ISENBLAST Interview

 

 

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1. Hello, introduce yourself and tell us what your role is in the black metal band Isenblast?

I am Brian (Chronlith) Buckmaster, guitarist and vocalist of the band. I have handled the recording duties as well.

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2. In what year did you start the band and could you give us a BRIEF history?

We formed in mid 2009 as just two guitarists, we got a lead on a suitable drummer late 2009, and he ended up being exactly what we needed. after a while of going without a vocalist, i decided to step up to the plate and pull double duties. We found a bass player once we got a few tracks from our first demo circulating around.

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3. Tell us about some shows and gigs you guys have done, have you played any festivals worth mentioning?

We have played with some notable bands, Nile, Watain, Vektor, Melechesh, Rotting Christ, Incantation to name a few. We have a 3 day festival coming up in March, called Berserker Fest. a few notable bands on that one are Vektor, Voivod, Cannabis Corpse, Ghoul, and about 50 other local and national acts. We are looking forward to be playing along such great bands.

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4. I see you will release a new mini album entitled “Altars of Blood” in 2016, is the sound much different from your previous release “Unleashing the Demon Scourge”?

Its slightly different. Unleashing the Demon Scourge was a very chaotic, sort of death metal approach. We kept the chaotic feel, but went back and added a bit more black metal influence. Theres still some death metal riffs as well, but also some unique riffs uncategorized by any genre. i feel these parts are what give us our unique sound, and we plan to capitalize on these parts in the future, and strip all generic parts from our music.

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5. What are your lyrical concepts, do you stick to kind of the same themes?

I strictly write about Demonology and Luciferianism. No fake pseudo-satanist hipster garbage.

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6. Tell us about the recording of your latest release.

We did it in my basement. i have a recording setup that will get us by for what we need for now, but i plan to improve my setup over time. i did not have the right equipment with me at the time of the recording, but we decided to move on with the process anyways. The actual EP will sound much better.

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7. Tell us a little about the advanced Promo for “Altars of Blood”.

Its promoting the next EP, which i am actually not too excited about releasing. Its good material, but not our best. I look forward more toward the full length that will come after, as we already have the majority of material written for it.

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8. Who is in the line up now?

We have experienced our first lineup change on this release, with the addition of our new bass player. He plays a 5 string compared to the last guy who played a four string. Maybe we will incorporate the lower notes more in the future.

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9. What can people expect from Isenblast in the future?

We will constantly progress, like the true followers of the Luciferian Light. We constantly improve on our technical skill, and songwriting skills with every release. You can expect each release to be better than the last, until we have evolved into a force so strong that none will be able to compare.

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10. Thank you for the interview, any closing words thoughts, information on contacting the band or where to get your merchandise.

https://isenblast666.bandcamp.com

 

 

ENDLESS RECOVERY Interview

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1. Hello, introduce yourself and tell us what your role is in the band Endless Recovery and explain the genre you play?

Greetings, This is Michalis Skliros, lead singer of Endless Recovery. The band was formed in 2010 and since then delivers an uncompromising, relentless Total Metal attack influenced by the 80’s metal scene (especially the extreme one).

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2. In what year did you start the band and could you give us a BRIEF history?

Like I said before the band was formed in 2010 as a school band playing classic heavy metal covers, but shortly after and mainly due to line-up changes turned into the band we have today, which  has put out a demo, 2 full length albums and an Ep the last 3 and a half years and has played many gigs around Greece.

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3. Tell us about some shows and gigs you guys have done, have you played any festivals worth mentioning?

We’ve done many gigs around Greece but mostly in Athens. Some of our worth mentioning live devastations were with heavy metal heroes Enforcer from Sweden, and of course when we opened for Canadian legends and one of our biggest inspirations, Razor! Other than that we’ve played with many great bands including some of the best Greece has to offer (Death Courier, Sacral Rage, Convixion and many, many more).

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4. I see you released an album entitled “Revel In Demise” in December, is the sound much different from your 2013 full length “Thrash Rider”?

