interview with Recidive

Have any of you played in other bands? Some members also played or are still playing in other punk bands : TDR, Karoshi, Misère Sociale Crew, La Mineure... Our drummer, Bat, have a solo noise/wave project, Le Seul Élément.

How is it that you started playing music? We said : Hey ! Let's play together in a punk hardcore band !

What are your names? / Who plays what? / How old are you?

Bat : drums

Ben : vocals

Fazz : squeal guitar, backing vocals

Ian : gravy guitar

Jacko : bass

Ages: from 28 to 35

Have you had other previous members? No, we're the perfect combo, yesterday, today, tomorrow.

Did you make music even when you were young? Yes, we all started playing music when we were teenagers.

Where are you from? Metz, France.

What year did the band form? September 2013.

What's your style of genre? Hardcore punk, fastcore.

What inspires you? Lot's of bands of many styles: punk, hardcore punk, thrash, crossover, oi!, grind, crust punk, metal, noise...

How often and where do you reherse? One time a week in our rehearsal spot.

How have you developed since you started with the music? We're better every day.

Do you have other interests of work outside the band? We don't make music for money, so most of us have a job. We have a lot of other interest : painting, drawing, movies, family, beer, wine, smoked tofu...

Are you looking for a booking agency, and what are your thoughts around that? No, we wan't to stay independent.We want to choose where and when we play, the bands we play with...

Are you looking for a label, and what are your thoughts around that? Our first album, "Alive", was produced by a french label, "l’ascenseur émotionnel" (CD), great people, great job.

What made you decide to make this music? We made it for fun.

What are your songs about? Friendship, depression, hope, drugs, sex, human perversion, rock'n roll, rotten politicians...

Who does the composing and writes the lyrics? We compose and write all together.

Do you start with the music or the lyrics? Music.

Do you compose in a certain inviroment? In our rehearsal spot with a six pack.

Have you done any covers live? Not yet !

What language do you sing in? English.

What are the least and most people to attend one of your gigs? Least : about 30 people. Most : I don't know, maybe 200...

What ages are most of your concert attendants? From 20 to 50.

Do you always play the same songs live, or do you vary? We are a young band, so we don'thave enough songs to vary for the moment.

Do you have a regular place you play live often? No. And we don't want, we are not a DJ.

What was your first gig like? At "La Crustygrange", with Lust for Death, Columbo, and Diskose. It was awesome, great bands, nice people...Good memories !

What was your latest gig? In june at the "Ugly Hole Fest" in Belgium, with Zeus, Ovo and Leper house.

Where have you played live this year?

Rupt/Moselle (FR) @ La Crustygrange with Lust for Death, Columbo, and Diskose.

Volmerange-les-Mines (FR) @ No man's land, with Mudweiser, Goodbye Diana and local guest

Dijon (FR) @ Les Tanneries, "Maloka Fest", with Boss Capone, Tulamort, Miss Ratched and other cool bands.

Metz (FR, hometown) @ La Face Cachée (record store), release party of our firt album, "Alive" + private gig in the evening with a bunch of cool bands from our town, notably Le Singe Blanc.

Nassogne (BE), "Ugly Hole Fest" , with Zeus, Ovo and Leper House.

Where do you plan to gig the comming year? Everywhere we can!

When did you start to sell merchandise, and what do you have for sale? We just have our album "Alive" (CD, 5€), And a T-shirt with the artwork of the album cover (drawn by the great Piet du Congo, http://pietducongo.com/).

Where can people buy your merchandise? Contact us, we ship worlwide.

What do you think about people downloading music instead of buying records now a days? No problem with that : download music to listen it, and if you like a band and want to support it, just buy a record or some merch. Our album is available for free or donation on Bandcamp.

How do you think the music industry have changed because of this? It was crap before, now it's dying crap !

What do you think of my work? Bloggers are really importants for the DIY/undergroung scene. We discovered lots of great bands thanks to blogs like yours.

Do you have any role models or idols? No idols, no gods, no masters.

Is it easier to find inspiration from older bands, or bands that are more active today? Both. There is a lot of grat bands yesterday and nowadays...

What have been your biggest obstacles? Work and kids !

What advice would you give other bands or artists? Never give up what you like and get laid as long as you can.

How do you get psyched for a gig? We drink a couple of beers.

Do you have any new material? Not yet, but we gonna record new songs in few weeks.

What are your web sites?

https://recidive.bandcamp.com/releases

https://www.facebook.com/Recidive57

How can people reach you? Facebook or my email : ian.fafet@hotmail.fr

What are your plans for the future? Rule the world.

Do you have something to add? Tack för ditt intresse ! (good ?)


