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BANE (Serbia) Interview by Blackened Horde Zine

Posted in Abyss Records Artists Interviews, Interviews with tags , , on January 13, 2014 by Michael McCoy II

BANE (Serbia) Interview

by Blackened Horde Zine

By Summon

Summon: How did the band get started?

Branislav: After quitting another band sometime in 2006, I had some riffs and ideas of mine that were not used in Sangre Eterna, so logically I decided to form my own project, which eventually became BANE.

Summon: What kind of music do you play?

Branislav: The style would be best described as Black/Death Metal.

Summon: How has the fan response been?

Branislav: Mostly positive I guess, judging from the hundreds of reviews published so far our albums got.

Summon: Where did the band name come from?

Branislav: Originally from Serbia, a small country in Eastern Europe. That was until this year, when the band re-located in Montreal, QC, Canada.

Summon: Introduce the band members and what they do in the band.

Branislav: The current line-up consists of Max on guitars (Frostbite), Edd on bass (HolloW, Karkaos) and Gabriel on drums (Brought By Pain).

Summon: Who writes the music? Lyrics?

Branislav: In 95% of the time, I write both the music and lyrics for the band.

Summon: And where do the lyric ideas come from?

Branislav: Chaos. Human abhorrence, ignorance and stupidity.

Summon: What is your view in Satanism and Occultism?

Branislav: No comment.

Summon: How many albums/CD’s have you released?

Branislav: So far we have released 2 full-length albums, 3 splits, 1 EP, a demo and just recently a brand new single entitled “In Darkness And Hatred” which is available as a free download via: http://nocturnemagazine.net/download/68/bane-in-darkness-and-hatred-single

Summon: Tell me about some the songs on the latest CD?

Branislav: It’s our fastest stuff yet. We raised the bar up to 240bpm on some songs there, and for the first time used some orchestral arrangements, keyboards and clean/choir vocals which was not heard on previous material.

Summon: Do you have any side projects?

Branislav: I have a Hard Rock band called Keychain, you can check it out here: https://www.facebook.com/keychainofficial

Summon: Who are some of your musical influences?

Branislav: As far as Metal bands go, here are some of my most inspirational ones: Dissection, Naglfar, Setherial, Dark Funeral, etc…other than that I really listen to just about any musical genre, no limits.

Summon: Which current bands?

Branislav: Lately I have been more into Modern Death Metal like: Job For A Cowboy, As I Lay Dying, The Black Dahlia Murder, etc…

Summon: What is the band like when you play live?

Branislav: Just four really passionate guys about Metal.

Summon: Have you guys ever played in another country?

Branislav: Yeah…so far we have played in over 10 European countries.

Summon: How big of crowd shows up at shows usually?

Branislav: That really depends…from 10-15 people, up to 200-300…it really depends on lots of things such as the bands on the bill, day of the week, season, venue, promotion, etc…

Summon: How is the crowd response when you play?

Branislav: It also really depends on the previously mentioned factors…but it’s very simple, actually – if the band gives their 666%, then so will the people in the crowd.

Summon: What do you think of the US Black Metal/Death Metal scene?

Branislav: There are few really amazing bands, that is for sure. My buddies from A Hill To Die Upon is a great example, also Abigail Williams have proven to be a great band, just to mention a few.

Summon: What do you think of the Overseas scenes?

Branislav: It’s really hard to generalize a question like that, but one thing I know for sure – everywhere there will be ups and downs. In just about any single country you will find great bands, great people.

Summon: What are some of new favorite black metal/death metal bands?

Branislav: To be quite honest, in the last year or so I did not come up with new bands that have really grabbed my attention in the Black/Death Metal scene. Mostly the bands or records I listen to are from lets say 1990 to about 2010, and just in those two decades there are tons and tons of good releases.

Summon: When do you guys plan on writing any new material?

Branislav: I am slowly writing some new songs, but at this very moment I have no clue when will it be finished, recorded nor released…time will tell.

Summon: What does the future hold for the band??

Branislav: If everything goes fine we will hit some stages in North America during 2014, and will work on some new stuff for sure.

Interview link: http://blackenedhorde.com/bane

Bane links:

Official Website: http://baneband.com

Myspace: www.myspace.com/baneband

Facebook: www.facebook.com/baneband

Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/baneband

Last fm: www.last.fm/music/Bane

Abyss Records links:

Label & Online Music Store: www.officialabyssrecords.com

Myspace: www.myspace.com/abyssrecordsofficial

Facebook: www.facebook.com/OfficialAbyssRecords

Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/label/abyssrecords

Last fm: www.last.fm/label/AbyssRecords

Youtube: www.youtube.com/user/MinionfortheAbyss

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AbyssRecords

Other links:

To purchase BANE “The Acausal Fire” DIGI CD, “Chaos, Darkness & Emptiness” DIGI CD and other BANE merchandise go to: www.officialabyssrecords.com/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=bane

 

To preview a song from “Chaos, Darkness & Emptiness” go to: www.youtube.com/watch?v=tP0LoHYAEBE

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BANE (Serbia) Interview by www.clandestinemetalzine.cl

Posted in Abyss Records Artists Interviews, Interviews with tags , on September 22, 2013 by Michael McCoy II

BANE (Serbia) Interview

by www.clandestinemetalzine.cl

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By Roberto de Santiago

Young band from the Balkan (Serbia) with a half-decade of existence. During this time they have released a Demo (2007), an EP “Misanthropia” (2010), a couple of splits & “Chaos, Darkness & Emptiness” (Debut Album). The past November 7th, 2012 was released “The Acausal Fire” their sophomore LP under Abyss Records, without a doubt one of the best Melodic BM albums of the past year. The following interview was conducted the past year. Currently Branislav Panic (BANE ´s alma matter) is relocated in Montréal, Québec where he reformed the band in 2013 with new members; Eddy Levitsky (HOLLOW, KARKAOS) on bass & Backing vocals, Gabriel Choinière-Fortin (Drums) & Max Allard (Guitars & Backing Vocals) from the BM band FROSTBITE.

