Friday, 13 April 2018

Interview with Widow’s Peak done by Patrick posted on 4-13-18





Interview with Widow’s Peak done by Patrick


1. Hello Please introduce you to the readers and how are things going in Canada this week?
Hey there, I'm Chris and I play guitar in Widow's Peak. Things in Canada are cold as fuck, as per usual. Other than that, life is good!

2. When did you first start listening to metal music? Who were the first bands you discovered?

I discovered extreme metal when I was 12 years old, and stumbled upon the Christian metalcore band Blessthefall. I fell in love with the sound of the vocals, and started diving into heavier bands immediately, eventually getting sucked into death metal by Arch Enemy, Children of Bodom, and Job For A Cowboy.


3. When did you first meet the other members of the band and was it long before you started Widow's Peak? What is the current line up of the band?

I met Scott Cressman (guitar, vocals) in April of 2016, and we met at a lube-wrestling event. He defeated me, and then lost to Matt Yeomans (vocals) shortly thereafter, and then we found Mike Jones (bass) and Patricio Cereceda-Paulsen (drums) when they performed as a two-piece Aqua cover band.

4. Who would you say are Widow's Peak biggest influences?

Cannibal Corpse, Ingested, Meshuggah, Beyond Creation, and Cryptopsy. We like fast and heavy shit, for the most part, though we all like lots of music outside of metal, too.


5. Graceless is the debut CD release how long did it take the band to write the music for the debut?

About a year, we really took our time writing the EP. We weren't doing anything publicly as a band yet, so we had no reason to rush.

6. Who usually handles writing the lyrics for the band and what are some topics you wrote about on Graceless?

Matt and I both tag team the lyrics. The lyrics on Graceless are a little all over the place, but everything orbits around the idea of extreme violence. In CBT we wrote about genital mutilation, in Graceless we wrote about suicide. Really anything that strikes us as interesting is fair game when it comes to writing. We have some newer, unreleased songs that push things even further, which will be interesting to get out there.


7. I believe Graceless is self-released would you like to find a label to work with or do you prefer self releasing your music?

Yeah, Graceless is self-released. We're definitely open to working with a label, but obviously it's all about the details. Having some more money behind us to tour, record, and print merch would obviously be great, but I, personally, am a bit of a control freak, so it would have to be a careful balance. Any label that tries to tell us we can't spend our budget on Naked Kombat gambling rings is immediately off the list.

8. Does Widow's Peak play live very often or do you prefer to work in the studio? What have been some of the bands most memorable shows?

We hate recording! We're a live band through and through. In 2017 we played around Alberta quite a bit, and we're hoping to get even further away from home later this year. Back in September (I think?) we were fortunate enough to open for the mighty Archspire with Reaping Asmodeia, which was a real blast. We always have fun playing live, though, so it's hard to really single out our favourite moments. Our friend Adam from False Flag spread his asshole for a free shirt at our first show, though, so that might actually be our top moment so far.

9. Are there any tours or shows planned in support of Graceless? If yes where will the band be playing and who will you be sharing the stage with?

Yes, we'll be sharing the stage with Path To Extinction, Protosequence, Anti-Pattern, and Meggido on April 27th at Distortion here in Calgary. That's going to be the actual release show, and then we're working on some stuff for this summer. We'll be playing Calgary's first annual Decimate Metalfest in June, and Metallion Festival in August as well, which are going to be ragers.



10. Besides the Graceless release does the band have any other merchandise available for the readers? If yes what is available and where can the readers buy it?

Yeah, we have shirts, longsleeves, CDs, patches, and pins, which people can find on our Bandcamp page, or at our shows. Check it out here: https://wpdm.bandcamp.com/merch


11.Who are your all-time favorite bands coming out of Canada? And are there any new bands you feel the readers should check out soon?

Well if we aren't just talking about metal, I'd have to say Matthew Good Band, Sarah McLachlan, and Rush. If we're talking metal, I'd say Cryptopsy, Exit Strategy, and Archspire. Up-and-coming bands that I have to mention are Anti-Pattern (insane instrumental tech), Protosequence (more dope ass tech), Apollyon (brutal death with some proggy feeling stuff) and Subsume (proggy crooning meets Tool-ish rhythms).

