Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Interview with California's GraveSpawn done by Patrick on 6-10-15

Dark  Greetings!!
Here  is  a new  interview  with the  mighty  U.S  scene {specifically  California}   GraveSpawn  and talking  about  their  past  and future  and  their   newest  release   "Woe To The Conquered"  released  by  the  band  themselves.GraveSpawn  are  a  band  you  will defintly  like  if you  enjoy  the  mid  90's  black  metal  with  fast  and furious  guitars  and  drumming and  some  of the  best  vocals  out there.Enjoy  the   interview  and  keep  watching  the  blog  for  more  reviews  and  interviews  coming  soon.

Interview   with   Gravespawn   done  by   Patrick

1. Hails!!  Gravespawn  was  formed  in  2004   when  did you  all get  the  idea  to  form  this  band? How  did you  all choose the  name  for  the  band?

Rellik started doing Gravespawn  as a solo project when he was in the military apart from another band he was in at the time. At the time there really was no purpose behind the band other than creating an "over-the-top", raw as fuck, satanic black metal band. Honestly, the name is the result of finding that all the "good" black metal names were taken so he decided to just roll with the first silly name that came to mind. It happened to be available hahaha!

2. What  is  the  current  line up  for  Gravespawn?  How  do you  all feel  the  music  has  changed  over  the  years?

Rellik Sephiroth on lead vocals, Atrum Abbas on lead guitar, Verigo on rhythm guitar, Advorsus on bass, and Mattias on drums. Over the years, our music writing has transformed from less of a fast in your face black metal sound, to more of a sound which incorporates elements of black metal, along with melodic riffs, allowing our music to develop various atmospheres. We changed what needed to be changed but at the same time also preserve what needs to be preserved.  The most noticeable change would be Rellik moving to vocals after having played rhythm guitar for the entire existence of the band.  Also moving Verigo to guitars and adding Advorsus to bass duties.  Unlike before, Gravespawn finally feels like a genuine brotherhood.  There is a feeling of camaraderie finally.

3. Gravespawn  has  just  released  their   new  cd  "Woe To  The Conquered." How  long  did  it  take  to  write and  compose  the  new songs? Does  the  whole  band  work  on  the  music  or  does  one member  usually  write  everything?

 Completing this album was a painstaking process but was worth it in the end. We went through three different mixes. The whole thing was written over the course of about a year and a half or so from 2011-2013. We really like to keep the whole band involved in the writing process, and most songs are composed in a section by section manner when writing. Each member not only contributes their part; we all throw ideas at each other during the writing process, regarding to the structure of each song, and various ways of playing sections, etc.  Before, it was only two or three members contributing to the music and lyrics…now we are an entire band of competent and talented songwriters.  No loafers or free loaders allowed!

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

In the same regard to writing the music, with lyrics, we like to have every member involved. Each member has their own personal interests, and we like to incorporate aspects of those while writing both lyrics and music. Some lyrics are written entirely by different members, while others are written as a group effort, with multiple members contributing sections to make the whole. In the past our lyrics centered entirely around the typical "Hail Satan/fuck religion" theme. Now that things have changed quite drastically within the band this past year, we want to expand our horizons and write more about our particular interests and studies as a whole.

5.Besides  the  new  cd   "Woe To  The Conquered",   does the  band  have   any  other  merchandise  available  for  the  fans? If  yes  where  can  the  fans  buy  it?

At the present moment, the cd is the only available merch that we have available. However, T-Shirts will be re-stocked in the very near future, as we have a new T-Shirt design undergoing completion to be pressed into shirts. For merchandise sales you can contact any one of our pages on the internet. (Facebook, Reverbnation, etc.)

6. I  believe   "Woe To  The Conquered"  was   self-released. Has the  band  searched  for  a  label  to  work  with or  do  you  all prefer  to  release  everything yourselves?

To date, mostly everything has been released on our own, but we have considered pursuing a label to work with, and may start searching after our "Woe To The Conquered" release is well established. However, plans are also in place to release all of our own material in case we are unsuccessful in finding a label that meets our demands.  There have been many labels that have offered what we would consider to be “sub-par” offers; we are in no hurry to sign with anyone, but a great opportunity presents itself…

 7. Are  their  any  tours  or  shows   planned  for 2015   in  support  of  the   new  cd? If yes  where  are  some  places  you  will  be  playing?

We actually recently played the Kansas City Black Death Fest at the Riot Room in Missouri, last month in April. At the moment no further shows or tours are booked, but when something comes up, we'll be sure to let it be known.

8. Where  have  been  some  of your   most   memorable   shows  to  date? Who  are  some  bands you   have  had  the  pleasure  to  share  the stage  with?

