viernes, 3 de abril de 2020


REVIEWS






Starspawn of Cthulhu “yog-sothothery” ep 2020 (ita)

Italian duo that plays a heavy doom metal with heavy parts and with some passages of synthesizers, which are pleasant and at the same time also dark passages that accompany this 5-song ep, the production is independent, but I must emphasize that the sound is impeccable, at lovers of old Tiamat and Katatonia this will be to your liking, the first song "lurker are the threshold" struck me the strength in the vocal parts and that riff that impacts from start to finish, the slowness of its musical essence is for the total recognition, the doom is characterized by creating an atmosphere of gloom and darkness this band if it has been personally rescued a lot this work is recommended and they can link to their bandcamp and draw their own conclusions, surely the ep have it for sale they can write to them via Instagram and request this good piece of unmissable doom metal !!

https://starspawnofcthulhu.bandcamp.com/releases



miércoles, 1 de abril de 2020




Interview for  HAUNTED CENOTAPH  (Poland)
1.-Hello ABUK MORBID, How’s all through those far lands of Poland? , as i told you it’s one of the most solid scenes that exist in that side of Europe. What do you think? 
Golem: Hailz! At the moment it doesn’t look that good because of the virus situation, but we all hope that it will change soon. Yes, I think that Poland has strong metal underground. There are many bands which are worth checking out. Also we have many groups which are considered as cult among Polish metalheads and not only. We know many of them personally and are in the friend relationship with many of them. I’d recommend checking out our friends like: “Black Hosts” very good speed/thrash, “Gallower” black/thrash in the vein of early Japanese Sabbat, Sodom and Destruction or if you like classic heavy metal, check out “Roadhog” Those all are the “new bands” created after 2010 and they’re examples of great underground Metal from Poland. There are also many many more but naming all of them would take too much time, however all I can say is that Metal underground in Poland is very strong and I hope it will stay the same or became even stronger.

 2.- I really like the EP“HAUNTED CENOTAPH” That you send me, it’s a DEATH DOOM very intense, but the first theme “AT THE GATES OF R’LYEH “ comes with a few fast part just like the EP and that makes the difference from dense to fast parts, it’s like an extreme change. How many non-sleep nights were the guilty to make this penumbrant and at the same time chaotic sound possible?
Golem: Thanks for the nice words! I do appreciate that! Well, the intro “At the Gates of R’Lyeh” was recorded by our friend Neithan from Antisound Studio where we were recording  the entire EP and the guitars for the upcoming LP. Before entering the studio, it was not planned to do such intro. We thought that the first notes of “Haunted Cenotaph” would act as an intro to the EP but as the recording session continued, we came out with the idea to make a separate sick and morbid track completely different from the ones placed on the EP which in my opinion fits with the entire stuff perfectly and introduces the atmosphere of the “Haunted Cenotaph” EP. Which I think is the main role of the intros on the records in general. The funny thing with the intro is that neither of the band members recorded even a single note in that track. Simply because we couldn’t play on the instruments used there, thus it was all played and performed by Neithan (Infernal Hails!) There were no sleepless nights during the sessions to be honest. It was hard work, we had been recording for 14 hours every day and we had three days to finish all the stuff which may seem like a lot of time but it wasn’t that much, however we successfully managed to finish all.  When it comes to the EP itself, it represents the name we use to call our music “Morbid Doom Metal” which was the idea of Coffin Crawler as we needed a catchy let’s call it “slogan” in order to use it on the CD version of EP. Tracks there are more diversified than on demo “Nightmares from Beyond”. Each track here is different but all of them fit with the rest. The biggest difference is the very fast track “Into the Realm of Thanatos” which was created because we thought that we needed something faster in contrast to the slow and crushing title track and “Rites of the Undead”.  Also I treat that one as a tribute to all the thrash metal classics which I’ve been listening for many years and DO ADORE them. Thrash is my favorite metal genre.



3.-We were talking about another polish bands like KAT, They’re like the pioneers of Metal in Poland such as IMPERATOR. If soon you make a new disc, would you like to make a cover of them? Or maybe make a cover of them and play it in live?
Golem: To be honest, we’ve never thought about covering any Polish bands yet. The reason behind that is that we choose covers very carefully. There are many of them which we would like to play but not many of them fit the music performed by HC, to the very low tuning, vocals, drums and etc. In that case, KAT wouldn’t fit to our style because of the differences in music of both bands. Anyway, we adore KAT we are huge fans of that band. In my opinion they’re the best metal band that has ever existed in Poland. Albums like 666, “Oddech Wymarłych Światów” or “Bastard” are not only among the best albums of Polish metal but also when comparing them to the albums from the other countries. I also managed to play as a support band before KAT a couple of years when I was playing in my previous band “Excidium”. Coming back to the covers,  so far, we’ve done “Reaper” from the Swiss Masters of Metal “Hellhammer” placed on the demo “Nightmares from Beyond” which from the beginning I thought it would fit perfectly, played even slower and with our low tuning and with Coffin Crawler’s vocals . This track became the sure thing at our gigs and to some point, people started to recognize us, as the band that plays “Reaper” live.  We’ve planned one more cover so far but I cannot tell at the moment. You’ll see what we’ve prepared in the future.

4.- few time ago some I received some ZINES and they were all in your language. This made me think that the scene in Poland is very solid and at the same time very closed because the Polish is very hard to understand for the rest of the world and English is the 2nd world’s language. Why you just don’t translate it? Have you thought about that? What’s your opinion about this?
Coffin Crawler: Ugh! That's right, most of the zines from our contry are being released in Polish, the reason why is simple, most of the older metal maniacs either don't speak English well or at all. They're rather targeted towards the local readers. Besides that, Polish is a complex and specific language which makes it possible to convey the context, thoughts and message which may become distorted in translation into English. On the other hand, we used to have or still have a few really cool zines in English (some of them don't exist anymore) One of the biggest, most extensive and mighty zines is Necroscope.  Apart from that most of Oldschool Metal Maniac is being released in English as well as Complete Necro and Ritual Murder Zine.  I'd recommend checking out those names, it's really worth it. Speaking of the language itself, I'm sure it'd  be a linguistic hell for someone from abroad hehe.

