2020. november 24., kedd

LoneHunter (Juliano and Marcos)

 Interview with Juliano and Marcos


Hail my Brazilian brothers, first of all I would congratulate to you both for the new LoneHunter-song, called War (The Fields of the Great LoneHunter), I listen to a lot of times, excellent one. How many tracks you were written yet for LoneHunter-debut and when do you plan to release it?

Juliano: Wow brother, thanks for the kind words. You were certainly one of the first to hear it and in fact you didn't hear the full track, just a rough mix. There are some details in the final edition of the track that in our opinion make it much more epic. “War” was the first track we started working on after “Beyond the Portals of Death” was released and it’s probably my favorite LoneHunter song. Basically, it tells a story and I believe that the atmospheres created by the instrumental fit perfectly with what is said in the lyrics. All the harmonic chaos created by the instruments, the changes in soundscapes, the incessant and unpredictable movement and all the textures of tones in it’s almost twenty minutes of duration make it very rich to my personal taste. It will probably be the title track for our next release. Personally, I would love to release it as a split with the Swedish band Eigenstate Zero that I love and that I met thanks to an interview at Archangel’s Lantern. Chris is crazy enough to also make long songs like us LOL. Imagine a split with a song from each band and about forty minutes long, it would be colossal. Unfortunately, Chris has other plans in mind. We already have several other tracks and ideas at various stages of progress planned for an upcoming release. Unfortunately, the current pandemic has changed the routine and plans of many people. Our idea was to start doing shows now in 2020 and to release our first album in early 2021, we already had the first date confirmed but our planning went to dust. To keep things warm we talked about the possibility of releasing another EP in the beginning of 2021 and thereby closing a cycle.

Marcos: We are working in two new tracks now. Unlike the music just released (War), they are more direct songs.

I’m so honored for your awesome gifts you sent me (LoneHunter EP and Brazilian Tribute to Bathory) and I’m so proud of it, that you put on your thank list my humble name. Would you be so kind to tell us in your own words “Beyond the Portals of Death” track by track?

Juliano: Well, if I would review our work I’d say:

 Preludium - What The Moon Brings: It’s an instrumental introduction that starts with a piano and choir in a vibe that is both classic, simplistic and disturbing and evolves with the addition of guitars, bass drums and keyboards for something more bombastic. The title is from a short story by H.P.Lovecraft and if you know the work you should listen to the track imagining the sunrise and what it brings with it.

 Under Raven’s Shadows: A track that like a punch in the face already shows most of the elements found in the band's sound. Two vocals, old school Death Metal guitars, keyboards present as an element as important as guitars and sound variation. There is a riff on that song that is purely Nocturnus and that We love. The lyrics are about death from the perspective of the poem "The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe and how a man or woman can surrender to irrationality before the greatness of the lone hunter with a thousand eyes.

 Interludium – Face Your Fears: This is a track created by Marcos and has a Dark Ambient vibe, something a little cinematic I would say. I think it works very well as a divider between the preceding track and the succeeding song. This track has the same vibe from some old Scott Burns productions.

 Eternal Time: That was the first track that we started working on LoneHunter. It was kind of a lab to test the limits that we would explore in the band and started as a re-reading of a track created by Marcos when he was still playing in another band called Immortal Majesty in the 90s. It starts out more raw and cold and evolves to finish in a guitar riff half Deicide, half Luciferion covered by a keyboard trip that tries to create something in the vein of a Nocturnus track called Artic Crypt. The lyrics are about how the brevity of the time of a life can be insignificant when placed in front of the vastness of eternity that the concept of Death brings with it.

 Postludium - Beyond The Portal’s of Death: An instrumental “outro” that shows  a slower and morbid theme, as if it were the soundtrack that prepares the revelation of the mystery that lurks behind the veil in the fields of the great lone hunter.

LoneHunter made two brilliant covers from Bathory (“Call from the Grave”) and Bolt Thrower (” The Forth Crusade”). Share your thoughts about it. Do you plan to make new covers in the near future?

Juliano: Thank you for the words. The Bathory track that is part of the Brazilian tribute made us very satisfied, unfortunately some mistake that was not ours and that we in the band cannot explain, made the track was put in the album come out much faster than the one we recorded and it was very frustrating for us. If someone has a first contact with LoneHunter through this cover, they may have the wrong impression about us. It was our intention that the Bolt Thrower cover would be part of the EP "Beyond The Portals of Death", Karl Willets himself supported us in that decision, but the record company that owns the music rights did not allow us to do that. In addition to these two covers that you mentioned, we did a version for "For all Those who Died" also by Bathory that would be part of a Mexican tribute and that will probably never see the light of day, and a version for "Cryonics" by Slayer that is on tribute released by Antichrist Magazine. We love working on versions of songs created by others and giving our own face to it. Now it's time to focus on our own compositions, but we've already talked about the possibility of playing with something from Death, Merciless, Pestilence, Black Sabbath, Obituary, Insane Death .... some we discard, others, well wait and who knows ...

