interview with SHIRAN
What´s the name of your band? SHIRAN
How was the band formed? Shiran Avayou and Elram Boxer decided one day to go in the studio and never left it since. We made one song, and found out that we really have something special together.
Where are all band members from?/Who does what in the band? We all come from Haifa, Israel. Shiran writes all the lyrics and composing them, Elram write all the riffs, drums, bass, basically everything else. The band members of FERIUM play with us on gigs.
What was the ambitions of the band when you started? When we first started we just wanted to create and express ourselves, after we finished the first song, the big dreams came alive. Then we decided to take it very far.
Could you explain your music to someone that haven't heard you? It's been very hard explaining our music to the metal lovers, because we come from different styles and combining it together. SHIRAN is an aggressive djent metal with blues and country vocals.
Why did you pick that particular style?/What are your songs about? We picked this style because we are metal heads! And metal is our way to express our deepest emotions. The songs are about Shiran's life and perspective, betrayal, struggle, love, just life and philosophy.
Have you made any albums?/If yes what are they? We are releasing an EP called 'warm winter day' on November 15th 2014 the full album will be released in time.
Do you have any clips on YouTube? We are working on that, to be released soon. We do have a vocal recording of our song 'survivor's road' . check it out https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdgBIXCGggE
How old are you?/What got you started in music? I am 30 years old. I was always singing, and had my first band at the age of 14, but only a few years ago, when I started working on SHIRAN, I really found my niche.
Witch band is the best you´ve seen? That’s hard 'cause I've seen so many, but GOJIRA are amazing. They have a unique style and their so fierce on stage. They give an honest, professional show.
What are the plans for the rest of the year? Going on a tour, reaching out to more crowd. Working our ass off to get to all those who needs to know SHIRAN.
When did you decide to go all in for the music? I use to be a bar manager. I thought this would be my life, but I never felt more alive than when I sang or wrote music, I realized something was missing. I started singing in a jazz band but it wasn’t me. Then I started writing SHIRAN. This was the point I understood I am all in.
Is it easier to get your inspiration from older bands or from bands more modern? Good question. I am inspired from both, old and new. The old school is what I am made of, the modern is what we must be. Each of them represents a different side of my inspiration.
What are your sources of inspiration? Our sources of inspiration are Anger, frustration, philosophy, friendships, love, fear, pain, and aspirations, basically everything.
What's the first step when making a new song? The first step of making a song is a thought or a feeling, something you can't shake off, and then come the words, then the structure with the music, and then the parts of the instruments, More or less.
How do you feel about the downloading of music instead of buying albums?
As a professional musician, it makes it impossible to make a living, which is sad.
Making music is a very expensive process. You need to buy good gear, you need to pay the studios, if you go on tour you got a van to rent, paying gas and road tolls, food is nice having… everything costs money…
On the other hand, internet and downloading get you music out to more listeners than you could ever reach…
At the end of the day, supporting the bands you like by buying a CD or even paying for an iTunes copy, can help your favorite artist keep on making music.
When you are on stage, what do you fear most then? On stage, my biggest fear is not being able to hear myself well. That can ruin everything.
What would you do if there was no music? That's a horrible scenario. But I would probably be an actress or a chef, Or both.
How important are your fans? Nothing is more important than my fans! Fans are the ones who keep you going. I always answer my fans. Not because I feel obligated, because I like talking to them, it's important what they have to say.
How often do you rehearse? We rehears once a week.
Where do you rehearse? At Elram's studio
Do you have any webpages?
How would you describe your sound in one sentence Kick ass beautiful.
Do you have anything to add? Thank you for having me. Please stay tuned.
SHIRAN - The Child (Lyric Video)
interview with HAK-ED DAMM
What´s the name of your band? The band is called: HAK-ED DAMM
How was the band formed? The band was formed in 2007 by me (Zokvist) and Silencer. We wanted to create a brutal war-machine band. So we found two fast guitar players and a violent bass player able to meet our needs. And then we could create some brutal black metal in our own style.
Can you tell about your band? We recorded a demo-cd called "Black Tortured Metal". After that we composed and released in 2012 our first album called "Nekrowristfucked". The band played some gigs in Canada and U.S.A. Then just took a break from 2011 to 2014. And then we are now acive since few months to restart the machine with two new members.
Where are all band members from?/Who does what in the band?
All the members are from Quebec City in Canada.
Zokvist - Vocal
Silencer - Drums
Exu - Guitars
Amok - Guitars
Zaïtsev - Fretless Bass
What was the ambitions of the band when you started? Having fun playing music and mixing styles. Share ideas and drink some beers. So we recorded the demo-cd and decide to share it to the people to let'em know we just exist.
Could you explain your music to someone that haven't heard you? Very simple, we are playing fast and brutal metal. Our influences are black metal, and the sound is raw. We don't like slow composition
Where was your first gig? Our very first gig was in our hometown in Quebec City, Canada in a venue called "L'Anti".
Where was the latest gig? The last gig, I cannot really remember in which venue it was but it was in the province of Quebec too.
Who writes your songs?/Who writes the music who writes lyrics? As a singer I'm writing my own lyrics. The members share some riffs and normally write the music together.
Who has the best since of humor in the band? All members got that sense but only one is the kidding whore (Exu) l.o.l
What's good/bad with the band?/What genre do you feel you are?
Fast tracks, good feelings and brutality.
We are a brutal black metal band.
Good and bad with the band, dont know if its good or bad but for sure we got less time than years
before to play and practice. We all got families. But it really stays a nice hobby thru.
Why did you pick that particular style?/What are your songs about? Because that is the style each member like and gets feelings with. Songs are about war, suicide, antichritianism and psycho-disorders.
Do you write your own material or mainly covers? All tracks are written band Hak-Ed Damm, few covers can be done in times too.
Have you made any albums?/If yes what are they?
Black Tortured Metal -Demo-cd 2008
Nekrowristfucked - Full-length 2010
Dutch and Canadian Annihilation - Split 2011
The Antithesis of Supine Morality - Split 2011
Execrated - Split 2012
A Grimmer Kingdom of Doom - Split 2013
Do you have any clips on YouTube? Yes, people just searching for "Hak-Ed Damm" we find some clips and live shows homemade recorded.
How old are you? Members are between 26 to 35 yo.
How old were you guys when you first stood on stage? Most of us did the first gig between 1995 and 2001 I'd see maybe average 20 yo
What year wat the band started? 2007 officially
Best/worst gig you've played? I'd say that all gigs are good gigs because there is no bad gigs or critics all can be seen as a experience to keep it better in the future ones.
What places will you be playing in in the imidate future? For the moment no gig are planned, we are slowly restarting the training.
Where have you played from then till now? We did gigs many gigs in the province of Quebec, we also travel to some states in the U.S.
Is it always the same songs live? No, set list always changes
What are the plans for the rest of the year? We are working on new material for 2015
How do you get psyched up for a gig? Good rehearsals and good beers that's it !
What are your goals with your music? Have fun doing the better hobby in the whole world
When did you decide to go all in for the music? When we first heard our first demo-cd. Why not to share it with the world
Is it easier to get your inspiration from older bands or from bands more modern? Main inspiration is coming from 90's bands.
What are your sources of inspiration? All metal music is inspiration.
What's the first step when making a new song? Write song then vocals can be done after. All lyrics come with the feeling.
How do you feel about the downloading of music instead of buying albums? People are increasingly indebted and get fucked by the government, so we should not be surprised that most people try to save money. And with all the new technology, everything has become so easy ...
What would be your dreams for the band? Members like to play the main festivals.
Besides your own music, what genres and bands do you listen to? Death, Black, Classic, Punk, Speed, Grunge...
What do you hold most dear?
What would be your greatest fears for the future? No fear for the future. The future does not exist so why fear something that is none
When you are on stage, what do you fear most then? No fear, we are playing our music, if people dont like, then just get the fuck off.
How often do you rehearse? One day a week
Where do you rehearse? In Quebec City, Canada
Name 2 of your own songs you like at the moment? T-34 Infernobyl
What do you feel is the best live band you've seen? Surely Marduk, Mayhem and Dark Funeral
What drives a band that isn't all that famous and renowned to try to make a living on their music and to keep playing? The passion
Do you have any webpages? We got one desactivated since 2011, should be online soon. "www.hakeddamm.com"
Describe your show, visually and musically Just look at the videos.
How do you view the musicindurty of today? Some does it for passion and some does it for ca$h..
What are the biggest obstacles for a band? Those who think only their own music is true...
What is best/worst with playing the clubs? Meeting bands and sharing ideas.
How would you describe your sound in one sentence A brain haemorrhaging exemplification of black metal violence
Do you have anything to add?Keep it brutal and follow us, the near future will be a good one. Gigs are coming, a new album shall be released. Thanks Robex.
HAK-ED DAMM - "T-34"
Fick idag tack.
interview with Haunt
How was the band formed? I had played in many bands over the years but it never seemed to work out for various reasons. Therefore, I decided to start this solo project in 2012.
Can you tell about your band? My name is Steve(aka Stevil) and I am the sole member of Haunt. I play all instruments and vocals and write and compose all the music.
Where are all band members from? I hail from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
What was the ambitions of the band when you started? I had made music solo for a few years before I decided to release it. My main ambition when I started doing this was basically just to see if I could pull it off. After awhile, I decided to start up a reverbnation page just to see if anyone would actually like it.
Could you explain your music to someone that haven't heard you? Haunt is a homage to first wave black metal of the 80`s, European black metal of the 90`s, thrash metal of the early-mid 80`s and trad metal of the 70`s and 80`s, all rounded out with a punk attitude. I have a lot of influences and I try to incorporate a little bit of it all within my sound.
