Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Mother Eel Interview

1. Can you give us a brief history of the band?

Brother Agongy: I joined this year (2009). They weren't important before that. Probably met up in high school or something like that, mate. They had released a cd, a not quite a cd, and two live things prior to me joining. We are about to release a virtual 7" record, vs Nickleback, on the Crypt Designers Guild free netlabel (www.archive.org/details/crypt-designers-guild ).In the near future we will be playing the Royal Albert Hall for Prince Harry and Prince William, the national anthem at the SuperBowl in 2010, for Kim Jong-il at an special dinner and headlining the first Summer Rock Festival on the Antarctic mainland.We are also looking into a line of crushing films with which to visually assault audiences.


We started feeling each other up in '03. The others weren't super big into the touching, but I just kept at it and the alcohol helped. We just wanted to be a band that we wanted to see, locally you seem to have two kinds of bands; boring to watch ones and shit ones. Oh the arrogance! We lean on the shit side and try to avoid the boring side. We've played a few local music festivals, some were metal, some definately weren't and those are weird gigs to play. I've attempted sleeping with a few guys from other bands, and failed. Some other interviews we've done have pissed the interviewers off, some gigs we've played we've been banned afterwards.

2. How would you describe your sound to someone who has never heard you before?

Brother Agony: Metal? I don't know if we know. It's influenced and perhaps similar to lots of heavy music. Sometimes slow, sometimes fast, sometimes loud, sometimes not-as-loud. Taking the question as a hypothetical and I am now required to answer their question, I would say, "We're heavy and metal mate. You'll like it. At least once.". And that would be said with a great deal of conviction, mate.Other bands? Mate, other peoples opinions are probably better than ours. Pretty much all kinds of metal and heavy or hard music. But not really from a whole band of style of music, you know, that guys vocals on that track, that guitar which plays there but with that sound over there, the feel of that band, etc. Probably easiest to say it's all drawn from music from the 17th century onwards, with particular interest in sounds from the 60's onwards, especially heavy music.


Molestation Metal is the name we're pushing. Others have called it Monster Metal. This one guy said we're the best and first progressive grindcore band he's ever heard. We do stoner and doom styled stuff as well. Loud. It's a sum of the parts of a drummer who practices often, a guitarist who drinks too much, a bass player that wings it and a computer processing unit-man that gets to do whatever he wants. They all do vocals in an attempt to be aggressive and intense. Surprisingly it works most of the time.

3. According to your Myspace page, the band is broken up, are there any plans to reform?

Brother Agony: Always. We broke up once after I joined, and that was the first important breakup. Then we briefly reformed with our original guitarist before remembering we we had got rid of him and re-hooking up with that red head, who really isn't that bad. And we are told he is a gentle and attentive lover.The important thing to remember is that Mother Eel is about the sound, not about the people. As long as someone is making the sound, Mother Eel will keep reforming, you know mate?After our new 7" is out, we may break up again for a while.

Tom: Some April Fools jokes are just dumb, ya know?

4. I noticed when I listened to your cd's and reviewed them, the style changed was that part of the bands music progress?

Brother Agony: Yeah, I know what you mean. No, it's not part of the music progress, it's more to do with microphones. We used to get the old sound, with the old stuff we used, which maybe ended up sounding kind of shitty production wise. But now we use the new stuff we use to get this new sound that is still shitty production, but we think it now really captures the essence of the shitty production and all sits together really well.But you probably aren't asking about the really new recordings of ours, are you mate? So, the sound changes more because of finding the right shitty sound that still rips off faces. The songs aren't really all that different, from the start to now.Our new 7" has a really different sound to the other stuff we've done, but it is pretty much what we sound like live, you know mate?

Tom: We are the poor man's version of most other bands you've heard of. Nathan just takes all these influences and fucks up on his guitar and then we have to structure a song around it. I'm always trying to play melodic stuff... mostly so I don't have to spend time actually learning anything that the band does. All the songs that have been written at various times sound all different when added with other songs on different recordings. With most of the things we record we just aim to put on songs we've been playing for years that haven't been recorded with songs that we think are shit hot right now. So to follow a linear progression of what we're doing musically is hard really.

5. What are some of the best shows the band has played?

Brother Agony: Probably the one at the Lansdowne in Sydney at the end of 2008, and the one at Richmond in Sydney early in 2009, or something. They are the only ones I've played at. The two coming up in late August and early September in Newtown will be good. I will be at those. Oh, and the one at the Mandarin Club in Sydney. We don't know what the fuck was coming out of the amp on the right.Of older gigs, mainly the Western Sydney, cos Western Sydney rocks mate!

Tom: The first time we were banned from a pub was pretty awesome. The manager guy came up half-way through our set and said we've got one mor song. He stood at the front waiting and when we finished he started complaining about how stupidly loud we were, and that our style of music isn't music and that we are to never play there again. After a year or two we went back and got re-banned. That was cool. The other guys went up the coast for a mini-tour, apparently that was good. I stayed home. 6. What are your main influences music wise or non music wise?

Brother Agony: Shit mate, that's a tough one. I'll say for me instead of the band then, cos I can't talk for them mate.Obviously I like FCA mate, cos that's my other band ( www.myspace.com/realfca ), anything on Glacial Avatar Archive to date, and then good music like (Black) Sabbath, Dio, Carpathian Forest, you know, shit like that mate.Mainly influenced by all the things I hate, you know mate? More than the things I like. It's all the music you have to hear in places and shit like that. All the crap that gets thrusted at you everyday. That's why I took a vow of silence, but no one will shut up, fuckers.I think we are all mainly influenced outside of music by stuff, you know mate, shit that happens.I do watch South Park though, but I don't seem to be able to see projected images, so that's all I watch. Oh, and videos of accidents on the internet, just for a laugh you know, mate?

Tom: Nathan says: people. They are contradictive, hypocritical, time-wasting scum. They keep repeating themselves and others. Musically we like things that challenge things, in any way you want to interpret that. I really like Mike Patton and Dave Lynch. It's almost a crush I've got on them.

7. What are you listening to nowadays and what are some good bands or releases that you would recommend?

Brother Agony: I listen to Cadaver's Necrosis. That's all you need anyway. That and maybe some good music mate. Plus all the local bands we are meant to say are good, of course. What I do reckon mate, is that people should go and see bands they haven't heard of. Some of them may be good.Plus I listen to Mother Eel's new stuff all the time at the moment. We really are on fire, fire, fire, FIRE!

Tom: I'm not big on the heavy-blasty stuff, I do talk about the Melvins and anything Mike Patton related, so I guess I'm into that Dillinger Escape Plan EP. Also that means John Zorn stuff is alright. One of his Naked City records that has the song called Blood Duster, which is apparently where they got their name from.

8. What are some good films or books that you would recommend?

Brother Agony: I can't see films mate. Books... mate, I dunno, maybe Et Tu Babe by Mark Leyner, and I don't know, maybe The Society of the Spectacle by Guy Debord.

Tom: I'm into meditating, so books on that. Any film by Lynch, especially Twin Peaks, everybody who likes Lynch loves Twin Peaks.

9. How would you describe the lyrical content of the music?

Brother Agony: Oh, it's really good. But the vocal sounds we make with the music are more important. The lyrics exist in the songs, you know mate? They aren't poems or like a book or something. The way we speak to you with everything we do is more important than any words.

Tom: Nathan seems to rant about getting people to do things and all religions, spiritual beliefs and similar discourses are the rot of the world. I like the songs about transvestites. 10. WHat is thr meaning behind the bands name?

Brother Agony: There is a really big eel, it is the Mother Eel. But what it means to other people is more important. Maybe we don't want to be branded in the same way everyone else is, because it's all about the sound, you know mate?

Tom: There's heaps on things about the Eel Mother. There's many ideas as to what it could mean, and we're happy to let people bring whatever thoughts they bring to the name as long as they are thinking. Also, it has to be female... I think.

11. How does your home country react to your musical sound?

Brother Agony: That's pretty funny mate. Really well though, i'd say, based on the people that have reacted. But they are a very small percentage of Australia. But also based on that stuff, and what I know, I think that it would be about 37%, which is pretty fucking good if you think about our music. I reckon we'll be playing the Big Day Out and other big summer music festivals down here within the next year or so, and probably appear on the ARIA Awards or something (that's pretty much the Australian version of some contrived and shit music award show night, you know, with some American "star" "hosting" the show). Now that I'm in the band we are really going places.

