Sunday, November 27, 2016

New reviews done by Patrick on 11-27-16

Here  are  a  few  new  reviews  a  little  bit  of  variety  so  hopefully  you  will  find  some  metal  to  your  liking.

Azaghal-Helvetin Yhdeksan Piiria{Nine Circles  Of  Hell} {Moribund Rec.}
Moribund  Rec.  is  getting  ready to  re-release  this  classic which was originally release d 1999.This  is  defintly  a  classic  black  metal  release playing  raw,fast Finnish  black  metal.The  guitars are  played  with  a lot  of  skill  and  crazed  riffs.The  guitarist  is  not  all  speed  and  aggressive  riffs  their  are some  slower  guitars  even  mixed  with  some  atmosphere  elements.The  drums  are  played  with  both  a  hyper speed  drums  and some  mid-tempo  guitars  entertwined  in  a  few  of the songs.The  vocals   are  harsh,raw  black metal  screams.If you  are  a fan  of  Azaghal's  type  of  music  then  be sure to  pick  this  re-release  up  today.
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 Fornicus--Hymns  Of  Dominion cd  {Negative  Earth Rec.
Kentucky's own  Fornicus  return  with their  newest  release featuring eleven  songs  of of  violent  black  metal with  elements of  both  thrash  and  death metal mixed into  the  guitar  chords.The  guitars  are  well  written  and  performed  going from a  aggressive  fast  pace  to  a  more  mid paced controlled  speed.The  drums  are  well  written  and  performed  with a mix  of  violent blasting sections to a  more  controlled fast pattern.If  you  liked  Fornicus's  previous  releases  you  should  defintly  pick  up  Hymns  Of  Dominion  today.
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Mordskog--XIII  cd {Werewolf Rec./Hells Headbangers Rec.}
Mexico's  Mordskog release  their debut  cd  through  the  Finnish  label  Werewolf Rec. The  band  plays  a  semi fast  black  metal  style  that  does  go  to  a  more  mid paced  style  within  a  few  songs.The  guitars  are  done  with  some really  well played  and  performed  patterns.The  guitarist  does  a  good  job  performing  both  semi  fast  guitar  riffs to  a  more  controlled  mid paced  style.The  vocals  are  black metal  screams with  some shrieks  and gruff  style death  metal  growls.If  you  are  a  fan   of  well  written  and  performed  black metal  then  be  sure to  pick  up  a  copy  of  Mordskog debut XIII   today.
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Nebrus--Exta  Malorvm  cd  {Razed Soul  Prod.}
Nebrus  are  a  duo  from  Italy that  play  a  dark  black  metal  style with  some  other  metal  elements  used  throughout  the  songs.The  guitars are played  at  a  heavy mid paced  sound  with  some  slower  guitar chords  in  a  few  songs.The  guitars  do   speed  up  to  a  faster  pace  but  only  in  certain  songs with  some  well  written  patterns and even a few solo's.The  drums  are  in  the  same  veing  heavier,slow  drum  pattern but  do  speed  up  for  a  faster drum style.The  vocals  are a mix  of  low,grim death  metal  vocals  and  some  raspy whispering  type  of  vocals used  in  a  few  songs.Overall Nebrus  play  a  great  great  style  of  heavy,dark black  metal.
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Sorrowful  Land--Of  Ruins   cd {Solitude  Prod.}
Coming  out  of the  Ukraine's  atmospheric  death,doom   is Sorrowful  Land with  their  debut  cd.Sorrowful  Land  play  a  very  mature style  of  atmospheric  death,doom the  guitars  are  well  written and  performed  with mainly  slow,heavy  guitar  patterns  and  riffs.The  drums  are  done  with  some  precise  and  well  arranged  drum  patterns that  are  mainly  in the  slower  vein  but  do  go  for  a  mid paced  style in  a few  songs.The  vocalist  does  a  good  job  with  both death metal  growls  and  some  spoken clean  vocals  used  throughout  a  few  songs.If you  are  a  fan  atmospheric  death,doom  then  be  sure to  pick  up  Sorrowful  Land'S  debut Of  Ruins    today.
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Versifist--Cipher  7inch {Vault Of Dried Bones/Iron  Bonehead Rec.
Canada's  Versifist return  with  a  new  7 inch E.P  featuring two  songs.The  first  song  is   Bring  Back The  Dark which  is  a  aggressive  and chaotic blackend  death  song.The  guitars  are  played  with  a lot  of  skill  and power  going from  an  all out  assult  of  frenzied  guitar  riffs to  a  more  controlled  mid paced  guitar  pattern.The drums  are played  in the  same  style with mid paced  drums  to  start  out the song  but the drummer does  go  for  a  more violent and  fast  drum pattern.The  second  song  is  ...In Tongues   which  is  another  solid  and  well  performed  song starting  off  with  a  mid paced music  but  does speed up  a  little but  not  nearly  as fast  as   Bring  Back The  Dark.The  guitars  are  played  in  the  mid tempoed  style  but  does  get  a  little  faster  in the  middle of the  song.If  you  are  familiar  with   Versifist's  previous  E.P  then you  know what to expect  but  if you  are  new to  the  band  and you  like  well  written  blackend death  metal  that  goes  from  crazed,violent  patterns  to  a  more controlled  and  mid paced  style  then  be  sure tp  check  out   Versifist  today.
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Sunday, November 13, 2016

