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It took a very long time for the new Excalion music to see the light of day—and we can all guess the thousand reasons why this is the first new music since 2010—but fans of heavy rock in the form of melodic traditional heavy metal and power metal should find the album pleasing. Unfortunately, we don't have a link to the full album, but if you visit the band's page, you can hear a new song that they made a lyric video for. They play something along the lines adult contemporary melodic metal. It's abundant in melodic and catchy moments, while generally keeping the heaviness level light. The singing is not very high and it's not "we are more metal than you!" and that type gung-ho style. Is it heavy metal for parents? Maybe! You might be able to play this band in the office, if you keep the volume low, and that way you can tune out the muzak that they play where you work. In fact, Excalion, you could say, is simply uptempo guitar-focused hard rock with good singing and mature lyrics. If you don't care about the issue of genre, and just want melodic rock songs, then the band could be a good discovery for you. The new incarnation of Excalion sounds very ready for the fans of melodic metal to welcome them back. The Finns were gone for a while, but they return with a quality album for sure. -MMB
Excalion Dream Alive 2
Excalion truly shows what shedding skin means. With a vibrant, aggressive, fast yet melodic new album, Dream Alive, Excalion steers to the forefront of Finnish Melodic Metal bands. The album builds on the storyline that was established with the ‘Centenarian’ single (available through Spotify and iTunes), telling about a modern escapist who lives both the past and present, crafting his own realities. ‘Dream Alive’ takes you through this journey, welcoming you through the pathways of the new century with stories that will not escape your mind. Excalion’s new line-up combines the powerful vocals of Marcus Lång with the strong compositions of Jarmo Myllyvirta, setting the scene for the band’s signature arrangements, tight rhythms and flawless soloing. The album was mixed by Tuomas Kokko at Electric Fox studio (Trio Niskalaukaus, Ghost Brigade) and mastered by Brett-Caldas Lima at Tower Studio (Ayreon, Adagio). The outstanding artwork that captures the storyline of the album was created by a rising star from Poland, Piotr Szafraniec.
interview: Army of Dagon The surprises keep on showing up, and it turns out that Army of Dagon is a band from right here in the Seattle area and somehow, it seems, they have been flying under the radar. This traditional, classic-style doom band released an album in 2015, the self-titled debut. Then in 2017 they did it again with Night of the Mystics. This is Army of Dagon from the state of Washington and they have some traditional, melodic doom headed your way. The band even has the full album streaming at the first link below, so there’s no excuse for diehard doomheads not to get with the program now. Check out the interview, but don’t forget to listen to the album, either. If you are in Seattle, catch them live on October 7th in Seattle. Hi, there, Army of Dagon! How are things for the band this year? You released your second album in 2017! Have you had a chance to rest a bit and recover from all album work? (Jonn Rockwell) Hi! Yes, we’ve recovered. It was actually really fun. Although it took a long time for my voice to recover. I pretty much blew it out while recording the album. I did not treat my voice well at all. Other than that, we take things pretty easy as a band. We try not to get too stressed out about what we’re doing. Recording this album was great. We recorded with Tad Doyle at his Witch Ape Studios here in Seattle. It took about 8 days to record and mix and it was a pleasure the whole time. Who is Dagon and what army do you mean? The Dagon we refer to is the one popularized by H.P. Lovecraft. In Lovecraft’s stories Dagon was kind an early Cthulhu, before he had written anything about Cthulhu. But both were sea-based old ones, gods of unimaginable power and unknowable motivations. There’s a reference in the ‘Dagon’ story that eventually he will tire of the scourge of humanity and
destroy us all. I guess the army in our name would be part of that struggle, fighting alongside Dagon as one of his minions or fighting on behalf of humanity against impossible odds.
Metal Archives says that you began in 2011. Take us back to before 2011 and what led to Army of Dagon. Yes, 2011 is when Dwayne, Andrew, and I started working together on some songs I had been messing around with at home. Before that, I was in a weird place personally. I hadn’t written anything or even played guitar at all for a few years and had been feeling pretty rootless mentally. I figured out that I needed to play something that would make me happy, so I went back to my love of horror and Lovecraft and 80’s metal and all these things I loved as a kid and started slowly basing some songs off that. Once I started playing with Dwayne and Andrew things changed up a bit and they added their influences to the mix, but those earlier ideas are still at the root of most of the stuff we write.
