Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Shrapnel Storm Interview done by Patrick

Metal Hails!!!
Here is a new interview  with the  Finland death/thrash band  "Shrapnel Storm"  they have released a two song  demo and anyone into death/thrash  should  defintly  check this band out as soon as possible
Metal Regards

nterview with Mikko drummer for Shrapnel Storm done by Patrick

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

Hello Pat. My name is Mikko, and I´m battering the skins in Finnish old school death metal outfit called Shrapnel Storm.
Things are going brilliant right now. We´ve done lots of shows in last months and about to start the preparations for our debut album. The stuff we´ve written last days is quite massive!

2.When did you all form Shrapnel Storm?

We had some precursors to the band with my mate Matti in 2004-2005 or so. The musical style in those days was quite diverse, we were experimental guys, haha. The final lineup for the band was frozen late 2007, and that was the time we named the band.
What is the current line up for Shrapnel Storm?
Our lineup is:
Ykä - vox
Aki - gtr
Tohtori Makitalo - gtr
Pete - bass
Mikko - drums
The lineup has been quite stable, we´ve had only one change when Matti decided to quit and Ykä came in as a new member at 2011.
For the readers who have never heard Shrapnel Storm how would you describe your music?

Our music is based on 90s Florida midtempo death metal influenced by German thrash metal. Our influences come mostly from bands like Obituary, Bolt Thrower, Six Feet Under etc.

3.The new demo 'We Come In Peace' was just released how long did it take you all to write and record the demo?

The song demos were written by Aki early 2013. We started to formulate the songs during summer and recorded them during couple of weekends in September 2013.
How has the response been from the fans and the press?

It's quite typical that our music divides opinions strongly. The people who like, like it very much. Mostly the response has been positive. For example, the biggest metal magazine in Finland (called Inferno) featured us as "Band of the month" in February.

4.Who usually writes the lyrics? What are some topics/subjects you write about?

Ykä writes the lyrics. Usually we all have some thematic ideas basing on the song template. Ykä picks up the ideas and writes the lyrics. The subjects usually deal with war and its consequences.

5.Have you all started writing new songs for the next release? Any idea how many songs will be on the next release?

Yes we have. Currently we have approx. 90% ready of the songs for our debut album. We´re about to enter the studio next fall. The debut will probably include from 8 to 10 tracks.

6.Does Shrapnel Storm play live very often? Who are some bands you have shared the stage with?

Recently we´ve been playing 1 to 2 times per month. That´s quite optimal figure to us, because all of us have day jobs. To name some cool names we´ve shared stage with: Metalucifer (JPN), Purtenance (FIN), Spiritus Mortis (FIN)

7.If you could set up a dream tour who are some bands you would love to play with [past or present]?

Some of the names we've been growing up listening to. These were already mentioned, but a tour with Obituary, Bolt Thrower or Six Feet Under would be quite awesome!

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

In my opinion, the UG scene is not so tight as it used to be in the old days. I guess social media has something to do with it. On the contrast, finding new good bands is infinitely easier online. The term "Metal Underground" has always meant networking. Nowadays it is more literal, if you think about it, haha!

9.Shrapnel Storm comes out of the mighty Finland scene what is your opinion of Finland's metal scene?

Mostly Finland has been known about melodic metal scene, but there is a strong death metal underground brewing. To name some interesting artists we've played with: Purtenance, Lie in Ruins, (Psychoparalysis), Refusal, Skirmish, Corpset. Check them out.

10.Who are some of your favorite metal bands from Finland? Are there any new bands from Finland you think the readers need to check out?

There was some names answered in the last question. All those groups are worth checking out. To add some of my personal favorites: A.R.G., Pain Confessor, Anger Cell. These are also definitely worth checking out.

11.Mikko you play the drums for the band when did you start playing the drums? Are you self taught or did you take some lessons?'

I started seriously around my twenties, so I guess I started quite old. I´m around 99% self taught, haha! Actually I took couple of lessons some years ago from my friend Heikki, who is a professional (plays drums in band called Diablo, check it out also!), but I got soon bored to the theoretical approach of playing. I think some of his teachings have certainly affected to my playing, but more or less I think I´m self taught.

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

I think Charlie Benante from Anthrax is the one who got me hooked into drums, so he´s all-time favorite to me. I´ve tried to learn play some guitar but my fingers seem to be too sticky into it.

