Saturday, August 27, 2011

Absu/Abzu/Candlelight Records/2011 CD Review


Absu are a band from Texas that has one of their previous records reviewed before in this zine that plays a very occultic form of black/thrash and this is a review of their 2011 album "Abzu" which was released by Candlelight Records.

Drums range from slow, midpaced to fast drumming with a good amount of blast beats being thrown in at times, while the bass playing has a very dark tone with riffs that follow the riffing that is coming out of the guitars and at times they sound very powerful, as for the synths when they are utilized which is rare they add another dark dimension to the music without being too overdone.

Rhythm guitars range from slow, midpaced to fast riffs that combine black metal with thrash mixed in with some more esoteric influences while the lead guitars are very chaotic and melodic sounding guitar solos and leads, as for the acoustic guitars when they are utilized theyu use finger picking to add a very dark and medievel feel to the music.

Vocals are mostly high pitched black metal screams mixed in with the ocassional power/thrash high pitched screams, while the lyrics cover Thelema, Enochian Magick, Gnosticism, and Sumerian Mythology, as for the production it has a very powerful, heavy and professional sound to it.

In my opinion this is a good album from Absu and while I prefer their older stuff I still feel this is a great album and I can tell that they have gotten alot faster and heavier over the years and if you are a fan of their previous albums you will not be dissapointed. RECEMMONDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Abraxas Connexus" and "A Song For Ea". RECEMMONDED BUY.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Salem/Playing God And Other Short Stories/Pulverised Records/2010 CD Review

Salem are a band from Isreal that has a history that goes back to the 80's and they play a style that mixes black metal, death metal, doom metal and thrash together and this is a review of their 2010 album "Playing God And Other Short Stories" which was released by Pulverized Records during the year of 2010.

Drums are mostly slow to midpaced drumming that has a tribal feel at times with some percussion being used with little to no fast playing except for the last song that has some blast beats, while the bass playing is slow to midpaced riffing that follows the riffs coming out of the guitars and on some of the songs ther is a musical instrument that sounds like it came of a mid 60's to early 70's progressive rock album.

Rhythm guitars are mostly slow to midpaced riffing that mixes black,doom, death, and thrash together along with some more modern mainstream neo metal riffing with little to no lead guitars or solos present on this album and on the last song there are some fast riffs that sound very primitive in the black/death vein.

Vocals are mostly high pitched black/death screams with some deep growls being used at times mixed in with some clean singing female vocals on some of the songs and some Hebrew chanting being used on the last song, while the lyrics covering folklore, biblical themes about war old testament style and some everyday themes with some lyrics in Hebrew, as for the production it sounds very professional and you can hear all of the musical instruments that are present on this album.

In my opinion Salem are a very good band and while this album might dissapoint some of the older fans with the modern influences, from what I remember they had a more raw and primitive sound on the early albums, I still feel this is a good modern metal album that would appeal to a variety of different metalheads. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Exodus" "The Mark Of The Beast Part II" and "Playing GOd". RECOMMENDED BUY.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Barathrum/Saatana/Spinefarm Records/1999 CD Review

Barathrum are a band from Finland that started out as a black/doom metal band but later evolved into a black/thrash band on this recording and this is a review of their 1999 album "Saatana" which was released by Spinefarm Records.

Drums mutilize a good mixture of slow to midpaced drumming with alot of fast playing and brutal blast beats, while the bass playing has a very powerful sound that is very easy to hear on this recording with a mixture of slow and fast riffing.

Rhythm guitars cover alot of ground with some slow doomy riffing mixed in with some faster playing that mixes black metal and thrash together with a good amount of melody and there are little to no lead guitars or solos on this recording.

Vocals are high pitched black metal screams with some back up shouting vocals and some spoken word parts, while the lyrics cover topics such as Satanism, Occultism, Beltane festival,vampirsm, and depressing themes, as for the production on this recording which was recorded aand mixed during the months of January through March of the year 1999 at Tico Tico Studio in Finland sounds very professional and you can hear all of the musical instruments that are present on this album.

In my opinion Barathrum are a very good band and if you like black metal that mixes thrash and doom metal together, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Boundless Arts" "Beltane" "Regent Of Damnation" and "Countess Erszebeth Nadasdy". RECOMMENDED BUY.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Ashes/Death Has Made It's Call/Necropolis Records/1997 CD Review

Ashes where a black/doom metal band with a thrash edge from Sweden that also has members od Opthalamia and this is a review of their 1997 album "Death Has Made It's Call" which was released by Necropolis Records.

Drums are a mixture of slow to midpaced drumming with some fast playing and blast beats being utilized, while the bass playing has a very dark tone and it is all rhythm bass.

Rhythm guitars are mostly slow melodic black metal riffs that are heavily influenced by doom metal with a depressive touch as well as classic hard rock/metal while the fast playing has a thrash feel with some fast black metal riffing being utilized at times with some soft open string riffs being used at times, while the lead guitars are melodic death metal guitar solos that sound very technical with alot of influences from 70's metal.

Vocals are all high pitched black metal screams with some spoken word passages that are very poetic while the lyrics touch on depressing and anti christian themes with a touch of satanism, as for the production on this recording which was recorded at Bergakunden Studios during January of 1997 has a very raw but professional sound which makes all of the instruments easy to hear.

In my opinion Ashes where a very original and underrated band for their time and if you are a fan of black metal that has a doomy as well as thrash feel you should check this band out. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Darker Age" "The Battle" "Ashes" and "Heretic". RECOMMENDED BUY.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Everdark/Armageddon's Birth/FullMoonProductions/1996 CD Review

Everdark are a band from New York that plays a style that I would describe as a mixture of black/death metal and doom metal and this is a review of their classic 1996 album "Armageddon's Birth" which was released by FullMoonProductions.

Drums range slow beats to some fast drumming with alot of blast beats while the bass playing has a very dark sounding tone with some riffs that take influences from black,death and doom metal and the bass lines follow the guitars with a little bit of lead bass.

Rhythm guitars are very raw and dark sounding with some fast black/death riffing as well as doom metal that contains a little bit of melody, with some ocassional acoustic guitar parts, while the lead guitars sound very primal with some fast and noisy leads, as for the keyboards when they are utilized they have an atmospheric as well as evil sound to it.

Vocals are a mixture of deep death metal growls with some high pitched black metal screams while the lyrics are a mixture of satanic and anti christian themes with some poetry as for the production on this albumwhich was recorded during the months of May and June 1995 sounds very raw , necro and old school sounding.

In my opinion Ever Dark where a very underrated band for their time and this is a classic album that should appeal to all underground black metal, doom metal and death metal fans. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "The Coming Of Legion" "From the Ashes (She Rises)" and "Chanting". RECOMMENDED BUY

Monday, August 15, 2011

Excommunicated Interview

1. Can you tell us a little bit about the band for those that have never heard of you before?

We’re pretty new on the scene as a band; but all come from a death metal background for the most part, and have toiled at this in one form or another for most of the last two decades. The guitarist Jason McIntyre was the founder of Suture, which was probably Louisiana’s top brutal death metal band for well over ten years. The other guitarist Jonathan was the founder of Despondency, which were more of a melodic and European style DM band from the Lafayette area. He currently helms Psychometry, which is an even more orchestral and eclectic type of metal band. I was the original member of Catholicon, a death/black metal band that toiled in the underground for about 15 years, putting out 4 rather raw and out of print albums. I was originally the vocalist, later the keyboardist and backing vocalist. All of our respective bands wound to a close in the 2000’s; we were sort of the last guy’s standing who still wanted to do this sort of thing on into the next decade, and who were able to. Fate kind of brought things together. I’d say we try to represent most of the strengths of our respective backgrounds, and bring them to this new entity.

2. How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the new album?

Well, I think it’s eccentric for sure, in that it pulls from a variety of influences. We’re drawing from death, black, even some thrash metal influence here; and there are nods to Amorphis, Morbid Angel, Deicide, Exodus, Obituary, Cemetary, Nocturnus, Mercyless, Monstrosity, Benediction, Celtic Frost, you name it. Lyrically, there are secret nods to all sorts of things too. One of the amusing things about the last band I was in, was that we never were quite able to be pegged as death or black metal. I think this project is far more perplexing in that respect. There’s something for everyone; but a purist of anything will be confounded. Basically, music for and by fans of the heyday of death and black metal; which I would say is 1990-1994.

3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the new release explores?

The entire album is a concept based on the medieval history of Catholicism: abuse, corruption, cruelty, and perversity. We go into a lot of topics, and tried to steer clear for the most part of things that have been over-done; and hopefully shed some light on things that have been nearly forgotten or would hardly be believed.

3. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the band’s name?

Well, to be excommunicated is to be removed from the Catholic faith. By their doctrine, it also means damnation; no chance of salvation. “Extra Ecclesium Nulla Salus”, which in Latin means “outside the Church, there is no salvation”.

5. What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and how would you describe your stage perfomance?

We’ve never yet played live. We’re looking at that possibility now; but of course getting the record out was priority number one. We’re following, I think, in the grand tradition of black metal; which is to sort of keep to ourselves for a little while at first. Venom didn’t tour or play live until their second album; Bathory never did.

6. Do you have any touring plans for the new album?

We have only (in recent days) begun to talk about even the possibilities and logistics of pulling off a live show. I think the consensus is that we’d do it if the opportunity were right; but we’re mostly focused on just promoting the record and working on the second one right now. We’re also in the middle of several other important recording projects; which kind of takes the fire out of much discussion about touring.

7. On the album you had some guest appeareances from a few legends in the underground metal scene how did you get in contact with them?

I’ve known Vincent Crowley from Acheron for twenty years; and consider him a true friend and warrior. Having his appearance on the record gives it an air of authenticity that I can’t begin to describe. I wrote those words for Vincent as much as for the album’s concept; because I know they represent exactly how he and I both feel regarding the subject, without compromise, without any pretense. Andy LaRocque, I’ve been in touch with here and there for a year or two. It really just came down to asking, and having some patience, and the luck of a small window of opportunity being open in his schedule. One thing that’s true, which I told him as well, is that I’ve chased after the King Diamond concept album “The Eye” my whole life. It’s my favorite record of all time, and a continuous inspiration. This was the second time in my life that I’ve put together a set of lyrics for a record that basically is my homage to what The Eye tried to do, and nothing would validate that better than having the actual guitarist from The Eye grace the record briefly. Fortunately for us, he was agreeable to the idea as well.

8. On a worldwide level how has your music been recieved by death/black metal fans?

So far, the response has been amazingly positive. We’re still kind of crossing our fingers. Haha the record really has just hit the streets as far as the press, with some press packages still waiting to go out; and at the time of this writing, it is one day out from official release (August 15’th). I’ve given a copy to a large circle of old close friends; whom I’ve always sort of used for feedback, and they’ve all been extremely positive. Much more so than anything I’ve been involved in prior.

9. Are there any side projects besides this band or is this a full time line-up?

Everyone does multiple projects, yes. Both guitarists are in multiple other bands, and I’m working on a side project record with one of the guitarists also. As a mix and mastering engineer and ‘bedroom record label/distro’ operator; I’ve always got my hands in other projects, it seems like, as well. Excommunicated, as a band, is my main focus though.

10. What direction do you see the music heading into on future releases?

Actually heavier and more on the side of heavy oldschool death metal, if anything. The next record, if anything, will be more consistently straightforward death metal. It’s not that we’re trying to sell-in or sell-out; that’s just the direction we’ve decided to take with it. What’s cool about the first album is that it’s got a lot of ideas put forward and gives us a starting point to go into a lot of different directions. I want to know what parts of it people respond well to; but I think we’ve already kind of settled on where the next one is going to go. It’s going to be more merciless.

11. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

Well, firstly, I just turned 37; so I’m getting up there. I’m actually a lot more open minded about music now today than I ever was when I was younger. 20 years ago, I only wanted to hear Deicide, Morbid Angel, or something that was even more satanic or sick than that. 21 years ago, it would have been Slayer. 22 years ago, it would have been Anthrax and Megadeth and Overkill. When something like Cynic’s album ‘Focus’ came out in 1994, by that point it just went over my head. I was more interested in the debut Cradle of Filth or Lord Belial records that came out that year. It had to be full on satanic. Something I never got into until literally the last couple of years was the so-called brutal or guttural death metal. I thought singing about body parts was just immature. But today I actually enjoy it and appreciate it for what it is. I get it. Some things before, I just didn’t get. I also find myself listening to stuff that is totally not metal, and appreciating artists like Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel, even something as of the wall as Tegan & Sara or Matt & Kim. Some stuff, I purely listen to for production value; and try to figure out how they got such a good snare sound or guitar sound, etc. I like The Cure, I like the Tony Martin-era Black Sabbath stuff. There are a few bands I have been listening too, for what seems like all my life without ever a period of dissatisfaction. Those are King Diamond, Mercyful Fate, Tiamat, and I guess I’d add Therion, Samael, Hypocrisy, Lake of Tears, and Bathory. I’ve been listening to Venom since the 80’s, but their only good stuff is from the 80’s.

