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The nameof their albumis THENCOMESAFFLICTTON TO AWAKENTHE DREAMER(on SENSORY/LASER,S EDGE: www.lasercd,com). Peopleintoseriously skilled,rnteiligent metal should investigate thealbum, whichis a goodcombination of skill andcatchysongs,Thisrequires several listens beforeit starlsto makesenseas a whole,Thefirstlistenjustimpresses andsnows whyyouneedto playit againto hearallthat'sgoing. Onceyourears adjust, thesongsbeginto standoutas unitsandthat'swhenyou startto geta sense forwhattheyaredoing, At thesametime,thisis notso progthatonlymusicians enjoyit. Thetracksaresongs, not solosorwanker music, Readontofindoutmuchmoreinfoandwhat goodsports theyarein answering questions. someannoying some oftheanswers havetwomembers answerino.

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least;l'vebeenmeaning to addthebass-lines also,butI needErikto walkme through whathe playsfirst.Thereshouldbe moretabs someday,too- whenI havetimetotranscribe moreof themusic. Dopeople do headbanging atyourconcerts?!! played any Kaj:To tellyouthetruth:lwouldn't know.,, We haven't concerts withTwisted intoFormyet,so l'd haveto takea guesson callsforsome thisone,Therearepartsin oursongsthatdefinitely people serious headbanging, so I wouldhopethatgiventhechance, to bang would. Ontheotherhandtheremight beats to besometricky hereandthere- butwhere there's a will,there's a way,isn'tthere? "TheThinLayersof LustandLove"hasslow,humming sound or what?How forthefirsttwo minutes? ls thatguitar,keyboards is thatsoundachieved? yes,butl'musinganEKaj:lt is theguitar that'smaking thesound, gadget youplaceoverthe driven bowaswell,whichis a littlebattery field to makethemresonate strings allbythemselves. Themagnetic produced a by the E-bowmakesthe stringvibrate,producing continuous andsustained thelefthand(orrightif notethatleaves youareleft-handed, of course) freeto playthenotes,andyoucan maketheguitar anything. soundlikealmost Therearenokeyboards parts onthissong;in fact,theonlysongsthathasanyprogrammed "Tea/'. inthemare"TheFlutter andtheinstrumental Kings" "Tear"haswhatsoundslikebells.Careto explain? havesome Kaj:"Tead' is,asI said,oneofthetwosongs thatactually thingonhisold sampled sounds inthem.Edkprogrammed thewhole computer, theneachof us recorded ourparts.AlltheMlDlsounds thatwereleftafterthatwerereplaced bya friendof hiswhogotmore orlesscarteblanche wouldfitthemoodof the to dowhathethought butto me songbest.He cameup withsomeprettyweirdsounds, theyseemto belong there. usedbells.And ErikAadland: ln thesketch forthesong,I actually purposes. Andreas Moxnesgot thissketchfor soundreplacement aswell. There arestillbellsinthere, albeit a fewothersounds By the "Manumit" has growling. Who is doingthe growling? "Manumit"? way,whatis a before, Kaj:Hehe, donemuchgrowling thatwouldbeme...I haven't so it wasdefinitely a challenge, it is therein thefirst Thereason place,is thatI triedjustabouteverything riff, elseonthatparticular butI neverfoundanything thatI liked.Theguitarriffis notexactly to straight, sixteenth it hasa fewoddlyinsefted notes,andI wanted to asopposed dosomething withthevocals thatworked rhythmically, ontopof melodically, I couldeasily melody-line havemadea normal theriff,thatwasn't a problem in itself, butallthestuffI triedjustmade on a focuses thebackground feelmorenormal, too,Thegrowling thevoiceandthe completely different aspectof therelation between tothesong. music, andI though it brought anextrafreshness "torelease "Manumit" is nota noun, it'sa verb,andit means actually, in fromslavery''. whatthesongis about- bearing Whichis exactly state, cantakemanyforms, evenasa mental mindthatslavery ls yourmusicis madefor menor bothfor sexes?Metalbands, likeSlayer, etc.,makemusicwhichis about Pantera, Manowar,

being"macho"andwhentheytalk aboutwomenthey'reonly sexualobjects. perspective at all. Kaj:Themusicwasnotconceived in a gender but I Historically, metalhasmostlybeena guything,of course, Even macho, certainly do notseeourmusicas beingparticularly partsof ouralbum willprobably though themoretechnically focused in themusic appeal moreto menthanto women, thereis nothing itselfthatsaysit should be thisway- andwhenit comesto lyrical content, we explore otherthemesandmentalstates.l'vealways genderpartof the metal-scene annoyingly foundthatparticular stupidandinfantile. wayof beingtougher Notthe Slayer/Pantera thanall,thatis,whichcanbe prettycoolif it'sdonewell,butrather theManowar way.,, Whatwouldyouliketo seehappen withthisalbum? kindof thing, Kaj:Apartfromtheobvious rockstarmulti-millionaire youmean? I guessI Well,sincefhafis notverylikelyto happen, people good as wouldsettleforreally distribution, so thatas many possible get that truth is The will thechance to discover thealbum, justby getting whatwe haveachieved is morethanwe it released playing andto meanything everhoped together, forwhenwestarted elseis justa hugebonus,We havegottensomeprettyfantastic feedhaek so lar and almostall the reviewsl've seen are i n c r e d i b l yp o s i t i v e , U l t i m a t e l y , I s u p p o s e I j u s t w a n t e v e r y o n et o g o o u t a n d g e t o u r a l b u m , . , t u t j

