Feb 26, 2009

INTERVIEW WITH GARY ISOM FROM PENTAGRAM ETC

1.Its hard to know where to start with this interview as you have done so much.How about starting at the early days,what was your earliest musical ventures ?

HEY ED, FIRST THINGS FIRST , I WOULD LIKE TO THANK YOU SINCERELY FOR GIVING ME THIS OPP. TO TELL THE FANS OF HEAVY HARD PUNK BLUES METAL DOOM ROCK -N- ROLL A-BIT OF MY MUSICAL HISTORY/JOURNEY STARTING PAST UP TO THE PRESENT...THANK YOU! SO THAT BEING SAID,LETS GET THIS MYSTIC TRAIN ROLLIN,ALL ABOARD!!! WHERE TO START,1971,MUSIC IS MY EARLIEST MEMORY AS A BEING. IT WAS EMBEDDED IN MY BRAIN FROM THE VERY START. MY PARENTS WOULD CONSTANTLY PLAY MUSIC IN OUR LIVING ROOM ON THE RECORD PLAYER,MOSTLY MOTOWN MIXED W/ROCK-N-ROLL,CHUCK BERRY,LINK WRAY. I WOULD BEAT UP MY MOTHERS POTS AND PANS UNTIL THEY GOT SICK OF THAT AND BOUGHT ME A DRUM SET FOR CHRISTMAS 1978 THANKS MOM AND DAD!IN 1978 KISS RULED THE WORLD AND I,IN MY BASEMENT WAS PETER CRISS! I PLAYED KISS ALIVE 2 FROM START TO FINISH. I DID THIS FOR YEARS PLAYING BEATLES ,LED ZEPPELIN,THE KINKS,VAN HALEN,JUDAS PRIEST,IRON MAIDEN,RUSH ETC. IN JR. HIGH IS WHEN I STARTED W/ A REAL BAND THEN IN THE 1986 I MET MARK AMMEN AND SAGE MAAS.YES, THE SAME MARK AMMEN I PLAY MUSIC W/UP TO THE PRESENT "DAZE" OF PENTAGRAM,WOW, I DON'T KNOW MANY DRUMMERS WHO HAVE BEEN W/ THE SAME BASS PLAYER ON AND OFF FOR 23 YEARS!..AND STILL GOING.WERE LIKE BREAD AND BUTTER. WE STARTED PLAYING ALL ORIGINAL EXPERIMENTAL PUNK/METAL/THRASH/ROCK WE WERE CALLED SERPICO.A FEW YRS. LATER I WAS HANGIN OUT @ THE "IN DESTROY HOUSE" W/ROB"COUGIN" BRANNIGAN OF IN DESTROY AND JEFF PARSONS OF IN DESTROY,ASYLUM,WRETCHED.JEFF PARSONS AT THAT TIME WAS PLAYING BASS IN ASYLUM,DALE FLOOD CAME OVER ONE DAY AND WE WERE PLAYING IN THE BASEMENT.THAT SAME DAY SHERMAN AND SOME FRIENDS CAME DOWN FROM FREDERICK MD. TO HANG OUT,HIS FRIENDS SAW ME PLAYING RAN BACK UP STAIRS TO SHERMAN AND SAID,SHERMAN COME DOWN STAIRS YOU'VE GOT TO SEE THIS DRUMMER!SHERMAN WAS IN PENDULUM AT THE TIME AND HIS DRUMMER TONY SAUNDERS WAS OUT ON THE RD. AS A DRUM TECH.FOR TROUBLE. SO THAT'S WHEN SHERMAN AND ASKED ME TO COME UP TO THE FARM HOUSE TO "GET A JAM ON" ONE THING LED TO ANOTHER AND WE CALLED OURSELVES "LOVE RAZOR"AFTER THE WHITE ZOMBIE SONG. WE PLAYED TONS OF PARTY'S AND GIGS. WE PLAYED ORIGINALS AND COVERED STUFF LIKE NIRVANA'S "NO RECESS",SAINT VITUS "LIVING BACKWARDS",THE OBSESSED "RIVER OF SOUL",PENTAGRAM'S"RELENTLESS". NOBODY REALLY KNEW THESE SONGS. WE WERE AN UNDERGROUND BAND COVERING UNDERGROUND BANDS SONGS. ME AND SHERMAN WENT ON TO TEAM UP W/ MARK AMMEN AND SAGE MAAS TO FORM HEAVY SOUL IN 1991 WE RECORDED A FULL LENGTH LP.THEN AROUND 92' I JOINED IRON MAN,WE PLAYED TONS OF GIGS ASWELL AND EVENTUALLY RECORDED A FULL LENGTH CD.THE PASSAGE HALF WAY THROUGH THE VOCAL TRACKING HELLHOUND REC. REJECTED AND BASICALLY TOLD AL MORRIS TO GET ANOTHER SINGER OR THEY WOULD NOT GIVE US THE REST OF THE RECORDING $.SO THAT'S WHEN WE GOT A NEW SINGER DAN M. WHO SOUNDED NOTHING LIKE OZZY...LETS FACE IT WHEN YOU DO A BLACK SABBATH TRIBUTE BAND,YOUR VOCALS HAVE TO SOUND LIKE OZZY.I WAS TOTALLY TURNED OFF BY THE NEW SINGERS STYLE,HE SOUNDED LIKE BRUCE DICKINSON.I NOT HAPPY OF THE OUTCOME OF THAT SITUATION WHAT SO EVER.FORTUNATLY FOR ME RONNIE KALIMON HAD JUST QUIT UNORTHODOX AND DALE FLOOD ASKED ME TO JOIN.I GLADLY DID SO.THIS WAS IN 1994 AND I ONCE AGAIN TEAMED UP W/ MARK AMMEN ,WE GOT SUPER TIGHT W/ALL THE MATERIAL PLAYED TONS OF GIGS AND WENT ON TOUR IN EUROPE.THEY{HELLHOUND RECS} HAD BIG PLANS FOR US.THEY PLANNED A MONTH LONG TOUR AND WE HAD PLANS TO DO A VIDEO FOR M. TV AT THE END OF IT.UNFORTUNATELY HALFWAY THROUGH THE TOUR,SOME WITCHES GAVE US MAGIC MUSHROOMS AND DALE FLIPPED OUT AND SMASHED A BOTTLE ON THE BAR CUTTING ALL THE TENDONS IN HIS HAND,THE DJ WAS PLAYING NIRVANA AND KURT COBAIN WHO HAD RECENTLY COMMITTED SUICIDE OR WAS MURDERED??? DALE WAS A HUGE FAN AND JUST FUCKING FLIPPED THE FUCK OUT!HE HAD TO SPEND THE NIGHT IN A{THANK GOD}SWISS HOSPITAL, HE WAS SO DRUNK THEY COULD NOT GIVE HIM AN I.V. HE HAD TO WAIT TILL MORNING FOR THE MICRO SURGEONS TO COME IN AND PUT HIS TENDONS BACK TOGETHER WHAT A NIGHTMARE!OUR TOUR WAS OVER..WE CAME HOME AND AFTER AWHILE DALE HAD HEALED AND WE STARTED TO WORK ON THE 3RD.UNORTHODOX RELEASE.DUE TO DRUG HABITS AND HELLHOUND FOLDING THE RECORD WAS NEVER FINISHED UNTIL RECENTLY 2008 "AWAKEN"ON THE CHURCH WITHIN RECORDS.THANKS IN LARGE PART TO MYSELF AND OLI "THE DOOMDEALER" IT WAS LIKE PULLING TEETH! BUT WE DID IT!ITS AN AMAZING REC.THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN OUT IN 199FUCKIN4....1996 I WAS ASKED TO JOIN PENTAGRAM BY VICTOR GRIFFIN WE PLAYED A HANDFULL OF GIGS AND HAD NEW MATERIAL UNFORTUNATLY HE AND BOBBY HAD ALOT OF BAD FEELINGS TOWARDS EACH OTHER AND THEY PARTED WAYS...I THEN WAS ASKED TO JOIN WRETCHED,YEP BACK W/MY BROTHER FROM ANOTHER MOTHER DAVE SHERMAN! FOR A SHORT WHILE ONLY TO BE DISBANDED DO TO THE FACT OF WINO RETURNING HOME TO MD.HENCE THE BEGINING OF SHINE/SPIRIT CARAVAN....I GUESS THOSE ARE MY EARLIEST VENTURES...

