interview with Hot Hell RooM

What´s the name of your band? Hot Hell RooM

How was the band formed? Alan (Bass): The band was founded in September 2003 in Paris.

Can you tell about your band?

Ludovic (Drums) : Hot Hell RooM is a french rock band. The band was found in 2003 by

Alan (Bass), Loic (Vocals & Guitars) and Stone (the first drummer) .

Alan : Ludovic  arrived early 2010, Initially, the group was a trio until the arrival of ShazyBob (Guitar) in September 2012 and Sébastien Lucionni (second Guitar)  integrated the band in November 2013. The trio became a quintet.

Where are all band members from?/Who does what in the band?

Ludovic : We all live in France near Paris.

Hot Hell RooM  is : Loic Malassagne (vocals), Alan Raoul (bass guitar), ShazyBob and Sébastien Luccioni (guitars) and Ludovic Rouix (drums)

What was the ambitions of the band when you started? Alan : To write good music, record albums, make concerts  and have a good time trying to share our music with our public.  Like many rock bands!

Could you explain your music to someone that haven't heard you? Alan : It's always difficult to describe our music when you are involved, but I think it is a mix of rock  (any style) and metal, we  like to define our music as heavy rock with lots of melodies...

Where was your first gig?

Alan: With our new line up in 2013, it was at the Covent Garden (Near Paris).

Ludovic : Yeah, first gigs together ! also great, a very good rock concert !
Where was the latest gig?

Ludovic : It was at Montreuil on a festival in France, good time !

Alan : Yes, at the Music Guest Festival, a great time with very good bands!

Who writes your songs?/ who writes the music who writes lyrics? Alan : At the beginning (before 2010), it was only Loic and me who wrote music. Now everybody writes and brings these ideas. Loic always wrote the lyrics.

Who has the best since of humor in the band?

Ludovic : Me of course !

Alan : We’re all a little crazy in this band and we like to laugh!

What's good/bad with the band?

Alan : What's good is the good times with all the guys of the band creating  music.

The bad stuff :   All the good times are too short !                                                                                                    

Why did you pick that particular style? Alan : Our style was created naturally, after playing in different styles of Heavy Metal music with other bands in the past , I wanted (I speak for myself) to return to music near the roots of bands  I loved in my youth years.

Do you write your own material or mainly covers? Alan : Our own material ! Maybe we’ll record some covers later, but this is not what we prefer to do.

Have you made any albums?/If yes what are they?

Alan : Yes, we recorded several albums ...

Lies Box (Ep Demo 3 Tracks  ) – 2005, Hot Hell Room (Album demo) -2009, Kali Yuga Bonfire (Official First album) (2013).

We will record a new album early 2015.

Do you have any clips on YouTube?

Ludovic : Yeah ! You can see on our You tube official channel at :

 https://www.youtube.com/user/HotHellRooM/videos

There are clips, live and others videos of the band !

At what age did you start playing?

Alan : I started making music at the age of 14 with a tennis racket like guitar (laugh). I started seriously playing music around the age of 19-20 years.

Ludovic : I was 6 years old ! My parents wanted I play an instrument, they wanted piano but I decided to play drums! And I have the last word !

How old were you guys when you first stood on stage?

Alan : I was 20 with my first band, I have forgotten the name (laugh) and only had three months of bass of practice, a disaster... (Laugh).

Ludovic : It was in 1996 ! With my first band too called Total Agony, we played Metallica, Megadeth songs and our first own song !

What year was the band started? Alan : 2003, September exactly, but Loic and I play together since 1998.

Best/worst gig you've played?

Ludovic : I think for me, the best gig was at Alforville ! Actually no bad gigs for me, good times on all gigs played with Hot Hell RooM.

Alan : As Ludo, I would say  the gig in Alfortville and the Music Guest Festival. I hope us to do more shows  soon !

What places will you be playing in the imidate future? Ludovic : We’ll play in Eragny in France, at Coven Garden place.

Where have you played from then till now? Ludovic : We have played only in France actually, but we hope to play anywhere in France and start playing in Europe ! And in my dreams outside of Europe ! ANYWHERE !

Alan : This is my dream too, Playing  anywhere in  Europe, and  USA (one day , this is a kid’s dream !)

Is it always the same songs live?

Alan : There are songs we play regularly live like : Humanity Will Never Change, World Of Kali, At The Junkies Bedside and other songs….But we always vary the set list with old titles or new titles not yet recorded for the moment.

Ludovic : I think it is very cool to change the set list with one or more songs ! We have always motivation to play all our songs !

Have you had any bigger tours from start to now? Alan : We study all opportunities to tour, by the way we are looking for an gigs’organiser.

What are the plans for the rest of the year? Ludovic : We are recording our second album ! It will release in 2015 ! And perhaps play a lot of concerts !

Where do you usually play? Alan : For the time we played in clubs and concert halls in our area. We would play anywhere, even outside our borders.

How do you get psyched up for a gig?

Ludovic : I’m on fire ! So excited, many energy so I want to play !

Alan :I can't stand still before going on stage. I'm so exited to play !!!

What are your goals with your music? Alan : The same as when  started the band : writing  good music, recording albums, performing concerts  and having a good time when we share our music with our public.  And find a distribution or a label to release our records.

When did you decide to go all in for the music? Alan : For my part, I know I want to make music since I was 15 years old. Music is a passion !

What are your sources of inspiration? Alan: Many things inspire us: what surrounds us, and we use our imagination and creativity.

How do you feel about the downloading of music instead of buying albums? Alan : This is a difficult question. For my part, I am passionate about music and I like to buy albums. But things are not the same since 20 years. Downloading  has a good side to discover groups easily. The problem  is that the new discs are expensive, and people prefer downloading  the albums. I do not judge,it  is a fact. 

What would be your dreams for the band? 

Ludovic : It would be wicked to make a big tour anywhere ! Play many many concerts and albums !

Alan : Yes ! Many many concerts and albums... Having a good time playing our music.

Besides your own music, what genres and bands do you listen to?

Ludovic : All the band listen to different genres and bands, I listen to rock, metal, progressive music, pop, jazz, blues, many genres and bands. Love: Queen, Pain Of Salvation, Mötley Crue and Steel panthers, Cactus for example…

Alan : I like and I listen to a lot of different style of music like : rock, metal, pop, blues, jazz, classical music, progressive rock,  world music and many other stuff ! For example :  The Beatles , King’s X, Black Sabbath, Rush, Led Zeppelin, Faith No More, Alice In Chains,  Tears For Fears,  Pantera,  Paco de Lucia, Thin Lizzy, Marillion, Tool... And many  many more other  stuffs, the list would be too long !!!

When you are on stage, what do you fear most then? Alan : A bad sound engineer (laughs !)

Have you been part of any other projects?

Ludovic : Actually, I have my own project Voices Of Lies (Metal Prog).

Alan : We almost all parallel projects, Loic (Invading Chapel "Gothic Rock"), Seb (Onirik Illusion "Gothic Métal") . I have one or two  side project , but my main goal is Hot Hell RooM  for the moment.

Have you been in any other bands?

Ludovic : Oh yes ! Many projects ! Anthemon, Evolvent recently!

