Monday, December 28, 2015

Interview with Hordes Of The Apocalypse done by Patrick on 12-28-15

Here   is  a   new  interview  with the  Swedish  two  man band  Hordes  Of  The  Apocalypse  talking  about their  upcoming  debut  and  more.Anyone  who  is  interested  should  get  in  touch  with the  band  today.

Interview   with   Hordes  Of   The  Apocalypse   done  by    Patrick

1.Hello  Thomas and  Greigh   how  are  things  going  with  you  these  days? Please   introduce  yourselfs  to  the  readers?


I’m doing fine thank you. Pretty stressful on the work front, but I’m fine with that.My name is Greigh Johanson, a musician and cineast who also owns and works with Goregasmic Magazine together with my friend Tim Nordstedt. That’s an magazine, and blog written in english, where we reviewing independent/underground film and music, worldwide.


The metal world entered very early in my life. I was about 13 when I did my first death metal demo. I’m soon 33 so lot of things has happened since then. I was about 20 when I did my first demo with Damnation Army, which I later, after some demos being released in the underground, got signed to Dutch label Mascot Records and got two albums made and distributed worldwide. I have also had countless of releases with different projects, early on, put out through underground labels from many corners of the world. I also ran (around 2004) an extreme metal underground label myself for a couple of years. The last years I have been producing music for american documentaries and various music for some horror movies and DVD extra material content etc. I also run, since a year now, a community called METAL KALMAR that has about 170 members. It’s a gathering spot for the very local scene where I live. Combined with that I also help out a local metal club called to film and edit interviews with the bands that play.  

2.When   did  you  two   first  meet?  Was   it  long  before  you  got  the  idea  to  start  a  band? How  did  you  two  come  up  with the  name  Hordes  Of   The  Apocalypse   for the band?


I discovered one of Thomas music projects on YouTube three years ago and became very fascinated . I was also interested in his anonymity and tried to ferret out who the person behind the project was and I therefore chose to send him a message . It was via this route , this led to an acquaintance who would later formed into friendship. I've done an interview and an article with Thomas earlier , and I met him for the first time in Gothenburg for half a year ago, together with artist Richard Molander, who among others has made the art cover of our upcoming debut album.

The band name was kind of simple I think, although I got some help from artist Tim Nordstedt, the person who was also responsible for drawing our logotype. I wanted it as simple as possible, so we fixed it in one minute or so. It came to life when we wrote our second track, which title also is Hordes of the Apocalypse. I wrote the lyrics with inspiration from Umberto Lenzi’s cult film “Nightmare City” and combined it with my own fantasies about an Apocalypse and a Zombie breakout. 

3.Would  you  guys  like  to  add  more  members  to  have  a  full  line up  or  do you   prefer to  work  as  a  two  piece band?


I don’t know if this project is meant for more people. As it seems now, it requires a huge mental activity and some juggling, which can easily be split if more offers on it. Me and Thomas has an identical approach in two different levels that make it float on in a way I never thought was possible. Thomas is the instrument and I'm the brain, so to speak.But I can’t speak for both of us. Thomas might have a different view of it?


As for now I write the main bulk of the music while Greigh covers the lyrics and concepts. The interesting part to the song writing though is that nothing I write would have sounded the way it does without the inputs from Greigh. As adding other people it is not very likely. We have a very hard work regime that few probably would be able to keep up with and stay sane.  

4.Hordes  Of   The  Apocalypse   is  getting  ready to  release  their  self-titled  debut  how   long  did  it  take  to  write  the  music  for  this  release? For  the  readers  who  haven't  had  the  chance  to  hear  your  music  how would  you  best  describe    Hordes  Of   The  Apocalypse   style?


It actually have a title, it goes under “Now they’re everywhere! There is no Escape”, that title appears as a quote from "City of the Walking Dead " which is an alternative title items of Umberto Lenzi 's “Nightmare City”. Anyway, we wrote everything, recorded and produced it in a time of two weeks. When I scroll through my documents I can see that we began the first track in Dec 3th, and the very last piece was finished in Dec 18th.

Hordes of the Apocalypse is a mix between every genre we like. It has a catchy D-beat touch with influences of Crust, Hardcore, Thrash Metal, Death Metal and Black Metal, you can also hear some Progressive stuff in it, and some references from movie soundtracks as well.


I get a kick out of the ”no fear” approach we have when we get busy. This anarchistic way to go about is very satisfying. We are not holding back anything.   

5.When  will   the  debut  be  ready  for  the  fans  and  listeners  to  download  the  release?  Where  can  the fans  get  it   from?


It will be out on Spotify, iTunes, Amazon, and about 30 other streaming services just in time for new years eve. There will be no trouble to hear it for anyone. After, we will have later on a physical release but that is still under discussion. 

6.I believe   Hordes  Of   The  Apocalypse    just   made  a  video  for  the  song  Seventh Avenue.How  long  did  it  take  you  guys  to   make  this  video?

Greigh: When I wrote lyrics I can imagine a picture or a video in front of me. So when I work with a track I do also have a video stuck in mind. It took me between 45-60 minutes to come up with the video for Seventh Avenue. I borrowed sequences from some of my favorite movies; giallo-classics and Srdjan Spasojevic’s “A Serbian Film”. The whole idea was to create something you’ve never seen in Giallo-terms before; Necrophilia

7.Thomas  I  believe  you  started  out  in  the  underground  scene  with your  band  Damnation  Army   how  long  was  this  band  active? Is their  any  releases  or  merchandise  still available  for the  readers?


My last album was out 2009 I think and since then I have been rather quite. I would say it is still active in it’s absence, ironically, but I never laid if off. But at the same time I can’t promise another release, even if I have had one in mind throughout all these years passed.   

