Saturday, October 11, 2014

New Reviews done by Patrick on 10-11-14

Metal  Hails!!
Here  is  a  new  batch  of  Reviews   hope   everyone  finds   something  to   their   liking   and  supports  the   bands  and  labels   by   buying  the  release and  merchandise. 
Metal  Regards

Death  Vomit-- Gutted  By  Horrors   cd   {Xtreem Music}

Death  Vomit   come  out  of  the  mighty   Chiliean metal  scene  playing  heavy  old school  death metal.The  guitars  are  mid paced  with  some  faster  raging  guitar  chords and  few  solo's.The  vocalist  does  a  great  job  with  the  heavy old-school death  growls  and  screams  entertwined  in a  few  of  the  songs. Death  Vomit    are  one  of  Chile's  best  new  death  metal  acts  pick  this  up  today.
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Force  Of   Darkness--Absolute  Verb  Of  Chaos  And  Darkness   cd   {Hells  Headbangers  Records} 
Force  Of   Darkness  are  a  new  band to  my  ears from  the  great  Chilean metal  scene   returning  with  their  third  cd.The  band   plays  a  good  style  of  war  death  metal  with  a  healthy  dose  of   thrashinfluence.The  guitars  are  played  with  a lot  of  speed  and  aggressive war  metal riffs.The  drumming  is   chaotic  with  some  very  well  done  blast  beats  throughout  the  songs  but  the  drummer  does  slow  it  down to  a  mid paced range  before  starting  the  aggression  up  again.The  vocals  are  death  growls  with  some  screams  entertwined.If  you  are  a  metal  fanatic  who  enjoys  the  thrashing/death and  even  some  war metal  mixed  in  then  definitely  pick  this  up  today.
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Graveyard Ghoul--The Living Cemetary  CD,LP   {Final  Gate  Records}
This  is  my  first  encounter  with  Germany's  Graveyard Ghoul  who  recently  released  their  second  cd  The Living Cemetary  {also  a  vinyl  version  will be  available}  the  music  is  mid tempo  with  some  faster  guitar  and  drumming  patterns  mixed  in a  few  of  the  songs. If  you  are  a  fan  of  early  to  mid  nineties  death metal  with  influences  from  both  the  U.S and European  scenes.
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Khthoniik  Cerviiks--Heptae  Drone  Cassette tape   {Iron  Bonehead  Rec.}
Germany's   Khthoniik  Cerviikshave   released  their  debut  demo  cass "Heptae  Drone "   seven  songs  of fast,crazed  death metal.Very  well played  guitars  that  rang  between  ultra  fast  to a  more  controlled  mid-paced  guitar  sound.The  drummer  is  excellent  with  the  crazy,fast  drumming  patterns.The  vocals  are  death  metal  growls  that  are  done  excellent.
Anyone  into  real  death  metal  and  loves  tapes  should  pick   this  up  today.
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Krueger--Return  To  Death  cd   {self-released}
Brazil's  Krueger  have   released  their  new  cd  "Return  To  Death"   have  unleashed  a  great   cd  of  old-school  death  metal  and a  healthy  dose  of  thrashy  guitars.The  guitars  are  fast  with  some  fast  thrashy  riffs  and some  heavier  death  metal  riffs  with  some  solo's  mixed  in a  few  of  the  tracks.The  drumming  is  top  notch  with  crazed and  chaotic  drumming  patterns.The  vocals  are  death  growls  and  some  raspy screams  mixed  in  a  few  of  the  songs.Krueger   have  released  a    great and  solid  album  and  is  recommended  to  anyone  who  is   into  early  nineties  death,thrash  metal.
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Obscure  Burial-- Epiphany  cassette  tape   {Invictus  Prod.}
Here  comes  the  second  demo  from  Finlands   Obscure  Burial  raw,crazed  death  metal  with  some   very  well played  fast thrashing  guitars.The  drummer  is  very  good  with  keeping  up  with  the  fast  and  more  mid paced  beats in  the  songs  going  from  chaotic and  extremely  fast  to  a  more  mid  range.This   is  a   very  good  demo  can't  wait  to  hear  their  new  material  when  it  is  ready  and  released fans  of  craed  old-school  death  metal  will  love  this  so  get  it  today!! 
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Reckless  Manslaughter---Blast  Into  Oblivion  cd  {Final  Gates  Records}
Reckless  Manslaughter   comes  out  of  the  German  underground  metal  scene   playing  old-school  death  metal  mixing  in  old  U.S  and  German  influences.The  guitars  are  played  at  a  pretty  fast  pace  throughout  the  songs   but  do  slow to  a  more  mid-paced  range  The  drumming  is  top  notch  with  a  mixture  of  some  fast  drum  patterns  and  some  mid  ranged  drums.The  vocals   are   Death  metal  growls   with  a lot  of  power  and  aggressive  tones  within done  extremely  well.
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Vorzug----I Am In  Hell  {Digital  Single/download} 
This  is  the  debut  single  I Am  In Hell  from Vorzug a  new  band  from   the  Phoenix AZ  area.The  band  plays  a  very  old-school  style  of  blackend  death  metal  with  some  thrashy guitars in  the song.The  song  is  mid  paced  with  some  great  and  killer  guitar  solo's  and  riffs  in  the  debut  song.The  drumming  goes  from  extremely  fast  thrashy  drums to  a  mid  paced  range.The  vocalist  starts  off  with  death  growls  but  toward  the  middle  of  the  song switches  to  old-school  black metal  screams/vocals.I am   very  eager  to  hear  the  debut  when  it  is  released  but  for   now  if  you  are  into  digital-songs/downloads   get  a  copy  of  this  song
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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Interview with Vorzug done by Patrick

 Here  is  a  new  Interview  with  the  Arizona's    Vorzug  if  you  are  a  fan  of  old-school  blackend thrash  with  some  elements  of  old-school  death metal.The  band  has  digitally  released  their debut  single  pretty  much  where   digital  music  is  sold.  So  get  it  today  and  keep  a  watch  out for  the  bands  debut. 

