Tuesday, February 7, 2017

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Fans of balck thrash this is going to crush...............


'Riders of Violence', the second song from Condors upcoming album entitled 'Unstoppable Power'. 8 tracks of thrashing death to be released through High Rollers Records on 28. april. 




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VULTURE HIGH SPEED METAL!


Last year's 'Victim of the Blade' Ep took the metal underground by suprise and quickly started generating a buzz. With its hell bent for speed attack. frantic and packed full the energy of a megatron bomb. At the end of the year it started cropping up in  many end of year polls. Did you expect to recieve the reaction you got and from perspective from within the band how has the reaction to the ep been so far?

Stefan: Definitely not! We were really surprised by the massive feedback we got. We're of course very happy that so many people like and also bought our EP.
Right now, we feel very pressured to deliver the same amount of Lethal riffs on our deput LP.

You formed in 2015 and the ep features three tracks and one cover which I will get to in a bit.
How long did you spend writing the ep. The songs are so tight almost perfect speed anthems but
yet retain a loose vibe like at any moment one of the players could fall off the train.

Stefan: Thank you! We spent round about half a year writing the songs. I had a lot of riffs mapped out beforehand.
All together, we decided on suitable arrangements and the best ways of presenting our music.



When you formed did you know what the sound of the band would be, I ask because nothing about "Victim of the Blade' seems contrived or premeditated
and is all very natural sounding. It is almost like you just plugged in and let it rip.

Stefan: We definitely sat down a hundred of times and had discussions about our approach to the genre.
Overall, no decision we make as a band is an easy one. We tend to have a lot of different opinions and always take our time, to think about every aspect.
I think that's really what differs us from a lot of other young bands.

The sound of the album and band are very much in the here and now however where do you draw your influences from, do any modern bands inspire you?

Stefan: Not really. Basically its the nwobhm and the first US-Speed Metal days. We drag our influences from the very roots of the genre in order to release authentic outputs.

Now to the cover version of Judas Priest's Rabid Fire. What a great cover I almost didn't recognise the song such is the injection of adrenaline you gave the song.
It really is given new lease life. Why did you choose a Priest cover. Did you play many covers when you started out?
Would you consider more covers in the future, who would you like to cover?

Stefan: We're all huge Priest fans and they play a huge role when it comes to the influences of our songwriting. The cover is not meant to be a tribute but rather an example in which
we tried to show, how thin the line between all the classic Heavy Metal genres really is. We just added a bit of staccato here and there and paced the song up and voila: Thrash Metal.
After all, we're not much into cover songs. Yet we play one on stage and we also recorded one for our LP. We really like to create our own versions of these songs.



Or better yet is their anyone you would love to have quest on a Vulture album?

Stefan: We'll have one guest appearance on our LP, but don't want to spoil anything right now.

Were there any songs you wrote while preparing for the ep which were left off?

Stefan: Nope!

What's next on the agenda for the band apart form winning over one metalhead at a time?

Stefan: We're looking forward to great shows mostly in germany this year and hope to release our LP as soon as possible.

What can we expect from the new material, any surprises?

Stefan: Some songs are more melodic, some are faster, some softer, some rougher. I think we found a great mixture that'll surely surprise the one or other.

In this digital age how important is it for you to record natural sounding music?

Stefan: It's of course very important. Though, we're not really into this whole "you gotta record stuff analogue in order to get the real feeling"-thing. We respect and value the possibilites of
digital recordings, yet we also know it's weakspots. Our producer, Marco Brinkmann from HELLFORGE studio is the perfect guy for that job. He's able to deliver an authentic feeling every time.



Now onto the riffs......................


THE RIFF WHICH MADE YOU WANT TO PLAY THE GUITAR IS?

Probably Smoke On The Water

WHAT IS THE FIRST RIFF YOU LEARNED TO PLAY?

Can't remember. Maybe some easy Nirvana stuff.

