Sunday, 17 December 2017

THE LAST JEDI REVIEW POSTED IN A FEW DAYS


Prepare for nerd rage. So many wrong things with The Last Jedi, but it is going to be a few days until I can write the review. Tomorrow I'm interviewing crossover band X-Method on Ancient Visionz Radio, so aiming for Tuesday. 


ANCIENT VISIONZ BEST MOVIES OF 2017


So, now I've watched The Last Jedi, I can now post the Ancient Visionz Best Movies of 2017 list, which is small, but they were the only stand out releases where I didn't feel cheated coming out the movie theatre. I'm quite pushed for time atm and am working through a huge backlog for the music portion of the site, so links to the official sites and trailers aren't included. 2017 was a disappointing year for film pertaining to the major hyped up releases. Outside of metal and punk, I'm an avid movie fan and go see most films, even those I'm not crazy on, as you never know.

Best Movies of 2017

Logan
I've read the Old Man Logan comics, which I enjoyed, but not the one so much with the Hulks roaming the wastelands. Anyway, Logan was one of the few films that did live up to the hype and gave us something we had needed for a long time with Wolverine and comic book movies in general. Good story, acting, and flushed out characters.

John Wick 2
Excellent sequel to the original with a good supporting cast and interesting characters and motivations. Superb action sequences, but they relate to the story and aren't just thrown in at random. One of the stand out movies for sure. 

Blade of the Immortal
I'm in the process of writing a full review for Blade of the Immortal, but it was such an engrossing film to watch both in terms of cinematography, acting, action sequences, and the pacing was well balanced. Sadly, the movie has probably been overlooked by the casual audience, but if you enjoy Feudal Japan, and historical action epics, then catch this when you can. Very well acted and developed characters.

And sadly, that is all that stands out for 2017. A poor year for film. Maybe there are some others I've forgotten about or missed, but those were the 3 stand out movies where I didn't feel robbed by the admission ticket.


Second Tier Movies
Second tier movies, which were good and senjoyable, and worth a mention. 

The Limehouse Golem
The final act let The Limehouse Golem down, which was a shame as this could of been really great. It had a solid cast featuring Bill Nighy. Anyway, it was a dark Victorian murder mystery with the appropriate atmosphere, which was well acted and related to the story arc. The final act and reveal pulled the film down leaving it a little predictable, but it is worth a watch. It did have a feel of Sherlock Holmes crossed with Jack the Ripper. 

Murder On The Orient Express 
I've never seen the original, but it was a beautifully shot movie with a great cast and solid acting. Just fell short of being in the tops, but we do need movies such as these to give us a balance. Hopefully there are more future releases set in various eras to provide an alternative choice at the movie theatre. Daisey Ridley also stars in the film and imo her acting is much better in this movie than The Last Jedi.

Thor Ragnarok
Easily the best Thor movie and I do like the new focus on space within the Marvel cinematic universe atm. The jokes, which yes I'm not always crazy about in Marvel movies are well balanced, so it isn't a total cheese fest or detracts from the film itself.   

There are a few others movies which were good such as Guardians of the Galaxy 2. Wonder Woman was fairly decent despite some bad cgi and poor acting in places. The villain was an anti climax and appeared to sound like another Shakespearan cast off, which made it a little cheesy in the final act.  







ANCIENT VISIONZ TALK RADIO TOMORROW WITH X-METHOD (CROSSOVER)







Ancient Visionz Talk Radio is warming up with a few pre Christmas shows starting tomorrow with Abby from X-Method. Awesome crossover from California and its a show you do not want to miss if you are a fan of thrash. We will be chatting about thrash, metal, punk, shows, tours, movies, and much more!

Showtimes:

UK: 8pm
US: 2pm Pacific, 1pm Mountain, 3pm EST, 2pm Central.
Europe: 9pm CET.

The show will probably be 1-2hrs.

Listen live here (refresh if there are any problems): 
 
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CHANGES TO ANCIENT VISIONZ TALK RADIO AND THE WASTELANDS RADIO


I'm writing this blog about the new changes that are coming to both The Wastelands and Ancient Visionz radio shows. I've been thinking about the decision for a long period and feel it is the best way forward.

