Monday, May 30, 2016

Interview with The Howling Void done by Patrick on 5-30-16

Here   is  a  new  interview  with  the  Texas  funeral death/doom  band  "The  Howling  Void"   who  discusses  the  bands  newest release  and the  bands  history  and  future.  If you  are  a  fan  of this  type  of  doom  then  defintly  check  out  his  bandcamp  and  other  sites.

Interview  with  R.  vocalist  and  all  instruments   for  The  Howling  Void   done  by  Patrick

1.Hello  R.   how  are  things  going  with you  these days? Please  introduce  yourself  to  the  readers?

Things are going alright; neither good nor bad, which is just fine with me. My name is R. and I'm the sole member of The Howling Void. I've been writing and releasing strange music for various projects for about the last sixteen years or so.

2.When  did you  first  get the  idea  to  form The Howling  Void  and  how  did you  decide  on  the  band  name?

The idea to blend dark and crawling funeral doom with ethereal choir and string synths probably originated when I first heard Emperor's "In the Nightside Eclipse" a long time ago. I was moved very profoundly by the orchestration of that album and at that point I knew that I wanted to blend darkness and light in the same way, so to speak. The name of the band can refer to many things, but it refers primarily to the pre-natal and post-mortal darkness that lies on either side of our brief, fleeting lives.

3.The  Howling  Void    is  getting ready to  release  the band's  fifth  cd  "The  Triumph Of  Ruin"  How  long  did  it take  you to  write  and record the  songs  on the  new  cd?

 I was actually quite fortunate to be struck by a kind of surge of inspiration when I wrote "The Triumph of Ruin", and I think the entire process from writing to recording took about a month. Past albums have taken significantly longer, usually due to recurring bouts of writers' block. Before the inspiration hit for this album, in fact, I had spent several months trying and failing to come up with new ideas for the project, but suddenly the inspiration hit and I scrambled madly to get it all written down.

4.Which  usually  comes  first the  music  or the  lyrics.  And  what  are  some   subjects  you  explore   on "The  Triumph Of  Ruin"?

The music always comes first, but the music itself is always inspired by imagery, either mental or visual. I usually envision landscapes of one sort or another, and then try to write music that "takes me there". The lyrical subjects on this latest album all revolve around the idea of cycles and eternal return. The title of the album is actually loaded with a few meanings that relate to this. Namely, the triumph of ruin is the fact that everything dies and everything is temporary, no matter how vital it may be right now. However, ruin and death are not absolute endings but rather the catalyst for new life and new beginnings. Thus, the "triumph" of ruin is actually kind of ironic, because ruin doesn't really win out: it only leads to more life. But if you dislike life, well, there really isn't any good news there.

5.This  is   The  Howling  Void's  fifth  release  how  do  you  feel  the   music  has  evolved  over the years?

Personally I think that every album has a very different sound, but I know most people think all of my albums sound the same. The greatest evolution of my sound started with the "Runa" EP where I tossed the growls and started working themes from traditional Celtic/Germanic folk music into the compositions. I feel like "The Triumph of Ruin" represents the sound that this project has always been evolving towards.

6.Besides  the  new  release   "The  Triumph Of  Ruin"   do you  currently  have  any  of the  past  releases  or  any other  merchandise  available  for the  readers? And  if  yes  where can the readers  buy  it?

All of my releases are available digitally on my bandcamp site ( but physical copies are available from the labels and from various distros around the world. For the latest album I would recommend going straight to Avantgarde Music and ordering the digipak from them. The artwork came out beautifully.

7.Have  you  ever  had  the  interest  to  make  a  video  for  any  of your  songs?  If you  could  do  a  video  of one  of the  new songs  which  song  would  you   like to  see  made  into  a  video?

I don't have a lot of interest in making videos, but that's mainly because I haven't spent much time thinking about it. I suppose that a video could possibly create a more memorable or moving experience for a certain song, but I would need someone who is more visually oriented than I am to make all of that happen. I just write music; I sometimes struggle to explain or express myself verbally or visually, so I do it all through music. I think that "Where Once A River Flowed" could possibly benefit from such an arrangement.

8.Have   you  ever thought  of  adding   more   members to   The  Howling  Void  or  do  you   prefer  to  work  alone?

I always prefer to work alone due to my generally reclusive nature. I wouldn't mind playing live at some point, in which case I have several musicians lined up to become the live version of The Howling Void. Sadly, though, the opportunity just hasn't presented itself yet.

9.If you   had the   opportunity  to  work  with  any  musicians{past  or  present}  who  would  you   like  to  work  with?

That's a difficult question to answer because there are so many possible answers. I'd rather not name living musicians because they would probably be embarrassed to be mentioned in the same sentence as a nobody like me, but as for the dead? Giacinto Scelsi. I would love to have been able to watch him compose.

10.Besides   The  Howling  Void   are  you  currently  working  with  any  other  bands?

Yes, I'm constantly writing music for several different projects at once. Lately I've been writing material for Pneuma Hagion, which is an ominous black/death metal project of mine which recently released a demo cassette on Nuclear War Now! Productions. In addition, I have kept busy lately writing new stuff for a few other projects such as Serpentine Tunnels and Intestinal Disgorge.

11.     R.   you   handle   the  vocals  for the  band  when  did you   first  become  interested  in  singing?  Do  you  do  anything  special  to   keep  your  throat  and voice  healthy?

I've never considered myself to be a singer, but I recently fell in love with the sound of gregorian chants and, really, any chant-oriented music. I wanted to try and capture the hypnotic atmosphere created by those types of vocals and add it to the sound of The Howling Void. I don't do anything to keep my voice and throat healthy, which is a shame because over the past twenty years or so I have done lots of damage to my voice (it goes out quickly when I scream and growl these days). The strain on my voice is probably a contributing factor to why I've tried to rely more heavily on singing/chanting than screaming.

12.You  also   handle  all the  instruments  when  did you  first  start  playing  music?  What  were the  first  instruments  you   learned  to  play?

My first instrument was the drum kit, which I picked up in elementary school. I took a few lessons and enrolled in the percussion section of my middle school band, but that is the extent of my formal training. Also in middle school I picked up my brother's guitar and taught myself to play it. I did the same with the bass and the piano later on. I'm pretty much an autodidact when it comes to music, which has both advantages and disadvantages.

13.Are  their   any  instruments  you  would  like to   learn  to  play  someday?

Too many to name. I'd love to learn to play all instruments if I could.

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

 I spend the majority of my time working and writing music. So, if I'm not at work or writing music, you can usually find me reading a book. I'm very reclusive and have had very little contact with the outside world in recent years, so reading is usually what I do to pass the time.

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

Thank you for the interview; I'm always honored to be considered. I would also like to thank the readers for taking the time to read this interview, and if they are interested in my music I would encourage them to visit my bandcamp page. I hope that they find something meaningful in my compositions.

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New reviews posted on 5-30-16 done by Patrick

Here   is   a   new  blog  of  reviews  for  your  reading  pleasure  this  time  around  we  a  death/doom  a  pagan  black/folk band  and a few  blackend death  metal  bands.Hopefully  you  will  find  something to your   liking  here   and help the  bands  and  labels  out  and  buy  some  merchandise  today.  More  reviews  and  interviews   will  be  coming  soon  so  keep  watching  the  web-zine  for  more   updates  as they  come  in.
  Also  for those   who  do  not  know  I  was  kicked  off  of  Facebook{No  reason  given} but  if you  are  interested  feel  free to  follow  me  on  these sites
BUT  if you  are  interested  in  a review  and  possible  interview  then  email   me  first at  the  Email  below.