12. I know that the music is very Anti Catholic but does Satanism or Occultism play any role in the music?

It hasn’t yet; but keep in mind we have only that one record so far, which is a concept album on Catholicism. My former band was more into exploring dark paths and dark arts and so forth; this hasn’t played any part yet in Excommunicated, and doubtful that it will in the near future. The next record is going to sort of pick up where Skeleton Key leaves off, as far as telling the ongoing tale of the damage wrought by Christianity on our world and culture. So we sort of have a course laid out for us already. My former band wrote a lot of occult themes, suicide, murder, Satanism, animosity. I wrote most of that stuff too; I know it comes from a dark place because that’s the place I was in when I wrote it. I know I have a lot of personal demons, and that stuff kind of tugs at my fragile sanity; even though the research that went into writing Skeleton Key did the same thing to me, in a different sort of way. For my own stability, I try to stay focused on more cut and dried fact-driven lyrics these days. I find it also less preachy and arrogant, in a strange way; to simply be the person warning you what not to believe; opposed to telling you what to think.

13/ How would you describe the death/black metal scene in Lousiana?

It’s healthy, it’s still around. It’s probably a lot stronger now than it was when we all started out, and certainly has gotten a lot better in the recent years, post-Hurrican Katrina. That storm basically stopped everything around here, music wise, for a long time… but it seems to be all coming back to life now. It’s funny, you know you are getting old or out of touch when there are death and black metal bands now in Louisiana that you don’t even know about and who don’t even know you. That’s kind of where I’m at now, there is a black metal band or two right here in Baton Rouge that I’ve never even met. When I started out with my former band some sixteen or seventeen years ago, there was nothing. We were the first to release a black metal album from Louisiana.

14. Outside of music what are some of your interests?

I have some knowledge and passing interest in computer hardware as well as audio electronics and manufacturing, making high quality cables, etc. I wouldn’t call them obsessions or even deep interests so much anymore; more like things I know in order to help do what I really love doing, which is music and making records. What I have a passion for, and where I have the most room to improve, is as a recording engineer and mix engineer. I love making a record, or helping others to make a record. It’s hard, a lot of stress and headache and challenge; but very fun and rewarding also. I’ve got a long way to go on that; but hope to get to focus more on it in the future.

15. Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?

Thanks, I appreciated the opportunity to talk. I really hope people give the record a chance; and look forward to hearing from those who’ve listened!


Thursday, August 11, 2011

Excommunicated/Skeleton Key/Undrworld Records/2011 CD Review



Excommunicated are a band from Lousiana that plays a blackended from of death metal and this is a review of their 2011 album "Skeleton Key" which was released by Underworld Recordings.

Drums range from midpaced to fast drumming with a great amount of blast beats being thrown in at times, while the bass playing has a very dark tone with riffs that follow the riffing that is coming out of the guitars, as for the piano which is only used briefly they sound like an evil church chior and on the last song there is a small amount of keyboards being utilized.

Rhythm guitars range from midpaced to fast brutal death metal riffs that have a great amount of black metal influences being thrown in and on one song there is some slow soft playing being used, while the lead guitars are very technical, chaotic and melodic death metal guitar leads and solos.

Vocals are a mixture of deep death metal growls and high pitched screams with some church choirs being used briefly on a couple of songs song in addition there is a spoken word passage on a couple of songs that has a Catholic getting ready to go in battle with a pagan, wgile the lyrics are very anti christain and anti catholic, as for the production it has a very strong, powerful, heavy and professional feel to it.

In my opinion Excommunicated are a very great Anti Catholic black/death metal band and if you are a fan of this style, you should check out this band. RECEMMONDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Cry To Heaven" "The Vatican Orgies" "When Death Claims Its Most Righteous Dead" and "Keys To The Kingdom Of God". RECEMMONDED BUY.

