Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Interview with Tomas owner of Forever Plagued Rec. done by Patrick on 11-19-14

Dark  Hails!!
Thank  you  all for  checking  this  new  interview   out  this time  I  was  lucky  enough  to   get  a  Interview  with Tomas and  his  black metal  label  "Forever  Plagued   so  anyone  who  is  into   black metal   should  check  this   label  out  today.He  has  a lot  of  new  releases  out  dealing  with  cd  and  cassettes. so  be sure to  check  out  all his pages  at  the  Links at the  end of the  Interview

Interview    with  Tomas  owner   of  Forever  Plagued Records. done  by   Patrick

 1.Greetings  Tomas thank you  for  taking  the  time  to  do  this   interview  when  did you first  discover  metal  music?  Who  were  some  of  the  first  bands   you  listened to? Who  are some  of your  current  favorites?

 When I was about 8 years old, had heard most through an older sibling.  Remember being fascinated with Kiss which was short lived.  I ended up liking WASP, SLAYER, Metallica, a lot,  but disliked Dio a good bit back then.  Was never able to check out VENOM which was another tape that was there but I was too young to listen to that hahah.  My current favs are the titles I've discovered over all the years, just depends what mood I'm in I like lots of different stuff, definitely not limited to metal. 

2.What  gave you  the  idea  to  form  "  Forever  Plagued Records"?  How  did  you  decide  on  the  name  for  the   label?  

 Wanted to create a record label that was not only dedicated to underground black metal but was also one, with the bands and the music.  A record label that fully stands by their bands.  The name represents those of us who forever walk doomed to despise most of what humanity and the meaning for organic life is about, not focusing on the religious aspects but of course plays a big roll for many of us I would think. 

3.Do  you  have  any  advice  for  anyone  thinking  about  starting  a  label? Do  you  run  the  label  by  yourself  or  do  you  have  some  help  from  friends? How  many  hours  a  day  would  you  say  you  work  on  label  releated  business?

  Don't do it, we don't need you, there are far too many labels run by incompetent people already no need for another.  FPR is a very small operation and probably always will be, its run by a few dedicated people when necessary.  A record label is a 24hr job unless you have a full staff which in the underground that is probably a good way to keep zero funds for actual content and ultimately the end of that label.

4.What  are  some  of  your  current  releases  the  public  can  get?  Do  you   have  any  newer  releases  coming  out  before  the  end  of  the  year?

 We have quite a bit coming out these days and in the past of course.   We've released some great titles such as NIGHTBRINGER, INCURSUS, TENEBROUS, DEMONCY, GRAVELAND, NOCTERNITY, AKITSA, FUNEREUS etc  Coming out soon is two new ORCULTUS demo tapes,  newer stuff we have coming out would be two great acts from GREECE namely   SEPTUAGINT / AKROTHEISM split CD,  finally    DEMONCY's Joined In Darkness on DigiCD for the first time ever, a new KULT OF TAURUS album is planned and an unknown band from Italy called  MOURNING MIST.  

5.What  are  some  things  you  look  for  when  signing  and  releasing  a  band?  Do  you   usually   look  for  the  bands to  release  or do  they  come  to  you?

 Well ultimately I look closely for raw hateful black metal but it must have energy!  this style is certainly been played out and dumbed down over the years so it really takes a certain kind of band to pull it off.  Other than that there are a variety of things I look for.  Some of our newer bands have shown a kind of unique blend of styles that just seems to work in some way that I feel have something to offer therefore we'll release it and take the care into representing that title.  Considering how busy I am I find it very hard to seek bands out, usually they come to us or have been found in some other similar manner.  Usually the bands we seek out are already in the middle of deals or they are already signed altogether.

6.Tomas  you  have  released  both  cassettes  and  cd's  how  do  you   choose which  band  to  release  on  cd  or  cassette?  I  believe  you  also  have  released  some  vinyl  releases  in  the  past  which  is  your  personal  favorite  form to  release  on?

 Well its all guess work in the end, but I haven't had great success with moving vinyl so I normally only do CD of newer bands unless a certain level of demand is created for that title then we may look into pressing vinyl of the band. Tapes are almost always demos or rare releases for us anyway.  My personal favorite is CD, I rarely listen to tapes or vinyl. I do prefer demos on tape though, full lengths on CD.

7.Tomas  you  are   also    the drummer in  the   band  Bloodstorm  when  did  you   join  the  band?

  I joined the band in 2003 at some point. 

8.Are  you  self taught  or   did  you  take  lessons  when  first  learning  the  drums?  Who  are  some  of your  influences/favorite   drummers? Do   you  play  any   other    instruments?

 I took lessons off and on for about 2 years.  I don't really have any influences, I play fast and chaotic with very little discipline.  I play guitar,bass,drums and dabble with keys. 

9.What  does  black  metal   mean  to  you?

Evil, Darkness,Negativity,Hate,Destruction so on and so forth

10.Tomas  what  is  your   opinion  of  the  U.S  Black  metal  scene?