Yeah, we think these two albums are totally different, both musically and aesthetically. ”Thrash Rider” was a more furious and angry Thrash album, reflecting the youth of the band as well as our anger towards the political situation of our country.
On the other hand, ”Revel In Demise” is a more worked on, album which dwells in eerie and obscure paths both musically and lyrically. This time we let all our inspirations come out and the result is exactly like we wanted it to be. As we like to call it, Total Metal.

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5. What are your lyrical concepts, do you stick to kind of the same themes?

We think the lyrical content of the band is really important, almost to the same point with the music cause it has to reflect it’s atmosphere to the listener. We don’t tend to stick to the same themes at all. In our latest album you will find lyrics about Heavy Metal Devotion, Fire, Death and other sinister tales….

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6. Tell us about the recording of your latest release.

The recording took place at our very good friend’s Nikos Papakostas (Convixion, Strikelight) Entasis Studio. Once again he was really helpful and guided us to achieve the sound that we wanted. Everyone who likes to hear his Heavy Metal as it is supposed to sound and not like all the plastic shit of today should totally check his work out.

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7. How did you come to work with Witches Brew? And has it been a good experience so far?

When we recorded the ”Resistant Bangers” 7” in 2014 we sent a couple of e-mails to labels in order to find one to release it and Witches Brew responded immediately. We then agreed to do the album as well. Cheryl is a really dedicated Heavy Metal fan and has been really helpful so far no doubt about that…

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8. Who is in the line up now?

The current line up consists of:
Michalis Skliros- Vocals
Tasos Papadopoulos- Guitars
Apostolos Papadimitriou- Guitars
Panos Alikaniotis- Bass
Michalis Moatsos- Drums

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9. What can people expect from Endless Recovery in the future?

We are currently working on lots of new stuff, including a new release in the not so distant future… For the time being we are interested in booking as many shows as we can to promote our latest record. So promoters reading this if you want to witness our visual horror you can contact as at: endlessrecovery@gmail.com

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10. Thank you for the interview, any closing words thoughts, information on contacting the band or where to get your merchandise.

Thanks for giving us the chance to say a couple of things about the band.

Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/endless.recovery
Booking, Info etc: endlessrecovery@gmail.com
Merchandise purchase links:
1) http://endlessrecovery.bandcamp.com
2) http://endlessrecoverytotalmetal.bigcartel.com

Thrash To Kill
Michalis and Endless Recovery

 

JACOB LIZOTTE Interview

 

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1. Hello, introduce yourself and tell us what your role is in the band Jacob Lizotte and explain the genre you play?

Hello! Jacob Lizotte is my solo project, and I play every instrument as well as produce it. I’ve always wrote and produced the music that I’m most interested in, which is generally metal. I’m not going to say “thrash” or “melodic death” metal specifically! Because I’ve dabbled in all of those genres. Right now stylistically I’ve been sticking to a bit of an oldschool 80’s sound but with a modern touch.

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2. In what year did you start the band and could you give us a BRIEF history?

I started playing guitar about 2008-2009… Honestly I can’t remember. About a year after that I started writing songs, every single day. I got really good with tux guitar and basically became extremely fast at writing music. Since then I’ve wrote hundreds of songs, in all styles. It started just by looking up tabs of bands like Slayer and Metallica and trying to replicate and understand what they are doing, then I started applying it in my own ways and forming my own “style”. My first actual album release was in 2014 with “Means To An End”. So I guess you could say that is where my career actually started.

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3. Tell us about your decision to create a one man solo Metal band? Would you consider playing with other musicians?

I learned how to write in a specific and efficient way. It’s not that I’m not open to working with other musicians, It’s just challenging for me to do so. I’m a bit of a control freak! But I’d love to play with other musicians live, anytime.

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4. I see you released an EP recently entitled “For The Fallen Ones”, is the sound much different from your other releases with this project?

