Monday, December 28, 2015

Interview with Morkesagn done by Patrick on 12-28-15

Here  is  a   new  interview  with  the  Ukraineian  black  metal  scene  anyone  who  is  a  fan  of  well  played  black  metal  should  defintly  check  this  band  out  today.



Interview  with   Morkesagn   done  by   Patrick

1. Hails  when  did you  all  first  meet? Was  it   long  before  you  formed   Morkesagn ? How  did  you  choose the  name  for the  band  does   it  have  a  special   meaning?

 Hails, Farn at your service!

Well, Morkesagn line-up has changed significantly since its foundation. Ekvil is the founder of the band. I became a member at the end of 2013. Since then we have changed a couple of bass players, until we ended up with Heydvald, who plays with us since the late 2014. As for our drummer, he plays with us for not so long: since October 2015. We did not know each other before we met in the band.
The name of the band is translated from Norwegian as Dark Legends. The legends we sing about

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

Ekvil plays guitar and screams. I’m on the guitar and back vocal. Heydvald rends the air with his bass and Heisenbeard plays on drums.

3. Morkesagn   recently  released  the  debut  cd   "Where  The  Darkness  Never  Ends. I  believe the band  self-released  it  have you  all  looked for  a   label  or  do you   prefer  to  work  alone?

We had looked for a label, but not for very long. After one month of searching, I decided to create my own label and release the album through it. However, when the release was already in progress, I got a couple of offers for collaboration so I am not alone in this.

4. How   long  did  it  take you  all  to  write  and record  the  songs  on  the debut? Does  the  whole  band  work  on the   music  or  does  one  member   usually  write  everything?

We started the work on the album with the recording of guitars and bass at my home at the end of winter in 2015. Ekvil recorded his part and I did my guitar part and bass. Near the end of spring we were ready for recording drums, but at that time we had some discords with our drummer, which ended in us expelling him and looking for a session drummer. By the end of June, we had everything recorded, including Ekvil’s and my vocals, and by the middle of August all material was mastered and ready for the release.

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

Ekvil writes lyrics for all our songs. Our main subjects are darkness and underworld; our lyrics takes inspiration in Greek and Scandinavian mythology.

6. Besides the debut cd Where The Darkness Never Ends does the band have any other merchandise or releases available? If yes, where can your fans buy them?

We are working on that. We are going to make some T-shirts, patches etc. All our stuff is available from our websites: or Be sure to follow our news for the updates

7.Does   Morkesagn    play  "live"  very  often  or  do you   prefer to  work  in the  studio?  Who  are some  bands you   have  had the   opportunity  to  share the  stage  with?

Usually we rehearse once per week. We did perform at various live events 5–6 times per year until now, but after our debut release we plan to ignore small gigs for a time being in order to concentrate on the most significant events.
We have shared the stage with a lot of Ukrainian bands.   

 8.What  have  been  some of   Morkesagn  most  memorable  shows  to  date? Are their  any tours  or  shows  planned  for  2016?

I think all great shows are upcoming. We are planning the tour over Europe (Iceland, Great Britain, Turkey, Ukraine) in the August 2016.

 9.What  does   black  metal   mean  to  you?

It is something that inspires, feeds with energy, and awakens something inside.

 10.Morkesagn   comes  out  of  the  Ukrainian  black  metal  scene    what  is  your  thoughts  and  opinions  of the  scene  in  the   Ukraine?

Not as one would like it to be. We do not have a lot of good black metal bands and organization of black metal events is usually quite poor. However, it is something that heavily depends on every individual’s initiative and has wide opportunities to evolve.

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

Khors, Nokturnal Mortum, Endless Battle, Drudkh, Hate Forest, Balfor… I would also like to mention Ungoliantha and Daemonium with their recent first releases

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

Almost everyone is a part of another band besides Morkesagn. It is common in Ukraine to see the same people in different combinations forming different bands =)

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

Listen to Black Metal and let your souls forever burn!

Interview with Sweden's Hordes Of The Apocalypse done by Patrick on 12-28-15

Here   is  a   new  interview  with the  Swedish  two  man band  Hordes  Of  The  Apocalypse  talking  about their  upcoming  debut  and  more.Anyone  who  is  interested  should  get  in  touch  with the  band  today.

Interview   with   Hordes  Of   The  Apocalypse   done  by    Patrick

1.Hello  Thomas and  Greigh   how  are  things  going  with  you  these  days? Please   introduce  yourselfs  to  the  readers?


I’m doing fine thank you. Pretty stressful on the work front, but I’m fine with that.My name is Greigh Johanson, a musician and cineast who also owns and works with Goregasmic Magazine together with my friend Tim Nordstedt. That’s an magazine, and blog written in english, where we reviewing independent/underground film and music, worldwide.


The metal world entered very early in my life. I was about 13 when I did my first death metal demo. I’m soon 33 so lot of things has happened since then. I was about 20 when I did my first demo with Damnation Army, which I later, after some demos being released in the underground, got signed to Dutch label Mascot Records and got two albums made and distributed worldwide. I have also had countless of releases with different projects, early on, put out through underground labels from many corners of the world. I also ran (around 2004) an extreme metal underground label myself for a couple of years. The last years I have been producing music for american documentaries and various music for some horror movies and DVD extra material content etc. I also run, since a year now, a community called METAL KALMAR that has about 170 members. It’s a gathering spot for the very local scene where I live. Combined with that I also help out a local metal club called to film and edit interviews with the bands that play.  

