Review: Rope Sect – Personae Ingratae / Proselytes (CD)

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Caligari Records have been a favorite of mine since some time back. Always on top with new releases, always on point with the darker themed musical styles (mainly metal) – everything is allowed if it is contained within these limits – and they don’t do a half-arsed job at it. The proprietor of the label was kind enough to send a physical edition of the release about to be reviewed, and we’re glad to finally be able to listen through and critique an item from their discography.

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Unfortunately to our own dismay, the case was slightly damaged with what seems to be small cuts on the front of it. The CD itself was not damaged but the plastic attachment which keeps the CD in place was in half, thus there was no use for it at all – thanks to our wonderful shipping company PostNord – who seems to take much joy in making sure that shipments arrive as damaged as possible, unless packed very tight and secure.

 

The aesthetic aspect of Personae Ingratae / Proselytes

Aesthetically the whole package, despite it being a standard jewelcase, is really magnificent to look at. The booklet comes with lyrics for each song, and at the end of it (pictured) there’s a very well-drawn image of a man which could resemble any statue from ancient Greece, holding a rope which yields a perfect representation of the band’s name. Just beside the man is a tightly knit rope, where the words “Venerate the rope! Fear The Rope!” is written beneath it. Makes for a very sinister impression.

The decorative‘ aspect of this release is what makes it, though the fonts are somewhat off-putting except on the front of the CD where it almost seems to be sketched out rather then digitally put there – even though, in the end, part of that dimension as well. You know very well what kind of genre it ought to be by looking at it, even though you might not be able to place the sub-genres, which is a slightly ambiguous touch that makes it even better. Shows how much can be done aesthetically without the release having to be more then a jewelcase.

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The musical aspect of Personae Ingratae / Proselytes

Rope Sect as a band is a trio, consisting of ‘Inmesher‘ (guitars, drums & vocals), ‘Harbinger‘ (bass) and ‘Gaarentwynder‘ (additional guitars). The release is a compilation, a combination of their first EP released by Caligari Records on cassette, “Personae Ingratae“, and their double-single “Proselytes” released on vinyl by Iron Bonehead Productions. We want to make it perfectly clear that we haven’t heard these releases in their physical format, therefore we can’t do any comparisons and if we had we wouldn’t any way because it would only make sense as that instead.

Fallen Nation” starts off with an ominously sounding German quotation in sound sampled from somewhere, heck knows where. Then what could be described as some crossover between metal and punk, but without the -core in it. Somehow it reminds us of a better, less outdrawn version, maybe heavier in certain aspects – later Katatonia. If they had mingled with Jawbreaker, but without the cheesy lyrics. It is hard-hitting, straight up emotional and there is where the first comparison is drawn, out of a sense of nostalgia and not so much musically – even though some of it is similar, in terms of melody.

It feels weird that a first track on a release can be so addicting. A perfect cocktail of nihilistic tendencies together with a dim, bright light of hope in the end of the tunnel. The drums are muddy, distorted and together with the guitar work and baseline create a malformed, rowdy atmosphere – which is then smacked together with clean vocals. The vocalist is really talented, he pulls off such an emotional but assertive tone in the way he articulates each word, lyrically.

The second song “Tarantist” ups the instruments a notch in terms of how the solos, the riffs and the overall rhythm is concerned. Sure, much of it is similar with the first song, but it has a more deathrock-ish vibe over the atmosphere, perfect for a December’s evening like this. We find ourselves digging more to this song, even though the first one had its perfectly laden harmonics. The psychedelic edge in some of the riffs are absolutely glorious in all their simplicity – they manage to bridge to the chorus in a down-tempo – to maniacal uptempo after a few seconds, so effortlessly.

Even though it makes no sense in text at all, the most powerful lyrical content in this song is when the singer calmly but ominously proclaims: “We’re gonna die – why?“, it hits so close to home that it almost frightens. It is so existential in a beautiful way – yet it gives you an unobjectionable push into the grim realities of life, which isn’t as romantically charged as the notion of living forever either as a memory in the past, or resurrected in the future.

