Wednesday, May 7, 2014

August-October 2013 reviews/interviews

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

12.Who are some influences/favorite guitarists?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Support the Underground and keep the Black Flame Burning!

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Inerview with Scalpel done by Patrick 10-6-13

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8.Who are some bands Scalpel has shared the stage with so far in their career?If you could set up a dream show/tour who are some bands you would love to share the stage with?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

New Reviews 9-24-13

Metal Hails!
Here is a new batch of metal reviews for your reading pleasure.This time we have some great bands/releases featured from all metal genres so defintly take a few a minutes and a look through them and hopefully you find some good bands to your liking. if you do be sure to support the band,label and BUY cd,LP,digital download and support the scene and keep the scene alive and active.
Metal Regards,

Ancestors Blood- A Moment Of Clarity cd/LP { Heidens Hart Rec.}

Finland's Ancestors Blood return with a new cd A Moment Of Clarity is eight songs of atmospheric,epic pagan black metal at it's finest.Mid to fast guitars that never get too extremely fast or slow but are played with a lot of skill and precision.The drumming is mid-paced range with some well written drum patterns with a few moments of speed,faster beats but usually only last for a few min. at a time.Ancestors Blood use some synths that fit perfectly within their sound and a whole nother layer to their music.Fans of epic,atmospheric black metal bands like Summoning will defintly want to to check out Ancestors Blood as soon as you can you will not be disappointed.

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Craven Idol-Towards Eschaton cd {Dark Descent Rec.}

I have been reading a lot about this band's upcoming release so I was defintly eager to hear and I must it it defintly stands up to all the hype and then some.Craven Idol's debut is defintly a masterpiece of blackend thrash metal.Uncomprising fast guitars that are crazed all over the placed with riffs and solo's before being slowed to a mid-paced pattern the guitars do have some rawness within their tone for the blackend vibe which fits nicely in the bands sound.The drumming is a blazing storm of blast beats with chaotic drum patterns that are played to perfection while also being played at excess speeds. The vocals are harsh screams and raspy vocal patterns.Fans of uncompromising,aggressive blackend thrash metal will love Craven Idol's debut cd and also for you Vinyl lovers Dark Descent has made some vinyl available.

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Cvinger-Monastery Of Fallen Mcd,Digital {Self-released}

Slovenia's Cvinger have unleashed their debut of raw,fast blackness with some noisy harsh guitars and fast blasting drums.The vocals are harsh,demon shrieks and screams that fit perfectly with the bands musicial style.Cvinger are not completely all harsh/noise black as the band does have have a couple of well played mellow,melodic instrumentals that show the band can play both styles if they decide to.As you can probably tell the review Cvinger are not trying to create any new musical genre or style with their sound but the trio are very good musicians and play black metal extremely well. And if your a fan of the more primitive,fast,chaotic black metal I would defintly say give Cvinger a listen you just might be surprised and enjoy yourself.

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Dirigi-Dirgi Mcd {self-released}

San Antonio's very own Dirgi bring forth their debut of six songs of fast,unforgiving old-school death metal.Furious,fast riffs and raging guitars solo's played with a lot of precision and intensity.The drums are done extremely well extremely fast blast beats to more heavier mid-paced drums. with some really memorable and well written drum patterns.The vocals are a dual match of deep growls and vicious shrieks,sreams and fit very well with Dirgi's vicious,old school sound and style.over all Dirgi have written and released one of the best death metal releases I have had the pleasure of hearing pure death metal perfection defintly worth checking out now!

Exhumer-Degraded By Sepsis cd {Comatose Music}

Italy's Exhumer have unleashed their second beast of release "Degraded By Sepsis" eleven songs of brutal,straight forward death metal.Exhumer are not just loud and noisey these Italian metallers know how to play their instruments the music is a nice blend of mid-paced slam and full on death/grind. Mid-paced slammin guitars start out before hitting the all out frenzied guitars hyper speed riffs with unrelenting blast beats.Exhumer does have a couple of instrumentals that are dark/mellow with piano and not defintly not what you would expect from the the other songs featured but they are written and played beautifully and add a nice change of pace for a couple of minutes inbetween the frenzied brutality songs.If your a fan of straight-forward,uncomprimising brutality then Exhumer is defintly a band for you to check out.

