Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Interview with Desekryptor done by Patrick 5-30-17

Here  is  a  new  interview  with  Indiana's  Desekryptor  who  discuss  the  band  future plans  and  also  their second  demo "Chasm Of  Rot"  which  will  be released  through  Blood Harvest  Rec.so  if you  are a  fan  of  vicious old-school  death  metal  then  be  sure  to  pick  up the  new release  today

Interview  with  Desekryptor  done  by   Patrick

1.Hello please  introduce yourself  to the readers  and  at what  age  were you  when you first  got  into  metal  music?

This is P.A., guitarist/vocalist for DESEKRYPTOR. I can remember being in sixth grade on the school bus in rural Indiana when an older kid, thinking it would freak me out, handed me the headphones of his Sony Walkman and said, "Hey listen to this!" That was Master of Puppets and I got pretty obsessed with it, learning the title track's main riff on guitar within a few weeks.

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

Early bay area thrash like the aforementioned and Megadeth; 90's death metal like Morbid Angel, Obituary... Some new records we're digging are the latest from Phrenelith, Ascended Dead, and Impetuous Ritual.
3.When  did you  first  meet the  other members  of  the  band?And  how  did you  all  choose the name  Desekryptor  for the band  does it  have a special  meaning?

We met each other through playing shows in Fort Wayne. I think we recognized quickly that joining forces would produce some grotesque results. I came up with the name DESEKRYPTOR. Not sure how it came to me, just chopping shit up really. All the best names are taken obviously.
4.What  is  the  current  line up  of the  band? And  for the readers  who  have  never  heard  Desekryptor's music  how  would you  describe the  bands  sound?
E.S. - guitar
P.A. - guitar, vocals
T.S. - drums
Soon adding a dedicated bass player. 

DESEKRYPTOR is old school death metal but has no reservations about taking a song in a fucked up, not so old school direction.
5.Blood  Harvest Rec.  is  getting  ready to  release the  new demo  how  did you  all come  in  contact  with this  great  label?

We were lucky enough to be contacted by Rodrigo of Blood Harvest and jumped at the opportunity. Obviously an excellent label with a solid catalog of releases.

6.Chasm Of Rot  is  the  bands  second  demo tape to date  how  long  did it take  the band to  write the music  for this  release?Does the  whole  band  take  part  in  the writing  process or does  one  member  usually  write  everything?

This demo was definitely a collective effort. E.S. and I wrote a bunch of riffs on our own over the course of a few months, but when we got together to work out the song arrangements they came together very quickly.
7.Who   usually  takes  care  of  writing the  lyrics and  what  are  some  subjects  and  topics the  band  writes  about?

I've written all the lyrics thus far. Some themes are necromancy, reanimation, possession, mysanthropy, homicidal ideation.

8.Does    Desekryptor   play  live  very  often  or do you  prefer to  work in  the  studio?

We haven't played any shows yet. E.S. is on tour right now and the plan is to start practicing with a dedicated bass player when he returns.

9.Are  their  any  shows or  tours  coming up  in support  of   Chasm Of Rot ?If  yes  where  will  the  band  be  playing?

Nothing planned yet but hope to play some shows soon.
10.Besides  working  in    Desekryptor   do  any  of  the  members  currently  play  in  any  other  bands or  solo  projects?

E.S. also plays in Nak'ay and Warsleaze; I also play in Scythemaster and Ecferus.
11.What   does  underground  metal   mean to you ?

Metal with no regard for, and in opposition to, convention and mainstream appeal. Metal that only considers the diehards and says F.O.A.D. to everyone else.
12.  Desekryptor  comes  out  of  Indiana's metal  scene   what  is your  opinion  of   Indiana's scene  over the  years?

Nothing terribly groundbreaking happening, but some solid bands nonetheless.
13.Who  are your  all-time  favorite bands coming out of  Indiana? And  are  their  any  new  bands  you  feel the  readers  should  watch  out  for?

Some good bands of past and present: FOG, Hordes of the Lunar Eclipse, Graves of the Endless Fall, Ptahil, Swamp Squat, The Lurking Corpses.
14.Thank  you  for  taking  the  time  to  fill  this  interview  out  do you  all  have   any  final  comments  for the  readers?

