Saturday, February 21, 2015

Interview with Loki editor of Occult Black metal web-zine done by Patrick done on 2-21-15

Metal  Hails!!
Here is  a  new  interview  with  the  man  behind   the  web-zines  "Occult  Black metal  web-zine"  among  many  others.So  if  you  are  a  metal fan {of  any  genre}  check  the  web-zine  links  at the end  of the  interview. 

Interview   with  Loki  editor   of  Occult  Black  Metal  web-zine   done  by   Patrick

1.Metal  Hails  Loki   how  is your  week  going?  When  did  you  first  discover  metal  music? I know  you  have  2-3  different  web-zines going  at  the  moment  would  you  say you  have  an  open  mind  towards  music  in general?
Actually right now I am doing 9 different blogs but am looking to hire a second writer for the 9th blog which is more focuses on the less extreme gernes, I would say I do have an open mind towards metal in general along with some classic rock, industrial,punk,  classical and folk music on ocassion, 
2.Who  were  some  of  the first  bands you   listened to? Who  are  some  of your  current  favorites?
 I discovered metal in the 80's in elementary school during the time MTV was playing Twisted Sister, Quiet Riot and Motely Crue videos all day, and while those where mainstream metal bands they did  slowly lead to heavier stuff when i started paying more attention to music, for awhile there I was also into Kiss and Alice Cooper very heavily because the make up had some darkness to it, but as far as heavier genres go I got exposed to Metallica's "Ride The Lightning" and I thought it was the heaviest thing I had heard at the the time and it led to me listening to stuff like Medadeth, Slayer and Anthrax before getting more into heavier stuff like Suicidal Tendencies, Exodus, Testament basically the whole thrash genre along with some more underground stuff such as Onslaught, Piledriver, Anvil Bitch, Kreator, and also where I lived at in Seattle around the mid 80's there was an underground metal show on Sundays called 'Brain Pain' that also exposed me to a lot of extreme bands that where around in those days.

 Then around 90 I started getting more into stuff like Death, Sepultura, Pestillence and Obituary which led to even more death metal bands over the nest couple of years and I also got into grind like Napalm Death, Terrorizer, and Pungent Stench around the same time, and around 92 I started listening to bands on the JL America label and while everybody throught that label sucked at the time my first exposure to second wave black metal came through the stuff they where releasing like Impaled Nazarence, Samael, Beherit and master' Hammer, those albums had a very powerful impact on me at the same and I enjoyed the evil atmosphere and rawness of those bands and then after awhile I got into the bands that where on the Century Black label before going into even more underground stuff which I still keep discovering after more than 20 years? 

  As  far as current favorites some of my newer favorite bands have been My Darkest Shade, Feral, newer Countess, Temple Of Baphomet, Attic, Blasphemous Noise Torment, Alien Deviant Circus, Dawn of A Dark Age, Sepulchral Curse, Hell  Poemer, Vadikan, Wirchclan, the list is endless but my favorite genres are black metal and other type of metal that deals with the occult and I have also been listening to some of the newer bands that go for the classic NWOBHM sound.
3.When  did  you  first  become  interested  in  doing your  own  web-zines? Besides  Occult Black Metal web-zine  I  believe  you  have some  others  that  cover  various  styles  of  underground  music.Can you  please  tell the  readers  about  them?
I did my first zine in 2001 in Colorado with a couple of former members of Satan's Host called Magick Metal Zine which actually was a paper zine but it was misunderstood at the time by a lot of people because we where not afraid to mention how crappy all the nu metal, groove and metalcore bands really where, but we did cover a lot of black, death metal and grindcore bands in the articles and also did write about the few decent bands there where in Colorado at the time, but things changed the other writers started focusing more on Satan's Host and I went to college and got married shortly after that and did no writing again until 2008.

