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Haley - Psycroptic
his interview with Heavycore founder Pete Altieri - March 13, 2009
Chuck Billy - Testament
HEAR his audio interview (26 minutes) with Heavycore Founder Pete Altieri -
April 28, 2008
Rob Thorne - Sacred Oath
HEAR his audio interview (20 minutes) with Heavycore Founder Pete Altieri
- March 17, 2009
OTHER KICK ASS INTERVIEWS
Ted Lundstrom -
his audio interview with Heavycore reviewer Luke Offield backstage at a Kansas
Tim Moe -
his interview with Heavycore founder Pete Altieri
Skeptik - Core Wars 2006 Winners
read their interview with Heavycore
founder Pete Altieri
watch the video Pete did with bassist John Sansare
Gary Holt and Paul
Bostaph - Exodus
the audio interview with Heavycore founder Pete Altieri backstage at the
House of Blues Chicago, plus tons of great pics and Pete's review of the
Barney Greenway - NAPALM
his audio interview with Heavycore founder Pete Altieri
Joey Vera - Fates
his interview with Heavycore founder Pete Altieri
Tom Angleripper -
his interview with Heavycore founder Pete Altieri
Mille Petrozza -
his interview with Heavycore founder Pete Altieri
Steve DiGiorgio -
his interview with Heavycore founder Pete Altieri
Kim Tornianen -
Torture Killer Joe
Bench - Bolt Thrower
Matt Bishop - Human
Altieri (Low Twelve/Heavycore) Lisiya Gori
Gaither (artist) PCP
"Maddog" Mangiarelli Six
Feet Under Kryoburn
Headed Moses Lividity
Grinder Gwar 13
Scarlet Whore Womb Raiders
- Interview by Pete Altieri
Pete - So I have to ask - how
does a metal band survive on the
island of Tasmania?
Joe - Well I guess it has been
fairly hard especially in the
beginning. It took quite a while
for us to develop into a band
that could play interstate in
Australia let alone overseas, as
we pretty much have to fly
anywhere we go. This obviously
strains our budget a fair bit.
It did take a fair amount of
perseverence. But I guess it
also has had its benefits in a
way. Being secluded in a place
like tasmania has kind of kept
us separated to a lot of the
other scenes that are around so
we tend not to get influenced by
them too much, so hopefully that
gives us a sound that seperates
us from most other bands.
Tasmania seems like a beautiful
place. What was it like growing
Joe - I suppose its like growing
up anywhere else really – its
home to us so we dont really
know any different. But after
travelling the world a fair bit,
you do get to notice how
different it it really is. We
all love it down there – its
very quiet and there's plenty of
awesome scenery to check out. I
think the entire population of
Tasmania is like 500, 000 in a
land space the size of holland
so its pretty small.
Pete - I like your new CD
"Observant" and played one of
the songs on my radio show back
in November. How has it been
Joe - Its been doing very well
so far. The response to it has
been very positive and we're
very happy with the sales so
far. We signed to nuclear blast
shortly before its release, so
that has been a huge help in
getting it out to the public.
Pete - I noticed you got to tour
with Kataklysm and the Black
Dahlia Murder last year. How
did that go?
Joe - That went really well. It
was our first US tour and for a
band that had never been out to
the states the response was
overwhelming. There were heaps
of great bands and a lot of
great people involved with the
tour, so we really enjoyed it.
We've been good friends with the
guys from Black Dahlia for
sometime, so it was great to
play with them again.. We also
just recently got off a European
tour with those guys which was
also a lot of fun!
Pete - So what's it been like
playing with the legendary
Carcass and the other kick ass
bands on this tour?
Growing up listening to Carcass
and then finally getting to
share the stage with them is an
honor. We never thought that
they'd get back together to play
shows, let alone that we'd be
joining them! So yeah, its been
great and the shows are going
really well so far.
Pete - How have things gone over
for you with the US fans?
Joe - Like I said, the response
from the US fans has been great
and it only seems to be getting
better. So hopefully we can get
back over here a lot more often.
Pete - The artwork on your CD is
great - who did that for you?
Is there any story behind it?
Joe - A guy called Raymond
Swanland did the lastest artwork
for us. Its a great piece. When
we get people to do artwork for
us we always try to give them as
much creative control as we can.
We find that artists seem to do
their best work whenever they
have complete control over the
creative process. So with that
piece, I think the only info we
kind of gave him was to try and
imagine an old forgotten trying
to commit suicide and just let
him come up with whatever he
imagined from that. I think it
came out great.
Pete - What do you think about
the recording process? Do you
like doing it - or is it a
Joe - The recording process for
us isn't too bad as we pretty
much do all the recording
ourselves. This keeps everything
very relaxed and (most of the
time) stress free. So I don't
really mind doing it, because
every time I record im always
learning something new.
Pete - What 3 bands influenced
you the most when it came to
getting involved in music.
Joe - Hmm, not too sure really..
Its hard to pick only three
bands that I grew up listening
to really. If had to pick, I
guess i'd say Soundgarden,
Metallica and Pantera I reckon..
I listened to a lot of the
Seattle style grunge stuff too,
so I reckon that influenced me a
Pete - Have you seen any good up
and coming bands on your recent
Joe - Yeah, heaps but its hard
to pick them all out. I guess
the most recent band that I
thought was really cool was a
band from the UK called Sylosis.
They were really cool.
Pete - So what's up next for
Psycroptic? Any last words?
- Well, we've got a DVD/CD coming out later on in the year which should be
pretty cool but until then I guess we're just gonna do a few more tours
whenever we can.
Check 'em out online or by snail mail: PSYCROPTIC 70 Lochner St, West
Hobart Tasmania 7000 Australia http://www.psycroptic.com
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Tim Moe/Hurtlocker -
Interview by Pete Altieri
Pete - So I have to ask, how did
you guys come up with the name Hurtlocker and does it have some special meaning?
Tim - The name is something that Grant came up with. He grew up in Texas and I
guess it is a common way of saying your about to kick somebody’s ass. I think it
was a gym teacher when he was in grade school that would always say it and it
just stuck in Grants head.
Pete - I see you guys have released several demos prior to your first CD, do you
recommend up and coming metal bands to do the same thing?
Tim - I think that it gives bands a good way to mature, our first songs were
different than the stuff from Fear in a handful of dust, but if you go back and
listen to the demos you can hear a progression. It also doesn’t hurt to have
demos to pass out at shows, with the band name and contact info on it, hell we
would go to any big show and stand outside passing out demos to kids when they
left the venues. Plus with the advancements in recording and home studios you
can whip out a good sounding demo very cheaply.
Pete - I know you guys have opened up for some big national acts like Obituary,
King Diamond, Anthrax, and Lamb of God. How were you able to do that - it seems
that Chicago is very "political" when it comes to those coveted opening slots?
Tim - Well it’s funny you mention that because all the bands you just named we
played with outside of the Chicago area. You are right about the political
attitude towards opening slots, God I have been to so many shows where I just
cringe at the local opener.
Pete - I read about the passing of Dan Ditella. So how has the new drummer been
able to fit into the Hurtlocker formula?
Tim - Same old story for this band, Dan was a good drummer but he had issues ,
This band has had 2 real good drummers and everybody else is just trying to fill
their shoes. Chicago has never been good to us for finding a drummer and
starting over and over with new guys that are not into the band fully or have
side projects get old real fast.
Pete - Are there any influences that you have that might surprise our readers?
Tim - No not really, I think when people hear us they might be able to tell what
we listen to. The only one in the band that has some different influences is
Grant and I wouldn’t be able to tell you what they are.
Pete - My band Low Twelve recently had the chance to open for you in Chicago,
and I was impressed with the tightness of the band live. How often do you guys
practice to keep that intensity up?
Tim - Surprisingly not that often, we got together 4 days before the show and
ran through the set for the first time in at least a month . That’s one of the
advantages to being a band that toured together, you can stay tight and not have
to practice 3 or 4 times a week plus the other guys are in other bands as well
and that leaves certain days out of the question to jam on, seeing as their
other bands are more important than Hurtlocker.
Pete - How has the metal public accepted your latest CD, "Fear In a Handful of
Dust"? Personally, it kicked my bald ass all over the place.
Tim - For the most part we have gotten good feedback on the album, but we never
got a chance to tour the states and get our name out there. I think for a band
on their first album it is very important to tour nonstop. Especially in a metal
band that doesn’t have the means of mainstream radio as a promotion tool.
Pete - So what's up next for Hurtlocker?
Tim - Writing a new album and drinking a few beers, we are getting ready to just
stop everything and write a new album. Stopping everything and concentrating on
putting a new album together. We are hoping to get it done and be out touring by
early summer but we will see what happens.
Pete - Is it true that Grant wants to steal my tampon throwing idea?
Tim - Yeah I think he has mentioned that, I am sure he will give you credit for
it . I think it is a good way to break some ice with people that haven’t heard
the band , very funny.
Pete - If you could kick the shit out of one of the following persons, which one
and why? Tom Cruise, Kevin Federline, Clay Aiken, or Orlando Bloom?
Tim - Definitely that pussy Tom Cruise that guy has been pissing me off for
years. I think to make it a fair fight I would have to fight them all at once,
but hey if you can get them to agree, I’m in.
Pete - What do you guys think about the Heavycore concept of metal brothers
helping each other out?
Tim - I think that’s what metal and especially the Chicago metal scene needs.
There are too many tiffs between bands that just damages the scene. It’s all
metal dude just play.
Pete - Anything else you'd like to add?
Tim - Keep an eye out for the new album coming soon .Hopefully by summertime
thanks for your time and stay metal
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Skeptik - Interview by Pete
Pete - Congrats on winning Core Wars
this year. Did you guys do anything different to get fans involved this
time around in Core Wars?
Troy - Thanks! Surprised the
shit out of me!
John - I think a big part of
it was that we wrote some kick-ass songs this year.
Nate - Yeah, we really
focused on writing a bunch of new stuff this year. We kind of hit our groove
with the new line-up. Although we didn't really have anything new posted
online, we definitely played more shows this year than we've done in the
past. I think there are probably more people that are familiar with the band
now. Anyone that's played with us or been to our shows knows that we don't
take ourselves too seriously. We're in this band because we love to play,
and we like to hang out with friends and have a good time. It's great that
the fans and other bands came out and supported us the way they did.
Pete - What do you think competing in
Core Wars does for a band?
John - I think it provides a
great deal of exposure for bands that some people may never have heard
Cactus - Yeah, I think it
gets your name out there more. Gives you more recognition.
Nate - I'm sure a majority of
people that visited the Core Wars site hadn't necessarily heard Skeptik
before unless they had some of the Core Til Death cd's or the Roasting
Posers dvd, so it's cool that some we're reaching some new people.
Pete - What's coming up for Skeptik?
I know you guys have been recording some new stuff. What's up with that?
Nate - Yeah, we've been
working on a new cd for about a year. It's gonna be called Chinese
Democracy II. No, just kidding! We decided to do a new full length cd and
record everything ourselves. None of us really had much experience with the
recording end of things, so it's been a really slow process. We're learning
as we go. We have about 16 songs as it stands right now. One of our issues
is that we just love to jam together and things tend to pile up on us. Troy
recently picked up the guitar again, and it opened up a whole new avenue of
inspiration in the songwriting process. When we get on a roll writing songs,
we just go with it, and other things, like the cd, have taken a backseat.
The way it looks right now, we're gonna put some of the newest stuff onto
the cd and maybe dump a track or two that we feel isn't as strong. We're
kind of slowing things up until spring time, so hopefully we'll get this
thing knocked out pretty quickly.
Pete - What is it like being a
Heavycore band in the heart of Heavycore country? What difference has it
made to the metal scene?
Cactus - It brought metal
back and forced out techno/rap/pop rock bands.
John - Yeah, it's great being
in Heavcore country! There are alot of killer bands around here, and without
Heavycore, some of them might never be heard. We would be stuck with a bunch
of radio-friendly college shit.
Troy - We're a dying breed,
but those of us that are here are still making people wanna choke people!
That's all that matters.
Nate - Yeah, they're right.
There are so many shitty bands out there, and Heavycore makes it possible
for real metal bands to unite and help each other out. It's just a great way
to meet other bands with the same interests, get shows set up, ect. It's a
brotherhood. No doubt about it. We get 4 or 5 calls or e-mails a month just
from Heavycore bands wanting to hook up shows. We know that if we need a
band to fill a spot at show, all we have to do it is call. It's definitely
made a change for the better in the local metal scene.
Pete - What are some of your biggest
influences when writing music?
Troy - Stupid asses! If they
didn't exist, who would piss me off so bad!
John - I'd have to say the
guys in the band. I feed off what they do, and what mood of writing they're
in. Musically - Slayer, Pantera, Black Sabbath, Tool, Crowbar, COC,
and mainly slaying posers.
Cactus - Shadow's Fall, Devil
Driver, Lamb of God, Chimaira, Superjoint Ritual, Testament, Slayer,
Sepultura, and Pantera.
Nate - I think one of the
greatest things is that everyone in the band has different influences, and
they all come out in our songs. Some of us are into death and grindcore,
others thrash and stoner metal, and others old school. It's a great mix. I
grew up on Black Sabbath, Slayer, Testament, Ronnie James Dio, Sepultura,
Pantera, old-school Metallica, and Iron Maiden. But I'm also into bands like
Superjoint, Bolt Thrower, Six Feet Under, Torture Killer, Crowbar, and COC. We
wouldn't be doing anything without some influences.
Pete - What is it like doing shows
with Heavycore bands vs. non-Heavycore bands?
Troy - We don't do a lot, so
it's hard to judge, and the ones that we have done are a blur to me, but
then again, so is yesterday.
Cactus - Yeah, I don't think
I have done too many non-Heavcore shows, but when I do a Heavycore show,
it's put together better and runs so much smoother.
John - There is a lot of
camaraderie between Heavycore bands. Everyone is always willing to help each
other out. Non-Heavycore bands just seem to worry about themselves with no
concern for the other bands. Plus, when there is a Heavycore show, it's like
getting together and partying with a bunch of your friends.
Pete - Any last words - things you
would like to add?
Troy - Thanks to everybody
that keeps us going in this shit. It's cool to know fuckers still want real
music to exist.
John - Thanks to all the fans
and supporters of Skeptik and Heavycore. Get to the shows, get in the pit,
and spread the word.
Nate - Core Til Death!!!
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Steve Di Giorgio -
Interview by Pete Altieri
Pete Altieri - I'm a huge
fan of Death and the Individual Thought Patterns CD is one of the best. What was
that like for you playing bass on that project?
Steve Di Giorgio - Who
knew back then that it be what it means now? I was just returning once again to
make another album with my friend that I had been jamming with since we were 18.
We brought Gene in and it was one of the most cohesive line ups I have ever been
privy to be part of. We were playing the new batch of Chuck inventions and just
trying to make our way through the metal movement, all the while searching for
our own identities. There was a sense of urgency and hunger back then that I
think is hard to retrieve now. It is the sound of our youth and the sound of
individuality. Not to say that things have gone stale, but the attempt to
capture that vibe from that album session hasn’t been repeated by anyone since.
