Monday, September 1, 2014

Majster Kat Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?
Hi brother, currently we are finishing work on the official video clip for one song from this new album and waiting for LP release of Memento...
Meantime we are receiving a lot of positive reviews and I spend time to meet new people from various zines and web portals and provide them interviews. So nice to meet you, my friend ;).

2.In March you had released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
In comparison with our first album (called “Svätá Zvrhlosť”) is „Memento...“ quite slower, but there is still our feeling. There are different songs, but from my point of view, it is still music defined Majster Kat’s production. Maybe a really significant difference is in the vocal style. Slymak is not singing so high on the new album.

3.This was the first album to be released in 7 years, can you tell us a little bit more about the long gap?
So it was really a long way and in final we are really happy and especially fully satisfied, that after 7 years we got this album out. Sometimes it was a terrible nightmare, if some band member applied new changes and ideas, which always caused other delay of release. However at the end, all of these implementations were great and personally I am glad for them. The majority of instruments, except of drums, were recorded in our new studio, founded by our guitar player Lukáš and it took as well a much time to learn how to record tracks correctly.

4.The lyrics cover inquisition and anti war themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?
Personally I like war movies & documents, but I can’t consider my person as a fanatic in this topic. All lyrics are written by our singer and he is more deeply involved into war & especially inquisition facts.

5.I know that the band name means Master hangman in English, what was the decision behind using it as a band name?
So, it’s a quite funny, because I have to explain my mistake made in some interviews, where I use incorrect translation of our name. So advise for everybody,  don’t try to translate your band’s name if you was drunk one day before, hehe J. But back to question. Correct translation of Majster Kat is Master Executioner.  Inspiration for this name was old Slovak movie with same name and also this name is very useful for inquisition lyrics.

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
We got two perfect gigs in Poland , in 2008 in Bielsko Biala and 2011 in Katowice. Both of them were absolutely amazing. Perfect service from promoter, wonderful clubs, beautiful chicks everywhere and at the end, excellent fucking support from Polish fans. People made killing atmosphere and what we were really surprised, they sang our lyrics. They totally kicked our asses.
Something about our stage performance. From my perspective it is quite boring & sad. No girls dancing on the edge of stage. J

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Unfortunately no at this time. We are looking for new opportunities.

8.The album was released on Support Underground, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
This is a new and small underground label founded especially for our band. Maybe in future they will cover more bands, but at this time we are the only one under this label. And this is a great advantage for us, because we have a really good and friendly relationship with guys from Support Underground.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of thrash metal?
Till now we receive only positive feedback, but you know, we are not playing classic thrash metal so sometime people are confused from our style. Especially our production requires more time of listening.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Our ambition is only continue in this hobby. We like music, metal music, thrash metal music. So I hope we will still play same shit as till now J

11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Each member from our band listens different music, but all of us respect classic legends from each rock & metal subgenre.
In nowadays I like the majority of young bands playing old school heavy or thrash metal. But absolute top for me is Cauldron. I really love this band. Other highlight is for example the last album from Warbringer. There is a nice combination of thrash metal and musical experiments which works together perfectly.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
Learning new sexual techniques J … no just, kidding. The biggest hobby is my family. … and then new sexual techniques, hehe J

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Friends, do safe sex and ensure multiple orgasms!
Thank you very much for your questions and place for this interview. And see you in some gig with beers in our hands ;) .

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Apostle Of Solitude/Of Woe And Wounds/Cruz del Sur Music/2014 CD Review


  Apostle  Of  Solitude  are  a  band  from  Indiana  that  plays  a  very  traditional  form  of  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Of  Woe  And  Wounds"  which  will  be  released  in  November  by  Cruz  sel  Sur  Music.

  A  very  dark  and  melodic  doom  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  and  after  the  intro  the  music  starts  getting  even  more  heavier  and  also  adds  in  some  clean  singing  vocals  as  well  as  having  a  more  traditional  and  epic  approach  to  doom  metal  along  with  a  good  mixture  of  both  slow  and  mid  paced  parts.

  The  music  is  mostly  rooted  in  the  80's  era  of  doom  metal  while  the  production  gives  the  music  more  of  a  modern  day  feeling  and  the  band  also  brings  in  a  few  long  and  epic  in  length  tracks  and  the  solos  and  leads  bring  in  more  of  a  70's  rock/metal  feeling  to  the  recording  when  they  are  utilized  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  can  be  heard  in  one  of  the  songs  before  making  a  return  back  to  a  heavier  doom  metal  direction.

  Apostle  Of  Solitude  creates  a  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  with  their  approach  to  doom  metal  as  well  as  making  each  track  have  a  very  epic  sound  and  they  bring  back  a  lot  of  heaviness  to  this  musical  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  oppressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Apostle  of  Solitude  are  a  very  great  sounding  traditional  doom  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Blackest Of  Times"  "Die  Vicar  Die"  "This  Mania"  and  "Luna".  8  out  of  10.