We did a West-Coast tour with Dodsferd back in 2011, and played some amazing shows in San Fransisco and Sacramento. The tour itself is something that will never be forgotten. Kansas City was also an insane show with incredible amounts of support while we were on. To date, we've had the pleasure of sharing the stage with some greats such as Horna, Blood Stained Dusk, Stonehaven, Wayfarer, Dodsferd, and Nightbringer.

 9. What   does  black  metal  mean  to  you  all?

Black metal is a musical expression of revolt against the structured fabrication of society or quite simply an expression of darkness in general. It is a means of tapping into our primal and unfiltered true self, by using a form of music which allows one to transcend the causal world and enter a world of their own creation; it is an escape from the mundane.

  10. Are  any  of the  members  currently  working  with  other   bands  or  solo  projects?  If  yes  please  tell the   readers  a  little  about   them?

Actually all the members are involved in other projects. Rellik and Advorsus are also involved with an atmospheric epic metal project inspired by Robert E Howard's Conan the Barbarian stories called Ben Morgh. They also just recently finished an album for a death metal project called SVU. Advorsus plays in an extreme metal band called Dark Apostle. Their music is essentially a mix of black, death, and thrash metal.
Atrum Abbas is involved in Indesiderium, which is not your average typical black metal. It has all the blasting and sinister riffing black metal is known for, but there is so much depth and complexity to it that is stands out from most black metal out there.  It is very unique, yet extremely dark and evil.  Very atmospheric as well.  Mattias is involved in Indesiderium as well along with other projects called Heši, and Abysmal Chaos. Heši is a Dark Metal 2-man project with an atmospheric-melodic sound, somewhat similar to Fen, and Abysmal Chaos is a solo-project, whose dark sound creates an atmosphere of solitude and melancholy
 Charles is also involved in a black metal band called Vesterian who recently released an album on Glorious North and is about to embark on a US tour.

  11. Gravespawn   comes  out   of  California's  black  metal  scene.What  is your   opinion  of  California's   black  metal  scene?

The California scene has is strengths and its weaknesses. In many Los Angeles clubs, the audience will have a fair amount of people who want to look different and act different for egotistical and self-image related reasons, but outside of L.A., there is a real strong  energy and interest in black metal, and those who show up are die-hard fans of the music and give tons of support. Overall, the CA scene is strong and in full force, with a plethora of Black Metal bands emerging.

 12. Besides  California  what  is your   opinion  of  the  U.S  black  metal  scene  as  a whole? Who  are your   all-time  favorite  bands from  the  u.s?  Are  their  any   new  bands you  feel  the  readers  should  check   out  soon?

The U.S. Black Metal scene as a whole is fitting and appropriate. There are a lot of fucked up issues in the U.S., and therefore people have a lot of reasons to need and desire an extreme outlet from the strains of everyday life. From the average cost to live v.s. the average salary earned, to the excessive amount of everyday murders, robberies, public shootings, rapes, etc., the U.S. is an extreme environment. It is therefore not surprising to see the amount of Black Metal and other forms of Extreme Metal in the U.S.
We highly respect such U.S. Black Metal acts as : Inquisition, Grand Belial's Key, Crebain, Leviathan, Crimson Moon, Nachtmystium, Ceremonial Castings, Krallice, and Falls Of Rauros, Thy Infernal, Caladan Brood, Bloodstained Dusk, to name a few. We would definitely like to support our fellow comrades, and advise all readers this to turn their ears towards Ritual Combat, Conjuror, Revanant Vrykolakos, Killgasm, etc.

 13. Would  you  all consider yourself's  Satanist  or  just  anti-religions?  When did you  first  start  questioning   organized  religions?

Each member of the band has their own individual beliefs, and we choose not to label ourselves in such a way. While some members walk a spiritual path, they choose not to label that path, for it is ever-growing and ever-changing, and, like all spiritual paths, is personal to their beliefs and understanding.  
We are against any form of organized religion, and believe in thinking for oneself.  

14. Who  are  some  Satanists/occultists  you  enjoy  reading  and  studying?

Each member of Gravespawn has his own unique interests that we all bring to the band. Rellik and Avorsus, for example, primarily enjoy studying ancient and medieval history as well as mythology. Atrum Abbass and Mattias enjoy reading about various topics such as consciousness and psychology, the occult, entheogens, etc., from authors/publishers such as : Lux Ferous, Black Tower, Thomas Karlsson, TOAF, the ol' Lodge Magan.

 15. Thank  you   all  for  taking  the  time   to  fill  this  interview  do  you   have   any final   comments  for the  readers?

We would like to thank you for giving us the opportunity to discuss our music and band to all who are interested, and thank you for presenting this interview. To the readers - we would appreciate you checking out our latest release 'Woe To The Conquered', if you haven't already, and we would like to thank you for supporting the band throughout the years, and giving us a reason to keep the flame burning!

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