Friday, January 13, 2017

Primitive Ways will be closing soon but please read for information on my other web-zine and sites

Hello  to  the  readers and  supporters  of  Primitive Ways  web-zine

I  am  writing this  post  to  tell everyone  that  in  a  month  or  two  I  will  be  stopping  Primitive Ways  web-zine.The  reasons  are  my time  is  very  limited  and  I  really  enjoy  doing this  web-zine  but  it  is   just too  much  to  keep  up  with  at this  time.So  I  will  focus  all my  time  on  Winter  Torment  web-zine{ that  covers  most  metal  genre's}  and  I  also  write  and  help  out  the  web-zines   Ancient Visionz  that  is  a  blog that  covers  most  u/g  genres  including  metal,punk,H.C,Grind,Underground hip-hop   and  any other  genre  that  fits  besides  music  the  editor  Gaz  also  does  some  movie,comic  reviews.
Besides  Winter  Torment  and  Ancient  Visionz  I  also  write  both  reviews  and  a  few  interviews  for  the  legendary  Canadian  Assult  web-zine  which  was  a  fanzine  first  in the  late  90's  to  early  2000's  and  then  thrasfereed  to  a  web-zine  and  it  covers  mainly  old-school  metal,thrash/speed  metal,some traditional  doom  and  really  anything  Dale  or I  feel  fits  the site.
 thanks  for  supporting  Primitive  Ways web-zine  the  last  few  years  and  please  check  out  the  other web-zines  I  work  for
Regards
Patrick
P.S
I  know  I  have  a  few  bands  that  are  working  on  interviews  for  Primitive  Ways  no  worries  as  I  will  either  use  them  for  Winter  Torment  or  Ancient  Visionz.
 I  hope  that  all  the  subscribers  and  readers  of  Primitive  Ways   will  check  out  Winter  Torment  and  the  other  web-zines  I  help  out.

Web-zine   addresses  

Winter  Torment  Web-zine
http://wintertormentwebzine.blogspot.com/

Canadian  Assult  web-zine
http://www.canadianassault.com/

Ancient  Visionz  blog
http://ancientvisionz.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Reviews posted on 6-28-16 done by Patrick

Hello
Here   is  a   new  blog  of  reviews  with  both  old-school  metal  and  some  blackend  reviews.So  hopefully  you   will  find   something  to your   liking   and  support the bands  and  labels  and  buy  their  stuff
Regards
Patrick
fiendfornetal@live.com
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Avenger Of Blood--On Slaying  Ground   cd   {Times  End  Rec.}
 Avenger  Of Blood   is  a  new   band  to  me  and  plays  a  very  violent and  harsh   thrash  metal  style.Picture  if  early  Kreator  and  Slayer  combined  their  musical  talents  with  the  bands  own   talent  and  writing  skills.The  guitarist   knows  how  to  write  and execute  very  fast and  aggressive  guitar  chords and  patterns.The  guitars  are  done  with  a lot  of  speed  but the  guitarists  know  how to write  memorable  patterns  and  mix  in some  really  well played  solo's.The  drumming  is  done  with  some  very  crazed and blast beat drum  sections but the  drummer can  also  slow  to  a  more  mid  tempoed  style  before  letting  loose  and  going  full force  with the  blast,fast  drum  patterns.The  vocals  are  a  mix  of  of thrashy metal  screams  and even  some  blackend  metal,thrash  screams. If you  are  a   fan  of  old-school  thrash  metal  then  do  not   let  this  band  pass  you by and  buy the  new  release  today.
                                                                           Band    Contact
                                                                https://www.facebook.com/aobthrash
                                                         https://www.reverbnation.com/avengerofblood
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Eteritus--Following  The  Ancient  Path  cd   {Godz Ov  War}
Coming  out  of  Poland's  old-school  death  metal  scene  is  Eteritus with their debut  The  Ancient  Path. Eteritus  play  a  good   mix  of  mid  paced  old-school  death  metal  with  a  few faster  sections  mixed  in  a  few  of the  songs.The  guitars  are  played  with  a lot  of  power  and  heavy  guitar  riffs  and  patterns.That  range  from  a  mid  tempo  to  a  faster and  crazed  guitar  style.The  drummer  is  just  as  precise  and  knows  how  to  create and  play  the drums  going  from  an  all out  assult  of  crazed drums to  a  more  controlled  mid paced  drums.If  you  are  a  fan  of  early  nineties   death  metal  then  be  sure  to  check  out   Eteritus  debut  today.
                                                                            Label  Contact
                                                                     http://godzovwar.com/
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hellsodomy---Chaostorm  cd  {Go Fuck Yourself Prod.}
Turkey's   old-school  death  metal  maniacs  have released  their debut  cd   full of  old-school death  metal  and  some  violent  thrash  entertwined  within  the  music.The  guitars  are  played  with  a lot  of  speed  and  aggressive  riffs  and  patterns.The  drumming  is  done  with  both crazed  drum  patterns  and  some  extremely  well  played   thrashing  drum sections  mixed  into  the  music.The  vocals  are  old-school  death  metal  growls  and  in  a  few  songs  their  are some  raw thrashy  screams used.If  you  are   a  early  death,thrashing  maniac  then  be  sure  to  pick  up  a  copy  of   Chaostorm  today.
                                                                        Label   Contact
                                                                 http://www.gfyp.de/
                                                  https://www.facebook.com/GFYProd/?fref=ts
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Profanatica--The Curling  Flame  Of  Blasphemy  cd,Lp,Cassette  {Hells  Headbangers  Rec.}
Profanatica  the  U.S.B.M  legends  return  with their  most  vile  and  rawest  release to date.The  music  is  mainly  played  in  the  raw,mid paced  black metal  with  a  few  sections  of  heavy  and  faster  black  metal  elements  being  used.The  guitars  are  played  with  some  very  well  written  and  arranged  patterns  that  stay true  to  the  Profanatica  sound.The  drumming  is  done  with  both  a  mid  tempoed  drum  pattern to  a  more straight  forward  drumming  style.If  you  are  a  fan  of  Profanatica  past  releases  then  you  defintly  do  not  want  to  miss  the  new  release  when  it  is  released.
                                                                      Label    Contact
                                                   http://www.hellsheadbangers.com/
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Supremative--Servitude Of  The  Impurity  7inch  {Blood Harvest Rec.}
 Spain's  Supremative   is  getting  their  2013  debut  demo  re-released  on  a  vinyl  format  through the  mighty  Blood Harvest Rec.Featuring  four  songs  of  early  blackend  death  metal  at  it's  finest.The  guitars  are  played  with  a lot  of  well  written  guitar  patterns  and  riffs.The  guitars  range from  a  mid  tempoed  style  to  a  semi  faster  speed  in  a  few  of the songs.The  drumming  is  done  with  a lot  of  experience  ranging from  fast  almost  blast  beats  that  are  really  well  done  to  a  more  controlled  tempo.The  vocals  are  a  mix  of  raw death  metal  and  some  blackend  screams  entertwined  within  a  few  songs.The  demo  was  originally  released  in  2013  but  sounds  like  it  could  have  been  done  in  the early to  mid  nineties  blackend death  scene.I  believe this  is  a  very  limited  release  so  if you  are   interested  in  buying this  I   would  try to get  a  copy as soon  as  possible.
                                                                Label   Contact
                                                  http://shop.bloodharvest.se/
                                             http://bloodharvestrecords.bandcamp.com/music
 
                                                                                                                               
 
 

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Centinex interview done by Patrick on 6-18-16

Here   is  a  new   interview  with the  legendary  Swedish old-school  death  metal  band  Centinex.Who  discuss  the   newest  release  and  the  past  and  future  of the  band.Anyone  interested  to  learn  more  defintly read the   interview  and  buy  the  bands  newest  release "Doomsday Rituals"  through the   mighty  Agonia  Rec.
Regards
Patrick
fiendformetal@live.com
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Interview  with   Martin  Bassist   of   Centinex   done  by    Patrick



1.Hello   Martin   thank  you  for  taking the  time  to  fill  this  interview  out  please  introduce yourself  to  the  readers?



