Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Interview done with Exterminas done by Patrick on 1-20-15

Here is  a  new  interview  with  the  Italian  black metal  band   "Exterminas"   black metal  band. The  bands  debut  cd  "Seventh  Demoniacal  Hierarchy"  through  Metallic  Media  and  is  now  working  on  a  new release  be  sure to  read the  interview  for  some news  and  be sure to  like  and  keep  checking their  sites for  updates. 

Interview  with  Moloch   Guitarist  for   Exterminas   done  by  Patrick

1.Greetings   when  did  the  members  of    Exterminas   first  meet? What  is  the  current  line-up  of  the  band?  

 Exterminas was formed in 2009 by me and Raven. Later the other members joined and the current line-up is: me and Eskathon on guitars, Raven on drums, Februus as vocalist and Skoll on bass. 

2.For  the  readers  who  have  never  heard    Exterminas   how  would  you  describe the   music?
 Basically we play black metal. I can not be more clear because someone says we are close to Marduk, others says we are close to Satyricon or Darkthrone and so on. I would say it's '90s black metal seen from our personal point of view.

3.Exterminas  released  their  debut  cd  "Seventh Demonical Hierachy"  through  Metal  Media  how  did  you  come  into  contact  with   this great  label?  How  has  the  response  been  from  the  fans? What  about  the  press?

 We have found out about Metallic Media through some their releases and decided to get in touch. The response from the fans was rather good and so from the press. The album received some some very good reviews and we were pleased of the general response.

4.I believe  I  read  on  your  facebook  page that  Exterminas   has a  new  Mcd  coming  out? How  many  songs  will their  be  on  the  new  release? Will you  all work  with  Metallic Media  again?

Yes, at the time we are working on a new album and it is almost complete although I do not know when it is going to be released. There will be 8 tracks, as in the previous work. We have not spoken with Metallic Media about a new collaboration. I don't think we will work with them this time. We have decided to collaborate with an European label for this release and we are already in touch with some of them.

5.How  long  does  it  usually take  the  band to  write a song? Does  the  whole  band  work  on the  music  or  does  one  member  usually  write  everything?
There is no standard time to write a song. Some of them are finished very quickly and for others it takes a bit longer. Usually I or Eskathon compose the guitars' parts and then we all work on it together.

6.Who  usually  takes  care  of  the  lyrics?  what  are  some  topics/subjects  you  all  write  about? 

Lyrics are usually written by Februus. Our songs are about nonsenses of religions and about the will to oppose all kinds of dogmas. 

7.Does  Exterminas  play  very  many  live  shows  or do  you  all prefer to  work  in  the  studio? What  have  been  some of your   most  memorable  shows to  date?

We certainly prefer to play live shows and not to work only in the studio. We have had many shows, it is hard to say which one was the most memorable. There are many shows I remember gladly, maybe playing at Winterstorm Festival (metal festival in Venice) and supporting The Stone are amongst our more satisfying shows.
8.Are their  any  shows  or  possible tours  set-up  for  2015?   Who  are some  bands you  have  had  the   opportunity to  share  the  stage  with?  Has the  band  ever  gotten to  play  outside of  Italy  yet?

At the moment there are not confirmed shows for this year, as we are focussing on the new album. We have played with many bands, amongst all of them I would mention Impiety and The Stone. With the last one we have played and Bosnia and that is the only show outside of Italy for the moment. 

9.Exterminas   comes  out  of  the  Italian  black  metal  scene.What  is your   opinion  of  Italy's  Black metal  scene?

There is no real black metal scene in Italy. There is a huge number of bands but there is no concord. Many of them act like superstars and the is no working-hard culture. On the other hand we have many people complaining about the lack of live shows and then not going to them and supporting the bands when then play. The Italian black metal scene seems to be only on Facebook at the moment.

10.Who  are your  all-time  favorite  Italian  bands? Are  their  any  new  bands  you  feel  the  readers  should  check  out  soon? 
I can not choose a  single band. Just check them all!! I think every band deserves an opportunity.

11.What  does  Black Metal  mean  to you all?
Black metal is a passion for us. We play this kind of music because it's what we want to do and we feel that it can entirely spread our thoughs.
12.Are  any of the  members  of  Exterminas   currently  working  with  side-bands  or  solo  projects? If  yes  please tell the   readers  about  them?
At the moment I am working with my new post black metal band called Dispersion (http://dispersion1.bandcamp.com/releases). Last year we have released the debut EP and we are working on the first full length now.
13.Thank  you  all in   Exterminas  for  taking  the time  to  fill out  this  interview. Do  you   have  any  final  comments  for  the  readers?

