2019. december 15., vasárnap

Erik Sprooten

Interview with Erik Sprooten 
(Inquisitor, Ancient Rites, Plusminus)
"From Past to Present, 
Thoughts of an Inquisitor of Ancient Rites"
Questions compiled by Anita vH, Sorin and Georgius

Georgius: Hail Erik! In our very first conversation you told to us your first band was Menticide, where you played together with Alex Bakker and Wim van der Valk 30 years ago. What was the Menticide’s style? Could you mention a few track titles? Did you play any covers at your rehearsals? 

- Hail Georgius, I appreciate it a lot that you ask me some questions again! Menticide was founded in 1989 and was indeed my first band experience but it was short-lived. The name is actually a word taken from the lyrics of “The Death of Innocence” by Dark Angel. The first line-up was with Wim van der Valk on drums, Alex Bakker on bass guitar and vocals and me on guitar. For Wim and me, it was our first band experience but Alex was already experienced as a bass-player and did make music with other people before. I think that I started playing guitar early 1989 but I'm not sure, maybe I already started in 1988. Anyway I wasn't really good back then and Wim just started playing drums, but the lack of experience didn't stop me, Wim and Alex to enter a rehearsal room in a village close to our homes to try to make some metal. I remember that our first rehearsal was a lot of fun but musically it wasn't very good, but that didn't matter 'cause we had a great time. We tried to play Thrash Metal, but we just "played" cover tunes like for instance “Hang The Pope” by Nuclear Assault and "Beer Bong" by Atrophy to name a few. After Wim left, a new line-up was formed with Alex on drums but that line-up also didn't last very long and with this line-up we even tried to write own songs but  in the end, Menticide simply ceased to exist in 1990 if I remember correctly and Alex joined Desultory on guitar. Looking back, I wasn't at the level where I wanted to be, and maybe it was too early for me to play guitar in a band at that time but I did it anyway, 'cause I had the desire to do it. Menticide was just a band where I found out how much fun it is to play in a band. After Menticide disbanded,  I started the obligatory military service for the Dutch army in November 1990, and this ended in November 1991. After one month in military service I bought my first Marshall amp (50W 2x12” combo) which helped me in getting a better sound. During the year 1991, I didn't play in any band, but my guitarplaying improved a lot and that was a reason for Alex Bakker, when he left Desultory in 1991, to ask me in a new band with Alex Wesdijk on vocals. I was happy to join and not much later Wim also became a member of this new band and left Desultory too. At first we even had a second guitarist and we wanted to expirement a bit more but it didn't quite work out with this guitarist, and shortly after he left, we named ourselves Inquisitor and we decided to focus on extreme thrash metal with blasphemous lyrics, and the rest is history.

Georgius: Wim and Alex left Menticide and joined extreme Thrash horde, called Dutch Desultory 1990-1992, if I’m not mistaken. Unfortunately I only heard the band name but didn’t listen to their demos. I’ve found on Encyclopedea Metallum an interesting live split cassette release, namely Desultory/Inquisitor: Crush the Holy Church through Hell Spawn Tapes. Enlighten us all the important details about this rare stuff. 

- Desultory released two demos: “Religious Extermination” and “Luminious Assasination”. On both demos, you can hear Wim van der Valk on drums, and Alex Bakker is featured as guitarist on “Luminious Assasination”. The music and especially the voice of Johan Wesdijk (older brother of Alex Wesdijk of Inquisitor) was influenced by Kreator and other Teutonic Thrash Metal bands. Johan later joined Pleurisy and more recently he was a member of KhaoZ. The split-tape was recorded at a concert which was organised by Inquisitor in coöperation with three youth centres from our area. The tape was released by Hellspawn tapes from Holland. Other bands on the bill were Phlebotomized and Pleurisy. Judgement Day was supposed to play but apparently they couldn't so Pleurisy played instead. The setlist of Desultory is kinda interesting 'cause it hardly features any songs from the demo's. One song (Decapitated) which they performed was recorded in a studio and later featured on a compilation CD but the other songs have (as far as I know) never been properly recorded and can be heard exclusively on this split-tape. That day, Desultory performed with a new line-up of which I don't remember everyone but I'm pretty sure that Alex Seegers (guitar) and Edwin Nederkoorn (drums) of Pleurisy were part of it. Edwin Nederkoorn is nowadays drummer for Bloodphemy and he was also a member of KhaoZ. Alex Seegers is  bass player for Bodyfarm nowadays. And although the second demo of Inquisitor wasn't released yet we did already perform a few songs from it live as can be heard on the split cassette. We also did "A Cautionary Tale" of Sabbat already back then and we used to play "Black Magic" by Slayer in those days too but we don't do that song anymore, and now that Slayer called it quits unfortunately, we're still not going to play "Black Magic" anymore.

Georgius: I read in a few old ‘zines and you mentioned shortly as well, that Inquisitor had some problems with local churches in your hometown. Would you be so kind to share your memories about it? 

- Although things changed a little bit for the better lately, our area, is still a very christian area and is part of the so-called Dutch bible belt. In 1993 we were invited to play on a local pop-festival in Harderwijk, (where Alex Bakker and I still live). Our lyrics were not so friendly towards christianity and its believers and living in this bible belt certainly was an inspiration for those lyrics. Anyway, the organisation of this local festival apparently advertised us, if I remember correctly, as an anti-christian band and not as a thrash metal band. I don't know if that was done on purpose but that was not our idea. I lately found a small local magazine with an old interview, which was done with a journalist in my house back then, with me and Alex Bakker and some of our answers were not-so-christian-friendly which may have added fuel to the fire. Our gig at the local popfestival wasn't canceled, so we did our show, which was f**king great, and there was quite a lot of audience for us! Next Monday, after our performance, a small article appeared in a local paper which described that some local churches tried to get our performance cancelled because of our lyrics. Their attempt to cancel us, backfired on them, because I spread that article in the metal scene and it helped us gaining some notoriety and new fans. And right now I'm talking about it again so...

Georgius: You mentioned that Inquisitor shared common stage with Ancient Rites in early 90s. What are your experiences about that awesome show?
- It was great to play with Ancient Rites and it was also the first time that I ever saw them. It was on May the 15th in 1993 at a venue called Soos Plock in a town called Veghel in The Netherlands to be precise and it was our third gig. There was not that much audience unfortunately but it was a good opportunity to get the name of Inquisitor out and for Ancient Rites too. It was nice to meet the members of Ancient Rites and I remember that they told us that they just did a few shows in Greece, and Gunther was at that time using an effect on his vocals like you can hear on “The Diabolic Serenades”. I don't remember that much from that evening, but I remember that Alex Bakker was very enthousiastic about the Marshall Bass amp of Gunther on which he was allowed to play. I don't know if this show was a real reason a few years later for Ancient Rites to ask me to join them on tour in 1996, but they probably did remember me from this show. 