Chuck searched for it later times, and I am always compared to that chapter of
my playing. It was a mix of desire, timing and luck. But back then it was just
the next one, and as much as we poured our hearts into it, no one then could
have guessed of its staying power and eventual journey and unhindered majesty to
Pete - So what was it
like to jam with the immortal Chuck Schuldiner? Anything we wouldn't know about
him that you can share?
Steve - What is probably
already known is that he had a huge inclination for music. Playing, listening
and contributing. He loved cranking the tunes in the car or out on the deck for
the bbq as much as he loved cranking the amps up. He really got into little
intricacies of what was going on during the songs while we were playing them.
When me and Gene would talk about some little part we were working out together
he would listen and seem to understand. Then later in the car while listening to
the rough mix he would air bass or air drum the part to show he was aware of our
contributions. Stuff like that, I only point that out because I’ve worked with a
lot of guys that aren’t that much analytical about parts other than their own.
Pete - It always amazes
me to think about how Chuck changed band mates so much but kept improving with
each CD. Was he tough to work with or did he like moving the musicians around?
Steve - Neither. He was
not only easy to work with, but fun and one could only be enthusiastic about it
from the encouragement he pumped out. Every musician that came and went has
their own story I’m sure, because the coming and going of each was unique to
their own situation. Some guys went peacefully; some went through some kind of
falling out - we’ll say. It is easy to see the revolving door going on, but you
also have to recognize that a lot of guys lived far from Florida, and I can tell
you from experience that it’s really hard to plan far into the future when
you’re working so remote with all kinds of transportation all the time.
Pete - You've also played
with Testament, another one of my favorites. You played on the First Strike
Still Deadly CD and your tone is incredible. What was that like playing with
Steve - Not as easy going
as the Death days, but a whole different trip. In Testament, compositionally
things are more formulated, less room for experimentation, that sort of thing.
But the history and success level, at that time, was the highest I had been
around. So it was a welcome challenge to try to fit in an established, well
respected metal force. And by the time we had recorded First Strike... I had
already one previous album, a few semi-official videos and a lot of touring with
those guys. Also I had weathered many lineup transformations too, so I felt a
little more entrenched in my role with the band. Chuck saw this too and
suggested that I record alone with the engineer, who was Doug Hall from Iron
Maiden at the time. So working just me and Doug in the studio was basically me
in charge of my tone with the guy who dialed in Steve Harris’ sound every show.
I think it came out the closest to what I like to sound like, as opposed to what
the “formula” usually was.
Pete - I was going
through chemo at the same time Chuck Billy was, and that was the CD he recorded
during that time. He must be a strong mother fucker. I know how much that kicked
my butt. I will have been in remission for five years next month and hopefully
Chuck is doing as well. Any comments about Chuck and his battle?
Steve – Chuck is a true
warrior in personal battle. He is the most positive person I have ever met. I
worry too much and usually have a dark outlook on life compared to him. To watch
him take such a devastating illness and kick its ass into submission (remission)
was very inspiring to me. Makes one realize that the power of the mind and a
positive attitude are more than just ideas, it’s really fucking real. And when I
try to agonize over bullshit now, I try to remember that things can get worse
and still be conquered.
Pete - Your band Sadus
just came out with a new CD. It rips! How are things going with that?
Steve - Yeah, after all
this time...! We found time amongst all the side projects and things life throws
at us. We found time to get together and make a new batch of songs sound new and
fresh but pull ingredients from the old sound we used to make. But above all we
found the page. The same page. It takes a lot more than intent to get on the
same page after such a long break. It had to be something that was beyond just
saying we wanted a album of new songs. I think we were feeling it at different
times along the way, but somewhere in 03 and 04 we finally felt the urge at the
same time and got serious. And we realized then that it takes more than just
getting together and making noise to make something that not only sounds good
but also has the right vibe. I think if we were forced to make that album any
sooner it wouldn’t have turned out the way Out For Blood did. We’re really happy
with what we’ve managed to put together. We don’t really rely on the band for
financial purposes so we treat it like a hobby. But it was nice to validate all
the time invested in the hobby with something that has that much heart and sweat
and blood from all the time we’ve been together.
Pete - Any Sadus tours
Steve - Well we finished
a pretty cool tour of about 8 or 9 countries in Euroland with Darkane and Gory
Blister. It was cool to play the new stuff live for the first time, and it was
obvious when we played places that already had the new album. Having completed
phase one, we’re looking into some offers for the US and South America right now
for this winter. Nothing has solidified yet, but if any or all of these offers
comes thru, we’ll be furthering the new music upon the willing ears
Pete - I know you play a
fretless bass, I can tell from your tone. What other weaponry do you have in the
arsenal . . as in amps, processors, cabinets? Any secret weapons?
Steve – No secret weapons
man, just fresh strings, and a loud ass amp. I want to hear the inflection of
the fingers on the strings against the wood. I don’t like active pickups that
over saturate the tone. I use a few effects, but all are foot pedals and not
some over blown processor. I’m still primitive enough to admit that electricity
needs to power the sound of the instrument, and that extra computer processing
is relying too much on the technology. In my opinion that takes away from the
integrity of actually learning to make music, eventually it leads towards
leaning on non-music making electronics.
Pete - Heavycore is all
about brothers helping brothers and have helped lots of metal bands gig exchange
and work together. You've been a member of Heavycore for years, what do you
think about the Heavycore way of doing things?
Steve – Dude, you can
tell from how long it took me to get this interview back to you that I don’t
spend a lot of time tripping on this computer. I’m not really sure how my
membership has realized anything. But if you say I’m a member for years, maybe
you can tell me if anything cool came out of it.
Pete - Anything else
you'd like to plug or tell our readers?
Steve – Thanks to
Heavycore for the attention and support. Keep up doing what you’re doing; you’re
the strength of metal. Thanks to anyone who read this and has become all the
more wiser. Sadus – Out For Blood has been out for a few months now, thanks so
far for all the killer comments for the long overdue album. If you haven’t
picked it up yet, get a hold of one, 11 brutal songs and it has a cool behind
the scenes – making of – type of video to watch on your computer too. Awesome to
see everyone in the countries we played over in Euroland, and hope to partake in
some metal mayhem in the north and south of America soon. Check
www.sadus.us for band info. Metal!
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Joey Vera - Interview by Pete
Pete Altieri: Joey,
thanks so much for taking the time out to do this. I see you're in the
middle of another solo CD. Can you tell us about it and when can fans
Joey Vera: The project
is called A Chinese Firedrill and the record is titled “circles”. I hate
trying to describe the music to people. I’m bad at it. It’s kind of Art Rock
sounding to me, that’s all I can say. I was trying to have it done by the
end of July but as usual it’s late. I hope to have it done and available by
early September. You’ll be able to get it at my website
www.joeyvera.com or at
PA: I'm a bass player
too and I really love your tone live as well as in the studio. What kinds
of things do you do live as compared to in a studio to keep that tone
JV: Nothing really. I
use my 1979 SVT head with an 8x10 cab live and in the studio. The only real
difference is that I also record with a DI in the studio and I play with a
bit more control. Lately I’ve been using Direct preamps in the studio mostly
the Sans Amp PSA-1 and the RBI.
PA: I'm hard on strings
and most bass players are. I see you use DR Handmade strings. Do you have
any advice you can give players who have this same problem and want to keep
their strings fresh without spending a fortune?
JV: I’m not really hard
on my strings other than the sweat from an hour and a half show. I think the
biggest problem with strings going dead is when they are put on the bass to
begin with. A lot of people over stretch them when they are first tuning the
bass. Over stretching the string opens the wind and makes a nice big space
for things like dirt and oil from your hands. I use the self locking method
of winding the string to the tuning pegs and then there is no reason to
stretch your strings. They stay in tune and they last longer. Don’t over
stretch your strings!
PA: So many metal bass
players use 5 and 6 string basses today. I've seen you use a 4 and 5 string
bass. What is your preference?
JV: I prefer 4. It’s
what I feel most comfortable with. I really like my 5 too but the 4 is like
PA: I didn't see
speakers listed on your site and wondered if you just used an 8-10 Ampeg
cabinet live or did you also use some bigger speakers for low end?
JV: I just use 8x10’s –
two of them when possible. I used to have 2 Mesa Boogie 2x15 cabs but it was
like “why?” – 160 inches of speaker vs 60 inches of speaker – aside from
farther projection, there’s no contest.
PA: You've played (and
still do) with so many bands to include Armored Saint, Fates Warning, and
Anthrax. How do you fit into each but still maintain your style of playing?
JV: I don’t know. I
think I play a little differently with each band but in the end it’s still
me playing. I guess I make each gig my own.
PA: What bass players
got you interested in playing bass and why?
JV: First it was Geezer
Butler, John Paul Jones, John Entwistle. Then in 1979 came Jaco Pastorious.
I was turned on to his first solo record by a friend and I never returned
it! Jaco showed me (and many others) that you could groove with the drummer
but also be melodic with the vocalist. Not to mention the use of 16th note
grace notes. Jaco changed the way I looked at the bass guitar. I owe it all
to him. I use things he influenced me with all of the time.
PA: I know you knew
Cliff Burton well and have read about some of things you've said about him.
He seemed like such an interesting person. What did he use to get that
infamous bass tone?
JV: He used those big
2x15 Mesa Boogie cabs! His sound was part his basses, his fingers and his
set up. I think he used to have all Mesa stuff. In fact he was the reason
why I went over to Mesa for a while. But I could not get enough of that SVT
“distortion” that they are famous for. Cliff used some kind of box to get
that out of his rig. Mostly though it was Cliffs hands that made his sound
PA: I've been a Fates
Warning fan since they started. One of my favorites is "A Pleasant Shade of
Gray". I happened to see the Champaign IL date of that tour. What was that
like being a part of such an epic project like that - live and in the
JV: It was pretty
amazing. That was my first record with them and the way they made it was
unusual for me at the time. They wrote and recorded demos bi-coastally as
the members live on the east and west coasts. So, I’d get a demo with bass
parts and without, along with a sort of road map with the parts, some
written in notation some not. Then Mark Zonder and I would get together and
we’d come up with our own interpretation of the parts but not always
deviating from the demos much. We’d record our parts with a slave demo mix
and send it back to Jim Matheos for a listen. He’d make comments and we’d
keep doing this until we were all happy. For the most part Jim told me to go
for it and write my own parts but some of the parts he had written for the
song would end up winning because it’s what the song or part wanted. It was
obvious what was right and what wasn’t.
By the time we were
ready we all got together and had live rehearsals for about a week and right
after that we went in to record. By the time I got to my parts I was pretty
well rehearsed which made the recording go pretty quick for me, about 4 (5
hour) days. I always leave some parts open for improvisation though and I
don’t really know what I’m playing until the record light is on. I’ve done
this with every record I’ve ever made. Makes it more exciting for me.
Playing APSOG live was
one of the best live experiences for me in my career. When we had those
nights when everything was just right, it was truly magical. APSOG is one of
my proudest recordings.
PA: I also love the
Fates "Live in Athens" DVD. That crowd looked crazy! Anything you'd like
to tell our readers about those Greek shows?
JV: Greece “LOVES”
Fates. My first trip to Greece was with Fates and I made many friends
instantly from that first trip. The Greeks are some of the nicest, most
hospitable people I’ve ever met. They love their bands there too. Some of
the most insane crowds in the world are in Greece. They just go nuts for the
bands they like. There’s always a lot of love in the room when you play
Greece. I’ve since been back about 5 times, even for a vacation or two. I
fuckin LOVE Greece!
PA: I've read that you
really hate the music business. Do you have any basic advice you can give a
band that actually wants to do this for a living and stay out of trouble?
JV: The only reason you
should do this is because you love to make music, and for no other reason.
The chances are slim that you’ll make any kind of living from it so If you
happen to, it’ll just be extra gravy. But the most gratifying thing will
have to be the music you make. You cannot expect anything in return or else
you’ll set yourself up for disappointment. For me, making music is art.
Business comes into play but after the fact. First, I make art for myself.
It doesn’t matter to me how much money my art doesn’t sell for. I’m forced
to be self indulgent. Do it because you love to make art.
PA: I also see you're
very involved with recording your own music with Pro Tools. My band took a
full year to do our last CD totally by ourselves with Acid Pro - so I know
how much work is involved. Any advice to our readers who want to get
started recording themselves?
JV: Just do it (to quote
an old ad campaign). The only way to learn and get good at anything is with
practice right? The same applies here. In recent years the tech industry has
made it possible for just about anyone to have the ability to record and
produce a record in your own home. The misconception is people think that
having the best gear equals getting top quality results. Unless you know
what you’re doing, it’ll never happen. For someone starting out, I would
suggest learning about how digital recording works, miking techniques, using
compressors, using quality pre amps stuff like that. Then realize that you
need to start with good players, a good band with good sounding equipment.
If you record poop, you’ll get good sounding poop. But it’ll still be poop.
Look at it as troubleshooting. Do it and learn from your mistakes. Listen to
records that were done in a similar way you’re doing yours. Don’t expect to
sound like a record that cost 100,000 to make unless you have 100,000 to pay
for yours. Figure out how things work, figure out your mistakes and do it
over and over and you’ll get good at it.
PA: Would you like
to mention anything else to our readers?
JV: Thanks for keeping
us alive. For any further info or to keep in touch please visit my site
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Kim Tornianen - Interview by
Pete Altieri- So what is your bass
of choice when playing live? What about when you're recording?
Kim Tornianen - Hehe, the "bass of choice" question is a bit dangerous, because
I'm somewhat a gear addict and can get a bit excited when talking about
gear...But with TK, I mainly use a Warwick Corvette Standard that I found and
bought used a few years ago. It isn't the lightest of basses (bubinga body,
ovangol neck) but it has a nice, dark sound with a good growl (the legendary
Warwick Growl..) and gets 10 points out of 10 in reliability. I tune it before a
gig, put it through a beating and still is in tune after the gig. I used this
bass in the studio when recording "Swarm!" too. When I record and demo
stuff home, I might also use a 6-stringed Ibanez or a Fender fretless Jazz that
I just bought. But you could say the Warwick is my main bass of choice at this
Pete - Strings wear out easy for me. What kind do you use and do you have any
tips for our readers to help keep them fresh?
Kim - I have the same problem, my hands get really sweaty and acidic when I play
and that kills the strings pretty quickly. A combination of fast fret and wiping
the strings after every time I play lengthens the strings' lifespan, but even
that is just postponing the inevitable. Changing the strings often seems to be
the only solution. I've also noticed that GHS strings are the ones for me that
lose their freshness slower than others,
when other people have said other brands work better for them. So trying
different strings might help too.
Pete - Do use your fingers or a pick? What do you feel are the
advantages/reasons why you choose that way?
Kim - I actually started to play bass with a pick, because I've played the
guitar for years, but switched to playing with my fingers pretty soon after
that. I liked the sound of it, and it just felt more natural and "free" for me.
I came to the conclusion that with my fingers I could do the same
things than with a pick, but I could also e.g slap/pop or tap more freely. But a
matter of personal preference in the end, I guess. One extra benefit
is that I don't have to panic before a gig, because I've lost all my picks.
