Monday, February 27, 2017

Gorephilia interview done by Patrick posted on 2-27-17

Here  is  a   new  interview  with  Finland's   Gorephilia  who  discuss  their  new  cd  "Severed  Monolith"  which  will  be  released  through  Dark  Descent Rec.

Interview   with  Jukka   Guitarist  for  Gorephilia    done  by  Patrick

1.Hello  Jukka  how  are  things  going  with you  these  days and  please  introduce  yourself to  the  readers?Hello Patrick! Doing fine, thanks. I'm Jukka and I play guitar and mostly write the songs in Gorephilia.

 2.At  what  age  were you  when  you  first  got  interested  in  playing  the  guitar?And  are you  self-taught  or  did you  take  lessons  when  first  starting  out?

 I think I was 12 or 13 when I got my first guitar. It was a beat up Rockson or something. I strummed on my friends' guitars for a while before that. Never took any lessons.

3.Who  are  some  of your  influences  and  favorite  guitarist? Besides  handling  the  guitars  do  you  currently  play  any  other  instruments?

Some of my favourite guitarists are Eddie Van Halen, Trey Azagthoth and Tony Iommi. I'm always more impressed by great songwriters than crazy shredders, but once in a while they come in the same package. Besides guitar I have a passion for drums. I actually started playing drums in my classroom during the recesses before I had even touched a guitar. Drums were a bit too expensive and I never had a place to play them at home. Fortunately I can now desecrate my bandmates' sets from time to time!


4.Gorephilia  was  formed  in  2007 what  gave  you  all the  idea  to  start  this  band? And  how  did you  all  come up  with  the  name  of the  band?
 In 2006 we came up with this crazy idea of making old-school death metal with a western theme. The band was cleverly named GoretexX with an extra x to differentiate from the water resistant fabric. We got fed up with the concept quite fast and moved on to a bit more serious subjects. For some reason we kinda just tweaked the name and stuck with it after I did the logo.

 5.What  is  the  current  line up  of the  band  and for the readers  who  have  never  heard  Gorephilia's  music  how  would  you  best  describe  it?

Henu on the vocals, Kauko on drums, Tami on bass and Pauli and me on guitars. We play this thing called Death Metal.

6.Gorephilia is  getting  ready  to  release  their  second  full-length "Severed Monolith" how  long  did  it  take  to  write the  music  for this  release? Does the  whole  band  take  part  in  the  writing  process  or  does  one  member  usually  write  everything?
 The writing took like 3-4 years and that was much too long for my liking. I'm satisfied with the end result, but I wish it came about faster. I write most of the music, but sometimes the songs are shaped further in the rehersal jams.

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

 Henu, Tami and I all write. On this new album most of them were penned by me with Tami doing the text for two tracks. The new album is about death, nihilism and the deconstruction of the individual as a part of a whole and as a whole.

8.Besides  the  upcoming Severed Monolith   release are  their  any  copies  of the  debut  still  available besides the  releases  does the  band  have  any  other  merchandise  available  for  the  readers? If  yes  where  can  the  readers   buy  it  from?

 A lot of distros carry the debut on vinyl and CD. Safest bets might be the webshops of our labels - Dark Descent Records and Me Saco Un Ojo Records. We also have some shirts. Check our official page and our facebook page for details!

9.Do  any  of  the  members  currently  play  in  any  other  bands  or  projects  if yes  please  tell  the   readers  a  little  about   them?

Tami plays bass in Solothus - doom death with great melodies. Kauko drums in Gloria Morti and Aegrus - technical and melodic black/death savagery and straight satanic black metal worship, respectively. I play guitar in Krypts - lumbering death with tastes of doom and black metal.

10.Gorephilia  comes  out  of  Finland's  metal  scene  what  is your  opinion  of the  metal  scene  in  Finland  these  days?

I wouldn't be worried about it.

11.Who   are  your  all-time  favorite  Finnish  bands  and  are their  any  new  bands   you  can  recommend  to  the  readers?

Stone, Demilich and Wigwam. No new bands come to mind right now...

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

I like to play video games, especially older stuff. I go swimming couple of times a week. Trying to get into programming. Right now I'm watching StarGate SG-1. And of course I like to do a bit of drinking with my friends. 

