<![CDATA[Global Metal Apocalypse - Metal Interviews]]>Tue, 17 Nov 2015 18:18:29 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[GMA Interview Interrogation: Iron Sliver (Gabon)]]>Fri, 28 Aug 2015 14:51:16 GMThttp://globalmetalapocalypse.weebly.com/metal-interviews/gma-interview-interrogation-iron-sliver-gabon

Metal is everywhere, well at least it's working towards that potential fact. Let's face it, Africa is perhaps one of two final frontiers for the music genre to emerge, the other being Oceania with the exception to Australia, New Zealand, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Guam, French Polynesia and Hawaii.

But with our attention turning towards Africa, a continent known for its vast deserts, indigenous tribes and cultural differences from the Arabic north to the Afrikaans south, one band that has caught our attention is genuinely the first from their nation. Who are they? They are Iron Sliver from Gabon. [Watch their latest music video 'Keep The Faith' above]. GMA spoke to the group briefly before guitarist Dani Bat took over interview duties due to technical issues our end, what was said was highly interesting and truly historic given that no other metal scene borders Gabon; with the exception to Cameroon's first short-lived band (click here).

Click below to listen to the full interview as it happened.


Heavy Metal started in Gabon through Iron Sliver because prior to the band's formation, metal music in Gabon did not exist and so they are aiming to establish the sound as a movement in the hope that fellow countrymen embrace the metal music sound and form their own bands. As for Iron Sliver, they owe their existence very much to the internet and in particular YouTube and social media. Through YouTube, Iron Sliver discovered the likes of Linkin Park, Motionless In White and Asking Alexandria and have aspired to those bands in creating their own music. Iron Sliver means 'Iron Ribbon', which in the bands words means that they are unbreakable, with the aim to create stories they hope to expose their music to the international metal scenes.

Iron Sliver comprises of Dani Bat (guitars), Crow's Carter (vocals), Tuck Panther (drums), Tony Horse (bass) and Dave Hawk (guitars); Dave was not present for the interviews as he was back in Gabon studying whilst the other four members were in France at the time of the interview.

Focusing on the African continent, when asked about knowing any other West African Metal scenes, Dani replied with "no, only Angola and South Africa", so now you can begin to imagine how segregated Iron Sliver and their respective newly-founded metal scene is from the rest of the world, if not Africa. In fact it has not been an easy ride for them because "in our country we don't have the same culture that you can find here in Paris, in France, in Europe, in the United States. In our country, metal culture does not exist", so without any doubt it would be seen as a threat to the established culture of Gabon and with said lack of metal culture, comes a lack of affordable instruments and gear.

Meaning Iron Sliver travel to places like France to buy instruments and gear to take back to Gabon due to that "in our country it's very expensive", despite this they have taken their new-found art form to heart and performed live; with no nervousness present. Furthermore despite gaining some fans from their live shows, it was not easy for them to explain their music choice to their parents owing to the band knowing that "it would be so hard to install this culture and to share with fans and people from Gabon".

But this did not come about without encountering any problems, one of the first problems was the lack of good studio-recording equipment; results wasn't satisfactory, hence the band would not record in Gabon and instead have opted for France. But on a more personal level, problems arose between family and friends, "they think that we are crazy you know?!?! Then yes, we had more problems on the recording of videos and making songs", but the band pressed ahead and made their music video "Keep The Faith", which as Dani explains "is not about God or religion, it's about us, our dream, we believe in us and do everything to become what we want to become", accentuating the virtue of trust through the song.

The video itself was recorded in Gabon as was the song, but the band are in France recording their first album, leading to subsequent videos and shows to showcase to people after they've heard the songs. For the remainder of 2015, the group are recording songs for their debut album in Paris because in Gabon it was not possible to record there owing to the said lack of metal culture; the band had learned how to play simply through watching YouTube lessons.

So their game play is to record their debut album, then aim to play live and make music videos. With this planned, the band hopes to lead the way for the Gabonese Metal scene to develop and expand. At present the festivals that happen tend to orientate towards other types of music and not metal, Iron Sliver hopes to change this through their passion. Metal for them is something different, "you can do what you want, you can scream, you can sing and every emotion are put inside, like you feel it", metal is a way to express yourself and Dani admits this is why Iron Sliver plays metal.

He does hope that through this freedom of expression that people across Africa contemplate about setting up their own metal bands, in fact he was surprised to discover how vast metal has become across the African continent (and the world) through our "Global Domination Vol1" compilation, "we didn't know the bands who were included around the globe, around the continent", with the exception of one band called "Before Crush, because they contacted us when we made our first video and they was surprised to discover we are a band from Gabon, because they thought they were the only one in Africa" and this clearly poses a big problem for the African Metal scene with the exception of Egypt, Tunisia, South Africa, Botswana and to a certain extent Algeria whereby metal is vastly becoming more established with (again) the exception of South Africa where metal has been around since the late 1980's.

If metal grew more and more over the next decade, the need for more metal festivals (including outside South Africa) would become more relevant, Dani admits he wants Iron Sliver to become a part of this, "if we become popular and known by everyone all over the world, I think that everyone can set their eyes on it [an African Metal festival] you know? And, we could help organize this kind of event, talk to bands from different African countries so yes I think that one day, maybe, metal culture in Africa grows and therefore allowing us to do it".

In terms of metal music in Gabon, the Government does not know it exists and despite this metal "is a new thing, it's increasing but before us [Iron Sliver] there were no metal bands and the Government does not know we exist, they are focused on other styles of music including rap, R&B, Hip-Hop, not metal" and this would therefore become a challenge for Iron Sliver to face in terms of getting the Government to accept Metal music and not see it as the 'devils music' as Dani explains, "we have faced criticism with everything the band has done by the media, by the people because they are from a religious-country, they all believe in God, they go to Church every Sunday and when we put our video out on TV that was crazy for them, and faced criticism as a result", it was because of this that their families tried to understand why they play metal, and by releasing their forthcoming album, Dani hopes that people will accept their musical choice.

Despite the negative criticism, the band collectively feels that they can channel this through their music and produce something that will bring more positive responses towards them. After the completion of the album, the band will look to "make more things, more shows, we are going to do everything to share our music around the world, we want to show that Gabonese metal exists, so lets see what happens after the album is finished", for the band the lyrics are personal and reflect what they see, their emotions and "speak about the problems faced in Gabon"; so everyone takes a part at writing the lyrics as a whole.

