interview with Autumn's End

What´s the name of your band? My main band now is Autumn's End and i still play with N17

How was the band formed? N17 was formed in 1993 Autumn's End in 2003

Can you tell about your band? Autumn's End is my baby. it my semi progressive melodic Death metal band. N17 is an Industrial metal band

Where are all band members from?/Who does what in the band? N17; Chris Cannella-Guitars and Programming, Jason Kowalski-drums and programming, Damon17 bass production, Trevor Askew-Vocals and programming. Autumn's End Chris Cannella-lead vocal and all recorded guitars, El-Bass and vocals, Jason Kowalsi-Drums

What was the ambitions of the band when you started? N17: to bring the most angst driven industrial metal that was faster meaner and with a better live performance than anyone else. ..... Autumn's End to be able to play whatever we wanted without restrictions... melody ferocity progression, solos, acoustic, and blasphemy

Could you explain your music to someone that haven't heard you? N17: Ministry meets a live Hardcore band..... Autumn's End= Opeth meets old Sepultura

Where was your first gig? Rancho Del Los Muertos

Where was the latest gig? April 11 2015=N17..... Autumn's End was feb 2014

Who writes your songs?/Who writes the music who writes lyrics? N17: Mark kelter, Chris Cannella, Trevor Askew...Lyrics Askew and Cannella.... Autumn's End= Chris Cannella and El... for everything

Who has the best since of humor in the band? N17=Jason Kowalski and Autumn's End

What's good/bad with the band?/What genre do you feel you are? Good is both bands are ina state of rebuilding. N17 is reuniting after many eyars and Autumn's End is working on new material

Do you write your own material or mainly covers? never any covers

Have you made any albums?/If yes what are they? N17= Trust No One and Defy Everything with a remix EP called Tote Aufzuweken..... Autumn's End: Self Titled, Act of Attrition, The Siren's Lament, and new CD TBD

Do you have any clips on YouTube? Yes many

How old are you?/What got you started in music? i am 43 started in music professionally in 1991

At what age did you start playing? 15

How old were you guys when you first stood on stage? 21

What year was the band started? N17; 1993... Autumn's End 2003

Best/worst gig you've played?

What places will you be playing in in the imidate future? N17 Club Red in Mesa AZ

Where have you played from then till now? All over the world

Witch band is the best you´ve seen? Black Sabbath Opeth and Lamb of God

Is it always the same songs live? never

How big crowds do you usually play for? anywhere from 200-1500

What are the plans for the rest of the year? play and write

How do you get psyched up for a gig? Stare at my guitars

What are your goals with your music? to continue making music and playing live until we have worn out our welcome

When did you decide to go all in for the music? when i was 15 either music or be an architect or a cop

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

What are your sources of inspiration? my hatred for all religion, social issues and my amazing family

What's the first step when making a new song? there is no step. you are either inspired or you are not

What would be your dreams for the band? i am already living them

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

What do you hold most dear? my wife and children

What would be your greatest fears for the future? uncertainty creates all its own fears. i have been through too much pain to fear it anymore but i wish nothing but greatness for my children

Have you been part of any other projects? I have been on many projects from Queensryche (Geoffe Tate) Pig Destroyer, Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Snake River Conspiracy, Rorschach Test, and Gorgoroth

Have you been in any other bands? SRC, Rorschach Test, Kyrin, Mission 66

What do you work with outside of the band and the music? i am music 100% when not playing music i am the Director of A/R for ESP guitars

What would you do if there was no music? not exist

How important are your fans? they are as important as the music to us. the N17 fans made our shows some of the most imtense experiences in the biz

What's the funniest/most memorable thing a fan has done for you? made me a classic state fair style N17 mirror

How often do you rehearse? sometimes weekly... sometimes every other month LOL

Where do you rehearse? SER Soundwerks or Francisco Studios

Name 2 of your own songs you like at the moment? N17: BAAL ... Autumn's End: The Amoral Triumph (New)

What do you feel is the best live band you've seen? Machine Head Lamb of God

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 love of making the music you want to hear that one cant find from someone else

Do you have any webpages? www.autumnsend.netfacebook.com/autumnsend

Any pearls of wisdom for all other bands out there? Play what you love and stay true to yourself

Describe your show, visually and musically N17: fast paced lots of physical activity on stage intense light show   Autumn's End: Darker more brooding intensity

How do you view the musicindurty of today? a complete disaster. It seems the only people who care are the metal heads anymore

What advice would you like to give other bands? Quit

What are the biggest obstacles for a band? trying to pay your rent

What is best/worst with playing the clubs? Best is the intimacy of being right with the fans worst is the lack of money

Tell us about upcomming gigs and why we should be at them? April 11 first original N17 lineup show since 2002

How would you describe your sound in one sentence. Mine

What is your favorite crappy instrument? this Yamaha 12 string i have. its a total piece of shit but it sounds great

What was one of the most quarrelsome times for you in the band? Thats between us. i will never air dirty Laundry of personal arguments of band members 

Whats your Pre-show ritual? a huddle but mostly close my eyes take a shot and scream!

Do you have anything to add? Only play what you want to hear


Autumn's End-Scars From The Candle


Intervju med The Local Eedjits

Personliga frågor om bandet och deras medlemmar: 

Hur kommer de sig att ni började komma in på musik området? Musik är en fantastiskt rolig aktivitet att utöva tillsammans med kompisar.  Man kan få enorma kickar när det låter bra.  Det är även väldigt stimulerande att utvecklas som individ och grupp. 

Gjorde ni musik redan när ni var små? I början försökte man mest efterlikna sina idoler.  Att göra egen musik kom långt senare.  Vårt band The Local Eedjits har spelat sedan 2011 och haft ett 70-tal spelningar.

Hur har ni utvecklats sedan ni började med musiken? Om man börjar spela och fortsätter även förbi tonåren (många slutar då) så utvecklas man på flera plan.  Rent tekniskt musikaliskt, hur man arrangerar låtar, hur man uppträder på scen och underhåller, i sina kontakter med arrangörer m.m.

Har ni något annat intressen eller jobb utanför bandet och musiken? En hel massa!  De flesta har dock jobb och en del har barn - det tar mycket tid.

Vad har ni för internet sidor? 

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/LocalEedjits 

Hemsida: http://www.localeedjits.se/

Vilka åldersgrupper dras oftast till era konserter? 12-80 år.

Frågor om eran musik: 

Hur kommer de sig att ni gör musik? För att det är så himla roligt att spela tillsammans och det ger en enorm kick när publiken gillar det vi gör.  

Spelar ni alltid samma låtar livet eller varierar de? Det varierar mycket vad vi spelar, framför allt beroende på hur länge vi ska spela och i vilket sammanhang.  På en pub eller festival röjer vi loss mycket mer än på konsert med sittande publik.

Bandens motto, kännetecken och influenser: 

Vad är erat motto med bandet? Vi spelar "Irländsk Folkmusik på Skånska"

Vad har era band medlemmar för kännetecken? (Tatuering, piercing, tandsmycke,..)  Alla är grymma instrumentalister och de flesta har keps.  Eedjits är en avsiktlig felstavning av idiots som man gör på Irland.  Vårt namn blir därmed fritt översatt "byfånarna".

Vilka band får ni influenser ifrån?/Vad i livet får ni influenser ifrån?  Planxty, Dubliners, Pogues.  Att spela gör att man glömmer allt elände på det globala och personliga planet.  Perfekta medicinen.  Eller drogen.

Kläd och musik still: 

Vad har ni för kläd stil live? Vi har ingen banduniform utan vi ser väl ut lite som folkmusiker gör; enkelt, lite arbetarestuk, inga finkläder direkt.  Flera av oss har gubbkeps, rutiga skjortor, kraftiga skor.

Varför har ni just den klädstilen? För att det är bekvämt och för att det liksom passar ihop med musikstilen.

Vad spelar ni för musik stil?  Vi spelar ganska traditionell irländsk folkmusik och en del svenska folklåtar också.  Eftersom vi har en trummis kan vi gasa på ordentligt om vi vill och det funkar bra på pubar, rockklubbar och fester.  Men vi ger även konserter för sittande publik.  Hälften av låtarna är instrumentala jigs, reels, polkor, slängpolskor, valser och hornpipes och resten är sånglåtar; de flesta klassiker som folk känner igen men även en del egna.

Varför spelar ni just den musik stilen? Främst för att irländsk folkmusik har ett sådant härligt sväng men även eftersom det är en teknisk utmaning att spela det.  En annan aspekt är att vi har märkt att man i publiken blir glad och har svårt att sitta stilla av den.

Nyheter och uppdatering: 

Har ni nytt material på g? Vi har spelat in några konserter och ska försöka ge ut en live-CD under 2015.  Eftersom vi bor så utspritt blir det inte ofta vi repar men vi sätter nya låtar efterhand.  Den senaste var "Slängpolska efter Byss-Kalle".

Hur får man tag på er? Mejla paddy@localeedjits.se

Har ni något att till lägga? Det är jätteroligt att läsa din blogg, Robex, tack för att vi får vara med!


The Local Eedjits - Live in Ask on 2014-12-06 - 7 - Cooley's (Reel)


interview with HOLLOWMIND

What´s the name of your band? HOLLOWMIND
When/how was the band formed? The band was formed in 1993 in São Paulo, Brazil. All of us (five, at the time) were either school friends or neighbors.
Who does what in the band? Roberto Gutierrez (bass and vocals), Alexandre Silveira (guitars) and Felipe Gomes (drums).
Could you explain your music to someone that haven't heard you? It’s a mix of classic Metal and Progressive Rock. We sound like Queensryche, Fates Warning and Rush.
What genre do you feel you are? If some kind of label is required, we are definitely Prog Metal. However we stray a little bit from the “virtuoso” side of things, and try to focus on writing good songs – with complexity, creativity and melodic intent.
Have you made any albums? “Soundscape of Emotions” (2007) / “The Cardinal Factor”(2014).
Do you write your own material or mainly covers? We primarily write original material, but will eventually throw in a couple of covers in our live shows (like “Dreamline” from Rush and “Flash of the Blade” from Iron Maiden).
Who writes your songs? I (Roberto) write the songs – both music and lyrics –, and the guys (Felipe and Alexandre) help me a lot with the arrangements.
What are your songs about? Our last CD (“The Cardinal Factor”) is a concept album on the symbology of cardinal numbers. That is, the lyrics of song #1 are about Individuality, the attribute most commonly connected to that number; for the same reason, song #2 is about Union; and so on, until song #10 (actually #0), which is about Nothingness.
What's the first step when making a new song? It depends a lot. Sometimes it’s a piece of melody or a riff. Lyrics usually come last.
Name two of your own songs you like at the moment? “Even Shares of Gold” / “On the Wings of Ruin”
Do you have any clips on YouTube? We made a video for one of the songs off our last album. It’s called “Bitter Words”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMZpU7gpVqc
How old are you? What got you started in music? We’re all in our late 30’s. Like most Brazilian metalheads of that age, I got started with Kiss first, and soon with a handful of Metal/Rock bands that played the historical first edition of the Rock in Rio festival: Iron Maiden, AC/DC, Queen, Yes, Ozzy Osbourne, Scorpions and Whitesnake.
At what age did you start playing? I started playing bass guitar at the age of 8.
How old were you when you first stood on stage? I was 14, in a gig with a previous band called MISERY.
What was the ambitions of the band when you started? To play cover versions of our favorite bands at the time, like Iron Maiden, Metallica and Megadeth. Later on, we got a bit more serious about making our own music.
Where was your first gig? The band’s first gig was in a “battle of the bands”-like festival in the São Paulo area, 1994.
And the latest gig? In a metal club in São Paulo, at the end of the tour supporting our first album. We’re about to start the shows for our new album, “The Cardinal Factor”.
Best gig you've played? At the local qualifiers for Wacken Metal Battle, 2009.
Is it always the same songs live? We try to change the setlist a bit from show to show – makes it much more exciting for the band and fans.
How often / where do you rehearse? Weekly, at a studio facility in São Paulo.
What are the plans for the rest of the year? We expect to play more shows in our country and release a couple of new videos.
What are your goals with your music now? We just want to reach as many ears and hearts as possible.
Who are your sources of inspiration? As a bass player: Steve Harris, Geddy Lee, Cliff Burton, Geezer Butler and Chris Squire. As a vocalist: Bruce Dickinson, Dio, Geoff Tate, Michael Kiske and Steve Perry.
What do you feel is the best live band you've seen? The biggest Metal/Rock bands have built their career on the road, so it’s no surprise that they’re still the best acts to watch. If I were to cast a festival, my headliners would be Iron Maiden, Metallica, Kiss and Rush.
Besides your own music, what genres and artists do you listen to? Besides Metal and Prog, I also listen to a lot of Classical (i.e. Bach), Jazz (Miles Davis), Pop (Daft Punk) and Brazilian Music (Chico Buarque).
How do you feel about the downloading of music instead of buying albums? As a music fan, I’d rather buy the album (vinyl or CD). I think the whole “music product” includes artwork, package, lyrics, technical info, etc. To me, the sensorial experience of handling a physical work of art is sort of magical. But as an artist, I understand that the digital distribution is the new norm – and I’m fine with it.
What do you work with outside of the band and the music? We don’t make a living of music, unfortunately, so we have our regular jobs. I’m an Engineer. :)
How important are your fans? Well, they’re are the foundational reason why we try to bring the music within to the outside world. This is as true as never in the Digital Age, with social networks shortening the distance between artists and fans.
What advice would you like to give other bands? I’m not sure we’re in the best of positions to give any advice... But I think that any band should: (a) be as honest as possible as to their music; and (b) try and engage with their fans from day one. And still – there is a long, long way to go.
Do you have any webpages? www.hollowmind.com.br

Hollowmind - "Bitter Words" (Official Video)


interview with Argonath

What´s the name of your band? Argonath

How was the band formed? Back in 2013, Jakke, Lander & Robin decided to start a band again after their former band, panda of mass destruction, ceased to exist. We contacted Brecht and asked him to be part of the band and the rest is history.

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

Jakke Mathijs – Vocals & Guitars

Brecht Neyens – Guitars

Nadine Closset – Bass Guitar

Robin Zels - Drums

What was the ambitions of the band when you started? We started out just like any other band made up of high-school friends: fooling around and playing music together. When we progressed and did our first shows, we decided that it was time to step up a bit.

Could you explain your music to someone that haven't heard you? It’s a mix of all kinds of rock and metal music. We like to mix a lot because everyone in the band has a different preference, musically speaking. For example, Brecht is more into Death metal while Nadine is more into Old School-stuff. This all adds up, you know?

Where was your first gig? In Bocholt, at VeranoFest on 23/08/2013

Who writes your songs?/Who writes the music who writes lyrics? Our way of dealing with songwriting is that Jakke comes up with an idea or already a finished song. Then it’s up to the rest to fit their personal touches in with the music. Jakke writes all the lyrics.

Who has the best since of humor in the band? I guess Robin and Brecht.

What are your songs about? Mainly about political issues and problems concerning the society we currently live in. We try to spice this up with a healthy dose of philosophy as well.

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

Have you made any albums?/If yes what are they? The first recorded demo will be out hopefully this month (march 2015) It will contain 2 recorded tracks and 2 live tracks and the title of the demo will be Seeds Of Frustration (Demo).

Do you have any clips on YouTube? You can find some live clips on Youtube of us performing on Metal For MS and other gigs. We don’t have any real ‘clips’ yet.

How old are you? Brecht and Jakke are 18, Nadine is 16 and Robin is 20.

What year was the band started? 2013.

Best/worst gig you've played? One of the best gigs we played up to date was our first at VeranoFest 2013, fors ure. The atmosphere was amazing and really all of our friends and a bunch of others showed up. It was amazing. One of our worst gigs was at Café Ammehoela in october 2013. I don’t know how the crowd reacted but personally the music didn’t come out like it should have that night.

What places will you be playing in in the imidate future? One of the gigs we are looking forward to the most is definetily Metal Legacy III, we will be sharing the stage with our friends from Speed Queen and a bunch of local heavyweights.

How big crowds do you usually play for? Anything between 2 people and 200, I think. I’m not sure about the 200 though.

What are the plans for the rest of the year? Probably release another demo, do more shows and keep on going, basicly. We don’t really have a set ‘plan’.

What are your goals with your music? Basicly it’s an outlet for our creativity and that’s exactly the reason why we play originals. We don’t have any real goals, other than spreading our music among everyone.

What are your sources of inspiration? Basicly the world around us, along with everything and anyone in it.

What' the first step when making a new song? Usually it’s a phrase or a lyrical idea or it’s a simple riff.

How do you feel about the downloading of music instead of buying albums? I personally (Jakke) think that downloading on itself is not wrong. It’s a great way for people to discover something they think is worth buying. I myself try to buy something I like and I download as little as possible.

