Sunday, January 15, 2017

Interview with Wrath From Above done by Patrick on 1-15-17

Here  is  a  new  interview  with   the  French  barbaric  blackend death  metal  band  "Wrath From Above"  who  are  getting ready to release  their  debut  "Beyond  Ruthless Cold"  through  the  label  Apathia  Rec.So  if you  are  a  fan  of  mid  90's   blackend  death  metal  that  is  well executed  and  played  with  violent  music  then  be   sure to  read  this  in-depth  interview  and  buy  the  bands  debut.

Interview   with  Wrath  From  Above  done  by   Patrick

1.Hails! when  did you  two  first  meet  and  was  it  long  before you  all  started  the  band? Who  came  up  with   Wrath  From  Above  as  the  name  for  the  band?

DM - Hails comrades ! Well, the first thing we can say is that the band does not have a regular history. At first Antar & me met by playing in the same Old School Death Metal Band (disbanded for the moment). But we kept contact as good friends and started having many other projects, along with our sound engineer, Korwent from Spearhead Sounds. One day, Antar was bored and said “Hey, doing Black Metal is easy as shit, I already made 4 songs, do somebody want to put vocals on an album ?” and so it began.

Antar - Yep, actually it was more because I got plenty of time due to my unemployment and I composed really quickly one third of the album (with a track that didn't made it to the final tracklist maybe a bonus in perspective). In fact we began to take the project more seriously with the next batch of songs (better ones) but everything was pretty quick in terms of writing… the rest was really not that fast !
The name was waiting in my head for the right project and no, it was never thought as an homage to Immortal.

2.I believe Wrath  From  Above   is  a  two  man  band have  you  ever  thought  of  adding  more  members to  play  live  shows  or  do you  prefer to  work  as a two  piece?

Antar - The fact that we are a two piece is not a choice in the first place, but finding competent musicians in our area that are free is a pain in the ass. Hopefully the first album will give us a bit of a reputation and we will have a real drummer for the next release. A session drummer or full time member, that we don't know yet, but future shows will depend on it. Bass on the album is played by a good friend living in a city near us so we just lack a good drummer and a second guitar (which is easy to find) for live settings.

3. The  band  is  getting  ready to  release  the  debut  cd  "Beyond Ruthless Cold"   how  long  did  it take  the  band  to  write  to the  music  on  this  release? And  for  the  readers  who  have  never  heard  Wrath  From  Above   music  how  would  you  best  describe  the  bands sound?

DM - To write the music, maybe 2 weeks. To record it, 1 week. To re-record wrong parts, mix and master it, maybe 9 months. Music is so unfair. Describe the band in a few words ? Relentless Satanic Frost Assault ? Marduk, Infernal War, and soviets fighting Satan.

Antar - Truth is above. Songs are not so complex, they are really straightforward.  I like it but the project was never meant to go that far in the beginning. Next album will be the same in terms of violence but more technical, varied and personal (at least I will try to achieve that).

4.Who  usually  writes  the  lyrics  for  the  music  and  what  are  some  topics  the  band  writes  about?

DM - I wrote the lyrics. Classified as secret files. Some historic true stories about when the demons joined the nazis a few years ago, you don’t want to know more about it.

Antar - Exactly. In life some things are better kept secret. We have all lived some events that gives meaning to this idea.

5.Besides  the  debut  cd  "Beyond Ruthless Cold" does  the  band  have  any  past  demo's  or  other  merchandise  available  for the  readers?If  yes  where can  the  readers  buy  your  merchandise?

DM - Not yet. For the moment, everything that could ever be released belong to Apathia Records.

Antar - We have just that one track that didn't made it to the record (first one written). It's weaker than the rest but we may give it as a bonus on bandcamp at some point.

6.I  believe  the  band  comes  out  of  France's  black,death  metal  scene  what  is  your  opinion  of  the  metal  scene  in  France?

