Sunday, August 25, 2013

Interview with Scythe done by Patrick 8-25-13

Metal Hails!!
hope everyone is having a good weekend? {or week if your reading this during the week! thank you either way}   here is a new interview with a man who really needs no introduction in the underground metal scene Rick Scythe the former man behind the legendary Usurper.Is now one of the the driving forces behind Scythe if you enjoy old-school heavy metal mixed with NWOBH. then be sure to check out the bands new  LP "Subterrean  Steel" through  R.I.P Records.
enjoy and keep the flames of metal burning eternally!!
Patrick and Primitive ways



Interview  with Rick Scythe  vocals,guitarist for Scythe done by Patrick






1.Metal  hails Rick! how is your week starting out?Thank you for taking the time to fill out this interview with me.Please introduce yourself to the readers.




RS: I'm Rick Scythe, best known as the guitarist/songwriter/founder of Usurper [1992-2007].  Currently I am the guitarist and vocalist of the band Scythe [www.scythe.us].




2.When  did you first  discover the great sounds of metal? Who were some of the early bands you listened to?Who  are some of your current  favorite metal bands?



RS: That is going way back for me. I think it was around 1980. I was turned on to bands like Van Halen, Ted Nugent,Scorpions, Kiss, Black Sabbath. I was drawn in by the big sound and big presentation... then it escalated into discovering heavier and heavier bands. I got really into the early thrash and speed metal bands in the mid-late 80's, as well as some crossover, early doom metal and classic heavy metal... basically anything that was faster, louder, or heavier than regular hard rock... then it was all downhill from there HA! HA! I don't really listen to much current music. Out of newer bands I really like Stone Magnum, Hedlok and Tyrant's Blood.


3.Before  Scythe you were in the Legendary metal band  Usurper when  you formed the band band did you ever dream the band would get as big as it did? Out of all of Usurper's releases and songs do you have a particular one that sticks out as your personal favorite?


RS: I never knew for sure that we would actually accomplish the things we have, but we always had certain goals and a non-stop desire to accomplish them. We always wanted to tour the world and release many albums as possible, and we actually got to do this! I wouldn't say we were a huge band, but we definitely made our mark. We put out 7 releases and toured/played concerts all over the globe. Usurper consumed every aspect of my life from the mid 90's until its' demise in 2007. It was my number one priority, above family, friends, jobs... number one thing in my life.

As for personal favorite Usurper track... I can't just pick one song. I would say an early song like, "Slavehammer" best captures the essence of the rawness and sheer headbangability of the early Usurper years and "Kill for Metal" best captures the precision, tight, heavy metal anthems of the later years. So those 2 songs are the ones I would use to introduce someone to Usurper who has never heard the band before. I feel those best capture the Usurper sound and style.

But I always liked "Vatican Time Machine" off Twilight Dominion album, that song was always fun to play live and had a great lyrical theme. Also the title track to our third full-length album, "Necronemesis" featuring King Diamond doing guest vocals, (for obvious reasons).




4.Why did Usurper decide to call it quits after so many years?Was it  long after the demise of Usurper that you formed Scythe?




RS: Things just kind of self destructed with Usurper. There was a lot of frustration due to the strange situation we were in; the band was getting to be more well known than ever before, we were headlining shows, fests and mini-tours all over the world, we were packing the venues, people knew all the words to our songs, yet our album sales for Cryptobeast weren't reflecting that? We finally realized it was due to the internet, but no one in the band was really aware of how to adapt to the changing times. We were used to doing things the old way with big recording budgets and putting out physical products. The times changed and we didn't. This led to arguments and frustration between the band members as well as with the label. Finally the wheels just came off the wagon.

After Usurper broke up in 2007 I did a short lived 2 man project which was more experimental / horror metal music. I wanted to do something different from Usurper because it would have seemed too odd doing a new version of Usurper with different members. Also I figured we just needed time to cool off and regroup. I honestly figured Usurper would eventually reform.

In 2009 Usurper was getting a lot of good offers to get back together; we got offers to play fests and perform various live shows. I wanted to do this, it felt like the time was right and there were a new breed of metal fans that were just discovering Usurper. I contacted drummer Joe Warlord and he was up for it; original vocalist General D. Slaughter was also possibly interested if it was the right situation, but a few of the other past  members did not want to do it. So it never happened.

So instead of re-forming a new version of Usurper with new band members, i decided to form my own band called Scythe; w
here I could carry on the traditions of Usurper, but also just explore other territories. I didn't want to do what most old bands do when they reform, by having one original guy and then the rest new members and calling it "Usurper".  I figured I would form a new band taking up where Usurper left off, but also blazing our own path. It wasn't the easy way (starting from the bottom again), but it felt like the "right way". This type of music is in my blood and I had many songs written that I never recorded with Usurper, so Scythe was born to fill that void in my life.






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





RS: Scythe consists of Dan Geist [Bass /Vocals], Joey Contreras [Drums / Backing Vocals], and myself Rick Scythe [Guitars / Vocals], we are a 3 piece, where all 3 members are equal and important to the sound of the band.  Stylistically our sound can best be described as a combination of mid 80's speed metal, with the impact of late 80's/early 90's thrash/death metal, combined with elements of NWOBHM  power, 70's hard rock headbangability and classic Heavy Metal anthems.