8.Thomas   I  know  you  dropped  out  of the  metal  underground  for  a few  years.What  made  you  decide to  get  out  of the  scene  for those  years?When  did you  decide to  return ?


I got in a long running relationship with a girl, who also had a child, so many personal interests of mine fell off, kind off, because of many hardships with things that needed to be solved. It’s a long story and a more or less a fog now. But my relationship ended a year ago so as soon as it did I went back like I had it before. I continued just where I left off. My single life before was only around training, music and movies. Today it is back to that, just like I want it. No complaints, no regrets. I have to say that I owe some credit to my good friend Filip from the band Rave the Reqviem. I did a remix for a song of his called ”The Ascension”. It really sparked my metal interest again. To get back doing something official again .  

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


I really have to find out again Patrick! My absence has left me clueless about todays scene. Hopefully it is the same as 15 years ago but I highly doubt that! Underground to me hints the fact that there is a more free approach to the music and how it is distributed. A sense of true passion for the music and less concern about ”making it”.

I don’t know if I find anything negative with the underground scene, not more than 90% of the music is unlistenable and consists of comprehensive shit. But this has probably always been so, I suppose? The most positive thing is that the music has become more understood and got the possibility to standing at the center. It’s not as elitist and extreme as, let me say, in the 80's and 90's.   I think the Underground scene has a greater importance nowadays. Now you can even make money on that crap.  And oh, don’t misunderstand me, I like underground, but I have not really understood the concept; Is it more or less unique than anything else?  

10.Besides  the  band  I  believe you two  are  big  movie  fans. What  are  some  of your  all-time favorite movies?  Are their  any  new  movies  you  feel  the  readers  should  check  out  soon?

Greigh: This is a question I get all the time. I'm pretty tired of it , so I say as usual : It's enormously difficult to express myself about some films. I like to constantly discover new films , even if the old Italian giallos and zombie / cannibal flicks is what I grew up with. 


I have a very broad interested in movies but I do tend to focus on horror and exploitation films. Directors like Lucio Fulci, Dario Argento, Mario Bava, Jean Rollin are some of my favorites. The films that got me hooked were Zombie 2, The Beyond, Suspiria, Lisa and the Devil, Demons, Texas Chainsaw Massacre… These are very obvious films but if you want me to go deeper we will have to spend the entire interview speaking about this because it will never end. 

11.In  your  opinion's   what  makes  a  good  movie?Who  are  some  of your  favorite  actors  and  actresses?


It’s all about a good plot, with an able and clever director and some cool layout and special-effects, of course with traditional and handmade effects. I also like psychological twists where the brain must be involved and thinking, drama-stuff is my thing. No brain-dead Hollywood nonsense, even if I can appreciate that sometimes when I am on a low standard level. But among the twists I talked about, it may well also contain vomit, faeces, urination, necromancy, pedophilia and all that obscure imaginable. I'm bad at following specific actors and actresses , so I leave that question to Thomas .


For me its all about vibes and something that speaks to me. Something I can relate to or just some atmosphere that totally enthralls me. I seldom care about the story, I go for the feeling I get. To be hooked on certain scenes or to just emerge in a movies world. It can be a very personal experience. One less obvious film I can mention that really gets me like that is Fade to Black. For me it doesn't become a movie, it become something more than that. It comes to life. Now that’s interesting.  

12. Hordes  Of   The  Apocalypse   comes  out  of the   Swedish  metal  scene.What  is  your  opinion  of  the  Swedish  metal  scene?


Believe it or not but I almost don’t listen to music. It has been like that for the last 10 years or so. I don’t follow what happens so I can’t say. So as for the scene I can only speak for how it was back then.


It's like a bag of mixed candy. You can always find something that is sour, sweet, salty or bitter, no matter who mixes it. It works that way, even with music in general. There are breadcrumbs and then there are fermented herring. I like when tones are swinging, those tones that press against the chest. The new wave of Swedish Death Metal is sovereign; bands in style with Entrails, Torture Division, Blood Mortized etc . But if there’s something I would tread down the foot for, it’s Metalcore and Eurovision Metal. I have never understood that type of genre at all.  

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

Greigh: I would like to say; Tribulation, Repugnant, Birdflesh, Nifelheim, Mordant, Entrails, Morbid Insulter, The Third Eye Rapists, Zobibor and some hundreds more. I’ve to many favorites from the Swedish scene.

But one new band I would tips you about would be Total Inferno. Recently they released their debut album ”The Return of Evil Chaos” via Pure Metal Records, it’s just as catchy as our debut.


I grew up with the mid 90’s black death metal scene in Sweden so that’s what still sticks in my mind. As for new bands I can’t say.  

14.When   not   working  on  the  band's  music  what  do  you  guys  enjoy   doing  in your  free  time?


Training, especially calisthenics and running is a big part of my everyday life. Playing, composing music. Investing time in movies, not just as entertainment but to learn and dig deeper in that wide realm. Doesn’t have to be more complicated than that. I do love to have my movie night routines with friends too.


Is there time for that? When? Haha, nah that was silly of me. But sometimes it feels that way , in that I have a full time job at the side of the magazine and the band. I also have a family to hang out with, a fiancee and a son. It's basically my only recreation. And watch movies, listen to music and play games of course. But in general I'm not a person who likes to socialize with people.  

15.Thank  you  Thomas and  Greigh   for   taking  the  time  to  fill  this   interview   out.Good  luck  with  the band  do  you  all  have   any  final  words  for  the  readers?


Thank you, Patrick, for taking the time! Please check out our album and emerge yourself in its chaos.


One does not want to reveal too much about the future, but we have been talking about recording a split EP together with Total Inferno. The guys seem to be interested, so we'll see what happens.Thank you for the interview, hope you will be happy with the end result of what one can throw away in two weeks of creative boredom. Nah, It wasn’t that horrible - quite the contrary, because I love our energy in Hordes of the Apocalypse. I like to work with Thomas, It’s a life of inspiration for me. Thanks.