  

Mausoleum Gate/Self Titled/Cruz del Sur Music/2014 CD Review


  Mausoleum  Gate  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  a  classic  form  of  heavy  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2014  album  which will  be  released  in  October  by  Cruz  del  Sur  Music.

  Evil  sounding  laughs  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  ritualistic  keyboards  and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  going  for  more  of  a  melodic  NWOBHM  influenced  sound  as  well  as  adding  in  solos  and  leads  along  with  some  traditional  metal  style  vocals  and  there  is  also  a  brief   use  of  middle  eastern  style  scales  being  utilized  briefly.

  All  of  the  sounds  are  heavily  rooted  in  the  mid  70's  to  early  80's  era  of  heavy  metal  before  there  where  any  sub  genres  which  leads  up  to  more  of  a  pure  form  of  heavy  metal  while  you  can  also  hear  some  elements  of  hard  rock  in  the  bands  musical  style  as  well  as  a  very  dark  and  evil  atmosphere  being  evoked  throughout  the  recording.

  Melletron's  and  organs  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  they  also  bring  in  elements  of  psychedelic  and  occult  rock  at  times  and  the  band  also  brings  in  a  few  very  long  and  epic  in  length  tracks  as  well  as  adding  in  small  amounts  of  clean  playing  and  acoustic  guitars  on  some  of  the  tracks  and  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  album

  Mausoleum  Gate  plays  a  very  ancient  form  of  heavy  metal  that  is  heavily  rooted  in  the  70's  and  early  80's  era  of  the  genre  taking   the  early  occult  rock  of  early  70's  and  mixing  it  with  the  true  metal  sound  of  the  mid  70's  and  early  80's  along  with  a  very  evil  atmosphere  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sound s very  old  school  yet  professional  at  the  same  time  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  and  Hell  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Mausoleum  Gate  are  a  very  great  sounding  classic  heavy  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Magic  Of  The  The  Gypsy  Queen"  and  "There  Must  be  Demons".  8/5  out  of  10.     

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Northern Crown Interview


1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Sure! We’re a pretty new band, formed in January of 2013. After some lineup shuffling, I started writing for this record in October of 2013 with the intent of it being a solo release. I ended up having a great crew of collaborators and guest musicians from really cool bands joining for this release.

2.You have a new ep coming out in October, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

To me, the record is classic heavy metal mixed with doom metal with a bit of a modern sheen on it.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?

The lyrical topics are all very personal to me. Broadly speaking, each song is about a particular event in my life.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Northern Crown'?

The name comes from the constellation Corona Borealis, which literally means Nothern Crown.

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

The band/lineup has changed substantially since the last show, so it’s not really relevant to what we’re doing now. I’ve been told my presence on stage is “scary”

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

Geographic realities are making it difficult for us to play shows right now. If pieces fall into place, we’d like to play this songs live for sure.

7.On the ep, you did a cover of Candlemass's  "Crystal ball" what was the decision behind doing your own version of this song?

Candlemass is one of my absolute favorite bands and that song is just so HEAVY and EPIC...I thought it fit in well with what we’re doing...and our singer, Frank, is somebody that can pull off a dramatic song like that convincingly.

8.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?

We’re still early in the process, so no label interest yet. If signing made business and creative sense, this sure. That being said, I really enjoy the DIY process.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of doom metal?

Ask me this again in a few months. All the response so far has been really positive, but it also hasn’t been widely distributed yet.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

We’ll still be writing epic, emotional songs, although I will be adding a couple more up-tempo tracks on the next release.

11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

The biggest influences on this band are Black Sabbath, Candlemass, Dio and My Dying Bride...I look at Northern Crown as me attempting to play the style(s) of music that those 4 bands represent.

Lately I’ve been listening a lot of the retro sounding rock/metal coming out of Sweden….bands like Witchcraft, Graveyard and Horisont. It’s a cool sound. Also, for some reason, Edge of Sanity “Crimson” has been on constant repeat in my car lately.

12.Does Occultism play any role in your music?

While there’s a bit of a spiritual bent to the lyrics, there’s no particular occult influence on the music.

13.What are some of your non musical interests?

I’ve produced a few bands over the last year, although I guess that’s a musical interest. I’ve been pretty successful as a software engineer. Huge video game nerd and I spent quite a bit of time in the gym or running.

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?

Thanks for taking the time out to talk to us! The debut EP will be out on October 14, will be available on CD and all the typical digital outlets (Bandcamp, CD Baby, Amazon, iTunes).

