Thursday, November 27, 2014

Zero Down 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 finishing up the recording and getting all the artwork done and over to our label Minotauro  Records we have been doing press to promote the upcoming release and gearing up for our CD Release show in Seattle and playing a couple shows with Jake E Lee's Red Dragon Cartel.

2.You have a new album that comes out in December, how would you describe the musical sound of the new recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released?
The new record "No Limit To The Evil" is a  sure fire updated NWOBHM slab of metal done with our own twist. Very much influenced by the 78-83 era of Metal/Hard Rock. Think Judas Priest, Thin Lizzy, Maiden, Accept,...Lovedrive era Scorpions. Our earlier releases lean a little more towards the rock side of things with Metal tendencies but our last two releases are definitely full rooted in that era of Metal I described earlier.

3.the band members have a history in the Seattle scene since the mid 80's with previous bands, what is it that keeps the band members motivated to write new music after all of these years?
I think it boils down to the right group of people still having fun at creating together. It wouldn't work with just anyone. We're all in the same age group and love this kind of style of music and are still inspired by those bands and records from our youth/formative years. We are lucky to have each other really. No matter what is going in our lives we have band time to forget about everything else and get in touch with our inner youth...ha...ha..Plus for me you never ever get it all figured out when it comes to writing. There is always something new to discover, learn, get better at. It keeps me coming back for more.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
For the songs I tackle lyrically its usually about something I have experienced when I travel abroad. Traveling is a big part of my life so I bring those experiences into the music. Three songs on the new record are based on that. "Black Rhino" and "The Devils Thorn" (poisonous flower) both come from my trip to Africa and "Leche De Tigre" is what you drink to cure a hangover in Peru. The Milk Of The Tiger...its the good stuff when you need it bad!

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Zero Down'?
There is absolutely no meaning in our name to us really...ha...ha...when me and our singer Hawk started the band we were throwing around ideas. We both liked the sound of two word names and just started putting words together. For whatever reason that one was catchy enough and is a phrase people know either from financial association or from World War 2 with Japanese war planes being shot down.

6.What are some of the best shows that the band ha splayed over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
We have been really lucky to open for some truly great bands that we love. Accept, Y&T, Michael Schenker, Paul Dianno, UDO, Diamond Head, etc...but playing a few shows with UFO was probably the highlight. Playing packed theaters with a band I loved growing up. The band and their crew were so cool to us. I mean just amazing memories.  As far as what we are like live. I think our biggest strength live is that we are having a blast up there and people see that. Sure I think we are tight and deliver when it comes to our playing but you have to entertain people and I think we can rock you and make you grin at the same time.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
Right now we have our CD Release show in January and those shows with Red Dragon Cartel but we are looking into doing some touring on the West Coast with our main goal of getting to Europe to tour. It's honestly where I think we can really make a big impression as there is still a good market there for our style of metal.

8.Over the years how has the feedback been to your music by fans of both metal and punk/
You know because we play pretty up tempo and have an early Iron Maiden fire in our playing we have gone over good with both the Metal and the punk crowd. We certainly appeal to the Metal crowd better but we honestly don't get to play with many bands that are in our type of style so we just do our thing no matter what the situation is.

9.Are any of the band members involved with any other bands or  musical projects these days?
Both Ronnie Banner our bass player and Matt Fox our other guitarist have Country bands they play in. Ronnie is in the Shevering Denizens and Matt is in a band called Hartwood. Chris Gohde's (drummer) old band My Sisters Machine just got back together to do a couple shows as well. One is enough for me. I don't know how they do it.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We are extremely excited about the songs on the new record so I'm sure we will keep it in this vein for now. There is one song on the record "Leche De Tigre" that is a little different for us and I can see us doing a little more experimenting with heavier more dynamic material to break things up but we like to play uptempo too much for it to be more than one or two songs on a record.

