Intervju med Björn Sköldmark i Heroes of Vallentor om deras ny in kommande skiva.
Vad heter du som svarar på frågorna? Mitt namn är Björn Sköldmark.
Vad heter dit band? Heroes of Vallentor.
Vad heter era tidigare demos? Lawgiver(släpptes 2008) och Path to Victory(släpptes 2009).
När släpps eran fullägnade skiva? 10e Oktober 2014.
Vilket skivbolag jobbar ni med? Inverse Records, dem är från Finland.
Vad kommer skrivan heta? Warrior's Path Part I.
Vad handlar låtarna om? Dem handlar om ett land som heter Vallentor där det har kommit mycket ondska över landet vilket gör att folket lider och det är mycket orättvisa. Hela skivan handlar om en man som blir vittne till detta och blir även utsedd av gudarna att återskapa balans i landet igen. Han får i uppdrag att hitta 2 olika artefakter, Griphjärtat(The griffin heart) och Hjältarnas svärd(The sword of heroes), som ska hjälpa honom på hans uppdrag att besegra de 2 som förstör balansen i Vallentor: Ansgar Hawktalon som försöker ta över tronen från nuvarande konungen Gossric III Hammerhand och även trollkarlen Agranoth som är den största boven i denna saga. I den här delen av sagan så får vi se hur landet faller mer i ondska och hur folket får lida ännu mer, men till slut så händer det framsteg för vår hjälte, han har äntligen hittat Hjältarnas svärd och kan fortsätta fortsätta sitt uppdrag som han har fått. Därav heter skivan Warrior's Path Part I, det kommer en fortsättning då vi får se mer vad som händer i landet Vallentor.
Vem skriver texterna och vem gör musiken? Alla vi är inblandade med att skriva men Lars Sköldmark är den som skrivit den mesta musiken på den här kommande skivan.
Vart på internet kommer man kunna höra på eran skiva? Ni kommer att kunna köpa den på CDON.se, I-Tunes och Inverse Store och fler butiker ute i världen. Ni kommer att höra musiken via Spotify några veckor efter skivsläppet också.
Vad tycker ni om att man laddar ner mer musik än att köpa sig skivorna? Det är tråkigt, det blir mindre pengar för oss från försäljning av skivor. Men så länge dem lyssnar på vår musik och kanske även sprider vårt namn så är det bättre än att ingen skulle ha köpt nån skiva av oss alls.
Hur mycket mister skivbolagen på att man laddar ner i stället? Det är nog ganska mycket skulle jag tro men det har man även koll på idag då marknaden ser ut som den gör med fildelning över internet. Marknaden ser inte ut som den gjorde för ca 15 år sen då skivor var det man hade och begreppet fildelning inte fanns ännu. Idag får man satsa på att synas så att man kan få fara ut och spela mer och sälja merchandise istället.
Vad heter ni som jobbar med skivan?
Lars Sköldmark - Kompgitarr och sång.
Calle Sundberg - Lead Gitarr och bakgrundssång.
Björn Sköldmark - Bas.
Emil Ruthström-sandin - Trummor.
Kommer de bli någon turné eller liknande efter skivsläppet? Förhoppningsvis så har vi en turné i Norra Sverige och Norra Finland med start som tidigast från samma dag som skivsläppet. Informationen kommer att komma ut på vår hemsida www.vallentor.com och vår facebooksida www.facebook.com/heroesofvallentor
Vad är länkarna till era internet sidor?
Har ni något att till lägga? Tack så mycket för att du har gjort en intervju med oss! Hoppas att ni som läser detta får lite intresse för oss, glöm inte bort att lyssna på vår skiva när den släpps och håll erat stål skarpt! Fight with honor, die with pride!
Heroes of vallentor Nordic Rage 2013
interview with 7Horse
How was the band formed? JC Phil Leavitt and I were looking to do something different musically; we had been in an alt rock band called dada since the 90's and wanted to get back to making more roots based music. We went into the studio with a few rough ideas and by day 2 we were recording songs like "Meth Lab Zoso Sticker" which landed in Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street.
Please share the band line-up and where you are from? JC- I live in Seattle. Phil lives in Los Angeles. We keep all our gear in LA and rehearse in LA so we are a Los Angeles based band.
What was the vision of the band when you started? JC- We really wanted to scale back and strip down. We try and focus on doing the most we can with the least amount of tracks. We wanted to be riff committed.
How would you explain your music to someone that has not yet heard you? JC- First and foremost we are a rock 'n roll band. We draw from the roots of rock as well as from blues and vintage country. We like to think of it as a 2 man Rolling Stones.