5.- I know a lot of the UNDERGROUND METAL scene in Poland and there are Neo-Nazi’s bands, especially of black metal. What can you tell us about it?
Golem: Yes, that’s right. There is a vast amount of Neo-Nazis in black metal, especially in black metal as you’ve mentioned. I have never understood, don’t understand and will never understand why do those people share those idiotic ideas, I don’t understand how they can adore assholes like Hitler and all the rest if Nazis ruined our country and killed so many innocent people. This may be caused by the lack of historical education, stupidity or a need to manifest their identity which I also don’t understand. What is more funny if we can use word “funny” to describe them is that they listen to the bands which are left-wing and present  the same values in their lyrics and Nazi bands, what the fuck? This is very common phenomenon in Poland, they for example listen to Running Wild or Sodom and some Nazi shit at the same time. Which stands for a very strong contradiction, how they can join together two totally different ideologies which are in total opposition to each other? It’s been a mystery to me for many years, and there is still no answer to that. Their favor for those ideas may also come from the historical reasons, because Poland was under a communist authority from 1945 to 1989 and those people want to manifest their hatred towards communism which also doesn’t make sense in my opinion because they run away from one dictatorship into another. When it comes to my own personal ideas I’m totally apolitical. I hate politics in general, the situation in the band is similar, Haunted Cenotaph is totally apolitical and we don’t deal with those topics in our music, and never will.  

6.- Let's get a little out of the musical theme, to the readers of Aquelarre zine that would like to know what’s the current situation in your country in general, tell us something.
Coffin Crawler: At the moment it doesn't go or look good because of the pandemic of that fucking virus. Our government has implemented the state of emergency which in practice means closed pubs, gyms most of the shops, cancelled gigs and other events and also a prohibition of gatherings and closed borders. The situation may become disastrous for  our economy as most of the companies and factories aren't functioning. For about a week people have been staying home and going out only if necessary. Looking at Italy, France, Spain etc it's better to be safe than sorry and take care of yourself before the situation gets very serious. Anyway, apart from the current events it's not bad to live here hehe. Could be better but we can't complain. The thing that pisses me off is the extended influence of Catholic Church on the various aspects of life. The current government is sucking cocks of priests whenever they can. It leads to the ridiculous situations in which metal gigs are being cancelled or blocked or the public money is being spent on religious activity and etc. Generally, Christianity is trying to take control many aspects of life. The thing that is comforting is that more and more people are leaving that shit. The region where we live is a bit backwards in comparing to the other ones, we earn less money, we are far from the capital of Poland and the biggest tours are avoiding our city but at least it is safe, quiet and calm here. Nearby we have mountains, monuments and many interesting places.

7.- what kind of feeling gives you to enter between the chaotic and at the same time appear in the dark passages of desolation, I mean when you write and compose themes. I really like how you and the rest of the band plays. What other sensations can you add to your music?
Golem: I think it comes out naturally. I don’t prepare myself in any way. I just take the guitar and start playing which sometimes gives the beginning of the new track or the entire track. When I have an inspiration the entire track can be ready in a few hours or sometimes even less, but there are some days when I take the guitar and nothing comes to my mind, I cannot play even a single riff which would be worth something. In that case it’s better to leave it for a day or two and then try, instead of forcing yourself to write something. When it comes to the feelings you’ve asked, I like to write riffs when I’m pissed off. In that case it’s like a form of releasing anger through music and I can tell you that at least four tracks had been written in that state of mind. Once I’ve written a track in half an hour, but it was an extreme case. The results of that you’ll hear on the debut album. I always write music sober, I know it doesn’t sound very rock “n” roll but there ain't nothing I can do about it hahaha. Writing sober, helps me keep concentrated on the riff and the track itself, only then I can tell and feel whether the riffs I’ve made are good enough to make it to the album or not. Once I’d tried to play something after smoking some weed and it turned out to be a complete disaster haha.

8.- The cover of the dics are always important to the bands, reflect what the disc is about and once the best of the themes, for you what does it represent?
Golem: I do agree with what you’ve said. They have to represent what the album or the band’s music is about. It is important for them to correlate with the music that the band performs and with the topics that they deal with in their lyrics. For example: most of our lyrics deal with the topics of horror thus the cover of “Nightmares from Beyond” shows a Cthulhu inspired creature from the outer world. The EP “Haunted Cenotaph” has our vision of how that cenotaph would look like and what would be inside of it. We are going to continue that on every new material released by the band and our covers will always correlate with the music recorded on the disc. We pay attention to the cover arts and layout all the time. We just want it to look good and be representative of the band.

9.- If in some moment you’re choose to be opening act of a band….. for Which band would you like to be the opening act?
Golem: That’s a very difficult question but if I had to choose I’d play first of all before Iron Maiden, which are the most important band in my life since the very beginning of my journey in the world of Metal. Then, Motorhead and Black Sabbath. Those three bands are the most important for me and if I only could play before either of those I’d do that without any hesitation. I know that in 2 out of 3 cases here it’s not possible, however we have to have dreams hehe. A small element of either can be seen in our music. From Iron Maiden I took the inspiration to close the album with the longer, expanded and more “epic” song like “Hallowed be thy Name”, “To Tame a Land” or “Rime of the Ancient Mariner”. Of course I don’t want to compare tracks from our materials to those masterpieces, however the idea to close the demo with “Funeral Candles” and EP with “Rites of the Undead” has been inspired by Iron Maiden. More Maiden inspiration will be seen on the next releases. Motorhead can be seen in the general feeling of the tracks and Black Sabbath which is probably the biggest inspiration for us. The band that created Doom Metal and all the kinds of Metal, If you play metal you’re to some point being inspired by Black Sabbath because without them there would be no Metal at all. Tony Iommi is my favorite guitar player and I sometimes try to take something from his style of playing and riffing and apply them to our music. We also add them in the thanklist of each of our materials in order to show an eternal respect for Black Sabbath.

