Sep 21, 2008

Inteview With Wino

Not much has to be said about Wino,he is of course one of the true legends of the Doom/Stoner Metal scene.From The Obsessed to Saint Vitus to Spirit Caravan to The Hidden Hand,he has been part of some of the most influential bands in the history of this genre of music.He is now about to release some of the most important work of his career and i did this interview with him.
ED:I first became aware of you back in the Saint Vitus days but what did you do before that.Can you give us a run-down of your musical history leading up to the mighty Saint Vitus?
WINO:Basically my first Real band was the Obsessed.In 1979 we got together a group with me,another guitar player bass and drums, and started playing clubs in D.C.It was a strange band we had to play three long sets so we had to do some covers.Mixed in were some originals that later went on to be recorded.As a matter of fact one of those songs is on my solo record now!!!

ED:You have been in some of the most important Doom/Stoner bands in the last 20 years.Out of all these bands is there any you wish had of kept going?
WINO:Well, the Church Within Obsessed, i wish we would have got a second record, but it was not to be! fate was fate!

ED:The new band Shrinebuilder is already been called a supergroup.Is this something that bugs you and how did the line-up come together?
WINO:In the case of Shrinebuilder,of course when you have an ex Sleep member a Melvins member and a Neurosis member and myself that word might be used.We know its gonna be an animal, and will give it 100 percent!

ED:Can you give us a insight into some of the songs for the new solo album?
WINO:My solo record is some bluesy rock a little slide, some heavy doom and some midtempo rock.It has an overall positive vibe and the playing by everyone I think is stellar.Some of the song ideas are old and some brand new.

ED:Tours and gigs are being discussed,any news on that?
WINO:Roadburn this year is looking promising and in April i will do a week in Germany/Europe before Holland.

ED:The break up of The Hidden Hand was something that upset a lot of people including me,how do you rate that band compared to other bands you have been in?
WINO:I thought it was a great band, especially since Bruce co wrote and sang.His lyrics were amazing but people didn't seem to like his voice much.I know we struggled with finding the right drummer,an personality issue's killed it.I wasn't having the best year personally either.

ED:You are a very natural guitar player,is this a fair statement and do you still spend a lot of time working on your playing or is it strictly band work these days?
WINO:I usually play a lot by myself before we rehears although lately i have been spending a lot of my time with my custom Motorcycles,I am into 60's 70's style Harley Davidson choppers.

ED:What is your favorite recordings you have been involved with?
WINO:I really think The Hidden Hand Mother Teacher Destroyer is one of my faves!

ED:.Musically how is it to work with Al Cisneros[ Sleep,OM},Scott Kelly{Neurosis},Dale Crover{Melvins,Altamont}.This sounds like a dream line up to me.
WINO:So far so good ,we are still working.i will let you know more next year!

ED:Is there any other style of music you have always wanted to play and can we expect hearing it in the future?
WINO:I am really into jazz and electronic if its not disco so that all I can say !! Thanks to all ! WINO

http://www. myspace. com/winoschopper

Sep 17, 2008

Bretus From Italy

Bretus from Italy is the brainchild of Ghenes.If you make a visit to their Myspace page i am sure you will enjoy the riffs from this band.Something about this part of the world that keeps coming up with great heavy bands and Bretus are no exception.Enjoy the interview.

EARTHDOG:First of all tell us how you got together and your main influences.
GHENES:Bretus is born from my idea (Ghenes). actually we are only a studio band because the other components play in other bands. but in the future we think about organizing us. however our influences are various. personally listen everything. if I must tell you the groups that inspire me I would say: Black sabbath of course, Trouble, first Pink floyd, Cathedral and horror film music... and many others.
EARTHDOG:Your music seems to have a lot old school style in your music,what this accidental or is the old school sound a major influence?
GHENES:f you feels old school music in the Bretus i don't know but surely the seventies bands inspire me. I always prefer the old music to the new sounds. i live in the past ah ah!!!
EARTHDOG:Is says on your myspace page the band is not born as a "live" band.Does this mean you are going to be a recording band only?
GHENES:live concerts are not a fundamental thing. it's difficult for me to organize a live show but if had to happen we would do it with pleasure. for now it is all right.
EARTHDOG:What is the Doom scene like in your native Italy.I have heard a lot of bands from there and they all sound really good.
GHENES:in italy the stoner doom bands live in the underground and it is very difficult to play around. even if there are many great bands like Ufomammuth Doom raiser and many others... and that they would deserve more exposure. even out of italy.
EARTHDOG:Did you always play this kind of music and if not what style did you play before?
GHENES:actually I (Ghenes) play in a punk rock band (Meat for dogs)since 1993. Neurot plays in several blues bands, Marko and Sest play together in a thrash band (Uranium 235). Marko also sings in a death / thrash band (Land of hate).
EARTHDOG:You also say on your Myspace that the band is a homage to Doom/Psychedelic/Stoner Rock.That pretty much sums up my page on here as well.What is it about Doom that you love so much?
GHENES:i love the dirt sound of doom, the fact that is not a technical music. for me is almost like punk. direct music essential and full of very beautiful and deep atmospheres.I am also impassioned of horror b movie and doom is the perfect soundtrack.
EARTHDOG:What plans have you got for future recordings and is there any record deals awaiting?
GHENES:we are about to record two new tracks. we don't care about deals or other. we play for having a good time togheter. if something happens it is alright otherwise my life it doesn't change at all.
EARTHDOG:always ask this and it may seems like a boring question but i am always curious as to what people are listening too so what has been your playlist lately?
GHENES:no problems Ed:

1) High on fire - Death is this communion
2) Acrimony - Tumuli shroomaroom
3) Down - Over the under
4) Orange goblin - Healing through fire
5) Grand funk - Red album
6) Alice Cooper - Love it to death
7) Converge - No heroes
8) Danzig - Danzig
9) Jesu - Conqueror
10) Napalm death - Smear campaign
EARTHDOG:Doom Metal has always been in the underground which i always have like about it. Is it still very underground in Italy because bands over there seems to have a bigger profile than bands in the USA.
GHENES:many people write me saying that italian bands are great but me I don't explain the reason. surely being still underground there is strong passion. italy is also the country of the best horror b movie directors therefore I think that is something that we have in the Dna... I think...
EARTHDOG:How do you write and what inspires you to write music?
GHENES:I love to play. love the senzation to create something from nothing. I live in a small village there are not many things to do. surely an excuse to stay together with my friends and to share moments of passion. my principal inspiration is the same music.
EARTHDOG:Finally tell everyone what do you want to achieve with Bretus?
GHENES:as I said before for now we play and we have a good time. it would be enough for me that in the middle of all these bands (many of course) someone remembered this small Italian group.

thank you very much Ed for the attention and your support. talk to you soon . best wishes. Ghenes

P.S. sorry for the bad english language

CHECK OUT BRETUS HERE - http://www.myspace.com/bretus64

Interview with H from Planet Gemini

Having formed in 1997 the work of H and Planet Gemini has produced some of the most interesting Metal around.Planet Gemini has managed to walk the same path as Sabbath,Cathedral and Trouble while remaining totally unique in the world of Doom.The lastest recording "Wicked" is one of the freshest sounding releases of the last year so i contacted H and he agreed to a interview.Here is the interview,unedited.
EARTHDOG:First of all i must say your recordings are all very impressive with the lastest "Wicked" being my favorite so far. How has the recordings progressed over the years? What has been the most rewarding progression for you?

