Interviews

Interview: Wacht

Tell us about your latest release: the main concept; what fans should expect; what were/are your goals with it:

“La mort” is, as the name suggests, a concept album about death. The song are sung in the Romansh language and undermine the atmosphere I connect to the place I grew up, the mountains, nature and of course death. Wacht is not a goal-oriented band, neither do we care what “fans” are expecting. Inspiration led us to a Piano/Vocals only album, and this is what we have recorded. Who are we to stand in the way of our visions? We think that this album – even without any Black Metal instruments – contains the very same essence as all our work in the past.

Did you have a specific sound in mind when you formed the band, or did that grow and evolve as you played together?

Well if you take five minutes to listen through our discography this question seems rather silly. Of course we have a specific sound in mind before we record a release. And of course this has evolved very much over the years. I am very bored of all those bands that record the same album over and over again. There is only a handful of artists that can pull this off. All the others are just lacking inspiration.

How does your writing process normally work out?

We take our instruments and record songs. We take our pens and write lyrics. We fail a hundred times to succeed six and half times. How else can it work?

What are your ambitions and how far do you want to push your band?

My main ambition is to create art. It may sound like a cliché but I really don’t care about promotion, distribution and all the other effects a band can have. To be honest I am struggling with it as we speak, hence giving an interview about promotion.

Regarding the musical style and lyrical direction, however we want to evolve the band constantly. A Piano/Vocals only album is not a strange thing for me. It fits into our Black Metal-oriented discography. Who knows what the future will bring. As a person that is bored very quickly, I am open to any sort of change. As long as it keeps the authenticity of what we truly are, as humans.

What are your influences/musical references and the impact those same influences had in your sound?

I won’t name any bands at this point as I am opposed to the nowadays “dick sucking” social media mentality. The ones that inspired us can be heard in our music. But music is not the only inspiration there is. My interests cover many different topics like religion, art and psychology. At the moment my fascination brought me to horology, let’s see what there is tomorrow.

What’s next for you?

Wacht is currently recording a new Black Metal EP. We have been working on this since a few years but things got complicated. I hope to finish this project in 2020. After that, I want to record a new album, but I don’t know how and what it will turn out to be.

Interview: Bolg

Tell us about your latest release: the main concept; what fans should expect; what were/are your goals with it:

Occult, Melodic and Transcendent Bulgarian Black Metal. Powerfull debut album !
On uncompromising tempo and riffs, the voices will rip your guts. Bolg (means “Wolf” in Old Bulgarian)
Available in jewelcase CD with 4 pages booklet. Limited to 500 copies

Did you have a specific sound in mind when you formed the band, or did that grow and evolve as you played together?

The basic idea was to make old school black metal music using corpse paint and other “equipment” but when Asen join the band, the music become in something more melodic …we also change the tempo, faster and faster.

How does your writing process normally work out?

We live in different cities and the rehearsals are not so often, that’s why we create song part by part. Krum create the main ideas he send them to the others, after that Asen do the melodic parts, Kamael and A. Catacombs think about their parts and when we play on rehearsal we make the full song.

What are your ambitions and how far do you want to push your band?

We try to do more and more live gigs in different countries, our ambitions for now are to visit some big festivals.

What are your influences/musical references and the impact those same influences had in your sound?

We are fans of different kinds of metal bands, we are trying to be strong, powerful, fast black metal band with melodic parts and uncompromising vocals.

What’s next for you?

We are preparing our next 4 songs EP or may be it will be split with other band. We plan more concerts and we hope to realise vinyl release.

Interview: Chaos Path

Tell us about your latest release: the main concept; what fans should expect; what were/are your goals with it:

The concept for “Downfall” is the follow-up to the apocalyptic vision or the way that we began on “The Awakening”. Fans could expect a great record, a mixture between Death, Thrash and Black Metal. And we like to be a great opportunity for all fans of these music styles.

Did you have a specific sound in mind when you formed the band, or did that grow and evolve as you played together?

The sound of Chaos Path grows when we five find together and the sound was created in the rehearsal room, the most important place where the chaos flows.

