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Wargrinder Interview

jeudi 14 janvier 2016 à 03:20
1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the musical project these days?
I released a split cd with Americans Iconoclast Contra called Advancing Into Ceaseless Victory in December of '14, then a split 7" vinyl with Greeks Hate Manifeto and now I'm releasing the second full length album in spring on this year, titled 'In Suicidal Triumph'. It will come out on tape first via Wohrt Records and on CD via Nykta Records. Next month I'm entering the studio to record the 3rd full length album which is scheduled for eraly '17.

2.Recently you where a part of a split with hate Manifesto, how would you describe the musical sound of the newer material and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
Well actually the track from that 7" split will be included in the 2nd full length album. Believe it or not, the tracks for 'In Suicidal Triumph' are older than the tracks that I used for the split with Iconoclast Contra, but since I always know what I'm releasing next all the tracks from that period match sonically so I didn't want to take tracks from the 2nd full album.  In Suicidal Triumph was composed in December of '11. Storming Armored Wolves was composed early '13. As for the sound, I think that my material always stays on the blackened death metal path. Or simply put, extreme metal. It needs to be furious. And if its slow it will be fucking heavy.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your newer music?
Same as always. War. It doesn't get any more realistic. Where mankind shows its true colors. I study it. I read old reports from the front. And of course anti-human mentality as well. Always has been like that. Also self preservation and perception of my mind as my own universe. We must need nothing to hold on to. Just like men created God(s), sin and forgiveness,  I believe only in the Self. Nobody can tell me how to think, nobody can judge my actions even if they believe that they are better than me in their own opinion. I create my own path and only I can decide wether an action was flawed, a mistake. Depending on what I want. And I'm a very demanding person. Everything I do I strive to do it better. Everything not just things that I like. Then it's just utopia. And I'm not a lazy delusional piece of shit I can promise you that.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Wargrinder'?
I needed something that describes the music perfectly. Another name in mind was War Machine, then I got The Doom Messiah from Warhammer and was hooked immediately. Remorseless Wargrinder is my fav track from that band, and the word described exactly what I wanted to do musically.


5.Originally the musical project was from Greece and according to the Metal Archives page is now located in Iceland, what was the decision behind the move?
It was not music motivated I can assure you. Just needed a change of pace. Wargrinder is my personal project, I do everything in there, therefore where I go, Wargrinder goes.


6.At one time you also had a different guitarist and drummer but now work solo, are you open to bringing other musicians into this musical project again in the future?
Yeah but only for live shows. For studio work I'm the only one that can execute the Wargrinder material properly. I have a plan in my head on how my material should sound. Even in the 3 early demos I had full control of the sound and outcome. Although the other 2 members contributed in the 2 first demos with a few riffs.


7.According to one interview, you talked about in interest in Greek philosophers, can you tell us a little bit more about it and also do you have an interest in the mythology that comes from your home country?
Mythology to me was always something like a sci-fi film. Nothing but imagination. I'm an absolute realist. Yes there are many of them that have sculpted my thought process until today. My all time favorite is Plato
his books literally changed me forever. Others are : Heraclitus, Socrates, Aristotelis and a few more. But its others like : Nietzsche, Machiavelli, and lately I am been inspired by General John Brown Gordon. Superior
men with absolute focus.

8.In the last couple of years you have been a part of splits with both 'Iconoclast Contra' and 'Hate Manifesto', what are your thoughts on the other bands that had participated on those recordings?
I like and support both bands in every chance I get. Iconoclast got my attention through their debut Combat is the Voice of the Heathen which blew me away. Trully a unique sound with pure barbaric black metal. Very violent just the way I like it. Straight to the point aggression. And Hate Manifesto are very old friends (18 years) whom I actually jammed with in their early days when they were still named  Carpathian Lords. Another unique band with a very similar lyrical concept as mine, totally underground mentality and very vicious material.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your newer music by fans of war, black and death metal?
It has been very good, I always had a fanbase in Greece, Italy and Germany but the U.S. has really embraced the band since I released the debut The Seal of Genocide. And it trully exloded after Advancing Into Ceaseless Victory. And to no surprise since my main influences as a songwriter, even as a drummer were always from American bands and artists.

