Thursday, April 16, 2015

Interview with Adrien and Vociferian done by Patrick on 4-16-15

Here  is  a new  interview  with  the  long  running  band  vociferian   that  is the  brain child  of  one  Adrien  who  has  been  making  music  since the  mid   90's  with  some  excellent  bands from  old-school death/black to  a  more  raw blackend/war  sound.This  Interview  is  mainly  about   Vociferian  and  Adrien's  underground  activities.
Enjoy  and  expect  more  new  reviews and  interviews  very  soon

Interview  with  Adrien  vocalist  and  all  Instruments  of  Vociferian  done  by   Patrick

1.Hails  Adrien  When  did  you  first  discover   metal  music? Who  were  some  of the  first  bands  you   listened to?

Salutations to you, your fanzine and all the readers of it. About your first question, it all depends about how you define "metal music".
To answer more easily to your interrogation, I can say that music really has touched me when I was around 8 years old. Discovering this way different style of sound very accidentally, just watching TV, where I've been able to see a video from Guns N'Roses... Then it was a pure revelation for me. It immediately gave me a thrill that from there I've been always searching and I'm still carving for nowadays, of course. I knew at this time, that something like a seed has been rooted in me and that it would never stop growing until I die.
2.Adrien  you   formed  Vociferian  in   1998   what  gave  you  the  idea  to  form  this  band/project?How  did  you  come  up  with  the  name  for  the  band?
 I was already inloved at this period in some local bands. And was already disappointed about the lack of seriousness and involvement of friends and muscians that I used to play with.
In the meantime I was already verry influenced myself, by the 90's great era of the purest and traditional black metal scene with some hints of death metal and black death metal roots as well.
Finally the necessity to form something unique and shape it all by myself without any other protagonist behind of it just came as an evidence, something very natural. As I've always been someone lost deep in my internal questioning and thoughts you know... lonesome and introspective.
3.Adrien   you  are  the  sole  member  of    Vociferian   did you  plan  to  keep     Vociferian  a  one man  band  or  have you  ever  looked for  other  members to  join? 
 Vociferian will always be a one man band, because it's the purest nature of it. To me, it would have absolutely no sense to change its structure in what makes of it its real entity actually.
For example, Vociferian has never played any live shows until now, and I don't think that it will happen one day. Even if I'm not of those who close the door to any possibility... time will tell.
For now, I recently took the decision to require the skills of a session drummer. Not that I couldn't do the work myself, just that  regarding my personal life and planning deadlines it has become difficult for me not to delegate this part of the creating process. Hopefully, I found trust in a very good musician and drummer who works it all with all the seriousness and expectations that I ask for. He is very involved and ready to work it enough to make it  100% in the shape I'm waiting for.
4.If  you   had the  opportunity  to  work  with  any  musican's  {past  or  present}  who  are  some  musicians  you  would  like  to  work  with?
 Something probably absolutely impossible... but if this could happen... Guys of GN'R in the very early 90's or at the opposite work on something with mister Morgan Hakansson would be a with great pleasure and honor for me of course.
5.How  would  you  say   Vociferian's   music   has  changed   over  the  years? Who  are  some  of the  biggest  influences  for  this  band? 
 Vociferian had many shapes since its creation, and it's also what is fully part of it's unique entity. It has been first influenced by the 2nd wave of the 90's "traditional" black metal scene, with the grimness, coldness and very scandinavian and european elitist imprint. And later it has been more filled with the aggression of unadulterated satanic despise and ferocity of the blackest emanations of evil orthodoxy and bestial darkness. Finally it often returns to roots with the natural breeze breathing by the forests and earthly energies like for example you can feel it listening to the "Beredsamkeit" opus. If I really had to mention of very few influences I wouldn't be that original, just saying Immortal, Marduk, Impaled Nazarene, Bathory, Vinterland, Ildjarn, Mayhem, Darkthrone, Burzum, Von, Sarcofago, Impiety, Beherit ... you know, nothing that out-of-the-box. As we all know where we are coming from... end of 80's & the 90's golden era of these genres
6.Does  Vociferian   have  any  new  merchandise  or  releases  coming  out  this  year? If  yes  can  you   please  let  the  fans  know  when  it  will be  available  and  where  can  the  fans  buy the  stuff?
 Recently, a limited edition of a Long Sleeve Shirt and a Hooded Sweater has been released by Jinn Merchandising who officially release licenced merch for great names like Impiety, Enthroned, Nargaroth and so on... I heard that  the hoodies are already sold out and there will be no reprint of them as it was a special occasion release in the name of the "Possezed Worshiperz Ov Doom" track that was figuring on the "Triumphant Usurper Beast" album release of 2005. A great design that was created for it by the artist who lately worked the principal sigil of the Marduk "Front Schwein" release and merchandising. A few items of the Long Sleeve must still be available and you can find contact searching for "Jinn Merchandise" on Facebook.
We are also seeing to produce some new Vociferian official logo metallic pins/bages with the same merchandising provider from Asia.