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Fear Theories-So It Begins Mcd {Self-released}

So it Begins is the debut release from the Norwegian old-school metal/rock band Fear Theories.Five songs of high energy rock with some thrash influence in the guitars.The vocals are screams but their are also some sing along choruses and gruff deeper vocals used in some vocal lines.The guitars are mid paced with some really memorable guitar riffs and patterns written.Fans of old-school rockNroll with slightly thrash influences in a few tracks should defintly enjoy Fear Theories Mcd debut release.

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Nekrofilth-Devils Breath cd/lp {Hells Headbangers Rec.}

Nekrofilth's name surely fits the bands music and style perfectly.Thirteen songs of vicious,ugly and dirty cross over tunes.I wasn't sure at first if I was gonna like the band but honestly the band does a great job of mixing and creating the styles of thrash,old-schcool punk,old-school grind and a little death metal and mixing in their own warped sense of humor the band serves us Devils Breath! If you are a "fan" of old-school punk mixed raging thrash/grindcore you will love this band band.A must have if your looking for something different other then the normal black/death metal of the scene.

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Sapremia-Autmn's Moon cd {Butchered Rec.}

Sapremia from New Jersey are a band that have been around the death/thrash scene for quite a few years now and Autmn's Moon is the band second full length.Nine tracks of ripping,aggressive death/thrash metal.This is how it should be done fast,heavy guitars pummeling,pounding drums that are catchy as well heavy and blasting fast.Sapremia are not all brutal,speed as the band slows to heavy mid-paced riffs and heavy mid-paced drums before picking up the pace again.Lou's vocals are a perfect fit with Sapremia's music as he has a gruff,raw death metal growl highly recommended to anyone and everyone who enjoys aggressive,catchy death/thrash metal.

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Sarcofago-INRI LP {GreyHaze Rec.}

GreyHaze has re-released the 1987 classic on vinyl for the newer fans who might have missed it the first time and it and if your one who missed it the first time defintly don't make the same mistake twice.If you have never have never heard this piece of blackend heavy metal the music is very raw and fast sounding in the beginning it goes from slower music that builds to a dark mid-paced heavy metal paced tone before cutting loose a fast all out rage blackend heavy metal attack {remember this was released in 1987 so what most of us know as black metal today wasn't created yet} fast,raw sounding guitars,vocals that range from deeper demon sounding growls and high pitched screams.This release and band and release are highly regarded by both black and death metal bands,fans world wide for putting South American blackend death metal on the map and one listen you will understand why! if you have missed it and worship the elder gods of the eighties like venom,Bathory,Slayer etc... then you Need this in your collection as well.

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The True Endless-Legacy Of Hate cd {Aphelion Prod.}

Italy's The True Endless are back with a new black metal masterpiece,the musicians have created some of the best violent,cold,uncompromising black metal I have heard in quite sometime vicious but quality written and,relentess drumming that is non-stop,chaotic and furious guitar riffs and some solos mixed in the insanity.The vocals are deep dark growls mixed with blackend screams that are a perfect match for The True Endless destructive,dark sound if you are familiar with this long running Italian blackend horde you know what to expect but if you are new to The True Endless sound and enjoy cold,violent straight forward black metal then The True Endless is a band you MUST hear.

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Interview with Cold Colours done by Patrick 8-27-13

Dark Greetings,
here is a new interview with one band "Cold Colours" from Minnisota the band plays dark death/doom metal and has just released their Self-Titled fourth release!! if you enjoy dark death,doom metal with some brutal over-tones you should defintly check this band and his releases out soon!!
enjoy the interview and take the time to chack out their Great music!!

