Interview Done By: Kat Von B
The heavy metal queen, Doro Pesch, celebrates 30 years of being one of the leading forces of the metal scene, a pioneer of female fronted metal bands and a true metal icon. I got the opportunity once again to chat with one of my heroes about her 30th anniversary, her upcoming tour and new album that are in the works.
And Metal For All: Hey Doro, thanks so much for taking time to do this interview with me, it’s great to talk with you again! How’s everything going?
Doro Pesch: Hey Kate! Great to talk to you again! Everything is awesome, my voice is a little hoarse from doing interviews but other than that no complaints! (laughs)
AMFA: (laughs) I can imagine!
DP: But I am more than happy to do them.
AMFA: Awesome, so are you on tour right now.
DP: No, no I actually just finished. We did a bunch of summer festivals in Sweden and Berlin but those are all done with so I actually have some ideas for a new album that I want to start working on. We’re doing a tour in the states in October and March but right now I’m anxious to get back in the studio.
AMFA: Very cool! That was actually going to be my next question. So there’s a new album in the works?
DP: Yeah, I’ve been getting a lot of ideas in my head so I’m anxious to get in there and lay down the groundwork. I love “Raise Your Fist” but I’m ready to do something new.
AMFA: “Raise Your Fist” is a really great album, it’s got a lot of those raise your fist in the air, catchy anthems that get your energy going. I was going to ask how you feel about it two years later. Do you still feel the same way as when you first recorded it?
DP: Oh I love it, I think it’s great and it goes over great live! The titletrack has that same feel that “All We Are” did. People love hearing “Revenge” live, that really gets the crowd pumped. I love playing all of those live.
AMFA: Now that you own the Warlock name, any chance of some Warlock reissues or maybe a box set?
DP: Yeah, I bought the name back in 2010, I would love to do it but I don’t know. It’s still very complicated, there are so many record companies that either don’t exist anymore or changed hands so there’s a lot of legal work to go through to get the rights to the songs and albums. Copyright laws and all that.
AMFA: That’s true, that always happens. Even if you own the name record companies will always have you go through some legal course of action to get the rights to your own songs.
DP: Exactly, plus we’re celebrating my 30th anniversary as a performer in the music business so Nuclear Blast is going to put out a re-release of “Raise Your Fist” plus a bonus cd that will have some unreleased tracks from that album plus a bunch of covers. From Led Zeppelin to Tina Turner to Ronnie James Dio. It’s going to be really great. That and the tour are going to keep us busy.
AMFA: Oh awesome and congratulations on 30 years! That’s fantastic!
DP: Thank you! It’s going to be a lot of fun. We’re letting the fans pick out the songs for our set. It’ll be everything from “Burning the Witches” to “Raise Your Fist” so we’re going to have fun seeing what songs they pick.
AMFA: That is very cool!
DP: Yeah, in October we’re playing some shows in Milwaukee and Chicago and then in March we’ll be in Southern California we’ll be playing at the House of Blues and The Whiskey. If you can make it down there it’d be great to see you!
AMFA: Definitely! I’m always down for a road trip and it’d be great to see you!
AMFA: Since you mentioned celebrating 30 years how do you think the metal scene has changed over the years since you started out?
DP: Oh man, I was so lucky and happy to have witnessed and be a part of the metal scene back in the early eighties. There was so much more freedom back then. We could do pretty much whatever we wanted. I remember we do these awesome outdoor shows, we’d just set up our gear somewhere in the middle of a forest in Germany to play. Tons of people would come out to see us. There’d be these massive pits and stagediving and people would be drinking beer and just having a blast. We played with tons of great bands too; W.A.S.P, Dio, Motorhead, Judas Priest, Saxon, so many killer bands. Then the nineties came and everything changed. All the companies wanted to hear was grunge. If you didn’t play grunge or you played metal it was impossible released. No one would even listen to it.
AMFA: Yeah, I remember that. Big metal bands like Slayer and Iron Maiden that could sell out arenas were playing these small clubs in the Bay Area. It was so weird.
DP: Yeah exactly. But in 1999/2000 it changed again and metal started coming back and getting big again. It’s getting bigger still I think! A lot of great metal bands have been coming out so I think that’s a really good sign that the metal scene is alive and strong again.
AMFA: Any words for your fans out there?
DP: yeah, just want to say thank you so much for the support, it really means a lot to me. I can’t wait to see everyone at the shows; it’s going to be a lot of fun! I hope to see you there Kate!
AMFA: Absolutely! Thank you again for taking the time to do the interview, it was great talking to you!
DP: Anytime and thank you! It was awesome talking with you again! Horns up Kate!
-Kat Von B
Interview with Derrick Green
Interview Done By: Kat Von B
In celebration of an astounding thirty-year career, Sepultura — who stands among Brazil’s most successful bands ever — will unleash a new live offering entitled Sepultura And Les Tambours du Bronx: Metal Veins – Alive At Rock In Rio.
In a spectacular performance that finds Sepultura accompanied throughout by the French industrial percussion group Les Tambours du Bronx, notorious for beating 225-liter barrels with beech wood bats or even axe handles, the show was recorded from the band’s main stage appearance at the legendary Rock In Rio gala in 2013. Featuring Sepultura’s most revered tunes including “Refuse/Resist,” “Territory” and “Roots Bloody Roots,” which sees the audience chanting the entire cut from beginning to end, the sheer volume of sound, percussive enormity and powerful presentation sets this release apart from any previous Sepultura concert offering to date.
With a one-hour run time divided into thirteen cuts, the album also features a cover of Prodigy’s “Firestarter,” the fan-chanted “Sepulnation” hymn, and music from the band’s Kairos full-length. Metal Veins – Alive At Rock In Rio will come available on CD, DVD and for the first time in the band’s history, Blu-Ray via a partnership with Rock In Rio, MZA Music and Eagle Rock Entertainment. In addition, the DVD includes an exclusive documentary of behind-the-scenes preparation with interviews, rehearsal and sound-check footage and clips of the band just seconds before they hit the stage. I was luck enough to chat with Sepultura’s vocalist, Derrick Green, about the about the album and their future plans.
