DESTROYER 666 INTERVIEW

"Heck, I hate live interviews, really. I actually hate interviews in general. People asking about this and that piss me off. All I want to say one can actually find in my music. 45 minutes ort to be enough to explain what I want, hey?" This is what KK told me before I started recording the interview itself…So, in order to respect his attitude, I decided to ask him not about music per se, but all the rest which goes along with it. Did it work out well? All right, you be the judge, my dear readers.

 

1. First off, how did you like this Metalmania gig?

Hi there! Well, it was awesome, man! An amazing gig and a really good line-up! Ok, we had some technical issues, like with my guitar, so it felt like playing an acoustic one, to tell you the truth. That pissed me off like fuck but the audience seemed to be doing awesome so I decided to go on with it. Man, I love to play live in Poland, the response here has always been amazing! Yeah, despite this above mentioned problem, it was still a very good concert!

2. So tell us why you and KAT swapped the running order?

Well, yes, I would say it was due to some logistic and technical issues, apparently. And you know, I did want to see KAT live. I fucking love them! Ok, it was a bit different from what I`d expected but heck! To be able to listen to Roman`s vocals live! Amazing and awesome! A great gig, indeed.

 

3. Well, for the life of me, it is hard to fathom roman and his crew has achieved so much!

I love KAT. A lot. I got hooked years ago. Their sound is so classic, so old-school. Years back, I went to one of music stores in Australia. A huge one with all possible media you can imagine. There were like what, 50.000 items and I managed to check out maybe half of it, no kidding! In the end, I went through the discounted items bin. And you know what I found there? Metal and Hell, fuck yeah! The first press, no joke! Paid like two AUD for that! I didn’t know what to expect but I got hooked and still love KAT!

 

 

4. A quick question about Filipe. This guy comes from down under, used to play different music and now he`s joined D666. How did it happen?

Filipe is a cool dude, all right. Alan Averill from PRIMORDIAL recommended that buster to us at some gig. Well, initially Felipe was to play with us only once (instead of some other guy) but eventually he turned out to be getting along quite well with us so he joined. I am really happy about this fact. Hey! Check this out. Once we played at some gig in Norway. It wasn’t allowed to smoke backstage and so on. And that goddamn fire alarm went off out of the blue! The water sprinklers were activated too. My first thought was, fucking hell, it must be Filipe. Ha-ha, I was right of course.

5. It was interesting to read on your website about the tour cancellation and an open conflict with that bullshit Flaming Arts Agency. What exactly happened?

Well, a lot. So fucked up, hard to believe mate. But one thing was just really bad. We didn’t like the way they used to set up our drum kit, I mean they used to place it in front of the main drum kit. Therefore, it was hard for us to play properly and comfortably, we didn’t have enough space to move around freely. There was like 0.5 m free room for us to move around and just by some miracle I didn’t happen to stumble over those fucking drums. I want to stress this again. That was just one of the reasons. There were more, of course. So we decided to give that shit up. Fuck them. I decided not to talk to those guys any more, not to argue with them or play their fucked up games at all. We simply had enough. We lost a lot of money and it took its toll on our nerves too. When we quit, we were around 6.000 euro light. You know, our flights, all expenses, merchandise and so on. Still, we thought that was better to walk away rather than stay in that fucking crap with no dignity.

 

6. Peter Hobbs has said that Australia is a very difficult place when it comes to growing a music career. How do you see it?

Yeah, it’s true. It’s a very remote and isolated place. So far away from other parts of the world. In our early years, we used to play live solely within Australia, as it wasn’t possible for us to go abroad. You know, flying is fucking expensive. In result, there are a plethora of big, cult bands which, very few if any in Europe, know of. In my case, I had a GF and pretty good life at the time, but I had to make a decision to move to Europe. I love Australia but when you want to play music, well, there are better places.

7. You and INQUISITION are on the same label. What is your view on what is going on with this band these days?

Well, what can I say? Should I say to be a pedophile is a bad thing? Fuck, it goes without saying it fucking is. Shame. But you know what? What the Metalsucks pressmen did wasn’t nice, not at all. They dug into INQUISITION`s past, I mean what took place 4-5 years ago and looked for anything to get them screwed. And they did find some shit eventually. It is true this shit is bad, but hell, it’s trespassing on one`s privacy too. Well, what problem is it to find some shit to smear it over virtually anyone, right? Jimi Hendrix used to rough up his wife. Did it make him a worse musician? No. A worse person? Definitely. What I am driving at is this kind of invigilation and trespassing are vile too. And you know what? What goes around, comes around. I am pretty sure Metalsucks will suffer too, because of it all. Just right before this interview gets published. As to INQUISITION, well there is no justification for pedophilia, end of it.

8. Hell, with every year there are more and more fans of D666 here in Poland. After Wildfire was out, well, it`s been a real craze here! Is it palpable? I mean, can you see this madness at your live shows? D666 is getting stronger in this country, no doubt, hey?