Plans for a documentary are 'possibly' on the table as Iron Sliver can show "our music and what we experience in Gabon and how we live, so if we did a documentary about our band, it's going to be a trip about our history, our culture and it's going to be a good thing because people will know how we began to start a band in Gabon", so this is something to bear in mind.

As a whole the band wishes to send out the greetings to the following: our families and friends because they are the very first peoples to believe in us (don't give up guys, we are going to create something different and original), Metal Africa, our American fans, our Gabonese fans, our Japanese fans, also thanks to Global Metal Apocalypse because that was the first time we saw our song in a compilation.

Check out Iron Sliver on Facebook:- https://www.facebook.com/ironsliver13/timeline?ref=page_internal
<![CDATA[Interview Interrogation: Colin Parks (Devilment) - Audio only]]>Wed, 08 Jul 2015 17:10:29 GMThttp://globalmetalapocalypse.weebly.com/metal-interviews/interview-interrogation-colin-parks-devilment-audio-only

GMA caught up with Devilment's Colin Parks (pictured back row next to Dani Filth) and spoke to him about latest activities with the band, their line-up changes, forthcoming festival appearances and many other things.

This is an audio only post - for those using PC/Mac click the audio player above, if you're on a mobile device you can listen to the interview here: http://kiwi6.com/file/i21j3rnl32
<![CDATA[Interview Interrogation: Leif Jensen (Dew-Scented)]]>Wed, 24 Jun 2015 21:21:51 GMThttp://globalmetalapocalypse.weebly.com/metal-interviews/interview-interrogation-leif-jensen-dew-scented

For the full interview, click the audio link above. For a summation continue reading this passage.

For a band that has been going over 20 years, Dew-Scented were always going to deliver an interview that was full of interesting commentary.

Briefly the band over the two decades have been exercising their own form of Thrash Metal through 10 studio albums, their latest being "Intermination". Regarding the new offering, they have changed their sound in very fine details due to the "collapse of the line-up structure for the band around the year 2011", resulting in a re-structure in 2012 for the 'Icarus' album and the onward tasks of keeping the recording flowing whilst bringing in new members. It because of this shift that enabled Leif to express his optimism for the "Intermination" album as it allowed the new members to become more hands-on during the recording.

Since Leif is the sole remaining member from the original line-up, he personally feels that the biggest challenge for the band was to keep it going, discovering the energy and level of progression to maintain the quality of output "no matter what the shape of the band's line-up was over the years", all whilst ascertaining what the next logical steps were for the band as musicians in relation to album-writing. Moreover he went on to express the importance for 'the love of the music' and essentially this applies to all bands, but admits that time would have been wasted if ideas weren't shared nor was the music recording taken seriously since "it is a rough business and demands a lot of time and attention" in order to keep Dew-Scented running like clockwork.

Naturally this also extends into the band's live shows and for Dew-Scented this means touring under the title "Thrash Mercenaries" and ad-hoc concerts with the likes of Exodus and Cavalera Conspiracy, all of which serve as platforms to showcase and promote "Intermination" on. Leif remains positive that hopefully the band will make a UK stopover, their last visit being in "2013 with Death Angel, so it would be about time to come back". As far as touring bands goes, Leif has no reservations and instead suggests that the tour will go fine alongside bands who are "nice, respectable and knows how to have a good laugh... that is what matters the most". Maybe a festival? [Bloodstock calling]

Of course with touring, different audiences react differently and there is no general overview when it comes to the levels of craziness exhibited. Leif expands on this by referring to local German scenes whereby attitudes and genre-appreciation differs, and this realistically can be applied to any country (with exception to those who have less than around 15 active bands). But he admits that they have always had a great time visiting the UK, their first tour in 2001 with Vader covered England, Scotland, Wales and the Irish Republic. Crowd numbers do dwindle and vary according to the time and day of each show, as well as location and Leif acknowledges that a Sunday afternoon show in Dublin in comparison to a Friday evening show at The Underworld in London would have a wide range gap in terms of attendees.

Focusing back on the band's albums, each one begins with the letter 'I' and Leif explains that whilst it has become a trademark for the band, he admits that whilst it is good to confuse the people who listen to albums, he ashamedly gets confused himself when "announcing a song and I cannot really picture which record is taken from because the titles are so much similar"; perhaps being the victim of their own game? But as far as future plans go, they are working on setting up new dates and so the schedule is yet to be 100% complete.

Leif admits that live concert DVD's are in his words 'boring', 'over-rated' and would rather not make a live DVD, but live records are not too bad - but only for the classic bands. Vinyl's however Leif is rather jubilant about them, not only because it allows him to complete some collections but also it has brought a new generation of listeners to the physical format(s). He admits also that he is "not a fan of digital downloads, iTunes, Spotify, whatever you call it... this is perfect for those who have storage issues or time to appreciate music", but backtracks upon the question of does this benefit those metal fans living in nations where CD's are hard to come by through admitting that it is a great thing to see the music being spread worldwide and this is an upside and the only positive viewpoint of the digital age. 

Flitting back to the touring, Leif would love to take the band to South America but there is also talks of a China tour early next year... watch this space.

"Intermination" is out June 30th via Prosthetic Records and is out now via Metal Blade Records

<![CDATA[GMA Interview Interrogation: Enmachined (Bangladesh)]]>Sun, 02 Nov 2014 21:24:27 GMThttp://globalmetalapocalypse.weebly.com/metal-interviews/gma-interview-interrogation-enmachined-bangladesh
"When we started our journey, we did not get any proper platforms for live performances. All the gigs were push-sell gigs which we never did. Things went bitter when our buddy bands started messing things up. Too bad they don't exist anymore! "

Enmachined do not really need much of an introduction to our regular readers or to those who are well apprised of the South-East Asian Metal scene. Enmachined, popularly dubbed as the "bone crushers" are a five piece Thrash Metal outfit hailing from Dhaka, Bangladesh. Having started in 2011, the band has earned massive accolades and reverence from both sides of Bengal as well as other parts of the world.

Enmachined is highly spoken of for their annihilating live performances and have been confirmed to play at the upcoming Banish The Posers Fest 2014, where they will cause mass banishment alongside the likes of  Nafarmaan and Orator from Bangladesh, Serpents Athirst from Sri Lanka and the mighty Impiety from Singapore.

GMA's interview with Serpents Athirst can be read here.

GMA's Bangladesh correspondent
Nabil Abaddon sat down with Abir Mahmud (vocalist) and discussed live performances, Enmachined's songs and the struggles, the upcoming event and much much more.

Greetings brother! How is the band preparing for the upcoming event banish The Posers Fest 2014?

