Sunday, April 16, 2017

Grog Interview done by Patrick posted on 4-16-17

Here  is  a  new  interview with  Portugal's  long running  death  metal  band Grog  who  also  have some  grind elements  within  their  music.If you  are a fan  of  well written  and  performed  old-school  brutal  death  then  be  sure to  check  out  Grog's newest  release  today.

Interview   with  Pedra   vocalist  of  Grog  done  by   Patrick

1.Hello Pedra  please  introduce  yourself to  the  readers   and  at  what  age  did you  discover  metal  music?
Hi Patrick, first up thanks a lot for giving us the chance to promote Grog and our new album "Ablutionary Rituals".
I am the band vocalist since its origin and we started in 1991 so it has been a long ride till today. We are from Portugal and play what you could say death grind. 
My path into metal begun 31 years ago, yes I am that old, so I was a teenager with 16 years old eager to discover the music of my life.
2.Who  were  some  of  the first  bands  you   listened  to  and  who  are  some  of your  current  favorite  bands?
Well I started with some hard rock bands back then like AC/DC, Bon Jovi, Ratt, Europe, Motley Crue but with time I went on discovering Iron Maiden, Wasp and Motorhead 
  for example. In the 80's we had a lot of metal radio shows so as I discovered then I begun listening speed, thrash, black, grindcore and death metal bands form that  time. Many of them still currently exist so it's easy for me to say that I went down to the bottom of almost everything heavy metal had to offer. Nowadays I still love to hear the classics from that time like Immolation, Suffocation, Napalm Death, Autopsy, Agathocles, Deranged, Sinister, Avulsed but also new bands like 
   Benighted, Unfathomable Ruination, Defeated Sanity, Wormed and so on...
3.Grog  was  formed  back  in  1991   what  gave you  all  the  idea  to  start  this  band?What  is  the  current  line up  of  the  band?
 The idea came from a group of friends that were also into metal and punk actually. There's always that time that you want to learn how to play and create your own  music I guess so we talked and decided to try our shot at doing our own musical vision. I never thought I would be involved in it to be honest but here I am after 26  years as the only active founding member. The current line-up is pretty solid since many years and along with me we have Ivo on guitar, Rolando playing drums and Alex  filling the bass.
4.How  would you  say  Grog's  music  has  changed  over  the years  and  who  are  some  of the  bands  that  influenced  Grog's  sound?
When we started we were more into grindcore but then we begun to include death metal influences and from that moment till the present we still do it. We try to evolve  and reach new ideas and levels of intensity within our sound every time we work on a new release. This is what motivates us to keep on going since we don't want to  sound the same every time we release a new record. The first two albums we released have different line ups so naturally they sound different. There a lot of ideas 
 that belong to the previous members that define the style of music we did. After those releases we managed to stabilize the line up and begun to grow more as a  collective and each time we work in new ideas we try to surpass the previous ones never the less we are able to sound like Grog and have our own identity as a band.   The influences are obvious I think since death metal and grindcore have their icons very well defined still we aren't interested on copy then but instead creating our  own music so if you wanna relate us with the bands I spoke before it's ok for us.
5.Grog   is  getting  ready to  release  their  fourth  full-length  "Ablutionary  Rituals" how  long  did it take  the  band to  write  the  music for  the  new   songs? Does  the  whole  band  work on the  music  or does  one  member  usually  write  everything?

The new album took us 4 years to write and we work as team though the songs are brought mostly by Ivo and Alex. When the ideas are presented to the rest of the band  myself and Rolando give our contribution and then we decide if it's a clean go or if we improve or remove what doesn't make sense.
6.Who   usually  takes  care  of  writing the  lyrics  and  what  are  some  topics you  all wrote  about  on the  new  release?

I handle all lyrics in the band since ever. The new album reaches a new approach on the theme we always explored which is the dark side of the human mind. The main  difference within "Ablutionary Rituals" was that we begun to focus on the personal aspects related with the human shadow instead of dwelling on the external  deviations and sickness/gore of the behavior itself. On this record we try to explain the origin of human darkness, why does it exists, what influences have for us  and what are the possible lessons that we can take from its presence in our soul, body and ethereal dimensions.
7.Besides  the  new  release  "Ablutionary  Rituals"  are  any  of the  bands  past  releases  still  available  for the  readers  to  buy? Besides  the  releases   does the  band  have  any  other  merchandise  available  and  if yes  what  is  available and  where can the readers  buy  it?