2.When   did  you  two   first  meet?  Was   it  long  before  you  got  the  idea  to  start  a  band? How  did  you  two  come  up  with the  name  Hordes  Of   The  Apocalypse   for the band?


I discovered one of Thomas music projects on YouTube three years ago and became very fascinated . I was also interested in his anonymity and tried to ferret out who the person behind the project was and I therefore chose to send him a message . It was via this route , this led to an acquaintance who would later formed into friendship. I've done an interview and an article with Thomas earlier , and I met him for the first time in Gothenburg for half a year ago, together with artist Richard Molander, who among others has made the art cover of our upcoming debut album.

The band name was kind of simple I think, although I got some help from artist Tim Nordstedt, the person who was also responsible for drawing our logotype. I wanted it as simple as possible, so we fixed it in one minute or so. It came to life when we wrote our second track, which title also is Hordes of the Apocalypse. I wrote the lyrics with inspiration from Umberto Lenzi’s cult film “Nightmare City” and combined it with my own fantasies about an Apocalypse and a Zombie breakout. 

3.Would  you  guys  like  to  add  more  members  to  have  a  full  line up  or  do you   prefer to  work  as  a  two  piece band?


I don’t know if this project is meant for more people. As it seems now, it requires a huge mental activity and some juggling, which can easily be split if more offers on it. Me and Thomas has an identical approach in two different levels that make it float on in a way I never thought was possible. Thomas is the instrument and I'm the brain, so to speak.But I can’t speak for both of us. Thomas might have a different view of it?


As for now I write the main bulk of the music while Greigh covers the lyrics and concepts. The interesting part to the song writing though is that nothing I write would have sounded the way it does without the inputs from Greigh. As adding other people it is not very likely. We have a very hard work regime that few probably would be able to keep up with and stay sane.  

4.Hordes  Of   The  Apocalypse   is  getting  ready to  release  their  self-titled  debut  how   long  did  it  take  to  write  the  music  for  this  release? For  the  readers  who  haven't  had  the  chance  to  hear  your  music  how would  you  best  describe    Hordes  Of   The  Apocalypse   style?


It actually have a title, it goes under “Now they’re everywhere! There is no Escape”, that title appears as a quote from "City of the Walking Dead " which is an alternative title items of Umberto Lenzi 's “Nightmare City”. Anyway, we wrote everything, recorded and produced it in a time of two weeks. When I scroll through my documents I can see that we began the first track in Dec 3th, and the very last piece was finished in Dec 18th.

Hordes of the Apocalypse is a mix between every genre we like. It has a catchy D-beat touch with influences of Crust, Hardcore, Thrash Metal, Death Metal and Black Metal, you can also hear some Progressive stuff in it, and some references from movie soundtracks as well.


I get a kick out of the ”no fear” approach we have when we get busy. This anarchistic way to go about is very satisfying. We are not holding back anything.   

5.When  will   the  debut  be  ready  for  the  fans  and  listeners  to  download  the  release?  Where  can  the fans  get  it   from?


It will be out on Spotify, iTunes, Amazon, and about 30 other streaming services just in time for new years eve. There will be no trouble to hear it for anyone. After, we will have later on a physical release but that is still under discussion. 

6.I believe   Hordes  Of   The  Apocalypse    just   made  a  video  for  the  song  Seventh Avenue.How  long  did  it  take  you  guys  to   make  this  video?

Greigh: When I wrote lyrics I can imagine a picture or a video in front of me. So when I work with a track I do also have a video stuck in mind. It took me between 45-60 minutes to come up with the video for Seventh Avenue. I borrowed sequences from some of my favorite movies; giallo-classics and Srdjan Spasojevic’s “A Serbian Film”. The whole idea was to create something you’ve never seen in Giallo-terms before; Necrophilia

7.Thomas  I  believe  you  started  out  in  the  underground  scene  with your  band  Damnation  Army   how  long  was  this  band  active? Is their  any  releases  or  merchandise  still available  for the  readers?


My last album was out 2009 I think and since then I have been rather quite. I would say it is still active in it’s absence, ironically, but I never laid if off. But at the same time I can’t promise another release, even if I have had one in mind throughout all these years passed.   

8.Thomas   I  know  you  dropped  out  of the  metal  underground  for  a few  years.What  made  you  decide to  get  out  of the  scene  for those  years?When  did you  decide to  return ?


I got in a long running relationship with a girl, who also had a child, so many personal interests of mine fell off, kind off, because of many hardships with things that needed to be solved. It’s a long story and a more or less a fog now. But my relationship ended a year ago so as soon as it did I went back like I had it before. I continued just where I left off. My single life before was only around training, music and movies. Today it is back to that, just like I want it. No complaints, no regrets. I have to say that I owe some credit to my good friend Filip from the band Rave the Reqviem. I did a remix for a song of his called ”The Ascension”. It really sparked my metal interest again. To get back doing something official again .  

9. In your   opinions   what  is  the  best  and  worst  thing  about  the underground  metal scene today? And  what  does the  term  Underground  metal  mean  to  you?


I really have to find out again Patrick! My absence has left me clueless about todays scene. Hopefully it is the same as 15 years ago but I highly doubt that! Underground to me hints the fact that there is a more free approach to the music and how it is distributed. A sense of true passion for the music and less concern about ”making it”.

