2021. december 7., kedd

Archangel's Lantern

Archangel's Lantern is dedicated 

to Eternal Memory of Jon Andreas Nödtveidt/Rietas
  (28.VI.1975-August 2006 R.I.C.)
(Cornelius of Castrum/Encomium, Jon and me, 
10.VI.2005 Budapest, A38)

to Eternal Memory of Lars-Göran Petrov/Drutten
(17.II.1972-7.III.2021 R.I.P.)
(Lars-Göran, Victor of Castrum and me,
16.X.2014 Košice, Collosseum Club)

to Eternal Memory of my bride Kate Szíjártó
 (7.V.1987-21.I.2010 R.I.P.)

to Eternal Memory of my Polish metal sister
Katarzyna Grobelska (14.XII.1965-11.VI.2016 R.I.P.)

to Eternal Memory of  our metal brother 

Roman 'Roma' Lehach (8.V.1977-7.XII.2020 R.I.P.)

"Hear the Choirs
Was it the Wind that Brought back Their Cries?
Once Forged in Blood by Tragedy
Sharp were the Thorns of Crimson Death"

(Archangel's Lantern name and logo idea © Erin-Janette  30.IV.2013)

(Archangel's Lantern logo © Innominandus 1.VII.2013)

(Archangel's Lantern logo design © Cornelius  23.IX.2017)

(Archangel's Lantern Dragon © Alemsahim DepravARTS 10.IX.2019)

(Archangel's Lantern photo of Angels  © Adam 06.I.2021)

2021. december 5., vasárnap

Roel van Reijmersdal of Vic Records

 Interview with Roel van Reijmersdal 

of Vic Records 

Sadistik Witchfukk webzine, 4.VI.2013

(Questions compiled Sorin Necrotrooper and Georgius)

Hail Roel of Vic Records! Please tell the readers about the beginnings of your awesome label.

- Hail brother! Well, it all started when I did Mortician Mag in the early 90's...Interviewed many bands, we wrote tons of reviews, etc.....One of those bands was Katatonia and they asked me if I knew a label to release their demo on CD. So I said: give me a week and I will try to do it myself. I borrowed some money, found a pressing plant, and released the demo on CD, Vic001 it was...

Your first release is Katatonia's 1992 demo "Jhva Elohim Meth". Why has been a band from Sweden and not from the Netherlands?

- Yep, well, I was totally into Swedish Death metal, went to Stockholm each summer to meet my friends in Entombed, Therion, Carbonized, Afflicted etc etc..So it was obvious a Swedish band would be number 1:)  Haha, no, it wasn't intentioanlly a Swedish one....Of course I knew many great Dutch death metal bands.. Went watching Sinister, Gorefest ect in their demos days each weekend...But somehow my first 4 releases were Swedish. Trying to cacth up Ducth releases now with Weapons to Hunt, Polluted Inheritance, The Gatherng, Phlebotomized, Swazafix ect, haha. And more to come, like Obtruncation (re-issue of the debut and a brand new one!!), Eternal Solstice debut re-issue,and some more!!

When did you start, what genres did you want to focus on?

- I was deeply into Death metal in the end of the 80's / early 90's...But it wasn't necessarily to release death metal only.. The scene was fresh and exciting back then.... New subgenres coming up like Gothenburg sound, black metal and all sort of mixes..... Early Katatonia wasn't Death metal, nor Black metal, nor Doom, a perfect blend of it al, right?! I was into extreme underground metal, not a particular style. Always loved Iron Maiden as well of course....

Please share some infos about your artists and latest releases. 

- Latest releases are the Johansson & Speckmann 'Sulphur Skies 'album, 2 death metal cult figures joined forces. The unrelased Master album 'Unknown Soldier, from 1985. Swazafix featuring Theo Loomans (RIP!), Phlebotomized demo and mini on 1 album. Upcoming reelease will be the Grai debut album release (now available outside of Russia for the first time, plus bonus video), and some realy exciting things coming up featuring Dutch death metal veterans... Can't say much yet, but keep an eye on our website/facebook page for more news! You will love it, I am sure about that, haha

(Asphyx-card from my personal collection ('God Cries' line up) 
with Bob Bagchus' signature, R.I.P., Theo Loomans -G)

What is your opinion about music industry today and free downloading?

- Illegal (I call it illegal instead of free:) kills our business. Illegal downloading 'fans 'dont realize  someone has to pay for recordings, mix, mastering, artwork ect BEFORE it could be downloaded....AND by downloading illegally, no one can recoupe their costs, nor make any cash. Needless to say, you cant earn any money to invest in the next release...But hey, its like that..Internet has many positive sides, and some negative. When you check out your bands illegally / for free on the internet and whe you like it you pay for it, OK to me:) Cant change it...So its a fact we have to deal with...

Would you be so kind to recommend us some Dutch bands?

- Of couse, haha... First of all the bands we all know: Sinister, Asphyx, Thanatos, Hail of Bullets, Bodyfarm, Houwitser....Phlebotomized will do some live shows and might return, Weapons to Hunt did a nice abum;). Pentacle is great and are still around. And the early 90's we had MANY great bands like Polluted Inheritance, Swazafix, Bluuurgh, Dissect, Mourning, Eternal Solstice, Threnody, Burial, Judgement Day, Dead End ect etc...And as said, Obtruncation will do a new album soon! Do you know their demo 2 from 1992? One of the most heavy, brutal intense Deathmetal ever emerged from the Netherlands!!!!!

Were you in contact with bands from Hungary, Ukraine, Romania or Moldova?

- YES! We have released several Hungarian bands, Sin of Kain, Archaic, Bornholm and Sear Bliss. András from Sear Bliss is a long time friend. No releases from the other areas you mentioned. Ukraine has a great scene though!

(Sear Bliss and Domhring, Debrecen/Hungary, 8.XI.2008)

(Bornholm and Domhring, Debrecen/Hungary, 18.IV. 2009)

What are your favourite releases from last year (including Vic Records ones)?