It’s completely different. Honestly I just enjoy singing, and I think I’m much better at writing shorter, catchier and more straightforward songs. So I decided to sing, and focus on my strong points as a writer, which is catchiness and melody and what not.

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5. What are your lyrical concepts, do you stick to kind of the same themes?

I try not to. Honestly I’m not much of a lyric person, so writing lyrics isn’t something I focus a lot on. I don’t even remember what I wrote about.

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6. Tell us about the recording of your latest release.

I’m very OCD when it comes to the production and how everything is represented. Usually for an album I will go through a few drafts of production before I settle on what I want, and often times even after that I will go back and tweak everything and re-render it. You have to polish things and refine them perfectly sometimes to get the sound you want, even if it sucks and takes forever.

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7. Would you like to mention some info about your other musical projects?

Feign is another project I have going. Unfortunately it’s not as fun for me to write stuff for Feign so it takes forever for me to get things done. But it’s much more original and experimental sounding, I definitely advise anyone to check it out if they are into melodic, yet atmospheric and dark music. It’s basically a combination of oldschool melodic death metal and newschool black metal.

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8. What can people expect from Jacob Lizotte in the future?

I definitely want to pursue this sound further, taking the oldschool sound of bands like Iron Maiden and trying to make my own version. It’s fun as hell!

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9. Thank you for the interview, any closing words thoughts, information on contacting the band or where to get your merchandise.

Thank you! I don’t have much else to say. If you like heavy metal and don’t mind hearing something a little different then give it a shot. Bandcamp is the best place: https://thrasher726.bandcamp.com/album/for-the-fallen-ones

 

THE UNDER “The Under” EP Review

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When listening to the latest EP from Boston based Metal band The Under I have to think maybe this band has come around a few decades to late and because of this it may end up being one of the more promising releases that got over looked during 2015. A well written and accurately performed EP that is sure to appeal to the fans of 70’s prog rock and the early days of the more traditional Metal scene, complete with a vocal style that harkens back to the early eighties. The Under remain technically proficient over the course of the 5 tracks, which has an overall running time just under the 30 minute mark, a nice running time for an EP, but I can not see this EP appealing to todays younger internet fans. I can appreciate where the band is going with their sound. And am glad to see some bands still fly the flag for the days of old. Although they do throw in a bit of an extreme edge at times with todays short attention span running ragged from the youth of the day and working its way into most middle aged internet users, I am not sure where the Under fits in in the digital age. Releasing a second self titled EP when your bands name is The Under is probably not the best of ideas, but setting this aside in my opinion this is a great release that deserves a wider audience and more appreciation.

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Official Website: http://www.theunderband.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/theunderband
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheUnder_band

 

 

ESHTADUR “Oblivion” EP Review

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Hailing from Colombia South America Eshtadur have been slowly making a name for themselves since their formation in 2005. Their hardwork is clearly on display on their recently released EP “Oblivion”. Although there is a wide array of influences that the band draws inspiration from they have found a way to harness the chaos into 5 nicely crafted songs with mixes from Symphonic Black Metal to the Melodic Death style of the more modern era. On the negative side the tracks are not very long overall, most are around 3-4 minutes, with one track at 5 1/2, I would like to hear more lengthy songs to allow diversity during each track, maybe get in to the seven minute range and see what could happen. All in all a nice piece of work that will hopefully be the building grounds for them to take their sound to a new level on their next full length. If you are a Metal fan under the age of thirty this might be right up your alley, but for the older crowd listen before you make a purchase to be sure the modern aspects of the recording are not more than you bargained for.

Eshtadur also released a cover in 2014 of the band Survivor’s track “Burning Heart” featuring some special guest musicians, including Björn Strid of Soilwork, although I have not been a fan of the Soilwork since they transitioned their sound after their first few albums, I suggest checking this track out that any fan of the Rocky movie series should take a listen to!

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Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Eshtadur-177549565617566
Bandcamp: https://eshtadur.bandcamp.com/
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/Flechas666JorgeLopez
Reverbnation: http://www.reverbnation.com/eshtadur
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/eshtadur

 

ARKENTYPE Interview

 

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1. Hello, introduce yourself and tell us what your role is in the progressive metal band Arkentype?

