Thursday, April 30, 2015

Interview with Sandra owner and D.J for Castle Blakk Radio done by Patrick on 4-30-15

Metal  Hails!!
Here  is  a  new  interview   with  Sandra  who  own's/run  the  radio-station   "Castle  Blakk Radio"  Any  metal,rock  etc..  bands,fans  etc.. should  check  it  out  today.

Interview   with  Sandra  N.   owner and  D.J  for  Castle  Blakk   Radio    done  by   Patrick

1. Hello  Sandra   how  is   life  treating  you  these days? When  did you  first  get  into  rock and  metal? 

 Life is great! Enjoying myself :) I've always loved music, but I'd have to say early seventies. (showing my age lol)
First major concert was Goose Lake International Music Festival, attendance was 200,000 ppl! held August 7–9, 1970 right here
in Jackson, Michigan.

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

 All time fav's would have to be Classic's, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Saxon, & Trouble.
As for now, so many great bands, hard to name just a few. Bands to watch for me are  In-Defilade (US), Patrias (Serbia), A Sound of Thunder (US), Orcus (US), Threatpoint (US).

3. When did  you   become  interested  in  becoming  a  d.j?

About 6 yrs ago, a friend of mine asked me to come into a chatroom to say hello, ended up having fun and was asked to dj. Was  pretty scared my first show. Stage fright for sure lol

4. I believe you  started  Castle  Blakk  Radio  in the  beginning  of  2015. What  gave  you  the  idea to  start  your  own   station? How  did  you  come up  with the  name  Castle  Blakk?

 Actually Castle Blakk Radio was started in 2011, but put on hold after a few months, as I traveled to, and lived in Jordan, (yes, Middle East) for a year.  We decided in January, it was time to ressurect, restructure and bring experience to airwaves. I've never bragged about being a top Dj, but I do have experience in promotion and concerts via Michigan Deathfest and International Metalfest. (Aug 11th marks the 25th anniversary of Michigan Deathfest).
As for name, my friend started a recording studio named Castle Blak (1983), did some recordings for Lucifers Hammer and others. Then we decided to take our concert promotion a step further. We had been doing shows with my former company name Double M Productions, well known for Michigan Deathfest.  At this time we added the extra K, as to not interfere with band called Castle Blak, and continued doing shows as both companys.
Also we decided to keep the station non-profit, and only accept donations that go directly to our favorite charities, which are on main page of our site. Check them out, great ppl, that do great things.   -Rock Against Child Pornography & Abuse UK -Fuck Cancer

5. What  shows  do  you  currently  have   on  Castle  Blakk radio?

At this time, Jay B Metal (Station Mgr)  does 2 shows a week. He likes to play rare B-sides, and a good mix of underground and unsigned.
Jay also just did a live in store broadcast, from Danophonics in Downington, PA.
He will also be broadcasting live from the Wrecking Ball Festival in October, and is proudly sponsored by Castle  Blakk Radio.
Myself, I do 4, all different. Sundays show is more progressive, Wednesday is a mix of World Metal, Friday is band submissions and requests, and Saturday is Black Metal & Doom (my fav show)
We have a couple of new DJ's starting in the coming weeks ahead. 

6. Are  you  currently looking  for new  d.j's  to  join  the  station? What  are  some  things  you  look  for  when  hiring  a  new  d.j?

 Yes we are, being new to most people, getting the word out is crucial. Eric Wilcox our PR guy has been very busy spreading metal chaos.
We are not only looking for Dj's, we are also looking for more street team members.
Things I look at first is experience, and that meaning, actually knowing the music. Next would be personality, likeablity. We are pretty laid back, but professional and like to have fun at what we do.
I am always willing to train a new person, that are truely in it for the music. If interested just send email to get in touch at
If you want to join a winning team, you came to the right place.

7.What  styles  of  metal and rock  do you   play? Where  can  bands  and  labels   send you  their  material  to  be  played? Besides  metal and rock  do  you  play  any  other  styles of  music?

 We play hard rock, heavy metal, and metal. Each DJ's brings their own style shows. All different....
 Our "Sir Otto" plays whatever he feels like. Never know what he's going to play. Could be folk, could be classic metal, could be black, never know. (NO HIP HOP or RAP.)