10.- in the beginning when you start with Metal, what things do you remember the most? What’s the thing that made you in into the dark side of this world? 
Golem: I've started listening to Metal at the age of 12. From that time I remember the beginnings. My father showed me Black Sabbath, my uncle Metallica and Slayer and my friends Iron Maiden and then it all continued. I started collecting albums, my first was “Live After Death” which I consider as the best live album ever recorded, then Motorhead and Metallica. I remember hearing those albums for the first time very well and what is important, I still got the same feeling when I listen to them today. The years go by, things change but Metal still remains in my heart and veins and this will never change. Metal ‘til Death!!!



11.- When we were talking the other day and you told me about the change in the alignment of your band, I imagine that is because you’re a new band and you’re trying to find the supremacy. What happened with the other members? Was there a misunderstanding or any dispute with the musicians?
Golem: It wasn’t a dispute but rather the artistic differences between us and the drummer which caused that he is now out of the band. Me and Coffin Crawler wanted to go in a different direction than the drummer so the decision was made and he left Haunted Cenotaph in March 2019. With us, he recorded drums for demo and EP. We wish him well and there is no bad blood between us. With the new drummer, Abyssal Conqueror, I played in our previous two bands Excidium and Necrosadist which means that we’d known each other for many years before he entered the world of Haunted Cenotaph. He joined the band in June 2019 and we already started working on the debut album which took us a few months before it was ready. In January we entered the studio again and within 3 weeks the job was done. The current Haunted Cenotaph’s line-up is stronger than ever. We feel comfortable playing with each other and the old tracks and new tracks sound even better than before. I hope that this will continue.

12.- i feel very curious about the bangers in Poland, i tell you this because here in South America is a chaos of alcohol, lust and downess…… here we have the thought that in Poland the people are colder with their behavior and more respectful. Is that true? Tell us about it and if we can find a lot of metal bars in Poland.
Golem: That’s quite true, that people are colder but it depends whether they are “more respectful”. First of all, Polish bangers if they’re true metal maniacs they are totally dedicated to metal and all the things that are connected to that. In many cases the phrase “Metal ‘til Death” can be easily applied while thinking about the true metal die-hards from Poland  but I think it’s not only how it looks in Poland. Every country has maniacs that would die for metal, hasn’t it? It just depends on a person, what they feel and how deep they’re into metal. The contrast between Polish metalheads and those from different countries like Germany, France, Italy and etc occurs when it comes to violence and aggression at the gigs. Metalheads from the western Europe are much more relaxed and calm during the gigs whereas in Poland, mosh-pit looks a warzone and it’s sometimes dangerous to be inside of it, it’s a place where you can sometimes lose your teeth. Whereas in the Western Europe mosh-pit is much softer and mostly it’s just headbanging and fist-banging. I think that both ways of participating in a concert are good. It just all depends on a person and what they like to do. In Poland such behavior shows the enthusiasm of the people towards the band that is playing and it’s the way of releasing anger and a form of breaking away from reality and everyday problems.  I used to be in a mosh-pit at almost every gig but now I prefer the “western Europe” model let’s say, which means headbanging, fist-banging or shouting the verses and choruses along with the band and this is what I currently do at most of the gigs, however good friendly violent mosh is always fine, and when I can, I do enter that. Honestly I cannot think of any Metal bar in Poland. Either I haven’t been to any of those or they just don’t exist, I’ve no idea. If we go to the bars or pubs downtown, we just go to the regular ones where they play decent music which doesn’t make you wanna puke when you hear it. When it comes to the clubs, I don’t think that there are also “exclusively” metal clubs in which they play only that genre. One day there is something metal and one-day there is some disco shit.


13.- Since your start you have one demo and one EP, are you thinking in making a new thing every year and keep searching for the perfect band? I tell you this because of the change of the musicians in your band.
Golem: As I’ve said, The current Haunted Cenotaph’s line-up is stronger than ever and I think that it couldn’t be better which means that to that point we’ve found the “perfect band” Yes, we want to do something every year, even if not release new stuff, we at least want to record every year. So far we’ve made it with the demo from 2018, EP from 2019 and I hope LP will be also released in 2020. This year we also want to record something more but we don’t know that details yet. The future will show.

14.- what are you listening in this moment while you’re answering this interview?
Golem: While answering this interview I had enough time to listen a few records for a few times. I was listening to Destroyer 666 - Unchain the Wolves mostly, Death-Sound of Perseverance and now I’m listening to the Hardcore Punk classic- GBH- City Baby Attacked by Rats.
15.- well, just to finish we would like to hear your recommendations and greetings for the lectors of AQUELARRE ZINE.
Golem: Thanks a lot for a time in your zine! Greetings from Poland to all the lectors and readers of AQUELARRE! Hailz! Worship Metal, Drink Beer, Smoke Weed and Stay Doomed!



INTERVIEW FOR BLACK CANDLE (LUXEMBOURG)

here the interview with this old school black metal band:

1.- demons greetings. I see that you have existed since 1994 (the year in which AQUELARRE zine was also born). Those years were crucial above all due to the events that occurred in Norway and the inner circle. What did you decide to create your black metal band? I ask you this question why after what I said before !! Lots of black metal bands came out all over the world.
Rune Tristanne: Hello and thank you for you interest in Black Candle. Back at that Time we where all fascinated by the early Norwegian BM scene. It was a very special time and Black metal was something very obscure and extreme. This music was so very dark and profound and a new feeling was born at this time. I think after hearing the Emperor/Enslaved Split CD and A Blaze in the Northern Sky by Darkthrone i had a strong desire to create my own Black metal Band.

2.- According to what I know of your country is that it has many forests, and old houses from medieval times, I think it is a suitable environment and atmosphere to recreate the right feeling to play or create black metal, what do you think about this?
Rune Tristanne: Yes and No. Luxembourg is a very bourgeois Country and everything is only about Money and Luxury and on the other side you have this silly Catholic Hillbilly mentality. I don’t live in Luxembourg anymore since 10 Years. But your right there are still a lot of Dark Castles and beautiful Woods. There are some places that had a strong Impact on my musical work. 