Come check out our social medias:
http://northerncrownband.com/

Friday, August 29, 2014

ssSHEENSss Interview


H:Harri Pikka (lead guitar)
M: Mikko Kiri (vocalist)


1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?
H: Since the recordings of Strapping Stallions at Encrypt studio in spring 2014 we've mixed the album with Tomas Skogsberg, sealed the record deal with Soulseller Records and got the amazing artwork from Markku Metso. Currently we're busy setting up the promo for Strapping Stallions, rehealsing and playing live.


2.You have a new album coming out in October, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
H: Just got the first review of the album from undergroundmusickzine.blogspot.pt,   They said we're  a "very  great sounding  mixture  of  hardcore  punk,  stoner,  garage  and  and  classic  rock. ssSHEENss  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  energy  with  their  musical  sound  taking  the  heaviness  of  metal,  the  rawness  of  punk  and  garage  and  the  melody  of  classic  and  gothic  rock  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own". I think that's a pretty solid description about  Strapping Stallions. It's definitely a golden classic album!


3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
 
M: Lyrics come from everyday life mainly. The good things that make life worth living for, and all the shit you have to deal with to go on. Being arrogant enough and possessing a big heart inside your chest. Music and writing has always been a some form of therapy for me. And it really helps the performing in live situations to really "sing like I mean it". Screaming my lungs out smothers the flame. Teemu (guitar player) has made some lyrics for us also, he is more of a storyteller then I am.


4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'ssSHEENSss'?
M: Teemu (guitar & backing vocals) invented the name, he's some sort of a movie junkie. I think the very first name for the band was "Dipshits", and the music was supposed to be very fucking raw hardcore punk. Did not turn out that way. Dipshits was also already taken as a band name, which we figured out later too.
 


H: Teemu called me and talked me about his band idea, "Psychedelics" it was called. Later the name transformed into Sheens. I think Sheens first came from the family Sheen / Estévez. The first logo I ever drew was a snake hissing the band name with lots of letter S's. We released the first album under the name Sheens. After that I came across with lots of bands with the same name. So I think ssSHEENSss came from the snake hissing, Sheen family members and from all the cool things the letter S represents: sound, sex, smoke, space, satan, soul, snakes, sauna etc. The more the merrier!


5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
H: There's always a slight feeling of danger when we play live. Best so far have been Hamina, Kotka and Helsinki gigs. Show at a surprise birthday party in a biker club was also awesome!
 
M: All the gigs have been great. I don´t know about the one in Mikkeli last year, we were all so wasted we don´t remember anything. The show was pretty mad I guess.


6.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?
H: Yes!
 


M: Yes, there are gigs coming. Only in Finland for now, but we got high expectations.


7.On the album you did a Joy Division and ZZ Top cover, what was the decision behind doing your own versions of their songs?
H: Joy Division thing happened between long period of time. We had a song called "Solarium" which is basically the music you hear on our "Love Will Tear Us Apart" cover. Somehow I started to play  melody line that was almost identical to Joy Division song. So we twisted our own song into a cover version with the lyrics and main melody theme. It's very recognizable when the chorus kicks in. To me the beginning of our version pure Slayer, Dead Skin Mask-style guitar riff duel. We had a very strong vibe when recording the basic tracks with drummer Juho. First words from the controlling room were something that included "Sepultura" and stuff. 


H: ZZ-Top cover was more straight forward: we just recorded it in the studio. Mikko did awesome vocal lines there!




8.The album is coming out on Soulsteller Records, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
H: Jorn is a very cool guy, haven't met him in person yet, our relationship is on a virtual level at the moment. Soulseller has a lot of cool bands on their roster and it seems Soulseller is just getting the motör going. Lewis & The Strange Magics is very good!


9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of metal and rock?
H: Feedback has been good. Lots of headbanging and dancing at our shows.


10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
H: I have a long history playing death metal so I can easily slip into more heavier stuff. There's lots of electro music men in ssSHEENSss also so it's a wide autobahn for us. I'm really starting to find 80's rock, so welcome big choruses.
 
M: There will be big choruses and sweat and blood and tears.


11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
H: At the moment I'm headbanging to the Killer Be Killed album. Max Cavalera and Troy Sanders really delivering it! I'm really liking Dave Elitch's drum work and Greg Puciato's feeling on vocals. Just got speakers installed to my kitchen also so heavy cooking going on. Some Billy Idol, Derek & The Dominos, Judas Priest, Mastodon, Jimi Hendrix and lots of Bon Scott AC/DC in my stereos at the moment. Of course I've been listening to the ssSHEENSss Strappin Stallions master we it got from Audiosiege! 