12. When not working on new music or band business what do you like to do like to do in your free time?

We go to a LOT of local shows. I check out 1-3 per week, and outside of that I mostly just play and teach guitar, collect records, and write music. The other guys are into nerd shit like World of Warcraft and anime, but not me. I'm cool. Same with Pat; he does Muay Thai and works out, so I stay on his good side.


13. Besides metal music do you or the other members listen to any other forms of underground music? If yes who are some of your favorite artists and bands?

Yeah, we love all kinds of music. I, personally, really like a band from BC called Snur. They're like weird Incesticide/Bleach-y Nirvana vibes, but more chaotic. There's also a band from Edmonton called The Wet Secrets that I'm really into, but I don't even know how to describe them.


14. Besides music we are big movie fans here do you enjoy watching movies? Do you have a favorite movie genre?

I don't have the attention span for visual media; I'm too squirmy. When I can force myself to get through it, I like horror movies though.


15. What are some of your all-time favorite movies?

August Underground, The Suicide Tourist, various documentaries on Boedil Joensen, The Grand Budapest Hotel, and Evil Dead.

16. Who would you say are some of your favorite actresses and actors? Are there any directors you enjoy watching?

I like Lars Von Trier films, and the old Dogma 95 movement. I don't really have any favourite actors or actresses, though. Maybe guys like Diesel Washington, JJ Knight, and Carter Dane.


17.Thank you for taking the time to fill this interview out do you have any final comments for the readers?

If anyone out there has seen a purple Tamagotchi on 17th Ave SW in Calgary, give me a call. My baby boy is probably cold, hungry, and needs to be changed. Trevor, if you're reading this: come home. Daddy misses you.

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Friday, 6 April 2018

Interview with Sense Of Fear done by Patrick posted on 4-6-18



Interview with Sense Of Fear done by Patrick


1.Hello Please introduce yourself to the readers and how are things going in Greece this week?

Hello Patrick, my name is Ioannis and I am the founder and the one of the guitar players of Sense Of Fear. The things in Greece are tough. The entire world, I think, knows our financial problems and the difficulties in our country. But we are still strong and we are fighting.

2.When did you first start listening to rockNroll and heavy metal music? Who were the first bands you discovered?

I was 10 years old when I took in my hands the Metallica’s “Black Album” from my father and gave it a listen. I was thrilled from the first song, I remember. It was a very strong punch in my head and it still is ahhahha. My first beloved band was Iron Maiden.

3.When did you first meet the other members of the band and was it long before you started Sense Of Fear? What is the current lineup of the band?


The drummer of the band Markos is my brother so I know him from my first breath in this world ahahhahha. When I was 13 I met Themis in school and we became best friends. It took us only 6 months after our friendship to create our first band which called Holy Prophecy and renamed after 3 years into Sense Of Fear. Our current line up is Me and Themis on the guitars, Markos on drums, Dimitris on bass and Ilias on vox.

4.Who would you say are Sense Of Fear's biggest influences?


We have a big range of influences. Sure our biggest influences are Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Iced Earth, Nevermore, Pantera but also from more extreme metal genres such as Thrash(Slayer, Anthrax, etc) and Black metal(Rotting Christ)

5.As The Ages Passing by is the band’s debut release how long did it take the band to write the music for the debut?


You will hear songs from 1998 till 2015 ahhahha. We create our first album with the thinking to show to the world also and the history of the band all these years.


6.Who usually handles writing the lyrics for the band and what are some topics you wrote about on As The Ages Passing By?


Me and Ilias are usually writing the lyrics. We write on how is our Perspective of the world and how we fight the daily difficulties and also about personal experiences and emotions.

7.Does Sense Of Fear play live very often or do you prefer to work in the studio? What have been some of the bands most memorable shows?


