Saturday, January 20, 2018

Interview with Whipstriker done by Patrick posted on 1-20-18

Interview  with  Whipstriker   done  by  Patrick

1.Hails  please introduce  yourself to  the  readers?At  what  age  did you  first  start  listening to  metal music?

Victor: Hey!  I am Victor. I play bass and vocals on Whipstriker and others bands like Diabolic Force, Atomic Roar, Farscape, Kuld and Virgin´s Vomit. I remember I was 8 years old when my cousin introduced me some bands but to be honest I didn´t understand that noise very well. So I think I became a true metal fan in 1996/1997, when I was 11/12 years old. 

2.Who  were some of the  first  bands you  listened to and who  are  some of your  current favorite  bands?

Victor: I´ve started with the legends. Iron Maiden, Metallica, Misfits, Motorhead, Manowar, Slayer and then I got ready to Kreator, Sodom, Venom, Morbid Angel etc. There are a lot of killer bands nowdays. Some of them are Ravencult, Nocturnal Witch, Midnight, Hellish Crossfire, Nocturnal Graves, Venefixion, Witchtrial, Grave Desecrator, Bunker 66, Terrorhammer, Apokalyptic Raids, Flagelador, Cult of Horror, Power from Hell, Trench Hell, Excoriate, Agressive Perfector,Savage Master, Negative Vortex, Perversion, Nuke, Shitfucker, Baphomet´s Blood, Beastiality, Incarceration, Quintessenz, Nocturnal, Division Speed, Inepsy, Toxic Holocaust, Children of Technology, Condor, Deathhammer, Insane, Insurgency, Cruel Force and many more. These are bands from my generation (from 1998 - Present).

3.Whipstriker was formed  in 2008  what gave you  the idea to  start this  band? Who would you  say  are  Whipstriker's biggest  influences?

Victor: Back in 2008 I had more than 20 songs ready to be recorded. So I´ve decided to record them but I din´t stop and we´re here today. I wanted to make a one-man-band because I din´t want to depend on other people to play live etc. Our main influences are Venom, Bathory, early Kreator, Warfare, Motorhead, early Destruction, Tank and many NWOBHM bands, English/Swedich Crust Punk bands and 70´s bands like Thin Lizzy and UFO. We have no rules for music. 

4.Whipstriker recently signed  to Hells Headbangers Rec. How  did you  come in  contact  with this  legendary U.S  label?

Victor: I know the label since their early days and I´m a fan of their work. I had a pleasure to be on Hells Headbash Fest in 2015 and it was awesome. Three days of pure fucking metal madness. Before Whipstriker we signed with our other band Diabolic Force. I just sent the songs to Chase in first hand and asked him if he wanted to release the new album. He said yes. The release date is sheduled to March,09 / 2018.


5.Merciless Artillery is the upcoming new  release from the band. How  long did it take the band to write the music for this  release?

Victor: I really don´t know. We released our third album in the middle of 2016. So I think the answer is one year or less because we started the record session of the new album in October/01/2017. And I remember in our brazilian tour 

(july 2017) the songs were ready. 

6.Besides  the upcoming  Merciless Artillery release are any of the bands past splits and EPS  still  available? If  yes where can the readers  buy  your releases and  merchandise?

Victor: Yes, there are a lot of splits available. You can buy a lot of them in the Hell´s Headbangers website or you can go directly to the websites of the labels that released these stuffs. For 2018 there are four 7´´EP splits comming. With Terrorhammer from Croatia, with Bunker 66 from Italy, with Hellripper from UK and a 4-way split with Hammr, Steal Bearing Hand and Weaponizer (all from USA). 

7. I know  Whipstriker  will be doing a U.S tour in  March  where  are  some cities  the band will be  playing?

03/15 San Diego - CA

03/16 Los Angeles - CA

03/17 oAKLAND - CA


03/19 Eugene - OR

03/20 Portland - OR

03/21 Seattle - WA

03/22 Detroit - MI

03/23 Chicago - IL

03/24 Lexington - KY

03/25 Hyattsville - MD

03/26 Philadelphia - PA

03/27 New York - NY

8.Who  are  some bands you  will be touring  with?