- Listening to Bodyfarm a lot these days, great album on a great label. All Asphyx works are great, Johansson & Speckmann is a real great old school album (out in June)...Also in a Greek metal trip these days, old Rotting Christ, Varathron, Necromantia and Thou Art Lord are extremely great!

Could you recommend us some foods, drinks from The Netherland, especially from your area?

- Not sure if my area, Utrecht, has any specialities actually... Good piece of meat will do it for me! As for drink, we have some nice beers, but the Belgium ones reign supreme of course...

Apart working at Vic Records do you have another job and any hobbies apart music?

- Vic Records is my full time job. Luckily my wife works too:). Not in the music business of course, haha... Music is also my main hobby....Also can enjoy sports, football especially...

Have you organized any concerts?

- Nope:) Running the label, meaning releasing music and all it takes all my time...

What can you tell about your future plans?

- Some Dutch underground pearls re-issues of course! Also some great German re-issues are coming up: Torchure and Ashorted Heap!! Remember those bands?

Bedankt/Thanks for the interview. The last (blasphemic) words are yours!

- THANK you, Georg! Keep on supporting metal! Much appreciated!

Also, if you need any help for your band, the label can be contacted here:

my Hungarian review with English Brief sum of Black Shepherd: 'United Evil Forces', 7.X.2019:

Sascha Knust (Obscenity)

 Interview with Sascha Knust of Obscenity  

Sadistik Witchfukk webzine, 

24th of March, 2013

(Questions compiled Sorin Necrotrooper and Georgius)

Obscenity, from left to right: Sascha Knust(drums), Christoph Weerts(guitar), Jörg Pirch(bass), Hendrik Bruns(guitar), Jeff Rudes(vocals)

Hail Sascha! Welcome to the zine. Because this is the first interview with you, tell us about all the bands you've played in!

- Hi. I started with Obscenity in 1989, and after I've left the the Band in 2000, I played in the band called "The Now Noise" as a session drummer. Later I played in two bands: the first one is called "The Awakening" and the other called "Sethnefer"! The Awakening was another session project, but Sethnefer is the band I played in from 2001 to 2009. In 2011 I returned to Obscenity and I will never leave again!!!!

How did you get interested in rock/metal music, and what were your influences back in 1989?

- The big brother of a friend was a metalhead back in 1982, and he taped me all that cool old-school metal stuff like Accept, Kiss, Maiden, Metallica...etc. Later when the metal got harder, my top bands at that time were Slayer, Kreator, Testament, Exodus !!!
The biggest influence was the record "Beneath the Remains" from Sepultura....still love it.

Obscenity started in 1989. Were there another names for the band back then?

- Yes, we had names like Triangle and Artificial Intelligence in the Mid 80's. But we changed the name in Obscenity when we got the date for studio to record our first demo that was later called "Age of Brutality". I came up with the idea and draw the first logo.

(my Obscenity-sticker, what sent me Henne of Obscenity in 2012-G)

You played old-school Death metal on every release. What do you think of melo-death bands or tech-death bands who tried to go mainstream?

- I like bands like Monstrosity or Malevolent Creation for example, with a great combination of everything! We don`t care about mainstream and stuff like that, because the music we play is far away from mainstream and I don`t give a fuck about metalcore or this frognoise death metal so many bands play.

For us one of best Death metal releases of 2012 is your album, "Atrophied in Anguish". How was its reception in the metal press?

- Thanx a lot! It looks like the press loves our release!!! All the zines wrote good things about the recording and gave fantastic notes!!! It`s a good feeling, because we worked hard on it to make a recording that really kicks ass!

(my Obscenity CD '"Atrophied in Anguish" and a kind dedication from Henne/Hendrik Bruns) 

We checked out on YouTube some videos about Your shows last year. Would you be so kind to tell us about live-activity?

- We played some great shows last Year and we will do the Same this Year!! On may 25 we kill the Extremefest & on July 27 we'll play Stonehenge Festival in the Netherlands.
But these are only the bigger shows. We have a lot single gigs within Germany also.
But we´re in song-writing mode at this time and you all know both activities are very hard to handle at the same time.

You were signed to the German label Apostasy Records. Share with us please some informations about this label.

- The label is a very new one, existing sice a one year. Tomasz, the owner, is a well known booker in his past years and we played a few shows for him. He came up one day and asked about interest in his new label. At this time we had the demo recordings for “Atrophied” and send them to a couple of labels around. Some of them were very interested but our decision was Apostasy because our homebase is quite near to the labelbase.

You made an excellent old-school clip to the track "From Heroic to Depraved". Enlight us please about clip-making process.

- A good friend of us is a photographer and camera operator, and he filmed us in our headquarter during Our rehearsals! He thought it was funny to make a Video from this shoot and I think he made a good Job! We will do a video with him again!!!

What other German metal bands can you recommend us?

- Wow, there are so many great bands in Germany like Blackshore !!!
We have played a few shows with the guys. These guys rocks. Black metal mixed with rock! But of course, we recommend all of our label-mates from Apostasy. Hey, and not to forget Tombthroat. We had a show with them a couple of months ago and had to talked with the guys.Cool ones! Especially Björn Köppler (also known as "Mladie"), he is very involved in the metal scene.

Your 10 all-time favourite albums are?

1.Kiss - Creatures of the Night
2.Motörhead - Overkill
3.Sepultura - Beneath the Remains
4.Monstrosity - In Dark Purity
5.Malevolent Creation - In Cold Blood
6.Judas Priest - Unleashed in the East
7.Terrorizer - World Downfall
8.Deicide - Legion
9.Testament - Demonic
10.Carcass - Heartwork

What bands from Hungary, Ukraine and Romania do you know?

- Hmmm... this is a very unknown scene here in Germany. And I am very sad to say this. But most of the bands we know here are from US , Sweden and Germany. But hey. One name I will remember is Castrum! I think they are from Ukraine, isn´t it?

(Cornelius of Castrum and me, supporting Obscenity, 2.XI.2017)

Could you please recommend to the readers some German food and drinks?(especially from Your region)

- Grünkohl mit Kassler und Pinkel This is kinda cooked green cabbage served with a special sausage. This is very well known in this region.

