Saturday, May 16, 2015

Interview with Decayed done by Patrick on 5-16-15

Metal  regards
Here  is  a   new  interview  with   Portugal's Decayed  that   have  been  releasing  music  since  the  early  1990's   and  their   newest  cd  "Into The Depths Of Hell"  was   just  released  by  "Hell Prod."  and  is  a great  mix  of  old-school  Black  metal with touches  of death  metal  for  all the  fanatics  into  this  style.

Interview  with  J.A  guitarist  for   Decayed   done  by    Patrick

1.Hello  J.A.     how  are  things  in  Portugal going? When  did you  first  discover  metal   music?Who  were  some  of the  first bands you   listened to? Who  are some  of your  current  favourites?
JA - Hello Patrick and everyone reading this. Things in Portugal could be a lot better. I discovered Metal music back in 1980 but it wasn't till 1986 that I really started listening to it all day long. I discovered all those amazing bands through radio shows that we had back then. I don't remember the first bands I listened to, but the usual back then: AC/DC, Iron Maiden, Slayer, Venom, Bathory... My favourite band since 1986 has been Venom, the gods of Metal! I mainly listen to the releases done in the 80's, those were the days.
2.You  formed   Decayed  in  1990  when  did you  get  the   idea  to  form  this  band?How  did you  come  up  with  the  name  of  the   band?
JA - The idea came in an afternoon of booze with a friend who wanted to start a band with me. He bought a guitar in June 1990 and we immediately started composing some songs. In September we got a drummer and a bass player (both our friends), started rehearsing with me on vocals and then in October we got a proper vocalist (also a friend). The name of the band I took from the Venom song "Senile Decay".
  3.What  is  the  current   line-up  of   Decayed? For  the  readers  who  may  have   never  heard your  band's  music  how  would  you  best  describe  it?
JA - Now we have 2 different line ups. For studio we are myself on guitars and vocals, Vulturius on vocals and bass, Tormentor on drums. But live we have been playing with Nocturnus Horrendus on drums. I describe our music as old school Black Metal in the vein of Venom and Bathory.
4.Decayed   is  signed  to the  label   Hell  did you  come  in   contact   with  this  label?
JA - We have been friends for many years and they had already released a tape of ours back in 2000. I wanted to release the album as soon as possible and they were the only ones who could do that. 
5.The  new  cd   "Into The  Depths Of Hell"  was  recently  released  how  long  did it  take  the  band to  write  and record  the  songs  on the   new  cd? Does  the   whole  band  take  part  in  the  writing  process  or  does  one member   usually  write  everything?
JA - This new CD has songs written since 2009 to 2014. On this album I decided to use old songs that never made it to an album but that I thought of as good songs. The actual recording started in March 2014 and ended in February 2015. Usually it's me that writes all the material. And since I started to compose at home alone (lack of rehearsals) all the songs have been composed by me. 
6.Who  usually  takes  care  of  the   lyrics  for   the  band. Where  do you  all  draw  inspiration  for  the  lyrics?
JA - I also write most of the lyrics. It's been some years that I asked someone to write for Decayed. I take my inspiration from life in general, the lack of honour in these days. I also take some inspiration from books that I read or some movies that I watch. 
7.Besides  the  new  cd   "Into The  Depths Of Hell"  does  the   band  currently   have   any  other   merchandise  available  for  the  readers?Where  can  the  fans  find  your  releases/merch?
JA - We have an extensive list of material available, too many to list here. If some Metalhead is interested just send me an e-mail and I'll send the available merchandising. You can contact me at: 
8.Does   Decayed  play  "live"  shows  very  often  or  do you   prefer the  studio?What  have   been some  of your   most   memorable  shows to  date?
JA - We used to be a very active band live, but since 2010 we haven't played that much live. Usually, 2 or 3 gigs each year since 2011. I don't think we can compare the feeling of playing live with the work in studio, it's like compare fire and watter. I enjoy both very much, as much as I enjoy rehearsals. This is the unholy trinity of a band: rehearsals, live and studio and I enjoy them all. Live you can feed on the energy of those going berserk with the sonic blasphemy. In studio one can experiment a lot and I enjoy that. As for memorable shows, we had quite a few in our 25 years so I really can't recall a special one. 
9.Are their  any tours  planned for  this  year? If  yes  where  are some   places you  all  will    play?
JA - So far we only have a gig at the Under The Black Sun in Germany (04/07). We're trying to put together a gig in Lisbon (Portugal) to celebrate these 25 years and then in January 2016 we'll be playing at a fest in Portugal in Mangualde. 
10.  Decayed   comes   out  of  Portugal's  metal  scene  what  is your   opinion  of  the  metal  scene  in  Portugal?
 JA - I couldn't care less about the scene in Portugal. Far too many backstabbers and thieves! I do appreciate the music of some bands and I am friends with some of the musicians who are part of this scene, but I had far to many disappointments to be bothered with what's going on.
11.Who  are  some   of your  all-time   favorite  Portugese  bands?  Are their   any  new   bands you  feel   the  readers  should  check  out  soon?
JA - My favourite Portuguese band has always been Brain Dead. They were a Thrash Metal band but sadly they only released 2 demos. V12 are also one of my all time fave. You should check Inquisitor if you're into old school Thrash. Perpretator is also cool in that vein. In these days and age, with a PC you can find out more than I can tell you here. 
12.Besides    Decayed   you  are  also  the  sole  member  of  Hoth  which  you  formed in  1988. What gave you  the  idea  to  form  this  band? How  did you  come up  with the  name  for this  band/project?  Has  it   always   been  a  one  man  band  or  have  you  searched  for  other  members to   join?
JA - When I started to think about Hoth I wanted to combine some sort of dark Metal with keyboards, something that wasn't that common back then. The name I took from Tolkien's works. It has always been a one man band, but on the last album (out now!!!) I invited Marco (who also did the lead guitars on the 2 last Decayed albums) to help me out on leads. 
13.You  are  getting  ready  to  release the  new  cd   "The Black  Goddess Returns"  through   Iron Blood  And Death  rec.  how  did you  come  in  contact  with  this  label?
JA - The CD is already out! They had released a compilation CD of Decayed a couple of years ago and I thought of contacting them to see if they were interested and they loved the album, so here it is for you to bang your head! 
14.J.A   you   have   been  in  the  metalk  scene  since the  mid  1980's  were  you  ever  a  tape-trader  ?did you  ever  do  a  fanzine or  a web-zine? If  yes  please  tell the  readers  about  them?
JA - Yes I was a very active tape trader back then, I traded tapes with people from all over the world. I worked for a zine called Nuclear Mosh which at some point I think was the biggest zine in Portugal. They dealt with all sorts of Metal and beyond. I also did a zine on my own with the guys of Decayed, back in 1993 called Impious. This one was more focused on the darker side of Metal and we only did one issue. After that I also worked for the final issue of one Lost Kingdom that was mainly Death and Black Metal.
15.What  do  you  feel  is  the  best  and  worst  thing  about  the  underground  metal  scene  today?And  what  does  the  term  underground  metal   mean to  you?
JA - The best thing is that there are still good bands releasing good music. Also now, with the internet it's a lot easier to resolve any problem in a question of seconds. The worst is that any ass-hole with a computer can writte whatever he wants about anything and everything without the least basic knowledge of what he is writing about. Underground means to me: we like what we do and we do what we like! Bow to no one!
16.Besides  working  om  music  what  do  you  enjoy  doing in  your  free time?
JA - Reading, watching movies, hanging out with some friends, drink a few beers, listen to Music... that's basically it. 
17.Thank  you  J.A   for  taking  the  time  to  fill  out   this  interview  do  you   have   any  final  words  for  the   readers?
JA - Thank you Patrick for the support towards Decayed, I apreciate that Metal Brother! If anyone is interested in Decayed or any of my projects, feel free to contact me. All the best and Keep It Metal! 