Well, never thought about it like that. I don’t like all this labelling – big bands and small bands, whatever. I don’t do this for fame, money or crowds. I play music because I love to play music. It gives me pleasure. It pisses me off when I ask other musicians about their live shows. What they answer me is well, there were such and such turnout. It does bother me, man. What I am asking about is the gig itself, not the amount of people. I don’t care if there have been 40, 400 or 4.000 people at my show. My brain still enjoys the very process of playing live. Festivals are like this. There are like 10.000 people yet there come just 2.000 – at most. The rest don’t give a flying fuck. Shag them, let them go and have a drink. I want to play for those who care. What I mean is this special bond between the audience and the band. Not like being a lame ass to tick off another band one`s seen live. Poland? Hell, as I said I love Poland, man. We have plenty of fans here, who respond to our music in a perfect way. And this fiery mayhem in front of the stage! Like this gig this evening!

 

9. Ok, the last one. Which you prefer? Polish vodka or beer?

Vodka, of course!

Wojciech Michalak 

Poprawiony (wtorek, 01 maja 2018 06:50)

 

VALTURE INTERVIEW

 

VULTURE is another young crew that, with passion and commitment, carry the torch for classis metal music. When I play their amazing stuff, I always smile with pleasure! I am happy there are bands who still carry this ancient flame. The time is flying, indeed, yet this is due to the very bands like VULTURE we can be sure the old spirit of metal shall never die. I hope this short introduction will prove to you they have been featured in our magazine for a reason. Ok, my metal brothers and sisters. No need to waste time. Read on.

 

1. I have kept listening to this amazing Guillotinefor some time now and will tell you I am stunned with how well you guys were able to recreate the atmosphere of the 80s. Damn, if I didn’t know you guys formed back in 2015, I would claim this stuff was recorded in 1985/1986, no joke!   

Stefan: Thank you very much for that great compliment, mate!

  2. You people seem to be quite young fellas, so please tell me what made you start listening to this old-school metal? How did it all start; tell me about your first band/album you`ve listened to. How long ago was it?

Stefan: Can only speak for myself here. When I got nine years old, I got my first stereo along with Deep Purple's Made In Japan. I instantly fell in love with their, at least for me, rather obscure vibe and the dark layout of the booklet. Now, 16 years later I'm still wandering on the same paths, I guess.

 3. Listening to metal music is one thing, but why did you decide to form VULTURE and play this very style of music? How did you guys meet up and whose idea was it to start your band?

Stefan: I guess it was my idea. In 2015 I quit Obsessör. Since I've been making music, I've always been involved in Speed/Thrash bands, so right away I was sure, that I'll end up forming another band. The goal was to step away from that Blackened, Teutonic-Thrash kinda sound. Together with the others we wanted to dig a little deeper and grab the whole genre by its very roots.

4. You guys come from Germany, the country that’s been always very active when it comes to metal music. So please go and tell me about your first live show you’ve seen…

Stefan: I've been to some local shows before, but I guess my first real Metal concert was Cannibal Corpse in Hannover in 2005 or '06, ha ha. I was a huge Death Metal fan back then and struggled hard to be able to play these tricky riffs myself. Obviously failed though.

5. It comes as no surprise to me that Steffen from High Roller took you under his wings. His label is really powerful, and specializes in old-school metal music. Your debut album has been released in the tape version too. Can you please give us some more details about it, thank you?

Stefan: There are two tape versions of The Guillotine. One was done by Ding Victim Productions over here in Germany and the other one was a licensed release by an Asian label. Nothing out of the ordinary.

6. These days, traditional media are back. More and more titles get released on tape and vinyl. I suspect that for you, as musicians, to have you stuff released on vinyl (the noblest media, in my view) is just an amazing experience. How did it feel to hold the vinyl version of your music in your own hands?

Stefan: Great, of course, he he! After all the struggles and challenges you gotta go through when doing a record it's one of the greatest feelings to have the very final product in your hands.

7. Hey! Your music is heavily influenced by the 80s. So tell me man, if you could travel in time, where would like to go and what band would you like to play live with? Let’s say a band from the 80s? What band would you like to see play live? Would you like to change something in the past if you were able to?

 Stefan: Metallica. Exodus. Slayer. Betrayel. Powerlord. And I would probably make Exodus write another album after Bonded By Blood that is at least somehow good.

 8. On April 20th, your first demo will be out on vinyl with a different cover artwork. Why? I would say the old one was much better, really!

Stefan: The album is getting a lot of represses already and we thought it might be a cool thing to have some versions with a different layout and look. I really like the simple looking Guillotine, but of course the original cover is much more brutal and effective, you're right there. Up to everyone's personal taste in the end.

9. Vendetta 7`` EP was out through High Roller last year. It is sold out now. Is there any chance this stuff gets re-released?

Stefan: No, it’s not sold out. We still got it in our web shop and I think High Roller still have some as well. But as far as I'm concerned, this is not meant to be repressed after it's sold out.

10. Beside your own tracks, the Victim to the Blade demo features two cover songs of JUDAS PRIEST. Is this guitar duo K.K.Downing/Genn Tipton so important to you, huh?

