Saturday, January 28, 2017

New reviewes done by Patrick posted on 1-28-17

Here  are  some  new  reviews  for  you  all  to  read  and  hopefully  find  a  band  and  label  to your  musicial  interest.Keep  watching  Winter  Torment  for  more  interviews  and  review  blogs  to  be  posted  soon

Axis Of  Despair--Mankind  Crawls  7inch {Give  Praise  Rec.}
This  is  my  first time  hearing  this Swedish grind band Axis Of  Despair who  play  a  great  style  of  old-school  grind  mixing  in  both metal  and  hardcore punk elements.Each  song  is  fairly  short  and straight to the  point  with  violent  blast beast  and  crazed  guitar  patterns.The  vocals  are  raw  growls  with  some  gruff  screams  entertwined  into the music.If  you  are  a fan  of  old-school  grind  then  devintly  pick  up  Axis Of  Despair newest  7inch  today.
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Keitzer--Ascension  LP  {Give Praise Rec.}
Germany's  death  metal  masters Keitzer return  with  their  sixth full-length Ascension  getting the  vinyl  treatmeant  from Give Praise Rec.Ascension  features  twelve  tracks  vicious death metal  done  in  the  old  vein.The  guitars  are well  played  and  written with  crazed  guitar  patterns .The  guitars  are  played  with  a lot  of  speed  and  crazed  patterns  but  the  guitarist  knows  how to  write  and  perform  more  mid paced guitar  parts  and  some  solo's  mixed  into  the  music.The  vocals  are  raw death metal  growls  that  really  fit  this  bands  musicial  style.If you  are  a  fan  of  Germany's Keitzer or  a  fan  of  old-school  death  metal  then  be  sure  to  pick  up  a  copy  of  Ascension  today.
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Naddred-Sluagh  demo  cassette{Invictus   Prod.}
Naddred are  a  new  band  who come  out  of  Ireland's  black  metal  scene.Sluagh  is  the  bands  debut four  song  demo the  band  plays  a  very  unique  and interesting  style  of  black  metal.Playing traditional  and  harsh black  metal  with  elements of  atmosphere in  a  few  of the  songs.The  vocals  are  harsh black  metal  screams mixed  with some  deeper growls  and  screams.If  you  are  a  fan  of  extremely tight  and  violent  black  metal  then  be  sure to  pick  up  Naddred's  debut  demo  today.
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Old-School death metal band Scalpture done by Patrick posted on 1-28-17

Here  is  a  new  interview  done  with  the  German  old-school  band  Scalpture  who  have  released  their  debut  cd "Panzerdoktrine  through  Final  Gate  Rec.  so  if you  are  a  fan  of  well executed  and  performed  old-school  death  then  be  sure  to  pick up  a  copy  of  Scalpture's  debut  today.

Interview  with  Thorsten   vocalist  of  Scalpture   done  by  Patrick

1.Hello  please  introduce  yourself  to the  readers? At  what  age  did you  discover  metal  music  and  who  were  the  first  bands  you  listened to?

Hey Patrick!  My name is Thorsten (25) from Bielefeld, Germany and,  in this case singer of Scalpture! I think I started listening to metal when I was about 13. Besides some German hard rock bands my first encounters were with the classics like Iron Maiden, Metallica, Blind Guardian and (not so classic) Totenmond. The last one is a German band and without being able to describe their style they are just fucking sick!

2.When  did you  first  meet  the   other  members  of  the  band?And  who  came  up  with    Scalpture    as  the  bands name?

The three other founders of our band and me were all living in a rather small town named Detmold. I was about seventeen and was keen to sing in a Death Metal band since I became a big fan of Bolt Thrower and many other bands. Felix and I were friends for a while then and he was already a great guitarist at that time. After a while and a few drinks he finally admit to give the whole idea a try. Anselm admit to play bass shortly after and knew Max from school for the drums.

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

At the moment we are lacking a drummer but recruited a second guitarist a year ago. So its Felix and Tobias on the guitar, Anselm still plays bass and I do the vocals. I usually say we play nothing less than Death Metal. Our lyrics solely deal with war while the music is often described as a mixture of Death Metal Classics like Dismember and Bolt Thrower.  

4. Scalpture    is  getting ready  to  release  the debut  cd "Panzerdoktrine"  through  Final  Gate Rec.  how  did you  all  come  in  contact  with this  great  label?

After we´ve published our EP Border Crossing on our own, we realised how stressful it is and how hard it is to make your mark. We tried to find a label which publishes our first full length album and we contacted a bunch. Fortunately Marco from Final Gate liked the EP we sent him and offered us to publish “Panzerdoktrin” via his Label.  

5.Does  the  whole  band  take  part  in  the  writing  process  or  does  one  member  usually  write  everything?

Actually Felix had been the musical mastermind behind Scalpture and composed all the music. Since we recruited Tobias we've got two great musicians who do the song writing and they interact perfectly. From the beginning on I was responsible for the lyrics. I believe I can perform better if I have written the lyrics on my own and the others were never really interested in texting anyway.

