Thursday, October 22, 2015

Interview with Raul owner of Memento Mori done by Patrick on 10-22-15

Regards
Here  is  a  new  interview  with  Raul  owner  of the  great   metal  label   "Memento  Mori"  that  specializes   in  releasing  obscure   death and some  old-school doom  cd's  and  also  re-releasing  some  obscure  out of  print  early releases  from  various  bands  around the  world  so defintly  give  this  a read  and  check  out   this  awesome  label today
Patrick
fiendformetal@live.com






Interview   with  Raul   owner  of  Memento Mori  Productions   done  by   Patrick



1. Hello Raúl, thank you for taking the time to fill out this interview. Please introduce yourself to the readers...

Hey there, Patrick. Thanks for this chance to talk about Memento Mori a bit. My name's Raúl, I'm a handsome 43 year-old man with a grey-ish beard and cool tattoos, and I run a humble underground label/mailorder called Memento Mori along with my partner, Marian, who takes care of everything logistics, and the invaluable aid of our four kitties. I used to growl for a couple of bands in the far past, but it's been so long since those days that it feels like it was somebody else's life instead of my own life, haha.
 




2. When did you first discover Metal music? Who were some of the first bands you listened to? Who are some of your current favourites?

My father used to play this "best of" type of tape on the car's stereo that featured lots of songs and it was a few of them by bands such as Kiss, The Ramones, AC/DC and Status Quo that I liked the most. Back then I was some 9-10 years old and I had never heard about terms like Heavy Metal, Hard-Rock or Punk-Rock, so I guess it was not until a year later that I properly learnt about Heavy Metal as a music genre, via other bands such as Iron Maiden, Metallica, Accept, Tokyo Blade, Helix, Venom, Twisted Sister, Black Sabbath, W.A.S.P., Judas Priest and tons more. As for favourite bands, I don't feel like I'm loyal to any single band. I'm not the kind of music fan that becomes a blind follower of a band's entire body of work. It's especifical albums that I'm a diehard fan of. Most times it's only about the first few albums of a band that I really dig and don't really give a damn about the rest of their discography for whatever reason.
 




3. When did you decide to start the label Memento Mori? How did you come up with the name for the label?

It all started like a mere mailorder back in early 2010, but it was such an easy and boring thing to do that I decided to raise the ante and mutate it onto a label / mailorder shortly after. Complication is a beautiful thing, I guess. The name for the label came up naturally as one of my life's motto is the old Latin saying that goes "carpe diem, memento mori". "Carpe diem" didn't sound Death Metal enough, so I went for the second part of the saying: "remember you're gonna die". Now that's definitely Death Metal, aye? Also, it's pretty suitable for a label that especializes in that thing they call "old school Death Metal", you know, slow/mid paced heavy Death Metal with the ocassional fast part and a rotting atmosphere. That's the kind of stuff that I grew and fell in love with 25+ years ago.





4. Raúl, do you have any advice for anyone who might be thinking of starting their own label? What do you look for when signing and releasing a band?

The only legit advice that I could offer is, whatever you do, do it well. I mean, passion is not enough as there's plenty of 3rd parties that might eventually get affected by your endeavours. Yes, throw all your heart into it, but do throw in your brain as well. You don't need to be a professional to act like one, and responsibility is something that should always be an essential part of your modus operandi. Other than that, good luck!
What I look for when signing a band... The main factor is, the bands must be into the old-flavoured brand of extreme Metal (most especially Death Metal, Doom Metal and anything in between) that I grew up with. I tolerate a wee bit of technicality and/or experimentation thrown in for good measure, but riffs must prevail and the songs must have a soul. Otherwise I'm not interested. I tend to be extremely conservative regarding the kind of extreme music that I like and release. Not really interested in shreds, wanking fests and a zillion notes/odd tempo signatures per minute. I leave all that fuzz for those that actually regard music as a science. I for one regard music as a vehicle for emotions: count me out if it doesn't touch me, whether it's Metal or any other music genre. Other than that, I want to work with humble, down to earth people whose goal is far from becoming the new underground hype.
 





5. Do you run/work on the label by yourself or do you have some friends who help you out?

It's me and Marian, as stated above. Besides her, I usually rely on a couple of friends when it comes to taking care of graphic stuff such as flyers / ads / layout because I'm a computer caveman that can hardly use Microsoft Paint, hehe.