Interview with Vorzug done by Patrick

1.Metal Hails how long has Vorzug been a active band?

 Well Howdy-doo buckaroo! Vorzug had its official start in June 2014, though we were together with our current line-up for years under a different name.

2.What is the current line-up for Vorzug? For the readers who have never heard the band how would you describe the music of Vorzug?

 We have Daniel Beck on drums, Rock Rollain on bass, Ivan "Graven" Schone on guitar, and Anthony Hoyes for vocals. We play a hybrid of Old-School Death Metal mixed with black, thrash, and gore. 
For quick conversation we say were Old-School Blackened Death Metal.

3.Vorzug recently released their first single "I Am In Hell" how long did it take to write the music for the song? Does the whole band work on the music or does one member usually handle everything?

 I don't remember exactly, but it was fairly short. We got everything pretty much done over the course of a week. Everyone in the band has input on the song, we start off with just a basic drum beat or guitar riff and we build on it.

4.If the fans want to get a copy of  the song where  can they hear/purchase it? How has the reaction been from the fans s far? What about the press?

VORZUG: I AM IN HELL is available at hundreds of online storefronts. Xbox music, Sony Music Entertainment, 7 Digital, HMV digital, ITunes, Amazon, Spotify, are some of the bigger places, some of those offer free streams. We just ask people to buy from that is from amazon but we put an official link to it for branding and simplicity. So far fans have really gotten behind it and enjoyed it from what they've told us, as have the media, we haven't had any bad reviews thus far.

5.I Believe I read the band is hard at work on the debut release will this be a digital only release or would you like to release it on cd or cassette?

VORZUG: We're going to release on digital and physical formats. So we're doing a CD and there is some talk of doing a Vinyl in limited amounts. Cassette tapes, I don't know about but if 20 or more people want them we will make a limited run for them. So fans make sure to let us know what you want and we will try to make it possible for you.

6.How many songs are you all planning on having on the release? Does the band plan to self- release it or have you searched for a label?

 I think we're doing 8 songs. Could be a hidden track or two if we have the proper time to get it done but 8 for sure. The release will be put out on Apollyon Entertainment which has distribution through Universal Music Group, so as it stands now we have no real interest in any other labels unless they are offering all expenses paid touring.

7.Any idea's when it might be released for the masses to buy? Where do you all draw inspiration for the lyrics?

Our planned release date is Jan 23rd 2015. Lyrics are inspired from occult ideas, horror films, and everyday life in terms of my own experiences/feelings on things.

8.Does Vorzug play live very often or do you prefer to work in the studio? Who are some bands you have shared the stage with?

 So far Vorzug hasn't performed live yet, the last show we did we performed under our previous name but that was back to back festival shows. We love performing live, but we wanted to focus on getting new material out as quickly as possible with the new name and establish ourselves as a force. Which I think we've done so far, so now we have a few dates confirmed for the first couple months of 2015 and we have 2 major bands we're talking with about doing west coast dates on their tours so we will be getting out there pretty soon.

9.Does the band have any tours/shows  planned for the near future? If yes where are some places you all will be playing? If you could set up a dream tour or show who are some bands {past  or  present} you would love to share the stage with?

 We have dates booked for late Jan-march of 2015. We have dates confirmed in Arizona, and California so far. Our dream tour would be with an combo of Motorhead, Six Feet Under, Amon, Cannibal Corpse, Obituary and us.

10.In your opinion's what is the  best and worst thing about the current metal underground scene? And what does  underground metal mean to you all?

 I have no idea. I don't feel we're apart of any scene. So to be honest with you I have no idea about it.  I don't believe in the term "Scene." That being said I also don't feel there is underground music. It was a way of connecting to something that went against the mainstream.
But all music is mainstream now. Cannibal Corpse is on billboard. People know what death metal is, there's a death metal themed cartoon, you can't get more mainstream than that. So I know people like to include themselves into elite groups in the metal world but in todays information age there are few things on the fringe of pop culture.

11.Are any of  the members of Vorzug currently working with any other bands or solo projects?

 Ivan is a member of an industrial metal band Element A440. Rock is in a blues/rock cover band with a 16 year old guitarist called Sneaky Pete. Daniel is in a traditional metal band called Crimson Reign. And Anthony plays video games and produces porno in his spare time.

12.What is the metal scene like in Arizona?

 Similar to my other answer. We're not part of any scene so I cant really answer this. If you're asking how shows do here, it's the same as anywhere else. Music in general is a popularity contest, so if you play the game and hang out with the fans at shows and so forth they will do the same for your band inspite of whatever talent you may have or may lack. So it's the same everywhere. There are a lot of good bands in AZ, but some will only do well in the state, while other thrive outside of it.