YOUR TOP THREE METAL RIFFERS ARE?

Dunno. More into bands than musicians.


THE RIFF YOU WISH YOU WROTE IS?

A lot of great Aura Noir riffs on Hades Rise and mostly any riff on Cannibal Corpse's The Bleeding

THE WORST METAL RIFF EVER IS?

too many to mention.

RIFF FOR RIFF YOUR FIVE FAVOURITE ALBUMS ARE?

A NON METALHEAD ASKS YOU WHAT DOES METAL SOUND LIKE, THE RIFF YOU PLAY THEM IS?

Mercyful Fate - The Oath

By Charis Photography.


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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

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The band formed in 2011 and have released two full lenghts along with the demo. There has been a clear and audible growth between each release. The biggest progression could be seen between the debut 'Beyond the Flesh' and your sophmore album 'Condemed to Misery' how much of this was intentional?


After we released “Beyond The Flesh” we did our first tour in Europe which was awesome. On that tour we played a new song (at the time which is now called Euphoric Bloodfeast) as an instrumental. We played that song to kind of introduce what we had at the time. When we left home we already had about half of Condemned to Misery already written. So nothing was really intentional. We were just continuing from where we left off from Beyond The Flesh. And The progression between the 2 albums are greatly distinct. You can hear it a lot when comparing the drums and our riffs.


Do you parctice a lot as a group in order to achieve that kind of tightness or does it come from solid touring?


We practice all together as much as possible while we're home. Getting a few good solid practices throughout the week is what we try to achieve while being off the road. Practicing individually as well when we can is another thing we all try to do. With our lives being so busy with work and family it gets a little difficult to have some alone practice. And of course the touring helps a lot too. We watch the live footage and see what needs to be tighter and such.
Speaking of the songwriting from a structural and dynamic point of view do you think the band will ever progress so far as say for example Death with when you compare the musicanship on Scream Bloody Gore to that on later day albums like Symbolic?


There is always room for progression when writing songs with the other members. You know Death did have some lineup changes between those years of Scream Bloody Gore and Symbolic with guitarist and drummers. Right now the only thing different is our drummer. All other members are original and we would like to have our current lineup the way it is right now for as long as possible.


Is it important to the band to progress and add new elements or will you stay true to the death metal template?


We will keep it true for as long as we shall live. But alongside that we will also show that we can be creative by keeping the same elements we have been using whilst mixing it up with new ideas. People like the style we are playing and so do we. So we will keep doing what we do.


When I listen to the band three albums come to mind, first of all Death's 'Scream Bloody Gore', secondly Obituary's 'Cause of Death' and finally Demolition Hammer's 'Tortured Existence', to what extent are you influeneced by these bands and particular albums?


We are heavily influenced by all three bands. Demolition Hammers Epidemic of Violence is definitely one of our favorites and was heavily Influenced. Deaths Leprosy and Spiritual Healing was another one that we were greatly influenced from. And Obituary's cause of death and Slowly We Rot were great albums that are still influencing us till this day.



Your sound is a very classic sound although in no way does it sound dated more like an old friend you haven't heard from in a while. The production is warm which suits the brutal style you sound almost like a modern Morrisound production. How important is the production side to you and how do you
record your material in this digital age?
Not important at all actually as long as it sounds good we are ok with it we don't sit there and not release something because it doesn't have an old school production
As long as it sounds nice and heavy we are happy.


'Condemed to Misery' came out in 2015 and these ears are certainly hungry for more, are you working on anything at the moment?


We do have new material but unfortunately we had a drum change again during the process of making it. With our last drummer Joe we did finish writing the album but we had to let him go. We currently have a new drummer and we recently recorded a 4 song demo with him. So right now we are starting up on learning all the songs we have finished so we can move forward into the studio and get this album done. Which we plan on releasing this year.