Where was your first gig? Being a solo artist, I don`t do live shows. I have played live before, but never under this moniker.
Who writes your songs?/Who writes the music who writes lyrics? That would be me
What's good/bad with the band? My favorite element of this project is I feel I have my own sound. As I stated earlier, I try to incorporate several forms of metal into my sound. With that being said, I also feel that may be one of my downfalls as well. Perhaps I blur the lines. Hard to place Haunt in a particular genre. Some potential fans may not even give Haunt a chance because of this. But I am fine with that.
What are your songs about? I have other projects where the lyrical topics are more personally or socially based. Haunt is more of my dark side. War, insanity, occultism, hatred, depression and disdain towards religion have all been topics within Haunt songs.
Do you write your own material or mainly covers? I have done covers in the past but the bulk of my material is original
Have you made any albums?/If yes what are they? I have they are;
Curse Of The Northern Moon - 2012
Nightfall Sorrow Eternal(EP) - 2013
The Plague Divine - 2013
Solar Forest(EP) - 2014
All have been released by Stillborn Twins Records. I also have appeared on several compilations and split albums.
Do you have any clips on YouTube? Yes, there are clips on my youtube channel and the Stillborn Twins Records youtube channel
What got you started in music? I had family and friends older siblings who were into great classic rock and metal, so I was exposed to it at an early age and I just loved it. It was something that I always wanted to do.
At what age did you start playing? I was given a guitar at a fairly young age, but didn't truly start to actually learn to play it til my early teenage years. Later on, I tried my hand at bass and drums.
How old were you guys when you first stood on stage? I was 15 years old when I played my first show. I played my high school band week back in 1991. We played a crude form of death metal. It was quite shocking to most in attendance, death metal being fairly new at that point. It was quite humorous actually haha. Some of our friends started a pit and they shut the show down for a few minutes. It was a notorious show. They cancelled band week for a few years after because of that show haha.
Witch band is the best you´ve seen? I've seen a lot of great concerts over the years; Slayer(like 8 times), Maiden, Sabbath, Kreator, Exodus, etc. But still to this day, the absolute best concert I've ever seen was Motorhead in 98. It was in an overpacked country bar. They were supporting a greatest hits album they had out at the time so they played all their classics. It was amazing. Still the greatest show I've ever seen.
What are your goals with your music? Basically, I want to make music that'd I'd want to listen to myself. Hopefully other people will like it as well, but I cater to myself first. I don't ever think about catering to a particular audience. I just do what I do.
When did you decide to go all in for the music? I definitely wouldn't say I'm" all in". I do it for the love of creating art and music. To go "all in" takes a huge commitment that I wouldn't be able to do at this point of my life.
Is it easier to get your inspiration from older bands or from bands more modern? Definitely older bands. The 80's and early 90's were a special time for metal that hasn't been duplicated. Most of my sound is taken most from that era. Not to say they're isn't great bands presently, but for me, my main inspiration is from older metal.
What's the first step when making a new song? I usually will come up with a song on guitar, craft the song, then think about how the drums will work in, then record the drums, then play everything over that. Sometimes it will vary, depending on the song.
How do you feel about the downloading of music instead of buying albums? I'm okay with it. I still like to buy albums from the bands that I enjoy, but for underground music, such as myself, we rely on music downloading. It has made the underground much more accesible to people around the world to hear all sorts of great bands. I, personally have discovered many great bands this way.
Besides your own music, what genres and bands do you listen to? I have really been digging on underground metal the last couple of years. All the bands on Stillborn Twins Records are great. Formulus, Unsung, Lurid Reign, Korpifjellet, Crowfather, Encroaching Darkness, just to name a few. Other than that, I still listen to the classics quite regularly. Dissection, Slayer, Darkthrone, Maiden, etc. Some great newer bands too. Skeletonwitch, Midnight, Ghost, Toxic Holocaust, all great stuff.
Have you been part of any other projects? I have several other projects that I work on periodically. I have a more kind of punk project,An experimental project, a kind of more straight up metal project and some other things that I work on that have never been released. It's great to work on different forms of music. It keeps ideas for Haunt fresh as well, so I don't get burnt out playing one form of music.
How important are your fans? Most important thing I feel. I am so appreciative of any fan that digs what I do and wants a shirt or downloads my album or even just spreading the word. That means a lot to me, and I thank all of them.
Do you have any webpages? Yes, you can get all my music off of bandcamp
From the Stillborn Twins archive page
and I also have a facebook page
Do you have anything to add? Would just like to thank you for this opportunity and to thank all my fans and friends for their support. It is greatly appreciated! Hails and support the underground!
Haunt - Solar Forest
interview with COMPULSION
What´s the name of your band? COMPULSION
How was the band formed? The band was formed in december 2010 by Fred and Butch, two old friends that wanted to Write and play oldschool stuff. Then Butch who was on another project met Matthias who joined The band in 2012.