We play very often live shows because we love to put out all our energy from the album to our fans. It is very important for us. One of the most memorable shows was when we supported Warrel Dane in his solo career. We also played many Greek fests and we have supported many Greek big names.

8.Are there any tours or shows planned in support of As The Ages Passing By?If yes where will the band be playing and who will you be sharing the stage with?


We will tour in many cities here in Greece like Ioannina, Athens, Thessalonikh, Larisa, Agrinio, Trikala. The most of the shows are Headline but in some cities we will share the stage with big names from Greece.

9.Besides the As The Ages Passing By release does the band have any other merchandise available for the readers? If yes what is available and where can the readers buy it?


Will be available for the audience T-shirts and zipp jackets but after the release of the album. Everyone can purchase these items from our official web site and from our page in Facebook.

10.Sense Of Fear comes out of the Greek heavy metal scene what is your opinion of Greece's heavy metal scene?


Today the Greek scene is stronger than ever. There are plenty of good bands here in Greece which are more than worth hearing.

11.Who are your all-time favorite bands coming out of Greece? And are there any new bands you feel the readers should check out soon?


My all-time favorites are Rotting Christ, Firewind, Innerwish, Diviner, Conviction. You can also check Night Threat, Exile Of Heaven, Meden Agan, Dark nightmare, Ragenheart. They are all great bands.

12.When not working on new music or band business what do you like to do like to do in your free time?


Usually I am practicing in my guitar which is something I love to do but with my job and my family I have not a lot of free time. Of course I am listening music from the time I am awake till I go to sleep again ahhahhah.

13.Besides metal music do you or the other members listen to any other forms of underground music?If yes who are some of your favorite artists and bands?

Well I love Metal music and I am looking always for new bands but as a guitar player I like to experiment to other music genres such as blues, jazz, funk, soul, Latin etc.

14.Besides music we are big movie fans here do you enjoy watching movies? Do you have a favorite movie genre?


I am also big fan of films and series. I love films like Lord Of The Rings, all Marvel and DC movies, funny and comedies of course and I am big big fan of Game Of Thrones and Walking Dead.

15.What are some of your all-time favorite movies?


Lord Of The Rings without thinking twice ahhahha

16.Who would you say are some of your favorite actresses and actors? Are there any directors you enjoy watching?


My favorite actors and actresses are Colin Farrell, Vin Diesel, Orlando Bloom, Scarlett Johansson, Sarliz Theron and many more, as for directors Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, Quentin Tarantino, Peter Jackson and others.

17.Thank you for taking the time to fill this interview out do you have any final comments for the readers?


Thanks a lot for having me here, I hope everyone will pleased with our album cause it has a lot to say, Stay Metal!!!

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Thursday, 5 April 2018

Jungle Rot--What Horrors Await reissue {Victory Records} posted on 4-5-18 done by Patrick


Jungle Rot--What  Horrors Await  re-issue {Victory Rec.}

Wisconsin's legendary Jungle Rot  will be  re-releasing  their  fifth cd  through Victory Rec.What Horrors Await  was originally released in 2009 and contains fourteen songs of old school death metal greatness.The guitars  are played with alot of  skill and well performed patterns mainly played  with mid paced  guitar passages  but does speed up to a faster and heavier guitar style within some of the songs.The drums  are done with heavy mid paced style.The  drummer does play  some well written and performed  mid paced drums and does play some add some faster drums are played throughout the songs.The vocals are  old school death metal growls  with some  gruff  type growls and screams entertwined  within the music.If you  are a  fan of Jungle Rot i highly  recomend  picking up a  copy  of  What Horrors Await and if you are new to  Jungle Rot and enjoy  high quality old school death metal then be sure to pick this  release up today and lok for the  bands past releases  all are very good.

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Tuesday, 3 April 2018

ANCIENT VISIONZ BLOG LIVE AGAIN


Recently I tried to redesign the blog and try a few new themes, none of which really offered much other than electronic scrolling paint roll. In the end I went back to the original theme and changed a few areas, but it is more or less the same. 