What can we expect from the new material?
The new stuff is heavy, fast and brutal. Much like the last two albums we kept the same old school sound to have that old school feel. But we feel pretty confident that this album will keep our fans more interested with the creativity we put into this new stuff.


How do you compose the songs is it more of a group effort or a case of working alone and then bringing what you have to the table to be dissected by the others?


We all usually are together when we write music because we believe as a band it is a group effort and that group effort keeps us going. During our practices we will sit there and write whatever kind of comes to mind. I sometimes will write stuff at home and bring it to the studio for other guys to listen to and its then we choose what riffs would go good with the current song we are working on. And what riffs we can leave out.



Chris Monroy Vocals and quitar also plays guitar for thrashers Fueled by Fire, does this in anyway conflict with being in Skeletal Remains, do you contribute to the writing of each band, if so how do you decide which riffs to use for each band?
Well usually when I was writing music for fbf I knew what riffs would fit with what band and I had different mind sets when writing music for each band at the moment my main attention and focus is on SR. Fbf is not really doing much we are on a sort of break at the moment so it doesn't really conflict with each other.
Why death metal?


Because its aggressive brutal and we can be as heavy as we want or we can play fast as we want. With death metal there's no in between for us.





Now as usual I'd like to ask you the all important questions regarding riffs.
THE RIFF WHICH MADE YOU WANT TO PLAY THE GUITAR IS?


MetallicA - Hit The Lights


WHAT IS THE FIRST RIFF YOU LEARNED TO PLAY?


Black Sabbath - Fairies Wear Boots


YOUR TOP THREE METAL RIFFERS ARE?


Trey Azagthoth
Yngwie Malmsteen
Jeff Hannemen


WHO IS THE MASTER OF THE RIFF?



TREY AZAGTHOTH /,,/


Friday, January 27, 2017

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Doom metal, what some say and what I believe myself to be the purest form of metal. Metal before it split and fragmented into the mirade of genres we have today. The original vision of  Iommi if you will. Doom has always been perhaps the least popular genre in metal but has always been one which has a dedicated following of fans who spread the word whenever a good doom band comes along. Dread Sovereign are a band I have been aware of since the offset largly due to my complete love and repsect for mainman Alan Averill better known as Nemtheanga's main band Primordial. But even if I didn't their name is one I hear a lot when I talk to fellow fans of doom and rightly so the quality and honesty in this bands music in undeniable. Formed in 2013 and releasing their debut Ep 'Pray to the Devil in Man' the same year. The band are prepairing to release their second album 'For Doom the Bell Tolls' in March.

I read online somewhere that you hated being asked a lot of the same questions over and over and that people tended to ask you deep questions so with that in mind here we go
- well in time interviews become more of a chore than something I enjoy, I am fine generally with speaking to people, but typing which seems a duty of engagement when you are 24 becomes a labour of tedium when you are older. S
When you started the band I know that a lot of the songs you had been carrying around with you in the back of your head waiting for the right line up to come along in order to play them, how much is this the case with the new album, 'For Doom the Bell Tolls', is it all new material or are some of the songs older?
- Doom is all new ideas really. The previous Ep and Lp were a combination of maybe 75% old riffs or things I’ve been kicking around for a while. This new release is fresher. I guess someone might be able to tell as the writing itself is more musical. Not my intention but just an unavoidable fact of playing the guitar all the time. 




Some of the new album and in fact your privious album although firmly placed in the doom style has many atmorspheric
 parts and hypnotic sections, for example on the new album there is a song called 'The Spines of Saturn', which has a almost Hawkwind quality along with some of Soundgardens more off the wall moments, how close am I, are these two bands in any way an influenece?
- Soundgarden means absolutely nothing to me, let’s clear that up, in fact I detested that whole scene. Hawkwind now we are talking! yeah I got really into Hawkwind and wanted a song with this driving bass line running through and even some people think it sounds a bit goth or nu-wave. I don’t know but I guess it has this space rock feeling to it. 

