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Nov 8, 2012

INTERVIEW FEATURE - Our Ladies of Doom: Maidens of the Heavy Part Two ...

I’ve found this topic into Russian half-dead forum doom-metal.ru, it was dedicated to women who do their offerings to Doom Cult singing and playing in bands. Of course it was a good theme for our regular doom-quiz, and now you see first part of our interview with those ladies who bring their charm and sense of beauty to this deadly musical art. Hey, hold your jaw, mate, we’re not going to burn any witches today!

We have 6 questions for this time, here they are:
1. What is a current state of the band and what are your plans for nearby future?
2. What are your favorite doom-topics? What kind of songs lyrics do you like most and what is an example of perfect doom lyrics for you?
3. What did influence onto your manner of singing or playing? What are strong sides of your band?
4. How do you see women role in doom music? What is women contribution in that genre besides endless inspiration that makes men writes songs about their broken hearts and burning witches?
5. Do you ever deal with drunken fans who tell you words of confession and adoration during your gigs?
6. Do you care about your appearance during gigs?


Hands of Orlac (Italy / Sweden)
The Sorceress (vocals, flute)


1) In September The Templar and me moved to Sweden, for the other members of the band are swedish. So now as long as we live all in the same country we'll have the opportunity to work properly on  new material, set show... At the moment things are moving with Wandering Midget in January and a show with Denial of God.

2) Every Hands of Orlac's song tells a story. These stories are inspired from certain movies, books, novels etc... I try to recreate the kind of atmsphere that moved me, in music. the topic I love and those that fit perfectly on our music style, are those conserning the italian '60 gothic movies. The characters, the environment, the stories, the castles, the athomsphere... everything is so oniric and so italian, if you know what I mean. Maybe the perfect lyrics ever wrote, those who are perfect for the music, are the lyrics of Black Sabbath by Black Sabbath. Is like being there, in a nightmare. And if you think about the movie by Mario Bava "I tre volti della paura" aka "Black Sabbath" you really get what's my point of view.

3) I always immagined a deep voice for HoO, slow and intense. Like a voice that try to ipnotize you. And then alternate it with desperate screams or fast parts. I think that the strong side of HoO is the mix of two different cultures. Even though the italians moved to Sweden, they really want to keep alive the italian side of the band. They we'll always look and take inspiration from the good italian horror culture.

4) Well, I have to say that is not easy for me answer this question. I cannot think anything else that some people meeting, having a certain idea of music and following it, forming a band, writing songs... All the differents and the charactetistics of these people create something special. Being a woman, could be one of these. Of course a female voice gives a certain colour, especially if you think of the immaginary around witches, courses, sabbaths... Sure enough a woman can get a particular effect to the music, but I still think that is just  an aspect of the band.

5) Once in Finland we were playing and a very drunk guy  who spent all the gig sending me kisses, took my hand and pulled me towards him. I had enough strength to stop him and take my hand away. At the end of the show he came to me saying he really loved to show, my husband was behind my shoulders, so he just thanked and left. But after all he was a nice guy.

6) HoO is a horror theme band, so we always appear and dress up like our character. I usually dress in black, heavy eyes make-up, nothing special. I'm not very much a girly kind.

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Reino Ermitano (Peru)
Tania Duarte (vocals)


1. We are working on the composition of songs for a new record and are up to playing wherever we are invited, so hopefully we can tour new lands soon!

2. I personally appreciate topics like magic, existentialism, social and religious protest, paganism, inner darkness, solitude and the inner mental struggle to survive in stupid society.

3. One of my main influences as a singer is Nina Hagen in the sense of voice variations and moods, assuming several characters within a song. This is something I try to do according to the topic or feeling of a song.
I´d say the strong sides of Reino Ermitaño have more to do with making songs out of what´s in our hearts and minds at the moment, without any genre limitations of what doom should or not sound like. It´s about this freedom and quest for individual creation. I also dig Eloy´s guitar solos and how the drums are played.

4. I believe women incorporate more heaviness and magic into doom, stubbornness and conviction without having to exploit their feminine sexual side. Take Electric Wizard, Acid King, Cauchemar, Blood Ceremony and many more as examples. In spite of the existing chauvinism in rock and metal, I´d say doom has been enriched by the collaboration of female members towards achieving a natural balance in their bands´music with their contribution whilst having to face some prejudice and harsh criticism for daring to enter male terrain.

5. Some times.

6.  I think when you present yourself on stage you´re making a statement about who you are, what you believe in, your life style and aesthetics and the visual aspect is part of the show, complementing with the music and movements on stage. You are representing a musical ideological movement and feeling its strength, so even if I wear the ordinary T-shirt and jeans I´ll add a new element that is special for me to wear on a stage.

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Ritual Of The Oak (Australia)
Sabine Hamad-Linfoot (vocals)


1. In a nutshell, we are working on our third album and playing a couple of gigs around Australia for some fun! The third album is almost finished; we've written most of the material for it and are considering recording it early 2013. Exciting times!

2. That would be a little bit of the past and a bit of our present reality: I like reading on the occult and ancient religions and rituals, so I get excited about these topics in music and luckily there's no shortage of occult themed doom! The perfect doom song lyrically has got to be Demon's Gate by Candlemass. If that isn't a perfect and picturesque image of hell, I don't know what is!