Georgius: Tell us some interesting stories about the touring with Ancient Rites from 90s. 

- In 1998 we did a tour for 8 days with Deicide, Six Feet Under, Brutal Truth, Amon Amarth and Naglfar. We wanted to take part on this tour but the condition was, if I remember correctly, that we could only take part if we arranged our own transport. That's was kind of a challenge but Jan Yrlund (our guitarist back then) managed to arrange the bus of his old band Prestige so that we at least could do those 8 gigs. The bus was not in a very good condition but we went along with it. The bus did have plenty of space for all of our equipment and there were even some beds in it and  was also more or less our own backstage. On the first day we got pulled over by the French police 'cause the bus and it's people looked suspicious in their eyes. Of course they let a drug detection dog search for drugs which the dog couldn't find 'cause none of us did any drugs. You would expect to see a Rottweiler or another big dog to do this but they had this miniature French Poodle for this, which looked kinda funny to me. In the end, everything was ok, so we continued our way and went to Strasbourg to do the first gig of this tour and it was fantastic! In Strasbourg the audience went nuts when we opened with "Mother Europe" which was a new song at the time because the album "Fatherland" was not even released yet. 
Due to the technical state of the bus, we later missed two gigs unfortunately but let's face it, we had not much other choices or stay at home and do nothing but we were hungry to go on tour again and I think we gained new fans in doing so. 

The following story has less to do with the music of Ancient Rites but happened on tour, and I like sharing it anyway. In 1999 we toured again with Deïcide but this time, a proper nightliner was arranged. On the 26th of February, we had to play in Strasbourg again in the same venue (La Laiterie) as the year before. We arrived early and since there was enough time, I decided to visit the centre of Strasbourg. A few years before, my father, who used to be a cook, went to visit a former colleague who, at that time, runned a restaurant in Strasbourg which was awarded with three Michelin Stars. I won't go into details too much but to my father, eating in that restaurant was an ultimate experience. With that in mind, I got the kind of crazy idea to visit that restaurant called "Le Crocodile". In 1999 there was no thing such as Google Maps, so I asked  people on the street (in French) "Ou est Le Crodile?". Imagine that I still had long hair and was wearing a black motorcycle jacket. Those people didn't quite expect a metalhead to search for such a chic restaurant. But anyway I found Le Crocodile and I went in, and said in German to a very polite woman that I'm looking for the owner, who happens to be a friend of my father. So the owner showed up and I told him that I'm the son of Felix Sprooten. He was surprised but he asked me how my father was doing and I told him that he was doing fine and that today is his birthday. He said "Wait a minute". He returned and gave me a bottle of wine for my dad's birthday. I thanked him a lot for it, and I took this bottle back to the tourbus and hid it very carefully or else it would have gone empty. When I got home after the tour, I gave this bottle of wine, which happened to be a quite expensive brand, to my dad and it's needless to say that he was very happy with it and a few days later he called his friend in Strasbourg to thank him for it.

1997 or 1998 picture by Anita vH

Sorin (Romania): Did you have problems with others back then when you got into rock/metal? (like getting your T-shirts burned and/or trashed, everybody on your tail everyday and so on) 

- My parents didn't really like the music I was listening to but they accepted it back then. Metal wasn't very popular back then in my town and despite living in this bible-belt, I didn't really get into trouble and my T-shirts were never burned or thrashed. At high school I didn't feel like a popular guy, but nobody was on my tail because of me wearing metal T-shirts (from Saxon, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and Metallica). I wore my metal T-shirts at school with pride and confidence which attracted a few who liked the same music, and that was great. So I made a few metal friends at school and so it happened that with one friend I went to see Saxon in 1985, and with another friend I went to see Dio and Judas Priest in 1986. Those were great times but I haven't seen those friends in years. 

Sorin: Did you ever write in zines? (If not, were you ever invited or had some plans to start one?) What are your favourite zines/magazines? 

- I did write one or two reviews for a small webzine but that's about it. No, I never had the intention to start a zine too. I prefer underground metal magazines. Back in the days you had a great underground fanzine called Morbid Magazine which I read a lot and certainly was one of the best if not the best underground magazine of its time.

Sorin: Can you name some albums that changed your vision in music and/or scene back in time? (The question is NOT an alternative way of asking "What are your favourite albums?") 

- My first album I really got into, was Dynasty by KISS, which sounds relatively poppy, but my second album of KISS was "Double Platinum" and that album changed my future taste in music 'cause that's when I realized that I developed a preference for Hardrock and later Heavy Metal. My next WTF moment was, when I first heard "Fight Fire With Fire" from Metallica from "Ride The Lightning". I was blown away, 'cause that was metal on a different level compared to what I was listening at that time (Judas Priest, Saxon & Iron Maiden), so that definetely changed my vision in music. "Ride The Lightning" was the first album I heard of Metallica, and I discovered "Kill 'em All" only some time after I heard the album "Master of Puppets". And shortly after that I heard Slayer for the first time, which again was a new level of what I was used to hear. Throughout the 80's I slowly but surely started to appreciate more and more extreme metal like Dark Angel and Kreator. I don't exactly remember when I received "Illusions" of Sadus on LP, which I ordered directly from the band, but I was blown away by its speed and aggression, and I dreamed of being in a similar band, and that more or less happened  when I joined Inquisitor. "Illusions" (aka Chemical Exposure) is still a favourite album of mine. Throughout the years some bands changed the metal scene and maybe my vision too, but they may not necesarilly be my favourite bands.

Sorin: What was your opinion on CD's when they came out in comparison to LP's and tapes? What is your nowadays favourite format and why? 

- My opinion on CD's back then (80's) was that they were far too expensive compared to LP's and tapes but the advantages were clear to me. You didn't hear any scratches anymore, and a regular CD doesn't have two sides. Downside of a CD is the size of the artwork. On an LP artwork simply looks better because of it's bigger size. However, I still think that a CD is actually easier to play then an LP. I think that it's almost unreal what's going on for some time now, but nowadays CD's are mostly cheaper than LP's because of the vinyl hype. To some people it may sound strange, but I just have no favourite format. I'm a collector and I still buy CD's,  LP's and sometimes even tapes and I continue to do so although I can listen anything on Spotify or YouTube. To me, the music itself is the most important, and not necessarily the format on which it can be heard.

Georgius: What could you tell the readers about the re-mastered version of Legendary Inquisitor demos in 2014? 

- Hammerheart Records suggested that we should remaster our demo's and our debut album "Walpurgis – Sabbath Of Lust" for the re-release, and of course I agreed with that. They brought me in contact with JB van der Wal who was bass player of Aborted at that time, and we met in the city of Groningen where he lives. First JB and I went to a studio where the DAT tapes with all of the Inquisitor recordings could be transferred to audio files on a computer. And while this process was happening, I had to listen for possible drop-outs which fortunately didn't occurr. Those transferred audio files were then remastered by JB at his homestudio and the idea was to get the different recordings to sound better of course but also to make them sound more or less alike. I let JB do his magic during the following weeks and  the final result was great! 