Who is the metaphorical devil you often refer to in your lyrics does it represent something in particular, some aspect of humanity?
- Well I’ve written lot of lyrics so I need to make a separation between Primordial and DS so they have a completely different tack. I mean some of the tracks on the previous album dealt with the Cathar rebellion in France in the 12th and 13th century and the birth of the Inquisition. Sure the language is often dressed in the cloak of traditional heavy metal but they are not fantasy. It’s always my intention to have something real within them. The opening track is about the hanging of Sarah Wildes Averill in Salem, the first woman hung as a witch….who has the same surname from me and comes from the same area in England as my ancestors. Do the math…….
In the the song ‘Tweleve Bells Toll in Salem’ you sing I am dread sovereign, who or what is dread sovereign, or do you prefer to leave lyrical interpretation up to the individual listener?
- Well the early pilgrims on board the Mayflower referred to King James as the Dread Sovereign, feared ruler if you will. At least as how I interpret it. You can take it as you wish….sometimes a lyric just fits into the syncopation of the song and I sing on the spot, not everything has a clinical meaning. 




You play the bass in Dread Sovereign and not only that but you play it well, in fact some of the interplay between the bass and quitar on the new album is phenomenal like when Geezer and Iommi play together in unison. Do you play any other instruments, do you write many of the riffs for your various projects or do you tend to focus more on the lyrics?
- Well I’ve become better over the last few years to maybe reach a place where I can say I am a bass player. I wasn’t in the beginning, very crude but it never bothered me as I knew how to compose a song. Now I am reaching a more solid platform and understanding more about music. Basically I can’t stand the way many modern albums bury the bass with this wall of compressed mid range guitar without any separation. DS sounds like a band playing live, it’s about tone and shade…so I work very hard on making the bass sound like this, and it filling up the bass end. Leaving the drums fighting less with a wall of guitar. You can hear this in old recordings…..Turn many modern albums up loud and it becomes a wall of noise, tours ours up and it still has distance and tone. Learn from Lemmy……the bass must be seperate. I write maybe 90% of the riffs for DS. Primordial just lyrics and then structure but I don’t come with riffs. 
The album is out on March 3rd and I already have the promo, how do you feel about the album being out their almost three months before its offical release?
- I don’t know….it ain’t 1994. Having said that blog downloads are not the thing they were either. DS is not a huge selling band anyway so I’m not sure what difference it makes really? 
What about the internet in general, I know you can remember the late 80's and early 90's tape trading days, do you think the internet is just an extension of this if on a somewhat larger scale?
- yes and no. a blessing and a curse. the biggest problem right now is that paid downloading will slowly disappear and everything will move into streaming. As internet speeds get faster and roaming charges come down, less people with mp3 players, music = phone. this spells really bad news for bands, if you thought you made little before digitally now anything with less than millions of streams wont make anything worth discussing…..which is all of us. It will help the few multinationals who have the huge pop starlets with 50 million streams but the rest of us? I won’t ever pay the rent digitally let’s say that…..Spotify won’t even link to bands merch pages. However of course it’s great discovering new bands on a youtube journey, just try and buy something from them….