Areyoufansof Finally, didyougetyournamefromForbidden?! Watchtower at all? butit'snotbecause Kaj.Yes,thenameis borrowed fromForbidden, wehaveanyspecial musical bondwiththatband,reallyErikusedto listento thema bit in theirearlydaysandI guessthat'swhvhe intoFom as a thought aboutit, butthereason we choseTwisted bandnameisbecause wethouqht itwould fitthemusic bef:r:iretr Erik:Exactly, a bitto thedemotheyreleased I listened firstalbum, That's about it. aswellastheirdebut, of of insptra::n Kaj:As forWatchtower, theyhavebeena source :n: r'retal witnin course; andgroundbreaking theyarebothlegendary fcui: tneir l'vealways nichetheymoreor lessinvented, Personally they arc er::3m3ly but musically vocal-lines slightlyoff-putting, themto be a car.cular impressive. Thatbeingsaid,I don'tconsider influence onthemusicI write theyhavebeenmoreof ai:indirect Arcnttect, source of learning for me,because alltheguysin Spirai Atone whereI played intoWatchtower fora longtime,werehugely pointwe evendidsomecovers live,so I guessI wouldhaveto call a bunch myself a bitof alan,afterall,AndSpastic Ink- nowthere's ortwo! of guyswhoknows howtotreataninstrument a lot in the late80s, Erik:I listened to Control and Resistance playing! withKaj Awesome Awesome AndI haveto concur record. whenit first thatthe Spastic Ink stuffwas prettymindblowing surfaced aswell,I remember lrstening to thedemoto InkComplete fresh Totally for morethana yearbeforethealbumwasreleased. to andintelligent froma metalperspective. ThefirsttimeI listened Seeandit'sSharp! wasreally special. Brilliant ideaandexecution, youforyourtime. Thank

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believe something andtomorrow it is shit,we didnotfinda stranger nameandwewereoutofbeer.., Thesinger, Juampa, is a hybrid between a Navaho Indian andJimMorrison. Notonlyphysicaily...his justtakea headisboiling, lookat thelyrics, In addition, he doesn't knowhowto vomitfroma pg FE (midNovember) car CnlSlS goingat 160kilometers perhourwithout thepukecominq back intothe car.Aleks(bass)a stallone fanandsuffers fromnlruous laughter, mental alienation whenheseeswomen walkbvandforoets whathe wastalking about.pako(guitars) is a cooldudewhow"hen youturnaround willhiton yourneckandwilltellyouthatit wasn,t him Riki (drums) is a totallydifferent story.He'snoble,but a headcase, talksto animals andhasa barandkeepsup aliveand kickingand drunk.As for me, I coilectdrawings of Leela(from "Futurama") naked.I havea spiderman outfitthatI wearoftenand sometimes I findmyselfinvorved in fightsthrowing dogshit at my friends faces...Nothing supernatural.,,we're allclowni andfreaks. on Thisis a traditional heavy metal occasion bandfromspainthathasfun,catchy we havecaused thebassist to vomitfromlaughter, lining stuff,Forexample, theiralbum"Encompania thebandbuswithsalami de lobos,, (,'lnthe orhavecaused a firewiththepyrotechnics, company of wolves") (2000) is a greatfun,hmalbum fromstaftto finish."Razas de noche" ("Night people," How"successful" is my loosetranslation) is thebandin Spain? followed thedebutandnowtheyhave"lll".Here'san interview In thiscountry success arrrives whenyoucanplayin the u s or to introduce toyouto a metalbandwitha perspective southAmerica. Therearemanygroups froma placethat (withthe here,lifilequalitv hasa smaller metal scene. Doesadversity exception of a few),lotsof rivalry makethemserious about andinfrastructures thaistandout theirmusic? Theysingin spanish, because butdon'tletthatgetin theway of theirabsence in comparison withtherestof Europe (not because theyrocklMetalsinging to mention sounds the U.s.).Thereareonryseveral thesamein anylanguage festivais. To makea cuzit's hardto makeoutwhatpeopleare sayinganyway,plui, living fromthemusicis a utopia. we canatleastnotlosemoney wrth metalbands arenotexacily revealing the band. thesecrets we cangoplayat thesideof thecountry, of the'universe, so playa concert, youmightas wellrelaxcuzaround including theworldthereis metalbeing with pirotecnics and still coverthe costs whichis donein all language. Beloware theiranswers something to keepin mind. (translated from spanish) to somequestions. (guitars) Miguer gavethefollowing answers, Howhasthemusicevolved? Jn*Hrt*i*t,trk* Things flowbetter now.Atthebeginning weusedto makeeverything complicated. Youhaveall yourrifeto makeyourfirstalbumand Whois CrisisdeFe?! complicate it, thenyoubarelyhaveoneyearto makeyoursecond we grewup withthe goldenbandsof the BOsandeventhough one.whatis clearis that"lessis more," we usually nowadays don'tlikebands welistento alltypesof music, theonlythingweagreeon thatplaytoofast,butthosethatpraylessandmakeit soundbetter to notendin fistfightsduring rehearsals is heavymetal...thb good Littleby littlewe havefocuse on making songsthatcanbe singles, stuff,Maiden, ozzy,Kiss...nothing too complicaied or aggressive, getin yourheadthewholeday,thatarefunio playandto hear that because we haveneverbeenvirtuosos. Basically, thegroupDegan fromtheaudience, butof course, wealways leave in 1998, a couple of songs though wewerefriends longbefore that.ihat yJur*. made to be rough and fast with doubre bassto surprise "Angeles theaudience. a demo, of Muertos" ("Dead Angels,,), verypunkandbadly course, n0 Onecanaccuse of beinglightbecause, forexample, recorded we andself-produced, we beganplaying around ourareaof havesongsthatcouldthesoundtrack to a bombing Valencia, andweputa lot we gotgoodreviews anddecided to go fonruard playing of efforlintomaking themdevastating live, because thebestthingwe knowhowto do andwe go crazyif wdon't. we havethreealbums. we haveplayed onalloverspainwith Whatsubjects do yourlyricstouchon? greatspanishbands,such as BaronRojo,obus, saratoga, we don't like to do politrcs withmusic, on theotherhand,people Beethoven R, Defcon Dos,etc.andwe'reproudof that.I never used to look at us funny when we found comical thought thelyricsof certain thatI couldeverplaywiththose bands., .. powermetalbands. of course, wedon'tdo"dungeons anddragons', nordowe sing"Oh,baby,I loveyou,, In anysong.In reality, why do youcallyourselves weare "crisisde Fe"?canyoutellsome prettymetaphorical andwetouchondesires, goodvibeso interesting liberties, infoabouttheguys? anguish thatcreate certain feerings in life,general In thebeginning situatrons thatwe we werecailed"Deja-Vu" because of theMaiden ,,Tiempos all find ourselves in our lives at one time or another. songfromsomewhere oe in Ttme, butweranintomanyproblems urhen gloria" ("Times of Glor/')is fromthepointof viewof a victimof the we triedto register the name:thereweremanygroupswiththat warintheMiddle East."Mares deambicion" ("seas name.so,we satdownto drinknonstop ofAmbition,,) isa untilwe cameupwiththe dialogue "mostunusual" between themoonandtheEarth. "Toda mibondad" My nameorthebeerranout,"crisisdeFe"is a songby 1,,All Goodness") fromthe newcd is aboutdrowning your thegroupKTULU, sorrows in Besides thereligious meaning, lifeis an eternal alcohol whenyouriovedis notnear,"Lejos de Dioi" crisisoffaithonthethings from God',) i"Far thatsurround you,a pendulum: you today J


("TheOld is abouthowyoufeelattheendofyourlife."Elviejoreloj" Clock") wouldperfect movie..,. fora soundtrack to a ClintEastwood Howcanpeoplereading thisinterview hearyourmusic? and to wunru.crisisdefe.com vrvwv,mvspace.com/crisisdefecrisisoffaith to download songs, videos, buymerch, talkwithmembers of theband.lf youarein a bandandcan'tdedicate tenminutes to a fan,it meansyouarea pieceof shit.Wearewhatwearethanks to them,andeventhough it's notpossible, ourgoalto is to makethemhappy, We'remore neryous thantheyarewhenwetalk, Anything to sayto people in theU.S.? Aboveall,I wantto thankyouforyourinterest in thebandandtell everyone on the othersideof theAtlantic thatwe'redyingto go there. Weknowpeople therelovethismusic forrealandnotbecause it'sa fashion. Yourcountry isthebirthplace of rockandwe'vealways feltlikeweshould've of themusic! beenbornthere. Takeadvantage I hopesoonwewillseeyoufacetoface!! T H EE N D

itsvery ThatswhyI lovetheCDsomuchbecause musicbusiness, asa pure.Specs reborn of Pictures BurntBeyond is a CDoffeeling in band.Whenputting together theCDthebandwasverypositive for making thebestCDwe couldpossibly makeandveryexcited youcouldgetdownandtechnical with whatwe'veachieved. I mean, the different oatterns we usedfor eachalbumand the use of of is because dynamrcs. Thereasons whytheseCDsaredifferent the bandin these the moodandatmosphere thatwasfollowing periods. outlook thewriting Themoodchanges everything because without wasverysimiliar for bothCDsmeaning writingmaterial boundaries Whatdoesthe title trackreferto? The coverartworkhas a desolation motifandon the backthere'sa brainon fire.Who came up with the concept for the artwork? Jasun:I provided Bjoern withthe storybehindthe coverandhe captured exactly whatI wanted. ThestorywithSpecsOf Pictures BurntBeyond is abouta manwhoseesimages buthismemoryis is distorted so he hasrecollection of whatheseesbutthememory bumtawayas he'stryingto remember theimage. thestorybehind job Bjoern did amazing at I

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Thedrumming hasa particular rhythm, it'ssod of zigzagtype of beat.ls this something that the band has discussed collectively or doesthe drummerjust do his own thing? Jasun: TroyandMikeybuildthefoundation whenit comesto the rhythm section, Troyhasan amazing earto steerMikeyin theright direction whenhe'sdrawing a blankto a beat.Thetwohavegreat the crazy interaction and its reallyaboutthemputtingtogether Hour ideas in Zero rythmic People sometimes usethewordjazzywhentalkingaboutZero Hour.Forthe record, do youguysactually listenandlikeiazz? .roDuu, ruy drrur afoverymuchintojazz.lf youlistento thePat grouptheywilldo longcompositions Metheny thatdontfollowany particular to a format, itsmorecinematic/film score-ish. Troylistens youhaveJaco,Michael Stanley lot of Jazzbassplayers, Manring, Clarke, Victor Wooten. I lovetheplayers suchasWesMontgomery, Russell l'malsointomany Malone, George Benson, PatMetheny. fusionplayers thathelpsbuildsthe inspiration for myselfin Zero Hour. l^^,,^.

yourmind?I usedto notlikethis lsn'tit goodwhena bandchanges bandbecause Asit I thought emotion in theirprogmetal. theylacked turnsout,I stilldon'tliketheirearlier stuff!Buthowthingschangel Checkout "Specsof Pictures for an example, BurntBeyond" Everything is so muchbetter(inmy opinion)l Thesongsarealive! Thefeeling Themetalrocks! believe is there! Andthisis progmetal, it ornot!| wanted tofindoutwhatchanqed forthebetter. Yournew albumis surprisingly catchy!!Yourprevious"The Towersof Avarice"left me cold.lt's a talentedalbum,but it didn'tcatchmy ear.Thisone,however, does!!Didyou certainly try to do something different withthis one,to makethe songs flow better? Jasun, are Specsof Pictures BurntBeyond andTowers of Avarice myfavorite releases we'veputout.Thereason I saythatis because bothwereveryfocused we've CDs andthe mostorganic material puttogether. the Thereason for Towers beingso coldrs because bandwas in a verycoldperioddueto the frustrations of the the A tt

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Youhavea trackcalledZeroHour.Whycallthatit thatthispoint your in history? Jasun: Thesongjustkindascreamed ZeroHourwiththebeginning almost beinga clockticking At theendof the intorhythmic chaos. with songthere's crazythreepartharmonies thatcollide ontheguitar Troy's arpeggio's andsyncwiththedrums thatclockkeep to having ntt.qhinn itself back before it twelve. hits as Wheredidyoufindthenewvocalist? ls hereallyas talented h es o u n dos nt h ea l b u m ? ! Jasun: of Omens, Thebandknewof ChriswithhisoldbandPower We werea fan of hisvocalsandmethimat ProgPowerUSA1 Chris wherebothPowerof Omens Watchin andZeroHourplayed. singliveyouknewhewastherealdeal.Hehiteverything withease andChristrulyhasan amazing withhimfor 45 voice.I chatted and minutes andTroy,MikeyandI saidthatguyis a greatsinger


greatguy,I contacted cameoutand Chrisrightafter"AFragile Mind" askedif hewoulddo liveshowswithus.Weknewhisvoicecould pulleverything wouldgeta longgreaton the offandthateveryone of Omens was Power road.I asked himasa favorbecause I thought was of Omens buthewastelling stillgoing meatthetimethatPower on itslastleg.ChrissaidI'ma hugefanof ZeroHourif youguy's instead of touring wantmein thebandI'mallforit, Sowe decided theZeroHourformanyyear letsdoa newCDandshoweveryone beforeChris to come.As for I am here,allthemusicwaswritten tho picture entered

thatis deathmetalexposition newViking Afterhearing thewonderful "WithOdenon OurSide"I sentsomeouestions off to the band. before JohanHegg(vocals) answered theirschedule showon Dec. 12 in Milwaukee, Withalbums like"VstheWorld," a perfect metal album,whichcamewithan extracd of otherstuffthatwasnot before dvd,"Wrath oftheNorsemen," available andwiththemonster whichis 3 discswith5 showsandtheirconstant touring, thisbandis on a pathto be everywhere andbe heard.lf youhavenotheard themyet,go to myspace.com/amonamarth andlistento "Death in Fire"andseehowgreatthisgroup is.

to practicing areyou?How manyof thesoloson Howdedicated the album were unplanned, improvisedin the studio? to play of timeandthought Youdedicate a massive amount Jasun: starting to worksolo'soutin theearly thisstyle.I thinkwhenyou're onhowyouconduct stages o{thebandyoucanbequiteobssesive yoursolos,Nowafteralltheyearsof playing, andrecording writing youknowwhena solois calledoutforbecause out it willscream Pictures Burnt in the song Specs of solo.The solosequences in the studiowhile Beyondwas all workedout and improvised recording.

The new album is faster. Did you want to get backto themoreaggressive style? is pretty forthat,butthemainreason I thinktherearemanyreasons srmple actually. Forthisalbumwe hadprettygoodideasforfaster I alsothinkthat songs, whichwereallydidn'thaveforFateof Norns. have thefactthatwe canmakeourlivingas musicians nowdays We havemore madeit easierfor us to focuson thesongwriting, thisalbum is timeto develop ourideas, andI thinkthat'sthereason more diverse than the previous albums as well

guyin metalmusic. thebassplayer Finally, is themostignored So, can you tell us what he's doing? sequences, tapping Jasun: Troyis allovertheCDdoing Arpeggio's, the runsthroughout speedplucking andmanycrazytimesignature CD.WhenyouheartheCDyouwillhearwhyhe'soneof thebest players tn Prog-Metal, Bass you page? Do have a myspace Jasun:Yes we do and everyone can checkout ZeroHourat and www,myspace,com/zerohourband and www.zerohounrueb.com pleasecheckout our newspagefor upcoming showsandtours. your time. Thanks for Thankyou Mauricio for spreading thewordaboutZeroHour,we it. really appreciate THE END

