make up, record and finish a concept song. I always start to write an empty “drum song” on my Alesis drum computer and lay down the basis. At that point I don’t really have a clue about riffing. I just focus on the drums and work on that first, until I’m satisfied with the patterns and flow. When a drum song is finished and you listen to it a couple of times, certain riff patterns will start to emerge in your brain. Then you have to translate that thing in your brain into specific notes and rhythm. It will come out of the hands eventually. It’s a natural way of writing stuff and it works for me. Not sure if Gerben is writing that way though. Of course Septimiu and Nils are adding their expertise as musicians and pimp it up quite a bit.

6.Who usually handles writing the lyrics for the music and what are subjects written about on the new release?Which usually comes first the music or the lyrics?
Robbe K is always the one writing the lyrics. As he is not really interested in the gory stuff, so he writes about philosophical things and about the human brain in particular. And how fucked up the brain can act I guess...;-)

7.Besides the upcoming Revocation Of The Fallen 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 if yes what is available and where can the readers purchase it?
Certainly! Our first album is still available at Unique Leader records, the second is still available at Disembowel Records and the third on Brutal Mind. Check their sites, there is also a lot of merch available there, especially on Brutal Mind. He’s got all minds of clothing, vinyl etc.

8.What have been some of Disavowed most memorable shows over the years?Who have been some of your favorite bands that you have shared the stage with?
I think touring the US on the Bloodletting tour we did in 2002 was the most memorable one for me. Line up was also sick: playing with Deeds of Flesh, Disgorge and Severe Torture was insane... Those were the days.

9.When bands are able to play live shows again are their any tours or shows planned in support of the new release?If yes where will the band be playing?
We hope to go Asia (Indonesia, Japan etc) and South America asap! But to be realistic, I think we will end up playing in Europe sooner and more often than Asia or South America...

10.Disavowed comes out of Holland what is your opinion of the death metal scene in Holland over the years?
 Brutal US Style Death Metal is dead in the Netherlands, I’m sorry to say. I think Disavowed and Severe Torture are the only ones left from that generation and style. There are some new generation bands but they play gore grind, thrash, metal core, nu metal etc... Pity. Of course there are still some older generation bands playing like for example Pestilence, Sinister (god bless them) but I was hoping that the new generation would show more spirit. Alas...

11.Who are your all-time favorite bands coming out of Holland and are their any new bands you feel the readers should check out soon?
It depends on my age: When I was 16/17, my absolute favourite Dutch Band was Pestilence, but when I got a little older I really got into Gorefest. With the upcoming new wave around the year 2000, bands like Pyaemia, Severe Turture, Mass Murder, Mangled, Brutus etc, started to get me thrilled... It never got any better than that.

12.Besides working in Disavowed do any of the members currently work with any other bands or solo projects?If yes please tell the readers a little about them?
Of course! There is a new Arsebreed album coming up very soon! I’m not talking years, but in a month or two it will be announced and the release will come soon after that, as everything is finished! It has me and my brother Pranger on guitars, the almighty Romain Goulon on drums and Joel from Pyaemia and Robbe K from Disavowed on vocals. Unfortunatly our former bass player left the band a couple of years ago, so I had to record the bass guitar for the album myself, which was the most enjoyable thing I ever did for recordings. Had so much fun doing that.
Septimiu also plays in quite a lot of other bands as either a full-time member or as a session drummer, like Necrovile, Nader Sadek, CodeRed, The Thirteenth Sun, as well as two new, secret projects - one from Germany and one from Canada.

13.What does underground metal mean to you?
You’ve said it: “Underground Metal”... That is the true nature of producing the best Death Metal in the scene! I really enjoy playing on underground festivals with underground bands. They don’t play for tits, they just play with spine and balls. And I love that.

14.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 think the only time I can work on the band or make music is in my spare time, haha! That goes for all of us. I mean, why did you think it took us 13 fucking years to come up with a new album??!!! (hahaha). We all have really busy lives and busy day jobs, so the band always comes out as the last priority I have to admit... The only thing I hope is that the next album won’t take us 13 years again... haha!

15.Thank you for taking the time to fill this interview out do you have any final comments for the readers?
Well, thank yóu Patrick for giving us the interview!
Not a real specific final comment for the readers in mind at this particular moment, but I just really hope they are gonna enjoy the new album when it is released (31 juli!). Keep an eye out for it. To all my metal brothers, sisters, gays, trans, queers, drags (whatever;-)), thanks for all the support and hopefully we’ll be able to play live shows again soon. Hope to talk to all you guys then.
Best, Daniel
Horns up!
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Saturday, June 13, 2020

Cursed Be Thy Flesh--The Ritual Cd.Digital{Necrotic Rec.} done on 6-13-20


Cursed Be Thy Flesh--The Ritual  Cd.Digital{Necrotic Rec.}
Cursed Be Thy Flesh is a new black metal band with members coming out of both the U.S and Slovenia scenes.The Ritual is the bands debut full-length featuring ten tracks of well composed and crafted black metal.The guitars are played with a lot of skill and expierenced guitar passages.The guitar work has a mix of well executed fast guitar patterns but does slow to a more controlled mid paced range in some of the songs.The vocals are a mix of grim black metal screams and some deeper death metal growls.Both vocal styles fit Cursed Be Thy Flesh's music perfectly.
 If you are looking for a new black metal band that creates a unique blend of black metal genres then do yourself a favor and check out Cursed Be Thy Flesh today.
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                                                            https://cursedbethyflesh.bandcamp.com/
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                                                                  http://www.necroticrecords.com/
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Friday, June 5, 2020

Interview with Cauldron Black Ram done on 6-5-20


1.Hails please introduce yourselves to the readers?
 Hails. We are CAULDRON BLACK RAM. You are not.

