interview with Seventy Times Seven
Seventy Times Seven - Nunca Mais (Parte 2)
interview with Roarback
What´s the name of your band? Roarback
What made you call the band "Roarback"? Because Roarback is the most metal and trve kvlt band name of all time!!!
How was the band formed? Our guitarits Dixø and Rohde was on a quest to assemble the world's most brutal and metal band of all times, so they went to the tallest mountain in the whole world and found me roaring in an ancient tongue of lost forgotten demons. Then they found the deepest hole on earth were the most dark and brutal tunes rose to the surface played by the fiendish Mikkel. The journey ended out in the open sea where Kåre was in an old viking ship playing drums so fast it created lighting and thunder that would kill anything within 1000 miles... Or maybe we just found each other through internet adds and in school like everybody else.
Can you tell about your band? We play Death/Thrash metal like we never came out of 1989! Fuck yeah. We also like to hate each other.
Where are all band members from?/Who does what in the band?
Dennis - Yells
Kåre - Basher
Andreas R. - Lead Guitar
Andreas D. - Lead Guitar
Mikkel - Drunk...
What was the ambitions of the band when you started? showing up for rehearsals
Could you explain your music to someone that haven't heard you? If you like Slayer, Sepultura, Cannibal Corpse, Vader etc etc. You would love to hear us?
Where was your first gig? In Roskilde (Obscene) 29.10.11
Where was the latest gig? Also in Roskilde (Gimle this time) supporting Hatesphere!
Who writes your songs?/ who writes the music who writes lyrics? The band writes the music and I (Dennis) writes the lyrics. Simple as that.
What's good/bad with the band?/What genre do you feel you are? Everything sucks in this band. Everybody hates each other and wants to join club 27. I think we are old school Death with a twist of Thrash
Why did you pick that particular style?/What are your songs about? We wanted to play Thrash but ended up with more Death. All our lyrics are about love-making
Do you write your own material or mainly covers? 100% our own shit.
Have you made any albums?/If yes what are they? Yep, our debut album "Echoes of Pain"
Do you have any clips on YouTube?
How old are you?/What got you started in music? 27. KoRn got me started playing guitar when I was 20.
At what age did you start playing? 20
What year was the band started? 2011
Best/worst gig you've played? How can there be any worst gigs when you are drunk all the time?!
What places will you be playing in in the imidate future?
Wacken... They just don't know it yet!
Where have you played from then till now? only in Denmark so far and in Hell twice.
Witch band is the best you´ve seen? Metallica
Is it always the same songs live? At this point... YES!
What has been the best/most promising gig so far? Some festivals and Supporting for Hatesphere.
Have you had any bigger tours from start to now? Nope. We are planning a DK tour in August.
How big crowds do you usually play for? 1.000.000,89
What are the plans for the rest of the year?
Becoming a Pro Gamer and stop playing fucking metal.
Where do you usually play? Copenhagen
How do you get psyched up for a gig? I drink my psyche away...
What are your goals with your music? Get in more debt with our music then we already are...
When did you decide to go all in for the music? When I found out that having no money and getting myself into a lot of debt was a way of life they called "metal". All you have to do is play concerts and make albums and... BAM, you have no money, house, car or kidneys because you sold them for money.
Is it easier to get your inspiration from older bands or from bands more modern? Old bands... New bands sucks so much ass that you can taste and smell the shit from the speakers when their music starts to play. Including us!
What are your sources of inspiration? Kåre ass when he farts... His asshole smells so bad that it brings pure evil with it, and great evil is a great inspiration for all death metal bands!
What's the first step when making a new song? Getting the band to pull their heads out from their asses and start making some music I could put some lyrics on!
How do you feel about the downloading of music instead of buying albums? it's great! I love it! I love having more debt! More debt and no food makes a person a trve metalhead, so that is what I am aiming for!
What would be your dreams for the band? That we stopped playing together.
