Introduction + Infernäl Mäjesty video album review

Dear people,

I finally have my first video out where you can get to know me [in case you didn’t] and what you can approximately expect from me to do – this time in the form of a review of Infernäl Mäjesty’s cult first album ‘None Shall Defy’.

My cutting skills still surely need some polishing but everything will hopefully just get better as I’m also getting new ideas every day. :) Please feel free to let me know what you find interesting to see and what could be changed on in your opinion; or if you have any subject in mind you’d like see a video of.

Contact me at: darknessunseenblog@gmail.com

Have the best Monday that’s possible to have!

Lack of Comprehension – or rather the song itself

Concert review: Death To All / Gorguts – 25th of June 2014, Budapest

Review by Estelle on the 29th of June 2014

On the 25th of June 2014, hundreds of Hungarians’ dream finally came true: the late Chuck Schuldiner’s Death came and played on the stage of Hungary for the very first time; not to mention the majestic technical death metal band Gorguts whose job couldn’t have been easy performing prior to the members of the legendary Human and Individual Thought Patterns lineup, completed with vocalist Max Phelps from Cynic.

gorg1The show started quite punctually at quarter past 7; Luc Lemay’s, Colin Marston’s and Kevin Hufnagel’s Gorguts hit the stage, along with drummer Patrice Hamelin. The first half of their setlist was basically the first four songs of their newest record from 2013, Colored Sands, played without any break. Even though I like the album and admire the members’ skills and technicality, I think this unstoppable varied, abstract and technical riff-flow through the four 6-7 minutes long track was too much for a death metal gig. As a result, the crowd wasn’t really moving to the songs – as I could notice the plenty of shifts and turns within such a small amount of time in a song were just too much for people who came to see and jam to the old bands, including me.
Luckily the second half – besides the sounding – definitely got better by going a little back in time and playing a few pieces off the classics The Erosion of Sanity, Obscura and From Wisdom to Hate – although they completely left Considered Dead out, much to my disappointment.
In effect Gorguts still did its job well, they were fitting for the fans of complex death metal music, Luc was smiling and giving kisses to the fans during the show, and despite the difficult beginning I think by the end there wasn’t anyone who wouldn’t have enjoyed their skillful playing of brutal music.

death2Death hit the stage with the opening of Human, ‘Flattening of Emotions’, followed by two classics from Leprosy, the title track and ‘Left to Die’. They continued with one of the heights of the show, ‘Suicide Machine’. Even though the song (alongside almost all the others) was a little slower compared to the album version (well, they aren’t in their twenties anymore), everything was in its place and it was close to an ecstatic state hearing the legendary song in live.

Phelps was kind of in the background for the whole time, he played his not-so-pleasing role that he took on and sang the songs properly, but the frontman was actually the legend DiGiorgo: he was keen, he attracted attention and he inspired the crowd for the whole time.

The musicians continued with two well-performed tracks off their amazing third album – ‘Spiritual Healing’ and ‘Within the Mind’ –, and then the magical ‘Cosmic Sea’ where DiGiorgio was simply shining and doing his thing like he was 30. After Cosmic Sea, they played an about 5 minutes long movie about Chuck with pictures, videos and some interview-details that DiGiorgio had told me about in his interview before.
death3After the little break, the members came back powerfully with the devastating ‘Crystal Mountain’ and with an unforgettable atmosphere. Then Paul and Sean went off the stage, and for the upcoming two tracks, the famous beast ‘Spirit Crusher’ and the title track of Symbolic, Obscura’s vocalist/guitarist Steffen Kummerer and drummer Hannes Grossmann took their place. The songs were probably played even better than the ones with the previous lineup: Kummerer was much more powerful and enthusiastic, his voice fit the songs better than Max’s, and Grossmann was also fast and precise.
Then the guys came back and ‘Zombie Ritual’ started intensely, this Spirit-Symbolic-Zombie trio was probably the climax of the gig in the sense of the feeling and atmosphere that the music created. They also gave us ‘Baptized in Blood’ off the first record, and then… 10 PM, lights off, over. OVER. According to the previous setlists, they would have also played the mandatory ‘Lack of Comprehension’ and ‘Pull the Plug’, DiGiorgio was even teasing the crowd for a while, but because of the stupid law about not allowing to have any bands playing at open-air gigs after 10 PM in Hungary, they couldn’t come back and finish the show. We all felt such an emptiness.

death1The good things were that the members favoured almost every album by playing one or usually two songs from them at a high level, also the sounding was outstandingly good compared to other open-air shows I’ve been to. And the bads were that 1. they left out the album Individual, which I actually didn’t understand at all, since this lineup worked on that record as well; 2. they had to cut those two (or more, who knows) classics off the end.