13.Thank  you    Jukka    for  taking  the  time  to  fill  this  interview  out  do  you  have  any  final  comments  for the  readers?
Thank you for reading this. Reading is important. Also thanks for the interview!

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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Interview with Aborted Fetus done by Patrick posted on 2-25-16

A  new  interview with  the  Russian  brutal  death  metal  band  Aborted  Fetus  who  are  getting  ready to  release  their  newest  cd "The Art Of Violent Torture"  which  will be  available  through  Comatose  Music.If  you  enjoy  brutal  death  metal  then  be  sure  to  pick  up  Aborted  Fetus's  newest  release  today.
Stay  Brutal

Interview   with  Aborted  Fetus  done  by  Patrick

1.Hello  please  introduce yourself  to  the  readers? and  when  did you first  get  into  brutal  death  metal?

Alexander: I am guitarist, founder band, death metal I began listen when I was young boy, at 10!!
Sergey: I am drummer, and I began at 10-12. 
Igor: Vocalist, precisely death metal at 13!!

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

Alexander: old school bands 90-2000,and I listen to them now.
Sergey: It is difficult today now…definitely bands old school.Of the more famous this Deeds of Flesh 
and Dying Fetus.
Igor: Bands old school : Pestilence, Melevolent Creation, of modern like Animals Killing People, Human Mincer, Orchidectomy, Foetopsy, Guttural Secrete.

3.You  all  formed   Aborted  Fetus  in  2000  what  gave you  all  the  idea  to  start  this  band? What  is  the  current  line up  of  the  band?

Alexander: I don’t know, I spent my childhood music, playing the guitar, I came up with brutal riffs and  it is possible to assemble a band.
Igor: Current  line up  of  the  band:
Alexander – Guitar
Sergey –Bass
Igor – Vocal
Sergey - Drums

4.How  would  you  say  Aborted  Fetus's  music  has  changed  over the  years  and  who  are  some  of the bands  biggest influences?

Alexander: biggest influences bands from 90-2000,for example Brutality,Morta Skuld, Ressurection, Disgorge, Morpheus Descends, Internal Bleeding,Pyrexia….

5.Aborted  Fetus   is  getting  ready  to  release  their  new  cd  "The  Art Of Violent  Torture" through  the  mighty  Comatose  Music   how  did  you  and the  band  come  in  contact  with  Comatose?

Alexander:I send him our stuff  on labels, Steve answer first, he like our music and he release our album.

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

Alexander: I write guitar riffs, then on rehersal we are finish songs.
Sergey: Main material brings Alexander, further on rehersals, we are contributing to the tracks.
Igor: Fully agree with Sergey

7.Does  Aborted  Fetus   get  to  play  "live"  very  often  and  what  have  been  some  of the  bands most  memorable  shows  over the  years? Who  have  been  some  bands you  have  had the  pleasure of  sharing  the  stage  with?

Alexander: We are play gigs with many bands, but unfortunately I do not remember, as it focuses more on my band concert.

8.Are  their  tours  coming  up  in  support  of the  new  release?

Alexander: It comes a lot of offers play tours, but unfortunately not always possible to fly, because problem to take on the work holiday

9.Besides  the  upcoming  release  of   "The  Art Of Violent  Torture"   are   any  of the  bands  past  releases  still  availible? Besides  the physical  releases  does the band  have  any other  merchandise  available  for the  readers to  buy?

Alexander: All that is on sale can be  found on Bandcamp.

10.Aborted  Fetus   comes  out  of  Russia's  brutal death  metal  scene  what  is  your  opinion  of  Russia's  death  metal  scene  over  the  years?

Alexander: On scene have many groups, regularly spend gigs,make tours, in general, the scene came to the world level

11.Who   are your  all-time  favorite  Russian  metal  bands  and  are  their   any  new  bands you  feel  the  readers  should  check  out  soon?

Alexander: Listen Scrambled Defuncts, Mortem, Septicopyemia….cool bands!
Igor: From our city, listen ByoNoiseGenerator

12.Besides  bands  are  their   any  good, reliable  labels  or  distro's  you  could  recommend?