The new themes I experimented with removed the hyper links from many previous posts, but I'll attempt to re-add them, but this could take a long time and I may not be able to get to every single post. Yes all of our interviews, reviews, the entire links have vanished. The joy of diy. 

Anyway the site is live again.

ANCIENT VISIONZ BLOG UNDERGOING AN UPDATE (CLOSED TO PUBLIC VIEW)


The blog is undergoing an update and is closed to public view until work has finished. Ancient Visionz Radio is on temporary hiatus whilst I take a much needed break.

Monday, 26 March 2018

ANCIENT VISIONZ UPDATES


Ancient Visionz Radio is currently undertaking a short break for a month or two whilst I focus on school and recharge. However, I'm considering a few ideas for the blog. The talk show has taken off so much, that I'm finding it next to impossible to write reviews of any kind whether music, film, or anything else. 

Pat helps with what he can, but he has his own sites to run, and can only do so much. Sadly, folks are unreliable, so I've given up on asking for help, and it is a diy blog, which is unable to offer a wage to any contributors. With that being said, I may stop writing reviews and interviews altogether, which means I can just focus on the radio show, which takes up the majority of my time. It would make things easier, and I could just write as and when.

In the previous post I outlined the plan to vary Ancient Visionz Talk Radio with guests from different music and scenes, so I can present a wider mix for listeners. I'm also considering returning to a station to host a punk/metal show, but I'm not 100% sure atm, but it would help cover the many promos and submissions I receive on a daily basis and provide a balance to the chat show. 

I'll post updates when the chat show returns, but look out for random posts when I'm able, and content from Pat.




ANCIENT VISIONZ TALK RADIO ON A SHORT BREAK!


Ancient Visionz Talk Radio is taking a short break for a month or two. I'm exhausted and close to becoming burnt out after hosting 3-4 interviews a week in some instances. I'm already in the process of rescheduling some shows, and am looking at plans to formulate a wider variety for the show.

When the show returns, the idea is to feature the following every month: 2 music guests, 2 indie film guests, or 2 movie discussion shows. Hopefully, we can mix it up and feature guests from comics, indie film, singer/songwriters, blues, underground hip hop, hc punk, and of course metal.  

Ancient Visionz Talk Radio returns soon, but a break from interviews is needed whilst I recharge and focus on school.

Sunday, 25 March 2018

ANCIENT VISIONZ TALK RADIO EPISODE 25-3-18: DRIFTER (METALCORE/MELODIC THRASH/METAL/ROCK)



Ancient Visionz Talk Radio episode 25-3-18 featuring guests Drifter who discussed their music and new EP 'The Howling', writing and recording, touring, DIY, underground music, and much more! 

STREAM/DOWNLOAD: ANCIENT VISIONZ RADIO EPISODE 25-3-18: DRIFTER

Full press release below, courtesy of Tag Publicty PR

February 26, 2018 - New Jersey Metal act DRIFTER has released the official music video for the single "Black Mamba" off of their new EP, The Howling. Originally premiered on AntiHero Magazine, "Black Mamba" was Directed and Produced by the band's front-man, Mike Monto.

"An aesthetically blended video of darkness and light, “Black Mamba” cries out to be recognized in the realm of semi-melodic thrash metal as Drifter efficaciously takes the course less chosen to create a stir among rock, metal, and general music fans across the spectrum. And, as Monto states, “There’s a thunder we all know.” - AntiHero Magazine.

Thrashing through the melodic metal scene, Drifter is breaking out with their debut EP The Howling. After months of writing and recording in their home studio, based out of New Brunswick, the band is an ideal monument of DIY innovation. From tracking and producing, to graphic design, photo shoots and video production, and marketing, the band has grabbed the bull by the horns thrusting them into the spotlight.

Crawling from the local Jersey scene, Drifter is a five-piece, cinematic wonder. Drifter’s crisp rhythms are held tightly together by drummer Mark Kairelshtein and bassist Filip Halajko are complimented by the boisterous, dual-leads from guitarists Jon Plunkett and Joe Derogatis. Sealing the band together, vocalist Mike Monto contributes his own flare to the seasoned genre.