Your band is from Seattle. How long have you been playing shows in the Seattle region? We’ve been playing out since 2012 or so. But we really don’t play that often. We’d like to, but our regular lives make it hard at times. Most years we’ve played 2 or 3 shows. We’re pretty determined to get out a lot more this time around. We have some tentative plans for next year to get out of our immediate area a bit more. So look for that. I believe it will happen! You’ve been working fast. The debut in 2015. Then, boom, another one in 2017. Where is all this energy coming from? Like I said, we don’t play out too much at the moment. But we practice most weeks during the year. So we get together quite a bit and that gives us a lot of time to work on new stuff. When we’re in writing mode things come pretty quick. When I’m in a writing mindset, I record a lot of riffs on my computer or on my phone. I’ll often write whole songs, but sometimes I’ll just gather up a bunch of riffs and play them for the other guys and we start cobbling together bits that sound nice together. Eventually we’ll narrow it all down to 6 or 8 songs to really focus on and I’ll write lyrics and vocal parts and we go about tightening those up until we’re pretty happy with them. We don’t agonize over stuff. We’re not out to change the world or reinvent the wheel with our music, we just want to have fun and enjoy the music that we make and the time we have. Can you tell me a bit about Night of the Mystics, your new album? What themes motivate the ideas of Night of the Mystics? Night of the Mystics itself comes from the line ‘with night the mystics come to trade their forms’, a line from the song ‘Evening Sky’. And most of the songs have an element of strange mystical powers referenced in the lyrics.
Sound wise, we wanted a sound that was more powerful than our first album. We wanted to keep some of the rough edges and looseness that we have when we’re having a good rehearsal. Dwayne’s tom work on the drums and Andrew’s simple, heavy bass lines lend ritualistic elements to some of the songs which add a lot to the lyrics and themes. Tad’s work on the recording added to everything in a massive way, with huge drums and a big wide sound.
I have been reading your lyrics on Metal Archives. Are they correct there? It seems like you prefer to keep the lyrics vague about magic, myths and beliefs. Where do the lyrics come from? The lyrics at Metal Archives are correct. I think they were taken directly from our Bandcamp page and we entered those ourselves. I do keep the lyrics somewhat vague. I like to touch on the surface thing I may be writing about, but there’s usually another layer, something deeper I might be thinking about as I’m writing them. And sometimes I can go back to some lyrics a few years later and realize maybe my meaning was something completely different altogether.
Your lyrics also don’t seem to speak directly to reality. Your lyrics also are not personal, not angry, not political. Can you tell us about your thinking about this issue? Generally the lyrics are vague descriptions of scenes I have in my head. But I do try to keep politics and other real life stuff out. There’s no anger here, there’s enough of that inundating us every day. This is a break from that. These are stories and dreams. The lyrics to ‘Bring the Stars’ are different in that they are pretty personal, but dreamy and vague on purpose, because that’s what I saw when I wrote them. I wrote the lyrics for ‘Black Mountain Keep’ based on a scene my son described to me after hearing an early version of the song without any vocals. He told me he imagined us playing to hundreds of Gollums in a mountain cave and there were dragons flying around outside protecting us from things that were trying to get into the cave. I told him he was a genius and bought him a bunch of candy. With ‘Fera Magic’ I just wanted to write the most 80’s heavy metal lyrics I possibly could. Dwayne names a lot of our songs, sometimes before there are any lyric ideas, and I’ll often write lyrics based on a name he’s come up with. So, I don’t have one approach to writing, but once I start I really enjoy it, and I’m really proud of the lyrics on this album. Where are your next concerts? Do you have any other news that you’d like to share? We have a show coming up October 7th at the Skylark in West Seattle, then nothing scheduled after that this year. But next year we plan to play a lot more and get back to writing for whatever comes next! Thank you for your time. Thank you so much for asking us these questions and for giving us the opportunity to
talk about our music! armyofdagon.bandcamp.com facebook.com/armyofdagon twitter.com/armyofdagon @ArmyofDagon **
The death metal keepers Necrovorous (Greece) have been concocting their particular potion of primal preeminence amongst the gods and the mortals, within the dark alleys of the holy, the filthy and the insane, and they have been doing it for a long time, churning out demos, splits, EPs, an album and other such articles. They have been recording music for years and years, but things are getting even more interesting now with the band’s second full-length album, after more than ten years of confronting the mud and the swamp of the music business. The Greeks have found their way to Dark Descent Records, which if you think about it, seems like a perfect home for them.
Necrovorous has one thing in mind: the creation of classic-style death metal. Fine, fine, fine, but who is Necrovorous and what do they want with you? Why does the death metal fanatic find themselves in the aim of Necrovorous? Let’s find out now. By the way, now you and all of your sick friends can gather around the chimney on a dark and stormy night, drink some hot apple cider and do a test listen of the new Necrovorous work called Plains of Decay in its entirety because it’s available for full streaming at Bandcamp. The link is at the end of this interview with the wizards themselves: Necrovorous! Your band did good work with your new album Plains of Decay! Now that the album is finished, how is life for Necrovorous in Greece? How is life in general for your metal band in the ancient and legendary city Athens?! Athens has been cool for metal for years. We are in the middle of a metal renaissance right now, there was a great scene that produced tons of masterpieces back in the late eighties up to the mid nineties and right now we are going through a similar phase. Life for the Necrovorous chaps has always been simple and straight as nails, it’s mostly work, family, working out, music and flicks nowadays. As far as Plains of Decay is concerned, it seems that the album has created a quite positive buzz around the reviews keep on coming in and are mostly very positive. The cd is already out and we are waiting for the LP/MC versions. We are still very satisfied with what we managed to unearth with the new album. Necrovorous is classic-style death metal! I am new to Necrovorous. When did the band actually begin and have you been active since the beginning? Who are the members of the band now and who is answering this interview? On Metal Archives it shows that you have recorded a lot of music!
