Thursday, May 30, 2019

Interview with ... BLACK MASS

01. How would you describe Black Mass to someone who's never heard your music before?
BM - Old school thrash metal with a rock n roll attitude and a raw black metal feel
02. Why Black Mass? Who came up with the name?
BM - Felt it was fitting for the style of music we set out to create. Some of the subject matter in our lyrics can indeed be viewed from the perspective of a Black Mass.
03. How do you write your music? Is there a set guideline or do you write what you feel as you go along?
BM - We write riffsthdf hopefully don’t suck then build a structure to the arrangement either by Brendan or as a group effort.
04. How do you get the inspiration for writing your lyrics?Do you write together or separately?
BM - Brendan writes most of the lyrics. He always said nothing fueled better lyrical content than a childhood in catholic school haha.
05. How would you describe (or categorize) your style of vocals? Who have been your role models?
BM - It’s more of an old school raspy/yelling vocal style.
06. Which bands are on your list of favorites?What bands would you liken yourselves to?
BM - Slayer, Razor, Motörhead, Inepsy, Darkthrone, Aura Noir.
07.Which cities have you played? ... Any plans to go on tour? If so, where and when and with whom?
BM - We’ve played a lot of cities. Done a number of full US tours, some regional dates in north east Canada, and even a European tour back in 2013. We’ve got a handful of US shows announced with more in the works to support our new album “Warlust”. Check our website for more info.
08. How do you compare the Thrash Metal scene here in the USA and in Europe?
BM - Hard to say since we haven’t spent a ton of time in Europe but it seems that it’s more widely popular in Europe. Europe seems to be more akin to the old school sounds while the US is a bit more all over the place.
09. When did you start playing and how old were you when you became interested in metal?
BM - We’ve all been playing our instruments since we were kids. Been listening to metal for much of the same. It’s in our blood.
10. What made you guys decide to play in a band? Had it always been a dream? Who or what inspired you?
BM - Might as well do something with your time before you rot
11. How do you feel about mainstream bands, especially those who at one point started out as Underground?
BM - Might depend on the band and the integrity they maintain with a rise in popularity. Can’t hate on a band for being more well known, unless they abandon their roots entirely.
12. Are you pleased with the current record sales or will there be more promoting?
BM - We’re always promoting. If there are no copies left of the record for sale, then we’ve done our job.
13. Who designs your ''Warlust'' album artwork and who has the final word on what actually goes on the album cover? Does it have any special meaning?
BM - Maegan LeMay designed our album cover. We gave her the lyrics to the title track of our album and told her to go with it. We included some specific requirements of course.
14. What are the future plans of your band?
BM - Play shows and dominate everything
15. How is your album ''Warlust'' different compared to your previous ''Ancient Scriptures'' (2015)?
BM - The new release is much darker than the last record.
16. Could you tell us a little about the lyrical concept for ''
BM - War, greed, corruption. All heavily ingrained in today’s society. Only a matter of time before it crumbles.
17. How is the metal scene where you guys are at?
BM - It’s pretty good. Lots of shows and tours to see and choose from. Turn outs can be pretty good depending on the bands and the night of the week.
18. How much can you still remember about the demo days from 2012?
BM - None of it. Too many drugs.
19. Alex, you're only new Black Mass member as a drummer from 2016... what happened with band's first drummer Yianni?
BM - 2015 actually. Yianni quit because his parents made him haha.
20. Do you think that Thrash Metal has fully been resurrected last few years, especially ''Old School TM''?
BM - It’s on its way. Less and less bands have been following the party thrash crossover popularity and going back to the old school.
21. Thank you for your time and all the best for your future endeavors with Black Mass. The last words belong rightfully to you...
BM - Cheers from Boston!

