Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Infernal Curse Interview done by Patrick on 5-20-14

Metal Hails!!! 

here  is a new  Interview  with  the  Argentina band  Infernal Curse  the  band has a new  12inch MLP available  through  Iron Bonehead   Rec. hope you enjoy  the  new interview and more  Interviews and Reviews  will be  posted soon.

thanks for  the support






Interview  with Nocturnal vocals and guitars for  Infernal Curse  done by  Patrick 

1.Metal hails Nocturnal  thank you for taking the  time to do this  interview.What is the  current line up for the band? How  would you  describe your  music to the metal fans who have not heard you yet?

Infernal Curse: The current line up is: Nocturnal Profaner: Guitar/voices. 

Bestial Offensor: Drums. Abominator: Bass. 

It´s not easy to describe a wave of sound separated from the entire band concept. But in a simplistic way we can label it as “black metal” in an intense, doomy and destructive way.




2.The band recently released their new release 'The End  Is Upon Us' through  Iron Bonehead Rec. How long did it take you all to write the music for this release? 

Infernal Curse: The composition work is what takes the most time, but since we have the same line up since 3 year now, we know each other more and more musically, so things are going much faster now. The studio time was less than a week.

3.How has the response been from  the  fans  and the  metal  press?


Infernal Curse: It varies, but in general, the people we are in contact with is people that understand our concept . Our music is not for everybody or for every moment.

4.When you all begin working on a new song how long does it usually take to complete? Who usually writes  the lyrics? What are some subjects you all write  about?

Infernal Curse: We cannot think that our music is separated from a concept, lyric, or even separated from the entire album or ep idea. So it is hard to calculate an exact time, but for sure it won´t happen in just a day or two.

I wrote the lyrics and the subjects varies. We use a metaphorical lenguaje to express our visions over a dismal, decaying existance and all it’s aspects.

5.Has the band begun writing new material for the  next release or are you all still promoting 'The End Is upon Us" ? 

Infernal Curse: We are already composing a new ep, before starting work on a second full lenght .

6.What  is the metal scene  like in Argentina?


Infernal Curse: The concept of “scene” is not appropriate because there is none. It is just a couple of people organising concerts here and there and a few record hunters.


7.Who are some of your all-time favorite argentina  bands? Are their any new bands you think the  readers  should check  out soon?

Infernal Curse: The metal in Argentina was always more focused on a hardrock/Heavy Metal style. Some of the records we dig are Bloke – Demolicion (1984), V8 first two LP’s (1983-1985), Hellion – Hellion 1984, Retrosatan demos (1987-1988) and so on.

8.Does  Infernal Curse  get  to play live very often or do you prefer the  studio? Who are some bands you all have shared the  stage  with?

Infernal Curse: We do not play very often, but we have done some tours in the past. Last january we went to play in some countries of Latin America, we shared stage with Ominus Crucifix, Abyssum, Goatsemen, Mortuario, Fallen Souls and others.

In other past tours, we played with some devastating acts like Pathogen, Ekron Cult, Coffins, Genocide Shrines, Orator, Karimlan, Anatomia, Tandus, Violent Attack, Balberith, Mantak, Master Of Cruelty, and so on.


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


Infernal Curse: Would of  been “nice” to attend some of the 80’s deathcore blackmetal shows in Brazil with Vulcano, Mutilator, Mystifier, Necrobutcher, Sarcofago and the like.

10.Are you  or any member of the band  currently  working with other bands or projects

Infernal Curse: Yes, we are.

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

Infernal Curse: Underground for us is being real, being yourself, thinking by your own without caring about the cost.

Some people think underground is seaching  the Internet for “hype” bands of the month, which limiting the imagination and is just trying to get the applause from the others. An art that is  lead by money or the need to please the mass public is not free, not independent and not underground.

12.When did you first  become  interested  in playing  the guitar?  Are you self taught or did you take lessons?

Nocturnal Profaner: I started when I was 13 and in the begining I took lessons with a friend, later I went on my own.

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

Nocturnal Profaner: I don´t usually focus on a musician but more on an entire band and their concept. But if I have to name one genious mind it will be Quothon

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

Nocturnal Profaner: I started singing for Nocturnal Evil , then other Projects, until Infernal Curse rised. As for singers I would mention again Quothon and add Paul Baloff, Wagner Antichrist and Attila Csihar. 

15.Thank you  Nocturnal  for taking the  time to do this  interview do you have any final comments before we close the interview?

Infernal Curse: Thank for the interview and interest in the band.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Cemetary Lust Interview done by Patrick

Interview  with  Andrew  Staub    Vocalist  for    vocalist   for Cemetary Lust    done by  Patrick  

1.Metal  hails  Andrew  Please introduce yourself to  the readers.

I am Andrew Angeldust of Cemetery Lust. I shriek howls of unholiness with the breath of rotting vaginal flesh, cheap cigarettes and cheaper whiskey.

2.When did you  meet  the other guys in  the band? What is the current line up? For the  readers who have never heard your music how  would you describe Cemetary Lust music?

I met Raypissed, bass and back up vocals, about 18 years ago. We were a couple of deviant minded bastards with the lust for metal and pornography. 10 years later, there was this mother fucker creeping around our parties, perving on chicks. It was Nasty Nate, lead guitars. And in early 2009 we met our drummer Disgustor and our other lead guitarist Crystal Seth at a party in a filthy fucking shithouse. We all got together and jammed and started what is Cemetery Lust. Everyone I mentioned is still in the current line up. And for those of you who haven't heard us, our music is fast, perverted and heavy. Not meant for wimps or the faint of heart.