We have all our releases available for digital download at our bandcamp but the older ones are if not almost sold out. Concerning merch we have new items available  for the new album. I advise all to check us up at our bandcamp and facebook pages to get more information. I leave you the addresses and
8.As  mentioned  Grog  has  been  active  in  the  scene  since  the early  90's  what  have  been  the  bands  most  memorable  shows  over the  years  and  who  have  been  some  of  the  bands you  have  shared  the  stage  with?

Quiet difficult to answer that one you know since all gigs are different and have their own kind of magic. Also as you can image we played a great amount of shows  since we started so I consider all shows important even the one that weren't so great at the end. We played with almost Portuguese bands like Decayed, Holocausto  Canibal, Analepsy, Raw Decimating Brutality and so on like we also shared stage with Cannibal Corpse, Immolation, Broken Hope, Disgorge, Suffocation, Avulsed, 
 Sinister, Dead Infection, Benighted for instance.
9.Are  their  any  upcoming  shows  or  tours  in  support  of the  new  release? If  yes  where  will the  band  be  playing?

We are booking some shows mainly for Portugal and we also have a gig in Austria this year. 

10.Pedra  you  and the  band  have  been  active  in the  underground  since the early  90's   were you  ever  into  tape-trading  back  then?
Sure I did a lot of tape trading back in the days and I still keep all letters with me. It's like the 80's/90's underground milestone and I have the most special  memories from those days when you had to handwrite every single letter you received. I knew a lot of people and bands that way and also the feeling of receiving mail   at home was tremendously exciting.
11.Besides  tape trading  did you  read  a lot  of  fanzines  back  in the  day  what  were  some  of your  favorite  fanzines to  read? In your  eyes  what  made  a   good fanzine?

I was a teen back then so there wasn't much income to buy zines but we shared a lot information between friends and along that came the fanzines especially Portuguese  ones. For a young kid finding new bands was enough so all fanzines mattered because I would devour them letter by letter.
12.Grog  comes  out  of  Portugal's  death  metal  scene   what  is your  opinion  of  the  metal  scene  in  Portugal  over  the  years?

We have evolved a lot. Today we have a healthy scene in all genres and I should say that Portuguese bands aren't inferior to the rest of bands in the world.

13.Who  are your  all time  favorite  bands  from  Portugal? And  are their  any  new  bands  coming  out  of  Portugal   that you  feel  the  readers  should  check   out  soon?

 Decayed, Evisceration, Desire, Thormenthor, Namek, Sacred Sin for example on the oldschool side. New ones I should recomend Switchtense, Vai-te Foder, Analepsy,  Grunt...
14.Besides  bands  are  their  any  honest  and reliable  labels  or  distro's  you  can  recommend  to  the  readers?
Yes, absolutely, we have Helldprod Records, Altare Productions, Raging Planet, Chaosphere Records, Signal Rex, Caverna Abismal, Vomit Your Shirt, Larvae Productions,  Lusitania, Rastilho among others.
15.What  does  underground   metal  mean  to  you?

Underground is not being mainstream, this is the easiest way to explain it. Underground has a lot of DIY attitude and fuck the rest although you can find also some examples in major music industry but in a completely different approach.

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

Play with my kid, to rest, being with friends, going to shows...
17.Thank  you   Pedra  for  taking the  time  to  fill  this   interview  out  do you  have  any  final  comments  for the  readers before  we  end  this   interview?

Thanks once again for your support Patrick and to all your readers check us out in and Grind Up!
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Saturday, April 15, 2017

Italy's Obscura Amentia interview done by Patrick posted on 4-15-17

Hope  everyone  is  having  a  good  day  so  far? Here  is  a  new  interview  done  with  Italy's  Obscure  Amentia   who  discuss  the  bands  newest  release  and the  past  and  future  plans  for the  band.Anyone  who  likes  black,doom   mixed  with  sime  death  metal  elements  should  defintly  give  this  band  a  listen  today

Interview  with  Obscura   Amentia   done  by  Patrick

1.Hails  Hel and  Black Charm  please  introduce  yourselves to the  readers? When  did you  two  first  meet  each  other?