Stefan: Yes, indeed! Judas Priest play a very special role for all of us.

11. So, please tell me about the future of this Victim to the Blade. Is it going to be released in the vinyl format too?

Stefan: Victim To The Blade has been pressed on vinyl many times already, mate! It's currently in its 3rd pressing. You can get it at High Roller Records.

12. How about playing live? Are you active in this field, huh? Where can we see you guys live this year? Any summer festivals for instance? How about coming to Poland? That’d be really awesome!

Stefan: Sure, we're playing live. Since we're all doing jobs during weeks its rather impossible for us to become a touring band sometime soon, but we try to catch as many shows as possible. This year we've already been to Sweden and Denmark. Looking forward to Up The Hammers in Athens and a lot of other great shows all over Europe.

13. Is VULTURE the only band you`re active with or there are other projects as well?

Stefan: I've always been involved in different projects, right now the only thing Leo and I do besides Vulture is doing Luzifer singles once in a while. Just got a new seven inch out!

14. Beside the music of your idols from the 80s, what other bands inspire you?

Stefan: A lot of 70s stuff, like the mentioned Priest and some proto metal stuff. We're also listening to a lot of horror movies soundtracks.

15. What are your inspirations/influences when it comes to writing your lyrics? Do you like horror fiction or classic horror movies and historical period drama movies? Please tell us more about your lyrics.

Stefan: Yes, we do! We're mostly writing about murder and Heavy Metal. With The Guillotine we started adding lyrics about movies we like, like „This Night Belongs To The Dead“, which is about Carpenter's The Fog or „Adrian's Cradle“ which is obviously about Rosemary's Baby. We're gonna continue that path for sure!

16. You surely listen to a lot of music. Do you know of any Polish bands? WARFIST, ROADHOG, AXE CRAZY or CRYSTAL VIPER? Or some older crews such as TURBO, KAT?

Stefan: Not that familiar with many new Polish bands, but I'm of course aware of the classics you just mentioned! Great stuff!

17. Ok, that’s it, I think. All the best and thanks a lot for your amazing answers. Hails to the VULTURE horde. Anything to add for our readers? Feel free, the floor is all yours...

 Stefan: You're welcome Leszek! Get your switchblades out! Vulture kills!

LWS

 

Poprawiony (środa, 04 kwietnia 2018 18:20)

 

MEGATHERION INTERVIEW

A mighty beast called MEGATHÉRION was born in 2015, when two musicians from EURYNOMOS: Aíthōn (guitar) and Magma (bass) joined forces with Summānus, a longtime friend and devoted fan of Metal. Although he has not played drums for more than 10 years, he accepted the invitation and tried to refresh his musical skills. Although the first intentionwas only the ordinary rehearsal,it all turned into a new sordid band, which was then baptized by the name of MEGATHÉRION. Over time, the songs took to the right form and were professionally recorded in March 2017. Shortly after, Aíthōn asked Carnivore (vocalist in the CRUEL FORCE and SHRINE bands) to join the rest of the team. After just one rehearsal, in July of the same year, Carnivore adds his vocals, making the songs complete, and the band eventually records their material, which takes the form of a debut mini album (self-titled MEGATHÉRION). The recorded songs will appear on LP and CD under the banner of IRON PEGASUS RECORDS.MEGATHERION music is primitive, full of energy, simple, crude, straightforward and sort of raw. An attentive listener will be able to pick up some punk elements, apart from Metal, of course! The band is currently working on their new songs that will be recorded in 2018. So, you have been warned…


 1.Well, I am just done listening to EURYNOMOS and must say this music`s impressed me a lot and hey – you have just unleahsed another relentless attack –a nice punch right between my eyes. Man, tell me where you get all these ideas to make such fucking awesome music?

Aithon: Hails Leszek, nice to hear that you dig the sound of MEGATHÉRION. There is too much energy and creativity stuffed in our brain damaged skulls, it needed to be unleashed before we run amok and get locked up, hehe.

2. Ok, I will say the band name isn’t just a random one. Frankly, I was expecting the music to be more CELTIC FROST oriented rather than being (sonically) closer to EURYNOMOS. You know, riffs, guitar sound and so on. I would say it results from the fact both bands share same members, is this correct? Anyhow, awesome music in the old-school vein which is, in fact, near to my heart. Consider it flattery, man!

Aithon: Well, we knew that people expect a CELTIC FROST clone behind the name MEGATHÉRION, cause that’s how it usually is nowadays when bands choose a brandname that is connected to another band’s song or title. Not here. CELTIC FROST, or in our case it is more HELLHAMMER, is only one element of the metallic cocktail that we have with MEGATHÉRION. We have chosen the name because it sounded good in our ears plus it stands for heaviness and open kind of riffing IF you want to compare it with „To Mega Therion“, CELTIC FROST’s album.