Since Brutal Existence Radio closed, The Wastelands struggled to receive any listeners. 2-3 is the max, if those few listeners aren't around, it is the wonderful statistical figures of, yes folks, '0'. I started in diy radio around 07/08 and have already djayed under those circumstances with an old punk show and site. I can't do it anymore when there is no audience.

The Wastelands does really well when the podcast is posted and receives hundreds of views with numerous downloads/streams. Crazy that the live shows cannot seem to draw anyone in. Recently, I began treating The Wastelands as an on air podcast, which helped me get through it with no listeners, or the same 2-3. The notable lack of comedy and fewer on airs are due to myself becoming disillusioned and bored. Comedy has always been a huge part of my shows, but not for sometime now.  

When you are DIY, the stats are low, and always will be, but a small crowd of 6-8 would of been fine. On Brutal Existence Radio I had 20-30 listeners a show, and a quiet day was 12 listeners. I could of joined several Internet radio stations, but the music and set lists I play didn't quite flow. 

Other stations I looked at are only interested in mainstream artists and indie majors. No bad on the music, I like many of those artists as well, but my preference is always mid tier to grass roots for music radio shows. It is too easy to sit playing the same old stuff and bands we all know. Its boring and not challenging in any aspect, and creatively stale. I've tried to respect the real underground in all scenes from hc/punk, metal, and hip hop, but this cannot continue or its going to suck my spirit. 

A few months ago I relaunched Ancient Visionz Talk Radio and decided to do on air interviews. It is available and open for metal, punk, underground hip hop, indie film, and fellow sci-fi/comic book fans. The show has grown immensely, and if there are no listeners for the live shows, it doesn't really bother me as I'm interacting with someone. The backlog for Ancient Visionz Talk Radio is incredible. I think it is obvious what I need to do. 

Therefore, Ancient Visionz Talk Radio is going to become my main show and probably run with 2 interviews a week. The Wastelands is moving to a monthly edition and airing on weekends. It shall be heavily dominated by promos, submissions, and music I find on Bandcamp. Pretty much what The Wastelands already is. I'm treating it as on air podcast, which I mentioned earlier, and with only airing monthly, if no one listens, and people just download it, then that's fine.

I wanted to share how much The Wastelands has struggled since the closure of Brutal Existence Radio. I need to adapt and move forward before I lose interest.

There are positives though. I'll finally be able to write on the site, and actually post music and movie reviews. Never been able to do that on a regular basis with running various radio shows. Ancient Visionz Talk Radio is expanding all the time, so please contact me if you would like to join me to discuss movies, metal, hc punk, underground hip hop, comics, and so on. 

There are a few episodes of The Wastelands to upload and a show airing next week to clear some of the promos. After Christmas The Wastelands moves to a monthly slot and Ancient Visionz Talk Radio becomes the primary radio show. 














Saturday, 16 December 2017

THE LAST JEDI IS SADLY THAT BAD (REVIEW COMING SOON)


Hey all I've just returned from the movie theatre where I went to watch The Last Jedi. I'm struggling to write non emotionally, but truth be told I do love Star Wars as much as I've tried to play it down since The Force Unawakens, and I think this is why I'm just so disappointed and sad.

I posted 2 blogs this week describing how I was feeling and my sense of fear regarding how bad The Last Jedi could be. Despite my reservations, there was a part of me that really did think I'd see those fears blown out the water. It really does suck when the latest instalment of an iconic movie series is that bad. Make no mistake, it is one terrible movie. 

When I write up the review, I'll try to list what I did like, and to be truthful there are only 2 things I liked in the entire movie, maybe 3 at a stretch. That's it. Yes really. If there are more I'll list them, if I can think of any.

I can sum up The Last Jedi as a polished turd that looks nice on the surface, but underneath its still a turd. It was like watching a Transformers movie in the Star Wars universe. Big action sequences and forgettable characters with awful acting.

3/10 rating. Full review coming soon.





ON MY WAY TO SEE THE LAST JEDI & I'M NOT STOKED


Normally, you would think I'd be so thrilled about going to watch a new Star Wars movie, but I cannot escape the feeling of disappointment that is already looming over me. I simply cannot be stoked, because The Force Unawakens/Kylo Struggles To Strike back was such a colossal travesty in every sense of the word. 