H: "Well, I would have to say the biggest change is doing everything myself. Before when my friend Josh (former bass player) was in the band it was much easier to just jam on a riff and make it into a song. Now it takes a little more planning. I still do try to keep it as free flowing as possible but I find that the music is a lot more focused, and I'd like to think that it is quite noticeable. Another big change is my skill level. I learned to play drums for Planet Gemini because we couldn't find a full time drummer, and now I find myself becoming a full time drummer. I practice a lot more than the average musician. I actually practice all of my instruments like a maniac. It's my unhealthy obsession really, but I think that it pays off in the music. Wicked is a great example of that. I completely went into a different state of mind while recording that album. Very dark and very angry, and while I don't consider all of the album to be a lashing out of rage. I do feel that the album has a fair amount of vitriol to it.

EARTHDOG:Its hard to pinpoint a specific term to describe your style of metal but Doom Metal seems to describe it the best to me. Is this accurate to you?

H: I always tend to call my music "Doom" because that's really the feeling and emotion I like to go for when I write music. I know a lot of the "tr00 Doom" zealots tend to disagree but I think that they take themselves a little too seriously sometimes. One of the things that I think sets Planet Gemini apart from a lot of other bands is that I can tap into any genre I want and it would still be Planet Gemini. Whether that be Planet Gemini playing a more "Swing" based up tempo track like "Burning Laughter" or even a quieter more acoustic piece like "Eden" off of my last album Wicked. When you start becoming a slave to your genre it pretty much guarantees that you will never do anything new and creative. So I guess in the end you can call me Doom or Heavy Metal… I've even been called NWOBH. To be honest it's just a label. But to get back to your question: I say if you think the band's "Trouble" or "Candlemass" are Doom bands then I can't see how you couldn't view Planet Gemini as Doom as well.

EARTHDOG:What is your honest opinion on the current Metal scene as a whole?

H: That's a pretty broad question there. I view a lot of the current metal scene to be the equivalent of someone yelling down a dark empty cave. The echo seems to go on forever but the sound quality degrades with every instance of the echo. There are a lot of genres out there where I can't for the life of me tell the difference between some of these bands. No guitar riffs, drumming as fast as they can with very little control and vocals where I can't hear a thing they are trying to say. Then, by some act of morbid curiosity I check out their lyrics and I see why they are so incoherent. They have nothing to say in their music it only makes sense because if they did why would they make their message so muddled and unintelligible? Sadly that about covers 80-90% of the modern acts out there today. It's so paint-by-numbers and uninspiring that I just can't really get into a lot of metal acts anymore. I mean on a more positive note there are still some great bands that are putting out some good albums, but for the most part they are all bands that are quite a few albums in.

EARTHDOG:I like the fact you offer recordings for free over the internet, what is your reasons for doing this?
H: I started off in a conventional band. We played for about 5 years doing shows at bars and clubs and sadly at the time my "local scene" was dying due to the influx of DJ's in nightclubs and bars were turning towards Karaoke. Live acts were really dwindling and it got to a point where my band was doing more cover songs than originals because that's all people wanted to hear. I think it got to a point where I was playing a motorcycle rally and I'm performing this half-hearted version of "born to be wild" and I looked over at my angry band-mates and thought to myself "This is absolute bullshit". We kind of became known as a "Sabbath" cover band. We did a ton of Sabbath stuff live and it was really the only thing that was getting people somewhat interested in our originals. To me it was quite clear that playing bars and clubs was not the way for me to get my music out there.

I've always been a tech savvy person and I knew how powerful the internet was/is. Josh and I ended up buying some cheap PC recording equipment to see how easy it would be to record ourselves a demo. We did about 5 songs and I sent a couple to some people I had been chatting with at the time and they were all quite positive about it. So I built a small webpage on one of those banner laden free webhosting sites and it just took off really well. From there I had a dream of building us a recording studio one night. I woke up at 5am and called Josh and he was like "Let's fucking do it". So we did. We spent a ridiculous amount of money getting a professional studio together. We were completely clueless as to what we were doing. I knew a little bit about recording with an 8 track Tascam but had no idea how confusing recording digitally could be. I ended up buying a program called Cakewalk 7 and the rest just escaladed from there.

So now we have this professional studio and a lot of people e-mailing us about our music… Hell, at this point I didn't even want to press any CDs. I Just wanted to give my stuff away. I loved the fact that it really felt like people were not just interested in the music but the project behind making the music. So I tried to give people an inside look at what the band was doing. I would put up early demos, lyrics, song ideas, song titles. I just wanted to make people feel like they were part of the project as much as possible. In my opinion that's where it really paid off. People started taking a special interest in the band and started spreading the word and copying our music for their friends. We ended pressing CD's later on because Dan (The owner of Stonerrock. com) really made a compelling argument to me that I was alienating a big portion of my audience by making my music download only. So we went down that route but in the long run I really liked the idea that someone could just get the music and enjoy it. Not worry about money. Just give me your time and attention, that's pretty much all I could ask for. It got to a point where people were sending me e-mails saying they listen to Planet Gemini everyday and to me… that's worth more than money. I've always said "I'd rather have people singing my songs than buying my cds" and I can honestly say without hesitation that statement rings just as true today as it did back then. Today I see people getting Planet Gemini tattoos and I hear from people who are quoting my lyrics as words that they use to inspire them. I have people write me telling me how influential I have been in being an artist who does everything themselves, and, well, I've been blessed with this magic I call Planet Gemini. I've worked with Jeff "Oly" Olson (Founding member of Trouble) I've collaborated ideas with Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath/Dio drummer) I've worked with some of my heroes and I'm just a normal fan who loves music. So for me to be respected among some of these musicians I grew up idolizing is just amazing.

The music industry is now learning that the internet is really the way to distribute music. You're seeing more acts now leave their labels and just make their album on Pro-Tools and put it on i-tunes themselves. The age of being a slave to a record label is really starting to fall behind us. Leave that bullshit to the pop music acts. In metal we shouldn't have a flavor of the month. Our music is made to be indelibly etched into our listeners psyche. I'm 32 years old and I've been listening to metal for like 75% of my life. You don't see that in pop music. They tend to deny even liking the garbage that they listen to. You won't find a guy out there admitting to buying a New Kids on the Block tape back in the day. But they sold a millions and millions of albums and that couldn't be all from teeny bopper girls. All of those top40 sheep out there are so embarrassed at the fashions they follow that they won't even admit to it most of the time. While I personally can put on any album I bought when I was 12 years old whether it be Black Sabbath, Manowar, Deep Purple, Riot, Helloween or Judas Priest and still hear the greatness that I heard in that music. That is why I feel metal is stronger than other genres. It's eternal in my opinion and I'm proud to be a part no matter how small of a part I am.

EARTHDOG:I know from reading your blogs you are a fan of the older heavy bands like Purple and Priest. Are these bands a inspiration for you?