Skitliv/Skandinavisk Misantropi/Seasons Of Mist/2009 CD Review

Skitliv are a band from Norway that consists of Maniac formally of Mayhem and Kvartorth the mastermind behind Shining that play a musical style that I would describe as a mixture of black metal, doom metal and noise and this is a review of their 2009 album "Skandinavisk Misantropi" which was released by Season Of Mist.

Drums are mostly slow throughout the album which gives the music a very doomy feel mixed with some midpaced drumming while the effects utilize alot of noises that are influenced by avant garde noise music as for the spoken word parts they are very poetic as well as depressing.

Bass playing is all slow with only rythyms being utilized that follow the riffs coming out of the guitars, while the rythym guitars are all slow doom metal riffing with some effects being used and they ocassionly use midpaced riffs and on one song there was some fast black metal riffing as for the guitar leads have a noisy sound that seems to be influenced by 70's metal as well as some black metal.

Vocals are high pitched black metal screams with some clean vocals that are present on one song that where provided by David Tibet of Current 93 fame have a very poetic feel to them, as for the piano when it is used it has a very dark avant garde feel.

Production on this recording which was recorded at Loco Studios in January 2009 with Kvartorth's guitars being recorded by Grim at Grining Studios sounds very professional and you can hear all of the musical instruments that are on the album, as for the lyrics they cover theology, Satanism and some depressing themes.

In my opinion this is a good album and I would recommend to all fans of black metal influenced doom metal, however if you expect this album to sound like Mayhem or Shining you might be disapointed. RECOMMENDED TRACKS ARE "Slow Pain Coming" "Skandinask Misantropi" "Towards The Shores Of Lies" and "A Valley Below".

RECOMMENDED BUY

Monday, August 8, 2011

October Tide/A Thin Shell/Candlelight Records/2010 CD Review

October Tide are a band from Sweden that has a history that dates back to the 90's and also has members of Katatonia and they play a style that I would desceibe as being melodic/black/doom metal and this is a review of their 2010 album "A Thin Shell" which will be released by Candlelight Records.

Drums are mostly slow to midpaced drumming with no fast playing or blast beats, while the bass playing follows the riffs that are coming out of the guitars with its slow doomy riffing.

Rhythm guitars are mostly slow to midpaced doom/death riffs that have a small amount of black metal influence and contain a good amount of melody, while the lead guitars are very melodic sounging guitar solos, as for the accoustic guitars they use open chords and fingerpicking open chords that gives the music a very progressive feel.

Vocals are mostly deep doom/death growls that utilize a black metal edge, while the lyrics cover dark and depressive subjects, as for the production it sounds very professional and all of the musical instruments have a very good sound.

In my opinion October Tide are a very talented melodic doom/death metal band that will not dissapointed fans of this genre with their new album. RECEMMONDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Deplorable Request" "Blackness Devours" and "SCorned". RECEMMONDED BUY.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Echtra/Paragate/Temple Of Torturous Records/2011 CD Review

Echtra are a band from Oregon that plays a style that I would describe as being atmospheric blackened drone/doom metal and this is a review of their 2011 album "Paragate" which will e released by Temple Of Torturous Records.

Drums are mostly slow playing with some fast parts but not much in the way of blast beats being used on this recording, while the synths when they are heard have a dark ambient feel to them, and there are no bass guitars being used on this recording.

Rhythm guitars are mostly slow riffs that combine influences from black,drone and doom metal and there is a small amount of fast black metal riffing being utilized briefly, and tere are no guitar leads or solos on this recording, as for the acoustic guitars when they are utilized they are very dark and repetitive sounding with some fingerpicking and full chords being used.

Vocals when they are utilized have a very dark and grim black metal feel to them with some ocassional clean singing, there are no lyrics on this recording but the music touches on the winter on autumn solstices with a feeling that some dark spirits are being invoked, as for the production on this album, it has a very dark, raw and heavy sound to it.


In my opinion Echtra are a very good black/drome/doom metal band and if you are a fan of this style, you should check out this band. RECEMMONDED BUY.

Ancient Wisdom/For Snow Covered The Northland/Avantgarde Music/1995 CD Review

Ancient Wisdom are a band from Sweden that plays a very atmospheric and melodic form of black metal that is heavily influenced by doom metal and this is a review of their 1995 album "For Snow Covered The Northland" which was released by Avantgarde Music.