Can you tell about your band? COMPULSION is an instinctive thrash-death-grind metal band. Lyrics are about social decadence, human condition and pathetic mentality of human being But the lyrics are like Z horror movies, and we make some bold humor like our music !
Where are all band members from?/Who does what in the band?
Fred is come from St Malo (France) ,he plays guitar and vocals
Butch is come from Angers (France) ,he plays bass
Matthias is come from Angers (France) ,he plays drums
What was the ambitions of the band when you started? Making some noise, custom music , and having some fun. Express our energy and anger.
Could you explain your music to someone that haven't heard you? We make a crossover with some influences like death old school, thrash old school, and grindcore, We are not a modern band !!!!! we love the old sound of nineties !! our music feels like rust
Where was your first gig? Our first gig was at the bar « Le Barbu » at Angers (France) in 2013
Where was the latest gig? Our last gig was at « La scène Michelet » at Nantes (France)
Who writes your songs?/Who writes the music who writes lyrics? Songs are written by all members, Lyrics are written by Fred
Who has the best since of humor in the band? Matthias!!
What's good/bad with the band?/What genre do you feel you are?
Every thing is good in the band,
One thing bad : the hard part is meet to rehearsal,
Why did you pick that particular style?/What are your songs about? Like I said, we love underground and the nineties scene and lyrics are about human decadence with some humor!
Do you write your own material or mainly covers? We write our own material, no covers
Have you made any albums?/If yes what are they? We made this month our first EP ( 8 songs) is an auto-production, it’s called: BRUTAL ERRORS. It can be heard on Bandcamp or bought by contacting us on Facebook
Do you have any clips on YouTube? No, just some videos of our gigs in some pubs !
How old are you?/What got you started in music? Between 33 and 39 ! We play music for long time now!!15 years on average Everyone started by passion
How old were you guys when you first stood on stage? I, Butch in 1998 ,I hope it's the same thing for Fred with our first band bands : Khalkabad and Svärdom !
What year was the band started? 2010
Best/worst gig you've played? The worst was the first at « le Barbu » in Angers, and the best gig at « t'es rock « in Angers , public was great.
What places will you be playing in in the imidate future? Also, we will play at a big gig november 8 2014 at Angers with Dagoba, Zuul fx, Ekthellion, Dysmorphic, and War machine.
Where have you played from then till now? We will play at «Café Latin» next october 24 in Angers with Panic layer and dying hope
Witch band is the best you´ve seen? For me (Butch) Bolt thrower and Obituary.
Is it always the same songs live? Yes for the moment
What has been the best/most promising gig so far? The gig at le “Chabada” at Angers with Dagoba, zuul fx !
Have you had any bigger tours from start to now? Not for the moment
How big crowds do you usually play for? 50 to 70 people, maybe a bit more…
What are the plans for the rest of the year? The big gig with Dagoba, and making some new songs !
Where do you usually play? In pubs or small concert halls
How do you get psyched up for a gig? We are always so excited to play gigs with some apprehension, we hope all the time the people will be happy to see COMPULSION !
What are your goals with your music? Making brutal and fun songs for metalheads !! and for us of course…
When did you decide to go all in for the music? In 2010 when we have created COMPULSION, but music is not the only passion and interest in our life,
What are your sources of inspiration? Thrash, death and grindcore metal scene from nineties and eighties and horror movies and social environment, But for music, we try not to copy any bands.
What's the first step when making a new song? Making some riffs and assemble them in a logical (or illogical ah ah!) sense ! And we try to create brutality and we try to be the most original as possible ! Matthias create patterns and infuses his style ! After we make some modifications to finalise it and Fred writes the lyrics ,
We make a first version in home studio with drums program before working on it together.
How do you feel about the downloading of music instead of buying albums? Downloading is good and bad at the same time, it's good because it's allows to discover many bands and after, people can buy albums they like, but it's bad for bands who wants to live with their music if people don't buy songs after download,
What would be your dreams for the band? For me, I want COMPULSION have more audience and I hope we can make a true album with a great sound, But the album will be an auto production again, we don’t have much money, also we want to have the control of the sound of our creations.
Besides your own music, what genres and bands do you listen to? I listen to the new Cannibal corpse !! most seriously, all bands old school, I also like heavy metal, I think Fred is like me , Matthias listen every style of metal ,he is the most eclectic,
What would be your greatest fears for the future? The abortion of COMPULSION for some reasons,,,
When you are on stage, what do you fear most then? I fear that public don't like our music
Have you been in any other bands?
I have another band with Matthias : NECRONATION with Christophe( guitars and vocals ) and Lisa (Bass),
I have a black metalband duo with Mörtomb (vocals and lyrics) : EKATÖMB,
I have played with Fred in death metalband : SVÄRDOM and in a hardcoreband KHALKABAD,
Fred played in his first band : MEUH
I was bassist and Matthias was drummer in PESTKHLYST (black metal) during 1 year,
What do you work with outside of the band and the music? Me and Matthias are working in « medical services » Fred is an electrician.