Our sound isn't fancy, but it is played with conviction skillfully executed - no sloppiness disguised as "raw": Razor sharp, precision guitar riffing; low end rumbling bass such as Venom / Motorhead; full-on speed metal drumming with no modern digital triggers and no blast beats... all 3 members assaulting ear drums and cracking skulls!
It is underground metal for fans of underground metal; played with integrity and sincerity.

 




6.Over the years between Usurper  and Scythe you have toured all over the world  with some great bands.Where have been some of your favorite  countries/places to play? Is their any country that you haven't gotten to play yet that you hope to play with  Scythe?




RS: We were fortunate to play 17 countries from 1997-2007, all around the globe. Our first ever European tour was great; 2 weeks of non-stop insanity! We were the opening band for the Enthroned / Hecate Enthroned tour. I made some great friends and it was our first time overseas. We traveled in an actual tour bus and got to play many different countries.

Later we toured with Cradle of Filth in 1997, 1999 and 2000. Those were some of the biggest venues we ever played and we got to play great places like La Leterie in France, Alcatraz in Milan, Italy, and my all time favorite venue, the original Hard Club in Porto Portugal.

We also toured with Manowar, which was very awesome! Getting to support the "Kings of Metal". People always used to say Usurper was like the underground, extreme metal version of Manowar, so it was great touring with the legends themselves!

We also headlined places like Mexico, Canada, West Coast of the USA (with Exhumed opening up), Minneapolis Mayhem Fests, and we peaked by headlining day one / Main Stage of Inferno Fest 2006 in Oslo, Norway! That was undoubtedly our pinnacle. We never got to play South America, Asia, Australia or Former Soviet Union... I would like to play all these places with Scythe. We most likely will tour South America in 2014.





7.What about  some of the bands who have been some of your most memorable or fun shows to play?  If you could set up a dream show/tour who are some bands{past or present} who would you love to share the stage  with?




RS: Scythe has only played 4 shows in our career. But we got to play with some great bands like, Desaster, Midnight, Gates of Slumber, as well as some great local bands like Malas, Superchrist and Stone Magnum. We will be directly supporting Sabbat from Japan this October and plan on touring South America and possibly a fest in Europe when the new album, "Subterranean Steel"  is out. People have been very supportive so far. Some die-hard Usurper fans have been showing up to shows as well as younger, new fans who have just discovered Scythe. It is always total non-stop, headbanging, fistbanging, metal anthems when Scythe plays live.


A dream show? Alright... a fest with Ted Nugent, Manowar, Celtic Frost, and Scythe!




8.Scythe  just  released their second LP "Subterranean Steel" through R.I.P Rec.  how long did it take the band to write the songs for this release? How has the  response  been from the metal press and the metal fans so far


 
RS: Most of the songs were simply written as a continuation of our first album, "Beware the Scythe". I never stopped writing after that album was recorded, so if "Beware the Scythe" had 13 songs instead of 9, a few of these songs would have been on the first album. A few songs were re-worked songs I wrote for Usurper, but never recorded.  Other songs were collaborated between myself and Dan Geist, so it is very similar to the first album, but more precision and impact. The album won't be officially released until September 11, 2013. The advance copies are out now for reviewers and so far people seem to really enjoy this album.

Compared to the first album, I would say the songs are tighter, more aggressive, more headbangable with a very big, thick production - totally raw and in your face, yet clear, precise and powerful. It is for fans of all forms of real underground heavy metal.




9.Does  Scythe have any upcoming shows,tours in support of  "Subterrean Steel"? If yes where will the band be playing?



RS: We are still in the planning stages, but for sure we will be supporting Sabbat here in the USA. We have a South American tour being worked out right now. Also planning some shows in different states and possibly Europe. Only time will tell how many or how few shows we will do for this album. One of the downfalls about being an underground band is the fact we are not affiliated with some big record label. Big labels call the shots with the big tours, so realistically that isn't even a goal of ours. We want to spread the Scythe name by word of mouth and focus on quality shows rather than quantity.



10.Rick you have been  a part of the underground metal scene for years now so I was wondering how do you feel it has changed?Do you feel technology{computers,email,social sites etc..} have helped or hurt the underground?



 
RS: Back when Usurper was starting out you would print up little quarter page ad's for your demo and and mail them all over the place. You would get other quarter page ads for other bands and also send those out in your mail. You would have to physically mail your cassette tape to fanzines and magazines and wait months to get a review back. There was something cool about that, which the younger generation of fans will never experience... Having said that, I would say the internet is a good tool to speed up the process and save a lot of money on postage. The internet is a much more powerful tool to spread your bands' music around the world. It is great being able to connect with fans via email or social media. Those are the aspects I really like about the internet age.
The bad part about technology like the internet, is that music now is much more disposable. When someone can listen and download songs for free from their couch, or their phone - the recordings all of the sudden don't have any value. Albums have lost meanings to the newer generation. People don't care about entire albums as much anymore, they listen to a song and download it on their hard drive. They want things NOW! They want quantity over quality. An Mp3 to a lot of fans is better than an actual track - which of course in reality, it isn't. The sound quality is much less. Mp3's sound smaller and thinner.... Cover art, booklets, lyrics don't mean anything to a lot of people.
 