6.Thorsten    you  handle  the  vocals  for the  band  at  what  age  did you  start  growling  and screaming?Is  their  anything  special  you  do  to  keep your  voice and  throat  healthy?

I think my adolescent self started “singing” along with his favourite Death Metal bands in his room.    I´ve reduced smoking in the last few years as well as I try to practice quiet often, especially when I'm driving or showering.

7.Who  are  some  of your  influences  and  favorite  vocalists? Besides  the  vocals  do  you  currently  play  any  other  instruments  if  yes  what  do you  play?

I admire a lot of singers. Some because of ther "special" voice, for the authenticy, some for their great lyrics, some more for who they are. From Kurt Cobain or Lemmy to Karl Willets, Martin van Drunen or Chris Reifert there are plenty. I think as an inspiration for Scalpture especially those singers and bands play a part that play comparable music or have compareable lyrics.
Besides singing I sometimes TRY to play the guitar. This is more are spontanious outburst of pure overconfidence because I absolutely suck. My girlfriend would agree a 100%.

8. Thorsten  I  assume  you  write  the  lyrics  for the  band and  I  noticed  the  lyrics  are  based  on  war  when  did you  and the  band  start  writing  about  war? Are  their  any  wars  in  particular  that you  write  about?

Since we've started, for me war was the only topic I could write about. I have always been interested in history and wars. I study history by now. My “inspiration” comes from all modern conflicts. The song “Keiler” (boar) is the name of an actual German mine flail, while “Dam Busters” is dealing with the 617th English bomber squadron in WWII. Most of our songs deal with war on a more abstract level. Just to give some examples “Not a Single Step Back” is loosely connected to the Red Army's creed in Stalingrad, though the text does not really give a hint as it is the same with “No Rest, No Sleep, No Peace” which is connected to the Wehrmacht's practice giving some tank crews a preform of Crystal Meth called “Panzerschokolade” (tank chocolate). “Lead From Ahead” deals with the strategy of troop leading in the German  and other armies, while “Flattened Horizons” is actually an ode to tank howitzers in general.
However, our next Album is planned to be a concept album about a certain conflict...

9.Besides studying  and  reading  about  the  past  wars  are their  any  other  times in  history you  and the  other  members  of the  band  like to  read and  study?

Well actually we do not talk so much about history with each others. The texting is my job, which I do alone. For Panzerdoktrin of course I was interested in the tank-topic. So I was interested in period between the Second World War 'till today. Because of my studies I started reading a lot of individual testimonies from soldiers who fought in WW I. Especially the wartime experience and its influence on the soldiers and society are the main focus. Before that I studied on the pre modern  Denmark.

10.Does  Scalpture  get to play  "live"   very  often? Who  are  some  bands  you  all  have  gotten to  share the  stage  with?

Haha you are touching us on the raw buddy! We haven't hit the stage for more than one and a half year now. First I studied abroad in Sweden for a semester, then we entered the studio, then we parted from our drummer. We haven't found a new one yet but we plan to get back on stage in 2017 as soon as possible!
We mostly played underground shows with other underground bands so far. Just to mention our friends from Evoked here. Once we shared stage with Deserted Fear which was a great lesson!

11.Are  their  any  shows  or  tours   planned  for  2017  if  yes   where  will  the  band  be  touring  and  playing?

Right now there are no officially announced shows but we are planning a lot at the moment. If all works out we'll share stage with Evoked and Carnal Tomb from time to time.

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

Haha playing the guitar!  

13.Scalpture  comes  out  of  the  German  old-school  death metal  scene  what  is your  opinion  of  Germany's  metal scene?

Germany's metal scene in general is pretty big. During the summer time you`ll find a whole lot of small and big festivals all over the country every weekend. There are hundreds of concerts every weekend you could actually visit. Like with every big scene the vast majority are pretentious idiots, I don't have much in common with and I don't like them. Still there are really great guys and girls and really cool bands making it worth being a part of the scene.  

14.Who   are  some  of your  all-time  favorite   German  bands  and  are  their  any  new  bands you  feel  the  readers  should  watch  out  for?

There are a few I think. No matter how often I put on Sodom, Accept or Morgoth, they just don't get bad! If you ask me for more unpopular bands people really should watch out for...phew...there are!
First of all there are our home town friends from Wifebeater playing pure scum fuck rock n' roll!Then there are our friends from Evoked playing great real old school Death Metal an just got signed by FDA Records! There is Vulture (speed metal) as they will release their debute album in 2017. I like Cryptic Brood from Wolfsburg playing ugly doomy Death Metal and Carnal Tomb from Berlin and Deathrite from Dresden. Weak Aside plays great war Death Metal as well as Atomwinter.
Fuck there are so many god damn good underground bands! Listen to Bastard Grave from Sweden or Division Speed from Leipzig. I could do this for hours....