13.What Merchandise do you all have available for the fans and where can they get it from?

Right now we´re designing new Shrapnel Storm t-shirts. Those will be available on our gigs and maybe online.

14.Well Mikko we have reached the end of the interview thank you for taking the time to fill this out. Do you have any final words for the readers?

I'd like to thank you about this interview. If there is somebody reading who hasn't heard our music before, you can find our stuff for example from the following places in web:, and

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Some New reviews for 4-29-14

Metal Hails
Here are some  new reviews for everyone to check out  hope you see some bands to your  liking. If you do  be sure to support them  and buy  their merchandise 

Bleeding  Fist---Death's Old  Stench   cd  [Moribund  rec.]
Slovenia's Bleeding Fist  are one of my favorite  bands off of the  Moribund  roster.Death's Old  Stench  is a collection  of unreleased songs  the songs are still in the vein of Bleeding Fist but  seem to be more controlled and  grim with some faster parts.Guitars are more controlled with some occasional faster parts and speed while keeping the pace.The drumming is  top notch and done extremely tight.If you are a Bleeding Fist fan  defintly  check this  one out not as violent or chaotic  as past release but  still a great collection  of unreleased material.

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Demonic  Rage--Venomous Wine  From Putred Bodies  LP.[Iron Bonehead Rec.}
The Chilean scene strikes again  this time with Demonic Rage who play powerful death metal the way it is supposed to be played.Thunderous  drumming  with some fast blasting parts along with the more mid-paced  heavy drums.The vocals are done in the style of early death metal bands with death growls  and some gruff vocals.Demonic Rage are not creating anything new or innovative but they do  this style with a lot of  passion and  justice. Anyone who is into violent death metal  needs this releases today.
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Evil  Night--Storm Hymns  Of  Filth cassette tape {Hells Headbangers Rec}
Finland's Evil Night  have released their  new demo tape  through Hells Headbangers Rec.  black,thrashing metal insanity.The vocals  are  harsh screams and  some shrieks.Drumming is really well done with some extremely fast beats  but played with a lot of skill and talent.this  is a really  good band and release  if your a fan of  black thrashing metal then pick a copy up before  their  gone.

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Gravehill--Death curse  cd  {Dark Descent]
Gravehill  are death metal legends  playing the style they want  to and not following any trends.Vicious guitars  are played with fierce  heavy guitars with some killer drumming  is top notch  with some  chaotic heavy drumming.The vocals are done really well  death growls with some  gruff styled vocals in a few songs. This a death metal   masterpiece defintly  pick up a copy today.
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Infernal  Curse--The End  Is Up On US  {Iron Bonehead Rec.}
 Infernal Curse  release their  MLP "The End Is Upon Us"and what a release it is  dark mid-paced  mid paced blackend death masterpiece.Four songs of  mid-tempo death/blackend metal  semi-fast guitars with some great riffs and few solo's thrown in the mix.The vocals  are  rough death growls and some screams.with a lot of power  on them. Drums are done to a mid paced  speed but  do speed up on  some of the  tracks.Infernal Curse are one of the best  new bands I've heard if your a fanatic for death blackend metal then pick this  up now.
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Nervosa---Victim Of Yourself  {Napalm Rec.)
Nervosa  are a Brazilian Thrash band .But the one thing that sets Nervosa  apart from  most thrash bands is their all female but don't write these ladies off as they are  a powerful raging thrash  force.taking Influences from the the gods of the scene  and putting their own  brand of vicious  thrash. Thrashing fast guitars that  have some great riffs and  solo's.The drumming is equally as  godly  fast drums with some great  structures. The vocals are  thrashy screams  done excellent anyone who is a thrasher at heart  needs this release. this is a band that is a force to be  recond with.
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Monday, April 14, 2014

Interview with Dirgiri done by Patrick

Metal Hails 
here is  a new  Interview  I have done  with   Gene  and Dirgiri   hope you check out  the Interview and  hoe you  enjoy it.

1.Metal Hails Gene!  how is  life  going in Texas for you  these days?  Please introduce yourself  to the  readers?

