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Sangus/Pedicabo Mundi/forzaMorte/2015 EP Review

mardi 15 septembre 2015 à 08:27

  Rhode  Island's  Sangus  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  continuing  the  raw  mixture  of  black  metal,  thrash  and  crust  that  was  established  on  previous  recordings  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir  2015  ep  "Pedicabo  Mundi"  which  was  released  by  forzaMorte.

  Dark  sound  effects  and  spoken  word  aprts  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  war  metla  direction  that  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  the  vocals  use  a  good  mixture  of  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  growls  and  the  solos  and  leads  the  band  uses  are  very  chaotic  sounding  in  true  war  metla  style.

  Element s of  thrash  and  crust  can  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  as  the  ep  progresses  a  small  amount  of  melody and  the  last  track  closes  with  melodic  yet  ritualistic  sounding  chants.

  Sangus  creates  another  recording  that  takes  the  rawest  and  heaviest  elements  of  war,  black  metal,  thrash  and  crust  and  mixes  them  together  to  create  some  very  brutal  sounding  music,  the  production  sound s very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  violent,  misanthropic  and  satanic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  soundign  recording  from  Sangus and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  war,  black  metal,  thrash  and  crust,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Blood  Legions"  and  "Ave  il  Luce".  8  out  of  10. 

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Human Bodies/MMXII-MMXIV/Caligari Records/2015 CD Compilation Review

mardi 15 septembre 2015 à 07:34

  Human  Bodies  are  a  band  from  Massachusetts  that  has  been  featured before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  raw  black  metal  and  crust  punk  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  cd  compilation  "MMXII-MMXIV"  which  was  released  by  Caligari  Records  and  consists  of  their  2013  demo,  2014  ep  and  a  couple  of  unreleased  tracks.

  Distorted  guitar  noises  start  off  the  compilation  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and r aw  black  metla  direction t hat  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  high  pitched  screams  and  after  awhile  elements  of  crust  punk  and  d  beat  are added  into  the  music  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  more  of  a  melodic  style.

  Throughout  the  compilation  there  is  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  some  of  the  riffs  also  use  melodies  at  times  as  well  as  adding  in  a  touch  of  black'n'roll  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  they  manage  to  keep  everything  in  a  very  raw,  heavy  and  aggressive  manner  throughout  all  of  the  tracks.

  With  their  earlier  material  and  unreleased  tracks  Human  Bodies  shows  that  their  music  has  been  very  heavily  rooted  in  a  crusty  black  metal  style  since  the  start  and  the  music  also  has  a  dark  atmosphere  at  times  while  also  being  very  heavy,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  violent  and  hateful  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is a  very  great  sounding  compilation  from  Human  Bodies  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  crust  influenced  raw  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Covenant"  "Stygian  Reverie"  "While  the  Others  Wait"  and  "Malice  Prepense".  8  out  of  10. 

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Sahrana Interview

lundi 14 septembre 2015 à 18:25
1. Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?

Sahrana finished split material with slovenian Provocator; now we're focusing ourselves on full-lenght album. We are without full-lenght material since 2009. Now we want to record and bring out that album to glorify over ten years that Sahrana exist.

2. Recently you where a part of a split, how would you describe the musical style that is presented on your side of the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

That is raw black metal. Good production, raw riffs, growl vocals and blasting drums. I didn't want to go off from primordial form of raw black metal, I like to keep it simple.
It differentiate in facts that I changed vocal style from scream to growl and I made shorter riffs for songs that you can find on split CD. It's really music made to hit you in the face. No bullshits, no story tellings, just fist in the face.

3. Your lyrics cover a lot of satanic and blasphemous topics, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these themes?

Nowdays band is not so much into Satanic themes, more into anti-religious themes. Like every men and women on the face of the Earth I am also disgusted with christianity and islam, two top mass religions and also two top sickest religions. Also band is now between the fires becouse a lot of metalheads are brainless and they has „double standards“, all that becouse our recently published song called „Mosque Burner (Anti-islamic & intolerant)“. One side of them think that we are NSBM because we sing agaisnt islam and others only know to spit on christianity 'cause they don't have the balls to spit on islam, that hate us becouse we have the balls to do whatever we want. Christianity is benign religion nowdays and islam work on principe of „reaction and contra-reaction“. So I need to tell: SAHRANA IS NOT NSBM BAND. WE ARE ANTI-RELIGIOUS BAND, we spit on all religions, on the same way.

