Sunday, October 8, 2017

Two New reviews done by Patrick posted up on 10-8-17

Ayat-Carry On,Carrion  cd{Moribund  Rec.}
After a nine year slumber Ayat  return  with their third  full length. Carry On,Carrion  is the bands  newest release featuring ten songs of cold,violent  black metal insanity.The  guitars range  from a raw controlled mid paced style to  a  faster  guitar pace.The guitarist does a  great  job  of playing both mid paced and  a faster guitar pace with some well executed solo's and  patterns mixed into the music.The  vocals are raw,raspy screams and in a few songs some heavier gruff growls are used.If you  are a  fanatic of cold,grim  black metal then  be sure to  pick up  a  copy  of   Carry On,Carrion when it  is released.
                                                                                       Label   Contact
                                                                              http://www.moribundcult.com/
                                                              https://moribundrecords.bandcamp.com





Lycanthropy--A.V.R.E.I.L  cd  {Lower  Silesian Stronghold}
Returning  with  their  sixth full length  release  A.V.R.E.I.L featuring nine tracks of powerful and solid blackend death metal.The  guitar work is great mix of  both a frenzied,fast pace to  a more controlled mid paced pace.The  guitarist  can write some well  written and played  patterns  and even  some solo's mixed into a few  of the songs.The  vocals are a mix of gruff growls and screams mixed with  some higher pitched  black metal screams.If you  have  heard and liked the last  few releases  from  Lycanthropy  then  be  sure to  pick up  a  copy  of the  new  cd  today.
                                                                  Label   Contacts
                                                  http://www.trueunderground.cba.pl/
                                                               Band  Contacts
                                               https://www.facebook.com/LycanthopyBM/
                                                 https://lycanthropy.bandcamp.com/


Interview  with  Terror  Empire  done  by  Patrick posted on 10-8-17



Interview  with  Terror  Empire  done  by  Patrick


1.Hello  please introduce yourself to the  readers? And how  are  things  in  Portugal  these  days? 

Hi, my name is Rui Alexandre, and I’m the guitarist for Terror Empire. I’m also a designer and the founder of Mosher Clothing, a brand metalheads should get to know! Portugal is a wonderful country with a rich History. However, we f-ed up good time and eventually reality took its toll on our economy. As PIGS (Portugal, Italy, Greece and Spain), we’re slaves to debt and to bank. If you think about money has an effect on people’s happiness, things aren’t looking so bright. People are fighting to see who gets the biggest crumble - nobody’s thinking about the whole cake, anymore.


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

I started listening to metal back in the early nineties, influenced by an older cousin who had access to all the cool records by Metallica, Megadeth and Sepultura. Sepultura was definitely the trigger that got me into this lifestyle. As soon as I heard “Inner Self”, I was hooked for life.


3.Terror  Empire  formed in  2009  when  did you  first get the idea  to  start this  band?And how did you  all choose  Terror  Empire  as the name of the  band? 

The core of the band used to play together for a few years, but we eventually stopped, which sucks. Kids, don’t stop playing in your early 20’s. There is no better period in life to be rocking. We picked up the name “Terror Empire” by the depth of it’s meaning, instead of using yet another generic word ending in “-ion”, we actually gave it a thought. If you think of the media and the governments around the globe (eastern and western), we’re subjects to a permanent state of fear and terror. Is the threat real? I don’t know, but there’s this whole terror empire among us. After we started the band, I started paying attention for its use in the news, and I’ve seen it being used in articles, so that’s that for validation, I guess.


4.What  is the current  line up  of the  band?And  who  would you  say  are Terror  Empire's biggest  influences? 

Apart from me and Nuno Oliveira on guitars, Rui Puga handles bass duties, João Dourado plays the drums and Ricardo Martins is the band’s throat. Our influences range from old-school thrash to 90’s death metal, but we’re not afraid to experiment with groove. We don’t do melodic stuff, much; we try to go as corrosive as possible.


5.Obscurity  Rising is the bands second  full length release which  was released  through Mosher Rec.How did the  band come  in contact  with this  label?
 

Well… I run Mosher Records. The label started after our second full-length and it’d seem a waste of resources (aka “stupid”) not to make the most out of it. The whole band agreed to it, and there have been zero conflict of interests, so far. We’re all rowing to the same side.




6.How  long  did  it  take  the  band to write the music for this  release?Does the whole band work on  writing the music or does one member write  everything? 

It’s random, the writing process. We either come up with a killer riff on the rehearsal place (Burn the Flags, for example), or we write new stuff on purpose. Inspiration means transpiration, you know? If you put your mind into the the riff-craft, something cool should come up. Then, there’s the old songs we had never used, but still fit like a glove, like Death Wish or Lust. Since our previous guitar player left the band in between albums, I had to write it all, mostly with the help of the amazing drummer this band has. A great riff without great percussion is wasted music.


7.Who  usually  handles  writing the lyrics  for the band  and  what  are some  topics  you  all wrote  about  on  Obscurity  Rising ? 

There isn’t a specific rule for who writes lyrics, but Ricardo is the main author. I also help out here and there. His topics revolve mostly around society’s problems of current times, like wars and corruption. It seems like a cliché, but it’s how you express your disscontempt that makes or breaks the message, you know? I think we pull it off rather nicely.


8.Besides  the  new  release  are their  any  copies  of the debut  release still  available?What  about  other merchandise  if yes what  is  available  and where can the readers  buy it? 

“Face the Terror” (EP, 2009) is sold out, and there’s just a few copies left of “The Empire Strikes Black”. We always have plenty of merch available, just send us a message on facebook/twitter or email us. Check out our website www.terrorempire.net.



