Interview with Enshadowed posted on 5-21-20

1. Hails please introduce yourself to the readers?
Necro: Enshadowed started back in 1998. It has been a band with non-stop activity for the last 22 years, it’s a long time so I think most of the people of the underground black metal scene already know us. If not, please use internet, a simple fast search will let you know everything you need, it’s not necessary to spend more space about any copy-paste introduction answer.

2. When did you first discover black metal and who were the first bands you listened to? Who are some of the current black metal bands that have caught your attention?
Golgotha: For me I started listening to black metal about in 1997. Some of the bands that got my attention were Mayhem, Emperor, Immortal, Rotting Christ, Marduk and more. As for now I listen a lot to Ascension, Svartidauði , White Ward, Mgla, Medico Peste but you know there are so many great bands out there.
Necro: We are in late thirties. If you do the mathematics in the early 90s we were very young. We didn’t have the opportunity to live “from inside” the 2nd wave of Black Metal birth. But finally we are lucky because we began close to this era. Personally, since 1997 the journey has begun. Bands like Bathory, Marduk, Mayhem were a big influence. Today’s scene sounds very flat to me. There are many good musicians out there but it’s so difficult to find pure darkness and deep feelings in their music. One basic problem is the digital, full of editing, resampling productions nowadays. In our new album we avoided editing and digital process. Every note and hit you will hear in this LP is bloody human aggression. 

3. Enshadowed was started back in 1998 when did you first get the idea to start this band? And are you satisfied with how things have progressed with the band over the years?
Necro: In 1998 I was only 16 years old. I was collecting demo tapes as a maniac, I had a lot of mail trades and I was spending all my money on buying music. I have already had a guitar since I was 13. Slayer and early Metallica were the first reason to begin guitar playing. In 1998 my blood was hot enough about metal music, but Black Metal was a bigger reason to create a band. The years passed and we are still here to talk about these times, better than before with this album. We are satisfied because we made underground music for ourselves, that’s enough.

4. Who would you say are Enshadowed biggest influences and have they remained the same over the years?
Golgotha: Back in those days, the biggest influence came from the Swedish and the Norwegian scene. The main core remains the same, but it is normal to add more elements to our music. For us, it is very important to get involved both as musicians and as individuals.

5. Stare Into The Abyss is Enshadowed newest release how long did it take the band to write the music for the new release? How long does it usually take the band to complete one song?
Necro: It was a complicated situation. Ideas, riffs and many partial themes come together as a kind of puzzle. A pure challenge for us. The experience was our weapon, so we spent time in pre-production. After a lot of research we were ready. We did a recording/production plan, like the old good days. We chose the correct drummer for these songs. The plan worked, the band was in high performance and finally after some months the album was ready. An inspired album with a real reason of existence.
Golgotha: I believe it took us about four months to compose completely the music for “Stare into The Abyss”. As for the time that we need to compose a song, it depends on the state of mind that we are in that moment. It could take from several hours to many days.

6.Who usually handles writing the lyrics for the music and what are some topics written about on the newest release? Which usually comes first the music or the lyrics?
Golgotha: The one responsible for the lyrics is our vocalist, Serpent. Mainly our lyrics are about cosmic chaos and how we stand inside of it. For this release, lyrics are focused on death and the points of view that many civilizations have had over the years about this subject.

7. Besides the upcoming release are the bands previous releases still available for the readers to purchase? Besides physical releases does the band have any other merchandise currently available if yes what is available and where can the readers purchase it?
Necro: Odium Records will release the new album at the end of June. Gatefold vinyl LP and digipack CD version will be available. Furthermore, we will have exclusive patches, a new T-shirt and old material of the band for everyone in our web shop pages. You can find us in bandcamp, big cartel or just by email in our official contact address.

8. Has Enshadowed had the opportunity to play very many live shows over the years? If yes what have been some of the bands most memorable live shows and who are some bands you have had the opportunity to share the stage with?
Golgotha: We never went on a tour but over the years we have performed a lot of shows. Some of the bands that we shared the stage were, Mayhem, Dark Funeral, Belphegor, Impaled Nazarene, Dodheimsgard, Arkhon Infaustus and Ancient Rites. For me, the shows with Dodheimsgard and Mayhem were very special.

9. When things get back to normal and bands can play live again are their any plans to tour in support of “Stare Into The Abyss” release? If yes where will the band be playing?
Necro: It’s not impossible but it is not so easy for us. We have normal jobs, families and difficulties, you know, life is not a party.