15.Besides   bands  are  their  any  good  labels  or  distro's you  could  recommend  to  the  readers? What  about  good fan  or  web-zines  you  like   to  read?

Haha of course our label Final Gate Records! There are some other good German labels like FDA Records, which simply has had a knack for picking awesome bands during the last few years as well as the rather new Testimony Records. I am actually not so much an internet guy and usually do not read any fan- or web-zines. Check out Timon Kokott Artwork who painted our Cover Artwork and our designed our shirts for instance.

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

Thank you as well. I am not so much a guy for the famous last words though I like to have the final say. It might appear elegant to end with a quote. Some famous last words from Mr. Bukowski:

“‘I think I need a drink.’ ‘Almost everybody does only they don’t know it.’”

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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Germany's Acranius interview done on 1-21-17

Germany's   Acranius   return  with  their  third  full length release  "Reign Of  Terror"  through  Rising Nemesis Rec.  So  if you  are  a  fan  of  brutal with  some  slam  parts  then  be  sure  to  pick  up  a  copy  of  Acraanius   newest release  today.

Interview   with   Acranius   done  by   Patrick

1.Hello   please  introduce  yourself  to the  readers and  when  did you  start  listening to  brutal  death   metal?

Hi, I´m Björn, the guitarist of Acranius. First of all thanks a lot for the interview request…we really appreciate your interest in Acranius. I started listening to Brutal Death Metal in the age of 16 or 17 or so. I remember listening to the Waking The Cadaver Demo for the first time. This masterpiece blew me totally away and started the whole thing for me.

2.Who  were   some  the first  bands  you  listened to? And  who  are some  of your  current  favorite  bands in  the  scene today?
In the early days I enjoyed and still enjoy Abominable Putridity, Gorevent, Guttural Engorgement, Waking The Cadaver, Without Remorse, Pathology, Visceral Disgorge, Devourment, Cerebral Incubation, Ingested and other slammy stuff like that. But I really enjoyed straight death metal like Hour of Penance, Unmerciful, Inveracity, Disavowed and Severed Savior and some deathcore stuff like Oceano as well. My taste of music didn´t change that much so I´m still into this stuff and these are bands who influenced my style of writing music but I´m always listening to some good hip hop and hardcore as well.
In the moment I really dig the new stuff of Defeated Sanity, Jesus Piece, Shadow of Intent and Mass Infection. Really cool stuff you have to check if you´re into aggressive music!

3.When  did you  first  meet the  other  members  of the  band  and  who  chose  the  name  of the  band? Does  it  have  a special  meaning?

First of all I have to say that we started Acranius as a 2-man-outfit. My bassist Lars and me wrote the EP “The Echo Of Her Cracking Chest” and after the realese we searched for a singer and a drummer. The first rehearsel with a full line-up was in 2012 I guess. We had some changes in the line-up so we met Rob and Kevin of our current line-up 2,5 years ago.
I think Lars was coming along with the bandname in the beginning of Acranius and I was cool with the sound of the name and the meaning haha. An Acranius is a newborn without a cranial bone. LOL

4.Acranius   is  signed  to  Rising  Nemesis Rec.  the  band  has  worked  with this  label  for  many years  how  did you  all come  in contact  with this   label?
 Yeah I think we are one of the bands who are longest in the roster haha. The first contact was through the internet because Nasar wanted to sign us and the rest is history.
5.Acranius   is  getting  ready to  release  their  third  full length  Reign Of Terror   does the  whole  band  work  on  the  music  or  does  one  member  usually  write  everything?

Mostly I write all Acranius-Shit and so I did for the new record. Lol

6.Who   usually  takes care of  writing the  lyrics  for the  band  and  what  are some  subjects  you  all  wrote  about  on   Reign Of Terror?

For “Reign Of Terror” our old vocalist and good Friend Tomm wrote the lyrics because he´s still close connected with the band and is pretty talented in writing shit.

7.Besides  the  upcoming  release  Reign Of Terror   does  the  band  have  any  of  the  previous  releases  available  for the readers to  buy? Besides  the  physical  releases  does the band  have  any  other  merchandise  available  for the  fans to  buy?

For sure…check our online store or the store of our label and get some shit.

8.What  have  been  some  of  the  bands  most   memorable  shows  over the  years?And  who  have  been  some  of your  most  favorite  bands to  share the  stage  with?

One of the greatest experiences for me personally were Las Vegas Deathfest and Neurotic Deathfest in the Netherlands. But honestly I enjoy nearly every show because I can share some great  moments with my best friends and this is something I´m really grateful for.
  There were so many great bands we really enjoyed to share the stage name some there are Cerebral Incubation, Ingested, Science Of Sleep, Mastication Of Brutality Uncontrolled, Candero, Carnal Decay, Slowly Rotten, Unfathomable Ruination, Euphoric Defilement, Iniquitious Deeds, Defeated Sanity and Unmerciful

9.Does    Acranius   have   any  upcoming  shows  or  tours in  support  of the  new  release  and  if  yes  where  are  some  countries  the  band  will  be  playing?

