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Flashback 2013! – Brilliant releases by bands on Kumi666.com
2013 was the amazing year with a many brilliant releases by my support bands. So, let's take a look back on them!
Since I am not a genius reviewer at all but I love all of my support bands here, I did not add any personal review for those releases, just attached some songs and my interviews about the albums. You can lick some songs from those albums and if you find something you like it, please visit their online store and buy their music/merch. It's worth buying and would be a great support for all those bands. Thanks! So, let's check them out! (NOTE: in release month order)
The last Hangmen - Executing Empires (full-length)
ÆTHER REALM - One Chosen By The Gods (full-length)
Leviathan - Beyond The Gates Of Imagination pt.II ~ Aeons Torn (full-length)
Darkest Horizon - Scattered Worlds (EP)
Darkest Horizon Interview will be coming on 2014 / facebook
Burden Of Life - The Vanity Syndrome (full-length)
Divided in Spheres - Disfigured (full-length)
Divided in Spheres Interview will be coming on 2014 / Online Store
Parasite Inc. - Time Tears Down (full-length)
IAMENEMY - Nexus (EP *digital download only)
Legacy of Vydar - Damned (EP)
Merciless Terror - Vile Extinction (full-length)
BLOODSPOT - By The Horns (full-length)
Bloodspot Interview will be coming on 2014! / OnlineStore
Sight of Emptiness - Instincts (full-length)
Sight Of Emptiness Interview / It's available worldwide soon!
Legacy Of Vydar Interview Nov.30th 2013
Hi guys, how is it going? The epic new EP “Damned” is out now, congrats! How does that make you feel?
Flo: Relieved...and a little bit proud.
Actually I was worried about “Damned” when I knew you put clean vocals in it. I’m still into the first full-length “A Hundred Miles” and it contains no cleans then. Now I have to say it was an unnecessarily worry. Obviously there’s some cleans in the EP but all songs didn’t lose its strength! So, did you get any feedback about the EP so far?
Flo: I was worried, too. There was the determined plan to add clean vocals but we didn't know how it would actually sound like when we're at the recording. But I'm quite happy with the result and I think it makes Damned sound more interesting and mature.
Did everything go smooth through the recordings and accompanying work? There was some problem for printing the cover art, right?
Flo: The recording itself was one very relaxing thing. We recorded all the instruments and vocals in less than 10 days which is a lot less than we needed for four songs from A Hundred Miles. This time we recorded everything by ourselves since we finally bought some recording equipment.
The mixing and mastering was again done by Hendrik from Syranic who did an amazing job. Of course it took some time - more than expected since we needed to coordinate our sessions around my new job and the learning of Hendrik for his exams. So far: standard.
We had some issues with the printing company who fucked up the design since it should have been a bit brighter. But who cares, maybe it's a bit more damned like it is now ;)
Well, the cover art is just interesting. It had been a bit long time until I found the beard guy on it, haha. Is he a kind of the leading character of “Damned”? How did you come up with the unique idea?
Flo: Just to calm you: Somebody even asked how we got hold of a monkey. In fact the beard guy is Dodo - painted with soot. We wanted to create a really damned and parched impression of a hopeless person who is fighting through a desert or something similar. Plus, Dodo really wanted to roll in that pile of dirt.
Could you tell us the song-by-song story of “Damned”?
Flo: Well, there are no real stories told on Damned in the meaning of a plot. It rather covers some of the big topics in life like your own impact on your destiny (Choice), time and death (Damned), the will and the guts you need to chase down your goals even when they seem out of reach (Surrender) and a little bit of critics to politics, society and religion (Wake Up).
I just wonder why you don’t make an official music video for spreading the word about Legacy Of Vydar?
Flo: Stay tuned ;) There's still a lot do plan and do, but it will come.
I guess you don’t like to categorize your music but I would love to describe Legacy Of Vydar as “Epic Battle Metal”. What do you think about it?
Flo: We used to call it Epic Death Metal. It's still ok, and of course we won't struggle against Epic Battle Metal.
Since there have been added a lot of impressions from different genres in my opinion the most fitting title would be Melodic Death Metal. But that's a matter of taste ... if somebody thinks it's Disco Pop and still likes it I'm totally fine with it.