It’s Kostas answering this interview and currently Necrovorous is consisting of Vaggelis: drums, Kostas: vocals and Marios: guitars/bass. The band was founded in 2005 by S***eater (Vaggelis) and Pig*****r (Perikles), their goal was to fill a gap they felt it existed in the scene. Back then slam death metal and hitech brutal death metal was the order of the day, there wasn’t any dark and brooding death metal left except for the well known bands like Dismember, so the guys decided to get their acts together and create a combo influenced by old grindcore and death metal. The early sound of the demo tapes was mostly a hybrid of AUTOPSY, IMPETIGO, MASTER/DEATHSTRIKE, REPULSION, DR.SHRINKER, PUNGENT STENCH with some punky stuff thrown in for the good measure. The “Crypt of the Unembalmed Cadavers” 7”ep from 2009 was definitely the major turning point for Necrovorous. At that particular EP everything fell into place and the then new line-up seemed to have the ability to create extremely dark yet energetic music with uncanny ease. We pretty much resumed the same course for the first full-length, for the split EP with ANATOMIA and ultimately for the second album “Plains of Decay” which we feel encompasses our sound in a very effective manner. Everything fell into place on Plains of Decay, the tracks are better, the performances tighter, the production is great for what we do and the atmosphere is very morbid and twisted. I think that Plains of Decay has a good production! Where did you record the album? Do you record your own music in your own studio? How do you make the classic death metal production? The album feels good to the ear, and I can hear the instrumentation well. Thanks! We used the best gear possible and we tracked in several places. The
mixing/mastering was handled by Stamos Koliousis and took place at Nest studio in Norway where Stamos is currently located. There are so many different production styles that can be classified as “classic” death metal productions that we dig and are not necessarily “technically” proficient. We just wanted to keep the instrumentation spontaneous and the atmosphere grimy and somber without having to compromise the technical aspect, some old school fans tend to think that sloppy equals great but they keep on forgetting that the old school bands actually had their stuff together and knew what they were doing. In terms of sound engineering we didn’t want to brickwall the whole thing, we opted for as great tones as possible and we kept it as organic as we could. We think it works. Do you plan to tour in Europe to celebrate Plains of Decay? I hope your Greek fans like your new album! Do you have plans to play shows in the United States? Has your band ever played here in Seattle? Do you want to play a show in a dark, cloudy, grey and rainy city?! There are no tour plans as of yet but we are discussing with Matt from Dark Descent the possibility of getting the beast on the road again. We haven’t ever set foot on U.S soil before and we would very much like to do so. We want to play everywhere possible without losing tons of money. Can you tell us the story behind the song “Psychedelic Tribe of Doom”? That song is heavy, but melodic and it’s also like a melodic death doom song. Did you know you wanted the song to have a feel of doom before you gave it a title? We always want the lyrics to fit the music, this is a bet actually since I never write lyrics based on ready musical parts, but I somehow manage to achieve the perfect marriage of
sick texts and even sicker music. “Psychedelic Tribe of Doom” deals with a perverted, drug consuming killer hippie commune in the vein of the Manson family that lives off hallucinogens and act as predators. I have a soft spot for such stories, I love reading and watching videos about sects, ritualistic suicides, messianic megalomaniac religious leaders, etc. That song is a rollercoaster of a song and yes it starts in a brutal manner but ends as a hymn to despair, misery, hopelessness and desolation. Marios also played a killer solo in the end of the song that further enhances the feelings I am talking about, it makes me wanna rip my flesh apart…killer.
“Misery Loves Dead Company” is a fun name for a song. It’s not as funny as “Revenge of the Booger” from your demo from 2006! Was Necrovorous a gore death metal band in the early days? “Misery Loves Dead Company” is a more brutal song. The heaviness and brutality are a strong element in Necrovorous. Nothing can top the inane antics of the “Booger” days, the guys were total “Revenge of the Nerds” freaks back in the day. “Misery Loves Dead Company” is about a love story tainted by substance abuse that ended up in
a really horrific manner. Yes, Necrovorous used to be more gore inspired back in the day but now we are mostly dealing with whatever we find disturbing, as for heaviness, yeah, we want it to be so heavy that can crush you under its weight, we also want it to be dark and hopeless. I think we succeed in being a band that diminishes every sense of hope even though we are not a doom band. “Lost in a Burning Charnel Ground” shows the guitar tone at the beginning when one can hear the slow sound. I am curious. How do you get the guitar tone? I’m not sure, but do you like the early Dismember/Entombed guitar sound? They used the HM-2 pedal, but what equipment do you use? Something similar? No Boss HM-2 pilgrimage here. We love the Swedish buzzsaw patented sound but it is as I said already done ad nauseam. Our tone is much more multi-faceted dare I say. We wanted to convey a mixed bag of a tone as our influences range from MANTAS/DEATH to DISMEMBER, TIAMAT to ROTTREVORE, DETERIOROT to GOREFEST, SEMPITERNAL DEATHREIGN to BOLT THROWER and early CARCASS. Stamos worked with a variety of heads and cabs and I honestly don’t remember what he actually ended up using. The song “Cherish the Sepulture” is one of more direct tracks on the album. It’s a headbanging song for sure! But I cannot decide if I have a favorite song because they all sound good to me. What is your favorite song on the album? Or, is it like asking, which one of your children is your favorite?! Seriously I really cherish (pun intended) the new album as a whole but I think the “Cherish the Sepulture”, “Psychedelic Tribe” and “The Sun Has Risen” are the most representative of the bunch. Yeah, we love all of our children they are as ugly as we are, like father, like son. Do you have any news that you want to share
now? Thank you for your time! We have shirts and cds for sale, plus some of the older tapes and cds, get in touch or be brainwashed by a Jim Jones wannabe and drink his lethal koolaid. We sincerely hope we play some killer shows, score more records, cds, tapes and killer flicks. Die by Power! necrovorous.bandcamp.com facebook.com/necrovorous **
interview with Kömmand The black thrash band Kömmand took time out of their busy schedule to take on this inquisition (mostly written in Metalenglisch) questionnaire interrogation. Their debut album is from 2017 and it is called Nekrö Kömmandö Attack! Live it at the first link below and you too can rise to the rank of a kömmander of metal.
1.Hällo! Metal Bulletin zine wants to interrogate the Kömmand krüe about your metal konspiracies. The debut was released in 2017, but when did the konzept für the blackthrash originally begin? Why the blackthrash in partikular? What motivates the Kömmand körps to dedikate so much devotion to this style of nekrometal? I started writing Kömmand riffs in November of 2013. A lot changed for me in 2013 - the drummer of Skinwalker moved to Oregon, I got kicked out of Strychnine, my woman left me and I completed university. I had no feeling for the future, and a void in my output. Being fully marinated in BLACK METAL for years, my music vocabulary was stunted at the level of the cold, fast and hateful. But for me, the best parts of 2nd wave BM were always the D-beat sections and ROCK oriented songwriting. This, as well as the GREATS of yesteryear, Celtic Frost, Bathory, Destruction, Kreator, etc., are pure candy. I thought, “why wade through the fog of atmosphere to get to my candy riff?” Why not start a project of ALL candy riffs? Something I wouldn’t get bored of listening to in 1-2 months? Before, during and after these moments, my listening preferences have trended toward the ancient and the riff oriented. CARNAGE and EXHUMER are also steeped in metal lore. We live, breath, drink, and self-destruct for ANCIENT FAST METAL. And we were quite frankly, tired of the shit, safe, eyeliner, multipleadjective and diaper-metal bands out there. 2.Who are the members of the band now? One time I saw a post online of the kriminal aktivities of each bandmember für bands, podkasts, zines und other such things. Kann you please give us that information again here now so that we kann share it mit the fans?
Hiuhiuhiu, but of course! As I say, metal is everything for us. Carnage (4-string Krüshfukk) has been displacing neck-cartilage around Seattle for over 15 years with Nekro Morphosis and Process of Erosion, as well as booking shows at the 2 Bit Saloon (RIP) for years, and now booking Metal Mondays at the Substation. Exhumer (Ritualistikk Blackcircle Nekropounding) is one of the most dedicated people for the WAR-EFFORT I know! Until recently he played with Isenordal, he books various shows around Seattle and writes The Sentinel d.i.y. magazine. In addition to Kömmand, I play in Skinwalker and Wende, and record Zett’s Unsilent Storms Radio Podcast to soundcloud twice a month. Yesseah! Self-promotion is as ‘murican as baseball and wealth inequality! 3.Who rekorded which instruments on the album? Was it a projekt at that point? Does everyone in the band see eye to eye on what the band sound should be? By the way, what is the musical und band bakkground of the three kömmanders? Well, according to your fine publikation, “They hate each other and can barely talk to each other to make songs together”, HIUHIUHIU!!!!! We’re all united in what Kömmand should sound like. We each have our preferences, but we only honör the OLD WAYS with Kömmand. On the album, I recorded drums, guitars, and vocals, in that order. The band has been playing shows since summer 2014, but never with a stable lineup, so during the summer of 2016, I did the drums out of necessity as Exhumer hadn’t enlisted yet. Carnage recorded bass and handled the mixing and mastering work using his NEKRÖDRENCHED audio knowledge. And our musical and band backgrounds were amplified in the above question - we are true metal freaks!
I recorded my drums, in one take per song, excepting for Plague Doctor and Hailstorms 100-Proof, at a godsdamned COUNTRY music studio. The guitars and bass were recorded in a basement. The vocals in a bedroom. It doesn’t matter. The feeling will seep out of any location, if it’s present at all. 5.Related to the above kuestion, is it not diffikult to rekord drums in fast, extreme metal, especially if it is blasting drums? In your opinion, how does a band avoid cheating in drums und still have a good, professional drum sound if it is blasting metal? Is it or is it not possible? Kann you think of any examples of fast drumming in extreme metal that you know has real drums with no cheating? 4.In order to rekord blackthrash korrektly what is necessary for Kömmand? Where do you find the right studios? What type of guitar do you need? What is the preferred ekuipment necessary? How is the bass supposed to sound? What about drums? Should the drums be only the real sound from the aktual drums when the hand and foot hit the instrument? The way to record blackthrash korrektly is the way to record ALL music correctly: HONESTLY. No studio bullshit, not bells and whistles, every barnacle on the hull left INTACT!!!! Guitars, amplifiers, drums, studios - - almost completely irrelevant. Sound like you sound, and put in the work to sound good, and you’ll be fine. Play with feeling EMPHASIZED, and for FUKKSAKES, make your instruments sound like themselves!!! Drums must sound like drums, not typewriters or consistent, sterile snooze-fest clicks. NO!!!!!! Guitars, Bass, Vocals shouldn’t sound like anything but YOUR band. Don’t trick things up on the album! This is one of the best things about the best albums - the UNIQUENESS of the sound on that album. No other album sounds like Paranoid. No other album sounds like first Bathory. No other album sounds like Transilvanian Hunger, etc.
In Skinwalker, the drummer Blacksmith would remove the resonant head on his kick drum, and tune the beater head so it was slightly floppy. It was one of those with the fancy foam ring. Then he’d place the mic inside the shell near the Point Of Mallet ATTACK! That’ll do the trick. I’m no studio wizard or a drummer really, all I can say is… imperfect and organic > sterile and immaculate mechanization. As to the last queztion… even though he was a shameless perpetrator of “typewriter metal” in the mid-late 90s, Hellhammer’s performance on De Mysteriis in near flawless. It’s a shame Attila took a shit for vocals. Or just listen to Repulsion’s Horrified and Death Strike’s Fuckin’ Death demo for drums. You could do a lot worse than that. 6.In your opinion, where kann I find the best examples of the blackthrash guitar playing if I am studying this sound? Is it found in Destruction's early works? What about the early Celtic Frost albums? Nocturnal Breed? Nifelheim? What bands started the wildfire of Kömmand? Who does the hammer-ons a lot?
Who does the tremolo a lot? Just listen to 80s DARK THRASH. It will lead the way. Early “Teutonic”-thrash, Bathory, Celtic Frost/Hellhammer, Brazilian dark-80s-thrash, Italian dark-80s-thrash, Czech dark-80s-thrash, Slaughter Lord, Sabbat, Tormentor… But obviously, they would’ve never called their style “blackthrash”. Infernö/Aura Noir carried the torch in the dark days for the style… And currently… German blackthrash, Italian blackthrash, Brazilian blackthrash, Australian blackthrash, Sweden too - so much has changed! Hiu. Kolbotn bands are absolutely KILLING it. And Amerika is cultivating some great bands, especially on the coasts. Hail NORTHWEST THRASH CONTINGENT!!!! 7.Does the reaktion to your muzik enkourage Kömmand to kontinue? What did you expekkt the Seattle metalheads to think about your sound? Has the reaktion been what you expekted? Do you find that other metal bands are open-minded to sharing the stage with the nekrometal blackthrash of the kömmanders of the Kömmand köllektive? Well I was crafting snotty, atonal BLACKTHRASH riffs before anyone cared about Kömmand, and I’ll continue after they’ve perhaps drunk their fill so to speak. But really, people are sloshing their brains about to our diddies, so we couldn’t be happier. Maybe it’s a kick in seat for people exhausted by SLOW-MUSIC MOPIES and AdjectiveAdjective-Adjective-Metal curio-troupes. Who’s to say. We play loud, fast and snotty and that’s all there is to it. We’ve gotten on with most everyone, and most everyone has been congenial with us. It’s not rocketscience. Go to shows, support artists you value, and enjoy your terrestrial-span ‘cause the grave awaits us all.