Well I'm Martin, founding member, bassist, main song-writer and somekind of leader in CENTINEX.





2. Martin  you  first  formed  Centinex  in  1990   what  gave you  the  idea  to  start this  band? And  in  2006  you  all  stopped  the  band  why  did you  decide to  put the  band  on  hold?
I have been listening to metal since the mid 80's and always looking for more and more extreme bands. As I had started to play guitar around the same time my musical taste also influenced my guitar playing and when the first Swedish death metal bands came in the late 80's and early 90's i was hooked. I wanted to start a band and that way CENTINEX was boen.
We kept on going during all the years, releasing albums, doing a lot of shows and so on but in 2006 I felt I had reached the end due to personal and musical differences with the rest of the band. So I buried everything, that was it.




3.You  reformed   Centinex    in  2014  what  gave you  all the  idea to  reform  the  band? And  how  would  you  say    Centinex's  music   has  changed  over the  years?



Between 2006 and 2014 a lot of the old releases were re-released etc so there was a constant interested in the band even if we weren'r active.
I had been thinking of puting CENTINEX back together since 2012 or something but hadn't had time, then in early 2014 I felt that now or never.
When I announced the return with a new line-up and all that, I had already some new material written and ready. This is why we were able to enter the studio and record "Redeeming Filth" rather fast after the announcement.
Musically the "new" CENTINEX is a bit different than the old version of the band, now we do not focus that much on speed and melodies but more on mid-tempo headbanging friendly DEATH METAL !!





4. Centinex   is  getting  ready to  release the  new  cd   "Doomsday Rituals"   how  long  did  it  take  the  band  to  write  the  music  for this   release? And  does  the  whole  band  work on  the  music  or  does  one  member  usually  write  everything?



It took about 3-4 months to write the music. I wrote everything, the music, and the vocalist wrote all the lyrics. Everything went pretty fast but this is basic death metal, it doesn't have or need to take longer than that.







5.How  would  you  say    Centinex's   music  has  evolved and  changed  since the  beginning  of the  band  til  present  day?


As I said, the music is now a bit more slower and more based around riffs instead of melodies and speed. Basically you can say that the band is now more influenced by the early American death metal bands than those from Sweden.






6.What   have  been    Centinex's  most   memorable   shows  over  the years?

There have been many so it's impossible to pick any special one. In general we enjoy doing shows and tours so we try to make the best of every show.






7.Does  the  band  have  any  upcoming  tours  to  tell the readers about?  And  if  yes  where  are some  places  the  band  will  be  touring?
 
We have a lot of festivals coming up this summer and autumn and a European tour will follow in 2017. All details will be revealed soon so keep your eyes open.




8.I n  your   opinion   what  is the  best  and  worst  thing  about  the   underground  scene  these days? And  what  does  underground   metal   mean to you?


The worst thing in my opinion is that there are too many bands, too many labels and it's too easy to release albums these days. back in the early 90's there were also many bands but far from as many as today, and those bands who got to release albums did really deserve it, they had something to offer. Today anyone can record an album and get it to sound good with modern equipment, then you can have it out through a label or by yourself and in the end this leads to the fact that the scene will be flooded with crappy releases from crappy bands and quality bands disappear easily in the stream of shit. For me there is no underground anymore, not in the same way as 20--25 years ago.








9. Centinex   comes   out  of the   mighty  Swedish  death  metal  scene   what  is your  opinion  of  Sweden's death  metal scene ?  And  do  you  feel  it   has  gotten  better  or  worse  since the  mid  1990's?


As you maybe understand I think things have become worse, in my opinion.



10. Who   are your  all-time  favorite   Swedish  metal  bands?  And  are  their  any  new  bands  you  feel  the readers  should  watch  out  for?


I don't have any all-time favorite bands, instead favorite albums. They are the debuts from GRAVE, UNLEASHED, DISMEMBER and ENTOMBED. As for new bands, yes there are some great ones but in general, the old ones were better.






11.When  not  writing  new  music  or   preparing  for  a  show    what  do you  enjoy  doing  in your  free  time?

Besides playing in CENTINEX I do also play in DEMONICAL (the band I started in 2006 after I quit CENTINEX) and run my own booking and management agency, Dreamtide Music, so I really have no free time.




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



Thank you for supporting us and real death metal!



                                                     Band   Contact
                                                https://www.facebook.com/Centinexofficial/
                                                  http://www.centinexstore.bigcartel.com/
                                                        Label   Contact
                                                      http://agoniarecords.com/
                                                      https://www.facebook.com/agoniarecords/






Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Epidemia interview posted on 5-31-16 done by Patrick

Hello hope  everyone  is  having  a  great  week  so  far?  Here  is  a   new  interview with  Epidemia  who  play  a   mix  of  old-school death  metal.The  band  recently released their  new  cd  "Leprocomio"  through  Satanath  Rec.
Regards
Patrick
fiendformetal@live.com





Interview  with   Epidemia   done  by   Patrick






1. When was the first time that you met?

Once Daniel Villareal and Christian Naranjo were introduced, who with Jean Paul Sanafria had the idea to forming a band in the end of 2002, Jean Paul And Christian were the last two neighbors who played guitar, then other friend was joined to the band, Edison Avellaneda on bass, the band remained with that lineup without a clear idea of how they really wanted to sound due to everyone had different influences, many vocalists were tested but no one convinced them, in mid of 2003 Adrian found a sheet pasted in a music store, in that sheet was wrote "death metal band needs vocalist". Adrian waited some time to encourage himself and call to the band, finally in September 2003 he was added and consolidated as the new vocalist.


2. When you met , Did you take a lot time to start?


The truth not because they had made about four songs when epidemia was complet.




3. How did you choose the band's name?


Initially I didn't like it and I think to no one, but among several names proposed, Epidemia was the best and the band adopted this name




4. What is the current line up of Epidemia?

Adrián Salazar (vocals) 
Daniel Villareal (drums) 
Juan Carlos Cahuasqui (guitar)
Roberto Amores (guitar)
Daniel Murillo (bass)




5. How would you describe the band to the readers that don't know it?

It is a death metal band without any strange or scenic additive, It is just pure death metal direct to the skull




6. Epidemic is releasing its second cd leprocomio, How did you contact to satanath records?

Luis our Manager, had references from several international labels that could be interested in producing the disc. He contacted several of these and after an analysis of the proposals, he chose the proposal that would suit the group, due to the representation of the label worldwide and to spread the band, we were proud signing with Satanath Recs From Russia.




7. The whole band writes the music? or a particular member writes everything?


The lyrics are written entirely by Adrian and the music is composed by the band.




8. How do you usually write the topics for the band? About what topics you usually write?


In this, the band shows an evolutive process, first we start with zombies, killer machines and gore, it was the theme of the first album, now covers many more topics like interpersonal issues, metaphysics and supernatural things




9. Does Epidemia often play live or prefer to work at study?

The band plays regularly at live concerts.




10. What were the band's concerts that you remember more?

Lot of shows we participated in, the most important are: Cannibal Corpse, Monstrosity (Lima Peru), Mortal Sin, Devourment, the suspended show of Obituary due to permission problems and some very remembered with national bands.




11. A part of the cd Leprocomio, Does epidemia has other records or merchandise available to the readers? If you have where they can purchase?