H: Without a doubt. They made me who I am. If it wasn't for Black Sabbath I wouldn't be half of the person I am today. I actually can't imagine where my life would be without them. They gave me a passion for music that I can't even begin to explain. I learned to play guitar by watching the 1978 concert Never Say Die on videotape. I would play that show over and over and over again. I never took a guitar lesson. I would pause the tape to see where Iommi's fingers were to play the songs perfectly. My parents had to have wanted to strangle me, or destroy that tape. Because I would come home and play to that tape four or five times through a day. I had no idea what distortion was.. I was like "how the hell does his guitar sound like that?".

Even now as I'm older and I'm playing drums more often I can look to these bands as blueprints of what I want to be as a musician. The great Ian Paice from Deep Purple could drum circles around pretty much anyone in the music industry and yet… he sits back in 4/4 time and serves the song. Here is a guy who can do a snare roll with one hand faster than most drummers can do with two and yet.. he sits back and serves the song. Ian Paice to the untrained ear is just another drummer. He's a guy who plays on two and four. But, you ask a trained drummer about Ian Paice and you'll get a totally different reaction. Drummers like Bill Ward, John Bonham, Ian Paice, Vinny Appice and Cozy Powell are all inspirations for this style of music, and then being the avid music freak that I am I also dip back into the older Jazz drummers Art Blakey, Max Roach, Gene Krupa, Joe Morello and of course the greatest of all time Buddy Rich. Because you need to think of it like this, these are the drummers that Ward, Paice, Bonham and Powell learned from. So why not learn from them as well.

As far as vocalists people like Rob Halford, Dio, and Ian Gillan basically sculpted what I wanted to sing like growing up. Their range and power was unparalleled. Again you take your major influences and try to do your own thing with the groundwork they have laid down for you. It's funny because a lot of people site Ozzy as my major vocal influence but in all reality the only thing that Ozzy ever did that blew me away vocally is "Sabotage". He sang that album with some real power and I really enjoyed that era of Ozzy. Personally though I feel he whines too much for my tastes. I am a big fan of his music and you can't deny what he's done for metal however, I do not know if I would consider him a major influence.

Also if you really think about the bands that you mentioned "Deep Purple" and "Judas Priest" they are both bands that have evolved as musicians over the years. Listen to Judas Priest's "Stained Class" and then put on "Painkiller" it doesn't even sound like it could possibly be the same band and that's something that bands today could learn a little something from. Deep Purple is making better albums today than they were in the 80's and it's because they have adapted their style. They've added a bit more funk into their music and it suits them perfectly. It's still heavy and it's just great Rock & Roll but they have put some swing and blues in there and this overall groove that few bands can achieve. I hate when I hear a band that releases the same album over and over again and sadly there are a lot of bands who do that.

EARTHDOG:What Metal act pisses you off the most. Name one band at least you wish that would just go away.

H: Jesus, ummm anyone who I think is faking it. I could probably fill a small island with bands that I could care less about. But, in all honesty there is a need for bands like that. Just because it's not my cup of tea doesn't mean it shouldn't exist. I'm not a fan of Avenged Sevenfold and that new wave of glam metal bullshit that is out there but, I'm sure there is someone who is… and to be honest at least they are people who can play their instruments well. Bands that tend to worry about their image more than their musicianship tend to really annoy me. Or bands with potential that are just so worried about making a "Radio song' that they can't write a song over 3 and a half minutes. While I don't consider them metal I just got done listening to the new Black Stone Cherry album and that is a band that is the epitome of what I don't like in music. I put the album on and I'm really loving their drummers groove and their guitar tone and then every song on that album is riddled with a bubblegum chorus. It's almost like they were told by someone "okay guys you have to make sure every song has a chorus and it's repeated at least 4 times…. Oh and.. be sure to sing three harmony tracks over every chorus" that shit drives me nuts. I just can't sit back as a musician and think that's what they wanted to do.

I can't stand the Rap/Metal hybrids or the Hardcore/Metal combo either to be honest. I'm very much not a fan of the over-the-top satanic bands out there either. I tried to listen to that band Deicide when I was younger. I remember buying the CD because the cover looked awesome and really evil… and it's like the Disney of evil. It's so over-the-top that it becomes Evil Dead-like funny. Some of that nonsense is so cliché it's like; who listens to that and says wow that guy is evil? My music touches on evil from a primal place. A place we all have within. Evil exists it's not by "scary" man in a black wizard's robe who's sacrificing a goat. "what did that goat ever do to you?" I find the nightmares in my head ten times more evil than the rubbish that dude sings about.

EARTHDOG:What inspires you to write songs,i get a feeling that anger is one of them.

H: I love to write music about things that we really don't understand. I enjoy the paranormal and the occult if it's done in a tasteful way. I don't want to listen to some death metal band just singing the Ghostbusters theme song at four hundred beats per minute. I like the unknown of the human psyche and tapping into power that we don't know is there. I like the power of suggestion and what can manifest from it. While I will say that most of my music is written from a much darker place I will say that more times than not it's done in a very positive light. If you really think about it… how could it not be? I'm lucky enough to live my dream every day.

I do tend to write about human emotions a lot obsession, love, hate, betrayal we all feel this on a very personal level. I try to keep things as metaphorical as possible. I'm very lucky that people actually read and analyze my lyrics it's nice when someone takes the time to understand what you're saying and the places that you are trying to either take them or take them away from. Music is an escape and when someone writes me and says they can relate with something I've written it's very rewarding.

EARTHDOG:How important is internet promotion to you?

H: I think that the most important thing in the world in anything is word of mouth advertising. If my friend tells me to check out a new restaurant I'm going to be much more likely to check it out from his recommendation as opposed to seeing some ad about it. The thing that helps me a lot is that the people who like my music really do go out of their way to post on online forums about my work and just spread the word about Planet Gemini. Believe me I do understand that there is no shortage of bands to check out with the advent of Myspace and the digital recording era. So for me it is really cool when someone is putting their stamp of approval on what I do.

EARTHDOG:What do you want to achieve with Planet Gemini in the future.Any tours?

H: I think I've achieved everything I could hope for really. I never wanted to become a millionare because of my music. If that were the case I'd be playing a completely different style of music. It would be watered down and incredibally fake but I could do it. If it wasn't for my damn conscious that would never let me release anything that wasn't 100% real. I get to write and record music and be somewhat successful at it. To me that is probably the biggest accomplishment I could hope for. I wouldn't fool myself and think that my style of music is for everyone because I know that it isn't. But, in the end I know I have people who will probably carry my music with them for a long long time and I have 8 year olds learning my songs on guitar who write me and send me sound samples of them playing my stuff. There is a pretty damn good chance that my music will outlive me. That's where the "Doom Eternal" concept really came from. When you create someone and people listen to it a lot it becomes part of their lives. It's quite humbling to know that right now, someone is probably listening to a Planet Gemini record. I'm just a fan of this style of music so it is extremely moving to have people putting me on the same level as some of the greats. I remember when Vinny Appice first heard Planet Gemini he was like "You are like the next generation of Black Sabbath" and I was completely floored by that comment coming from him.