After running through several line-up changes throughout the years, Drifter’s grown to final form. Ready to hit the road, take over stages, and shred ‘til they’re dead, the band plans to play the final Warped Tour along with other headline dates throughout the summer, promoting The Howling.


Socials
https://www.facebook.com/DrifterNJ/
https://www.instagram.com/Drifter_nj/
https://twitter.com/DrifterNJ


Drifter: The Howling
Release Date: 2/23/2018

 

 
















Press Release: https://madmimi.com/p/fec5cb
Promo Images: https://app.box.com/s/aveoezcy3dhkwinnzicbfs1kljzhqlbu

Buy / Stream Links:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-howling-ep/1349881724
https://open.spotify.com/artist/6hpXFoUdcwpFnoeNjl1Hd8?si=sIRsji-8TBq2ZlgZB9YXDA#_=_
https://www.amazon.com/Howling-Explicit-Drifter/dp/B079VVHJ5B
https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/drifter12




ANCIENT VISIONZ TALK RADIO SHORT BREAK SOON


Ancient Visionz Talk Radio shall be taking a short break soon whilst I focus on Uni assignments and recharge. I'm drained from doing 3-4 interviews a week, and need a break to refocus. In the future the interview shows are going to be limited to one a week, or no more than two. 

There is a show today from 3-5pm EST with the band Drifter, but after this show I'll be rescheduling guests for future dates.


Saturday, 24 March 2018

Interview with Declared Dead done by Patrick posted on 3-24-18

Interview with Anders guitarist and vocalist of Declared Dead done by Patrick


1. Hello Anders how are you doing this week? Please introduce yourself to the readers?

Hello, Patrick! I'm doing okay this week. Feeling a tad tired but trying to fire myself up to push on through. I'm Anders - guitarist/vokillist/creator and leader of the Metal band Declared Dead.


2. Anders you handle the guitars for the band when did you first become interested in playing the guitars?

Yes, yes. Well, Dimitri and I handle the guitars, of course. Dimitri pulled off some striking solos on the newest release, I must say! Well. I would think my interest in guitars started when I was seven, maybe? I had a school chum who showed me a drawing of a guitar he wanted to design and it piqued my interest. No. Wait. I would have been around ten, actually. It was a guitar shaped in the form of a lightning bolt. I told him, "There's no way you could play that, man." He insisted people could. But we have no proof since we no longer know each other. And it's been a long while since that conversation. I doubt he followed through with it. Though, who knows? Now, however - I would concur that it would, most likely, be playable. "My bad". I'm notoriously known to be contrary and contradictory in my small circle of friends - "devil's advocate" and such.
When I was seven, my mum bought us kiddos a cheap ukulele (she was a fan of Tiny Tim?). Wait...wait...even before that. At five years or so - Mums bought me a toy guitar for children. I barely remember it. But I do see in my mind - I had to strum it with my thumb since it didn't come with a plectrum. Also, I must have fancied myself as the next Jimi Hendrix or Kurt Cobain since I gave blisters to my left thumb (meaning I was naturally playing "leftie", for some reason). I'm a "rightie", in most situations. We'll keep it at that, for now. All innuendo aside.
Though, speaking of when I wished to play guitar in a more "real sense". I'd say I was around thirteen. It was a few years later when I got to actualize that desire.


3. Who would you say are some of your biggest influences and favorite guitarists?

So many. So many. Whew. The guys in/have been in TestAmenT (Eric, Alex, James), John Petrucci, Jeff Waters, George Lynch, Trey Azagthoth, Erik Rutan, the Cannibal Corpse guys, Slayer guys, Exodus guys, Criss Oliva, Vito Bratta, James Hetfield, Dave Mustaine, Chris Poland, Marty Friedman, Paul Gilbert, Jason Suecof, The Black Dalia Murder guys, Chuck Schuldiner, Andy LaRocque, Ralph Santolla, Flotsam  and Jetsam guys, Mille Petrozza, Randy Rhoads, Buckethead...
No particular order, there. Many more...can't think of at the moment.