Tom: People keep saying things, generally positive. It means nothing though, we hardly get any of the other bands coming to shows, and they seem only to be interested if you're booking a show, so that they can get on it. We've got some hardcore fans, that are at every show, and they are great. We're not playing live much anymore because venues are dicks and so are a lot of the self interested local bands, we become friends with most of the fans and it feels dodgey to make them pay to just hang out. The country is fairly generic and derivative, so it doesn't really matter what they think, it matters what those overseas think, then they'll think that here. If our Polish, German, Southern and Northern American and Russian fans all start talking, we'd be sweet here.

12. Any final words?

Brother Agony: Sure, I just wanted to take this chance to talk about a bunch of stuff. Now video cameras, even if low quality, are pretty fucking common these days. I just don't know how the fuck people aren't recording all the time. And then you have to post all the good bits online asap. Think about it, most people see all kinds of good stuff, just not all the time. But if you video everything you look at, then when you do see that good thing, like someone getting really hurt doing something stupid, or a huge piece of plaster board falling off a skyscraper, well, then you'll have videod it and then I could watch that. All the things I want to see are out there, but some fucker wasn't videoing, or worse still, just didn't post it online!! All you fuckers out there that don't video are making me angry, so cheers for that! And those of you that do, and that don't post it online... well, mate.. what can I say?The other thing I wanted to say was about some other stuff mate. Don't forget to check out or new virtual 7" record available from Crypt Designers Guild, and you can download pretty much all our stuff there, plus stuff that our drummer (Guns McQueen [AJ]) does as Kontoh, and Ag's FCA band.And don't pick up a cat right after it's done a poo. Not a good idea.That's some wisdom for you all to take away. Tom: We're keen to do some splits with overseas bands, Nathan is always up for CD trades, our CDs should be on sale through us, contact us for a list and pricing. Feel free to make your own Mother Eel merch... well maybe you should contact us about that. The only other thing I can think of is to say that maybe things aren't as easy as you would think. 13. Thanks for the interview?

Brother Agony: No worries mate. All good. We just drink beers and knock down a bunch of bongs (nothing like the Bong King though) so it always good to keep the brain ticking over by having to write something or talk to some bloke mate, you know?

Tom: Thanks heaps for being interested. Good luck with all your future things.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Mother Eel/Supporting Involuntary Euthenasia/2006 CD Review

Mother Eel are a noise/improv/hardcore/grind band hailing from Australia and this is a review of their 2006 album "Supporting Involuntary Euthanasia".

Drums on this recording utilize some variety with some slow to mid paced beats with some ocassional blast beats, while the bass playing plays the role of a rythym bass and copies the riffs coming out of the guitars but on song 4 I heard a little bit of a bass lead.

Guitars on this cd are mostly slow hardcore type of riffs that contain alot of heaviness and some groove mixed with some noise influences that sound very distorted and the guitars speed up at times to create some fast riffs, and I did not hear any guitar leads.

Vocals are mostly hardcore yells that contain a death metal influence and there are some ocassional high pitched grindcore screams, while the lyrics seem to be about humorous topics.

Production on this recording sound more proffesional than the previous albums I reviewed and you can hear all of the instruments.

In my opinion this album is a good one but I  preffered the older ones which were alot more heavier and had a noisier sound, iother than that this is a good album for this style of music and I would recommend this album to fans of death metal influnenced hardcore.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Mother Eel/Short And Greasy Preview/CD-R Review

Mother Eel are a noise/improv/grind band hailing from Australia and this is a review of the Short and Greasy Preview.

Drums sound a little bit more professional on this recording and I can hear some progress from the previous cdr I reviewed and the drum beats rangs from to midpaced and then there are some fast blast beats, while the bass playing has a dark tone that usess alot of rythyms.

Guitars use alot of slow crushing riffs and then they speed up on some songs with no guitar leads being utilized, while the vocals are noise/grind high pitched screams, my cdr does not have any song titles but I assume the lyrics are meant to be humorous.

Production on this recording sounds a little bit more professional on this recording than the previous one but still has the raw and underground feel.

In my opinion this is a good ep and you can hear a little bit more progress, If yiou are a fan of noise/hardcore/grind you will not be disapointed. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Mother Eel/Why Do You Think/CD-R Review

Mother Eel are a band from Austrailia that plays a form of noisy improv grindcore and this is a review of their cdr "Why Do You Think".

Drums have a garage type feel to them with some blast beats mixed with alot of hard drum hits, while the bass playing utilizes a very dark and heavy tone.

Guitars sound really heavy and are mostly rythyms that use mostly power cords and also mix slow riffs with some fast ones as well to to get their point across.

Vocals when they are utilized are mostly high pitched noisecore screams while the song titles are very humorous and you can tell the band has alot of fun with there music.

Production on the cdr sounds raw almost homemade which is a good thing since alot of modern grindcore has professional production and seems boring compared to this band. In my opinion this band has some good ideas and they could one of these days be an influental band. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Dispepsiaa Interview

1. Can you give brief history of the band?

Rafael: Started in 2004. Released a demo cd-r called "Cadaveric", a split cd-r with WARSORE and we joined the v/a "An Old Fashioned Grindcore Assaul Vol. 2" cd...lots of line up changes. Broke up for 4 months in 2007. DISPEPSIAA nowadays is Ronaldo, Ivan and me.

2. How would your describe your sound to someone who has never heard you before?

Rafael: A collision between fast, agressive, dirty and raw music with Gaspar Noe's "Seul Contre Tous".

3. I notice when I listened to your music you seem to be in the old grindcore vein which is a good thing, what is your opinion of the new grindcore that is hardcore influenced and utilizes pig squels?

Rafael: Well..for me, grindcore WAS, IS AND ALWAYS WILL BE an extension of hardcore. Firstly, DISPEPSIAA is a hardcore band. These kind of new way to "grind" that we got nowadays..doesn't have nothing with hardcore. About that pig vocals and this new way of playing that it DOESN'T HAVE NOTHING IN COMMOM WITH GRINDCORE..that's not my thing.

4. What is the meaning bshind the bands name?

Rafael: DISPEPSIAA (we added one a in the band's name) means dyspepsia in english. It is a disorder of digestive function characterized by discomfort or heartburn or nausea. In our vision..that fits perfectly as the band is. Not digestable at all. The band's name idea came from our first singer Kid which is no longer in the band.

5. What releases have you put out so far?

Rafael: Check the first question about what we've released already. But very soon..we'll got some new stuff on hands that are a split 7" with VIOLENT GORGE on Bullshit Propaganda Records, a split 7" with SUBCUT on Rescued From Life Records, a collaboration with Eric Wood from BASTARD NOISE to a split 7" with WADGE on Filth Ear Records and a re-release of our first demo named "Cadaveric" on tape by Bringer Of Gore Tape Division.

6. How would you describe your musical progress over the years?

Rafael: Natural. We don't sound exacly as the first demo, but that doesn't mean that we sound totally different or something..we're the same band totally into oldschool grindcore that sounds a little bit different from when we started. Just a natural progress. And by the way, we really don't think about it.

7. What direction do you see the new material going into?

Rafael: As i told ya..we really don't think about it.

8. What are some of the best shows that you have played so far?

Rafael: The last gig wich was our first with the new singer was rad..the last one with the last singer too..have playing with KUOLEMA in in the end of 2005 has a special place in my heart too...mmmmm....those were the ones i remember.

9. Are there any plans for a U.S or European tour?

Rafael: Unfortunately not.

10. What are your main influences music wise or non music wise?

Rafael: Our main influences are old school grindcore/hardcore punk/noise/old school metal. The source of what was being labelized as grindcore in the end of 80's. Non music wise? Life itself.

11. What are you listening to nowadays and what are some good bands or releases that you would recommend?

Rafael: I listen to all kinds of stuff...from BLACK SABBATH to early SWANS..from MOTÖRHEAD to BRIGADA DO ÓDIO..from early VENOM to CORRUPTED..from early AC/DC to PATARENI...i like music that is played by the heart and that's quite enough for me. A band that i would TOTALLY recommend for those who love brutal stuff..DERANGED INSANE here from Brazil. If you're into grind/noisecore, that's the band! About a release...the split 7" between ARCHAGATHUS and DEATH TOLL 80K that was released by an italian label called Angernoise Rec..go get your fucking copy NOW!