Greetings brother! Before every live gig, we partake in a couple of rehearsals and this time, there are no exceptions as well. The set list for BTPF has been fixed and that is going to unravel some new tracks and at the same time regular bone crushing numbers will be played. Enmachined is ready to diffuse the madness of Thrash Metal with full force.

Enmachined's set-lists are always well sequenced for the live assaults. There is always a broad array of songs, from mid-paced to fast, from groovy to thrashy numbers. It really seems to click on the audience. How do you go about making the perfect set?

We do consider ourselves as the audience before composing any material, before selecting the set list for a gig and mostly before taking any further actions that are related to any audience. After all, if we do not like the composition, order of the set list, then how can we expect the audience to like it?

So regarding the order of the tracks for a gig, we consider how the order would perfectly enchant us, how the variation of the set list would perfectly be utilized, if we were in front of the stage.

Watch the live performance of 'Thrash Assault" here

On the same note, it seems that Enmachined’s latest singles have significantly changed in terms of tempo and composition style. Needless to say, they sound “bone crushing”. What do you have to say about that?

We do not try to repeat the same things. Yet, we have not drastically changed to a new dimension either. A little bit of experimenting has always been made before finalizing any composition. Above all, we want to make it BONE CRUSHING haha!

Enmachined have performed at almost all the prestigious gigs this year. We are just a few days away from Banish The Posers Fest 2014. How excited is the band to perform alongside Nafarmaan, Orator, Serpents Athirst and Impiety?

We are really honored to share the stage with the aforementioned bands. Impiety is one of the biggest Extreme Metal acts of Asia. Also, watching them live for the first time will be a great experience.

Do you think being the only Thrash Metal band in this year's bill gives Enmachined any advantage?

Hahaha. I do not know what you mean by the term “advantage”. In my opinion none of the bands of the roster are alike in terms of sound. Everyone on the roster is going to represent their own music. Both Orator and Impiety have Thrash Metal elements present in their music.

You guys like to label your music as "Bone Crushing Thrash Metal". How did you guys came up with this label?

We always try to create something that will CRUSH your BONES. No matter whether it is Heavy Metal or Thrash Metal. A lot of people doubt our genre. Some people term it as Heavy Metal (because of my vocals and the track "Piranha"), some term it is Thrash Metal (I think this is the perfect criteria for our music to fall under), some even term it as Crossover Thrash Metal (because of the track "Thrash Assault", where one can perceive the influences of Crossover Thrash Metal). It really doesn’t matter how we are being termed. Our music will always be bone crushing.

Watch the live performance of 'Piranha" here

You are very much inspired by the classic Heavy Metal bands. Would you like to tell us as to how you got into Metal music? How old were you when you discovered it and how were you driven to become a vocalist?

Back in my school days, I discovered Iron Maiden. I was 15 years old at that time. Later, I became thrilled by the singing of brother Torsha Khan in a Stentorian single. I thought if a Bangladeshi vocalist like him can show the dexterity with the voice in such an excellent way, then probably I should also try hard to be a good vocalist.

Your Heavy Metal roots are also quite prominent in your own vocal styles. Your frequent use of falsetto and vibrato techniques, squeaky screams highlight you out from all the other vocalists in the local scene. Who are your favourite vocalists that you have always looked up to?

A lot of vocalists have inspired me and yes, this is true that most of them are from a Heavy Metal background. I am mentioning a few names here: Rob Halford (Judas Priest), Geoff Tate (Queensrÿche) and obviously Brian Johnson and Bon Scott from AC/DC.

Enmachined’s demo “Thrash Assault” was released via Salute Records (Sweden) last year. How has the label helped or promoted the band worldwide?

Salute Records has helped us a lot to spread our music worldwide, and we are grateful to the owner of the label, brother Tony for his immense support. Zines from different parts of the globe reviewed the demo, conducted interviews and featured articles of the band.

See our interview with Enmachined last year here!!!

What are you guys focusing on after the demo release?

Well we have been working on the next release for a long time, which is going to be the first studio release of the band. Some of the songs we have already done at shows and the feedback was killer!

Enmachined is one of those bands whose journey was no bed of roses. Would you like to tell us about the band's rough journey since 2011? The hurdles you had to go through during the dead era of the local Metal scene?

Initially it was a very difficult situation. We had to practice without a drummer for six months, we couldn't find a permanent bassist either. When we started our journey, we did not get any proper platform for live performances. All the gigs were push-sell gigs which we never did. Things went bitter when our buddy bands started messing things up. Too bad they don't exist anymore! There were good organizers too, I remember each and everyone of them who helped us. But struggling still exists and now looking back to those past memories, a lesson well learned is "you form your own band, YOU fight for it".

The struggle also continued when you were going through the hassle of getting the visas for the gig in Kolkata, India last year, which turned out to be a complete fiasco. The gig was postponed by a few months but the visa issues were still unsolved. Please tell us about the whole suffering.

Some of our members got the visas initially, some did not get it. Members who did not get the visa, applied again. Even, some of them applied thrice. But in the end only two of our members were issued the visa. Despite the postponement of the gig, we could not make it there. That was actually a terrible situation.

We even got an offer to perform in another city in India after that, we were even assured financial assistance by the organizer and you can probably guess the rest of the story. Same issues, visa problem and we could not make it again.

Are you guys aware of the fact that a bunch of young Metal bands are inspired by Enmachined in one way or the other? What do you have to say about it?

We are actually a young band haha. We do not know if we are inspiring anyone. But if we are, that's great! Yet, we have gained some dedicated supporters. Without their attendance at shows and their general support, we would not have reached this far in our musical journey. So hats off to you warriors, who ever and where ever you are.

You are quite an iconic figure in the local scene for your memorable dialogues and stage acts at the gigs! Your dialogues go viral every time! On a serious note, how important do you think its important for any band to pull off a great performance for the audience?

Honored brother. I am still very young and I think the term, “iconic figure” is not really an appropriate one for me haha. I do not know for the other bands. But, first of all we try to be flawless in terms of our performance (vocals, instrumentals or whatever), we probably have not yet reached the level to do everything flawlessly yet. But that is our ultimate target and obviously that can pull off a great performance for the audience. I, personally try to interact with the audience and I do believe that brings enjoyment to the audiences.

It was a pleasure conducting this interview with you. Looking forward to Enmachined's performance at BTPF. Anything that you would like to say to your supporters, perhaps to the folks at Primitive Invocation?