Victor: We will be playing the whole tour with Negative Vortex from Oakland, California. We will play with many good bands at the Blood of  The Wolf Fest (Kentucky). Some other local bands are Perversion, Throatt, Raw Dogs, Powerthrone, Cemetery Lust, Bewitcher, Kommand, Oxygen Destroyer, Defecrator, Mysticism and others that I don´t know yet.

9.Besides  the U.S tour  are  the  any plans for  a European  tour  in 2018? If yes  where  will the  band  be  playing?

Victor: Unfortunelly we can´t play Europe in 2018. I have only 30 days in a year to be touring. We played like 20 dates in Europe in 2016 and probably we will be back in 2019. 

10.What does  underground  metal  mean  to  you?

Victor: I live for the underground since 1998. So it´s my life. I like to play tours, talk to local bands, discorver new bands, new labels, new fanzines etc. 

11.Whipstriker  comes out  of  Brazil's  thrash, speed metal  scene  what is your  opinion of  Brazil's metal  scene?

Victor: I like the scene. Brazil is very big and tehre are a lot of good cities to play. My favorite bands are Apokalyptic Raids, Grave Desecrator, Velho, Flagelador, The Unhaligast, Cult of Horror, Power from Hell, Nuclear Frost, Beast Conjurator, Murdeath, Violator, Tyranno, Sepulchral Whore, Carrasco and others I don´t remember now. Since we´re a shit country we have many problems with equipaments, good venues etc. Everything is fucking expensive. So here the metal lives in the very deep underground. We do what we can. 

12.Who  are  some of your  all-time  favorite Brazilian  bands? And  are  their  any new bands you  feel the  readers should  check out soon?

Victor: Some of them are Sarcofago, early Sepultura, Holocausto, Chakal, Vulcano, Mutilator, Taurus (only the first album) and Ratos de Porao. Check the new bands I said above. 

13.Besides   Whipstriker  do you or  any of the members  currently  work with any other  bands or solo projects?

Victor: I play i Atomic Roar, Diabolic Force, Farscape, Kuld and Virgin´s Vomit. I played tours/shows with Apokalyptic Raids and Power fromk Hell. The other members play in bands like Cult of Horror, Apokalyptic Raids, The Unhaligast and Flagelador. And there are our international brothers. Kevin is french and he plays in bands like Venefixion, Necrowretch, Perversifier and also live gigs with Destroyer 666, Trench Hell and Assaulter. Tony is american and he plays in NUKE from Detroit, Michigan. 

14.When  not  working on new music or band  business what  do you  enjoy  doing  in your  spare  time?

Victor: To be honest I basically like to spend my time with some metal shit. You know. Meet friends and listen to some bands, drink beers and talk some bullshit. I live very close to the beach, so sometimes we spend our time drinking beers on the beach. 

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

Victor: Thanx you for support the band. Underground people will always have our support. Keep your web-zine alive and spread the madness.

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Interview with Perpetrator done by Patrick posted on 1-16-18

Interview with Perpetrator done by Patrick

1.Hello please introduce yourself to the readers?

Greetings; we are a Thrash Metal band from Portugal made by friends who have been total Metal fanatics ever since the eighties. Back then we realised that Metal is the greatest fucking thing ever and we have dedicated our lives to it thenceforward. Perpetratör is an homage to the pristine times of Thrash Metal, when the original bands were kicking ass like none other previously had.

2.Perpetrator was formed in 2008 what gave you all the idea to start this band?

I had always been a Thrasher, ever since I was 15, and in 2002 I and two friends created a band called Axe Murderers that lasted for three months and was a lot of fun. I had wanted to do a Thrash band ever since, or a Thrash project at least, and eventually, in 2008, I recorded a couple of tracks home alone for fun and called the idea Perpetratör. I ended up showing them to Paulão and we had the possibility of doing something out of it playing in our minds for a while. Eventually he insisted and composed the whole of the first album (including a re-take of one of my original tracks). I added lyrics and vocals and bass, we needed a stellar guitar player for solos and so we immediately thought of Marouco, and we needed a killer drummer and so Ângelo Sexo was summoned out of the Dungeon Dimensions.

