interview with Mummlox

What´s the name of your band? Mummlox

Where are all band members from? All of us are from Büdelsdorf, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, or the surrounding area

Who does what in the band? Schub – Vocals Captain – Bass Easy – Guitar El Ray – Guitar Yussuf - Drums

What was the ambitions of the band when you started? Make music, save and develop 80’s Bay Area Thrash

Could you explain your music to someone that haven't heard you? Fast, energetic, straight to the face, with brutal vocals

Where was your first gig? Büdelsdorf

Where was the latest gig? Rendsburg

Who writes your songs?/Who writes the music who writes lyrics? Ideas for the music usually come from Easy & El Ray (the guitarists), most of the lyrics are written by Yussuf & Captain. We work it out together until the final version is agreed.

Who has the best sense of humor in the band? None of us – we are sooooo evil, haha

What's good/bad with the band?

Good: We’re in a family of great people, not just the band members but also the people around us and other bands.

Bad: We don’t play enough live gigs.

What genre do you feel you are? Old school Death/Thrash Metal – we call it Canal Area Thrash, which is derived from Bay Area Thrash (we live near the Kiel Canal).

Why did you pick that particular style?/What are your songs about? It’s our way to channel certain kinds of energy, aggression, emotions in a creative way. There are various topics we cover in our songs. Usually the author’s real intention is hidden between the lines. Most frequently it’s about life, the human mind and things that go wrong

Do you write your own material or mainly covers? We mainly write our own stuff but there are always some covers in our playlist

Have you made any albums? Yes – MLX (1997) and Enter the Area (2007)

Do you have any clips on YouTube? Yes, just search for Mummlox 

How old are you? Most of us are in their 40s, except for El Ray, who is still under 30

What got you started in music? Must have been some divine spark

At what age did you start playing? Varies, the band is more than 20 years old now, some of us were in other bands before (see www.mummlox.com for more info)

What year was the band started? 1992

Best/worst gig you've played? No real faves

What places will you be playing in in the immediate future? Rendsburg

Witch band is the best you´ve seen? We’ve seen countless great bands

Is it always the same songs live? We haven’t played live so often during the last few years, but we made a few new songs, so it’s not always the same

What has been the most promising gig so far? Wacken Open Air 1997

Have you had any bigger tours from start to now? no

How big crowds do you usually play for? Up to 500 people

What are the plans for the rest of the year? One gig, preparation for studio recordings 2015

How do you get psyched up for a gig? We’re always motivated

What are your goals with your music? Having fun & being creative

When did you decide to go all in for the music? It has always been clear that it is just a hobby

Is it easier to get your inspiration from older bands or from bands more modern? Older bands but also new old school bands

What are your sources of inspiration? Movies, books, newspapers, everyday life for the lyrics, other bands for the music

What's the first step when making a new song? Usually our guitarists come up with ideas and we work them out together

How do you feel about the downloading of music instead of buying albums? CDs are fine for listening at home/in the car, download versions are fine for mobile use on MP3 players and smartphones 

What would be your dreams for the band? Playing more live gigs

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

What do you hold most dear? Friendship

When you are on stage, what do you fear most then? We are usually quite relaxed

Have you been part of any other projects? Not during the last few years

Have you been in any other bands? Yes (see band profile at www.mummlox.com)

What do you work with outside of the band and the music? Translator, paramedic, metal worker, student, carpenter

What would you do if there was no music? Invent it

How important are your fans? They support us and they are also some kind of quality indicator for what we do, therefore they are essential to us. What would we be without them?

What's the most memorable thing a fan has done for you? Recently a fan who was fatally ill asked us to play a special show so he could see us once again before his death. To our great regret, he left this world far too early.

How often do you rehearse? We try to rehearse once a week

Where do you rehearse? In a rebuilt shed on a farm

Name 2 of your own songs you like at the moment? Pit of Death, Pig Face

What do you feel is the best live band you've seen? This is difficult … there are tons of them

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? We don’t try to earn big money with our music. It’s only a hobby for us by which we can express ourselves and channel our energies in a creative way.

Do you have any webpages? www.mummlox.com

Any pearls of wisdom for all other bands out there? Keep rocking & stay clean!

Describe your show, visually and musically 5 people on stage making strange noises and funny movements

How do you view the music industry of today? A multi-levelled world of opportunities for those who are keen enough and persevering, but also full of traps and challenges

Tell us about upcoming gigs and why we should be at them? Rendsburg Bullentempel Oct. 25 – go there if you want to see us, we don’t play live very often


MUMMLOX - Headhunter (Baltic Sound Version)


