Saturday, September 20, 2014

Interview with Reckless Manslaughter done by Patrick on 9-20-14

Metal Hails

Reckless  Manslaughter  started  out  in  2008  in  Germany   mixing  old-school  u.s  and  german  influences.And  recently  released  their  second  cd   " "Blast  Into Oblivion"
through  Final  Gates  Records"   if you  are  a fan  of  early to mid  nineties  U.S and some  German  death metal   then  defintly  check  this  band  out  today!!  you  won't  be  disappointed

Metal Regards

Interview   with  Leimy  vocalist  of  Reckless  Manslaughter    done  by   Patrick

1.Hello Leimy how is life in Germany going for you? When did you first discover metal?

  Hi Patrick! Life is perfect here at the moment! We had some great gigs this year (the last one was at the Malta Deathfest one week ago) and now we are preparing for entering the studio in October to record three new songs. But until then I plan to go to a few cool festivals and concerts in the next weeks (e.g. the NRW Deathfest, Carnage Feast and the Bolt Thrower-tour). I'm a metalhead since I am 11 years old. A friend at school gave me „...and justice for all“ from Metallica and *baaaaamm*, I was totally into this kind of music :D A few years later, in 1996 I discovered Cannibal Corpse and so for 18 years I'm in love with Death Metal – a true love which will never end ;)

2.When did you meet the other members of Reckless Manslaughter? What is the current line up? For the readers who have never heard Reckless Manslaughter how
would you describe the music?

 At the moment the lineup consists of the following people (and I'm sure it will be the perfect lineup for a long time): Chris - Bass Dennis – Guitar
Leimy – Vocals
Pneumator – Drums Sebi – Guitar
Dennis joined us in 2012, when we were in search for a second guitar-player to evolve our sound and he totally fits to us and the vision we had with RECKLESS MANSLAUGHTER. It was a great decision because he expanded our sound and we soon became friends. Until then there were only the four friends Chris, Leimy, Pneumator and Sebi who just wanted to do some brutal old school Death Metal to kick some asses :D I would describe our music as a mixture between Brutal Death Metal and classic Death Metal in the vein of Cannibal Corpse, Monstrosity and here and there even Bolt Thrower. Feel free to get your own picture and check us out at ;)

3.The band is signed to Final Gate Rec. how did the band come in contact with this label?Are you happy with the job they have done so far?

We know Marco from Final Gate Records (he is also the owner of Rotten Roll Rex) since a few years from concerts and festivals. He is really a nice guy and we gave him the Promo-CD of our latest album at a gig of Macabre and he was directly totally into our stuff and wanted to release it! We are really happy with the work he has done so far, because he totally stands behind the stuff he has in his sortiment and he only releases music which he really likes. No rip-off behavior, just pure dedication!

4.Reckless Manslaughter has released their second cd "Blast Into Oblivion" how long did it take to write the music for the songs? 

We are not the fastest songwriters, so it took nearly two years to get the stuff together. Sometimes it's hard to arrange with the music because of our jobs and families and so there aren't so many rehearsals. But when we rehearse then the earth is shaking and we collect cool riffs and ideas. Hope the next album won't take so much time...

5.Does the whole band work on the music or does one member usually write everything?

  We are doing the classical style of writing music: A guitar-player comes in with a cool riff-idea and around that we construct a new song at our rehearsal-room. So everybody can contribute with his own ideas.

6. Who usually writes the lyrics for the band? What are some topics/subjects you all write about?

Usually I'm in charge for the lyrics. But since I'm not the best lyric-writer I always get some help from the other bandmebers or friends. Usually we are writing about death, war and apocalypse. Typical Death Metal stuff ;) For us the lyrics aren't so important and so you will never hear some obscure, pseudointellectual elitist-shit. Just some putrid and rotten Death Metal-stuff right in your face ;)

7.Reckless Manslaughter comes out of the mighty German scene.What is your opinion of Germany's metal scene?

 At the moment there is a great underground-scene in Germany and in the last few years we met a lot of cool bands on the road with which we became friends. There is a strong solidarity between the bands and no rivalry. We help each other with gigs and even guest-apperances and enjoy the positive reactions we get. There are so many different and totally individual bands like never before. No matter if you like Swedish Death metal, Brutal Death Metal, American Death Metal, Death/Doom or Black/Death: For every taste you will find a special band! I hope the scene will stay strong!

8.Who are your all time favorite German bands? Are their any new bands you feel the readers should check out?