So, I’m curious about your future album already, I mean the second full-length. Do you have an obvious plan or an obscure imagery about it so far?
Flo: Very obscure. It depends on the impact of Damned and on how much time I will find for writing new songs. But I can see distant times where a second LoV-LP is existent. Haha... oh dear.
Could you give any message to passionate Vydar fans and new listeners?
Flo: You got one nice taste of music ;) Thanks for listening and of course spread the word. We appreciate all kind of feedback just get in touch via our Facebook page. Horns up!
Get your copy of “Damned” on: https://legacyofvydar.bigcartel.com/product/damned-ep-2013
Legacy Of Vydar facebook: https://www.facebook.com/legacyofvydar
Legacy Of Vydar – Choice (from the new EP Damned)
BLOODSPOT’s brand-new video “By The Horns” is available!
Hey, extreme metal lovers! Check the brand-new mind-blowing video “By The Horns” by BLOODSPOT - kick-ass thrash death metal guys from Germany!
The second full-length By The Horns will be out on 29th Nov.
Check more details on www.facebook.com/bloodspotmusic
...and one more track from By The Horns!
Check new videos and new songs by extreme metal assaults!
Check new videos and new songs by extreme metal assaults! Featuring BLOODSPOT, SOULBOUND, SIGHT OF EMPTINESS, LEGACY OF VYDAR , DARKEST HORIZON and MERCILESS TERROR!
I’m proudly spread the kick-ass music here! BLOODSPOT the brightest death-thrashers in Germany revealed the new song from their upcoming second album By the Horns. Check this out !
Bloodpot - The Legend of Butch Miller
Check the brand new music video of SOULBOUND the alternative metal band from Germany and experience the vivid sensational universe.
Soulbound - Break Away (OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO)
SIGHT OF EMPTINESS from Costa Rica is going to release their new full-length “Instincts” very soon. Check the first official music video from the upcoming album.
Sight of Emptiness - ESSENCE - feat. Whitfield Crane of Ugly Kid Joe
Here we go again from Germany. The mighty soldiers LEGACY OF VYDAR revealed the new song from the upcoming new myth “Damned” which will be out on 16th Oct.
Legacy Of Vydar - Choice
This one is a rehearsal music video of the epic melodic death metal band DARKEST HORIZON from Germany. The song is taken from their latest release “Scattered Worlds”.
Darkest Horizon - Illusion & Infinity - directed by Thomas Berger Media
Last but not least, the brutal death-thrashers MERCILESS TERROR from UK released the lyric music video from the upcoming first full-length “Vile Extinction”! Check the mind-blowing tune and pre-order the album which will be released on 7th Oct.!!!
Merciless Terror - Process of Eradication Lyric Video
You can check those brilliant extreme metal assaults here: www.kumi666.com/support
Summer Breeze Open Air 2013 Live Report by Kai (PARASITE INC.)
after I couldn‘t make it to the last year’s Summer Breeze Festival because of the recordings for the latest album, I finally made it to the festival again and for those who are interested I wanted to share my impressions around the festival again. So here we go with some personal words, impressions and thoughts about the festival in 2013.
Day 1 – Wednesday - The early bird gets the worm
Like many other bigger festivals in Germany, Summer Breeze already opens its doors on Wednesday for the awaited 35000 people. So I wanted to get there early to don’t get stuck in the traffic, but I did already 8km away from the venue and had to wait around an hour before I reached to the check in.
Nevertheless I felt happy with that because the people who checked in for camping had to wait 2 more hours at the entrance controls.
One of my very first impressions when I reached to the venue: everything went a bit bigger again compared to 2011 …the campground, the party tent, the area around the stages and even new: giant screens for a live broadcast of the shows. Also a lot more people were running around and I am not sure I feel happy with that “everything is getting bigger” attitude. One word: Wacken…#
So everything was a bit chaotic on the first evening: I got stuck for around 2 hours at the merchandise stand to get 3 shirts, I almost didn’t find anyone familiar and got stuck for around 30min at the entrance to the stage area. Finally I ended the first Day with Exodus and a bit Destruction.
