Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Reviews done by Anders posted on 10-18-17



Annihilation - "The Undivided Wholeness of All Things" (Review By Anders Like Tears In Rain)
So, this album starts off with an over four minute instrumental? That seems pretty bold on their part. It sounds good, for sure. Has sort of a slow Suffocation meets Immolation vibe to it...but not a rip-off of either band. The second song starts off with a slightly peculiar speedy opening, then - transitions into the more mid-paced mesmerizing churning of ghostly vapors and mist - that expounds throughout this release's entirety. A thick swirling fog in a rocky and desolate (yet, paradoxically, alive and vibrant) forest of unknown lands exudes forth. Vocals, now. Deep and somewhat guttural. They rise up, a bit, in pitch - throughout the song - matching, nicely, with the flowing purple darkness of undulating guitars. There's sort of an opaquely ethereal atmosphere overall - with the drums offering varied combinations to keep the concoction alluring and interesting. They, sort of, have a "jazz" type signature to them. It seems like percussion that could've/would've been in/on those great Death albums...and Control Denied if it would've continued (sans Chuck Schuldiner's "premature" passing). Track four ("The Illusion of Space and Time") has some guitar riffing that reminds me of some of the presentation on Hate Eternal's "Conquering the Throne" (though, played at half speed). There's some Morbid Angel "Gateways to Annihilation" reminiscence going on in "Emptiness Defiled". All the songs are rather "slow", really. Almost pensive. Contemplative. But not - at all - boring. They are powerfully demonstrative with many things going on with each instrument - even if just subtly woven. Again, there's a strong Suffocation type presence interlaced in these songs, primarily. "Omniverse", also, has a tinge of Mithras thrown it to add some cosmically eerie spice. I recommend this album to anyone who likes the other bands mentioned and/or to those who want to listen to something intricately heavy in-between sessions of pure blasting - to "take a breather" or "cleanse the palette", so to speak.




Come Back From The Dead - "Caro Data Vermibus" - 2017 (Review by Anders Smelly Whores The Banishment Dew)

So, according to an internet translation device - the title of this e.p. is Latin for "was given to worms". Interesting. Funny! The latter, also, being for the music and concept of this band! Welcome back to 1991! Or 1992! Or 1993! Maybe, 1989, you say? When Death Metal was in its infancy and heralding its point of interest and creativity. Not to mean anything beyond that was and isn't significant, of course. Leaps and bounds, creeps and hounds! "Jinkies and zoinks!" There's just a certain "nostalgia" related to those early years that a lot of "old timers", today, look back at with fondness and irreplaceable certainty of being. This release holds up well as an homage and slightly absurd tongue-in-cheek reverence to those yesterdays of youthful abandonment. It's reminiscent of Entombed and Necrophagia, for the most part, I'd say. Maybe, Unleashed. Maybe, Asphyx. Maybe, early Morgoth. That ilk. The songs, here, are "okay" on their own...nothing "special". Only "endearing" in the sense that the sound/images is/are "retro" without much effort. These guys aren't the Steel Panther of Death Metal. No overt "wink, wink, nudge, nudge" going on here. This e.p. seems like it's for those who were there at the beginning. The days of tape trading. Even the cover art is very much representative of that hey-day (much like the "hey-day of hair spray" in the glam vein). It makes me chuckle in a good way. Though, it seems if these guys are "serious" about what they are doing - it will be intriguing to know where they might go with this. Conceptually? Will it be more about selling t-shirts than music? Novelty? I guess we'll see in another 20 years, if these guys survive and thrive. Though, a lot of us will be literally dead by then...so, how will we know? Enjoy it while you can, I guess. Get a few laughs in, 'cuz you won't get the last laugh - that you can count on!





