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Fleshgod Apocalypse + Carach Angren + Nightland
@ The Underworld Camden, London
January 19, 2017
Review by Torbjørn ‘Toby’ Jørstad
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Belphegor + Possessed
@ Islington Academy, London
13th December, 2016
Review by Jarod Lawley
Photography by Graham Hilling
With two legends of extreme metal on a co-headlining tour over Europe, what could be heavier?
Damnation Festival 2016
@ Leeds University Student’s Union, Leeds
November 5th 2016
Review by Demitri Levantis & Nathan Slack
Photography by Graham Hilling
The city of Leeds is one with a very long and fruitful history. It is also a haven for many a great artist or musician, and is home to one of the finest universities in the United Kingdom. A univeristy home to one of the best regarded day festivals: Damnation.
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25 October 2016
Review by Demitri Levantis
Interview with Olavi Mikkonen
4th November 2016 @ Roundhouse, London
Interview by Torbjørn ‘Toby’ Jørstad
Amon Amarth released their critically acclaimed concept album Jomsviking earlier this year. After numerous festival appearances and supporting Megadeth on tour in the US, the band recently embarked on their European headline tour. Guitarist and founding member Olavi Mikkonen was kind enough to talk to Metal-Rules.com before their sold out show in London this past Friday.
INTERVIEW WITH VILLE RYÖTI OF MORBID VOMIT
Death Metal lives and well as the Finnish death metal squad Morbid Vomit proves that fact. The four piece debut album DOCTRINE OF VIOLENCE is a tremendous great slap of the brutal death. The album presents the brutal, but still sharp and tight death metal at its finest. Therefore it was about time to have a chat with the frontman of Morbid Vomit Ville Ryöti.
Interview and photos by Arto Lehtinen
Good day whats up in the Morbid Vomit camp at the moment
Good day! The summer is over and we are working hard on new material!
THE BEGINNING OF THE BAND
The band was formed in early 2012. Me and guitarist Löndgren played in a band called The Zombi for many years and after when that band went to a long hiatus, we decided to form a new band of our own.
When Morbid Vomit crawled out of the cellars to the wider public, due to the name of the band people didn’t know if a real band or what, therefore I can’t help asking if you come up a name with the tongue-in-cheek or was it more like carefully planned ?
Well, at first the idea was to record really lo-fi tunes just for fun and release only tapes and such. To match that kind of style, we needed a really stupid name. Mörbid Vomit was the dumbest we could come up with. We had other ideas such as Bestial Goat, Evil Vomit etc. but Mörbid Vomit just rolls out of your tongue. When the first songs came together, they turned out to be too good to be wasted with a shitty production to be collecting dust in some pile of cassettes so we decided to go for a more professional approach, yet keeping the cringeworthy name.
All of you have an extreme strong background by playing in other bands, what kind of lesson have you learnt from playing in those bands ?
Personally, I think I’ve learned to stay more focused on the goals we have and to demand a group that functions very well all together. Nothing big happens quickly so it takes time, patience and effort and trial and error to get things going.
The drummer decided to quit and published the official statement regarding his departure, I assume there were some personal issued inflaming the situation in the band, but what kind of brotherhood and bond do you need to share between the rest of the guys to keep the band going on ?
We’ve had a few line up changes but now we have a solid group where everyone has their own place. Humor is one of the most important things when it comes to playing in a band, for us at least. The chemistry comes from (stupid) humor and sharing the same kind of passion to the music we make. It doesn’t matter how good you are with your instrument as long as the chemistry is there.
As far as I know you have found a replacement ?
Yes indeed. Our drummer Köhäri joined the band in January 2016. After our original drummer Ristöla left the band (or was kicked out of the band), mr. Aki Kuusinen from The Zombi & Pain Confessor played as a session drummer for us. He also played drums for our debut album, “Doctrine Of Violence”. He never was going to join the band as a full member and after his scheduals got really tight, we found Köhäri to be a full member behind the drumkit.
Morbid Vomit is known for sporting with the blood covering all over your bodies, I can’t help if the purpose on having the bodies entirely covered by blood is to have one kind of shocking value or is it more a visual or theatrical aspect ?
I guess you can’t shock people anymore these days but we do it for the visual aspect. We want to look as we sound so you get the full package when you come to see us live. It gives that extra something for the shows and for us it’s a ritualistic thing to do before every show. Not in a “satanic” ritual way but every member needs to suffer through that shit, haha!