Day 2 – Thursday – work and breeze
After I had managed my work for the band I reached to the venue almost 3 hours later than planned. Hmh, maybe I should rename my report to “Summer Breeze 2013 – bands I have missed” hahaha coz I missed a lot of bands already and even Soilwork made it into that category. Had to wait 5 years and then I only was able to watch them from the roof of my car – fail.
So the first real band on this day was Fear Factory. Maybe I will never understand why Burton can shout as hell but simply can’t hit any tone whit clean singing. However there was a really good mood in the audience and the playing of the band itself was really tight with a great list of their biggest hits.
After that I switched over to Korpiklaani . The securities in the got a lot of work with crowd surfer and the audience got some great Finnish folk metal. And at the latest with “Vodka” the last person around the stage started joining that party. Epic fail for me: I took the wrong card for my camera with me and ran out of memory. After Korpiklaani I checked Powerwolf and Sabaton but … it’s just not my type and I decided to end this day.
Day 3 – Friday – Hot day
It’s hot… really hot. Felt 38°C and I dropped by Bennies tent to calm down. The guys had just started to play flunkyball. It’s a drinking game and combines sports and alcohol consume in “metal worthy” way haha. Also Benni and I had a short meeting with Howdie from Bloodspot and it was great to see him again after such a long time - one of my personal highlights this year but too bad time passed by so fast. Well, after that I dropped at the backstage area quickly to get some food and water before rushing to my first time with Anthrax. They played a great set with their hits incl. a cover of ACDCs “TNT” that pushed the mood of the audience to the top.
After Anthrax I checked out the merchandise stands around the stage area before I went back early for the next band: Lamb Of God. The area was really packed for the first time when they opened their set with “Desolation”. What a giant chaos of jumping people and circle pits. I felt sorry for the securities in the trench and for the people who simply wanted to enjoy the show: I rarely have seen so many crowd surfer. Lamb Of God is a live force – enough said.
Right after Lamb Of God Finntroll entered the stage and ended day 3 with some “gentle” metal from Finntroll. That was a lot of fun for me since I have seen them the last time back in 2004. How time flies!
Day 4 – Saturday – Dust in the wind
Annoying heat, annoying dust: Without any rain this year, the venue changed into a giant dusty area: Everything was covered by it and I was wondering I still could see Devildriver after their start: With all the mosh pits pits and probably the biggest circle pit this year, Devildriver burned down the venue and only left a lot of…well… dust.
Dust continues at Ensiferum and I guess that I don’t need to mention that there was a serious party going on to their music before it went horrible lout with Hatebreed. It was great to see the band but I seriously can’t get into Hardcore. Simply not my type but they did a great show for sure and Amorphis felt like a tepid breeze after that monster of loudness. I almost got asleep with it this year.
So, time for the final headliner - In Flames. Thanks to Hatebreed the sound of them felt too quiet but after changing my position I had a great sound and I mean they really had a damn great sound that fitted to the killer light-show. The whole venue was packed and the crowd celebrated the band’s greatest hits. Surprisingly In Flames even played an very old song from the 97’ -Whoracle- Album… am not sure but I think it was “The Hive”. They could make that more often for sure, hehe.
After 14 songs they ended their set with a great firework and “My Sweet Shadow” and I am already eager to next year’s Summer Breeze! Why? Well, …so far confirmed: Heaven Shall Burn, Children Of Bodom, Behemoth, WIntersun, Hypocrisy and Arch Enemy… For me already a hell of a lineup! Thanks for reading and see you next year maybe! Cheers - Kai
Dying Humanity Interview – August 2013
This is the first interview with you guys. So, could you tell me the history of the band from the beginning?
We started 2006 with our project called „Dying Humanity“. The same year we recorded our first demo tape which took us to our first label deal. In 2007 we published our debut album with Restrain Records. This was our first success as a young band. In the following we had many shows in Germany and neighbor countries. Our second album was published in 2009 by Maintain Records. We toured around Germany and Austria playing after its release. Our third album “Living on the Razor’s Edge” was published in 2011 by our current label Bastardized Recordings. Lately we are working on our fourth album.