Do you have any special hobbies?

- The music is my hobby, because we are all hard working guys in our band, so I spend my free days with playing Drums !!! The other guys have hobbies like going fishing or martial arts. But the same hobby we have is doing metal!

Share the readers your plans for this year (new tracks, festivals, or a DVD).

- Henne & Chris are working on songs for a new CD, and in the near future there will be a new video.

Danke schön, Sascha! Your message to old-school Death metallers….

- Thank you guys for having some time on us and stay Obscene!!!


2021. november 28., vasárnap

Morgon (15.XII.2009)

 Interview with Morgon (15.XII.2009)

(Questions compiled by Kate Szíjártó (1987-2010 R.I.P.) 

and Georgius)

Ave! Please, tell me something about the beginning, what does MORGON stand for and how did the name come to your mind?

Haglaz: Ave Georgius! MORGON started as a two man project in the winter months of 2007. Me and Nordah were influenced by Black/Death Metal bands like DISSECTION, GATES OF IHSTAR and so on... We started to create songs already, but we needed a drummer & bassist to complete the whole thing and in 2008 everything turns fine as Grym (drums) and Urisaz (bass) joined the band. MORGON is a fictional name, but it stands for a black burning flame that everyone of MORGON bears inside.

In your letters you wrote that your debut album "Infinitas" will be released in January, 2010. Tell me please about your work on it and is there any concept behind "Infinitas"?

H: We started to write the material for "Infinitas" in the middle of 2009. It will contain 6 songs of blackened death metal and an acoustic track. There isn't a real concept for "Infinitas", but the songs are connected in another way, basically the songs are about the eternal realm of death, the gates of eternity. We hope to release it at the beginning of 2010 when nothing cross its way...

Germany is famous for great Death/Thrash/Black metal bands. You are from Sachsen-Anhalt. Could you please tell me about the local metal scene?

Grym: I think we have no real "metal scene" here, but there are some cool bands from this area like HIDDEN IN THE FOG (which unfortunately split-up), TRIMONIUM and INTO OBSCURITY. For sure there are also a couple of Pagan/Black Metal bands, but I personally find that none of them can convince.

H: We have a small "scene" around our bands from this region, but it's very underground. Bring back the 80ies!!!

I would like to know something about your live-shows, what bands did you play with and were there any exciting things during or after gigs? 

H: We played just one show this year, but it was very special and a great audience. The feedback was very good and we'll go on in 2010! You can watch a video from this show at our MySpace site (myspace.com/morgon666). After the show we have some beer and talk to our fans...

Besides playing in MORGON what do you do, what are you interested in?

G: I am a moviemaniac, I collect and watch many movies. But I also like to draw some artworks or wander through the woods.

H: I also play in a Melodic Death Metal band called INTO OBSCURITY and some other music projects.

What are your 5 favourite albums?

G: DISSECTION – "Storm Of The Light's Bane", EMPEROR – "Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk", BATHORY – "Under The Sign Of The Black Mark", GATES OF ISHTAR – "The Dawn Of Flames", MAYHEM – "De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas".

H: DISSECTION – "The Somberlain", MEMBARIS – "Into Nevermore", HIDDEN IN THE FOG – "Damokles", BATHORY – "Bathory", UNANIMATED – "Ancient God of Evil".

What Ukrainian and Hungarian metal bands you know?

G: Beside CASTRUM and DOMHRING, we also know Attila Csihar's band TORMENTOR; great typical old school Black metal.

H: Fuck yeah! TORMENTOR! Unholy Metal from Hungary... love it.

I'm very sorry that in 2006 Jon Nödtveidt committed suicide, however, I respect his decision. What is your opinion about Jon as a person and musician?

G: I did not meet Jon personally or saw DISSECTION live, but for me he was one of the most important musicians for the whole Death/Black Metal scene. I read much about him and his death, and I think his "work" was done. He personally accented that "everything was said" with DISSECTION as his speaking tube. His achievement is immortal.

H: Jon was definitely a genius musician! His music was full of atmosphere and dark spirit... just a few people have a level to create music like him. I saw DISSECTION live in 2005 and it was a great pleasure to see them live before he committed suicide. He has my deepest respect. Rest in Chaos Jon!

Personally, I found new GORGOROTH album one of the best releases of 2009, besides Tomas Asklund, formerly DISSECTION's drummer, took part in "Quantos Possunt Ad Satanitatem Trahunt". What do you think of the album itself?

G: Yeah, definitely one of the best releases in 2009. It is a good mix between aggression and melody, the riffs are catchy and the scornful voice of Pest is fucking great!

H: It seems that GORGOROTH is born again... in a positive way! Killer album and truly one of the best releases in 2009!

What are your plans for the future? I hope one day we'll play together!

G: We really hope so, that would be cool!

H: We rehearse new songs and prepare for the recording of "Infinitas" and, of course, we hope to play some shows in 2010! That would be great to play with your band and I hope it will happen soon...

Danke Sehr! As a conclusion, would you like to say something to the readers of Encomium?

H: Hail to all the Metalheads and check out our new CD! Keep the flame burning!

G: Stay Metal and Hail Chaos!


Interview with Morgon (H, G and N) 
in Sadistik Witchfukk webzine 
(21th of February, 2013) 

Salve, Morgon! Enlighten the readers about the beginning of your horde and tell us about the Morgon name!

H: The Band was formed in the Winter Months of 2007 by me and Nordah. Our goal was to create very dark and intense music with the roots of occult Magick. It has begun as a two-man-project and became a full band in 2008 as Ghrym (Drums) and Urisaz (Bassguitar) joined the Abyss. We chose the Name ‘Morgon’ basically as a fictional name, but it also means ‘Dark Mountain’ in some French region. For us, Morgon is a symbol and a tool for representing the individual dark spirit (The Black Flame) and stands for the thought of illumination and liberation of the self. 

I have Your 2 materials (very thankful for that), "Infinitas" and Your last one "Saint of Death". Your first release as EP, second as a demo, but for me your last one is a EP too. Relate us about recording process of these (lyrical concepts too).