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?
I mentioned a lot of our influences musically earlier. The NWOBHM was just so huge for me growing up after I had moved past 70's classic rock. Riot, Saxon, Diamondhead, Tank, Savage, you name it. But also the next Metal Movement was important as well. Maybe not an influence you can hear so much in our sound but we were all huge fans of the early Thrash years. Exodus, Megadeth, Kreator, Slayer. I will say you hear a little Mercyful Fate in us but it really goes back to the stuff that came out right before it. Today, I'll be honest there isn't a lot of new stuff that kicks my ass but I do really like the new Accept and Kreator records. The Germans still know how to do it sooo good. The newest Carcass record is really great. Lot of bands can really play good out there now but I don't hear a lot of great song writing.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
As I mentioned earlier traveling is a huge part of my life. The more remote the better for me now as most big metropolitan cities are pretty similar now. In general life experience is the best. Without stimulation man life can get pretty boring and tiring...so you have to make an effort and make time for it. As much as I love living in Seattle, I gotta get out of here periodically or I get a little cagey. Big movie fan as well. Me and my girlfriend Karla go to the Sundance Film Festival every year and try to check out as much stuff as we can all the time. Everything from Horror to Documentaries.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts/
Thoughts...well I just saw Judas Priest on Saturday and Rob Halford is up there still doing it at 63 years old. I mean I know he's making a shit ton of money up there but you can tell he still wants to be up there no matter what. It’s in his soul and I think that's indicative for most people that like Metal. My Dad kept asking me when I was going to grow out of it when I was 13 years old. I'm 49 now so I think it’s a little late for that now!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Skullwinx Interview


1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Sevi: We’re a young old school metal band from southern Bavaria, Germany.
Somehow we created our own style, which we call EPIC SPEED METAL. It’s maybe hard to imagine what this would sound like, but it really is speeded up epicness. We underline our heroic lyrics with old school riffing like Running Wild did it in the 80’s.

2.So far you have released 2 ep's and a full length, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on those recordings?
Sevi: Lenny, that’s a question for you!
Lenny: All right, the first one was rather a tryout than a real release and it was with our first singer, who quit the band quite fast. The second one “St.George” was with the same tracks plus bonus tracks and with our current singer. This one is slower and sounds more NWOBHM. One of our favorite bands SPARTA said it sounds like them 30 years ago.

And in June we released our full-length album “The Missions Of Heracles”, which is a concept album. It deals with the missions Heracles has to solve to save the souls of his family. He has to defeat different creatures, like the “Horses Of Diomedes” or “Hydra”, which is our most popular song so far.
Sevi: On this record we received the EPIC SPEED METAL sound we wanted to create.
Lenny: Yeah, It’s more … BAM!It is definitely more powerful than“St.George”.

3.Your lyrics cover some historic and mythological themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in those topics?
Sevi: Yeah, we dealt with historical themes already on “St.George” and then came “Hydra” and we thought it would be cool to make more missions of Hercules.
Lenny: The missions were lyrically very good material to write songs, but it was a lot of work. Of course it’s a songwriting corset to concentrate yourself only on one theme, but the result is quite nice I think.
And I can tell you that our second album will contain a concept, too.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Skullwinx'?
*Sevi laughs*
Lenny: Ouh … that is very complex to answer. The story behind the name hides behind our add-on “The Relic Of An Angel”.
The idea deals with the question: “What is if god sends us a sign?”. We’re no white metal band, I can tell, but the topic is a good one to think about.
The name is explained in a song, which might appear on the next album.
The story of the song takes place in the middle ages. And a monk finds a piece of an angel, a bone of a wing (This is where “Skullwinx” comes from). Of course all the people want to see or even own this real proof of god’s existence. So a big battle starts, just because of this relic. At the end of the battle, when everyone is dead, this monk stands on the field with the wing in his hand and thinks about the meaning why god sent the sign. The question if it had been better when god wouldn’t have sent the evidence to earth.
Kind of cheesy-deep stuff but….hell yeah!

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Sevi: Our stage performance is very energetic and active. We have a straight leather look inspired by Judas Priest and Tank.
Our best shows so far were our release gig, because of the many people who came and the cool other bands we played with. The other awesome gig was in “our hometown”Holzkirchen, our metal family. The concerts there are relaxed and much fun.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Lenny: yes we do! We just signed at a booking agency and we hope they can deliver us great shows all around Europe.