13.Who are some of your all-time favorite Arizona bands? Are their any new bands you feel the readers should  watch out for?

 Well the members side projects make sure to look into those. Crimson Reign, Element A440. But some other bands that we enjoy are Hypatia, Exiled (John Cason is one cool customer) Unholy Monarch, and Magguts. There are other bands like Lago, Genocaust, Epyon and so forth that are very worth checking into.

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

 You're very welcome. Always glad to take time for interviews and general music conversations. To the readers, if you haven't heard Vorzug yet, we invite you to take a listen. You can find us all over but lets keep it simple.
If you're into it like our pages, share our pages, tell your friends and buy our track. It's .99 cents, we also have a song available for free on our facebook page so you can try before you buy.
We're not going to be one of those kickstarter or indiegogo bands begging people to give them money. We released a product, if you're in the market for a death metal track give it a try, if you like it we have more coming, shirts also on the way. So keep checking back if you don't like it, leave us feedback we like to hear from everyone, so good and bad comments are welcomed.

Interview with Dan vocalist for Striker done by Patrick

Metal  Hails 
Here  is  a  new  interview   with  Striker  out  of  the  mighty  Canadian  metal  scene.Striker  has  signed  with  Napalm  records   and  released   their  third  full-length  "City Of  Gold"  if  you  are  a  heavy  metal fan  with  touches  of  thrashing  mayhem  defintly  check  out   Striker  today!!
enjoy  the  interview  and  keep  watching  for  new  Reviews  and  Interviews   soon.
Metal  Regards

Interview   with  Dan  Cleary   vocalist  for  Striker   done  by  Patrick  

1. Metal hails  Dan!  When  did you  first  discover  metal  music?Who  were some  of  the  first  bands you  listened  to?Who  are  some  of your  favorite  bands?

I think I first discovered metal in around the 7th or 8th grade, so when I was around 13 or something. The first stuff I listened to was The Scorpions, Iron Maiden, Guns and Roses and Slayer. Nowadays some of my favourites are Vicious Rumors, Helloween and like an endless list that goes on and on haha
2.When  did you  all get  the  idea  to  form  "Striker"? What  is the  current  line up?How  did you  all come up with  the  name  for  the  band?

Originally it was orginial guitar player Ian and myself wanting to be in a band that was like Racer X, we just wanted to shred so bad haha. Eventually we needed a singer and I took over that role and we got Chris in the band playing guitar. The current line up is Me (Dan) on vocals, Tim Brown and Chris Segger on guitar, William Wallace on Bass, and Adam Brown on Drums. As far as the name goes, Ian and I were just driving around and he thought of the name and we went with it haha nothing to special. 
3.For  the  readers  who have never  had the  chance to  hear  Striker how  would  you  describe  the  music of  the  band?

 Like Iron Maiden but not as good haha. I'm not entirely sure how to describe us, usually people can't put a finger on it really
4.Striker  is getting  ready  to  release their  third  cd  "City Of Gold"  through  Napalm Records. how  did you  all  come  in  contact  with  this  label? 

After we recorded "Armed to the Teeth" we were looking for a label to release it and our buddy Eric Grief sent it Napalms way. They contacted us and seemed like the right fit and it went from there.
5.How  long  did  it  take to  write  and  record  "City Of Gold" ? Does the  whole  band  work  on  the  music or does  one member  usually  write  everything?

 I write the majority of the music, and am kind of writing all the time, so by the time we are ready to record the album we just choose the songs we like the most and work on them together. We spent 4 weeks in Sweden at Studio Fredman recording the album, and did a little bit of extra vocal stuff at home as well. 

6.Who  usually  writes  the   lyrics  for  the  band? Where do you  all draw  inspiration  for  the  lyrics? 
I write most if not all of the lyrics. The inspiration is from all over the place. This time around there are some more personal songs, and some songs about things I believe in. Revolution and the world changing, stuff like that. Also of course the title track is about the mayan religion which is pretty fucking cool.
7.Striker  comes  out  of  the Canadian metal  scene,what is  your  opinion  of  Canada's  metal  scene? 

 It's pretty awesome, and has been growing ever since we started. Every big metal show that comes through is sold out for the most part. Not all those people come to the smaller shows but they are starting to.

8.Who  are  your  some  of your  favorite  Canadian  bands?  Are  their  any  new  bands  you feel  the  readers  should  watch  out  for? 

Our buddies in Skull Fist and Unleash The Archers, watch out for them! Also Cauldron and Mortillery. There are a lot to choose from!!
9.I  read  that the  band  has a  U.S  tour coming  up  with  Onslaught  and  Artillery  where  will the  tour  be  playing?

That tour is going all over the US, from New York to L.A!


10.Does  Striker  have  any  European  tours  coming up  soon? Where  are  some  countries  you  will be  playing?

We are touring with Bullet and Stallion in Europe right away. We will be all over Germany and in Spain, Italy, France to name a few.
11.Who  are  some  bands you  all will  be  touring  with? If you  could  set  up  a  dream tour with any  bands {past  or  present}  who are some bands you would  love to share the  stage  with?

Well, Bullet and Stallion, and Onslaught and Artillery. We would love to play with Iron Maiden (obviously) and Metallica. Or maybe open for Justin Beiber and play at Motorhead levels and melt some brains!


