Saturday, May 26, 2018

OLD SORCERY INTERVIEW

26-MAY-2018
STORMWIND FANZINE
OLD SORCERY INTERVIEW

SW: Thank you for accepting our interview. As you know social media has a massive affect on promoting albums but you don’t have a facebook page which is most popular platform these days. May I ask why you are not in social media? 

OS: I have plenty of musical projects, all of which promote themselves on social media. However, I don't feel the need to promote any more Old Sorcery there than I do on the Dungeon Synth -forum, I think that the followers of a sub-genre like this want to have that kind of discovering feeling, you know? The whole genre kinda draws it's influences from the past glorious times, the tape-trading scene and the real underground movement. 

SW: Debut album hit the scene just like a bright moon in the sky. As I followed on social media, dungeon synth fans paid so much attention to the album “Realms of Magickal Sorrow”. Please tell me about the reactions of the fans. 

OS: Yeah, I was overwhelmed by the reaction. My first plans were to dub the cassette myself, like 5 copies to my friends or so. Turned out, after the digital release, that people all over the world wanted my album on cassette! This amazes me. Old Sorcery is music made for myself exclusively, and I am very glad that so many people enjoy it as well. 


SW: The album cover is magickal itself. Who is the artist and please tell us about the creation process. Do you give the idea to artist or artist listens to music and creates his/her own ideas? 

OS: Actually, it is an old oil painting by an unknown artist. Can't shed anymore light on the matter... As far as my new release goes, the split with a fellow dungeon synth artist "Haxan Dreams" titled "Dreams of the Old Kingdom", the cover is made by   Abhot'h Xelpunanic from Haxan Dreams. 

SW: I see that the album has CD and Cassette versions both. However the cassette version was very limited and it has come to sold out situation fastly. Do you have plans to make a re-issue for the cassette version? 

OS: The tape version was limited to 100 on Garavluth Records. Maybe on the future, we will see a re-issue. Don't know yet. 

SW: Somehow the dungeon synth fans prefer cassette versions of the albums rather than the CD versions. What should be the reason for that? 

OS: Well, my own reason for that is the sound. It sounds OLD, worn, organic! 


SW: Please tell us about your dungeon the place that you are creating your music art. 

OS: As I am writing this, I am listening to the "Mark of the Devil" -soundtrack LP by Michael Holm. To describe this "dungeon" would take away some of the mystery that I want to create with Old Sorcery. 

SW: Are you also interested in 8bit computer synth? If yes than do you have favorite musicians or songs written by a 8bit computer? 

OS: Can't say that I am. I love old synth soundtracks though, from the 70's and 80's. 

SW: So after a succesfull debut album, fans will accept more of your music. Are you having plans for a new release and if yes what are your plans to move the success to a new level? 

OS: I recently released a split album with Haxan Dreams, a very limited tape release that is sold out. We will repress it soon. I don't care about the success really, but I think I am ready to delve deeper into the majestic mountains, endless forests and castles at the end of this year so, a new album will definitely emerge in some point, whenever I feel ready. Right now, I am extremely busy with my other projects. 


SW: If the castle on the debut album cover was real will that be a place that you want to live? Imagine that it is real and you are living there. How would you spend most of your time? 

OS: I would take long walks in the corridors and the forests surrounding the castle, order more wine from the servants and listen the walls whisper sad stories from the Dark Ages. That would be the time of Old Sorcery, of Old Ways. 

SW: These are our questions. It will be our pleasure to hear if you have anything to add.

OS: Thanks! 

https://oldsorcery.bandcamp.com 

Additional information: 
After the interview released at 26.05.2018, Old Sorcery also released Lp version of the album "Realms of Magickal Sorrow" which was available at 24.8.2018. It is limited to 199 Black and 99 Gold LP 



Thursday, May 17, 2018

GALDUR INTERVIEW

03-MAY-2018
STORMWIND FANZINE
GALDUR INTERVIEW

SW: Thank you for accepting our interview. I must say that personally I am really in Dungeon Synth music these days and there are so many of musicians who are doing this type of music. Well, we can’t reach all of them but we should pick the best ones. I believe that Galdur is in this best ones list. Ok, first question. Please tell us about how and when you start to create this music? 