By the moment only the cd leprocomio and merchandise. you can buy direct to the band or Satanath  Records store . (Attached links at the end).




12. In your opinion. What is the worst thing, and what is the best thing of the underground scene today?

Best of all is that nothing is a mystery, now people have direct access to all thanks to the internet, but the negative is that it killed the magic that used to have the metal worldwide especially the significant decline in record sales, it is inevitable development of technology




13. What does metal mean for you as a band?

The death metal is the music that marked the years of our youth in the case of most of the band, because somehow we are contemporaries, metal was the face of the heaviest generation of the 90s, so we continue faithful to the music that marked us for the whole life.



14. Apart from Epidemia, Does any of you are playing in another band? If so, tell our readers in which ones


Daniel Villarreal plays on a project called MENTOR, they make death metal too, Daniel Murillo plays in IMPERIO NEGRO a black metal band




15. When you don't work in regards to music, what do you do each one in their spare time?

Our vocalist is a MMA's instructor, Roberto the guitarist just finish his studies of sound engineering, Juan the other guitarist is studding mechanical engineering and is a powerlifting referee, Daniel M. the bassist is a communicator in the Ministry of National Defense and Daniel V. the drummer works as percussionist of the National Symphony of Ecuador.




                                    
Band sites:
  www.facebook.com/EPIDEMIAEC
https://twitter.com/epidemiaecuador     
 www.youtube.com/user/epidemiadeathmetal
 https://soundcloud.com/epidemiaec
 https://epidemiaec.bandcamp.com
www.reverbnation.com/epidemia
Band e-mail:
 epidemiaec@icloud.com

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Interview with Declared Dead done by Patrick on 5-3-16

Hello
Here  is  a   new  interview  with  Declared  Dead  the band  is  the return  of  Tony  M.  who  was the  mastermind  behind  Terminal  Descent  back  in  the early  2000's   before  stopping the  band.But  he  is  back  with  his  new  band  Declared  Dead.  If  anyone  is   interested  in  hearing the  new  music  be  sure to  check  out his  sites  or even  send  him  a email for  news  etc  on the band.And  if you  are  a  web/fanzine  or  run   a  radio  show/station  be  sure to get  in touch  with  tony  about  possibly  playing  Declared Dead  on your show  or  station
Regards
Patrick
fiendformetal@live.com





Interview   with  Tony  M. vocals  and  all   instruments   done  for   Declared  Dead  done  by  Patrick1.Hello  Tony   how  are things  going  with  you  these  days?Please   introduce  yourself  to  the  readers?
 
 Hi, Patrick and anyone reading this. I "always" despise this question (or variations thereof - "How are you?", "How's it goin'?", "How are you doing?"). Haha. It's such a vague and potentially expansively involved question to ask and/or have to answer - if you're a "thoughtful" being at  all - that is. I know most of the time it's just a "generalized greeting" with no actual "caring" at all...but it's kind of a "pet peeve" of mine. Especially, when asked this question on an, almost, daily basis at work or from family members, etc. People seem to want to "quantify", "label", and "judge" the experience of life/living/existence by very superficial means, while running away from the "truth" at any cost. How am I at what? In what time frame are they referring to? Do they think they are the only ones asking this question? Do they not realize they ask this question every day? By asking, "How's it going?", are they referring to the mechanics of The Cosmos? What is "it" they are referring to? That's a very deep question to have to answer in three seconds, you know? Haha. It's like, I was just fine until you asked me "how I'm doing"...and seventeen times a day I have to respond to this? Now, I want to go on a killing spree. Fuck you and fuck the world! Hahaha. Turns my stomach, man. People suck, for the most part. *Grin*. But yeah, we are too complex of beings to simply state, "I'm good." to give attention to idiots. Not that I'm calling YOU (Patrick) an "idiot"...hahaha. I just decided to start off with a diatribe/tirade. Hahaha. Who does that? That "Tony guy"...that's who. "Nice introduction, asshole!" Hahaha. "Oh, come on! Like me, like me!!!" "I really need your approval!!!" Hahahaha. But funny enough, what's the first thing I say to my cats when I get home or wake up? "How's it goin', guys?" "How's my sweet kitties doin', today?" (Yes, "improper grammar"...boo-hoo). Haha. But when I ask that, I - actually - mean it...because I love them.
 
Anyway, I will simply state: "I'm fine." How's it goin' with you? How's the weather been? I have long hair, again. I'll, probably, shave it off next year, like I did eight years ago, or so.
 
My given name is "Tony". "Tony Mikkelson". I don't really identify with that name other than it's supposedly my name, so I respond to it when "necessary". Some might remember me as "Tony M." (simply 'cuz I was too lazy to sign snail mail letters with my "full name" - the "M" just trailed off into the sunset or something).
 
I'm far less socially involved than I use to be and I have nothing to sell.

 
 
2.Before  you  started   Declared  Dead   you   were  the  force  behind  the  death/thrash  band   Terminal   Descent.What  gave  you the  idea  to  start this  band?

Wow..."way back when". I think the idea came about in the very early '90's when I got more and more into "Metal" music...plus, trying to find/make an egoic based self-identity, etc. This was even before, finally, getting a guitar. I knew I wanted to do something in the Thrash vein...then Death Metal came into my life before I got that first guitar, as well. So, I "needed" a "Metal" sounding "band name", etc. Again, I had that name before I even played any instruments. Haha. I remember "playing guitar" on my hair comb, wooden spoons, and egg dicers by the way. Has nothing to do with your question...just "nostalgia" setting in. Haha. Wooden spoons were very versatile, too! You could play guitar with them, use two for drum sticks (chop sticks were, also, used for drum sticks!), and use 'em for slashing "Z's" in cupboard doors like Zorro! Of course, beating bitches' asses would be a great use, these days...but(t), alas, I have no l(asses). Ummmm...where was I? To put it simply, the idea to "form" Terminal Descent at that time was, probably, due to "teenage rebellion" (not knowing that it was just another cliche).
 
 
 
 
3.How   many  releases  were  released  back  then and  are  any  still  available? Do  you   have  a  favorite  song  or  release  from    Terminal   Descent?I  know  you  stopped   Terminal   Descent   about  10-12  years  ago  why  did you  stop this  band?

I remember one reviewer said something like, "Here's yet another release by Terminal Descent. This guy shits out more music than a trailer trash whore spits out babies!" Hahaha. It was meant as a "compliment". I found that amusing. Hahaha. Back in those days, I was very "eager" to be heard/recognized/appreciated. Most music I did was very "spontaneous". Not very thought out structure-wise. I was striving for originality...but, I'm sure most of it was pure banality. It had a strange atmosphere/vibe to it, I can say, however. That part was pretty "original". Again, this doesn't have that much to do with what you asked. But it is what's coming through, as I ponder your questions. I like to provide "well rounded" information and offer "substantial" answers when someone takes the time to "promote" anything of "mine", etc. Anyway, how many releases? There was "Slaughtering the Astrakhan (Best Of?)", "The Perfection of Imperfection", "The Sun's Black Shroud/Karmic Affliction", "Abysmal Regime", "Mortuary Lust", "Eternity's End", "Convictions of Malcontent", "Of Darkest Light", "Manifesting the Present", "The Archetype of Grim Solace", "Hostage to the Devil", "Mana Shukultu e.p.", and the never finished "A God Amongst Ruins". I think that's it? I think there were a couple of "compilations" besides, as well. Those aren't, necessarily in "proper release order", either - by the way. So, what's that? Thirteen to fifteen releases, maybe? But they were, mostly, all "garbage"...haha. A few people, actually, find them "brilliant". But I look back with - mostly - embarrassment. But it was a "growing experience", too...multi-faceted and highly complex (in terms of "spiritual expansion", etc.). I think "Host Age to the Devil" and "Of Darkest Light" might still be around on various internet sites. I'm not, really, making it/them available - myself - however.
 
