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
 “Werewolf”
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
“Underground”
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
“Nightsorrow”
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 


Thursday, March 2, 2017

SOUNDS OF AWAKENING 2017



SOUNDS OF AWAKENING EXTREME MUSIC FESTIVAL, SOMBOR, SERBIA


2 DAY TICKET:

05.01.2017. - 31.03.2017. - 1000RSD (9 EUROS)
01.04.2017. - 18.05.2017. - 1300RSD (13 EUROS)
AT THE DOOR - 1500RSD (15 EUROS)


RUNNING ORDER:

FRIDAY:

LOWER PARTS OF HUMAN SLUDGE - 20:30-21:15
DEFIANT - 21:30 - 22:15
GUTTED - 22:30 - 23:15
!!!EXORCISM CONTEST!!! - 23:15 - 00:00
VxPxOxAxAxWxAxMxC - 00:00 - 00:45
EPICARDIECTOMY - 01:00 - 02:00

SATURDAY:

KRAMPÜS - 20:30-21:15
FORMLESS TERROR - 21:30 - 22:15
ENTHRALLMENT - 22:30 - 23:15
!!!BEER BONG CONTEST!!! - 23:15 - 00:00
KRAANIUM - 00:00 - 01:00
CLITGORE - 01:15 - 02:00




KRAANIUM - Brutal Death Metal - Oslo, Bristol, Essex (NOR)
https://www.facebook.com/kraaniumslam/timeline
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZl-i8FUtj8

EPICARDIECTOMY - Guttural Buldozer Slam Brutality - Prague (CZE)
https://www.facebook.com/epicardiectomy/timeline
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nkp48SZ0Gf4

ENTHRALLMENT - Death Metal - Pleven (BGR)
https://www.facebook.com/Enthrallment/timeline
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-Hy5IndkqA

VxPxOxAxAxWxAxMxC - Goregrind/Slamdeath - Linz (AUT)
https://www.facebook.com/VxPxOxAxAxWxAxMxCx/timeline
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGo6q9awtMU

GUTTED - Death Metal - Székesfehérvár (HU)
https://www.facebook.com/guttedhorde/timeline
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lwwk1PzIfpQ

FORMLESS TERROR - Brutal Death Metal - Skopje (MKD)
https://www.facebook.com/Formless-Terror-187702914113/timeline
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e7CXq3JHdQQ

CLITGORE - Goregrind - Alba-Iulia, Cluj Napoca (ROM)
https://www.facebook.com/c1itgore/info/?tab=page_info
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7VWDb4q0ak

DEFIANT - Death/Black Metal - Požega / Osijek (CRO)
https://www.facebook.com/defiant.croatia/timeline
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kE8zoXtTaLw

KRAMPÜS - Death Metal/Grindcore - Veszprém (HU)
https://www.facebook.com/Krampüs-131436373595895/info/?tab=page_info
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQKrK7I52fM

LOWER PARTS OF HUMAN SLUDGE - Brutal/Slam/Grind - Sombor (SRB)
https://www.facebook.com/Lower-Parts-of-Human-Sludge-308596889282036/?fref=ts
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTrBIaZjIW4

Interview with WES, BLASPHERIAN





BLASPHERIAN formed back in 2004... What is the origin of the band's name? Why did you choose BLASPHERIAN as the band's name?

Wes- Basically ,I had an idea for a song title...in another band...the idea was 'blaspheria" and really i was thinking about that title,decided to ad the 'n' at the end and we liked it ! it was that easy!

What were the early influences on your playing and songwriting, both individually and as a band?

Wes- Altogether I'd say old school death metal! IMMOLATION...INCANTATION...OLD DEICIDE...OLD MORBID ANGEL!
oh and also one of my older bands as well...IMPRECATION!

You've had some line-up changes, why did the others leave the band? And how long did it take to find their replacements?

Wes- People come and go....I've come to the conclusion that's just the way it's gonna be,people decide to do different things with their lives......usually doesn't take too long, and usually it's a good thing when someone decides to leave,or gets kicked out,it's always for the best....

You were involved in a few bands before this one, including well known Death Metal band IMPRECATION. What are the differences between BLASPHERIAN and IMPRECATION? 

Wes- The two bands are very similar,but one obvious difference would be my writing,compared to their drummer,Ruben's writing...it really is different if you listen closely....

You were on the "Bestial Necromancy" tape put out by Black Vomit Records . Do compilations help promotion these days?

Wes- Yes! we love to participate in comps and split releases! it's fun to write for a specific release,and work on the cover,and have releases with our friends in other bands....

Approximately how long did it take you to write the songs that were on the EP’s, demos, and the songs that are going to be on the full-length?

Wes- We take a long time to write...mainly due to that fact we all live so far apart! i wish the writing process was quicker because if it were we'd have more releases out....

Will you ever press your demos on cassettes? Can people still get hold of any of your demo releases, if so how?

Wes- Well the 'summoning of infernal hordes ' demo is included on the 'infernal warriors of death' c.d. as bonus, also we're gonna press our unreleased 2008 demo and the 2006 demo together on 12" vinyl soon...

Your first full length studio album "Infernal Warriors of Death" was released 4 years ago...Please tell us a bit about this album is your own words? What are your fave tracks on the album and why?

Wes- Basically was the best material we had at the time....i wish we had another singer on that release, as the douche we had is such an unprofessional weakling,it made recording a pain in the ass.and his lyrics sucked as well. So lets say if there was something we could change it would be that for sure.

The production on the ''Infernal Warriors...'' is great, very heavy, what made you choose that particular studio for this album?