Who has the best since of humor in the band…the band clown? JC Who ever has had the most to drink that night.
What got you started in music? JC My parents loved music so there was always a lot of records lying around. Music was the first thing I gravitated to as a kid. Then I saw my baby sitters boyfriend playing drums in a band. That was it, I had to play music. I got a drum set the next Christmas.
At what age did you start playing? JC Well I started playing drums for a couple of years at age 7 but that didn't last because my parents got tired of all the noise. At the age of 13 I started playing guitar and bass guitar. I focused in on the bass at first and used guitar more as a writing tool. In the past 8 or so years I have focused much more on guitar. I got into finger style and slide playing. Still working on it but I love it.
Please share your best or worst show story. JC We had a show in Charlottesville NC that was supposed to be played outdoors in a covered area. It was for a radio station that had packed the place with listeners who won tickets. 10 minutes before we were to start the show. a serious storm came plowing through. A bunch of our equipment got wet and we started moving all the gear inside a restaurant that was connected to the stage area. It seemed like a disaster at that point but we were able to get the restaurant to let us play a stripped down set inside for the fans and for all the people dining. We played for about 45 minutes and everyone loved it! So it was the worst and the best all in one night.
Any upcoming tour plans you can share? JC We are about to do a run with blues guitar phenom Kenny Wayne Shepherd all down the east coast of the USA. We're excited about that!
What artists inspire you? JC The Rolling Stones. Early Clapton /Cream. Led Zeppelin.
Gary Clark Jr. White Stripes/Jack White. Johnny Cash. Chrissie Hynde. CCR. Muddy Waters. Sonny Boy Williamson. Johnny Winter. Chuck Berry... And lots more.
Have you been part of any other projects/collaborations? JC Phil and I were both members of the LA alt rock band dada.
If there were no music what do you think you would be doing for a career? JC Winemaker. We'd all have to drink a lot of wine to kill the boredom of a music-less world.
Any pearls of wisdom for all other bands out there? JCBelieve in yourself. Work your ass off. Never give up.
Do you have a pre-show ritual and if so can you share with our readers? JCFist bump with Phil.
Your social and webpages? www.7horsemusic.com
7Horse - Flying High (With No ID) Lyric video
Intervju med Nalle Påhlsson i Therion
Vilka har du spelat med när du frilansade? Mikael Rickfors, Pugh Rogefeldt, Mats Ronander, Tommy Nilsson, E-Type, Sanne Salomonsen, Stefan Andersson, Tomas Ledin, Tone Norum m fl m fl
Vem är ledaren i therion?
Hur länge har therion funnits som band? Sedan 1987!
Vart har du spelat med therion ifrån 2008 till 2014? Över större delen av Europa, Större delen av Sydamerika, Japan och USA
Har ni haft tidigare medlemmar innan den kombinationen? Therion har bytt medlemmar väldigt många gånger under den 27-åriga karriären. Therion är egentligen mer ett koncept än ett band i mina ögon. Eller "både och" kan man väl säga.
Vart kommer ni ifrån? Huvudsakligen från Sverige men vår gitarrist Christian Vidal kommer från Argentina och vår nya sopran Sandra Laureano kommer ifrån Kroatien. Vår förra sopran Lori Lewis kommer från USA.
Vad var planerna med bandet ifrån början? Som alla andra band antar jag: Att slå stort och internationellt. Och Therion har lyckats ganska bra med sammanlagt över 1 miljon sålda plattor.
Har ni spelat i något tidigare band? Alla medlemmar har spelat med andra band. T ex Thomas Vikström med Candlemass och Johan Kullberg med Lions Share.
Vart var ert första gig? Mitt första gig var på en stor festival i Polen inför 10.000 pers !
Vart var ert senaste gig? Den 17 Augusti 2014 i Tjeckien på Made Of Metal Festival.
Vilka länder har ni spelat i? Över större delen av Europa, Större delen av Sydamerika, Japan och USA !
Vad spelar ni för musik stil? Therion går nog under benämningen "Progressive Metal"
Varför spelar ni just progressive metal? Det bara blev så eftersom ledaren Christofer gillar Metal, Opera och klassisk musik. Therion var faktiskt först med att göra den blandningen. Bl a Nightwish influerades från början av Therion.
Vilka låtar har du gjort musik video till? Jag har varit med på en 15 minuters video till låten "Adulruna Rediviva" där vi inte spelar alls utan medverkar endast som "skådisar"och även en video till låten "Mon Ami Mon Amour" från den senaste plattan "Les Fleurs du Mal". Vi har även gjort en som inte publicerats ännu.....
Hur lång tid tar en video att göra? 15 minuters videon tog 4 arbetsdagar att spela in, sen tog redigeringsarbetet en längre tid än det förstås....
Vad handlar låten ”Adulruna Rediviva” Om? Jag vet bara att det är en kamp mellan det goda och onda......
Vart repade ni? Vi repar i en studio i Villa Adulruna, Christofers hem.
Hur ofta repar ni? Vi repar endast inför inspelningar och turnéer.
Vad inspirerade er till att göra dessa låtar? Mytologi och Historia, klassisk musik, opera, hårdrock, metal och folkmusik.
Vad handlar era låtar om? Det genomgående temat genom Therions repertoar är Mytologi. Thomas Karlsson som skriver texterna är professor i Historia och Mytologi.
Hur många skivor har ni släppt? Har tappat räkningen !
Vad är de för rock opera ni håller på med? Den är inspirerad av en bok som heter "Berättelsen om antikrist" skriven av en rysk författare som heter Vladimir Solovjev.
Hur många skivor har sålds med Therion? Drygt en miljon exemplar !
Vem gör musiken och Vem skriver texterna? Christofer med bandmedlemmar skriver musiken och Thomas Karlsson texterna.
Spelar ni någon cover? Hela den senaste plattan består av covers av franska låtar från 1960-talet. Innan jag var med så körde dom nån Manowar låt.....
Hur många musik videor har ni gjort? Vet inte ? Det har blivit många genom åren..... Therion har en historia på 27 år och jag har bara varit med i 6 år.
Vilka festivaler har du spelat på och med vilka band? Det har blivit så mycket att jag inte minns just nu. Men det har blivit alla möjliga med bl a Ozzy, Judas Priest, m fl mfl
Hur var det att spela i japan? Oerhört kul ! Vi spelade på "Loud Park" tillsammans med bl a Europe, Devin Townsend m fl m fl. Sen jag var typ 7-10 år gammal har det varit min största dröm att få spela i Japan och nu 40 år senare så blev drömmen sann !
Vad är de för pris du fått? Jag blev utnämnd som Årets basist 2010 av sidan Melodic Rock !
Vad känner ni för turnén i Ryssland och Kina? Personligen känner jag mej kluven: Väldigt kul samtidigt lite oroande med tanke på deras politiska lägen. Det blir ett äventyr !
Vad säljer ni för merchandise? Mest Tröjor.
Vad kostar de i så fall? Från 170-250 kr skulle jag tro.
Vilket skivbolag jobbar ni med? Nuclear Blast !
Vad tycker ni om att man laddar ner mer musik än att köpa skivor? Det är bara "som det är". Personligen så gillar jag utvecklingen på så sätt att de stora skivbolagen idag inte har samma makt längre. Man kan göra lite vad man vill musikaliskt och sälja sin musik även utan skivbolag. Fler udda saker får chansen att komma ut och visa upp sig via Internet och skapa sin egen profil utan att någon annan lägger sig i.
Har ni något att till lägga? Lyssna på Therion !
THERION - Son of The Staves of Time (OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO)
interview with Thy Bleeding Skies
What´s the name of your band? Thy Bleeding Skies
What made you call the band "Thy Bleeding Skies"? I was inspired by a photography I found in the internet. It showed a puddle and red drops of blood falling from a blood red sky. The whole picture looked like heaven would cry tears of blood. The picture combined with the christian believe of a son of god who died for our sins let me thought about the name THY BLEEDING SKIES as a symbol of each humans acting thru his whole lifetime. No matter if good or bad you are responsible for what you do.
How was the band formed?/Can you tell about your band?
“THY BLEEDING SKIES stands for irresistible, modern Death Metal with no musicial limits“. This was the basic thought when I started to compose songs back in the year 2006. After just 8 months of intensive songwriting and searching for band members we recorded their debut album “Chapters of downfall“.
During the recording session for our debut the band was noticed by the Dutch label “Dark Balance Records“ and they decided to work together.
The Debut-album “Chapters Of Downfall” (Rock Hard 8/10, powermetal.de 8.5/10) was released worldwide in May 2008.
We played a tour through Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland and Czech Republic in the same year and plenty of single live shows until today.
The constant activity of the band made it impossible for one band member to continue his work within the band and so he left Thy Bleeding Skies.
After a short time Oliver Großhans (Ex-Sacred Steel, My Darkest Hate) joined the band in 2009 as 2nd rhythm guitar player.
Straight after their tour and the Line-up change they started the songwriting for their 2nd album “Autumn Souls” (Rock Hard 7.5/10, powermetal.de 8/10).
With the new record in their hands the band has decided to sign a contract with the German label “Whirlwind Records“.
Shortly before starting the recordings for the third album Oliver Großhans announced to leave the band due to private reasons. The band decided to record the new album first before start searching for a new guitar player.
In March 2012 the band started the drum recordings of their 3rd album at CCPC Studio in Helsinki of Mikko Herranen, who is known from the TV show VOICE OF FINLAND.
From May 2012 until January 2013 the tracking of guitars, bass, vocals and some programming stuff was done by Wolfgang Nillies in the Finger Print Studio in Stuttgart.
The album was mixed in the beginning of 2013 also by Wolfgang Nillies and mastered in May 2013 by Thomas Johansson at The Panic Room studio in Sweden.
The final result is named “Seconds Of Immortality”.
After the album was finished the band announced Andreas Mettler as the new guitar player at Thy Bleeding Skies.
The new record “Seconds of Immortality” will be released in the end of 2014 thru the label “soundmass” from UK.
Where are all band members from?/Who does what in the band?
- Claudio Enzler: Vocals, Guitar (GER)
- JJ Kontoniemi: Drums (FIN)
- Wolfgang Nillies: Guitars (GER)
- Thorsten Brandt: Bass (GER)
- Andreas Mettler: Guitar (GER)
What was the ambitions of the band when you started?
Well I just had song ideas that didn´t fit to my other bands (Sacrificium & My darkest hate) so
I decided to start a new band to release my ideas.
Could you explain your music to someone that haven't heard you?
We don´t limitate are music to some genres because we wanna just play what we like no matter which genre it is.
Basicly it is a mixture of Doom-/ Deathmetal with Rock 'n' Roll influences and lots of melodies. Most of the band members grew up with the 80´s and 90´s metal so our rhythm parts are most of the tiem pretty old school and heavy but we also use electronical parts or clean vocals if we think it supports the song.
Where was your first gig? I think it was back in 2008 in a small heavy metal bar in East Germany.
Where was the latest gig? We played 2 shows during one weekend in Switzerland and Germany
Who writes your songs?/Who writes the music who writes lyrics? Most material is from Claudio and Wolfgang, but everybody can bring in ideas.
What genre do you feel you are? Due tho the fact that I don´t like that almost each they you can read about new subgenres in music and people start to argue about which band belongs to which part of the scene I have to say that we are simply DEATH METAL no matter what other people think we are.
Why did you pick that particular style?/What are your songs about? I simply like the Death Metal a lot because there are so much emotions in it. The songs are most of the times about personal experiences or inspirated by world affairs.
Do you write your own material or mainly covers? So far we just wrote our own material but for sure we would do a cover aswell in case the members will agree with one or a few songs but so far nothing is planned.
Have you made any albums?/If yes what are they?
Chapters of Downfall (2008 Dark Balance Records / Netherlands)
Autumn Souls (2011 Whirlwind Records / Germany)
Seconds of immortality ( end of 2014 Soundmass / UK)
Do you have any clips on YouTube? Yeah there are a plenty live recordings made by some fans or festivals we played but nothing official.
How old are you? between 26-39
What got you started in music? As all kids: The dream of beeing a rockstar
How old were you guys when you first stood on stage? I do not know about the other guys but this year I have my 20th anniversary so my 1st show was when I was 16 years old.
Best/worst gig you've played?
The best show was the last show of our tour in 2008 at Elements of Rock Festival in Switzerland.
We didn´t played a perfect show but for me it was a special feeling on stage between the each member and the band together with the crowd.
Well the worst....? To many to number them... hahaha...
No to be honest there is no worst show because there are always people who like our music and support us even if we have a bad day and don´t perform in a good way.
Where have you played from then till now? Clubs, bars and festivals thru europe.
Which band is the best you´ve seen? Defently Testament
Is it always the same songs live? No, we choose different songs from our repertoire
How big crowds do you usually play for? In clubs and bars it´s usually around 100 people but it always depends on the promotion in front of the show. I really wonder sometimes about people who think a show works without any promotion.
What are the plans for the rest of the year? Due to the fact that Wolfgangs girlfriend is pregnant we will not play much shows until the end of the year and focus on songwriting for the next record.
What are your goals with your music? There are no specific goals except to have fun and perform as good as possible because this is what we owe the people out there. Beside this we will take whatever comes our way.
Is it easier to get your inspiration from older bands or from bands more modern? It doesn´t matter because there are very talented older and modern bands aswell. I think it is more important to find your own way within the music no matter if your way is old school, new school or a total different genre.
