Sunday, January 27, 2013

Merdarahta Interview

1.Can you tell us a little bit about the project for those that have never heard of you before?
When Fuck The Facts was doing Die Miserable we had a recording that I really wanted to use as the B side of the cassette version. This was the “Snake Charmer/Towers” release. It just didn’t feel like Fuck The Facts, it felt like something new. So we made the decision to put it under a different name even though all members of FTF played on it.
2.How would you describe your musical sound?
The approach is very different from Fuck The Facts. I see Merdarahta as our vacation away from FTF. We started Fuck The Facts as a place where we could have complete artistic freedom, and I don’t think anything will ever replace FTF for me. So to do something else there had to be a very different method and frame of mind to how we would create.
In Merdarahta the music we make is based mainly on improvisation sessions that we record. Nothing is perfect, but it really captures the moments when everything starts to come together. There’s no going back and trying it again, what you hear is the idea being played as it was coming out. We end up with something that I don’t think we ever would have, if we had sat down to try and “write” it.  It’s an unbroken flow of ideas and sense of simply being submerged in the moment.
3. What are some of the concepts the band brings out in the music?
Simplicity is what I aim for. Lots of room and space to let everything slowly morph from section to section. Since there are no lyrics and any vocals are used more as an extra layer, we’re really just trying to create ambience more than send a message.
4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the bands name?
The name “Merdarahta” itself is taken from an ambient noise Fuck The Facts track from 2003. Even if it’s a different project, I wanted it to be connected to FTF.
5. Has the band had any oppurtunities to do any live shows, if so what are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and how would you describe your stage performance?
We did one show so far. It was opening for Jucifer in Aug of last year. Since all the recordings are based solely on improve sessions I didn’t think it would be fair to try and recreate those performances, so instead we came up with some new ideas and a basic structure to play with. I was really happy with how it turned out and I look forward to taking Merdarahta to the stage again.
6. Has there been any label interest for the project?
That not something we’ve tried to look for and since the project is very new and really something we just do on the side, it’s not something that’s really needed. I’m happy to release Merdarahta recordings independently.
7. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of drone?
The feedback we have gotten has been very positive. But again, because the activity level of the project is so low, there are not a lot of people that have heard these recordings.
8. What is going on with the other band projects these days?
Fuck The Facts is always busy. We have a lot of new recordings in the works, which also includes our new full-length album. Also, The Sun Through A Telescope (who is one of the main contributors to Merdarahta) is also just about to release a new full length album.
9.What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?
I already have a lot of recording sessions to go through and work on. Most of it is pretty similar to the 2 releases we’ve already done, but some others have a bit more of “jam” vibe with more drums and even riffs. We’ll see how it all comes together.
10. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
I’ve always loved noise and ambient music and that’s what I’m trying to get out with this project. Create noise that’s still somewhat musical. Bands like Painkiller, Massonna and Trail Of The Bow are a few bands I can think of as influences. As for what I’m listening to recently, it’s been a lot of Black Sabbath, Priestess and Marvin Gaye. 
11.Does Occultism play any role in the music?
No. It’s all about atmosphere and creating a mood. I’m not really into any sort or Occultism or religion.
12.Outside of music what are some of your interests?
Not many, but I could probably use another hobby. Even when I’m not working on my own music, I’m recording and mixing bands at my studio Apartment 2. Music and hanging out with my 2 year old daughter are the only things I really like to do.
13.any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?
Thanks for the interview and your interest. Cheers!

Pathogen Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?

Morbid Hails, Comrade! First of all thanks for this interview and hell-o to all your readers! Well, we are always busy creating and rehearsing new materials. 2013 is shaping up to be a very busy year, with the release of “Miscreants Of Bloodlusting Aberrations” on Dunkelheit Produktionen looming on the horizon. And the planned split CD release with Toxemia(PH) and another split with the Canadian black metal stalwarts, Black Pestilence on 7-inch vinyl. The songs for our next full-length album is already done we’re just adding the finishing touches on it and it is also scheduled to be recorded this year.

2.How would you describe the musical sound of the new album and how it differs from previous releases?