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of yourevolution sofar? So,is thisthena synthesis ideasnow Well,as I said,we havemoretimeto develop ourmusical musicians. living as that we can make a OK,so,is Fredrikhappierplaying fasteror playingthemassive, of "VstheWorld"? rollingthunder yeahmaybe. Hahaha, Seriously though, I don'tthinkit worksthat andI think wayreally, I thinkallof usarehappy to playgoodsongs, allof usareveryproudof allthealbums andwestillhaveto playthe old songslive, so I don't think there'sany big difference. ("Vs"andthe dvd)partof yourconspiracy Arespecialreleases to conquer theworldwithAmonAmarthmusic? wealways try lf I toldyouI wouldhaveto killyou,hahaha. Seriously, to oiveourfanssomethino it'sliveorwitha newCDor extra. weather roto2eo DVD ls everyone happytouringthis muchandworkingthis hard? Well,it'seasiernowthatwe don'thaveto havenormal dayjobson theside,so I guessallof usareprettycomfortable even withtouring, yougethomesickfromtimeto time.Theonlyonewhohasa though familyin thatsenseis JohanSoderberg, andhasa whois married daughter ls it stupidor fun to makemusicvideosfor MTV,with fake playingandstuff? Well,it felt kindof wierd,but personally I thinkit was a fun experiense, Theycanbe cool andl'mnotsureI prefera livevideo, aswell,butthenagarn Tomeit alllivevideos virtually lookthesame. really doesn't matter you'vesaid before,don'tlike your music.Hasthis Swedes, changed now?! in It's changing actually, and we are gettinga biggerfollowing Sweden, The new albumactualiy madeit to number21 in the in Swedish on bigfestivals albumcharts, I guessourpedormances Europe haveopened theeyesof a lotoffanstravelling fromSweden,


DoesOlavi(guitars) speakFinnish andSwedish? Yes,he speaksbothFinnish andSwedish, but I thinkhe mainly speaks parents. Finnish with his Finally, whenareyoucoming to Wisconsin again?? l'm notsure,butwe aregoingto the US in December supporting Children of Bodom, andl'm prettysurewe'llbe hitting at Chicago least, butkeepaneyeonourwebsite- wvw,amonamarth qom- for newsabouttourdatesandotherstuff. T H EE N D

Angra(Dec1o'n; Lookit here,friend, Angraplaysheavy metalandtheyarefromBrazil andtheyrock.Theyarea quality, intelligent metalbandwithtalent. "Aurora Theyhavea newalbum, Consurgens," that'simpressive, as usual.I coulddo a longintroduction, but I gottajet outtahere, running downthestreetto printthisissueof thezine.Besides, read theinterview andgo to theirwebsite to findoutmoreif youdon't believe it.Thesinger, Edu,is themananswering theinterrogations

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ls Angra gettingheavierwith each album?!!"Rebirth"is mellower,"Templeof Shadows"faster,now, "Aurora"your heaviest. EDUFALASCHI: YES!WE AREGETTING HEAVIER! AURORA CONSURGEN I SST H E M O S TP O W E R F UM L ,O D E R N AND 'CAUSE HEAVIER ALBUMTHATWE'VEDONEIPROBABLY THE GUITARSOUNDAND THE VOCALSTHAT ARE MORE AGRESSIVE THANBEFORE! Whatis the "BrasilMetalUnionFestival"? Howgreatwasthis showin frontof a homecountry audience?! IT IS ALWAYSGOODWHENWESEEA BIGFESTIVAL LIKETHIS H E R EI N B M Z I L ,I T ' SG R E A TF O RT H EW H O L ES C E N EI , REMEMBER WE PLAYEDFOR MANY PEOPLEIN THIS FESTIVAL, AROUND3,OOO PEOPLEWE WEREFINISHING THE TEMPLEOF SHASOWSTOURAND IT WASGREATTO DO IT HERE I NB R A Z T I LOO U RC L O S E S FT ANS! You played124 shows?!Doeseverybody in the band like touringandlifeontheroad? TO BE REALLYHONNEST! NO! OF COURSEWE LOVE TRAVELLING ANDMEETING OURFANSAROUNDTHEWORLD, BUT WHENWE GO TO EUROPEAND WE STAYEVERYDAY, DURINGOURSANDOURSINTOA TOURBUS, CLOSED,WITH 30 GUYSTOGETHER, GETTING SICK,DURING2 MOUNTHS FAR AWAYFROMTHEFAMILY,IT'S NOTSOFUNNY!BUTWHENWE ARE ON THE STAGEWE FORGETANY PROBLEMS AND WE JUST ROCK!!! Why werethe drumsrecordedin Germany? The rest of the musicwasrecorded in Brazil,right? CAUSEWE WEREIN ITALYTO PLAYN THELAST"GODSOF METALFESTIVAL'"SO WE DECIDEDTO GO TO GERMANY IN THESAMEWEEKTO RECORD DRUMS, SPECIALTY CAUSE 6

O U RP R O D U C E L IRV E S THERE A N DW O R K T SH E R E: ' W A S THEBESTCHOISEI ANDTHENIN THEENDWECAMEBACKTO BRAZIL TORECORD THERESTI Heavy/power metalsounds"European," eventhoughbandscan be from anywhere in the world.ls thereno way to bringin Brazilian musicintopowermetal? BUTANGRAIS LIKETHISIWEARECOMPLETLY DIFFERENT OF ANY EUROPEAN BAND,WE MIX METAL, WITHCLASSICAL MUSIC A N DB R M I L I A R N I T H MA SN DH A R M O N I ENSO! B O D Y S O U N DLSI K E US! Having saidthat,thereis a littlebitof a Brazilian onthis element album.Canyoutelluswhatthatis?Whatarethesoundsat the verybeginning of thealbum, forexample? I N T H EB E G I N N I N WGE H A V EA " B E R I M B ASUO' U N DI T , ' SA BRAZILIAN TYPICALINSTRUMENT IT'S AN INSTRUMENT OFA V E R YF A M O UD S A N C EM I X E DW I T HA K I N DO F A F I G H T CALLED "CAPOEIRA', MANY SLAVES,DURING THE COLONIZATION TIMESIN BRAZIL,DEVELOPED THISCULTURE TO EXPRESS THEIREMMOTIONS ANDTO CRIATED A KINDOF A DEFENCE, CAUSETHEYDIDNT HAVEANYGUNSTO FIGHT AGAINSTTHE RICHMEN,THATCONTROLED BRAZILIN THAT TIME,SINCE1600A C UNTIL19OO A C BUTIN THISALBUMWE HAVE OTHER BRAZILIAN ELEMENTSI WillyouusePoduguese again, likeon "Temple"? M A Y BIENT H EF U T U R E I I ILW I KEET DH EI D E A ! I I Also,is it impossible to makethistypeof musicandto have lyricsthattalkmoreaboutBrazilian history amdculture ? IT'S ALWAYSNICETO SHOWTO THEWORLDTHATWE ARE BRAZILIAN ANDOFCOURSEDIFERENT OF MILLICNOF BANDS THATARESOUNDING THESAMETHINGIIWE THINKTHATWE HAVEONEOF THERICHESTCULTURE OF THEWORLD,WITH MANYDIFFERENT INFLUENCES, INSTRUMENTS, HARMONIES, ARRANGEMENTS, ETC SOWHENWE MIXIT WITHMETALWE CREAT A N E WK I N DO F M U S I CA! N D F O RU S I T ' SV E R Y IMPORTANT SO,WEWANTTO USEOURBRAZILIAN ESSENCE A SM U C H A SP O S S I B L E I Finally, can Brazilwin the nextWorldCupin SouthAfrica?! Whatif Brazilhasto playagainst France again?! I DON'TKNOWIIF THEYPLAYWITHTHEIRHEARTS, I BELIEVE THAT,BUTIFTHEPLAYTHINKING THEYARETHEBESTEST OF T H EW O R L DL,I K EI N T H EL A S TC U P I T W I L LB E D I F I C U L T I FRANCE? THEYDON'THAVEZIDANEANYMOREI IT'S A GOOD THING F O RU S H ! AHAHA!!I T H EE N D

Bavmorda /Donomhar 10) Thisis a fastpowermetalbandthatrecorded a demothispast summer I decided toasksorne questions annoying to trytogetthem to fightbackandtellme thatonlypowermetalmatters andthatI goflya kite,Theirdemoshowspotential, should whichis whythere areonhere.Theyarefromchicago, butwecanforgive themforthat. \uvvvr

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Howyoudo viewthemusicyouplap whatis Bavmorda is all yo?!!!Arebasedin Chicago? about, I seeus as a powermetalbandwlthprogressive touches, Theriffs remind mea lotof whatis or whatwasgoingon in theU.s.power metalscene,a laOnward(R.l.P,), Destiny's End (R,l,p.), Jag Panzer, steelProphet, andoldsavatage. Theprogressive touches I mentioned are muchlike thoseof the JohnArchera of Fates warning.The guitarmelodies soundlike something out of the Gothenburg scene.Thedrumsareverymuchinspired by Lambof Godandlatter-period Death,we evenhavethe occasional black metalriffgoingon. 0f course, myvocals kickit ordschool.I prefer to singclean, operatic justa sumof our vocals.overall, we'rereaily collective influences, andthatsumwillbe greater oncewe getour newmembers (JonKwiatek andJosesalazar) in on the writing process. we arefromthechicagoland area,though werehearse in thesouth subur'os. Oh,anddon'teversay"yo"again. (chicago arrogance tellingpeoplehowto tatk.Eatyoursandwich, Al)

I saw you live recentlyfor a Halloween show.you guysjoke around on stage, evenduringa song.ls this fromnottakingthe songsseriously or nothaving confidence? It'snotabouthaving a lackof confidence in ourmusicor nottakrng themusicseriously. lt'squitethecontrary. we goofaround because it'sfun,plainandsimple.we'reverymuchintobandswitha sense of humor, parlicularly Helloween andEdguy.Tobias putit sammet bestwhenhesaidthathisbandtakestheirmusicseriously, butthey don'tnecessarily takethemselves tooseriously. That's theapproach we takeon stage.Justbecause thesongsareserious, it doesn't meanthatwe havetojuststandmotionless on stageto playthem. Musiccanbe entertainment aswell,soaslongaswe don'thavean lronMaiden youfolksarestuck budget, withbadjokes.

