Thursday, May 27, 2010

SCAREMAKER "What Evil Have They Summoned..." CD out NOW!

SCAREMAKER "What Evil Have They Summoned..." CD out NOW on Razorback Recordings!

What you are about to hear are cursed souls, trapped in 13 tracks of terror. The story starts with SCAREMAKER smashing its way through the gates of Hell and interrupting a party of weak souls who have unknowingly summoned it through seance. A nightmare of unspeakable events take place: Malicious deformed children who kill, undead immortals who suck blood from the living, backwoods maniacs fulfilling their mother's hunger for gore, agonizing witch burnings, traumatic transmutations, old books dripping with fetid ink, horrendous skinning's, malevolent vampires and offerings of forgotten horrors! The story ends, but is it really over? Or has the party just begun?!

Get ready for an album loaded with demonic and violent riffs, murderous lyrical summoning's and ghastly vocals that leave you unhinged. If you love being scared, it'll be the DEATH METAL album of your life!

Features an incredible full-color painting by Adam Geyer, and a special song with lyrics co-written by Stevo of Impetigo! *First 200 copies come with a special limited edition official Scaremaker TOE TAG!

Price: $10 US/$12 World

Also available:

You get the debut "What Evil Have They Summoned..." CD, the demon logo T-SHIRT, a sticker, and the Scaremaker toe tag! **Please write down what size T-Shirt you want in the note box when placing your order! Sizes available: Medium, Large, XL, and 2XL
Price: $20 US/$28 World

also available on Razorback Recordings:

REVOLTING "The Terror Threshold" CD
DECREPITAPH "Beyond the Cursed Tombs" CD
FESTERED "Flesh Perversion" CD
CLAWS "Absorbed in the Nethervoid" CD
HORRIFIC "Your Worst Nightmare" CD
FONDLECORPSE "Creaturegore" CD
REVOLTING "Dreadful Pleasures" CD
VACANT COFFIN "Sewer Skullpture" CD
DECREPITAPH "Condemned Cathedral" CD
ACID WITCH "Witchtanic Hellucinations".. CD
HOODED MENACE "Fulfill the Curse" CD
CRYPTICUS "They Called Me Mad" CD
LORD GORE "Resickened" CD
IMPETIGO "Horror of the Zombies" CD
BIRDFLESH "Alive Autopsy/Trip to the Grave" CD
FONDLECORPSE "Blood And Popcorn" mini-CD
BLOOD FREAK "Multiplex Massacre" CD
FRIGHTMARE "Midnight Murder Mania" CD
ANIMA MORTE "Face the Sea of Darkness" CD (horror soundtrack music in the vein of Goblin and Italian horror/zombie movies! like the soundtrack to a Fulci/Argento film!)

all CD's are $10 US/$12 World each

Razorback Recordings
PO Box 321
Farmingville, NY 11738

Friday, January 22, 2010

new interview with DECREPITAPH!

Interview with Elektrokutioner and Sinworm from DECREPITAPH!

1. The new DECREPITAPH album, "Beyond the Cursed Tombs", is heavier and more catchier than the first album was. Did you guys plan this or did it just come naturally? How long did it take to write and record the album?

Elektrokutioner: I knew I wanted to make the next album heavier than the first, and I think we succeeded at that. The first album was definitely heavy, but this new one is just pushing the limits of heaviness recorded with cheap gear at my house! But, hopefully I can find a way to make the third album even more over the top. As far as the catchier aspect, I guess it wasn't done on purpose but it's always in my head to make memorable songs with repeating parts rather than just 4 minute songs of wanky garbage just for the sake of showing off.

Sinworm: I think it came naturally for us as we are on the same page being in pursuit of making the heaviest music possible. We recorded it in a few sessions, one for drums, one for guitars and bass, then one for vocals and leads. It didn't take relatively long since we've been making a habit of recording.

2. I heard that you guys actually had over 20 songs written and then you just picked the best ones from that. What became of the other songs you wrote? Will they be used for splits and EP's?

Elektrokutioner: We had around 18-19 I think, since we ended up using a few of them for the Father Befouled and Meathole Infection split 7"s we did. I think 2 or 3 of them will be totally scrapped as neither myself or Sinworm really thinks they are up to par with our other material. We kept two of the songs for the upcoming MCD on Archasm Releasing in mid 2010. They weren't written specifically for that release, but once we had all the songs written and we went through them and decided on album songs, we saved two for the MCD. We will probably write one new one and use one of the leftover songs for that as well. As far as upcoming splits and 7"s and stuff, we have already recorded 3 new songs for a 4 way split CD, as well as new songs for split 7"s with Offal and Eroded that will be coming very soon!