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Interview with Concieved By Hate done by Patrick on 5-6-15

El  Salvador's   Conceieved  by  Hate  have  released  a  great  split  cd  with   Akheron  released  through   the   mighty   Morbid  Skull  {which  is  also  owned  and  operated  by  the  man   Jorge  Montesino  so  do yourself  if your  a  fan  of  death/thrashing  metal  then  deffintly  check  out  this  band's  split cd  and  other  releases  today.

Interview  with   Jorge Montesino   vocals and  guitars    for  Concieved  By  Hate  and  owner  of  Morbid Skull Records  done  by   Patrick

1.Metal Hails  Jorge  how  are  things  going  for  you this  week? When  did you  first  discover  metal  music? 

Hey Patrick thanks a lot for this interview, I am doing good, very busy recording new material for my bands and also a lot of stuff going on with the label. Well I quite not remember clearly but it was on early age maybe when I was like 10 or 12 years old, I remember I visited my grandmother and in that house lived one of my cousins that is like 10 years older than me, so I remember I grabbed some of the dubbed tapes and listen to them, I was attracted by the logo designes. Also I remember my parents and grandmother listen to The Beatles, Metallica Ballads, Queen and stuff like that, I think those situations were the first contact with heavy metal music in my life.

2.The  band  was  created  in  2002  what  gave you  all the  idea to  start  the  band? How  did you all choose the  name    Conceived  By  Hate? What  is  the  current  line up  for the  band?