As far as touring goes I have little to no interest in doing shows anymore. I do have some friends who know the material and would be happy to come and do some shows with me. Oly Olson (founding member of Trouble) even offered a while back to be the drummer for Planet Gemini but I must admit that my life right now is perfect as is. I don't want a road schedule screwing with my family life, friends and whatnot. Plus when a band like "Trouble' is only pulling in 30-50 people a night in the clubs they are playing I personally don't know how lucrative a PG tour would be. Sure I would be winning over a bigger fan-base but, as I said I am very happy with things as they are for now.

EARTHDOG:Whats your favorite bands at the moment?

H: My favorite bands haven't changed much since I was a child. Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Mercyful Fate, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Dio and the list goes on and on. If you mean more "newer" bands I really love the new Grand Magus album and bands like Gates of Slumber and Clutch are some bands that I constantly keep in rotation of my MP3 player. Also Terra Firma who are now defunked.

Man I would kill to work with Christian Linderson (Lord Chritus) of Terra Firma on a couple of tracks. He recently did a doom project with Peter Vicar of Reverend Bizarre fame and it sounds good, but I really feel that I could bring out a really really heavy Terra Firma type feel for him. If I could choose to work with two musicians it would be either Ronnie James Dio and Lord Chritus. Both of which I feel that I could bring something new yet old and create something very fun. Also I wouldn't mind working with Eric Wagner (former singer of Trouble) on a couple of tracks. Just to bring a blindingly heavy approach to his beatles-esque style. But, if it didn't prove to be fun for all parties involved I would axe it. Even if it was with someone I grew up idolizing like Dio, music should be stress-free and enjoyable once it becomes work is when you bow out gracefully.

EARTHDOG:Doom Metal has always been underground and will more than likely always will be.I kind of like this fact about Doom Metal,i would hate for it to be thrown into the mainstream because shit goes downhill usually when that happens. Do you agree?

H: I think we kind of had a mainstream scare in the Doom metal community. Doom was becoming the "in" thing for a little while and with "The Sword" and their popularity it was quite odd to see people listening to music that was so down-trodden. I don't hate the Sword at all mind you. I just didn't think their album sounding incredibly authentic to me. It kind of sounded like a poor man's Sleep to me in some parts and their 2nd album sounds more like High on Fire so… maybe they are Matt Pike fans. Personally I think that every time the light gets shined down on Doom Metal it'll find a way to crawl back into the shadows. This style of music was born in the underground and personally I feel that's where it belongs. Again if someone is out there doing it for all the right reasons and gets mainstream attention then I can't fault them for it. But, I just can't see turning on the radio and hearing Gates of Slumber anytime soon, and I mean that in the nicest way possible.

EARTHDOG:Why should people listen to Planet Gemini?

H: Well, if you've got a little bit of spare time and want to hear someone who lives, eats and bleeds their music then I would suggest checking out a song or two. If you even remotely like it check out the album. I understand the music might be a little more "artsy" than most Doom Metal fans are used to but they are free to download and 100% real. Packed with emotion and power and I think if you take the time to let the music sink in you'll get it right away. If it's not your thing then delete the files and thank you for taking the time to check it out. But, if you are a fan of bands like Candlemass, Trouble, Black Sabbath…etc what do you really have to lose? Every review I get usually uses the terms "Soul" and "Passion" and that is no coincidence. I've always said Planet Gemini is my soul in music form. It's what I am and what I always wanted to be. I inhale life and exhale Planet Gemini. I love both and I think that it shows in my art.


http://www.planetgemini.net/index.html

http://www.myspace.com/planetgeminidoom

Interview with H from Planet Gemini

Having formed in 1997 the work of H and Planet Gemini has produced some of the most interesting Metal around.Planet Gemini has managed to walk the same path as Sabbath,Cathedral and Trouble while remaining totally unique in the world of Doom.The lastest recording "Wicked" is one of the freshest sounding releases of the last year so i contacted H and he agreed to a interview.Here is the interview,unedited.
EARTHDOG:First of all i must say your recordings are all very impressive with the lastest "Wicked" being my favorite so far. How has the recordings progressed over the years? What has been the most rewarding progression for you?

H: "Well, I would have to say the biggest change is doing everything myself. Before when my friend Josh (former bass player) was in the band it was much easier to just jam on a riff and make it into a song. Now it takes a little more planning. I still do try to keep it as free flowing as possible but I find that the music is a lot more focused, and I'd like to think that it is quite noticeable. Another big change is my skill level. I learned to play drums for Planet Gemini because we couldn't find a full time drummer, and now I find myself becoming a full time drummer. I practice a lot more than the average musician. I actually practice all of my instruments like a maniac. It's my unhealthy obsession really, but I think that it pays off in the music. Wicked is a great example of that. I completely went into a different state of mind while recording that album. Very dark and very angry, and while I don't consider all of the album to be a lashing out of rage. I do feel that the album has a fair amount of vitriol to it.

EARTHDOG:Its hard to pinpoint a specific term to describe your style of metal but Doom Metal seems to describe it the best to me. Is this accurate to you?

H: I always tend to call my music "Doom" because that's really the feeling and emotion I like to go for when I write music. I know a lot of the "tr00 Doom" zealots tend to disagree but I think that they take themselves a little too seriously sometimes. One of the things that I think sets Planet Gemini apart from a lot of other bands is that I can tap into any genre I want and it would still be Planet Gemini. Whether that be Planet Gemini playing a more "Swing" based up tempo track like "Burning Laughter" or even a quieter more acoustic piece like "Eden" off of my last album Wicked. When you start becoming a slave to your genre it pretty much guarantees that you will never do anything new and creative. So I guess in the end you can call me Doom or Heavy Metal… I've even been called NWOBH. To be honest it's just a label. But to get back to your question: I say if you think the band's "Trouble" or "Candlemass" are Doom bands then I can't see how you couldn't view Planet Gemini as Doom as well.

EARTHDOG:What is your honest opinion on the current Metal scene as a whole?

H: That's a pretty broad question there. I view a lot of the current metal scene to be the equivalent of someone yelling down a dark empty cave. The echo seems to go on forever but the sound quality degrades with every instance of the echo. There are a lot of genres out there where I can't for the life of me tell the difference between some of these bands. No guitar riffs, drumming as fast as they can with very little control and vocals where I can't hear a thing they are trying to say. Then, by some act of morbid curiosity I check out their lyrics and I see why they are so incoherent. They have nothing to say in their music it only makes sense because if they did why would they make their message so muddled and unintelligible? Sadly that about covers 80-90% of the modern acts out there today. It's so paint-by-numbers and uninspiring that I just can't really get into a lot of metal acts anymore. I mean on a more positive note there are still some great bands that are putting out some good albums, but for the most part they are all bands that are quite a few albums in.

