Saturday, February 29, 2020

Interview with Wardaemonic done by Patrick posted on 2-29-20

Interview with Wardaemonic done by Patrick

1.Hello how is life in Australia this week?Please introduce yourself to the readers?
Greeting, Australia is hot, as always. We're nearly at the end of summer, but it's bringing no respite.
I am Maelstrom, Drummer and vocalist from Wardaemonic. Blitz plays bass and synth programming, Anharat on lead guitar and Bane on (live) voice and guitar.

2.When did you first discover black metal music and who were the first bands you listened to?Are their any current bands that have caught your attention?
Personally, i discovered black metal in about 1998, a couple of years after the glorious second wave rose to notoriety. My first exposures to it were on the internet, using primitive sharing facilities, such as Audio Galaxy and MIRC chat rooms. I think i first heard Burzum and Cradle Of Filth to begin with, I remember not liking it straight away. As with all good things, it took a while to develop a taste for. Things you are drawn to straight away are often discarded once they've become too repetitive and stale.
In terms of modern black metal, the tastes within the band's personal are all quite varied, so we listen to a broad variety of stuff. The most recent album i've acquired in the genre was probably Borknager's "True North", I don't keep 100% up to date with everything that's released, it takes time for things to trickle through.

3.Wardaemonic was formed in 2005 when did you and the other members first get the idea to start this band?How did you choose Wardaemonic as the name of the band?
We were formed in 2005 by the band's original guitarist Regnator, who left us in 2012. He's still alive, just not playing in the band anymore. He recruited myself on drums, Anharat on guitar and Blitz on bass, where we've stayed ever since. We haven't undergone as many lineup shifts as other bands of such tenure, but the lineup has been solid now since 2012. I'm not sure where the original idea for the band came, but I believe it's intent has shifted focus slightly in that time, whilst remaining true to the vision. Everyone brings their different influences to the band, contributing to make something greater than the sum of it's parts.
The name is derived from that of an 'inner guiding spirit', although we take the name to it's logical conclusion.

4.Who would you say are the bands biggest influences and have they remained the same over the years?For the readers who have never heard the bands music how would you best describe the bands
musicial style?
The influence of early Ulver, Marduk and Kvist ir probably undeniable, however everything you listen to influences your playing in some way. Everytime I add another album to the collection, their influence will get added to the mix. As chief lyricist, i'm influenced by the books I read and news too, despite the main lyrical content residing as 'dark fantasy'.
I personally would describe the musical style as 'streamlined, abrasive black metal'. Its fast and straight forward, but we do lend space and time for atmosphere and breathing, these are the things that truly make a good album great - the juxtaposition of silence. There is a death metal influence on the overall sound, but progressive and classical musics also contribute to the colours within our various releases. Guitarist Bane is a season ticket holder of the local symphony orchestra, for instance.

5.Acts Of Repentance is the bands newest full-length which is being released in March through Transcending Obscurity Rec. when did you and the band first come in contact with this great label?
Kunal contacted us a couple of years back, when we were still tracking the instruments for 'Acts...', and he was keen to sign us, based on our tenure and track record, I suppose. But until we had our new product finished and ready to go, or near enough, we didn't feel comfortable in signing anything. We didn't feel as though the added pressure of a label worked in our favour - but once we had the record ready to go, we put it forward and signed on the line.

6.Does the whole band take part in the writing the process or does or does one member usually write everything? How long does it usually take to complete one song?
Blitz wrote the whole 'Acts...' album when we were finishing recording 'Obsequium' in 2014. He presented the finished songs whole, all at the same time, rather than drip feeding ideas and submitting half finished riffs - which I personally hate. This method brooks no argument, and the songs changed nearly not at all from the original files. Drums were obviously polished and lead ideas were added, but the structure, riffs and tempos all stayed constant.

7.Who usually handles writing the lyrics for the music and what are some topics the band wrote about on the new release?
The only writing aspect not handled by Blitz are the lyirics, which is my domain. Long a student of the English language and an avid reader, i've always felt that lyric writing came naturally. I usually map out a concept for the album, or individual songs, then write lyrics, syllabically based on what i'm able to do on the drums simultaneously. It's not a totally foreign concept, as i've always thought Chuck from Death wrote his vocals based on what the drums are doing, making most of those songs (relatively) easy to sing and play drums to.