What would you do if there was no music? Music (ahah ! ) seriously, I don't know , music is a passion,
How often do you rehearse? One rehearsal at month, we works the songs at home rest of the time,
Where do you rehearse? In « La Cèrclere » in Angers,
Name 2 of your own songs you like at the moment? The two new songs we work on! But they dont have been named yet !
What drives a band that isn't all that famous and renowned to try to make a living on their music and to keep playing? Passion , pleasure to create and share our creations !
Do you have any webpages?
Yes , a Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/compulsor
a bandcamp: http://compulsion.bandcamp.com/
a youtube page: https://www.youtube.com/user/compulsion4935
Any pearls of wisdom for all other bands out there? Nope…except rehearse…as much as you can, even when you’re alone work and keep your tracks in mind.
Describe your show, visually and musically is very simple, we have no artifice in our gig, we give brutality !!! It's direct,
How do you view the musicindurty of today? I think the money is a big part of the problems in the music industry, They are a lot of band with very good musicians who don't have personality and sounds similar to earn more money, it's sad , In other side, we can make music more easily today with computer, and home studio, it's a good thing, many small bands can make songs and albums with less money, Maybe we’ll see the way we share music change soon with internet and all the new applications and diffusion possibilities it offers.
What are the biggest obstacles for a band? Find places to play and give the first contacts in the music system,
What is best/worst with playing the clubs? The place is often too small and there are no air conditioning, otherwise, it's really fun to play in pubs because we are near the public, it's more warm.
Tell us about upcomming gigs and why we should be at them? The big show for us is november 8 because it's the firt time we will play with big bands like Dagoba. I think there will be many people and the sound will be very heavy you’ll discover COMPULSION in good conditions.
What is your favorite crappy instrument? Flute
Whats your Pre-show ritual? One beer no more and some jokes to lighten the mood.
COMPULSION live at la scène Michelet le 12/09/2014 à Nantes " Javel angel"
interview with Horned Almighty
What´s the name of your band? Horned Almighty
How was the band formed? The band was formed in 2002, by S. and Hellpig who made a demo. Shortly after they got in contact with Harm and he has been beating the drums ever since. After a few lineup changes over the years, Haxen joined the band in 2013.
Where are all band members from?/Who does what in the band?
We all live in Aarhus, Denmark.
What was the ambitions of the band when you started? There were not many ambitions
Could you explain your music to someone that haven't heard you? Mix Motorhead, Autopsy and Darkthrone, then put in some punk and then you will have Horned Almighty.
Where was your first gig? Our first gig was in 2003 at a Metal battle in our hometown. We just wanted to try out a few songs live - We ended up winning the whole thing.
Where was the latest gig? Royal Metal fest also in Aarhus in the spring this year.
Who writes your songs?/Who writes the music who writes lyrics? Its a joined effort. Hellpig comes up with some great riffs and S. does the lyrics. In the rehearsal room we just make some noise over that.
Who has the best since of humor in the band? None of us!
Why did you pick that particular style?/What are your songs about? We didn't choose a style. It just evolved that way. It started out more or less like a black metal band with punk influences.
It's all about death and damnation!
Do you write your own material or mainly covers? Yes we write our own material, but have done a couple of cover songs - Like the cover of Autopsy`s "Twisted mass of burned decay" on our latest album World of Tombs.
Have you made any albums?/If yes what are they?
We have made 5 albums.
2003: 7" In the year of our horned lord (Ep)
2004: Split Cd/LP with Sargeist
2004: Black Metal Jesus (full)
2006: The Devils Music (full)
2008: Contaminating The Devine (full)
2010: Necro spirituals (full)
2014: World Of Tombs (full)
Do you have any clips on YouTube? Yes, we have a few. Some live stuff.
What got you started in music? I always wanted to play music and when I was offered to join a band in 1994 I took the offer, and then had to learn how to play the drums pretty fast.
Best/worst gig you've played? The best gig we must have been in Berlin in 2011, when we were on tour with Glorior Belli. I have no clue what the worst gig have been - I must have been drunk.....
What places will you be playing in in the imidate future? We don't have many gigs planned right now, but we are playing at Atlas, Aarhus, d 29/11-14.
Witch band is the best you´ve seen? I have seen a lot of great bands, but of course some stands out like 1349, Behemoth, Gorgoroth, Black Label Society, but especially Black Sabbath at this year's Grasspop festival kicked ass!
Is it always the same songs live? No. We have different set lists to every show. We do have a few songs we always play though.
What has been the best/most promising gig so far? Inferno festival, Norway,
What are the plans for the rest of the year? To play the concert in November and then we will see what happens.
How do you get psyched up for a gig?
We shower ourselves in blood from local Christians all in the name of the dark lord!
No, I don't psych myself up before the concerts. I'm just doing some warm-up and trying to relax before going on stage. Of course there is some ritual in putting on the corpse paint, but that's really it.
