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  • Sonic Syndicate, Deathstars – Diesel, február 21.

    25 fév. 2009, 12h49m

    Sat 21 Feb – Gothica Farsang

    Gótikus farsang. Véleményem szerint elég idióta név egy olyan rendezvénynek, ahol két - a gótikus zenétől stílusilag eléggé távolálló - banda számít az est húzóneveinek. Mindegy is, ne akadjunk fel minden apró csepű részleten, hisz sokkal fontosabb, hogy az utóbbi évek egyik legszínvonalasabb hazai metál rendezvénye volt ez a buli, amire sikerült eljutnom. Pontos kezdések, kulturált közönség, 99%-ban faszás hangzás és ami a legfontosabb, két olyan koncert, amit kérdés nélkül a retinámba égetnék.

    Az est magyar előadóiról ebben a beszámolóban csupán felsorolásszerűen szólnék, a pontosság kedvéért. A két svéd zenekar előtt illetve után a következő hazai formációk zúzták a talpalávalót: Ideas, Gyöngyvér, Nevergreen, Dharma, October, Decadence.

    Az est első főszereplője - a Sonic Syndicate gárdája - óraműpontossággal hétkor lépett színpadra. A zenekar immár harmadszor látogatott el hozzánk, ezúttal Love And Other Disasters című lemezük bemutatása céljából. Talán mondanom sem kell és amúgy is kitaláljátok, iszonyat erős produkciót kaptunk az arcunkba az első sorokban. Kezdjük a színpadképpel: Az erősítőket mindkét oldalt egy-egy négyzet alakú vaskeretre kifeszített zászló takarta el. A bal szélsőn egy szív volt s rajta a felirat: „Love And“, míg jobb szélen egy koponya s rajta a felirat: „Other Disasters“. Két szélen, elöl a kontrolládáknál, egy-egy szerszámosláda szerűség - rajtuk giga „Eastpak” matricával -, pont akkorák, hogy a banda tagjai közül ketten folyamatosan magasabban lehessenek a többieknél. A közönség arcába való ordibáláshoz tökéletes húzásnak bizonyultak!
    A csapat tagjai legalább olyan őrültek a színpadon, mint amit az ember kinéz belőlük a promo képeik alapján. A két gitáros - Roger és Robin - iszonyatos tempóban zúzták le a riffeket és eközben még arra is volt idejük, hogy fel alá ugrálhassanak, pedig Robin egyáltalán nem egy balerina alkatú srác. Az ének posztokat betöltő Richardot és Rolandot sem műtápszeren nevelték fel az hótszentség. Rendesen osztották az ívet a színpadról, átvezetéseknél, míg egyikük eltűnt a díszlet mögött, a másik szórakoztatta a népet. És végül, de nem utolsó sorban essék szó a ritmusszekció két tagjáról, Johnról és Karinról is. Előbbi munkásságából sokall kevesebbet láttam, mint hallottam, ugyanis a színpad hátulján lévő pódium elég hülye szögben látszott előröl. Azért néha sikerült elkapni egyszer-egyszer a kopasz buksiját. Karin Axelsson teljesítményére voltam a buli előtt a legkíváncsibb. Ennyi őrült fickó között, hölgy létére korrektül megállta a helyét, emelem nem létező kalapom! Azt még azért hozzátenném, nem semmi teljesítmény ilyen hosszú körmökkel basszgitározni, hehe!
    A dalok szerencsére nem csak az új lemezre koncentrálódtak! Voltak bőven nóták mindhárom eddigi Sonic korongról. Egy rövid felsorolás a teljesség igénye nélkül: Flashback, Denied, Jack Of Diamonds, Red Eyed Friend, Power Shift, Psychic Suicide, ésígytovább…
    Tipikusan örök emlékű kategóriába sorolható koncert, amit a közönség vastapssal jutalmazott. Reméljük mihamarabb lesz folytatása. Respect!