Well I had a previuous band called DISORDER that I put on rest on 2002 and since I already had ideas for new songs inmediately I started to compose for a new band that I originally wanted to call SPIRITUAL DEMISE but the name was not shared by some members so I had to agreed to change it to CONCEIVED BY HATE but at the end it makes some sense since most of the old stuff was rooted in hatred, I think the other guitarrist was the one that came out with the name. The current line up is as follows:

Morbid – guitars/vocals
Hellbastard – vocals
Tulio – Keyboard
Carlos – Bass
Iosif – Drums
Rene - Guitars

3.How  would  you  say   Concieved  By  Hate's  music  has  changed  over  the  years? Who  are  some  of the  bands  influences?

Well I liked the idea of not evolve but devolve and going backwards to the root of this music, maybe the music now is not so complex as at the beginning talking about riff structure but is always death/thrash. One thing I can say is that as persons every member did change for good or bad. I may not talked about influences but musical preferences, I can speak only for myself, in my case I always come back to bands like DISSECTION, DECEASED, ENTOMBED, BATHORY, DISMEMBER, etc. and bands alike, there is a good amount of new bands coming out with the same feeling which I also follow, I think this is a good era for Extreme Metal in general the morbid vibes are coming out ones again stronger as before maybe. 

4. Concieved  By  Hate   is  getting  ready to  release  a  split  cd  with  Akheron through  Morbid Skull Rec.  how  long  did  it  take  the  band to  write the  music  on  the  split cd?

I decided to include 4 tracks on this release, 3 new songs and 1 cover which is DISSECTION's “Thorns Of Crimson Death”, one of the songs was written by the bass player so I am not sure how long did he take but on my case “Hypocritical Sense Of Ego” was written around 2011 like in 2 or 3 weeks but it was never included in a release until now, the other song I wrote was “Embrace The Absurd” which I think was ready in 1 week or something and was written in 2013. 

5.Does the  whole  band take  part  in the  writing  process  or  is  it  usually  one  member who  writes  everything? Who  usually  writes  the  lyrics for the   band what  are  some  topics/subjects  you  all  write  about?

I have always written almost all the music, when I have the complete songs with riffs and tempos then I send the music to the other members so they learn it and put the arrangements related to their instruments, on this point lets say everybody put their style on playing their thing but following the main idea, some lead guitars are written by me and another ones by the other guitarrist. Regarding the lyrics I always write all the stuff in some cases if the song is written but another member they have an idea or concept about the lyrics I take that concept and create the phrasing and lyrics. Since we do not see each other too much for me is easier to compose alone, I am used to do it that way so I really enjoy it. The topics/subjects depends on the mood when composing the music, some stuff are personal points of views of social things or local reality, I always liked to right stuff with evil nerved but I always hold it out of the band because I felt it was not shared by all members but things will change from now on, actually that is the reason I also reactivated my old band DISORDER (thrash/black/death) and created a new band MORBID STENCH (death) to be able to play and talk about stuff I liked but sometimes is not shared by all.

6.Has   Concieved  By  Hate    started  working  on  new  songs for  the  next  release? Will  it  be another  split  cd  or   possibly  a  full-length?

Of corpse!!! I am always working and saving riffs, I usually do this for a period and then when I have enough time I start arranging the stuff and creating the complete songs, so far I am also working on 2 full-lenght albums, one for DISORDER and another for MORBID STENCH but I have like 4 complete songs for CONCEIVED BY HATE and I plan to finish recordings at least for all guitars and bass by this year, I really like short songs albums (8 to 9 songs) so lets say I have almost 50% ready haha, so yes! I hope that the second full-lenght is at least ready this year and released on early 2016.  

7.Does    Concieved  By  Hate   play  live  very  often?What  have  been  some  of your  most  memorable  shows  so  far?

Yes, in the last years we have been very active playing locally in order to promote music and get funds by selling merch, our country is small and there are not many places or shows from which you can choose but we have been playing like 1 or 2 shows per month lately. Regarding a memorable show I really do not have any that comes to mind first, I think all have been good. 

8.Are  their  any  tours  or  shows  planned  for  2015?  If  you  could  set up a  dream  tour/show  who  are  some bands{past or  present}  you  would  like to  share the  stage  with?

I am working on touring europe but I will have to setup a live line-up to do this since matching 6 schedulers its quite difficult, I mean we are 6 members with different lives and seems difficult for all to have the same intervals of free time or vacations so I am working on this, there are some oportunities but still working on them. A dream tour/shows for me would be with bands like DISSECTION, DECEASED, ASPHYX, ENTOMBED and DISMEMBER. 