Wes- We wanted a raw heavy production...and its the only studio,at that time we had recorded in.So it seemed the perfect choice to go where we felt comfortable...we no longer use that studio,the guy that runs it is an asshole,so we'eve moved on....

Have the values of metal music changed from the early 90s? How, and what does it make you think?

Wes- I think they have in terms of a lot more metal fans are super inclusionary...by that i mean it seems like a lot of newer metal fans like everything,from slipknot,slayer to the underground.I think that's weak, metalheads are supposed to be elitists,and weak metal needs to be exterminated.So...hail to all the true! all the real metal fans that collect vinyl..patches, and uphold the true traditions of metal!

Is it hard for you to create new riffs, ideas, songs and a “voice” for yourselves in old school Death Metal, since so much of the genre was established before?

Wes- I don't think so,I've done this for so long...it's really about a feeling ...of darkness and heaviness....as well as aggression....

BLASPHERIAN deal with the satanic topics... how seriously to do you take the whole satanic aspect of the band?

Wes- Very ....we stand behind our music and lyrics 100%,our ideals are anti christian and anti religious,we believe in that 100%

In your opinion what should Death Metal sound like?

Wes- Heavy...dark...evil...mighty....powerful....and anti religious.

What is your local scene like? Any local bands you care to recommend?

Wes- There are some killer bands in Texas at the moment....HOD, Morgengrau, Satanic Goat Ritual,Obeisance ...of course my friends in IMPRECATION as well!

''Allegiance to the Will of Damnation'' EP was released in 2007 in few different version - CD and 12'' vinyl, reissued in 2009 (with 7 songs) and 2010 (with 9 songs). Tell us more about this EP...

Wes- Was our first attempt in the studio...came our dark and heavy,i think we are happy with this release,for our first release i think it cane out GREAT!

What about splits with IMPRECATION, ADUMUS and EVIL INCARNATE?

Wes- Those opportunities came about for those releases and we jumped on them....the split with ADUMUS is notable,mainly because it was financed by the two bands,so it's an independent release in every sense of the term....we pressed 666 copies and our copies are all gone...sold the last 60 on tour in Europe....

Why did you guys decide to sign with Iron Bonehead Productions, and are you in a contract with them for more then just ''Upon The Throne... Of Eternal Blasphemous Death''7'' vinyl EP? 

Wes- Well we were originally gonna do a split with Chile's GODLESS,things didn't work out for that release so we decided to do our own 7" instead....iron bonehead was the perfect choice for a label for us as we wanted it to be released in Europe,and on a killer label ...which Iron Bonehead is...total quality and easy to work with...

How has the fan reaction to the ''Upon The Throne...'' been to you guys?

Wes- The reaction has been great..all review have been positive...and there seems to be a demand for the ep as well!

Which label would you prefer as your ideal for releasing BLASPHERIAN material?

Wes- Well at the moment it's possible we will be working with a bigger U.S. label for another full length,not gonna say which one yet....but I'm fairly certain it's gonna happen...

Do you conduct any band business through internet and mail, such as sending demos and other promotional material?

Wes-Yes,at the bands expense we do it all the time.But i usually send out c.d.'r as its too expensive to send out actual product.

How is your gigging situation? Are you played live so much last years and where?

Wes- Well it's slowed down dude to some of us having families...but,it's gonna pick up as we;re available to be flown out for shows...as for years past...the highlight to us would be our European tour 2013....that was amazing!

What would you submit as the proudest moment you've had in BLASPHERIAN thus far?

Wes- Probably as i just mentioned our Euro tour 2013...that was amazing .....totally killer response and all the shows were killer....all our releases are another highlight,we're happy to be able to release exactly what we want!

What do you have planned for 2015? Maybe new full length album?...

Wes- Yes! we are working on new songs as i write this for another full length! it will be titled 'REBORN THROUGH THE BLACK FLAMES OF LUCIFER' ...and also we have a couple more split releases coming as well....a split 7" with IN LEAGUE WITH SATAN,and more....

Last words are yours.. Tell us how people can contact you, check our your music, buy merch etc

Wes- You can always contact us through our facebook page...
https://www.facebook.com/blaspherian
THANKS FOR THE INTERVIEW! HAIL THE METAL OF DEATH!
Blaspherian

Interview with SCARAB





1.Great cheers from Serbia...For the first time- please introduce the band.

SAYED: Cheers from Egypt, our friend! We are the Egyptian Death Metal band "Scarab" and we have been together for 9 years now, since 2006 and even before that... since we were under the name "Hate Suffocation". We have released two full length's so far, "Blinding the Masses" and "Serpents of the Nile".

2. First band's name was Hate Suffocation. Why you changed band's name in Scarab?

SAYED: When Al Sharif Marzeban started the whole thing, he was looking to meet musicians in alignment with his dedication and his goals. The lineup had to be changed many times until Hatem El Akkad joined, followed by Tarek Amr Later on, They are both the oldest Scarab Members since Hate suffocation. Later on, Mohamed El Sherbeiny joined followed by Sammy Sayed. It was obvious that the band has gathered a completely different aura by then, and we had to change the name into something that really fits our identity and our energy as a band. We changed the name into "Scarab", The Ancient Egyptian eternal archetype. It was inevitable that we get influenced by the spirit of Ancient Egypt and just by uniting with the Ancient wisdom, we became heavily influenced, and everything flew out from there!

3.I was in Egypt last year on summer holidays and I know that Egypt is Islamic country. How difficult is it to make Death Metal (or any kind of Metal) in a country in which Islam plays a key role in every aspect of society?