9.Does  Terror  Empire   play  live  very  often if yes  what  have  been some of the  bands most  memorable  shows? 

We’re lucky enough to be invited to play shows very often, and we promote our own gigs if needed. I’m the type of guy who thinks the glass is half-empty, so I remember the worse gigs the most - not many, though! We played at one of the biggest metal fests in Portugal, this summer, and we had a blast. I remember playing the Moita Metal Fest shows and they’re always so good, we feel like home every time we go there. I remember the third time we went to Spain, and we were reluctant to go there (the first couple of shows sucked), but it was completely awesome. I hope Grovios Fest makes a comeback.


10.Are  their  any shows or tours  coming up  in  support  of  Obscurity  Rising if  yes  where  will the  band  be  playing?And  who  are some  bands you  will be  playing with? 

We’ll be playing as much as we can, because we only make records to have an excuse to play live. We’ve played with thrash bands, black metal bands, death metal bands, hardcore, punk… we’ll play with anyone and try to make new friends every time. Please visit our website for tour dates!


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

I live for Mosher Clothing. Everything else feels like a a timeout from my true passion and I always feel like I’m wasting time when I’m doing something else. I play the occasional FIFA, but that’s it.



12.Terror  Empire  comes  out  of  Portugal's thrash metal  scene what  is your  opinion  of  the  metal scene  in Portugal? 

Portugal has great bands, and it surprises me when people are surprised by this. We have plenty of venues and shows, and the country if small enough to play a gig and return home in less than 24 hours driving, but big and diverse enough to play to different crowds throughout the year. Our festivals are also quite nice. SWR Barroselas has got to be one of the coolest festivals in the world, period.  We also have the oldest metal festival in the Iberian peninsula, that’s always cool. In terms of media, there’s plenty of weblogs and we have two different metal magazines, which is great. Luckily, we have promoters who are crazy enough to keep bringing great bands here (we’re the doors to Europe, when flying from the West).


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

I’ll probably forget about someone and that isn’t fair. I wish Pitch Black would make a triumphant return, they’re no-nonsense oldschool thrash. Switchtense (thrash/groove) are portuguese underground icons, and I have much respect for them. As for new bands, or rather unknown bands, everybody should check out Analepsy (slam) and Destroyers of All, who are on Mosher Records. Search for these on Spotify/YouTube and keep checking the related artists, it’s easier!


14.Besides  playing  in  Terror  Empire  do  any  of the  members  currently  play  in  any other  bands?If  yes  please tell the  readers  a  little  about  them? 

Only Nuno Oliveira has another band, which is Tales for the Unspoken. I can’t label their style, but it’s definitely metal, check them out.


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

Metal is a way of life. It can help you throughout your best and your worst moments, and you can always rely on it (and I can’t say that about most people), so help out your local scene. Go to shows and share stuff on social media. Reach and engagement are like a modern day currency, use it with those who need it the most!

                                                                             Band  Contact
                                                                      http://www.terrorempire.net/
                                                                    https://twitter.com/terrorempire
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                                                                  http://www.mosherrecords.com/
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Interview  with  Vitreoous   done  by  Patrick posted on 10-8-17



Interview  with  Vitreoous   done  by  Patrick


1.Hails please introduce yourself to  the  readers  and  how  are  things  going in  Spain  these  days?

Hi, here M. from Vitreoous, guitars, vocals and concept of the band, glad to share some words. Well Spain is growing in terms of quality, death, black and grind are the three
main standars that are getting a notorious lurk abroad. Also glad of take the right steps towards sonic malformations.


2.When  did you  first  get the idea  to  start this band  and how did you  choose  Vitreoous as the name of the band?

Well, it was fortuitous yet unexpected, the project was in my head for ages and frozen. Just got in touch with NHT, the other potential member of Vitreoous and both thought that
could be quite interesting to deform the old school BM  canon. The band name is merely the multilayered perspective of music and its human feelings behind it. We are observers, we mistake, we deform
and malform whatever on our hands.


3.I  believe  Vitreoous  is a  two man  band  are you  currently looking for  new members to join the band or do you  prefer to work  as a two man band?

Yes you are right, we are just two. I think we are not close to welcome a third entity but by now we are working pretty well like this. If someone understands the message and target
just drop some lines of interest via facebook or bandcamp and we will see.


4.Chants Of  Deprecation is the bands  debut EP. how long  did it  take  you two to  write  the music  for the debut EP.?Do  you  both  work on  the music or does one member  usually  write everything?


The Ep as I pointed out above, was written long time ago, the writing of it was really intense and made the most of the momentum. Both of us write the music, my layer is guitars, noises, vocals and art, while NHT is the master
who plays drums, bass, noises, synths. This dual atoli assembly gathers tightly. We are working on the coming full length and will take a different dimension....expectant.



5.Who usually  takes  care of writing  the lyrics  and  what  are some topics written  about  on  Chants Of  Deprecation ?

I do usually take care of this, NHT has other beautiful skills behind tools I am not well doctrinated of. So my duty is to write and choose topics such as
malformed deities, obsolete creed, nothingness, despise and sorrow.


6.Where  can  the  readers buy  the debut EP. and  does  the band have  any other  merchandise  available or coming  soon?


Do please take a look to these to websites. Digital version would be great if any labels offer a good deal, by now the Ep will be only released on tape by Flesh Vessel (Usa) and Vertebrae (Europe).
https://www.facebook.com/Vitreoous/
https://vitreoous.bandcamp.com/releases


7.Have  you  started  working on  new music for the next EP. or  would you  like to  work towards a  full-length?