It doesn't matter to me because Scythe will continue to release proper albums with a side A and a Side B for both ourselves and the small minority of fans who like the old ways of metal. To me, a physical album where you can look at the cover in your hands and read the booklet or lyric sheet and take in the artwork when you listen to an album in order from beginning to end is best way to experience recorded music.



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



RS: The best thing about the underground is the ability to be your own boss, call your own shots and do things the way you want to do them. It is great having like-minded people to work with and like-minded people who appreciate your music. Having a small, but loyal fan base and friends is the best part of underground metal. Mass appeal is great as long as you don't have to sign your rights away and become a puppet to a corporation, (which is very hard to do).

The worst thing about the underground is the constant struggle. There usually isn't a lot of money in underground music, so if you want to dedicate your life to it, be prepared to make some personal and financial sacrifices. Be prepared to work a job all day, and then treat your band as a full time job too. Be prepared to run into creeps, losers and assholes who want to rip you off and put you down.

Anyone can be a die-hard underground warrior when they are a teenager or in their 20's, living at home and being a slacker. It is much harder being an underground metal warrior in your 40's, dealing with everyday life and the physical limitations on your body. That's why when most people hit 30, they cut their hair and leave the old ways behind. Underground metal is a lifestyle, whether you are a die-hard fan or a die-hard musician,.




12.Coming back to the band you handle the guitars for the band when did you become interested in playing guitars?are you self taught or did you take lessons when first starting out?



RS: I got into music around 1980, I was 9 years old, but I knew the magic and power of rock n' roll! I was hooked instantly. I loved watching bands like the Scorpions with their cool looking flying V's. I remember by the time I was 12, I begged my Mom to let me take guitar lessons. I had this big acoustic guitar and I went to this teacher that had Mel Bay books. Basically it was exactly what I DID NOT want to play. It was all lame songs from like the 40's and early 50's. Basically pre rock n' roll era guitar chords.

After 4 lessons I told my Mom I didn't like it. She was angry that I quit the lessons. So I saved up money for a cheap electric guitar and little 15 watt amp and I learned how to play myself. I was completely terrible, but at least I was trying to figure out what I wanted to play. I joined a few bands by the time I was 15 years old, but it all sucked.

It took me many years to develop my style. I learned from watching better guitar players and taking advice from more experienced musicians. So yes I was self-taught, but I also had some minimal formal training and also learned tips from other guitar players.


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




RS: As a kid it was Ted Nugent, Eddie Van Halen, Rudolf Schenker. Later it was guys like Kerry King/Hanneman, Tom G. Warrior, Michael Denner/Hank Sherman. All these guys knew how to play with conviction. It wasn't always about flash or technicality though. I appreciate anyone who cultivates their own sound and style. I like when you can hear a guitarist and instantly know who it is. I don't care so much about shredders or theory slaves like Steve Vai or Joe Satriani; I appreciate Johnny Ramone more then them. That shredder style where the rhythm is just an after thought to play leads over just doesn't move me. Rhythm guitar to me was always as important as the leads. I always liked the entire song, not just the guitarist, but a song to me needs to be guitar based. I love guitar tone, to me that helps define a bands sound more than anything. That is one thing you will notice on "Subterranean Steel"... the guitar tone is MASSIVE! It is definitely the Rick Scythe tone, perfected and amplified!

As for other instruments. I play bass, obviously it's not much different than guitar, except how you approach it. I also program drum machines for demo versions of every Scythe and usurper song. I use it for a model of how to explain the type of drum parts I want for the songs. Obviously the drummers then take it, add their own fills and own personal aspects to it, but I like to come up with root drum beats.

Playing to a drum machine has helped refine and develop my guitar playing. There is zero room for error when playing to a drum machine. That has made me rock solid with timing and rhythm playing. Really helped me improve as a guitarist and a song writer. When I write a song I hear the entire song in my head, so even if I can't play something, I can explain what I want.




14.You also handle the vocals for the band when did you start singing?Who are some of your favorite vocalists?




RS: I started in 1999 doing backing vocals on the "Necronemesis" album. Since then on every tour I always added backing vocals in Usurper, also on all the albums from Necronemesis on. At first it was hard to get the coordination down, but now with Scythe, it almost feels awkward when I am not singing. Dan Geist also contributes vocals, so the vocal attack live is just like the albums. We both sing main vocals and backing vocals and also combine vocals at times.

Vocalists to me are like guitarists; I like vocalists that have conviction and have their own voice and personality. I hate mundane death metal vocals that sound generic. To me anyone can do that. I don't mean specifically the death metal style, because that sounds great when done properly.  I mean the approach many death metal bands take; where it is just bland, monotone and has no conviction.

Some of my favorite vocalists are King Diamond, Eric Adams, Tom G. Warrior, Cronos, General D. Slaughter, Dan Tyrantor, Tom Angelripper, Bruce Dickenson, Ronnie Dio... I'm not saying I can sing like any of these guys, but I like how all these guys have a certain personality to their vocals. There is a certain cockiness and conviction in which these vocalists all portray. A certain attitude that I can't totally define. For instance, take evil guys like Tom Warrior and Cronos, they still had a subtle sense of humor and used certain words and phrasings to add an over-the-top dynamic; they had conviction. I like vocalists who aren't afraid to take chances and are proud of their words and performance, and don't care if people mimmick them or goof on them. You always know you are doing something right as a vocalist/frontman if your die-hard fans love you, but people that don't get it make fun of you by doing bad imitations.