Alan : Yes, I have been in lots of bands in the past : Coldown, 7th Nemesis, Evolvent (With Ludovic) and  I recently played with Invading Chapel  (the side project of Loic our singer ) on several concerts.

What do you work with outside of the band and the music? Alan: We all work to pay the bills.

How often do you rehearse? Alan: Once a week together .

Where do you rehearse? Alan: In a studio near Paris and sometimes unplugged in my house…

Name 2 of your own songs you like at the moment? Alan: Hard question, I think "Humanity will never change" and "Undergo" but it changes all the time (laugh) i like each one.

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? Alan : Music is a passion above all !

Do you have any webpages?

Ludovic: Yes these are the links :

http://hothellroom.host22.com/

https://www.youtube.com/user/HotHellRooM/videos

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hot-Hell-RooM/202249509831550?ref=bookmarks

Describe your show, visually and musically Alan: Not easy to explain, you have to see us live to know !  (Laugh)

What advice would you like to give other bands? Alan: I  have read an interview a few years ago of Michael Shenker telling that good music was the one coming from the heart. This has marked me at this time.  You have to stay passionate and keep faith !

What is best/worst with playing the clubs? Alan: Be closer to the public, but often the stages are too small ! (Laugh)

How would you describe your sound in one sentence Alan: Heavy Rock' n Roll and Melodic !

What is your favorite crappy instrument? Alan : All instruments are beautiful, It depends the way we play it!

Whats your Pre-show ritual? Alan: For my part, I warm up my hands to be ready for going on stage.  Sometimes i like drinking one beer before the show. It's different for each member in the group...

Do you have anything to add?

Alan : No, just thank you for your attention!

Ludovic : Thank you, can you see on gigs ! Perhaps!


World Of Kali Live at Alfortville, France, 27/03/14


interview with Menstrual Blood

What´s the name of your band? Our band is Menstrual Blood !

How was the band formed? At the beginning, it was a bad rehearsal with our last band. So we decide to do some grind shits for fun.

Can you tell about your band? For the moment, we just record some songs that we broadcast on internet (youtube and facebook). 

It's just for us and our friends, to make them laugh and piss in their pants ! 

Maybe we will play gigs later if people enjoy our music, but we're not thinking about it for the moment

Where are all band members from?/Who does what in the band? We're from France ! We are 2 in the band (and three with our virtual drummer Kyle, the best drummer we found) Gilles, who plays the bass and the guitars, and Franck, who sings like an angel... a sick angel.

What was the ambitions of the band when you started? We wanted to use some funny samples of weirds videos (porn, gore, gore porn, and funny movies),and to play different kind of music that we can't play with our other bands

Could you explain your music to someone that haven't heard you? Well, imagine you're strangulating a pig while your fucking it by the ass at the same moment when you're also watching a bad porn movie.

That's the spirit of the band

Who writes your songs?/Who writes the music who writes lyrics? Gilles and Franck write the songs, Kyle the drummer can't do that so badly

Who has the best since of humor in the band? Well, if we formed the band, it was because we always do bad jokes, and this band was a way to express that

What's good/bad with the band?/What genre do you feel you are? The good thing is that we're only two in the band, so we can write songs very fast. The bad things is that we're only two in the band so we can't write a song that exceed 2 minutes and we can't play gigs yet.

We thought that we're playing a kind of funny grind, but we're also fan of Thrash/Death metal, maybe there will be some riff inspired by these styles in our future songs.

Why did you pick that particular style?/What are your songs about?

We pick that style, because it was the funnier !

Our songs are just a bunch of insults and dirty words. 

Do you write your own material or mainly covers? All of our songs are our own songs ! Maybe we will cover some shitty pop songs for the fun (and because Kyle loves it)

Have you made any albums?/If yes what are they? Not for the moment, but we will make an EP soon, so stay tuned !

Do you have any clips on YouTube? No, but you can find our songs and our beautiful logo (Made by the EXCELLENT Nico Larsen) on Youtube

How old are you?/What got you started in music? Gilles 20, Franck 23 and Kyle is very old but we don't exactly know how old he is.We wanted to play in a band because it's the easiest way to fuck chicks, but this don't concern grindcore bands, infortunately...

And because we are fans of metal music of course

At what age did you start playing?

Gilles starts playing at the age of 14

Franck at the age of 21

and Kyle since he's born

How old were you guys when you first stood on stage?

Gilles was 15 at his first gig !

Franck was 21.

And Kyle never played on stage because he is shy (and virtual)

What are the plans for the rest of the year? We will continue to share songs with facebook and youtube, and we will try to record an EP that exceed 15 minutes

What are your goals with your music? We try to make people laugh and bang their heads.

Is it easier to get your inspiration from older bands or from bands more modern? We listen to olds and moderns stuff, so we try to get inspired by both

What are your sources of inspiration? Weird youtube videos, bads movies, porn movies

What's the first step when making a new song? We first find THE riff and funny samples

How do you feel about the downloading of music instead of buying albums? We don't care, we prefer buy CDs but our music is free so take it !

What would be your dreams for the band?  Play at the Obscene Extreme Festival !

Besides your own music, what genres and bands do you listen to? We listen all kind of heavy and extreme stuff, and rap sometime

Have you been in any other bands? We both played in a band called Dead Potatoes, it was a stoner band. Gilles now plays in Oulambator, it's an other stoner project

What's the funniest/most memorable thing a fan has done for you? Our logo! Some friends are already asking for Menstrual Blood merch ! Really ?!

How often do you rehearse? When we can we rehearse 2/3 times by week

Where do you rehearse? In Gilles's flat

Name 2 of your own songs you like at the moment? "Penche toi et tousse" and "Je peux rien contre la faim dans le monde mais par contre je peux te péter le cul"

Do you have any webpages?

We got a facebook page https://www.facebook.com/menstrual.blood.fr?ref=bookmarks

and a youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpdvKckdY43CSJ-U5NzwKkA

What advice would you like to give other bands? Have fun and drink till you puke !

What are the biggest obstacles for a band? A member who lost his motivation

How would you describe your sound in one sentence Fat and dirty.

What is your favorite crappy instrument? the kazoo !

Do you have anything to add? Thanks for the interview ! We're a very very young band but it's awesome to answer your questions! Thanks for your interest!


Menstrual Blood - Penche toi et tousse (radio edit)


interview with GARAGEDAYS

What´s the name of your band? MK: GARAGEDAYS

How was the band formed? MK: I formed the band around 2005

Where are all band members from?/Who does what in the band?

MK: We are all from Rattenberg/Radfeld Austria

Marco Kern: Vocals, Rhythm guitar

Dominik Eder: bass

Rene Auer: Lead guitar

Matthias Mai: Drums

Could you explain your music to someone that haven't heard you? MK: 100% NASTY CREW

Where was your first gig? MK: In a small pub in our town

Where was the latest gig? MK: In Germany

Who writes your songs?/Who writes the music who writes lyrics? MK: I write the lyrics/songs and we work together on the sound and reate that piece of shit.