2.You must have played 100's of shows,have you kept track of how many and have you got any favorite gigs you have been involved with ?

4,OOO....THE SPIRIT CARAVAN/DEEP PURPLE ALWAYS STANDS OUT IN MY MIND.I'VE HAD THE PRIVILEDGE OF SHARING THE STAGE W/ A LOT OF MY FAVORITE BANDS C.O.C,TROUBLE,FUGAZI,CROWBAR,HIGH ON FIRE,CATHEDRAL,EYEHATEGOD,AGNOSTIC FRONT,INTERNAL VOID,THE MYSTIC KREWE OF CLEARLIGHT,TYPE O'NEGATIVE,DOWN,UNORTHODOX,PENTAGRAM,PENTAGRAM,PENTAGRAM..

3.Tell us about all the bands you have played with,you have a pretty impressive resume ?

HEAVY SOUL,IRON MAN,UNORTHODOX,PENTAGRAM,WRETCHED,SPIRIT CARAVAN,THE LITTLE WHITE PILLS,NITROSEED,KING VALLEY,VALKYRIE,UNORTHODOX,THE HOUNDS OF HASSELVANDER,PENTAGRAM.3 NO 4 OF THOSE BAND'S DON'T DESERVE TO BE MENTIONED,YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE.YEAH, I GOT A CHIP ON MY SHOULDER. IT MAKES MY BLOOD BOIL IN A VERY GOOD WAY...

4.You are now back with Pentagram,how is the future gigs . So many people are real excited about it ?

THINGS ARE LOOK'IN REAL GOOD,WE HAVE CONFIRMED IN FRANCE@ HELLFEST IN JUNE AND GERMANY @ THE HELLS PLEASURES FEST OTHER DATES IN THE WORKS,PENTAGRAM HAS NEVER PLAYED OVER SEAS SO THIS IS GOING TO BE MONUMENTAL!WE ARE REALLY EXCITED AS WELL,WE'VE BEEN REHEARSING FOR ABOUT 4 MONTHS NOW AND THINGS ARE SOUNDING REAL NICE.

5.What is your reaction when you read such negative comments about Bobby ?The dude is a legend of Doom and Hard Rock in general but he has had some problems.

YEAH, WHO DOESN'T HAVE PROBLEMS?HE'S THE REAL DEAL JUNKIE,JAIL BIRD,ROCKING ROLLER ,EVERY ONE IS ENTITLED TO THEIR OPINIONS.PEOPLE ASK ME QUITE OFTEN ,ARE THESE SHOWS REALLY GOING TO HAPPEN?AND I TELL THEM THAT BOBBY HAS BEEN TO EVERY REHEARSAL,SO YOU KNOW ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS.YOU KNOW YOU DO ALOT OF GOOD THINGS IN YOUR LIFE,UNFORTUNATELY ITS MOSTLY THE BAD THINGS THAT PEOPLE REMEMBER...

6.Has the set-list for the Pentagram shows been worked out and can you give us any clues to what you will be playing ?

WE ARE PLAYING THE WIDEST VARITY OF PENTAGRAM SONGS EVER ON ONE SET LIST! SONGS FROM THE EARLY 70'S,80'S,90'S EVEN 2 BRAND NEW SONGS THAT ONLY A HANDFULL OF PEOPLE HAVE HEARD THEY WILL BE ON OUR NEW ALBUM. YES, WE HAVE PLANS TO RECORD IN THE SUMMER. WE'VE ALREADY BEEN WORKING ON IT AS FAR AS GETTING THE SONGS TOGETHER..

7.Another killer band you have played with is Unorthodox who have a new CD out.Tell us a bit about it,the tracks i have heard sound awesome.

THANKS,YEAH,WE HAVE A BRAND NEW CD OUT CALLED "AWAKEN",ITS AVAILABLE @ THE CHURCH WITHIN RECORDS OUT OF GERMANY,THE LABEL IS RUN BY MY FRIEND OLI "THE DOOM DEALER"HE'S @ THE TOP OF MY FRIENDS LIST ON MY MYSPACE PAGE TEN TRACKS,47 MIN,THIS ALBUM FOR ME HAS THE MOST EMOTIONAL UPS AND DOWNS OF ANY RECORD I'VE EVER PLAYED ON. IT ALSO CAPTURES THE BANDS TRUE RAW ENERGY,AN UNDENIABLE PART OF OUR LIVE PERFORMANCE.I URGE ANYONE WHO HASN'T HEARD IT YET,TO CHECK IT OUT!YOUR DOOM/ROCK/METAL MENTAL LIBRARY WOULD BE INCOMPLETE OTHERWISE.ITS A MUST HAVE!UNORTHODOX HAS BEEN A PILLAR OF THE MD.HEAVY PROGRESSIVE ROCK,DOOM METAL SCENE SINCE THE EARLY,EARLY 80'S THAT ALMOST 30 YRS AGO.A HUGE INSPIRATION TO ME AND ALOT OF OTHERS.I'M VERY GRATEFUL FOR BEING A PART OF IT ALL.

8.A hard question for sure but if you had to make a choice,which band would you like to play with forever(all of them maybe) ?

THAT IS DEFIANTLY A TUFF ONE? UNORTHODOX,SPIRIT CARAVAN,PENTAGRAM. I CANT SAY.

9.You also playing with The Little White Pills,how did that come together and whats is in the future for that band ?

AFTER SPIRIT CARAVAN I WAS APPROACHED BY J.B BEVERLY AND DARREN"DIRTY" WATERS ASKED ME IF I'D LIKE TO JOIN THE BAND.ITS A TRUE OLD SCHOOL PUNK ROCK BAND!SOUNDS LIKE FEAR, THE RAMONES,GG ALLIN,MISFITS MEETS MOTORHEAD W/ A TWIST OF PSYCO BILLY. WE HAVE A FULL LENGTH BOOTLEG LIVE CD. AND PLANS FOR A STUDIO CD AND MOVIE ON THE WAY. BE SURE TO CHECK IT OUT,THREES A TRAILER @ THE LITTLE WHITE PILLS MYSPACE PAGE.

10.Have you got a preferred style you like to play ?

BLOODY KNUCKLED

11.Drumming heroes and influences,who stands out for you in the drumming world ?

PETER CRISS,BUDDY RICH,GENE KRUPA,JOHN BONHAM,MITCH MITCHELL,BILL WARD,RINGO,CHARLIE WATTS,NEAL PEART,NICK MASON,DON BREWER,IAN PAICE.

12. Is there any juicy stories you would like to share with us,you must have seen some funny shit with all these bands you have played with ?

INDEED,MOSTLY W/S.C, WE BROKE DOWN IN TEXAS A BUNCH OF TIMES..ONE TIME WE BROKE DOWN,I GOT OUT OF THE VAN WEARING A PAIR OF FLIP FLOPS AND STARTED GETTING ATTACKED BY FIRE ANTS,I YELLED OUT HOLY SHIT THERES SCREAMING OH MY GOD THERE ARE FIRE ANTS OUT HERE!! ONE TIME WE WERE AMSTERDAM,SHERMAN GOT SEPARATED FROM THE GROUP,IT STARTED GETTING REAL LATE LIKE 2 OR 3 IN THE AM. WE WERE ALL WORRIED ABOUT HIM. WE WERE STAYING AT A FRIENDS HOUSE,4 OF US,THERE WAS ONLY 2 BEDS AND A COUCH THE 4TH PERSON HAD TO SLEEP ON THE FLOOR.SHERMAN WAS THAT PERSON BEING THE LAST ONE IN THAT NIGHT. HE HAD BEEN OUT DRINKING ,TAKING MUSHROOMS,SMOKING CHRONIC ,LORD ONLY KNOWS WHAT ELSE!SO HE COMES IN THE HOUSE AND SUDDENLY TRIES TO WRESTLE ME FOR THE BED, THIS WENT ON FOR ABOUT 2 OR 3 MIN.THEN I STARTED TO SMELL SOMETHING VERY FAMILIAR OF AMSTERDAM AND IT WASN'T WEED...THE MOTHER FUCKER GOT DOG SHIT ALL OVER THE PLACE! IT WAS ALL OVER THE BED, THE CARPET,BLANKETS THE COUCH,ARE LUGGAGE. HE EVEN HAD DOG SHIT IN THE ASS CRACK OF HIS PANTS!HOW DO YOU GET DOG SHIT IN THE CRACK OF YOUR ASS I SAID AFTERWORDS? HE JUST STOOD THERE HOLES INSTEAD OF EYES HIS ONLY REPLY WAS TO EAT DORITOS. ITS ALL ON VIDEO,A BEHIND THE SCENE'S VID. THAT COVERS JUST ABOUT ARE WHOLE TOUR.ITS DAVE T.V......WE HAD THE BEST TIMES IN THAT BAND.


13. Do you ever get frustrated with the Doom/Hard Rock scene.I would never like it to be mainstream but it would be nice it got more support from the media.

YEAH IT WOULD BE NICE TO HAVE MORE MEDIA NO DOUBT,BUT I WOULDN'T TRADE IT FOR THE WORLD BECAUSE THE MUSIC IS TRUE AND THAT'S WHAT REALLY MATTERS TO ME. FUCK ALL THAT MAINSTREAM COPY CAT BULLSHIT!

14.Apart from the Pentagram shows,what else is on your agenda for 2009 ?

ASIDE FROM ALL THE NEW PLANS FOR PENTAGRAM,NEW ALBUM TOURS .I HAVE AN OLD CAR A 70 DODGE CORONET THAT IS IN DIRE NEED UP A FACE LIFT.I'D LIKE TO GET THAT TAKEN CARE OF.

15.Any final words to the fans out there ?

THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR UNDYING SUPPORT, IN TURN YOU CAN RELY ON ME TO KEEP THIS TRAIN ROLLIN.THERE'S LOTS OF EXCITING THINGS ABOUT TO GO DOWN SO STAY TUNED AND TRUE.

Feb 23, 2009

INTERVIEW WITH KERRY FROM JOHN WILKES BOOTH

Stoner Rock,Sludge,Punk,Metal or Dirt Rock as John Wilkes Booth call themselves.The band have already carve out a pretty solid reputation for themselves.Its easy to see why when you listen to their stuff,dirty punk sludged out stoner rock cranked up to the max.I dig them which is why i asked for this interview and here it is. 1. Ok.. lets get the boring stuff out of the way,when and how did the band and its members get together ? Harry, Jay & Christian were jamming together for a while jamming instrumental. They put an ad out in 2005 looking for a singer & I answered it. I became an official member in 2206 when Christian finally decided I could sing. 2.The band has a wide selection of influences that make JWB into the unique sounding band that it is.How would you sum up the JWB sound ? We refer to our sound as "dirt rock" We tend to have a dirty sludgy sound but try hard to steer away from any one "genre" 3.You always seem to be playing live,do you know how many shows in total you have played and whats been the highlights so far ? I would say we played about 50+ shows Our highlight would probably be our West Virginia gig. We were told it was a music festival with bands from all over and we would play to hundreds of people. We get to this place in the middle of the woods after driving for 8 hours. It's a stage in someone's front yard way in the backwoods of West Virginia. Long story short we played with a bunch of death metal bands the sound guy passed out, we hit the stage at 1 A.M. to about 20 drunk rednecks. 4.A sense of humor seems to be a key in the band's attitude,is this really how you approach life in general ? I would like to say we try to have a sense of humor about everything. Our lyrics are pretty dark so we try not to take ourselves to seriously so we're not all doom & gloom. 5.The band has a Stoner Rock feel to it mixed with a punk edge. Am.. i right about this,please correct me if you think i am wrong ? I think that sums us up pretty well. But we try to not to fall into the trap of writing for a genre. We have a new tune that's sounds a bit like Dinosaur Jr. 6.The album "Sic Semper Tyrannis" is full of killer tracks but what is the best stuff on there do you think ? Being a band member it's hard to say but my favorites are Eye Rack, Smack for Larry, & Albino Mechanic 7.The name ?What was the inspiration behind that ? No real inspiration we all came in with band names and Christian's pick was John Wilkes Booth. For some reason it was an instant yes by all band members 8.Like i have already mentioned you play live a lot,do you get a lot of support from venue owners and so on ? Mr. Beery's here on Long Island rules and treats us very well. All other NY venues suck for the most part. We get treated a hell of a lot better when we play in other states. 9.You have had some good reviews to your work but has there been any negative ones and why ? We had 2 negative reviews. One said we have potential and the other said nothing about the music they just commented on the artwork & liner notes. We are actually quite surprised at the number of great reviews we have received. 10.I have never seen the band live myself but judging by the songs it must make for a high energy live experience. Is it easy getting all that energy out on stage ? It comes naturally but it takes it's toll on the aging body 11.What tours have you done or what tours would you like to do ? We would love to play with Clutch ot The Melvins those are two of our favs 12.Myspace is a really like a swampland full of shitty bands.How has it been for you getting your music attention on here,i know a lot of bands have a hard time getting noticed. Myspace has been our savior. We have made many friends through myspace. We have fans fly from other countries to see us play, pretty amazing. 13.Give us a rundown of recordings and whats in the future for the band,CD's,Tours etc .......... We have a albums worth of new material and we are looking for someone to pay for us to record them, and we're playing Pittsburgh in March & The Maryland SHOD festival in September 14.Final words,its Myspace so let loose...... Buy our cd, come to our shows help keep independant music alive!! It's more important now than ever, everything has been homogenized. Plus we need dough to record. Our cd "Sic Semper Tyrannis" is available on cdbaby & Itunes Thanks so much for the support and the interview! Kerry JWB http://www.myspace.com/jwilkesbooth