SAYED: It depends on which part of Egypt you were, the Metal Scene here in Cairo is expanding and getting more accepted than any other area in Egypt, and so is the case with Alexandria as well, although we do not hear of shows being held there like before, but Alexandria always had a strong art scene in general, and somehow in the end it all flows towards Cairo. There will always be at least a Metal show or two in Cairo a month and sometimes more. The metal scene here is definitely minor and underground, and to be honest, Metal in general isn't a mainstream type of music and it shouldn't!!!! Egypt has a lot in it my friend, it is almost like the chaos sphere, meaning that there is everything and nothing at the same time, with infinite possibilities... you cannot judge from a visit! It is the land where all mysticism and religion rose for the magic it holds within it, the matter is much wider than what anyone may think or condemn.
P.S. Not everything the media projects is necessarily the complete truth about anything.

4. What types of music are you guys influence by and what inspires you?

SAYED: We are inspired by a lot, and not necessarily a certain genre in music.We all have different tastes in music and different bands that we listen to. Our daily lives and the spirit of Egypt and Ancient Egypt is what inspires us more, to channel and write down the music all together. Anything can inspire us literally, and itis limitless. But we have always been into bands such as Morbid Angel, Nile, Behemoth, Gojira, Immolation, Malevolent Creation, Monstrosity, Bloodbath, and the list will continue! This all does not mean that it is our influence or inspiration in writing our music and we described, these are just bands that we like!

5. You released your previous album ''Blinding The Masses'' in 2009. What is the main reason for this long period of silence of the Scarab?

SAYED: ''Blinding the Masses'' was self-released locally in 2009, then later in 2010 it was released worldwide through ''Osmose Productions''. In 2011, we started recording "Serpents of the Nile" and we were done with it by the end of the same year. We have been performing abroad yearly in big festivals to promote our band and spread the energy! And all of our performances were a total success. Meanwhile, we were sending out "Serpents of the Nile" to record labels, and we have received a few replies. Some of them was along the doubt tone that a Death Metal band from Egypt can be really active and continue to write music. They liked the release but since they didn't want to risk it, they asked us to send our upcoming release. Others replied with deals that should not even be worth considering. Meanwhile we were even writing newer material. Time is relative; Scarab is always keeping busy!

6. What is the difference between ''Blinding The Masses'' and new album ''Serpents Of The Nile''? Are you evolved as a band musically and lyrically?

SAYED: "Blinding the Masses" & "Serpents of the Nile" are both connected. In Blinding the Masses the energy as a whole summons a fierce outer rebellion upon anything that can strip you from your own freedom as a human being. While "Serpents of the Nile" is the natural evolution of that same concept, more of an understanding, and an inner rebellion within the self, knowing that nothing around you will change unless you truly project the change from within, an inner revolution that takes us toward greater initiations. Both concepts of course are expressed in the music as much as they are in the lyrics in both albums. Our music is naturally channeled and written automatically without too much thinking, we analyze the meaning as we are in the process of writing or maybe even later sometimes...that's the enigmatic part for us.

7. Tell me more about the lyrics of the each song on the ''Serpents Of The Nile'' album.

SAYED: To be honest with you, everyone should listen to the music and read the lyrics and make their own interpretation, the one that may resonate with them. What we can say is that "Serpents of the Nile" is an individual journey of a man seeks to attain a greater wisdom through conversations with both, the higher and the lower self. This takes him towards initiations through meeting Gods and Goddesses throughout his journey. That is of course symbolically expressed in the music, lyrics and also the album's magical artwork. Yet, everyone should really find out their own interpretation, if they will to do so.

8. Cover artwork on the ''Serpents of The Nile'' is amazing... Are you satisfied with Rusalka design work?

SAYED: Working with ''Rusalka design'' couldn't be more magical. All we did was to explain the concept we had in mind, and the symbolic meanings, and that was it! He completely got the energy and the idea. He created the right artwork that fits the energy and meanings behind "Serpents of the Nile" and we are definitely satisfied with it!
You can check the artwork through this link:
https://www.behance.net/…/22139…/Scarab-Serpents-Of-The-Nile

9. Please explain how the album was recorded. I think, it's surprising to see that there are studios in Egypt that can produce Death Metal albums.

SAYED: Nothing that should surprise you, when there is a will, there are infinite ways. We recorded the album with Alan Hurly in Cairo/Egypt he is one of the promising Metal producers in Egypt, and also one of our close friends. We did the recording and the mixing with him, and we mastered the album with one of the best mastering & recording studios for metal, Hertz Studio in Poland.

10.''Blinding the Masses' was released by ''Osmose Productions'', and ''Serpents Of The Nile''was released by ''ViciSolum Productions''. Why you changed the label? Are you satisfied with the ''Osmose''?? How you made a deal with the Sweden ''ViciSolum Prod.''?

SAYED: ''Osmose Productions'' has given us a great push and initiated us. It was more of a distribution deal than a record label. Because of that, "Blinding the Masses" was available internationally and which has helped in a great part of financing our album "Serpents of the Nile". On the other hand, ''Vicisolum Productions''is our record label now, and through it we have also released ''Serpents of the Nile'' worldwide. When we sent out ''Serpents of the Nile'' to ''Vicisolum'', they liked it a lot and understood us as a band, we are both in great alignment. Both albums are available for purchase, ''Blinding the Masses'' through ''Osmose'', and ''Serpents of the Nile'' through ''Vicisolum''! Now that we’re signed to ''Vicisolum'', we have been getting great exposure! Our spirit is charged and that is manifesting into more material to show up from Scarab. \m/

11. Scarab have played a lot of international shows with some of the biggest metal acts. Which gig was your favorite? How is playing in Egypt different from playing in international venues?