3. I get in my own zone when I'm singing and focus all my thoughts on my own psyche. The result is almost always entrenched in personal sentiments and genuine feel, and that seems to compliment our sound! As far as singing influences go, I gotta say I draw a lot of inspiration from the vocals of Johan Langqvist.
I think our strength as a band lies in the variety in our songs. We've been broadening our music beyond your typical doom sound. For example, you can hear some folky moments in Come Taste the Doom, and the songs on one record can take you through different genres. This is translating very accurately in the new album and we can't wait to see how our fans will react to our new sound.

4. Women have inspired artists and musicians since the dawn of time, so I do trust they also play the role of a muse in doom as well. I have definitely written songs about witches burning at the stake, but that's more to bring to light the event itself rather than the gender of the witch (a lot of witches executed by the church were men after all!) But other than that, I fail to see the difference between male and female musicians.

5. That happened once! At Doom Shall Rise because it seems Europe digs us! And it turns out said drunken Europeans happened to be some mad bastards; so I made some new friends. But we live in Australia, where doom comes to die, so not much praise and adoration going on here!

6. I try! hah! I usually just jump on stage in my denim vest and band shirt. I don't believe in make up much. I just can't justify spending half an hour fixing my face only to risk some running mascara and panda eyes on stage. That said, I have implemented some cool spiky high heeled boots in my live performance as of late, which proved to be popular among the females more so than boys! But I really don't tend to put too much emphasis on material crap since at the end of the day, people are turning up for the music, not my fashion sense! 

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shEver (Switzerland)
Jessica (guitars, vocals)


1. At the moment we're looking for a new bass player, because Nadine left the band. Next steps are recording a split-LP with our friends of the German sludge band "Spancer" in December or January and playing more gigs to promote our new album.

2. There is no special topic that influences our lyrics or we do like the most. But we will never write any lyrics on politics, that's for sure.

3. Some bands who influenced our manner of singing or playing are:
Black Sabbath, Eyehategod, My Dying Bride, Kyuss, Isis or Amenra. The strong sides of shEver are definitely our live-gigs. We often hear, that our sound is very varied. We don't do any "special shows", we are authentic.

4. There are too less women in doom music:) But we think that women are better accepted in the doom scene than in any other metal scene. We don't think that there are so many differences between women and men in the doom metal scene. Emotional sound may be more important than technical skills in female doom bands. This is the nature of us women, we're more emotional:)

5. Sometimes it happens yes, but rather after our gigs.

6. We don't care a lot about our appearance during gigs, but for sure we dress comfortable and "functional".

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 Show of Bedlam (Canada)
Paulina Richards (vocals)


1. Right now, we are about to release our first full length album, which is something that makes me incredibly happy since it was a long and hard process and I never thought I'd see the end of it. The band has gone through many twists and turns, it hasn't a been a smooth ride. Nevertheless, not everything is doom and gloom I guess as this album will be hot off the presses in a couple of weeks and we're planning on going on tour in May next year with an incredibly great band that are also friends of ours. Let's cross fingers that this actually happens!

2. I can't think of a perfect example of doom lyrics, because I just don't think doom, or any other type of music for that matter, encapsulates specific types of lyrics. Of course there is a tendency to write about darker subject matter in doom, but it's not the case of every band. As for the kind of song lyrics I like the most, I'd say I like to hear songs about very personal and intimate stuff, I can relate to that. Writing for me is like opening a valve, letting things out that otherwise remain stuck. I love the way Sylvia Plath writes, some people have accused her of “emotional exhibitionism”. For me, that is the whole point. It is a form of exorcism if you will. It's very therapeutic, and it's free!

3. Many artists have influenced me in different ways, not only in my way of singing, but also in the fact that I sing at all. Years ago, I would have never thought it would be possible for me to sing on a stage, I am too damn shy for that. But at one point my desire to communicate and create things got stronger to the point of it being unbearable. So I just said “fuck it”, some people will like it, others will not, in the end, it doesn't matter. Many of the artists I admire are not what we could call “trained singers”, but they still have very strong and unique voices and, most of all, they have something to say. Others have the “perfect” trained voice and something to say, which for some would be the best case scenario. Artists like Lydia Lunch, Kat Bjelland, Diamanda Galas, Jarboe, P.J. Harvey, Julie Christmas, Siouxsie Sioux, L7, Rozz Williams, etc., have influenced me a lot. I guess one of the strong sides of the band is the fact that we all have very diverse influences, from post-punk, to post-hardcore, deathrock, to black metal, doom and crust punk. It makes a really interesting mix of musical input. We love to experiment with structures and sounds and we intend to take it even further in the future.

4. The role of women in doom music is not any different than that of men. It's to make music. I don't like the term “woman musician”, we're just musicians, period. Really? Writing songs about broken hearts and burning witches? Women also do that about men, trust me! ;)

5. I have had to. But I wouldn't say that I had to “deal” with them, on the contrary, I think it is very flattering and encouraging. They say children and drunk people don't lie...

6. Not really, not more than I do day in day out. Besides, I don't think people come to see me, they come to hear the band play. Many times, there are projections at our shows, and you can't see us anyways, so what gives?

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 Shroud Eater (United States)
Jeannie Saize (guitars, vocals)


1. Currently we're wrapping up 2012 by playing shows. We recorded some songs and who knows if they will ever be released, it's been so damn long that we've been waiting on one thing or another. I don't even remember what we recorded.

