February 28, 2012

South Africa Metal: WARGRAVE




WARGRAVE
(Hard Rawk/Thrash)


Thank you Lads for taking some time out to let Air Guitar Blog get some insight into the band! Let me start with the name “Wargrave”. Firstly, is the band aware of a New York hard rock outfit under the same alias? Secondly, where did the name originate from?

Hi and thanks for the interview. We were unaware of the Wargrave from New York. As for the origin of our name, in contrast to the average band with some form of deeper meaning, we took it from a street around the corner from one of our houses. It just sounded too good not to be used.

For those readers, who don’t know who Wargrave is, please tell us a bit about the band. How did the band form? Why the need to create metal and where does the influences come from?

Band members are: Justin Ross, Brendan Stubbs, Lourens Meyer and Eugene Havenga. We've very recently parted ways with our original vocalist and are in the process of auditioning a replacement. The band started out as the creative outlet of guitarist Justin Ross but has, since the inclusion of a talented full lineup, become much more of a group effort. While our style is definitely routed in thrash metal, we all have a different set of influences- some of which are disliked by other band members. These include bands such as Death, Testament, Suffocation, Miss May I and Mastodon.


A lovely review from Metal4Africa has surfaced – how was it playing at a rather well celebrated festival?

We were honoured to be included on the bill for Metal4Africa. It was an awesome show and we played to a very diverse crowd. It's great to see metal festivals that are well organised and attended.

A note about the drummer being endorsed by Sonor Drum and Meinl Cymbals is mentioned in the Metal4Africa  review as well as his own drum school called Mayhem Drumming. Could Lourens Meyer elaborate on his drum school and on how his musical craft began?

I started playing drums at the age of six years old so drumming has always been a part of who I am. My dad has been such an inspiration and drive behind playing as he was also a drummer. I started off by playing a lot of rock stuff, but ventured to metal. I was attracted by the physicality, speed and emotion of metal. I have always believed that you can express so much with drums, and combining it with a physical aspect; I fell in love with metal drumming.

The big change came in 2011 when I joined the family of Meinl Cymbal, which was and still is such an honour to be part of such an incredible company. I also joined forces with Sonor Drums and Pro Mark Drumsticks. Being a part of such great companies influences everything about your drumming greatly, and makes you set the standard for yourself so much higher.

Mayhem Drumming is a drumming school that I founded in 2009. I predominantly focused on the heavier genres of music, be it speed, technique, endurance and very importantly performance, and having confidence in yourself whilst doing so. I believe that putting on a show, and having fun is just as important as playing your instrument to the best of your ability. Be it drumming, playing guitar or signing.


Let’s talk about the demo track “From the Shadows”. There is definitely a clean singing element involved – how important are the lyrics to Wargrave? Who writes them and what inspires it?

We do feel the lyrics contribute to the song, and the dynamics and melody added by clean (or semi-clean) vocals is also very important to us. That being said, we like to keep it varied, which I'm sure will become clear in future recordings. That particular demo was recorded before we'd played any shows, or even had a full lineup. The lyrics were written by our previous vocalist who we've since parted ways with. We have since taken over lyric writing duties with the additional input of our friend Michael Gill.

Wargrave has a demo recording but are there plans for a possible release?

We have more than enough material for a full length album, and we are currently planning it's recording in the near future. It's too early to release any additional info  on it though.


Like most South African metal bands, playing at gigs and festivals is one way to get noticed. Could Wargrave discuss their experiences of having to play in and around the Cape Town scene? What are the chances of the band ‘touring’ further north in South Africa?

We've had some great experiences gigs and festivals around Cape Town, most notably the Metal4Africa and Rock the River festivals. At both shows the energy was intense and we got great crowd responses. Touring further is definitely something we plan to look into quite soon.

What are the future plans for Wargrave especially in 2012?

Once we've found a new vocalist we plan to get started on our first album and play as many shows as humanly possible.

Heavy Metal music is still developing in South Africa and in the past five years there has been a grand surge in alternative bands from all parts of the country. What is Wargrave’s perspective of the current scene? How does the band rate it against an international metal scene?

The South African metal scene is definitely growing at an exponential rate. The last couple of years have seen a vast improvement in the quality of recorded material put out, organisation & attendance of music festivals and followings of metal bands. It isn't quite on par with international scenes, but it definitely has the potential to get there.

And finally, does Wargrave have any last words?

Rock the fuck on!
Follow the band on Facebook!
Thanks for the interview, and thanks to Meinl Cymbals, Sonor Drums, Pro Mark Drumsticks and Metal Machine tattoos for the sponsorships.