3.Cemetary Lust is  getting ready to  release  their  second  cd,LP  "Orgies Of  Abomination"  through  Hells Headbanger's Rec.  how did you all come in contact with the  label?

Our drummer was lurking around at Maryland Death Fest and ran into a dude from HHR and they talked about our disgusting band. They kept in contact and HHR decided they want to release Screams of the Violated and our next album, Orgies of Abomination.

4.How  long did it  take the band to  write  the songs on  Orgies Of Abomination ?Does the  whole band work  on  the music or usually one or two members write  everything? Who usually
writes  the  lyrics what are some topics you all write  about?

 It took about a year to write songs for the album, we were slow moving. Sometimes every body contributes to the music writing, sometimes Seth will have a bunch of new riffs. I write all the lyrics. Sometimes they'll have all the music for a song and I'll word it around that rythym and timing. And sometimes I'll have lyrics all written out and they'll work their riffs around my timing. I like to write about sex, intoxication and death. All to the highest extremes. And ultimately, I write about the sickening ways of human nature. Humans are a disgusting species.

5.How  has  the  response  been  from  the fans? and  The press?

  Response from our fans has been fucking awesome. Our fan base is just starting to grow so it will only get better. We got an awesome response from the crowd in LA. Crazy bunch of mother fuckers. And response from the press, not too much. I guess we'll have to wait for the album to get out there a little more.

6.I Also  read  that  Hell's Headbangers  is going to   re-release  your  debut cd  "Screams Of The Violated"  when will this be available for  purchase?

It should be available later this year or early next year. So anyone who buys a copy, make sure you line your fucking drugs on the cover while you listen to it.

7.Does  Cemetary Lust   play live  very often  ?Are their  any tours/shows coming up that the  readers should watch out for? 
 We play in Portland a lot. We just opened up for Anvil, killer show. We have a rad show coming up on the 4th of July. It will be Black Death, Hirax, Wehrmacht with an appearance form Cryptic Slaughter, Witchaven, Spellcaster, Dead Conspiracy and others. Its gonna be fucking insane

8.Who  are  some bands you have  shared  the  stage with? If you  could set up a dream tour/show  who are some bands[past or present] you would love to tour with?

 We've opened up for some good bands but not many big ones yet. We've opened for Hirax, the Accused, Gravehill, Witchaven, Insanity, Sorcery, Watain and like I said Anvil. We've played with some kick ass local bands like Spellcaster, Raptor and Maniak. I guess a dream show/tour for me would be with bands like Morbid Angel, Sarcofago, Infernal Majesty, Possessed, Sadus, Razor and Sextrash.

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

All the underground means to me is not mainstream. Its a huge underworld of bad ass fucking music that most of the world doesn't even know about. The best part is the tight knit group of people that are true til fucking death to the genre and the bands that continue to make bad ass fucking music even when its not "cool". And the worst part is not being able to get paid much but that's how it goes.

10.Are you  or any of the other  members of the band currently  working with other bands/side projects? if yes please tell us about  them.
Our drummer Disgustor and one of our guitar players, Crystal Seth, are currently in a sleazy fucking grind band called the Nekro Drunks. These two degenerate scumbags have been at it longer than Cemetery Lust. And they have a full length release coming in June so fucking be prepared.

11.Andrew  you  handle the vocals for  the  band. When did you  start singing/screaming? 

 About 10 years ago, Ray and I started a little death metal project with a friend of ours. It was some vile shit. Didn't think I would ever sing but I did. And song writing became a great way to utilize my morbid imagination.

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

 Some my musical influences are Sarcofago, Sepultura, Sextrash, Sadus, Nasty Savage, King Diamond/Mercyful Fate, Infernal Majesty, Sodom, Coven, Possessed, etc. My favorite singers are Dio, Halford, King Diamond, Klaus Meine, Alice Cooper, Bruce Dickinson, Paul Diano, and Nasty Ronnie. My lyrics are definitely more influenced by horror movies. Some directors that inspire me are William Lustig, Frank Hennenlotter, Jörg Buttgereit, Dario Argento, Lucio Fulci, Joe D'Amato, David Cronenberg, etc.

13.What do you  enjoy  doing  in your spare time ?

In my free time I like to get stoned, watch horror/exploitation flicks, fuck my girlfriend, masturbate when she's not home, eat cheeseburgers, drink soda, drink beer, drink whiskey and act like a total fucking moron

14.Well Andrew  thank you  for taking the  time to  fill out this interview .Do you  have anything  you would  like  to add  before  we close  the interview?
To all my metal brothers, listen to our albums with your girlfriend, fuck mate or prostitute and fuck her afterwards. She'll probably be wet. And to all the ladies, if you thought you saw someone in your window, you did. It was me or my band. We jack off while you undress.
To Order  a  copy of  Cemetary   Lust  check out  the Hell's  headbangers web-s



New Revieiws for Primitive Ways 5-17-14

Metal  Hails!! 
Well  I  finally  had  the  chance to write  some  new  reviews  and post  them  hope you  all enjoy  them.More  Reviews and Interviews  soon

Cemetary  Lust-Orgies  Of  Abomination   cd/Lp   {Hells Headbangers  Rec.}Portland Oregon's  Cemetary Lust release  their first release through Hell's headbangers  {their second  release all together} Cemetary Lust  play  old-school thrash with some punk influences as well.The guitars  are  played at  extremely  fast with some  wild and crazy riffs  in the mix..The drumming is top notch  with some extremely well  played  blast beats  and more mid-paced  pounding drums.The vocalist has some  really good  screams and  deeper vocals/screams.This is a great  thrashing punk  release  by Cemetary  Lust that anyone into  old school thrash or punk  should get this  soon.
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Dust Bolt--Awake The  Riot  cd  {Napalm Records}
Dust Bolt is a young  German band  that  has a lot  of  talent and creative  ideas  but ccan still play  a really vicious  thrash  tune.Dust Bolt seem to have influences  from both  Germany and the U.S  thrash scenes.Incredible fast  guitars with some  killer solo's  mixed in.The drumming is relentless,with a lot of vicious  beats.The vocals  are  done with a lot of  power  and force  fierce screams that are done  very good.If your a  fan  of early  german and  American thrash  then you should  defintly pick this one up.