12.In  your  opinion  what  is  the  best  and  worst  thing  about  the  underground  scene today? And  what  does the  term  "underground  metal"  mean to  you?

To me "Underground Metal" is anything that isn't getting radio play, or doesn't fit the current trends in the genre. It's great because there is a true passion to it. No one is playing in an underground metal band trying to get rich haha. At the same time it is hard to keep going as an underground band, sometimes success can be fleeting, but if you really love to play and make music it's all that matters.
13.Dan  you   handle  the  vocals  for Striker  when  did you become  interested  in  singing/screaming? Do  you  do  anything  special  to  keep  your  throat/voice  healthy?

I started in 2007, pretty much because we needed someone to sing. I had a bit of a nack for it so I was the one haha. I warm up my voice and stuff, the main thing is to not get sick, that really fucks everything up. Looking back I have so much respect for any singer who can get on stage while sick or with a cold and still preform, because it's hard and it can hurt and be really shitty. 

14.Who  are  some  of  your  favorite  singers? Do  you  currently   play any  other  instruments?

Big fan of Carl Albert from Vicious Rumors and have recently been listening to a lot of Mark Free from King Kobra and Signal. I also play the guitar, even did a couple solos on the new album!  
15.Dan   are  you  or  any  members  of  Striker  currently  playing  with  any  other   bands? if  yes  please  tell  the  readers  about  them?

Tim used to be in Kobra and the Lotus but not anymore. No one else is in any other bands.

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

Thanks for reading and check out our new album "City of Gold" you won't be disappointed!


Thursday, August 7, 2014

Interview with Unaussprechlichen Kulten. Done by Patrick 8-7-14

Metal  Hails 
Here  is  a  treat  for  all you  old-school  maniacs   a interview   with     Joseph Curwen:for Unaussprechlichen Kulten. Comes  out  of  Chile's  death  metal  scene .The  new  LP  is  being  released  by  Iron  Bonehead  and the  cd version  is being  handled  by   Dark Descent Rec.  so  be  sure to  grab  a copy  today!!
Metal   Regards

Interview with Joseph Curwen: Vocalist,Guitarist for Unaussprechlichen Kulten. Done by Patrick

1.Metal hails Joseph. Please introduce yourself to the readers. When did you first discover Metal?

 Greetings Patrick!I’ll try to remember!...When I was a kid (10-11years old I think) the “curiosity” for Metal started, surely a visual attraction first for the cover arts. I remember that the first original “Cassette”I bought was “Ride the Lightning”. I really liked the sound of the guitars; the speed… but I didn’t understand the lyrics at all! Then with some schoolmates I got a “pirate” copy of the “Show No Mercy”! That was pure Satanism! Cover arts like those make music becoming an obsession for children and youngsters when they initiate, then in 1990 (I was 12 years old) the Incubus “God Died on his Knees” tape cover attracted my attention… a huge inverted cross on its cover. I think I listened to that tape everyday! ... After Incubus I wanted to get all the material from thatstyle; Death Metal was my thing! I tried copying everything I could; classics like “Mantas/Death”, “Carnage/Dismember” “Nihilist/Entombed”, the whole Tampa Florida American era and the New York Death Metal scene… It really was a huge discovery when you listened for the first time to records like “Altars of Madness. It sounded perfect, heavy and almost impossible to play by human beings!

 2.Who were some of the early bands you listened to? Who are some of your favorites today?

Like many from my generation Slayer represents a “before and after” in metal. For me, their first 5 records are the essential, each one with their own identity.Once that I already started with the most extreme metal I liked all the classic Death and Death-Thrashbands from the end of the 80’s and beginning of the 90’s …Funeral Nation, Aggressor, Infernal Majesty, Celtic Frost, Blood, Megaslaughter, Rottrevore, Cancer, Repulsion, Sacrifice, Assassin, Kreator, Necronomicon, Merciless, Whiplash,Sadus, Fatal… Vulcano, Mutilator,Necrodeath,you know… all those that are a must. Though, from the old bands, many have disappointed in their evolution, but there are many for which I still have a lot of respect for keeping active and worthy. For example, I still like, and they are within my favorites, everything from King Diamond / Mercyful Fate; closer to Death Metal always among my favorites are SADISTIC INTENT, MORTEM, AUTOPSY. They are active bands that don’t betray their roots (few can say that!). The same happens to me with monsters like Bolt Thrower, Immolation, Incantation. They are still alive reinventing the style. 

 3.When did you get the idea to form Unaussprechlichen Kulten? You started the band in 1999 what has kept you motivated to keep the band going for so many years? How did you come up with the name of the band?What does it mean?

  I suppose that the band’s name will be a mandatory question for a long time…. Although it is “grammatically incorrect”, it is “spiritually correct” for us. The name corresponds to a Lovecraftian apocryphal. It is the name of an alleged German originated witchcraft book. Lovecraft made a grammatical mistake while doing the translation, mistake that of course, we didn’t want to “correct”. However, when we started, the name I came up with was “Culto Innombrable” (“Nameless Cult”), just like that in Spanish; we even designed a logo with that name, until I realized about “the strange coincidence, full of sense” with “Unaussprechlichen Kulten”. It was the same name! It was perfect, diabolically whispered by “Azathot/Azazel” just for us!