C: BANE was formed in 2006 but the band had a hiatus from 2007 to 2009 right? – What were the main causes of your recess of 2 years?

Branislav: Correct. The main problem was that back then I had no option for any kind of line-up…the recording purpose of the first demo was in order to find some people, but back then my old Death Metal band Disdained was growing until it disbanded in early 2010, and then my my main focus finally went back to BANE.

C: You are the only former member of BANE currently right? – Why did you have so many problems to find a suitable line-up so far? – What is the statue of Nokkturno in the band?

Branislav: Yes. The constant problems with the line-up are mainly because people usually do not know what to expect when they enter the band. In order to play, you have to be 666% devoted to the band, and have to take everything very seriously – from rehearsals, live concerts, etc… And the majority of the previous band members simply could not put themselves into the position of being a loyal band member. The current line-up is definitely the best & most stable one until date, with Nokkturno as a keyboard (session) player.

C: Your second album “The Acausal Fire” was released just some days ago…Right? Could you tell to ours readers some details about the production of it? I mean Studio, producer, etc…. How time did you spent for the recording?

Branislav: We spent a total of 10 days recording the album if I remember correctly. The recording engineer & producer was Honza “Butcher” Kapak (AVENGER), and the sound was crafted at his own Hellsound Studio, located in Czech Republic.

C: Why did you decide to include a DISSECTION´s cover (´´Night´s Blood´´?)

Branislav: Because for me personally, that is probably if not the best Black/Death Metal composition ever written. I`ve always wanted to make record cover of that song, and this was the right time to do it. We still play that song very often on our live shows, in the honor and rememberance to Jon Nodtveidt & Dissection.

C: ´´Chaos, Darkness & Emptiness (2010) your first album was released under Grom Records. – Why did you decide to change of Record Company? I mean from Grom records to Abyss records? Are you satified with the work of Abyss Records so far?

Branislav: I`ve been in touch with Dan ever since we released our first EP called “Misanthropia”. At first he re-released our debut album on Digi-CD with bonus track with whom I was very satisfied with all the promo work he had done for the band, so it was just a logic step to continue our cooperation. There is no bad blood between us and Grom Records, we just seperated ways on a professional level, while remained in very good friendship relation.

C: I can see Misanthropy is the base in your Lyrical concept. What are the causes of your hate against mankind?

Branislav: The human race itself, and it`s infernal stupidity you can see in everyday life.

C: In March 2011 the band released a split with NEFTAKARA (Malaysia) called “Necrodeath Ritual” and then one year later another a split was released, but this time with LYCANTHROPY (Russia) called “Dissolve and Coagulate”. How was born the idea for these split?

Branislav: I am a fan of all those bands, specially NEFFTARAKA and LyYCANTHROPY. We`ve been in touch for a while, much before we started thinking about releasing something together. I am very glad we did, because those Split releases represent true support between underground Black Metal bands from all over the globe.

C: Now please tell us about your experience touring for Europe. You have played with a lot of European underground bands like: ROOT, AVENGER, INFEST, ENTHRALLEMENT, etc…. Did you share stage with´´bigger´´ bands?

Branislav: Yeah, we shared stages with many bands, but some more “worth mentioning” would probably be SODOM (Ger), MALEVOLENT CREATION (USA), DECAPITATED (Pol), INQUISITION (Col), and so on…concerning Tours – it`s always great to be on the road, meet great people, see other countries, watch great local Extreme Metal bands, etc… Sometimes it can be really hard looking from the financial aspect, also lack of sleep is frequent, etc…but it`s all worth it.

C: Do you think BANE is ready to play in big festivals such as: Partysan, W.O.A, With full Force, Summer breeze, Neurotic Deathfest etc…?

Branislav: Well, technically at this time I can say that we could find find ourselves on those stages and sound decent, but that`s not gonna happen anyway, so…we are a Underground Black/Death Metal band from Serbia, so none of those Festivals really care about bringing us there to play. Besides, I don`t even like to perform on big stages – the atmosphere is usually much better in smaller venues, were the bands really connect with the people inside.

C: Could you tell us something about Serbia? Do you have idea about the beginning of ´´metal´´ in your country? And how this style came to be and what were the pionners bands fron Serbia?

Branislav: I`d spit on my country, how bad it is in every single way, which is the reason why I am now living in Montreal, Québec.

C: And about your city Novi Sad,.. What can you tell us? Do you have a good underground scene in your city? What are the main local bands from Novi Sad?

Branislav: No. We have no Metal shops, no concert venues to play Extreme Metal. You get the point. About the local bands…none worth mentioning really, none take this seriously enough. On the other hand I am the first to understand the difficulties they face, but still…show no mercy.