And Metal For All: Hey Derrick, thank you for taking the time to do this interview. How’s everything going with the band?
Derrick Green: Yeah absolutely. We’re doing great, trying to stay as busy as possible. We got a bunch of shows coming up in South Africa, Australia and New Zealand so we’re pretty stoked about that.
AMFA: Can you tell us a little about this live album that’s coming out?
DG: Yeah, it’s called Sepultura and Les Tambours du Bronx: Metal Veins- Alive at Rock in Rio. It’ll be available on DVD and Blu-ray as well as the cd in September. It’s from a show that we did last year with this percussion group called les Tambours Du Bronx who we met in France. They did one track on our last album “The Mediator Between Head and Hands Must Be the Heart. We decided we really wanted to do this show with them and it went awesome.
AMFA: This is the 3th anniversary for Sepultura. Is the album a way to celebrate the anniversary?
DG: Well, we were going to do something big to celebrate in December but this is definitely going to be a part of it
AMFA: I love how this album sounds. We are huge fans of live albums, it’s great to hear the raw energy from the band that’s sometimes lacking on studio albums.
DG: Oh great! Cool, I’m glad you liked it. Yeah, I agree there’s something about playing live and getting that energy from the crowd that’s just electric.
AMFA: How would you describe your last album?
DG: It’s very heavy hitting that’s the first time we got to record with our new drummer, Eloy Casagrande and it was his chance to really show his skills. Plus we had producer Ross Robinson who produced “Roots, Bloody Roots. Album and he is just amazing.
AMFA: How do you think Sepultura has changed over the years?
DG: I think we’ve definitely grown. There’s a lot of diversity a lot of different elements. We still remain really heavy but you have to grown and change a little to avoid getting stale.
AMFA: Absolutely agree. You can still stick to your roots but there’s nothing wrong with some growth.
AMFA: Who have been some of your influences musically.
DG: When I was in high school I really started getting to punk and hardcore bands like Bad Brains and Cro-Mags. I always a straight-edged kid, never drank or did drugs so I really looked up to bands like that.
AMFA: Is that what got you into playing music?
DG: Absolutely. Loved the energy from the crowd. That connection. I knew I wanted to be a part of that.
AMFA: What are some plans for the future?
DG: We’re going to do a bunch of shows in Brazil, South Africa, Australia and New Zealnd but we’re planning to hit the U.S in spring and play as many shows as possible over there.
AMFA: Any words for your fans?
DG: Just thanks so much for all the support and can’t wait to see everyone in the U.S!
AMFA: Thank you again for taking the time to do this interview with us Derrick!
DG: Anytime! Thank you!
9/08/2012 Haven Lounge – Orlando, FL
9/10/2012 Empire – Springfield, VA
9/11/2012 Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY
9/12/2012 Bogie’s – Albany, NY
9/13/2012 Imperial – Quebec City, QC
9/14/2012 Foufounes Electriques – Montreal, QC
9/15/2012 The Opera House – Toronto, ON
9/16/2012 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
9/17/2012 Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL
9/19/2012 Osborne Village Inn – Winnipeg, MB
9/20/2012 The Exchange – Regina, SK
9/21/2012 Pawn Shop – Edmonton, AB
9/22/2012 The Level Nightclub – Kelowna, BC
9/23/2012 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
9/25/2012 The Alley – Reno, NV
9/26/2012 DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA
9/27/2012 Key Club – West Hollywood, CA
9/28/2012 El Rey Theatre – Albuquerque, NM
9/29/2012 Trees – Dallas, TX
With Guitarist Trevor Peres
Interview Done By: Kate Smith
And Metal For All
I was lucky enough to have opportunity to talk with guitarist Trevor Peres of legendary death metal band Obituary. About their upcoming tour, album and the future of Obituary. Check out tour dates to see if they are coming to a town near you!
And Metal For All: Thanks so much for taking the time to do the interview; we at And Metal for All really appreciate it!
Trevor Peres: Anytime, thanks for supporting Obituary and the metal scene!
AMFA: So just for history’s sake and for the few who live under a rock and haven’t heard you, can you give some background of how Obituary came together?
TP: (laughs) Well, Don and I lived in the same neighborhood together when we were younger, and Jon too of course, so we started playing music. Jon was our temporary vocalist while we looked for someone else but obviously became our permanent vocalist for the band. We all just really like playing music do it made sense to put a band together. So here are today (laughs).
AMFA: You start your tour in September with Jungle Rot and who else?
TP: Let’s see, Jungle Rot, a little band called Decrepit Birth, Broken Hope and Encrust
AMFA: So what are some of your hopes for this tour?
TP: To be honest, we don’t really have any. This tour just kind of popped up. We’re working on a new album. The manager for Kataklysm put it together and asked if we could do it and we said sure. It will be fun because we haven’t done a full tour in awhile. We’ve done shows here and there but not a full scale tour and there are some songs we haven’t played in awhile so it’ll be cool to play again.
AMFA: When is the new album coming out?
TP: Well first, we’re doing an EP that you’ll be able to download from ITunes in the fall and then the full album will be coming out early next year.
AMFA: So this is the 20th anniversary for The End Complete.
TP: Yeah, this month it is the 20th anniversary
AMFA: So do we get a sneak peek at all of what you’re going to play off that album on the tour?
TP: Well, I don’t want to tell you cause then I’d have to kill ya, (laughs)
AMFA: (laughing) Fair enough, I prefer to live
TP: We are going to be doing 5 or 6 songs off the first three albums. Which I think a lot of the old school fans are really going to like but I don’t want to ruin it for anybody.
AMFA: That’s awesome, fans are are going to be stoked over that, I know I am!
TP: Yeah, definitely, I think a lot of old die hard Obituary fans are really going to like this show.
