Monday, May 13, 2019

Interview with Krypts done by Patrick posted on 5-13-19

Interview  with Krypts  done by Patrick



1.Hello how are things going in Finland this week with you and the band? Please introduce yourself to the readers?

I'manswering to these questions from the road through Germany, as we've been the past few weeks on tour with Jupiterian. It's been great a great trip with many good events and memories. We are a Finnish Death Doom Duumvirate from the South Finland.

2.Krypts was  started in 2008 what gave you all the idea to start this band?What is the current line up of the band?

Afterthe death of our previous project we wanted to follow the urge to play Death metal the way we felt right. Current line-up consists of 4 guys playing guitars, bass, vocals and drums.

3.Who would you say are the bands biggest influences?For the readers who have never heard Krypts  music how would you best describe the band's musicial style?

The main influence came from the early Finnish Death metal and we were drawn to the obscure and heavy sounds of that scene. It wasn't long after that the Doom metal became as influential, and from these elements we started to craft our own sound. We play dark,
atmospheric mixture of Death and Doom.

4.Cadaver Circulation is the band's newest release how long did it take the band to write the music for the new release? How long does it usually take the band to complete one song?

Especially the first and last song of the album dates back to 2014-2016. Everything else was written spontaneously until 2018 when we started the recording process. Sometimes a single song can take years to find its form, and sometimes it takes only few days.

5.Who usually handles writing the lyrics for the music and what are some topics written about on  Cadaver Circulation? Which usually  comes first the lyrics or the music?

Our vocalist writes the lyrics and concepts for each release. In Cadaver Circulation the album title binds the release together and in short I would say that it is about the frustration of being trapped to the cycles of nature. Usually it's the music and concepts that comes first, and in Cadavers we were first inspired visually by the forms that you find in nature and anatomy. Lyrics are then written according to each songs theme.

6.Has Krypts ever made a music video for any of their songs? If you had the opportunity to make a video for any of the songs off of Cadaver Circulation what song would you like to see made into a music video?

No.We are not fans of music videos and I doubt we are going to make one. We have no vision to make any of the albums songs into a music video.

7.Does Krypts 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?

We play a handful of concerts a year. Currently we are on our second tour ever, but we prefer to play more selectively so that when we do it has more value for ourselves. Then again these tours have been the most memorable experiences, so every now and then we will do longer sets of concerts.

8.Are their any tours or shows planned  in support of the new release if yes where will the band be playing? Who are some bands you will be sharing the stage with?

As I've stated we are currently on a tour with Jupiterian (killer Doom orchestra from Brazil). First five shows we were also accompanied by Father Befouled and Encoffination from the U.S. (crushing live and cool guys!). Now we are heading to our last shows in Poland and The Netherlands after 10 days on the road. I have to say we don't play concerts to promote anything, as the concerts are separated from the releases.

9.Besides Krypts do you or any of the members  currently play in any other bands or solo projects?

Our guitarist plays in Devouring Star.

10.Besides the upcoming  Cadaver Circulation release are the bands previous releases still available for the readers to purchase? Besides physical releases does the band have any other merchandise currently available if yes what is available and where can the readers buy it?

Our records should be available from different distros, and you can always grab them from Dark Descent records webshop, Bandcamp and from our bigcartel (Krypts.bigcartel.com)

11.What does Underground Metal mean to you?

Hard underground minerals.


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

Thanks for the interview. The music speaks more than words anyways, so check us out and let the music speak for itself. Cheers!

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Interview with Corrosive done by Patrick posted on 4-16-19


Interview  with Corrosive  done by Patrick 

1.Hello how are things going in Germany this week? Please introduce yourself to the readers?
Hi I am Sascha, the Bass Player and Backing Vocalist from Germany´s Death Metal Band Corrosive. In Germany everything is fine this week. Only the weather is not so fine. 😉  

2.Corrosive was originally started back in 1995 when did you first meet the other members of the band?How did you all choose Corrosive as the name of the band?
We started in1994. All Bandmembers went to school together. Our Guitarist saw the word on a Canister in a Service Station. We thought “ wow it sound´s cool “ . So we took Corrosive.

3.Who would you say are Corrosive's biggest influences? How do you feel the bands musicial style has changed over the years or has it stayed in the same vein over the years?
Corrosive´s biggest influence, mhhh that is a very good question. We have many influences in our music. We are three people who wrote the music and every one of us has other favorites. Jona wrote Songs in the American Style. Stephan has more Swedish and Black Metal influences in his Songs and I wrote Songs that lay between the other two songwriters.

4.Nourished By Blood is the bands third full length release how long did it take the band to write the music for the new release? How long would you say it usually takes to complete one song?
When we released “Lucifer gave the Faith” in December2012 it tookuntil next Spring and most of the Songs were ready.

5.On the new release the last song is a cover of the Ghostbusters theme song when did you all get the idea to do a cover of this classic song? Does the band play any other cover songs?
Ghostbusters is actual our only Cover Song. But in the Past we had some Cover Songs like Hypocrisy´s “Roswell 47”. However, we never had before a Pop song as a cover version, but we like it very much. We are all fans of the 80ies Music and I think that we eventually will have another 80ies Cover Song on the next Album.

