Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Frozen Sand - Prelude EP review

This EP was shared to me for review from somebody in this band who found this brand new page!  Hailing from Italy, FROZEN SAND is a 5 piece band that has a ton of promise from what I heard.  Titled, "Prelude EP."  This band is surprisingly not yet signed.   There are 4 songs that are exceptionally high quality and filled with skill from all of the band members.  The studio recording is very clean and well done, really giving you an ability to hear all the nuances every individual musician is trying to achieve within the structure of the songs.  Many solos and great riffing as well as technical drumming to keep you head-banging and entertained for the entire duration of the EP.  These guys are going to go very far in their musical endeavours of Alternative/Melodic Metal. [10/10]  

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Convenient Suicide's "Just Do It" review

Released on the SBT archives as a digital download, CONVENIENT SUICIDE's first offering, named "Just Do It" has been unleashed. A massive 21 song selection featuring some of the weirdest and craziest experimental Black Metal you can possibly listen to.  Very original to the point where it is almost unclassifiable as any specific genre.  I believe this to be Thirsten Ferblood's (the man behind the mayhem) focus.  Every song has strange timings and tempos, interesting structure and wild patterns to keep you entertained and interested.    This is what I believe to be a true masterpiece of song-writing and creativity.  Links for download provided below.  [10/10]


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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Lurid Reign - An Ode to the Night and, Cold... Review

An Ode To True Black Metal

Black metal, true and uncomprimising. That is what LURID REIGN's sole member, Hodr Vanorden displays on this ferocious 3 song EP. No frills here. Vanorden show equal parts aggression and emotion on these tracks. The buzzsaw guitars, thunder bass and suicidal vocals give a definite nod to the old school of 90's Scandanaivian metal. All three tracks are stellar cuts of black metal excellence but in my opinion "Father(less)" is the stand out track. Horns up to Lurid Reign for keeping black metal where it belongs... In the underground. [5/5]


Haunt - The Plague Divine Review

Supreme Blackened Thrash 

Haunt. The one word, one man epitome of Blackened Thrash. Breaking boundaries and smashing regulation, this passionate blast of metal will leave your knees red and neck sore from all the hand- drumming and head-banging after these 10 songs. Guitar riffing and solo's that are inspired from combining the best elements of 80's thrash and the atmospheric sawing of 90's Scandinavian metal. This is a very talented and fierce display of true power. Top notch drumming throughout and a variety of different vocal textures that keep Haunt unique and true to itself. Recorded and mixed as well by the man behind the instruments, a showcase of raw talent and passion into his own craft of Black Metal. All songs carry an aggressive stance that is addictive to re-listen to but War Sequence, Pitch Black, Ancient Eclipse, Revision and At Battles End are the highlights in my opinion. [5/5]


Anti Human - Black Death Review

Colombian Black Death!

ANTI HUMAN's album name pretty much sums up the entire track listing. These seven killer tracks were the most downloaded for a long time on this page for good reason. Very complex and meticulous drumming patterns are the showcase and stitch all the pieces together. One of the main pieces being the talented guitar work. Plenty of great riffs and solos, along with a good job on bass . No "battle-tested" fan of either Black Metal or Death Metal should miss out on downloading this. LAMBS OF GOD, BLACK DEATH, THOUGHTS OF A MISANTHROPE and WOLF are the top tracks in my opinion. [5/5]


Monday, December 22, 2014

Blackened Death Metal, Darkness Avowed EP review

Deathly Masterpiece

Question: How many musicians does it take to make a completely brutal, well put together onslaught of Blackened-Death madness? The answer is just one man from this heavy, gut wrenching showcasing of brutality. Albeit using drum machines, a very good showing of skill and mastery within the programming. Not overbearing in the least bit, sometimes even questioning weather it is a machine or not. A+ Death metal riffing and solo's, true unfiltered vocals displaying raw passion and talent. Two chilling interludes that are strategically placed within the mix, offering a great 7 song EP from this band. God and Man are One, To Raise the Devil and Awaken Cthulhu are the top tracks in my opinion. [5/5]


Saturday, December 20, 2014

Interview with Blackened Symphonic Metal band, KorpiFjellet

EXTREME METAL EMPIRE presents our latest interview with Mia Raven of the talented one woman blackened symphonic metal band, KORPIFJELLET.

Extreme Metal Empire: Introduce yourself and state your role in Korpifjellet...

Mia Raven: I am Mia Raven, pianist, vocalist and producer of KorpiFjellet.

EME: Describe Korpifjellet's sound...

MR: KorpiFjellet combines influences of black, folk and symphonic metal.

EME: Tell us about your musical beginnings and the origin of this project...

MR: I first formed KorpiFjellet a year ago when I decided to go from being a solo artist to forming a band that included myself, Hodr Vanorden and Stevil Haunt as session musicians. There is a certain obscurity to a band name that intrigues people to listen to it - especially one in a foreign language.

EME: And for those are not certain of the meaning of the name, would you care to elaborate?

MR: KorpiFjellet means 'Raven in Mountains' in Swedish and Norwegian because I am of both Swedish and Norwegian descent.

EME: Which artists/bands have most influenced Korpifjellet's sound?

MR: Nightwish with Tarja Turunen, Epica and Arkona.

EME: What are your thoughts on the current state of extreme metal?

MR: I think there is a good local scene, for instance independent labels such as Stillborn Twins Records, Depressive Illusions and Relapse Records. The new female fronted black metal band Myrkur is one of my favourite bands to emerge out of this genre. However there is good and bad in every genre. I am not a fan of bands that use shock value to gain recognition. For me, it's entirely about the music.

EME: Describe the songwriting process. How does it all come together?

MR: Usually I start with a chord progression. From there, I write the melody, and then the lyrics.

EME: What is some of Korpifjellet's lyrical content?

MR: KorpiFjellet's lyrics are inspired by Scandinavian landscapes and culture, paganism, and introspective emotions.

EME: You are a classicly trained pianist and vocalist. Do some of your classical musician peers frown upon using those skills towards creating metal?

MR: Since metal is heavily influenced by Classical the crossover seems quite natural. There are lots of classically trained musicians in the metal scene: Tarja Turunen, Floor Jansen, Simone Simons, Tuomas Holopainen as well as members of ElupiA as well, just to name a few.

EME: Any plans on doing live shows in the future?

MR: I plan on playing shows with improv band Apophecy with by S.C. Land and Hodr Vanorden as well as with Edmonton black metal band Lurid Reign, but right now I'm focusing on being a recording artist for the time being.

EME: How has fan response been thus far?

MR: So far I've reached over 1000 followers on Twitter and I've been in the top 10 on Reverberation multiple times with over 1000 KorpiFjellet fans and over 2000 fans as Mia Raven.

EME: Name a few of your songs you're most proud of and tell us a bit about them...

MR: I'm most proud of my recent song Land of the Midnight Sun. It is about a viking's travels through Norway trying to return home. As well, I really like Time to Say Goodbye. It's about a girl whose father passed away and has come back to haunt her.

EME: What are some of your interests outside of music?

MR: I really enjoy hiking and being surrounded by nature. I also enjoy art and handicrafts such as drawing and sewing.

EME: Where can one get your music?