AMFA: What are some long term goals for Obituary? What would you like to be doing in 5 years or so?
TP: Retire? (laughs) No, just keep creating killer, heavy albums that people will like. It’s really hard to sell albums these days. But honestly just keep touring and making albums until we get too old or don’t want to do this anymore.
AMFA: What were some of your influences growing up?
TP: Oh, Slayer, Celtic Frost, Possessed. Heavy stuff like that. But of course the old school stuff like Dio, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath.
AMFA: Any new bands you’re listening to now?
TP: Any new bands? No, not really. I’m old school so I listen to that kind of stuff.
AMFA: Right on, well are there any words for your fans?
TP: yeah, thanks for the support and come out and see us when we’re on tour! Visit us at http://www.obituary.cc!
AMFA: Well, thank you so much and will see you when you play in San Francisco!
TP: Thank you and will see you out there!
Done By: Kate Smith
Legendary death metallers, Obituary, are travelling across the country on their Carnival of Death tour along side Jungle Rot, Broken Hooe and Decrepit Birth. I caught up with bassist Terry Butler to talk about the tour, the future for Obituary and the new album coming out next year!
And Metal For All: First, just want to say thank you for doing this interview with And Metal for All, I really appreciate it!
Terry Butler: No problem, we appreciate it the support!
AMFA: So this is your first major American tour that you guys have done in awhile, how has it been going so far?
TB: Really good. Yeah, this is the first one Obituary has done in about three years. This is my first one with the band in the states.
AMFA: Right, you guys just did a European tour?
TB: Yeah, for six weeks a few months ago and we’re doing another one in December. So we’re keeping busy.
AMFA: Nice! So you are doing the first three albums, “Slowly We Rot”, “Cause of Death” and “The End Complete” but it also has been fan requests as far as what is being played on tour?
TB: Yeah, it’s the first three records, five songs off of each album. It’s been going really well, good response to the songs. Fans seem to really like what we’ve been playing.
AMFA: have you been surprised by what fans have been requesting?
TB: Yeah, we put the word out there through the Internet, letting people know this is what we’re doing and people still want to hear songs from the other albums. So we have to let them know we’re not doing those songs, just from the first three albums.
AMFA: Just the first three albums people, c’mon get with it!
TB: (laughs) Exactly.
AMFA: Has it been a trip playing some of those songs?
TB: Yeah, for me some of those songs are still kind of new
AMFA: Right, you joined in 2010?
TB: Yeah, so for me that was kind of a big task but for the rest of the guys they haven’t played some these songs in eighteen years or more so we’re all relearning the songs while we’re on tour
AMFA: You guys are working on a new album too?
TB: Yeah, we have about four songs written so far and hopefully it’ll be out early next year.
AMFA: So what can fans expect from the new album?
TB: Just more brutality, a lot of catchy, heavy riffs. Mainly just that classic Obituary sound that fans dig.
AMFA: Obituary has always stayed true to their sound, how do do you think you’ve grown as musicians over the years?
TB: Well for myself I just get better with age and I can say the same for the rest of the guys too. A lot more comfortable with what we’re doing now.
AMFA: who have been some of your influences over the years,growing up listening to metal?
TB: Some of my biggest influences over the years have been Thin Lizzy, Geezer Butler, Dio. Mercyful Fate, Venom, Slayer.
AMFA: All amazing bands. How has the tour been going so far, how has the lineup with these bands been so far?
TB: It’s been amazing so far. I’ve felt more comfortable with this band than I have with any others. We all get along really good, I’ve known them for about twenty-five years.
AMFA: So what are some future plans?
TB: Just going to keep touring and keep writing music while we’re on tour and get the album out next year.
AMFA: So what are your hopes for Obituary in another five years or ten years?
TB: Selling out venues, bring in new kids to hear our music, keep getting brutal music out there for our fans.
AMFA: Any words for your fans?
TB: Thanks for all the support, keep buying our music and coming out to the shows!
AMFA: Well, thank you again for the interview and have an awesome set!
TB: Anytime, thank you for the support!
Done By: Kate Smith
Doro Pesch is the goddess of metal and an inspiration to women all over. Everything she does, she does all the way and with an unlimited amount of passion. This year Doro is celebrating her 30th year of playing metal with a brand new album and tour. She was kind enough to talk with me about “Raise Your Fist”, the upcoming tour and in general what inspires her to continue on playing music.
And Metal For All : Hey Doro, how are you?
Doro Pesch: Hi Kate! So good to talk to you again! I remember we’ve talked before!
AMFA: Yeah, not in a long time, I think back in 2000 was the last time I did an interview with you!
DP: That’s right! That was around around the time I was on tour with Dio, that was a really great tour.
AMFA: I just wanted to say thank you, not only for doing this interview but for also just being such a huge influence. You really inspired me to play music and to sing. I’ve been listening to you since I was fourteen and I just think you’re amazing.
DP: Oh thank you, Kate that really means a lot to me. That is is so great that you play music!
AMFA: So you’ve been keeping busy, you just put out “Under My Skin” a greatest hits album and now you’re putting out a new album, “Raise Your Fist”. What drives you, what keeps you motivated?
DP: My love for music, my connection with my fans makes everything exciting. They always surprise me and lift me up whenever I’m playing live and just their reactions to the music always keeps me going. The mix of old and new music. I love everything I’ve done but also making and putting out new music always keeps me wanting to do it more and more.
AMFA: That’s awesome to have such a passion for music. Lemmy is on a couple tracks on the new album and I know he’s done guest appearances on past albums, has he been one of your favorite musicians to work with?
DP: He is awesome, the fans really love him and he is definitely one of a kind. He is such a soulful musician. It’s always such an honor to work with him. When I played the track for him he instantly liked it and wanted to be a part of it and I was more than happy to have him on it.
AMFA: what was the inspiration behind ” Raise Your Fist”?