whatarey'all'smusical goalswiththisband?whatdo youthink thatyoubringto metalthat'scoolor creative withyoursongs? obviously, we'dloveto be ableto geta sweetrecording contract, tourtheworldextensively, andmakea nicelivingoffof ourmusic. Thesadtruth,as youknow,is thatthismusicis certainly notthe mostpopular styleoutthere,Personally, justto be a part I'mhappy of a band,especially onethatallows meto usecreativwe freedom withmyvocalstyleandlyrics.I'vemetmygoal,soI'mjustenjoying it, Asfortheband,we'rehoping to geta fuil-rength arbum released by theendof nextyear,andwe'dliketo havea raber backit with distnbution, lf we needto handle everything else,that'sfine.Also, we'renotworried justlikeanother aboutsounding band.I knowwe haveoursimilarities to thebandsthathaveinfruenced us,butthe combination of influences workswellenough to set us apaftfrom otherbands in ourgenre.whether that's coolorcreative is uptothe listener. How's thatfora copout? Lotsof powermetalbandshavefast songsand rely on the play-on,generic,fast riff; thinkingthat it sounds good automatically. Agreeor not?! Thatsortof thinghappens a lotin powermetar.Let'sfaceit:there's nothingnewunderthe sun,and that'sespeciaily truefor power metal.I thinktoomanyofthesebands thinkthattheyhavetobefast allthetime,unless playing they're a ballad.However, I can'tknock themif they're playing whattheyfeeland the songsare solid. playspower Nobody metalin hopes thatit'ilchange thewodd.lt'sa laborof love. Thatsaid,I knowour songsare generally very speedy. Mostofthesesongs wereoriginally written fora deathmetal vocalist. lf youwantto hearwhatsomeof themsounded like,goto www.mvspace,com/christpuncher. Only two songshave been written sinceI joined.oncethenewguyslearneverything, we'llstart working on newmaterial. I thinkwe'ilbe showing morediversity in thefuture, especially sinceJonis in theband.Hehasa lotof ideas, andI thinkthey're going to kickusintogear. ls your demo on myspace? our address you canhear is wvw.myspace.com/bavmordarocks.

Youhitthosehighnotes, butin a clubwithbadsoundthatdoesn't always work.Howdo youthinkyoushould address thisproblem? Are those high notes necessary? I'mgladyouaddressed this.,l thinktheproblem is thatmosisouno guysat thebarleveldon'treally givea hootaboutthebandsthatare playing, especially if theydon'tknowthem.Mostof thetime,they'll turna fewknobsandwalkaway.AllI needis forthemto turnthe mid-levels up. I needto startmessing withsoundequipment more so thatI'mnotso ignorant on theissue.Trustme,the notesare there,I'mnottooting myownhorn,butI knowmycapabilities l've worked mytushieoffto soundthewayI do,andI thinkI'moettino there.lt'snotabsolutely necessary to'gofornotesthathighurrtn. time,butI thinkthesongscallforit whenI do it. Besides, someof myfavorite vocalists arescreamers, sothat'snaturally goingto show ln m\/ \/nrna THEEND.

REVIEWS FORTHELOVEoF ARTANDTHEMAKNG EEYONDTuIIILIGHT: (NIGHTMARE RECORDS) Thisis a progmetalaudience's dreamcometrue.Aspiring prog musicians willfindlotsof veryinteresting things, Thisis notdumbed downmetal, asa certain Dream Theater zearot isproneto say.This rsonesongwithsome43sections thatthebandcalls"movements," Youneedpatience anda desire to hearbandsthattakeprogmetal to thelimit.Mostrockconventions arethrownoutthewindow and thisismorelikeclassical music translated intoprogmetal andthere's a hugedisregard forthecatchy songconvention. Forexample, they havepartswherethemusicis played andrecorded backwards. so. nowyouwillfindthesubliminal messages rightinfrontofyou!lJudas Priestandozzyhavenothing ontheseguys."suicide solution" ain't nuthin. By the way,theirprevious albumSecfion X is a very enjoyable albumthat stnkesa greatbarance betweencatchy songwriting andprogginess. However, thisalbumis totalprogginess withnoregard forpeople whowantsimpre music, Thisisfortheprog metalelite who demandcomplexity in structures, ideasand execution, lt'sforyou,youmetalnerds!l


(OPEN END oF DESTINY:IHE IHOUGHIIESSEXISIENCE GRAVE RECORDS) The breakdowns, the chuggingguitars and the angry screaming/shouting makeit clearthis is hardcore, lt's melodic, despite theshouting. lt wouldn't soundoutofplacenextto Disturbed on the c.com radio. www.endofdestinymusi www, myspace. com/endof desti nlmusic (CHUNKS HARKONIN: GHAIV//\4A OFMEATREC) Thisis upfront thrashing/black metalraging tongue-lashing in speed, justlotsof expected vocals, These16songs lyrics arenononsense, aboutthenight,darkness, hell,etc.Theriffing is tightandtheband hasevena blackmetalsound, theguitars havea lotof oldschool goingon.Thevocalsareof theQuorthon/Mille thrashing Pelrozza variety. Thisbandis fastandtightandall that,but it'snotabout perse.Thesongshavemorethanspeed going, speed Thechanges in rhythms in thesongsmakeforan enjoyable Also,thisis a fisten. project. bandandsounds likeone,notsomeone-man lt is surprising how muchvarietythey pack in somesongs,including some technicality. People whocan'tenough thrash riffing of thatold-style quality should be interested. Therecording sound is similar to thatof a soliddemo,whichmakesthemusicsoundnotasfullas it should be. Overall,it's pretty good, but not awesomemetal. ww.narKOntn.com l: BEIWEETV IWO IttrORtDS{NUCLEAR BLAST) people I wasexpecting it was notto likethisbecause weresaying rockmusicandstuff.lt'sreallynicethatthisis nota rockalbumlt's greatto hearAbbath He backin action, evenif thisis notlmmoftal. sounds likehimself, sothings Armagedda arefineinthatdepartment. is thetakingcareofthebattery, heavy Thespeedis thatoftraditional metal:nothing fast,justkeeping a beat,anddoingit well,Demonaz wrotethelyrics forthis,Inaddition, andKing(exArvefromEnslaved Gorgoroth) metalaredoingtheirthingherelmagine thrashy/black ish riffingusingsomeheavymetalmelodies vocals. withAbbath's That'swhatthisis, "FarBeyond the Quiet"actually hascleaner, "The singing blackmetalvocals,similarto vikingmetalBathory. StormI Ride"isjustplaincatchy." l'mnotsaying thisis lmmortal-ish, butI am saying this thatwillplease a lotof lmmortal fansbecause goodandevenbettercuzI wasexpecting something likeChrome Division or Brand NewSin.Yeah,thisis metal. www.i-metal.net