Sorin: What kind of guitar playing do you prefer: to have simultaneously a picking guitar and a fast hand for changing chords (like, for example, what was before 1988) or a less-chaotic one, but more controlled (what came after 1988)? 

- I have no preference for a way of playing as a listener. It doesn't matter if certain albums I like are played relatively chaotic or played more controlled, as long as I get excited, I'm satisfied. The atmosphere, the songs or what an album does to you is what matters most. As a guitarist, I try to play as tight and controlled as possible and if possible 100% perfect and I'm certainly not aiming for chaotic playing but in a live situation it may occurr that I sometimes lose a little bit of control due to circumstances but that's ok, as long as it's acceptable and doesn't fuck up the song or the performance. 

Anita vH (The Netherlands/Sweden): What is the difference between going on tour now and then?

- It's a long time ago that we actually did a real tour in a nightliner but I don't think that touring in a nightliner itself changed that much, you still need to travel all those kilometres. What I do think changed is flying to a gig, and not flying in itself of course. Since 911, flying became more complicated, and I mean mainly administrative. We often travel(led) with cheap airlines, and probably due to their cheapness, I always find it a hassle to book tickets and do the check in. I'll never know for sure what extra costs I can expect at the airport during the check-in.

Anita vH: What has been your favourite gig from all these years? 

- It's impossible to name just one gig as my favourite gig. Gigs with Ancient Rites on Dynamo 1999, Wacken 2003, Motocultor 2015 and the three gigs we did at Graspop absolutely belong my favourites, because it's simply great to play at such festivals with so many people. But a gig in 1999 in Katowice, Poland was one of the craziest gigs I've ever experienced. That audience was f**king great! And I remember from that gig, right after we finished our set, that I was pulled into the audience and that I did some crowdsurfing, which was crazy. Best gig of Inquisitor in the old days was for me our performance in the Batcave in Tilburg in 1994. And since our reunion, I think that our best gig was last year in Drachten.

Graspop 1999 (picture by Anita vH)

Anita vH: Do you keep all equipment from what you started with from the very beginning? 

- My very first guitar and my very first crappy amp I (fortunately) don't have anymore. But I still have some equipment from the early years of Inquisitor namely my LAG VRL, which is my Ferrari-Red Rhandy Rhoads Flying-V, and my 100W Marshall 2203 + 4x12" cabinet with Marshall T3120 speakers (G12-65) inside, which I'm happy to use again. I don't have any pedals left from those days. I remember that I used a Boss HM-2, which is now a popular pedal among people who want to recreate the old school Swedish Death metal sound.
I also used to have a black BC Rich Warlock (platinum series from Korea) as a back-up guitar, but I sold that one in the nineties. This guitar can be heard on "Walpurgis – Sabbath of Lust" as second guitar. I also still have the Iceman guitar made by Zwier Gitaarbouw which I used live with both Ancient Rites and Inquisitor. That guitar can be heard on the guitarsolo of "Dying In A Moment of Splendour" on the "Fatherland" album. 

Anita vH: Any new good bands with old sound you could recommend me? (that I don’t know yet) 

- That may be a difficult question 'cause you already know a lot of old school style bands. A band which comes to my mind which you might not know is a Frisian band called Sadotank. They play what you may call black thrash metal. I saw them earlier this year and I like them. I also would recommend thrash metal band Defazer from The Hague (NL) which I saw live in my hometown in 2017. And if you haven't already heard of Bütcher Speed Metal from Belgium, than I suggest you to check them out too. They are signed to Osmose Records I think.

Georgius: How were the Ancient Rites shows in Roeselare and Oud-Turnhout this year? Share us please your memories from these concerts. 

- In Oud-Turnhout we played at a festival called Frietrock, where we did a short but great set. Although the weather wasn't perfect, the audience was great and it was nice to have played there. In Roeselaere we did two sold-out shows! At first, it was only one show, and for this show we were asked to do a special old school set with only songs from the first two albums. This show sold-out very quickly, so another show was added, which also sold out. Anyway, it has been asked a few times before, if we could do an old-school set, but now we felt it was time to do it. It took a lot of preparations during the months before but fortunately both shows were a huge success! Some of the songs haven't been played for years and three of them I never even played with Ancient Rites. It was really great to play those old songs again and most songs of the old school set I played before on the "Blasfemia" Tour in 1996 when I was session guitarist and still in Inquisitor at the time. That tour in 1996 was also with Bewitched, Sacramentum and Enthroned. Nice detail is, that the shows in Roeselaere also featured Sabathan, which features Sabathan (hence the name), former singer/bass player of Enthroned, and they also played only old Enthroned songs, which made for a nice trip to memory lane. It would be nice if we could do more shows together with Sabathan.

Dank je wel/thank you very very much, Erik! It was a pleasure as always. Your message for Inquisitor and Ancient Rites fans… 

- Thanks again for this interview! Thanks a lot to the fans for making possible what I do. Please check our webpages on a regular basis to see what's going on with my bands. Ancient Rites will definetely do more old school shows, that's something which you shouldn't miss, so be there! Inquisitor is working on new material and we will do a couple shows next year. Feel free to contact me. 

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Additional thoughts by Alex Wesdijk 
(Vocalist of Inquisitor) 

Hail Alex, which Hard Rock/Metal band did you see live at first?

- The first band I’ve seen live was Vengeance (The Netherlands). By the way, their guitar-player, Oscar Holleman produced Inquisitor: “Walpurgis – Sabbath of Lust in 1996.

What are your favourite bands and vocalists?

- My musical input is very wide: from Kiss, Thin Lizzy, Philip Lynott, Rush, Led Zeppelin, Marillion, Nazareth, Black Sabbath, Skyclad through NWOBHM to Pink Floyd, Frank Zappa. 
But in the scene my voice sounds a bit different so I prefer Martin Walkyier’s manner of vocalizing. 

2019. november 20., szerda

Micke Andersson (In Pain)

Interview with Micke Andersson (In Pain)
Photo by Alexandra Lindholm

Hail Micke and In Pain you are very welcome to my small blog! First of all I would congratulate on your awesome new album called ‘The Sound of Death’. Let’s start our conversation with your latest news: I’ve watched out a lot of times your brilliant old school video “Shallow Grave”, it just reminds me glorious old days of early 90s. Tell us more about video-making process, fantastic cover art of Chainsaw Design (it’s an awesome tribute to Eternal Swedish Master Tomas Skogsberg) and all the important details of “The Sound of Death”.
Micke: Hi man!! Thanks. We wanted to make something that reminded of an old classic horror movie, nothing fancy. It’s actually me digging in the video and its filmed at an old cemetery near my place. The video was edited by Antonio from the band Neptunian Sun.
About the cover: I came up with an idea of some kind of tribute to my friend Tomas Skogsberg so I contacted Chainsaw Design and presented my idea, he got back with a quick sketch and I was like GO!!. He really captured the whole thing in the right way. Chainsaw Design was easy to work with and really professional, hopefully we will work together again in the future.
Well The Sound of Death is actually (as strange as it might sound) our first full album in our nearly 30 years of existence. The reasons are many why we haven’t released an album before but now we are a full band again with great people in it and the time was right for an album. This is the first recording with the new lineup. The lineup today looks as follows: Mattias – vocals (1999), Wegren – guitar (2017), Nicklas – guitar (2018), Matte – drums (2013), Micke – bass (1992).