But, in spite of all this, since the price of the ticket (about 5,5 €) was surprisingly only a fraction of the price last year in Wien (it was actually ridiculous compared to what I would have expected it to be), it was worth and it would worth a hundred times to go and see these two death metal lords – what they played, they played it well, and I hope I can still hear ‘Pull the Plug’, ‘Lack of Comprehension’ and some songs off Individual Thought Patterns in live some day.

I used the photos of Köhler Ági.

Interview with Eric Forrest (E-Force, ex-Voivod)

Interview by Bence and Estelle on the 11th of May 2014

Estelle: When was the first time you discovered you like metal music, and what was the first ultimate favorite band of yours?

I think it was probably Kiss or AC/DC, back in when I was 10 years old or whatever, I saw the Screaming for Vengeance tour of Judas Priest when I was like 13 years old, and I was shocked, I thought ‘Wow, okay, this is what I wanna do’. After watching a lot of festival videos and videos of the early 80s, that was my thought in life – I just wanted to play the rock ‘n’ roll.
Favorite bands from back then? I’m a big AC/DC fan, Deep Purple, Iron Maiden. The classic ones.

Bence: When did you hook on thrash?

I think it happened the same way as with a lot of people, I heard Kill ‘Em All, the Metallica record, and then the whole thing with Exodus, Slayer, Mercyful Fate and all that stuff. When I started playing the bass, I never heard of Iron Maiden, I never heard of Metallica, but my taste in music slowly got heavier and heavier. Nowadays, I still prefer the old thrash-heavy thing. There’s a lot of new metal today, so many styles, it’s hard to keep up and so much bands sound the same and everything. But yeah, I think it was around ’84 or ’83.

Estelle: What time did you discover you like singing and you could be great as a singer?

Well, I was originally a bass player first, so I could imitate Rob Halford a little bit, and Scorpions and a few things. I actually wasn’t good at all, I was fucking horrible. I played in many cover bands and some original stuff, I was just playing the bass and then I tried to learn how to sing, I was the frontman of our band called Thunder Circus in ’91-’92. My singing was more like a Bruce Dickinson, Judas Priest kind of vibe, but the band kicked me out because I couldn’t sing heavy enough. It’s a funny story. Well I showed them, didn’t I?! (laughs)
I think in my early twenties I started getting better, I started singing more thrash and heavy, and then maybe six months later I got a chance to join Voivod, so the timing was pretty good for me.

Bence: Originally you are from Canada, but you live in France now. Can you say a few words about how that happened?

eric6Yeah, I live in France for 10 years, and I have a staying card for another two years. I met this French girl in Montreal, and then she said she wanted to go back in France, we wanted to get married, I was like ‘Good idea, yeah!’, but we got divorced about 5 years ago. Well, it’s life.
I have some thinking to do in the next few years, about what is going to happen. If by chance I have to go back to Canada, we can still organize stuff, so we can still tour and everything.
I really enjoy France: the culture, the people, the food, the wine, everything’s a little slower. As they say: tranquille. Okay Paris is a fucking crazy city, but Toulouse – I live in Toulouse, it’s in the south-west –, about a million people, it’s really great, I’m having a good time.

Bence: You have many dates of your tour in Hungary – you actually play in 4 different places here. Which was the first show organized in the country?

Budapest, 3 days ago. We did 3 shows in France a couple of weeks ago, just kind of warm up and stuff. We played in Milan first and then we had a drive all the way to Budapest. Budapest the other day was the first. And then we played yesterday in Szombathely, and next week it will be Szeged. And then Romania and Poland, and Czech Republic.