Interview with Brian J.Hubner vocalist,guitarist,bassist,keyboardist for Cold Colours done by Patrick

1.Hello Brian how is your week going? Please introduce yourself to the readers.

Well, kinda broke this week! Otherwise OK. My name is Brian. I play sad metal.

2.When did you first become interested in playing music? What was the first instrument you learned how to play?What would you say was the easiest instrument for you to learn?Which one was the most difficult to learn?

My dad used to listen to a lot of early metal bands, which is what got me interested. Honestly, the first album that really got me was Bon Jovi 'slippery when wet.' May not be the coolest answer, but that was my gateway into the metal world!
I got my first guitar in 1988 for my 12th birthday. so I've been playing for 25 years now! I never really took the time to get really good, so i just started writing riffs. I started playing bass in 1994. Don't really view any as easy or difficult, but bass seems to come more naturally for me.

3.When did you get the idea to form Cold Colours?For the readers who have never had the pleasure of hearing Cold Colours how would you describe the bands music?

Cold Colours is a dark metal band. we've kinda gone all over the place over the last 15 years, but there has always been a dark mood to it. I started Cold Colours under the name Wolfthorn in 1995. At the time, I was the vocalist for a thrash/groove metal band called Inflict. I joined that band mostly because I had never been on stage, and wanted to get the live experience. So I started doing Wolfthorn on the side, as I wasn't big into the style Inflict played. I had done a project in high school with some friends called Dream Eternal, which I was really into. However, the other guys in that became disinterested in playing metal. So I decided to do my own thing.

4.Cold Colours originally started out as a full-line up band and is now just yourself with session members.What has kept you motivated to keep the band going as a one man band?

Actually, CC started as a solo project. When it was Wolfthorn, it was just me and a 4 track recorder. When I started recording the 'Somnium XIII' album in 1999, I changed the band name. It was still a solo project then, I just pictured the other guys who helped out on the album in a way that made it look like it was a full band. We didn't become an actual "band" until 2001. It went back to being mainly me in 2007. I tried to reassemble a full band numerous times but gave up in 2011.
My main motivation is unfinished business. After 15 years, I don't feel I have really created what I was wanting to with this band. The new album is the closest I have come to it, but there is still a certain 'something' I am trying to get across. After almost 20 years, I just can't stop now, especially when its my 'baby!'

5.What do you feel are the advantages and disadvantages to being a one man band?
Getting commitment from others. But still needing others, as there are things I can't do - playing drums or guitar solos for example.
The hardest part is the financial aspect. Having to cover all the costs myself. Advantage is not dealing with conflicting opinions from other band members. My other band can never agree on things and that makes it so nothing gets done.

6.Cold Colours recently released the self titled fourth CD through Sleazy Rider Rec. how long did it take you to write the songs for this release?

I wrote most of the album over the summer of 2012. 'Silent Speech" was an old song from 2005 that we had when we were a full band, it just was forgotten. I found a recording of it and thought it fit on this album. The beginning of 'Orifice' is something I wrote a long time ago.

7.When writing the new songs which came first for you the music or the lyrics? Where did you draw inspiration for your lyrics on the new cd?

I honestly don't write the lyrics until the last minute. I usually have the vocal parts written, but just babble. I really don't pay much attention to lyrics, I write about whatever I'm feeling that day. I did write the lyrics to 'of sand and tears' as a tribute to my grandfather though.

8.Do you have any plans to look for session musicians to possibly play some "live" shows in support of the new CD or do you plan to keep Cold Colours strictly a studio project now?

We are a live band as well, just a little more sporadic. We have a few shows in the coming months. Aaron Lott, who also played lead guitar on the album, plays live as well. He's the closest I have to another member. One advantage to CC being mostly just me, is I can have different people play shows if others aren't available. If we were offered a tour, I would be able to take whoever with me that was available; without having to worry about other members availability.I like playing live too much to not do it.

9.Speaking of musicians if you had the opportunity to work with any musicians {past or present} who are some you would like to work with?

