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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Saturday, February 21, 2015

New reviews done by Patrick on 2--21-15

Metal  Hails
Here  is  a  new  batch  of reviews  for your  reading  pleasure  a little  bit  of thrash,death  and a few  black  metal  releases.  Hopefully  you  all  will  find  some  new  music  to  your  liking.

Apocryfal--Aberration  Of Mind  {Digital release/Self-released}
Apocryfal  come  out  of  Finlands   death metal  scene.This  young band  really  knows  how to  create  memorable and  well written  death metal.The  guitars  are very well  played  with  some  catchy riffs  mixed  in the  songs.the  drumming  is really good  with a  mix  of  furious  drum  patterns to a  more  mid paced drum  sound.The  vocals  are  death metal  growls  and  some  grunt/gruff  style  vocals.Apocryfal  are  a  solid brutal death  metal  band that  is  defintly  worth  checking  out  if your  into  this  style  of  music.
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Atomicide--Chaos  Abomination  LP  {Iron  Bonehead Rec.}
Atomicide  return  with  their  second  full-length  for  Iron Bonehead Rec. Atomicide  have  been  in the  underground  metal  scene  for  about  ten  years  with their  brand  of  vicious  and  violent death,blackend  metal.The  guitars  are  played  at  hyperspeed  with a few  mid paced  sections  before  going  extremely  fast  with  the  guitars  once again.The  drumming  is  non stop  barrage  of  hyperspeed  drum  beats that are  chaotic  but  also  done  very  well with  some  impressive  drum  patterns.The  vocals  are  deep death growls  with  some  scratchy vocals  and a few  screams  throughout  the  LP. This  is  a  really  chaotic  but  well written  slab  of  chaotic  death metal  if your  into  old-school,vicious  death metal  then  defintly  do yourself  a favor and pick  this  gem  of  a release  up today.
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Blasphmachine--Oath  pro cdr  {Cold Raw  Rec.}
 Malaysia's Blasphmachine  release their  newest  E.P of  raw,violent  blackend death  metal.The  two  tracks  on  the  Oath Mcdr  are  very  well  played  going from hyper fast  death metal  to  a  more  slower mid range paced  black metal.The  guitars  are  done  extremely  good  with  hyperspeed  guitars  to a  more controlled mid-paced.The  vocals  are  death metal  growls  with  some  raw screams  mixed  in the  music.This  is  a great  band  and release  if you  are  a  fan  of  early nineties  blackend death metal  then  pick  this  release  up  today.
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Cold Blood--Chronology Of  Satanic  Events   {Metallic  Media}
ColdBlood  come  out  of  the  mighty Brazilian  death metal  scene  playing  a   mix  of  old-school {early  90's}  death  metal  with  their  second  cd  "Chronology Of  Satanic  Events ".Heavy mid-paced  death  metal  with  some  faster  parts  within a few  tracks.The  guitars  are  done  with  excellent  precision  and  talent.The  drumming  is top notched as well with  some  mid-paced drums before speeding up with  some faster thrashy drum  patterns.The  vocals  are done  in the death metal  growls  with  some  screams  mixed in  with the  growls.Cold Bloood reminds  me  of  early  Deicide  and  other  excellent U.S death  metal  bands a  great release  and  band  for  anyone  into  deicide  or  old-school death  metal. 
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Goat  Semen--Ego  Svm  Satana  cd,Lp  {Hells  Headbangers  Rec.}
The  South American  horde  Goat Semen have  released  their  debut cd/Lp  through  the  mighty  Hells  Headbangers.combing  vicious  old school  death  metal  with  some  thrashing war  metal  guitars are  played  extremely  fast and  with a lot  of  chaotic riffs mixed  in.But  don't  let  the  fast  riffs  fool you this guitar  player  knows  how  to create  violent sounding  guitar  riffs  but  are  also  very  trained and  can  create some  well done  guitar  patterns.The  drumming  is done  fast  with  a lot  of crazy  drum  patterns  but  like the  guitars  the  drumming is top  notch  with  some  crazed  patterns but  also done  with  a lot  of  talent.Goat Semen   have  created  a  great  debut  if your  into  old-school fast death  metal  with  some  bestial thrash  elements then  definitely   check  this  out  today!
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Morbosidad--Tortura  MLP  {Nuclear War  Now!}
Morbosidad  have unleashed their  brand  new  Mlp  "Tortura"   mixing  a nice  blend  of  old-school black  and  death  metal  elements together  with some  elements  of  war metal chaos.The drumming  is  non stop  fast  and  chaotic  all over the place  which  really fits these  songs.The  guitars  are  equally  as fast   with  some  excellent  guitar  patterns and riffs.The  band  is  not  all speed and chaotic music the  band  does slow it  down  in a few  songs to a more mid-paced range  before  pummeling  the  listener  with another  barrage  of  fast  guitars and drums.
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Phantasmal--The  Reapers   Forge  cassette  tape {self-released}
Coming  out  of  the U.S  Metal  scene  is  Phantasmal  releasing  their  debut  demo  The  Reapers   Forge  combining  thrash  with  old-school death and  black  metal  elements.The  two  man  band  have  created  a  very  old-school  sounding  masterpiece  with  thrashing  guitars  that  are fast  and  also  have some  creative  solo's entertwined.The  drumming  is top  notched  with  some mid-paced  drums  and  their are  some  very  heavy,fast drum  parts  as well.The  vocalist  does a  good  job  with  black metal  screams  and  some  gruff  vocals  in a  few  tracks.This  is  a  very  well played  band that  has released  a good  demo  worth  checking  out.
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Interview with Loki editor of Occult Black Metal web-zine done by Patrick on 2-21-15