Interview with Tim Scott of Methane

What´s the name of your band? Methane
How was the band formed?  Methane formed in 2012. My brother Dylan moved from the U.S. here to Sweden. We had for along time jammed together and talked about starting a band together when I would return home too New Jersey from touring ect.
When he moved here I was already playing in some bands in Sweden (Margrave,Volturyon). But we had a perfect opportunity to start something. I found out through friends that this total shredder of a guitarist ,Jimi Mästerbo, had taken a break from playing in a band. I had known Jimi for awhile so I called to try to coax him into picking up his guitar again.
I guess you could say it was perfect timing. Jimi knew Manzone who played drums with a bunch of local bands and asked him to sit in on the drums while wrote , he just fit in and liked the project so much he hasn't left yet.
Where are all bandmembers from?/Who does what in the band? We are 4 members 2 Americans living in Sweden (myself and Dylan) and 2 Swedes ( Jimi , Andreas)
Tim Scott - Bass and Vocals
Jimi Masterbo - Lead Guitar
Dylan Campbell - Guitar
Andreas 'Manzone' Strom - Drums
What was the ambitions of the band when you started? We started with the intent , like any other band, to play music that we like. At first we through band names around like , Pantera , BLS, and alot of thrash, as influences.
Jimi and I both have thrashmetal backgrounds but have played mostly deathmetal, our idea was to step away from that and play metal with a heavy groove to it.
Could you explain your music to someone that haven't heard you? We play metal. We call it Southern Metal others have called it thrashmetal even others for groovemetal. I personally think it's overkill with all the genres and sub-genres in metal today. Call us what ever the fuck you like.
Where was your first gig? A: A Wedding at a biker club for a friend of ours. We even wrote one of our songs "72" just for the wedding .
Where was the latest gig?
We have just come off of a U.S. mini tour, our last show was in Brooklyn NY at th Rage of Armageddon Fest 2 a thrashmetal festival. We played with great bands and some of my personal idols like Whiplash and Blood Feast.
Now we are back in Sweden and have a few Scandinavian shows left this year.
Nov. 1 The Crypt in Lindköping SWE
Dec. 5 TBA Trondheim NOR
Dec. 6 TBA Festival SWE
Dec. 19 Brother Tuck Stockholm SWE
Dec. 20 Dented Chrome Borlänge SWE
We are working on a European and another Swedish tour for the winter 2015
Who writes your songs?/Who writes the music who writes lyrics? Our writing process has been different for every song. We come to writing sessions with riffs and ideas then start riveting them together. I write the lyrics and get help time to time from the other guys with wording. Then the original song usually gets a facelift to fit the lyrics.
But the most important and best part of being a part of Methane's song writing is there are no egos. We have ideas that we all can have and do have an opinion on, lets change this note or use that picking. It a fuckin blast!
Who has the best sense of humor in the band? We are a bunch of idiots so thats hard to say. Probably whoever is less hung over that day wins.
Why did you pick that particular style?/What are your songs about? I already touched on the genre question, we do blend in some cowboy swager in our songs. Lyricly I write about the demons that have haunted my soul over the years.
Do you write your own material or mainly covers? We are an original band only. We can pull out a cover at rehearsal just to fuck around have fun however.
Have you made any albums?/If yes what are they? We have released an 3 song EP single entitled 'Southern Metal'. It's available on Amazon , iTunes, Spotify and alike.
What got you started in music? I was like 12 or 13 when I started playing bass. I wanted to be Nikki Sixx and bang crazy chicks on Jack Daniel's influenced binges. You gotta have dream in life !
How old were you guys when you first stood on stage? My first live gig I was around 15 years old and I was scared shitless.
What year was the band started? Methane started in the fall of 2012.
Where have you played from then till now? We have basicly been paying our dues on home turf here in Sweden our first year but things are really picking up quickly. We just got home from a week in the States, we'll getting to Norway before the end of the year and like I said there are lot more things being planed.
Which band is the best you´ve seen? I have seen alot of bands early Biohazard or early Machine Head were great energy filled bands that made you want to bang your head and jump off the stage. I love bands thay can call forth that extra adrenaline rush.
Is it always the same songs live? Right now the 3 songs from the Southern Metal EP are always included. Scars and Bars, Pray for Death and Hang Me High. The rest depends on how long of set we are playing at a particular gig.
What has been the best/most promising gig so far? Our shows are just getting bigger and our gig offers better and better. RoA festival was huge for us in New York
How big crowds do you usually play for? We've played festivals and headlined  some of the American shows. That really varies.
How do you get psyched up for a gig? Our backstage rituals are secret, but I promise you we are always pumped before we go on. We live for playing live!
What are your goals with your music? This project started out as fun. Of course it us a great honor when other people like your music. As far as other bands I have been in this project has really gotten alot of attention fast. We're in on the saddle and straped in for however far this ride is going to take us.
When did you decide to go all in for the music? Music is an addiction. I always have had that need to play, when I have taken time away I just don't feel good. I have had alot of luck getting to record and play with Revenant and then moving on to HatePlow with Rob from Cannibal Corpse . Even here in Sweden recording on the latest Volturyon EP and the Margrave release.
Is it easier to get your inspiration from older bands or from bands more modern? I draw my inspiration from my inner hate, that anxiety that fuels me to show all those motherfuckers that they are wrong, I overcome alot of bullshit in life and express it through hard driven agressive music.
How do you feel about the downloading of music instead of buying albums? Mmm .. I admit it I've pirated music . It's aweful for the music industry and destroying artists and record companies capababilities to produce great products.
What would be your dreams for the band? In this industry there are no room for dreams. It's an evil 2 faced addiction and like all dreams in life they will be crushed. Hard work and keeping your smarts is what will make good music succeed.
Besides your own music, what genres and bands do you listen to? Anything that is good!
What do you hold most dear? My cock and I hold it often.
What would be your greatest fears for the future? Living to see it.
When you are on stage, what do you fear most then? I learned along time ago to get over stage fright, mistakes happen all the time a good well oiled machine covers them up. That's why bands practice so hard.
Have you been part of any other projects? My first successful band was a band called Revenant from New Jersey we were signed to Nuclear Blast in the early '90s . Revenant toured extensively back then in the states and Europe.
After Revenant split I moved to South Florida and joined up with Rob Barret from Cannibal Corpse in a side project he had called HatePlow and put out an album called Everybody Dies.
Here in Sweden I have recorded an EP with Bifrost records Margrave and recorded on Volturyons latest Human Demolition. All playing bass Methane is my first lead singing adventure.
Have you been in any other bands? Besides the bands I just named I also played in a thrashmetal band called Parasyte from NJ. The members and I have recently talked about re-recording and releaseing that old school material.
What do you work with outside of the band and the music? I am a social worker.
What would you do if there was no music? An unthinkable tragedy. But I guess I wouldn't be a musician.
How important are your fans? Music fan are the base of it all. I meet people who like the music I have made over the years, I don't call them fans but I like makeing new friends.
What's the funniest/most memorable thing a fan has done for you? No comment.
How often do you rehearse? We rehearse atleast 3 times a week. I have been in bands that rehearse only once a week and I question thier dedication to the craft.