SAYED: We have been performing in international shows abroad since 2009, every show had its value and energy, and they are all just great. We enjoyed all of our performances abroad! Always been receiving an immense support from the audience and the organizers too, and it is always an inspiring experience to be in a place where the nature and energy is new and different. Our favorite is all of them really, but to be honest, the most unique was Metal Days at Tolmin, Slovenia. Such indescribable, amazing nature and atmosphere, it was very magical to perform there!
In Egypt it is different because the Metal Scene is local and underground, the equipment and backline is not that good, and the live sound engineers are not as experienced and knowledgeable as those in international festivals to be honest...but nevertheless, we come up with our own KVLT sound, and there are a few sound engineers that we can trust in producing a sound that is at least understood. Nowadays the organizers are trying to upgrade their standards regarding the backline and equipment, it is getting there! We need more venues that can host metal shows here too... We believe in the law of cause and effect, and since the cause is there, the effect will be happen! The Egyptian Metal Scene is where we rose from, and surly more great bands to come out of it. \m/

12. What are some of your favorite Egyptian bands?

SAYED: We are six members in the band, we will end up writing all of the Egyptian Metal bands with this question, and we do not want to miss anyone. You can check "The Egyptian Metal scene" or "Egypt Metal Scene"facebook pages, it has all the updates you need to know about Egyptian bands. You will find us all in there!

13. What do you want Scarab to have accomplished in years to come?

SAYED: More songs to put out to the world, more knowledge and wisdom to be attained & understood through music. Expanding & evolving with Scarab towards all artistic directions. All this accomplished through the unity with our fan base as a one hive mind! \m/
That's all for this time ... Thanx for the interview , good luck and more good albums in years to come... Cheers!!!

Interview with Kelly DRAWN AND QUARTERED


01. The history of DRAWN AND QUARTERED goes back to 1992 when you formed Plague Bearer with Herb Burke ...Can you give us a brief overview of the history of the both bands? 

Hello! This Kelly Shane Kuciemba answering this interview! Thanks for sharing an interest in our music!

KSK - In the early 1990’s in Seattle some bands had begun to emerge that you would consider death and black metal. I’d been working on some demos and projects and began to network with like-minded people. I formed PLAGUE BEARER in the latter part of 1992. There was a little bit of scene. My band shared a member with DISBELIEF (that became BLOOD RITUAL.) The first PLAGUE BEARER show was with INFESTER, so I met Dario Derna and Beau Galloway back then. They would both figure into the history of DRAWN AND QUARTERED. Herb was in BUTCHERY. In 1993 these bands were all playing shows along with several others from the Pacific North West. The venue was a little dive bar called the LAKE UNION PUB in Seattle WASHINGTON. When my line-up folded, I recruited Herb Burke on vocals and Danny Hodge on bass. I had worked with Dave Procoppio, a drummer. We’d done a demo for SEPTICEMIA. Dave was playing in DISBELIEF. So the 4 of us recorded a demo I produced for PLAGUE BEARER called ‘Bubonic Death”. Very cheaply done and quickly recorded, it was pretty cool. We started doing a few shows and trying to write. It took a few years to get things going after the initial start. After Matt Cason became our drummer in 1994 we became DRAWN AND QUARTERED, and worked on the material that made up our 1996 demo. This thing never really got a good mix, so the production is pretty bad. We started playing shows. In 1998 we re-recorded our songs plus 3 more and eventually had artwork and layout made and put out our demo as our first record ‘To Kill is Human’. It was a $1,000 album recorded in a week-end. We pressed 1,000 copies ourselves, and made a bunch of shirts, hats, stickers, demos, hooded sweatshirts, and shorts! We also did some U.S. tours and a few festivals. By about 2002 we were unable to complete work on our second album, and Matt Cason left the band.

02. What is presently going on with the band? What new things are happening for Drawn and Quartered right now?

KSK - After many years as a 4 piece band our Bass player of 11 years Greg Reeves quit. So at the end of 2008 we basically re-booted the band. Herb took on the bass. We’d been doing a side-project called WINDS OF PESTILENCE for 4 years, Greg had been the drummer and Herb was on Bass and Vocals, so he’d been working on it for a while already. It took us a while to make much progress. We needed Herb to acquire the equipment, he’d borrowed before. Gradually we began to assemble again and make some noise. Instead of learning a set and going to play again, we focus on developing a new sound, and wrote a lot of music that became ‘Feeding Hells Furnace” and the ‘Conquerors of Sodom’ EP. The tracks were finally recorded in 2010. We had the 7” EP released in 2011, and the record came out in 2012. Dario moved away, so DRAWN AND QUARTERED was possibly finished. But Beau Galloway stepped up and I started writing with him on drums. We put together 3 songs based off songs I had been writing before Dario left we never got a chance to complete the recordings for. As we began getting Herb involved, Simon Dorfman stepped up to play drums for us, and Beau would now be able to play guitar. By 2013-2014 we are recording and doing shows. I tracked rhythms for 10 songs. Unfortunately the album was scrapped. Having a second guitar was awesome, but personality conflicts lead to us going back to a 3 piece again. I really wanted to move in new directions but it wasn’t working out. We are very happy now, and have been doing shows and festivals the last couple of years and recording. We have 10 songs we are recording. These are basically demos that I’ll be releasing. I have more songs and another album I want to write and some exciting new ideas and concepts I’ve been inspired by all the recent shows we’ve done. I have a couple of releases planned, some other ideas, and perhaps another full length CD on a label, sometime soon. We have some Festivals and tours planned for 2016.