Is it easier to get your inspiration from older bands or from bands more modern? It's definitely easier to be inspired by older bands, which clearly can be heard in our music.
Besides your own music, what genres and bands do you listen to?
Black, Death, Thrash and Heavy.
Funeral mist, Marduk, Satyricon,Watain, Blood Red Throne, Bolt Thrower, Death, Obituary, Pestilence, Entombed - I could go on.
What do you hold most dear? My family.
When you are on stage, what do you fear most then? That some crazy ass psychopath should repeat the Dimebag shooting.
Have you been part of any other projects? I play drums in several bands. I handle the drums in Glorior Belli and also in a Danish death metal act called Drab, which I have played with since 1996.
What would you do if there was no music? I would make some!
How important are your fans? They are very important.! Without them we wouldn't sell records or have an audience.
What's the funniest/most memorable thing a fan has done for you? There has been a lot of memorable and funny things, but the biggest gesture must be when a fan got the devil from the cover of the Devils music tattooed on his leg.
How often do you rehearse? Once every week.
Name 2 of your own songs you like at the moment? "In torture we trust pt. II" and "Repentance"
What drives a band that isn't all that famous and renowned to try to make a living on their music and to keep playing? For us, it's our friendship and passion for music.
Do you have any webpages?
Describe your show, visually and musically Our music is made for live performances. Its dark and dirty and we send all of our black energy to the masses.
How would you describe your sound in one sentence Crushing!
Do you have anything to add? Listen to our shit and come to our concerts where we will lay the world in tombs!
Horned Almighty (Metal Magic Festival 2013)
interview with Hell Poemer
How was the band formed? The band was formed in the summer of 2005 in Ioannina, Northwest Greece, after many meetings of five friends and endless discussions about black metal during the secondary school.
Then came the musical ideas, firstly written as dark atmospheric melodies in a classical piano, acoustic guitar and cymbals.
Can you tell about your band? Hell Poemer is an atmospheric black metal band from Greece. We have released 2 demos, 1 MCD, a split tape and a full-length since 2005. Also we have done some live-shows with bands like Rotting Christ, Varathon, Septic Flesh, Spider Kickers, Twilight, Aenaon beetween others.
Where are all band members from?/Who does what in the band? We are from Ioannina, a city surrounded by mountains in the Northwest Greece. After many line-up changes the band is: Infernal Lord: Synths, vocals, Knafos:guitar, Demonious: guitar(session live), Gragonith: bass, Dark Archon: drums.
What was the ambitions of the band when you started? The aim of the band was to play Melodic black metal as our influences.
Could you explain your music to someone that haven't heard you? Our music is Melodic black metal
with epic atmospheres and synths inspired by the second wave of Greek and Scandinavian black metal of 90's.
Where was your first gig? Our first gig was in the summer solstice of 2009 at Ioannina, Greece, an open-air performance during “the European day of music fest”.
Where was the latest gig? Our latest gig was in Thessaloniki, Greece supporting Varathron with Twilight and The Psalm at October 18, 2014.
Who writes your songs?/Who writes the music who writes lyrics? Me (keyboardist) and our guitarist Knafos write the basic riffs and the other guys add some more details and fix the result. I write the lyrics being influenced by the mysticism of nature, sadness, Mythology and medieval traditions.
Who has the best since of humor in the band? Out bassist. His laugh is too loud. It can be sound by everyone in the bar!!!
Why did you pick that particular style?/What are your songs about? We have chosen this style, because black metal is a compilation of feelings and dark ritual atmospheres. Our songs are about the dark side of nature, Ancient ruins, Homeric/Orphic Cosmotheory, Alpine landscapes and Sorrow.
Do you write your own material or mainly covers? We write and play mainly our own material, but we play at least one cover in our live performances.
Have you made any albums?/If yes what are they?
“Hell poemer” – demo 2007
“Worshipers of the Apocryphal ages” – MCD 2010 & tape (Wolfs path productions/night birds rec)
“Crossing the ancient path of molossian tribes” – split tape with the eternal Darkness 2011 (werewolf pr)
“Arcane Mysteries of Dead Ancestors” – Full length 2013 (Tenebrd Music)
Do you have any clips on YouTube? Only some songs with album cover and some live - songs.
What year was the band started? In the summer of 2005.
Best/worst gig you've played? All of our live-shows have their own atmosphere. Of course there are always some mistakes made and enjoyable situations, but its funny when we discuss these situations.
Which band is the best you´ve seen? I believe that the most impressive live, was a local show of Rotting christ in 2007. We were at the audience and the pit was so violent that the next day we had bruises all over our body.
Is it always the same songs live? No, we choose some old and some new songs according to the case.
What has been the best/most promising gig so far? I believe that the most active was a local show with some other underground bands in 2010. total chaos!
Have you had any bigger tours from start to now? No.
How big crowds do you usually play for? 80 persons the minimum. 250 – 300 persons the maximum.
What are the plans for the rest of the year? We are going to record 2 new songs for an upcoming split this Winter.
