Saturday, May 26, 2018

Interview with Postmortal done by Patrick posted on 5-26-18

Interview with Postmortal done by Patrick

1.Hello how are you doing this week?Please introduce yourself to the readers?
 Helo, here Michał, guitarist of Postmortal. I'm doing great this week, thanks. I played concert with my other band “Rites of Daath” in Wrocław this Friday (18.05.2018). It was great show!

2. Postmortal was started in 2016 what gave you all the idea to start this band? And how did you all choose Postmortal as the name of the band?
I remember the idea which appeared in our minds during 20th edition of Brutal Assault festival in Czech Republic in 2015. Almost all Postmortal first line-up were there but it changed just after this event . For a long time doom metal was my favorite metal subgenre. Moreover, we decided that more originally we will be playing funeral doom than create another black or death metal group. The band’s name was suggested by our first bassist “Sludge” (greetings for Sludge from this place) and other members agreed with this idea.

3.What is the current line up of the band? And who would you say are Postmortal's biggest influences?
Current line-up are: Me – guitar, Kamil – guitar, Dawid – vocal and Paweł – bass. Unfortunately, we don’t have a drummer at this moment. Answering for myself, I can say that main influences come from great doom bands like Thergothon, The funeral orchestra, Ahab, Evoken, Tyranny, My dying Bride, Paradise Lost and many others . But I also derive inspiration from other metal subgenres like post, death and black metal and even not from metal music.

4.Soil is the bands debut EP. which is being released through Solitude Prod. how did the band come in contact with this label?
When you play funeral doom it's really hard to find anybody who would be willing to release your stuff. There is no label that specializes in doom metal in Poland. Fortunately, in Russia there is Solitude Productions. I knew this label before and I like bands they released. I sent them our material, they like it, offered interesting conditions and we started to cooperate.

5.How long did it take the band to write the music for the debut release?
I really don’t know how long it took. Our music was creating systematically from the beginning. After some time we decided to chose 3 songs for Ep.

6.I believe Soil is a digital release are their plans to release the debut on a physical format soon? If yes when will it be availible?
Yes, we already released Soil on Cds by ourself. There is only 50 copies of it. Cds are available since 14th May and you can buy them through official store:

7Does Postmortal play live very often or do you prefer working in the studio?Who are some bands you have shared the stage with?
We played 2 gigs by now, and we really like them. We want to play more but we can’t do it without full line up. Regardless of that fact new records wouldn't delay.

8.Are their any shows or tours planned in support of the Soil release? If yes where will the band be playing and who are some bands you will be sharing the stage with?
As I mentioned above, we aren’t able to play concerts now. However, I hope we’ll find new drummer soon and we'll play some gigs.

9.Has the band ever thought of making a music video for any of the songs? If you had the opportunity which song would you like to see made into a video?
We haven’t thought about music video yet. Maybe in the future when new material will be released. But If I had to choose a song from Soil I would vote for Nighttime Serenity.

10. Postmortal comes out of Poland's death,doom metal scene what are your thoughts on the doom metal scene in Poland?
Doom metal scene in Poland still exist but it isn’t as strong as in 90s, when this genre has many great representatives. Anyway, we still have couple of very good bands.

11.Who are your all-time favorite polish death,doom bands and are their any new bands you feel the readers should check out soon?
think my favorite polish death doom band is Medebor, I like all their albums, especially “Phantasma”. I also like Sirrah which is unfortunately inactive right now and Mordor which recently released new album “Darkness” after 21 years of break! From among new bands I can recommend Dath has Spoken which plays really good doom metal with great riffs and many melancholic melodies, and Above Aurora which is more black than doom, but it’s great music also.

12.When not working on new music or band business what do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Watching Youtube, reading books, meet with friends, some sport, nothing special.

13.Besides playing in Postmortal do you or any of the members currently play in any other bands or solo projects?
Yes, me and other guitarist Kamil play in Rites of Daath, furthermore I also play in Schaderian.

14.Thank you for taking the time to fill this interview out do you have any final words for the readers?
Thank you! Stay doom!

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Interview with Grim Fate done by Patrick posted on 5-26-18

Interview with Wim guitarist of Grim Fate done by Patrick

1.Hello Wim how are things going in The Netherlands this week? Could you please introduce yourself to the readers?

Hi, we are Grim Fate from the Netherlands and we enjoy ourselves with creating death metal with a doomy edge to it. We had some new items this week. First we heard that after some delays our mcd finally seems to be ready to be released by Chaos Records. And we just finished the recordings of a new track last night. We’re planning to have it released on a split 7”, but no futher news on that yet. Hopefully we can give more information about that later this year.