I was wondering why I hadn’t known Dying Humanity until the amazing latest album Living on the Razor’s Edge. You made the album as a conceptional story dealing with the foolishness of human beings, didn’t you? Could you describe the summary of the concept?
As you can tell from our band name the lyrics deal with the dying of humanity as well as stories about broken existences and mentally ill persons. During the preparations of our current album we wanted to try something new, opposite to the other ones. We decided to create a concept album telling a story from the first to the last song. Every song is supposed to be a chapter of history matching to the music themes.
Who managed the album art work? What is the cover art represented?
Gustavo Sazes did the art work. He is a great artist from Brazil and we really like his style. He also worked for bands such as Arch Enemy, Morbid Angel and Legion of the Damned. The Cover shows the protagonist of our Story from “Living on the Razor´s Edge”.
Could you explain each of the songs in the album about the both of musical and lyrical aspects?
Basically it is about a girl growing up with her caring parents. After her mom died her world breaks down and she tries to escape reality by doing drugs. Her boyfriend, who she got to know within the drug scene, makes her a baby. Her dad finds out and she loses his support and acknowledgement as a family member. Being on drugs her boyfriend abused her after giving birth to the child and leaves. The protagonist recovers and finds her baby dead in the dirty apartment because her so called boyfriend left the child behind. Motivated by hatred and despair she decides to find the father of her baby and kills him. When realizing that everything she ever had and loved in her life is gone she commits suicide. The music is adapted to each chapter/song in emotional and storytelling way but you should listen to it by yourself to find out how everything fits.
The music video Abused from the album is the very nice one! Why did you choose the song for a music video?
We decided to do that song because it reflects the qualities of the whole album very well. On the one hand there is a rather hard Death Metal style and on the other hand there is a calm melodic part. The lyrics present only a small part of the story which could be misunderstood if the other chapters are not known by the listener.
Who filmed and edited the video?
The video was made and edited by Ambitious.Films.
How many gigs did you play for the promotion of the album? Did you play at any big metal festivals?
We always tried to play many good shows no matter if we played for promotion or not. After the release of our third full-length we played a couple of shows at clubs and festivals. We also toured a bit. At that time the biggest festival was the “Rock im Betonwerk” festival with bands like Kataklysm, Sabaton, Municipal Waste, The Black Dahlia Murder and many more.
Well, you guys are currently working on the new album, right? Is everything going well so far?
It is going very well. This September we start to record our new songs. Afterwards our label will promote the CD kind of like they did to our last album. We will also play a couple of shows and go on tour with the new songs. Furthermore there is new merchandise planned as well as a new music video.
Do you have anything you can leak about the forthcoming album?
Not by now. But we will keep you up to date on our Facebook page within the next weeks. (DYING HUMANITY facebook: www.facebook.com/dyinghumanity )
Are you interested in Japan as a market of metal music?
You bet! We are looking forward to new fans and support in the entire world. Unfortunately we don’t know much about the Japanese metal scene but we are amazed that people like you show interest in German underground bands and are eager to support us.
Could you leave any message to Japanese metalheads?
Stay tuned and watch the underground bands establish themselves and support them. Many of those groups invest a lot of money, work and dedication into their music while only getting a little feedback. The results are a much too small audience because they are not able to sell the music properly. You can like us and other bands on pages like Facebook and listen to their music (eventually buy the music). Thank you so much to all the Japanese metal heads out there. Thank you for your support.
BLOODSPOT “By The Horns” Cover-art + track list had been revealed!
BLOODSPOT revealed their upcoming second album “By The Horns” cover-art:
The band also announced the whole track list from the album:
1. And They Brought Gold 2. The Legend Of Butch Miller 3. By The Horns 4. Burst Black 5. Death Down There Hold My Approach 6. Volcanos 7. Enter The Grey 8. Death Illusion 9. Far From Innocence '13
The album “By The Horns” will be out on 29th November via Bret Hard Records.
Keep your eyes on the kick-ass death thrashers from Limburg!!!
Studio Diary Episode3
Studio Diary Episode2
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Thanks so much to all my support bands for your efforts over years!
Thanks so much to all my support bands for your efforts over years!
Finally I reached to the 100th blog release!