Another Hooded Sweaters entitled "Jugement" is in preparation, fully printed (sleeves and hood printed).
I'm particularly expecting for this one that will be released by a US label. Because it is really well representative about the way Vociferian is nowadays taking...
The spirit and mind of it of now. We also worked it with the same artist as mentioned above, and he really satisfied all my expectations concerning it.
So don't miss this really great merchandising release VERY soon out. Just keeping an eye opened on these pages:
7. Adrien   when  did  you  first  start  playing  the  guitars?  Are  you  self-taught   or  did you take  lessons  when  first  starting  out?
 I learned a bit about playing guitar since I was around 10 years old, I had a few lessons with a music teacher then. I've been teached a very few about "solfege", just enough to get on a classic guitar and start practicing.

Of course I put my hands on an electric guitar quickly after that. And as my ear was already enough skilled to recognize notes in a song that appreciated for example and try to find these same notes back on the neck of my guitar, then the lessons of my teacher didn't appeal me that much from there and I prefered to practice all by myself searching for things I'd like to play, composing personal stuff and so on... So I think that I'm more of a self-taught musician in the end, to answer you well.
8.Who  are  some  of your influences /favorite   guitarists? Besides  singing  and  playing the guitars  what  other  instruments do  you  play?  Are their  any  instruments you  would  like to  learn  someday?
 As favorite guitarsists I could mention Slash (not original, but he does the job for what is for me the biggest "guitar hero" of this planet), Kirk Hammett (even lacking of "feeling" beside of Slash as an example), for the black metal investigation I would still think of Morgan Hakansson even if some other great names of the scene may be very  much more talented and expert... I like a lot his way of composing some very tough and straight warring hymns... I like a very too long list of other musical subgenres which includes great guitarists so that would be really to hard for me to mentioned all those who I admire here of course.

I play drums of course, as I used to record all instruments myself, and the same for bass guitar... also a bit of keyboard and piano (very few)
9.Adrien  you  also  handle  the  vocals  for the  band  when  did you  first become  interested in  singing/growling? Do  you  do  anything  special  to  keep  your  throat/voice  healthy ?Who  are  some  of your  favorite  vocalist?
I started "growling" very young (maybe 12),  just after being confronted to my first listen at some "deep grunted vocals" thrash and death metal acts of course. I was so impressed by such a morbid way to express yourself by the vocals that I immediately attempted to do the same... and well... it came very naturally actually. I mean, I never really thought about how doing  this. It was like a second nature already there and I just  had to let it burst out from inside me. 

I have no special trick or advice to keep your voice safe and healthy. I mean that's true that sometime you have to get some rest for your throat to recover well before torturing it again that way.
And I often take care of it, when I know that I'm about to record some new vocals sessions of course.
10.In  your   opinion  what  is  the  best  and  worst  thing  about  the  underground   metal  scene  today? And  what  does  the  term  Underground metal  mean  to  you?
I will answer first to the second side of your question. Because it's really simple for me to say that Underground means "against the main stream". All is said in it, nowadays something known or less known does have no importance. You have to fight for your own ideas, for what you believe in... not for what a group or "pseudo elite" may think. THIS is what I consider as the spirit of this word : UNDERGROUND

Today the underground scene is polluted and very saturated. There are too much new things, to much polluting bands that have absolutely no culture and no honor, no background and only here to proclaim their poor "fame" with no glory. While some other great names are just drowned with the rest of this filth and therefore can't emerge the way they should deserve...
Here is how I see the scene today. People are also always more less buying that  downloading, which is a sad reality... but we are here and until it's the case the scene will stand and still!
11.Besides   Vociferian   you  were  also  in  the  mighty  Luger  band  when  did you  form  this  band?  How  would  you  say the  music  was different  then  Vociferian's?
 Lüger was formed in 200/2003. It was meant to produce a militarist blackened death metal act, with the coldness of war and elitism of totalitarian imagery... as well as the irreverence and heavy weight of a horned divison of panzers. Our intentions at this time was to be the european response to a band such VON, embraced with the atmospheres of the iron legions. 
12.I read  on  your  F.B  page  that  you  are getting ready to  re-release the  Kill,Worship  and  Die  on  Lp   what  label  will  this  be  through? How  many copies  are  available?
 It will be very limited: 300 copies! As the CD version that had been out 10 years ago was sold out the year of its release in 2005 (limited to 1000 items).
DEATHCAMP RECORDS has just opened the pre-orders of the LP edition which will include a fantastic alternative cover artwork.
You can place pre-order for 20€ + postage at
13.Will you  or  any  label's  be  releasing  Kill,Worship  and  Die   on  cd  or  possibly  cassette format?  Why  did  the  band  stop/break-up? Have  you  ever thought  of  bringing  it  back  from the dead?
 There will be no other re-edition, that's the integrity of the band that I want to preserve this way. Those who have the  first CD edition are lucky to have such a great collector in their hands. That's also why I wanted an alternative artwork for the LP edition. This way both release will stay totally unique and rare!

I don't want to come back on the reason about the initial split of the band. It has been apolemic for too long and I prefer to look  and move forward.
I always stand and turn my eyes towards tomorrow than being passive and wasting my time with lost feuds from the past.
14.Besides    Vociferian     are you  currently  working  with  any  other  bands or  projects? If  yes   please  tell  the  readers  about  them?
 Of course I do. Soon will be out the whole discography of Macabra (my death metal band with Mark Riddick) on the norwaygian label Apocalyptic Empire Records. Ebauche Noire debut album will also appear on a Digipack this summer on Nyarlathotep Records (Brazil)... For 2016 we are thinking about the LP edition of the Goatholocaust "Satan Jugend" full length for the decade of its original release on Infernus Rex (RIP) Netherlands...