I’m Kjetil Hallaråker, the bass player of Arkentype. I’ve also contributed as a songwriter and lyricist on our debut album as well as co-producing the album with the rest of the band.

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The current lineup has been together since the end of march (2015), but the band officially started at the end of December 2014, when our former vocalist Ole Martin Bjerke wanted to form a metal-project aside of his pop rock band «7 Days In Alaska». We started working on our debut album in January (originally intended to be an EP) and we ended up working about 50 hours every weekend for two months writing songs and recording. As Ole Martin couldn’t afford to spend so much time with his newly formed side-project along with his main project, he decided to quit the band. The guitarist and the drummer of the band knew a great vocalist, and without hesitation Kevin Olsen joined the band to form our current lineup.

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3. Tell us about some shows and gigs you guys have done, have you played any festivals worth mentioning?

We’ve only played in Norway so far, although we were supposed to do a tour in Czech, Slovakia and Poland, but because our promoter and booking manager didn’t do his job we ended up having a road trip from norway to KFC in Prague, haha. The coolest gig we’ve done so far, in my opinion, has been at a small venue in Arendal. I’ve never felt such a close bond between us in the band and the audience before. I also had a lot of fun jumping off stage, running around and even playing bass while sitting on top of Kevin’s shoulders. The rock festival “1001 Watt” in Skien was a lot of fun as well (great audience!), even though I managed to pull my jack out of my tuner at least 15 times during half an hour. Since then we’ve played one gig at the rock club in Porsgrunn in Norway. Me and the guitarist got ourselves a wireless system before the gig so we were able to run around in the audience.. needless to say we had a great time!

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Time Collapse definitely has a lot of elements that you can find in almost every song on the album: djenty stuff with screaming/growling vocals, clean vocals over symphonic passages and some percussive bass-playing over an interesting drum groove. Still I am confident that the listener will be surprised more than once with plenty of unexpected changes in the music both rhythmically and melodically.

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5. What are your lyrical concepts, do you stick to kind of the same themes?

There’s definitely a clear concept in the album which has been worked out mostly by me and Kevin. It’s about a main character in a mental hospital, accused for a murder he can’t remember. As the songs in the album go on he remembers more and more of how he got in the situation he’s in.

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6. Tell us about the recording process for “Disorientated”.

The recording process was really intense. We decided very quickly that we wanted to have Daniel Bergstrand and George Nerantzis to mix and master our album, so that gave us a deadline for about three months when we had very little demo material at all. To save some money we decided we’d do all the recording ourselves. Since the guitarist and the vocalist lived about three hours away from me and the drummer, they would drive over about every weekend to work on the album with us. Most of the album is reworked demos we picked from Simen Handeland’s (the guitarist) soundcloud profile. We would sleep in the same room, and spend the whole weekend working, making poor jokes and having a great time.

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7. How did you come to work with Crime Records? And has it been a good experience so far?

Simen Handeland knew about the record label and had some contact with them while we were recording our album. As soon as the record was finished, we sent the songs to them and they sent a contract back to us. So far it’s been a really good experience, they’re trustworthy and a bunch of nice people who care more about good music than good money, which really speaks for itself. What more can a passionate musician ask for?😉

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8. Who is in the line up now?

Vocals: Kevin Augestad, Bass: Kjetil Hallaråker, Guitars+Electronics: Simen Handeland and drums: Simen Sandnes. We also have a live-keyboardist for some of the gigs and the lovely fella goes by the name of Øystein Heide Aadland!

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9. What can people expect from Arkentype in the future?

We’re always trying to improve everything we can and we’re always working to come closer to the music and sound we are passionate about. We love metal with some solid melodies and we also love to work on nerdy rhythmical stuff. We also had a great experience using external musicians for backing vocals, duets and symphonic stuff so probably more of that as well! And if you come to a live show you can expect a whole boatload of energy and brutality.