“The Sound of Death” has been released through Swedish Southcoast Productions. Would you be so kind to enlighten us about this corporation between In Pain and the label?
Micke: I guess it´s not a secret that I´m the owner of the label. I got tired of sending out promos and demos to labels so I started my own instead. I have worked for both To The Death Records and Regain Records/Helter Skelter Productions in the past so this is not completely new to me. I will continue releasing In Pain until an interesting offer comes along. So you could say that the corporation is the best haha.
Artwork by Chainsaw Design 

What are your future plans with In Pain? Do you plan another video? What is the situation with live shows? (It would be awesome to see you live near my area, Ukraine, Slovakia, Hungary)
Micke: We talked about doing another video but let´s see what the future will bring. We did our first gig with the new lineup at Noselake Metal festival this summer and it was the first gig in a long time. This was a great 2 day “underground” festival and well organized so we could not turn that one down. If there are any good and interesting offers in the future we will consider them. We are not actively looking for gigs right now but as I said if something interesting comes along let’s see. We will continue writing music and release it one way or the other like we’ve always done.

In Pain is a pretty old horde from Sweden. You released 2 demos “Pole of Torture” (1993) and “Corpse Crusade” (1994) where you has been involved as a guitarist/vocalist and according to Encyclopedea Metallum In Pain unleashed a demo “War” in 1998… What happened with you then?
Micke: I founded the band in 1992 with Loui. Loui and I played guitar and shared the vocal duty, Thomas Gran on bass and Christian Fridlund on drums, that was the original lineup. After a while I took over the vocals full time and left the guitar. The first 2 demos “Pole of Torture” & “Corpse Crusade” featured the original lineup. They were recorded during the same session but released as two separate demos. Thomas and Christian left the band in 1994, can´t remember why right now but there was no bad blood involved. The band was on hold 1996-1998 due to military service, jobs etc. The band has been more or less active since then so this is not some kind of reunion.

In Pain returned to the scene in 2000s and recorded two demos, "The Warmachine" 2003 "The Corpse Crusade '07" demo 2007 "The Warmachine" 2003 and a bit later you released 2 EP-s namely “A Call from the Grave” (2015), “Summoning the Dead” (2018). What should we know about this period?
Micke: Well not everything on the internet is true. We didn´t return to the scene we have always been here since 1992 except for a 2 year break. Someone needs to correct the info on Encyclopedia Metallum haha. It was around this time that Loui officially left the band, making me the only original member left. We released another demo 2003, think it was just named “Demo -03”, “Corpse Crusade” came 2007 and The Warmachine in 2008-09. I think The Warmachine was only released on MySpace, maybe we did some CDrs of it, can´t remember…. no tape on that one. During this period the lineup was as follows: Mattias – vocals, André Steffensen – guitar, Micke – bass, we didn’t have a permanent drummer during that time. In 2013 Matte (drums) joined and that gave some new energy to the band. Matte is an old school drummer that plays with fury, it fits the band. The Call From the Grave 7” are old demo tracks that we rerecorded, the title track is an unreleased track written by Loui back in the day and this was Mattes first recording with the band. André left the band before the recording of The Call From The Grave EP so I recorded all strings on that one. “Summoning The Dead” is Wegren’s first recording with the band. Wegren is an old friend of the band since the beginning back in 1992 and he is a great guitarist so it was a yes when he asked if he could join. Nicklas joined after the release of the Summoning The Dead EP & The Sound of Death is Nicklas first recording with the band.
You released an awesome split “Pain of Chemical Sufferings” with Brazilian Death metal old schoolers Chemical Desaster (Hail Luiz Carlos Luzada!) via Brazilian label Psicose Records 15th of February this year. How became that amazing alliance?‬
Micke: Yes. Luiz contacted me and suggested that we should do a split and I thought it was a great idea. We were in the middle of the writing/recording process of the new album so we could not record any new tracks for that split so we took the Summoning the Dead EP and the title track from the 7”. I think it turned out great and a good way to spread our names on two different continents.
Since 1998 you are the bass-player of In Pain. Why did you change guitar to bass? What are your favourite vocalists/guitarists/bass players all times?
Micke: I like the bass better for some reason so nothing more to it than that.
Well that´s a really hard one… There are many great musicians and songwriters out there and it would take a lot of space to write them down so I’ll pass on this one.. ok give you one: Lemmy Kilmister.
I’m a big fan and supporter of Svensk Dödsmetall scene since 1992. How do you characterize old glorious Death metal days in Sweden? What has been very first metal show you visited back in the day?
Micke: It was fun days for sure. We are from the southernmost parts of Sweden and there was a great venue in Malmö called Stadt Hamburg. They had killer acts there like Morbid Angel, Death, Dismember, At The Gates, Napalm Death, Bolt Thrower, Cannibal Corpse among many others. The best venue there ever was in Malmö and I don’t think there will be another one like that ever. There were also gigs in Lund close to Malmö and we live close to Copenhagen so we often took the ferry over to gigs there. My first real Metal gig was Kreator and Death 1990 in Lund. It was a unique gig because Chuck was not on vocals. Malmö is more like a Punk/HC city, not many Death Metal bands there. We were the only Death Metal band from our area Trelleborg (and I still think we are). In the beginning of our existence we played gigs with our friends in Cursed (Ystad) and Absurdum (Staffanstorp) it was a great time, I miss those days.

Micke you are playing the guitars/keyboards in the Gothic metal band Nightflower later Tears of Melancholy and Act 3 since 1997. How and when did you meet and join them?
Micke: I started that band (it’s basically the same band with different names and members). Felt like I needed to play some other style at that time. I was listening to Paradise Lost & Cemetary so it went in that direction. I was also inspired by the band Left Hand Solution so it´s basically a combination of those bands with my own touch to it. Don´t think this is the right interview to go deeper into that band haha.
In Pain from Anderslöv/Trelleborg If I’m not mistaken. What places could you recommend to visit from your area? What kind of local foods and drinks are your recommendations?
Micke: Turn around, there´s nothing to see here. Well there is an old Viking fort in the city of Trelleborg worth a visit but that’s it. About food and drinks: there are not any places that I can recommend really, maybe the local pub, they have decent food and beer. Anderslöv is just a small village so nothing special there. If you are in Trelleborg you are in a part of Sweden called Skåne and there are other interesting places both historical and food to visit and it’s about a 1 hour drive to most of them.