What's good/bad with the band?/What genre do you feel you are? MK: Funny question,lol all is good with  the band. We are Heavy Metal

Why did you pick that particular style?/What are your songs about? MK: Because we grew up with this music and we identify with it! Your songs about our life, dissapointments, assholes, booze and all this shit that sometimes happens in everybodys life. But also from positive things :) Just gave a listen and you know what I´m taking about!

Do you write your own material or mainly covers? MK: We write our own material. No covers!

Have you made any albums?/If yes what are they? MK: We recorded 4 Albums 2 of them are released worldwide. Our Debutalbum "DARK AND COLD" 2011/MASSACRE RECORDS and "PASSION OF DIRT" 2014/ROCKSECTOR RECORDS

Do you have any clips on YouTube? MK: Sure, check out our yt channel http://www.youtube.com/user/GaragedaysOfficial

How old are you? MK: I´m 30 . My boys are all 24 years old

At what age did you start playing? MK: I started in the age of 14, formed GARAGEDAYS in the age of 19/20 Dominik was 14 years old when we formed the band.

How old were you guys when you first stood on stage? MK: 19 and 14.

What year was the band started? MK: Around 2004/2005

What places will you be playing in in the imidate future? MK: We will be on Tour in early 2015 in Germany, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, UK, Spain and some more....Announcement will be made in time by the Management!

Where have you played from then till now? MK: Germany, Austria, Swiss, Czech Republic, Hungary, Belgium, Italy can´t remember all

Witch band is the best you´ve seen? MK: TWISTED SISTER

Is it always the same songs live? MK: No, we change the setlist

What has been the best/most promising gig so far? MK: All gigs are promising, but in my opinion the best Tour was with Jake E Lee´s RED DRAGON CARTEL

Have you had any bigger tours from start to now? MK: With MASTER back in 2011

What are the plans for the rest of the year? MK: We are busy writing new songs and prepare us for the upcoming Tour!

Where do you usually play? MK: Everywhere

How do you get psyched up for a gig? MK: I like to be by myself, warm up my voice and also the boys keep it calm

What are your goals with your music? MK: We would like to suggest honesty, authenticity and maintenance by assets

When did you decide to go all in for the music? MK: From the beginning

Is it easier to get your inspiration from older bands or from bands more modern? MK: I´m more inspired by the old bands

What are your sources of inspiration? MK: People and their behavior inspires me a lot, and of course life itself.

What's the first step when making a new song? MK: Something concerns me very much and I HAVE TO write a song about it :)

How do you feel about the downloading of music instead of buying albums?

MK: As long as  you pay for the downloaded song everything is fine,lol No, i understand I also bought albums and only one
or two songs were worth it. So, I think it´s a good way to download your favorite songs and not full lenght albums if you don´t like all songs on it!

What would be your dreams for the band? MK: The dreams were allways big and still are. You have to think big to have the force to endure! And every year we come closer!

Besides your own music, what genres and bands do you listen to? MK: I prefere bands like Motörhead, Metallica, WASP, Savatage, Twisted Sister, Thin Lizzy and so on also Dominik do. Matti likes a lot Led Zeppelin and all this Stoner Rock bands but also Heavy Metal. Rene likes bands like Mötley Crue and also all kinds of Blues and Rock and Metal. So you see we have lot´s of influences.

What do you hold most dear? MK: My wife and my little daughter

What would be your greatest fears for the future? MK: To lose them

What do you work with outside of the band and the music? MK: Blacksmith

How important are your fans? MK: Very very important, I love to hear the different opinions after the shows or about the albums. I also appreciate their criticism. That´s more helpfull I guess!

How often do you rehearse? MK: 4 days in the week we are in the practice room.

Where do you rehearse? MK: In a Garage on a scrapyard. This explains the bandname hehehe

Name 2 of your own songs you like at the moment? MK: NEVER GIVE UP, SCARS OF LIFE

What do you feel is the best live band you've seen? MK: TWISTED SISTER

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? MK: To create it, the absolute passion and belief it. But call it quiet madness, lol

Do you have any webpages? MK: You can find us on all current pages. Check out the homepage for more infos www.garagedays.at

Any pearls of wisdom for all other bands out there? MK: Never give up!

Describe your show, visually and musically MK: 100% NASTY CREW

What are the biggest obstacles for a band? MK: The bandmembers. Everybody in the band have to work for the dream and have to give 100% of all!! Otherwise you lost!

Tell us about upcomming gigs and why we should be at them? MK: Unfortunatly I can´t talk about our upcoming gigs. But watch out for our Tourannouncement later this year! And if you´ll made the decision to visit our show you´ll be surprised I guess!

How would you describe your sound in one sentence MK: Honest

What is your favorite crappy instrument? MK: My voice 

Whats your Pre-show ritual? MK: Hanging at the merch stand and having some beers with the fans!

Do you have anything to add? MK: Thank´s for your interest See you on the road don´t miss the NASTY CREW! CHEERS!


Garagedays - "Never Give Up" Rocksector Records


interview with Gaia Metal

What´s the name of your band? Gaia Metal.

How was the band formed? The band was a high school project with some classmates.

Can you tell about your band? Gaia started at the end of 1999 with the idea of an 80's hard rock style band, also the initial name was "Alto Voltaje" that means High Voltage in english.

Where are all band members from?/Who does what in the band?

The current line up is:

Harold Flores - Lead guitar and voice.

Saul Cardona - Bass guitar and back vocals.

Jorge Barrientos - Keyboards and back vocals.

Daniel Gil - Drums and back vocals.

We all come from a small town in Santa Ana, El Salvador, central america.

What was the ambitions of the band when you started? In the very begining it was just to have fun and being part of a rock band.

Could you explain your music to someone that haven't heard you? We just started with a heavy metal base style, then through the years we changed a bit the style. Now we're most a melodic metal band with a bit of progressiveness. 80% of the lyrics talks about nature and ecology, the other 20% is about stories of our social life.

Where was your first gig? That was in the year 2000, some local bands made a gig in a little park.

Where was the latest gig? Our latest gig was one week ago in a small town named San Juan Opico.

Who writes your songs?/Who writes the music who writes lyrics? The crazy mind behind the music and lyrics is Harold Flores. He takes the idea of a future song and shares it with us, so the rest of the band can give some ideas of what the music should goes on.

Who has the best since of humor in the band? Hahahaha! Nice one. We're all kind of prankters and have a nice sense of humor.

What's good/bad with the band?/What genre do you feel you are? Well, we just celebrate our 15 aniversary with the band, that's something really nice to be giging around for 15 years, we have two full length albums and a third one to come the next year. Nowadays we love to mix many metal genres, so we consider Gaia as a Melodic Metal band.

Why did you pick that particular style?/What are your songs about? We love power, heavy, trash, death, melodic black metal. So we mix all that stuff in our songs. Our songs talks about the beauty of nature, the importance of take care of our planet and some love stories.

Do you write your own material or mainly covers? We write our songs. We do a few covers.

Have you made any albums?/If yes what are they? Our firts full length album is "Espiritu y Tierre" (Spirit and Earth) we released it in 2007. Our second full length album is "Armonia de Fuego" (Fire's Armony) and was released in 2010. And now we're working on our third album named "Jardin de los Despojos" (Remain's Garden), we're just finishing the recording process.

Do you have any clips on YouTube?  

