Sunday, December 10, 2017

Interview with Crypts Of Despair done by Patrick posted on 12-10-17

Interview  with DA  Vocalist and guitars for  Crypts Of  Despair   done by Patrick

1.Hello how are  things going in Lithuania  these  days? Please introduce yourself to the readers?

Hi, I am D.A. from Crypts of Despair (guitars/vocals) and everything is going pretty well, thank you.

2.When did you first  start listening to metal music and  who were  some of the first bands you listened to?Who  are some current bands that have  caught your  ear?

Everything started when I was 7 years old. One summer being bored at home I discovered my father's CD collection which consisted of the old Sepultura records, Metallica, Kreator, Sodom, Iron Maiden, etc. These were the first bands that drew me towards metal. Since then I started seeking out more. These days I mostly listen to post 2000's music like Disma, Dead Congregation, Grave Miasma, AOSOTH etc.

3.When  did you first meet the other members of the band?And how did you all choose  Crypts Of  Despair as the name of the band?

Every story is pretty unique and it would take a long time to tell. I joined the band through an ad I found saying they were looking for a guitar player. At that time our drummer S.K. was already there. The other members (S.J. and B.J.) I met going through the years and later they joined during changes in the line-up.
The name was already established when I joined so I do not know the origins of it. It was most likely thought of by a past member.

4.Who  would you  say  are  Crypts Of  Despair  biggest influences?

Conciously we are not trying to be influenced by any bands. We try to create music based on what we feel (life experiences, events, relations with other humans) but I guess you can never escape being influenced by other bands that you like.

5.Testimony Rec is  releasing  the debut full length The Stench Of The Earth  how did you  all come in contact  with this great  label?

We were looking for a label to realease the record. Coincidently I got in contact with Dennis of Testimony Records through social media and after some talk found out that he owned a label himself. I let him listen to our record which he loved and that is how we started thinking of working together. We liked the labels roster and Dennis attitude so negotiations started and it was decided to start a partnership.

6.Does the  whole band take part in the  writing  process or does one member  usually  write  everything?

Most of the material is written by myself however the band helps me with their input for instance writting lyrics (All the lyrics were written by S.J. and two of the song lyrics were written by B.J.) and making suggestions for some details of the songs.

7.Besides  the  The Stench Of The Earth debut  does the band have any other merchandise  currently  availible for the readers to buy?If  yes  what is availible and where can the readers buy it?

All of the merchandise can be found on our page. Currently we only have a few t-shirts left, however early next year we will be having more merchandise available so anyone interested should follow our social media pages.

8.Does  Crypts Of  Despair   get to play  live  very  often?What have  been some of the  bands most memorable  shows over the years?

Before the long break we used to play a lot in the Lithuanian local scene. We took any offer from the smallest clubs to festivals playing with any bands no matter what. These days we set our sights abroad and are trying to widen our horizon.
That would probably have to be most of our recent gigs the highlights being: Armageddon Descends V festival and other gigs where we shared the stage with Funebrarum. Phrenelith, Demonomancy. And most notably our London gig with Drowned and Craven Idol at Grave Miasma's 15 year anniversary.

9.Are their  any tours or shows  coming up in  support of the  debut release if yes where will the band be  playing? Who  are some bands you  will be sharing the  stage  with?

Currently it is to early to say but we are working on some things to make this happen. We will see what the future brings.

10. DA  when not working  on band business or new music  what  do you like to do  in your  free time?

Sometimes I attend other gigs locally but basically music IS my free time due to the fact that I have a full time job.

11.Besides  playing in  Crypts Of  Despair  do you  or any of the members  currently  work in any other bands?If yes please tell the readers a little about them?

Besides CoD I personally play in Luctus (black metal, lead guitar, new album to be recorded early next year), Sisyphean (black metal, bass/vocals, debut album "Illusions of Eternity" was realeased last month by Drakkar productions), Nahash (black metal, guitars).
S.J. - Luctus, Fuck off and Die!
S.K. - Luctus, Nekkralai

12. Crypts Of  Despair  comes out of Lithuania's  death metal scene  what is your  opinion of  Lithuania's metal  scene?

We don't have many bands and often times musicians play several bands. I think I'm right in saying there are only a few Death Metal bands over here. When it comes to the extreme branches of metal others in the country tend to veer towards Black metal.

13.Who  are your all time favorite   Lithuanian bands?And are their  any new bands you  feel the readers  should check  out  soon?

It just so happens that all the other bands I play in I was a fan of before I joined.
There is a new wave of bands here however that are well worth the attention of listeners: ERDVE, Au-Dessus, Faršas, Haeiresis, Infestation etc.