6.Who usually handles writing the lyrics for the music and what are some of the subjects written about on Nourished By Blood? Which usually comes first the music or the lyrics?
Normally our Singer Andy wrote all Lyrics. However, on this Album it is the first time that he was not the only writer of the lyrics. Our guitarist Jona wrote “Holy Priest” that is about Educational Priest that like little boys and I wrote the Lyrics for “Field of Corpses” and “Blind Eyes”. The theme of this two Songs is war and the destruction of the Earth. Between that, we had songs about witches, and magic on our Album. A Mix of typical Death Metal Themes and critical Themes that are actual. In the beginning of a song is the music. After the music of a song where written, Andy wrote the Lyrics.

7.Besides the upcoming Nourished By Blood release are the bands previous releases still available to purchase? Other then physical releases does the band have any other merchandise available for the readers if yes what is available and where can the readers buy it?
we has a lot of Stuff like Shirts and a older Album and EP in our Bandcamp Store.
www.corrosivemr.bandcamp.comsivemr.bandcamp.com

8.What have been some of the bands most memorable shows and tours over the years?And who have been some of the bands you have had the opportunity to share the stage with?
Since Corrosive started until our break in 2008. Most we played little Clubshow´s.
Worth mentioning would be only one show with Krisiun in 1998. After our Reunion we played the Metal Franconia Festival with Grave for example.

9.Are their any tours or shows planned in support of Nourished By Blood? If yes where will the band be playing and who are some bands you will be sharing the stage with?
We will play a lot of single Shows. The Oarty San Warm Up Show with Purgatory or the Burgbrand open air with God Dethroned and Warpath to name a couple.

10.What does Underground Metal mean to you?
Underground means a little bit of Family to me.

11.Corrosive comes out of the German death metal scene what is your opinion of the death metal scene in Germany over the years?
In my opinion the Death Metal Scene grow up. There a lot of very good Bands. 

12.Who are your all-time favorite bands coming out of the German metal scene? And are their any new bands you feel the readers should check out soon?
My all- time favorites Bands from Germany are Helloween, Fleshcrawl, Sodom, Atrocity and a lot more. There are many new killer Bands in Germany. I can not List all of them.

13.Besides bands are their any honest and reliable labels or distro's you could recommend to the readers?
At first our own Label “Black Sunset/ MDD Records”. Markus and Kai do a great Job for us. But Germany has a lot more of little Labels where guys do a great job because they love the Music.

14.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 love it to walk with my Dog in the Woods and when I don´t walk with him I love it to lay on my Couch and to look some series on Netflix 

15.Besides working in Corrosive do any of the members currently play in any other bands or solo projects? If yes please tell the readers a little about them?
Our Guitarist Stephan is the only one who have other Band beside Corrosive. The Band is called Kalabis and it is a Rock Band where he played Bass.

16.Thank you for taking the time to fill this interview out do you have any final comments for the readers?
Yes, I take this opportunity to say thank you for the support. I hope we will see you on a Show in the future.

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Friday, April 12, 2019

Gutless--Mass Extinction cd {Chaos Rec.} posted on 4-12-19


Gutless--Mass Extinction cd {Chaos Rec.}
Coming out of Australia's death metal scene is Gutless with their debut demo getting a cd release through Mexico's Chaos Rec.Mass Extinction is five songs of dark and heavy death metal with some old school influences.The guitars are a mix of crazed and fast thrashy guitar patterns and some heavier mid paced guitar patterns mixed into the music.The drums are done with extremely fast paced drum patterns that fit well with Gutless's musical style.The drummer does slow to a calmer more mid paced drum structure throughout the songs.The vocals are heavy death metal growls that  fit the bands musicial style nicely.If you are looking for a solid and well written and performed release then do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of Mass Extinction  when it is released.

                                                                     Label Contact
                                                                 https://www.chaos-records.com/
                                                                https://chaos-records.bandcamp.com/
                                                               https://www.facebook.com/chaosrecords/
                                                                    Band  Contact
                                                               https://www.facebook.com/gutlessmelbourne/
                                          https://gutlessmelbourne.bandcamp.com/releases

Monday, April 1, 2019

Sadism--Ethereal Dead Cult cd {Toxic Records/Mechanix} 4-1-19


Sadism--Ethereal Dead Cult cd {Toxic Records/Mechanix}
Coming out of Chile's old school death metal scene is Sadism has been releasing metal since the late 80's.Ethereal Dead is the bands eighth full length release featuring ten tracks of aggressive old school death metal.The guitars are played with both extremely fast guitar passages and some slower,calmer mid paced patterns,The guitarist plays some extremely well written and performed passages within the songs.The vocals are gruff death metal growls with some deeper growls used throughout a few of the songs.If you are a fan of  well written and performed old school death metal then do yourself a favor and be sure to pick up a copy of Ethereal Dead Cult  today.
                                                                    Label  Contacts
                                                             https://toxicrecords.bandcamp.com/music
                                                        https://www.facebook.com/ToxicRecordsOfficial/
                                                                     

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Corrosive--Nourished By Blood cd{Black Sunset Rec./Mdd} posted on 3-31-19