Interview with ... KRAANIUM

01.KRAANIUM signed to Comatose Music in 2012 how did that come about and why you split up with Pathologically Explicit Rec.How is your releationship?
We split with PER cos they could not help us to go tour or book shows, and escpecially over in the USA, So Comatose basically offered us a deal and also to book us for the next Comatour they had (2012) and we decided to go for it. No bad blood between us and PER, we are still friends an support each other as good as we can. Its important to do that in a scene which is such small and underground.
02. Are you going to work with them in future?
Well we are not in talk about any releases for cds and such but merchwise we keep the talk open .Also maybe gonna release some of our older albums on vinyl.
03. Personally this one is hard to ask but I should... Unfortunately,You your brother Martin one of the original band members .How is life going on after he passed away?
Its fucking hard man, what can i say! Loosing my lifetime band mate and best friend like that, i struggle every day, and im sure that will never go away ,but try to live my life the best way i can and to move the band and music forward, cos i owe it to my brother and i know that this is what he wanted me to do . Its also what keeps me happy and in focus, my best therapy is by far the music, and i will stick to this for as long as i can. Its my lifestyle and i love it
04. Band have a many line up changes through the years. What is current line up and are you in contact with ex KRAANIUM members?
Mikael: Currently Kraanium is
Erhan who recorded Slamchosis left recently so thats the only ex-member at least im in touch.
Mats: im still in contact and friends with most members yes, no bad blood there .Except a couple of people who decided to fuck us over, but im not mentioning any names here, hehe.
05. KRAANIUM is now co called international band with members from Norway, Finland,Denmark, UK... How you come to an idea to make line up from different countries?
Mikael: I think since early days was hard to have a drummer in Norway who liked this style of music,after the old Norwegian members left was easy to search for members in Europe and with technology nowadays is easy to have band with members of different countries, i personally knew Mats and his late brother Martin for past 15 years and i knew for about 4 years before i joined the band so was easy to interact with them, Jack and Tobi met after but super good guys to play and tour with.
Mats: yes it what he says thats kinda the right story here, we already had several people that we were thinking to ask to join the band after we fell out with out Norwegian members. Cos we were always travelling and met other cool bands/members and always expanding our network in the scene, so we bascially just made a list of who to contact and found out who was interested. Thats how we found Jason, which now also helps me running the band after my bro passed away. He has his own booking company and that helped us alot ant still helps us alot in booking tours and shows. As for Mika, i always knew at some point i wanted to have him with us in Kraanium, just not when, but that mysteriously worked out exactly when we needed him. As for Jack i just knew he would be the right person to take over for my bro cos Martin was was his biggest vocal influence and a long time friend of both of us online as well.
06. Mats, tell me more about your side projects as a Fermented Masturbation, secret Mutilation, Dragging Entrails etc
Well for now , the only active bands/projects im running with is Dragging entrails. Too hard to run the rest of my project now after my bro is gone . Also As for the other bands, right no they are on infinate hiatus unless we decide to start again, all other mmebers are busy with their own bands mostly so not sure anything more will happen ( FM and SM) As for Dragging entrails, we jus announced a comeback som weeks ago with a new line up and a new record which will be released through Brutal mind, hopefully sometimes this year.
Also worth mentioning here is my Sludge slam band Diphenylchloroarsine, which we are currently writing music for our 2nd full length record with. Will be release through Rotten music some tim later this year.
07. How did you write your new slamming brutality album called Slamchosis?
Mats : I just watching one day the "Faces of death" and wanted to write an consept album just based on different ways of torture/murder/deaths, like in this series of documentaries, and the "plot" for the cd was born. Also came up with the idea of "Slamchosis" and the term it was cos of these voices from doctors or specialists that always comments on these kind of documentaries about killings and crazy killersa. So thats where we came up for the slamchosis sample as well were a "doctor" describes the illness. The term itself is fictional offcourse, and also an idea born out of my head.
Mikael: Usually Mats and Jason do the riffs,they get together and program drums to arrange the music, everyone in Kraanium has a different role but mainly Mats and Jason are the ones who do the creative process.
08. What kind of an album was in your mind when you started to collabrate the new songs?
Mats :Devourments slamasterpiece "Molesting The Decapitated" was by far my main inspiration for this release
09. How and why did you choose themes like Gore, Torture, Rape etc What does Slamchosis mean for you?
Well i get inspiration from everything. News, tv shows, documentaries, movies, books and series. Its a fucked up world we live in so pretty easy to find topics
10. KRAANIUM have been releasing ultra sick of good releases.Do you think that you get enough reputation about band from all around the world? What kind of metal music genres and bands influenced you the most to start Kraanium?
I think the reqognition we get for what we do is super sick! Could not ever dreamed to make it this far as being one of the top bands in the brutal genre as we is now when i started Kraanium with my brother almost 20 years ago now.
Mikael: The band has been around and toured a lot i think we are pretty known now in this style and underground scene, i think the obvious influences were Devourment,Internal Bleeding, Abominable Putridity and Cannibal Corpse.
11. What do you think about this new wave of slam and brutal gore bands last years?
Mikael: I don't personally see a new wave of slam,I see more bands calling themselfs slam when they are musically more towards deathcore, and there is nothing wrong if people like that style just slam is a easy word trown around nowadays to sell records and merch.
Mats: Slam seem more like a label for new bands to put on themselves to fool people into believing they are not a genre of music but more a comodity and that sucks because alot of new kids cant really differ from what is real or not. Bands get credit that they dont deserve and that is poison to our scene. I think we all share the same views on this in the band cos we have all been around for many years to know the different between the real slam bands and those who are not.
12. What do you think about today's extreme metal scene in Norway and Europe?
Mikael: Europe got a great scene, some good fests that mix our style of death metal and many others, like Obscene Extreme that we played last year.
Mats : Norwy is as always, its the land of black and thrash metal, not too many people who are into slam and brutal death sadly
13. Are there enough extreme bands,are there enough good shows?
Mats: Mostly black metal but some cool tours come up here as well yes.Lame crowds tho, mostly headbanging. People dont understand a good moshpit up here, they just stand around drinking their beers, haah.
Mikael: Good bands for me, Kataplexia just released a new cd, Skulmagot from Finland old style cannibal corpse and Cumbeast personally some bands from here worth checking.
14. How does a Kraanium show looks like ?
Mats: Go to Youtube and search for us and you will see:) Mostly violent and moving crowds, which we love! Some broken noses and split skulls have occoured too.
Mikael: Intense, brutal, violent.
15. Do you play live often?
Mikael: we try to, we are 5 guys in 5 different countries so not always easy to take time off, coz of job,family,etc but we got confirmed a 4 week USA tour in may/june and two shows in Finland this september.
16. Let's talk about every song pariculary on Slamchosis
01 Bound to Kill 02. Blob of Inhuman Metamorphic Transfusion 03. Gratification Through Annihilation 04. Forced Rectal Exhumation 05. Slamchosis 06. Larva Infested Cum Sluts 07. Midget Fucker 08. Slam Her Guts Out 09. Face Fucked with a Brick 10. Putrescent Indulgenelce.
Mats: Dont really know what to tell here, cos every song is pretty much just a chapter in a big tale, and they dont stand out as sepertly significant. Listen and judge for yourself 
17. Thx for your time and good luck, Fans here really would like to see you performing here in Serbia... Is there anything that you want to add (merchandise etc.
If ya wanna book us just get in touch! and thanx alot for sending us this interview! We would love to come play Serbia some day since we still have never played in your country !