C: How did influence the political and military conflicts to the metal bands of your country? Can you explain to us how the war to affected negatively to the Serbian metalheads?

Branislav: Don’t mean to be rude or anything, but won’t answer this question the way you expect me to, sorry. The thing is, what’s done is done. You (not you, I mean in general) can’t be talking about the past your whole life and do nothing to make things better. I understand it can be hard, but man…you get to live life only once, so better make the best out of what you have, and work on things you want to have.

C: Can you tell us something about your projects or bands in paralel? I mean GOAT EATER (Grindcore) & SENIUM (Death/Doom). Also you have a new project with Nokkturno right? Called KEYCHAIN what can you tell us about this band?

Branislav: Senium is now history; we announced that the band is splitting up justa few days ago, so that is done. GOAT EATER recorded new material, and I am guessing it will be released sometime in 2013, but nothing confirmed. KEYCHAIN, however is in serious works. Yes, it contains Nokkturno and Lukas of BANE as well, so it’s a similar story with what happened to Death Metal bands OPPRESSOR and BROKEN HOPE – members formed Alt Rock/Metal SOiL, just like we formed KEYCHAIN, which is more or less in the same genre. We released our first single about a month ago, and just finished the pre-production of our first full-length album. Now things are a bit slow & complicated since I moved to Montreal, but the recording will take place sometime soon, and the new stuff should be released sometime in 2013. After that we have some plans, but unfortunately nothing I can share with you & the readers at this time, for the simple reasons that there is nothing confirmed until date. However, I encourage people to come check us out & follow us for news & updates concerning that band: www.facebook.com/keychainofficial

C: Please tell us a little story about Zlabog Promotions & Zlabog Home Studio… Did you have work with a lot of bands, Right? Can you to name a few ones?

Branislav: Zlabog Promotions is a booking agency which I runned with my long-time friend Nikola. He is currently the only one organizing concerts on Serbian soil, up next being KATATONIA next Spring, amongst other shows. Apart from that we organized many bands, so I will only name a few which I can think of right now: DECAPITATED (Pol), WARBRINGER (USA), CORPUS CHRISTI (Por), etc… About Zlabog Home Studio – this is actually my personal project, which was initially made for my projects only. However after a bit the interest got up to some bands, and so far I produced recordngs for Keychain and Goat Eater as far as my bands go, but did some recording/mixing/mastering for other bands such as Ungoliath (Germany), Paimonia, Ancient Sorrow, etc…

C: What are the main reasons BANE will not to play live presentations during 2013?

Branislav: As mentioned earlier – I changed continents, and now live in Montreal, Québec. It will take time before/if I ever find a new line-up, but I also want to concentrate on the writing of BANE’s 3rd full-length album, which will be pretty complex looking at the demo recordings done so far.

C: What are your next plans for the rest of this year?

Branislav: We toured as much as we could, so now the only thing left to do is to promote the new album as much as possible by getting reviews, interviews, etc…

C: Thanks a lot for this interview; Do you want to say something to ours readers in Clandestine at the end of the interview?

Branislav: Thank you brother for this interview & support, it means a lot. Follow BANE via our official site (baneband.com) or via Facebook if you prefer (facebook.com/baneband). If you have any questions address them to the band directly: banedeathmetal@gmail.com, until then check out our brand new album “The Acausal Fire”, just released via Abyss Records (USA)! HAIL CHAOS! -Branislav / BANE

Interview link: www.clandestinemetalzine.cl/interviews/interview_bane.html

Bane links:

Official Website: http://baneband.com

Myspace: www.myspace.com/baneband

Facebook: www.facebook.com/baneband

Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/baneband

Last fm: www.last.fm/music/Bane

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Abyss Records links:

Label & Online Music Store: www.officialabyssrecords.com

Myspace: www.myspace.com/abyssrecordsofficial

Facebook: www.facebook.com/OfficialAbyssRecords

Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/label/abyssrecords

Last fm: www.last.fm/label/AbyssRecords

Youtube: www.youtube.com/user/MinionfortheAbyss

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AbyssRecords

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Other links:

To purchase BANE “The Acausal Fire” DIGI CD, “Chaos, Darkness & Emptiness” DIGI CD and other BANE merchandise go to: www.officialabyssrecords.com/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=bane

To preview a song from “Chaos, Darkness & Emptiness” go to: www.youtube.com/watch?v=tP0LoHYAEBE

NONEXIST (Sweden) Interview / Q&A by www.ladyobscure.com

Posted in Abyss Records Artists Interviews, Interviews with tags , on August 31, 2013 by Michael McCoy II

NONEXIST (Sweden) Interview / Q&A

by www.ladyobscure.com

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By Nem Nol

Bio: Nonexist was formed in 2000 when Johan Reinholdz presented some death/thrashmetal demo-tracks for Bengt ”Wez” Wenedikter of Swedish WAR-music (Darkane, Defleshed, Naglfar etc). Reinholdz’ other band Andromeda had recently signed a deal with WAR and now it was time for Nonexist to sign the papers. Ex-Arch Enemy/Furbowl/Carnage vocalist Johan Liiva was recruited along with Dark Funeral/Defleshed-drummer Matte Modin.

With no formal rehearsing under their belts the guys entered Abyss Studios in November 2001 and cut the tracks for the debutalbum Deus Deceptor which was put out on the market in May 2002.