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Interview with Texas Trench Warfare done by Patrick on 12-28-15

Here  is  a   new  interview   with  the  Texas  blackend death  band   Trench Warfare   talking  about their  debut  demo  and  their  upcoming  releases  and  the   Texas  scene.

Interview   with   Trench Warfare   done  by  Patrick

1.Hails  how  are  things  going  for  you  and the  band?When  did  you first  meet  the  other  members  of the  band?Where did  you  all  get  the   idea  for  the  name  for  the  band?

Jay:  Cheers and hails! Life is well, and the band is marching ahead with violent intent! I’ve known our bassist, Kelly Bogues (aka Bogus), for more than 10 years, and he introduced me to Tony about 5 years ago. Bogus and I had discussed working together for years, but nothing came together since we were always busy with life and our own projects. Tony and I had discussed Trench Warfare for quite some time, and we finally got together at the beginning of 2015 and got the ball rolling. We wanted a band and band name that seemed unique to us, and one that fit the war metal style we were in the process of creating.

Tony: Hails to you Patrick. Jay pretty much summed everything up. Trench Warfare initially was a solo project of mine under the name Plague Swarm. Upon Bogus introducing me and Jay we discovered similar taste in metal and sought to create a violent barrage of music thus Plague Swarm became Trench Warfare.

2.What   is  the  current  line  up  of    Trench Warfare? For  the  readers  who  have  not  heard   Trench Warfare's  music  how  would  you  best  describe  it?

Tony: The current line up for Trench Warfare is: Jay on vocals, Bogues on Bass, myself on guitars, and we recently acquired Lee Fisher for drums. As for our a description of our music the typical metal adjectives applies, fast, evil, loud. I find it easier to describe our music in terms of style in influences. We have a vast array of influences stemming from older Florida Death Metal legends, Deicide, Morbid Angel, and onto the bestial black metal bands such as Conqueror, Blasphemy, Proclamation, etc.

Jay: Tony writes the songs and is our guitarist, and Bogus had a brief hiatus from the band during our first split, but he recorded on our demo. Tony wrote the drum machine parts for both our demo and our debut split, and he played bass on that split. Our next batch of songs will include the drumming of Lee Fisher, an incredible drummer who has played with Commit Suicide, Psyopus and with Dan Lilker in Overlord Exterminator. He is also working with Erik Burke who has played with Napalm Death, Brutal Truth and Nuclear Assault.

3.Trench Warfare    has  released  their  debut  demo  "Perversion Warfare"  how  long  did  it  take  the band  to  write  and  record  the  music  on  this  release?Does  the  whole  band  work  on  writing  the  music  or  does  one   member   usually  write  everything?

Jay: The writing and recording for our demo was a relatively quick process. We hit it hard and dedicated ourselves to the process, and we are pleased with the outcome. Like I said, Tony is the primary song writer, and he has crafted our material to this point. Our band, in a sense, was the evolution of his one-man project Plague Swarm. I am in the process of writing the lyrics for our next batch of songs

4.Does  the band  have  any  copies  of the demo  left  for  sale?If  yes  where  can  the  readers  buy  it  from?Besides  the  debut  demo  does  the  band  have  any  other  merchandise  available  for  the  fans?
Jay: Yes. Copies of our demo are available for purchase via our band camp page:, at which location a digital version of the demo is also available. We also have shirts that will be available in a matter of weeks if not days. 

5.Has  the  band   started  writing  new  music and  songs  for the  next  demo  or  possibly  a  full-length? If  yes   any  idea  when  new  music  might  be  available  from    Trench Warfare ?

Tony: We just completed recording three new tracks for an upcoming split lp " Of Vultures and Vermin" alongside Sturmtiger, Formulus, and Lugubrious Descent. The guy arranging the split, George Stewart of Abysmal, (Florida) is putting together the split. The other bands are completing their recording sessions so more than likely the lp will see a spring early summer release.

Jay: The split we have finished is entitled “Of Vultures and Vermin,” an upcoming 4-way split including Sturmtiger (UK), Formulus (Alabama) and Lugubrious Descent (Florida) that will be released via Surrealistic Fatality Releases. Our material for this split consists of three songs, as well as an intro and an outro. There is no set release date, but it will be in the early part of 2016. We have already begun writing new songs that will blow everything we’ve done to this point out of the water. We don’t have any immediate plans for a full-length, but yes, that’s what we are working toward.

6.Does   Trench Warfare   get  to   play  very  many  "Live"  shows  or  do you   all  prefer  to  work  in  the  studio?What   have  been  some  of your   most  memorable shows  so  far?

Tony: We have not played in live shows as of yet. Main reason being a lack of suitable drummers, thus the use of a drum machine for our demo and upcoming split. I've known bands to use drum machines when playing live but as for us we would rather have a human, (inhuman monster drummer haha) drummer for a more natural feel.

Jay: We have been a recording band up to this point, but yes, we will be performing live in due time.
7.Are  their  any  shows  or  small tours  planned  for  2016  if  yes  where  are  some  places  the  band  will  be   playing?

Tony: We have plenty of plans for 2016 to include another split album.

Jay: We will announce shows and mini tours when the time is right.
8.What  does  Underground  Metal   mean  to you ?

Tony: Underground Metal is the very antithesis of all that is trendy and acceptable. There is more creative control in the underground that of which you will not hear above the surface. Speaking for myself ive always found bands to be the best during their demo days. The other day I was listening to Amputation (pre immortal) and their two demos totally blew later day immortal releases out of the water imo.

Underground Metal is a community of die hards that live, breath, shit, and then again eat Metal.

 Jay: Underground metal is a way of life. It’s about walking your own path and being a strong individual. And on a strictly musical level, it’s the best soundtrack I can think of for both the good and bad times in life.