8.Thanks for playing in Everett! It was great to hear the muzik live. What is next for the Kömmand konsortium now that you have an album done? Is it a good indikation of the band that you have already shown us what you mean by nekrometal right here in the state of Washington by rekording an album und you have written your name into the book of heavy metal. As of drünkenly responding to your Prrrrrompts, I have four songues written, with whisperings of more on the way, so there should be another album forthwith. It’d be good to take our ÜGLYTHINGS on road soon too. Maybe even looking across wide waters? Can’t say, but it’ll be a real hööt. 9.Kömmander Z likes to do the Celtic Frost exklamation vociferations. However, I want more of those. I am wondering if you are thinking of adding to your repertoire more vociferations like sounds of vomit, gagging, choking, screaming, high yells, and phrases like "thrash!," "here we go again," "kömmand!," "attakk!," “This is nekrö ugh!," "ugh ugh wargh ugh!," und other things like that. Would you konsider putting in more of those? Maybe add one that goes “ugh ugh nekrö argh!” I think I snuck in a “Thrash!” somewhere on the album, Yes? In any case, a “Pure Black Speed” is nestled lovingly in there, forsooth. No promises on any future interjections. They’re done IN THE MOMENT and any planning may result in proprietary payments to TOM G. All the vocals on the album were done in one take, straight through. Unchained melodies! The ‘ughs’ and the like will make a return though… happy hunting! 10.Does the Kömmander Z speak Norwegian? I think you know why I ask! The last song on the album seems to be in Norwegian.
Indeed it is, though I’m sure quite poorly. I don’t speak Norwegian, though I’m trying to learn. I en sneglefårt! For faen! I took a holiday to Norway in the summer of 2015 and I was on the whole quite taken with the place. Bergen especially is a magical city - very much like the PNW really. So the song desribes things I experienced: drinking Syv Fjell beer at the Garage, a CAT that sleeps in a precious stone shoppe, sticks carved with mundane rune messages - an old-Norse “Letter that Johnny Walker Read”! Priceless! So I had to attempt writing in Norwegian - for the city.
interview with Arallu Arallu is extreme metal from Israel. The music began in the late 1990s and in 2017 they released their sixth full-length work titled Six. One quarter genius, three quarters raving lunacy, Arallu is the work of veterans of what some people call “Middle Eastern black metal.” Remember three things: (1) the album is quality; (2) the music is chaotic but within the chaos there are melodies; (3) the music is extreme metal, with a huge dose of black metal, joined to the traditional melodies/music of the homeland and region of these Israelis.
11.Recently, there have been many important events taking place in the world. The end of the world is koming, I am told, und I do not have a plan. I have been listening to Nocturnal Breed’s Aggressor album. That’s the extent of my plan. Should I be doing something else to prepare for the end of the world? I recently threw a television set from the balkony of a hotel but that did not go well for me. Who do you think kould help me to pay my bail? Do you have the number of a good lawyer that kould help me? A fine album for the apokalypse! End of the world? Grow your own food and get a big weapon? Oh, and the best lawyer in the world is Mr. Dontgetcaughtdoingit. He’s got me out of many a bind! And as this is the last Kuezztion… I say thanks for the interview… Hail Carnage and Exhumer, hail the skullshakers, the patchhorde, NWTC, the breweries, Insomniac and Blacksmith, and all music that doesn’t suck eggs! Wipe yer assholes!
Hello! How is life for your band in Israel? Is metal alive and well in your city and in Israel in general?
Hello METAL BULLETIN and thank you for this interview. I’m Butchered, the main member of Arallu. We have Salem our pioneers of death metal bands from the 80ss. We have Orphaned Land that play all around the world and it's really great to see, but our metal scene is really small, not too many people comes to the shows and not really many good bands, unfortunately.
