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Thursday, April 9, 2020

The progenitor of Ambient Black Metal returns


 
 
The progenitor of Ambient Black Metal returns
 
With icy melodies, haunted screams and an atmosphere as thick as the winter snows, LUSTRE returns. "The Ashes of Light" continues Nachtzeit's legacy with majestic splendour; its enthralling atmospheric black metal searching for lost secrets in the woods, among the stars.
 
Otherworldly keyboards and epic, long melody lines stretching across galaxies soothe the soul with their mysterious echoes of ancient truths. The dreamlike ambience is hypnotic and mesmerizing. Escape your daily woes and the modern noise by stepping into the grand, ethereal halls of LUSTRE.
 
 
 
LUSTRE "The Ashes of Light"
 
The 7th studio album "The Ashes of Light" will be available on multiple formats and is due for release on April 24th.
 
More information on formats and pre-order:
 
NEW SINGLE!
Like Music in the Night


Listen here:

https://orcd.co/like-music-in-the-night

 

Sliptrick Welcome Swedish Metal Duo THUNDERMAKER

Sliptrick Welcome Swedish Metal Duo THUNDERMAKER
Joining the ranks at Sliptrick Records this week:
Thundermaker (SE) Heavy Metal
A Swedish metal opera! Founded in 2013 by Marty and Eddie, Thundermaker play a classic style of heavy metal, the way it sounded way back when. Over the years, they have worked with some of the best in metal with various musicians appearing as guests on their releases. These have included Blaze Bayley, Kane Roberts, Göran Edman, Andy La Rocque & Ronny Munroe.
The band released their debut album (inc. guests Andy La Rocque, Göran Edman, Martin Steene & Mike Andersson) in 2014 via Swedish record label Double “PT” Records” in November, 2014 and work began in 2016 on their second album Gods Of The Earth (also via Double “PT” Records”) which was released in August 2017. This one featured guest appearances by Kane Roberts, THOR, Blaze Bayley, Wade Black, Paul Stead & Mike Andersson.
Thundermaker have just recorded 12 new tracks for their upcoming album which will be released via Sliptrick Records in late 2020. The band are eager to see what the future holds and are looking forward to their new journey.
Thundermaker are:
Martin Gummesson – Rhythm & Lead Guitars/Bass/Keyboards | Eddie Juneskär – Drums/Percussion

SLOWBURN "Rock'n'Roll Rats"


 
OUT NOW!!!
 





ArtistSLOWBURN
TitleRock'n'Roll Rats
Ref.FIGHT 038 CD
Release date25.02.2020
Barcode0715255695986
Track list:
01. Still in the Fight
02. Clever than You
03. Metallist
04. Rock'n'Roll Rats
05. Head in a Box
06. Run Out
07. Victims of Ambition
08. Night Protectors
09. Vigilantes


Description:
     Debut album by this spanish band that plays a Heavy Metal of multiple influences ranging from 70's Hard Rock to 80's Metal. They have covered bands like SAVATAGE, DIO, IRON MAIDEN, MERCYFUL FATE, OZZY and BLACK SABBATH... and thus their influences.

Buy CD here:

http://shop.xtreemmusic.com/english.item.index.php?&id=20875

Buy Digital here:
http://fighter-records.bandcamp.com

Listen on Spotify

Band Website
:

www.facebook.com/SlowburnHeavyMetal

Listen to a song here:
https://youtu.be/b-g_pmx2Av8
https://youtu.be/rlBLdG7vVi8

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download the album for listening & review.
 

Brutallian: tribute made to the great Sepultura classic officially debuts on all digital platforms

Chosen by several specialized vehicles as one of those responsible for releasing one of the best Heavy / Thrash albums of 2018, the musicians from Brutallian promise a 2020 full of news and releases, succeeding the album Reason For Violence.


The first song presented after this, is a tribute to the iconic and considered one of the biggest names in Brazilian Metal, Sepultura. Brutallian that launched on its YouTube channel, the official clip for the song Arise, present on the album of the same name and released by Sepultura in 1991, now reaches all digital platforms so that fans and followers can listen to the version recorded by the musicians from Maranhão.