We have some single shows for the future but nothing special and no tour so far planned. When you check our facebookpage you won´t miss anything.

10.Besides  working  and  playing  in  Acranius  do  any  of the  other   members  currently  play  in  any  other bands  if yes  please tell  the readers  a  little  about  them?

Kevin has another Project called Slowly Rotten. Check them out…lovely guys and great music. I have a pretty new project as well called Hang Em High. This is a hardcore/Stoner Project with friends of my hometown.

11.Acranius comes  out  of the  brutal  death  metal  scene  in  Germany   what  is your  opinion  of  the  German death  metal  scene?

The german death metal scene is pretty good I guess. There are a lot of great bands and friendly people. Next to the death metal we also enjoy to be in the beatdown and deathcore scene as well. We see the whole thing as a big family.

12.Who  are  your  all-time  favorite  German  bands  and  are  their  any  new  bands  you  feel  the  readers   should    check  out  soon?
 Ufff this is a tough question but like I already named there are some great german bands like Candero, Mastication Of Brutality Uncontrolled, Slowly Rotten and Defeated Sanity…there are also some great beatdown bands like Abolisher, Spawn Of Disgust, Brawl Between Enemies,

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

Hm I can´t really answer because I don´t have any contacts to other labels you know?! But I guess there are a lot of other great labels and distros!

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

When I´m not doing any kind of music I do my studies haha. No no to be honest I enjoy the simple things like hanging with friends, raping my Netflix-account and riding my bike. My second passion is collecting sneakers.

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

Thanks a lot for having me and keep an eye out for “Reign Of Terror” and keep supporting the underground. Cheers I´m out!
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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

New metal reviews done on 1-17-17 done by Patrick

Hope  everyone  is  having  a  great  day  or  evening?  Here  are  a  few  new  reviews  that  has  a  little  from  all the metal scenes  so  hopefully  you  will find  a  band  and  label  to  your  liking.

Acranius--Reign Of  Terror  cd  {Rising  Nemesis Rec.}

This  is  my  first  time  hearing  this  German  brutal  death  metal  band.Acranius play  a  very  brutal  death metal  style  mixing  in  some  slam death  metal  parts.The  guitars  are  played  with  heavy mid  paced parts  but  also  knows  how to  write  and  play  more chaotic,fast  guitar  patterns.The drumming  is  done  with  a lot  of  talent  and  experience  playing  a  mix  of  heavy  mid  paced  slam  type  of  drum  patterns.And  also  playing  faster and  more  violent  drum  patterns  that  really  fit  this  bands  musicial  style.The  vocals  are  deep,low death metal  growls if you  are  a  fan  of  the  mid  ninites to  early  200's  brutal  death  metal  then  be  sure to  pick  up  a  copy  of  Acranius's  newest  cd  when  it  is  released.
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Centrate--Ritual  digital  release {Self-released}
Centrate  play  very  intense old school thrash metal releasing  their  debut  Ritual.Featuring  ten  songs  of  aggressive and  violent  thrashing  mayhem.The  guitars  are  played  at  a  high  rate  of  speed  that  are  played  with  a lot  of  skill  and  knowledge.The  guitarist  does slow  to  a  mid  paced  speed  in  a  few songs  entertwined  within the  music  are  some  well  written  guitar  sections  and  solo's  mixed  in.The  drums  are  played  with  a  mix  of  patterns  going  from  an  all out  assult  on  the drum kit  to  a  more controlled  mid  paced  drum  pattern.The  vocals  are  harsh  raw  screams that  fit Centrate's  style  perfectly.If you  are  a  fan  of the 80's aggressive thrash  scene  then  be  sure  to  check  Centrate  today.
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Desecrate  The Flesh--Unholy  Infestation   cd  {Comatose  Music}
Texas  brutal death  metal   band  Desecrate  The Flesh return  with  their  second  full length  cd.Featuring  twelve  songs  of   brutal slam death metal.The  guitars  are played  with  a lot  of  power  and  skills  going  from  a  heavy  mid  paced style to  much  faster  and straight  forward  guitar  tone and  patterns. The  drums  are  played  in the  same  vein  with  a  good  amount  of  crazed blast beats  and  some  heavier  mid  paced  drums  mixed  into the  music.The  vocals  are  deep  death  metal  growls with  some  screams  mixed into  a  few  of  the songs.If you  are  a  fan  of  well performed and executed  brutal  death  then  be  sure to  pick  up  a  copy  of   Unholy  Infestation   today.
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Wrath From  Above--Beyond  Ruthless  Cold  cd {Apathia Rec.}
Wrath From  Above are  a  new  two  man  band  coming  out  of  the  French blackend  death  metal  scene. The  bands  style  is  extremely  violent  and  brutal  blackend  death  metal with  both  elements from  barbaric  black  metal  and  heavy  death  metal elements.The  guitars  are  played  at  a high  rate  of  speed  and  intensity  guitar  riffs.The  guitarist  does  slow  to  a  more controlled mid  paced  range  in  a few songs  before  going  extreme and  chaotic  patterns.The  drumming  is  done  in  the  same  vein  with   extremely fast  blast  beats  and  some  well  written  and  performed  mid  paced  drum  sections.The  vocals  are  a  mix  of  vicious and  harsh  blackend  screams to  a lower  death metal growls.If  you  are  a  fan  of  mid  90's  barbarick  blackend  death  metal  then  be  sure  to  pick  up  a  copy  of  Wrath From  Above newest  release today.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

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

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

Interview   with  Wrath  From  Above  done  by   Patrick

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Antar - It means that we are poor.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DM - We despise you, but thanks anyway.