12. Are there any good films or books that you would recommend?

Rafael: Together with music..cinema is a thing that really got me. Sometimes i wonder what would be of me if there weren't music and cinema. I like reading, but that is not a thing that i do everyday as listen to music or watch films. But i'd recommend "The Stranger" from Albert Camus, "Crime And Punishment" from Fiódor Dostoiévski, ANYTHING from Charles Bukowski, "A Short History Of Deacay" from Emil Cioran, anything from Franz Kafka..is a damn shame, but i'm too fucking lazy to read nowadays...even that i like to do it. Now about films...man, i could recommend "Almost Human" from Umberto Lenzi, "Der Todesking" from Jörg Buttgereit, "Ricco - The Mean Machine" from Tulio Demicheli, "The Great Silence" from Sergio Corbucci, "At Midnight I'll Take Your Soul" from José Mojica Marins", "The Big Racket" from Enzo G. Castellari, "Buio Omega" from Joe D'amato, "Dirty Harry" from Don Siegel, "The New York Ripper" from Lucio Fulci, "I Stand Alone" from Gaspar Noe, "The Good, The Bad And The Ugly" from Sergio Leone, "Cannibal Holocaust" from Ruggero Deodato, "Let Sleeping Corpses Lie" from Jorge Grau, "Deep Red" from Dario Argento...man...a huge list! I could write some films i love until the end of days.

13. How would you describe the grindcore scene in Brazil?

Rafael: Mmm..for me as i told ya before, grindcore is TOTALLY liked with hardcore..if you ask me about only grindcore bands, i'd tell you that ain't so big as LOTS of people who doesn't live here thinks that here we got tons of bands into grindcore and shit..that's no true. But..if you ask me about the hardcore scene as a whole...it is HUGE indeed. Like every part of the whole world..it has some good and bad things

.14. Any final words?


No.15. Thanks for the interview?

Rafel: Thank YOU!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Extreme Noise Terror/Holocaust In Your Head/Candlelight Records/2011 CD Re-Issue Review

   Extreme  Noise  Terror  are  a  band  from  England  and  are  one  of  the  original  crust/grind  bands  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  1989  album  "Holocaust  In Your Head"  which  was  re-issued  by  Candlelight  Records  during  the  year  of  2011.

  Drums  range  from  midpaced  to  fast  drumming  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  being  thrown  in,  while  the  bass  playing  has  a  very  strong  and  powerful  sound  with  riffs  that  combine  hardcore  punk  with  crust  and  grindcore.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  midpaced  to  fast  riffs  that  where  the  beginning  od  combining  crustcore  with  grindcore  and  hardcore  punk  and  there  are  little  to  no  guitar  solos  or  leads  present  on  the  recording.

  Vocals  are  a  mixture  of  deep  growls  and  high  pitched  grindcore/crust  screms,  while  the  lyrics  are  very  political  and  socially  aware,  as  for  the  production  it  had  a  very  heavy  and  brutal  sound  for  being  recorded   in  the  mid  80's  and  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments.

  In  mym  opinion  this  was  a  classic  album  from  Extreme  Noise  Terror  and  while  long  time  fans  might  already  have  this  album  I  would  recommend  the  re-issue  to  younger  people  that  would  be  interested  in  hearing  the  roots  of  crust  and  grindcore.  RECEMMONDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Statement"  "We  The  Helpless"  "Murder"  and  "Bullshit  Propaganda".  RECEMMONDED  BUY.


Thursday, August 11, 2011

Squash Bowles/Tyribal/Selfmadegod Records/2011 CD Re-Issue Review

  Squash  Bowles  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  plays  a  brutal  form  of  noise/gore/grindcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  album  which  was  originally  released  in  2000  and  re-issued  by  Selfmadegod  in  2011 .

  Drums  range  from  midpaced  to  fast  drumming  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  being  thrown  in,  while  the  bass  playing  sounds  very  strong  and  powerful  with  some  grinding  riffs  that  are  very  raw  and  primal.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  midpaced  to  fast  riffing  that  combines  gore/grindcore  with  some  very  primal  noisecore  and  some  crust  and  there  are  no  guitar  solos  or  leads  present  on  this  recording  only  the  most  primal  grindcore  there  is  with  some  weird  type  noise  distortions  and  sounds  being  thrown  in  at  times.

  Vocals  are  a  mixture  of  deep  grindcore  growls  and  high  pitched  noisecore  screams  with  only  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  passages  being  used  on  a  couple  of songs,  while  the  lyrics  cover  gore,  guts  and  death  and  even  though  they  only  have  the  song  number  listed  at  6  there  are  a  lot  more  than  that  with  alot  of  the  songs  being  a  minute  each,  as  for  the  production  it  sounds  very  raw,  primal  heavy  and  brutal.

  In  my  opinion  Squash  Bowles  are  a  very  good  noise/gore/grindcore  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  style,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECEMMONDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Strange  Minds"  and  "Bad  Sector".  RECEMMONDED  BUY.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Drogheda Interview

1.Can you give us a brief history of the band?

- operating under the name 'drogheda' actually started in late '92, although me and then drummer john had been playing for years up to that point, so the history of the band is quite a long one, but we have been pretty quiet these last few years...but thats about to change. weve played the milwaukee metalfest a few times back in the mid to late '90's(when it was still worth a shit) and shared the stage and hung out with a lot of cool bands.from '97 to '00, we put out quite a bit of music.those were the years when the band was operating at a high level.we were also running our own label, extremist records, at the time. we kinda slowed down a little in 2002, then in 2003, while we were booked to play the first maryland deathfest, john quit eight weeks before the show. we grabbed kevin, who was in the band riphead (and formerly of the band ton), to fill in, and it went great.after johns departure, i started my own label, eme, and we put out a split with riphead. we played shows anywhere we could and were just moving forward. however, the strain of being to two bands and having a fulltime job and a new family was taking its toll on kevin by that time and we parted ways with him. we then found nick through a mutual friend, and although he was very young, we tried him out and went with it. we played two pretty big shows with him, the ohio deathfest and the boston doom and grind fest. we never got to actually released anything with nick, as it too, fell apart. we gave it another shot with kevin for a brief time in 2006, but between work, family and just life in general, we just couldnt make it work. and we have been dormant ever since. however, we are poised to make a comeback here in the near future...stay tuned.

2.How would you describe your sound to someone who has never heard you before?
-sonic extremity!a school bus through a chipper shredder!haha! its just extreme music. very fast. grindcore, i guess, but ive seen what passes for grindcore these days, so im not so sure anymore...

3.What is the meaning behind the band's name?
-our first singer actually found the word.he claimed it was some cult/tribe that worshipped the moon and stars. i know its a town in ireland, too. its a cool word, so we went with it. we figured it was better than bloated corpse, ripping entrails or satanicablaspheria...haha! its kinda mysterious and leaves you room to operate...much more than the names i listed above.

4. What are some of the best shows that you have played and which crowds are the best or craziest?
-my favorite would be thanksgiving day in '97 in dayton ohio with brutal truth,immolation and cannibal corpse. obviously, the show was packed, but there is just nothing like watching football and having a turkey dinner with a guy named corspegrinder!our first year at the milwaukee metalfest was special, too. here we are, two small,hometown shows into our career, standing backstage with slayer and signing autographs for people. pretty overwhelming, to say the least. lots of great shows and times, but these stand out for sure.

5. Are there any plans for a U.S or European tour?
-nah, nothing like that right now. we are just looking to run our flag back up the pole, thats all.lets hope there are still a few people interested! haha.

6. How would you describe your musical progress over the years?
-in the beginning, it had a touch of industrial in the mix, then evolved with some deathy influence, then on to pretty much grindcore, although our sound and feel is just a little odd. weve always had that. id like to think that our sound is unique.

7. What releases have you put out so far and what labels were they released on?
-ok, here we go...these are the ones i know about, although i have found a few of our songs on splits that were never authorized...haha.

8. When can we expect new material?
-im hoping to get 1 or 2 songs out here fairly quickly, just to re-establish our existence. but as far as an actual release, we'll just have to see how it goes. the plan is to write and record as many tunes as we can, then see whats out there.

9. What are you listening to nowadays and what are some good bands or releases that you would recommend?-
not much really, to be honest with you. i liked some stuff i just recently discovered from shitstorm(florida). kill the client(who weve played with a couple of times) is really good. in my free time i generally listen to smooth jazz or sports talk. you have to understand, im an old guy now, so listening to blasting, grinding music all day doesnt happen anymore. but i still get in the mood and search for new bands now and again.