Interview with ... PYREXIA

Interview with Chris Basile - PYREXIA

1.Hi Chris, how do you feel about the new album ''Unholy Requiem'' reviews and how well has the new album been received so far?
- 1. Hey Alex. Thanks for the interview ! I think like some of our records in the past. Some people love it. Some not so much. I really strive to bring something fresh and original with each release and sometimes people are disappointed that it’s not Sermon of Mockery every time. I’m proud of the record. But I do believe our best material is yet to come so stay tuned.
02. What is the meaning of the new album name and how it ties in with the album concept?
- 2. Definitely a Biblical Old Testament concept. The Old Testament is probably the scariest book ever written.
03. what kind of equipment did you use for the recording ?
- 3. For guitars we stick to the Engl heads. Fireball. Marshal 1960 cabs. Tech 21 Bass Head with Mesa cabs. Pearl drums and Meinl cymbals.
04. how is the new material different from the past material, how have you expanded your sound and what do you add differently to the genre
- 4. With all the genre splicing. Slam ,grind,death core etc. we strive to deliver straight up BDM. Pyrexia will always have slams. We have since 1990. But I never want to box us into any kind of genre. And never want to be predictable.
05. who compose the music for the ''Unholy Requiem''? do you have to feel sounding special in the riffs to be sure it's Pyrexia riffs?
- 5. I wrote all the material on the album. If you hate it or love it it’s my fault hahaha. It just has to brutal and original. If I feel it sounds remotely like another band I won’t use the riff. I hate when other bands sound exactly the same.
06. Who is the person on the cover of "Unholy Requiem"? Who is the author and what about the general meaning concept of this photo?
- 6.Daemorph Art. He’s a madman from Russia. We already secured him for our next cover. I love his work. The cover depicts the battle in Heaven between the Arch Angel Michael against God himself and his banishment to Hell.
07. Does it happen often that when you look back to your songs you think “well, this could have sounded better”? Do you usually encounter this sort of regret regarding some of your previous stuff?
- 7. Yes. I like some am not particularly happy with the final master of Unholy Requiem. I recorded and mastered everything myself and probably bit off a little more than I could chew in my opinion. I’ve since grown leaps and bounds in my post production process and the next one will sound the way I intended unholy to sound. I took a chance and put myself out there. Sometimes you have to. But looking back and knowing what I know now I prob coulda used some help. It’s all part of growing so no regrets.
08. Chris Basile, You are the main man of Pyrexia,through the years and only original band member ...Who are now in band’s line up?
- 8. Pyrexia 2019 is : Myself on guitar. Danny Trapani on guitar. Shaun Kennedy on Bass. Jim Beach on vocals and Ryan Hilerio on Drums.
09. You released last 3 albums on ''Unique Leader''... how's your cooperation with Unique Leader going? Do they give you the support and promotion that you deserve? Are you planing to reissue (or re-recorded) first album ''Sermon Of Mockery'' with ULR?
- 9. UL and Erik Lindmark in particular have been great to Pyrexia since 2006. It’s been a rough year with Erik’s passing. But I’m looking forward to a strong and powerful UL in the future. As far as Sermon , Century Media re released it as a double album including early demos and the 95 ep Hatredangeranddisgust in 2015.
10. how was the scene changed last 10-15 years and how strong is the NY underground scene nowadays?
- 10. I think DM went through a lull 10-15 yrs ago but has since enjoyed somewhat of a resurgence the past few years. The last few Pyrexia tours both in the US and overseas have been incredible
11. How does it feel to hear a band that is obviously influenced by Pyrexia
- 11. It’s great when they pay homage. It’s tough when bands say they invented an entire genre or are The Godfather’s or kings of a genre when Sermon or our early demos precede anything they ever did. But it comes with the territory.
12. Which Pyrexia tour would you name as the best one so far?
- 12. Probably these past 2. Bloodletting here in America and The Grand Slam tour we did last year in EU.
13. When will we see you on the road again here in Europe?
- 13. We tried real hard to get on the summer festivals but it wasn’t meant to be. Look for us in the Fall of 2019 though. We should be back by then.
14. Thanx for interview. Last words are yours
- 14. I want to thank you my brother for your time and the interview. Everyone needs to check out our new content on you tube and twitch. Look for a lot more video content from us in 2019. Go buy Unholy Requiem and look for NEW Pyrexia material in 2019. See you all on the road ! Make sure you come out if we play your city ! Thank you !