Corrosive--Nourished By Blood cd{Black Sunset Rec./Mdd}
Nourished By Blood is the newest release from Germany''s old school death metal maniacs Corrosive.The new release features a short intro and eleven songs of crushing and vicious old school death metal.The vocals are a mix of gruff death metal growls and some deeper and lower growls are used throughout some of the songs.The guitars are performed with a lot of experience and skill  going from a frenzied pace to a more controlled guitar pace.The guitars are mainly done with fast and aggressive patterns but the guitarist can write and perform some well written passages even adding some well played guitar solo's.The drums are similar  with crazed  drums that range from blast beats to more of a controlled fast drum pace. The band even does a cover of the 80's classic song "GhostBusters" which is a pretty good cover of the song.If you are looking for a good release of solid old school death metal then do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of Nourished By Blood once it is released.
                                                                   Label  Contacts
                                                              https://mdd-records.de/
                                                        https://www.facebook.com/MDDShop
                                                                  Band  Contacts
                                                          https://www.facebook.com/corrosiveband
                                                         https://corrosivemr.bandcamp.com/

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Interview with Chris and Paul owners of Imperative PR. done by Patrick posted on 3-14-19


Interview with Chris and Paul owners of Imperative PR. done by Patrick

1. Hello Chris and Paul how are you doing this week? Please introduce yourselves to the readers?
C – Hi Patrick, doing fine thank you. Sorry it has taken a while to get these answers back to you. I’m Chris Kee, one half of the Imperative PR team!
 P - Hi - I’m Paul from IPR, and I’m currently working on the launch setup for UK death metal beasts Body Harvest. 

2. When did you first discover rock and metal music and who were some of the first bands and artists you listened to? Who are some of your current favourite bands and artists?
C – Music for me really begins in the early ‘80s with the discovery of Iron Maiden. I had the odd ZZ Top and Meat Loaf single before that, but Maiden changed everything for me. Current favourites are the same as they’ve always been – Iron Maiden, Motörhead, Bathory, Venom, Sodom, Thin Lizzy, Yes. Currently in the CD player is Kimi Karki’s solo stuff though.
P - Similar to Chris, I was drawn to metal a long, long time ago. The first metal band I heard was Iron Maiden and I was hooked. I quickly discovered Venom and from there grew a lifelong taste for the darker side of music. Favourite bands over the early years would also include W.A.S.P., Bathory (I got to meet Quorthon many years back when he was staying in the UK) Celtic Frost etc… and in more recent times 2018 saw De Profundis put out one of the best death metal albums from the UK in recent years. Current favourites would also include Forteresse, Uada, Cantique LĂ©preux etc…

 3. When did the two of you first meet?
C – This is hidden in a shroud of alcohol...I think it was either a Zyklon listening party or when Paul approached me to have a listen to his latest album. It would have been around 2003 and definitely in the World’s End pub in Camden.
P - Yeah, something like Chris says. Many moons and many beers ago. I think may have been a gig or two before that listening party, but somewhere in that alcohol fuelled ballpark.

4.When did you first discover underground music and who were some of the first bands you listened to? Do you have a favourite genre of music or do you listen to a variety of styles?
 C – We were lucky enough to grow up through the emergence of all the extreme metal sub-genres, so while people might not think of Slayer as underground music now, they were when I first found them. I think it was watching a bootleg video of them live in Holland in ’85 at a record fair in Peterborough. Because of that growing up through the development of metal most of the genres have a place in my heart – death, doom, black, thrash, speed, heavy rock and heavy metal, grindcore, punk, hardcore – to me it’s all part of the same thing.
P - I was heavily involved in the tape trading scene back in the day, picking up demos from all the early black and death bands many of whom have gone on to become household names. It was a great time that had a great influence on me. It was a time when there truly was an underground - no internet, just people picking up demos and sending them on cassette to fellow fans around the world so the music could spread organically. I wouldn’t say I have a favourite style these days though, there is just music I like and music I don’t.

 5. Were either of you gentlemen readers of fanzines back in the 90's and early 00's? If yes what were some of your favourite fanzines that you read?
C – Not really. I remember buying an issue of DRZ in the early ‘90s and I liked the US ‘zine S.O.D. but that was more of a professional affair anyway. 
P - Yes, and I still have boxes of them packed away. I guess the obvious ones were Slayer, Isten etc… but also underground British zines like Nuclear Gore was one of the first British zines writing about Mayhem etc… all those years ago.    

6.What gave you two the idea to start up this PR.business? How did you choose Imperative PR as the name of the agency? And are you happy with how everything is going so far?
 C – Paul came up with the idea originally. We have both worked in print media for years and so have seen a lot of bands presented in a really poor fashion; their press releases badly written and designed, their approaches to the magazines not doing their music justice. Paul spotted a gap in the market for someone to start delivering a really high quality option for bands and invited me on board. We’ve had some difficult times but yes, everything is going really well now and we’re growing every year.
P - Chris has filled in the back story here, but each year we are moving forward, challenging ourselves to always be better, never rest on our laurels and do the very best we can for all our artists. I came up with the name Imperative and ran it by Chris, he really liked it. Because, there is no way around it - these days with so much product out there great PR is absolutely imperative. 