10. What are your main influences music wise or non music wise?
-guitar wise would be eddie van halen. no doubt about it. i guess i progressed normally as far as influences and inspiration goes. i loved kiss when i was 7-8 years old, then it crossed into black sabbath,ac/dc,motorhead,van halen,thin lizzy,ect..then in the mid '80's a friend of mine turned me on to metallica,anthrax,overkill and that whole scene. then in the late '89 he played a record from a band called napalm death for me. it had a profound influence,to say the least. from there the whole 'death' thing started creeping in. carcass, morbid angel, atheist, terrorizer ..a lot of the old earache stuff.all of these phases influenced me in some way. i was always looking for something more extreme.

11. What are some good books or films that you would recomend?
-not a reader or a movie buff. sorry. i mean, there are a few that i enjoy, but not that many. i watch sports,family guy, married...with children, and poker. thats about it. other than that, im working at my job or music.

12. Any final words?
-thanks for the intie! its been a long time, so you rebroke my cherry! haha. everyone keep your eye out for some pummeling grind in the near future.check the myspace site for updates and details. myspace.com/droghedagrindcore

13. Thanks for the interview?
thank you.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Bones Interview

1. Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?
Well since the release, we have been at a steady pace of playing shows, and working on new material.  Most recently we have been fumigating our jam spot.
2. How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the new album?
 Terrible, but but I like it!  It's heavier than shit, and smells a little better.
3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the new release explores?
Basically, we don't preach a message or have a lyrical cause, the lyrics are secondary to the music.  We don't take our lyrics seriously.  Topics include: Drinking, Alcoholism, Death, Horror, Scene pussies aka "Whimpsters", Satan, Chopping up chicks and eatin their pussy, getting burnt out and fucked up!  We don't have any real peramaters as far as lyrical ideas.  It's whatever we feel like writing about.
4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the bands name?
We wanted a simple name.  Not something you had to look up in a dictionary or even think about.  I mean it's like the band name Death.  Simple and to the point.  You don't think what inspired Chuck to call his band death? Or should I say, I don't think about that sort of thing.  It just sounds cool.  I think any inspiration we can attach to the name is that we're a bunch of older crusty dudes playin heavy music and we're in it for life.  We're not the kind of people who are going to put down our instruments some day and take up something else as a "hobby".  We will play until are crusty bones lock up and turn into dust!  Les Paul played every Friday or Saturday night in NYC until he died in his 90's.  I respect him for that and we're the same in that respect.  Even if this band stops, we will all play until death.  Everything else is secondary.
5. What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and how would you describe your stage performance?
So far they've all been good, but our last show playing for the release of Metallion's "Slayer Mag Diaries" Book was our most intense yet!  It was great to hang out with Metallion again and overall it was a great show cause all the bands not only killed but had their own sound, the place was packed, and I feel we totally destroyed that night!  
6. Do you have any touring plans for the new album?
The plan is if we can get there and it doesn't cost us then we would like to play there.  If you know anyone at the Slayer or Motorhead camps tell em we are ready! 
7.  Currently half the band was in Usurper what made you decide to break up that band and form a new one?
Well actually all three of us were in Usurper.  Without revealing all of the dirty laundry, The band at the time was going through a low point, and we had problems internally amongst ourselves.  Be it personal, professional, business, or substance, we were a dysfunctional burnt out mess at that point!  We did not decide to break up Usurper, Rick disbanded it on his own after we took roughly a two month hiatus.  He decided this himself and posted it on-line without telling us.  I officially found out after someone else called me who read it on line!  The next two years or so we all went our separate ways, but maintained some loose contact.  About two years after Usurpers demise, Jon, Joe and I started jammin here and there just for fun basically.  Get drunk and rock!  No pressure with touring or anything.  Joe was in a full time band, Jon was playin in two other bands, touring and recording, and I had been jammin and trying to fit into a bunch of local bands, which was cool to experience other writing personalities, but something was missing.  So then when the three of us all started jammin again, it was so natural, It just felt right and from there it just started to snowball into what we now call Bones!
8. On a worldwide level how has your music been received by extreme/underground metal fans?
I don't know yet. The release is fairly new, and the buzz is just starting to get around.  We aren't especially concerned with what other people think.  This band is not about them.  This band is about us.  Doing what we want, how we want, and when we want.  We could have shopped for a big label to do things for us and force it to the media, Then go on a big tour, but then that label would be pressuring us and really we just wanna fuck-in rock n roll man!
9. What direction do you see the music heading into on future releases?
Sideways, but with a futuristic retro vibe in a constantly spinning motion.
10. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced the sound of the new album and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Well we all love the standards like Slayer, Motorhead, Venom, Sabbath, Dio, Priest, and Maiden.  That's what we grew up on and made us the heavy metal degenerates that we are today!  All three of us listen to music that is not classified as metal, but we all find heavy in their own ways, and we channel it all into a metal form.  I think we have more classic rock influences than say brutal, grinding death metal, but it still comes out metal.  It's 3 people creating in a petri dish like a new disease, ready to fart our music on whoever is willing to smell!  As far as what I've been listening to, first off, the new Autopsy fuck-in rules!  Besides that, speaking for myself only, I've been listening to a lot of Satraini, John Lee Hooker, Van Halen, The Who, Django Reinhardt & various 50's and 60's rock.
11. What role does Occultism play in the music and how would you describe your views on this topic?
None.  We don't get into that shit.  We live in the real world, not imagination land.  We would rather write lyrics about things we can relate to, like a beer.  We all know a lot more about beer that satan!
12. Outside of music, what are some of your interests?
Guns, Alcohol, Big Tits, Meat searing on Barbecue grills, Fast Cars and Fast Women...  Uh, that's why my friends in my car club call me the cruiser!
13. Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?
Thanks for the interview, always great to shoot the shit.  Speaking of which...I GOTTA TAKE A SHIT!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Crypt Of The Zombilord/Interview

ELK – Guitar/Screams
BERGMAN – Drums/Growls

Can you tell us a little bit about the band for those that have never heard you before?

ELK – It’s an interesting story. The band “started” when several other bands, that I presume we were members of once were on an airplane together, and tragically it crashed into an unmapped chemical plant. We three were the only survivors yet at the same time we were not actually “alive” but according to doctors at the accident, medically dead. Scientists think we may have contracted an infection from the Solanum Virus which despite us being dead, somehow kept our bodies in motion, albeit with little motor skills and a lust for human flesh.

We were taken to a laboratory to be studied. In the early days our motor responses were few, only reacting to the first two Napalm Death albums played at high volume and beer. This was also the first sign of us communicating vocally as we shouted along to what they presumed to be the lyrics of the records. Since this music was the only thing we reacted to, as an experiment the scientist Dr S.Haig gave us instruments to see if we could remember how they were used, and his test worked – we could remember. And so he decided to record what we played to see if it resembled structured music.

Later down the road he has taught us how to communicate and react like regular living beings with some success.

How would you describe the musical sound that you went for on the 7 inch?

ELK – Our limited memories only seem to remember the bands we loved most when we were alive and at the start it was quite hard to play our instruments with the flesh rotting from our fingers and hands – luckily we felt no pain so were able to thrash out as we think we did before. I would say we most resemble an “old school” grindcore band with a a bit of stuff we love thrown in, crust punk, D-beat, thrash and black metal.

What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the seven inch explores?

ELK – We cover subjects that mattered to us when we were alive. The decline of human intelligence, the click-copy-paste ethics of modern day media, lies fed to us by the mainstream and of course our own experiences of being dead yet craving the fermented vegetable drink “beer”. Of course it’s always hard to know what we are singing about when we vocalise the way we do so our releases will include a lyric sheet in both English and Swedish (with the English translated to Swedish and vice versa)

What is the meaning and inspiration behind the bands name?

ELK – To be honest it was the one we laughed at so much that it just had to be awesome.

What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and how would you describe your stage performance?

Dr.Haig at the laboratory we our housed at has said that there is a risk that our infection may spread if we are released. So at the moment we are in quarantine for a while.

6. Do you have any touring plans?

ELK – I believe Dr.Haig wants to display us to the public in the future to see if he can draw any similarities between the reaction our music has on us and the general living public. I believe these displays that people like to call “gigs” or “shows” will be us playing to you, the living. I do not want to say this out loud but personally, although Dr.Haig has been working on a way to control our lust for human flesh via our music I would see it as an opportunity to get as many tasty human crushed as close to us as possible with the least risk of escape.

Are there any side projects besides this band or is this a full time line-up?

BERGMAN - I play drums in Banal Anal and do some pretty shitty songs by myself at home.