Jupiterian - "Terraforming" - 2017 (Review by Anders Thought Expansion Is The Key In The Doorway of Transcendence While The Mind Is The Foot In That Said Doorway That Was Unlocked The Whole Time But Imagined Not To Be)
It's really starting to amaze me that the musical flavors I've been tasting, lately - with regard to "old preferences" and "solidified unsubstantiated biases" have no particular hold on "reality" and "truth". For instance, I "never" liked "Doom Metal" and would furl my brow, sneer, and cringe with disgust when that sub-genre was spoken of. Even "Sabbath" was gag worthy, most of the time. Yes, yes...I know. Blasphemy and treachery! How dare I speak in such ways! I've had a couple of "friends" who gravitated toward that side of the spectrum (one of whom also gravitated toward "BBW's" - a.k.a. Fat Fuckin' Barely Human Females). Planetary destruction in double and triple X entendre proportions? Where am I going with this? The weight? The heaviness? The Doooooooooom! Rhymes with woooooooooomb! And tooooooooomb! But not comb. Why? I don't know. And I don't know why I like what I'm hearing right now. This is classified as "Atmospheric Sludge Doom" and I'm fully ensnared and captivated by it. "Stockholm Syndrome"? I think not... I really have no idea. This is some powerful undulating hypnotic soundscapes. Cleverly crafted. I will recommend this to the second "old friend" that I'm still in contact with - if I remember to, that is. I think there would be a rejoicing upon the mountain of fathomless foundations rising above the sea of mediocrity! The cover art says it all.




A new writer is helping out the web-zine

Hello
Thanks for  taking the   time to  read  this  post  I  am  posting this  to  introduce  a  new writer  for  this web-zine  his name  is  Anders  and  he  is a  part  of  the  metal/rock band Declared Dead {Check  below  for his bandcamp and  other  sites}  he  has  a  variety  of  influences and favorite genres  so  each  of his  releases  are  different  and  very  original.
I will  be  posting  some  of  Anders reviews  here in a  minute  so  be  sure to  check them  out  and keep  watching the  zine  for more  of Anders  reviews.
Regards
Patrick

Here  are  Declared Dead's  web-sites


Declared  Dead


AND if you  are  a  fan of metal/rock and are looking for something different be sure to download or just listen to his releases.And if you  run a  web-zine or  radio-station  or  show  be  sure to  contact  Anders  about  reviews  or  airplay.


Sunday, October 8, 2017

Two New reviews done by Patrick posted up on 10-8-17

Ayat-Carry On,Carrion  cd{Moribund  Rec.}
After a nine year slumber Ayat  return  with their third  full length. Carry On,Carrion  is the bands  newest release featuring ten songs of cold,violent  black metal insanity.The  guitars range  from a raw controlled mid paced style to  a  faster  guitar pace.The guitarist does a  great  job  of playing both mid paced and  a faster guitar pace with some well executed solo's and  patterns mixed into the music.The  vocals are raw,raspy screams and in a few songs some heavier gruff growls are used.If you  are a  fanatic of cold,grim  black metal then  be sure to  pick up  a  copy  of   Carry On,Carrion when it  is released.
                                                                                       Label   Contact
                                                                              http://www.moribundcult.com/
                                                              https://moribundrecords.bandcamp.com





Lycanthropy--A.V.R.E.I.L  cd  {Lower  Silesian Stronghold}
Returning  with  their  sixth full length  release  A.V.R.E.I.L featuring nine tracks of powerful and solid blackend death metal.The  guitar work is great mix of  both a frenzied,fast pace to  a more controlled mid paced pace.The  guitarist  can write some well  written and played  patterns  and even  some solo's mixed into a few  of the songs.The  vocals are a mix of gruff growls and screams mixed with  some higher pitched  black metal screams.If you  have  heard and liked the last  few releases  from  Lycanthropy  then  be  sure to  pick up  a  copy  of the  new  cd  today.
                                                                  Label   Contacts
                                                  http://www.trueunderground.cba.pl/
                                                               Band  Contacts
                                               https://www.facebook.com/LycanthopyBM/
                                                 https://lycanthropy.bandcamp.com/


Interview  with  Terror  Empire  done  by  Patrick posted on 10-8-17



Interview  with  Terror  Empire  done  by  Patrick


1.Hello  please introduce yourself to the  readers? And how  are  things  in  Portugal  these  days? 

Hi, my name is Rui Alexandre, and I’m the guitarist for Terror Empire. I’m also a designer and the founder of Mosher Clothing, a brand metalheads should get to know! Portugal is a wonderful country with a rich History. However, we f-ed up good time and eventually reality took its toll on our economy. As PIGS (Portugal, Italy, Greece and Spain), we’re slaves to debt and to bank. If you think about money has an effect on people’s happiness, things aren’t looking so bright. People are fighting to see who gets the biggest crumble - nobody’s thinking about the whole cake, anymore.


2.When  did you  first  start listening to  metal music and  who  were the first  bands you  listened to? 