Primitive Invocation is a revolutionary community in our Extreme Metal set-up  They have organized a couple of killer concerts in the past and I think Banish the Posers Fest 2014 will also be a remarkable one. Anyways, thanks for the interview, and your endless support. To the local metalheads, show up in RCC on Friday, the 7th of November, 2014!


BTPF event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/383753765111170/

<![CDATA[How some of the world's metal and rock musicians view Halloween]]>Fri, 31 Oct 2014 20:00:02 GMThttp://globalmetalapocalypse.weebly.com/metal-interviews/how-some-of-the-worlds-metal-and-rock-musicians-view-halloween
"Our darkest greetings earthling on Halloween. You no doubt will be sitting in your costumes drinking blood, eating sweets and watching horror movies, but have you wondered how some of the musicians you know got into Halloween? The world's musicians have their own stories to tell, whether it be positive or negative, let us hear them. Please remember to stay safe, don't be a nuisance but do go out and creep everyone out, I am now going back to sleep in my grave... muahahahahaha.."

"Oh and earthlings, before I go, the following ghoulish disciple tribes were disturbed on All Hallow's Eve: Deathstars, Cold Black, Cnoc An Tursa, Days Of Our Lives and Beneath"

[This message was picked up by a medium contacting the recently deceased editor]

Whiplasher Bernadotte (front)
Band: Deathstars
Country: Sweden

Is Halloween celebrated in Sweden? If so, how? Did you celebrate it when you as a child?

Halloween didn't exist until the mid 1990's here in Sweden, so personally I have never had any relation to Halloween itself, however for me death is in vogue 365 days a year. As I just said, we didn't have Halloween when i grew up, and it's just a commercial thing for stores to sell some goods a la American lifestyle. It's not a big thing here in Sweden, even though it might have grown since it first emerged, you cannot compare it to the UK or USA, etc.

What three horror films would you watch on Halloween?

I like watching Italian horror movies, movies like "Dario Argento" and "Lucio Fulci", in fact the best, so maybe "The Beyond", "Profundo Rosso" or "Suspiria".

If you had to dress up as any horror or Gothic character, who would it be and why?

I don’t like Goth personally and I would never dress up, but Skinny is more of dress up kind of guy. Actually, I met him at some fetish model Halloween-party thing in Stockholm a few years back, he was dressed up as Spongebob Squarepants. He had this huge cardboard box over his head and stomach, and yellow stockings. It was all very well made. You couldn’t see it was him so I smashed him in the big yellow cartoonist paper face right in-between those f**king mega eyes when he came up dancing next to me.

What is one thing you would and one thing you would not recommend to do on Halloween?

I would recommend people to have intercourse, and I would not recommend them to skip it.

Alex Rimpler
Band: Cold Black
Country: Denmark

Is Halloween celebrated in Denmark? If so, how? Did you celebrate it when you as a child?

Yes we do celebrate it just not on a big scale, sure many people wear costumes and dress up, but we don't celebrate it in same way as the UK and the USA for example It is because of this that I did not really celebrate it that much when I was a child.

What three horror films would you watch on Halloween?

Well I'd definitely watch the film Halloween for sure, but other than that I don't actually know what else I would watch.

If you had to dress up as any horror or Gothic character, who would it be and why?

Hmm.. probably Freddy Krueger, simply because I just think he looks really scary

What is one thing you would and one thing you would not recommend to do on Halloween?

Hmm.. I actually don't know. I'd say go out and have fun, but don't go crazy and end up breaking the law!

Musician: Alan Buchan
Band: Cnoc An Tursa
Country: Scotland

What three horror films would you watch on Halloween?

Oh f**k, erm, I don't really watch many horror films lol, actualy i like Sleepy Hollow does that count? (ed: yeah).

If you had to dress up as any horror or Gothic character, who would it be and why?

I'll go with the headless horseman just seeing as i like Sleepy Hollow lol, or even the werewolf because I have a really hairy chest haha

What is one thing you would and one thing you would not recommend to do on Halloween? How do you celebrate in Scotland?

I recommend you dress up in something interesting and go out with friends and get absolutely hammered. I recommend you don't take your costume off until the next morning, doing it sober is a lot safer.

Musician: Nathan Colombo
Band: Days Of Our Lives
Country: Gibraltar

Is Halloween celebrated in Gibraltar? If so, how? Did you celebrate it when you as a child?

Yeah its celebrated down here. It's pretty much what you'd expect from it you know...
Kids dress up and knock on doors for sweets. Teens go to parties go a little crazy. Adults act a little childish... You know getting loose a little. I celebrated it as a kid and I still do now! I mean its just another excuse to have some fun with friends, family and all that.
You are never too old for Halloween haha

What three horror films would you watch on Halloween?

Dawn of the Dead (original of course!). Silent Hill (Seriously this film was great don't know why so many hate it) and for the last one errrr I'll go with the first Resident Evil film just because I could do with a laugh haha

If you had to dress up as any horror or Gothic character, who would it be and why?

Pennywise the clown... do I really need a reason? Nothing creepier than a clown. Imagine being in a dark bar and then some random clown pops up and scares the crap out of you haha.

What is one thing you would and one thing you would not recommend to do on Halloween?

Do: Dress up! Nobody likes a downer that just goes out in casual clothes! Enjoy it as it only comes once a year!
Don't: Try and fire breathing when drunk... trust me! Seen this fail wayyyy too many times and its just not fun.

Musician: Unnar
Band: Beneath
Country: Iceland

Is Halloween celebrated in Iceland? If so, how? Did you celebrate it when you as a child?

Yes, but it wasn't celebrated before. We have our own day where we used to make these little bags and tried to hook them with needles on other people. We would also walk into stores and sing Icelandic songs just to get candy. It didn't involve any horror or anything dark, just silly costumes.

What three horror films would you watch on Halloween?

I'd probably watch Brain Dead, 28 Days Later and Freddy Krueger. But since I play PC video games a lot, I'll probably play Alien: Isolation which is a super creepy game. Or maybe Brutal Doom which is a mod made for the old game Doom from Id Software.

If you had to dress up as any horror or Gothic character, who would it be and why?

Definitely Pinhead from Hellraiser. He's probably the most evil villain I can think of, at least at the moment.

What is one thing you would and one thing you would not recommend to do on Halloween?

Getting wasted is always a good plan. That or have a good time with the family. I'd say it's not recommended to do hard drugs on Halloween since some of those costumes are so well done and realistic, people could panic which is not really a good thing. People should have fun, that's number one.
<![CDATA[GMA Interview Interrogation: Chrigel Glanzmann (Eluveitie)]]>Thu, 30 Oct 2014 18:58:24 GMThttp://globalmetalapocalypse.weebly.com/metal-interviews/gma-interview-interrogation-chrigel-glanzmann-eluveitie
"Päde and myself (Chrigel) talk about writing and recording some new Brana Keterna songs now and then. That would be fun!"