More aural filth to come by way a debut full length. Don't know when but the desecration of riffs is under way!!!
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Reviews done by Patrick posted on 5-30-17

Here  are  some  new  reviews  for you  to  check  out  and  hopefully  find  something to your  liking.I hope to  get  some more reviews  done  and  posted  in the  next few  weeks.So  if you  are  new  to  Winter  Torment  take  some time to  check  out  some  of  our  past  review blogs  along  with  some  great  interviews 

Desekryptor--Chasm Of Rot  cassette  {Blood  Harvest Rec.}
Indiana's  Desekryptor unleash  their  second  demo tape through  the  mighty  Blood Harvest  featuring five  tracks of  horrific and  heavy  old school  death metal.Guitars  are  played  with both heavy  mid-paced guitar patterns and  some extremely fast and chaotic  patterns  mixed in to  the  songs.The  drums  are  played  in the  same  vein  with both mid paced  drum  patterns to  a  more  violent,faster  drumming  style.Chasm Of Rot  is  a  great  demo of  well  written and crafted  chaotic and heavy  old-school death metal.
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Mortor--Burn Up The Dead  cd {CDN Rec.}
Coming out  of the Canadian thrash  scene is  Mortor  with their  third full length Burn Up The Dead.Featuring  twelve  violent  thrash  hymns.The  vocalist  does a good job  of  raw screams  mixed  with  some  gruff  death metal  growlsThe  drumming  is  done  with  a lot  of  experience and  well played  patterns  going  from a mid tempoed  drum  style  before  exploding into a frenzy  of  crazed drums.The  guitarist  knows  how to  write and  create  both extremely  fast guitar patterns  but  also  knows   when to  slow to  a more  controlled  mid paced sound and style.If you  are  a  fan  of violent and crazed  thrash metal with  elements of old-school death  entertwined  within the  music  then  be sure to  pick up a  copy  of   Burn Up The Dead  today.
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 Sovereign--Spirit Warfare:Demo MMXVII cassete {Folkvanger  Rec.}
Coming  out  of  Arizona's  black metal  scene  is  Sovereign  with  their  new  demo Spirit Warfare:Demo MMXVII.Sovereign plays  a  very  raw and  harsh  black  metal  style  that is  done with a lot of  skill yet  primitive  music.The  guitar work is  done  with both  fast and  some more controlled  mid paced  guitar patterns.The  vocalist  does a  mix  of  both raw blackend  screams and some  deeper  death growls used in a few  parts in the  songs.If you  are a  fan  of  the  ninites black metal  style and sound then  be sure to  pick  up a  copy  of  Spirit Warfare:Demo MMXVII  today.
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Varmia--Z  Mar  Twych  cassette  {Folkvanger  Rec.}
Poland's pagan  black  metal  band  Varmia  release  their  debut  full length featuring  nine songs  of black metal  with both  a mix of raw and some  atmosphere  elements mixed in.The  music  is  well written  and  performed  mainly  in the  mid paced  style even  adding  elements  of  folk  music  into  their  sound.The  vocals  are a  mix  of  well sung clean  vocals and  some  raw black metal  screams mixed into  some of the  songs.If you  are  a fan  of  well written and  played pagan  black metal  then  do yourself  a  favor  and  pick up  a  copy  of  the  debut  release.
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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Varmia interview done by Patrick posted on 5-21-17

Here  is  a new  interview with  the  Polish Pagan  black  metal  band  Varmia who  recently  released  their  debut  cassette   Z  Mar  Twych  through  Folkvangr  Rec.If you  are a  fan  of  well  written  and  performed  black metal  then  don't  miss  out  on   Varmia's debut  release

Interview  with  Lasota   vocalist and  guitarist  for  Varmia

1.Hello  Lasota   when  did you  first  become  interested  in  writing  and  playing  music?

Slava! That was something that came out naturally. I remember writing my first "piece" when I was about 12 years old. It was ridiculous of course but since then I was trying to express myself through the music.

2.What  were  some  of  the first  instruments  you  learned  to  play? Did you take  lessons  or  are you  self taught? Are their  any  instruments  you  would  like to  learn to  play  someday?

The first instrument and the only instrument that I officially learned to play was keyboard and later the piano. I learned to play the guitar myself. In the future I will take some hit on the drums but only as a hobby. I enjoy playing all instruments to be honest. The guitar is my home though. Learning piano helped me to develop general hearing and listening to all the instruments in the whole arrangement. I also sang a lot in a choir back in the school.
3.Who  are  some  of your  influences  and  favorite  musicians?

