Full of Hell

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Who is Full of Hell?

Full of Hell is a band from Maryland and Pennsylvania that has been touring North America and Europe since 2010.

Can you give a brief history of the band for us?

The band formed in late 2009, without me. The singer left and I joined by early 2010, and we started writing and touring from there.

How wouldyou describe what Full of Hell sounds like?

I always have a hard time describing this. I once saw a flyer that described FOH as grind/metal/noise/punk/whatever. I like that.

Who have been your major influences musically?

As a collective unit we’ve always been very into Dystopia, His Hero Is Gone, Pageninetynine, GASP, Crowbar, Eyehategod, Discordance Axis, Napalm Death etc.. I personally take a lot of influence from Tom Waits.

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Alot of your merch and logos have very black metal-esque connotations, are bands like Darkthrone a big influence on Full of Hell’s existence?

I would say that there are definitely certain bands that could be considered black metal that have had an influence on us, and that definitely includes Darkthrone.

Culturally and philosophically, who has been an influence on the mindset of the band?

David Liebe Hart has given FOH a lot of insight into the struggles of every day life, of human existence. He helped us find faith in the Corinians.

What do you express in your lyrical content?

Human experience, I guess. It’s not really limited in scope or subject. The majority of the lyrics are introspective, but it isn’t limited to just that. I want to express the pain of living, and the beauty therein, if that makes any sense at all.

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Can you list the records you have release so far?

The Inevitable Fear of Existence 7″ – Get This Right Rec (2010)

Goldust split 7″ – Get This Right Rec (2011)

Roots of Earth Are Consuming My Home – A389 Recordings (2011)

Code Orange Kids split 7″ – Topshelf Rec (2012)

The Guilt of… split 7″ – A389 Recordings (2012)

Calm the Fire split 7″ – Holy Roar Rec (2012)

FOH NOISE VOL 1 – Ghosts Collective (2010)

FOH NOISE VOL 2 – Split Scene Collective (2011)

FOH NOISE VOL 3 – Arctic Night Rec (2012)

How is it working with a label such as A389?

It couldn’t be any better. I firmly believe that A389 is run by the most honest and cool guy around.

Has having these associations with Integrity and Dwid, developed your sound a bit more?

I wouldn’t say that it has. We are all honored to be counted alongside those bands and really enjoy the opportunity to play together, but for the most part we’re on a different wave length entirely.

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Are you working on any new material currently?

We are busy completing our 2nd LP right now, actually.

What could we expect from new Full of Hell?

We’ve learned so much over the past year and a half since the release of our first LP. I think the new material is infinitely, leaps and bounds ahead of anything we’ve done so far. We’re excited to record.

How would you describe the FoH live experience?

Again, I can’t answer for the whole band, but we just try and carry ourselves like the band that we would want to see. I don’t know how to describe the live experience, but in theory, it is meant to be loud, painful and passionate.

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Is energy and presence important to effectively deliver this style of music?

In every case, YES. Even when you are watching a band that creeps along so slowly, they are still exuding strong energy. No one wants to watch a band that isn’t passionate about what they are doing.

Do you have any plans to tour in Australia?

No direct plans, only a strong desire to do so. As soon as the opportunity arises, we will make it over!

Can you recommend some bands from your area we may not have heard of before?

Old Accusers, Knife Hits, Orphan Donor

Thanks very much for your time, any last thoughts?

Thank you for the interview! My thoughts go out to Dave Bland.

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Sectarian Violence

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Who is Sectarian Violence?

On a superficial level we’re a handful of young and sometimes slightly older STRAIGHT EDGE kids that get a thrill out of fast and aggressive music packaged in one minute formats, share a common appreciation for Curb Your Enthusiasm, and can’t discuss football (the international type) without becoming enemies. On a deeper level we’re fighters and lovers. We’re also Andy, Tom, Patrick, Nick and myself, Staffan. Apart from this band we’re involved in some others (see below) as well as stuff like Carry the Weight Records and Law & Order fanzine.

Can you give a brief history of the band for us?
We met via tours shared between our other/previous bands and bookings shows for one another. We started off half joking about the band, but the fact that we could do it, and that we thought it could be a lot of fun, was enough reason to do it and see where it would lead us. Various fortunate circumstances plus a quite extensive network of friends and connections in Europe and North America that we’ve achieved via other hardcore endeavors made things happen quite fast, starting with Alex at Grave Mistake saying he wanted to release the first recording as an EP. Since then we’ve pretty much just let the thing unravel and tried to make the most out of it. It’s only just over a year since our first time meeting up in a studio in England to record what would become the Grave Mistake EP. Since then we’ve done a short tour in England, a longer tour through Europe, recorded and released a tape for that tour with six new songs, and I am writing this on the flight that is taking three of us over to Washington DC for the start of our first US tour.