Dan Swanö mastered the new CD, doing a project with him... Damn. That would be amazing. Devin Townsend is another one. David Bowie would probably be the ultimate.

10.Is Cold Colours the only band you are currently working with?If no please tell the readers a little about your other bands/projects.

I also play guitar and do vocals for a death metal/d-beat band called Mördwolf. It's like old Entombed, Dismember, Grave mixed with a d-beat punk vibe. You can download a free 5-song demo at

11.When your not working/writing music or band business what do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

I'm still an obsessed metalhead. I love going to record stores, going to shows, talking about metal, etc. Outside of music in general, I'm just a family man. I am married with a 4 year old son, so I spend a lot of time just being a dad.

12.Well Brian we have reached the end of the interview thank you for taking the time to do the interview with me. Do you have any final comments for the readers before we end the interview?

Thanks for the interview. I hope people give the new album a listen. You can check it out on SPOTIFY to listen to it first. Cheers!




Monday, August 26, 2013

Interview with Heretic Cult Redeemer done by Patrick 8-26-13

Dark Greetings,
This time we have a real treat for all the black metal fans out there! a interview with the Greek black metal band "Heretic Cult Redeemer" the band has just released their debut and possibly one of the BEST,and darkest black metal bands to out of the black metal underground in quite a few years.If your looking for something original,dark,occult tied in with some epic black metal metal then defintly head over to the Mighty Iron Bonehead Records web-store and pick up this bands debut LP. today!!
regards,and keep supporting the true underground scenes.

Interview with Funus vocalist,lyricist for Heretic Cult Redeemer done by Patrick

1.Greetings Funus! How are things in Greece? Please introduce yourself to the readers?

Hello there, i'm Funus, the lead singer of Heretic Cult Redeemer. We are ok here, except the unbelievable heat of the last days...

2.When did you first become interested in singing in bands? Is Heretic Cult Redeemer the first band you haver sung in?

From the beginning i was a singer. We start playing with D when we were thirteen years old. That's the first time i ever sung. HCR is not my first attempt. I was founding member and lead singer of Acrimonious.

3.Who are some of your influences/favorite vocalists? Do you do anything special to keep your throat/voice healthy when recording or getting ready to play a concert? Besides singing do you play any other instruments?

Attila Csihar (Mayhem, Tormentor etc.) is a big influence for me. The way he sing and perform is unique. I do not have something particular for my voice. I just watch not to hurt my throat before any performance (live & recording) and i warm up my voice half an hour before just to be ready. I also playing guitar when we are composing songs but i never do it live.

4.Heretic Cult Redeemer recently released their debut LP through Iron Bonehead rec. how long did it take the band to write the songs for this release?For the readers who have never had the chance to hear your bands music how would you best describe it?

We started back in 2009 and all the procedure last four years. For me "Heretic Cult Redeemer" is a complex and intelligent form of our darkest emotions.

5.Funus you handle the lyrics for the songs where do you draw inspiration for your lyrics?Do you have any kind of message with your lyrics?

I draw inspiration from my life experiences and my inner dark emotions and i filter them through my philosofical and occult ideology. Lyrically our debut album indicates something that we call "The end of the flesh". We approach philosophically and metaphorically the passage from the material world to another aspects of reality and conciousness.

6.Does Heretic Cult Redeemer play "live" very often or do you prefer to work mainly in the studio?

Τhere's no distinction for us. We like working on the studio as much as we like to perform live.

7.Who are some bands you all have shared the stage with? If you could set up a "dream" show who are some bands you would love to play with?

Individually we have shared the stage with bands like Watain, Septic Flesh, Vader, Cephalic Carnage etc.. I really don't know...

8.Heretic Cult Redeemer comes out of the legendary Greek black metal underground scene.What is your opinion of the metal scene in Greece these days?

Our music scene here is still great. Our heritage is more than enough to continue making dark music.