A massive thank you to Wargrave for agreeing to do this interview! Go check them out NOW!



February 22, 2012

Band Horn: InComa (United Kingdom)




InComa

InComa is a female fronted metal band from Reading, England. The band was formed in 2010 by guitarists Paulo Barco and Craig Haden and a mere five months ago in September 2011 the band had a full line up with the additions of Paulo Nunes (Bass), Hels Greenleaf (Vocals) and Paul Jeeawock (Drums).


In these five months InComa have started to make themselves known on the London and Reading metal scene playing plenty of gigs including the Underworld in Camden (Under their previous band name Dissenter).
With a wide range of influences from Soilwork to At The Gates to Killswitch Engage, InComa has a unique sound that has been described as a blend of influences of US Southern Metal and Scandinavian Death Metal which the four tracks available for streaming on their facebook page (link below) can attest to. Lyrical content explores themes of some of the darkest aspects of the human condition.


With praise from Alex Jolley (Spires Band) on the Terrorizer Magazine Blog (although written while the band were still called Dissenter) InComa could be a band to watch out for in the future.


Why not get in at the ground floor as they say and head on over to the links below to check them out for yourselves: Facebook Reverbnation  Link to Terrorizer blog



This article was submitted by a Guest Writer.
Thanks!

February 19, 2012

This is MY Metal Life - Derek Riggs




 DEREK RIGGS
(ARTIST/DESIGNER/CREATOR)
In most cases - an Album gets judged by its artwork even if you strongly disagree, it's a fact! Though the first album artwork that really stood out for me amongst an army of others is Derek Riggs' infamous Zombie, Eddie. A character and a mascot that has grown with Iron Maiden. However, Riggs' artwork is in no way restricted to the band - as you will soon find out - he is an artist, a designer and creator of many other incredible concepts and crafts! This is Air Guitar's exclusive interview with Derek Riggs!

Thank you very much for taking time out to do this interview with Air Guitar, it is very much appreciated! When Eddie Maiden made his debut appearance – it can be said that you did not start a trend but you started an army of Iron Maiden fans. Eddie has become the most loved and recognized metal figure in the world. How do you feel about that – 32 years later?

I don’t really think about it much, it was all a long time ago. It does want to follow me around a lot though. People are always asking me about it. I don’t really seem to meet anyone who hasn’t heard of Eddie these days. I used to joke that Eddie was my very own Frankenstein’s monster and that he would peruse me to my death in the arctic (which is what happened to Frankenstein) but it has turned out to be closer to the truth than I would have liked…

At the time it was not really what I started out to do, I wanted to be a sci-fi artist and draw pictures of other worlds but there wasn’t really a market for what I wanted to paint, they all wanted space ships. So I turned from book covers to record covers, the covers were bigger and the people were less restrictive about what they wanted than the book cover people were.

As it turned out I was better at a kind of horror painting anyway. That was about when Iron Maiden turned up and asked to see my portfolio. The Maiden thing was all a fun thing to do but I never thought that it would last for as long as it did, so I did it until they started putting all this pressure on my that I didn’t sign up for and wasn’t getting paid for and so then I worked out the last bit of my contract and left. I was also a bit sick of painting Eddie by then as well. SO I just kind of left them with it all and bowed out.
*****
I dreamed this one up, but I have no idea where it came from. I think someone said something about Eddie in chains - Riggs 

Many people may not know that Eddie was formally known as Electric Matthew. So, where did the original concept of Electric Matthew originate from?

Well I was trying to find an image that would represent the kind of “wasted youth” idea that was prevalent in the English punk movements of the late 1970’s and the picture I came up with was the dead youth in the city streets. I didn’t really start out to paint a monster or a zombie, I was coming from a completely different place, it just ended up looking that way. When people referred to it as a zombie I was a bit surprised, I was like “Oh Yeah, I guess it is…” there is a lot more about this stuff in the book which is available from my website www.derekriggs.com The book is called “Run For Cover, The Art Of Derek Riggs”. It’s a high quality art book with lots of good prints and about 50,000 words of text. Go and but a copy or I’ll send Eddie out to find you.
*****

Iron Maiden exploded into the Metal hearts of many people. Do tell our readers, what has your relationship with Iron Maiden been like and in a way did the band have any influence on your artworks?

Well I mostly worked with the manager not the band. I met them on a few occasions but we were very different kinds of people, they went off to do their thing and I did mine. I never really got on with that rock and roll lifestyle thing that they all do.