2.When did you first discover metal music and who were some of the first bands you discovered? Who are some current bands that have caught your attention?
 When I was 7 or 8 years of age I got into Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, Ted Nugent, Frank Zappa, AC/DC, Rose Tattoo, Beatles, Deep Purple. Current bands like Manowar have caught my attention.

3.Cauldron Black Ram was started back in 1996 when did you all get the idea to form this band? Are you satisfied with how things have progressed with the band over the years? 
It was a home for the uncouth emanations that were too untoward for other 'sophisticated' bands I was involved in. Originally, I started the band with the dude from NOCTURNAL (Adelaide/Australia), but life -duty did not permit him able-bodied commitment. Once Alim joined, the guitars were tuned down and the signature sound of CBR was begat. Yes I am satisfied enough, we have played some great shows and are mostly pleased with the releases.

4.Who would you say are the bands biggest influences and have they remained the same over the years? For the readers who are unfamiliar with Cauldron Black Ram's music how do you feel it has changed over the years? 
Yes they have, but over time, a long time, I found we kind of influence ourselves. We chase the 'we should have done more of this on the last album', or, 'we haven't done this yet, we should do more on the next release', or, 'why are we still sober, let's drink to sobriety!', etc. Otherwise the initial pre-emptive inspirations were Celtic Frost, Order From Chaos, Brand Belial's Key, Belial, Carcass, Nepenthe, Master's Hammer, Root and classic heavy metal too.


5.Slaver is the band's newest release which will be released through 20 Buck Spin when did you and the band first come in contact with this label? 
Just prior to the intended release of Stalagmire I would guess. Hopefully, we make them some hard-earned dollars this time!

6.How long did it take the band to write the music for the new release? Does the whole band work on the music or does one member usually write everything?
 Esh and Alim split the music composure roughly 50/50. We often have the songs written well in advance, but it is tough to say how long exactly. It really matters what we make of them in the final stages. And that is a specific magic between he and I borne of years.

7.Who usually handles writing the lyrics and what are some subjects written about on Slaver? Which usually comes first, the lyrics or the music?
 Neither. There are lyrical concepts prior, which aid in the fouling, but overall, music rules the night. Esh/I write the lyrics and concepts. The concepts are relegated to a conceptual past. History is barely realistic, written by the victors and bent over the knee of time and propaganda. Anyone with a degree in modern history might as well tear up their certificate, and anyone with an interest in ancient history should disregard their concept of reality. That is the fashion in which the lyrics of Slaver were crafted. 


8.Besides the upcoming Slaver release, are the band’s previous releases still available or other merchandise currently available? If yes what is available and where can the readers purchase it?
 Well the first 2 albums have completely sold out in their original, physical formats. The Bandcamp site provides easy downloadable options. I hear there is a cassette release of Skulduggery-a-coming. And a 2nd press of the vinyl. Everything is subject to time and the possible victory of the incoming technocracy snapping at our heels and freedom.

9.Has Cauldron Black Ram had the opportunity to play very many live shows over the years? If yes what have been some of the bands most memorable shows and who are some bands you have shared the stage with? 
We played on the same stage as Mortuary Drape at a festival in Holland. That was great. Very professional affair. We played a show with Destruktor in Adelaide where a massive fight broke out. I think some girl got punched in the face too. The show was fucking insane. Massive crowd and barbaric, just the way we like it.

10.When bands are able to play live again are there any shows planned in support of Slaver? Hahahahahaaa. Embrace the 'New Normal'. No-one can plan anything except muster up the will to fight. Fight or die. Flee and be a fucking slave. 

11. Cauldron Black Ram comes out of the Legendary Australian blackened death metal scene. What is your opinion of the scene in Australia over the decade's?
 It has shrunk. There are less bands than before. But things change. Heavy metal and thrash made a comeback. There is good and bad. It is tough to be original nowadays especially with the net that is the internet. I do not envy the work of new bands.

12.Who are your all-time favorite bands coming out of Australia? Are there any new bands you feel the readers should check out soon?
I sing in FATES HAND which I think is very cool. Members of MONGRELS CROSS and STARGAZER. Otherwise everything is kinda quiet at present. VILE APPARITION are cool.

13.Are there any honest and reliable labels and distro's you could recommend to the readers? 
Most are now nowadays because there is an internet footprint. Depends on what you like. I reckon High Roller Records is great for it's range, price and reliability. Dying Victims Productions, Cruz Del Sur Productions, Shadow Kingdom Records in the USA...all I can think of right now.

14.What does Underground Metal mean to you? 
The time before the internet.

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? 
Muay Thai/Kickboxing/Kettlebells/Gymnastic Rings/Drinking. Not necessarily in that order.

16.Thank you for taking the time to fill this interview out; do you have any final comments for the readers?
 Good luck with the New World Order. 
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