The next logical step is to release a full length, it will contain different ingredients, harsh harmonies, darker vibes yet disgusting and
intense riffing without respecting certain roots.



8.Will you  look  for  a label  to  work  with  or do you  prefer  to  self-release your own music?

Well the Ep will be released by two labels but we would like to push it, no boundaries, no enemies.


9.Vitreoous   comes out  of  Spain's black,death metal scene what  is your  opinion  of  Spain's blackend death scene?

Well the so called word scene is quite tricky here. Worst: bands and most of them do not normally care about others, probably selfishness, who knows and who cares.
Best: good potential in few of them, serious and determined. Besides getting ideas and message clear. Through years we both hae seen that if you trust your
project and you work seriously you will be rewarded sooner or later. We destroy than construct, pitiful, but we dont care. Past years do not matter.


10.Who  are your  all-time  favorite  bands coming out of  Spain?And  are  their  any new bands  you  feel the readers  should  check  out  soon?

Hard to say, many to mention and many to forget, just kidding.From past to future:  Foscor are great even they took other path (to me a better one), Necroven, Atrexial, Aversio Humanitatis, Osmosis,
Finally the future bands, who knows, Balmog, Mathryrium, these two are good bands who follow the standard and refresh the genre. Graveyard is quite dense too and vivid. So many.... I am addicted to
music.


11.Besides bands  are their  any  honest,reliable label's or distro's you  could recommend to  the readers?

Damnatio ad Bestias, Krucyator, Fistbang, Vertebrae, Flesh Vessel, are the latest ones that come to my mind. I do normally like to know their protocol and principles as labels, they are
the other side of the mirror to see what works out or not.


12.What  does  black  metal  mean  to you?

My perspective comes from a more death metal subgenre but I do respect the oldies as portrayed in the Ep. Nowadays BM turned into a void of excess, Bm is undesrstood in
many ways, thats the beauty or the ogre of it. I do like to express it from depressive, violent, intense, dark, cosmic, ritualistic layers, just mixing those feelings we get what we want.
I think that BM has many ways to say we are here as generic death metal turned into slam hyper brutal bands and just a few like dead congregation, cruciamentum, energunem, sabbatic goat,
portal, impetuous ritual, diocletian and so learnt to evolve and dissolve the words of death metal and black into a new fresh chemical potion. Grimbergen speaks for me.


13.Besides  working  in  Vitreoous   do  either  of you  work  with other bands or  solo projects?

Yes, NHT is working on his solo project called Dee Em Tee, do keep an eye to avantgarde lovers of death metal and myself I left Osmosis dormant but working on a duo of dirty death metal blending
European and American sounds of the old school pattern.




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

You are welcome for sharing these words and showing your interest. Readers out there do please visit, listen and buy if you enjoy Vitreoous. The Continuum of Malformed Dual Entities
Lurks:
                                                                      Band  Contacrs
                                                                    https://www.facebook.com/Vitreoous/
                                                                       https://vitreoous.bandcamp.com/releases



Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Interview  with  Fyrecross done  by  Patrick posted on 10-4-17

Interview  with  Fyrecross done  by  Patrick

1.How are  things  in Greece  going these days?Hello   please
introduce  yourself  to  the  readers?

-Hails! Greece is very hot at this time of the year! We are Fyrecross and we play Heavy Metal.


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

-We all started listening to Rock and Metal from a very young age, around 10-15 years old. Some of the bands we listened to are Led Zeppelin, Scorpions, Iron Maiden and Deep Purple.


3.When  did you all get the  idea  to  start this  band and how  did
you  all  choose Fyrecross  as the  band  name?

-Our guitarist and our ex singer wanted to start a NWOBHM cover band so we all came together via an ad we posted on the internet. We chose the name later on, because we thought it was fitting for the style we wanted to play back then.




4.Who  would you  say are  Fyrecross biggest  influences?

Anything from 70s and 80s music is an influence, but the truth is we adore a little more the NWOBHM movement!




5.Burn Them To The Ground  is the  bands  debut  Mcd  how  long  did it take  the band to write  the music  for the  debut  release?

-We actually wrote the songs in a few months but the release was actually delayed for 2 years because of our ex-singer, Apostolis, departing and some issues beyond our control.



6.Who  usually  takes  care  of  writing  the  lyrics for  the band?

Anyone in the mood for it actually!


7.Does  Fyrecross play  live  very  often  if  yes  what  have  been some  of your  most  memorable  shows  over the  years?

-We try to play live as often as possible in any city in Greece. All of them were special to us, if we could, we'd choose them all!

8.Are  their  any upcoming  shows  or tours  coming up  in  support of  Burn Them To The Ground   release?If  yes  where  will  the  band be  playing  and  who  are  some  bands you will  be  sharing the  stage  with?

Our next assault is in Helsinki for Heavy Metal Cauldron in October, with some very special bands including Exciter and Venom inc.


9.What  does  underground  metal   mean  to  you?

True underground Metal means that you shouldn't pretend to be something you're not and always do whatever pleases you.

10.Besides  working  in  Fyrecross  do you  or  any  of the  members  work  with any other  bands?

We have worked with many bands over the years but currently we are focusing on the full album of Fyrecross.

11.I  know  Greece  has  a  huge  death,black metal  scene  but  what
is the  traditional heavy metal scene  like?

-It has a very small but dedicated audience. It is also very positive to see other young bands like us take the stage and play the music that we love!


12.Who  are  your  all-time  favorite  Greek  bands  and  are there any  new  bands you  feel  the  readers  should  check  out  soon?

Spitfire, Strikelight, Dark Nightmare, Sacral Rage and Speedrush. They should definitely check out bands like Serpent Lord and Hailsteel!

