Thursday, April 30, 2015

Interview with Sandra N. owner and D.J for Castle Blakk Radio done by Patrick on 4-30-15

Metal  Hails!!
Here  is  a  new  interview   with  Sandra  who  own's/run  the  radio-station   "Castle  Blakk Radio"  Any  metal,rock  etc..  bands,fans  etc.. should  check  it  out  today.

Interview   with  Sandra  N.   owner and  D.J  for  Castle  Blakk   Radio    done  by   Patrick

1. Hello  Sandra   how  is   life  treating  you  these days? When  did you  first  get  into  rock and  metal? 

 Life is great! Enjoying myself :) I've always loved music, but I'd have to say early seventies. (showing my age lol)
First major concert was Goose Lake International Music Festival, attendance was 200,000 ppl! held August 7–9, 1970 right here
in Jackson, Michigan.

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

 All time fav's would have to be Classic's, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Saxon, & Trouble.
As for now, so many great bands, hard to name just a few. Bands to watch for me are  In-Defilade (US), Patrias (Serbia), A Sound of Thunder (US), Orcus (US), Threatpoint (US).

3. When did  you   become  interested  in  becoming  a  d.j?

About 6 yrs ago, a friend of mine asked me to come into a chatroom to say hello, ended up having fun and was asked to dj. Was  pretty scared my first show. Stage fright for sure lol

4. I believe you  started  Castle  Blakk  Radio  in the  beginning  of  2015. What  gave  you  the  idea to  start  your  own   station? How  did  you  come up  with the  name  Castle  Blakk?

 Actually Castle Blakk Radio was started in 2011, but put on hold after a few months, as I traveled to, and lived in Jordan, (yes, Middle East) for a year.  We decided in January, it was time to ressurect, restructure and bring experience to airwaves. I've never bragged about being a top Dj, but I do have experience in promotion and concerts via Michigan Deathfest and International Metalfest. (Aug 11th marks the 25th anniversary of Michigan Deathfest).
As for name, my friend started a recording studio named Castle Blak (1983), did some recordings for Lucifers Hammer and others. Then we decided to take our concert promotion a step further. We had been doing shows with my former company name Double M Productions, well known for Michigan Deathfest.  At this time we added the extra K, as to not interfere with band called Castle Blak, and continued doing shows as both companys.
Also we decided to keep the station non-profit, and only accept donations that go directly to our favorite charities, which are on main page of our site. Check them out, great ppl, that do great things.   -Rock Against Child Pornography & Abuse UK -Fuck Cancer

5. What  shows  do  you  currently  have   on  Castle  Blakk radio?

At this time, Jay B Metal (Station Mgr)  does 2 shows a week. He likes to play rare B-sides, and a good mix of underground and unsigned.
Jay also just did a live in store broadcast, from Danophonics in Downington, PA.
He will also be broadcasting live from the Wrecking Ball Festival in October, and is proudly sponsored by Castle  Blakk Radio.
Myself, I do 4, all different. Sundays show is more progressive, Wednesday is a mix of World Metal, Friday is band submissions and requests, and Saturday is Black Metal & Doom (my fav show)
We have a couple of new DJ's starting in the coming weeks ahead. 

6. Are  you  currently looking  for new  d.j's  to  join  the  station? What  are  some  things  you  look  for  when  hiring  a  new  d.j?

 Yes we are, being new to most people, getting the word out is crucial. Eric Wilcox our PR guy has been very busy spreading metal chaos.
We are not only looking for Dj's, we are also looking for more street team members.
Things I look at first is experience, and that meaning, actually knowing the music. Next would be personality, likeablity. We are pretty laid back, but professional and like to have fun at what we do.
I am always willing to train a new person, that are truely in it for the music. If interested just send email to get in touch at
If you want to join a winning team, you came to the right place.

7.What  styles  of  metal and rock  do you   play? Where  can  bands  and  labels   send you  their  material  to  be  played? Besides  metal and rock  do  you  play  any  other  styles of  music?

 We play hard rock, heavy metal, and metal. Each DJ's brings their own style shows. All different....
 Our "Sir Otto" plays whatever he feels like. Never know what he's going to play. Could be folk, could be classic metal, could be black, never know. (NO HIP HOP or RAP.)

8.Sandra  you   live   in  the  great  state  of  Michigan what   is  the  scene  like  in   your  city  and  state?

The city I live in is fairly small, but have some very good bands. Elude Ferra and Hibernal are a couple. (Too many hip hop bands lol.)
I'd say the best scene is in Lansing.
bands can send submissions to:
clearly tagged Mp3's, with band name and song name.
Band submissions stay in rotation after airplay.

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

If I don't say Lucifers Hammer, I'm in trouble lol, also Summon, Genocya, Exploding Zombies, Nocturnal Fear are just a few. As far as new ones, they need to send in music.

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

Best thing is there are still bands around that have endured the bullshit, like Broken Hope. 
Worst thing is the lack of respect from promoters, not all, but a lot of them , don't know how to treat ppl in general.
The underground today is nothing like in the old days, when word of mouth brought 1000's. Everyone was looking for a gathering of friends with same thing in mind, METAL! 
Now it seems like a battle of who has the biggest heads and the least amount of talent.

11.Besides  working  on  the  stations and your  shows  what  do  you  enjoy  doing  in  your  spare  time?

Reading and checking out conspiracy theories. Do my own research.
Seriously, I love gardening. Relaxing..

12.Thank  you  for  taking the  time  to  fill out  this   interview  do  you    have  any  final  words  for  the  readers?
You are very welcome.  Take time to enjoy life, right a wrong, keep it real and keep it METAL \,,/

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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Interview with Brazil's Blackend done by Patrick on 4-18-15

Metal   Hails!!
Here  is  a  interview  with  Brazil's   thrashing/heavy  metallers  "Blackend"   who  have  just  released  a   Mcd "Underground  Attack   through  the  Mighty  Witches  Brew Rec.  defintly  give this  band  a  listen  if you  enjoy  thrash/heavy  metal. 

Interview with  Blackened  done by Patrick

1. Metal Hails when did you all first meet? Was it long before you formed the band “Blackened"? How   did you all come up with the name for the band?

Jão (Vocals/Bass) met Marcelo (Drums) by a friend, Jão was looking for someone to join the band, so he started playing with him in the band. Ulisses (Guitars) was playing in another band, Porrada, when he met us, and a few months later, after a lot of arguments and disagreements he left that band, past 2 weeks he joined Blackened, and João (Guitars) played in the place of Ulisses when he left Porrada (the other band) but after a while, he was kicked out of the band, and after Fernando (ex-guitarist) left the band, we called João to join the band.

2. What is the current line-up of Blackened? For  the  readers  who  have  never  heard  Blackend's  music  how  would  you  describe  it?

Jão – Vocals/Bass
Marcelo – Drums
Ulisses – Guitars
João – Guitars
We play a thrash that remembers the old school bay area bands, like Exodus, Vio-lence, Metallica and Testament, but we also sound like the new school bands, like Lost Society, Municipal Waste and Violator.

3. Blackened  is  getting  ready  to  release  their  new MCD  "Underground  Attack"   through  the   label  Witches  Brew. How did you come up with this label?

We sent an e-mail to them, with our release and the EP songs, and they were very interested to release us, they liked very much our thrash, we are so happy with this, and we are very grateful for what they are doing for us!

4. Does  the  whole  band  work  on  the  music  for  the  new songs  or does  one  member   usually  write  everything?

The whole band works on the songs, we always make new songs together.

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

Jão and Ulisses usually write the lyrics, the topics usually is critics to religion, our government, corruption and greed. Now we are writing about other subjects, like death, pain, struggles, thrashing, life and war.