I started listening to metal back in the early nineties, influenced by an older cousin who had access to all the cool records by Metallica, Megadeth and Sepultura. Sepultura was definitely the trigger that got me into this lifestyle. As soon as I heard “Inner Self”, I was hooked for life.


3.Terror  Empire  formed in  2009  when  did you  first get the idea  to  start this  band?And how did you  all choose  Terror  Empire  as the name of the  band? 

The core of the band used to play together for a few years, but we eventually stopped, which sucks. Kids, don’t stop playing in your early 20’s. There is no better period in life to be rocking. We picked up the name “Terror Empire” by the depth of it’s meaning, instead of using yet another generic word ending in “-ion”, we actually gave it a thought. If you think of the media and the governments around the globe (eastern and western), we’re subjects to a permanent state of fear and terror. Is the threat real? I don’t know, but there’s this whole terror empire among us. After we started the band, I started paying attention for its use in the news, and I’ve seen it being used in articles, so that’s that for validation, I guess.


4.What  is the current  line up  of the  band?And  who  would you  say  are Terror  Empire's biggest  influences? 

Apart from me and Nuno Oliveira on guitars, Rui Puga handles bass duties, João Dourado plays the drums and Ricardo Martins is the band’s throat. Our influences range from old-school thrash to 90’s death metal, but we’re not afraid to experiment with groove. We don’t do melodic stuff, much; we try to go as corrosive as possible.


5.Obscurity  Rising is the bands second  full length release which  was released  through Mosher Rec.How did the  band come  in contact  with this  label?
 

Well… I run Mosher Records. The label started after our second full-length and it’d seem a waste of resources (aka “stupid”) not to make the most out of it. The whole band agreed to it, and there have been zero conflict of interests, so far. We’re all rowing to the same side.




6.How  long  did  it  take  the  band to write the music for this  release?Does the whole band work on  writing the music or does one member write  everything? 

It’s random, the writing process. We either come up with a killer riff on the rehearsal place (Burn the Flags, for example), or we write new stuff on purpose. Inspiration means transpiration, you know? If you put your mind into the the riff-craft, something cool should come up. Then, there’s the old songs we had never used, but still fit like a glove, like Death Wish or Lust. Since our previous guitar player left the band in between albums, I had to write it all, mostly with the help of the amazing drummer this band has. A great riff without great percussion is wasted music.


7.Who  usually  handles  writing the lyrics  for the band  and  what  are some  topics  you  all wrote  about  on  Obscurity  Rising ? 

There isn’t a specific rule for who writes lyrics, but Ricardo is the main author. I also help out here and there. His topics revolve mostly around society’s problems of current times, like wars and corruption. It seems like a cliché, but it’s how you express your disscontempt that makes or breaks the message, you know? I think we pull it off rather nicely.


8.Besides  the  new  release  are their  any  copies  of the debut  release still  available?What  about  other merchandise  if yes what  is  available  and where can the readers  buy it? 

“Face the Terror” (EP, 2009) is sold out, and there’s just a few copies left of “The Empire Strikes Black”. We always have plenty of merch available, just send us a message on facebook/twitter or email us. Check out our website www.terrorempire.net.



9.Does  Terror  Empire   play  live  very  often if yes  what  have  been some of the  bands most  memorable  shows? 

We’re lucky enough to be invited to play shows very often, and we promote our own gigs if needed. I’m the type of guy who thinks the glass is half-empty, so I remember the worse gigs the most - not many, though! We played at one of the biggest metal fests in Portugal, this summer, and we had a blast. I remember playing the Moita Metal Fest shows and they’re always so good, we feel like home every time we go there. I remember the third time we went to Spain, and we were reluctant to go there (the first couple of shows sucked), but it was completely awesome. I hope Grovios Fest makes a comeback.


10.Are  their  any shows or tours  coming up  in  support  of  Obscurity  Rising if  yes  where  will the  band  be  playing?And  who  are some  bands you  will be  playing with? 

We’ll be playing as much as we can, because we only make records to have an excuse to play live. We’ve played with thrash bands, black metal bands, death metal bands, hardcore, punk… we’ll play with anyone and try to make new friends every time. Please visit our website for tour dates!


11.When  not  working  on  new  music or band business what  do  you  like to do in your  free time? 

I live for Mosher Clothing. Everything else feels like a a timeout from my true passion and I always feel like I’m wasting time when I’m doing something else. I play the occasional FIFA, but that’s it.