 It has always seemed to be missing something. Certain bands have pulled off writing and 
recording great albums but mostly it is stale to me.  The people are even worse, why I do get along with certain individuals who have or do belong to the U.S. black metal scene, I could do without most of them, more so nowadays than in the past.  I have enjoyed some great times in the U.S. in the past but nowadays it is a mystery to me.

11.Who  are  some  of  your   all-time   favorite   u.s  black metal  bands?Are  their  any  new  bands  you  feel  the  readers  should  check  out?

The classic titles would of course be DEMONCY - Joined In Darkness, JUDAS ISCARIOT - all releases, BLACK FUNERAL - Vampyr throne of the beast, HAVOHEJ - Dethrone The Son Of God, INQUISITION - Into The Infernal Regions Of The Ancient Cult,  KRIEG - Blue Miasma, YAMATU - Shurpu Asaru, BLACK WINTERS EVE, INCURSUS - Eternal Funeral Trance & Adaestuo, TENEBROUS - Arias Towards The Black Sun & Opus Magnum.  The few newer USBM bands that have done anything for me is  FUNEREUS which we released their second album this year (if you even consider them U.S.) or  WORMREICH which is alright, GALDR is a decent atmospheric black metal band, TUKAARIA is pretty good as well, HELLGOAT is getting better and better too.

12.Besides  the  U.S  black metal  scene  you  have  released  some excellent  bands  from  various  countries.Do  you  have  a  particular  country  that  you  feel  has a  great  black  metal  scene?

  I don't follow scene's  I mean back in the day the Polish scene was undeniably pretty incredible but I don't search out a scene in order to find bands to enjoy.  Right now Greece seems to be going pretty strong. We by coincidence seem to have quite a bit of Greek bands on our label but it certainly wasn't by choice it just ended up that way so I imagine they must have a pretty strong scene right now. 

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

See you in hell... on earth! join us!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Interview with Orcultus done by Patrick on 11-13-14

Here  is  a  new  interview   I  have  done  with  the  Swedish  black  metal  band  Orcultus  which  is  getting  ready  to  release  two  new  cassettes  on  Forever  Plagued  Records  so  anyone  into  mid nineties  black metal  done  the  Swedish  way  should  check  this  band  out  today!!

 Interview  with  Orcultus    done  by   Patrick

1..Hails  what  gave  you  all  the  idea  to  form  Orcultus? How  did you  come  up  with  the  name  for  the  band? What  is  the  current  line up  for the  band?

When I think of it I do not really think that Orcultus was formed. It is something that has been going on for a long that finally got it´s own  name.
The name of the band is sort of a play with words. I will not try to explain it but in short it means misanthropy.
Orcultus has chosen not to reveal its members.

2.For  the  readers  who  have  never   heard  Orcultus   how  would  you  describe  the  music?

Raw Black Metal.

3.  Orcultus    is  working  with  the  great  label  Forever  Plagued  rec. how  did you  all  come  in  contact   with  Forever Plagued rec.?

Forever Plagued seemed to be a perfect label for Orcultus. And proved to be one too. They got the demo and liked what they heard.

4.Orcultus  is  getting ready  to  release two  tapes  through Forever  Plagued   "Black Rust"  and  "Endless Hate  And  Misanthropy"  how  long  did  it  take  to  write  the  music  for  theses songs? Does the  whole  band  work  on the  music  or does  one  member  usually  write  everything?

Endless hate and Misanthropy was written and recorded in one day.
Black Rust took almost a year.
Who writes what is not important.
Orcultus writes the music for Orcultus.

5.Who   usually  writes  the   lyrics for  the  band ? What  are  some  subjects/topics  do  you  all write  about?

Almost every song has a misanthropic theme. Anti-human.
It is the same thing with the lyrics as it is with the music.
Orcultus writes the lyrics for Orcultus.

6.How   has  the  responses  been from  the  fans? What  about  the   press?

It has been positive.
There has been some interviews but nothing more that that.

7.Does  Orcultus  ever  play  "Live"  shows  or do  you   prefer to  only  work  in the  studio? Who  are  some  bands you  all  have  shared  the  stage  with?

No, and there is no plans of a live performance.

8.Orcultus  comes  out  of the  legendary  Swedish black  metal  scene  what  is  your   opinion  of  the  Swedish  metal  scene?

There are a lot of good bands and even more bad ones.

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

Bathory, always.

10.What   does  Black  metal   mean  to  you?

Alot. Black Metal is a way of life, not a music genre.

11.Are  you  or  any  of the  members   of  Orcultus  currently  working  with  side  bands  or  solo  projects? If  yes  please  tell  the  readers  about  them?

Yes, there are some but we do not associate orcultus with other projects.

12.Thank  you  for   taking the   time  to  fill  out  this   interview  do  you   have  any  final  words  for  the   readers?