Interview with ... FERAL

01. It has been about 12 years since the creation of Feral and it slowly, but surely, did is way through underground metal scene. After 3 years, you've came back stronger than ever with the album "Flesh For Funerals Eternal". Can you tell us how it all began and what brought you to play Death Metal?
In the beginning it was just me (David) and our bass player (Viktor Klingstedt) in our hometown of Norsjö. We were mostly just goofing around and recording some unserious parodies of extreme metal, a genre we were not too familiar with at that point. Eventually we got a taste for it and wanted to give it a more serious attempt, but finding other members in our small hometown was near impossible. I eventually moved to the town of Skellefteĺ, and Viktor followed a year later or so. There we found more members willing to give it a shot. At first we were aiming to do something akin to old school black metal, covering bands like Venom and early Mayhem, but when we tried writing our own material it always came out more in a death metal vibe. A couple of years later we ditched the corpsepaint and all that stuff and continued writing the stuff that came more natural to us: death metal. And we haven’t looked back since.
02. You released new album ''Flesh For Funerals Eternal'' for India's label ''Transcending Obscurity Records''... What is the main reason that you left your prevous label ''Cyclone Empire'' which released your second full length ''Where Dead Dreams Dwell'' (2015) and EP ''From The Mortuary'' (2016)
Things weren’t really working out over at Cyclone Empire, and I can’t really say that it was anyone in particulars fault. It was simply matters that was out of anybody’s hands. We were actually scheduled for another release over there, but after discussing the situation with the label we both agreed that we would be set free of our contract to be able to pursue other options. So the parting was mutual and on good terms. I actually wish that I was in better contact with the guys over at Cyclone Empire still because we had a very good working relationship and it would be cool to stay in touch. Transcending Obscurity Records came very highly recommended from other bands and parties who had worked with the label, and as soon as we came in touch with Kunal over at the label and heard his visions and saw his good attitude and work ethic we knew that it was a label that we would like to work with as soon as possible.
03. Can you give me your vision about Death Metal and it's past, present and future.
I think death metal, much like most genres of metal, is a constant. It is ever present. I mean: this is music that survives throughout the years with hardly any mainstream press or radio play. Death metal gets little to no exposure in the public space, yet the fans keep it alive in the underground. Even the biggest names within the genre I imagine stay relevant mainly due to the work of the underground and their fans. Trends come and go, and it might shift in popularity from year to year, but the bands that built the genre in the 80’s are still here, as well as the bands that came in the 90’s, 00’s or later. As long as the bands that are around stay passionate, and there aren’t many other reasons to play death metal other than passion, I believe the genre can endure anything.
04. How was the preparation and recording process for the “Flesh For Funerals Eternal” album? In which studios did you work for recording? Which equipments do the band members use?
We rehearse a lot before entering the studio. Usually writing a new album takes us a couple of years, and of course we rehearse during this time as well, but even after the album is fully written I’d say we rehearse the songs for about another years before recording them properly. This gives us time to tweak and make small, or big, changes to the songs and give attentions to the small details that give the songs life and make them interesting. Before recording we basically want to be able to play the songs in our sleep. The drums were recorded locally in studio Spiff, probably most famous for being were Swedish hardcore punk band “Totalt Jävla Mörker” has recorded albums in the past, as well as “Vintersorg” at some point. The rest is done in our own studio “Pagan Hell Studios”. It’s all later mixed and mastered by our ex-guitarist Petter Nilsson who has his studio and company “Sonner Produktion” in Gothenburg nowadays. I don’t think we use any particularly fancy equipment, aside from the now famous Boss HM-2 pedal. Markus’s and Sebastian’s guitars are run through a Marshall amp and a Highwatt cabinet. Viktor uses a 4-stringed Sandberg bass without going for particularly thick strings, even though we tune so low that he could theoretically use a 5-stringed one instead. This way it gives the bass tone a bit more attack and metallic feel rather than just a deep rumbling. Roger uses whatever drums are put in front of him, he’s great in that way. He doesn’t need any fancy stuff to sound good. This time though he used his own kit instead of the studios, a Premier Artist Birch. In the past we’ve tried recording with a single kick because it’s easier for the engineer, but since Roger is used to playing with double kicks instead of a double pedal we’ve decided that we’d rather do it that way.
05. Feral is a band formed in 2007. Would you like to talk about the years between 2011 and 2015?
In 2011 we released our first official album “Dragged to the Altar” and the band started getting a bit more attention, we also toured Europe to support the album. We had toured before, but only having demos out back then we noticed quite a difference this time around. Needless to say we had some good expectations for the future, but sadly we were between labels after the release of the first album. On top of that we also lost our drummer and one guitarist while writing the songs for our second album “Where Dead Dreams Dwell”, which didn’t really help the situation. Our hope was to maybe have the new album out by 2013, but instead we lost a lot of momentum when having to find new members. Luckily we managed to at least release a split EP with the Germans in “Revel in Flesh” in 2013. We continued with only one guitarist and our new drummer Roger and actually recorded “Where Dead Dreams Dwell” without being signed to a label, this also caused the release date to be pushed back even further. Cyclone Empire picked us up after having heard the album and released it in May 2015. In a way we saw that album as a last attempt to get things going again and a fresh start, which might be reflected in the album title, with the dream being dead. With a steady line-up since then, including the addition of Sebastian on second guitar by now, we have been working really hard to keep the pace up and the train running.
06. Who did the booklet and artwork studies for the “Flesh For Funerals Eternal” album? I felt it was pretty similar in artwork and preparation compared to your previous album ''Where Dead Dreams Dwell"
Yeah, it’s done by the same guy. Costin Chioreanu of Twilight13Media. He’s a fantastic artist and he also did the cover art for the EP “From the Mortuary”. As we felt that “Flesh for Funerals Eternal” was a continuation of “Where Dead Dreams DwelL” we wanted the album art to reflect that. We always give Costin free hands to create whatever he feels like, as he works great without any restrictions. The only thing we specified was that we wanted the same feel and tone as “Where Dead Dreams Dwell”, and I think it turned out great! “Flesh for Funerals Eternal” really looks like a darker, more evil, older brother of “Where Dead Dreams Dwell” and I think that reflects the music as well. The same, but evolved.
07. In what ways did the composition works of Feral develop in general and how do you prepare them?