4. Besides the guitars you take care of the vocals when did you start screaming and growling? Do you do anything special to keep your voice and throat healthy?

I'm sure as most people - I began screaming when I was born! "No, no! This fucking life!!!" Growling came a little later. Probably when I became fascinated with the so called "big cats". Maybe, bears and dinosaurs, also. I would copy them at three years old, I'm sure!
Musically - when I listened to Deicide, Morbid Angel, Death, Cannibal Corpse, etc., for the first times. I couldn't control the urge to growl with them as they summoned forth demons through my speakers!
To keep my voice in tip-top shape, I drink a special blend of freshly devirginized and deceased human female pulverized labia in my morning Tang. The liquid extract is sublime but the powdered form is cheaper. Both make me sing like a rabid mongrel! I want to be endorsed by Liquid Labia (now with clitoral hood enzymes!) as soon as I can! Sign me up for the t-shirt! I'll wear it with pride!
No, no...sorry, sorry! That's just my sick sense of humor shining through!
I've had a "lucky spell", lately - concerning my voice. When we recorded our first LP, my voice was wrecked throughout! I have no clue what's being done differently, lately. There's still strain and brief loss of ranges but not as gaping as that first one. I'll remember that experience 'til I go senile like that AC/DC guy!


5. Who would you say are some of your favorite vocalists?

Let's see. Chuck Billy, Bruce Dickinson, Erik Rutan, Corpsegrinder, Tim Owens, Sebastian Bach, Mike Tramp, Eric A.K., David Vincent, Sean Killian, John Bush, Ozzy, Steve Perry, Chuck Schuldiner, Jeff Waters, Mike Howe...
There has to be more.

6. Anders you formed Declared Dead in 2014 when did you first get the idea to start this band?

It was early 2014 when I thought of forming it. Hanging out with a few others into that kind of music and jamming on and off with them. I mean the "band idea", in general, had been percolating in my mind for a few years before that. But the term "Declared Dead" wasn't there until around the time the band, actually, came together. With a single intention of recording a demo, etc.I had most of the music worked out, already (in terms of guitar parts/structures). So, we started from there. The other guys added ideas (like the drum rhythms and basic bass lines), while I whittled away at the lyrics.
So, it was Declared Dead 2014! Vote for fucking Pedro! Metal up your crusty asses campaign of death!

7. I would say Blood Bender is the bands most thrashy and violent metal release to date. What gave you the idea to do a full on thrash/metal release?

We just love that kind of thing! Declared Dead started out as an "old school Death/Thrash" band ("Subterranean Nightmare (Demo)"). That was the intention the whole time. But once I moved to where I'm at now (after the demo), I met up with my current brothers in arms - who have very different musical tastes. We all like to experiment (some more than the others - Mikhel being the "more than the others"...haha!), but I tend to prefer the more thrashy/fast paced type of stuff - so, I kind of "won out" for the "Blood Bender" release. We really experimented quite a lot with the previous two releases ("Revel in the Macabre" and "A Date with the Coroner"). So, we kind of got that out of our systems, for now. But, if you remember the "Shiv e.p." after our first full length - that was mostly Thrash Metal, as well. Our first one ("Denounced and Defiled") wasn't as aggressive as we would've liked but we were somewhat satisfied with it, at the time - mostly as a "learning and growing experience". Most of us - also - like some "progressive" type of stuff, as well - so, that tends to creep into the mix. Plus, the producers/engineers we've worked with made suggestions that we might not have adhered to if we "knew then what we know now" type of thing. You know?
But - also - we don't want to repeat ourselves or become "formulaic". We want each release to be distinct and have a meaningful expression of what we want to portray, yet retain that over all "Declared Dead-istic" sound/style - at the same time. It's art, after all!
For "Blood Bender", since the last two albums were kind of "gothic-tinged" and almost "avant-garde", it was naturally time to explode with aggression! I felt we were getting away from the initial roots of Declared Dead. It was fun and meaningful at the time for those previous releases. But now is the time to rip your faces off and wipe our butts with them! It's time for a "Blood Bender"!!!!