Yes, we have one official video clip that comes out from our second album "Armonia de Fuego". The song is "Por tu Amor" (For your love) and it talks about when you die for love.

http://youtu.be/dke35UkGDoE

"Hechos de Tierra" (Made of Dust) Live.

http://youtu.be/UD5xaMVsvxw

"Quiero Escapar" (I want to scape) Live.

http://youtu.be/2sm0LT-LEHc

How old are you?/What got you started in music? We started very young in music. Around 10 - 15 years old.

Now the members are between 26 and 32 years old.

At what age did you start playing? Playing in a band, at 20 years old.

How old were you guys when you first stood on stage? 21 - 22 years old.

What year was the band started? At the end of 1999.

Best/worst gig you've played?

Best gig, as a opening act for Mago de Oz (Metal band from Spain).

Worst gig, as a opening act for Angra. (Metal band from Brasil). The sound was awfull.

What places will you be playing in in the imidate future? Maybe some gigs in El Salvador and some others in Central America.

Where have you played from then till now? Most of the gigs were in El Salvador, we also visited Colombia, Honduras and Guatemala.

Witch band is the best you´ve seen? There are manies. Metallica, Rhapsody of Fire, Symphony X, Yngwie Malmsteen, Angra just to mention a few.

Is it always the same songs live? Not always, sometimes we introduce new songs or some covers.

What has been the best/most promising gig so far? One in Honduras for the W.O.A Final battle Central America.

Have you had any bigger tours from start to now? Not really. Just one or two in Central America.

How big crowds do you usually play for? It depends from the location, can be from 100 to 1000. There was a gig back in 2005, just one guy came to our concert hahaha. 

What are the plans for the rest of the year? Finish the recordings of our new album and maybe a new years eve gig.

Where do you usually play? Small metal bars.

How do you get psyched up for a gig? That depends of the gig, but mostly have fun on stage.

What are your goals with your music? Mainly express ourself and reach other countries with our music.

When did you decide to go all in for the music? Since the first day we stand up on stage.

Is it easier to get your inspiration from older bands or from bands more modern? Mainly from older bands, but there are some new bands that really have something special.

What are your sources of inspiration? Nature and stuff related.

What's the first step when making a new song? It's not the same way every time. Sometimes we got just a melody or a riff.

How do you feel about the downloading of music instead of buying albums? It's just a way for promotion. Most of the metal fans are pretty loyal so they always look  for buy the album.

What would be your dreams for the band? A music contract deal, play in big festival over the world.

Besides your own music, what genres and bands do you listen to? Well, some Jazz, Blues, Classic Rock, Latin Rock.

What do you hold most dear? Get old and still playing rock n roll.

What would be your greatest fears for the future? Leave playing with the band or leave playing at all.

When you are on stage, what do you fear most then? Play a wrong note or a chord.

Have you been part of any other projects? Yes, some cover bands or tribute bands.

How important are your fans? They are so important to us. They are the reason we celebrate our 15 aniversary.

How often do you rehearse? Every weekend.

Where do you rehearse? At Harold's home.

Name 2 of your own songs you like at the moment?

Circo Maldito (Damned Circus)

Corrupcion del Alma (Soul's Corruption)

What do you feel is the best live band you've seen? Metallica.

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? Pasion. Love for the music. 

Do you have any webpages? Just a facebook fanpage. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Gaia-Metal/184130938292069

Any pearls of wisdom for all other bands out there? First, be good in what you are doing. If you're a guitar player, be good at that. All the band members must be in the same page if you want you're band to be successfull. And just have fun.

What are the biggest obstacles for a band? Money and media support.

What is best/worst with playing the clubs? Small gigs are awesome (like in clubs), cause you can get closer to your fans.

Whats your Pre-show ritual? A couple of beers and cigars.

Do you have anything to add? Thank you so much for the interview, we really aprecciate the oportunity.