8.Sandra  you   live   in  the  great  state  of  Michigan what   is  the  scene  like  in   your  city  and  state?

The city I live in is fairly small, but have some very good bands. Elude Ferra and Hibernal are a couple. (Too many hip hop bands lol.)
I'd say the best scene is in Lansing.
bands can send submissions to:
clearly tagged Mp3's, with band name and song name.
Band submissions stay in rotation after airplay.

9.Who  are  your  all-time  favorite  bands from     Michigan ? Are  there any   new  bands  you  feel  the   readers  should  check  out  soon?

If I don't say Lucifers Hammer, I'm in trouble lol, also Summon, Genocya, Exploding Zombies, Nocturnal Fear are just a few. As far as new ones, they need to send in music.

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

Best thing is there are still bands around that have endured the bullshit, like Broken Hope. 
Worst thing is the lack of respect from promoters, not all, but a lot of them , don't know how to treat ppl in general.
The underground today is nothing like in the old days, when word of mouth brought 1000's. Everyone was looking for a gathering of friends with same thing in mind, METAL! 
Now it seems like a battle of who has the biggest heads and the least amount of talent.

11.Besides  working  on  the  stations and your  shows  what  do  you  enjoy  doing  in  your  spare  time?

Reading and checking out conspiracy theories. Do my own research.
Seriously, I love gardening. Relaxing..

12.Thank  you  for  taking the  time  to  fill out  this   interview  do  you    have  any  final  words  for  the  readers?
You are very welcome.  Take time to enjoy life, right a wrong, keep it real and keep it METAL \,,/

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Interview with Adrien and Vociferian done by Patrick on 4-16-15

Here  is  a new  interview  with  the  long  running  band  vociferian   that  is the  brain child  of  one  Adrien  who  has  been  making  music  since the  mid   90's  with  some  excellent  bands from  old-school death/black to  a  more  raw blackend/war  sound.This  Interview  is  mainly  about   Vociferian  and  Adrien's  underground  activities.
Enjoy  and  expect  more  new  reviews and  interviews  very  soon

Interview  with  Adrien  vocalist  and  all  Instruments  of  Vociferian  done  by   Patrick

1.Hails  Adrien  When  did  you  first  discover   metal  music? Who  were  some  of the  first  bands  you   listened to?