I don’t know if I find anything negative with the underground scene, not more than 90% of the music is unlistenable and consists of comprehensive shit. But this has probably always been so, I suppose? The most positive thing is that the music has become more understood and got the possibility to standing at the center. It’s not as elitist and extreme as, let me say, in the 80's and 90's.   I think the Underground scene has a greater importance nowadays. Now you can even make money on that crap.  And oh, don’t misunderstand me, I like underground, but I have not really understood the concept; Is it more or less unique than anything else?  

10.Besides  the  band  I  believe you two  are  big  movie  fans. What  are  some  of your  all-time favorite movies?  Are their  any  new  movies  you  feel  the  readers  should  check  out  soon?

Greigh: This is a question I get all the time. I'm pretty tired of it , so I say as usual : It's enormously difficult to express myself about some films. I like to constantly discover new films , even if the old Italian giallos and zombie / cannibal flicks is what I grew up with. 


I have a very broad interested in movies but I do tend to focus on horror and exploitation films. Directors like Lucio Fulci, Dario Argento, Mario Bava, Jean Rollin are some of my favorites. The films that got me hooked were Zombie 2, The Beyond, Suspiria, Lisa and the Devil, Demons, Texas Chainsaw Massacre… These are very obvious films but if you want me to go deeper we will have to spend the entire interview speaking about this because it will never end. 

11.In  your  opinion's   what  makes  a  good  movie?Who  are  some  of your  favorite  actors  and  actresses?


It’s all about a good plot, with an able and clever director and some cool layout and special-effects, of course with traditional and handmade effects. I also like psychological twists where the brain must be involved and thinking, drama-stuff is my thing. No brain-dead Hollywood nonsense, even if I can appreciate that sometimes when I am on a low standard level. But among the twists I talked about, it may well also contain vomit, faeces, urination, necromancy, pedophilia and all that obscure imaginable. I'm bad at following specific actors and actresses , so I leave that question to Thomas .


For me its all about vibes and something that speaks to me. Something I can relate to or just some atmosphere that totally enthralls me. I seldom care about the story, I go for the feeling I get. To be hooked on certain scenes or to just emerge in a movies world. It can be a very personal experience. One less obvious film I can mention that really gets me like that is Fade to Black. For me it doesn't become a movie, it become something more than that. It comes to life. Now that’s interesting.  

12. Hordes  Of   The  Apocalypse   comes  out  of the   Swedish  metal  scene.What  is  your  opinion  of  the  Swedish  metal  scene?


Believe it or not but I almost don’t listen to music. It has been like that for the last 10 years or so. I don’t follow what happens so I can’t say. So as for the scene I can only speak for how it was back then.


It's like a bag of mixed candy. You can always find something that is sour, sweet, salty or bitter, no matter who mixes it. It works that way, even with music in general. There are breadcrumbs and then there are fermented herring. I like when tones are swinging, those tones that press against the chest. The new wave of Swedish Death Metal is sovereign; bands in style with Entrails, Torture Division, Blood Mortized etc . But if there’s something I would tread down the foot for, it’s Metalcore and Eurovision Metal. I have never understood that type of genre at all.  

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

Greigh: I would like to say; Tribulation, Repugnant, Birdflesh, Nifelheim, Mordant, Entrails, Morbid Insulter, The Third Eye Rapists, Zobibor and some hundreds more. I’ve to many favorites from the Swedish scene.

But one new band I would tips you about would be Total Inferno. Recently they released their debut album ”The Return of Evil Chaos” via Pure Metal Records, it’s just as catchy as our debut.


I grew up with the mid 90’s black death metal scene in Sweden so that’s what still sticks in my mind. As for new bands I can’t say.  

14.When   not   working  on  the  band's  music  what  do  you  guys  enjoy   doing  in your  free  time?


Training, especially calisthenics and running is a big part of my everyday life. Playing, composing music. Investing time in movies, not just as entertainment but to learn and dig deeper in that wide realm. Doesn’t have to be more complicated than that. I do love to have my movie night routines with friends too.


Is there time for that? When? Haha, nah that was silly of me. But sometimes it feels that way , in that I have a full time job at the side of the magazine and the band. I also have a family to hang out with, a fiancee and a son. It's basically my only recreation. And watch movies, listen to music and play games of course. But in general I'm not a person who likes to socialize with people.  

15.Thank  you  Thomas and  Greigh   for   taking  the  time  to  fill  this   interview   out.Good  luck  with  the band  do  you  all  have   any  final  words  for  the  readers?


Thank you, Patrick, for taking the time! Please check out our album and emerge yourself in its chaos.


One does not want to reveal too much about the future, but we have been talking about recording a split EP together with Total Inferno. The guys seem to be interested, so we'll see what happens.Thank you for the interview, hope you will be happy with the end result of what one can throw away in two weeks of creative boredom. Nah, It wasn’t that horrible - quite the contrary, because I love our energy in Hordes of the Apocalypse. I like to work with Thomas, It’s a life of inspiration for me. Thanks.

Band Contact: 

New Reviews done on 12-28-15 done by Patrick

Hope  everyone  is  having  a  nice  holiday  season.Here is  a  new  blog  of  reviews  so  hopefully  you  will  find   some metal  to your   liking.More  reviews  and  interviews  to  come  in  the  new  year  so  be  sure  to  watch  the web-zine  closely.