12.Terror  Empire  comes  out  of  Portugal's thrash metal  scene what  is your  opinion  of  the  metal scene  in Portugal? 

Portugal has great bands, and it surprises me when people are surprised by this. We have plenty of venues and shows, and the country if small enough to play a gig and return home in less than 24 hours driving, but big and diverse enough to play to different crowds throughout the year. Our festivals are also quite nice. SWR Barroselas has got to be one of the coolest festivals in the world, period.  We also have the oldest metal festival in the Iberian peninsula, that’s always cool. In terms of media, there’s plenty of weblogs and we have two different metal magazines, which is great. Luckily, we have promoters who are crazy enough to keep bringing great bands here (we’re the doors to Europe, when flying from the West).


13.Who  are your  all-time favorite  Portugese  bands?And  are their any  new  bands you  feel  the readers  should  check  out soon? 

I’ll probably forget about someone and that isn’t fair. I wish Pitch Black would make a triumphant return, they’re no-nonsense oldschool thrash. Switchtense (thrash/groove) are portuguese underground icons, and I have much respect for them. As for new bands, or rather unknown bands, everybody should check out Analepsy (slam) and Destroyers of All, who are on Mosher Records. Search for these on Spotify/YouTube and keep checking the related artists, it’s easier!


14.Besides  playing  in  Terror  Empire  do  any  of the  members  currently  play  in  any other  bands?If  yes  please tell the  readers  a  little  about  them? 

Only Nuno Oliveira has another band, which is Tales for the Unspoken. I can’t label their style, but it’s definitely metal, check them out.


15.Thank you  for  taking the  time  to  fill this  interview  out  do you  have  any  final  comments  for the  readers? 

Metal is a way of life. It can help you throughout your best and your worst moments, and you can always rely on it (and I can’t say that about most people), so help out your local scene. Go to shows and share stuff on social media. Reach and engagement are like a modern day currency, use it with those who need it the most!

                                                                             Band  Contact
                                                                      http://www.terrorempire.net/
                                                                    https://twitter.com/terrorempire
                                                                            Label   Contacts
                                                                  http://www.mosherrecords.com/
                                                                  https://twitter.com/mosherrecords
                                                          https://www.facebook.com/mosherrecords


Interview  with  Vitreoous   done  by  Patrick posted on 10-8-17



Interview  with  Vitreoous   done  by  Patrick


1.Hails please introduce yourself to  the  readers  and  how  are  things  going in  Spain  these  days?

Hi, here M. from Vitreoous, guitars, vocals and concept of the band, glad to share some words. Well Spain is growing in terms of quality, death, black and grind are the three
main standars that are getting a notorious lurk abroad. Also glad of take the right steps towards sonic malformations.


2.When  did you  first  get the idea  to  start this band  and how did you  choose  Vitreoous as the name of the band?

Well, it was fortuitous yet unexpected, the project was in my head for ages and frozen. Just got in touch with NHT, the other potential member of Vitreoous and both thought that
could be quite interesting to deform the old school BM  canon. The band name is merely the multilayered perspective of music and its human feelings behind it. We are observers, we mistake, we deform
and malform whatever on our hands.


3.I  believe  Vitreoous  is a  two man  band  are you  currently looking for  new members to join the band or do you  prefer to work  as a two man band?

Yes you are right, we are just two. I think we are not close to welcome a third entity but by now we are working pretty well like this. If someone understands the message and target
just drop some lines of interest via facebook or bandcamp and we will see.


4.Chants Of  Deprecation is the bands  debut EP. how long  did it  take  you two to  write  the music  for the debut EP.?Do  you  both  work on  the music or does one member  usually  write everything?


The Ep as I pointed out above, was written long time ago, the writing of it was really intense and made the most of the momentum. Both of us write the music, my layer is guitars, noises, vocals and art, while NHT is the master
who plays drums, bass, noises, synths. This dual atoli assembly gathers tightly. We are working on the coming full length and will take a different dimension....expectant.



5.Who usually  takes  care of writing  the lyrics  and  what  are some topics written  about  on  Chants Of  Deprecation ?

I do usually take care of this, NHT has other beautiful skills behind tools I am not well doctrinated of. So my duty is to write and choose topics such as
malformed deities, obsolete creed, nothingness, despise and sorrow.


6.Where  can  the  readers buy  the debut EP. and  does  the band have  any other  merchandise  available or coming  soon?


Do please take a look to these to websites. Digital version would be great if any labels offer a good deal, by now the Ep will be only released on tape by Flesh Vessel (Usa) and Vertebrae (Europe).
https://www.facebook.com/Vitreoous/
https://vitreoous.bandcamp.com/releases


7.Have  you  started  working on  new music for the next EP. or  would you  like to  work towards a  full-length?


The next logical step is to release a full length, it will contain different ingredients, harsh harmonies, darker vibes yet disgusting and
intense riffing without respecting certain roots.



8.Will you  look  for  a label  to  work  with  or do you  prefer  to  self-release your own music?

Well the Ep will be released by two labels but we would like to push it, no boundaries, no enemies.


9.Vitreoous   comes out  of  Spain's black,death metal scene what  is your  opinion  of  Spain's blackend death scene?

Well the so called word scene is quite tricky here. Worst: bands and most of them do not normally care about others, probably selfishness, who knows and who cares.
Best: good potential in few of them, serious and determined. Besides getting ideas and message clear. Through years we both hae seen that if you trust your
project and you work seriously you will be rewarded sooner or later. We destroy than construct, pitiful, but we dont care. Past years do not matter.


10.Who  are your  all-time  favorite  bands coming out of  Spain?And  are  their  any new bands  you  feel the readers  should  check  out  soon?

Hard to say, many to mention and many to forget, just kidding.From past to future:  Foscor are great even they took other path (to me a better one), Necroven, Atrexial, Aversio Humanitatis, Osmosis,
Finally the future bands, who knows, Balmog, Mathryrium, these two are good bands who follow the standard and refresh the genre. Graveyard is quite dense too and vivid. So many.... I am addicted to
music.


11.Besides bands  are their  any  honest,reliable label's or distro's you  could recommend to  the readers?

Damnatio ad Bestias, Krucyator, Fistbang, Vertebrae, Flesh Vessel, are the latest ones that come to my mind. I do normally like to know their protocol and principles as labels, they are
the other side of the mirror to see what works out or not.


12.What  does  black  metal  mean  to you?

My perspective comes from a more death metal subgenre but I do respect the oldies as portrayed in the Ep. Nowadays BM turned into a void of excess, Bm is undesrstood in
many ways, thats the beauty or the ogre of it. I do like to express it from depressive, violent, intense, dark, cosmic, ritualistic layers, just mixing those feelings we get what we want.
I think that BM has many ways to say we are here as generic death metal turned into slam hyper brutal bands and just a few like dead congregation, cruciamentum, energunem, sabbatic goat,
portal, impetuous ritual, diocletian and so learnt to evolve and dissolve the words of death metal and black into a new fresh chemical potion. Grimbergen speaks for me.


13.Besides  working  in  Vitreoous   do  either  of you  work  with other bands or  solo projects?

Yes, NHT is working on his solo project called Dee Em Tee, do keep an eye to avantgarde lovers of death metal and myself I left Osmosis dormant but working on a duo of dirty death metal blending
European and American sounds of the old school pattern.




14.Thank  you  for  taking the  time to  fill  this  interview out  do you  have  any  final  comments for  the readers?

You are welcome for sharing these words and showing your interest. Readers out there do please visit, listen and buy if you enjoy Vitreoous. The Continuum of Malformed Dual Entities
Lurks:
                                                                      Band  Contacrs
                                                                    https://www.facebook.com/Vitreoous/
                                                                       https://vitreoous.bandcamp.com/releases



Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Interview  with  Fyrecross done  by  Patrick posted on 10-4-17

Interview  with  Fyrecross done  by  Patrick

1.How are  things  in Greece  going these days?Hello   please
introduce  yourself  to  the  readers?

-Hails! Greece is very hot at this time of the year! We are Fyrecross and we play Heavy Metal.


2.At  what  age  did you  first  start  listening to  metal  music?And
who  were  some  of the  first bands you listened to?

-We all started listening to Rock and Metal from a very young age, around 10-15 years old. Some of the bands we listened to are Led Zeppelin, Scorpions, Iron Maiden and Deep Purple.


3.When  did you all get the  idea  to  start this  band and how  did
you  all  choose Fyrecross  as the  band  name?

-Our guitarist and our ex singer wanted to start a NWOBHM cover band so we all came together via an ad we posted on the internet. We chose the name later on, because we thought it was fitting for the style we wanted to play back then.




4.Who  would you  say are  Fyrecross biggest  influences?