Following the release of the album Nonexist became nonexistent as the members went their separate ways – Reinholdz with Andromeda, Liiva with Hearse and Modin with Dark Funeral and Raised Fist among others. Reinholdz continued to write songs during the years to come, most of which were discarded though.

However, in 2009 a collection of Nonexist-songs that were up to snuff emerged, the title From My Cold Dead Hands came about and Reinholdz started focusing on getting a sophomore album finished. In 2011 Liiva joined the band again and a contract was signed with American label Pivotal Rockorings for a digital release. 2012 was spent cutting the album at Multipass Studios with Reinholdz producing and mixing. From My Cold Dead Hands was finished in September and released in November.

Nonexist made their first gig ever at the Scorched Tundra Festival in Gothenburg, Sweden in December 2012.

Early 2013 the band signed with American Abyss Records for a physical release of the album. The Abyss Records-edition of From My Cold Dead Hands features three bonus tracks: cover-versions of Coroner’s Masked Jackal, Merciless’ Realm of the Dark and Eucharist’s Greeting Immortality.

It started back in 2000. I had come in contact with Swedish label WAR-music and the boss Wez Wenedikter. We had signed a contract for my other band Andromeda and Wez also got interested in the demos I made in the death/thrash-vein. So he offered me a deal for this project which carried a few different names like Legacy and Legacy of Pain and a couple more before we settled for Nonexist, which was more original.

Johan Liiva was just then out of Arch Enemy, he also played in Carnage and Furbowl before that by the way, and Wez knew Liiva since the time Arch Enemy were signed to his previous label Wrong Again Records. So Wez invited Liiva to join Nonexist and then we got Matte Modin, then in Defleshed and Dark Funeral to do the drums. He now plays in Raised Fist.

Without any rehearsals we entered Abyss Studios up north in Sweden in November 2001 and cut “Deus Deceptor” in ten days or so. The album came out in 2002, we did some press and then the band fell apart but was resurrected in 2010 and now we have a live-line up and hungry for making more albums!

Genre: We want to play metal that is intense, brutal and fast, but also has hooks and melodies and atmosphere, so this style then comes naturally to us!

Evolution of the initial musical and thematic elements: It usually starts with the music. I come up with a couple of riffs that seems to fit together and then I connect them in a way that makes sense. So then I have the spine of the song which then can be expanded. Maybe add a couple of parts or do variations of the riffs that are already in place. Writing the drums is a very important part of this process for me. The drums make the riffs come alive and bloom out in their full potential. And sometimes I have a riff come back but with a different drum-beat – which can change everything.

The lyrics are then written to fit the music. Sometimes I have the title before I even do the music and then the theme for lyrics may be in the back of my head. Other times I have lyrics written previously that suddenly fit a new piece of music I’ve come up with.

Ideas about the album: We’re very happy! But of course there are things to improve, like the production. It was the first album I ever produced all by myself, so I’m learning as I go along. But basically all of the material we’re very satisfied with. We’ll continue in this vein on the next but also incorporate different stuff to keep it interesting and evolving.

Reception: Mixed! Hehe! Some really like it and some think it’s too varied and that the album isn’t cohesive enough. Which I think is absurd considering that the whole album is pure brutal, more or less. I mean I like all kinds of music so to me these people are very narrow-minded and don’t get that you need some variation and dynamics on an album. That makes the brutality stand out more.

Preference; live or studio: Haven’t really been on the road with this band yet so I don’t know! But I guess the road would be more fun. I love writing music and that whole process but playing live and getting feedback from the fans is the best thing for me as a musician. It’s extremely rewarding.

Next step; live or studio: A new album is being written and actually most of the songs are ready, musically anyway. We are lagging behind with the lyrics. We have some local shows coming up and we’ll see if we’ll get abroad soon or not. We are building the band up from scratch again almost so it’s tough right now. Especially considering how the music-scene works these days. But sure, we want to play live a lot, no doubt.

Future plans: A new album every other year, I think that’s realistic. Also keep the music evolving and don’t stagnate. Hopefully festival-gigs and tours! We want to get out there and thrash to the max!

Lyrics, themes and concepts: The lyrics deal with dark subjects overall. They have to fit the mood of the music of course so there’s a lot of death, hate, love, betrayal, pain, psychological issues. These lyrics are quite personal. Then we also have lyrics that are more extrovert so to speak – they deal more with observations about the world around us – like “Fire at Will” or “Collective Coma” for example. The lyrics often pop up by themselves but pretty often I work from a title, which sets the topic and mood.

Regarding how they influence the writing I refer back to the previous question about the writing process!

Composers: I wrote more or less “From My Cold Dead Hands” on my own. On the third album Liiva will write more lyrics and also music for one song.

Inspirations: Slayer, Morbid Angel, Merciless, Metallica, Sepultura, Iron Maiden, Terrorizer, Exhorder, Edge of Sanity, At the Gates, Pantera, Megadeth, Dan Swanö, Emperor, Dimmu Borgir, Dissection, Opeth, Dismember, Sisters of Mercy, Black Sabbath, Fields of the Nephilim, Mercyful Fate.

Preference; cater to the audience or music for its own sake: Music for its own sake. The band is really underground, hasn’t been active for quite some time so we have nothing to lose really, haha! We just throw out the music there and see what happens. I don’t think calculating too much about the style of the music is really beneficial actually. I think the people who listen can tell if the music comes from the musicians hearts or is more a cynical move to become popular.