H: Our latest release ‘Saint Of Death’ was recorded by myself in our rehearsal place/Necrosophic Studios after the summer solstice of 2011 in a very ambiental and creative mood. So we all had the time that we needed to record the new material. You can call it Demo/EP or whatever, but because of the playing time we decided to call it a demo with 5 tracks. It is a concept record dedicated to Master Qayin, the Lord of Death. The music and lyrics it represents are all inspired by ritualistic words of the qayinitic lore.

(Saint of Death demo +Morgon-pin)

I heard Your rehearsal materials firstly on myspace in Summer 2009 and I was surprised about Your raw and powerful energy. Recount us about your inspiration or inspirations, please!

G.: As religious individuals, we draw inspiration from our personal studies and experiences on  our path - the path on the left (LHP). We dedicate ourselves to the infinite, dark and clear essence of Chaos (the primeval source, the origin and the end of all) and the related deities with the final aim of liberation.

I know you are from Sachen-Anhalt region.  Introduce us in Your local scene!

H: In the 90's there was a small group of metalheads here, but nowadays they all disappeared in some bigger cities or just listen to fuckin` metalcore, you know… If you like, check my other band ‘Into Obscurity’ http://www.into-obscurity.de/, kind of Melodic Death Metal from the old days.

G.: I don´t think there is any kind of “scene”; it´s only a small region. The only two nameable bands are "Into Obscurity" and "Trimonium".

I still believe that our common inspiration, Jon Andreas Nödtveidt (R.I.C.) connected me with you in 2009. Your thoughts about Him...

H: Strength, will, fearless and now one with Chaos, a Fireborn-Satanist. Still a great inspiration for me as a person and musically of course.

G.: Jon was definitely a very interesting, strong person. But I wouldn´t describe him as an inspiration. Everyone has to cut and explore his own way on the path he had chosen. Nevertheless he was a great visionary, a talented musician and a kindred spirit.

How was the situation with Your live performances last year?

G.: Beside some "usual" club gigs we had the great honour to perform a live ritual with The Devil´s Blood in Leipzig last year. This was an interesting experience and the most nameable event.

N.: For me it is always satisfying to perform live. During a live ritual it sometimes seems that people can feel a kind of "inner disturbance" which they can´t escape of. It´s a great feeling to see the flames rising in their eyes.

Which covers did you played in your past in live-show and which will you plan?

H: We played a cover from Bathory ‘Raise The Dead’ and Tormentor ‘Elizabeth..’ which perfectly fits in our set. I think we`ll always play one or more covers at the shows, you`ll see.

You are working with recordings for the forthcoming Morgon album, Your debut LP now. How many tracks do You plan to record and when it will be published? What are Your plans after the recordings?

H: At the moment we`re recording our debut LP which contains 11 tracks and will be released in Summer. After the recordings we will do some promotional stuff, hopefully with a label as support.

What are your favourite 5 LP's, movies and all-time favourite books?

G: I can´t name „all time favourites“ because it changes constantly. It also depends on the occasion. At the moment I´m fascinated about "Þurseitr", a ritualistic dark ambient project by a friend of mine from Scotland. I use it for my seta´s (a kind of meditation).

N: Favourite movies of all time? Difficult to say, because I´m not a great movie fan. But I like the work of Anthony Hopkins as actor and composer, for example in the masterpiece "The Waltz Goes On".

Germany is not only famous as a great historical, cultural heritage... You have more and more great bands, in past and now too... What are your favourite German bands or musicians from your excellent scene? What do you think about the band Erazor?

G.: Sodom, Thulcandra and Nawaharjan, the band of a spiritual brother. I don´t know Erazor.

H: Poison, Abigor, Hidden in the Fog.

What is your opinion about the last Gorgoroth releases, as "Quantos Possunt", "Satanitatem Trahunt", and a new one, re-release album, "Under a Sign of Hell"? More metalheads said that the re-released "Under the Sign of Hell" is too clear. For me it is ok, because I like all the drum parts of Tomas Asklund in all His bands. 

H: The old, raw, crushing Gorgoroth sound is gone but ‘Quantos Possunt…’ is a good "rebirth" album.

G.: I like the new records, I don´t think that the clear sound is a disadvantage.
Additionally, Tomas Asklund´s drum parts are always impressive, very strong and precise.

I hope I'll visit your great country in the near future, because I've never been in Deutschland and I want to see your mystic landscapes, for example Harz. Are you inspired by your nature?

G.: Yes, it can be said that the Harz is also an influence for us because it is a dark, magical place where many legends were created. The Brocken (Blocksberg) mountain is famous for the traditional "Walpurgisnacht" (Walpurgisnight), which is known as the “feast of the witches”. It is my favourite place for magical workings and we´re often going there.

What do you recommend us, the readers, to eat and drink in Germany? (local foods and drinks)

H: The German famous beer of course and Absinth from our local distillery and maybe some Roulades to eat...

Danke sehr, Morgon! We hope to see you at your live shows soon! Your message to the readers...

N: Maybe there is an opportunity to play in your country as a part of a small tour with a local band next year. Thanks for the interest and stay tuned for further news.

German Death/Black metal horde was formed in 2007 by H. (guitar/vocals) and N. (guitar/backing vocals). G. (drums) and U. (bass) joined them in 2008. It was 5 years ago, when I listened to Morgon for the first time on Myspace and noticed their talent immediately. After the demo ”Formless Divine” (2009) the guys released an excellent EP, ”Infinitas” in 2010 and an awesome demo, ”Saint Of Death” in 2011 (in my humble opinion ”Saint Of Death” more than demo because the sound’s quality is simply brilliant). Morgon recorded their first full-length album, ”Black Light Of Liberation” last year and it contains 9 Songs of dedicated Occult Art. Obscure journey by German quartette starts with a ritualistic track, called ”Unveil The Gates Of Choronzon” splendidly introduced the whole atmosphere of ”Black Light Of Liberation”. Morgon-guys created a very diversified album, they masterfully mixed massive, brutal parts with occult harmonies and the sound’s quality is perfect just like musical ability of German band. 