A 4 way 7' split EP with Vociferian/Manticore/ Obeisance/Infernal Execrator is scheduled for this year and I'm seriously working on the next Vociferian full length which will be once more a very personal and unique piece in its concept and interpretation.
15.Thank  you  Adrien   for  taking  the  time to  fill this  interview   out do  you  have  any final  words  for  the  readers?

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New Metal reviews done by Patrick on 4-16-15

Metal   Hails!!
Here  is  a  new  batch  of  old-school death,black  and thrash   reviews  for  everyone  to  read and  hopefully  enjoy/find  some  new  metal  for their  collection.Support the  bands  and  labels  and  buy  and repost  their  links.

Decayed--Into  The  Depths  Of  Hell   cd   {Hell  Prod.}Here  is  the  brand  new release  from  one  of  Portugals   longest  running death  metal  hordes  Decayed.Furious  old-school  death  metal that  is  done  to  perfection.Crazed  guitar  riffs  that  are  done  with  a lot  of  power  and  skill.The  guitarist  does  slow to  a  mid paced range  and  even throws  some  solo's  into the  mix.The  drumming  is  done to  perfection  with  a  varied  tempo  going from  fast  drum  patterns  to  a  more  controlled  slower  drumming  in  a  few  of the  songs.The  vocals  are  done  with  some  great  gruff death  growls  and  even  use  some  vicious screams. This  is  a   must  have  for  all  those  into   old-school  death  metal. 

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Eternal  Armageddon--Black Thrash Bastards   demo  {Self-released}This  is  Eternal  Armageddon's  second  demo  to  see the  light  of  day  and  the  band  originally  started  out  playing  a melodic  style of  black metal.But  with the   new  demo "Black Thrash Bastards"  the  band  has  gone  more  for  a  thrashy blackend  sound  which  is  done  extremely  well and  played  with a lot  of  good  drum  patterns  and  guitars.The  drums  start  out  at  a  mid paced range  before  speeding  up to  a  faster  beat  The  guitars  are  in the same  vein  starting  off  with  a  lightning  speed  intense  riffs  but  are  not to  over the  top  and  do  know  when to  slow  down to  a  heavy metal  guitar  speed.This  is  a  great  demo  from the  Bangladesh  band   hopefully  they  will  stick  with  this  style  and  put  out  some  more  great  music  in the coming  months  or  years.  
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 Imperial  Savagery--Imperial  Savagery   cd demo {Self Released}
Chicago's  Imperial  Savagery play  a  nice  blend  of  heavy  and  fast  old school  death  metal with  some  thrashy  guitars  in  some  of the  tracks.The  band  is extremely  talented  with  some  very  well  written  guitar  patterns  and  a  few  solos   mixed  in  a few  of the  songs.The  drumming  is  in  top  form  in  these  songs  ranging  from  fast  drum patterns to some catchy  and  extremely tight.The  vocals  are death growls  entertwined  with some original  style  gruff vocal  patterns.If  your  a  fan  of  early to  mid  nineties  death metal  then  defintly  pick this  cd  up  today.
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Nocturnas-The Science Of Horror  LP  {Nuclear War  Now}
Nuclear War  Now  has  found  and  released  the  early  demo's  from one   of  the earliest  U.S  death  metal  hordes.The  Science Of Horror  demo  starts   off this  slab  of  death,thrashing  mayhem  with  four  songs  of early  death metal  with  some  thrashing  influence And  even  in  the demo's the  band recorded you  can  hear the beginnings  of their  technical guitars in a few sections.As this  is  one of the  pioneers  of the scene.Up  next  is the  1987  demo  titled  demo 1  while  this  demo  is  much  more raw  in  production  you  can  still  make  out  all the  instruments.The  guitars  are  much  faster and  have  a thrashy  vibe and  sound  within these songs and  even  in the early  demo  you  can  hear that  this  band was extremely  focused  and  knew  how to  play  their  instruments.The  drumming  is done  with  a  variety  of  fast  drum  patterns to  a  more  slower mid pace  range.This  is  a  must  have   for  any  fans  of  Nocturnas  or  if your  a  fan  of early  death  metal  this  is a great  release to  get   your  hands  on  today.
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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Interview with the U.S heavy metal band Where Evil Follows done by Patrick on 3-21-15

Metal  Hails 
Hope  everyone  is  having  a  good weekend/day?Here  is  a new  interview  with  the  U.S  speed/thrash band   "Where  Evil  Follows"  who  have  just  released their debut  cd  "Portable Darkness"  through  Moribund  Recc.  so  if  your  into  traditional  heavy  metal  with  some elements  of thrash/speed metal  then  do  yourself  a favor  and  buy this  cd  today.