10.Over the years you have played drums for plenty of different bands, do you feel working with all those different musicians has had made you a more focused musician over the years?
Yeah man for sure. Working with literally dozens of different people makes you create a very professional mentality and off course stronger focus. Drummers are the structure. Bad drummer, bad band.
Even if the riffs are good.


11.Are you currently involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?
Yes I'm going to record the debut full length album for Hate Manifesto this year. I always get offers for studio work. A lot of it is from, yeah you guessed it, the States...Some Greek bands have asked me to drum for them as well but its not easy to organize it living up here.

12.When can we expect another full length album and also where do you see yourself heading into musically during the future?
Well the 2nd full length In Suicidal Triumph is coming out in spring this year and for early next year I will have the 3rd full length ready to go. I've switched to a 7 string guitar so the 3rd full length will be a very heavy and fast surprise. No changes in direction. Wargrinder destroys with speed and brutality. Death metal the way the true and brutal bands have demonstrated with some black metal injections. In all seriousness I think that the 2nd full length is by far the best thing I've done as a composer and for sure as a drummer. It's too fucking fast. The riffs are a whirlwind of extreme metal madness. There is not ONE fucking riff in there that is a 'filler' or boring. I can't wait for this thing to come out.

13.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?
Angelcorse, Order from Chaos, Disciples of Mockery, Incantation, Krisiun, Abhorrence and some Marduk is in there somewhere. Old Kreator too. OLD, not  the new stuff. Pre 90s. As for stuff I listen to these days, all the bands mentioned above, Disgorge, Hate Manifesto, Caveman Cult, Exequy (destructive material), Perdition Temple, Amputator, Blasherian, Iconoclast Contra, Dark Fury, Deiphago, Besatt, Swamp, Vomikaust, Seraphic Disgust, Wargoat, Deyteronomy, Infernal Execrator, and so many more its endless really..




14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thank you for the interview. Support the underground and the effort we put into our work, always seek, trade and purchase new merch. Expect nothing but pure extreme metal hatred from Wargrinder in the future.
Live proud and to the fullest so when you're dying you'll die a warrior not a fucking coward. Achieve or die trying. In Suicidal Triumph..

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/01/wargrinder-interview.html


Wampyric Bloodlust/Reborn/Satanath Records/2012 CD Review

mercredi 13 janvier 2016 à 13:38

  Wampyric  Bloodlust  are  a  duo  form  Russia  that  plays  a  satanic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2012  album  "Reborn"  which  was  released  by  Satanath  Records.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  before  adding  in  growls  and  high  pitched  screams  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  sound  very  powerful  and the  riffs  also  bring in  a  small  amount  of  melody  at  times  and  keyboards  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

  Throughout  the  recording  there  is  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  music  is  mostly  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  black  metal  tradition  and  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  on  the  guitars  and  all  of  the  songs  avoid  using  any  type  of  guitar  solos  and  leads and  on  the  last  tracks  acoustic  guitars  and  flutes  are  brought  into  the  music  for  a  few  seconds. 

  Wampyric  Bloodlust  plays  a  style  of  black  metla  that  is  very  raw  and  old  school  in  the  90's  tradition  and  avoids  any  type  of  modern styles  to  get  their  point  across,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Vampirism,  and  Darkness.

  In  my  opinion  Wampyric  Bloodlust  are  a  very  great  sounding  satanic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Wampyric  Madness"  "Wolves"  "Satanic  War"  and  "Possessed  Of  A  Goat".  8  out  of  10.  