I'll listen to some Terminal Descent every once in a while...for "inspiration" and to - sometimes - rip off riffs and reuse/modify them for newer projects...haha. I realized, recently, that there are certain songs/riffs that I STILL play, today (and am reworking to build "new songs" or to expand upon those older ideas in a "fresh way" or more accessible way, etc.). Some of the stuff on the Declared Dead album have "Frankensteinian" elements from Terminal Descent. There's even a new version of "Evil I" (which is/was from "Host Age to the Devil") on "Denounced and Defiled" (new Declared Dead album). I like the Declared Dead version more. Haha. I REALLY like the structure of a song called "That Which Serves" (which was written for the "Mana Shukultu e.p." in 2003 or 2004) and was re-recorded for "Host Age to the Devil" (both Terminal Descent titles as you know). I, even, re-recorded it for a later project called 3hrinE in late 2011, I think it was. That time it was an instrumental version (and far closer to how I wanted it to be conveyed). The 3hrinE version has been my fave, thus far...BUT, I am in the process of recording it yet AGAIN for the same 3hrinE project (though, I have changed the name of that project to Eyes of Aeons, now...hahahaha...confused yet?). I STILL feel that song hasn't been manifested to its proper "glory" (I have a feeling it "never" will...it's a very complex in a subtle way type of song...beyond contemporary expression, in my opinion). It's funny to think that I have "classics" (to me) in my "repertoire" like a "real band" that's been around for 20-30 years, you know? 'Cuz, some of the riffs I've been working with on all these projects that stem from Terminal Descent - some of the riffs/songs are literally 20 years old! And some songs are a dozen years old. Even the redone version of "Evil I" was recorded for the first time ten years ago! It's, slightly bewildering to think about...haha. Other than that, I don't really have a "favorite" release by Terminal Descent. I feel "Of Darkest Light" and "Host Age to the Devil" were very "pivotal" moments for me, in terms of being a "spiritual being"...so, they stand out in that regard.
 
I quit/killed off Terminal Descent at the end of 2007, shortly after the release of "Host Age to the Devil". It's a slightly difficult question to answer in terms of why. At that time I was going through a "spiritual metamorphosis", so to speak. It was kind of a "calling of the guard". A "higher" and more "secretive" type of "mission" was being "activated" in/through me. There was a type of "spiritual awakening" and with it an "ego dismantling" stage. There was a similar (yet different) "awakening" experience around the time of "Of Darkest Light", as well...and the "dawning" of it was before that around 1996/'97 with "The Perfection of Imperfection". Unless one has gone through this "process", I really can't find adequate words to explain it. There's a "spiritual teacher" called Adyashanti who has explained it as well as can be explained in my opinion. But, now, it goes "beyond" that. I think he's aware of such things, I'm referring to - as well - but his "role" is not quite the same as "mine". Or it is, yet, he doesn't wish to bring that aspect into the fore-front of his teachings, etc. To put it "simply"...Terminal Descent, for me - looking back at it is like a "road map"...with lots of "clues" and "winks" from The Cosmos and when read "properly", it holds all the "personal truth" that's needed to "fulfill my destiny", so to speak. This, of course, is a very intimate and personal type of thing. Terminal Descent was never about the music reaching a vast audience and becoming "successful" in that way, as the little ego-based Tony guy, at the time, had strived for. It was "successful" as a "catalyst" for a "personal spiritual awakening" when the time was right and needed for this individual to "sound his/its note" in the Cosmic Orchestra, so to speak. I often called Terminal Descent my "oracle and effigy"...whatever that means? Hahaha. It's like, "I" knew that's what Terminal Descent was about all along, yet at the very "end", I started to get caught in the web of illusion...so, when the "ego-dismantling" took place, it felt "real"...even though, "I" have never really been comfortable trying to keep a facade, if that makes sense? It's like the "wisdom" was "always" there...but it was only being spoken of...not "truly" embodied. Terminal Descent had the concept of "ascension" the whole time...yet it, also, had the scientific meaning of fastest velocity one travels before crashing into the ground. I was aiming to "prove" Terminal Descent as a "success" (which would mean lots of people embraced it and supported it like a "great band" would be "exalted", you know - "ascending"...the classic "underdog" story, you know?). But it was only after Terminal Descent "failed" miserably (crashing into the ocean of nothingness) that "ascension" status could be obtained via complete and utter "freedom" from the shackles of "wanting". I don't know if any of this is making sense? It's been a while since I've tried explaining this to anyone. Obviously, music has still played a big part of this life as a form of creative expression. There's just a "higher purpose" of being incarnate in this place and time that I do not find useful trying to explain to the "uninitiated", yet is part of the Terminal Descent story...so, hopefully, it makes some sense to who(m)ever's reading this? It has nothing to do with being "better than" or anything either. It might sound a bit "arrogant" when trying to explain. It's not meant to. "Everyone is special...but no one is especially special".
 
 
 
4.What  gave you the   idea  to  start   Declared  Dead ?  How  did  you  come  up  with    the  name  Declared  Dead  for  the   new  band?

After killing off Terminal Descent I went through a number of "new music projects" to take its place, I guess...haha. Each had a slightly different personality to it, I'd say. There was Crown the Clone, PyroMorphiA, Trolling For Cadavers, Inthlhxmneh Teh Atzlxiku, Sovereign Vow, and 3hrinE. It's like one would be "spiritual" and one would be "darker" in nature. So, after 3hrinE (which was one of the "spiritual" ones), I was in the mood to do some sort of "Old School Death Metal" type of project. I don't really remember how I happened upon "Declared Dead" as a name...it just kind of came to me and I was like, "that sounds pretty cool". I looked it up to see if it had been used before and it seemed like it hadn't, so I took off with it. I, only, realized - recently - that there's a slight tie-in with Terminal Descent (especially, since I've been revisiting Terminal Descent songs/riffs to use for Declared Dead). I "declared" Terminal Descent "dead" yet, it still "lives on". Nothing ever "truly" dies, you know? Haha. Plus, Metal, in general has been "declared dead" many times through the decades...uhhh...yeah, right...Metal lives on and on and on!!! Plus, right when you are born in this realm, you are "declared dead" from the start..."doomed to die"...damn! Maybe, that can be a new song title? Hahaha!
 
But yeah, at the time of Declared Dead coming into being (mid 2014), I was in the mood to bring back some "aggression" to my guitar playing and my music in general. The past few years had been in a more "mid-paced" progressive style (3hrinE and Trolling For Cadavers). The Declared Dead demo called "Subterranean Nightmare" was just that...fast and aggressive. The new full length album has some fast spots but there's, also, mid-paced songs as well, I guess. But "darkly themed", at least?
 
I just tend to get "bored" with "styles"...so, I seem to jump back and forth from kind of "aggressive" to kind of "progressive", lately. Right now, I'm leaning towards the "progressive" side...but I might work on some follow-up Declared Dead material (e.p.?) while I get the debut Eyes of Aeons project going. I, also, thought of doing another e.p. for Trolling For Cadavers (it's more of a "comedic" type project...kind of "Death Pop"? It hasn't reached its "full potential", I think).
 
 
 
5.As  with   Terminal   Descent   the  new  band  is  a  one  man  band  do  you  enjoy  working  by  yourself  or  are their  not  many   metal-musicians  that  live  close to you? If  you  had  the  opportunity  to  work  with  any  musicians {past  or  present}   who  are  some  musicians   you  would  like  to  work  with?