Gaia Metal "Por tu Amor" Video Oficial


interview with Aries

What's the name of your band? Aries
How was the band formed? In 2007, I was rooming with a guitar player who, at the time I was working with. Things didn't seem to be going anywhere so I took to Craigslist and found the original guitarist, Ted. Over the years the band changed lineups, until Sean Rhodes took over as lead guitarist/songwriter in 2011.
Can you tell about your band?
We're heavily influenced by bands of the 70s and 80s however we give our music a very up to date, fresh spin.
Where are all the band members from?/Who does what in the band?
We're from different areas in Maryland, Westminster, Annapolis, Lithicum, Baltimore. Sean Rhodes plays guitar, writes music, I'm the vocalist, lyricist, manager, Tim Slack plays bass, Andy ham is on drums.
What was the ambitions of the band whe you started? To take this as far as possible, to make the band we wanted to see and hear.
Could you explain your music to someone that hasn't heard you?
If you like rock or metal at all, you'll find something you like with us. We're very versatile without compromosing our artistic integrity.  
What was your first gig? DC9 in October of 2008.
Where was the latest gig? Treehouse Lounge in DC last night.
Who has the best sense of humor in the band?
Humor? Depends on your sense of humor, Sean or myself probably.
What's good/bad with the band?/What genre do you feel you are? I'm not really aware of any bad stuff really, the only negative I think we get is that we could use another guitarist/back up vocalist due to all of the layering we do in the studio, something we're currently working on at the moment. As for best? The songwriting, it's accessible, relatable, powerful stuff. Our live show too, you aren't coming to see some guys practice, we put on a show. I'd say we're hard rock due to that being the most middle of our styles.
Why did you pick that particular style?
What are your songs about? It's really what we felt we'd do best. The songs are about a wide variety of things, some of them are more about storytelling things we all can relate to, like driving(The Road), to more existential and political songs(Mask of Sorrows, A Time to Kill).
Do you write your own material or mainly covers? We write our own material, we have a small handful of covers we sometimes crack out ranging from Iron Maiden to Power Rangers.
Have you made any albums?/If yes, what are they? We currently have released two albums, A Time to Kill(2012), and Rise(2014).
Do you have any clips on YouTube? Yes, you can check them out on our YouTube(Youtube.com/AriesRocksUSA)
How old are you?/What got you started in music? I'm 26, I've been singing for roughly ten years. I've been a lifelong fan of rock and it's subgenres. I grew up a huge fan of bands ranging from Bad Religion, Aerosmith, Queen, KISS, and others of the like. KISS' Psycho Circus was a big moment for me, that opening "YEAH" Paul pulled off made me wanna sing like that.
At what age did you start playing? I've been singing most of my life but I'd say I started to get into the technical aspects around 19, I was in different school vocal groups in high school but I'd say officially I became a singer around 19.
How old were you guys when you first stood on stage?
We were around 20 during our first gig.
What year was the band started? Late fall of 2007
Best/worst gig you've played?
Best gig probably goes to our second show with the Protomen in Richmond Virginia, packed house, most people didn't know us, but the moment we opened up with Power Rangers til our finale they totally loved us. It's always a treat making a ton of new fans. Our 2012 and 2014 album release shows were also really great gigs, it's a hard call to make.
Worst? We did a show in 2011 at the Recher that was a total stinker, they really treated us poorly. We sold WAY more than we were asked to, some bands dropped off of the bill and we kinda got "punished" for it by making us play an hour and a half earlier on a weeknight. All of our people got there during the final song, we played in front of nobody. When we tried to negotiate a better set time, they threatened to kick us out. Absolutely unprofessional, not surprised the place went under, it wasn't the only time they treated us and our fans like that either, just the worst.
What places will you be playing in the immediate future?
Out of state, the main goal is touring, all over the US, at the moment I've been branching out to new territories to work in, it's just a new world for me so it's going to take a bit of time. At the moment we're taking time off to work on our new album and plan the next year out, November 29th is the last show we have on the books.
Where have you played from then til now?
Chicago IL, New Haven CT, Springfield VA, Richmond VA, Baltimore MD, Frederick MD, Washington DC, York PA, West Virginia(town escapes me at the moment), Middletown OH.
Which band is the best you've seen?
That's a tough question, there's a lot of good bands, A Sound of Thunder, Wild Storm, Sin4Sin, Sweet Suicide, On Standby, Giants of Genesis, Cassandra Syndrome come to mind.
Is it always the same songs live?
We have some go-to tracks we primarily stick to however it's usually a different set every night, sometimes a surprise cover here and there. Pearly Gates is typically a closer though.
What has been the best/most promising gig so far?
We played two Protomen gigs that introduced us to a lot of new fans, any out of state gig really, helps get our feet wet away from home.
Have you had any bigger tours from start to now?
We've just started touring last year so it's hard to compare at the moment, it'll be bigger and bigger as time progresses.
How big of crowds do you usually play for?
That depends on the show, some in the hundreds, the ones out of state are usually the smallest due to us not being as big over there. Richmond was an exception.
What are the plans for the rest of the year? We have a new album, Noir we'll be working on soon, intense touring for Rise when we aren't working on that.
Where do you usually play? The Ottobar is a frequent place we play in Baltimore, that's probably the most common place you can find us if we're in town.
How do you get psyched up for a gig? Some vocal exercises, a little sugar free Red Bull, I try to keep myself calm and let it get out when I'm up on stage once I get a feel for the crowd.
What are you goals with your music? To make a living on music, to take part in the stuff our heroes did really, the big stages, the crowds, all that good stuff.
When did you decide to go all in for the music?
Probably when I was 18 and just starting vocal lessons, I was a stubborn kid back then, I wasn't satisfied until I became the absolute best I could be at my craft and pursued it to it's fullest. I'm not a fan of doubts, and I'd have a ton if I didn't give this my most honest try.
Is it easier to get your inspiration from older bands or from bands more modern?
Older bands, although I keep an eye on the climate for business inspiration at times.
What are your sources of inspiration? Lyrically I draw a lot from personal struggles, it depends on the song, really. Some songs are love letters to old school metal while others are relevant commentaries on the world today. Movies, comic books, anything I'm interested has a potential to find it's way onto a song.
What's the first step when making a new song? Sean writes the music, sends me the file and I begin work on it. Once that's finished we bring the stuff to the band, however pretty often we work on it all together, some of our best songs are written on the spot.
How do you feel about the downloading of music instead of buying albums? It's a double edged sword, it's made self promoting extremely easy, but it also has removed a lot of big money from the industry and turned artists away. It's not bad to want to make a living doing what you love, none of the "greats" felt differently about it.
What would be your dreams for the band?
Arenas, major labels, Billboard, it's not a great climate these days but it doesn't change the goals at all.
Besides your own music, what genres and bands do you listen to? Rock, Metal, Funk, some Jazz, video game music, pop, anything with a good melody really.
What do you hold most dear? Hard call to make, probably Rise, this album really was a labor of love and the reviews seem to agree. It'll be a fun challenge to top it with Noir.
What would be your greatest fears for the future? Lineup changes can be tricky, especially when you have no option other than to stay in a bad situation. This lineup is a great one, however ones in the past floundered us tremendously, someone can really hold a band hostage if they are being really selfish about things.
What would be your greatest fears for the future? That we aren't doing enough, that it isn't going over well. If I'm not aching the next day, I didn't do enough as a performer. We all have a little of that concern when we are up there and it's a good thing to be worried about.
What songs and what years were they released?
That's a bit of a list, here goes.
2008
Aries demo
Shades of Grey
Reaching for the Sun
Reason to Live
2010
Aries
Demo
Shades of Grey
Bedroom Eyes
Hopeless
A Time to Kill
Aries
A Time to Kill
Shades of Grey
A Time to Kill
Reaching for the Sun
Walls of Solace
Hazel Eyes
Pearly Gates
Mr. Madness
Prisoner of Time
In Crisis
Reason to Live

Hopeless
2014
Aries
Rise
Rise
Beware the Gun
The Road(One Way)
When the World Needs a Hero
Mask of Sorrows
Wasting Dreams
Silence
Dogs of War
Cold
Trial by Fire
Angel of Mercy
Cradle to the Grave
Have you been a part of any other projects/bands? Yeah, I was in a power metal band called Visionary in 2009, then in 2012 I starred in the Power Metal Rock Opera, Valhella by the Baltimore Rock Opera Society(BROS), I've starred in about 5 others since then ranging from Jesus Christ Superstar, Prog Metal Sweeney Todd, and a handful of other originals. I recently did a real fun gig with the Concert Artists of Baltimore(Symphony + Choir) doing BROS originals with classical compositions. I currently work as a session vocalist for remixes and covers, I've recreated vocals on everything from Bluegrass to AC/DC to pop music. When I'm not doing those I'm teaching voice privately. There's some Sweeney Todd stuff that is rumored to be returning as well as some other prog metal thing on the horizon, but it's pretty speculative at the moment.
What would you do if there was no music? Pro video game player? I dunno, never thought much about it, real glad it's not a possibility.
How important are your fans? They are everything, as cliche as it sounds, anyone who makes a show is doing us a favor, no matter how big of a fan they are to us. I wear my voice out more talking to fans than I do singing. Without them, there's no point.
What's the funniest/most memoerable thing a fan has done for you? About two years ago, a local news channel did a story on local up and coming rock acts, the list was really weird, some bands were established, others were unheard of. When it came out some of our fans took to the comments about how we were on it, their zeal was really something. I had one fan drop off a pack of a special kind of energy drink to the host of a show we did, that was pretty cool.
How often do you rehearse? About once every two weeks unless we're working with a new member, then it's weekly, still auditioning for a second guitarist so it's subject to change.
Where do you rehearse? Studio 14 in Baltimore
Name 2 of your own songs you like at the moment? The Road(One Way), and Cradle fo the Grave
What is the best live band you've seen? Still KISS, no one touches their live act.
What drives a band that isn't all famous and renowned to try to make a living off on their music and to keep playing? Someone singing your songs, money can't buy that feeling of accomplishment and pride. It's a wonderful sight seeing people singing along to something you wrote in an apartment as a kid.
Do you have any webpages? Yep, www.AriesRocks.com, www.facebook.com/AriesHardRock, www.reverbnation.com/AriesRock, www.YouTube.com/AriesRocksUSA
Any pearls of wisdom for all other bands out there? Think about the listener more than what impresses you. We build up ears as musicians and sometimes get caught up in the technicalities of our own playing instead of something that would be fun to play in front of a crowd. Also, this stuff doesn't come to you, nothing will, you need to pursue it relentlessly. Let your music do the talking, not your words. Whenever I hear someone talk about how great they are, I kinda assume they NEED to do that because their work can't do it for them. Be hunble with your words, and big with your work.
Describe your show, visually and musically Our biggest shows include a full light system, fog, banners with our logo on it, an LED , white mic stand, tons of showmanship, we work hard to make sure the crowd isn't just watching us rehearse something. Crowd interaction is a big one too, we want to engage people sonically, and visually.
How do you view the music industry of today? Oversaturated to a degree, however due to the economic climate, it's made a lot of people seek other opprotunities leaving behind a lot of people who are truly in this for the love of it.
What are the biggest obstacles for other bands? Keeping everyone on the same page, if one person does the majority of the work it's easy for them to be villified because they want to get people mobilized, keeping a lineup. It's a lot of politics sometimes to find a relaxed, but reliable lineup of members. Networking, planning a tour, budgeting.
What is te best/worst with playing the clubs?
The intimacy, some clubs take good care of you too with their sound, others couldn't care less who you were.
Tell us about upcomming gigs and why we should be at them? November 29th, at Crossroads Tavern in Glen Burnie, last show on the books, and it's gonna be a huge one. We are playing with our good friends, Omnislash, truly excellent power metal act from around our neck of the woods. It's a big benefit for our friend Liz Avella who's currently fighting cancer. The crowd is looking to be massive and it's for a great cause.
How would you describe your sound in one sentence? Decisive.
What is your favorite crappy instrument? I play a little piano so I can teach lessons, don't expect much more than major scales haha.
What was one of the most quarrelsome times for you in the band? We've been through our share of testing, the music brings us back. I'd say the toughest time I'd be up for chatting about would be when the original guitarist left, it was a super stressful time, the band's future was extremely questionable. We've had some other bumps since then but it's nothing we can't power through. It's kinda like fighting with your sibiling.
What's your pre-show ritual?
I don't think we have much of one, just making sure we thank everyone for coming, getting the set list ready, discussing it, then just killing it.
Thanks a lot for contacting us for this interview!