How does your writing process normally work out?

We write songs in our rehearsal room after our guitarists came with ideas and riffs.

What are your ambitions and how far do you want to push your band?

The sky is the limit 🙂 we started to be a number in the metal scene of Germany and our dream is to be one day one leading bands of this genre. We like to go on tours in germany, europe and maybe also everywhere where people like to see the chaos on stage.

What are your influences/musical references and the impact those same influences had in your sound?

We all have our influences, from Scandinavian Black/Death til german Old School Thrash Metal and for sure the NWOBHM. And from these influences we create the mixture of Chaos Path.

What’s next for you?

Songwriting for the next album… Shows, Shows, Shows…

INTERVIEW with Aron Biale (Ty Morn)

Tell us about your latest release: the main concept; what fans should expect; what were/are your goals with it:

“Istor” is our debut album. The concept was to try to evoke the classic writing of “golden age” rock and metal from the 70’s and 80’s, highlighting power, emotion and melody.

Did you have a specific sound in mind when you formed the band, or did that grow and evolve as you played together?

I wrote the album on my own and used friends and guest musicians to flesh it out. The sound evolved naturally in the writing.

How does your writing process normally work out?

I write and play full time, always recording ideas on a phone. Then daily visits to my studio to start recording parts. I have a sense that songs are already written somehow, it’s just a process of revealing them.

What are your ambitions and how far do you want to push your band?

Ty Morn has been a studio project since March 2019. The plan is to seek a deal for the second album due for release in Spring 2020. Live work and festivals have been offered, but there isn’t a touring line up quite yet.

What are your influences/musical references and the impact those same influences had in your sound?

This band take it’s cue from traditional metal and great writing from bands such as Dio, Sabbath, Priest, Maiden, Queensryche, Manowar etc. Also, contemporary bands such as Epica and Angra are important for a modern epic touch.

What’s next for you?

Ty Morn’s second album in 2020, demo’s are complete. It will be a more traditional metal style, less ‘power metal’ than the debut.
Aside from that, I am writing the albums for two new bands which are just forming, one is female fronted symphonic metal, the other a ‘battle’ metal group.

Interview with Al-Namrood

Tell us about your latest release: the main concept; what fans should expect; what were/are your goals with it:

The new album Wala’at which translates “Loyalties” clearly as the title states articulate the phenomena of utter loyalties , the theory behind it, the reason, motives, human psychology, real world situations and needs that contribute individual for utter loyalty.
Loyalty can be for and ideology, ethnicity, persons, places and intelligible aspects such as spirituality.

We designed this album to outcast a dark atmosphere, short timed tracks, to the point, and as assertive it can be. Musically no long intros, no time fillers, just a main 1 or 2 verses, chorus and some bridges between verse and chorus. we want to take the audience to s musical experience that remain catchy and remembering in the mind. our goal is obvious, express our thought through this music.

10 tracks put together for specific order, at some point the album sounds pure black atmospheric and other point the album sound punkish, thrash, with speedy riffs, all were put for a reason is to compile many elements into one package, yet they all serve the same purpose and main objective of alnamrood along with the past albums.

Did you have a specific sound in mind when you formed the band, or did that grow and evolve as you played together?

Of course, at the beginning we aimed at sharp trebley knife cutting sound, as noticed in our first album, then we explored more sound tones, exactly at the second album we standardized our tune. the Guitar is tuned to C standard, with 4th string being unwinded. this give mephisto (the guitarist) more flexibility to play a scale that is close to Arabian quarter scale and the to match it with other Arabian instruments such as Oud or Qanoon. the joining of our latest vocalist (Humbaba) added more ideas for the band, instead of having the traditional high pitch vocal, Humbaba successfully output a mid pitched clear projecting sound, yet rebelling and striking and vicious which fit the music overall atmosphere. Also, the idea of combining punk riffs was successful and stood aligned with band desired sound and concept.

How does your writing process normally work out?