8. On a worldwide level how has your music been recieved by grind/crust fans?

ELK – So far the recorded sounds of our music has been kept locked away for public safety. It has been said that listening to us can cause the spread of a primal urge to feed on human flesh. Others say that somehow the Solanum Virus can travel aurally. The military want to test this theory but the doctors want to make sure it is safe for humans with no side effects first before letting out the recordings.

9. What direction do you see the music heading into on future releases?

ELK – We have actually started to write a few new tunes, it’s hard to say but I guess much of the same! We love what we love – there will be no “selling out” in the future, that’s safe to say!

10. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

ELK – Personally, Napalm Death, Carcass, Discharge, Darkthrone, Skitsystem for influnces on this recording. As for what I listen to right now, this week has been Winds Of Genocide, SNMS, Crom, Kafka and a lot of 80s/90s thrash (Kreator, Sepultura, Nuclear Assault).

BERGMAN - Influences - Napalm Death, Repulsion, Hellnation, Extreme Noise Terror, Disrupt, Agathocles, Arsedestroyer, Cripple Bastards etc...
Listening to nowadays - Pretty much everything. The last days it's been a lot of Ofermod, Funeral Mist, Macabre, Agoraphobic Nosebleed, George Jones and David Allan Coe.

11. Outside of music what are some of your interests?

ELK – Drinking beer, trying to educate myself, writing stuff.

BERGMAN - Playing tennis, golf, russian roulette and volleyball. Drinking 40 year old whiskey and blaming the kids that metalcore exists

12. Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?

BERGMAN - bam-bam-bam, oh-ah oh-ah

Crypt Of The Zombilord/2011 7 Inch Review

Crypt  Of  The  Zombilord  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  mixes  grindcore  with  crust/punk  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2011  7  Inch.

  Drums  range  from  midpaced  to  fast  drumming  with  some  blast  beats  being  thrown  in  at  times,  while  the  bass  playing  has  a  heavy  tone  with  some  grind/punk  style  riffing  and  they  soud  very  powerful  throughout  the  recording.

  Rhythm  guitars range  from  midpaced  to  fast  riffing  that  combines  influences  from  grindcore  crust/punk  and  thrash  metal   while  the  lead  guitars  when  they  are  distorted  are  distorted  sounding  thrash   metal  guitar  solos.

  Vocals  are  a  mixture  of  deep  death  metal  growls  and  high  pitched  grindcore  screams,  while  the  lyrics  cover  gore  and  hateful  themes,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  raw  and  heavy  feel  to  it.

  In  my  opinion  Crypt  Of  The  Zombilord  are  a  very  good  grind/crust/punk  band  and if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  style,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECEMMONDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Goverment  Shit"  and  "Into  The  Crypt".  RECEMMONDED  BUY.

Wojczech Interview

1. Can you update us with what is going on with the band these days?
H : We just came back from a 16 days tour with WEEKEND NACHOS which found its end in an insane show in Andy's house. The tour was awesome, we had so much fun with the NACHO-guys, they dig our special sense of humor.
Right just a couple of days before the tour started we finished our new fullength LP “Pulsus Letalis”. That was a shitload of work, pushed me to my boundaries and i had to start the tour kinda burnt out.
S: Indeed, all the years work has been focussed on getting the new lp out for the tour with weekend nachos, i was about to bring over to europe. spring saw 4 gigs with FUCK THE FACTS as well. Back home i am doing a DVD what will be next to put out. In the talks are split vinyls with italians INFERNO, englands KRUPSKAYA and polands SUFFERING MIND. All bands we run long friendships and shared tour memories with as well we’re in love with their sound.

2.How would you describe the musical style that you go for on the new album?
H: It gives me always a hard time to describe our musical style, because i dont think much about it...i would say its a mix between punk, thrash, hardcore, metal and grindcore. Lots of blastbeats with a plenty of black metal riffs. The musical style changed from the last album. The new one is faster, not so much midtempoparts anymore. Its more metal than “Sedimente”.
S: “PULSUS LETALIS” is more straightforward yet with complex riffing. And we sound more vintage actually.

3. What are some of the lyrical topics that you explore with the new release?
H: The Lyrics are about different things. Andys lyrics (songs like “Reduktion”, “Steinzeiten”) are mostly apocalyptic visions of the downfall of mankind or the destruction of the planet through environmental pollution, destructive exploitation of animals and natural resources. Andy wrote also the Lyrics of “Rausch”. They are about the over and over repeated process of getting stoned or drunk, about getting intoxicated with whatever to escape from reality.
Danilos Lyrics like from “67°48’0’’N 12°50’0’’O” and “Izotope” are about things which can happen if somebodys mind explodes under the pressure caused by inner struggles or stupid allday life, boredom, social restrictions, lack of acceptance and love.
“Zitat”and “Weltenfresser” are excerpts Stephan picked from i dont know where. Stephan wrote also the lyrics for “Public Viewing”, its a misanthropic view on the behaviour of soccerfans during the worldchampionship. He works in a place, where it was possible to watch the games in public but around this there were events with sidedocumentations which offered a more critical view on what was going on in southafrica beside all the sensational bullshit. You could see and gather information, how the country and their citizens were fucked over by the FIFA.
“Pulsus Letalis” is a bit difficult to describe, roughly spoken it describes a moment, the fraction of the second, when you realize, that you fucked it up, for example the second befor you crash your car into a concrete wall, or the moment, the fright or the horror in which you recognize that you DON’T strike it lucky this time.
“Maggots in your Coffin” is a cover from REPULSION, i think it does’nt need any explanations ;) .

4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the band's name?
H: I wonder how many times we were asked about our name. There is no special sense behind this stupid name. Its just a polish name, we picked it up once upon a time for lack of better ideas. It was kind of a joke we used to make these times, calling each other “Wojczech” with the hardest polish accent possible because we consider it funny. It’s always funny when people who are not familiar with slavinoc tongue try to pronounce it.

5. What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and how would you describe your stage performance?
H: There were a couple of really good shows we played over the years. Right now the fresh impressions from the tour with WEEKEND NACHOS are pretty strong. The last show in andys house was crazy, as i said before. The shows in czech and slovakia are always awesome – nice people, well organized, very attentive audience, good food, ridiculously cheap beer, which tastes better than any other beer. We also had very impressive, intense shows in brazil, indonesia, the US...it would go beyond the scope to tell about this all.
S: Its been so hard to tell over all the years. This band had its best shows ALWAYS far abroad from being home. So its been out of the usual game, our both this years hometown shows kicked in so heavy.We ve been before very chaotic soundwise but pro action stagewise. We got more old, fat and caring about tone and gear actually while playing. Progression?
And we got to say we are none of a festival band. we love the aura of small places with no excessive amplification but face to face crowd. we love to play our backline, having a trust on our tone and no triggered metal drums.

6. What are the touring plans for the new release?
H: We finished a 16 days tour some days ago. Maybe there are a couple of particular shows this year, but we didnt made any solid plans for the next tour.

7. Currently you are signed to SelfMadeGodRecords, how would you describe the support that you have gotten from this label so far?
H: i would’nt say we are signed to SELFMADE GOD RECORDS. Karol seems to like us and he put out the CD-Releases of “Sedimente” and “Pulsus Letalis”. The support we get from Karol is very good. He does all the promotional work. We sent him the Recordings and the artwork, he assembled it for the CD. He sends promocopies to webzines and musicmagazines for reviews, sent us freecopies from the CD...to make it short : we are very satisfied with the support from SELFMADE GOD.
S: Its over the top solid work with Karol. The term “signing” can be left out here and replaced with a handshake for true cooperation in common. Karol did both of the cd versions (SEDIMENTE & PULSUS LETALIS). The vinyl is done by me (SENSITIVE WORMRILE), our great pals sven& sandro RSR Records and Ralph HAUNTED HOTEL for the States Distribution.

8. Are there any current side projects besides this band or is this a full time group?
H: Stephan plays Guitar in “Bad Luck Rides On Wheels”, Danilo is doing vocals in “Entrails Massacre”, Andy plays bass in “WHO’S MY SAVIOUR”, i play drums in “ELLEN SCHNEIDER” and try to help Andy out in “WHO’S MY SAVIOUR” since Pierre, the former drmmer quit.