Antar - There is a lot of band that we can be proud of in extreme metal (we listen mostly to all the genres under that name). Death metal, grindcore & blasting black metal (raw or polished it doesn't matter) for the most part. We just LACK THE AUDIENCE !

DM - By far too much serious posers. We live in Nantes and right there the Metal Scene is pretty strong and unified, but I used to live in Paris and it is absolutely devastating. Hipsters and stupid elitists Black Metalheads everywhere. We listen to Grindcore and Brutal Death before everything else, and the scene right here in France is in complete agony, the promoters are struggling as much as the new bands who do their best. We’ve got a shitload of awesome bands, but no recognition.

7.Who   are  your  all-time  favorite  French bands  and  are  their  any  new  French  bands you  feel  the  readers   should  check  out  soon?

Antar - Many french bands are worth a listen, especially in black metal. To me it's probably the only genre where we have some top tier bands musically speaking.  Of course DsO, Antaeus… go check Metal Archives, all this scene is more than 20 years now and is really incestuous.

DM - Hum… I really love the avant-garde, progressive and crazy Metal scene in France. My favorite French Metal Bands are by far Kalisia, SUP, Sortilège and Misanthrope. But we’ve got a really strong Black Metal scene, one of the most productive and intense in the world (Deathspell Omega, Blut Aus Nord, Antaeus, Penissatan...).
To recommend new French bands, I’m recently digging the new material from Pryapisme and öOoOoOoOoOo, and the new albums from our friends Red Dawn, Nullentropy or Regarde les Hommes Tomber are really worth a listen.

8.Besides  bands  are  their  any  honest  and  reliable  labels  or  distro's  you  could  recommend  to the  readers?

DM - I used to order a lot on Comatose Music, Lavadome, Blast Head Records and Sevared Records when I was buying a ton of CDs per months. Now I usually order directly to bands via Bandcamp if I can because that’s how they get the better retribution, or buy in concerts / festivals.

Antar - I only buy Brutal Death Metal nowadays (raw and filthy one). Go check all the bands signed to New Standard Elite. Fuck fake drums in BDM.

9.In  your  opinion   what  does  underground  metal  mean  to  the two of you?

Antar - It means that we are poor.

DM - Nothing. Willing to be underground is as ridiculous as willing to be mainstream. Working hard should be rewarded, and not giving a shit is the best way of life ever.

10.Other  then working  in   Wrath  From  Above   do  you  currently  play  in  any  other  bands  or  solo  projects?

DM - Yeah. So much projects. We have many other albums pending with Antar and Korwent. Right now I’m playing in like… 5 or 6 bands. I’m doing the vocals with Helioss, a Melodic Death/Black project who will release its 3rd album March 24th, on Apathia Records too, and you should really check it.
Both of us are also playing in Gastropode, a full bass Goregrind act with no guitars, just a HM-2 Bass and 4 singers, and we released and album a few months ago, buy it please, we need moula.
I made a song with the Polish Dead Bread, and have an Old School Death Metal album to be released in the year with a dude from Egypt. And secret bullshit projects you don’t want to hear about (Paupiettes).

Antar - Actually I played, and will play, with friends in a lot of shitty projects too bad to mention (if curious go visit Garbage Tuesday Records facebook page or bandcamp). I'm also starting an ultra serious goregrind label called “One Shot One Kill Records”, where we will release album limited to one only copy (ever).
For the serious side hail Korwent from Spearhead Sounds that brought me a more professional approach and confidence about my music, so that my two first albums from different projects are both signed on competent labels. Lot of projects with this dude, in about every style I love, are incoming.

11.When  not   working  on  new   music  or  band  business  what  do  you  like  to  do  in your  free  time?

DM - Smoke crack, fuck bitches and suck dicks in festivals.

Antar - Snort speed. Listen to blastbeats over whatever riffs.

12.Thank  you  for  taking the  time  to  fill  this   interview   out   do  you  have  any  final  words  for the  readers?

DM - We despise you, but thanks anyway.

Antar - Time will come when you'll have to choose which side of the hammer & the sickle you are. Be prepared.