Where do you rehearse? We have our own rehearsal studio at one of the band members homes.
Name 2 of your own songs you like at the moment? I'll spit on your grave and 72. New unreleased songs that we have recorded. They fucking crush.
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? It's a passion an addiction, a hypodermic full of adrenaline.
Do you have any webpages?
Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/methaneband
Twitter
@methaneband
Reverbnation
http://www.reverbnation.com/methanemetal
Any pearls of wisdom for all other bands out there? Don't think because you have a facebook people will come to your shows or notice you. Don't be dick. Go to shows, give out flyers , make friends IRL with people and other bands. There is no room for ego and you meet the same people on the way up that you do on the way down.
Describe your show, visually and musically Headbanging, beardbanging, beer drinking chaos.
How do you view the musicindustry of today? The industry is just changing with the times. It's always been a dirty sea full of venomous sharks.
What is best/worst with playing the clubs? There are no bad clubs just bad promoters.
How would you describe your sound in one sentence? Heavy Fuckin' Southern Metal.
What is your favorite crappy instrument? More cowbell!


METHANE - HANG ME HIGH OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO


interview with Motherslug

What´s the name of your band? Motherslug
Can you tell about your band? Five piece stoner doom band from Melbourne, Australia formed in early 2012.
Where are all band members from?/Who does what in the band?
Nick drums - Ballarat (regional Victoria)
Cyn - bass - South Korea
Matt - guitar - Western Australia
Cam - vocals - Melbourne
Danny - Gold Coast, Queensland
What was the ambitions of the band when you started? To play Doomsday Festival, a local festival of stoner doom bands with an international headliner. We achieved that on Oct 4th 2014 when we played with Beastwars and Windhand - next stop Roadburn!
Could you explain your music to someone that haven't heard you? Sabbath, but slower and heavier.
Where was your first gig? Cherry Bar in AC/DC lane, Melbourne
Where was the latest gig? A venue called Yah Yahs in Melbourne for Doomsday Festival.
Who writes your songs?/Who writes the music who writes lyrics? So far most of the music has been written by Nick and Cam writes the lyrics
Do you write your own material or mainly covers? Most gigs are all original material but we have performed a couple of covers to add a bit more audience interaction into our live show, particularly if we are playing to a crowd that has never seen us before.
Have you made any albums?/If yes what are they? We have a self titled EP released on 12th December 2012 (that was supposed to be the day the world ended) and a single Three Kings In Darkness released on April Fools Day 2014
Do you have any clips on YouTube? We have a couple of live clips and a couple of photo montage clips, you can find them here https://www.youtube.com/user/MotherslugBand/videos
Best/worst gig you've played?
The best gig so far was at Brewtality Festival to a sold out venue and we were on fire, the crowd dug it and we were on a (natural) high for days afterwards.
The worst gig was at a place called Rock Dungeon. During load in Matt's distortion pedal fell through a hole in the floor never to be seen again. Nick overestimated his ability to consume copious alcohol before a gig and the set was an absolute trainwreck - people still dug it which baffles me to this day.
What places will you be playing in in the immediate future? We head to Brisbane on November 8th to play with Lizzard Wizzard, Hobo Magic, Inwoods and Black Deity, Metal Fiesta 6 in Canberra in November 22nd to support Prong and back in Melbourne Nov 23rd at Green Lane Festival with Watchtower, Dreadnaught and heaps of other bands.
What do you feel is the best live band you've seen? Recently it would be Hobo Magic but the best band of all time would be hard to decide because I have seen so many - Parliamant, Marianne Faithfull, Laurie Anderson, Rowland Howard, Rollins Band (End of Silence tour) and the original line up of Beasts of Bourbon.
Is it always the same songs live? We have eight songs so far and a live set usually consosts of four or five, so we tend to shuffle them around and maybe throw in a cover every now and then to keep it interesting for our regular punters.
Have you had any bigger tours from start to now? We toured three states for our launch of Three Kings, which was about 3,000km of driving, the distance from Stockholm to Leipzig
How big crowds do you usually play for? The numbers vary greatly from empty rooms to full venues (200-300 people)
Where do you usually play? The Bendigo Hotel (metal capital of Melbourne) and The Brunswick Hotel are our regular venues and we play Cherry Bar a bit as well.
What are your sources of inspiration? Science Fiction and Fantasy novels
What's the first step when making a new song? The riff
How do you feel about the downloading of music instead of buying albums? CD is/was the worst format forced on an unsuspecting public so I will happily dance on the grave of compact discs. I love downloading music, it has given me and all of our fans around the world instant access to music at the lowest possible cost. Particularly since we are on the other side of the world (to most people) shipping costs for cd's and vinyl are huge.
What would be your dreams for the band? I would love to see Motherslug get some national airplay for our upcoming album which would mean more punters at the gigs and in turn means that we could tour more broadly in Australia and eventually overseas. The dream is to get to Roadburn and tour Europe.
When you are on stage, what do you fear most then? I love the limelight, I don't suffer stage-fright or nerves but have come close to having a guitar headstock take out an eye when we are all throwing ourselves around the stage.
What do you work with outside of the band and the music? I am an animator and visual effects artist currently working on video content for live performance and music videos. I used to work on feature films and games.
How often do you rehearse? not enough
Where do you rehearse? We jam at my place when we are in writing mode and at Hydra studios when we are getting ready for a gig.
Name 2 of your own songs you like at the moment? Trippin On Evil is a band favourite and Symptoms of the Human Race is a live favourite.
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? I don't think we will ever support ourselves from our music but we get such a buzz out of playing live and when there is a big crowd all banging their heads and getting into it the high we get from that is enormous and can last for days afterwards.
Do you have any webpages? We have one in development but you can find all of our info and music on facebook
Any pearls of wisdom for all other bands out there? Don't be a dick!
Describe your show, visually and musically Lots of hair, fog and low end.
What are the biggest obstacles for a band? Getting people to put the bong down, get off the couch and come to a gig.
What is your favorite crappy instrument?
I love the ukelele
What was one of the most quarrelsome times for you in the band? Any time that we have to organise artwork for a release or merchandise, no one can agree on anything!
Whats your Pre-show ritual? About a week before the gig I sing every night and do some jogging to build up my fitness. The day of the gig I do a vocal warm-up before I head to the venue and about an hour before we hit the stage I drink heavily and maybe partake in some other things.