- It started from Severoth. I formed it in 2007 and started to do music at all in 2008. In that time Severoth was only ambient project and i just recorded tracks for myself. Some of those tracks was more “fantasy” based than rest of material. Eventually i had 4 songs like that composed in different times of 2010-2013. And then it became “Born by Stars and Moon” album of Galdur. I didn’t have internet then so i just wanted to create some fantasy inspired music for home listening and playing RPG’s. That’s how “Galdur” was formed. And only then in end of 2013 i heard Mortiis first time and then Arath’s debut album.

SW: This question is from the Age of Legends album. There is a man repeating a sentence in the first song Lord of Iron Fortress. Which language is he talking and what is he saying? 

- English. It’s Saruman lines from LOTR movie. İt said “The New Power is Rising”. “Iron Fortress” is translation of Orthanc so this track is dedicated to Christopher Lee as only true Saruman. Lord of Iron Fortress.


SW: Personally, Age of Legends is my favorite Galdur album. From the first song to last song, I can feel the dark depths of Mordor in my mind. The inspiration is surely Lord of the Rings trilogy but the question is, what made you to choose this concept for this album? 

- I just did what i’d like to hear myself. I love LOTR and album was inspired by Tolkien alot, but also by other fantasy books, D&D, computer RPG’s like Baldur’s Gate and Neverwinter Nights.

SW: What are the reactions to your music from all around the world? Are you getting positive feedbacks from the dungeon synth fans? Tell us about fans opinions please. 

- I think yes. I get some positive feedbacks. But i don’t really follow DS scene. You know, since i have several projects (Severoth, Bezmir, Morok and Galdur) i receive many feedbacks about all my albums. Some positive and some not. I like to read them of course but i do all music for myself at first place – so if i glad with result – it’s enough for me.


SW: Is there a posibilty for die hard fans to have LP versions of the albums? Especially Picture Disc will be amazing. What do you think? 

- It will definitely happen someday. We already started to release my albums on vinyl. First one was Bezmir – VOID released in 12” Vinyl this March. Preparations for vinyl release takes around 6 months and alot of effort so process is slow. But “Age of Legends” will be on vinyl definitely.


SW: Which season of the year is the best one for being creative for you? Spring, summer, autumn or winter. Please tell us why? 

- I don’t really pay big attention to this. I do music all the time and get inspired from any weather or season. I just work with different projects. To do quality album you must work many months with it.


SW: Please tell us about the place and its atmosphere that you live where you are creating your art. 

- You know. Since “Age of Legends” release i moved twice already and also i moved before “Age of Legends” so places around me changes alot. All the “atmosphere” is in my head and always with me. Now i live in Dnipro again. I have separate “music room” when all my instruments and gear stored. I work there on my albums.


SW: It looks like all that charming album covers are created by the same artist. Might that be you or if not who is then? 

- Covers for all my albums created by Unholy Darkness. She is my wife. She created covers for other bands in the past. Currently she is tattoo artist but still creates covers for me.

SW: These are our questions bro. Anything to add? 

- Be yourself

https://galdur.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/galdurofficial 

Monday, October 30, 2017

ARES KINGDOM INTERVIEW

22-OCTOBER-2017
STORMWIND FANZINE ISSUE 4
&
MIRAS FANZINE ISSUE 10
ARES KINGDOM INTERVIEW

*Hi bro, please let us know about the underground scene in Kansas City.

There isn't much to tell! We haven't played here since 2010. It's a nice place to live, though.

*Please tell us about creating process of the latest album The Unburiable Dead and what’s the reactions of the fans?

Many believe it's our best album yet. It is a very strong album!

*What is that illustration represent on album cover?