10. Enshadowed comes out of the legendary Greek black metal scene what are your thoughts of the black metal scene in Greece over the years?
Golgotha: By the passing of time many things have changed not only in Greece but also worldwide. You can witness that nowadays some things have become easier for the bands, so now you can have access to a lot of music in a much easier way. That had as a result to find good music all over the world and in Greece too.
Necro: Hellenic Black metal scene is good, but we have a lot of good Death metal too. Worldwide, bands have a big progress in technique and skills, but I will say again that the pure feeling is missing.

11. Who are your all-time favorite bands coming out of Greece and are their any new bands you could recommend to the readers?
Golgotha: There are so many, Rotting Christ, Necromantia, Septic Flesh, Dead Congregation, Inveracity, Sickening Horror, Burial Hordes, Resurgency, Mass infection, I thing the readers won’t waste their time if the listen to those bands.

12. Enshadowed has been a part of the black metal scene for many years how do you feel the scene has changed over the years? And what does black metal mean to you?
Necro: Yes of course, the situation in these last years has been different. And everything will change again and again. It’s not something that we care, we just watch that. And what does black metal mean to me? Come on this is a so classic question. You will find the answer in our new album.
Golgotha: As I said above the scene has seen many changes, but I think the flame is still alive. Black metal for me is the ultimate form of expression. I see it beyond music, I see it in other forms of art. It was, and I think, it will always be my form of catharsis.

13. Besides working in Enshadowed do any of the members currently work with any other bands or solo projects? If yes please tell the readers a little about them?
Golgotha: Me and Necro are working in a death metal project that is called Respawn The Plague, and we are currently working in our first record. I also participate in Mortal Torment, which is a brutal death metal band, it would be an honor if the reader took some time and checked them also.
Necro: Well, all of us are active in other bands too. I have the honor to still create music for the great Burial Hordes. Soon we will record the debut album of Respawn The Plague. Furthermore, the next months I will record the first album of Anticreation. A new band that I have created with live activity plans. Serpent, the singer of Enshadowed, is also a member of Dead Elephant, a catastrophic sludge doomy band.

14. Thank you for taking the time to fill this interview out do you have any final comments for the readers?
Golgotha: Thank you so much for this interview. Support our new record and thank you for reading this right now.
Necro: “Stare into The Abyss” will be out on the 30th of June, don’t lose the chance to listen to this album. Thank you again for the interview.
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Korgonthurus---Kuolleestasyntynyt cd,Lp,Cassette {Woodcut Rec.} done on 4-29-20

Korgonthurus---Kuolleestasyntynyt cd,Lp,Cassette {Woodcut Rec.}
Korgonthurus are a black metal band coming out of Finland with their newest full-length.Kuolleestasyntynyt contains six tracks of  chaotic and frenzied black metal that is played with a lot of skill and writing ability.The guitars are mainly played with a lot of crazed speed and intensity that is both intense and well played.The guitarist does slow to a more calmer mid paced range throughout a few of the songs adding some solo's and some well executed guitar passages.
 The drumming is played with a high level of skill and experience played with some extreme blast beats that fit the music perfectly.Like the guitars the drums do slow to a more controlled heavier mid paced drum style.If you are a fan of Korgonthurus previous releases then do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of the new release today you will not be disappointed.
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Hegemony--Enthroned By Persecution cd,Lp{Hells Headbangers Rec.} done on 4-24-20

Hegemony--Enthroned By Persecution cd,Lp{Hells Headbangers Rec.}
Hegemony are a savage,brutal blackend death metal band coming out of Georgia.Enthroned By Persecution is the bands debut release featuring eight tracks of barbaric and vicious blackend death metal intensity.
The drums are played with chaotic blasting drum beats that are played with intensity and skill. The guitars are done with extremely fast paced guitar patterns that are played with both skill and some well performed guitar passages.The guitarist does slow to a more calm,mid paced pace in a few of the songs even adding some guitar solo's into the mix.
 If you are looking for a band that combines bestial blackend death metal with some war metal elements entertwined into the music then be sure to pick up a copy of Enthroned By Persecution today.
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Interview with Ritual Clearing done on 4-10-20

1. Hails please introduce yourself to the readers?
 BF: Hails! I am BF and I play bass in Ritual Clearing. 
OM: OM and I play guitar.
BP: BP, and I am the drummer for Ritual Clearing
DM: I’m DM and I do vocals 