7.What do you feel is the easiest and hardest part of running a public releations business? And how many hours a day would you say you are working on Imperative PR.?
 C – I’m not sure there is an ‘easy’ part to it as such, or even a ‘hard’ one. It’s a constant challenge trying to get the bands you work with the attention you know they deserve – it’s such a crowded market place these days – but every good review you secure, every piece of airplay or press coverage gives a real sense of achievement. As with every part of the music business these days you have to be in it because you love it – the days of huge financial rewards are long gone. There’s really no way to quantify how many hours a day we spend on the business. We manage several bands as well as running the PR campaigns so you try to be available 24 hours a day – except when you’re asleep! The work happens when it happens, you don’t clock on at 9am and off again at 5pm. We enjoy much more flexibility than we would working in a traditional office job, but we don’t get to switch the phone off in the evening.
P - For me the easy part is I really love working with bands, so it makes the long and unpredictable hours worth it. The hardest part - the boring stuff like tax returns. They have to be done - no way around that, 
   
8.Who are some of the current music labels and bands you are currently working with? 
C – We are currently lucky enough to be working with labels like Comatose Music, Pulverised Records, Unmatched Brutality Records, Pitch Black Records and Brute Productions to name a few. We’re managing great bands like Solitary, Forged In Black, Final Coil, The Colony, Oracle, Formicarius, Body Harvest, Maxdmyz and The Drowning. We have current PR campaigns underway for Embludgeonment, Perversor, Prion, Fetal Bleeding, ORO, Osmed and several more.
P - As Chris has provided a list, I’ll add that one of our big strengths is we work with a very rich and diverse variety of bands and labels. We’re equally happy presenting brutal death metal as traditional heavy metal, black metal as dark ambient music, doom as thrash. Our only caveat is the music must be great for a band to join our roster.  

9.If any bands or labels are reading this what styles of music do you promote and where can the labels and bands reach Imperative PR?
 C - The bottom line for us is we work with bands and labels whose music we really like on a personal level. The quality of our bands reflects on us as a company and when we love a band’s music we have the drive and passion to push it with everything we’ve got. We’re really open to working with anyone that falls under that vast umbrella of rock music – from mainstream rock to grindcore, via all those wonderful genres I mentioned before. To get in touch just drop us a line at contact@imperativepr.co.uk
P - Quality is our absolute caveat. If a band doesn’t meet our standards then there is no amount of money they can offer us to join our roster. If it has our brand on it then it needs to be great, and we have worked with many great bands across many great genres. 

10.Do you get the chance to go to very many live shows these days? What have been some of the most memorable concerts you have had the pleasure of witnessing over the years? 
C – Yes I still go to a lot of shows every year. Some of my favourites over the years would be:- Slayer on the South Of Heaven tour at Nottingham Rock City Motörhead at Hammersmith Odeon in ’89. It was their traditional Xmas show and they showcased a few tunes from the upcoming 1916 album. The Clash Of The Titans show at Wembley Arena – Slayer, Megadeth, Testament and Suicidal Tendencies. Savatage at the Marquee Club on the Streets tour Raven at the Derby Assembly Rooms – Bloodstock 2005, before it was an open air extravaganza. I’ll keep it to five or I’ll be going on for pages – I have a list of every gig I’ve been to going back to ’86.
P - The most memorable concert for me was travelling to Paris all the way back in ‘93 to see the Fuck Christ tour (Blasphemy, Rotting Christ and Immortal). Immortal were absolutely incredible on that night, a real eye-opener on how great a band can be live. Though I’ve not been into their music since Pure Holocaust - that was their pinnacle for me. Also, the first Emperor UK tour with Cradle Of Filth, again back in ‘93. There were maybe 70 people at the London show as hardly anyone was aware of black metal back then. At my gig going height I would probably be at 50 shows a year, but these days much less. 

11.When you need to take a break from working on Imperative PR. what do you enjoy doing in your free time?
 C – Music is still my big passion in life so I listen to records that aren’t related to Imperative! Lots of reading as well and some animal activism and visits to animal sanctuaries – I sponsor a particularly wonderful goat!
P - Most things outside of IPR still revolve around music, but I’m also a keen Poker player, am a football fan and am into combat sports.  

12.Paul you and Chris in the UK. What are your thoughts on the metal scene over the years? And do you feel the scene has gotten better or worse over the years? 
C – The advent of digital downloading and the immediacy of modern society has taken a lot of the magic out of the music scene for me. You could never have the sort of mystery that surrounded a band like Bathory these days. I am very conscious though that my view is based on my experience. Nothing for me will ever be as exciting as the ‘80s and discovering all the amazing music – the birth of thrash in particular. However people who grew up through the ‘90s and ‘00s will have their own perceptions on that. I do feel there is still a huge array of fantastic music coming out though – it’s not all doom and gloom.
P - Everything is always a double edged sword. The “record industry” model of the past wasn’t perfect, but neither is the deluge of material the digital era brings free from any constraints of quality control. The bands that changed my life are of course the older bands, but that will be different for people growing up in a different era. However, one immutable fact is that with the sheer amount of product available instantly today, do people listen to things time and time again like I did with Venom or Iron Maiden or W.A.S.P., or is it more just a few listens and then move on to the next instantly available product? Another thing I often talk of over pub tables is would black metal be the same if it was propagated through the medium of YouTube rather than a series of Chinese whispers allowing a cult of mystery to develop? I think not. Essentially though, there are still plenty of great bands out there, and at IPR we help shine a light on them.  