2. Lyrics are subjective, and personal. I don't know that I have favorite topics to write about other than things that are affecting me at the moment. A perfect lyric could be one thing one day, and something the next - it depends on my mental state and what i'm feeling.

3. I can't sing properly. I don't have a nice voice. I can scream, but I can't do those deep grunts or growls. I try to do the best I can with what I have.

4. I see women's role the same as I see men's roles... to me it's not really about someone's gender. At least it shouldn't be. It's about the music you make and what inspires you to do it.

5. I think people are scared of and generally avoid me. I'm not good at talking to people and if I feel like I'm getting attention I try to find a dark corner to hang out in by myself.

6. Not at all. I look the same when I go to work, when I hang out with friends as when I play shows. Except I'm much sweatier when I play gigs.

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 Wooden Stake (United States)
Vanessa Nocera (bass, vocals)


1. We just had a line-up change with the band with the addition to Tony Profer on all guitars and some keyboards. Wayne’s still on drums and I am still doing bass and vocals. The new album is currently being recorded and hopefully soon we will have an advanced track to post on our site.

2. I guess perfect Doom lyrics for me have an undertone of darkness and the occult. I generally write about the dark arts, Satanism, horror topics, and touch on lighter subjects like ghost stories and haunts (that must be the Kind Diamond influence).

3. I have many influences on my music. When it comes to singing I have a wide range of people who inspire me. With clean vocals you can tell inspiration from Stevie Nicks, Peter Murphy, Siouxsie Sioux, Ann Wilson, etc. I think the strong side of the band is the whole band. We each bring our own style and it comes together perfectly I think.

4. It seems the doom crowd is a little more accepting toward women than death and black metal crowds, but I guess each woman has her own role depending on what band she’s in. Doom seems to have a stronger female presence than other genres of metal, but I’m not sure. I’m mainly in the death metal scene, so it’s tough sometimes when asked about doom and other women in the scene.

5. Unfortunately, we do not play shows. Hopefully this will change soon and we will be able to play. I have played live before with a previous band and yes, I can say sometimes guys can be a little overbearing, but sometimes it’s really flattering and enjoyable.

6. Yes and no. I care to a certain extent as far as what I would wear, but I’m not going to check every 5 minutes if my hair and make-up are perfect because I’m going to be too busy banging my head

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Undersmile (United Kingdom)
Taz Corona-Brown (guitars, vocals) and Hel Sterne (guitars, vocals)


1. Hel: Prior to and since releasing our first album at the end of May this year we've been writing and working on loads of new material. We're not allowed to say what we have in the pipeline for next year at the moment but there are two announcements that will made about what's going on in the next few months and we're very excited to get that out there.
Taz: At the moment we've mostly been hiding ourselves away in the practice studio working on and recording new material for a (currently) secret and very exciting project. Performance-wise, our next gig will be for Sirius Promotions' all-dayer on 17th of November at The Asylum in Birmingham alongside our friends Cultura Tres, Grimpen Mire and Slabdragger to name but a few....

2. H: Just have a look at the lyric sheet in Narwhal! (laughs) :P. But seriously, we tend to steer clear of quite a few of the stereotypes and prefer to use words that are evocative of the feeling we're trying to convey. “Doom” in the literal sense of (impending) dread, claustrophobia and fear are at the backbone of our lyrics, to a greater and lesser extent, some are themes, some are more abstract. This doesn't mean they have to be obviously implied either, it's more about creating an atmosphere with them – that, to us, is equally as important as the music itself and we take it very seriously. My answer is, I like to have a picture painted for me through lyrics and when the music fits perfectly too it should be like seeing a vision, this is the criteria for perfect doom lyrics.
T: For me, there is no horror to be found in many of the prevalent or typical doom themes. The terror of the mundane and the banality of everyday life are far more horrific. In my opinion, the bands that have captured this most perfectly in their lyrics are Harvey Milk - particularly on their album A Small Turn Of Human Kindness, which is a work of poetic genius; Pissed Jeans, who combine a sense of humour with a sense of despair, notably in Goodbye Hair (a song lamenting the loss of one's hair) and Swans, who displayed some truly disturbing lyrics in their Cop-era work. Personal experiences of claustrophobia, panic attacks, nightmares and sleep paralysis have been influential on myself and Hel in our songwriting, both musically and lyrically.

3. H: One of the elements that sets us apart from other bands is our vocal style, some people love it and some people hate it, but either way it's renown for being unique. Taz and I have taken our influences and over time our style has evolved into what we sound like now, vocal drawl, chants, whispers and broken hymn-like melodies. The four of us have been heavily influenced by music of the 90's, particularly grunge and the vocal character of the likes of (Babes in Toyland, Nirvana, Alice in Chains, early Hole to name a few). Also folk and dark folk music; Nick Cave's murder ballads, Mark Lanegan, Neutral Milk Hotel, to the more current bands we share a common love of.
T: Vocally and musically, we draw inspiration from a wide variety of artists. Everything from the despondent drawl of Pissed Jeans or Harvey milk, the off-kilter discordance of Codeine, the slow/heavy riffs of Melvins, the sparseness and brevity of Earth, to the impossibly perfect lyricism of Leonard Cohen. With our vocals, the intention is to add to the atmosphere of disorientation and claustrophobia created by the music. Hel and I always favour disharmony, with just brief moments of harmony, which aim to provide relief, conclusion and contrast. Musically, we utilise repetition and discordant notes to create an element of confusion.

