Thursday, June 20, 2013

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TPOTR - The band formed back in 1996 and released your first demo "Shades of God" the same year how
has the band's sound changed over the years from that first album?

Basically the sound didn`t change that much...maybe it is a little bit more trashy... in fact we became more experienced over the years and so we tried some other things and transpose it otherwise.

TPOTR - Your classic debut "Old Skull  Death Metal" came out in 2003 and things have been quiet on the
album front since then, what are the reasons for this?

After the "old skull death metal" album we were working on other musical projects and and everyone of us 4 lived out the personal things that were in our minds.

TPOTR - Have you plans for a new album in the works?

We`re working on a 4-track-ep but our "real-life-jobs" are very time consuming so that we don`t like to put us under pressure with a release date or so.

TPOTR - It must be hard to keep your spirits up being an independent band who basically do it all
by yourselves without any label support. How has the band managed to survive this long, pure
metalheaded perseverance?

This is very simple... we are close-knit like a big family and we all love music.

TPOTR - Has the band toured much outside of Germany and where would you like to tour in the future?

This year we will play some gigs in Germany, but we are also looking for some gigs in Poland or the Czech Rep. and our other neighboring countries...
maybe next year with new songs??!!

TPOTR - I want to ask you about your home country Germany which has always been a stronghold for
metal music. Why is this do you think?

Hehe..metal in Germany is like a believe or you believe not...and not least the Germans like it hard.

 TPOTR - I want to thank you for contributing "Her Blood" and "From Honor and Death" to The Power of
the Riff Comp representing Death Metal in fine form. How do you feel to be a part of the comp?

It is a great honor for us to be part of the comp.

TPOTR - What are your plans for the future of the band?

It's needless to say that we like to make music further on, and maybe our wish will come true and we can play a little tour!! thank you for your interest and stay metal!!! \m/

Friday, June 14, 2013

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Humanity defiled hailing from Belguim is the creation of one man Iwen Denayer who through his music deals with the darker side of the human psyche the part we all hope we will never have to face but in doing so he somehow makes sense of that which we can not understand nor even comprehend and in return offers some hope for those who dwell within the darkest corners of the mind.

TPOTR - You've just released your debut album "Circling the Drain" but before we start to
talk about the album tell us about how and when you decided to start Humanity Defiled?

Well, the start of the project was quite sudden. I don’t have the tendency to plan ahead.
One day, I just wanted to record a fast death metal song. I felt like I had to do it. That song became ‘humanity defiled’. After that, I really wanted to record more of that stuff. Before I knew, I had 4 or 5 songs. I contemplated on doing a whole album. I had enough ideas musically and lyrically, so I went ahead and did it.

TPOTR -  What are the reasons for you handling all of the instruments yourself?

I’ve played in bands before and I absolutely love playing live. But a few years ago I began to learn more and more about home recording. The great advantage of that, is you can thoroughly work out your own ideas without others interfering with it. That’s the main reason for me starting solo projects.

TPOTR - Do you see the band always being a one man project or will you bring other players in to write and record future albums?

Some people have asked me if I’m planning on doing this live. But there are no plans with that. I would love to try this live, but I don’t know if there’s people around that are able to pull this off. A jam session is always possible though. Who knows…Problem is I haven’t got a lot of time to rehearse. I’ve got a family and a busy job. Those things get priority, so…

On two occasions, friends of mine came along to play a lead part on one of my songs. Not the Humanity Defiled songs, other ones. And that was fun and also an honor.
It’s certainly possible for new Humanity Defiled-songs. Pity Hanneman is dead… J

TPOTR - Onto the album which for me is one hell of a heavy and emotional journey through
the darkest most forsaken and dreaded corners of the mind. What does the music and lyrics convey for you?

I’m an optimist. Even in bad situations, I’ll try my best to see a bright side. But I have to go somewhere with my darker thoughts. There’s a lot of stuff happening around me that makes me angry or sad. Music/lyrics is a way out for those thoughts. There are days I just have to record or write, because I need to get shit out of my system.
If see my lyrics as observations. Observations that make me think about how bleak our future is.