My two favourite German bands are Fleshcrawl and Obscenity. I can't decide which I love more since they are providing totally different styles of Death Metal, but both meant much to me and influenced me a lot! At the moment I'm totally in love with the new stuff of our friends of Diabolical Imperium which released a great new album last year which has to be checked out by any fan of American Death Metal! The new Deserted Fear-album will also be a total killer and prepare for the best album which Obscure Infinity has recorded so far! I visited them in the studio and also heard an early roughmix and I was totally blown away! American Death Metal meets Swedish Death Metal meets Black Metal! I'm sure this will be a classic. Oh and then there are my brothers from Sulphur Aeon who also released a fantastic debut last year and got phenomenal reactions from all over the world for their awesome „swallowed by the ocean's tide“-record. As you see, there are many great bands here :)

9.Does Reckless Manslaughter play "live" very often or do you prefer the studio?

We totally prefer to play live! There is nothing which could be cooler than presenting your stuff to an interested audience! Usually we play about 15 gigs per year, which isn't so much. But it's okay for us, because of our work- and family-duties. So every gig is a big event for us and we give our best to make everytime a big party :D

10.Does the band have any tours or shows coming up if yes please tell the readers where you will be playing? Who are some bands you have shared the stage with?

The next gig is at our favourite place at the „AJZ Bahndamm“ in Wermelskirchen and we will share the stage with such awesome acts as Ecocide, Lifeless, Morbid Flesh and Funeral Whore. It will be a night to remember for sure :D After that we have a gig with Wound and Brutally Deceased in Wolfsburg and in December we contribute at a brutal Death Metal-concert in Paderborn. Until today we shared the stage with such awesome acts like Beheaded, Defeated Sanity, Possessed, Brutal Truth, Sadistic Intent, Dehumanized, Cruciamentum, Chapel of Disease, Orphalis, Arroganz, Tombthroat, Mass Infection, Putrid Pile, Cropment or, in May 2011, even with the mighty Morgoth! Not the worst list, uhh? :D

11.What does the term underground metal mean to you?

Underground means insurgency against the mainstream! Fuck trends, fuck moneymakers and followers! Underground means devotion and dedication to the music we love so much: Death fucking Metal!

12.Leimy you handle the vocals for the band when did you first become interested in singing/growling? Do you do anything special to keep your throat/voice healthy?

At the age of 16 I began to record my own growls while singing to some old Six Feet Under stuff. I did a little competition who sounds more brutal and who can growl deeper with an old friend and there we discovered our talent for this singing-style. I loved it to experiment with the voice and I always wanted to found my own Death Metal-band. Well, it took me 8 years until this dream come true, but better late than never ;) Before we rehearse or play a gig I always warm up my voice with 10 minutes of different vocal-warm-ups (I discovered them from the „zen of screaming“-DVD from Melissa Cross) which totally sounds strange and bothersome, but it really helps to pretend vocal-chord-damage! I only can recommend this to any extreme-singer!

13.Leimy who are some of your favorite vocalists? Do you currently play any other instruments?

My favourite vocalists are Jason Avery (Ex-Monstrosity), Chris Barnes (only the „Tomb of the mutilated/The Bleeding”-era), Mikael Akerfeldt (Opeth, Ex-Bloodbath), Dan Swanö (Edge of Sanity, Ex-Bloodbath), George Fisher (Cannibal Corpse) and Tommy Dahlström (Aeon, Defaced Creation). I tried out different instruments but I have no feeling for rhythm so I decided to let it be ;)

14.Leimy do you or any of the members of Reckless Manslaughter currently play in side bands? If yes please tell the readers a little about them?

At the moment only Chris, our bass-player, is playing in another band. The band is called „The Mystery“ and it is totally different to our stuff. It is melodic Heavy Metal with a female singer. Really not my kind of music ;)  Dennis used to play at the classic Doom Metal-band „For god's sake“ but they unfortunately disbanded last year without releasing their already recorded, really awesome album which was totally influenced by Candlemass or even Black Sabbath. Really a shame that it was never released....

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

Thank you for the deep interview and the interest in our music! It means really much to us, that there are some people out there who are enjoying and supporting our stuff! Grind on and keep your eyes open for our

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Chiral interview done by Patrick on 9-20-14

I  am  finally  done  with  the  insane  hours  at  work  {for  awhile}  so  expect  a lot  of  new  interviews  and  reviews  very  soon.
The  first  one  is  Italy's Chiral  one man  band  who  has  released  a  great  e.p  right  now  it  is  only  digital  format  but  is  very  well  played  so  definitely  check  the  band  out  and  if  you  are  more  into  physical  cd's  {like  most  of  us}  the  U.S label  Black  Plague  will  be  releasing  it  early  next  year.
check  out  the  interview  and  buy  the  E.P  today.

 Interview with Chiral of Chiral done by Patrick

1.Hello when did you first get the idea to form Chiral? How did you come up with the name of the band? For  the readers who have never heard Chiral's music how would you describe the music?

I had the idea of Chiral at the end of 2013 when I recorded a demo version of Sulfur, which is included in my first demo “Winter Eternal”.
I got the inspiration for the name from an episode of “Breaking Bad”, the famous TV series.
I’d like to describe Chiral’s music as Elite Black Metal, which is a term that I like very much. By the way my music is black metal with traces of prog rock, death metal, doom metal and ambient sounds.