Estelle: How is it possible that you play in so many places here in Hungary? I mean, usually big bands don’t play even in Budapest, and you can see E-Force at 4 venues here in Hungary. It’s just so surprising for me, bands like you come here like one time – or not even one time.

I don’t really know why, these days it’s pretty competitive just to get gigs, some would pay to cover the gas and everything. The drummer was searching for dates, we also had another contact who works abroad – he asked ‘Would you do 4-5 shows in Hungary?’, and we were like ‘Yeah, okay!’. It wasn’t really planned but it turned out that way. But it’s great to be here, really, I’m having a good time.
The other night in Budapest it was like a hundred people, last night it was around a hundred people too, the responses are also really overwhelming.

thecurseEstelle: Maybe there won’t be so many people here since it’s Sunday night, Debrecen isn’t like the capital and nor is Hungary the most popular country around here, but we will do our best!
I’m going to ask a bit about your latest album, The Curse… – I know that the original title of the album would have been The Curse of the Cunt and I know that the cover had to stick to the idea, but still, is the cover like this because you guys wanted to catch people’s attention?

Yeah, it’s about provocation and the other songs are very related in terms of the temptation, obsession of beautiful girls, everybody – or most guys, some girls –, what they have to go through in life. (For example the song ‘Perverse Media’ is about the Strauss-Kahn incident.)

Bence: I want to be honest with you – I don’t really like the artwork, but the music is awesome.

Estelle: It’s just that thrash maybe isn’t the first word that comes to one’s mind when they look at the album cover. Are you aware of this fact, I mean that people can feel like this and that this isn’t the most thrashy cover that you could ever do?

We had another red cover but then our label said we can not release the album with that one and we should do another, so we made this because we wanted to have something sexy, something ‘Oh yeah, okay!’. But there are so many bands, so many different covers, I don’t think there are any rules that you have to follow. We kind of wanted to do something that’s a bit shocking. But you know it’s not the first, Jimmy Hendrix etc., many bands have had that.

Estelle: You told a little about the power of the women in connection with your album The Curse of the Cunt, and as you said you still went to France because of a girl actually – can we say that you are some kind of a conservative type then? Can we say you don’t like this free spirit thing?

Ah, no. I’m talking about the power of women but I’m not speaking negative about it.
First of all, the word ‘cunt’: people say it all the time in England. ‘Cunt’ for England is like ‘fucking asshole’ for America. The phrase is a bit of a parody type, it’s not to be taken too seriosuly. It’s actually a bit of a joke. When I started the idea, it was after being divorced and looking for a new girlfriend. So it’s not really a curse, it’s more like a joke. It’s just about the power of pussy, and what some people do to find their love or romance or whatever.

ericBence: Going back to the cover, I was surprised when I looked on the back because of Glen Drover – I’m a huge Megadeth fan. Was it your idea to invite him?

Oh, yes. Glen is a friend of mine, not close or not best friends but we know each other. I met him first time when we played with King Diamond in Montreal, King introduced us to each other so I spoke with him after. Then he got the job in Megadeth, and once he put me on the guest list in Spain, but I couldn’t make it.

The Modified Poison album had a few guests too. Also, I don’t know if you’re aware of the Project: Failing Flesh that I do, it’s a project that I do in America, we’ve done 3 albums – honestly, have a listen, you’ll be really impressed. It’s not thrashy, it’s more like a bit of everything.
Anyway, I took an unreleased Voivod song and I did a little tribute to Piggy: 10 unreleased songs that nobody has ever heard.
In 3 songs I thought it would be cool to have 3 guests to shred. And that’s what it is, I’m really happy that it turned out that way.

Bence: It’s a great thing that you had an opportunity to play with Piggy. I’m so sorry for him, he was great.

Honour privilege, really. Great guy too. It’s really sad he had to leave.

Bence
: Would you mind if we asked you about your departure from Voivod? We don’t really know anything about how that happened. 