Dagens skivor.


interview with Bastard Son

Have any of you played in other bands? Music is our religion, some worship a wider variety
How is it that you started playing music? I really don't know how anyone wouldn't want to play music, it's the universal bond!
What are your names? / Who plays what? / How old are you?
Jeff Higgins/Guitar - Dan Harrington/Guitar - Ty Clements/Drums - James Flint/Bass and myself Chad Parsons/Vocals
We're all in our early forties except for the thunder, he's a dozen years younger.
Have you had other previous members? Yes. I replaced a good friend of ours Mr. Jason Kurz on vocals. 
He wrote and sang on the first Bastard Son release Betraying Us All
Did you make music even when you were young? Most of us have been playing since childhood. In a group sense we started writing together in early highschool.
Where are you from?We're all from Peterborough Ontario, Canada, just north of Toronto..
What year did the band form? 2011
What's your style of genre? Bastard Son is Extreme Metal. If I could put a title on it I would call it Anger Metal.. We generally fit into the Death Metal genre on account of my vocals.
What inspires you? For Bastard Son it's more like what pisses you off when it comes to writing. Music wise it's that old heavy groove with some steady formula.
How often and where do you reherse? We generally jam once a week unless we're in training camp for some shows or studio. We have a cool ass jam room out in the sticks.. Somewhat of horror movie feel when you pull in the lot.
Are you looking for a booking agency, and what are your thoughts around that? More promoters and other bands at this point.. Booking agents are welcome to contact us!
Are you looking for a label, and what are your thoughts around that? For our next release we're thinking on shopping around.. Any labels interested in Bastard Son would be something to consider.
What are your songs about?Like I mentioned above, the over all theme of the band is we're fucking pissed off at the world.  Everything is related to anger in one way or another.
Who does the composing and writes the lyrics?
Higgins is our riff machine.. Harrington will collaborate...Ty will create the beat...
James thickens it up...I write the lyrics and vocal patterns.
Have you done any covers live? The only cover we do live is from our old band 20 years ago.. That song is also on our album Devils Mask titled "Oh So Pieceful"
What language do you sing in? At this point and time it has all been English..
What ages are most of your concert attendants? The metal scene has always been typically a younger crowd (energy/stamina) I do find though we get a lot of an older crowd into 90's Death Metal.
Gigs? We've been putting together some shows for the fall in and around Peterborough and Toronto.. Ontario Deathfest coming up Oct 8,9,10 in Toronto.. https://www.facebook.com/events/396334340556482/
Where can people buy your merchandise?
We've had merch for sale since the inception..T-shirts, stickers, patches, and of course Cds.. You can purchase online at www.bastardson.bandcamp.com or send us at message on facebook https://www.facebook.com/BastardSonDeathmetal 
or at bastardsondeathmetal@gmail.com

What do you think about people downloading music instead of buying records nowadays? I'm all for all of it.. However the music is being heard right on!

How do you think the music industry have changed because of this? I think it's easier for fans to access the tunes which is great.. That being said a lot are getting it for free..It's always been about the music not the cash for us, thus playing Extreme Metal.. You need the generate cash for a band  to tour and pay for all your album and promo shight. Anyone who wants to be a rock star should be fucking killed. It nothing but helps us I think.. Kids in shity countries that couldn't get the tunes before can now..Creating more fans and spreading our tunes.Even if they are getting it for free.. 

What do you think of my work? We all appreciate your work a lot.. I know I speak for a lot of bands who appreciate cats like yourself taking your time for the love of Metal.
How do you think and know that this interview will help you in the music business? Every interview is more interest towards the band opening doors to new listeners and potential fans..like this one straight outta Fuckin Sweden!!
Is it easier to find inspiration from older bands, or bands that are more active today? Honestly when looking for musical inspiration it could come form anywhere. I think we've been involved in Metal since it's early inception so we've kinda evolved with it rather aspired from it.
What advice would you give other bands or artists? Always remember why you started playing and all your greatest moments. Stay true to your friends and band mates and live in the present.. Practice might not make perfect, but you'll be on your way. Keep your ego in check, the talent in this world in unbelievable and you have an opportunity to learn from it all..You're not fucking special

How do you get psyched for a gig? Hahaha I am naturally ready to go all the time.. It's more like containing it in a regular day.. We always check out all the bands on whatever bill we play. Depending on our spot it's always a good way to get heavied up.  

Do you have any new material? Yes we do and we'll be heading back to BoneGrinder Records in the new year to begin tracking our new album.. This will be our third album working with Robbie Boyd at BoneGrinder in Peterborough..

What are your web sites?

https://www.facebook.com/BastardSonDeathmetal?fref=ts

www.bastardson.bandcamp.com www.bastardson.ca
How can people reach you? bastardsondeathmetal@gmail.com

What are your plans for the future? To continue making music until our bones bleach in the sun!


DROWN the KITTEN


Interview with Personal Signet

Have any of you played in other bands? All of us had or currently have other projects or music activities. I play in trash-death metal band Scenery and have some solo project tooJ. Our singer Peter Aristone has his own solo project as well. Our drummer Belki currently enjoys playing cover songs from famous bands from 60´s and 70´s with a band called 4WD. And our bassist Mumlay plays only in Personal Signet now but in the past he had many other music activities.

How is it that you started playing music? Belki started playing the drums when he was 6 and I started playing music little bit later, when I was a teenager.
We met at primary school and when we were16 we found a school band called Anthracit playing hard rock songs from 70´s and 80´s.