03. If someone as many years as you was an active member of the metal scene, you're not sometimes bored by the flood of publications?

KSK - There are a lot of music and magazines coming out. I find the bands and people that are real, that are near me. The bands I play shows with, I get to discover. People reach out to me and I hear them, when I am in the mood for that. I have other interests, obligations and responsibilities. So I have some limited time for my music. In the past I dedicated most of my time to music. I have to be a bit more balanced now. There have been a few years where I was not on top of what’s going in in the international metal scene. That would be a full time job. But I am exposed daily to bands from all over thanks to Facebook!

04. What can you tell us about your cover artist Gabriel T. Byrne, who has become a trademark for the band in the meantime. How did you guys get together? How does he work each time to create such chaotic and blasphemous artworks? Why you changed band's logo on ''Feeding Hell's Furnace''?

KSK - There is a bit of history behind the Gabriel T. Byrne connection. It goes back to 1992. In the days when I’m trying to find a drummer for PLAGUE BEARER and Gabriel shows up to try out. He was really good, but felt we were a bit to grind-core for him. We stayed in touch, he was in some bands and was studying art, and did some sketches for me. In 1998 he and Matt were corresponding and he began doing DRAWN AND QUARTERED artwork. After the first two, we just kept going. He’s done some work for the 7” EP’s we put out as PLAGUE BEARER in 2004 called ‘Rise of the Goat’ and the’ Conquerors of Sodom’ EP. He has used our music, and pre-production demos for inspiration. He has collaborated with us extensively in some cases with ideas for the paintings, but he is the one who creates the perspectives and chaos that comes out. Dario was inspired to have some new logos created for us, so we went with that one. I like it.

05. When you compare the scene of nowadays to the days when you started with DQ, what’s the biggest difference would you say? Do you think it has changed in a positive way?

KSK - One of the hardest questions to answer in an interview is anything about a scene, comparing things and describing changes. In the end, it seems I’ve changed more than the scene. I’m happy to see a thriving underground that is excited about vinyl and demo tapes. And understanding that there is no money in this and no fame or big reward other than the music itself.

06. All these years you stand for classical and brutal Death Metal with no compromises, even though the world has changed and a lot of fashions have emerged, such as Metal core, Deathcore... How do you see the scene and its development over the years?

KSK - The roots of my influences start and end at a certain point. That is the blue print for what I do. There are a few, rare instances where I find exciting new inspirations. We choose to perpetuate some classic elements of certain styles that is the foundation. I’m finding new ideas and ways to present our music by as technology and trends emerge. But the music will remain dark and primitive. I hear a lot better songs and better sounding demos from the newest bands today that are remarkable. The cores off shoots are interesting, people finding new room for growth guided by what has come before.

07. You have worked for five albums with Moribund Records together and are then switched to Nuclear Winter Records. What were the reasons for the change and you will produce another album with this label?

KSK - The first was simply re-released by Moribund. 4 records and a DVD with MORIBUND RECORDS. NUCLEAR WINTER RECORDS simply put out the CD and Vinyl versions ‘FEEDING HELLS FURNACE’. We own the record and payed for the production. That label isn’t active. There is no reason for the change. We would like to own our records. I don’t mind giving up rights to my recordings when it suits me. We felt like we’d like to see how we could do on our own, and we did. It was fine. I’d like to have some support of a label again. So we are working on that. I’m doing some things on my own as well, so I’m open to finding ways to get our products to people.

08. In your way of songwriting, you keep a balance between brutality and infernal and sinister moods. Is it a conscious way of creating songs? What do you think of bands creating brutal tunes for the sake of brutality or the endless contest of speed?

KSK - The brutality allows me to vent frustration and the atmospheric elements and guitar embellishments allow me to communicate emotions and feelings. It could all be seen as an exercise in catharsis. In the most elemental popular song structure I grew up with, there would usually be a middle section that would be a variation or even departure from the main musical motifs. You can see I’ll set up a song with an intro or maybe right into a main riff, followed by ideas suited more towards a vocal part. There will be pre chorus type set-ups and then finally a money-riff or chorus, after working within that sort of frame work there will be a break or middle section we’d insert some sort of solos and diversions before returning to the main sections again. This is pretty standard song structure. I just tend to lose interest in a song if it isn’t paced and arranged in an interesting way. Writing a song is like editing a movie. There are a million possibilities, but what is not played and how you reduce it its most important elements is what makes it succeed. But every song can be a little different in form or outside of form all together. The two main things I think about in song writing are, 1). The actual technical notes and what affects you are getting from the modes you are using and how the physical aspects of the instrument and sound reinforcement shape and define that sound. 2) Combining the notes, riffs ideas and breaks and refining that into an interesting cohesive structure that you can rehearse and develop. I don’t have anything against pure speed and brutality. Every band has to choose how it wants to come across. There are some great bands and records that are one dimensional like that and really work. You have to own whatever you do and do it with conviction.

09. How do you witness the death metal evolution in the area of Seattle? Do you have die-hard fans always there at your gigs? Do you see younger metal heads attending at gigs?

KSK -There are some great fans that come to many of our local gigs, and that has grown and been amazing over the years. There are younger people who have been at the all ages shows. In the last few years there has been a strong group of younger bands emerging and taking the metal scene by storm, there are a lot of great underground shows going on every month with bands from all over the world, in small underground clubs in Seattle.