When you started the band – did you already know as the name of the game is going to be brutal death metal with the certain grip, or did you have to find a suitable way of having the right sounds and approach ?
We only knew that we wanted to play death metal. We didn’t have any material written when the band was put together and the music just came out in that way quite naturally. Of course it’s influenced by Bloodbath and Entombed and other Swedish death metal groups but we didn’t have anything planned out before hen.
NEW DEADLY HYMNS
The debut album titled DOCTRINE OF VIOLENCE saw the light of day in 2015, therefore presumably you may have laid down some riff and ideas for new songs How will the newer songs differ from the songs on the previous outputs ?
The songs have more variation, I hope haha! I think that Doctrine Of Violence is a good start for us but listening to it now, for me it sounds fucking dull and repetitive. So there’s an issue to be fixed for the future releases. I don’t want to go any details yet but I’m excited for the new songs and all the shenanigans happening there.
It is a compilation of all of those things. The music must be brutal. Our music is a mixture of ballcrushing riffs and sinister melodies. We want every song to sound like an anxiety attack and a total collapse of everything you ever loved. The lyrics need to fit to the music, it is very important for us.
Do you view writing new tracks is a little bit of the challenging as the debut album got extremely good respond and received ultimate positive feedback all around ?
We are very happy for all the positive response of the first album but it doesn’t affect our state of mind when working with the new material. Doctrine Of Violence was a learning experience in many ways and now we are on the next level when it comes to making an album. The biggest challenge for us is to satisfy the other members when we make music. It is a cliché but we don’t really care what others think or may think of us so that drops all the pressure-issues. As long as we are satisfied as a band and the songs are fun to play, we go with that.
How do you usually bang songs together ? Do you create the platform with ideas for songs on your own and as a band they rehearse to reach the ultimate pleasing brutal sounds ?
First album was almost completely composed by our guitarist Löndgren because I was too busy being drunk and fucked up all the time. The way it works is that he makes a song structure at home, records it with Drummer etc and sends us the file. After that we rehearse it as a group in our rehearsal place where the song usually progresses with ideas from everyone. So everyone still participates, it doesn’t matter who comes up with the basic structures. They all change anyway when we get to rehearse the song.
DOCTRINE OF VIOLENCE AND RESPONDS
As stated above DOCTRINE has got really good respond, but were you in a way or another surprised to see those reaction or did you somehow expect to have highly ranked feedback ?
Were you aware of the frontman of Black Dahlia Murder had named Doctrine Of Violence as a highlighted album by saying “The vocal is really strong and very striking… dude has a really big voice that just booms… you can’t ignore it. He drills those lyrics right into your head. This disc grabs you from second one… right out of the gates and you’re off to the races. “ and have you received other interesting praising comments from so called wellknown band ?
Yeah, we are aware of that and we appreciate Trevors promotion! We haven’t heard any other so called public praises from any known people but it’s great that many people seem to like what we do.
Was it an easy going process to create the lethal output pleasing especially yourself totally ?
The process was quite a struggle, to be honest. Löndgren had quite a burden to write the material alone as I wasn’t helping at all because of my drinking. But as said before, the songs found their completion at our rehearsal place but I guess it was quite stressful for Löndgren to make the album happen. In my defence, I wrote almost all the lyrics and made the vocal patterns but those times were quite dark for me at least. The recording process was painful as hell too. Things kept going wrong all the time and we had huge issues with the guitar sound and guitar tracks in general and we end up rushing everything to get it done, including the mixing process. At one point we didin’t even care anymore, we just wanted the album to finish and to be released in time. We sure know what to differently next time.
Yes. Doctrine Of Violence has some good moments on the lyrical side but I have lots of stuff to say in a very brutal way. Doctrine was supposed to be a theme album but actually it is not. All the lyrics are about killing and violence in general but it has no direct theme connecting the songs. I have no clue about the next album, will it be themed or not but I can guarantee that the lyrics will go under your skin and make people feel sick and disgusted.
As far as the lyrics are concerned, they mostly deal with the violent issues, where do you usually get the inspiration to write about ?