Anything from 70s and 80s music is an influence, but the truth is we adore a little more the NWOBHM movement!




5.Burn Them To The Ground  is the  bands  debut  Mcd  how  long  did it take  the band to write  the music  for the  debut  release?

-We actually wrote the songs in a few months but the release was actually delayed for 2 years because of our ex-singer, Apostolis, departing and some issues beyond our control.



6.Who  usually  takes  care  of  writing  the  lyrics for  the band?

Anyone in the mood for it actually!


7.Does  Fyrecross play  live  very  often  if  yes  what  have  been some  of your  most  memorable  shows  over the  years?

-We try to play live as often as possible in any city in Greece. All of them were special to us, if we could, we'd choose them all!

8.Are  their  any upcoming  shows  or tours  coming up  in  support of  Burn Them To The Ground   release?If  yes  where  will  the  band be  playing  and  who  are  some  bands you will  be  sharing the  stage  with?

Our next assault is in Helsinki for Heavy Metal Cauldron in October, with some very special bands including Exciter and Venom inc.


9.What  does  underground  metal   mean  to  you?

True underground Metal means that you shouldn't pretend to be something you're not and always do whatever pleases you.

10.Besides  working  in  Fyrecross  do you  or  any  of the  members  work  with any other  bands?

We have worked with many bands over the years but currently we are focusing on the full album of Fyrecross.

11.I  know  Greece  has  a  huge  death,black metal  scene  but  what
is the  traditional heavy metal scene  like?

-It has a very small but dedicated audience. It is also very positive to see other young bands like us take the stage and play the music that we love!


12.Who  are  your  all-time  favorite  Greek  bands  and  are there any  new  bands you  feel  the  readers  should  check  out  soon?

Spitfire, Strikelight, Dark Nightmare, Sacral Rage and Speedrush. They should definitely check out bands like Serpent Lord and Hailsteel!

13.Besides   bands  are  their  any  honest,reliable Greek  labels or  distro's  you  feel  the  readers  should  check  out  soon?Are their  any  good  Greek fan,web-zines  you  could  recommend?

There are many great Greek labels like Eat Metal, No Remorse and Floga Records. Greek webzines are too many to choose only some!


14.Thank  you  for  taking  the  time  to  fill  this  interview  out  do you  have  any  final  words  for the  readers?

Thanks for reading and keep banging that head! Heavy Metal!!

                                                      Band   Contacts
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Sunday, October 1, 2017

Interview with War Possession done by Patrick posted on 10-1-17






Interview with War Possession done by Patrick

1. Hello, please introduce yourself to the readers.

Hailz from the warzone! Here is Vaggelis, vocalist of War Possession. I also do the vocals for Respawn The Plague, a Death Metal band in the vein of old Morbid Angel, Immolation, Angelcorpse, and for Merciless Crucifixion, my older Black/Death Metal band, inspired by horrendous acts like Sarcofago, Blasphemy, Archgoat, Abhorer.



2. When did you start listening to Metal music and who were some of the first bands you were listening to?

It was at the age of 12 in 1992 when some older friend gave me a tape of Iron Maiden's Killer album to listen to. This tape just blew my mind back then and that was it. Some other bands apart from Iron Maiden, that I was listening at my early times as a metalhead was: DIO, Black Sabbath, Alice Cooper, Scorpions, Motorhead, Running Wild, Manowar, King Diamond, Mercyful Fate, Venom, Metallica, Kreator, Slayer, Sepultura...


3. War Possession formed in 2008. What gave you the idea to start this band? And who would you say are War Possession's biggest influences?

It was one of those nights when we used to meet at a Metal club. So it was that moment while drinking beers and headbanging to a Bolt Thrower's song when Haris, the guitarist, and John, our former drummer, dropped the idea of forming a band to play old-school warlike Death Metal. A couple of days later I proposed the name War Possession to the others, we soon started rehearsing, and so the band was born.
Our main influencies are bands like: Bolt Thrower, Demigod (early), Convulse, Treblinka/Tiamat (early), Terrorizer, Nausea, Asphyx, Incantation, Imprecation and Archgoat.


4. War Possession is getting ready to release their debut CD Doomed To Chaos through Memento Mori. How did you and the band come in contact with this great label?

It happens to be one of the first labels we got in contact with. Raul, the man behind Memento Mori liked our promo stuff, shortly after he replied to us for the details and that's it. We're proud of being in Memento Mori's roster and we thank and respect Raul for his dedication and support to our underground scene!