Eluveitie, one of Switzerland's most successful metal exports have this year released their sixth album 'Origins' to sensational appraise, as well as reaching #1 in the Swiss album and the
U.S. Heatseekers Albums charts.

GMA therefore felt it was about time we sat down and spoke to
Chrigel Glanzmann,  frontman and founder of the Swiss Celtic / Melodic Death metal band. We spoke about the album, the Swiss Metal scene, how metal is become more and more appreciated, Chrigel's past bands
Branâ Keternâ and Môr Cylch, and how a little help from outside the metal world goes a very long way.

By Rhys Stevenson

Origins is out now via Nuclear Blast - click image to purchase

Hi Chrigel, as Eluveitie's sixth album 'Origins' was released 1st August 2014, could you give a brief background behind each one of the songs?

The conceptional topic of the album is Celtic mythology, aetiological tales to be more precise - the origin myths of the Gauls.

  • "The Nameless" deals with the mysterious deity the Gauls claimed to be descendants of.
  • "Celtos" narrates one of the curving stories about the Celts primal father.
  • "From Darkness" deals with a druidical theory, a Celtic tradition.
  • "Virunus" tells the foundation legend of an important Gaulish city.
  • "The Call Of The Mountains" tells about the story of how the central European Celts (especially the Helvetians) found their final homeland.

  • "Sucellos" deals with the Gaulish god Sucellos.
  • "Inception" deals with another druidical teaching.
  • "Vianna" tells another aetiological foundation legend (of an important Celtic city).
  • "The Silver Sister" deals with a Celtic tradition linked to the "nameless god" (the song "The Nameless" is also dealing with).

  • "King" tells about a legendary Gaulish king.
  • "The Day Of Strife" tells another version of the story about the Celts primal father.
  • "Carry The Torch" picks up where "King" ended - and tells about the beginning of a glorious time of the Gauls (where many cities were founded and new lands settled).

Regarding the album cover which depicts the club-shaped halo of Sucellos, what made you decide in choosing this particular god and does it relate to the album title?

Yes it does. Well, as mentioned above, “Origins” deals in-depth with Celtic mythology and spirituality. From the moment the basic idea for the album was born, it was clear to us that we wanted a very simple, maybe a little abstract and mystical album artwork. We wanted something emblematic, something that represents and expresses the lyrical content of the album symbolically. Yet it wasn't very easy to find something like that. I mean, if “Origins” was a concept album about the Catholic religion, for instance, when we could have pictured a crucifix on the cover, haha. Would have been easy. But in Celtic culture? There no such symbol which kinda stands for “Celtic mythology” or so.

I searched intensely and worked together with the University of Zurich (where I'm friends with a professor who's specialised on Celtic culture and arts). In the end it all came back to the Celtic god Sucellos. The album's dealing with aetiological tales from ancient Gaul, and in those mythological subjects Sucellos appears over and over again (even though often only in scientific theses, since divine names were not written down by the Celts – it all remains pretty mysterious). 
Several Sucellos statues have been found in archaeological excavations. In one of them Sucellos is depicted with kind of a “halo” - some kind of a sun-shaped half-wheel, which consists of several mallets (such as the one he usually hold in his hand).

You had Alexander Morton guest as narrator for "Origins" and "Eternity", how did this come about and what was it like working with him?

It's always amazing to work with him. Love that dude! I got to know him during the production of our last album "Helvetios" (where he also did some narrations). I was looking for a suitable narrator who is able to transport and express the right atmosphere and emotion. One day I accidentally came across the movie "Valhalla Rising" where Alexander plays the role of a shaman. The moment I heard him talking in that movie, I knew that I've found the voice I've been looking for!


'Origins' reached #1 on the Swiss Album and US heatseekers album charts, as well as reaching the top ten on the German album and UK Independent Albums Breaker charts. What was your reaction to this and do you feel metal music is steadily gaining more mainstream appreciation?

Of course we're super happy and thankful for that! I think every style of music experiences has its ups and downs if it comes to popularity. Metal music is doing quite well at the moment, I think. At least there are less mutual reservations from the "mainstream audience" than 20 years ago. ;) 

Could you give us a brief history of your adjacent bands Branâ Keternâ and Môr Cylch (if both are still active)?

Both bands are not active anymore. I've been playing metal music for quite a while now. My first Death Metal band (called Sacer) was formed by myself in 1991. But I also played traditional Celtic Folk Music for many years. Môr Cylch was a traditional Irish music band I formed around 2000 or so.
Actually it was originally a kind of an attempt to form a band like Eluveitie, but it ended up becoming a purely acoustic, traditional folk band, haha.

Brana Keterna was also a folk band I formed about half a year before I formed Eluveitie. Three Eluveitie members also played in that band (Linda Suter, ex-Eluveitie; Meri Tadic, ex-Eluveitie and Päde Kistler). It was just some kind of a fun project. You know, to just play music without any (stylistic) limitations. It partly sounded pretty crazy, haha. The band never officially broke up, but it has not been for years now. But maybe we'll do something with Brana again one day. Päde and myself talk about writing and recording some new Brana songs now and then. Would be fun!

Because Eluveitie's lyrics are generally in English and sometimes Gaulish, how do you go about constructing the lyrics? From the planning to the recording stage.

Well, Eluveitie's lyrics are basically in English. Some of our songs I write are in Gaulish (probably 1 or 2 songs per album). But the use of the Gaulish language is rather a form of "artistic work" to me. It's more about giving the narration of history some more "flesh and blood". If it comes to the Gaulish language I always work together with diverse scientists - regarding the translations / reconstructions to the pronunciations.

Check out Eluveitie's new music video "King" which is taken from their latest album "Origins" below.

When not working or with Eluveitie, what do you do to pass the time? Sports? Traveling?

Honestly, there virtually is no time when I'm not working for Eluveitie. Eluveite is a 150% job! If I do have some spare time (which literally only happens every couple of months), I like to cook (haute cuisine) for instance. :) Most of us do sports / work out, but that's mostly an on-tour-activity and it's basically about staying fit and in shape. I mean, you're not getting younger, haha!

Focusing on the Swiss Metal scene as a whole, how well-appreciated is the music there? Are there any new bands fans should check out?