As I said earlier, we rehearse a lot before recording. Everyone gets to have their input on the songs while we are working on them in the rehearsal room, but before that most songs are finished in a rough version by a single composer, or sometimes two of us working together on a song. Usually it’s be or Viktor coming up with a pretty much finished concept for a track, but we and Markus work together quite often as well. I think Markus was involved in some way in all tracks that are credited to me on the album. I’ll have to look at the booklet, but I think that is the case. Sebastian joined the band so late in the process that he didn’t manage to contribute any material for the album, but he has already written some really promising stuff for the next one and it feels great to have an additional source of material at this point. He really gets what kind of stuff we are working towards. For “Flesh for Funerals Eternal” we have put even more focus on the minor details than even before, and I think it shows. There should be a lot of stuff happening the background that you can discover after several listens.
08. Your music is a great mix of so called Old School Swedish Death Metal in the veins of old Entombed/ Dismember sound. What determines the proportions of this style in your music? What do you do that your albums are so consistent?
We have a lot of other influences as well. I am very much into classic heavy metal, as well as old German speed- and thrash metal as well. Viktor is a huge fan of prog rock, which I think shines through in his bass playing, and Markus is probably the one of us that is the most into punk. I think all of our influences combined with our love of old school- and Swedish death metal makes out the sound of Feral. Letting our other influences be a part of it all is very important and helps us carve our own identity in an otherwise crowded genre. I think there is a lot more interesting bass playing going on in our material than most “OSDM” and we implement backup vocals in a way that is more akin to heavy- or thrash metal bands. The dual guitar solos is also something that I guess we have mainly drawn from our heavy metal and hard rock influences. I think a lot of that stuff goes over people’s heads due to us having the “classic Swedish sound”, people just hear the “sound” and don’t listen to the actual playing sometimes. As for being consistent I guess it is due to us from the beginning only playing the stuff that we actually want to play regardless of the “old school” genre being on the rise when we released our first album or it probably having reached some sort of height a couple of years back. We love death metal, and that is not going to change.
09. Let’s talk about the lyrics. Could you tell me what is the most important thing to do a good lyric in your case?
I write most of the lyrics and I like having a narrative. Viktor sometimes contributes lyrics to a song or two per album, but he’s very much in the same way. Each song usually has a self-contained story within itself, with a beginning, a middle and an end. In death metal the lyrics are often overlooked, and in that way maybe not as important as in other genres of metal. But for me as a vocalist I wouldn’t want to just sing “cool words” stacked on top of each other. I don’t claim to be any type of lyrical genius, but I want the songs to have a structure and a narrative, even if a simple on, for those who actually care about it. And for those who don’t care about the lyrics I guess it in no way makes the songs worse that I put a little more work into them than what maybe is needed. A good lyrics for me has a structure and a story, and hopefully a punchline or climax in the end or chorus. A bad lyric for me is when you can tell that the song isn’t actually about anything, or that the lyrics are very broad or general in terms of subject.
10. What’s the Feral plan to do in the future? Touring Soon? Where and with who?
No tour plans at the moment, we hope that we will be able to book some cool shows this year and that maybe the album will open some new doors for us. But with us all being family-men with full-time jobs I don’t see us doing any extensive touring at this time. 2018 was very good to us show-wise, with not so many gigs, but the ones we played were of high quality. Hopefully 2019 will bring something along the same lines, or even better.
11. Feral have 3 full length studio albums in their discography and one EP . Which one is the most important record in your career ? Is there a moment in your career that you will never forget ?
Of course the first album was huge for us, and a great achievement for a small band in northern Sweden to actually get to make an album and release it through a respectable label. But all in all I think “Where Dead Dreams Dwell” marked a highpoint in our career and cemented a place for us in the death metal scene, as I said earlier it was kind of our last attempt to get the band going again after a couple of hard years. But if “Flesh for Funerals Eternal” will be remembered as our magnus opus in the future, I think it is worthy of that title even if I know we have a lot of new promising material in the pipeline already. Moments in my career that I will never forget is the fantastic time I’ve had, and hopefully will continue to have, with the guys in the band. They really are the best guys I know and it’s great that we get to do this stuff together and that we all came together in our passion for the music and get to do it at this level, making albums and playing shows.
12. What's the difference between the underground metal scene when you started the band and now?
There’s been a slow shift. I think we were about the last generation of bands, in Sweden at least, that made physical demos and sold at shows and sent them through mail around the world. At our point it was obviously CD’s and not cassettes, but a physical product nonetheless. I’m glad to see that the physical stuff is still around even in this digital age, but I don’t think that there are a lot of new bands, at least bands that aren’t purposely doing things in an “old school” way, that make physical demos at this point. With bandcamp and all other options that are around nowadays. Death metal and its likes are special in that way of course though. Other than the way the music manifests itself, be it CD’s or digital streaming, I think it’s the same close-knit scene as I remember it from 10+ years back. Most bands know each other, or at least if I want to get in touch with a bands I probably know someone else that can help me reach out to them, and vice versa. The underground supports the underground, and that’s how it has survived until today from way before I was ever involved.
13. Have you ever thought of stopping to play music and starting something completely different? What would you be doing if not playing music?
Never. I have a lot of other things I like to do, but nothing that rivals the passion I have for music. Besides my family of course. I do like drawing, but there are years between when I find the time for it. I guess that if I didn’t play music I’d find more time for that. Reading is something that I like doing in my spare time, both fiction and history, maybe I’d study history or something. Or maybe even focus on starting up a ‘zine myself! I have a need of doing something creative, that I know for sure. I wouldn’t be happy just working, eating, sleeping and repeating. Life is what happens between all that, and that time I want to spend with my family and creating.
14. Your final words to the readers of Oath Zine Serbia ? Anything about band's merchandise? thx for the interview and good luck
Thanks a lot for the interview, it was a pleasure! All the bands merch and albums can be ordered directly through the band and we very much appreciate the support. We hope that we will have the honour to visit our Serbian fans in the future, cheers guys!