You play what can be described as doom metal with Dread Sovereign but who are your favourite doon metal bands?
- Candlemass are the gods, always will be. When I was a kid I was always into doom alongside the fast stuff, seemed no problem to me to listen to Trouble right after Slayer. Most of my friends hated it but I persisted, there’s something so pure about real doom. Hard to fake. However that said I really don’t like this whole gear bands bullshit….set up 20 pedals, downtune, set up your Sunn or Orange stack and play open chords and scream like Eyehategod….punks playing doom. Nah, more Solitude Aeternus less sludge. 
The band which made you want to be in a band were?
- Many….to play doomier, sing clearer and make more epic music, Candlemass, nemesis, Celtic Frost on ‘Into the pandemonium’, Trouble, Autopsy, Pentagram, but also very important perhaps the most is Cirith Ungol! Venom….Bathory…..
The song you first learned to play was?
- Fuck…..I have no idea The Ramones ‘Blitzkreig bop’ maybe? 
Your top three metal riffers are?
- Iommi…..I mean who else? Leif Edling has to be up there…..Malcolm Young, I worship the bass tone on the old Manowar, Lemmy of course, Tom G., JB, KK and Glen, Quorthon, Mantas, Wolf Hoffmann, Michael Denner, Piggy, Sakis Tolis, Jon Nodveidt, Jon Perez get back to it!!!! we need you
Who is the master of the riff?
- ah come on it’s Iommi right? 
The song which is the soundtrack to you life is?
- wow hard one…..Iron Maiden ‘wasted years’?….:) 


A song you wish you wrote or a band you wish you were in was?
- so many….and I still hear them! Just now I wish I wrote ‘Non Serviam’ by Rotting Christ as I was listening to that and now ‘Push the sky away’ by Nick Cave and I thought damn I wish I could write some lyrics with this prose. 
Riff for Riff your five favourite albums are?
for riffs?……ah who knows….changes all the time, how about
Holy Terror ‘ mind wars’
exodus ‘bonded by blood’
slayer ‘ hell awaits’
accept ‘restless and wild’
destroyer 666 ‘unchain the wolves.
Five Irish metal albums every metalhead should own are?
primordial ‘to the nameless dead’? can I say that :)
thin lizzy ‘thunder and lightning’ yeah it’s metal……
mourning beloveth ‘sullen sulcus’
the dagda ‘threefold’
then anything you want from dread sovereign, vircolac, malthusian, zom, wizards of firetrap mountain, no spill blood, corscadh, darkest era, morophosis……

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

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Condor since forming in 2010 have proven themselves to be masters of black/thrash with consistent quality material under their belts and a slow but steady growing legion of fans thanks to word of mouth within the underground, so if you have not heard of them by now, then start catching up..........


You are considered part of the Kolbotn thrashers union along with Darkthrone, Infernö, Repellent, Nekromantheon, and Obliteration, to what extent is this a collective scene and do you feel like you are part of something greater than the sum of your parts?
This is really just a phrase used for the bands from this area, it is not a “collective scene” or anything like that. Someone made some patches a few years back, that people who play in bands from Kolbotn got, but that’s basically it.

Do you all get together and hang around or are your daily lives away from the band a complete and separate entity, what I am getting at is do you live and breathe metal 24/7?
This has changed over the years with changes in the line-up, moving around and especially now that I live in Australia. We used to hang out all the time, but not as much anymore. We still see each other when I am visiting Norway, but mostly on weekend and concerts. I guess some of us “live and breathe” metal, while others are more into different kind of music at the moment.





What are the band working on at the moment, your debut came out in 2013 following your Speedwagon Ep and the first demo which came out around 2010, for the fans we feel like we are due a fix of your black thrash, can we expect an album anytime soon?
We recorded a new album back in February 2016, just before I moved to Australia, which is getting released through High Roller Records this summer. A 8 track thrash assault entitled ‘Unstoppable Power’. Not as black thrash as previous releases though, less black, more thrash. Our influences has changed slightly since the last record, which is something you can definitely hear on the new album.

Living in a town which has a population of roughly 6,000 how easy is it to get gigs in your local area and to find likeminded individuals?
As I mentioned above, I currently reside in Australia, and haven’t lived in Kolbotn for almost 7 years. Christoffer still lives there, but Øyvind has never lived in Kolbotn, he’s from a town outside of Oslo called Hønefoss. When we started up the band we played a few “gigs” there, but mostly for kids as we were quite young at the time. Kolbotn is just a 20-minute train ride from Oslo though, so most concerts happen in Oslo.