13.Besides   bands  are  their  any  honest,reliable Greek  labels or  distro's  you  feel  the  readers  should  check  out  soon?Are their  any  good  Greek fan,web-zines  you  could  recommend?

There are many great Greek labels like Eat Metal, No Remorse and Floga Records. Greek webzines are too many to choose only some!


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

Thanks for reading and keep banging that head! Heavy Metal!!

                                                      Band   Contacts
                                                 https://www.facebook.com/Fyrecross/
                                                 https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRErn9-rNAQCsrIK-pMKzlg

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                                               http://www.witchesbrewthrashes.eu/
                                              https://witchesbrewthrashes.bandcamp.com/
                                           https://plus.google.com/+WITCHESBREWthrashes

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Interview with War Possession done by Patrick posted on 10-1-17






Interview with War Possession done by Patrick

1. Hello, please introduce yourself to the readers.

Hailz from the warzone! Here is Vaggelis, vocalist of War Possession. I also do the vocals for Respawn The Plague, a Death Metal band in the vein of old Morbid Angel, Immolation, Angelcorpse, and for Merciless Crucifixion, my older Black/Death Metal band, inspired by horrendous acts like Sarcofago, Blasphemy, Archgoat, Abhorer.



2. When did you start listening to Metal music and who were some of the first bands you were listening to?

It was at the age of 12 in 1992 when some older friend gave me a tape of Iron Maiden's Killer album to listen to. This tape just blew my mind back then and that was it. Some other bands apart from Iron Maiden, that I was listening at my early times as a metalhead was: DIO, Black Sabbath, Alice Cooper, Scorpions, Motorhead, Running Wild, Manowar, King Diamond, Mercyful Fate, Venom, Metallica, Kreator, Slayer, Sepultura...


3. War Possession formed in 2008. What gave you the idea to start this band? And who would you say are War Possession's biggest influences?

It was one of those nights when we used to meet at a Metal club. So it was that moment while drinking beers and headbanging to a Bolt Thrower's song when Haris, the guitarist, and John, our former drummer, dropped the idea of forming a band to play old-school warlike Death Metal. A couple of days later I proposed the name War Possession to the others, we soon started rehearsing, and so the band was born.
Our main influencies are bands like: Bolt Thrower, Demigod (early), Convulse, Treblinka/Tiamat (early), Terrorizer, Nausea, Asphyx, Incantation, Imprecation and Archgoat.


4. War Possession is getting ready to release their debut CD Doomed To Chaos through Memento Mori. How did you and the band come in contact with this great label?

It happens to be one of the first labels we got in contact with. Raul, the man behind Memento Mori liked our promo stuff, shortly after he replied to us for the details and that's it. We're proud of being in Memento Mori's roster and we thank and respect Raul for his dedication and support to our underground scene!


5. How long did it take the band to write the music for this debut release? Does the whole band take part in the writing process or does one member usually write everything?

The writing, rehearsing and recording process took place at an extend of several months between Summer 2016 - Spring 2017. Haris is the main responsible for the songwriting process, but we all participate by giving some ideas, until a song takes its final form.



6. Who usually handles writing the lyrics and what are some topics the band wrote about on Doomed To Chaos?

I'm the one responsible for writing the lyrics. The main lyrical influence in the album is of course the chaos of War and its devastating effect to humanity and the world in general.  You'll also find some cruel, bloody descriptions to historical battles, and a song about god's existence/inexistence and the ruthless, idiotic consequences of organized religion to human mind.


7. Does War Possession play live very often? If yes, what have been some of the band's most memorable shows so far?

No, we don't play often. In fact we've performed at one gig so far, as part of "Brutality Over Sanity Deathfest" 2013 in Thessaloniki .



8. Are their any tours or shows coming up in support of the debut? If yes, where will the band be playing and who are some bands you will be sharing the stage with?

There aren't any plans about tours or shows scheduled at the moment, but now with the arrival of the debut album, there will be for sure some shows in the near future.

                                                       

9. What does underground Metal mean to you?
It's the heart and the true essence of our scene. It's where everything began, and where whole Metal genres were born and took life in its purest form. Our underground scene is the one who needs to be supported more, if we want our music to stay alive, and newer bands to continue the legacy. I've been a part of it from the days before internet, when the borderlines between underground and mainstream were more evident than those of today, and we were discovering new U/G bands mainly through tape trading, letter mails and paper fanzines. So, by today's standards and with all the easy, free and fast information and access to knowledge internet can offer, there is no excuse for not trying to find and support new bands, and spread the word in the U/G scene.


10. War Possession comes out of Greece's Metal scene. What is your opinion of the Greek Metal scene?

Well, small country... small scene. Apart from that, it's like any other Metal scene out there more or less. There are those few who supports and care for our U/G local scene, then there are those who are still been hooked on only to the old classics, not giving a shit about newer bands, and the rest of them are those who follow the mainstream and its time's music trend. But despite the minimum local support, the Hellenic scene still continues to generate great bands, and can be proud of its present and future, as for its glorious past.



11. Who are your all-time favorite bands coming out of Greece? And are there any new bands you feel the readers should watch out for?