Hail Patrick! First of all thanks for the interview, we met more than ten years ago and a day we decided to try to write a song; the result was our 1st album "The Darkest Dream". Hel is a female screamer, fan of all the extreme scene and of the Doom atmospheres; Black Charm is a multi-instrumentalist that loves the Depressive and the Avantgarde scene, the Death Metal and all the good music also over the Metal.

2.When  did you  two  get the  idea  to  start Obscura   Amentia   ?And  how  did you  all choose  the  name  Obscura   Amentia   does  it  have  a special  meaning?

The project began after some sessions, the first ideas were a bit confused but we have always been interested to the human pain. "Obscura Amentia" for us is the seed of evil, the madness that lurks inside every human being, one of our human instincts.

3.Black Charm  you  take  care  of  writing the  music for the band  when  did you  become interested  in  writing  and  playing  music?

Since adolescence, I've always been fascinated by the world of music and by the way in which it can express themselves, therefore, immediately after learning to play the guitar, my first instrument, I started writing some songs (like all musicians, I think) and after several years and as many collaborations, I'm joined to this project.

4.What  instruments  do  you  play  and  are their  any  new  instruments you  would  like to  learn  one  day?

Guitar, bass and sometimes the keyboard. I'm currently very interested in some Asian stringed instruments, but unfortunately I have not yet managed to try them, maybe in the future I will be able to use them in some music tracks.

5.Hel  you  handle  the  vocals  for the  band  when  did you  start   singing  and  screaming?Do  you  do  anything  special  to  keep your  voice  and  throat  healthy?

I start to sing with clean vocals several years ago in a heavy metal band, over time I learned how to modulate my voice to sing in scream. About the healthy of my voice I do not do anything particularly special, I regularly practice sports and yoga to improve breathing.

6.Who  are  some  of your influences and favorite  vocalists?

Some of the vocalists that I like very much are Jennie-Ann Smith from Avatarium, Selvans Haruspex from Selvans, Jake Superchi from Uada and Daevas from Secrets Of The Moon but I'm influenced by no one. 

7.Obscura   Amentia   is  getting  ready to  release  their  third  cd   "The Art Of The Human Decadence" How  long  did  it take  you  Black  Charm  to  write  the  music  for this  release?And for the readers  who  have  never heard  Obscura   Amentia's music  how would you  say  it  has  changed  over the years?

It took about 3 years to write the music for it, also due to some unforeseen breaks, hoping to be more fast the next time. What is changed? We are consolidating into our sound the influences Depressive and Doom at our Atmospheric Black Metal. At first our sound was a kind of Raw Atmospheric Black Metal. 

8.Hel   I  know  you  also  take  care  of  writing  the  lyrics  what were  some  of the  subjects  you  wrote  about   on "The Art Of The Human Decadence"?

The release tells about the illness of a tired mankind suffering the pains given birth to the modern era and the decadence generate from the progress which deprives the human being from all emotions except that anguish.

9.Obscura   Amentia   comes  out  of the  Italian  black,doom  metal  scene   what  is  your  opinion  of  the  metal scene  in  Italy  these days?

Obviously in this internet era everything is very different from the past: lately there are many interesting musical proposals and it’s true that a new band can introduce their music to a huge audience, but we think that compared to the past, the scene, and more specifically the underground, is not supported properly and is slowly dying; currently it’s difficult to speak about a real scene.

10.Who  are  your  all-time  favorite  Italian  bands? Are their  any  new  bands you  feel  the readers  should  check  out   soon?

Novembre... new bands? We're not dated enough to be able to give such advice.

11.I  know that  Obscura   Amentia   is  a  two  person  band  would  you  like to  add  more  members  to  make  a  full  band  or  do you  prefer  to  work  as  a two  person  band?

We prefer to work like now: it's more personal, intense, like a ritual.

12.Besides  working  in  Obscura   Amentia   do  either  of you  work  with  any  other  bands  or  solo  projects?

Currently we're totally focused only on Obscura Amentia; it's more of a project, it's almost a comparison with our more hidden side.