Motherslug - Three Kings In Darkness Tour


interview with Neverstar

What´s the name of your band? Neverstar
How was the band formed? A combination of friends and finding people online.
Can you tell about your band? We formed in 2009, released our album in 2013 and have been playing up and down the UK, loving every minute of it. 
Where are all band members from?/Who does what in the band? Vega and Pieter are from Pretoria South Africa, Anthony and Steve are both from the UK. Vega is on vocals, Pieter guitar, Anthony on Bass and Steve on drums.
What was the ambitions of the band when you started? To create and play good music.
Could you explain your music to someone that haven't heard you? This is a tough one, but the closest description would be Evanescence meets Godsmack.
Where was your first gig? The Flag in Watford.
Where was the latest gig? We played the Forum in Hitchin last week.
Who writes your songs?/Who writes the music who writes lyrics? Pieter writes most of the instruments and Vega the lyrics and melodies. We expect that The next album will be more of a full band effort.
Who has the best since of humor in the band? Probably Anthony, but we all enjoy having a good laugh together. 
What's good/bad with the band?/What genre do you feel you are? We started out as a Symphonic band, and that is where our roots still lie, but we've updated what we do slightly as we've grown musically. Labeling something as bad? We won't go that far, we've learned a lot and just enjoy making music together. The best part is that we're all friends and get along really well, there's a real team thing going on and that's amazing.
Why did you pick that particular style? Growing up with Classical music is probably where our Symphonic influence comes from, Pieter started out as a classical guitarist, I'm a classical pianist, so it kinda made sense from that point of view.
Do you write your own material or mainly covers? We write our own music.
Have you made any albums?/If yes what are they? Yes, we released our debut album I'll be Waiting in April last year.
Do you have any clips on YouTube? We've released two videos to date, Lose Control and Don't Call you can find them both on our channelwww.youtube.com/neverstarmusic
At what age did you start playing? We all started out really young, Anthony perhaps a bit later than the rest, but we were all playing instruments in primary school.
What year was the band started? 2009
Best/worst gig you've played? Best gig, there's been quite a few really good ones so it's hard to choose an ultimate favourite. We also had a few really bad ones especially in the beginning when we just started out, but we won't name and shame.
What places will you be playing in in the imidate future? We'll be playing The Horn in St Albans in November and then we have a few dates booked for next year in Birmingham and Croydon.
Where have you played from then till now? All over the country, from Birmingham to Southampton and everywhere in between.
Is it always the same songs live? No we change our set depending on the audience and line-up of the night.
What has been the best/most promising gig so far? We supported Canadian band Kobra and The Lotus recently.
How big crowds do you usually play for? It varies quite a bit from venue to venue and city to city. Between 100+ and sometimes down to 30 in a small venue.
What are the plans for the rest of the year? We're hoping to write some new material, that's the priority at the moment.
How do you get psyched up for a gig? We don't have a ritual, just get on stage and have a good time.
What are your goals with your music? Releasing a new album and playing a few tours.
When did you decide to go all in for the music? It's been all in from the start.
Is it easier to get your inspiration from older bands or from bands more modern? A combination of both mostly.
What are your sources of inspiration? Other musicians, things that happen in our lives and the audience at gigs.
What's the first step when making a new song? Coming up with a good riff, or a good lyrical hook is usually where it starts
How do you feel about the downloading of music instead of buying albums? Albums are better quality than mp3s so buying an album is first choice, but I have a decent selection of music on my iPod that was purchased as downloads. 
What would be your dreams for the band? Touring the world and doing what we love.
What do you hold most dear? Playing and making music together.
What would be your greatest fears for the future? Living in fear is not exactly something I do, so none I suppose.
When you are on stage, what do you fear most then? Again fear is not something I like to do, but we get a little nervous about things like forgetting lyrics, snapping a string, equipment failing the normal stuff. 
Have you been part of any other projects? Not formally, Neverstar is my only project. Steve plays in other bands and teaches as well.
Have you been in any other bands? No, but the guys all have. 
What would you do if there was no music? That would be very depressing and unimaginable, luckily that's not the case though!
How important are your fans? The most important, without them we can't exist it just wouldn't make sense.
What's the funniest/most memorable thing a fan has done for you? The most memorable are usually when fans travel from far away to come and see us, we always appreciate that.
How often do you rehearse? Together once a week, but we rehearse individually as often as we can.
Where do you rehearse? These days at Powerhouse studios.
Name 2 of your own songs you like at the moment? Not Over Yet, and The Edge
What do you feel is the best live band you've seen? Nightwish and 36 Crazyfists, they're both amazing
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 and being creative with it, not playing and writing will drive me insane. 
Do you have any webpages? Yes,www.neverstar.com
Any pearls of wisdom for all other bands out there? Practice a lot and be sensible with your time and money
How do you view the musicindurty of today? It's tough, but people are generally really nice and professional. There's ups and downs, but it's all manageable as long as you approach things with your head and not your hart.
What are the biggest obstacles for a band? Balancing music and life can be hard
What was one of the most quarrelsome times for you in the band? When Leigh Prout left the band, that was very hard. It wasn't on bad terms or that we argued, it was just a sad period.  Other than that I can't think of a time that we've had quarrels as we get along really well.
Do you have anything to add? Yes, come see us live you won't regret it!