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

Grafvitnir interview posted on 1-15-17 done by Patrick

Here  is  a  new  interview  with  the  Swedish  occult  black  metal  band  Grafvitnir  who  discuss  the  bands  newest  release  "Obeisance To A Witch Moon" plus the  bands  history  and  future.So  if you  are  a  fan  of  classic  black  metal  with  occult  themes  then  be  sure to  check  Grafvitnir's newest  release  today

Interview with Grafvitnir done by Patrick

1. Hails  please  introduce yourself to  the  readers? What  gave  you  the  idea  to  start this  band   Grafvitnir  and  how  did you  all choose the  name  of the  band?

We, being Grafvitnir, consists of three individuals that have joined forces to express our admiration and love for the kingdom Beyond. 
We simply needed a vessel to express ourselves and the forces that work through us.
The name Grafvitnir is the name of one of the countless serpents that resides under the world tree Yggdrasil in Norse mythology. We thought it would be a suitable name as we are deeply entangled in the serpentine forces of Sitra Ahra and also hails from Scandinavia. 

2. Grafvitnir  is  getting  ready to  release  their  fourth  cd  "Obeisance To A Witch Moon"  how  long  did  it take  the  band  to  write  the  music for  this  release? And does the  whole  band  work on  the  music  or does  one  member  usually  write everything?

The recording of this one was the quickest one up to date actually. It took a couple of weeks, both composing and recording. We create lyrics and music altogether as a unit, it just comes naturally to us. But I might add that that varies a lot, from song to song and album to album.

3. "Obeisance To A  Witch Moon"  is  the  bands  fourth  release  how  would you  say   Grafvitnir's  music  has   changed  over the  years?

I wouldn't say that it has changed that much. Our well of inspiration are the forces of Beyond which exists outside time and space. Our music is timeless as well.

4. Besides  the  newest  cd  are  any  of the  past  releases  still  available  if yes where  can  the  readers  buy  it? Other then  cd  releases  does  the  band  have  any  other  merchandise  available  for the  readers?

I think most of our releases are available as well as shirts and patches if you contact carnal records.
5. Grafvitnir draws inspiration for the lyrics from the occult when did you  become  interested  in  studying the  occult?

We have been interested in the Occult since we were really young. That has always been our main driving force.

6. Who   are  some  occultist  you  read  and study? Besides  occult  subjects  do you  study  any other  subjects  if  yes  what do you  study?

Kenneth Grant, Aleister Crowley, Dénis Lindbohm - there is a plethora.
Other subjects we study are string theory and quantum physics and personally I like to read about psychiatry, psychology, hypnotism and pretty much everything concerning the human psyche really.  

7. What   does  black  metal   mean  to  you?
Aggressive and/or atmospheric music with dark and/or occult lyrics. There's got to be a sinister touch and vibe to it. The idealization of Black Metal would be tunes that sucks the listener into realms of desolation and fathomless paradoxical revelations, where time (as we know it) has ceased to be (or never was). 

8. Does  Grafvitnir  play  live  very  often  or  do you  prefer  working  in  the studio? What   have  been  some  ofGrafvitnir's   most  memorable   shows?

We actually have never played live, as of yet. Perhaps we never will, that remains to be seen.
We prefer to work in the studio or rather participate in the whole process with composing, recording and deal with the creative process with lyrics, cover artwork, and so on.

9. Are  their  any  shows  or  tours  planned  for  2017  if  yes   where  will  the  band  be  playing? And  who  are  some  bands you  will  be sharing  the  stage  with?

We have received some interesting offers from different organizations and bands, but we haven't decided anything yet.

10. Besides working with Grafvitnir do any of the members currently play with any other bands or solo projects?

At the moment, Grafvitnir are our main concern, but our bass player are involved in a death metal band as well.

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

Thank you for the interview and the support. We really appreciate it.
Keep the flames of Serpentine Fire burning!