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

Literature, art and science, and, whenever it’s possible, we try to get away from the town to spend some time in nature.

14.Thank you   Hel and  Black Charm  for  taking  the  time  to  fill this  interview  out  do  you  have  any  final  words to  end the  interview?

It's a pleasure reply to your questions, we love to give info about our creature! We advice to all the readers to give a listen to "The Art Of The Human Decadence"!

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Reviews done by Patrick on 4-4-17


Hope  everyone's  week is  starting  off  good?  Here  are  a  few  reviews  for  you to  sink your teeth  into  and  hopefully  find  something to  your  musical  tastes.

 Keep  watching  the  site  more  updates  will be  up  soon



Grog--Ablutionary  Rituals   cd  {Murder  Rec/Helld Prod.}

Grog   are  a  long  running  old-school  brutal death metal  band  that  mixes  in  some  grind  elements into  their  music.Ablutionary  Rituals   is  the  bands  fourth  full length  release  and  contains  fourteen  songs.The  drumming  is  done  with  a lot  of  crazed  blasting  drums but the drummer  does  slow to  a  more controlled  fast  drum  pace  in  a  few  of the  tracks.The  guitar  work is  played  with  extremely  fast,violent guitar  patterns.The  vocals  mix both  brutal death metal  growls and  some  screams  entertwined  in  a few  of the  songs.If you  are  a  fan  of  mid 90's  death metal mixed  with  elements  of  grind  then  be  sure to  check  out  Grog's  newest  release  today.

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Hell Ripper--Complete And Total  Fucking  Mayhem   cd,Lp

Hell Ripper is a one man band  who  comes  out  of  Scotland's  black,thrashing metal  scene  and this  is  a review  of  Complete And Total  Fucking  Mayhem.Featuring  the  band's E.P's  and  split releases  all on  one  cd.The  music  itself  is a  great  mix  of  early  black  metal  and  aggressive,fast thrash metal.The  main  musician  James  does  a  great  job  of writing  and performing  the  instruments.The  guitar  work  is  is  a  mix  of  both  fast  and mid paced  sections  together.The  guitars  also  have  some  early  punk  riffs  and  arrangements  mixed into  a  couple  of the  songs.James  vocal  patterns  are  a  mix  of  raw black  screams  and  some death  metal  growls  used  in  a  few  of the  songs.If  you  are  a  fan  of  well  written  and  performed  old-school  black,thrashing  metal  with  elements of  early  punk rock  then  be  sure to  check  out   Hell Ripper  today.

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Mortal  Strike--For  The Loud And The Aggressive  cd {Self-Released}

Coming  out  of  the  Austrian  thrash  metal  scene  is  Mortal  Strike who  play  a  very  extreme thrash  metal.For  The Loud And The Aggressive  is the  bands  debut  full length featuring ten  songs of raging aggressive  thrash.The  drumming  is  played  with  a lot  of  skill  and  well written  drum  patterns that  range from  extremely  fast  to  a  more  controlled mid pace  drum  style.The  vocals  range  from  thrashy screams  to  a  more  controlled  traditional heavy  metal  screams and  vocals.Anyone  into  early thrash  metal  mixed  with  elements  of  heavy  metal  guitar work  and  vocals  should defintly  check  out  Mortal Strike's debut  release  today.

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Nukem--Unholy  Trinity  digital  release {Sleazy Rider Rec.}

California's Nukem   have  released  their  debut  full length   release.Nukem  play a style of  thrash mixed with  traditional heavy  metal  influences.The  guitar  work  is done  with  a lot  of  well  crafted  and  played guitar  patterns that  go  from  crazed,fast  to  a  more  controlled mid paced  guitar style.The  guitarist  writes  some  well  placed and  played  guitar  solo's  mixed  into  the  music.The  drums  are  done  in the same  vein  with chaotic,blasting  drum  patterns to  a  more well  played  mid paced  drum  tone..Nukem  play aggressive and  violent  early U.S style  thrash  metal   so  if this  sounds  like  your  kind  of  music  then  be  sure to  check  out  Nukem  today.