Where do you usually play? In some underground rock bars and stages in Greece.
What are your goals with your music? Our goal was always to play melodic black metal with ambient and epic parts. We want to create some epic tales and landscapes at the heart of the listener in order to forget the bad economical situation, the rottenness of the modern World and the every – day routine.
Is it easier to get your inspiration from older bands or from bands more modern? Our inspirations are mainly bands from the 90's like: Dissection, Rotting Christ, Summoning, Emperor, Varathron, Immortal, Fiendish Nymphe some epic soundtracks from fantasy Movies, folk music (for example Loreena McKennitt) . Of course Classical music is the main influence for the majestic atmospheres (for example the four seasons of Vivaldi).
What are your sources of inspiration? Every dark, epic and sorrowful sound and image.
What's the first step when making a new song? We write some riffs and melodies and then I imagine the lyrical concept. The whole tempo and the rhythms is a business of our drummer.
How do you feel about the downloading of music instead of buying albums? On the first hand downloading helps the new underground bands to advertise their music, but on the other hand many cd-stores have closed . Personally I have bought hundred of cd's and tapes, but I download very often albums and if I like them, I order it on tape because it's cheaper. The tragic thing is when i see simple cd's being sold in high prices like 18 euros by Big European labels. This is ridiculous.
What would be your dreams for the band? We want to create quality music and lyrics from the heart for the upcoming years.
Besides your own music, what genres and bands do you listen to? As I have told you before we listen to many kinds of metal (black, thrash, epic, progressive, death), European folk, Classical music and some traditional songs of our country.
When you are on stage, what do you fear most then? I don't want to call it fear, but stress. Generally, we are very anxious during the first 2 songs but then we calm down, especially when the audience is warm and active!
What songs and what years were they released? All of our songs are released from 2007 until 2013 by underground labels in limited copies in tape and cd-format.
Have you been in any other bands? Yes, some of us play in some other black metal and industrial bands here in our city with some old friends. Also, our guitarist and bassist play in a folk/ traditional project with our traditional instrument called “bouzouki”.
What do you work with outside of the band and the music? Two of us have recently graduated from University and Technical college and we are going to search for extra masters, two other guys are studying at the University and our bassist has some part-time jobs in Hospital and Bakeries.
What would you do if there was no music? This would be the worst nightmare (hehe!). I couldn't imagine World without music. Probably I would enjoy the nature sounds.
How important are your fans? It's very important to see people enjoy your music. Also we are friends with members from other bands, so we can discuss our inspirations. We support them and they support us. We don't expect to become a big “Hollywood” band. We are not rock stars.
What's the funniest/most memorable thing a fan has done for you? I remember that a guy was thrown up in the air from the mosh-pit and ended up in the drums and the drummer was impressed.
How often do you rehearse? Not so often. Probably 6 times before a live-show or before a record. There are even months that we don't rehearse!
Where do you rehearse? At Local studios and at home. Sometimes we play acoustic versions with flute and acoustic guitars in the countryside.
Name 2 of your own songs you like at the moment? I believe that our favourite ones are “Temple of the Apollonian wisdom” and “At the heart of the Arcadian forests” but every song has it's own atmosphere.
What drives a band that isn't all that famous and renowned to try to make a living on their music and to keep playing? Personally, we play music for fun, it's a hobby for us in order to express our feelings and ideas. Black metal is a passion, not a commercial marketing. I support all the guys out there who play folk or rock balands in local bars for money, but I get disgusted when I see extreme metal bands play only for money. Also I support all small distros and labels like our friends from Lykoreia and shadowface Records.
Do you have any webpages?
MYSPACE PAGE: https://myspace.com/hellpoemerlegions
Describe your show, visually and musically? Usually we introduce our show with a ritual intro and we continue with our songs. Generally we use only one black flag with the band logo or a background image with a landscape.
How do you view the music industry of today? People don't buy cd's anymore (especially since 2006 – 2007), they can find everything in internet. Of course sometimes, some underground metal labels make some attractive offers, so you can buy for example 2 cd's in price of 1. Also, Vinyl editions and tapes are still famous on the underground metal collectors who really appreciate the layout and the artwork!
What advice would you like to give other bands? I prefer to get advice from the old bands rather than give them myself!
Tell us about upcomming gigs and why we should be at them? We don't have any plans for furure gigs yet. Time shall tell.
How would you describe your sound in one sentence? Atmospheric black metal with epic parts and warlike riffs.
What was one of the most quarrelsome times for you in the band? Some sudden line-up changes.
Whats your Pre-show ritual? Usually we drink some coffee in order to be active in the stage, but then we get nervous so we drink some beers to relax just before the show!
Do you have anything to add? Thanks a lot for the interview and best wishes to your blog! Darkest Regards to all supporters and friendly bands & labels of Hell Poemer!
