(Comrade Aleks presents this interview with guitarist/vocalist Alex Koutsis of the Greek doom band Aeon Aphelion.)
Born ten years ago, Aeon Aphelion has had a lot of line-up changes and only one full-length album, Visions of Burning Ages (2013), and of course I did this interview with the band’s guitarist and vocalist Alex Koutsis because I like this record.
Aeon Aphelion started as death doom band, and though they play now in a more traditional way, you can feel that old school vibe in their songs still. They have a powerful approach, good riffs, proper angry vocal lines, and a bunch of catchy melodies on the album. Trust my words or check Visions of Burning Ages and trust your ears.
(Our friend Derek Neibarger (Godless Angel) interviews Fernanda Lira of the Brazilian band Nervosa.)
A short while ago I wrote a post in which I praised the Brazilian thrash/death trio, Nervosa. Fernanda Lira, Prika Amaral, and Pitchu Ferraz have been bringing their awesome brand of metal to the masses since 2010. Their first full length album, Victim of Yourself, was released in 2014 through Napalm Records, and the band has been on the road ever since.
I was hooked from the first moment I heard “Masked Betrayer” off of their debut EP, Time of Death. Simply put, Nervosa is a hundred different kinds of badass. So I was extremely excited when I was granted an interview with bassist/vocalist Fernanda. As you’ll soon see, she’s extremely cool, passionate, and a true metal warrior. A huge thank you to Mona Muliski for making this possible!
(Comrade Aleks presents this in-depth interview with Tommy Eriksson of the Swedish band Saturnalia Temple. Music is included, of course)
Swedish bloody dark and heavy doom outfit Saturnalia Temple produced their second full-length album in 2015; it’s name is To The Other. If you think that you know something about the occult because you previously heard a few songs about goats, rituals, and naked chicks, then just forget it. I wouldn’t like to continue this game of associations and assumptions, because Saturnalia Temple’s high priest Tommie tells it better.
Hail Tommie! First of all, thanks for the time you found for this interview! What’s Saturnalia Temple status at the current moment?
We are entering the dark part of the year, especially here in Sweden, and we have done some great festivals during the summer, the Sonnenwende in Abtenau, Navajo Calling in Parma, Metal Magic, Geggan, and Chaos Descends. We played London some weeks ago with Cult of Fire and Skan, which was also amazing. We are not booking any more gigs this autumn really, except possibly one very special night in Sweden with some brothers, check our pages for news about that.
(Comrade Aleks interviews Gabriele Fiori of the Italian band Black Rainbows.)
I like bands with ambitions. I like bands who know what they really want and do not sit on their asses waiting for big fat labels to lend them a helping hand. So this somewhat strange and stoned interview is a form of respect to the Italian psychedelic stoner band Black Rainbows (Rome, Lazio).
The band’s founder Gabriele Fiori (vocals, guitars, keyboards) started his musical career in the good yet pretty slow band Void Generator. The decision to leave Void Generator helped Gabriele to start his new full-time band Black Rainbows and his label Heavy Psych Sounds, and now the band has four full-length albums in its discography alongside four smaller releases. I was lucky enough to catch Gabriele between Black Rainbows tours, and here’s a verbatim report of our talking.
Sgùrr is the name of the new album by Thy Catafalque, the remarkable solo project of Hungarian musician Tamás Kátai. As an ardent fan of the band, it was one of my most eagerly anticipated albums of this year, and now that I’ve heard it, it is one of my favorites of the year as well.
I was fortunate to hear the album well in advance of its October 16 release by Season of Mist, and even more fortunate to receive a copy of the beautiful digibook version of the album to look at as I listened. And to add still more good fortune, we were given the opportunity to premiere a song from the album named “Jura” — which you can explore here, along with my perhaps over-long review of the album and my photos of the digibook.