2. When did you first discover black metal and who were the first bands you discovered?Who are some of the current bands that have caught your attention? 
BF: I first heard about black metal at some point in 1997 or 1998. There was an article in a heavy metal magazine talking about Faust & Varg and their respective prison sentences. The whole thing seemed otherworldly to me. I didn’t hear the actual bands until a later time, but the severity of that article stuck with me. The first black metal bands I actually listened to were probably Darkthrone, Bathory, and Gorgoroth. Some current black metal bands that have caught my attention are Sulphuric Night, Vrorsaath, Solar Temple, Black Vice, Departure Chandelier, & Vaal.
OM: I found out about bands like Sodom, Celtic Frost, Venom, Hellhammer, and Mercyful Fate from thanks list from other bands. I had always thought that black metal and early crust punk/d-beat had a common ancestor or something.
BP: In my late teens around 2000/2001through some friends I was first exposed to bands like Emperor, Burzum and Immortal, and black metal adjacent bands like Dissection which blew me away. The metal I had been listening to mostly up to that point was skewed toward thrash and more traditional “heavy metal” and being exposed to bands like that kicked off an exploration of both black metal and death metal. Currently, I am greatly enjoying bands like Nahtrunar from Austria, the group of bands from the Netherlands that include Iskandr, Turia, Solar Temple and Lubbert Das. Sainte Marie des Loups from Canada has also been in constant rotation, along with Funeral Presence from the US. So many others as well.
DM: I’m in a similar boat to BF, I had heard the stories out of Norway before ever actually hearing the music, and then the members of my middle school thrash metal band played Mayhem at practice one day. I didn’t actively get into it on my own until further down the line. Some of my current favorites are Yellow Eyes, Funereal Presence, Mizmor, Obsequiae, Vale, Paysage D’Hiver, and Departure Chandelier.

3. When did you first get the idea to start Ritual Clearing and are you satisfied with how everything has gone so far? 
BF: BP and I had been playing in the live incarnation of Death Vanish with Lord Valder from One Master in late 2018 (and still perform with DV today). We really enjoyed the dynamic, as a rhythm section, playing black metal and wanted to take that creative energy and put it into a new project. We reached out to some friends of ours who we thought might have interest, and they came on board. We’ve all known each other for a long time, so being able to work on this project together is very satisfying.
BP: As BF mentioned, we had been playing together as a rhythm section with Valder from One Master’s project. We wanted to keep it going, so recruiting some long time friends was the perfect move to complete the lineup
DM: BF reached out to me once the general idea for the band came together to see if I’d be interested in joining to do vocals. We had tossed the idea back and forth in the past of working on some sort of black metal project, and I was eager for a chance to do something different from my main musical project.

4. What is the current line-up of the band? For the readers who have never Ritual Clearing's music how would you best describe it? 
BF: The current lineup is myself on bass, BP on drums, RG and OM on guitar, and DM on vocals. We pay proper tribute to our Finnish, Norwegian, and Swedish forbearers, while bringing in elements of newer styles, such as atmospheric black metal or depressive suicidal black metal. Those influences absolutely stick with us.
BP: BF greatly summed it up. It is important, for me, to maintain a primitive aesthetic. Too much polish immediately turns me off from a band. I strive for a mix of primitive and hypnotic while still having enough riffs to make you bang your head.
DM: I’m definitely more inclined to the SDBM side of things, so I pull a lot of inspiration from those kinds of bands vocally. 

5. The self-titled EP. will be released through Eternal Death when did you first come in contact with this label?
 BF: Lord Valder at Eternal Death is an old friend and current bandmate via Death Vanish. He supported Ritual Clearing upon its inception and we are grateful to work with someone we know so well in getting this project out into the world. 

6. How long did it take the band to write the music for the debut EP.? Does the whole band take part in the writing process or does one member usually write everything? 
BF: I think the songs came together over 6-8 months. Most of the band rehearses frequently, with our vocalist joining us a bit more sporadically due to distance. It has proven to be a fairly organic process, where someone will bring a part and we will collectively work it out. BP plays several instruments, so his influence on these songs is notable.
DM: Yeah I’m pretty uninvolved in the writing process in terms of riffs and structure. They send me ideas as things come together and then when I can I’ll come up to practice with everyone and iron out the vocals in the context of the full band. 

7. Who usually handles writing the lyrics and what are some subjects you all wrote about on the debut release? Which usually comes first the music or the lyrics? 
BF: Thus far, music has come first and lyrics are added afterward. Conceptually, however, our vocalist DM has ideas that he’s been working with all along the writing process.
DM: I handle all the lyrics - a lot of the songs on this EP deal with anger and frustration towards people destroying each other, destroying this planet, and the indifference towards all of it that permeates 

8. Besides the upcoming debut EP. does the band have any other merchandise currently available or coming out soon?If yes where will the readers be able to purchase the bands music and merchandise? BF: We have embroidered patches that will be available via our bandcamp (, and we are working on some shirt designs as well.