15. You and the band come out of the great Chicago,illinois  area I know their has been a lot of great bands coming from this town and state since atleast the 1990's. so I was wondering what is your opinion of the scene in Chicago?







RS: Ehhh... I don't really care. I never cared about fitting in with the Chicago scene. Geographic location is the most overrated criteria for determining how good a band is. Just because you like a few bands from a certain area doesn't mean that every band from a similar location is great. I never was like that growing up. Sure, I was curious where my favorite band was from, but I never instantly loved every sub-par band from the same area just because they are geographically close to my favorite bands.

There were some great Chicago bands that I have the utmost respect for, but also some terrible bands - it had nothing to do with the fact that we all live near each other.. The legend of Chicago grows, it's the new trend I suppose, but in all honesty I don't try to fit into a scene. Read any old Usurper interviews, the scene wasn't always so great. Having said that, if bands support Scythe, I support them.

There are many good classic Chicago bands, for example: Usurper, (who disbanded), Funeral Nation (who just reformed), Macabre, (who never went away), Master, (who haven't been based in Chicago for many years)... compare that with up-n-comers like Nocturne (who is actually a one man band) and Sons of Famine (who are new but made up of veteran musicians), all these bands sound totally different to me; none of them sound similar in any way, none have much in common except we all happen to live, (or have lived)  in a relatively close proximity to each other.

It is not like Sweden where all those bands all have a similar Entombed guitar tone and similar melodic thrash approach. To me Chicago bands don't have a specific style or sound. I will say this though: the fans in Chicago are getting better and better. Shows are getting bigger and a lot more people like this style of metal Scythe plays than did when Usurper started out.




16.Who are some of your all-time favorite Illinois bands?Are their any new bands you think the readers should keep an eye out for?



RS:  Survivor, Styx, Cheap Trick are all legends. The Shadows of Knight are the best though! Keep an eye out for Scythe! Subterranean Steel will kick your ass!



17.Well Rick we have  reached the end of the interview thank you for taking the time to fill out this interview with me.Do you have any final comments for the readers before we close out?



 RS: Thanks for the support!

 
To order a copy of a Subterrean  Steel  from  R.I.P Records check out the web-store/site here.

to keep up with all the latest band news,updates check out 
www.http://www.scythe.us




Sunday, August 18, 2013

Interview with Ensnared done by Patrick 8-18-13

Metal Hails!
Here is a new interview {second for this Sunday} with the new but mighty Ensnared! for those who don't know Ensnared hail from Sweden but mix old 80's style blackend thrash with a south American chaotic style with a lot of originality and metal passion. If you have never heard this band and enjoy old-school black metal from the eighties and early nineties then defintly pick up the bands  self-titled  debut MLP or if you prefer Mcd which can be found from the mighty  "Nuclear Winter Records"
enjoy the interview and thanks to everyone who supports the zine and true underground metal in general!!
Metal Hails to you all!!
Patrick and Primitive Ways Web-zine


Interview with H.K guitarist for Ensnared done by Patrick


1.Metal hails H.K! Please introduce yourself to the readers.When did you
first start listening to metal?Who were some of the first bands you
listened to?Who are some of your "current" favorite bands?

Hello and thank you for this interview. I am the guitarist and
soon-to-be singer of Ensnared. I started to listen to metal when i was
about fourteen if i remember correctly. I mostly listened to bands like
Iron Maiden, Motörhead, Alice Cooper, ZZ Top, AC/DC etc at that Point,
as well as listening to punk.

I'd say that my favorite bands are Rainbow, Fields of the Nephilim and
The Rolling Stones.



2.When did you first become interested in playing the guitars?Are you
self taught or did you take lessons when you were younger?


Probably around the same time when i started to listen to Heavy
metal/rock 'n' roll, so about fourteens year of age. I took some lessons
here and there, but it didn't give me that much. I've taught myself
for the most part and learned from others in the band.



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



All my influences cannot be named, since there are so many , and since i
cannot put any names on some of them, but if we speak in musical terms
i'd say Morbid Angel, Mayhem, Grotesque, Bathory, Necrovore and so
forth. This is what influenced me when i was younger, and the band was
younger as well. Today, i don't get influenced in the same way. I get
influenced by myself, by the rythms and ideas inside of me, and those
which come from the other members of the band. Our former guitarist DÖ
influenced me a lot, and so does the current members as well.


Another thing that influences me is the competition from really
good bands that are Active now as well.


I can manage to play drums and bass as well, but i'm not any good at it.



4.When did you and the other members of Ensnared first meet?What is the
current line up of the band?For the readers who have never heard the
band how would you describe Ensnared's music?



I met JK for the first time in 1991, when he was born, since he's my
brother. I can't remember when i first met AJ, because i was drunk when
i met him. The same goes for AE.

The line up of Ensnared is as follows: JK - drums, HK - guitars and
vocals, AJ - guitars, AE - bass.