3. Speaking of splits and EP's, it seems like you have a bunch of them planned. Please tell us all about them and which ones will be out first.

Elektrokutioner: First up is the Offal and Eroded split 7"s I just mentioned. All those songs and artwork are ready to go. I estimate they will be out in early Spring or so. We also recorded for that 4 way split CD in early December, but I'm not sure when that will see the light of day. Starting in a few days, we are going to start rehearsing for the MCD on Archasm and then we will probably record for it in late February or early March. We expect that to be out by early Summer if all goes well. After that... well, who knows!! We hope to get another 7" or two at the least. Hopefully after this new album comes out, we'll get a little more interest in the band and will be given some more offers to do stuff.

4. I know you're doing a MCD soon also called "Conjuring Chaos". Tell us about this release.

Sinworm: Some of these songs are ones that unfortunately couldn't fit on the new album, so consider it almost like a missing chapter to Beyond the Cursed Tombs.

Elektrokutioner: That is the one coming out on Archasm Releasing, who also did our split 7" with Father Befouled. It will have 4 new and exclusive songs and maaaaaaaybe a little surprise or something else on there too. We haven't exactly decided yet. It will probably be limited to 500 copies or less and it should be out by the Summer.

5. Nobody writes death metal songs as fast as you it seems like! How are you able to always write so much high quality material in such a short amount of time?

Elektrokutioner: Well, when it comes to playing music, I'm not lazy. If we want to get a CD or 7" out, I just sit down and write it basically. It all comes naturally to me at this point. I throw away a lot of stuff that I don't think is good enough, or if the style starts to veer off into something different, I just use that for a different band/project. Our songs are anything but complex, so it's pretty easy to write them fairly quickly if you know what you're doing.

6. Tell everybody about the house you live in with guitars hanging on the walls, amps in the dining room, etc. I'm sure lots of people would love to know! How many guitars and amps do you have....and WHY so many?

Elektrokutioner: Yes, that is all true! Music gear is an obsession and something you must spend money on to get the sounds you want. In these days when any jackass can download a bootleg drum program and plug his guitar into a pod and run it into his computer, I think there are some people out there that can appreciate REAL cranked amp sounds and REAL drums being played by REAL people. I'm not into that digital processed sound at all, so we record all our stuff with mics in front of loud amps, the way it should be. I know I can tell the difference between real sounds and fake sounds and I think a lot of the fans can tell too. As for the amount, I think I'm down to 20 guitars after selling off 15 or so.. but I mainly sold them off to buy MORE AMPS! I think I'm at 10 high gain heads and around 15 4x12 and 2x15 cabs I believe.

7. What makes DECREPITAPH different from all the other bands you're involved with. Is it harder to keep it different and separate or is it easy since it has a distinct sound?

Elektrokutioner: I think it's different because it's the most natural thing for me to play. When I decide to do a side project that is thrashier or something, it's different than my normal playing style, so I have to try harder to create it. I also love playing real punk/grind, and that is why I have Bastard Cross. That is the other style that comes naturally to me. Everything else where I'm trying to make something different ends up being way harder to do. But, I still do it because it's usually a challenge to make myself thing differently. You'd probably never guess the same guy that wrote 'Beyond The Cursed Tombs' also wrote the Bastard Cross album, or the Skincrawler album for that matter. I hate people that do 4422489 bands that all sound the same.

8. The first album was loved by death metal fans but also doom fans as well, and yet there also seemed to be some doom metal fans who thought it "wasn't doom enough", which is ridiculous to me. What are your thoughts on this?

Sinworm: I was surprised at how many people said they really liked the album. However they want to call it, don't really matter. They could call it "Hippie Devil Music" and it would still be heavy to me.

Elektrokutioner: The last thing I care about is pleasing narrow minded doom fans haha I really don't care who likes us or who doesn't, honestly. We sound like we sound because that is what Sinworm and myself want to play and if you think we "aren't doom enough" or we don't have some stupid gimmick to our band just so we sell more, then we don't want you as a fan anyway!

9. What are some bands you'd like to do splits with in the future? Any cool new bands you like today or do you mostly just stick to the older stuff?

Elektrokutioner: Hmm.. This is a tough question. I'd like to maybe do a split 7" with Grave Ritual, even though we basically already did when they were called Meathole Infection. But after their album comes out, I would love to do a "Razorback split" of sorts. I could also see us doing a split with Horrendous as they are a cool band and Damian from the band has been helping with the mixing of our 7" songs as Patrick from Crypticus has been busy. There are definitely good bands around now, but it's hard enough for me to keep up with all my own releases, I'm not doing as much genre exploring as I used to.

10. Are you fed up with myspace or do you feel like it still serves a purpose? There seems to be more bands than ever on there now and lots of them seem to be focused on just trying to sell stuff rather than making new music. You guys always put out lots of music. Is this a reaction to the laziness of bands today or something that just comes natural to you?

Elektrokutioner: I hate MySpace, but it's important from a band standpoint. I'm in this to get cool releases out there and that is basically it. It means more to me getting an email from a fan saying they loved our album than it does selling 8494398 shirts to faceless "fans". I mean, the point of being a band is to play music, which is what I love to do. If people like it and buy our albums, that's cool.. But if not, I'm still going to scrape together the money myself to put out a 7" or a demo CD or something like that because it's an accomplishment to get your music released and available to people that want it.

11. You guys also print up your own t-shirts and put out your own record as well, which is rare today considering most bands just rely on other people to do stuff for them. Do you have fun putting out your own stuff and doing mail/orders, and keeping up with all of this stuff? Does it ever get boring or annoying to do it? What keeps you going in the metal scene after all these years?

Elektrokutioner: The only annoying part is the price of shipping haha The way I look at it, if you're not willing to invest some of your own money into doing shirts and stuff for your band, then you are playing music for the WRONG reasons. If you honestly don't care about that stuff, then you shouldn't even bother recording your music and trying to get someone to release it in the first place. If you can make money doing it, that's great. If you lose money.. oh well! That is part of the deal of being a Death Metal band. I guess what keeps me going is still having ideas that I want to get out, still hearing new bands that I think are cool, and still hoping one day the metal scene will be as cool as it was 15-20 years ago.. even though I KNOW that won't happen.

12. Will the band play anymore live shows or are you just focusing on recording and new releases?

Elektrokutioner: It's possible, but we don't have anything lined up right now. Playing live once in a while is fun, but doing it too much severely limits your rehearsing and recording time, so it's not worth it. I'd rather have a cool release out that will be around forever than play some lame dive bar show every weekend to 5 people.

13. Feel free to talk about any of your other bands here and what releases you have coming up with them.

Elektrokutioner: Wow, this could take a while haha Well, in terms of what is coming out soon.. The debut Encoffination 7" is at press now and should be out in March sometime. We also printed up limited shirts for it. The Festered album has been out on Razorback for a few months now and we have plans to record another CD and possibly a 7" on Archasm this year. I think we've found a label for the Skincrawler/Old Bones split, so hopefully that be coming out this Summer. Also, the first Skincrawler album 'Lair of the Foul' will be pressed on vinyl LP soon. I recently did drum tracks for the Beyond Hell demo and album, and once the final mixes are done, the demo CD will be out, then the full CD shortly after. In March, we plan to record the debut Scaremaker album for Razorback. I'm looking forward to that a lot! Stone Evil with Lasse from Hooded Menace will have a flexi 7" (remember those??) on Doomentia Records sometime pretty soon. I'm also getting ready to record the drums for the debut Foreboding album, which is me and Rogga from Paganizer/Ribspreader. I'm also going to record a Goatstorm split tape on Archasm, which is a solo project of very primitive and barbaric black/death. In the most exciting news yet, it looks like 2010 will finally see the release of the Tombstones album as well! I can't wait to hear that finished up! Sooooo, I think that's it for now haha

Sinworm: Decrepitaph is really a side project to my main band consisting of my wife and two boys! No but really, I have a one man project called Sinworm and a 7 song release is on the way this spring followed by another full length release later this year.

14. Isn't HARD ROCK ZOMBIES the best film ever, or what?!?

Elektrokutioner: I'm more fond of Black Roses and Rocktober Blood, but Hard Rock Zombies is a classic!!! I love how when they die, they bury the band 3 inches underground and not even in a coffin! hahaha!

15. Any last comments?

Sinworm: Thank you Billy for your help and support, and now to continue with the Ancient Death Metal.

Elektrokutioner: Thanks to you Billy and Razorback for sticking with Decrepitaph all this time, and we look forward to opinions on the new album!!!!

*joke question: Is the cover of your album yellow, or green? Some say green. LOL so stupid

Sinworm: Definitely yellow
Elektrokutioner: It's YELLOW!!!!! hahahahah

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Thursday, October 22, 2009

REVOLTING interview!

Here's a brand new interview with Rogga from REVOLTING! The band will be releasing their 2nd CD later this year on Razorback, titled "The Terror Threshold"! Hear what Rogga has to say about the band and the upcoming material...

1. hey Rogga, tell us about the upcoming 2nd CD from REVOLTING, "The Terror Threshold". What's different about this album from the debut CD?
Rogga: The sound is different as its from another mix session but besides that its pretty much more of the same rotten yet catchy death metal as on the debut. There's some more melody on this new stuff though, which fits very well into the Revolting sound.

2. Tell us about the unreleased MCD, "Bonesaw Leftovers". When was this material recorded and what do you like about the songs?
Rogga: These songs were recorded between the debut and the coming album, and is in the same style of corpse. Some of my fave Revolting songs are among these tracks actually, so I hope this minicd will be released in a not too distant future.

3. What would you say the differences between REVOLTING are with your other band RIBSPREADER? Obviously the art/concept is different, but musically would you say they're kinda similar or is there something that helps set them apart?
Rogga: Ribspreader is also the spawn of Andreas so we compliment each other when doing songs in that band. Revolting is just me writing the stuff, so it comes out a bit different. In Revolting there's more ugly riffing going on and blast beats as well which was something we never used in Ribspreader. However I can understand people who don't pick up on the difference between the bands haha.

4. REVOLTING has a killer, very eye-catching band logo done by Jeff Zornow. Are you happy with the way that came out? He's now provided the art for the 2nd CD as well. Are you happy with it?
Rogga: The logo is just killer, its totally old school and gory in that cool way. The artwork for the coming album is beyond cool too, there's so much detail to it and the overall concept is so cool. The man is a genius but I think most people know that already.

5. You've done a lot of REVOLTING material in a short amount of time. What inspires you to write material? Does it come natural to you at this point?
Rogga: Actually all the material for Revolting, the debut as well as the minicd and the upcoming album, was recorded within just a month or so. I had some inspiration and it turned out really cool if I might say it myself. Music like Revolting is the stuff that sure does come to me naturally, it's what I was born to write and play I guess. I couldn't write a pop song or a technical death metal song even if I spent weeks trying. I'm retarded that way. I'm retarded in many ways actually.

6. Do you have any unreleased REVOLTING songs besides the MCD? I know you were working on some new songs like "The Hatched" and "Diabolical Metamorphosis"?
Rogga: I sure have some pieces here and there, might even have a few finished songs too haha. Haven't felt the need to finish something big yet though as there's already so much material done. But when time comes I guess it´ll be a double album that needs to be released...

7. There's a photo on the REVOLTING myspace page with Martin from ASPHYX wearing a REVOLTING t-shirt! Who made these and where can a fan get them?
Rogga: Bob from Asphyx made them for the guys in the band actually, and he sent me one too. I was really blown away when he told me all the guys in the band were Revolting fans, stuff like that is crazy to hear for someone who has been one of their fans for so many years. Its very cool indeed, and very cool of Mr Van Drunen to sport it onstage as well.

8. What would you like to do for a possible 3rd REVOLTING album?
Rogga: As mentioned above, I'd really like to make a double album, a conceptual one with some really twisted horror theme. I think it should also be building up gradually with slower more ominous tracks in the first part and then steadily go towards the more usual Revolting sound and then finish with the faster more melodic songs. That would be a cool journey for the listener. Some cool guest vocals should be added too, especially if the concept of the album is built around a bunch of central characters.

9. Are there any bands out there you'd like to do some possible split EP's with?
Rogga: There are many of them haha, I'd especially like to do a split with Cianide someday. That band is awesome, however as they're legends and I'm not. I doubt there would be any interest in that haha.

10. Thanks for the interview Rogga! Any last words about REVOLTING?
Rogga: Of corpse, be aware of the Revolter!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

FESTERED interview!