Interview with ... TORTURIZED

TORTURIZED was formed in Magdeburg, Saxony Anhalt, Germany in 2001. You released two demos "Falsche Wahrheit’’" and "Promo" during two years (2003-2004). Could you give us a brief overview of the highpoints, lowpoints and challenges you faced during these early days?
Siggi -
It’s right, we formed in 2001.
This line up stayed together until 2005. Due to professional circumstances, there were some changes in the line up of Torturized between 2005 and 2010.
Then, we remained together in this constellation until 2014. In 2015, Peter, our latest change, joined the band on bass guitar. This is the current line up. Highpoints are definitely our shows at Summer Breeze 2010 and also at the Metal Frenzy 2016, but every show and every recording session is a highpoint for Torturized.
There had been no too serious lowpoints at Torturized yet. We stand for continuous musical creativity and for a high-quality live presence. This is exactly what we want to continue.
TORTURIZED had a many personal changes from the band’s foundation... What is the main reason for this??
Siggi -
There is no single explicit reason for this. We all lived and still live in different personal circumstances that, of course, affect our daily lifes.
Every line up change was caused by a number of different reasons being mainly family and job related issues. Luckily, there never were serious difficulties on a personal level.
Tell us more about what makes the style of TORTURIZED...Let’s talk about influences and more...
Siggi -
A lot of influences coming from different styles of metal music
The main influences can definitely be found in Death metal but we also dig some Black metal bands. There is so much music out there. All these genres have so many sub-genres. Every member has different favorites. But there is a common denominator, so to say. Overall, it seems that we prefer Death metal that doesn’t have the oldschool touch but rather focuses on more technical nuances.
Regarding our lyrics, local and world wide events / news, TV, social media can be seen as some kind of influence. Roughly speaking, it is about society.
You play Death Metal with some brutal DM touch... What does ‘’Death Metal’’ and everyday brutalities mean for you? Do you think Death metal needs some part of originality, personality and own deeper ideas
Siggi -
Death metal is raw and doesn’t portray hidden secrets which we surely like
Everyone handles this daily brutality his/her own way
Nowadays or on our latest record, Omnivore, we try to deal with society including ourselves in our music
We don’t care about originality and other deeper ideas so much if we just want to come to terms with personally and sometimes even globally made experiences
Also, Death metal is some kind of genre only, musically speaking, that is from a musician’s point of view very interesting. It is challenging and fun to play at the same time. So, it is not only about the genre’s roots and the deeper meaning of it. It is music with some typical and sometimes new elements.
"Uncontrollable Hours" is your first album and was released in 2006. For those who didn't have the opportunity to listen to this piece of DM, what can you tell to awake their interest?
Siggi -
It’s the first LP we did.
A product of what we wanted to do at this point in time for a long time.
A couple of songs which were written and performed years before we were able to record them. So it represents some of our first ideas. It is pretty straightforward with a little bit more groovy sections. This record is still very anticipated by our fans. We sometimes even perform a song from this record live.
When you write songs, do you focus on the intensity and energy, brutal sounding riffs, catchy sounding parts... What do you have in mind, what's your goal during the process of creation?
Siggi -
It is a mixture of these components. We often have a rough idea of how a song should sound like. Sometimes we completely want to go nuts and there are times when we like to focus on more complex arrangements on a deeper level. Therefore, each riff or section stands for itself with this overall feeling. And then we think in structuring elements like main riff, bridge riff and so on, in order to come up with a complete song. Sometimes these things happen by accident. But when we come up with a cool idea, e. g., a catchy sounding part, we then try to incorporate one or more repetitions of this idea or we like to come up with tiny derivations of this specific concept. But this is pretty common. There is no fancy magic behind it.
Authenticity is a big issue for us. We like to identify us with our music. Of course, this is very challenging because of different interests and ideas during the creation, but overall, this pretty much works for all of us.
Regarding our lyrics, there’s a little leaning towards misanthropy and humankind’s aftermath for everything on this planet
Your second album "Omnivore" was recently released. 
Tell us a bit more about the album title ‘’Omnivore’’ and its meaning in your Death metal context?
Siggi -
Death as a person
Eating everyone and everything
The ultimate end
Can you tell us more about the place where it was recorded?
Siggi -
The drums were recorded at Nekrowerk Studio in Nordhausen, Germany. Our good friend Seifo was our sound engineer. All we needed was a decent recording room and decent recording equipment. Therefore, we never searched for an alternative for drums recording.
Guitars, bass, vocals and samples were recorded / done at Lu’s home in a private environment with a pretty simple setup.
The fast beats on ‘’Omnivore’’ are faster than the usual Death metal beats, it's a bit accelerated and in a way it could be considered as some blast beats. Do you feel this element as some kind of blasts, and could feel close to Grind or Brutal DM?
Siggi -
Blast beats are definitely an element we love to use, yes. This is so common. For us, blast beats are one of the typical elements of Death metal music. Of course, we don’t talk about the oldschool Death metal field right now.
We like it brutal, we like it fast, and we also like some grooves. But to be honest, there are so many bands out there that are way faster and way more brutal. And we don’t see our music as Brutal death metal or Grind or Death grind or whatever (referring to the genres).
Could you say how TORTURIZED sounds live? During gigs do you pay more attention to the neat technical rendering, to the brutal emotional impact or to the stage performance?
Siggi -
A summary of all, because a good performance includes everything of the named attributes. The overall goal is pure enjoyment during our performance – for us and for the fans. There is a dependency. If we deliver everything we can with a lot of energy, correctness, and emotions, the fans actually do feel it and throw back their joy. This strengthens the whole experience and show. This is our philosophy and job. 
Of course, it’s nearly impossible to reach 100% in all areas each gig, but we try.
Can you tell us a bit about the creator of ‘’Omnivore’’ cover and how this artwork occurred to take form? Is this an old school painting or a digital work?
Siggi -
The creator of the “Omnivore” cover is Chris Cold, a very pleasant and friendly person.
We sent him our ideas and he did everything step by step. The cover is a digital work but also bears a high resemblance to a painted cover. But that was the decisive point for us. The quality of Chris Cold’s work is just great.
There's currently a new wave of Death metal bands in Germany. What are your feelings about it? Does it awake some old nostalgic feelings or it's not really the kind of metal to awake your interest?
Siggi -
We notice all these ongoing developments in the scene and sometimes we already play some gigs with these bands and respect their style.
Germany has many very good and even very popular Death metal bands focusing on different sub-genres. This is pretty exciting and cool. If the music is well performed, you simply have to respect that but, of course, you don’t need to like the specific music.
But in the end, we focus on our interpretations and style.
If you had to represent Death metal with a picture, a painting, sculpture or maybe a "famous" piece of art, what would you choose? (It could be an imaginary picture).
Siggi -
Just look at our cover artwork from our latest release Omnivore
What's to come from TORTURIZED in the following months? 
Will there be merchandising or something else?
Siggi -
Some weeks ago, we were on a small tour. This was fun. And there will be more shows in the future. There are already upcoming shows on our list. Here and there, we also work on new ideas in their very early stages.
We have merchandise to buy. Just visit