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

For sure an all time favourite band is Rotting Christ. Necromantia and Varathron also. From the new wave of Greek Black/Death Metal scene i would say Acherontas, Embrace of Thorns and Dead Congregation.

10.Everyone has their own opinion on what black metal stands for/means. So I was wondering what does black mean to you?

The passage from the material world to another aspects of reality and conciousness. Particularly, reality is something cloudy and it's never the same for everyone. The way we use our energy is the cause of our acts. So, i can tell that black metal is the way how i drain my energy.

11.Are you or any of the members of Heretic Cult Redeemer currently working with any side-projects or bands? If yes please feel free to tell the readers a little about them.

Our former drummer he's playing for Necrovorous and Embrace of Thorns. I don't have any details about their current moves but if you don't know this bands you have to check 'em out for sure.

12.Well Funus we have reached the end of the interview,Thank you for taking the time to fill this out do you have any final words for the readers?

Thank you. Don' t forget to check our debut album released via Iron Bonhead. Support the Cult!

To order the Debut SELF-TITLED LP from Iron Bonehead Rec. go to the web-site/store.

Interview with Dehuman Reign done by Patrick 8-26-13

Metal Hails!!
Here is a new interview with Germany's Dehuman Reign! if you haven't had the chance to check out this great up and coming band defintly do it soon!! the band recently released their debut Mcd "Destructive Intent" throught the mighty FDA Rekotz.
thanks for reading the interview and supporting the zine!!

Interview with Ulf guitarist of Dehuman Reign done by Patrick

1.Metal hails Ulf! How is life in Germany going for you? please introduce yourself to the readers? When did you first start listening to metal? Who were some of the early bands you listened to? Who are some of your current favorite bands?

Hey Patrick, Metal hails back to you! This is Ulf, guitarist of Dehuman Reign, a Death Metal Band from Berlin, Germany formed in 2011. Our debut „Destructive Intent“ was released in July 2013 through FDA Rekotz. I think that’s the reason why we do this interview.

Metal life is going well in Germany, there are many options to live the metal way. Nothing bad to report at all.

My personal metal-life started with Megadeth’s “Countdown to Extinction” in ’92, growing with Maiden, Metallica, Kreator and so on. The first Death Metal band I was introduced to was Entombed with “Lleft Hand Path”. This one punched me directly in my face. I could not believe that there’s a band playing harder and faster than Slayer. Pretty much the same story from my bandmates. I think every metal head grew up with those bands.

My favorite bands these days, there are a lot of them, I like nearly every kind of Metal music, also Grind and Crust. I’m not into slam or screamo stuff, same with Pagan/Folk bands. I think my bandmates agree with that. To name some bands I listen these days: Degial, Necrowretch, Immolation, Volture, Vektor, Martyrdöd. I discover some new music almost every day.

2.When did you and the other members of Dehuman Reign meet? Was it long after you that you all decided to form the band? What is the current line up of Dehuman Reign?

Totte [drums] and me have been making music over 10 years together in a Death Metal band called Harmony Dies. They split up and we decided to launch a new band. This was in March 2011. Shortly after we decided to create a new band we found in Tesk our second guitarist and Rouven joined us as Bass-player. In March 2012 we finally found our vocalist Alex.

3.How did you guys come up with the name for the band? For the readers who have never heard Dehuman Reign's music how would you best describe it?

The bands name, this is a long story. Here’s the short version: we collected maybe up to 50 bandnames, but each of it was already in use by some Chilean or Mexican black metal band, haha ... Someday Totte [drums] came up with „Dehuman Reign“. We all thought about the artificial wording but decided that this name catches the sort of music we wanted to spread very well.

4.The band recently released their debut Mcd "Destructive Intent" through FDA Rekotz. How long did it take you all to write and record the songs for this release?

Most of these songs are written by Totte and me some years ago. There are two songs on it which we wrote as whole band. Except the lyrics, these are all written by Alex.

We recorded „Destructive Intent“ in stages during the summer 2012 in the Englsound Studio, Berlin.