Brother Marcos you unleashed an awesome solo-project namely Dark Kingdom and I must say the song “Echoes of the Night” you sent me to listen to it, a great job. Tell to the readers all the important information of Dark Kingdom please.

Marcos: Thanks for the kind words, brother.

I created the Dark Kingdom logo at the early 90’s and the idea was kept for several years. I am always creating arrangement and this year this kind of song starts appears in my mind. I like very much of working in different ideas.

LoneHunter goes to one direction. Dark Kingdom, Masturbator and Pesticide goes to another.

I will release a new song this year.

Marcos, what is the current situation with other hordes, you are playing or played back in the day as Masturbator and Pesticide?

Marcos: My main horde is LoneHunter. I play in Masturbator and Pesticide too. Masturbator is an old school Brazilian death metal band formed at 1987. It was the first band I saw playing live at 1990, in rehearsing. Old friends! I join forces with Masturbator at march’2019 and we played live in two local festivals last year. We are finishing the recordings of the first full length album. It will be released in Extreme Sound Records.

Pesticide was a splatter grind death metal I started at 1990. It was a project only with  bass with distortion and drums. André play drums and me, bass. We recorded 2 rehearsal demo tapes. At 1994 we changed the name to Cauterization and recorded a rehearsal demo tape and stopped the activities. I started to play at Immortal Majesty and Cauterization never played after this. I played in Immortal Majesty for one year and left the band because of personal reasons.

Last year André and I started to play again and compose new songs. We want to release 8 songs next year.

Because there is another band called Cauterization we choose Pesticide for the return of our activities.

I played in the Funeral Serenade band too. It was a project with former members of Sex Trash band. I compose the song called Extintion and participated of the creation of 2 another songs. It was for some months and I left the project this year.

Brother Juliano you mentioned in our first conversation that you were invited to do the keyboards to Mr. Ed Mowery’s great band Tiwanaku. What should we know about that cooperation?

Juliano: Well… Yes Ed called me to the keyboards and I have to say that this was a bit of an unexpected honor. Ed was part of Nocturnus and honestly, being invited by a former member of one of your favorite bands to be part of a project is kind of surreal. The first album will have special guests that were part of bands that I have always admired like Death, Carcass, Cannibal Corpse, etc., that means that the whole thing is even crazier lol. BUT .... the fact is that I have a job that takes me more time than I have and I have a bad habit of making more commitments than I can and that would not give me enough time to do the job that the quality of the band  would demand.  In addition, the issue of distance is another factor that hinders the necessary logistics.  Ed got an old friend to do the keyboards and he will continue with Tiwanaku. Ed had some personal problems that delayed plans a lot, but he is a great guy and managed to get things sorted out and get the train on track again. Soon news will be revealed and the material is getting great.

Juliano in our private conversation you told me you started a Dark Ambient project. Let’s talk about it.

Juliano: Yes, I have a lot of composed stuff that wouldn't fit in LoneHunter’s music and that I'll use in another approach, something more Dark Dungeon / Ritual Ambient music. This material will have a more "religious" connotation, let's say and it will be something very personal. Let's say that certain things that I believe and that deserves to be glorified will be in a sonic format. This project will be named as my old zine "Crypt of Eternity" and my intention is at first to finish five compositions.

What are your favorite albums from 2019 and 2020 yet? (from Brazil and Worldwide)

Juliano: Brother I get a lot of new stuff every day to review in Lucifer Rising Magazine and a lot of things always catch my attention. There is a lot of old school Death Metal band that has caught my attention. I will name a few but I am sure I will forget a lot. From Brazil my favorite band at the moment is OPEN THE COFFIN, which is composed by a former member of the Brazilian band INSANE DEATH, I recommend to all of your readers that try to know these two names.

Bands and albums that caught my eyes and ears recently were:

Necrot - Mortal

Bismarck - Oneiromancer

Come Back From The Death - The Rise of the Blind Ones

Cursed Blood - Taker of Life

Eremit - Desert of Ghouls

Innards - Back from the Grave

Sensory Amusia - Bereavement

Sepulchral Curse - Only Ashes remain

Troops of Doom - The rise of Heresy (Keep this name, they will be giants one day)

Trident - North

Undead - Existential Horror

Wobbler - Dwellers of the Deep (a Dark Progressive band that I love) etc, etc, etc.