I would love to give my endless thanks to the extreme metal assaults:
THE LAST HANGMEN
LEGACY OF VYDAR
BURDEN OF LIFE
ALL WILL KNOW
DIVIDED IN SPHERES
SIGHT OF EMPTINESS
SERENITY IN MURDER
I also would like to express my thanks to following bands and people.
LAST ONE DYING
Thanks so much for the amazing greeting card!
Keep supporting kick-ass indie extreme metal assaults! Horns up!
Greetings from Tokyo,
Parasite Inc. interview about the new masterpiece Time Tears Down
Hi guys. I guess the band is doing absolutely busy at the moment with a lot of promotion stuff for the upcoming album, right? Thanks for taking your time for my interview. So, what’s up?
Hi Kumi, yes we are busy as hell promoting the album. As you know we have to take care about most of the stuff by ourselves, so there is still an endless to do list that contains such things like web programming, designing, writing promotion texts and so on… and most of it happens in the background, so most guys don’t see much of all that work.
We really can’t wait to finish all that stuff and get back to the things we really love doing as a band: playing and writing new music!
I had hesitated to call your previous self-title album as 'demo' before because it’s a brilliant record, but after listening through Time Tears Down, I felt I should admit it. Congratulations for the amazing new album! How are you feeling now with the new masterpiece?
Of course, there is always something you want to change or you feel not satisfied with. For example the sound of the lead guitar on some songs could be better (e.g. unmeant outcasts) or we should have recorded some songs a bit faster maybe (e.g. hatefilled hehe) but we tried to make the best out of our possibilities, and yes, for the first time we feel totally happy with how everything sounds.
Why did you take such a long time to release the album?
We wanted to give Wintersun the chance to release their album before we release ours, haha. But frankly, we never thought, that this really would happen :D
Seriously I have no idea. First we wanted to remix the old songs and only record the new one. But then we figured out that it won't satisfy us, so we started to rerecord all the old songs as well. Anyway the recording itself didn’t took that much time. But the mix and all the other work which went into the album, took month by month, some throwbacks included: Maybe you remember that we wanted to call the album 'back for war', but we couldn’t use that title then… so all the design stuff we made so far had to be dropped and we had to start again. I also had been busy for some weeks doing some mixing stuff for a friend’s band or at another point I was sick for some weeks and we really couldn’t work on the mix.
The album was mastered by Jens Bogren and his amazing job made your awesome songs impregnable! What do you think about it?
Jens did a killer job! Actually his master doesn’t sound that much different compared to the mix, but the devil is in the detail: Jens added some smoothness, punch and clarity to the mix (especially in the low end) which we never would have reached.
I have to say that I was really impressed by Benni’s test master as well: given his mastering equipment and experience, it sounded pretty similar to Jens' mastering. But Jens' master alwas was more round and, well, simply perfect. This guy really knows what he is doing.
Let’s focus on song by song. After the heavy instrumental opener Fire The Machine, I get huge goose-bumps in my whole body every time with the real fast killer tune Back For War. That’s insane! It seems you guys just shout out your statement as the band like 'We are right back in the scene!', don’t you?
I guess with the heat in Tokyo it's good to have some goose-bumps ;-) ?
Thank you very much for that compliment. Well, that’s right: After all the throwbacks within the last years and struggles to keep the band running, this song can be seen as a statement for us and to others… bad weeds grow tall - We won't give up and go our way.
Back For War could be a new sing-along anthem in the Parasite Inc. universe, or already it is? Did you play the song at live already? If so, what kind of reactions did you get from the audience?
Oh, I am not sure. We can’t tell someone to sing along to our songs but it’s always such an honor if people shout along to our songs!
We play the song live already and the reactions are really great. We have seen people sing a long to that song even we haven't released any lyrics yet.
About the following track Time Tears Down which is a new song as well: It has some kick-ass guitar riffs and a catchy solo. Since the song also appears as the album title, it stands as the representative song on the album, right?
Yes that’s right. But it also represents the whole bands' development: It’s the latest song we have written and everybody was involved in the songwriting. Also, I think it’s the strongest song we have ever written so far and together with 'The Pulse Of The Dead' it maybe also shows in which direction our music will develop in the future…
The Pulse Of The Dead must be the most well-known new song on the album at the moment, isn’t it? The music video hit more than 20,000 views within a month, that’s awesome! How are you feeling about it?