My favourite songs: ”Luciferian Trident”, “The Awakening Of The Firebeast” and ”Goddess Of The Blackmoon”.

I would recommend this unique album to all the fanatics of Dissection and Unanimated and I hope I’ll see Morgon live on the stages soon. 

Morgon: "Black Light Of Liberation" is planned to be released during March/April via Obscure Abhorrence Productions. 

(review written by Georgius)



2021. november 18., csütörtök

Schmerz/Ricardo Gelok

 Interview with Schmerz/Ricardo Gelok 

(Non Serviam Records, Winter Of Sin, 

Steel Shock, Embraced By Darkness)

Hail Schmerz, you are very welcome to my small inferno Archangel’s Lantern. Introduce your awesome label Non Serviam Records in short please. (Tell us about the beginnings and about releases as well)

Hello, thank you. I have started the label in 2008 I think. It started as an online store, and quite soon I felt the urge to release music of bands i like as well. So i’ve contacted some bands I know, who might be interested in doing release at my label. The band Grief of Emerald was interested in working with me, and so I had a record label with a first release.

When Grief of Emerald “The Devils Deep” was released, other bands started to send promo’s and quite quick we did more releases. 

These days we have already released a lot of albums,  and since a few years we are working with Season of Mist for the distribution of all our releases in Europe and the norther part of America. Of course fans can buy also directly from our webshop. We have next to our own releases also a mailorder of other releases. (we ship Worldwide.)

I’m so thankful for the awesome Trident:’North’ digipack CD you sent me this year. I must say that it’s just a brilliant album and it was my favorite release of 2020. How did you meet Johan Norman and Trident? 

I’m happy you like it. I am also really happy with this album. Trident is a great band, and they create really good music. So I was honored when Johan asked me if I wanted to release the album.

Me and Johan are friends for a long time, we did some shows together with Trident and my band (Embraced by Darkness). Due to this friendship we were already working together for Trident, me helping with their social media pages and with some live shows.

(Trident 'North' digipack CD, what sent me Ricardo of Non Serviam Records in January this year - GF)

Johan Norman is One of my favorite Swedish guitarists long time ago. What are your preferred albums/tracks of his past bands, namely Satanized, Decameron, Dissection, Soulreaper and last but not least Trident? 

- Yeah, Johan is a skilled musician and het knows how to write good music. One of my all time favorite albums he was involved in is “Dissection - Storm of the Light’s Bane” .

When you listen to Soulreaper, you can hear already the style of Trident. Actually, I have followed Johan his musical career from the early days.

As I told you earlier, Grief of Emerald was my first release, and it’s no coincident that Johnny Letho (singer Grief of Emerald) was also in Decameron.

The Swedish Black metal scene from the “90 of the Göteborg area were musicians that worked alongside each other and shared some band members. 

Decameron “My Shadow...” is also a hidden gem. We are thinking of doing a re-release of this album.

One of my favorite songs of the Trident - North album is “Summoning”. 

You are involved in two bands if I’m not mistaken: Winter of Sin since 2000 as a guitarist/vocalist and Steel Shock as a guitarist. Would you be so kind to talk about these bands? 

Well I am involved in more bands. In 1998 i started Winter of Sin, we released several albums, and after the last album “Violence Reigns Supreme” the band was put on ice. But since last week were have resurrected the band again. We are working on a new album, I hope we can visit Sweden to record the album at Armageddon Recording studio. This is the studio of Anders Backelin (Bassist Trident and ex-Lord Belial).

Around 2014 some (ex)members of Winter of Sin started a new band called Embraced By Darkness. (Melodic Black Metal) We have recorded a 4 track promo that we will send out to several labels. 

Since 2020 I’m in a Heavy Metal band called Steel Shock. I started is the band as live guitarist, but now I am a full member. We are working on the 3rd album of the band. When all the songs are written for this new album we will enter the studio and then search for a label that want to release it.

Me and “Schrat” (the other guitarist of Winter of Sin/Embraced by Darkness) also have an Atmospheric Doom project called “Finsternis”. We both are huge fan of the Doom style, so back in 2008 we decided to start this project as well. We never recorded/released any of the songs...maybe we should do it hahaha.

(Winter of Sin during the "Violence Reigns Supreme" photoshoot 
with Henri and Michiel, of God Dethroned in the band.)

When and how did you enjoy underground? What was your very first live show you visited back in the day? Which releases (tapes/LPs) you bought at first?

- I think at the age of 12 I started to listen to metal music. And soon after I started my first band...I think it was called “Eternal Death” It was Death Metal with some melodic elements in it.

When we were young tape-trading was quite popular, when i got my allowance I started to buy stuff, like vinyls and cds. I also bought back then (end “80) my first guitar and amp. The first vinyl I bought was Death - Scream Bloody Gore, when i bough my new stereo-set with a CD play the first CD I bought was Death - Spiritual Healing.

Which guitarists and vocalists inspired you in the past? Do you have favorite ones nowadays? 

In the beginning I was inspired by the first wave of Death Metal, bands such as Morbid Angel, Death, Massacre, Brutality etc....the Florida Death Metal wave so to say. (I was never inspired by bands such as Slayer, Metallica etc.) 

Singers from that era I liked were: Dave Vincent, Scott Reigel, Chuck Schuldiner etc.

When early “90 the Scandinavian Black Metal wave came bands as Satyricon, Enslaved, Emperor, Lord Belial, Dissection and a lot more became a huge part of my life. The sound and songwriting were even more of my liking. And I still enjoy listening to those albums. 

I am so happy I was in the middle of it, when the Death Metal wave, and later the Black Metal wave conquering  the Earth. (the best of 2 worlds)

Enlighten us please about your past activity with bands as Gheestenland, Finsternis, Hagel, Krematorium IV and Windsmear.

- Gheestenland was a Black Metal band from my area where I played guitars. We released some albums and did quite some shows. I don’t think the band exists anymore. I left the band year ago.

Finsternis is as I said still active. I hope to do some releases with this project.