I would like to thank Winter Torment webzine for this interview. If you want to hear something from Exterminas just visit some of the links below:
Take a look at our pages, there would surely be some news very soon!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

New Reviews done on 1-10-15 done by Patrick

Metal  Hails
Here is  the  first  batch  of  reviews  for  the  new  year  hope  everyone  finds some  good  bands  this  year.Expect  a lot of  new reviews  and  Interviews this  year. 

Aegon--Nocturnal   Glorification    cd   {Elegy  Records} I  don't   know  what  it  is  about  Finland  but  the  country  has  one  of  the  best  black metal {and  death metal}  scenes  today.And Aegon  is  no  exception  the  main  man  behind  this  band  is  Lord Aegeon  playing  raw,vicious  black metal  the  way  it was done  in the early  to  mid  90's. With  screechy,raw  guitar  chords  that  range  from  fast  to  a  more mid-paced  range  and sound.The  drumming  is top  notch  with  some  extremely fast,chaotic  beats.The  vocals  are   raw  demonic  shrieks.If  your  a  fan  of  raw,violent  black metal  then  defintly  do yourself  a  favor  and  buy this  cd  today!! 
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Arkona/Illness--Split  7Inch   {Godz  Ov  War  Prod.}
Poland's  Arkona  starts  off this  split  with  their  song  "Klucz Do Istnienia" the  song  is  filled  with  a lot  of  energetic  and  insane  styled  Black  metal with  some  thrash  entertwined  within the  guitar  patterns.Drumming  is  done  with  a lot  of  powerful and speedy drum  beats.The  vocals  are done  in  the  black metal  shrieks  style  which  really  sounds  great  on  this  song.Up  next  is  Illness  with   their  track  "Zara"   Illness  seem to  be  more darker  and  even  have  a industrial  element  within their  music.It  is  a  decent  track  with  some  heavy  guitars  and fast drums  but  I  am  much  more  into  raw/violent  black metal.  But  if you  are a fan  of   Industrialized  black metal  then  defintly  check  out  Illness. 
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Cold Blood--Chronology Of  Satanic  Events   {Metallic  Media}
ColdBlood  come  out  of  the  mighty Brazilian  death metal  scene  playing  a   mix  of  old-school {early  90's}  death  metal  with  their  second  cd  "Chronology Of  Satanic  Events ".Heavy mid-paced  death  metal  with  some  faster  parts  within a few  tracks.The  guitars  are  done  with  excellent  precision  and  talent.The  drumming  is top notched as well with  some  mid-paced drums before speeding up with  some faster thrashy drum  patterns.The  vocals  are done  in the death metal  growls  with  some  screams  mixed in  with the  growls.Cold Bloood reminds  me  of  early  Deicide  and  other  excellent U.S death  metal  bands a  great release  and  band  for  anyone  into  deicide  or  old-school death  metal. 
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Exterminas--Seventh  Demoniaca   Hierarchy   cd   {Metallic   Media}
Italy's  black  metal  scene  strikes  gold  once  again  this  time  unleashing the  band  Exterminas.Exterminas  have  created  and  crafted  a  very  well  written release  blending traditional black metal  with  some  very  well  written  music.The  guitars  are done  with  extremely  creative   riffs   that  go  between  fierce  and faster  riffsto a  more controlled  speed.The drumming  is  in the  same vein as the  guitars going from  mid-paced drum  patterns to  a  more violent fast speed.The  vocals  are a  bit of a  mix of  styles  with  some  black metal  shrieks  and  some death metal  growls  entertwined in  a few  of the  songs.Exterminas  have released a  great  sounding debut  release  recommended to  all  in  black metal .
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Keeper--MMXIV  CD   {Black  Plague Rec./Metallic Media}
This  is  the  debut  cd  from  California's   Keeper  who  know  how to  mix  slow  doom  and  black metal together. The  guitars  are  slow  and  heavy  riffs.The  drumming  is  done   in  the  same  vein  slow  and  crushing drums.The  vocals  are  gruff black metal  vocals  with  some tormented  shrieks  thrown in the  mix.I am  not a huge  fan  of the  funeral doom but  this  is  a good release  if you  are  into  funeral doom  with  some  elements  of black metal.
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Lair--Black Moldy Brew  cd   {Elegy    Rec.}
Lair  come  out  of the  Ukraine  black metal scene  the  music ranges  in speed with a semi fast  black metal to  an  all-out  assult  on your  ear drums.The  drumming  is  top  notch  whether it is  a  mid-paced  range  or  blast beating  away on  the drum  kit.The  vocals  are  very  interesting to  say the  least  with  violent hollering  and  screams  entertwined.Lair  is  not  as  good  as Aegon  but  is  still  worth  the   money  if you enjoy  violent  fast  black  metal.
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Morbosidad--Tortura  MLP  {Nuclear War  Now!}
Morbosidad  have unleashed their  brand  new  Mlp  "Tortura"   mixing  a nice  blend  of  old-school black  and  death  metal  elements together  with some  elements  of  war metal chaos.The drumming  is  non stop  fast  and  chaotic  all over the place  which  really fits these  songs.The  guitars  are  equally  as fast   with  some  excellent  guitar  patterns and riffs.The  band  is  not  all speed and chaotic music the  band  does slow it  down  in a few  songs to a more mid-paced range  before  pummeling  the  listener  with another  barrage  of  fast  guitars and drums.
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Neoheresy--Noc  Ktora  Dniem    Sie  Stala   cd   {Elegy  Rec.}
Neoheresy  is the  new  band/project  from  the  mastermind of  Hellveto{r.i.p}    Neoheresy   plays  a  very  good  style  of  atmospheric  metal  with  plenty   of  folkish  influences.The  music  is  played  with  great  arrangements  and  style.The vocals  are  done  with  both  clean  singing  and  some  gruff black metal  vocal  patterns entertwined.This  is a  great debut  cd that  is crystal clear  and you  hear every  instrument .
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Interview with Desolate Shrine done by Patrick on 1-10-15