10. Do you think DRAWN AND QUARTERED has found his unique sound and style?

KSK - No. I think we’ve tried a lot of things on our first records, and that a style has finally evolved on our later records. I think moving forward our music will continue to include many classic stylistic elements of our early nineties era, with newer and older influences. There have been some leaps in improvement. And over the years we’ve gradually acquired the skills and experience to transcend our influences. As I’m recording now I’m moving the music in new and old directions. I’m inspired to really define our signature sound with our current line-up; I have a lot of amazing inspirations for pieces of music right now. I’m certain the best is yet to come.

11. It is exactly 3 years since your last album "Feeding Hell's Furnace came out. If you look back, what were the global reactions that you have noticed? Are you satisfied with them? How many copies did you press of "Feeding Hell's Furnace" and what kind of response did you get on it from fans, zines and labels?

KSK - It seems a lot of people got to know DRAWN AND QUARTERED with ‘Feeding Hells Furnace’. We’ve built a following slowly, but still growing. For what it is, yes. I’m not sure how many copies were pressed. People don’t really buy CD’s much. You can check it out for free on YouTube. It seems to have been well received. It has some great songs.

12. Where do you see the main differences between your last two albums ''Merciless Hammer of Lucifer'' (2007) and ''Feeding Hell's Furnace'' (2012)?

KSK - ‘Merciless Hammer of Lucifer’ needed a better mix. Some of the coolness of it just got lost. But I still like it. The songs were written in a completely different way. Greg contributed song ideas. The band collaborated and developed some of it together and a lot of ideas came to me in the recording studio. I did a lot of guitar layering and weirdness, and used the wah-wah on a song. We recorded not long after putting out ‘Hail Infernal Darkness’ which is a great record. I felt we should do something different, moody, and dark and it is. On ‘Feeding Hells Furnace’ we are also very dark, but in a much more primal way. Greg is gone, so the Bass isn’t the wall of distortion and complex parts and intervals as before. The guitars are stripped down, less effects, shorter solos. Dario contributed more ideas and some whole songs we crafted from some of his riffs. We collaborated more and simplified some things. I didn’t try to sound like two guitar players. There are quite different. Different things were tried, different mastering. There are some more sludgy doomy parts. It is a bit rougher really.

13. Would you consider remastering, reworking ''To Kill is Human'' (1999), ''Extermination Revelry'' (2003) and ''Return of the Black Death'' (2004)?

KSK - There are remastered and some remixes of that stuff, but it would have to be economically feasible. Enough people would have to be willing to purchase them to make worth re-doing at this time. We’re better off doing new recordings.

14. What do you guys do for a living? How often do you manage to meet each other for rehearsals?

KSK - Obviously we do something else to make a living. And a little research can help someone figure that out if they really wanted to, but I’d have to say that I don’t think anyone really cares. We all maintain some sort of job, and place to live. I have a house and we meet here to rehearse usually every week. We’ve been recording some demos here as well.

15. What can you tell me about your latest concerts? What do you like especially about playing live?

KSK - This year we have done several festivals and a few other local shows. We are flying to CANADA to do some shows as well. We got to play two sets at the MARYLAND DEATHFEST this year that was fun. And we’ve played with some amazing bands this year. It’s great fun playing songs to new people who know your music, and trying new songs for people. I like getting to do some of the really fun solos and parts live.

16. What can we expect in the future from you? Are you writing new material and already have their plans, perhaps to play in Serbia next year??

KSK - We have some festivals and touring planned for 2016. We have 13 new songs. Some of them are being recorded now. I’m finishing two songs for two different projects and releasing an 8 song demo tape, I will make updates about these releases soon, so check out the DRAWN AND QUARTERED Facebook page. We have no EUROPEAN tours planned yet.

17. Thank you for taking the time... The last words to our readers are yours.

KSK - Hails to all of you and anyone who happens to read this a week from now or a hundred years from now. The scene is us. Don’t be disappointed when only 20 people are at your show, because that is what it is about. We aren’t IRON MAIDEN. Some bands may rise to great levels, but most of us wont. Do it because you loved doing it, there is no other reason. HAIL INFERNAL DARKNESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Interview with NASTY SURGEONS