4. I know that the band name means 'funeral' in Serbian, how does this name fit in with the musical style that you play?

When you think on funeral, you probably think on gloomy and depressed  feelings and sadness... so name fit quite well on previous materials for us. On this split-CD we probably needed to change the name hahaha... I'm kidding. We stick with name Sahrana now for almost over 10 years, and I think that „Funeral“ will stick very well with our next material.

5. While there has been split, single's and demo's released over the years, the last full length was released in 2009, can you tell us a little bit more about it?

Yeah, exactly; our last full-lenght was made in 2009. and I am not satisfied with that material. It was made and recorded very fast, so with a lot of mistakes and without any trace of production. I don't wanna to repeat that system, from the same reason we took few years to create music, than lyrics and to find a right studio to make our next full-lenght. I wanna for this next full-lenght to be crown of Sahrana's work.

6. Currently there are only 2 members in the band are you open to adding in other musician's or do you prefer to remain a duo?

Yes, currently bend respire as duo. Me and Point Blank from Serbian band Mržnja. We will keep to work as duo but probably we will receive some season members or studio-only members. Also we think to bring Sahrana on stage, obviously we'll need more men than two of us to do that.

7. Has the band done any live shows or is this strictly a studio project?

Sahrana is still without live show. Til now and for now band worked as studio band. But we worked some plans to put Sahrana on stage for live manifestations. We shall see in near future what will be out of that.

8. Recently you where a part of a split with Provocator, what are your thoughts on the other musical project that have participated on the recording?

Hellscream, guy behind Provocator is my brother. Fuckin' great fella. A lot of alcohol and illegal substances passed between us thru years.
His sogns are simply black metalstraight forward black metal, no compromises just shoot to kill black metal.
Provocator bring us also full-lenght last year, by my thoughts brilliant raw black metal. It is band/project that creating atmosphere on raw and filthy riffs and scumfucking vocals, which is rare thing in todays black metal.

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

Suprisingly good, I would say. Of course we never get any support from Sahrana's hometown, Banja Luka. 'cause BL like more modern access to music and you can number on your two hands number of people in BL who listen black metal. I get the most support and orders from countries like Peru, Brasil, Mexico, Chile, Japan and Hungary. I know that Sudamerica is full of metal maniacs who are obssessed with underground metal.

10. What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that the band members are a part of?

Currently I am preparing to record full-lenght for my doom metal band called SUTON. Also I'm working as vocalist of technical death metal band Purifict and soon we'll unveil our single.
About Point Blank; he putting some finishing touches on Mržnja's full-lenght. I heard it in pre-production and I can say that album will be fuckin' amazing. Depressive and post black meal madness, gruesome atmosphere of desperation.

11. Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

I really don't know, mate. Maybe we switch to death metal, maybe we call split-up, maybe we go into more non-metal waters... I really don't know and I don't want to know that. We work spontanious and we give our thoughts and feelings to lead the way for our music.

12. What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

I speak now only in my name, not in Point Blank's name; but bands who inspired me from start and in my youth and that they are still here are bands like Beherit, Impaled Nazarene, Blasphemy, Archgoat, Profanatica, Havohej, (old) Sepultura, (old) Kreator, Sodom...etc. In some point of creating music for Sahrana they had certain influence on me and their creations. Nowdays I am more open-minded toward music than ten years ago so I'm not using musical influence to create for Sahrana, but I am still like child when I'm listenin' monuments like „Drawing Down the Moon“, „Ugra-Karma“ and monster release „Fallen Angel of Doom....“.

13. Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?

Support underground ! ! ! By tapes, 'zines, CD's & LP's! ! ! Support bands! ! ! Support labels !