After I had spent significant time with the music on Sgùrr, I was left with many questions about it. I prevailed upon Tamás Kátai to satisfy my curiosity in the following interview conducted over the internet. Of course, the music speaks for itself (eloquently and powerfully), but the following discussion provides insights about Sgùrr from Tamás that I think will enhance listeners’ appreciation of this newest of his creations (and I’ve included two songs from the album at the end for those who haven’t yet discovered them).
Photo by Rakel Erna Skarphéðinsdóttir (web site here).
(We welcome Argentinian journalist Matías Gallardo, who brings us this interview with multi-instrumentalist, composer, and frontperson D.G. of the phenomenal Icelandic band Misþyrming.)
As ironic as it might sound, during the last couple of years Iceland has become a hotspot for black metal. To the work of bands like Svartidauði, Carpe Noctem, and Dynfari, we now have to add a new stellar name: Misþyrming.
Formed in Reykjavík back in 2013, the group (Icelandic for ‘abuse’) fronted by multi-instrumentalist D.G. is one of the most glorious revelations of the year within the genre. Capable of mixing the darkness of French anti-heroes like Deathspell Omega and Blut aus Nord with eerie atmospheres and a wicked sense of melody, the quartet’s debut album Söngvar elds go óreiðu (‘Songs of Fire and Chaos’) promises more than a cold chill to your spine. Brace yourselves: Misþyrming is coming.
(Comrade Aleks brings us his interview with Will Fried of the Tasmanian NWOBHM/doom band The Wizar’d.)
The Wizar’d is a most unholy and catchy doom metal outfit from Tasmania. They have mixed good old doom tunes with components of NWOBHM for about ten years and already have three full-length records (apart from half a dozen smaller releases).
When people speak about The Wizar’d… well, it’s a situation of love and hate. As for me – I like it, and I’m sure that all of you are grown enough to decide for yourselves, as you need only one click to check out The Wizar’d’s necromantic melodies. Tonight, Will Fried, or Ol’ Rusty Vintage Wizard Master, the name given on his birth, answers some of my intrusive questions.
(Comrade Aleks has interviewed dozens of bands from all over the world, and we have published many of them. This is the first one in which the subject told us to fuck off.)
Shepherd is a band of cocky dudes from Bangalore, India. This stoner doom outfit also has some sludgy influences and approach, and you can easily find it in their debut full-length album Stereolithic Riffalocalypse, which was released by Shepherd themselves in March 2015. Does this record have any surprises for listeners? What’s new in the Indian underground? Let’s ask Deepak Raghu (drums, vocals).
(Comrade Aleks brings us this interview with guitarist Eraldo Bernocchi of Italy’s Obake.)
We’ve mentioned the Italian experimental band Obake twice on NCS. First, it was the big doom quiz in July 2015 and then that article about rituals performed in music. Well, Obake released the new album Mutations in the fall of 2014 and a year has passed, but I’ve decided to put out this brief interview with Eraldo Bernocchi (guitars).
Hello Eraldo! The new Obake album Mutations was released a year ago. How would you rate your own professional progress gained with that record?
Mutations is the natural evolution of the first album. We are tighter; we are a full time band now, where before Obake was more a project. The tracks are more structured, there’s a clearer path. Kaos has a method.
Those three songs which I heard are really more complex, more energetic, and heavier than those which you recorded for Obake’s first album. With what kind of feelings and expectations did you compose these songs?
Nothing expected, nothing felt. Energy, it’s all about energy. If we feel it in the studio we continue composing. We aim to be even heavier if possible.
(Comrade Aleks brings us a new interview, this one with Steve Murphy, frontman of New York’s Kings Destroy.)
Welcome the stoner/doom kill team from New York, here are Kings Destroy! This stubborn band finished their third album in May, and I humbly suppose that this time they have collected their most rocking hits in one record.
This highly professional crew is deeply inspired by Melvins, Yob, and New York City itself, and they sound like “brutal Sabbath heaviness with hardcore outbursts and disturbed vocals verging on the demented”. I got the feeling that it was my duty to spread a word of Kings Destroy’s third arrival, and therefore today we have this interview with band’s frontman Steve Murphy.