7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
 Sevi: Yes we’ve received interest, but these weren’t the deals we’re looking for. Currently we want to stay free with our debut album. So we have the control about the pressing and get the full support from the fans through the sales. But it’s not easy to support yourself.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of metal?
 Lenny: It is very interesting that many Greek fans enjoy our concept album. One may think they already know the story of Hercules, but I think they like the epic music combined with their tradition. We like them .

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
 Sevi: I think we’ll head to more speed and even more epicness! I think that Lenny can develop himself for songwriting and maybe one of these characteristics will get stronger. Well, let’s see what the future will bring.

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?
 Lenny: *heavy breathing* I can’t decide … Of course you can hear some Riot and Running Wild influences in our riffs. The rhythm changes may come from Iron Maiden. Our singer listens a lot to Blind Guardian and one can definitely hear these influences.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
 Sevi: We’re from Bavaria, so beer is an important part.
Lenny: Sevi does a lot of sports.
Sevi: And Lenny tries to!
Lenny: Hahaha. And we’re all still in the education part of our lives (school or university).

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Sevi: We’re happy that young bands are supported well in the scene and there are still people who are interested.
Lenny: So thanks for the interview!

Supernova Plasmajets 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 ep?
Our latest EP has just been released and so far the feedback we got is quite good. There are more
offers to play shows than ever before. Since playing live is the best thing in the world for us we are
more than happy to take those opportunities and conquer the world.

2. Recently you have released a new ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented
on the recording?
The whole project is to mix up modern vocal lines with the heavy guitar and synth sounds of the 80s
and that’s basically what we were going for with the latest production.

3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
Nassi writes all lyrics for the band and the topics are mainly love, heartbreak and the troubles of
everyday life. We want to give people something they can relate to when they listen to our music.  

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Supernova Plasmajets'?
In the first place the project was just fun and games for us so we were brainstorming for something
ridiculously long. Also we wanted something related to space, science fiction and cartoons. So
'Supernova' as a symbol for power and creation was there right away and with the sci-fi theme the
word 'Plasma' came soon after. If you then remind yourself of the famous cartoon 'samurai pizza
cats' you are almost there naturally.

5. What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe
your stage performance?
To us it’s all about connecting with the crowd. We will put on a show no matter what and send you
home with a smile on your face. That said, it’s really tough to pic the best one ever. I would count the
big ass stage of 'Schlossgraben Fest - Darmstadt' and the EP-release gig among the best ones. At the
moment we are particularly looking forward to opening for our buddies Eskimo Callboy. The show is
going to be fantastic and we are planning on plasmafying almost 2000 Eskimo Callboy fans on Dec,
4th in Frankfurt.

6. Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
The EP so far is getting us loads of gigs so we definitely working out tour plans for the EP. At the
moment there is a short tour of 6 dates here in Germany going on. All the dates that are already
fixed can be found on Facebook (hit like and you'll be notified) and future shows are planned
throughout Germany up to Italy but not jet verified.

7. Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
In fact there are several labels that reacted to the EP release and the release of the video to 'Leave
Forever'. So currently we are evaluating the possibilities they give us. No decision made jet.

8. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of sleaze rock and
alternative?
Here in Germany it’s basically black or white for us. If people are in to this genre of music they love it
and are passionate about it. If they don't they are hard to come by at this point although having a hot
singer defiantly helps in winning people over.

9. When can we expect a full length album and also where do you see the band heading into
musically during the future?
We are already working on new materiel while on tour so we can hit the scene with a new album late
2015. I don't think we will stray very far from what we are doing right now. The 80s vibe is what we
love so we'll stick to that for sure. A full length album obviously gives you more room for variety so
along with some up tempo songs I can see a ballad be put on there as well for example.

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?
There is really a different answer to this question for every one of us. Nassi is a die heart HIM fan and
loves Placebo and Paramore, Markus and Mourice are more into the raw sounds of Turbonegro,
Boris bangs his head to modern heavy metal bands and Andi is basically a 80s rock / classic rock guy.
We all share the love for the 80s pop-metal sound. So bands like Reckless Love, H.e.a.t. and Steel
Panther are on our private playlists.