8.Besides the upcoming Acts Of Repentance are the bands previous releases still available for the readers to purchase?Does the band have any other merchandise currently available if yes what is available and where can the readers buy it?
Everything we've done, release wise, is available from our Bandcamp, except the original "From the Dank, Pale Gravelands" debut CD, which sold out it's original pressing of 500. You may find our discs, digital music and other merchandise at

9.Has Wardaemonic gotten to play very many live shows over the years or do you prefer working in the studio?What have been some of the bands most memorable shows over the years?
We've played under a hundred live shows in our 14 years, I would wager. Playing live is an integral part of being in this band, but as the band has aged, live shows have declined somewhat, we're more reluctant to play frequently and prefer to remain exclusive and elusive.
My personal favourites would be: Behemoth support (Perth 2006), MartyrDoom Fest (New York, 2013), Impiety support (Singapore 2015), Brutalize The Darkness Festival (Jakarta, 2015) and Enslaved support (Perth 2019).

10.Are their any tours or shows planned in support of the new release? If yes where will the band be playing and who are some bands you will be sharing the stage with?
We'll have to tour this new one, for sure. But as to prospective dates, supports or any other questions, we'll have to wait and see. We have nothing booked at this point.. I'd like to go back and play some cities we've already done, personally. Maybe Asia or the USA (once our dollar improves).

11.Wardaemonic comes out of the legendary Australian black metal scene what is your opinion of Australia's black metal scene over the years?
We're proud to have long been a part of this grandiose and incredible scene, strewn with amazing artists at every juncture. It's been difficult to see a lot of our contemporaries fall by the way-side, one by one, as bands age and die, they haven't been replace with many new ones. There are a couple of bands up-and-coming who are note worthy, foremost Christ Dismembered, but most of what we're seeing is blackgaze, shoegaze, DSBM, blackened-core and lots of other subgenres, which quite honestly - aren't cutting it. Not enough bands want to look awful and blast relentlessly, there's too much focus on dress sense, haircuts and merch designs. I know there's a market for it, but like all trends within this genre of ours - it'll wear out.

12.Who are your all-time favorite Australian black metal bands and are their any new bands you feel the readers should check out soon?
We're big fans of Arketh, Destroyer 666, Bloodlust, Astriaal, Bastardizer and others. Some of our deceased mates, like Order of Orias and Erebus Enthroned, are worth checking, but they won't be putting anything new out, i'm certain.

13.What does Black Metal mean to you?
Black Metal is passion and attitude. As long as you're doing it for the right reasons, it comes across in your writing and performance. If being moody and edgy is your goal, then there are other genres and pursuits which might suit you better.

14.Besides working in Wardaemonic do you or any of the members currently work with any other bands or solo projects? If yes please tell the readers a little about them?
Oh, where to start. Bane has been playing in The Uncreation since the turn of the milennium. Blitz plays for Iniquitous Monolith, which is brutal death, and also DeathFuckingCunt, which is technical death. Maelstrom has played for most metal acts around the state, plus live tours for Incantation (USA) and Impiety (SG), but his favourite band to record for is UrDraugr, which has a new release soon.

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

Wardaemonic,Perth, Australia
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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Interview with Maudiir done by Patrick posted on 2-25-20

Interview with F.vocalist and all instruments of Maudiir  done by Patrick

1. Hello F. how are things going in Canada this week? Please introduce yourself to the readers?
 Hi, it’s going well, winter is slowly coming to an end here. I always prefer summer. To introduce myself, I’m F. the leader of the one-man black-thrash metal band Maudiir.

2. When did you first discover black metal and who were some of the first bands you listened to? Are there any current bands that have caught your attention?
 A few years ago, I was a fan of symphonic black metal bands like Cradle of Filth and Dimmu Borgir. I still like Cradle of Filth, but don’t follow them that much anymore. I discovered the Norwegian black metal bands only in recent years, searching for a “fresh” sound, different from all the modern metal bands that in my opinion end up sounding pretty much all the same, mainly due to the same ‘pitch and pocketed’ brick wall production. These days, I’m really into bands like Taake, Mayhem, Satyricon, MGLA, and the band Obsequiae that I love very much; brilliant music I think.  