   Life is great the weather has been very bi-polar here in San Antonio,Texas but now its just plain hot!. Hello everyone out there reading this im Gene Olivarri i play lead,rhythm guitars for Texas based band- Dirgiri outta San Antonio,Texas 


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

Metal has always been in my life really i was a child in the 80's but i had older siblings that loved Thrash,Punk, 70's rock,NWOBH,Black metal,Death metal and early 80's Grindcore.  In reality i had a library here in my home of vinyls of all these underground genre's so for me as a kid its like when you see a kid spin the tires of his new hot wheels car and stays mesmerized and being so infatuated with it this is the same way metal made me feel as a child when i first heard it in the 80's.  The first bands i was exposed to was Tygers Of Pan tan, Diamond Head,Deep purple,Autopsy,Possessed,Morgoth,Dark angel ,Destruction,Venom,Bathory,Angel Witch.  My favorite bands of today are M-Pire Of Evil,Toxic holocaust,Ghoul.

3.When did you and  the  other members of Dirgiri first meet? how did you all come up with the name of the band?  What is the  current  line up of the band?

Me and Dirigiri Drummer Omar Guerra met in 2004 we went through a few people and met our singer which when he joined Dirigiri was first our bassist Derek Dishner in 2006 i believe and then shifted to vocal's when we found out he could actually sing and gave the music justice with his vocal's. The way came up with the name of the band was we wanted to call the band Dirge but then the name Dirigeri came up in latin it mean Hymns of Death so we ultered the name a bit and came up with Dirigiri



4.For the  readers who have never heard Dirgiri how would you  describe your sound?

 I would say imagine Death metal mixed with Thrash and late 80s Hardcore punk. Our sound has simplicity but has that little something extra behind it for all the different types of metalheads out there the music is very high energy sounding Death/Thrash metal with pounding drums and,riffs and powerful Death metal vocals with great hig to low growls.

5.Dirgiri  self released their  new cd how long did it  take you  all to write the  songs for the CD?And where do you  get inspiration  for the lyrics?


It took us really not a lot of time we have great chemistry together all the inspiration came from life really stuff i have read about in news papers on tour about untimely things that have happened in people lives and how others have had their loved one's taken out of it because if death and murders and addiction

6.How has the response  been  from  the fans and the press?

Th E.p. has been accepted so well here in the states and across sea's so well i couldn't ask for anything more all the writers that have heard the cd really like the catchy tunes so all that means well i'm doing my job right.  I want to thank you Patrick, Paul Caravasi-Soulgrinder Magazine, Dave Wolf AUTOEROTICASPHYXIUM Magazine, and Lady Chaos Kat of Obscure-Chaos Zine, Charlie Jj Kruger and every writer out there taking the time and wrtting about Dirigiri wether it be reviews interviews etc Thank you from the bottom of our hearts Thank You.

7.Has the  band started writing new  songs for the next release? Any ideas when it might  be out?

Yes the new songs are done for the next E.p. the next Dirigiri E.p. will be called Hacking It Up For Texas Barbecue this album is more heavier than the first E.p. and more grittier we should be going into the studio in a few months and it should be out in 2015.

8.As I mentioned  in question 5 you  all released the cd yourselves.Are you  looking  for a label  or do you  prefer to release everything on your own?

We have very much gotten use to doing everything ourselves with musical instrument endorsements, press packing, Sales pitching etc. i'm not into a label coming in and telling me i will sign you and take what your already doing for yourself that you put your heart and soul into and your own money and what little success you have take it away all that you put in and give you 20% of what your already doing for yourself that would be really stupid of me to do so.  If labels want to sign us they have to offer us something that we really couldn't do for ourselves and that we haven't done for ourselves as of yet so yes we choose to do it ourselves the old school way of things.

9.Iremember hearing DJ.Resiistance  and VX.from the radio  show  Planet Resistance  radio show  talk to you about the old horror movies from the 70's and 80' your opinion  what makes a good horror  film? And what are  some of your all-time favorite  horror movies?


 For me i think what made those older horror movies great was that they had actual villains and actual good actors that were  unknown that added the fear to those movies in todays standards they wanna put these high profile actors in these types of movies so there's no fear anymore. my favorite all time movies are The Burning ,SleepAway camp,Maniac cop,NightBreed

10.What is your  opinion   on all the horror re-makes  that have been  flooding the movie scene  over the last 10-12 years?  Do you watch any of the re-makes?