Infernal Lord besides of HELL POEMER
Hell Poemer - Exiled in the Fogwoods (Ordo Lycaoni
interview with Hegemon
How was the band formed? All members were involved in other musical projects, and wanted to explore a darker and more violent aspect of their personalities that they weren’t able to express in their respective bands. So they decided to gather and form Hegemon.
Can you tell about your band? As we were involved in other bands and didn’t want to be affiliated to these other bands, we decided to hide our identities, so listeners will focus only on Hegemon’s music and not on other subjects… Since the beginning, the line up has evolved (line up changes), but the "Hegemon" entity is still the same.
Where are all band members from?/Who does what in the band? We are from France. It’s a classical formation: Drums / vocals / bass / guitars. With additional acoustic guitars and bagpipes.
What was the ambitions of the band when you started? To make the music we felt, in a different way from the music we made in our other projects.
Could you explain your music to someone that haven't heard you? Hegemon plays a kind of Black Metal, in the vein of bands like Emperor, Mayhem or Satyricon at their beginnings, but with a will to not stay confined. We have also some modern influences, and take care of sound and production (not like early raw Black Metal…)
Where was your first gig? Montpellier (France)
Where was the latest gig? Laudun-L’Ardoise (France)
Who writes your songs?/ who writes the music who writes lyrics? Music is written by 2 members: Bass player and guitar player. Lyrics are written by the singer.
Who has the best since of humor in the band? It depends of what kind of humor we talk about…
What's good/bad with the band? It’s good to play live… It’s bad to not play live enough…
What are your songs about? Our songs are about war. Ways that mankind has to eradicate itself are an endless inspiration.
Do you write your own material or mainly covers? We play our own music. But we occasionally played a few covers during live shows: Enslaved "Fenris" / Immortal "Unsilent storms in the north abyss" / Mayhem "Funeral Fog".
Have you made any albums?/If yes what are they? We have recorded 3 albums: "Chaos Supreme" (2000), "By This I Conquer" (2002) and "Contemptus Mundi" (2008). We are currently recording our fourth album for a release in 2015.
How old are you?/What got you started in music? We are between 30 and 40 years old. Passion has got us into music.
At what age did you start playing? We started playing music when we were about 10 / 15 years old.
How old were you guys when you first stood on stage? between 18 / 20 years old…
What year was the band started? 1996
Best/worst gig you've played? Best gig was the Black Metal Is Rising Fest, in 2009 (Paris) / Worst gig was the Black Knight Day Fest (Avignon), in 2004: We were supposed to play at 01:00 am, but due to a poor organization, we played at… 06:00 am. And of course almost everyone in the public had gone home…
Witch band is the best you´ve seen? Hard to pick only one… Recently, we saw Carcass and Behemoth, and both bands were great! But, there are many other good bands…
Is it always the same songs live? Some of our songs are inescapable for us. But we always have to adapt our setlist to new albums or to a set duration.
What are the plans for the rest of the year? To finish our next album and release it…
Is it easier to get your inspiration from older bands or from bands more modern? Mixing old and modern influences allows us to expand and enrich our style.
What's the first step when making a new song? Composing riffs
and melodies with an electric or acoustic guitar…
How do you feel about the downloading of music instead of buying albums? Do you mean legal or illegal downloading? As far as I am concerned, I rather have a physical support (like CD or vinyl) than a digital file… But I think it’s a good thing that you can find some free music (illegally or not): that helps to discover new bands and even if you never buy an album, maybe you will go to the live show or buy a shirt… There are a lot of ways to support a band!
What would be your dreams for the band? For the moment, we hope to release our next album, and going on tour to support it. Of course, we have some more ambitious dreams, but more difficult to achieve…
Besides your own music, what genres and bands do you listen to? Too vast to make a list… Mainly extreme metal, but also other form of metal, progressive rock, movie soundtracks, and many more…
What would be your greatest fears for the future? We fear nothing… Itenou Pedjet !
Have you been in any other bands? Yes, but today Hegemon is our main project.
What would you do if there was no music? Killing people, probably…
How important are your fans? They are important, of course, they send back the reason why we work hard on our music…
What's the funniest/most memorable thing a fan has done for you? Travelled a very long road to see us performing live, and was sick during the show because he has drunk too much… Maybe he heard us a bit from the toilets…
How often do you rehearse? Not at the moment. But we will, as soon as our new album will be released.
Name 2 of your own songs you like at the moment? "By This I Conquer" (from the eponymous album) - "Hatred From The Core" (from our next album)
What drives a band that isn't all that famous and renowned to try to make a living on their music and to keep playing? Passion, once more…
Do you have any webpages? Yes, we have: www.hegemon666.net is our official website, but you can also find us on Facebook, Soundcloud, Reverbnation…
Any pearls of wisdom for all other bands out there? Not really… We let them find their own way…
Describe your show, visually and musically Come to see us to make your own idea…
What are the biggest obstacles for a band? Lack of money…
How would you describe your sound in one sentence Organic
Do you have anything to add? Thanksfor this interview, and for spreading the black flame with us…