Self-Hatred interview done by Patrick on 11-13-16

Here  is a  new  interview  with  the  Czech Republic's  death,doom  band  "Self-Hatred" who  just  released  their  debut  cd "Theia"  through  the  Russian  label  Solitude Prod.  if you  enjoy  great  death,doom  with  some  atmosphere  and  other  genres.Then  be  sure to  pick  this  release  up  today.

Interview  with  Michal S. keyboardist  of  Self-Hatred   done  by   Patrick

1.Hello  Michal  please  introduce  yourself  to  the  readers?How  are  things  going  with you  these  days?

First of all thank you for this interview invitation. We are Self Hatred - doom/death metal band from Pilsen – Czech Republic. I play the keyboards and take second place in our band for the oldest member. J Number one is our drummer Datel. We just played 2 last gigs of the year where we finally had a chance to introduce our debut album Theia to the audience in real. The real CD I mean J Things are going well nowadays. Personally I am looking forward to 2017. There is a couple of great gigs ahead of us. Most of them in abroad. Currently we work on new album which should be recorded in March 2017 (Hellsound studio).

2.When  did you  first  meet the  other  members  of  the  band  and was  it  long  before you  all formed   Self-Hatred?

It is roughly 7 years since I first met Aleš and Štěpán. I just started a new job in Pilsen. During the break I went for a fag and the Smoking area outside of the building was the place were we seen each other for the first time. I could hear them speaking of some doom metal band they played at and asked more about it. This is how it has started. Between this moment and forming Self-Hatred also Stollice arised, where Aleš, me and Štěpán played together. 

3.What  is  the  current  line-up  of  the  band? And for the  readers  who  have  never  heard    Self-Hatred's  music  how  would  you  best  describe  it?

Kaťas / growls, whispers, Pavel Janouškovec / guitars, Aleš Vilingr / guitars, Štěpán Eret / bass,Michal "Datel" Rak / drums, Michal Šanda / keyboards. If you are into a spirit of the 90’s doom scene, combining it with modern sound and specific interpretation, this is what you will get.Our music is dark, black, and cold. On the other hand even more romantic or sensitive people might be pleased.

4. Self-Hatred   is  signed  to  Solitude  Prod. how  did you  all  come  in  contact  with this  label?

Solitude  Prod. also released album for Et Moriemur where Aleš, Pavel and Datel play. So we knew what they are capable of and when we sent out our materials to the labels, Solitude reacted in 2 days.

5.The  band  is  getting ready to  release  the  debut  cd "Theia" does  the   whole  band  work  on   writing the  music  or  does  one  member  usually  write  everything?

Well, "Theia" is alive already. Writing the music is process of all of us. Normaly what we do is that Aleš or me come with an idea and we all work on it. 

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

Katas is the lyrics master The ideas come out from what we experienced or what we are interested in. But if you want to point out some topics. It would be fears, melancholy, universe, love.