Pretty Life” heads in a different, more downtempo way that has a lot in common with atmospheric black metal, instead of the punk (and sub-genres of it) overtones that dominate on this record so far. Too bad that it is so repetitive and doesn’t really cast a good light on the vocalist as it has done with the uptempo, more aggressive songs before this one. Sure, some moments are great as when the more ‘acoustically’-oriented passages that add an upswing to an otherwise not that interesting song.

Some facets of it can be intriguing to listen to but it is not what we’re expecting after we’ve listened to Rope Sect, we’re sorry to say that. If anything, the abrupt ending is in a class of itself, since this song doesn’t need to be more outdrawn and killed right away. Don’t get it wrong, it is not a bad song per se, but it is an OK song in comparison with the other two which set the standard very high.

King Of The Night” remind us, in a good way, what the commercially successful band Ghost would’ve been if they hadn’t sold out from the get go. Rope Sect is like the better version of what the ideal would’ve been with that band, even though it was dead from the get go, really. A really trashing song from the get go which includes the better parts of good death metal, with the melodically oriented stance that actually, by now, defines their music for us.

Not to mention the classic rock’n’roll vibe coming out of the second chorus, the solos from the guitars are fantastic. They also slap the darker atmosphere on it so that it doesn’t flip out and go into full deranged death’n’roll. In this song comes another memorable line, which also touches emotionally through how the singer delivers it vocally – “We found the gallows sling in the light / A lost reversal of fortune“. What a great line lyrically. It gives off a very subliminal message as it goes through your brain, an ambiguity not easily taken away.

On this compilation, “Recess” feels like the dividing line between “Personae Ingratae” and “Proselytes“, even though it originally wasn’t. A good piece of death-doom metal but with much better melodies then there generally is in that crossover genre. They are really accentuated and heightened in this short song. An uproar of the most desperate anguish, but without the cheesiness that would be attached to it otherwise with bad lyrics, so it is actually good that they went full instrumental for once. Though it wouldn’t of been any trouble for the singer to lay his unique touch on it as well, had it not been.

Ochlesis” is the longest track on the release, and feels like a combination of all the good in the first few songs and the otherworldly nature of their atmosphere. Simple but ingenious riffs lay the foundation of the choruses, as one is transported between all possible sub-genres and back again. From metal to post-punk, doom metal to gothic rock. There’s also an downtempo part that is fanatically great – they leave room to each instrument, and let the different textures blend together through silence and noise – completing the sound in a vividly imaginable perfect scenario.

Though the first part shines the brightest, as that is their stronger side, it is accompanied by an even heavier laden barrage of the finest metal you could imagine. Nothing is compromised when they get to do their own thing, whatever that could be called in a summary. Though, as written in the first paragraphs about this song, it is clear that it is a combination of all the best elements so far from this record.

Death Is Your Lover” is by far the roughest sounding track so far, having more dark riffs then ever before. The title alone suggests what you’re about to hear when turning it on. The drumming also goes into different riffs, as it almost wants to go into full blast-beat as soon as possible, but is hindered by the fact that it is as gloomy as doom metal can be when it is at its best – in combination with the psychedelic, slow and hard-hitting aspects of that certain genre.

Little bits of pieces in this song are good, but together it doesn’t stand out that much in comparison with other songs. There are different ambiance that could’ve been adjusted a bit more, and the singing gets a bit dull after parts of it, but without a doubt the lyrical content of this song is one of the best. Especially the repetitiveness of it all, which lulls one into uncertainty.

Rattenkönig” is so pleasurable to listen to. It holds up great in all aspects and is except the first two songs, “Fallen Nation” and “Tarantist“, which in itself makes it a great song. The lyrics flow so well, as if the vocalist have lived what is described himself. As if it is recited by a great orator. There’s really nothing more to be said then that it gives off a spiritual feeling when listening to it. Such a great, uncompromising and skilfully made song that it isn’t even funny. Nothing could be done better in it that would make it even more outstanding.