2.When did you first start listening to metal music and who were some of the first bands you listened to?

I started listening to metal somewhere in the late eighties I guess. The first bands I got to learn were Iron Maiden and Metallica and right after that Slayer, Death and Obituary. From that moment on I was totally into death metal and which is relevant today.

3.Wim you handle the guitars for the band. When did you become interested in playing guitar? Are you self taught or did you take lessons when first starting out?

From the first moment I was aware of music, I was alway intrigued by the guitarist of the band. To me music was always more about guitars than vocals. I never had any lessons, just trying out to get some nasty tones out of the guitar that made any sense. I am lightyears away from the talent some of my early guitar heroes have, but hey I’m enjoying myself and the nasty tones seem to appeal to some people at least.

4.Grim Fate was formed in 2017. What gave you all the idea to start this band? Who would you say are Grim Fate's biggest influences?

Grim Fate was started when my other band Burial Remains had some delays with recording. I always wanted to do some slower doomy death metal and I knew Pier is also in that kind of stuff and asked him if he wanted to the vocals. He never was in a band before, but wanted to give it a go and took care of the bass as well. His vocal performance is one of the best in this style of music, so we are really happy with that. I can't deny we are influenced by bands like Incantation, old Amorphis, Demigod and the likes, but it’s not that we want to copy that sound. We just play death metal and slow it down a bit.

5.What is the current line up of Grim Fate?
It’s still Pier and me, but we added Philippus - who helped us out on the mcd- as a permanent member. And I think that is how we want to keep it for now. We get along great and make some crushing death metal.

6.Emerging From The Crypt is the bands debut EP which will be released through Chaos Rec. When did you first come in contact with the label?

After we recorded Emerging From The Crypt we reached out to some labels. A bunch of them were interested and Chaos was totally into it and we went with them.

7.How long did it take to write the music for the debut EP?

Well this is the funny part. After Pier and I decided to do this we shared some ideas, but no real songs were written. Until the moment we got together and really started writing songs and in a matter of 6 weeks we had not just written 4 songs, but also recorded them. It was a really spontaneous way of working that I’ve never done before, but it worked out really well.

8.Who usually takes care of writing the lyrics for the band and what are some subjects you all wrote about on Emerging From The Crypt?

Pier does most of the lyrics and it's pretty much about the dark side of live. It death and decay all the way for us. The songs usually arise from some nasty riffs created by me. Together with Philippus we take an open approach and let the atmosphere of the song breath. The rest of the riffs will follow, and together with Pier we check if the balance is in order.

9.Besides the debut EP does the band have any other merchandise currently available for the readers to buy? If so, what is available and where can the readers buy it?

Currently the EP is on tape and this month it will be available on CD. Shirts are coming also, more information about will be released in June. Keep an eye on our facebook for news on that.

10.What does underground metal mean to you?

Me and Pier are following the underground scene for so many years now. It has been a been an interesting journey and still is. Every week I l'm suprised that I find new releases or even old releases that I haven't heard from earlier. The only way to keep this scene together is if we support each other.

11.Grim Fate origin is The Netherlands death metal scene. What is your opinion of the metal scene in The Netherlands?

It’s really funny that The Netherlands is such a small country and has som many great bands like Pestilence, Asphyx, Sinister, Polluted Inheritance, Sempiternal Deathreign and so on. And it’s cool to see most of these bands are still active.

12.Who are your all-time favorite bands coming from The Netherlands and are their any new bands you feel the readers should check out soon?

Pestilence, Asphyx, Deadhead, Creepmime and Poluted Inheritance are among my favourite bands from the Netherlands. When it comes to new bands people should definately check out Graceless, Incinerator and Rotten Casket.

13.Have you all started working on new music for the next EP or would you like to record a full length?

As I said earlier, a split we be part of our discography and we're pretty certain that a full length will be the next step. We keep busy writing new stuff all the time, so we hope to have a new releases done soon.

14.Besides Grim Fate do you or any of the members currently work in any other bands or projects?If yes please tell the readers a little about them?

We keep on writing with Grim Fate although we have to give other bands like Burial Remains and Boal the attention they deserve. Burial Remains is more old school Death metal and Boal takes a broader approach with more dark, brutal and atmosphere elements. Philippus also has Dimaeon as an other active band. That's more in the progmetal corner, they are also releasing a full length at the end of this year. And he is doing 7ft Beyond Belief, which is more in the vein of bands like Rotten Sound. I might end up doing some vocals on that release also.