The similarity to EURYNOMOS has several reasons… first of all, just like in EURYNOMOS, I do the major part of the songwriting, like all the riffs and songstructures, plus Magma (bass guitar) brings in his heavy bass and playing and creates a similar basic sound mix of bass and guitar. Additionally, I use the same pedals, guitar, amp and most important, it is the same studio. And Magma produced it as well, just like with EURYNOMOS. So that’s what both bands share here.
But there is a difference of course. The riffing is a bit more open, sometimes with a punk edge. And our vocalist „Carnivore“ has a total different vocal style compared to „Okkulto", they don’t have much in common and both singers have their very own style. And last but not least, drummer „Summanus" has a different punch than „Vesuv“. He has a more „vintage“ style of playing.

 

3. Dude, the logo of your band is amazing! Who`s responsible for this? It looks great and matches your music excellently!

Aithon: Thanks for the words, much appreciated. I did the logo. It is a very simple one, I wanted to give it a true old school vibe without making it look like Spaghetti Bolognese, hehe.

4. Initially MEGATHERION was a two-piece. Now you`ve got a full line-up. Does it mean MT will become a full time band and will play live shows?

Aithon: No, we were a three piece from the start. Magma, Summanus and myself. Carnivore joined in 2017. Live shows are possible. We need to finish our new songs so we have a full live set and then the sonic madness can begin.

5. I am curious to know why you guys didn’t decide on recording a full length album. Does it mean you want to make people more eager for your music (like EURYNOMOS who recorded three eps before recording a full length)?

The Mini album was only done to get the band into the Heavy Metal arena, just to introduce ourselves. You have to know that we already recorded the music before we had a singer. Means, we didn’t even know how the vocals would have been when the songs were recorded. So that already was a kind of challenge and 5 songs were enough for this type of recording condition and experience.
When we record a full album, it will be recorded as a full band where the vocalist will have his creative input in advance, before the material gets recorded. With the MLP our singer „Carnivore“ had to deal with what was recorded and had no input in the instrumental parts of the songs. This will change with future material, I hope.

 

6. Where did you record and how long did it take?

Aithon: We recorded at the „Crypts of Züchner“. I honestly don’t remember how long it took. Maybe 4-5 days for everything… drums, vocals, two guitars, bass, intro, etc. It has always been done with time in between, not like we recorded 4 days in a row.

7. Mere four tracks and an intro isn’t a lot, don’t you think. Well, I am sure you`re aware people want more!

Aithon: It actually is 5 songs plus an intro, but yeah, I hope that people want more. If they don’t want more, then it means we suck, hehe. But I guarantee you that the new material will kick ass no matter what.

8. Can you please tell me what your lyrics are about?

Aithon:„Carnivore“ and I shared the lyrics. My lyrics were done before he joined… like the title track, which is just a sort of introduction of the band, where it stands for. „Secret Invocations“ is about a city that is under attack, and the last hope to save it is to call the spirits of the forefathers and ask for help. „Built for Sin“ is about a sex maniac who is on the hunt for sinful flesh.

 

9. Devil seems to be one of more important and inspirational creatures when we talk about metal music. How important is this horned fellow as far as you guys are concerned?

Aithon:We are not a satanic band. The devil can be seen as a symbol of rebellion, that’s why the Heavy Metal scene most likely welcomed him with open arms.

10. Does hell exist? Is it possible that our world is The Kingdom of Darkness called Hades? Because, in my view, when we take a look atwhat’s going on right now in the world, well, it is pretty much what in the medieval times was considered hellish abyss, death, hunger, pest and incessant wars. Not a very optimistic picture, don’t you think? Seems like the fulfilment of this old prophecy of doom, the self-destruction of the civilisation, really.

Aithon:Just like in medieval times, hell was and is on earth. See the history of the catholic church and you can see what the real hell on earth was all about.. crusades, inquisition, torture, etc etc etc., I think their fictional „hell“ wasn’t more brutal than this. And still today lots of destructive things are going on world-wide, the conflicts in the middle East, etc etc etc. But there is always light at the end of the tunnel, there are always people who are positive and make the best of the situation.

11. How do you perceive the Islamic flood taking place in Europe? Islam is apparently aiming at world`s domination, the way it took place during the times of the Holy Crusades; when Christianstried to rule over the eastern culture. Isn’t it weird the opposite is happening these days?

Aithon:Well, I am here for the music first, that’s why I play in MEGATHÉRION. I don’t want to get too political. I respect everyone who respects me and I am tolerant towards people who are tolerant as well. I think organized religions have always been a big enemy of freedom… the more religious people are, the less tolerance they have. It doesn’t matter if it is islam, christianity, etc.

Oppression has always been a tool for people who have power, be it political, religious or just physical power. And for me, protecting and defending freedom is one of the most important things in life. Freedom or death!

 

12. And how to stop what is taking place right now in Europe? It’s getting out of control, don’t you think? What the Muslims do in Europe is hard to comprehend, why are they allowed to be behaving like this?

Aithon: I am not a politician, so I cannot say anything about it. There are lots of theories around and it is very difficult to say which one is right, only the ones who are in power know the true facts. So I better do not comment on this. But to bring in something positive, for me it is great is that they bring their kitchen traditions to Europe. North African and oriental food rules if it is well done.