9. Trench Warfare    comes  out  of the  Texas  death/black  metal  scene.What  is your  opinion  of  the  Texas  metal  scene?

Jay: The Texas metal scene seems to be in good health, as is the case with the Texas death/black metal scene, more specifically. We are proud to be a war metal band from the great state of Texas.

Tony: Texas has always had its fair share of great bands past, and present such as the almighty Necrovore, Thornspawn, Nyogthaeblisz, Obesiance, Satanik Goat Ritual

10.Who   are  your  all-time  favorite  Texas  bands? Are  their  any  new  bands  you  feel  the  readers  should  watch  out   for?Jay: Texas has had, past and present, many great metal and crossover bands including Pantera, Solitude Aeturnus, Rigor Mortis, Kill the Client, PLF, Destroyer of Light, Watchtower, The Dead See, Pumpjack, D.R.I.. Dead Horse, Devourment, A.N.S. and Verbal Abuse.
If we focus the lens more upon death and black metal, there are, and have been, many fantastic bands like Absu, Averse Sefira, Necrovore, Imprecation, Obeisance, Satanik Goat Ritual and Plutonian Shore. There’s a new band called Condemner that has really caught my attention.

Tony: The same bands mentioned in the last question
11.Besides    Trench Warfare   are  any  of  the  members  currently  working  with  other  bands? If  yes  can  you  please  tell the  readers  about  them?

Tony: Trench Warfare has been a vision of mine every since I picked up a guitar back when I was 15, over 20 years ago. Yes im an old fart. I've played drums in a couple of punk bands that have long passed, but Trench Warfare has been my only band as of present times. Our bass player Bogues plays in an industrial black metal act, Zogthorgven.

Jay: I’m in a band called Kanye East. In spite of the silly name, it ranges from grind-influenced music to doom. The band name was chosen partly to make fun of the “brutal” named local bands that were lame. Bogus is in a band called Zogthorgven right now. I’d also like to make mention of the ambient/electronic project Static of Masses that is driven by H.H. Holmes, Trench Warfare’s friend and producer.

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

Tony: Thank you again for the interview Patrick and your interest in Trench Warfare and thanks to everyone else, in advance for checking out Trench Warfare Hails and Cheers!

Jay: Please check out our Facebook page to keep up with all things Trench Warfare: There will be new music, splits, merch and madness in the new year. We are here to create violent music, and we will do so until our last breath.

Few new reviews done on 12-28-15 done by Patrick

Here  is  the  last  batch  of  reviews  for  2015   hope  you  all  will  find  some  metal   to  your   liking?  And  be  sure  to  keep  checking  the  Primitive  Ways web-zine  as  I   have  a lot  of  new  reviews  and  interviews  planned  for  next  year.
Regards  and  have  a great  new  years 

Endless Recovery--Revel  In  Demise   cd  {Witches  Brew Rec.}
 Greece's  Endless Recovery   released  a  two  song  E.P  through  Witches Brew  in  2014.The  band  recently  just  released  their   second  full-length   cd  Revel  In  Demise   and  if you  enjoyed  the  7Inch  then  defintly   pick  the  new cd  up  today   featuring  ten  tracks   of  straight  forward   thrashing  violence.With crazed  and  fast  played  guitars  with  some  extremely  well played  guitar  parts  and  a few  solo's   mixed  in  the  songs.The  drumming  is   played  very  fast  with  a  few  mid paced  drum  patterns  mixed  in  and  some  very  well  played  drum  patterns  before  going  full  speed.If  you  are  a  fan  of   Endless Recovery  then  defintly    do yourself  a  favor  and  buy  this  today  and  if you   have  never  heard  the  bands  music  and you  are  a  fan  of  well  written  and  played   thrash  metal then  check  this  band  out  today.
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Istidraj--Muerte  Mundi  Militia   cassette   {Iron  Country Rec/NeverHeard  distro}
This   is  my  first  encounter  with  this  Singapore  black  metal  band  Istidraj with  their  fourth  full-length  to date.Istidraj  know  how to  write  and  execute  violent  black metal at  it's  finest.The  drumming  is  in  top  form  with  blasting  beats  that  go  full force  blast  beats  but  do  slow  to  a   more  controlled  mid paced  range.The  guitars  are  done  with  a  mix  of  high  speed  riffs  and  more  controlled  well  played  mid  paced  guitar  patterns.The  vocals  are   harsh  black  metal  screams  with  some  growls  mixed  in  a few   of the   songs.If  you  are  a  fan  of  vicious  blackend  death  metal  then  be  sure to  pick  a  copy  of this  release  today.
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Seraphic  Disgust--Altarcunt  cassette  {P-18  Records/Never  heard  distro}
California's  Seraphic  Disgust    have  unleashed  their  debut full length  containing  eight  songs  of  of  raw  and  vicious  black/death  metal  with  a lot  of  war  metal  influences.But  the   band  is  not  all  violence  as  their  are  a few  moments   of  somber  music  before  going  all out  with  the  violent  war  blackend death   metal.The  vocals  are a  good  mix  of  harsh  death  metal  growls  and  early  blackend  screams.If you  enjoy  raw,old-school  black/death  metal  then   defintly   pick  up  a  copy  of  this  release  today
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Saturday, December 12, 2015

Interview with Greece's Rapture done by Patrick on 12-12-15

Metal  Greetings 
Here  is  a  new  interview  with  Greece's  thrashing  maniacs   Rapture  if you  enjoy  thrash  then defintly  give  Rapture  and their   debut  cd   "Crimes  Against  Humanity" through  the  band  or  the  Rapture's  label  Witches  Brew.