Sure. Don’t believe everything you hear, let’s put it this way. They tell people that back in the day I quit the band, but I actually never did. We had a meeting one day, March 2001, and the guys told me that they wanted to stop Voivod, period. For everybody. I didn’t believe it for a minute. I thought ‘Okay, Snake is coming back’. We had a meeting at Piggy’s place and I walked with Michel who lived nearby and I told him that ‘Why don’t we call Jason Newsted, dude? Do something, I can’t believe they’re gonna stop!’.
So anyway, they kind of kicked me out in a nice way I guess, but there’s no hard feelings, I mean it was their band, that’s what they wanted to do, we had some financial problems… it was their decision. We gave Piggy a few more victory laps before his departure, which was good.
So, we’re still friends, everything’s fine, I joined them at Hellfest 2009 and sang a song – Tribal Convictions – with them on stage. It’s all good. When the day comes I’m gonna call them: “Hey, when is the Voivod-Newsted-E-Force tour dude?’ (laughs)

Estelle: Would you work with Voivod ever again?eric2

Well, it’s funny because on one of the records – Infini – I was asked to play on the album with Blacky and Jason, Piggy’s last recordings. I had all the songs before they were released, but one day Away mailed me saying ‘Well, Jason is really attached to the songs so he wants to play all the songs’. It’s like ‘Okay, I understand’, ’cause he helped them out a lot, he financed their thing, they could stay at his place, record the record… so, there’s no hard feelings, I mean I had to start over from nothing but you know, it’s all pros and cons. So here we are, actually I could still play the music that I have created. And I still play Voivod songs, still, to this day!

Estelle
: For the end: Can you imagine E-Force in let’s say 5 years? Will you still exist?

I think so, yes. One way or another. Our last record was released six years ago, between label changes, member changes, and money, finance… so it took a long time, but our label actually wants a new record next year, so things are going to roll faster. Hope to keep rockin’!

Okay, so thank you very much again for talking to us, Eric, looking forward to the show tonight!

Okay, thank you, looking forward to see you guys there!

The darkest day of horror the world has ever known

At some gig here in Hungary a random guy came to me and told me he bumped into me somewhere and saw that I was looking for Infernäl Mäjesty’s None Shall Defy for a long time and he owns it. We met one day and I got this wonderful and rare little piece of music for cheaper than a lot of other ones I could get easily:) So thank you, random guy!

Infernäl Mäjesty – None Shall Defy original LP, 1987 Roadrunner Records

Interview with Cara McCutchen from Mortillery

Interview by Estelle on the 2th of April 2014

The Canadian new school thrash metal band Mortillery released two albums since it was founded in 2008 – the fast and furious ‘Murder Death Kill’ in 2011 and the also thrashy and strong ‘Origin of Extinction’ in 2013. I had the opportunity to ask some things from Mortillery’s vocalist, the beautiful Cara McCutchen.

Hello Cara, thank you for saving a little time of yours for this interview! First of all I would like to ask, how do most of the guys in the metal scene see what you are doing? Does everyone accept that women can sing in bands that play brutal and heavy genres such as thrash metal? 

Thank you for this opportunity! I think that we are entering an age where it is becoming quite common to see metal chicks armed with microphones. I have always felt accepted by this type of music and my fellow metal mates. However, there are and always will be haters out there and there is nothing wrong with that really. I mean some people just don’t like female vocals and I am not in any way offended by this or feel like I’m being discriminated.

cara1Did this you being a musician thing start as a hobby or did you know you want to have a career?

This is and has always been a hobby for me. It’s just a hobby that I’m starting to have to take more seriously now. I honestly never thought that it would actually go anywhere. Who knew? Maybe I should consider this to be a career but I fear that if I did that it would be less fun.

If you could choose any vocalist that you respect or admire the most for some reason, who would it be and why?

My favorite vocalist is Sebastian Bach because of his range and style and the perfect addition of rasp in his voice. Like no other.

Which metal band would it be the most interesting for you to hang out with?

Judas Priest. I would love to hear their stories.

What do you think, how do the big old bands see this whole ‘new school (thrash) metal’ movement which is/was going on nowadays? How do you see it?