I'd describe it as Death Metal, but i would rather tell them to listen
to Ensnared instead, since i Think our Music describes itself. Thus can
people make their own opinion on how we sound.



5.Ensnared has just released their debut MLp/Mcd through Nuclear Winter
Now Rec.How did the band come in contact with this great label?



It will be released the 6th of September, yes. I Think our former member
e-mailed Nuclear Winter, asking if he would release our first demo-tape
(this was in 2010) and he agreed to this proposition.

The cooperation bore fruit, and it continues to do so.



6.Did it take thee band long to write the songs for the MLp?Did the
whole band take part in the writing process or did one or two members
handle all the writing process?



Yes, it took a long time. Some of the songs has been worked on since
2010, but with other members. I wouldn't say that the whole band took
part in Writing the songs, but there's been a lot of

bandmembers involved in the Writing. The songs has passed Three line ups
of Ensnared, but most of the songs on the Mlp are written and
arranged by me, DÖ and JK. AE joined after the Mlp was recorded, so he
didn't have the possibility of having any input.



7.Which usually comes first for the new song the music or the lyrics?Who
usually writes the lyrics?What are some subjects the band write about?



Normally the Music comes first. Everyone contributes to the
lyrics in one way or Another i Think, but on the Mlp, the lyrics are
witten by me, JK and a person outside of the band.


The lyrics on the Mlp involves occultism, alchemy, Death, darkness and
doom. Personally, i like to write lyrics in a poetic and metaphorical
way.




8.Ensnared come out of the legendary Swedish underground so I was
wondering what is your opinion of Sweden's metal scene?



I like some of the Swedish metal bands, but not a lot of them. I don't really
care that much either to be honest, so i don't really have any opinions
on the scene per se.



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



That's a difficult question to ponder upon, but I'd say that Bathory and
Grotesque are my favorite metal bands from Sweden.

Anyone who hasn't, should check out Irkallian Oracle.



10.What about fan or webzines are their any good Swedish zines you could
recommend?What are some of your favorite worldwide zines?



The best zine from Sweden is Tombs Zine. I don't have any favorite
zines other than Tombs Zine. I mostly read books.




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



The best thing about the underground is that the good bands leave it and
becomes recognised for what they truly are. The worst thing about it is
that it still exists, since underground for me personally means a bunch
of half-assed bands that stays in "The Underground" because their lack
of quality, Hence feeling a certain Connection towards eachother, and as
a selfdefence mechanism, accuse bands who leave it and become "big" of
being sellouts and posers. Underground metal to me means metal of poor
quality.




12.well H.k we have reached the end of the interview,thank you for
taking the time to fill this out.Do you have finaal comments for the
readers?




Thank you for the interview Patrick.



 
To order your copy of the Self-Titled debut MLP/Mcd go to the official label web-site here.
www.nuclearwinterrecords.com

Interview with Septekh done by Patrick 8-18-13

Metal hails!
thank you for taking the time to check out this interview with Sweden's Septekh, I first discovered them when I  got the promo for their debut Mcd  "The Seth Avalanche"{availbe on Abyss Records}  a great debut of dirty,vicious thrashing death but it wasn't until this years "Apollian Eyes"Mcd also released through the mighty Abyss rec. that I really became a  "fan" of this bands great style mixing raw,speed and thrashing guitars with heavy powerful death metal.
Enjoy the interview and buy the bands two new E.P''s and expect  a full-length very soon.
keep the flames of metal burning bright by supporting the true d.i.y underground scenes
Patrick and Primitive ways web-zine



Interview  with  Staffan  Perrson  Drummer  for  Septekh  done  by  Patrick

1.Metal  Hails  Staffan!  how  are things going in  Sweden for you this week? Please tell the  readers a little about yourself.




Hail  my friend! Things are going pretty well at the moment. We have just released our monumental video to Burn it to the ground (
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=F1HtePos2N4
) and had a really cool premier at the Swedish Army Museum appropriately enough.



2.When did you first become interested  in playing the drums? Are you self taught or have you taken lessons when you first stared out?


I think it was when I was around 12 or so... i can't really remember. I got my first drum kit when I was 14. The deal was that I had to go and take lessons which I did for half a year. But since the teacher could not learn me any double bass drum techniques or other typical metal chops I continued on by myself as usual. So I am self taught for better AND worse! And I had a long break for about seven years when I hardly played drums and instead focused on guitar.



3.Who would you say are some of your biggest influences and favorite drummers ?  Besides the drums do you currently  play any other instruments?


Some of my favourite drummers are: Jimmy Chamberlin; He's got such an awesome groove and personal style. Can really throw down some chops and is a big part of the sound for whatever band he's playing in. Frost; Also a very unique style and his dedication to the craft is beyond comparison. The passion he puts into his playing is incredible, nobody plays blast beats like him. Such force and aggression! He also writes really good and interesting drum lines. Others I could name as an influence are perhaps Fenriz and Adrian Erlandsson. But there are really too many to mention!
I play guitar quite well but really think that I might be a bass player at heart! I love writing for and playing the bass.



4.When did you and the other members of Septekh first  meet? What is the current  line-up of the band?