We first start with music and based on music we decide what lyrics or concept to be fitted. the music writing either done by creating guitar line then combine the other instruments, sometimes it start from Arabian instrument idea then transformed into guitar riff. The person who create the main verse of the new song share it with the others for editing, then when a song is constructed, we start thinking of what words can describe that sound, lyrics take some time, as it may not be much beneficiary to our fans since we write in Arabic, but we do spend quite a time writing strong clauses and terms to be projected to by our vocalist.

When the music is written we save it on a software for record keeping, then we start recording, we do not have much technical knowledge in sound engineering, we tend to spend long time tweaking and testing until we reach to that raw in unforgiving, saturated guitar sound, other instruments come along faster when guitar sound is developed.we don’t process the sound so much, we just eq it, adjust gain, volume, presence etc…

What are your ambitions and how far do you want to push your band?

We are still fighting for our cause, our ambition created the band, not the other way around, so this band is a window for our war, philosophy, feelings and experiences. what we aim at exactly is to deliver a describing sound of that.

What are your influences/musical references and the impact those same influences had in your sound?

Our musical influences are broad All over the place, punk, Anarcho, Crust, Speed metal, First wave of Black metal. List from each Genre would be:
Dark Cabaret/Gypsy/Blues/folk/Jazz:

Edith Piaf, Screamin’Jay Hawkins, Tom waits, Johnny Cash, Cab Calloway, Taraf de Haïdouks , Hexvessel. Squirrel Nut Zippers, The Urban Voodoo Machine, Arabic Folklore /Arabic Mysticism, Umm Kulthum, Sadoon Jaber, Farid al-Atrash, Firouz,

Punk/Metal/Occultist Doom:
The Exploited, Discharge, G.B.H, UK Chaos, Broken Bones, Anti Cimex, Amebix, Doom, English Dogs, Venom, Sarcófago, Iron maiden, Mercyful Fate, Root, Sabbat(Jap) , Bathory, Darkthrone, Hellhammer, Midnight, Toxic Holocaust, Power from Hell, Blasphemy, Sodom, Kreator,, Melechesh, Coven, Old Candlemass, Black Sabath, Pentagram, Abysmal Grief, Acid Witch, Secret Chiefs 3, Destroyer666, Marduk, Nile.

What’s next for you?

Continue what we do and do what satisfy our self-actualization and self-achievement. after all music is a strong tool and expressive.

Interview with Façade

Tell us about your latest release: the main concept; what fans should expect; what were/are your goals with it:

The Eternal Dance is a concept album about cycles. It features the Hindu goddess Kali on the cover, who’s role in mythology is that of both a mother goddess as well as a bringer of destruction.

The album title was inspired by the idea that our lives, our ideas, and all the things that surround us are just small motions in a larger movement: a never ending dance that is the Universe. One motion ends, but a new one follows up to continue the dance. One life ends, but a new life is born.
Each song on the album represents a phase in that cycle, both lyrically as well as musically. It starts heavy and energetic, and gradually moves into a more sluggish, dragging kind of vibe.

The fifth song “Moksha”–sanskrit for liberation and freedom–represents the release from this cycle of death and rebirth and features spoken words by the 20th century zen philosopher Alan Watts, taken from a lecture about his thoughts on death.

Did you have a specific sound in mind when you formed the band, or did that grow and evolve as you played together?

Where we are now is really an evolution. We started out at a death/doom formation on our first EP, but on our first full length we already incorporated more atmospheric stuff, and now on our second album we expanded on that even more really continuing that evolution.

How does your writing process normally work out?

What are your ambitions and how far do you want to push your band?
Our ambition is to continue to reinvent ourselves, seek out our boundaries and dance along the edges.

What are your influences/musical references and the impact those same influences had in your sound?

We’re a band of six dudes and we all listen to different types of music. All of these influences are expressed differently, from riffs and composition to tones and effects. It results in heavy contrasts, at one point we might have a very atmospheric almost Pink Floyd-esque build up and then all of a sudden a crushing deathmetal riff kicks in.

What’s next for you?

Hopefully a period of lives shows!