I'm a huge worshipper of our scene's dark past, and the days of the old of bands like Rotting Christ, Necromantia, Varathron, Thou Art Lord, Agatus, Tatir, Mortify, Zephyrous, Bethor, Fiendish Nymph, Darkest Oath and those old times Hellenic Black Metal scene's distinctive and original sound and atmosphere.
Now about newer bands, there are so many great releases that I like, but I don't want to start mentioning countless names and albums, because I'll forget to mention a lot of them for sure. Instead of this, I'll bring up my personal favorite albums of today's Hellenic scene, in no particular order:

Dead Congregation - Graves Of The Archangels
Nocturnal Vomit - Cursed Relics
Inveracity - Circle of Perversion
Resurgency - False Enlightenment
Crucifiction - Portals To The Beyond
Progress of Inhumanity - Escalating Decay
Slavebreed - Dethrone the Architect
Wargrinder - In Suicidal Triumph
Embrace of Thorns - Atonement Ritual
Wargoat - Genesis Of Epiklesis
Heptameron - Grand Masters of the Final Harvest
Swamp - Underground Manifesto
Necrochakal - Profanation of the Gods
Enshadowed - Messengers of the Darkest Dawn
Empire of the Moon - ����������
Chaosbaphomet - Promethean Black Flame
Sacral Rage - Illusions In Infinite Void

Right now I'm listening to the brand new album of Necrovorous "Plains of Decay" and it sounds fuckin' killer, so give it a listen too.




12. When not working on new music or band business, what do you enjoy doing in your free time?

When I'm not listening to music and discovering new bands, I enjoy to fill my spare time playing a lot of video games, reading books, going on trips on my motorcycle and going fishing as often as possible.



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

I have to thank you in return for your interest and support. Our war machine of an album will be unleashed on October 23rd, so War Death Metal maniacs out there, dare to join our devastated battleground and be doomed to Chaos forever!

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Metal reviews done on 10-1-17

Hello 
Just  a quick  note  to  say  a  friend of  mine Anders  has done two reviews this time  around I  hope he  will be able to  help out  in future  updates  but  time  will  tell.His  main favorite  genres  are  thrash,death metal and  progressive  rock/metal
Regards 
Patrick




Hazzerd-Misleading  Evil  cd {World War Now Rec.}
Canada's thrash metal  scene is going  strong  with  Hazzerd's debut  release out now.Misleading  Evil  is eight  songs of  violent and extremly fast old-school thrashing mayhem.The  vocals  are high pitched thrash metal screams mixed with  some calmer more controlled well  sung parts mixed in with the  music.For  the most part the guitars  are played at a  aggressively fast  pace.The  guitarist does write  and play  some  well written solo's  and mid paced patterns used in  a few of the  tracks.If you  are  a  fan of the  early  80's  thrash metal scene  then defintly  pick  up  a  copy  of  Hazzerd's  debut release  today.
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Mason - "Impervious" - 2017 (Review by Anders Circumcised Without Consent)

I only knew of this band from the recent Annihilator tour they supported. I didn't check them out, 'til this monster of an album was tossed to me by good ol' Patrick (the guy that runs this site, of course)! I figured I'd give it a shot and am pleasantly surprised that I like it, thus far! Instantly, I'm reminded of a combination of TestAmenT and Death Angel. I would think they are big influences on Mason. The production on this beast is superb. Modern, for sure - but not annoyingly so. Fuck yeah! This is the kind of THRASH I like! I can see why Jeff Waters invited them on a trek with Annihilator this past summer. There's a little Exodus thrown in there for "good measure", as well. If this is considered a "retro-thrash" band - they've done a great job of not sounding like one! The title track has a neat atmosphere that reminds me - vaguely - of Charred Walls of the Damned (one of my new favorite bands). Can't go wrong with that! Apologies for so many "other band" references - but we METAL fans all know the various "greats" that have tread the way for all the "new" voyagers. So, if you like those other bands mentioned - give Mason a chance! They are carrying the old guards' torch high (while pissing in the ditches of all who oppose)!





Nervcast - Locked and Loaded - 2017 (Reviewed by Anders Pink Is The New Macho)
Hmm...
From the press release, it states this band is for those fans of early Metallica, Megadeth, and Iron Maiden. Then, later on it states the production/engineering captured the band's love of "classic rock". Early Metallica and Megadeth surely wouldn't be considered "classic rock". There's clearly a conflicted expression both via music and image. I look at the accompanying photo of this band and I have to cringe and smirk. Four out of four of these "dudes" look like they'll be "Heading Out to the Highway" to their nearest "Blue Oyster Bar" in the near future - with their perfectly coiffed hair, beard, and brand new leather jackets 'n' jeans. Who are you trying to fool, gents? The music, itself, is as cliche and boring as the title of the e.p. Thank the "Saints in Hell" this was only an e.p.! By the way, I missed the bus to "Politically Correctville". So, if you are offended - suck it up, deary. Up the irons and out the poop shoot!

Friday, September 29, 2017

Nethermancy  interview done by Patrick posted on 9-29-17



Interview  with  Nethermancy   done  by  Patrick

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

JA- Greetings Patrick and anyone reading these lines. Same old shit in Portugal. I am J. A. in this interview of NETHERMANCY. I play the rhythm guitars plus some keyboards. And I am Aion doing the vocals and writing the lyrics.


2. Nethermancy   was  formed  back  in 1996   when  did you  first  get the idea  to  start this  band?And  how  did you  choose  the  name   Nethermancy   as the  band name does it  have  a  special  meaning?

JA- Well, when I got the idea I immediately started working on some songs for a demo. The name came partially from a book I was reading at the time. It means: magick from the underworld.


3.How   would  you  say   Nethermancy's music  has  changed  over  the  years  and  who  do you  feel  are  the  bands  biggest  influences?

JA- Our music has changed a lot over the years and since we only did 3 albums in 23 years it's only natural that we embraced those changes. We don't have any major influences in our music, basically, everything we hear.