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Eskhaton--Worship  Death   {Chaos  Rec.}
Australian metal  has never  let me  down before  and it  doesn't  now  with Eskhaton .Eskhaton  release  their second  cd  "Worship Death" through Chaos  records.Eskhaton  play old-school  death metal the way its  supposed to be  played heavy and loud.The guitarist  does a great  job keeping  a balance between  heavy  mid-paced riffs and the faster riffs with some solo's mixed in.The drummer is violent and pounding  on his kit  with  some great  drumming and pounding  the drum kit into  oblivion.The vocalist does a great job of  brutal death growls and some deeper grwls mixed in a few of the songs.This is a must  have for  anyone  into vicious  and violent Australian  death metal.                                                
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Funest--Desecrating Obscurity  Cd {Memento Mori}
This  is the debut  cd from Italy's Funest .Funest  play  heavy,old-school  death metal.Funest do speed  up with fast raging guitars and drums but do know  how to  slow it down to a more mid-paced range.Crushing  fast guitars  with some  really good drumming  that goes  from  mid-paced to  fast blasting beats.The vocalist does a great job  with the  death growls  similar to  Autopsy  and early  nineties  bands. A great  release if your  a  fanatic   for  old-school death metal.
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Horrid--Sacrilegious Fornication  cd  {dunkelheit  Produktion}
Formed in 1989  Italy's  Horrid  have stood  the  test of time  Horrid play  death metal in  the  old-school vein.Semi fast guitars with some really cool  memorable and catchy riffs.The  drummer  is  also excellent with  the  drums  playing fast  with a lot  of  heavy mid-paced drumming.The vocals  are  heavy death metal growls with some  rawer death growls.This is a great  release  and anyone  into  old-school death metal  needs this  now.
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Infest--Cold Blood War   cd  {Xtreem  Music}
Infest  are  from Serbia  and have  released  their  fourth  cd  "Cold Blood War" If you have never  heard  Infest you are missing  some great  thrash metal  with some early 90's death metal influences.Fierce and vicious  guitars  that really  hit  the mark  with their speed and aggression.The drumming is  some of the  fastest and  greatest  drumming I've heard  the  vocals are done  with a lot of  great  screams and  gruff vocals.This  is a  must hear  if your a fan  of early to mid 80's  thrash and early death metal
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The  Lustmord--Trapped  In  Purgatory  Mcd (Lustmord Entertainment}
This  is The Lustmord  from Phoenix,AZ  return with a brand new e.p  six songs of  blackend death metal.The vocals are done with sheer force  growls with some  really wicked sounding  black metal screams.The  guitars are done extremely  well with some  really well thought out riffs and few solo's.The drums  are  crazy and wild  but  also  a lot of talent  and speed.The Lustmord  plays a really good  mix of black and  death metal  defintly  worth a listen  if your a fan of blackend death metal
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Morbo--Addicted To Musicial  Dissection  cd  {Memento Mori}
Morbo  has  released  their debut  cd  "Addicted To Musical Dissection".Morbo  are defintly  old-school  fanatics  but play a little faster  then  most of the early bands who stayed within  the  mid-paced range .The  guitars are  played  with a lot of  intense and furious  riffs.drumming is also done  with a lot of speed and aggression  but the  band is  not all speed and aggression their are some really great  guitar  riffs and drum patterns.The vocals are screams with the gruff styled vocals  and their are some death growls  mixed in  as well.Morbo  have created a good  death metal  release totally worth  the money.
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Sacrocurse--Unholier  Master   LP   {Iron Bonehead Rec}
Sacrocurse  play  violent and crazed  old-school brutal death.Ultra fast  drumming  that  is  top notch  with thunderous  beats.The guitars are  chaotic but done very well with a lot  of creative  and talent.The vocals are  deep growls  with some  raspy  vocals entertwined in.Iron Bonehead is  releasing the  LP version  and Hells Headbangers  is doing  the  cd/Lp but  not sure  when  the  Hells Headbanger's is  going  to  release  the  cd  so if you  can't  wait  then  get your copy today  from  Iron Bonehead  Rec.
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Verberis---Vastitas    cassette  {Iron Bonehead Rec}
Verbis  are a new  band  to  my  ears  from  New Zealand   and what  a great  release.Verberis  play  heavy  old-school  type of death metal.Fast blasting drums  the guitarist is extremely fast.The guitarist does know  how to slow it down  on a few tracks  with some great riffs and solo's.Drumming is  chaotic  but at the same time done extremely  well played.Verberis is a really  good band  can't  wait to hear their  next offering. 
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 War Master--Blood Dawn  Mcd (self-released}
War Master have  released  their  new Mcd  Blood Dawn E.P  four  songs  of  brutal,old-school  death metal  at  it's best.heavy,fast  guitars  that  are  done really good.The guitarist  has a lot  of talent and great  riffs with some excellent solo's.Drumming is top notch  as well with mid-paced to  all out fast drumming .This  is a great  release  of  tight death metal.
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Friday, May 16, 2014