3.- Let's talk about your productions you have about two demos one ep and three full length which of all these productions you have had the most inconvenience to do it can you tell us as an anecdote ¿
Rune Tristanne: There are two Demos from the old Days and one Ep and four Albums. Since „Lead me to the Tombs“ in 2006 all music is created and recorded in my own Studio Nowhere Studios and recently at Arphs Kirkel Kerker Studios. It is not easy to work with other People. The most inconvenient record Session was the recording of „Lost Light of the North“ that was a very frustrating time for Black Candle. Recording the „Thou Angel of Poisonous Flowers“ was even more a catastrophe. A Nightmare!!! My favorite all time fave
Black Candle record is „Smoke and Monoliths“ and the brand new Album „Trees in Space“ that will be finished very soon. Me and Arph had a lot of Fun and Joy when we created Trees in Space. We have the perfect conditions now for creating our Music together. Black Candle has reached the perfect balance now. Now it is what it always should have been. Im very proud to work with Arph he is the perfect Man for this.

4.-Do you have or have other musical tastes, apart from black metal, any project parallel to the band?
Rune Tristanne: Yes many others. I love stuff like Chelsea Wolfe, Swans, The Sisters of
Mercy, Nine inch Nails, Emma Ruth Rundle, Alice Cooper, Bauhaus, Mazy Star, The
Virgin Prunes, Coil, Psychic Tv, Current 93, Sonic Youth, Throbbing Gristle, Electric Wizard, Black Sabbath, Yob, Rozz Williams, Lingua Ignota, The Cure ant most of all the old Christian Death and even music by Lana del Rey, i really  love her music. And i am a big Lover of Dark Ambient Musik and psychedelic and 70ies Stuff.

5.- The last album where they appear is a Split that came out on cassette as were the sales of the cassette, are there still available? What Black Candle material do you currently have available?
Rune Tristanne: You can find the Tape at Narbentage Production Shop maybe. Most of our Stuff is sold out. But Narbentage will do a special Tape Box with us with all our Records and unreleased and Rare Tracks. We are working on it. It will be a Collectors Item.

6.- Is there any material from you that would be out of stock, and if so, could you reissue it?
Rune Tristanne: Everything is mostly sold out. I only have some T-shirts left and Posters. It would be great to release everything on vinyl. But you should find our old Stuff on Discogs i think.
7.-would you have no problem playing with death metal bands or other trends within the underground? Or is it only and exclusively with black metal bands with whom they would share the stage, what can you tell us about this?
Rune Tristanne: Live Gigs are not possible at the Moment we are more into a creating Records Mood. Live Gigs are not very Important to us anymore. I
make a lot of Gigs with Old Pagan. Death metal is not really my Kind of Music but i have no Problem with these Guys.


8 .- “Lost light of the north” is an album that I really like, also most of its productions are to my liking and I think that the good listener of the style would also like it, what theme of this album “lost light of the north “is that you or you like it and why?

Rune Tristanne: I really like that Album but it is not my Favorite. It has a strong nordic Flair. I did not write the Lyrics for this Album. It is very detached. Its about getting lost in Thoughs and Woods and leaving the World behind and entering the Realm of Nature. To become a silent Part of this.

9.- From what we have read in its history, we know that Luxembourg is one of the richest European countries in the world that currently exists, tell us a little about it and because you think that this remains so until today, seeing that the world economy is going to the ground!

Rune Tristanne: That’s because most of People are greedy Bastards and
Gangsters. You have to pay 800000 euro for a normal House. I don’t like Luxembourg. I did not fit in and i never found some real soulmates. I always felt uncomfortable in this Country. I was always some kind of a loner and most of the Time i felt misunderstood with my ideas and Concepts. I never felt happy. So i leaved Luxembourg and i found some real good People in Germany with the same Ideas and same Goals and the Will to spend energy and Time to create something great and Powerful.

10.-in the topic “in the ghost mountain” do you mean a story or a legend that you have had any experience with this?

Rune Tristanne: That was a feeling i get when i was in Norway in 2015. I saw these fantastic Landscapes covered in Fog and Snow and I was fantasizing about Ghosts of Ancient Times hunting these Mountains. So i made a song about it. The Riff of that Song is very old. A remaining riff from 1996.
11.-from what I have seen both Rune (bass. Vocals, guitars ..) and Arphyrios (vocals ..) have had parallel projects to Black Candle and what strikes me is that the bands are from Germany, I think it is because of the proximity of your country with them right? What can you tell us about all this?

Rune Tristanne: Yes a lot. Back in 2018 we created „Hermetic Self Destruction
Ritual“ this is a Dark Ambient Band. We released 2 Tape Albums in 2019
„Chapel of Baphomet“ and „Into the Black Boiling Sea. The new and third
Album „Kaos above, Love below“ is out now on Vinyl at Narbentage
Productions. HSDR is very dark and ritualistic. Arph has his other Projects, Arkrohn and Flutwacht and i have my Solo Project Deformation Guaranteed.
The first Album „Pagan Girl“ is ready to be released by Narbentage
Productions in the next Time. Deformation Guaranteed is between Doom and Post Punk/Gothic Rock. And since 2019 i am Vocalist in the German Black metal Band Old Pagan. We all live into Saarland Germany.
12.-What method do you use when composing the themes of your songs, do the lyrics, try the riffs, tell us a bit !!

Rune Tristanne: Mostly it starts with a riff. I rehearse it into my studio and then i add the drums and Bass, and the Song is created step by step. Then in Arphs Studio he adds his parts, the Ambience and Effects and finally we do the
Vocals.  Sometime i am inspired by a song Titel and i try to create the fitting Atmosphere.