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

Thank you for this interview and support. Follow our social media pages and Testimony Records for more news.

Interview with Grethor done by Patrick posted on 12-10-17

Interview with  Grethor done by Patrick

1.Hails please introduce yourself to the readers. When did you become interested in writing and playing music?

Tony Petrocelly: I played guitar and bass on the album, as well as recording and mixing it. I've been obsessed with music for as long as I can remember, and started playing guitar and bass about 22 years ago. 

Brian Frost: I started playing music about 26 years ago when I was still in elementary school. I did well in several solo competitions and become interested in becoming a more dynamic musician. I eventually picking up guitar in my teens and composing my own music. 

Marcus Lawrence : Vocals and Lyrics. Been playing since I was 16.

2.Grethor was formed in 2007. When did you all get the idea to form this band, and how did you all choose Grethor as the name of the band?

Lawrence: This was oringinally a side project formed by Willy Rivera of LORD. He came to me with the idea of playing 1st Wave Black Metal, which no one was doing at that time. So, we got some people together and practiced in guitarist Bobby Lute's basement, then played some shows and recorded an EP. We have had some lineup changes and recordings since, but it all began with a bunch of guys just wanting to play old school black metal. 

The name Grethor is from Star Trek. It's the Klingon version of Niflheim, the Viking Underworld. It's a place for disgraced warriors in the afterlife, and was a great black metal name. We wanted to do something different from the usual occult or Tolkien themes that are typical in the genre's band names.

3.Who would you say are Grethor's biggest influences?

Frost: I’m all over the map, I did draw influences from Steely Dan and old blues rock albums, and old school black metal for this album. I didn’t write the lyrics, but I do believe that you can write music that draws emotion. I spend a while demoing songs until I felt something while playing it back.

Lawrence : I would say that depends on who is in the band at a given time. Willy was influenced by Bathory, Celtic Frost, or Venom, which is what we were doing. Bobby was quite influenced by Emperor, Immortal, and Dissection. Throw in Gorguts, Ulcerate, Portal, etc, and there you go.

4.Damnatio Memoriae is Grethor's debut cd which will be released in early 2018. Does the whole band take part in the writing process, or does one member write everything?

Petrocelly: The bulk of the songwriting was done by Anthony, with Brian contributing three songs. 

Frost: Everyone brought something to the table, which was great because I think it made the album more dynamic. Because of the sheer amount of material, we dropped a lot of music and focused producing and sharpening what we thought was the best songs. 

5.Who usually takes care of writing the lyrics, and what are some subjects you all wrote about on Damnatio Memoriae?

Lawrence : That's always been me. I have always written about the dangers of anti-intellectualism and the terror it brings, such as authoritarianism and rampant dehumanization. I grew up in the extremely dogmatic faith of Mormonism, and it shaped my views on authority. I often felt alienated by the lack of complete acceptance of it, as if I was sort of screaming into a wind tunnel. I found it to be stifling of creativity and limiting of exploring your limits. I came to the conclusion that if you believe that a divine being has a plan for you, just you, and someone directly to him and interprets that plan, then you will believe anything. You will kill to preserve conformity. You will crush the lives of others, so long as that man's word is a bond to that divine reward, be he Priest, Politician, Pastor, or Imam. It doesn't matter. You will needlessly suffer or destroy yourself and everyone around you so that he can prosper. I had a lot to write about these last couple of years. 

6.Has Grethor played live very often over the years? What have been some of the band's most memorable shows over the years?

Frost: We played a great show in Fairfax VA a few years ago where Marcus was wearing in corpsepaint and I wore a Blackhawks hockey jersey. I get pretty into my playing, and the floor was covered in peanut shells and beer. I almost ate the floor while headbanging with  someone in the audience. 

Lawrence: I really liked that old church in Alexandria. Or that field party that got shut down by the cops. Or those VFW shows. Or that Canal CLub show in Richmond back in '07. Still, nothing beats Grethor's very first show. We had no monitors, so we couldn't hear shit. Bobby stated playing the wrong song once, and I looked at Willy, who just shrugged. I look over at Bobby, who is just grinnning through his corpse paint, saying "This is awesome!" People afterward kept coming up to us and saying "That was black metal as FUCK!" I guess it was. Definitely raw. 

7.Are there any tours or shows planned in 2018 in support of the debut release? If yes, where will the band be playing, and who are some bands you will be sharing the stage with?

Frost: I think we are going to take a break and reconvene when we see the response of the album. I live in Chicago now, but I would make the time for the right show/tour.

Lawrence: Marcus : Hard to say at the moment, considering so many of us are moving on. This means lineup changes, and it's going to be hard to replace people, of course, but it has to be done. I really appreciate what everyone has done on this album, and moving on is always challenging. I just hope everyone is happy with the end result of their time in Grethor, and happy in the lives to come, you know?