4. H: We're very proud to be associated with the women within the SSD scene, they're all serious musicians and are extremely good at what they do, besides being lovely individuals. I think it's clear that women no longer have to prove themselves in terms of being able write, play and perform music as well as any man can. Obviously there is always going to be residual sexism by the odd ignoramus here and there (admittedly, there have been several), but on the whole the consensus has become far more equal than ever before. The numbers of influential women making an impact in the genre has grown and is on the rise, making it a really good time to be in the music scene. I can speak for us all when I say we're glad to be a part of it.
T: There have been many women who've played a considerable role in shaping sludge/stoner/doom from the early days of the scene - Lorax in Melvins and Jarboe in Swans, for example. Women have always been responsible for writing, creating and performing truly extreme music. Yes, we're still in the minority but that is changing rapidly, there are so many incredible women in SSD at the moment.  We have experienced a small amount of sexism, though this has, generally been confined to the more straightforward metal genre, rather than doom itself. Thankfully, this sort of reaction is rare and these days the only answer to the question, 'what do women contribute to doom music?' is - the same thing that men contribute to doom music.

5. H: We often get appreciative comments from people at gigs and we like to hang out and chat with those who take an interest in Undersmile. There haven't been too many occasions where anyone has been out of order, although we have had some creepy things happen on Facebook (which I can't really mention just in case). People are generally very respectful in general though which is cool.
T: Most people who speak to us at our gigs are nothing but courteous, they just want to talk to us about music, which is something we are always happy to do . The scene here in the UK is a genuine and friendly one, so we're very lucky. You do get the occasional drunkard but they've always been good natured, in our experience. Online though, we have had a few unsettling comments, particularly on our video for Milk on Youtube....

6. H: Firstly I should point out that on a normal day Taz and I both wear relatively similar outfits to those we wear on stage (and have worn alternative clothing all our lives). We always wear make up and dresses as standard throughout the week, although we do make more of an effort for gigs. In all honesty, we'd like to be like Kim Deal and just rock out in jeans and t-shirt, but that's not really our style. I couldn't live without my war paint!
T: We certainly derive a (guilty) pleasure from subverting expectations. Some people (luckily, a minority) write us off as a novelty/ riot grrl/ grunge act based upon our appearance, which, we've been told, only serves to create more of an impact when they hear us play. Our style of dress is far from being contrived for effect though, Hel and I grew up in the 1990s and our heroines were Kat Bjelland, Courtney Love, Bjork, L7 etc... We genuinely dress like this every day (which probably explains the strange looks I get in t'village ;p). We usually stick out like two sore thumbs at our gigs- white lace, adrift in a sea of black leather and bushy beards!

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May 11, 2012

Doom Interview Spectacular Part Two ...


As you remember we have similar quiz in January of 2012 and the idea of gathering a lot of doom-bands in one interview was not a bad one, so it was absolutely natural to do something like that a bit later. And here we go with 5 questions of Doom once again:

1. First question is about current band’s state and future plans. Why not?
2. Next one is a bit more difficult: what was most important, cardinal event during band’s existence?
3. The third one is about doom-expectations of 2012 – about all of these doom-releases, events or even global “doom” situations.
4. Next questions sounds like “What is essence of doom for you? And what is most expressive and important symbol of doom would you name?” I guess that here we have a wide range of different opinions – let us see!
5. I suddenly have remembered one song of Iron Maiden as I was thinking about 5th question. It’s unorthodox song, it’s name “Virus”… So last question for today is about modern social diseases which disturb our respondents more than other. It’s about politics, war, McDonalds, TV-zombabox and etc.


I have to say few words about bands which we represent in this interview. First of all I just looked for the bands which weren’t included in our New Year quiz. Then I just sent e-mails to those who I already knew. After that I’ve picked up few more bands with help of Ed (hi Ed!) and labels (ARX Productions, Barbarian Wrath, Endless Winter, Eyes Like Snow and so on). Some of the bands declined our invitation. For example Stereochrist is on hold for some uncertain period and The Moon Mistress decided to take a rest after thunderous release of “Silent Voice Inside”. But after all we have another feast of doom – come… gather… enjoy. Do you hear their heavy steps? They’re coming, oh, indeed they are! Disciples of Doom who sing their dirges full of psychedelic revelations and traditional rituals! They roar! They chant! They sing! And beat their drums and pull their strings.

El Grand Temor (Chile)
Jorge Luis Paillao (guitarra & vox)


1. The Band is on Hiatus since the end of 2010, The last gig with the Classic Line up was on 27 July of 2010 this was the Record Release Party of the first Album, 3 last gigs with provisory line ups were did until the guitar amp explodes for the last time (and it really burns).
The founder member and soul of El Gran Temor, myself Jorge Luis Paillao, I’m looking for the right people to start again, for now looking for distribution deals on Europe and the US, I got some offers soon you will got news.
A lot of new material is already composed so in the future I will bring more Licks and Riffs from the seventies abyss.