We met in 2008 through flux and a mutual friend. We have kept the same line-up since day one!



5.For the  readers who have not had the chance to hear Septekh's music how would you best describe it?



"An elegant wave of devastation"



6.The  band recently released it's second Mcd  "Apollian Eyes" through Abyss Rec.  how  long did it take the band to write the  songs for this  release? Do you have a personal favorite song off the new E.P?  How  has the response been from the press and the fans?



Not too long. We are always writing material and just had to choose which songs to focus on when we were to record this EP. The response has been really good I think, both to the record and live shows we do. I think the track Vlad Tepes is a favourite of mine. It's always very giving to play it live and is one those songs that takes you and the crowd on a journey to... Somewhere else.



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



It does not mean much to me since in a way we are as underground as one can be in a way. What I mean by that is that we are really isolated from all kinds of scenes and other bands. Again for the better and the worse. When it comes to the term underground it really meant something else before. The underground bands where hard to find and played a kind of music that was new and exciting. There was a lot of mystique surrounding it. That's something I can miss but I also realize it wasn't meant to last forever.


8.I  read that the band has made a video for the song  "Burn It To The Ground"  how long did it take the band to shoot the video

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=F1HtePos2N4
We are VERY proud of the result. It took us two days of shooting and another half day for completing some scenes with the horse and flamethrower. The editing and post production of course took a bit longer than that.



9.Why did you all pick this particular  song to make the video for? Did you and the members of Septekh enjoy making the video? Do you all plan to make more videos in the future or was this a one time thing?



We will surely make more! How ambitious they will be and what direction they will take is anyone's guess but we really enjoy making them. We choose this song because it was best suited for a video and fitted well with some of our visual ideas.



10.Septekh  comes out of the  legendary  Swedish  metal  underground   so I was curious of your  opinion of your countries metal scene?



Well it has a very strong tradition of good metal bands. Our past is nothing but glorious one could say. I still think that there great bands appearing here now and then but would not know how it compares nowadays to other countries scenes. But all in all I'd say it's pretty healthy at the moment.



11.Who are some of your all-time favourite  Swedish metal  bands? Are  their  any new  metal  bands you feel the readers should check out  soon?



Bathory, At the gates, Dissection. All timeless according to me. There are of course many more. As for new bands I don't really know... Haven't really been totally blown away by anything fresh and new lately... Will get back to you on that one!


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



Nothing! By that I mean just relaxing doing nothing. Fishing is a thing that I enjoy but sadly don't get to do that often. I may also add that I have recently begun to dabble in the wonderful world of anvil shooting!


13.Are you or any of the members  of Septekh currently  working  with any side-bands or  projects? If yes please tell the readers a little about the bands.


Not really. That means NO. But some of us write some music on the side and we are known to participate in dubious jam sessions sometimes. But nothing serious that will be released.




14.Well Staffan  thanks  a lot for taking the time to fill out this interview for Ungovernable Resistance web-zine. Do you have any final comments for the readers before we end the interview?





Thanks for the interview. Please check out the video  (
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=F1HtePos2N4).
We will also appear with an exclusive track on a 7" vinyl through the cool project Elemental Nightmares (
https://www.elemental-nightmares.com/) so please support it!
New shirts are coming and a full length is done so the future is not without it's glimmers of hope :)
Read on readers!



To order a copy of  "Apollian Eyes" Or "The Seth  Avalanche" check out the "official" Abyss Records web-site here.
www.officialabyssrecords.com



To keep up with all the latest updates  and news from Septekh be sure to check out the bands web-sites!!

Official Website: www.septekh.com
Myspace: www.myspace.com/septekh
Facebook: www.facebook.com/septekh
Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/septekh
Last fm: www.last.fm/music/septekh

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Interview with Impiety done by Patrick 8-6-13

Metal Hails!!
It is with great honor that I present and post this interview with Singapore's Impiety!! I have been a "fan" of theirs for quite a few years now so I was excited to get the chance to interview the mighty Shyaithan and the legendary Impiety.If you have never heard them and you enjoy violent,barbaric blackend death metal with a lot of originality within their viciousness then don't wait another day and head over to Hell's Headbanger's web-site and order the New Mcd and LP.
enjoy the interview and thanks to everyone who supports the zine!!
Patrick and Primitive Ways
fiendformetal@live.com



Interview with  Shyaithan, (vocals/guitars)  for  IMPIETY  done by Patrick  
 
 
1.Metal  hails Shyaithan!  Thank you for doing this  interview with me.When did you first become interested  in playing metal  music?
 
 
End of 86/start of 87 metal domination of my soul began. I was in high school when a friend put a Slayer Show No Mercy tape in my hand and said, “I know you’re gonna go crazy over this!”. And that was history. I took that giant leap straight into hellfire. From then on I began writing fanzines/bands/tape trading/buying LPs,etc. I was writing a lot of bands back in the day, from Mayhem, Sarcofago, Sepultura, Grave, Imperator, Treblinka, Hellwitch,etc… it was good fun. And then later I decided to cover some bands by slowing learning covers etc. It was sometime 88 I formed my first band playing a lot of covers, from Sodom, Destruction, Possessed, Hellhammer, Sarcofago,etc. We had 4 original songs recorded in a reh/demo format which I never released. Only end of 89 I decided then to take things more seriously, adopting a more darker approach and IMPIETY officially formed January 1990.
 
