Friday, April 14, 2017

Godhunter/Codex Narco/Battleground Records/Baby Tooth Records/2017 Cassette Review


  Godhunter  are  a  band  from  Tucson,  Arizona  that h as  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of    and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "Codex  Narco"  which  will  be  released  on  cassette  in  May  as  a  joint  effort  between  Battleground  and  Baby  Tooth  Records.

  Distorted  amp  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  drum  beats  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  awhile  heavy  sludge/doom  metal  riffing  and  melodic  singing  is  added  onto  the  recording  and  after  awhile  the  riffs  also  start  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.

  Elements  of  traditional  doom  metal  can  be  heard  at  times  while  the  vocals  also  mix  in  some  aggressive  sludge  screams  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  atmospheric  synths  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic fashion  and  spoken  word  samples  are  also  used  briefly  and  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  short  in  length  and  all  of t he  songs  stick  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  direction.

  Godhunter  creates  a  recording t hat  still  keeps  a  lot  of t heir  sludge  influenced  doom  metal  style  while  also  trying  out  newer  elements  into t he  songs,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  social  issues  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  form  Godhunter  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  sludge  and  doom  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  cassette.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Like  Glass  Under  Black  Fingenails"  and  "Walking  With  A  Ghost".  8  out  of  10. 

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Hteththemeth/Best Worst Case Scenerio/2016 Full Length Review


  Hteththemeth  are  a  band  from  Romania  that  plays an  avant  garde  form  of  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2016  album  "Best  Worst  Case  Scenario".

   Wind  sounds  along  with  whispers  start  off  the  album  while  soundscapes  can  also  be  heard  in  the  background  as  well  as  spoken  word  parts  also  being  used  briefly  which  also  gives  the  recording  a  more  ritualistic  feeling  and  after  the  intro  acoustic  guitars  are  added  onto  the  recording.

  A  great  amount  of  progressive  elements  can  be  heard  in  the  bands  musical  style  along  with  all  of  the  instruments  sounding  very  powerful  along  with  whispers  and  laughs  also  being  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music  and  the  solos  and  leads  also  stick  to  a  melodic  style  while  also  adding  in  elements  of  jazz  fusion  along  with  a  slight  touch  of  blues  rock  and  clean  singing  vocals  are  used  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  tracks.

   Death  metal  growls  and  heavy riffs  are  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording  and  keyboards  are  also  mixed  in  with  the  heavy  parts  and  the  music  also  incorporates  a  great  amount  of  doom  metal  influences  and  black  metal  screams  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  songs  also  mix  in  a  great  amount  of  avant  garde  elements  and  as  the  album  progresses slide  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  one  song  introduces  psychedelic  touches  onto  the  album  and  when  the  music  finally  speeds  up  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  Hteththemeth  plays  a  progressive style  of  avant  garde  metal  which  also  mixes   in  the  heaviness  of  doom  and  death  metal  along  with  a  touch  of  black  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the lyrics  cover  dark,  depressive  and  poetic  themes  along  with  a  concept to them.

  In  my  opinion  Hteththemeth  are  a very  great  sounding  avant  garde metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "They  Will  Not  Believe  What  I  Say"  "The  Romantic  Side  Of  Paris"  "Your  Are  my  Last  Girlfriend"  and  "They  Will  Not  Believe  What  I  Have  Done".  8/5  put  of  10.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Cloud Rat/Moloch/Halo Of Flies/2017 SPlit Album Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Michigan's  Cloud  Rat  and  United  Kingdom's  Moloch  which  will  be  released  on  April  1oth  by  Halo  Of  Flies  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Cloud  Rat  a  band  that  plays  a  mixture  of  grindcore  and  punk.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  heavy  yet  melodic  guitar  sound  along  with  some  screaming  vocals  a  few  seconds  later  and  when t he  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  grindcore  elements  can  be  heard  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Elements  of  noisecore  can  be  heard  in  the  bands  musical  style  along  with  the  energy  of  punk  while  elements  of  post  rock  and  prog  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  goth  style  synths  along  with  spoken  word  parts  and  melodic  singing  can  also  be  heard  on  a  couple  while  dark  yet  melodic  guitar  leads  are  also  used  briefly  of  the  tracks  while  touches  of  harsh  noise  are  also  used  at  times,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  women's  rights,  veganism  and  self  empowerment  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Cloud  Rat  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  grindcore  and  punk,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of t he  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Clench"  and "pit".