Support Sahrana -
Support our new label -

Knjaz Aleks

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The Graven Sign Interview

dimanche 13 septembre 2015 à 00:47

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

SC: We are a metal quintet incorporating dual vocals and dual basses, all of us have other musical projects,  including three of the band who are also in the band Skrugg.   We take the music very seriously but not ourselves which is the ideal for me. Gren came up with the name and first musical ideas,  I wrote lyrics this was about 2008 initially when I was still busy with Niroth and so we kicked those ideas around for a couple of years with a view to building a full band,  like-minded people were discovered before  building the full band we are today.  At first it was more of an 'as and when' side project for us all but has become a much more defined, active band in the last few years. Initially we were to be a more standard black metal band but as we developed the concept,  the lyrics and then the music took on different palettes. We wanted to reject some of the clichés of the genre but keep the harrowing bleakness and violence from black metal,  initially this was just on a visual level, I didn't want the 'black and white trees' thing,  I didn't want the 'medieval forest dweller' thing,  that always seemed a bit at odds with a band playing electric instruments and we started looking for artwork that reflected that. In place of pristine white snow and black twilight trees we wanted the greens and browns of decay, the dirty grey of broken concrete. From that visual idea the rest fell into place lyrically and then musically. Much as I love old black metal with all that other stuff in place, I feel a quiet place of nature without many people like that actually sounds pleasant.  The real horror and grim stuff happens when people are densely packed into modern cities and overloaded with pressure, worry, endless useless information, being at the mercy of corrupt scumbags - that's where the real hate and misanthropy festers, I wanted to reflect that,  or the madness that results from it.  The eventual extension of that greed,  corruption, stupidity etc if unchecked is mankinds demise so we're based around the concept of that,  the causes, the event,  the aftermath. The more 'urban' sounding stuff like Amesoeurs or a lot of DSBM has that and that's a lot of what I listen to these days. Collectively we all love all forms of metal but like the freedom to bring in any element we feel would mesh with our concept without worrying too much if it's 'right' or if others will get it. For example we've covered Kraftwerk’s 'Radioactivity', it made sense to us, we made it metal! we listen to a lot of stuff outside metal,  and aim to translate any elements we see echoing our concept into metal to tie it all together. I like where we're at. We're not constrained by metal or people's expectations of us, but we will always turn disparate influences into metal somehow. I like how Ulver for example have gone in whichever direction they wanted and not worried about BM purists bitching. We wouldn't vary our output as widely as theirs, not leaving Metal completely but at the same time we've created the freedom to do so.

2.Recently you have released an ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

SC: Bleak, at times violent,  at times mournful, part black metal,  part doom,  with touches of post-rock and more traditional metal. We call it 'post-human' but that's more for the lyrical concepts. I would hope fans of all the genres I mentioned could find something they like in it.

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

SC: Human stupidity and self-delusion, the end of humanity,  man's role in his own extinction,  a return to a feral state or insanity for the survivors,  nature reclaiming this world from humans. Increasingly the lyrics are written from various perspectives as characters,  which is another way we can vary what we do according to the state of mind of the narrator.  So we can have very bleak despairing songs from those who can't adapt to the world and are at mental and physical breaking point,  we can have very bold triumphant tracks from the perspective of someone who feels they are chosen to bring something about,  a cult leader or similar. Lyrically my influences aren't really from metal at all, maybe a few bands,  My Dying Bride for example. I'm probably more influenced lyrically by people like Nick Cave,  Portishead, Tom Waits - people with a turn of phrase I like, or just random things, dreams I have,  often I'll mishear a line or two of someone else's lyrics and try and write the rest of the song the misheard lyrics would belong in. I do make special efforts not to have what I'd see as generic lyrics.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'The Graven Sign'?

SC: The name was in place when I joined,  I can't add any info as to its origins.

JM: It's the name of an Urgrund album, who are a black/thrash band from Australia. When the writing started for The Graven Sign, I was listening to it and it seemed to fit the feel of what was coming out. As the music and lyrical themes started to develop it fit the band better and better, signifying a number of key elements of the concept - the lasting stain of humanity on the world, the musical eulogy for the world that we create, the impression we aim to leave on our audience...