The artists that I respect the most are David Gilmour, Mikael Akerfeldt and Ihsahn. I also like Polish piano player Krystian Zimmerman, composer Matt Uelmen and Howard Shore, Darkthrone. A bit of everything I guess.

4.Lasota  you  formed   Varmia  in  2016   what  gave you  the idea  to  start this  band? And  how  would  you  describe   Varmia's  music  to  the  readers?

That's true. It came out naturally revealing itself to me piece by piece. Literally. When I wrote the first piece I just had the idea of using folk vocal on that single track. Then I had another piece and changed the language to Polish for the vocals. It sounded perfect to my ears so there was the idea to make the whole album. Then the name Varmia started to haunt me. Then the idea of recording it in the barn came in. And so on and on till this very day. The sound of Varmia is a combination of an old school black metal with our traditional Slavic music. Everything is bounded together with the vibe and spirit of Polish village. That is because we recorded the whole thing in an old barn at the lake somewhere in Warmia. You can hear that on the record.

5. Z  Mar  Twych  is  the  debut  release  how   long  did  it take you  to  write  the  music for this  release?
I think about it was less than a year. But it's really hard to date those things. Some riffs are very old, some brand new. I have my own library of the ideas that come to my head on a daily basis.

6.Lasota  where  do  you draw  inspiration  for  the  lyrics  on  the debut?

My main inspiration is a sight of a Warmian field, scent of its forests and taste of the water from the lakes. It sounds terribly pretentious and cliche but that's how it is. Those things and memories of them trigger my artistic powers.
7.Besides  the  cassette  version  will it  be  released  on  any  other  formats? Besides Z  Mar  Twych    do  you  have  any  other  releases  planned  this  year? What  about  merchandise  is  their  anything  available?
Yes the debut release of CD form took place on 28th February by Polish label Via Nocturna. The album is also available on digital forms. Check the youtube, spotify, deezer, bandcamp and you will find it! No further releases are planned currently. If the CD album will sell out then we will think of a second press and maybe a vinyl version. Merchandise is something that we are working on right now.

8.What  does  black  metal  mean  to you?

It's a native tongue for expressing myself. Coded in my bones.
9.Besides  working  in  Varmia  do  you  currently  work  in  any  other  bands  or  projects?
Yes, we are. Maybe one day we will reveal some of them. Right now it's irrelevant.

10.Varmia comes  out  of  Poland's  black  metal  scene  what  is your  opinion  of  the  Polish  black metal  scene?

It's in a reinessance stage right now. Mgla, Furia, Batushka, Odraza, Morowe are right now very well-known bands not only in Poland but abroads as well. It's good to have our culture noticed outside our country.
11.Who  are your  all-time  favorite Polish  bands  and  are  their  any  new  bands  you  feel  the  readers  should  check  out  soon?

My Polish band number one is Vader from our hometown Olsztyn. Doc (R.I.P.) is in my opinion the best drummer in all the extreme metal scene, period. I must say that I like listen to Mgła and Furia from time to time.

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

From couple of years I don't know what it is. But if it happens I usually meet the ones I care about. I like to go swim in the lake or ride the bike. I'm also a movie enthusiast so I go to cinema whenever I can.

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

Sure thank you! First of all thank you all for supporting Varmia. We have a tough tasks ahead of us. We plan to put together the promo tour in the fall so keep the track of what's going on and maybe we'll see each other on the stage one day. Slava!

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Grima interview done by Patrick posted on 5-21-17

Here  is  a  new  interview with  Russia's  atmospheric   black  metal  band  Grima  who  discuss  the  new release  and the  past  and  future  plans  of  the  band.

Interview   with  Grima    done  by   Patrick

1.Hello Morbius and Vilhelm please introduce yourselfs to the readers and when did you two first meet each other?

 M - Приветствуем всех вас! Мы black metal проект Grima из таежных лесов Сибири. Наш проект сложно назвать группой, он представляет из себя дуэт. Нас связывает не только общее дело, но и кровная связь. Мы братья близнецы и начали свою музыкальную деятельность вместе много лет назад.

Greetings! We're Grima - a black metal act from deep forests of Siberia. We cannot be called a band in it's classiс understanding, but we prefer to call ourselves a Duo. We are bonded not only in music, but in blood, as we're twin brothers, who started their musical path toghether many years ago. 

2.What gave you two the idea to start Grima and how did you all choose the name of the band? For the readers who have never heard Grima's music how would you best describe the musicial style?

