Etikett: 2001

Fredags Special#5 – Gammal Skåpmat

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Det har varit lite döfött här på Blashyrkh de senaste veckorna förrutom de två stående punkterna "Veckans Playlist" och "Veckans Gratis" och så kommer det tyvärr att förbli åtminstone den närmsta tiden.

Varför denna torka av läsbart material?

Skulle kunna ge flera orsaker, men i det stora hela så är det universitetet som kommer att svälja den mesta av min tid de kommande tre veckorna. Alla arbeten skall slutföras, grafiska profiler inlämnas etc. Men även skriverier för VF har tagit lite av min tid, samt ett "projekt" som jag startade sju år sedan som sakta men säkert äntligen börjar närma sig startskottet.

Jag har dock än en gång grävt lite i arkivet och hittat lite fler intervjuer från en svunnen tid och tänkte att jag kan spinna vidare på detta fredags-tema. Denna gång i form av en intervju gjord med Mirai från Japanska SIGH och som vanligt så är intervjun nedan oredigerad från dess originalskick då den första gången publicerades 2001, stavfelen m.m får ni på köpet helt enkelt.


Greetings. I am The Reverend and this is my interview with Mirai, bassist and vocalist for the band SIGH. If you haven’t heard them, you are truly missing out. Hailing from Japan, SIGH has unleashed their unique music style upon the world once again with "Imaginary Sonicscape" available from Century Media. They are very talented musicians/songwriters, and one of the absolute best bands I have ever had the pleasure of listening to. Do yourself a favor and pick up any one of their Cd´s, You will not be disappointed.

First , I gotta ask the obligatory questions …For anyone who hasn’t had the privilege of hearing Sigh, how would you best describe the music you guys play?
-Well, it is always difficult to describe music by words. As far as "Imaginary Sonicscape" goes, it is heavy metal with a psychedelic, spacey and exotic touch. It is 21 century’s music with 70s equipment, 80s metal spirit and 90s digital technique.

How did you three guys hook up?
-We all three went to the same university and met there. It is unusual to see people into Venom here, so we immediately went along with each other.

The music on each Sigh album differs from the previous one. Did you ever worry that some fans of your earlier material would say you "sold out"?(too many metal fans scream "Sell out" when a band’s sound expands and progresses)
-I really do not care even if people conisder that we sold out. I want to sell our albums more and more. As a musician, it is a natural desire that I want our music to be heard by more and more people. If you call it "sold out", that’s right in a way. I really do not see any reasons that we have to stick to "underground".

The new album, Imaginary Sonicscape, has a kickass stoner sound to it. Did you set out to make an album for stoners?
-We’ve always had a big influence from Black Sabbath, and this time we wanted to give a psychedelic edge to the songs. So it is natural that you feel stoner vibes on the album. All the good rock albums sound great on weed. If not, it’s not rock or it’s not a good album!

Do you endorse hallucinogens and weed? What do you think about the terrible anti-drug laws worldwide?
-At least, weed should be separated from other hard drugs. I really do not see any reason why the government has to forbid weed as illegal while alcohol and cigarettes are allowed. Weed should be legalized.

What are the drug laws in Japan?
-The drug laws are really strict here. We’ll get 2-3 years for Marijuana possession regardless from the amount. The Japanese do not know what is the difference between weed and other hard drugs like speed. Magic Mushrooms are still legal here, but now the government is taking steps to ban it, which truly sucks.

What is the songwriting process usually like? Is it all done in the studio?
-It depends. I usually bring a music note with me to write the idea down on it whenever I come up with new melodies, riffs etc. Also I sometimes compose on the piano. When those ideas are roughtly assembled as a song, I give it to other members and start jamming in the studio.