Just grab the bass and start playing, hehe.
Pete - What kind of amp/processors do you use?
Kim - In my rack I have a Warwick Profet 3.2 Head, a Fender rack tuner and a
power conditioner. The head goes into a Warwick 411 Pro Cab. Between the bass
and the head I usually put a MXR Bass D.I+ for some grit. My "ideal" setup for
TK would be just my bass straight into the head and no pedals in between. I also
have some other pedals and a Line 6 bass Pod but I mainly use them for home
Pete - What bass players inspired you to decide to pick up the bass in the first
Kim - I actually ended up as a bass player almost by accident. The guys in TK
needed a bass player, I said "I've got a bass" (a cheapo that I had used in home
recording) and got the gig. After a while I realized that I liked it more than
playing the guitar and started taking it seriously. I had been a guitar player
up until that point.
But as bass players go, we could say that Roger Patterson, Alex Webster and Tony
Levin turned me into a bassist. They all had/have their own style, which I
admire. Patterson for his crazy chops, Webster for his speed & stamina and Levin
for his melodic/rhythmic sense.
Pete - How did the bass tracking go for the new CD?
Kim - It was a pretty smooth deal. We figured what the sound should be, and I
played the tracks in. All done in one day.
Pete - Thanks for doing the interview. Is there anything you'd like to pass on
to our US readers?
Kim - Thanks for the interview and hopefully we'll see you on tour someday!
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WITH PETE ALTIERI - LOW TWELVE/HEAVYCORE
Diane Demeter: How has the response
been since the release of "This Side Toward Enemy" (especially now
that the disc is available worldwide thanks to the record deal with Rotting
Pete Altieri: The release has been going
great. Thanks to Ron and Lori at Rotting Corpse Records, the sales have
been going steady and strong since the 2/14 release date. Especially in
Europe and Asia - those are areas we never did too much business with.
These guys have been selling them to distributors in India too! It's
been killer. The reviews have been strong too - so we are very happy
with things so far!
DD: What's the status of the screenplay
PA: I've been working on the re-writes for
the graphic novel, but it's tough with my current workload in Low Twelve and
Heavycore. The screenplay is on hold, pending the release of the book -
in hopes that someone will like the "This Side Toward Enemy"
storyline enough to help finance the film. It costs a lot of money
to publish a book and to try and do it at the same time as filming a movie -
is just impossible right now. We plan to do the novel next and hope the
response is strong enough to support a film.
DD: It was a long time coming. How
did the concept start?
PA: When we released "Flesh of the
Weak" there was a song on there called "Twelve". I always
liked the concept of the lyrics, which are about a guy with 12 serial killers
living inside of him about to be executed. So I built upon that idea and
start the "This Side Toward Enemy" story with the song "Stay of
Execution", where the killer (Nolan Weeks) gets a stay and then tells his
story to a journalist. His death row confessions are told in the songs
as they tell his sordid story. About halfway through the songs, I
realized that it was bigger than a CD, and decided to write a book about the
story - but of course told in much greater detail than lyrics ever could.
The screenplay of course is the story from yet another angle, and would be one
hell of a disturbing visual. I've been living and breathing the
"Enemy" storyline for the past 3-4 years and finally now I can talk
about it without sounding like some maniac with an idea. Ha. Well,
DD: Tell me about the "Chopping Block
PA: I've always wanted to do a radio show,
and so finally in 2006 I thought it would be a good way to start out the year.
It's a one hour pre-taped show I do once a month. I only play Heavycore
bands - so you can imagine it's brutal as fuck from start to finish. I
also throw in some funny fake commercials for things like "Anti-Poser
Spray" and "Brokebus Mountain" - so it's comical too. So
far Maddog Rock Radio, Chicago Metal Works, and an FM station in North
Carolina spin the show. The response has been really good, so I'm
enjoying it a great deal. You can listen at www.ChoppingBlockShow.com
DD: Are you doing any outside
shows this summer?
PA: We've got a hectic summer schedule
planned and will be doing a short tour in August. But we don't have any
outdoor stuff booked yet. Most of those big fests really turn into a
goat fuck when it's all said and done. We've done several and usually
get shafted with playing really late, or having our set cut short, or worse.
Many of them are the pay to play type of thing, which I really don't like at
all. Not because I'm cheap - but because most of those shows have a bad
reputation for fucking over the bands. I think bands should be paid to
perform. There's nothing wrong with a band making some money to play -
so why should some promoter make all the money and the bands front the cash?
I think it's bullshit.
DD: Tell me about the Central Illinois
Metalfest 2006, pre-fest show, Low 12 is playing in July?
PA: Now here's a fest that should be
killer, but it's indoor at the Canopy Club in Urbana IL. We're playing
the Thur 7/20 pre show. Matt Bishop, ex Lividity and currently fronting
Human Artifacts is putting the whole thing together. I'll be at the
entire show running a heavycore booth. So come out. He's got
Macabre and Jungle Rot playing Fri and Sat among a long list of wicked bands.
DD: What's the next project for Low 12?
PA: We're gearing up to record again this
spring and early summer. We've got new songs written and want to record
some of them. We're not sure if it will turn into an EP, full length, or
just some songs for comps and that kind of thing. We've got one song in
particular about the BTK Killer that I think might have a chance for a movie
soundtrack or maybe even for video games. The new stuff is even heavier
than before and I'm sure the die hard Twelve Heads will be happy with it.
We've been playing them live and the reactions have been awesome - so we know
they'll dig them as much as we do. We just completed building a
recording room we've dubbed the V-12 Concussion Chamber. It's 12 feet by
12 feet (I know, it's a 12 thing) and designed by our guitarist Les Aldridge.
He did an amazing job building it with our friend Mike "Sexy Bearded
Handy Man" Stoltz. They just finished it up so we've been
practicing in this killer new studio and loving the shit out of it.
DD: Random Thoughts?
PA: Yes, support the great bands of
Heavycore by going to www.heavycore.net
and checking them out. Also read the weekly Brutality Report I write at www.brutalityreport.com
and get caught up on all things Low Twelve, Heavycore, and more. The
official Low Twelve site is www.lowtwelve.com
Also, thanks to all the Twelve Heads for the support. You guys are the
shit and we appreciate you. Also big thanks to Diane for doing this
interview - you've been a huge supporter of Low Twelve and Heavycore for years
and it doesn't go un-noticed. Thanks.
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WITH LISIYA GORI
Gori hail from Huntsville, Alabama and have been together a year, dishing out
Thrash/Extreme/Death Metal, with a spiritual message.
The members have come from various area bands, such as: Fleshtized,
Spinecast, Temple Of Blood, Quinta Essential and Stateofdecay.
have been influenced by the likes of Morbid Angel, Pantara, Acid Bath, Opeth,
SOD and numerous other bands. The website says they sound like everything
you’ve ever heard before. Done
3-song EP (Demo)
Eric Baumann – Vocals, Matt Barnes – Guitar, Lance Wright – Drums
Lovvorn – Bass.
Diane Demeter: Tell me about your new 3-song EP?
Eric Baumann: Well the new EP is
something we knew we needed to rush out to get us heard.
Funny thing is that when we did it we had been together for three weeks.
Me living two hours away from the rest of the band, I only got up there
once a week. We practiced for like
three hours so really we did the CD only after about nine hours of practicing.
I write all the lyrics lol and I didn’t even know all the songs.
We wanted to give out a few of the mid abrasive songs we had so not to
give you everything all at once, just a taste.
I can’t wait till the world gets a chance to hear the full-length CD,
which we are going to start in May.
The band played shows in 5 states in February, what are your tour plans for the
Well as of right now, we are doing sporadic shows through Tennessee and Alabama
in the next few months. We are preparing for a full-length album that
should be out sometime this summer. We are going into the studio in April and
May. Once the album is ready the sky is the limit. Our goal/plan is that towards
the end of the summer we are planning full on onslaught across the country
starting here in the south going towards California, go north and across the
northern states, pretty much a full U.S tour, all on our own .We are very close
with signing with Bomb Works Records, which should take effect in the next
coming months. Also March 28th Motley Crue we’ll be playing Huntsville. We and
the venue (The Benchwarmer) have worked out a deal for the band (Motley Crue) to
have an after show party that which we are going to be playing. So that is one
big thing for this spring that we are looking forward to.
Give me a glimpse of your show.
EB: Pure chaos! If one has ever
seen an old Pantera show, you know the energy level. We provide that loss
in the metal scene that we as metal fans have been lusting for, for some time
now, pure energy! Our fan base is growing every day and as we let time take its
course the crowds will grow but in our hometown Huntsville, the metal scene is
thriving. It’s very much alive and strong.
We will normally pull out at least 3 or 4 hundred people. And the more
energy we absorb from the fans the crazier the show. One won’t be able to
relax, lol. We did this one show in Little Rock Arkansas and some guys had had
too much to drink and had passed out at a table in front of us playing.
I took it upon myself to make sure he got his moneys worth out of the
show so I got the crowd and myself to circle around and get on top of the table
to sing them a lullaby. Needless to say they woke up.
Which later on they actually thanked us for doing it haha. We try not to
have a set list so that the show will take its own course. We like to improvise
a lot. Though the songs are the same you’ll never see the same show.
DD: What kind of underground scene is in Birmingham?
Unfortunately the scene in Birmingham is lacking. Unless you’re into rap or
lite rock, the metal scene isn’t there.
It’s really sad to be honest because there are some fantastic bands in
Birmingham. It used to be such a thriving scene here but after many of the clubs
shut down, and we lost every decent radio station, killing off any vessel of
promotion. It’s funny we refer to
the city as, boring ham. Even the great bands that have made a name for
themselves in Birmingham only get maybe 70 or 80 people.
It’s really kinda sad there is no unity for a scene. But we and a few
other bands and promoters are trying to change that. It’s a slow process but
we will bring a lively metal scene back to this dying city such as it was when
we had the Boiler Room. Many a great band played there and the scene was strong
as well as the music. But to be honest the majority of the
band lives in Huntsville and I travel about 2 hours up there to practice .We
also do a majority of our home shows there. Not playing in Birmingham too much
because of the lack of support for music there.
We know where home is, and we know its Huntsville.
What made you think to name the band after the fictional mansion in the Tolstoy
novel, War and Peace?
To be honest and straightforward, Garth Lovvorn, my bass player, read
and felt the name was very powerful, which the rest of us agree.
It’s not your average name and depending on whom you ask in the band
you will get a different pronunciation. But the over all view is that we are an
Old Testament type of Christian band. And the name is such as when you die you
inherit a mansion and every room is the size of a mansion and when we die, our
brethren and us will go there. We
are not a bible-thumping band by no means.
Our quote of sorts is “WE ARE THE SULFUR AND THE LOCUST IN THE VOICE OF
GOD”. We aren’t trying to
convert anyone. My own view is that
God is unforgiving and wants you to know you are his ant in the farm, other wise
you get the locust (horns). Whatever
I admire that you should know there is always something bigger and badder than
you. The devil isn’t as
such; he’s like a friend that always wants to get into trouble but you
get all the blame. What a pussy!
Jesus is the hippy that says you know I lived in their shoes, it sucks
and forgives them. I like the idea of that. The overall meaning and message is,
live your life well no matter what you believe.
We don’t judge, it’s not our place.
DD: What has surprised you most about being in a metal band?
The love you get for what you feel you are doing is right for yourself, for
the scene, and for music period. The pure fucking enjoyment of it.
The people that are into this scene will always make you feel you are
amongst brothers in a unity even the ones who can’t stand up cause they’re
to drunk. The shock value of people when they hear us, then find out what we are
about; it seems to earn us more respect, we hold no punches. And being metal and
in a scene that for the most part doesn’t accept our ways and to see them
understand it and respect it once one of our shows are done.
What's on the Lisiya Gori agenda?
To take over the world. Spread the message. Sell a ton a CD's to real metal
heads and infiltrate the commercial scene and take it by storm. Tour our Asses
off; make the most deeply brutal metal that we can get signed to a major label.
Be a household name.
How did you hear about Heavycore?
The Internet metal scene. We all have had bands prior to this one, which had
core so we knew where to turn to for support and unity we knew we had to be a
part of Heavy core because you guys are the shit and growing.
Read the book of Enoch; believe what’s right in your heart. Never quit
the support for your local music scene. Don’t worry about what people think of
you or your beliefs.
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JO BENCH - BOLT THROWER
This interview was conducted by
Heavycore Founder Pete Altieri via email directly to Jo Bench's label, Metal
Altieri/Heavycore - I'm
a fellow bass player, a huge Bolt Thrower fan, and LOVE the new CD.
I noticed your bass tone is really killer and sounds louder in the mix.
What did you do different this time around?
Bench/Bolt Thrower - Thanks a lot, glad you're liking the album! Well
with this album I spent more time working on my bass sound. I bought a
couple of new distortion pedals and a duplicate set up - amp, speakers, etc.
So in the end I spent 2 days or so messing around until I found a sound that
I was 100% happy with. It's the best sound I've ever had and I'm really
happy with it. It compliments the sound of the two guitars without being
swamped or being too prominent and it really made the album sound fuller. It
was quite a gamble to raise the bass in the production, but I think it paid
off and hopefully we can do the same on the next one.
Altieri/Heavycore - You
guys have been at it for so long, how do you keep the metal flame burning?
Bench/Bolt Thrower - I think it's because we genuinely love what we do
and we're doing it for the right reasons. We're all very passionate about
the band, we don't write to order or release to make money so it's all a
very natural process and I think that shows in the music. At the end of the
day, we're still 5 friends making music that we enjoy, it's that simple.
Altieri/Heavycore - I'm
sure you've been asked over and over about what it's like to be a female in
a death metal band. But what do you think it's like for the guys (in
your band and others you play with) around you? Does it make them feel
weird to have a woman play a bass as mean as you do? You're awesome!
Bench/Bolt Thrower - Ha ha, good question! To be honest, I've no idea
what they really think about it, you'd have to ask them! All I can say is
from day one I've always tried to make the fact I'm female not an issue and
I'd like to think I've succeeded. I just get on with it and I work damn
hard, so hopefully the other members don't even think about my gender and
just appreciate me as another musician in the band.
Altieri/Heavycore - Do you have any plans to come to the
? I'm dying to see you guys live.
Thrower - Well we really hope so, it's been too long since we last came
over. As soon as we get a decent offer we'll be there. There are talks of a
tour later in the year with Malevolent Creation, and that would be great, 'cos
we just toured
with them and we all had an amazing time. We'll see I guess.
Altieri/Heavycore - Do
you have any plans to release a DVD in the future?
Bench/Bolt Thrower - We filmed some of the shows on the last tour and
some of the footage may end up on the website or somewhere, but whether we
do an official DVD or not I'm not sure.
Altieri/Heavycore - Is
there any way to get my hands on the double CD For Victory with the Live War
CD? I've tried a few times to bid on ebay, but they go for $40 or
more. I would love to get one. What do you think of that CD?