Everyday life is a huge inspiration. For example when I’m walking down the street, it usually takes minutes until I’m fantasizing someone to die or smash his/her face in. Also human species in general is an inspiration to write violent lyrics. That’s what we do best, act violently. Religion is also a huge pet peeve of mine. I go crazy even having a thought about it. Around 80% or so of earths population are somewhat religious. It’s fucking amazing. People living their lives to some ancient bullshit book. But well, that’s an inspiration from frustration to write the way I do. I also look up on serial killers and mass murderers, that takes balls to do what they do and I can’t blame them, we’re all scum.
As far as I know you are influenced by Richard Dawkinsin ja Lawrence reflection their thoughts in your writing, right ? Could you tell a bit more about this ?
Nice one! Yes, I am influenced by Dawkins and Krauss and also Sam Harris but it’s not that direct. The influence comes mainly from a scientific (and factual) view that we have absolutely no meaning to exist in this vast cosmos. It’s all random events that brought us where we are. Of course we make our own meaning blah blah blah. We are all meaningless scum. Period.
AND DEATH METAL REIGNS
What is the biggest improvement in terms of playing and creating new songs in the band since you started out in 2012 ?
The biggest thing is that now we know what we sound like so the song writing should be less difficult. It’s also liberating to expand our style to different directions, of course keeping it in the genre of death metal. Our chemistry is stronger than ever and now when the first big step is taken, it’s time to take a bigger leap towards our new adventures with the second album.
Do you think there is a huge demand for Death metal nowadays in Finland and in general how do you view the current state of the Finnish death metal genre and which bands would you like to recommend people out there to check out ?
I don’t follow the “scene” so I’m not sure how Death Metal is doing in general. There are lots of death metal bands though but only few of them are good. We do have death metal oriented festivals and they seem to be doing great, which I am happy about. If I was to recommend something, definitely check out Torture Killer, been a huge influence for us too.
Before concluding the interview, could you name five albums having an major influence on you ?
– Judas Priest – Painkiller
– Rainbow – Rising
– Pantera – Cowboys From Hell
– Cradle Of Filth – Cruelty And The Beast
– Cannibal Corpse – The Bleeding
I thank you for the interview and the last words are yours.
Thank you for interviewing! Hail to all who has ever supported us in anyway. Please follow us on Facebook to get the latest news and tour dates and listen to Doctrine Of Violence on Spotify. As Shinnok says, DEATH TO ALL.
Scottish Power Metal group Gloryhammer are among 11 new bands confirmed for Bloodstock Open Air 2016 today, with just two months more left to wait!
Gloryhammer, formed in 2010 and having released two studio albums dealing with themes of fantasy and Scottish history will appear on the Ronnie James Dio stage early on Friday 12th August.
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Immolation Interview With Bob Vigna
@ G2, Glasgow
Tuesday 10th May, 2016
Interview by: Pete Mutant
Marduk + Immolation + Origin +Bio-Cancer
10th March 2016
Review By Pete Mutant
Tags: Bio-Cancer, black metal, Death Metal, Frontschwein, Frontschwein UK tour, Gig review, Glasgow, IMMOLATION, Immolation new album, live review, MARDUK, ORIGIN, The Garage, The Garage G2, Thrash Metal, UK tour 2016
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Cannibal Corpse / Krisiun
The 21st of April 2016
Nosturi Helsinki Finland
Cannibal Corpse has managed to maintain such a loyal and renewing fan base during these years. When the gore death metallers made the first visit to Finland back in 1998 with Dark Funeral and Infernal Majesty, I dare to claim the audience was totally different and none of those who attended that show, hardly arrived at Nosturi to witness Cannibal Corpse along with the Brazilian death metal trio Krisiun. However, it was overwhelming to note as between 400-500 deathbangers crawled to Nosturi on Thursday to share the pit of zombies and get devoured by vermin.
Overkill + Vader + One Machine
@ The Classic Grand, Glasgow
8th April, 2016
Review by Pete Mutant
Photography by Gavin Lowrey
Tags: Bobby Blitz, Classic Grand, Death Metal, Gig review, Glasgow, Killfest Tour 2016, Live Music, NuclearBlast, One Machine, overkill, Piotr Wiwczarek, Steve Smyth, Thrash Metal, vader
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INFERNAL WAR – INTERVIEW WITH WARCRIMER
Infernal War hailing from Poland offers one hell of a brutal death/black slap on the band’s third output called AXIOM. The fast raw, but above all razor sharp played riffs with the hyberblasting drums create the infernal sonic torture. Infernal War’s brutal uncompromising deadly stuff appeals to any extreme fan out there for sure. Here is the chat with the frontman of Infernal War Herr Warcrimer.