What are your names? / Who plays what? / How old are you?
Peter Aristone –vocal (34)
Lerry – guitar (43)
Mumlay – bass (47)
Belki – drums (43)

Have you had other previous members? Yes, we had bassist Mirek on first demo TRY-OUT but unfortunately due to his health issue with his hands he had to stop playing the bass for some time. During his absence we had been looking for a new bass-player and finally we met Mumlay. I think it was a fate because he is absolutely the best member we could ever have had.

Did you make music even when you were young? Yes, of course. For all of us music is our lifelong activity and way of life.  As mentioned before, Belki and I played in a school band Anthracit and later we found thrash-death metal band Section Brain. After three years playing together we split up and I found a new band Scenery.

Where are you from? Belki and I are from Mohelnice, Mumlay is from Svitavy, which is only 30km from Mohelnice. Both cities are in the eastern part of the Czech Republic.
Peter was born in Bratislava – Slovakia, but now he lives in Prague, which is 230km from Mohelnice.

What year did the band from? I think we started playing in 2003, it is such a long time, isn´t it?J.

What's your style of genre? We make some experiments in our music but we can say it is close to progressive – rock / metal or art rock /metal.

What inspires you? We try to do our own music and we enjoy it. We are really happy when we arrange a new song and it sounds very well to us. But frankly speaking we are influenced by famous bands such as Dream Theater, Fates Warning and many others.

How often and where do you rehearse? We meet in our rehearsal room in Mohelnice. Currently, our rehearsal frequency is quite low due to the fact that our drummer is living abroad but he visits his home country regularly, so we have approximately three rehearsals in two months. In this situation it is the most important to have a good self-preparation and thanks to new technologies it is now much easier.

How have you developed since you started with the music? Hard to say I think that it is a question for someone else. Generally speaking there must be some natural development after more than 20 years of playing music. At the beginning, when all of us started with pure trash metal, we can say that our music now is more sophisticated with a wider range of music genre and a higher level of composition.

Are you looking for a booking agency or label and what are your thoughts around that? Yes, actually we are looking for both but not so much intensively because we have some limited cooperation with one Czech label/agency called BrainZone.                               

What made you decide to make this music? We want to be famous and respectedJ It is a jokeJ In fact we love to do our own music as it gives us a lot of energy, positive feelings and it is the best way how to relax and mitigate all negative aspects of daily life.

What are your songs about? Our songs are mainly about every day troubles of human beings and an attitude of life. 

Who does the composing and writes the lyrics?
Peter and I usually bring new motives or sometimes even almost complete songs, and we do together a final version in rehearsal room. In many cases it is a long-term process.
Peter and his two friends write lyrics. So, actually our band is bigger and bigger.                                       

Do you start with the music or the lyrics? Good question, in my case the music is the first but Peter might have a different way of working.

Do you compose in a certain environment? Yes at my home studio in front of my PCJ.

Have you done any covers live? We as Personal Signet do not. Playing our own songs is enough for us!

What language do you sing in? In English – it seems like the best language for singing.

What are the least and most people to attend one of your gigs?  Quite a big range, from numbers counted on the fingers of one hand up to 300 people in clubs but we also played festivals attended by several thousand people.

What ages are most of your concert attendants?  It is hard to say – from 17 till 50?? It could be.

Do you always play the same songs live, or do you vary?  We usually play all songs from the latest album and in addition to that one or two older songs, it depends on available time we have. But we are able to perform all our songs.

Do you have a regular place you play live often? We have one place where we play every year, it is a club called Tyjatr in Svitavy. By the way it is a home town of our bassist Mumlay. There is always a fantastic atmosphere and great fans!

What was your first gig like?  I really don’t remember.

What was your latest gig? It was quite recently. We played in Rock Club Brooklyn in Brno, supporting our new CD.

Where have you played live this year? We have had 6 gigs in our country supporting our new album Fundamental Human Instinct.

Where do you plan to gig the coming year? Our plan for next year is still under negotiation but there is already one fixed date. In Germany – Reichenbach 1-2.4.2016 – Art rock music festival.

When did you start to sell merchandise, and what do you have for sale? I think it was when our first CD was released. Currently we can offer T-shirts, wristband and buttons. Actually we are preparing new T-shirts, which will be available soon..

Where can people buy your merchandise? Here is link: http://personalsignet.bandcamp.com/merch   

What do you think about people downloading music instead of buying records now a days? If you do music for money it could be a big problem but if you do it for pleasure – it is not a problem. Recently downloading is a kind of advertisement and if the whole CD is good and you have a good life performance, your die-hard fans will buy your CD, anyway.

How do you think the music industry have changed because of this? Yes, it is a very good question – and you called it correctly “industry”!!! I think it is similar to sport when big money is involved then real talent is out and money is driving all decisions.  I think that music should be about art and feelings and not a tool for earning money. I know it seems like utopian or naive idea but we believe it and it is our attitude.     

What do you think of my work? You are like us, if you like it, you do it. Thank you and people like you that you do it for us, musicians! 

How do you think and know that this interview will help you in the music business? Every little helps.

Do you have any role models or idols? When we are older and older all role models and idols slowly disappear. Now it is time to be role models for others.