6. What styles of Metal do you release? Are you currently looking for new bands to sign and release or is Memento Mori's roster filled up for now?

This question was partially answered above, but I may add that I wouldn't mind putting out a full-on Thrash Metal album. I could do that any day given if/when I find a band that would really grab me by the balls. In fact I already found a couple of bands whose music I really dig, but they both had a release deal with some other label, so nothing happened in the end.
I'm always on the hunt for new, up and coming bands to support via Memento Mori. But the handicap is timing because I like to plan the releases way ahead of time. This is the reason why it didn't work out with some bands, as they needed an immediate, or relatively fast, release but I just couldn't offer them such thing. Our schedule is usually busy about a year in advance. Right now, our 2016 schedule is full and I just started planning the 2017 releases.



7. What are your current releases? Are there any new releases that the Metal fans should watch out for?

We've put out 43 releases so far. And it'll be 46 of them by the time this interview is published. The most recent ones are the repress of the BURIAL - Relinquished Souls reissue CD, the COFFINCRAFT - In Eerie Slumber CD and the PRAISE THE FLAME - Manifest Rebellion CD. October 31st is the release date for our next three releases: ALDEBARAN - …From Forgotten Tombs I & II CD, DEMENTIA 13 - Ways of Enclosure CD and ABYSSUS - Into the Abyss CD. You can learn about all those releases by taking a look at www.memento-mori.esRegarding the future, we've already gone public about some of the 2016 releases, such as an especial repress of the DELIRIUM - Zzooouhh CD (this time as a 2CD featuring demos and a full 1991 show) that we put out back in 2011, a demos compilation CD of the old Dutch band PYATHROSIS, and the debut full-length CD's from very promising bands like THE FOG (Germany), GORGOSAUR (Sweden), TORTURE RACK (U.S.A.), CARNAL TOMB (Germany) and KURNUGIA (U.S.A.). There's more releases to be announced, so stay tuned




8. Besides current bands you have re-released some classic releases from various underground bands. When did you get the idea to do this? If you had the chance, are there any older bands and releases you would like to release soon?



I always thought it's good to remember the past and give people the chance to own and enjoy a physical copy of something that was released many years ago without spending obscene amounts of cash for a 2nd hand 1st press copy. That's why I thought of putting out some reissues from the very beginning. However, I do believe that the whole thing's getting out of hand in recent times. Reissues are flooding the market, including stuff that doesn't really deserve the reissue treatment in my humble opinion, and there's tons of people out there that only purchase reissues just because it's old stuff that you "must" own and collect, stuff that they never heard of (even most of us, veterans, didn't before the internet era) but they feel like they "have to" have it because, well, because it's old and therefore so damn great, you know. That's something that leaves little room for new bands and current releases to get the attention and support that I think they deserve. Soon there'll barely be any more worthy old stuff to undig. And then what? I do believe it's healthier for us all to support current bands so we can perpetuate this underground thing. And it must be done now instead of waiting for the day most of them will become "hideous gems that need a reissue" in 20 years time. Thus said, yeah, there's a few old releases/recordings that I'd like to reissue. But that's not my #1 priority even though I'm well aware of the fact that they'd sell much better than a current release. I'm more focused on pushing new acts no matter what.




9. Raúl, you live in the great country of Spain. What is your opinion of Spain's Metal scene?
As far as I'm concerned, the current Spanish scene is packed with great bands. They're better musicians, they're more focused and they can certainly display pretty much the same rotten feeling than the bands we had in the past did. I'll definitely keep on pushing and supporting as many of them as I can through Memento Mori. Other than that, we suffer from the same bullshit that you may find in almost any other part of the world: big-mouthed people that claim to be supportive when in fact they support nothing, trendies, liars, scammers, egomaniac imbeciles, stupid internet warriors of all kind, people that spend large sums of cash on pretty t-shirts to show off instead of spending it on gigs or music... Same shit, different country. Also, most proactive people are around or over 40 years old and you can't really foresee a generational relief. Not sure what the future holds for us. We'll see.
 



10. Who are some of your all-time favourite bands from Spain? Are there any new bands you feel the readers should check out?

Some of my all-time favourite bands from Spain don't even belong in the Metal scene, so excluding those (I don't think it'd be of any interest for your readers to name drop them), I'd definitely say Barón Rojo is my favourite Spanish band ever. Also Leño and the early albums by Barricada, if we expand the range a bit and include Rock / Hard-Rock bands as well. And of course some underground extreme Metal bands too, be them old (Obscure, In Torment, Suffocation / Intoxication, Feretrum, Human Waste, Gutural...) or current (Ataraxy, Oniricous, Bokluk, Graveyard, Decapitated Christ, Mass Burial and projects such as Necroven and Deprive).
 