4.What is the current line-up for the band? For the readerswho have never heard the band before how would you describe the sound?

 We are a completely unknown band for most of the Death fans on the planet. We come from the “Third World” (Chile – South America) and our records have been released under editions of very few copies and little promotion. Now, really, under Iron Bonehead and with the help of Dark Descent (USA) we expect the promotion to be done in a much better way.

A brief description of our sound: Death Metal with a strong influence of the American scene from the 90’s and some feeling from the Finish/Swedish bands from the same time, of course, with the South American (chaotic and rabid) style. Musically, it’s like putting something from Sadistic Intent / Demigod / Mortem in the blender, being very careful of doing good guitar arrangements, not just following the “Riffs” format, but something more atmospheric, sinister, chaotic and asymmetric between both guitars.

5. Unaussprechlichen Kulten is getting ready to release its new LP. BaphometPanshub-Niggurath through the mighty Iron Bonehead Records.How long did it take to write the songs for the new release?

The whole process takes around one year (Lyrics and Metal). From “People of the Monolith” onwards, it has been the same. I write the lyrics, then me and Butcher of Christ build the structure and cuts; I bring the riffs, the arrangements and disharmonies of both guitars (I bring everything done and ready from before and according to what the lyrics need, fast parts, slower and heavier, strange arrangements, etc.). Once I show the guitars to Butcher, the drums is 100% his responsibility, then we adjust the structure and cuts in the rehearsal room. After that base is composed the bass is done (based on the drums). On this last record NAMRU IMPETRADORUM MORTEM joined into the bass creation process. All the bass are 100% created by him in the Chapter VIII.

 The album was recorded at DM6 (that is, home!) this year, 2014. Not only have we recorded all our albums there but our rehearsal room is there as well. It’s more than 10 years in that place. Pablo Clares has been a great friend and ally of the band during all this time!

Our current line-up is:
L.P.L.C: Spiritual Member

6.Who usually handles the lyrics for the songs?What are some subjects you all write about?

The lyrics correspond to the “free interpretation” of the Lovecraft work and how it is present in different cultures and mythologies. In occasions I use textual quotes from H.P.L. or other authors, combined in some cases with personal research and experiments. For example, “Lucifer Poseidon Cthulhu” is a consolidation of Demonic/Sea concepts. The Kali-Yuga animal-man on its infinite arrogance intends to locate at the center of the universe, imagining boring gods that observe him eager to judge his behavior. The Laws, Morality, Religions and Science involuted from the Iron Age lack validity and meaning in the cosmic plane.Being mankind no more than an accident in time and space, the lamb-man is not even the first nor shall be the last inhabitant on Earth.
Only in incapacity or relating its ephemeral knowledge allows him to live ina placid island of ignorance, surrounded by the black seas of “the infinite”. In case of being able to “know or raise” the veil of “beyond” he would go mad or immediately self-destruct before the revelation. Perhaps only the Bearer of Light “gnosis” (Lucifer), to what H.P Lovecraft called “the call of Cthulhu” allows him to suspect on “strange survival” and the terrible vision of “the truth”.(Poseidon’s trident)

 7.How has the response been from the fans who have heard it? What about the press?

 To be 100% honest, there isn’t much “press” or specialized media talking about our work, but just many friends and coreligionaries (from zines, labels, distros, Blogs, Webzines, etc.), that during much time have supported us (like Crypts of Eternity or Necromaniac among others). We don’t attract the attention of the “big media” of metal.
But until now it’s been very good critics. Actually, the first thing I care about is that they realize that the work is honest, that has a lot of effort and no pretenses. After that, each one can interpret or give an opinion on the music or lyrics as they please! 

8.Does Unaussprechlichen Kulten have any tours/shows planned? Where are some places you will be playing? If you could set up a dream tour who are some bands{past or present} you would love to share the stage with?

Of course, this 2014 we’ll be on tour with ZOMBIFICATION and INCARCERATION at the beginning of September, through Italy, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Czech Republic, we’ll be in Denmark in the last KILL TOWN DEATH FEST. We are very eager to be there. Afterwards, by finishing September, we’ll have some shows in Spain, France together with Decapitated Christ! We really want to be there soon!
IN the past, we have already had the chance to share with Immolation, Grave, After Death, Mortem… one of our favorite bands is SADISTIC INTENT; it’d be really great to share a show. Another band I’d like to share stage with is PENTACLE… both are alive! So there is a chance!

9.In your opinion what does the term Underground Metal mean to you?

I consider “Underground Metal” all the movement (Bands, labels, magazines, etc.),which turns only around one passion, to the enthusiasm for “Metal” that has no hidden “pretense” or commercial purpose. I don’t care if the bands are completely unknown or if they are very popular, if a band is more “popular” it doesn’t mean that it stops being “underground”.Extreme Metal may never be massive, due to its own nature. Bands need not “hiding” or stop doing “promotion”, or releasing “very limited copies” to be “more underground”. Extreme Metal is normalized on its own; the “industry” or the masses will never like or be interested in a noisy anti-cultural movement and of explicit lyrics and attached to things which are unpleasant to most people.  Being “Underground” is typical to all anti-cultural movements or protester from the established “ canon”. 

10.Joseph you handle the vocals for the band. When did you first start  singing/growling? Is there anything you do special to keep your voice/throat healthy?