Well, Declared Dead is "technically" a "one man band"...but it's being portrayed as a "multi-member band"...haha. This "Tony guy" has no credits whatsoever in the liner notes, etc. All the guys look like me in the pictures, for some odd reason...but their names are completely different (Anders Milovovich, Deiter Cox, Dimitri Nagel, and Mikhel Van Zaal). They, also, reside in Belgium right now, as well. Not Iowa/United States. This is kind of a throw back to Terminal Descent as well, 'cuz, Terminal Descent had the connotation of - also - meaning "Terminal Descent - into MADNESS!!! Muhahahaha!" So, maybe this Tony guy went completely crazy after killing off Terminal Descent a decade ago and re-emerged as a Split Personality???? It's, really, just to give myself a bunch of laughs. And a couple of my old time buddies a laugh (who know my previous antics). "Enigma much?" Haha. Plus, it's never been about making a name for "myself"...it's always been about making a Universe with the music and inviting people in...so, I can mutilate their ears and corrupt their souls...umm...uhh...I mean...uhhh...
 
I don't know if I "enjoy" anything in this shitty fucking lifetime...haha. Working by myself is, probably, more of a "necessary evil" than because I, actually, like it. I just prefer to be away from people far more than I prefer to be with people. But that's just because most people are fucking parasites. "Oh, what a spiritual thing to say!" Hahaha. It's all about themselves when I have to interact with people. It's draining. I don't have the energy to pretend like I find them interesting, when I don't. And I don't have it in me to pretend like I'm such an interesting person to be around, either. People want to be seen a certain way, most of the time...as superficial as my opening flurry about "How are you?". I see through their facade in the first few minutes I'm with them. If they're not on "my level", they become a burden. If they ARE on "my level", there's really not much reason for us to interact. Almost a "Catch 22"? Again, this, probably sounds arrogant? I've just become VERY wary of who I share my "sweetness" with. Not very many humans are privy to this anymore. Plants and animals (not "humans", if you categorize them as such), however - it is with great abundance I allow my internal radiance to shine.
 
I don't, really, know if there are many metal musicians in my area. I don't "go out" and I'm not seeking anybody to jam with. I've been doing this "alone" for about 20 years...no real reason to change, now, I guess...haha. Plus, I have no desire to start a band/tour, etc.
 
However, I've done a two man project with a "friend" who resides in Virginia (called Scumbags of Society and/or shortened to S.O.S). He did all the music and I wrote the lyrics and recorded vocals. Something like that, I'd be open to, in "the future". Collaborating with others but not having to be in the same room together? Hell yeah! Haha! Though, I would allow my S.O.S cohort to visit me at my "studio" in person if he ever chose to.
 
Hmm...can't really think of any musicians past or present I would want to work with. Our styles would have to mesh...as well as our personalities. I don't really "look up" to anybody, anymore, either. The first couple of people I DID think of when I first read your question was it might be "cool" to meet Jeff Waters of Annihilator and jam on some riffs together or something. But not really to work on songs. The more I've discovered what a "quality" person Chuck Schuldiner seemed to've been, it might've been nice to be in his presence for a little while, as well?
 
A kick-ass drummer would be cool to work with but I'd want my chops up as a guitar player another few notches before that, probably...hahaha.
 
I think my journey is a bit of a solitary journey
 
 
 
 
 
6. Declared  Dead   is  getting  ready  to  release  the  debut  full length  "Denounced  And  Defiled"  how  long  did  it  take  you  to write  and record  the  music  for the  debut  release?

 

Well, "Denounced and Defiled" has been "officially" released (April 17th, 2016) at a few sites...further expansion is slowly taking place as I type this. I started recording the material for the debut release at the beginning of July 2015, I believe, and finished in April 2016. It's tough to say how long it took to write the songs/lyrics since some of the songs are "re-recorded" (and re-structured) versions of the "Subterranean Nightmare" demo songs, as well as Terminal Descent and 3hrinE songs...hahaha! I think I realized, recently, that there's only two actual "new songs" on this album ("Denounced and Defiled" and "Strewn Before Vultures"). The rest are rehashed songs from the past. Plus, the cover version of TestAmenT's "Into the Pit". That song was recorded in 4 days, I think (though, I played the guitar riffs for about a month before "entering the studio"). That was the fastest recording time of any of the songs for this release. I've really been spending a lot of time reworking the drum patterns...some songs I recorded three to four versions of drums until I was remotely satisfied to use the last set as the final ones, etc. I've, also, been "practicing" the rhythm guitar parts over and over and over before I go into "the studio" to record, so I have the basic feel ingrained yet there's room for slight improvisation (accents and such). Before, I'd whip out a whole album in three months...now I get about two songs done. These days, I aim for "quality" over "quantity", I guess? I'm kind of trying to do "justice" to some of the songs that have manifested through me over the past 20 years. I'm "never" really satisfied, though...maybe the curse of a "true artist"? I don't know...
 
 
 

7.Where  did  you  draw  inspiration   for the  lyrics  on  the debut  "Denounced  And  Defiled"   and  what  are  some  topics/subjects  you  explore  with the  new release?
The lyrics just kind of sprung forth from the song titles themselves. The song titles themselves just kind of gather themselves to me. I tend to keep a creative observation mode running in the background of my mind and it just keeps an eye/ear out for interesting word combinations. I'll read something and a line will draw my attention and I'll think it would be good for a lyric line or a song title, etc. Or, sometimes I'll be watching a t.v. show or movie and hear what somebody says "wrong" and I'll "rewind" it and hear what they actually said and I'll think, "Wow, what I thought I heard would work well for a lyrical line or song title!". Blah, blah. These days, I don't really feel I have anything to say, lyrically. So, I attempted to just evoke the sense of "Old School Metal" with the topics...threw in a few cliche type of phrasings...more as an homage than anything else. Kind of had visions of b-grade horror movies in the background, as well. I was just aiming for an overall atmosphere. Like different levels of a hellish inter-dimensional realm, etc.
 
The topics/subjects might be various versions of being "Denounced and Defiled". There's elements of insanity and suicide, hypocrisy, war, killing, torture/suffering, anti-Christianity, enlightenment/disillusionment, and the "true nature of females"...hahaha!
 
 
 
 
8.Where  can  the  readers  find  and  buy the  debut  "Denounced  And  Defiled" ? Is  it  only  a  digital release  or  will you  try to  do  a  cd  release  as well?
The album is available at BandCamp, Soundcloud, ThePirateBay, and a link through a Dropbox account, for now. I'll add it to YouTube, soon, as well, most likely. You can find the various links at the main website under the heading "Deranged".     http://declareddead.weebly.com/
 
There's no plans of releasing it in cd form. If a label is interested in working out a deal to press cds/vinyl for it, I'm open to negotiations. But I don't have the financial means nor desire to do that myself, these days. Did it once...twice...both were disastrous experiences...no thanks! I doubt there'll be much attention paid to the digital release, even. If a label deal falls into my lap like a slab o' pussy, I might take 'em for a spin...but neither of those am I actively seeking. Both are, usually, more trouble than they are worth. Haha.
 
 

9.How  do  you  feel   Terminal   Descent's  music  is  different from     Declared  Dead   style?