2. having recorded our album, because it is very difficult in this country do this kind of music and more in a professional studio to record it and then distribute it as it is a very underground scene…
and is full of ripp off and envious people who doesn’t help you or support just try to bring you down…

3. Roadburn is a beautifull thing, I hope to be alive to be there one day, maybe in two years.

4. Living in this system, you got to work to survive… you must belive in something… you must follow someone to get a job here is like the ultimate dictatorship.
I’m getting sick of all this shit, the media and all the forms of control, we are doomed just for be Humans?
No, I don’t think so, but we got to do something to change the world, and I do this music to communicate this ideas to the people, to be free, this is a form to take you out of the system, you are alienated by the riffs, you start to belive in freedom and another realities are possible, everyday I feel doomed by the living deads who like to live in this fascist culture. well answering your question I think… a good symbol is the skull, we use it on the cover art of the album because represent the human incapacity to wake up they are already dead… and is funny. The cross is good too but I think the war against religion is almost won.

5. The economy, the religion, the envy, the apathy, the lack of comprehension, the fear.

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Helllight (Brazil)
Fabio de Paula (guitars, vocals, keyboards)


1. We are actually very fine…we are starting to record our 4° album, it´s gonna be a great album..we just got a new drummer, and it´s good to bring new ideas to the band.
Our next plan is to get into a European tour..we are having difficulties, but I believe next year, it will come true.

2. Next month we´ll be playing with Therion (for the second time) but, this time it will be on a extremely classic venue, it´s an old theatre…it´s gonna be great..Snowy Shaw will sing a song with us..so, it´ll be a great night.
Also, we´ll be recording our first live DVD, I believe it´ll be ready by September.

3. About the Doom, I believe we are in a great year…especially in Brazil..people  are finally looking for Doom bands…it “only” took 20 years, but, as we say here, better late than never..we have up to 20 shows to make, and some of them are very big gigs.
There are very few Doom bands here, but we are making progress…I believe one day, Brazilian Doom Metal bands we´ll be known as great bands…just like Norwegian Black Metal bands.
We are really looking forward to tour in Europe, to stay in touch with our fans..we receive lots of emails from all over Europe…I hope everything works out, so we can play there next year.

4. To me, the essence of Doom is inside our very heads, our thoughts…our dreams…
We, in HellLight, are not the romantic kind of doom, actually, it´s not romantic at all, we associate angry, religion, fear, and all those kinds of feelings with our music…I think that it makes us a little bit different from the other traditional doom bands…Doom for us, is the soundtrack of the deepest and darkest feelings…
To me, the most important symbol of doom is not a band, actually, it´s not music..it´s the universe…stars, planets, constellations…it really makes me doomy to think about it…it´s silence, it´s history..it´s an amazing thing..and I love to study it.

5. You know, I live in Brazil, and it is an very weird country, everything here is super hard to achieve…We work really hard to make it happen…there is too much poverty..so, once again, the Christian churches attacks..all kinds of it (catholic, protestant…etc..) And I believe it is very bad for the people…they get even poorer and stupid. Brazil has many social disturbs, and definitely, the politicians are not helping..they only fucks it up even more…tough situation.
We´ve been worse, but I feel we are only taking baby steps towards a fair country.

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Horse Latitudes (Finland)
Harri (drums, vocals) and the band


1. Our second full length album “Awakening” was released on Doomentia Records a couple of months ago along with the split 12” EP with Hooded Menace.
2LP edition of “Awakening” (on Doomentia as well) is in production at the moment and a limited edition Horse Latitudes/Loinen split tape will be out on  the Russian Quagmire label in the next month or so. We’re also doing some shows, next one is in Moscow on May 5th with The Moon Mistress. Very much looking forward to that!!

2. Speaking of “dreams coming true” events, playing with Saint Vitus in August 2011 was exactly that!

3. Like said, looking forward to the Moscow gig with The Moon Mistress! About the releases, the upcoming album of Loinen will be awesome, waiting to get my hands on it! I’ve got high expectations for the new Saint Vitus album too! Also looking forward to new Caskets Open album, though I don’t know if it’s going to be released this year at all… A new OM album is always welcome too. There’s a thriving doom scene going on in the states at the moment with many young bands to keep an eye on, such as Pallbearer, Uzala and Bell Witch.

4. Harri: My conception of doom is about unavoidably facing the reality, how we stand as human race: destructive, miserable, low species heading to its own end; about getting rid of the empty illusions and false promises of omnipotent man … So you could say that the symbol of doom for me is this contradictory being of humankind in whole..

5. Harri: In the modern age, I’m thinking the human reproductivity of people as such. We do not need any more human scum to pollute the earth.

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Kamni (Russia)
Andres (guitar)


1. Nothing special happened several previous months in our camp, but we've had huge line up changes and began to create new stuff. We're three-piece now, but the music is going to be more massive and intense then before. I guess, you’ll hear some new songs at upcoming gigs

2. Without doubt that was Loud Nation tour 2011 with our friendly bands Equal Minds Theory, Vagiant and Tombstone Piledriver. We traveled about 5.000 km by bus, played gigs and carried all amplification and equipment, all tour was DIY, that great experience  was  definitely not for pussies.

3. I do not see any 'doom' or mystery in 2012 date, that's just ridiculous. So I have no expectations for global situation.
Anyway, I'm still expecting some worthy records to be unleashed by my favorite bands. I've seen that High on fire and Electric Wizard released some new stuff, but didn't manage to check it out yet, there is a bunch of older music to listen to. I've also heard that Neurosis are planning to release new album this year, that will be just great.

