Saturday, February 20, 2016

Interview with Ohio's Gravewurm done by Patrick 2-20-16

Here  is  a   new   interview  with  Ohio's  legendary  band  "Gravewurm"  talking  about  their  newest  release  Doomed  To  Eternity   and the  bands  past  as well  future   plans.If you  do  not  have  a  copy  of the  bands  newest  release  either  contact the  band  directly  or  their  label  Hells Headbangers  Rec.   hope  you   like  the   interview  and  keep  watching the  web-zine  much  more  coming  up  soon

Interview  with  Funeral  Grave  vocalist  and  guitarist  of  Gravewurm   done  by  Patrick

1.Hello  how   is  2016  going  for you  and the  band so  far? 

This year is starting ok, but we are still dealing with the loss of metal icon and friend Jim Konya. The maniac hordes whom have always supported Gravewurm have many positive things to say about the latest album ‘Doomed to Eternity. Cleveland winter sucks, but that is standard fare. 

2.Gravewurm  formed  in  1990  what gave  you  the  idea to  form  this  band? How  did you  come  up  with  the  name  of  the  band?

 We started under the name Dominion in an effort to combine our love for doom, death and all the darkness we could muster. The initial songs weren’t very good or interesting since we had just begun. In 1993 after a few changes, Gravewurm was chosen in response to more black metal and old school death metal influence. It is the name of the 2nd song from the 2nd album of Benediction. We spell wurm with an U to associate it with a winged mystical serpent. The umlaut was later added by Christophe Spadjel who created the official logo in 1998. 

3.For  the  readers   who have  never  heard Gravewurm's  music  how  would  you  say  it  has  changed  over the  years?Who  are some  of the bands  that  influenced  you  and  Gravewurm?

We have not changed too much in style, but just strive at being better song writers. Goatlord, Nunslaughter, Hellhammer, Celtic Frost, Sodom and Venom are the main influences. 

4.Gravewurm recently  released their  new  cd,lp   "Doomed To  Eternity"how  long  did  it  take the  band to  write the  music  for this release?

 I wrote all of the riffs and lyrics in a few months. Lord Mazillon (Jim Konya R.I.P.) added some ideas to a few of the songs and they were complete. 

5.Besides  the  newest release  "Doomed To  Eternity"  is  there  any  other  merchandise  or  releases  available  for the  fans to  buy? If  yes  where can the  readers  buy  it  from?

 Yes, the 2014 cd ‘Abyss Sorcery’ re-press is available through Forbidden Records and Hells Headbangers. HH also has several of our early releases on cd from Barbarian Wrath Records.

6.Does  the  band  have  any  shows  or  tours  coming  up  in  support  of  "Doomed To  Eternity"? If  yes  where  are  some  places the  band  will  be  playing?

Yes we are playing again this year.

May 28th Scranton, PA @ The New Penny
August 13th Baltimore, MD @ The Depot
November 11th Chicago, IL @ Cobra Lounge

We hope to book a few more. 

7.What   have  been  some  of   Gravewurm's  most   memorable  shows  over  the  years?

Tampere Finland with Satanic Warmaster, Drowning the Light and Arghoslent 2009
Springfield Virginia with Destroyer 666 2006
Fort Wayne Indiana with The Lurking Corpses 2011
Wallingford Connecticut with Hraeslvgr and Arduous Task 2013
Orlando Florida with After Death and Hellwitch 2007

8.I  believe the band  played  last  years  Hells  Headbangers  fest.  how  do you  feel  the  fest  went  over all? Who  were  some  bands  you  felt  that  did  a  great set? Will  Gravewurm  be  playing this   years  fest  or  have you  all decided  yet?Where  can the readers buy  tickets  from?

Yea the fest was pretty good. I didn’t get to watch all of the bands, but I did enjoy BAT, Demonic Christ and Satanic Warmaster very much. We will most likely not be playing this year. Tickets for 2016 fest will be available soon on Hells Headbangers website. 

9.In  your   opinion   what  does  underground  metal   mean  to you?

It is the human expression which defies all normalcy of life as defined by society. 

10.Gravewurm   comes  out  of the  great  Ohio   metal  scene   what  is your  opinion  of  the  Ohio  metal  scene? How  do you  feel  it  has  changed   over the  years?

 I have only lived here for a few years, but know some of the rich metal history. Like many other areas, it has good years and bad years. Ohio will always be great for metal.

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

Faith Xtractor, Acheron, Spawn of Satan and Crucified Mortals have created killer metal…and of course the mighty Nunslaughter. 

12.Besides  bands  does  Ohio   have  any  good  labels  or  distro's  you  feel  the readers   should  check  out  soon? What  about  fan  or  web-zines  from your  state?

Hells Headbangers and Redefining Darkness are good. Not sure about zines. 

13.Are  you   or  any  of  the  members  currently  working  with  other bands?  if  yes  please tell the readers  about  them?

New drummer also plays in Pittsburgh black / death legends Sathanas. Sathanas are one of the most consistent bands still active in the underground. 29 years and still going strong. 

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

Metal is life, death and beyond. Not much else interests me. Going to shows, meeting fans, making friends, discussing likes and dislikes, reminiscing about the 80s. 

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

Thanks for the continued interest and support for Gravewurm. Fans of old school goat metal like Venom, Sodom and Hellhammer should check out our latest albums ‘Abyss Sorcery’ and ‘Doomed to Eternity’ which can be ordered through Hells Headbangers, Forbidden Records, Barbarian Wrath or directly from the band at 
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