I'm deeply troubled Darth Disney is once again going to rip the soul from an iconic series with another serving of pop corn filler. Ok, pop corn filler can be good under the right circumstances, but not with Star Wars. I pay no heed to the popular media outlets and major critics that sing the same song every time a new Star Wars is released. The prequels were bad enough, but the new offerings so far (apart from Rogue One) have been soulless cash grabs that were poorly written and are terrible mediocre movies. Because I'm a nerd means there are aspects I enjoy in the movies such as character costumes and a few minor things, but that has been it so far, which doesn't say much for the overall quality of the films.

We have had a tough deal with Star Wars since the prequels, then Darth Reboot arrived from dumbing down Star Trek to destroy SW. If I wasn't so wrapped up in the music side of the site, I'd rewrite my review for episode 7 to state what a bag of turds it is. 

I sincerely hope The Last Jedi is good, but I cannot escape the feeling Darth Dollar has ruined SW. Talk to you soon folks, time to see if my feelings are wrong.



 

ANCIENT VISIONZ TALK RADIO & THE WASTELANDS


Soon an announcement shall be posted concerning both Ancient Visionz Talk Radio and The Wastelands. Ancient Visionz Talk Radio is going to become my main show and The Wastelands will run as a monthly edition. Full explanation posted this weekend.



THIS WEEK'S WASTELANDS EPS UPLOADED TOMORROW! (DIY METAL/PUNK RADIO)


This week's Wastelands will be uploaded tomorrow. Thank you all who supported the live shows and submitted music.



THE WASTELANDS NOW ON AIR WITH THRASH & HC! (DIY RADIO)


The Wastelands is now live with this week's rescheduled 2nd show featuring an onslaught of thrash and hc with a slight pinch of old school dm & death metal in small parts. So, the moshmas show features: Thrash, Crossover, HC, HC Punk, Metallic HC, Heavy HC, and small flavors of old school dm and death metal, but mainly all out thrash and hc!

Listen live here: http://thewastelands.myl2mr.com/

The Wastelands Submissions Page:
https://ancientvisionz.blogspot.co.uk/p/blog-page_79.html


Friday, 15 December 2017

THE WASTELANDS RESCHEDULED FOR TOMORROW & ANCIENT VISIONZ TALK RADIO ON MONDAY!


I'm rescheduling The Wastelands for tomorrow and interviewing crossover thrash band Xmethod live on Ancient Visionz Talk Radio this Monday. We had a few tech issues to smooth out with our guest and opted to do the show on Monday. Xmethod are an awesome band and I'm airing them on the show tomorrow, so if you enjoy really raw crossover, then be sure to check out The Wastelands. 

Full info posted this weekend, but here is the rough break down for now, listed below.

The Wastelands Radio airs tomorrow featuring thrash, crossover, hc, metallic hc, heavy hc, and hc punk. Airtime to be announced.

Ancient Visionz Talk Radio returns on Monday with a pre Christmas show featuring guests Xmethod. Show times: 8pm UK/12pm Pacific (US)/3pm EST (US)/2pm Central (US)/1pm Mountain (US). 1hr-1hr 30 min show, maybe longer. 



MAYBE ON AIR INTERVIEW TODAY WITH CROSSOVER BAND (CROSSOVER THASH)


Hey people, short note to say I maybe live today with a crossover band from California. Not sure if its going ahead yet, but if so, then The Wastelands would air tomorrow instead. If the interview doesn't take place, then The Wastelands airs as scheduled. Check the site in a short while to for further news.

Thursday, 14 December 2017

THE WASTELANDS RETURNS TOMORROW WITH THRASH & HC!


The Wastelands airs again tomorrow! The show is an all out super mosh fest of thrash and hc! Full details posted later. 


 

THE WASTELANDS AIRS TODAY & FRIDAY! (DIY METAL/PUNK RADIO)


Hey what up all? The Wastelands airs with 2 episodes this week to work through the promos, which were submitted for the show. I'm breaking the show up into 2 parts, and you can catch the first episode today from 8pm-11pm UK/3-6pm EST (US), and the 2nd ep shall air on Friday.
 