Interview   with   Rapture   done  by  Patrick

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

Hails from Rapture too!! Let's see.. We all got into metal mainly in the age of 12-13 years old. We used to listen to classic/Progressive rock bands very earlier in our lives so there was the perfect infrastructure to get into metal! Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Black Sabbath and many more were the first bands we listened to.
Every one of us has his own personal favorites from every kind of metal. Just for the record..Demolition Hammer, Dissection, Dark Angel, D.R.I., Kreator and Heavy load are just some of our favorite bands which we listen to almost every day!

2.When  did  you  first  meet  the  other  members  of  the  band?How  did  you  all  decide  on  the  name  Rapture  for the  name  of the  band?

Apostolos is the oldest member of the band and the only one from the very first line-up! Apostolos met Stamatis many years ago but they never managed to form a band, so when Rapture were in need of a bassist Stamatis was the first to pop into Apostolos' mind! Me (George) met Apostolos 2-3 years ago and we hung out a lot and became very good friends. When Rapture needed a drummer I was the first to pop into Apostolos mind too!
Nikitas, my brother, got in the band mainly in the same way! He was not even asked to join! We just announced it to him! The name in some kind of tribute to one of the best death metal bands ever 'Morbid Angel' and was picked for band name by the first bassist of the band.

3.What   is  the  current  line up  of  Rapture?For  the  readers  who  have  never  heard  Rapture's   music  how  would  you  best  describe  it?

The current line-up is:
Apostolos Papadimitriou - Lead Vocals, Rhythm and Lead guitars
Giorgos Melios: Drums
Stamatis Petrou: Bass and Gang vocals
Nikitas Melios: Rhythm, Lead guitars and Gang vocals
For metalfans we would say that Rapture is a mix of Brutal thrash metal and traditional old-school death metal. Bands like Demolition Hammer, Sadus, Dark Angel, Autopsy, Baphomet, Num Skull, Chemical Breath and Rigor Mortis are our biggest influences and our music comes from and era of late 80's and early 90's.

4. Rapture   is  getting  ready  to  release  their  debut  cd  "Crimes Against Humanity"  through  the  great  label  of  Witches  Brew Rec. how  did the  band  come  in contact  with  this  great  label?

We got to Witches Brew through our goodfellas Endless Recovery. They released a 7" Ep through the label in June 2014 so we knew about it since then. When we got into the process of searching for a label, Witches Brew was of the fist to come into our minds. We send a message with a Live-rehearsal recording as an example of our work, the label liked it and we were accepted! Simple as that!

5.Does  the   whole  band  take  part  in  the  writing  process  or  does  one  member   usually  write  all the   music?

Our music is written mainly by Apostolos and Stamatis. We all contribute to the composition process, each one with his own way and his personal style and preference. The results is something that has the seal of the whole band.

6.What are  some  topics the  band  writes  about?

Given the fact that we play extreme metal, it goes without saying that our lyrics are something as extreme as our music. In the first album we wrote about murders, serial killers, Unit 731 (a huge crime against humanity), human experiments and psychopathy. Our inspiration mainly comes from horror movies, history, documentaries and the interest to search everything every atrocity and monstrosity. In the future we want to concentrate on the sector of psychopathology, but keep the gore and horror element too.

7.Besides  the  debut  cd   "Crimes Against Humanity"  does  the   band  have   any other  merchandise  available  for the  readers?If  yes   where can the  fans  buy your  merchandise?

Besides our cd we also have T-shirt featuring the artwork of crimes against humanity available for everyone who wants one! You can get a cd for 8 euro either from us or WITCHES BREW online store, but unfortunately you can get a T-shirt only from us in the price of 8 euro + Shipping cost.

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

Interesting question. We believe that the best thing about the underground scene is the huge range of bands to listen to. We are people we like to discover new bands every day and the underground has lots of talents that have not been discovered by a big label or a promoter yet. Latin America especially might have the best underground scene in the world counting thousands of ultra metal bands. The worst thing about underground is that a lot of bands use illegitimate ways to get fans, sell merch and book an appearance as a support act for a big metal band. We are totally against these bands because they use such ways to go high and apart from that, many greater bands which don't have the "way" continue to be minorities that remain to be in the bottom. Underground metal means everything to us and underground lives with a true and original audience of 80-100 people is enough to make us have a blast! We are just proud to be a part of it!

9.Besides   Rapture    are  any  of  the   members   currently   working  with  any  other  bands?

Apostolos has been a guitarist for our pals Endless Recovery for about a year now and he's is doing perfect! The other 3, we just concentrate on Rapture because our other obligations don't let us be in another band.

10.Rapture   comes   out  of  Greece's   metal  scene   what   is  your   opinion   of  the  metal  scene  in  Greece?

Greece has a great metal scene. There are great bands not only in Thrash metal but in other metal genres too. Unfortunately there are bands that kind of embarrass the scene. What we mean is that they care only for their views in the youtube and their likes on facebook. They don't give a fuck about underground lives at all and never appear at an underground concert. The sad thing with greek bands is their complexes and their poser-lifestyle. Of course we are talking about a minority of bands in Greece, because in general Greece does have a killer scene!

11.Who   are  your  all-time  favorite   bands  from  Greece?Are  their   any  new  bands  you  feel  the  readers  should  watch  out  for?

Ok you'd better keep notes 'cause there are LOTS of bands to check out! Let's see...
Overkast, Released Anger, Convixion, Death Courier, Ravencult, Dead Congregation, Sacral Rage, Necrochakal, Death Trap, Saboter, Mentally Defiled, No Flame Candle, Slaughtered Priest, Speedrush, Noise Disorder,
Chainsaw, Vomit Bitch, Raw Poison, Mallediction, Inveracity, Resurgency and many more...

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

Support the underground and metal above all..nothing more at all.