Greatest Accomplishment: Both the quantity and quality of the albums I’ve made or made in collaboration with my band mates.

Interview link: www.ladyobscure.com/ladys-questions-and-answers/nonexist/

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Nonexist links:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/nonexistofficial

Last.fm: www.last.fm/music/Nonexist

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Abyss Records links:

Label & Online Music Store: www.officialabyssrecords.com

Myspace: www.myspace.com/abyssrecordsofficial

Facebook: www.facebook.com/OfficialAbyssRecords

Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/label/abyssrecords

Last fm: www.last.fm/label/AbyssRecords

Youtube: www.youtube.com/user/MinionfortheAbyss

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AbyssRecords

NONEXIST (Sweden) Interview by The Wizard of Noz

Posted in Abyss Records Artists Interviews, Interviews with tags , on August 26, 2013 by Michael McCoy II

NONEXIST (Sweden) Interview

by The Wizard of Noz

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By Noswal Nevik

1. Start off by introducing yourself and what is your role in your band?

Hello! My name is Johan Reinholdz and I play guitar, bass, and other various instruments in Nonexist.

2. So Nonexist has returned after quite a long hiatus, why reform now?

Because we really felt like writing more music and also playing live which we haven’t done before. I’ve always had a plan to do a second Nonexist-album and actually wrote a whole album which I more or less discarded ´cause it wasn’t good enough. Then in 2009-2010 I came up with some songs that pleased me more so then I got stoked about doing a new album.

3. Tell me a little about the other members of the band? And do any of you play in other bands?

It’s me and Johan Liiva – ex Carnage/Furbowl/Arch Enemy on vocals doing the band in the studio. Besides Nonexist I also play guitar in Andromeda and Skyfire. Then live we have Linus Abrahamson from my other band Andromeda on bass. He also plays in Edge of a Circle by the way. And then on drums and guitar we have Joakim Strandberg-Nilsson and Johan Aldgård, both from the band Faithful Darkness.

4. Tell me a little about the releases you have and where they are available for purchase?

We’ve put out two albums: “Deus Deceptor” in 2002 by New Hawen/Century Media/Toy’s Factory and “From My Cold Dead Hands” in 2012/2013 by Pivotal/Trooper Entertainment/Abyss Rec. You can buy “Deus Deceptor” here: http://www.officialabyssrecords.com/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=nonexist And here are links for buying “From My Cold Dead Hands”: http://www.hmv.co.jp/en/artist_Nonexist_000000000186803/item_From-My-Cold-Dead-Hands_5432119 http://cdon.eu/music/nonexist/from_my_cold_dead_hands-23509719 http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/nonexist

5. Tell us about some great shows Nonexist or any other bands you have performed with over the years?

We only just recenly gathered a full live-line-up so we’ve only made one gig so far- at the Scorched Tundra Festival in Gothenburg, Sweden. It was great fun so we’re dying to play more live.

6. Do you have any amusing stories from when you recorded your albums or when you were on the road?

I think I’ll have to get back to you about this when we’ve played more gigs, hehe. Not much to tell yet!

7. Name some of the bands that have influenced your playing style and then name some of the bands that people think influenced you but didn’t?

Some of the bands that have influenced us are Slayer, Morbid Angel, Merciless, Metallica, Sepultura, Iron Maiden, Exhorder, Edge of Sanity, At the Gates, Soilwork, Terrorizer, Emperor, Dimmu Borgir, Pantera, Massacre, Megadeth, Dan Swanö, Dissection, Opeth, Dismember, Sisters of Mercy, Black Sabbath, Fields of the Nephilim, Mercyful Fate. Bands people think influenced us but haven’t? Hmm, dunno… I think most references in reviews have been pretty accurate actually.

8. What are some of your all time favorite albums?

The Cure – “Disintegration”, Captain Beyond – “S/T”, The Doors – “S/T”, Metallica – “Master of Puppets”, Atheist – “Unquestionable Presence”, Depeche Mode – “Violator”, Muse – “HAARP”, Marillion – “Clutching at Straws”, Yes – “Close to the Edge”, Merciless – “Unbound”, Megadeth – “Rust in Peace”, Pantera – “Vulgar Display of Power” and a few hundred more…

9. Name some of the all time worst or overated Metal albums in your opinion?

Interesting! I like these type of questions. Let’s see… I’d say the first Ghost-album. Total crap. I really like old-school hardrock/heavymetal but to me Ghost are just weak and lame. Especially the singer. Volbeat also sucks big time. Venom – “Welcome to Hell” and “Black Metal”. Don’t know if you count bands like Def Leppard and Kiss and such? I think Def Leppard – “Hysteria” is painfully bad. It’s like cotton candy in music-form. The list could go on and on but lastly I’d like to mention Mayhem – “De Mysteriis dom Sathanas” and anything by Helloween and Hammerfall.

10. Let everyone know what the band has planned for the future.

We are currently writing our third album and most of the songs are done, except for the lyrics. We will start recording sometime this winter. We also have some local shows coming up. Gigs abroad we have to see about. We’d love to get out there though! There are Nonexist-songs out for downloading to Rock Band via Rhythm Authors, check it here: http://www.rhythmauthors.com Search for Nonexist at “Songs”. Hopefully we will make more songs available for Rock Band soon! Thanks for you support and interest! Cheers!

Interview link: http://thewizardofnozblog.wordpress.com/2013/08/18/nonexist-interview-08-18-2013/

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Nonexist links:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/nonexistofficial

Last.fm: www.last.fm/music/Nonexist

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Abyss Records links:

Label & Online Music Store: www.officialabyssrecords.com

Myspace: www.myspace.com/abyssrecordsofficial

Facebook: www.facebook.com/OfficialAbyssRecords

Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/label/abyssrecords

Last fm: www.last.fm/label/AbyssRecords

Youtube: www.youtube.com/user/MinionfortheAbyss

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AbyssRecords

 

DEAD AWAKEN (Sweden) Interview by www.ladyobscure.com

Posted in Abyss Records Artists Interviews, Interviews with tags , on August 22, 2013 by Michael McCoy II

DEAD AWAKEN (Sweden) Interview

by www.ladyobscure.com

By Nem Nol

Bio: Alright, Dead awaken started out as a bunch of Young guys, playing the Music they loved. At the time it was thrashy Death metal, with a strict war theme. I joined the band after a few months. A few years later, the band consists of me (Jörgen Kristensen, guitar and vocals, also recorded the bass on the album) and Drummer Mats Blückert. We’ve known each other for a looong time, both as friends and musically. We were in the same band for 10 years ’89-’99, so we know each other’s musical capacity. We’ve got a couple of session bass players that we hire for gigs. Dead Awaken started out in the spring of 2002.

The members were Andreas “Adde” Backström on guitars, Joakim Edlund on drums, Jonas Lindberg on guitars and Andreas Morén on vocals. The band was missing a bass player, but those army boots were soon filled by former ABHOTH guitarist/vocalist Jörgen Kristensen. Some gigs were played as a 5-piece and a demo was recorded, before there was time for a change.

Jörgen switched to his main instrument(s)- Guitar & vocals. Jonas had to leave the band, on good terms. Andreas Morén switched to bass and backup vocals. We kept gigging and entered the Gothenburg Deathfest bill, in 2005. On the bill were, among others Aborted and Insision. Soon after this show Adde decided to step out, due to a lack of interest in the genre. A few shows were played as a 3 piece, before adding guitarist Attila Hollsén to the line-up.

Only a couple of gigs were played with this line up, before original drummer Joakim left. Without a drummer, the band was in state of limbo for a few months. In early 2007 Jörgen’s old bandmate Mats “Masse” Blückert entered Dead Awaken and intense rehearsing began.

May 2007 the band went back onstage at local Festival Mälarrocken, with killer acts like Behemoth. Unfortunately this ended up being the last show with Attila, who left for personal reasons. A couple of guitarists were auditioned, before deciding that enough damage was done as a 3-piece. Not letting the change stop the tank, we went straight back into the trench and kept gigging. A few shows were done with Vomitory, before entering the studio, to record the debut album. During the recording, in the fall of 2010, the band decided to part ways with long term bass player Andreas. He wanted to focus on his other band Bleeding utopia.

Not intending to let this slow us down, Jörgen did all the guitar, bass and vocals in the studio. After all the studiowork was done, a deal was secured with Abyss records. Continuing as a 3-piece with session bass players Magnus Wall / Jonas Stålhammar (Both former ABHOTH members), the road was hit again, with labelmates Entrench. After a number of well recieved demo’s, it’s time to declare war upon the world, with the debut album “Where hope turns dripping red”

Genre: I didn’t choose this genre. It chose me, almost 25 years ago. It’s not a job, it’s not my hobby. It’s my Life, something I can’t live without.

Evolution of the initial musical and thematic elements: For some of us, the Music just is there. The lyric themes were natural, as everyone that’s ever been in a band has had a fascination for World War 2.

Ideas about the album: We’re happy with it. Anyone who’s ever released a demo/ full length album can tell you that there will Always be parts that  you could have done better, or differently.

Reception: It’s been great! Some people think we could be faster or more technical, breakdown this, old school that, bla bla bla. We play the kind of Death metal that we like ourselves. To us, Death metal is about honesty. So, playing a type of Death metal because it happens to be popular at the moment, is just bullshit. Just playing faster or more technical doesn’t automatically make it better or more brutal. The term breakdown has never been a part of my Death metal vocabulary. We’ve been doing this for 25 years and if people like it, great!

Preference; live or studio: I love both! But, the thrill of a good show is hard to match.

Next step; live or studio: We hope to get out on the road in the future. Got a few things coming up, but as nothing is confirmed, there’s no point in telling.

Future plans: I can see two 40 year old Death metal musicians Hammering things out for a long time to come. Got more songs written, which will become album #2. Looking forward to that!

Lyrics, themes and concepts: We’ve been doing the war thing for quite some time. We might be doing some of it in the future, but a couple of our fave bands are already doing it. (Hey, we already have one Bolt Thrower!) Getting more in the direction of the dark sides of the human minds. Hard to tell, each song is a different beast.

Composers: We write the songs together and I write all the lyrics.

Inspirations: Too many to mention! Pink Floyd, Motörhead, Suffocation, Napalm Death, Vomitory, Death, Pestilence, Dark Angel, Slayer, Bolt Thrower, Immolation, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, Overkill, just to mention a few.

Preference; cater to the audience or music for its own sake: Of course we care what the crowd thinks, but we’re in this because we love it.