    A buli második főszereplőjének számító „Halálcsillagok” koncertje sem volt egy laza parti, bár a mostani hangulat - véleményem szerint - kicsit langyosabb volt, mint tavaly az Avalonban. Ha a nézőtéren nem is, a színpadon mindenképp, hehe. Whiplasher ezúttal csupán csak a teljesen kigombolt ingig jutott el és alig néhányszor mászott rá Catre… Skinny viszont jobb passzban volt, mint tavaly. A fején végig lehetett látni, hogy nagyon élvezi a koncertet, csakúgy, mint Nightmare is. A dobok mögül ezúttal - vagy mondhatnám úgy is végre - Bone osztotta az áldást. Mint ismeretes tavaly az idősebbik Erlandsson fivér helyettesítette őt. Bár a Deathstarsban fele annyit nem dolgozik Bone mester, mint régen a Dissectionban, azért így is jó volt látni őt élőben (nyakában egy giga pentagrammal, hehe).
    A setlistet - itt is csakúgy, mint a Sonic Syndicate esetében - mindhárom lemezről szemezgetve állították össze a srácok. A régebbi lemezekről volt: Blitzkrieg, Tongues, Motherzone, Synthetic Generation, New Dead Nation, Trinity Fields, The Last Ammunition, stb… Én személy szerint csak a Play God-ot hiányoltam. A friss Night Electric Nightról is voltak bőven nóták. Természetesen elhangzott a címadó nóta, a klipes Death Dies Hard, a Chertograd és a Blood Stains Blondes.
    Nem tartom magam fantikus Deathstars hívőnek, de ezután az este után - ismét - alig várom, hogy lássam Whiplasherék produkcióját. Irány a Masters Of Rock \,,/ !!!

    Megjelent: http://zenemagazin.com

    Sonic Syndicate
    Deathstars
  • Anatolian Wisdom interview with Hanephi (2009 Jan.)

    27 jan. 2009, 8h08m

    Hey Hanephi! How did your winter holidays go or is this an improper question from a black metal musician?

    Hanephi:

    Hails!

    I really don’t follow the Christian holidays but I consider those days as old pagan holidays. When you look their origins it has nothing to do with the birth of Christ or anything that moronic. I like that period of time around the winter solstice. It is dark
    cold and snowy what else!

    Can you tell me a few things about the band’s history?

    Hanephi:

    I’m the founder of the band and it has all started in 2002, I was in other
    bands before but I had the idea to create something new and personal. It took me
    a little while to get other musicians involve in to the band. I think we created the
    initial line up early 2004 and then recorded our first CD “Towards the darkness of
    Anatolia” Upon this release we started to play our few first shows in 2004. In my opinion this CD was quite epic and had a mythological concept behind it. Lyrics were mostly influenced by both Anatolian and Sumerian myths.

    In late 2006 we went back to studio to record our CD “Where the Iblis dwells” and mid 2007 we released a Promo CD , which had 4 new songs from Where the Iblis dwells and 3 songs from our first release. This promo CD was distributed in Norway, Canada, Turkey and through online sources. This also gave us some time to complete the recording process of our 2008 release. The album “Where the Iblis dwells” has faster and
    more integrated sound than our first effort. Having a second guitar player also made things sound better and stronger.


    I just listened your album from last year! It’s really killer! What are the reactions so far?

    Hanephi:

    I am glad that you enjoyed the release. We had all bunch of reviews both online and printed. Mostly the production values were under target by the reviewers. I consider each release as a learning process for us to perfect our future releases. Over all feedback for the release is promising and coming form world wide sources.





    Is there a conception or a main theme between the songs for the new album?

    Hanephi:

    The main conception is a rebellion against the existence itself and of course setting a war
    upon Monotheism and its followers. As for the theme I can say it is mystical and cosmic visions of moments and other dimensions. Like each song has its own story. I guess that
    adds the epic feel at times.

    Can you tell me a few words about the lyrics? Who did write them?

    Hanephi:

    Our lyrics are written by me and our vocalist “Sanguis Morbis”. We both have
    different ways of expressing our thoughts but they work together well. In my lyrics
    I like secrecy and occult approach instate of going too straight forward as most BM
    out there. Lyrics are stronger and deeper ones there is a poetical approach and something
    unique to us.