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Pandemic Outbreak interview done by Patrick posted on 3-29-17


Here  is  a  new   interview  with  the  Polish  Thrash,Speed  metal  band  Pandemic Outbreak  who  recently  released  their  debut  E.P Rise Of The Damned  on  cassette  tape.Anyone  into  old-school  Speed,thrash  metal  should  defintly  check  this  band  out today.



Interview  with  Pandemic  Outbreak   done  by  Patrick

1.Hello  please  introduce  yourselves  to  the  readers? And  at  what  age did you  discover  metal  music?

We discovered metal when we were teenagres. We were like 13/14 years old.

2.Who  were  some  of the  first  bands  you  all  listened  to?Who  are  some  of your  current  favorite  bands?

We started from most popular rock/punk bands like:AC/DC, Nirvana, Metallica Etc. At present we listen to every band, from black and death metal Obituary, Caracass, Toxic Holocaust, Death, Sadus, Dying Fetus to classics local bands from our city and neighborhood  like Terrordome, Thermit or our good friends Hellvoid, Frenatron.

3.You  all  formed Pandemic  Outbreak   in  2015  when  did you  all get the idea to  form  the  band?

Mencel: I came up with the idea in the middle of 2014 when my band „Mechanix” split up.

I met Szymon Wójcik in Słupsk (city near Gdańsk) and we decided to make a band. I found rehearsal room and thats how it began. Stared writing material and after couple of months Szymon Goralewski (bass guitar) and Kacper Lisiecki (rhytm guitar)

4.What  is  the  current  line-up  for  Pandemic  Outbreak   and  for  the  readers   who  have  never  heard the  band  how  would  you  best  describe  the  music?

 Our first line up is a typical thrash while the newest is a combination of death and thrash with black metal influences.

5.Pandemic  Outbreak   is  getting  ready  to  release  their   debut EP. "Rise Of The Damned"  does  the  whole  band  take  part  in the  writing   the  music  or does  one  member  usually  write everything?

The first Ep was wholly written by Mencel once upon the time when band consisted of guitarist and drumer. Later on when our first rhythm  guitarist left, we found Paweł, who is now our band's sex toy and also helps with writing riffs. Lyrics are still a monopoly of Mencel.

6.Where  can  the readers  buy your  debut  EP and does  the  band  have  any  other  merchandise  available  at this  time?If  yes  what  is  available  amd where can  the  readers  buy  it?

Currently our merch is poor, we have only our CD's and cassettes that can be bought at the concert or ordered from us via facebook.

7.Has   the  band  started  writing  new  material  for the  next  EP  or  will you  all  work on  a  full length release?

Yeah, the new EP is in progress but it is completely different than our first CD and we want to know how will our fans react to it.

8.Does Pandemic  Outbreak    play  "live"  very  often  or  do you  prefer to  work  in  the  studio?What  have  been  some of the  bands  most  memorable  shows  so  far?

We play live concerts mostly in our City. One of the best concerts we remember was a gig in Gdańsk called DreadFest at the beginning of 2016. 7 bands, big stage and a lot of friends in the crowd.

9.Who  are  some  bands  that  Pandemic  Outbreak   have  shared  the  stage  with?And  are  their  any  upcoming  shows  or  tours   that  the  readers  should  watch  out  for?

We played with a few more or less famous bands like Evil Invaders or Terrordome. But the best is still ahead. We were offered a concert with Nervosa and we are waiting for more details. We are also going to play with Lich king in may and that is confirmed. This summer we also gonna play at small gig near Szczecin called Mayhem Bonfire (Ognisko Masakra) organised by our friends From Frenatron.

10.In  your  opinion  what  does  underground   metal  mean  to  you?

Underground to us is the passion to this kind of music. Small concerts where everybody knows each-other in a clubs that sometimes are total mess and there is no place for commercialism. Concerts played for a bunch of people who want to grab a beer and mosh.

11.I  know  that  Poland  has  a  pretty  big  death and  black  metal  scene  but  what  is  the  Polish  thrash  metal  scene  like?

It is not a good time for thrash. A few years ago there was a time that one of my friends called a “thrash metal supremacy”. Everybody was playing thrash, listening to thrash Etc. Gigs were played all the time and it was a blast. Hard mosh, fast riffs and nobody was giving a fuck about any injuries. Broken and bleeding nose was a sign of a good concert. Now it is gone. Itt on the top anymore. Some people still play it but it is not this same.

