Here is a new interview with Serbia;s blackend thrash band Wolf's Hunger who discuss the band past and future plans along with their newest cd "Bez'te Zivi Vracaju Se Mrtvi" through Symbol Of Domination. If you are a fan of well executed black,thrash metal then be sure to check out Wolf's Hunger today
Interview with Wolf's Hunger done by Patrick
1.Hails when did you all first meet each other?Was it long before you all decide to start this band?How did you all decide on Wolf's Hunger as the name of the band?
Well the story about Wolf’s Hunger started long time ago, in 2002. when we were 15-16 years old kids. It was some kind of “golden period” for Serbian metal scene, tons of great bands, fans were coming on every gig, many printed metal fanzines/magazines etc. In that time Caslav and Golub were playing in band Divinator, Veljko and Dusan were playing in band Balrog. After some time Caslav and Dovla are calling Veljko, Dusan and Djus and band Altair’s stone was born. Shortly after, we changed the name of the band into Wolf’s Hunger. I cannot precisely explain to you the meaning of the name because our old member Dusan came up to that.
2.What is the current line-up of the band? And for the readers who have never heard Wolf's Hunger music how would you best describe it?
Wolf’s Hunger play thrash black metal with lyrics inspired by Serbian history and mythology. Uncompromised, aggressive without any technical/avantgarde bullshits, just pure thrash/black metal. Our main influences are bands like Slayer, Aura noir, Darkthrone, Enslaved, Mayhem… Members of the band are Knez Caslav(vocals/bass), Dovla(guitars), Igor(guitars) and Ivan(drums).
3.Wolf's Hunger is getting ready to release their second cd "Bez'te Zivi Vracaju Se Mrtvi" through Symbol Of Domination Rec. how did the band come in contact with this label?
All studio work was done in period between September-December 2015. then we started searching for label. One of the first labels that got our record was Satanath and Alexey(main guy in Satanath/Symbol of Domination Records) responded us couple of days after he received copy. He liked it and gave us pretty fair conditions. Also we heard good things about Satanath/Symbol of domination, couple of Serbian bands worked with Satanath/Symbol of domination in the past, so we gladly accepted his offer. On September 9th “Bež’te živi vraćaju se mrtvi” was officially released and it’s available via the band and label Symbol of domination.
4.How long did it take the band to write the music for the new release?Does the whole band work on writing the music or does one member usually write everything?
It’s little bit hard to tell, because some of these songs are 4-5 years old. We had many difficulties during the last 10 years: we stopped all activities in period between 2007-2009, then lineup changes, financial problems etc. Last year, after our appearance in our hometown Novi Sad at United metal festival, we realised that there is no point sitting and waiting something to happen, we realised it’s finally time to go into the studio and make a new record.
Each band member contributes with it’s ideas, but for this record some old members also contributed. For example, our former guitarist Milan played guitar in song “Rusija”, main riffs in song “Slava gromu” were written by our former guitarist/vocalist Veljko.
5.Who usually takes care of writing the lyrics I know the band has some songs based on WW.1 and Serbian history when did you all become interested in writing about these subjects?
Knez Caslav is responsible for lyrics and we become interested in such themes since the beginning. Our main idea was to play patriotic black metal with lyrics that cover Serbian history and Slavic mythology. You know, mainstream media in Serbia and lot of assholes are trying to convince us that we should be ashamed of our history, our culture and tradition. We are doing the opposite. For us it’s natural that band sings about history of it’s country. Yes we can write lyrics about Vikings but we don’t have any connection with them, we are not born in Sweden, we don’t live there. If bands sings about culture and history of it’s own country then we are learning from each other, learning about different cultures and nations. And, that’s a great thing.
WWI had big impact on our country and consequences of that war we feel even today. One third of Serbian population was killed in that war. Stories we read about those people, our brave soldiers, their bravery and their struggles... This is something really hard to describe with simple words. Today’s generations we cannot put in the same sentence with those GREAT people.
6.Besides Serbian history and World War one do you all enjoy studying any other subjects or times in history?
Yes of course, we are interested in all historical periods. It’s always interesting to read about life in old days, problems people had in the past, battles, beliefs etc.