5.How has the response been from the press and the fans?

So far very good! The reviews we read were all positive. Our purpose was to deliver an old school Death Metal feeling on “Destructive Intent”. All the reviewers caught that detail and gave us a good response on the things we did. On our live shows the feedback is even better, we play the material from “Destructive Intent” as well as new stuff that will be on our first Full-length. The response is always positive!

6.Does the band have any upcoming tours or shows in support of Destructive Intent? If yes where are some places the band will be touring to?

We have been booked for some single shows for the remaining year (check the web for more information). A tour is not planned at this moment. Since we don’t like the “pay-to-play” concept that’s becoming more and more usual, we prefer to play concerts for the real underground scene for now. We’ll see what the future holds for us.

7.Who are some bands Dehuman Reign has shared the stage with so far in their career? If you could set up a "dream" show/tour who are some bands you would love to play with?

We started playing concerts in December 2012, our „stage-career“ isn’t that big so far. But we had great concerts with Defeated Sanity and Cenotaph (TUR), Wound, Goregast and Harm (these bands are also on FDA Rekotz, check’em out!). The last concert we played with Hooded Menace (FIN) and Graveyard from Spain. By the way, great guys! We’re looking forward to play more and more shows. A perfect show/tour would be difficult, cause the bands I'd like to play with don't exist anymore. It would be the triple „D“ Tour: Dehuman Reign, Demolition Hammer and Death.

8.Has the band begun working on new songs for the next Dehuman Reign release? Will it be a full release or another Mcd? Any idea when it might released to the fans?

We are currently working intensively on new material for a full length album. Our goal is to make a full length album as fast as possible after the release of „Destructive Intent“. Indeed, we first had the idea to make a second Mini Album, but we decided to make a full length. You can be sure that the material we write right now is more sophisticated. All members of the band are involved in the song writing process and we hopefully will release it in 2014.

9.When the band begins working on a new song how long does it usually take to complete? Does the whole band work on the music or does just one or two members handle all the music writing? Who usually handles the writing of the lyrics what are some topics/subjects you all write about?

We are not that type of a hard working band. It comes when it comes. The songs were written by all members, everyone got his own idea of Death Metal riffing and song structures. Alex [Vocals] writes all the lyrics. They are of a dark, philosophical nature and allow a wide range of possible interpretations, which is what he intends to achieve.

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

For me real underground means being a metal head to the bone. That’s it!

The best thing is that you can discover a new band that is developing it’s own sound based on the roots of the old bands every day.

The worst thing I think is that the underground is splitting up more and more into several sub-scenes such as the NSBM stuff. Elitism and classification suck.

11.Are you or any of the members of Dehuman Reign currently playing with any side bands? if yes please tell the readers a little about them?

Yes, most of us are active in additional projects/bands;

Tesk [guitar] plays guitar in YSPOTOPSY (Djeazz-metal, nobody knows what that means…), Rouven [bass] plays bass in a rock band and Totte is playing drums in a harsh black metal project (both bands without a name yet). I’m playing guitar in NECROMORPH (Grind/Crust/Death).

12.Ulf you live in the great country of Germany we all know of Germany's amazing metal history with bands. But I was wondering what is your opinion of Germany's metal scene both past and present?

I don’t know the metal scene from the 80’s but I could say that at present the scene is very active. There are many concerts and festivals in Germany you could visit. A lot of good bands are growing from the underground.

13.Who are some of your all time favorite german bands? Are their any new bands you feel the readers should check out soon?

Oh, there are many good German bands. I think my all-time favorites are Running wild, old Kreator, Sodom, Accept, 1st & 2nd Atrocity, and so on... Immortalis-indicium de mortis is a very good old school death metal album you have to check out if you haven’t listened yet. Some new bands you should check out: Wound, Blood Patrol, Android Empire, Violent Frustration, Begraven and of course all of the FDA Rekotz releases!

14.What about metal fan or web-zines worth reading any that you can recommend to the readers?