Thx for the interview and stay brutal !!!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Interview with HULDRE by Alex

You have been in business for a while now, to be exact from the beginning of 2006. But do you still know how it started?

Bjarne: Some details are a bit hazy by now, it was a long process, but a looong time ago me and Nanna got to talking about our dream of making a folkmetal. We got some people together for one meeting and realized that it wouldn’t work haha.
So little bit later Nanna got to talking with people in the medieval band Gny (where Laura plays violin) and she also wanted to try this folk metal thing, so the three of us started getting a band together. Between 2006 and 2009 we went through a couple of various lineups and exploring the musical style that we wanted,  with people releasing they weren’t that into the style before we finally found the right people, that shared our vision and ideas for a great folk metal. But even though we had those years of exploration it wasn’t really until our 2009 lineup that Huldre was truly created and things started taking off.  

What does the name of the band – Huldre, mean and how does it reflect what you’re about?

Laura: Since a Huldre is a forest creature (primarily female) from Nordic folk lore that lures men with music and kills them if they don't satisfy her I think it's very suitable for our band 

Bjarne: Yeah, we found the name fitting for a music group of our kind, since elves generally, in nordic folklore, were also known for luring people into neverending parties inside hills and underground, besides the specifics of the Huldre. 

Band’s member played in other bands before Huldre... How did you get into your first band or bands? What was the name of this band and what music did you play?

Laura: first ensemble was a chamber orchestra playing classic music as well as traditional Danish folk music. First "real" band was called Fenris - a band where we played Irish Folk Punk

Bjarne: My first band was called “Suicide Something”… I think. We were very very young, played in my parents barn and did a valiant attempt at mixing grunge and metal as only 14 year old angry teenagers in the mid 90’s can do. 

Nanna: I have played in some folk/rock/metal/trash bands before and I was co-founder of my first metal/rock band I had in highschool.

Is it hard to get out of Denmark singing in the language you choose instead of the almost universal English?

Bjarne: I don’t think the language is any barrier when you play folk metal. If you look at other bands in the genre you see all kinds of bands using their native languages and still going on big tours

Nanna: Now I think about it, I have actually never thought that singing in Danish could be an issue for playing in other countries. It is very naturally to sing and write lyrics in Danish. Especially with our folk inspired genre, singing in our mother tongue will maybe give it even more authentic atmosphere. 

It took you a long time from 2012 until 2016, how hard was it to get it all worked out and start building up?

Nanna: We have spent a lot of rehearsals working on new songs but also give life to songs we started on a long time ago. Sometimes we can put a song away for many years or change a song many times before we all agree. From we start and till we finish a song everyone has to be satisfied with the result. It is very interesting but it also takes a lot of time. The result is that we all lay our hands and hearts in the songs 

Bjarne: I think a lot of stuff happened and time kind of just slipped. We always try to be very active live and when you are rehearsing for gigs all the time, you sometimes forget to spend time on composing. Our debut album was also very well received which helped the gigs happen, and especially in 2014 and 15 when we got third place in Wacken Metal Battle, we became very active live. So in late ’15 we decided to do a focused effort on getting Tusmørke finished and recorded and get it out there.
Some of the tracks on the album have even been played live for 2-3 years before we recorded them

How pleased are you with your previous record ‘’Intet menneskebarn’’? What has it done for the band so far?

Bjarne: Quite pleased still, yeah. We learned a lot about a lot of processes involved with writing and releasing an album like that ourselves. The album has gotten us quite far, farther that most bands might get on the debut album. As our bio tells we managed to somehow stay relevant for 4 years following that release so we must have done something right, haha. 

Nanna: We were all pleased with our debut album, but I remember we were very curious about the public’s reaction to our music. But we couldn’t have wished for a better reception from the audience and we got very fine reviews. Hard work and self-promotion, and people who believed in us lead us to where we are now.  

How do you define the metal you play ?

Laura: Genuine Nordic folk metal

Bjarne: Yeah, to sound like a kliche: Trve Nordic Folk Metal haha. We do our best to merge the two genres 50/50 and find the synergetic effect of both genres on each other, rather than sprinkling stuff over melodic death metal and calling it folk metal. 

What band(s) have been the most prolific in shaping your sound? Where do you draw influences from?

Bjarne: None, really. It may sound boring, but we compose music as a consensus and as such there are not any music that influences us as a group. There are a lot of influences on an individual level, and you can probably find some of those influences in sporadic traces on our albums, but as a group we don’t draw inspiration from any single sources. 

Nanna: We all have different influences, I am inspired by Doom metal and old ballads and Nordic folk. And nature 

Do you as a band follow a specific musical ideology?

Laura: Every bandmember should be content with a track before we declare it for done but except for that we don't have any dogmas or other strict rules about our compositions or creative processes.