Hagal is a project of mine where I’m putting in ideas that are not suitable with the other bands. It’s not active, but also not dead...maybe I will release something of it, who knows hahaha.

Krematorium IV was an project of me and “Schrat” not sure if that’s alive anymore. “Schrat” had songs written...but it’s on ice so quite some time, so I think it’s dead.

Windsmear was a local bad with friends where I was playing on drums. I think the last time we were making music was 15 year ago. It was fun to do this, but since the bass player now lives in London I don’t think we will be rehearsing soon again hahaha. But when he wants to start playing again, I am ready. I have a rehearsal room at my house.

What is your opinion about Johan’s brother, Pontus’ Black metal horde CON? 

- I like the music of CON, it’s a pity the band is unknown. Well maybe if they release a new album I could be of any help...who knows. If you listen to the music you can hear the influences of Johan in it.

Apart from the music do you have any special hobbies? 

- Music consumes a lot of my time, the label and next to that the bands. But when I have spare time I like to hang out with friends and of course spending time with my family.  
I sometimes play games on the PlayStation, but I have to admit I haven’t touched it in a while hahaha.
I also like to collect CDs and merchandise....of and guitars as well. The collection is quite big, but there is always space for more haha.

I’ve noticed that through your label was released Temple:’Structures of Chaos’ (what is a brilliant Death metal LP for me) and you made the cover design and layout. What are your favorite tracks of that excellent album? 

- Yeah, I like to do stuff as that as well. I like to play with Photo-shop and try to create something nice (when needed of course)
My favorite track of that album is “Rituals of Marduk”...but the album has more great songs. But this is the first song that come in mind.

As far as I know you are from a very nice Dutch city Appingedam. What interesting places are your recommendations to visit me? What’s about local cuisine? 

- That’s correct, Appingedam is a small city in the northern part of the Netherlands.
It’s a medieval city center with canals through it, and there are some houses with so called “hanging kitchens” it is an extension of the house that is located on the outside of the house above the water of the canals.

The local cuisine is not that special, but the city has it own beer called “Floem” .
Of course we have several restaurants and pubs. So if you like an old city that’s near the sea you should visit Appingedam.

Dank je wel/thanks a lot Schmerz! Send your message to the readers in the end, please.

- Thank you for this interview!

A message to the metalheads out there:

Support the small/unknown bands as well...(every major band once started as local band). 
Also support bands and labels by buying physical music and merchandise. This is the way we can keep the scene alive.

Important links: 

2021. november 17., szerda

Pedro Anthares (Jumalation)

 Interview with Pedro Anthares (Jumalation)

Questions compiled by Jukka Räyskä Räsänen, 

November 2021  

How and when did your start your Thrash metal horde? 

- Somewhere in the late 90`s, we wanted to play Thrash metal. We had just one time changes in our line-up: the drummer has to be replaced because of his health problems; Thrash metal is a brutal game!

How would you describe your music? 

- Metal, metal and metal... 

What kind of music you´re listening to and where you´ve been inspired from? 

- We listen to all the old school Thrash metal bands, fuck to modern shitty bands! We are playing with punk attitude,  just because we´re not perfect musicians.

What is the situation with live shows? 

- We´ve done some gigs, a few of them went better and few others were worse... but for us it´s not so important because we are playing just for fun! Some people like us and someones don´t really.

What is the meaning of your bandname means? 

- Jumaleisson , Jumalaton, Godless ..just fooling around with words. 

What your horde are doing if you have free time? 

- We are going to work, drinking alcohol, playing cards. Everyone of us also involved in other bands and some members are have families. This band is just a hobby. 

Who is the main song and lyric writer?  What should we know about your lyrics? 

- About lyircs: antichristian-stuff , drinking alcohol, hangovers and everything weird. I usually write the riffs for songs and sometimes we create them together, the lyrics are our common work.

Is there any plans to release a new material in the near future? 

- 6 new songs have been recorded and mixed in the last year but I better do not promise anything. Let's see when we will be ready for a new release...

Country of origin: Finland 
Location: Helsinki, Uusimaa/Lahti, Päijät-Häme/Riihimäki, Kanta-Häme  Formed in: 2004 
Genre: Thrash Metal 
Lyrical themes: Horror, Lizards of the Night, Madness, Terror, War. 
Current label: Metal Warning Years 
1997-2004 (as Pedro Anthares Group) 

2021. november 16., kedd

Gunther Theys (Ancient Rites)

 Interview with Gunther Theys of Ancient Rites

(Questions compiled Sorin Necrotrooper and Georgius, 

the conversation was published originally on Sadistik Witchfukk, 1st of March, 2013)

G: Ave prospective Pope Guntherius I.! I know you've removed this request but if you would be elected, which will be your first orders in Vatican?

- Haha imagine: Pope Guntherius I. My first request would be rather selfish. To open the Vatican library and enter the section with ancient “forbidden” books. I would gather scholars who have a great knowledge of ancient Greek and Latin and other old tongues for translation and dive into the hidden treasures. Probably this would immediately lead to discussions within the Vatican to replace me as this interest would reveal I am not the Pope they had in mind. Perhaps I should play it more clever and less obvious in order to win enough time in the library ;-)   

We hope you will record a new Ancient Rites album as soon as possible and crush the European scenes. Please tell us about your future plans!

- We are working on new material and matters are progressing. We did receive interesting offers from record companies but it is too soon to tell when or on which label the new record will be released or where it will be recorded…The music industry has changed a lot over the past years, studio budgets are limited as cd sales are crashing due to downloading. I have no problem with people downloading but reality is that labels do not dare to take risks anymore with underground bands. Also I am rather old school, I still prefer to hold the original album in my hands but in general the mentality has changed. Bands finance themselves mostly by selling shirts nowadays and many pay for the own recordings etc We will see what the future will bring,  as soon as we have enough material to record a new album we will look deeper into the matter…  

Back in time a little bit. You played during the late 70’s-early ’80’s in a lot of bands, would you be so kind shortly to share some info about that period? 