13.-What instruments and brands in the music market do you recommend to new bands who want to enter this dark, gloomy genre of blasphemous black metal

Rune Tristanne: Well i don’t know? Everyone has to find his fitting instrument. I prefer Fender Jaguar Guitars and Ibanez. In the old Days i used a Gibson Explorer. A very good guitar.
14.-What about your next releases? Can you tell me something?
Rune Tristanne: It will be called „Trees in Space“ and will last about 55 minutes of pure Darkness and Witchcraft. It is a new step for Black Candle it will be very experimental, it is a mix of Black metal and Dark Ambient. For all those who like to listen, we have 2 brand new Songs on our Band camp, Trees in Space II and The House of Wolves, both songs are rough mixes and are not completed. The Album is completed at 75%. Check out the Teasers. And check out my Solo Project Deformation Guaranteed there is a Bandcamp too.


15.-well hell this is it for now, send your black vomits and last blasphemies to the readers of Aquelarre zine
Rune Tristanne:  Thank you for your Support and interest in our Stuff. Keep the
Black Flames burning and worship the Goddess!!!
93,93/93
Rune Tristanne




Bio: Putrid Tomb was founded in the Spring of 2019 by Kian Abulhosn (Drums/Vocals) in San Diego, California. Teaming up with Juan Cabanas on guitars the band recorded a four song demo in the fall of 2019 titled "Consuming The Diseased". Inspired by old school bands such as Cannibal Corpse and Autopsy, as well as modern acts such as Fetid and Witch Vomit the product resulted in a filthy, dark, and pummeling recording. The demo had a tape release through the label Desert Wasteland Productions and a CD release will be available in the summer through Careless Demo Recordings/Narcoleptica Productions. Lineup changes switched after the demo and Marc Novoa as well Manuel Rosas started taking on guitar duties. Despite never having a complete lineup at the same time, the band showcased a promising sound on the demo recording. Putrid Tomb looks forward to acquiring a bass player and playing live as well as working on a split with fellow San Diego death/doom act Mordom.


 Current Lineup

Kian Abulhosn: Drums/Vocals
Marc Novoa: Guitar
Manuel Rosas: Guitar


martes, 31 de marzo de 2020




Bio:

LEPROPHILIAC started in April '19 in A Coruña / Galicia (Northwest coast of Spain) as a studio project with Dopi on guitar / vocals and Suici on drums / vocals, totally inspired by old school stuff like early DEATH, AUTOPSY, OBITUARY, CARCASS, FUNEBRE, ABHORRENCE, CARNAGE...

Long time friends since school daze, this couple of rottenheads already played together in 1990/91 in the Thrash Metal band NECROSIS, afterwards Suici played with the first Death Metal band in A Coruña, CENOTAPH, and Dopi went to form MACHETAZO, a band who existed for 20 years and turned into one of the most famous underground acts in Spain ever.

On July '19 they did a four hours recording session for a demo titled “Caskets Of Flesh”, featuring the songs “The Autophagous”, “Mummification”, “Destined To Ritualistic Sacrifice” and a cover of CELTIC FROST's “Circle Of The Tyrants”, released on tape by DISMAL FATE Recs (Italy) in October 2019, on CD by CLANDESTINE Prods (Mexico) in December 2019, on tape by INHUMAN ASSAULT Prods (Thailand) in March 2020, and also to be released on tape by SUNKEN TOMB Recs (USA) and on CD by OBLITERATION Recs (Japan) around April 2020.


On January 2020 they recorded nine new songs to be featured on a full length album titled “Necrosis”, to be released on CD by Rescued From Life Records (USA).

Future recording plans include a split tape with CONCILIO CADAVÉRICO (Mex) and a split LP with CEMETARIAN (USA).

Band members:
Suici – Drums / Vocals.
Dopi – Guitar / Bass / Vocals.
                 


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Entrevista a FROM THE GRAVES y COMBAT NOISE (Cuba)

Aqui esta entrevista al vocalista Juan carlos vocalista de estas dos agrupaciones From the Graves y Combat Noise:

1.-ES MEJOR HACER UNA ENTREVISTA A ESTAS HORAS DE LA NOCHE Y ESCUCHANDO ALGO DE BUEN DEATH METAL. SALUDOS INSANOS, BIENVENIDO A ESTAS PAGINAS DE AQUELARRE ZINE.  COMENTANOS ALGO DE TU NUEVA BANDA FROM THE GRAVES Y DE TU OTRA AGRUPACION DEMOLEDORA LLAMADA COMBAT NOISE.

R1- Saludos Brutales. Primero que todo, gracias por la invitación y darnos la oportunidad de promocionar a COMBAT NOISE y a FROM THE GRAVES en una revista como AQUELARRE. Soy fundador de ambas bandas y con ellas defendemos lo que a nuestro entender es el verdadero Underground, la Actitud del metalero sobre y bajo el Escenario. FROM THE GRAVES es una banda de Death Metal Old School fundada en 2015 con dos discos “Rise Of The Macabre” 2016 (American Line Prods) y “Funebrarum” 2019. COMBAT NOISE es una banda de Death Metal al estilo de la Vieja Escuela de la Florida fundada hace 25 años y que sigue dando guerra, actualmente estamos preparando nuevo disco.
DISCOGRAFIA
01- Marching of Terror -1996 (demo)
02- Soldiers must like to kill -1998 (single)
03- For military supremacy -1999 (demo)
04- Awakening in holocaust -2001 (demo)
05- Radical with the war enemy -2002 (demo)
06- Under my rifle’s fire -2003 (single)
07- After the war… the wrath continues -2004 (CD). (2008) “American Line Prods” (Mexico)
08- Frontline Offensive Force – 2010 (CD) “Brutal Beatdown Recs” (Cuba). Re-editado por “Old Cemetery Recs”, “Butchered Recs” y “Sevared Recs” (USA) en 2011.
09- Anthems of carnage -2012 (CD) “Brutal Beatdown Recs” (Cuba). Re-editado en 2015 por “American Line Prods” (México)
10- In war we trust -2013 (7” EP) “Legion of Death Recs” (France)

2.-ME HAS COMENTADO QUE EN CUBA ES MUY DIFICIL LA DIFUSION DE LAS BANDAS UNDERGROUND PARA EL MUNDO, ¿A QUE SE DEBE ESTO? DE UN TIEMPO A ESTA PARTE, ¿PIENSAS QUE LAS COSAS HAN CAMBIADO? ¿CUAL CREES QUE HA SIDO EL CAMBIO Y EVOLUCION DE LA ESCENA UNDERGROUND EN CUBA?