3. When did you first get the idea to start Maudiir and are satisfied with how things have progressed with the band so far? How did you choose Maudiir as the band name?
 I started Maudiir in Montreal at the end of 2018. After working with various people in different projects, I needed to do something on my own. I’m satisfied with the interest I’m getting so far, people really seem to appreciate the project and I’m getting really nice reviews. The name Maudiir is derived from the French word ‘maudire’, which means ‘to curse’. My brother and a few of his good friends got together and came up with the name. I thought it was quite fitting with the lyrics of the songs and the general mood of the music. 

4. F. I believe you are the sole member of the band, did you plan to work alone or would you like to find more musicians to make a full line-up? 
I planned to work on this alone to be able to depend only on myself and eliminate compromise as best I could. Of course, if ever I decide to play the music live, I’ll have to find musicians to do it. I already know a couple of people that would be interested, so we’ll see. For now, I’m comfortable working alone on new songs for the next EP.

5. What do you feel is the easiest and hardest part about being a one-man band?
 Writing and recording everything by oneself is a lot of work, but it’s actually much faster than waiting around for people to do their parts, which I did a lot in other projects. Also, there is no chance of people quitting after a while, which I also experienced. I’d say the hardest thing about being in a one-man band is resolving problems or arrangements in songs alone. Having more than one brain trying to come up with ideas helps, but it can also change the direction of a song drastically, and not always for the better. I usually send the songs to a few people I trust, to have their opinion, if I have a doubt about some part needing to be reworked.

6. Le Temps Peste is the debut EP. which is being self-released would you like to find a label to work with on future releases or do you prefer to self-release your music?
 I might be interested in a label in the future, if only for the distribution side of things, but I’m not really looking for one as it is time-consuming and I’ll put my time elsewhere.

7. How long did it take you to write the music on the debut release? How long does it usually take to complete one song?
 It was much longer to mix the EP than to write and record it, honestly. Mixing and mastering is an art, and I don’t profess to be a professional at all. I started writing the  first song ‘Wasteland’ in November 2018, and the last song ‘Snakes of Creation’ was finished in August 2019. But then, there was a lot of tweaking around the mixes, and I kept coming back on the middle part of ‘Snakes of Creation’, which proved difficult to arrange properly, transitioning from a fast blast beats section to a reflective mood section. That song seems to be a favorite in a lot of reviews, so I guess I might have gotten it right. I’ve noticed that it usually takes me about a month from having a new guitar riff to having a complete recorded finished song.

8. Where do you draw inspiration for the lyrics and what are some subjects you wrote about on the debut release? Which usually comes first the music or the lyrics? 
Consumer society, religion, science going awry, addiction to technology, environmental decay. It’s really about day to day life and what’s happening on the news. The music always comes first. The lyrics I often write at the same time I’m recording the vocals, starting on a general subject and going with the flow of the music. I find that writing lyrics independently from the music, I end up with sentences that need to be cut or reworked because the rhythm of the words doesn’t work when recording.

9. Besides the Le Temps Peste does the band have any other merchandise currently available? If yes what is available and where can the readers purchase it? 
As of now, the music is the only available merchandise.

10. What does black metal mean to you?
 With black metal, I feel everybody is doing whatever they want without too much care for the mainstream, and there is still a spirit of rebellion and freedom; maybe the only true metal spirit left?

11. Maudiir comes out of Canada's black, thrash metal scene, what is your opinion of Canada's metal scene? 
It’s great! A lot of nice bands in different metal styles. The Quebec black metal scene I think is especially gaining attention worldwide, with bands like Forteresse, Monarque, Gris, Délétère, Trépas ,Ossuaire… Lots of really great bands are coming out or having been around for a while already.

12. Who are your all-time favorite bands coming out of Canada and are there any new bands you feel the readers should check out soon? 
Rush is my absolutely favorite Canadian band without a doubt. It’s always been there with me. For Quebec black metal, people should check out the releases of Sepulchral Productions. I also love the older material of Devin Townsend; Terria, Ocean Machine… A true Canadian musical genius.

13. Besides working in Maudiir do you currently work with any other bands or solo projects? If yes please tell the readers a little about them?
 I am also in the prog-thrash band Trinity Blast. We have released 2 new singles at the beginning of the year. And I play guitar in the Iron Maiden tribute band ‘Made In Iron’.

14. When you need to take a break from working on new music or band business what do you like to do in your free time?
 I watch TV series. There is a lot of quality series nowadays.

15. Thank you for taking the time to fill this interview out, do you have any final comments for the readers?
 Thank you very much for your interest in me and Maudiir, it is very much appreciated.
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Sunday, February 23, 2020

Architectural Genocide--Cordyceptic Anthropomorph cd{Comatose Music} posted on 2-23-20

Architectural Genocide--Cordyceptic Anthropomorph cd{Comatose Music}
Coming out of the Texas brutal death metal scene is Architectural Genocide with their debut release coming out in mid March.Cordyceptic Anthropomorph contains eight intense brutal death metal.For the most part the music is played with extremely fast guitar and drum patterns.The drumming is done with insanely fast drum passages that are performed with a lot of skill and experience.The drummer does slow to a more calm mid paced range in some of the tracks before blasting off again with insane drum patterns.The guitars are played in the same range with intense guitar patterns.The guitars are done with some very memorable guitar passages and some well played solo's.Architectural Genocide have released one of the best debut releases that I have heard in quite sometime.If you are a fan of Devourment,Gorgasm and the like then be sure to pick up a copy of Cordyceptic Anthropomorph when it is released.
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Saturday, February 22, 2020

Wardaemonic--Acts Of Repentance cd{Transcending Obscurity Rec.} posted on 2-22-20

Wardaemonic--Acts Of Repentance cd{Transcending Obscurity Rec.}
Australia's epic, black metallers Wardemonic return with their fourth full-length.Acts Of Repentance contains five tracks epic and well composed black metal.The music is very well executed with a mix of both extremely fast and some slower passages.The guitarist composes some some extremely memorable guitar patterns with a mix of crazed fast guitars and some slower more controlled guitars.The vocals are black metal screams and some gruff growls and screams are used in a few of the songs.
If you are a fan of  epic black metal with a mix of both extremely fast passages and some slower atmospericheric parts then do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of Acts Of Repentance today.
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Thursday, February 6, 2020

Sarcator--Visions Of Purgatory casstte{Redefining Darkness Rec.} posted on 2-6-20

Sarcator--Visions Of Purgatory casstte{Redefining Darkness Rec.}
Originally released as digital demo's from the band Redefing Darkness is releasing a compliation of both demo's on cassette.Screams From Below is the first demo featuring two tracks of blackend thrash metal.The music is played with extremely well written and performed guitars and drum patterns.For the most part the music is played with a whirlwind aggressive thrashing style.The vocals are gruff old-school growls and some screams are used in a few parts.The final two songs are off of the Sepulchral Noise EP.The music is played in the same vein as the debut with fast,frenzied guitars that are done with a lot of power and skill.The drumming is played with a lot of skill and chaotic drum patterns.
If you are looking for a new band that plays chaotic and crazed black thrashing metal with some very well written passages then be sure to check Visions Of Purgatory today.
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Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Schattenfall--Das Verderben cd{Redefining Darkness/Wolfspell Rec.} posted on 2-5-20

Schattenfall--Das Verderben cd{Redefining Darkness/Wolfspell Rec.}
Schattenfall are a band coming out of the German black metal scene with a new three song EP.Das Verderben contains three songs of atmospheric black metal with some depressive eelements added into the music.The music is played with a more controlled slower mid paced range with both atmosphere and some depressive black metal entertwined.The vocals are a mix of raspy black metal screams and some deeper growls.
This is my first time hearing Schattenfall so I can't compare this release to the bands past recordings but if you are a fan of dark,atmospheric black metal then do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of Das Verderben when it is released.
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