Is it easier to find inspiration from older bands, or bands that are more active today? It is all about the basics. When you compare old and modern bands I would say that today´s bands have a great sound which seems to be more important for many listeners rather than real content and feelings. We believe that the old interpretation of music will exceed most recent trend in music and it will revert to the basics.

What have been your biggest obstacles?  There is a lot of big and small obstacles.For someone it could be many for someone unfair people. But up to now we are able to fight with them.     

What advice would you give other bands or artists?  It is absolutely easy – do music for you and stand up for it!!! The music never let you alone but you can only leave the music!!!

How do you get psyched for a gig?  We are always looking forward to it! It is a part of our life, we do music for playing gigs.

Do you have any new material? We have about 4 to 5 new half-songs and actually we are composing them.

What are your web sites?
www.personalsignet.com
www.personalsignet.cz

www.facebook.com/personalsignet
www.bandzone.cz/personalsignet

How can people reach you?

My e-mail: lerry.cz@gmail.com  or people can visit our website.

If people want to support us they can buy our CD http://personalsignet.bandcamp.com/

What are your plans for the future? To play more and more our music not only for us but also for our fans.

Do you have something to add?  Thank you very much for being placed on your website and interest in our music.  So, good luck and a lot of good quality music on your website!


solo from "Raise my tone" by Lerry


interview with Iron Kingdom

Have any of you played in other bands? Leighton and Amanda have only played in Iron Kingdom, Kenny on the other hand has been in several bands before joining us. As for me, I have only ever played one show in another band, it was just for fun really and that's where I met Kenny and stole him for Iron Kingdom! Haha!

How is it that you started playing music? Amanda was playing classical piano and I had recently obtained Deep Purple - Machine Head, you see I put two and two together, I wanted to play a musical instrument but piano looked way too hard and I liked rock n roll so why not try guitar! That's how it started for me anyways!

What are your names? / Who plays what? / How old are you?

Chris Osterman - 23 years old Lead Guitar and Lead Vocals

Kenny Kroecher - 24 years old Lead Guitar

Amanda Osterman - 26 years old Drums

Leighton Holmes - 24 years old Bass Guitar

Have you had other previous members? We've been through about 14 different band members throughout the years (before we called ourselves Iron Kingdom) but as Iron Kingdom the only other member was Jordan Wright, who used to play rhythm guitar for us.  He recorded the ‘Curse of the Voodoo Queen’ album with us, but left right after to focus on his career.

Where are you from? Surrey, BC, Canada

What year did the band form? Iron Kingdom started in June of 2011, however some of the band had been playing together for a few years before that under a different name.

What's your style of genre? Traditional / Power Metal

What inspires you? Other heavy metal bands, epic stories, movies, books, legends, anything really!

How often and where do you rehearse? We practice at my parents place haha, they helped us build a wicked jam space in the garage.  We usually average 2 practices a week, however before tours or recording we usually do 3-4 practices a week.

Are you looking for a booking agency, and what are your thoughts around that? Yea it would be nice to have a booking agency deal with our tours, however they would take a cut and it's hard to know if they will do a good job.  I've heard terrible stories where tours fall apart because the booking agent didn't follow up on gigs or whatnot it can be pretty rough, so for now I do all the bookings but if something comes along we'd be interested to see where it could go.

Are you looking for a label, and what are your thoughts around that? Similar to a booking agent, we see the value in their help however there's so much potential to lose as well, so we're just very careful with any contracts. We will sign when we feel the offer is fair enough to keep us going strong!

What made you decide to make this music? I couldn't find any current bands playing the style, and I felt like the world needed some classic heavy metal again!  I decided, who cares what other people think, I’m going to play music the way I like it.

What are your songs about? Each one is different, but some bigger topics in the past have been history, war, good and evil, heavy metal brotherhood, stuff like that.

Who does the composing and writes the lyrics?

I do most of the composing, but everyone is involved in his or her own instrument.

As for the lyrics, Leighton is our main guy, however Amanda and I have written a track from time to time.

Do you start with the music or the lyrics? Usually the music but we have written the odd track the other way around.

Do you compose in a certain environment? Not particularly, ideas pop up at any time, but I prefer being at home with my guitar.

Have you done any covers live? Yes we have, however not very often. Some include, Rock You Like A Hurricane by the Scorpions and Metal Health by Quiet Riot.

What language do you sing in? English

What are the least and most people to attend one of your gigs?

The least was probably 2 haha it was a Monday night in Sacramento with Night Demon and us, sadly the promoter didn't do much and neither of the bands had played there before.

The most would be at Keep It True XVII in Germany, it was a sold out show, selling 2500 tickets.

What ages are most of your concert attendants?

It varies so much I couldn't say, we've had 3 year olds moshing at the front all the way up to 70 year olds maybe older.

Our average fans age is most likely around 20-35

Do you always play the same songs live, or do you vary? Each tour we bring in new songs (Keeping the most popular songs from previous tours) and we play a similar set throughout that new tour.

Do you have a regular place you play live often? Funky Winkerbeans in Vancouver is a pretty common venue for us when we're at home. It's a small but wicked metal bar, with cool staff and a great promoter who always treats the bands fairly.