HOG-WILD HOWLS blog is back! blah blah...I'm not gonna ramble on about it. Let's just get to some cool updates and news! First's a new interview I did with Ghoat from the band FESTERED, who have a full-length CD coming out soon on Razorback! If you like old-style Death Metal with catchy songs you can headbang to, then you'll totally love this stuff! This band will really surprise a lot of people.

Interview with Ghoat from FESTERED!

1. Hey tell us about how FESTERED came together.
It was basically Elektrokutioner (Drums) approaching me saying he wanted to do yet something else from the other 3492749 side projects we both have. The intention with this one however was to make it an actual band, and he flew Reaper (Guitar, bass) down from Massachusetts, and they wrote and recorded the album in about 3-4 days. E. and I talk pretty fucking often, and he knew I was right for this, so it just unearthed itself.

2. You've been playing in the band FATHER BEFOULED for some time now. What made you want to get another band going? What are the differences between the bands?
These two bands are night and day, haha. FB is solely and firmly rooted in sounding like a dreary, oppressive death metal band from New Jersey, circa 1992. Our pretty much only influence is Incantation, haha. With Festered we wanted to do something a little thrashier, and more retarded directed, like Autopsy. Both Elektrokutioner and I are known for being in extremely heavy death metal bands (Father Befouled and Decrepitaph), and we wanted to show the fans/listeners that there are many sides to DM, and not just being fucking brutal.

3. There seems to be a very subtle horror influence to this to keep the fans guessing what the songs are about? I'm sure not many people will be able to tell what they are!
I hope it is more than just subtle! I am a horror fiend, and I have never had the chance to convey my love of the form in music. Death metal definitely has a horror-feel, but I wanted Festered to be a direct homage to certain horror films, but do it differently than the 8747234 other bands that have done the same thing. Whereas each song on ‘Flesh Perversion’ has a direct theme from a particular movie, I did very abstractly. Too many bands make it so obvious that they are singing about Friday the 13th or whatever, and I wanted it to be obscure and enigmatic, so only the real fiends can figure it out. Even with the samples I tried to be vague, even though a couple of them are obvious.

4. The FESTERED album has a very old, 80's kinda feel to it, but done the American way and not the European way. Was this deliberate or did it just turn out that way? Were you guys trying to make it sound different from what the other older-style bands are doing today?
Well, we certainly did not want it to sound new and polished, but I try to stay away from the “this is old school, everything else sucks” mentality. We just fucking recorded it, haha. We wanted it to sound like the bands that influenced it, the way they sounded then, because that it what we listen to. Why bother with sounding like bands these days, when it sounded so fucking good back then? Anyone that says Mental Funeral needs a 2010 production can eat a dead dick.

5. The album sounds like if DEATH's "Scream Bloody Gore" was recorded in 2009, but yet, doesn't sound like anything modern FROM this year. How did you guys pull this off?
Haha, like I said above, we just recorded it… the sound is more from a real lack of knowing what the fuck we are actually doing in the studio than anything, haha.

6. You've been a long time horror fan for many years. Tell us about what kinds of horror stuff you love to collect. Posters, movies, old videos, etc.
I go hardcore-into collecting and watching horror films about 15 years ago, in high school. I was terrified of the shit when I was a kid, and then when I was like 14 or so, it just all clicked with me. I have a collector personality anyway, so watching them immediately became buying them. Mainly I collected/collect VHS tapes and posters. I have over 400 VHS tapes and probably 30 mostly original one sheet posters. For awhile I collected anything related to movies that I came across; daybills, promo shit, figures, toys, etc… but then I realized it was all mostly just a bunch of junk, haha.

Also, I got to where I would go to old video stores and buy like 10-20 tapes at a time, and never have the time to sit down and watch them all. So now, in lieu of collecting so much, I try to watch them on a more regular basis. Tapes are also becoming harder and harder to come by, and I never actively seek them anymore, so I only buy shit when I accidentally come across them. And I just honestly ran out of room for posters, so I quit buying them a few years ago too. Again, I will only buy choice shit if it falls in my lap.

7. Why does the poster art for THE MUTILATOR rule so much???
HAH – that whole movie rules. It is just dumb, senseless 80s slash filth. One of the best taglines ever! The “Fall Break” (the original title) theme song is such fucking awful garbage!

8. What are some other plans you have for FESTERED once the album is out. Does the band plan to do any kinds of splits in the future or other bonus/EP type of material?
Tentatively we want to do a 7” sometime next year on my label, Archasm Releasing. Right now it would be sitting behind several other releases, so it would be awhile before it happens. Then maybe a 2nd full length this time next year.

9. Were you excited to have artwork that Drew Elliott did, who drew tons of great 80's thrash/death stuff? The album art is so perfect for this band!
That art just completely fell in our lap, and it RULES. I believe it was for another RR band who did not use it, so we got the sloppy seconds. IT rules though, because we absolutely could NOT decide on art for this release. We had several options; one being some badass shit Rafal from Poland drew, which we loved, but just could not make work as the cover, and I wanted to poach some Chas Balun shit from an old issue of Gore Shriek, which is obviously illegal, haha! Then Billy from Razorback ran the idea of using this by us, and we were all just like “YES! THAT’S IT!!!” I actually had the honor of coloring it, so I was stoked on that!

10. Tell us about your label Archasm Records and some of the stuff you've released and plan to up ahead. Any possible FESTERED releases?
Archasm was started by me mainly to release the Father Befouled/Decrepitaph split that no one would fucking touch! Funny too, cause the shit sold out in like 3 weeks. Their loss, haha!

I always wanted to do a label, because, in addition to making music, I like to support music, and being an extremely creative person, I am always having to be doing something. Whether it be writing music, doing design (I am a graphic designer by trade… barely. NEED JOBS), or working with other bands, I have to have something in front of me.

Right now, our second release is about to come out; a CD by the Belgian bestial black/death band, Vociferian. Then a 7” by Encoffination – yet another Ghoat/Elektrokutioner collaboration. Haha, I am starting to feel like a rapper doing guest spots, fuck! Encoff is very morbid and occult sounding death metal. We wrote the songs together in Texas while FB was on tour and we were staying with E. at his place. He and I work well together, that is why we do so many side-bands. AR is also a platform for me to release shit by bands/projects I am in. I would rather have complete control of something, from inception to release, rather than fool with trying to sell it to another label to put out.

11. Thanks for the interview and feel free to plug the upcoming album (like we weren't going to do that already, haha)!
I really think the heads will dig this one. IT is filthy deathrash that any old ‘banger can fucking slay to!!!

FESTERED official page

Monday, September 29, 2008


HOODED MENACE "Fulfill the Curse" CD out now on Razorback Recordings!

Who are these unholy savages who hunt out their victims by sound alone? They are HOODED MENACE, arisen from their tombs to unleash Hell on Earth! The debut album is a 9 song masterpiece of deadly DEATH/DOOM METAL with tales of virgin sacrifice, slathering beasts baying at a full moon, and the relentless blood-search of the walking Blind Dead. Features Lasse Pyykko from the cult early 90's Finnish death metal band Phlegethon! This is one of the most heavy and amazing debut albums on Razorback ever...get it now before HOODED MENACE tears you to pieces as they ride across a DOOM filled landscape of terror!
Price: $10 US/$12 World

CRYPTICUS "They Called Me Mad" CD out now on Razorback Recordings!
The moonlight shines into the secret shafts & awakens The CRYPTICUS once more!
After 3 years sequestered in the unholy secrecy of the Filth Chamber,
Patrick Bruss has unearthed the dreaded sequel to his first album...
A supernatural symphony of sickness, madness & obsession whose title must serve as a warning to all mankind: "THEY CALLED ME MAD"!
12 new tales of terror designed to offend the religious & delight the insane!
Banned by the P.M.R.C. & protested by Colorado Mental Health officials,
only RAZORBACK RECORDINGS has been brave enough to temp the Horrors From Beyond
by unleashing this degenerate masterpiece upon an unsuspecting public!
You have been warned! Imagine Edgar Allan Poe and HP Lovecraft locked up in a haunted house while jamming early-DISMEMBER, DEMIGOD, ABHORRENCE(Fin), DEMILICH, GRAVE, etc.!
Get your copy of this morbid monstrosity now!
Price: $10 US/$12 World