Feb 22, 2009

INTERVIEW WITH THE MAN BEHIND THE WHOREHOUSE MASSACRE

1.First of all tell us how the idea and the concept for a one man band came about ? Well, I was sick of trying to join a band. There was a serious lack of Metal musicians and I started playing around with recording software and drum samples. It took a lot of persistance to learn how to write, record, mix, and produce for a one person band but I never gave up. I am certain some people expected me to give up. 2.You say on the Myspace site you do this "only for fun" but the (de)tunes are so good.Would you ever consider getting a full band together ? Hmm, I would under certain circumstances. The problem is that I have had great difficulty meeting other musicians who are into playing this sub genre of Metal. I think I will continue on working as a one man force with friends and guests appearing occaisionally on recordings until I meet like minded musicians. 3.You have already recorded a fairly vast output of music,what is it about it that keeps you going to do more ? Well, there are two things in my life that really define who I am and Metal is one of them. 4.The newest recording "The Death Tree" is out on Streaks.How did that come about ? Matze over at Streaks Records and I exchanged messages online and he said he liked some of the demo songs he had heard and was interested in hearing more. I started writing and recording a new album and talked to Scott about working on a song together and the album really turned out well. I sent Matze the demos and we talked about them a bit and it was decided that Streaks would release an LP of the album. Scott also drew up some sick artwork for the release and Matze put in a ton of hard work and we ended up with TWM IV when all was said and done. 5.The songs sound like the work of a dark and disturbed man,what influences you to compose these brooding tales of doom ? Heavy Metal first and foremost. I think the lessons that I have learned from Sabbath are the most important ones for me. Sabbath is my favourite band. I study the music, the process, their life, everything about them. The songs might come off as dark and disturbed to some people and that is really my purpose for this band. I want these songs and stories to explore the dark side of humanity and to give people an uneasy feeling. When I decided on the lyrical content for this band I decided against writing about anything personal and chose to tell stories instead. I did not want to write introverted songs and instead I chose escapist content instead. It all went back to the interviews I had heard and read from Sabbath about how they wanted to write scary music and what kind of reaction they got from writing that music. I wanted to tell scary stories like my heros in Black Sabbath. 6.How much time do you dedicate to the band on a weekly or monthly basis ? Insane amounts. 7.Tell us about some of the newer tracks and which ones are you the most proud of ? Well all of the new tracks on TWM IV are part of a story that I wrote. Included with the LP I wrote a paragraph per song which connects all of the songs together in one story. I would like to explore the story telling aspect of my music moreso with my next album. I am imagining creative ways to do this everyday. I think the song I am most proud of is the title track 'The Death Tree'. This song is really a reflection of this digital recording era of Metal where musicians on opposite sides of the continent can work on one song without having to leave home. This song was a collaboration between myself on the extreme West Coast of Canada and Scott Stearns in Ohio. I recorded the basics for the song and sent the tracks to Scott in Ohio where he added his madness to the song. He sent the tracks he recorded back to me and I mixed them all together and mixed down the demo version for the album. I think it is amazing that musicians can do this so easily in this era of Metal and I am proud of this effort. 8.Where is all the stuff recorded and how do you put together a song being a one man band ? Most of the music is recorded in my apartment with a few exceptions. I am not against using a studio or jam space or anything. As a one person project the home studio option is the best choice for myself. Well most of my songs come from guitar riffs first. I will just jam on my guitar and when I come up with the riffs and leads to a song I try to time the drums to the natural speed of the riffs. Other times I will play around on my bass and write a song or two from that perspective. Equally, I sometimes come up with drum tracks first, then lay down the rest of the instruments. Once the basic tracks are recorded I will record lead and backing vocals. I generally always finish off the leads last. 9.The one man and two man band set up is becoming a more popular way to produce music. Do you think its because its so much easier than having to deal with conflicting personalities and such ? Hmm, I think for some people that is definitely a reason. For me personally it is because there just are not a lot of other musicians around. Most Metal musicians in Canada play Melodic Death Metal, Grindcore, or some form of Black Metal. Doom and Sludge is very rare in Canada. I find Metal musicians are quite rare as it is . It's as if there is an attitude out there that people think that playing slow means you are a bad musician. I just find that Sludge and Doom require an 'I don't give a fuck' kind of attitude because so many people think that playing riffs as fast as possible means you are a good musician. Sometimes it's like living 'Born Too Late' up here. 10.I was recently involved in a heated debate on Drone and its value as a music form.Some people just find it boring,what makes a good Drone/Doom band to you ? A good Drone/Doom band to me would mean a band that is Doom who uses Drone influences to build up tension slowly through repetitive riffs that slowly change and climax. That description is what a good Drone/Doom band is to me. 11.Are you happy with the reactions you have got so far with your recordings ? I would say so. I look to reviews and to listeners a lot for feedback. I like to hear what people have to say before I start recording a new album. I find it helps my creativity and direction focus by having other perspectives on the music. 12.Any bands you really like at the moment ? Yeah, haha, lots. I would say right at this moment I am really rocking out to a new band called Freedom Hawk that I discovered on Myspace. Ultralord's 'Act I' is a definitive Sludge album to me and I have been listening to that one a lot lately too. 13.Tell people where and how to purchase your works ? For Europe I would say Matze at Streaks would be the best bet www.streaksrecords.de He has done a great job of spreading the album around to so many distros in Europe such as Electric Earth Records, Plague Island Records, Blind Date Records and so many more. In North America I am pretty sure the record can be found at Shifty Records, Hell's Headbangers, Choking Hazard Records in Canada, and many more. Thanks a lot for the interview! I always enjoy writing these out. Thanks to everyone who read this. http://www.myspace.com/thewhorehousemassacre

INTERVIEW WITH DOOMSOWER

1.First of all i have to say thanks for doing this interview.Lets get started by you telling us about when the band started and how did it all happen ?
Yeah no problem! It’s an honor to be doing this interview. Well the band officially “started” in august of 2008. My drummer and myself met in late spring of 2008 and we started jamming around that time too. We soon picked up a Black Sabbath tribute cd entitled “Hell Rules 2”. The first song on that album was Snowblind being covered by Evoken. They slowed the damn song down! From then on we knew we had to play slow. So we just dug deeper and deeper into doom and discovered how great of a genre it is and how we need to play it. We haven’t looked back since.


2.Your music is Doom of course but is there a particular brand of Doom you put across. I mean sub-genres are popping up everywhere,Pagan,Death,Viking,Psychedelic etc etc.
We consider ourselves doom. That’s it. We play slow; we play fast, midpaced, etc. Our first demo is lyrically similar to Sabbath because it more or less warns against evil. The new stuff we’ve been writing is pretty pagan/heathen though.
So I guess you could say we’re all over!

3.You put across a lot of different emotions within your songs. What inspires you to produce this kind of tortured anguish ?
Some words can’t be just sung ya know? For instance in our song, “Angel of Doom”…the last two lines are “Fight for nothing! You are nothing!” If I just sung those like say Saint Vitus or even like Candlemass, the message would be completely different.


4.You have played some killer shows with some killer bands. Any gigs stand out for you?
Well besides playing alongside some awesome local Portland bands, we opened up for The Gates of Slumber and Demiricous. That was amazing. Mainly because The Gates of Slumber is a huge influence on us. I like their old school approach to things too. A bunch of nice dudes as well. And next month we’re actually opening up for Tyr, Suidakra, and Alestorm for the Pagan Knights tour. Not doom bands but hey, they’ve toured the world and to open for them is an amazing feeling.


5.According to your Myspace page the band remains unsigned. Have you had any interest from labels to put something out soon ?
We’ve been in discussion with Christ Vomit Tapes in Texas to release some tapes but other than that, nothing else. I think it’s mainly because we don’t follow the scene these days, you know thrash or breakdown bullshit. We were just born too late.


6.Oregon, not too far from where i live. Hows the scene going there at the moment? Is there plenty of places to play? I have been to few gigs in Portland but is there any other happening areas around the state ?
There are two main doom bands in the area that I can think of and they are Roanoke and Aldebaran. They’re both really good bands and good guys too. I think there are a few other doom bands here but none too big. The majority do like Sleep-esque droney kinda stuff though. But there is quite a bit of venues to play at. Plenty of bars too. And surprisingly there are other places to play in Oregon. You got Eugene, Salem, Medford, Bend, the college towns of course. So it’s not like we’re limited to just Portland. And seattle is a just a few hours away so hopefully we can do like a mini-tour come summer time.


7.Reverend Bizarre sound like they may be a influence, am i pretty close with this thought?
Reverend who? Haha Well our name is a Reverend Bizarre song. The song “Doomsower” is probably one of their more catchy/up-tempo songs and we just love it.
Well we love all of reverend bizarre but then again, what doom-head doesn’t?