7.Does Wolf's Hunger get to play "live" very often or do you prefer working in the studio? What have been some of the bands most memorable shows over the years?
Playing live is our favourite activity. So far, we were playing only in our country, but now when we finally have the new record, we are more than ready to play abroad. Currently we are working on that.
One of our most memorable shows was our reunion gig on United Slavic Swords festival in 2009. We were playing with mighty Infernal War, Bleeding fist and Kozeljnik. Killer bands, lots of maniaks in the audience and tons of alcohol. That’s all what we remember from that night he he. Also we would like to mention our gigs with Vital remains(USA) in 2007. and Arkona(Russia) in 2010., on those shows we played as a supporting act.
8.Are there any upcoming shows or tours the readers should watch out for and if yes where will the band be playing?
By the end of this year we will have promotional show in capital city, Belgrade, with our friends from Putrid blood and Blanquito cojones. Then we will focus on next year and try organize some tour in European countries. Playing abroad will be our main task in 2017.
9.In your opinion what is the best and worst thing about the underground scene today? And what does underground metal mean to you all?
Maybe we’ll sound like some hard-core band but for us underground scene is Friendship, Unity and Respect. All underground bands have same problems, no matter where are they from. We all spend our time, sacrifice part of our lives for metal music, we share the same passion for this music...It seems to us that these modern generations don’t have that passion, that would be probably the worst thing about underground scene today…
10.Wolf's Hunger comes out of the Serbian black,thrash metal scene what is your opinion of Serbia's metal scene?
Serbian scene is not so much known in the rest of the world but there are some killer acts worth of your attention. Bands like The stone(black metal) and Infest(death/thrash metal) are the best known and respected bands from our country. We would like to mention also Kolac(old school black metal), Redenik(necro/crossover/thrash metal), Putrid blood(thrash/hardcore metal), Sacramental blood(old school brutal death metal), Bombarder(speed metal gods since 1986.), Zloslut(black metal), Svartgren(black metal) etc. We probably forgot to mention some great acts, but it’s up to you check out bands from our scene.
11..Besides bands are their any good labels or distro's you can recommend to the readers?
First of all we would recommend our label Symbol of domination/Satanath. We easily settled all the things with them, we didn’t have any particular problem. Also we would like to recommend Serbian label Grom records which carries spirit of true UG metal. They have some killer bands on their label. Our first album and split with Posmrtna liturgija were published on Grom records.
12.Other then the newest cd "Bez'te Zivi Vracaju Se Mrtvi" does the band have any past releases or merchandise available? If yes what is available and where can the readers buy it?
Beside “Bež’te živi vraćaju se mrtvi” we have 2 demos, 1 split release and 1 album. Our first demo “Thunders of Perun are back” was released in 2004. and we spread that demo to the media. Next demo titled “Zemlja moja u plamenu je” we released in 2005. Songs from that demo appeared on split with Posmrtna liturgija, released in 2005.via Grom records. First full length album “Osveta u krvi(Retaliation in blood)” was released in 2007., again via Grom records. Only couple of months after release date, that album was sold out. A lot of people are asking us about our old stuff but unfortunately we don’t have anything. Even we, members of the band don’t have physical copy of “Osveta u krvi” hehe. But we definitively have to do something about that.
Currently we are promoting our second full length album “Bež’te živi vraćaju se mrtvi”, we have CD’s, T-Shirts, patches and badges. Anyone interested to get our new record or merch should contact us at: wolfshungerserbia [at] gmail.com
13.When not working on new music or band business what do you all enjoy doing in your free time?
Drinking with our friends, visiting metal gigs and working regular jobs, those are our main activities. Knez Caslav is working railroad company, Dovla is working in construction company, Ivan is currently looking for a new job and Igor is on faculty of nuclear medicine.
14.Thank you for taking the time to fill this interview out do you all have any final words for the readers?
First of all we would like to thank you for giving us support. We appreciate this and wish you all the best with Primitive ways zine. We invite all readers out there to check out our new record “Bež’te živi vraćaju se mrtvi”. You won’t regret.
For all info write us at wolfshungerserbia [at] gmail . com.
Metal up brothers \m/
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