11. In your opinion, what is the best and worst thing about the underground scene, and what does underground Metal mean to you?
To me, underground (extreme) Metal is more about a modus operandi, the way you do things and why you do them, more than it is just about music. Music is of course relevant, but there must be something else to it in order to be properly called underground or else it'd become just another product to be marketed. The best thing about the underground scene is to get in touch with other people whose passion for this tiny world of ours is the same that I feel. The worst thing is, regardless how especial some people might feel just because they listen to underground music, any underground scene is a mere reflection of society / mankind. That simple sentence should say a lot.
 





12. Well Raúl, we have reached the end of the interview. Do you have any final words for the readers?
First, I'd like to thank you again for this interview. I hope it was worth the wait, mate. And to the readers, feel free to visit www.memento-mories (and/or go like www.facebook.com/memento.mori.label) if you want to be updated on our activities as a label and mailorder. Alternatively, you can also send e-mail to raulsv1972@hotmail.com and request to be added to our mailing list. Cheers to all. In Death, In Doom...




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Interview with the Philippines thrashers PaganFire done by Patrick on 10-22-15

Metal   Hails
Here  is  a  new  interview  with  the  Phillippines  old-school  thrashers   PaganFire  who  has released  a lot  of demo's,E.P's  and  one  full-length to date.If you  are  interested to find  out  more  about  the  band  and   Phillippines  metal  scene take  a few  minutes  and read this  great  interview.
Regards
Patrick
fiendformetal@live.com








Interview  with  Nonoy  vocalist  and  guitarist  for  PaganFire   done  by   Patrick





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



  N: I heard metal via my older brother’s dub tapes of Anthrax, Ramones and Metallica when I was 8, I rediscovered it when I was 11, alongside with bands like Beatles, Queen, Guns and Roses and other popular stuff at that time, then in ’93 I met our drummer Jay and he had tapes of other bands that I never knew, like Sacred Reich, Danzig, Slayer, Sodom, D.R.I. among others, and from there as we always say, the search for heaviest, fastet and nastiest band on the planet never ceased!!





2. PaganFire  formed  in  2003  what  gave you  the   idea  to  start  this  band?How  did  you  choose  the  name  PaganFire  for  the  GROUP? 



N : Me and Jay, have been rehearsing since 1999, in a Slayer, Sodom cover band that after key line up changes was renamed PAGANFIRE, our 1st bass/vocals Dennis thought of the name in ’01, and we have used it ever since.



3.What  is  the   current  line up  of  the  band?How  do you  feel  PaganFire's  music  has  changed  over  the  years?Who  are  some the  bands  biggest  influences?



N: PAGANFIRE is Jay – drums, Nonoy – axe, Vro – bass/vocals and M.A. – axe, we have been together for quite a while and I think this is the most potent line up we ever had, the music is still thrash metal that is meant to melt people’s faces, since day 1! Nothing much has changed, if any perhaps our new gears, and other hardware, as far as I am concerned the evolution is naturally metal, no trends, no sugarcoated crap, just pure underground d.i.y. thrash metal!!




4.PaganFire's  debut  full-length  "Wreaking Fear  And Death" was released  in  2013  how  long  did it  take the  band to  write  and record the  music  for the debut?



N:  it took us a couple of years to finish the entire eight songs, most of it was due to a key line up change happening in ’06, and when we thought about going on as a trio or getting a new axeman, some songs on the album have already been sitting around for years, and yes there were freshly penned anthems on it too, overall we can say that it was worth the wait, so play it loud!!





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


N: it is Alvaro at the helm, all lyrics are done by him, topics range from perversion, violence,tyrants, disease, universe, religion etc. although me and Jay did some lyrics for a pair of songs ten years ago, now it’s all Alvaro.




6.Has  PaganFire   started  work  on  a  new  full-length  or  demo?If  yes  how  many  songs  will you   write and record  for  the  new  release?