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Is it hard to organise a band that is spread accross a number of countries and seperated by an ocean?
The only real problem is a matter of finance, since we can’t get enough money from tours to cover flight tickets. Other than that, I think many bands today work just like us discuss things online. We obviously can’t hang out a lot, but that only makes it the more fun when we do meet and tour. We’ve ll got bands at home too, as we’ll get back to. Without a doubt, the positive side of being in different countries heavily outweighs the negative. If we were a fully European band, there’s no way this US tour would have happened, at least not this quick. And Nick would probably have had a harder time book a European tour like the one we did in March/April, although it’s definitely easier for new/unknown American bands to make it over here than vice versa.

You’re a very politically charged straight edge band, can you elaborate on this?
Well we said when we planned the band that we wanted it to be one that would have something to say, and maybe turn some heads. I have no idea if we have succeeded in the latter, but I think Nick has done a great job in writing lyrics that span a wide range of important subjects. It’s also interesting to have a band like this come out with some sort of message (or a few) since we come from different political and cultural contexts that quite often clash, meaning we have different perspectives and ideas about how the world looks and/or should look.

Is keeping this message socially conscious the most important part for you as a straight edge band?

Well see, I don’t’ necessarily think any side of a band like ours needs to be more important than another. As I said in the first answer above, we love listening to, playing and performing fast hardcore punk. That, in itself, fills a purpose for us. But at least with this band, we also wanted to add another layer of, as you label it, “social consciousness” or whatever else it could be described as. I love a lot of bands that don’t really have any message to speak of, and sometimes even bands that I don’t agree much with, and I think such bands will find a spot in hardcore whatever anyone thinks about it. If there are too many bands that have fuck all to communicate of importance, then there will be kids that want to start bands like this one, and then again if there’s a feeling of too many or too politically strict bands in the scene, it will lead to a backlash as some bands will form some overly ignorant ones. I am not saying it in some completely determinist way, because as I said, it does boil down to kids reacting to what they don’t agree with, whether consciously or not.

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What are your thoughts on edge bands that cram the idea down peoples throats without much intelligent thought behind it?
I don’t think that I am in much position to say what band has given their lyrics and message a lot of intelligent thought or not. I also don’t think you need to have spent hours in the Straight Edge library trying to figure out the connections between what Ian MacKaye has said and what old Russian philosophers have written (I have, though), to be granted the permission to be forward (or “in your face”) with your message. As with my answer to the last question, Straight Edge is never going to be just Bloodpact, or The First Step, or Slapshot, or Raid. It’s going to involve all of it on varying levels. I think people who say they base selling out on Straight Edge on not being able to identify with what it has become are just looking for cheap excuses. Straight Edge was never just one thing, one current. All this said, I definitely love Straight Edge bands that are sort of overly outspoken about it, such as Ghost Ship on their full-length. Brilliant stuff! If someone has a problem with that, they should put it in the context of having advertisements and other forms of glorifications of alcohol and drugs all around us, or having to deal with drunk people, or all the suffering that alcohol consumption causes in both micro and macro level. That bullshit is forced down our throats every fucking time we leave our homes, and often even without having to even do that. People who cry over Straight Edge bands who turn the tables need to have some fucking perspective on things.

What do you think the straight edge lifestyle should involve?
Abstinence from alcohol and other forms of drugs (with exception for necessary and/or prescribed ones) and tobacco. I also think it should have a connection to hardcore punk. I am not saying German rap groups with facial tattoos aren’t allowed to represent Straight Edge if they want to. That’s cool. But we’re talking exceptions there. I once got a question during a q and a after a movie screening if it was okay to call oneself Straight Edge without having any affiliation to or liking of hardcore punk. My answer was a question back: why would you? This is a sub-culture that very specifically grew out of and set its root firmly in hardcore punk. What would be there attraction if you think the music is too noisy, or the shows too violent, or whatever else it could be?

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How long has each of you been edge?

I don’t know the exact numbers for everyone, but I have been Straight Edge for 18 years in 2012. The others all roam around the numbers of ten years, some more some less.

You’re all involved in other bands is that correct? How do you then find the time to give each project the attention it needs?
By not putting importance into a lot of things that other people build their lives around. And sometimes by sacrificing things that would have been cool.

For a band with so much distance between members, you seem to tour quite frequently, is this an important aspect of SV?
Definitely, I’d say it is the most important thing for us. To get out there and communicate via stage dives and talks over the merch table.