“Miscreants…” is actually our second album. It was recorded in 2009 and released on cassette tape by a very low-key French underground label, Satanized Productions in March of 2010. We sent promos of it to various labels for a CD release but nobody seemed to be interested in it, until in 2012 when I came across Bernd of Dunkelheit Produktionen through trading-and he expressed sincere interest to release it. And he really made his promise into reality! The main difference of ‘Miscreants..’ to be precise, is songwriting-wise, they’re some of the most well-structured and thought out songs we ever did despite still being under produced, it was the best sounding recording we ever made so far because we a lot more time in preparing for the songs, and it was recorded in an analog recording studio. Unlike our first album, “Blasphemous Communion”(2007) which was totally rushed and not very well mixed. It almost sounded ‘crusty’ when I listen to our first album and early demos today. We went back to that rushed, raw approach for our third album, “Forged In The Crucible Of Death”(Old Temple Records. Poland, 2012)due to financial reasons. It’s always very difficult scrounging out the finances for our recordings, being a band from a middle-of-nowhere third world shithole. We have no managers, producers and very little hometown support, but we always persevere and make things happen. Luckily though, technology has made recording music a little bit more affordable these days with the advent of home recording studios.

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

  • Pathogen’s lyrics, in a broader sense, are usually about the darker human inhibitions. I’ve always been fascinated by strange psychological behaviors such as lust, megalomania, egotism, insanity-you know stuff that usually leads to warfare, atrocities, perversion, genocide, and other maniacal behaviors. We also wrote some stuff about history on songs like “Shroud Of Silent Death” and “Uranium Messiah”, etc… While others are classic death metal lyricisms on songs, like “Ode To The Macabre”, “Necrological Rites”, “Heretical Wisdom”, etc. I’m always moved by bands who write great and really interesting lyrics. A lot of people think that lyrics are not important, but I beg to differ. Reading the lyrics adds another perspective to the sound.Today it seems that many new bands don’t really care about lyrics or even having good song titles, which is quite a shame, really because they are a big part of what makes metal really rad and cool!

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

The inspirations are plagues and diseases that infect the populace! Pathogen’s music will infect and spread throughout the world and once you get infected there is no cure! 


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

Certainly there are many factors that affect our stage performances, but when the conditions are right expect a full-on skull-crushing metallic onslaught! Hmm…there are way too many great shows to remember! Ones that stood out are the gigs with Beast Petrify, Warbringer, Impiety and Dying Fetus to name a few, but more often than not playing in some hole-in-a-wall venue with crappy equipment in front of a few supportive friends all going crazy are some the best live moments we ever had!

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

Hopefully, in the near future this would become a probability. We’ve always dreamed of touring the world playing in front of maniacs every night-aaarrrggghhh! There is nothing better than that! I mean, what else is there in this bullshit life? Death probably, but I’m not too eager to find out just yet! Right now we could not afford the logistics of embarking on a European tour or something like that. We need to find a good management and booking agent for this to happen. It’s hard enough for us playing in far-flung provinces here in the Philippines, let alone an international tour. We all thought in the beginning that if we can’t afford to play constantly in far provinces we’ll just write, record more music and send them out overseas to fanzines, demo traders, or anybody interested! But hopefully things will change for us soon because we’ve worked so hard for a better part of the last decade until today to establish our name overseas despite our lack of resources, equipment, and money. We forged ahead even during the darkest days when we have seriously doubted our future. One thing I can really be proud of Pathogen compared with other bands, is that we have a very blue collar work ethic.

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of underground metal?

Generally, our music is so much more well-received by people overseas than it is here in the Philippines-which explains why 90% of our musical output are released by foreign independent labels. But in the beginning we would have been happy enough to record a demo and maybe break up and venture into other musical areas. But as soon as we started to get noticed by the underground demo trading circuit, we thought maybe it’s about time we took things seriously. Anyhow, in a local level, it’s largely uncommon to find people who really understood what we are about and really likes our music and appreciates the underground DIY ethics and all that, especially here in our city-the majority of the brain-dead masses here don’t even knew we exist and that’s so god-damn cool! And those who knew us in the local musical community think we were a joke and couldn’t play a single note of music and therefore could not believe our music actually get released overseas and all that shit. They thought we were making up all that stuff. What the hell!?

8.What is going on with the other musical projects these days?

I’ve recently cut down working with other musical projects in order to focus more on Pathogen, and besides my other musical involvements were not as serious as Pathogen. I like the entire sub-genre of metal from black to doom to grind to traditional metal, I like ‘em all! But death metal is still the closest thing in my heart in terms of music! The pure fucking energy, chaos and dark, horrific atmospheres still give me an adrenaline rush even today! True Death Metal just doesn’t get old to me!

9.What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?

In every release we try to add subtle elements of whatever music we are into at the moment without changing our sound too much. We might add a little thrash, doom, black, grind on our song-writing formula-depending on what other forms of extreme metal we’re listening to. The cool thing is death metal is probably the only musical genre other than jazz where you can combine other musical styles and still be death metal! I don’t want to disclose anything about our future releases for now. Just keep your eyes and ears peeled for our upcoming releases.

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

The members of Pathogen all came from various other bands before and obviously, we all like and influenced by the wide spectrum of metal music from classic heavy metal to death, grind, thrash, doom metal. A large part of our musical education came from listening and absorbing the kind of music that we like. But we also listen to other genres such as punk, crust, D-beat, experimental music, progressive and classic rock of the 60’s and 70’s and such. If all we did was listen to metal I’d probably get sick of it in a few years! Basically, any music that has a non-compromise attitude is cool for me. The only thing I can’t stand is mediocre music. As for Pathogen our immediate influences are, Repulsion, Autopsy, Cancer, Cerebral Fix, Sacrilege UK, Morbid Angel, Benediction, Unleashed, Deceased. Carnage, Brain Dead, Master, Dismember, Winter, Celtic Frost/Hellhammer, Sodom, Possessed, etc. Classic stuff mostly. Right now I’m listening to Rigor Sardonicus, Gripe, Morta Skuld, Nerlich, Black Feast and Rudimentary Peni.

11.Does Occultism play any role in your music?

Not a whole lot, really. It’s still reality that inspires us to create music.

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

Women and alcohol, of course! Haha! I enjoy mountain biking and skateboarding from time to time. I also tend to read a lot about history, philosophy, etc. Stuff like that. 70 percent of my time everyday is consumed by music. I don’t know why. It’s just an itch that I can’t scratch!

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

Oh yeah, check out ‘Miscreants Of Bloodlusting Aberrations”. It should be out very soon on Dunkelheit Produktionen. And also our more recent releases, “Forged In The Crucible Of Death” (Old Temple Records. Poland), and ‘Lust Of Evil” cassette EP (Afterlife Productions, Malaysia). Thanks again for this interview, man! Watch out for our upcoming new releases as well! Metallic regards!


Dperd Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?
We’re currently composing new tracks which could be part of our next release. If everything’s alright, we’re entering the studio at the end of 2013.

2-How would you describe the musical sound of the new album ?
There’s not a correct way to describe music with words. If we’d label it as pop-wave-melancholic-crepuscular rock I think it’d be quite pointless: I want to be in the shoes of those readers who’ve never listened to our music. For the benefit of our fans I can say, if we want to compare “Kore” to our previous works, there’s gonna be fewer keyboards and more dark, atmospheric guitars.
Anyway, the piano will always play its usual primary, important role.

3-What are some of lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the new release ?
Most of our lyrics, with few exceptions, are about moods, feelings, Valeria’s difficulty in relating with people in general. Our next release, “Kore” is no exception, which probably means Valeria’s difficulty hasn’t decreased but probably increased with the passing of time. She rejects cynical, cold people; pushiness and opportunism in relations scare her; she hates submitting to all those social rules which smother and paralyse her energy and naturalness.

4-The album tiltle has a reference to Greek mythology, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in that topic ?
The cult of Kore (Proserpine for the Romans) was massively followed for centuries in our hometown, Enna. She represented the “rebirth” of nature after winter torpor. The climax of the cult was at harvest time. Christianity absorbed Kore and transformed her into the Virgin Mary, patron saint of harvest. Even today, in Enna dialect, we have the stock phrase “Kori, Kori!”, which expresses wonder, exultation, sorrow or astonishment. In one of his travels, Francesco of My Kingdom Music, after spending some days in Enna, was so fascinated by the atmosphere of the town that he thought about evoking it in the album title. We agreed.

5- Has the band been able to play out live or is this a studio project ?
Well, we don’t like using backing tapes and assorted help when gigging, because there’s not that much live in them (actually we don’t use them in the studio, either). So Dperd could play live, provided we can find three musicians at least who want to play with us. Then we should try and organize everybody’s commitments, and Valeria’s difficulty in obeying schedules and times (she’s hyperactive, with very short concentration and attention time spans). We’ve never managed so far; we’ll see…

6- On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music fans of dark wave ?
Lots of people from all ends of the world write to us, even from remote places. They show us their affection and are a very strong stimulus for us to play on. But Dperd are, and will always be, a cult band. We’re too melodic to be fully underground, and there’s too little singing and too may instrumental parts in our tracks to be appreciated by pop music lovers. We like it like this.

7-Are there any other musical project besides this band or is this a full line up ?
We used to play in a gothic rock band of the nineties, called Fear of the Storm. Dperd is our current and exclusive music project now.

8-What direction do you see your music heading into future releases ?
Tracks always take unexpected twists and turns whenever we record and mix them, as if they were alive and with a will of their own. We are arranging the new tracks, they’ll show their real selves with time.