The new re-makes are just made for this new generation. It's to cross over the franchises and make new films to sorta re-vamp the old original movies but yes i have seen a few of the re-makes and was dissappointed cause of all the new rules that they cant be so rowdy like they were back then cause it'll mess up today's youth.

11.Coming  back to  the band  you handle the guitars  When did yiu first  start playing the  guitars? Are you  self taught or did you take lessons when first learning?

I am self-taught my mother and father bought me a guitar in 1989 for christmas when i was 7yrs old they would buy me VHS tapes of live concerts and i would see how they would move their hands and fingers and figure things out on my own and mimic them then i started playing the actual songs at 7 yrs old. I was taken to some nuns to show them what i had learned on my own they told my mother and father wow how did he learn that and they taught me chords and really influenced me to play what i loved which was heavy metal music and the rest is history. 

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

My favorite guitarist and influences are Micheal Schenker-UFO, Pete Townshend-The Who, Eric cutler-Autopsy, Larry Lalonde-Possessed, Lindsey Buckingham-fleetwood Mac i dont know how to play any other instruments i love playing the guitar that much
13.Are you  or any members  of  Dirgiri  play  in other  bands?

No we put all of our focus into this band its our baby. 
14.Well  Gene    thank you for taking the time to do this  interview  do you  have any  final comments for the readers?

 Thank you very much for the interview and for everyone looking for the dirigiri first debut self-titled E.p. Abyss records has em in stock and Murder records and New order records ,satanica productions have them as well please contact them for your copy. To the kids that are hearing undeground metal in their bedrooms keep playing and be persistant with it dont give up work hard i tell you what my parents told me as a child- i will never tell you to chase your dreams cause you'll spend a lifetime chasing them i tell you to go get them and give back to what you love to do so much which is playing music.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Sapremia Interview done by Patrick

Metal Hails  Everyone
   Here is a new  Interview  I have done with Lou from Sapremia  the American old-school band  if you  have not heard these guys yet what are you waiting for   if you love old-school death metal you will want to hear these guys  as soon as possible. 

Interview  with Lou  Ferrara  vocals and  bass  for Sapremia  done  by  Patrick

1. Metal  Hails Lou! how are things going with you  these days? Please introduce yourself to the  readers.

My name is Lou Ferrara, ive been the vocalist/bassist for the death metal band Sapremia since 1990.  We have put out several demos in the early 90's and have put out three professional releases in the mid 2000's til now.
2. When did you  first  start listening  to rock and metal?Who were  some of the first bands you  got into?

I listened to rock at a very age, there really wasnt "metal" per se in the late 70's, but i was listening to Van Halen, Journey, Rush when i was 6-7 years old. My first metal experience is when i found Iron Maiden, probably around 1982 when i was 9, the rest was history for me.
3.Was  it long until you  discovered the underground scene? Were you ever into tape-trading?  Who were some of the early underground bands you listeed to?

I started skateboarding at around 12 years old, so i learned about all the punk/crust stuff in the underground, which eventually led to grindcore and hardcore styles and beyond.  When Sapremia became viable, i was
definitely into tape trading, that was a big way to get your band around the world when there wasnt anything like computers or the internet to help fuel the cause.
4.What about favorite  zines? 

I used to read and be involved with so many true zines back then.  By true zine, i mean ones that were printed and put together, and then sold.  Not something online to can be downloaded. I cant remember many names
from back then, there were some many both locally to us (new jersey) and national/international.
5.What is your opinion on the scene today?Do you  feel it has gotten to big with all the one and two man bands?and small labels ? or do you feel the scene is just changing  with the times?

Interesting question and im not sure how i feel exactly.  I dont think it was gotten too big, but i do feel that there are way too many medicore bands and labels getting big exposure only because they
can with the help of downloading, internet, etc.  I do think it is necessary, an evolution to what the music industry itself has become.
6.What  does the term 'underground Metal'  mean to you?

Metal that isnt readily available to the general, casual metal fan.  Even a lot of extreme bands are pretty mainstream nowadays, so to be truly underground...bands need to be searched out and have that cult following.
7.What age did you start  playing the  bass?Are you  self taught or did you take lessons when you were younger?

I started on guitar, in a different band.  I did take lessons, but learned so much more just jamming with others than any teacher could provide me.  When Sapremia was forming, they needed a bass player, so i took that up.  I really play my bass much more like a guitar than a bass in reality.  I do write almost 90% of our material, and i write it all on guitar.
8.Who are some of your influences/favorite   bass players? Do you play any other  instruments?