You’re just about to head off on your first US tour, looking forward to it?
That doesn’t even begin to describe what we feel. While Nick has done his best to make us not have too high expectations on the shows, just travelling around will be fun.

What can people expect from a SV live show?

A roughly 15 minute onslaught of hardcore punk, some short speeches, a lot of laughter.

How do you approach the writing process?

For most songs we have done so far, we’ve met up, rehearsed and then recorded directly. The first rehearsals we ever did without having the pressure to record new songs was right before the tour, and the first time doing the same when it comes to writing new material was during an off day in Warsaw, when Adam from Iron To Gold let us play in his studio. He gave us a discount because we rehearsed xCHORUSx cover. Amazing. What a good human being.

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Do you come together at a certain point to record, or is each component done seperately and then put together later?
So far we’ve recorded all instruments live in the studio in England and then Nick has done the vocals later in the US.

Are you working on any new material currently?
Yes. We are recording a 12” or LP in Baltimore during the tour. Grave Mistake will release it in the US and Carry the Weight in Europe. If things go well, it should be out before the end of the year.

What can people expect from a new Sectarian Violence release?

More of the same really. With an LP, there’ll surely be a couple of songs that might sneak their way up towards the two minute margin, but that’s fine.

Thank you very much for your time, any final thoughts?

Check out the other bands we’re involved in: Coke Bust, Final Rage, Wayfarer, Violent Reaction, Permanent, Inherit, Stay Hungry. Give these awesome European bands a shot: The Pack, Iron to Gold, Angers Curse, Anchor, Hårda Tider, Abolition, Agent Attitude, Beyond Pink, Daydream, Tales of Error, Last Dayz, Undergång, Obnoxious Youth, Death Token, Night Fever, Lose the Life, No Turning Back, For the Glory, Static Void, Unveil, Get Wise, Not Afraid, Blindside, Guilty and so on. Most of all listen to Atlas Losing Grip.

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Anchor

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I was lucky enough to meet this group of Swedish Vegans on the Perth leg of their Australia/ SE Asia tour earlier this year. This is a chat I had with them on a curb outside 208. There were some issues with the recording of the first half, so unfortunately there’s a bit missing, but it’s still a good chat. Enjoy.

Who is Anchor?

Claes – Vocals
Mattias – Guitar & Vocals
Ulf – Guitar & Vocals
Fredrik – Bass
Carl-Johan – Drums & Vocals

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You’ve got a lot of touring under your belt, is this an important aspect of Anchor?

Claes: It’s been the foundation of this band to have a touring band that’s into Animal Rights, I think those were the two things we really wanted to do. We wanted to get out on the road and we’ve been doing almost 350 shows in the past five years in the US, Australia, Europe, and South East Asia next week. It’s been the fundamental thing about this band to be out there.

Carl: We wanted to go to as many places as possible. All of us five guys give everything we have to this band, we lost jobs and girlfriends and stuff like that. I got dumped last week, and I probably could have saved the relationship if I was with my girlfriend, but this is what we do.

Claes: I think all of us have had a lot of sacrifices for this band and I think you have to sacrifice to make it go on, I mean we’ve had to switch some members because it just didn’t work for them to be on tour as much, but I think that the five of us now, it has become our lifestyles, and we build our lives around it. We’ve come so far with this band, that we realised that we have to try and help each other to make our lives work with the band, so we don’t lose our jobs every second tour, or lose our girlfriends.

Frederik: Also, I think Anchor is the kind of band that if we decided to not tour for a year, and just do other stuff, to maybe make some music elsewhere, I don’t think that would work for us, because since the start, we’ve been touring all the time. I think even the first tour was being booked before the first song was even written actually. Sounds like a bad idea, but it worked out.

Claes: We didn’t even have a second guitar or a bass when we first booked the European tour. 16 dates, full European tour, with Ritual. At that time, we were just talking about doing to band, and then we were just like, alright we’re going to do this for real now. Some of us had been in bands before this one, and kind of felt like we never did it as real as we wanted to.

Frederik: Also everyone in the band lives very far from each other, I mean, I live in Norway, I mean it’s only 4 hours away from Gothenburg, where we have our rehearsal room, but before that I lived 14 hours away for 4 and a half years of the band, I lived that far away, and Carl lived about 3 hours away and Claus lived in Stockholm which is 5 or 6 hours. So I think that if we didn’t tour, we wouldn’t do anything because it’s just too far to just rehearse every Wednesday. This band only kind of exists on tour, because we don’t get the time to rehearse, we mainly just write for the tour, which is what keeps the band together.