V - Мы выдумали лесного духа, верховное божество леса, которое покровительствует только тем, кто живёт в лесах, наказывает всех , кто неуважительно относится и вредит лесу. Мы точно знали, что мы хотим играть музыку, которая сможет отразить мрачный и холодный колорит наших мест. Мы используем фольклорные оттенки в нашей музыке, стараемся добиться музыкальной магии.

We came up with the idea of a forest spirit, a suprime god who carries those who lives in the woods, and punishes those who don't respect his kingdom. We're always wanted to play that kind of music that would reflect dark and cold of our motherland. That's why we use folk motives in our music, as it helps to the magic to appear. 

3.Grima is getting ready to release their second full length through Germany's Naturmacht Prod. how did you come in contact with this label?

 V - Записав первый альбом, мы долгое время были в поисках издателя, для нас важно, что бы музыка имела физический носитель, поэтому это заняло время, но в нужное время мы нашли хороший лэйбл, специализирующийся на музыке подобной нашей, получается, что мы стали частью некоторого комунити лесного блэк метала.

After we recorded our first longplay, we were searching for a good label to release it, as it is important for us to see the album released not only via internet, but also on CD's. Naturmacht is a label that specifies on music similar to ours, and that made us a part of a community.

4.Do you both work on the music or does one member usually write everything?How long does it usually take to finish one song?

 V - Как композиторы и студийные музыканты мы работаем поровну, это касается записи гитар и написание аранжировки. Для чистовой записи альбомы мы привлекаем своих друзей музыкантов, аккордеон был записан музыкантом из красноярской государственной филармонии, а финальные клавишные партии сыграны талантливой Валентиной Асташевой из группы Eoront.

As composers and studio musicians we work equally, it concerns the recording of guitars and the writing of arrangements. For the final record we sometimes involve our friends-musicians, for example, the accordion on our second album was recorded by a musician from the Krasnoyarsk State Philharmonic, and the final keyboard parts were played by the talented Valentina Astasheva from a local band called Eoront.
Мы записываем все сами, так же я самостоятельно занимаюсь сведением нашей музыки.

В основном мы сочиняем музыку в момент записи, процесс может занимать от нескольких дней до месяца. Второй альбом мы записывали достаточное время, что бы закончить все работы над аранжировками, мы очень сильно выросли как композиторы.
Творческий процесс нашего второго альбома начался летом 2015 года, большая часть была сочинена и записана в лесной хижине на просторах бескрайней тайги.

Otherwise, we recording and mixing everything by ourselves. Basically, we compose music at the time of recording, the process can take from a few days to a month. We grew up a lot as composers working on the second album, as it took as a while to record it. The creative process of our second album began in the summer of 2015, most of it was composed and recorded in a forest cabin in the vastness of the boundless taiga.

5. Vilhelm you take care of the vocals for the band so I figure you write the lyrics for the music what are some subjexts you wrote about on Tales Of The Enchanted Woods?

 V -  я пишу все тексты, но в Tales Of The Enchanted Woods 2 текста написал наш хороший друг Huethoth, The Grif и Ritual. Все тексты повествуют о лесах, окружающих огромными массивами наши бетонные города. Там осталась первобытная чистота и единение с землей. Tales Of The Enchanted Woods описывает слушателю о жутких образах, возникших в темных уголках нашей родной земли. В окресностях нашего города Красноярск есть пещера, археологические находки найденые там, фактически доказывают то, что там 5 тысяч лет назад жили каннибалы, в обычаи которых входили ритуальные сожжения и кровопускание. В песня Ritual именно об этом. Вцелом вся лирика связана с единственным господином леса Грима.

Usually, I write all the texts, but on Tales Of The Enchanted Woods there were 2 texts written by our
good friend Huethoth, these are The Greif and Ritual. All the texts are telling about the forests that surrounding our concrete cities with its huge massifs. There is a primal purity and unity with the earth remains. Tales Of The Enchanted Woods describes the terrible images that have arisen in the dark corners of our native land. There is a cave not so far from our hometown(City of Krasnoyarsk), where archaeologists proved that there were cannibals living about 5000 years ago, whose customs included ritual burnings and bloodletting. The song Ritual is about that place. Afterall, all the lyrics are connected with Grima, the master of forest.