Alexander: Good label  Ungodly Ruins, release interest bands.
Igor: Label LORD OF THE SICK!!

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

Alexander: Drink Vodka and listen death metal with friends.
Sergey: All my time is occupied drums, because I participate in several other bands.
Igor: Drink Russian moonshine and listen death metal with friends.

14.Other  then  playing  in   Aborted  Fetus   do  any  of  the  members   currently   work  with  any  other  bands  or  solo  projects? If  yes  please tell  us  a  little  about them?

Alexander: Also it was founder black metal band Groth,and play in Act of God
Sergey:  Now play black metal in Ill Omened and Serpentrance. Before I played in Offalmincer and Pseudogod.
Igor: Participated in Lethality.

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

Alexander: Thanks for the questions!! Support the brutal!
Sergey:  Support bands, go to the gigs!!
Igor: Expect us with gigs in USA!!!
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Monday, February 20, 2017

New reviews done on 2-20-17 posted by Patrick


Here  are  a few  newer  reviews  for you  to  sink your  teeth  into  hopefully you  all  will  find  a  band to your   liking. If you  do  be  sure to  buy  their  releases  and  merchandise. More  reviews  and  interviews  will  be  posted  soon.

Aborted  Fetus--The  Art  Of  Violent  Torture   cd  {Comatose  Music}

Russia's  Aborted  Fetus return  with  a  brand  new  release  of  violent,brutal  death  metal.Featuring  thirteen  songs of  blasting,vicious  death  metal with  some  slam  influences  mixed  in  the  music.The  band  knows  how  to  write  and perform  excellent  death  metal  madness  even  showing  off their  expertise  writing  skills  with  two  instrumentals.The  guitars  are  played  with  feriocus   fast patterns  but  there are  also  some  heavier  mid  paced  guitar  chords  mixed  into  a  few  of the  tracks.The  vocals  are  low death metal  growls  that  really  fit this  bands  musical  style.If you  are  a  fan  of  brutal,slamming  death  metal  then  be  sure  to  pick  up  The  Art  Of  Violent  Torture    today.

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Gorephilia--Severed  Monolith  cd  {Dark  Descent  Rec.}

Gorephilia  come  out  of  the  Finnish  death  metal  scene  with  their  second  full-length  Severed  Monolith.Featuring ten  tracks  of  crushing  powerful  death  metal that  is extremely tight and  well written.The  guitars  are  played  with   mainly  mid  paced guitar  patterns that have  some  well performed  structures.The  guitarist can  and does  play crazed,faster speeds  that  are really  good.The  drumming  is  equally  as  good  played  with  both  well performed and  played mid  paced  drums  to  an  all out  assult of  fast  drumming  patterns.The  vocals  are powerful death metal  growls  and  even  some  gruff screams  are  used  in  a  couple  of the  songs.If you  love  heavy death metal  that  is  well  written  and performed  then  be  sure  to  pick  up  Gorephilia new  release  soon.

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Grave  Plague--The  Infected Crypts 7 Inch{Give Praise Rec.}

Coming  out  of  the  Cleveland Ohio old-school death metal  scene  is  Grave  Plague with  their debut  two  song EP.The  Infected Crypts.The first song is "Arise The  Infected" combing  both  elements  from  the  U.S and  European  death  metal  scenes.The  guitar  work  is  done  with  a lot  of  skill and  changes  going from  a  fast guitar  pattern to  a  more  mid tempoed heavy  guitar  pace.The  drums  are  with  precise  and  with  a  mix  of  well done  faster  drumming  patterns  but  do  slow to  a  more  mid paced  range in the  middle  of the  song..The  second  track  is  "Halls Of The  Rotten"   which  is  in the same  vein with  a  little  more  furious  and  fast paced  guitars that  really  work  for the  band even  mixing  in  some  solo's  into the  song structure.The  vocals  are  death  metal  growls  with  some  screams  mixed into  the  song.If  you  are  a  fan  of  European and U.S  influences with  the  bands  own  style  then  be sure  to  check  this  band  out today.