My relationship with the management was OK for a few years and then they started relying more and more on the covers to get them where they wanted to be and less on the music. This ended with them trying to put loads of pressure on me to come up with things that were more and more “outrageous” or “more evil”. It got to the point where I was painting five covers for one single so that they could sell more copies to the fans and get a number one hit.

When it got to this point I thought “hang on, I didn’t sign up for this, this is BS.” So I started to think about leaving their employ. I mean I was just into making good covers for other people’s records, not into selling the records for them. That’s back to front, it’s like the tail wagging the dog isn’t it?
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There is a lot of English patriotism in the Eddie creations. It was most noticeable on the Sanctuary single’s sleeve with Margaret Thatcher and her removing of Iron Maiden posters and of course Eddie is almost always holding the Union flag. Do you have any specific esoteric meanings to your artworks in relation to Eddie/Iron Maiden?

Esoteric? What? No that’s silly. Eddie waves the flag because the band is British (most of them anyway) That side of it was at the band’s request. The flag thing I mean.

The main content of the covers was designed to fit into the same direction of the songs. So that they both worked as a whole. It wasn’t always a direct illustration of the lyrics, most often it was just in the same general direction so that they fitted together.
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I think this is popular because it has a lot of red and blue in it. The other covers don't have much red. I resist using red just for the sake of it - Riggs
It has been brought to my attention that the DVD release of Iron Maiden’s Flight 666 cover artwork actually has no Eddie on it. Rather strange considering the band built itself upon the infamous artwork. Any thoughts as to why there was no depiction of the Eddie character?

Yes I can tell you why, it was explained to me when they asked me for a t-shirt design. They felt that it was not a maiden release as such, it was more of a documentary about the band and that tour in particular, so they wanted pictures of themselves on the cover and not Eddie.
*****

In some article on the internet – it mentioned that “Derek Rigg’s hates metal”. Would you like to set the record straight?

Yes. That’s total BS. That was made up by one of those idiots on the internet that hates everything, and it’s been going around for years under the guise of  “I know this for a fact…” etc. Other things from similar sources are “Derek Riggs has a British pub inside his house.” “Derek Riggs Hates Iron Maiden.” “Derek Riggs is really a barman in a British pub.” Derek Riggs owns a nightclub somewhere in the UK” “Derek Riggs is very difficult to work with” “Derek Riggs is a recluse and doesn’t speak to anyone.”

I do not hate Metal, I have never owned a pub anywhere, inside or outside my home. I have never worked in a pub, I am easy to work with, I am not a recluse, I have many friends. Actually I do not even live in the UK any more. I moved to the USA many years ago.

This is one major problem with the internet, some fucked up idiot makes up some total bullshit and then it’s swirling around the internet forever getting bigger and bigger like some huge great bullshit tornado and it never goes away.
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 In 2006, Run for Cover – the Art of Derek Riggs by Martin Popoff was published. The reviews that followed were amazingly positive. For audiences who were unable to grab a copy; what have they missed out on?

Actually they can still buy a copy; they are still for sale from my website www.derekriggs.com We don’t have any hardbacks but the softbacks are still available. The softbacks are just the same as the hardbacks, they were printed at the same time on the same paper at the same quality. The only difference is that the first 1500 were bound in hard backs. The book is a high quality art book. There are over 80 pictures and 50,000 word of text. There are most of the maiden picture, lots of others and a few sketches that someone managed to find and track down. You can buy a signed or an unsigned copy and we will personalise them upon request. We have tried to keep the price as low as we can because the postage is so high these days. I also have a couple of signed posters/ art prints for sale there as well.
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Apart from Iron Maiden, you have worked with Gamma Ray, The Iron Maidens, Valhalla, White Wizzard and even Jazz albums amongst many others. Are there any artists that you would have specifically liked to work with but have not had the chance? If so, who and why?

I will work with anyone who will pay me, I am not fussy really. My price is quite high because it takes me a while to do the pictures and I have to eat while I do it. I recently heard that Sabbath were making a new album, I think it would be cool to do a Sabbath cover. If the fans go and bombard their website with emails maybe they can make it happen… then Sabbath can have a good cover for a change.

I actually had a really good idea for an Ozzy cover but it involved bats so I think maybe they won’t want it, maybe Ozzy is over the bat thing these days… or maybe not, I have no idea really.
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Album artworks these days are not as extravagant or well thought of. Generally metal album covers stick to the red and black tones or attach a photograph using computer generated software. What is your preferred medium of art these days? Do you think the computer generation has hindered the meaning of “art”?