Listen today @ 8pm-11pm UK/3-6pm EST (US):thewastelands.listen2myshow.com
 
The Wastelands has been off air for a few weeks whilst I focused on my studies for college/uni. I'm overloaded with promos (no complaints), and I haven't had much chance to vary and mix it up with the genres. The first episode is heavily dominated with death metal revolving around brutal dm, dm, old school dm, technical dm, and then transitioning into sludge, doom, traditional heavy metal, and metal to close out the first episode. 
See you all later today. 
 
The Wastelands Radio Submissions Page:
  https://ancientvisionz.blogspot.co.uk/p/blog-page_79.html

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

THE LAST JEDI - THIS TIME I'LL NOT FALL TO THE HYPE


The Last Jedi is upon us, and this time I'm not falling to the hype like I did with The Force Unawakens, which was a mediocre movie at best. The only way I could prepare myself for The Last Jedi was to condition myself to such a state of no interest. Hopefully, The Last Jedi bowls me over with a good SW movie. BUT, if it actually is 'butt', then I'm not disappointed. It would just confirm my preconditioned mindset that I developed to avoid becoming sucked in again.

I hold no faith in the popular media coverage and indie majors, as they aren't going to tell you anything other than its the most awesome Star Wars movie ever made. Already we are seeing and hearing the same rhetoric everywhere, and until I've watched it at least twice, then I remain unconvinced. Remember Ep 7? That was supposedly the best ever, and after the hype went away we saw a thread bare film.

Ok, I'm a nerd, so of course there are aspects I liked in Episode 7, which is what I tried to say in a review. I do like some of the character designs, costumes, but man, lets be real here, Its pop corn filler at best with a protagonist that endured no struggle, and a rehashed effort of earlier movies. It is only slightly better than the prequels, which doesn't mean its good. 

The early reports coming in suggest there is a heavy fun element to the movie. I'm already nervous, because it could detract from the film itself. The Porgs look like another irritating inclusion. I'm suffering visions of Jar Jar Binks laughing at me whilst he forces me to watch reality television, and those mini anime creatures are dancing on the screen and screaming every second. 
 
I sincerely want The Last Jedi to be good, and not be 'The Wack Jedi'. My best of 2017 movies won't be posted until I've watched The Last Jedi.

Darth Nervous review coming soon. 









THE WASTELANDS AIRS TOMORROW & FRIDAY! (DIY METAL/PUNK RADIO)


Hey what up all? The Wastelands airs with 2 episodes this week to work through the promos, which were submitted for the show. I'm breaking the show up into 2 parts, and you can catch the first episode tomorrow from 8pm-11pm UK/3-6pm EST (US), and the 2nd ep shall air on Friday.

Listen tomorrow @ 8pm-11pm UK/3-6pm EST (US):thewastelands.listen2myshow.com

The Wastelands has been off air for a few weeks whilst I focused on my studies for college/uni. I'm overloaded with promos (no complaints), and I haven't had much chance to vary and mix it up with the genres. The first episode is heavily dominated with death metal revolving around brutal dm, dm, old school dm, technical dm, and then transitioning into sludge, doom, traditional heavy metal, and metal to close out the first episode. 

See you all tomorrow. 

The Wastelands Radio Submissions Page:
https://ancientvisionz.blogspot.co.uk/p/blog-page_79.html





Sunday, 10 December 2017

Interview with Grethor done by Patrick posted on 12-10-17


Interview with Grethor done by Patrick posted on 12-10-17


1.Hails please introduce yourself to the readers. When did you become interested in writing and playing music?

Tony Petrocelly: I played guitar and bass on the album, as well as recording and mixing it. I've been obsessed with music for as long as I can remember, and started playing guitar and bass about 22 years ago.

Brian Frost: I started playing music about 26 years ago when I was still in elementary school. I did well in several solo competitions and become interested in becoming a more dynamic musician. I eventually picking up guitar in my teens and composing my own music.

Marcus Lawrence : Vocals and Lyrics. Been playing since I was 16.

2.Grethor was formed in 2007. When did you all get the idea to form this band, and how did you all choose Grethor as the name of the band?


Lawrence: This was oringinally a side project formed by Willy Rivera of LORD. He came to me with the idea of playing 1st Wave Black Metal, which no one was doing at that time. So, we got some people together and practiced in guitarist Bobby Lute's basement, then played some shows and recorded an EP. We have had some lineup changes and recordings since, but it all began with a bunch of guys just wanting to play old school black metal.