  Next  up  is  Moloch  a  band  that  plays  a  mixture  of  sludge  and  doom  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  distorted  amp  sounds  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  yet  darker  doom  metal  direction  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  angry  yet  high  pitched  sludge  style  screams  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  if  melody  along  with  both  of  their  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  When  growls  are  utilized  they  add  in  a  touch  of  death  metal  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording  and  there  is  also  a brief  use  of  cries  and  spoken  word  parts  and  both  tracks  stick  to  a  very  slow  musical  direction,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Moloch  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  sludge  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Lead".

  In  conclusion I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  noise,  punk,  sludge,  doom  and  grindcore.  8  out  of  10.

  

Thursday, April 6, 2017

TreyHarsh/When The Sun Sets In The East/THRecords/2017 CD Review


  TreyHarsh  are  a  band  from  France  that  plays  a  very  dark  form  of  sludge  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2017  album  "When  The  Sun  Sets  In  The  East"  which  will  released  by  THRecords.

  Atmospheric  drones  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  which  also  uses  a  mixture  of  growls  and  aggressive  screams  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  spoken  word  parts  are  also  used  briefly  and  acoustic  guitars  can  also b e  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  Some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  slower  riffing  incorporates  a  great  amount  of  sludge  elements  while  influences  of  modern  thrash  and  alternative  metal  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a small  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  some  of  the  tracks  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  TreyHrsh  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  sludge  metal  while  also  mixing  in  touches  of  death,  thrash  and  alternative  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  TreyHarsh  are  a  very  great  sounding  sludge  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Death  At  The  Door"  "When  The  Sun  Sets  In  The  East"  "Father's  Bloodbath"  and  "All  Those  Fool  Gods".  8  out  of  10.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Prisoner 639 Interview

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

Yeah sure, we formed back in 2014 when we were both wanting to do more gigging and the bands we were involved with weren't really active (or as active as we'd have liked). I'd mentioned offhand that I was planning on starting a new band, and Brame offered his drumming services, hahah. I hadn't planned on cooperating with someone living in another country, but his interests musically were perfect and we had been friends for a while anyway so we figured yeah, may as well give it a shot. Since then we've done quite a few tours, festivals, recordings, all the stuff you'd expect a band to do really.

2.How would you describe your musical sound?

Pretty much a rip off of bands like Godstomper or Sordo, but more recently the sound has been a lot more stoner/sludge like as well.

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

All the generic stuff really, I mean anti-war, social issues, nothing groundbreaking. The lyrics aren't massively important, one of our songs is about Rutger Hauer. I just write about whatever I feel, and of course we have some lyrics about animal rights too. Veganism is important to me, as it is to a lot of people within the punk scene. If you've ever listened to a crust or power violence band before you know the deal.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Prisoner 639'?

Hahah, all I'll say is that it's from a certain Japanese cult film. I remember before being asked "what's your prison?" A prison for me is netflix.com, it may have no walls or a lock and key, but once you get settled into watching Attack on Titan there's simply no escape.

5.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you planning on expanding the line up in the future or do you chose to remain a duo?

No, no, the band was always supposed to be a duo and will always remain a duo.

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

Mmm... That's hard to say... We've had a lot of really great shows, one of the stand out ones being back in 2014 when we played Forced System festival (sadly now RIP). All of our gigs in Prague have been fantastic, we did a really sweet couple of shows at a skate park in Lublin (thanks to Olga and of course the guys at the 'Umea' vegan burger place!!). It's really hard to pick a favourite show, we had an amazing response in Palencia too with Brutologos Fest, and yeah the list just goes on and on. Sometimes gigs come up last minute and stick in your mind, for example a show we did in Brezno ages ago. There are loads of things that have happened with Prisoner which remain highlights of my life. Our stage performance is best described as 'loud.' I'm not sure what else to say about it, hah... 'Brief' might be another good word.

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

Our next show is going to be Chimpyfest in London, this August. For those reading who haven't been, it's an amazing festival which I've attended every year since it started up, and it's run by a really great team of people. It's well worth supporting and they have an awesome line up this year with bands like Birdflesh, Hellbastard, Six Brew Bantha, Pulmonary Fibrosis, it's going to be really cool.