The Road(One Way)


interview with Melt Down

What´s the name of your band? Melt Down
How was the band formed?

We all played in several bands before.
After quitting our former bands we formed Melt Down in 2013.
Can you tell about your band?
We are from Cologne, Germany and do a mixture of different Metal-styles.
We call it Melodic Metal.
Where are all band members from?/Who does what in the band?

Simon: Lead vocals, guitar
Marc: Guitar
Nikko: Backing vocals, bass
Becker: Drums
All from nearer Cologne.
What was the ambitions of the band when you started? We want to do great music and impress the people we play in front of.
Could you explain your music to someone that haven't heard you? JUMP DA FUCK UP!!!
Where was your first gig? Underground Club, Cologne
Where was the latest gig? Cologne Metal Festival
Who writes your songs?/Who writes the music who writes lyrics? We all write the songs, Nikko and Simon are writing the lyrics. Nikko:“Simon's lyrics suck.“
Who has the best since of humor in the band? Becker, because he's always talking.
What's good/bad with the band?/What genre do you feel you are? It really makes fun to play live and write songs, but sometimes it's a little difficult to be the same opinion. We are every genre we want, we don't fix on one genre.
Why did you pick that particular style?/What are your songs about? We make this style, because it makes fucking fun. Our songs are about everything we think, see and feel, like „Dying Dreams“ deals with the fucking mainstream world we are living in.
Do you write your own material or mainly covers? We write own material, sometimes we cover something of Metallica, Ozzy or Beyonce :D
Have you made any albums?/If yes what are they? We will release our first, upcoming record next March.
Do you have any clips on YouTube? We a lot of live stuff and in the future more of our album on www.youtube.com/user/meltdowncologne.
How old are you?/What got you started in music?

Simon (24): when I was six
Marc (23): when I was 13/14
Nikko (22): when I was six
Becker (37): when I was ten (but he's a drummer, he just makes noises :) )
At what age did you start playing?
Simon: I started in a band, when I was 13
Marc: I started in a band, when I was 13
Nikko: I started in a band, when I was 13
Becker: I started in a band, when I was 16
How old were you guys when you first stood on stage?

All: with 13

except Becker: he doesn't want to tell.
What year was the band started? 2013
Best/worst gig you've played?

Best: Local-Heroes-Bergheim November 2013
Worst: Luxor, Cologne 2013 – everything sucked
What places will you be playing in in the imidate future? Underground and MTC in Cologne and MEDIO.RHEIN.ERFT again. Hope everywhere we can – also in Sweden.
Where have you played from then till now? Cologne, Aachen, Bottrop, Bochum, Bergheim, Hürth
Witch band is the best you´ve seen?

Simon: Iron Maiden
Marc: Slash
Nikko: I don't fucking know, so many
Becker: Michael Jackson

Is it always the same songs live? No, we switch to give our fans always something new.
What has been the best/most promising gig so far? It was Local-Heroes-Bergheim, after we won our promoter Andy Bob, from Elsdorf signed us.

Have you had any bigger tours from start to now? Unfortunately not...
How big crowds do you usually play for? 100-200
What are the plans for the rest of the year? One last show in December and then finishing the record.
Where do you usually play? In different clubs, but we want to play on big festivals, everywhere!
How do you get psyched up for a gig? Do a little workout and beer.
What are your goals with your music? To play on every stage we want in the world.
When did you decide to go all in for the music? When we signed at Bob-Media.

Is it easier to get your inspiration from older bands or from bands more modern? Both, we can't tell. There are so many great old bands, but also so many great modern ones.

What are your sources of inspiration? Some much, everything we hear and see. Sometimes you hear a Pop-Song and think „This could be a great metal arrangement.“
What's the first step when making a new song? Smoke a cigarette.
How do you feel about the downloading of music instead of buying albums? It is much easier to get new music with downloading, but it's crappy for all the musicians all over the world.
KEEP BUYING ALBUMS It is so much hard work in it.
What would be your dreams for the band? To play in front the biggest audience ever seen in the world.
Besides your own music, what genres and bands do you listen to?

Simon: 80's Hardrock, Jazz
Marc: From Metal to electro to hip hop to blues to whatever
Nikko: Everything with Hardcore, same as Marc
Becker: House, Dubstep, 80's Rock
When you are on stage, what do you fear most then? No audience and everything does not work, technical problems
What songs and what years were they released? We all wrote our songs in 2013, except „Hurricane“ and „Betrayal“ in 2014
Have you been part of any other projects?
Simon: Drummer in a pop-cover-band, hopefully guitarist in a Iron-Maiden-tribute-band
Marc and Nikko: STPC (Hardcore/Beatdown), Springbreak (Emo/Screamo), Golgatha (Black Metal), We Roam as Caymans (Electrocore), Oxford Addiction Club (J-Rock)
We are open to every style of music :D
Becker: zero
Have you been in any other bands?
Simon, Marc, Becker: The Hearnix
Nikko: The Riot, Acid Radio, Decades of Dishonor, Relations
What do you work with outside of the band and the music?
Simon, Becker: roofer
Marc: Sales manager
Nikko: Specialist in Information and media
What would you do if there was no music?
Simon:“Do the Kurt Cobain“
Marc:“Be a Pokemon-Trainer :D“
Nikko:“Watch TV all day“
Becker:“roofer“
How important are your fans?