I started with the voices in U. Kulten. Actually, it was a need. At first, I just wanted to play guitar, but I didn’t like the idea of having a “vocalist”, so I just tried; only worked in focusing on the lyrics, giving the emphasis, brutality or darkness words need, nothing more.Is there any secret in order to take care of your throat? Absolutely nothing, probably in some years I may not even be able to talk! Hahaha, but it doesn’t matter. For now, I’m willing to tear my throat if I have to!

 11.Who are some of your favorite singers?

  There are several. In feeling and darkness I believe that Enrique Chávez y Bay Cortez! Each one in their style! If we talk about brutality, the one is Frank Mullen, and for my taste the “deepest” voice is Ross Dolan’s of course, mi respect of course to the best of all (even though he is not related to Death Metal at all): King Diamond.

12.You also handle the guitars for the band. Are you self-taught or did you take lessons when first starting out? 

I only play guitar. I don’t consider myself a “musician” either. I only know how to play Metal; a musician is capable of playing any style. Mine is totally self-taught. It’s not that I feel “proud” of that, I’m aware that I must made many mistakes for not having a musical education in my instrument. For now, the level I handle is enough to express what our music needs: darkness and devotion!

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

I only play guitar. In the past I embarked myself with the bass guitar (in Magnanimvs), but my thing is the guitar. Among guitar players, I take influence from several, like for example, Rick Rozz; he is, to my taste, the best one using the tremolo; Trey Azagthoth is very good with effects (doing bizarre solos); of course, Hank Shermann and Andy La Rocque, and more in Death Metal closer to our line, Robert Vigna, not only due to the solos (which are very good), but also for the way of composing!

14. Unaussprechlichen Kulten comes out of Chile's metal scene.What is your opinion of Chile and South America’s metal scene as a whole?

At the South American level there are positive and negative things. Negative things, for example, are that there are many copycat bands. It’s pointless to have copycat bands of the “90’s Norwegian” type black metal, talking about winter and snow, in a continent where there’s no snow, neither Nordic gods. Generally, I believe that one negative thing is that with so much information (and so easy to acquire), the South American scene has been losing its identity; before it used to be particular to have a rabid riffing guitar, ripped voices full of energy. The music really transmitted all that rage; now there are many “clones” and a lot of “old school”. We are in 2014, there’s no need to be nostalgic.

On the other hand, the “professionalization” of the bands/labels/zines in South America has allowed many bands to grow; the bands do a much more serious work and with promotion. Among them I’d highlight EKRONKULT, INCRUST, HEADHUNTER DC, DIABOLICAL MESSIAH, EMBALMED SOULand several others that I’m not remembering right now.

Chile has a very potent current scene. There are many good bands, good labels and good zines; we have underground metal shows of excellent quality. Sometimes I think that there are more bands than public, there are more magazines than readers, more labels than metal buyers. I hope that soon we can become a great scene as the Brazilian was at some point, and why not, as the Tampa Florida or the Swedish scene was. 

As in any order of things, there are unwanted people, posers and rip offs,copycat or clone bands, but they don’t deserve to be named nor spending time in being named.

15.Who are some of your all-time favorite South American bands? Are there any new ones you feel the readers should check out?

 I believe that my favorite bands would be Pentagram,Sepultura (old), Mortem, Mutilator, Masacre (Col), ShubNiggurath, Hades (Peru), Chakal, Vulcano,Sarcogafo, Necrosis; basically, the scene from the end of the 80’s and beginning of the 90’s from Chile, Brazil and Colombia.
Currently, there are tons of good bands, for example, from Chile: Godless, Ancient Crypts, Magnanimvs, Demonic Rage, Force of Darkness! From Brazil: Poisonus; from Perú: Profaner and Evoked terror.

16.Well Joseph thank you for taking the time to do this interview.Do you have any final words you would like to add? 

Thanks to you for your interest and support to the band and to the people that took the time to read this interview. 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Interview with Children Of Technology done by Patrick 7-29-14

Children  Of  Technology   are  a  Italial  cross-over   band  that  plays  some  really  great  music.  The  band  is  getting  ready  to   release  their  2nd CD  on  Hells  Headbanger's  Records. so  if  your  a  fan  of cross-over  metal/punk  then  give  this  a  listen  today.
Metal   Regards

Interview  with  Children Of  Technology   done  by   Patrick
1.Metal  hails  when  did  you  all first  meet?  was  it  long  before  Children Of  Technology   was  born?
The band was formed in 2008 by Death Lord and Goddess, they use to live in the same area and share a lot of music. That has been the original core of the band. Borys and Jex has joined at the end of 2012.
2.What  is   the  current  line-up  for  the  band?  For  the  reader's  who  maybe  new to   Children Of  Technology's  music  how  would  you  describe  it?
Death Lord on vocals, Goddess of Hammering Chaos on drums, Borys Crossburn on guitar, Mad Jex on bass. Well, COT blend together metal and punk in the 80's tradition, both in the UK (Warfare, Broken Bones, English Dogs...) and US (Carnivore above all) way, it's post-apocalyptic mayhemic metalpunk destruction!!
3.Children Of  Technology  are  getting  ready  to  release  their  second  LP/cd  "Future Decay"   through   Hells  Headbanger's  Rec.  how  did  you  guys  come  in  contact  with  this  great  label?