Monday, January 9, 2017

Germany's Centrate interview done by Patrick on 1-9-17

Hope  everyone's   new  year  is  starting  off  good?  Here  is a  interview  with the  German  thrash  metal  band  Centrate  who  discuss  the  band's  future  and  also  their  debut  release  "Ritual"   so  if you  are  a  fan  of thrash  metal  check  out  the  interview  and  be   sure  to  check  out  the  band  and  their  music

Interview   with   Manuel   drummer   of   Centrate   done  by   Patrick
1.Hello   Manuel  how  are  things  going  in  Germany  these  days  for you? Please  introduce  yourself  to  the  readers?
Hey guys! I´m Manu, the drummer of the German thrasher "Centrate". We just released our new Album "Ritual". We do everything by ourselves, so I´m actually very busy to promote and sell our new album. It's a lot of work, but it´s very cool to get in touch with many different people.
2.At  what  age  did  you  become  interested  in  playing  the  drums and  are you  self taught  or did you take  lessons  when  first  starting  out?
At school I had a very cool music teacher. He teached me some grooves at the drums, so that I was infected:-) He supported me and I became a part of the school-band.
My parents supported me, too. They bought me a drumkit and spend me drum-lessons. The first years I took drum-lessons to learn the basics.
3.Who  are  some  of your   influences and favorite  drummers? Besides  drums  do you  play  any  other  instruments  if  yes  what  instruments  do you  play?
Unfortunately, I play drums and percussions only.
My influences aren´t in metal only, but my favorite drummers are most metal drummers.
Actually I like the drumming of Pete Webber (Havok), Gene Hoglan (Testament) and Mario Duplantier (Gojira).
Beyond metal I´m fascinated by Gavin Harrison (Porcupine Tree), Carter Beauford (Dave Matthews Band) and Neil Peart (Rush).
4. Manuel    when  did you  first  meet the  other  members  of  the  band ?And  who  chose  the  name  Centrate   as  the  band  name?
The band was formed in 2010. At this time I searched musicans to form a band. A friend of mine introduced me Niki and we talked about the idea of a band. Niki get Marcel with him in the band as bass player. After that we were looking for a second guitar player and Chris got in. At this time Niki played guitar and did the vocals as well. After a while Tobi joined the band to support them at the guitar, so that Niki could concentrate on the vocals only.
The name Centrate is an artificial word that's out of centre of hate. This was the result of a brainstorming and it shall reflect the wrath of thrash metal.
5.What   is  the  current  line-up  of  the  band?And  for  the  readers  who  have  never  heard  Centrate's music  how  would  you  best  describe it?
Centrate are:
Niki – Vocals
Tobi – Rhythm and Lead Guitars
Christ- Rhythm Guitars
Marcel- Bass
Manu: Drums and Percussion
 We play Thrash Metal with influences of the 80's Bay Area. But we try to mix it with modern parts and our own style.
6.Centrate   is  getting  ready to  release their  debut  full length "Ritual"  I  believe  this will be a  digital  release  are  their  plans  for  a  physical  release  soon? Where can  the  readers  find  and  buy the  debut?
You can order "Ritual" physically by us. Just write us via Facebook, on our Homepage or a E-mail ( You can download or stream "Ritual" via Amazon, ITunes, Deezer, Spotify etc as well.
7.How  long  did  it  take  the  band to  write  the  music  on   "Ritual"?  Does  the  whole  band  work on  the  music  or  does  one  member  usually  write  everything?
Most of the songs we written in the first half of 2016. All our songs were formed in our rehearsal room by the whole band. Most of the time Tobi (Git.) came with a riff idea and then we work with this idea to form a song.
8.Who  usually  writes  the  lyrics  for  the  music  and  what  are some  topics  you  write  about?
Our singer Niki wrote all of our lyrics for that record. Ritual is themed about different types of rituals, homicide and evil things. For example: Voodoo is about a ritual to curse someone. Ritual is thematically about a ritual that went wrong and evoke satan.. On "Revenge" a monk feels oppressed by his confidence and take revenge for that.
9.Also  the  band  self-released  the  debut  will  the  band  look  for  a  label  to  work  with in the future or  do you  all prefer to  self-release  your  music?Besides  the  debut  release  does  the  band  have  any  other  merchandise  available for the readers  if  yes  what  is  available  and  where  can the  readers  buy  it?
We had some label offers, but we decided to release “Ritual” by ourselves. But we're looking forward to work with a label in the future.
Beside “Ritual” you can order our EP “Tiger Force”, patches and two different shirt designs. We do everything by ourselves. You can order the stuff via our Homepage, Facebook or E-mail as well.
10.Does  Centrate get  to  play  live  very  often  if  yes  what   have  been  some  of the  bands  most  memorable   shows  to date?
We try to play as much as we can, but as a small band without a label or other bookers it´s hard to find a lot of shows.
One of the coolest gigs was our show at the M.I.S.E. Open Air 2016 with a lot of great bands. Another great experience was our first European Tour.
11.Are  their  any tours  or  shows  planned  for  2017  and  if  yes   where  will  the  band  be   playing?
In 2017 we are very happy to play at the Metal Franconia Festival with bands like Legion of the Damned and Ektomorf. Beside this we actually announced for a few more club and festival shows. There is nothing planned for a tour. But we hope to play a tour this or next year.
12.Manuel   in  your  opinion   what  is  the  best  and  worst  thing  about  the  underground  scene? And  in your  opinion  what  does  underground  metal   mean  to  you?
It's a difficult question....what is the underground scene? Where is the beginning and where the end of the underground scene?!
One of the best things is the solidarity between the bands, fans and the supporters. It´s sometimes like a big family.
The worst thing is the heavy way to spread your music. But: It´s a long way to the top if you wanna Rock ´n´Roll :-)
13.Besides  thrash  do you  listen  to  any other  forms  of  metal  or  music  in  general?
For shure! I´m a big music fan. I always spend too much money for new CD´s and LP´s...
I´m interested in many different kinds of metal (Thrash, Death, Heavy, Modern...) but sometimes I also listen to other genre of music like Classic Rock, Blues, Ska, Rap and so on.
14. Centrate    comes  out  of  the  German  thrash  metal  scene  what  is your  opinion  of  the  German  metal  scene?
Germany has got a great thrash scene since the 80´s. Sodom, Kreator, Destruction and Tankard leading the scene, but in the last few years new young bands come up and they shaking the "German" thrash scene as well.
15.Who   are  some  favorite  German  band  and  are  their  any  new  bands  you  feel  the readers   should  check  out  soon?
We´ve got a lot of great new bands in Germany. For example Dust Bolt and Pripjat. Both bands are playing on a high level and play great live shows. Check them out!
16.Besides  bands  are  their   any  good  labels  or  distro's  you could  recommend  to  the  readers?What  about  fan or  web-zines  are  their  any that you   keep  up  with?
Check out our friends and supporters of! They spend their blood, sweat and beers for the underground metal scene.
17.When  not   working  on  new  music  or  band  business  what  do you  enjoy  doing  in your  free  time?
I love to do downhill and endurobiking with my friends and visit festivals and concerts.
18.Thank  you  Manuel  for  taking  the  time  to  fill  this  interview  out   do  you  have  any  final  comments  for  the  readers?
Thanks for the questions!
Visit concerts, support local bands and the underground!
 Cheers, Manu
Centrate - Thrash Metal
booking und info:
Manuel Ernst
Mühlgasse 19
35745 Herborn (Hessen)