Akoman--Devouring  The  Divine  Light  digi pak cd   {Tribulacion   Prod.}
Akoman  are  a  band  that  comes  out  of  the   Ukraine  black  metal scene  and   Devouring  The  Divine  Light   is  the  bands  second  cd to date.Akoman  plays  a  nice  mix  of   fast  and  mid-tempo  black  metal.The  guitarists  play  extremely  fast  with  some  very  chaotic  yet  well done  patterns  and  the  guitarist  is  not  afraid  to  slow  it  down to  a  more  mid-paced  range  when  needed.The  drummer  does  a  good  mix  of  extremely  fast  blast  beats  but can  also  down to  a  more  mid paced  drum patterns.The  vocals  are  black  metal  shrieks  and  screams  that  fit  Akoman's  music  perfectly.
                                                             Label   Contact

BlackDeath--Totentaz  cd   {Heidens   Hart}
Coming   out  of  the  mighty  Russian  black  metal  scene  is   BlackDeath who  play  a  raw  and  punishing  style  of  black  metal.The  guitars  are  done  with  a lot  of  fierce  and  extremely  fast   patterns  that  are  very  well  played  and executed.The  vocals  are  grim  and  raw and screechy screams.If  you  are  familiar  with  BlackDeath's  musical  style  you  will  not  be  disappointed but  if you   have  never  heard the  band  and  enjoy  the  raw  early  years   of  black  metal  then  give this  band  a  listen  today.
                                                                         Label   Contact
Dulia--Hic  Contendim   cd    {Black   Plague,Metallic  Media  and  Satanath Rec.}
Dulia's  debut  cd   is  finally  available  and  if you  are  a  fan  of  occult  black  metal  that  has  some  cold  atmosphere  parts  within the  blackness this  is a band you  will  defintly  want  to  check  out  soon.The  music   is  a  heavy mid  paced  style  with  some  heavy  drums  that  are  done  very  well.The  vocals  are  a  nice  mix  of  death  metal  growls  and  some  screams  entertwined  in  the  music.If  you  are  a  fan  of  occult  black  metal  then  be  sure  to  check  out  this  Italian  bands  debut  today.
                                                                Label   Contacts
Mephorash--1557:Rites  Of   Nullification   cd    {Odium   Rec.}
Coming  out  of the  Swedish  black  metal  scene  is  Mephorash   combing  both   well  written  and  performed  semi fast music  and  a  nice  amount  of  atmospheric  black metal.The  guitars  range  from  mid  paced to  a  few  faster  interludes  of  fast  guitar  patterns  before  returning to  the  mid paced realm.The  vocals  are  a  nice  range  from  some  clean vocal  patterns  and  some  chanting  patterns  in  a few  of the songs  along  with  some  grim  growls.If you  are  a  fan   of  well  written  and  performed  black  metal  that  blends  in  some  atmosphere  then  defintly  give  Mephorash  a  listen  today.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Interview with the Ukraine black metal band Akoman done by Patrick on 12-20-15

Here  is  a  new  interview  with  the  Ukraine's  Akoman  talking  about  their  second   cd  Devouring the  Divine  Light  through  the  label   Tribulacion   Prod.  and  the  black  metal  scene  in  the  Ukraine. So  please  check  out  this  interview  and  all the  other  interviews and reviews  that  are  up  I  have  everything  metal  related  from  black,death to  doom  and  everything inbetween.

Interview   with Bokur  Dahak   vocalist  and guitarist  of   Akoman  done  by    Patrick

1.Hails  Bokor    when  did you  first  get  the  idea  to  start  up  Akoman ? How  did you  choose the  name  for the  band?  Does  it  have  a  special  meaning?

I started in 2005 and my old band called Funeral. In 2010 I changed the name to Akoman. The name comes from the Persian Zoroastrian religion, the name of one of the most important  archdemon of Ahriman and literally it means "evil mind".

2.Akoman   has  recently  released their  second  cd   "Devouring  The  Divine  Light"  through  the   label    "Tribulacion  Prod"  how  did  you  come  in  contact  with  this  label?

Me and my friend Dll, who is also the current drummer, we were looking labels for their projects. Dll advised me Tribulacion, and I sent my stuff, they told me the same day. I was sure that the album is good.
3. How long did it take you to write and record the songs for this release? For the readers who have never heard Akoman's music how would you best describe it?

We started recording the drums in the spring and finished the vocals in August 2014. Akoman - is Darkness that awakens the spirit of Adversary in the depths of the mind.

4. Where do you draw inspiration for the lyrics. What are some subjects you write about in your music?

My main inspiration is certainly my worldview, Left Hand Path and magic. A big part of my inspiration are the works of Aleister Crowley, Austin Osman Spare, by Kenneth Grant and Michael Ford in Satanic or Luciferian magic. Crowley me more interested in the Tarot. I also fond of mythology and ancient cults East and Africa, the European myths about  vampires and werewolves, medieval witchcraft covens and many others. The lyrics on the debut album is completely inspired by the work of Michael Ford and his Persian or Ahrimanian witchcraft - Yatuk Dinoih, legends about  Zohak etc. The lyrics of the new album is more diverse, it has the effect of Kabbalah and Thelema
5. Besides the new release does Akoman have any other releases or merchandise available for the readers? If yes where can the fans buy it from?

The first album "Ahriman and the Whore of Darkness" released by Russian label Satanath Records (, but we expect to make a re-release. Also, we have a compilation of old material of 2005-2010, called "In Memorium: 10 years from Darkest Funeral", and we have split with Skaz (Ukraine), called "Black Cursed Metal". This material released by Ukrainian Depressive Illusions Records (  And new album "Devouring the Divine Light" released by Colombian Tribulacion Productions (

6. Bokor you handle the vocals for the band when did you start singing and screaming? Is their anything you do to keep your throat and voice healthy when recording music?