Claes: It became my lifestyle, this is the only way I know how to survive at home, when I know that in 2 or 3 months we’ll go on tour. I couldn’t think about going to work year in, year out. That would kill me.

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As a Vegan Straight Edge band, was it a big deal to release something through Catalyst?

Claes: Before we released it, it was a real big deal for us, because it was a big label from when we grew up, and most of the bands that have been on catalyst we really like, but I think it is really awesome to release with Catalyst because we are friends with Kurt, but other than that, he has a cool label, but we have been working with 8 or 9 other really cool labels. I mean of course he has a legacy with his label that’s really awesome to be a part of. I think when I look at it now, I’m really proud to be part or React! Records and Pee Records, Refuse Records, and Let it Burn. There’s so many that have done so much for us, Kurt is one of them, but not more than any other one I would say.

So how long have you been Vegan?

Claes: I’ve been vegan since 97, so I’m obviously super old, see can see that I am about 400 years old, old as fuck. When I was younger, I could count the months, like “I’ve been vegan for two months now, I’ve been vegan for 3 months, 2 years whoa!” now I’m like, “is it really that long?” It’s not fun anymore, it’s just proof that I’m older than everyone else, I hate it. These guys are at 10 years, a couple years, not that long.

What are the main animal rights issues you encounter in Sweden?

Claes: I think the fur industry is one of those battles that really is ongoing. We almost had that abolished, but we had a new government come in and they made another stance on it because we got a right wing government who simply pushed the progress of animal rights back about 20 years, which really sucks. That’s just the tip of the iceberg of everything bad they have done to our country, they’re fucking assholes, they only care about rich people. But the fur industry is definitely a debate that’s out there for everyone, not only animal rights activists, but it’s something people talk about. Also in the latest years, there’s been a lot of discussions about the meat industry because of the health issues of eating red meat, which is definitely something that’s on people’s lips. I’d say that vegetarianism and veganism is getting trendier and more accepted.

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What’s your opinion on “trend veganism”?

Claes: As long as you don’t eat animals, I don’t care for what reason. I hope that people stick to it, but if they don’t, and they don’t eat animals for two years, then that’s better than eating animals for 2 years. Even while you’re vegan or you’re vegetarian, someone else is going to bump into you, and that person is going to be influenced by you, even if you’re going to leave it behind in two years. That’s how it was for me, I met a guy when I was 15 years old, who was Vegan, and he influenced me to become vegetarian, and become vegan, and I met him a couple year later, and he didn’t care much about it anymore. I’ve been living like this for 16 years now. I think every time someone makes a step, it’s positive, and you know maybe you’re vegetarian now, and then you forget about it for whatever reason and then pick it up again when you’re 60. My mum went vegetarian when she was like 55, and she’s been doing it for 15 years. I think as far as veganism being trendier now, I think it’s a positive thing, because as long as it’s out there, it’s getting accepted.

Historically, most people would associate Sweden with a well-run government, in light of your comments above, can you explain a bit about the current political climate there?

Claes: I honestly must say, that even though we have a right wing government, that right wing government could have been a lot worse. The whole idea behind this government, is that they have been picking up a lot of the social democratic ideas, and they’re promoting themselves as a working class party. They do of course, compromise the rights of the working class, and they’re selling out everything that used to be owned by the state, but in the perspective of other right wing governments, it’s a left wing, right wing government. So it could have been a lot worse, I’d say that the leading party in our country, while the rest of the European right wing governments have become like really neo-liberal, they’re conservative in their ways, but they are really liberal in their economic basis, and Sweden is not like that, it is still pretty conservative in the economy. So even if our welfare is being sold out, it’s taking a lot more time, and there our right wing government does not accept the ideas of the extreme right wing ones that are ruling in a lot of countries in Europe. I think, in Norway it’s different, they have a Left wing government now.

Frederik: The Norwegian left wing government is doing kind of the same as the Swedish right wing, they’re moving a bit to the middle, from the other side. That party has been in power for many many years, and people want something different, so it feels like they are moving a bit towards what the people want, so if they want a right wing government, that party is going to move that way. It’s turning more and more into the middle. I think in the next election we will have a right wing government as well it looks like.

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Recovery has been out for about a year now, any new material on the horizon?

Carl: We’ve been having two days off here in Perth, and Mattias and Ulf, who plays guitar have been sitting and having idea for riffs for new songs, because it’s been 41 degrees, so it’s too warm to be outside, so we have to do something inside. I know they have a lot of ideas, we haven’t started to put it together into songs yet, but we will, some time.

Thank you very much for your time, any final thoughts?