The name Grethor is from Star Trek. It's the Klingon version of Niflheim, the Viking Underworld. It's a place for disgraced warriors in the afterlife, and was a great black metal name. We wanted to do something different from the usual occult or Tolkien themes that are typical in the genre's band names.

3.Who would you say are Grethor's biggest influences?

Frost: I’m all over the map, I did draw influences from Steely Dan and old blues rock albums, and old school black metal for this album. I didn’t write the lyrics, but I do believe that you can write music that draws emotion. I spend a while demoing songs until I felt something while playing it back.

Lawrence : I would say that depends on who is in the band at a given time. Willy was influenced by Bathory, Celtic Frost, or Venom, which is what we were doing. Bobby was quite influenced by Emperor, Immortal, and Dissection. Throw in Gorguts, Ulcerate, Portal, etc, and there you go.

4.Damnatio Memoriae is Grethor's debut cd which will be released in early 2018. Does the whole band take part in the writing process, or does one member write everything?

Petrocelly: The bulk of the songwriting was done by Anthony, with Brian contributing three songs.

Frost: Everyone brought something to the table, which was great because I think it made the album more dynamic. Because of the sheer amount of material, we dropped a lot of music and focused producing and sharpening what we thought was the best songs.

5.Who usually takes care of writing the lyrics, and what are some subjects you all wrote about on Damnatio Memoriae?

Lawrence : That's always been me. I have always written about the dangers of anti-intellectualism and the terror it brings, such as authoritarianism and rampant dehumanization. I grew up in the extremely dogmatic faith of Mormonism, and it shaped my views on authority. I often felt alienated by the lack of complete acceptance of it, as if I was sort of screaming into a wind tunnel. I found it to be stifling of creativity and limiting of exploring your limits. I came to the conclusion that if you believe that a divine being has a plan for you, just you, and someone directly to him and interprets that plan, then you will believe anything. You will kill to preserve conformity. You will crush the lives of others, so long as that man's word is a bond to that divine reward, be he Priest, Politician, Pastor, or Imam. It doesn't matter. You will needlessly suffer or destroy yourself and everyone around you so that he can prosper. I had a lot to write about these last couple of years.

6.Has Grethor played live very often over the years? What have been some of the band's most memorable shows over the years?


Frost: We played a great show in Fairfax VA a few years ago where Marcus was wearing in corpsepaint and I wore a Blackhawks hockey jersey. I get pretty into my playing, and the floor was covered in peanut shells and beer. I almost ate the floor while headbanging with  someone in the audience.

Lawrence: I really liked that old church in Alexandria. Or that field party that got shut down by the cops. Or those VFW shows. Or that Canal CLub show in Richmond back in '07. Still, nothing beats Grethor's very first show. We had no monitors, so we couldn't hear shit. Bobby stated playing the wrong song once, and I looked at Willy, who just shrugged. I look over at Bobby, who is just grinnning through his corpse paint, saying "This is awesome!" People afterward kept coming up to us and saying "That was black metal as FUCK!" I guess it was. Definitely raw.

7.Are there any tours or shows planned in 2018 in support of the debut release? If yes, where will the band be playing, and who are some bands you will be sharing the stage with?

Frost: I think we are going to take a break and reconvene when we see the response of the album. I live in Chicago now, but I would make the time for the right show/tour.

Lawrence: Marcus : Hard to say at the moment, considering so many of us are moving on. This means lineup changes, and it's going to be hard to replace people, of course, but it has to be done. I really appreciate what everyone has done on this album, and moving on is always challenging. I just hope everyone is happy with the end result of their time in Grethor, and happy in the lives to come, you know?

8.Besides working in Grethor do you or any of the members currently work in other bands or solo projects?

Petrocelly: I play guitar in Construct of Lethe and drums in Lord.

Frost: I play guitar in a rock/jazz outfit called Protobomb, and guitar/vocals/drums in Angry Hate Infestation

Lawrence: I do vocals in a black metal project called Nox Summos, hopefully finish recording in the New Year.