3.What is the current line up for the band?And who would you say are Perpetrator's biggest influences?

The band has always been me, Rick, on bass and vocals, Paulão on guitars, Marouco on guitar solos, and Ângelo Sexo as a session drummer… live he is replaced, due to health issues, with Emídio, a good friend of ours who is a phenomenal drummer. Perpetratör’s main influences are probably Slayer and the German holy trinity of Kreator, Sodom and Destruction, but there are so many more bands that directly influence our sound… Artillery, Annihilator, Thin Lizzy, Necronomicon, Protector, Holy Moses, Testament, Living Death, Exumer, … the list goes on!

4.Altered Beast is the bands second full length 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?

The majority of the new songs were recorded a couple months after the release of the debut album or even before the release date, really. We used some of this material in a split 7” with Hellbastard, and the rest was shelved for years. Eventually Paulão got me off my couch to finish the sophomore, we recorded a couple more songs and presto! Paulão does everything, then I come up with the lyrics and vocals and Marouco creates his solo orgy for the album. That’s pretty much how it works.

5.Who usually takes care of writing the lyrics for the music and what are some topics you all wrote about on Altered Beast?

I do all the lyrics… topics are usually whatever comes into my mind… I tended to explore altered states of consciousness and some mental anguish in the past, but also stuff like mythology, history, Metal itself, and so on… the new album goes the same way, adding a thing or two… I have a song about an extreme alcoholic incident I went through in Belgium… and there is a song about a mass murderer I wrote the lyrics to on the way to recording vocals. I wrote them in the subway and on the boat across the river… when I got to the studio I told Paulão, hey, I wrote some lyrics to that other song, and he said, let’s begin by recording that one then, ha ha! And we did

6.Does Perpetrator play live very often or do you prefer to work in the studio?What have been some of the bands most memorable shows over the years?

Well, Perpetratör is more of a studio project, really… from the beginning Paulão made it clear he cannot turn this into a real band because of his professional activity. So from the beginning we decided not to play live. In fact, right after the first album was released, a local organizer we have been friends with for a long time decided to make it happen, and so Perpetratör played one single gig in 2014. It was actually a great experience. Too bad it will be even more difficult now for it ever to happen again, because Marouco moved to the southern end of the country.

7.Are their any tours or shows coming up in 2018 in support of the new release?If yes where will the band be playing?

Nope. As I just wrote above, chances for live presentations are quite minimal right now.

8.Besides the upcoming release of Altered Beast does the band have any copies of the debut release still available?Besides physical releases does the band have any other merchandise available for the readers to buy?If yes what is available and where can the readers buy it?

I guess there are still some CDs available, although very few from us. Probably Stormspell has a bunch, if they didn’t manage to get rid of them. You probably can find them in distros, together with the Hellbastard split. Our current label has also released the tape version of the first album, and did some Perpetratör beer, but we drank all the ones we had.

9.What does underground metal mean to you all?

Well, to me it’s meant my life since I was a teenager. I am lucky to play in bands that allow me to occasionally travel and participate in festivals throughout Europe and see great bands and meet old and new friends. I revel in being a part of this great Metal family that exists around the globe. And I have always been involved in bands, fanzines, artwork, etc. Same for the others… Paulão makes a living from sound, recording bands, and both him and Marouco have been playing in Metal bands for decades. I have a lot of interests, from literature to archaeology, etc. But keeping the true Metal flame burning is more than that -- it’s a mission!

10.Besides playing in Perpetrator do you or any of the members currently work with any other bands?

Right now I play in Ravensire, a Heavy Metal band, and Filii Nigrantium Infernalium, a Black Thrash Heavy Metal band. Besides that, I always have a couple of projects with friends waiting to get off the ground. Paulão played in several bands, most notably The Firstborn for a long time, and now has mainly some Punk bands and projects other than Perpetratör. Marouco played several years with Omission from Spain and other stuff, and is now mainly connected to his old band Extreme Unction… and many bands ask him for a hand when recording. Both hands, in fact.