Carl: It’s going to be an interesting time in South East Asia, there’s going to be a documentary. My best friend back home in Sweden, is educating himself to be a documentary film maker, and him and his friend will be meeting us in Kuala Lumpur and they will be joining us for 6 days. So they will be making a south east Asia tour documentary. So hopefully we won’t mess that up, and it might be released later this year if we’re lucky. You never know, everything in life just gets fucked up all the time.

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Terzij de Horde

 

Who is Terzij de Horde?

We are five completely opposite personalities with a shared vision on life. Joost on vocals, Demian and Stefan on guitars, Richard on drums and Johan on bass.

Can you give us a brief history of the band?

Joost and Johan started 6 years ago, with two other friends and under another name, trying to play Extreme Noise Terror-styled grind. But as the line-up changed and the band improved, our past bands and tastes changed the music too, reflected in both the current sound and performance. The name had to follow. We have released one MCD/LP, “A Rage of Rapture against the Dying of the Light” on Antithetic Records and we have been able to tour and play for two years on those four songs and unreleased material, but with our split record coming up and a full-length on the horizon, things are changing for the better still.

What does Terzij de Horde mean?

Aside from the horde. It’s a line from a poem, ‘Einde’, by Hendrik Marsman, a Dutch poet. His dark vitalism and passion have been a real inspiration to us, and with a friend of ours having that line tattooed across his chest it was a small step to taking that name. We consciously decided to take a Dutch name, this line is harsh, fierce in sound and meaning and a perfect match to our message and music. How would you describe your sound? We tend to use the words “sensory overload’ a lot, and that’s what we are aiming for. We pour our passion, our energy and anger and ideas about the world into our music and hope that translates to listeners.

 

Can you highlight some of your key influences?

The style is an amalgamate of all our pasts and musical preferences. It is quite easy to hear influences like Deathspell Omega, Ash Borer, Wolves in the Throne Room, Neil Perry, Neurosis, 16 Horsepower, Khanate and the likes. But as can be seen from these names, it’s not the style or the label that counts, but rather the depth, the fierceness and creativity of spirit. So we all listen to black and doom metal and hardcore, but all of us are fans of folk, blues, screamo and some indie as well. An old delta blues record can contain far more darkness and power than a run-of-the-mill Nuclear Blast record.

How would you describe your local musical scene?

Utrecht has a great scene actually. With a couple of spaces available for bands of every underground ilk to play at, ACU and dB’s most notably, the underground is really productive. We as a band decided to start booking shows at dB’s under the moniker “Footprints In The Void” to give a place for bands that fall out of the standardised musical spectrum and we have been given full cooperation by the venue. So we have been able to put up shows for Thou, Aderlating, Celeste, Conan, Aesahaettr and Alkerdeel among many others. These shows have been great and often very well attended. Besides these shows, lots of bands have started these past years, so Utrecht is really making itself known in whatever scenes you’d like.

 

Are there any bands we should keep an eye out for?

For local bands, I’d especially check Northward, Laster and White Oak and -a little less local- Alkerdeel. All of them fall within the black metal spectrum, but explore completely different realms. Besides the locals, everything Gilead Media, Antithetic Records and Flenser Records release seems to be amazing.

Is that a banjo I can hear on The Roots of Doomsday Anxiety?

Yes.

Who’s idea was it to include this, and was it an important part of setting yourselves apart from more common Black Metal conventions?

At that point Demian wasn’t a part of our band yet. But we as a band had already thought about making a bridge between “Roots…” and “Non Timetis Messor” using an instrument or a sample to accompany Johan’s poem “Bedrock, This”. While talking about that we started talking about 16 Horsepower and the darkness and pain that they are able to convey without any distortion or screaming. Suddenly we all realised that a banjo could be, should be the link between a song about eschatology and the rejection of deus ex machinae and a song dealing with grasping life and using it for all it’s worth. A banjo can encompass pain, melancholy, salvation, joy but all at the same time. We asked Demian to compose something, which we heard one day before recording started, but we all knew that it was perfect. Demian became part of Terzij de Horde instantly.

 

How would you describe the Terzij de Horde live experience?

A cathartic one. Since most of us come from a hardcore/screamo background, ignoring the props and  “showmanship” that runs rampant in metal was easy. All we want is to let everything out, to grasp every single fucking moment of that show, to share the experience with those that are present and to be there, as honest and alive as can be. Is it difficult sometimes to transfer the atmosphere of recordings to the live format? I’d say it’s a problem the other way around. When listening to the recordings, I still tend to cringe every now and then – I would love to be able to capture the noise and rage of a live show one on one, but I don’t think that will ever happen. I’m really happy with our recordings throughout the years, but I don’t think they do our live shows any justice.