Interview   with  Toby  Knapp  guitarist  of  Where  Evil  Follows   done  by   Patrick

1.Metal  Hails  Toby how  is  2015  starting  out for you?  when did  you  first  encounter   metal  music?
Hails Patrick! 2015 is going great. So far I've devoted the year to music, practicing the guitar several hours a day, recording lots of guest guitar work for my friend Mark Riddick's band Fetid Zombie. I'm also teaching guitar a little bit through internet lessons and a few students in person. I encountered metal at a very young age as it was developing. I was about 4 years old and was always looking through my parents records and I became mesmerized with "Killer" by Alice Cooper, "Paranoid" by Black Sabbath, Lots of Uriah Heep, Deep Purple. The biggest life changing record for me was Led Zeppelin's second album- my mom knew that even as a toddler I was gravitating towards the heavy stuff; "Well kiddo, you better hear this album then"- ha,ha- from that point forward I've been hooked. At four years old I knew Jimmy Page was going to be a lifelong inspiration. This all happened to me in the mid 70's before I even started pre-school. I remember also really liking that first Black Oak Arkansas album, their was this intangible creepiness to it that was appealing.
2.At  what  age did  you  become  interested  in  playing  the  guitars?Are  you  self taught  or did you take  lessons  when  first  beginning?
I always wanted to play- I just viewed it as impossible though. My parents sent me to a great teacher when I was around nine I think, but I didn't last because it became so hard. Everything was running smooth until I was confronted with the F chord. I couldn't do it and gave up. A few years later I saw the Led Zeppelin concert movie "The Song Remains The Same" and when it ended, I went and picked up my guitar- taught myself some Zep riffs and never put the guitar down since. That movie made me decide "this is it, this is what I want to do." Things progressed from there when Yngwie Malmsteen arrived on the scene. I had the Jimmy Page fundamentals down and began learning some of Yngwie's way. When my guitar teacher saw this transformation he gave me a Paul Gilbert instructional video "I think this is what you are looking for" he told me- and my life changed
3.Who  are  some  of your   influences/favorite  guitarists? Do  you  currently  play  any  other  instruments  or  are their  any you  would  like  to  learn  to  play  someday?
Jimmy Page, Ritchie Blackmore, Yngwie Malmsteen, Robert Fripp, Akira Takasaki, Alex Lifeson, Denis D' Amour (Piggy RIP), Akira Takasaki, Tony Fredianelli, Hank Shermann, Michael Denner. I like progressive rock from the 70's, traditional Heavy Metal from the 80's and the early waves of Black Metal up until the late 90's- these are my favorite forms of music. I play drums, bass and keyboards as well. I'm not really interested in learning any new instruments but rather, improving on all those instruments
4.  Toby  you  and  Dean  Sternberg{vocalist}  started  Where  Evil  Follows   last  year.What gave  you  the  idea  to  start  up  this  band? For the  readers  who  have  never  heard  Where  Evil  Follows   how  would  you  best  describe the  music?

I just felt the time was right for a traditional heavy metal record. I had come full circle by doing the instrumental album (Static Warfare 2013) followed up by a Black Metal record (Waxen's "Agios Holokauston"2014) and throughout my career- that seems to be the order of albums I do. I also wanted an album out that could translate well live to some crazy headbangers. I want to perform live again and think this album is a good vehicle for that. Where Evil Follows is a kind of traditional Heavy Metal that sounds like the time just prior to thrash. When Slayer's "Show No Mercy" was just aggressive speed metal, Metallica and Megadeth were just heavier heavy metal bands. You had bands like Agent Steel, Helstar, Iron Angel, Abbatoir, Attacker, Warlord, Mercyful Fate, Vicious Rumors, etc. who were traditional metal with that extra boost over the top- but the vocalists were still singing and the music still relatively melodic. That's the sound I was shooting for on this one. It could have been on Combat or Shrapnel Records in the early to mid eighties, when metal was pure.

5.Where  Evil  Follows   is  getting  ready  to  release their  debut  cd  "Portable  Darkness"  through  the  mighty  Moribund  Rec.How  long  did  it  take  you  all to  write the  music  for this  release? Do you  both  work on  creating the  music  or do you  write  everything?

It did not take me very long because I was inspired on this one. I knew exactly what I wanted it to sound like, the whole vibe. It is technical to an extent- but not to the point where it's prog for prog's sake. It was made to be enjoyed and not necessarily to impress. I have worked with Dean many times and we have a good chemistry. I simply provide him with all the music and let him take it from there because he doesn't deliver crap, he is one of the best. The only thing I do is say "don't sing over that riff unless you really feel it" I'm giving him a suggestion and an opinion and not a strict order because he knows what he's doing and I trust his judgement. The riffs wouldn't pack a punch without his vocal melodies. His lyrics are intelligent as well.
6.Do  you  all  have  any  plans for  any  "live"   performances  this  year  or  is   Where  Evil  Follows   a  studio  only  project/band?
If we can find the right drummer and bassist we will definitely be performing live this year- so we are on the hunt now. Dean played bass and is a great musician, but expressed that singing these intricate lines while doing an onslaught on bass guitar might be too much, he's up for it if that's what our only choice is.....but I think he would make an excellent front man vocalist for this band when we tour. If we don't find the right people and don't become a live band for this album, we will still record. Sadly, their was a small moment where there were talks of recruiting the Onward rhythm section, that way fans who missed Onward live would at least see the three surviving members. We would have played some old Onward classics mixed in with the new Where Evil Follows music. That door is closed forever now. I need younger musicians who have the fire and drive. I have never been healthier or playing better so I'm ready to roll.
7.Besides the debut cd  "Portable  Darkness"  does  the  band  have  any  other  merchandise  available  for  the  fans?
It's so new, right now all we have is the cd. There has been talk of doing a vinyl release of the album with a European label and I'm certain we will have some pretty cool shirts soon. As the album progresses along and if we can get a band together I'm sure we will have plenty of merchandise for the fans.
8.Are their  any  plans  to  make  a  music  video  for  any of  Where  Evil  Follows   songs? Are their  any  songs you  feel  would  make  a good  video?