Here is  a   new  interview  done  with  the  great  Finnish  band   Desolate  Shrine.The  band  is  getting  ready to  release their  3rd  cd  and I  believe  LP through  the  mighty  Dark Descent Rec.  so  if you   have  heard this  band  you   know  what  I  am  talking  about  and  if you  are  new to them  and  enjoy  Dark death  metal  with  some very  well played  music  defintly  check  this  band  out  today.

Metal  regards



Interview   with  L.L  all  instruments   for   Desolate   Shrine  done   by   Patrick

1.Metal  hails  L.L  how  is  2015  starting  out  for  you?  When  did  you  first  become  interested    in  playing  music? 

I think I´ve always been interested in playing and composing music. At pre-school age I took a bunch of piano lessons for some years but never really “felt it” that much. It never grew into a passion. With the newer technology - midi, trackers etc - I found a way to do full songs with all the necessary instruments no matter how awful they sounded. It still did remind me of so called real music enough. Then I got a guitar, played with it for awhile and got bored. At some point I did realise that drums are the instrument that I most want to play as it felt so physical. Hitting things made me feel good. At that point I was bad to okay with almost any basic band instrument so I could swap roles between them. I never liked practising techniques and that´s why I never became a technical player. In hindsight it does not matter as I can do whatever I want at the level I´m ok with. This fact have also shaped my musical preferences: passion can and must be audible - mistakes belong to music that are crafted by human beings. Being perfect makes everything utterly boring and soulless.

2.What  were  the  first  instruments  you   learned  to   play?  Are  their   any  instruments  you  don't  know  how to   play  but  hope to  learn  someday  soon?

 I´ve always liked woodwinds, violins and other classical instruments. “Jethro Tull” flute would be great addition too but at least now it feels that it would require too much effort and time to really learn the instrument properly. We´ve been talking with few friends about hauling as many weird and ethnic instruments as possible and start jamming and see what comes out. This, of course, would have nothing to do with metal and would not interfere our current bands. Everything has it´s place but not necessarily everywhere. Anyway, it´s good to have curiosity about different things and think outside the box thus keeping things interesting for yourself.

I hate harpsichord and pan flute from the bottom of my heart though

3.Who   are  some  of your   influences/favorite   Musicians? If  you   had  the  chance  to  work  with  any  Musicians {past  or  present}  who  would  you  like  to  work  with?

 For me the main influences are mostly from 90´s. Quite obviously the swedish death metal scene (Entombed, Dismember, Grave etc.) and norwegian black metal (Darkthrone, Emperor and all the basic stuff) made the biggest impression while I was younger. These were not the first metal bands for me but the most influential. I did grow up with all the classic 80´s thrash, thanks to my older brother, but none of that did not make as lasting impression as aforementioned 90´s bands. I still adore many bands from that era (and before) but I found my own musical identity somewhere between ´90 to ´95.

Nowadays I draw a LOT of inspiration from soundtracks, ambient, classical music and non-metal music in general. When I listen to metal I tend to get really uninspired about, well, composing and playing metal. There are thousands of metalheads at the rehearsal place mimicking every other metal band in existence. Why the fuck should I do it too ? This is, of course, a fruitless way of thinking but I can´t seem to escape it. Therefore I´ve found other sources of inspiration to keep me going.

Hard to come up with someone I´d really like to work with, to be honest. LG Petrov could drop some guest vocals. I´d be okey with that. I´d be Honored to work with most of my idols but maybe not that much in DS context. If, for example Fenriz or King Diamond would ask me to participate in whatever project I would say “yes” in an instant

4.When  did  you  first  get  the  idea  to  form  Desolate  Shrine?  What  is  the  current  line-up?