NECRODEMON: lcE FIELDSoF HYPERI?N (OPEN GRAVE RECORDS) Theoverall themeis winter, snow,freeze, coldanddeathBythe way,thisbandisfromthelandofeternal SanDiego, frostbitewinter: Justkidding. I don'tknow,Goto theirwebsite, At anyrate,theguys area snowball of thrash, deathandblackrolling downthefrozen (of San Diego)and soundlike a bunchof total mountains underground metalfreaks. vocals. lt'sthrashy, fast,withevilgoblin Here's an underground bandthatdoesthisformetalandnotmuch glory, buttheydon'tcare.Theyjustrollwiththesnowandthrash. Old German thrash is here,oldU,S,thrash likeit's1985. is here,partying Thoseinterested in lesserknownbandsthatlaborin the metal underground haveonemorebandto investigate. Beware, if youwant "catchy''metal, youneednotlookherecuzit'sgaragenice,modern, ish,www.necrodemon,com www.myspace.com/necrodemon MOURNBLADE: MANGLED GRAVE) L/ES (OPEN (5songs) 16minutes of Motorhead-ish drumming riffing, hardcore-ish andthroaty, screamed angryvocals. Thesoundis raw,garage-ish, kindof punk-ish, metal-ish, loudrock,Sounds likea demo,butwith soundof thisband,everything lt's angry, will soundunpolished, mosh-friendly typeof stuffSimple, functions. No thewaya hammer gledlies melodies. www, myspace. com/man PACTO DE SANGRE: ALERIA (KHAOSMASTER PRODUCTIONS) Thisbandis fromPuerto Ricoandtheyplaytraditional heavymetal thatdefinitely is hastheBOs heavy metalinfluence. Themusicianship good,as wellas thevocalsThesongsaredistinct andtheyhave theirownsoundTheysingin Spanish, buttheyalsohavetwoin English, Also,thisbandhasanupfront, The direct message religious lyricsare adaptatrons of biblicaltextsencouraging conversion, repentance bandswillbe andthe like.Fansof upfront Christian preaching interested. salvation, lf youdo notwantto hearanyone youshould ignore this.www,planetrockpr,com THE69EYES: FRAMED /NELOOD (CLEOPATRA RECORDS) Thefulltitleis Framed of The69Eyes. in Blood:TheVeryB/essed Thereare1Bsongshere,whichtrueto thetitle,allsoundlikehits Thetrackshavea fun,rocking ldol-fronting-TypeDavidBowie/Billy O-Negative attitude. I guessthe bandandtheirbandsconsider gothrock.I don'tknowanything themselves aboutthat.However, pretty friendly. theyhavea huge,vibing, bigrocksound, radio/video Thevoiceis substantially low,likeTiamator Type0 Negative (except Thisis also thatit doesn't soundasartificially lowasType), gothic now. upbeat. Theycover'Call it'spretty Me"byBlondie. Yeah, overall is Thelasthalfof thealbum hashigher vocals andthemusic of lighter in mood,happier, thereis stillplenty if youwill,Don'tworry, TheCure-type by moments to makesureyouremain misunderstood yourOzzyandAC/DC-listening com neighbors wvwv.69eyes

(CRUZ INFLICTION: IHE S/LENCER DELSUR) Thereis something verymodern aboutthisgroup,Theycombine growling, proggy singing, bandhas elements. Apparently thisltalian growl'n'singmetal. beenaround since1995playing theirmelodic Theyhavea popsensibility, metal, too,making themnot"harsh" despite thegrowling. Thesongarecatchy anddosoundEuropean. intothesound, Heck,ain'tnosurprise thatevena littlegothsneaks is a Notanything original, buttheyaregoodat theircraft"Paperlife" andthen totalmegapowerrockballad(lt haspianoat thebeginning growling thatwillbe likedby andcleansinging andpopkeyboards) all, evenby thatweirdguy downthe streetwhoclaimsthathe ewsbymauri cio:theoutcastzi com ne@j uno, doesn't likeballads, Youneverknow,theseguyscouldbetotalrock Iinte/re/vi contact thisemailaboutreviews, iswelcomed] interviews; allmetal starsin Europe. However, herein Wisconsin, theyareonlyminor celebrities down on Willy Street, wvwv,infliction.it www. cruzdel surmusic, com 8


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