Was there something interesting in metal
music happening in Israel that you decided to form a band? Who is answering this interview and what instruments do you play? I’m Butchered the main member of the band. For the 2 first albums The War on the Wailing Wall from 1999 and Satanic War in Jerusalem from 2002 I played and recorded all instruments except the sessions drummer. Today I’m the main idea behind Arallu but I play only the bass guitar. Arallu was founded in Jerusalem in the middle of the conflict between the religions around the old city of Jerusalem in the 90s. When you live as the terror is surrounding you and you grow up in this endless conflict, if you want or not, it inspires you whatever you do. Our music influenced by band like Venom, Slayer, Celtic Frost, Bathory, Deicide and many others. Middle Eastern music is my childhood home music. My father was listening to this music since I was a child. The combination between the European sound and the Middle Eastern sound is not easy to do. When I started listen to the European black metal bands of the 90s, I really liked the idea of the local folk music inside the raw sound of the black metal. I thought to myself: "I can't play like that. I can’t write music like that. I can feel the cold and the mountains coming out from the speakers! If I will try to sound like that no one will listen to my music. I can’t make it sound like that. BUT if I will bring a special sound and guitar riffs with special instruments combined with them,” and that’s what happened. What big bands have played shows in Israel? How many times have you seen the Israeli band Orphaned Land live?! Like I said, the metal scene is really small, local bands bring for the top 100 people for the shows. Of course, when Metallica or GnR
coming 40,000 people are coming to see them, but it’s different. Metallica and Helloween are not that extreme, when you compare to the extreme bands like Arallu. Nile for example brought 140 people here. Kreator, 500 people. It’s really not much. Arallu is black metal, and extreme metal in general, that incorporates traditional sounds from your part of the world. In addition to the usual metal music instruments, what traditional instruments from your country did you use on the album? Our special instrument in "SIX" is the saz. Last album "GENIEWAR" it was sitar and before in "DESERT BATTLES" it was kanun. We don't want to repeat ourselves, we try to bring a different side of the Middle Eastern music every album. Not every part of every song you can add the saz or darbuka or sitar like in the previous album of the band. It takes hours to add these instruments in the right way and right place, but we will do it and work hard for that to bring a new sound to the global metal scene. Not everyone understands what we're playing. Like you can the reviews are good, and when you play risky music you know that can happen. We are not going with the main stream of black metal music, and that's ok with us. We're looking to bring something unique to global metal scene of today In the past you have had albums with titles like, The War on the Wailing Wall and also Satanic War in Jerusalem. Your latest one is simply called Six. What changes have taken place in your lyrics, compared to the past? Did you have problems in Israel because you called your album Satanic War in Jerusalem? Absolutely not! The War on the Wailing Wall and Satanic War in Jerusalem are albums from 2000. It’s 17 years ago when I start Arallu until today I have a clear message. The full
concept of Arallu is around the ultimate war over the Middle East because we living it. So I believe it's coming naturally even if we will try to ignore it. Arallu is NOT a political band. Arallu is a radical band in the music and the lyric. We do not hate anyone or anybody because of his skin color or his religion. Our lyrics are clear! We rise against what is offensive and hurting us. Us as human beings, us as individuals. The people in Israel don’t know what good life is. We are busy with worrying about personal and national security. Our lyrics are straight in your face, against the religions and what they represent and of course the people behind them. Our lyrics talks about all those things. From the wars of the ancient times as kings tried to rule Jerusalem, to the wars of today as ISIS are trying to destroy and kill anyone who doesn’t agree with their religious views. This album is the mirror of the human race, hypocrisy of the governments all around the world including Israel, and the unwillingness and fear to fight against the extreme religion leaders. Arallu is the horn of the situation in the Middle East and specially the horn of the wars all around the years in Jerusalem. We don't look for paper news headlines. We play and live black metal from the 90s. I saw so many death and blood over my life, so I'm really not afraid of Islamic groups because of my music. I remember the bus exploding next to me around the streets of Jerusalem when I was on my way to school. We saw every day the hatred comes through the TV news. I was 16 years old and the extreme black metal concept around Europe comes to my life mixed with bloodshed around Jerusalem is what brought Arallu band to life. It’s more than a decade that Arallu screaming about the global terror. Satanic
War in Jerusalem our second album from 2002, talking about the situation in Jerusalem that spread to the world. I wrote this album in 2001 when the Islamic terror attack everywhere in Israel and especially in Jerusalem. Unfortunately, Satanic War in Jerusalem became a self-fulfilling prophecy and today we all know it. The War on the Wailing Wall our debut album from 1999, was the mixed between our day life and extreme black metal against religions. How much Hebrew do you use in your songs? Are your songs mostly in English? Is Six a concept album? How does living in Israel affect your lyrics? In Six I wrote only one song in Hebrew “Philosophers”. There are phrases here and there like in “Adonay” but most of the lyrics are in English. "SIX" like the other albums of the band is talking about the situation around the Middle East as it crawls to Europe and the US, and some personal issues we deal with our everyday life, in the lyrics. The song "Adonay" is talking about a simple man from Jerusalem killed by terrorist attack and left behind him a huge world of people who loved him, but actually this song was talking about the last days of my grandfather who really suffered before he died a few months ago. He was my model and I really admired him. The song "Possessed by Sleep" is about the murder of a little girl named Hilell Yafe Ariel while she was sleeping and the terrorist killed her in bed. When you live around Jerusalem and you have 3 children all you're thinking about is how to keep them safe in this horrible world. From the other aspect we have the song "Soulless Soldier" which is about a soldier in the army service who fights the wars around Israel and when he killed a terrorist who tried
to kill soldiers the government put him to trail for that. It’s absurd. When I’m writing my music and my lyrics I'm not looking for some victories. I mean, I'm looking for something fresh, something that no one touched before. Because our music is a mix with extreme black metal music and Arabian/Middle Eastern music it's very hard to understand it in the first listening. Usually people who like extreme black metal don’t like the Middle Eastern parts and vice versa, when we wrote this album we knew its risky and we know it from the debut album from 1999, but Arallu always looks to bring something different to the global metal scene and we doing it in small steps. Tell us about the song “The Universe Secrets.” What is that yell at the beginning of the song? Is that a typical yell found in traditional songs in Israel? Mmmmmmm really interesting question. I believe you will not found this yell in any metal song in the all entire world, actually. It's a happiness yell of a traditional Middle Eastern party. The opening part of the song with the drums beat and the darbuka is like a Middle Eastern traditional song and that’s why we have this yell there. It's like I said, we looking to bring really unique parts around our songs. I don’t believe we will do this again for the future. We will look for something else. “Victims of Despair” has a traditional melody at the beginning. “Adonay” has a strong element of traditional percussion. Are those percussion patterns something you have grown up listening to in Israeli songs your whole life? Yes, exactly. If you will listen to the song "From the Desert to the Ice" from our previous album "GENIEWAR" or the song "DESERT BATTLES" from
the album, you will find the same ideas with different instruments and different acts. All the music of Arallu is around the Middle Eastern music with black metal basic.