Animus  Mortis--Testimonia   12'MLP {Godz Ov  War}
Animus  Mortis  comes  out  of  Chile's  thriving  metal  scene with  their  new  12 inch Testimonia.Featuring  seven  well  written  and  played  songs that  are  in  the  black metal  style  with  some  very  well instruments  and  patterns.This  is  not  the  usual  over the top  speed filled black metal  their  are some  fast  parts  but   also  entertwined with  some  well done  mid-paced  styles.
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Immensity--The   Isolation   Splendour   cd  {Hypnotic  Dirge  Rec.}
 Coming  out  of  the  Greek  death,doom  scene  is   Immensity who   play  a  very  epic  and  majestic  style  of death/doom metal.The  guitars  are  played  with  some  heavy  guitars  that range  from  slow  to  semi  faster  mid-paced  style. The  drumming  is  played in the same  style  going from   mid-tempo  drum  patterns  to  a  more slower  tempo  but  the  drummer  does  a  good  job  of  creating  some well  played  drum  patterns.  The  vocals   are  done  with  a  mix  of    really  well  sung clean  vocal  patterns   but  the  vocalist  does  a  great  job  with  heavy  death  metal  growls  that really  fit the  bands  musical  style.
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Neoheresy--Potop   cd   {Elegy   Rec.} 
Neoheresy  is  the  creation  of   one individual  that  goes  by  F. and this  is  a  review  of his  newest  release  Potop. The  music on  Potop is  a  mix  of  pagan black  metal  mixed with  some  very well  written  and  performed  atmospheric and folk  interludes.The  guitars go  from  fast  black metal  sections to  a  more  controlled   mid paced  style and sound.The drumming  is  done  with  a  mix  of  extremely  fast drums to  a  more  mid tempo  style.Neoheresy   play  a  very  original  and  great  style  of  black  metal  that  features some  very  well done  folkish  and  atmospheric  sections.
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Serpent  Spells--Mantras Within  Ascending  Fire  Mcd  {Godz  Ov  War}
 Starting  off  with  a  very  well  written  and  performed  intro  the  band   wastes   little time  in  going  straight  for the  kill.Featuring  four  songs  that  are  filled  with  blackend death  metal  at  it's  finest  and  most  vicious. The drumming  is  done  with  extremely fast drum  patterns.The  vocals  are  a  grim  growlwith  some  scratchy vocal  patterns.If  you  are  a  fanatic  of  extremely vicious and  barbaric  blackend  death  metal  then  be  sure  to  pick  up  a  copy  of  Serpent  Spells   new  Mcd today
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Friday, May 20, 2016

Humanitas Error EST. interview done by Patrick on 5-2016

Here  is  a  new  interview  with  the  German  black  metal  band   Humanitas  Error  EST.  Who  talk  about  the   new release  "Human  Pathomorphism"   and  the  bands  past  and  future.

Interview  with  Humanitas  Error  Est.   done  by   Patrick

1. Hails! When did you get the idea to form Humanitas Error Est? How did you all decide on the name of the band?

S Caedes: Hailz to you, Patrick! Well, the idea already raised up in middle of 2012, but it was hard, just impossible, to find the right musicians, who share the same point of views and who want to walk the same way with you: straight forward. I've such a hatred against humanity and all these religions. I'm disgusted by people who are just weak, who are not able to take responsibility for their life. Who are always just complaining about bullshit, who are destroying our nature. And I felt more and more the very need to express myself, all my aggression in music. Gradually I had the idea to have a male-vocalist on my side, to have more vocal variations. In July 2013 Ahephaïm and me finally get in contact with Ghoul. We meet up to talk about, what the band should be about, and it was quickly clear, that with him we found our second vocalist.

Ahephaïm: After that, it was the typical search/fight to find the further right musicians, every band knows. But we wanted also to be sure that everyone of them fits with the ideas behind the band as for the music. We needed more than one year to have this actual line-up. 

2. What is the current line-up of the band? For the readers who have never heard  Humanitas Error Est, how would you best describe it?

S Caedes: Well, we have me and Ghoul on the vocals, Ahephaïm on the drums. We have two guitarists, Tsar and Void114 – and our bassist Rogan. 

Ahephaïm: For me, Humanitas Error Est is just the sum of our brutal energies staged in music, spontaneously. We don’t need to think too much about, it just flows out and give the result you can hear on “Human Pathomorphism”.

Ghoul: Straight and aggressive Black Metal, that's what we stand for. But we also want to look beyond our own noses, we don't want to sound monotonous. All of us have different influences and we try to combine it the best way.

3. Humanitas Error Est released the debut album "Human Pathomorphism" through Satanath Rec, Abstruse Eerie Radiance and Black Plague Rec. How did you all come in contact with these labels?

Ahephaim: During our mini tour in Belgium in July 2015 we met the guys from the band Zardens who asked us if we already have an album,and  a label, … As the album was not ready at this moment, we also didn’t had any label and he advice me to contact Satanath Records. The interest for Humanitas Error Est was more than obvious and he even talked about it with partner labels who were also interested to take part in this release. Our interest was to cover Asia through Satanath Records in Russia, America with Black Plague and The True Plague in USA and Europe through the Belgian label Abstruse Eerie Radiance. 

4. How long did it take to write the music for the debut release? Does the whole band take part in the writing process or does one member write everything?

Ahephaim: Basicaly, I wrote the songs with Tsar, working together with his riffs and my rhythm ideas, establishing structures. After that, the two singers can work on their text and their vocal lines. Nothing really special I guess. The songs were quickly written as I told you we made it quite  spontaneous to keep it as wild and honest as possible but I couldn’t tell you exactly a number of months.

5. Who usually takes care of the lyrics for the songs? What are some topics the band writes about?

S Caedes: Ghoul and myself. Our crucial point is the human being itself. Our common denominator is hate, aggression against mankind and the experiences we made in our life. We both are individual characters, but we share our point of view about humanity and religions. And this is the main topic in our lyrics. Ghoul is writing often more between the lines, more subtile. I prefer the brutish, the rude way. Using also a lot of sadistic content in my lyrics – that's just the way how I am. We write about the stupidity of believing in gods, about the weakness of people out there, taking responsibility for their life, about the sadism which is lurking in everyone of us, the evil within. But also some sexual content like necrophilia and other perverted, deviant stuff.

Ghoul: We share the lyrics. When the structure of a song is ready, most of the time we directly feel, who of us will write the lyrics for this song. We never had problems with this. It's a good team-work. And for the topics… let's say it like this: humanity is an all destroying species which is gorging till death. Humans don't care about the destruction of mother earth. Humanity is just a virus, nothing more, nothing less. And just because weak people are praying to god, doesn't mean, that they're better humans. Everyone is his own god. Some of us understand, most of us don't.

6. Besides the debut cd "Human Pathomorphism" does the band have any other merchandise available for the fans? If yes where can the readers buy it from?

S Caedes: For the moment we have Shirts and Tanks with simply our logo and the chaos star on the back. But in a few weeks we will have new designs available (Shirts, Zipper, Hoodies, Girlies and Tanks – also in different colors). We made a cooperation with Phil Robinson (Níðhöggr Studio). As I really like his work and I'm in contact with him for a longer time, I asked my band mates, if they are interested that he creates a special design for us – they were, so we just made it. And the result is just awesome! All is ready to be printed now. Soon as our new merch is available, we will announce it on our website and Facebook. If you want to order, just drop us a line by mail or Facebook.

7. Does Humanitas Error Est get to play live very often or do you prefer to work in the studio? What have been some of your most memorable shows to date?

