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ASCENSION (Ger) interview

Posted in 'zines, underground musak on October 12, 2011 by Dark Recollections 'zine

1. Dark Recollections: for those not familiar with the infernal entity known as Ascension
introduce the band.(who does what, plays what instruments, etc)
Ascension is a german black metal band formed in 2007.
It consists of 5 members

2. Dark Recollections: give us a brief band bio.
ASCENSION: Our label is W.T.C. Productions ( Anyone interested in the band can check our myspace site at:
Ascension means spiritual pursuit and strife and is the logical conclusion of our thoughts on life. Both, the will to achieve, to overcome, to develope and the unearthly, metaphysical aspects of the word are inherent to our concept. We follow the light of Lucifer and consider ourselves artists in his name. As such we are mediums. We get inspiration from the powers that surround and embrace us, we channel them and try to express them in a certain way. As music is a powerful tool when handled correctly and given the spasms and erection one experiences when listening to the right tunes, the choice of the artform was a natural consequence. Ascension holds the flag of darkness and death and sings the songs of faith and devotion. We wish to get closer to our inspiration with every song and try to express it as unaltered as possible. The purer we get as individuals, the purer our art will become. Hail Lucifer.

3. Dark Recollections:how long has current line up being together?
ASCENSION: Since 2007

4. Dark Recollections: what have you released so far, what has been the reaction to releases?
ASCENSION: We have so far released a demo (With Burning Tongues), a 12“ single (Fire And Faith) and an album (Consolamentum). The reactions so far have been very good apart from some half assed interviews we have to answer from time to time.

5. Dark Recollections: talk about your latest release “consolamentum”

ASCENSION: Consolamentum is our debut album, released on ChristMass 2010 by W.T.C. Productions. It´s a concept album divided into 5 chapters and consisting of 8 tracks. The album generally deals with the transformation of a human soul and it´s journey from ashes to salvation. The five parts „Learn how to breath“, „Learn how to lie“, „Learn how to live“, „Learn how to kill“, „Learn how to die“ represent the different stages of this process. A sample of the album in which different songs can be heard can be found at our myspace page.

6. Dark Recollections: what is the song “grey light sibling” about, what inspired its lyrics?
ASCENSION: “Grey Light Sibling“ represents the 2nd part of the concept: „Learn how to lie“. It deals with the struggle of finding an existence outside of societies controlled and accepted borders, outside of gods prison so to speak. The Sibling is an image for the schizophrenic aspects of that topic.

7. Dark Recollections: who did the artwork for “consolamentum”?
ASCENSION: The french artist Metastazis (

8. Dark Recollections: does Ascension play live, what are some of the bands you have played with,
how does the crowd react to your live show?
ASCENSION: We have not played live yet, but we will. The first official date is the Hell´s Pleasure Metal Fest in Pößneck/Germany on the 22nd & 23rd of July together with great acts such as Saturnalia Temple or Root.

9. Dark Recollections: have you had any offers to tour outside of Germany, maybe tour U.S.A?
ASCENSION: We had quite an amount of offers from outside of germany but turned down any of them for now. It will however only be a question of time till we enter foreign shores.

10. Dark Recollections: anyone in the band involved in other projekts, besides Ascension?
ASCENSION:Yes, we are.

11. Dark Recollections: what is the scene like where you live, any bands you recommend checking out?
ASCENSION: I don´t care too much for a scene. German bands that are worth listening to are Necros Christos, Odem Arcarum, Chaos Invocation and Luror.

12. Dark Recollections: any merchandise available from the band?(list items, prices)
ASCENSION: Apart from the aformentioned releases we have two t-shirt designs available. More will come very soon. Considering prices etc. check the labels website at
13. Dark Recollections: any last words, comments? thanks for the interview

ASCENSION: Hail Lucifer!


Ungod (Ger) Interview

Posted in 'zines, underground musak on October 12, 2011 by Dark Recollections 'zine

1. Dark Recollections: For those not familiar with Ungod please introduce the band.

Schiekron:The Band started in 1991 and split up in 1998 due several reasons.In 2008
we started up again and released a couple of Vinyls.
Right now Ungod is:
Condemptor – Coffins
Schiekron – Bulldozer Bass
Infernal Molester – Voxum
Cryptic Tormentor – chainsaw

2. Dark Recollections: how long has current line up been together?
Schiekron: The current Line up is together since 2009 or something.Our Singer
Infernal Molestor was the last to join the Band in 2009.We are fully
happy with this Line up and hopefully that will last some time!

3. Dark Recollections:after so many years of being gone from the underground scene
what made you want to do Ungod again… who is left from the original line up?

Schiekron: It was more or less coincidence!It began when we were asked for the re
releases of our old stuff and we agreed that it should be done with maybe
some brandnew bonus stuff.So,here we reactivated the band to compose 2
Songs or something like that and put it to rest again.Right from the start
we realy clicked with each other and the old flame was burning again.We
decided to give it a second run and here we are again!
In 2008 it was me(Schiekron),Condemptor and Infamist of Tumulus from the
original Line up plus Kvaltar from Mort as new Member.Infamist was kicked out
after a while and Kvaltar left for personal reasons.

4. Dark Recollections: all this years abscent from the black metal underground … did you
keep in touch with old friends, bands?

Schiekron: I was was never abscent from the Metal Underground!I was always there and
I`m still a fanatic! I`m still, or better again with some old friends bands etc.Internet makes
it possible!

5. Dark Recollections: what is your opinion on today’s polluted black metal scene?

Schiekron:I don`t know too much about actual Bands since I always stick to the old
stuff.But something good pops up here and there for sure.But it is hard
nowadays to keep up with whats going on with billions of Bands releasing
stuff now.

6. Dark Recollections: talk about your demo/LP “In Numele Metalului est European”… whose
idea was it…line up for recording?

Schiekron:East European Metal back in the day was always laughed at and very
underrated.So per coincidence we got the chance to have our Lyrics
translated into Romanian Language and a guy(Zdrobitor) to sing them for us.
This simply had to be done and hopefully some younger(or older) Metal Fan
will check out those great old East European Bands like
Törr,Root,Master,Kat,Shah,Turbo,Tormentor and many more!We always loved
and supported those obscure Bands and our release is here to show respect
and honour to them!

Line up:
Schiekron – Bulldozer Bass
Condemptor – Coffins
Cryptic Tormentor – Chainsaw
Zdrobitor – Guestvocals
On the Vinyl version are 2 Bonustracks in english with Infernal Molester on

7. Dark Recollections: Did you ever think demo will later get released as an Lp like it did?
Schiekron: WE were not realy sure about it,but we had that in mind too.We want all
our stuff on Vinyl since it is the ultimate formal for Metal or music in general!

8. Dark Recollections: any offers to release your debut Cd “circle of seven infernal pacts”
on vinyl?
Schiekron: The original Vinyl version on HSB Records from Holland from 1993 was
limited to 500 Copies and is long gone.The Picture LP from 1999 as
well.We already had a talk about another run of a fine Vinyl Edition but
right now we concentrate on the new stuff.Maybe one day it will be
available on Vinyl again!

9. