Friday, 29 September 2017

Interview with Binary Creed done by Patrick and Gaz

interview  with  Binary Creed  done  by  Patrick  and Gaz

1.Hello  how  are  things  going in  Sweden  these  days?Please  introduce  yourselves  to  the  readers?

We're fine here in Sweden. Fall has come and the leaves are turning yellow and starting to fall. Makes for a different perspective when you're outdoors. Binary Creed has been around since 2013 and we're a bunch of seasoned musicians that are teaming up to make timeless and thought worthy metal.  

2.  Binary Creed  formed  in  2013  what  gave  you  the  idea  to  start this band?And  how  did  you  all  choose  the  name   Binary Creed  for the band?

That's right. We started as a duo with Stefan and me. We wrote the music for our first album Restitution and also recorded it at home. The final touches we did in a proper studio, though. Me and Stefan had a lot of ideas that came to fruition on that album! The name is taken from a Hollow song from the album Architect of the Mind. I used to play guitar and sing in Hollow in the 90's and it alludes to our technological age and also that we have a firm belief in science and the secular. A lot of listeners think we are a Christian band because of the word "creed", but you need to put it into a non-religious context here. I would describe myself as a secularist, in private and in my lyrics.

3.What  is  the  current line up  of  the band?And  who  would you  say  are the  bands  biggest  influences?

The band consists of Stefan R├ądlund on guitar, myself on vocals and guitars, Peo Olofsson, keyboards and Robert Alenius on the bass guitar. We use a session drummer when we play live. A lot of different music inspires! I listen to metal of different kinds and I would like to mention Swedish act Opeth, Mastodon, Lamb of God and Finnish Tarot. But not only metal inspires since I also listen to jazz, classical music and of course a lot of songs that my kids introduce me to. I've grown to like Tool and also Highly Suspect through them.

4.Battle Won  is  the bands  newest  release how long  did  it  take  the  band  to  write  the music for the new release?

We worked on the album for roughly a year.

5.Who  usually  takes  care  of  writing  the lyrics  for the music  and  what  are  some  topics  written  about  on  Battle Won?

I write all the lyrics and all vocal melodies. A Battle Won could take place in modern day Syria and the topic is among others standing up for your beliefs (not religious ones, though ;-)) and trying to make a better life for yourself and your loved ones. Taking a stand against violence and war is another topic. The final track on the album also reflects my view on our brief time here on Earth. The only legacy and the only afterlife we have is the one we pass on through our deeds and those who survive us.
6.Does  the   band  play  live  very  often? What  have  been  some of  the bands most  memorable  shows  over  the years?

Not that often. A few shows each year is what we aim for. We do this in our spare time and we also have families to take into consideration. The release parties for our albums stand out, especially the last one where we shared the stage with Fate's Right Band with Johnny Lindqvist on the vocals. It's great that his other band, Nocturnal Rites, are back in business!
7.Are  their  any  tours or  shows  planned  in  support of the new release if  yes where  will the band  be  playing?

Not at the moment. We'll of course inform our fans asap when the next gig is booked! Keep a lookout on our Facebook page!

8.Has  the band  ever  made  a video  for  any of  their songs if  yes what  songs have you  done?

We've done a couple of videos and you can find them on our Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAml4RX9aMx9bODkHnJ79NA/featured
The most recent is one with one of the ideas we're working with for the next album.

9.If you  had  the opportunity to  make  a video  for any of  the bands  songs  which  song  would  you like to  see made into  a  video?

Perhaps the last one on the album, Journey Without End, since it kind of sums the album up. Plus has a positive vibe to it.

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

We sell a little merchandise on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/binarycreed/

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

I train my youngest daughter's soccer team but apart from that I like to watch good television, such as Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul. Right now I don't read much but when I can I really enjoy Iain Banks fiction.

12.Besides  metal and  rock   do  you or any of the members  listen  to  any other  underground  genres?If  yes  what  are some of your  favorite  bands and  artists?

I can only speak for myself and I think I answered that question previously.

13.Other  then  music  we  are huge movie  fans  here  do  you like to  watch  movies?Do  you  have  a  favorite  genre?

I really like sci-fi. The Arrival and Interstellar were good films. But I also like other genres. The most recent one was John Boorman's Excalibur from 1981. Looking forward to the new Blade Runner movie.