DP: This is the 30th anniversary of playing music for me so I wanted to do what I do best. Make some old school metal anthems that will have fans raising their fist in the air. Last year I played “Raise YourFist in the Air” and I had 60,000 metal heads pumping their fists up in the air and it was just simply amazing to see. So that’s what I want fans doing when they hear this album. I want to deliver some old school heavy metal to them.
AMFA: Well, you definitely did that. I’ve been listening to the album for the past week or so and it’s just incredible!
DP: Oh, thank you!
AMFA: So you’re doing 7000 tons of metal, the metal cruise in Miami alongside bands such as Flotsam and Jetsam, Ensiferum and Dragonforce. Have you done anything like this before or is this your first one?
DP: I did one in Sweden awhile back but this the first one I will be doing in America. I can’t wait, I love performing in America!
AMFA: You are such a dominant figure in the metal scene. How do you think you’ve grown over the years?
DP: You know, I just follow my heart, my instincts. I give 150% every time. I know what works and what doesn’t. Not everything has been easy but that makes it all the worthwhile. The fans are the true inspiration, they keep me going and doing this after all these years. I don’t make any compromises like I used to when I was younger. I thought the record labels knew better so I listened to them but now I follow my own gut. I have no regrets. You know, the metal scene kind of disappeared in the mid-nineties but when it came back 1999/2000 people had a much more appreciation for it and I think they still have that same appreciation for it now.
AMFA: I absolutely agree, I remember in the mid-nineties when metal kind of disappeared or went underground and only the true metal fans kept listening to it but when it returned in full force by 2000 it was such a breath of fresh air I think all metal fans realized how much they missed and have a greater appreciation for it.
DP: Absolutely,the metal scene is really strong now and will be for a long time to come. I remember when we were with Dio in 1999 and the were so many fans at that show it was really great. That was a fantastic tour, I had an opportunity to become really good friends with Ronnie, he was such a great guy and singer. Just incredible.
AMFA: So “Raise Your Fist” is coming out in November, how long do you plan on being on tour after it’s released?
DP: Yeah, it’s being released in October in Europe and then in the states in November so we’ll be going on tour in November. We’ll be touring all over France, England, Germany. Then we’ll be doing the cruise in January. After that we’ll be touring North and South America. This is the 30th anniversary so we’re doing some big shows in New York and we’re also going to play Wacken which is already sold out. So this going to be a busy year for us which is awesome.
AMFA: That is incredible, I can’t wait to see you play live again! So do you have any words of advice for musicians today?
DP: Just follow your heart, follow your gut. Give your all, give 110% into what you’re doing. Don’t let people tell you what to do, just do what you want and give it your best.
AMFA: Any words for your fans?
DP: That I love them and thank you so much for everything. I hope they love the new album! Stay well, stay healthy and stay metal!
AMFA: Thank you so much Doro, this has been awesome. It’s fantastic to talk to you again and will hopefully meet you in person soon!
DP: Absolutely! Thank you so much Kate, it’s been awesome talking to you again! Good luck with your music and will see you when we play in San Francisco!
Here is an interview I conducted on October 26, 2012 with bassist/vocalist, Venien:
HogMaul: The Legend of Abrams County
A murderous legend born in 1953 returns to a small rural Pennsylvania town. Killer? Cryptid? Myth? Can your reeling mind handle the head-hammering madness? You will cringe at the gore! You will thrill to legend-hunting hotties! You will laugh until you kill! Watch HogMaul: this little piggy takes YOU to market.
A group of very talented artists came together to make a film that will not only make you laugh but also pays homage to the classic 1970’s monster movies that every horror fan loves. Writer and director, Nap Bishop, took the time with And Metal For All to talk about how the idea of Hogmaul came about, his love of horror films and some of his future plans.
And Metal For All: Hey Nap, thanks for taking the time for doing this interview with And Metal For All! How do you feel now that the film is finally completed?
Nap Bishop: I am happy to take part, and thank you! I’m a fan of the blog so I was pretty thrilled that you asked for the interview. How do I feel now that the film is completed? Relieved, grateful, excited. We have such limited experience and the most meager funds available, so there was no guarantee that we could even pull it off. I’m happy as hell to be so close to releasing the DVD. I’m also tired!
And Metal For All: What is the concept behind “Hogmaul: The Legend of Abrams County”?
Nap Bishop: The idea was to create our own monster, in this case a cryptid named HogMaul, and build a mythology around the beast. My goal as I was writing the script was to make the audience laugh and at the same time pay homage to the 1970’s drive-in monster movies that I love so much. Our film is set in a rural town and tells the tale of a mythical pigman (HogMaul) who may or may not wander the woods in hopes of crushing some skulls with his ever present sledge hammer. As the story unfolds the viewer will learn how much of the legend is fact and how much of it is, as the town’s Sheriff puts it, just plain bullshit. We do our best to develop our characters, which I think goes back to that 70’s era storytelling that makes this movies so special. I think it’s important to note that while HogMaul has its share of blood splatter, it’s not a gore fest or a slasher film. It’s a monster comedy and we’re going for giggles along with the gross.
And Metal For All: How did you come up with the idea for the film?
Nap Bishop: I had a few things written before I had any idea what monster would be at the center of the story, or for that matter what the hell I was going to do with what I had committed to paper. Early in the writing process I remembered a terrific pig mask that my friend Anders Eriksen had created and left at my house years before. I pulled it out of storage, and suddenly I had my killer beastie. That allowed me to move forward pretty steadily. By the way, that mask does appear in the film but the actual HogMaul mask was created after the script was close to completion.
And Metal For All: Who else is involved in the making of the film?