EARTHDOG:I like the fact you offer recordings for free over the internet, what is your reasons for doing this?
H: I started off in a conventional band. We played for about 5 years doing shows at bars and clubs and sadly at the time my "local scene" was dying due to the influx of DJ's in nightclubs and bars were turning towards Karaoke. Live acts were really dwindling and it got to a point where my band was doing more cover songs than originals because that's all people wanted to hear. I think it got to a point where I was playing a motorcycle rally and I'm performing this half-hearted version of "born to be wild" and I looked over at my angry band-mates and thought to myself "This is absolute bullshit". We kind of became known as a "Sabbath" cover band. We did a ton of Sabbath stuff live and it was really the only thing that was getting people somewhat interested in our originals. To me it was quite clear that playing bars and clubs was not the way for me to get my music out there.

I've always been a tech savvy person and I knew how powerful the internet was/is. Josh and I ended up buying some cheap PC recording equipment to see how easy it would be to record ourselves a demo. We did about 5 songs and I sent a couple to some people I had been chatting with at the time and they were all quite positive about it. So I built a small webpage on one of those banner laden free webhosting sites and it just took off really well. From there I had a dream of building us a recording studio one night. I woke up at 5am and called Josh and he was like "Let's fucking do it". So we did. We spent a ridiculous amount of money getting a professional studio together. We were completely clueless as to what we were doing. I knew a little bit about recording with an 8 track Tascam but had no idea how confusing recording digitally could be. I ended up buying a program called Cakewalk 7 and the rest just escaladed from there.

So now we have this professional studio and a lot of people e-mailing us about our music… Hell, at this point I didn't even want to press any CDs. I Just wanted to give my stuff away. I loved the fact that it really felt like people were not just interested in the music but the project behind making the music. So I tried to give people an inside look at what the band was doing. I would put up early demos, lyrics, song ideas, song titles. I just wanted to make people feel like they were part of the project as much as possible. In my opinion that's where it really paid off. People started taking a special interest in the band and started spreading the word and copying our music for their friends. We ended pressing CD's later on because Dan (The owner of Stonerrock. com) really made a compelling argument to me that I was alienating a big portion of my audience by making my music download only. So we went down that route but in the long run I really liked the idea that someone could just get the music and enjoy it. Not worry about money. Just give me your time and attention, that's pretty much all I could ask for. It got to a point where people were sending me e-mails saying they listen to Planet Gemini everyday and to me… that's worth more than money. I've always said "I'd rather have people singing my songs than buying my cds" and I can honestly say without hesitation that statement rings just as true today as it did back then. Today I see people getting Planet Gemini tattoos and I hear from people who are quoting my lyrics as words that they use to inspire them. I have people write me telling me how influential I have been in being an artist who does everything themselves, and, well, I've been blessed with this magic I call Planet Gemini. I've worked with Jeff "Oly" Olson (Founding member of Trouble) I've collaborated ideas with Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath/Dio drummer) I've worked with some of my heroes and I'm just a normal fan who loves music. So for me to be respected among some of these musicians I grew up idolizing is just amazing.

The music industry is now learning that the internet is really the way to distribute music. You're seeing more acts now leave their labels and just make their album on Pro-Tools and put it on i-tunes themselves. The age of being a slave to a record label is really starting to fall behind us. Leave that bullshit to the pop music acts. In metal we shouldn't have a flavor of the month. Our music is made to be indelibly etched into our listeners psyche. I'm 32 years old and I've been listening to metal for like 75% of my life. You don't see that in pop music. They tend to deny even liking the garbage that they listen to. You won't find a guy out there admitting to buying a New Kids on the Block tape back in the day. But they sold a millions and millions of albums and that couldn't be all from teeny bopper girls. All of those top40 sheep out there are so embarrassed at the fashions they follow that they won't even admit to it most of the time. While I personally can put on any album I bought when I was 12 years old whether it be Black Sabbath, Manowar, Deep Purple, Riot, Helloween or Judas Priest and still hear the greatness that I heard in that music. That is why I feel metal is stronger than other genres. It's eternal in my opinion and I'm proud to be a part no matter how small of a part I am.

EARTHDOG:I know from reading your blogs you are a fan of the older heavy bands like Purple and Priest. Are these bands a inspiration for you?

H: Without a doubt. They made me who I am. If it wasn't for Black Sabbath I wouldn't be half of the person I am today. I actually can't imagine where my life would be without them. They gave me a passion for music that I can't even begin to explain. I learned to play guitar by watching the 1978 concert Never Say Die on videotape. I would play that show over and over and over again. I never took a guitar lesson. I would pause the tape to see where Iommi's fingers were to play the songs perfectly. My parents had to have wanted to strangle me, or destroy that tape. Because I would come home and play to that tape four or five times through a day. I had no idea what distortion was.. I was like "how the hell does his guitar sound like that?".

Even now as I'm older and I'm playing drums more often I can look to these bands as blueprints of what I want to be as a musician. The great Ian Paice from Deep Purple could drum circles around pretty much anyone in the music industry and yet… he sits back in 4/4 time and serves the song. Here is a guy who can do a snare roll with one hand faster than most drummers can do with two and yet.. he sits back and serves the song. Ian Paice to the untrained ear is just another drummer. He's a guy who plays on two and four. But, you ask a trained drummer about Ian Paice and you'll get a totally different reaction. Drummers like Bill Ward, John Bonham, Ian Paice, Vinny Appice and Cozy Powell are all inspirations for this style of music, and then being the avid music freak that I am I also dip back into the older Jazz drummers Art Blakey, Max Roach, Gene Krupa, Joe Morello and of course the greatest of all time Buddy Rich. Because you need to think of it like this, these are the drummers that Ward, Paice, Bonham and Powell learned from. So why not learn from them as well.

As far as vocalists people like Rob Halford, Dio, and Ian Gillan basically sculpted what I wanted to sing like growing up. Their range and power was unparalleled. Again you take your major influences and try to do your own thing with the groundwork they have laid down for you. It's funny because a lot of people site Ozzy as my major vocal influence but in all reality the only thing that Ozzy ever did that blew me away vocally is "Sabotage". He sang that album with some real power and I really enjoyed that era of Ozzy. Personally though I feel he whines too much for my tastes. I am a big fan of his music and you can't deny what he's done for metal however, I do not know if I would consider him a major influence.

Also if you really think about the bands that you mentioned "Deep Purple" and "Judas Priest" they are both bands that have evolved as musicians over the years. Listen to Judas Priest's "Stained Class" and then put on "Painkiller" it doesn't even sound like it could possibly be the same band and that's something that bands today could learn a little something from. Deep Purple is making better albums today than they were in the 80's and it's because they have adapted their style. They've added a bit more funk into their music and it suits them perfectly. It's still heavy and it's just great Rock & Roll but they have put some swing and blues in there and this overall groove that few bands can achieve. I hate when I hear a band that releases the same album over and over again and sadly there are a lot of bands who do that.

EARTHDOG:What Metal act pisses you off the most. Name one band at least you wish that would just go away.