13.Who are your all-time favorite bands coming out of the UK? And are there any new bands you feel the readers should check out soon? 
C – Well I’m always going to fall back on Motörhead, Venom and Iron Maiden when it comes to UK bands, but of course there is great new stuff too. Just looking at our own roster, if you want thrash you can’t get much better than Solitary. We have Formicarius playing some of the most exciting melodic black metal around and then Body Harvest are laying down some of the most intense death metal imaginable. All three will have brilliant new albums out this year.
P - The first two bands I loved as a kid are still my favourite two bands, Venom and Iron Maiden - even though both are many, many years past their prime. Possessed and Seventh Son were the last albums that really hit the spot for me, but hey, great music is timeless. As for more recent bands, it’s definitely checking our website to take a look at some of our management clients. We represent some of the very best from death to post rock via all in between. We have a wealth of talent here for sure.

 14.Thank you for taking the time to fill this interview out do you have any final words for the readers? 
C – Fans are and always will be the life blood of the metal scene. Without support from fans the scene dies. Support means getting out to those gigs, buying the music not stealing it and spreading the word about your favourite bands. And webzines like Winter Torment play a vital role in the modern market place, so thank you Patrick for your support. We’re all in this together!
P - Thanks for taking the time to speak with us, and thanks to those taking time out to read about what we do. Our scene is stronger together, fuck the cliques, fuck the divisive bullshit.  

Monday, March 4, 2019

Embludgeonment---Barn Burner cd {Comatose Music} posted on 3-4-19



Embludgeonment---Barn Burner  cd {Comatose Music}
New Jersey's brutal death metal band  will  unleash their second full length in April.Barn Burner contains nine tracks of aggressive and brutal death metal insanity.The vocals are low,sick guttural growls their are even some old school gruff growls and screams used in a few of the songs.The drums are done with a mix of blasting drums and some slower,heavier drum sections entertwined within the music.The guitars are done with a lot of skill and precision with extremely fast guitar chords and patterns.The guitarist does slow to a more controlled pace with some very memorable guitar passages and solo's mixed in with the music.Embludgeonment play a great  style of brutal death metal mixing in both elements from the 90's U.S brutal death scene with some newer influences.

                                                                   Band  Contact
                                                              https://www.facebook.com/Embludgeonment
                                                            https://embludgeonment.bandcamp.com/merch
                                                                   Label  Contacts
                                                                http://www.comatosemusic.com/
                                                              https://comatosemusic.bandcamp.com/
                                           https://www.facebook.com/Comatosemusiclabel

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Interview with Usurper done by Patrick posted on 2-26-19


Interview with Usurper done by Patrick

1.Hails how are things in Chicago this week? Please introduce yourself to the readers?

RS: Hello. I'm Rick Scythe, guitarist of Usurper. Joining me today will be our long time vocalist, Dan Tyrantor. We're going on our 26th year as a band and have our new album, "Lords of the Permafrost" coming out in March 2019 on SoulSeller Records

2.Usurper was started in 1993 when did you get the idea to start this band?

RS: Around 1992, I started coming up with ideas with our old vocalist. We began envisioning this perfect metal band we would like to see. I started writing some music, he would write some words. We discussed image and topics. We wanted to incorporate elements we missed from the original wave of early-mid 80's extreme metal bands. But it wasn't until late 1993 when all 3 of us (Rick Scythe, Guitars/bass; Joe Warlord drums; General D. Slaughter, vocals) actually got together, rehearsed and called it Usurper.

3.Who would you say are Usurper's biggest influences and how do you feel the bands musical style has changed over the years or has it pretty much stayed the same since the beginning?

RS: Bands like Celtic Frost, Sodom, Venom, Mercyful Fate, Manowar as well as old stuff like Black Sabbath, Ted Nugent. We always wanted to pay homage to the early pioneers of mid-80's underground metal and combine that style with elements of classic heavy metal,hard rock, thrash, death and black metal. It's still the same, except now we are more influenced by Usurper than any specific band. Sort of like a snake eating it's own tail.

4.Lords Of The Permafrost is the bands newest release which will be released in March.How long did it take the band to write the music for the new release?How long does it usually take the band to complete one song?

RS: I had a lot of songs, riffs, ideas since the band broke up in 2007. Dan can elaborate from his perspective.
DT: I was living in Colorado for a while. When Rick and I started talking about getting back together, he sent me a demo of some songs with an outline of where lyrics would be. We collaborated on one, and I wrote the other. I moved back a short time later, and the rest of the record came together rather quickly once we had everybody in the same room. We're all on the same page, and very particular when it comes to how an Usurper song/album should sound.

5. Usurper have been active since the early 90's has the band played live over the years?If yes what have been some of Usurper's most memorable shows and tours? And who are some bands you have had the pleasure of sharing the stage with?