N: as we speak, we have locally released a new demo with 3 songs, “ANG SUSUPIL! ANG KIKITIL!” last March ’15, and we did a follow up single “ THE EXECUTOR IS BACK” last Oct. 9, ’15, we have 4 new songs, and they will reflect the direction of the new album,we plan to do at least 8 tracks or more, we have 4 down, and we will do some more, I am thinking of systematically re-recording our songs from 2006, as we feel that they never got the production they deserved, but all of this extra activity is not sure, only thing sure is the follow up to “wreaking..” will be made soon enough. 




7.What   Merchandise  and  releases  are  available  for  the  fans ?Where  can  the  maniacs  find your  releases and  merchandise?


N: as stated above, we did two new releases, and on top of that our DVDr and LIVE ep series are all put out by Alvaro on his Metal Havoc productions, there is also stuff out on various labels: WREAKING cd – BESTIAL INVASION RECORDS, DEMO 2004 REISSUE TAPE – WARMASTER and INCONSPIRACY RECORDS, MALAYSIA, WREAKING Euro press – KAMPF RECORDS, POLAND, a PAGANFIRE/SABBAT split tape is out too on STYGIAN SHADOWS, HUNGARY, CD and LP versions to follow shorlty on BESTIAL INVASION, and ANGER OF METAL, Anger of Metal also did the “Wreaking” LP version, anyone interested to get any of this just let me know or try and google the labels, they are all cooperative and true maniacs of the underground! if any label is keen on re-releasing the live series,  contact us: paganfire13@yahoo.com 





8.Does   PaganFire    play  "live"  very   often  or  do you  all  prefer the  studio?


N: we  play at least 5-6 times a year, that is all, but we rehearse regularly, at least 1 hour per week, I prefer the studio as it is more productive in my opinion,  playing live is getting bothersome at the moment, as there is only one venue where we played for the last 3 shows, haha playing live in different cities is better, let us see if this will change in 2016. Argh!! 




9.Who   are  some  bands  you  all  have the  pleasure to  share  the  stage  with? What  have  been  some  of your   most  memorable  shows  over  the  years?


N: there are many, but more often than not we play with CORRUPT INSANITY, PATHOGEN, SACROSANCT, KARIMLAN, some memorable gigs were the nights with INFERNAL CURSE, BEAST PETRIFY, RIVERGE, AS SAHAR, of course there are tons more of bands we have played with for the last 16 years, listing them all here would be tedious!! But the 1st four bands mentioned are all worthy of a good listen!! Most memorable was the Iron Maiden tribute in 2005, that turned into a good old fashioned bar punching incident, complete with cops!!!! Our gigs in Legazpi, Cebu, Iloilo and Baguio cities from 2011-2015, and our one night show in Malaysia in 2014, all of this are the most embedded in my brains, we will do this again!!





10.Nonoy   you   handle  the  guitars  for the band  at  what  age  did you  start  playing  the  guitars?Are  you   self  taught  or  did you  take  some  lessons  when  first  beginning?


N: I started playing when I was 13, and until now, it is not obvious in my playing hahaha, I never had any lessons, just basic chord chart reading with my neighbors, and then tablature reading, some tips from our ex-guitarists, and from there I could say I learned everything and still learning things all by myself, nothing much more to say, but practice and more practice always!




11.Who  are some  of your  influences/favorite    guitarists?


N: Major influences would be Hetfield, Hanneman, Mustaine, etc as they are the reason why I picked up a guitar in the first plae, later on, I get to admire tons of others like the axemen from Sodom, Infernal Majesty, Kreator, Mercyful Fate, Carcass, Morbid Angel, Sacred Reich, Death and many more guitarists that to me are doing something very interesting can be branded as my influences, later on bands like DEMOLITION HAMMER, HOLY TERROR, RIGOR MORTIS and ORDER FROM CHAOS became the blueprints of how I want my playing to be, which as always is but a dream, such a goal will be unattainable hahahaaa




12.Besides  the  guitars  you   also  handle  the  vocals  for  the  band.When  did you  first  start  growling and  screaming? Do  you  do  anything to   keep  your  throat and  voice  healthy?


N: let me correct you, nowadays I only do backing vocals for PAGANFIRE, I was only able to sing a pair of songs 10 years ago, it was only with this band that I tried singing, but to no avail haha, Alvaro does it better so we let him do it, no questions asked haha back when I was still singing I did nothing for my throat but to drink tons of cold beer! 



13.who  are  some  of your  favorite   vocalists and  singers? Besides the  vocals  and  guitars  do  you  play  any  other  instruments?