H: Jesus, ummm anyone who I think is faking it. I could probably fill a small island with bands that I could care less about. But, in all honesty there is a need for bands like that. Just because it's not my cup of tea doesn't mean it shouldn't exist. I'm not a fan of Avenged Sevenfold and that new wave of glam metal bullshit that is out there but, I'm sure there is someone who is… and to be honest at least they are people who can play their instruments well. Bands that tend to worry about their image more than their musicianship tend to really annoy me. Or bands with potential that are just so worried about making a "Radio song' that they can't write a song over 3 and a half minutes. While I don't consider them metal I just got done listening to the new Black Stone Cherry album and that is a band that is the epitome of what I don't like in music. I put the album on and I'm really loving their drummers groove and their guitar tone and then every song on that album is riddled with a bubblegum chorus. It's almost like they were told by someone "okay guys you have to make sure every song has a chorus and it's repeated at least 4 times…. Oh and.. be sure to sing three harmony tracks over every chorus" that shit drives me nuts. I just can't sit back as a musician and think that's what they wanted to do.

I can't stand the Rap/Metal hybrids or the Hardcore/Metal combo either to be honest. I'm very much not a fan of the over-the-top satanic bands out there either. I tried to listen to that band Deicide when I was younger. I remember buying the CD because the cover looked awesome and really evil… and it's like the Disney of evil. It's so over-the-top that it becomes Evil Dead-like funny. Some of that nonsense is so cliché it's like; who listens to that and says wow that guy is evil? My music touches on evil from a primal place. A place we all have within. Evil exists it's not by "scary" man in a black wizard's robe who's sacrificing a goat. "what did that goat ever do to you?" I find the nightmares in my head ten times more evil than the rubbish that dude sings about.

EARTHDOG:What inspires you to write songs,i get a feeling that anger is one of them.

H: I love to write music about things that we really don't understand. I enjoy the paranormal and the occult if it's done in a tasteful way. I don't want to listen to some death metal band just singing the Ghostbusters theme song at four hundred beats per minute. I like the unknown of the human psyche and tapping into power that we don't know is there. I like the power of suggestion and what can manifest from it. While I will say that most of my music is written from a much darker place I will say that more times than not it's done in a very positive light. If you really think about it… how could it not be? I'm lucky enough to live my dream every day.

I do tend to write about human emotions a lot obsession, love, hate, betrayal we all feel this on a very personal level. I try to keep things as metaphorical as possible. I'm very lucky that people actually read and analyze my lyrics it's nice when someone takes the time to understand what you're saying and the places that you are trying to either take them or take them away from. Music is an escape and when someone writes me and says they can relate with something I've written it's very rewarding.

EARTHDOG:How important is internet promotion to you?

H: I think that the most important thing in the world in anything is word of mouth advertising. If my friend tells me to check out a new restaurant I'm going to be much more likely to check it out from his recommendation as opposed to seeing some ad about it. The thing that helps me a lot is that the people who like my music really do go out of their way to post on online forums about my work and just spread the word about Planet Gemini. Believe me I do understand that there is no shortage of bands to check out with the advent of Myspace and the digital recording era. So for me it is really cool when someone is putting their stamp of approval on what I do.

EARTHDOG:What do you want to achieve with Planet Gemini in the future.Any tours?

H: I think I've achieved everything I could hope for really. I never wanted to become a millionare because of my music. If that were the case I'd be playing a completely different style of music. It would be watered down and incredibally fake but I could do it. If it wasn't for my damn conscious that would never let me release anything that wasn't 100% real. I get to write and record music and be somewhat successful at it. To me that is probably the biggest accomplishment I could hope for. I wouldn't fool myself and think that my style of music is for everyone because I know that it isn't. But, in the end I know I have people who will probably carry my music with them for a long long time and I have 8 year olds learning my songs on guitar who write me and send me sound samples of them playing my stuff. There is a pretty damn good chance that my music will outlive me. That's where the "Doom Eternal" concept really came from. When you create someone and people listen to it a lot it becomes part of their lives. It's quite humbling to know that right now, someone is probably listening to a Planet Gemini record. I'm just a fan of this style of music so it is extremely moving to have people putting me on the same level as some of the greats. I remember when Vinny Appice first heard Planet Gemini he was like "You are like the next generation of Black Sabbath" and I was completely floored by that comment coming from him.

As far as touring goes I have little to no interest in doing shows anymore. I do have some friends who know the material and would be happy to come and do some shows with me. Oly Olson (founding member of Trouble) even offered a while back to be the drummer for Planet Gemini but I must admit that my life right now is perfect as is. I don't want a road schedule screwing with my family life, friends and whatnot. Plus when a band like "Trouble' is only pulling in 30-50 people a night in the clubs they are playing I personally don't know how lucrative a PG tour would be. Sure I would be winning over a bigger fan-base but, as I said I am very happy with things as they are for now.

EARTHDOG:Whats your favorite bands at the moment?

H: My favorite bands haven't changed much since I was a child. Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Mercyful Fate, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Dio and the list goes on and on. If you mean more "newer" bands I really love the new Grand Magus album and bands like Gates of Slumber and Clutch are some bands that I constantly keep in rotation of my MP3 player. Also Terra Firma who are now defunked.

Man I would kill to work with Christian Linderson (Lord Chritus) of Terra Firma on a couple of tracks. He recently did a doom project with Peter Vicar of Reverend Bizarre fame and it sounds good, but I really feel that I could bring out a really really heavy Terra Firma type feel for him. If I could choose to work with two musicians it would be either Ronnie James Dio and Lord Chritus. Both of which I feel that I could bring something new yet old and create something very fun. Also I wouldn't mind working with Eric Wagner (former singer of Trouble) on a couple of tracks. Just to bring a blindingly heavy approach to his beatles-esque style. But, if it didn't prove to be fun for all parties involved I would axe it. Even if it was with someone I grew up idolizing like Dio, music should be stress-free and enjoyable once it becomes work is when you bow out gracefully.

EARTHDOG:Doom Metal has always been underground and will more than likely always will be.I kind of like this fact about Doom Metal,i would hate for it to be thrown into the mainstream because shit goes downhill usually when that happens. Do you agree?

H: I think we kind of had a mainstream scare in the Doom metal community. Doom was becoming the "in" thing for a little while and with "The Sword" and their popularity it was quite odd to see people listening to music that was so down-trodden. I don't hate the Sword at all mind you. I just didn't think their album sounding incredibly authentic to me. It kind of sounded like a poor man's Sleep to me in some parts and their 2nd album sounds more like High on Fire so… maybe they are Matt Pike fans. Personally I think that every time the light gets shined down on Doom Metal it'll find a way to crawl back into the shadows. This style of music was born in the underground and personally I feel that's where it belongs. Again if someone is out there doing it for all the right reasons and gets mainstream attention then I can't fault them for it. But, I just can't see turning on the radio and hearing Gates of Slumber anytime soon, and I mean that in the nicest way possible.

EARTHDOG:Why should people listen to Planet Gemini?

H: Well, if you've got a little bit of spare time and want to hear someone who lives, eats and bleeds their music then I would suggest checking out a song or two. If you even remotely like it check out the album. I understand the music might be a little more "artsy" than most Doom Metal fans are used to but they are free to download and 100% real. Packed with emotion and power and I think if you take the time to let the music sink in you'll get it right away. If it's not your thing then delete the files and thank you for taking the time to check it out. But, if you are a fan of bands like Candlemass, Trouble, Black Sabbath…etc what do you really have to lose? Every review I get usually uses the terms "Soul" and "Passion" and that is no coincidence. I've always said Planet Gemini is my soul in music form. It's what I am and what I always wanted to be. I inhale life and exhale Planet Gemini. I love both and I think that it shows in my art.