9. How has your music been recieved so far by crust/grind/death fans worldwide?
H: I don’t know...some like it , some of them alot, since Karol from SELFMADE GOD does all this the promotional work for us we got more response.
S: We are an old band that went along all the time with a strong DIY mindset. All this subgenres and labelisations of certain styles we re no part of. Not for the sake of any anti kind of thing. We re just do not fit in one. Its alright we do not take things too serious about that. What always will count for us is live energy and the concrete practice of escape from daily gore with a half of an hour of manic structured assault.

10. How would you describe your musical progress over the years and what direction do you see the music heading into on future releases?
H: The songs became more serious, musically and lyrically. We became a bit better on our instruments, the songwriting is much more detailed. The music changes all the time, influenced by what sorrounds us, the experiences we make, the music we are listen to, our personal moods. I can’t say how our songs will sound in acouple of years or next week. We write the songs like it suits our plans in the moment.
S: its quite progressive. we are tryin to push the boundaries of intensity from point zero out of every jam situation. No songs are written upfront. Its all agreed and bent over jamming.

11. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
H: Actually i can’t tell which bands have influenced the music we make, for sure there are a lot of bands which influence us but i cant pick out a single one. Its a mix of ‘em all. I think you can here that in our songs. Also i feel more influenced by other drummers like for example Derek Roddy (he is my hero).
Nowadays i like a lot of Bands, too many to count. Its too much different stuff, it wouldnt make sense to list them. Right now while i answer these interviewquestions i listen to the records i bought on tour which are: Grails, Heirs, Celeste, Melvins, Avenger...
S: If to speak for grind its atrocity (US), Discordance Axis and Assück. i am done with my ears when i come home, so i require music with no concrete information. but a good powerviolence “7 for breakfast.

12. Outside of music what are some of your interests?
H: I like whisky, watching movies, hanging out with friends, i like to do graphical stuff on the computer, i love comics... at this time i have a weakness for HiFi Speakers, unfortunately i am always short on money....
S: I put on shows, cut videos and got no time left for other than music and its media interests. If i would have i would run a small garden as i love to cook and prepare food as method of relaxation.

13. Any final words or thoughts before we close this interview?

Wojczech/Pulsis Letails/Selfmadegod Records/2010 CD Review

Wojczech are a band from Germany that plays a brutal form of crust/grind/death metal and this is a review of their 2010 album "Pulsis Letails" which was released by SelfMadeGod Records.

Drums alternate between midpaced to fast playing with alot of brutal blast beats, while the bass playing follows the riffs that are coming out of the guitars and at times they sound powerful.

Rhythm guitars are mostly midpaced to fast riffs that combine crust, grindcore and death metal and there are no guitar leads or solos present on this recording.

Vocals are mostly high pitched crust/grind screams mixed with some deep death metal growls, while the lyrics touch on personal issues, sarcasm, and environmental themes, as for the production it has a very raw and heavy sound.

In my opinion Wojczech are a very good crust/grind/death metal band that should appeal to all fans of this genre. RECEMMONDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Battlestar" "Reduktion" "Maggots In Your Coffin" and "Izotpoe". RECEMMONDED BUY.

Soil Of Ignorance/Wadge/Give Praise Records/2011 7 Inch Review

This  is  a  review  of  a  split  7  inch  between  2  bands  from  Canada  Soil  Of  Ignorance  and  Wadge  which  was  released  by  Give  Praise  Records,  and  we  will  start  of  the  review  of  Soil  Of  Ignorance  that  plays  a  power  violence  style  of  crust/grind.

  Drums  range  from  slow,  midpaced  to  fast  drumming  with  a  good  amount  of  blast  beats,  while  the  bass  playing  sounds  very  strong  and  distorted  with  ome  grinding  riffing.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow,  midpaced  to  fast  power  violence  crust/grind  riffs  and  there  are  no   guitar  solos  or  leads  present.

  Vocals  are  mostly  power  violence  crust/grind  growls  and  shouts,  while  the lyrics  are  very  hateful,  as  for  the  production  it  sounds  very  powerful  and  heavy.

  In  my  opinion  Soil  Of  Ignorance  are  a  very  good  power  violence  crust/grind  band,  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  style,  you  should  check  out  this  band.

  Now  we  will  review  Wadge  that  plays  a  brutal  form  of  crust/grind  with  a  thrashy  edge.

  Drums  range  from  midpaced  to  fast  drumming  with  a  good  amount  of  blast  beats,  while  the  bass  aplying  is  mixed  down  low  in  the  mix  ad  seems  to  follow  the  riffing  that  is  coming  out  of  the  guitars.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  midpaced  to  fast  riffs  that  combine  crust/grind  with  punk  and  thrash,  while  the  lead  guitars  are  very  distorted  sounding  guitar  solos.

  Vocals  are  crust/grind  style  growls  that  have  a  thrash  edge  to  them  with  some  samples  being  used  on  sme  songs,  while  the  lyrics  are  very  hateful, a s  for  the  production  it  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy.

  In  my  opinion  Wadge  are  a  very  good  crust/grind  band  with  the  best  music  on  this  split  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  style,  you  should  check  out  this  band.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  great  7  inch  that  every  fan  of  crust/grind  should  own.  RECDEMMONDED  BUY.

Backslider/Nimbus Terrifix/Give Praise Records/2011 7 Inch Review

  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  7  inch  between  2  bands  from  Philladelphia  Backslider  an  Nimbus  Terrifix  which  was  released  by  Give  Praise  Records,  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Backslider  who  plays  a  style  I  would  describe  as  being  Power  Violence  crust/grind.

  Drums  range  from  slow,  midpaced  to  fast  drumming  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats,  while  the  bass  playing  is mixed  down  low  in  the  mix  and  seems  to  follow  the  riffing  that  is  coming  out  of  the  guitars.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow,  midpaced  to  fast  riffs  that  combine  influences  from  powerviolence  and  crust/grind  with  a  doomy  edge,  and  there  are  no  guitar  solos  or  leads  present.

  Vocals  are  mostly  power  vioelnce  style  yells  and  growls,  while  he  lyrics  are  hateful,  as  for  the  production  it  is  very  heavy  and  brutal  sounding.

  In  my  opinion  Backslider  are  a  very  good  powerviolence  crust/grind  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  tyle  you  should  check  out  this  band.

  Now  we  wil  review  Nimbus  Terrifix  that  plays  a  style  that  I  would  describe  as  being  brutal  power  violence  crust/grind.

  Drums  range  from  slow,  midpaced  to  fast  drumming  with  a  good  amount  of  blast  beats,  while  the  bass  playing  sounds  very  distorted  with  some  grinding  riffs.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow,  midpaced  to  fast  powerviolence  crust/grind  riffs  and  there  are  no lead  guitars  or  solos  present.

  Vocals  are  all  high  pitched  crust/grind  screams,  while  the  lyrics  are  very  hateful,  as  for  the  production  it  sounds  very  heavy  and  brutal.

  In  my  opinion  Nimbus  Terrifix  are  a  very  good  pwerviolenced crust/grind  band  with  the  best  music  on  this  split,  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  style ,  you  should  check  out  this  band.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  great  7  inch  and  fans  of  crust/grind  should  add  this  to  their  collection.  RECEMMONDED  BUY.

Alpinist/ Licht Arm Minus Mensch/Southern Lord Records/2011 CD Review

Alpinist  are  a  band  from  Munich,  Germany  that  plays  a  Power  Violence  style  of  crust  punk/grindcore  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2011  album  "Licht Arm  Minus  Mensch"  which  will  be  released  by  Southern  Lord  Records.

  Drums  range  from  slow,  midpaced  o  fast  drumming  with  alot  of  brutal  blast  beats  being  thrown  in  at  times,  while  the  bass  playing  has  a  very  powerful  tone  with  a  great  amount  of  brutal  grind/punk  riffs.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow,  midpaced  to  fast  riffs  that  combine  influences  from  power  violence,  grindcore,  crust/punk  and  noise  rock  with  a  great  amount  of  distortion,  while  the lead  guitars  are  very  chaotic  and  noisy  guitar  solo  that  also  have  a  great  amount  of  melody  being  thrown  in  at  times,  as  for  the  accoustic  guitars  when  they  are  utilized  they  use  full  chords  to  add  a  darker  dimension  to  the  music.

  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  crust/grind  screams  with  some  hardcore  style  shouts  being  thrown  in  at  times,  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  both  English  and  German  and  cover  themes  such  as  hatred,  racism,  bigotry  and  homophobia,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  heavy,   powerful  and  raw  sound  to  it  while  still  being  professional  enough  to  the  point  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments.