How do you feel about the downloading of music instead of buying albums? I prefer buying albums, even if it's not a illegal download. I like to have the cd with a booklet etc. in my hands.
Besides your own music, what genres and bands do you listen to? All different kinds of music as pop, classical and rock etc
What would be your greatest fears for the future? To lose someone close or get sick and be unalbe to do the things I like.
When you are on stage, what do you fear most then?
No fears at all to be honest... it will happen what will happen
Have you been part of any other projects/bands?
Sacrificium, My Darkest Hate, Deuteronomium (as a session bass player for 1 year), Might of lilith, Mighty D. and some unknown bands back in my youth.
At the moment I am involved in a swedish and a german project aswell but so far we didn´t release anything
What would you do if there was no music? I guess I would enjoy my freetime and train a lot with my 2 dogs, drive my motorcycle more often and do much more sport again
How important are your fans? Very important, if there wouldn't be fans, there is no reason doing it.
How often do you rehearse? Not constantly together, cause we don't life in the same area but we have a fixed date each week where Wolfgang, Andreas and I meet to listen to the ideas of each other or arange some song ideas.
What drives a band that isn't all that famous and renowned to try to make a living on their music and to keep playing? Well as I mentioned before: We just enjoy what we are doing!
Do you have any webpages? Check out our Facebook page
Any pearls of wisdom for all other bands out there? Keep on practicing, be organized, prove each offer before you believe or sign something
How do you view the musicindurty of today? I think the industry is changing, it's easier than ever to record good stuff for your own, but with that there is also a regression of quality. At the same time it's pretty hard to get a good recording contract and make money out of the music. I hope there will be a time, where it will be easier for musicians and bands to live from the music, and don't be ripped off cuz this is what most of the labels are doing nowadays
What is best/worst with playing the clubs? Mostly you play in front of only a few people and therefor you have a great effort. But if the location is cool. What doesn't mean all small gigs are shitty, far from it!!
Do you have anything to add? Thanks a lot for this interview and the support. We truly apreciate it!!!
Thy Bleeding Skies - Cracked Frozen Shell @Blast of Eternity 2012, Neckarsulm Germany
interview with Statues on Fire
How was the band formed? 2 members of Hc punk band named Nitrominds after they stop playing, Andre Alves lead singer and guitars + lalo, Bass.
Andre Curci , solo guitar used to play with Andre Alves another side project with Andre Alves, named Musica Diablo + the drummer Alex.
Can you tell about your band? Punk rock melodic, just released the debut album called Phoenix in Germany on vinyl by Rookie Records, Protest Lyrics, Metal riffs sometimes, good solos
Where are all band members from?/Who does what in the band?
We are all from São Paulo, Brasil.
Andre Alves – lead Singer and Guitar
Lalo – Bass
Alex – drums
Andre Curci – Solo guitar
What was the ambitions of the band when you started? Basicaly none, Release the record on vinyl, and we did, maybe, playing music is enough for ambitions I might say
Could you explain your music to someone that haven't heard you? Melodic, powerfull punk rock, catchy chorus all over the songs, people might say we sounds like Propagandhi or Strike Anywhere
Where was your first gig? Last year, 2013 in São Paulo City at Hangar 110
Where was the latest gig? By the way were at Hangar 110 at the release cd party, last month, before we were in Europe, april
Who writes your songs?/Who writes the music who writes lyrics? Andre alves Mostly
Who has the best since of humor in the band? We´re all on the best mood ever
What's good/bad with the band?/What genre do you feel you are? There´s no bad so far till now, we are playing together and everything is going wel
Why did you pick that particular style?/What are your songs about? We´re punk rock , so mostly are prostest
Do you write your own material or mainly covers? Never cover songs
Have you made any albums?/If yes what are they? Yes, one record, named Phoenix, release by Rookie Records in Germany, you can find it via Cargo Records/Distro In south America, by Thirteen Records
Do you have any clips on YouTube?
Sure, many live ones and official video clip from the song You Can´t Tell The Reason
You can find at the official channel – www.youtube.com/statuesonfireoficial
How old are you?/What got you started in music? I´m 41, AC.DC got me into it
At what age did you start playing? 10 years old
How old were you guys when you first stood on stage?
I was 10, my first gig, played the drums just one song, cuz my instrument always was the guitar
Second was in a birthday party when I was 14
What year was the band started? 2012
Best/worst gig you've played? Hard to say the best, cuz were so many, especially last European tour. I think in Berlin at Tommy Haus in April Worst show was in Schleswig, party was awesome, show was crap.
What places will you be playing in in the imidate future?