9. Has the band started working on new music for the next EP. or would you like to write a full-length?How long does it usually take to complete one song? 
BF: We’ve already written a few songs in addition to what appears on the EP. Our writing can be a bit sporadic, but we know each other well, so things can come together quickly. We intend on writing a full-length in the future and hope this productive song writing pattern continues.
BP: Work and progress continues. As BF mentioned, we have all played together in various projects over the years, so we are able to get things together relatively quickly once the raw material is there. The current pandemic we are facing leaves ample opportunity and inspiration for writing.

10. Everyone has their own opinion on what "black metal"stands for. so i was interested in yours. what does "black metal"mean to you?
 BF: I’ve always thought of black metal to touch on the elements of existential darkness. That doesn’t necessarily materialize in terms of corpse paint or inverted crosses, although I understand their alluring nature. I look at this current situation where the world has quarantined itself due to a pandemic and can’t help but think there’s an element of self-sabotage in us as a species. Almost as if we are trying to take ourselves out. There’s evil in that, there’s evil in how we’ve gotten to this point. That sort of existential darkness is where I focus my attention when thinking of black metal. Prior to this pandemic, there were other instances, be they tied to the environment, avarice, etc. It’s a pervasive trend.
BP: Black Metal, to me, comes down to an aspect of freedom and acceptance. It inspires in me a willingness to look at the darkness and absurdity of the world and laugh at it. There is no need to adhere to dogma or follow orders, whether that be religiously or musically. Obviously there is great tradition within black metal music, which I respect and draw from, but to be liberated from needing to BE something specific is greatly satisfying.
DM: For me, black metal is a means of release. Myself and BF are very much on the same page as far as confronting that existential darkness. Black metal allows me to do that in a way that I don’t get to in other forms of music. It takes me out of myself in a way I’ve never experienced before.

11. Does the band have any plans to play to live when able to or do you prefer to work in the studio? BF: We’ve already had 1 live performance (late 2019) and had intended on doing a few performances in May, but those were derailed by the Covid-19 virus. We intend on rescheduling those performances and ideally doing more once that nightmare is over.

12. Besides Ritual Clearing do any of the members currently work with any other bands or solo projects? BF: As mentioned, BP and I play in Death Vanish. DM performs in the entity known as Reduction Plan. OM plays in a number of punk, hardcore, and black metal bands: Nightmare Solution, Scythewarden, and Condemned. 
DM: My other project, Reduction Plan, is my creative brainchild - I write and record everything on my own. It’s nice to have a much more collaborative project to balance that out. 

13. Thank you for taking the time to fill this interview out do you have any final comments for the readers? 
BF: Thank you for the opportunity and for wanting to speak with us. Cheers!
BP: Cheers and thank you for the questions. Hail metal!
DM: Thanks, stay safe out there
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Interview with Winter Deluge done on 4-2-20

Interview with Winter Deluge done by Patrick

1.Hails please introduce yourself to the readers?
G'day I'm Aaron and I am the guitarist and one of the founding members of Winter Deluge.

2.When did you first discover black metal and who were the first bands you discovered? Who are some of the current bands that you enjoy listening to?
It would have been around late 2004 - early 2005 when my brother and I discovered the kind of black metal we liked and wanted to play, It was Immortal (Pure Holocaust, Battles in the North, Blizzard Beasts) along with Seth (The Excellence), and Satyricon (Nemesis Divina).
Others followed in the coming months like 1349 (Liberation, Beyond the Apocalypse) and classics like Bathory, Darkthrone, Emperor, Mayhem etc, but those first few albums we listened to alot in the beginning.
It depends how current we are talking but in terms of most recent metal releases, I've been heavily into the new releases of bands such as Bölzer, Sijjin, Oath of Cruelty, Concrete Winds, Ares Kingdom, Ensnared, Vanum, Vircolac, Darkened Nocturn Slaughtercult, Necrowretch and some others…
Sure there is plenty of other great stuff coming out with bands like Degial in recent years and Venenum etc, but unfortunately most stuff these days does not have the same long lasting effect as those which always come back to me and draw me into an obsession where I want to listen to that band or album over and over.

