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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Troll Bends Fir Interview

1. Can you tell us a little bit about the band for those that have never heard of you before?

The band was created in 1999 by its permanent members Troll and Jetra (at the moment they are the only from the first line-up). Having left St.Petersburg Viking metal band “Nomans land”, I, wishing to play more folk music, came across Jetra, who sang and played Irish whistle. I offered her to make a funny folk band based on metal rock. Later we named the style “Beer folk” that defined our material exactly.

2. How would you describe your musical sound?
The rhythmic base of our music was taken from metal but we often play using little guitar distortion or sometimes without it at all. Combining such way with tunes different from typical European folk metal, we get quite fresh, emotional and catchy sound.

3. What is the meaning behind the band's name?
Troll Bends Fir’s Russian name “Troll Gnyot Yel” sounds very close to Scandinavian languages, it’s original and dynamic. It just came to mind somehow and we realized that it would be the band’s name.

4. How would you describe the lyrical content of the music?
The heroes of our lyrics live in pagan Scandinavia and in Europe of the Middle Ages. Some songs tell funny stories happened to characters in taverns and woods due to drinking too much amber nectar. Other ones are praise for hop and beer philosophy. Actually, it’s not easy to find more beer band than we are!

5. What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and how would you describe your stage performance?
I can’t think of one particular show because we like to perform live and do it often. When we’re on tour we can play both in a small club without even support bands, where you see faces of happy fans just in meter from yours, and at main Russian festivals or cities’ beer festivals, where there’re tens of thousands of people and a huge crowd jumps to our music. What do I prefer? I enjoy all of them… We use several concert costumes of different kinds: Scottish themed costumes, beer monks and ones with leather armors of brewers.

6. Are there any plans for a U.S tour?
Well, it’s hard to say if we have plans. We’d love to come there and according to many feedback's on our Myspace profile there’s an interest to music like ours in the USA. However, we started promoting ourselves outside Russia a short time ago, so we’ll live and see how things work out.

7. The band has a lot of beer drinking songs, what are some of your favorite beers that you drink.
Our favorite sort of beer “with a perfect taste, much, not expensive and better paid by organizers”! Haha

8. How has your music been received so far by folk metal fans worldwide?
As I mentioned before, we get lots of positive feedback's via Myspace from many countries, even such distant from Russia as Brasilia and Japan.

9. Out off all the albums that the band has recorded so far, which one are you the most satisfied with?
We’re the most satisfied with our upcoming album, we’re recording at the moment… We like a lot what we have already nailed!

10. How would you describe your musical progress over the years and what direction do you see the music heading into on future releases?
As for me, our music hasn’t changed, I enjoy making it as I used to in the beginning, let the others judge it. I think we’ll keep on moving in the same direction.

11. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and what are you listening to nowadays?
Can’t say right away… but there’re some Russian bands influenced by our music!

12. What role does Slavic and Norse paganism play in the music?
An active role. To be honest, though we’re patriots, pagan Scandinavia as an art symbol is more attractive.

13. What are some of your interests outside of music?
My hobby is tourism, drinking, my wife and collecting beer mugs, festival T-shirts (certainly, with our participation), gifts from our fans. I have no idea about other members but, probably, almost the same. At least, our bass player is really fond of drinking :)

14. Any final words or thoughts?
“Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy” (B. Franklin) I totally agree with that! Cheers!


Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Abigail Williams/In The Absence Of Light/Candlelight Records/2010 CD Review

  Abigail Williams are band originally from Arizona but now relocated to new York that started out playing melodic black/deathcore but have evolved into a symphonic black metal band over the years and this is a review of their 2010 album "In The Absence Of Light" which is being released by Candlelight Records.

Drums range from being slow, mid paced to fast with some brutal blast beats being thrown in at times, while the keyboards sound very symphonic and atmospheric, as for the bass playing it is mixed down low in the mix and seems to follow the riffs that are coming out of the guitars and on some songs they have a very powerful sound of their own.

Rhythm guitars range  from being mid paced to fast symphonic black metal riffs that has some thrash and death metal influences that also contain a good amount of melody, while the lead guitars are very technical and melodic sounding guitar solos.

Vocals are all high pitched black metal screams, while the lyrics cover horror stories, battles and cosmos, as for the production it sounds very professional and heavy with all of the instruments having a good sound to them.

In my opinion this is a great improvement for Abigail Williams and while I have never listened to a full album from them until now I have seen them live once opening for Enslaved and Dark Funeral and they did not sound this powerful and while some people probably wont check out this album because of their old sound i still feel symphonic black metal fans will enjoy this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Final Destiny Of The Gods" "Infernal Divide" and "An Echo Of Our Legends". RECOMMENDED BUY.


Monday, August 9, 2010

The Breathing Process Interview

1. Can you update us with what is going on with the band these days?

We're getting ready to go out for a 2 month run with Antagonist, Wretched, and Diskreet that starts august 26th. We're also demoing some new material as we're constantly writing.

2. How would you describe your musical sound?

Symphonic,Atmospheric Death Metal

3. What is the meaning behind the band's name?

To breathe is to live, to fill yourself with the most vital element of survival.

4. What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and how would you describe your stage performance?

Florida and Texas always have awesome crowds, they are probably our favorite places to play. Our stage performance is bloody,intense, ethereal.

5. Do you have any plans to tour Europe in the future?

We always have plans to tour Europe, little things just prevent us from going. Hopefully we'll be over there early this winter

6. How has the support been from Candlelight Records so far?

It's been pretty cool, the know a lot about the business and utilize their resources well.

7. How would you describe the lyrical content of the music?

We've always strive to stay away from the cliche metal topics (some big war, Armageddon, god hating) and try to talk about things on a more poetic and meaningful level. Our current album is about the human psyche in all of it's wonder and despair.

8. How has the reception been to the newer material from symphonic black metal and brutal death metal fans worldwide?

When we wrote the "poppier" songs on this album we were kinda nervous as to how people would take it given that our last album was much heavier. But everyone seems to love Odyssey, which made us very happy that people approached it with an open mind and didn't ridicule us for not being all breakdowns anymore.

9. How would you describe your musical progress over the years and what direction do you see the music heading into on future releases?

I think that we constantly try to reinvent ourselves so that people don't really know what to expect. We just kinda write what comes out and it always seems to be different than the last. The newer stuff we're gonna experiment with some more electronics and some more clean singing which is something we've always wanted to do but have been limited in it until now. We all listen to a lot of different music to draw influence from and for me that kind of changes with each release. So i guess we'll see what comes out next time.

10.Does Occultism, Satanism or Paganism play any role in the music?

We all come from very different religious backgrounds, none of which play a direct role in our music, we do however use religious themes metaphorically to describe different things. Odyssey while being about emotion is also about the environment and nature, which some might label "paganism" but you don't have to be a pagan to love,respect and fear the earth.

11. What are some of your interests outside of music?

We are all pretty avid gamers. Most of us play lots and lots of video games haha.

12. Any final words or thoughts?
Buy our album, come checkout our upcoming tour (dates are @ Bathe in Blood........TBP