1. Can you introduce NASTY SURGEONS in a brief and brutal manner?
NS: Hi! We are a death/grind band which started a year ago in Burgos (Spain) and we have recently released our first LP Exhumation Requiem through XTREEM MUSIC. We have many influences like Carcass, Exhumed, the County Medical Examiners…
2. Has the name NASTY SURGEONS as special meaning? Or maybe it was chosen because it sounded cool… Did it get any special meaning for you with the time?
NS: Well, when we began with this project, the idea was that the lyrics were about dissections and surgeries and stuff like that. To be honest, we thought that NASTY SURGEONS was a very appropriate name for these topics but it doesn’t have a special meaning for us.
3. You were signed on XTREEM Music, a label that has signed some great bands these last years like ADRAMELECH, AVULSED, RIBSPREADER etc… Did the label do a good job for your promotion, for concerts…? How did you do to get a deal with them?
NS: We can say that we are very glad with the work that XTREEM MUSIC is doing with us. It´s our first album and since we released it, we have done many interviews, there are lots of good reviews and many people got in contact with us in order to buy the album. We got in contact with XTREEM when we had just finished the recording although the final mix/master was not ready yet, and were looking for a label. They told us that they liked our stuff and we thought that it was a great chance, so we decided to sign with them.
4. How would you describe NASTY SURGEONS on stage? Which way do you feel as yours: effective songs and killers on stage or more into technical performances and a bit static during the concerts?
NS: Like we said before, the band was formed just a year ago so we’ve been working on the album since then and we haven’t played live yet. However, we are making our first live appearance at Brutologos festival this year in May, so we’ll be able to answer to your question then. We hope this gig will be the first of many others!!
5. Do you still have a daily job? Do some of you have a family and, if yes, how does that work during the tours, does your family come with you or things like that?
NS: Yes, as you will guess, it’s very hard to earn a living just playing this kind of music so we also have daily jobs (we wish to just work in our music but it’s not possible). Given that we are a new band, we’ve not been on tour yet. However, some of us have other bands and we can say that this kind of things can be matched with your daily live (job, family, etc…) just if you plan it properly.
6. If you couldn't play Death Grindcore, what would you use to express all the stress and negative energy we have to deal with? Maybe you've got some other projects, that are even not musical
NS: Well, it’s true that playing this kind of music allows you to express all the anger and frustration you can’t always express in daily live. In this sense, we even consider it a healthy thing. Nevertheless, if we couldn’t do this, we would probably find another way to express ourselves, maybe playing other styles of music (or maybe just doing some exercise hehehe) because in general, playing any kind of music is one of our favorite things in live.
7. Nowadays, Death and Grind seems to be in great health. Do you think we’re living a trend period or that the extreme scene is more organized than a few years ago? What is your opinion about other kinds of extreme styles ?
NS: Some of us have been into music world for many years. Because of that, we know that although music world has become harder and more competitive in general, extreme scene is changing quickly, many new bands are coming up with great stuff and although these styles are still underground music, more and more people are getting into them. Therefore, these styles are now more generally known than a few years ago. Also, people into this extreme scene is more loyal and they still buy music (something quiet estrange in these days).
8. Do you prefer the classical underground (printed zines, flyers) or the metal webzines?
NS: In the past it was harder to get to be known because you had to be sending letters to zines, radios, other bands it it was not easy and more expensive. Today you only need a computer and you can get whatever you want. But, to be honest, the feeling of reading printed zines, the flyers you found in every order you did to labels or bands,… that was priceless.
9. Have you got some parallel projects beside NASTY SURGEONS ?
NS: We have played in many other bands over the years, given that some of us have a lot of experience in music. Currently, we have three more projects going on in parallel with this: Mistweaver, Mass Burial and Dalle. You can listen to them on youtube, you won’t be disappointed!!
10.Your first album "Exhumation Requiem" was released recently. How do you feel about it? Anxious to read the flow of reviews and to play some gigs?
NS: As we previously said, although this is our first LP, the general feeling is that it is being well received by the media. XTREEM MUSIC is doing a great job and most reviews are great so we hope some gigs will come up soon.


11. How long did you spend to compose and record ‘’Exhumation Requiem’’? Is it about months or years? Does everything happen in the rehearsal room, or do you need to record songs and take some distance to hear what's not efficient enough?
NS: Well, to be honest, the process has been really quick. Actually, it took about two months to compose the songs. Then, once learned, we recorded drums in April and in a couple months guitars and bass were done. About one month to write the lyrics and in September we recorded vocals and then we could do the mixings and mastering.
12. The cover of the album looks quite in Old school roots... Who made this artwork? What can you say about it?
NS: The cover art work was done by Juanjo Castellano. This is not the first time we work with him since he has designed covers for other bands like Mistweaver or Mass Burial where we also play. Given that we already knew him and liked his work, we decided to entrust him the design of the band logo and the cover of the album. We are very pleased with the results.
13. What do the members of NASTY SURGEONS listen to the most lately? Which newer bands you like? And which older bands come back the more often on your playlists?
NS: Of course we like grind/death like Napalm Death, Carcass, Aborted, Suffocation,.. we also listen to local bands like Haemorrhage, Graveyard, Avulsed. When talking about older bands, we also like Old School Death, like Entombed, Bloodbath, Vomitory… and the classical vein of Maiden, Accept, Slayer is always there.
14. What are the future projects of the band? Something special to announce?
NS: The composing work of the second LP is almost finished. We hope this year we record it so it will be released next year as the latest.
15. Is there something more to say, have you got some merchandising?
Thanks for the answers.
NS: At the moment, we only have copies of the Cds but in a couple of weeks we will have brand t-shirts, very limited, so if you want cds, tshirts or bundles just get in contact to solobscurabitur@hotmail.com . so stay tuned to facebook for news!! Thanks to you for the interview!!


Thursday, February 23, 2017

INTERVIEW with Marco and TRIDENTIFER




Hello! What's up in the camp of TRIDENTIFER? Could you make a little introduction or sum up the biography of the band?

Hi! I started Tridentifer at the end of 2011. After about 4 years with always 4-5 members & playing live-shows we decided to go separate ways. The demo `’Zombified´’ and the debut album ‘`Path Of The Damned Souls´’ have arisen in this time.
For '`Left To Rot´' Akheron from the band Nekkromaniac took the part of the vocalist and wrote the lyrics. During February to September we recorded the new stuff, then mixing, layout and then the self release in December 2016. In cause of not being a complete band there will be no live shows at the moment…maybe in the future, time gonna show!

What's the deeper meaning of the band name? Why did you choose the TRIDENTIFER moniker?

Tridentifer is Latin: the one who leads the trident!
Perfect for a Death/Black Metal band as a I name I think!

How do you define your music when someone isn't familiar?