Besides your own music, what genres and bands do you listen to? Classic, Electro, Rock, Black, Death, Thrash, Folk, Industrial, Nu, power, symphony, instrumental, Daft punk. I listen to so much shit, it doesn't even makes sense to me anymore.
What songs and what years were they released? All our concert songs are released in 2014 Jan.
Have you been part of any other projects? Maybe I have and maybe I haven't
How important are your fans? very important. Who else are you going to drink with when you.
What's the funniest/most memorable thing a fan has done for you? The funniest moment, was when a fan came to me and said he just bought our album, when he could have downloaded it free on the internet from pirate bay.
How often do you rehearse? 2-3 times a week
Where do you rehearse? In my hometown which we must never speak of again!
Name 2 of your own songs you like at the moment? Manor of Hatred and People's hate
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? the idea of getting a bigger debt.
Do you have any webpages?
Would you like to add anything else? If you are friends in the band, you are not a band but a failure...
Describe your show, visually and musically Like a Nickelback concert with Justin Bieber warming up.
How do you view the musicindurty of today? A piece of shit with even more shit on it.
What advice would you like to give other bands? Play like those fags in Black Veil Brides and make some money and then go fuck yourself for playing such shitty music
What are the biggest obstacles for a band? Not being drunk or high
What is best/worst with playing the clubs? That you get free beers
Tell us about upcomming gigs and why we should be at them? You should be at our gigs PERIOD
How would you describe your sound in one sentence awful.
What is your favorite crappy instrument? My own vokal... God dammit, why can't I sing clean and make some fucking money!!!
What was one of the most quarrelsome times for you in the band? it is horrible all the time, so there is not a specific time nor place.
Whats your Pre-show ritual? Get drunk and high
Do you have anything to add? Yeah... Go download some Black Veil Brides... They are great!!!
Roarback - Manor of Hatred OFFICIAL VIDEO
interview with Beside The Bridge
Beside the Bridge - Weigh You Down (Official Music Video)
interview with This Divided World
What´s the name of your band? This Divided World
What made you call the band "This Divided World"? I wanted to create a band name that people instantly knew was a metal band, but I wanted everyone to know that we didn't write lyrics about killing people. It needed to be memorable and epic.
How was the band formed? I started working on This Divided World as a studio project with no clear direction. I just wanted to write heavy songs and release albums. I started writing demos and recording them at home. The first demo was recorded with my vocals and a friend doing some guest vocals. Eventually I joined up with a vocalist, mark young, to make the first album. I then used guest vocals for the next EP. There is no current full-time vocalist.
Where are all band members from?/Who does what in the band? As a studio band, I do all the music. I did vocals for the first demo, but that's it. I used to be a vocalist, but I'm really not that good. But I enjoy composing the music; guitars and drums, and bass. For me, the main sound of the band comes from those two parts working together.
What was the ambitions of the band when you started? I wasn't really expecting anything when I started the band. I just wanted to put out albums. I decided playing shows took away a lot from the band experience for me. Because of the internet, it's not necessary anymore to play out to become well known and well liked.
Could you explain your music to someone that haven't heard you? This Divided World is a blend of death metal and metalcore called "deathcore." There are hardcore elements as well. There's a big emphasis on fast drums and breakdowns.
Where was your first gig? When I was 15 years old I played at my high school's talent show. I guess that was my first "show."
Who writes your songs?/ who writes the music who writes lyrics? I write all the music. I also wrote all the lyrics for the demo and full-length album. Mark added some lyrics, as well as editing the existing ones. I wrote concept lyrics for the new EP, but then each of the guest vocalists interpreted them and re-wrote them. I really enjoy the composition and writing process of the instrumentals. I'm not as fond of lyric writing, but I've done it in the past out of necessity and a desire to be true to the vision of This Divided World.