Serbia's Infest interview done by Patrick 5-16-14

Here  is a new Interview  with  Serbia's  Infest  if you love early thrash metal with some death metal influence  you  should  get this right  away

1.Hello Vandal how are things going in Serbia for you these days? Please introduce yourself to the readers.When did you discover metal? who were the first bands you heard? Who are some of your current favorites?
V: Hails Patrick!Hails to all readers and supporters of your fanzine!
Things are goin fine, in two days we will start touring across Europe, presenting our new album Cold Blood War, which was released last month.
I have discovered it in the early days, when I was 10 or 11 years old, with first tapes of Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden.
Favorite...uh, thats really hard to answer :) Lot of them, but first of all, Iron maiden and then Slayer, Entombed, Grave, Unleashed, Dismember, Vader and many more...


2.When did you all get the idea to form "Infest" ?What is the current line-up for the band? For the readers who have never heard Infest how would you describe Infest's

V: I got the idea first time when I  took a guitar and didnt know anything about it. I was really young and I was to excited when I was wathing videos of my favorite bands, so with my first riffs learned on guitar, i knew that I will do it all the time...
Current line up were kids from my hometown, and we were totaly dedicated, and we were practising every day Iron maiden, Metallica and Sepultira songs, and in one moment i decided to start writing our own songs, and thats the moment when Infest acctualy began to work.
Infest is old school deathrash metal with no compromises. We play fast, laud and aggressive music.

3.How long did it take the band to write and record the new cd "Cold Blood War"? Does the whole band take part in the writing process or does one or two members usually write everything? 

V: It took around 2 years to get in recording process. I am the main songwritter and music creator.
I prepare entire song, make a rehearshal with Zombie, put all the stuff together and when we are satisfied, i show riffs to Warlust and Tyrant, and then we practise it that way.

4.Who usually writes the lyrics for the band? What are some of the subjects you all write about?

V: Acctualy, I am the only one in the band who writes music and lyrics. We live in a time where the real values of life are lost because of religious shit, corrupted goverments, politics, terrible music promoted everywhere, wars for nothing realy important, then someones bank account getting bigger, so there are a lot of things that may inspire me for lyrics. But the most that I write about it religious influence on our state of mind, blind leaders and deaf followers. About getting out of religious chains and free state of mind.

5.How has the response been from the fans? What about the metal press?

 V: I am always little affraid when we rrelease something new, but it was really great listening to people reaction on a new album. Also magazines and webzines gave us a great support. I read a lot reviews and I am really satisfied with the marks that we get there.

6.Does Infest have any shows or tours coming up? If yes where are some places you will be playing?

 V: As I said in the 1st. question, we will start touring in two days, so were at totaly into it now.
We will make European tour with Panychida from Czech Republic, and tour in Slovenia, Austria, germany, Poland and Czech Republic. After that we have Belgrade show here in Serbia, and Italian dates for September this year.
Also we have a plans for German tour in October, together with Casus from Germany, but we are still in making plans, so we will talk about it when time comes for that.

7.Who are some bands you have shared the stage with in the past? do you have concerts you remember that you feel was the best one or two? If you could set up a dream show/tour who are some bands{Past or Present} you would love to share the stage with?

 V: For me personaly, every concert have something special. I dont care if there is 5 or 5000 people in front of the stage.
when I start the first song, its like a wacken to me anytime :) We shared a stage with Keep Of Kalessin, Sodom, Kataklysm, Sinister Hobbs Angel of Death and many many more...
I would like to share a stage with Dismember and Bold Thrower :)


8.Vandal in your opinion what is the best and worst thing about the underground today? And what does the term metal underground mean to you?
V: The best thing is that offers you to travel a lot with your band and meeting a new dedicated people to metal music, real fans of metal, trading LPs, CDs and stuff. The worst thing is that internet destroyer real spirit of it. Now every kid download music.. I neved did that and I will never do that! Everyone can save some money, not to buy a beer, but to buy a cd from his favorite band....
And theats the meaning of underground to me...support, trades, dedicated fans, real metal spirit...

9.Infest comes out of the Serbian metal scene what is your opinion of the Serbian scene?

 V: To be honest, scene in here started to grow really fast. In one moment it was totaly out of the real road, but in the last 2 years it really started to grow.
We have a lot of good bands, and i think that people started ro recognize quality of it, and started coming to a shows..Our last show in Belgrade was sold out.. I was realy happy when i saw that, and it gaves me straight to belive in the future of Serbian metal scene..

10.Who are your all time favorite Serbian bands? Are their any new bands you feel the readers should check out soon?
V: Ou, hard one again :) Well, lets say like this...The Stone, Alitor, The Hell, Decrepancy, Space Eater and there are more than this, but can not write them all :)

11.Vandal you handle the guitars for Infest when did you first start playing the guitars?Are you self taught or did you take lessons when starting out?

 V: I started around my 12 or 13 i think. I never took a single class :)  I always had some older friends who were playing, and they showed me some riffs, and stuff, then i took tabs and learned that way.and after that i started to cover songs and thats how i learned :)


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

 V: I play session bass guitar in The Stone. And my influences are Dave Murray, Chuck Shuldiner, Peter from Vader, Adreas Kisser, Tommy from Black Sabbath,...
13.Vandal you also handle the vocals for the band when did you first start singing? Who are some of your favorite singers?
V: I started singing on our rehearshals, because we could not find any singer.In the beggining, it was terrible, but after that i learned how to do it, and started getting better. So we decided not to look for the new one anymore hahahaha.