7.Besides  the debut cd  "Theia"  does  the  band  have  any  other  merchandise  available  for the  readers? If  yes  what  is  available  and  where can the readers  buy your  release and  merchandise?

There are two T-shirt versions. You can go to our facebook web site to find out more. You can also purchase a sticker  if the CD or  the T-shirts are not enough and show the whole world that Self-Hatred is the way you chose.Alternatively you can order all above also through the following e-mail: You can use Bandcamp and webshop if that is more suitable. The webshop will be offering merchandise of our befriended bands and ours of course. Et Moriemur and Quercus among others.

8. Michal  you  play  the  keyboards  for the  band  at  what  age did you  start  playing the  keyboards?Who  are  some of your  favorite  keyboard  players?

It is a long time ago since I started. I think I was arround 20. That makes it 18 years back in time. To be honest I do not have any idols or icons I would obey. But I respect a lot of musicians. Especially classical music performers. If you want a name I will give you Lindsay Schoolcraft - Cradle Of Filth, Joakim Svalberg-Opeth.  I adore Depeche Mode and what Ihsahn does with the keys for Emperor.

 9.Besides  the keyboards  do  you  currently  play  any  other  instruments if  yes what  instruments do  you  play? Are  their  any  instruments  you  would  like to  learn  one day?

I do play the guitar a bit. And I should be supporting Katas with my vocal on the next album. The instrument I would like to learn one day is the cello. Because of it’s sound and the vibrations you get from the instrument while playing it.

10.Besides  playing  in  Self-Hatred    do you  or  any  of the  members of the  band currently  work  in  any  other  bands  or  projects?

Et Moriemur – Paja, Datel, Aleš. The rest of the members are only focused on SH.

11.Self-Hatred   comes  out  of  the  Czech Republic's death/doom  scene.I  know  that the  Czech Republic  has  a strong  death,black  scene  but  don't  know  much  of the doom metal scene.What  is your  opininon of  the  doom scene  in the Czech Republic?

It actually moved from the North of Moravia to the west part of Bohemia (both are parts of the Czech Republic). Some years ago there were doom metal bands playing perhaps in around Moravia. Bands I would like to mentioned are: DISSOLVING OF PRODIGY, BLACK HEAVEN, HYPNOTIC SCENERY, R.E.T., SILENT STREAM OF GODLESS ELEGY, ENDLESS and MYTHOPOEIA. Doom metal as we know it dissappeared in it’s traditional way. Our debut basicaly links with this era. Theia should pull up the memories of the good old times.

12.Who  are your  all-time  favorite  bands  from the Czech Republic? Are  their  any  new  bands  you  feel  the  readers  should  watch  out  for?

SIlent Stream Of Godless Elegy, Dissolving Of Prodigy, Krabathor, Mythopoeia, Sorath , Et Moriemur, Somnus Aeternus. 

13.Besides  bands  are  their  any good  labels  or  distro's  you  can  recommend  to  the  readers?

It would be Pařát Productions. It‘s benefit for the czech doom metal scene is enormous. Thanks to Pařát the DISSOLVING OF PRODIGY vinyl reedition was released. But the credits are more. Apart from publishing printed magazine, I also recomend to visit the eshop. There is a tribute CD to be released soon. You will have a chance to hear one unreleased song we made especially for this project and never played live so far. More info to be found on Facebook or our website soon.

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

Drinking Becherovka.  But because my lady is into sport a lot, I do also biking and hiking. Reading of books makes my day also. And my life is totally affected by Monty Python's Flying Circus.

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

Live in joy

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Sunday, November 6, 2016

Interview with Germany's Barbarian Wrath Rec. done by Patrick on 11-6-16

Here  is  a  new  interview  with  the  legendary  German  record  label  Barbarian  Wrath.The  owner  BW. talks   about  the  label's  early  days and  current  label  work  along  with  other  topics.If  you  are  a  fan  of  old-school  death,black  and thrash  metal  then  be  sure  to  check  this  label  and  distro  selection  out.

Interview  with  BG.  owner  of  Barbarian  Wrath Rec.  done  by    Patrick

1.Hello   BG   please   introduce  yourself  to  the  readers?  At  what  age  did  you  find  yourself  getting  into  metal  music  and  who   were  some  of the  early  bands  you   listened  to?