Why did you pick that particular style?/What are your songs about? I love deathcore because of the contrast between fast and slow. I've said it many times, but to me it's a heavier combination than any hardcore or metal. Another comparison is hardcore with skanks, 2-steps, and breakdowns. The difference is that deathcore is mor guiar intensive, and uses blast beats. Death metal is great, but the "fast-ness" is almost washed away by the constant speed. You become immune to it almost. In domp-tempo beatdown, it's just the opposite. Everything is so slow that when a breakdown hits, it doesn't have any impact. I feel like deathcore is a more extreme version of metalcore. I like that there's no singing in deathcore. Not everyone interprets it that way, but to me if there's singing, it's not deathcore; just heavy metalcore. This Divided World songs are ultimately about Jesus and His glory. That's a pretty tall order, but I try to stay true to that. It's very important to me that what I write, or is written on behalf of This Divided World lyrically represents the truth in the Word of God (the Bible). That doesn't mean every song contains the name of Jesus explicitly, but I prefer to not beat around the bush lyrically; there's already enough of that going on in the Christian metalcore scene. I prefer to be bold. Yes it turns people away, but guess what? I'm not here to please you. I am here to please God, and I want to stay true to that. If people like it, cool. If they hate it, that's play too. I am proud of the themes represented in our songs. But I will say, I prefer that people like our music. It's not my intention to go out of my way to offend people in a way that keeps them from Christ, but instead empower them to know the truth and be changed by it. Not all are willing to hear truth, or respond to it in a way that honors God.
Do you write your own material or mainly covers? It's all original material. I might do a cover in the future, but it would be a non-traditional one.
Have you made any albums?/If yes, what are they? I have released a demo, full-length album, and EP for This Divided World. The demo is not available for download or stream, but both of the other release are. You can download them from our Bandcamp at http://thisdividedworld.bandcamp.com
Do you have any clips on YouTube? Yes! I am not as active on YouTube now as I used to be. I would like to get back into making Vlogs and stuff like that. I also put out Bible studies and Christianity related stuff.
How old are you?/What got you started in music? I am currently 24 years old. I started playing guitar when I was about 16 or so. Before that I just used to sing and do a little screaming. I can't say exactly what got me into music. I wasn't very musical per se. I was more of a writer, a poet, but then I guess that naturally leads into being a lyricist, and a vocalist. My brother definitely had an influence on me, when he started playing guitar. We were in our first bands together, him on guitar and me on the microphone. I
Best/worst gig you've played? I am pretty stoked to say that I played a show with Oceano before they blew up. That's probably my biggest claim to fame.
What are the plans for the rest of the year? I've slowed down a lot on This Divided World lately. I am a busy college student that works part-time, among many other things. But I do plan to release a single some time this year. It's going to be nasty!
What are your goals with your music? I don't ever hope to make music for This Divided World as a full-time job. That used to be my vision, but I realized that it's a pretty miserable proposition. The touring life is difficult; anyone that tours will tell you that. I receive satisfaction through my interactions with fans online, that are just as real as engaging an audience from the stage. I hope t be able to continue to make records, and sell enough to break even.
Is it easier to get your inspiration from older bands or from bands more modern? I am probably notorious for saying that I am a huge fan of impersonation. I take the parts from bands that I like, and leave the rest. It's a growing and evolving preference. I am much more influenced by deathmetal today, and in turn am able to look back at older bands and take useful lessons from them. I don't advocate stealing riffs or ideas, but we naturally have a desire to recreate what we're attracted to. I don't believe in "originality" in a true sense. It's over-rated. Just do something and do it well. Take inspiration from wherever you do. I really like keeping up with what's going on nowadays, but also have matured some in my musicianship and try to avoid what I feel like are tasteless trends. I would consider dubstep drops in metal a tasteless trend. But on the other hand, there are plenty that feel like deathcore is a dumbed down deathmetal. I think that's a legitimate viewpoint, though I disagree with it.