11. What are some of your non musical interests?
Those are quite different throughout the band members. Andi plays organized hockey, Boris is all
about tattoos, Nassi does paintings and Markus and Morice are creative in digital media or work as
photographers.

12. Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
We are just thankful that you guys showed interest in the project and gave the opportunity for this
interview. Final words? May the world reign in Plasma!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Pineal/Smiling Cult/2014 EP Review


  Pineal  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a  mixture  of  grunge,  stoner  rock,  progressive  and  post  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2014  ep  "Smiling  Cult".

  A  very  distorted,  heavy  and  melodic  guitar  sound  starts  off  the  ep  and  also brings  in  a  doom  metal  feeling  at  times  and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  going  for  more  of  a  heavier  rock/metal  direction  along  with  some  clean  singing  grunge/stoner  rock  style  vocals  that  also  have  an  aggressive  edge  to  them  at  times.

  At  times  you  can  hear  a  great  amount  of  the  early  90's  Seattle  sound  in  the  bands  musical  style  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  music  sticking  mostly  to  a  slow  and  dark  sound  that  is  very  heavy  and  also  brings  in  mid  paced  sections  at  times  as  well  as  adding  element s of  progressive  metal  and  mixing  it  with  grunge,  stoner  and  modern  post  metal  and  one  of  the  tracks  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  samples.

  Pineal  plays  a  very  slow,  dark  and  heavy  musical  style  that  brings  in  gunge  and  stoner  rock  and  mixes  in  with  the  heaviness  and  melody  of  post  and  progressive  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Pineal  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  grunge,  stoner  rock,  progressive  and  post  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Theta"  and  "Acerbic".  8  out  of  10.

          

Vanish Interview

.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?
RALF: Well, we were working hard on issues. We put lots of sweat and tears in the process of finding out what our main goals for Vanish are. We really wanted “the big deal”, so we completely focused ourselves to achieve this goal. Nearly every day we worked on the strategy, the positioning and how to go into the negotiation. At the end we were successful and got our sponsoring deal with the best brewery, DINKELACKER, in Stuttgart. Free beer for the band. That’s awesome! So our creativity in the songwriting will be endless now. Besides that we signed a record deal with Massacre Records, also a very nice fact. But a beer deal is the best you can get with a band. We made it! (laughs)
BASTI: We really want to spread the word and want the people to know the name “VANISH” and associate it with killer songs and quality music. So we go out have a couple of beers with our fans and try to play our asses off to recruit more and more fans.

2.Recently you have released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound of the new recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
RALF: I think we have grown up and we have found our style now. Our old songs are way more influenced by classical 80s metal. Not bad, but we wanted the good old music to sound refreshed and modernized. So some years ago we changed our sound more into modern metal with 7 string guitars, samples and loops. So today you can hear the good old trademarks of the 80s with guitar riffs, great solos and nice melodies combined with newer, harder elements that give the music the “ass-kick factor”.
BASTI: We try to be the real deal and stand behind the songs we have put out on this album. There is not one song that I consider a filler. So from the get go we wanted to make a balanced album that has lyrical and musical themes that come and go. Some of these recurring themes are very subtle, but we have always wanted to make a record that people can listen to dozens of times and still discover new things.

3.I have noticed that the album title is the same as the 2010 ep, how is the concept of the new album related to the ep?
RALF: Correct, the EP was recorded in 2010. This pre-EP of the album was a first try to define our new style. After we recorded and published the EP we sent it to some labels and online mags to receive some feedback. We wanted to get an idea if our new style is welcome in the scene. After many positive results and some offers we decided to continue that way. Over the next 2 years we wrote new songs and recorded the whole album COME TO WITHER.
BASTI: We rerecorded the tracks from scratch, so there is no leftover material on the new album. We have had some lineup trouble before 2010, so that year was really the formation of the band you can hear and see today.