  In  my  opinion  Alpinist  are  a  very  original  crust  punk/grind  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  style,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECEMMONDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Dlibarete"  "The  Cursed  World-Open  Minded"  "Nighttime  Poet  Daytime  Dead"  and  "This  Song  Will  Not  Save  Your  Life".  RECEMMONDED  BUY

Drugs Of Faith/Corroded/Selfmadegod Records/2011 CD Review

Drugs Of Faith are a band from Virginia that mixes Power Violence, grindcore and crust punk together and this is a review of their 2011 album "Corroded" which was released by Selfmadegod Records.

Drms range from midpaced to fast with alot of brutal blast beats, while the bass playing sounds very heavy with alot of grindy riffing that sounds very brutal.

Rhythm guitars range from midpaced to fast riffs that combine grindcore nd crust/punk together with alot of distorted sounding riffs as for the lead guitars when they are utilized they sound very didtorted without going into a guitar solo and they are only used briefly.

Vocals are mostly hardcore style yells with some growls being thrown in at times, while the lyrics cover political, hateful and everyday style themes, as for the production it sounds very heavy and professional with all of the musical instruments having a very brutal sound.

In my opinion Drugs Of faith are a very good Power Violence/grindcore/crust punk band and if you are a fan of this style, you should check ou this band. RECEMMONDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Grayed Out" "Race To The End" "No We Cant" and "Farewell Kiss". RECEMMONDED BUY.

Godstomper Interview

1. Can you give us a brief history of the band?

Paul- Godstomper formed in 1991 when brothers Paul and Danny wanted to play fast noise grindcore like Napalm Death and Doom but couldn't find a guitarist whose wasn't a douchebag and so they kept it
as bass and drums because Paul can't play guitar at all. Then they went into hiatus and came back in 1996 playing some weird
blend of Spazz influenced powerviolence mixed with shoegazer doom rock.

2. How would you dsecribe your sound to someone who has never heard you

P- Spazz with just bass and drums . Or just noise.

3. What is the meaning behind the band's name?

P- Destroying authority , false people , religion , politics.

4. I have noticed that you have never had a guitar player in the band,
is it always going to remain that way?

P- Yes because most guitar players get sick of playing with us because
we aren't a platform for them to become huge rock stars.

5. What releases have you put out so far?
P- we ahave about 50 records , cd's, tapes in total .

6. How would you describe the musical progress over the years?

P- We have progressed very slowly because still play our song list from
13 years ago and have only attempted to play new songs live but on
recordings we made attempts to try other forms of experimentation most notably techno and noise but thats our background that we come from
but just mixing it into the hardcore punk scene.

7. How would you describe the lyrical content of the music?

P- personal songs about my life , anthems , rants , and protests but its all cryptic and vague .

8. What are some of the best shows that you have played so far?

P- Too many to mention but probably a show in a basement in New Mexico .

9. Are there any touring plans?

P- not right now since my brother is having another child.

10. What are your main influences music wise or non music wise?

P- I like college radio music since they play everything from grindcore
to experimental weird shit to soft pop shit so everything for me is a
influence . I like black and white photos ,old buildings., punk rock .

11. What are you listening to nowadays and what are some good bands or
releases that you would recommend?

P- I listen to alot of demos , like Assworship, C.U.N.T, Tea Party
Violence , Xanax Feast , Eating machine , Syntax . Bands I'd recommend
are Loaded for Bear , Bizarre X , Lake effect , Strains of the
Apocalypse ,Botox , Ninja Academy , Gone to Croatan , We be the Echo , The
Thermals,Thousands will Die , Bad Touch .

12. Are there any films or books that you would recommend?

P- The Devil and Daniel Johnston , Rubbers Lover , Meatball Machine , Blow , Goodfellas , Taxi Driver , Great rockn roll Swindle , Dirty Harry
, Children of men , Roller Ball, Vanishing Point .

13. How would you describe the power violence/crust/grind scene in your
home state?

P- Its active , smaller now than it was in the 90's which is cool ,
theres alot of new bands and older bands still playing like Phobia , and
new ones or current ones like Indisgust , What Shame , Intestinal
Infection ,Assworship, C.U.N.T, Bastard ass, Voetsek , Stormcrow , War Trash ,
Brain Oil, Suffering Luna and many many more but I think its hard for
bands to find venues , get financing for tours , recording, etc..

14. Any final words?

Thank you for the interview , support d.i.y and each other.

15. Thanks for the interview?

Apeshit Interview

1. Can you give us a brief history of the band?
We formed in 2005. Partly a product of being bored with the bands saw, and there being such a small scene for the music that ¡Apeshit! would go on to create, so we really wanted to do something ourselves. We are all originally from Richmond, VA, and were aware of each other’s bands there, but really became friends in New York. Richmond has a great DIY scene with lots of bands doing really creative and ambitious things, and we were used to that. To us, it felt at the time that this wasn’t happening in New York, what we were used participating in, so it was easy for us to step in and fill that void.

2. How would you describe your sound to someone who has never heard you before?
This is always the answer that changes constantly, isn’t it? Spastic, thrashy, grindcore punk that is reminiscent of the energy of early eighties eastcoast hardcore bands. We feel that we bring a newly evolved set of elements to each sub-genre that has developed since then, and we touch on our enthusiasm for them. Our individual influences vary from every spectrum of the scale, from Kurasawa soundtracks and world music to three chord punk songs and blinding fast death metal. Early on we got compared to a lot of 90’s SD bands, and in some way there is a connection sonically.

3. What is the meaning behind the band's name?
We had a lot of different names, ¡Apeshit! just simply fit. There were so many bands with exclamation points at the time, why not have Spanish exclamation points?! It's really about the live show, the experience of that, and we think it exemplifies that notion of excitement that we feel.

4.What releases have you put out so far?
When we first formed, we put out a self-titled demo of 13 tracks in both CD and cassette. Two years ago, we released a split 12" with an amazing band called Tiger Shark on Molsook Records. Chimp Attack! from Ohio is releasing our side of that record on cassette as well...releasing this June. Side A plays forward, and Side B is mastered backward, so the tape only plays in a single direction. Our new release is a 7 song 7" coming out on Mother Chorizo Records this June, which we are supporting with a West Coast tour.

5. How would you describe the musical progress over the years?
We write to a point where the songs make sense to us, sometimes it’s a direct route; others are more of a journey. It’s always been an aggressive band, now things are clearer for us yet getting more complicated and uncanny…where as it used to be more of a cathartic experience. The songs manifest in a way that capitalize on our previous work; we tend to write in batches and try to manipulate and shape them according to how they sound as or in a set. There are no real goals or expectations, just persistence and movement. This band consistently works in the present, and we judge our progress by pushing each other, listening for what we haven’t heard.

6. How would you describe the lyrical content of the music?
They are weird metaphorical conversations, that come off pretty abstract on paper...and live you can't understand anything, so it all kind of makes sense within itself as a component to the music. They are about chopping away at something, something that deems control or power.

7. What direction do you see the band moving into during the future?
Definitely acting. We have a pitch for three movies involving the band in unusual comic situations, like ¡Apeshit! at Cheerleading Camp, ¡Apeshit! Gets a Desk Job, and ¡Apeshit! in Afghanistan. Other than that we’ll just keep writing and playing as much as possible, that’s very important to us.

8. What are some of the best live shows that you have played?
It’s crazy, when we first started playing there were staple venues to play in the city, and some smaller satellite places in Brooklyn and Queens. Now there are so many venues in Brooklyn, and the city is pretty dead right now. Although there are some places making it cool again like Santo’s, but there has been an explosion of possibilities mainly in the Bushwick, W-Burg, and Greenpoint areas like Dead Herring, The Charleston, DBA, Lost & Found, and tons of other lofts, warehouses, and basements; there are too many to list. Richmond and DC are always favorites of ours, and we have grown really affectionate to Charleston SC. We tour every year, we were in the mid-west for about a month last year, and have been to Europe, which is an experience every band should look to do. It is very passionate there and really rewarding. It’s hard to say what constitutes a good show, each audience activates with us so differently depending on the town or venue. We have played some small shows where kids have gone fucking crazy as well as larger venues and festivals with thousands of attendants. Some times a Brooklyn bar, Richmond basement, or Charleston house can be more intense than a well promoted arts space or festival, and those really are our favorite gigs. We are on the floor, it’s hot as fuck and louder than hell, and you can’t see shit. We’re in the middle of the crowd, in the middle of chaos, with people flying overhead. The Whitney gig is always a funny story, but the real shout-out has to go to Skatopia. Those boys are fucking maniacs!