13. We all have, for sure, been exposed to various medieval pictures, sculptures and so on of Devil. But I want to ask you whether it is in fact devil that equals evil? Or something else, what do you think? Or maybe the devil’s not as black as he is painted?

Aithon:The Devil as we know him from Christianity is just a demonized version of the Greek god Pan who was not a negative figure. He is a funny, wine and music loving pagan god that just got misused by the new conquerors.

The christians stole lots of symbols and gods from the pagans and used and misused them for their own purposes, to manipulate people. Knowing this, it all takes away the magic and power of so many christian symbols.

14.Well, some form of Gnosticism perceives Lucifer as a positive deity who is on friendly terms with man. Jahve was, contrarily, an evil and sly demiurge, the tormentor of the human race; quite the opposite of what the church claims. What do you think?

Aithon: Honestly, I don’t know, I have not looked into this subject yet.

15. Why are people so attracted to the dark side of nature? The Church pictured it as a threat and a menace, however, with time, all this has become more and more attractive and fascinating; and eventually became a source of inspiration for art. What do you think?

Aithon: I believe it has always been like this. There has always been that light versus darkness conflict and people are fascinated by it. And if people wouldn’t be attracted to dark side of nature, drama would never ever have evolved in antiquity. And drama is also a powerful tool in Heavy Metal music in case you are not listening to bubble gum Hair Metal stuff, hehe.

16. All right, please tell me what you want me to wish MEGATHERION this year?

Aithon: If you like, wish us a good hand and instinct for new ripping songs, so we can break your necks with the upcoming release, hehe.

17. That’s pretty much it, I think. Anything too add for OMMM readers? Thanks a lot, take care.

Aithon: Hail to all brothers and sisters. Keep it heavy as hell. Thanks a lot for your support Leszek. And keep the old school Metal flame burning! Expect the MINI ALBUM to be out soon!!!

Necronosferatus

Poprawiony (poniedziałek, 19 marca 2018 22:11)

 

ANGEL WITCH:


>> How to record heavy metal numbers and enjoy it<<

We could not have missed the first gig Angel Witch played in Poland in their 39 years history. Armed with a list of questions and appropriate passes we entered the ŁódźMagnetofon backstage, where two forthcoming Englishmen waited: Kevin Heybourne (K) and Will Palmer (W).


You were one of the precursors of NWOBHM, but you did not managed to live on it. Was this the reason for the split of your first line-up? Or maybe the termination of the contract with EMI had something to do with it?
K: EMI contract went down the drain even before the first album came out. It was difficult to play the tours and make a living. Later, we started to fall behind the other bands from NWOBHM. There were some personal issues as well - with my divorce in particular. You know how it is... divorce, work, it all makes record companies stop believing in you and prefer to invest in other bands. Let alone that it was my ex-wife who got us into the label.


In the past, record labels were more important. They practically decided who would succeed and who would not.
K: Not much has changed. To this day itit is relevant, but not crucial. They choose who they prefer to support, and that's what makes the difference. Each label also specializes in something - some like heavy rock, others prog music. You need to know where to go to get attention. If you get their attention, you have a chance of a deal. Some labels invest all in one band. And it's bad, because if this band leaves the label, often the whole thing falls apart.


Let's move tomodern times. In 2008 you came back for good, finally with a stable line-up after many years.
K: It's our longest lasting line-up so far! We play a lot, we are on the road most of the time. We are currently a very close-knit band. We've known each other for years and it works great.


You're the chief of "Iron Fist Magazine",so you have a press spokesman and a band musician at the same time. That's probably good for the band?
W: You know, it's good for business. I did all the press promotion for the last album - maybe except Germany, where we had somebody from outside. Surely thanks to this we keep our finger on the pulse, but it's not easy. You must like it or at least learn to like it and live with shit that sometimes spills out. Sure, when it’s cool, it is the best thing in the world, but sometimes it's a havoc that wears you downcompletely. You're in the van and you're working all the time.


Why did you include the second guitarist in the band?
In: Because it brings a lot of good. The two live guitars are not so flat, everything sounds fuller. Same as on the oldest demos, where there were two guitars as well. Sure, Angel Witch can exist as a power-trio, and it works. There were a few difficult tricks on the first CD. Despite the fact that none of the original line-up likes the sound of this album, we, the younger generation, grew up on this album. We love harmonies and how this band works. It is difficult to play it live. The first album gave the foundation for Angel Witchfinally playing two guitars! Kevin got seriously relieved and it is certainly a lot easier for him to play. Admittedly, it required a slight rearrangement, but it's a good idea!


We are waiting for your new album!
 
W: So are we, but we have not finished yet! We have 4 completely finished numbers, maybe a few lines of text are missing. Added to this there are three almost finished pieces. One of them we will play tonight, one we could play, but probably will not do it. And we have two that we will leave as a surprise for later. You know, it's hard to say when it comes out, we have to practice some more. But you'll like it, it is going to be very heavy metal.