3. Winter Deluge was started in 2005 when did you first get the idea to start this band? What is the current line-up of the band?
My older brother Nathan approached me about starting the band with him as we had recently become obsessed with Black Metal (I was 15 and he was 17 at the time).
After already playing in different bands and already being heavily into Thrash Metal and Death Metal, it was only natural for us to head down this path as our hunger for extreme music kept growing.
There were no active bands in NZ at the time playing this style of Black Metal, or at least none gigging or who we were aware of… Because of that, you could say we wanted to raise the banner for this music which we were passionate about and we wanted do it with conviction. When we started we were a 3 piece under the name 'Desecrate' in which Nathan was playing bass and had written the first few songs, myself on guitar and vocals and a mate of Nathan's on drums who had lost the fire very quickly and lacked the ability to go further.
This, in turn resulted in Nathan switching to drums and us forming a line-up and changing the name. Over about 10 years or so the line-up changed frequently until 2015 when Mort (Guitars) and Thomas (Vocals) joined the band, later followed by our original bassist Tommy rejoining in the band in late 2018.

4.How do you feel Winter Deluge's music has changed over the years? And who would you say are the bands biggest influences?
Well, growing up I suppose… Naturally it's just more influences, progression in musicianship and members over the years.
We've never really been the sort of guys to sit at home and try and ace our instruments but we've always had those weekly rehearsals/hangouts and always had a vision for what we wanted to achieve musically.
These days we don't really have a specific vision for what we want to 'try' and achieve, we just let it come naturally and we work together as a unit. We know what we want to hear…
I guess overall in what we listen to the most and other general musical influences, it would be: Motörhead, Slayer, Metallica, Immortal, Bathory, Thin Lizzy, Iron Maiden, Seth, Black Sabbath, Dissection, Deströyer 666, Morbid Angel, Dawn, Sepultura, Ulver, Kreator, Enslaved, Angelcorpse… the fucking list goes on mate, so that's just off the top of my head… In general the music we listen to, our dislike for the general public, politics, religion etc and who we are as individuals, plays a massive part in what comes out musically.
We don't necessarily seek to be 'original' but we only follow our instincts and nothing else…

5.Degradation Renewal is the bands newest release how long did it take the band to write the music for the newest release? Does the whole band take part in the writing process or does one member usually write everything?
It took us from the previous album in 2016 until a few months before we went into the studio in April 2019 to finalize the material, we take our time...
In the period of time after the songs were written and between going into the studio, Tommy had just rejoined so we spent that time writing the bass lines and tightening up the songs. Yes the whole band takes part in the writing… In the past I had written and composed most of the material but it has always been a collective effort.
In the early days Nathan had plenty of riffs and had written one of the songs on the first album. Tommy's written a few and Grant (ex-guitarist) had also written a couple.
The material we bring to the rehearsal space most often gets some form of creative input or an added riff here and there by all of us. Nathan's always had a strong part in the structure and arrangements once the material is presented and is often the first to point out when a riff is shit and needs to be thrown out, which eliminates the weak elements.
He also often strongly influences the tempos and rhythms in which can influence the way those riffs end up being played.
I'm sure as a band we can all agree that all in all since the current line-up, the collective contribution and the overall stronghold is stronger and tighter than ever.
Mort, if not bringing excellent riffs to the table or suggesting great ideas in general, just creates magic on top of, or behind whatever you are playing and if speaking personally, thats what I had desired the most over the years within the creativity of the band.

6.Who usually handles writing the lyrics for the music and what are some topics written about on the new release? Which usually comes first the music or the lyrics?
Thomas: I am the vocalist and am responsible for the lyrics.
The main topic is humanities urge to self destruct, the sickness and degradation that surrounds us. The songs are individual components that all lead towards this concept.
Usually the music comes first as from this I can get a better idea of what the lyrics should be.

7.Besides the upcoming Degradation Renewal release are the bands past releases still available for the readers to purchase?Besides physical releases does the band have any other merchandise currently available if yes what is available and where can the readers purchase it?
Yes, some releases are available. The first EP 'Vehement Visions of Nihilism is long out of print but a digital version is available on our bandcamp page (other releases also available on bandcamp).
Frozen Blood Industries (which is Thomas' label) handles the releases for 'As the Earth Fades into Obscurity' and 'Devolution-Decay' and they are also available through various underground labels worldwide.
Werewolf Promotion from Poland released a tape version of 'As the Earth Fades into Obscurity' with the 'Vehement Visions of Nihilism' EP as the bonus tracks, which surely will still be available with labels he has traded with.
In terms of merch, you just have to keep an eye out or you can look us up and contact us directly.