Do you have any special hobbies beside music? 
Micke: Music takes most of my time one way or the other. I´m part owner of a BBQ catering business so food & beer are my other interests.

Tack så mycket Micke! Wish you and In Pain all the best, hope to see and meet you personally in the near future. Send to the readers in the end your thoughts from the Sound of Death…
Micke:Well thanks for your interest in In Pain and for your support, good luck with your blog, hail.
If you are into old school Swedish Death Metal you should listen to The Sound of Death. Recorded, mixed & produced by Tomas Skogsberg. Death Metal, straight from the grave!!!
Micke Andersson

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2019. október 29., kedd

Lord K. Philipson

Interview with Lord K. Philipson
(Domedagen, The Project Hate MCMXCIX,  
ex-Leukemia, ex-Torture Division)
Questions compiled by Andrey Tolkowiec and Georgius
Andrey: Hail Lord K. Philipson, for me and my closest friend is a big honor to make an interview with you for our weblog Archangel’s Lantern. (I had fortune to see an excellent Torture Division live show in Close-Up Båten Cruise and meet you at two festivals in Sweden).
- Hey, buddy! Thanx for the kind words on everything, it’s always nice to meet cool people like you, so... cheers to that! Also, awesome you got to witness the Torture Division massacre at the CU-boat. We played that thing a few times and always had a fucken blast, to put it mildly. 

Andrey: How and when did you join extreme metal music and decide to play the guitar? Which bands inspired you to be a musician?
- When it comes to me being involved with the more "extreme” side of metal, well... I think I have to blame Slayer for that first and foremost. They changed everything for me when I heard ”Hell Awaits” the first time many, many moons ago.
Before that I, as most of my generation of metal people, held Iron Maiden, Kiss, Mötley Crüe, Wasp etc, etc as flag bearers of hard rock. Slayer pretty much introduced me to something way darker though... Venom and Mercyful Fate, to name but two bands, helped as well. I eventually got hooked as a muthafucker on the Bay Area thrash scene, not to forget, before what we know as death metal hit me with all its force when bands like Morbid Angel entered my world.
As far as picking up the guitar goes, I originally started out as a drummer actually. I fucked about with them drums for some 13 years but I played guitar on the side as I, from the get-go, tried to write some kind of songs. I didn’t identify myself as a guitarist though, not at all, that came much later as I grew bored with drumming and found out that playing guitar was really my thing. I never looked back. Eventually I picked up the bass as well and found an interest in drum machines and keyboards, so I guess I get it when people label me as a multi instrumentalist, even though the guitar is, without a doubt, my main instrument.
When it comes to bands inspiring me to do my own shit, well... Along with the ones I mentioned earlier you could also throw in shit like Europe, Helloween, Dio, Accept, Metallica and so on and so forth. 

 Andrey: Where did you buy metal albums from? 
- I ordered my LP’s from Svenska Skivklubben, I think that was the name anyways, who always had an ad in the Swedish music magazine OKEJ. And I also took a walk to the local record stores and picked up some stuff. I clearly remember finding a 100 SEK bill in the street where I lived at the time, money that I spent on buying ”Among The Living” with Anthrax 10 minutes after finding the cash. But usually I mail ordered my music, or my mom bought some good shit for me for Christmas and birthdays. 

Andrey: What was your very first metal show you saw back in the day?
- I saw both Slayer and Candlemass for the first time back in 1988. Those 2 are the first ”big” concerts, but I did see a few local hard rock shows at youth centers prior to that. All this definitely played a part in making me want to become a musician when I think about it. But Slayer and Candlemass... that was insane. Next level for a 15 year old kid. And to think that some 30 years later I have had the honor of helping Candlemass out on both bass and guitar for a bunch of shows, as well as considering them actual friends, is just mind blowing. 
Lord K.Philipson with Candlemass, 2016 
photo credit © Sebastián Domínguez Photography 

Georgius: You had a fanzine called Hypnosia. Would you be so kind to tell the readers about that fanzine? When did you started with it and how many issues you published?
- Damn, now we go way back, huh? This was definitely a very special time, the very early 90’s that is, and the camaraderie in the scene was absolutely stellar. Everyone helped everyone out and fanzines were fucken everywhere. Absolutely beautiful. I did 3 issues of this fanzine, but the first one went pretty much under the radar whereas issue 2 and 3 really got things going. I printed 500 copies of those 2 issues (I think the debut issue was made in a 100 copies, can’t really remember) and they all sold out pretty fast. 
This fanzine opened a lot of doors for me and I got to interview some of my fave bands at the time; Deicide, Morbid Angel, Sepultura, D.R.I., Atheist, Morgoth, Pestilence and a fuuuuuckload of others. Truly special times, as mentioned. Most fanzines from Sweden were written in Swedish but I aimed globally and thus wrote it in (decent, at least) English. This publication really got me friends from all over the world and it seems like it was a respected piece of work at some level.
I stopped doing Hypnosia as I was working on the 4th issue and found out that the printing company I used only printed in A5 and I had done everything up to that point for issue 4 in the A4 format. I still have that work in progress lying somewhere in a box. It would have been a killer issue but it was not to be.
Eventually I started the Global Domination website tons of years later; that were a lot of fun and it was a widely recognized webzine for all the years it existed before I terminated it so I could spend all my time on more important things. I always loved writing, and who knows... maybe I’ll do something in the future but it’s nothing I really think of. Creating music is way more important to me than writing about it. Hypnosia ruled though, just so you know. And I have the Kerry King picture with him holding the magazine to prove it (unfortunately I can’t find the goddamn thing!).

Georgius: I like a lot your amazing Death/Doom horde, Domedagen. Jörgen almost told me all the important details about your band. I would like to ask: where do you get inspirations to write lyrics for Domedagen from? What is the latest news around you?
- Ah... Domedagen. I love this shit. I know J already covered this in the interview you did with him so I won’t go into detail with it. Writing lyrics isn’t very hard. Just as with the music itself, inspiration comes from bands such as Bolt Thrower and Candlemass. Simple as that. The latest about us is that our 7 songs that we released so far will be available on Spotify and whatnot shortly. Until then you can listen to us over at... some other sites. Bandcamp for example. Google it and take a listen. It’s a fucken fantastic ”band”, if I may say so. Hopefully we can bring it to a live setting some day. Or not. Fuck it. It’s yet another collaboration between me and Jörgen. That’s what counts. 