The artist is George Grosz. It represents the result of war. Destruction, suffering and death!

*You are working on a new album these days. What would we expect from the new material?

Yes, we're working on a new album now. The songs are heavier, faster and darker than anything we've done before. You're going to love it!

*Which edition of albums do you prefer to collect? Cassette, Cd, lp or picture disc?

It always depends on the band in question. Old school stuff I prefer to have on LP.


*Which death metal bands are your favorites from 90’s and present day?

I lose track of which bands are from the '90s and which became known in the '90s.

*Ares Kingdom was created in 1996. What changed in those years? Are you satisfied about the place that Ares Kingdom came in metal scene?

Sure, we occupy a unique place in the underground. There is no other band like like us, and that is a great thing.

*Which bands are you in contact with in Usa and other countries?

Lots. Most are old friends. Destroyer 666, Pentacle, Watain, Adorior, Rotting Christ, Varathron, Begrime Exemious, and many others we've toured with or played shows with.


*Ares Kingdom is a precious diamond in my opinion. I like all of your material especially LP records with diehard editions. Which format of the albums are choosen by the fans most?

When it comes to LPs, fans really like the die hard versions. We do, too, because we get to pack a lot of cool stuff in them.

*These are my questions bro. Any last words?

Check out our website for more information and merchandise. We ship to almost every country. www.areskingdom.com

Thursday, October 5, 2017

REVENGE INTERVIEW

02-10-2017
STORMWIND FANZINE ISSUE 4
REVENGE INTERVIEW

* Hi bro, please let us know about the Colombian metal scene.

Hi, thx a lot for interview. Well, colombian metal scnene right now is very strong. A lot of great gigs and fest are happening here. The most owerful band over the world want to play in Colombia and South America and this is great. Also very important say, that all days born good band here. Right now the bands want to record, rehearse and go out to concerts. things like that are the ones that help a scene grow and remain as one of the most important of the world that has seen the birth of the most powerful bands in some genres.

*You have six full lenght album and a new one is on the way. How is the reaction to your music all around the world?

We have some friends and fans around the world who always be allert about our releases and other. We think peole and metal maniacs around the world show a great reaction about our music and our merch. We sent packets with our music or merch every week to more than 22 countries and this is great for us.

*Which Revenge album is your favorite?

For me, the best Revenge album is right now the seventh album “Spitting Fire”. I find in this new album a great sound and a lot of positive things that is not in the past albums. Also, the lyrics and music compositions are very good and the most important over all thing is that the band is very exciting about this release.


*Which edition of albums do you prefer to collect? Tape, Cd or lp?

I prefer collect only Lps Versions. I do not know if it's an obsession or what it may be, but I feel a special magic in that format

*What do you think about the illegally downloading albums  on internet?

Bad, is very bad. For independet artist, and independent artist in Metal is very very bad. Illegaly downloads does much damage to the artist because it does not allow him to have an economic reach and also loses the interest of the people in collecting the physical format.

*Do you have connection with other bands in your country? Is there a metal brother support between bands in Colombia?

Yes, we can say free, we have friends of all colombian metal bands. Possibly we have some difference in ideology with some members of other bands but finally we are friends of all the bands of the country. I think that sometimes there are members of bands that do not know how to do things or make them bad and that sometimes we criticize but we respect those decisions a lot.

*What was the main target for Revenge and at the beginning and at which point of that path is the band right now?


Well, Immediately we want to try to reach our friends and followers with the new album and expect to be able to move quite well between the world scenes. We have 3 major concerts pending in Colombia with bands like Accept, Sodom, Satyrico, among others. We want to make good shows and wait for the reissues of the new album that will arrive in format vinyl and tape. After that and the beginning of 2018 we hope we can go out and do some concerts outside the country

*These are my questions bro. Any last words?