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

SC: We've put on some of our own shows which has allowed us to do things our way and really present the band as we want, those have been fun, lots of smoke,  wasteland debris and glowing liquids etc. I can't really quantify 'best' gigs, some go by the size of the crowd,  for me if I have fun,  we see other bands we like and nobody tries to kill us that's a good show in my book. Performance-wise, we're very much trying to present the idea visually as well as sonically. Grime, blood, shredded clothes,  battered, unusual or home-made equipment,  whatever helps build the atmosphere.  At the same time we don't want to push it to the extent it becomes gimmicky, or the music becomes secondary - or we feel like we're having to explain every last little thing,  the audience must fill in some of the concept themselves to make a connection with it that's their own. We want to give people something extra that they wouldn't get with most bands,  but still keep the focus on performing music without it becoming a circus. There's a very visual side to this band but once our intro tape ends,  BLAM - it's on, our only focus is making the music cut as deeply into your soul as possible. That and not fucking up.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

JM: We're planning to hit the road a little more in 2016, trawl through more far flung locations around the UK (further afield if the opportunity arises). However we have made a conscious decision to focus more on getting our next couple of releases recorded and unleashed, so we will probably be a little selective in our gig choice.

7.Can you tell us a little bit more about the deal you have signed with Hibernacula Records?

SC: They have been foolish enough to ally themselves with us and assist with spreading our sonic weapons so we accepted their alliance, as they are run by a genuine music lover for the music rather than money/ego gratification.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black and doom metal?

SC: Too early to say as far as the worldwide response.  We've had a good response from our first year of gigging and early response to the EP so either we're doing something right or we're good at finding suitably deluded people to play to the response has been equally good from those who prefer black metal and those who like doom.

9.When can we expect a full length album and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

SC: We have enough material for a full length,  but as for when it might be finished,  I can't say.  We are currently building interest in the band via this EP and possibly an upcoming split. I think the band can go in many musical directions and that's what keeps it interesting and rewarding. By focusing on what is right for the concepts or lyrics we can tie all our songs together coherently but have freedom to take each track into the musical style that it lends itself to.  We don't feel constraints to stick to the rules of any genre but it will always be  expressed as some form of metal, as that is our shared love. So a full album would still be extreme metal,  how similar it would be to the EP I'm not sure. We have a couple of tracks that would definitely go on there but we'd want to present a cohesive album with common threads and atmospheres.

JM: Absolutely, we definitely want our first full length to be right in terms of atmosphere, concept and presentation, so we’re happy to take our time with that. Hopefully our split, for which we have prepared some great material will be unleashed in the first half of 2016. We are also considering another EP before a first album, but if the stars align and we feel like it’s coming together well, a full length will be forthcoming.

10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

SC: Well, musically Gren can provide answers on this best as he writes the majority of the music. Personally the bands that made me want to create rather than just listen to this kind of music are bands like In The Woods.., Ulver,  Neurosis and especially Weakling who I think made the greatest BM album of all time in 'Dead as Dreams'. It's hard to overstate the importance of that album to me. Bands that all of us are agreed on would be bands like Agalloch, Primordial,  Katatonia,  that kind of thing.

JM: The early material (some of which is on "transmission #001") was heavily influenced by Agalloch, early Katatonia, Morningside, plus a whole mix of other stuff that bleeds through. As our ideas and writing have developed the sound is growing to incorporate more and more, whilst equally becoming more focused, which is pleasing. This includes more ambient black metal textures, drawn from bands like Wolves In The Throne Room and Weakling, as well as post-rock and avant-garde elements from artists like Amesoeurs and possibly Ulver. I could go on endlessly frankly because I believe elements of everything we listen to eventually find their way into the music.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

SC: Obviously all things post-apocalyptic appeal,  movies, books, and immersion in virtual worlds  has been useful to the realisation of the bands concept. Poking around abandoned buildings to get the feel of the world we're creating.  Personally I'm also interested in photography, martial arts and fascinated with old vehicles and machines.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?

SC: I'm afraid I won't have any final words until I'm about to die.

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When Bitter Spring Sleeps Interview

dimanche 13 septembre 2015 à 00:43
1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the musical project these days?

The music of When Bitter Spring Sleeps has gone through a lot of transformations. In the beginning, the purpose was to commune ritually with Nature while performing live in the forest. The first recordings were extremely archaic, and the general view seems to be that the background sounds were too loud in comparison to the music. But, that was entirely the point. WBSS was demonstrating that the sound of Nature IS music. And it is MORE important than the music created by humanity. Over time, WBSS recordings transformed to using a lot of nature sounds to very little. The latest album "Spirit in Flames" uses only a few nature interludes to set the stage for it's musical folk tales. Whereas past songs were mainly expressing my personal feelings about the failures of humanity to respect nature as our equal, the songs on both "Spirit in Flames" and "Coven of the Wolves" center on a Pagan / Heathen rebirth and spirituality. Some of these songs are an original folk tale of a tribe of wolves bred by a vengeful and magickal outcast to bring about the downfall of man.

2.You have a new album coming out this month, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

Powerful, but not overproduced. I wanted it to sound like a good quality black metal demo where each instrument is clearly heard. Overall, I wanted this to be about the SONGS and not the performance of the instruments. The drums are intentionally old-school thrash/punk beats. I love double-bass, but it just doesn't fit in my music. Also, I love guitar solos, but I'm not that great of a guitarist, so I focus on memorable riffs. Colin Marston did a great job with the mastering. He took my mix and made it really strong. In the past, I wanted WBSS to be very murky, with intertwining elements that alternately swim in and out of the mix and I wanted you to have to strain to hear each part to the extent that your imagination has to fill in the melodies. Like Paysage D'hiver.

3.When I listened to the album you had a lot of raw black metal riffs but only use clean vocals instead of screams, what was the decision behind going into this direction?

Though I personally love the sound of screams in black metal and always will, I felt that the lyrics of WBSS songs needed to be clear. Many listeners will never purchase the CD, so the lyrics would be lost on them without clean vocals. While many black metal acts want to sound mysterious and obscure, I respect that, but the purpose of WBSS is to express the concepts as plainly as possible. And always, I want to be unique. Clean vocals with black metal has not yet been overdone.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your newer music?

The main focus of the lyrical concept is that humanity needs to change it's attitude toward nature from one of ownership to one of honor and respect. I wanted this album to express a feeling of hope and a challenge to have the strength to change.

Since I've always appreciated songs that have a story, the folk tale of the wolves is used to portray a pagan rebirth and the downfall of man as ruler of Earth. In the story, when the wolves are freed by their master, they set events in motion that bring about the end of modernity. The songs show the annihilation of nature through a wolve's eyes. They reveal that the wolves' Matriarch - an alpha female - can burn away anything she touches. The wolves use her powers to their strategic advantage. "Raven in the Ribcage" is based on scientific fact. Even the native americans knew that wolves and ravens share a symbiotic relationship. Ravens follow wolves to the kill, since they know there will be a meal involved. Likewise, wolves look for ravens to reveal a fallen animal from a distance. The song takes this concept further by postulating that the wolves believe that a raven is actually the soul of fallen wolves transformed. They believe the raven can fly between this life and the Summerlands, or afterlife. The atmospheric songs equate the wolves' fears and longings with our own: What is the purpose of our suffering? Why is our world being ruined?

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'When Bitter Spring Sleeps'?

I wanted to anthropomorphise the season of Spring. Most people see Spring only as a joyous time of regeneration for ourselves. But, what if Spring can feel? Doesn't it breathe and sleep? WBSS also described a similar idea in the song "what the Rain Knows": the world seen through the eye of a drop of rain.

6.At one time the musical project was a duo but now only has one member, are you open to working with other musicians again on the project or do you prefer the solo route?

At one time members of S.A.P. were providing various inputs, vocals and drums. Now it is entirely a solo project. I'm actually open to working with other musicians. Our various work schedules make it very difficult, of course.

7.You have ran 'Pagan Flames Productions' for many years can you give us an update on what is going on with the label these days?

The label has been a major part of my life for a lot of years. It's always been a tremendous amount of work for very little pay. However, I have discovered so much great metal, and met so many amazing artists and labels over the years that there's no way I could ever give it up. It's really exciting to work with groundbreaking bands like Njiqhadda and also to see Panopticon rise to international fame. Though, I was also relieved to have another fine label like Bindrune step in for Panopticon as his fan base is rabid for his music. Austin is still a great friend, but I just couldn't keep up with him, haha! As soon as those LPs sold out, I found myself with so much spare time, I thought I might as well start writing some new music.