Well, I'd say Declared Dead's style is more "refined" and "straight forward" as compared to Terminal Descent. With Terminal Descent I use to add a lot of odd/quirky/strange accents and overdubs (guitars). It was, probably, pretty cringe-worthy to most listeners. It's almost like I had a tendency to sabotage something that could've been half way decent. But, at the same time, I was striving for something completely unique. But just because something is "completely unique" doesn't mean it's gonna be "pleasant", etc. It's like I was deliberately planting weeds in the garden, or something, you know? Now, with Declared Dead and what was 3hrinE and is now Eyes of Aeons, I'm kind of "trimming the hedges" just enough to walk by them without scratching my face off, while allowing them to look like a "natural landscape". Not over trimming to the point of making sculptures out of the shrubbery, you know? I still like the music to be a little "rough around the edges"...a little "rock 'n' roll". Slightly unpredictable...but I don't want the "quirkiness" to overshadow the deeper emotional aspects, like it seemed Terminal Descent did.
 
Terminal Descent was very "disjointed", I think. It was, almost, like bizarre Metal circus music or something...hahaha. The newer projects, like Declared Dead, I'm attempting to write actual songs...repeating sections (though, usually, played slightly differently each time to give it some flavor).
 
 
 
10.Tony  when  did  you  start  singing and  growling?Do  you  do  anything  special  to  keep  your  throat and  voice   healthy  when  recording  new  music?
Hmm...I think I started to figure out how to "growl" around 1995 or so? Maybe, '96? I have a vision of me in my bedroom at the time recording some "death growls" into  my four track cassette tape multi-track...hahaha. I was using some of Morbid Angel's "Domination" album as reference, at the time. Seeing how my vocals compared, etc. I think, I - also - did that with Death's "Symbolic"...trying various pitches.
 
No, not at all. My throat and voice is not very healthy to use as an instrument, actually...haha. It blows out VERY fast nowadays. I, also, can't seem to do low growls very well, anymore. Hence, a more "black metal" (not ultra-bitch mode) vibe on the new Declared Dead stuff. I might just need to find an alternate way than how I use to do them, 'cuz, I WOULD like to incorporate some lower growls on the next Declared Dead material. We'll see how it goes.
 
 

11.Who  are  some  of your   favorite  vocalist  and  singers?

 
Wow...drawing a complete blank, here, actually. Haha. I don't really "do" favorites of anything for the most part. But I understand what you're asking. Ones that seem to draw me in and affect me more often than not... I can, definitely, appreciate various vocalists, I guess. In no particular order: Mike Howe (Metal Church), Carl Albert (is it? Vicious Rumors - "Welcome to the Ball" era), Oni Logan (Lynch Mob - "Wicked Sensation" and "Smoke and Mirrors" eras), John Bush (Armored Saint/Anthrax) Eric A.K. (the dude from Flotsam and Jetsam), Erik Rutan (Hate Eternal), Chuck Billy (Testament/Metal Allegiance - though, it looks like he's choking on his tongue these days...hard to watch), Sebastian Bach (old days up to "Angel Down", maybe? I saw/heard him in an interview claiming he's lucky like Rob Halford or something. That his voice hasn't changed since he first started and he can still hit the high notes. Uhhhh...I was like, "Dude...what the fuck? Are you kidding me? Get the fuck out!" Haha. It's starting to sound like a raggity ol' vagina queefing the Star Spangled Banner in hopes of sounding like air escaping from the stretched lips of a red balloon. *Wheeeeze, fwap, fwap, fwadddddle, splooooooozzzzzze!*). Yikes...ooops...that's just mean. Umm...who else? Maybe, Corpsegrinder (Cannibal Corpse). Steve Perry (Journey). That dude from Steel Panther - I'll throw him into the mix - they're totally bitchin'! I know there are some "pop" female vocalists that are kind of cute and sexy sounding but I can't think of who right now. Definitely NOT that Adele twat. I keep seeing a ham sandwich stuck in her fat throat when I hear one of her crappy songs on the radio at work. Wow. I've really turned into a jerk, it seems. Hahahaha!!! Maybe, it's 'cuz, Declared Dead represents a "darker" aspect of my personality?
 
 
 
 
 
12.Tony  you  also  handle  the  guitars  for  the band  at  what  age  did you  become  interested  in  playing  the  guitars? Are  you  self taught  or  did you take  some  lessons  when  first  starting  out?
 
 
Yes, that was the first instrument I was truly drawn to (besides my skin flute, of course). I think I was around 13 or 14 when I mastered my skin flute...ummm, I mean when I wanted to get a guitar but I ended up waiting 'til I was seventeen to get some P'tang...I mean...a guitar. Sorry, I've been at this interview for hours, now. I'm going through internet porn withdrawals, I think...hahaha. Yeah, I guess I fall under the category of "self taught" (in both regards). No lessons...the only lessons I learned was "Lessons in Violence" by Exodus!
 

13.Who   are  some  of your  influences and favorite  guitarists? Besides the  guitars  and  vocals  do  you  play  any  other   instruments? Are their  any  instruments  that  you  would  like to  learn  one day?

 
Main influences, in no particular order, would be: Trey Azagthoth (Morbid Angel), Chuck Schuldiner (Death/Control Denied), Jeff Waters (Annihilator), Eric Peterson (TestAmenT/Dragonlord), Alex Skolnick (TestAmenT), Erik Rutan (Hate Eternal/Alas), Jeff Hanneman/Kerry King (Slayer), James Hetfield (Metallica...ugh), Dave Mustaine (Megadeth...double-ugh). Probably, forgetting some. Three out of the "Big Four" added here, kind of made me lose perspective...haha. Oh...I'll place Chris Poland (Damn the Machine, only) as very inspirational (not necessarily influential on me in terms of how I play). Also, of course - John Petrucci of Dream Theater is a fucking incredible guitarist, of which is more "inspiring" than "influential" to me, 'cuz I'm nowhere near that caliber or ever will be (not that I am with any of the others I listed, either, for that matter).
 
Right now, the instruments I dabble in are: guitars, bass guitar, vocals, drums (got an electronic drum kit in recent years - no more tapping on the keypads of a drum machine to play!), and some keyboard/synth. I'm pretty much open to learning any instrument (well, "learning" might not be the correct term..."molesting", maybe?). I was thinking violin when I talked about Exodus...but it would be "Lessons in Violins", instead, I guess. Or I could do something called "Violence With Violins", maybe? I, also, thought about getting a theremin (I think it's called) to add to the Trolling For Cadavers project. Money is tight these days, though...not sure I'll follow through with that or not.
 
14.Besides  Declared  Dead   are  you   currently  working  with  any  other  bands  or  solo  projects? If  yes   please  tell the readers  a  little  about  them?
 
Not really anymore. I was doing vocals (and writing lyrics) for the two-man project I mentioned earlier called Scumbags of Society (S.O.S), but that project has been on "hiatus" for a couple of years or so, now. The other dude is, basically, burned out already. He says there's still a possibility for more music later on...but who knows. We came in hard, heavy, and fast (like the serial rapists we wish we could be) but nothing stuck - so, he's sayin': "Who gives a fuck?". But yeah, we had some fun with that project. We aimed to be as offensive as we could be...very juvenile. There were a lot of laughs with that project! There was an S.O.S demo (with classic songs like: "M.I.A. Spells Loser", Virgin Ears I'll Drink Your Tears", "My Chum the Chum", and "Drink 'n' Drive"), "Doin' It For the Sluts!" (that was our "Appetite For Destruction" mega-platinum album with classic cuts: "The R.A.I.N.N. Party Crashers", "Moonshine 69", "Puke On My Prick", "After School Orgy in the Teacher's Lounge", and the title track, etc.), "Hoarding the Whores" (with tracks such as: "Pussy Parade Serenade", "Red Light District Calamity", "Machine Gun Jizz-Festival", a cover of G.G. Allin's "Last in Line For the Gangbang", and the title track, etc.), and "Diggin' Ditches For Bitches" (this was the last S.O.S outing...only had four songs, I think). That project started out as mostly "punk" then with each release got more and more METAL! Haha. I guess it was sort of a "Crossover Thrash" by the time "Hoarding the Whores" came out. There was a lot of tongue in cheek "misogyny" and "cynicism" in the lyrics, overall...haha. It was a blast. Hopefully, there will be a "re-union" one day...
 