2.When you started Chiral did you plan to keep it a one-man band or have you searched for other musicians  to join?

No, I always wanted to keep Chiral as a one-man band since the very beginning.

3.If you had the opportunity to work with any musicians {past or present} who are some musicians you would love to work with?

Well, I’ll be very pleased to work with Mikael Akerfeldt from Opeth, he’s surely one of my main inspirations.
I also be very happy to work with Steven Wilson, I think he’s one the brightest minds that we have today in music.

4. Chiral has released the debut E.P {Digitally} "Abisso" how long did it take you to write the music for these song? Where do you draw inspiration for the lyrics?

I spent about 2 months to write the music part.
Well, actually I cannot say exactly where I draw the inspiration for the lyrics. Simply I needed to talk about some stuff that really mind to me.

5.If anyone is interested where can the fans download the "Abisso" E.P?

You can download “Abisso” from the following link:
It’s only 2.50€, which is about 3 bucks, so it’s very affordable. Isn’t it!?!

6.I know Black Plague Records is supposed to release the cd version soon. Any idea when it might be  released? Will their be any bonus songs on the cd version?

It should come out in early 2015. And no, it doesn’t contain any bonus song, but it’ll come in an awesome jewel case with a fucking good cover art…isn’t enough? Hahaha

7.How has the response been from the fans? What about the press?

Not bad at all so far. Can you believe that some fans, and also a couple of ‘zines, defines “Abisso” as a masterpiece!?!
I know that it’s not a masterpiece at all, and maybe those comments are overrated, but I fell happy anyway to know that someone really enjoys my stuff.

8.Have you started working on the next demo or full-length? Any idea how many songs will be on the next  release?

Yes, I do. But there’re a mere draft songs at the moment, so I don’t know yet if I’ll include all in my next release.
Maybe it’s too early to talk about a new album, but yes, I’m working on something.

9.Have you ever considered playing live or is Chiral a studio only project?

I decided to keep Chiral only as a studio project at the moment.

10.You come out of the mighty Italian metal  scene. What is your opinion of Italy's metal  scene?

Actually I don’t think that the Italian metal scene could really be called mighty. Personally I don’t like so much the extreme music we have in Italy. Maybe I shouldn’t say so, but it’s just what I think.

11.Who are your all-time favorite bands from Italy? Are there any new bands you feel the readers should check out?

I said before I don’t appreciated very much the Italian metal, but there’re few really huge bands. My favorites are: Chaos Plague, finest prog death; Solitude Project, depressive black/rock, I listened to their latest split with Vita Odiosa at least a thousand time; Monumentum, well, what can I say? Simply Magnificent!
And if I have to suggest some new bands to keep an eye on, I’ll probably say: Woman Is The Earth (atmospheric black metal from USA), HaatE (black ambient from Italy) and Bròn (ambient black from Scotland).

12.At what age did you become interested in  playing the guitars? Are you self taught or did you take lessons when first learning?

I started playing the guitar when I was 10 years old. I took a couple years lessons at the very beginning, then I’ve decided to develop my skill on my own.
Anyway, I truly believe that having a good teacher it’s absolutely crucial in a musical instrument learning process.

13.Who are some of your influences/favorite guitarists? Do you play any other instruments?

My all times favorites guitarist are:
Pat Metheny, Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, John Petrucci, Kiko Loureiro and Gary Moore.
And yes, I play bass guitar and drum (just a little bit) beside guitar. I also learned to play harmonica some years ago.

14.You also handle the vocals for the band when did you first start singing/screaming? Do you do anything to  keep your voice/throat healthy? Who are some of your favorite vocalists?

That’s a good question! Actually I don’t know when I started to scream, but probably no more than a couple of years ago.
But I’m not a singer at all. Yes, I like to scream and growl all along my music but surely I don’t have the proper technique for these kind of vocals. Simply I try to imitate my favorite singers, and that’s how my scream comes out. So I don’t have secret tips to maintain my throat health. But I can suggest you to warm up your throat and vocal-chords every times before you start to sing/practice.
Anyway my favorite vocalist are:
Mikael Akerfeldt (Opeth), the best ever for me, period.
Niilo Sevanen (Insomnium).
Jon Nödtveidt (Dissection), R.I.P. but he’s still one of the best.
Tomas Lindberg (At The Gates), anyway I prefer Tompa’s early years vocals.
Steffen Kummerer (Thulcandra).

15.Well Chiral thank you for taking the time to do this interview do you have any final comments for the readers?
Thank you too Patrick, it has been a pleasure.

Well, if I can I’d recommend to like my facebook page to keep up to date with Chiral.
And I’d also like to give you my bandcamp page address so you can check out all my music if you want.
Finally I want to thanks everyone who supported me through these months… and keep horns up! \m/

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