I use a computer; I have been since the mid 1990’s. I got Mercury poisoning back in the 1980’s and I also eventually developed a high sensitivity to all heavy metals (yeah, I got heavy metal poisoning). There are many such metals in paints; they are not very good for you. So eventually I had to give up using paints altogether and computers were the only option. Sometimes the computers are better, sometimes they are worse but it’s what I am stuck with.

Art is what people like to create, even if they can’t sell it. Now with computers more people can create, I think this is mostly a good thing except that the ones who aren’t very good think they are great, which kind of gets in the way a bit sometimes. People who shouldn’t be designing book and CD covers are getting their work all over the place because it is cheap. Or they give it away for nothing… But what they do looks like crap and it lowers the whole standard of what is going on. One of the main reasons why bands need good covers is so that it gives them something to sell as merchandise. The merchandise sales help offset the large cost of touring. Without this extra source of income the bands can’t function as well. In fact some of them may not make it to the second album. Bad merchandise is cheap to create but it looks like crap so nobody buys it, so in the end the bands lose money.
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In terms of your artwork – what are you future plans? Have you any special projects in the pipeline that you would like to share?

Well I just did a poster/mascot thingy for a Danish metal festival. Now I am working on a CD for a guy called Noodle who makes a kind of ambient guitar music.

I am making some sci-fi covers to sell for book covers soon; I have been looking at 3D fractals and investigating the possibility of using these to create landscapes. It’s looking quite hopeful so far.

A very grand thank you to Derek Riggs for agreeing to do this exclusive interview! 
A massive collection of Riggs' artwork can be found there! 



February 14, 2012

South Africa Metal: BLOODBEAST





BLOODBEAST
(√úberviolenced Gore/ Grindcore/ Death Metal)
Gore, blood, corpses, raw-energy, vocals that eat at your soul and licks with rough edges. This is Bloodbeast!
Thank you so much for taking time out to do this interview! Really appreciated on my side! Bloodbeast are a few months old though the members have been involved with various other bands till this point. How did the band meet-up and where did the name Bloodbeast originate from?

Choroz: Thanks for having us Lav. I’ve known Van for many years, mostly through going to Architecture of Aggression (A.o.A) gigs. We also played together once, about 12 years ago when I was still in a rock band called Cropcircle. I quit Bile of Man in October of 2012, and wanted a working, gigging project. Our timelines seemed to perfectly match as A.o.A kind of called it quits at around the same time. I was also a fan of Werner (drummer) and Galaxy (guitarist) and their FTC project. So we all knew each other. 

Van666: Well when it became apparent to me that Architecture of Aggression was possibly coming to an end I decided to start a new band asap. I posted an ad on facebook that said I wanted to start an old school Death/Thrash/Grind band and within a couple of minutes Werner replied and said he and Galaxy where interested in playing with me. I was thinking of recruiting Choroz to play bass for A.o.A. at that time and wanted to see if we could work together first, so asked him to try out for Bloodbeast. Werner came up with the name. We had a long list of possible names, but when Werner came up with Bloodbeast it just sounded right so we went with it.

Werner: After replying on Van’s ad, Galaxy and I met up with Van and discussed everything. After that we got together, wrote a song and was up and running.

Bloodbeast sounds like a vicious version of Cannibal Corpse, though reading the bands biographies, there is a mash-up of influences. In musical aspects, what are the band’s largest influences?

Werner: Our previous band (Galaxy and I), Fuck the Corpses which Galaxy founded, was a controversial style of music. There was a fusion of genres in the music so it taught me personally to be versatile in writing drums so that it fits the mixture of genres incorporated into each song, while keeping the ‘feel’ right.

Van666: Pretty much all the classic early 90's Death, Thrash and Grindcore albums by bands like Slayer, Sepultura, Pantera, Carcass, Brutal Truth, Monstrosity, Death, Entombed ,Napalm Death, Altar, Cannibal Corpse, to name but a few. These bands where all very heavy and had lots of groove which sadly I feel a lot of modern bands of these genres have lost. Today it is all about who can play the fastest and most technical, which I find boring.

Can Bloodbeast explain to our readers about the concept behind the tracks on the “band room video project” Butcher for Pleasure?

Van666: Butcher for Pleasure is about a serial killer who takes extreme pleasure in hunting, torturing and killing people. The screams of his victims gets him off.




Keeping within the previous question’s aesthetics, will Bloodbeast consider releasing Butcher for Pleasure in a studio recorded EP?