What would be your dreams for the band? Going abroad, release an album. The standard routine, basicly.

What would be your greatest fears for the future? War.

When you are on stage, what do you fear most then? Technical problems, flying tomatoes and power shortages.

What do you work with outside of the band and the music? Brecht, Nadine and I are studying either in high school or college. Robin is working full-time.

Now important are your fans? As important as the band. They’re an essential part of the bigger picture, fors ure.

How often do you rehearse? Normally once a week but lately things have been busy, making it hard to keep this up.

Where do you rehearse? In Bocholt.

Name 2 of your own songs you like at the moment? Black Rose and Don’t Walk Alone

What do you feel is the best live band you've seen? I’ve seen so many bands so I can’t really pick one. I have to say, though, that Warcry (the Spanish one) was simply AMAZING at Leyendas Del Rock in 2014.

Do you have any webpages? Except for Facebook, Youtube and Bandcamp? No.

How would you describe your sound in one sentenceDiverse but simple.


Argonath - Seeds Of Frustration


interview with The Prophet

What's the name of your band? Our band called The Prophet

How was the band formed?

In the middle of 2009 I met Gennadiy (Sorrowfire) our future guitar player. We both were studying in medical university.Once a time I came to our sports cort and saw there a tall dickhead lying on a fence.

He was our future guitarist. He played on accoustic guitar,listen Kurt 

Cobain,and then he was influenced with my mysical tastes and he bought an electric guitar and started to play it. Then we found drummer Ilya

(Sturmtrommel) and Ivan (Bathone) on bass. They was my old kith.

Can you tell about your band? We play an old-school melodic death since april 2010 It's swedish school  of melodic death. Guitar harmonyes,a few of black metal...Something like We're playing for 5 years. At present our Line-up is next: Me (Doctor) guitars,vocals. Warrior-guitars, Bathone-Bass,and Raziel-drums.

Where are all band members from?/Who does what in the band? Doctor and Warrior from Tomsk. Our bassist Bathone from toldy-kurgan (Kazakhstan) and our drummer Raziel from the outter north-Nadym.)

What was the ambitions of the band when you started? We just needed play. That'all)

Could you explain your music to someone that haven't heard you? It's melodiously,it's heavy.Generally it's fast,but sometimes slow.

Where was your first gig? It was in our hometown Tomsk,in rock-club "Zasada". (It means "ambush")

Who writes your songs?/Who writes the music who writes lyrics? Doctor and Sorrowfire writes music,and Doctor writes lyrics. Sometimes we use a lyrics of russian classical poets for instance S. Esenin or M. 

Lermontov ("The Stars" from Across The Sphere album and "On The Path" from Dying).

Do you write your own material or mainly covers? Only our own material. But earlier we played on gigs "Territorial Pissings" (Nirvana)

Have you made any albums?/If yes what are they? Yes. We have 3 Full-length albums Sunrise (2011). Across The Sphere (2013) and a new album Dying. It was released 22.02.2015.

Have you had any bigger tours from start to now? No. Unfortunatelly we have not free time,we have not financial capability for it.

Do you have any clips on YouTube? Yes. We have clip from Across The Sphere album. It's clip on the song Whle You Will Be Dead.

How old are you?/What got you started in music?

Doctor and Warrior are 28. Bathone is 32. And Raziel is 26. We've been playing for a 7-8 years

What are your goals with your music? To Play more interesting...play better..We just play

Have you been in any other bands? Raziel and Warrior are playing black metal with Cemeterial.

What do you work with outside of the band and the music? Doctor works as addiction psychiatrists,Warrior is Seller of computer equipment, Bathone is programmer but now he is engaged in private freight,and Raziel is engineer.

What would you do if there was no Music? I don't even know. Music is the part of us. We can't beeing withot it!

How important are your fans? We have a few fans,and we know each of them personally))

How often do you rehearse? 1-2 times a week. 

Where do you rehearse? We rehearse in a musical theatre "Nesetrim" they're great guys!

Name 2 of your own songs you like at the moment? "Killers" and "Infection"...or "Dying"...I don't know!

Do you have any webpages? Yes. We have facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/theprophetband

and channels on Youtube,soundcloud etc.

What advice would you like to give other bands? Just play..and You'll be allright.

What are the biggest obstacles for a band? Money-money-money.

How would you describe your sound in one sentence It's melodic!

What was one of the most quarrelsome times for you in the band? When we were recording guitars for album. (Dying)

Whats your Pre-show ritual? We have not any rituals. sometimes we drink beer before the show.