BothQuietus” and “Proselytes” is if you had inverted the record itself, not that they are identical to the first two songs musically, it is just that they are as great in their own respects. Here, they’ve added a bit more that gives the atmosphere that knife-sharp edge and volatility which some of the other tracks miss out on. The first song mentioned actually contain some blast-beats to our joy, and it is the better one of the two, but both are god-damn impeccable.

Such a great ending to an otherwise more than good compilation of two releases. We could not recommend it more, actually. It is just a shame that it hasn’t gotten more publicity, because this sure is a hidden gem in the Caligari Records discography – despite it being the next-newest release there. If anything, you should really get this CD because nothing beats having the physical item. You can get it digitally and on CD from Caligari Records, stream the release down below to make up your own mind.

 

Premiere: The Pale Faces – Heavy Mental

A psychotic introduction to what pale faces are. The Pale Faces are a trio from Leicester that symbolize the total decay of the United Kingdom. Having been featured on their first release back in 2013, as a split-release together with the band Subtitles, with their own track “Any Day Now” on Goodtime Recordings. Ten days later, in the midst of the beginning of the year, in January – they released their first full-length debut-album “Gee Baby, I’m Mighty Blue For You” on the same label. Staying faithful until then, it would take a year more for them to finish their latest addition to their hypnotizing brew of psychedelic and insane combination of garage-pop and what they call “hardcore psychedelic pop“. Their latest album “Chaos Beach” was released just about two months ago, in February this year. Which is probably their most psychedelic and crazy release up until now. Clearly a symptom of everything that is wrong about Britain today, the youth set out in balaclavas to disturb and be rowdy. I got a submission from Two Headed Snake Productions, the production company that filmed a video to one of their absolute mental songs on this album, the most insanity one could gather. I didn’t think much about it and let it be for a while, but I unearthed what they actually wanted. They produced a video for the track “Heavy Mental“, a nice spin-off to heavy metal, but also a stroboscopic disaster waiting to happen, nothing for epileptics.

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It’s probably one of the rowdiest tracks I’ve heard for a while. Feeling outnumbered and that someone is out to get me, is one thing. But their complete disregard for the intention of their own music is rather criminal. After listening to it and watching the video, these loonies should be locked away. Though I must admit that something in their music, be it the crazed out psychedelic pop, or the garage-influences – serve as a post-mortem on the good days of what Britain was a long time ago. They’ve accidentally stumbled upon the historic archive and made a mayhem on it. The music-video itself is also ingenious in many ways, but also terrifying. I suggest you take a peek for yourself and you can also stream their whole album “Chaos Beach” down below if you’re in need of a little bit of calm beneath the stormy sea. Because they’re capable of that, too – believe it or not.

 

Thee Showcase [#8]: Hela and el CAMINO!

843412213-1Hello, you’ve now stumbled upon Thee Showcase. Which is an attempt to make everything a little bit more classy. First up is the band Hela from Spain, which was created from the remnants of the band The Sand Collector. They’re currently prevalent with their single for their coming self-titled album “Hela“. It seems like they’re trying hard to be doom, but at the same time adhere to the more classic vein of heavy metal. In other words, they’re an interesting mix of those two primary genres. When it comes to the atmosphere of their music, their clean vocals with filters seems to be incorporated with the more melodic vein of doom metal you’ve heard for a while. Instead of chugging along with deep passages that are distasteful in their unmelodious splendor, these guys have caught the drift of melodic passages. Across the Atlantic, rounding every corner, being just a breath of fresh air between the two pair of contested genres. It’s noticeable how much of the music that is actually connected to the core of the melodic content. Nowhere to be seen is the more droopy feeling you can get by listening to a lot of doom metal. I hail them for this successful elimination of the bad things within that particular genre, as heavy metal lends them a torch to light the entire project ablaze. Hopefully, they’ll have even more success with their whole album when everything boils down to it. Because the two tracks being featured on this single are absolutely wonderful in their total dismemberment of a once proud genre. No, they’re actually the ones that blows life into it once again. Tracks featured on this single is “Horns Of God” and “The Wicked King“, the album itself will be released someday in May this year. It seems like it will be a D.I.Y-release.