Personally I'd like to do a video for "A World Away". There has been a lot of discussion about doing a video for the Black Sabbath cover "Disturbing the Priest". Maybe we will get to do both. It is still very early in the game and we will see how things go. Videos are often more expensive to make than an album if you want them done right. Again, if live action is in our future, things will move forward in all aspects of the band. Otherwise it's just going to be Dean and I releasing music when we have time. I'm okay with that.
9.Toby I   know  you  have  been  a  part  of the  metal  underground  for  many  years.How  do you   feel  the  scene  has  changed  over  the   years?

Well it was once all about writing letters and trading cassettes through snail mail. It was something you really had to be involved in and take initiative. It was organic and it was real. I remember getting little ads in the mail from Moribund Records when they were just releasing some cassettes or flyers from Norway to order Emperor's first demo direct from the band! It wasn't even called Black Metal- it was "Evil Death Metal." So many aspects of the scene has changed; getting "signed", touring, music. It's a tough scene to break into for a new band because bands out number both fans and labels. This is the good thing about having been in the scene for so long, I have some credibility and play by different rules than newcomers.

10.Besides  Where  Evil  Follows    toby  I  know  you  are  also  the  master mind  behind  the  black metal  band  "Waxen"  when did you  start this  band? How  did you  come  up  with the name for  this  band?

I started Waxen in late 2003 after the demise of my band Onward. I've always been a fan of true Black Metal but wasn't going to do it unless I felt it inside. Well, the first Waxen album "Fumaroth" is a blitzkrieg of hate and the time came again eight years later to deliver another black strike- so Moribund picked me up and that was killer and resulted in "Agios Holokauston" which did pretty good. I can't wait to unleash the third Waxen album, I'm pulling out all the stops. The name Waxen just came to me after finishing the album "Fumaroth"....I just thought "Waxen". It sounded right for the music somehow.

11.Besides  Where  Evil  Follows   and  Waxen  are you  currently   working  with  any  other  bands  or  solo  projects?
I'm gathering up and compiling a bunch of unreleased live footage for a DVD release through Shredguy Records this year. It will have some Onward gigs from the early 2000's and a bonus "solo" gig from 1993. I was thinking of recording a solo neo-classical metal EP to go along with the release of the DVD as part of the whole package. I really have that Malmsteen vibe going on at the moment and would like to capture it on tape since my playing has become much more focused, precise and technical in recent months.
12.If you  had  the  opportunity to  work  with  any  musicians{past  or  present}  who  would  you   like  to  work  with?

There are no names anymore. Those things just happen if synchronicities align to make them happen. I've been fortunate to work with musicians like Tony Fredianelli, Ray Luzier, Attila Csihar, Jeff Gruslin, Fetid Zombie, Solium Fatalis, Sean Baker, Steve Plocica, Dean Sternberg and Marcus Johansson.  I don't actively seek collaborators, sometimes things just happen and it works. It is always interesting to see what is next on the horizon, anything is possible.
13.When  not  working  on  music  what  do  you  enjoy  doing  in  your  free  time?
Thinking about the next music I'll be working on. Listening to music, collecting music. It's all music, it's never been any other way. I like to read a lot. Lately I've been really into different combinations of guitars and amps. I'm looking for very specific pressings of Beatles albums. I like a good night's sleep and if there is anything interesting to watch, i'll watch it. Some of the seemingly authentic paranormal shows are kinda cool- but I hate it when they begin to look like MTV style reality tv shows, the tv goes off. Popular culture is so fucked.
14.Thank  you  Toby  for  taking  the  time  to  fill  out  this  interview  do  you  have  any  final  comments  for the  readers?
Thank you for checking out the album and coming up with some good questions! I appreciate all my friends and listeners worldwide and I will continue to deliver the musical goods the best I can. Hails!!!
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Saturday, March 14, 2015

A few New reviews from the German label Witches Brew Rec...done on 3-14-15

Metal   Regards
Here  is  a  new  blog  of  metal reviews  hopefully  you  will  find  some  metal  to  your  liking!! Keep watching  the  blog  as  we  will  have  a lot  of  new  reviews and  interviews {Also  if you   haven't  had the  time  check  out  some  of  the  newer  interviews  posted in the  last  few  days.