Ah. I always wanted to ask you about the name of the band, everytime I hear the name in my head I can hear the Aura Noir song Condor did you take the name from them?
That’s correct! Hehe. When we started up, Aura Noir was out main influence, and as there was no other band using that name at the time, we took it for ourselves.





What's is on the agenda for 2017?
In 2017 we’re playing two concerts, releasing a record, and thats it. The first gig is in Cuenca, Spain on the 28th of January along with Balmog and Barbarian. The second one is in Oslo on the 11th of feb along with Rust from Sweden, Rapid from Finland and Evoke from Oslo. After that I don’t think the band will be very active anymore. The record is getting released around May.

Now if we could ask you about your influences,


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THE RIFF WHICH MADE YOU WANT TO PLAY THE GUITAR IS?
Hard to remember. I initially wanted to play the bass actually, but when I was around 11 or so I got a guitar for Christmas, so I started playing the guitar instead.

THE RIFF WHICH MADE YOU WANT TO PLAY BLACK THRASH IS?
For me, I think it has to be the opening riff to Aura Noirs song Hell’s Fire, or the chorus in the song ‘Condor’.

WHAT IS THE FIRST RIFF YOU LEARNED TO PLAY?
I don’t really remember, but I guess it was Smoke on the Water or something like that.

YOUR TOP THREE METAL RIFFERS ARE?
1. Mike Sifringer from Destruction
2. Denner/Shermann from Merciful Fate
3. Elizaveat or Gezol from Sabbat (I don’t know who made the riffs)

WHO IS THE MASTER OF THE RIFF?
Mike Sifringer. Without a doubt.



THE RIFF WHICH IS THE SOUNDTRACK TO YOUR LIFE IS?
Not a single riff, but I think the song has to be ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Soldiers’ by The New Order.

THE RIFF YOU WISH YOU WROTE IS?
The riff starting at 02:47 in Merciful Fate’s ‘Evil’ OR the mid-tempo riff starting at 03:15 in Destruction’s ‘Confused Games’, I can’t decide.

THE WORST METAL RIFF EVER IS?
Every riff from Pantera, especially the one from ‘Respect’.

RIFF FOR RIFF YOUR FIVE FAVOURITE ALBUMS ARE?
What do you mean riff for riff?
Anyways:
1. The Beatles – Rubber Soul
2. Destruction – Infernal Overkill
3. Yes – Close to the Edge
4. Sarcófago - INRI
5. Autopsy – Severed Survival
(Cat Stevens’ ‘Tea for the Tillerman’ should also be up there somewhere)

A NON METALHEAD ASKS YOU WHAT DOES METAL SOUND LIKE, THE RIFF YOU PLAY THEM IS?
The opening riff to ‘A Lesson in Violence’ by Exodus.

THE RIFF YOU WANT PLAYED AT YOUR FUNERAL IS?
Can’t decide on a specific riff, but I would want the whole first part of Winterhawk’s ‘Free to Live’.

WHAT'S SO GREAT ABOUT RIFFS ANYWAY?
Hehe, I wouldn’t know where to start. The riff is what makes and defines the song.

http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Condor/3540318815
https://www.facebook.com/condornorway

Thursday, January 19, 2017

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German Death Metal band VENENUM decided for the latter... and it was worth every fucking second of wait. 5 years after the successful s/t minialbum, VENENUM strike with their debut full-length entitled "Trance of Death".

The album presents VENENUM on a new level of brutality and contains new & never before heard layers of darkness. The six new compositions + introduction-theme are a grand melt of unique visions and unaltered tradition, weaved & merged into a complex unit of sacred horror. "Trance of Death" is far away from being another one-dimensional tribute to the grave... it is reverence & praise, a hymn to the impending end of all things.
Twisting & turning, up & down, back & forth, entangling songs and parts evolve in a constant flow. "Trance of Death" is the most serious approach towards creating a soundtrack to Death. Join a 50 min ride through the deepest depths of ripping death, the wildest wastelands of abominable black and the darkest peaks of sinister rock. Or to be plain: on the A-side they kill, on the B-side you die. High-class songwriting skills, supremely possessed execution & performance and a top-notch production will catapult this album to one of the most signifying & relevant releases in 2017. Both immensely beautiful and intensely terrifying, this release will easily open the doors to the death metal pantheon for VENENUM.
VENENUM - "Trance Of Death"Label: Sepulchral Voice Records
Release date: 17.03.2017
Distribution: Soulfood

Artwork and layout is by Iron Fist favourite Timo Ketola (Dissection, Deathspell Omega).