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New Reviews done on 12-12-15 done by Patrick

Thank  you  for  taking  the  time  to  read  this blog  of  reviews  and  if you  have time and  interest  be  sure to  check  out   some  of the  other  great  review blogs  and  interviews  that  are  posted.I  hope to  get some  more  stuff  posted  before the  end  of the  year  but  who  knows  but  be  sure to  keep  watching  Primitive  Ways  as  we  have  a lot  of  great  interviews  and  new reviews to  post.

Abyssus--Into The  Abyss  cd   {Memento  Mori}After  releasing several   split releases  and  E.P's    Greece's  old-school  maniacs  have  unleashed ther  debut  full-length through the   mighty  Memento  Mori.Combing  mid  to  fast  guitars with  some   excellent  guitar  patterns and a few solo's  mixed in.The  drumming  is  done  with  a lot  of  great  drum  patterns  and styles going from  fast beats  to  a more  mid paced range.The  vocals  are  done  with  a lot  of  powerful  and well done  death growls.If you  have  heard this  band  before  then  you   know what  to  expect  but  if you  are  new  to  Abyssus's  style  and you  enjoy  old-school  death  metal  then  do   not  let  this  release   pass you  by.
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Korgull The  Exterminator--Reborn From  The   Ashes  cd   {Van  Rec.}
Korgull The  Exterminator  comes  out   of  Spain's  blackend thrash  metal  scene.Combing  extremely  fast  thrashy  guitar  riffs  and  chaotic  drum  patterns.The  band  is  very  good  at  writing  and  executing  their  brand  of thrash  with  some  elements  of  early  black  metal  entertwined  in the structures.The  guitarist  stays  mainly  in the  extreme fast  but  do  slow  to  a  mid paced range  and  writes  some  memorable  parts.The  vocals  are  in the  vein  of  blackend  screams that f it  the bands  music  perfectly.If  you  are  a  thrash  fiend  who  likes the  early  black  metal  then  Korgull The  Exterminator  is  a   band  for  you.
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Rapture---Crimes  Against   Humanity  cd    {Witches  Brew  Rec.}
Over  the  last  few   years  their   has  been  a lot  of  great  thrash  bands  coming  out  of the scene  in  Greece.Rapture   is d efintly  a band you  can  add to  this  list  with their  thrash metal with  some  sing along  choruses  in  a few  of the songs.The  guitars  are  played  with  a lot  of  speed and aggressive parts but  the  guitarists  does slow  it  down  in  a few  songs  to  a  more  mid paced  range  with some  really  well  done  guitar  patterns and  even  some  solo's   mixed  in  some  of the  songs.The   vocalist  does  good  job  with  screaming/hollering  vocals  and  some  clean  vocal  patterns.if you  enjoy  thrash  metal  at  it's  best  then  defintly   pick a  copy  up  today.
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Sacrocurse--Destroying   Chapels  7inch  {Iron  Bonehead  Rec.}
Mexico's  Sacrocurse  return  with  a brand  new  7inch  featuring  four  songs  of  barbaric and  vicious  blackend death  metal.The  drums  are  played  at  extreme  speeds  that  do  slow  to  a   more  mid-paced  range  before  going  full force.The  guitars  are  played  at  fast speeds  with  some really  well done   guitar  patterns  and even  some  well  played  solo's  mixed  in the  song.The  vocals  are   great  death growls  with some  screams  entertwined  and  really  go  good  with  Sacrocurse's  barbaric and  violent  blackend death.If you  are  a fan  of  violent and  brutal  blackend  death  then  don't  pass  this  release  up.
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Them  Vultures--Weird  Tales  demo  {Self-released}
Coming  out  of  the  mighty  Swedish  death  metal scene is the  new  band  Them  Vultures with their  debut  demo  Weird  Tales.Featuring  five  songs  of  solid and  heavy  Swedish  death  metal.The  guitars   are  done  with  a lot  of  heavy  and  mid paced  range  but  the  guitarist  does  cut  loose  in a few songs  and  goes  all out  with  razor sharp fast  guitar  patterns.The drums  are a  mix  of  mid paced  drum  patterns that  does  speed up to  all out  assult  of the drum  kit.The  vocalist  does  a  god  job  of  old-school  death  growls  with  a few  screams  mixed  in  a few  of the  songs. 
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War  Atrocities--Necromantical  Legions Mcd  {Witches  Brew  Rec}
War Atrocities  have   unleased their  new  Mcd   Necromantical  Legions  through  Witches  Brew Records.Featuring  seven  songs  of  mid  eighties  blackend thrash  metal.Semi  fast   guitars that  are   played  with  a lot  of talent  and  great  riff  and  guitar  patterns.The  drumming  is  all over the  place  with  fast  drum  patterns that  do  slow  to  a  more  mid  paced  range  before  picking the  pace  up  and  going  all out  with fast  drum  patterns.This  is  a great  blackend thrash  band  and release  so  if you  are  a fan  of  this  style  then do yourself  a  favor  and  pick  up the  new  Mcd  from   War  Atrocities  and  Witches  Brew Rec.  today.
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Sunday, December 6, 2015

Interview with Venefixion done by Patrick on 12-6-15

Here   is  a   new   interview  with  Venefixion  who  recently released their  demo  tape  "Defixio"  through  the   mighty  Iron  Bonehead  Rec.If you  are  a fan  of  old-school death  with  hints  of  thrash  in  some  of the guitars  then  this  French  band  is  a  band  you  will  want  to  add to your  collection  very  soon

Interview  with    Venefixion   done  by   Patrick

1.Hails   when  did you  first  meet  the  other   members  of   Venefixion? Was it  long  before you  all started the band? What  does the  band name   Venefixion   mean?