8.Recently you where a part of a split with 'Throw Me in The Crater', what are your thoughts on the other band that had participated on the recording?

Ah, those guys are really good, we gigged with them at Bloodshed festival last October, and yeah they really play a good set. Super loud, super heavy, both Brame and I really like that kind of sludgy sound. I don't know how exactly the split came about, I think Luuk or Roel asked us about it. Honestly their side of the split is recorded way better than our side, hahah, so yeah, really worth checking out. We've known them for years, stretching way back before Prisoner ever formed.

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

Yeah I mean, we're not a really well known band so I don't really know how people view us the world over, but certainly within Europe I'd say people have been really supportive and in general we've had a fantastic response from everyone. We've been lucky enough to play some great shows and meet some really special people, many of whom we've been able to stay in touch with which I think makes all the time we've put into the band worthwhile. I've made great friends through touring, people like Sally from Gewoon Fucking Raggen or Herbert from Ostrava, Giorgio from Punti Scene Records or Hazree from Shitnoise Bastards, ah, the list just goes on and on, I can't name everyone but there are many really great people who I've only been fortunate enough to meet thanks to touring in the punk scene.

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

Musically speaking I'm not sure... I mean we're at a point where we're slowing down now so I really can't say. We're both busy with other projects currently, there are songs that we haven't released yet (including a seemingly ancient, well overdue cassette with Grinder Bueno and Corporeal Abuse, as well as a tape with Hooked on Christ from the UK). We'll see what happens, only time will tell.

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?

Other than the aforementioned bands, we draw influence from who you'd typically expect, stuff like Spazz, Sex Prisoner, old ENT, Cave State, mmm... A lot of people assume we were heavily influenced by MitB but to be honest they were never a band I listened to much before forming Prisoner 639, same with Crossed Out. Bands like Primitive Man and Bongripper also influence my writing quite a lot, I love anything dark and doomy sounding.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

I'm into a lot of stuff really, I mean music is a big part of my life but I'm also doing Judo when I can, visiting the gym with my younger brother, and I try to get to the cinema as often as I can. Not the usual trash that's being pumped out film after film which are generally speaking remakes of older (better) films, but I try to see screenings of more interesting films or documentaries when I can. For example a couple of days ago I went to an event organised by the Bristol Radical History Group and Bristol Antifa where they showed three different films in support of the people of Kurdistan, highlighting the efforts of groups like the PKK, YPJ, YPG. These kind of events are really important to keep people informed, but also of course I'm also going to see random stuff like old horror films or low-budget stuff. Both Brame and I are big into horror films, cannibal films, anything kind of 'nasty' I guess. I also have a site where I'm uploading my sketches, if anyone wants to see my art or animations they can look it up at: sniffingdogart.weebly.com

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

Well, of course thanks to you are in order, and also an apology for my tardiness!! The answers for this interview are long, looong overdue!! Of course as well I should thank anyone who's battled through my long, rambling answers, and to all the people who have supported Prisoner 639 over the years we've been active. I'll be touring more with my other bands, Dzhumagaliev and CxBxFxIxHxFxLxFxRxE, so if you're into grindcore/noise/gore (not rubbish tupa-tupa stuff) then come check us out. Big thanks to Every Day Hate and DoomedToDarkness!! Take care, cheers.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Calliophis Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?
Florian: We finished recording the album last December. After that we worked on the layout and promotion and we searched for a record label. Luckily we quickly found a serious partner in Solitude Productions. Actually we are focussing on preparing for our tour with Victims of Creation in April. Some new song ideas came already up, too.

2.You have a new album coming out during the end of March, 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?
Florian: Compared to our first album „Doomsday“ the new one is a big step forward for the band and the sound. I think „Cor Serpentis“ is really heavy and intense with a dark atmosphere. Now that CALLIOPHIS has two guitar players the album offers much more melodic parts than the old stuff. On „Doomsday“ each song sounded different. Back then we didn't know where we wanted to push the band. Now we have found our way I think. The new album feels more consistent than the first one.