TPOTR - Does the music come from your own experiences or from that of close friends or is it all just your own observations on humanity as a whole?

I draw a lot of inspiration from my job. I’m a youth counsellor and I see a lot of troubled youths. I’ve been doing this work for more than 10 years so, evidently, I saw a lot of bizarre and sad stuff happen to young and adult human beings. One of the most important things my colleagues and I must do, is establishing a strong, confident bond with the people we see. That’s positive, but we also get sucked in too, from time to time. Music is and was my saviour when this happens.Sadly enough these things have also happened in my personal environment. Those situations always hit hardest.

TPOTR - Even though the majority of the album consists of straight up death metal it is clear
from listening to your music there is a lot of influences which go into the music itself from death to grind and beyond with one or two surprises popping up on the album. Who or what inspires you both musically and lyrically?

I listen to a lot of different music. Even within the confines of metal, there’s a lot to be found. I also love old school hardcore punk bands like SSD, Minor Threat, Slapshot, Bad Brains,… There’s also non-metal stuff I like. I listen to trance from time to time just because of the fact that those DJ’s know how to build up a song. I really love Dax Riggs and Trixie Whitley too. They put their souls into their music and that’s something I try to do too. Another band that influenced me big time, is Disembodied. A 90’s metalcore band that was once defined as the heaviest band in hardcore. They still are to me. The amount of emotion catapulted into their songs is huge. A few years ago I saw them live and I was truly ecstatic.

TPOTR - Amongst all the death metal there is three tracks which stand out as being the oddities. The first is the short instrumental " Ashes" which really adds a great dimension to the album and for me shows a great sense of dynamics and song writing skill on your part with the track being perfectly placed on the album. Tell us about the song?

I recorded ‘ashes’ on a day I felt really down. At the same time there were a lot of negative thoughts storming through my brain. I wanted to record something to calm my spirit. So ‘ashes’ was the result. Pretty negative though, because I recorded it with the thought of an extinct humanity in the back of my mind.

TPOTR -  Next is "Exit" in my review for the album I said  it was a song which deals with the topic of suicide in such a realistic and human way that it really leaves a lasting impact on you making you stop and think. The effect this song has on me is something I rarely get from music but it is moments like these where music can truly transcend and convey the unconveyable. What inspired the song and where did the idea come for the spoken of the song?

The last 2 years I’ve been confronted with suicide too many times. Personal and job-wise. I wrote the song with those experiences in mind. Two weeks after I recorded the song, a girl I was counselling also committed suicide. It was as if I saw it coming. I was kind of devastated when the news hit me. A year before a friend of mine did the same thing and 2 years before my neighbour took his own life. And there’s also a lot of youngsters running around with suicidal thoughts. The spoken part was something I found accidentally. It translated perfectly how someone with severe dark thoughts is feeling. And it fit the track like a charm.

TPOTR - Finally the cover of "A Spinning Song" by Dax Riggs why this number?

I absolutely love that song, so that’s why I covered it. But I didn’t want to cover it blindly. So I made my own version of it. I also posted it on a Dax Riggs fan forum and the fans liked it a lot. So I’m a happy man.

TPOTR - That's just about it, what are your plans for the future of Humanity Defiled.

We’ll see. For now, all is silent in the Humanity Defiled camp. If I’m feeling ‘death metal’ again, I’ll record more songs under that name. In the near future, I’ll be focusing on my other project, Doodsangst. Something totally different. More black metal oriented. You can find the first demo and one new song on

TPOTR - Thanks for taking the time to answering our questions.

Thank YOU for the opportunity to do this interview. Good luck and success with your blog!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

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Newcomers to the death metal scene Disinterred have just released an uncompromising slab of pure old school death metal with their  "DEMO MMMXII" delivering a brutally festering piece of raw and apologetically heavy death metal. The band have been good enough to answer some questions for the riff, so here goes:

TPOTR - The band only formed last year and have already released your debut demo
which offers up three brutally classic death metal tracks. What were you all
doing before the band started?