14.What  are  your  all-time  favorite  movies?And  who  are  some  of your  favorite  actress's  and  actor's?

That changes over time. I like Ridley Scott's Alien and have seen that one a couple of times. William Hurt is mostly good and I also thoroughly enjoy Zach
Braff's work as a director (and actor).


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

Take care of each other! Use sun-protection.

Interview with Asher Media Relations done by Patrick posted on 9-29-17


Interview  with  Jon Asher  owner  of  Asher Media Relations done  by Patrick

1.Hello  Jon  how are  things  going in  Canada  these  days?Please  introduce yourself to  the  readers?

Things are great in Canada, hot summers, cold winters and lots of metal. For thoe who don't know me, I run Asher Media Relations, a PR company based in Montreal that works on publicity for metal bands and festivals. I take care of all press coverage (preview, review, interview, airplay) in print, online, radio and tv.

2.When  did you  first  start listening to  music  and who  were  some of the  first  bands and  artists  you listened to? 

The first time I can remember best is my step-father driving around in his old station wagon and blazing the local Montreal rock station CHOM 97.7 FM where I would hear the greats like Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton, Supertramp and Genesis. From hearing those bands as young kid of 5 years old, I was hooked on music. In my teenage years grunge and nu metal was my thing, Nirvana, Bush along with RATM, Korn, Limp Bizkit, which all lead to get in to even heavier material and back track to the greats like Slayer, Metallica, the list goes on and on.

3.Jon  you  started  Asher Promotions in 2007  what  gave you the  idea  to  start this  business?Do you  do everything by yourself or do you have  some friends that  help you  out?

Honestly, failure lead to creation of Asher Media Relations. After I graduated from McGill University in corporate public relations I tried landing a job, but as the world goes, it's tough finding one without experience. From frustration became creation, I decided that I knew two things, PR and music, since I was already involved in the music scene in Montreal it was a no brainer and start building.

4.Jon  you  promote both  underground  and popular  bands and labels are you  currently  looking for  more bands and labels  to  work with or is  the promotion business  full right now?

Always glad to rep those in need, it gets full sometimes but as long as bands contact me 3 months ahead of time we're good.

5.Who are  some  current  bands and labels   you  work  with?If  any bands or labels  are looking for  promotions where  can  they  reach you?What  styles of  music  do you  promote?

Currently pretty busy, I work with Striker (Record Breaking Records), Warcall (Plan B Music), Buried Realm, Insurrection (Galy Records), Mason, Decatur (stoked on their album it's produced by Gojira's Joe Duplantier), Moonlight Desires (Infamous Butcher Records) (Trevor Ziebarth in MD is also known for cartoon show Sons of Butcher), Crafteon, Planet Eater, Necronomicon (Season of Mist), Rockshot Records, Test Your Metal Records and a few others and then fests like Armstrong Metal Fest, CEMR Metal Fest, Loud As Hell Metal Fest, Metalocalypstick Fest, 420 Music Fest & Expo, YYC Music Awards, Wacken Metal Battle Canada/USA. So...... Ya I'm pretty busy lol

Bands / Labels can always reach me at ashermedia (@) gmail.com or submit to this link

6.Besides  labels and bands you  also  help  promote  some  metal fests  what  metal,rock  fests  are you currently  helping to  promote? 

Currently helping Armstrong Metal Fest, CEMR Metal Fest, Days of The Dead Fest, Metalocalypstick, 420 Music Fest & Expo and Wacken Metal Battle Canada/USA

7.Jon  you live  in Canada what is your  opinion  of  the  music  scene in  Canada?

The music scene in Canada is great, very strong but also very spread out geographically. The metal community is great and close knit. In my opinion very supportive in most city scenes.

8..Who  are your  all-time  favorite Canadian bands  and  are their  any new  bands  you  feel the  readers  should  check  out  soon? 

Oh wow big question, right now I'm super fanboy for one band I'm working with Planet Eater I just really love their sound! and live so explosive! As for all time favourite Canadian bands... well it leans more towards the commercial side of metal but I loved Alexisonfire, Billy Talent, Three Days Grace, Protest The Hero, Annihilator

9.Besides bands  are  there  any  honest,reliable  labels and distro's  you  could  recommend?