Saturday, November 1, 2014

New Reviews done on 11-1-14

Metal  Hails!!
Here  is  a small  batch  of  reviews  I   have  done   and  hope  everyone  finds  something  to  their  liking.  I am  working  on   new  reviews  and  interviews   so  every  tell your  friends  and  keep  watching   the  blog.

Black  Cult--Neo--Satanism   cd   {Black   Plague  Records.}Croatia's  Black  Cult  have  released  their  debut  cd  through  Black  Plague  records.Black  Cult  play  a  great  style  of   pure black  metal   similar  to the  early to  mid  nineties  Swedish/Norweigan  bands  with  their  own  style.The  guitars  are fast  and  furious  with  some  chaotic  riffs  mixed  in but  also  have  a decent  amount  of  mid paced  riffs.The  vocalist  does a  great  job  with  some  excellent  shrieks  and  even  screams  in  a  few  sections.Black  Cult  have   released  a  great  black metal release  full of  chaotic  riffs  fast  drumming  and  a lot  of  skill  defintly  check  this  band  out  today  if your   looking  for   some  excellent  black metal
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Ending  Quest--The Summoning cd   {F.D.A Rekotz}
Ending  Quest   come  out  of  the   mighty   Swedish   metal  scene combining  elements  of  {early}  Grave  and Entombed  with  their  own  style  and  approach  to  how  death metal  should  sound.The  guitars   are   played  with  fast  and some  heavy  riffs  with  some  good  mix  of  solo's  mixed  in to the  songs.The  drummer  is  very  good  with  this  style  going  from  fast  to  some  crazed  mid tempo  beats.The  vocals  are  some  very  good  sounding  death  growls with  some  gruff  screams  entertwined  in a few  tracks.Anyone  into  Swedish  death metal  should  definitely  give this  band  a  shot  and  buy a  copy  today.
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The  Furor--Impending   Revelations  cd    {Self-Released}
The  Furor   comes  out  of  the   mighty  Australian  metal  scene  bringing  their  fourth  cd   "Impending  Revelations"  brings  the   old school  flame  of  black and thrash  metal  together  with a  little  dose  of   death metal  in a few  of the  songs.The  guitars  are  played   in  a  mid  paced range  which  do  jump  to a  more  destructive and faster  speed in a few  of the  songs.The  drumming is done  in the  same style  with  some  mid  paced  beats  before  jumping  to a  more  vicious and  violent  drum  style.The  vocals  are  old-school  shrieks  and thrashy screams.This  is a  good  release  of  old school  blackend thrash/death metal  if your   into  these  styles  then  defintly check  out  The  Furor.
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Necroholocaust---Holocaustic Goat Metal  LP.  {Iron Bonehehead  Records
Canada's  Necroholocaust have  unleashed  their  debut  full-length  LP  through  Iron Bonehehead  Records.The  band  has  been  around  for  years  releasing  demo's,split releases crafting  their  violent  war death  metal  style.Extremly  fast guitars with   no  comprimises .The  drummer  is  very  skilled  in  the   art  of  extremely  fast,hateful  blast beats.The  band  has  some thrashy  influences in their  music  as well.  Necroholocaust    has  released  a  superior  release  with  all the right  elements  of war/thrashing  death  metal  at  it's  finest  and  most  fierce. 
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Nuclear  Perversion--Desolation  Rituals  Cassette  Tape  {Iron Bonehead  Records}
This  is   my  first  encounter   with   Nuclear  Perversion  and  this  is  a  vicious  and  violent  band  that  knows  how  to  play.The guitars  are  played  at heavy and maximum  speeds  with  some  very  well  done  guitar  riffs.The  drumming  is  played  with  a lot of  speed  and  blast  beats  entertwined in a few  of the  tracks.The  vocals  are  low death  growls  and   some  gruff  screams .I   know  very   little  about  Nuclear  Perversion   but  this  is  a  band to  look  out for if  you  enjoy  primitive,vicious  death  metal.
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The   Stone--Nekroza   cd   {Folter  Records}
Serbia's  The Stone  have  returned  with  their   newest  cd  "Nekroza"  this  is  a  great  black  metal  band  that  everyone into  quality  black metal  should  check  out  today.The  band  plays  cold,dark  and fast black metal  but  the  band  is  not  afraid to  slow  it  down to  a  mid-paced  guitar  tones  and even  some  atmospheric   elements  in a few of the  songs  befor  gong into  hyper  speed  again.The  vocals  are done  in  raspy  shrieks  and  some   gruff growls .the  guitars  are  done  very  good   with  some  extremely  fast  riffs  but  are  not  all speed as the band  does  slow  down  to a mid  paced  speed  in a few  of  the  tracks.The  band  does  have  a lot  of  creative  and  some  catchy  riffs  and  drum  patterns.This  is  one  of  The Stones  best  releases  to  date  if you   have  heard The Stone  before  and did not care for  them I  would  give  them a second  chance if you  are   new to  this great Serbian  band  then  give them  a  chance.
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