Have you had to cancel a gig? Sadly yes, we cancelled our show in Calgary, AB on our Ride For Glory North American Tour 2015. This was due to the fact that we rolled our tour buss down a hill off the highway in The Rocky Mountains. Luckily we all survived but our van and trailer we're damaged severely. We cancelled, as we had no access to our gear until the next morning and no vehicle to drive us there. The accident was due to a tire exploding and us losing control.

Where have you played live this year? So far Western Canada, and we will be heading through the USA very soon!

Where do you plan to gig in the coming year? Europe, Canada, and possibly the USA again! If we're lucky maybe some new places also!

When did you start to sell merchandise, and what do you have for sale? We've had merch since the beginning, we sell shirts, CDs, cassettes, vinyl, stickers, magnets, posters, patches, beer koozies, pins..,  lots of different things!

Where can people buy your merchandise? We sell merch at every gig!

But we also sell online at: ironkingdomsofficialmerchstore.bigcartel.com

Or you can just email us for a custom order: iron_kingdom@hotmail.com

What do you think about people downloading music instead of buying records now a days? Well here's the deal, we love lots of people listening to our tunes, and enjoying the music we created. However especially if your going to download the music, come out to our gigs, you know? Buy a t-shirt! Support us in a different way.  It's simple really, if you want us to keep making music then support us.

How do you think the music industry has changed because of this? I think it has turned a lot more into a Do It Yourself industry, labels still have a role, but bands can get a heck of a lot farther without a label than they ever could in the past.

Do you have any role models or idols? Steve Harris!  His work ethic alone has inspired how I operate on an everyday basis.  My parents are also a huge inspiration for me, when things got tough they just fought harder.

Is it easier to find inspiration from older bands, or bands that are more active today? I think a combination of both is needed.  The music industry is different these days so you need to get ideas from other bands to stay current. At the same time older bands for us particularly are huge for musical influences as well as learning from their mistakes and successes as best we can from stories we’ve heard.  So yea id say inspiration from any and all bands is important! New or old!

What have been your biggest obstacles? The last three weeks!  We had an accident while on the road, and now are struggling through getting our Visa papers in time to perform our booked dates through the USA.  The vehicle situation is mostly under control however the visa is still up in the air… We’re supposed to play Seattle tomorrow.

What advice would you give other bands or artists? Be true to yourself, you may not be rich and famous but you will respect yourself and others will too.

How do you get psyched for a gig? Well I generally like to just work and prepare, if I can remain busy then I feel more and more ready for the stage! Sometimes I'll watch a live DVD of a band I love to get my self really stoked also.

Do you have any new material? Yes we just released our 3rd full length album 'Ride For Glory' on CD and Cassette!

What are your web sites?

www.iron-kingdom.com

www.facebook.com/ironkingdom

Plus many others! But those two sites should link you anywhere Iron Kingdom related that you'd wanna go.

How can people reach you? By email at: iron_kingdom@hotmail.com 

Do you have something to add?

Things have been tough lately but we will keep fighting for the metal we love!

If anyone would like to book us, (literally anywhere) just let us know what you can offer and we may book a tour around it!

Thanks for reading this interview!  We hope to see you on the road in the near future!! 


Iron Kingdom - The Samurai


interview with Funest

Have any of you played in other bands? Sure,all of us played or still plays in others bands,I currently play in a thrash band always as drummer,M. played bass and guitars in other bands,same for E. and H.S.
How is it that you started playing music?
Listening music,going to gigs and watching other bands with wich we grew up play. We want to do our own part as those bands made which in turn,and maybe to be an inspiration for someone in the future.

What are your names? / Who plays what? / How old are you?
D. – drums, 26 years old
M. - guitars and vocals, 27 years old
E. – bass, 38 years old
H.S. – guitars, 33 years old

Have you had other previous members? Yeah we had two guitarists in the past,but they have been into the line-up for a short time or just as live show session members,then they left the band also because they had their projects to carry on as well.
Did you make music even when you were young?
Well,I started play drums at the age of 18,with my first death metal band,and same for the other members with their respective instruments and bands,but I suppose that some of them started earlier,like 16 or 17 years old or something like that.

Where are you from? I’m from Milan,M. is from Palermo,Sicily,E. is from Quito,Ecuador and H.S. is from Biella,a city in Piedmont,not far from Turin.

What year did the band form? We officially formed in winter of 2012.

What's your style of genre? Death metal,in the Swedish manner,in the vein of Entombed,Dismember,Grave…Boss HM-2 addicted!

What inspires you? Blasphemy,death,sorrow,pain,corpses and alcohol abuse.

How often and where do you reherse?
Well we play as long as we need,it depends on what we’re gonna practice,the setlist for an upcoming show or new songs or improvise new stuff,we take the required time for everything.
We have setted up a garage as “rehearsal room” with drums,amplifier,speakers and so on,and there is where we rehearse with Funest and with the other bands.

How have you developed since you started with the music? Well,we aim to keep our style the same as possible,but we’re now trying to create a sound that would be the result of mixing the classic Swedish sound with the American one and the first results are promising.