Choroz: We’re currently in the mixing process of our coming album, called Bloodlust. We’re hoping it will be ready for launch with our Fleshgod Apocalypse gig on the 23rd of March 2012.

Van666: Butcher for Pleasure is one of the tracks on our upcoming Bloodlust album.

As mentioned prior, Bloodbeast is fairly new on the scene yet the band is highly recommended by various South African Headbangers. How has the band members’ previous experiences helped them to this point?

Choroz: That’s great to hear. Well, Van (and tequila) got me into Bile of Man. I haven’t touched my bass in 7 years (at the time) and was inspired by so many amazing metal bassists out there. So the last 5 years have been an extra-ordinary ride. I think our previous experience helped us with regards to organizers, connections with other bands, and of course our very tight knit little SA metal community.

Van666: I second that! I think everybody in Bloodbeast brings a lot of experience to the band and this makes us very focused and driven. Because of this we have achieved a lot in a very short time. Personally I have been involved in the S.A. Metal scene for 17 years now. In this business it is all about who you know plus both Choroz and [my] previous bands, Architecture of Aggression and Bile of Man, are very well known in the S.A. Metal community.
South Africa is still developing in terms of metal – how has Bloodbeast found the current scene treating them? Do you have loyal fans or is it harder to garner death metal fans? 

Choroz: There are only so many death metal fans in Gauteng and SA, so I think within a year most people will have either attended a gig or hopefully at least heard of us. The fans are loyal, rowdy and very supportive. We’re hoping that our focus on tight sets, getting a high quality album into their hands as soon as we can, will further cement their support.

Werner: We've had a great response from the scene and have a few avid fans so far, [whom] mosh hard and party harder!

Van666: Death Metal is a very popular genre in S.A. Metal scene at the moment so there are lots of bands, shows and fans which are great. The fans have been very open and supportive to Bloodbeast. So far we have had a very positive response.


While searching for information on Bloodbeast, I came across an article featured on an international webzine called No Clean Singing. The article read, “I’ve learned while working on this blog that there are a lot of very talented and very hard-working metal bands in S.A., but they’ve got more than the usual amount of challenges getting noticed outside their home country.” What is Bloodbeast’s take on that statement?

Choroz: Well, let’s compare it to US or European bands. Firstly, our communities are tiny comparatively. Secondly, we cannot just jump the border and do a 10 country tour (without massive expenditures). Another example would be Headbanger’s Guide and Global metal - they covered a lot of countries worldwide, though stayed seemingly myopic with regards to the South African scene. So, yes, we do have more challenges. We love playing, and we’ll keep doing that. Luckily with the internet basically making distribution channels amazingly simple, one can still get the material out. However, there is nothing like a live show, and we’re [location] limited in that sense.

Van666: South Africa actually has a very rich Metal history spanning at least 20 years and have produced some really excellent bands in the past as well as the present. Bands like Groinchurn and Voice of Destruction where relatively successful in the European market and are still quite well known in countries like Poland. Currently Contrast the Water are making waves in the U.S.A. The only thing that is holding the scene back is lack of local investment due to Metal being a small demographic in the South African music market. This is the main reason why the scene will always be amateur because Metal musicians can't make a living of just playing music as there is no money to be made. This leads to a lot of bands eventually calling it a day. Also dodgy organizers, lack of venues and politics between bands are a constant problem.

Bloodbeast has already begun playing at gigs and making appearances on stage. Do tell our readers what are the pre-rituals (if any) before playing a gig?

Werner: Scope the stage, set up all my cymbals off stage, stretch a bit and start warming up.

Choroz: Besides breaking right-hands in mosh pits and meeting up with our fellow bands and fans? I usually stake out the venue, greet friends/fans/foes, and ensure the bands are on-time. Then relax for a bit, try to regroup and start warming up (about 30-45 minutes) before the set.

Van666: I like to get to the venue at least two hours before our performance to check if everything is running smoothly and on time,which it never does. Metal shows always run late for some reason. And then I like to warm up at least 30 – 45min before we hit the stage.

What can we expect in terms of music from Bloodbeast in 2012? Will there be any releases, gigs, festival appearances?

Choroz: We’re hoping that Motherfudd happens, that’s always been an amazing festival. There is the gig with Fleshgod Apocalypse from Italy on the 23rd of March (part of the Detonation tour - get your tickets today). We’re aiming at releasing the album, and then heavily touring the country to get the word-out and get our new project onstage with as many old friends as possibly. Then see what happens from there.