Could you explain what these songs are about:
Scarlet Dream
-It’s completely based on my drug experiences. 
Slaughtergarden Suite
-It’s a ten-minute horror story. It’s about a murderer. 
Sunset Song
-It’s about fear of getting old. Nobody can avoid getting old unless they die young. We’re gonna lose lots of things when we’re 70. It is really scary but there is no way to avoid it other than death. 
Bring Back the Dead
-It´s about losing somebody you truly love. How would you feel if your girlfriend would be killed in a car accident? How would you feel if your kid would die because of your fault? It is scary and it could happen in your life. 
Ecstatic Transformation
-It’s about sex/orgy things. Sex is an activity to create a new life, and life has to succumb to death in the end. You can’t separate sex from death.

Also, what exactly is "Living the Scarlet Dream"?
-Well, "L"iving in the "S"carlet "D"ream.

Ecstatic Transformation has a real good stoner rock sound. I was wondering if the opening riff was influenced by The Mentors…it almost has a Sickie Wifebeater sound to it.
-We didn’t do it intentionally, but we’ve been listening to the Mentors so much, so probably it is impossible to escape their influence!

What were some of the things that factored into Sigh leaving Cacophonous? 
-Cacophonous Records didn’t do anything right for us or other bands on them. You know they once had Cradle of Filth, Bal-Sagoth, Dimmu Borgir, Primordial etc., but ALL of them left the label. You can easily imagine how they sucked. They were very slow in doing anything, they didn’t pay money, their distribution sucked, they liked to intervene in our music etc.

How is Century Media treating you guys so far? When Dread Dreams was released on Cacophonous it was impossible to find here.
-I didn’t see any advertisement when Dread Dreams was out. How people could find out that it was released? Century Media are doing very well for us. We did lots of interviews for "Imaginary…" and they never intervened in our musical direction. It is great that now people can find our album much easier.

Being a trio, does it make the live sound different than the studio recordings? I imagine it would be hard to find a keyboard player that is as good as yourself. Speaking of keyboards , how many different keyboards do you own and what are your favorite ones?
-So far we played gigs without keyboards, but for the future, we will add a session keyboardist, or a session bassist and I’ll play the keyboards. With a keyboadist, still it is impossible to reproduce the album sound, but it will sound much better than trio. Now I have 13-14 keyboards and I also own many software synthsizers. I like all my instruments, but if I have to pick up one, it should be the acoustic piano. With the acoustic piano, I can express a lot of things. Other than that, I love the old equipment such as Minimoog, Fender Rhodes, Clavinet, etc.

What bands/musicians influence you guys? I know you like alot of bands and musicians from a wide range of styles. Do you like any ’60s-70s bands or any country musicians? (for example Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, etc..)
-I like any kind of music as long as it is artistic. Yes, I do love many artists from 60s-70s such as Beatles, Beach Boys, 10CC, Frank Zappa, Stevie Wonder, Doors, Byrds, Grateful Dead and so on. In those days, rock was one of the most ambitious styles in music. As for country music, our gutarist is a big fan of it.

What are some of the other projects you guys are involved in?
-Thrash metal project with Abigail members, CutThroat, just recorded a new 7"EP in October. It contains one original track and one Tankard cover. It will be released on a German label some day. Now I am not sure what is happening with the Enoch with Killjoy and Phillip from Pantera. I can’t say much about it right now. I am not sure even if it will actually happen or not.

Will Sigh come to America anytime soon, and are there any shows in Europe planned?
-Yes, now we’re talking about touring the States early next year. Also we hope to tour Europe too. We would love to play in as many countries as possible.

I’m curious, I know you like wrestling, so who are some of your favorite wrestlers and wrestling federations?
-I mainly like the extreme wrestling. The federation named WING, which existed in the early 90s here in Japan was really extreme, and I liked it a lot. My favorite wrestler is Mr.Pogo although he sucks these days.

Since I am a huge fan of The Mentors, I was wondering what your favorite songs/albums were by them?
-I guess "You Axed For It" is the best. All the songs off it are great. My favorite tracks are Golden Shower, Free Fix For a Fuck, Sleep Bandits, FFFF Club etc. I also love Trash Bag EP! Woman from Sodom!!