- In the late 70’s I formed a Punk band named Addix in which I did vocals and bass. Our style was ’77 style Punk-rock but lyrically we differed from most bands in the style as the lyrics I wrote were misanthropic. In the early 80’s I played bass for bands such as Subversion (Discharge style) and Capital Scum (old school Hardcore). I formed my first Metal band in the early 80’s. Style was Black Metal with Speed/Thrash influences. We had names such as Necrophilia but it was impossible to find gigs or a decent line up. The style was not as “popular” as it is nowadays. Mid 80’s I joined a band named Nuclear Domination (Crossover) until I formed Ancient Rites around 1988. The rest is history…When I look back it is strange to see that several of the musicians I worked with died very young due to car accidents or suicide. Tragic. Also two of the founding Ancient Rites members died soon after the release of our debut demo “Dark Ritual”…I was looking at a picture of the 2nd A.R. gig recently and I realized I am on the photo surrounded with “dead” people: two band members but also an old friend of mine, a first hour fan who was in front of the stage on that photo. It is strange…Life can be hard. Past two weeks two friends of mine died, one had a heart attack, another one a brain stroke. I have been in and out of hospital myself a lot recently, operations and such but somehow I always pull through. I try to enjoy every minute on this earth, no time to sit down and complain or feel sorry for oneself.  

G: For me Ancient Rites is a very unique band and to be honest you inspired me to write historical lyrics for my first band, Castrum and later to Domhring. Where do you take historical themes from? What is Your favourite historical era and why? What is your much-loved Ancient Rites album and song?

- Thanks for the compliment, much appreciated :) I take my inspiration from historical literature, travels to historical locations, museums etc. My first love as a child were the Ancient times. Ancient Rome, Gallia, Germania etc and World War II. I also developed an interest for the middle-ages as a kid. As time passed by my interests grew wider and wider. At this moment for instance I am reading about the Nordic Renaissance in the Lowlands and explore the 16th century writings of Erasmus, Pieter Gillis, Nicolas Cleynardus (who was born in my hometown, I have an authentic 16th century work of this scholar in my collection). But I “cross read”, at the same time I’m studying about the American Civil War, dive into eye witness accounts of World War I, read diaries of Flemish soldiers serving in Napoleon’s cavalry, Stanley exploring the Congo etc. The Victorian era I find fascinating but also prehistoric times or ancient cults or philosophy, also explorers from the Viking age to the Portuguese/Spanish conquistadors etc My interests are very wide, I love to “jump” from century to century, endless worlds to be discovered constantly… I have no particular fave A.R. album or song because they all are like my children to me :)    

(I've got an awesome package from Erik Sprooten with dedicated Ancient Rites CD 'Fatherland', 10.I.2017-G)

Sorin: What bands influenced you during the Ancient Rites era?

- We weren’t influenced by any particular bands because we felt it was/is important to achieve an own identity. This happened in a natural way actually because keep in mind we listened to old Hard rock, lived the birth of NWOBHM, saw the beginning of Black Metal, the rise of Thrash, Doom, Speed Metal etc . I think we were subconsciously influenced by several genres we had experienced over the years and tried to do our own thing which resulted in an own identity… 

Sorin: We all know in 1998 you went into a musical direction. Why did you decided to do that? Were you "bored" of traditional Black metal?

- Not at all. We never sat down to plan our sound, it was a natural evolution of musical progress without looking down on the tradition. Also we started working with classical and progressive musicians who produced our albums. In order to create an epic feel fitting to the often historical concept of the lyrics we felt it was an interesting move to experiment with classical music, to achieve a “filmic” atmosphere without however betraying the essence of our sound. Personally I would like to record another “primitive” album too. The “essence” of A.R. remains the same, we don’t mind using different “dialects” of the style. When one thinks of it: each A.R. release sounds different, still each release undeniably sounds like Ancient Rites.

G: You played/play also in bands Iron Clad and Lion’s Pride. Do you have any plans to release new albums with them in the near future?

- Only a few days ago the new Lion’s Pride release reached my address. The first prints for the band members. It was a long wait. Soon it  will be on the market. It is a double release containing old and brand new tracks on CD and a bonus DVD with old and new clips. It is a nice luxury edition with gatefold cover and booklet.  As far as Iron Clad is concerned there are no plans for a new album.  

Ancient Rites gave a lot of concerts in Europe through the years. Share us, please, some funny stores.

- Too many stories to tell J. Ok one story: we toured England with At The Gates but got ripped off by the tour promoter who didn’t pay the tour bus agency. The label of At The Gates promised the tour agency to pay for the transport home of their band but our label didn’t help. We were kicked out of the bus and stranded in England with all our equipment in the middle of winter. We hide from the cold in telephone cells and with our last money we called the London promoter. He paid a train ticket and we travelled to London with only our guitars to play concerts to earn money to get back home again J. Later we had to return to England to retrieve our equipment, clothes and merchandise. A part of our merchandise was stolen. Hard times but I had a lot of laughs, I always keep a positive spirit even in the most difficult times, always helped me to survive…It was hilarious, we started the tour as a big rock band in a very luxury tour bus and returned like beggars who had to sleep in telephone cells without money for food. Lol! 

G: I’m always fascinated when I read your posts about history on the popular social network. How many books do you have in your own collection? Which writers/poets (Flemish too) do you prefer?

- I have been collecting books since my childhood so one can imagine my library is rather big. On top I also collect graphical novels. I lack room. I do not know how many books I have in my collection to be honest. When a topic catches my interest I go to my library and find works on the matter, often books I don’t remember buying. As a collector I buy works that catch my interest but I wait the right moment to read them. I love reading ancient historians and philosophers such as Herodotus, Tacitus, Plutargos, Plato, Marcus Aurelius, Seneca, Julianus Apostata etc. Also theologists of the Renaissance era such as Erasmus, Pieter Gillis,Thomas More, Machiavelli. Writers such as Nietzsche, Lord Byron, Ernst Jünger, Ernest Claes I find inspiring as well. Modern historical novelists such as Steven Pressfield, Ian Pears, Umberto Eco, Gore Vidal, Steven Saylor, Joris Tulkens know how to revive past times in an excellent way. The list is endless. As I speak I hear my library calling my name. It’s an addiction my friend…I often find myself alone in this passion, people often say I don’t live this modern age enough, perhaps they are right but I always had this passion for anything historical even before I could read.    