In the future, Pagan Flames has some very underground, very pagan and nature-oriented releases planned. I'm always looking for new acts to release, but I'll probably focus on expanding the distro in the coming years instead of expanding the label.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your newer music by fans of pagan and black metal?

I don't follow the internet news too much, and I doubt my music will have too great an appeal because of the raw recordings. So, I can't even guess at that. Whenever I hear modern releases from any of the bigger labels, I can't believe the ridiculous over-production put into the metal albums. They sound impossible! They have a hundred guitar tracks and the drums are inside your head. I like albums that sound raw and grimy and mean and that has never been much of a selling point for music. Since I grew up hearing low cost, low quality recordings, it just sounds right to my ears.

9.What is going on with your other musical projects these days?

S.A.P. is the only other semi-active project. We have a completed EP that we have yet to mix and release, but no new material has been composed for some time.

10.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?

I've starting writing new songs already for another album and they are already more melodic than previous works. I want to incorporate more guitar synth in the songs, but otherwise it will always be some form of underground metal. Either black metal or doom metal, or both. I have experimented a lot with ambient and atmospheric music, but it is always to accompany the metal aspect.

11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

I listen to metal almost exclusively. I grew up on thrash metal and death metal. I went to sleep every night for years listening to Possessed "Beyond the Gates" - one of my all time favorite albums. A lot of Dark Angel and Kreator, too. In the 90's I was obsessed with doom like Solitude Aeturnus, Trouble, and Skepticism. Lately, I listen to mostly new underground black metal and classic metal like Accept, WASP, Lizzy Borden. The new underground bands are really great at coming up with amazing atmospheres, the old bands are better songwriters. Of course, it should be obvious that I really like Primodial. He is my favorite vocalist in modern metal. I respect their very straightforward songwriting and style. They don't try to be someone they aren't. And if you see them live, you would follow them into war.

There's so many great bands today, I never get tired of metal. There are a thousand new bands every day, it seems, I just wish I had the time to listen to them all!

12.How would you describe your views on Paganism?

I proudly call myself Pagan. It's more of a worldview for me. Everything is connected in a natural way, a cycle that regenerates itself. I believe that we are all part of this great organism called the Earth, and for a short time, we are separate enough to have our own self-awareness, but when we die, we'll return to become once more a small part of the whole. I also have no problem with understanding nature from a scientific perspective. Science and technology is only dangerous when it is used to replace nature. Nature is perfect, and can't be improved upon. If only we could accept that and learn to be more symbiotic with nature, then our species might start to evolve again.

13.What are some of your non musical interests?

Growing my own food, and electronics repair. I spend a lot of time outside planting. In the beginning, it was literally to return to my pagan self. When your fingers are in the soil and you can smell the earth, you are one with nature. After all, soil is where we came from and where we will return. There's an incredible magic in the soil. It can turn a seed into a tree. My interest is electronics, though it may seem strange to someone who considers himself pagan, but I see it in a different way. Electronics are simply our attempt to emulate nature's machines. Unfortunately, most of our technology fails in this respect, since it can neither restore or replicate itself like nature. Carl Sagan told us in his last book, that every man must understand technology in detail, or it will be used to control you. If you can understand how technology works and repair it, then you are the master. And, hopefully, no one believes that black metal artists live in castles and record their music with magic. It takes a bit of self-education and technology to record an album on your own. I started repairing things to keep my small studio functioning with little cost.

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?

I have both great apprehension and hope for the future of this world. I feel that I am haunted by a macrovision. I don't claim to have higher insight. But, I tend to see things as just parts of larger events. Though you have to focus on small tasks each day to achieve larger accomplishments, we as a species need to start looking at our own behaviors and how those will affect the future. Every small thing we do can have an impact on nature as a whole. And even if we think nature is only here to serve us, we had better learn to nurture it or we doom ourselves as well. My decision to give all profits to Defenders is not to be confused with a xtian act, but to support the survival of one of the most intelligent and beautiful species on earth, the wolf. I figured black metal fans would be honored to support this cause, since the wolf is sort of our spirit animal. They live like every day is their last, they protect their own, and have a great understanding of themselves and their habitat.
Thanks very much for the interview and keep listening to the metal!

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