August 30rd Santo Andre, @74 club
Spetember, 06th, Belo Horizonte @Matriz
Witch band is the best you´ve seen? Ratos de Porão ( Brasil) Voi Vod ( Canada)
What has been the best/most promising gig so far? Release Party at Hangar 110 São Paulo
Have you had any bigger tours from start to now? Next year, we have a call for a tour with Down by Law (USA) in Europe
How big crowds do you usually play for? Not much, 100 people to 1.000
What are the plans for the rest of the year? We just record one new song for Converse at the Converse Rubber Tracks, we still on tour to promote our debut Album Phoenix, that´s how it goes
Where do you usually play? South, southwest of brasil and Europe one a year
How do you get psyched up for a gig? 100% ready
What are your goals with your music?
Years ago when we had the other band, play professionally and pay our bills for the band money, well, the goal was keep going to get bigger and bigger.
Nowadays if I have some fun playing , itps fair enough
When did you decide to go all in for the music? In 2000, when I left my last job and started making money for living with music
Is it easier to get your inspiration from older bands or from bands more modern? Older always, there´s nothing new I could get inspired
What are your sources of inspiration? life
What's the first step when making a new song? The guitar Riff
How do you feel about the downloading of music instead of buying albums? I feel ok, cuz people do it anyway, I buy vinyls when I can, cds when there´s something really special
What would be your dreams for the band? Get a road manager and do my job
Besides your own music, what genres and bands do you listen to? I like very much 60´, 70´s style of rock n roll
What would be your greatest fears for the future? death
When you are on stage, what do you fear most then? Nothing, I ´m ok doing what I do, if something get wrong, well shit happens
Have you been part of any other projects? Yes, Musica Diablo, thrash Metal band with Derrick Green of Sepultura
Have you been in any other bands? Yes, Nitrominds for 18 years ( 1994-2012) Musica Diablo still in
What do you work with outside of the band and the music?I´m Tour Manager and Prod Manager
How important are your fans? Very important,they give us the support we must need to go on
What's the funniest/most memorable thing a fan has done for you? Called me Uncle!
How often do you rehearse? Not much, once a week at least
Where do you rehearse? We have our private room
Name 2 of your own songs you like at the moment? Statues on Fire and Free Sample
What do you feel is the best live band you've seen? Ipm tour manager, so, i´m sick of seeing show lately
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[m not very good in tips´, I think do what you like and everything will be fine
Do you have any webpages?
We use now facebook page to promote our shit
Any pearls of wisdom for all other bands out there? Love for music, that´s all we have left
Describe your show, visually and musically Very energetic, really good live sound , beatifull back drop make us feel younger and nice light show
How do you view the musicindurty of today? Majors are failed, small labels struggling to survive, there´s nothing left if we say something about sellings, independent bands has their own spot, but is hard to spread your music around, sometimes touring is not the only solution and massive promotion on facebook just make people piss off with you.
What advice would you like to give other bands?Love for music, that´s all we have left
What are the biggest obstacles for a band? Find the right promotion and distribution for your music
What is best/worst with playing the clubs? If you don´t bring your own gear probably you ´re screw up, bad PA, bad mixing decks are always the biggest shit
Tell us about upcomming gigs and why we should be at them? We are still promotion the album , brand new band with old members of Nitrominds, since that band no longer playing is the only chance you have to see this line up together
Whats your Pre-show ritual? Drink beer and smoke ciggarets
Do you have anything to add? Great experience answer it
Musica Mob // Statues on Fire - Converse Rubber Tracks Brasil
interview with Mystica Girls
What is the name off bands? MysticaGirls, but most people write it as two separate words.
Tell us a brief introduction of who you are? We are a female metal band based in Mexico City, currently promoting our second album. MysticaGirls has been active for almost a decade, in where a lot of changes, both artistic and of line up have been done, always trying to give our fans the best product we can.
Where are you from? We are from Mexico City, but our vocalist is from Chile.
How did you meet?I originally met the first bassist in a bar where we talked for the first time, I had always wanted to play in a 100% female band, and she already had a cover band and was looking for a guitarist. After I joined that band (named “Mystica”) we played covers for a couple of years, until in 2007 our original project started and the band’s name was changed to Mystica Girls. A few years later the name was definitively modified to MysticaGirls.
What is your name?/Who plays what?/How old are you? We are all in our twenties, I am Cinthya Blackcat, and I play the guitar. Mon Laferte is the voice, Kathy Whitewolf in the bass and Yoli Moreno in the drums.
Explain to those who have not heard you, how does your music? MysticaGirls is mainly a metal band. The music shows strength and power through the riffs, aggressive bass lines and drums, but with an amount of technical resources, for we try to give our best to offer as much quality in our songs as we can.