15.When you need to take a break from writing music or band business what do you like to do in your free time?

Drink beer and worship Satan.

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

Support the scene anyway you can! If you like dark doomy Death metal maybe you can give Grim Fate a try. Thanks for reading anyway.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Interview with Katari done by Patrick posted on 5-23-18

1.Hails how are things going in Peru this week?
Dany I : Greetings comrade, at this point bit or nothing I'm interested what happens in this country, I almost do not see TV and if I turn-on it at will is to see the Simpsons or programs of my interest, I do not read magazines or newspapers because I know the kind of trash they sell us, just look at the headlines to yawn and scratch my head. Always the same strategy of misinforming and anesthetizing with mediocre shows and morbid. All psychologically and surgically designed by the government to continue drugging the repressed indignation of the people.
Much of this whole topics has always fueled the wrath of the serpent (KATARI).

2.When did you first start listening to metal and black metal in general?Who were the first bands you listened to?
Dany I : I started listening to metal thanks to my brothers and a cousin, who were moving inside the small scene of Huánuco and could get material and bring them home, even in diapers I only listened and analyzed them.The first bands I heard were the commercial type of heavy rock and punk like Kiss, Black Sabbath, Leuzemia (Peru), Metallica among many others (I have a somewhat fragile memory).
After a time and with a better trained ear, came the most grotesque and bestial bands like Sepultura, Death, Venom, Possessed, Mayhem, Blasphemy, Rotting Christ among others. They were all key pieces and in some way influenced my way of writing and structuring the music.

3.When did you first get the idea to start this band? And how did you choose Katari as the name of the band?
Dany I : After leaving a previous band, my brother (Assassin) and I decided to follow the path of Black Metal and create a more serious band, own themes and with their own essence to demonstrate the pure and gloomy art of Huánuco.
The name was an easy task, because we always wanted an atypical name, and using the language of our ancestors was the best idea, it was just a matter of finding the exact word that represents our sickly ideology and music, and in truth, KATARI has become synonymous of evil and bestiality.

4.I believe Katari is a two man band have you always worked as a duo or would you like to find new musicians to make Katari a full line up?
Dany I : At the beginning we had 2 support members in different short times. Zadek (bass) and Drácul (drums) with whom they were able to play live and make some rehearsal recordings, then in 2010 we had the support of "Miserable Jehovah" in the drums to show our art in other cities.
Normally we are a duo, but later we will be forced to recruit 2 or 3 members for future shows, something that is already being discussed.

5.If you had the opportunity to work with any musicians past or present who would you like to work with?
Dany I : I would like very much to have the support of those comrades again but I see it easier for the Pope to sign us a permission to play inside St. Peter's Basilica. We have lost contact with the first comrades and "Miserable Jehovah" is fully involved in his own band (Wisa Awqa).

6.Ave,Rex Ivdaeorvm! is Katari's debut release is now available how long did it take you two to write the music for the new release?
Dany I : This album brings themes of rehearsals and demos with the exception of : "Impaled On A Phallic Cross" , "Acid Venom" and the instrumental "Inclemency".
These themes that came from a valuable notebook where I record ideas and riffs for themes future, it was only a matter of taking them and finished during the trial and recording period, more or less between 2015 - 2017.

7.Who usually writes the lyrics for the music and what are some subjects written about on Ave,Rex Ivdaeorvm!?
Dany I : Mostly I write them, in some cases with the help of Assassin.
"Ave, Rex Ivdaeorvm!" It is the materialized blasphemy with its own life, look at the cover and in a few minutes you will begin to hear the laments of Christ (I assure you).
The lyrics deal with all this, total death and total rejection of the church. Each theme is a kick in the ass to "civilization" and the religious ego.

8.Besides the debut full length does the band have any past releases or other merchandise available for the readers to buy?
Dany I : Of course, we have more rehearsals and demos but for sale or trade ; "Darkening All" (reissue on cassette) and the EP "At Peace" (cassette) and of course the new album are still available, Any query for sale or trade just write to our emails.

9.Katari comes out of Peru's black metal scene what is your opinion of the black metal scene in peru?
Dany I : My opinion about Peruvian black metal scene, is that there is not one, but several independent micro scenes, which in my opinion is good, necessary and very respectable. I believe that Black Metal should continue to be characterized as such, proud, antagonistic and dangerous, this is what must be maintained because this position differs from other normal styles and normal people.