    What gives motivation for you during songwriting?

    Hanephi:

    My main motivation is to express my own experiences in life through music. There is
    so much hidden in dark nights and proclaiming those through the music is what gets me going.


    If I ask you to recommend one of your song to a black metal music fan, which song will you say, and why that one?

    Hanephi:

    I guess I can recommend “Infinity is my name” it is the song which has the feeling of
    all other songs that we have recorded so far. Meaning it has aggression, melody and epic
    atmosphere all together.

    Did you ever have supernatural experience? If yes, what was it?

    Hanephi:

    If you consider being high on drugs and seeing demons around the fire
    Yes I’ve seen lots of it. But seriously I experienced a few astral projections.
    As I remember I was all aware of what was going on. No I haven’t experienced
    anything considered as supernatural.
    Define your philosophy about religion, please.

    Hanephi:

    In my opinion religion is a part human delusion. Institutionalized religions such as Christianly, Islam etc. are drifting us from our natural roots. Monotheistic believes
    stand against human’s free will and individualistic freedom.

    For example; in Islam, the believe system requires the believer to submit their own will in to God’s will. To be a true believer one must accept slavery in faith and thought. The dogma about God is the reflection of finite mankind. Human mind knows that he is mortal, finite and vulnerable in existence, so each man needs something superior to his own being, something eternal, something omnipotent, so that is how religion establishes itself and gains power over mankind by their weaknesses.

    Religion has been also used as a way of political power. In the essence of every political system, there is the need of mass domination by the army, social and religious traditions.

    This is my take on religion and personally I fucking hate masses choosing slavery in thought and in life. My views are related to left hand path and occult studies, basically
    anything that helps to set mind and soul free is a part of my overall philosophy.


    What is you biggest purpose with your music?

    Hanephi:

    As a band we want to push ourselves forward and keep working on new material.
    Release new albums and mean while we want to play more shows within and outside
    of Canada. Our future plans are including playing in Europe.


    What can we expect from you in the future?

    Hanephi:

    This year we’ll be recording a new EP and a Full-length will follow that. We have
    6 brand new songs and also new material is in progress. We’ll keep working hard and
    without compromising we shall let the spirit of darkness speak loud through our music.


    Thanks a lot!!! Please add something for our readers and any last thoughts you would like to express…

    Hanephi:
    Thanks again for the interview. I rise my glass for the all black hearts out there! Hails!!!
    Anatolian Wisdom
  • A Thousand Years Slavery interview with Cedrik 2009. 01. 20.

    21 jan. 2009, 9h44m

    Original version here, and here (it's hungarian...)


    Hey! Congratulation for your EP, it's really killer! Are you satisfied with the results of this EP?

    First of all, thanks a lot for the words, we appreciate !
    Well, what you must know about the E.P, it's that we did it totally by ourselves. We' ve recorded all the sessions on our studio, with our own stuff and knowledge.
    Then a very good friend of us (almost a part of the band now) made all the mixing, mastering and editing process. It's Vladimir from Mirrothrone a very long time friend. Then I've made all designs and layout for the E.P so basically, it's an 100% self produced album. Thinking back about all that, we're pretty proud of the result... Even if we already noticed some stuff we could improve for the next record. Especially for the guitar sound which could be really better.
    Anyway, you learn a lot of stuff during the recording process and we know, we will improve a lot for the next record.

    Having a guy like Vladimir by our side, is a pleasure, because he
    pushes us to go really further and we learn amazing stuff with
    him.


    What are the reactions so far?

    They're pretty good considering this is our first effort.

    We're really coming out of the blue, as no one knew about ATYS before this record. So it's pretty hard to generate interest while nobody knows you.

    Once again our friends at Conatus Records and Skartnak. com did a great job promoting the E.P.
    Today we've received more than 30's reviews on different webzines and blogs. We've been on an online radio for a while and a lot of people are ordering, downloading, listening to our E.P, or visiting our pages on myspace or purevolume.
    Basically, we're really surprised about the feedbacks... When you record something, you never know what to expect and no one in the band thought we would receive that many compliments, or even generate an interest.
    We've had some constructive feedbacks, mostly. Some people really felt we have such of a potential but we still need to work.
    And that's something we love to hear... We know we must work hard to write better songs and to create better stuff.
    Hearing those feedbacks really motivates us. We all know we can do a better record, the next time.