Oh, yeah...almost forgot. Yeah - again - another solo project I will begin/continue is the aforementioned 3hrinE (now Eyes of Aeons) project. I've started recording some tracks for that, already. I'm, basically, just picking some "favorite" songs that I've done for 3hrinE in the last few years and giving them a "polish" and tweaking the structures a bit, etc. Reinvigorating them for the Eyes of Aeons name. A lot of the tracks have a combination of "joy and sorrow" to them. They remind me of some of the more "moving" Dream Theater segments...but of course, not as elaborate or technically adept, etc. I'm just speaking of the "mood" it leaves me with. Very "dramatic" feel. The Eyes of Aeons stuff will be all instrumental, I believe. At least, the first album, anyway.
 
Other than that, there's a small potential that I will return to Trolling For Cadavers for another e.p. in the next couple of years...but who knows.
 
I'm gonna try and just stick with these three from now on...but, again, who knows...hahaha. Trying to "simplify/condense" the music into those three "categories", basically. I'll try to keep the more "aggressive" sounding stuff for Declared Dead, the "experimental" type of stuff for Trolling For Cadavers, and the "Progressive-Thrash" type of stuff for Eyes of Aeons. But rebellion is already taking hold feeling like that's too limiting! Haha.
 
 
 
 
15.Tony  I  remember  when  you  and  I  first  met  you  liked  to read  and  study  various  subjects  do  you  still like to read and  study  different  times in  history or   present? If  yes what  are  you  currently  ready  now?

 
I don't really do much reading, these days. If and when I do read, a lot of times it's "metaphysical" type of stuff related to the "ascension teams and processes" I work with across the globe and beyond. Or, I might, re-freshen a Zen Buddhist way of thought type of thing by re-reading something in that tradition. Or some Buddhist material in general. Maybe, some "Advaita Vedanta" type of material. But this type of stuff isn't really to "obtain" knowledge as much as it is a re-freshening of where my "soul stream" has many roots. It's more a strengthening of thought. Reading is mostly boring to me, nowadays. I'd rather listen to a presentation than read a book. I watch a lot of t.v. shows and a few movies, too...haha. I'm not really "searching" for anything anymore. That's what I did with reading in the old days...was on a "quest". Not so much these days.
 
I think I might, one day, read some "fiction", though. Maybe, some "classic literature". I don't know...there doesn't seem to be much time to do anything and everything. Gotta "choose wisely", I guess.
 
 



16.Thank  you   my  old  friend  for  taking  the  time  to  fill  this   interview   out  and telling  us  about your  new project.Do  you  have  any  final   words  for the readers?
Hey! Thank you very much, Patrick! I really appreciate being able to yap with my hands (without being deaf or learning sign language) as I type out this monstrosity! Haha. Yeah, just some lame attempt at humor, there, again. But anyway...seriously...this was quite fun...spent a lot of time on it. Hopefully, it's not wasted on the blind and dumb! I'm sure I have a lot to be embarrassed about when I look back a year from now and see what was said...but whatever. The greatest laugh is always from a punch in the nuts, is it not?
 
To the readers...if you actually read this entire thing...holy fucking Christ! Don't you have anything better to do??? I hope there was SOMETHING redeeming and/or entertaining within this!
 
Visit the Declared Dead website (nothing fancy just like the music) at: http://declareddead.weebly.com/ for links to the music/details on what's transpiring, etc.
 
You can contact us via the website "contact form" or send an email to: DeclaredDead666@aol.com (Yes, it was "mandatory" to add "666"...can't be Metal otherwise, right?!).
(We will supply the Dropbox link for full album download via email - includes complete artwork/lyrics pages, etc.). Hot sexy Metal sluts (females only!) can place photos of their naked (or nearly naked) bodies in the body of the email and send it our way, as well! You'll virtually be "Denounced and Defiled" in a band member gang-bang!
 
Cheers, Sons'a'bitches!
 
The Declared Dead Crew
 
 

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Interview with the Polish/Norweigan black metal band Illness done by Patrick on 5-1-16

Hails
Here  is  a   new  interview  with  the  Polish/Norwegian  black/Schizophrenic  band  Illness who  talk  about  their  news  release  "Trvmna"  and  the  bands  past  and  future. Anyone  who  is  into  blackend  metal  with  some  added  violent and crazed  parts  defintly  will  want  to  check  out  Illness   today.
Regards
Patrick
fiendformetal@live.com









Interview  with   Gulnar  vocalist,guitarist   for  Illness   done  by   Patrick






 1. Hails  Gulnar   please  introduce  yourself  to  the  readers?When  did  you  first  meet  Carrion  who  handles the  bass  and  keyboards  for  Illness?

Hail. I am Gulnar leader of Polish / Norwegian Black Schizophrenic Metal horde ILLNESS. I also have few side projects and one of them is A.H.P, which with I lately released debut album. I was also a member or session member of few other black metal bands as well as dark ambient projects in the past.
I met Carrion in 1996 at our friends place. We start to talk about creating a band around 1999. It took us 2 years before we actually did it.




 2.  Illness    was  formed   in  2001  what  gave you  the  idea  to  start this  band? How  did you  choose  the  name     Illness   for  the  name  of the  band?

The idea was to to create sick black metal, different from the others. Like I said earlier, we have talked about making a band/project together since 1999. Back then I was a member of Black/Pagan project Nawiia. We recorded  debut album and I left from the band. Carrion took my place. After a while he quit too, and we have decided that this is the right time to make our plans real. I came up with the name. We were looking for something sick, so Illness was obvious choice, beside there was no other band with this name back then.





3.  Illness   recently  released  their  newest  cd  "Trvmna"  how  long  did  it  take  the  band  to  write  and  record  the  songs  on  this  release? Do  you  both  work on the  music  or  does  one  member  usually  write  everything?

Trvmna was released almost a year ago. We wrote this material in 2012/13.
Recording session took place in Monroe Sound Studio in september 2013 and we were producing it till april of 2014. We've been  as usual working together on music for this album.
I made all guitar songs, Carrion handle keyboard ones.



4.Gulnar    what  are  some  topics that you  write  about  for the  music and  does it  take  long  to  write the  lyrics for the  songs?

It depends : if this is lyrics for Illness I mainly write about mental disorder, fear, alcohol/drugs, death, depression….If its for A.H.P. I am trying to concentrate on scorn and hatred towards humanity. It usually take me few hours to write one lyric cause I am also trying to fit them into song while writing.



 5.  Illness   was  first  started  in  2001   how  would  you  say  the  music  has  changed  over the  years?Who  are  some  of the  bands biggest  influences?

First of all when we were making music for our debut album (which was lost during recording) it was keyboards that was the main instrument. I was adding guitar lines to it later on. In 2003 we quit rehearsing and we divided our music on guitar one and keyboard one. We added insane fast computer drums and furious vocals and this way
 we have created BLACK SCHIZOPHRENIC METAL. Since then we were naturally progressing… we have add some thrash elements and live drums to go even further.
On new album which we will record this autumn, we have again mix guitars with keyboards but we did it in the same vein as we did in “Zaraza” (track that appeared on Arkona/Illness split).
ILLNESS’ biggest influences are early BM bands like Mysticum, Thorns, Mayhem, Tsatthoggua…. Industrial bands like Profanum, GGFH, Current 93…. Classic Music like Chopin, Debussy, Grieg… as well as whole bunch of movie soundtracks…



6.Besides  the  newest cd  "Trvmna"    are  any  of the  past releases  still  available and  other then  cd's  does the  band  have  any other  merchandise  available  for  the  readers?