Surprised? Stunned? I am not sure. We feel happy about the awesome response, that’s for sure! However, The Pulse Of The Dead is just another song for us and we simply want to go on, keep it metal and create our own vision of the music we love.
The next question is about one more new song In The Dark which is one of my new favorites at the moment. Can you explain about a lyrical aspect of the song?
The song is about the struggle of being trapped in an addiction: You know you should quit, but you can’t (may it be smoking or alcohol or whatever). If you are addicted to something you propably start isolating yourself from your social environment and the addiction becomes the center of your life: It's only you and the addiction. So the song captures that situation but also should be a mirror to the listener to start thinking about his own addictions and how they influence him.
The bonus track Dead Life has a bit different taste from the real album songs and it must be fun for fans! Could you tell me why you got the idea to make the nice catchy song and put it on the album as bonus track?
Well, it was the first song we have ever written, but it never worked out in rehearsals and also we once decided to drop the keyboard as a lead instrument in our songs. So the song got archived at first but I felt it could be a good song and continued working on it from time to time over the years. Finally, I re-recorded the song in 2011 and actually wanted to use it only for myself with a couple of other re-recorded and unreleased songs but somehow Benni listened to it and came around with the idea to release it as a bonus track on the album. I guess he can tell you more about it.
Yes, I definitely wanted that song on the album, because it also shows quite a bit of our band development. When we started out as a band, we were quite heavily influcenced by Children of Bodom. I wouldn't say that we copied them, but what we did clearly sounded like the COB influcenced melodic death metal you can hear quite often in that genre. But it quickly became clear, that what we really wanted was creating our own style. We don't wanted to be yet another 'Sounds like...' band. Of course, you can hear influences of the bands we love and hear a lot in all our songs, but honestly, I can't say 'We sounds like...' - well, except: PARASITE INC.
Let’s move to our familiar songs which are old but still awesome. You put whole real tracks from the self-title album to Time Tears Down and all old songs were rerecorded. They are absolutely fitting with the new songs, aren’t they? Did you take care about the order or anything else?
The sound was something we have been worried about for a long time during the mixing process: they are often really different in their basic style (some are more thrashy others tend to be more power metal or even have a rock touch). So it did cost us some nerves for sure to find the right sound for the songs xD
Every old song came back with a more powerful and thicker sound, plus I found some obvious difference between olds and renewed songs like the intro of Unmeant Outcasts. Could you explain those new old-songs one by one to new listeners?
Oh, this is going to be a long explanation, but I'll try to write it compact haha :D.
Well, the first old song on the album is 'Chaos Inside':
A mid-tempo track which is one of the early songs we have written. It’s about personal struggles and is still one of my personal favorites.
Then we have 'Function Or Perish':
An up-tempo-viking-thrash-death-punk-whatever song and yes, the opening riff is our revere to the founders of the melodic death metal genre: AT THE GATES. The song has some socialcritical lyrics.
And then there is 'Armageddon in 16 to 9':
A fast power metal influenced song with some fast guitar licks and a catchy punk chorus. It’s a fun song about an 'end of the world' party.
Somehow 'The Scapegoat' could also be a hard rock song after the opening riff but of course with screams instead of clean vocals. The song is about some revenge and wrath stuff.
'Unmeant Outcasts' is a statement to all the people who don't accept others as they are. It's a statement about being strong and going your own way.
With 'Hatefilled' we pushed the gas pedal for the first time and at the time I wrote this song, I was really depressed and angry with the world around me. The lyrics are truly not a masterpiece but overall the song is fast and angry metal for sure hehe.
The last old song that also ends the album is 'The End Of Illusions': A slow and heavy one with a totally reduced and simple riffing but with a lot of atmospheric keyboards in the background. It’s about the moment when you recognize that you have lost everything in your life and you feel like an empty shell, actually not knowing anymore, how to go on but you still continue to do so somehow.
Since I love Hatefilled and The End Of Illusions as best in the olds, I’m feeling happy to find them again in the last of the new album. Do you think is there any options to put another song to the end of the album?