8.What bands have been your favorite bands growing up, i know most people have some skeletons in the closet when it comes to music.
Well I am 19 and Kalvin is only 17, so in essence we’re still growing up. I personally didn’t get into music until about my freshmen year of school. So you know, the whole mainstream metal crap blah blah blah was in my cd player. But then I started to get into more extreme forms of music and eventually I fell in love with doom. I actually prefer the old school over anything else. Old Priest, Sabbath, Zeppelin, Van Halen’s first albums, the NWOBHM stuff is great too. Got it all on original vinyl as well. But I have a huge love for Black metal or bands like Destroyer 666. That aggression can’t be beat. The band Primordial is another one of my favorite bands as well. Probably the best vocalist ever.


9.Whats on the horizon with the band, future gigs, recordings and so on ?
We’re currently in the process of recording a new demo. We have all of the songs ready it’s just a matter of sittin down and recording them. Like I said earlier, we’re playing on the Pagan Knights show here in Portland with Tyr, Suidakra, and Alestorm, so that should be great for us. I look forward to meeting new people and spreading the doom. Come summertime we will hopefully travel some more. We’re also in correspondence with The Doom Shall Rise festival in Germany and hopefully we can do that in 2010 or 2011.


10.Has the band been on any compilation CD's that people can check you out on ?
The Doom Metal Alliance is releasing (not sure when) a tribute cd to Sabbath. We’re doing the song Black Sabbath on that. But other than that no. Just our demo and the wonderful world of the internet.


11.Any thoughts on the current Doom Scene,seems to me its getting bigger all the time.Where do you see the scene in say 5 years ?
Like any scene there are good bands and bad bands. I personally am not too interested in newer bands. Mainly because there aren’t too many “new” doom bands; Moss and Elder are the only newer bands I can really think of. Too many bands do drone stuff and frankly….10 minutes of feedback is not doom. That’s not a riff. Doom is about the riffs. Tony Iommi didn’t stand in front of his amp for 20 minutes and then call it a day. He crafted these amazing riffs that influenced thousands of people. So that’s what I try to do is make crushing riffs. Granted playing with feedback is good, but too much is not.



12.Thanks for your time,any final words to those Doomheads out there ?
Be sure to check us out online (www. myspace. com/ovdoom). Doom metal is the purest form of metal. It’s rock n roll. No moshing, bang your fucking head and pump your fists in the air. Also if anyone is in a band or going to start one, know who came before you. Too many bands are influenced by shitty newer bands. If you have shitty influences, you’ll probably suck yourself. Haha Also, just go buy all the old Sabbath albums. Get some Blue Cheer crankin up….then listen to some Vitus after a few beers….you’ll be set for life. Thanks for the interview and doom on!

-Justin Doom of Doomsower

Feb 18, 2009

INTERVIEW WITH ELDER

Aside from Sleep, what bands first turned you on to the sound and what was your musical background before Elder?

At the time I first started getting into stoner metal, I had been on a darker trip for a while — lots of black metal, some doom, Viking metal. Our friend Adrian [Dexter] (same guy who did the cover art) had been trying to get me into stoner metal for the longest time and I just wasn’t getting it. I guess one day it just clicked — maybe the day I heard my first Church of Misery CD — and I started listening to some of the more standard bands of the genre; Electric Wizard, Sabbath, and some doomier stuff like Eyehategod. A few years later we decided to try cooking up some ourselves.

Describe the jump from the Queen Elephantine split to the self-titled. Did you change anything in the songwriting going into the album?

I think the self-titled album is a big progression in terms of songwriting and it’s obvious that our sound has moved You know they're young because he has his hood up. That's how you can tell.away from the sludge and picked up some more groove along the way. After the split came out I was really dissatisfied with the songs, something just didn’t sound right to me (other than the god-awful production). I guess you could say it wasn’t the music I wanted to be playing. So anyhow, we kind of sat down and said, “Where are we going with our music?” I think it was going to be either a move to a more stoner sound or to become more aggressive and darker, but being in the middle of the two wasn’t working. I guess my musical influences at the time got the better of me.

Right from the start, your vocals have that perfect Al Cisneros cadence that I keep expecting you to say something about a stoner caravan. At what point did you realize you wanted to handle the vocals and how long did it take you to refine that technique?

It was decided right off the bat that I’d handle vocals, even though I’d never done anything of the sort before (not counting a few solo-projects that hardly saw the light of day anyhow) but none of us are “vocalists” so to speak, so nobody really cared. I love Al’s monotone vocal stylings along with that Fu Manchu half-spoken-half-sung sound and I thought they fit our music as well, and though my vocals were never meant to be a carbon copy, they ended up fitting well alongside the aforementioned.

Do you see yourselves as more stoner rock or doom? Do you care? How do you feel about tagging the band one way or the other?

I’d consider us to fit better under the stoner rock umbrella, but it doesn’t really bother us one way or another how we’re classified. I don’t hear the doom as much, personally.

As the guitarist and vocalist, are you responsible for the bulk of the songwriting? Where do riff ideas come from? Is there a specific mindset you need to be in to write? What is the process like when the rest of the band gets involved?

I’d say I’m responsible for about 90 percent of the songwriting — either I work alone writing the songs and use the guys to bounce ideas off of, or we just jam on some ideas until they evolve far enough. The other guys of course help create the structure and revise everything. That isn’t to discredit their creativity or anything — I’m sort of a control freak in a band setting and we’ve agreed that things work well this way. Riff ideas sort of materialize out of nothing and everything; out of boredom when driving on highway or out of relaxation when walking through the woods. Whatever mindset I’m in reflects the sort of music that I write, so I wouldn’t say there’s a specific one I need to be in to do it.

Lyrically, aside from writing about the spiritually big and heavy, what do you look to for inspiration? Are you trying to tell a story, or is it more thematic than narrative?

Writing lyrics for me is really difficult, because I find the music itself a much more expressive outlet for my thoughts and feelings. I guess I’m not much of a poet. In some songs I take a narrative approach and try to relate my interest in the archaic themes of old literature and mythology; some other songs end up having more of a stream of consciousness type flow to them, but the common thread is that these topics, whether concrete or abstract, serious or tongue-in-cheek, are intertwined with the music. I hope that both words and music can unite to convey and intensify the feelings.

What is the “Riddle of Steel?”

Well, if you mean where does the term come from, it’s most popularly known from the b-list movie Conan the Next time you're wondering what it's all about, this is it.Barbarian based on the story by Robert E. Howard. The Riddle of Steel is that the sword is only as powerful as the hand that wields it. There’s a scene where Conan’s warrior chief father tells him, indicating to a sword, “There’s only one thing in this world you can trust. Not men, not women… this, you can trust.” In my opinion it’s an appeal to the inner strength and raw humanity in all of us which has been repressed by self-deprecating religious values, commerce and the materialistic culture it has spawned, and mainstream media with its brain-degenerating pseudo-entertainment. There’s not one thing in this world you can trust except your own intuitions and feelings. Of course, on the surface it’s just a badass line from a badass movie and I’ve definitely watched it too many times.

Do you see lyrics as a focus of the song or is the music central? Do the lyrics or the riffs come first for you?

I’ve only recently begun to think about lyrics are a very serious focus of a song. Until now, they have been sort of a side note whose main function has been to supplement the music (like I mentioned earlier). Riffs always come first.

Is Elder planning to tour?

Yes. We are hoping to do at least a few weekend tours soon, quite possibly with our friends (and now labelmates!) Black Pyramid. We’d also love to gear up for something longer, but we’re pretty broke.