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Hell's  Coronation--Antichristian  Devotion  cassette {Godz Ov War  Prod.}
Poland's Hell's  Coronation are a new  band   to  my  ears who  play  a  raw,mid paced  dark  style  of  black  metal.The  guitars  are  played  with  a  mix  of  mid  paced  guitars  and  slower almost  doonmish guitar  patterns  used in  a  few of the  songs.The  guitarist  knows  how to  write  some  good  structures  and  patterns while  maintaining  the  raw  style  and sound.The  vocals  are  harsh  black  metal  screams with  some raspy type  of vocals  used  in  a  few sections.If you  are  a  fan  of mid paced raw  black  metal  with  elements  of  doom  then  be sure to  check  out   Hell's  Coronation  new ep.

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Petrification--Summon  Horrendus Destruction   demo  cassette {Sentient  Ruins}

Petrification are  a  band  who  come  out  of  Portland  Oregon's  old-school  death  scene with  their  debut  demo.Summon  Horrendus Destruction   features  four  tracks  of  solid death  metal done  in  the  mid  90's  style.The  guitars  are  played  mainly  in  the  mid  paced  range but  do  speed  up to  a  faster pace  in  a  few  parts.The  guitarist  does  a  good  job  of  writing  and  playing  old-school  death  with  some  solo's  mixed into  the  music.The  vocals  are death  growls  that  really  fit   Petrification's  music. If you  enjoy  semi  raw old-school  death  metal with influences from the  Finnish  and Swedish  scenes  then  be  sure  to  pick  up  the debut  demo  today.

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Question--Gnosis Primordial  Mcd  {Chaos  Rec.}

Question  come  out  of  Mexico's  death metal  scene  with  their  newest Mcd  featuring  four  songs  and  very  well  written  and performed  instrumental.The  guitars  range  from fast guitar  patterns to  a  more  controlled  mid paced  pace.The  guitarist  even  adds  elements  of slower,melodic  tones  used  within  the  instrument Silhouettes Of Reality.The  vocals  range  from deep growls to  a  more  gruff old-school  vocal  pattern.To  anyone  who  loves  old-school  death  metal  be  sure  to  check  out  Question's  newest Mcd  today.

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Ritual  Lair--Mother  Of  Misery And  Repugnance  cassette {Godz  Ov  War  Prod}
After  a  five  year hiatus  Poland's  Ritual  Lair return  with  a  brand new  Mcd  featuring  five  tracks  of  fast  blackend  death metal.The  guitars  are  played  with  both  crazed,raw fast  riffs  and  some  heavier mid  paced  chords  used.Vocals  are  a mix  as  well with  both old school  death  growls  and  some  blackend  screams  entetwined  within  a  few of the  songs. If you  are  a  fan  of  crazed,old school   blackend  death  metal  then  be  sure to  pick  up  Ritual  Lair's  latest  EP.  today.

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Interview with Streams Of Blood done by Patrick posted on 2-19-17

Germany's Streams Of  Blood  return  with  their  third  full length "Allgegenwartig"  through  Folter  Rec.  if you  are  a  fan  of  fast black  metal  then  be  sure  to  buy the  bands  releases  and  merchandise.

Interview  with  Streams  Of  Blood   done  by   Patrick

1.Hails   how  is  the  new  year  starting  off  for you  and the  band? Please   introduce  yourself  to  the  readers?

The new year just started as the last one – fucked up! Time was running rapidly, cause I fell behind with the album and so I had to finish songs and artwork until the 3rd of february 2017 while internally  we had some pretty devastating bad news. Anyways, in the end everything went fine with the deadline and the album went into pressing just in time.

2.You  all  formed    Streams  Of  Blood    in  2009   when  did you  all get the  idea to  start this  band?And  what  is the  current  line-up  of  the  band?

I myself formed the project in Juli 2009. It became a real band when Tavor joined shortly thereafter. During the following years the line-up changed multiple times, you may have a look at for the chronology (LINK).
The current line-up is fixed since 2015/2016 and is as follows:
Thymos – vocals, guitar
Wudur – guitar
Seroque – guitar
Solvex – bass
Terrorin - drums

3. Streams  Of  Blood   is  getting  ready  to  release  their  third  full length  "Allgegenwartig"  does  the  whole  band  take  part  in  the  writing  process or does  one  member  usually  write everything?

Until this point I am composing the majority of the music on my own, later adding the drums during jam-sessions with the drummer.