RS: Touring with Dark Funeral in 1997, our first tour in Europe in 1998, Our second tour of Europe in 2000 opening for Cradle of Filth, touring with Manowar, touring with Enslaved. Headlining the main stage, day one of Inferno Fest 2006, Norway... I'm sure Dan has some other shows to mention too.

DT: An amazing headlining show in Tijuana MX, Maryland Deathfest, a few hazy nights in Canada, and I would certainly be remiss not to mention playing for a rabid crowd in the basement of a bagel shop in Ohio.

6.Are their any tours or shows planned in support of the new release if yes where will the band be playing?

DT: As of this writing, we have a record release show happening here in Chicago in March, followed by headlining one of the stages at Milwaukee's Spring Bash, and a headlining show at the legendary St. Vitus Bar in Brooklyn New York in July. There are a few more shows set to be announced, but nothing we can talk about just yet.

7.Besides the upcoming Lords Of The Permafrost release are the bands previous releases still available for the readers to buy? Besides physical releases does the band have any other merchandise currently available if yes what is available and where can the readers buy it?
RS: Many of our old released have been re-issued many times over the years without the band's consent. Also, countless people have uploaded our music without our permission on YouTube, and for some reason, YouTube allows this. As far as merchandise... yes, we will have an avalanche of merch coming out soon. Check our Facebag page for more deatils.

8.What does the term Underground Metal mean to you?

DT: To me it means playing from your gut, and writing the songs that I want to hear. The thought of following some trend, or shaping our sound in order to simply be more popular is nauseating to me. We have a small, yet fiercely dedicated legion of fans that can smell bullshit and posers from a mile away, and that's how we like it.


9.Usurper comes out of the legendary Chicago Illinois metal scene what is your opinion of the scene in Illinois over the decades? And do you feel it has gotten better over the years or stayed the same?

DT: I feel very fortunate to have grown up here when I did. Bands like the original Devastation, Abomination, Master, Trouble, etc. weren't only great Chicago area bands, but just great bands in general terms. I don't get out to as many shows as I used to, but on most weekends here, there are usually 2-3 different local Metal shows to choose from. Chicago is a tough town, and it's reflected in the music.

10.Who are your all-time favorite bands coming out of the scene in Illinois? And are their any new bands you could recommend to the readers?

DT: As previously mentioned, Master, along with Abomination and Deathstrike. Devastation(IL), Sindrome, Maimed, Slauter Xtroyes, Zoetrope, Contagion. I don't know much about newer bands. I'm old.

11.As mentioned earlier in the interview Usurper was started back in the 90's.Did you read a lot of fanzines back in the 80's and 90's? If yes what were some of your favorite fanzines to read?
RS: I liked Morbid Magazine, Norway, Voices from the Darkside, Germany, Slayer Mag... fuck, I'm having a hard time remembering all the cool fanzines. I have a box of them in my garage though.

12.Tape-trading was also a big back in the 80's and 90's did you ever do a lot of tape trading? What were some of your favorite bands and demo's you traded for back in the day?

DT: I did a lot of tape trading and letter writing in the late 80s and early 90s. Some of my favorite demos are from Nihilist, Grave, Nirvana 2002, Malevolent Creation, Cynic, and Solstice.

13.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?

RS: I like to hang out at home and not be bothered. I will paint, hang out with my dog and my woman, sit in backyard with a telescope. I would like to invite Dan over too from time to time as long as he doesn't insist on "doing his act".

DT: Mostly just stare blankly out the window, share deep meaningful conversations with my dog, reckless driving, and working at the nuclear plant.

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

RS: Thanks for the support!

DT: Yeah, thanks!

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Monday, February 25, 2019

Putrid Coffin--Under The Cemetery cd {Australis Rec.} posted on 2-25-19



Putrid Coffin--Under The Cemetery cd {Australis Rec.}
Putrid Coffin are a new band coming out of the Chilean old school death,thrash metal scene.Under The Cemetery is the debut release featuring seven tracks of raw death metal with a healthy dose of thrash metal influences.The guitars are played with a lot of skill and speedy patterns.The guitarist does slow to a more mid paced range even adding some well written and played solo's in the music.The vocals are old school gruff growls and some screams are entertwined into the music.If you are a fan of early to mid 90's death thrash metal then do yourself a favor and check out Putrid Coffin's debut release today.
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Sunday, February 24, 2019

Swarm Of Hatred--Shrine Of Negativity cd {Australis Rec.} posted on 2-24-19


Swarm Of Hatred--Shrine Of Negativity  cd {Australis Rec.}
Swarm Of Hatred are a band who come out of Chile's black metal scene.Shrine Of Negativity is the debut release featuring eleven songs of well executed and performed black metal.The guitars are mainly done with extremely fast and chaotic guitar patterns but the guitarist does slow to a more calm mid paced range throughout some of the songs.The vocals are a mix of gruff growls and some black metal screams are used throughout the songs.If you are looking for a great new band that combines both ultra fast black metal mixed with some well played slower sections then do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of Shrine Of Negativity today.