11. Perpetrator comes out of Portugal's thrash,death metal scene what are your thoughts on the scene in Portugal's metal scene?

I hesitate in naming bands, I am bound to forget important names, but the scene is actually quite good these days when it comes to bands. It could always be better, but truth is there are many quality bands. There is a good quantity and quality of gigs, and throughout the decades there have been much worse times… I still wish there were good real Metal bars…the scene is very poor when it comes to that.

12.Who are your all-time favorite bands coming out of Portugal?And are their any new bands you could recommend to the readers?

Oh well, I am just going to say a few of many good bands… my favourite band from the past is probably Thormenthor… and from the present probably Martelo Negro. Concerning Thrash the bands I most like are not too active…stuff like Motörpenis, Atomik Destruktor and Alcoholocaust. There have been some great Black Crust bands showing up, like Scum Liquor and Systemik Violence, etc. Death Metal is going fine with old bands like Sacred Sin, Theriomorphic and so on and new bands like Archaic Tomb. Heavy Metal has some great bands too, like Midnight Priest, Alkateya, The Unholy, and others. And I could mention many other names…

13.Besides bands does Portugal have any honest and reliable labels or distro's you think the readers should check out soon?

Yes, there are several of those… I think they’re all very reliable right now… I’ll have to make a special mention to the label we are working with right now: Caverna Abismal, who also do distibution. You’ll find none more honest and hard working.

14.When not working on new music or band business what do you enjoy doing in your free time?

As far as I’m concerned… Sex, booze and Metal!

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

Yes, thanks to you for the support and to all the readers, mainly those who got this far! I raise my beer mug to all those who still keep Metal true. Cheers to all!

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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Defenestration--Gutter Perditione cd/digital review posted by Patrick on 1-13-18

Defenestration--Gutter  Perditione cd/digital {Xenokorp Militia  series}
Defenestration are the  first band to be releasesed through the Militia Series which  showcases  new and upcoming bands.Gutter  Perditione is five tracks  of old school death metal the music is played with both extremely fast and a more mid paced style that works for this band.The drumming  is done with a lot of  skill and experience that showcases both hyperspeed blast beats and a more controlled drum pace,The  vocals  are old school death metal  growls and some gruff  growls and even screams are used in a few of the  songs.If you are  a fan of  Chris Barnes era Cannibal Corpse or early Cryptopsy  and others  then  defintly  pick this  release up  when it is  released.
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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Interview with In Shadows And Dust done by Patrick posted on 1-11-18

Interview with  Stephane  vocals and all  instruments  of  In Shadows And  Dust  done by  Patrick

1.Hello  Stephane   how is life in France these days?Please introduce yourself to  the readers?

Hi Patrick, nice to meet you. Life is as sweet as bitter, I bet this is the same for almost everyone in life everywhere in the world. In France ? Life is alright for me, nothing to complain about really. So here I am, Stephane from In Shadows and Dust, a band where I am the only permanent member in. I had some friend who helped me in the band for the previous album but for the last one, “A Fleur de Peau” I did everything all by myself. I’m a Metalhead, I love music and I love to write it as it flows along the days. In the end of the 90’ I was playing in a band called The Evil One (Drums and Bass / Vocals) for few years then I stopped playing music until 2014. I me a friend who show me that we could record everything at home in exchange of learning how to use all the stuff that are needed to do so. Since then I play and I record, un mix and master everything by myself.

2.When did you first start listening  to  metal music and who were the first bands you listened to?Who  are some of your  current favorite  bands?

My first Metal contact with a Black Crowes, a friend told me to buy that to begin with but I got bored very quickly with that tape and I went for Slayer Decade of Aggression double tape live in 1991 when it came out.