9. Are there any touring plans?
This June we will be on the West Coast from June 16th-28th w/ Litany for the Whale.
We like to do short tours around the NY tri-state area. 3 day weekends down South, 4 days North...those types of tours. Its great to get out of the city when we can.

10. What are your main influences music wise or non-music wise?
There are so many, it’s hard to list. In this particular genre we’re trying to breathe the life back into this type of music, giving it a fresher course and expanding on it. We feel this type of music has taken too many steps backward and we want to evolve on it and move forward. Bands that have become popular in this genre are simply biting old material; who is bringing anything new to the table?

11. What are you listening to nowadays and what are some bands or releases that you would recommend?
Brainworms, Failures, Antilles, Straight No Chaser, Uber, SnackTruck, TigerShark, LFTW, Pygmylush, Dead Milkmen, Modern Creatures, Gull, Pink Razors, Hail Hydra, TurboSlut, Ultra Dolphins, Rapeman, Spires, Des Ark, Towers, Capsule

12. What are some good films or books that you would recommend?
As a band we would say everyone should watch the Metallica documentary, "Some Kind of Monster." It is like Spinal Tap for real. Fucking hilarious.

13. How does your home state react to your music?
There isn’t really any state recognition that we are aware of, we haven’t played any upstate shows as much as we would like to. We consider ourselves strictly a Brooklyn NY band. It has taken close to 4 years to get the recognition we were looking for in NYC... for the first couple of years most audiences looked at us in shock and bewilderment. We were definitely not part of the mainstream scene at the time, and so there was not much participation, or it was very wary anyway, until near the end of the set when they got it and the confusion was over. But for the last year or two our audience has become more engaged and people feel more free to dance and let loose, which is what it is all about and what we set out to achieve originally. People have become more familiar with what we do and the small, but dedicated, crowd seems to thoroughly enjoy it. The name is also more familiar around town. There is a considerable increase of people who have heard us, or at least heard of, or about us; it is a very easy name to catch onto, which works to our advantage. But we haven’t been asked to play the state fair or anything, that’s not the blue ribbon most frequently offered to us.

14. Any final words?
No, not really. We are a gigging band and that’s our passion. We write and work for the show. So if you want to book us, we will come to your town.
15. Thanks for the interview?
Thank you!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Goreaphobia Interview

1. Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?
We're getting ready to release our second full-length album "Apocalyptic Necromancy" and play a festival out in Los Angeles CA with Autopsy on August 27th. We're already writing new music for a third album. So far, there's been a really good response towards the new album. We're working with Dark Descent Records now and Earsplit is doing publications for us, and we're very pleased to be working with them both. No more bad business and no more bad people involved, so things are progressing for a much more positive future.

2. How would you describe the musical sound of the new album and how it differs from previous releases?
I think this album is more refined and vastly explored in all forms of extreme heavy metal music. And unlike our debut, "Mortal Repulsion", this album is an occult based conceptual opus.

3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the new album explores?
It would be in the 2 years passed since "Mortal Repulsion", I've spent alot more time doing what I enjoy in my personal life. Which is occult practice and theory, a retrograde into all the things I've learned in the last 20 years. Rethinking everything from aggressive, pure, dark, emotional energy. This is how I see the world, the people in it, and the violent interaction and discontent within the human race. Spending those 2 years going back to the process of sigil magic, talismanic magic, magic squares, elemental divination, qliphothic practices, voudon gnostics and any known ancient culture's practice in communing with the dead and the lasting effect it has on the human psyche. Animal totems, shape-shifting, astral-projection, consumption of blood and human flesh. I'm basically taking everything I've mentioned and reintroducing it into society this day and age. I think of these things in these stages, which all leads to the inevitable belief I have that the human race is parasitic and the end result of this is the success of the universe will be the extinction of human influence. The rest is for other people to decide what they get out of the lyrics. The greatest part I've learned about magic and the focus, purpose, and energy that it presents is that it can always let an individual re-invent themselves through other eyes living and dead.

4. I noticed that when I listen to your new material the music seems much more darker and occultic than the stuff I heard in the 90's and I know that most of the members where in black metal bands for the last 15 years did their previous bands have any influence on the new sound of Goreaphobia?
My attitude towards playing extreme and aggressive occult heavy metal music has never changed. I carried that aspect into creating Blood Storm which is still active, and I carry that into Goreaphobia. It's who I am and what I know. I can't really speak for anyone else involved though. We've been the same people at the core in how we like to play aggressive heavy metal music. All four of us feed off of each other and inspire one another.

5. What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and how would you describe your stage performance?
Personally, my favorite shows have always happened in Texas. From Houston to El Paso, they were all great. As far as out stage perfornce goes it's 1000% high energy, pure occult heavy metal nihilism.

6. Do you have any touring plans for the new release?
There's always plans and there's always talk but there's nothing put together to speak about at the moment unfortunately. Of course we want to tour for this album.

7. What is going on with the other projects these days?
Again, I can only speak for myself by saying Blood Storm is still alive and well, we still have an album to make. Everything is written, it just needs to be recorded. Alex plays in Incantation. Jim is a session player a few other bands and travels a bit. VJS does Tenebrous and sessions for Nightbringer.

8. On a worldwide level how has your new album been received by death metal fans?
It hasn't been officially released yet, so it's a little premature to say. A handful of people have done some online reviews and all the responses have been great. The album has been recieved with great enthusiasm and fans are enjoying the new songs (that are up on the Decibel and Earsplit websites) a bit more than Mortal Repulsion.

9. What direction do you see the music heading into on future releases?

Basically the same direction that we're heading now. Utilizing the best attributes of heavy metal music at it's darkest, most raw, pure form of energy. Musical influences will always be present and adapted into our vision.

10. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced the new album and also what are you listening to nowadays?
What I've been influenced by and listening to are the same things, and again I can only speak for myself. it's always Motorhead, Krokus, Razor, Venom, ACDC (Bon Scott years), Acid, Voivod, Whiplash, Hellhammer, Picture, Girlschool, Necrovore, Repulsion, Nocturnus, Celtic Frost, Samhain (from Holland), Joan Jett, The Who and Rush for me. There's always more though! A fact for myself, over the past year I've been deeply inspired by The Who's "Quadrophenia" album.

11. What are some of the forms of Occultism or Magick that have influenced the songwriting of the new material, I can actually see a lot of it in the music?
An occult process based on my theory, practice, and belief of what I call "The Nine Stages of Kor Necromancy" which is something that didn't come from any book, teaching, or articles. It came from my own emotions and mental energy working on an occult operation through abstinence from everyone else's influence. The title sums up all of the songs and the best, well-rounded title for the concept musically. Aggressive, raw, pure and to the point. I started testing myself with alot of theories based on pioneering occult practioners and writers in my own view of what's important. I think when everything is explored, if you are interested in it when you come out the other end, no matter what the outcome or result, you take the time and focus, the spiritual energy involved to pursue it, you should always find enlightenment. Black or white magic, dark or light, for me it's all one color, silver. Breaking yourself down to a primal lone existence of what's considered non-being and rediscovering yourself, and from that you rebuild yourself. You create your own magical universe, which I think of as freewill. Here's a magical quote that I like to say, taken from one of Kenneth Grant's books:"Every man and woman is a newborn star in the universe to shine, to glow, to give enlightenment of your own light. Be free in the darkness of the universe and explore with light." I could go on forever, but I won't. As I was told from my occult advisor back in 1990, one of the best arts of the occult is to explore everything with no rules, under no one's total influence, discover everything by your own freewill. Never copy everything. Rethink, relearn. Your results are always rewarded when you do things as a sole individual in the magical universe. No one person can ever have the same result as another. Explore and enjoy it. Watch what you come up with.

12. Outside of music what are some of your interests?
I'm a very religious Marvel comics fan, so I love reading and collecting comics and graphic novels. I love watching my old cartoons and Three Stooges. I love playing with my cats, they're very important to me. I love martial arts and have studied Tai Chi. I love reading occult books and band biographies as well. I am very insterested in astronomy too. I happily support Big Cat Rescue in Florida. I also like spending alot of quality time with my trusted love in life.

13. Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?
I appreciate every serious heavy metal maniac tyrant out there that has helped and supported in any way to Goreaphobia and that we're still here more than 20 years later. You are all a part of this music. Thank you for still being here. Zos Kia Cultus!