Well we started calling us Disinterred last year but before that we’ve been playing together for a while. First, around 2008/2009, it was just me (Steven – Drums) and Milly (Guitar) jamming because we didn’t have an active band at that moment and just wanted keep on playing music. Kurt (Bass) joined us shortly after. While at first we just played a few cover songs from bands like Entombed, Obituary, Grave, Bolt Thrower, Napalm Death,... we quickly started to write our own songs. We felt the need to have a second guitarist so we added Dwight to the line-up. We had a few songs of our own now and quit playing the cover songs. We only just needed a singer. At first we had Dennie who wanted to give it a shot but our kind of Death Metal wasn’t really his thing and he just joined the Belgian Black Metal band Saille which started to take more of his time. Then we asked Dimitri (who’s also in Fungus Inc. with Kurt) to try out singing for us. And the result is the demo. He’s an awesome singer.
Before Disinterred all of us played in several bands of all kinds who recorded albums and did tours.

TPOTR - When did you decide this is what you wanted to do?

The exact moment when I personally decided that this is the kind of music I wanted to make was the first time I heard the ‘Stinking Up The Night’ album by Death Breath. I’ve always been a huge Swedish Death Metal fan and this album is so pure and raw. It’s catchy without being too technical (no triggered drums, no 7-string guitars,...). That was something I wanted to make as well. Go back to the basics of Death Metal, make good music that we all like ourselves and the best of it all is that I can do it with a bunch of good friends.

TPOTR - I have to ask you about the Monty Python samples used on the demo which
were taken from the movie "The Holy Grail", who's idea was it to use these?

I love that movie and I always liked that scene because it doesn’t make sense at all (just like any other Monty Python scene) and it’s about ‘Death’. I thought it’d be fun to use it as an intro or a sample in a song... and we did!

TPOTR - There seems to be an almost dark ages vibe on the album with the artwork and also with the audio samples which refer to the black plague with the call of "bring out your dead" Is this a running theme on the demo?

It seems like it’s a running theme, but it wasn’t meant to be. But on the other hand, we’re a Death Metal band... So we kinda automatically have to sing about death and all the things causing it. Our guitarist Milly is very much into history and he loves to look up stuff on how people used to be executed in the dark ages. The band name Disinterred actually comes from some Pope who passed away but got disinterred from his grave to be present on his trial. He was found guilty and they cut off some fingers and buried him again in another grave. They later dug him up again to throw him in a river... (Milly told me to add this link with all the info on that case:

TPOTR - The demo also has some more doomy moments like Autopsy or maybe even Incantation which come across so heavy like the intro to " Once Bitten" what bands do you listen to outside of the band?

We all love Death Metal but on the side most of us like a lot of other kinds of music. Going from stoner to soul to hip hop to 80’s hardcore to...
The doomy moments obviously make the music a little bit more catchy. It adds some melody and is perfect to headbang on. Every doomy part in a song played by any band is basically based on based on the song Black Sabbath by Black Sabbath!

TPOTR - Are their any plans for a full-length in the works?

Well we are currently working on new songs and we’re not sure yet how we’ll release them. We have several ideas on how we’ll release them but before we decide anything we have to see how many songs we’ll have.
Next month (end of June/beginning of July) we’ll also release a split 7” with the UK Black Metal band The Infernal Sea. We played our first show with them and we’re really happy to be sharing a 7” with them! You should check them out as well!

TPOTR - What is the metal scene like in Belgium?

It’s cool! We have a lot of cool underground shows and a lot of touring bands play in Belgium. During the summer we have a few cool mid-size festivals with both local as international bands and then there’s the huge festivals with some metal bands on the bill as well. We’re not complaining at all!

TPOTR - Do you have any plans to tour throughout Europe in support of the demo or will you await your assault and focus on a full-length and finding maybe a home for the band?

We only played two shows so far and it’s been great. We love to play live and we’re looking forward to playing more shows. But I think it’s too soon to start touring with only a demo-tape. Also most of us have jobs and a family so that’ll make it pretty hard to go on long tours. We’re hoping to do small weekend tours (3 to 4 shows) in the future and play everywhere where they want to hear us.