Andrey: Your first band was Misery (if I’m not mistaken) what after the recording a demo changed name to Leukemia. Let’s talk about your first releases and changing the name.
- Goddamnit, we’re going old school here for real, haha... The first band, back in 1987/1988 or so I believe, was actually called Legacy (and for a brief second before deciding on that moniker, without knowing Testament used to be called just that, we were calling ourselves Hiroshima. We sure knew how to pick names. Huh?). Legacy actually did one demo. And it’s horrible from A-B, but you have to start somewhere, you know.
Misery that you’re talking about though, that band was initially called Braincancer (there we go again with the fantastic names!), and as Braincancer we recorded one demo and in the middle of that recording we changed name to Misery.
Misery then shut down its business and me and Misery vocalist Jocke started up Leukemia, who actually managed to make some kind of name in the world of the early 90’s with our one demo (recorded in late 1991) and 3 full-length albums (debut album recorded in 1992, second and third albums both recorded in 1994).
Leukemia 1992

Andrey: Leukemia recorded a demo “Innocence Is Bliss” in 1992 and you released debut album "Suck My Heaven" a year later. The full-length was recorded as a duo: Jocke - vocals, you - drums, the fewer instruments were played and recorded by the session musicians. Among them were such cultic personalities Lars-Göran Petrov and Jörgen Sandström, who put their growls to a few tracks. How did you meet them first time? How went the recording process of “Suck my Heaven”?
- Almost correct on the years there, haha... ”Suck my heaven” wasn’t actually recorded as a duo, (but Leukemia as a band were a duo to begin with) as guitars and bass were recorded by the brilliant Mattias Kennhed from House Of Usher (a band I drummed for during a few years, so it was easy to ask him coz I hadn’t switched to play guitar and bass just yet back then). He did such a phenomenal job on that recording. The poor bastard had to sit in the studio and record everything after I was done with the drums while I and Jocke went out on town to get drunk. Real nice work on our part, I guess, haha... I believe Mattias did his work over a couple of days and I can’t for my life of it recall when I actually taught him all the songs on guitar. He did a fantastic job, to put it mildly, as said. I don’t think there would have been an album hadn’t he been gracious enough to help us out once again after doing the demo with us a year earlier. Huge thanks to Mattias!
And yeah, on ”Suck my heaven” we really managed to get the cream of the crop death metal vocals wise included. I have no fucken idea how that came about or how I actually managed to get in touch with all these fantastic people, but I suspect Hypnosia Magazine is involved somehow with it. I might have interviewed them at some point, reviewed their demos or albums... Something like that. To see L.G., Jörgen (in Grave at the time) and Lalle (Mastication, Excruciate) sing some ridiculous lyric lines in the studio is a great fucken memory. Leukemia were way ahead of its time, haha... And we sure did some amazing music for what it’s worth.
Leukemia 1993

Andrey: You played the drums in two demos of House Of Usher. Tell us more about that band and the main reason of their split-up after the third demo please. 
- Yeah, I had the honor of playing with those guys for a while and they really made me step up my game as a musician, for which I am eternally grateful. I have absolutely no idea why we split up, to be honest. I don’t even think we said it out loud that we’re splitting up, it just seemed like it faded away for some reason. I’m not sure if Martin (guitar) joining At The Gates had anything to do with it or if it was some other reason. It was a great fucken band to be a part of and I love all of the material even to this day, even the stuff I’m not on myself. I was never in the same league drumming wise as the guy before me; coz that dude was a fucken beast.  Still, I’m proud of the recordings we did together, especially the second demo which was recorded live in a room, except for some solos and the vocals if I remember shit correctly.

Andrey/Georgius: After the releasing "Grey-Flannel Souled" Leukemia changed its name to Lame. Under the new band name you recorded "Love" album (which one has been released only in 2012 through Cyanide Syndicate Records co-released with Vic Records) and then Lame disbanded. Why did you stopped activity and what did you deal more than 4 years without music?
- Hmm... I need to think about this one for a bit... Yeah, after ”Grey” we decided to call ourselves Lame, and as Lame we recorded the amazing ”Love” album with Dan Swanö in 1994. That goddamn album is, despite its terrible drum machine sound, so special to me for a lot of reasons and I still... ehum... love that fucken thing. After Lame disbanded, or wait... I don’t think we even disbanded... we just changed moniker to Toolshed and recorded a couple of demos with a slightly different sound so the Leukemia/Lame moniker wasn’t really fitting us anymore.
Either way, one of those demos was stolen when Jocke’s car was broken into and that was the only copy we had of it. I’d love to hear that fucken demo today coz it was killer! Or, I would like to remember it as just that… But it probably was. The second demo is still in my collection though and it has some glorious moments on it. I’m not sure when the second one was recorded but I believe it could be 1996/1997. So there’s never been a ”break” from music since I started, it’s more like I did music that for some reason or another never was distributed to the public, more or less. And a year or 2 later I found my musical calling and fired up Deadmarch, the band that made me go full in with The Project Hate MCMXCIX in 1999.

Andrey/Georgius: You returned to the scene with a super project namely The Project Hate MCMXCIX 20 years ago (our congratulations!) in 1999. The project has been original experiment for those days: you united Death metal with electro-music, female vocals and antichristian lyrics. Where did you get inspiration to create that fruitful project band? Why did you choose namely Jörgen Sandström for other vocalist?
- Jörgen was actually involved with Leukemia/Lame/Toolshed, so as you can see I have played with/known him for a while now. He’s the one guy I have done music with the longest in my life, and he’s my best friend on top of that. When I knew I had to do TPH (after putting Deadmarch to rest) I decided I wanted the best goddamn death metal vocalist around to be a part of it. Welcome Jörgen Sandström. 
And it’s at this very point, after getting this demo done, that the whole TPH concept came to me big time. I just knew I had to create something that incorporated absolutely everything I love about music; be it metal, techno, female vocals, what the fuck ever... Since I had worked a little with keyboards and drum machines over the years I just came to the conclusion that there’s so much I can do if I don’t limit myself to just guitars, bass, vocals and drums. I guess it’s safe to say that over the years TPH really has grown into something out of the ordinary. And that was exactly what I wanted to make of it. It is my perfected vision of music and it’s what I am here to do. I need this. And yeah, it’s mind blowing that I have done TPH for 20 years now in 2019. And Jörgen has been with me all the fucken way, with every step I’ve taken. I raise my glass in his honor.

Andrey/Georgius: How was the recording process of the first The Project Hate MCMXCIX demo? You invited to put some growls Lars-Göran Petrov and Dan Swanö beside Jörgen Sandström. What should we know about that Svensk old school alliance?
- I just asked him (he was in Entombed at the time and they had played a gig in my hometown the night before if I’m not mistaken) and LG to come down to Swanö’s studio and put down vocals for this demo I had recorded. And so they did over a few hours, hangovers intact and everything. It turned out spectacular. It was a great fucken day.