8.Has Winter Deluge played very many concerts over the years or do you prefer working in the studio?What have been some of the bands most memorable shows over the years?Who were some of the bands that Winter Deluge has shared the stage with?
Yes we have played many but mainly in New Zealand and only 3 in Australia.
We do enjoying working in the studio when that time comes for sure, but we do enjoy playing live. I see it as an opportunity to project the energy of your music onto others and create an atmosphere in which it can become a personal celebration of your creative aggression.
We don't play live as often as we used to simply for the fact that it can stagnate if you play too often in a small scene and after many years you really only want to play shows with the bands you like and fair enough, I say.
It's not really worth the energy for us to rehearse a set, haul equipment and play a show with bands that attract turnout's who are not interested in your music or even just having to watch shit bands you don't like is not worth it…
In that regard, we would much rather focus on enjoying our rehearsals and focus on what we are writing, we will only stray away from that to rehearse a setlist for shows that we feel will be important to us.
There are many memorable shows, there was the first 'Black Metal and Blasphemy' show in Wellington but for me it would have to be when we opened for 'Behemoth' here in Auckland a number of years back.
It was and still is the largest crowd we have ever performed to and the energy in that place was fucking wild! Behemoth were great guys too, they really enjoyed our set and treated us well.
We need to get to other places in the world and we will in due time.

9.Everyone has their own opinions on what "black metal" stands for. so i was interested in yours. what does "black metal"mean to you?
Purest's of the genre will tell you it means only 'this' or 'that' or that it 'only' represents the spirit of satan or whatever and that's fair enough, but for me the music stands for the same thing as any other great form of honest and purely aggressive underground music…
It's a rebellion. It's a rebellion against the sheep of society, it's something that you are drawn to without an outside influence and at a young age it can make you very self aware.
More so, the feeling and energy I get from the music is something I can relate to on a deeper level, therefore I think it can only be executed well by certain individuals who have more or less separated themselves from the herd and are content with their own vision.
It is a 'sound' and a sub-genre of metal but it is certainly not one which only requires the musical talent to be able to perform and write the 'correct' style of song structure, you also need to be convinced by the individuals behind it who have executed it.
It is not for the weak and it is certainly not for trendy cunts or someone looking for something to play or be into for a short period of time. If there is not a genuine approach to the creativity and more of a fixation on the novelty, then the lack of authenticity can be sniffed out from a mile away…

10.Winter Deluge comes out of New Zealand's black metal scene what are your thoughts of New Zealand's black metal scene over the years?
There's not a lot I can say to tell you the truth. There were a few of us gigging together quite often back in the day with bands like 'Anno Domini Mortus' and 'Blood of the Moon' who are no longer active.
I can't say there is a genuine 'black metal scene' here that really exists.
There's 'Exordium Mors' who much like us, wouldn't be strictly classed as 'pure' black metal by some but have always been at it and definitely have a black metal sound amongst them, There's 'Vassafor' who are strongly rooted within black metal and do it well.
'Skuldom' were a great band who were more active back in the day but besides that there's fuck all, at least none that grab my attention anyway… It seems like it's mostly a novelty for some or just a bedroom project for the online forums which we try to avoid like the plague…

11.Who are your all-time favorite bands coming out of New Zealand and are their any new bands you could recommend to the readers?
I really enjoyed 'Aphelon' back in the early days of discovering the NZ underground, the early 'Dawn of Azazel' stuff, Exordium Mors, Malevolence,Heresiarch, Vassafor, Stälker, Execrate/Pervertor, Corpsefeast and Skuldom and probably some others…
Methchrist and Graves are some killer new bands that have grabbed my attention.

12.Besides working in Winter Deluge do any of the members currently work with any other bands or solo projects? If yes please tell the readers a little about them?
Nathan, Mort and myself play in another band called 'Exaltation'. It's Mort on guitars, Nathan and I (having swapped instruments) with Nathan on guitars and myself on drums and the addition of Al Cunningham on Bass/Vocals.
The music is more rooted within the Black/Death metal sound, we released a demo a couple of years back and are hoping to begin working towards the full length soon.

13.Thank you for taking the time fill this interview out do you have any final comments for the readers?
The new EP 'Degradation Renewal' is scheduled to be released on the 24th April by Osmose Productions… Keep an ear out for it get yourself a copy if the world hasn't burnt out by then!
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Interview with Ruin Lust done by Patrick posted on 3-14-20

Interview with Ruin Lust done by Patrick

1.Hails please introduce yourselves to the readers?
M- Cheers! My name is Mike. I play drums in Ruin Lust.
J- I’m Jack and I do vocals and play guitar.