Well Steve Harris is the best in my opionion, but i could never dream to play like him. There are so many really good players in metal and extreme metal, and the one thing that has evolved has been the skill set of these younger bands with the help of youtube and what have, some incredible stuff going on.  As i mentioned, i do also play guitar.

9.Besides   the  Bass you also handle the vocals when did you  start  singing for bands?Who  are  some of your favorite singers?

I started singing in the original band i was trying to form just before Sapremia, it was still death metal style vocals.  I can sing regular but actually never have onstage.  My major influences as vocalists are Johnny of Unleashed and David Vincent of Morbid Angel.  I like the brutal style of vocals but that are understable and pronunciate the lyrics clearly.

10.In 2013 Sapremia released their  newest cd 'Autmns Moon'  through Butchered Rec. how did you all come in contact with  the  label? Are you happy with the job they've  done so far?

We were touring in 2011 with a band called Visions of the Night from near Toronto.  They were friends with Pat Pagan of Butchered, who hold operations in Buffalo.  Pagan saw us a few  times live and expressed interest in releasing our material.  Once it became clear that Open Grave records did not want to release us again (they did Hollow in 2007 and With Winter
Comes Despair in 2008), we contacted Butchered and worked out a good deal.

11.How long did it take to write and record the  songs for Autmns Moon?When the band begins working on new music/songs.does the whole band take part in writing or usually one or two members do all the writing?

Recording took about four months.  The songs were written in about a year or so before that, we usually like to hone the tracks out live, in front of a crowd before recording them. Justin DiPinto of Malevolent Creation, Pyrexia, Mortal Decay fame was the engineer, so he had some touring involved while we were recording, it took a little longer than expected. I usually write all the material, then i bring it to our drummer Ryan and we hash out all the changes and whatnot.  Finally, our guitarist Brian gets involved and evoles the
songs further and adds solos or whathaveyou.
12.Who usually  writes the lyrics for the songs? Where do you all get inspiration for the  lyrics?

I do all the lyrics.  Inspiration could come from anywhere basically, but for Autumn's Moon i did a loose concept album.  My favorite horror is the early 30's through to the 50's with Hammer Horror.
I did each song about a different monster, mostly the ones that werent major players, like the Brides of Dracula, the Invisible Man, and Dr Jeckyll.

13.I know sapremia  have done a lot of shows and even a few tours the last few years. where have been some of your  most memorable shows?

We have been super busy since the start of 2007.  We have done a tour every year since then, including parts of Canada in a few of them.  There are so many memorable shows
to try to narrow them down, but last year was our first full US tour which included Las Vegas Death Fest.  That was an incredible experience all told.  Also we have played with
some many bigger bands that have meant so much to us like Unleashed, Grave, Nile, Gorguts to name a very few.

14.Who are some bands you've shared the stage with?  If you could set up a dream tour/show who are some bands you would love to play with?

Unleashes, Grave, Nile, Gorguts, Belphegor, Krisiun, Aura Noir, Suffocation, Deicide, Broken Hope, Atheist, Incantation, Acheron, Goatwhore, Exhumed, Cattle Decapitation, Brutal Truth...and many more.  My dream line up for us without getting out of hand would be...Unleashed, Grave, Vomitory, God Dethroned, and Us.

15.If anyone is reading this  what Sapremia merchandise  do you have availbe? And where  can they order it  from?

Merchandise is available through the band for either mailing or at gigs. or are the two best places for contact, but we do have twitter, instagram, and myspace as well. would also have our latest album.
16.When not working on new music or band stuff what do you  enjoy doing in your spare  time?

Personally, im in the gym working out almost every day and i love playing sports, mainly ice hockey and football.  I am getting older now, so not sure when that still stop, but im still plugging away.  We also have a plve for craft beer, our drummer Ryan home brews and will hopefully be able to take off with that and lauch  our own Sapremia beer someday..

17.Lou  thank you  for taking the time to fill this out. Do you have any final words for the  readers  before we end the  interview?

Thanks Patrick for supporting Sapremia and the underground in general.  Thanks for anyone taking the time out to read this.  Support your local scene and bands, go to   buy their tshirts/cds...there is a lot of hard work and sweat that goes into the local level of metal.