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/01/wampyric-bloodlustrebornsatanath.html


Abigorum/Self Titled/Satanath Records/2012 Demo Review

mercredi 13 janvier 2016 à 11:19

  Abigorum  are  a  solo  project  from Russia  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  instrumental  mixture  of  black,  doom  metal  and  dark  ambient  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  titled  2012  demo  which  was  released  by  Satanath  Records.

  Clean  playing  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  distorted  ambient  sounds  being  added into the  music  a  few  seconds  later  as well  as  adding  in  melodic  guitar  solos  which  also  adds  more  elements  of  metal  on  the  recording  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  At  times  the  music  can  be  very  avant  garde  and  experimental  and  no  vocals  or  song  writing  are  ever  utilized  and  some  of  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  melody  and  there  is  also  a  small  amount  of  programmed  blast  beats  and  after  awhile  the  influence  of  black  and  doom  metal  can  be  heard  in  the  songs  and  most  of  the  music  sticks  to  a  slow  direction.

  On  this  recording  Abigorum  played  a  style  of  instrumental  music  that  was  very  avant  garde  and  experimental  while  also  adding  in  the  darkness  and  heaviness  of  black  and  doom  metal  and  the  production  also  sounds  very  dark  and  raw.

  in  my  opinion  this  was  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Abigorum  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  dark  ambient,  black  and  doom  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Cadaver  Vomitoria"  and  "Altar  Of  No  Melody".  8  out  of  10. 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/01/abigorumself-titledsatanath-records2012.html


Primeval Mass/To Empryean Thrones/Katoptron IX Records/2016 CD Review

mercredi 13 janvier 2016 à 07:43

  Primeval  Mass  are  a  band from  Greece  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "To  Empyrean  Thrones"  which  will  be  released  on  January  20th  by  Katoptron  IX  Records.

  Nature  sounds  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  along  with  some  melodic  guitar  leads  and  after  a  couple  of  minutes  the  music  speeds  up  and  also  adds  in  a  raw  black  metal  sound  that  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  high  pitched  screams  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

   Some  of  the  songs  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  the  riffs  also  mix  in  influences  of  heavy,  thrash  and  first  wave  black  metal  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  they  also  bring  in  an  instrumental  track  which  displays  how  talented  they  are  as  musicians  while  the  following  songs  use  vocals.

  Primeval  Mass  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  on  this  recording  that  is  very  raw  and  old  school  in  the  second  wave  tradition  while  also  mixing  in  first  wave,  thrash  and  heavy  metal  elements  to  create  a  very  heavy  sounding  recording,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  yet  powerful  at  the  same  time  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occult,  Darkness,  and  Mysticism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Primeval  Mass  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  occult  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "For  Astral  Triumphs"  "The  Grand  Ordeal"  and  "The Mansions  Of  the  night".  8  out  of  10.   

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/01/primeval-massto-empryean.html


Cult Of Erinyes/Transcendence/Caverna Abismal Records/2016 EP Review

mercredi 13 janvier 2016 à 06:26

  Cult  Of  Erinyes  are  a  band  from  Belgium  that  plays  a  very  ritualistic form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  ep  "Transcendence"  which  will  be  released  in  February  by  Caverna  Abismal  Records.

  A very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  blast  beats  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  as  well  as  adding  in  grim  sounding  screams  and  melodies.

  Most  of  the  music  brings  in  a  more  modern  style  of  black  metal  while also  keeping  the  rawness  and  grimness  that  is  a  very  important  part  of  the  genre  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  spoken  word  parts  are  utilized  they  give  the  music  a  very  ritualistic  feeling  while  one  song  does  bring  in  a  few  seconds  of  clean  playing  and  they  close  the  ep  with  a  cover  of  Mayhem's  "Pagan  Fears".

  Cult  Of  Erinyes  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  can  be  ritualistic  but  done  with  a  more  raw  and  guitar  driven  approach,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  philosophy,  history  and  human  nature  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Cult  Of  Erinyes  are  a  very  great  sounding  ritualistic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Transcendence".  8  out  of 10.

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/01/cult-of-erinyestranscendencecaverna.html