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Interview With Sardonis

Sardonis have just released their debut 7" to great reviews.Its 14 minutes of some of the most refreshing bombastic doom rock but this is not some run of the mill doom metal band nor are they really doom.They play a barrage of in your face metal that is hard to describe,they have a sound all of their own with a production that will melt your face and kick you in the balls.Released on Electric Earth Records,it is already been highly recommended by some websites as one of the best debut's in recent times.I did a interview and he it is.

What was your main inspiration to start playing this kind of music and how long have you been playing drum? (list band that that you have played in)

As long as I can remember, I have been listening to heavy music. My father still plays the guitar in a band and has always done that. Looking at pictures of him when he was 18 years going wild on an electric guitar while 'Black Sabbath' was written with a thick marker on his jeans. He gave me a cassette with the song 'Paranoid', I played it time after time.

I start drumming in 1994 with 'Victim 34'; a band with local friends and we played sludgy doom. The concept was based around serial killers with J.W. Gacy as major inspiration. If I can remember well, we named the band after a book he wrote… and we used his paintings in our flyers and tapes too. Years later I discovered the great band Acid Bath wich uses his artwork too.

During the years, I played in many bands in different genres, but namedropping is of no importance cause most of them were projects. I played punk, crust, hardcore,… Now with SardoniS I return to my first love; the heavy shit. It feels great!



What is the scene like in Belgium and how is it compared with the rest of Europe?

There are some very good bands here in Belgium playing doom and heavy stuff with SERPENTCULT being the most known to the outside world I think. As most people will know they formed out of the ashes of THE PLAGUE OF GENTLEMEN and they will release their debut in October in courtesy of Rise Above Records. They asked us to perform at their CD/LP presentation together with Grand Magus, that is great!



Their is BLUTCH and ULTRAPHALLUS, both from the Frenchspeaking part of Belgium and very good too. We have MÖSE and some other doombands, but the scene is rather small and their are not that many gigs if you compare it with other underground guitarorientated genres.



Finland, Sweden and the UK deliver the most also the most wellknown bands in the genre. The doom is spreading…





What is your opinion of the Doom and the Metal scene in general? I ask this because the US scene is bursting with great bands at the moment.

More and more great bands stand up and deliver the goods. The one band brings a more traditional style while the other band plays a more crossover style using different elements. It is something that one sees in every underground scene; their is always a certain amount of people who want their music more traditional (like the pioneers in the genre did) and another group is always searching for bands that bring a new aspect or sound to the specific genre.

To my opinion it's important to always be open minded to new bands because their lies the force of the underground.





Do you see SardoniS as being a touring band in the future and if so what are your ambitions?Playing live from time to time is important for us to present our material to the people. We both toured a lot with previous bands and we don't want to become a band that tours more then it rehearses. We have a great time every Tuesday evening drinking some beer, smoking some pot and doing the heavy so it's not necessary to play live every week. To promote our EP we've sended out some promo's to clubs and organisations and people started to contact us for shows. We hoped to get some gigs, but we did not expect we would get the chance to play very cool shows with big names in the genre. The next 8 weeks we do about 8 gigs and we share the stage with Pelican, Torche, Serpentcult, Grand Magus, Obiat, Agents of Abhorrence, Kongh, Switchblade and more. All very exciting for a fresh band like ours.



What is your opinion on the internet with promoting bands and do you think Myspace has any influence on what people listen to?

There is no doubt that the internet has a major influence on what people listen to. It is very often the first contact between band and listener. Offcourse, it's up to the band to give good live shows and convince new potential fans. Although I have never downloaded a song, I really believe in the future of downloads as a medium for the masses. At the other hand, vinyl will have (and already has) a major revival and I'm sure it will last, because it's the most complete listening experience.









What is your favorite bands of the moment?

Their are quite some great bands out there these days. I really like the heavy forces of High on Fire and Grand Magus, the retrofeel of Witchcraft or Graveyard, American sludgeheads Cough grabbed my attention some while ago.





Tell us more about Electric Earth Records, how did it start and why? Also how do you see the future of the company?

Their are a lot of bands flying under the radar but who are extremely good and deserve more attention then they have now. And this way I can do something back for what I've received; a passion for the heaviness. (that sounds corny ;-)

We'll try to get a bigger name in the roster from time to time, but the main focus will be on young talented bands. We want to promote them the best way possible by sending promo's, advertise in zines and set up a decent distribution.



We're a small label and we intend to keep it that way. Not that we don't have ambition to grow as a label, but we want to keep the focus on quality instead of quantity.





What other bands are working with Electric Earth Records and tell us a bit about future releases?

Their is Black Pyramid from Massachussets US, a three piece band that delivers superb riffing in the vein of Sleep and Earthride. They've just finished recordings for their debut full lenght so keep your ears open, cause this will slay for sure!



Eternal Elysium is in the running since 1991, bringing doomrock with a psychedelic edge. Also a 3 piece band with frontman Okazaki on the guitar and vocals, dummer Antonio and Tana playing the four strings, she lives in Nagoya Japan but is originally from the US. We've released a 10" named 'Mysterious Views in Stone Garden'.



Latest release is SardoniS and their are some other releases in the pipeline, but nothing is 100% definitive yet. As soon as they are, I'll post it online.





Tell us what we can expect musically from SardoniS in the future?



We are currently writing material for our debut full lenght that we hope to release somewhere in the fall of next year. We've just finished 3 new songs and it will take a few weeks until we start writing new material because we have a quit hectic tour schedule the next weeks. The guitarplayer tours the US right now with his other band Solenoid, who also releases their debut in the near future so they will also tour a lot. But we hope to start writing again in October.



We will work the same way we did with the EP; record a demo of the songs in december/january so we can 'polish' the songs afterwards and then start recording in April May next year.

The debut full lenght will be in the same line as the EP wich contains two slower and two more uptempo songs. We consider ourselves as a doom orientated heavy band, but not a 100% doomband cause we play a more crossover style.



Their are some vague plans to record an EP or a full lenght with bass or even with vocals, but the first full lenght will be in the same line as the EP as I mentioned before. It will probably be released on vinyl through Electric Earth and we will shop some labels, all doors are open…





Is it hard to get your music heard on different forms of media and what can be done in your opinion to make the scene stronger. I know a lot of bands that are having a real hard time making any money.

I think that the bands who really 'make' money with their music are rather rare. If you play in a bigger band and you can get your costs covered, then that is OK to my opinion. You play music out of a passion and a need to express your creativity. SardoniS costs us money (recording, gasmoney, parts for the instruments,…) but it's a passion.

The major support you get is from people that you meet on the road or via internet. Sending around promo's to zines and radios do get attention, get reviewed and spinned on the radio. It's rather hard to get noticed in by meanstream media in Belgium but that's not what we intend, so we're fine with that.



This is a corny question I know but what are your heroes in the metal scene both past and present?

A LOT! But to name a few;

Lombardo on the drums and Slayer as a band because they have always done what they did; playing their style, doing their thing.