Eluveitie is well appreciated in the Swiss Metal scene! Of course there's this kind of "super true" underground part of the scene (usually kinda black metal-ish), which hates us for being internationally successful. But I think that's just a normal phenomenon you can observe in every country's metal scene. ;) And yes, there's a lot of really amazing metal bands in Switzerland! I'd name Blutmond, for instance (a very original avant garde black metal band including a Saxaphonist)! Anna sometimes does guest vocals for this band. They're definitely worth checking out!

As Eluveitie cover Celtic / Helvetian history and folklore, do you personally feel Eluveitie's music could be a good education tool for students studying Celtic Studies per se?

Haha, I don't know. Honestly, I think our albums can be an introduction to the subject and they partly also contain interesting stuff for people conversant and experienced with Celtic history. But if you really want to deal intensely with this matter, then go to university or at least an academic library! ;) But speaking of that, a year ago I was invited by the University of Zurich to lecture during a lecture series on the Gallic wars. It was pretty cool! :)

What plans does Eluveitie have for the rest of 2014 and into 2015?

Well, last month the "Origins World Tour" just kicked off with 30 shows in North America. October till Christmas we'll be touring Europe (including the UK). After that we'll have a break for a few weeks and then the touring will go on (South America, Eastern and Northern Europe and Russia, Asia, Australia and South Africa). The Origins World Tour will presumably keep us on the road for the next two years. 

Personally speaking do you feel that Folk Metal, in specific Celtic Metal, is not greatly represented as it could be?

To be really honest - I don't know. We just do our thing, we play the music we want to play and we never really cared about if it's called Folk Metal or whatever. We hardly ever look at what's going on around us. In that sense we don't have much of a clue about the whole Folk Metal genre, honestly.

Finally are there any hello's and thank you's you wish to send out to fans, friends, etc?

Well, for me it simply remains to say "thank you!" for this interview and thanks a lot to all the readers for their interest in Eluveitie! See you on the road! We'll play in:

  • London - 11th November
  • Manchester - 12th November
  • Glasgow - 13th November
  • Belfast - 14th November
  • Dublin - 15th November
  • Bristol - 16th November

<![CDATA[GMA Interview Interrogation: Colin Parks (Devilment)]]>Thu, 30 Oct 2014 09:29:14 GMThttp://globalmetalapocalypse.weebly.com/metal-interviews/gma-interview-interrogation-colin-parks-devilment


GMA took some time out to talk to Colin Parks, formerly of The Conflict Within and now member of Devilment about their forthcoming tour with Motionless In White and Lacuna Coil.

We also spoke to him about Halloween, which will appear in another article soon as well as what he thinks is wrong with the metal scene as a whole.

We felt to keep the originality of the interview, we would post the audio version in it's entirety and not write anything down. We would appreciate feedback regarding this interview post and whether you want to see just audio or not in the future.

<![CDATA[GMA Interview Interrogation: Serpents Athirst (Sri Lanka)]]>Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:00:31 GMThttp://globalmetalapocalypse.weebly.com/metal-interviews/gma-interview-interrogation-serpents-athirst-sri-lanka

By GMA's Bangladesh Correspondent Nabil Abaddon

Global Metal Apocalypse has always been at the forefront in covering undiscovered talented Metal bands from the obscurest of places. In the past, we have covered some really talented and uprising bands from India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, Thailand etc.

This time our attention turns towards the Sri Lankan Black Metal quartet Serpents Athirst, who are causing quite a stir in the Asian Metal scene. F
ormed in 2011 and performing regularly at local venues with a demo tape released through Eternal Transmigration Records (Bolivia), the band gained widespread attention when they played at Trendslaughter Fest IV (India) and shared the stage with the likes of Impiety and Orator.

They recently signed to Irish label Invictus Productions to release their upcoming EP. Serpents Athirst are going to tour Bangladesh and play at the Banish The Posers Fest 2014 on November 7th.

Banish The Posers Fest is the biggest Extreme Metal festival in Bangladesh and was established by the local cult organization Primitive Invocation. The festival started last year with the bill comprising of
Thailand's Savage Deity, Bangladeshi bands Morbidity, Orator, Nafarmaan and Warhound, India's Purgation and Malaysia's bands Lobotomy and Kathgor,

This year Primitive Invocation took the next big step in their existence by announcing the first ever major Asian Metal band Impiety (Singapore) to perform at this year's Banish The Posers Fest. The rest of the line up includes Serpents Athirst (the first ever Sri Lankan band to play in Bengal), Orator, Nafarmaan, Morbidity and Enmachined. 

Click here to read about the event.

Returning back to Serpents Athirst, GMA caught up with their drummer / main composer Obliterrator and he had a lot to say.

Infernal hails Obliterrator, c
an you tell our readers a few things about the first period of the band? 

Hails Komrade! Serpents Athirst formed in 2011 by two members in order to spread our message to the select few through live rituals and releases. Our influences from the start varied from savage acts like Venom, Blasphemy, Sarcofago, Black Witchery, Bathory and Immortal. 

How does the band name depict the ideologies of the band? 

Trends have caused a countless number of blemishes on this world and in order to project our hate towards trends, organized religion and weak monuments, we’ve chose the best representative to invoke that flame and spread our message: the serpent. A vile horde of serpents growling in thirst of the bloodshed of the weak. Our lyrical themes include death worship, theistic satanism, blasphemy, war and violence.

This is the very first time that a Sri Lankan Metal band is going to play in Bangladesh. How excited is the band in terms of performing at Banish The Posers Fest 2014? What should the Bengal hordes expect from Serpents Athirst?  

We’re absolutely stoked. We have played with a few hordes previously at Trendslaughter. Impiety and Orator are just a few who shared the stage with us. It’s an honor to share the stage with more Asian bands. Serpents Athirst will promise to deliver the most destructive performance at this bastard of a ritual! 

It seems that Serpents Athirst's compositions are velocity driven; its hateful and bestial. How does the band write its songs? Does the guitarist come up with the basic structures or are the lyrics written first? 

I, stand as the composer of the band. However, at our own ritual sessions / rehearsals, there are instances where the rest of the brigade puts a mould together and is then sharpened and ready to spread like venom at the next live ritual. 

Check out the song ‘Ritual Vomitting’ from their upcoming EP here

Serpents Athirst's upcoming EP "Heralding Ceremonial Mass Obliteration" is to be released through Irish label Invictus Productions. How did this record deal come about? Speaking of the EP, can you tell us about the songs in it? How much time did it take to make the entire EP? 