8.Besides working in Grethor do you or any of the members currently work in other bands or solo projects?

Petrocelly: I play guitar in Construct of Lethe and drums in Lord.

Frost: I play guitar in a rock/jazz outfit called Protobomb, and guitar/vocals/drums in Angry Hate Infestation

Lawrence: I do vocals in a black metal project called Nox Summos, hopefully finish recording in the New Year. 

9.Grethor comes out of Virginia's black, death metal scene. What are your thoughts of Virginia's scene?

Petrocelly: We're from northern Virginia, which is sort a world unto itself as compared to the rest of the state. Northern Virginia most certainly has a scene, but death metal and black metal bands are pretty rare. Most of the larger venues around here that hosted shows have closed, so there's a pretty thick network of D.I.Y. shows, to the point where there's generally at least a couple shows every weekend.  

Frost: I was surprised that the metal scene in the DC is so small. Baltimore to the north and Richmond to the south seem to have much more robust music scenes in general. On the other hand, seeing a band like Suffocation play on the floor in a place that holds like 50 people was cool. 

Lawrence: Agreed. With all of that.

10.Who are some of your all-time favorite bands from Virginia? And are there any new bands you feel the readers should watch out for?

Petrocelly: The Day of the Beast and Cammo Shorts are my personal favorites.

Lawrence: I also agree, and going to add Affasia, Gloom, and Mournspire. 

Frost: Deceased and Municipal Waste come time mind quick. Local band Reticle is outstanding.

11.When not working on new music or band business what do you you like to do in your free time?

Petrocelly: What is free time?

Frost: I work on cars, see shows, I read a lot, and have discovered I’m good at cooking and making cocktails.

Lawrence: Personal Trainer by day, and also an actor. My kids take up quite a bit of my time, however.

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

Lawrence: Yes. Keep an eye out for the album, for starters, but some things beyond that? Stay informed. Ignorance goes beyond the limits of the microcosm of your immediate existence and concerns. If something tells you that anyone not like you has no right to the basic needs of existence, then it's probably bullshit propaganda. 

Frost: In the strict scientific sense we all feed on death..even vegetarians.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Interview with Hidden Marly Prod. done by Patrick posted on 12-3-17

Interview with  S. owner  of  Hidden  Marly Prod.  done  by  Patrick

1.Hello  S. please introduce yourself to  the  readers?

A. I'm manager of HMP. 

2.When did you first start listening  to metal music?And  who  were some of the  first  bands you listened to?

I don't remember. When I first noticed metal.

3.S. you  started  Hidden  Marly Prod. in 2010  what gave  you  the idea  to  start a  label?How  did you  choose  Hidden  Marly  as the  name of the label?

A. HMP started by Zero Dimensional Sub-Label. In the beginning, ZDR were supported for only Japanese Band. but I got lot of release offer from foreign Band's. and I wanted though release good foreign Band. so I started this label. 

4.What would you say is the easiest and hardest part of running a label?And would  you  have  any advice for anyone  thinking of starting  a label?

A. If you want managing label, you have to lot of moneymaking. CD and Vinyl sales figure's going down from few years ago. Also, When you given up on the way, don't start label. We have responsibility for Audience, Customer and Bands.

5.What  are your  current  releases that are available for the readers to  buy?

A. Mostly our release are available. you can find many release from ZDR online shop by Free Shipping.

6.Are you  currently  looking for  new bands to work with  and release or is the roster full at this time?What do you  look for  when signing  and releasing  a  band?

A. I'm always looking for good bands. and I can sure support for band's.
but lot of band's were good HMP reputation to friend by mouth to mouth, so I have lot of release in this moment. Our last work will be release in the Autumn 2018. 

7.Do  you  trade  with other labels from around the  world?If  any labels or distro's  are  reading  this  what  styles of metal do you  carry  in your  distro?If  anyone is  interested  how  can  they contact you for  possible  trades or wholesale  orders?

A. ZDR managing to our product of all stock. Distribtuion is ZDR mainly.

8.Do you  get  to  go to  a lot of  concerts  in your  city or  area?What have  been some of your most  memorable  concerts that you have   attended?

A. When I was younger, I went to lot of GIGs. Death, Black Heavy Metal and Hardcore etc... 

9.When  not  working  on  label  business  what  do you  like to do in your  spare  time?

A. I like solo travel. I will go to somewhere in a long vacation.

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

A. You're welcome. Thank you for the interested to our label. Our label is little bit passive, so we waiting for you guys action.
S / Hidden Marly Production