S Caedes: Ha, easy thing: live! We all just love being on stage, unleash our hatred! This is exactly what we want to do.  Memorable shows… I can name our gig in Switzerland, the Night Of Blasphemy -  this was just an amazing moment. The audience was a 100% with us, and when you get such a feedback, you really know it's better being on stage then in studio! And also the In Flammen Festival – really great feeling to be part of this known festival, specially under the aspect that we only published one demo-song at this time. But you know, every gig is important. Even if it's in a little location, we're there to unleash hell on stage, and that's exactly what we're doing. No matter if we play in front of 500 or 50 people!

Ghoul: My favorites till now were Club From Hell (Erfurt/Germany) and also the Night Of Blasphemy in Olten, Switzerland. The audience was damned great, we really felt that they were there to enjoy a Black Metal gig. It was an amazing atmosphere.

Ahephaim: Live is where Humanitas Error Est makes sense. You can arrange a lot of stuff in studio, but you can’t lie in front of an audience and we like to show that we really mean what you can hear on “Human Pathomorphism” but in an even more brutal and raw way. I join my colleagues about their choice of the best live experience with Humanitas Error Est at this day.

8. Are there any upcoming shows or small tours the readers should watch out for? Where are some places the band will be playing?

S Caedes: Yeah, we have some great gigs planned. Two of my favorites, which I'm really looking forward to, are on the one hand the Radiant Art Festival in Belgium, on the 9th July 2016 and on the other hand the Autumn Souls Of Sofia Festival in Bulgaria, on the 14th October 2016. In Belgium, Ahephaim and myself will play also with Lebenssucht, our second band. Being on stage two times will be a hard thing, but also a very great experience. Besides this we both also will expose some art (photographies) of us, so we are able to express our emotions in two different ways, what is  absolutely amazing.

Ahephaim: To watch out all our gigs, fans can just have a look on our website or at the tour-section on our facebook-bandsite. Soon we will announce some more gigs for 2016 as for 2017.

9. Humanitas Error Est recently made a video for the song Raping Religions. How long did it take the band to make this video?

S Caedes: Oh, not that long. For „Raping Religions“ we just used some live-material from our gig we had in March 2015 in Erfurt, Club From Hell. Our guitarist Tsar was editing the video… I guess he finalized it within few days.

10. Besides Raping Religions are there plans to make any new videos of the debut? If you could is  there a song you would like seen made into a video?

Ahephaim: Indeed, I’m working on the edition of an official video for the song “Pain Feeder”. It took a bit more time than expected due to my other activities but it should be released in the next weeks if all goes well.

11. Humanitas Error Est comes out of the German black metal scene. What is your opinion of Germany's black metal scene?

Ahephaim: Germany is the metal country by excellence, with all its festivals, labels, … so the scene is very developed. The mainstream scene as the underground one. In the black metal scene you find a lot of great stuff like also pretty shitty releases. When I’m interested into a musical genre, the origin of the band is just an information amongst other and I guess it’s not that important. Only to understand some of their ideas, concepts maybe. Concerning gigs and lifestyle in the German black metal scene, it’s like a big family with sometimes little fights between some members of this family but in general it’s quiet a comfortable scene. The biggest problem is with politics mixed in the music. A lot of press people, labels, and also band members are really concentrated into checking if this band or this band has links with Nazi ideas, … instead of first put a hear on the music. As a Belgian guy living in Germany since only few years, I found this quiet shocking how this subject is leading into fights and problems, even for bands like us, who have nothing to do with political ideas.

12. Who are your all-time favorite German bands? Are there any new German bands you feel the readers should watch out for soon?

S Caedes: Honestly I give a fuck about, if a band is German or not, I'm only interested in the music, if the music can kick my mind. But ok… to name some... one of my first Black metal Cd's I bought was from Dunkelgrafen, which I also still like to listen today. Bands who were influencing me a lot are Anti and ColdWorld. And in addition I'm a big fan of Endstille, already for years.

Ahephaïm: There are a lot of great German bands; The Ruins Of Beverast, Endstille, Farsot, … but to be honest I’m hearing bands from all around the world and actually very few from Germany. It’s not a question of choice, more the hazard of discoveries.

13. Besides working with Humanitas Error Est are any of the members currently working with other bands or projects?

S Caedes: Except Tsar, we all have bands beside Humanitas Error Est. I'm doing the vocals in Lebenssucht, which is more depressive Black Metal. But it's not a “how I can kill myself best way – thing”, since I'm not interested to kill myself. But yeah, I'm very into depressive art, it's a very personal thing, you know. The music and lyrics are much more intimate, the aura of the band is very morbid – what we will also show on stage.  Actually we are working on our first album and have already few gigs fixed for this year. First time we will be on stage on the 9th July in Belgium and
few more gigs will be announced soon. In addition to my two main-bands, I did some guest vocals in Withering Night (Black Metal, United States) and I will also do some guest vocals for Absolutus (Black Metal, Belgium). Void114 is member of the band Coma., from Austria, a very experimental band, very sick music. Can't really put it in words, you just need to listen to. I like it a lot.

Ahephaïm: I’m also drumming into many bands beside Humanitas Error Est. First I have my solo project Arnwald which is something more ambient, industrial with some kind of black metal spirit. My other bands are spread into many genres: Grausame Töchter (electro/punk), Rogash (death metal), Lebenssucht (black metal), Die Wanderratten (medieval alternative), … plus many other projects under construction. 

Ghoul: And me, I'm doing the vocals in Goatfuck, a Black/Trash metal band from Leipzig. We restructured the band into more black than trash, also gave the band a new name (before it was Slaughtered Existence) and working hard on our first EP with me as vocalist. We already had our first gig and there will follow some more this year. One of the upcoming gigs will be in London. Quiet exciting thing. Besides this, we are currently searching for a label.

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

S Caedes: Thank you for your interest and the support of Humanitas Error Est.

Ghoul: Never stop to follow yourself! Cheerz!

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Sunday, May 15, 2016

New reviews posted on 5-15-16

Here  is  a  new  blog  of  reviews  for your  reading   pleasure mainly black metal and  death metal  this  time  around.More  reviews  and  Interviews   will  be   posted  soon  so  keep  watching  the site  for  updates.