Are you currently working on any new material?

We have been for the past two years. We played a lot of shows, and we had to deal with several medical problems within the band, so it took us far too long, but at this point we’re consciously writing for a full-length which is really coming together now. With a bit of luck we can start recording within this year.  Has the split with Starve come out yet?  NO! FUCK! Badger Records’ Erik is a great guy, but he had to deal with a lot of things this year, so it took 6 months longer than expected/hoped for, but it seems like it’ll be here at the start of July. Fingers crossed.

 

What will a new Terzij de Horde record sound like?

Strangely enough more black metal. The overall sound has become more focussed I think and a lot of the riffing, when listened to at home, surprised us with being more like black metal than anything we have done before. But the songs we have now still have loads of elements in them, and I don’t think anybody who has listened to us before will be completely shocked. What have you tried to achieve on these new recordings? A more concise sound, a more matured band. For the first time Joost and Johan have started to write lyrics together and the picture of a complete band being their own masters is finally taking form. There’s less searching for a certain riff or sound and  a far more confident writing and discussing.

Where can you see Terzij de Horde heading in the near future?

We are planning a tour with label mates The Great Old Ones at the end of the year, our full-length should be released around that time too, and after that: who knows. Touring in the US and Canada is a viable plan, and when the full-length is released and appreciated as much as our EP, which still leaves us baffled, I see no borders we can’t cross.

Thank you very much for your time, any final thoughts?

Thanks so much for this interview, it’s amazing to get a request from half a world away, home to Portal, Thrall and D666. Keep supporting local bands, local scenes, embrace your sins, resist oppression.

 

Oblivion

 

Who is Oblivion?

Oblivion is: Zack: Vocals, Fisch: Guitar, John: Guitar, Steve: Bass, Josh: Drums.

Can you give a quick history of the band up to this point?

Well, we played our first show on Halloween of 2009 and actually played 2 sets that night because we only had 2 songs and a bunch of our friends weren’t there yet when we played. It was sweet but also somewhat of a disaster. Since then we have played a lot of shows locally in the NW along with doing 2 West Coast tours, 3 years of Rain Fest here in Seattle, the last Hammer Bros show in Haverhill, MA and Sound and Fury last year. Currently we are working on booking a full US tour for this summer around This Is Hardcore in Philadelphia that we are lucky enough to be playing this summer! We have also released a demo, and an EP on cassette, along with 2 songs digitally. We hope to have a 7″ coming out this fall (?) on Wolvesblood Records. So be on the lookout for that.

How would you describe the Oblivion sound?

The Oblivion sounds is a bit weird I guess. We take strong influence from Martyr AD and Disembodied, but add in quite a bit of Nu Metal like Slipknot and Korn (both of whom we have covered). Add in some Sepultura and Hatebreed and that’s basically our sound. We just like to be heavy and a bit out there with certain things.

 

Who would you say your biggest influences have been up to this point?

Slipknot, Korn, Disembodied, Martyr AD, Hatebreed, etc.

There’s alot of evil imagery associated with you guys, inverted crosses, pentagrams, Baphomat etc, is this tongue in cheek, or is it reflected in the content of the band?

I’d say its a bit of both. We understand how some of that shit comes across as a bit dorky, overplayed, and silly but we like it anyways. We want to convey a bit of an evil, creepy vibe with our band but also its about having fun and not taking everything so seriously if that makes any sense.

What do you generally cover lyrically?

A lot of our lyrics have to do with questioning God, Religion, Faith, etc. While others delve more into personal shit, depression, friends, how we view the world around us. We try and keep it fairly straight forward and to the point, not a ton of metaphors and things to think about, if you read our lyrics you know where we are coming from and what we are trying to say.

 

 

You guys seemed to blow up super fast after just a demo tape, did you ever expect to get recognition that quick?

No way! It still blows us away when anyone not from our area has heard of us, or listened to our music. Its been awesome and a lot of fun so far and we hope that after this summer things just keep on rollin’ and we are able to continue pumping out heavy tunes for people! Hopefully one day we are able to make it down to Australia, that’s our dream as a band.

What’s do you think makes a good band in today’s global music scene?

Honesty and a sense of being genuine. You can always tell the people who are faking it and just trying to fit into the mold of what is cool and trendy at the time. I enjoy seeing a band do what they do and not give a fuck what anyone else thinks of it. At the end of the day you should enjoy the music you play as a band, work hard, and if other people dig it, awesome.

The 33rpm version of the demo is fucking awesome! Who’s idea was it?