The track is available in all official digital music apps and below is the link for Spotify users:
Also watch the official video that was released on Brutallian's YouTube:
Lineup:
Pablo Barros – vocal
Lex Wave – guitarra
Fabio Matta – baixo
Raul Campos – bateria

More Information:



Facebook Page Oficial: https://www.facebook.com/RoadieMetal/

Buckle up Steven Cannon,of Broken Trinity. speaks....... A LOT

1.Introduce yourself and your band and tell us why we should listen to you.

Hail! I'm Steven Cannon, the vocalist, lyricist and creator of the concept behind Broken
Trinity. WHY should you listen to us? Well, we are DEFINITELY not ones to tell people to
"do this," or "do that." We definitely know people's frustrations over the fact that 99.9
percent of the music on the radio is rehashed "classic rock" hits from over 30 years ago.
Back when music was still kinda new and fresh, and metal was huge.

We CAN promise you we're bringing something new to the table. And no; bass,
guitars (lead and rhythm) drums and vocals are nothing "new," in fact there's very
little left to do in metal that hasn't been done within the last 50 years. We DO utilize
a drum machine instead of a real drummer, maybe that's different as we do that
live as well, but that's only because we haven't found a REAL drummer who is A.
consistent enough and B. already in 5 or 6 bands.

But anyway, we're off track. Traditional doom metal meets death metal has been
done already. Mixing traditional doom and BLACK metal? It's been done, but SO
few have done it. Darkflight and Forest Stream are two that spring to mind. And I
only mention Darkflight because I sang clean vocals on half their last record "The
Hereafter." But traditional clean sung doom with black metal guitar work and vocals?
Maybe some NWOBHM, and thrash in there? Who's doing THAT!??

Oh, yeah. We are... And it's not easy... YOU try gutripping blackened shrieks and then
singing in a higher tone. I figure one day I won't be able to do it at all either... But I can...
For now...

2. What do you classify your sound as, Who do you tell people you sound like?

As mentioned above, we're somewhat of a traditional doom metal band with black
and thrash metal elements. Not just a dash here and there (although there's
supposed to be a LOT more doom; we're new here, folks, bear with us). There's
also some thrash and death metal elements; personally I want to limit the death
metal stuff as much as I can... Not a huge fan of death metal though there are some
bands I dig there...Some even point to friggin' power metal and I think
the "progressive" tag has been coined for us.  Some people have called us
everything from "Blackened Iron Maiden" to "If Iron Maiden and Amorphis had a baby,
and I think Dissection got thrown around in there..." So yeah, so far I'm far more interested
in the rather unique and unusual comparisons people have thrown at us rather than how "I"
think we sound (or SHOULD sound for that matter).


3. With digital music in today's world would you vote to keep or eliminate physical media?
  

I grew up in an age where vinyl was still in phase, right before cassettes came out. The
only things I own on vinyl these days are 80's metal bands, mostly imports and bands
that never released anything BUT vinyl... Vinyl is beautiful man. I remember back "in the
day," picture disks were beautiful to look at but such horrible quality. The same went
for colored vinyl; but nowadays, with marble swirled color vinyl and amazing artwork on
vinyl (plus it being 180 grams in weight which is WAAAAAY heavier and more solid
than it used to be), I think vinyl is back to stay. Shit, people are even MAKING cassettes!
Let the fans have whatever they want! Get rid of those flimsy digipacks though; I prefer
ALWAYS to have the sturdy jewel cases with front and back inserts. A digipack gets
ruined, you're kind fucked. You break a jewel case, the artwork slides right out and into
a better jewel case... I get the packaging and less expensive costs to produce though.



4. What is the reason you decided to be a musician and has that reason paid off?

I didn't really "decide" to be a musician. Well, that's not entirely true. A series of events
in my life kinda "guided" me to this path. From fronting one of my favorite bands in high
school years later (Hallows Eve) to honing my craft at rock band karaoke (where you get
onstage with a video lyric screen, but instead of a machine you get up there with an actual
live band), to pouring my tortured soul into lyrics and eventually singing clean vocals on
half of a Darkflight record, everything I've done in my life led me to this point. Without my
bandmates, though, who I got together at the right time and point in time and space (one of
my best friends who is also my guitarist I actually tried to get him to join this thing for over 10
years now), we wouldn't be crafting such exquisitely beautiful madness.

As for the whole "paid off" thing... I'M IN A BAND... My OWN band. It's frustrating some days,
like when we play two shows out of town in the midwest and one show only turns out 4 or 5
people. And of course things are moving slower than I'd like. Financially? No. If you're in a
band to "make a living," you will probably be sorely disappointed, especially given the fact
that in a town like Atlanta, you're usually limited to playing the same 30 mile radius once every
month to two months. So no back-to-back-to-back weekend shows here. Still, to see your
creation come to life, it's an amazing thing. Especially when you spend days, weeks and hours
getting this thing "perfect."



5. How do you feel about females in metal getting special attention? Do you feel it is fair?

Music is a tricky business, man. You gotta do what you gotta do to "put bread on the table,"
so to speak. Especially on the record label end of things. You gotta remember, I spent 28
years as a music journalist before starting this band so I've talked intimately with many
record label people, bands, musicians, etc. Some people don't know this, but Metal Blade
actually got involved with the band The Goo Goo Dolls, who create a sort of mellow
"alternative" style of music, and of course I didn't understand this. But hey, if it takes signing
bands like this once in awhile to keep being able to sign the metal bands we all know and
love, it's kind of a necessary evil. We all know the story of Iced Earth: plays to maybe 100
people a night in their own country (The U.S.), goes to Greece and sells out a 30,000 seat
soccer stadium... THREE NIGHTS IN A ROW!!! Shit, maybe I should move to Europe.

The bottom line is, women are just as ferocious as men at their craft. It thrills me to death to
see women like Lilith from Korgull The Exterminator, and of course the legend Sabina
Claussen from Holy Moses gutrip it better than most guys can at vocals... They scare me,
too, to a degree, but it's that, "wow, I'd let her kick my ass" kinda thrill that you wouldn't allow
from most other guys... Ya know what I'm saying?



6.In the world climate with hatred being at an all time high and metal being an “ angry” music
Do you think your music contributes to anger and hatred?

It's a release, for sure... Lol, if you're a fan of heavy metal I don't know that you want to be asking
this kind of question too often... It's not about being "angry," it's more about being "misunderstood."
I think I speak for a fucking LEGION of metalheads when I say that we are indeed some of the most
misunderstood personas on the planet. OUR music is a very heavy vibe, but lyrically, shit man, I've
got something to SAY. First off, ANGER and HATRED are not "negative" emotions if they are
channeled PROPERLY. Some cats get motivated in different ways, ya know? Think about what
happens to child molesters and pedophile priests in prison. Yeah, they get murdered or fucked up
in some really awful way, but I bet deep down the prisoner that ends that scumbags' life thinks "wow,
man... You know, for once in my miserable, murdering life I actually did the planet some good."

I would HOPE they think that anyway. Metal shows are a release. Had a fucked up day? You go and rage
with your friends, work out a little aggression... Beats crying into a pillow for hours on end and ending up
with a mess of drugs and alcohol slowly killing you. Still, I want to write something positive, because even
though I'm pretty much a loner, I GET what people are going through. Being one of the shortest dudes in
metal I know what it's like to feel the odd man out. Like no woman will ever give you a chance 'cause you
got all this fucked up shit going on in your life that ain't NORMAL. Jeez, some of us really just wanna be
NORMAL... Or at least told "hey man, it's okay. I dig how different you are." It's a double edged sword. I
want to stand out and do something different; I'm NOT cool with people's "be like everyone else"
mentality. Metal has been around for 50 years now but STILL it seems out of place. We sing, we rage,
we scream, we get beautiful and we get brutal. By the time you're finished with the full range of our music
(oh yeah, we rock out too), you're exhausted. You have nothing left to feel, 'cause with us you've felt it ALL.
THAT'S the thing I want people to walk away from this band with. Forest Stream did that on one of their
albums, Draconian does the same thing with the sad and gloomy doom but still manages to light a fire
up under your ass...

Is this shit getting long winded or what?!?!?



7. Are you opposed to religious beliefs or politics being used in music?

Dunno... Politics was pretty big in the thrash movement during the 80's; fuck, Suicidal Tendencies
had a song about shooting Reagan! I do, even though I am most assuredly NO fan of christianity,
enjoy some christian metal at times... Vengeance Rising, Tourniquet (when they're having a GOOD
hair day), Seventh Seal, fuck, even Living Sacrifice got unholy with it... I hate when people use their
music as a political platform, though. Okay, dude, sing about it in the music, but when they start
getting up there telling people "Hey! Vote for Bernie Sanders!" NO, dude, I vote for you playing your
music and leave the political arena to CNN and Fox News!! Don't fucking tell a metalhead what to do!!!

With christian metal it's a bit different... Even though I HATE being preached at, it's kind of a personal
thing because of the tragic shit I went through with religion tearing my families apart. And kinda wrecking
my head. It took MANY years for me to unfuck myself religiously. Now I have a sort of different understanding
of it all; many paths do take you to the same destination... Seriously. If you don't believe me, start studying
Buddhism and the Hindu faith, then compare what those enlightened individuals said to Jesus' teachings.
It'll surprise you for sure... When christian metal bands start getting too preachy and throwing the Jesus word
around twenty thousand times, that's when I start to get out of it. Good christian metal bands know how to
reword things and speak basic matter of life ideologies and make it all sound good...


8. We have dive into some pretty deep issues here do you think your music sends a message and if so what is it?

I LOVE the "deep issues." To me a REAL interviewer goes far beyond the simple trappings of his/her subject matter. How many people wanna read 20 different interviews all asking the same fucking questions EVERY SINGLE TIME... I've interviewed bands about the hurricanes, the 9/11 thing, Norse mythology, the Seattle Mariners. Hell, I talked with a Japanese band about how Ichiro Suzuki wasn't just some pop star star in the U.S. he is actually a phenomenal player! I talk up the Occult and other planes of existence with BloodStorm every time they release a new album. So yeah, man, go for different... Stand out... Okay, I'll get off the soapbox now...

Right now, we are working to finalize our first album. Lyrically, I'm ALMOST all over the place. Or so I thought before I realized EVERYTHING I wrote is quantified into a specialized theme. 'Straw Boss' was born of three years of health wrecking frustration over bullying, overbearing people who have no official title or leader status but THINK they do. 'Robes Of Purple And Gold' is where the trinitarian theme started with the band name (which we will touch on a LOT more in the future. Trust me, religious history is where I excel). It's about the mixing of paganism into christianity, which some people are bothered by, and some could care less about. It's definitely a sticking point with some though.

Figured it out yet? 'Culled By Odin's Hand' is the "viking song," per se. And yes, there will be MORE of that. It's about a warrior's last day on the battlefield, thinking as he's dying that he's earned an honorable death in battle; Valhalla here I come!!! But he soon realizes that Odin HASN'T called him "home." Why? It's a kinda sad doom metal song, but in true B.T. fashion, there's a very interesting twist on the very last line of the song. If you want me to spoil it for you I can, but you're REALLY gonna have to "read between the lines" on this one. And 'Offspring Forged Fron Deathless Souls' is a reworking of a quote from spiritual author James Allen, where he talks about how humanity never really dies, we go on ad infinitum. It's my hope and what I wish to see happen after we take our very last mortal coil's breath. Then there's 'Oblivious To Decay,' which seems like the end of days with a somewhat demonic twist. It is lyrically VERY different from everything else because it deals with the first issue of a comic series we feature in called "Death Metal Kid." People think me some kind of prophet: we released this song back in February with lyrics like 'Virulent infection, man shall breathe no more." Now we have Corona.

'Satanic Propaganda' is not what the song title suggests... It's a sort of... Well, I don't want to say "warning," but you see how stupid our politicians are when they start using religion to back their governmental policies. It's what our founding fathers ran like all hell to get away from when they started the United States Of America. It's a"call to action," so to speak, for ALL left handed religions to rise up. "We don't come to wear the crown, shall not brandish the scepter," as the song states. We're just here as sort of a check and balance system, to make sure christianity doesn't go down that dark path of burning witches, starting holy wars, and slaughtering en masse and wholesale anyone that doesn't subscribe to their ideologies...

So lyrically all this ties in together unofficially, and the album will be more than likely titled 'The Struggles Of Gods And Mortals.' It's doom oriented lyrically but there's a somewhat positive slant in there; although you gotta really read into things to "get it." Most probably won't.



9. The market has changed and many bands believe that record labels are a thing of the past, with many labels now charging bands to “sign” how do you think a band can make it in todays scene?

I haven't seen any labels "charging" bands to sign on; I'd really love to know which ones are doing this. No,
my friend, the landscape HAS truly changed. Bands that have been around awhile suddenly realized they didn't
need labels to release their own material. It's a lot harder on newer bands. No, what "I" have seen is the reworking
of contracts to suit BOTH label and band. Take an example I know of personally from a few bands: the de facto
standard contact now is for ONE album for a promotional period of time (usually 6 months to a year). At the end of
that time period, the label and band sits down to renegotiate. This is a good thing because it benefits BOTH parties.
I guess we are kinda past the days where artists were a solid investment for the label; Bob Dylan and The Beatles
spent the majority of their careers on one label.

You make it on good, D.I.Y. efforts... We organized a mini tour of Cleveland and Chicago JUST by the connections
of the band members... You gotta go out there and network man. Playing with some of these bands who I had never heard of did wonders for us, as it exposed us to the amazing talent that STILL blows me away! And I've been
reviewing and interviewing bands for TWENTY EIGHT years man! Proof positive I still don't get to see and hear it
all. It's a HUGE pool of talent out there so it's a little harder to really "make it." Some say the days of superstar bands like Metallica, Slayer, Motley Crue and Guns 'N' Roses are gone, but who knows? Who REALLY fucking knows what the future holds? I will say this. From what I've seen of today's youth, they're just as hungry and starving for real talent like the rest of us were in the 80's. It's just easier to learn about great music even if you're a loner.




10. Why with the thousands of options including netflix , sporting events everything on demand
Why do you think people should take the time to listen to what you have to say in your music?

Music has the opportunity to MOVE you in a way that other things can't. I dunno, it all depends on how
you VIEW these things, man. People don't watch movies the same way. I happen to be one of those who
tries to be in tune with the universe so that when it speaks to me, I GET IT. Fuck, I've had a problem I've
been working on all damn day with no solution in sight, then I sit down to watch a cartoon or something
and goddamn if one of the characters says something that immediately resonates with me!!! Like "Hey,
Steven, we're gonna fuck with ya and give you your answer in this Tom and Jerry cartoon!" Dude, trust me
life WORKS that way IF you're willing to listen.

Music tends to hit you on a more personal level... With movies, it's more about what the CHARACTER is
feeling, going through, so you tend to view things through THEIR eyes instead of your own. Music,
however, doesn't really have a FACE. All I will say is this; if you're looking for something a little more,
say, "cerebral" in your lyrics, we might have that answer. We still will do a song like 'Oblivious To Decay,'
but rest assured I am always fascinated in finding a different way to say the same shit 100,000 other
lyricists have said over the years. I ALWAYS consult a dictionary and thesaurus when I write lyrics...

And on a different note, I used to be a huge Atlanta Braves fan... Putting all your faith and stock in one
team for decades can have a very negative effect too. You almost synchronize with your team's failures.
I thought for sure the Braves were cursed as they only ever got that one World Series win. And year
after year not even making it to the World Series. So be careful that all your directed and focused energy
isn't being thrown at a losing cause...

11. How do you feel about pay to play? Do you think it is fair for a band to have to pay money to play?

Absolutely NOT... Shit, if a bar or club was open on a regular night, serving drinks to whatever patrons
walk through the door, don't you think they're automatically gonna increase drink sales if 500 of my band's
favorite followers comes waltzing in the door? Even if a show doesn't make a lot of money, the door sales
should at least be split with the bands... We didn't get paid ANYTHING for Chicago or Spartanburg, South
Carolina. In fact the promoter had to come out of pocket to pay the bartender and sound guy in South
Carolina, because only 4 people showed up. Atlanta has a very unique problem with "pay to play," and I
know it's a lot worse in other cities. All in all, if you want to "earn money" playing live, ALWAYS get a
guarantee UP FRONT. If you're not the pushy, demanding type... GET A FUCKING MANAGER. One with
balls preferrably. Just watch that "This Is Anvil" movie, where they didn't get paid at a club in Europe.
That shit DOES happen folks... Protect yourself.

Funny thing about being in a band? When I tell people "Hey, we just got back from this amazingly fun tour of Cleveland and Chicago!!" I mean we had an absolute fucking BLAST! But what's the first thing they want to know?
"How much money did you make..." I mean we're having the time of our lives, traveling together as friends, seeing things we've never seen before and eating the country's most AMAZING fucking food, and to everyone else it's "all about the money." Man, what a crock of SHIT!! It's proof positive that many people who have never been in a band have this EXTREMELY romanticized notion of what being in a band is all about. And I'm one of the NEWER ones doing this!

The best idea I am going to share with you is one that the industry should adopt. Our "home club," if you
will, is a place called Sweetwater Bar And Grill in Duluth, Georgia. When you hit the door to buy a ticket to
a show, the door guy (or girl) asks you who you are there to see... And they mark a check by that band's name.
The door money is split amongst which bands had the "bigger following." SO ladies! If you've been doing
your homework and promoting properly, you get a bigger cut of the door...

NOW... One place this is NOT fair is when you bring in an out of towner no one knows... Technically, they
should receive something, but once again, that needs to be discussed with the other bands.

Last but not least, GET TOGETHER WITH THE OTHER BANDS ON THE BILL!!! This is the time, before
doors open and things move beyond the forward stage, that things need to be agreed upon. "Hey, we're
from out of town, will we at least get travel money for gas? Return expenses? We got a gig in the morning,
can we move up on the bill?" Good bands communicate with each other and help out. We've loaned out
gear to other bands having technical difficulties and we've been on the receiving end when we needed
help. It's not a competition folks. You're ALL out there to make the concert going experience as pleasant
and kick ass as possible, DO WHAT YOU CAN for all...



12 .It is fact that you are the talent and the entertainment explain what you think is the most important key to success?

The ONLY "key to success," in ANY endeavor, are found in two little magic words... "I CAN." Without the
complete and TOTAL belief that you have already accomplished this goal, nothing else matters. It's a basic
law of the universe, and how all creation proceeds. It is indeed the law of success... It's definite and finite...
No matter what people tell you, if you believe you cannot do something, you won't. Doesn't matter what the
outside perception is, YOU have to believe it to be possible. "What the mind can conceive, man can achieve."

The other, of course, is working towards the realized finished goal. The mind is like a computer, it doesn't
differentiate between reality and fiction, it only runs the programming you give it. But if you think you are just
going to sit down in an easy chair and "pray" yourself to the top of the mountain, you KNOW that isn't going to
work. You've got to get up and get walking but you have to SEE yourself already at the top. That's what is going
to get you there.

And you will fail in many attempts because you DON'T know how to get there. Like a rocket travelling to the
moon, the rocket is off course, it's said, over 90% of the time. But it keeps self correcting, self correcting,
self correcting, and that's what WE have to do... Self correct. In fact, let's not call it failing. The only time you
become a failure is if you give up. Keep on trying. Problems are really just obstacles to overcome.

I think I set myself up for one of the hardest tasks in metal: to do long winded blackened shrieks and still
sing high registers... I don't know how long I can pull it off, but I know I AM pulling it off... Various tricks.
Varying degrees of rest, certain drinks and breathing abilities... Where there is a will, there is a way.



13. In country music and even in some cases rock music is written and performed by different people would
your band perform a song written by someone else?

Ah, you mean "covers...." We are already looking at doing a cover from 1972 I believe; a full year after I
was born. It's a Viking themed song even though it's not metal. Taking someone else's vision and "adding
to that," so to speak, is a very flattering and interesting palette to work with. I hope someday artists who are
true visionaries will take one of our songs and turn it into something completely different, while still being
recognized as one of our own. "Good artists copy, great artists steal." I think it was Pablo Picasso who said
that, although Steve Jobs brought it up awhile back. It's all in HOW you do it. I've actually toyed around with
the idea of doing a more traditional doom metal version of a Hallows Eve song. Yes, I sang in that band,
but I didn't WRITE the song. New members coming into bands often have to deal with that quandary. It's a
good point.



15. What is your view on the lawsuits against people saying lewd or unprofessional things to women or men and
how does that affect an art described as sex drugs and rock n roll ?

"Metal isn't dangerous anymore," a direct quote from my guitar player Sean Morrissey. And he's absolutely
fucking right. All this ANTIFA, excuse me, Aunt Queefa shit is just wrong... Whatever these assholes think they
are doing, they're doing it SO decidely Un-American. I mean you have a bunch of misfits that are deliberately
trying to circumvent the LAW (the 1st Amendment) that this country put into place protecting freedom of speech.

Now, let me be very clear about ONE THING here. Just because you have freedom of speech DOES NOT mean
you are freed from the consequences of what you say...  And do... Our legal system pretty much proves that right
away with the way slander and libel cases are handled in courts. So on the one hand, it seems like ANTIFA
targeting bands and those of racist or homophobic discourse is a natural reaction to a group of people tired of
bigotry. Do we commend them for their actions? No, because we NEVER planned on following that up with
physical violence. Or trying to cause financial hardship or ruin on an industry that thousands of us heavily rely on.
These are confused people, these ANTIFA scumbags, that can't even figure out what gender they are, let alone
what sort of person they're attracted to.

Our school systems have let these people down severely, and I seriously am worried about what sort of country this
 is when those kids are not only of voting age, but old enough to push their sickness into the judicial and legislative
branches... For now, I'm fine with ANTIFA being labeled a terrorist organization, because they set out to deliberately
attack and undermine the constitution of These United States. Laws are there for a reason. Not as a burden but to
protect, to help. And those who get in harmony with the laws see great benefit and full abundance in their lives...


16. Ok lets lighten up a bit. What is your favorite band of all time and why?

Lol, got an hour? I could list several. I dunno about "all time," but I could talk about the "first 4" of metal
for me that helped shape my love of the craft of metal. We started off with Ozzy Osbourne's "Ultimate Sin"
and Motley Crue's "Theater Of Pain." Those two albums aren't the universally "loved by all" for fans of those
two bands, and it helped me get into the spirit of the underground so to speak. Blasphemy, you might say,
but I always, and STILL, think that Jake E. Lee was a better guitar player than Randy Rhoads. Yes, Randy
could play and play WELL, but there is something in Jake's guitar that you FEEL; it takes an emotional
toll on you. As if he was playing from deep BEYOND his soul and heart, to a place very few musicians can
even dream of reaching. That "Ultimate Sin" album strikes me so hard even to this day when I listen to it, I
can recall exactly my feelings all the way back from high school when I play it. It made that much of an impact.

Iron Angel fueled my love for unknown and amazing bands. And yes, even amongst diehard metalheads, some
never even knew about Iron Angel. Dirk was one of a handful of singers who had an amazingly high range but
could get "down and nasty" with the best of them. Same with Stacy Anderson from Hallows Eve, who is a
CRIMINALLY underrated vocalist from the ages. Funny that I should end up singing for Hallows Eve many years
later, and it shaped the way I look at cleans AND extreme vocal work. I may have "romanticized" these two styles
of vocals over the years but I am STILL of the opinion that if I do it on the record, I should be able to do it live.
Those long winded notes I hit recorded, YES, I do live (and many times try to hold them much longer on stage).

Finally, it was Venom's "Black Metal" that cemented my love for extreme metal. These four albums are the
quintessential backbone of where I'm at today. I don't think i could EVER do an album without incorporating
much of ALL of this. Keeps things interesting...


  


17. What would you be doing if you were not in a band?

Probably the same thing I'm doing when I'm not on stage, or at practice. Sitting at home, watching movies,
playing around on the computer; hell, I may even think about putting out another issue of Vibrations Of Doom
Magazine or DOOM Radio again at some point...

I dunno... I sometimes wish I had gone to school and gotten a degree or certificate of some kind, maybe one
where I'm in a job earning at least 20 or 30 dollars an hour. Folks, up here in Suwanee, housing is expensive.
I don't see how people afford some of the rents being charged up here. Not a 12 dollar an hour earner that's
for sure...

18. Do you have a favorite sports team?

Not much into sports as I used to be. Atlanta Braves and of course the Falcons. But I still hold a special
place in my heart for the Boston Red Sox. THAT my friends is one of the best sports teams in history. Why?
The ONLY team to be down what was it 4 to nothing in the playoffs and then came back to win ALL FIVE
GAMES!??! And not just that, but they did it against one of the best fucking teams in baseball history: The
New York Yankees... THEN they took the World Series against the Cardinals winning EVERY GAME... Shit,
who DOES that!??!?

Still, despite my sadness at only one world series, there's like 40 other teams that wish they had a 14 years
straight of consecutive division titles like the Braves did... No other team in sport history (baseball, football,
basketball, etc) can boast that. I might even consider trading that for a few more world series rings for the
Braves...

But then again, that's the point you mentioned above about what success MEANS... It means different things
to different people. Some want gobs of money, some have a bucket list of travel and concert destinations,
some want to be on a record label...



19.If you could get on stage with anyone dead or alive who would it be?

Geez, I'd love to play with Darkflight... They should be bigger than they are... WAAAAY bigger. I was so
honored to sing on a record for a band that for their last 4 or 5 albums has scored NO LESS than 95 in my
reviews. Ivo is one of the top 5% of composers in the entire fucking world. And of course if Darkflight played
with us I'd be pulling double duty, 'cause I'd have to do clean vocals on three songs...

Mayhem. I'd love to know what Dead and Euronymous would think about what we are doing with black metal.
I bet we would have been signed to Deathlike Silence if we knew Euronymous back then. I've talked to the
Mayhem guys a few times, even interviewed them. They might dig where we're taking their beloved genre
of metal.



20.This is your shot to let loose, Throw down your biggest complaint about the music biz

Got no complaints yet buddy!!! I just wanna throw praise and gratitude out there to those who are keeping
the blackened flame burning for metal. It shows... Praise and gratitude eternal to those of our fans who
keep us humble and ever charged forward... Praise and gratitude to Metal Coffee for helping us all out in our
time of need. And goddammit, I don't care how humble you are at Metal Coffee, you better fucking print that we
praise you and show our endless gratitude towards you. There's thousands of bands out there in more dire
straits than we are and here you are helping us out...

Well, we do want that as yet elusive record label deal with either Metal Blade or Solitude Productions... Or both!
Hell, licensing deals, we can cover Europe and America AND the Russian/Ukranian market all at the same time.

But that's not a complaint, that's a GOAL...