Bench/Bolt Thrower - Hmm, there were only a limited amount of that CD
pressed, so I'm not sure if you'll be able to get hold of one nowadays,
especially for a good price. Sorry. The live recording isn't that amazing,
but you get the idea, but nowadays we have a much better
sound/set/tightness, etc.. Might be worth waiting for the next live
release... if we do one!
Altieri/Heavycore - What
kind of bass strings do you use? Do you play a 4-string?
Bench/Bolt Thrower - They're
nothing special - Rotosound .45 - 105. I've been using them for years
and never had any problems, so I've stuck with them over the years. And
yeah, I play a 4-string. I'm no virtuoso and my style is pretty basic, but I
get by ok.
Altieri/Heavycore - Have
you guys discussed when fans might see the next Bolt Thrower CD?
Bench/Bolt Thrower - No, we're still recovering from the doing the last
one! There was plenty of blood, sweat and tears that went into recording
Those Once Loyal, so we're not even gonna think about writing the next one
for a year or two. We've never been in a rush to release albums, we just do
it when we're ready and 100% happy with the songs. Maybe the fans are disappointed
they have to wait so long, but hopefully it's worth it in the end.
Altieri/Heavycore - Thank you so much for taking the time out to do
this interview. Do you have any parting shots for our readers and
Thrower - No problem at all, cheers for the interview. I'll just sign
off with the usual thanks to all the Bolt Thrower fans out there, we
appreciate your support over the last 20 years! We hope to come over to the
sometime soon, but until then, stay loyal. Cheers, Jo.
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have been haunting the
metro area for several years now.
The band formed in November of 2003 but didn’t get serious until May of
2004. Unburied has been influenced
by the likes of Pantera, Slayer, Lamb Of God, Carcass,
, Destruction and Death.
The website says,” Sacrifice. Not
a sacrifice to the great Satan. Unburied
has sacrificed melody for brutality, intensity and aggression.”
Joe Rabus – Vocals, Andy Beineman – Bass, Dreathus Harris – Guitar
and Tim Brown – Drums
The Revival EP (July 2004), II EP October (2004), Welcome To Your
Graveyard (2005) and Blasphemy Through Dismal Actions (2005)
Demeter: What's all the chaos going on in the Unburied camp (CD and
Dreathus Harris: Well we released "Blasphemy through Dismal Actions"
on November 12th, and that same night after the show Joe told me he was quitting
the band. There was a lot going on and we thought that the band was over and
done for. After a month or so we started to get back together just to jam and
mess around and we decided to get the band going again since we were refreshed.
We didn't know who would sing and we started looking around and Justin from
Misanthropic, joined on New Years Eve 2005. Unburied and Misanthropic have
played tons of shows together so we knew him pretty well and we knew how his
voice sounds so we knew it was destined for destruction.
We're now releasing an EP hopefully around the first couple weeks of March
called "Pure fucking Brutality", it features the heaviest most brutal
shit that Unburied has done and we redid it all with the new line-up. You can
pick it up from our website or at our shows.
DD: Tell me about the summer touring you have lined up.
DH: We are planning on going on a lot of road trips. We've been playing in St.
Louis for almost 2 years now and we want to branch out to other areas and go
crazy with other people.
DD: Give me the details; what goes down in an Unburied show?
DH: We usually play about 12 or 13 songs and we like to wear lots of the blood
we drained from the posers we slaughtered the night before. Inverted crosses,
pentagrams, prosthetics, and bible destroying are some other common things at an
DD: What's the St. Louis Metal Scene like?
DH: It's definitely improving; I started following bands and what goes on back
in 2001 before I was even in a band. There are some really fuckin' heavy bands
out here who don't get nearly as much credit as they deserve.
DD: What does Unburied hope to accomplish in the future?
DH: Right now this is like a rebirth of the band, in the near future we're
looking forward to our new release, and playing lots of shows everywhere we can.
We have a lot of plans for 2006.
DD: How did you hear about Heavycore?
DH: I found it on midwestmetal.info when I was checking out other bands from the
Midwest, I think around late 2003.
DD: Random Thoughts...
DD: None of us can wait to play shows again. It's been about 6 months since
Justin has been on a stage and about 5 for the rest of us. Our new EP "Pure
fucking Brutality" really rips, definitely something to check out if you
like metal, its only going to be about $5 so there's no reason why you wouldn't
Unburied Live schedule:
March 11th @ The Great Skate (troy IL)
March 25th @ Just Bill's (www.chunksofmeat.com)
Heavycore Member # 220
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MILLE PETROZZA - KREATOR
This interview was conducted by
Heavycore Founder Pete Altieri via email directly to Mille Petrozza.
Altieri/Heavycore - How
do you come up with new songs? Do you come up with guitar riffs or
vocals first? I'd love to know how it all comes together!
Mille Petrozza/Kreator -
. . . sometimes riffs, sometimes lyrics. there is no formula, really.
Altieri/Heavycore - What
singers influenced you early in your career and do you feel limited at all by
also playing guitar?
Mille Petrozza/Kreator -
people, like Carl McCoy, Cronos and Halford and a thousand more !!!
Altieri/Heavycore - Will
the 2nd US tour feature any different songs than the first? I was at the
Chicago show in April 2005 and it was incredible! I was hoping for
"Black Sunrise" but you more than made up for it with so many good
Mille Petrozza/Kreator - Yeah, there'll be some different songs....
Altieri/Heavycore - I
saw in your bio that you like the movie "Eraserhead". I love
that movie too and it's rare to find anyone else who has even heard of it.
What was your first experience like watching that movie?
Mille Petrozza/Kreator - I had to watch it again right away!
Never had that with any movie. It's very out standing
and every human being should see it at least once!
Altieri/Heavycore - I
love the "Coma of Souls" CD. What was your inspiration for the
song "People of the Lie"?
Mille Petrozza/Kreator - It's an anti racist song ! We have them in
Germany, but they're everywhere, like a plague!
Altieri/Heavycore - So
when can fans expect something new from Kreator? What's up next?
Mille Petrozza/Kreator - We're working on several video clips and live
stuff for a new version of the EOG (Enemy of God) cd. Also, we might release
another official DVD in the end of 06.....
Altieri/Heavycore - Are
there any bands you haven't played with yet, that you'd love to share the
stage with? If so - who are they?
Mille Petrozza/Kreator - Joy Division!
Altieri/Heavycore - Your
webmaster signed up Kreator to our Heavycore website and has also posted a
link to us on your site. It's our honor to have you in our organization.
Had you heard of Heavycore before this interview?
- No, but I think it's a great idea! The scene needs new innovative platforms
Altieri/Heavycore - Thanks
so much Mille - would you like to add anything or plug anything?
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TOM ANGELRIPPER - SODOM
This interview was conducted by
Heavycore Founder Pete Altieri via email directly to Tom Angelripper. For
anyone who doesn't know, Sodom is a great thrash metal band from Germany that
has been pounding it out since the early 1980's and has been a huge influence on
Altieri/Heavycore - When
you write songs, do you write the music first - then vocals? Or do you
write vocals then music? Or both at the same time? Basically - how
does Sodom put a new song together?
Angelripper - That is always different, but usually we first have a couple
of guitar riffs, than I start writing the lyrics.
Altieri/Heavycore - Many modern metal bands seem to have forgotten the
importance of melody in the vocals. You can still be brutal, but melodic?
I think many of the Sodom vocals have a memorable melodicness to them.
Would you agree with that?
Angelripper - Yes,
you are right. That is always important to Sodom and the big difference between
Sodom and all the other “Metal” bands. I have to sing aggressive and scream
it out but the most intense is coming from the musically vocal lines.
Altieri/Heavycore - One of my favorite Sodom songs is "Napalm in the
Morning" off the "M-16" CD. What interests you so much
about the US military? It seems to be a common thread in many of your
songs. I'm a US Army veteran, so I'm honored by your attention to our
Angelripper - I just use the Vietnam theme cause everybody knows what I am
singing about with all of the movies about this war. I try describe how bad a
war is, or could be, but always in a lyrically way and based on historical
facts. I can't write lyrics about World War II, because I am a German. I did it
in 1987 (Bombenhagel) and got misunderstood. Its just a song against war. You'll
never find any political opinions in the songs. We hate war and thrash music
gives me the chance to scream it out!. My dream is a peaceful world without wars
Altieri/Heavycore - Your bass sound on the live "One Night in
Bangkok" is incredible! What kind of bass amps and speakers do you
use? Do you use any effects?
Tom Angelripper - I
just use a Marshall amp (EL34), but the sound is coming from my Pre Amp “SANS
AMP”. I prefer Ampeg
Altieri/Heavycore - I know you have a new DVD that just came out, but I
can't find it here in the US yet. Do you know when it's coming here (I
don't know how much longer I can wait - ha)? Can you tell us something
about what US Sodom fans can expect from it?
Angelripper - It
will be a double DVD. The first DVD contains the complete Sodom History from the
year 1982 `til 1995. You'll see hundreds of unreleased pics, interviews
will ex-Sodom members and people who are involved into the metal scene. This
documentary is about 3 hours long, so if you are a Sodom fan you will miss
nothing. The second DVD is a concert movie which we recorded in Bulgaria (Sofia)
and a couple of festivals in Germany. It contains 22 Songs and some backstage
and travel clips. I heard that this DVD will be released on February 21st.
Altieri/Heavycore - What about a new CD from Sodom? What's the status
of that? (I can't wait for that either!)
Angelripper - It's
already recorded. We start mixing at the end of January. This is a real thrash
killer! Its important to say that our Ex guitar player Andy Brings produced it.
He has his own studio near my hometown.
Altieri/Heavycore - I see from your website that you're coming the US in
2006, but there are only a handful of dates. Will you add more dates to
the tour and who will you be touring with? If you come to Chicago or St.
Louis - I'll be there!
Angelripper - We will see! If we find a serious promoter in US we want to go
for a bigger tour, why not? We never got the chance, and that is really sad. We
know that we have a lot of Sodom fans over there and they are waiting to see us
live for more than 20 years! Now the time is right!
Altieri/Heavycore - I missed seeing the Sodom/Kreator/Destruction tour - is
there any hope you'll ever do that again? I love German thrash metal!
Angelripper - I
talked to Schmier from Destruction, and he is really interested in to do it
again. I'll although try to get Mille, but I think that he wants to go his own
way with Kreator. The tour was successful and the fans enjoyed it. So, there is
no reason not do it again.
Altieri/Heavycore - Your webmaster was kind enough to put a link to
Heavycore on your website and we've added Sodom as honorary members for your
incredible contributions to metal. Had you ever heard about Heavycore
Angelripper - NO,
this is the first time I got in contact with you, but its important to get more
support for our band with great websites like Heavycore!
Altieri/Heavycore - I know you're a big Motorhead fan - have you ever
thought about recording a song with the immortal Lemmy? Was he a big
influence on your bass playing and vocals?
Angelripper - Yes, Lemmy was a big inspiration for me at the beginning of
the 1980's, but when we started in 1982 we where more into the Venom album
“Welcome to Hell”. We tried to create our own style, which has to be heavier
than Venom and faster Metallica (haha!) I
like Lemmy's bass sound, that really kicks ass. When we toured with them in 1993
I always tried to find time to visit his sound check, and that was HELL !!!
Altieri/Heavycore - I really love the live version of "Sodomized"
on "One Night in Bangkok". What kind of crap have you had to put
up with having the name Sodom as your band name and a couple of songs with
sodomy in the title?
Angelripper - When
my mother came into my room when I was a little child, she always said the
words: “It looks like Sodom and Gomorrah”. That I will never forget. Sodom
is a short band name with historical background and nobody had the idea to use
it, so we did it !!!
Altieri/Heavycore - Do
you have any final words to pass on to our readers?
Angelripper - Hope
to see you on tour! The DVD is coming out in USA at February 21st and we are
working to come for a bigger US Tour next year. Thanx for your support all
over the years….TOM
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WITH MATT BISHOP - HUMAN ARTIFACTS
This interview was conducted by
Heavycore Founder Pete Altieri via email directly to Matt Bishop. Some of
you may know of Matt as the guitar player/singer of Lividity. Now he plays
in Human Artifacts.
Heavycore: So what can you say about what
happened with you and the guys in Lividity?
Matt Bishop: Honestly bro...I don't 100% know.
I felt like I was prepared on my end for the new lineup and album..11 years is
a long time to jam with a band and you have your ups and downs, highs and
lows....Kind of like a marriage....All in all I guess it was time for a change
they felt. Nobody can take away what me and Dave accomplished in our
time together and I will always be proud of it...I wish them well as they do
me. That's what metal is all about, brotherhood!
HC: Tell us what we can expect from your new project Human Artifacts?
How will it differ from Lividity?
MB: I will except nothing less then total global
domination on a sonic level!!! We are really excited on how the music is
cumming out and think people are gonna really get into it! It has a lot of
Lividity in it since I was a main part of the song writing but for the first
time I don't feel like I have rules or borders on what we can do or can't do.
I am really going for the feeling a lot of the old school death metal bands
have (or had) with the music but the blasts and double bass of the new school
of the underground. Robert Brody (drums) has great double bass ...so
expect to hear a lot in our music!
HC: What is touring in Europe like as
compared to playing in the US?
MB: Its like eating at a 5 star fancy restaurant
for 4 weeks then coming home and having to eat hot dogs for 4 weeks. Its
not just Europe.....the whole scene outside the USA in general is ga ga over
the brutal shit!! Don't get me wrong, I Love the US fans and think in the
states shows are hit and miss but once you taste the scene outside the Americas....and
see how they eat, shit and breathe metal....you'll never be the same.
HC: What band has influenced death metal
the most in your opinion?
MB: I'd say either DEATH or CANNIBAL CORPSE
.....Hard because a ot of bands around that time have added a lot to what
Death Metal is today...but those to bands personally for me moved me enough to
want to play that style of aggressive music.
HC: What is your definition of a poser?
MB: To me...its not even about what type of
music you like or the way you look....but a attitude...a poser has no code,
flaky, a shit talker and usually a non supporter of metal in its truest
form...almost a wolf in sheep's clothing if that makes any sense...that's what
a poser is to my stupid ass.
HC: How did you hear about Heavycore and
what do you think about the concept?
MB: Met you a few years back and got LIVIDITY
involved...anything that has a positive effect on the scene like
HEAVYCORE does for alot bands is a great thing and I know I appreciate 100% on
how supportive the CORE has been to me...much appreciated!
HC: Tell me about the Central Illinois
Metal Fest that's coming July 2006.
MB: It's still early but this is gonna be the
metal event of the year in Central Illinois if I have anything to say about
it!!! Nothing but the best bands I can find from all over the world...cumming
together in 2 days of pure sickness and brutality!!! for more info go to www.xwarp.net/fest/fest.html
(CIM 2006 official site)
HC: Anything else you want to add/plug?
MB: Thanks to Pete and Heavycore for the support
and interview. We're recording a promo in December for labels and to get
the sound out to the masses. New website up soon!! till then we have a myspace
page going www.myspace.com/humanartifacts666
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WITH WOMB RAIDERS
4-man band, from Blythe, (Southern) California offends a lot of people and
organizations and as a result continually is banned.