MR: My music is available for purchase or free download on Bandcamp.

EME: What does the future hold for Korpifjellet?

MR: I hope to finish my degree with a minor in recording so I can make higher quality recordings. I also hope to write more material to release in the future.

EME: Thank you for your time. Any parting words?

MR: Thanks to Stevil Haunt for interviewing me, as well as Hodr Vanorden, Patrick Mooney, S.C Land and as well as all others on the SBT roster for their support.

Interview with Obscure/Experimental Metal band, Apophecy

EXTREME METAL EMPIRE proudly presents our latest interview with S.C. Land, bassist and primary maniac of Edmonton’s APOPHECY

Extreme Metal Empire: Introduce yourself and state your role in Apophecy...

S.C.Land: My designation is S.C.Land, bassist and creative director for the metal trio of Apophecy.

EME: And who are the other members of Apophecy and what are their titles within the group?

SCL: I've enlisted talent from the dark regions of the frozen north; enchained percussionist Hodr Vanorden (can play anything he puts his hands on) and siren/ pianist Mia Raven (hauntingly astute ability to transcribe sound to music via piano) They are both associates in the project like me, we are all equal with different abilities.

EME: Describe Apophecy's sound...

SCL:  In H.P.Lovecraft's mythos; it's like the elder god Sharalyoth residing in the Nameless Mist while witnessing the outer god Tru'nembra for the first time.

EME: Who are some of your biggest influences?

SCL: Raging forth from youth I was enthralled with Iron Maiden, Deicide, Sepultura, Disciples of Power, Kreator, Cannibal Corpse, and so forth. But now I've disconnected myself and am inspired by those around me such as Haunt, Lurid Reign, Korpifjellet, Stephanie Harpe Experience, Miguel Ferrier, Bill Bourne and other local artists that get out there and forge their sounds into music to echo the darkness.

EME: What are your thoughts on the current state of extreme metal?

SCL: It's sink or swim time for metal as the current generation has been in a gestation of regurgitated vomit via twerking beliber auto tune worshipping daffodils with their pinky fingers raised as they micro-sip their Starbuck's cafe au late mctwist-a-chinos while wear glasses without the lens because it the fucking hipster thing do muthafuckers that are choking society with a lump of shit we so accurately call first world problems. Yeah, the torches of metal have long been extinguished and it's now up to the vigilant few to set that fire ablaze once more. Because right now, it's needed more than ever.

EME: Discuss the origins of Apophecy and the meaning of the name...

SCL: A long time ago I had dream; I was in ancient Egypt in a temple that worshipped the sun. A cleric began telling about a prophecy that stated a fallen god-beast of darkness will return one day to battle the light. That Gods name is Apophis. Later on in years I discovered that in deep space there is a meteor of the same name that periodically fly's by Earth and if it would ever strike our planet we would be engulfed by darkness and perish. Thus the name Apophis and the word prophecy combined creates the project name Apophecy. As for the project origins... The galaxy somewhat aligned, 3 demonic musicians gathered. Here we are.

EME: It has been said that artists are often products of their environment. Is living in Edmonton in any way related to the aggressive yet calming sound within Apophecy?

SCL: Edmonton is a hidden gem. The people here fail to appreciate it because they see no value. But of all the places I have been none have the variety of artistic scenes, venues and festivals that this city has. The grass is not greener on the other side. It’s just more grass. I wish people would wake up. I would hate to have to hit them with a sledgehammer to make them realize how lucky we have it here.

EME: Describe the songwriting process. How does it all come together?

SCL: The demo recorded was all improvisional music that was recorded at that moment. Since then I have been quietly hidden away in darkness recording bass tracks to have drums added then piano and maybe some vocals. Occasionally I will mount a spiked cod piece and face hump a small furry
animal to death as an offering to the gods of chaos. Just to expunge myself of hipster cooties.

EME: Can one expect any similar rituals during a live Apophecy performance?

SCL: I may attempt to enlighten others....with fire. And music too. I usually just stand there motionless as I play

EME: But on fire, right?

SCL: But am working on being more alive on stage and thrashing around as I play. I start the support group next Monday...and yeah of course on fire.

EME: Sounds entertaining! And good luck with the group. Anyhow, moving has fan response been thus far?

SCL: Oh that person gave me a thumbs up once. I thought that was really cool.

EME: Thumbs up are usually a sign of "making it"

SCL: (gives interviewer a thumbs up)

EME: Tell us about a few of your songs you're most proud of and tell us a bit about them?

SCL: All song's on the demo were on the fly; distant darkness I enjoy because I was thinking of the life snuffing meteor that came close by a few years ago. Wet decay was recorded during a rain storm and thoughts of dead vikings sinking alongside destroyed ships in cold oceans. Implosions inside was a recording levels mistake but while playing it the song was epic and when we stopped we were all like "holy shit that was good" and then the playback was heartbreakingly cold. I'm most proud of” Implosions Inside” because of the experience.

EME: What are some of your interests other than music?

SCL: Interests I have many. Family, art, chess, reading interesting books, knives, killing small animals with massive amounts of explosive artillery, walking, and sitting in the dark alone. I also have an interest in ice cream sandwiches.

EME: Where can one get your music?

SCL: Draw a circle with your name spelled backwards in blood. Light a black candle chanting my name while putting a live chicken in a blender set to 11. Or... Check out band camp link haha

EME: Besides possible mass consumption of ice cream sandwiches, what does the future hold for Apophecy?

SCL: After a tragic loss of information storage that resulted in a complete loss of videos and songs I will be using old school pen and paper to rewrite songs for a February release. January holds a single show performance with Hodr Vanorden and myself in Edmonton on I believe the 17th for the B.E.A.M.S. event celebrating art and it's birthday.

EME: Thanks for you time. Any parting words?

SCL: From the darkness bleed truth and bless the light with fire. Rage on fearless and true \m/

Friday, December 19, 2014

Demonic Hordes

Black Metal from Mexico.  Very raw but incredible composition and atmosphere.

No Light Tonight Records

Check out our friends at NO LIGHTS TONIGHT RECORDS.  Independent label based out of Texas, USA specialized in Noise,Grind, and Obscure music.  Many different physical formats such as Tape, CD, Floppy-disc and many others are available.  Check them out here. <-----

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

New song from Korpifjellet!

New song by KORPIFJELLET, featuring instrumental work and backing vocals by Hodr Vanorden!

Interview with Melodic-Blackened-Death Metal band, Encroaching Darkness

EXTREME METAL EMPIRE presents our latest interview with Montara Mike, sole member and songwriter of the excellent, ENCROACHING DARKNESS and several other projects.

Extreme Metal Empire: Introduce yourself and state your role in Encroaching Darkness...

Montara Mike: I am Montara Mike from Montara Califronia. I do all the instrumentation, composition and production for my project Encroaching Darkness. My instrumental songs are all me, but I am also involved in projects with several other musicians mainly vocalist. 12 Gauge Ventilation, Spornographic, Eternal Rest, and Stigmiasmata.

EME:Describe Encroaching Darkness' sound...