6.Besides the new cd coming out do you all have any copies of the debut still available and if yes where can the readers buy it?Besides the physical cd's does the band have any other merchandise at this time?

 M - На данный момент, у нас осталась малая часть с тиража первого альбома. С выходом второго альбома мы начали продавать цифровые и физические копии на bandcamp, ITunes и google play. Так же на странице Naturmacht productions можно приобрести футболки.

At the moment, we still have a small number of our first album physical copies. With the release of the second album we started selling digital and physical copies on our bandcamp, iTunes and google play. You can also buy our T-shirts on Naturmacht's webpage.

7. Morbius you take care of the guitars for the band at what age did you become interested in playing the guitars?Are you self taught or did you take lessons when first starting out?

 M - Я начал интересоваться гитарой в возрасте 14 лет. В 15 родители купили нам с братом первую электро гитару, чуть позже мы начали брать уроки у знакомого гитариста, который играл heavy metal.

I started to take an interest in guitars at the age of 14. When I was 15 my parents bought me my first electric guitar, a little later we started taking lessons from a familiar guitarist who played in a heavy metal band.

8.Who are some of your influences and favorite guitarists?Besides the guitars do you currently play any other instruments?

 M - В подростковом возрасте меня очень сильно вдохновил Chuck Shuldiner, у него уникальное музыкальное мышление. Мне очень нравились соло партии Andy La Rocque гитариста King Diamnond. Я слушаю разные жанры тяжёлой музыки и очень люблю звучание группы Korn, их гитарный саунд очень насыщенный и разнообразный.

In my teens I was very inspired by Chuck Shuldiner, I think he has a unique musical thinking. I really liked  Andy La Rocque of King Diamond. I listen to different genres of heavy music and I really love the sound of Korn, their guitar sound is very rich and varied.

9. Vilhelm you handle the vocals for the band when did you start singing and screaming?Is their anything special you do to keep your throat and voice healthy?

 V - я занимаюсь такого рода пением уже очень давно, в 12 лет. мне всегда нравились вокалисты, которые хорошо исполняют свои партии в живую. это очевидно требует определенного мастерства. я много занимаюсь своим вокалом, для того что бы хорошо звучать, у меня никогда не было травм голоса.

I've been doing this kind of singing for a very long time, since I was 12. I've always liked vocalists who perform their songs well in live. This obviously requires a certain skill. I do a lot of work on my vocals, in order to sound good. Luckly, I have never had a voice injury in my life.

10.Who are some of your favorite vocalists? Besides the vocals you also handle the keyboards when did you start playing the keyboards? Besides the vocals and keyboard do you currently play any other instruments?

V - Мне всегда нравился Джонатан Дэвис и Дэни Филт. В целом, мне нравятся настоящие вокалисты, которые профессионально работают в студии и на живых выступлениях, такие музыканты доказывают всем, что крик это не шум, а пение. Я не умею играть на клавишных, но я владею аранжировачными навыками, я не смогу исполнить партии которые написаны на альбомах живьем, но они записаны на синнтезаторе, умелым музыкантом. Так же под моим началом лежит вся записанная бас гитара на первом альбоме и несколько песен со второго.

I've always liked Jonathan Davis and Dany Filth of Cradle of Filth. In general, I like real vocalists who professionally work in the studio and live performances, such musicians prove to everyone that the screaming is not just a noise but an actuall style of singing. I do not know how to play keyboards, but I have some arranging skills. Although, I will not be able to perform the parts that are written on the albums in live, as they were recorded on synth by a very skillful musician. Also, the entire bass guitar on the first album and a few songs from the second were recorded by me.

11.Besides working in Grima do either of you currently play in any other bands or solo projects? If yes please tell the readers a little about them?

V -  Основная деятельность организована в Ultar, мы много выступаем и ездим в туры по России, не так давно выпустили первый альбом и клип.
  There's our main band called Ultar, we perform a lot and go on tours around Russia, not so long ago we released the first album and video.

12.Grima comes out of Russia's atmospheric black metal scene what is your opinion of the Russian black metal scene?