Drums are mostly slow to midpaced beats with no fast playing or blast beats being utilized and at times there is some percussion and drum programming being used, while the pianos and keyboards gives the music a very dark and atmospheric edge, as for the bass playing it has a very dark tone that follows the riffs coming out of the guitars.

Rhythm guitars are mostly slow to midpaced black metal riffing that contains alot of melody and a mixture of doom/death metal as well as first wave black metal influences, while the lead guitars are very melodic with the guitar solos having alot of classic metal influences, as for the classical guitar it is all fingerpicked giving the music a cold atmospheric/ambient feel.

Vocals are high pitched black metal screams with the ocassional clean vocals as well as deep death metal growls being used at times, while the lyrics cover alot of depressing and nature themes with a touch of evil and some ritual summoning from the left hand path, as for the production on this recording which was recorded at The Garageland Studio during December of 1994 has a very raw and dark feel but still retains a very professional approach.

In my opinion Ancient Wisdom where a very talented and underrated band from the beginning of the second wave of black metal, if you are a fan of melodic black metal with a doom edge you should check this band out. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "They Gather Where Snow Falls Forever" "Through Rivers Of The Ancient Blackness" "No Tears At His Funeral" and "Forest Of Summoning Spirits". RECOMMENDED BUY.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Auroch Interview

1. Can you tell us a little bit about the band for those that have never heard of you before?

Auroch arose from the Canadian underground in MMXII. We have toured throughout Canada, played over 100 shows and released one full length album and a few demos to date.

2. How would you describe the musical sound that is presented both on the split and the album?

We play metal, and we don't bother with any silly prefixes in front of the word. We have always been and will always be influenced by a wide variety of music, and more specifically, a wide variety of metal music. This leaks into our writing and playing style. At gunpoint, I would say death metal, but we have blended in elements of grind, thrash, black metal and progressive metal and music.

3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?

We are hugely influenced by the works of the great Howard Phillips Lovecraft, along with certain sects of both Eastern and Western mysticism, the Satanic and undivine and the many paths to transcendence.

4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the bands name?

The name has taken on more meaning then we could have originally imagined. Once an attempt to find something unused, it has become apparant to our growing eyes the importance of the Auroch in the very things we have come to take interest in. I wish I could elaborate more, but upon release of our second record people will come to see the paradigm on the Auroch, through many different "eyes."

5. What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and how would you describe your stage performance?

August 17, 2010- Opening for Exodus. A remarkable experience to open for one of the legendary thrash acts.

July 28, 2010- Playing with the mighty Inquistion in Winnipeg and witnessing their hypnotizing live performance.

July 17, 2010- First show live in Montreal. Great venue and wicked crowd. Awesome city for metal and otherwise!

6. Do you have any touring plans for the new album?

Next week we embark on tour to spread the songs from the upcoming record aswell as hopefully sell the first record out of print. Once this tour is over we will discuss touring plans for next year, and hopefully, plans to tour either the U.S.A., Europe or South America.

7. Currently you are unsigned are you looking dfor a label and if so, what kind of label do you feel that would be a perfect fit for your music?

Once we get this second record out we will begin looking for a label to release it. We hope to find one that can get us touring endlessly around different parts of this world.

8. On a worldwide level how has your music been recieved by extreme metal fans?

The reaction has been really great, and recieving all positive reviews from places as far as Italy, France, Singapore, Chile, Sweden etc has been really humbling! We look forward to an epic campaign one day to all of those places, hopefully.

9. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

As a group, our three favourite acts are probably Death, Morbid Angel and Carcass. I can't speak for the rest of the band too much, but for myself, some of my favourites which never leave the regular rotation are Nile, Akercocke, Blasphemy, Conqueror, Mercyful Fate, Cryptopsy and old Houde-era Kataklysm. Recent rotation of Delerium's Karma has been a pleasant addition.

10. What role does Satanism and Occultism play in your music, and how would you describe your views on these topics?

Satan is the manifestation of the undivine and the godself. This is a concept we pay homage to.

11. Outside of music what are some of your interests?

I work at a gym as a personal trainer. Physical fitness and good health is important for me. Cuillen and Zack are both in school to become recording engineers.

12. Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?

Thanks to our fans around the globe and to Bringer of Death blog. Beware, the new record shall be unveiled soon.
Regards