NTR012 SMÅLAND 12 Jacket (No Spine)Another band that’s being featured here is from the same realm as me. They might not come from the same city, but el CAMINO are from Sweden, probably Småland. Before they release their second full-length “The Gold of the Great Deceiver“, they’ve actually released a three-tracked single which goes by the name of “Småland“. It will also be the main focus for Thee Showcase. What’s interesting about this band is their unorthodox brand of heavy metal meets doom metal, which isn’t actually in the same vein as the band mentioned before, but more dark and less quirky when it comes to the melodies. Much of the music seems to be centered around the vocalist, which does a hell of a job to conjure this nocturnal feeling and landscape of perfectly laden music. Reminds me a lot of the earlier Swedish death-doom metal, which have always been great in the department of producing both unmelodious and melodic content. Another thing which I would adhere to when listening to this, is the fact that they blend both Swedish and English vocals when it comes to the lyrical content. There haven’t really been many bands that could even produce great metal when the lyrical content had to be in another language than the English. Also, another thing that has to be mentioned is that they pull of a great cover of Venoms popular song “In League With Satan“, without it sounding ridiculous. It’s some mean music these guys produce and I hope their coming album will be something you actually can’t wait to get your hands on. Not to mention the obvious influence of some of the greater bands from the realms of NWOBHM. Sweden have been great so far when it comes to producing some unique music. I’m hoping they do more songs that are in Swedish, but I also hope that they prevail in the Anglo-Saxon language that is English. This release feature the songs “Småland“, “I lag med Satan” and “Daemonangel“. It was released by the Swedish label Night Tripper Records on the 26th of February. Their second full-length album “The Gold of the Great Deceiver” will be released in April.

Interview with Mike Scalzi from Slough Feg!

With a name taken from the villain Slainé from the 2000 A.D. series, Slough Feg has been around for over twenty years. They are still going strong, releasing a live-CD named “Made In Poland“, with help from the hardcore fan Jacek Lesniewski. Before that they released their newest studio album in 2010, named “The Animal Spirits“. It’s gotten some raving reviews, but also some mediocre ones. I got the opportunity to talk to Mike Scalzi, the singer and guitarist of Slough Feg, about his scepticism of the music industry, the song Free Market Barbarian, his take on the new metal scene, what he’s got in store for the future and much more.

Hey Mike! Could you tell us what you’ve got going on right now and for the near future?
– Right now we’re writing songs for a new album. We’ve just finished negotiating a contract with Metal Blade Records, so this album, when it comes out, probably not in another year, will probably be released by Metal blade. We’re going to play on Keep it True festival in Germany in a couple months as well. Just flying over for that one show.

There’s been a lot of good reviews on your latest album “The Animal Spirits”, but have there been any bad reviews? And what do you guys think about it yourselves?
– Of course there’s been some bad ones, or at least some mediocre ones. I like the album, quite a bit actually, but it came out a bit tame, a bit controlled. I think the next one will have to be a little rougher around the edges. The better you get as a band, the more you run the risk of sounding polished and sterile. I want to avoid that.

What is your take on the music industry, after entering the 21st century? How was it back in the 80s and what do you think about it now?
– I don’t know much about it. It’s a business that has nothing to do with music. It is all advertising and it’s much more important what you represent and what you can do to help sell other than music. The more original you are the worse you will do. Period. It’s all about selling to a pre-established demographic of kids—- the so important part is to look and sound like something that already sells. In the eighties, well, I’m not really sure what the business was like back then, I was just in a band—– I was a teenager. I think once MTV came along a whole other side of the business opened up, based on looks and trends, not music.

What do you think is good about the metal-scene today, and whats really bad?
– Um… it’s pretty terrible. People listen to garbage. Literally. Most metal today literally sounds like a garbage disposal. I suppose if you like that it’s fine, but why not just turn on your appliances and save yourself the money?

Have there been any band recently that you’d really want to do a split-CD with? Or is it out of the question?
– I like Christian Mistress, and Skeletor (both from Northwest), of course our brother in arms Bible of the Devil continue to put out great stuff, despite their lack of recognition for it.