Enoid--Exile  Aux   Confines  Des   Tourments  cd   {Satanath Rec./Black   Plague  Rec.}
Switzerland's  Enoid  return  with  the  seventh  release to   date   combing raw,hateful  black  metal  with  some  very  well  written  and  played  instruments.The  main  man  behind  Enoid  is  Bornyhake  who  handles the  vocals  and  all  instruments.The  guitars  are  played  with  a lot  of  skill  and  played  at  different  ranges  going from  a  mid  tempo  to  a  more  faster  black  metal  guitar  tone.The  drumming  is  done  in the  same  vein  going from  a  mid tempo  drum  range to  a  all out  violent speed with  blast  beats  and the drums  are  done with  a lot  of  skill  and  played  very  well either  mid tempo or  at the faster  range.The  vocals  are  grim black metal  screams  mixed with  some  gruff  talking  type  of  vocals  used in  a few  songs.This  is  my  first  encounter  with  Enoid  so  I  can't  comment  if this  is a big jump from  past releases  or  not  but  if you  enjoy  furious  black metal  then  defintly  buy this  cd  as  soon  as  it  is  released.
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Goholor--In   Saeculis   Obscuris  Mcd   {Symbol   Of  Domination}
 Slovakia's  death/black  metal  band  Goholor have  released  a  great  Mcd   of  heavy  death  metal  and  some  black  metal   entertwined  within the  music.The  guitars  are  played  with  some  very  well  written  and  performed  structures  and  patterns going from  a fast and  heavy  death  metal  guitars to  a  more  mid  paced  range.The  vocals  are  a  nice  mix  of  death  metal  growls  mixed with  some  blackend  screams and  shrieks.If you  are  a  fan  of  well  performed   chaotic and heavy  death,black  metal  then  be  sure to  pick  up  a  copy  of   In   Saeculis   Obscuris  today.
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Grimness--A Decade Of Disgust  cd  {Goatmancer   Rec.}
A Decade Of Disgust  is  the  re-release  of  Grimness IncreaseHumanity Disgust  which  was  originally  released back  in  2004 Also  included   is  the  bands  2002  E.P  Dogma .The  music  is  played  with  a lot  of  power  and  fast  paced  songs  that  are really  good  and stand the test  of time.  If you  are  a  fan  of this  band  or  enjoy  fast  early  nineties  style  black metal  then  defintly  do yourself  a  favor  and  pick  up  a  copy  of  Grimness  A Decade Of Disgust  cd  today.
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Morbus666--Ignis Divine Imperium  cd  {Moribund  Rec.}
Texas  has   unleashed  another  killer  band  this  time  it  is the  black  metal  legion   Morbus666  and  their  newest  cd  Ignis Divine Imperium.Featuring  eight  songs  of  black metal  with  touches  of death  metal  in  a few songs.The  guitars  are  played  at  high  speeds  with  a lot  of  aggressive  and  violent  patterns.But  it  is  not  all  chaotic  speeds  and  patterns  as their  are  very  well played  and executed   mid  paced  guitar  sections.The  drumming  is  done  in  the  same  way  as the guitars  with  violent and  fast  drumming  sections but  the drummer does  slow  to  a   more  mid paced  range  in  a  few songs  that  is  played  very  well.The  vocals  are  gruff  death  metal  growls   and  some  black metal  screams  .If you  enjoy  the  early  years   of  black metal  with touches  of death  metal mixed in  then  be  sure  to  give   Morbus666   a  chance  and  buy the  new cd.
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Saturday, May 7, 2016

Interview with Ritual Genocide done by Patrick on 5-7-16

Here  is  a  new  interview  with  Ritual  Genocide  who  play  a  blackend death  with  some  war  metal   influences.A  good  band  if you  are  into  violent and  vicious  blackend death metal  so  be sure to  check them  out  today  and  buy a  copy  of the brand new  cd  "Commencement  Towards Annihilation"   which  was released  through  Black  Plague Rec  and   The True Plague Records.Read on to  learn  more  about  the  bands past,present  and  future  plans

Interview   with  Ritual  Genocide   done  by   Patrick

1. Hails   when  did  you  all  first   meet  each  other?Was  it  long  before  you  decided  to  form  the  band?
I have know S19 for many years now before we began. S19 meet our drummer while playing in another band.
 when that began to fall apart they asked me to join them. This we created Ritual Genocide.
2.How  did  you  all decide  on  the  name  for the band? What   is  the  current  line-up  of  Ritual  Genocide?
Before Ritual we use to be Genocide Coven. After the departure of our singer we decided to continue what we were doing as Ritual Genocide.
3.Ritual  Genocide    recently  released their  new  cd   "Commencement  Towards  Annihilation"   how  long  did  it  take  the  band  to  write  and record the  songs  on this  release? Does the  whole  band  take   part  in  the  writing  process  or does  one  member  usually  write  everything?
We have been writing these 6 songs for about 2 years. First we tried out a few different vocalists which didn't go so well. Then we decided we would have to do it ourselves if we wanted it to be done right. I write alot of music while at work or even at home mostly in my head. In the end we all work hard at putting the songs together.
4.The  lyrics  seem to  be  based  on  wars  and  violence  in  the  world  When  did  you  all decide  to  write  about  these   subjects?
We do not write about history but rather the present. Our songs and lyrics come from personal experiences and our beliefs. Our music is a direct extension of who we are.
 5.Is their  a  certain  war  or  time  in  history that you  all  like to  study  and  if  yes what  is  it?
No particular one really. Ww1, Ww2, Vietnam. I find all of it is very interesting. But none so much as the war we face each day.

6.Besides  the   new  cd    "Commencement  Towards  Annihilation"   does the  band  have   any  other  releases  or  merchandise   available  for  the  readers?And  if  yes  where   can the readers  buy  it  from?
Our first release Invidious Allegiance split with Phosphore Blanc can be found on Inhuman Assault. Which is also about to release the Ep on tape very soon as well. If you are looking for shirts there is a link on our page.
7.Has  the  band   started  working  on  new  music/songs  for the   next  release? Any  idea  how  many  songs  will  be  featured  on  the  next release?
 We just finished recording for our next split with Defecrator which will be on Black Plague Records and The True Plague Records.
8.Does   Ritual  Genocide   play  very  many  "live"  shows  or  do you  prefer to  work in  the  studio?
We have played a few shows. At the moment we are mostly writing new material.
9.What   have  been  some  of  the  bands  most   memorable  shows  to  date? Are their  any  shows  coming  up  that  the readers  should  watch  out  for?
Our last show was in Sacramento with Defecrator, Crurifragium and Pseudogod. It was great. No plans right now for future shows.
10.In  your   opinions   what  does  underground   metal  mean  to  you?
Be your Fucking self. In everything you do, Be true to yourself.
11.Other then  working  with   Ritual  Genocide   are  any  of  the   members  currently  working  with  other  bands  or  solo  projects?
Our drummer and bass player also are in Blasphemous Creation. And we also have another noise, power electronics project called Terroreactor.

12.Thank  you  all for  taking  the  time to  fill  this   interview   out  do you  all  have   any  final  words  for the  readers
Heil to all those who support the Anti Filth Campaign...
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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Declared Dead interview is now up done on 5-3-16 done by Patrick

Here  is  a   new  interview  with  Declared  Dead  the band  is  the return  of  Tony  M.  who  was the  mastermind  behind  Terminal  Descent  back  in  the early  2000's   before  stopping the  band.But  he  is  back  with  his  new  band  Declared  Dead.  If  anyone  is   interested  in  hearing the  new  music  be  sure to  check  out his  sites  or even  send  him  a email for  news  etc  on the band.And  if you  are  a  web/fanzine  or  run   a  radio  show/station  be  sure to get  in touch  with  tony  about  possibly  playing  Declared Dead  on your show  or  station

Interview   with  Tony  M. vocals  and  all   instruments   done  for   Declared  Dead  done  by  Patrick

1.Hello  Tony   how  are things  going  with  you  these  days?Please   introduce  yourself  to  the  readers?

