Here is a new interview done with the underground legendary band "Kratornas" who discuss the bands long history and future plans along with the newest full-length "Devoured By Damnation" .So if you are a fanatic of old-school black metal mixed with early,crazed grind then be sure to buy the new release today.
Interview with Zachariah vocals and guitarist for Kratornas done by Patrick
1.Hails Zachariah please introduce yourself to the readers? At what age did you get into metal music and who were some of the first bands you listened to?
I grew up in a household of “hippies” and started very young, literally. The song I can remember that really catches my attention was “One More for the Rodeo” (UFO). Things changed in the 90s, this is when I started writing to other maniacs overseas and I’m on my own.
2.You formed Kratornas back in 1995 when did you get the idea to start this band?Did you plan to work as a one man band or did you look for other members when first starting out?
I formed Kratornas right after the real band (that I’m in; guitars/vocals) disbanded. No plans being in a ‘one man band’. I’ve been looking and jamming with people that I think fit but only left disappointed. I’ve done this while recording Demo 1995. However, after wasting my 1996 meddling with morons, I’ve finally decided to push thru all alone and released a very bad sounding demo in 1997. That’s the real start.
3.As mentioned Kratornas was formed in 1995 how do you feel the bands music has changed over the years and who were some bands that inspired Kratornas style and sound?
The music remains the same since 1999. It was all like this since its inception. OK, maybe sounded different in Demo 1995 and Demo 1997 but the speed is always there and it’s not going anywhere. Bands were Bathory (all), Deicide (all), Unleashed (Where No Life Dwells), Terrorizer, Brutal Truth (ECDER), Vader (all), Sadus (Illusions) and Morbid Saint.
4. Kratornas is getting ready to release the newest cd "Devoured By Damnation" how long did it take you to write the music for the new release?
The songs were all inside my head and only waiting for the right location to be ignited. I also got like 4 C90 blank tapes filled with riffs. All these were written when I was younger – it’s sloppy but some were very aggressive. I’m only taking out what I can use.
5.Besides "Devoured By Damnation" are of Kratornas past releases still available for the readers to buy? Besides releases do you have any other merchandise available if yes what is available and where can the readers buy it?
All the past releases were so bad that only wackos want to hear it – let alone spend money on it. There’s a website (www.kratornas.com), anyone can go there for information. However, if it’s not listed in there then it’s not there.
6.Zachariah you have been a part of the underground metal scene for many years how do you feel the scene has changed since the early 90's?And what does underground metal mean to you?
Underground to me is standing on your own, embracing the DIY culture and be creatively different. Indeed the scene has changed, now filled by anonymous smart asses but so what? I just moved on, adapt, do what I want to do and ignore the rest.
7.Zachariah I believe you lived in the Philippines but you recently relocated to Canada what made you decide to move to Canada?
I’ve been living in Canada for 3 years now and haven’t ‘seen’ the Philippines since then. The decision is random since Canada is really not the first on the list. Before this, I was in England (like 6 months) but gaining residency in the UK is impossible so I’ve moved again. This is not about ‘working in a boat’ or ‘working abroad’ or shit like that. I’ve spent money myself, pick the country that I want to be in and live there literally. A lot of shit going on the past 6 years but it happened so fast that it was all a total blur now. The next thing I can remember is that I woke up on a plane (again!) heading to Vancouver”. It was all crazy experience that will not happen again.
8.How do you like living in Canada ? Are their any other places or countries that you would like to visit someday?
Yes, Egypt (to see the Pyramids at Giza) – until now I’m still interested knowing all the ‘mysteries’ that lies behind it. Living in Canada is, like I’ve said, I can easily adapt to whatever environment that I am in so it’s not a big deal.
9.Zachariah you also added a drummer to Kratornas when did you first meet Guzzarin and how is it going working with him?
GB Guzzarin is just a name that will be use by ANY drummers hammering an album for Kratornas. I didn’t “meet” him by accident. I drop him an email, ask him about what he do and that’s it.
10.Will you try to look for more members to make Kratornas a full band or do you prefer to work as two piece?
No, we’re good here. It would be useless to add another member just for recording purposes alone.
11.You handle the vocals for the band when did you first start screaming and growling? Is their anything special you do to keep your throat and voice healthy?Who are some of your favorite vocalists?
I don’t think doing vocals (in this kind of music) has any formula or secret – you just gather all the hate and scream your lungs out. The key ingredient in keeping a voice healthy is common sense. This is not a string that you can replace, otherwise you’re fucked. I have no ‘favorites’ but any vocalist carrying an instrument has my respect.
12.Other then the vocals you also play the guitars at what age did you become interested in playing the guitars?Are you self taught or did you take lessons when first starting out?
I grew up ‘surrounded’ by guitarists, I simply learned guitar at a very young age. So yes, I’m self-taught. All they gave me was a chord book, LPs that I like for a reference, and a couple of Betamax/VHS where I can watch how it is being done. I envy these new generations of guitarist. Everything they want to know is a click away. You just can’t do that back then.
13.Besides the vocals and guitars do you currently play any other instruments if yes what do you play? Are their any instruments you would like to learn to play someday?
I played bass guitar for all of the songs in this new album but of course, that is still a guitar. I have no interest learning other instruments, if you mean like drums. That is nothing but a distraction.
14.Besides working in Kratornas do you currently work with any other bands or solo projects?
No… Kratornas is enough. All energy and invocations were all in here but It’s funny you asked because lately I knew that there’s a lot of one man bands with 46 other bands and actually is the same person doing everything again - ALONE! I think that’s what you call “prolific” nowadays. How time flies, right…
15.Thank you Zachariah for taking the time to fill this interview out do you have any final words for the readers?
Thank you for having me here.