Nap Bishop: Well, since I already mentioned him I’ll start with Anders Eriksen and his wife Asia. They designed and created the terrific creature effects for HogMaul and suggested wonderful ideas for his wardrobe as well. You may know the Eriksen’s as the masterminds behind Nightmare Gloves and Werepups. They are both insanely talented and their work is magnificent. We were produced by the tenacious Katie Jones, who really made the whole thing work from the start, and Brad Wanner is our Director of Photography. They both were involved in so many facets of the process, there is no way this could have been done without them. The same is true for Jen Wanner (actress, makeup, and a million other things), Sean Hockensmith (actor, musician), Lucas Colton (graphic artist, sound, musician) and Cori Coulter (actress, Associate Producer). These people make up the backbone of our humble project. We are proud of our entire cast and crew, but it would honestly take another page to list them. I am very grateful for everyone’s efforts to say the least, and I hope that the folks who are kind enough to give our movie a chance enjoy seeing the group’s hard work on the screen.
And Metal For All: When did you realize that you wanted to be a filmmaker?
Nap Bishop: I never really had any intention or desire to make a film until the idea for HogMaul came to me. Up to that point I was content to veg out in front of the screen, eat some Fritos and just watch horror. I guess you never know when inspiration will strike.
And Metal For All: What films have you done before “Hogmaul”?
Nap Bishop: This is my first stab at directing and the first production for ILL- Conceived Films. We are very limited as far as experience is concerned. but I think we make up for it with our determination and cohesiveness.
And Metal For All: What are some influences for your ideas?
Nap Bishop: As I’ve mentioned, I’m heavily influenced by the monster movies from the 70’s. For example, Creature From Black Lake and BigFoot (1970) are definite inspirations for Hogmaul. Those movies and others like them have been a huge part of my life for decades, and they helped shape my love for the horror genre early on. Other than that I think everything influences my writing! People, music, the town I live in, politics, pets…almost anything can spark an idea.
And Metal For All: There is also a soundtrack for the film. Who all was involved in the making of that and how would you describe the music?
Nap Bishop: Oh, the soundtrack was a blast to put together. I think we managed to capture the film’s tone in the music and hopefully the viewers and listeners will agree. Sean Hockensmith and I wrote the majority of the tunes. and he produced all but one of the tracks. The only song Sean didn’t work on was contributed by the TaRB (sic) who perform a kick ass song called Basis Of Reality. The soundtrack as a whole is a blend of Psychobilly, Garage Punk, Countryfried Rock and a few other things thrown in to the mix. It’s a pretty eclectic array of tunes.
And Metal For All: What are some of your favorite horror films?
Nap Bishop: Being asked this question is a horror nerd’s dream! LOL! I love so many films it would be easy to list hundreds of favorites, but I will spare you and your readers. My favorite movie is Tobe Hooper’s Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and I think that to this day it’s the finest horror movie ever made. I love Santa Sangre and Audition, they are both beautiful movies. Blood Feast absolutely slays me and is a long time favorite, as is Night Of The Demons (1988). To name a few others that would make my top 100 list; Hardware, Jaws, Godzilla, The Body Snatcher, Theater of Blood, Satan’s Cheerleaders, Phantom Of The Paradise, Phantasm, The Howling, … and on and on. I like horror for a lot of reasons and my favorites reflect that. Scary or campy, funny or “so bad it’s good”, so much about the genre appeals to me.
And Metal For All: Who are some of your favorite writers and directors?
Nap Bishop: Tough to narrow this list down to a few also. Directors I like include Tobe Hooper, Robert Wise, Hitchcock, Ti West, Joe Dante, Herschell Gordon Lewis, Mario Bava, William Castle and Jacques Tourneur. There are a ton of others I admire, and they all have distinct styles that set them apart from the pack. Writers? Richard Matheson is an obvious choice and Dewitt Bodeen did brilliant work with producer Val Lewton. Let’s see, who else? I like Robb White and Joe Lansdale quite a bit. Joe Cornish is a screen writer with a huge future ahead of him, and I think that’s true for Ti West as well. Wow, I really could name dozens more.
And Metal For All: How do you feel about horror films today?
Nap Bishop: Great! This era is just like any other, There are good movies and bad movies. There’s also some amazing new stuff that proves to me that today’s horror is in very capable hands. Films like Attack The Block, American Mary and The Innkeepers are well written and well lensed, and they make me happy to be a horror geek. I know that the current remake thing is a big issue for a lot of fans, and I agree that some of the re-do’s are not necessary, but there have been some incredible remakes as well (Herzog’s Nosferatu and Carpenter’s The Thing). I don’t reject a film just because there is a classic original that precedes it. I’m willing to give ANY horror movie a chance. What worries me is the motivation behind the recent flood of remakes. The people making them often are not fans and are not that familiar with the source material or it’s appeal, so sometimes it feels like they are just doing a job. I’m not knocking anyone for taking a project offered to them because I understand Capitalism..lol..it’s just that I prefer my artists to be inspired and not simply hired.
And Metal For All: What future projects do you have in mind. Are you doing another film soon?
Nap Bishop: Yep, we have a few things that we’re looking at. Right now I’m working on a screenplay that seems to fall into the slasher category, so yes we’re getting moving on another production soon. I don’t want to give anything away, but the next thing we do is going to be a bloody mess.
And Metal For All: What words of advice would you give to up and coming filmmakers out there?
Nap Bishop: Not really sure I’m qualified to give anyone advice about ANYTHING but I do know that working hard was crucial to making HogMaul happen. We jammed our foot on the gas pedal and never let up. That would be my advice to anyone who wants to make a movie. Find a core group of trusted, talented collaborators, set your goals high, work your ass off and leave nothing on the table.
And Metal for All: Thanks again for taking the time to do the interview, we at And metal for All really appreciate it!
Nap Bishop: Hey, it’s been my pleasure! I appreciate your time and interest. Thanks a ton for the opportunity and keep up the great work!
One of the first bands to combine high-energy grindcore like Terrorizer with simplified death metal like second album Entombed, Exhumed created an audience for their unique and gore-splattered approach. After years apart, they have returned and released their latest album, “Necrocracy”, embarked on a 3 month European tour and are getting ready to head out again for the U.S tour with Dying Fetus and Devourment. Vocalist Matt Harver was kind enough to take a break from his crazy schedule do an interview with AMFA to talk about the new album, the tour and future plans!