 Metal  Hails!!
Here is  a  new  interview  with  the  man  behind   the  web-zines  "Occult  Black metal  web-zine"  among  many  others.So  if  you  are  a  metal fan {of  any  genre}  check  the  web-zine  links  at the end  of the  interview. 

Interview   with  Loki  editor   of  Occult  Black  Metal  web-zine   done  by   Patrick

1.Metal  Hails  Loki   how  is your  week  going?  When  did  you  first  discover  metal  music? I know  you  have  2-3  different  web-zines going  at  the  moment  would  you  say you  have  an  open  mind  towards  music  in general?
Actually right now I am doing 9 different blogs but am looking to hire a second writer for the 9th blog which is more focuses on the less extreme gernes, I would say I do have an open mind towards metal in general along with some classic rock, industrial,punk,  classical and folk music on ocassion, 
2.Who  were  some  of  the first  bands you   listened to? Who  are  some  of your  current  favorites?
 I discovered metal in the 80's in elementary school during the time MTV was playing Twisted Sister, Quiet Riot and Motely Crue videos all day, and while those where mainstream metal bands they did  slowly lead to heavier stuff when i started paying more attention to music, for awhile there I was also into Kiss and Alice Cooper very heavily because the make up had some darkness to it, but as far as heavier genres go I got exposed to Metallica's "Ride The Lightning" and I thought it was the heaviest thing I had heard at the the time and it led to me listening to stuff like Medadeth, Slayer and Anthrax before getting more into heavier stuff like Suicidal Tendencies, Exodus, Testament basically the whole thrash genre along with some more underground stuff such as Onslaught, Piledriver, Anvil Bitch, Kreator, and also where I lived at in Seattle around the mid 80's there was an underground metal show on Sundays called 'Brain Pain' that also exposed me to a lot of extreme bands that where around in those days.

 Then around 90 I started getting more into stuff like Death, Sepultura, Pestillence and Obituary which led to even more death metal bands over the nest couple of years and I also got into grind like Napalm Death, Terrorizer, and Pungent Stench around the same time, and around 92 I started listening to bands on the JL America label and while everybody throught that label sucked at the time my first exposure to second wave black metal came through the stuff they where releasing like Impaled Nazarence, Samael, Beherit and master' Hammer, those albums had a very powerful impact on me at the same and I enjoyed the evil atmosphere and rawness of those bands and then after awhile I got into the bands that where on the Century Black label before going into even more underground stuff which I still keep discovering after more than 20 years? 

  As  far as current favorites some of my newer favorite bands have been My Darkest Shade, Feral, newer Countess, Temple Of Baphomet, Attic, Blasphemous Noise Torment, Alien Deviant Circus, Dawn of A Dark Age, Sepulchral Curse, Hell  Poemer, Vadikan, Wirchclan, the list is endless but my favorite genres are black metal and other type of metal that deals with the occult and I have also been listening to some of the newer bands that go for the classic NWOBHM sound.
3.When  did  you  first  become  interested  in  doing your  own  web-zines? Besides  Occult Black Metal web-zine  I  believe  you  have some  others  that  cover  various  styles  of  underground  music.Can you  please  tell the  readers  about  them?
I did my first zine in 2001 in Colorado with a couple of former members of Satan's Host called Magick Metal Zine which actually was a paper zine but it was misunderstood at the time by a lot of people because we where not afraid to mention how crappy all the nu metal, groove and metalcore bands really where, but we did cover a lot of black, death metal and grindcore bands in the articles and also did write about the few decent bands there where in Colorado at the time, but things changed the other writers started focusing more on Satan's Host and I went to college and got married shortly after that and did no writing again until 2008.