Which are your favorite books/writers/poets and movies/actors? (Brazilians and others)

Juliano: Anything and everything from Master H P Lovecraft, Edgar Allan Poe, Neil Gaiman, Clive Barker, Isaac Asimov, Douglas Adams, Michael Moorcock, I have tons of old science fiction anthologies from all over the world in my library. A friend named Mimi Zanetti just founded her publisher "Carcosa Editora" and through her I met an author named Anthony M. Rud very unknown and I'm in love with the guy's style. 

I'm totally in love with sci-fi movies and series, things like the Star Trek franchise, Sliders, Fringe, Twilight Zone, Amazing Stories. Currently two of my favorites are Lovecraft Country and The Boys.

Do you have any special hobbies besides creating music?

Juliano: I work a lot and in fact I am a bit addicted to it and my spare time is very limited. I love to write and I have several short stories written. Besides music, my other passion is books. I actually spend a lot more of money on books than on albums. Science fiction, art, history and mainly philosophy are my main topics.

I also have two daughters and I love spending time with them. My oldest daughter has a very different mentality and I love to discuss philosophy and things like that with her.

Obrigado/Thank you very very much, brothers! Send some thoughts to complete this interview.. Hail LoneHunter and Total Support! 

Marcos: We want to thank you for your time, brother! For this interview and all support your give to us.

Underground rules!

Juliano: Thank you brother for all the support. Your work to the underground is priceless.

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2020. november 9., hétfő

Mickael Broberg

Interview with Mickael Broberg 
(Unanimated, Born For Burning, 
Massive Destruction, Contempt Of The Light,
The Demon's Way, Daemonium Regni)

Hail brother Micke it has been a while and I’m so honoured to talk with you again on my small blog. Let’s start our conversation with Unanimated show, Scandinavia Deathfest, last week. Tell the readers your experiences please. 
I’ve noticed that Set Teitan played with you in a few tracks as a guest. He would be invited to your live performances later then as well?

- Yeah, we had a blast at Scandinavian Deathfest in Stockholm, our hometown. Great crowd! And we had Set come up at the stage and play the last three songs, I think, with us. He did some gigs with us back in 2010 as well. We thought it would be cool to have three guitars at those last songs, so he did a guest appearance this time and we had a great time. We have nothing planned for the future with him for now, but who knows. I did have a terrible cold and was a little sick, and my voice was not at the best it usually is, but I pulled through.

I’m a big fan of Unanimated and Dismember also since early 90s. I saw some Dismember videos from Scandinavia Deathfest, the guys played a great old school set. What is your opinion about their 2 shows? 

- Well, it was like traveling back to the 90’s to see those guys again. And they delivered more than anyone had expected I think, they put up a great show, and was the best at that festival for sure! And I hope they will keep on delivering Death!

How it happened Unanimated re-union a few years ago? I watched a video about your first live show after Unanimated re-united, it has been awesome for me to see you together again, Share some thoughts about it.

- We actually reunited 2007/2008, and then we recorded "In The Light Of Darkness". After that we just weren’t able to be as active as we wanted to. And still we are not as active as we want to; it’s just life that comes between, several of things that makes it hard for us to be out and touring for example. But we are working in the quiet, and writing material for the new album.

You released an awesome EP called “Annihilation” last year. How were the responses from fans and metal media? Do you have some plans to record a new Unanimated full length?

Yes, the plan has always been to release a full length after that MLP-release. Also with re-releases with our three first albums. But things have been time consuming with legal rights and so on. But we are getting closer to our goals, and I believe that this year we will record our full length and hopefully re-release our first three. I thought the response after the "Annihilation" was great; it was just a pre-taste of what’s to come. It was not meant to take this long though, but we are working on it. You’ll see..

With your awesome horde Born For Burning you will release debut album “The Ritual” on the 25th of October through Swedish Critical Mass Recordings this year. I’ve listened to a lot of times those two tracks what your label put to YouTube namely “The Ritual” and “Master”, both of them awesome tracks. What should we know about Born For Burning line-up and recording process? Who is the main song-writer in Born For Burning? 

- Yeah, the response for ”The Ritual” has been awesome all the way, much more than I ever have expected. But I am happy with it, and I am currently working on some new songs. 
Well, the line-up is nor other than me actually. There has been some misunderstanding about the line-up. I had some live-session members back in 2014, for a gig with Primordial at Club Deströyer in Sweden. But that was it! 
It has never been a ”band” in that sense. 
It was and still is a one-man’s band, and I am the only member and songwriter. At least for now. 
Maybe I will do shows later in the future, nothing is written in stone. But if I do, there will be other live-session members for sure. And if that will be the case, there will be more than just one gig. 