MM: I have trouble describing my own music. My instrumental music is a mix of Atmospheric Metal, Death Metal with some weird progressive time signatures thrown in once in a while. My other projects are varied: Heavy Metal, Black Metal, Deathcore, and Death Metal. I am also working on an instrumental project Mellowcore that is not metal and is more of a rock/jazz type of thing. I am not a big fan of the low production some metal bands like (but I do understand the attraction). I spend a lot of time mixing trying to get the best sound I can.

EME: Tell us the origin of Encroaching Darkness and the meaning of the name...

MM: The project started out frustration of not being able to find any reliable local musicians and decided to do it all on my own. Then I found facefook was a great place to find other musicians with my same taste in music and who were also willing to collaborate. The name Encroaching Darkness came from the feeling I had when I saw a photo from my photographer friend Darren Quarin of Quarin Photography. He is not a metal fan, but I find many of his photos awesomely dark. I love music and imagery that is dark and heavy.

EME: Which bands/artists would you say have most influenced you?

MM: I was raised listening only to classical music. My mother was a classically trained pianist who also played flute, her sister played Viola, Her father played cello and conducted a symphony and her mother played guitar. My grandmother gave me my first and second guitars. I listened to nothing but classical music until I reached high school. I always seemed to gravitate toward heavier and darker music in any genre, even with classical. Early in my guitar playing career my influences were Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and Deep Purple. That was in the 70's. Later I got into Iron Maiden, Metallica, Metal Church, Flotsam And Jetsam, Nuclear Assault. Lately I find I like all genres of Metal with some of my favorites being Decapitated, Arch Enemy, Cannibal Corpse, Gojira, Immortal, Dissection, Satryricon and my #1 favorite band of all time Darkened Nocturn Slaughtercult.

EME: What are your thoughts on the current state of extreme metal?

MM: I know a lot of hardcore metal fans don't like the current state of Extreme Metal. I love it! I love all the different and new things all these bands are coming up with. For me change is good. I even listen to Baby Metal LOL, the band that is. Variety keeps things fresh and gives the metal musician more options. The one thing that bothers me about Extreme metal is all the Satanism crap. Most bands who use satanic images and themes are doing it for shock value, even Venom admit that is why they did it. I think that part of it is taken too seriously. I look at the evilness etc. in metal as I do when I watch a horror movie. The members of Cannibal Corpse don't mutilate people, even though they sing about it, in fact they are some of the nicest people from what I have seen in documentaries and interviews, as are most metalheads.

EME: What are some current bands that you enjoy?

MM: Darkened Nocturn Slaughtercult
Amon Amarth
Cannibal Corpse
Year of no Light
Septic Flesh
Cerebral Bore (before Som Som Pluijmers left the band)
Cattle Decapitation
Sulphur Aeon

EME: Describe the songwriting process. How does it all come together?

MM: I usually play my guitar at least a couple times a day. After practicing scales and finger exercises etc., I start messing around with nothing specific in mind. If I come up with a little riff I like I record it immediately and save it on my hard drive. As a result I have hundreds of little bits of songs saved away. A song usually starts when I come up with a riff or melody and I feel it is worth turning into a song. I will come up with a bass line and record it or sequence it depending on whether I can play it or not on the crappy Bass I have. Sometimes I will play a bass part on the guitar and lower the audio an octave in Audacity. Then I will program a simple drum track. Then I play the guitar part over and over looping the short bass and drum tracks I put down. I will usually get a feeling of where the song needs to go next and sometimes actually hear the next part's melody in my head. Sometimes I will realize that one of my earlier riffs I saved sometime in the past will fit and I will add that. Once I have the main guitar parts figured out I will record them all again panning one track to the left and the other to right which makes for a nice full sound. I tend to do a lot of layering of guitar tracks. My songs can have 4 -20 guitar tracks, 1-4 bass tracks which sometimes will be a combo of real bass and sequenced bass. I sequence the drums by having the snare on a track, the cymbals on a track and the toms and bass drums on a track each with their own EQ. Some of the more melodic songs will also have simple keyboard tracks with strings and/or organ patches that I will either sequence note by note or input using my midi controller keyboard. Once all the instruments are down, I go back through the drum tracks and start adding drum fills and changing the basic drum track to somehting more varied and less repetitive. The final step is to play the entire recording over and over making slight tweaks to the EQ I have setup for each track. If I cannot mix it so that every instrument can be heard then I remove the instrument that is being covered up.

EME: Is there any particular reason Encroaching Darkness does not have vocals? Is it matter of not finding the right vocalist or do you feel it is better suited as strictly instrumental music?

MM: I have always preferred instrumental music of all styles since I was a kid. I think it is more of a challenge to make an instrumental that is interesting and not repetitive, and I like challenging myself with my music. In my opinion vocals can make an otherwise repetitive instrumental interesting. Also my own vocals suck, although I did do some ambient screams on a few of the tracks on my first album. The album 12 Gauge Ventilation does have several vocalist; Stevil Haunt, Zeke Sporn, Ash Von Horror, Profanator, and C.J. Desecrator. Other projects I am involved with also have vocalist. Spornographic features vocals and lyrics by Zeke Sporn from Adelaide Australia, Eternal Rest has vocals and lyrics by Drekavac (Daniel Webster) from San Jose, CA and Stigmiasmata has Robb Wrathchild from Massachusetts. My own vocals might some day appear on Encroaching Darkness if I can build up my confidence a bit more.

EME: What has fan response been like so far?

MM: The response to my music overall has been positive, but sometimes a bit hard to judge. Friends and relatives will often say they like it whether they really do or not and most of the people who leave me comments are friends and relatives. There has been a few positive responses from people I don't know well, and some honest opinions from friends who are not into the style I play. But, my main reason for doing music is I enjoy doing it. Recognition is nice, but I would still do my music even if all the feedback was negative. What I like the best is constructive criticism, as I am always looking to improve. My wife is my best critic. She is very honest in her reviews of my music.

EME: Any plans on acquiring members to possibly do live shows?

MM: Actually I started out doing just that; looking for band members. To make a long story short I will tell you about a T shirt I am going to have made that says, “The problem with bands is they consist of people”. I have attempted to get together with other locals musicians, but they are either flakes, have huge egos, already have a set idea of what they want to play which is not my stuff or are just out right insane. There is really only one musician I have met that I would consider forming a band with and that is Chris McCampbell who plays bass on 2 tracks on my 12 Gauge Ventilation album. I have had offers from some awesome local musicians to join their groups, but they had set styles and play lists that I felt did not mesh well with the music I want to play.

EME: Name a few of your songs you're most proud of and tell us a bit about them?

MM: My all time #1 favorite would be the track Loretta, named after my lovely wife. I feel that song was really what I want my music to be for that album. I came up with the main guitar melody and the acoustic finger picking part over a year before I completed the track. I had tried several times to turn it into a complete song but was not satisfied. Then one day the entire song just flowed out of me. My second favorite would be Take Flight. It is another one that I am very pleased with. It also just flowed out and was completed in 2 days. I also have a soft spot for the title track Encroaching Darkness. It was the one that was inspired by my friend's photography and set the mood for what was to come for the rest of the album.

EME: Let's discuss the 12 Gauge Ventilation project momentarily. Its a unique concept. How did it come about?

MM: Two things prompted that project. My desire to do songs with the cool musicians I was meeting online and my need to play a bit different style of music than my main project. I was coming up with music while working on my main project that did not really fit. They were more hardcore Black Metal, Death Metal and Heavy Metal. I had already decided my main project would be all me but really wanted to see what I could do with other people so I decided to do an entire separate album. The project is still on-going and I am really pleased with every song so far.
I did a Heavy Metal Song with Stevil Haunt.
Black Metal songs with C.J. Desecrator and Profanator.
2 Experimental Metal Instrumentals with Chris McCampbell on Bass.
A Death Metal song with Ash Von Horror.
I wrote lyrics for a Pagan Metal/Death Metal song called Viking Gods of Metal which Zeke Sporn was gracious enough to sing on.
Zeke had also done an awesome Black Metal song with me, but he and I started doing other music together so I moved that song off to our Spornographic project.
I am still planning more tracks for 12 Gauge Ventilation and hope to have something new soon. I find doing these type of projects with other musicians online rewarding and fun. It has the added benefit of the other artist promoting the music to their fans and friends.

EME: What are some of your interests outside of music?

MM: When I reached 50 years old, I took a hard honest look at my guitar playing and realized I sucked even though I had been playing since I was in my teens. I had always had lots and lots of other interests. I decided I was going to drop all my other interests and concentrate on my music, and started practicing almost every day for at least an hour. That was 5 years ago and I have pretty much stuck to it. I still do a little art like digital art, 3d animation and weird photoshop things for fun but the majority of my free time is spent with music, either listening or playing. Oh, but I do like to cook! Actually cooking relaxes me and gets my mind off of work and stress just like playing guitar does.

EME: Where can one get your music?

MM; has links for all my music. (See all links below ).

EME: What does the future hold for your projects?

MM: I have several "work in progress" projects . The new Encroaching Darkness Album called Light Years From Home. A non Metal Album called Mellowcore. 12 Gauge Ventilation is still on-going as is Spornographic, Stigmiasmata and Eternal Rest. I intend to keep making music as long as I am able, whether people want to hear it or not.

EME: Thanks for your time. Any parting words?

MM: I would like to thank you for this opportunity and would also like to thank Stillborn Twins Records for all their hard work promoting my music.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Nowhere - The Divine Massacre review

Looking forward to hearing more of NOWHERE!

This is a unique style of Black Metal that steers a little in the direction of the Death Metal paradigm, but none-the-less is a unique blend that is interesting to listen to. The guitar work on each of the songs combines an array of slow and fast riffing forming a deadly structure. Added to this are the vocals, which In my opinion are the showcase of this album. The drum machines are a little overbearing in places and the bass sounds a little "tinny" but still do the part to create a hard hitting atmosphere. The Engineer and Only The Strong are my favourites from this release.  [4/5]


Interview with Black Metal band, Deathymn

EXTREME METAL EMPIRE presents our latest interview with J Profantor, Grim Isolationist, from veteran one man New England black metal project, DEATHYMN.

Extreme Metal Empire: Introduce yourself and state your role in Deathymn...

J Profantor: (I am)Profanator. Birth name is Jason if anyone cares. And I am the multi instrumentalist and vocalist.

EME: Describe Deathymn's sound...

JP: The sound is black metal.plain and simple. Either blasting or crawling pace. And I'm sure the influences are highly visible,

EME: Tell us about the origins of Deathymn and how you decided on the name...

JP: The origins came about in the summer or 1999 after feeling the darkness and hate of Bathory, Judas Iscariot, Darkthrone, Mayhem, Mortician, etc. After many names that made me unhappy a song from the great Texas black metal band, Averse Sefira, called "Deathymn" from there 2001 release "Battles Clarion". And the rest is history.

EME: What are thoughts on the current state of black metal?

JP: Can't stand it. It's over populated. The mainstream interest that re-emerged in the mid 00s with the books, fashion, releases that catered to little boys and girls. A lot of new bands that think they are black metal are really playing emo and should really should piss sitting down and take there midol and remove the words black metal
from there mouth.

EME: With that being said, are there any current bands that you enjoy?

JP: Besides the crew of bands on SBT(Stillborn TwinsRecords) I've been enjoying bands like Esoterica, Domimium, Witch King, Sangus. But not much new bands. Mostly been playing older bands like, Krieg, Judas Iscariot, Satanic Warmaster, Darkthrone, Mayhem, etc.

EME: What is some of Deathymn's lyrical content?

JP: The usual bm stuff. Satanism, darkness, misanthropy, hate, also self destruction, war, and even love haha...

EME: Describe the song writing process. How does it all come together?

JP: Usually starts with a riff. And then build off that riff. then the drum ideas come in. Then I'll play it over again and again. Either I am satisfied or disgusted. Sometimes it's quick or as if late it is a pain in the fucking ass. Lyrics come easy.

EME: Name a few songs you're most proud of and tell us a bit about them...

JP: Well, I'm not proud of many. But one I have to say is "Blood Covered Warfields". It was on of the first songs I ever wrote. And through the years, it has been fine tuned. The lyrics are about being part of the dark lords army in the battle of armagedda. The lyrics have changed many times over the years. Another is "Cold Darkness". Very Burzum inspired. And "Embers". The music I wrote for that I feel is my best. And the lyrics are a great feeling of joy as a fire burns. "Winters Dead Embrace" is also up there for me though I rushed the vocal recordings. "Night of 1000 Deaths" is people's favorite and that is personally a track I hate the most.

EME: How has fan response been so far?

JP: It's either been really like or hated. Either way I don't give a fuck.

EME: Underground music has been more accesible than ever currently with artists making their music available online. Do you feel this is a good thing or should the underground stay underground?

JP: This is a touchy subject for me. This day and age, it's one click, BAM, full length on your laptop. The mystery is gone with first myspace now this lovely time waster. I think this music is meant to be underground. But bands like Marduk, Watain, etc, they seem to want it differently. But yet it's like pen palls and tape trading. In the sense, you correspond with people world wide and send music.. It's 6 in one, half dozen in the other. What I hate is the elite cunts who cry about Dead and Euryonomus, who were not even a sperm in there dads sack(when Dead and Euryonomus were alive). Trendy tight pants wearing twats.

EME: New England seems to have an strong underground black metal scene. How has the support been for Deathymn from within your scene?

JP: It's been good. Get asked whenever I go to show when is new stuff coming out.

EME: Any plans on adding members and doing live shows?

JP: It has been tossed around in my head for a while. I'm not one for teaching my music to anyone as most of the time I forget what I write. If I do any shows, I want to do a special show. with paint,spikes, fire, blood, etc. It would either be 5 shows, that's it, or if it feels right, a full thing. But getting like minded people who are not in bands or have time for a second band is hard to come by.

EME: Do you have any other projects?

JP: I had Temnotach restarted for awhile, but that has since been put on the back burner.

EME: What are some of your interests outside of music?

JP: Exploring the local woods, reading, chain smoking, drinking coffee and booze, history, posting bad pics on facebook and monster trucks. But lately its been work. That's been taking my interest.

EME: Where can one get your music?

JP: Via the Deathymn bandcamp page, the Stillborn Twins archive page, and various Russian torrent sites. And I have a few physical cds left as well contact via band page or my personal email.

EME: What does the future hold for Deathymn?

JP: Darkness and disgust for life. and maybe a split with another one man New England Band and a full length. Who knows?

EME: Thanks for your time. Any parting words?

JP: Thanks for allowing me to speak. and support the fucking underground. Cheers and spill the blood...

Interview with Black Metal band, Malacath

EXTREME METAL EMPIRE is proud to present our latest interview with Lykos, the mastermind behind New Hampshire's amazing one man black metal project, MALACATH...

Extreme Metal Empire: Introduce yourself and state your role in Malacath...

Lykos: My name is Lykos. I write all of the songs and perform all of the instruments as Malacath and, to date, have recorded, mixed, and produced all of my releases.

EME: Describe Malacath's sound...

L: The easiest way to describe the sound would simply be black metal. Over the course of the projects three years of existence I have shifted from a more traditional raw black metal sound to more of an atmospheric approach to song writing. The last two EPs have seen the added element of Doom Metal, albeit in small doses. The foundation, however, will always be black metal.

EME: Which bands/artists have most influenced Malacath?

L: I think the two most obvious influences would be Burzum and Darkthrone, as not surprising as that may seem to be. I first got into both of those bands at an early stage not only in my life, but also in my development as a musician. The influence is quite strong. For example, it was while listening to the Self Titled Burzum album that the beginning riffs for what would go on to become my second EP "An Ode to the Loss of Life" first came to me. Burzum has probably had the most direct influence, just in terms of approach to song writing. I feel that a song should play out more like a story, and that an album should feel like a journey from beginning to end. In terms of actual riffing, that is where the Darkthrone influence is more noticeable. There are elements that I have picked up from other bands as well, such as Sargeist and Horna, who helped influence my appreciation for melodic riffing. I also enjoy the acoustic works of Agalloch quite a bit, which has served as an inspiration for my acoustic works as well. Really the influences are everywhere.

EME: Tell us about the origin of this project and the meaning of the name, Malacath...

L: Malacath started out of desperate need to recreate the feeling that I get when I listen to those first albums that got me into Black Metal. From the beginning I felt a strong attachment to the genre, and from the first time I heard it I knew that it was something that I wanted to do too. Malacath does not exist to break any new ground, and it's really not a project that I suspect will stick out as special to a lot of people. Malacath exists because of a personal need to make this kind of music. It's a very selfish thing for me, but it is also nice to see when other people can connect to it the same way that I do. As for the name, it was chosen for two reasons. Primarily as a tribute to my favorite game series The Elder Scrolls. The name Malacath was chosen specifically because Malacath is the patron saint of the Orcs. It seemed like it would be fitting imagery to accompany the music at that time, if people understood the reference in the first place.

EME: What does some of your lyrical content consist of?

L: Well in terms of my previous two EPs "Songs for the Destitute" and "An Ode to the Loss of Life", those both are continuations of a story started with the song Solace on the split I did with Murrum called Wolves of New England. Those songs all tell the story of a person abandoned in life who struggles with the idea of committing suicide, and who ultimately ends up killing themselves to find peace in life. With the exception of those releases, however, the general lyrics in Malacath tend to just reflect the moods and soundscapes of the songs they are written for. Many are just stories that give my voice a reason to be used as an instrument. Some are allegorical and represent my resentment for the way the things in my life that I enjoy are corrupted by outside forces. Ultimately the lyrics in Malacath are irrelevant. I try my best to do the story telling through the actual music itself.

EME: What are your thoughts on the current state of black metal?

L: I am very conflicted about it to be honest. It would be a cop out to say that the scene has been flooded and that real black metal is an art long gone, but I can't say that there isn't at least some truth to that statement. I think it's easiest to explain like this. I enjoy Black Metal regardless of whether or not I know other people who do, but there was something special about taking the journey through those first few albums that I heard with only one or two other people. It was an awesome experience to think that I had found my own little goldmine of underground releases that, to my knowledge at the time, nobody had heard about. Now that I've realized that there a vast world of Black Metal fans out there it doesn't feel so special, or so unique. It bothers me to a degree to see it listed alongside other genres of music like death metal because to me that removes it from the pedestal that I have placed it on as my go to genre of metal, but I also have to consider the other side of the story. If black metal had never caught the attention of the greater metal audience I may very well have never heard some of the albums that I consider to be the pinnacles of metal. I think there was a certain magic about the early black metal albums, from Bathory to Ildjarn, that simpy can not be recreated today. The experimentation of creating a whole new style of music. I think that aspect of Black Metal may be gone today, but it be would wrong to say that there isn't still great music being pumped out by die hards who are doing their best to keep the old beast alive. It may not be new and exciting, but I think there are still bands who are keeping it alive, even if they are not necessarily the freshest sounding bands around.

EME: With that being said, which current bands do you enjoy?

L: I've been a huge fan of Leviathan for a while now. There are few bands that I've heard that have been able to capture that unbelievable level of aggression and raw emotion. I've recently gotten into Krieg, and I definitely like a lot of the stuff that they're doing. As much as it might be the wrong thing to say, I enjoy Wolves in the Throne Room and Agalloch. Mostly though I just listen to the classics, such as Darkthrone, and a lot of the local/regional bands from New England. Bog of the Infidel, Obsidian Tongue, the list goes on and on. There is this band called Tarnkappe that I discovered while working in my local record shop that I've been digging a lot lately.

EME: New England seems to have a healthy, thriving underground black metal scene, more so than most that I personally am aware of in North America. Why do you think that might be?

L: Look at our surroundings. Our winters are long, cold and miserable, our forests are plentiful. In some regions there really isn't really a lot that is going on. It's the perfect breeding ground for black metal. There is an isolation that can be achieved here that can not be achieved in other places in the United States.

EME: Describe the songwriting process. How does it all come together?

L: Generally it starts with me picking up a guitar when I've had a good amount of time spent by myself, or in a situation when I feel that I can isolate myself from what is going on. From there it is just jamming with these riffs for hours at a time and trying to find where I can take each song as naturally as when I am first writing them. I go through a ton of variations of the same riffs to find the versions with the right nuances for the feeling that I feel like the song is portraying. There isn't a lot of sitting and planning, or at least there never used to be. I basically would just jam until a new idea came to me. Most of the time I try and record at least a demo take of the song to keep the idea fresh, or I let it sit for a day or two. If I can come back and still feel the connection to the riffs that I have written then I know it is something I want to pursue and I work a little bit at structuring the songs. Recently I've taken to tabbing the songs to try and be able to work on them that way, but that feels very impersonal. I like to jam ideas out and let songs write themselves.

EME: Name a few songs you're most proud of and tell us a bit about them...

L: The two songs I am the most proud of are A Song for the Destitute (Solace II) and ...And My Soul Will Ascend to the Stars Above (Solace III). Those were the two songs that ever truly fully captured the exact emotions that I was trying to convey on record. Speaking from a production standpoint, A Song for the Destitute is probably the rawest finalized recording I have. It sounds abrasive and very atmospheric. I think it captures best what Malacath has become. It is a separation from reality and humanity while still conveying very human emotion. As for Solace III, it is obviously my longest song, clocking in at a little over 21 minutes. It is almost my most dynamic song. There is more than a few droning riffs in there. It covers ground from clean guitar and acoustic work to atmospheric black metal riffing even to some piano action. I will forever be proud of that creation. It is the culmination of the Solace trilogy, and I think it really ties the EPs together. I am also very proud of my acoustic work, only because it they are my opportunities to branch out into other styles of music, and they are a lot of fun to play.