Neverstar - Dont Call [Official Video]


interview with Agents of Entropy

What´s the name of your band? Agents of Entropy

How was the band formed?

BJ, former vocalist/guitarist of punk band Vals wanted to start a new band that would sound heavy, dark, epic,  melancholic and intense. A bit in the veins of bands like Fall of Efrafa, Downfall of Gaia, Ekkaia, Ictus, Svffer, and Autarch perhaps.

Johnny, former drummer of thrash metal outfit Nuestros Derechos and current timekeeper for death metallers Bloodgod, liked the idea and teamed up. That was in 2012.

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

Agents of Entropy’s current line-up consists of:

BJ (ex-Vals) – guitars and vocals

Ruben  (also ex-Vals) – bass and vocals

Johnny (ex-Nuestros Derechos, Bloodgod) - drums

Could you explain your music to someone that hasn't heard you? That’s a hard question! In short? War cries for dismantling and destruction! At some points it’s quite heavy and aggressive, but it also has a lot of dynamics. Some would call it atmospheric post hardcore, post metal or neocrust. How would you describe it?

Where was your first gig? That was December 30, 2012 at ACU in our hometown Utrecht. The next day we played at a New Year’s Eve fest in Belgium. That was in the original line-up with Jedi Jet (ex-Nuestros Derechos) on bass.

Where was the latest gig? That was with Enhet from Latvia, Khroma from Finland and the final goodbye show of a Dutch band called New World Disorder. You should check out those band too!

What are your songs about? We’ve all read Derrick Jensen's two-volume book Endgame, which made quite an impression on us. As a band we’ve decided to write songs inspired by / based on the premises of Jensen’s thought-provoking writing.

Do you write your own material or mainly covers? Nah, we don’t do covers. It’s all original music, although you may recognize some of our influences. Maybe one day we’ll do a cover version of a song that has special meaning to us. Just one, for fun.

Have you made any albums?/If yes what are they? We haven’t released any album yet but are planning our first studio recordings before the end of this year. Expect an EP rather than a full-length.

Do you have any clips on YouTube? Sure, have a look on http://www.youtube.com/user/EntropyAgents

Which band is the best you´ve seen?Not sure about BJ and Ruben, but I’m cherishing the memories of seeing legendary band Death with the late Chuck Schuldiner live for a number of times in the ‘90s.

Is it easier to get your inspiration from older bands or from bands more modern? Not sure. The thing is, the music you discover and like in your younger days when you’re a teenager, is the music that will stick with you for the rest of your life. Even when newer, more modern bands have come around and released great stuff too.

What's the first step when making a new song?Easy: it all starts with good guitar riffs.

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

It doesn’t matter how we feel about it, it’s just a given fact. The world has changed, just like people a driving cars rather than horses nowadays. In fact, lots of people don’t even download anymore, they just stream it directly from the internet.

Internet is a great way to discover new music for free, which is awesome for underground bands like ourselves. Just remember: priceless music is not the same as worthless music. Every honest band can be described as a bunch of struggling musicians who put their heart and soul in the efforts to come up with the best song so far.

Have you been part of any other projects or bands?

BJ and Ruben were in a punk band called Vals for ages. The’ve known each other  for a long time  and got on a lot of adventures together, including some US tours.

Johnny was in a band called Nuestros Derechos for over a decade. That band did quite a lot of show too and released a demo, a split EP, another EP and a full-length album.

What would you do if there was no music? We’d probably lazy ass alcoholics. Perhaps making films, writing books or finding other ways to turn frustrations and other negative emotions into something with beauty and meaning.

How important are your fans? Very, very, very much. Absolutely.

Where do you rehearse and how often? We rehearse once a week at a complex of rehearsal studios and a small venue called dB’s in our hometown Utrecht. It’s a great place with wonderful people, definitely worth to drop by for a beer or two when you’re near.

Do you have any webpages?

Of course. Have a look here:
http://agentsofentropy.nl/

https://www.facebook.com/agentsofentropy

https://twitter.com/EntropyAgents

http://www.youtube.com/user/EntropyAgents

http://agents-of-entropy.tumblr.com/

http://instagram.com/agentsofentropy

http://about.me/agentsofentropy


Agents of Entropy - Intro (Live at dB's in Utrecht, 2014-70-06)