 Hi, Patrick and anyone reading this. I "always" despise this question (or variations thereof - "How are you?", "How's it goin'?", "How are you doing?"). Haha. It's such a vague and potentially expansively involved question to ask and/or have to answer - if you're a "thoughtful" being at  all - that is. I know most of the time it's just a "generalized greeting" with no actual "caring" at all...but it's kind of a "pet peeve" of mine. Especially, when asked this question on an, almost, daily basis at work or from family members, etc. People seem to want to "quantify", "label", and "judge" the experience of life/living/existence by very superficial means, while running away from the "truth" at any cost. How am I at what? In what time frame are they referring to? Do they think they are the only ones asking this question? Do they not realize they ask this question every day? By asking, "How's it going?", are they referring to the mechanics of The Cosmos? What is "it" they are referring to? That's a very deep question to have to answer in three seconds, you know? Haha. It's like, I was just fine until you asked me "how I'm doing"...and seventeen times a day I have to respond to this? Now, I want to go on a killing spree. Fuck you and fuck the world! Hahaha. Turns my stomach, man. People suck, for the most part. *Grin*. But yeah, we are too complex of beings to simply state, "I'm good." to give attention to idiots. Not that I'm calling YOU (Patrick) an "idiot"...hahaha. I just decided to start off with a diatribe/tirade. Hahaha. Who does that? That "Tony guy"...that's who. "Nice introduction, asshole!" Hahaha. "Oh, come on! Like me, like me!!!" "I really need your approval!!!" Hahahaha. But funny enough, what's the first thing I say to my cats when I get home or wake up? "How's it goin', guys?" "How's my sweet kitties doin', today?" (Yes, "improper grammar" Haha. But when I ask that, I - actually - mean it...because I love them.
Anyway, I will simply state: "I'm fine." How's it goin' with you? How's the weather been? I have long hair, again. I'll, probably, shave it off next year, like I did eight years ago, or so.
My given name is "Tony". "Tony Mikkelson". I don't really identify with that name other than it's supposedly my name, so I respond to it when "necessary". Some might remember me as "Tony M." (simply 'cuz I was too lazy to sign snail mail letters with my "full name" - the "M" just trailed off into the sunset or something).
I'm far less socially involved than I use to be and I have nothing to sell.

2.Before  you  started   Declared  Dead   you   were  the  force  behind  the  death/thrash  band   Terminal   Descent.What  gave  you the  idea  to  start this  band?

Wow..."way back when". I think the idea came about in the very early '90's when I got more and more into "Metal", trying to find/make an egoic based self-identity, etc. This was even before, finally, getting a guitar. I knew I wanted to do something in the Thrash vein...then Death Metal came into my life before I got that first guitar, as well. So, I "needed" a "Metal" sounding "band name", etc. Again, I had that name before I even played any instruments. Haha. I remember "playing guitar" on my hair comb, wooden spoons, and egg dicers by the way. Has nothing to do with your question...just "nostalgia" setting in. Haha. Wooden spoons were very versatile, too! You could play guitar with them, use two for drum sticks (chop sticks were, also, used for drum sticks!), and use 'em for slashing "Z's" in cupboard doors like Zorro! Of course, beating bitches' asses would be a great use, these days...but(t), alas, I have no l(asses). Ummmm...where was I? To put it simply, the idea to "form" Terminal Descent at that time was, probably, due to "teenage rebellion" (not knowing that it was just another cliche).
3.How   many  releases  were  released  back  then and  are  any  still  available? Do  you   have  a  favorite  song  or  release  from    Terminal   Descent?I  know  you  stopped   Terminal   Descent   about  10-12  years  ago  why  did you  stop this  band?

I remember one reviewer said something like, "Here's yet another release by Terminal Descent. This guy shits out more music than a trailer trash whore spits out babies!" Hahaha. It was meant as a "compliment". I found that amusing. Hahaha. Back in those days, I was very "eager" to be heard/recognized/appreciated. Most music I did was very "spontaneous". Not very thought out structure-wise. I was striving for originality...but, I'm sure most of it was pure banality. It had a strange atmosphere/vibe to it, I can say, however. That part was pretty "original". Again, this doesn't have that much to do with what you asked. But it is what's coming through, as I ponder your questions. I like to provide "well rounded" information and offer "substantial" answers when someone takes the time to "promote" anything of "mine", etc. Anyway, how many releases? There was "Slaughtering the Astrakhan (Best Of?)", "The Perfection of Imperfection", "The Sun's Black Shroud/Karmic Affliction", "Abysmal Regime", "Mortuary Lust", "Eternity's End", "Convictions of Malcontent", "Of Darkest Light", "Manifesting the Present", "The Archetype of Grim Solace", "Hostage to the Devil", "Mana Shukultu e.p.", and the never finished "A God Amongst Ruins". I think that's it? I think there were a couple of "compilations" besides, as well. Those aren't, necessarily in "proper release order", either - by the way. So, what's that? Thirteen to fifteen releases, maybe? But they were, mostly, all "garbage"...haha. A few people, actually, find them "brilliant". But I look back with - mostly - embarrassment. But it was a "growing experience", too...multi-faceted and highly complex (in terms of "spiritual expansion", etc.). I think "Host Age to the Devil" and "Of Darkest Light" might still be around on various internet sites. I'm not, really, making it/them available - myself - however.
I'll listen to some Terminal Descent every once in a while...for "inspiration" and to - sometimes - rip off riffs and reuse/modify them for newer projects...haha. I realized, recently, that there are certain songs/riffs that I STILL play, today (and am reworking to build "new songs" or to expand upon those older ideas in a "fresh way" or more accessible way, etc.). Some of the stuff on the Declared Dead album have "Frankensteinian" elements from Terminal Descent. There's even a new version of "Evil I" (which is/was from "Host Age to the Devil") on "Denounced and Defiled" (new Declared Dead album). I like the Declared Dead version more. Haha. I REALLY like the structure of a song called "That Which Serves" (which was written for the "Mana Shukultu e.p." in 2003 or 2004) and was re-recorded for "Host Age to the Devil" (both Terminal Descent titles as you know). I, even, re-recorded it for a later project called 3hrinE in late 2011, I think it was. That time it was an instrumental version (and far closer to how I wanted it to be conveyed). The 3hrinE version has been my fave, thus far...BUT, I am in the process of recording it yet AGAIN for the same 3hrinE project (though, I have changed the name of that project to Eyes of Aeons, now...hahahaha...confused yet?). I STILL feel that song hasn't been manifested to its proper "glory" (I have a feeling it "never"'s a very complex in a subtle way type of song...beyond contemporary expression, in my opinion). It's funny to think that I have "classics" (to me) in my "repertoire" like a "real band" that's been around for 20-30 years, you know? 'Cuz, some of the riffs I've been working with on all these projects that stem from Terminal Descent - some of the riffs/songs are literally 20 years old! And some songs are a dozen years old. Even the redone version of "Evil I" was recorded for the first time ten years ago! It's, slightly bewildering to think about...haha. Other than that, I don't really have a "favorite" release by Terminal Descent. I feel "Of Darkest Light" and "Host Age to the Devil" were very "pivotal" moments for me, in terms of being a "spiritual being", they stand out in that regard.
I quit/killed off Terminal Descent at the end of 2007, shortly after the release of "Host Age to the Devil". It's a slightly difficult question to answer in terms of why. At that time I was going through a "spiritual metamorphosis", so to speak. It was kind of a "calling of the guard". A "higher" and more "secretive" type of "mission" was being "activated" in/through me. There was a type of "spiritual awakening" and with it an "ego dismantling" stage. There was a similar (yet different) "awakening" experience around the time of "Of Darkest Light", as well...and the "dawning" of it was before that around 1996/'97 with "The Perfection of Imperfection". Unless one has gone through this "process", I really can't find adequate words to explain it. There's a "spiritual teacher" called Adyashanti who has explained it as well as can be explained in my opinion. But, now, it goes "beyond" that. I think he's aware of such things, I'm referring to - as well - but his "role" is not quite the same as "mine". Or it is, yet, he doesn't wish to bring that aspect into the fore-front of his teachings, etc. To put it "simply"...Terminal Descent, for me - looking back at it is like a "road map"...with lots of "clues" and "winks" from The Cosmos and when read "properly", it holds all the "personal truth" that's needed to "fulfill my destiny", so to speak. This, of course, is a very intimate and personal type of thing. Terminal Descent was never about the music reaching a vast audience and becoming "successful" in that way, as the little ego-based Tony guy, at the time, had strived for. It was "successful" as a "catalyst" for a "personal spiritual awakening" when the time was right and needed for this individual to "sound his/its note" in the Cosmic Orchestra, so to speak. I often called Terminal Descent my "oracle and effigy"...whatever that means? Hahaha. It's like, "I" knew that's what Terminal Descent was about all along, yet at the very "end", I started to get caught in the web of, when the "ego-dismantling" took place, it felt "real"...even though, "I" have never really been comfortable trying to keep a facade, if that makes sense? It's like the "wisdom" was "always" there...but it was only being spoken of...not "truly" embodied. Terminal Descent had the concept of "ascension" the whole time...yet it, also, had the scientific meaning of fastest velocity one travels before crashing into the ground. I was aiming to "prove" Terminal Descent as a "success" (which would mean lots of people embraced it and supported it like a "great band" would be "exalted", you know - "ascending"...the classic "underdog" story, you know?). But it was only after Terminal Descent "failed" miserably (crashing into the ocean of nothingness) that "ascension" status could be obtained via complete and utter "freedom" from the shackles of "wanting". I don't know if any of this is making sense? It's been a while since I've tried explaining this to anyone. Obviously, music has still played a big part of this life as a form of creative expression. There's just a "higher purpose" of being incarnate in this place and time that I do not find useful trying to explain to the "uninitiated", yet is part of the Terminal Descent, hopefully, it makes some sense to who(m)ever's reading this? It has nothing to do with being "better than" or anything either. It might sound a bit "arrogant" when trying to explain. It's not meant to. "Everyone is special...but no one is especially special".
4.What  gave you the   idea  to  start   Declared  Dead ?  How  did  you  come  up  with    the  name  Declared  Dead  for  the   new  band?