Andrey: Enlighten us about Deadmarch: Initiation Of Blasphemy LP in details. 
- I’ll make it real easy and get you the info off our official site, coz it covers everything you need to know.
”Deadmarch" was the seed to what eventually became TPH, and this album was never meant to be released until Holland‘s Vic Records thought it would be a shame not to get it out to the masses some 10 years after it was recorded. The memories from this recording are many, and they are of mixed emotions. The first thing that comes to mind is the hell we went thru while recording it. After putting down all the guitars we were about to start fixing some minor playing mistakes, just to notice that Tomas Skogsberg‘s new equipment in Sunlight Studios couldn’t punch in and out on the tracks without leaving a small silent space just before and after the actual punch in. 2 days of recording guitars, all in vain. We got a new tape recorder and re-did all the guitars, but this time we only put down 3 instead of the original 4. All because we were so fed up with the situation and K didn’t have the strength to re-do all 4 guitars after the massive work that already had been done once.
Some other anecdotes: vocalist Mikael sounded like shit in the studio and when Jörgen Sandström came down for some backing vocals, Mikael had enough. He simply couldn’t do vocals after Jörgen had been there dominating, understandably. Mikael later recorded his vocals by himself on his own 8-track portable studio and then went to Stockholm where Skogsberg added them to the material. Bassist Kenneth couldn’t play the material for shit and after 4 hours of struggling thru one song, K had enough, took the bass and recorded the rest of the bass lines in an hour. All fantastic memories.
Unsatisfied with the lackluster performances from some of the members, K killed the band and started The Project Hate MCMXCIX. This album contains a lot of parts that later ended up being used for TPH in other songs.
Years later, we planned to have Jörgen do all of the vocals for this piece, and Skogsberg said it would be no problem since he still had the tapes and all. The day before the recording Tomas calls K up and says he can’t find the tapes. Re-doing the vocals never happened and the album is now released pretty much as it was recorded. There are definite flaws on this one as far as production values goes, but in its entirety it’s still a very important recording since it led to the birth of TPH. 

Andrey: The Project Hate MCMXCIX perhaps would be as a studio-project except of a recorded live show in Finland. It has been your single live performance or will you any plans to make other ones in the future?
- We did something like 4 or 5 gigs back in the day actually. And at what led to be our last one I decided TPH is not meant to appear in a live setting. Programmed drums and electronic parts didn’t really work as I imagined it should, so I made the choice to bring everything to another level recording wise, making it impossible to recreate live without 50 other musicians and whatnot. TPH will never play live again. It’s a studio project, and it has been since 2003. It’s my very personal journey that I get to create with the best fucken people in the world. It’s not a band, it’s a vision. And a very, very egoistical vision at that. One that wouldn’t be possible without the people I am blessed to work with.
The Project Hate MCMXCIX live 2002

Andrey/Georgius: From your ninth full-length "The Cadaverous Retaliation Agenda" to “Of Chaos and Carnal Pleasures” you released a few The Project Hate MCMXCIX - albums through Swedish Mouth Of Belial Productions. How happened that co-operation and why did you stop to co-work with the label?
- I grew extremely tired of working with labels and safe to say, TPH has been on a few. It just seemed like none of them understood what to do with us marketing wise, which makes me wonder why the fuck they even signed us in the first place.
And the fact that some labels tried their hardest to tell me what to do with my music and/or what to say and not to say in interviews... well, safe to say that won’t work. I just had it and thought ”fuck it, maybe I can do this by myself with the help from the fans when it comes to funding the recordings, and in return they will get my music, recorded and mixed the way I want it and I can pay the people involved to do it with me.”
It’s absolutely spectacular that it has worked for 4 albums up to this point, and we’re very close to make it happen again for a fifth time, meaning our 13th album will see the light of day in 2020 if  we reach the monetary target. You can read everything about the TPH DONATION EXPERIMENTS over at www.theprojecthate.net. We’re approximately 400 dollars short of being successful, so if you feel like it, you who read this shit and give a fuck about TPH, feel free to help us out and make it happen.
Mouth Of Belial, by the way, is not a ”real” record label. It’s just the imprint that I choose to release the limited edition CD’s on. 

Andrey: You started to work with a new material for The Project Hate MCMXCIX. Where do you plan to release it then and what the fans could expect from it?
- We’re quite far into the recordings actually, but we can’t finalize it until we have reached the budget as mentioned. I hope it will be in the spring of 2020, but you never know. As for what you can expect, well... simple; TPH. Even more intricate, even more brutal, even more catchy than ever before though.
In 2014 everything came together for me with TPH as Ellinor Asp joined the fold. I love everything we have done, needless to say, but in 2014 TPH turned into the TPH I always envisioned and hoped I could achieve one day. What I have been doing since then is bring it further... and further... with every goddamn release. I write music for me. The beautiful thing is that I have a small but extremely extra ordinary fan base that make it possible for me to actually hire the people I want to work with. It feels great to be able to pay everyone involved at least something for their efforts, which never could be done when we dabbled around with fucken record labels.

Andrey/Georgius: Name us five your favorite albums from Swedish scene which influenced you a lot and 10 of your eternal fave ones.
- Sweden: 
Seance – Saltrubbed Eyes
Agony – The First Defiance
Candlemass – The first 4 albums
Grave – The first 3 when Jörgen was in the band.
Entombed – Clandestine
Edge Of Sanity – Purgatory Afterglow
Fallen Angel – Faith Fails

That makes it 12 when I think about it. There’s tons of more, but this will do for now. I guess you wanted the ones considered ”metal” or I’d thrown in everything by Melissa Horn and be done with it.
Eternal faves though... This is hard, but I’ll give you a few that come to mind instantly. 

Slayer – "South of Heaven", "Seasons in the Abyss" and "Reign in Blood". In that order.
Bolt Thrower – Everything from ”The IVth Crusade” and onwards.
Napalm Death – Everything from ”Harmony Corruption” and onwards.
I could go on forever, there’s so much brilliant music out there and I have missed out on mentioning a ton of my faves, but hey; I have other things to do tonight besides listing fave albums, haha...

Andrey: I knew you worked with a lot of musicians like session and guest ones. Name us those musicians with whom you would like to co-work or invite as guests.
- For TPH I have always wanted to work with people I respect and admire, and over the years I have managed to cross off a huge bunch of them. To have been able to get all these people into my songs is so humbling. There are a few who have said they would join in as well but for some reason, after getting the files and instructions, they vanish into thin air. That is puzzling. I rather you say you’re not interested instead of going about that way. But yes, there are 3 people that will always be impossible to have participate; Melissa Horn, Liam Howlett and Yngwie Malmsteen. But those 3 are highest on my short list, haha...