4.Magic Halls  Of Ascension  is  the  bands  newest  release  how  long  did It  take  the  band to  write  the  music for this  release? Does  the  whole  band  take  part  in  the  writing  process  or  does  one  member  usually  take  care  of  everything?

JA- The music was written by me in a few weeks, but it took 3 years to have all the parts from all the musicians involved in the project. Everyone involved has other bands plus their regular jobs, families, so it took a long time to finally finish the album. Like I said, I write all the music then each member does his part the way they want it. 


5.Who  usually  takes care of  writing  the  lyrics  for the  band  and  what  are  some  subjects  you  all  wrote  about  on  the new  release?

Aion – I write all the lyrics in the band and in this new album I approach some enigmas and mysteries of the Human history based upon religion, universe, ancient civilizations and alchemy.


6.Besides the  new release  Magic Halls  Of Ascension  are  the  previous  releases  still available  to  buy? Besides  physical  cd's  does  the  band  have  any  other  merchandise  available for the readers  if  yes what  is  available  and  where can the readers  buy  it?

JA- All the previous CDs are sold out. The only available merchandise is the new CD.


7.What  have  been  some  of  Nethermancy's  most  memorable  shows over the years? And  who  are  some  bands you  have  shared  the  stage  with?

JA- We never played together in our lifes. Everything is done thanks to the internet. But, it's possible that next year (2018) we'll do our first show ever! Right here in good old Portugal.


8.Are  there  any upcoming  shows  or tours  in  support  of  the  Magic Halls  Of Ascension  release? If  yes where  will  the  band  be  playing?

JA- No tours, we're a small portuguese band my friend.


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

Aion – The usual that normal people do. We work, take care of our families and create new music.


10.  Nethermancy   comes  out  of  Portugal's  black  metal  scene  what  is your  opinion  of  the  scene in Portugal  over  the  years?

Aion – We do the music we like. The scene isn’t important for us.


11.Who  are your  all-time  favorite  Portuguese  bands? And  are  there  any  new  bands you  feel  the  readers  should  check  out  soon?

Aion – If you want to check out the Portuguese bands I advise you to search for them in the metal archives.


12.Besides  bands  are  there  any honest and reliable  distro's and  labels  you  could  recommend  to the  readers?

Aion – We are working with Helldprod Records and that’s about it. We don’t talk about the others.


13.What  does  black  metal  mean  to  you  and  how  do you  feel  the black metal  scene  has  changed over  the  years?

Aion – We have it all in Black Metal, the good and the bad ones. It’s up to you to decide which ones you prefer the most. Black Metal stands for dark and mystical knowledge ultimately expressed in music, nothing more nothing less. 


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

Aion – If you wanna contact us search in FB at www.facebook.com/nethermancy or write to chroan@sapo.pt. Thanks for your support and hail the ancient ones!
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Friday, September 22, 2017

Interview  with  Under  Assault   done  by  Patrick posted up on 9-22-17



Interview  with  Under  Assault   done  by  Patrick


1.Hello  please  introduce  yourself  to  the  readers?And  at what
age  did you discover  metal  music?

Under Assault is a thrash metal band from Asunci�n, Paraguay, active from 2011, we discovered heavy metal when we went to high school

2.Who  were  the  first  bands you listened  to  and  who  are  some
of your  current favorite  bands?

The first bands were metallica, iron maiden, manowar, black sabbath, sepultura, slayer, mercyful fate, our favorite bands are so many, exodus, d.r.i., agent steel, cyclone (from belgium) destructor (from cleveland) randy (from denmark) destruction, sodom, kreator, tankard, exumer, hellhammer, celtic frost, messiah, obituary, sarcofago, etc..


3.When  did you  first  meet the  other  members  of the  band?And what  is the  current  line-up  of  the  band?

All members used to frequent shows in the scene of Asunci�n when we were younger, we used to exchange material from our favorite bands and over time we became good friends, the current line up is: Marcelo nightlord and Esteban Centurion on guitars, Bruno Hunter on drums and Willians Destructor on bass and screams.


4. Possessed By Steel  is  the bands  newest 7Inch  how  long  did  it take  the  band  to  write  the  music  for  this  release?

It took us a short time to finish it, because both songs had certain arrangements in both lyric and instrumental, that meant that it took us some time to finish it.


5.Besides  the  Possessed By  Steel  release  does  the  band have  any other releases  still  available for the readers  to purchase?Besides physical releases does the  band have  any other  merchandise  if  yes what  is  available and  where  can  the readers buy it?

Yes, we have the demos (violent thrash 2012 and Process to kill 2013) sold out, 2 splits hell guarani and reptilian brigade, and the underground metal till death album released Independent last year, which we still have several copies, you can get them at witches brew and other stores: http://www.witchesbrewthrashes.eu/shop  -  www.destruktionshop.de/  - rockstakk.shop-pro.jp -  https://www.facebook.com/Alcoholic-Distro-265043083578898/  - or you can write to the fanpage of the band and we will coordinate the shipments.



6.Has  Under  Assault   started  to  work  on  new  music for thenext  release?If  yes  how  many  songs will be  on the  next release?

Yes, we are working on new songs for the next material, probably it will have between 8 or 9 songs.

7.Will  the  band  be working  with Witches  Brew  for the next release or  have you  discussed it  with  the label?

Yes, the new material will come out through Witches Brew, whom we thank eternally for trusting us and giving us their support.


8.Does  Under  Assault   play  live  very  often? If  yes  what  have been  some  of the bands most  memorable shows  so  far?

Yes, we have the opportunity to play often, thanks to the support of the organizers and headbangers who ask for us, a very memorable show for us was in Santiago de Chile last year, it was the first time that we left our Paraguayan underground scene, and playing in a big festival there with headbangers who supported us, it was epic and memorable.   We have a great memory of that moment.