EME: Are there any plans on adding members to Malacath and possibly doing live shows?

L: There will never be any other permanent members of Malacath. This is my personal outlet outside of other musical projects, and I would like to keep it that way. Live shows on the other hand are certainly going to happen, but in limited number. We actually are scheduled to play our first real show in August of 2015. The live lineup will be the same members from my other band Sassu Wunnu, as well as Grim Riley from the Massachusetts based Funeral Doom Metal band Vacant Eyes handling the bass duties. I look forward to seeing how my music translates to a live setting.

EME: How has fan response been thus far?

L: The response that I have seen has been almost entirely positive. I
am sure there are some out there who do not enjoy what I do, but they have at least had the good graces to not blabber on about it endlessly. Each release spreads a little further, and each seems to transmit to the listener the way I intended it to, so I would say the fan response has been good.

EME: What are some of your interests outside of music?

L: I am a huge video game fan. That takes up the majority of the time that I am not spending on music or working. I mostly enjoy RPGs, although I'm not a die hard fan of any particular genres. Other than that I don't really do a lot of other things. I enjoy entertainment and media of any kind. I'm a big fan of watching movies, and I listen to comedians often. Music is really what i like to do though.

EME: Where can one get your music?

L: You can get almost all of my releases for free on bandcamp. The only things that are not on there are my first demo, which I hope will never see the light of day again, and the split I did with the band Murrum. That is available through the Swampkult Productions website. Some of my music has been posted on youtube too, so there is that option available as well. I think I saw some Russian torrents for one of my EPs once.

EME: What does the future hold for Malacath?

L: I have already begun the writing process for a full length album, but there have been other things sidetracking me from that process. There have been plans for a split release with a fellow New Hampshire black metal band but so far there has been no movement, so it has pretty much been working on the next release and seeing where the music takes me. A few live shows here and there, and working on getting physical releases and merchandise as well.

EME: Thank you for your time. Any parting words?

L: Thanks for the interview, and thanks for supporting my music and the rest of the underground community. That's the only way we're going to keep black metal alive.

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Interview with Blackened Death Metal band, Nowhere

EXTREME METAL EMPIRE's latest interview with Patrick Robinson, guitarist, vocalist and mastermind of Oklahoma City black/death band, NOWHERE.

Extreme Metal Empire: Introduce yourself and state your role in Nowhere...

Patrick Robinson: My name is Patrick and I am the vocalist, guitarist, drum programmer, producer and core song writer for Nowhere.

EME: Who are the other members of Nowhere...

PR: Robert Graham, he and I go back 14 plus years. He is Nowhere's live drummer and my co-producer and Daniel Ashcraft, he is Nowhere's second guitarist and might I add, a DAMN fantastic one at that. We will be hearing from him very very soon.

EME: Describe Nowhere's sound...

PR: Nowhere, I would say has the raw DIY tone that makes black metal what it is while also have the intensity of death metal. Its different to say the least. Nowhere now is gravitating more towards black.

EME: Who would you say are some of your influences?

PR: Immortal, Burzum, Dark Funeral, Behemoth, Hypocrisy, Nile, Cannibal Corpse, Immolation.. Just to name a few.

EME: Describe the Origins of Nowhere and the meaning of the name, Nowhere...

PR: Nowhere originally started between 2009 and 2010 with myself and my original bassist. The name came to me one day while I was at work and thought "Damn thats a killer name!" and relayed it back to him. He thought I was a joke at first and humored me with 1 song. After he heard my vocals, he knew. We wrote a killer 3 song demo after that that was wrote on a digital 4 track recorder. The name itself has its meaning from the video game Silent Hill. In the game, you'll see the world change to a sickening dimension, that place is called Nowhere.

EME: What are your thoughts on the current state of black/death metal?

PR: I can say in terms of both, there are some of the sub-genres that are leaving me with thoughts like "what hell am i listening too?" I'm not a fan of NSBM for example. Its not the music as its more the Nazism associated with it, but I really love Noctifer and a handful of songs by Burzum and others within that. But then there are bands within the sub-genres of death metal that I just can't stand. Now metal as a whole, that's a different story altogether. What music fans are considering "metal" is nothing more than trendy, poppy nonsense. Black metal, to me, is sounding much better musically than its ever sounded. Especially with what I'm hearing from us at SBT(Stillborn Twins Records) with guys like Haunt, Lurid Reign, Sycamore 3, and many others.

EME: What is some of Nowhere's lyrical content?

PR:Nowhere's older lyrical content was in Darwinian and Sun Tzu fashion: survival of the fittest, only the strong survive and dividing and conquering your enemy. Now Nowhere is going for an unusual approach lyrically, which after we get the demo album wrote will be easier to answer.

EME: Explain the songwriting process. How does it all come together?

PR: I usually start with lyrics. It aids with coming up with, not only a base rhythm, but it gives the song life. I'll write like 2 or 3 songs lyrically then write the riff arrangements and go from there until the song is ready for the mixing and production.

EME: What is the extreme metal scene like in Oklahoma City?

PR: Its pretty good to a degree. We have 3 really badass bands I can name that make up the OKC scene: Dischordia, Enfuneration and Xenothropic. If things pan out the way I want them too, Nowhere will be the first legit black metal band in this state. But for now those are THE three best in metal in OKC.

EME: Any plans on doing live shows soon?

PR: We are hoping to be doing shows by fall 2015 or sooner. Right now we're treating it like a full time job, ensuring that everything is in sync and sounding show ready.

EME: What would you say distinguishes Nowhere's sound compared to other bands in the genre?

PR: Thats hard to say. My goal has always been to make Nowhere's sound as unique and different as possible. I borrow sound and riff styles from major artists in the genres to gather my ideas. I think doing that aids in the uniqueness. Originality is my big thing I try to shoot for.

EME: What has fan response been thus far?

PR: Honestly, I'm surprised. It amazes me what peoples reactions has been to Nowhere. I love it.

EME: Name a few of your songs you're most proud of and tell us a bit about them...

PR: The ones I am most proud of are Plague Upon Thy World, The Engineer, Only The Strong, Doomsday and our new one Nightmare Hall. Plague was my first near professional recording. That one is my baby. The Engineer I love the solo I wrote for it. Both of those are stories about war and survival with inevitable death looming. Only The Strong is my Darwinian example of survival of the fittest during battle. I was heavily influenced by The Black Dahlia Murder when I was in the writing stages of it. Doomsday was wrote just off the top of my head lol. But Nightmare Hall has a real story behind it. Of all of the works I wrote, this one is the only one I have written that that has a legit story theme with it and is the beginning of the concept behind the new album.

EME: Do you have any other projects?

PR: I do. I have my project called Pandemic which is solely a one man thrash/death project

EME: What are some of your interests outside of music?

PR: I'm a huge pro-wrestling fan, I am a fan of horror, sci-fi, zombie, super hero and comedy movies. I read a lot. And other than that, spending time with my family, work and school.