Salutations to you, your fanzine and all the readers of it. About your first question, it all depends about how you define "metal music".
To answer more easily to your interrogation, I can say that music really has touched me when I was around 8 years old. Discovering this way different style of sound very accidentally, just watching TV, where I've been able to see a video from Guns N'Roses... Then it was a pure revelation for me. It immediately gave me a thrill that from there I've been always searching and I'm still carving for nowadays, of course. I knew at this time, that something like a seed has been rooted in me and that it would never stop growing until I die.
2.Adrien  you   formed  Vociferian  in   1998   what  gave  you  the  idea  to  form  this  band/project?How  did  you  come  up  with  the  name  for  the  band?
 I was already inloved at this period in some local bands. And was already disappointed about the lack of seriousness and involvement of friends and muscians that I used to play with.
In the meantime I was already verry influenced myself, by the 90's great era of the purest and traditional black metal scene with some hints of death metal and black death metal roots as well.
Finally the necessity to form something unique and shape it all by myself without any other protagonist behind of it just came as an evidence, something very natural. As I've always been someone lost deep in my internal questioning and thoughts you know... lonesome and introspective.
3.Adrien   you  are  the  sole  member  of    Vociferian   did you  plan  to  keep     Vociferian  a  one man  band  or  have you  ever  looked for  other  members to  join? 
 Vociferian will always be a one man band, because it's the purest nature of it. To me, it would have absolutely no sense to change its structure in what makes of it its real entity actually.
For example, Vociferian has never played any live shows until now, and I don't think that it will happen one day. Even if I'm not of those who close the door to any possibility... time will tell.
For now, I recently took the decision to require the skills of a session drummer. Not that I couldn't do the work myself, just that  regarding my personal life and planning deadlines it has become difficult for me not to delegate this part of the creating process. Hopefully, I found trust in a very good musician and drummer who works it all with all the seriousness and expectations that I ask for. He is very involved and ready to work it enough to make it  100% in the shape I'm waiting for.
4.If  you   had the  opportunity  to  work  with  any  musican's  {past  or  present}  who  are  some  musicians  you  would  like  to  work  with?
 Something probably absolutely impossible... but if this could happen... Guys of GN'R in the very early 90's or at the opposite work on something with mister Morgan Hakansson would be a with great pleasure and honor for me of course.
5.How  would  you  say   Vociferian's   music   has  changed   over  the  years? Who  are  some  of the  biggest  influences  for  this  band? 
 Vociferian had many shapes since its creation, and it's also what is fully part of it's unique entity. It has been first influenced by the 2nd wave of the 90's "traditional" black metal scene, with the grimness, coldness and very scandinavian and european elitist imprint. And later it has been more filled with the aggression of unadulterated satanic despise and ferocity of the blackest emanations of evil orthodoxy and bestial darkness. Finally it often returns to roots with the natural breeze breathing by the forests and earthly energies like for example you can feel it listening to the "Beredsamkeit" opus. If I really had to mention of very few influences I wouldn't be that original, just saying Immortal, Marduk, Impaled Nazarene, Bathory, Vinterland, Ildjarn, Mayhem, Darkthrone, Burzum, Von, Sarcofago, Impiety, Beherit ... you know, nothing that out-of-the-box. As we all know where we are coming from... end of 80's & the 90's golden era of these genres
6.Does  Vociferian   have  any  new  merchandise  or  releases  coming  out  this  year? If  yes  can  you   please  let  the  fans  know  when  it  will be  available  and  where  can  the  fans  buy the  stuff?
 Recently, a limited edition of a Long Sleeve Shirt and a Hooded Sweater has been released by Jinn Merchandising who officially release licenced merch for great names like Impiety, Enthroned, Nargaroth and so on... I heard that  the hoodies are already sold out and there will be no reprint of them as it was a special occasion release in the name of the "Possezed Worshiperz Ov Doom" track that was figuring on the "Triumphant Usurper Beast" album release of 2005. A great design that was created for it by the artist who lately worked the principal sigil of the Marduk "Front Schwein" release and merchandising. A few items of the Long Sleeve must still be available and you can find contact searching for "Jinn Merchandise" on Facebook.
We are also seeing to produce some new Vociferian official logo metallic pins/bages with the same merchandising provider from Asia.

Another Hooded Sweaters entitled "Jugement" is in preparation, fully printed (sleeves and hood printed).
I'm particularly expecting for this one that will be released by a US label. Because it is really well representative about the way Vociferian is nowadays taking...
The spirit and mind of it of now. We also worked it with the same artist as mentioned above, and he really satisfied all my expectations concerning it.
So don't miss this really great merchandising release VERY soon out. Just keeping an eye opened on these pages:
7. Adrien   when  did  you  first  start  playing  the  guitars?  Are  you  self-taught   or  did you take  lessons  when  first  starting  out?
 I learned a bit about playing guitar since I was around 10 years old, I had a few lessons with a music teacher then. I've been teached a very few about "solfege", just enough to get on a classic guitar and start practicing.

Of course I put my hands on an electric guitar quickly after that. And as my ear was already enough skilled to recognize notes in a song that appreciated for example and try to find these same notes back on the neck of my guitar, then the lessons of my teacher didn't appeal me that much from there and I prefered to practice all by myself searching for things I'd like to play, composing personal stuff and so on... So I think that I'm more of a self-taught musician in the end, to answer you well.
8.Who  are  some  of your influences /favorite   guitarists? Besides  singing  and  playing the guitars  what  other  instruments do  you  play?  Are their  any  instruments you  would  like to  learn  someday?
 As favorite guitarsists I could mention Slash (not original, but he does the job for what is for me the biggest "guitar hero" of this planet), Kirk Hammett (even lacking of "feeling" beside of Slash as an example), for the black metal investigation I would still think of Morgan Hakansson even if some other great names of the scene may be very  much more talented and expert... I like a lot his way of composing some very tough and straight warring hymns... I like a very too long list of other musical subgenres which includes great guitarists so that would be really to hard for me to mentioned all those who I admire here of course.