R2- Vivimos en una isla, por lo que para girar no podemos rentar un pequeño bus e ir a México, Guatemala, Honduras… y seguir bajando hasta Argentina. Tenemos que pagar un boleto de avión que no es asequible a los bolsillos de la mayoría de los cubanos. Lo otro es que somos un país bloqueado por los Estados Unidos y la conexión a internet es muy lenta, cara y difícil. Las cosas van mejorando poco a poco en ese sentido… desde el año pasado puedo conectarme par de horas diarias desde mi teléfono e interactuar con el mundo por las redes sociales como hice contigo. En los noventas enviabas una carta y un cassette, pero ahora es diferente, el mundo funciona mucho más rápido y las personas, como es normal, no piensan ni actúan de la misma forma. Ya no nos llegan fanzines y revistas impresas, que era donde conseguíamos los contactos, todo se hace por internet. En cuanto a la evolución de la Escena Underground… para mal. El Metal Core, Death Core, la Electrónica, la fusión con ritmos cubanos y toda esa música que viola los principios de la vieja escuela le hace mucho daño a la Escena extrema en nuestro país. En los noventas o hacías Death Metal o eras un poser, ahora hay demasiado payaso suelto para mi gusto.


3.-CONVERSABAMOS LO OSCURO Y DESGARRADOR QUE ES ESCUCHAR A BANDAS COMO IMMOLATION O INCANTATION ¿PUEDES NOMBRARME ALGUN TEMA EN ESPECIAL DE UNA DE ESTAS DOS BANDAS QUE TE DESTAPO LOS SESOS CUANDO SENTISTE LA ESTRUENDOSA Y CAOTICA BARBARIE AL ESCUCHAR A ESTOS DEMONIOS?

R3-Into Everlasting Fire” del Down of Possession (IMMOLATION) y “Demonic Incarnate” del Mortal Throne of Nazarene (INCANTATION). Esa fue una época especial con los primeros discos de CARCASS, SUFFOCATION, UNLEASHED, MORBID ANGEL, DEICIDE, OBITUARY, MORTICIAN, DEATH y un largo etc. No hay música más brutal que el Death Metal en sus variantes extremas y ellos son los padres de toda esa apoteosis musical. De hecho, los primeros discos de estas bandas son los que más me gustan… con la excepción de   IMMOLATION e INCANTATION que, a diferencia de los otros, cada vez que sacan un disco me gustan más.



4.-ME COMENTASTE QUE COMBAT NOISE EXISTE DESDE 1995. ¿COMO NACE ENTONCES FROM THE GRAVES Y SI TUVIERAS QUE ELEGIR ENTRE LAS DOS PARA POR EJEMPLO SACAR UN DISCO EN ALGUN SELLO IMPORTANTE A CUÁL DE LAS DOS BANDAS ELIGIRIAS?

R4- FROM THE GRAVES surge porque, además de las bandas híper veloces y técnicas, también me gustan las pesadas y oscuras, así como la temática anticristiana, la muerte, el ocultismo, etc. En COMBAT NOISE no caben esos pasajes demoniacos porque escogimos otro camino y ya la banda tiene un sello que no queremos cambiar. Quise realizarme como compositor e intérprete de tópicos más tenebrosos y en 2015 armé la banda con intención de proponer algo diferente a COMBAT NOISE. Le presto la misma atención a ambas agrupaciones, pero naturalmente si pudiera sacar un disco con algún sello importante escogería “Funebrarum” que fue en lo último que trabajé.


5.- EN TU PAGINA DE FACEBOOK PUBLICASTE UN ARTICULO QUE SALIO EN UN PERIODICO HACIENDO BUENOS COMENTARIOS DEL PRIMER DISCO DE FROM THE GRAVES “RISE OF THE MACABRE”, PUES A MI EL SEGUNDO DISCO “FUNEBRABRUM” TAMBIEN ME PARECE BRUTAL, ESO SI, YO PIENSO QUE UN POCO MAS TRABAJADO QUE EL PRIMERO. ¿CUAL ES TU OPINION?

R5- Superar el “Rise of The Macabre” era nuestro reto. Y en mi opinión lo logramos con “Funebrarum” porque, en principio, conseguimos hacer un disco diferente sin salirnos del estilo, con canciones con personalidad propia, o sea, que no se parecen entre sí, aunque sugieran la misma fuerza y el mismo sentimiento oscuro y blasfemo. Ya el público conoce las canciones viejas y las pide en los conciertos, ahora falta que las nuevas prendan con la misma fuerza. El último tema es una versión Death Metal a “Freezing Moon” de MAYHEM, que escogimos porque lo consideramos un clásico del Metal Extremo.  Hemos recibido muy buenos comentarios por parte de los amigos a los que le hemos enviado el disco, ahora falta considerar con que sello lo sacamos y para eso vamos a tomarnos un tiempito.



6.-HABLAME DEL ULTIMO FULL LENGTH DE COMBAT NOISE QUE SACARON EN EL 2013 “ANTHEMS OF CARNAGE “.

R6- Es un trabajo del que estamos muy orgullosos… demoledor, brutal y técnico. Las letras tratan sobre nuestras guerras de independencia contra la metrópoli española, pero encajan perfectamente en todo el contexto de la América de habla hispana. La letra de “Battle Hymn” es el texto del Himno Nacional de Cuba, tal y como se escribió en 1868, solo que en inglés. La letra es brutal, de hecho, ahora en la Cuba de hoy solo se cantan las dos primeras estrofas para no herir sensibilidades internacionales. Ya no tenemos copias disponibles del CD, pero los interesados pueden encargarlo con Joel Morales de American Line Prods en México DF.


