Wednesday, May 7, 2014

interview with spectre done by patrick.

hope everyone's week is starting out good? here is 1 of 2 new interviews i will be posting tonight. spectre is new band coming from the small,but growing black metal scene in england.if you enjoy semi-raw atmospheric black metal with touches of ambient music then this is a band you will all want to hear today!! and also be sure to add,check out the bands small but growing label/distro gravelord distro.{addresses below}
best regards to all who support winter torment web-zine...

Interview with Angier guitars, programming for spectre, co-owner of GraveLord prod. Done by Patrick.

1. Metal hails Angier!! How is your week starting out? Please tell the readers a little about yourself.
Its fine thanks, this holiday’s been ok and no I’m going back to college and I’ll be writing some new material for the next releases. I’m pretty much a black metal Geordie, the guitarist and founder of Spectre, I’m also the co-owner of Gravelord Productions and if you met me you wouldn’t expect me to be who I am.

2. When did you all form spectre? How did you come up with band name? Does it have a special meaning? What is the "current" line-up? For readers who have never heard the band how would you describe the band’s music?
Spectre was originally just my solo project that I started in 2009. "Spectre" was just a simple moniker that just stuck as time went on, and I doubt it ever will change. I contacted Nekromaniac after listening to his music over the internet and we got together and shared some ideas about our music and he then started to write the lyrics to the “Abyss” demo. It’s only recently we have a bassist and drummer. The bassist is a good friend of mine and we have two drummers at this moment in time, ANTI from "Intra Tenebrae" who is doing drums on the upcoming EP and another friend of mine who is going to be doing live drums.
The music itself is just very atmospheric and raw Black Metal; it is what is and nothing else.

3. The band recently releases the debut demo through GraveLord prod. How long did it take you all to write and record the songs for this release?
The whole demo took about 6 months to finish, I had recorded most of the tracks in the first few months and then we had huge problems with computers losing data etc. So after a few more recordings the originals were found so we scrapped the rest and released the original material.

4. Are you and the rest of the band happy with how it turned out? How has the response been from the fans and press?
Yeah, at the time it was just me and Nekromaniac so we were pretty pleased that we'd accomplished that first step for Spectre. As for the response, from what I’ve seen it’s gone down really well but I haven’t gotten much feedback, it’s mainly been from those such as yourself.
Well we're all over BlogSpot downloading sites; there isn’t more fame than that is there?

5. When the band begins work on a new song how long does it usually take to complete a song? Does whole band work on the music or does 1-2 members handle it all?
I write the majority of the songs and Nekromaniac the lyrics, but there are a couple of songs that we’re working on that he’s been writing. Our bassist and drummer just play whatever we write with their techniques and style applied to that. There are going to be some changes in this area in the future though so we’ll have to see how that turns out.

6. Who usually handles the lyrics for the band? What are some topics/subjects the band writes about?
Nekromaniac handles the lyrics though in coming releases I want to take a more active role in this area of the music so it becomes more of a collaboration of the members rather than just one persons work.
The lyrics that are written cover basically everything that you’ll encounter lyrically in black metal. The hardships of life and the mind.

7. I believe you told me a few weeks ago the band is currently writing songs for the next spectre release. How are things coming with the new material? How many songs do you all plan to write/record for the new release?
How would you say the music is different than that from your debut "abyss"? Do you all have a release date set? For this release?
I'd say it's quite a different step for Spectre, definitely a new sound as we have real drums and a bassist now. More of an experiment than anything, the full length will be where our music will really be refined. The main track of the EP is a bit longer than all my previous songs but that’s a good thing, especially in this style of music as it allows you to build up a greater atmosphere.
The EP will have 2/3 tracks It depends on how I feel about a third track.

8. Does the band get to play live very often or do you prefer to be a studio-only band? Who are some bands you
Have played with? If you could set-up a "dream" show/tour who are some bands you would love to play with?
Wodensthrone and Bong would be local choices as they are both really good bands from the Newcastle/Sunderland areas. I would also choose Woods of Desolation and Wolves in the Throne Room as I love the sound they both have and the atmosphere of their songs.

9. The band comes out of England’s black/dark metal underground. What is your opinion of the scene in your country? It seems to me the u.k has a growing, strong scene would you agree?
Definitely, there are some really great bands from here, you’ve just got to be arsed to look!
There’s great bands from every corner of the UK, Cnoc an Tursa and Vostok from Scotland, White Medal, Fen, Caina, Immortal Empire and Saul from England and Ghats and Dear from Wales.
There’s so much more, I just can’t write it all down haha

10. Who are some of your all-time favourite bands from the u.k? Are there any new bands you think the readers should watch out for?
Well there are several side projects or Nekromaniac's that are also on our label, Diabolus Ritus which features Razakel Krieg from Baalberith. Funeral Path and Hremmgiefstol. I would also recommend Blooddawn, Vintage Flesh and Cobwebs of Deception.

11. besides bands are there any honest labels/distro or fan/web-zines the readers should check out?
Thorn Laceration records is one of the best UK labels I've ever come across. The owners a really great guy and the releases he has planned are pretty damn amazing, you should really look him up.

12. I think I got a little ahead of myself with this last question. For those who do not know you also run/co-own GraveLord prod. When did you all decide to start up this label? Who else helps you with this label?
Gravelord Productions was Nekromaniac's idea at first; I just helped him to get the idea off the ground and into something real. It's just me and Nekromaniac at the minute and we like it that way so I doubt that'll ever really change.

13. Is GraveLord prod. Strictly for spectre releases and merch or would you like to work with other bands as well?
No, Gravelord Productions is open to anything, Black, Doom, punk even. Any music that we enjoy or bands that we wish to promote within the underground.
Spectre will very likely be removed from the roster and hopefully signed to another label as I would like to reserve the label for other bands releases rather than my own. So if there’s any labels interested get in touch!

14. If any bands or labels are reading this what styles of music do you release or distribute?
Like I say anything that we can personally enjoy.
Send us anything!

15. Everyone has their own idea what black metal means/stands for. So I was curious in your opinion what does Black metal mean to you?
To me black metal is the escape from reality, the freedom to do what you want and how you want, no boundaries or limits.

16. Well my friend we have reached the end of the interview. Thank you for taking the time to fill this out. Do you have any final comments for the readers?
Yes, Thanks for reading and keep an eye on our upcoming releases as we’ve got a very special boxed set of splits coming out early next year and the Spectre EP too!

Regards, Angier

to contact and listen/add spectre be sure to check out the "official" page:
and gravelord productions for all the latest info,distro additions,releases etc,etc...