About the artwork: Did you give Adrian an idea of what you wanted, or leave it entirely in his hands? The cover looks tailor-made for vinyl. Are you planning an LP release?

We left Adrian entirely to his own devices with the artwork and I’m glad that we did. We would sort of work together and he would let me know what he was thinking, and whenever I was writing new music I’d send it along as sort of a guideline. In that respect, I guess that was the idea of what we wanted — he gets his inspiration from the music and I thought it fit perfectly. As for an LP release, Electric Earth Records of Belgium has teamed up with MeteorCity for a limited edition release which we can hope to see in a month or two!

The album has been really well received in the reviews I’ve read. Where does the band go from here? Have you started writing new songs, or do you have any ideas creatively for where you’d like to see the band go for upcoming releases?

Yeah, I’ve been really surprised and thrilled at the (mainly) positive response that it’s been getting! We’ve been working on new songs and developing ideas since the album was recorded about a year and a half ago and I’m hoping by the end of this summer we can have a new album ready. Creatively we’ve been trying to focus on the “softer edge” of psychedelic music and develop ourselves as songwriters. I think Elder has its moments, but for me it’s not the kind of music which just blows you away because it’s so totally evocative and emotive… it just rocks, and that’s all it does. I think “emotionally” and maybe even “spiritually” heavy music isn’t dependent on walls of thick distortion and thundering drums, riff after riff after riff. It’s about dynamics and a sensitive ear to what fits where. Musically speaking, we’ve all got some maturing to do, but you can count on the next album being a significant step in another direction.

Feb 12, 2009

Old One Interview

Old One from Kentucky have recorded what must be one of the albums of 2009.I know its still early in the year but this album has a permanent place in my top 10 for 2009.Pulsating slabs of bombastic psychedelic doom to roll around on the floor too while being on one mind - bending acid trip is what i think of when i hear this band.This is not some hippie shit though,this is some serious doom of the highest order.Folks who mixed their tastes in Electric Wizard with Classic Horror movie soundtracks will get a lot out of this release.This deserves to be on a label of quality,Rise Above,Southern Lord and the like better take note.Here is a interview i did with Brandon and Mike from the band - Enjoy then add the band on here and more important,buy the album - it kills !!!

1.How long have you guys been playing music together and when did the first concept for Old One come into being ?

Brandon: We have been playing together off and on for about eight years in some form or another. Old One came into being around February 2007 due to dissatisfaction with our previous band and became legit in April 2007.

2.There has been a Doom explosion of bands in the last couple of years and the internet has helped a lot of people get their music out there.What is your opinion of the tag "Myspace Band" ? I know a lot of websites don't want to deal with any band with that tag.

Brandon: I don’t really know much about it. I refuse to get involved with myspace and am more than a little ignorant about most of the new Doom bands. However, I do think that myspace is responsible for a lot of new bands, both good and bad.

Mike: I’ve never heard of that tag until now, but I think MySpace makes things too easy. We broke down and got one, because it seems that more and more bands, labels, promoters, venues, etcetera are communicating solely through MySpace. As far as the doom explosion goes, I don’t think it’s an entirely good thing. In the past three or four years I’ve seen a major rise in quantity and a serious dip in quality. The internet has rather a lot to do with it.

3.Talk about influences,i hear a few when i listened to your CD.Electric Wizard is one but what is your main musical inspirations ?

Brandon: Actually, for me, I have been more influenced as of late by movies and stories and such. The doom bands I enjoy most, aside from Electric Wizard, are Warhorse and 5ive but I really don’t hear a lot of any of those groups in our sound. We are both inspired by H.P. Lovecraft and I think that the moods of his stories tend to be more of an inspiration both lyrically and musically than other doom music is. Influences tend to be very random and eclectic. Godzilla is my main influence in everything, I would like to mention. Classic Japanese Godzilla!

Mike: Well... There’s Black Sabbath, but that’s a given for any doom band. I got bored with drawing off newer stuff, so I started looking backward. Elias Hulk, some 80s Jandek, old film soundtracks, and Godzilla’s mighty roar.

4.What are the lyrics about ?

Brandon: Stuff we find cool. It’s pretty assorted and encompasses a wide array of topics.

Mike: Let’s see. Howard Lovecraft’s “Ex Oblivione” and “Dreams in the Witch House” went into the lyrics for the album we just did. A general, extended bad mood led to some of the lyrics. That’s about it by my reckoning.

5.The album cover is something that has me thinking,i know i have seen it before somewhere but cant figured it out.

Mike: The photo on the cover came from a movie called The Blood on Satan’s Claw. It’s a hard-to-find favorite of ours and the photo is rarer still, because it came from a shot that wasn’t used in the film.

6.What kind of sale figures are you hoping for with the CD ?

Mike: We’re hoping to make enough money to live very comfortably with enough surplus to purchase our own planet. A nice big one in a remote galaxy. We hope for the best but prepare for the worst. I’m expecting absolutely horrid sales, because that seems to be the standard these days. I’ll be happy just to have sales figures at all.

Brandon: As Mike said, I’ll be very happy with any positive sales figures, though I am expecting enough for a new car and gun.

7.Tell us about the company Eldritch Enterprises and how and why did that come together ?

Mike: Eldritch Enterprises is an extremely small label that deals in used and homemade media. It basically came together because we needed it to. Jack-in-Irons and Terakon 3 have released stuff through it as well.

8.The organ sound on the CD is real creepy horror movie stuff.A lot more bands are using old organ sounds these days which i love. Is it something you will continue to use or was it just a experiment ?

Brandon: We do plan on continuing the use of the haunting Casio CTK-451. It is an integral part of our sound, just as much as the bass or drums or lyrics.

Mike: I thought the organ turned out really well, and to confirm what he said, it is a permanent fixture. It helps thicken things up and induce the necessary trance.

9.Live shows - have you some lined up and if so when and where ?

Brandon: As of now, we have no live shows planned but we are certainly open to some within easy commuting distance.

Mike: Nothing is scheduled at the moment, but I’ve always got my eyes open. I’d like to play Ohio, Kentucky, Virginia, Tennessee, Georgia, and Indiana. We wanted to play SHoD 10 this year, but we got turned down. We’ll play house parties, festivals, clubs, you name it. Ask us and we’ll try our damnest to work it out.

10.Would you like a bigger label to put the CD out and if so is there any you would love to be involved with ?

Brandon: We have discussed the pros and cons of such an opportunity and we are always open to offers and possibilities. I don’t have any label preferences but I would want a high degree of autonomy.

Mike: Any other label would be a bigger label than E.E. If say Rise Above Records or Southern Lord wanted to take on the album at this point, we’d likely make a aquaintance, but we’re not counting on any offers. Oppressive Sound System Releases may be releasing a split EP for us this year.

11.There seems to be more Doom down your part of the USA than anywhere else.Can you think of any reason for this ?

Brandon: I had no idea of this. There are a few bands near us that we might compare ourselves to but I always thought of us as being isolated from most Doom locales. However, I can only theorize that perhaps the loneliness and desolation of our mountain home has become a breeding ground for the doomed.

Mike: You said “down” so I assume you’re talking about the South. I can only think of one other doom band from Kentucky, but Georgia is bustling right now. They’ve got several, if I’m not mistaken. In regard to the reasons, I just don’t know.

12.What is your plans for 2009 and what is the bands main goals in Doom?

Brandon: We have a split EP in the works with Black Pyramid. We would also like to get some more shows under our belt and work on some other E.E. projects.

Mike: Shows, shows, split EP, more shows, spam, eggs, sausage, and spam.

13.Thanks for the interview and can you just tell people where and how to buy a copy.I think most Doomheads out there are going to really dig it.

Mike: Thank you for the interview. The album is for sale right now at www. oldonemusic. com under “merchandise.”