3.This is the first album to be released since 2008, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?
Florian: Oh yeah, it took us nine years to come up with the new album. After the release of „Doomsday“ we focussed on playing live. We also wrote a couple of new songs, which we played on stage, but we never went back to the studio. We never reached the point, when we felt ready to record new stuff. Also time became a problem. When we started the band we all went to university and had much more time for the band. In 2012 we decided to take a break and quit the band. After three years we started again with a new line-up.That was the right time for a new beginning.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
Florian: We always got inspired by fables and fairy tales. So the half of our lyrics are about fables. On “Cor Serpentis” there are three fables we put to music. “Yuki Onna” is based on a Japanese and “Seven Suns” on a Mongolian fable. “Munk” is the second part of the popular German fable “Heart of Stone” by Wilhelm Hauff. Die first part was released on “Doomsday”. Besides that the songs are about tragic feelings and inner struggles. We write songs about the world how we see it, and that's quite nihilistic ;)

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Calliophis'?
Florian: Calliophis is a genus of snakes. To be honest, it has no special meaning for us. We just wanted a short and snappy name for the band.

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?
Florian: I think the most impressive live experience was at the legendary Doom Shall Rise festival in 2010. Also our shows with The Bottle Doom Lazy Band and Children of Doom as Triumvirat of Doom are great memories. Each live show has its very own atmosphere, so we enjoy every single gig. I can't describe our stage performance. The audience can do it better, I guess. I would say it fits to the music, haha.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?
Florian: Right after the release of „Cor Serpentis“ we will go on a little tour with our friends from Malta, Victims of Creation. We will play a couple of shows in Germany, Czech Republic and The Netherlands from April 13 to April 19.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of doom and death metal?
Florian: The feedback was mostly very positive. Even when we came back after our three year break many people told us that they are happy that we started again. We used to play a lot with Death Metal bands in the past and I think for death metal fans we were too slow, haha. But doom fans seem to like the stuff we do.

9.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?
Florian: Matthias is vocalist for the local Brutal Death Metal band DEKREPITATION. They will release their first EP “Fragmented Perception” really soon. Thomas also sings in DYNAMATION. It's more oldschool Death Metal. They had some line-up changes in the past and will return on stage in a couple of weeks.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Florian: I don't know what the future will bring. We'll see how the music will evolve. We are always open for experiments and try a lot as long as it fits to the music.One thing is for sure: it will remain Death Doom Metal.

11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Florian: We all listen to many different styles of music. Of course Metal music is dominating our cd and vinyl collections, but I would not say that there is a special influence, e.g. a certain band or album. Sure, there are some bands that made a mark on us, but we never tried to imitate a band or sound like a certain band. But it's obvious that Death Metal is probably the main influence, not the technical and hyper-fast, blastbeat overladen style. I listen to metal, rock, postrock, hiphop, electronic music many more. And of course I got inspired by this too in some way.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
Florian: Music is a large part in our life. If we don't take care of our own music we go to concerts. We do some sports. I personally love to travel and try to spend time in other countries as much as possible. I'm interested in art and like to visit galleries and museums. But as I said before time is limited and beside our jobs and the band there's not that much left.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Florian: Thanks for the opportunity to spread our message. We hope to see loads of you on tour in April.


Monday, March 20, 2017

Urskog Interview

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

Well, it’s metal sung in swedish. The main theme is pretty much nature striking back at humanity. It’s poisoned spores spreading, seas rising and flooding land, avalanches coming down the mountains - you know - a little death to make you feel alive.

2.Recently you have released an ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

It’s a minced meat of death/thrash/black/doom/punk - pretty much everything aggressive I’ve ever listened to since I got my first cassette with Judas Priest as a five year old. The listener will probably have a hard time fitting Urskog into any particular genre. And I’m not trying to fit into any specific genre. I’m sort of exploring the metal that I enjoy. In short it’s aggressive music with strong hooks.

3.Your lyrics cover environmental issues and Nordic Mythology, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in those topics?

Well I’m concerned about the environment and my worst fears I put into Urskog. When it comes to mythology, what I’m trying to do is to adapt it on our own time. For instance I’ve written a song called Gleipner that I’m going to release later this year or at least early next year.

Now in Nordic mythology Gleipnir is the binding that holds the mighty wolf Fenris. The Gods had attempted to bind Fenris twice with huge chains of metal, but Fenris was able to break free both times. Therefore, they commissioned the dwarves to forge a chain that was impossible to break. To create a chain to achieve the impossible, the dwarves fashioned the chain out of six supposedly impossible things:

• The sound of a cat's footfall

• The beard of a woman

• The roots of a mountain

• The sinews of a bear

• The breath of a fish

• The spittle of a bird

These are all obviously things that don’t exist so I see them as symbols of abstract ideas and

I interpret Fenris as mankind’s dark side, the beast within us, which we have bound with Gleipner - a rope made out of the ideas of peace, solidarity and so on. As we become more and more individualistic and greedy, as we give up on the ideals which we’ve bound Fenris with, Gleipner is weakened until eventually Fenris is able to break loose, causing Ragnarok, the end of this world.