I am not a professional singer, I just sing because I did it. I am interested to change the character of the vocals on this or that record, it depends on how I see the character of the upcoming album.

7.Who are some of your influences and favorite vocalists?

Leader in my personal top is Nord from Malign. Other persons is Michael Ford from Black Funeral, Drakh from Katharsis, of course classical vocalists such as Dead and Nocturno Culto still inspire me.

8.Besides  the  vocals  you  also  handle  the  guitars  for  the  band  when  did you  become  interested  in  playing the  guitars? Are you  self-taught or  did you  take  some  lessons  when  first  starting  out?

I am self-taught and began playing guitar in 2002 or 2003. I do not consider myself a guitar player, I would rather see myself as the creator of the general concept.
9. Who are some of your influences and favorite guitarists? Besides the vocals and guitars are their any other instruments you play?

Euronymous had the strongest influence on me in the field of sound and types of riffs. I do not play other instruments, but I have created a lot of industrial and electronic music.

10. Akoman comes out of the Ukrainian black metal scene.What is your opinion of the black metal scene in the Ukraine?

There are some good old bands from the 90's and some good guys from the 00's. And all at a distance from the so-called scene, they rarely play a shows or do not play the shows. As for the groups that perform every weekend, another clone of Behemoth or pagan/melodic death shit, then I'm not interested.
11. Who are your all-time favorite bands from the Ukraine? Are their any new bands you feel the readers should watch out for?

Lucifugum is my favorite, for all time. I would like to see here anymore bands with really dark occult atmosphere, but among these new bands, I do not know.

12. Besides Akoman are you currently working with any other bands or projects? If yes please tell the readers about them?

Currently, we are working on the third album of my drummer project, called Through. I will perform the vocals on some tracks, also I am responsible for the electronic effects and a variety of industrial noise, and programming drums. It will be interesting album, I'm sure.
13.What does black metal mean to you?

First of all, a form in which I express my way. I have never limited ourselves with style and has been involved in various musical experimentation, ritual or industrial. But the music that I personally do, always contains a Luciferian or Satanic spirit, because it is in my core.

14.Thank  you  for  taking  the  time  to  fill  this  interview  out.Do  you   have  any  final  words  for  the  readers?
If you have more questions please send   them  to  the  email  or  Facebook page.

                              Band     Contact

                           Label   Contact

Saturday, December 12, 2015

A Few new reviews done on 12-12-15 done by Patrick

Hope everyone  is  having  a  good  day  so  far?  Here  is  a  new  batch  of  reviews  to  check  out  and  hopefully  find  something to your   liking  so  if you  can  support the bands  and  labels  and  buy  some  merchandise.Should  hopefully  get  some  more  reviews  and  interviews  posted  soon
Best  Regards

Dolven--Navigating   The  Labyrinth  cd/digital    {Goatprayer  Rec.}

This  is  Dolven's  debut  release  featuring  seven  songs   of  folk  and  doom  mix  that you  don't  hear  everyday {atleast  I  don't}  this  is  a  really  good  mix  of  genre's  and styles.The  guitars  are  played  with  a lot  of  emotion  and  talent  that  mixes  in  acoustic  guitars  with  some electric  guitar  riffs and  patterns.The drums  are done  with  a lot  of   great  drum  patterns   that  range from  extremely  slow  drums to  a  more  mid  paced  range.The  vocalist  does  a great  job  of  clean singing  vocal  patterns  and  some  black metal  whispering  vocal  patterns  mixed  in  a few  of the  tracks.If you  are  a fan  of  acoustic  folkish  doom then  you  should  defintly  give  this  band's  debut  a    listen  today.
                                                                    Label   Contact
Exterminas--Dichotomy  cd   {Satanath  Rec.}
Italy's  Exterminas  return  with their  second  cd  "Dichotomy"   is  a  creative  and   violent  black  metal   assult  rolled  into  one  release.The  guitars  are  played  with  a lot  of  skill and  changes  going from  a  more  controlled  mid paced range  to  a  more  fast and crazed  outburst  of  riffs.The  drums  are  done  with  a lot  of  power  and  aggressive drum  patterns.The  vocalist  does  a  great  job of  mixing  low  death  metal  growls  and   harsh black metal  shrieks.If you  enjoyed Exterminas  debut cd  then  defintly  give this  release  a  listen  today  you   will  not  be   disappointed.
                                                              Label   Contact
Them  Vultures--Weird  Tales  demo  {Self-released}
Coming  out  of  the  mighty  Swedish  death  metal scene is the  new  band  Them  Vultures with their  debut  demo  Weird  Tales.Featuring  five  songs  of  solid and  heavy  Swedish  death  metal.The  guitars   are  done  with  a lot  of  heavy  and  mid paced  range  but  the  guitarist  does  cut  loose  in a few songs  and  goes  all out  with  razor sharp fast  guitar  patterns.The drums  are a  mix  of  mid paced  drum  patterns that  does  speed up to  all out  assult  of the drum  kit.The  vocalist  does  a  god  job  of  old-school  death  growls  with  a few  screams  mixed  in  a few  of the  songs. 
                                                                   Band   Contact 

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Interview with Abysmal Growls Of Despaire done by Patrick on 12-6-15