K: The whole thing is being born somewhere in our heads. We feel great about it. We even have some demos recorded on a computer, but it all has to come together in a moment we play it as a band.


The demos from the 70's have been recently put on bandcamp as MP3s. Are you planning to releasethem the right way someday?
You know, they are added as bonuses to the disc reissues. This material was also included on the “Sinister History” compilation. We put it on the bandcamp, where you can buy these track for any price as charity. For now, we have already given over 2,000 pounds tocharity!


A few more historical questions. What made you think that Deep Machine and Blind Fury were more likely to succeed than Angel Witch?
K: I did not think so.


Then why did you join them? To have a chance to just play?
K: I am a compulsive player. When things went bad at Angel Witch, I wanted to have some sort of getaway. Besides, I liked it, especially Blind Fury. It was also good to not have everything on your mind. I have never recorded anything with Blind Fury. When their vocalist wanted to bring the band together "anew", I withdrew. They recorded a full album, but they did not use my numbers. It's just a small episode in my past.


"Screemin 'n' Bleedin '" was much lighter and more commercial. Was this tendency somehow imposed on you?
K: We were in a small label back then. Hmm, those were different times, we were going in different directions ourselves. We changed our mind a little at the time.There was also different vocalist.

Why didn’t you want to sing then?

K: I decided it was better for someone else to do it instead of me. I wanted to focus on the guitar, not on using my the voice.

Have you had any control over the 80's releases? These compilations sucked balls!

K: I've never had control! The label came up with all these compilations, we did not authorize this.

Why did you transfer to California in the late 1980s?

K: Hmm, some personal matters, I would not like to discuss it in public.

You recruited some great musicians there: Tom Hunting, Lee Altus, John Torres...

K: Yes, it was a bit of a tendency to experiment. But it went great, I enjoyed playing with them all! A lot of awesome songs came to life, but they did not sound like Angel Witch. Same with "Screemin 'n' Bleedin '", it does not sound like us at all. The Californian line-up changed a lot, because they had a big influence on the music. This band has ceased to sound British!

When did you realize that you are a cult band?

K: Since 2008, when we saw so many people coming to see us. Look, even our younger musicians say they were brought up on our music<laughs>. But we had no idea that we had such an influence. All that mattered to us was to record heavy metal numbers and enjoy it.

Thank you for the interview.

Vlad Nowajczyk and Michał Jóźwik

Live Pics Marek Maciejewski

Proofreading and translation Beata Paraszczak

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DEATHCULT INTERVIEW

It was thanks to Johannes of Destruktion Records who provided me with their tape. Beasts of Faith isn’t quite a fresh release, that’s for sure. Whatever. ButI will tell you guys, this stuff has made my skull look like DESTRUCTION`s Infernal Overkill front cover. Indeed. Damn, this is good shit! I decided instantly I had to interview those guys. Ok, read on.

 

 

1. Well yeah, DEATHCULT formed back in 2010. Yet, this is not the very first band of yours, is this correct?

Hail! Thanks a lot you for your words. That’s right! All of us have an musical background before Deathcult came alive, and we actually do play in other bands as well like Antiversum, Temple ov Perversion, Punish, Traumalice and Midas Touch, to name some of the bands. We also knew us long time before Deathcult was founded.

2.When I listen to Beasts of Faith, I can only say how impressed I am to learn about the influence of Scream Bloody Goreover your music. It is a good thing, in my opinion, as I am stunned by the exactness of the atmosphere of the death metal scene of mid-80s your music can bring forth. ThisDEATHcover is just amazing, really. Please tell us some more about your fascination of old school death metal. How did it all start? What bands/albums did you discover first? Beside DEATH, what other bands have been you most crucial inspirations?

 

Thank you again for your words. That honors me to read! I can speak about me, when I say that I started to listen Death Metal back in the glory days (1993). Well, about the start I think it's a common thing, that back then in the early 90s, I came in touch with all that classic stuff like "altars of madness, clandestine/left hand path, Deicide, butchered at birth, all Death album till ITP, Autopsy, Broken Hope, Tiamat, Obituary, Napalm Death, Necrovore and so" but also all the classic Black Metal stuff. That was a great time to discover extreme acts without internet. After a while in the late 90s I also start to listen bands like Cryptopsy and Dying Fetus when those two released their first two records. But those never get me the same fascination than the other underground acts like many Scandinavian ones like Hetshead, Gorement, Sentenced and others. Still today I only prefer the classic death metal because there is no other form of Death Metal at all. No modern trigger/technical plastic crap! I always preferred the morbid, blasphemous and satanic acts instead of the technical bands.

Back in the days I also spend a lot of time in record stores discovering new bands and reading fanzines. At this time, musically I took my first steps, but nothing serious.

You can see that background as my main inspiration for writing music in Deathcult. I think that’s one of the main reasons why Deathcult sounds more classic than mostly other bands nowadays.

3. What else, beside music, inspires you to compose this music of death you deal with?

Death in general.