What are your sources of inspiration? I was really influenced by Oceano and Rose Funeral. They were big in my deathcore forming stages. Whitechapel and Suicide Silence are big influences as well. Taking it back, I listened to As I Lay Dying, Trivium, and Killswitch Engage. Those were my "baby-step" metal bands. Before that was bands like From First to Last, The Used, and Taking Back Sunday. While not metal influences, they did help to progress me as a musician. Probably the greatest musical influence, the band that made me want to make music, is Dashboard Confessional. The first step is arguably the most important, so I owe a great deal to Dashboard Confessional.
What's the first step when making a new song? I always start with a riff. Usually if a riff is worth remembering for a week or so, it's worth recording a demo of. I used to record everything I would jam in "writing sessions" but I realized I was just recording a bunch of crappy riffs. You know how you always wish that you could remember that riff you played yesterday? That reality is that if it was that good, you'd remember it. So I started intentionally not recording riffs unless they were good enough to be stuck in my head for a week. So I record a few riffs, and then add basic drums. Usually I will write the first 1-3 parts of a song, and then let it soak. I think of a bunch of different paths the song could take; like maybe the next 2-3 parts. Then I usually mentally analyze the potential riffs for a week or two. By that point, I've solidified the first 3 parts, and narrowed the next parts down from 5-10 potential "paths" to 3 at max. I record the next couple parts and let it soak again. This is usually the part where I'll get inspired and do a rough edit ending of the song. Sometimes I know how I want the song to end when I start writing, but other times not. It's usually a combination of time, the up and down flow of the song, and if I reached my "end destination" in a cool way that decides if the song is done or not.
How do you feel about the downloading of music instead of buying albums? I love downloading albums! I have a CD collection, but I've bought less than a dozen physical CD's in the past 5 years. You have to be in my top 5 bands for me to buy a physical. I download on iTunes and Bandcamp all the time. It's a much more convenient way to distribute music for bands. I personally created physical copies of our CD's, but in a very limited run. It's expensive, because you have to buy a lot to get a good rate, but then it is difficult to sell them. Shipping costs are a factor as well.
Besides your own music, what genres and bands do you listen to? I like Christian worship music like Chris Tomlin, Jesus Culture, Kari Jobe, and all of the "Christian Top 40" kind of music. I also like Pop-Punk. When a band nails a good pop-punk song, I love it. It has to be the right band though. There's a lot of pretentious bands out there. My favorite example of a great pop-punk band is Such Gold. I guess they have a slight hardcore influence or sensibility too though. I'm also a huge fan of no-nonsense hardcore bands like Gideon and Recon. If I couldn't play deathcore anymore, I would play a slightly modern hardcore; double-time, 2-steps, and breakdowns. I also like easy listening like Coldplay and Dashboard Confessional. It's nice to sing along mindlessly sometimes and not have your sense assaulted. I practice my vocal harmonies singing along to those bands.
What do you hold most dear? My God.
Have you been part of any other projects? I've done plenty of regional and local bands over the years. None really had any great success. I also used to play out solo acoustic.
What do you work with outside of the band and the music? I go to college with a full course load and also work part-time at a Youth Center. I'm pretty involved with my church as well; playing guitar there and helping with the youth group.
What would you do if there was no music? I enjoy music, but it's not my livelihood, or my life. I also feel an emotional release from writing poetry, so it's not a music only thing. I get satisfaction from plenty of other things, but music is really awesome. I would make it without music. People say that they "couldn't live without music." Shut up. You'd live. It just wouldn't be as fun.
How important are your fans? Well I guess it's cliche to say "Everything we do is because of our fans." so I won't say that. Plus if I did say that, it wouldn't be completely true. I get a great sense of satisfaction from fan/friend interaction. It's a really great way to "meet" people of like interest. I like the feedback, good and bad. I work really hard to build a community, and network with other bands.