Obviously they could care less and just want to play their music.
Music is very much a big part of their lives and being in one band
can’t satisfy the lust for more metal.
Doh, Jay and Braedon are in the band Vesuvius (Death Rape
Records/Fearless Prod.). Doh and
Braedon are also in the band, Born Without God (Death Rape Records).
Braedon is no longer a member of the band. Doh and Anthony are in, Lustmord
(formerly Metal Blade Records).
Anthony was in Axe Murder Boys (formerly Relapse Records) and Murders
Inc.(formerly Pavement/Crash Music Inc.).
Anthony Lustmord – vocals/lyrics, GoreHorror aka Doh – Bass, Slay aka
Jay – Guitar/Drum Prog., The Virgin/Braedon – 2nd Guitar
Decimation Of The Diseased Womb – Demo, Torn From The Womb – full
length, Split CD’s: Womb
Raiders/Vesuvius, Womb Raiders/Daughter Of Lust and Womb Raiders/Speculum
Diane Demeter: Hey Congratulations for going so far in The Core Wars!
Anthony Lustmord: Thanks. We
are happy that we made it as far as we did; we thought Unburied was going to
take us down but we narrowly escaped that one. We give it up to the
winners though, as all the bands in this were cool and they've gained our crew
and us as fans.
DD: You recently released your first full-length, TORN FROM THE WOMB,
how's it doing?
AL: Pretty good. It's
released on Death Rape Records. We're all very happy with the quality of
the album and so far its getting great reviews. It is climbing the charts;
we were at #87 in the Death/Black Metal genre out of over 6,500 listed so I
think that’s a good thing...
You describe your music as gore, porn, rape, grind! I bet you get tons of
censorship (such as getting banned from PayPal, again)?
AL: ha ha yeah. We've been
banned from PayPal like 4 times. They keep letting us back on and then
banning us within a month. The laws in other countries are odd because it
is against the law for people in countries like France, Australia, and Tasmania
etc to sell our music, however we are able to sell in from here in the US.
But shipping it can be a problem as customs will open the mail and look at the
CD cover and lyrical content and if it violates the laws they can arrest the
person buying it. So a lot of the more brutal gore stuff has to be sold on
CD-R with a blank disc face and no lyrics (which is one reason the underground
scene in Europe does so well.)
short time after this interview was conducted, Anthony told me he had spent most
of the day on the phone with Homeland Security because the French government
said Womb Raiders were sending in illegal stuff, assuming weapons or drugs.
been banned from playing places here in the US also. It's a long story but
certain bookers are dumbasses and cannot take a joke so they ban us and
tried to ruin us, but that’s what one should expect when your songs offend
people to the point of crying and attempting to cause bodily harm to you. We've
also stepped away from the grind part for the most part so now we just say
we're brutal and obscene Gore/Rape Metal: P
DD: Womb Raiders music is featured in the film, "The Day The Dead
Livened Up", any other film credits?
AL: We've submitted music to lots
of people. We have some early music in the film, Goat Of Mendes, and we
have been talking to Vamping You Productions and Brain Damage Films for a while
about having our music in some future releases. Darrin Ramage of Brain
Damage is a really cool guy, and he’s a total metal head so doing music for
his movies would be great and its something we're looking forward to very much.
I'm not sure if the music is actually in any porno but I have some friends who
do porn and they've played our music while doing live cam shows, and some vids
for their websites.
DD: Tell me about your stage show; is it as gory as your music?
AL: Well our stage show depends on where we're playing. We do not
play a lot due to being banned almost everywhere, but when we do it is something
special. At our first show we did, it shocked everyone because it was at a
backyard party and there were a bunch of kids running around and I spit blood at
people. We use blood, rotten meat, maggots, bleeding girls (female fans we
cut open on stage) We’re in talks with the bookers of Fall Fest (rock on
the main stage (Kottonmouth Kings, Bad Religion and metal on the second stage)
should be a couple thousand people there, we plan on fucking people up for life
at that show! Going to go old school mayhem style and toss around pig
heads and shower in blood. We have a song co written by Dennis Rader (BTK)
called Blood Soaked Visions, that song is perfect for a bloodbath and ritual
killing of virgins.
DD: How's the Underground music scene in Southern California?
AL: Honestly I'm ashamed of it!
There are a lot of really cool bands but they're lazy fuckers and won’t play
shows, and when shows are done the venues here like to fuck bands over and make
them pay to play or just refuse to pay at all. The few saving graces here are
I.E.Death, Graverot Promotions, and Dan Dismal/Church Of The 8th Day. All
of which are great for the scene here in Cali. Were proud to be members of
the IE Death Crew. All the bands hang with each other, tour with each
other, and help each other out everyway possible. Dan Dismal is also a
great bro. He is in Crematorium and
runs the Church Of The 8th Day which books tours, shows, does flyers, and merch.
He is a super cool guy and he is one of the best things to happen to the
California metal scene for a long time!
DD: What are some future goals, of the band?
AL: Well we are going to be playing
with Obituary, and Cannibal Corpse in 2006. We made out stuff available to
members of both of those bands and they liked what they heard and told us who to
contact and we did and thankfully those people liked our shit also. So
playing with bands that have directly influenced not only Womb Raiders, but also
the extreme metal scene, as a whole was a goal that we will get to do. We
also want to do tours in other countries which again we have been lucky enough
to connect with the right people and we're currently set to headline The Extreme
Assault Fest in Malaysia in 2006, and we are working out details for a tour in
South America in Feb./March 2006. We also would love to win CORE WARS NEXT
YEAR!!!!!!! IT WILL HAPPEN! We just want to keep playing and getting
our music out to everyone we possibly can. We would love to get out
to the Midwest and play with the Heavycore bands in that area. Roast some
posers. We would also like to have our stuff in more movies, and win some
awards (a Grammy would be nice) but we'll take anything we can get.
We also want to make Sadistic Intent stop being such lazy bastards and get those
fuckers out and do some shows with them, and get them to put another CD out, as
they are hands down one of the top 10 bands in the world!
How did you hear about HEAVYCORE?
AL: I was in a band called De
Kinderlokkers back in the day and we were Heavycore members before you had to
pay to be a member. We had an issue with Rob Ghrol from the Milwaukee
Metal Fest and we were talking to some heads about him and they mentioned
something about they were just reading about him on a site called Heavycore so
we checked it out and joined the core. After De Kinderlokkers was over and
Womb Raiders became a serious project we joined the core…after all how can
Heavycore be the home of the most brutal bands in the world if Womb Raiders are
DD: Random Thoughts?
AL: Well it’s nice to do this
interview, so we thank you for doing it with us. We would also like to
hail all of our Heavycore bros. We want to send out thanks to Ron of IE
DEATH, Joseph & Army Of Darkness, Accion Terrorista, Gang Raping Nuns, and
of course Vesuvius for being such great friends/musicians! And of course
we want you to all check out our music! We are still giving away free
promos for anyone who wants one. And our CD is for sale and All Heavycore
members/supporters get a discounted price. Thanks again for doing the
interview with us. Our website is www.wombraiders.us
for those who have not checked us out yet. I also write reviews/do
interviews with bands for Raging-Metal Zine so any bands that want some
publicity drop me an email. email@example.com
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Whore is from Housesprings, Missouri and originally formed as a metal cover
band, in 2004, by alumni of St Louis bands, Dark Illusion and Synaxis.
you love ‘80’s and ‘90’s Thrash, such as Anthrax and Overkill, with the
Gothic look, this band is for you. The
website says, “They have dedicated themselves to spreading chaos, perversion
and destruction wherever they go.”
Jackal – vocals, Sin – guitar, Shadow – bass, and Vlad – drums.
Ride The Great Beast (2004) and in the works, Orgasms and Death Spasms.
Diane Demeter: How are things going with the new vocalist?
Vlad: Very good we are extremely
grateful we gave him an audition because just a week before our first show with
all new members he stepped in to help and really picked up things fast and he
has grown so much since then and we are all grateful he is a part of our family
DD: Why did the band choose the "character concept" for your
V: Well it’s because Shadow
(bass) was trying to get everyone to come up with their BIOs for the
website and everyone just never did it. And after awhile he got tired of
waiting and dicking around with everyone so he decided to just make them up! And
we all get into a different state of mind when we play so we just kind of
mutated into our personas and thought it would be cool to do it live since
that’s when we change is when we are all ready to kick some ass so it just
stuck after that
DD: Is your new CD, "Rise Up" ready to be released?
V: Yes and No.
We got a few shows lined up and we are going to take some time and
finish writing some new songs and then play them out! We have a few new
ones we have been playing out and people are really digging it and tearing the
pits up it is great to see that. That’s why we test new stuff out live
before we add it to our album it helps us see which ones will be better
for the album, but so far all of our new ones are getting great reactions.
And a little news announcement!!! We decided to not go with
"Rise UP" ! When we choose that title we thought it would fit,
but since we started actually writing the material we
felt that Rise Up wasn’t the direction the music was going. So
"ORGASMS AND DEATH SPASMS” is where we went with it.
DD: Has the band been surprised by anything yet, pertaining to the music
V: Not really surprised although we
have played a few places that we were like ok, we are going to get shot!
DD: What does your band offer that other bands don't?
V: Well we have our own sound
and originality and we tend to let our music speak for itself. We don’t
take things lightly if you piss us off we don’t care that’s what
fuels our inspiration to make some sick brutal ass music and then laugh about
it. We are all laid back and we love doing what we do and we support other
bands as well. Like I do promotions for other bands such as Divulsion,
Womb Raiders, Skrim Shanker, Heavy Core etc. We don’t try to compete we
are all family here and we just try to go out and support one another and put on
a kick ass show for people and hang out with our friends and family (other
DD: Scarlet Whore recently played in Chicago with some Heavycore bands,
how did that go?
V: Well it would have been a
Kick Ass night! LOL but we haven’t Played Chi- Town yet Although
We would love to go there and get rid of a few Posers!
DD: How did your hear about Heavycore?
V: I heard about Heavycore from
Divulsion actually I went to one of there shows and was like WOW!!
These guys are fucking amazing, man I mean this show was just the best
Local show I been to in along time! And they cease to amaze me every time
I see them. This was before I joined Scarlet Whore and I asked them about
websites and shit and I noticed one had a Heavycore shirt on that had the
site on it I went home looked it up and was hooked then I got to join
Scarlet Whore and they were like we are being reviewed now and a little bit
later I was standing there with my membership card in hand and lacing up my
boots getting ready for war!
DD: Random thoughts?
V: BE READY FOR WAR ALL FELLOW
HEAVYCORE MEMBERS, BANDS, SUPPORTERS, CORE COMMANDOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I AM
GETTING READY TO DECLARE WAR ON ST. LOUIS!! STAY TUNED FOR DETAILS BECAUSE
ME AND YOUR CORE COMMANDO MAGGOTT ALL HAIL!!!! LOL ARE GETTING BATTLE
PLANS READY AND WILL BE SET TO UNLEASH THE FURIES!!!!!!!!! THE STL MUSIC SCENE
SUX FLAT OUT AND WE ARE GOING TO COME FULL SWINGIN, GUNS A BLAZIN AND SHOW
EVERYONE THAT METAL IS HERE TO STAY STAY TUNED FOR DETAILS!
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Winters hail from New England (Maine) and have only been around for a short time
and they already hit the pages of the, “Shorts” column, in the July issue of
Metal Maniacs. (Did ya ever notice
all the Heavycore bands showing up, most of the time repeatedly, in the pages of
MM? Hell Yeah!)
play many different types of music, but it all is dark and heavy.
13 Winters show no loyalty to the critics, only to the fans and
Die Winters – vocals, Mike Webb – drums, Malthe Schildroth –
guitar, Roy Addams – keys, violin, backing vocals, Mike Evil a.k.a. Red Beard
(new member) and Casey Chick – bass.
Where The Souls Wander, full-length, enhanced CD (2004), Autumn Promo,
Dark Embrace Demo-blackdisc, (2002 re-release of original Demo).
To Ease A Winter’s Doldrum (12-2004).
Diane Demeter: Since I haven't had the pleasure of seeing the band
perform, describe your show.
Roy Addams: We've always done our best to be entertaining. When we're playing
it's all about the show. Crowds don't watch you with their backs to you so you
need to give them something to look at. When permitted we incorporate lights,
fog, stage make-up, blood and snow. All the audio intros that appear on our
album are also used. When we're put in charge of a show
we sometimes take over the stage and build it up to look like the cover of the
CD. We have just replaced our guitarist with one that's not only better
musically, he's better in stage presence so we expect even better reactions from
the crowd. A good chunk of the band is naturally showboats; we like to interact
with the crowd, make some jokes. We're both serious and comical at the same
DD: Tell me about the "Dead and Autumn" video airing in Chicago
on Channel 19 and having it air (late May-early June) on 25 other markets, on
the "Marcuss Mixxs Boom TV", program.
How did that come about?
RA: I'm friends with the band, Season Of The Wolf in Florida, they told me to
send him a tape and that we’d be right up his alley. I did so and about a week
later we got the news from Marcuss himself that we were going to be aired and
also included into a short-term circulation. The more we're requested, the
longer we stay.
DD: 13 Winters is playing the main stage of GothicFest in Villa Park, IL, September
17. Fill me in on the details.
RA: While there are still some more bands on the way, right now there’s Hanzel
Und Gretyl, Slick Idiot, Grigori3, Slavedriver, Deepest Symphony, Ofearia, All
Systems Halt, Spyder Baby, Rosenguard, Withering Soul, Drake & Reverend
Agony playing as well. It's going to take place in the Odeum Expo Center, which
is about an 8,000-person venue. All the info including tickets can be found at www.gothicfest.com.
It's going to be an all day event filled with dark music, gear, tattoos, food
and lets not forget... WOMEN. Did I
DD: What kind of impact, do want to have on underground metal?
RA: We will always want to keep at least a toe in the underground. It's pretty
overwhelming when you think about it, there are so many bands in the
underground, how could anyone really make an impact unless you get some serious
fame going. We're not out to change the scene, we just play what we like and
hope someone else does too.
DD: What are the bands goals for the future?
RA: Our main goal is to achieve a national level, with or without a major label.
DVR is a label I started. The other members in the band do all the A+R with
bigger labels in hopes of getting a contract that will get us some national (or
international) distribution. Until then we will remain on DVR and go about
business as usual.
DD: How did you hear about Heavycore?
RA: Actually it was from SlaveDriver. They too are playing GothicFest. I was
checking them out and saw Heavycore.
DD: 13 Winters has been a Heavycore member for a few months now-how has it
helped the band?
RA: Honestly, I haven't had much time to utilize the core yet, and I stress YET.
We're located in Maine, which is the eastern most state in the U.S. Local
Mainers have a motto "Born in Maine, live in exile." Because of our
location it's hard for us to interact with the Core other than on-line. I have
been visiting the site when I get a chance and I have to say Heavycore
IS the embodiment of band brotherhood. There are so many groups and sites
claiming to be underground and all about camaraderie and "The Music"
but all they usually are is a clique of friends who rag about bands all day.