Brandon: Thank you for your interest and support. We hope you enjoy our album. Praise Godzilla.
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Thanks,
Mike

Feb 5, 2009

Saviours Of Sin Interview

1.How about starting with telling everyone about the band,who plays what and how the band got together ? Well, saviours of sin hail from the south coast of Ireland and was formed in the summer of ‘05 by brothers Noel and Phil. After growing up on bands like Thin Lizzy, Iron Maiden et. al we felt inspired and this lead us to want to form our own band. Various personnel changes occurred in our formative years but now have a settled line-up which includes Noel (Bass/Vox), Phil (Drums), Sully (Guitars) and James (Guitars). 2.I haven't that much from bands in your part of the world,how is the Metal scene over there at the moment ? The scene over here is very healthy at the moment and has really taken off in the past few years with many established metal bands coming here to play. There are gigs there to be played if you are willing to put in the effort but in truth, if you want to really progress you’ve gotta play abroad. Ireland is a good place to perfect your craft but the real tests are in Europe or the US. 3.You play with a lot of traditional influences,I hear some Maiden in there.How would you describe your brand on Metal ? We’d describe ourselves as classic metal…metal in the truest sense of the word. Of course it’s possible to hear our influences in our music but we have so many that I really think it helps us achieve something special. Whether it’s Maiden or some old traditional music, anything is possible when we play. The main thing is that we write the music we want to write and if people enjoy it then that’s great. 4.Its good to hear a band still playing Metal in the old school way,is that the way you have always done it ? Ya, I think when we started we always wanted to stay true to real metal. Loud guitars, intricate time changes, nice melodies…To us there’s no other way of doing it, it’s what we enjoy and hope to continue doing for a long time. 5.Have you always been Metal heads ? For as long as I can remember there was always rock music on at home. Everything from Lizzy to Purple, Maiden to Slayer that’s what we grew up on. We were also big fans of old Irish traditional music and I think that’s still the case today. 6.You have released a couple of EP's,how do people go about getting hold of these if they want a listen ? They can be purchased off the web at www. savioursofsin. com and myspace. com/savioursofsin. 7. On your Myspace page you mention you are about to start playing live,what has stopped you from doing this in the past ? I think that refers to that we haven’t be playing a lot recently as we’ve been busy writing for the next record and organising the tour to coincide with its release. Last year was tremendous for us as we did our first headline tour which brought us all over Ireland and we hope to better that this year. Hopefully we’ll be venturing in mainland Europe for the first time in ‘09. 8.You have been working on releasing a new album,how is that going ? It’s going great, although it has been hard at times. We really want to make this record the best it can be and are really pushing ourselves hard to achieve this. It will be recorded in July-August this year with release and tour to follow in October. I feel we are finding our sound on this record, the songs are sounding heavier and are getting more progressive. I think were really beginning to sound like the band that we want to be. 9.How do you planned on getting your stuff out to the masses.Have you been contacting many labels,promoters etc ? We’ve been targeting people that we think would be interested in our type of music and have been getting some very good feedback from them. We have good contacts with the main promoters in Ireland and hope to widen that list by working abroad in the near future. 10.I have always been a big fan of Irish beer,do you guys indulge quite often. If i lived there i would have a hard time staying out of bars. Ha haaaa!! Well to us it’s normal so we don’t really think about it too much but ya sure, we enjoy our beer. We’d drink anything really but Guinness would have to be tops, you can’t beat a few pints of the black stuff. 11. Do you have a decent fan base in your hometown ? Ya, were very grateful to our fans down here…There is a good metal scene and the fans always come out in force to support their own. 12.Plans for the next year and what do you want to achieve with Saviours Of Sin ? Well longterm we would hope to take the big step up and make Saviours Of Sin a full time gig. For 2009 we just want to continue working hard and release a kick-ass metal record, play as many shows as we can and have a good time. As long as we can keep playing metal and enjoying it then that’s the main thing, anything else would be a great bonus.

Feb 3, 2009

Interview With Witchcurse - Keeping NWOBHM alive

1.Tell us about the history of the band,where you all met and how long you been together ? First of all thanks ed for the interview and your support.So let's start this interview with heavy metal answers that will burn alive all the posers and the gay metalheads that will try to read this shit.The history of witchcurse started back to 2005 from possessed he had a vision to form a band that will worship the nwobhm and the true metal sound generally, like the golden days of the 80's.The first line-up of witchcurse it was possessed(bass/vocals),father Alex(guitars) and I-drac(drums) with that line-up they support legendary groups and metal heroes like grim reaper,praying mantis,attacker e.t.c!later on father Alex left the band to study abroad so then came to the scene stinky fingers as a replacement on the guitars.Almost a year and a half later i join the band as a second guitarist, possessed saw me to walking on the road with leathers,bullets and skintights and he came to talk with me.we had the same passion for the heavy metal so it was a matter of time to be part of the family.This year we decided after several reasons that l-drac could be no longer with us so we found a new drummer called Paul!That's all the history of witchcurse till now! 2.You sound like a classic NWOBHM band,how long have been listening to the Metal from that era ? Im glad to hear that from you.Our aim is to sound like a band that came from the mighty britain the movement of the nwobhm.In witchcurse i can say im the biggest fan of the british metal,i fell in love with the british metal about 6years ago and from then i stuck..the other guys in the band are also passionate about the nwobhm but they are more open minded than me as they listen and other things like speed/thrash/power(true power)not gay power songs with gay vocals/epic! 3.One of the things that blew me away with you guys is the sound is so early 80's.What is easy or is hard to retain that sound with so many bands around that tuning down and trying to be as heavy as possible ? To be honest with you is quite easy.we just don't care to approach all those dickheads for us their music desecrate the heavy metal.we only want to get close to our heroes from the 80's so if you love something it's simple to achieve the sound that you want! 4.You remind me a lot of Angel Witch, are they a big influence ? yeah man angel witch are one of our big influences.Also the name of the band is inspired from them if you notice it(as well from witchfinder general,and witchfynde). 5.I got into Metal in the 70's so i was around when the NWOBHM thing took off,the bands had so much energy compared to other heavy rock thats around at the time.Was is it for you that makes that era so special ? Basically that's one good reason to make the nwobhm era so special..for me and for the rest of the guys in withcurse it's so special because a lot of bands in a short period of time,gave it everything(in most of the cases with no support,little money e.t.c)for the love that they had for a heavier sound..some of them found the way to the mainstream area while others left behind rare heavy metal diamonds to fulfill our life's.That's the magic in the new wave of British heavy metal.All Those bands played because they loved that music ,because it was their life and not just a way to make a lot of money as it is in our days. 6.The band started in 2005,what was people's reaction to when they first heard you ? Although i wasn't in the band at that time as i heard from the other guys the reactions were amazing,and that's natural to happen as a lot of true metalheads today see just a few bands to play old school heavy metal in the roots of 80's! 7.What is the Heavy Metal scene like in Greece at the moment,old school metal still seems pretty popular ? The heavy metal scene in Greece on the part of the old school metal seems dead to me on other kinds of metal like black is fairly strong.Theres are a lot bands that they try to play old school metal but they don't make any sense because they don't love it.Just a few bands are those that are live and breath for heavy metal some of them is strikelight,dragon's lair,battleroar,marauder,vice human,convixion...i hope in the near future to see more 80's metal bands in our country. 8.Have you played many live shows and what can of audience do you guys get.Older Metal fans or a mixture of Metal heads ? There is a mixture of metal heads and almost all of them are worshipers of the true heavy metal sound and that's great! 9.What is your opinion of the modern Metal scene,there has been a lot of shit around with the NU-Metal and Rap Metal crap.Do you think that has destroyed Metal in some ways?I think it has. Definitely metal became weaker because those shits dare to call their music heavy metal.we had enough with them.The message is clear fuck off and die false dickheads go and play pop-rock and not desecrate the holy faith of heavy metal! 10.What has the band recorded so far and how can people out there get a hold of the stuff ? Withcurse have recorded in 2005 a rehearsal tape, in 2007 heavy metal poison demo and in 2008 the witch is a live( a live show in cassette).You can get in contact with the band via this email witchcurse@gmail.com to order our stuffs and we will sent you whatever you want. 11.Is there any festivals the band would love to play like the Keep It True Festival in Germany ? Sure mate, those kind of festivals are great just true heavy metal spirit and nothing more.As you said keep it true is one of our dreams,headbangers open air,wacken and also the British steel festival. 12.Back to Greece,there seems to be more true Headbangers in that part of the world compared with the USA.What keeps it alive for your band and others ? I don't really know the right answer in this question maybe we are a true heavy metal land who knows?haha! 13.What has the band got planned for the next year,live shows and recordings ? Now we recording a new ep with five songs and it will be out from (heregewarfare prod).Also in two months it will be out a 7'split with witchtiger from Finland and it will be released from metal warning.Now about the live shows we're waiting some nwobhm legends to come in Greece like raven,jaguar and angelwitch and we will be the support band. 14.What are you guys ultimate Heavy Metal bands ? Surely iron maiden,Judas priest,running wild,heavy load,Tokyo blade,cloven hoof there are a lots i think i will never end if i continue haha! 15.Finally,when you guys are not playing.Do you spend a lot of time drinking and listening to the old bands,you sound like you love to have a good time ? Exactly metal brother you are right.we often drinking till we drunk as we are listening to our heroes like chariot,dealer,satanic rites,heavy load,sortilege,fist,picture, ..Ostrogoth this list can go on forever. 16.Thanks for your time,any last words from you Metal Maniacs ? We thank you mate again for your questions.The last words from the army of witchcurse are live and breath for metal that's the only way..if you are interesting to get a taste of our music visit www.myspace.com/witchcurse6669 the keepers of the nwobhm strike again all the false beware.We're coming to get you!