HAHAHA! We all love that version, the demo at 45rpm is pretty sick too, sounds like Figure Four! Not sure who’s idea it was or if our friends just did it and sent it to us. Toxicbreed and our buddy K10 who runs a hardcore radio show up here called Dead Air did those for us. Very entertaining for sure.

 

Have you got any new releases coming up, working on new material?

We have been working on fine tuning a few new songs lately. Trying to get shit nailed down to record for a 7″ that could hopefully come out this fall or something. Not too sure on that yet. But we are working on things, could be some wild shit coming out of the Oblivion camp soon.

What can people expect from new Oblivion?

New Oblivion will be creepier, more perverse, angrier, and heavier than ever. Expect more nu-metal influence but still staying true to the heavy hardcore sound. Lyrically things are getting weirder, more sexual, and more angry with everything around us.

Any plans to tour internationally yet?

We fucking wish man! We would absolutely kill to get down under and overseas! Hopefully one day someone will like us enough to make that happen!

Thanks heaps for your time, any final thoughts?

Go Seahawks, Bring Back Our Sonics, Rugby is tight, 666. People can check out our music on bandcamp at http://oblivion.bandcamp.com and can order merch online at http://obliviontacoma.bigcartel.com

Also, we have some shirts on the Mosh Lords webstore that is down in Australia, they have shirts and tapes. Buy something.

 

 

100 Demons

 

100 Demons is a band that should be familiar to anyone who’s been listening to hardcore for a while now. Some might even say that they helped build their particular style to the level sit’s at today. But like so many bands, they went through some hard times throughout their history, and my man Tom Ridges, had a chat with the one and only Bruce LePage about the band, and some pretty heavy shit about drug addiction, so strap yourselves in.

These days some might call you a man of leisure Bruce, but what do you do with yourself up there in sunny Chicopee?

I live in South Hadley actually. I am very white trash but still not trashy enough to live in Chicopee. They have strict standards there. I work at a couple venues, the Worcester palladium and the Webster Theater in Hartford as well as the Waterfront in Holyoke where Scott Lee does shows on Sundays. I also tour with bands. I’ve worked for Recon, Ligeia, MCMB, Since the Flood and I currently tour manage The Acacia Strain.

I know you are still touring with a lot of bands and helping them our but do you miss being the front-man out there on stage? Or are you happy being behind the scenes now, whilst still being a big part of the hardcore scene?

I do not generally miss being on stage. I have a very long history of drug and alcohol abuse and now that I am sober (for the most part) being on stage just gives me horrible anxiety and therefore isn’t much fun. I have done some guest vocals in the last couple years that I enjoyed a lot. I sang on the first two Sleeping Giant cd’s, The Acacia Strain Wormwood cd and Lionheart’s last cd. I really enjoy working for bands and seeing them have a good time and I hope that my efforts working for them make it easier for them to enjoy playing and not have to worry about the logistics of the show.

 

 

How would you say the hardcore scene has changed since you first became a part of it? Do you think it has changed for the worst?

The scene since I went to my first show in ’86 has changed and stayed the same. Fashion has ALWAYS been a part of the scene the fashion just changes, same as the rest of the world. For a sub culture that was founded on being individualistic it’s pretty closed minded and always will be. Just go to a show dressed in “normal clothes” and see if people don’t mock you. There used to be so few shows that people would go to every show no matter who was playing. In my opinion there are just too many touring bands, labels and venues these days. Kids are spoiled. I remember driving for hours every weekend to see bands now kids won’t drive more than an hour. There are also too many sub genres in “hardcore” , I can’t even keep track of them….deathcore, screamo, etc…..

I know the mainstream hardcore coming out of Australia at the moment doesn’t really capture me, but are there any note worthy new bands coming through up there? And are there any Australian bands getting noticed up there at the moment?

I don’t pay attention to the new shit like I used to. Some good up and comers to me are Revenge, Born Low, Swamps, Goodbye Cruel World and Lionheart. To be honest most kids in America don’t pay too much attention to overseas hardcore because it always seems like they are a step behind our scene. I know that will piss some people off but it’s the truth. It’s like American bands trying to play European melodic metal or Scandinavian death metal. An American version of that is just gonna be a weak copy.

 

One of the first things I noticed when I met you was your straight up personality and dark humour.

Would you say these are what inspired the grim lyrics you wrote for 100Demons? Or is there something deeper to your lyrical content?

All the lyrics for 100 Demons came straight from my life. I have had some incredible highs and lows. During most of my time in 100 Demons I was a junkie. It is an incredibly hard life hustling money everyday to get the heroin you need so you won’t be sick and can actually function somewhat normally. A lot of the lyrics were about this daily struggle. The song So Alone most people look at as a love song but it was actually about drugs.