9.Grethor comes out of Virginia's black, death metal scene. What are your thoughts of Virginia's scene?


Petrocelly: We're from northern Virginia, which is sort a world unto itself as compared to the rest of the state. Northern Virginia most certainly has a scene, but death metal and black metal bands are pretty rare. Most of the larger venues around here that hosted shows have closed, so there's a pretty thick network of D.I.Y. shows, to the point where there's generally at least a couple shows every weekend. 

Frost: I was surprised that the metal scene in the DC is so small. Baltimore to the north and Richmond to the south seem to have much more robust music scenes in general. On the other hand, seeing a band like Suffocation play on the floor in a place that holds like 50 people was cool.

Lawrence: Agreed. With all of that.

10.Who are some of your all-time favorite bands from Virginia? And are there any new bands you feel the readers should watch out for?

Petrocelly: The Day of the Beast and Cammo Shorts are my personal favorites.

Lawrence: I also agree, and going to add Affasia, Gloom, and Mournspire.

Frost: Deceased and Municipal Waste come time mind quick. Local band Reticle is outstanding.

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

Petrocelly: What is free time?

Frost: I work on cars, see shows, I read a lot, and have discovered I’m good at cooking and making cocktails.

Lawrence: Personal Trainer by day, and also an actor. My kids take up quite a bit of my time, however.

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

Lawrence: Yes. Keep an eye out for the album, for starters, but some things beyond that? Stay informed. Ignorance goes beyond the limits of the microcosm of your immediate existence and concerns. If something tells you that anyone not like you has no right to the basic needs of existence, then it's probably bullshit propaganda.

Frost: In the strict scientific sense we all feed on death..even vegetarians.

2 EPISODES OF THE WASTELANDS RADIO THIS WEEK!


I'm airing 2 episodes of The Wastelands Radio this week. Featuring 100,000 promos which were submitted. A huge, huge thanks to everyone for contacting me. I'm currently playing catch up as usual, but the 2 episodes will go a long way to get myself back up to speed. I've been on and off hiatus, whilst finishing up my assignments for school. I'll write some details later when the shows are airing, but they will be about 3hrs each.

Full winter schedule posted soon.

 

ANCIENT VISIONZ 2017 BEST OF LISTS COMING SOON


The annual Best of Lists are coming soon. Covering movies, TV series, underground metal, punk/hc, and underground hip hop. I always try to post them as close to Christmas as possible to consider later releases.

Friday, 8 December 2017

UPDATES & SILLY CAROL SERVICE COMING TO THE NEXT EP OF THE WASTELANDS


Super fast update to say that I handed in my end of term papers today at school and can now get back to the radio shows and hopefully some site updates. There are the usual best of lists planned as we near Christmas, but I'm waiting until after The Last Jedi is released to see if it is actually any good. We all know what happened after the hype with The Force Awakens. Yes I fed the hype as well, but it is difficult to avoid when its Star Wars. I usually post the best of lists a few days before Christmas Eve, so I can consider later movie/tv/music releases.

The Wastelands airs next weekend and the level of promos has been insane, so thanks to all! I'm also holding a special silly carol service on The Wastelands Radio titled 'Gaz at Christmas', which features songs from my forth coming festive album. The full track list is below. I'm sure it shall soon be heard in elevators everywhere. 

Gaz at Christmas track list:

1. I give mommy migraines at Christmas.
2. I slept in on Christmas morning and Nana is mad at me. 
3. Constipated on New Year's Eve.
4. Uncle Jim gave me socks again.
5. Brussel sprout soufflet.
6. My Christmas dinner has fallen through the plate and floor, Auntie asks 'Is it nice?'.
7. V Neck jumper relatives.
8. All I can hear is pop music, where is my metal?

Outside of recording festive treats in 2 Dollar Studios, I'm planning to maybe host 2-3 editions of Ancient Visionz Talk Radio before winter vacation on Xmas Eve. 


 

Friday, 1 December 2017

Interview with Slow done by Patrick posted on 12-1-17

Interview with Deha  vocalist and all instruments  of  Slow  done by Patrick  



1.Hello  Deha  please introduce yourself  to  the readers? How are things going in  Belgium these  days?