Do you believe that your band lacks any influences? If so, what musical influence would you like to incorporate in the future and what influences have you incorporated recently?
– I don’t think that at all. I think the influences should be pretty obvious. MAIDEN?! If you don’t hear that one you’re deaf. Queen, Lizzy, Sabbath, Saint Vitus… need I go on?! Lately we started to sound almost psychedelic. I’ve been listening to a lot of old underground psych. There’s some fantastic stuff.

You’ve also released the “Made in Poland” live-cd. Will you be releasing a DVD in the near future? Seems like there is a need for that from both fans and enthusiasts?
– If you want to see a DVD just turn on YouTube. I don’t plan to necessarily release one. Maybe someone else will though. Made in Poland turned out pretty good, kind of a rough night for us but I think the spirit is there.

Which new bands have you listened to recently that were just jaw-droppingly good? Or have you found any new band that gave you just that same impression?
– Like I said, I’ve been listening to old psych, like “Pretty Things”, not the greatest name, but a great band. Lots of old Yes, Kinks, stuff like that. Funny how every time I get this question I come up blank, and then later I say—-“oh I should have said that album”. Seems like these days bands are not given the money and support, meaning they really don’t have the time in the studio, or in their life in general, to make great albums. It’s a terrible shame. Good bands seem to always have two other jobs and very little money to go into a studio—–leaving no time in the studio or out to really do what it takes to make a great album.

In the old days a record company had the money to support a band, to give them time to really be artists. Now the bands that get all the money to make records make shit for some reason. I guess because the only people given the big money are making shit in the first place, and the bands wanting to do something good don’t get the big breaks. So they end up rushing a production just to get an album out, and don’t have time to relax and get creative. All of the creativity is gone from big time rock and roll——all we have left is the underground—-but like I said, there’s no time or money.

What would be your favorite destinations to travel to, if you could, right now?
– Probably either Russia or Ireland. I’ve been to Ireland and love it, I’ve never been to Russia but I am fascinated by it.

I’ve always wondered if the song “Free Market Barbarian” was meant to be ironic or if it’s a mirror of a liberal standpoint?
– Um, well… it’s supposed to be a funny title, but the song is actually about what I’ve been ranting about during this interview. If you listen to the lyrics they’re about the current state of the music business.. “all the products on the shelf, bland and sterile..” that’s exactly how I feel about modern music. Everything is a third-rate repeat of an old inspired idea. It sounded fresh in 1975, but it doesn’t anymore. People are really fooled by it too — suppose someone in marketing realizes that old Bruce Springsteen albums are really selling well again and have been re-issued multiple times —– then there’s some talentless kid from Orange County who’s brother in law just happens to own stock in Sony, gets a guitar and starts singing about the Jersey shore and belting out lyrics that would have been unoriginal in the seventies, about girls in cut-off jeans and lying on cars smoking grass, greasy haired guys and bla, bla, bla.. and the whole thing sounds about as soulful as an algebra textbook, but represents all of the cultural signifiers of mid-seventies Americana to a level of mathematical perfection for all advertising and marketing purposes, giving the listener a sterile, flavorless synopsis of the cultural icons as represented on TV, Coke commercials, etc. from that period.

So the “musician” has exactly what the business man needs: a bulleted list of selling points—– a product that points at certain pre-established, heavily tread upon ground that has a very low chance of failure, since it’s been tried and tested 1,000 times over on TV, Magazines, Movies, etc., and of course by the Boss himself who made the original back when it was fresh and inspired. So the kid gets the deal and gets and makes the record, and producers make sure it sounds as seventies east coast as possible, but just slick enough not to turn off any of the buying public, and it sells a billion copies. Maybe it’s no one’s favorite album, but people buy it and forget about it a couple of years. The kid ain’t ever gonna be a rock star, but he has a good run of it, and the business profits and goes to the next thing. I believe that’s pretty much the way it works. There isn’t a conspiracy going on, of anything, it’s the way business has always been run—– but that’s my point, it’s no longer a creative art form, it’s simply a business and nothing more. Once an art form becomes a big seller, the artistry is over. That’s true with anything.