And Metal For All: Thank you so much for taking the time to do this interview with us! We at And Metal For All really appreciate it! How did the European tour go?
Matt Harvey: The Euro tour was really good, man. Just a bit on the long side. We were there for three months – I mean there was a bit of down time here and there, but we hit 22 countries this last run and played 60+ shows, so I came home a bit exhausted to be honest. But we’ll be back on the road soon, which is good, because after a couple of weeks we get pretty bored.
AMFA: You guys are getting ready to tour across the U.S again in October as well?
MH: Yeah, we’ll be going out with Dying Fetus and Devourment. I think it’s gonna be totally insane, to be honest. We’re already working on a Russian trip after the Fetus tour and more stuff for the future. We’re a full-time working-class rock band, man. We live on the road!
AMFA: The new album, “Necrocracy” is excellent! How would you describe to those who haven’t heard it yet?
MH: It’s the heart-wrenching tale of a young girl who finds love in New York after surviving a concentration camp, but the ghosts of her past and her lover’s obsession threaten to tear their lives apart. Wait – that’s Sophie’s Choice. It’s a bit heavier and has more groove than the last album. There’s actually bass on it, which is a nice change. I feel like the songs are a bit more rhythmic and open up a bit more. That all said, it’s very definitely an Exhumed record, there are dual vocals, blast beats, thrash parts, multisyllabic lyrics, all the usual stuff.
AMFA: It appears the lineup for the band has changed, who is in the new lineup now?
MH: When we did All Guts… we knew that Danny and Leon wouldn’t be able to do long-haul touring and when we made the decision to go that route, we recruited Mike (Hamilton, drums) and Rob (Babcock, bass / vocals). They did 95% of all the shows for the last record and the chemistry was working out great. As we kept touring for the record, the dynamic with Wes, who played guitar on the last record, was just not working out. The only guy we even considered for the job was Bud. I bugged him a few times and he finally caved in and got in the van. We haven’t looked back since and the band is firing on all cylinders musically and as far as getting along well and enjoying touring and jamming together. It doesn’t get better than that, man.
AMFA: Do you feel like your music has changed at all over the years?
MH: Yeah, I mean, it would be pretty monotonous to keep doing the same thing over and over and over, not just for us, but for anyone listening as well. At the same time, I think we’ve stayed true to what the band has always been about and still have the same kind of intensity that’s been there since we were kids in my dad’s garage.
AMFA: What are some of your influences for your songs?
MH: As far as the riffs and shit, that hasn’t changed too much since day one. When it comes to this style of music, my favorites are still Repulsion, Terrorizer, Autopsy, the early Death stuff, Carcass, Napalm Death, Carnage, Entombed, Unseen Terror, Celtic Frost, Kreator, Slayer, Exodus, all the usual suspects. In terms of putting our songs together and shit, we’re really into the pop songwriting technique. I feel like it’s one of the things that I miss listening to a lot of Death Metal, where so much stuff is through-composed. I like hooks, and we strive to write the catchiest songs we possibly can. I listen to all kinds of music, most of which is not Death Metal, and a lot of which is not Metal at all. I see commonalities between songs I like from all genres, be it chord progressions, certain types of harmonies, songwriting techniques, etc. I mean, one of my favorite things on the new record is in the title track where the bridge resolves into the third chorus, but it’s modulated up a whole step. That’s actually like a Peter Cetera / 80s Chicago thing to do. Then the first bonus track, “The Beginning After The End” is a title I nicked from one of my favorite alt / pop bands, a Canadian band called Stars. The vocal pattern in “The Rotting” is taken from an old XTC song, so there’s all kinds of weird shit in there.
AMFA: Who have been some of your influences musician-wise over the years?
MH: Well, my first exposure was my grandmother’s piano playing and my uncle’s guitar playing. My grandma was more of a classical person, that and opera, and my uncle is a jazz / fusion guitarist that also plays flute and a couple other instruments. Then it was really my dad’s record collection. I really dig stuff like Cream, Jefferson Airplane, Buffalo Springfield, The Byrds, Love, all the old psych rock era stuff, and that came from him. Then when I was a kid I was really into Run DMC, LL Cool J, 2 Live Crew, a bunch of the 80s hip-hop stuff, until I heard metal. Metallica was the band that got me hooked and from there I just wanted to hear shit that was heavier and faster. These days I’m more into guitar players like Michael Schenker’s UFO stuff, Gary Moore, Buck Dharma, Uli Jon Roth, Robin Trower, stuff like that. I try to bring a little bit of that rock feel into the band, especially the solos and shit.
AMFA: Being around for so long how do you think the metal scene has changed over the years or do you think it’s changed at all?
MH: Well, I mean it’s still people that are passionate about an extremely un-marketable form of music just plugging in and turning up. Sonically there have been a lot of changes and trends that come and go, but anything that’s been going for 40 years is gonna go through a lot of iterations and evolutions. Blue Cheer doesn’t sound like Motorhead who don’t sound like Slayer who don’t sound like Bolt Thrower who don’t sound like Black Dahlia Murder. It’s healthy for any form of music or art to change and take on new ideas. I’m personally stuck in the past as far as my own tastes, but the music and fashion and shit changes. I dunno when I was sixteen I didn’t want to play in a band like Jefferson Airplane, that would have seemed silly. So why would a sixteen year old today want to play in a band with a 20 year old sound?
AMFA: What are some future plans for Exhumed?
MH: Drinking, rocking, hailing, killing. After the Fetus tour, we’re working on something for Russia which would be really cool, and we have a festival date in Denmark before the tour and another in Denver after the tour. It’s gonna be a busy year, and if things go well, next year should be another busy one for us!
AMFA: Thank you again for doing this interview with us! Any closing words for your fans?
MH: Thanks for the interview dude, we appreciate the support! We look forward to getting out on the campaign trail and seeing all of the mutants and maniacs out there again on tour. Thanks to anyone that has come to a show, bought an album or a shirt, or just banged their head and drank beer listening to our records. We really couldn’t do it without you!
Steve Tucker Interview
Vocalist/Guitarist for Warfather
Interview Done By:
And Metal For All
The new full-time project fronted by ex-Morbid Angel bassist/vocalist Steve Tucker, WARFATHER was initially announced in mid-2012, but has remained otherwise virtually a mystery until now. As the finishing touches are currently being handled on their debut album, now confirmed to bear the title, Orchestrating the Apocalypse, this band sees Tucker back to fronting a death metal outfit after over a decade since his departure from Morbid Angel, and over two years since his participation as a vocalist and writer in the well-received Nader Sadek project. On the impending attack, Tucker states, “I am stoked about WARFATHER and our first album! WARFATHER is more than just a metal band; it is a belief system and a meeting of the minds, the ones that can see what is truly happening in the times we are living in. Orchestrating The Apocalypse is a warning to the eyes that choose to be blind, and a call to arms to the minds that do feel the coming changes. It is pure blackened, apocalyptic death metal. Fuck religion, fuck the government! This is their apocalypse. Our time is NOW!”
Steve Tucker was kind enough to take some time and do an interview with And Metal For All to talk about Warfather’s debut album, “Orchestrating the Apocalypse”, his views on the world and future plans for the band.
And Metal For All: Hey Steve, thanks so much for doing the interview with us. We really appreciate it!
Steve Tucker: Hey no problem at all, the pleasure is all mine.
AMFA: When and how did Warfather start coming together?
Steve Tucker: It started around the time I was doing Nader Sadek, finishing up the “In the Flesh” album. I got it in my head that I started thinking my own, start my own death metal band so I started looking and auditioning people through videos and that’s how I found Deimos, Avgustus and Armutura and that’s how we came together. This was around 2011/2012. It’s a really strong, solid lineup.
AMFA: Very cool, I just got a copy of the CD a couple days ago and have been listening to it very strong, brutal death metal, I am really digging it.
ST: Well first of all thank you very much, I’m really glad you like it. That’s the way death metal is really meant to be. Very brutal, very dark. I’m a fan of death metal and have been for a very long time so that’s how I wanted to make my music. Very brutal and dark but melodic and atmospheric at the same time.
AMFA: Yeah, I can definitely hear that on that on there. It’s very cool.
ST: Thank you so much, I really appreciate it.
AMFA: How would you describe “Orchestrating the Apocalypse?”
ST: Honestly I would tell them if Slayer’s the heaviest thing you heard then this is not for you. This is 100% death metal meant for death metal fans. It’s very dark with a lot of emotion behind it. I really enjoy listening to it but it is not for everyone. If you’re not used to it can almost be uncomfortable at times.
AMFA: I actually really enjoy that, I think more music should be like that. Emotional to where it can be uncomfortable or unsettling. There are too many bands that play music that is easy to listen to, no emotion, the same thing over and over again. It’s boring to me so I really appreciate it when something like this comes along.
ST: yeah and I mean music is meant to have emotion. It’s an emotional thing, it’s a release of emotion. I’m really proud of this album. I think we all did a really great job with it.
AMFA: Very cool. Are you going to be working on any other projects right now or is Warfather your main focus right now?
ST: Yeah, Warfather is definitely my main focus but I mean I’ve been playing music since I was 13, I’m 42 now, I love playing music so I would the opportunity to play with some other musicians but as far as doing any other big projects so to speak I’m not really going to do that. Warfather is my main project and focus.
AMFA: So what were some of your ideas or influences when it came to writing lyrics for this album?
ST: Well, my life really changed and a lot had happened to me since I left Morbid Angel so that’s what some of it is about. Life changes and what’s really important and what matters to you. But it’s also about what’s been happening in the world today. I’ve been really paying attention to what’s been going on. How greedy people and the government have gotten. The population is getting out of control, people are losing their jobs left and right. I used to live in Ireland and when I first moved there they had one of the strongest economies and when I left it was like a third world country and this is happening all over the world.
AMFA: It’s so refreshing to hear that and I completely agree. There are so many people oblivious to what’s going on right now, the majority of people in zombie mode and very few are awake and see the reality of what’s happening.
ST: Exactly, people are slaves now. Slaves to money, slaves to machines, slaves to oil, slaves to religion. It’s a really scary thing.
AMFA: It is very scary but I think it’s going to get to a point where people have had enough and finally rise up against the government. It started to happen a little with the Occupying of Wall Street. We got a little taste but then it just fizzled out.
ST: Yeah, I was there when the whole 99 percenter and all the protests were happening and it started out as a really good thing. There were demonstrations and protests, it seemed like people were really starting to stand up. But then it just turned into a joke. There was no agenda, no structure, just protests. The media had a field day with it and turned it into one big joke. It was really sad. But I agree I think it’s going to get to a point where people have had enough and there will be a big uprising against the government. Plus what people have to realize is what’s going on with the planet. We don’t control the earth or nature, we have to obey it or it’ll turn on us and that’s what’s been happening too. With all these natural disasters happening. All the earthquakes and tsunamis and everything that’s been happening, it’s a wakeup call that some changes need to be made.
AMFA: I absolutely agree, unfortunately, again people are just too oblivious that I think it’s going to have to be something major to wake them up,
ST. Yes, exactly and this is what a big part of what this album is about. Waking up, making changes. Making some drastic changes.
AMFA: I really love the art for the album cover. Who is the artist behind it?
ST: Oh man, his name is Ken Coleman and he is just amazing. He’s from Ireland, he was recommended by a friend to me and I was just blown away by his art. So when I sent him my idea of what I wanted for the album cover he completely nailed. When he sent me the finished product I was just completely knocked on my ass, he blew me away. It was exactly what I wanted.
AMFA: That’s awesome and it’s really beautiful. I’m old school so I love the album covers that have really beautiful art imagery on it. You don’t see that anymore, I miss that.