2.When did you first discover death, black metal music and who were the first bands you heard? Who are some of the current bands that have caught your attention?
M- It was probably when I was 11 or 12, at the tail end of the 90s. I was obsessed with horror movies and had already gotten into punk early, and my friends and I were always looking for something more extreme and generally morbid.
On this quest, at around the same time, my buddy stole a copy of Tomb of the Mutilated (based near entirely on the cover art) and I picked up a used copy of Serpents of the Light.
Needless to say, our minds were blown, though at the time, we still saw it as a sort of novelty. It was probably 4 or 5 years later that I got into death metal in earnest. Punk to crust to grind onto death and black metal, in an obsessive way.
As for current bands that I follow and care about, the big ones for me have been Knelt Rote and Ascended Dead. I've also been into the Peruvian scene (Obscure Evil, Evil Priest) and what my buddies have been doing in Superstition. Absolutely killer shit.
J- When I was about 20 I found myself burned out on the bay area punk scene, which felt increasingly polarized between dogmatic vegan college kids and borderline joke bands that seemed to revel in the meaninglessness of their own projects. What held my interest in punk at that point were bands like Iron Lung, Corrupted and the Endless Blockade –bands that didn’t have a message so much as a rage and intelligence that culminated in something that resonated with me on a deeper level. Mike and I were in a crust band together at the time and I saw the same potential in Fell Voices, which was just starting out. As I was gravitating to more esoteric punk bands, my friend Andy started showing me stuff like Knelt Rote, Dead Congregation, Bolt Thrower, and Beherit. In hindsight I was clearly looking for something darker, more instinctual and immediate and it turned out that it had been waiting for me.
As far as current bands go Infernal Coil, Ritual Necromancy, Dead Congregation, Aosoth, and Knelt Rote are probably what I listen to the most consistently. I’m really fucking excited for that Caustic Wound record too.

3.When did you first get the idea to form Ruin Lust and what is the current line up?
M- Jack and I formed Ruin Lust in 2010, shortly after I moved to New York from California. We had played in hardcore bands together back in California, so playing together was second nature. The current line-up, that been on all three full lengths, is Jack, myself, and Sam Bennett, who also plays with me in Vilkacis and Vorde.

4.Who would you say are the bands biggest influences? For the readers who have never heard the band’s music how would you best describe it?
M- Ruin Lust play hellish, grinding, metal of death and war. Historically, I identify with the traditions of chaos mongers like Sadistik Execution, Sacramentary Abolishment, Kholostoi Vystrel, etc. We don't sound like any of them, but I admire their extremity and idiosyncratic approaches to their music.
In general, I appreciate music from that moment in history where lines between genres of metal were blurred. Black and death metal were nearly interchangeable and playing EVIL METAL was all that mattered. While there is nothing retro in Ruin Lust's sound or aesthetic, this historical lineage deeply informs our songwriting.
Also beyond all of that, old noise blitz hardcore has also had a HUGE impact on our sound and conceptual approach. Confuse, Gloom, (early) Anti-Cimex, (early) G-anx, all sorts of shit in this realm has so much more in common with what we're doing than any slick modern death metal.

5.Choir Of Babel is the bands newest full-length how long did it take to write the music for the new release? Does the whole band take part in writing process or does one member usually write everything?
M- Our writing process is entirely collaborative. We all write riffs, we all contribute to structure. Both Choir of Babel and the previous album Sacrifice were written while Jack was living in Japan. We would write and demo riff ideas remotely and then plan a time for Jack to visit. Once he was in town we'd maniacally practice, arrange, write, re-write, and structure the album, then spend a few days in the studio.
The process was fast, feverish, and high-pressure. All instinct and guts. No time for overthinking.

6.Who usually handles writing the lyrics for the music and what are some topics written about on the new release? Which usually comes first the lyrics or the music?
M- Jack and I write the lyrics. They are written independently of each other and generally entirely separately from the music. While sometimes an entire piece is used as is for a song, often we review what we've each written, identify the psychic connections, and combine them to create the final song.
The themes and topics we write about are overarching and are connected to all of our records, not just choir of babel. Sex and death (what all good art is about), the prison of language, the labyrinthine nature of morality and self-hood, and class conflict are all topics we've dwelled on over the years.
J- For some of us the demons are real. It has been a conscious decision on my part to write lyrics from a place of rage, sorrow and fear that actually reflects my life experience. I think this vulnerability distinguishes us, to a degree. Collectively we’re trying to do something unique and this includes the art, which we conceive together and which Sam executes.