Acero  Letal--Veloz  Invencible/Duro Metal   7Inch   {Witches  Brew  Rec.}
Chile's  Acero  Letal  have  released  their  new  two song  seven inch  through Witches  Brew Rec. The  band  plays  a  nice  mix  of  heavy  metal  with  some thrash  elements  in the  songs.The  guitars  are done  with a lot  of  talent  and  experience  with  some  very  well  played  solos  mixed in  with  the  semi fast to  mid-paced  riffs throughout  the  two songs.Drumming  is done  in the  mid paced range  with  a few   moments  of  faster beats.The vocalist  does a  good job  with  screaming  and  some  hollering type  of  vocals.This is  a  good  band  and release  if your  into  heavy metal  and  thrash combined this  would be a  good  band for you to  check  out.
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Blackend--Underground  Attack Mcd  {Witches  Brew  Rec.}
Brazil's  Blackend  play  a good  style  of  heavy  metal  with toches  of thrash  entertwined  in a few of the songs.The guitars are done  with a  nice blend  of  mid paced riffs  and  a few faster parts  within  a few  tracks  but  mainly use  a nice mid paced  range.The vocals  are  screams  and  some  shouting type vocals the  vocals remind me  of  early era tom  Arraya {slayer} if your  a fan  of thrashy  heavy  metal  then  defintly   pick  this  Mcd  up  before  their  gone.
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Sabotor--Saboter  Mcd   {Witches  Brew Rec.}
Saboter  come  out  of Greece's  Heavy  metal  scene with  some  thrash  influences.The  guitars  are done  with  a lot  of  skill and  talent  ranging from  heavy  metal  style riffs  to  a  mor  heavier and faster  thrashy style.the  drumming  is done  with  a lot  of  good  drum  patterns and  beats that   like the  guitars range from  the more faster thrashier  beats to  a  more  controlled  speed.If you  are  a  metal  maniac  who  enjoys  heavy  metal  music  done  in  the  early to  mid  80's  style  then  defintly  give this  band  a  listen  you  will  not  be  disappointed.
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Friday, March 13, 2015

Interview with Germany's Obscure Infinity done by Patrick on 3-13-15

Metal  Hails!!
Here  is a   new  interview  with  the  German  death metal band  "Obscure Infinity"   has  released their  new cd  "Perputal  Descending Into  Nothingness"  through  Germany's  FDA. Rekotz.
keep  it  heavy  and  have  a  good  weekend/week
Metal  Regards


Interview  with  Stefan Guitarist  for  Obscure   Infinity   done  by  Patrick

1.Metal  Hails  Stefan  how are things  going  in Germany  for  you  these  days? When  did you  first  discover  metal  music? Who  were  some  of  the  first  bands  you  listened to? Who  are some  of your  current favorite  bands?

Stefan: Hey! Things are going well for us! We feel fine, thank you! My journey started in 1990 when I got my first mix tape from a guy of my home village. On this tape were bands like Scorpions, Whitesnake, MSG and other Hard Rock bands. Soon I got into bands like Iron Maiden, Accept, Overkill, Helloween, Running Wild, Metallica, Queen and so on. Then came bands like Slayer, Exciter, Exodus before I was totally blown away by the upcoming Death Metal scene. I listened to bands like Death, Unleashed, Autopsy, Dismember, Grave, Morbid Angel, Pungent Stench, Disharmonic Orchestra, Pestilence and many more. This music was and is so fascinating to me. In that time from this point there was only Death Metal the right Metal for me, with a good distance I listen to all these great Hard Rock and Metal bands. My all time favourite band are the Scorpions.


2.When did  you first  meet the other members  of Obscure  Infinity? What  is  the  current line-up  for the  band? For  the readers who  have  never heard  Obscure   Infinity how  would  you  describe the  bands  music?


Stefan: Jules and me we know each other for a long time. Long before the band was born. We always talked about Metal stuff and at some point we were talking about the idea to start a Death Metal band. Back then we were not amused about the direction Death Metal took over the years. The main Death Metal scene was dominated by Technical, Brutal, Melodic Death Metal or Death Grind. So we had the vision to create a more atmospheric and organic type of Death Metal. Just like in the early days of the scene. It took a while until we really started the band...that was in late 2006. In early 2007 we created the band as a whole with a complete line up. The current line up is: Jules (Vocals), Kalle (Bass), Sascha and me (guitars) and O. (Drums). Hmm, how could I describe our style...we play traditional Death Metal with influences from Black and Thrash Metal. You can also hear some traditional Hard Rock and Heavy Metal influences, too. We keep a balance between harsh riffs, atmospheric passages and a little bit more melodious solo guitars.



3.Obscure Infinity has just  released their  third  cd "Perputal  Descending Into  Nothingness"  through  Germany's  Metal  label  FDA.Rekotz.How did  the  band  come  in  contact  with  this  label?

Stefan: Rico from FDA ordered CD´s and LP´s from us and we played on the „Grind the Nazi scum" festival. He is one of the organizors of this festival. We recognized that FDA is a label that releases some really cool bands and albums and so we talked about the idea to be a part of this label. Rico showed interest so we signed a contract about two albums for FDA.



4.How  long  did  it  take  the band to  write  and record  the  new  songs  for the   Perputal  Descending Into  Nothingness cd?Does the  whole  band take  part in the  writing  process  or  does  one member  usually  write  everything?

Stefan: It took around a year to write the songs for this record. We constantly rehearsed new songs so at the end we had so much material togehter that we recorded 12 tracks. 8 tracks plus intro made it on the record. The other songs will be released as split singles with other bands. Everything was recorded in march 2014. Having a whole month for the recordings gave us the chance to get the best out of every song. In July the album was mixed and mastered at Temple of Disharmony studios. I write all the music and Jules does the lyrics. And at rehearsals the whole band works out every song. I think that´s the best way of working for us.