9.Are their  any  shows  or  tours  coming  up  in  support  of  Possessed By Steel ?If  yes  where  will the  band  be  playing?

We have a show scheduled for December in the city of Posadas Argentina where we will take the opportunity to present the new meterial.

10.Besides  playing  in  Under  Assault   do  you or  any  of  the members  currently  play  in  any  other  bands?If  yes  please  tell  the readers a  little  about  them?

Yes, Marcelo Nightlord is a guitarist for Evil Force, a thrash metal band that has been active since 2015. They have 2 studio albums, demos, splits, and shared stage with legendary bands like Artillery, Onslaught, Razor, Esteban is active in bands like Scratchy Noise, crossover) Noisy pest infectian (grind) and Slayground thrash metal formed in 2009, are influenced by bands from the bay area, have an album called critical thinking have shared stage with legends like Exodus, Ratos do Poro, Artillery and Bruno Hunter is drummer of Toxic Avenger thrash metal active since 2012 recently released their first full length.



11.Under  Assault   comes  out  of Paraguay's  thrash  metal  scene
what  is your  opinion  of   the  metal  scene in  Paraguay?

The scene in Paraguay has been strengthened in recent times, many new bands have released quality material, and some have had the opportunity to go out to touch other South American countries as well as to send their physical materials to other parts of the planet.

12.Who  are  your  all-time  favorite  bands  coming  out  of Paraguay?And  are  there  any  new  bands  you  feel  the  readers should  check  out  soon?

There are several, and all are legendary classic bands that in some way or other have marked and influenced us to form a band, such as Agent steel, old metallica, slayer, exodus, possessed, death, nuclear assault, death angl, sacred raich, anvil bitch, cyclone, destructor , kreator, grim reaper, iron maiden, saxon, holocaust, venom, etc.
Some band recommendation: Sent to destroy from Argentina and Massive Power from Chile, these guys kicks ass !!
 

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

In the free time we dedicate to enjoy the music of our favorite bands with lots of beer !!!


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

Muchas gracias por el espacio, saludos a todos los lectores del Winter torment zine.

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Finland's legendary black metal band Azaghal  interview done by Patrick posted on 9-17-17

Interview  with  Azaghal  done  by  Patrick




1.Hails please introduce yourself to the  readers?When  did you  first  discover  black metal?

- My interest in more extreme form of music (after the usual thrash bands, Mercyful Fate etc.) started with Death Metal in the early 90s, especially the Swedish scene. It was the early Emperor and Darkthrone stuff that got me into black metal, along with various demo bands through tape trading.


2.Who  were  some of the  first  bands you  listened to?And  who  are some  of your current  favorite  bands?

- Originally started listening to music with stuff like WASP, Mötley Crüe and Hanoi Rocks, then evolved into thrash and stuff like Mercyful Fate and Venom. 
I am pretty much stuck in the 90s/early 00s, I still mostly listen to black and death metal from that time period, but some newer killer bands I could mention are Malum, Sarkrista, Gestalte and Sawhill Sacrifice.


3.Azaghal  was  formed  in  1998  when  did you  first get the  idea to  start this band?And  how  did you  choose  Azaghal  as the name of the band?

- We started playing together with V-khaoz around 1995, the earlier stuff was more like chaotic death metal, but quickly turned more towards black metal. Tolkien was a big thing back then, and since Gorgoroth and  Burzum got their name from there, so did we.


4.How  would you say the  bands  music  has  changed  over  the years?And  who  are  some  of  the  bands  biggest  influences?

- Not that much has changed, I think we have established our sound pretty much already on the 3rd demo in 1999. We have never tried to reinvent the wheel, just make songs and lyrics that mean something to us personally. The  biggest influences are the already mentioned early 90s norweigian/Swedish stuff.


5.What  would  you  say  are  the  bands  most  memorable  shows  over  the  years?And  who  are  some  bands you  all have shared  the  stage with?

- Messe Des Morts in Canada was extremely cool, and of course the whole Brazilian tour. Our first gig ever, in Germany 2004 is also something unforgotable.


6.Are their  any  shows  or  tours  coming up  this  year?If  yes  where  will  the  band  be  playing?

- We will play at a festival in Paris, France in October. Beyond that, nothing is planned for now and we are concentrating on new material



7.Moribund  Rec.  has  re-released  the bands second full length  Helvetin  Yhdeksan  Piiria release  how  did you  all  come in  contact  with Moribund Rec  for this  re-release?

- Been in contact with Moribund pretty much since the 90s. They also released 3 of our albums before. They wanted to reissue the album, and since its hard to find nowadays why not.


8.Are  their  any  plans  to  re-release  any  of your  other  full-lengths or  earlier  releases   through Moribund Rec  or  are you  working on  new music for the  next  full length?

- We hope to get most of the stuff re-issued, since especially in US it hasn’t been that easy to find. Also working a new album, but no release date yet, not until 2018 anyway.


9.Besides  playing  in  Azaghal  do  you  currently  work  with  any  other  bands or  projects?If  yes please  tell the readers  a  little  about  them?

- Currently only active band that I am involved in is Wyrd, “Death of the Sun” album came out on Moribund awhile back, and we are now working on the follow up.


10.Azaghal  comes out  of  Finland's  black  metal  scene  what  is your  opinion  of  the  mighty  finnish  black metal  scene?

- I think it’s among the best nowadays with some killer new bands and a lot of old bands reforming and still kicking ass.