intervju med Josef Nilsson

Vad heter dit projekt? Mitt senaste projekt var mitt debutalbum, som gick under namnet LAVINFARA
Vilka år var du med i nolltolerans? 2013
Hur ofta jäst spelar du med nolltolerans? På deras flesta spelningar dom haft i stan, ska möjligtvis följa med på deras kommande turné. 
Vad heter du?/Hur gammal är du?/Vart kommer du ifrån? Josef Nilsson, 20 år gammal, född o uppvuxen i Storuman men nu boende i Umeå. 
Vad spelar du för musik stil? Hiphop/rap
Varför just hiphop? Alltid diggat genrern, o när ja väl började med den själv så blev ja fast. De är min grej helt enkelt. 
När startade du detta projektet? Började skriva på Lavinfara kring december/januari 2013/2014
Vart har du spelat under detta året? Lite festivaler, små events här i Umeå, även stlhm. 
Vart ska du spela resten av året? Så många ställen som möjligt, just släppt albumet så allt håller på planeras. 
Vart var dit första gig? Mitt första gig var nog hemma i Storuman när jag var liten..nån fritidsgård säkert.
Vart var dit senaste gig? Mitt senaste gig va r på TC här i Umeå. 
Vart ska du spela resten av året? Runt om i Sverige. 
Vilket skivbolag är de ni jobbar med och deltar i? Random Bastards
Hur är planerna på turné? inga beslut har tagits kring turné ännu.
Vad handlar dina låtar om? Många av mina låtar är på olika sätt kopplade till inlandskulturen jag växt upp kring. Annars vardagligt liv för mig som 20 årig kille i Norrland. 
Hur många låtar har du gjort? Otroligt många…osäker exakt hur många.
Hur lång tid tar en musik video att göra? Väldigt olika, allt från en helg till flera månader. 
Gör du bara egna låtar eller även covers? Endast egna låtar, inga covers. 
Har du nytt material på ge? absolut! jag jobbar dagligen med kommande grejer.
Har du något att till lägga? Tror inte det, tack  för en intressant och kul intervju! 

GONZA-RA "TRONEN" - VIDEO


interview with GRINCHFINGER

What´s the name of your band? GRINCHFINGER

How was the band formed?
CARL: My brother George has played guitar for a long time, so when I acquired a drumkit and we decided to try and play some oldschool-sounding raw grindcore.
GEORGE: Well, we just decided to make a grind band one night, so that’s what we did.

Can you tell about your band?
CARL: We started out as a two-piece, but have found some bass players to fill in over the years.
GEORGE: We are a power trio from Macon, GA and we are all ridiculously good looking fellers.

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

CARL: We are all from central Georgia in the United States. I play drums and do some vocals on our recordings. Our buddy Clay is currently playing bass for us.
GEORGE: I’m on guitar, Carl’s on drums and Clay’s on the the bass guitar.  I handle vocals with help from Carl and other brave souls.

What was the ambitions of the band when you started?

CARL: We wanted to sound like some of our favorite grindcore bands such as ROT, AGATHOCLES, ASSUCK, etc. Now we have taken the music in a little different direction.
GEORGE: Get high, make noise, confuse the locals.  I still basically have the same ambitions.

Could you explain your music to someone that haven't heard you? CARL: We play morbidly intoxicated grindcore.

Where was your first gig?
CARL: A local dive bar called GRANT'S LOUNGE in Macon, Georgia back in October 2010.

GEORGE: Lots of great musicians have played there. Look it up.

Where was the latest gig? CARL: Our last gig was at FRESH PRODUCE RECORDS, a local record shop owned by a longtime friend. It operates beneath our practice space.

Who writes your songs?/ who writes the music who writes lyrics?
CARL: My brother, George, writes all of the guitar parts, and writes all the lyrics. We collaborate to come up with suitable drum parts and vocals.
GEORGE:I come in with the basic melodies and lyrics, then we just jam it out and fill in the gaps.

Who has the best since of humor in the band? CARL: We are all a bunch of chuckleheads.

What's good/bad with the band?/What genre do you feel you are?

CARL: The band is well received amongst true grindcore afficionados, but other people do not understand or support this shit. Who needs them, anyways?! We play grindcore influenced by all of our musical tastes (death metal, thrash, punk, hardcore, etc.)
GEORGE: We are a grindcore band.  I think it’s cool that we get better at songwriting with time, and have made friends all over the earth via this little group.

Why did you pick that particular style?/What are your songs about?
CARL: We picked it because it is fun and challenging music to play. We are all passionate about extreme music; and feel free to express all kinds of ideas and styles with this genre.
GEORGE:  Lyrically I try to bring a narrative together.  I’m really fascinated with extreme horror movies, true crime paperbacks, and the strange southern culture I live in, so those things influence the stories I tell.

Do you write your own material or mainly covers? CARL: Mostly original songs are written, but we have a few covers over the years from bands such as FEAR OF GOD, CRIPPLE BASTARDS, UNHOLY GRAVE, etc.

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

Releases:
2008 - Demo (CD-R)

2010 - Acid Satan (mCD)

2012 - In Tune With Grind (CS)

2013 - Split w/ Obliteração (CS)

2013 - Split w/ Compulsion to Kill (7")

2013 - Split w/ Lt.Dan (CS)

Comp Appearances:

2010 - An International Tribute to Anal Cunt (CS)

2010 - Splitting Your Head & Grinding Your Mind (CS)

2010 - Macon Noise Vol. 1 Comp (2xCD)

2011 - Sore Throat, Nausea, & Headache Vol. 1 (Online)

2011 - Grinding Aftermath (Online)

2011 - Operation Grindcore Vol. 1 (CD & CS)

2012 - The South Shall Shit Again (CD)

2012 - Collective Sound Vol. 1 (CD)

2014 - L.A.T.F.O. Mixtape Vol. 1 (CDr)

Future:

- Split Live CS w/ Spewtilator

- Split 7" w/ Violent Gorge

- Split 7" w/ Camphora Monobromata

Do you have any clips on YouTube?

CARL: Yes, we have some shitty live video, and some of our recordings published to YouTube.
GEORGE: Mostly XHamster.

How old are you?/What got you started in music?
CARL: I am 23 years old. I started playing music because it seemed fun, and I have always tried to play different instruments. I enjoyed playing the drums more than anything else, and improved quickly.
GEORGE: 26.  I really was curious about music since the beginning.  My parents always had some playing in the background.