 4. I believe, you mean the 'doom' as a music aspect. Music tagged as doom can be really very different, but personally for me it's all about ritual trance, vibrations that drag you to the roots and make you think with your spinal cord only. It's rather abstract and meditative than specific, so I won't attempt to name any particular so-called 'symbol' for me. Nevertheless, I have a strong subconscious association with the word 'doom' - massive vintage amps and cabs stacked on each other. Just when you have a deal with one of them you know, that it's the only right way to play.

5. Corporate culture and consumer society.

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Krief de Soli (Canada)
Egregoir de Sang (all instruments)


1. I am currently in the state of devotional watching through which I do accumulate the
feelings and powers from the outer world intended for creating music. Great plans about
the next release, but nothing is clear yet.

2. Perhaps, the creation of the project is that kind of event. Once I realized that the piece of music I had created is worth to be given a name.

3. I do not feel “doom” about the things which are going to happen. Except maybe the fact, that the fall in Canada this year will be started at the end of summer.

4. There is no expression or essence of “doom” personally for me. “Doom” is one of
diverse definitions in styles’/genres’ space, which were invented by critics to be able to
distinguish. I create music with no line to follow.
However, I have heard that some folks chose the crucifixion as a symbol. That is maybe
it.

5. Since I do not care a lot about the social life, I am not aware of its diseases. If I am not aware of its diseases, they do not disturb me much.

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Obsidian Sea (Bulgaria)
Anton (vocals, guitars, bass)

1. Our debut album has just been released on “Solitude Productions”, so it’s the most notable thing concerning the band right now. Apart from that we’re working on a few new songs and rehearsing in order to make a few gigs happen in the coming months.

2. The fact that we still manage to exist and function as a band is quite remarkable, considering that doom is very unpopular around here and the local scene is non-existent. On a more serious note, finally getting an album out is a great achievement for a young band such as ours, but having in mind this ever present climate of uncertainty around here, we’re also proud and even a little bit surprised that we actually managed to do it.

3. Well, obviously the Black Sabbath reunion isn’t going to really happen and the other (a little less significant) “doom event” is not until December (and even that is quite debatable) so nothing much to look forward to…
Still, speaking about expectations, a new Saint Vitus album, the last Candlemass and Cathedral releases (and surely forgetting some others worthy mentions) also this year’s Hammer of Doom fest, should offer some consolation…

4. Feeling the weight of all worlds on your shoulders and carrying on with it.

5. There are too many of them to mention, but what feels most depressing about the world we live in today is that people refuse to look past their everyday life and consider the little (and often unneeded) comforts they achieve, the highest possible ideal.
The majority of people (and that doesn’t necessarily exclude “us”) are living  lives so devoid of meaning and direction that they are trying to solve this with more and more possessions and are constantly looking for the “easiest” and “fastest” way in everything – the “fast food” mentality rules over thoughts, actions, lifestyles . All around there are those who do not dream, do not dare and are unable (or unWILLing) to try and break the boxes someone else put them into.

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Queen Elephantine (USA)
Indy (vocals, guitars)


1. Right now we’re recording our fourth album, called Scarab, which is supposed to come out on CD on Heart & Crossbone Records (Israel) early next year. The lineup is Ian Sims and Nate Totushek on drums, Matt Becker on bass, Brett Zweiman on and myself on guitar, and a couple of will be doing the vocals together probably.
We’re also planning a 4-week European tour in the Autumn, for which we’re doing another EP and some new shirts by Adrian Dexter. There’s also a chance that I might move to another country again sometime soon, and well, if that happens, we’ll see what happens.
 Have lots of other projects in the works... Throne of the Void in the Hundred Petal Lotus album hopefully, though all the members are in the current lineup of QE so we have been kept busy with that : )
Also joined Ayahuasca Dark Trip, a track just came out on the Falling Down compilation, I'm playing drums on it. Sitar-guitar-drums Indian fusion trio Bismillah. And a kind of space hip hop band Moss, which I play synth and percussion on.

2. I think in one sense maybe it was the evolution of the internet’s capacity to discover and spread music. We were just some strange noisy teenagers in Hong Kong’s very insular DIY scene but suddenly our audience expanded from the local crowd to worldwide, and we were able to connect with a really interesting network of heads in the same space.

3. Besides hopefully the apocalypse, the new Om album is something I’m quite looking forward to. Also very excited to hear Chuck Dukowski’s Black Face stuff with Eugene Robinson. I’m planning to go to Maryland Deathfest on Sunday and catch YOB, St Vitus, Rwake, Electric Wizard, Church of Misery, and a lot of other good bands. Unfortunately I may have to miss Noothgrush on Saturday. Doom in 2012… maybe Bane will break Batman’s back.

4. For me, doom is about mood. It’s about moving the body to a deep, heavy space of mind and sustaining that. Music has a physical and spiritual power quite literally. People are enveloped by the unholy amplitude, their brainwaves, breathing, and bloodflow entrained to the low frequencies. I don’t know about a symbol in general for doom, but for me it could be the Goddess who sees through duality and is both darkness and the light, who can look at life and death, cycles of germination and disease, with an even laugh.

5. Dogmatism, being stubborn about the one, right way of something. Being skeptical about ideas is fine, but don’t forget to hold yourself against the same measure.