After killing off Terminal Descent I went through a number of "new music projects" to take its place, I guess...haha. Each had a slightly different personality to it, I'd say. There was Crown the Clone, PyroMorphiA, Trolling For Cadavers, Inthlhxmneh Teh Atzlxiku, Sovereign Vow, and 3hrinE. It's like one would be "spiritual" and one would be "darker" in nature. So, after 3hrinE (which was one of the "spiritual" ones), I was in the mood to do some sort of "Old School Death Metal" type of project. I don't really remember how I happened upon "Declared Dead" as a just kind of came to me and I was like, "that sounds pretty cool". I looked it up to see if it had been used before and it seemed like it hadn't, so I took off with it. I, only, realized - recently - that there's a slight tie-in with Terminal Descent (especially, since I've been revisiting Terminal Descent songs/riffs to use for Declared Dead). I "declared" Terminal Descent "dead" yet, it still "lives on". Nothing ever "truly" dies, you know? Haha. Plus, Metal, in general has been "declared dead" many times through the decades...uhhh...yeah, right...Metal lives on and on and on!!! Plus, right when you are born in this realm, you are "declared dead" from the start..."doomed to die"...damn! Maybe, that can be a new song title? Hahaha!
But yeah, at the time of Declared Dead coming into being (mid 2014), I was in the mood to bring back some "aggression" to my guitar playing and my music in general. The past few years had been in a more "mid-paced" progressive style (3hrinE and Trolling For Cadavers). The Declared Dead demo called "Subterranean Nightmare" was just and aggressive. The new full length album has some fast spots but there's, also, mid-paced songs as well, I guess. But "darkly themed", at least?
I just tend to get "bored" with "styles", I seem to jump back and forth from kind of "aggressive" to kind of "progressive", lately. Right now, I'm leaning towards the "progressive" side...but I might work on some follow-up Declared Dead material (e.p.?) while I get the debut Eyes of Aeons project going. I, also, thought of doing another e.p. for Trolling For Cadavers (it's more of a "comedic" type project...kind of "Death Pop"? It hasn't reached its "full potential", I think).
5.As  with   Terminal   Descent   the  new  band  is  a  one  man  band  do  you  enjoy  working  by  yourself  or  are their  not  many   metal-musicians  that  live  close to you? If  you  had  the  opportunity  to  work  with  any  musicians {past  or  present}   who  are  some  musicians   you  would  like  to  work  with?

Well, Declared Dead is "technically" a "one man band"...but it's being portrayed as a "multi-member band"...haha. This "Tony guy" has no credits whatsoever in the liner notes, etc. All the guys look like me in the pictures, for some odd reason...but their names are completely different (Anders Milovovich, Deiter Cox, Dimitri Nagel, and Mikhel Van Zaal). They, also, reside in Belgium right now, as well. Not Iowa/United States. This is kind of a throw back to Terminal Descent as well, 'cuz, Terminal Descent had the connotation of - also - meaning "Terminal Descent - into MADNESS!!! Muhahahaha!" So, maybe this Tony guy went completely crazy after killing off Terminal Descent a decade ago and re-emerged as a Split Personality???? It's, really, just to give myself a bunch of laughs. And a couple of my old time buddies a laugh (who know my previous antics). "Enigma much?" Haha. Plus, it's never been about making a name for "myself"'s always been about making a Universe with the music and inviting people, I can mutilate their ears and corrupt their souls...umm...uhh...I mean...uhhh...
I don't know if I "enjoy" anything in this shitty fucking lifetime...haha. Working by myself is, probably, more of a "necessary evil" than because I, actually, like it. I just prefer to be away from people far more than I prefer to be with people. But that's just because most people are fucking parasites. "Oh, what a spiritual thing to say!" Hahaha. It's all about themselves when I have to interact with people. It's draining. I don't have the energy to pretend like I find them interesting, when I don't. And I don't have it in me to pretend like I'm such an interesting person to be around, either. People want to be seen a certain way, most of the superficial as my opening flurry about "How are you?". I see through their facade in the first few minutes I'm with them. If they're not on "my level", they become a burden. If they ARE on "my level", there's really not much reason for us to interact. Almost a "Catch 22"? Again, this, probably sounds arrogant? I've just become VERY wary of who I share my "sweetness" with. Not very many humans are privy to this anymore. Plants and animals (not "humans", if you categorize them as such), however - it is with great abundance I allow my internal radiance to shine.
I don't, really, know if there are many metal musicians in my area. I don't "go out" and I'm not seeking anybody to jam with. I've been doing this "alone" for about 20 real reason to change, now, I guess...haha. Plus, I have no desire to start a band/tour, etc.
However, I've done a two man project with a "friend" who resides in Virginia (called Scumbags of Society and/or shortened to S.O.S). He did all the music and I wrote the lyrics and recorded vocals. Something like that, I'd be open to, in "the future". Collaborating with others but not having to be in the same room together? Hell yeah! Haha! Though, I would allow my S.O.S cohort to visit me at my "studio" in person if he ever chose to.
Hmm...can't really think of any musicians past or present I would want to work with. Our styles would have to well as our personalities. I don't really "look up" to anybody, anymore, either. The first couple of people I DID think of when I first read your question was it might be "cool" to meet Jeff Waters of Annihilator and jam on some riffs together or something. But not really to work on songs. The more I've discovered what a "quality" person Chuck Schuldiner seemed to've been, it might've been nice to be in his presence for a little while, as well?
A kick-ass drummer would be cool to work with but I'd want my chops up as a guitar player another few notches before that, probably...hahaha.
I think my journey is a bit of a solitary journey
6. Declared  Dead   is  getting  ready  to  release  the  debut  full length  "Denounced  And  Defiled"  how  long  did  it  take  you  to write  and record  the  music  for the  debut  release?