We got in touch with them in 2010 when they released the Cd version of our first album (vinyl was on Agipunk). Right now "Future decay" is out on Cd on Hells Headbangers but vinyl is actually on Ripping Storm Records.
4.How  long  did  it  take to  write  the  songs  on  the  new  release  "Future Decay"?  Does  the   whole  band  take  part  in  the  writing  of  the  music  or  does  one member  usually  write  everything?
It has taken almost a year of work, we live pretty far from each other and had to work hard on the songs and on cementing the new line-up. We work together on the songs, that's why it takes longer by the way. We are very happy with the result, both sound and music-wise.
5.Who   usually  writes  the  lyrics  for  the  band? What  are  some  topics/subjects  you  all write  about?
Lyrics are written by Death Lord, they are usually set in a post-apocalyptic world and the whole mood is pretty gloomy. If you are into movies like the Mad Max trilogy, A Boy and his Dog, Threads, Children of Men... well, you know what we mean
6.Does  Children Of  Technology     have  any  tours  or  shows  coming  up?  If  yes  where  will  the  band  be  playing ?
 It's not easy to work out tours since we all have regular day jobs, but we already have several concerts planned in Italy and we are looking forward to hit abroad as well, we already had the chance to tour Europe twice in the past
7.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 played with Corrosion Of Conformity, Pagan Altar, Hellbastard, Witchburner, Zoldier Noiz, Angel Witch, Ghost, Hooded Menace, Wolfbrigade, Nunslaughter, Inepsy among the many bands. Would be great playing with Warfare and Death SS!
8.Children Of  Technology    come  out  of  Italy's  music  scene  what  is  your   opinion  of  Italys   music scene?
The italian scene is healthy, there's a whole lot of great bands ready to be discovered or which are already quite known. There'se a lot of shows going on also. Maybe not many labels/distros but we won't complain, we have had our share of hard times in the past
9.Who  are  some  of  your  all time  favorite  Italian  bands?Are  their   any  new  bands  you   feel  the  readers  should  check  out  sometime  soon?
 Among the classics how not to mention Death SS, Strana Officina, Wretched, Goblin, Bulldozer, Schizo, Necrodeath, Incinerator, Negazione, Dark Quarterer, Krisma, Battiato... and yeah, Sabrina Salerno! well, talking more strictly about actual italian metal/punk bands, we would mention Bunker 66, Morbo, Noia, Kontatto, Gravesite, Overcharge, Abysmal Grief, Axevyper, Violentor, Profanal, Voids of Vomit, Baphomets Blood, Hatred, Ed, Extirpation, Terrorsaw... 
10.In  your   opinion  what   does  Underground  metal  mean  to  you?
 It's our past, present and future, we deeply respect all the people the keeps it alive and we do our share of work as well! Only the underground is really passion-driven, when it's money-driven instead, well, that's not our pair of shoes anymore.
11.Are  any  of  the   members   of   Children Of  Technology   currently  working  with   other  bands  or  solo  projects?
Borys also plays in Barbarian and Robanera and Jex in Saturnine.

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

Thanks a lot for supporting COT!!!
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Incantation Interview done by Patrick on 7-29-14

Metal  Hails!! 
Here  is  a  new  Interview   with  the  legendary  Incantation  discussing  the  metal  scene   and  their   newest  cd {9TH overall}  "Dirges of Elysium"  through  Listenable  Rec.
enjoy  the  interview  and  definitely  pick  up  a  copy  "Dirges of Elysium"  today

Interview  With  John  Mcentee  Vocalist,Guitarist  for  Incantation   done  by   Patrick

1.Metal  Hails  John  thank  you  for  taking  the  time  to  do  this  interview.When  did you  first  discover  metal  music?  Who  were  some  of  the   early rock/metal  bands you  listened to?

 hi, thanks for the interview! I first got into metal in the mid 70's as a young kid. I seen kiss on a tv show and was mesmerized. From there I got into other hard rock bands like Queen then stuff like ac/dc Black Sabbath, deep purple over time I just progressively got into heavier and heavier music

2.When  did you  first  get  the  idea  to  form  "Incantation"  ?  How  did you  come  up  with  the  name  for  the  band?
  I played in a death thrash band call Revenant from. 86 to 89. By mid 89 I started to see a change in the Revenant style with the band members. They seen to want to go more technical and clean. By that time I already decided to want to be heavier and more aggressive. So late July 89 I had to make a decision if I wanted to follow what revenant was doing or take a chance with a new band. revenant was trying out drummers at the time and Ross from Immolation told me about this drummer called Paul Ledney. So I contacted him and he played me his bands toten and blood thirsty dead demos. I knew right then in there that this guy was on the same page as me. So soon after Incantation  was born. Paul came up with the name incantation, I didn't like it a first but I do now and the name stuck.  When Paul left the band we decided to have me keep the name incantation and he would start a new band called Profanatica.

3.What  is  the  current  line up  for  the  band?I'm  sure  everyone  has  heard  atleast one  song  from Incantation  but if their  are  any  new  metal-heads  reading  this how  would you  describe  Incantations  music?

 right now the line up is: myself on guitar vocals/ Kyle Severn - drums / chuck Sherwood - bass / Sonny "darkie" Lombardozzi lead guitar. 
It is dark and heavy death metal in the traditional style but done our own original way.