Interview with Second Brain

Tell us about your latest release: the main concept; what fans should expect; what were/are your goals with it:

To us, the new album is a perfect example of what we call ‘freeform metal’. We feel we’ve managed to successfully blend thrash, death and progressive metal simply by following our natural approach to music. It’s a very dark, complex and even melodic album in places. Lyrically, it’s an introspective journey into the mind and through the contradictions of modern times.

Did you have a specific sound in mind when you formed the band, or did that grow and evolve as you played together?

Second Brain was originally started by Agravain (vocals/guitars) as an outlet for his open-minded approach to metal. That vision has stayed the same through the years and has only grown with the addition of each new band member.

How does your writing process normally work out?

Agravain writes the bulk of the music and lyrics. When he sends his ideas over to Lala Gabarth (vocals, cello), Dagonus (lead guitar) and Anagoor (bass), the songs are usually almost 90% finished, but that remaining 10% is vital and sees every other band member involved.

What are your ambitions and how far do you want to push your band?

There really is no limit to how far we want to push Second Brain. We will keep setting ourselves ever more ambitious goals. We feel we’ve only achieved about 50% of our potential so far.

What are your influences/musical references and the impact those same influences had in your sound?

As a band, we’ve all got different music backgrounds and tastes. Lala was trained as a classical musician and has her own world music/tango project. Dagonus also plays in an Iron Maiden tribute band, while Anagoor and Agravain like virtually all styles of metal. I all of this is reflected in our sound.

What’s next for you?

Along with the album, we will be releasing a video for the song ‘The Mind Awakes’. We are currently working with our live drummer on getting together a powerful and dynamic setlist. If everything goes to plan, we will be announcing live dates soon.

Interview with Emerald Shine

Tell us about your latest release: the main concept; what fans should expect; what were/are your goals with it:

Our goal on the concept album Misty Tales was to tell a “fan fiction” story about the Tolkien’s elves: What if they still lived in our world, even today? What would they think of us, people, and what would they tell us if we met them? The fans can therefore expect some “fantasy metal”, as we call it, as we did our best to express the story also in the music, not just in the lyrics.

Did you have a specific sound in mind when you formed the band, or did that grow and evolve as you played together?

Partly we knew since the beginnings: we wanted female vocals, flutes and atmospheric metal music… Partly our sound evolved later during the band’s existence: we added male voice, harsh vocals, the harp and violin… And we also started to enjoy and add some progressive elements to our music. That all became a part of the sound our band has nowadays.

How does your writing process normally work out?

Most of the songs for the album Misty Tales were composed by our frontwoman; nowadays, however, things start to be a bit different, as more and more members are bringing their own ideas or even whole songs. Therefore, we may change our writing process for our future albums. We shall see. 🙂

What are your ambitions and how far do you want to push your band?

That is simple: as far as possible! 🙂

What are your influences/musical references and the impact those same influences had in your sound?

The members of Emerald Shine have different tastes and each one has been influenced by something a bit different; our drummer likes technical and progressive music, which can be heard in his playing, while our main composer enjoys mainly folk metal… Some of the bands that have influenced Emerald Shine’s music the most are Eluveitie, Blind Guardian and Wintersun.

What’s next for you?

Nowadays, at the end of the year, we are in the writing process, composing some new songs and slowly gathering ideas for a future album. We are thinking about releasing a new single, probably in the spring… Besides that, we are also planning shows for 2020, which are gonna be both inside and ouside our country. We are looking forward to everything the future holds for us! 🙂

Interview with Carlos Lichman

Tell us about your latest release: the main concept; what fans should expect; what were/are your goals with it:

Coming to his sixth solo record, CARLOS LICHMAN presents a number of different characteristics compared to his previous work as both solo artist and sideman. A musical and audiovisual project based on the cultural memory of the city of Porto Alegre being funded by Funproarte, a municipal fund to support the artistic and cultural production of Porto Alegre and a reference in Brazil. “Lendas Urbanas de Porto Alegre” becomes, for the first time, a concept album in the guitarist’s discography.
The album features nine urban legends that are musicalized with modern instruments and arrangements within styles such as Hard Rock, Blues and Fusion. Selected legends were: Bará no Mercado Público, A Moça do Cemitério, Crime da Rua dos Arvoredos, Obirici, Igreja Nossa Senhora das Dores, Museu Júlio de Castilhos, Hospital São Pedro, Castelo do Alto da Bronze e Maria Degolada. In addition to the composition and recording the project also has a part is divided into the production of 15 videos that will be released on the musician’s social networks. “Lendas Urbanas de Porto Alegre” marks yet another evolutionary process by CARLOS LICHMAN as both a composer and guitarist, but also as an artist.
Responsible for the compositions and also recording all the guitar, bass and keyboard lines, there is the participation of drummer Alexandre Olly and guitarists who contributed in the following tracks: Caca Barros in “Museu Júlio de Castilhos”, Miguel Mega in “Hospital São Pedro ”And Nelson Jr. in “Igreja Nossa Senhora das Dores ”, as well as keyboardist Rafael Piamolini in“ Castelo do Alto do Bronze”. In “Bará do Mercado Público” Carlos shares the composition with Alexandre Olly. Recordings of the album were performed at two locations: guitar, bass and keyboards were recorded at Active Music studio in Bournemouth, England, while drumming sessions were recorded at LST Records studio in Porto Alegre. Mixing and mastering were done at Cookie Monter Studio in Porto Alegre, by George Demitrius.

Did you have a specific sound in mind when you formed the band, or did that grow and evolve as you played together?

Rock and metal but modern at the same time

How does your writing process normally work out?

Based on my music studies on the guitar

What are your ambitions and how far do you want to push your band?

Become huge as metal rock monster as Iron Maiden, Malmsteen, Metallica and so on.

What are your influences/musical references and the impact those same influences had in your sound?

All great shredders from 80´s – Malmsteen, Paul Gilbert, Marty Friedman, Jason becker.

What’s next for you?

My new album with vocals. I am writing a new song. I am gonna release a single next year with vocal. I just don´t have the singer yet but I have few names in mind.

INTERVIEW: UNANSWERED rip

Tell us about your latest release: the main concept; what fans should expect; what were/are your goals with it:

CASUALTIES OF INNOCENCE is our second album … A man has three lives: he dies a first time when he loses his illusions, a second when he loses his innocence, and finally the third when he dies.
“All really atrocious things begin in innocence.” Ernest Hemingway …
This album is a little guided tour of the horror of our normality …
Everything is normal: many drink their alcohol while waiting for a return or in the hope of oblivion. (#1#2) …
Everything is under control: modern democratic states are machines for war, war that fascinates and turns good causes, war that is made to make young men with a thousand qualities that we send to die or screw up for a few more or less charismatic and more or less enlightened gerotocrats (#3-4-5) …
It is in the manners: one can try to escape in his virtual life but the inquisitive community of social networks catches up with us and gives birth to the monsters that the hideous hydra with a thousand eyes wants to see in show (#6) …
To save us, clergy of all stripes knock on our door, temple merchants sell love and virtue for bargains, it’s the great ball of tartuffs (#7)…
In the mirror: there remains this crack in each of us… It takes a crack for The Light to appear (#9) …
In front: then since this world is so inhospitable to us, if you will, let’s take together the Hellraiser highway (#10) …
We hope to give an authentic oldschool thrash with some little innovations… Our dream is to do festivals and pass on the other side of the curtain 🙂

Did you have a specific sound in mind when you formed the band, or did that grow and evolve as you played together?

Martin want a traditionnal old school thrash metal sound et Stéphane likes punchy bass…

How does your writing process normally work out?

Martin and Stéphane search for riffs, Gilles search for themes and lyrics, this often the share of an emotion or situtation that we experience

What are your ambitions and how far do you want to push your band?

We want to do records, lives stages and internationals festivals

What are your influences/musical references and the impact those same influences had in your sound?

Dr Living Dead, Annihilator, Testament, Pestilence, Municipal Waste, Benighted, Megadeth, Artery, Moonspell, Septic Flesh, Paradise Lost, LAIBACH, Die Krupps, The Black Dahlia Murder and Lou Reed.