7- ¿ESTE CD ESTA BAJO TU PROPIO SELLO, BRUTAL BEATDOWN RECORDS? TE PREGUNTO SI ES TU SELLO PORQUE SOLO VEO PRODUCCIONES DE ESTA BANDA.

R6-Brutal Beatdown Records es el sello de un amigo francés de nombre David Chapet. Él vive en Cuba hace alrededor de 20 o 25 años. Nos conocimos porque éramos vecinos y me dijo que había visto a COMBAT NOISE y le había gustado, que como hacía para obtener material de bandas cubanas. Yo le comenté que era rara la banda metálica que hubiese sacado disco con disquera foránea, que en Cuba los sellos eran estatales y no se interesaban en agrupaciones como nosotras. Me preguntó que por qué no hacíamos nuestros propios sellos y le expliqué que con el nivel de ingresos que tenemos los cubanos no podemos darnos esos lujos. Entonces se le ocurrió la idea de invertir y hacer su disquera (patentizada como francesa) para apoyar la Escena metalera cubana… solo que, como ya sabes, es un negocio que ahora mismo trae más perdida que ganancia y no fructificó. David Chapet también fue el organizador de un festival internacional que llevó por más de 10 años de nombre “BRUTAL FEST” y donde compartimos escenario con bandas del Underground internacional como SEDATIVE, MUMAKIL, INFERIA, INHUMATE, etc.


8.-JUAN CARLOS ERES EL VOCALISTA DE AMBAS BANDAS ¿CIERTO?  ¿QUE VOCALISTA ES AL QUE MÁS ADMIRAS Y SIENTES QUE CANTA CON MUCHA OSCURIDAD Y PASION POR ESTE GENERO DEATH METAL?

R8- Admiro mucho a George Fisher (CANNIBAL CORPSE, MONSTROSITY) como frontman y vocalista, aunque me identifico más con la voz de Chris Barnes (CANNIBAL CORPSE, SIX FEET UNDER) y de Glen Benton (DEICIDE, VITAL REMAINS)



9.-EN NUESTRAS CONVERSACIONES TE COMENTÉ DE LA BANDA SECTARIUM. CUENTAME ALGO DE ESTA AGRUPACION ¿SABES ALGO DE ELLOS ACTUALMENTE? YO HE TENIDO LA SUERTE DE TENER SU DEMO “GOD’S WRATH” Y ME PARECIO PRIMITIVO Y DEMOLEDOR, LUEGO NO HE SABIDO MAS DE LA BANDA. ¿SABES SI CAMBIO DE ESTILO?

R9-Ese demo es de la primera mitad de los años 90. En enero del 97 su vocalista/bajista es asesinado en una pelea callejera y la agrupación se desintegra… pero antes de morir deja un excelente disco con su proyecto SPIRITUS “Soul Enslaved” (1996) de dos canciones y 25,45 min de duración. Esa es la verdadera joya. Recuerdo que viajamos a la provincia de Santa Clara y en su funeral, cuando estábamos bien borrachos, con la autorización de la novia y la familia pusimos el disco… era como si nos hablara en lamentos desde el más allá con la voz más gutural que puedas imaginar. 


10.-TIENES ALGUN GUSTO POR LAS PELICULAS DE CULTO DE TERROR Y GORE.  ¿PUEDES RECOMENDARNOS ALGUNA?

R10- “28 Semanas Después”, “Tren a Busan” y la última versión de “Amityville”. Hay muchas buenas películas de ese género que me gustan, clásicas y no clásicas, pero mi preferida es “El Resplandor” así como los cásicos del cine de horror de los años 30 y 40.


11.-ESTAS EN LA BUSQUEDA DE UN SELLO, ME GUSTARIA QUE NOS COMENTES Y DE PASO APROVECHES LA ENTREVISTA PARA PROMOCIONAR A TUS BANDAS, QUE A MI OPINION SON MUY BUENAS AMBAS. ME GUSTA ESE SONIDO VIEJA ESCUELA DEL DEATH METAL.


R11- Si, tanto COMBAT NOISE como FROM THE GRAVES hacen Death Metal de la vieja escuela, pero hay bastantes diferencias entre ellas. Musicalmente COMBAT NOISE es más brutal, más rápida, las letras y la imagen visual están inspiradas en el Arte de la Guerra. FROM THE GRAVES
es más oscura y pesada, las líricas tratan sobre cementerios, canibalismo, asesinos en serie, muertos vivientes, demonios, etc… o sea, una temática variada pero dentro del Horror. La imagen es más Old School, inspirada en bandas como CELTIC FROST, POSSESSED, Kerry King de SLAYER, etc.



12- ME PARECIERON INCREIBLES LOS VIDEOS QUE VI DE COMBAT NOISE, TANTO EN LA PRODUCCION, SONIDO Y DEMAS DETALLES. ¿COMO ES QUE SE ANIMAN PARA HACER ESTOS VIDEO CLIPS?


R12- Gracias brother, es un placer escuchar que nuestro trabajo no fue en vano. Ponemos mucho esfuerzo en hacer lo que nos gusta. En Cuba ya conocen bien a COMBAT NOISE por dar tanto concierto, pero para el extranjero es necesario un video-clip que capte la intensidad del grupo sobre el escenario, para que el mundo nos vea tal y cual somos sin necesidad de ver un concierto completo. Siempre se ha dicho que una imagen vale más que mil palabras. En el caso de un disco, si la música es buena y tiene buen sonido, bien, si va acompañada de un buen cover y artwork, mejor. Ahora, si a todo esto le sumas un video de calidad… captas mejor la atención de la audiencia y de las disqueras que no nos conocen. Si te pones a ver en YouTube, nuestros videos tienen una buena cantidad de reproducciones para ser una banda cubana y prácticamente desconocida internacionalmente. Esto es gracias a metaleros cubanos que viven en el extranjero y que los subieron al cyber espacio porque en Cuba, todavía hoy, es muy difícil subirlos. Pienso que lo hicieron para mostrarle al mundo algo de lo que están orgullosos y eso nos reconforta y nos incentiva a seguir el camino que escogimos. Ahora me toca hacerlos con FROM THE GRAVES.  