At what age did you start playing?
CARL: I got my first drumkit when I was 16 years old.
GEORGE: I started learning guitar when I was 10 or so.  I played in some other bands in high school and started Grinchfinger with Carl at age 19.

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

CARL: We played our first show on my 18th birthday!
GEORGE: 14, with my first ever band. We were so awful.

What year was the band started? CARL: The band started in 2007.

Best/worst gig you've played?
CARL: I think the most fun gig we have played was at a house show in Athens, GA at PLUSH PALACE. It was extremely hot—the middle of the summer here is like 100+ degrees farenheit—but people went really crazy! One guy even asked to be punched in the mouth before we played.
GEORGE: Speaking of Athens, a ton of people turned up when we played there with Cloud Rat and Gripe.  We got some live recordings from that show that sound crazy.

What places will you be playing in the imediate future? CARL: We do not have any gigs lined up right now. We are focusing on writing new songs and recording for our next releases.

Where have you played from then till now? CARL: We have played in cities like Macon, Athens, Atlanta, Marietta, and Cochran, Georgia. Also Birmingham and Hunstville, Alabama. Once in Chattanooga, Tennessee too.

Which band is the best you´ve seen?

CARL: It is hard to answer that! I think some of the best bands we have played with are PHYLUM, GRIPE, MISANTHROPIC NOISE, GOWL, and LT. DAN. They were all great live!
GEORGE: Primus

Is it always the same songs live?
CARL: We always try to add a few new songs to each live gig.
GEORGE: We add new songs sometimes, some songs just aren’t destined for the live realm.  We  try to cover numbers from all of our releases, and  only ones that we can play 100% in a stripped  down format .

What has been the best/most promising gig so far?
CARL: I think our latest local gig was the most promising for our local scene... There was a great mix of bands with MYMANMIKE, VIOLENT OPPOSITION, and HARSH WORDS on the bill. We played everything really tight as well.
GEORGE: Seconded.

Have you had any bigger tours from start to now? CARL: No. We booked one full tour for the east coast of United States years ago, but had some problems in the end and could not go. We hope to tour in 2015.

How big crowds do you usually play for? CARL: About 20-40 people usually show up at our gigs.

What are the plans for the rest of the year? GEORGE: Recording some far out new hits we have been sitting on, and writing even more disgusting grindcore.

What are your goals with your music?
CARL: I want to continue putting out as many releases as possible, and playing as many shows as possible.
GEORGE: Selling out HARD.

When did you decide to go all in for the music?
CARL: We went on a very short hiatus at the end of 2009-early 2010. When we started back playing together, I had to commit 100% to the band.
GEORGE: It’s just something that I enjoy and it’s become part of my life, so I don’t see any reason to stop.  There’s no pressure to get anything done so we can work at our own pace.

Is it easier to get your inspiration from older bands or from bands more modern?

CARL: I am more inspired by older bands in the genre who use less studio trickery and play more orthodox grindcore.
GEORGE: Older bands definitely. As far as new music, I only keep up with friends’ bands and a few really spectacular groups.

What are your sources of inspiration?

CARL: Early grindcore acts like WARSORE and REPULSION. Also plenty of old death metal and hardcore bands.
GEORGE: I always drew from Agathocles, Disassociate, and Napalm Death for this band, but I have a wide variety of influences.  Some of my favorite pickers are Rocky George, Sickie Wifebeater, Iommi, etc.

What's the first step when making a new song? CARL: George usually will come up with an interesting riff, or a couple of riffs to base the rest of the song around.

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

CARL: I have no problem with people downloading for free AFTER the physical copies have sold from the band and label releasing it. If they want to pay to download, or offer a small donation, that is even better.

GEORGE: It’s just a reality now, and there’s no going back.  Bands have to use downloads to their advantage or lose out.  Fans need to take it upon themselves to support bands if they want to have music around.

What would be your dreams for the band?
CARL: I hope we will be able to tour extensively (maybe overseas), and making releasing music until we are old and rotten in our graves.

GEORGE:  I’d like to tour more often and make a full length record.  We have enough experience and material to do that, but it needs to be perfect. I want to expand our lineup at some point also.

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

CARL: I listen to a lot of death metal, noise rock, sludge/stoner metal, and of course a lot of grindcore. Some great current grind bands I have been listening to recently are HUTT (BR), SRAM (RU), YATTAI (FR), and VIOLENT GORGE (CA).
GEORGE: Right now I’m listening to a lot of 80s metal and hardcore, lo fi stuff, doom and harder psych rock.  I’m currently enjoying Pentagram, Crash Box, Tad, Weird Paul, Buddy Holocaust, Infamous Sinphony, and Wehrmacht.

What would be your greatest fears for the future?

CARL: Getting critically hurt and disabled. Being unable to continue playing drums.

GEORGE: Bad health.

When you are on stage, what do you fear most then?

CARL: Fucking up.

GEORGE: Someone else fucking up.

Have you been in any other bands?
CARL: Nope.

GEORGE:  None of any acclaim.

What do you work with outside of the band and the music?
CARL: I work in a medical library and attend university currently.

GEORGE: I work as a library assistant.  I’m about to finish my Master’s, and I volunteer at a local museum.

What would you do if there was no music?
CARL: KILL!

GEORGE: Probably be one boring son of a bitch.

How important are your fans?

CARL: We appreciate any and all support, however we will keep playing and releasing music regardless.

GEORGE: We don’t hear from many fans, but our known supporters are all handsome and intelligent individuals.

What's the funniest/most memorable thing a fan has done for you?

CARL: I broke my kick drum head during a gig once and my friend NICK, from the band TRIANGLE FIRE, tried holding a piece of cardboard over the hole while I played, and ended up getting his hand whacked by the beater a couple times before giving up.