TPOTR - What is the writing process like did you jam the songs in rehearsal or are they the work of individual members?

It depends... Sometimes we can start jamming and a song comes out of it. And it’s cool when that happens, because in one rehearsal you can end up with a completely new song. And sometimes one of us (mostly Kurt) comes up with a total song. But it’s not like there’s one songwriter. The final result is always an effort of all of us fine tuning the songs until it’s a song we can all be happy with.

TPOTR - Finally why did you decide to give the demo away for free to fans?

Nowadays the music-industry is fucked up. Bands aren’t making money on selling their music. Most bands make money by touring and selling merchandise. For the moment there are so many new bands in all kind of genres that it’s getting hard for people to discover new bands. So we knew that as a new band you’ll have to stand out to get heard. And nobody is going to pay for something if they’re not sure they’re gonna like it. So we made our demo available to download for free. And if they really like and they want to support us, they can always buy a demo-tape or a shirt. We know that we won’t make any money making music. We just don’t want to loose money on it either.

TPOTR – Do you think this is the way to go with a lot of bands even giving fans the option of how much they want to pay?

That’s something every band should choose for itself. And it also depends on how ‘big’ your band is. Big bands can get away with asking a lot of money for a record or a show because people will always stay true to them. For small bands it’s different. We’re an underground band. We don’t have endorsements or sponsors who pay for our gear or a van if we want to tour. We can’t afford to ask a lot of money to play shows because we’re only starting out. But if you play a show and people come up to you and they want to buy a shirt and a demo because they like your music then we’re earning more than just the money...

Sunday, June 9, 2013

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Here it is the final day of judgement, the day all Sabbath fans have awaited for what has seemed like an eternity and then some. The first album be bear the Sabbath name in 18 years and the first Sabbath album with Tony, Ozzy and Geezer in 35 years, that my friends is older than a lot of those who will pick up a copy of this album myself included being only the ripe old age of 32. It's not been an easy road by a long shot for Sabbath to finally get to where they are today we all know the history which I will not go into only to say this is the single most important Sabbath album ever. An album born from human heartache, struggle and the undeniable bond of friendship. Like the mythical phoenix from the ashes a Sabbath reborn and here we have the musical document that is 13, a triumph of Sabbath proportions. A good title for the album would have been Perseverance such is the hardships the band had to go through in order for us fans to have this new Sabbath album. And what about the music how does it live up to the Sabbath of old. This album it is clear from the moment the first note comes like a proverbial storm from your speakers to be exactly how the band envisioned it and said it would be, a modern version of how it was back then. This album really could of followed the first three albums and only for the modern production nobody would of been tell the difference. I hear a lot of detractors saying how Ozzy can't handle it anymore that he couldn't sing as well as he once did although Ozzy in his prime was able to sing a song like "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath' or "Symptom of the universe" two extremely demanding songs which he may no longer be able to sing but yet he still has that one thing no other singer could ever have and that is his unique Ozziness which he still has in abundance, the ever eternal Peter Pan of metal. Ozzy with out a doubt puts in one of the performances of his life and at times reminds of his Blizzard of Ozz period. Geezer's bass lines are forever the pummelling backbone to Tony's riffs and yes the master still has more than one or two tricks up his sleeve and then some after all these years, churning out memorable riff after riff in only the way the he can. It is something truly beautiful to behold Tony Iommi  with a guitar in his hands. Geezer still has a lot of interesting things to say in his lyrics and it seems age has not quieten or dampened his curiosity to explore those deepest darkest corners of the human mind. And the big question is Bill's presence missed and the answer honestly is no. Brad Wilk puts in a great performance and really adds an extra touch to the music with his drum fills, that said for any Sabbath fan Bill would of been the icing on the cake but sadly it wasn't meant to be. Of course there are familiar moments but this is only to be expected coming from a band who has such a unique and distinct signature sound. It feels like meeting a dear old friend after many years out in the wilderness once you press the play button on this monster of an album all the years in between fade away as if 35 years ago was yesterday. "The beginning of the end" gives us an up to date "Black Sabbath" and "God is dead" is a thought provoking journey through pure Sabbath perfection. We also get a surprising part two to "Planet Caravan" in "Zeitgeist" which just floors me to hear such magic again after all this time, never in my wildest dreams did I think I would hear Sabbath do a song remotely like this again, it almost brought a tear to my eye. My favorite song has to be "Damaged Soul" which brings the band full circle to the first album with an unbelievable blues jam and some of Tony's greatest guitar work evoking the spirit of the greatest blues men who have gone before. I can understand the casual Sabbath listener being disappointed but for all those veteran Sabbath fans or those who own all of their albums I can not understand this being anything less than a welcome return of a dear old friend and another timeless album to add to our collections and become another part to the soundtrack of our lives. Welcome back Sabbath in all your glory. I write a lot about music but Sabbath are the only band where the English language fails me for I could never put into words what the music of Sabbath means to me and at the end of the day any review of this album is a mere futile attempt to describe the perfection of the universe.