 
 
2.You handle the guitars for the band at what age did you start playing guitars?Are you self taught or did you take lessons when you were younger?
 
 
Yes I play guitars and at times you’ll see me on stage with bass or guitar, I’m versatile for those roles. Self taught back then and as the years went by, just kept practising and playing more and more. Of course I share techniques with guitar players over the years and it’s good to be able to consistently progress as a musician.
 
 
 
 
3.Who  are  some of your influences/favourite  guitarists? Do you play any other instruments other then the guitars?
 
 
Only the bass guitar, I can’t play drums or rather, I would destroy drums because I am beyond control. Too much adrenaline rush and over excitement takes control, if I am sitting behind the kit. I would just want to DESTROY!!! Haha. But honestly I love  drums a lot, it isn’t easy as one thinks with a lot to coordinate hand and feet. Every time I’m at a concert and if a band is playing I’m always watching not the guitarist, but the drummer. Total respect to all great drummers out there. There are many good guitar players in metal these days, I am more into Quorthon (early works of Bathory), Trey Azagtoth, especially his older material with Morbid Angel and Chuck Schuldiner from older Death releases, also early Sarcofago and Possessed really inspired. Recent would be Eric Rutan and Karl Sanders as well, really extreme players with a maelstrom of techniques and ideas. 
 
 
 
 
4.Impiety was formed in 1990 when you formed the band so many years ago did you ever dream it would still be going strong over  twenty years later? What is it that has kept you and the band motivated to keep moving forward all these years?
 
 
I can’t stop even if I tried and just because it’s become my life, IMPIETY is my full time work now, I do other jobs/work part time if I want or when I want.
Sure it isn’t easy but I’m violent, hate fuelled, passion driven for Metal. So it has kept me alive, been great touring all around the world, meeting diehards from every corner of Satan’s planet. But for how many years more, that is hard to say. But as long as I can write good albums and keep the energy all time high, I’ll still go on shredding metal, kicking down the false, spitting in the face of society and ripping up stages.
 
 
 
 
5.I am sure by now everyone reading this has heard at least one or two impiety songs. But for the new fans who may not know about your band's music how would you describe Impiety's music? Do you have  a personal  favourite impiety song and release? If yes which one is it and why?
 
 
 
It’s hard to say really, our fan base has been there even though we never aim to please anyone other than the few believers and legions out there. It doesn’t matter to me if the fan-base doesn’t grow, but important that the few who have followed us throughout the long years appreciate our hellish music. Yes, primarily Black Death Metal is appropriate to describe the music, straight to the point. I think I have a few good releases I like a lot would be ‘Skullfucking Armageddon’, ‘Kaos Kommand 696’, ‘Paramount Evil’, ‘Worshippers of the Seventh Tyranny’, ‘Dominator’ EP, ‘Salve the Goat’ EP, ‘Advent of the Nuclear Baphome’ EP and so on…current favourite is the new one. It’s still playing in my car most days, really pleased with the material and effort that went into creating such a masterpiece. Ugghhh!
 
 
6.Impiety  recently  released their brand new  Mcd " The Impious Crusade" through  Hells Headbangers Rec.  How did you and the band come in contact with Hells Headbangers Rec.?
 
Yes 5 songs in total for the new mini album ‘The Impious Crusade’ released in limited DigiCD and LP vinyl as well. We left Pulverised Records end of 2013 and Hells Headbangers offered us a deal which we thought was the perfect one. Good timing for everything and I honestly think they are the perfect label to carry forward IMPIETY’s blasphemous flaming torch of damnation. Honestly they’re fast and efficient not to mention work with some of the finest bands out there.
 
 
 
 
7.How long did it take the  band to write and record the songs  for the Impious Crusade? Are you and the other members happy with how everything turned out?
 
 
 
I took more or less just 2 weeks for the song writing. Inspired by the crusades from the 11th and 12th century AD that took it’s toll on hundreds of thousands when the sword was used to spread the name of the false messiah and since little has changed even in the world we live in today,  I decided it was time; Only fair enough, to give new meaning, more heinous and twisted campaign where it was Impious Legions of death, launching their very own irreligious crusade upon the religious world. Overall, I’d say it’s a much more brutal follow up to ‘Ravage & Conquer’. We took our time crafting this release and the band is really pleased with the outcome. Recorded once again at studio 47 that belongs to Nizam Aziz our guitar player and he did a good job with the production. We spent 5 weeks in March nailing it all from rehearsals to recording and final mix and mastering. In short, a perfect Killer record, one that makes you crave for more. Yes the 3 of us are really satisfied.
 
 
 
8.How has the  response  been  from the press and the fans  so far?
 
 
So far really good, I am pleased. The support has been tremendous, that is something I really appreciate from deep inside. 
 
 
9.Besides the Impious Crusade Mcd Hells Headbangers  has also released  Vengeance Hell Memorial LP.which includes Impiety's earliest recordings. When did you and the label decide to put this compilation LP. Together?
 