V - У нас не есть хорошие группы играющие блэкметал. Большее сосредоточение их находится в Сибири, на мой взгляд творчество у наших коллег выходит очень выразительное. Про Российскую сцену в целом сказать очень сложно, среди музыкантов не особо развито сотрудничество, присутствует даже некоторая озлобленность, взрощенная неудовлетворенностью от собственной музыкальной деятельности. В провинциальных городах культура посещения концертов сильно падает, так же страдают и столицы. У молодых слушателей формируют дурной вкус и отсутствие понимания искусства в целом, транслируя мусор как тренды в соц сетях, что привлекает очень много безмозглых подростков, которые распространяют вирусные пустышки которые никакого отношения к музыке и искусству не имеют. Отношнние к тяжелой музыке со стороны слушателя в нашей стране паршивое, очень мало людей поддерживают группы покупкой дисков и мерча, посещаемость на концертах удручает, но многие группы, не смотря на это, из кожи вон лезут, что бы быть лучшими. У нас есть очень хорошие артисты о которых должен узнать весь мир. Мы хотим что бы нашу музыку услышали как можно больше людей.

 We have some good bands playing black metal here. Their greatest concentration is situated in Siberia. In my opinion the creativity of our colleagues is very expressive. However, itt is very difficult to say something about the Russian metal scene in general. Cooperation among the musicians is not particularly developed, there is often a bitterness, which is exacerbated by dissatisfaction with one's own musical activity. In provincial cities, the culture of gigs is dramatically low and dying, so do the capitals. Young listeners massively lacking a taste and understanding of art in general, absorbing all the trendy garbage that gaines its mass in the social networks, which attract a lot of brainless teenagers who distribute viral dummies that have nothing to do with music and art. There is lousy respect for almost any kind of heavy music, very few people support bands buying CDs and merchandise. Attendance at gigs is depressing. But many bands, are trying to make their best to become better musicians despite all this stuff. We have very good artists that the whole world should know about. We want our music to be heard by as many people as possible.

13.Who are your all-time favorite Russian bands and are their any new bands you think the readers should watch out for?

V -  Я бы посоветовал обратить внимание на Eoront, Solarfall, Культура курения и нашу основную группу Ultar. I would advise to pay attention to such bands as Eoront, Solarfall, культура курения and our main band Ultar.

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

M - Мы практически ни чем не занимаемся, кроме музыки. Творчество является для нас основным видом деятельности. Мы оба имеем художественное образование, и когда появляется вдохновение, рисуем мрачные графические изображения, но пока, мы не начинали заниматься этим серьезно. Конечно же, мы оба любим природу и стараемся выбиратьса в леса или путешествовать по рекам.

We're majorly not doing anything except for the music. Creativity is the main activity for us. We both have an art education, and when there is an inspiration, we love to draw gloomy graphic images, but so far we have not started to take it seriously. Of course, we both love nature and try to spend time in the forest or travel along the rivers.

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

V - Следите за развитием нашего проекта, поддерживайте исполнителей, которые вам нравятся и беригите природу.

Follow the development of our project, support the performers that you like and take care of the nature.

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Interview with Maim done by Patrick posted up on 5-18-17

Here  is  a  new  interview with  Sweden's  Maim  who  are  getting ready  to  release  their  third  full-length  release  Ornaments Of  Severity.So  if you  are  a  fan  of   Swedish  death  metal  then  be  sure to  give this  band  a  listen today

Interview  with  Maim   done  by  Patrick

1.Hello Christian and Henric  please  introduce  yourselves  to  the  readers  and when  did you  two  first  meet  each  other?

 Hello! We met 10 years ago in our hometown called Åtvidaberg. With the intension to play heavy music together.We liked the same bands and had the same vision and thoughts about our sound. Soon enough we formed the death metal institution called Maim together with Rikard Ottosson and Joakim Andersson.

2.Was  it  long  before you two  started  the  band? And  has  Maim  always  been  a  two  man  band  or  would you  like to  add  more  members  someday?

 We were four-piece band from the beginning. But over time Joakim left the band, because he moved to Stockholm and could not find the time to rehearse, and we carried on as a three piece band. And later on Rikard decided to leave the band since he became a father and also couldn’t find time for the band. Then we decided to carry on writing music and record another album all by ourselves. When the album was recorded, we recruited our long-time friend Niclas Löfgren on bass for live shows. We now consider him as a full-time member of Maim and we will continue as a three piece

3.Ornaments Of  Severity  is  Maim's  third  release  to date  do you  both  work  on  writing the  music  or does  one  member  usually  write everything?

We both contribute with riffs and ideas

4.Besides  Ornaments Of  Severity   are  any  of the  bands  previous  releases  still  available for the readers to buy? Besides  physical  releases  does the  band  have  any  other  merchandise  available if  yes  what  is  available  and  where can  the readers  buy  it?