N: there are many, Halford, Diamond, Dickinson then the insane ones like Helmkampf, Schuldiner etc, I am more into the insane vocalists, from Black, Death and Grind Bands, I like it when it is both gruesome and memorable, powerfully frightening,  something that will leave a mark in my brain.





14.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?


N: Best thing is communication is a lot faster now, emails and information can be easily passed on, worst is the internet and social networking produced tons of pretenders, I used to worry about them but I know in 5 years time many of them will be out of the scene, so that it will be ok, underground metal is pure, fresh, and free from worthless trends, that is what it is to me.




15.PaganFire  comes  out  of  the  Philippines   metal  scene  what  is   your  opinon  of  the  scene  in  the   Philippines ?


N: the “scene” here is a series of activities that may equate to a “scene”, some gigs, some concerts, some traders, some collectors, BUT there are no more DIE HARDS in that aspect there is no scene around here or I can say there is no die hard scene, a superficial scene is what is here, but scene or no scene is that really important? With or without this scene PAGANFIRE will still play, rehearse, and release stuff, as we tread our own path and please no one else but ourselves.




16.Who  are  your  all time  favorite  bands  from  the Philippines ?Are  their  any  new  upcoming bands  you  feel  the  readers  should  watch  out  for?



N: here is a list CORRUP INSANITY, KARIMLAN, SACROSANCT, PATHOGEN, ANCIENT WARLORD, TENEBRION, INTERMENT, SUNGAYAN, MONGREL BLOOD, CRYPTIC TERROR, AGNAS, MASS HYPNOSIA and tons more that can easily match or other bands from anywhere.




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


N: BOYCOTT THE DAVAO RIP-OFF SCENE!!!! KAMATAYAN SA HUWAD NA METAL!! ANYONE interested with anything written here just contact me at the only PAGANFIRE address: NONOY PADREJUAN #60 NARIG STREET, VETERAN’S VILLAGE, PROJECT 7, 1105, QUEZON CITY, PHILIPPINES, email: paganfire13@yahoo.com thanks to you Patrick for doing this, bands for splits, labels for re-releases, traders, etc, drop us a line!!!!!




Sunday, October 11, 2015

Interview with Portugal's Festering done by Patrick on 10-11-15

Metal   Hails
Here  is  a   new  interview  with  Portugal's   old-school  band  "Festering"  the band  released  a few demo's  and  one  E.P.  And  recently  released their  debut  cd  "From  The  Grave"   through  the  label  "Caverna  Abismal  Rec"   so  if you  are  a   old-school death  metal  maniac  be  sure to  pick  this  cd   up  today. 
Regards
Patrick





Interview   with  Koja   Mutilator   Bass  player  for  Festering   done  by    Patrick






1. Hello Koja how is life going for you these days in Portugal? Please introduce yourself to the readers.


Hi guys! I am Koja, bass guitar player and founding member of the Portuguese old school Death Metal band, Festering. Life in Portugal is going through very hard times. The country has been under a tough economic adjustment program, through the International Monetary Fund. Because of this economic recovery, the people are under strong austerity measures. This does we are going through a serious financial crisis, subject to large budget cuts, brutal tax increases and enormous cuts in pensions and state support. With very serious consequences on the budget of families and a severe increase of the unemployment in the country. All this is reflected in the various areas of society and music is no exception.








2.      I believe you first formed Festering in 1992 what gave you the idea to start this band? Why did you stop the band back then?


Yes, me and two other friends, decided to start this project in 1992. At the time we all  played in other bands. But we had in common the idea of creating a band within the old spirit of the Grind / Gore, influenced by bands like Carcass and Napalm Death. So, the three of us joined and started writing songs in that line, and thus came the Festering. But this band was never more than a project, a hobby, a side project. Therefore, it was nothing more than something temporary. We recorded a song and it got there.
 




3.      Festering reformed in 2011 what made you decide to reform the band after so many years?



It all started with a conversation with a great friend of mine, Pedro, who had been vocalist in Extreme Unction (our main band - we recorded one album and a few demos). We both had the idea of making a band that would bring back the old Death Metal spirit in the vein of Entombed, Dismember, Death, Obituary or Bolt Thrower. Our friend João Galego (Guitar) quickly joined our project. I already had some material written: several riffs and songs that had been kept in the drawer waiting for the right opportunity. So, we grabbed that material and started working on it. We finished several songs and, in the meantime, Norberto (drums) also joined our ranks. But the name for our band was still missing... That's when I thought about reusing the name "Festering" and give it a new life. And thus, in 2011 Festering was reborn leaning towards that old school Death Metal sound, but retaining some of the initial Gore/Grind influences.