5. How long did it take the band to write the music for this debut release? Does the whole band take part in the writing process or does one member usually write everything?

The writing, rehearsing and recording process took place at an extend of several months between Summer 2016 - Spring 2017. Haris is the main responsible for the songwriting process, but we all participate by giving some ideas, until a song takes its final form.



6. Who usually handles writing the lyrics and what are some topics the band wrote about on Doomed To Chaos?

I'm the one responsible for writing the lyrics. The main lyrical influence in the album is of course the chaos of War and its devastating effect to humanity and the world in general.  You'll also find some cruel, bloody descriptions to historical battles, and a song about god's existence/inexistence and the ruthless, idiotic consequences of organized religion to human mind.


7. Does War Possession play live very often? If yes, what have been some of the band's most memorable shows so far?

No, we don't play often. In fact we've performed at one gig so far, as part of "Brutality Over Sanity Deathfest" 2013 in Thessaloniki .



8. Are their any tours or shows coming up in support of the debut? If yes, where will the band be playing and who are some bands you will be sharing the stage with?

There aren't any plans about tours or shows scheduled at the moment, but now with the arrival of the debut album, there will be for sure some shows in the near future.

                                                       

9. What does underground Metal mean to you?
It's the heart and the true essence of our scene. It's where everything began, and where whole Metal genres were born and took life in its purest form. Our underground scene is the one who needs to be supported more, if we want our music to stay alive, and newer bands to continue the legacy. I've been a part of it from the days before internet, when the borderlines between underground and mainstream were more evident than those of today, and we were discovering new U/G bands mainly through tape trading, letter mails and paper fanzines. So, by today's standards and with all the easy, free and fast information and access to knowledge internet can offer, there is no excuse for not trying to find and support new bands, and spread the word in the U/G scene.


10. War Possession comes out of Greece's Metal scene. What is your opinion of the Greek Metal scene?

Well, small country... small scene. Apart from that, it's like any other Metal scene out there more or less. There are those few who supports and care for our U/G local scene, then there are those who are still been hooked on only to the old classics, not giving a shit about newer bands, and the rest of them are those who follow the mainstream and its time's music trend. But despite the minimum local support, the Hellenic scene still continues to generate great bands, and can be proud of its present and future, as for its glorious past.



11. Who are your all-time favorite bands coming out of Greece? And are there any new bands you feel the readers should watch out for?

I'm a huge worshipper of our scene's dark past, and the days of the old of bands like Rotting Christ, Necromantia, Varathron, Thou Art Lord, Agatus, Tatir, Mortify, Zephyrous, Bethor, Fiendish Nymph, Darkest Oath and those old times Hellenic Black Metal scene's distinctive and original sound and atmosphere.
Now about newer bands, there are so many great releases that I like, but I don't want to start mentioning countless names and albums, because I'll forget to mention a lot of them for sure. Instead of this, I'll bring up my personal favorite albums of today's Hellenic scene, in no particular order:

Dead Congregation - Graves Of The Archangels
Nocturnal Vomit - Cursed Relics
Inveracity - Circle of Perversion
Resurgency - False Enlightenment
Crucifiction - Portals To The Beyond
Progress of Inhumanity - Escalating Decay
Slavebreed - Dethrone the Architect
Wargrinder - In Suicidal Triumph
Embrace of Thorns - Atonement Ritual
Wargoat - Genesis Of Epiklesis
Heptameron - Grand Masters of the Final Harvest
Swamp - Underground Manifesto
Necrochakal - Profanation of the Gods
Enshadowed - Messengers of the Darkest Dawn
Empire of the Moon - ����������
Chaosbaphomet - Promethean Black Flame
Sacral Rage - Illusions In Infinite Void

Right now I'm listening to the brand new album of Necrovorous "Plains of Decay" and it sounds fuckin' killer, so give it a listen too.




12. When not working on new music or band business, what do you enjoy doing in your free time?

When I'm not listening to music and discovering new bands, I enjoy to fill my spare time playing a lot of video games, reading books, going on trips on my motorcycle and going fishing as often as possible.



13. Thank you for taking the time to fill this interview out. Do you have any final words for the readers?

I have to thank you in return for your interest and support. Our war machine of an album will be unleashed on October 23rd, so War Death Metal maniacs out there, dare to join our devastated battleground and be doomed to Chaos forever!

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