I also have a question about GG Allin for you. Do you think if he had ever toured Europe or Japan that he would’ve finally rose from the underground scene to be a force in the music world? Any favorite GG tunes?
-Yes, GG Allin is great. His attitude was as great as his music is. But I do not think he would have been a force in the music world if he’d come down here. He was too extreme and too much for "normal" people. Personally I like the track "Anal Cunt". Also I’ve heard some country tracks from him on the video, but unfortunately can’t find the country CD by him.

Many thanks to Mirai for taking the time to answer all my questions.
Until next time,
//The Reverend

Veckans Gratis – Eucharist

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Artist: Eucharist Titel: A Velvet Creation
Format: CD
Bolag:  Wrong Again Records
Genre: Melodic Death MetalÅr: 1993
Låtar: 8 | Ursprung: Sverige
Längd: 36,55 min.

Betyg: 10 / 10

Tankarna om att ha med EUCHARISTs "A Velvet Creation" i denna sektion av bloggen har funnits redan från start då jag bestämde mig för att dra igång "Veckans Gratis" och det är väl lika bra att jag får det undanstökat.

"A Velvet Creation" (hädanefter förkortat "AVC") släpptes första gången 1993 och detta som första släpp på det numera nerlagda WRONG AGAIN RECORDS. Jag skräds inte med orden, men detta är enligt mig en av världens bästa skivor och den har likväl funnits i min skivsamling sedan releasen och finnes i dagsläget även som vinyl i samlingen tack vare REGAIN RECORDS re-relase 2001.

Det finns de som både förespråkar och efterlyser en återinspelning av denna klassiker, men varför fixa något som är perfekt som det är? Ok, ljudbilden på denna skiva har genom alla år alltid lett till diskussioner, antingen så älskar man den säregna ljudbilden eller så är man rent utsagt allergisk mot den. Musikaliskt så bjuder dock "AVC" på det finaste som någonsin presterats inom melodisk dödsmetall. 

Förrutom just "A Velvet Creation" plattan så är låtarna från en av världens bästa samlingsplattor, "W.A.R Compilation Vol.1", obligatoriska nerladdningar. Om du köper REGAIN RECORDS re-releasen av "AVC"  så får du med dessa två låtar som bonusspår. Låten "The View" från samlingen "Deaf Metal Sampler" är också ett måste. EUCHARISTs "Demo I" 1992 förespråkas också av många som bandets finaste release. Så med andra ord borde ni helt enkelt surfa in på hemsideadressen angiven ovan och tanka ner allt,  för att även om bandets andra (och sista) album, "Mirrorworlds" är lite av en besvikelse så spöar den fortfarande mycket av det som finns ute på marknaden. 

LADDA NER: "A Velvet Creation"CD 1993 (högerklicka på låtarna–>>spara som.)

A Velvet Creation 1. Greeting immortality [MP3 192kbps]
2. The Religion of the Blood-red Velvet [MP3 192kbps]
3. March of Insurrection [MP3 192kbps]
4. My Bleeding Tears [MP3 192kbps]
5. Floating [MP3 192kbps]
6. A Velvet Creation [MP3 192kbps]
7. Into The Cosmic Sphere [MP3 192kbps]
8. Once My Eyed Moved Mountains [MP3 192kbps]


Blashyrkh’s Disk Metal #2

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Att diska är i min värld ungefär lika roligt som att gå in på H&M med flickvännen för att agera smakråd när hon handlar nya kläder. Dock som fattig student som varken har råd eller vill investera i en diskmaskin p.g.a extra elkostnader så är denna syssla ett nödvändigt ont, speciellt för en person som jag som har små tendenser till att vara smått pedantisk med städningen och ordningen runt omkring mig. Jag har dock bestämt mig att förena nytta med nöje och detta i form av "Blashyrkh’s Disk Metal". Jag har en JVC-bandare i köket som jag brukar "blasta" musik med för att göra diskningen till en angenämare upplevelse. Vilken musik gör sig bra eller mindre bra att diska till?

Dagens Disk Metal skiva

Album: Ensiferum – "Ensiferum" CD 2001
Genre: Melodic Viking/Folk Metal
Volym för bäst effekt (skala 1-30): 15
Övrigt: Jag vet inte riktigt om det är något som sitter i blodet (första generationens svensk från ett finskt släktträd som man är a.k.a halvfinne) att så fort jag hör musik som ENSIFERUM’s så kan jag omöjligt bäva mig från att vissla med till de härliga Finsk-folkmusiks-inspirerade melodier som bandet pressar fram. Detta i sin tur får mig att glömma alla bekymmer på denna jord för stunden, i detta fall det pågående diskandet. ENSIFERUM kan dock för vissa även fungera på samma sätt men dock från ett mer negativt perspektiv, säg att du t.ex. hatar melodier och än mer övermelodisk finsk metall (Hej Adde!;) som är så pass trallvänlig att t.o.m gammel-mormor skulle kunna fångas sittandes i soffan visslandes till låtar som "Hero in a Dream", "Token of Time", "Little Dreamer" etc. Den personen vill nog inget annat än att bli klar med disken så jävla fort som möjligt för att slippa denna finska tortyr i form av superkäck melodisk metall, således är detta en suverän "all-round-disk-platta". Plattan i övrigt är en av de finaste uppvisningar av Finsk melodisk metall i sitt esse, synd bara att bandet inte har lyckats att reprisera debutplattans magi med sina senare verk.

Jag tror nog att jag med denna samt mitt förra experiment med STRATOVARIUS kommit fram till att "supermelodiös" musik funkar utmärkt som "Disk Metal". Till nästa experiment måsta jag vidga vyerna en aning. På återseende…..

Slutbetyg: 600 diskborstar av 666 möjliga.

Fredags Special#4 – Gammal skåpmat

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Vi spinner vidare på samma tema ett tag till, finnes material för minst ett par veckor till. Vi slår på stort denna fredag med en ARCH ENEMY intervju gjord i mitten på December 2001. Intervjuoffret var den relativt nyförvärvade Angela Gossow, som tog över skutan efter sångaren Johan Liiva’s avhopp.

Jag kommer faktiskt ihåg när ARCH ENEMY på sin hemsida lade upp material från kommande plattan "Wages of Sin" 2001 men vägrade att tillkännage den nya sångaren utan ville helt enkelt ha feedback från fansen innan de gick ut med beskedet om att den nya sångaren faktiskt var en sångerska. Fansen hade dock redan talat innan beskedet, de gillade det nya starkt och det var inte många som backade ur även om det nu visade sig vara en kvinna som tog rollen som den nya frontfiguren i bandet.

I mina ögon så ändrade Angela Gossow bilden av en mansdominerad metalvärld förr all framtid, och då säger jag inte att det inte funnits starka kvinnofigurer inom metal sedan tidigare, för det har det. Men inget kvinnofrontat "extrem metal" band hade nog innan nått samma höjder som just Angela Gossow med "sitt" ARCH ENEMY.
Det känns lite löjligt att tänka att det inte ens har gått 10 år sedan detta inträffade med tanke på att det inte är speciellt många ögonbryn som höjs inom dagens scen när det kommer till "growlande" frontkvinnor. Som sagt, Angela Gossow var inte mitt första möte med en kvinnlig "growlerska", men däremot så är hon nog den kvinna som lämnat de störta fotavtrycken efter sig.

Som vanligt så är intervjun nedan oredigerad från dess originalskick då den första gången publicerades 2001, stavfelen m.m får ni på köpet helt enkelt.


I’m sure many of us were surprised in early 2001 about the departure of Johan Liiva and the mysterious new vocalist for Sweden’s best band, Arch Enemy. Fast-forward to very early 2002 and this is what we have, or more appropriately, who we have – Angela Gossow. Although Fraulein Gossow has not been a member of any prominent bands, she is a veteran of the German underground death metal scene with bands such as Asmodina (1991) and Mistress (1998). Both bands released a total of 2 self-financed CDs and a bunch of tapes.