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Thursday, February 7, 2019

Interview with Ashen Horde done by Patrick posted on 2-7-19


Interview with Ashen Horde done by Patrick

1. Hails how are things going in California these days? Please introduce yourself to the readers?
 Hey! Things are going pretty well here. It’s been rainy for the last few days, which is the closest we get to proper winter here, haha. Certainly, nothing like most of the U.S. is experiencing, which reinforces why I’m happy that I moved to L.A.! Anyway, I’m Trevor Portz, writer and guitarist/bassist/clean vocalist for Ashen Horde. We play extreme progressive metal, and have a new album, Fallen Cathedrals, coming out March 22. It will be available on CD, LP and digitally via Extreme Metal Music/Rockshots Records.

2. When did you first discover black metal and who were the first bands that caught your attention? Who are some of your current favorite bands and artists?
My first taste of black metal came via the “World Domination II” sampler from Osmose Records in the late ‘90s. I don’t actually remember how I got my hands on it, but it blew my mind. The tracks that I remember leaving the biggest impression on me were Immortal’s “Nebular Ravens Winter” and Enslaved’s “Forgotten.” The songs were so grim and dark (which I believe is a song on the newest Immortal disc), and didn’t sound like anything I’d ever heard. I had been into death metal for a while, but I was instantly hooked on the atmosphere and bigger focus on melody (particularly on the Enslaved track). Of course, that led me to Emperor, Mayhem, old Cradle of Filth, Ancient, Satyricon, Borknagar and all of the other amazing 90s BM bands. I have to admit that I’m pretty terrible at keeping up with current bands, and when I discover something new, it’s usually a band I somehow missed for many years… a good example would be Nocternity from Greece, who I believe has been around since the 90s, yet I only just got into. I’ve also really been digging the Slegest catalog; great black n’ roll. Cor Scorpii is another good example of a band I just got into (despite being a long-time Windir fan) but at least they’re only about 10 years old! Current favorites: Vreid, Tulus, Khonsu, Einherjer. Not new, but all still relevant and excellent, IMO.

3. When did you first get the idea to start Ashen Horde? How did you choose Ashen Horde as the name of the band and does it have a special meaning?
Ashen Horde became a reality at some point in 2013. I had moved to L.A. from New York, and after a failed attempt to get a band going, decided to try my hand at doing something by myself. My first go at it was a grindcore/punk album under the name Bite Wound, but that fizzled out quickly. It showed me, though, that I could make records on my own. I’d been writing songs that would become the first Ashen Horde album for many years (beginning in New York), and decided it was time to finish them and get them out. It was a lot of work, but the album (Sanguinum Vindicta) and accompanying EPs got a good response, which was enough for me to make Ashen Horde my main musical focus. Name-wise, it really doesn’t have any special meeting. Honestly, I don’t even remember where it came from—I just remember being on the subway in L.A. when it came to me, and I couldn’t wait to get out so I could Google it and make sure no one else had it, haha.

4. What is the current line up of the band and for the readers who have never heard Ashen Horde's music how would you best describe it? Who would you say are the bands biggest influences?
 For the upcoming album, Fallen Cathedrals, the lineup consists of myself on all instruments and clean vocals, and Stevie Boiser on harsh vocals. Having Stevie involved has been awesome, as I was never able to deliver the vocals I had in my head… I tried, but all I ended up with were vocal nodes and mild disappointment. While I was always happy with the music, this is the first release where I feel the vocals are on the same level. Genre labels can be difficult (and often limiting), but I suppose “progressive black/death metal” is probably pretty accurate. While Ashen Horde certainly has black metalcore, I like to bring in things I love from across the extreme metal spectrum. Thus, you’ll find elements of death metal (melodic and old school), thrash, grind, folk/pagan, and on and on. My goal with Ashen Horde is really just to put in whatever I think makes a song work. Hell, there’s a weird acoustic thing in the middle of “The Vanishing” that I’m even surprised by! As for specific influences, I’d say all of the bands mentioned above, plus a shitload of other stuff: Moonsorrow, Brutal Truth, Thyrfing, Arcturus, Vintersorg, Queensryche, Carach Angren, anything Devin Townsend, Opeth, Amorphis, Dark Tranquillity, Khold, Turisas, Finsterforst, Mithotyn, Testament, old Sepultura, etc. Everything is fair game!

5. I believe Ashen Horde is a two-man band would you like to add more members to form a full line up or do you prefer to work as a two-man band?
While I enjoyed doing things on my own, having Stevie involved has helped convince me that it’s time to expand. I’m already in talks with a bassist and drummer for the next record, so it seems that Ashen Horde may turn into a full band! Of course, everyone involved lives in different parts of the world, so playing live could be a different story, but I’m pretty sure we can make it happen.