They have a lot to learn from Heavycore. Heavycore connects bands from all over
the country (world) in a very mature, opened way. There's respect for one
DD: Random thoughts?
RA: Check us out on www.13winters.com
We'll be playing PaganStock in Michigan on June 25th. Get the details on our
for the interview Diane, SUPPORT THE CORE! \m/
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a treat it was to interview Oderus (Dave Brokie).
Now here is a guy who knows how to give an in-depth, very detailed
interview. He was very gracious and easy to talk to.
I was planning on doing a face- to -face interview but with a time
conflict we settled on doing a phoner.
love doing interviews the day of the show.
You get all pumped up and can’t wait to see them live.
played, that night at The Canopy Club in Champaign/Urbana, IL, which they have
played numerous times before and I’m sure, will again.
I’ve never seen the place so freakin’ packed.
It was the best performance I’ve seen in a long time.
of GWAR shows, here’s a news flash for you:
Gwar will be special guests, at the SOUNDS OF THE UNDERGROUND TOUR.
Check out this line-up: Clutch,
Poison The Well, Opeth, From Autumn To Ashes, Unearth, Norma Jean, Every Time I
Die, Chimaira, Throwdown, Strapping Young Lad, High On Fire, Madball, Terror, A
life Once Lost, All That Remains, Devil Driver, The Red Chord, Full Blown Chaos,
summer 2005/U.S./Canadian Tour is stopping in Tinley Park, IL at the Tweeter
Center Parking Lot, on July 8th.
Tickets are $29.50, for this show. They are also playing in Sauget, IL at
Pop’s Lot for $29.00. What a
more information on the tour, dates in your area and to shave some fees from
ticket price - www.soundsoftheundergroundtour.com.
Urungus – Throat thing and two-handed sword
The Jaws of Death – Guitar and bear trap
The Gusha – Drums and brain-clotted club
Maximus – Guitar and colossal gas
The Mighty – Bass and massive war-axe
The Cave Troll – Hugemace and bad attitude
Slaves of Gwar – They do all the work
– Voracious tyrant lizard and presidential candidate
(Dave Brokie): Ahhhhg…
Hey, what’s up?
Oh Goddamnit, I’m so looking forward to your show tonight, I can’t
Why? Oh, we’re playing a
Yeah you’re playing a show tonight!
I’ll hunt your ass down. I’ve
waited all fucking month for this!
And you’re a girl, at that!
Well yeah! I know you
don’t like girls…
No! I love girls! Usually
they never interview me. The ratio
of girls to guys at our shows is about 99 to1.
We were walking around the House Of Blues (Chicago), last night and I was
just trying to see a girl period, except for the bartenders!
Oh man, well in Champaign/Urbana you’re going to get some girls there,
bud! There is a big, strong female
Well Hell Yeah! I’ll be
out there slobbering all over myself.
What the hell has the band been up to since the last CD (Violence Has
Arrived)? It’s been three years,
not that I’m complaining.
It’s three years, I know. Our
Metal Blade contract came to an end and we uh wanted to look around and check
out some other labels ‘cuz, nothing against Metal Blade-they are a great
label, we just felt like we were just getting lumped in with all the other bands
on the label and we just felt like were a gerbil on a treadmill.
The contract that they gave us to re-sign, we were like, you know what,
we’re not gonna sign it. We
shopped around for a bit and talked to the guys at DRT and somewhere along that
line I put out my little solo record and did a couple of tours with that and
that whole process took three freaking years; well two years.
We’ve spent the last year working on the new album.
We used to crank shit out, basically an album a year.
It takes a little longer now. We
don’t feel like we have to rush it. Gwar
is an amazing, eternal concept and it’s gonna last forever.
I’d rather wait three years and put out a truly excellent album, than
try to have to rush stuff.
Exactly! It’s damn good!
We’re going on, online and reading reviews.
I’ve never seen such an overwhelming show of support for a Gwar album
before. A lot of people just seem
to wait for Gwar albums to come out so they can make fun of them.
Not this time!
Anybody who knows music in metal that listens to that record is
absolutely loving it and we are real stoked.
If the music wasn’t happening the whole Gwar thing would fall apart.
People who are incredibly stupid, would say something like, “Oh it’s
just a show, the costumes, whatever!” Well
if it’s a one–trick pony like that, it would have lasted about one record
and then it would have been over. It
was a good joke and now it’s done. The
music and the idea and the visual, it’s all so fuckin’ strong.
It’s really got a life of it’s own now.
I don’t think we could stop doing Gwar even if we wanted to.
Oderus would come to my house and take my dog.
other “O” phone rings and I hear in the background, “Hello, I’m right in
the middle of another interview-let me call you right back.”
Women are all over me…
It ain’t gonna stop tonight!
This is the first time In seven years that Gwar CD’s have been released
worldwide, have you had any word yet to the response to that yet or is it too
Actually, it’s a little too early because I believe December 1st
is the international release date and not the simultaneous release we were
looking for on Dec. 1st it will be released in Europe and Japan, all
over Asia. We are really looking
forward to seeing how that does, ‘cuz we haven’t been back to Europe.
We kinda of lost Europe because we put out a state of albums, I’m not gonna
say they were bad, but we were just kind of…we were going through line-up
changes. A lot of weird shit was
happening with the band. Our guitar
player got shot, all this kind of crazy shit was going on.
I don’t think the band really had an identity for a little while there.
Basically from Toilet Earth all the way up to We Kill Everything.
You put on any one of those Gwar albums and you’re gonna hear Punk
Rock, Metal, you know a country music song, lounge music.
I think we thought we were Frank Zappa, for a while there. As
a result we really lost a lot of support in the metal community.
When Violence Has Arrived and especially in Europe, because they fucking
take their metal so seriously. They
WANT TO HEAR METAL! They don’t
want to hear Gwar sound like they are trying be like a country music band,
singing a song about Sex Cows. They
want their Gwar with metal, please. So
a lot of our support eroded away. Now
when Violence Has Arrived, we totally got back to the Metal and with War Party
we reaffirmed, that is the direction. There’s
not gonna be anymore, big surprises, when you put Gwar records on, from now on.
We’re gonna stay with this because it is the most powerful way to
present Gwar. I mean I
think Metal is, you know, the most dominant and longest lived form of rock and
roll music. Rock and roll has been
around since the ‘50’s. Metal
has been around since the late ‘60’s and it’s still around.
You know rock and roll goes through all kinds of different phases and
changes but Metal is always there. We’re
gonna stick with it because it feels great!
Hopefully the overseas reaction will be as strong as the American one is
and we’ll get back over there and reclaim our bloody, shit-stained throne of
Metal Opulence. Believe m I cannot
die until Gwar has conquered Japan. It
simply has to happen!
That’s mandatory! So
how’s the new line-up, minus the pussy?
It’s great, Corey actually was almost in the band abound six years ago,
when we got Zach. We decide to go
with Zach for some dumb reason because he had more touring experience, which was
a stupid idea. Corey absolutely
shreds. This album is really his
greatest work yet. He’s a great
guitar player, great engineer and soundman and a great guy to boot.
He fills up that flatus costume wonderfully.
Todd Evans ? **** our new bass player, is the 3rd Beefcake
we’ve had over the years, he’s the best!
Every one of those guys, whether it was Casey Orr or Mike Bishop, they
all brought their own little something special to the character.
We don’t want guys who will get in the costumes and do what the guy did
before that. We want them to take
the character and make it their own. Todd
totally did, of course he’s the biggest Beefcake we’ve ever had.
The motherfucker is like 6’6” pr 6’7”, 300 lbs. He’s huge!
He’s just tackled the character with all the vigor that he can muster,
it’s amazing! I stood out there on the stage and I’m no longer the
tallest guy in the band, it’s horrible. There’s
this whole hedonist attitude in Gwar, it’s like, I’m not gonna say “bad
apples” but we just got rid of all the people who really weren’t into being
into Gwar. We got a lot of artists
and musicians over the years that love Gwar that never were really into it for
the right reasons, ya know. It’s
just like we decided we’re gonna concentrate on writing great music and
we’re gonna see what happens. Damned
if it isn’t the strongest incarnation of Gwar, yet. There’s
a whole new attitude in this band. I
think people really realize how lucky we are to have this opportunity.
There’s just a tremendous vigor and joy in the band.
You can see it when we play, we’re up there, I know we’re supposed to
be hating the world and destroying everything but goddamnit we’re smiling ear
So do you guys enjoy defiling the Midwest?
Oh totally! (No delay in response time)
The Midwest is great! We
have wonderful, wonderful shows out
here. People always ask me,
“Where’s your favorite place to play?”
I really don’t have a favorite place to play.
As long as there’s a thousand sweaty, blood-soaked Gwar maniacs, or at
least a couple of girls in the place, I’m a happy man!
So how’s that GWARCHIVE coffee table book, coming?
We got it all together. We
just need to lay it all out. I
think that’s one of the products we release- in two years, it will be our 20th
Anniversary of Gwar. That’s gonna
probably be one of the big ones. We’re
gonna have special projects to come out right around there to celebrate Gwar’s
20th Anniversary. We’ll
probably have a box set, like all the albums and DVD’s.
The coffee table book, it’s gonna have everything in it.
It’s our “KISS” story, basically.
We are also working on a documentary called the “DIM TIME”, which is
about the first, like three years of Gwar, before Hello, when we really didn’t
know what the fuck we were doing! Just
working on making everything out of paper mache’, working our asses off, do a
show and everything would get destroyed and take another five months to re-build
the costumes. So yeah, right around
the 20th Anniversary we’ll have all these extra special Gwar
products out and people will go, “Holy Shit?
These guys have been around for 20 years?
Holy Shit, I’ve been going to see these guys for 20 years?
Oh My God! I’ve had a child and they’ve had a child, too and I’m a
grandfather and I’m taking my grandson to be fed to the world maggot- what is
the world coming to?”
Do what bands do you guys listen to?
What kind of music?
My fans (chuckles) are gonna hate me but I love U2!
(laughing) They are a great band. I
like all kinds of music, you know. We
listen to everything from metal to pop, ya know.
Freakin’ Dirk, Balsac, he likes girl bands…He likes hot chick bands,
for some reason, you know. Corey is
more into metal, he kind of keeps me up with some of the cooler new bands,
‘cuz I’m such a boring old fart now. And
then of course you know we’re so busy with our own music, sometimes it’s
hard to appreciate other bands because you’re so self-absorbed.
We better start listening to new shot here.
We have to keep at to what’s going on out there.
A kit if the credit I give to Gwar’s resurgence was because of Lamb Of
guys are like really good friends of ours.
We ended up touring together. Many
a day they expect to be in the Gwar Slave Pit and I would tell them about all
the mistakes we’ve made and for them what not to do and then when the time was
right for Lamb Of God to go on a major tour we took them out with us.
Playing with these guys every night and listening to the metal they were
making, it really got us back into metal!
I was like “Holy Shit”, here we are
doing comedy records for the last few years, but damnit we gotta get Gwar back
on the Metal Wagon. All respect and
love to those guys! It’s amazing
to me how much they’ve blown thing up. Those
are our homeboys, it’s great to see them doing so well!!
So speaking of that, what do you think of the current state of Rock
Well you know, I must say, we’re getting radio reports where they are
actually playing our music on the radio and that’s a new thing!
So it’s gotta be pretty good. In
Richmond, Virginia where we’re from, there’s no station that plays Metal, at
all. The closest thing to that is
Puddle of Mudd or something horrible! There’s
a lot of heavy music on the radio for the first time and that’s pretty cool
and then you actually read the lyrics of these bands, Oh My God these guys are
incredibly stupid, but it sounds cool.
So what do you guys dress up as, during Halloween? (“O’s” other
cell phone rings.)
During Halloween? Hold on a
second, be right back…(off the phone) These guys wanna call me up and
interview me, but before they call me up to interview me, they have to call me
up and interview me on how they are going to interview me.
Oh that’s lame!
I’m like Dude, you don’t need to tell me how to do an interview,
(laughing) let me call you at 5:30. Okay,
back to the question.
So how do you guys dress up, for Halloween or how do you celebrate it?
We’re always playing it, it’s just another day for Gwar, we are
always playing a show. Um…I
didn’t have a costume this year, but last year we played in Milwaukee on
Halloween and I dressed up like a priest and went and hung around in the
audience and I was amazed. First of all nobody recognized me or knew who the
hell I was. A lot of people were
really offended! A lot of
metal heads were like, “That’s fucked up Man!”
Gwar would celebrate Halloween by dressing up like human beings, I
Who does your costumes and have they been updated for this tour?
Oh we do our own costumes; we build all that shit ourselves.
The artists and stuff that work with us, they’re the Slaves you see
scurrying all over the stage getting the shit kicked out of them.
They are the same guys who design, make and maintain the costumes.
I get to double-time because I was an art student, I graduated and I
build a lot of stuff on my costume myself, I’m proud to say.
It’s completely DIY.
So what kind of normal stuff do you guys do besides…I know you like to
cook in a crock-pot!
(Laughing) Who told you that?
Hey I do my research. You
like to put pork and beef in a crock-pot and make barbecue.
I do and I’m damn good at it! When
I’m at home I love going on the Internet and finding weird recipes.
Whether it’s a crock-pot or whatever and spending the whole day cooking
in the kitchen. When you get out
here doing this crazy stuff, with Gwar for a living and then when you go home,
it’s like you revel in the non-craziness of it.
So I like to cook. I’m not
saying, I’m a good cook but I do like to cook.
Do you agree with this statement: Humans
are the viruses and Gwar is the vaccine.
Yeah, well that would imply that we’re actually curing something –
Ummm, I’d say Humans are the viruses and Gwar is an ointment, that you could
rub on it, that makes it worse!
(Laughing) I like that even better.
Well I know your time is limited, so I’ll ask you if you have any final
thoughts, anything you want your fans to know and non-fans.
Something you want to get off your chest?
All I can say is Gwar lives, Gwar rules and we’re going to go down in
history as the most outrageous act in the history of Metal and for all you
people that seem to think that Gwar doesn’t know what they are doing with
their guitars, you better listen to our new album, ‘cuz you’re gonna look
like real a idiot!
Cool! I did happen to catch
the “War “Party video, I was impressed!
Cool, I’m so stoked about that! The
label totally set us up in Times Square.
I love that the VIRGIN (Records) sign flashing in the background.
I was like, was that an accident or what?
It was very cool.
It’s kind of hard to film in Times Square without the frame getting
bombarded with a million different advertisements.
So I guess it was and accident, but hey what the Hell.
Maybe Richard Branson will give me a million dollars.
There ya go and it’s so impressive because you guys pull it off.
Quality video without a million dollar budget.
To me, if you have to use a million bucks then you know, what’s missing
in your music?
Okay I know, it’s like these bands spend that much on stylists, ya
know, give me a break. We’ve (Gwar)
done it ourselves from the bottom up, you know.
An amazing group of musicians and artists and definitely a rogue band of
contemporary modern day pirates, who are fighting the good fight!
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Grinder is a fairly new band, from way down south, who recently have a “CORE
WARS” win to brag about! They
have a new drummer, new material and a new recording they’re working on.