4.What  are  some  subjects  the  band  wrote  about  on the  mew  release   "Allgegenwartig" ?

"Allgegenwärtig" is about the ever-present that surrounds the Band, and the dissonating insights they gain. About life and death, light and darkness, excesses and spirtuality. It is Streams of Blood's inner voices roaring from the abysses of souls, fed by the chaos of the worlds.

5.Allgegenwartig  is  the  bands  third  full length release  how  do you  feel  the  bands  music  has  changed  over the  years? And  who  are  some of  Streams  Of  Blood   biggest  influences?

The music changed  in the way that I more and more found my own style of expressing myself. Arrangements and compositions  became more thought out and coherent  compared to the old stuff. The major influence still is life, its darkness, and death.

6.Besides  the  upcoming  release  are  their  any  copies  of the  bands first two  releases  still  available ? Besides  the  releases  is  their  any other  merchandise  available  for the  readers  and  if  yes   what  is  available  and  where can  the readers  buy  it?

The first two albums , Ultimate Destination and The Descent to the Scource of Disorder, are still available  at a few shops and of course our own. So you may contact us, find them online or at the vendors of mostly german  concerts and festivals. But I know that the remaining stock is  limited and already running out. Merch like t-shirts, hoodies, patches and such is exclusively available  via the band's shop and at our concerts.

7.Does   Streams  Of  Blood    play  live  very  often  or  do you  prefer  working  in  the studio? What  have  been  some  of  the bands  most  memorable  shows over the  years?

We're playing like 10 shows on average per year. One of it especially stuck to my memory, it was the „Zeremonie der Schatten“ („Ceremony of shadows“) in 2016. Overwhelmingly intense show, the sound wasn't perfect, but the athmosphere of this evening was pretty unique, pure aggression and anger on stage and in the crowds. Another special moment was a gig in Arnheim – Netherlands, where we played a show prior to Mgla, Aosoth and DeusMortem. We had a short tour together with Deathrow and Ars Venificium through Belgium and the Netherlands at this time, and were lucky that the organizers managed to get us to play at this special occasion. Those days held great experience for all of us, and we met a bunch of bloody great guys!

8.Are  their  any  upcoming shows  or  tours  in  support  of   Allgegenwartig   if  yes   where  will  the  band  be  performing  and  who  are  some  bands  you  all  will be sharing the  stage  with?

We're having our record-release show on the 25th of february together with Angelcorpse and The Committee in Berlin. Followed by a local, smaller gig to promote the album once again on the same weekend. In april we'll be sharing the stage with Inquisition, and in june/july we'll be playing at Under The Black Sun in Berlin with acts like Darkened Nocturn Slaughtercult, In the woods, Corpus Christii and some more. We've got some more shows confirmed for 2016 as well as 2017, not only nationally,  but are not ready to release dates yet.

9.What  does  black  metal   mean  to you?

It is certainly more than only the music itself. It is a part of me that accompanies me every day, every second of my life. It gives incredibly much in a spiritual way, but it has also already taken incredibly much away from me. It is a double-edged sword, cannot be put in words any better.

10.Streams  Of  Blood   comes  out  of  the  German  black  metal  scene  what  is your  opinion  of  Germany's  black  metal  scene?

Its a big, wide spread and diverse scene. I'm not as active and interested anymore as when I was younger. But I had a great time in the 2000s, and I won't forget this ever.

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

Accept, Bethlehem, Chaos Invocation, Darkened Nocturn Slaughtercult, Katharsis, Nagelfar and Sodom are all-time faves. I was very impressed by a recent release of an acquaintance, „Daubuz – In finstrer Teufe“.

12.Besides  bands  are  their  any  good  German  labels  or  distro's  you  feel   the  readers  should  check  out  soon?
Amor Fati, Blasphemy Halls, Folter Records, Ketzer Records, Iron Bonehead, Undercover Rec., W.T.C. and many more

13.Besides  working  and  playing  in   Streams  Of  Blood   do  any  of  the  members  currently  play  with  any  other  bands  or  solo  projects?

Nothing worth to mention in this context.

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

Thank you for your interest.