12.Who  are  your  all-time  favorite  bands  from  Poland  and  are their  any  upcoming  Polish  bands  you  can  recommend  to the  readers?

We recomend Frenatron, Hellvoid, Incinerator. They are our friends and they play really good.

13.Besides  bands  are  their  any  honest and reliable labels  or  distro's  you  can  recommend  to  the  readers?

 We cant recommend any becouse we dont know any label that release pure underground music. Bands often release CD's, Cassette etc by their own effort. We heared good things about Fukk and Putrid Cult.

14.Are  any  of  the  members  of  Pandemic  Outbreak    currently  playing  in  any  other  bands  at  this  time? If  yes  please tell  us  a  little  about  them?

Yup. Our sex toy also playes at their grind project that will soon realese first Kraken.

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

We party hard drinking every thing that contains alcohole and smoking bambucho. All of us except bassist. He is busy with studying law. :((

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

Thanks man!  We want to tell the readers that, (if they don't do that) they should support their local underground scene by attending to the gigs, buying CD's etc. It's a big help for the band and gives big satisfaction. We want to thank all people that helped us! Cheers!

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Looking for D.I.Y Radio shows to play your bands music check these shows out today.

Are  you  looking  for  great metal  and  punk  diy  radio  shows  that  prove  you  don't  need  a  station's   backing  to  do  a  great  show  every  week?  Then  be  sure  to  read  this  blog  about  the  shows  Merciless Onslaught  hosted  by  Jonny and  The  Wastelands{Punk edition} and  Ancient  Visions {metal  edition  on  Sat.} both  hosted  by  Gaz.Then  their  is  two  shows  done  by  the  long  running  dj  Metal  Mark  who  does  the  shows  Audio  Agression{the  newest  in  death,doom,thrash,power metal}  and  his other  show  Metal  Mark's  vault  featuring the  best  in  old-school  death  metal. And  finally  Full Shred Ahead  hosted  by  Beau who  features  the  best  in  guitar  oriented  metal,progressive  and  blues.
   For  more   information  check  out this  blog  for  show  times  and  where to  tune-in.

Black Plague Records sale through the end of April

Looking  for  the  best  in  underground   black metal,ambient,doom   and  death  metal? Then  be  sure  to  contact   Mike  and  Black  Plague  Records   today  for  his  newest   distro  list.

BPR CD SALE!!! SALE ENDS April 30th!!! Buy 10 Jewel cased CDS/DVDS for $50.00 total and get 3 FREE or 10 Digipack CDS for $60.00 total and get 3 FREE!!! ALL US ORDERS GET FREE SHIPPING! Email for full updated list of CDS and DVDS –

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Interview with Pagan Megalith done by Patrick posted on 3-12-17

Here  is  a  new  interview  done  with  Hungary's  black  metal  band  Pagan  Megalith who  have released their  second  full length  "Viharjaras" on cassette of this year and digitally in 2016 . If  you are  a  fan  of  old-school black  metal  then  be  sure to  check  this  band  out  today.

Interview   with Ae of  Pagan  Megalith   done  by   Patrick

1.Hails  please  introduce  yourself  to  the  readers? When  did you  all first  meet  each  other?
Hails and greetings to the readers!
Pagan Megalith was formed in the end of 2004 by Tuhlv, Corvus and Bastard. The first demo material entitled 'From Hell to the Highest Peaks' was recorded and released in 2006 and by 2007 the band started to play live shows. The line-up changed a lot through the passing years, members came and went on.
I met Tuhlv in 2007 and became a member in 2009, right before recording the first full-length, 'Ólomharangok / Leadenbells'. The songs for a second album were written but remained unrecorded thus the band has gone on a hiatus in 2010.
In 2016 Tuhlv asked me if I want to go on from the point where we left off - I said yes, so Pagan Megalith can be considered an active band again since.
2.Pagan  Megalith    was  formed  2004  what  gave  you  the  idea  to  form  this  band?And how  did you  all  choose  the  name  of  the  band?
The initial idea was to recreate the atmosphere and aesthetics of the early Norwegian Black Metal music that seemed so other-wordly and far from any human factors. The band's name is from a Gorgoroth songtitle '(Under the) Pagan Megalith'. Using this name means paying homage for the legacy of ancient cults.