Chad Morgon – bass, Dustin Bernard – rhythm guitar, Brian Johnston
– lead guitar and Chris L – drums.
As the Darkness Unfolds, 6-song demo 2003.
Demeter: Where is the band from and how is the metal scene in your area?
Scott: We are from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The scene here is not the
greatest. There are several good bands around here, but not nearly
enough support. Not too many people are into heavy music here. You see a
lot of the same faces at the shows, and they generally consist of other guys
in other bands. We are the musicians and the fan base.
What kind of impact do you want to have on underground music?
are not really looking to make an "impact". We just enjoy playing
music. If we get noticed, great, but if not, fuck it.
Describe one of your shows?
HA! We have only played one show thus far, and it was a fucking disaster.
People seemed to like us, but the performance was really bad. I had the flu,
and we were using a fill in drummer (Blast Beat Jones). I think maybe one
song was played well, but the rest were shit.
I hear you have a new drummer?
Yes, at last! I hope it works out in the long run. I've known Chris since the
3rd grade, and he always liked metal music. He is actually our first drummer.
I wrote the drum tracks for the demo, but our guitarist Brian played drums on
the demo. So, yes, March 2003 we formed, and just a month ago we got a
drummer. We are hoping he does not die though. He seems to really enjoy
Tell me about the new material you're working on?
Slowly but surely we are getting new songs written. For the most part the
music is faster than our older material, but still sounds like Sheep
Grinder. Lyrically the songs attack Christianity and other low forms of
life. Rhythm guitarist Duston and myself usually lay down the basic structure
for the songs. And if we would stop drinking so much, the album would be done
What bands influence you?
Hmmmm… Samael, Slayer, Immortal, Gorgoroth, Suffocation, Obituary, Napalm
Death, D.R.I., Pink Floyd (the "Animals" album), Manowar, Emperor,
Opeth, GG Allen, Gwar, Death, Broken Hope, Deeds of Flesh, Morbid Angel,
Satyricon, Nuclear Assult, Misfits, Behemoth, Mayhem...to name a few.
How did you hear about Heavycore?
I was looking for a site to promote Sheep Grinder on, and somehow stumbled
across it. It's by far the best site I have found for getting your bands name
spread around. Pete is doing a great job.
I will take this opportunity to shamelessly promote my partners in crime.
Check out www.buildingrecords.org
for some killer bands from Baton Rouge. Building Sounds is a label started by
our guitarist Brian. Also check out Catholicon at www.fuckyourgod.com
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MATT BISHOP - LIVIDITY
time I’d like to focus on a special interest event for you Midwest Metal
Heads. It’s time for a road trip,
people. The second annual Central
Illinois Metalfest, at The Canopy Club, Urbana, IL, Friday and Saturday August
13th and 14th. If
you missed last years’ event, you have a chance to redeem yourself.
Friday August 13:
Eruption (CA), Severed Remains (OH), Decrypt (IN), Dead For Days (IL), Screaming
Afterbirth (WI), Incinerate (MN), Necrotic Disgorgement (OH), Putrefy (UK),
Putrid Pile (WI), Waco Jesus (IL), Internal Suffering (Columbia), Mastic Scum
(Austria) and Lividity (IL).
(OH), Saprogenic (MI), Vomit Spawn (FL), Estuary (OH), Dyscrasia (WI), Exploding
Zombies (MI), Slough (IL), Leukorrhea (MA), Mutilitated (MI), Funerus (PA),
Emeth (Belgium), Stabwound (Sweden), Lust of Decay (NC), Gorgasm (IL),
Fleshgrind (IL), Mortal Decay (NJ), and Incantation (PA).
hooked up with the founder of the Central Illinois Metalfest and member of
Champaign’s Death Metal band Lividity, to fill you in on the details.
Diane Demeter: Last years' fest was one day, this year it's two, why the
Matt Bishop: Well ..I had tons and
tons of bands interested to play the 2003 event but could only get 1 day booked
at the club. So, if I could of gotten 2 days last year I would of had it
as a weekend fest like this years event is.
DD: What other changes are in store for us?
MB: Besides the number of bands,
which has jumped from 15 to 30, there is not a whole lot different.... I think
the line up features some of the best brutal bands in the underground metal
scene today, a few making their first United States appearance. So should be an
exciting weekend for all!!!
DD: On this years bill you have 5 bands from outside the U.S. (pretty
impressive), how'd that come about?
MB: We (Lividity) have a strong
following overseas and abroad and have made a lot of friends over the years...so
worked this year to get some of the out-of-the-country bands on the bill to get
them some states exposure... we have 5 bands from out of the USA on the bill...
MASTIC SCUM (AUSTRIA), EMETH (BELGIUM), STABWOUND (SWEDEN), PUTREFY (UK) AND
INTERNAL SUFFERING (COLUMBIA).
DD: Is there going to be a lot of vendors again this year?
MB: OH YEA!! Plenty of vendors for
all your metal needs and desires!! (Excellent
selection of underground CD’s, t-shirts and other kick-ass memorabilia!
Probably some tattoo artists, as well. DD)
DD: What did you learn from last years’ fest that you've incorporated,
this time around?
MB: Just learned how to do and not
do things...still a learning process to this day.... main goal is to just put on
a great show and get the local scene jumping again like it was in the 90's.
DD: The ticket prices are extremely affordable, compared to other fests,
why is that?
MB: Main goal was to not tax the
heck out of the fan. I feel with a
fair ticket price and a solid lineup people will travel. I know a lot of people
from all over the world flying to little old Champaign/Urbana to see the show.
(Friday the 13th, One Day Pass is only $15, an ungodly amount
for seeing 13 bands. Saturday the
14th, 17 bands, One Day Pass $20 and $30 for both days. Tickets are
on sale now at www.etix.com or
DD: Is Lividity the only band filming a video at the show?
MB: No, ...I think a few other
bands are getting their sets filmed but can't confirm that...we'll be filming
our set for a DVD that will document the 10 years of LIVIDITY. Be out
later in 2005!!
DD: Additional comments?
MB: Just want everyone to come
support your local metal scene August 13th and 14th @ The Canopy Club In Urbana,
IL!!! Sorry 18 and older only!!! Its gonna be a great weekend!! I'd like to
thank Ian, Mike, Chad and the whole Canopy Club crew for the 100% help and
support in putting on this event on and bringing the metal back to CU!! For more
info go to the official website at www.xwarp.net/fest/fest.html
is a very informative site with good directions to the show, a huge list of
hotels in the area and anything else you could think of. DD)
Thanks Diane for all the great support over the years!!!
See you all at the CIM 2004!!!
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WITH THREE HEADED MOSES
Headed Moses, residing in Columbia, Missouri, has been together long enough to
nail that Old School Metal and do it up right!
3HM is finishing up their new CD, soon to be released.
Ethan Folger – rhythm guitar, Luke Offield – lead guitar, Jeramy
Mcallister – drummer and Nick Fizer – bass.
comobands.com compilation, MP3 and video of “Wacky Monkey Test”, which is
also on Heavycore’s Roasting Posers Volume I.
Demeter: Tell me about your new 10-song CD, that's coming out in
Offield: It's called "RIBS and GUTS: 10 unholy tracks from 1412
Rebel Drive." It's quite a collection, we believe. All of it
is full of our "Moses" sound which is deeply rooted in the older
styles of metal but also has a lot of power metal, thrash, and a bit of death
in there too. Each song changes styles and tempos 3 or 4 times before
the song is finished. And each following song is very different than the
one before it. Also, Ethan, Nick and myself tackle the vocals together, which
adds even more definition to each song. We like to keep things varied to
keep people interested and trying to guess what will happen next.
How's the metal scene in your area?
It wasn’t all that good for a while but it's growing. And spreading
FAST. Metal shows are finally starting to beat out all of the bullshit
and it's great to behold.
What's in store for the fans at your shows
A lot of head banging, and even more beer.
Do you have any good backstage stories?
Nothing comes to mind; we're probably too drunk after a show to remember
much of it. More good road stories though. Stolen guitars, flat
tires, driving through intense storms, meeting a lot of cool people and a lot
of assholes. I'm sure a lot of bands can relate to things like that.
Anything special lined up for the summer?
In April we're opening for Six Feet Under at The Rockwell in
Springfield, Mo. Apnea and Soulsick will be playing there too.
Those guys tear it the fuck apart.
Does it piss you off to be called rednecks, just because you're from
I don’t think I've ever been called a redneck. There's a pretty
definite line around here between rednecks and non-necks. Mostly people
in MO have no accent whatsoever, but the rednecks CHOOSE to have that hick
accent to sound like their favorite country loser. I know most people
assume that Missouri metal heads are pretty weird, and for the most part they
have no idea how right they are.
Why did you pick Three Headed Moses for the bands name?
Nick (bassist) came up with it when we were in 9th grade, and we've never let
it go. I hope we don’t too cuz I've got it tattooed on myself 4 times.
The name itself it almost as much the entity of the bands as much as the
music. We really believe in it and we'll never change it. IT would be
changing who we are.
What's the best part about being a Heavycore band?
The brothers! All the members of Heavycore are brothers to us.
Stick to your guns, support your metal brothers, and stay with the true (not
nu) metal, 3 Headed Moses will always be Core 'til fucking DEATH!!!!
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hail from Carlsbad, New Mexico and have been together for a couple of years
doing their own vicious brand of Hardcore.
Listening to them will make your neck hurt, without even head banging!
Jason Todd Brashear – guitar, vocals and synthe, Les Huber – guitar
and vocals, Chris Huber – drums and samples and Derrick Richards – bass.
Enigmatic Existence and “Breakaway” included on Heavycore’s Core
‘Til Death II, plus 2 mp3’s on their website, “To Pieces” and
Demeter: Tell me about the band touring since 2000 without any label
Brashear: It's tough but fun all
at the same time. It's really a challenge to keep out there for a month at a
time but in the end it's all worth it.
What motivates Kryoburn?
I think our true fans are what really push us. I know that if it
weren't for some of our fans I think we would be done by now.
Is Enigmatic Existence your first CD?
It's actually our 3rd but it will be our first world-released cd. So
What bands influenced all of you?
Most European metal bands but we have such a wide variety of influences
it's hard to say.
How's the metal scene in your area?
LOL! We live 3 hours to the nearest interstate. There isn't much but we
make the best of it by putting on shows in our hometown and regional stuff as
well. The kids really come out and support so I would have to say, good.
kind of feedback have you gotten since Kryoburn's "Breakaway" was
included on the Core Til Death II compilation?
Great! Everyone seemed to dig it quite a bit. The recording on it is
crappy but it was everyone's favorite so we said why not.
How has Heavycore helped the band and how did you hear about Heavycore?
I heard about Heavycore in the Midwest on tour. Saw some shirts and
wandered what the hell it was all about so we joined up! The song on the
compilation is the only thing heavycore has done so far. But I feel really
confident that in the years to come this organization will be doing some
really killer things.
What's up next for the band?
The release of Enigmatic Existence and to tour our balls off, including
Sure, Kryoburn has just begun our career so keep an eye out for us on
the road. We will be sticking around for a long while. Also, we will continue
to support Heavycore in any way possible, hopefully get a tour going on!
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CHRIS BARNES - SIX FEET UNDER
Six Feet Under's 5th studio release,
"Bringer of Blood" is in stores 9-23-03. The CD has 11 cuts and
a bonus DVD, with a 28-page full color booklet. I'll let Chris tell you
more about it.read on.
sfu420.com is the official SFU
website and a damn good one! You've got to go there to listen to
"Amerika The Brutal", it will kick your ass and then
I had to purchase a new recorder and who better to break it in, than Chris
Barnes! It isn't an everyday event, when speaking with a legend.
Even though I've spoken with him once before, I was still nervous.
It was cool listening to SFU, on the phone, while I waited for the 3-way call to
Diane Demeter: Hey Chris, how's it going?
Chris Barnes: Good! How are you?
DD: Just fine.
CB: Right on!
DD: You have a new CD coming out, called "Bringer of Blood" and
it has a bonus DVD, what makes that different from what other bands are putting
CB: I don't know what other bands are putting out really (laughs). I
really don't pay attention to that. I just know that what we did on this
was, do some stuff basically, chronicle the making of the album. We did
some rehearsal footage, some studio footage from the demo studio and from the
recording studio. Also one of the differences is I think we've got a
documentary, over the past 4 years that was done by a friend of mine (Darren
Grams), who is releasing this into underground film festivals, across the
country. It's an overview of the metal scene, in about 20 minutes showing
what the hardcore and death metal scene's all about. A little piece of us
in the whole thing; so it's pretty interesting.
DD: The artist who did the CD cover art for the new disc, he also does the
animated video for "Amerika The Brutal", tell me a little bit about
CB: David Aronson. Yea, he did our album cover artwork, did a lot of
images, an image for each song in the CD booklet, depicting some of the points
of the lyrics and his take on that. Really interesting stuff, he's into
animation as well. I asked him to do/produce a video for us. He came
up with something for "Amerika The Brutal", that just really was
really different than what you see in a lot of videos for bands, nowadays.
Mainly you're seeing a lot of band footage, in front of a sound stage or
at a concert, or something. We wanted to kind a do something more.
The meaning of the song had a lot to do with us not wanting to appear in the
video; just get the idea of the lyrics have to do with. Kind of paint a
picture of it all, to people, in a very subtle way, but makes them understand
that, through these images.
DD: This time around the lyrics deal with past experiences, instead of
horror movie themes, why the change on that?
CB: Well, I don't think they all together deal with reality, you know in
the past it's just a little more focused in certain directions, lyrically.
I've always been able to put my own personal questions and stuff into my lyrics
and use that as a way to outline a story. I think that people are wrong if
they expect the whole album to be totally like "Amerika The Brutal" .
I think that's the most different stand out song, like in it's own way on the
record, so I wouldn't judge what you expect from this, based on that song.
DD: Is there an upcoming tour in the works, and if there is what bands?
CB: There is an upcoming tour in October, that we will be doing.
We don't have a specific band line up, right yet. There's a couple of
bands that we'
re working with, (I just found out two of the bands: The Black Dahila
Murder and The Heavils, with one more band, yet to be announced).
DD: If you had a chance to tour with anyone, past or present, which would
CB: (long pause) Jeeze (llaughs), I just like to get out on the road,
I don't really care who I'm touring with. Really it doesn't make a
difference to me.
DD: Do you see resurgence in Death Metal, now?
CB: I never saw it go away, for us, you know, I've always had a good run
of things out there. So I mean it was always good for me. I don't really.
that there is a lot more heavy music in that the video music channels are pushin'
in that direction, so that's all good! I don't think things will change
for us though; we don't succumb to what those bands do, in the industry.
DD: Do you feel like you have to prove yourself because you are a Death
Metal band, because some people's perception, that they really don't take Death
Metal very seriously, or does that not bother you in the least, you just do what
CB: Yea, I don't really think about other people (laughing) like look at
the music style as, cuz I don't really look at it as, I'm doing a certain style
of music. I mean, that's what everyone else perceives it as, you know,
they put you in a box and that's where they'd like you to be. I look at
it; first and foremost as proving something to myself, with what I do
interesting and really keeping my interest in it, that's where it really all
DD: What's in the works for SFU, now that you have a new CD and a tour
coming up, do you have anything planned, after that?