Do you have other interests of work outside the band? Not so many,we all spend the most of the time at work,so the band is our main activity.

Are you looking for a booking agency,and what are your thoughts around that? Currently not,and we’re not going to seek for any at the moment.

Are you looking for a label, and what are your thoughts around that? We’re looking for a label interested to print the 12” vinyl version of “Desecrating Obscurity”.
What made you decide to make this music?
The total and unconditional love for this genre,for us is not only a matter of music,is a lifestyle,or at least for me.

What are your songs about? Anti-christianity/religion mainly,but also pain,death,gore and sexual perversions.

Who does the composing and writes the lyrics? M. is the main composer for what concern the music,I take care of the lyrics generally.

Do you start with the music or the lyrics? Usually first comes the music,then the lyrics,but I use to write the lyrics separately on my own,I write down whatever comes to my mind,then we fit the lyrics into the song together during the songwriting process.

Do you compose in a certain inviroment? Not in a particular one,we usually compose when we are jamming together or at home by our own,then we share our ideas each other,then we start to build the song.

Have you done any covers live? We played a couple of times Pagan Saviour of Autopsy,only this one until now,but we’re planning a new one.

What language do you sing in? English.

What are the least and most people to attend one of your gigs? We don’t know honestly,the least I think 10,the most around 100.

What ages are most of your concert attendants? I suppose between 18 and 50. Anyone who likes our music is welcome at our shows,the age doesn’t matter and we don’t care about that.

Do you always play the same songs live, or do you vary? Well,we try to change setlist order each time,but the songs for now are the same,lately we’ll put into some new songs.

Do you have a regular place you play live often? Not necessarily,we play wherever and for anyone want us at their show,if the premises are acceptable of course.

What was your first gig like? Short but killer! The line up was composed by me (D.),M. and E., our first bass player who left the band afterwards. The venue was rather crowded although it was pretty narrow,and we were a bit nervous because we didn’t expect so many people and was the first time on stage for us,but in the end everything went well.

What was your latest gig? Was the last November,I played with both my bands,Funest and Torment (my other band,thrash metal),pretty cool gig,not one of the best anyway.

Have have you played live this year? We made no live shows in 2015 because we have been focused on writing new stuff,but within 2016 we’ll play somewhere for sure.

Where do you plan to gig the comming year? We don’t know,our only plan is to put out some new stuff,then we will see what will happen.

When did you start to sell merchandise, and what do you have for sale? We started around last February,in the beginning we printed some shirts,afterwards we made patches and stickers,and we’re planning to release the vinyl version of “Desecrating Obscurity” who has been initially released in CD by Memento Mori.
Where can people buy your merchandise?
https://funest.bandcamp.com/merch

What do you think about people downloading music instead of buying records nowadays? I think they should do both. Youtbe and streaming in general nowadays allows you to know bands who until yesterday were unknown and download music is ok but in my opinion if you really want to support a band you must buy their stuff.

How do you think the music industry have changed because of this? The music industry,lke every industry,cares only about one thing: money. I hope that those labels who promote shitty and trendy bands,caring only to produce profit will soon go out of business,that’s all.
What do you think of my work?
You make a good job,really appreciate it,this is a good way to show support to the bands.

How do you think and know that this interview will help you in the music business? In my opinion when music begins to be a business,it ends to be music. I make music for passion,because I love it,not for a salary or a wage,I have a job for that,like all my bandmates. We don’t really love to make interviews,but if it helps to let us know by other people around the world,well…ok?

Do you have any role models or idols? Anyone who is able to inspire us can be a model,but not an idol,because idols must be venerated and we don’t venerate nothing and none.
Is it easier to find inspiration from older bands, or bands that are more active today?
Well,in our case the main influences comes from the great bands of the 80’s and 90’s,but there are few bands who are in the current scene that for us represent an influence or a model to follow,for example Interment and Hail of Bullets.

What have been your biggest obstacles? Definitely was to keep a regular line-up,with stable dedicated members,able to focus only on our project,who knows well the genre and with good skills with the instruments.

How do you get psyched for a gig? Drinking beer ahaha

Do you have any new material? Yes,we currently are working on three new songs and soon we’ll hit the studio.

What are your web sites?
Facebook: www.facebook.com/Funestdeathmetal
Bandcamp: http://funest.bandcamp.com

How can people reach you? By email (funest666@gmail.com) or by our Facebook page.

What are your plans for the future? Finish to compose the new stuff and maybe release an EP or a split,we still have to decide about that.

Do you have something to add? Thanks for the interview,we salute all the Swedish maniacs who supports us,hoping to play very soon in Sweden…Skål!