14.Vandal are you or any of the members of the band currently playing in side bands ? If yes please tell the readers about them.

 V: Zombie is playing drums in black metal band Simargal, and cross over band Deca Apokalipse. Tyrrant is a lead guitar in Soul In Cage and Warlust is a lead singer and bass player in Alitor. They are all real metal maniacs, totaly into music they make and play, as you can hear in the bands they are playing in, and Infest also.
15.When not doing band business what do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
V: I am training wing chun kunf fu, so I am busy with that and gym, spending some time with family and friends, and there is always something to do :) I am a man of the action, so i will not be home, watchint tv for sure :)

16.Well Vandal we have reached the end of the interview do you have any final comments for the readers?

 V: Thanks a lot brother for this interview and support that you gave us all these years!
Hails to all reader and supporters of real underground madness!!!

Interview with Scourge done by Patrick on 5-16-14

Metal Hails
Brazil's  Scourge  have  released their second  cd  through Greyhaze  Rec. and it  is vicious  death metal.IF you love brutal,old-school death metal  then  pick up a copy  of Scourge's  cd  Hate Metal
METAL Regards

Interview  with  Juarez Tavora   bassist for  Scourge    done  by   Patrick     

1.Hails Juarez when did you  first  get  into  metal? Who were some of the first bands you  listened to? Who  are  some of your  current  favorites?

I started listening to Heavy Metal with some friends from my street in the early 80s. The first bands I listened to were Iron Maiden, Slayer, Hellhammer, Venom and Sarcófago. Nowadays, I still listen to older Metal. I am a total fanatic for bands like Bathory, old Celtic Frost and Sarcófago. There are also some great news bands such as Fleshgod Apocalypse, Mortuary Drape, Uganga, Drowned, and Akerbeltz.

2.Juarez  you and the band  come out of  the Brazilian underground what is your  opinion  of the  Brazilian underground? 

In my opinion, Brazil is the country of Heavy Metal. Hundreds of great bands come from here, as well as hundreds of poseurs who are in Metal just as a trend. The Brazilian underground, however, is pretty strong and there are people who work very seriously so that Brazilian Metal can be more recognized. Having said that, internally, the Metal audiences need to buy more music, go to more shows, and pick up more merch. That’s the only way Brazilian bands will survive. 

3.Who  are  some of your  all-time  favorite  Brazilian  bands? Are their  any new bands you  feel  the  readers  should  check out  soon?

Without a shadow of a doubt, Sarcofago, Vulcano, Olho Seco, Chakal, and Holocausto. Among the Brazilian bands that all should check out I can recommend Drowned, Pathologic Noise, Uganga, Spiritual Carnage, and Death Slam.

4.When did you  all get  the  idea to form Scourge ? How did you all come up with  the name of the band?

Soon after leaving Cirrhosis, I took it upon myself to create another band. So, Scourge was born 2 months after my departure from Cirrhosis. The first lineup for Scourge consisted of the guys who are now part of the band Krow. Guilherme, the guitar player for Krow and I were listening to Sarcofago’s The Laws of Scourge and that’s really where the idea for the band name came from.

5.What is  the  current line up? How would you  describe your  music to  the fans  who have  never heard the  band?

Scourge is: Juarez Tavora (Bass/Vocals), Pretho Souto (Guitars), Mauricio Goncalves (Guitar and Backing Vocals), and William Santos (Drums and Backing Vocals). We play HATE METAL pouring pure hatred in our songs. We play old-school Brazilian Metal, no trends!

6.Scourge  recently  released  the  second cd  "Hate Metal"  through  GreyHaze  Rec  how did you all come in contact with the label? How long did it  take to 

Cogumelo Records, who released our album here in Brazil, had made an agreement with Greyhaze Records. That’s how we got to be involved with Greyhaze. We’re really stoked to have our album be released by Greyhaze in North America. The songs in HATE METAL were written over the course of 6 months. The band changed line-ups many times and the deadline to deliver the CD was wearing thin. So we decided to keep the current line up. It was easy to write in that way. Each band member contributed on the lyrics and melodies. Once the songs were ready, we went straight into the studio to record.

7.Does  the  whole band work  on  music or does one or two  members  usually  write everything? Who  usually  writes  the  lyrics for the band? What are some  subjects you all write  about?

All songs were written by the whole band, both music and lyrics. We approach everyday subjects, but mostly we like to express our hatred for fads and posers who use metal simply as a fad or fashion. Heavy Metal is not a fad; it’s a way of life!

8.How   has the  response  been from  the  fans? What about  the  press?

We’re really impressed with the repercussion of our album. We didn’t think it would be this impactful. Everyone I meet are praising the songs and the musical direction we’ve taken. A lot of Metal mags here in Brazil are raving about it. Radio stations are playing our songs. We’re happy with this beginning but we’re conscious that we need to improve each day to evolve our music and our lyrics. 

9.Does  Scourge   play  live  very  often? Who are some bands you  have  shared the  stage  with?

We are always playing live. However, we don’t work with shitty promoters who just want to fuck with the bands here in Brazil. We have played with many here in our city (Uberlândia). We have played with bands like Spiritual Carnage from the city of Goiânia and with Drowned and Lustful from Belo Horizonte. All those gigs were great!