There's a few like War On Music, Galy Records, Test Your Metal Records, Profound Lore, New Damage Records,  CDN Records, Dine Alone Records, Boonsdale Records

10.In your  opinion  what is  the  best  and  worst  thing  about the  underground  scene today?

The best is discovering that band that truly blows your mind and surprises you live. The worst is that some of the underground bands just don't get what true hard work is and don't want to put in the time and effort and expect the world to just be handed to them.

11.When  not  working  on  promotion  business  what  do you  enjoy  doing in your  free  time?

Honestly after a long day of music and writing and pitching, I like to just sit back with my dog and binge netflix or just go for walks and hit the local pub.

12.Jon  do you  get to  attend  a lot  of   concerts  in your  area if  yes what  have  been  some of your most  memorable  shows that you  have  witnessed?

Ya I got to tons, it gets to a point I forget what I saw last week lol, One of my faves earlier this year was Rotting Christ with Necronomicon I work with.

13.I  heard your  interview  on  Gaz's  radio  show that you  are a  huge  Star Wars  fan  when  did you  first start watching these movies?

I think my first introduction was Return of The Jedi on VHS when I was a kid and been a fan since. Can never get bored with anything Star Wars.

14.Which  one is your  favorite movie  from the  franchise?Do you  have  a  certain character  that  is your  favorite?

The Empire Strikes Back is my fave love the scenes on Hoth. And favourite characters are between Yoda and Chewbacca,

15.Besides  Star Wars  do you  watch  a lot  of  movies  if  yes what are some of  your  favorite  movies?
I watch a good amount love the Marvel ones, especially Guardians of The Galaxy and most sci-fi and love the Indiana Jones franchise too.

16.Who  are  some  of your  favorite actresses  and  actors?

Kevin Spacey, Chris Pratt, Harrison Ford, and Ryan Gosling for actors, and actresses Kat Dennings, Natalie Portman, Julianne Moore, Amy Adams and Eva Mendes

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

Thank you for all your support, much appreciated and huge hails horns \m/\m/ Keep it loud!

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

ANCIENT VISIONZ RADIO INTERVIEW SATURDAY, SEPT 30TH, WITH AMERICAN WRECKING COMPANY (METAL)


Ancient Visionz Radio is back on Saturday, September 30th, with guests American Wrecking Company. We will be discussing their latest music, metal, touring, and much more! 
Showtimes:

UK: 8pm

Europe: 9pm CET 

US: Pacific 12pm, 3pm EST, 2pm Central, Mountain 7pm



American Wrecking Company:

 
There is no chat room for the show. Due to the tendency for people to behave disruptively in chat rooms, it is something that we do not wish to explore with Ancient Visionz Talk Radio. This ensures a smooth interview, and allows integrity and respect for the artist.

Please note, I'm 100 % DIY, and am not in a studio, sometimes technical problems happen that can not be avoided, which means cutting to a music break and restarting the call. Please be patient if Skynet decides to invade the show.

The show is recorded and will be made available as a podcast

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

INTERVIEW WITH RAPTORE, BY PATRICK (26-9-17, HEAVY METAL)



Interview   with Raptore   done  by  Patrick

1.Hello  please  introduce  yourself  to the  readers?


Hi! I'm Nico Cattoni, guitar and vocal from Raptore.


2.When  did you  become  interested  in  writing  and playing  music?


Since I started playing guitar I always wanted to write my own stuff, I was 12 or 13 years old I guess.


3.Raptore   formed  in 2012  what  gave you  the  idea  to  form this
band?And   who  would  you  say  are  the bands  biggest  influences?


Well, since I started to play guitar I always wanted to form a band, so the idea was there from the beginning. Once I was in high school I started designing logos and writing the first riffs and complete songs about what later would end up being some Raptore songs. I had everything planned in my head even before I formed the band. About the influences, I would say that KISS is the biggest one, no doubt.  


4.Witches Brew  is  releasing  the bands  debut  cd "RageNFever  how
did you  all come  in  contact  with  this  great  label?


I got in contact with Cheryl via mail and offered her to release our album. She had released the albums of some friend bands of us such as Evil Force and Steelballs, so I knew the label because of that. We are very proud of the release, it's not a common thing for a small south american band like us to release an album in Europe. 