The Prophet-Last Mourning Waltz


interview with Gross Misconduct

What´s the name of your band? Gross Misconduct
How was the band formed? The three founding members, Jesse Brint, John Kurucz and David London, are all originally from the same city (it’s called Nanaimo) on Vancouver Island, on the west coast of Canada. We played our first show as a band in the winter of 1999, but began playing together about a year before that.  We were introduced through mutual friends and came together around our mutual admiration of the bands we all liked when we first started playing music together – Metallica, Death, Iron Maiden, Slayer and Black Sabbath, to name a few.
Can you tell about your band? We have been categorized in a number of different ways: death metal, thrash metal, progressive metal. We’ve also been compared to a number of bands over the years; some of those comparisons make sense and others do not. I just say we are a heavy metal band and let people decide what we sound like on their own.
Where are all band members from?/Who does what in the band? There are three of us in the band at the moment, and we are searching for a new bass player. The three remaining members – David London, John Kurucz and Jesse Brint – are all from Nanaimo, Canada. David plays guitar and sings lead vocals, Jesse plays guitar and does backup vocals, John plays the drums.
What was the ambitions of the band when you started? We did not set out with any pre-conceived notions or goals. We wanted to play the music that we enjoyed writing and playing, and have fun doing it. 15 years later, our goals are still the same and we enjoy writing and playing music together now as much as we ever have.
Could you explain your music to someone that haven't heard you? We have elements of death, thrash and progressive metal in our sound. Reviews have likened our sound to Death, Cynic, or early Metallica. Those are massive  compliments for us. We are big fans of Death, Chuck Schuldiner and all the musicians who played in the band with Chuck (R.I.P.)
Where was your first gig? Our first gig was in mid December 1999. We played a house party in our hometown in Nanaimo, Canada. There was a pretty severe snowstorm that night, the house was very old and the electrical outlets were in terrible condition. David and Jesse almost got electrocuted many times. I also seem to remember us smoking enough hash to kill a small elephant that night.
Where was the latest gig? Our last gig was in August 2013, and we played in Vancouver, Canada with At the Gates. It was an honour to meet and play with some of our musical heroes.
Who writes your songs?/Who writes the music who writes lyrics? We all contribute to the songwriting process. A song is never finished until everyone in the band is happy with the final product. David and John write the majority of the lyrics.
Who has the best since of humor in the band? We each have a healthy sense of humour and that’s probably one of the biggest reasons why we are still in a band together and remain good friends. Metal in particular can be a genre where sometimes humour is lost and people take themselves and the music too seriously. We are very serious when it comes to rehearsing and playing live, but outside of those two situations, we like to crack a beer and joke around like we’re still 16 years old.
What's good/bad with the band?/What genre do you feel you are? The only bad thing with our band right now is the fact that we don’t have a bass player at the moment. As for the genre we play, we play heavy metal.
Why did you pick that particular style?/What are your songs about? We picked heavy metal because it is an all-encompassing genre that allows the musician to convey a vast array of emotions and cover a huge amount of musical territory. Our lyrics are personal interpretations of the world we live in, the experiences we have and the people we meet.
Do you write your own material or mainly covers? We write all of our material. We have played a few cover songs live over the last 15 years: Postmortem/Raining Blood/Black Magic by Slayer, Snowblind by Black Sabbath and Here Come the Bastards by Primus.
Have you made any albums?/If yes what are they?
We have 2 albums out now, and our third album will be released at some point in 2015.
The Process of Indoctrination -- 2007 The Disconnect  -- 2011
Do you have any clips on YouTube? www.youtube.com/grossmisconductmetal
How old are you?/What got you started in music? John is 35, David is 37 and Jesse is 34. I got into music at an early age, I was lucky to have older friends in my neighbourhood who exposed me to some really cool bands when I was in elementary school. That passion stuck with me until I was old enough to get my own drum set and my love for metal has been there since I was 7 or 8 years old. I love music now just as much as I did back then.
At what age did you start playing? John – 16 Jesse –  15 David -- 13
How old were you guys when you first stood on stage? John – 18 David --- 18 Jesse  -- 16
What year was the band started? 1999
What places will you be playing in the immediate future? Our plans for 2015 are up in the air right now, mainly because we don’t have a bass player at the moment. We are also very close to completing our new album, so we are very focused on finishing the writing process so we can start planning the recording process.
Where have you played from then till now? We have played in most major cities in Canada.
Which band is the best you´ve seen? Primus. Nobody sounds like Primus, and nobody ever will. Tim Alexander is one of my favourite drummers and Les Claypool is … Les Claypool. They are phenomenal musicians, and the visual aspect of their show is as impressive as the music they play.
Is it always the same songs live? No, we change our setlist up a bit for most gigs. Sometimes the first song will remain the same for a bunch of gigs consecutively, but we try to change things up.
What has been the best/most promising gig so far? We played with Amon Amarth in December 2007. That was the biggest crowd we’ve ever played in front of (about 1,100 people) and the energy in the crowd was amazing. That show exposed us to many, many new fans and it was a good test for us in terms of playing in front of such a large audience. Outside of that gig, we have been very lucky to share the stage with many bands we really admire: The Haunted, At the Gates, Napalm Death, Martyr, Brutal Truth, Forbidden, Fuck the Facts, Augury, Neuraxis and many more.
Have you had any bigger tours from start to now? We toured the western part of Canada with Martyr and Neuraxis in 2007 and toured across most of Canada with Fuck the Facts and Neuraxis in 2008.
How big crowds do you usually play for? The crowd size depends on a few different factors: the size of the venue, other gigs that are happening on the same night, how competent the promoter is, etc.  We have played for 3 people, and we’ve played for 1,000+ people.
What are the plans for the rest of the year? To finish writing the last few songs for our new album, begin writing the lyrics, and figure out where and when we will record it.
Where do you usually play? We mostly play in Vancouver, but we’ve played in almost every mid-size/large city in our province (British Columbia), and in most major cities across Canada.
How do you get psyched up for a gig? I don’t get myself psyched up. I try to be as calm as possible right before going on stage. I make sure my breathing and heart rate are in check, and try to remain calm and focused while playing my drums.
What are your goals with your music? To have fun. We have been doing this for a long time, so we don’t have any aspirations of getting rich from playing heavy metal. We keep things realistic. Plus, if something isn’t fun, there is no point in doing it.