 

4. Death, often it seems, is perceived as liberation of soul and leaving the substance behind, the substance that, to some extent, limits us. So what is death to you? The end or rather the beginning of the spiritual world? What happens to man when he dies?

Well, that’s a romantic and typical human point of view you describe. Also for me a spiritual world does not exist.I think it's all about energy and nothing more and at least it's simply said all about physics. What doesn't mean it’s a easily pronouncement and more complex for sure, but there is no heaven or hell. For example:A sorcerer who summons "a Demon" does not mean, that he's summon a creature from the underworld or a world beyond. He's working with cosmic energy, negative or positive. Also those terms are relative. Categorizing is a human thing, what means it doesn't matter at all. It's only our limited view of reality.But maybe I'm wrong and I will rot in hell for eternity. And how Bruce Dickinson sung in Iron Maidens 22 acacia avenue: "That's the place where we all go, You will find it's warm inside, The red light's burning bright tonight".

 

5. Do you believe in after-life?

Not in a religious context. When we die, energy will be setting free from the vessel called body. Some people call that "soul" but I don't agree either on that point.

There is an very interesting fact, that scientist already accepted that the "soul" exist. Some also believe in an after-life in some way. I'm curious what we can more expect from since in the future.

 

6.Do you believe in any unnatural forces? If so, how do you think The Horned Lord looks like?

I believe that all forces are natural. Just how I already said before, I don't think there's good or bad, no heaven, no hell and no Gods.

7. Do you believe in reincarnation or parallel universes?

Not in reincarnation but I believe in the string theory. That also can be an explanation for many "unnatural" phenomenon.

8. On November 28, 2012 you guys released your first demo. Please tell us some more about it, where did you record this stuff and how many copies were out/sold/traded?

We recorded the demo in spring/summer 2012 by our own at the studio the OSA Crypt ( what stands for Obscure Sacrificial Audience). The same studio where all the bands from our circle had recorded their music and still do. Also many other non-circle bands already record demos and full lengths at the OSA crypt.

All deathcult releases were recorded there and we also plan to record the next full length there.

There were 3 editions about 100 Tapes and each edition were sold out quickly. The first edition even in less than 24 hours as I remember.

 

9.How did the underground maniacs react to your music? Are you happy with how it all turns out?

Yes, we are satisfied with the huge positive reaction we got. Our demo tapes were sold out quickly and the many positive reviews for the E.P. and the full length were also great. I can speak for the band when I'm saying that we are thankful for every single support and also for the great work and support from all labels we work/worked with.

That does not mean to rest for us. 

 

10. Two years later, Me Saco UnOjo Records released your two-track ep with a really jet-black sound. Similar a bit to BOLT THROWER! What do you think?

We are satisfied with Jesus his work. The EP were sold many times and I prefer the mixing and mastering on this one. Cam Sinclair (ex Diocletian) has done a really good job. Actually the songs were written back in 2010/11, except the first and last chapter (written in 2012) for the drunkard in the skies.

That's the first time I read such a comparison. But yes, both productions are pounding.

 

11. On September 26, 2016 your Beast of Faith was out, and in my view, this has been your best recording to date. Please tell me which was first? Tape or cd version? The reason I am asking is the layout of the tape version is just amazing; it looks much better than the cd one. Why do these two differ from each other, by the way?

The CD version was released first in late September 2016 by mighty Invictus Productions. In January 2017 Iron Bonehead released the vinyl version.

We already were in contact with Johannes from destruktion Records before the album was released and he asked for the tape version. We decided to work with him because I already knew him. He's also a friend of me btw, so it was clear for me that in some way we will work together.

We had in our minds that the tape version should be something very exclusive. The artwork was first for a "exclusive shirt done by Antï Graphics" but at the end we decide to use it as the alternate BOF cover and its also fits better to the tape format than the LP cover. There is also very limited backpatch version of the album cover which can be ordered by muerto en la cruz from the states.

 12. We live in interesting times, don?t we? All these traditional media like tape or vinyl are back yet it seemed years ago that the electronic media would prevail and would, in result, kill off CD, for instance. But it didn?t happen. How do you see it? What are the reasons?

 

For sure there is a little revival for that media if we talk about mainstream. It's a trend and you can see all those little hipster girlies at the flea market looking for Nirvana vinyls. But at least it was always a part of metal, since I listen to this music back in the early nineties until today. Many major labels begun with all those repress stories and they still going, what I personally don't like at all. But in a other way it is also a chance for the next generation to grow up and get in touch with analog media.

 13. A year later Iron Boneheadreleased Beasts of Faith in the vinyl format. How did it feel to hold the vinyl version of yourmusic inyour own hands?

Actually Iron Bonehead released beasts of faith three and a half months after the official CD release date. The cover artwork were drawn by Seventh Bell and once again Antï Graphics made the layout. So we already knew what we have to expect. We are always satisfied to hold our own records in our hands. Vinyl is the best way to represent the visual and musical art and concept of a band.