5.How long  did  it  take  the  band to  write  the music for the
debut release? Does  the whole band  work on  the music or does  one
member  usually  write  everything?


The songs were written along the first three years of the band. The lyrics are all written by me and the music was written mostly by me and Ruso, our first guitar player.


6.Besides   the RageNFever   release  does  the  band  have any other
releases  or  merchandise  available for  the  readers?If  yes  what
is  available  and  where  can the  readers  buy  it?


The album is the only merch we have right now. You can purchase it on www.witchesbrewthrashes.eu


7.Raptore  comes  out  of  Argentina's  metal  scene  what  is your
opinion  of the  metal scene  in  Argentina?


It totally sucks, it's a complete joke. Besides some good bands like The Evil Dead and some honest producer, the rest is all crap. There's no thing such a metal scene here. Nobody cares about Heavy Metal or doing the things right.


8.Who  are  your  all-time  favorite  bands  coming  out  of
Argentina?And  are  their  any  new  bands you  feel  the  readers
should  check  out  soon?


I would say 'Riff'. Any project with Pappo Napolitano on it could be considered my favourite. I love his album 'Plan Diabolico', witch came out under the name of 'Pappo y Hoy No es Hoy'. About the new bands, you should check out The Evil Dead and Steelballs!

9.Besides  metal  music  do  you or  any of the  members  listen to
any  other  underground genre's  if  yes  what genre's  do you  listen
 to?


In terms of metal I listen everything like death, speed, thrash, classic traditional metal. If we're talking of any other genre out of metal, I listen to pop, southern rock, blues, AOR.


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


Well, I can't say I have much free time, I spend the whole day working saddenly. In the few hours I have free in the week I like to listen music, read some books and watch movies. I enjoy spending my time with my wife and dog also, but as I said before I don't have much free time, only the sundays and a few hours between my work shifts.

11.Besides  music  we  are  huge  fans  of  movies  here  do you  like
 watching   movies?


Of course! One of my favourite things

!

12.What   are  your  all-time  favorite  movies over  the  years?Do
you have  a  certain  movie  genre  do you  watch  the  most?


I love Point Break! haha. I like Flatliners, The Lost Boys and everything from David Lynch and Carpenter too.


13.Who  are  some  of your  favorite  actresses  and  actor's?


I guess Patrick Swayze, Kevin Bacon, Daniel Day Lewis. 


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


Thank you for your interest and hope see you all soon!


https://www.facebook.com/raptoreofficial/
https://raptore.bandcamp.com/album/demo-2014

 

ANCIENT VISIONZ MIXCLOUD CLOSED!


I've just closed the Ancient Visionz Mixcloud account, which was completely useless. Most people are listening/downloading the radio show/podcast via my Dropbox, which is easier. I may try it again in the future, but I found it useless. 

All future episodes of Ancient Visionz and The Wastelands will be shared via Dropbox as usual.  

Sunday, 24 September 2017

ANCIENT VISIONZ RADIO INTERVIEW, MONDAY 25TH SEPT, WITH SKURK! (THRASH METAL)


Ancient Visionz Radio is back tomorrow with thrashers Skurk! We shall be chatting about their music, thrash, metal, and much more!

Showtimes:

UK: 8pm

Europe: 9pm CET 

US: 3pm EST (US)


Skurk:

There is no chat room for the show. Due to the tendency for people to behave disruptively in chat rooms, it is something that we do not wish to explore with Ancient Visionz Talk Radio. This ensures a smooth interview, and allows integrity and respect for the artist.

Please note, I'm 100 % DIY, and am not in a studio, sometimes technical problems happen that can not be avoided, which means cutting to a music break and restarting the call. Please be patient if Skynet decides to invade the show.

The show is recorded and will be made available as a podcast



THE WASTELANDS RADIO IS NOW THE METAL/PUNK SHOW!


Before reading the full post, I've pasted the FAQS at both the start and the end to make it very clear that I'm not stopping Ancient Visionz, or stopping regular metal/punk radio shows. Peace. 1.

FAQS:
I'm not stopping Ancient Visionz, it is now a chat radio show for interviews and discussions on music and movies. 

I'm not stopping regular metal/punk radio shows.

The Wastelands is now the regular punk/metal radio show.  