Funest - Fornicate The Deceased


interview with Cumbeast

Have any of you played in other bands? Yeah, our vocalist Oliver plays in a doom metal band and does something with the computers, drummer Mikko plays in brutal death metal band Cumbeast and black metal in Angelscourge, guitarist Sami plays in a pop group called Lemmen Kätyrit, bass player Aki plays in a prog. rock lineup and I Tape (guitar) play in a melodic rock band called Sinful Society

How is it that you started playing music? When I was young my dad listened a lot of rockabilly stuff and I was pretty blown out when I heard a Finnish rock band called Hurriganes. That was the moment when I knew I would be a guitar player! I played in a various lineups from age 15-16 and in the year 2008 I decided I wanna fucking finally form a band that plays only good music! I knew Mikko, Oliver and Aki before that and I just asked them if they wanna join and they did, ha! We never really decided what kind of metal music we will play, it all came naturally. That’s the way it was and that’s the way it will always be.

What are your names? / Who plays what? / How old are you? Oliver –vocals,  Tape –guitar, Sami –guitar, Aki –bass, Mikko -drums

Have you had other previous members? Sure! We’ve had some problems to find a proper guitar player. You know there’s  tons of dudes that can shred the shit out in their mom’s basement but when it comes to playing with a band…

We’re 20-25 years old.

Did you make music even when you were young?  We’re still young!

Where are you from? Turku, Southwestern Finland.

What year did the band form? 2008.

What's your style of genre? Some kind of death metal.

What inspires you? Everything that’s happening in our lives.

How often and where do you reherse? 1-2 times a week, gotta keep em’ chops tight man!

Do you have other interests of work outside the band? Well…I’m kind of a no-life when it comes to that. Almost all of my freetime goes to the bands I play in, I kind of can’t take it easy. When I’m not playing, I hang out with my girl or get hammered with my friends!  And occasionally I read some good ol’ books…anything from Kafka to comics!

Are you looking for a booking agency, and what are your thoughts around that? Sure, we’re working on it.

Are you looking for a label, and what are your thoughts around that? We released our second ep Misery Doctrine this year independently. We are happy with the songs and it got some positive feedback in the media and brought us some gigs. Now we are working on new material and playing gigs. When we have more new material, then it’s time to do the pre-recordings and contact the labels.

What made you decide to make this music? Passion. And maybe retardness…? It’s funny when you think of metal..one dude screams his/her lungs out and the others play as fast as they can and with full distortion. And if you don’t’ like it, it may sound just really fucking horrible and annoying.  Maybe it’s just some primal instinct that our species have? Or is it related to rough sex? There’s a research which shows that listening to extreme music helps you to deal with your negative feelings. Personally I think it goes for music in general. It’s all about emotions.

What are your songs about? Life but mostly about the darker side of life.

Who does the composing and writes the lyrics? Mostly I do the music and our vocalist does all of our lyrics. Everybody contribute on the arrangements.

Do you start with the music or the lyrics? Music first, the the lyrics. But I’m not sure if Oliver has some ready lyrics in his drawer just waiting for the right riffs!

What language do you sing in? English, Oliver is a native speaker.

What are the least and most people to attend one of your gigs? Least may be something like 10 and most is something like 70-80.

What ages are most of your concert attendants? I’ve seen all ages but mostly 18+ because you can’t legally go to bar before that.

Do you always play the same songs live, or do you vary? We have dropped the oldest songs from the setlist a long time ago. At the moment our setlist is based on the Misery Doctine ep songs and then we add a couple of new ones to that. Depends on the mood and the playing time.

Do you have a regular place you play live often? This year we have played twice in Rokbar, Turku. Other regular place is Klubi, Turku. The other Rokbar-gig was fucking killer, it was propably our best gig ever! The audience was hammered, crazy and full of energy. Gotta love that!

What was your first gig like? Propably sounded really bad, looked fucking boring and we we were freaked out of our minds. But on the other hand I remember it gave us energy to move on and get better!

What was your latest gig? It was a gig with Fasthammer and Hessian at Rokbar, Turku. Beginning of June.


Cumbeast - Schlong Kong LIVE 2015


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interview with Crucifier

Have any of you played in other bands? Over the years I've played with many many bands. Some are very well known and some are more obscure and short lived. However, all those years playing have all had much impact on my career in music in one way or another. Some of the bands over the years that I've played with are: Pyramid, Acephalous Vector, Macabre Forces, Satanic Slaughter, Caution, Witchery (US), Ancient (US), Infernal Hatred, Aryan War, Decieverion, Grand Belial's Key, Hearse, Bludgeon, Brethren, Crucifier, Viaticum, amisegardauQ, and many others.

How is it that you started playing music? In 1983, I was approached by two mates from grade school saying they were starting a band, and they needed a drummer. I said I never played but thought that I might be okay and could learn very quickly. So, I borrowed a small Gretsch drum set from the parish priest of the Catholic school we went to. Ironic that in time I'd be playing very very blasphemous music! And the rest is history.

What are your names? / Who plays what? / How old are you? Crucifier, my main band is, me on drums/vocals, Rob Spisak on lead guitar, Dan Keaton on lead guitar and Chris Kerns on bass guitar.

Have you had other previous members? I've had a lot of member changes over the years. Probably somewhere along the lines of 20 over the course of 25 years.

Did you make music even when you were young? I only picked up drumming at the age of 13, that's where it all started with regard to playing music. I then a few years later picked a guitar in about 1985 and fooled around with that, then bass a few more years later. Vocals were picked up in 1989ish.