Well, I am Déhà, 1985, musician, music producer (mix, master, recording), music coach (musicology, vocal coach ...) and trying to become freelance in music producing as my main job.
I am doing quite fine, despite the insane rain and cold weather here, hah.


2.When did you  first  become interested in writing and playing music?What  was the  first  instrument you  learned to play?What  instruments do you currently play and are their  any instruments you  would like to  learn one day?
Ouf.

I think I got interested in music back in 1989 when I was just four years old. From there, I’ve listened a lot, carefully, just listened, but I remember back then we had AMIGA computers, and I discovered that programs such as OCTAMED were sound trackers, kind of an old-school digital audio workstation, used to make video games music. So I started like this.
I’ve learnt to play guitar first, but it’s not my main instrument. As I learnt by myself, I am quite incapable to play live with guitars. So I consider myself more of a bassist. I also play a bit of piano and drums.
I’d love to be able to play those instruments masterfully. And violin / cello / Theremin. Mostly.



3.Who  are  some of your influences and favorite  musicians?

Too many to say, seriously.


4.Deha you  started  Slow  in 2007 when did you first  get the idea to  start this band?

I wanted something which was a ‘trip’ to deep waters, and space at the same time. This kind of darkened blue mood. For me, it almost was the antithesis of Yhdarl, which was primal darkness, suicide, and so on. Now I believe Slow has emerged to something better since “Gaïa”, when I introduced voices to the band. Maybe a bit more mainstream, per se? But it has become what I wanted, and it is even more amplified by the presence of Lore in the band.




5.Who  would you  say  are  Slow's biggest influences?

Darkness, serenity, drowning, voyage, Blue.
There are no musical influences in Slow. I never influence myself with other music.



6.I believe you are the sole member of Slow did you plan on working as a one man band  or would you like to find new musicians to work with?

Well, Lore got into the band this year, as I was composing/finalizing the latest album “V – Oceans”. For me, she is a milestone, despite such a small time she’s been in the band.
As for composing… I think we would stay like this right now. If one day we go live, then, I already know who I would ask. (Dan if you read.) It’s true that I am taking care of almost everything in the band (all instruments, voices, production), but once again: Lore gives me limits and puts other limits away. The workload is more than shared.



7.If you  had the opportunity  to work with  any musicians{past or present} who  would you  like to  work with?

Hm. I believe I would go for Jacques Brel, first. Then I’d love to work with Devin Townsend, or Ihsahn. But I’d add Diamanda Galas also. I have no idea, too many outstanding artists. As much as for example I would love to collaborate with my friend Amduscias from Temple of Baal.




8.V-Oceans is  Slow's fifth full length which is being released through Code666  how did you  come in contact  with this label?

I have no damn idea. I was contacted by them, out of nowhere. It’s still an amazing shock. I didn’t even go to ask or else.
 
9.How long  did it  take  to  write  the music  for  V-Oceans?

June 15th 2015 until June 15th 2017. Two years.
I know the dates because it was just on the day that Shape Of Despair released their masterpiece Monotony Fields. Fate had it that I finished two years later.




10.Besides the upcoming release are any of  Slow's previous  releases  still available for the readers to buy?Besides physical releases  do you have any other merchandise available for the readers to buy if yes  what is  available and where can the readers buy it?
Right now, only digital. Yet I am planning some reissues of the other albums, in case. Priority being on album IV & III.
No merch, unfortunately.
Everything digital is on musicalexcrements.bandcamp.com
 
11.Besides  working Slow do you  currently  play in  any other  solo projects or bands?If yes  please tell the readers a little  about them?
I am pretty known in the ‘scene’ to have a lot of bands & solo projects. Yet the main ones are :
. Clouds (international / atmospheric doom)
. Ter Ziele (Belgium / Depressive black / doom)
. Imber Luminis (solo / atmospheric something metal)
. Maladie (Germany / progressive black metal)
. and I would stop here.
 

12.When  not  working on  new  music or  band  business  what do you  enjoy doing  in your  free time?
I try to make photo retouching under the monicker I BREATHE NEEDLES. Or well, the typical : games, listening to music, watching movies, …
Yet : I don’t have a lot of free time. Which is okay.
 
13.Thank you  Deha for  taking the time to fill this  interview out  do you have any  final words for the readers?
Don’t be ignorant.

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