4.There has been only a small amount of releases from the past during its 14 years, can you tell us a little bit more about the gap between releases?
RALF: As I mentioned already the band was initially a much more traditional metal band. After the SEPARATED FROM TODAY record we decided to refresh our music. That took a while and we had some discussions and lineup changes. When we decided what way to go, there was a lot of work in writing new songs and redesign the whole identity. We have also high expectations to our own quality, we don´t want to release songs which we do not support 100%.
At the end we now have the perfect lineup for VANISH. Our musical skills are pretty equal, we know exactly where we want to go and the chemistry between us is very good.
BASTI: Everyone asks about the 14 years. But we had different projects and day jobs. So before 2010 VANISH was never the priority, as we never really considered it to be that relevant and successful. But when we found our lineup we realized that people really dig what we are doing. We rarely played a gig without great response from the audience. So we decided “Let’s do this!”

5.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
BASTI: The concept of the record pretty much deals with today’s corruption of society through fundamentalism for example or power struggles that in the end will make the world a worse place to live on. So we express this in an extreme metaphorical way through the apocalyptic allegory in the songs and the artwork. But it is not a hopeless or depressing record. It is basically about the ability of humanity to redeem itself and pull itself out of this mess. So it is not a concept record, but most or all of the songs very loosely with these ideas. However, I believe we did not make it sanctimonious or preachy, you can still shout the lyrics after ten beers (laughs).

6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Vanish'?
RALF: We had a first lineup change and a complete new direction of our music from hardrock to metal in 2000, so we were looking for a new name. It is really hard to find a good name for a band. The name has to be unique and good to remember. After checking out many possibilities and some internet research we find out that there is no other metalband that is called Vanish. We also like that you can play with the meaning in some lyrics. So we committed to this name. After that a big and famous company for chemicals has been inspired by our music a band name that they decided to bring out cleaning products to promote our music. We appreciate this marketing and promotion support, worldwide. So our record-sales will soon shoot through the ceiling.

7.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
BASTI: I think our music works best in medium sized venues – if they are full (laughs) But our music has some big, epic moments, so we benefit from big lighting and huge speakers. But we like to be still close to the fans and really have fun.
We consider our performance to be very grounded and in your face. We have no bells and whistles or theatrical performances. We want to show real emotion in our performance everything else would get in the way. So we go out and rock, cry, shout and jump – then we hope everyone is happy and tired.
RALF: Of course it was very cool to support the big names like Queensryche, but I prefer the smaller shows in clubs. There is way more energy and feedback from the fans. Our stage performance is pretty crappy. We are all ugly and old and nobody likes to move on the stage. It is so boring, you have to come to a gig and see this!



8.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
RALF: We are playing some shows in the region to promote our album. Touring is rather difficult for us because all of us are working in day jobs J. We will concentrate 2015 to play some festivals.
BASTI: WACKEEEEEN!!! (laughs)

9.The new album had the singer of Primal Fear as a quest,  can you tell us a little bit more about his performance and contribution on the album?
RALF: We first had no contact to Ralf Scheepers, our engineer Axel Heckert showed him some of our tracks in the Studio while we were recording. Ralf liked the music and offered to sing a little bit on the record as a favor. We of course appreciated this offer and send him some playbacks. We also met him in our rehearsal room to have a DINKELACKER and listen to the great Rock Star stories he told us. We are very happy with the result, it sounds great and it is the icing on the cake.

10.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of power and progressive metal?
RALF: So far the feedback is way better than we all expected. The reviews are great and we already see a growing fanbase on facebook and twitter. We were pretty surprised what songs are the favorites of the people that reviewed us. Our impression is differing constantly. And we were not sure if there will be critique of the variation in our music. We expected that the journalists write something that we would have no clear style. But we like the issue that nobody can put us in a single category, very good to write interesting music for different metal people.
BASTI: We are really happy. But we have a bone to pick with one of the big magazines (laughs)

11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
RALF: We completed our style and trademarks since we were composing the Come to Wither songs. We like the music we write ourselves and want to keep the style pretty similar to Come to Wither. That means our new Songs are having some progressive, some rock, some powermetal parts as well as we continue to metal it up a little bit with more thrash. We want to keep our songs and records interesting and innovative so the modern party with some electronics, samples and loops will rest, but on the other hand we don´t want to hide our origin and try to include the good old classic metal.  We try to put this balancing act on CD, which I think, was successful so far.
BASTI: Ralf put it very well. I think from my point of view, we will have a bit more programming go on. So the keys will be more programmed than played, as we switched in our live shows from live keyboards to backing tracks. So I think we will incorporate more loops and electronics to accompany our killer riffs. We have a lot of ideas. I think the next one will be the longest song we have ever recorded. Lyrically it will go into a more psychological direction. What makes us human and why are some people not functioning in the world.