It’s well known that you’ve regained your religious beliefs, what made you return to the ways of the Lord?

That is a really long story but the bottom line is I should have died on more than one occasion and there is no doubt in my mind that God saved me. For what, I still don’t know.

Do you think your religious beliefs have changed the way you would or do write lyrics now?

I unfortunatley do not live my life always as a Christian should so my lyrics, which I still write for who knows what reason, will always reflect the negative and hard times I have endured.

And would you say your music taste has changed because of your beliefs? Or at least the bands you choose to listen to?

Again, not much has changed except the fact that I now know God is very real.

 

Name your top 5 favourite songs of all time, what would they be?

That is an impossible question to answer. I could give you five favourites by genre but not overall. I think “help yourself” by Tom Jones is one of the greatest songs as well as the entire Jesus Christ Superstar album. The one with Ian Gillan from Deep Purple doing the role of Jesus. The lyrics are so clever, it’s basically the story of the gospel but rhyming. Plus the whole album was recorded on 32 track analog and it has a full orchestra. It is really a monumental recording feat.

Finally, since you’re a keen bowler, if there were three people on this earth you could go to ten pin with, who would they be?

I will take on all comers. It’s the best sport because I have yet to see a bowling alley that doesn’t have a bar attached to it.

What first persuaded you to try drugs?

I’m not sure what other than always enjoyed being drunk or high. I first stole alcohol from my parents at the age of 9 and started smoking weed in 6th grade (about 11) also tried coke for the first time that summer as well. My first duty station in the army was Panama when Noriega was still running shit down there and coke was VERY cheap.

Was there a slow progression from things like weed to the more hardcore stuff? and Why did you first try heroin?

It was a progression of sorts. I tried it because I enjoyed just about every other drug I had tried and from the description of the high it sounded lovely. I had a friend who used so I asked him to get me some as I had no idea where to get it from. That first time was better than any sex or any good feeling I’ve ever had in my life, so of course I continued to use it. It would be the start of a struggle that would span more than a decade.

 

How did you support your habit? Were you working day in day out or did you need to resort to other methods to support your habit?

I was a very functional addict , for years I managed to keep my job by not missing work. That was possible by keeping my habit small. I was married at the time and my wife made good money and so did I so I got by. However it just continued to grow to a point that I needed $200 a day so I did a lot of things I’m not proud of to get money.

How did you continue to produce music, and what did your band mates think of your drug use at the time?

The other guys in the band would try to talk to me to get me to quit and I just wasn’t ready to do that. I was kicked out of the band so they could find someone who could tour and not be dopesick when away from home. It was while I was out of the band that I got a  really large habit.

What went through your mind when you got these cravings, and when you were on the drugs themselves?

When you are an addict it really is much more than a craving because your body has now developed a physical need for heroin and you have physical symptoms. When you don’t shoot up it’s like having a really bad case of the flu. You sweat, shake, feel like absolute shit. You know you can make this feeling go away by pushing that needle in. It becomes a cycle of just waking up feeling like shit and going to get the remedy. All day every day that’s all I thought about, where am I getting the money and then how to get to the neighborhood and find what I need. There are no days off from being a junkie and there’s no holidays. On Christmas day when you were warm in your house having happy moments with your family I was out on the cold streets finding what I needed to make it through the day. So that’s how I felt. One purpose, one goal.

 

The lyrics frm So Alone “the lust I had for you nearly drove me insane I managed to walk away but doubt i’ll ever be the same“ was this written around the time you became a believer in God? or was this just in between dark times in your life?

This song was my love song to drugs. And it means just what it says. My lust for heroin nearly drove me insane and ruined my life. I’m clean now but still think about it and miss living like that somedays. So that song if you read the lyrics knowing it’s about heroin it will make sense to you.

So Alone lyrics

Can’t live without you you’re my saving grace
You helped me keep my sanity
When i was struggling you were by my side
You helped me face reality
The lust i had for you nearly drove me insane
I managed to walk away but doubt i’ll ever be the same
You are my one true love for now and forever
And when i have you in my arms can’t feel the pain i’m still bitter
I feel so alone – you’ve sucked the life out of me
I’m already dead i just don’t know it yet
Because you stole my heart a love i can’t forget
Slowly dying when will i go
I wish i was dead i feel so alone
Your just a memory a twist of fate from god above
When i lie awake at night it’s you i crave – it’s you i love
The pain it burns inside i suffer everyday
Still alive wishing i was dead like christ at the stake