9-what are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays ?
I think we’re influenced by movies soundtracks, especially those from the seventies, then progressive rock and psychedelia. Of course a lot of wave of the eighties, the trip pop of the nineties, and post rock. But I don’t want to speak about styles anymore, I wish all listeners and music critics weren’t conditioned by prejudices and barriers and limits could be broken.

10-Outside of music what are some of your interests ?
I love cinema and reading. Valeria gets bored with a movie (too long and static for a hyperactive type), but she adores reading. We both like drawing, although our styles are different: I love the bold outlines of comics, she likes chiaroscuro and blurred pencilled outlines.

11-Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview ?
We thank all those who’ve been so kind and patient as to read it through.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Blitzkrieg Baby Interview

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

Blitzkrieg Baby is a norwegian group whose musical heritage is informed by a wide range of industrial music, especially from the early days of Industrial, when there was a musical openness about it. Our debut album "Porcus Norvegicus" is out through Neuropa now.

My name is Kim Sølve, I am the founding member of Blitzkrieg Baby. In addition to me, people performing on the said album are Alan Belardinelli, Anders B. (Mind & Flesh, Three Winters), Bjeima (Alfa Obscura, Virus, Yurei) and Petter Berntsen AKA Plenum (Swarms, -M-).

2. How would you describe your musical sound?

Industrial, in the widest possible sense. Considering the variation between tracks it is not really doable to give a simple description that fits the entire breadth of our material. But the confrontative, discordant, bombastic darkness is a recurring thing. People whom know early Laibach, SPK, NON, and artist from Cold Meat Industries might find something to their liking.

3. What are some of the concepts the band explores with the music?

To sum it up: the filth of humanity, in all its shapes and variations. We don't differentiate. Blitzkrieg Baby is born from human degeneration; others and our own.

We often have a healthy tad of humor in what we do, it's in everything I do I believe, Blitzkrieg Baby is like an outlet for all the things that get bottled up and have nowhere to go.

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

The name is taken from Una Mae Carlisle's song of the same name. The original theme of the song is something completely different than what we are putting into it. To us, Blitzkrieg Baby is a child born from the filth of the collective human behavior and history.

5. Has the band played out live or is this a studio project?

So far we are a studio project. But there's a strong will to perform live and I hope to take Blitzkrieg Baby to the stage at some point. Who will join me on stage is not certain yet though, but I expect Alan, the vocalist on several of the album tracks, to be at the Blitzkrieg core, at least when doing tracks that require vocals. But in general Blitzkrieg Baby is not a tightly knit group that rehearses weekly or anything like that.

6. The new album came out on Neuprona Records, how did you get in contact with
this label and how would you describe the support that they have given you so far?

I have been running Trine + Kim Design Studio for years now doing artworks for music, among others. Neuropa got in touch with us years ago to get artworks done for some of their releases. In the meantime, me and Kim from Neuropa have also started the label Adversum together and now he is releasing Blitzkrieg Baby on his own label.

7. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of dark

The album has just been released and promotion is only just beginning, but so far the reaction has been positive to say the least. I do believe this is an album that might appeal to a wide range of audiences, despite (or, because of) its dark and confronting nature. I'm sure there are people that will hate it too, which is fine.

8. What is going on with the other musical projects these days?

I also play in -M-, Swarms and have a dark ambient solo project called K100 that recently signed to Cyclic Law. I'm involved in Three Winters that are releasing "The Atrocities EP" on cassette through Beläten in february. I run the Adversum label and my main occupation is running Trine + Kim Design Studio together with colleague and life partner Trine, doing artworks for this and that. The debut album by -M- will be out this year through Adversum.

Blitzkrieg Baby is keeping busy. We did a few interludiums on norwegian Black Metal band Koldbrann's recent album "Vertigo", released through Seasons Of Mist. During spring we are premiering a modern ballet performance with 20 dancers, with commissioned music by Blitzkrieg Baby. We're also soon doing a full length cassette for the swedish label Beläten. We have a lot in the works.

9. What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?

Blitzkrieg Baby is going in several directions at the same time. We are in the 12th year of Blitzkrieg Baby's miserable life, so there's some amount of material about to be readied for the willing victims. In general, we are becoming grittier, darker and meaner. Hopefully we are becoming better and even more entertaining.

As long as the music feels like Blitzkrieg Baby we have few boundaries. It's all about gut feeling. We do want we want to, or need to, at any given time. And we are doing it all the time, like rabbits.

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

Nowadays I listen to pretty much all kinds of music, I've been spinning a lot of Bryan Ferry and Roxy Music lately, as well as Atrax Morgue, Dean Martin, and a lot of Pop music (as always), but that's just the last couple of days. There's so much music out there that I listen to different music all the time. I run a label called Adversum and I've spent some time listening to the two albums we released in October, Yurei's "Night Vision" and Stagnant Waters' self titled album. While writing this interview I have been listening to Scott Walker and Haus Arafna.