Feb 1, 2009

Orchard Interview

1.Tell us about how you all met and how the original idea for the band came together. Izzy:Sometime near the end of 2007 late August.Was when Kyle and Sylvain hooked up with our drummer Bruce.Mostly just playing improvised jam sessions.Which is where some of our present material originated from. 2.From listening to the songs on your Myspace page you have a obvious love for the 70's and also Doom Metal Is there any one band you like to model yourself on ? Bruce:I don't think we model ourselves on any band in particular,Yes we do have a love for 70's vintage sounds and such.But i think we are trying to identify ourselves as who we are.Whoever we are>? 3.How is life in New Brunswick,i don't know much about the area. Is it small or big and hows the music scene there ? Bruce:N.B. quite a huge province and is a good place to be if you enjoy the outdoors,salt water and lobster and good people. Izzy:The music scene here is always growing. In the past we had "The Undergrowth" website which was a database/forum for local metal bands all across the maritime.Undergrowth eventually fell through and became the Maritime Metal forum.There is also a local label called Diminished Fifth records which is getting bigger and bigger.Last year they got full distribution in the U.K. 4.One for Izzy - You play guitar but have gone to singing in this band,hows has that been for you ? Izzy:Well that's a good question.lol It's really fun just singing but We are slowly starting to write songs with me on guitar.Actually we have one song called "Metamorphosed with Delight" which i play guitar on. So yea 5.First gig is coming up,tell us about that and are you nervous ? Bruce:Yes a little bit nervous since our rehearsals have been cut down cause of in climate weather which we have no control over.But we have been rehearsing like if we were playing the show. So yea i think we are ready for this first show. Izzy:Im really stoked about this show. We will be opening up for longtime friends/partners in crime Dead for Days.Should be a good one. 6.What about your songs,how many have you wrote and what is some of the topics described in the lyrics ? Izzy:At the moment we have 7 or 8 originals.Most of what i write about is derived from ancient alchemical texts and Occultism of course.lol Crowley is the main inspiration in my writing as well as some Edgar Allan Poe.I also use a lot of metaphysical terms,quantum physics and the afterlife,Tibetan Book of the Dead. 7.What is your opinion on the Doom Metal scene,there seems to be a slight shift back to traditional Doom Metal with bands like Lamp Of Thoth etc Is the type of direction you want to head in ? Izzy:Man i love all that stuff Hour of 13,TGOS,Blood Ceremony,Warning etc,etc It's definitely the direction i would like to go in for sure. Im not so sure though we fall in the category of traditional yet. 8.What recordings have you done so far and can we expect a CD sometime soon ? Bruce: So far we have 6 songs recorded none have been mastered yet.Everything is still in pre-production,raw and un-mastered. We are hoping to record a full length CD sometime before fall 2009 9 Is there any labels you would love to work with or are you keeping a open mind about it ? Izzy:For now i think we need a proper mastered demo cd to shop around for labels,hopefully the right label will come along and snap us up when the time is right. 10.What is the writing process for you guys,a lot of jamming ? Izzy:All the songs on the myspace were written by the band together,then we recorded the songs and i wrote the lyrics after. 11.I was trying to think of a band you guys sound most like and i came up with Cathedral. Is this a pretty fair comparison? Izzy:I would say it is very fair.Cathedral played a huge part in my life and opened many doors musically for me.Thanks to Gaz for his cosmic vibes. 12.What bands and other projects has all the members been involved with ? Izzy:Sylvain and Kyle came from a band called October Forest.I was in the following bands Green Honey/Necropolis/Slough of Despond Bruce:Growing up i played in a lot of bands,my background in music came from Jazz/swing/big band in school.Then around when i turned 16 i discovered 70's hard rock.Which has influenced me to play ever since. 13.Looking into the future a bit,is there any long term goals the band wants to go for.Tours etc ? Bruce:I guess the bands first goal would be to have a full length out before next year.From there on we might be able to set up a mini tour of the maritime. As far as long term goals go if we can keep playing shows and creating new material. We'll let the music take us wherever it leads us. 14.What is each members favorite bands ? Sylvain:Opeth,Sleep,Electric Wizard Bruce:Led Zeppelin,Black Sabbath,Iron Maiden,Kyuss Izzy:Death SS,Cathedral,Voivod,Pagan Altar and Pentagram Kyle:Necrophagist,Megadeth,Tool 15 Do you think you will be Doom Rocking for life,you seem to be real fans of Doom Metal,Progressive Rock and Hard and Heavy Music in general.I always think if you a real fan of these genre's first it always makes for better songs and a better band in general Do you agree ? Izzy:I devote myself to DOOM i will be dooming it out for life until death.And i agree that if you are a true fan it's your mission to spread the gospel of doom.I'll quote some lyrics from Reverend Bizarre "you gave doom to men,we try to do the same". 16.With the first gig coming up,have you got anything worked in terms of image?I don't think image is that important with this type of music but nearly all bands have some sort of image to put across.What is your image,hippie doom rockers maybe ha ha ? Izzy:As far as image goes we haven't put much emphasis on it yet.But i really dig Steve Sylvester's outfit in the"Broken Soul" video i thought it would be cool to have something tailored for myself. Or maybe just have us in black cloaks and medieval peasant suit's like the front cover of W.G. "Death Penalty" maybe have some skulls with burning incense,candles and some trippy Indian rugs. 17 Ok last one,how can people get into contact with the band for gigs or just info on what you are doing,your Myspace page and is there any chance of a official website anytime soon? Bruce:An official website would be nice but in the meanwhile if anyone has any questions or would like to get in contact with us. our myspace page would be the way to do it. http://www. myspace. com/greenorchard07
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