6. Does  Blackened   ever  play  "live"  where  have  been  some  places  you   have  played?  Are their  any  shows  or tours  coming  up  this  year for  the   "Underground  Attack"  release?

Yeah, we play live since 2012, and we are in tour releasing the EP since last year. We played in Curitiba/PR, São José/SC, Ponta Grossa/PR, Porto Belo/SC, Erechim/RS and São Paulo/SP. We are finishing the tour, and after it, we’ll stop playing live to start the full length recording and start to schedule new dates after releasing the new CD.

7. Who  are  some  bands  you   have  shared  the  stage  with? If  you   could  play  a show or tour  with  any  bands{past  or  present}  who  are some  bands you  would  like to  share  the  stage  with?

We have been playing mainly with the bands of our town, we are very close and we try to do things always together, organizing shows, playing in other town. Well, we are very happy to share stage with these bands, but if we could choose, it would be Violator, Farscape, Torture Squad, bands from Brazil that we respect and like very much.

8. Blackened   comes out of the Brazilian Metal scene? Blackened plays  a  heavy metal  style  but  do  you  like  or  listen  to  death  or  black  metal?

We came from the Brazilian metal scene that is not always recognized, but that is growing a lot in recent years, with bands trying to go to outside of Brazil, just like us. Actually we hear almost everything, almost all kinds of music, from Rap to thrash, death and black metal. We try to take as much as more influence we can from anything we like and try to put it on our songs.

9. Who are your   all-time favorite Brazilian metal bands?  Are  their  any  new  bands  you  feel  the  readers  should  check  out  soon?

Violator, Farscape, Torture Squad, Sepultura, Whipstriker, Mutilator, Ratos de Porão, and many others. I think you should check out bands that are growing a lot and that are helping us a lot, like Poison Beer, Evil Exorcist, Murdeath, Rot Remains, SOS Chaos, Fatal, Radioactive Murder, Antichrist Hooligans, Skombrus, Satanic Conjuration, really good bands you guys should check out!!

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

Here in Brazil, sometimes, the Underground scene is not that valorized, some people don’t even like kids to play metal and have their own bands playing (we call these kids babybangers hahaha), so it’s very difficult to start playing, but we were lucky, because we came up and a lot of people helped us. And I think that’s what the underground means, despite all the difficulties, there’s union, people helping each other and the Do It Yourself thing.

11. Do  any  of  the  members  of  Blackened   currently   play  in  other  bands  or  solo-projects? If yes please tell the readers about them.

Only the drummer, Martelo, that also plays in Murdeath.

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

We thank you very much for doing this interview with us. Check out our facebook page ( to contact us, or check out Witches Brew’s webshop to get our EP ‘’Underground Attack’’!! Thanks a lot and keep thrashin!!
Answered by Martelo and Jão

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

New Reviews done on 4-16-15

Metal  Hails!!
After  a  small delay   here  are  some  new  reviews  for  your  reading  pleasure hopefully you  will find  some  metal to your  liking.Ihave  some  new  reviews to finish  up  as  well as  waiting on  a  few  interviews  so  hopefully  I  will have some new  updates for you  all  in the  coming days.
until  then  take a  look  around  tons  of  metal  to  please  all fans  of the  different genres.

Abominator--Evil Proclaimed  cd/Lp   {Hells  Headbangers}Abominator   comes  out  of  the  mighty   Australian  metal  scene.Mixing  fast chaotic  guitar  riffs  with  some  very  well  played  chords and  patterns.The  drumming  is  just  as  crazed  with  extremely  fast and violent  drum  patterns  and  some  slower  mid paced  beats  entertwined in  a few tracks.The  vocals  are done  with  some  excellent  death growls  and  their  are  some  scratchy/screeching  death growls  and  some  screams  in a few  of the  songs.If  your  a fan  of  Australian  metal  or  blackend death  metal  that  is  similar to the  early to  mid  nineteies  then do  yourself  a favor  and  pick  up  this   masterpiece today