Where are you from? Born in Chester Pennsylvania USA, and raised in Chichester Pennsylvania from 1980 on. Philadelphia is the nearest big city.

What year did the band form? Crucifier was formed in 1990 from the ashes of the 1989 band Caution.

What's your style of genre? I believe that we could be classified as Satanic Black Death Metal.

What inspires you? I've been influenced and inspired by the masters of the metal past. Bands like Mercyful Fate, old Slayer, old Sodom and Venom for example. Also the works of LaVey were inspiring.

How often and where do you reherse? We rehearse close to my home in Eddystone, PA. We try to practice once a week, usually on Saturdays.

How have you developed since you started with the music? Well when you first start out you usually are weak and inexperienced. And steadily playing over the years without stopping you really get to tighten up your chops and expand your horizons.

Do you have other interests of work outside the band?I spend most of my time being a single father to my two young kids. Other than that I enjoy the internet and movies.

Are you looking for a booking agency, and what are your thoughts around that? I usually utilize friends etc for booking shows mostly. No need to find professional services in the Underground.

Are you looking for a label, and what are your thoughts around that? Currently we are signed for a two record deal with Die Todusrune Records. On our way to writing and recording our second album.

What made you decide to make this music? Music was very natural for me to pick up. I started early and didn't stop. I've become pretty good at it also.

What are your songs about? Our songs are fantasy works usually about the attacking of religion and holier dieties, etc. I think Satanic aspects really take over too.

Who does the composing and writes the lyrics? Over the years most of the writing was done by me and a couple of other past members. Up until about a couple months ago I wrote most of the music. I do write all of the lyrics and titles though.

Do you start with the music or the lyrics? Until a year ago, we made the music first. In 2010 there was a lapse in playing so I took the free time to write a bunch of lyrics for songs that I knew would be written in the future.

Do you compose in a certain inviroment? I usually write riffs at home, just in my living room in the quiet. Then I get together with the band mates and we collaborate or share riffs then in the studio. Sometimes if the song is written solely by me or one of the other guys they let us hear it, and we then give opinions and advice then.

Have you done any covers live? On occasion we do covers live, sometimes we just fool around with some in the rehearsal studio.

What language do you sing in? I only know English so that's what I use.

What are the least and most people to attend one of your gigs? We've played to like 10 people to packed halls and bars. We play for ourselves and our fans, no matter if it's one guy or 12000 people.

What ages are most of your concert attendants? We usually play in bars so the age is 21.

Do you always play the same songs live, or do you vary? We try to play every song we have live, just switching up the order from show to show.

Do you have a regular place you play live often? No, we play in different states in America, so it varies.

What was your first gig like? The first Crucifier show was remarkable. We were one of the first bands in the Philadelphia area to use dead animals onstage, with big crosses and candles and fog. It was a great time and a great age. 1990 was a great time!

What was your latest gig? Our last gig may have been played in Delaware this year.

Have you had to cancel a gig? We've had to cancel a couple. It's something you never want to do but personal lives come into play and you have to adjust your priorities.

Where have you played live this year? We've recently played Delaware, Buffalo New York, and Virgina. Nothing very recent as I can recall.

Where do you plan to gig the comming year? We are scheduled to play Philly, Tonawanda New York and Chicago.

When did you start to sell merchandise, and what do you have for sale? We usually sell out of our merch very quickly. Currently we have three new shirt designs for sale. But that's all.

Where can people buy your merchandise?They can contact the band directly at thetruecrucifier@live.com or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/cazz.grant or https://www.facebook.com/TheBlackLourde.

What do you think about people downloading music instead of buying records now a days? I'm very pro internet downloading. As long as people enjoy my art, and give me credit, I'm perfectly cool with it!

How do you think the music industry have changed because of this? Yes the internet has changed the whole way music industry works and makes money. I think it is a more realistic approach to art!

What do you think of my work? I really have always appreciated the art of the zine editor! It is one of the most valuable parts of our scene. And always will be.

How do you think and know that this interview will help you in the music business?I don't see what we do as business, but the spreading of beautiful art. I think it is beneficial but not really helpful perse.

Do you have any role models or idols? Not anymore. As a kid I may have, but nowadays I concentrate on my own endeavors.

Why do you think that they exist? Idols are necessary to motivate and give power to.

Is it easier to find inspiration from older bands, or bands that are more active today? I only enjoy older bands. They were the initial contact and music that drove us to seek out our own bands.

What have been your biggest obstacles? Real life has the most obstacles. Finding the time with working and raising a family to play music too, is very difficult.

What advice would you give other bands or artists? Be original, be yourself and do not give up.

How do you get psyched for a gig? At my old age I just get up there and do it. I'm always psyched up!

Do you have any new material? We have 6 newer songs and are working on 4 more as we are trying to release that new album.

What are your web sites? Currently our only site is on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TheTrueCrucifier?ref=hl.

How can people reach you? I'm very readily available thru Facebook. And you can contact me at thetruecrucifier@live.com.

What are your plans for the future? Do shows, write new songs, record a new album in 2016.

Do you have something to add? Thank you so much for the great interview. Best always to you!


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