Around 2008 I knew my marriage was in decline so I started reviewing and interviewing bands on Myspace with a web zine I created called 72 Djinn Of The Goetia' which was more black metal and a second one called '50 Names Of Marduck which focused more on doom, death metal and grindcore, and when i realized Myspace was limited I went to blogger and created "OccultBlack
4.Do  you  have  any  advice for  anyone  thinking  of  starting  their  own  web or fanzine? What  are some things  you  feel  that  makes  a good  web-zine?
I would advice other people to start out by reviewing some albums in there own collection, hit up bands on Facebook for interviews and you can also find email addresses on Metal Archives and album covers which i would also advice to people starting out, I did the whole thing with emails and social networks and it led to many different bands, labels, and promotion people hitting me up, 
As for a good web zine, i feel the writer should be passionate about the music they are writing, and not give up while there are a lot of bands that are all supportive about being in web zines you also have the other type that put no effort in the questions and also come across as real pricks, but every writer should learn from their mistakes and if you come across criticism look at it from their point of view and show them you can be a better writer with a kick ass review or Interview? 
5.Does  any  of your  friends  or  contacts  help  with  reviews  or  Interviews  or  do you  prefer to  work  alone?
In the days of MagickMetalZine, I had a couple of other writers help me out and I have also helped out some people with heir promotions out here on interviews, I do for the most part like working alone, i treat my web zines the same way a lot of musicians treat their solo projects, I try to put my vision in as much as possible, but I am at the point where i would be open to bringing in a couple of other writers so I can actually breath and not have to review albums all day like I have, any interested writers should contact me and if I like the way they write i can have them do some reviews and interviews?
6.If  their  are  any  bands  or  labels  reading this  interview  where  can  they  send  you  their promo's  to  review?
You can send the digital promo's to my email and for physical copies also e-mail me at the same address and I will provide an address in a private message
7.How  many  hours  a  day  do  you think  you  work  on  the  web-zines?

Anywhere from 3 to 4 hours a day and sometimes 16 hours a day depending on how much stuff I get sent.
8.What  have   been  some  of your  favorite  bands  or  people  to  interview? Are their  any  bands or  labels{past  or  present}  that  you  would  like  to  interview  someday?
I have interviewed quite a lot of my favorite bands over the years some of the ones I really enjoyed where Bal Sagoth, Opera IX, Crimson Moon, Nibirui, Temple Of Baphomet, Gorephobia, Summoning,  Acheron and many others, I have not done any label interview but would be open to some such as Moribund, Full Moon Productions and any other label that is passionate about satanic or occult metal, as for bands I would be interested in reviewing Therion, Meleschech, Ofermod, King Diamond, Necromantia, and Blood Ritual, but I am fortunate to have interviewed quite alot of bands I have been into very heavily for a long time.   
9.Loki  in  your   opinion  what  is the   best  and  worst  thing  about  the  underground  scene today? And  what   does  Underground  metal   mean  to  you?
There are a lot of bands in the underground that remain true to the way black and death metal should sound and the ones that take Satanism, paganism, and Occultism are the ones I support the most and I think the underground is very healthy these days with the variety of many different genres you can chose from.
 As for what I hate about the underground these days is all of these psuedo groove metal bands that have been popping up lately and you also have all of these crappy deathcore and pornogrind bands that have no talent, retarded lyrics and those awful and pathetic pig squeals, you also have a lot of black metal people these days that do not understand the true nature of the music and put no effort into the songwriting and drink all day instead of focusing on what black metal should be, And another thing that is annoying about metal these days is all of the hipsters and the annoying clicks that seem to pop up at every show and I also hate all of these filthy unwashed politically correct liberals that label everybody who does that agree with their point of view a Nazi even when that person does not care about politics.
10.When  not  working  on  the  web-zines  what  do  you  enjoy  doing  in  your  spare  time?
I enjoy watching classic horror, science fiction and fantasy films, I also enjoy watching documentaries that are very historical and I also have a huge interest in studying Satnaism, Occultism, Magick, Left hand Path, Paganism and medieval philsophies and my interest in the Dark Arts is alos just as important to me as music and some of the occult authors and philosophers I  enjoy studying are Michael W.Ford, E.A Koetting,, Aliester Crowley, Stephen E. Flowers, Thomas Karlspn, Kenneth Grant, Julius Evola, Freya Aswyyn, Carlos Castendenda, Zecharia Stitchin, Anton Long, Peter Carroll among countless and I also have an interest in lost continents such as Atlantis, Lemuria, Thule and also secrt societies such as Freemasons, Illuminati, and the O.T.O.  
11.Thank  you  Loki  for  taking  the   time  to  fill this  interview  out.Do  you  have  any  final  comments  for  the  readers?
Thanks for taking the time to ask me these questions and keep up with your work in the Metal underground