G: As I’ve noticed you are an admirer of movies too. Are you not angry when do you see in many so-called historical films a lot of non-sensical things? (as unsuitable clothes, weapons, dates etc.) Could You please name 5 of your favorite movies?

- Yes, many Hollywood productions annoy me, especially when they are presented as historical correct and are too far away from historical truth. I realize the masses don’t care for “detail” but Hollywood has large budgets, it wouldn’t harm to at least take in consideration correct dates, the right historical backgrounds, clothes, architecture etc…I saw a “historical” film recently, set in medieval times. Some of the background figures were dressed up and painted like Celts, some of the extras were shouting curses in Polish language while it were supposed to be  English soldiers. In another movie Romans enter the lands of current Scotland and one sees a lady dressed in medieval clothing as if she’s a character from “Braveheart”! Things like this disturb me. As if historical correctness is sacrificed to feed the cliché views of the masses. I still watch and enjoy some of the so called historical films to an extent but there are always those disturbing “details”. Remember how in “Kingdom of Heaven” Saladin puts the cross right on the table as a sign of respect after he has won the war? In reality he had a supposed piece of the holy cross dragged through the streets of Jerusalem for the crowds to desecrate the symbol. Why is history re-written I often wonder? Most cinema viewers will take the misinformation for reality. I think I expect more than just entertainment and that is my “curse”. Productions I did enjoy were the series “Rome” and “The Borgias”. I know there are historical mistakes and liberties taken but the “vibes” of the series are  correct with an eye for the culture, religion and architecture of the eras portrayed. Movies in other genres I love are “M”, “The Third Man”, “The Name of the Rose”, “Picnic at Hanging Rock”, “The Bunker”, “Exorcist”, “The Shining”, “The Birds”, “Citizen Kane”, “Nosferatu”, “Dog Soldiers” to name a few…

G: Could you tell us about your nice Flemish land in short? What places/museums do you recommend to visit to the readers? Which painters/sculptors do you like mostly?

- Flanders is the North, Flemish (Dutch) speaking part of current Belgium. There are many historical locations to visit. Brugge (Bruges) is a nice place to start. I recall American tourists who asked what time the theme park would be closed, they believed the city was a medieval museum J But also Ghent and Antwerp or Leuven are nice places to visit. Even my hometown Diest is as it already was a settlement in prehistoric times. There are many medieval buildings and remains here. Those interested in ancient history should visit Tongeren, it was a big Roman settlement in ancient times and the Gallo-Roman museum is quite interesting. Flemish painters I like are Pieter Breughel, Rubens, Adriaen Brouwer, Teniers…Some Belgian surrealists were not bad either like Delvaux, Magritte. 

Introduce please the Flemish culinary art: which foods and drinks are your recommendations?

- Typical are the fries and mussels. We consume large amounts haha. Also typical are “Witloof” and Brussels Sprouts. And of course we have an enormous beer culture, almost every village has its own types, brands and recipes of beer dating back to medieval times. I do like the abbey beers brewed by monks since the middle-ages. Some of our beers carry interesting names such as Duvel, Lucifer, Satan etc.   

Sorin: What do you think about such bands as Blasphemy, Beherit, Darkthrone, Mutilator, Vulcano, Rotting Christ, Necromantia, Varathron, Salem? What kind of music do you listen to nowadays generally? Are you into such stuff nowadays?

- Great bands. Most I know personally due to the intense merchandise trading/letters exchange and shared underground concerts in the early 90’s. I still listen to the same music I always listened, from classical music to noise, when the music is able to touch a string inside of me I am interested. Be it Wagner or Beherit, Triarii or Ennio Morricone… 

Sorin: You also played two shows in Romania with Necrodeath. What do you remember about our country?

- We toured Romania and played smaller towns as well apart from these 2 dates you mentioned. I met many great people at our shows and I really enjoyed the epic landscapes while travelling through the country. I remember playing a small village and everyone turned up, even people who were not into Metal. Our music has Folk parts and the locals started a group dance so I jumped from the stage and joined in. Nice memories. Highlight for me were the historical locations we visited, castles linked to the history of Vlad Tepes and such. It felt like wandering around on a perfect film-set: full moon, Carpathian mountains and forests, wild rivers and castles in a gloomy architecture style. One can understand the vampire myths when being there, very gloomy and full of atmosphere.    

Dank je wel Gunther! Create, please for the readers of Sadistik Witchfukk a fake history by Gunther and send a message to the fans of Ancient Rites from our land.

- Graag gedaan :) 
A fake history? Ok ;-) Vlad Tepes was feared by his servants. One day he had enjoyed a nice meal but was annoyed by the meat stuck between his teeth. He ordered “tooth picks as sharp one could impale Ottoman invaders”. His servant was hard of hearing, took it literally and the next morning Vlad saw a field of defeated Ottoman armies impaled on huge tooth picks! “Not what I asked for but I can live with this” he said and impaled the servant too ;-) 
Ok, enough nonsense. Thanks to all who supported our work in your beautiful ancient land. Ancient Rites Troopers Never Surrender! 

Additional fake story: "Once upon a time, when owls still could speak, a poor simple man named George went to consult a powerful witch who lived in the Hungarian forest. Rumour had it she was related to Countess Bathory. "I feel miserable" he explained to her. "I have a lot of work but can't concentrate when I have several jobs to do. And I'm always ripped off by my customers, never have the heart to bargain hard. My wife dominates me and her mood changes drive me even more crazy. Don't you have an elixir that can help me with these matters?" The Witch named Pruprunella (for no reason) made poor George drink a mysterious elixir which contained unknown things and lots of chocolate. George felt a certain change. Then he broke into a panic as he was bleeding! "No worries Love" Pruprunella said "That's only your period. Want to join our Witches Coven, Georgette?"

a cartoon of Gunther, 16.XI.2018