Van666: Also we have started writing new songs which we aim to play live as soon as they are ready.
And finally, does Bloodbeast have any last words?

Choroz: Thanks for supporting ZA death, oh, and fnord.

Van666: Thank you for the interview. Hope to see you all at our next show. Please check out our website www.Bloodbeast.co.za and like our page on Facebook. Keep it Brutal!!!

Awesome thanks to the Lads of BLOODBEAST for a great interview!

February 13, 2012

South Africa Metal: SUIDERBEES





With so much of great young blood and enigmatic talent dripping from all edges of South Africa - it is about time that this METAL scene gets exposure to international shores! During the next few weeks, AIR GUITAR BLOG will be featuring only the brutal and cutting edge Metal bands from South Africa! Some of these bands you might have never heard about but once you do - your playlist will change to the darkest deepest depths of Heavy Metal from the southern territories of Africa!

SUIDERBEES
(BEESPOESBRUTAL DEATH METAL)

SuiderbeeS (Southern Beast) is a truly ripping mosh-me-to-the-ground brutal death metal band from Cape Town. Previously the band worked under the name, Abiogenesis but changed their name and sound to something far more extreme! SuiderbeeS is quirky, honest and ready to rip, tear, gnaw their way into the Metal hearts. The band talks about the Detonation Tour with Fleshgod Apocalypse, their new release The Segregation and leave a message for Die Antwoord!

Firstly, a beastly thanks to the band for agreeing to do this interview! I have to admit SuiderbeeS comes across as super brutal and the death metal vibes are apparent in the few YouTube recordings. Please can you give a short introduction to the band for our readers abroad?

We are a symphonic death metal band from Cape Town, South Africa. The idea for the band was spawned in December 2009. In August 2010 SuiderbeeS debuted onto the local metal scene. SuiderbeeS is Afrikaans for Southern Beast and is pronounced say-der-b-s.


Could the band elaborate on where all this ferocious energy comes from and explain the influences of the band?

Well the ferocity is important as to what defines the essence of death metal. Each member has his/her own list of influences that fuel them musically. Personally my musical aggression derives from dealing with religion, racism, corruption and stupid people daily. We have a wide variety of bands that we idolize, but when it comes to writing songs we always try come up with something unique.

The band is fairly new on the SA metal scene though the line-up has varied and went through stages of rough. Now the line-up is slightly more stable (with the exception of looking for a new bassist); are all the band members happy to be in this position?

It was frustrating to get a stable line-up yes but as they say,” good things come to those that are patient”.  Its nerve wrecking to look for a new band member but it can bring new energy and inspiration to a band. As with the addition of our new lead guitarist, Divan de Kock. Thus, we are happy to be in our current position. Next time we hit the stage, SuiderbeeS is going to hit harder than ever before.

Can the band elaborate on the self-released demo uniquely entitled Demo (n)? What was the concept behind that and can you take us through the actual songs featured on the demo release.

The demo was self-released to help promote the band at Ramfest in February 2010. We decided on the title to show that yes we are metal, but we have a fun side to the band as well. The demo ended up being rushed, deeming it unfit for further distribution. The track list is as follow:
 Abiogenesis – The name comes from a previous incarnation of SuiderbeeS. The track itself is an instrumental intro.
Malevolence A.D. (Rest In Pieces) – This song has since become our hit that gets the moshpit wild. The lyrics are about the riders of the apocalypse being awakened to exterminate mankind.
Theodicy – This song was scrapped after playing it live a few times because it didn't deliver the same amount of power as the rest of our set did.  However, after breathing new life into it, it has been re-introduced to our live set as “Born To Bury”. The lyrics speak of mankind and its deep-laden primal roots and how we see ourselves as superior to other life forms, even if we just are animals.
 Eaten – This Bloodbath cover has come with us a long way. It’s a bit of a curse I’d say because we get asked to play it at literally at every show! We chose this song for the demo because it’s a simplistic, powerful song that we all love.
How important are the lyrics for SuiderbeeS? Who writes them and what kind of themes inspire the lyrics?

Lyrics have always been more of relationship between a vocalist and the listener. In the case of all lyrics being written by the vocalist, that is. As vocalist I prefer writing all my own lyrics as it’s easier for me to express my own emotions than another’s. Most of my lyrics deal with religion, misanthropy, war, death, corruption, etc. I like keeping my lyrics plain and simple rather than overcrowding it with a lot of big words to sound cool. In my opinion you get your message across a lot better that way.