10.Are  their any tours  coming  up in  support  of  Hate Metal? If yes  where  are some  places  you   will be  playing?  Juarez  if you could  set up a dream tour who are some bands{past or  
present} you would  love to  share the  stage  with?

At the moment we’re not playing live because I broke my leg and I can’t move. Unfortunately, these types of things happen. In about 2 months we will resume our shows and we should start a tour throughout Brazil to promote HATE METAL. As far as a dream tour, that’s a tough question, but it would be amazing to have tour featuring Scourge, Sarcófago, Vulcano, and Bathory. If something like that happened I would actually stop playing (laughs). Oh, touring with Hellhammer would be awesome!

11.Do you  or any of the members  of  Scourge   play in  other bands or solo  projects? If yes please tell  the  readers about them?

Our drummer plays in another band called Pilgrim. We’ve even played a gig together in the city of Araxa! It was brutal!

12.Juarez  you  handle  the  Bass for  the band  when did you  start  playing  the  bass?Are you self taght  or did you take lessons when  first  starting out? 

I started playing in the early 80s after I heard the Aces High maxi single from Iron Maiden. I became a fan of Steve Harris. But I really have never taken bass lessons. I just looked at people playing and tried to imitate them (laughs). Later I learned some musical notes. Only after listening to Death I started getting more in-depth in studying bass. I wanted to make a brutal sound with blast beats, but with the melody that exists in Death. Now with the Internet it’s much easier to study!

13.Who are some of your  influences/favorite  bass players? Do you  play any  other  instruments?

My biggest influences are Steve Harris, Lemmy, and Jaco Pastorius. I play guitar as well. Actually, I create all of Scourge’s tracks on guitar.

14.In your  opinion  what is the  best  thing  and  the worst  thing  about  the  underground scene ?And what does  the  term Metal Underground  mean to you?

The best thing about the underground is the friendships that we made. Friends in Metal are forever. The worst of the underground has to be the envy that some people feel when they see a fellow band growing with their own effort. Underground Metal is a style of music with littler mainstream support. It’s a type of music made to oppress and shock the society that has always oppressed us. 

15.Well  Juarez  we have  reached  the  end  of the  interview  is there anything  else you would  like to add before we stop  the  interview?

Scourge and I would like to thank you for this interview. Unity makes us stronger. Winners never quit and quitters never win. I’ll see you on the Hate Metal Tour. Metal Rules. 

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Interview With the Great label Paragon Records done by Patrick

Here is  a Interview  with Mike  and his great label  Paragon  Records.  If you  enjoy Metal[Black,Death,Thrash and all the  sub genres you should check out his web-site today}

Interview  with Mike Z. owner of   Paragon Rec and Hel's Trash   done  by Patrick

1.Metal hails  Mike  how is the world treating you?  When did you  first discover metal  

1 Hey brother i am doing ok. Hating everything as always but not doing bad heh heh. I discovered metal when i was kid in middle school and when i discovered King Diamond on Head Bangers Ball watching the Family Ghost video it was all downhill and time to invert the crosses for life after that heh heh!!! Though i was already heading that way before i discovered metal that's for sure. However up to that point i never knew music could have such strong appearance and musicianship like that!!! 

2.Who were some of the early bands that caught your  attention? Who are some of the newer bands  that have gotten your attention?

2 Well King Diamond as i mentioned before , Mercyful Fate, Metallica, Megadeth, etc... however it really was King Diamond/Mercyful Fate that got in my blood. That was really all i listened to for a few years with only listening to a few other bands albums and songs here and there and then i got really into the 80's early 90's death metal scene Death, Deicide, Obituary, Morbid Angel, Carcass, Bolt Thrower, Entombed, Cannibal Corpse, Pestilence, Dismemeber, Tiamat, Asphyx, Cemetary, Malevolent Creation, Broken Hope, Baphomet, Grave, Unleashed, Sinister, Morgoth, Gorguts, Suffocation etc... and from there it just got worse heh heh. There are always bands both new an also old who i have just heard or maybe have just gotten more into and of course just spinning the bands i have enjoyed for years. Always got metal spinning so i am going to just list some from both the old and new that i have been listening to as of late. Hope that is ok. Here goes...  Blodsrit, October 31, Nocturnal Breed, Mondstille, Gloria Morti, In Slumber, Old Dark Angel, Slaughter, Sinister, Bestiar, Underdark [POLAND], Dig Me No Grave, Trojan [R.I.P.], Order Of Tepes, Fantom Warrior, Satan, Obliteration, Penetagram Chile, Goat Penis, Gorefest [R.I.P.], Incubus[UNITED KINGDOM R.I.P.], Code, Desolator[USA], Kampfar,, Enthroned, Legion Of The Damned, Sodamned, Hokedun, Carcass, Heathen, Incantation, Fleshcrawl, Nosvrolk, Agrypnie, Christicide, Agent Steel, Excel, Judas Iscariot, Cannibal Corpse, Dark Celebration, Iconoclasm, Mercyless, Artificial Brain, Root, Bloodshed Walhalla, Aura Negativ, Morbid Sin, Hell, Mongrel's Cross, Crashdiet, Stormlord, Below, Murder Rape, Darkflight, Embalmer, Elffor, Judas Priest, Vultyr, King Diamond [OF COURSE], Lake Of Tears, Manowar, Bullet, Sadus, Candelmass, Bolt Thrower, Malevolent Creation, Immortal, Demolition Hammer, Gwar, Dominus Morti, Gramary, Ierichon, Frost[HUNGARY,] Equinox, Devastation [Texas R.I.P.], Marduk, My Silent Wake, Portrait, Tiamat, Swallow The Sun, Wildfire [R.I.P.], Witchkiller,  etc...  Also some now mental stuff would be Love Spirals Downward "Ever" CD  and Neverland "The Night Shadows" CD. And of course my label release are always spinning at some point!!! That is why i signed them in the first place.