    Is there a conception or a main theme between the songs?

    Not really. A Fury Named Spartan ain't a concept album.

    Actually we're writing our songs without wondering if we should sound this way or another... Basically, when we're done with a song, we're starting another totally different.
    We're trying as much as possible to sound different in every song... We think it's pretty boring to hear 30 minutes of a CD when all songs sound quite the same.
    In the other hand, we've always loved all the epic stuff. You know, knights, dungeon, antiquity, that kind of stuff. And that is where we
    found our inspiration for the lyrics.
    We're trying to picture our inner struggles with methaphors and poetry, mixing all kind of epic stuff.
    As we're not a political band, we can really go everywhere with our lyrics, and I really think that it gives an unique dimension to our musical world.
    Of course we didn't invented or revolutionized the style, but we like to think that we have our own universe.

    Finally, to answer your question, there's is no conception or main theme for this E.P, but maybe, we'll do a concept album someday. The idea is interesting, but only if every song sound different from each other!



    My personal favourite song is Epicurean. It kicks ass! Which is you favourite one?

    This is a difficult one to answer...
    You know we like every song we play today. One day I could tell you my favourite is Epicurean, the next day I could say An Eternal Tree and the day after Betrayed Flavour, etc...
    I think every song has cool riffs and moments I really enjoy and there's no clue for me to choose my favourite.
    Of course epicurean sounds great... But I must admit, the one I enjoy the most playing live must be Betrayed Flavour...

    Your artwork is outstanding. What did you want to express yourself through it?

    Well, as the E.P name is A Fury Named Spartan, I thought he would be cool to see a Spartan Helmet on the cover.
    Behind, I tried to create such of a mountain-fortress burning. Like if the spartan came to this place, ravaged and burned everything, then left the place to conquer another.
    In between I imagine there is like a cliff and a river flow.
    Once again, this is an epic idea that quite sticks to our mentality. In a way that also represents us as a band. You play a show somewhere, make it burn by playing furious metal, and then go somewhere else.

    As I said before, we like to picture things and for this particular main song, we are the spartan, in a way.... :)

    Can you tell me a few things about the band?

    Jeeeez' I could go and speak for hours you know ! ;)

    We’ve started ATYS back in 2004. We've all had other projects before that didn't make it through. But we really wanted to play music together.
    So basically, we forgot all of our previous project and started something new.
    Well except for Laurent who was still playing with is previous band for about a year more. Which was hard for him, cause he had practice session almost everyday.

    Anyway, we started something new, mixing everyone wills and interests as we all came from kind of different styles...

    Julien and I started playing punk rock music and even ska-punk, back in 2001, Laurent played also some Skate-punk music for some years before he joined Julien and I to make another band with Michael, a friend of us who was playing rythmn guitar. The band was named Facing Ground.
    With this band we were playing some punk-hardcore-metalcore stuff, we can't really call metal. It was sounding a bit like old From Autumn to Ashes’s stuff.

    Cedric and Roan were playing in another metalcore band called Lasting Pain and both had previous projects also between hardcore and punk.

    We've heard them once, playing at practice and quickly understood those two guys should complete our line-up, while Michael left the band for personal reason.


    This is how A Thousand Years Slavery begun.

    Today, we've spent more than 4 years together and still standing each other, hahaha, wich is not always easy you know !
    But we're looking forward to create more music and play some gigs all around.

    We're really playing music for fun, but also to create stuff we're proud of. We're always trying to push ourselves beyond. This is a constant motivation for our band and this is why we're still here today.


    You are from Switzerland. Can you recommend us some bands
    from you country we really need to check out?

    Hell yeah there's some very good bands down here. We have friends on the area not specially death or metal, but cool guys we like: Despise, Again'n again, Life as war, Deadline for a murder, Time for Plan B.