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

I am not the best person to judge the whole metal underground scene but what comes to my mind is that a good thing of today is that with Internet there are almost no bounderies to promote your music or to get in touch with other bands or scenes from places 20 years ago you wont imagine, this is a good thing in both cases as a fan or as a musician, on the other hand I think that Internet has made the things easier so now the love for music maybe is not valorated much as before because it is no longer hard to get it, I mean you can listen 1 song of a band today and 24 hours you may be able to download the whole discography and then if you want you delete it for no money so I think this has killed the passion and romance it was present in the past but its like all, not all is perfect, you get something good but also something bad at the same time. In my humble opinion underground metal its something made from the heart, honest and without thinking if will like it or not to others, its something real and done by the love of this music, it does not have to be necessarily related to unknown bands or underrated bandsor to be succesful to make money or not from this music, most metal bands I think do not make a living out of this music but there are some that are still undeground and very real about this music that became succesful. 

10. Concieved  By  Hate   comes   out  of  EL Salvador's  metal scene  what  is  your   opinion  of   EL Salvador's  metal  scene? 

This is a complicated question for me since I cannot judge anyone, I think I am just focused on my shit and thats it I try not to look around on what others are doing but I will try to answer this question, I think as I told in previous question with Internet it is more easy to get in touch with this kind of music so there could be more bands and/or metalheads but I think the air is lacking of passion, as I said I am no one to judge it but this is the first thing that came to my mind.

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

I do not have any, I mean there is no local band that had or has influenced me on doing this so I do not have any favorite by now. 

12.Besides   Concieved  By  Hate   are you   or  any  of the  members   currently   working  with   other  bands  or  solo  projects?

Yes, since I felt some things will not work good with Conceived By Hate and reactived my first old band called DISORDER which is a combination of mostly thrash riffs, it was put on hold in 2002 and reactivated as an studio project in 2011 joining forces with Hellbastard on vocals and Iosif helped as session drummer, I put out a single on 2013 and a full-lenght called “En El Rio del Olvido” on 2014 both out on my label MORBID SKULL RECORDS, currently I am recording the next full-lenght for this band. Also I am working in another band called MORBID STENCH which is pure dense fucking death metal, on this one I am also working on the guitars and bass with Iosif on drums and a good friend from Costa Rica “The Master Butcher”  (INSEPULTO, NECROGOD, etc..), currently I am recording the tracks for the debut album that I hope to have it released this year.

13.Other than  working  with   Concieved  By  Hate    you  are  also  the  owner  of  Morbid Skulls Records. when  did you get  the  idea  to  start a  label? Do  you  work  on  everything yourself  or do you  have  some  help?

It was something not planned, I think started it seriously around late 2012 and finally I think got my logo and dedicated address on 2013 and starting to deal with bigger labels, it is not like I just wanted to have a label it was the only way to promote more seriously my bands so lets say it was my logic way to go instead of waiting for others to help my bands i just did it my self and my way. In relation with the administrative things or operations I do it all by myself, its fucking difficult sometimes to get all done quickly but I am working on distributing better my time to manage it better. As I said currently I just edit my bands productions because of the costs and hard work that has to be done to move the stuff, I am not the guy that lays down to wait until others do the job, I really like to do it my self and put always my best effort in all. 

14.What   have you  released  on  Morbid Skulls Records  so  far?  is this  just  a  label  for your bands or  have you released  other  bands as  well?

 I have release officialy the following items:

CONCEIVED BY HATE “Selective Procreations” 7” Split Vinyl with NUCLEAR (Chile) 2013
CONCEIVED BY HATE “Below The Deck Of Opulence” 12” Split Vinyl with DECEASED (USA) 2014
CONCEIVED BY HATE “Coalition Of Death” CD Split with AKHERON (Colombia) 2015
DISORDER “En El Rio Del Olvido” CD full-lenght 2014

Yes man this is just for my bands so far, it is not that I do not want to help other bands but I am not making profit out of it so budget is not infinite, if there is another band that I like and have the right attitude then I may think about it but its hard.

15.What  do  you   look for  when  signing and releasing  a  band?  What  are some  of the  upcoming  releases for   Morbid Skulls Records?

If I would sign or edit something for a band I need the right attitude on this, I mean I am not rich and I am not and will surely not make money out of all this, I do it because I like it and I need it as breathing so the band needs to understand this and support the label to make the best results but sometimes there are egocentric bands that think they are the best stuff ever and that I will be rich by editing the stuff so they start asking money or a lot of copies, on those cases I always say I am not the label for them and wish them good luck. The upcoming releases I have are as follow:

CONCEIVED BY HATE “Coalition Of Death” (Limited Vinyl Edition)
CONCEIVED BY HATE (new full-lenght)
DISORDER (new full-lenght)
MORBID STENCH (debut album)

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

Thanks a lot to you Patrick for the interest on doing this interview and also to the readers, I wish you all the best.

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