Hello  to  everyone  who  takes the  time to read  this  interview  and  be sure  to  check  out  the  rest  of the  web-zine  for  interviews  and  reviews  from  all different  genres  of  metal  music.
    The  newest  interview  is with  French  funeral  doom  band  Abysmal  Growls  Of  Despair  and the  new  release   "Between  My Dead"  which  is  released  by  two  great  labels  Black Plague Rec.{U.S}  And  Metallic Media{U.S}  And the  Russian  label  Satanath    definitely  a   good   band  to  check  out if you  are   into  funeral   doom  metal

Interview  with   Hangsvart  vocalist  and  all  instruments  for  Abysmal  Growls Of  Despair   done  by    Patrick

1 Hello    Hangsvart    how  are  things  going  with you?   Please  introduce yourself to  the  readers?

Hi, I'm glad to be interviewed for your webzine. I can say about myself that my main inspiration comes from my own torments. Indeed I suffer from schizophrenia, since 2006.
So all my music work is based arround this.

2.When  did you   become  interested   in  writing  and  performing  music?

At the begining of my illness, I've started write poem in 2006 and started with bass guitar in 2007. And now I don't know many songs from other artists but I creat my own music.

3.What  were  the  first   instruments  you  learned  to  play?Are you  self taught  or  did you  take  music lessons  when  first   learning?

I've started by bass guitar, after guitar, I've played cello, and now I also played Morin Khuur and Tsuur, two instruments from the ancient mongolia.
I've learn all by my own, so I'm totally self taught.

4.Who   are  some  of your   influences/favorite  musicians? Are  their    any  instruments  that  you  would  like  to  learn  to  play?

I've been influenced by Ataraxie, Funeralium, Bethlehem (Dictius Te Necare album), Remembrance, Catacombs, Shape Of Despair. But also mongolian music, medieval music, and neofolk as Nebelung, Falkenstien.
I love listen ancient music. I would like to learn to play old instruments and percussion.

5.Besides   playing  the   instruments  you  also  handle  the  vocals  for the  band  when  did you  start  singing  and  growling? Is  their  anything  special  you  do  to   keep your  throat and  voice   healthy   when  recording?

I've started guttural singing in 2009. Now I sing in overtone technic from mongolia, in harmonic technic, and classic grunt technic.
In most of my songs I use harmonic singing. So as with overtone I produce two or three notes at the same time.
I can do 7 different guttural voices.

6.What  gave you  the   idea  to  form   Abysmal  Growls Of  Despair ? How  did you  come  up  with  the   name  for this  band?

I like Funerl Doom since many years, and I composed from the begining. So it came naturally.
I want a name which can fit with my natural deep growls.

7.Abysmal  Growls Of  Despair   is  getting  ready  to  release  the  new  cd   "Between  My  Dead"   how   long  did  it  take  you  to  write  and record  the  music  for the  new  cd?

I'm really quick, I think it takes less than one month from the first idea to the final mastered tracks.

8.Where  do  you  draw   inspiration  for  the  lyrics?

For between my dead it's from my misanthropy and my schizophrenia. In deed I saw often (in hallucinations) dead corpses, stillborn, ghouls, and many other monsters. And I would like all of these could be real, and join the ghouls to eat and hunt this mankind.
I often question myself about leave this world and live in a deep forest or a cave, kill those who came too near and eat what I found.

9.Besides  the  new  cd   "Between  My Dead"   does the  band  have  any  other releases  or  merchandise   available  f or  the  fans? If  yes  where  can  the  fans  buy  it?

There are t-shirt available in bandcamp or directly by contacting me, men and girly.
And other Cds, Dark Days, In Memorian, Songs Of Deepest Skies, also available in my bandcamp or my labels.

10.Other  then  funeral  doom   do  you   like  any  other forms  of  doom  what  about  music   in  general  who  are  some of your  favorites?

In doom I love Drone, Death/doom, ambient doom. In general I love all ambient music, medieval music, neofolk music, death metal, black metal, blues, jazz, classical, stoner doom and rock, gregorian chants.

11.Hangsvart   are  you  currently  working  with  any  other  projects  or  bands? Please  tell the  readers a  little  about  them?

I'm behind Abysmal Growls Of Despair, but also : Plagueprayer (horror funeral doom) Catacombed (drone) Low Cave Sounds (drone ambient) Ursus Horribilis (Brutal Death) Caelum Natus Ex Mortuus (Dark Ambient).
But I'm also the singer in Arrant Saudade( Funeral Death/Doom), Ancient Lament (extraterrestrial funeral doom) and We Hate You Too (duo piano/growl).
I've become recently the singer of a death metal band in my town, and soon an EP will be available.
I'm a sound ingineer too, working for other band. 

12.Hangsvart     you   live  in  the  great  country  of  France   what  is your   opinion  of  France's  doom  and  metal  scene?

We have some really great band as Remembrance, Ataraxie and Funeralium.
I'm not really invested in the scene in France. I don't go to show for the moment.
Maybe in few years when I could more easily tolerate othe people. 

13.Who  are some  of your  all-time  favorite  French  bands?  Are their  any  new  bands  coming  out  of  France  that you   feel  the  readers  should  check  out?

Maybe Funeralium or Remembrance. There are Öxxö Xööx which is a really original band ;
Aythis, dark ambient with Carline Van Roos from Remembrance.

14.When   not  working  on  music   what  do  you  enjoy  doing  in your  free  time?

Reading, watching documentary about wild life, science or ancient times. Walk in forest or mountain, visit old village, old casttle, old church, caves. Watching good movies. And drink cappuccino …

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

Thanks to you for asking me this interview.
Keep in mind that music is for everybody and everybody can listen all kind of music.
Don't make children and save wild life.