12.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?
RALF: This is not an easy question because everybody from us has different influences. We all started listening to metal in the 80s and 90s (except Tommy, he already started in the early years of metal because he is very old).When we were teenagers metal was in the “speed and loudness” phase. We listened to the German power metal heroes like Blind Guardian, Running Wild, Helloween. After that the US Power Metal and the Scandinavian bands was our music. As a musician you are getting better and with this development your claim to the music becomes more and more progressive. We all like the Prog heroes and like listening for example to Queensryche, Savatage, Dream Theater and Symphony X. In the last few years we (re-)discovered many great thrash bands like Testament, Kreator, Artillery, Exodus and of course the mighty Slayer. Last but not least there is a big influence by melancholic bands and modern metal bands. As you can see there are lot of different influences that also take place in our music. At the end we all prefer melodic songs with interesting arrangement and a good groove.
BASTI: When I came to VANISH I was pretty much done with metal. I listened to it religiously when I was a teenager, but then I moved on to other influences – more into the 70s (Gentle Giant, Yes, Kansas, etc.) and pun krock. Currently I am really into folk and singer/songwriter stuff. So if you listen closely you can find all these influences in our music. If you sing and play piano or keys…metal is not your first influence. I am also a huge Beatlemaniac.

13.What are some of your non musical interests?
RALF AND BASTI: DRINKING BEER!


14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
RALF: First of all I l want to thank you for your support, additionally I like to recommend our Video “SILENCE”  HYPERLINK "http://youtu.be/gwIcFa975h4" http://youtu.be/gwIcFa975h4 to your readers. Visit us on facebook or twitter and drop us a comment.

Answers: Bastian (vocals) & Ralf (drums)

Savage Master interview


1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?



We just got back from a short U.S. Tour to promote our debut album, “Mask of the Devil.” We had a blast doing it. Now we are back to working on new material and planning for the next tour. In both we will go to new places. We are very excited for what the future holds.



2.In October you had released a full length, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?



This album hearkens back to a raw, old-school occult heavy metal sound. We wanted to make music that clearly stands for itself, music that is fun to listen to and memorable, stuff that champions the strengths of the old days into new days.



3.On the fb page you had labelled your music as NWOTHM, can tou tell us a little bit more about the tag?



We carry the heavy metal traditions of the 80's into the 21st century for fans who have always loved the old stuff and to hopefully spark some newer fans to look back and dig music with passion rather than just taking what is handed to them.



4.Your lyrics cover some satanic and occult topics, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these subjects?



Ever since I was a child everything I loved was said to be of Satan, so that means I need to be grateful to him. We enjoy what is beneath the surface, what few people understand. If you love satan and you don't care, we are here. If you are offended, then we are giving you exactly what you are looking for as well.



5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Savage Master'?



 Adam and I wracked our brains trying to think of a good name. We were listening to music and heard the words in a song and it seemed like the perfect name for us. We thought of a few others and it remained the strongest and we could not find another band of the name so it was ours.



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



 From my standpoint the most important thing in a show is the connection with the audience. When they bang their heads along, when they recognize the cover we play, when I can point the mic to them and they know what to do, these are the times that I can feel their enthusiasm for heavy metal and that takes the show to a magical place. Chicago has been a stand-out place for us in terms of how well the two shows we have played there went. Well we hope our stage performance is captivating and fun but that's for the audience to interpret and decide.



7.I know the band has recently done a tour but are there any plans for a more bigger tour in the future?