Tuesday, January 17, 2017

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Decades in the making, "Lost Memories" - the first album of PAINFUL PRIDE, the best hidden secret of the Swedish Hard Rock / melodic Metal scene - will finally see the light of the day. PAINFUL PRIDE was formed in 1983, and they were active until 1987. Later on, the band played occasional live shows in 1988 and 1999. In 2009 the band decided to record more songs, and in 2013 PAINFUL PRIDE returned with full force, and with their best line up. "Lost Memories" is a soundtrack of passion, dreams and nostalgia. If you like bands such as EUROPE, PRAYING MANTIS, RAINBOW or DEF LEPPARD: check them out!


 http://www.noremorse.gr
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Monday, January 16, 2017

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This time for In the Riff We Trust we put the all important questions to Omar Zainal of Bahrain thrashers Hellionight whose debut self titled ep hit last year and my ears are still getting over the fall-out. Every metalhead knows what it's like to listen to metal at ear splitting volume until your ears practically bleed well that is what I have been doing with this ep since I have got it. Anyway what are the riffs which Omar has chosen, well read on........!

THE RIFF WHICH MADE YOU WANT TO PLAY THE GUITAR IS?

I started playing acoustic guitar at first, playing chords instead of riffs. I don't remember if there was a certain riff that inspired me, but getting into metal and learning guitar, it was obvious that I would try to play metal riffs on an acoustic guitar.


WHAT IS THE FIRST RIFF YOU LEARNED TO PLAY?

I'm not really sure which riff but I think it was Black Sabbath's Iron Man. I remember it being part of a guitar lesson showing you how to do power chords.




YOUR TOP THREE METAL RIFFERS ARE?

Jeff Hanneman
Andy LaRocque
Michael Denner & Hank Shermann


WHO IS THE MASTER OF THE RIFF?

Tony Iommi without a doubt.

THE RIFF WHICH IS THE SOUNDTRACK TO YOUR LIFE IS?

Slayer - Angel of Death




THE RIFF YOU WISH YOU WROTE IS?

Scorpions - Sails of Charon (intro riff)


THE WORST METAL RIFF EVER IS?

That's a hard one. I don't think I can remember a really bad riff but I guess any djent deathcore breakdown would be my choice of a bad riff.


RIFF FOR RIFF YOUR FIVE FAVOURITE ALBUMS ARE?

I'd be a hypocrite if I choose 5 albums out of all the stuff that is out there. The albums I've chosen are what instantly came into my mind and are definitely on my top list.

Mercyful Fate - Don't Break the Oath
Slayer - Reign in Blood
Judas Priest - Screaming for Vengeance
Xentrix - For Who's Advantage?
Manilla Road - Crystal Logic


A NON METALHEAD ASKS YOU WHAT DOES METAL SOUND LIKE, THE RIFF YOU PLAY THEM IS?

Judas Priest - Electric Eye




THE RIFF YOU WANT PLAYED AT YOUR FUNERAL IS?

Black Sabbath - Electric Funeral


WHAT'S SO GREAT ABOUT RIFFS ANYWAY?

Metal is known to be a riff based type of music. So I guess the very origins of metal would be riffs. Not only that, the amount of varsity in riffs which resulted into creating different sub genres of metal based on riffs. So yeah, riffs are that big of a deal when it comes to metal.



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