The first 2 albums i think are all sold out I'm afraid. But you can get the EP from NoPosersPlease.com, or buy it directly from us via maimmerchandise.bigcartel.com along with  t-shirts and longsleeves.

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

 The best thing about the metal underground today is that it is so easy to connect with other bands. The internet has made it possible for bands to share ideas and create their own tours without some greedy managers by their side. And today dedicated underground music festivals are rising everywhere. The worst thing about the underground today would be that a lot of bands try to make a hype out of themselves. They release 3 official music videos before the actual release, and post hundreds of Facebook statuses to get as many likes as possible. And then they go on tour to play for 10 people in the crowd. Underground music for me is to defy trends and stick to your guns.

6. Christian  you  take  care  of  the  vocals when  did you  start  growling? And  do you  do  anything  special  to  keep your  throat and  voice  healthy?Who  are  some  of your  favorite  vocalists?

 I think I never have growled before. This album is my first attempt. I did some screams on ’With Dawn Comes Death’ but thats it. When I was working night shifts at a factory, I used to go outside for my rounds and just scream my lungs out for practise. All alone with heavy machines surrounding me. I guess it must have sound quite frightening if someone ever heard me. Orange juice works good to

7.Besides  taking  care of the  vocal duties you  also  handle the  guitars  for the  band  when  did you  first become  interested  in  playing  the  guitars?Are  you  self taught  or  did you take  lessons  when  first  starting  out?

I started playing guitar when I was 12 years old. I borrowed my grandmothers old acoustic guitar and tried to learn how to work it. One night I laid the guitar on the floor and went to bed. When i woke up I stepped right through it and crushed it. Thats when I decided to buy an electric guitar. When I was 16 I went to music school for 3 years.

8.Who  are  some  of your   influences  and favorite  guitarists?Other  then  playing the  guitars  and  growling  do you  currently  play  any  other   instruments?

I was an early Slayer fan and still is. And that band really did an impact on me as a teenager. So I would say that Jeff Hanneman is my favorite guitar player. I spent hours and hours playing Slayer riffs back in the days. I also play the bass in another band and on ’Ornaments of Severity’ 

9.Henric  you  handle  the drums  for the  band  when  did you  become  interested  in  playing  the  drums? Are you  self taught or did you  have  lessons when  first  starting  out?

 I’m self taught and i started to play the drums when i was 14 

10.Who   are  some  of your  favorite  drummers? Besides  the  drums  do you  currently  play  any  other  instruments?

One of my favorite drummers is Morgan Ågren, he’s unbelievable behind the kit. I also get a lot of inspiration from Vinnie Colaiuta. I also play guitar and some bass. Usually when i’m alone in the rehearsal room recording new ideas

11.Is  Maim  the  only  band you  two  work  in  or  do you  play  in  any  other  bands?Please  tell  the readers  a  little  about the  other  bands you  work  with?

I play bass in Ocean Chief, a Swedish doom band that has been around for over 15 years. I joined them on guitar about 5 years ago but nowadays i play bass live for the band. Henric has currently no other side projects

12.Maim  comes  out  of  the  Swedish  death metal  scene  what is your  opinions  of  the  Swedish metal  scene  over  the  years?

It has been a bit dry for some years i think. Not that many Swedish bands has got my attention. Im not really into the HM-2 sound. TEMISTO did an awesome debut and VANHELGD has always released quality stuff

13.Who  are your  all-time favorite  Swedish  band s  and  are their   any   new  bands you  feel  the readers  should  check  out  soon?

I think both Henric and I can agree on VOMITORY. We always have been influenced by them and still are. Their riffs and songwriting are superior. As for new bands i strongly recommend RUDE from USA. Total Altars of Madness worship done in the right way

14.Besides  bands  are  their  any  honest  and reliable  labels or  distro's  you  could  recommend?

I would recommend Blood Harvest for extreme and raw music

15.Christian, Henric    when  not  working  on  new  music  or  band  business  what  do you two  enjoy  doing  in your  free time?