10.Who are your all-time favorite bands coming out of Peru and are their any new bands you feel the readers should check out soon?
Dany I : The rock scene of the 60's and 70's are a delicacy (I recommend it to you) bands like: Los Saicos, Tarkus or Pax. As for metal, always delighting the noise of the masters Mortem, Kranium, Illapa, Mortuary, Anal Vomit, Ayahuaira, Contumacy among many others.
And with respect to current bands, I recommend them to Obscure Evil, Nekromantik, Iniquitatem, Arcada etc.

11.Besides bands are their any honest,reliable labels and distro's you could recommend to the readers?
Dany I : I know very honest and engaged people in the topic , I'll name you there: Enrique Luna (Necro Altar Prods) Ricardo Lucas (Crypts of Eternity), Cinthia Marina (Into the Abyss Domains), Julio Crisostomo (Necronausea) Andrés Vargas ( Death Dealer) among others

12.What does black metal mean to you?
Dany I : Delicious question, but the answer will be reflected in a future theme entitled "Black Metal is the Cusp" I think it was enough with the title to say it all, but there is more, it is an apology to the true cult of Black Metal.

13.Besides working in Katari do either of you work with other bands or solo projects? If yes please tell the readers a little about them?
Dany I : Yes, I currently have 2 separate projects, one called HAYLLI and the other has no name, only represented by the mathematical infinity symbol "∞".
Both are experimental projects that have nothing to do with Black metal.
At the moment only with HAYLLI I have a rustic demo released last year, and with "∞" I have prepared a single for August of this year.

14.Thank you for taking the time to fill this interview out do you have any final comments for the readers?
Dany I .: Do not let down your guard , the war continues ... hails and thanks comrade.


Sunday, May 20, 2018

Skinless--Savagery cd {Relapse Records} posted on 5-20-18

Skinless--Savagery  cd  {Relapse Records}
New York's brutal death metal kings  Skinless  are  back with  their sixth  full length  release to date.Savagery is ten tracks  of  complex and brutal death metal  that is both played with  fast and some mid paced music.The vocaals are a mix of  low death metal growls and some of heavier  gruff  growls that are used throughout the songs.The drumming is  tight and precise with  both blasting,fast drum patterns and some slower mid paced patterns entertwined within the music.The guitars are played with a high level of skill  and ability.The guitarist knows how to write and play  both a more calm mid paced  guitar style but will also  cut loose  for the  faster and more furious patterns.
If you  are a fan of Skinless's previous  releases   then  do yourself a favor  and pick up  a  copy of  Savagery  today.

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Sunday, May 13, 2018

Posthuman Abomination--Transcending Embodiment cd {Comatose Music} posted on 5-13-18

Posthuman Abomination--Transcending Embodiment  cd {Comatose Music}
Transcending Embodiment  is the debut release from Italy's Posthuman Abomination.The debut is nine songs of bone crushing slam death metal at it  finest.The drumming is extremely tight with fast  blasting drum patterns.For the most part the drums are blasting but the drummer does slow to a mid paced and fast drumming sections.The vocals  are low,deep death metal growls.The guitarist writes some extremely fast patterns and even adds  some well written and played  solo's throughout the songs.If you are a fan of brutal slamming death metal  then defintly  pick up a  copy of  Transcending Embodiment  when it  is  released.
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PostMortal--Soil digital-release {Solitude Prod.} posted up 5-13-18

PostMortal--Soil digital-release {Solitude Prod.}
PostMortal are a funeral  doom death band that was started in 2016.Soil is the bands debut EP. which contains three epic and long songs that are done with  a lot of  skill and powerful riffs and music.The vocals are deep,low death metal growls that fit PostMortal's music  perfectly.The drums are heavy and slow thunderous drum patterns.The guitars are done with  slow riffs and  does speed up to a mid paced guitar range within some of the songs.If you are a  fan of funeral death,doom then be sure  to  check out PostMortal  today.
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Sunday, May 6, 2018

Interview with Hostia done by Patrick posted on 5-6-18

Interview with Hostia done by Patrick

1. Hello please introduce yourself to the readers and how are things in Poland these days?
Hey! I'm HOSTIA's vocalist known as St Sixtus. For now we just can't wait when people will get our album! We have a lot of fun with making videos and prepare ourselves for gigs. Generally there are dark clouds above Poland because of catolic church trying to incrase influence on society. It is basically an attack on freedom of speech, woman's rights and freedom of art and culture. If it's not enough we have some group of nationalist and fascism supporters. That's fuckin wrong and dangerous especially when its connected with radical christians. It's a main inspiration for HOSTIA songs too.