4.What is the current line-up for Festering? For the readers who have never heard Festering's music how would you best describe it?


As of this moment, after João left and Norberto is about to follow his footsteps, the band consists only of me and Pedro. As I said before, Festering follows that dirty early 90's Swedish Death Metal style, mixing fast riffs with slower brutal parts, sprinkled with some melodic touches more akin to Doom Metal. I think we manage to mix the right amount of brutality, speed and melody in our songs. We're a band focused on simple, direct, strong and accessible songs without any technical virtuosity





5.Festering recently released their debut cd "From the grave" through Caverna Abismal Rec. how did the band come in contact with this label?


Actually, the album is a three-label affair: Caverna Abismal, War Productions and Sinais Produções. In 2012 we released a demo "From the Grave" and a 7" single "Exhumed" through War Productions. In the meantime that label split in two, War Prod. and Sinais Prod. Later on, Nuno from Caverna Abismal had the idea of merging both releases add a bonus track and make a CD edition, which we accepted right away. Since all the labels had worked together in other releases, they decided to join forces again and make a better release.
 



6.When writing a new song does the whole band work on the music or does one member usually write everything? Who usually writes the lyrics for the band? What are some subjects you all write about?



At first, when João was still in the band, we would gather, pick a few melodies and riffs and work them into songs and the lyrics were written by me and Pedro. But right now, I'm the only one composing the songs and writing the lyrics with some input from Pedro. The subjects go from ancient mythology, to wars, ethnical and religious persecutions (old or new), apocalypse, etc... But always gore-oriented, violent and aggressive.
 







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


We haven't played live yet. At first, the band was to be solely a studio project due to the difficulty of finding the right musicians. But since we're having a great feedback from both the fans and the reviewers, I'm committed to take this band a step forward and start playing live.
 




8. Who are some of the bands you all have had the opportunity to share the stage with? Are there any tours or shows coming up to support the new CD "From the grave".



As I said, we haven't played live yet, although some invitations have popped up, even in some important festivals. Nuno (Caverna Abismal) is willing to put the band on the road and even started planning some dates in Portugal. At the same time, I have some musician friends willing to help out taking Festering to the stage, so let's see what comes out in the future.




9.    Festering comes out of Portugal's metal scene how do you feel Portugal's metal scene has change since the mid-nineties to now?


I think there's been a big evolution since then: there are lots of interesting bands and projects in various styles. The quality of musicians also took a huge step forward as well as the technical means at their disposal. More studios, more knowledge, more information, better material... All this makes up for a big step in quality.
 



10.  Who are your all-time favorite Portuguese bands? Are there any new bands coming from Portugal you feel the readers should watch out for?




One of my all-time favorite Portuguese bands is Filii Nigrantium Infernalium. Nowadays, there are quite a few new bands and some old ones who are also great! Some names that come to mind: Midnight Priest, Ravensire, Grog, Dementia 13, Perpetratör, Holocausto Canibal, Simbiose, Martelo Negro. These are high quality bands, some with a long story on the Portuguese Metal scene.








11.  Besides bands are there any good labels or distro's from Portugal the readers should check out?


Yes, we have some good labels and distro's in Portugal, who've been working hard releasing and promoting lots of bands. Besides Caverna Abismal, War Productions and Sinais Produções, I can say that Chaosphere, Helldprod, A Forja and Blood & Iron are doing a great job.
 



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



The freedom to be creative and develop the sound without any restrictions or impositions from others is, for sure, the best of the underground. You can compose and record your songs and the labels decide if they want to release them or not. The underground is pure and true. It's the force of will and creativity that count, not the money. As for the worst, there are quite a few poor quality bands coming out every day that sometimes can overwhelm the best projects. Then there's also the quality of sound... Some bands have great musicianship and songwriting skills, but lose a bit of their sting due to the quality of recording and production.
 








13.  Koja, besides Festering are you or any of the members of the band currently working with other bands? If yes please tell the readers about the bands you are involved with.



Besides Festering I'm involved in Extreme Unction, which has always been my main project. We've returned in 2015 with a new album that should come out in October. Expect melodic Death Metal with more care in song structures and more Doom influences.
 



14.  Koja you handle the bass for Festering when did you start playing the bass? Who are some of your influences /favorite bassists?