There is a very funny and different fanzine called “Fatal Grind” I like to read, but it’s written in German only. Very good magazines written by real metal heads I could suggest are Carnage Death Metal Zine, Mystical Music and Voices from the darkside.

15.Well Ulf thank you for taking the time to fill out this interview, do you have any final comments for the readers?

Thank you very much! Just check out our music and thanks for readin

to order a copy of the new Mcd "Destructive Intent" go to the FDA-Rekotz web-site here.


Tuesday, August 20, 2013

New Reviews done by Patrick 8-20-13

Metal Hails!!
hope everyone is having a good week? here is a new batch reviews for you to check out while you wait for the weekend to get here. This time it is a little a mix of mostly black,death but their is a few more vinyl reviews then we normally get so if your a vinyl fanatic be sure to check out the great labels Iron bonehead and Nuclear Winter rec. as well as all other great bands and labels featured.
enjoy the reviews and until next time.

Besieged-Victims Beyond All Help cd {Unspeakable Axe Rec.}

Originally self-released by the band in 2010 Victims Beyond All Help is a roller coaster intense thrashing riffs with some crazy guitar patterns and solo's mixed in.The drumming is done just as chaotic with crazy blast beats with some slower mid-paced beats in sections before picking up the pace again.the vocals are done extremely well and fit perfectly with music gruff screams and vocals.This is one of the best thrash releases I've heard in quite sometime if your a fan of pure aggressive thrash then buy this now!

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Bombs Of Hades-Carnivores 7inch{Bloodharvest Rec.}

Bombs Of Hades is a band that has been making a name for themselves within the underground scene so I was excited to finally get the chance to hear them.Carnivores is actually a re-release from 2008 and play the style of death metal that is near and dear to my heart raw,unpolished Swedish death metal. Raw,fast guitars with unrelenting blasting drumming that is both vicious and uncompromising but also played very well with some well thought guitar and drum patterns.The vocalist uses some deep death growls and raw screams fans of old Entombed and classic early Swedish death will love Bomb Of Hades godly sound.

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Cold Colours-cold colours cd {Sleazy Rider Rec.}

Cold Coloura is a death/doom metal band from the cold depths of Minnesota.The bands self titled fourth release is my first encounter with the band and main man Brian J.Hubner{vocals,guitars,bass,keyboards} labor of love and one listen and you will Brian's musical talent shine through heavy slow to mid-paced guitars that go from heavy,slow to a more mid-paced feel.Brian does speed up the drums and guitars on a few tracks for a more aggressive sound but it only lasts for a minute or two and fits very well within the musicial style and sound.If you enjoy early My Dying Bride,Anathema and early ninties atmospheric death/doom mixed with Brian's own creative writing style you will defintly want to check out the latest release from Cold Colours.

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Ensnared-Ensnared MLP/Mcd {Nuclear Winter Rec.}

Ensnared are possibly one of Sweden's best kept secrets up til now but thanks to Nuclear Winter rec. the underground maniacs will get to hear their metal genius.Starting off with a blinding,blasting drum attack the band settles into a dark mid-paced guitars and drumming each song is very heavy,fast with a lot crazy metal riffs and soloing that all are all over the place and the drummer does a great job of keeping up the pace going from mid-paced beats to more chaotic,violent blast beats. each member of Ensnared is able to play and control their instrument nicely so that each song on the MLP comes off sounding different from one another.One big difference that I noticed and i'm sure most will to is while Ensnared come from the Swedish underground scene they don't really have the classic sound like so many bands instead they seem more influenced by the early to mid ninties south American black/death,thrash scene with the raw noisey guitars,blasting drums and demonic death growls.Ensnared is a must hear for all fans of classic sounding death metal!!