-Interview by: Ryan / Conducted in mid-December 2001-

After the revelation of the new singer, things went well for the first few months following the (Japanese) release of Arch Enemy’s next great opus, "Wages Of Sin."
Until, "my voice left me. So I had to start from the beginning. My nodules are gone now, and I get permanent vocal coaching since August. I hope I can stabilize this situation now and will not develop nodules again,"explains Angela.

Speaking of "Wages Of Sin," it’s definitely the best of 2001 and one of the band’s best ever.
"’Wages Of Sin’ is a great album, but if you want to get the best AE album ever, you have to take some songs from every album and make a new one out of it. I think the sound on "Wages Of Sing" is the best one Arch Enemy ever had," she replies.

It’s quite true if you’ve had the chance to hear it. The material is also more aggressive than in "Burning Bridges," and the next album will be even more hard-hitting.
"Michael and Chris are the riff-masters and kings of melody. We had lots of frustrating moments in the last months, and we used these emotions to write new song-material. It’s fucking brutal!"

Perhaps the most surprising aspect of the new album is the vocals. Who would have thought something else catches your attention more than the Amott brothers’ guitars on an Arch Enemy album?
Her response, "They knew somehow this will happen, so they are not pissed off of so. I am a bit afraid of this ’fame.’ I don’t want to disappoint anyone." No one in their right death metal mind can say anything bad about the vocals on "Wages Of Sin."

It also sounds like the rest of the band understands her and they get along. Well, they do.
"Actually, I think more like a guy. I have a pretty rough sense of humour. We have a really great time together!"

I’ve wondered (and you probably have too) if she was a fan of Arch Enemy before she joined.
"I liked their stuff. I had all their albums. My favourite tracks are still ’Bury Me An Angel,’ ’Dead Inside,’ ’Diva Satanica,’ ’The Immortal,’ and ’Burning Bridges.’ But I never loved them as much as I loved Carcass, Death – Chuck, rest in peace! – or Morbid Angel. Nowadays, I prefer Arch Enemy of course."

To me, Arch Enemy’s vocals were the weakest part of the band, until now. I just wasn’t a big fan of Johan Liiva.
"I think his vocals on ’Black Earth’ were just great, fucking brutal, he really sucked on ’Stigmata’ and he was good on ’Burning Bridges.’ And I know that he is a very nice and kind guy – a bit shy though. Not so good when you are supposed to be the front-fighter."

Wonder why "Wages Of Sin" hasn’t been released worldwide yet?
"Show me a band that is happy with Century Media. We had several fights; we wanted to get out of the contract. They wouldn’t let us go, but fighting on would have killed Arch Enemy. So we gave them the "Wages Of Sin" material – a long time ago. Now they will release it in March 2002 after we added lots of bonus material."
North American and European fans will get some bonus tracks and two videos. A double-CD! Even without the second CD, "Wages Of Sin" is worth the wait.

As for tour plans,
"yes, it seems South America and Korea will happen too. Nothing announced yet, but we hope…and discuss…and make plans."
Angela also reveals some songs that she can’t wait to sing live – "’Diva Satanica’ will be my sonic orgasm. Followed by ’Burning Angel’, ’Ravenous,’ ’The Immortal,’ ’Beast Of Man,’ and ’Bury Me An Angel.’"

The unavailability of "Wages Of Sin" outside Japan has forced many to try their luck with MP3s – such as myself. I don’t feel guilty at all because I know I will buy the North American edition
"I don’t feel betrayed when people trade Arch Enemy files. Usually, after I listen to some cool files, I rush into the shop anyway to get the real CD with lyrics, pictures, etc.," says the split-resident of Germany and Sweden.

No matter what artists or record execs argue, MP3s are great for discovering new bands. Unfortunately for Angela,
"I would be glad if somebody could give me a good newcomer’s name. I am so tired of all these clones."

It would be alright with me if there were any Arch Enemy clones, but there are none. No one can match the sheer musicianship of the band, and will most definitely not find a singer that is as talented as she is attractive, at least not in death metal.

// Ryan