Name 2 of your own songs you like at the moment? I really like "The Book of Life" from the most recent EP, and "Falling Stars" from the full-length. I have others, but those are my top 2.
Do you have any webpages? Why yes, I'm glad you asked! Honestly, we have too many, but I always try to make as many as people could possibly encounter us from.
Any pearls of wisdom for all other bands out there? I wrote an article for UltimateGuitar.com a few months ago. I'm not sure it will ever get published, but if it does, read that. The short version is: make sure being in a band enhances your life, invest and be professional in everything you do, and less ismore.
How do you view the musicindurty of today? It's mostly a machine of intimidation, mask-wearing, force-feeding, and exploitation, but there are unique circumstances that let the music shine. My favorite example is Facedown Records, but I know there's other people out there doing it right. I don't blame people for trying to make a profit, but it just feels dirty. I mean, I wouldn't put my money out there for some random person to blow either, but then again I probably wouldn't get in the business. If you're starting a record label and your purpose is not to make a profit, then honestly as a band, I wouldn't sign with you. Come on, I'm a business student. No one does something well if they're not compensated. But on the other hand, people are out there selling their soul to sell records. I'm not down with that.
How would you describe your sound in one sentenceBrutal American Deathcore.
This Divided World - "The Book of Life" Official Lyric Video (NEW SONG 2013!)
interview with Prions
What made you call the band "Prions"? Every subculture has a way on seeping into the most normal of homes or societies so a disease that attacks normal prion proteins in the brain seemed appropriate.
How was the band formed? Craigslist.
Where are all band members from?/Who does what in the band? We're all from various cities in Texas. Erik shreds guitars, Joe lays the fuzzy bass, Caleb is the throat of fury, and Ram pounds the drums.
What was the ambitions of the band when you started? Our goal is to write a lot of good albums and play them for the world
Could you explain your music to someone that haven't heard you? High Energy D-beat Metal Punk
Where was your first gig? A punk house in San Antonio. Surprised the walls were still up shit got crazy.
Who writes your songs?/Who writes the music who writes lyrics? We all contribute to the song writing, musically and lyrically. It starts with someone's idea and then we take it from there. However the majority of the lyrics are written by Caleb.
Who has the best sense of humor in the band? Joe
What's good/bad with the band?/What genre do you feel you are? Good thing is we're a new hungry Punk band, bad thing is not a lot of people have heard us.
What are your songs about? The good and bad side of money, love, and country.
Do you write your own material or mainly covers? We write and play our own songs. The only cover is a World Burns To Death song that we've played it twice.
Have you made any albums?/If yes what are they? We have an EP titled The Infected.
Do you have any clips on YouTube? Yes, here's our youtube link, subscribe and share! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7PyOQt74oAHriEzYFMahtw
How old were you guys when you first stood on stage? Late teens and early 20's
What year was the band started? It's complicated but let's go with January 2013
Best/worst gig you've played? Too soon to tell.
What places will you be playing in in the imidate future? Your hometown and it's surrounding countries. I kid, but one day you never know! We want to go West towards California and out East towards Louisiana and maybe Tulsa, OK.
Where have you played from then till now? Cool places but nothing worth mentioning
Witch band is the best you´ve seen? Power Trip and Trash Talk
Is it always the same songs live? No, we've been writing new songs and dropping old ones for a while now.
What has been the best/most promising gig so far? So far, getting asked to open up for Bad Religion in San Antonio, but Caleb was hard at work and couldn't get out of work.
How big crowds do you usually play for? Anywhere from five people to a packed house.
What are the plans for the rest of the year? Finish writing our full length album, two splits, and play more out state shows.
Where do you usually play? Venues or clubs.
What are your goals with your music? Conquer the world!
What are your sources of inspiration? Our own daily experiences, our surroundings, upbringing, and the ever faulty ways our world has been handled.
What's the first step when making a new song? Usually starts with Erik playing a riff and we all of us jump in and write as we go.