Each was led first gig?/Where were off last gig?
The first gig we played as an original project was in 2007
Our last gig was in 2014
Who writes the songs?/Who does the music? I write most of the songs, this has been more obvious in the past three years, but the girls contribute with wonderful ideas that enrich the music and this creates a magical outcome. I write most of the lyrics too.
How old were you when you started with music? I was 14 years old when I had my first approaches to music, but I wanted to have a band made exclusively of girls since I can remember! It has been a life long dream for me.
How often do you repair? We rehearse every day by ourselves, and once or twice a week as a formal full band rehearsal. It’s a full time job!
When did you start off band? The original project started in 2007, even though the band’s history can be tracked to the cover era, back in 2005.
Do you always the same songs live or vary it?We have a main set list, it usually includes most of the songs of the latest album and a few classics of the previous record, or even older. We try to give some variation and sometimes we even play a cover song or two.
Mystica Girls "The Conquest" official Video
interview with Helheim
How was the band formed? By two guys wanting to make metal music
Can you tell about your band? We`re Helheim and we`ve recorded several albums and done several shows and play metal with norse lyrics
Where are all band members from?/Who does what in the band?
V`gandr- Bass and vocals from Bergen
H`grimnir- guitars and vocals from Bergen
Hrymr- Drums from Bergen
Noralf- guitars from Molde
What was the ambitions of the band when you started? To record an album and to play live
Could you explain your music to someone that haven't heard you? No. I tell them to figure it out themselves
Where was your first gig? In Bergen
Where was the latest gig? At Metal Days in Slovenia
Who writes your songs?/Who writes the music who writes lyrics? V`gandr and H`grimnir writes the music and V`gandr the lyrics
What's good/bad with the band?/What genre do you feel you are? Nothing bad. Well, call us Norse Metal. I don`t care about being labeled anymore
Why did you pick that particular style?/What are your songs about? We didn`t choose the style, the style chose us. Our songs are purely about norse mythology and the way of the runes
Do you write your own material or mainly covers? We write our own material
Have you made any albums?/If yes what are they?
We made many albums:
Av Norrøn Ætt
Blod og Ild
The journeys and the experiences of death
Heidindomr ok motgangr
Do you have any clips on YouTube? A lot. Just search and you`ll find them
How old are you?/What got you started in music? We`re in our late 30`s. Always been into music since the age of 5
At what age did you start playing? At the age of 14
How old were you guys when you first stood on stage? 16
What year was the band started? 1992
Best/worst gig you've played? Can`t remember either as we`ve played so many
What places will you be playing in in the imidate future? Nowhere. We have a break from liveplaying just now
Where have you played from then till now? All around Europe and more. To many to mention
Is it always the same songs live? Of course not. It changes with every record
Have you had any bigger tours from start to now? Yes, several. Too many to mention and I don`t remember them all
How big crowds do you usually play for? Everywhere from 30 to thousands
What are the plans for the rest of the year? To keep on recording the new album
Where do you usually play? In Europe
How do you get psyched up for a gig? Relaxing with a Vodka with Orange juice
What are your goals with your music? We`ve reached them years ago, so we just keep on doing what we like the most
When did you decide to go all in for the music? From day one
Is it easier to get your inspiration from older bands or from bands more modern? From older bands
What are your sources of inspiration? Myself
What's the first step when making a new song? To pick up the guitar
How do you feel about the downloading of music instead of buying albums? Used to hate it, but now I don`t care anymore
What would be your dreams for the band? Already reached
Besides your own music, what genres and bands do you listen to? The list is too long, but I like all kinds of different music as long as it gives me something. A feeling or whatever
What do you hold most dear? My life
What would be your greatest fears for the future? Have no fears really
Have you been part of any other projects? Lots
Have you been in any other bands? Yes
What do you work with outside of the band and the music? Right now I`m a student again
What would you do if there was no music? Been without
What's the funniest/most memorable thing a fan has done for you? They don`t do anything funny. if so I haven`t understood the humour
How often do you rehearse? Basically once a week, but it can vary from time to time
Where do you rehearse? On weekdays
Name 2 of your own songs you like at the moment? Dualitet og Ulver and Åsgards fall
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? Have no idea as we`ve never tried that ourselves
Do you have any webpages? www.helheim.com
Any pearls of wisdom for all other bands out there? stop playing, hahaha
Describe your show, visually and musically Agressive yet epic. Intense yet mellow
How do you view the musicindurty of today? On a downward spiral
What advice would you like to give other bands? I have no advices at all
What are the biggest obstacles for a band? Being shitty musicians
What is best/worst with playing the clubs? Best: intimacy. Worst: the humidity
Tell us about upcomming gigs and why we should be at them? There are no upcoming gigs
How would you describe your sound in one sentence Honest
What was one of the most quarrelsome times for you in the band? Hmm, maybe around Blod og Ild
Whats your Pre-show ritual? Silence
Helheim - Dualitet og Ulver - Featuring Hoest (Taake)
interview with NUNSLAUGHTER
How was the band formed? Just three guys that wanted to bring death metal to our home town.