They are the most important people to us.
They are our fans!
What's the funniest/most memorable thing a fan has done for you? Broken bones and stagediving.
How often do you rehearse? Two to three times a week.
Where do you rehearse? In our hometown.
Name 2 of your own songs you like at the moment?

Simon: OSCYB, Hurricane
Marc: Dying Dreams, Hurrincane
Nikko: 12, Seven Days (because Simon hates it)
Becker: Meltdown Trooper, Live Fast Die Young

What do you feel is the best live band you've seen?
Iron Maiden and Ozzy
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 music itself.
Do you have any webpages?
Www.facebook.de/meltdowncologne
www.youtube.com/user/meltdowncologne
www.soundcloud.com/meltdowncologne
www.reverbnation.com/meltdowncologne
www.backstagepro.de/meltdown
www.twitter.com/meltdowncologne
Any pearls of wisdom for all other bands out there? Practise, practise, keep playing live, never give up
Describe your show, visually and musically Come to our show and you will see.

How do you view the musicindurty of today? It is all the money, like in every other economic business.

What are the biggest obstacles for a band? Time

What is best/worst with playing the clubs?
Best: it is small and you have good vibes out there, strong relationship with the people
Worst: often bad organisation

What is your favorite crappy instrument? Banjos and sound bowls

What was one of the most quarrelsome times for you in the band? Communication problems while recording etc.

Whats your Pre-show ritual? Chill and do stuff we want.

Do you have anything to add?Thank you for this interview, we really appreciate that. Keep supporting your local scene!


Melt Down - Live fast, Die young (live) 27 09 2014


interview with Goatfisted

What´s the name of your band? Goatfisted

How was the band formed? An herb-inspired conversation between Shogtha and Ren-Sothoth revealed a love for Black Metal, Doom Metal, and H.P. Lovecraft. The name Goatfisted was humorous at first, but became a serious thing when Jhatanath joined the conversation.

Can you tell about your band? The band is a recording unit only, with no live performances. We write a combination of Black Metal and Doom Metal, inspired by the occult, Satanic folklore, and all things Lovecraft.

Where are all band members from?/Who does what in the band? Shogtha handles vocals and guitars, Ren-Sothoth handles drums and vocals, Jhatanath handles guitars and production, and Geth-Omog handles guitars. The band is based in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.

What was the ambitions of the band when you started? We started this unit to fulfill our extreme metal desires that weren't being realized in our live bands. As a recording project, we have the freedom to execute our ideas without concern for live limitations.

Could you explain your music to someone that haven't heard you? Ugly, down-tuned metal that shares DNA with Satan, Cthulhu, and Lemmy.

Who writes your songs?/ who writes the music who writes lyrics? Shogtha writes the lyrics, while the songwriting is split evenly between Jhatanath, Geth-Omog, and Shogtha.

Who has the best sense of humor in the band? Easily Ren-Sothoth. He has an amazing vocabulary, and can create hilarious song titles on command.

What's good/bad with the band?/What genre do you feel you are? We love the creative freedom, but the sacrifice is not being able to physically play live shows. Our lives/schedules are too demanding. Perhaps Black Metal best suits us as a genre. Purists might consider it Extreme Metal.

Why did you pick that particular style?/What are your songs about? We all love creative freedom and outlet of being able to express the evil side of music without fear of consequence. The first album was based completely off of H.P. Lovecraft tales, while the second album deals with stories and satirical takes on Satanic worship.

Do you write your own material or mainly covers? All original.

Have you made any albums?/If yes what are they? We have a 2011 self-titled album, and a 2013 album "Alchemy of Flesh".

Do you have any clips on YouTube? Yes, you can view Goatfisted clips and several other projects we work on together. Subscribe to  Eric Reinert

How old are you?/What got you started in music? We are all in our mid-30s to early-40s.

At what age did you start playing? We all started in our teens, except for Shogtha, who started at age 25.

What year was the band started? Summer of 2008.

Which band is the best you´ve seen? We all feel strongly about The Black Dahlia Murder and Neurosis.

What are the plans for the rest of the year? We plan to finish up an EP soon, which should hopefully be ready by the end of 2015.

What are your goals with your music? We just want to enjoy what we've created, and gain a few fans along the way. There's no plans for record labels or world domination.

Is it easier to get your inspiration from older bands or from bands more modern? We are inspired by older bands, but also newer bands that seem to have learned great lessons from their forefathers. It's always great to take what has always worked, but put a new spin on it.

What are your sources of inspiration? Bands like Deafheaven, The Black Dahlia Murder, Young and In the Way, Neurosis, and labels like Youth Attack and Deathwish.

What's the first step when making a new song? Guitar riffs are mapped out on the computer, and arranged accordingly. Everything else is built off of that.

How do you feel about the downloading of music instead of buying albums? There are benefits and pitfalls. While an argument can be made that bands have lost money, the downloading era has led to so many more bands getting exposure, and probably record deals, that the industry is still changing to fit that reality. More opportunity artistically, but less opportunity financially. Depending on your goals, this can be good or bad.

What would be your dreams for the band? We would love to get a record deal for distribution, even if it's limited. We just want people to have the ability to own our music.

Besides your own music, what genres and bands do you listen to? Everything but pop, country, and rock radio. Skinny Puppy, Death, Converge, Pink Floyd, Weedeater, Electric Wizard, Sonic Youth...

What do you hold most dear? Creative freedom!

What would be your greatest fears for the future? Mankind will surely destroy itself through greed and fear.

Have you been part of any other projects? Many! Our core members are also in Vomit A.D., Black Frost, and Lips of Destiny.

Have you been in any other bands? Igloo, SKIF, Shag Carpet, Mast, Amillennial, Various Artists, Collysion, Less Than Popular, Of Dark Design, Stonecrusher...

What do you work with outside of the band and the music? We all enjoy art and graphic design.

What would you do if there was no music? Make movies and art! We have to express ourselves somehow...

How important are your fans? Very important, and we always appreciate constructive feedback... that being said, we need to be satisfied first and foremost with our art.

Name 2 of your own songs you like at the moment? Alchemy of Flesh, and Bearers of Light.

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 knowledge that life is fleeting, and true happiness isn't in a distant future supported by small life savings and retirement. Happiness is available NOW, and tomorrow is not a promise.

Do you have any webpages?

facebook.com/goatfisted

reverbnation.com/goatfisted

Any pearls of wisdom for all other bands out there? Don't ever get cocky and lose sight of why you do it.

What are the biggest obstacles for a band? Communication. Band members often have to compromise, and good communication skills can make the process much more enjoyable.

How would you describe your sound in one sentence: Pure evil poured through a filter of Emperor and Motorhead.

What is your favorite crappy instrument? An Ibanez GAX-70. It's a reliable, cheap guitar that provides plenty of crusty Black Metal-goodness.

What was one of the most quarrelsome times for you in the band? The production process, and nailing the overall sound that makes everyone happy.