4.Incantation  is getting ready  to  release  it's  ninth  studio  album  how  long  did it  take the  band to write  the  songs for  this  release?Does  the  whole  band  work  on  t he  music or does one or two members  usually  take care  of  everything?


 we all work on music and we weed out the worst parts and ideas and try to work the good stuff together to come up with meaningful songs.
For myself I try to think of what I want to express with a riff or song and then write it on guitar. 
As for how long it takes to write a album. There no set time, it all works on inspiration. At the moment it doesn't take long to come up with ideas because we are extremely inspired and the ideas keep coming.

5. Who usually  writes  the  lyrics  for  the  songs?Where do you  all get  inspiration? How   has  the  response  been  from  the fans and  the  press?

 Chuck - We all have contributed. Ancient civilizations and their religions. Occultism and ritual practices. Dreams/Visions. Responses have been mixed. The negative has either been constructive criticism or written/said by those unappreciative of our style. The positive feedback is rewarding and uplifting. It's an honor to create death metal for you heathens.

John - the response has been great with the press.


 6.Does  Incantation   have  any tours  coming  up?Where  are  some  places you   all will be  playing?

 we are touring Europe as I do the interview. This run will take is to Poland, Germany, holland, Belgium, England, Scotland, France and Spain. We are also working on some us touring with macabre this summer. Then in the fall we are working of South America.


7.John you  and Incantation  have toured all over  the  world  where  have  been some  of your  favorite countries/places   to  play?Are  their  any countries  that you  haven't  played  yet  that you  hope to  one  day?
  yes we have been lucky enough to play all over the world.
It's crazy but Europe has almost become a 2nd home for us. It hard to say what my favorite places to play are but I really enjoy South America, also Australia and New Zealand were great. I really enjoyed playing japan that was a lot of fun. We really want to play more shows in Asia. We only played japan and I know there are a lot more metal heads around there that would like to see incantation live.

8.Who are  some  of  the bands you  have  had  the  pleasure  to  share  the  stage  with  over  the  years? If you  could  set up  a  dream tour  who are some bands  {past  or  present} you would  love to share  the stage  with?

 we have toured with a lot of great bands like Morbid Angel, Nile, behemoth, Vader, Grave,  cannabial  corpse and many more.
A dream package would be opening for Black Sabbath, slayer from the 80 era, sarcofago, and maybe necrovore.

9.John  in your  opinion  what  is  the  best  and  worst  thing  about  the  underground  metal  scene?And  what does  the term Underground  metal  mean to you?

 I think that to many band follow trends instead of creating music with there own personality. 
The best think is that it a place in the music world where you can be creative with no rules. Music with rules just sucks.
To me the underground is a place to get our your music to people that want yo hear no tredosena music. It a place where people can be true to then selves and not a slave to money.

10.John you  play  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?

 I first picked up the guitar when I was 8 years old. I got a cheep acoustic guitar for my birthday. I didn't play it much. I really wanted an electric. when I was 13 I saved up enough money to buy a electric guitar, it was a ibanez. I also bought a little amp to go with it, along with a rat distortion pedal. That was when it really started for me. I started taking lessons for about a year. Then a few years later i took lessons from Ed Fuhrman who played in the NJ band Hades. He showed me some advance techniques and good solo scales. Then for about one year I took lessons at my community college with this old blues cat. He really pushed me to play with feeling. Even about 6 months ago, I had my friend Chris webber from Rottrevore teach me some finger picking techniques. And over the last few months I have been taking lessons from our other guitarist Sonny "darkie" lombardozzi. He is a guitar virtuoso and he is helping me improve my technique. I got Into some band habits over the years. But yes it's never too late to improve as a guitarist.


11.Who  are some  of your  influences/favorite  guitarist? Do you  play any  other  instruments?

 the only other instrument I play is bass.
As for guitarist I really like Tony" IommiRitchie" BlackmoreMichael SchenkerYngwie Malmsteen, as for death metal guitarist I really like Eric Cutler and Danny Coralles a lot.

12.John you  also  handle  the  vocals  for  the  band  when did you  start singing/growling? Do you  do  anything  special to  keep your  throat and voice healthy  when  in  the studio  or  on tour?

 I started around 2002 ish. It took a long time to learn how to match all the tones from the different vocalist we have had in the past. Especially because I have never done vocals in a band before Incantation. The best thing for doing vocals is to not abuse your body and get a good night sleep. 

13.Who  are  some  of your  favorite  vocalist? 

 my favorite Death metal vocalist are Chris Reifert, Jon Deplachett, Paul Speckmann, Dave Hewson and old Tom G. Warrior

14.John  you  also  own  Ibex  Moon Records  when did you  get the  idea to  start the  label?  What  releases  are still available  for  the  fans?


 right now ibex moon is no more. I had to stop due to the fact I was losing to much money, and with my wife losing her job to to some medical issues. I do have some left over stock so if anyone wants some please contact me.

15.Do you   have  any  more  releases  coming  out  soon  that   the  readers  should  watch  out for? What  do  you  look  for  when  signing  or  releasing a band?

  no new releases for Ibex Moon. We are not signing any new bands.

16.Well  we  have  reached  the  end  of  the  interview thank you  for  taking  the time to fill this out.  do you  have  any  final  comments  for  the  readers?

 thanks so much for the support! It was a killer interview. I look forward to seeing all you sick fucks on the road!


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