 We met each other back in 2009 or 2010 for the first time with Kev, and it happened a little bit later with Wenceslas, probably around 2013 or so I would say.
It was kind of long, yes, before starting the band. Indeed, we were living in different emispheres, Kev was in Australia and I was living for about 3 years in Germany.
That was such a distance that made that we could not actually record anything, so instead, we were writing music and lyrics on our sides of the planet.
VENEFIXION is a mix of Venefice that is the fact of poisoning someone using witchcraft and of Defixion, which in French is linked to tablets on which hair or personal effects were used to
take revenge. This is like cursing somebody so as to in Voodoo if I may say, but with a completely other dimension and also because Voodoo must stay related to Haiti and the South of the US.
VENEFIXION is actually a bastard version of poisoning via witchery and taking revenge by cursing somebody.

2. What  is  the  bands  current  line-up ?For  the  readers  who  have   never   heard    Venefixion's   music  who  are some of the  bands  influences? 

 The current line-up consists of only K. Desecrator on bass, rythm guitar and drums, W. Cadaver in charge of the Lead Guitars, effects and solos and myself (F. Goathroat) doing vocals and writing lyrics.
Well, our influences in VENEFIXION can be displayed by mentioning the following bands: REPULSION, GROTESQUE, MASSACRE, MORBID ANGEL, DISMEMBER, AUTOPSY, REPUGNANT and EXCORIATE (in a lower degree though).

3.How  long  did  it  take the  band  to  write the  music  on  the  debut  demo  "Defixio? Does the  whole  band take  part  in  the  writing  process  or does  one  member   usually  take care  of everything?

 It took us about 2 years to write the music, changes were made during that time nevertheless. As previously said, K. Desecrator writes the music on his side and I write the lyrics, then we meet up and put all of this together.

4.  Venefixion   debut  demo  is  being  released and  distributed  through  Iron  Bonehead  Rec.  How  did  the  band  come  in  contact  with this  great  label?

 We actually got in touch with another label at first that does not have any French band on its roaster, but we did not make it for some reasons. Then, we directly contacted Patrick, who we knew will be the very best choice
to work with. It was our first choice (so as to the label we contacted first), we tried it and Patrick from IRON BONEHEAD said he was keen to release the demo instantly after hearing two songs we sent him. That was a fast and easy
deal. K. Desecrator knows him as he toured Europe as live musician for TRENCH HELL and ASSAULTER and I used to trade with him at some point with my label MESSE NOIRE PRODUCTIONS and all went well, so he knew who we were in a way too.

5.Who   usually  writes  the   lyrics  for  the  band?What  are  some  topics/subjects  you  all  write  about?

 I write the lyrics in VENEFIXION. I am facinated by Death in its many aspects. I am also interested in the different forms Evil can take and this, in all the many areas and eras this world knows. This being said, this can explain some
of our texts. The first track off the demo deals about the 'Secte Rouge' in Haiti that is some sort of an obscure Cult that does Black Masses, worships the Devil, is cannibalist, kills people, etc. The second track is only a text that
deals about the death of somebody that lays six feet under, it is only a morbid song dealing about what will happen to all of us. Defixio deals about revenge through a curse set upon someone that will never get rid of it. And the last one
is inspired by the Aghoris, also called babas in India. These guys have a very deep relation to Death and Evil. This is a very vast and interesting subject to deal with.

6.Besides  the brand  new demo   "Defixio"   does  the  band   have   any  other   merchandise  available  for  the  fans? If  yes  where can  they  buy it?

 Yes, IRON BONEHEAD also made a shirt with the design of the demo reworked by VISIONS IN RAGS and this turned out very well. This is actually the official shirt of the demo. It just got released on the very same day the demo came out.
People can order it on IRON BONEHEAD or directly from us, on our Bandcamp.

7.Does   Venefixion   ever  play  live  shows  or  do  you  prefer to  work  in the  studio?

 We never played live yet. We will play live shows but at the moment we concentrate on new material to come on IBP in the future. We will play but not on a regular basis. We have to say that we will select the shows we will be asked to play.
We would like to be quite rare, so that we can deliver better live performances, and so, people can really enjoy our shows. We will not play live every single month, this is how it must be taken.

8.Are their   any  upcoming  shows  or  small tours  for  the release  of the debut  demo?Who  are  some  bands  you  have  shared the  stage  with?

There is something in the works but as nothing is set in stone yet, I can not give any further information regarding this. Anyway, people will see it when time has come. We have nothing confirmed but already some concerts in the works because
we got already asked here and there. We haven't played live yet, so we did share the stage with any bands at the moment.

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

 The worst thing at this time about the Underground is all that culting shit. I mean all this crap about utterly limited copies of a tape or an LP of some guys in Feroe islands or wherever in the ass freezing North pooping in the mic and having
legions of kids behind their computers wanking to death on that, contributing to the culting of it, being more Black than Metal...Today, everyone has an opinion and spreads it all over the net. Also, people taint their uninteresting music with
 lots of 'atmosphere' to hide the lack of talent and people find that flabbergasting, no more no less. That is embarassing actually. The internet actually gives a hard time to the Underground IMO, it is just obvious.
Underground just means to me dedicated people doing their thing, not carrying of the hypes or trends, only enjoying what sounds like good stuff to their hears and not giving a shit to what people say and staying who they really are in the end. Underground Metal
is still strong today, thanks to some labels and some bands that keep on thinking this way...

10.Are  any  of the  members  of  Venefixion   currently  working and  playing  with  side  bands? If  yes  could  you  give  the  readers  some  information  about  these  bands?

 Yes, we all have other bands. I am still in a Traditional Doom band called RITUAL TEMPLE (we are not dead yet), W. Cadaver is the guitar player of Death Metal band CADAVERIC FUMES and K. Desecrator has many other bands that include PERVERSIFIER (Thrash/Speed Metal),
DEMONIC OATH (Death Metal) adn DEATHLESS BASTARDS (Punk/ Rock and Roll). He was also a live member of WHIPSTRIKER, ASSAULTER, NECROWRETCH or TRENCH HELL to name a few.