    Especially in Metal-hardcore there's those bands you should check out: Breakdown of Sanity, Promethee, and Cataract, of course.

    And you should also check our friend’s projects (Vladimir): Mirrothrone, Weeping Birth, Unholly Matrimony. This guy is incredible, sincerely !


    Some people say that core music is gay. What is your answer
    to them?

    Man, we love gay people !!!
    No seriously, we don't think about that kind of silly stuff people might say... As a band you always hear bad stuff people throw on your face.
    This is part of the game you know.

    I think today it's pretty fashioned to say something is gay.
    "look those guys with their pretty black hair, they're so gayyyyyyyyyyyyyyy...", "Have you seen this band playing ? They look so gayyyyyyyyyyyyyyy..." etc...

    This is just goddamn stupid bullshits.

    But this is true in the other hand, that a lot of band are playing this kind of music because it has become famous now. They take advantage and abuse about that. So they try to make them "as fashionable" as they can, with the wear, the haircuts, black fingers nails, etc... This is something we're not into...

    We are playing 'metal' or 'core' music because we like it and that has nothing to do with any gay attitude. Even if we like to have sexual relation between the band members on the backstage, before a show ! ;)

    What do you think about the relation between extreme sports
    and core music?

    That's a good question dude.
    For me, I would say it has a very special relation for the simple reason that I would not be playing in ATYS without the extreme sports.

    You know, we've used to skateboard a lot, when we were younger,
    with Julien and Cedric and this is by chilling with some other skater that, I, -someday back in 1997-, discovered Millencolin, the swedish punk band.
    For me, everything started this day.
    I felt in love with punk rock music and I really started being passionate about music.

    With the time, the music style evolved and today the punk rock scene is kind of dead. The metal-HXC stuff replaced it and I've evolved with it as well.

    When I chose to start playing bass in a band, I knew it was all because of this special day when I heard Millencolin on my skateboard.

    I think extreme sports are practiced by crazy people, who are listening to crazy music... So it is a natural thing that a relation exists.

    Playing core music is almost like an extreme sport, and extreme sports are some extreme forms of art. So is the core music...


    What can one expect from ATYS in the future?

    A lot of things, let's hope so ! :)

    First of all, we'll release 4 new tracks by the middle of this year. They will go on a split-CD with some friend of us. Then we will write 4 or 5 more songs to make a full length. This will be for early 2010.
    In 2009 we will try to play as many shows as we can all around Switzerland and why not in other countries !
    We would love to make a tour over east Europe, Hungary, Poland, Czech republic why not, that would be awesome.
    But for now, we have some opportunities to play here and in France.

    Also we will record a videoclip pretty soon. This is something we really want to do, as some of us are passionate about making movies and cinema.
    Of course, once again we'll be doing that all by ourselves.
    This is our philosophy. “Always by ourselves, it's so much better!” (except for sex perhaps) ;)



    Thanks a lot!!! Please add something for our readers and any
    last thoughts you would like to express…

    Thank's to YOU man, it was a pleasure ! Of course thank's to all of the readers.

    We also would like to thank all the people who are helping us in a way or another, all the people who are sending messages and comments. Guys, we really appreciate !

    Please go to skartnak. com webshop, check out our E.P and merch.
    Download our music for free if you can, share it to your friends...

    And we hope to see you someday in the pit over there !

    Enjoy yourself !
    Cheers !Underviewzenemagazin.comA Fury Named SpartanEpicureanA Thousand Years Slavery
  • A LOSING SEASON, Tesstimony, Inseason, Embatheria - 2008. december 26. - KÉK YUK…

    28 déc. 2008, 15h14m

    Fri 26 Dec – A Losing Season, Tesstimony

    Zenemagazin.com-on megjelent írás, Medve Balázs koma tollából:

    Rendhagyó alkalom ez a mostani, ugyanis ezt a koncertbeszámolót nem más, mint A Losing Season egyik énekes pacsirtája, Medve Balázs rittyentette össze lapunk kérésére. Az előzenekarokról Jason kollégánk röviden így nyilatkozna: „Ha az Embatheriára azt mondanám, hogy gyilkos volt, akkor az Inseasonra már nehezen találnék sokkal találóbb kifejezést. A Tesstimony… hisz tudjátok, az a Tesstimony! Fasza volt, csak kevés volt a sör!”

    bandA Tesstimony példaértékű betonozása után, rövid átszerelést követően hatalmas elánnal álltunk neki legyalulni a deszkákat. A Losing Season 2008-as évének utolsó koncertjét szerettük volna méltóképp emlékezetesre varázsolni. Ez több szempontból is sikeresnek volt mondható, de csak haladjunk szépen, sorban.
    Mindenképpen szerettünk volna egy olyan évzáró műsort celebrálni, ami kellőképpen odab@sz, de emellett kellő egyensúlyt teremt a To whom it may concern EP dalai és az új, tavasszal megjelenő lemez számai között. Ennek fényében egy igazi „érzelmes” balladával nyitottuk a show-t („I love to see that smile on your face, caused by the chance to fuck everyone your instincts tell you…” - Another farewell song) majd ezt követte egy újabb friss szerzemény: A small part of the serpent killed. Aki kíváncsi a hangra és képre is, az klikkeljen ide.
    band011A karácsonyi ajándékok között fellelhető mintegy 3 liternyi Vadászmester, illetve tetemes részének Yuk-béli elfogyasztása, vagy csak az általános rossz szerencse okozta-e, de az energiák valahogy ellenünk fordultak a harmadik számtól kezdődően (Don’t scream don’t cry it’s gross wipe the snot from your nose). A színpad addigra már rendesen sörben úszott, majd gyors egymásutánban a következő dolgok történtek: előbb a mikrofonállvány csapta meg szegény Nedo-t (a basszusgitárost), majd később egy fél doboz sör is landolt rajta, végszóként pedig méltán féltett Gekko öthúrosa egy erőteljes külső (a sapkás énekestől érkező) behatás következtében komoly sérülést szenvedett - így esett, hogy a koncert 70%-át basszusgitár nélkül játszottuk le.
    A kötelező EP-s nóták közül, basszus hiányában, egyedül a Ten tons of hate maradt ki, meg persze a Stick you on my stick… mert azt már jó ideje nem pörgetjük. Volt tehát Where rain is never gone, ahogy azt már mindenki megszokhatta, és, igazi karácsonyi ajándékként, az REM átiratunk középrészét egy-az-egyben George Michael Last christmas dalának refrénjére cseréltük, a karácsonyi hangulat fokozása végett. Mondjuk ez sosem volt karácsonyi nóta, de annyira arcbamászóan nyálas, hogy muszáj volt lenyúlnunk, ha már mi vagyunk a világ legdurvább boyband-je :) .
    maciZárásként pedig az a tétel hangzott el, mely a tavasszal megjelenő lemezünk címadója is egyben: a zenekar ars poetica-ja, ami aznap este furcsán aktuálisra sikeredett: Delirium provides the safest shelter.
    A szerencsétlen események ellenére egy igazán jó buli kerekedett a Yukban, köszönhetően a végig lelkes közönségnek. Köszönjük mindenkinek az egész éves figyelmet! Aki esetleg még nem csípte el a zenekart élőben, vagy csak újból szeretné látni, az jöjjön el január 24-én a Dürer kertbe, ahol a My Small Community, a Sunday Fury, a Wrong side of the wall és a Lifeel zenekarokkal egyetemben minket is láthat. Nagy buli lesz!
    Tavasszal pedig jön az új lemez, és terveink szerint bejárjuk majd vele az egész országot, szóval tessék figyelni a plakátokat, mert jobb félni, mint megijedni.
    Boldog új esztendőt mindenkinek, továbbra is maradunk tisztelettel: A LOSING SEASON.
    BANG YOUR MOTHERF***ING HEADS!!!
  • Help me demand Emilie Autumn

    22 nov. 2007, 10h59m

    Emilie Autumn
    Please help me demand her :) !
    Here you can help!
    Thanks a lot #D !