On that note, a song that has caught my attention and another Blogger is Malevolence A.D (Rest in Pieces) I particularly love the use of the fast-paced riffs and the mosh-me-to-the-ground feel. Where did that particular composition derive from and any chance of re-issue being done with it?

Malevolence A.D. (Rest In Pieces) is one of those songs that just came spontaneously. A star alignment if you will. It’s one of my quickest lyrical compositions thus far, because of the instrumentals giving me instant motivation while in writing process. It’s being re-issued on the upcoming debut album.

What can we expect in terms of music from SuiderbeeS in 2012? Will there be any releases, gigs, festival appearances?

It’s looking to be a good year for the “beeS” so far. We are starting recording our debut album, The Segregation, in this month. A release date hasn’t been established yet but it promises to be a BEESPOESBRUTAL album. So far we only have two gigs lined up for the year. The first being supporting Fleshgod Apocalypse for the Cape Town leg of the Detonation Tour and the latter being the album launch of our mates from Sindulgence.


South Africa is still developing in terms of metal – how has SuiderbeeS found the current scene treating them? Do you have loyal fans or is it harder to garner death metal fans?

From our first gig we have always had a good size fan base showing their support at shows. We are still new to the scene so we aren’t that well known yet, but already we have been branded as one of the “heavy weights” in the Cape Town scene. We have loyal fans yes and I love spending time with them at every show. It’s important to let them know how much you value their support.

And finally, does SuiderbeeS have any last words?

Yes Lav! Thank you for the interview and the support. Keep supporting South African metal as it will dominate the world soon. To all our fans, thanks for the support and sweaty hugs. Haters, keep on hating as your doing a great job with getting our name out there. And “Die Antwoord”, FOK JOU, JOU AAP!! BEESPOESBRUTAL!!!
  
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Thank you Suiderbees! Horns up! 

February 03, 2012

Exclusive Band Horn: Revilement (Taiwan)





 PILLARS OF TRUTH
(An interview with JOE HENLEY of REVILEMENT)

This mosh-me-to-the-ground band is absolutely awesome as f*@k! Their heavy, brutal and offer all listeners a death metal punch! This band oozes a grinding powerful prowess and -mark my words – they will be tearing your metal hearts out with slamming drums, shredder guitars and invigorating vocals. Let me introduce to you: REVILEMENT

The Taiwanese death metal band, Revilement, has been busy since their origins in 2006. Last year December saw the release of their third offering entitled Pillars of Balance on Coyote Records.
Air Guitar blog was privileged to scoop an exclusive interview with vocalist Joe Henley of Revilement. Henley tells of Filipino Metalheads, political influence and looking forward to 2013!
Revilement
Revilement has been going quite strong for roughly five years now with a few changes to the line-up. How have you as a vocalist progressed since then musically and personally?

Musically I think I've gotten a lot stronger, as when we started the band I hadn't really done vocals in any serious way other than messing around in my room trying to mimic Corpsegrinder from Cannibal Corpse. Hopefully I've improved a little bit since then. And personally, I'd say I'm a much different person from when we first started the band, a lot more stable than I used to be.
Pillars Of Balance cover
Pillars Of Balance are an awesome blend of brutal death metal and old school metal. Did the Band feel like they have achieved their initial goal for the album?

I think it's a great start for us. I don't think we ever want to say we've achieved our goal, because after you've done that, what's left? But we're definitely happy with the result, and we'll just keep trying to build on what we've done and get better and better with each coming release, while still staying true to the sound we've established with Pillars.

That sound is indeed quite incredible and progresses from the previous Revilement releases. Could you tell the readers what was the concept behind the Pillars Of Balance release?

The overall concept is based around the failing institutions that humanity has built up in the course of our existence, and the need for those institutions to be critically examined or, in some cases, be done away with entirely, if we are to have any hope of progressing as a species. Whether there is any hope or not is a question that, lyrically, I choose to leave open ended.
Revilement performing 2 songs from Pillars of Balance

Overall, I would say the album denotes a fair amount of political aggression. Would you consider that Revilement is political in their music?

Speaking strictly for myself, I'm very influenced by political events and I do include them in my lyrics, however indirectly. So in that sense, yes we are political, but we've yet to stand up and say we are aligned with cause X or movement Y. I'm just a news junkie at heart, and journalism major in my student days, so I guess I can't help but include those elements in our music. And of course, for my part, the lyrics have to be meaningful to me if I’m going to stand up there and scream them on stage, and these political and social themes that we have in the lyrics are what move me. I'm not one for just wanton gore and carnage. I need something a bit more real to get me going.