Interview and live pics by Arto Lehtinen
Good day how’s it going in the Infernal War camp ?
Well, good by our standards, I think. After our 2 shows in the US in December 2015, we had some lazy time, but now we rehearse again preparing for upcoming shows and slowly working on new songs. In the meantime we recorded some new stuff with other bands of ours – Voidhanger and Breathing Hell.
The most recent output called AXIOM is an excellent piece of skilled brutal and uncompromising death/black metal. Could you tell how you came up the title for the album, what does it describe the album and material in general ?
AXIOM refers to the great darkness in man and beyond. Some people try to ignore it, hide it in their subconsciousness or simply deny it, but we know the beast never sleeps and it’s always there. We feel its presence in our lives, we accept it, we praise it and live it, it burns us from inside, but at the same time, it pushes us forward. The lyrics on AXIOM are much more bitter, darker, introvert and more personal so the title is not so obvious this time. Of course, their form must fit the music, but most of them is much more reflective, though I know it’s not what is generally expected from us. Well, I’m older, colder and more bitter. You can also relate the title to our music that evolves, but the core remains the same.
The sounds on AXIOM is definitely powerful raw, but yet brutal and above all deadly. Obviously you have to be extremely pleased with how the album in terms of sounds and how songs turned out, but is there any particular issues which should have been carried out in another way ?
Yes, we are really satisfied with the sound. It’s massive and powerful, but without any loudness war crap that plagues many good albums. In retrospect, I think it could be a bit rawer, but I see no reason to complain.
Judging by the name of the band the lyrics tend to be dealing with the war issues. But what kind of topics influence you to write about ? What is the main source of inspiration to have ideas for songs ? And do you have a certain mood to write the lyrics down on the paper ?
In the early days, the band’s lyrics were more one-dimensional. Primitive Devil worship, genocide, death worship, antichristian themes etc, but with each release the lyrics have been gravitating more towards the exploration of spiritual darkness, spitting out all the bitterness and rather nihilistic stance towards the world around. The lyrics on AXIOM deal with my personal beliefs and emotions – real, true and darker than before. Of course, they’re still written in the form that fits Infernal War. Things evolve, it’s natural, I guess, but the band’s name will stay with us until the end.
Do you think setting the goal and ambitions for the AXIOM album after the previous album was one sort of challenging task and aim to top what you have done before ?
I don’t think so. I mean everything we do is just a natural process, spontaneous and intuitive. There’s no place for calculation. We may talk about some vibes and general direction, but in the end it’s all about a proper feeling. There was no big pressure, I knew it would be our best album when I heard early rehearsal versions of some songs. Of course, it’s my opinion. Those who expected a clone of Terrofront may be disappointed.
What kind of things did you pay attention while writing and composing new tunes for AXIOM ?
Proper feeling, coherence and quality.
What are the main part of the song writing process of Infernal War ; Brutality, catchiness, barbaric sounding material ?
There in no particular pattern. The whole process is spontaneous. Of course – hateful intensity, brutality and some kind catchiness deeply rooted in old school are parts of our style, but it’s comes naturally. We don’t give a fuck about being the fastest or the most brutal band in any niche. We want to create music that has a meaning, at least to us.
Agonia Rec has unleashed most of the albums and outputs of Infernal War by now. I can’t help if other labels expressed the interest to get Infernal War signed ? And have you been pleased with Agonia in general ?
Yes, our co-operation with Agonia works pretty well. We got some offers from good, well-known labels, but Agonia’s offer was simply better. Besides, we live in the same country, we know each other and so far, we’ve been satisfied with their work for us.
The previous full length opus came out already in 2007 whereas AXIOM was unleashed in 2015, that’s big a huge time gap between albums, I can’t help asking if you were overworked with other bands or is it just a normal way of working of Infernal War to have such a long time gap between albums ?
It’s hard to say. We are involved in other bands, but neither of them was the reason for the gap between Redesekration and AXIOM. The fact that we live in different places was not a reason, either. It just happened and there was no pressure. We played some rehearsals, did some exclusive shows, recorded 5 brand new songs for Conflagrator mLP and 3 new songs for split with Kriegsmaschine, but we didn’t started to work on AXIOM untill 2012, I think. Nothing particular happened, but now we’re back and active more than ever before.