Hard riffing metal music with structure and re-recognition, more simple for easy understanding the music. There´ s not only blast by blast or just doomy parts - it´ s a mix of everything in a well combination to not get bored so fast. Lot´ s of mid-tempo and synth -passages creating atmosphere - aggressive vocals!

If you were obliged to choose one of the elements of your music to define the style of TRIDENTIFER, would it be the oldschool Death Metal parts, the BM parts, the most brutal or the more sorrowful moments?

I think more the old school parts, that’s the sound I grow up with and is nearly in every song!

What's your opinion about tape releases and paper fanzines? Do they own a place in the underground last few years? Are you rather for CD s, tapes or vinyl releases?

Definitely vinyl, CD´ s are compact, MC´ s not for me, but if bands have the chance to offer all, do it, there are still people who like tapes!
Paper fanzines was something that reminds me in my youth, should not be stopped!

Which albums and demos are you listening to the most? Do you generally prefer to listen to the older bands, or there are new outfits you enjoy as much?

There are some old school albums which i still love today as much as in the beginning and of course also newer bands, here are my favorites:
Darkthrone - Soulside Journey (Not Swedish, but I am sure the guys used the HM-2, it sounds Swedish and is for me one of the most important albums!), Entombed - Left Hand Path (The ultimate Swedish Death Metal album!), Carnage - Dark Recollections (Number 3 of my favorites in Swedish sound!), Morbid Angel - Altars Of Madness (One of my first vinyl LP´ s, David Vincent sounds great on this album!), Paradise Lost - Lost Paradise (I love this album, slow, deep, hard and some synth!), Incubus - Beyond the Unknown (Great sound, great riffs, great voice!), Massacra - Signs of the Decline (A must have!), Slayer - South of Heaven (For me one of the best Slayer Albums!), Bathory - Blood, Fire, Death, Aura Noir - Hades Rise, Repugnant - Epitome of Darkness, Gatecreeper - Gatecreeper (EP), Necrowretch - Putrid Death Sorcery/With Serpents Scourge (Great Riffs!), Entrails - The Tomb Awaits (These guys started the HM-2 hype again I think!), Septic Flesh - Communion/The Great Mass (Majestic, evil!)… Ah, I forget an important albums and bands in my list: Besatt - Demonicon, Bloodbath - all Albums!

While your music remains rooted in old school Death metal, it seems your new songs have a more Death/ Black feeling, something a bit more filthy... Do you agree and how do you explain this evolution

After the band split, I decided to move on, with or without new musicians, I still love the HM-2 Swedish-guitar-sound, but there are lots of bands which use this sound now, every one wants to sound like the Left Hand Path album, so i was bored and go back to `normal´ guitar sound, its more clear, define and with the new voice of Akheron it fix perfect and of course I listen to black metal too.

Your production is very good and powerful. Was it really self-produced in your rehearsal place?

Since the beginning we recorded by ourselves. During the years I get more and more equipment to record at home, to safe money for expensive studios and write/record new songs directly in a good sound.

Are the lyrics important for you, perhaps you see the texts as some kind of morbid poetry or something like this?

The Lyrics are typical death/black metal themes and are important, they always have to be devilish, about zombies, vampires, blasphemy, the other side and similar themes, but we did not thought about lots of people would like to read them, so we decided to don’t print them in the booklet.

I saw on your official website you played gigs? How does TRIDENTIFER sound in real conditions, I mean during live, or rehearsals, compared to the recordings? Is it rawer, cruder or faster?

In real we used the HM-2 Pedals too, and at the most gigs the people really recognized the Swedish sound from the demo and debut album.
So I would say we sounded similar like on the records! Here and there we played songs faster, maybe too much beer!

Where did you record songs for the new album ‘’Left To Rot’’? How long did it take and was it an easy task?

I did the songs in my cave, the vocals we recorded in the exercise room of Nekkromaniac, Akheron´s main band. The music itself took some month, sometimes a song just took 2 days…sometimes longer, Akheron was very fast with the texts, the recordings with him just took 3 days!

How would you introduce new album ‘’Left To Rot’’ in a few lines?

Different then the demo and debut, but more the way Tridentifer will move on…there will be always some new experiments - not every album should sound like the last one!

What was the lyrics on ‘’Left To Rot’’ about?

The album is about vampires, death, devil, the underworld…every song has it´ s own morbid theme…and of course the song Zombified 2016 version!

Why TRIDENTIFER left the Voodoo Chamber Records? Are you looking for the new label?

VCR is a very small label that just started when we get to knew these guys around 2015. They make music too, that needs time, so they decided to concentrate on a small group of friend bands for the future. I don´ t think I need a Label for Tridentifer for now!

In the past, most of members from TRIDENTIFER played in other bands... Was there something quite close to the style of TRIDENTIFER? Some of your musicians currently have other musical projects?

Nearly every one of the past members of the band had it´ s experiences before here and there.
The old singer Oli have another band called Dawn of Anger, blasting extreme metal.
Tobi - one of the first members is running his single project called Omnivious, a great guitar-player!

Tell us what the readers need to know about TRIDENTIFER before concluding the interview- Future plans, coming gigs, next projects... Thanx for the answers.

Tridentifer will release more in the future, that´s sure,i need that part in my life! Soon I become father and live will change, but since I was 12 I listened to metal, today I am 40 and I don´ t think to stop listening to extreme metal or to write new songs!
I don’t know when members gonna join again for live acting, when i gonna start searching…first I concentrate on something new…stay tuned for more devilish sounds!
Thanks for interesting in Tridentifer and the interview - stay heavy, Marco.