How do you feel about the downloading of music instead of buying albums? We don't mind it's exposure either way and that's what we want. Honestly no one really makes money off record sales. I'd be more upset if they didn't share it with a few friends. Not sharing it is the true crime.
What would be your dreams for the band? Great tours, great albums, and great fans.
Besides your own music, what genres and bands do you listen to?Besides D-beat Punk we like Link Wray, Temptations, The Melvins, Howlin' Wolf, Otis Redding, Metal, Hardcore, so on and on.
What do you hold most dear? Ambition and physical ability to play our instruments.
When you are on stage, what do you fear most then? Fucking up not delivering properly.
Have you been in any other bands? Concrete (Street Punk Oi!), Black (a Black Flag tribute band), The Bulemics and The 13th Victim.
What do you work with outside of the band and the music? I'm a medical assistant, Erik is a student at Texas University, Caleb is a server and Joe builds and fixes stuff.
What would you do if there was no music? Clinically diagnosed as insane , locked up or maybe even dead.
How important are your fans? Without fans your band goes nowhere and if your band sucks they'll be the first to tell you so VERY important.
How often do you rehearse? We try to do twice a week, but on average once a week.
Where do you rehearse? In Ram's garage.
Name 2 of your own songs you like at the moment? Deceiver and Sleeper
Do you have any webpages?
Describe your show, visually and musically High energy, stimulating, raw punk
What are the biggest obstacles for a band? For us mainly it's our jobs.
What is best/worst with playing the clubs? 21 and up venues suck, venues with proper sound equipment are the best.
Tell us about your latest gig and why we should've been at them? We're played April 10 in Austin, TX with Car 87 Canadian Hardcore Punk. How else will you get to hear and experience the raw energy d-beat punk!?
How would you describe your sound in one sentence Hard hitting high energy punk metal.
Whats your Pre-show ritual? Stretching, warm up, and humming The Lion King theme song (not really but Caleb's vocal warm up sounds like it).
Do you have anything to add? Bands, promoters, venues and fans add us on facebook for future collaborations. Thanks for your time and consideration. Spread the disease! https://www.facebook.com/PrionsATX
Prions "West Wind"
interview with Sonic Reign
Sonic Reign - A Doctrine Unreachable
interview with Nazghor
What made you call the band "Nazghor"? Nazghor is the order below the government of Tartaros, it is the legion of Satan. Soldiers of the throne of darkness.
How was the band formed? By the dark essences of hate on a winter night in november 2012
Where are all band members from? Uppsala
What was the ambitions of the band when you started? To create something dark as well as melodic and raw
Could you explain your music to someone that haven't heard you? Dark melodic and raw
Who writes your songs?/ who writes the music who writes lyrics? Nazghor write the songs. Nekhrid writes the lyrics
What genre do you feel you are? Black metal of death
What are your songs about?/Do you write your own material or mainly covers? About darkness, satanism, anti-cosmic and death. We have no covers
Have you made any albums?/If yes what are they?/Do you have any clips on YouTube? "Life Impaled" (2013) and "Upon The darkest Season" (2014) yes there are some tunes on Youtube
What year was the band started? November 2012
What places will you be playing in the imidate future? Wherever we may spread the message
Is it always the same songs live?/What are the plans for the rest of the year? It's always different setlist. We are working on our third album.
How do you get psyched up for a gig? Nothing but complete dark atmosphere
What are your goals with your music? To spread the message
Is it easier to get your inspiration from older bands or from bands more modern? Both
What are your sources of inspiration? Music and books
What's the first step when making a new song? Writing down ideas
What would you do if there was no music? Read
How important are your fans? They are the line that connects the order with the masses... and that what Nazghor is all about
How often do you rehearse? Whe do not have fixed times
Where do you rehearse? Somewhere in Uppsala
Do you have any webpages? Just Face book at the moment
Any pearls of wisdom for all other bands out there?Spread the darkness