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       Celtachor--Nuada Of  The  Silver  Arm  cd  {Trollzorn Rec.}

 Celtachor  come  out  of  Ireland's  folk metal scene  combining  semi fast  guitars with  some  excellent  acoustic  guitar  parts.The  drumming  is done  to  perfection  with  fast  drum  beats  to  a  more  mid-paced  range.The  vocals  are a  mix  of  black metal  screams  and  some  gruff growls  entertwined  into  the  songs.This  a  very  good  release  of  extreme  metal  with  some  very  well  played  folkish  music  within  the  songs.If you  are  a  fan  of  blackend  folk  metal  then  do  yourself  a  favor  and  check  this  band  out  today.
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 Decayed--Into  The  Depths  Of  Hell   cd   {Hell  Prod.}

Here  is  the  brand  new release  from  one  of  Portugals   longest  running death  metal  hordes  Decayed.Furious  old-school  death  metal that  is  done  to  perfection.Crazed  guitar  riffs  that  are  done  with  a lot  of  power  and  skill.The  guitarist  does  slow to  a  mid paced range  and  even throws  some  solo's  into the  mix.The  drumming  is  done to  perfection  with  a  varied  tempo  going from  fast  drum  patterns  to  a  more  controlled  slower  drumming  in  a  few  of the  songs.The  vocals  are  done  with  some  great  gruff death  growls  and  even  use  some  vicious screams. This  is  a   must  have  for  all  those  into   old-school  death  metal. 

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Eternal  Armageddon--Black Thrash Bastards   demo  {Self-released}

This  is  Eternal  Armageddon's  second  demo  to  see the  light  of  day  and  the  band  originally  started  out  playing  a melodic  style of  black metal.But  with the   new  demo "Black Thrash Bastards"  the  band  has  gone  more  for  a  thrashy blackend  sound  which  is  done  extremely  well and  played  with a lot  of  good  drum  patterns  and  guitars.The  drums  start  out  at  a  mid paced range  before  speeding  up to  a  faster  beat  The  guitars  are  in the same  vein  starting  off  with  a  lightning  speed  intense  riffs  but  are  not to  over the  top  and  do  know  when to  slow  down to  a  heavy metal  guitar  speed.This  is  a  great  demo  from the  Bangladesh  band   hopefully  they  will  stick  with  this  style  and  put  out  some  more  great  music  in the coming  months  or  years.  
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Fortid--9   cd   {Schwarzdorn   Prod.}This  is  Fortid's  fourth  cd  to date  coming  out  of the   Norweigan  pagan  metal  scene.Fortid   plays  a   nice  blend  of   pagan metal  with  some  progressive  and  folkish  influences  blended  into the  songs  nicely.The  guitars  are  played  at  various  speeds  throughout  each  song  going  from  extreme fast  chords to  a  more  controlled and  melodic  parts  before  going  full speed  again.The  vocals  are  black metal screams  and  mixed  with  some death metal growls.This  is  a great  band  that  displays  their talent  to  write  complex  music that  ranges  from  aggressive  metal and then  goes  in  another direction  with some  melodic  music  entertwined.If  your  a fan  of  this  band  or  these  genres  I  would  defintly  give  Fortid  a  listen today.  