3.When did you get the idea to start up Paragon Records?  How did you come up with the name of the label?

3 This was my old partner Jim Mroz idea. The idea came from us putting out our first cd ourselves. Jim came up with the name of the label and i have no idea where it came from. Possible horror influenced as Jim is a big fan of this genre.

4.Paragon had some great releases in 2013 from Storm Breeder,Fornace and Elderblood just to name a  few.can you please tell the readers  about these and any other  releases you have available? 

4 Thanx for the nice words i agree completely. Here is info on all our 2013 releases. Starting from the last and leading down to our first release of 2013.

Fornace [Italy[ - Pregnant is the Night CD Traditional Black/Death Metal with a touch of 80's metal influences, also inspired by old Rotting Christ, Varathron, Denial Of God, and Mystifier!!! A band that has had several line-up changes over the years and has been honing it's craft since 2000! This a masterful piece of vicious Black/Death with killer atmosphere and some really nice bass work as well which adds to the overall spirit of the album .. This band is truly devoted to the root of Black/Death Metal. 


Elderblood [Ukraine] - Son Of The Morning CD. Symphonic Black Metal. Majestic and truly unique Black Metal band from the Ukraine. Think of mid Emperor and mid Dimmu Borgir however with a classic approach and much more organic sounding. Their are hints that the band is from the Ukraine however they have their own sound and feel and offer up a truly masterful dose of heavy melodic black metal with excellent keyboards to add that extra touch that will lead you to the outer realms. Features former members of Nokturnal Mortumn. ALMOST SOLD OUT!!!

Root [Czech Republic] - Kargeras CD. Epic Dark Metal. Truly one of the most innovative bands to ever exist in the underground metal scene and in the metal genre as well!!!!!  This also has to be one of their most diverse works to date with a unique feel that only Root can deliver! This is extremely hard to find in it's original format and a proper re-release for this is well overdue.  If ever a band and a release truly deserved the word "CULT". This is it!!! FEATURES 11 MINUTES OF BONUS MATERIAL!!! NOT FOR TRENDIES AND NOTHING MORE NEEDS TO BE SAID!!!!!!

Permanent Midnight [USA] - Under The Blood Moon CD.  Black/Death metal done in truly a unique way. It has the traditional black and death voice however done with real sincerity and very extreme. This also manages to blend both styles in a way not often heard. You will hear influences raging from Early Cradle Of Filth , American Death Metal, Swedish death metal guitar tone and riffing, and a touch of Doom/Death Metal. The songs are simple, well crafted, and played with great intensity!!! BANG YOUR FUCKING HEAD, SOAK UP THE KEYBOARD MOMENTS, AND GET IN THE PIT!!! Raw, and in your face!!!! The best comparison i can make is early Thou Shalt Suffer as both bands are dark as hell, HOWEVER THIS RELEASE CLEARLY STANDS ON ITS OWN! Features a member of Funeral Dust. ALMOST UNDER 100 COPIES LEFT!!!


Storm Breeder [Australia] - The Knave CD Speed/Thrash/Heavy Metal. Truly a unique blend of these styles that features everything from blast beasts to female vocals with a very unique lead male vocal. You will hear influences from Death, old Metallica, Dawnbringer, Arghoslent, and even 90's Black Metal.  MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT THOUGH THIS IS PURE METAL!!!! Some say the band reminds them of Sabbat from the UK!!!!  FEATURES A FORMER MEMBER OF MOURNFUL CONGREGATION.  ALMOST UNDER 100 COPIES LEFT!!!


Kozeljnik [Serbia] Null: The Acheron Of Mutiform Negation MCD WHICH INCLUDES 2 BONUS TRACKS FROM 2007 EP "WRECKED IN RUINS OF SOLITUDE"Once again Kozeljnik delivers some of the bleakest black metal to express just how void and shallow are existence truly isThis is a natural progression from "Deeper The Fall" and also retains the bands trademark style.Features Niklas Kvarforth of Shining as guest. This release is over 35 minutes long so i trade it as a cd since it can be sold for the price of one. ALMOST SOLD OUT!!!!

5.What do you have in store for the Paragon Rec. fans and supporters in 2014 any upcoming releases to tell the readers about? 

5 Here is the info starting from our latest to our first at the bottom so far for 2014 and there should be more surprises coming from Paragon Records coming in 2014!!!

Grey Skies Fallen [USA] - The Many Sides Of Truth CD. Melodic Doom/Death Metal with Progressive Elements. Originally known as Eve Of Mourning in 1996 and quickly changing their name to Grey Skies Fallen in 1997. This is another band that has been dwelling in the deepest catacombs of the underground honing their craft. With already 2 demos, 1 single, 2 eps, & 3 albums under their belt Grey Skies Fallen deliver a truly thought provoking and masterful piece of work that has a primal and organic feel!!! The band is influenced by such metal acts as Opeth, Katatonia, My Dying Bride, & Anathema,... however truly have a sound and approach that is all their own with many non-metal influences. I personally feel anybody who enjoys almost any form of metal or listens to music with an open mind will find this album not only enjoyable but thought provoking and truly challenging to the listener. Most impressive!!!!! WELCOME TO THE MANY SIDES OF TRUTH!  Features members of Buckshot Facelift!!!! OUT MAY 6TH!!!!! SO IT SHOULD BE OUT BY THE TIME PEOPLE ARE READING THIS.