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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Interview with Diabulus In Musica done by Patrick on 2-11-17

Here  is  a  new  interview  with  Spain's  Symphonic  metal  band   Diabulus  In  Musica  who  discuss  the  bands  new  release  "Dirge For The  Archons"  and  the  bands  past  and  future  plans.If  you  enjoy  extremely  well  written  and  performed  symphonic  music  check  this  band  and  the  new release  today.

Interview  with  Diabulus  In  Musica   done  by   Patrick

1.Hello   please  introduce yourself to  the  readers?And  at what  age did you  become  interested  in  playing  music?

My name is Zuberoa and I’m a singer, flutist and composer from Spain. 
Music is a very important part of my life since I can remember, so I couldn’t tell exactly. I come from a family of musicians and I’ve been singing my whole life. I started singing in the choir my mother conducted when I was a child. Then I started to study flute and guitar when I was 8 years old so I wasn’t really conscious about my capacity or not to do music. I think I realized that later, when I was around 20. I remember the first time I joined a band, I was 18 and a friend of mine convinced me to apply as a singer in a rock band. I didn’t want to because I was very shy, but the band convinced me. Until then, I just sang in choirs and studied music, but I had never thought about joining a band. My “metal” career started by chance. I just was a metal fan, but no more than that. Back then I was singing in a rock band and then a metal band (Dragon Lord) called me to record some choirs. They liked the result and asked me to join the band as main singer. This was my first contact with a metal band as a singer. After this I started to compose songs and then decided to found my own band and that’s how Diabulus in Musica was born.

2.When  did you  first  meet the  other  members  of  the  band  and  how did you  all  choose  Diabulus  In  Musica    as  the  band  name?

I met Gorka in Dragon Lord. He was the keyboard player. When The band split up I proposed him to start a new project. I had already written some songs that I showed to him. He liked the idea and we searched for new members. They were some other musicians friends we already knew. The lineup has changed since then (except for Gorka and me), but all the members are friends we knew from the local scene.
Regarding the name, it was me who chose it when I started the project. “Diabulus (or Diabolus) in Musica” is a Latin mediaeval word which means ‘the devil in music’. It was like that as they called the triton or the interval of the augmented fourth. The medieval ear was used to hearing perfect fourths and perfect fifths, (early music instruments are tuned different, in meantone tuning). The augmented fourth, being half-way between these two most common intervals, was about the worst discord imaginable. That’s why they thought that the devil was inside the triton.
The reason I chose this name was because of my music studies and my passion for Early Music. I studied classical signing but I’ve been above all focused in Historical singing. The name was perfect for us not only because of the meaning it has to me, but also because it sounds a bit dark, as our music sometimes. We like this ‘dark romantic aesthetic’ as well as Early Music (actually we have included these elements in our music more than once), so we thought Diabulus in Musica was the name that fit us the best.  

3.Diabulus  In  Musica    is  getting  ready  to  release  their  fourth  cd  "Dirge  For The Archons" 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  write  everything?

It’s usually me who writes most of the music. In general, I write the whole song and then if the rest of the members think they can improve their instruments they do and if not it stays as it was. For this record, the rest of the guys have also written some tracks, generally riff structures, then it’s me the one who writes the vocal-lines and most of the “classical” arrangements. Gorka is the one who makes the job of a producer, deciding how the song works better and making the final structures. He usually works in the orchestral arrangements with me.
Anyway,  I love when the guys write some structures because it is always challenging to put the “melodic” elements in a base you haven’t done. I think it’s richer than making everything oneself. Besides, the guitar and bass-player come from the death metal and metal core scene, so that makes our songs even more interesting. I personally like very much that mix between those styles of metal and the symphonic part, so I hope we can work this way for more songs in the future.

4.Who   usually  writes  the  lyrics  for  the  band  and  what  are  some  topics you  all  write  and  sing  about  on     "Dirge  For The Archons"?