3.What  is  the  current  line-up  of the  band?And  for the  readers  who  have  never  heard  Pagan  Megalith's  music  who  are  some  of the  bands  influences? And  how  do you  feel  the  bands  music  has  changed  over the  years?
The band involves two members: Tuhlv and Ae. For live acts we are working with Vick as a session drummer.
For about influences: The early era of Northern Black Metal defines our style perfectly - nevertheless through the ages our art has matured in lyrics and music as well. Since the first album we are using Hungarian lyrics, this way the main message can be expressed in a more personal and sophisticated way.
4.The  band  is  getting  ready to  release  their  second  full-length "Viharjaras" on  cassette  through  Neverheard  Distro  how  did you  all  come  in  contact  with this  label?
The mastermind behind Neverheard Distro is a long time friend of mine, we have worked with him on some other releases before with other bands. He does a lot to support Hungarian underground with releasing tapes, CDs and also vinyls for bands, but he is also involved in touring and from time to time he sets up shows for the bands working with the label.

5.How  long  did  it take  the  band  to  write  the  music  for  the  new  release and  does the  whole  band  work  on  the  music  or does  one  member   usually  write  everything?
The music and lyrics of 'Viharjárás / Stormburst' had been written back in 2009/2010 in a shorter period - all by Tuhlv. In 2016 the material was revised by the two of us, but the main composer is still Tuhlv.
6.Who   usually  takes  care  of  writing  the  lyrics  for the  music  and  what  are some  topics you  all  write  about  on  the  new  release?
The music and lyrics are written by Tuhlv. The topics we are dealing with on the new material are still based on the Negation of All. Let that be a historical themed song ('Rex Saturnalis', 'A siralmas énekből') or something more personal ('Szívnémaság', 'Virrasztásban'). The idea of Death in its beauty or even in its brutality can be catched in the songs.
7.Besides the  new  release  "Viharjaras"  are  their  any  copies of  the  debut  release still  available?Besides  the  physical  releases  is  their  any  other  merchandise available for  the  readers  and  where  can  the readers   buy  it?
There are no more copies of previous releases. We are not planning to have any merch either.
8.What   does  black  metal   mean  to  you?
Black Metal with its mysticism and secretful atmosphere is the musical style within the genre of Metal that is closest to the sound of Death. If this music is not the final aim but a tool to pass on the Anti-Life Propaganda then it is OK. The bells of Death were ringing their songs long before any distortion pedal's buzzing. That's why we can not accept Black Metal as the final stage of musical developement towards the End.
9.Besides  working  in   Pagan  Megalith    do  you  or  any  of the  members  currently  play  in  any other  bands  or  projects?
Tuhlv plays in various acts - Svoid, Karst, Voltak and Gravel Shores to mention. I don't have any other active musical project right now. Our session drummer Vick is involved in one of the most iconic Hungarian punk/rock bands, Junkies.
 10. Pagan  Megalith   comes  out  of  the  Hungarian black  metal  scene what  is your  opinion  of  the  Hungarian  metal  scene?
We dissociate ourselves from any scene. To belong somewhere means human contacts and interactions that we wish to avoid as a band and as individuals.
 11.Who  are your all-time  favorite  Hungarian  bands  and  are  their  any  new  bands you  feel  the  readers  should  watch  out  for?
In my opinion the best Hungarian acts are Sear Bliss and Ater Tenebrae.
12.Besides  bands  are their  any  honest  and reliable  labels  or  distro's  that  you  could  recommend  to  the  readers?
You should check out Neverheard Distro, P-18 Records, Iron County Records.
13.When  not  working  on  new  music  or  band  business  what  do  you  enjoy  doing  in your  free time?
I like to go out into the nature, taking trips to desolate and remote places. I have already climbed most of the peaks in the High Tatras. By now neither of us is an outgoing person that goes to parties or anything like that. From time to time I go to concerts.

14.Thank  you  for  taking the  time  to  fill  this   interview  out  do you  all  have  any  final  words  for the  readers?
Embrace Death as an opportunity!

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