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

Urskog means primeval forest in english. Urskog is also a combination of the words Ur (Of) - and Skog (Forest) and I am literary of the forest since I grew up in a small town, in northernmost Sweden, surrounded by miles and miles of fir forests, so It also refers to that heritage.

5.With this project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with a full band or do you prefer to remain solo?

I don’t play all the instruments on the record. I sing. I do however record all the parts before entering the studio and then let better musicians replace those parts with better performances.
I think it would be interesting working with a full band and write songs together as a band, but the few people I know that are good enough musicians are occupied with their own projects, so just getting them into a studio for a day or two is hard.
To tell you the truth I don’t know how I could even find the time to be in a band between my day work and being a father of two, but I won’t bore you with details about that.
There’s is also the fact that I really want Urskog to be my own project where I make all the decisions and explore the themes and music that I’m into. I really don’t want to have to compromise. That’s something I have to do all the time in all other aspects of my life, so in that regard Urskog is sort of a sanctuary. So given that I would be a total dictator - I don’t know how rewarding it would be for others to join Urskog?

6.The ep was released through Ididit Records, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

I can tell you very little since there isn't much to tell. It’s a label that I started myself (I did it) just to release my own music. Further down the road it would be interesting to sign some other bands, but as of know I’m just using it to release Urskog.

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of extreme metal and punk?


I’ve gotten very good feedback and support actually from everyone who’s been able to find my music. I mean, so far I’ve only sold like 40 cassettes and 50 vinyls, but given that absolutely no one knew about me a couple of months ago and 90% of the people who bought the record are total strangers to me, I’d say that’s pretty good. Many have reached out to me in mails and messages to encourage me and that’s awesome. And given that I sing in swedish, I did not expect americans to be into it - so that came as a surprise.

8.Are you or have you ever been involved with any other bands or musical projects?

Nothing serious. I played in a band or two while in school. In total, I think we did four gigs.

9.When can we expect a full length album and also where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?

I got four new songs that I’m going to record this summer, so the plan is to release those, together with the two that’s already out there, late this year or early 2018. As for the future, I don’t know really. I’m going about this one hurdle at a time.

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?

Mastodon, Entombed, Kvelertak, Metallica, Vanhelgd, Satyricon, Behemoth, Immortal, Vektor, Rancid, Roky Erickson, Bad Religion, Iron Maiden to name a few. Like I said before Urskog is a minced meat of everything I enjoy that I consider metal or aggressive music. I like to flood myself with inspiration and then let all that inspiration take me on a ride. I don't censor myself. If I'm writing a Thrash song and I get an idea for a part that's Black Metal or punk I go: yeah, let's see if I can make that work. So in that sense what I'm really doing is laying a puzzle of all kinds of inspiration and own ideas.

As for what I've been listening to lately, I don't really remember everything but I’ve listened a lot to Vektor. Their talent is out of this world. They’re so good I can hardly stand it. I also picked up a nice cassette - Sacrifice with Gravebreaker. If you’re into old school NWOBHM, you should check them out.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

Binge watching TV-series. Playing video games (but I pretty much stopped to find time for music). Drinking and quibbling with friends. I'm reading a book about Ossuaries called Empire of Death, fascinating stuff.

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

Maybe a funny story? When I was sevenmy family and I visited the closest city some 20 miles (120 English I guess) from Dorotea where I lived back then. I followed my older brother to the record store and he bought Holy Diver. My mother had totally swallowed the bullshit about suicides, satanic worship etc etc connected to heavy metal so she tried to force my brother to go back and buy something else. My brother refused and tried to argue that the album was about a diver. Moreover a holy one! But my mother wouldn't budge pointing on the devil. My brother wouldn’t either so as we waited in the car, my mother changed it for a Duran Duran album. My brother refused to accept it though and my mother still has the Duran Duran album. And of course me and brother bought our own copies of Holy Diver behind her back.
I think heavy metal has a lot of outrageous parents to thank for getting so big.