For me influental bands in the early days have been Jean-Michel Jarre, Entombed, Carcass, Morbid Angel, Bob Marley, ZZ-Top, Metallica. As a teenager I got into Black Sabbath and other early 70's rock, a little older I really got into Danzig, Josh Homme related bands, Fu Manchu and Nick Cave. Most kicks a still get from the darker side of music, the minor triad. I'm working in a music library and I have some serious delta blues and ambient dudes as colleagues, great fun!


M: I don't think we want to name any specific bands. I'm pretty sure the album speaks for itself.


12.What are some of your non musical interests?
H: sports, movies, allotment garden, fishing, family and friends.
 


M: bodybuilding, Harley Davidsons, guitars, amps, pedals, bicycles, skateboarding, eating and drinking... just generally speaking.


13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
H: Thanks for the interview! You can find new ssSHEENSss album Strapping Stallions through Soulseller Records and your local record store, our debut album you can find at  www.stabbingrecords.bandcamp.com. Cool videos from ssSHEENSss are in youtube.Come see, hear and feel us play live! Party on, love and respect!


M: Thank you.

Manu Armata Interview

 1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?
Since the recording of the new album we've bin busy with the release, making new merch, booking shows and creating a video clip.
 
2.In September you have a new album coming out , how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past? I would describe the sound as brutal/aggressive no nonsense Hardcore. The new record does not differ much in essence in comparison to the old ones but is more mature sound wise. We've grown more as a band making better songs, playing tighter and giving a better vocal performance.
 
3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
On the new recorded I tried giving the lyrics a more positive tone although I just could not do this with every song. I always draw inspiration from everyday live and the things happening around me in this world. For instance 'Self-Reliant' is a song about believing in yourself and not giving up no matter what other people say or do, while 'Torn' is about the current state the world is in right now economically, the environment, religion wars etc.
 
4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Manu Armata'?
Manu Armata is a Latin expression dating from the middle ages. It literally means 'armed hand' or going to battle with sword drawn.
The inspiration is like we deliver 'battle' on stage and consider our music the weapon we've drawn.
 
5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
We're a very energetic live band and always give 110%. Some of the best shows we're on trips to Poland and our unofficial CD release :-)
 
6.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?
Yes we have but are working on a lot of them @ the moment.
 
7.The new album is coming out on Beatdown Hardwear Records, how did you get in contact with this label, and also how would you describe the support they have given you so far?
The support has bin great! Toni from BDHW contacted us after he heard the songs from the new record and he let us know he wanted to work together on the release.
BDHW does a lot of promotion and support, we're really stoked and honored to be on the label!
 
8.on a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of hardcore?
The feedback has bin great, getting a lot of positive feedback.
 
9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We're always developing in song writing just trying to be as brutal/grooving/tight/fast and good as we can be. Making every next release we do the best we can.
 
10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
The NYHC sound has had a great influence on our music next to alot of the HC/punkrock bands from the 90's. We also like listening to some metal.
Nowadays it still alot of HC, Punkrock :-)
 
11.What are some of your non musical interests?
Working out, hanging with friends, listening to music, visiting shows, stuff like that
 
 
12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thanx for the interview, check out BDHW!
See you on stage!!
 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

My Own Ghost/Love Kills/Secret Entertainment/2014 CD Review


  Mt  Own  Ghost  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  mixture  of  pop,  gothic,  indie  rock  and  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Love  Kills"  which  will  be  released  in  October  by  Secret  Entertainment.

  A  very  dark  and  atmospheric  sounding  synth  along  with  spoken  word  samples  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavy  and  melodic  gothic  metal  direction  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  and  the  melodic  female  vocals  start  becoming  a  huge  part  of  the  album.

  The  music  the  band  plays  sounds  mainstream  enough  to  be  played  on  the  radio  and  the  synths  that  also  bring  in  an  80's  style  industrial  goth  feeling  to  the  music  while  the  melodies  bring  in  elements  of  alternative  and  indie  rock   and  there  are  a  good  mixture  of  both  power  pop  ballads  and  more  harder  tracks  throughout  the  recording.

  A  good  amount  of  melodic  guitar  leads  and  solos  can  be  heard  throughout  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  elements  of  electronica  and  clean  playing  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  one  of  the  later  tracks  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  male  vocals  for  a  few  seconds  and  at  times  you  can  hear  elements  of  post  rock  in  the  bands  musical  style

  My Own  Ghost  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  diversity  with  their  musical  style  bringing  in  some  heaviness  from  the  more  mainstream  side  of  metal,  the  depressive  atmosphere  of  goth  and  the  catchy  riffs  of  pop  music  along  with  a  good  dose  of  electronica  and  indie  rock  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sound s very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  depressive  and  poetic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  My  Own  Ghost  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  pop,  goth,  indie  rock  and  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Crimson  Ground"  "Crystal  Ball"  "Mute"  and  "Intoxicated".  8  out  of  10.