Friday, June 7, 2013

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It seems Norway's Devil have been plugging their instruments into the devil's riff hand since 2010 when their first demo "Magister Mundi Xum" which is Latin for Master of the Universe became the first sign that something classic and riff heavy was brewing in Norway and I can't believe this is the first time I came across them and only after the recommendation of a friend who has impeccable taste when it comes to occult and obscure metal releases and has turned me on to some of my favorites more than once, if your reading this thanks Jose. The album is a revelation of Sabbath-esque riffage of the highest monumental order with a vintage dose of Pentagram thrown in for good measure and some pastoral moments kind of like what Pagan Altar did on "Lords of Hypocrisy" to round it all off, their is even slight Mark Shelton type mannerisms of Mannilla Road in the vocals during the pastoral moments which only makes me love this album more. This is their second album coming after 2011 "Time to Repent" which I will have to track down after hearing this monster. One of the greatest things about the album is the production which has such a loose and authentic feel that the music sounds like it was recorded way back in '69. Natural and organic with no modern day trickery, drum triggering or pro-tools basically no crap getting in between the band and their instruments, the way metal was supposed to be. To cut it short if you love bands like those mentioned and modern ones like Orchid or Witches Sorrow then you need this album in your collection, recommended.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

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What if Darkthrone didn't take such a drastic stylistic shift towards crust/punk after "Hate them" and continued on their blackened path but took a slightly more blackened thrash route something more akin to Aura Noir then you are close to what Rust spew forth with such venomous bile and metal intent on "Damned Hellish Voids". Thrashing black metal riffs by the dozen, frozen and razor sharp for those who like their thrash filtered through a black metal grinder. This is the greatest blackened thrash album I have heard since the aforementioned band Aura Noir came out with "The Merciless" which featured none other than Blasphemer who was the then guitarist of Mayhem. It's not suprising then Fenriz of Darkthrone choose Rust as one of his band's of the week a while back. Enough with the comparisons because what it boils down to is quality songwriting and almighty blacked thrash riffs coming forth from your speakers in all their mayhemic glory.

Monday, June 3, 2013

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If Venom formed today i have no doubt this is what they would sound like. Take Venom's "Witching Hour" and multiply the voraciousness and intensity and you have Desolator in a nutshell. An ungodly blend of blackened trash and death metal all molded together in one hellish meatllic burst of pure frantic chaos. Sounding like an up to date version of Slayer's "Show no Mercy" with all the impact and devastation of a megaton warhead. The production is perfect with an ungodly audible rumbling bass sound which pummels your head to a pulp. Amongst all the chaos and pandemonium the band show their acute songwriting skills in the melodies and interesting arrangements of the songs which show a band who have a lot to offer musically. Finally I have to mention the cover which gave me a good old laugh and probably should be taken with a pinch of salt. Sacrifice the virgins and drink the blood of Satan kids you know you want to. A classic demo indeed!

Saturday, June 1, 2013

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The story of Bobby Liebling founding member and frontman of the doom metal band Pentagram.