8. As mentioned Blood Bender is Declared Dead's fourth release how long did it take the band to write the music for this release?

It came about very quickly! We DID re-record a couple of tracks ("Ghouls Around the Blade" - which appeared on the "Shiv" e.p. and I wrote new lyrics for a song that was called "Quelling the Beleaguered" - that was on the "Denounced and Defiled" album. The new version is called "Segue to Satan"). But the other eight full tracks came together really smoothly. I was surprised at how well they came to be without much struggle! It was still hard work and energy consuming. But we didn't feel exhausted from the tensions of peripheral nuisances while bringing "Blood Bender" forth from the abyss! Well. I'm - almost - constantly working on new material. Whenever I play guitar - each session seems to spawn, at least, one new idea that I end up keeping for later. Usually, more than one, actually. Plus, I have many stored ideas from years past that I've not used sufficiently. So, I go through those - sometimes - to spark creativity in the present, etc.
Writing music, for me - is kind of a "non-linear" experience, I guess. So, it's tough to say how much time or how long it takes for any given song/album. Depending on whether a riff was written a few years ago or if it was written ten minutes ago, you know? Also, how many hours are used in just "daydreaming" about the structures and so on.
But with "Blood Bender", it just seems like we nailed it. Hit the mark with a steady calibration each time we recorded. It just flowed! Almost like "blood" from a "fresh sacrifice"? Giving the artistic elements all the more power! I hope our next sequential releases are that way!!!


9. Where did you draw inspiration for the lyrics on the new release?

Well. Each album we've done has a "theme". Each song kind of ties in with the album title, for the most part. Whether "blatantly" or "subtly". Even the music itself tends to have a "meta-coloring" to the overall shape and atmosphere. So, with "Blood Bender" - the songs tie-in with "blood", mostly. But the "bender" aspect, as well. Whether it's referring to the "hue" (red, scarlet, sanguine). Or the movement thereof ("Tributary"). Genetic tampering. Going on a "bender" meaning a brutal killing spree/out for blood. Or the metaphysics of dna. Morphogenetic, epigenetic, etc. Blood as a drink/libation...drunk on killing.
I just tried to be creative in referring to "Blood Bender" in various ways. Most just came to me - almost "magically". Like, magnetically, or something (the "iron" in the "blood"?). That's what I mean about the "flow" (again related to "blood") and ease of this new album.
I thought for sure the title track ("Blood Bender") was going to be about "ethnic cleansing". But it turned out to be about a flea infestation my cats and I endured last year. They've only just FINALLY subsided in the past month or two! It was ridiculous! So, it struck me that maybe no one has ever written a song about this experience? I like to do and say things that seem "original" in some way. I'm drawn to that type of thing, as well. So, the more I looked into "fleas" and their lifestyle, the more intrigued I became. They are - actually - fascinating! But loathsome, at the same time! In a way, they ARE "Blood Benders"! That's their "sole purpose", basically! Feed, feed, feed! On blood! So, they go ON "blood benders", yet I'm sure they are effecting the hosts' blood/circulatory system, in some way, as well. So, "bending" in a "genetic" sense. Like using "anti-coagulants" to keep the blood flowing from the wound? Diverting the blood flow, in general ("bending" it to their will).
The other surprising and "original" - to me - lyrics/song concept is/was the last song I wrote lyrics for. "Where Kali Dwells". It's actually based on menstruation! Haha! From the microcosmic aspect of the ovum's journey through the Fallopian tubes to the uterus - to the macrocosmic aspect of the humanfemales' mood swings and hormonal changes due to the whole cycle, etc. Haha! Plus, the effects it has on their male counterparts, etc. Then, the egg "dies" and ends up being flushed down the toilet. Haha!
Of course, there's the general "anti-Christian" relationship in a few songs, as well. That's - always - an easy "go to". Haha.