You mean there's still people out there who don't know me...? O_o I got into Metal at the age of 12 through a class mate at school. That was back in 1979. He had a slightly older cousin who already was into Metal and we started listening to his AC/DC and MOT�RHEAD albums while playing "Defender" on our ATARI 2600 video games. Those were the times... :) I got into other bands mostly by chance since there was nothing even remotely resembling a Metal press or Hell forbid, a Metal radio in Germany. I got into ACCEPT in 1983 when I had a class mate record me a FOREIGNER album and he put "Restless And Wild" on the flip side. It was his Dad's record and he thought I'd like it.... Needless to say the ACCEPT side got a lot more playing time, hahaha. There are similar stories about how I got into IRON MAIDEN or SAXON in those years. All that changed in 1984 with the advent of Metal Hammer which was quickly followed by fanzines which used to be sold in one of the local record stores.

2.I  believe  before  you  started    Barbarian  Wrath   you  were  owner  and  operater  of  Nazgul's  Eyrie   how  long  was  this  label  open  for?  And  what  made  you  decide  to  stop  it?

Guilty. NAZGULS EYRIE lasted (on paper) from 1993 to 1999 and was directly followed by BARBARIAN WRATH. When you look at release dates however you'll see that the really active time was between July 1994 and July 1996 followed by a long period of agony caused by bad business decisions which cost me a lot of money and my sanity. When I had finally paid off the financial aftermath I changed the name and gave it another go which I'm happy to say went somewhat more smoothly. However, the name of NAZGULS EYRIE was burnt and spent so I came up with something more personal instead. The fact that everyone and their grandmothers were running around with pseudonymes based on Tolkien may have also played a minor role in my decision.

3.In  2000  you  formed    Barbarian  Wrath Rec. what  gave  you  the  idea  to  start  up  a  different  label?  And  how  did  you  choose    Barbarian  Wrath   as  the  name  for  your  new  label?

I sort of explained that in the previous question already. It's not a different label in my mind, it's the same thing, just run in a slightly more professional way :D The name came up at some point based on my nickname at the time. My gentleman-like behaviour caused me to be referred to as the "Bavarian Barbarian" by the guys of COUNTESS at first and by pretty much everyone soon after. Since I was coming back (well, trying to) with a vengeance from the NEP disaster the "Wrath" part just fell into place :)

4.What   have  been  some  of your   personal  favorite  releases  over the  years?And   are  their   any  upcoming  releases  the  readers  should  watch  out  for?

 I feel like a father to all my releases and like a father I love them all for what they are even when they annoy me at times. Since I have returned from a well deserved time out in January 2014 (This time without bothering to change the name...) there has been a steady stream of 24 releases so far which is more than I managed to release in the entire decade before. Of course people should watch out for all my releases as well as those of my darling wife through WITCHES BREW. :)

5.What  are  some  things  you  look  for   when  signing  and  releasing  a  band? And  are  you  still  on the   look  out  for  new  bands  to  work  with  or  is  the   Barbarian  Wrath Rec  roster  full  at  this  time?

I want to be surprised. The big cancer of today is predictability. Be that movies, books or bands, if I already know how things will end 10 minutes in, why bother ? Of course a band may still be entertaining in a live situation (Usually because I drink them better...) but why would I bother to release something by those guys. It's sometimes rough to have to tell that to people and not all take it gracefully either but it's my damn money and I decide what to spend it on :) I'm always looking for bands who manage to make me perk up. It doesn't happen often anymore since I'm a jaded old bastard but it does happen and when it does I usually find a way to place such a band in my roster.

6.Do  you  run  the  label  by  yourself  or do  you   have  some  help  from  friends or  family?  Would  you   have  any  advice  to  the readers  who  might  be  thinking  of  starting  a  distro  or  a label  themselves?

I have help. My wife does all the tedious background work so I can concentrate on signing bands and smoking cigars. Which suits me just fine, hehehe. Seriously though, since I have a full time job besides running BW and she doesn't it makes sense that she runs the distro and her own label WITCHES BREW. The distro is exclusively hers and she decides what to carry. Usually she goes for the more exotic stuff (as in from an exotic place, not an exotic mix of musical styles with a hint of Metal as an afterthought...). Seeing that there are more distros than buying fans in Germany and they all carry the same stuff I think she's right trying to stick out and do something original for a change.