When did you decide to go all in for the music? The day I was born, bro!
Is it easier to get your inspiration from older bands or from bands more modern? Both. We will always love the bands that first got us interested in heavy metal, but it’s also inspiring to hear newer bands offer a more modern take on the bands that we grew up loving. When I first started playing drums, I never thought music could get heavier than Slayer. But now I listen to Origin. Both bands inspire me equally.
What are your sources of inspiration? Mainly music, but also life in general – the people you meet, the places you travel, and the experiences you have throughout life that shape how you think and perceive the world around you.
What's the first step when making a new song? David or Jesse will present a series of riffs that sound like they have something in common, and then we get together and start piecing all of those elements together. Once the structure of the song is set, I work on my drum patterns and start thinking about lyrics: where they will go in the song and various topics for them to be about. While that’s happening, David and Jesse compose their guitar solos and also contribute ideas around what the lyrics will be about and where they will go in the song.
How do you feel about the downloading of music instead of buying albums?
I will always buy albums rather than download music. I like having the artwork and lyrics and reading who the musicians in the bands are endorsed by/what type of gear they use. Naturally, I would prefer people to buy our music. We don’t make it for free and it costs a lot of money to put an album out. But the Internet is here and now, and there’s not a lot we can do if someone wants to steal our music for free. Hopefully they like what they hear and come check us out live.
What would be your dreams for the band? To get super, duper rich, never have to work a day job ever again and go on tour with bands we admire.
Besides your own music, what genres and bands do you listen to? I listen almost exclusively to metal … and if not, music that has elements of metal in it. Bands outside of metal that I enjoy include Pink Floyd, Primus, The Police, Faith No More, the smalls and Led Zeppelin. David and Jesse listen to all different kinds of music — rap, bluegrass, country and everything else in between.
What do you hold most dear? My family, my friends, European beer, hockey and B.C. weed.
What would be your greatest fears for the future? I don’t think like that. Planning to be afraid of something is not healthy. Planning to have a plan, or planning to deal with something before it becomes a source of fear, is a better approach in my opinion.
When you are on stage, what do you fear most then? The soundguy/the P.A. at a club. You can be as prepared as you want, but if the soundguy doesn’t know what he’s doing, you’re in real big trouble.
Have you been in any other bands?
John plays in an Iron Maiden cover band called Powerclown and a Pink Floyd cover band called Crazy Diamonds.
David also plays in two death/grind bands called Sinned and Crackwhore.
John and David are also in the process of starting a Faith No More cover band.
What do you work with outside of the band and the music? John is a writer, David sells guitars and Jesse works in sales.
What would you do if there was no music? I would move back to Vancouver Island, far away from anyone else and become a hermit.
How important are your fans? A lot of the people who come to our shows are our friends in some way, so it’s always awesome to hang out with your friends and have a sweet party and play some tunes for them. Of course, there will always be people at the gigs who have never seen us before, and we feel it’s extremely important to make an impression on anyone who comes to our concerts regardless of how many times that person has seen us perform.
What's the funniest/most memorable thing a fan has done for you? We have signed some boobies and some bums in our day.
How often do you rehearse? Minimum twice a week as a band, but we all practice on our own as well.
Where do you rehearse? At a place called Sanctuary Studios in Vancouver. It’s like a haunted house blended into a rehearsal space. There are fake dead bodies everywhere, movie posters from old horror movies and even a life-sized Frankenstein. It’s pretty awesome.
Name 2 of your own songs you like at the moment? Both of them are off of our new album, and neither song has lyrics/a title at the moment. But really, I like all of our songs both past and present.
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? Fun. A lot of people I grew up with are busy having kids and leading lifestyles that don’t really appeal to me. That may bring them happiness, and if it does, that’s great and I’m happy for them. But I still feel the same way today about music as I did when I was 7 years old, and I don’t ever see that passion going away. As long as I have a drum kit and my friends to play music with, I will be content with my life regardless of how much money I make doing it.
Do you have any webpages?
www.facebook.com/GrossMisconductBand
www.grossmisconduct.bandcamp.com
www.youtube.com/user/GrossMisconductMetal
www.grossmisconduct.net
Any pearls of wisdom for all other bands out there? Practice your instrument and never stop learning. Don’t be afraid to try new things. Don’t say to yourself, “Well, we’re a death metal band, we can’t have that kind of riff in this song.” Do not start a band solely to make money. If you do, you will be very, very disappointed.
Describe your show, visually and musically Our shows are like a huge party with a bunch of our friends. Typically they are quite well attended, with ample moshing and people having a good time while we play songs that we really enjoy. I think the enjoyment and passion we have for our music shines through on stage: people can tell that we are sincere and appreciate the fact anyone cares about our music.
How do you view the music industry of today? Somewhat depressing, but we are insulated enough so that it doesn’t matter too much. As an independent band, we have no one to answer to but ourselves.
What are the biggest obstacles for a band? For a Canadian band, geography is the biggest problem. We live in the second biggest country in the world, travelling from one major city to the next can take 15 hours. On top of that, more than half the country is covered in snow and ice for half the year, so touring between October and March can be pretty risky in some parts of the country.
What is best/worst with playing the clubs? The best part is that the crowd is usually less than a metre away from you and there is instant interaction with everyone. The moshpits can get pretty crazy as well, and some of my favourite shows we’ve ever played have been totally chaotic club shows. The worst part about playing clubs is if the venue has a shitty P.A./sound system/sound guy. That can be a problem.
Tell us about upcoming gigs and why we should be at them? We don’t have any gigs booked at the moment.
How would you describe your sound in one sentence Gross Misconduct combines elements of many of metal’s subgenres, but is beholden to none.
What was one of the most quarrelsome times for you in the band? There are always times when disagreements come up. It’s like being married or in a family when you’re in a band. But we are adults and have been good friends for all of our adult lives. We always get past any difficulties that present themselves.
Whats your Pre-show ritual? I stretch, drink water, eat a banana and practice single stroke rudiments with my hands and feet.
Do you have anything to add? Thanks for your interest in our band! We’d love to come to Europe/Scandinavia and perform for new audiences.