                                                            Band  Contact
                                                                 Label   Contacts

Monday, November 30, 2015

Interview with Sweden's Draugul done by Patrick on 11-30-15

Metal  Regards
Here  is  a  new   interview  with  the  Swedish folk,Pagan  black  metal   band   Draugul. Draugul   has  recently  released the  third  cd   "Chronicles Untold"  through   Pesttanz  Klangschmiede.Hope  you  all  enjoy  the   interview  and  keep  watching  the  web-zine  for  updates  coming.

Interview  with   Vargblod    vocals  and  all  instruments  for   Draugul   done  by    Patrick

1.Hello   Vargblod! When  did you  first  start  listening  to   music? Who  were  some  of the  first  bands  and  artists  you   listened  to? Who  are  some   of your   current  favorite  artists and  bands?

Hello and thanks first and foremost for this interview opportunity! I was introducted to Metal quite early actually, by my father and uncle. By the age of six and seven I was already listening to Black Sabbath, Ozzy, and some Iron Maiden!

2.When  did you  become  interested  in  playing  and  writing  music?

Like every Metal fan.. it is always a dream to have your own band! I started my first band when I was 13 years old… we used to play some kind of death metal… in my mothers living room haha!

3.What   were  the   first  instruments  you  learned  to  play?  Are  you  self  taught or  did you  take  lessons  when  first  beginning?

My dad introduced me to the six stringer when I was 7, and taught  me some chords and stuff.. then I continued improving on my own. I never went to lessons or anything.. I discovered everything on my own. Later I started to be interested in other instruments too.. so I decided to start learning them as well!

4.Are  there   any  instruments you   have  not   learned to  play  that you  would  like to  learn  someday?

I always wanted to learn the Bagpipe… I have started actually but I never had time to actually focus on it as well as I wish!

5.Besides  the  instruments  you   also  handle  the  vocals  for   Draugul   when  did you  start  singing? Do  you  do  anything  special  to  keep  your  voice  healthy?

Well I was always involved in vocal parts in my previous bands.. so it grew with me as well I suppose!
Keeping my voice healthy… hehe.. no idea actually… 

6.Who  are  some  of your  influences and  favorite  vocalists?

Main influences for Draugul are Bathory and Burzum. As vocalists are concerned.. I get the muse from Vintersorg (although he is far better than me hehe), Fernando Ribeiro from Moonspell, Dio of course has top be one of my favourite vocalists ever! A true metal vocalist as it should be!

7. Vargblod    I  believe  you  lived   in   Malta  first  what  was  the  scene  like  in   Malta?  Who  were  some  of your  favorite  bands  from  Malta?

Yes originally I am from Malta. I moved to Sweden almost 2 years ago now. The scene in Malta is pretty healthy and I must say there are a lot of good bands from the island! Some great bands from there are Martyrium (my previous band when I was still in Malta), Forsaken, Beheaded and Victims of Creation, to mention a few!

8.When  did you  get  the   idea  to  move  to  Sweden? What  is your   opinion  of  Sweden's  metal  scene?  Favorite  bands and  artists? 
I always wanted to live close to nature, and in Malta it is quite impossible! Here I found everything I was looking for! Of course the metal scene in Sweden is HUGE! And a lot of my favourite bands are in fact Swedish too!
For example: Bathory, Dissection, Dark Funeral, Thyrfing, Necrophobic, Vintersorg, Marduk, etc, etc, etc…..

9. Draugul   has  recently released  their  third  masterpiece "Chronicles Untold"  through  "Pesttanz  Klangschmiede  how  did  you  come  in  contact  with this  label?

Actually it was the label who contacted me. They found some songs I had uploaded on youtube and apparently found my material interesting enough! I was of course happy to accept their deal and I thank Martin at Pesttanz for believing in me and giving me a chance!

10.How  long  did  it  take you  to  write  and  record  the  music for  this  release?

At most it took a whole year I guess….

11.This   is    Draugul's  third  cd to  date   how  do you  feel  the  music  has  changed over  the  last  few  years?

Yes the style kinda changed throughout the years… that is inevitable I presume…one always seeks to evolve and learn new things. Even the fact I moved to Sweden affected my songwriting I think!

12.What  are  some  topics/subjects  you  like to  write  and  sing  about?

Draugul always revolved around Scandinavian History, Folklore and Mythology, and of course Tolkien!

13.Vargblod   have  you  ever  thought  of  making  any  video's  for  any  Draugul  songs?  If  yes  which  songs  would  you  like to make?

  I actually started making one back in Malta for the song “Conquest of Jorvik”, then opportunity came for me to come and live here in Sweden when I found a job here and had to stop filming halfway through unfortunately.
I plan to make a professional one in the future here in Sweden though too…apart from the amateur ones I make myself for fun

14.Vargblod  are  you   currently   working  with  any  other  bands or  solo  projects?

In fact yes.. I am also the frontman and guitarist of Black Metal band KHAOSPATH. We have one album out – Synagoga Obscura and is also labelled with Pesttanz Klangschmiede. Currently we are doing some gigs and writing the new material for the second album.

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

Thanks again for the opportunity to express my thoughts with you and thanks to everyone who supported Draugul since the birth of the band! Hail Metal!