We were offered a deal for the EP. Considering the fact that Invictus Productions is a pioneering establishment, we got hold of the deal and are currently working with Darragh from Invictus to get this EP released. The EP features 3 Songs + samples / interludes which were all put together within a period of 3-5 months.

Your upcoming EP has been recorded and mixed by Kasun Nawarathna at Blasphemous War Goat Studios. He is also the drummer of Funeral In Heaven. It must have been a blast working with such an experienced person? 

Who is also one of the outstanding musicians in the Sri Lankan Extreme Metal Underground. He has been very supportive in making our releases a successful manifestation. Yes, it’s also an honor working with him. It’s also an honor to announce that Kasun Nawarathne will be handling guitar duties for this tour in November at both Calcutta and Dhaka.

Can we expect a full length in the future from Serpents Athirst? How do you picture the band's future in general? 

Affirmative. Guitar tracks for the full length have already been put together, more news and samples will follow. On another note, Serpents Athirst continues to hold a very dark future.

When and how did Heavy Metal music sow its seeds in Sri Lanka> Can you also name the first few Sri Lankan Metal bands? 

The Sri Lankan Metal horde came to rise in the latter part of 2002 and 2003. To name a few, there are bands like Funeral in Heaven, Forlorn Hope, Siblings of Hatred, Fallen Grace, Whirlwind and Paranoid Earthling. There had been older bands such as Rattlesnake, Thapas and Wildfire who were pioneering the earlier days of Heavy metal in Sri Lanka.

What is the metal scene in Sri Lanka like in terms of bands, musicians, gigs, venues and audience turn outs? What bands should be looked out for and have foreign bands visited Sri Lanka?

We’ve got a stellar set of bands, talented musicians and amazing turn outs at gigs every now and then. We do have issues getting a decent venue for a gig to be held in since this country hardly entertains extreme music in public areas and spaces. We usually draw a crowd of 200-300 per gig, which is quite a number in such a small country. A few bands that I raise my fists for would be; Genocide Shrines, Manifestator, Forlorn Hope, Plecto Aliquem Capite, Panzer III, Goatmunition, Paraiah Demise, Funeral in Heaven, Forsaken, Fallen Grace, Dhishti, Old Castles Massacre and Arra to name a few. As for foreign bands, we have had a few but not many. There is hope for more bands in the days ahead.

Apart from playing for Serpents Athirst, what do you guys do for living? How much time from your daily lives do you get to devote to your band on practice sessions, song making / recordings, etc?

We all have a job to support our music. This is clearly not a country that enables you to develop a  steady income with extreme music. In this case we have no option to do what we have to do to keep our music steady. We devote a certain amount of time depending upon our work load etc.

What were the first few Black Metal records you owned or heard that really connected with you and made you decide to become a Black Metal musician?

Venom’s ‘Black Metal’ was a favorite that first connected me. In addition, Sarcofago’s ‘I.N.R.I’, Blasphemy’s ‘Fallen Angel of Doom’, Nagelfar’s ‘Virus West’, Immortal’s ‘Sons of Nothern Darkness’ and some of our very own local offerings were also a motivation towards making extreme music (
Watch Serpents Athirst’s live performances here)

This year Serpents Athirst played at the Trendslaughter Fest IV in February where you performed alongside the likes of Ugra Karma, Orator and Impiety. Surely, sharing the stage with Impiety was a dream come true? How was your interaction with Shiyathan Kommand?

Indeed, it was a killer experience and our debut concert overseas. Goatfather from Impiety was as supportive as he could be. So were the brothers from Orator who have also been close friends with Sri Lankan Musicians.

Serpents Athirst is also going to Kolkata, India with Impiety and Orator to perform at Order Of The Heretical Trident Festival, which is right after BTPF. What do you have to say about it?

A productive invasion like this only provokes us more and more to spew the venomous hate towards humanity and grow stronger.

What do you have to say about the horde of Primitive Invocation for arranging this vehement event?

The komrades from Primitive Invocation are by far one of the pioneering event managers and supporters of the Asian underground. We're truly honored to have worked with their blasphemous terror front!

Thanks for spending time with us to do this interview. I hope to see you soon on stage at BTPF 2014! The last words are yours.

Likewise. Infernal hails for the interest, Praise!

<![CDATA[GMA Interview Interrogation: Ilenkus (Ireland)]]>Tue, 30 Sep 2014 11:35:33 GMThttp://globalmetalapocalypse.weebly.com/metal-interviews/gma-interview-interrogation

Ilenkus are a Progressive Post-Metal quintet from Ireland, the lads have recently released their latest album "The Crossing" (15/09/14) and have also unveiled their latest music video "Over The Fire, Under The Smoke" which in total honesty is a rather special video, no visual effects, no gimmicky tricks or fancy stuff, just one lad by the name of Chris Brennan strolling through the streets of Galway, singing to the song to bemused onlookers.

You can watch the video further down.

GMA managed to catch up with the lads and talk to them about both the new album, their music video, what they think the Irish Metal scene should have and whether or not they should ditch the euro.


Hi guys, a lot has happened in the Ilenkus camp, can you give us the background behind your new album?

We recorded the album in different locations in Ireland but we wanted to go with an engineer who understood our goals and the sonic real estate in which the album would sit in. We spoke with many engineers about making the album and eventually Chris Common (Chelsea Wolfe, These Arms Are Snakes, Pelican, Chelsea Wolfe) agreed to take the reins, he does not mix music as heavy as ours for the most part but we knew we needed a unique approach.

What inspired you to opt for a Progressive / Post-Metal approach? Do you feel it lacks representation as a genre?

That is the style of music that we play as a group, and there was no conscious thought about it when it came to style on this record. I don't feel that this genre lacks representation but it is a hard style to pigeon hole, and some people are scared of doing that.

Focusing on the Irish Metal scene, what do you feel lacks in the scene? What could be improved?

Wild West themed metal festivals. (Ed: are there even any Wild West metal bands?)

How nervous was Chris Brennan when recording the music video? What did the public think of the production? Who came up with the idea and do you feel this is a great way to promote Galway, Irish culture and connect yourself with the city?

Chris is the only person i know with the right temperament and bottle to have done this, he was cool as a cucumber and there was a very mixed reaction from the public. We chat a lot of s*** in the van and on the road and come up with all sorts of crazy ideas. Josh came up with that idea while we were recording the drums and bass for "The Crossing" in Limerick. The video does promote Galway I guess, but that wasn't our intention - we just felt that it was most appropriate to shoot the concept in our home town.

What plans does Ilenkus have for the rest of the year and into 2015 besides the tour?