2. When did you first start listening to metal metal music and who were some of the first bands you listened to? Who are some of your current favorite bands?
O man! It was so long time ago. I started screaming in first band in 98' so I started to listening metal a couple years earlier. I was a big fan of Helloween, Running Wild and Manowar those days. Still love first, classic albums of those bands. After that I was demolished by Carcass and there was no turning back then. All kinds of extreme metal from black to death, was on my earphones all the time. Now I'm not into metal as much... I mean I still listen to all classic old albums but a lot of new bands are just boring. If we talk about metal I love Nails or Nacrophagia. It's my top You know? Quite simple but groovie death metal. But the most time I listen to movies soundtracks and some electronic stuff like Lorn and Perturbator.

3. When did you first meet the other members of the band? And was it long before you all started Hostia?
We've met many years ago when our other bands were sharing the stage. We played together some gigs. I also recorded guest vocals on their band album.
When I moved to Warsaw in 2017, guys called me and invited me to make some jam session for fun. I was suprised coz they changed totally their style. It was heavy as fuck and brutal. The jam session for fun transformed into regular rehearsals.

4. What is the current line up of the band and how would you best describe Hostia's musicial style?
HOSTIA are 4 guys behind the dead popes nicknames. Vocals - St Sixtus, guitars - St Anacletus, drums - St Evaristus and bass - St Xyxtus. As i said we all played in many different polish metal bands. We did not want people to judge Hostia through the prism of what we played earlier. Thats the new begining for us.We don't look back and we wanna our music to defend itself. Who the fuck cares who we are? It’s about the music.

5. Via Nocturna will be releasing the self-titled debut how did you and the band come in contact with Via Nocturna?
When we released first song 'Corroded Cross” there was the response from couple labels including Via Nocturna.

6. Does the whole band take part in the writing process or does one member write everything?
All compositions are made by St Anacletus. He is taking care of the music. I try to do some cool and kick ass vocals on the top of it. And of course the final shape of the songs is the result of the work of all 4 of us.

7. Who usually handles writing the lyrics for the band and what are some topics the band writes about?
Well that's my job. As I said, we're not big fans of polish catholic church and institutional religions at all hehe. We are surrounded by this shit. It's just another cult. I mean – come on - it's all about money and power over stupid people. So church and religions are the main topics but we have some lyrics based on serial killers or some grusome stories. We don't use any fiction stuff. The real live and real people create the most fucked up stories!

8. Besides the self-titled debut does the band have any other merchandise currently availible for the readers? If yes what is availible and where can the readers buy it?
Yep that's my job too. We have a plan for awesome merch and it's not only about clothes. I think we gonna lauch our webstore after album realase, so if You don't wanna miss any cool limited editions You should watch our facebook and bandcamp profiles!

9. Has Hostia played very many live shows yet?If yes what have been some of the bands most memorable shows over the years?
As a HOSTIA we heaven’t played any gigs yet but we love to play live so it's gonna change in the right time!

10. What does Underground Metal mean to you?
I try not to categorize music, i mean it doesn't matter if it is underground or mainstream band. The only categories are bad or good music. There's a lot of good music on both metal scenes. I think underground and mainstream complete each other. Some young people start metal adventure from popular bands and after this they dig into undergound treasures.

11. Hostia comes out of Poland's grind,death metal scene what is your opinion of Poland's grind,death metal scene?
I think we have a very strong death, grind scene. Whole polish metal scene is a bunch of really cool guys and we're lucky to be friends with most of them. I'm so proud every time my friends from Decapitated or Antigama play on biggest festivals and are touring around the world. About grindcore - there's a couple awesome legendary bands like Dead Infection or Nuclear Vomit.

12. Who are your all-time favorite bands coming out of Poland? And are their any new bands you could recomend to the readers to check out soon?
My personal fav is legendary band Kat, if You like more brutal and extreme metal, you should check out Drown My Day, John Doe Burial, Iperyt. If You are more into black metal there’s Mgła, Thaw or Furia.

13. When no working on new music or band business what do you like to do in your free time?
I spend my free time exacly the same way like job time. I am graphic designer so I work on album covers or merchendise designs. I'm kind of nerd so I take a rest playing games, smoking weed and looking for some cool movies and comics.

14. Besides working in Hostia do you or any of the members currently work in any other bands or solo projects?
Yep but it's too soon to talk about it ;)

14. Thank you for taking the time to fill this interview out do you have any final words for the readers?
First of all thank you for being interested in our band! Second – thanks to all of you who spent a moment for reading this. I hope we have encouraged you to explore what Hostia is! Cheers from Poland!

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