 
 
I often receive a lot of mail requesting for the demo songs plus Eps that have been released in the past in limited quantities that have long sold out, so this is why I decided to release most of the past material Demo and Eps into 1 great compilation. All re-mastered from direct DAT. Sounds a ton better.
It was the same time end of 2012 we decided, but ‘Vengeance Hell Immemorial’ is actually independently released by Evil Dead Productions, Sabah/Malaysia on limited 1000 digiCD format and only the limited Vinyl version is licensed to Hells Headbangers. It’s easier now for fans to pick up either the DigiCD or Vinyl EP that contains most classic past releases of the demo and singles.
 
 
 
10.What are the demo's,EP's ,comp tracks etc.. that are featured on this LP?
 
 
 
Tracks from Ceremonial Necrochrist Redesecration Demo, Salve the Goat 7” EP,
Two Majesties 7”EP, Unholy Masters of Blackness 7’EP, Two Barbarians 7”EP, the digi CD also contains tracks from Funeralight EP. In total 18 tracks on the Digi CD and 15 tracks on the Vinyl version.
 
 
 
11.What does  the term  Underground metal mean to you?  
 
 
 
It means everything from keeping it low and limited within the few in the circle, never the need to over expose, or even the need for others in society to appreciate. Raw, Brutal, Dirty and Vulgar, these are the attributes always associated with the real Underground tradition and spirit. There are today many who claim to be underground, but lead a different hypocritical lifestyle. Maybe it’s some kind of retarded ‘fashion statement’ to them just to look underground in metal when they are with their friends, but to the few true believers, it’s a life long commitment and passion we never want to outgrow. Few of us left who prefer bullets, chains, blood, and leather 24/7. Diehards constitute the few who choose to defy all odds and triumph challenges faced keeping everything raging with pure energy and violence, covert within the abyss. IMPIETY has grown but the spirit and identity is very much in the Underground vein. Born from the Underground and shall Die in Underground. That’s the way it will be my friend. 
 
 
 
12.The band comes out of  Singapore's metal underground scene. What is your opinion of the metal scene in Singapore?
 
 
The Metal scene/underground incepted 85 already with the advent of the first speedmetal band False Melissa and then shortly after came thrash/death bands like Nuctemeron, Stukas, Dread, Infidel, Abhorer, Demisor, Bestial Colony, Profancer, etc. It has steadily grown and glad we’ve had a brilliant past of great bands - but even if today there are more metalheads, Singapore is still a very small nation. Small meaning just 5.5million population and the metal community I see is still the more or less the same size. Fans come and go, over the years. Few diehards have prevailed now into their late 40s-50s. Anyways, a lot of International black and death metal concerts these days in Singapore and with mostly good support from the fan base here. I would say healthy at present but I don’t think it would get bigger as pop music dominates the land. This the usual case for most countries. Fuck Techno, RnB, Rap Bullshit. Music for the weak, even my 2 cats will not even listen to that – thankfully.
 
 
 
 
13.Who are some of your all time favorite bands  from Singapore? Are their  any new bands you think the readers should check out  soon?
 
 
A good number bands from Singapore. We have frequent concerts these days. Many international black/death/thrash touring bands as well compared to the 90s. Yes,  I would recommend, Infernal Execrator, Demisor, Rudra, Battlestorm, Tormentress, Purbawisesa, Cardiac Necropsy, Imperial Tyrants, Draconis Infernum, Istidraj, Nocturnized, Wormrot, Ilemauzer, etc…these are some cool bands everyone needs to follow up on. All time just personal favourites of mine are bands like Nuctemeron, Abhorer, Stukas, Infidel, Black Christ, Belial, Crucifucktor, Messerschmitt, bands from the past that exist no more but just brilliant demo releases, timeless raging death metal!
 
 
 
14.Does  the band  play "live" very often or do you prefer to work in the studio? Where have been some of your favourite places to play over  the years?
 
 
We’ve done many tours. Many good concerts definitely, so it’s hard to remember a good one. I feel Mexico could be the best, also Asia recently Australia we also enjoyed last year. These are plentiful violent that European or US tours definitely. Best places in Europe I find really killer would be Poland or France. We played a show in Laos last year, first time and it was hellish. This and more, hard to remember exactly each one because it has mostly been good if not great. 
 
 
 
15. Who  have been some of your favourite  bands to play with over the  years? Are their any bands you have not had the chance to play with you that would love to share the stage with? 
 
We’ve played with many bands from Nile, Kreator, Enthroned, Absu, Goatwhore, Gorgoroth, Belphegor, Funerus, Defiled, Sodom, Archgoat, Setherial, Surrender of Divinity, Rotting Christ, Suffocation, Infernal War, Forgotten Tomb, Watain, Nifelheim, Enslaved, Immortal, Inquisition, etc,etc..The list is endless. I honestly since you asked me, would kill to play at the same festival as Venom or King Diamond. 2 all time favourites of course. 
 
 
 
16.Well Shyaithan we have  reached  the end of the  interview. Thank you for taking the time to fill this out do you have any final comments before we end the interview?
 
 
Thanks for the talk Patrick, for everyone else out there - fucking Dive into the chaos and fury of the new mini album ‘The Impious Crusade’, just released August 6th on Hells Headbangers. Keep the spirit of the fucking underground alive, Salve the Goat!!!!!!
 
 
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