Actually, we can't imagine to end the album with any other song. 'The End Of Illusions' feels perfect as the final song on the album.
I also would like you to tell me about Parasite Red. How did you get an idea to make it real?
We already have been in the recordings of the album, when Timo joined us to perform 'Function Or Perish' and … I seriously can’t remember how it happened finally. We always have been so stoked by his powerful voice and asked him, if he would like to perform parts of the song as a guest singer.
Actually the idea was to split the vocals in the song, but when we wanted to mix it, it didn’t work out well. Anyway, we definitely wanted his voice in that song, so we made an additional special version with only his vocals!
Timo is a wonderful vocalist for sure and Function Or Perish with his vocals made me realize how different voices you guys have. Timo is the right man for Bleeding Red and your brutal low-vocal style fits perfectly to Parasite Inc.. So, I can use the saying 'the right man in the right place.' What do you think about it?
That’s totally right. Timo has a really unique and powerful voice. I can’t imagine a lot of other songs from us with Timos voice but also couldn’t imagine my voice in songs from Bleeding Red. But with 'Function Or Perish' it just seems to fit perfectly - actually both, the vocals and our thoughts about the statement the songs makes. However, I still would love to do a 'live revenge' singing one of their songs. I really love the music of the guys. For those who read this, if you don’t know Bleeding Red, check them out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aoGsIwm5ffY
Could you tell me your upcoming live schedule, by the way?
We are still busy promoting and releasing the album, so we didn’t have much time yet to take care about gigs, but have a few coming up: 20th July we will have our release party at our local town Aalen, later this year we will have a gig in Prague and a gig in Swiss is already in work.
I’ve heard you are going to have a show with Burden Of Life and Soulbound. Is that true? If so, it’s going to be killer!
Oh yes, we also have a gig with those guys in Regensburg. We seriously can’t wait to meet with the guys there. It will be in September so check out our websites for announcements and updates.
Please leave some message to your fans.
We REALLY want to thank all people out there for their response to the album and for their support. Stay heavy and keep it metal!
Thank you so much!!! You guys are the best!
Thank you so much too for the interview and keep up your awesome work! You’re the best!
Parasite Inc. - Time Tears Down (Track by Track) [German Melodic Death Metal]
Parasite Inc. - Function or Perish [German Melodic Death Metal]
Parasite Inc. - The Pulse of the Dead [German Melodic Death Metal]
LEGACY OF VYDAR short interview on June
I’m absolutely psyched to know that you guys are working for another epic mythology! I suppose the new record will be called “Damned” as an EP, right?
You're damn right! :D
Well, I found something in your recording-related photo. Are you going to use clean vocals on the new record? I love the epic non-clean style of A Hundred Miles though.
Yes, there are going to be clean vocals on "Damned", mainly sung by Daniel. But don't worry, the shouting of Dodo will remain the dominant form of lyrics. We rather use the clean vocals simultaneously to the shouting on some occasions to create some variety. Anyway, there will be very, very few little parts where the clean vocals stand alone. Beside clean vocals there will be backing shouts and gang shouts to spice the whole thing up.
The Lyrics of the new songs are dealing with the similar theme as the past releases like the North Myth based style?
Yes and no. I think that all the tales of North Mythology have been already told by a lot of bands. So we decided to not do it again. Yet, as we still are fans of the North Mythology (maybe we can add some pictures of Dodo's tattoos someday) we are using metaphors and allusions to it in order to tell our stories about for example hope, despair, choice and death - kind of the big things in life which I think the Vikings had a great mentality to.
When I think about A Hundred Miles, I can’t ignore the great sound production (mixing & mastering) for the brilliant songs. Do you already have an obvious plan about it for the new record?
I'm glad that you like the sound on "A Hundred Miles", because we don't plan to change our sound engineers. After we finish the recordings, Hendrik of Syranic will do the mixing and I hope that we can also win Benni of Parasite Inc for the mastering again.
Still, the sound will change a bit. Looking back we all agree that the drums have been a bit too dominant on "A Hundred Miles". Since we're playing with 3 guitars, we want to give them a little bit more space in the in the whole production.