Some of them are still available. Check out ILLNESS’ :
store http://illnesshorde.com/shop.html
bandcamp http://illness666.bandcamp.com/ 
discogs https://www.discogs.com/label/642849-Paranoic-Abyss-Productions
All info about ILLNESS www.illnesshorde.com



 7.Gulnar   you   handle  the  vocals  for  the  band  when did you  first  become  interested  in screaming/singing?Do  you  do  anything  special  to  keep  your  throat  and  voice   healthy  when  recording  new music? Who   are  some of your  favorite  vocalists?


I was into singing since I was a kid. I started as a vocalist in a first band when I was 15. I drink a lot of beer and smoke a lot to keep my vocal in good shape hahaha. Seriously I 've start to train my vocal again a little bit lately cause I had a break for last 11 years. There is/was plenty of good vocalists out there. Grishnackh of Burzum, Gaamalzagoth of Moonblood, Northwind of Tsatthoggua, Legion/Mortuus of Marduk just to name few.





 8.Other  then  the  vocals  you   handle  the  guitars  for  the  band  when  did you  start  playing the  guitars? Are  you  self taught  or  did you take  lessons  when  first  starting  out?


I have started when I was 15 and I've learned everything by myself





 9.Who  are  some  of your  influences and  favorite  guitarists? Besides  the  vocals  and  guitars  do  you  currently  play  any  other  instruments?


I don’t have a favorite one. Basically I am not so much into skilled guitarists. I prefer those for whom atmosphere is the most important not those who want to show you how well they can play, if you know what I mean.
Bass if I have to, haha. I am planning to start to learn to play on drums cause so far I only know how to program them. The same goes with keyboards…




 10. Gulnar   other  then  playing  in  Illness  you  also  are  in the  one man  band  A.H.P  what gave  you  the  idea  to  start this  band? 


In 2011 I was cooperating with some ambient project where I’ve met Outro. He was also a vocalist in brazilian project called Abismo. Outro asked if we could create raw BM project together. I was into that but I also wanted to mixed it with ambient. Outro didn't like it that much so he left after when we recorded demo. I was planning to start new ambient project before, that but I guess Outro helped me in a way...




11.As  mentioned  you  are the  sole  member  for    A.H.P   have  you  thought  of  looking  for   new  members  or  do   you  prefer to  work  alone?If  you   had  the  opportunity  to  work  with  any  musicians{past  or  present}  who  would  you   like  to  work  with?


I am looking for members interested in playing live with A.H.P. Like I said earlier I wasn't planning that A.H.P. will become my solo project. It was more accidental cause of lack of proper vocalist. I wasn't thinking about anybody in particular who I would like to cooperate with as A.H.P.
When it come to ILLNESS I am looking for a skilled drummer who can handle live parts on new Illness album.




 12.What  releases  and  merchandise  is  available  from   A.H.P ?  Where  can  the  readers  buy  it from?



I still have few copies of A.H.P. demo on tape and cdr pro format and of course A.H.P. debut album “Against Human Plague” cd format. You can also buy it in Via Nocturna’s webstore ofcourse http://www.vianocturna.com/releases/a-h-p-against-human-plague/
. Hopefully some t shirts will be available in september. Any questions about merch should be sended to ahphorde@gmail.com 




 13.How   do  you  feel   Illness's  music  is  different  from   A.H.P ?

ILLNESS is Black Schizophrenic Metal and A.H.P. is Black Scar Ambient, they are both Black Metal but they are completely different. Starting from lyrics (as I mentioned above) ending on music. A.H.P. is more simple, spontaneous and straight forward. On top of that, mixed with ambient. ILLNESS is more sick, more complex, more planned, based on different background. Everything has to be perfect here… You will understand it completely when you will finish to listen to ILLNESS' new album




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


Thanks Patrick for the chance to present Illness and A.H.P. at your blogspot.
Support my bands and projects by listening and buying my records
Visit www.illnesshorde.com and www.vianocturna.com

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Interview with Inferior done by Patrick on 4-24-16


Here   is   a  new  interview  with  Sweden's  Inferior   thrash metal   maniacs.  Who  recently  released  their   second  cd   "The   Red   Beast"   anyone  who  enjoys  fast,chaotic   thrash   metal  should  defintly  check  this  band  out  soon.
Patrick
fiendformetal@live.com






Interview with Inferior done by Patrick






 1.Hello when did you all first meet each other? Was it long before you all decided to start a band? And who thought of the nameInferior as the band name?


Cheers Patrick!
We have known each other for a very long time, and with that said we cant remember who came up with the band name!




2.What is the current line up of Inferior ?For the readers who have never had the chance to hearInferior's music how would you best describe it?


Two guys on guitars, one "Tom Araya" and one motherfucker with drumsticks! INFERIOR sounds like a high caliber thrash metal bullet being fired through a death metal rifle, kind of.. Haha




3.Inferior is getting ready to release their second cd "The Red Beast" how long did it take the band to write and record the songs on this release? Does the whole band work on writing the music or does one member usually write everything?

Its hard to say because we have new songs coming up all the time, the next album is almost finished. Usually its our guitarist CF who writes the songs.





4.Who usually takes care of writing the lyrics what are some topics the band writes and sings about?



The topic of the lyrics is "things we are angry upon", so the angriest dude at the time writes the lyrics!




5.Besides the new cd "The Red Beast" does the band have any other releases or merchandise for the readers? If yes where can the fans buy it from?


We sell the usual shit, t-shirts, hoodies and CDs! You can buy our merch from different websites on the internet, cdon.com, soundpollution.se and of course order from our website inferior-official.com



6.Inferior recently made a video for the song "Own Your Own Honor" why did you all choose this song to make a video ? How long did it take the band to shoot and make this video?


"Own Your Honour" is the song that best represents the album. It took a day to shoot and a couple of more days to cut it!



7.Are their any plans to make any more video's soon and if you all had the opportunity which song would you like to see made into a video?

We have planned to make more videos from this album, but not decided which one yet! "Expressed In Murder" would be cool though!



8.DoesInferior get to play "live" very often or do you prefer to work in the studio?

We love to play live and we get alot of opportunities but its often an economic issue, often people wants you to work for free and keep the ticket sales for themselves, fuck that shit!



 9.What have been some of the bands most memorable shows to date? Are their any upcoming shows or small tours the readers should watch out?

Actopan or Saltillo in Mexico! We toured through Mexico in 2014 and it was amazing!
In two weeks you will get to see us with The Haunted in our hometown. We have a tour coming up also.




10.Are any of the members currently working with other bands if yes please tell the readers a little about them?

We all  have different side projects, Fetus Stench, Vulkan among others.




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

Its tough competition out there! Underground metal is everything for us, its what we are!


12.Inferior comes out of Sweden's thrash deathmetal scene what is your opinion of Sweden's metal scene over the years?

Sweden has a really high band per capita ratio! And lots of great bands has emerged from our dark forests. We believe that Sweden will continue to spit out good quality metal even in the future.


 13.Who are some of your all-time favorite Swedish bands? Are their any new and upcoming bands you all feel the readers should watch out for?

Dissection, At the gates, The Haunted, Entombed, Unleashed and Karensdag are some that needs to be mentioned! Tribulation is a great upcoming band!



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

Eat, sleep, fuck, drink and kill! Yes we are serious!


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

Thank you Patrick!
If we meet you guys in the future, say the password "Öl är gött", and we will but you beer!
Cheers!
                                                     Band   Contacts
                                              http://inferior-official.com/
                                              https://www.facebook.com/inferiorswe/