also available on Razorback Recordings

LORD GORE "Resickened" CD
IMPETIGO "Horror of the Zombies" CD
CIANIDE "Death, Doom And Destruction" CD
GRUESOME STUFF RELISH "Horror Rises From The Tomb" CD
BIRDFLESH "Alive Autopsy/Trip to the Grave" CD
F.K.U. "Metal Moshing Mad" CD
COFFINS "Mortuary In Darkness" CD
IMPETIGO "Ultimo Mondo Cannibale" CD
FONDLECORPSE "Blood And Popcorn" mini-CD
BLOOD FREAK "Multiplex Massacre" CD
BLOOD FREAK "Live Fast, Die Young, and Leave a Flesh-Eating Corpse!" CD
BLOOD FREAK "Sleaze Merchants" CD
LORD GORE "The Autophagous Orgy" CD
FRIGHTMARE "Midnight Murder Mania" CD
WTN "Rotting In Pestilence" CD
ANIMA MORTE "Face the Sea of Darkness" CD (horror soundtrack music in the vein of Goblin and Italian horror/zombie movies! like the soundtrack to a Fulci/Argento film!)

all CD's are $10 US/$12 World each

Razorback Recordings
PO Box 321
Farmingville, NY 11738

Monday, September 15, 2008

TOMBSTONES have risen!

From the ashes of Beware, comes TOMBSTONES!

The new band feauturing Stevo from Impetigo, Patrick from Crypticus, and Wayne from Decrepitaph!

Debut CD out early 2009 on Razorback Records!

Take a listen to a rough mix advance song from the album!

Monday, September 08, 2008

HOODED MENACE interview!

The debut CD from HOODED MENACE will be out this Fall on Razorback Records! I spent some time asking lead hooded-freak Lasse some questions about the band and upcoming album! Check it out! And also go to the Razorback Records myspace page to hear an exclusive new track from the album.

1.Hey Lasse, tell us a little bit about how HOODED MENACE came together. What was your inspiration to start this band?

Lasse: It all started in June of 2007 when I was jamming Candlemass songs with my two friends. Instead of melodic singing I just growled the lyrics in death metal vocal style. We really enjoyed playing that style and liked how it all sounded and thought that maybe we should write our own material that was a combination of doom and death metal. Also we couldn..t think of too many awesome doom/death bands that were around at the time but just lame keyboard "doom" bands and boring funeral doom crap so we decided to give it a try.

2.HOODED MENACE takes influence from the Blind Dead films, but also other stuff as well. Why do you think the Blind Dead imagery fits so well with Doom Metal? Also, what is your favorite of the 4 Blind Dead films?

Lasse: The overall creepy atmosphere of the films and the slow pacing of the Blind Dead just fits so perfectly to this type of music. All that foreboding mood... It's a match made in heaven or hell.

Choosing the best of them is so hard that I'd rather not do that but if someone forced me to I guess right now I would choose "The Ghost Galleon" because I haven't watched it for a while. Next week it could be "Night of the Seagulls". So the favourite keeps changing. I just choose them all!

3.I know yo'u're a big fan of CANDLEMASS. Tell us which your favorites are by them! Also, do you think the melodies in the band help keep HOODED MENACE separate from some of the other bands playing doom metal today?

Lasse: I'm a fan of the old stuff up to "Tales of Creation" which I think is the last great Candlemass album. "Epicus Doomicus Metallicus" is easily my favourite right next to "Nightfall". I know they (Leif Edling) improved from the debut album to "Nightfall" a bit songwriting-wise but at the same time the band lost a bit of that murky atmosphere that made "Epicus..." so special. Of course the singer is also different and I have to say I..m more a fan of Johan Langquist than Messiah Marcolin though both are awesome vocalists. I just think that Langquist had more feeling in his vocals and he just had that perfect tone for Candlemass.

Yeah, I guess the melodies we have must make us a bit different from the other bands out there nowadays. I hope so. We are not about pure monotonic crushing doom or gay keyboard sweet melody "doom". We are more like an evil ugly and chunky little brother of Candlemass or Cathedral. A brother that didn't want to sing but just grunt.

4. What are some other doom metal bands you enjoy? Do you think there's too many of them and not enough to make any stand out from each other? What do you think helps keep HOODED MENACE interesting and not "just another doom band"?

Lasse: Aside from old Cathedral and Candlemass I enjoy doom bands like Electric Wizard, Trouble, Saint Vitus, Reverend Bizarre,Isole to name a few. The rough doomy stuff like Winter and Coffins is also cool. I don't follow the scene too much and I listen to only a handful of bands compared to some doom freaks out there. I can stick with my old faves and get inspired by them again and again.

I don't know if there are too many doom bands as I don't follow the scene that much. I guess there are too many bands in every category today and as far as I know in every category vast majority of the stuff is boring. Probably it's just the same thing with doom bands.