However, early inspirations for Blitzkrieg Baby was early Laibach, Coil, NON and artists released by Cold Meat Industries in the mid nineties. Nowadays I get inspired by anything.

11. Does Occultism play any role in your music?

It depends on your definition of occultism. But on a general level I would have to say no, I think the day to day reality in all its horridness is Blitzkrieg Baby's main concern.

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

I try to make the most of life. I work a lot, but I also play a lot.

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

Please lend an ear to our releases. I believe some of your readers might find solace in the music we have released so far. "Porcus Norvegicus" is available from Neuropa now, go to to order. Tasters are available on Blitzkrieg Baby's Soundcloud here:

We have contributed to three compilations lately:
"A Somatic Response" compilation cassette, released by Beläten. Stream available here:

"Satanic Panic" download compilation by Grimtown Records, available here:

"Operation Payload" download compilation by Grimtown Records, available here:

You're welcome to join Blitzkrieg Baby on Facebook for frequent updates:

Thanks for the interview!

Monday, January 21, 2013

Pathogen/Miscreants Of Bloodlusting Abberations/Dunkelheit Produktionen/2013 CD Review

   Pathogen  are  a  band  from  the  Philippines  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  primitive  form  of  old  school death  metal with some thrash,  black,  and  doom  metal  influences  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2013  album  "Miscreants  Of  Bloodlusting  Abberations"  which  was  released  by  Dunkleheit  Produktionen.

  Drums  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  drumming  with  some  blast  beats  being  utilized  at  times,  while  the  bass  playing  has  a  very  dark  tone  with  riffs  that  follow  the  riffing  that  are  coming  out  of  the  guitars.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  old  school  death  metal  riffs  that  are  very  raw  and  primitive  sounding  with  some  thrash,  doom,  and  black  metal  influences  being  thrown  into  the  riffing  as  well  as  some  dark  sounding  melodies,  while  the  lead  guitars  are  very  old  school  sounding  death  metal  guitar  solos  and  leads.

  Vocals  are  all  80's  era  death  metal  growls  and  screams  that h ave  a  blackened  death  metal  feeling  to  them  at  times,  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  occult  themes,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  dark,  heavy,  raw  and  primitive  sound  to  it  going  back to  the  original  death  metal  sound  with  some  of  the  songs  being  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  Pathegen  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school,  raw  and  primitive  death  metal  band  with  thrash,  doom,   and  black  metal  influences  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Heretical  Wisdom"  "Leviathan"  and  "Uranium  Mesiah".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Dperd/Kore/My Kingdom Music/2013 CD Review

  Dperd  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  Etherial  Dark Wave  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2013  album  "Kore" which  was  released  by  My  Kingdom  Music.

  Drum  programming  are  all  slow  beats,  while  the  synths  bring  a  Romantic  and  melodic  dark  wave sound  to  the  music,  as  for  the  vocals  they  are  all  female  singing  and  they  bring  in  the  etherial  elements  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  electric  guitars.

  Lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  Italian  and  English  with  themes  that  cover  darkness  and  melancholy,  as  for  the  production  it has  a  very  strong,  powerful  and  professional  sound  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments that  are  present  on  this  recording.

  In  my  opinion  Dperd  are  a  very  great  sounding  etherial  dark  wave  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of this  musical  style,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "You'll  Be  Watching  Me"  "Tree  Song"  "Sono  Qui"  and  "Train  Song".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.   * 

Friday, January 11, 2013

Gulaggh/Vorkuta/Coma Selection/2012 CD Review

  Gulaggh  are  a  band  from  the Netherlands  that  plays  a  harsh  form  of  noise  with  black  metal  influences  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2012  album  "Vorkuta"  which  was  released  by  Coma  Selection.

  Violins  and  trumpets  bring  a  very  avant  garde  sound  to the  music  while  also  capturing  the  brutality  of  harsh  noise  mixing  in  some  black  metal  elements  as  well  as  some  percussion,  vocals  are  all  samples  taking  from  Soviet  camps  during  the  second  world  war.

  Song  themes  cover  torture  and  suffering,  while  the  production  has  a  very  dark, raw  and  primitive  sound  to  it  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording  with  the  only  song  on  this  album  being  over  45  minutes  long.

  In  my  opinion  Gulaggh  are  a  very  great  sounding  classical/noise  hybrid  with  some  black  metal  influences  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of t his  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  BUY.