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Rituals of the Oak (Australia)
Matt Shriffer (Drums)


1. State: Inebriated. (Where’s the drug question from last year? That was a good one).
Plans: Our second album “Come Taste the Doom” was released earlier in the year on Eyes Like Snow. We have a US tour coming up in June/July 2012 (details can be found on our blog), and hopefully the vinyl version of the album will be out at the end of April 2012. Always writing, never have enough money to record, no one buys anything. The cycle of doom continues.

2. I think it was when we received the shipment of our first album “Hour of Judgement” on vinyl, with the sweet etching on side D. Just holding that motherfucker, it was like “FUCK YES, WE ARE AWESOME, ANYONE WHO DOESN’T LIKE THIS IS A GAY”. It was pretty exciting.

3. We’ve been listening to a lot of funk. So I’m going to change the word “doom” in your question to “funk”. The global situation of funk is in a dire state, because I can’t find a mint condition copy of Rick James’ “Street Songs”, or Curtis Mayfield’s “Superfly” anywhere.
Seriously though, I don’t know how to answer this question. I just want another 40 Watt Sun album. Actually I just thought of something – Eyehategod, Soilent Green and Crowbar are supposed to be on the HBO TV show “Treme” in the third season. Doom metal on TV? Surely that will be amazing.

4. The essence of doom is Warning’s “Watching From a Distance” album. The most important and expressive symbol of doom is Patrick Walker’s mighty red beard.

5. Ignorance. And tuberculosis.

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 Slugstain (Finland)
Janne Savolainen (guitars)


1. The dream at the current moment is to have our first full-length album Skeletal Grip completed and released in not too far distant future. We have been shopping a premastered and not yet fully produced version of it around and got some interest for it by some record labels, but nothing concrete yet. So we are still open for offers. We also might like to do some additional recording for it. And within a month or so we are also going to play a couple of shows in Helsinki and Tampere.  

2. Personally it must be the moment when I had the opportunity to hand our first official release the Venomous Split EP, done in collaboration with Masteroid, to Victor Griffin of Pentagram after their phenomenal show last year here in Helsinki and he handed me the Place of Skulls CD declaring it as a trade. I think my heart skipped a beat or two at that moment. It all came back to me recently when I got to see Last Days Here, the Bobby Liebling/ Pentagram  documentary. Rough and touching movie, I liked it very much.

3. The year 2011 was phenomenal with all the unbelievable bands playing shows in Helsinki within a short period time that it's ridiculous. I never thought in the mid to late nineties that I get to see Pentagram, Saint Vitus or Eyehategod live some day. Shrinebuilder was great too. And all the shows I had to miss for other commitments, Blood Ceremony, Gates of Slumber, Goatsnake. I don't think year 2012 can top that. But very important album releases looking forward to are Saint Vitus's new and Cathedral's The Last Spire. I think Cathedral along of course Black Sabbath is the single most important musical inspiration for Slugstain. Concerning global situation I don't expect things to improve better or worse, the devil is always grinning 'round the bend. 

4. In a musical sense, for me the most significant thing in doom is the tritone lurking within the riffs causing shivers. For me doom is not to have certain kind of equipment and playing as slow as possible. Nothing wrong with that and I enjoy many bands doing it that way. But i like to play songs that that also rock and have that certain bluesy vibe. And of course I personally have a fetish for Marshall amps and SG guitars and a somewhat retro classic rock sound. To pick a single symbol of doom, and although as considering myself basically a pagan, first thing that easily would come to mind might be the cross, in all variations, as it represents torture, judgement, death, guilt and hopes for redemption to some. But still I have to pick as most powerful symbol of doom the fiddle monkey decal on Tony Iommi's red SG classic. That's why I have a repro of it on both my guitars.    

5. It would be really easy to get annoyed about so much things going on in the world today and with the constant media flow trolling people out of their minds. But I'm for adaptation and survival. As hard as it is at times to stay inspired about stuff and life in general, it's still possible to keep focusing on the things you like and not let the bastards grind you down. 

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 Sons of Tonatiuh (USA)
Dan Caycedo (vocals, guitar)


1. Gearing up for a Midwest to Northeast tour in July.
Hydro-Phonic Records is going to release our 2nd full length in late June.
We’re also working with a promoter in Mexico City who is trying to set up a tour in Mexico for early October.

2. Working with Hydro-Phonic Records and going up to Chicago this past December.

3. Going to the Maryland Death Fest in May to see Electric Wizard.
Going to see Melvins with Unsane next week here in Atlanta.
Going to see Torche in May here in Atlanta.
Awaiting for the new release by Royal Thunder (local ATL band) who just signed onto Relapse Records.
High on Fire release to come as well.

4. DOOM = The downfall of mankind. The only “symbol” I can think of at the moment is the obelisk seen within the movie 2001:Space Odyssey. That is the kind of foreboding doom to be reckoned with.

5. If religion is considered a social disease then that’s what I would choose. It seems to fuck everything up. Relationships, society and life in general. It’s a burden that many people seem to carry with them. Maybe in time it will disappear but then again, people will probably disappear before religion does.

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Feb 8, 2012

Rituals of the Oak – Come Taste the Doom ...