Manowar! I'm a big fan of the band and every time I feel down, I spin one of their records. In May of this year, the lady gave birth to our first child and we have chosen the name when listening to 'Sign of the Hammer' song 3 on side A 'Thor (the Powerhead). We now have a healthy baby boy named THOR. ;-)



Favourite guitarplayers are Wino, Iommi, Pike and Young (Neil)





Any last words…

Thanks for the interview and thanks for reading it here in the DOOM ROOM. Great that people show interest in our band. We hope to meet some of the readers on a show and if you're interested in an EP, surf to www.electric-earth.com

Awesome J From Buzzardstein

Awesome J from Buzzardstein gives us a insight into the band,destruction,Mississippi,politics and his doom crew. 1.First of all tell everyone who may not have heard Buzzardstein how the band started.Give us a rundown of band members both past and present. Buzzardstein started in the summer of 2007. The band basically was a new band formed out of the ashes of Colossus. Rogan and Harrisunn had done the Colossus thang for a couple years and crafted the sound. Likko was playing bass for Colossus and at the time I was basically a roadie and hookin the band up with some street goods. Doktor was doin vocals for Colossus and Bassenstein was a former bass player for Colossus. Rogan ased me to join the fold because I was a bro of his from way the fuck back when we used to skateboard and he and I had played in some garage crust punk style bands together in the mid 90s. Bassenstein finished school and moved back to our hometown so he replaced Likko on the bass and Likko moved up to lead guitar. Doktor left the band and I was asked to be the frontman. We had to change the name for a couple different reasons. It was a new era for a new band and there were other bands with the name Colossus. Bassenstein came up with the name Buzzardstein because hes a raw idiot like that. We all went to an Eyehategod show in Louisiana and got trashed and its been like that since. 2.What do you think of the Doom Scene in Mississippi? I think its pretty fuckin awesome seeing as how were the only band in it. Its pretty spread out but by default id say our homebase default for shows is in Monroe Louisiana. We play there the most but the venue is closing down so who the fuck knows. shouts out to Black Market Ministry. Were nomadic. 3.Whats the best or whats the show you will most likely never forget about that you have played? I don't remember any of our shows to be honest. Sludge of the Titans was pretty rad due to te fact that it was a house party show and all the fuckin bands ripped it sick. Nate from Gosh/Across Tundras hooked that shit up. We drank for 12 hours straight that day and we played last. by the time we played it was fuckin chaos. people were getting naked, smokin herb, poundin the fuck out of beer, i was pickin fights with strangers. It was a fun time with all good bands. shouts out to fuckin N8 for gettin us on that show and shouts out to our fuckin brothers in Seawitch. I love those sexy ass motherfuckers. Our mini tour of TN was pretty fuckin sweet. Shouts out to Briar Gates and all the other FISH METAL bands down with the fuckin DOOM CREW 4.You guys seemed to know how to party,does the partying ever get in the way or is it a essential activity for the band? Its always a fuckin party when the DOOM CREW shows up. We fuckin run shit bigger than fuck and we roll deep ready to fuck up anything that would even attempt to try to stop our party. Buzzardstein is a way of life. Only way out its death or jail. We stay on top of our band shit tho. Its fuckin sludge metal though so its all fuckin good yo. I wish I was partyin right now yo. 5. Ok this one may stir up some trouble,is there anyone or band you hate within the scene.You don't have to mention any names if you don't want to. I don't hate but i will find a way to fuck up anyone who steps to me or one of my band mates. Most all the bands we roll with are cool ass dudes straight up but Ive sensed a little hatred comin off certain individuals. Fuck em. I don't sweat the dumb shit and im not in it to make friends. I am in it to fuckin destroy. and the free drinks of course. 6.What do you think the future holds for the band and what is the bands ambitions? just to put out killer records, play rad fuckin shows with sick bands and hook up with some tight ass bitches. You know what im saying. Have fun with my homeboys and throw the fuck down in a major way. keep grindin and keep it fuckin real. 7.You must have had some funny shit happen to you at gigs,what is one of the funniest things that happen? Its pretty funny when we get naked and throw shit across the room. I don't know. Were fucked up dudes so crazy shit jumps off every time. I say some pretty crazy shit on the mic but whatever comes up comes out. fuck it,. 8.What is your favorite bands at the moment? We listen to all the doom bands who are kickin ass right now. You know the ill shit like Zoroaster, Deadbird, Baroness, Weedeater, Sourvein, Hawgjaw, -16-, Eyehategod, all that dope fuckin stupid heavy raw shit. Rogan listens to alot of drone shit like Earth and Sunn0)) and doom shit like Sleep. Likko listens to a pretty eclectic blend of music everything from indie rock to YOB. Harrisunn likes grindcore and doom metal Soilent Green and all that. Bassenstein listens to post rock and goes gay for Buried at Sea. I listen to alot of crust punk and power violence..His Hero Is Gone, From Ashes Rise and Spazz. Last couple of days here lately I been listening to Ill Bills new cd the Hour of Reprisal. Hes a sick ass doomed out rapper from Brooklyn that makes crazy references in his lyrics to bands like Eyehatgod and even did a rap version of the biography of the band Slayer. I listen to crazy shit from all genres. We like lots of shit. 9.What is the main problem with the US metal scene as you see it? As far as the underground goes. id like to see more violence and chaos at shows. keeps it interesting. not enough bands promoting anarchy and disorder. 10.What are the bands you enjoy playing with the most and who would you like to play with? Any of the bands who we fuck with. In no particular order all our brothers. Black Market Ministry, Seawitch, the mighty Seahag, Witches Tit, Boudain, Face On Mars, Power Pellut, etc... All our friends that know who they are. much fuckin love and doom the fuck on. As far as who we want to play with: all the sick ass heavy bands from the south. Zoroaster, Sourvein, Deadbird, Hawgjaw, Weedeater, Rwake etc... I really more than anything want to do a show with my favorite band of all time EYEHATEGOD. yep. fuck the world. 11.Tell us what really is pissing you off at the moment.I could tell you what is pissing me off but that's a blog on its own. Ive had a harsh month of let downs. Lost a good job workin for Budweiser, tree fell on my porch, bathroom floor caved in, wrecked my car, and someone stole my debit card and over drafted my bank account somethin fierce. oh and the whole presidential election and politics in general. the whole system is fucked up and it obviously isn't working. Fuck society being brainwashed in general. fuck the world. 12.Any plans for a US tour,i would love to see you play in Seattle? fuck if we could get a label to work with Id love to tour the country. Id love to come up and play the pacific northwest and come check out all the sick ass concrete skateparks up there. I know its sck up there. 13.Finally how important is promotion on the internet to you? The internet is pretty fuckin wild dude. Myspace owns the music scene and has helped out mad musicians with bookin shows and being found out about by people outside the region. Its pretty fuckin cool. Earthdog you promote the fuck out of the scene and people like you who keep it real and show love are the heart of this shit. big props on all your work. it doesn't go unnoticed. Big love from the dirty south Doom Crew and brotha. doom the fuck on and rip it sick. Peace man.. http://www. myspace. com/buzzardstein
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