Recently, I made the decision to bring back The Wastelands again, but with a new concept and evolution. 

The truth is I've missed The Wastelands so much. They were always my favorite shows and they get me pumped up so much. I sat thinking about what I could do different, and what new features to bring to The Wastelands. I took considerable time contemplating ideas for The Wastelands. Then it hit me, something re-born from mixing punk/metal in a musical/story radio format. 

The Wastelands is once again my regular music radio show. The Wanderer has returned. The show offers podcasts and live editions. Please respect if I've overloaded with radio interviews on Ancient Visionz, then The Wastelands will compensate with a podcast. The show shall not be off air in any sense or on hiatus. All this means, sometimes a podcast is provided if I cannot do the show live for one week, due to on air interviews with Ancient Visionz. 

The Wastelands is an open and diverse show featuring punk/hc/metal with other underground music genres and content. So expect;

Punk/HC: Grindcore, Crust Grind, Fastcore, Crust, D-Beat, HC, NYHC, HC Punk, Metallic HC, Celtic Punk, Underground Punk Rock, Crossover Thrash, Raw Punk, and Stenchcore.

Metal Punk: Death Crust, Death Punk, Metal Punk, Punk Based Metal, Punk Based Old School DM.

Metal: Death Metal, Brutal DM, Slam, Death Grind, Old School DM, Thrash, Doom, Desert Rock, Sludge, Stoner Rock, Traditional Heavy Metal, Underground Hard Rock, and Blues.

Please read concerning below, real hip hop is nothing like, or sounds the same as the mainstream TV/FM radio garbage. That is not hip hop. If the below flows with a theme or concept for an episode of The Wastelands, then I'll mix it in. A track or a few tracks will not harm anyone.

Underground Hip Hop: HC Hip Hop, Conscious Hip Hop, and Boom Bap. Usually more hc, darker tracks. Softer flows, if it fits a concept/idea or story for a particular edition of theme within The Wastelands. The Wastelands is concept/story mixed with a regular radio show format. So it depends when underground hip hop is mixed in, but no mainstream/mumble, trap rap at all! 

Other stuff: Narrated pieces/tracks that flow with story from friends in all scenes.

Skits: Usually comedy/silly skits. They will always be a part of the show. 

So, another reminder about Ancient Visionz and The Wastelands.

Ancient Visionz: Is now for on air interviews. The site does all the usual promo/reviews etc as well. 

The Wastelands: Is now the punk/metal radio show. Think of the old punk/metal show, well its back.

FAQS:

I'm not stopping Ancient Visionz, it is now a chat radio show for interviews and discussions on music and movies.

I'm not stopping regular metal/punk radio shows.

The Wastelands is now the regular punk/metal radio show.










 






ANCIENT VISIONZ RADIO CHANGES & NEWS

 
I want to thank the bands and PR companies for their support with the on air interviews. They have overtaken all aspects of Ancient Visionz, which is why there hasn't been a regular edition of Ancient Visionz Metal Radio for a number of weeks. 

However, the interviews ran as episodes of Ancient Visionz Metal Radio. The majority of guests are from metal the community, and have been featured many times on my various shows. Ancient Visionz was not on hold, but very active.

The on air interviews continue to gather pace with guests filling up slots for the remainder of September/October, and I'm halfway through locking out November. 

It is one of the best methods to help people, and so I announce a few decisions relating to Ancient Visionz and The Wastelands. I'm not stopping regular music radio shows, but they are now going to be a part of The Wastelands (please go here and read this post). I repeat, I'm not stopping regular music radio shows, they are now part of The Wastelands, and run as Wastelands Radio. (https://thewastewanderer.blogspot.co.uk/).

However, returning back to Ancient Visionz. From this moment forward, Ancient Visionz Metal Radio is now simply; Ancient Visionz Radio. It is an interview show open to:

Metal: Most genres.

Punk/HC: Most genres.

Underground Hip Hop: Strictly underground/real hip hop only. No trap, mainstream rap of any kind, which is not real hip hop. 

Movies: Indie film and fellow movie nerds.

Comics: Indie comics, comics, fellow comic book nerds. 

Other stuff: If we think something can work for a topic, then we will do it. Whether chatting about the X-Games, history, TV series, or general areas of interest.