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 Imperial  Savagery--Imperial  Savagery   cd demo {Self Released}
Chicago's  Imperial  Savagery play  a  nice  blend  of  heavy  and  fast  old school  death  metal with  some  thrashy  guitars  in  some  of the  tracks.The  band  is extremely  talented  with  some  very  well  written  guitar  patterns  and  a  few  solos   mixed  in  a few  of the  songs.The  drumming  is  in  top  form  in  these  songs  ranging  from  fast  drum patterns to some catchy  and  extremely tight.The  vocals  are death growls  entertwined  with some original  style  gruff vocal  patterns.If  your  a  fan  of  early to  mid  nineties  death metal  then  defintly  pick this  cd  up  today.
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Invicible  Force---Satan  Rebellion Metal   cd   {Dark  Descent Rec.}
Invicible  Force  play  a  barbaric and  vicious  style  of  blackend  death  metal  with  some  influences from the  thrash  and even  some war  metal  moments  entertwined.Extremly  fast  guitars that rage through  each  song  with a  sincere  intensity  that can not  be  matched.The  drummer  is  equally  as  intense  and  fast  with  his  drumming technique.The  vocalist  does a great  job  with  with  mixing  in  some  thrashy  screams  and  intense  death  growls.This  is  a great  release  of  blackend  death  metal  in  it's  purest  form  if your  a  fan  of this  genre  don't  let  this  band and release  slip  through  your  fingers.
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Nocturnas-The Science Of Horror  LP  {Nuclear War  Now}
Nuclear War  Now  has  found  and  released  the  early  demo's  from one   of  the earliest  U.S  death  metal  hordes.The  Science Of Horror  demo  starts   off this  slab  of  death,thrashing  mayhem  with  four  songs  of early  death metal  with  some  thrashing  influence And  even  in  the demo's the  band recorded you  can  hear the beginnings  of their  technical guitars in a few sections.As this  is  one of the  pioneers  of the scene.Up  next  is the  1987  demo  titled  demo 1  while  this  demo  is  much  more raw  in  production  you  can  still  make  out  all the  instruments.The  guitars  are  much  faster and  have  a thrashy  vibe and  sound  within these songs and  even  in the early  demo  you  can  hear that  this  band was extremely  focused  and  knew  how to  play  their  instruments.The  drumming  is done  with  a  variety  of  fast  drum  patterns to  a  more  slower mid pace  range.This  is  a  must  have   for  any  fans  of  Nocturnas  or  if your  a  fan  of early  death  metal  this  is a great  release to  get   your  hands  on  today.
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Paganland--Fatherland   cd   {Svarga  Music}
The  Ukraine's  pagan  metal  band  "Paganland"   have  written  and  created a  masterpiece  within  the  pagan  metal  scene.The  guitarist  does  a great  job  of  crafting  and  executing  some  excellent  guitar  compositions.The  drumming is mainly  in the  mid tempo  range  but  do  have  a few  sections where the drummer  picks  up the   pace  a little  bit.The  vocals  are  growls  with  very  well done  clean vocals  and  even  some chanting  mixed in  a few  of the  songs.This  is  a  masterpiece  of  pagan  metal  so  if you  are  a fan  of this  genre  defintly  pick  this  cd  up  today.
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Rexor--Nox Obscura  Sortis Mcd  {Metallic Media}
This  is  my  first  encounter  with  Italy's  Rexor  and this  is a  review  of their  2012  Mcd  Nox Obscura  Sortis.Starting  off with  a short  intro  before  bursting  out  with  some  well written  and  well executed  black metal.The  guitars  are  all over the  place  with  mid paced  guitars  before  going into    faster guitar  riffs and few  solo's  mixed  in  a few songs.The drummer   is  extremely  talented  with  mid paced patterns before  jumping  into  hyper speed  drum beats.The  vocalist  is  extremely  well with  black metal  shrieks  and  screams that do a great  job  keeping  up  with the  pace  of the  music.This  is a  good  release  and  defintly  recommended to  all who  enjoy  black metal  this  is a  must  have.
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 Rexor--Ut  Humanitatem  Caedant  cd   {Metallic   Media}
Italy's  Rexor  return  with their  newest  black metal  masterpiece  The   music  is  a  fast  and chaotic  with  fast  guitars  and the  drumming  is  done  with  a lot  of  good  drum beats  mixed  with  a lot  of raging  blast beats. The  music  does  slow to  a  more  controlled  mid paced  in a few  of the  songs  before going  back  full force  with raging  black metal.The  vocals are  blackend raw  shrieks  and screams.If  you  are  a    fan  of  hateful,fast   black metal then  do  not  let  this  band  slip  by and  pick yourself  up  a  copy today.
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