  

 

14. Is there any chance that all these kids who`ve always been playing their music from mp3files will follow their parents and start collecting vinyl releases? 

 Of course! if you are into real music you automatically get in touch with vinyl . It's more about the youth with their crapy taste in modern mainstream music that never get into it. But for example in rock, metal and other subgenres the vinyl presence is still very strong. There are many collectors outside, old and young ones. You have discogs and facebook with a lot of vinyl trade/sale groups and also at every festival there are many vinyl dealers. There are no chances needed, because it's already happen. 

 

 15. What are advantages and disadvantages of the Internet, music-wise? It is a great promotion tool; on the flipside, many people download the music illegally. How do you see it?

We don't live in the past, so we have to learn to use those tools to spread our music and promote the band. In one side you can promote your band worldwide quickly and spread it everywhere. At the other side there are no more secrets or myths about bands. The magic you had before the internet got lost.

For example: Venom worked perfectly back in the their early days. The band was mysterious, members had pseudonyms and most people didn't anything about Venom. Today everyone can get all information about a band and music from the internet.

If you are in Black Metal band nowadays it's very difficult to stay anonymous.

 16. Do you guys play live? Is there any chance to see you perform live this year?

Yes, we already played some several shows around Europe in the past and will keep going in the future.For this year we are not planning that much live activities because we in the writing process for the second full length. So there will be some few chosen gigs for 2018 as for example a performance at the "raging death date" in Germany.There are also plans to conquer eastern Europe in the future, but nothing concretely at the moment.

17. On July 20, 2017, a split release with a bunch of other bands was out. Can you please tell us some more about it?

 

Well, actually it is a split from the C.H.A.O.S. circle, were all our bands are involved. Each song is dedicated to our fallen brother D. Virgin Killer, namely Domi Keller, who played bass in Deathcult.

The circle was founded back in 2011, when we decided, that all our bands should work under the banner of chaos. The main idea was/is to support each other. On that split you can find 90% of all bands we are in. The chaos sigil (the flaming triangle combined with the inverted cross and the rotting eye)can be find on each release of a circle band beside Bözler.

We also run a festival called "CHAOS RITVAL" in the name of our circle. The concept is a high quality underground line up, mixed by traditional genres from Heavy Metal to Black Metal. Also per minimum one band of the C.H.A.O.S. circle has to be a part of it. A festival made by maniacs for maniacs.

18. Let?s talk about your lyrics, shall we? They deal with religious and apocalyptic issues, so please tell us what inspires you to write about the said things? Is it history or art ? these seem like some sort of inexhaustible source of inspiration for death metal music, don?t you think?

Creating art is something that every culture does, it is an expression of "spirit of the age", of things that matters of emotions, of moments or simplified just things who are relevant to the artist. And I think Death Metal itself is a kind of art and there is also a good thing, if you are just a bit into all that things you can separate the foul apple from the jewels. For me there is nothing unfruitful as when I listen to a band I really like and I think wow, that is intense, and by reading the lyrics I only find generic boredom... that kills it. What I mean is, there are tons of bands who are just scratching on the top of the theme and the lifestyle (not just Death Metal) and they don't really create the serious tunes we love to hear. And it's not just the sound, it is mostly the complete bundle, from the visual output to the music. Here I think is the point you're asking about the lyrics. For me, the lyrical concept must fit the output as whole. The lyrics had to be the mind and the music the spirit - like body and soul if you want. Personally I don't think our lyrics are apocalyptic. They are more introverted or reflecting on personal issues, but wrapped into a raiment. I won't say it's poesy but it is also about the word as methaphoric force. The fact that our lyrics deals with religious themes are at one hand the concept of our band and on the other also because of personal experiences. Religion to me is also extremely diversified and gives me a lot of inspiration to form thoughts into a shape. It's quite lyrical alchemy and of course somethimes things are not what they seems.

 

 

19. How about the Islam flooding our European continent? Can this situation lead to another worldwar? Iam asking since it all looks like war to me these days. Australia andJapan seem the onlycountries able and willing to stop this madness. Europe, well, not so much. What should be done to handle this situation, in your view?

 Well, in a world where the actual and the previous president of the united states are/were nominated for the nobel peace prize, there is something going completely wrong. There is nothing more to say about that. Also we aren't a political band at all.

 20. Time to wrap up, I think, so please tell us a bit about your plans this year, thank you. Any new stuff in the works?

2018 will be a quiet year if it comes to live activities because we are working intensely for the second full length. The songwriting process is going well and we already have the concept direction.

The plan is to enter the studio this year but it's not definitely now. Time will tell but for sure latest in early 2019 we start with the recording. Be prepared for Death Metal.

 

 

21. Ok, that? s it, I think. All the best and thanks a lot for your amazing answers. Hails to the DEATHCULT horde. Anything to add for our readers? Feel free, the floor is all yours. Your musicsurely proves the metal underground music is doing really fine.

Thank you for the support! Evil always returns!

NecronosferatuS

 

Poprawiony (poniedziałek, 19 marca 2018 19:56)