We do plan on doing a bigger U.S. tour next year and hopefully do some international touring as well. We have heard from fans from many countries asking us to come closer and play and we feel this desire mutually. We hope to get the chance to meet our fans from every part of the world if at all possible.



8.The new album was released on Skol Records, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?



Skol Records was founded in 2009, by Bart Gabriel. They release official reissues of classic, rare and forgotten albums. Beginning with Savage Master, they have started releasing the material of new bands as well with focus on the new wave of traditional heavy metal. Their goals are aligned with ours in terms of spreading and keeping traditional heavy metal alive and thriving for metal fans to enjoy.



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



 The feedback I have seen and heard has been mostly positive in the online metal community, more positive than we expected. There are times when there are criticisms mingled within a mostly positive review and that is a very good thing that we appreciate. It is good to hear, whether we agree or will be affected by it or not. We are not delicate flowers. No one is perfect and everyone has different tastes. Gotta take the bad with the good.



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



 I see our songs becoming even stronger, more anthemic at times, exploring more territories. I think things will be more solid. The best is ahead of us, definitely. No drum machines, ever.



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?



 Nowadays I am listening to Uriah Heep, Black Oak Arkansas, Amulet, Slasher Dave, Manowar, Orion's Sword,  Lana Del Rey, Loretta Lynn, I like listening to these 60s garage band compilations; Back from the Grave and Nuggets and more. I'm a bit all over the place in my listening habits as you can see.



12.What are some of your non musical interests?



  I am interested in a lot of things, mostly in learning about things that I feel I do not know enough about. I am interested in culture particularly from the 60's- 80's. Movies - horror films, exploitation films, documentaries, musicals, art-films, --anything that can scare, shock, offend me or make me think, feel or laugh. I am interested in art -paintings, architecture, photography. I am interested in life forms- deep sea creatures and all plants, animals and fungi. I often ponder life’s toughest questions. I find resolution in the fact that there is not always resolution. I like to read mostly non-fiction. I like to learn about topics such as the occult, history, the decomposition of human bodies, how to do things and all kinds of other stuff.



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



Thank you ExtemeUndergroundMusicZine for the interview! Thank you to all of our fans worldwide!!!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Kouzin Bedlam/Longing For The Incomplete/Inverse Records/2014 CD Review


  Kouzin  Bedlam  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  a  mixture  of  heavy,  progressive  and  pop  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Longing  For  The  Incomplete"  which  will  be  released  in  December  by  Inverse  Records.

  Sounds  of  war  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  spoken  word  samples  that  are  also  used  on  later  songs  which  leads  up  to  a  very  heavy  guitar  sound  and  after  the  intro  the  music  starts  going  for  more  of  a  melodic  and  symphonic  metal  sound  which  also  brings  in  a  huge  amount  of  80's  influences  along  with  some  clean  singing  vocals  that  are  very  close  to  hair  metal  while  the  music  is  slightly  heavier  than  that  genre.

  You can  hear  some  heavy  and  power  metal  elements  being  mixed  in  with  an  80's  style  AOR  hard  rock  sound  at  times  and  the  solos  and  leads  the  band  uses  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  true  metal  edge  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  there  are  also  a  few  power  ballads  being  added onto  the recording  as  the  album  progresses.  

  At  times acoustic  guitars  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the  band  also  mixes  in  modern  symphonic  and  prog  metal  element s into  an  80's  style  of  hard  rock  and  metal  and  one  of  the  tracks  also  brings  in  elements  of  90's  alternative  metal  into  the  albums  musical  style  while  some  of  the  other  ones  seem  to  be  influenced  by  thrash  and  speed metal.

  Kouzin  Bedlam  combines  a  variety  of  many  different  metal  and  rock  style  together  and  brings  out  a  sound  that  is  progressive,  retro  yet  modern  all  at  the  same  time,  the production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  mythology,  spirituality,  psychological  and  philosophical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Kouzin  Bedlam  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  heavy,  progressive  and  pop  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Accusation  Of  Job"  "Shadows In  The  Dark"  "Return  To  The  Caves"  and  "Longing  For  The  Incomplete".  8  out  of  10.