I play drums of course, as I used to record all instruments myself, and the same for bass guitar... also a bit of keyboard and piano (very few)
9.Adrien  you  also  handle  the  vocals  for the  band  when  did you  first become  interested in  singing/growling? Do  you  do  anything  special  to  keep  your  throat/voice  healthy ?Who  are  some  of your  favorite  vocalist?
I started "growling" very young (maybe 12),  just after being confronted to my first listen at some "deep grunted vocals" thrash and death metal acts of course. I was so impressed by such a morbid way to express yourself by the vocals that I immediately attempted to do the same... and well... it came very naturally actually. I mean, I never really thought about how doing  this. It was like a second nature already there and I just  had to let it burst out from inside me. 

I have no special trick or advice to keep your voice safe and healthy. I mean that's true that sometime you have to get some rest for your throat to recover well before torturing it again that way.
And I often take care of it, when I know that I'm about to record some new vocals sessions of course.
10.In  your   opinion  what  is  the  best  and  worst  thing  about  the  underground   metal  scene  today? And  what  does  the  term  Underground metal  mean  to  you?
I will answer first to the second side of your question. Because it's really simple for me to say that Underground means "against the main stream". All is said in it, nowadays something known or less known does have no importance. You have to fight for your own ideas, for what you believe in... not for what a group or "pseudo elite" may think. THIS is what I consider as the spirit of this word : UNDERGROUND

Today the underground scene is polluted and very saturated. There are too much new things, to much polluting bands that have absolutely no culture and no honor, no background and only here to proclaim their poor "fame" with no glory. While some other great names are just drowned with the rest of this filth and therefore can't emerge the way they should deserve...
Here is how I see the scene today. People are also always more less buying that  downloading, which is a sad reality... but we are here and until it's the case the scene will stand and still!
11.Besides   Vociferian   you  were  also  in  the  mighty  Luger  band  when  did you  form  this  band?  How  would  you  say the  music  was different  then  Vociferian's?
 Lüger was formed in 200/2003. It was meant to produce a militarist blackened death metal act, with the coldness of war and elitism of totalitarian imagery... as well as the irreverence and heavy weight of a horned divison of panzers. Our intentions at this time was to be the european response to a band such VON, embraced with the atmospheres of the iron legions. 
12.I read  on  your  F.B  page  that  you  are getting ready to  re-release the  Kill,Worship  and  Die  on  Lp   what  label  will  this  be  through? How  many copies  are  available?
 It will be very limited: 300 copies! As the CD version that had been out 10 years ago was sold out the year of its release in 2005 (limited to 1000 items).
DEATHCAMP RECORDS has just opened the pre-orders of the LP edition which will include a fantastic alternative cover artwork.
You can place pre-order for 20€ + postage at
13.Will you  or  any  label's  be  releasing  Kill,Worship  and  Die   on  cd  or  possibly  cassette format?  Why  did  the  band  stop/break-up? Have  you  ever thought  of  bringing  it  back  from the dead?
 There will be no other re-edition, that's the integrity of the band that I want to preserve this way. Those who have the  first CD edition are lucky to have such a great collector in their hands. That's also why I wanted an alternative artwork for the LP edition. This way both release will stay totally unique and rare!

I don't want to come back on the reason about the initial split of the band. It has been apolemic for too long and I prefer to look  and move forward.
I always stand and turn my eyes towards tomorrow than being passive and wasting my time with lost feuds from the past.
14.Besides    Vociferian     are you  currently  working  with  any  other  bands or  projects? If  yes   please  tell  the  readers  about  them?
 Of course I do. Soon will be out the whole discography of Macabra (my death metal band with Mark Riddick) on the norwaygian label Apocalyptic Empire Records. Ebauche Noire debut album will also appear on a Digipack this summer on Nyarlathotep Records (Brazil)... For 2016 we are thinking about the LP edition of the Goatholocaust "Satan Jugend" full length for the decade of its original release on Infernus Rex (RIP) Netherlands...