Greatest Accomplishment: Starting one of the earlier Swedish Death Metal bands (Abhoth) was cool. Playing with some of our fave bands is really cool. Releasing the album, of course.

Anything else? Keep our metal extreme! Check out our album and preferably buy it!

Interview link: www.ladyobscure.com/ladys-questions-and-answers/dead-awaken/

Dead Awaken links:

Official Website: www.dead-awaken.com

Myspace: www.myspace.com/deadawaken

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Dead-Awaken/341873415857546

Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/deadawaken

Last fm: www.last.fm/music/Dead+Awaken

Abyss Records links:

Label & Online Music Store: www.officialabyssrecords.com

Myspace: www.myspace.com/abyssrecordsofficial

Facebook: www.facebook.com/OfficialAbyssRecords

Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/label/abyssrecords

Last fm: www.last.fm/label/AbyssRecords

Youtube: www.youtube.com/user/MinionfortheAbyss

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AbyssRecords

To purchase DEAD AWAKEN “Where Hope Turns Dripping Red” CD go to: www.officialabyssrecords.com/product_info.php?products_id=12836

DEAD AWAKEN (Sweden) Interview by From Beyond Metal Fanzine

Posted in Abyss Records Artists Interviews, Interviews with tags , on August 19, 2013 by Michael McCoy II

DEAD AWAKEN (Sweden) Interview

by From Beyond Metal Fanzine

By Gilbert V

With a long history of demos edited over something over a decade of training, Dead Awaken finally bet on the long duration, an album quite atypical of what we have become accustomed normamente esuchar of their home country, Sweden. Their debut album is titled “Where Hope Turns Dripping Red” the American label Abyss Records gambled on them. After doing things strictly for these cases we contacted Jörgen Kristensen who plays leader and spokesman, despite being on vacation (do not ask where), and being somewhat removed from cybernetics, the internet call her pc or laptop, we responded very briefly and professionally for From Beyond Metal Fanazine.

FBM: What motivated you to record the album?

About time! We have lots of demos released and it was time to do things correctly.

FBM: Can you tell us the story of how this album originated?

Most of the songs were made. But since they had not shown interest in stamps our demos, we realized we’d just record the album and we will consider offers for a deal from there. Our colleague Dennis had told us he wanted to record the album, so we went for it.

FBM: Are you satisfied with the shape and outcome of the cd?

Of course. We really had to work hard to éste.Sobre all because we have decided to part with Andreas, our former bassist, during grabación.Tuve you instantly grow a little and learn to play bass.

FBM: So how do you describe your music?

Aggressive Death Metal, influenced mainly by the U.S. Death metal.Realmente not go for the typical Swedish sound and Vomitory is one of the few Swedish bands that I can say that really influenced me, personally.

FBM: As a band, what are your collective influences?

A drive. Since we are in our 40, which has been a long road and we heard a lot of bands along the camino.Suffocation, Immolation, Vomitory, Dark Angel, Bolt Thrower, Motörhead, Slayer, Overkill, Black Sabbath, the old Death , Morbid Angel & Pestilence.

FBM: They have recorded a lot of demos before releasing the LP, why so long to decide to record with Abyss Records?

Like I mentioned before, no one showed interest in nosotros. Somos a Swedish band, which is not really interested in it sounds sueco. Eso probably confuse etiquetas. Como I contacted Dan & Abyss, I realized how right are for nosotros. Dan Abyss is a great guy and works hard for their bands.

FBM: When originally started Dead Awaken?, What was their vision of the band?

The band had been in business for a couple of months ago, when I was then incorporé.En thrash death metal, with a strict theme the guerra.Ahora is less thrash and more death.

FBM: There seems to be a lot of incredibly talented metal bands coming from Sweden, what is your secret?

Hay.Sinceramente Certainly, I can not say. Did the weather, perhaps? (Nice, warm summers and long, cold winters dark) The fact that we have lived in peace for a couple hundred years? Our Viking ancestry? You tell me. (Laughter. ..)

FBM: So are preparing for the promotion of this album, do you think it will go better than last time?

Since it is our debut album, hope so! Hahaha …

FBM: Farewell and finalesGracias words for the interview!

Keep in the extreme metal!

This review was originally written in Spanish and has been translated using Google Translate. To view the original review in Spanish click the link below.

Interview link: http://beyondmetal.blogspot.com/2013/08/dead-awaken-entrevista-suecia.html

Dead Awaken links:

Official Website: www.dead-awaken.com

Myspace: www.myspace.com/deadawaken

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Dead-Awaken/341873415857546

Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/deadawaken

Last fm: www.last.fm/music/Dead+Awaken

Abyss Records links:

Label & Online Music Store: www.officialabyssrecords.com

Myspace: www.myspace.com/abyssrecordsofficial

Facebook: www.facebook.com/OfficialAbyssRecords

Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/label/abyssrecords

Last fm: www.last.fm/label/AbyssRecords

Youtube: www.youtube.com/user/MinionfortheAbyss

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AbyssRecords

To purchase DEAD AWAKEN “Where Hope Turns Dripping Red” CD go to: www.officialabyssrecords.com/product_info.php?products_id=12836

DEAD AWAKEN (Sweden) Interview by The Core of Brutality

Posted in Abyss Records Artists Interviews, Interviews with tags , on August 11, 2013 by Michael McCoy II