5.Who  usually  writes the  lyrics for the  band? What  are some topics/subjects  you  all write about?

Jules: I just write what comes to my mind, there are no special topics. Of course the lyrics mainly deal with the dark, somber side of existence in different ways. I have no limits in mind, don´t know what will come next. But I´ll avoid war and gore stuff I guess. That woulnd´t fit to our music.



6.How has the response  been from the fans? What  about  the  press?

Stefan: The responses from both fans and press were really awesome. A lot cool reviews´s mind blowing! And the vinyl edition of the album was sold out only three days after release. These are things we really know to appreciate!


7.Besides the new cd/Lp does  Obscure Infinity  have  any  other  merchandise  available  for the  readers? If  yes  where  can the  fans  find  it?

Stefan: We have some shirts and hoodies in stock. Just look at under „stuff for sale"!

8.Does  Obscure  Infinity  have  any tours or  shows  planned  for  2015?  Where  are some  places/countries  you  will be  playing?

Stefan: We didn´t play live since Kill Town Death Fest 2013. This year we´re planning to play some live shows again. So if anybody is interested to book us feel free to contact us. There are already some shows planned. The first gig will be at the end of february in Limburg (Germany). This concert is for a good friend of us who sadly died last year.


9What  have  been  some  of   Obscure  Infinity"s   most  memorable  shows to date? If  you  could  set  up a dream tour/show  who  are  some  bands{past  or present} you  would  like to  share the  stage  with?

Stefan: Hmm, the coolest memories are without a doubt about our gig at the Party.San Festival 2012 and the Kill Town gig in 2013. But with most of our gigs we combine really positive memories. We met great bands and people in the years of this band´s existence. From the newer bands it would be cool to play with Skeletal Remains I think. I guess we would suit togehter really fine as a package. From past bands...Death would be my first choice!


10.Obscure  Infinity  comes  out  of  Germanys  metal  scene  what  is your   opinion  of Germany's  Metal  scene?

Stefan: Germany has a lot of awesome and really talented bands. There many bands with whom we have really great friendship. The scene is vital and strong so that we get recognized by people from other countries. That´s really cool. Beside that it´s great to see that nearly every german band has its very own sound.

11.Who  are  your all-time  favorite  German bands? Are their  any  new  bands you feel  the readers should  check  out  soon?

Stefan: We have some really outstanding bands. Morgoth have to be mentioned here. Their first two EP´s and the „Cursed" album are classics. Then the first Atrocity album. Torchure and their „Beyond the veil" album were fuckin´ awesome! Lemming Project and Fleshcrawl are great bands as well. Also check out bands like Wound, Sulphur Aeon, Charon, Deathronation, Reckless Manslaughter, Lifeless, Revel In Flesh, Diabolical Imperium, Cryptic Brood, Arroganz or Eraserhead just to name a few of the „newer"ones.


12.Stefan  you  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 learning?

Stefan: I guess it was around 13 when I got more and more interested into guitar playing. I got my first guitar with 14 I think, haha. I took guitar lessons back then. My guitar teacher was a Jazz guitar player what was good for stuff like a good technique, music theory and chord knowledge. But most of the stuff I play today is self taught. For me it´s the best way to find your own style of playing.

13.Who  are some  of your  influences/favorite  guitarists? Do  you  currently play  any  other    instruments?

Stefan: My all time favourite guitar players are Uli Jon Roth, Brian May, Yngwie Malmsteen, Joe Satriani and Eddie Van Halen. When it comes to guitar music I listen to many styles. I also love the guitar playing of Randy Rhoads, Steve Vai, Paul Gilbert, Shawn Lane, Marty Friedman, Jason Becker, Greg Howe, Tony MacAlpine, Mark Knopfler...I could go on and on with that list, haha...and no, I don´t play any other instrument.


14.In  your  opinion what is the  best and  worst thing  about  the Underground  scene today? And  what does Underground  Metal  mean  to you?

Stefan: Underground Metal is the music we want to play. If you are not satisfied to be in an underground band you have to play a totally different style of music. So that´s the place we belong to. That means underground to me: Total devotion to the music, you´re playing without any financial expectation and total control about your music and your band.


15.Stefan  are you  or  any  of the  members  currently  working  with  other  bands If  yes  please  tell the  readers  about  them?

Stefan: Jules plays guitar at live gigs of a Black Metal band (Chaos Invocation), O. plays drums for Membaris, Chaos Invocation and Porta Nigra, Kalle plays drums in a Hard Rock band and I recorded some solos for Porta Nigras two albums (the new album will be released soon) and for Membaris and Reckless Manslaughter

16.Thank  you  for taking  the  time  Stefan  to  fill out  this  interview.Do  you  have  any  final  comments  for  the  readers?

Stefan: We thank you for your interest and support! Thanks to all the people who supported us over the years! Thanks to the online and print zines for the awesome reviews and of course to the people who bought the new record! We really know to appreciate this! We hope to see you soon on the road!!!