Well, "Denounced and Defiled" has been "officially" released (April 17th, 2016) at a few sites...further expansion is slowly taking place as I type this. I started recording the material for the debut release at the beginning of July 2015, I believe, and finished in April 2016. It's tough to say how long it took to write the songs/lyrics since some of the songs are "re-recorded" (and re-structured) versions of the "Subterranean Nightmare" demo songs, as well as Terminal Descent and 3hrinE songs...hahaha! I think I realized, recently, that there's only two actual "new songs" on this album ("Denounced and Defiled" and "Strewn Before Vultures"). The rest are rehashed songs from the past. Plus, the cover version of TestAmenT's "Into the Pit". That song was recorded in 4 days, I think (though, I played the guitar riffs for about a month before "entering the studio"). That was the fastest recording time of any of the songs for this release. I've really been spending a lot of time reworking the drum patterns...some songs I recorded three to four versions of drums until I was remotely satisfied to use the last set as the final ones, etc. I've, also, been "practicing" the rhythm guitar parts over and over and over before I go into "the studio" to record, so I have the basic feel ingrained yet there's room for slight improvisation (accents and such). Before, I'd whip out a whole album in three I get about two songs done. These days, I aim for "quality" over "quantity", I guess? I'm kind of trying to do "justice" to some of the songs that have manifested through me over the past 20 years. I'm "never" really satisfied, though...maybe the curse of a "true artist"? I don't know...

7.Where  did  you  draw  inspiration   for the  lyrics  on  the debut  "Denounced  And  Defiled"   and  what  are  some  topics/subjects  you  explore  with the  new release?
The lyrics just kind of sprung forth from the song titles themselves. The song titles themselves just kind of gather themselves to me. I tend to keep a creative observation mode running in the background of my mind and it just keeps an eye/ear out for interesting word combinations. I'll read something and a line will draw my attention and I'll think it would be good for a lyric line or a song title, etc. Or, sometimes I'll be watching a t.v. show or movie and hear what somebody says "wrong" and I'll "rewind" it and hear what they actually said and I'll think, "Wow, what I thought I heard would work well for a lyrical line or song title!". Blah, blah. These days, I don't really feel I have anything to say, lyrically. So, I attempted to just evoke the sense of "Old School Metal" with the topics...threw in a few cliche type of phrasings...more as an homage than anything else. Kind of had visions of b-grade horror movies in the background, as well. I was just aiming for an overall atmosphere. Like different levels of a hellish inter-dimensional realm, etc.
The topics/subjects might be various versions of being "Denounced and Defiled". There's elements of insanity and suicide, hypocrisy, war, killing, torture/suffering, anti-Christianity, enlightenment/disillusionment, and the "true nature of females"...hahaha!
8.Where  can  the  readers  find  and  buy the  debut  "Denounced  And  Defiled" ? Is  it  only  a  digital release  or  will you  try to  do  a  cd  release  as well?
The album is available at BandCamp, Soundcloud, ThePirateBay, and a link through a Dropbox account, for now. I'll add it to YouTube, soon, as well, most likely. You can find the various links at the main website under the heading "Deranged".
There's no plans of releasing it in cd form. If a label is interested in working out a deal to press cds/vinyl for it, I'm open to negotiations. But I don't have the financial means nor desire to do that myself, these days. Did it once...twice...both were disastrous thanks! I doubt there'll be much attention paid to the digital release, even. If a label deal falls into my lap like a slab o' pussy, I might take 'em for a spin...but neither of those am I actively seeking. Both are, usually, more trouble than they are worth. Haha.

9.How  do  you  feel   Terminal   Descent's  music  is  different from     Declared  Dead   style?

Well, I'd say Declared Dead's style is more "refined" and "straight forward" as compared to Terminal Descent. With Terminal Descent I use to add a lot of odd/quirky/strange accents and overdubs (guitars). It was, probably, pretty cringe-worthy to most listeners. It's almost like I had a tendency to sabotage something that could've been half way decent. But, at the same time, I was striving for something completely unique. But just because something is "completely unique" doesn't mean it's gonna be "pleasant", etc. It's like I was deliberately planting weeds in the garden, or something, you know? Now, with Declared Dead and what was 3hrinE and is now Eyes of Aeons, I'm kind of "trimming the hedges" just enough to walk by them without scratching my face off, while allowing them to look like a "natural landscape". Not over trimming to the point of making sculptures out of the shrubbery, you know? I still like the music to be a little "rough around the edges"...a little "rock 'n' roll". Slightly unpredictable...but I don't want the "quirkiness" to overshadow the deeper emotional aspects, like it seemed Terminal Descent did.
Terminal Descent was very "disjointed", I think. It was, almost, like bizarre Metal circus music or something...hahaha. The newer projects, like Declared Dead, I'm attempting to write actual songs...repeating sections (though, usually, played slightly differently each time to give it some flavor).
10.Tony  when  did  you  start  singing and  growling?Do  you  do  anything  special  to  keep  your  throat and  voice   healthy  when  recording  new  music?
Hmm...I think I started to figure out how to "growl" around 1995 or so? Maybe, '96? I have a vision of me in my bedroom at the time recording some "death growls" into  my four track cassette tape multi-track...hahaha. I was using some of Morbid Angel's "Domination" album as reference, at the time. Seeing how my vocals compared, etc. I think, I - also - did that with Death's "Symbolic"...trying various pitches.
No, not at all. My throat and voice is not very healthy to use as an instrument, actually...haha. It blows out VERY fast nowadays. I, also, can't seem to do low growls very well, anymore. Hence, a more "black metal" (not ultra-bitch mode) vibe on the new Declared Dead stuff. I might just need to find an alternate way than how I use to do them, 'cuz, I WOULD like to incorporate some lower growls on the next Declared Dead material. We'll see how it goes.

11.Who  are  some  of your   favorite  vocalist  and  singers?

Wow...drawing a complete blank, here, actually. Haha. I don't really "do" favorites of anything for the most part. But I understand what you're asking. Ones that seem to draw me in and affect me more often than not... I can, definitely, appreciate various vocalists, I guess. In no particular order: Mike Howe (Metal Church), Carl Albert (is it? Vicious Rumors - "Welcome to the Ball" era), Oni Logan (Lynch Mob - "Wicked Sensation" and "Smoke and Mirrors" eras), John Bush (Armored Saint/Anthrax) Eric A.K. (the dude from Flotsam and Jetsam), Erik Rutan (Hate Eternal), Chuck Billy (Testament/Metal Allegiance - though, it looks like he's choking on his tongue these days...hard to watch), Sebastian Bach (old days up to "Angel Down", maybe? I saw/heard him in an interview claiming he's lucky like Rob Halford or something. That his voice hasn't changed since he first started and he can still hit the high notes. Uhhhh...I was like, "Dude...what the fuck? Are you kidding me? Get the fuck out!" Haha. It's starting to sound like a raggity ol' vagina queefing the Star Spangled Banner in hopes of sounding like air escaping from the stretched lips of a red balloon. *Wheeeeze, fwap, fwap, fwadddddle, splooooooozzzzzze!*). Yikes...ooops...that's just mean. Umm...who else? Maybe, Corpsegrinder (Cannibal Corpse). Steve Perry (Journey). That dude from Steel Panther - I'll throw him into the mix - they're totally bitchin'! I know there are some "pop" female vocalists that are kind of cute and sexy sounding but I can't think of who right now. Definitely NOT that Adele twat. I keep seeing a ham sandwich stuck in her fat throat when I hear one of her crappy songs on the radio at work. Wow. I've really turned into a jerk, it seems. Hahahaha!!! Maybe, it's 'cuz, Declared Dead represents a "darker" aspect of my personality?
12.Tony  you  also  handle  the  guitars  for  the band  at  what  age  did you  become  interested  in  playing  the  guitars? Are  you  self taught  or  did you take  some  lessons  when  first  starting  out?
Yes, that was the first instrument I was truly drawn to (besides my skin flute, of course). I think I was around 13 or 14 when I mastered my skin flute...ummm, I mean when I wanted to get a guitar but I ended up waiting 'til I was seventeen to get some P'tang...I mean...a guitar. Sorry, I've been at this interview for hours, now. I'm going through internet porn withdrawals, I think...hahaha. Yeah, I guess I fall under the category of "self taught" (in both regards). No lessons...the only lessons I learned was "Lessons in Violence" by Exodus!