                                                              Label   Contact
                                                                 Band   Contact 

Reviews done on 11-30-15 done by Patrick

Here   is  a  new   batch  of  reviews  for  you  to  read  and  hopefully  find   something  to your  liking   and  if you  do  please  buy  some  merch  from  these  bands  and  labels.As  they  do  not   make  a  living  off  of this.
  I  hope  to  get  some  new  reviews and  hopefully  a  few   interviews  posted  before the  end  of  the   year{Hard to  believe  it  is  almost  over  with}

Abysmal  Growls Of  Despair---Between  My  Dead  cd  {Black  Plague Rec.,Metallic Media  and  Satanath Rec.}
Abysmal  Growls Of  Despair is  a  one man  band  coming  out  of  the  scene  in  France releasing  their  newest  cd   Between  My  Dead. The  main  man  behind  the band  is  Hangsvart who  handles  everything with the  band.Hangsvart   creates  very  dark  and  moody  music  combing  both  great  funeral doom  and  elements  of  drone  music  in  a  few  of the songs.The  guitars  are  heavy  and  played  at  a very slow  speed  that  is  really  done  with  a lot  of  skill  and  experience.The  drumming  is   just  as    slow  and  crushing and  played  with  a lot  of  good  drum  patterns.The  vocals  are  low  death metal  growls  and  fit  this style   perfectly.If you  are  a  fan  of  Funeral  doom  with  some  drone   mixed  in  then  this  is  a  band  you  will  want   to   add  to your   collection  today
                                                                        Label    Contact
Anal   Fissure--Mind   of  A Serial  Killer  cd  {Brute! Production}
 Anal   Fissure   is  a fairly  new  band   coming  out  of the   Philippines  brutal death  metal  scene.Combing    fast and  crazed  drums  with  some  really  good  guitar  riffs  and  patterns.This  is  a band that  can  play  vicious  and  blasting  death  metal.If you  are  a fan  of  sick and  straightforward  brutality  then  defintly  give  Anal   Fissures  debut  a  listen  today
                                                                       Label   Contact 
Aornos--Orior  cd  {Black Plague Rec.,Satanath Rec.}
Coming  out  of   the Hungarian  black  metal  scene  is  Aornos consisting  of  one  member  Algras.Algras  does  a great  job  of  creating  cold and  creative  mid-paced  black  metal  but  is   not  afraid  to  speed up  the  music  to  a faster tempo.The  guitars  range  from  mid tempo to  some  faster and creative  tempo's  with  some  acoustic  guitars  in  a few   of  the  songs.Algras  even   uses some  synthizers  in  a few  of the songs to  add  a dark  and  atmospheric  tone in  the  songs.The  vocals  are  black metal  screams.Aornos  has  created  a  black  metal   masterpiece   if you  are  a fan  of  cold  mid played  black metal  with  some  atmosphere  then  this  is  a band you  will  want  to   hear. 
                                                                                     Label   Contact 
 Bloodstrike----In Death We  Rot  cd {Redifining  Darkness  Rec.}
Colorado's  BloodStrike  return  with their  debut cd  "In Death We  Rot"  featuring  eleven  songs  of  old-school  death metal.The  guitars  are  done  with  a lot  of  with  a lot  of  talent  and  skill   and  very  well  written  guitar  patterns that  mainly  stay  in the  mid paced  range  but  do  speed  up  in  a few songs for  a  nice  mix.The  drumming  is   done  in the  same  vein  with  mostly  mid-paced  drum  patterns  with  a few  sections   of  faster drums.The  vocals  are  death  metal  growls  with  some  screams  mixed  into  a  few  of the  tracks.If  you   have  heard  this  band  other  demo's  and  like  what you   heard I  would  defintly  recommend  picking  this  cd  up today or  if you  are  someone  who  enjoys   early to  mid  nineties death  metal  give  this  band  a  listen  today.
                                                                             Label   Contact
                                                                               Band   Contact 
Korgull The  Exterminator--Reborn From  The   Ashes  cd   {Van  Rec.}
Korgull The  Exterminator  comes  out   of  Spain's  blackend thrash  metal  scene.Combing  extremely  fast  thrashy  guitar  riffs  and  chaotic  drum  patterns.The  band  is  very  good  at  writing  and  executing  their  brand  of thrash  with  some  elements  of  early  black  metal  entertwined  in the structures.The  guitarist  stays  mainly  in the  extreme fast  but  do  slow  to  a  mid paced range  and  writes  some  memorable  parts.The  vocals  are  in the  vein  of  blackend  screams that f it  the bands  music  perfectly.If  you  are  a  thrash  fiend  who  likes the  early  black  metal  then  Korgull The  Exterminator  is  a   band  for  you.
                                                          Label   Contact
                                                                 Band  Contact
Propaganda---The  Mask  Of  Sanity   cd   {Brute! Productions}
From   what  I  remember  seeing  and  hearing  a few  bands from  Indonesia had  a really  good brutal  scene in the early to  mid  2000's   and  I guess it  is still  going  strong.Propaganda  is the  first  band  from   Indonesia   I  have   heard  in  quite  a few  years combing a   nice  mix  of  late  90's  brutality with  elements  of  todays  brutal  death  metal.The  drumming  is  done  with  a lot  of   power and  speed.The  guitars  are done  with  a nice  mix  of mid tempo  riffs to  all  out  speed  riffs  with  some  very  well done  guitar  patterns  and  a few solo's  mixed  in.The  vocals  are  brutal and sick  death  metal  growls  that  fit  this  band's   style  perfectly
                                                                   Label   Contact
                                                                         Label   Contact
                                                                     Band  Contact