Thx a lot for this interview. We want to greet and hail to all Metal Maniacs who are reading this lines and make invitation them to know us and to listen to our music, maybe someday we'll meet and share some beers.

www.facebook.com/revengespeed

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

ELVENKING INTERVIEW

27-07-2010
ORIGINALLY RELEASED UNDER
MIRAS FANZINE ISSUE 8
ELVENKING INTERVIEW


M: Greetings from istanbul the city of seven hills. Well, bro tell us what are you doing these days as Elvenking crew.

Aydan: Hello! Well at the moment we are really working hard on the final details of the new album. The mix is done and we are valuating the mastering now. We are giving also final touches to the artwork and at the same time organizing things around the tour in support of the album. Really a lot of things to do!

M: How popular is Elvenking in your country Italy? Just the metal heads or most of the music listeners like your music?

Aydan: Well, I would say that in the last years the things are getting better and better also in our home country. Since a couple of years ago we were more popular outside Italy. Countries like Germany, Holland, Belgium etc gave a warmest welcome to our albums and live shows, but lately also things in Italy are becoming really good for us, even if it’s popularly know that Italian fans are not really into the local scene and prefer foreign acts. I would say that most of our listeners are metal heads but I have to notice that we have a good numbers of fans also between those who don’t listen usually to metal music, because they like a lot our different influences, especially from acoustic music.

M: After all this years and five great albums, do you think that the band stands the place you wanted it to be at the beginning?

Aydan: Well, to be sincere in the beginning of the band we never thought to be able to reach such levels. As said we come form a country where there was no space for metal music and in 1997, when we formed it was absolutely impossible to do something in this market. So everything we achieved is simply unbelievable for us. And thinking back to the old days and looking right now to where…well, I really feel proud.  

M: How do you write the main themes for the albums. Just your imagination or ideas from fantastic books?

Aydan: No, it is just from imaginations. But I guess you refer to the lyrics, and if you read them with attention you will realize they are about personal experiences and emotions. Nothing about fantasy or something similar. Maybe some people think that Elvenking lyrics are about fantasy or heroic stories, probably because of the name of the band, but, with the exceptions of few lyrics in our first album, this is really far from the truth.


M: Is Elvenking main job for you? If it is, is it really possible to earn money from music these dark pirate free mp3 days? Do you support free share on internet? Is laws enough in Italy to protect your art?

Aydan: Unfortunately we cannot consider it as a real job. As you said these are really dark days, and mp3s have ruined everything. I think that if things won’t change, music is close to the end or at least quality music, because there won’t be budgets to create and give forms to your ideas and to promote seriously your bands. I think that time is running and if there won’t be serious laws to protect all this, there won’t be future. I don’t understand what music business is doing for this massive problem. It seems like they do not care. I read the other day that also Christina Aguilera sold only 200.000 copies of her album. Well this is pretty impressive! When also pop music will be close to the end I think somebody will do something!

M: Personallay, which kind of music do you listen?

Aydan: Well, I would say everything, from metal to pop, from rock to punk and everything that has good melodies. But I would say that the very most part of my listening are good old metal and some new interesting band. I prefer melodic metal but also death or black metal are between my usual preferences.

M: Do you collect LP? Is it still populer format for you?

Aydan: Well, no to be sincere no. I am still with the good cd. No mp3 please!

M: Do we have chance to see Elvenking live in istanbul?

Aydan: I would come to play there also tomorrow if there are some promoters there interested in bringing Elvenking to play.

M: Thanks for the answers bro. Say hello to crew from us.

Aydan: Thank you very much for the interview. Our new album will be release in September, so check it out. All the best!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

ACHERONTAS INTERVIEW

14-10-2010
ORIGINALLY RELEASED UNDER 
MIRAS FANZINE ISSUE 6
ACHERONTAS INTERVIEW

M: Hi. First of I all I want to thank you very much for requesting our interview. How is the Black Metal scene in Greece these days?
First of all thank u for the interview. The new scene has nothing to do with the old scene that i admired in the early 90'. Quantity but no quality. I respect only the older bands from our scene..the new bands even are musically good, they lack of a strong background in philoshophy themes. thats why black metal differs from the other kinds of music

M: I think that the Greece black metal is much more different than classic Norvegian black metal and most of the other countries. It has a different atmosphere. What do you think?

YES indeed.. the hellenic scene gives much more value in the atmosphere , but the others give to blast..

M: You changed your name from Stutthof to Acherontas. May you please tell us why you baptised your bands name as Acherontas? What is the meaning of Acherontas?
Acherontas was the river and the bridge that unites the living world with the world of the dead. IT was the gate to the underworld ,the name changed for estheticall reasons , and that our philoshophy from the beginning of the band at 1996 was dealing with occultismm and not NS , but our ex name was a very good propaganda for the perfect and lovely race of god.

M: What are the reaction of your fans to new album?

As i know from many reviewes and some reports from our label the reactions are very good

M: I see you have some material about Eygpt in your new album. May you tell us what are the stories telling in new album?

Our lyrics in the last album deals generally with occultism. but many themes have benn taken from old traditions and mysteries that take place in summeria.Like the after life existance and many necromantical arts


M: Are there any differents between Stutthof lyrics and Acherontas lyrics?

Not at all, only the name chenged nothing else
M: What do you do in your ordinary days excluding music?

Living my life enjoy and master as a predator, trying to live as creative entity
M: May you please let us know a little about true occult black art? If this is more than a lyric inspiration, just let us know what you have at the other side of the black door.

Occultism is way of life, it cannot be described in few words, its a way of action..
 

M: These are our questions.Do you have something to add?

Check our split with necromantia which is already out, a split with leviathan coming out on march and also my project nihasa .. for more details visit our websites 
https://www.facebook.com/AcherontasCoven


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

ELIMINATOR INTERVIEW

24-02-2010
ORIGINALLY RELEASED UNDER
MIRAS FANZINE ISSUE 7
ELIMINATOR INTERVIEW

M: Hi. First of I all I want to thank you very much for requesting our interview. Well lets start with first question. I see some photos from old Persian Empire in your myspace page. Are you from Iran?

Warchild: Yes I am from Iran. My parents are anyway, I was born in America.

M: Breaking the Wheel album is really amazing. Fast as hell. Tell us about the album recording session please.

Warchild: It was awesome, took some time to record at Sam's house and Jon Norberg's home studio. We recorded it very raw and the speed came from the songwriting. The songs were meant to be fast like that.

M: I guess the band has two members. Does Eliminator play live performence? If not will there be live performances later?

Warchild: Right now there is a lineup being solidified. In time we will play shows when we have all the equipment for our new bassist.

M: Please tell us about the reaction of thrash fans all around the world for the album.

Warchild: The reaction has been very positive. Some people think we are the best new thrash band in the world so that was a surprise. Since we did not tour to support the first album due to other life obligations, it did not succeed as well as the other bands in the new scene. However, it has gotten recognition internationally.

M: Which format of the album sold more? LP or CD?

Warchild: The LP sold well but the CD is now sold out for some time.  There will be a repress and a future rerecording of the tracks.

M: Following the glorious Breaking the wheel, when will we hear new material from Eliminator?

Warchild: We are in the process of finalizing the second LP, so hopefully by the end of this year there should be a release.


M: I see you worked with Repka for the album cover painting. Did you give the idea to him or did he read the lyrics and designed it free?

Warchild: The original design was my idea but Repka contributed his own idea. I said it was cool and he went wild with it.

M: What is your main aim for the future of Eliminator?

Warchild: The main aim is to put out at least one album a year if not more, and tour in the future. That is basically it...constantly write and release music to the metal community

M: Do you have contacts with other thrash bands? Do you have the environment in your city which Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and Sepultura has 25 years ago?

Warchild: I have very little contact with other thrash bands, so no!

M: Please let us hear some last words for the Turkish thrash fans.

Warchild: Keep banging your heads, rock hard and keep metal alive forever. It has a purpose!