EME: Where can one get your music?

PR: They can stream it on our reverbnation and facebook pages or they can download it for free from the SBT pages for now. You can also view our music videos on reverb or YouTube as well.

EME: What does the future hold for Nowhere?

PR: Im hoping for our future to be a good one. Right now, I'm only focusing on the present. I'm a
"whatever happens, happens" type guy. If we get to do festival shows, fuck yea. If not, meh, theres always next year. We'll bust our asses and get to that point eventually. Its baby steps right now

EME: Thanks for your time. Any parting words?

PR: Not a problem. It was a pleasure. For all the guys on SBT, thank you for your support. You guys are a badass collection of musicians. Stay true to who you all are and what you all do. That's a good thing. I have a tremendous amount of faith in what we are doing. I think this new album is going to bring a mass amount of new fans (hopefully lol). For everyone who has supported Nowhere from day one, this really is only the beginning... Stay metal my friends \,,/

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

DIY or DIE!!

Interview with Grindcore band, Proctophobic

EXTREME METAL EMPIRE's exclusive interview with Devin Meaney, guitarist of Atlantic Canadian grindcore maniacs, PROCTOPHOBIC

Extreme Metal Empire: Introduce yourself and state your role in Proctophobic...

Devin Meaney: Hey! My name is Devin and I founded Proctophobic back nearing the end of 2005/beginning of 2006. I play guitars!

EME: Are there currently any other members in the band?

DM: Harry Neal John Macrae is the vocalist / noise technician / guerilla producer of PROCTOPHOBIC. Dr. Seagullator Stoddard, Von Sacrifyre and CERNUNNOUS have performed with us live.

EME: Describe Proctophobic's sound...

DM: There is really no way to describe it. When it first started it was porno-grind and mostly a joke, but the sound has really changed since then. I like goregrind, and NJ likes black metal, so we have coined the sound ''Blackened-grind''.

EME: Explain the song writing process, how does it all come together?

DM: We make the drumbeats ( it was once done by me, but is now mostly done by NJ). We write guitar for the beats, and then we (NJ) adds vocals.

EME: What does your lyrical content consist of?

DM: In the early years our lyrical themes involved mostly sex, violence, and gore. But in later years we have delved into solipsism, satanism, the occult, and basically anything frowned upon by modern society.

EME: Who are some of Proctophobic's biggest influences?

DM: Personally, influence comes from all over the place. Gore, grind, death metal, etc. The band that really influenced me as a youngster would be ''DYING FETUS''. I heard ther song GROTESQUE IMPALEMENT as a 12 year old and it blew my mind. I have since been more into goregrind. (Regurgitate, LDOH, GRUESOME STUFF RELISH, early CARCASS, CHUD,..etc).
As for Neal Johns influences I can not really say, I know he is a big ''SLEEPY TIME GUERRILLA MUSEUM'' fan.

EME: What newer bands are you guys into?

DM: Once again, i can not account for Neal Johns tastes, He has moved a few hours awayand we don't see each other as much. But personally, GRUESOME BODY PARTS AUTOPSY, LIBIDO AIRBAG, CHUD, and AMERICAN SHARKS have been in my playlist. And I CAN'T forget a certain black metal project ''Haunt''. Good stuff!

EME: What are your thoughts on the current state of grindcore? Do you feel it has evolved much from its beginnings?

DM: To tell you the truth, it really depends. Some of it coming out is really good,and some is really bad. It all depends on personal taste and interest. It has evolved for sure, some times for the better and sometimes not. I like my grind lo-fi... and none of this ''breebree wheewhee'' pigsqueal crap.
I would like to see more drum programmed one man gore.Love the stuff.

EME: You guys hail from Nova Scotia. What is the scene like in Atlantic Canada?

DM: Where I live ( Cape Breton ) The scene is basically non-existant. But NJ moved to Halifax,and the scene is decent up there. Alot larger than here, anyway.

EME: What can one expect from a live Proctophobic performance?

DM: You know what? I don't know. Expect something ''Different''.

EME: What has fan response been like so far?

DM: The people who really like it, like it a lot. For the most part people don't get it. We do have a close ring of fans, though!

EME: You have been on quite a few split albums. How do you make all the connections to make that happen?

DM: A lot of it is from internet connection. Some bands are local, but a lot are foreign . I met alot of bands/musicians when I ran GORECYST RECORDS, but that label is R.I.P. now.

EME: Any plans on touring or out of province shows?

DM: Not in the near future, we are far too broke for that!

EME: What are some of your interests outside of music?

DM: These days, when I'm not working,I don't do much. I smoke weed and watch the odd show on T.V. That is about it. Every now and then I sacrifice a few sheep to Satan, hold a black mass in my kitchen but besides that, not much.

EME: Where can one get your music?

DM; We have been released on a few labels. Distrozione / No Tomorrow / 7 times more scary / Southern Moonrise, etc. But in the last little while I have found the best place to promote music is though TORN FLESH RECORDS and STILLBORN TWINS Records. The majority of our releases can be found between the two labels, for free.

EME: Besides sheep sacrifice, what does the future hold for Proctophobic?

DM: I couldn't tell you, I don't know myself. We are currently on what I guess could be called a hiatus, but sometime in the future, your ears will be raped yet again. I do plan on releasing a pro-cd in 2015, as it will be our 10 year anniversary.

EME: Thanks for your time. Any parting words?

DM: Kill all white people. Fuck feminists. Fuck all you assholes that drive big trucks and wear TAPOUT shirts. Fuck religion. Burn the churches. Download Proctophobic.

Interview with Death Metal band, Formulus

EXTREME METAL EMPIRE's interview with Tyrannical Malefactor, Lead vocalist and guitarist of Alabama death metal demigods, FORMULUS

Extreme Metal Empire: Introduce yourself and what is your role in Formulus...

Tyrannical Malefactor: My name is Jake Halladay aka Tyrannical Malefactor and my role in Formulus is the majority of lead vocals and axes.I have also been principle songwriter both musically and lyrically.

EME: Name all the other members of Formulus and their roles...

TM: We will begin with Hal "Hellhammer" Hamner who was the first musician ive formed a band with. He contributes by helping me write some of the material,lyrically,musically and conceptually. Also enhancing things by bringing to the table nightmarish vocals,unique style,and great bass skills.

Next in line will be Brad Killingsworth aka Heinous Lurker.
We hooked up with him through another local band in our area.He is a very solid rhythm/ lead guitar player with a classical background. Along with that he offers musical,lyrical and conceptual input. He brings to the table a straight forward attack that is an integral part of our style.

Lastly our newest addition is David "Pulverisor" Breazeal on the drums. Drummers have been a curse for me and the other members of the band since its inception.Since his addition,things have been nothing short of amazing. With the benefit of his prior experience with touring bands,(Unholy Ghost, Cauldron, Pessimist) We are preparing to do things we have only thought of as "in the future". We have yet to record anything with him playing with us but his presence will be undeniable in our future endeavors.By far,one our most accomplished musicians and fits in to our style and ideas like hes always been a member.

EME: Describe Formulus' sound...