10. If anyone is interested in hearing your music where can they buy your releases? 

We're not in this for the money, so all albums are set for "pay what you want" or whatever (if we get more than 200 downloads a month the site will automatically set prices for the albums until the next month where we get another 200 freebies - just so you know. I'm not lying, here, if you see a price sometime - it's them, not us!). There's been a few people who pay a little something - so that's always cool to see. But the majority just download it for free. We just want the music to get "out there" as far and wide as possible! To those who enjoy it!
Check our main website, as well (links to various sites you can listen to our stuff at, etc.). https://declareddead.weebly.com/
We've seen some forums and blog sites that have our releases posted, as well. We appreciate the interest! Get it wherever you can! Haha! Also, post it on your own sites if you wish. If it's honest support and distribution - so much the better! The "true underground spirit"!!! If you like it, spread the word!
Not to "jinx it" ("Whoops! Too late!"), but we've received some label interest (just yesterday, as I type this). So a physical release of "Blood Bender" is ever so slightly possible at the moment. I've not looked into this further - just read the email alluding to this possibility. If it becomes "legit", you should find info about it on our main website. Also, our "Twitter" account will be updated, etc.


11. When you need to take a break from writing new music or band business what do you like to do in your free time?

Yeah, I see. Hmm. Really, the last two - three years it's been "nonstop", it seems! I'm not sure I - actually - take breaks from the music/band? Relatively, I suppose. It's just that even when I'm trying to "relax", my mind tends to "space out" about Declared Dead! I'll watch a t.v. show or movie and I find myself drifting off on tangents related to Declared Dead concepts and things like that. So, I'll have to "rewind" the show multiple times to see/hear what I keep missing! Haha! About 90% of my focus tends to be about the band and related items.
However!
Still. Things I gravitate towards besides working on Declared Dead would be hanging out with my cats, watching t.v. shows/movies (mostly t.v. shows, though). Uhhh...what else? Oh! I've really gotten into playing "first person shooters" on Playstation the last couple/few years! It started with a game called "Black" (for Playstation 2). That was the coolest game I played back then (before that I really enjoyed the more "cartoonish" type of stuff. "Spyro the Dragon". "Ape Escape". Stuff like that. "Pitfall" and "Destroy All Humans" were a blast, as well! I stopped playing video games for a little while, then got back into it. Lately, I'm a massive "fan" of the "FarCry" series! I even have "FarCry 5" pre-ordered! It's suppose to arrive next Tuesday! Hell yeah! I, recently, bought a Playstation 4 pretty much just for that game! Haha! I did order a couple other games, though, so I could test out the station unit to make sure it was fine, etc. I bought the recent "Wolfenstein" games. Those are turning out to be pretty fun, too! I - also - got "FarCry Primal" the other day (so, I have the entire collection, minus the very first computer based version). Other notable games have been "Body Count" and "Dead Island"!
Other general stuff would be: looking at hot chicks and shooting my load (speaking of "first person shooters" Haha). Actually, that's about it. There's not too many more extracurricular activities, I guess. Boring or what?
Oh! I'm trying to listen to more music, too! Kind of studying the craft in a more in-depth way, you know? I want to "expand my horizons" further, so I can keep bringing Declared Dead to new levels, if possible!


12. Thank you Anders for taking the time to fill this interview out do you have any final comments for the readers?

THANK YOU, Patrick, for taking the time to interview me! I appreciate it! There's not much more to say, really. Thanks to the readers, as well! Check out our stuff! If you like it - great! If you don't...okay, I guess. Haha. I think "Blood Bender" is our best thus far! Hopefully, we'll make that our new trend! I, personally, have the next three to four possible Declared Dead album titles/concepts in mind. So, no shortage of ideas, yet! We'll keep forging ahead! Thanks, again, and see ya soon!


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Sunday, 18 March 2018

ANCIENT VISIONZ RADIO EPISODE 17-3-18: THE DIVIDED LINE (PROG ROCK)









Ancient Visionz Radio episode 17-3-18 featuring guests The Divided Line from Canada. Members of the band joined me to discuss their latest EP 'Paramnesia', rock, prog rock, metal, writing and recording, influences and inspirations, touring, future albums, movies, and more!

The Divided Line

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