11.Who  are your  all-time  favorite  bands  coming  out of Finland?And  are  their  any  new bands  you  feel  the  readers  should check  out  soon?

- All-time faves from Finland are Archgoat, Beherit, Belial, old Amorphis, old Sentenced to name a few. From newer bands I’d recommend checking out Malum, Sawhill Sacrifice, Kalmankantaja, Grieve and Devouring Star.


12.Besides  bands  are  their  any  honest and reliable  labels and distro's  you  feel the readers  should  check  out soon?Do you read  many fan or web-ziness?Are their  any  Finnish  zines  you  could recommend?

- I am pretty much completely out of the loop regarding distros and zines nowadays. Northern Heritage and Werwolf Records come to mind first.


13.When  did you  first become  interested  in reading  and  studying  occult and  Satanism subjects?

- At a very young age, always been fascinated by the subjects, think it all started from Mercyful Fate and Venom lyrics and just their general image.


14.Are  their  any  Satanists or  occult  writers  you  like to  read and study?

- Pekka Siitoin.



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Interview with From North done by Patrick posted on 9-17-17



Interview  with  From North  done  by  Patrick
1.Hello  please  introduce yourselves  to  the  readers?
Hey there! We’re From North, a five piece metal band from the Swedish west coast, influenced, both musically and literally, by the Vikings and their way of life.
The music is strong, big and melodic with vocals shifting between aggressive growl to clean. Complete with medieval instruments and powerful choirs!

2.At  what  age  did you  become  interested  in  playing and  writing  music?
I think it’s pretty common for all of us that we’ve played and contributed to the music we love for most of our lives. Either you write the music, words and melodies, or if you contribute with your style of playing and your soul, you are equally a part of it all.
3.When  did you  first  meet  the  other  members  of  the  band? And  how  did you  all pick  From North  as the name of the  band does it  have  a special  meaning?
Håkan (singer) and Mattias (guitar) are both living in the same city and have played together for several years. The other members, Janne (guitar), Mikael (Bass) and Robin (drums) are scattered around the nearby areas. Word spreads about good musicians, and sometime around winter 2016 we were a complete band.
We are from the northern parts of the world, therefore the name!
4. What is the current line-up  of the  band? For  the  readers  who  have never  heard  From North  who  would you  say  are the  bands biggest  influences?
Håkan Johansson (Vocals), Mattias Svensson (Guitars), Janne Lüthje (Guitars, Lead), Mikael Nilsson (Bass) and Robin Hermansson (Drums). We are influenced by band such as Sabbath, Rammstein, Slayer, Thin Lizzy, Dream Theater…
5.From North's self-titled debut will  be released  through  Downfall Rec. how  did you come  in  contact  with this  label?
We sent them a copy of our demo, and they contacted us. It turned out to be a great match there between the band and DF!
6.How  long  did  it  take  to  write  the  music  for  the  debut  release?
Håkan has been working on writing the music for over a year. Finding the right musicians for the band and recording everything took even longer. But now that From North are complete as a band, the next one is already in the making.
7.Who  usually  takes  care of  writing the  lyrics  and  what  are  some  subjects  the  band  writes  about?
On this record all the lyrics are written by a guy named Andreas Lindvall who have a big interest in the Scandinavian history and mythology. His narrative style just fitted the music well. The lyrics are a mix of historical events, tales about the old Gods, and stories from the life of people living these days.
8.Besides  the  self-titled  debut  release does  the  band  have  any  other  merchandise  available for the readers to  buy? If  yes  what  is  available and where can the readers  buy  it?
There certainly is! Aside the CD (and soon hopefully vinyl) we have T-shirts, pins, stickers and a lot of good looking stuff! If you gonna have just one cool band-logo on your jacket, you’re definitely wanna have From North’s!

9.Has   From North  played  live  yet  or do you  prefer  working  in the  studio? Who  are  some  bands you  have  shared  the  stage  with?
We have our first show in October here in Gothenburg, then we start looking for gigs and festivals, so hopefully we will have the pleasure to meet many fans in 2018!
10.Are  their  any  upcoming shows  or tours  the  readers  should  watch  out  for?
Keep your eyes and ears open, and most of all, check our website and FB for further info!

11. From North  comes  out  of  Sweden's  Viking  death metal scene what  is your  opinion  of  the  Swedish  death metal scene  over the years? I would rather say that we come from a mixture of the myriad of Swedish sub-scenes: from DM, Viking-BM, Power Metal and Doom-scenes amongst others. Sweden is producing so much kick ass metal and hard rock and it´s great to be a part of it! When it comes to Death metal; maybe only USDM can stand alongside the rows of legends from the Swedish scene… Recent years retro trend with bands like Vampire, Tribulation, Entrails and Morbus Chron, brings up the rotten old School again which is nice. But you can never go wrong with the old albums.
12.Who  are your  all-time  favorite  Swedish bands? And  are  their  any  new  bands  you feel  the  readers  should  watch  out  for? I
personally have to give the horns to up and coming Gothenburg Speed Metal-heads Armory, with members from Irrbloss: and Black Metal band Nekrokraft.

13.When  not  working  on  new music or  band  business  what do you  enjoy  doing  in your  free  time?
We are simple men: Give us some 70s muscle cars, motorcycles, the northern nature with fjords, forests and fishing rivers, some music equipment to play on, good beer and mead to drink, some “pulled moose” with summer potatoes, our beautiful women and good friends to  shout “Skål” with, and we will call it a good day!
14,Thank  you  for  taking  the time  to  fill  this  interview  out  do you have  any  final  words  for the  readers?
Keep calm and listen to metal! (With a big amount of From North!)
See you!
/From North

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