Apart from Pillars Of Balance, what are the biggest surprises, musically, that has come out of the year 2011 for Revilement?

The whole year was filled with surprises for us. There was a time when we weren't even sure the album was going to happen, so that in itself was a surprise. We also got to have a few firsts this year, such as our first tour in Japan, and our first shows in Thailand and Singapore, which were both incredible experiences.
Revilement after the Philippines show in January
Revilement has been touring a lot over the past few years and there are more dates that have been added for a tour around Asia. So far, what have been the highlights of touring especially in new areas with new fans?

Every time we get a chance to head out overseas it's a big highlight for us. It's always an amazing experience to head out to a place you've never been before and share your music with new people, and to get a chance to interact with the people in those places is the biggest privilege of all. I can't pick out just once experience, as each time we've played outside Taiwan people have always been incredibly receptive of our music and ourselves, and we've had some great hosts along the way. I guess the one that is freshest in my mind right now is our trip to the Philippines a couple of weeks ago. People there sure do love their brutal death metal, and the Filipino metal heads are amongst the friendliest people I've ever met, in or outside of the metal community.
Revilement on their Thailand Tour - short clip

On that note, what have been the low-lights of touring?

No low-lights to speak of for us so far. We have yet to head out on any sort of extended tour at this point. Usually for us, due to our day job situations, we go out for a weekend, or at most 4 or 5 days, so we don't get much of a chance to get sick of each other and have some massive band blowout. In late March and early April we'll head out for 10 or 11 days throughout Asia, so maybe after that tour I'll have an "I hate my band" story to tell, but there's been nothing like that to this point thus far. Though we've played outside Taiwan quite a bit in the past couple years, I guess the term "touring" is a bit of a misnomer. Pulling a Black Flag and doing 300 shows a year across America and Europe, that's touring.

Heavy Metal Anthropologist, Sam Dunn, proved an awesome point about Metal going Global in his documentary. What is Revilement’s opinion on Global Metal?

I am a huge fan of Sam Dunn's documentaries and I've watched them several times. I think it's an awesome thing that he's done, connecting the dots, so to speak, between metal's evolutions in various locations around the world. He's proven beyond a doubt that metal is a truly global movement at this point. I hope he will have the chance to come over to Taiwan to experience our scene a bit more in the future. There are lots of bands worth checking out over here, and there are many scenes he has yet to explore. He should do something on those metal head cowboys in Botswana.

Botswana – This is not very far off from me. We would love to get a bigger picture of the countries that Sam Dunn missed. So, what do you think of the Taiwan metal scene and how does this affect the band? Is it the artist who creates the scene or is it a limited scene?

The Taiwan metal scene is small, relative to the U.S. or countries in Europe, but it's a small country of about 23 million people, so that's to be expected. Nevertheless, Taiwanese metal heads are extremely dedicated and passionate about the music. I wouldn't say the scene is limited at all. There are always new bands popping up here, and new kids are coming out to shows here and there. Metal also enjoys quite a broad level of acceptance over here because Chthonic have become local celebrities in the mainstream media, so lots of people here who might not have otherwise had exposure to extreme music at least know what it is.
Revilement
Considering you are a part of a multicultural band, how supportive are the native metal fans of Revilement? Are there any prejudices or is it taken well?

The Taiwanese metal fans always supportive of us. Without them, we wouldn't have gotten anywhere. I have yet to experience any prejudice whatsoever due to my nationality or race. The metal heads here have welcomed me with open arms since Revilement's first show and have been very supportive towards myself and the band over the past five years, and I'm very grateful for that. They've made me feel at home.

Revilement has received a certain extent of success and great reviews – what can the Metal fans and curious Headbangers expect in the future from the band? Any specific dates that we should take note of?

Well, as I mentioned before, in late March we'll be heading out on our first extended tour, if you can call it that, through China, Malaysia, Thailand, and Singapore, and other parts of Taiwan as well. We may add some dates to that tour yet, so stay tuned to our Facebook page for updates on that. After that, we're looking to head to Japan again this summer if all goes well, and then we're talking about getting back into the studio to record our second album in the latter months of 2012. We're already looking forward to 2013 as far as touring goes as well, and we may have some big news on that front, so keep an eye out for that.

Very grand thank you for letting me have a piece of your patience and time, Joe Henley. Would you like to part with a final say?

Huge thanks to you for taking the time to do this interview, and many thanks to everyone who has checked out our music and supported us along the way. We'll see you on the road!

Thanks again, Joe Henley! Much appreciated from my side of the world! All the best of luck to you and Revilement for the future!

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