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

 We work our ass off for not enough money as we would deserve, drinking fine booze and raping goats.

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

Thanks for the interview. Death is the most certain and indefectible thing on Earth, everyone must remember and respect it. VENEFIXION is Death Metal, we will come again as vile, hateful, furious, dirty, vicious and frontal as with Defixio!"

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Interview    with  Kaeck   done  by   Patrick on 11-25-15

Kaeck   is  a  new  band  coming  out  of  The Netherlands  blackend war  metal  scene.Kaeck  has  just  released  their  debut  cd  "StormKult"  through  the  mighty  Folter  Rec. read  below  about  the  bands  present  and  future  plans   and  if  you   enjoy  blackend  war  metal  give this   band  a   listen today.

Interview    with  Kaeck   done  by   Patrick 

1.Hails  when  did you  all first  meet? Was   it  long  before  you  all  formed  Kaeck? How  did you  choose the  name  for the  band does  it  have  a  special  meaning? 

Agitator: we just met each other in person all together when the album was already out, just a few weeks ago. I know Chaos for years know and the same with Oovenmeester, but we did not met all three of us together.  

Oovenmeester: i met Chaos for the first time when began Kaeck. But i have known Agitator for years. Kaeck is a terrible god i invented as part of the lyrical theme of the band. It's kind of a red line through the lyrics. 

2.What  is  the  current  line up  for  Kaeck?For  the  readers  who  have  never  heard  Kaeck's   music  how  would  you  best   describe  it? 
Agitator: Black war metal. 

 Chaos:   Oovenmeester did the lyrics and voice. I've read some reviews stating we have 2 on vocals, because of his crazy style changes, but its only him. 
I think Kaeck sounds like Darkthrone, old Gehenna and Archgoat put in a blender.   

3.The  band  is   getting  ready  to  release  their  debut  cd   "Stormkult"   through  the  German  label  Folter  Rec.  how  did you  come  in  contact  with  this  great  label? 

 Chaos: I was signed to Folter with Sammath since 98. I left Folter Hammerheart two years ago. Since I have always had great contact with Joerg I was damn pleased he was interested to release Kaeck. Especially since the band was only 6 months old, and we only send him 2 tracks. Very proud of this, and glad to also be back with Folter.  

4.When  writing  a  new  song  does  the  whole  band take  part  in  the  writing  process  or  does  one  member  usually   write  everything? 

Agitator: I make the framework and Chaos writes the riffs. If one of us don’t think it’s good enough, we throw it away.  

 Chaos: We threw away at least 3 tracks and many riffs. If it wasn’t up to standard, delete and move on.  

5.Who  usually  writes  the  lyrics  for  the  band?What  are  some  subjects the  band  writes  about? 

Oovenmeester: I write all lyrics for Kaeck. The lyrical theme is about visiting and escaping dark crevasses of the mind. All from under the watchfull eye of Kaeck. Sometimes spoken from the first person as a traveller describing his voyage between sanity and madness. Sometimes tormented by his own former deeds or guided into misery by Kaeck. All lyrics within the album are hand written by G.T. Dringenberg.

 6.Does  Kaeck   ever  play  "live"   or  do you   prefer to  work  in the  studio? What  have  been  some  of your   most  memorable  shows to date? 

Agitator: We only do some exclusive gigs, because we are all very busy with our private live. Most memorable gigs are at under the black sun, playing with my other bands and saw many good gigs of others as well. 

 Chaos:  Not kaeck related, but the best show I have ever seen was Mysticum Baroeg in 96 or 98.  

7.Kaeck  comes  out   of the  Netherlands  black metal scene  what  is your   opinion's   of  The  Netherlands  metal  scene? 
Agitator: There are some great bands from the Netherlands, Israthoum for example. These guys are really into the music and are getting better every record! Besides we know some real dedicated people form the scene, we don’t really feel like being a part of the scene.

Chaos: The Dutch scene is terrible, its been overun by gays and people without legs and down syndrome.

Oovenmeester: It's getting better. I think there are some cool projects and releases coming out every now and then. But there are also some downers here and there, that's true.  

8.Who   are  your  all-time  favorite  bands  coming  out of  The  Netherland's  scene?  Are their  any  new  bands  you  feel  the  readers  should  check  out?  

Agitator: All time favorite bands from the Netherlands? Actually I talked about this yesterday with Hrodulfr (Standvast / Tarnkappe). We concluded  there aren’t really cult bands like for instand Belgius does have (Enthroned, Ancient Rites) in the Netherlands. We have some great death metal bands, but those are not really my favo’s, while I’m mostly pure black metal orientated. If I should name a Dutch act with lots of agression, it would be Shikari Actually. Saw them a few time live and I was intens, although they were more part of the hardcore scene.  

 Chaos: Newer bands one should check out are: Wederganger, Tanr 

9.Besides  Kaeck  are  any  of the  members  currently  working  with  any  other  bands  or  solo  projects? 
Agitator: Lots of, that’s one of the resons why Kaeck can’t play live that often.  

Oovenmeester: None, i have lots of other non-music projects i;m working on though.

10.What  does  Black metal  mean to you ? 

Chaos: Besides family and work to provide for them, everything.  

Agitator: pride, aggression, power, spiritualism and in a way a form of freedom. 

Oovenmeester: War

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

Agitator: making photo’s and video’s, but a lot off ‘free time’ there isn’t.  

 Chaos: Read a lot of history books, walking in the forest.  Drinking beer, visiting concerts and being an all   

Oovenmeester: I delve a lot into military history, history of mankind and history in general. Beside drinking beer, experiencing good music and having good company around, those are the best things around.

  12.Thank you  for  taking  the  time  to  fill this   interview   out. Do you   have  any  final  words  for  the  readers? 
 Chaos:  Support your local black metal merchant! 

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