TM: The sound we try to achieve is basically one of mid-80s early 90s death metal. We take our influences from bands like Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Nile, Immolation, Morbid Angel ,Gorguts, Death, Athiest, Oppressor, and thrash bands such as Slayer, Coroner, Destruction, Demolition Hammer, older Sepultura, and Kreator. We hand-pick ideas from this and some newer age influences and turn them into the ultimate Formulus for our sound.

EME: Who are some newer bands that you guys are into?

TM: Koroidia, Nader Sadek,Cannabis Corpse,Grave Miasma,Dead Congregation, Corpsessed, Haunt, Dim Mak, Hannes Grossman, Ulcerate, Obscura, Ectovoid, Portal. Keep in mind, something that may be newer to us ,may not be as new to others. "newer age"

EME: What is the meaning of the name, Formulus?

TM: The name Formulus means the ultimate death metal formula. An amalgamation of all of the bands the band members truly enjoy.I think thats also why none of our songs really sound the same. Each has a little bit of different influence added to them all.

EME: You guys are from Alabama. Not many people equate Alabama with extreme metal. What's the scene like there?

TM: Alabama as a whole has its high and low areas in my opinion. Birmingham,which is close to me has lots to offer with local bands like The New Masters Of Evil, Ectovoid, Condukator,and Avavago. We get a few decent shows that come through with some regularity, but its the locals regardless of locale, that fuel the scene.

EME: Explain the song writing process of Formulus. How does it all come together?

TM: Some songs are written by single band members and brought to the table written and enhanced by all of the members in their own way. It can take awhile to really have them the way we want or through playing them repeatedly ,new ideas never cease to arise. We also work on collaborating by mixing riff and movement ideas per the tone of the song. Each member has their own input ,be it riff,harmony or structure. For me personally ,dynamics are one of the biggest attention-getters. The how,when, why, and where to put certain parts. Structure can make or break the quality of a song.

EME: Describe some of Formulus' lyrical content...

TM: We never write about the same thing twice. Sometimes we write darker toned stuff such as "Father of Disease" about the corruption of religion. The current songs we have are "ManGodMachine" about being 18 and drafted/forced to go from normalcy to vietnam and being told to kill or be killed. Also the profound negative effect it can have on the human psyche. There is "Fungal Pathogen" which is about the cordyceps fungus that controls the mind of its host to serve its will until eventually taking over and killing it. Of couse there are more, but lastly there is "Blood of the Nile" which was intended in a way to be epic and heavy like that of the band Nile(sort of a tribute) .It is about all the Nile river and the timeless secrets it must hold as a source of life and death for ages.I try and write thoughtful,intelligent lyrics that aren't always "satan" or "blood and guts" based as the stereotypes would depict.

EME: What has been the fan response so far?

TM: Considering we've only been in action for about a year and working with a lo-fi recorded demo, I'd say the reaction/response has been pretty good. We've had well over 1000 downloads of our material, thanks to support and sources other than our own. A huge shout out here from us to the Stillborn Twins net label as well as Torn Flesh Records who have aided us in promotion, videos and even this interview. We just exceeded 1000 on fb as well. We have dealt with a lot of adversity since our beginnings, travelling an hour or more to make practices happen. line-up changes, and travelling an hour or better to make shows happen. We've had the honor of playing with Solstice, Hellwitch,and Goatwhore and many other touring and local bands from around the nation. For a band from Alabama,these are accomplishments that cant be denied.

EME: Agreed! You mentioned playing shows. What can one expect from a live Formulus performance?

TM: Full on frontal attack! A little hype, a little comedy, haha and raw fucking intensity! You can always do better, Intensity breeds intensity. If you are able to ignite the crowd, the better the crowd will perform for you. Its symbiosis. We are constantly moulding, shaping, and improving upon what we do. It is not simple music that we and so many others like us play. Concentration, live and practice, is the ultimate key and even that can be difficult with long-distance members and lives outside of the music,which unfortunately,are the necessary evils of the style/genre we choose,love and support.

EME: How are the crowds? How are the turnouts?

TM: Unfortunately, this isn't New York, Atlanta or California and we are 100% underground as is most of our genre. All of the shows can't be on Friday or weekends and turnout is very relative to timing and location. Birmingham has the biggest fan-base for us locally and the better scene for metal in our experience, with lots of local bands and supporters. I can say this with confidence, when people know we will be playing the show, by and large,they show up. Also it seems that everyone is inside anticipating our delivery. Its a good feeling. There have actually been a couple of autographs signed,haha amazing.! We've worked hard to get a name and a following, regardless of size. If one person shows up and genuinely enjoys what you do, mission accomplished.

EME: Any plans for touring or playing shows out of state?

TM: We are looking into doing some small scale touring so to speak this year. As I've said, unfortunately we have to have jobs and they don't like it when you make anything else more important, haha. At the same time we are very interested to see what other area scenes have to offer. We want to spread our madness like the plague. With the addition of our new drummer, who's motivation is as large as our own, I can only see bigger and better things happening for us in 2015 on all levels. It takes dedication, connections and money on a high-level to produce these things.We strive to achieve the best we can always.

EME: Any new material in the works?

TM: We have lots of new material written and ready to start working on ASAP. Since acquiring our new drummer, we want to play some shows so we've been teaching him all of the current stuff. As soon as we get those show -worthy, it will be time to focus on new stuff, quality demo and out of our area shows. What's to come will be face-melting, raw, straight up death metal from the deep south haha!

EME: What do you guys enjoy doing when you're not creating music?

TM: In my spare time I watch a lot of movies, new and old. Fishing is also an important part for clearing the mind as welI. I Imbibe tons of music to find that certain concept or idea that can be Formulus-ized. I also go to lots of local shows to give them the support they deserve. I have a crappy job that must be maintained and a great wife who supports what i do wholly. As of late, we even practice in my living room,haha! As for the other members,i can give a brief description as i understand it. it should be accurate enough. (Brad Killingsworth)our other axeman is a music junkie and gearhead and avid pro-wrestling fan. He is constantly listening to music, more than just metal. He likes to support by purchasing merch from bands he finds interesting, be it local area or otherwise.has an extensive guitar, metal shirt and music collection( as do i). We are constantly showing each other new things musically that the other hasn't caught. We live an hour apart and still get out together to catch the local shows. He has a job he doesn't care for as well but has to be done. Also has a wonderful family that he spends his quality time with. Next in line is (Hal Hamner), being the youngest member of the band he has the most free lifestyle. Currently unemployed,yet seeking a job, he has a a lot of time to spend with his bass. Most definitely a bass player's bass player.He also enjoys hunting and fishing and spending time with his daughter.
Lastly, is our new drummer David Breazeal. Being a recent addition I know a little less about him entirely. David owns a tattoo shop and is a good artist. Also has a diverse array of musical tastes. He builds hot rods and restores vehicles as well. In addition he has 4 spawn that are an important part of his life.

EME: Where can one get your music?

TM: Both releases available on Stillborn Twins Archives

EME: Any parting words?

TM: Formulus would just like to say thank you to all of those who have given us support over the past year. Be it bands, fans, labels or otherwise. We can't thank you enough and you know who you are. Keep an eye on the dark horizon for what we will have to offer in 2015.

Personal recommendations from Tyrannical Malefactor to check out;




The New Masters Of Evil

Lurid Reign



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