As for the studio where AXIOM has been processed, No Solace Studio, the albums by the Mgla VOIDHANGER etc have been recorded there, could you tell a bit more about the studio, why did you end recording AXIOM there ?
We chose No Solace, because we recorded there 2 albums of Voidhanger and the results were great. No Solace is actually a rehearsal room of Mgła.
It differs a lot. Radiokaktywni is a big, professional studio in which many mainstream rock/pop albums were recorded and mixed. No Solace is, like I said, a rehearsal room of Mgla, but as you can hear, the sound of AXIOM is great.
The Mgla member M has been behind the desk monitoring the recording process, obviously he was the right guy to process AXIOM ?
M. as all the necessary gears and knowledge of sound engineering, but at the same time he was raised on ugly and disgusting black metal and he hates modern plastic sound and loudness war as much we do. He was the rightt person to process AXIOM and we considered no other one.
What does the frontcover symbolize ?
The front cover refers to the meaning of the title and most of the lyrics, especially the closing title track which sums up AXIOM perfectly. It compiles several symbols and ideas into a consistent cover. I think it’s good to leave some space for interpretation, we are straightforward enough.
I wasn’t in the band back then, but like in case of many other bands, it was the need to channel our beliefs or spit out our hatred through extreme music we all love. Simple as that.
You started out as Infernal SS, did you face problems because of the name ?
Some controversies, yes, but I don’t really care. It’s actually pretty funny as we have a lot of supporters and friends in South America or Asia, but it’s white social justice workers who try to find evil nazis everywhere, even in their own ranks. Fuck them all and fuck the world.
Infernal War used to sport with the corpse paints in the older pics, but instead now you seem to have got rid of them and in general modified the look reminding me slightly of Angelcorpse. Was it a main purpose to make some kind of distance from several other so called extreme bands wearing the corpsepaints ?
There was no particular purpose in giving up corpse paint. We just felt it was the right moment to change something, that’s it. I have nothing against using corpse paint and I even consider using its basic form on stage in the future, but at this moment we feel that the music, the lyrics, the artwork and the band photos make AXIOM a pretty consistent release. W don’t need to take distance from anyone as we are pretty far from what’s popular in nowadays black metal anyway.
Infernal War aint that active band as far as I know. Are you going to have another longer hiatus before start working the next output, or are you going to rush what comes releasing the new next material ?
No, we’re not going to have any hiatus at the moment. Actually, we are pretty active now. Of course, we’re busy, grown up men who have their jobs and obligations, what’s more, we live in different places, but Infernal War is alive and well. We’re slowly working on new songs
Infernal War unleashed the blasting metal assault at the Black Flames Of Blasphemy festival in Finland a while ago. What kind of place and festival do you appreciate to play at ?
Black Flames Of Blasphemy was a blast and it was great to see all those great bands. We enjoy events that inlcude good bands and are organized by serious individuals.
Before concluding the interview, name the five essential albums that you still blast out of the stereo even nowadays as you did years years ago
Oh, being into different genres of music for over 2 decades makes it really impossible. Well, “Persecution Mania”, “Pleasure To Kill”, “Under The Sign Of The Black Mark”, “De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas” or “Abominations Of Desolation” changed my life forever and I still love them, but I can say the same about many other metal albums as well as early The Cure, Bauhaus, Laibach, Einsturzende Neubauten or Talking Heads. A list of my all time favorites of all genres would be longer than this interview 😉
I for one thank you for your time to do the interview for Metal-Rules.Com, the last words are yours…
Thanks for your interest and support. I hope we’ll play in Finland again this year. Long live perdition
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@ The Underworld, London
February 20th, 2016
Review by Ann Sulaiman
A sold-out show awaited Saturday night in Camden’s esteemed concert venue, The Underworld. While London was the second to last date of Canadians Kataklysm’s massive European tour with Septicflesh and Aborted in tow, it was all the more reason to see a high-octane gig take place, especially regarding how rarely Septicflesh themselves are able to play the UK. After tonight, it’s only fair that UK promoters take notes to invite all three bands to play the British isles more often.
Conducted January, 2015
Interview by Jarod Lawley
Before the release of the Swedish death metallers’ 2nd album, Dead Dawn, on February 26th, we spoke to Entombed A.D.’s much loved vocalist L.G. Petrov about what to listen out for on the new record, touring with Behemoth and Abbath, and metal cruises!