 7. BG   are  you  currently   looking  for   new  labels  or  bands  to  work and  trade  with?  If  yes  what  styles  of  metal  do  you  carry   in your  distro?

As I just typed, I always look for new stuff that I find impressive and surprising. All distro questions go to my wife :)

8. BG   you   live  in  the  metal  filled  country  of  Germany  what  is  your  opinion  of the German metal  scene  over  the  years to  present  day?

I think Germany is vastly overrated. I'm sick of Germans strutting around like their shit don't stink and all they really do is buy what glossy magazines serve them and treck to Wacken every year. There are real people besides me of course (quite a few actually) but this picture of Germany being the great Metal nation is inherently wrong. You don't see any Metalheads on the streets and when you do they won't talk to you because they don't like (or, more likely don't know) the band on the shirt you're wearing. So, as far a scene (as in people working together to achieve a common goal) goes, Germany is burnt and salted ground. If you count the number of role-playing fools who'll simply consume whatever glossy magazines tell them to, we got a few million of those.

9.Who  are  your   all-time  favorite   German  bands? And  are  their   any  new  bands  that  you  feel  the  readers  should  watch  out  for?

All time favorite German band... hmmm.... Nope, I don't really have a favorite band but I can list you favorite albums by German bands. The thing is, every band seems to come to a point eventually where they lose me. For instance, I worship AVENGERs "Prayers Of Steel" album but I find RAGE just barely tolerable even though it's the same people who wrote those songs and recorded the album.
I can't tell you about new bands because I'm trying to sign them and I don't want any competition.
10.Besides  bands  are  their   any  good  labels  or distro's  you  feel  the  readers  should  check  out   soon?

I feel that WITCHES BREW get's far to little attention. There is a bunch of fucking brilliant bands there continously releasing jewels of Metal and WB get neither glory nor sales for it and it's a bloody shame.

 11.Do  you  still  try to  go  out  to   local  shows  or do you  prefer  to  stay  in?

I still go to shows when I can though mostly I go to small festivals. We got an entire string of those that we go to every year. Seeing a cool band whom you previously had not known is the high point of every festival. Local shows to me are going to N�rnberg or M�nchen which both are 1 hour trips. Really local shows don't exist because my area is pretty much exclusively settled by the types I described in question # 8.

12.When  not   working  on  label  business   what  do  you  enjoy  doing  in  your   free  time?

What is this "free time" you speak about...?

 13.In  your   opinion  what  is  the  best  and  worst  thing  about  the  underground  metal  scene  today?  And  what  does  underground  metal  mean  to  you?

The best and worst thing is the internet and computers in general and for pretty much the same reason. Life has sped up incredibly since the 90s and everybody has access to everything. Underground to me means to do something for passion with monetary gain being a nice side effect should it happen, but not a driving force. Which is the exact reason why I never tried going "pro". I enjoy the freedom of releasing whatever I want, I don't have to worry about sales because the money to pay for our beer comes from a different source.

14.Were  can  the  readers  find   Barbarian  Wrath   news  and  releases to   purchase?

There are a number of social media pages for the label that I keep up to date, Facebook, Google+, Twitter, the usual. Just type "Barbarian Wrath" in a search engine and you'll get 3 pages of links :)
As for buying my releases, the first and foremost spot to do so is WITCHES BREW. Besides German postage being rather cheap even for worldwide shipping she has a constant stream of other releases going through her distro so you have to be deaf and blind (Which, apparently you're not or is this text in Braille, eh ?) to not find something interesting.
In the USA (and North America) we are officially distributed by HELL'S HEADBANGERS and in Japan (and East Asia) by ROCK STAKK and we are looking for other partners in territories not yet covered.

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

You're welcome :) I haven't done one of those in quite a while so I enjoy the chance to talk. Well, type :D As a final word I would ask you all to give small bands and labels a chance and look beyond the circle jerk you find in your magazines. It's worth it. Trust me.

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