(an awesome gift from Micke Broberg, dedicated vinyl -GF)

I like a lot your another amazing band The 13th Passenger/The Demon’s Way and what I’ve written to you in our private conversations, your voice is very similar to old Ozzy Osbourne. Tell us more about your new tracks, “Black Miracle” and “The Way of Lucifer”.  It would be official changing the name from The 13th Passenger to The Demon’s Way? 

- Well, it’s another solo-project where the music is not very metal, but still there are the occult and dark features involved, as in everything I do. I guess it is more Black Sabbath influenced music, and the challenge is of course with the vocals, where I really push myself to another level as a singer. The new songs are very different from the old ”The 13th Passenger” songs, so that is why I have changed the name of the project to ”The Demon’s Way”. I felt the changes, both as musically and as personally, had developed to something deeper than before. And felt natural to move on with a name more suitable to the music.

You are a multitalented musician and I’m a big follower of your brilliant Death/Black metal project, Daemonium Regni. Enlighten us about all the important details of that Infernal horde. 
What I’ve listened to from you yet, all of them are just total awesomeness. It will be a full length in the near future? 

- I would love to release a full length with Daemonium Regni, but labels today are hard to get to release albums as a solo-artist, on my behalf anyway. Someone said to me that my ”fan-base” isn’t big enough, so I don’t know. But I love to write music even if I never release it, and will keep doing it anyway, regardless. And everyone who has heard my songs enjoys them. But my new songs are much more deeper than before, I have better equipment these days, and a lot of possibilities have opened up my writing. The new songs have more purpose, and are more well-written, there is a thought behind it all, and that thought is not a nice warm thought. But it still sounds like Daemonium Regni. At this point, there are 6 new songs ready for vocals. And then we’ll see, I think I will start to release a 6-track demo official, maybe cassette.

What is situation with Celestial Pain nowadays? 

- Yeah, since there was no more Celestial Pain, and I felt I had more Thrash in My bones, i decided to start a project called "Massive Destruction". The name is taken from C.P.'s second demo "Hatred", from the title Massive Destruction. 
Wich basically is a continuense Of Celestial Pain, The songs are very influenced by The German Thrash-scene from The late 80's and 90's. Its The same "combat Metal" sound as C.P. Someone wrote that in the 90's when we released our demos, in a review. 

We'll see, many labels has showed me some interest to release a full lenght with Massive Destruction, we'll see what happens.

Enlighten the readers about your guest activity with Necrophobic, Thyrfing.  

- Yeah, I did some guest-vocals with Necrophobic back in..A lot of years ago!  
Can’t even remember what song it was, but it was on their first album with Atte ”The Nocturnal Silence”. ( Iam googling) Yes, the song was of course ”Father Of Creation”. 
This is embarrassing, I know I did some guest-vocals with Thyrfing, but the memories are all just a blur. But I know I did. Have no idea which song or even what album. I have done some guest-vocals through the years, the latest was at The Pete Flesh Deathtrip ”Mortui Vivos Docent” album. 

How did you remember Unanimated/Dissection common live show in 90s?

- Not much at all, the 90’s are all just a big memory loss basically! Haha
Much alcohol, drugs and violence. But we had a blast back in the day! 
But I do remember when we played together at a small place called Kafé 44 in the early 90’s. I remember Jon as a nice guy and an awesome guitar-player, don’t really remember the gig though, and not even my own gig with Unanimated, too much free booze!

What are your current favourite bands from Swedish and Worldwide scene? 

- My all-time favourite bands are all from the 80’s and 90’s. But, new and new (new for me that is, or for anyone that still are somehow still in the 90’s), one band that surprised me, was the Swedish Voodus and I like Mephorash very much as well. Not so very NEW bands, but great ones.

Tell the readers more about your newest Melodic Death Black project, called Contempt Of The Light, please.

- Yes, COTL is as you said. A melodic Black Death Metal project, with perhaps some resemblances to the scene from the 90's. I don't know what to call it, someone iam sure has a name for it. I am just writing the music. 
I don't have a special goal or a purpose for this, its just something that comes from within. 
I have a "teaser" on YouTube with short clips from 4 songs, I am currently writing more songs, for a full length. It was supposed to be a demo, But the writing just kept going, and the interest was great from some swedish and German labels..

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Tack själv brother it was awesome to talk with you again, wish you all the best with all of your brilliant bands. Send your message to the readers of Archangel’s Lantern in the end.

- Hail The Hordes! 

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