Heretical [Italy] - "Daemonarchrist "Daemon Est Devs Inversvs" CD. Originally known as Immolator and after 3 demos changing their name to Heretical they have been lurking and refining their dark craft since 1993!!! This being the bands third full length  once again shows how the old mixed with the new can be such a brutal and destructive combination. This also is another prime example of how symphonic black metal can be creative and yet devastating!! You will hear hints of mid era Marduk in some of the riffing however other then that the band has an approach though not overly original is all their own as they incorporate their own dose of occult sounds and ambiance that will bring to mind other Italian greats as Evol [R.I.P.], Mortuary Drape, Necromass, Opera IX etc....  . They even incorporate the old school gang Thrash vocals, some nice lead guitar work, as well as Death Metal Influences!!! There is some violin and piano on a couple of tracks to add to the overall atmosphere to.  A band that has resided for far to long in the deepest pits of the underground and mostly unknown until now will leave it's mark with this Epic Modern Black Metal masterpiece!!!! THE SECOND COMING OF DARKNESS IS HERE!!!!

Panychida [Czech Republic] - Grief For An Idol CD. With already 2 demos,, 2 dvds, 1 ep, and 2 albums released the band has struck with their most professional and most complex work!!! The album features bagpipes, choirs, clean vocals, and even a guest appearance from Vganor [of HELHEIM/TAAKE]!!! With mixtures of raw melodic death metal to black n' roll all on one album this is the bands strongest and most focused song writing to date along with their most powerful production to really make the material hit hard...!!!! Panychida easily stakes their claim for their own brand of Pagan/Black Metal!!! NOT TO BE MISSED!!!! This is a split release with Werewolf Productions & Cursed Records. 

6.Are you currently looking to add any new bands to the Paragon family? What are some things  you look for when signing and releasing a band?

6 Always but only as i am able to. Our funds are limited. We have to like the music first and foremost. The band has to be professional, a good attitude, and we can stand behind what they are doing. Also almost all of them have to agree to a simple but honest underground deal.

7.Mike you have been running Paragon Rec for many years now what keeps you motiviated for keeping the label going for so long?

7 It's just something i want to do. I always wanted to be a part of doing a label and also a band back when i was just ordering releases for myself so i could make my mark in the scene. And i got what i wanted. It also remains home for my band Dimentianon. I am just driven to do it. And no matter how crazy or not in the mood i am to do the work sometimes there is always something that draws me back almost daily. It's beyond me and not something i am in control of that's for sure. Rather be involved in life then just watching it pass me by.

8.What do you feel makes a successful label? Do you have any advice for someone who might be thinking about starting a label?

8 I really do not know the answer to this as Paragon Records is not what i would call a successful label. PARAGON RECORDS SURVIVES!  Big difference. My advice is if you are coming here to make money then you have come to the wrong place. However if you are coming here for the passion of doing this and really live for metal then do your label your way and put out the bands you want [not what is trendy] and also do not put out to many releases a year. This has been a problem with the scene for years and continues to be a problem with why the scene gets saturated with so many bands that all sound the same or are not really that good.

9.What is your opinion on digital releases and downloads etc. are any of the Paragon releases on any download sites?

9 It's a new age we are in and i do sell our releases digitally through metal hits. It's of no personal interest of mine though however i do what i can to keep up with the times.

10.Each band on the Paragon roster is metal but with their own unique style and sound.So I was wondering would you consider yourself an open-minded towards metal and music in general?

10 Thank you for the nice words and for noticing that i could not agree more. I consider myself a very open minded person regarding metal and music in general. And our bands being very different to one another even if they are in the same genre is no accident. We are very picky with what we will sign and we want our bands to be different to one another. This is somersetting we are proud of.  It keeps it fresh and interesting.

11.Coming back to the subject of  labels  you opened a sub-label Hel's Trash when did you decide to open a second label?

11 This was not my decision but my good friend Brian Varney of Graeskul/Weird And Pissed Off. He really wanted to do a tape label and asked me if it's ok if we made it a part of Paragon Records and i thought it was a great idea.Tapes are Brian and my personal favorite format. The label will also branch out to other things in the future.

12.How did you come up with the name for this sub-label? What have you released so far? Are their any new  Releases coming soon?

12 Brian came up with the name so you would have to ask him. He has informed me it is quite complicated  how he came up with it though. These are the releases thus far.

Their are 3 more tape releases planned for the future. Thy are as follows -

Sacrificial Blood - Dual Cassette Title to be announced.
Funeral Dust - Dual Cassette Title to be announced. Features a member of Permanent Midnight.
Aldaaron - Supreme Silence

However for right now the label is on hold.

13.When not working on label business  what do you enjoy doing in your free time?

13 Sex, sleep, half hour comedy shows [I am a junkie] detective shows [real not acted], cartoons, Simpsons, Star Wars,  hanging with my girl, my friends, family, being alone most of the time.

14.Well  Mike thank you for taking the time to do this interview with me.do you have any final words for the readers and supporters of Paragon and Hel's trash ?

14 Thanx for all the support you have shown me over the years brother i greatly appreciate it!!! Good luck with your web zine. Anybody looking to get in touch please do not hesitate i answer all my mail whether it be snail mail or email. All my contact info is below.Thanx to everyone for any support they have shown Paragon Records, Dimentianon, and Sectioned. Remember to keep metal sick and never loose heart!!!

PO BOX 879
11953 USA
email - cultm@msn.com