Gross Misconduct - The Disconnect


interview with Blind Spite

What´s the name of your band? We are called Blind Spite. The term conveys our attitude towards our sinister and oppressive world. Our art is our escape.

How was the band formed? Simple gathering of friends who wanted to express themselves through dark extreme metal. We all knew each other or knew of each other in our Northern English home city of Carlisle.

Can you tell about your band? Our sound falls between death metal and black metal, both equally relevant to us over the years. Ethically we find ourselves holding a black metal outlook but there are large death metal tones in our sound.

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

James Watts (vocals) is currently living in Newcastle

Anthony Gate (drums, founding member) lives in Carlisle

Sarah Falder (bass) lives at Tindale in Cumbria

Matthew Langley (guitars) lives in Carlisle.
Jake Bielby (guitars) lives in Newcastle

James and Jake also play in a technical thrash/death band called Plague Rider based in Newcastle. James does vocals for Lump Hammer and his solo drone project Dolmen Dweller as well.

What was the ambitions of the band when you started? Simply to make dark extreme metal to express ourselves in an uncaring world.

Could you explain your music to someone that hasn't heard you? As covered earlier we are a black/death metal band. When I joined the band I was equally influenced by the dark melodic guitar styles of Marduk as much as traditional death metal like Morbid Angel/Nile and this remains to be the case. We aim to write extreme metal with the traditional energy combined with our own atmospherics and art focused in the sound. Our current sound is more black metal with experimental vocals and relentless guitar work.

Where was your first gig? Carlisle, our home city

Where was the latest gig? Byker Grave festival in Newcastle.

Who writes your songs?/Who writes the music who writes lyrics? Matt wrote most of the initial riffs for our last release Extinction Event, Anthony wrote some of the track 'Lemniscate.' The whole band works on the final product with James taking responsibility for lyrics and vocals entirely. Jake has not recorded with us yet but we hope he will contribute to future recording.

Who has the best since of humor in the band? Our vocalist James does. He manages to vilify a diminuitive health and safety manager at his university through a public email.

Why did you pick your particular style?/What are your songs about? The music has influences throughout the extreme metal spectrum, our style is our natural expression. I like the guitars to be relentless and stamina challenging yet maintain the traditional extreme metal energy and expectations. Our rhythm section facilitates this with bass parts prominent when required.

Our songs are largely about the reality of man's insignificance. Doubt is basically about the weakness of the human condition, Extinction Event is about our insignificance in the scale of the wider universe. Despair and austerity of which we are subjected to and the liberating release we feel when this is realised.

Do you write your own material or mainly covers? Entirely our own material, we would rather concentrate on this in live performances but we have covered Blot Thrower's World Eater before.

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

Our latest release 'Extinction Event' can be consumed here along with our previous release Dethrone the Earth

http://blindspite.bandcamp.com/album/extinction-event

Extinction Event is available on cd released by Legion Blotan records

http://www.legion-blotan.mutant-ape.co.uk/

Do you have any clips on YouTube?

Blind Spite - Doubt

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLufnUFmEgg 

Blind Spite - Lemniscate

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izLb8BvKh2M

At what age did you start playing? I started playing guitar when I was 16, after I learned some Metallica in guitar lessons I just got into more extreme metal. I have continued to evolve my style not simply remaining in the same sound.

How old were you guys when you first stood on stage? My first gig was at the age of 17 doing thrash metal with my first band in school. All other members around that age.

Best/worst gig you've played? Our best perfomance was at Byker Grave festival in Newcastle November 2014 with our worst at Banshee Labyrinth in Edinburgh earlier that year

What places will you be playing in the immediate future? Newcastle Uk in May with the Infernal Sea and Haar, British Black metal bands. Sheffiend UK in June.

Which band is the best you´ve seen? I was blown away by seeing Tool in the UK on the 10,000 days tour. The overall show and setlist was stunning. Last November I saw Nargaroth in Helsinki \m/

Is it always the same songs live? We vary this a lot and we will be including some very older material and a cover soon.

Where do you usually play? Northern UK and Scotland but we would like to see the world.

How do you get psyched up for a gig? I don't drink alcohol so I just concentrate on talking to friends and fans then warm up as much as possible so things run smoothly.

What are your goals with your music? To share our sounds with as many fans and bands as possible. I love travelling so to play abroad as much as possible is a dream.

When did you decide to go all in for the music? After going to Wacken 2003.

Is it easier to get your inspiration from older bands or from bands more modern? when I was younger it was older bands now it is definitely more modern bands. Mgla, Ash Borer, Woods of Ypres are heard a lot in my car.

What are your sources of inspiration? Myself, my home, the people around me and places I visit. 

What's the first step when making a new song? Something inventive on the guitar

How do you feel about the downloading of music instead of buying albums? We are powerless to downloading so we need to use it to our advantage. I don't download myself but I accept it will happen whatever. I don't mind, music can't be harnessed.

What would be your dreams for the band? To be acknowledged worldwide as an extreme metal band with a very unique atmosphere

Besides your own music, what genres and bands do you listen to? We all have very different tasted of music to each other within the band. I love all black and death metal with an original feel: Immolation, Incantation, Altar of Plagues, Marduk.

Who do you hold most dear? My grandfather

Have you been part of any other projects? https://soundcloud.com/plaintivebearer

What would you do if there was no music? Be without a voice

How important are your fans? Treasured

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? Simply to be recognised for contributing to an underground scene.

Do you have any webpages? https://www.facebook.com/BlindSpite?ref=hl

Describe your show, visually and musically Honest, gathering, resourceful.

How would you describe your sound in one sentenceThe vitriol of black metal with the pummelling nature of death metal and other worldly atmospheres


Blind Spite - Doubt


interview with ANAL VOMIT

What´s the name of your band? ANAL VOMIT.

