Friday, June 3, 2016

Grotesque Ceremonium interview done by Patrick on 6-3-16

Hope  everyone's  weekend  is starting  off  good?  Here  is  a  new  interview  with the  one man  death metal  band  Grotesque Ceremonium   who  discusses  his  debut  cd  "Demonic  Inquisition"  and  the  Turkish  metal  scene  so  check  out the  interview  and  if you  like the   music  be sure to  buy the debut cd  today.

Interview  with  Batu  C.  vocalist  and  all  instruments  of  Grotesque  Ceremonium    done   by  Patrick

1.Hello     Batu   how   are  things  going  with you  these  days? When  did you  first  get  into  metal  music and  who  were some of the  first  bands you   listened  to?
Hi Patrick ,just released the debut album of Grotesque Ceremonium ‘Demonic Inquisition’ and promoting right now this album , things are going well so far.i started listening metal music when i was 11 years old with with def leppard hysteria , iron maiden  - the number of the beast , slayer –south of heaven – metallica master of puppets were the first tapes which i bought at those years and since 28 years i m listening metal music.
2.What  gave  you  the  idea  to  form  Grotesque  Ceremonium     and  how  did  you  choose  the   name  for  the  band?
i was always a big fan of early 90 s death metal bands , and i love early albums of Incantation and Autopsy much , in 2014 i decided to form a one man Project old school death metal band in purest traditional death metal way and Grotesque Ceremonium borned. As you can see on our album artworks and lyrics the concept of the band about dark satanic rituals , obscure demonic ceremonies under the full moon eclipse , occulticism and mysticism,baphomets demonic army,hooded undead monks and priest and such obscure stuffs , thats why the name Grotesque Ceremonium fits %100 percent with the music i play i think.
3.Batu   you  are the  sole  member  of  the  band  when  you  first  started  Grotesque  Ceremonium    did you   plan to  work  alone  or  would you  like  to  add  more  members  soon?
Yes i m the only member right now but i actually wanted to make this band full live band , and i found drummer and bass player now and we'll start rehearsals with those guys this summer ,i ll see what will  happen , if it works  we will continue as full band if things not Works how i want than it will stay as one man band in the future too.time will show everything.
4.If  you   had the  opportunity  to  work  with  any  musicans{past  or  present}   who   are  some  you  would  like to  work  with?
İf you mean if i have opportunity to work with some international famous names! Than would be cool for sure to work with Incantation John McEntee or from Mighty Autopsy Chris Reifert,also legends like Jeff Hanneman (r.i.p) probably would be amazing like hell.
5.  Grotesque  Ceremonium    is  getting ready to  release  the  debut  cd  "Demonic  Inquisition"  how  long  did  it  take  you  to  write  and record the  songs  for  the debut release?
İ started to write songs during end of 2014  and end the spring 2015 period , than i started to record them summer 2015 to january  february 2016 ,  ,without any time pressure or stress just to get the best result and sound which was in my mind.
6.Besides  the  debut  cd  "Demonic  Inquisition"   coming  out  do you  have  any  past  releases  or  merchandise  available   for  the readers? And  if  yes  where  can  the  readers  buy  it?
İ released 4 song ep in 2014 , it released by American Line Prod(Mexico) as 100 limited pro tapes.You can check our bandcamp web page for future merch and releases.
7.Grotesque  Ceremonium    comes  out  of  Turkey's  death  metal  scene  what   is your  opinion  of  the  scene  in  Turkey?
We have a growing Scene , it  seems to people who are living in Europe or Usa that  we have very small scene and less number of bands but its wrong , there are lot of bands in my city Ankara and Istanbul into Death Metal  and other styles of extreme music.
8.Who   are  your  all-time  favorite  bands  from  Turkey? And  are  their  any  new  bands  you  feel  the readers  should  watch  out  for?
İ dont have any personal favourite band from Turkey , but if you are into Death Metal i recommend you Cenotaph , Decimation , Suicide , Burial Invocation , Drain of Impurity , Thrashfire , Carnophage.

9.Besides  death  metal  do  you  listen to  any other forms   of  metal  music? And  other  then  metal  do  you  listen  to  any other genres  of  music  and  if  yes  who  are  some  of your  favorite  bands and  artists?
İ listen a lot of brutal death metal , because my main band brutal death metal band Cenotaph from Turkey since 1994 active and we are working on new album with this band , also doom ,sludge , grindcore,crust every kind of bands i m listening , besides metal i also like celtic and pagan musics , exprerimental musics , doom drone , lately i m listening much Adrian Von Ziegler amazing musician and composer from Switzerland whos is composing celtic fantasy dark medieval musics.
10.Batu  you  handle  the  vocals  for the band when  did you  first  start  growling and singing? Do  you  do  anything  special  to  keep  your  throat  and  voice  healthy?
I m growling since 1993 , in cenotaph i m using another style of gutturals and vocals , on my Project bands like Grotesque Ceremonium i use more traditional death metal growls and stuffs.
Before i was running and making breathe exercises at the first early years  just to keep my voice healthy but after all those years of alcohol drinking and smoking i m not doing anything special for my voice now a days, i just try not to drink very cold beers before the gigs and tour with Cenotaph thats all.i think i already found and discovered my voice point and its limits during those metal years.
11.Beside  the  vocals  you  also  handle  the  guitars  when  did  you  first  become  interested  in  playing the  guitars? Are you  self taught  or  did you take  lessons  when  first  starting  out?  Other then  the  vocals  and  guitars  do  you  currently  play  any  other   instruments?
Actually i started with Bass Guitar at  2000 to 2004 , i was doing bass vocals at Cenotaph , coz we couldnt found suitable bass player at those times , but i hated doing bass vocals because normally i m vocalist and i couldnt gave my full energy on bass playing and doing vocals at the same time , it was %50 %50 performance , so i decided to quit bass playing and do only vocals, i made through those years  , later few years before i bought guitar and started to learn it alone , i didnt took any lessons , i just learned it from my own ,there are a lot of lessons and tuttorials in youtube now a days  , if people really wants to play guitar or other instruments its more easier i think now a days to learn it , than i  started practicing from tabs of my fave bands , i m still  learning guitars , i m doing daily exercises to progress my guitar work.

12.In  your  opinion  what  is  the  best  and  worst  thing   about the  underground  scene today? And  what  does the  term  "underground  metal"  mean  to  you?
Good thing is there are a lot of bands , and its more easier to reach and discover new bands , but  otherside is  bullshit because ppl just listen few songs from the bands and just jumping on the next band or album , they consume the music very fast and unmerciful now a days , ug scene form me was tape trading times , paper photocopy printed zines and flyers and return my stamps days , i dont how to describe ug now , because in internet you can find anything and any band.
13.When  not   working  on  new music  or  band  business   what  do you  enjoy  doing  in your  free  time?
İ enjoy travelling a lot , going festivals and concerts , nature , watching movies or playing computer games.
14.Thank  you   Batu   for  taking  the  time  to  fill  this  interview  out do  you   have  any  final  comments  for  the readers?
Thanks a lot for this  interview and support Grotesque Ceremonium
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