It’s me who writes the lyrics. I talk about different topics, but there are some that I usually repeat: nature is always very present, psychology and philosophy as well, nowadays social issues and personal feelings are probably on my top. I sometimes use mythology as a metaphor too.
In the case of this album and its title, the Archons were the governors of a province in the classical Mediterranean world, but there is also a second meaning to the archons. According to some cosmologic theories, they are an alien force that intrudes subliminally upon the human mind and deviates our intelligence away from its proper and sane applications. In short, Archons here are representing control and mind manipulation over humans. With this title we claim for freedom and consciousness. The control systems (governments, multinationals…) are constantly playing with us and it seems we are not aware about it. 
Also, most of the songs in this album are talking about perception. We humans are limited by only five senses to perceive all we have around (a perception that can also be manipulated by other factors, here the Archons), but these five senses are just physical… And what about our spiritual condition? We are losing this capacity and I think that’s very dangerous and one of the reasons why the world is getting so scary. 

5.As  mentioned   "Dirge  For The Archons" is  Diabulus  In  Musica    fourth  release  how  do you  feel  the  bands  music  has  changed  over  the  years?

I suppose the music is more mature now. We have grown with the band and the band with us. When we recorded our first album, we just wanted to do something good and work hard to achieve a high quality result. We had our music in our minds, but mixing all those elements (orchestra, choir and metal) was not easy sound-wise. That was our main obsession back then. We could have never imagined that our first album would be distributed worldwide. We actually had never thought what would come later, but once we got signed we couldn’t stop making more music. We are very passionate about it and very restless: we always want to improve and learn more and more and that’s actually what we have been doing with all the releases. We do everything by ourselves (except the mixing and mastering), we work as composers, sound engineers, producers, arrangers… So we are very proud of all we have learnt and achieved through all these years. The  good thing is that we never get bored and we have always something new in mind that allows us to write more stuff and experiment with new sounds. I guess we will keep on evolving and trying to learn and search for new sounds in the future too.

6.Are  their  any  tours  or  shows  planned  in  support  of the  new  release and  if  yes  where  are  some  countries the  band  will  be  playing?

Yes! We are very excited about the upcoming tour. Our label mates Amberian Dawn and us, we are celebrating our 10th anniversary and we are starting an European tour This Friday 10th (February). We’ll play ten dates in UK, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and Switzerland.

7.What   are  some  of your  most  memorable  shows  over the  years  and  who  are  some  bands you  have  shared the  stage  with?

There have been a lot! We enjoy live shows very much so each show is special. We love big festivals but also small club shows, as it allows us to have a more direct contact with the audience. One of the most special shows for us is the one we played last year in the main opera house of our city, with a full symphonic orchestra and big choir. We were 100 people on stage! One of our dreams came true because our music is conceived to be played that way, even if it’s not always possible to do so and we usually have to take the choir and orchestra recorded. It was fantastic!
We have shared stage with many great bands. We supported Manowar in Spain, Tarja in Belgium or Theatre of Tragedy in their farewell show in Mexico to name a few. Of course in metal festivals we have had the chance to share stage with many others: Doro, Arch Enemy, Cradle of Filth, Lacuna Coil, Therion… 

8.Does  the  band  have  any  plans  to  make  a  video  for  any  of the  songs  off  the  new  cd?  If you  could  make  a  video  for  any  of the  bands  songs  which  ones  would  you  like to  see  made  into  a  video?

We recorded one for “Invisible”. I personally would have loved to make another one also for “Ring around Dark fairies’ Carousel”, but it should be a very special one. For this song I was inspired by D. Elfmann and Tim Burton films so I would love to make a video in that style. Of course that would be really expensive to do, so not possible for now

9.Besides  the  newest  cd   "Dirge  For The Archons"  are  any  of the  bands  past  releases  still  available  and  where  can  the  readers  buy  them?

Sure! Our three previous albums are available in Napalm’s store or in our website

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

I personally have very little time as I spend most of it working on music. Apart from Diabulus in Musica I have my solo project (Zuberoa Aznárez, ambient-folk music) and the folk trio Dryades as well as my classical projects and teaching. My other passion is Nature. I really enjoy hiking, trekking and climbing, so when I have the chance I run to  the mountains. I also do natural soaps as a hobby. I like reading, yoga… In general I’m a very active person who loves to do quite a few bunch of things!

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

Thanks a lot for the interest, it was a pleasure answering your questions. Thanks also to the readers for taking the time to read and we hope to meet you all on the road one day! Love, Zuberoa.

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