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Heretic Cult Redeemer-Heretic Cult Redeemer LP {Iron Bonehead Rec.}

Greece's Heretic Cult Redeemer are a new band to my ears but after listening to the debut for about the fourth time it's safe to say this is a great band and release.Musically the band seem to be influenced by the mid-paced blackend metal scene with some faster crazed guitars entertwined.The guitars are razor sharp sounding riffs and mixed with some fast blast beats that are really well played and some uncommon drum patterns not usually heard in black metal but Heretic,Cult,Redeemer make it work really well within their cold blackend sound.The vocals are semi gruff deep shriek and spoken type of vocals and some raspy vocals mixed in some of the songs.This is a black metal masterpiece and if your looking for something is pure black metal but doesn't follow any trends this is the release for you!

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Inhumate-Expulsed cd{Grind Your Soul Rec.}

Grindcore legends Inhumate return with their sixth full length release Expulsed.Seventeen tracks of intense,violent brutal grinding death metal songs that have to heard to be believed.Guitars are extremely heavy,noisey,fast with some of the craziest riffs ever recorded.The drumming is pure blasting insanity the vocals are shared among all members of Inhumate and range from deep death growls to insane screams and all the members do a great combining the vocals and backing vocals together when needed with the music.It is great to see this death/grind band still going strong after so many years and still writing and putting out quality releases fans of pure grind should defintly check out Expulsed as soon as possible and support diy. ethics.

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In SIlentio Noctis-Disenchant The Hypocrites Mcd {My Kingdom Music}

Simply breath taking Finland's In Silentio's Noctis have written and created a masterpiece of atmospheric,blackend metal with some of the most beautiful female fronted vocals to be heard in a long time. Armi's vocals are a perfect blend of beauty to go with In Silentio Noctis more aggressive,fast,epic and atmospheric background.The musicians like to keep the listeners guessing as you are getting into the bands more aggressive fast guitars,fast drums the band will slow and bring in the more melodic violns and keys which are done to perfection on these songs.If you enjoy Quality symphonic,atmospheric metal then be sure to pick up this gem by Finland's In Silentio Noctis.

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Trials-Malicious Arts 7 inch {Nuclear Winter Rec.}

Malicious Arts is the follow up to last years debut "The Primordial Temple" Malicious Arts features two songs of classic sounding heavy metal mid tempo guitars with some killer metal riffs and solo's mixed in.Vocals are done in the traditional higher pitched scream but sound really good and don't come off annoying and fit Trials music nicely their is also deeper more melodic voice that is used in a few of the lines.This is a great release that should appeal to fans who appreciate the more traditional side of heavy metal I am defintly looking forward to hearing what this Swedish band has to offer the maniacs of the underground.

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Triumph,Genius-Vsehorovnost Je Porazkou Prevysujicich LP {Iron Bonehead Rec.}

The Czech Republic has always had a strong metal scene and Triumph,Genius are just another fine example of this great scene.Triumph,Genius are a duo playing cold,hateful black metal.Fast guitars that are semi raw but not horribly probuced with some chaotic riffs and solo's.Blast beats that do slow to a mid-pace for short periods of time so the drummer can catch his breath before going right back into the violent hyperspeed.Vocals are a mix of gruff growls and higher pitched screams entertwined.A great black metal release defintly not to be missed by the old-school fanatics of the underground.

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Vredehammer-Mintaka Mcd {Black Plague Rec.}

Norway's Vredehammer are a band playing the classic style of early nineties norse black metal.The musicians Per Valla{guitars,drums,vocals} and Kristoffer Hansen{bass} took great pride in the writing of the songs on Mintaka as you will hear in their delievery.Mid-paced raw gutars and drumming that have the cold and desolate atmosphere that a lot of the early black metal bands possessed.Per Valla is extremely well played with the guitar going from mid-paced riffs to a all out crazed fast riffs.The drumming is done quite well with some aggressive blast beats that slow to more controlled beats with the guitars. The vocals are extremely well done black metal screams and harsh,gruff screams.Vredhammer have created some of the best black metal to come out of Norway in quite a few years taking some of the influences of the early norse gods and combing it with their own ideas and ability to write memorable black metal.

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