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10. Thank you for the interview, any closing words thoughts, information on contacting the band or where to get your merchandise.

Thanks you so much for having us for the interview! Really appreciated🙂 And if anyone is interested in merch, you could either buy it from us at a live-show, or you could check out « http://shop.crimerecords.no/«. We’re mostly active at our Facebook-page for any news for the fans, but we could also be contacted at « mail@arkentype.com» .

 

SPEEDWHORE Interview

 

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1. Hello, introduce yourself and tell us what your role is in the Black/Speed/Thrash metal band SPEEDWHORE?

Hi, my name is Johannes and I play bass guitar in Speedwhore.

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2. In what year did you start the band and could you give us a BRIEF history?

We started in 2006 with the idea to play thrash metal together, basically, back in the days, all of us were students with a strong musical influence of bands like Sodom, Hellhammer – which impressed us by the grunting „uuuhs“ in their vocals hehe – Bathory and so on. Personally, the Thrash Metal bands from the U.S. always played an important role in my taste of music such as Testament or Megadeth. So we got together to play and soon wrote a party song called Alcoholic Force haha. Our music back in the days could be summarized as chaotic rumbling Thrash Metal. Soon we recorded two rehearsal tapes and two singles. So Future is now is our first long player, which is a big step for us. Yes, it was about time for us to get it done.

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3. Tell us about some shows and gigs you guys have done, have you played any festivals worth mentioning?

In 2014 we played one small funny and cool Festival-Show in Turin/Italy, which is definitely worth mentioning. Thanks to the Turin guys for having us over. From time to time we play shows in Germany so as in Bavaria and Baden Württemberg with local bands. We should also try to do more in Austria and Switzerland. We will try to play festivals in the future, which one is not to be announced yet, but that is one of my personal aims.

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4. I see you released an album entitled “The Future Is Now” earlier this year, how would you say that your sound has evolved since forming the band?

From earlier mentioned rumbling Thrash Metal into our tight sound these days. We were not really able to play our instruments when we started but I don’t feel ashamed about that, it’s just the way it went. It’s really cool to see how we as a band make steps by steps. We had a few changes in the line up over the years, which was a lot of inspiration and influence coming with the people. Let me say thanks here to all our previous band members!

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5. What are your lyrical concepts, do you stick to kind of the same themes?

Our songs are based to a big part on science fiction and conflicts. Our songwriter Tim comes up with interesting themes and concepts, which are transformed into an even more fictional context especially in musical ways e.g. with the biting vocals and the synthesizers on the album. Fiction holds a big potential and freedom for artists, that’s the way I see it.

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6. Tell us about the recording for your latest release.

We recorded everything in our rehearsal room during 2013. The mix was done by Tim and the mastering was done by Patrick W. Engel (Temple of Disharmony).

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7. How did you come to work with Witches Brew? And has it been a good experience so far?

Basti our guitarist met Cheryl (the owner of Witches Brew) on some festival back in 2014. He sent our album to her, she liked it a lot and so we are a proud part of the Witches Brew roster now!

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8. Who is in the line up now?

The current line-up is:
Tim Kuntze: Vocals, Guitars (and Synthesizers on the album)
Sebastian Listl: Guitars
Johannes Mikulits: Bass
Daniel Hoffmann aka Dan Familiar: Drums

 

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9. What can people expect from SPEEDWHORE in the future?

We played in Italy which was great experience for me personally, so touring is also not ruled out if we can organize it. On the other hand we are quite up to play on other continents. Which ones are not defined yet, but South America and Asia are some targets, this information I can release now hahah. We are currently working on new songs, so lets see what the Future holds for us🙂

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10. Thank you for the interview, any closing words thoughts, information on contacting the band or where to get your merchandise.

Thanks for the interview! And to everybody who reads this, feel free to contact us via speedwhore@gmx.de, Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Speedwhore-124679414257404) or Bandcamp (http://speedwhore.bandcamp.com)

Cheers, Johannes