7.Besides the upcoming Choir Of Babel release are the bands previous releases still available for the readers to purchase? Besides physical releases does the band have any other merchandise currently available if yes what is available and where can the readers purchase it? 
M- We are proud to say that our album before Choir of Babel, Sacrifice, is still available on vinyl from Sentient Ruin Laboratories and CD from the mighty Nuclear Winter Records, run by Anastasis of modern legends, Dead Congregation. Beyond releasing Ruin Lust, both labels are stalwarts of the underground and have released an incredible amount of excellent music. Absolutely worthy of support.

8.Does Ruin Lust play live very often or do you prefer working in the studio? What have been some of the bands most memorable shows over the years?
M- For years Jack was living between Japan and Los Angeles while Sam and I were still in New York, so we didn't play live at all; just writing and recording in isolation as opportunity presented itself.
While I didn't entirely mind that mode of operation, the live performance is a key part of what Ruin Lust is. Live is where the unhinged violence and feral intensity of our approach is most evident. The precision and patience necessary for recording is meaningless live as far as I'm concerned.
For me some of my favorite shows we've played were very early on. Back rooms of shit hole bars, dingy basements, amidst the filth. No one knew what to expect when we played and the scene for what we were doing had far less visibility at the time. It was freeing and it was immediate.
Writing is where we get to collaborate and experiment and that is ultimately my favorite part of playing music. Our live performances are for catharsis. I think when our collective synapse fires our energy is singular and severe. We tend to play short sets, but we will all be exhausted and covered in sweat by the end of it. We played a show with Tomb Mold and Superstition last summer that was a lot of fun.

9.Are there any shows or tours planned in support of the new release if yes where will the band be playing? Who are some bands the band will be sharing the stage with?
M- We are working on sorting out plans for upcoming tours, but nothing solid to announce yet. In the meantime, we're playing May 27th in New York with some old friends in Mortal Wound and Kommand. It will sort of be the record release show for Choir of Babel. Then on June 13th, we play in DC for the first time since 2011, with Ascended Dead, who are absolutely one of the best new bands out there doing this shit.
Later in the summer we play Migration Fest in Pittsburgh, put on by Dave who runs 20 Buck Spin and Adam who runs Gilead Media.

10. Ruin Lust comes out of New York's black, death metal scene what is your opinion of New York's metal scene over the years?
Incantation, Immolation, Ceremonium, more recently Negative Plane. Historically speaking, New York's contribution to legendary, cryptic evil is pretty much indisputable.

11.Who are your all-time favorite bands coming out of New York and are there any new bands you feel the readers should check out?
M- The classics that I just mentioned are probably my favorites in the world of death and black metal from New York. As for new bands that speak to what we're doing with Ruin Lust, Bog Body is the one new band in the city proper that are trafficking in the sort of death and filth that excites me.
If we open the conversation up to New Jersey though, Siege Column and Massive Retaliation are absolutely worthy of attention. Ripping, violent, and ancient metal of death! Excellent shit.
And if we go even further into the general "North East", there's a band from Western Mass called Tortured Skull that are killing it. I played with them recently and I was thoroughly impressed; imagine Zouo meets early Sodom.
J- Vorde and Sanguine Eagle.

12.What does Underground Metal mean to you?
M- It’s my life. I've committed the last 20 years of my life playing extreme music. I've made friends all across the fucking planet through the connections I've made. It is inspiration and struggle in equal measure. This music and culture has the capacity to be catharsis and transcendence, but is also subject to the same stupidity and passing whims as culture at large.
J- I don’t feel any particular allegiance to metal, but extreme music has been a refuge, coping mechanism and source of inspiration since I was a kid, and black and death metal metal is where I'm finding that now. The friendships that come out of extreme music are different because they are based on an intuitive understanding of something that most people find alienating and ugly. At its best, extreme music is visceral connection for freaks.

13.Besides Ruin Lust do you or any of the members currently work with any other bands or solo projects? If yes please tell the readers a little about them? 
 Jack and Sam are currently working on a very warped new death metal project called Morbid Sphere. They just recorded a demo so keep a look out for that coming soon. Sam and I also play together in the black metal bands Vorde and Vilkacis. On record Vilkacis is a solo recording project of mine, but it also has a live band that materializes for rare live performances. Beyond all that, I also play in the black metal bands Yellow Eyes and Vanum.
I wasn't joking when I said this shit is my life.

14.Thank you for taking the time to fill this interview out do you have any final comments for the readers?
Thank you for the interest and the support. ONWARD TO DEATH! 
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