Interview with Nekro Drunkz done by Patrick on 1-9-17

Here  is  a   interview  with  the  sleaze  metal-heads  who  play  in  the  death,grind  with  thrash  elements  Nekro  Drunkz   who  are  getting ready to  release  their  newest  cd  "Lavatory Carnage" through  the  mighty  Moribund  Rec.  So  if you  are  a  fan  of this  band  or  enjoy  sick,disturbing  death with  elements  of  old-school  grind  and  thrash  then  be  sure to  buy the  new release  today.

Interview  with     Nekro  Drunkz   done  by  Patrick

1.Hello  please  introduce  yourself  to  the  readers? When  did you first  get  into  metal  music  and who  were  some  of the  first
bands you  listened  to?

 Hello all perverts out there, Disgustor666 reporting to you live from the farthest depths of septic hell!!! Metal music gives me the Hershey squirts, I'll tell you about that instead. First time I got diarrhea was when I was just a young lad, very smelly! Shot out at 666 mph I reckon, but you can follow up with Guinness book of world records about that!  Slayer, Mentors, Impetigo, Anal Cunt, D.R.I., Nunslaughter Were some of the first bands that shaped my young warped mind. 

 2.Nekro  Drunkz  was  formed  in  2007  what  gave you  two  the
idea  to  start this  band?And  how  did you  come  up  with  the
name  Nekro  Drunkz?

Disgustor: Crystal Seth (guitars/vocal puking) and I were underage drinking even before the band was formed. Only death, metal, and booze is real!!! The idea to start the band came from alcohol and weed altering our young minds, we were total deliquents!  Originally we were thinking of calling the band "Menstruating Zombie", which is a great name I still think. But, somehow settled on Nekro Drunkz. It's a fukked up and dumb name, but still better than most names that newer bands choose! The real question is why the Piss did we spell the band with a Z at the end?!?! Fukk you!!!! That's why!!!! Drink a glass of pizz!!!!

3.What  is  the  current  line-up  of  the  band? For  the  readers  who  have  never  heard  Nekro  Drunkz's  music  how  would  you  describe  the band's  music?

Disgustor: My dumb self of course and the man you should all fear(hell, I'm scared of this cunt myself, I saw him eat a bowl of metal shavings and shredded maxi-pad bits just last week), Crystal Seth. Two piece only, no bass Bologna!!! Coming to a town near you to decimate your waste water treatment plant, and cause utter septic terror for your community!!! Eat a frozen turd in the meantime!! So... you wanna know about the music huh? In our fukked up world only the strong and the sleazy survive! Nekro Drunkz exclusively play perverted death thrashing grind! Stick your head in a Fukkin airplane toilet and hit flush, we sound kinda like that!