6. If you two had the opportunity to work with any musicians{past or present} who are some musicians you would like to work with?
Top of my list would be Ihsahn—everything he does blows my mind. Obviously, his solo work is pretty far from what he did in Emperor, but he always seems to write exactly what I want to hear. I also love that he doesn’t seem to feel constrained by any style or genre, and does whatever he wants. Seriously, “Until I Too Dissolve” from Arktis could almost have fit on one of the most recent Dokken albums! (That’s not an insult, BTW.) I’m also really hoping I can work with Jens Bogren at some point; I’d love to have him mix our next record. That dude has magic ears. Others on my short list: Ivar Bjornson, Lars Nedland, Andreas Hedlund (aka, Vintersorg)… I’d love to have Alexi Laiho and Alex Skolnick lay down solos somewhere. Oh, and people say I look like Dave Grohl, and he seems to into every type of music, so I’d like to bring him into the Ashen Horde fold for something. Suspend reality for that one, haha.

7. Fallen Cathedrals is the bands newest full length how long did it take to write the music for the new release? How long does it usually take to complete one song?
 Top to bottom, I’d say it took about 2-3 months to write the music, and about that long to write lyrics. Once the music was written, I sat on the demos for a couple months, just to make sure I was happy with everything. Actual guitar tracking and drum programming took another few months, and vocals several more. (Stevie’s active in several other bands, so he had to slot things in as he had availability.) Then mixing took for-fucking-ever, since I could never settle on a mix (even more reason I want to hand the next record off to someone else for that part!) I don’t know if there’s a standard length of time for me to finish a song, but 2-3 months from beginning to end is probably pretty realistic.

8. Who usually handles writing the lyrics for the music? What are some topics you wrote about on the new release? Which usually comes first the music or the lyrics?
I do the majority of the lyric writing, though Stevie contributed to this album as well. The lyrics on Fallen Cathedrals tell the story of an economically divided city, with the two sides falling into an all-out class war. Each song details an element of the story, as the two sides become increasingly more brutal and vicious. It was inspired by the novel “High Rise” by J.G. Ballard, and examines close people are to pushing aside their humanity in favor of primal violence. I write music first almost exclusively, though tend to have an idea of what part of the story each song will tell, and try to write music that fits. While I’m adamant about keeping politics and religion out of Ashen Horde’s lyrics, I can’t say the stories aren’t influenced by what’s going on around me.

9. Besides the upcoming Fallen Cathedrals, release are the bands previous releases still available for the readers to buy? Other then physical music releases does the band have any other merchandise currently available if yes what is available and where can the readers buy it?
Yes! Everything is available at our Bandcamp site (http://ashenhorde.bandcamp.com) and through Big Cartel (https://ashenhorde.bigcartel.com). There are CDs available for the earlier albums (Sanguinum Vindicta and Nine Plagues), with the latter also available on gatefold double LP. We have two 7” singles, Echthros and The Alchemist, and I actually found a couple copies of the very first EP (Ab Initio) on pro-cdr, so jump on those before they’re gone! Of course, everything is also available digitally, not only on Bandcamp, but also on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, etc. In addition to the music, we do have several shirt designs available, and there are shirt/vinyl combos for the new album.

10. Ashen Horde comes out of California's black metal scene what is your opinion of the metal scene in California?
This may make me sound like a dick, but I really don’t follow the CA metal scene very closely. Honestly, I only tend to go to shows for bands I’m already into, so I don’t really know what bands are out there, but I’m sure there are a lot of good ones. If I have a free night, my first priority is to work on my own music, but I should probably make more of an effort to see what’s going on in my own backyard!

11. Who are your all-time favorite bands coming out of California and are there any new bands you feel the readers should check out soon?
 We’ll have to step out of the extreme metal world for this one, haha. My top California bands are mostly the bands I got into when I was younger and first discovering metal. L.A. Guns, Kyuss, Fu Manchu, Love/Hate, Testament, Megadeth, The Doors, Ratt… most are still active, too, which is awesome.As I said, I’m not too aware of killer new Cali bands. I know people are really into Deafheaven, but they don’t do much for me. My buddy Jay has a band called Catatonic Society that are pretty sweet—they have a bit of a stoner/Sabbath thing going on. Of course, the new John Garcia album is fucking great.

12.Besides working in Ashen Horde do either of you currently play in any other bands or solo projects? If yes please tell the readers a little about them?
 I actually just finished an album with some amazing musicians, but can’t share much about it just yet. I will say that it’s very inspired by the 90s black metal sound, so for those that aren’t as into the mix of styles I throw into Ashen Horde, this one is much more stylistically consistent. We’ll be shopping it soon, so hopefully, I’ll be able to formally announce it in the near future. Stevie is extremely busy, so there’s plenty to be on the lookout from him. The first Equipoise full length will be out March 8, and Inferi has a record coming out in Spring. Tethys are also working on their first album, so the shelves with be flooded with Boiser this year!

13. 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?
 For the 11 months of the year that it’s not raining, I love to hike, bike and just enjoy the SoCal life. I’m very into travel, and my wife and I are working toward hitting all 7 continents by 2021 (with Antarctica being number 7, not surprisingly). I made my first trip to Japan last year, and loved it, and will be visiting Morocco this year, which will be my first time in Africa. Other than that, the usual: hang out with my wife and friends, chill with my dogs, watch Netflix (just finished “Maniac” which was really bizarre), and listen to music as often as possible!

14. Thank you for taking the time to fill this interview out do you have any final comments for the readers?
Thanks for your support! I hope people like the new record; Stevie and I are very pleased with it. Stay metal, and support the underground!
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