What do you think of the melodies of bands like AlNamrood and Melechesh and Nile? Yeah, of course. Musically, Arallu belongs to the stream of the bands you mentioned. We are all thinking the same but act differently with our instruments. What can you tell me about “Oiled Machine of Hate”? The idea behind this song is to present the power of the religions hatred. How can it be is from 3,000 years ago until today people kill in the name of religions? The human race developed so many things - technology and curing illness that was killing millions only 200 years ago, but from the other side we are so primitive. Killing in the name of religion. It’s obscurity. This song was written is to open your mind to think about that and let you understand the situation. Has Arallu played many shows outside of Israel? Where do you find that you have the
most receptive audiences to your style of music? We played around Switzerland, Germany, Turkey, Hungary, Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia. I think it was a shock for a lot of people from our style and our sounds. Metalheads not accustomed for the sound we bring and it's so great to see the feedbacks. Thank you for answering the questions. Do you have any news that you would like to share? If a person wants to support your band, what is a direct way of supporting your band? If you would have asked about dreams in one of your questions, so touring USA would definitely be a dream come true. For everyone interested in supporting us and buying our stuff, the best way is through our Bandcamp.
time of men” in a geological sense. It's conveniently shorter than the official Anthropocene era. A lot of our music tells the story of the destructive relationship of people and their surroundings. More on that later… As for the band members, we’re a five piece. We’re lucky to have a good dynamic where everyone is a creative contributor and brings part of their style to the mix. Our guitarists have also both taken up a mantle of recording, mixing, and mastering and our singer has to work the crowds while we're busy with our instruments and writes the lyrics. Our drummer handles a lot of the communications with venues and logistics for the band. Our bassist doesn't do much other than show up and play.
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interview with Anthrocene Welcome to the music of Anthrocene! This is a band from the state of Washington, U.S. They are quite the eclectic metal bunch as you will find out in this interview, which is answered by their bassist Keith. Thank you, Keith and Anthrocene! What is going on in the world of Anthrocene? What is an anthrocene, by the way? Who is in the band and what are their responsibilities? Hello! We're playing a few shows over this holiday season and doing some studio work. The name Anthrocene just kind of came to us one day. It's meant to be something like “the
I saw Anthrocene live, without knowing much about your band. Your singer was wearing overalls. Why does your singer wear overalls? Why does the rest of the band not do that? Is there disagreement about your theme or about the importance of overalls?! The overalls relate to the lyrical content. Our
story arc follows a character named Lumberjack Daniels through blundering accidents, dark transformations, and ventures above his meager humanity into sublime territory. We're saving the details for liner notes. There's no disagreement about this theme, we just don't all need to be in overalls and plaid. I doubt most of us even own overalls.
speak for themselves. Any other news? We've told you about our album progress. Come see us live readers! Our next show is at Tony V’s wingfest on December 9th in Everett. facebook.com/pg/anthroceneband/
Live, the music sounded like power metal, prog, thrash, metalcore, or like a mix of various sounds. Do you hate the question?: "What style/genre do you play?" Also, Anthrocene features the bass prominently, unlike some bands who don’t seem to care about the bass.
We don't really hate the question, but we're not going to answer it. We like the freedom to explore all of these styles, but we think we're converging on some elements that tie them all together and make them sound like Anthrocene.
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Lots of metal has great bass parts. From War Pigs and Iron Maiden to Beyond Creation and Gorguts, there are a lot of counterexamples to the idea that bass shouldn't exist in metal. There are four songs online. Eclectic, but you manage to make it all sound like normal Anthrocene music. What is next on your recording agenda? We're hard at work on an LP. We have about an hour of material and we're excited about getting it done. You mentioned that the material managed to sound like “normal Anthrocene” music, and we think we'll be able to sustain that through a full length despite some other style curveballs in the mix. We're not trying to be gimmicky by switching gears constantly and we hope the songs will
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