DEAD AWAKEN (Sweden) Interview

by The Core of Brutality

By Core Brutality

1. Can i get a backstory on the band/ band biography?

In 1999 I signed a deal with Swedish label WAR-music for my other band Andromeda. I was friends with the boss Wez Wenedikter and we talked a lot on the phone about music and different projects that could be interesting to do. So I had recorded some demo-songs in a more death/thrashmetal-vein, Andromeda is progressive metal. He liked the death/thrash-stuff too and we signed a deal. Since Wez knew Johan Liiva from Arch Enemy’s early days – they were signed to his previous label Wrong Again Rec. – he invited Liiva to meet with me and sing in this new Nonexist-project. Liiva had just left Arch Enemy so the timing was really good. I was thrilled at working with Liiva since I had listened to his earlier bands Carnage, Furbowl and Arch Enemy and thought and still think that he his one the great singers in extreme metal. Wez also called in Matte Modin from Defleshed/Dark Funeral to do the drums on our debutalbum “Deus Deceptor”. We recorded the album at Abyss Studios in November 2001, without any rehearsals by the way, and the album was released half a year later or so. Then the band was put on hiatus since we were all busy with our other bands. In 2009 I started writing songs for the second album “From My Cold Dead Hands”, but some material from the years 2003-2008 was also used. And now we are back in biz with a live-line up and everything!

2. What lyrical theme do you guys use in your music? What message do you want to send?

Not so much messages as expression of our feeling and state of minds. And sometimes also telling our views on some the things that are going on in the world, injustice, war and so forth. The topics for our lyrics are mainly love, death, rage, betrayal, war, dark psychological issues – all that bad stuff that needs to be let out, which makes us feel better in the end. Also, the music is quite dark and intense – so the lyrics have to match that.

3. How have the gigs you guys been doing been?

Because we only recently assembled a full live line-up we’ve only done one so far- at the Scorched Tundra Festival in Gothenburg, Sweden December 2012. Went really good! Was great fun also!

4. What equipment do you guys use?

Ibanez and Scheckter guitars, Washburn and Fender basses, Rode and Shure-microphones, Peavey and MesaBoogie amps plus Digitech and Line6 guitar effects/preamps. I use a Mac with Logic Pro software.

5. What bands have influenced your band and its sound?

Some of them are Slayer, Morbid Angel, Merciless, Metallica, Sepultura, Iron Maiden, Exhorder, Edge of Sanity, At the Gates, Pantera, Megadeth, Dan Swanö, Emperor, Dissection, Opeth, Dismember, Sisters of Mercy, Black Sabbath, Fields of the Nephilim and Mercyful Fate.

6. Do you remember your first show and what was it like?

See question nr. 3!

7. What made you guys decide to form a band?

We love metal, it’s been in our veins since an early age and we wanna play music that we’d like to hear ourselves!

8. What is your opinion on sites posting your guys material and other bands material?

No opinion really, that’s just the way it is with the internet. For good and bad.

9. Is there any bands that you guys enjoyed playing with more then the others?

Not yet!

10. How do you guys feel about the classifications in metal? like deathcore, metalcore and other subgenres and how some get a negative rep.

Pretty boring. But logical since that’s the way the human mind works. We have to categorize the world around us to feel safe and comprehend it all. But in the long run genres and the discussion and the almost obsession around it becomes tedious and unimportant.

11. What song do you enjoy playing the most?

Hmm, perhaps “Presence Everlasting” or “Delirious Tongues”.

12. Your biggest band moment?

Our first gig!

13. What is your opinion on the current state of metal?

I’m not really up to date with the current metal-scene. I was at an younger age but now I’m into all kinds of different stuff, not only metal. I’m more picky nowadays and there are so many shit metalbands out there. When I was younger I’d swallow anything that was heavy and fast… that doesn’t hold any water anymore. In fact, some of the music I like the most nowadays, new music anyway, is not metal but more atmospheric, moody pop, electronica, goth rock and so forth.

15. How did you guys come up with your band name?

I studied philosophy at the university back in 2000-2001 and read about René Descartes’ theories about the “Deus Deceptor” – the deceptive God. Don’t remember much of it now but the concept of the deceptive God also included a state called “nonexist” – a sort of black void of inverted existence and emptiness. I thought it was a cool, original name and it sounded very metal!

16. What can the fans expect to see from you in the future?

A new album every other year where the music continues to evolve and be of the highest quality! Hopefully a lot of live-shows too! We also wanna start making videos, some really dark, twisted shit preferably! Bye for now!

Interview link: http://thecoreofbrutality.blogspot.com/2013/08/nonexist-interview-and-bio.html

Dead Awaken links:

Official Website: www.dead-awaken.com

Myspace: www.myspace.com/deadawaken

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Dead-Awaken/341873415857546

Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/deadawaken

Last fm: www.last.fm/music/Dead+Awaken

Abyss Records links:

Label & Online Music Store: www.officialabyssrecords.com

Myspace: www.myspace.com/abyssrecordsofficial

Facebook: www.facebook.com/OfficialAbyssRecords

Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/label/abyssrecords

Last fm: www.last.fm/label/AbyssRecords

Youtube: www.youtube.com/user/MinionfortheAbyss

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AbyssRecords

To purchase DEAD AWAKEN “Where Hope Turns Dripping Red” CD go to: www.officialabyssrecords.com/product_info.php?products_id=12836