13.Who   are  some  of your  influences and favorite  guitarists? Besides the  guitars  and  vocals  do  you  play  any  other   instruments? Are their  any  instruments  that  you  would  like to  learn  one day?

Main influences, in no particular order, would be: Trey Azagthoth (Morbid Angel), Chuck Schuldiner (Death/Control Denied), Jeff Waters (Annihilator), Eric Peterson (TestAmenT/Dragonlord), Alex Skolnick (TestAmenT), Erik Rutan (Hate Eternal/Alas), Jeff Hanneman/Kerry King (Slayer), James Hetfield (Metallica...ugh), Dave Mustaine (Megadeth...double-ugh). Probably, forgetting some. Three out of the "Big Four" added here, kind of made me lose perspective...haha. Oh...I'll place Chris Poland (Damn the Machine, only) as very inspirational (not necessarily influential on me in terms of how I play). Also, of course - John Petrucci of Dream Theater is a fucking incredible guitarist, of which is more "inspiring" than "influential" to me, 'cuz I'm nowhere near that caliber or ever will be (not that I am with any of the others I listed, either, for that matter).
Right now, the instruments I dabble in are: guitars, bass guitar, vocals, drums (got an electronic drum kit in recent years - no more tapping on the keypads of a drum machine to play!), and some keyboard/synth. I'm pretty much open to learning any instrument (well, "learning" might not be the correct term..."molesting", maybe?). I was thinking violin when I talked about Exodus...but it would be "Lessons in Violins", instead, I guess. Or I could do something called "Violence With Violins", maybe? I, also, thought about getting a theremin (I think it's called) to add to the Trolling For Cadavers project. Money is tight these days, though...not sure I'll follow through with that or not.
14.Besides  Declared  Dead   are  you   currently  working  with  any  other  bands  or  solo  projects? If  yes   please  tell the readers  a  little  about  them?
Not really anymore. I was doing vocals (and writing lyrics) for the two-man project I mentioned earlier called Scumbags of Society (S.O.S), but that project has been on "hiatus" for a couple of years or so, now. The other dude is, basically, burned out already. He says there's still a possibility for more music later on...but who knows. We came in hard, heavy, and fast (like the serial rapists we wish we could be) but nothing stuck - so, he's sayin': "Who gives a fuck?". But yeah, we had some fun with that project. We aimed to be as offensive as we could be...very juvenile. There were a lot of laughs with that project! There was an S.O.S demo (with classic songs like: "M.I.A. Spells Loser", Virgin Ears I'll Drink Your Tears", "My Chum the Chum", and "Drink 'n' Drive"), "Doin' It For the Sluts!" (that was our "Appetite For Destruction" mega-platinum album with classic cuts: "The R.A.I.N.N. Party Crashers", "Moonshine 69", "Puke On My Prick", "After School Orgy in the Teacher's Lounge", and the title track, etc.), "Hoarding the Whores" (with tracks such as: "Pussy Parade Serenade", "Red Light District Calamity", "Machine Gun Jizz-Festival", a cover of G.G. Allin's "Last in Line For the Gangbang", and the title track, etc.), and "Diggin' Ditches For Bitches" (this was the last S.O.S outing...only had four songs, I think). That project started out as mostly "punk" then with each release got more and more METAL! Haha. I guess it was sort of a "Crossover Thrash" by the time "Hoarding the Whores" came out. There was a lot of tongue in cheek "misogyny" and "cynicism" in the lyrics, overall...haha. It was a blast. Hopefully, there will be a "re-union" one day...
Oh, yeah...almost forgot. Yeah - again - another solo project I will begin/continue is the aforementioned 3hrinE (now Eyes of Aeons) project. I've started recording some tracks for that, already. I'm, basically, just picking some "favorite" songs that I've done for 3hrinE in the last few years and giving them a "polish" and tweaking the structures a bit, etc. Reinvigorating them for the Eyes of Aeons name. A lot of the tracks have a combination of "joy and sorrow" to them. They remind me of some of the more "moving" Dream Theater segments...but of course, not as elaborate or technically adept, etc. I'm just speaking of the "mood" it leaves me with. Very "dramatic" feel. The Eyes of Aeons stuff will be all instrumental, I believe. At least, the first album, anyway.
Other than that, there's a small potential that I will return to Trolling For Cadavers for another e.p. in the next couple of years...but who knows.
I'm gonna try and just stick with these three from now on...but, again, who knows...hahaha. Trying to "simplify/condense" the music into those three "categories", basically. I'll try to keep the more "aggressive" sounding stuff for Declared Dead, the "experimental" type of stuff for Trolling For Cadavers, and the "Progressive-Thrash" type of stuff for Eyes of Aeons. But rebellion is already taking hold feeling like that's too limiting! Haha.
15.Tony  I  remember  when  you  and  I  first  met  you  liked  to read  and  study  various  subjects  do  you  still like to read and  study  different  times in  history or   present? If  yes what  are  you  currently  ready  now?

I don't really do much reading, these days. If and when I do read, a lot of times it's "metaphysical" type of stuff related to the "ascension teams and processes" I work with across the globe and beyond. Or, I might, re-freshen a Zen Buddhist way of thought type of thing by re-reading something in that tradition. Or some Buddhist material in general. Maybe, some "Advaita Vedanta" type of material. But this type of stuff isn't really to "obtain" knowledge as much as it is a re-freshening of where my "soul stream" has many roots. It's more a strengthening of thought. Reading is mostly boring to me, nowadays. I'd rather listen to a presentation than read a book. I watch a lot of t.v. shows and a few movies, too...haha. I'm not really "searching" for anything anymore. That's what I did with reading in the old days...was on a "quest". Not so much these days.
I think I might, one day, read some "fiction", though. Maybe, some "classic literature". I don't know...there doesn't seem to be much time to do anything and everything. Gotta "choose wisely", I guess.

16.Thank  you   my  old  friend  for  taking  the  time  to  fill  this   interview   out  and telling  us  about your  new project.Do  you  have  any  final   words  for the readers?
Hey! Thank you very much, Patrick! I really appreciate being able to yap with my hands (without being deaf or learning sign language) as I type out this monstrosity! Haha. Yeah, just some lame attempt at humor, there, again. But anyway...seriously...this was quite fun...spent a lot of time on it. Hopefully, it's not wasted on the blind and dumb! I'm sure I have a lot to be embarrassed about when I look back a year from now and see what was said...but whatever. The greatest laugh is always from a punch in the nuts, is it not?
To the readers...if you actually read this entire thing...holy fucking Christ! Don't you have anything better to do??? I hope there was SOMETHING redeeming and/or entertaining within this!
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Cheers, Sons'a'bitches!
The Declared Dead Crew