How was the band formed? DESIRE AND PASSION FOR MAKING EXTREME METAL!!

Can you tell about your band?ANAL VOMIT, a band of perverse and morbid Death Metal. it was procreated by some Metal warriors in early 1992. we have some demo-tapes, 7"eps, and 4 album cds full length.

Where are all band members from?/Who does what in the band? CURRENT-LINE UP: 2015
"NOIZER" - Guitars. 
"POSSESSOR" - Vocals and Bass.

JOE HOYLE (DRUMS)

"NIHIL SOLDIER" - Guitars.

What was the ambitions of the band when you started? do a good job, what we like, and that people respect and value the noise we make.

Could you explain your music to someone that haven't heard you? BASSICALY BLACKENED DEATH METAL WITH MIX WITHTHRASH AND GRIND PARTS...

Where was your first gig? IN LIMA-PERU, (CENTER OF THE CITY)

Where was the latest gig? WE HAVE NOT EVEN LAST SHOW.

Who writes your songs?/Who writes the music who writes lyrics? MUSIC BY: NOIZER THE PLAY GUITAR AND POSSESSOR (LYRICS).

Who has the best since of humor in the band? REALLY ALL.

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

GOOD: THE RESPECT AND ATTITUDE. 

BAD: THE LITTLE MONEY TO MAKE MORE IMPORTANT THINGS.

Why did you pick that particular style?/What are your songs about? FOR LISTEN THIS BANDS: Sepultura (old), Sarcofago (INRI era), Mx, Holocausto, Sextrash, Vulcano, Mortuary (Mexico), Slayer (old), Sacrifice, Possessed, Morbid Angel, Kreator, Carcass, Napalm Death, Vader, Deicide, Sadus, Tankard (alcohol), Necrofago, Invocator, Krisiun.OR INFLUENCES!

Do you write your own material or mainly covers? OWN MATERIAL.

Have you made any albums?/If yes what are they? YES: 2004 "Demoniac flagellations", 2007 "Depravation", 2009 "Gathering of the putrid demons", and now 2015 "Peste negra, Muerte negra". 

Do you have any clips on YouTube? Very soon!!

How old are you?/What got you started in music? 40 old years, 

At what age did you start playing? playing at 15 or 17 years, and hearing a little earlier.

How old were you guys when you first stood on stage? maybe 17.. don`t remember very good 

What year was the band started? 1992 

Best/worst gig you've played? best: none special until today. and BAD: the majority in our country, for the bad sound and precariousness. jaja jajaa.

What places will you be playing in in the imidate future? some countries into south america. 

Where have you played from then till now? in our country PERU- south america.

Witch band is the best you´ve seen? MORBID ANGEL, KRISIUN, NILE, MASSACRE (U.S.A). VADER.

Is it always the same songs live? THE BEST OR THE WORST OF OUR SONGS.. JAAA

What has been the best/most promising gig so far? WE ARE WAITING TO HAPPEN THAT.

Have you had any bigger tours from start to now? IN COLOMBIA, ECUADOR, CHILE, ARGENTINA. YEARS AGO.

How big crowds do you usually play for? 100, 200, our escene is bad!! little bangers in the under shows.

What are the plans for the rest of the year? continue writing musick!!

Where do you usually play? in our city LIMA-PERU and rest of the country!

How do you get psyched up for a gig? taking some beers...jaaaa!

What are your goals with your music? record more albums, and touring where like our art!!!

When did you decide to go all in for the music? always, for the passion and desire to play metal!

Is it easier to get your inspiration from older bands or from bands more modern? both schools has great quality!

What are your sources of inspiration? morbid angel, krisiun, inveracity, death.

What's the first step when making a new song? tucked in my room, pulling melodies!

How do you feel about the downloading of music instead of buying albums? too bad! kicked the creativity and work of many!

What would be your dreams for the band? the public respect for our work. and travel to europe!

Besides your own music, what genres and bands do you listen to? heavy metal, hard rock, doom, thrash.

What would be your greatest fears for the future? poverty and cancer.

When you are on stage, what do you fear most then? some shot or bottles of any offender drunk.

Have you been part of any other projects? yeahh! SARAM, LEPROSY BITCH.

What do you work with outside of the band and the music? marketing and sales.

How important are your fans? are critical and deserve comment.

What's the funniest/most memorable thing a fan has done for you? a fan crazy, took the stage, and made sniffing cocaine! jjaaa

How often do you rehearse? one or two times a week.

Where do you rehearse? home of drummer.

Name 2 of your own songs you like at the moment? "brebaje de muerte" "pact to kill".

What do you feel is the best live band you've seen? vader, morbid angel, krisiun, slayer, massacre (u.s.a.)

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? love of music, passion, no surrender!!!

Do you have any webpages? now just this: https://www.facebook.com/pages/ANAL-VOMIT-oficial

Any pearls of wisdom for all other bands out there? fight for their dreams and goals.

Describe your show, visually and musically? dark, morbid and blackened!!

What advice would you like to give other bands? lust, noise and death!!

What are the biggest obstacles for a band? money!!

What is best/worst with playing the clubs? the best are the beers and bitches, the bad: bad sound and few mutans bangers puy your entry.

Tell us about upcomming gigs and why we should be at them? Colombia, Paraguay, Argentina, brazil, and some others in our city and country.

How would you describe your sound in one sentence? ULTRAVIOLENTNOISE.

What is your favorite crappy instrument? BC RICH GUITARS WITH FLOYD ROSE!!

What was one of the most quarrelsome times for  the band? output of the former drummer.

Whats your Pre-show ritual? eat well. and take some cold beers!

Do you have anything to add? was one of the longest interviews, thanx for your time and support to south american escene.


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