Nanna: I mentioned it a bit in one of the questions before, but it is important that we all have a part and heart in the music and the composition. We also agree that we work with the inspiration of folk, metal and folklore and the expression in the moods of the songs can change a lot from part to part.

You have released a new album this month, ‘’Tusmørke’’. What was the creative process?

Bjarne: Very long hah. Well, as mentioned elsewhere the creative process for us is quite long. Some tracks were done quite soon after the release of Intet Menneskebarn and have been with us live for years, while others were done closer to recording the album. Some ideas were jammed out, then put away for years as well, before being brought out again and made into full songs. I think it was towards the end of 2015 we decided to finally finish the album and get it recorded, so we booked a studio time, created a deadline for ourselves, and started focussing on finishing and polishing what we had.

What are the themes in your songs? And do you write the songs themselves? What comes first: melody or text?

Nanna: There are many lyrical themes in the songs, but many of the themes are the same: death, sorrow, love, sadness, changing from human to beast, or beast to human.
We write all our songs ourselves. Sometimes one of us comes up with a melody or a riff and we all bring our ideas to it, or we jam and something comes up and we continue working on it more focused.
Most of the time we make the melody first and I make the lyrics afterwards. There are two songs where the lyrics are taken from old Danish ballads and we made new melodies based on the lyrical content.

Let’s talk about your brandnew album ‘’Tusmørke’’... can you talk us through the album, track by track, and explain what the songs are all about?

Nanna: There are many themes in the songs and sometimes people get something different out of the lyrics and I think it can be dangerous to tell too much about the meaning of the lyrics. I have tried to illustrate some short expressions and keywords instead. 

1.       Jagt
“Hunt”. Ancestors walking north following the reindeers, hunting and searching for adventure, loneliness, wilderness

2.       Hindeham
“The Maiden Hind”. A brother shoots a deer with his bow and arrow and recognizes that it is his sister who has been changed into a deer. He cuts off his fingers, she drinks his blood and turns into a human again.
3.       Varulv
A woman is going to be married, but she is cursed and told she will meet a wolf on her wedding day. Her groom give her his sword and let her ride alone through the forest. On her way she meets the wolf. Her Groom hears her screaming and rides out to rescue her, but he only finds her bloody dress
4.       Underjordisk
Underworld streams and lakes, soil, depression, sunlight
5.       Skifting
“Changeling”. Old beliefs and advice about how to you avoid a newborn child is taken by the trolls and replaced with one of their own.
6.       Fæstemand
“Husband” in old Danish.
A young newlywed girl cries a lot because her husband just died. The dead husband hear her crying and step out of his grave to visit her. She let him in and ask him if she can come with him to the grave.
7.       Mørke
“Darkness”. Old pagan gods riding through the dark
8.       Tæring
Old Danish word for Tuberculosis. A woman stands at the hill waiting for her boyfriend, a sailor she is going to marry. When the ship reaches the coast all on board are dead.
9.       Nattesorg
An elvish woman falls in love with a human man, the love is shortlived and not requited and she kills him

Can you still remember your first concert, which you played with the respective band?

Laura: Yes - it was at a metal venue in Copenhagen with the most prominent Danish folk metal band at that time (Svartsot). It was fun but we had a lot of fuck-ups so got really drunk afterwards

Nanna: uh yes it was a support for the Danish folk metal band Svartsot at a Danish club called “The rock”, (oh I miss that place, which doesn’t exist anymore). We were so excited and had no idea about how the audience would react to our music, and we were lucky, they liked us ;-)

Describe to me how your music has changed in recent years and how it has changed you personally.

Bjarne: From Intet Menneskebarn to Tusmørke I think the biggest change is in our approach to composing. We used to be slightly anarchistic and have a lot of melodies fighting for attention in the mix of the first album, but we learned from that and as we composed new material we really focused on giving each melody the space and support it needed.
Personally, I think we have gotten a lot of experience in dealing with various situations, be it live or in the rehearsal space and a lot of us have gotten quite a lot of management and booking experience by now 

What equipment do you use? Do you have some endorsement contracts?

Laura: I'm playing an electric violin from Bridge Instruments in England and use a Boss pedalboard for the sound FX. I'm currently testing whether I should be part of a violin mic endorsement so that I might be able to use my acoustic violin from time to time.

Bjarne: No endorsement contracts (yet) but I have a semi-custom Sandberg California TT5 bass, a (classic) Hartke HA3500 workhorse of an amp, with a Hartke 2x15 cab and a  Markbass 4x10 cab. On the pedal front I got a vintage “Morley Power Wah Fuzz”, A Lone Wolf “Plague Rat” distortion, and an Electro Harmonix Deluxe Bass “Big Muff Pi”. 

What is the Danish metal and rock scene? Can you recommend a couple of bands and rock metal clubs ?

Bjarne: hmm let me think. Well on the club front it hasn’t been quite as good as back when “The Rock” existed, but we have some quality watering holes in Copenhagen like Voodoo Lounge, Zeppelin bar, High Voltage and Escobar (also found in Århus).
On the band front it’s always hard to point at any specific bands, but if you are into black I would recommend bands like Solbrud and Eldjudnir and if you are into thrash maybe bands like Velociter and Impalers. If you are into death metal you might like Baest, although they drank all of our beers last time we played with them haha J And if you are into doom, stuff like Hamferd (from the Faeroese Islands) or Woebegone Obscured, or if you are into oldschool rock, bands like SEA, but really, there are too many to recommend. The quality of the Danish scene is fairly high. 

What’s next for Huldre?  Any plans for any European dates to support the album’s release, for example?

Bjarne: Currently we are doing as many gigs as we can get our hands on. There are always plans for gigs 

Thank you for taking the time to answer the questions.  The last words are yours.

Bjarne: Thanks you for your time and hope to see you around