We have plans to write some new music.

Since joining the Euro, do you feel Ireland has gotten worse or better off? What are your thoughts on the euro and E.U.?

It's convenient with the money but Ireland has plunged into recession since joining the Euro. Probably would have happened anyway, who knows?

How do the three vocals differ? Could you explain why you have three musicians covering vocal duties?

They were all arguing about who should do the singing and then the voices in the argument turned from speech into singing and even further into screaming, I was scared but the melodies were soothing.

Individually, what song off of 'The Crossing' is your favorite and could you explain your choice of song?

I don't have a favorite song because i have not heard the record, the lads wont let me hear it.

Finally are there any hello's, greetings etc you wish to send out to friends, family, etc?



<![CDATA[GMA Interview Interrogation: Machinergy (Portugal)]]>Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:25:29 GMThttp://globalmetalapocalypse.weebly.com/metal-interviews/gma-interview-interrogation-machinergy-portugal

Machinergy are a Thrash Metal trio hailing from the Lisbon District in Portugal. In September they dropped the physical version of their second album "Sounds Evolution" via Portuguese label Metal Soldiers Records and Greek label Secret Port Records worldwide. Prior to this on the 2nd June, they released the digital counterpart to the second album and this earned them sensational reviews:

"From the first to the final breathing, they attack relentlessly with a track-list overall vigorous and brutal, keeping the standards high-leveled with no relevant ups and downs between songs"  Rock & Heavy [Chile] 

"Remember when thrash bands did ten tracks of brutal, fast, pounding music and released it as an album without a thought for appealing to people outside the genre? Machinergy have recaptured those days" The Moshville Times [UK] 

"They will no doubt blow your speakers" Metal Galaxy [Canada] 
"This is one bad-ass album" Woodbangers [USA]

Following this success, Global Metal Apocalypse decided to take time out to speak with Vocalist / Guitarist Rui Vieira about the album, their award-winning documentary, the Portuguese Metal scene and the destruction of the Euro currency.

Rui Vieira (right)

Hi Rui, now you are releasing your second album this month in CD format, how does it differ from 'Rhythmotion'?

Hi there! Well, one of the things is the speed! 'Sounds Evolution' has faster songs than "Rhythmotion'. Besides that, I think we created more simple structures in comparison with the first record, and because we're a trio we recorded the songs thinking about the playing live part. I could make a lot more solos and leads but if I cannot replicate that live, it's better not to do it. Concerning some reviews, they frequently mention our old school heritage (80's Sepultura, Metallica, Slayer, etc) that is way more declared than the first CD.

Machinergy has been going since 2006, what has been the highlight of the band's career thus far?

I think we achieved some important things in these 8 years but, besides our records, our documentary of 2012 is a big highlight for us. It was something new in the Portuguese metal scene and a fresh way to present the EP 'Rhythm Between Sounds'. The cherry on the top of the cake was the award we received recently in a film festival in our homeland, Arruda dos Vinhos.

Focusing on the Portuguese Metal scene, what do you feel lacks within the scene (if anything)? What is the support for metal like in Portugal?

We have some good publications in the underground, from paper fanzines to webzines, there are some venues and festivals where you can play but in the end, you always reach the same conclusion: You must 'fight' for your band! It's very hard nowadays to top a band, your band. There are hundreds and Portugal is not a big country. So, you must keep the publications updated, play live frequently, have good conduct, try to be active in the scene and do your work as best as you can! And persistence. That's one of the main things that's not easy and only some achieve.

Are there any lyrical themes you tend to turn to for each release? What inspires you to write these lyrics?

There's no criteria for the lyrics. In 'Sounds Evolution', there are some common points but, in general, it's very diverse. Some lyrics are more simple and straight to the point, others are more camouflaged. But I try to write always about something that's worthy of writing and transmitting a message. Some may understand, others may not.

If you could spend a day with anyone from Portugal who is famous, who would it be and why?

Maybe a day with Jorge Jesus, the GREAT Benfica FC (best team in the world) coach. He's possibly the best stand-up comedian we have 'round here!

How (and if) has the change in currency, from the Escudo to Euro, affected the scene with regards to instrument prices, live fees, etc?

The Euro is one of the causes of the current crisis situation we have in Portugal. When the Euro appeared, prices increased dramatically. In some cases it increased 50%! Taking into account the salaries remained the same and we have more and more taxes to pay, you can imagine... concerning the tickets for live gigs, it's curious, the prices have been the same for years. For a medium show with 3 to 4 international bands, you'll pay 25 Euros.

Can you give us the background behind the new album? From the planning to the recording, and to the releasing stage?

We started to write 'Sounds Evolution' in 2010. I don't remember if it was 'Cada Falso' or 'Sounds Evolution' we wrote first but we soon realized the new material would bring outside our thrash root in its plenitude. The first record is more industrial, slower and I think we felt the necessity to do an album like this, straight to the point. We recorded it in our home studio and took the time we need to do all the things, to gain more experience, that's a fact.

Concerning the physical release, again our friend Fernando Roberto from Metal Soldiers Records helped us out with it. This partnership extends to the Greek label Secret Port Records. For the next record, I think maybe it would be a good idea to record in a studio and let someone do the job. We've been making everything since 2006 without stopping, we need a rest.

Outside of music, you recently won the best short film category at the Curt'Arruda film festival, can you give us the background behind that, what it entails, what this means for Portuguese metal and the band of course?

The documentary is about our roots, our beginnings in the 80's. We talk about our influences and difficulties that I'm sure are common to the old school metalheads. It was the tape-trading times, the snail mail, the lack of information and money, well... good and passionate but difficult times. We also paid homage to the radio stations and important people that helped us in discovering heavy metal. The documentary was well received in general but, since it was something new and pioneering in our metal scene, I think it deserved a little more attention but... dear friends out there, check it! I'm pretty sure you will like it!

[You can watch the documentary on YouTube here] - it is in Portuguese but has excellent visual representations.

What plans do you have for the rest of the year and into 2015?

Right now, we're committed to bring Machinergy to the world with our new record. Thus therefore, we have just discussed about having a possible live recording to make a DVD. It's a way to fill the gap between albums and keep the band active in the scene.

Finally are there any hello's, thank you's, etc you wish to send out to friends, family, etc?

Thank you Global Metal Apocalypse for this nice interview! We also want to thank all our friends around the world that are helping us, especially with reviews and interviews, radio stations and, of course, our closest friends. A special big thanks to Fernando Roberto from Metal Soldiers Records (Portugal) who has been a great friend and professional in the last few years.