Can you tell about your band? Formed in 1987 we are part of the tail end of the first death metal movement.
Where are all band members from?/Who does what in the band?
Jim Sadist - Drums - Parma Ohio
Don of the Dead - Voice - Pittsburgh PA
The Mangler - Bass - Cleveland - OH
Tormentor - Guitar - Cleveland - OH
What was the ambitions of the band when you started? None really. Just make death Metal
Could you explain your music to someone that haven't heard you? Heavy and fast with violent songs about Christ
Where was your first gig? Lakewood Ohio
Where was the latest gig? Medina Ohio
Who writes your songs?/Who writes the music who writes lyrics? Jim writes most of the music. We all help with arrangements and I write most of the Lyrics
Who has the best since of humor in the band? Me
What's good/bad with the band?/What genre do you feel you are? Bad is that we are old good is we dont give a shit. We are Death Metal
Why did you pick that particular style?/What are your songs about? It was aggressive and spoke to me. Most are about Satan, Death and Zombies.
Do you write your own material or mainly covers? All our own material
Have you made any albums?/If yes what are they? Umm we have over 150 releases so I cant sum that one up.
Do you have any clips on YouTube? MANY
How old are you?/What got you started in music? 15 years old
At what age did you start playing? at 16 I did my first show
How old were you guys when you first stood on stage? The band was about 14 years old before we did a show.
What year was the band started? 1987
Best/worst gig you've played? Best was Metal Magic 2014 worst ???? no idea
What places will you be playing in the imidate future? Buffalo NY and Rochester NY
Where have you played from then till now? 23 different countries
Witch band is the best you´ve seen? Judas Priest
Is it always the same songs live? No we have about 40 songs we choose from each show is different
What has been the best/most promising gig so far? Obscene Extreme 2014
Have you had any bigger tours from start to now? We are unable to tour for a long time. Longest was 28 days
How big crowds do you usually play for? anywhere from 10 - 4000
What are the plans for the rest of the year? Stay alive make records
Where do you usually play? Germany
How do you get psyched up for a gig? Yes of course
What are your goals with your music? Give people something to listen to
When did you decide to go all in for the music? 1997 I moved from Hawaii to Ohio
Is it easier to get your inspiration from older bands or from bands more modern? YES
What are your sources of inspiration? Death and Satan
What's the first step when making a new song? Someone says "I got a riff"
How do you feel about the downloading of music instead of buying albums? Perfect less work for me
What would be your dreams for the band? Have 1000 releases and be able to get blowjobs every night from hot metal chicks
Besides your own music, what genres and bands do you listen to? Frank Zappa
What do you hold most dear? Music
What would be your greatest fears for the future? Religion takes over
When you are on stage, what do you fear most then? Forgetting the words
What songs and what years were they released? We have almost 180 songs I cant answer that
What do you work with outside of the band and the music? Computers
What would you do if there was no music? Play video games
How important are your fans? They mean the world to me
What's the funniest/most memorable thing a fan has done for you? Brought me a cow spine and skull for our show in Australia
How often do you rehearse? 1-2 times a week
Where do you rehearse? Mother Marys Reh studio Clevealnd OHio
Name 2 of your own songs you like at the moment? Worst Nightmare and God Has Lied
What do you feel is the best live band you've seen? Dio
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? HA. We dont even try to make a living. We just like music
Do you have any webpages? www.nunslaughter.com
Any pearls of wisdom for all other bands out there? Keep at it
Describe your show, visually and musically They vary from bloody and gory to a regular show
How do you view the music industry of today? Not needed
What advice would you like to give other bands? Like your music first and foremost
What are the biggest obstacles for a band? Time
What is best/worst with playing the clubs? Getting ripped off by promoters
Tell us about upcoming gigs and why we should be at them? I turn 45 and Danny Liliker turns 50
How would you describe your sound in one sentence foul
What is your favorite crappy instrument? maracas
What was one of the most quarrelsome times for you in the band? Anytime I speak with Jim
Whats your Pre-show ritual? Poop