GEORGE: I love running into people that have seen us before and come back to see us, or have made some crazy journey to get to a show. I think that’s cool as hell.

How often do you rehearse? CARL: 2-3 times per week.

Where do you rehearse? CARL: We currently practice in a loft in downtown Macon, Georgia.

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

CARL: I really like two brand new ones entitled 'MIDNIGHT MACHETE MASSACRE' and 'FALSE MASK'.

GEORGE: “My Neighbor, the Exocannibal”, or this untitled one we have been playing around with.  It’s a groovy song.

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

CARL: PRIMUS or IMPALED

GEORGE: I feel like I answered this question already.

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?

CARL: I do not know anyone that makes a living on their music, personally. I think it is all about the love of the music you make and a wish to make more.
GEORGE:  Who’s making a living from music? No one I know.

Do you have any webpages?
WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/GRINCHFINGER
WWW.GRINCHFINGER.BANDCAMP.COM
WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/ACIDREDUXPRODUCTIONS
WWW.ACIDREDUXPRODUCTIONS.COM

Whats your Pre-show ritual?

CARL: Smoke pot, and have a beer.

GEORGE: I sit in the van and warm up my voice. I really go for the post-show rituals!

Do you have anything to add?

CARL:  Please check out our underground label/distro ACID REDUX PRODUCTIONS and lookout for new GRINCHFINGER releases coming soon!
THANK YOU for taking the time to read this interview and a big thanks to Robex + ghgumman for getting in touch!!!

GEORGE: Stay kool, and don’t do anything Grinchfinger wouldn’t do


Grinchfinger Live Footage


Interview with Ultra-Violence

What´s the name of your band? Ultra-Violence
How was the band formed? In 2009, when we met at school

Can you tell about your band? We are a young thrash metal band

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

We’re all from Italy and we are:

Loris Castiglia (vocals/guitars)

Andrea Vacchiotti (guitars)

Roberto “Robba” Dimasi (bass)

Simone Verre (drums)

What was the ambitions of the band when you started? Just play our heavy music and have a lot of fun

Where was your first gig? At “Diamond Cave” in Chianocco, Italy (we are only 15 years old)

Where was the latest gig? At “Centro Tecchio” in Vicenza, Italy (the last gig of the “European Hazard” tour)

Who writes your songs?/Who writes the music who writes lyrics? We write the songs all together in the rehearsal room

Who has the best since of humor in the band? Robba of course, but all togheter we had the best fun moments ever

Do you write your own material or mainly covers? Our own fucking songs of course

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

“Wildcrash” EP (2012) – Punishment 18 Records

“Privilege To Overcome” (2013) – Punishment 18 Records

Do you have any clips on YouTube? Yes, check them out on our Youtube channel called “ultraviolencemetal”

How old are you?/What got you started in music? We’re all 20 years old right now, we were 15 when we started like a band

At what age did you start playing? When I was 12 with a calssical guitar

What year was the band started? 2009

Best gig you've played? In Hungary or Spain i think

What places will you be playing in the immediate future? Everywhere it’s possible

Where have you played from then till now? We played in Italy, France, Spain, Austria, Germany, Olland, Switzerland and Hungary till now

Witch band is the best you´ve seen? I think we can all agree on Havok

Is it always the same songs live? We use to change the setlist sometimes

Have you had any bigger tours from start to now?

We had 2 tours to now:

“Ride Across The Spain” mini-tour (2013)

“European Hazard” tour (2014)

What are the plans for the rest of the year? Enter the studio to record the new album

What are your goals with your music? The last one was the sign with Candlelight Records, we’re so proud and excited

Is it easier to get your inspiration from older bands or from bands more modern?

Both of them

What's the first step when making a new song? Write the main killer riff

How do you feel about the downloading of music instead of buying albums? I think this helps the new bands much more than they believe

What would be your dreams for the band? Being able to live with our music and make a mark in the thrash metal history

Besides your own music, what genres and bands do you listen to? We like all kind of metal music, but we listen also a lot of other kinds of music

When you are on stage, what do you fear most then? That Andrea hit me in the face with his sharpened guitar making me bleeding (yes, it’s already happened)

What do you work with outside of the band and the music? We go to work and study like every 20 years old guys

What would you do if there was no music? We would probably die right now

How important are your fans? So fucking much, they are the best and we use to call them “Ultra-Maniacs”

What's the funniest/most memorable thing a fan has done for you? Send us a low quality pic of ourselves to sign and send back to his future husband as a wedding gift (whoever you are we love you so much)

How often do you rehearse? 3 times a week when we are writing new songs like now

Where do you rehearse? In the “Ultra-Room”, our personal rehearsal room at Simone’s house

Name 2 of your own songs you like at the moment? “L.F.D.Y.” and “Turn Into Dust”, we love play them live

What drives a band that isn't all that famous and renowned to try to make a living on their music and to keep playing? Passion, not money of course

Do you have any webpages?

Yes, links below:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ultraviolencemetal

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/ultraviolencemetal

Reverbnation: https://www.reverbnation.com/ultraviolencemetal

Bigcartel: https://ultraviolencemetal.bigcartel.com

Any pearls of wisdom for all other bands out there? If you have the passion people realize of that and the good things will happen very soon

Would you like to add anything else? Be yourselves and help the other bands like you, we don’t need any war of the poor

What are the biggest obstacles for a band? Be difference, stand out from all the others

What was one of the most quarrelsome times for you in the band? When we are writing new stuff because each of us wants the best and we discuss a lot for the best variant, but this is a good thing

Do you have anything to add? Thank you for the interview and thank you who are reading these Words


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