I started playing bass in my teen years, with some childhood friends, around 1987. My main influences are Steve Harris and Cliff Burton (RIP). I'm very inspired by both these Heavy Metal monsters. Although I like quite a few other bassists, these two are the ones who have contributed mostly to make the bassist I am today





15.  Koja, thank you for taking the time to fill this interview out. Do you have any final words for the readers?


Thank you on behalf of Festering for this opportunity and for your support. I'd like to leave a final message to all the readers: support the underground and the small bands that need your help to grow! Be faithful to Heavy Metal... \m/

Sunday, October 4, 2015

New reviews done on 10-4-15 done by Patrick

Hello
Here  is  a brand  new  blog  of  old-school  metal  reviews to  check  out.If you  are  a band,label  that  plays  old-school  death,black  or  traditional metal  or  thrash/speed  metal  feel  free to  get  in contact  about  a review  and  possible   interview
Patrick
fiendformetal@live.com







Eximer--Thrash  From   Fire  cd   {Witches  Brew  Rec.}
Egypt's  Eximer   have  released  their  debut  cd  "Thrash  From   Fire"   through  the  mighty  Witches  Brew  rec.  Ripping  fast  thrashy  guitars  that  are  played with  a lot  of  aggression  and  some  very  well  played  guitar  solo's   mixed  in  some  of  the  songs.The  drumming   is  done  with  a lot  of  fast  and  fierce   drum  patterns.But  the   music  is  not  all a whirlwind
the  music  does  go to  a  more  mid paced  range  in a few  of the songs  showing that the  band  can  play  both  at  a fast,raging  speed and a more controlled range.The  vocals  are done  very  good  with  a  mix  of  blackend  screams to  a  more  gruff vocal style.Eximer   play  a  great  mix  of  heavy  metal  and  old-school thrash  so  if your   into  this style  of  metal  and  do yourself  a  favor  and  pick  up  a  copy  of  Eximer's   new  cd.
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Festering--From  The  Grave   cd  {Caverna  Abismal  Rec.}
Festering  are  from  the  ever  growing  Portugal  metal  scene combing  old-school  death  metal  with  some  thrash  influences.This  is  the  bands  debut From  The  Grave which  reeks  of  early to  mid  90's  death,thrash  masters  combing  both  some  U.S  and  European  metal  but  also  the  band  knows  how to  create  some  excellent  music  so  Festering  don't  get lost  in  the  endless sea  of  retro  bands  coming  out  these  last  few  years.Fast  thrashing  guitars race through  each  song  combing  both  aggression  and  some  well played  mid  paced  sections.The  vocals  are  a  nice  mix  of  gruff death  metal  growls  and  some  thrashy  screams.If  you  are  a  fan  of the  mid  90's  death,thrash metal  scene  then  Festering  are  a band  you  will  want  to  check  out  soon.
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Nocturnal   Blood---Abnormalities  Prevail   cd/D.LP {Hells  Headbangers}
Nocturnal   Blood  and  Hells  Headbangers  have  teamed up  to  bring  a  very  special  release  from  one  of  the  Undergrounds  best  kept  secrets.This  releases  showcases   Nocturnal   Blood's  debut  demo  and  various  E.P'S and  split releases  all on  one cd  or  a Dbl  lp. For  the  fans  that  are  new  to  this  band  their  sound  and  style  are  rooted  in  the  early  black and  death  scenes.The  songs  featured   on  this  release  are  very  well  written  and  performed  but  also  keep  the   primitive  sound  alive  within  their  music.If  you  are  a  long time  fan  then this  is a collection  you  will defintly  want  to  add  to your  collection today.
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Speedwhore---The  Future  Is  Now   cd  {Witches  Brew  Rec.}
Germany's   Speedwhore  unlease  their  debut  cd  through  the   mighty   Witches  Brew Rec.Speedwhore  play  a   mix  of  early  80's  speed/thrash   metal  with  some early  black  metal  entertwined  within  the  songs.Fast guitars  that  race  through the  songs but  are  not  all speed  oriented  their  are some  really  well written  guitar  parts  and  even  some  solo's  thrown  in  a few  of the tracks.The  vocals  are  a  mix  of  thrashy  screams  and  some  blackend thrashy  screams.If  you  are  a  fan  of  early  black/thrash  then  Speedwhore  is  a  band  you  will defintly  want  to   check  out  soon.
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