I can see this album as creating some deeply divided opinions; and, to be honest, Australian four-piece Rituals of the Oak were going to have to pull something damn good out of the bag to convince me this time. I’m happy to report they’ve succeeded in spades, but first let me explain. Their 2009 two song demo held considerable promise, on which the band failed to capitalise with the subsequent album ‘Hour of Judgement’. It did not of course help that of the album’s five songs the best two were taken from the demo while the remaining three were positively underwhelming. The band’s contribution to last year’s three-way split with Apostles of Solitude and The Flight of Sleipnir looked set to ensure complete audience indifference – a slow seventeen minute single riff snooze-fest, the final up-tempo seconds of which reinforced the impression of a band perversely baiting their audience. .

Even more so than with their first album, on ‘Come Taste the Doom’ (a play on the title of Deep Purple’s 1975 album ‘Come Taste the Band’) it is as though Rituals of the Oak have decided to take the idea of ‘no-frills’ trad doom to its logical conclusion – to the point where are few obvious hooks onto which listeners might grab. Sabine has a strong, charismatic voice, but rarely pushes herself beyond a few well-worn vocal grooves; there are few guitar leads as such; and the production, where it should be crushingly heavy, is decidedly quiet. And yet … ‘Come Taste the Doom’ rewards patient and attentive listening. Whereas on the first album less was a bore, on ‘Come Taste the Doom’ less is truly more.

Openers ‘Here’ and ‘The Horla’ (a reference to Maupassant’s superb short story; a more interesting literary reference than the standard Lovecraftian fare) set up a template of sorts: quietly lulling clean guitar passages contrasting with well-played, minimalist trad doom; each song’s understated crescendo emphasised by the contemplative quietness of the whole. ‘On the Sixth Moon’ delivers a pagan vibe with some nicely atmospheric acoustic/rock interplay, complemented by some subtle, tricksy drumming and understated guitar harmonies. It’s lovely stuff, helping to make retrospective sense of where the band were going with the slow-core conclusion to ‘The Spell of Doom’, the first album’s closing track. ‘Serpentine Tongues’ is almost progressive in its various twists and turn, with a catchy ‘serpentine’ bended-note guitar figure pulling both song and audience out of any potential doldrums. As long-time folk-rock fan, final track ‘All Wells Are Poisoned’ was always going to draw me in. Needless to say there’s as much Sabbath as Sandy Denny here, while the electric guitar passages continue to signal the band’s love for all things Revelation and ‘Strength to Dream’ era Warning – consistent reference points throughout this album. Remarkably, an acoustic (or rather, clean electric) interlude threatens to break down into soft free-rock freakout, spazz-jazz drumming (are they brushes I hear?) almost breaking free of the underpinning guitar before the whole band marshal their forces for a final doomed assault.

The increasingly hermetic minimalism of Rituals of the Oak’s previous releases had almost lost me for good, but on ‘Come Taste the Doom’ the lack of obvious hooks drives listener interest instead of driving listeners away. In this way the band seem to have finally found their sound. While even sympathetic listeners might not find themselves humming these tunes, they will surely come back for another taste.

Words: Matthew Jamieson

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Apr 14, 2011

Apostle Of Solitude – Rituals Of The Oak – The Flight Of Sleipnir Split CD & Vinyl

This split presents three different kinds of doom from the Eyes Like Snow label. There is 2 songs from Apostle Of Solitude and 'The Flight Of Sleipnir' and just one from Australian bandRitual Of The Oak but their track is the longest at nearly 18 minutes and that is where I will start this review because Ritual Of The Oak are the most interesting band out of the three, at least on this split album that is. Their track, 'Hallward' is a grandiose epic-doom track with the female vocals of Sabine Hamad Linfoot who truly has a mesmerizing voice. The band released a full length album in 2009 titled 'Hour of Judgement' which got mixed reactions - never understood why, I thought the album was great. It is true the band is monotonous and 'Hallward' doesn't change that. If you can imagine Blood Ceremony or Jex Thoth trying their hand at funeral doom, it might come out sounding like this band. It is slow, mystical and hypnotic with nothing much that really stands out but it is still an engaging piece of doom. It is the hardest track to get through on this split and it is too long and dragged out but still makes me anxious to hear their next album.

'Apostle Of Solitude are a band that also gets diverse reactions, some people adore this band while others find them boring. Personally speaking, they are one of my favorite bands and these two tracks, 'This Mania' and 'Transgressions' are both fine tracks from the band. 'This Mania' is classic stuff from the band and sounds a little like the early style of the band. The much longer 'Transgressions' is more in the vein of traditional epic heavy metal more so that doom-metal. The tune is not as heavy but has stronger melodies and is the more memorable track out of the two. 'The Flight Of Sleipnir' are the most odd out of the three bands. Their two songs, 'A Legacy of Iron' and 'Draugr' are both fairly similar but very good. The band plays very much in the epic-doom style or viking doom as some people like to call it. I guess this comes from the influences of bands like later-day Bathory and the like but I would rather listen to 'The Flight Of Sleipnir' over 'Bathory' any day. 'Draugr' is my pick out of their two tracks, raw, dark and primitive - this is one of their best ever tracks.

All songs on this split are brand new compositions and exclusive to this limited CD and Vinyl and the artwork is spectacular. This is another great split album and an awesome way to discover three great bands. By the way, anybody notice how popular these split albums are becoming these days? There seems to be a new one every couple of weeks, I can't complain though when they are as good as this. Check it out.....9/10

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