Georgius: What are your favorite tracks from Torture Division heritage?
- Pretty much all of them, to be honest. That was the perfect death metal band. But ”Invoking The Knifer” will always be just a little bit ahead of the others. That fucken break in the middle of the song is something every musician wishes they would have done. But I had to do it coz no one else could. Boom!
Lord K. Philipson and Jörgen Sandström (Torture Division 2011) 

Georgius: You and Jörgen both played live with legendary Candlemass. How do you remember that period? 
- This is without a doubt one of my most precious moments in my ”career”. To be asked to help them out on bass and guitar for some gigs is something out of the ordinary. You know, they are one of my fave bands of all time, so... I sometimes have to fire up some of the gigs that I was involved with on YouTube, just to make sure they actually happened. It’s so fucken weird, and I’m so fucken honored. I love those gentlemen.

Georgius: What is the situation with Kadaverkult nowadays?
- I’m busy with TPH and other things and Erik is busy with the resurrection of Vomitory, so there’s nothing happening. 

Georgius: What are your recommendations from Swedish cuisine, drinks and interesting places to visit in your area?
I live in the woods. I don’t give one single fuck about cuisines, drinks and interesting places to visit. 

Tack så mycket, it was an honor for us. Your message to the readers to complete this interview…
- Thank you so much for giving a fuck about what I do. It was fun walking down Memory Lane with those old school questions and shit. Good luck with the webzine and again; huge thanks to you guys, as well to the Haters out there who keep TPH alive at this level.

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Lord K. Philipson (Torture Division 2010)

2019. október 14., hétfő

Vasyl Senevych (Ravenblood)

Interview with Vasyl Senevych (Ravenblood)

Hail Vasyl welcome to Archangel’s Lantern. In the first instance tell the readers when did you start with your very first project Ravenblood?
- I’ve started to work with my first project called Ravenblood in 2014. It was recorded the first release called Відчуженість/Estrangement in that year and the ‘curtain’ has risen. After that were recorded other releases, who would be interested to listen to my stuff, could find them on Bandcamp and YouTube.

When did you meet Oleksiy Krylov of Ancient Voice at first time?
- Our acquaintance with Oleksiy began with an interview I made with him back in the day. After that we met personally a couple of times and became as a huge friends. We recorded a split "Око Карпат/Клітка Для Вітру" and have been as guests on each other stuff.

What are responses from the underground press and fans so far?  
- Responses about Ravenblood materials are very different but for the main are positive. A lot of reviews were written about those releases and compilations where I’ve been involved and all of them got good feedback. I gave a few interviews for the webzines and printed ‘zines as well. Ukrainian Terroraiser magazine has been out recently where I told in details about my up-coming album on an interview and sent my answers to Ukrainian Atmosphere magazine. I have some plans to make other interviews for printed mags and radio as well but I think it’s too early to talk about it as it’s only in process.

How and when did you join metal music? 
- As far as I remember well it has happened when I has been 15 years old. I had no internet that time and I had not too many chances to dig out different metal bands. First time I listened to and watched metal on TV. Khust Rayon, where I’m living has common border with Romania and my old antenna caught Romanian channel TVR 1, where started the show of Swedish Therion around midnight, 4th of June 2005. I don’t know why I didn’t sleep that night yet and it’s pretty interesting that Therion just started to play and I didn’t switch their live performance. It should be happen that way I think. Since that time I eagerly started to listen to metal. I bought tapes of Slayer, Manowar, Metallica, Alice Cooper etc. which ones were for sale in my hometown. After having internet connection I’ve found a lot of other bands and still find some new groups and their works.

Do you have plans to found new projects in the future? 
- I better don’t say that because I hardly attain myself with releasing my ideas in those projects where I’m playing:  my Ravenblood, Salamanthra project, and In Movement  band (I’m a vocalist there). A couple of time ago I started myself drawing artworks to my project bands, so lack of time…I ended with recording new Ravenblood material and sent it to label not long ago. I wait the CD-s of new release and then I will publish it. We are currently rehearsing a lot with my band and will start to write material soon.  I’m drawing periodically some stuff in my free time what ideas I would use for cover to new material of Ravenblood perhaps. At times we are working with Salamanthra project, where beside me are members Oleksiy Krylov and Mauricio Fernandes from Mexico.

Share your thoughts about our common land, Transcarpathia and your hometown Khust. 
- Transcarpathia is an admirable land with its unique history, wonderful nature, with unusual colorful dialects. There are a lot of interesting places, you could always relax, swim in the river in summer or take a hike to the mountains… our land has inimitable atmosphere of rest…Transcarpathian cuisine is very tasty…
In Khust in point of fact lots of interesting places, the city itself is comfortable and arranged.
 From sights of Khust I would mention first of all castle ruins and other nameable places for example Czech township or Protestant fortress church and many more…

What are your favourite writers? 
- I have not favourite writers I can give prominence, I’m reading that what I prefer and that independent from authorship. Back then I’ve read exceedingly, book after book as if on conveyor-belt. Last years I almost didn’t read anything but a short time ago I’ve read three books, namely Richard Adams: “Watership Down”, Daniel Keyes: “Flowers for Algernon” and   "В Тени Ердега"  from my fellow-countryman, namesake Vasyl Laver. 

Do you have any favourite painters? 
- I’m myself favourite painter somehow and in interpretation. I could say I better try self-development and I’m interested in to draw complete drawings and paintings all times than offering someone to cultic status tallying “favourite”. 

Archangel’s Lantern is dedicated to the memory of Jon Andreas Nödtveidt among others… 
What is your opinion about him and his heritage? 
- I’ve listened to albums of Dissection back then, I liked music decently and I’m listening to it at times…About Jon: I’ve read an interview with him recently…I’ve taken fancy of his ideology and a few views to life etc. but I categorically don’t agree with his believes. However, Jon is not my ideal, like other personalities but to argue about his talent and ability, what he brought to underground music improbably. 

What kind of music you listen to nowadays? What are your recommendations? 
- Music taste is very different among people that I could recommend something concrete but I try what I’ve listened to last time…For those who like blues I can recommend  King Dude, Snowy White and especially  Rory Gallagher, what I  opened to myself this spring. I’ve found a few bands from heavy metal as well like Kryptos, Riot City и Traveler this year. From Black metal my recommendations are Mgla, Totenwache…

Name us your top 10 albums please.
01. Lake Of Tears - The Neonai 2002
02. Mgla - Groza 2008
03. Mgla - Exercises In Futility 2015
04. Mgla - Age Of Excuse 2019
05. Urn - The Burning 2017
06. Batushka - Litourgiya 2015
07. Batushka - Hospodi 2019
08. Urfaust - Empty Space Meditation 2016
09. Rotting Christ - Aealo 2010
10. Uada - Devoid Of Light 2016

Thanks a lot my friend. Share your thoughts in the end of this interview.
- Search and develop yourself. Delight in wonderful things, be glad to life and be satisfied what you have and appreciate it but never miss the chance to get more as occasion offers. 
Wish you all to acquire calm and equilibrium of soul.

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