3. Stephane  you started  In Shadows And  Dust  in 2014 when did you first get the idea  to  start this band?

As I mentioned a bit earlier, a friend (Sangli from Witches ) put me back into it and I took my old BCRick Warlock Widow again to record some ideas. After having stop almost 15 years playing I had a lot of idea but the execution was not there yet. So I played, again and again almost everyday since then. The name of the band comes from on of my favorite band , Kataklysm from Canada like you !

4.Have you always  been the  sole member of the band or  have you  searched for more members to join the band or do you prefer to  work alone?

When it’s about creation, I need to be alone. By doing so I can afford to get an album every year (21st of December) and that wouldn’t be possible if someone else was involve. Some friend comes to make a solo, play some drum fills or sing a bit but I’m mainly all by myself. I haven’t try to find anyone yet, time will tell but that’s how it is for now.

5.What  do you  feel is  the easiest and hardest part about being  the sole member of the band?

The easiest is I don’t have any conflict about music creation and direction the music should take, this is also the hardest because having moire people involved would allow maybe a brader influence and evolution but that’s not what I’m looking for now. The other hard part is that I can’t play live shows, I have refuse several local gigs because I’m always missing musician to play live with.

6.If you  had  the opportunity to  work with any musicians who would you like to  work to  work with?

I would love to work with Kataklysm dudes because I’m a fan of this band. I would like to work with Jesper Stromblad because this guy is one of the reason I love music, he wrote some of the finest Melodic Death Metal album of all time with In Flames and despite all his issue, he remains a genius to me and I would be more than honoured to have him somehow. 

7.A Fleur De Peau is the bands third full length  how  long did it take to write the music for the new release?Which  usually comes first the music or the lyrics?And what are some topics you  wrote about on the new cd?

That’s a good question ! I never stop writing music, in fact “A Fleur de Peau” was ready since the end of September 2017 and I already have some stuff written for the next album. Music always come first and this is a process that last until the end of June each year. Once I have all the song recorded in demo I record everything again during July - August. Then I put ambiances, keyboard and other fx to the songs, then I write all the lyrics. I record vocals during September and master everything in October to have everything ready for the 21st of December.
Lyrical topics are about solitude, relationship, humanity, and some event that occurred during the recording and inspired me along the way.

8..A Fleur De Peau is being  released  by yourself  would you  like to  find  a label to  work with  or do you  prefer to  release your  own music?

For now, I don’t think I need a label, I mean I do all by myself and I think it’s better this way on the music side. I know the Label would bring help on the promotion / public relation side of the music but today with internet and few good contact you can easily find the right person company for promotion only. I don’t say no for a label proposal, but as far as I saw until now, I refused some offer, that’s not in my plans.

9.Besides  the upcoming release  are the previous two full-lengths  still available to buy?Besides physical releases  do you have any other merchandise currently available for the readers to buy?If yes what is available  and where can the readers  buy it?

Few “Soul Crusher” digipack are remaining, a bit less of “Messe Noire” digipack are still there. We do have new t-shirt available now, with few symbol of what In Shadows and Dust is : France, HM-2 and Metal :) you can see for yourself here :  or on Bandcamp.

10.Besides   In Shadows And  Dust  do you  currently  have any other projects or bands you work with?

There are some ongoing project one Black Metal and another one Thrash Metal, I also do have collaboration that are being discussed on some friend’s project.

 11.When you  need to take a break from working on new music or band  business what do you  like to do in your  free  time?

I don’t take a break, In Shadows and Dust is just part of my every day’s life. I can’t create every day because some day nothing good gets out from the guitar… So I just play a bit less, some other day, I can write a full song in few hours. I’m always recording ideas, in the train, the bus, walking in the streets, my phone is full of recorded Humhum, whistle etc.. Then I work so it takes a lot of my time during a day, then family life takes the rest. I have find a good balance between all of this and it allow me to create music almost every night. Beside all of that, I go to shows a lot in Paris and in countries where my work bring me several time per year.

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

Thank you having me here, my last words will go to all the Metalhead that supported me along this journey :Thank you ! Underground Metal is very grateful and feedback have always been valuable, good and bad, I take everything.

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