We both share the same interests and in the free time we are mostly listening to music, watching movies, going to concerts, talking about new records. We also like to be outdoors and to travel. Henric likes to go on wandering trips and go skiing and i like to be out fishing and to travel when i have time 

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

 We want to thank you and all of you guys out there whom has supported us through the years.  Keep real metal alive, Cheers! 
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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Terrifier done by Patrick posted on 5-7-17

Canada's  thrashing  maniacs  Terrifier   released  their  second  cd  "Weapons Of Thrash Destruction earlier  this  year.If you  are  a  fan  of  early  80's  U.S,Canadian  thrash  metal  then  be  sure to  check  out  Terrifier  today
Interview with Chase   vocalist of Terrifier   done by Patrick
1. Hello Chase  how  are  things  going  with you  these days? Please introduce yourself to  the  readers?
C: Hey guys my names Chase and I sing for Terrifier. 
2.When  did you first  discover thrash metal  and  who  were some  of the first  bands you   listened  to? Who  are  some  of your  current  favorite  bands ?
 C: The first time I ever heard metal was in grade six, this guy brought in his brother’s Metallica’s “Ride The Lightning” CD. The obsession basically started from there. On to Slayer, Exodus and Pantera etc.
3.When  did you  first  meet the  other  members  of the band  and  was  it  long  before you  all  started Terrifier?
C: Rene and I answered an ad in a guitar shop looking for other musicians to jam with. We met up and jammed on Master of Puppets all the way through and decided to learn more covers to play and eventually we started writing originals.
4..What  is  the  current  line-up  of  the  band   and for the readers  who  have  never  heard  Terrifier's  music  how  would you  best  describe  the  music?
C: We got Rene Wilkinson on lead guitar, Kyle Shepard on drums, Brent Gallant on the other lead guitar, Alex Giles on bass and myself on vocals. I would say we're technical melodic thrash if I had to narrow it down. 
5.Weapons Of  Thrash Destruction  is  the  band’s  newest  release  how  long  did it  take the  band to  write the  music  for this  release?
C- It was quite a few years of riffs kicking around before we pieced it all together.

6.Chase  you  take  care  of the  vocals  for the  band  so  I figure you  write the  lyrics  for the  music  what  are  some topics  you  wrote  about  on  the  new  release?
C- My lyrical ideas come from books, movies, history and sometimes I'm just making stuff up off of a cool song title I'll come up with. 
7.Besides  Weapons Of  Thrash Destruction   does  the  band  have  any  other  releases  or  merchandise  available  for  the readers? If  yes  what  is  available  and  where  can the readers  buy  it?
C- Yes we have our first album Destroyers of the Faith and our Metal or Death E.P.  Both are available on CD Baby for online order.
8. Terrifier    recently  had  a small tour in April  in  support  of the  new release how  do  you  feel  the  tour  went? Who  were some  bands you  had  the  pleasure to  share the  stage  with?
C- It went really well actually, we had a lot of fun and met some amazing people. WMD from Calgary are some really awesome thrashers. Aiomon from Nelson are really killer too!
9.Are  there  any  more  tours  or  shows  planned  this  year  in  support  of  Weapons Of  Thrash Destruction ? If  yes  where  will the  band  be  playing?
C- We want to head down through California and shred it up with some bands down that way. It would be super kick ass to play the Bay Area.
10.Chase  you  take  care of the  vocals  when  did you  first start  screaming and growling? Do you  do  anything  special  to  keep  your  throat and  voice  healthy?
C- I believe I was 18 when I started singing. I played bass and sang for many years. The new album is the first time you can hear me just focus on vocals. I basically just sing songs from bands I like to stay in shape. 
11.Who   are  some  of your  favorite  vocalists? Besides  vocals  do you  play  any  other  instruments?
C- I would say old school James Hetfield, Hansi from Blind Guardian, Phil Anselmo, Rob Halford, Bruce Dickinson. There's way more, it's just hard to think of them on the spot. I play bass as well. Cliff Burton, Tom Araya, Steve Harris, Billy Sheehan these are a few bass influences.
12.Other then  playing  in  Terrifier  do you  or  any  of the  members  currently  play  in  any other  bands?
C- Actually they all do hahaha every one but me :)
13.When  not  working  on  new  music  or  band  business  what  do you  enjoy  doing  in your  free  time?
C- I really love camping, hiking, drunken bbq nights, travelling, anything adrenaline based is a blast, Hanging with friends and family, Going to shows I'm not playing haha.
14.Thank you  Chase  for  taking  the  time  to  fill this  interview  out  do you have  any  final  comments  before  we end  the  interview?
C- Thanks Patrick! Keep thrashing guys and we'll see you guys out there! \m/
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