I like to play thrash because it’s fast, fun and full of energy. You can incorporate other genres into it safely without ruining anything which keeps me entertained. I have the utmost respect for the original thrash bands and I hope that they support us new bands keeping thrash alive today as it is a genre that I hope never dies.

You recently finished an European tour with Sepultura, Legion of the Damned and Flotsam & Jetsam. What was the best moment of the tour for you?

Well actually there are 2 in particular.

The first is at our last show in Eindhoven, where myself, Kevin our drummer, Kent our lead shredder, Kelly and A.K. from Flotsam and Erik from Legion got to go on stage with Sepultura and play drums with them to the song Kaiowas. Before I was a singer, I played drums. I wasn’t all that good or anything but at that moment I realized why so many years ago (about 17 years actually) I owned a drum kit. IT WAS SO I COULD PLAY DRUMS ON STAGE WITH SEPULTURA!!!!!! You couldn’t beat the smile off my face.

The second moment happened at about 3:30 in the morning in the middle of nowhere, Spain. We were partying on the bus and the driver stopped at some random gas station. This happened a lot but I think this was the only time I actually got off the bus. I went into the gas station and some random woman approached me and said “excuse me, excuse me! I have a gift for you” She opened her hand and there was a Mortillery Murder Death Kill button and a Mortillery key chain (both of which we have never made). She told me that she had made them herself. It was so random that all I could mutter at the time was “thank you very much” and as fast as she appeared she was gone. That morning I awoke thinking that it was just a drunken dream but I looked on my vest and there they were! So… if you are out there Random Spain Gas Station Lady, Thank you for supporting Mortillery and for spreading the word about us! It was so good to meet you!

cara2Haha, great stories!
Which country or city was it the most enjoyable to play in?

Katowice, Poland was the best crowd for sure. People were absolutely freaking out! Thanks guys! Actually we always had good crowds. Way more people than I expected as the shows started very early. Another highlight show was the Thrash Fest we played on our second day in Munchen, Germany with Suicidal Angels, Fueled By Fire and Lost Society. Great people! Great lineup! Great Party!! As far as countries go, I really enjoyed the absolute beauty of Austria. I will be making a personal trip there in the future.

Do you get along well with the members of the other bands?

To be honest I was very worried about being on a bus and around so many people every day. I am not the most social person and really enjoy my space but absolutely every person in all 3 other bands and all of the crew were just amazing! This was Mortillery’s first tour ever and everyone was very supportive, understanding and willing to show us the ropes. In fact our Merch Girl Robin Mazen taught me so much about the touring life too as she has a lot of experience. I got sick right in the middle of the tour for about a week and a half, and A.K. was kind enough to share some of his knowledge (and vitamins) with me about what to do when you get sick on tour. That really helped. Many of us would stay up into the wee hours in the morning on the bus hanging out, partying and listening to tunes. It was such an all around positive experience for us and we just feel so honored to have been a part of that tour.

How did the fans welcome Mortillery’s second album ‘Origin of Extinction’ in your opinion?

Very well! We have had great reviews and people seem to really like the new material at the live shows.

What are the things that you do not like to do when it comes to making a new album?

Recording!!!! I really dislike recording! I like figuring out the melody and arrangement of songs but I don’t really enjoy writing lyrics nor am I that great at it.

Do you have a personal favorite song by the band that you mostly like to play on the shows?

My favorite song is Without Weapons because it’s personal. Actually I think it’s the only song that I have written that is personal. I also really like to play No Way Out and Despised By Blood live.

mortillery1What was the funniest or craziest thing in general that you ever did with Mortillery? What was the moment or period when you mostly felt that this whole being-in-a-band thing was worth it?

Definitely our tour with Sepultura made me feel that way.

Do you have any plans about a next album so far?

We sure do! We already have over half a new album written and now that the tour is over, writing and recording the rest of it is our priority. We aim to hit the studio in the fall. I’m very excited for the new material. Kent has been such a great addition to Mortillery and I have to say that these new songs just slay! I’m am so excited to unleash them upon the masses!

Thank you very much for talking to us Cara, all the best to you and to Mortillery!

Thank you very much for your interest and support! Hope to see you in the pit one day! Cheers!