CB: Oh yea. I've always got stuff planned, I'm just not gonna let
DD: Who or what do you think is the biggest threat to today's society?
DD: Anything in particular?
CB: I think that says it all, really. If you're complacent about
something, then you're not really thinking too much.
DD: Can you tell me something that the fans would be surprised to know
about you or Six Feet Under, that hasn't hit the press yet?
CB: (laughing) You know that's kind of like cheating, a little bit.
You're supposed to find out those things.I 'm not gonna give up the ghost, you
know, you've got to find out those things, you know, do your homework.
DD: What CD have you been listening to lately?
CB: I've just been really working and listening to my new CD, kind of ever
since I've been in the studio with it, kind of analyzing the ins and outs of it.
Learning everything so I can perform everything really well on tour for
everybody. So that's really all I've been listening to, is my own material
DD: Do you have any random thoughts?
CB: I think we covered everything pretty much, you know. I'm really
anxious for the new CD to come out, that's about it.
DD: Do you have a particular website that you feel covers SFU, really
CB: Yea, sfu420.com.
DD: Do you ever answer e-mails?
CB: Yea, once in a while.
DD: Do you have an e-mail address or can the fans get through to you on
CB: It's on the website.
DD: .I sure do appreciate your time to do this interview. I wish you
guys all the best of luck; in everything you do, because you sure do deserve
it. You guys work really, really hard!
CB: All right! Thanks a lot!
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INTERVIEW WITH DON "MADDOG"
The Owner/Program Director of
Maddog Rock Radio, Don Mangiarelli, is someone you need to know. Broadcasting
from the island of Oahu, he’s streaming metal on the net, 24/7. We’re not
talking poser metal, but the real shit! Underground and in your face like a mad
dog! The play list is fueled by listener requests, so you know it’s gotta be
Maddog has been loyal to the core
for some time, and is always finding new ways to incorporate The Core bands into
his programming. Hell, he even has a Heavycore Hour on Tuesday and Friday
evenings, 5:30 PST – 8:30 EST. You can also check out his Live Saturday Night
Show, 5:30 PST – 8:30 EST.
He has a new website chock full
of information and of course tons of Heavycore mentions. The site also has
reviews, interviews, weekly newsletters, metal news, forums, REQUESTS, Heavycore
Hour play lists, and a place to submit your bands music. It’s user friendly,
with the metal head in mind.
Show him your support and visit
Diane Demeter: How long have you
been doing the Maddog Rock Radio and how did it come to be?
Don Mangiarelli: Well it's a long
story but here goes. I had a friend that had a station and he lost his tech guy.
Since that is what I do in my other life I decided to take on the job. Soon he
shut down his station and I decided that the web needed a brutal radio station
since there really wasn't much choice out there. So I set out to make the best
damn brutal station I could but I was and am always there helping the guys like
me that wanna bust their ass to make something happen. Then I came up with the
idea of opening the station to any band that had the balls to submit their music
and letting the listeners control the play list through requests. The station is
set up to play requested songs more often in the rotation so the more a song
gets requested the more it gets played. Bands and their fans can really take
advantage of this and a band that has is Heavycore's own Mindscape. The station
will celebrate its first birthday on May 13th. This summer we will release our
first compilation cd with the only requirement being that each band must have
their music in rotation on the station.
DD: How much involvement do
you have with the website?
DM: I am a one-man operation or I
should say I was until a few days ago. Gramie Dee from Morgueazm is starting a
new column on the site called The Autopsy Report and The Goddess of Perversity
will be doing band interviews soon so any bands interested should email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
if they are interested in being interviewed. Other than those two columns I
maintain the whole website myself. Gramie does all my graphics and he is great
to work with so if you need any graphics email Gramie at email@example.com
DD: How did you become
involved with Heavycore?
DM: I met Gramie Dee through
mp3.com and he was one of the first guys that sent me a cd to play on the air.
Since then we have become good pals and he heard about Heavycore through the
grapevine on a forum or some such place. He told me I should sign up after he
did and so I signed up and immediately made a big impression on Pete (great
fuckin guy). Since then I have been a tireless promoter of Heavycore. I even
came up with the idea of an all Heavycore radio show, which I now syndicate, to
12 radio stations weekly. The show is called The Heavycore Hour and I mostly
play new stuff that the bands send to me to promote their new albums. I have
been tossing around the idea of an all Heavycore station but I'll need more
support from the HC bands. I don’t have enough material to do an all Heavycore
station yet, but I am getting there.
DD: Tell me about The
DM: I came up with this wacky
idea to have a show with only Heavycore bands on it. At first I had trouble
filling the whole hour cuz I didn't have enough material. Now I have gotten Pete
more involved and when a band signs up for the Core they get an email telling
them to contact me for airplay so I am getting a lot more material for the show
these days. The show is on 12 stations now and I am always looking for more
stations to carry it. If any of your readers know of stations that should be
carrying the show call them up or email them and tell them to get in touch with
me at firstname.lastname@example.org
DD: Has your radio listener
ship increased because of Heavycore?
DM: Well, it's difficult to tell.
The website has recently been getting more hits but I have been visiting lots of
metal message boards and signing guest books so maybe???? The one thing that I
like about the core is the bands are so into getting their fans to the station
to vote for them in our monthly Featured Artist Poll and to make requests. Live
365 has recently released a program called Start365 that makes it much easier to
listen and you can use Winamp which sounds much better than the Live365 player.
I encourage people to try it out and if you look on the front page of my site
you will see a link that tells how to install it and set it up to listen to the
DD: How's the metal scene on
DM: Funny you should ask. For a
whole year I have been in search of a metal scene. I knew one existed because at
night while flipping through the public access cable channels I would see video
of bands playing in clubs but I could never find any of them. Through my
networking efforts I finally found the scene and soon you will see the bands
here in Hawaii joining up to Heavycore. One is already there; 8mm Overdose and
they are big supporters of the station. Later in the year summer/fall we will be
putting on a Poser Roast Hawaiian style. I have several core bands interested in
coming down to play so it should be a great gauge as to how big the scene is
DD: What's happening in the
future for Maddog Rock Radio?
DM: Expansion! I am always
looking for new ways to get bands to support the station by sending in their
material and telling their fans to come and listen to their music. Always
hooking up with new sites to promote the station always posting on metal message
boards, band guest books, indie band sites and any where else I can find to
whore my station. I am in the process of building the ultimate metal radio
station. The hardest part is that it is 100% self funded so that limits my
expansion. But the more record companies see what I am doing the more they
appreciate it and the more they get involved the bigger it will grow. I am
averaging almost 1,000 visitors a day to the site now.
DD: Final Thoughts?
DM: I started this station
because there was a lack of extreme music on the air and on the net. It seemed
that the demand was there judging by the number of extreme bands on mp3.com,
IUMA and others. There are a ton of metal shows going on throughout Europe and
there were some here in the US. Since I started I am seeing an explosion in the
popularity of the music I play. I aim to support any extreme metal or hard rock
(as in old school) bands that are out there. As I look around the Internet I see
few organizations and radio stations that support this kind of music. I guess
the final thought is to tell everyone to support these sites because without
them, the scene will die off again.
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Welcome mosh pit maniacs to Gag Order Denied. One
way or another, we (the real metal community) will be heard! This
time around i have interviewed PCP.
Brian "Bandit" Durham - drums
Jeffro Belly - lead guitar
Nate Clark - bass vocals
long awaited (5 1/2 years) debut cd: Evil Hate
name the band pcp?
P.C.P. originally started out as Plum Crazy People
after our guitarrist's favorite color plum crazy
purple. After kicking that loser out of the band we ditched that gay idea
and just started calling ourselves P.C.P. like the drug. To me it kinda
evokes the whole crazy Slayer fan mentality that we want from our audience.
Evil Hate contains 1 song from our first demo, 1 song from our 2nd
demo, and the rest were put together to create Evil Hate. Ironically the
album title came from, well if you look at the beginning letter
of each track they kind of spell Evil hate Motherfucker. Also
we were going to put 3 bonus tracks on the album instead of two.The missing
track is called (Breeding the Disease) and well possibly Be on follow
the long awaited debut cd, evil hate mother
Evil Hate contains 1 song from our first demo, 1 song from our 2nd
demo, and the rest were put together to create Evil Hate. Ironically the
album title came from, well if you look at the beginning
of each track they kind of spell Evil hate Motherfucker.
we were going to put 3 bonus tracks on the album instead of two.
missing track is called (Breeding the Disease) and well possibly
on follow up album.
metal scene, in the bay area?
Bay Area is a hot spot right now, real heavy bands great venues
Kick ass clubs. alot of bands are getting signed
around the bay.
you had a choice of any 2 bands, you could tour with, what bands would
would have to be King Diamond, & Destruction I have loved them since
I was a kid.
gives you the most pleasure, when you play on stage?
when I’m playing my heart out and look up to see a full
mosh pit , or when we bring new material to the
stage and it kicks your
rage on all moshing madmen ).
makes pcp original?
nothing new or groundbreaking about what we do. We just take our influences
and try to write good songs with 'em. Maybe it's
just that we've been metal fans for so long that our influences are so
varied and it tends to come out a little interesting
you still looking for a singer/guitarist?
we auditioned a bass player recently that fit nicely.
we were looking for a guitar player/singer it looks like we have a winner.
our current bass player will play guitar but
important is a website, for a band?
A band's website isn't nearly as important as a good recording but it helps
keep the fans you already have interested. We've got alot
of work to do on our websites before people take 'em
seriously. We've definitely got a good foundation thanks to Cherish our web
mistress and Jeffrology Technology but it needs
work. The key is to keep 'em updated or the fans
lose interest. Thanks to heavycore.org, powerslave.com, talesfromthepit.com
and so many others we have a pretty strong presence on the internet
did you find out about heavycore?
I was checking out a local band called Boof's
website links and HEAVYCORE was in there. I checked it out and it was
something I'd never seen before. A really cool
organization that cares about strengthening and uniting the heavy music
scene and destroying poserfag crap. I got
us on there, made friends with Pete and just started spreading the word and
getting all the bands in the
metal scene to join up. Pete made me California
Commander and now I've worked my way up to West Coast Commander. HEAVYCORE
is still in it's infancy. It's amazing how much
we've accomplished within the short time it's been around. It's just gonna
get bigger and better. Core Til Fucking
your eyes open for the pcp follow up album.
is God. Captain Morgan is Satan. Hopefully we'll get our shit together soon
and record the next album and get our asses out on the road. Thanks alot
for the interview Diane.
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ARTIST JEFF GAITHER
Diane Demeter: When did you realize you
first had a talent for art?
Jeff Gaither: (laughs) Um, when I was a kid.
I've drawn forever.
DD: How long have you been a paid
JG: Well, I don't know about the
professional part, but I've been making money since, I was
about 15. I'm 42 now, so it's been quite a while. I don't remember to be
honest. I've done stuff for free for so many years. It just
sort of gradually built up. It wasn't like an overnight thing. It
was like one day I started getting paid.
DD: What's the most enjoyable art job you've
been commissioned to do-something that you were really gun ho into, big time?
JG: I've enjoyed working on the Misfit
DD: I knew you were going to say that, it shows.
JG: Does it? I've just enjoyed the
Misfits stuff, because I've been a fan for such a long time. I've done
other stuff for bands like Guns and Roses, Van Halen, and Testament. The
Misfits job was such a fun thing to do and I got paid. Plus they sent me
a bunch of cool stuff and we e-mailed back and forth.
DD: How did you get involved in doing the
Low Times newsletter and then going on to become the official Heavycore
JG: That's a hard one. I don't know if
Pete (Low Twelve), contacted me or if I contacted him. I do so much
correspondence. More than likely it was probably me, that's the way it
usually happens. To do the Low Times newsletter, he (Pete) asked me to
do it. After doing a couple issues for that and doing some banners
for heavycore, it just sort of worked out that he asked me to be the official
heavy core artist. I'm doing other stuff for Low Twelve and the
heavycore compilation cd. It was just a good move for me. I don't
know how many bands are in Heavycore.
DD: About 350.
JG: That's quite a bit, so it's a lot
of good exposure for me and I like to help out!
DD: Tell me about the Devastation Society?
JG: (laughs) Oh, that's odd, that's a
real odd question. Are you in that?
JG: How did you find out about it?
DD: I saw it on your website.
JG: That really sorta freaked me out.
I originally wanted to call the club, Apocalypse Culture, but someone had
already taken the name. So I used a name that was similar, in vain to
it. Basically you have clubs on yahoo and you can promote or just chat
back and forth. What I used it for is people, who are creative, like
band members, artists, models, writers and fx people. People have
somewhere to go and chat and promote what they do and maybe make new
connections. It's been going now probably 6 months. It's got quite
a few members in it. A lot of times I'll post a lot of stuff on
there that's not on my website, like my brand new stuff. The Devastation
Society has a lot of different bands and artists. A good place to join.
DD: It kind of reminded me of the philosophy
of Heavycore. Bands getting together, making connections, helping each
JG: That's basically what it is.
Plus it's for the general public, too. People who are just fans.
DD: How much involvement do you have with
your website? The design, are you doing it yourself or are you paying
someone to do it?
JG: It's 100% me. I started several
years ago, maybe 5 or 6. I got into computer work and then did internet and
all that stuff, and stone cold figured out how to do the html. the
site is done completely by me. Every once in a while people would hit me
up to design their sites. I've done a few but I'm not really into
developing sites. It's hard enough to keep my own up.
DD: What are some of your favorite bands?
I was trying to guess while looking at your artwork.
JG: You'll never be able to guess from
looking at the artwork.
DD: I'm gonna be way off...I'd say The
JG: Actually I like some of the carpenters,
Johnny Cash, King Diamond, Six Feet Under, one of my all time favorites,
Black Sabbath, Pink Floyd, Beatles. A little bit of everything.
DD: Tell me something that would shock
people to know about you?
JG: (Laughs) I have no idea...that I'm
normal?! Most people, after they talk to me on the phone, say I'm a
pretty nice guy and I'm like what did they expect me to do? Eat their
kids or something. A lot of people, because of my art, think I'm
Satanic. They just freak out to find out, that I'm pretty much a
normal person. Anything shocking; I have no idea.
DD: Anything you want to say?
JG: I'm always available, if you have
something to do. Give me a buzz! Unlike other artists out there.
there's a lot of name artists, I'm not saying I am name artist, but
they charge astronomical prices. I tend to work with people. I'm
fair, I don't screw over people, I don't expect people to screw over me.
DD: I noticed the prices of your art,
on your website, they are very reasonable. Something you don't have
to feel guilty about.
JG: I feel bad about some of their prices.
I'm always wanting to lower them. Like the commercial; the guy says,
" I wanna give 'em away , but my wife won't let me." Sort
of the same thing here.
DD: Closing thoughts?
JG: People that e-mail, I always e-mail them
Till next time,
ONE NATION UNDERGROUND