Around 2008 I knew my marriage was in decline so I started reviewing and interviewing bands on Myspace with a web zine I created called 72 Djinn Of The Goetia' which was more black metal and a second one called '50 Names Of Marduck which focused more on doom, death metal and grindcore, and when i realized Myspace was limited I went to blogger and created "OccultBlack<etalZine" and 2009 I also brought back '50 Names Of Marduk but divided them into  7 other blogs which cover  folk metal, symphonic black metal, doom metal, sludge, crust, grind and death metal, for a few years I focused on the more underground genres exclusively then around 3 years ago I had all of those promos that where getting sent to me that I ignored for years but then decided to check them out and it led to the creation of "UndergroundMusickZine' which covers the more stoner style of doom, occult rock, post metal, thrash, power and heavy metal among many different things, it would take a long time to cover them all but there are links provided at the end of the interview and there is also an introduction on all of them, right now I am stuck with many different albums that i barely have time to listen to  but will continue, metal has been my life for 30 years and it will always be that way? 
4.Do  you  have  any  advice for  anyone  thinking  of  starting  their  own  web or fanzine? What  are some things  you  feel  that  makes  a good  web-zine?
I would advice other people to start out by reviewing some albums in there own collection, hit up bands on Facebook for interviews and you can also find email addresses on Metal Archives and album covers which i would also advice to people starting out, I did the whole thing with emails and social networks and it led to many different bands, labels, and promotion people hitting me up, 
As for a good web zine, i feel the writer should be passionate about the music they are writing, and not give up while there are a lot of bands that are all supportive about being in web zines you also have the other type that put no effort in the questions and also come across as real pricks, but every writer should learn from their mistakes and if you come across criticism look at it from their point of view and show them you can be a better writer with a kick ass review or Interview? 
5.Does  any  of your  friends  or  contacts  help  with  reviews  or  Interviews  or  do you  prefer to  work  alone?
In the days of MagickMetalZine, I had a couple of other writers help me out and I have also helped out some people with heir promotions out here on interviews, I do for the most part like working alone, i treat my web zines the same way a lot of musicians treat their solo projects, I try to put my vision in as much as possible, but I am at the point where i would be open to bringing in a couple of other writers so I can actually breath and not have to review albums all day like I have, any interested writers should contact me and if I like the way they write i can have them do some reviews and interviews?
6.If  their  are  any  bands  or  labels  reading this  interview  where  can  they  send  you  their promo's  to  review?
You can send the digital promo's to my email and for physical copies also e-mail me at the same address and I will provide an address in a private message
7.How  many  hours  a  day  do  you think  you  work  on  the  web-zines?

Anywhere from 3 to 4 hours a day and sometimes 16 hours a day depending on how much stuff I get sent.
8.What  have   been  some  of your  favorite  bands  or  people  to  interview? Are their  any  bands or  labels{past  or  present}  that  you  would  like  to  interview  someday?
I have interviewed quite a lot of my favorite bands over the years some of the ones I really enjoyed where Bal Sagoth, Opera IX, Crimson Moon, Nibirui, Temple Of Baphomet, Gorephobia, Summoning,  Acheron and many others, I have not done any label interview but would be open to some such as Moribund, Full Moon Productions and any other label that is passionate about satanic or occult metal, as for bands I would be interested in reviewing Therion, Meleschech, Ofermod, King Diamond, Necromantia, and Blood Ritual, but I am fortunate to have interviewed quite alot of bands I have been into very heavily for a long time.   
9.Loki  in  your   opinion  what  is the   best  and  worst  thing  about  the  underground  scene today? And  what   does  Underground  metal   mean  to  you?
There are a lot of bands in the underground that remain true to the way black and death metal should sound and the ones that take Satanism, paganism, and Occultism are the ones I support the most and I think the underground is very healthy these days with the variety of many different genres you can chose from.
 As for what I hate about the underground these days is all of these psuedo groove metal bands that have been popping up lately and you also have all of these crappy deathcore and pornogrind bands that have no talent, retarded lyrics and those awful and pathetic pig squeals, you also have a lot of black metal people these days that do not understand the true nature of the music and put no effort into the songwriting and drink all day instead of focusing on what black metal should be, And another thing that is annoying about metal these days is all of the hipsters and the annoying clicks that seem to pop up at every show and I also hate all of these filthy unwashed politically correct liberals that label everybody who does that agree with their point of view a Nazi even when that person does not care about politics.
10.When  not  working  on  the  web-zines  what  do  you  enjoy  doing  in  your  spare  time?
I enjoy watching classic horror, science fiction and fantasy films, I also enjoy watching documentaries that are very historical and I also have a huge interest in studying Satnaism, Occultism, Magick, Left hand Path, Paganism and medieval philsophies and my interest in the Dark Arts is alos just as important to me as music and some of the occult authors and philosophers I  enjoy studying are Michael W.Ford, E.A Koetting,, Aliester Crowley, Stephen E. Flowers, Thomas Karlspn, Kenneth Grant, Julius Evola, Freya Aswyyn, Carlos Castendenda, Zecharia Stitchin, Anton Long, Peter Carroll among countless and I also have an interest in lost continents such as Atlantis, Lemuria, Thule and also secrt societies such as Freemasons, Illuminati, and the O.T.O.  
11.Thank  you  Loki  for  taking  the   time  to  fill this  interview  out.Do  you  have  any  final  comments  for  the  readers?
Thanks for taking the time to ask me these questions and keep up with your work in the Metal underground