Do you have anything to add? The Cosmicomicon: Music Review: Goatfisted Writhes from the Black Metal Abyss with Self Titled Album.


Goatfisted Crown of Thorns Veil of Fire


interview with Goatamentise

What´s the name of your band? Goatamentise

How was the band formed? The band was formed in August 1993 by Me ( Barry Ruiz) Bass ,Frankie Lasco Drums, Jose Rendon  Guitar, Milton Moran Jr Guitar and Martin Gonzalez.. i started the band of using the elements of hardcore and deathmetal (yes we was deathcore before it was cool!) listening to bands like sick of it all,Grave, Biohazard and Gorefest we wanted to mix the genres to expand the audience..

Can you tell about your band? Goatamentise was 1st an idea of a evil satanic death metal band 1st of all the bands name was a mistake cause it was suppose to be called goat of mendise but i spelled it out the other way and it stuck cause it was unique and no one had it.. we had and up and down history we played some great shows and some bad shows but then what band has not gone through that.... but we was fortunate to get the chance to play with some great bands in our history.. Bands like Irate (NYC),Dehumanized, Internal Bleeding, Napalm Death, Machine Head, Dying Fetus, Billy Club sandwich, MadBall, Diecast and 4 In Tha Chamber....

Where are all band members from?/Who does what in the band?

ok from 1993-2008 the band went through a fair share of members so i'll list them by years

Barry -Bass 1993-2000 Vocals 2000-2008 Bronx, New York

Frankie-Drums 1993-2008 Bronx, New York

Rendon-Guitar 1993-1996 Bronx, New York

Milton-Guitar 1994-2004  Bronx,New York

Martin-Vocals 1993-1996 Bronx, New York

Malik - Vocals 1997-1999 Bronx, New York

Ramon -Guitar 1996-2008 Bronx, New York

Shayne-Guitar 1997-1998 Bronx, New York

Nando- Guitar 1998-1999 Bronx, New york

Rob Vocals 1999-2000 Bass 2000-2001 Brooklyn, New York

Manny- Bass 2001-2005 Bronx, New York

Greg- Guitar 2005-2007 Queens, New York/Poland

Luis- Bass 2005-2008 Manhattan, New york

What was the ambitions of the band when you started? Well like most bands we wanted to be as heavy and brutal as possible! lol but like most bands we faced that hard road of trying to succeed...

Could you explain your music to someone that haven't heard you? if Slayer, Sick Of It All, Grave had an orgy and one them got pregnant Goatamentise would be the Love child!! LOL

Where was your first gig? June 1994 at a club in Manhattan called bond street cafe

Where was the latest gig? May 2008 at a club in Manhattan Called The Pyramid 

Who writes your songs?/Who writes the music who writes lyrics? In the Start of the band i was the key lyric writer but everyone contributed to the song writing.

Who has the best since of humor in the band? Hmmmm i have to say we all did... we all had a great time and making each other laugh was a necessity.

What's good/bad with the band?/What genre do you feel you are? No one has a perfect band you always did things to improve you music and your way of playing .... when we 1st started we labeled ourselves DeathCore cause you heard the influences of Death Metal And Hard Core But when we got to the later parts of our playing the music went more Death Metal with a hint of hardcore and Thrash...

Why did you pick that particular style?/What are your songs about? well the style was picked due to our influences and the songs are about everything from politics and war, Suicide and depression to Satanismand religion....

Do you write your own material or mainly covers? All our songs are originals...

Have you made any albums?/If yes what are they? Unfortunately in the span of years that we played and using our own money we was able to put out 2 albums... Severed ties 1999 and the Goatamentise self titled 2006

Do you have any clips on YouTube? Yes! there are a bunch of old shows that i downloaded and there is even our 1st and only music video produced by Greg called Dead world Check it out...

How old are you?/What got you started in music? well I'm now 40 years old i have been into Metal since i was 13 years old and what got me into Music was the Iron maiden poster Stranger in a strange land

At what age did you start playing? i was 15 years old when i started playing bass thanks to the all mighty Cliff Burton!!

How old were you guys when you first stood on stage? i was 19 when we played our 1st show martin was 21, Frankie was 14, Rendon was 20 and Milton was 19

What year was the band started? 1993

Best/worst gig you've played? Best show was most definitely our 1st show we had the club packed .... our worst show sometime in 2002 we played a show and for some reason we did not play till 2:30 in the morning in front of 5 people

What places will you be playing in in the intimidate future? right now we are retired but we are starting to get the itch to play so stay tuned...

Which band is the best you have seen? for sure the best band i have seen live Malevolent Creation

Is it always the same songs live? we mix it up...

What has been the best/most promising gig so far? when we got to play the last few shows at CBGB'S

Have you had any bigger tours from start to now? we only had one big tour it was back in 1999 with 4 In Tha Chamber we did a tour of Pennsylvania  

How big crowds do you usually play for? from 5 and up! LOL

What are the plans for the rest of the year? still retired 

Where do you usually play? we used to play A lot in Queens but who knows where will go if we get back going....

How do you get psyched up for a gig? i always liked to listen to some Deicide and Malevolent Creation

What are your goals with your music? i want Goatamentise to live forever

Is it easier to get your inspiration from older bands or from bands more modern? I'm old school so i say older bands....

What's the first step when making a new song? make a new riff and work with it till it becomes something new 

How do you feel about the downloading of music instead of buying albums? well i prefer to buy albums... but i don't matter to me

What would be your dreams for the band? to one day play a European festival cause you guys appreciate music

What do you hold most dear? my children....

What would be your greatest fears for the future? to not see my grandchildren grow....

When you are on stage, what do you fear most then? not to sound like an ass but i had no fear loved being on stage....

Have you been in any other bands?

i haven't but the other member's was...

Ramon was in Blackout

Greg was in Demized

Manny was in driven by hatred

Luis was in Dead Season

What do you work with outside of the band and the music? we work regular jobs to maintain for our families....

How important are your fans? without the fans there is no band....

What's the funniest/most memorable thing a fan has done for you? one of our fans got our song dead world to be the title track for a B rated movie... 

How often do you rehearse? when we did it was at least twice a week and 4 times a week before a show

Where do you rehearse? we used to have a spot in the bronx

Name 2 of your own songs you like at the moment? my favorite 2 songs are Lost Souls and Dead World

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? well thats the mistake if they think they will make money doing it.... you have to do it for the love and maybe you'll get paid.

Do you have any webpages? Goatamentise on facebook

Any pearls of wisdom for all other bands out there? go with what you feel and stay the course

Describe your show, visually and musically all i can say is watch the shows on youtube and you decide...

How do you view the musicindurty of today? not good thats why a lot of old bands keep coming back! to many shitty bands 

What are the biggest obstacles for a band? Money to keep the band going....

What is best/worst with playing the clubs? depends on the club....

Tell us about upcomming gigs and why we should be at them? none at this time...

How would you describe your sound in one sentence Goatamentise

What was one of the most quarrelsome times for you in the band? When our guitarist Milton was murdered in 2004.... that was a dark time

Whats your Pre-show ritual? chocolate milk....

Do you have anything to add? thanks so much for the interview!! 


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