A 4 way 7' split EP with Vociferian/Manticore/ Obeisance/Infernal Execrator is scheduled for this year and I'm seriously working on the next Vociferian full length which will be once more a very personal and unique piece in its concept and interpretation.
15.Thank  you  Adrien   for  taking  the  time to  fill this  interview   out do  you  have  any final  words  for  the  readers?

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New Metal reviews done by Patrick on 4-16-15

Metal   Hails!!
Here  is  a  new  batch  of  old-school death,black  and thrash   reviews  for  everyone  to  read and  hopefully  enjoy/find  some  new  metal  for their  collection.Support the  bands  and  labels  and  buy  and repost  their  links.

Decayed--Into  The  Depths  Of  Hell   cd   {Hell  Prod.}Here  is  the  brand  new release  from  one  of  Portugals   longest  running death  metal  hordes  Decayed.Furious  old-school  death  metal that  is  done  to  perfection.Crazed  guitar  riffs  that  are  done  with  a lot  of  power  and  skill.The  guitarist  does  slow to  a  mid paced range  and  even throws  some  solo's  into the  mix.The  drumming  is  done to  perfection  with  a  varied  tempo  going from  fast  drum  patterns  to  a  more  controlled  slower  drumming  in  a  few  of the  songs.The  vocals  are  done  with  some  great  gruff death  growls  and  even  use  some  vicious screams. This  is  a   must  have  for  all  those  into   old-school  death  metal. 

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Eternal  Armageddon--Black Thrash Bastards   demo  {Self-released}This  is  Eternal  Armageddon's  second  demo  to  see the  light  of  day  and  the  band  originally  started  out  playing  a melodic  style of  black metal.But  with the   new  demo "Black Thrash Bastards"  the  band  has  gone  more  for  a  thrashy blackend  sound  which  is  done  extremely  well and  played  with a lot  of  good  drum  patterns  and  guitars.The  drums  start  out  at  a  mid paced range  before  speeding  up to  a  faster  beat  The  guitars  are  in the same  vein  starting  off  with  a  lightning  speed  intense  riffs  but  are  not to  over the  top  and  do  know  when to  slow  down to  a  heavy metal  guitar  speed.This  is  a  great  demo  from the  Bangladesh  band   hopefully  they  will  stick  with  this  style  and  put  out  some  more  great  music  in the coming  months  or  years.  
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 Imperial  Savagery--Imperial  Savagery   cd demo {Self Released}
Chicago's  Imperial  Savagery play  a  nice  blend  of  heavy  and  fast  old school  death  metal with  some  thrashy  guitars  in  some  of the  tracks.The  band  is extremely  talented  with  some  very  well  written  guitar  patterns  and  a  few  solos   mixed  in  a few  of the  songs.The  drumming  is  in  top  form  in  these  songs  ranging  from  fast  drum patterns to some catchy  and  extremely tight.The  vocals  are death growls  entertwined  with some original  style  gruff vocal  patterns.If  your  a  fan  of  early to  mid  nineties  death metal  then  defintly  pick this  cd  up  today.
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Nocturnas-The Science Of Horror  LP  {Nuclear War  Now}
Nuclear War  Now  has  found  and  released  the  early  demo's  from one   of  the earliest  U.S  death  metal  hordes.The  Science Of Horror  demo  starts   off this  slab  of  death,thrashing  mayhem  with  four  songs  of early  death metal  with  some  thrashing  influence And  even  in  the demo's the  band recorded you  can  hear the beginnings  of their  technical guitars in a few sections.As this  is  one of the  pioneers  of the scene.Up  next  is the  1987  demo  titled  demo 1  while  this  demo  is  much  more raw  in  production  you  can  still  make  out  all the  instruments.The  guitars  are  much  faster and  have  a thrashy  vibe and  sound  within these songs and  even  in the early  demo  you  can  hear that  this  band was extremely  focused  and  knew  how to  play  their  instruments.The  drumming  is done  with  a  variety  of  fast  drum  patterns to  a  more  slower mid pace  range.This  is  a  must  have   for  any  fans  of  Nocturnas  or  if your  a  fan  of early  death  metal  this  is a great  release to  get   your  hands  on  today.
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