What’s next for you?

Conquer THE WORLD ! XD

Interview with Gone are the Days

Tell us about your latest release: the main concept; what fans should expect; what were/are your goals with it:

The album ‘There’ is a long road from things we’ve been accustomed to for many years to something new requiring a breakthrough. All these hardships of pushing your way forth through thorns are expressed by diverse moods realized by aloof clean singing, angry screaming, fierce riffs as well as alluring heartfelt guitar melodies.
Intensified by original emotional message-delivering, the atmosphere of sincere anger and determination flavoured with authentic melancholy won’t let one remain indifferent.

Did you have a specific sound in mind when you formed the band, or did that grow and evolve as you played together?

Initially there was some concept of the sound, though it changed within time. However, the goal is reached to a certain extent – brutal natural metal, modern but different from all-sound-the-same cores.

How does your writing process normally work out?

Most melodies and even whole songs come like dreams during night sleep or something. Once you are awake, you rush to note it down. 80 % of songs were not written on purpose, only accidentally – while having a shower, sitting in a traffic jam or going shopping.

What are your ambitions and how far do you want to push your band?

We are quite ambitious about the band and we know that we do and will try to do our best to get the message across around the globe. We are certain about pecularity of our music and we have a lot of diverse stuff to show for the audience.

What are your influences/musical references and the impact those same influences had in your sound?

Being broad-minded in musivc, we have experienced different influences and can claim we are inspired Machine Head, Black Bomb A, Mastodon, Gojira, Woods of Ypres, Black Sabbath, Amorphis and other old and contemporary bands.

What’s next for you?

We are already recording our second album, prepairing four new videos and it by bit getting ready for our first European tour.

Interview with Space Parasites

Tell us about your latest release: the main concept; what fans should expect; what were/are your goals with it:

Warning! Invasion! Mutated killer lice, space wolves and intergalactic giant spiders attack! Plus a space stripper song, that’s the general term of the Berlin Heavy Metal Band „Space Parasites“. The quartet consisting of two ladies (vocals, bass) and two gentlemen (guitar, drums) delivers rough, hard heavy metal in a original wall of sound on their debut release. The 14 songs deliver over 50 minutes raw power and and absolutely live up to the title of the work: „Raw and Violent“!

Did you have a specific sound in mind when you formed the band, or did that grow and evolve as you played together?

We like pure arrangements, no compromises, dirty and wild. Little
bells-and-whistles. We met and just wanted to play, at first it still sounded like the old days Punk rock, after a while of rehearsing it became more and more apparent that we play rather rough Thrash with heavy elements. Heavily inspired by Megadeth, Kreator, Slayer and Judas Priest. The vocals move between Exodus (Zetro) and Holy Moses. All time classics. The more practice we got, the more heavier it sounded. More confident.

How does your writing process normally work out?

Daschke is writing the songs in his music room at home. Occasionally, he suddenly has a riff in his mind, which he hum into his mobile, to record it later on. Usually he finishes the part directly. He gets a lot of inspiration from those B-Movies of the fifties and sixties. Mix the whole thing with every day situations, like your kids come home from school with lice and you come up with a song named „Mutant Killer Lice“ . Nadine does a good deal of the lyrics, as a huge Horror and Lovecraftian tales fan, there is a lot of weird stuff coming from her.

What are your ambitions and how far do you want to push your band?

As far as it is still fun for us to play, we play. We want to carry on! We want to progress ourselves and to always be there with dedication and all the heart.

What are your influences/musical references and the impact those same influences had in your sound?

Depends on what and who you grew up with. Your parents and friends influence is a great matter. Well classic Metal like Alice Cooper and W.A.S.P. Followed by Kreator, Megadeth, Sodom, Motörhead and Helloween. Wicked bands like Destruction, Tankard ect. pp. We don’t think you can limit it in a that way.

What’s next for you?

Playing fun gigs with fun people at fun locations. Wreck your necks and bones. You can check our homepage for dates www.spaceparasites.de