Will Keep It True XV-festival be the first pit stop outside the US? I’m also wondering if you’ll ever be visiting the Nordic countries, like Denmark, Finland, Norway or Sweden?
– Not quite—–we’ve been to Europe seven times. Including a trip to Norway in January 2010. Hope to be back in summer this time, so we can actually see some of the country!

Keep on doing what you do, I wish you the best of luck!
– Thanks.

Here’s Slough Feg with the song “Free Market Barbarian” from the album The Animal Spirits:

You can find them in these places:

Official Webpage: http://www.sloughfeg.com/

Official Forums: http://www.borninblood.co.uk/forum/viewforum.php?f=156

MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/sloughfeg

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Slough-Feg/353494474400

Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/Slough_Feg

Intervju med Obnoxious Youth!

Obnoxious Youth är Uppsalabandet som skrällt högt, de har blivit utvalda till “band of the week” av Fenriz himself på Darkthrones myspacesida. Med debutplattan “Obey Satan” (2010) i bagaget och “The Eternal Void” (2011) i framsätet, så överraskar de musikmässigt. Några av bandets medlemmar kommer från band såsom Undergång och Pointless Youth, varav den sistnämnda även gjort en livecover på Minor Threats låt “Straight Edge“. Deras danska skivbolag Adult Crash har inhyst kända svenska d-beat och hardcoreband såsom Nitad, Skitkids och Fyfan. Märkligt nog är detta deras första intervju någonsin, så jag tog tillfället i akt att ställa några väl valda frågor till sångaren och ljudmakaren Affe om deras dåtid, nutid och framtid.

Hur ser er bandkonstellation ut?

– Just nu ser det ut som så att det är jag, Affe på sång och ljudeffekter, John på elektrisk solo- och rytmgitarr, Olli på elektrisk bas, Frans på trummor och nytillskottet Leo på elektrisk rytmgitarr. Man vet aldrig när någon i bandet kommer dö eller tappa förståndet och då kommer vi bli tvungna att göra ändringar.

Ni kommer tidigare från band såsom Undergång och Pointless Youth, men hur skapades Obnoxious Youth?

– Obnoxious Youth startades 2005 av mig och Olli som ett sidoprojekt till våra dåvarande band Undergång och The Blinds. Vi ville göra något som inte låg inom tyglarna av våra andra band så vi gjorde en demo som vi skrev och spelade in på två dagar. Den fick namnet “kicked in the face”, vi gjorde lite småframträdanden under våra andra bands set ibland och sen började vi jobba på en uppföljare, lite mer genomtänkt och med siktet inställt på nardcorescenens storheter och Zeke bland annat. Tyvärr var våra band så pass aktiva då att tiden till detta inte riktigt fanns till. Runt 2009 så började vi göra färdigt och spela in de låtar vi hade liggandes sen några år tillbaka. Eftersom det blev så jävla bra och vi delade samma sinnesjuka vision så var vi tvungna att forma Obnoxious Youth till ett riktigt band. Jag sökte land och rike runt efter de perfekta medlemmarna, men för att få till den ultimata uppsättningen så jag fick ta med en gitarrist från Finland.

Ni har fått en hel del tunga hyllningar på kort tid från bland annat Fenriz, vad har ni att säga om det?

– Eftersom Darkthrone är ett svinbra band och Fenriz är en man av mestadels god smak så kan jag bara säga att vi känner oss ärade av det.

Vad skiljer er första platta från er nya, musikmässigt?

– Lite mer växlade tempon, lite mer utsvävningar åt hawkwindhållet, men annars är det ungefär samma otrevliga metal/punk-fusion. Enligt mig är punk och metal samma sak fast med olika spelteknik. Du kan ta ett metalriff och sen plocka bort alla dämpningar eller bara mangla på det, så blir det ett punkriff…  med den tekniken i bakhuvudet gör vi de flesta av våra låtar. Känslan av den klassiska rock- och punkmusiken utförd med en vansinnig hängivelse och inlevelse, det är målet.

Man hör en hel del influenser från både klassisk hardcore, nardcore, skatepunk och till viss del heavy metal, men vad skulle ni själva säga att ni spelar för musik?

– Hardcore/heavy metal kort och gott.