I think Hooded Menace is interesting and stands out because we have good, catchy songs tho they are very crushing and doomy still. We are not slow just for the sake of slowness. We do not play one note for like 4 minutes to make our song more "epic". We try to avoid of being boring. Good songwriting is the fond of it all. To make a slow, creepy, crushing, long but still interesting and great song is a challenge in writing doom/death metal. Also not many bands don..t seem to play stuff like we are.

5.Your first release just came out, "The Eyeless Horde" 7" EP. Tell us about this release and how it came out on Doomentia Records! The quality and packaging is amazing! Will you be doing the LP version of your album with them also?

Lasse: Thanks! I agree it really came out great! Doomentia did amazing job as well as Eric "Rot" Engelmann created totally brilliant artwork for it. We will work with Doomentia again for the vinyl release of our full lenght. I bet that will be such an awesome package too!

6.Tell us about the upcoming debut album on Razorback Records. Name some of the songs, and tell us what they're like compared to the demo/EP songs you did. Are you happy with the production and sound for this album?

Lasse: The album is entiled "Fulfill the Curse" and it contains 9 songs. We are very happy with the result. It sounds and looks great. Putrid did a stunning job with the artwork. It..s all black&white and just grim! Also the layout by who else but Sly from Fondlecorpse rules! The production is crushingly heavy and big. Still totally DIY without any of that expensive pro studio shit.

Music is still very much in the same way as on the demo/EP. However there is a track like "The Love Song for Gotho, Hunchback of the Morgue" which is a bit faster than our usual stuff. Of course "fast" only in terms of Hooded Menace. I would also bring up a song called "Grasp of the Beastwoman" with its pretty melodic Candlemass and horror soundtrackish Fabio Frizzi influenced parts. That..s also a new flavor and hey, we have also covered Fabio Frizzi..s "Theme from Manhattan Baby" for the album!

7. What are some goals for the band? Do you want to play live or just focus on recordings? Do you want to get more EP's out and more vinyl releases? Any bands you'd like to do splits with?

Lasse: We have no plans to play live. It doesn't feel tempting at all. We just wanna document our music. Playing live, doing a show is not really what we are all about. We rather use that time and energy in creating new music. We don't have plans after the full length is out other than planning the follow up album but sure a split or 7"EP could be cool. I really don..t know with whom we would love to make a split. We haven't thought about that at all yet. Maybe they should reform Eternal Darkness for the split release... or are they already resurrected?!?! I know shit! Anatomia could be also a cool partner for a split.

8.When it comes time to do a 2nd CD, what would you like to try to do with it? Any changes? Is it a challenge to write such epic sounding songs?

Lasse: It will be a challenge to write songs but it..s also something I..m really looking forward to. We have a few riffs in store and they all sound like "Fulfill the Curse" material so for now I don't except any big changes. I only wish that we could record as solid entirety for the follow up. We wanna stay as creepy and crushing as always.

9.Tell us about any doom bands from Finland that you enjoy. What has the response been towards the band over there?

Lasse: Puritan (if you can call them doom) and also Fall of the Idols sounds nice. Again, as I don..t follow the scene that much I possibly miss some decent stuff. So, I'm far from an expert to answer to this.

The response towards Hooded Menace has been pretty good in Finland also. Sweet reviews and nice response.

10.The glory days of the old Finnish death metal scene are long gone, but it seems like you're helping to keep it alive with HOODED MENACE, as well as your other band VACANT COFFIN (interview with that band in the future). Do you miss the old days in the early 90's? Who were some old bands you were good friends with in those days?

Lasse: I miss the freshness of ideas and since I'm very nostalgic person I miss the those times just like I miss the 80..s too. Anyway, I'm very comfortable with the present and what I ..m doing musically today. These days rule! To me it's almost like the late 80s, early 90s are back since I spend over a decade doing basically nothing sensible and serious musically.

I don't know if we were very "good friends" with anyone but I recall we felt that we had something in common and some kinda friendship with bands like Disgrace, Xysma, Sentenced, Demigod... We weren..t the most social guys really.

11.If you have any last words please tell us! Good luck with the debut CD and keep crushing with the mighty HOODED MENACE!

Lasse: Thanks for this nice interview, Billy! I'm pretty bad at last words so I'm just gonna say look out for the upcoming Hooded Menace album! If you liked the demo /EP you won..t be disappointed! Cheers!