ST: Me too, growing up I used to start at the art on album covers like Iron Maiden, it would just suck you in. It was so great. There’s not anything like that anymore so that’s what I wanted to create. I’m happy to say that our label Greyhaze Records will actually be releasing our album out on vinyl as well.
AMFA: That’s great! I love vinyl. I just got a turntable and have been listening to records no stop since I got it. I love the way it sounds.
ST: Definitely, there’s a warm sound hat is missing from cds and especially mp3s. It doesn’t come across the same way as it does on vinyl and when you have those big speakers, man it just sounds amazing!
AMFA: Absolutely, it sounds incredible! So is there a tour in the works after the album is released?
ST: Oh yeah, definitely. We’re working on tour dates and festivals. The way the music industry is there probably won’t be as many as I’d like but yeah, there is definitely a tout in the works. We are going to try and play as many as possible.
AMFA: Very cool, any words for your fans?
ST: Yeah, thank you for all your support, we really appreciate it. We hope you enjoy the album and we will see you on the road soon!
AMFA: Well, thanks again Steve. It was great talking to you and again it’s awesome to talk to someone with the same views and know what’s going on in this world. So thank you again.
ST: Oh absolutely, thank you Kate and the same for me too. Very refreshing and great talking to you!
Metal maiden, video vixen, whatever you want to call her Vanessa Nocera is a woman of many talents and kicks ass at multitasking. Writer, creator, editor, producer, vocalist and musician Vanessa knows how to inspire the metal and horror community. She was gracious enough to take some time out of her super busy schedule to answer some questions for And Metal For All to fill us in on some of her many projects! \m/\m/
And Metal For All: Hey Vanessa, We at And Metal For All would like to thank you for taking the time to do this interview, we appreciate it!
Vanessa: Thanks for the opportunity!
AMFA: You are a woman of many talents. Writer, musician, co-owner of a record label. Can you fill us in on those projects you’re doing?
Vanessa: Yes, I have so many things going on at once that I have to keep a planner or else I’ll forget certain things, haha! Right now, Evilspeak Magazine has been the focus since issue #1 has been such a success. Issue #2 is in the layout process and work has just begun on issue #3, so that should be out later in the year. After that, we’ll have some big plans to announce.
Razorback Records is doing great. We just released two new albums at the same time, LURKING EVIL (Spain) and HAEMOPHAGUS (Italy). We’re booked with tons of new releases this year, so there’s more to come there as well.
As for my bands, WOODEN STAKE is in the process of getting the second full-length recorded. I’ll be focusing on my bass tracks soon and then onto writing lyrics and vocal arrangements. I’ll also be recording soon with my bands SCAREMAKER, TWIST ENDING, and CAULDRON BURIAL. Other musical endeavors to announce later on in the year as well.
AMFA: What got started in music?
Vanessa: I’ve always been around music my whole life, and I’ve been singing since I could speak, so it was a matter of time before I started learning instruments. When I was 7 I bought METALLICA “Kill ‘em All” and I decided then that I would be a metal head. I picked up guitar when I was around 9 but focused on learning it and writing songs when I was 11. After that, I taught myself about playing, writing, recording, and all that.
AMFA: How would you describe your band Howling?
Vanessa: Definitely death thrash with some black metal influences in particular on the vocals. The lyrics are all about horror movies and nothing else. Mainly ‘80s movies or movies that are pretty vicious in content. The album is unrelenting and really pounds away from start to finish.
AMFA: That’s a great name for a band. Was it influenced by the movie The Howling?
Vanessa: My husband Billy actually suggested it and I LOVED the idea. It’s loosely based on the movie, but also on the actual meaning of the word. Like walking into a cemetery and you hear the howling dead.
AMFA: What got you into horror?
Vanessa: Seeing A Nightmare on Elm Street and Children of the Corn when I was 2 years old. My mom always jokes that it was because she read Stephen King’s The Stand when she was pregnant with me. An odd choice for a book considering my mom scares easily and does not usually watch horror movies or read horror books, ha.
AMFA: That is awesome and makes for a great story!
AMFA: What are some of your favorite horror movies?
Vanessa: This question is never easy. I can list some movies here that I could watch at any time and those are: The Omen, Damien: Omen II, Children of the Corn, Return of the Living Dead, Night of the Demons, Fulci’s Zombie, The Gates of Hell, Tales from the Crypt, Hellraiser, Dr. Butcher M.D., The Boogeyman, The Devonsville Terror, The Howling, Wolfen, and so on.
AMFA: What kind and how many bands are on your record label right now?
Vanessa: We have so many bands of so many different genres. Mainly death metal, we also have some doom, thrash, and black metal bands. Right now there’s my bands HOWLING, WOODEN STAKE, SCAREMAKER, and then we have this stellar line-up of just released/upcoming releases from these bands: CARDIAC ARREST, OFFAL, ORLOFF, HAEMOPHAGUS, LURKING EVIL, SATURNINE, CRYPTICUS, DEATH CURSE, HEARSE, EXORCISED, BLIZARO, and then we have IMPETIGO and NECCROCULTUS reissues that we have kept in print. We are also working on an IMPETIGO 2-disc release as well as a fanzine.
AMFA: Are you playing with any other bands right now?
Vanessa: Currently just SCAREMAKER, WOODEN STAKE, HOWLING, TWIST ENDING, ORLOFF, CAULDRON BURIAL, and more to come.
AMFA: Who influenced you musically over the years?
Vanessa: I’ve had a wide range of influences but I would say the main ones would be Ihsahn (EMPEROR) and Chuck Schuldiner (DEATH)
AMFA: Both great musicians and imperative to the metal community
AMFA: What advice would you give writers, artists and musicians who are trying to strike out on their own?
Vanessa: Keep at it and do what makes you happy. Even if your recordings sound primitive, keep going and working at perfecting your skills.
AMFA: Any words for your fans?
Vanessa: Thank you, thank you, thank you!
AMFA: Thank you gain for taking the time to talk to us, we really appreciate it!
Vanessa: Thanks again for the opportunity!