4.The  band  seems to  draw  influences  from  brutal death,grind and
even  some  thrash  elements  who  are  some  of  Nekro  Drunkz
biggest  influences?

Disgustor: Pornographic scenarios and Toilet activities first and foremost. Quite important! Music wise: Anal Cunt, Schnauzer , Nunslaughter , Impetigo, Autopsy, Macabre, Dead Infection, DRI , Mentors, Slayer, Meat Shits, Fornicator, Repulsion, Conqueror, Razor, Anal Blast, Pungent Stench, Gut, Inhume, Twisted Sister, Impaled Nazarene, Mortician. 

We listen to tons of other shit frequently, Lately for me: Saint Vitus(Reagers albums), Blizzard- "Pure Filth and Mayhem" , Vulcano(Live and Bloody Vengeance), Funebre demos, Unbounded Terror - "Nest of Affliction" , Splattereah (All, fukk you Sal!), Sadokist (Finland, all), Maggoty Corpse (Japan, all), Crysys - "Hard as Rock" , Accidental Suicide - "Deceased", Grand Belials Key.... on and on! Go Shiiiiiiiiiiit yourself!!!!! Have you finished that glass of Piss yet ?!!! If yes have another, if no jump off a cliff!5.Nekro  Drunkz    is  getting  ready  to  release  their  fourth release "Lavatory  Carnage"  how  long  did  it  take  to  write  the  music  for  this  release?Do  you  both  work  on  writing  the  music
or  does  one  member usually  do  everything?

Disgustor: Its our third album, we've had a lot of other releases, some people have mistaken one live release for an album. But "Lavatory Carnage" is our 3rd full length album. We wrote it pretty quick, only a couple months. We just huff some Jenkem that The Weregoat guys have left over, and then Piss in the 5 satanic corners of our friend Mason's bar, Rose City Strip. That's how we write most of our songs. Some times a song will come to me mid-bang and I have to write the drum parts on my woman's butt cheeks! 

6. "Lavatory  Carnage"  is  the  bands newest  release  are  any  of Nekro  Drunkz    past  releases  still  available  besides  releases does the  band  have  any  other  merchandise  available  for the
readers?  If  yes  where can  the  readers  buy  your  merchandise?

Disgustor: Our 1st album is sold out. Our 2nd album is still available from Moribund Records. Cassette version and full color t-shirts of "Lavatory Carnage" are available now from . We have some other limited releases that you can find in some distros if you decided to use those urine encrusted eyeballs of yours !!

7.I believe    Nekro  Drunkz's  is  a  two  man  band  have  you guys  thought  of  adding  more  members  to  make  a  full line-up  or  do you  prefer  working  as  a  two  piece?

Disgustor: if we added another member, they wouldn't last! They would likely die. They'd have to pass rigorous testing  and learn all 200 of our songs!! Who would want to do that?! We don't even want to be playing this music ourselves, but we are funded financially and under contract by a sinister hidden terrorist group from the Middle East.

8.Besides  working  in    Nekro  Drunkz  are  you  all  working with  any  other  bands  or  projects?

Disgustor: Seth and I also play in Cemetery Lust and are recording our 3rd album late 2017. For fans of extreme blasting death thrash!!!  Seth also plays in Torture Rack, which is hands down the most brutal band in the area, and they could hold their own against any big time band, musically or in a fight. I'm 100% positive of that!! 

9.What  does  underground  metal  mean  to  you?

Disgustor: Everything. There is only metal and it is invincible! Hopefully in another 5 or so years all the new comers who aren't really into metal will be weeded out and the strong will remain. Fukk off to promoters and phonies who are trying to gain fame and fortune for themselves, and not take care of the bands. That's not what it's about! Thanks to all those who are insane enough to take time out of their lives to book shows , go to shows , do artwork, do a fanzine, or anything to keep the underground moving. Don't give an inch to those PC political wimps either! Do what you want, when you want! Metal is and has always been extreme, so, don't ever stop the insanity, filth, and violence!!

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

Disgustor: Sex and Booze! Jack my dangling knob all over the place! Listen to metal music. Singe my ball hair over a ceremonial flame. Clip my yellow toenails and leave them in people's mail boxes. Take dumps at work so I get paid for em. Check out different portable toilets around town to see what kinda treats I can find. Pee in soap dispensers. 

11.Thank  you  for  taking  the  time  to  fill  this  interview  out
do  you  have  any  final  comments  for  the  readers?
Disgustor: wash your hair with Piss and buy our new album from Moribund records! Eat a pussy everyday or jump off a building or both, the choice is yours, stand up for your right!! If your unfortunate enough to consider yourself a fan of ours, get in touch we have plenty of limited posters and stickers and shit that we send in there mail, the old school way!! Also, we are recording some new songs for an upcoming release on 7". Should be out in early 2017 so keep your brown eyes peeled, and throw some salt in there for good measure!!!! Crush and Fluuuuush-ah!! Listen to all the god damn bands on Headsplit Records - 
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