På myspace så är JFA, Gang Green, Adrenalin O.D. m.fl. era favoriter, på vilket sätt har dessa band influerat er?

– Det är hardcore på rätt sätt, ursinning ungdomlig aggression. Inga konstigheter. Eftersom att alla dessa band var på samma nivå och lyssnade väl förmodligen lika mycket på hårdrock (såväl som gammal rock som Kiss till heavy metal som Judas Priest) som hardcore så har dom visat att det går att göra en perfekt mix. Förmodligen spelade alla dessa band just hardcore/punk för att dom inte riktigt kunde fixa själva hårdrocksprylen. Det som skiljer oss mest från dom är att vi inte har humoristiska element i vår musik. Vår musik bygger på kaos, jävulskap och vi är inte ett religiöst troende band, men satans budskap som antitesen mot samhällsnormen och motsatsen till guds budskap, det har en väldigt stor influens på oss.

Hur tycker ni att ni utvecklats sedan er första platta, både live och studiomässigt?

– Åt det bättre. svårt att säga exakt hur, mer samspelta, mer gemensamma mål. Dock har jag aldrig känt att vi haft några problem med det innan heller.

Vilken spelning har ni tyckt varit bäst hittills?

– Personligen tycker jag nog att gigen vi gjort med bandet ANTICHRIST från växjö har varit de bästa gigen, både det i Stockholm och det på Åland. Köpenhamn var jävligt bra också. Uppsala har varit bland de sämsta gig vi gjort, vilket är konstigt eftersom på pappret kan det se ut som att vi har det största stödet på hemmaplan.

Det verkar som att ni gillar cow-bell en hel del, hur kommer det sig?

– Band som KISS, Blue Öyster Cult, Grand Funk Railroad och Mountain har varit stora influenser på mitt låtskrivande och kan dom använda cowbell så kan vi använda cowbell.

Kör ni hårt på Obnoxious Youth, eller existerar det även något sidoprojekt?

– Jag spelar fortfarande i Undergång, vi är dock inte det mest aktiva bandet där ute, så det tar inte direkt upp så mycket tid. Alla de andra spelar också i andra band, fast man kan ju definitivt säga att Obnoxious Youth är det mest aktiva av dem alla.

Finns det några planer på ännu ett album i år?

– Vi skriver i alla fall material, så vi får se hur det artar sig.

Hur ser era framtidsutsikter ut?

– Sprida terror, kaos, skräck och döda alla trender kring värdelös jävla smörja som dagens hardcore för med sig.

Vilka band inom hardcorescenen skulle ni vilja rekommendera?

– Som är aktiva idag? Herätys, Bad Review, Sectarian Violence och Pusrad.
Pallar inte droppa gamla band, då skulle jag behöva skriva en uppsats.

Några sista visdomsord?

– Hoppas ni dör.

Bandet är aktuella för spelning på Debaser i Malmö tillsammans med Morbus Chron den 24:e Februari.

Här finner ni Obnoxious Youth:

obnoxiousyouth.bandcamp.com

http://www.facebook.com/obnoxiousyouth

johnnythrash@spray.se

Medgörlig heavy metal och tung rock!

Lifer – Ej att förväxlas med det andra bandet som förra året firade 20 års jubileum. Ett svenskt band som lirar southern rock blandat med heavy metal, á la Black Sabbath. Så till er som vill ha en bra start innan ni får se Sabbath i Juni, ni borde släpa er till Fryshuset i Stockholm den 25:e Februari. För då spelar Lifer där kl. 23:30, i en musiktävling vid namn: “Emergenza Festival 2012“.

Förutom detta är de snart även debutaktuella med en EP, som mastras, mixas och produceras av ingen mindre än Fred Estby (Dismember, Carnage). Så man kan påstå att grabbarna har en tung uppbackning. Tre av låtarna som kommer vara på deras EP kommer heta “Low“, “Dead” och “Downfall“.

Här får ni ett smakprov på Low:

Och Downfall:

Grabbarnas officiella youtubekanal: Liferofficial.

Facebook: Lifer.

Myspace: Lifer Band.