 It was somewhere around 2008 or 2009 when I started working with this idea of “mid-tempo death metal with HM2 -guitars and doomier parts”.  I was absolutely sick of technical death metal, metalcore and stuff like that at the time and wanted to do something else. For me it felt like bands were competing about how many notes you can play in one song - everything seemed to be more athletics than music. Every band had started to sound the same as the production (especially drums) started to have certain unhealthy standards. Drums were mostly samples and everything had to be on grid. Desolate Shrine was, in a way, born out of this idea that I had to do something differently - to counter this annoying trend somehow. Of course there were a lot of amazing bands doing that already at the time but almost all that caught my attention were way overproduced, boring and soulless.

Current line-up is the same as it has always been and probably will be as long as we do this under a banner of Desolate Shrine.

5.Desolate  Shrine's  newest  cd "The Heart Of The Netherworld"    will be  released  in early  2015  by  the  great  label   Dark  Descent Rec.   how  did  you   come  in  contact  with  the  label?

 R.S. knew Matt who asked us if we were interested in releasing the upcoming (The Sanctum) through DDR. The label fit as really well so no problems there. 

6.How  long  did  it  take  you  to  write  the   music  for  the  new  songs?  Where  do  you   usually  draw  inspiration  for  the   lyrics?

 The whole writing process took about two years. Usually the songs come in 2 to 3 at the time and then there´s a longer break. At that time we´ll see where the material is taking us and where we should be heading. It´s important, for me, to let inspiration come naturally and therefore there has to be time for inspiration to build up so it can burts again with maximum force. That´s how music comes together naturally and never forced.

Most of the time I have some kind of idean about the “feel” of the song. The structure and/or main idea what I will then follow more or less. Sometimes, during the writing process, the big picture may distort and twist into something completely different but it does not matter. The longer songs (We dawn anew, desolate shrine, the heart of the netherworld) all had a clear structural “guidelines”: how the song starts, how it ends, what happens in the middle, what and how the dynamics alter etc. The vision never changed but the riffs might have. It´s all about a mood I´m trying to create as I see songs as stories instead of collection of riffs. This is why every single note (or absence of it) has it´s place and meaning.

We are all about albums as a whole. Songs have to be good too, of course, but DS albums are meant to be listened from start to finish. I am aware that most people don´t like this approach and never really concentrate on what´s going on and therefore sadly miss the point but that´s their loss. Even in extreme metal people wants to have  songs that are “bite sized”, easy to bang your head with. We are not that band they are searching for in that case.

For "The Heart of the Netherworld" album the lyrics are based on M.L´s personal life occultic workings, studies and findings.

7.Does  Desolate  Shrine   ever  play  live  very  often  or  is this  a studio only  band? Are  their  any  tours  or  shows  planned  for  2015? Who  will be some  places you  all will play?

 We have played one gig so far at Steelfest 2014, Finland. We had help with session members who are also our friends and currently active at Finnish metal scene. It went well - way better than expected as we did not have too many rehearsals and I had to revisit older songs that I had no clue anymore how they were played. It was a lot´s of work over a short time period. Overall it was a good experience and now that we know it (live) can work, I see no reasons why not do it again some time. But right now it´s not something I´m thinking about. We will see what the future holds.

8.LL.  are you  or  any of the   members   of  Desolate Shrine   currently  working  with  other  bands? 

R.S. is active with Lie in Ruins, Perditions Winds and an yet unnamed (as far as I know) project. M.L. is with The Crescent, Lord of Pagathorn and Famulus ab Satanas. I´m currently working with a doom project which still has no name. All the songs are pretty much written but there is lot´s of work ahead. It´s really, really slow and heavy with, unsurprisingly, very long songs. I don´t want DS to turn into a doom band so I have to purge some of these… impulses somehow.

9.Desolate  Shrine   comes  out  of  the  mighty  Finnish metal  scene what  is  your  opinion  on  the  scene  in  Finland? 

The Finnish scene is, as far as I know, quite healthy at the moment. I don´t follow it too much though. Most of the “buzz” is about the mainstream stuff and the same bands are at the limelight year after year. The thing is: we have really, really strong underground scene which I feel is very underrated. It´s not  surprise though as the metal scene is so over saturated here. Most of the better bands don´t get the attention they need. I mostly follow what my friends bands are doing nowadays.

10.Well  we  have  reached  the   end  of  the  interview  thank  you  for  taking  the  time  to  fill this  out.Do  you   have  any  final  words  for  the  fans?

Thank you for support and the interview! I hope some people will buy the physical version(s) as the artwork is a big part of the band and album.

To  Order the   new  Desolate  Shrine   please  check  out  the  Dark  Descent  web-shop  here


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