Do you have any plans for another full-length by the way?
I don't know, yet. Maybe we will record another EP after "Damned", maybe a full-length album. It depends on how much time we have to write new songs and how fast after "Damned" we can stand the madness of another recording session. :D
The following question would be just for fun. As far as I know, you guys often wear matching outfits on stage, one day with formal suits with bow ties, and the other day with kinda exercise cloths, right? What are you aiming for, haha? (Sorry but I’m curious!) I guess most of your fans prefer you to wear Viking-soldier-style outfits or so, huh?
Oh haha, we just try to do something different and funny in the grim and evil metal community. Let's see if metal heads can actually laugh. :D
But seriously, I'm glad you asked this. The thing I really dislike about metal is that a lot of people are like: "You need to look like this...", "You need to like this...", "You need to drink this...". For me, that's bullshit. You need to love the music, that's all.
Be strong now ... there are no Vikings anymore. :D
Could you tell me your upcoming plans as the band?
We wanna release "Damned" as soon and as good as possible and then play as many and as good gigs as possible. So I guess, we got the standard plans. Ah, wait... next weekend we're going to play on the Celtic Rock Open Air together with Eluveitie. It's gonna be wild.
Thank you so much for your time for the interview. I’m really looking forward to your new record! Love you damned Vydar guys!
We love you, too. :D
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In Arcane interview on May 2013
Hi there. This is my very first interview with In Arcane even most you guys are very familiar to me.
Thomas: Hey Kumi, it’s always a pleasure doing interviews with you! Thank you for your interest ;-)
Fabian: Glad to be doing this! Hello Kumi!
Well, how is the recording stuff going?
Thomas: The recording process is going perfectly well! Max Widdra just finished the Bass, so we are almost done. There are only very few additions and sugar sprinkles on top to do. The whole package sounds awesome already, which is pretty promising ;-)
Fabian: We all had a lot of time for songwriting and rethinking every song over and over again. So when we hit the studio in early spring this year, we all kinda knew what was coming up and what had to be done. We had a very intense, but also refreshing time in the recording process, because all the songs that we had played live so often, finally really worked out as total pieces.
Which type of the record are you exactly making, EP or full - length album?
Thomas: It is going to be an EP.
Could you leak me the details of the new record so far as much as possible?
Thomas: The fact that we’re producing an EP is not because we don’t have enough songs, the following two EP’s are already written. In Arcane is a “Multi Artist Project” with a special goal: we want to take the concept album to a whole new level. We will traverse our musical debut in form of a multi-parted concept album. Together with author and blogger Marcel Krueger we have developed the concept for three acts of a dark science-fiction story: fifteen chapters and fifteen songs on three EP's, telling the story of a cyberpunk-revolt some-when in the near future. We provide songs and lyrics, Marcel the overall narrative and stories for each EP. But this is not enough: with Jörn Zimmermann we also have an excellent illustrator on board who brings the characters and the settings to life. We are even planning to collaborate with more artists for the project to add more dimensions to our work.
Please introduce the current members of In Arcane.
As far as I can see, the band need much more “Like” on the facebook page: www.facebook.com/inarcane.
So, could you describe your musical style for the people who are interested in your music?
Thomas: At least I can try ;-) It’s always hard to describe the music you write as a band, because you always think it’s fresh and unique, but in the end it’s not. We were sick of constantly trying to be inventors of new genres or new sounds, so we returned to just creating songs. We do not want to sound like the next big thing, we want to sound exactly like the mixture of people that we are. Every single one of us has his own influences and this is the key to our music. You like metal, without being stuck in any subgenre? Check out our Bandcamp page to listen to our preproduction for the upcoming EP.
How about your upcoming live schedule?
Thomas: We are going to hit the stage again when the EP is ready. No dates for now, this baby needs all our attention ;-)
Fabian: After finishing the first EP we will be looking for live dates, but might return to the studio soon, since there is enough material to continue on. But before that, we all are very thrilled to give birth to our first EP and we hope that we can share this one with as much people as possible.
Thanks a lot and good luck for the new record!
Thomas: Thank YOU Kumi!
Fabian: Thank you for all the great support!