13.-PORQUE DECIDIERON HACER LOS VIDEOS CON EL TEMA “PLATOON” Y “THROUGH ETERNAL BATTLEFIELDS” Y NO CON LOS OTROS TEMAS? ¿QUE DE ESPECIAL HAY EN ESTOS 2 TEMAS?


R13- En el caso de “Platoon”, lo escogimos porque es el título de uno de nuestros filmes bélicos preferidos. De hecho, la letra está inspirada en la Guerra de Vietnam. También porque la historia del video clip ya estaba hecha… y nada menos que por Oliver Stone. Eso nos ahorró todo lo que conlleva filmar un video clip de guerra. El reto para el director y el editor era que las imágenes de la banda y del filme tuvieran la misma dinámica y colores, que reflejara la pesadilla bélica que vivieron los soldados en Vietnam y en mi opinión lo lograron. Hay otros videos que recomiendo “Psychobelic”, “Slave’s Grinder” y “Cuba Death Metal (Tribute to the cuban Extreme Metal Escene)”. Este último es en home video, pero en él la Escena Underground internacional puede enterarse de que en Cuba hay bandas, festivales, fanzines y un público metalero que las sigue. 

  

14.- ¿ALGO QUE HUBIESES QUERIDO CAMBIAR DE ESTE ULTIMO DISCO?  ¿ESTAS SATISFECHO CON EL TRABAJO REALIZADO EN “FUNEBRARUM”?

R14-Nunca quedo satisfecho del todo. Siempre hay algo que con el paso del tiempo uno quiere cambiar o arreglar. Hubo pocas sesiones de grabación, como es normal, pero después de masterizar apareció un ruido en las guitarras y para corregirlo sufría mucho el resultado final. Entonces hubo que regresar a la mezcla original y con el dolor del alma reducirle los graves, por lo que ya no suenan tan masivas como al principio…  Teníamos en mente que sonaran más pesadas. También pasó que hubo segundas voces (en la voz) que no se escuchan al nivel que me gusta, otras que ni siquiera parecen estar ahí; y eso en momentos del clímax de la canción. Pero a nivel general pienso que el disco tiene buen sonido y me gusta, lo considero un paso de avance con respecto al “Rise of the Macabre”. También, a mi gusto, el diseño de portada y el artwork de “Funebrarum” es superior.



15.-SIEMPRE QUE VEO A CUBA ME TELETRANSPORTO AL PASADO PORQUE PARECE UN PAIS POR EL CUAL NO PASO EL TIEMPO, ESTO HACE QUE ATRAIGA MAS A LA GENTE DE TODAS PARTES DEL MUNDO ¿COMO PASARON LOS AÑOS EN LA ETAPA DEL COMUNISMO EN ESAS TIERRAS ¿QUE ES LO MEJOR Y PEOR QUE TE PASO EN AQUEL ENTONCES PUEDES COMENTARNOS ACERCA DE ESTO?

R15- En Cuba es muy difícil hacer una banda porque entre otras cosas, no se venden guitarras, pedales de distorsión, platos y patches para la batería, amplificadores, cuerdas de guitarra y demás accesorios o instrumentos necesarios para hacer Metal. Se compran en el mercado negro y son viejos, o importados, escasos y excesivamente caros. Pero este género se hace más con voluntad que con dinero, si no fuese así, creo que no lo disfrutáramos tanto. Pero también hay cosas buenas… Hay una institución que se llama Asociación Hermanos Saiz (AHS) que es financiada por el Estado y que acoge en su seno a artistas del Underground en general dentro del que se incluyen el Rock y el Metal. En cada una de las 14 provincias hay una sede de esta entidad que organiza un festival anual, por lo que hay cerca de 14 festivales de Rock y Metal al año. Hay eventos de este tipo con mucha tradición y con más de 20 años de continuidad como “Ciudad Metal Fest”, “Metal HG Fest”, “Pinar Rock Fest”, etc. Estos festivales generalmente son de 4 días con alrededor de 15 bandas por evento, de todo el país. A las bandas más importantes se les paga un dinero que a veces es alto y a veces no tanto, en dependencia de la situación económica del momento, pero todas tienen garantizado hospedaje en hotel, comida y transportación. Los conciertos casi siempre son gratis para la audiencia o con un precio simbólico. Lo peor era cuando la policía nos arrestaba en masa y nos tenían todo el fin de semana en los calabozos, sin justificación alguna…a muchos les cortaron el pelo. Por suerte la represión policial para con los metaleros acabó en los años 90, mucho tuvo que ver en esto la voz de las bandas en las reuniones de la AHS.


16.- ¿CUAL ES LA MAYOR SATISFACCION QUE HAZ TENIDO DE TUS BANDAS?

R16-Sin duda alguna, el reconocimiento de la audiencia metalera nacional.


17.-PLANES FUTUROS ¿HAN PENSADO EN SACAR UN FULL LENGTH MAS? ¿O ALGUN DEMO EP?

R17- Con FROM THE GRAVES, como ya sabes, acabamos de sacar disco, ahora quiero volver a sacar algo con COMBAT NOISE puesto que hace rato que no grabamos y la gente nos pide material nuevo.


18.- BIEN JUAN CARLOS GRACIAS POR EL TIEMPO QUE ME ESTAS DANDO!!  TUS ULTIMAS PALABRAS Y SALUDOS PARA LOS LECTORES DE AQUELARRE ZINE

R18- Decirles a los lectores que mantener por tantos años una revista impresa como AQUELARRE demuestra abnegación y perseverancia… solo los metaleros de corazón hacemos este tipo de sacrificio. ¡Gracias por mantener vivo el espíritu oscuro de los verdaderos guerreros del Underground!