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Interview with Hacavitz done by Patrick on 3-12-15

Metal Hails!!
Here  is  a  new  interview  with  the Mexican  underground  black metal  band  Hacavitz.The  band  is  getting ready  to  release  their  brand  new  cd/Lp  through  the  mighty  label  "Dark  Descent Rec."   defintly  pick  this  up  if your  into  black  metal  with  some  old-school  influences

Interview  with  Antimo  vocalist and  guitarist  of  Hacavitz   done  by   Patrick

1.Hails  Antimo!  How  is  the  year  starting  out for you  so far? When did you  first  get  into  metal  music? Who  were  some  of the  first  bands  you   listened to?
 Salud patrick! everythings going good! starting with this new record for Hacavitz all is going good! my first metal band was Judas Priest and Black sabbath with British steel and Sabbath bloody Sabbath respectively and my life changed in every aspect of this life!
2.When did you  first  meet  the  other members  of the  band? How  did you  all come up  with the  name  of the  band? Does it  have a special  meaning?
  Hacavitz means Death between other meanings of this word, its the representation of Death in the mayan album of life the Popol Vuh and the recent members that are playing now in Hacavitz nowadays are with me playing since 5 years ago we had line up changes but this recent line up had being the strongest of them all!
3.What  is  the  current  line up  of the  band? For the  readers who  have  never  heard   Hacavitz  how  would  you  describe the  bands  music?
 Antimo Buonanno - Guitars Voice, Ivan Ochoa - Guitars, Cesar Sanchez - Drums, Ulises Sanchez -Bass and for those who had never rideth thee nebulah we play Black Metal!
4.Hacavitz  is  getting  ready to   release their  new  cd  "Darkness Beyond"  through  the  mighty  Dark  Descent Rec.  how  did  the  band  come  in  contact  with  this  great  label?
 we have a contact Dark Descent through Dybbuk recs , Saludos Gerardo! he helped us in get us in the way with Mr Calvert! "Darkness Beyond" is ready to seed obscurity in our path!
5.How  long  did  it take  the  band  to  write  and record the  music  on  the "Darkness Beyond release"? Does the  whole  band  work  on  the  music  or  does  one  member  usually  write  everything?
 we worked as a team always but usually Ivan and myself start to write with the song structures first with guitars and then Cesar ends with the drums but always a band
6.Who  usually  writes the  lyrics  for the  band. Where do you  all draw  inspiration?
 I wrote all lyrics for Hacavitz and everything comes with deep admirations to darkness misanthropia, nihilism and antagonistic ways of doom!
7.Hacavitz  comes  out  of  the  mighty  Mexican  scene.What  is  your  opinon  of  Mexico's  metal  scene?
 i respect the old mexican scene i love all the first demos and albums from bands as Tormentor, Cenotaph, Transmetal, Shub Niggurath, Blackthorn, Ripping Flesh, Tenebrarum, The Chasm, Mortuary, Black Vomit among others and actual bands Raped God666, Black Torment, Infinitum Obscure, Diabolikal Holocaust, Semen, Shit, Tombstoners, Envenomed among other bands Mexico have alot of extreme music to offer!
8.Who  are  your  all-time  favorite  Mexican  metal  bands? Are their  new  bands  you  feel  the  readers should  check  soon?
 check the other answer but i guess my all time favorite i should say mighty TORMENTOR!
9.Does  Hacavitz  have   any tours  or  shows  planned  for  2015? Where  have  been  some of your  most  memorable  shows?
 just to promote the new record we have several  gigs here in mexico and searching opportunities to play in europe and the u.s.  every show have a good moment to remember!
10.Who  are  some  bands you  have  shared  the  stage  with? If  you  could  set up  a  dream tour/show  who  are  some  bands{past  or  present} you  would love to  share the  stage  with?
 we have shared stage witch bands like: Cannibal Corpse, Unleashed, Sabbat, Morbosidad, Black Breath, Pisschrist, Manticore, Thornspawn, Raped God666, Inquisition, Nuclear Assault, Exumer, Behemoth, Hypocrisy, Shit, Archgoat, Satanik Goat Ritual, Ragnarok, amongst others anmd every band we have shared stage with bad or great always its the best experience in the world! heavy metal negro til death!
11.Antimo  when  did  you  first  start  growly/screaming? Is  their  anything  you  do  to  keep your  voice/throat  healthy  when  recording  or  getting  ready for a  show?Who  are  some  of your  favorite  vocalists?
 no i don't take care of anything i just sing with hate and maybe some alcohol and weed just that...
12.Besides  the  vocals  .Antimo   you  also  play  the  guitars  when  did  you  first  start  playing  the  guitars? Are  you  self taught  or  did you take  lessons  when  first  learning?
 I'm self taught i took some principal lessons with some teachers when i was young i started to play at the age of 13, i ahve being improving myself since then and learning from everyone i have opportunity to jam or play with.
13.Who  are  some  of your   influences/favorite  guitarists? Do  you  currently  play  any  other  instruments?
 i also play Bass guitar and have my Bass as well, some of my favorite guitar players will be Jimmy Hendrix, Trey Azagthoth, Jeff Hanneman, Julio Viterbo, Joakim Karlsson and Jhon Doe, Angus Young, Glen tipton and the list will go on and on...
14.Antimo   what  does  the  term  underground  metal  mean  to you?
  means what i have done with my life....
15.Thank  you  Antimo  for  taking  the  time  to  fill this  interview  out.Do  you  have  any  final  words  for  the  readers?
 Thnaks a lot to you Patrick for the interest and support for making this Interview my friend all the best for primitive ways and thanks to all people who read this!

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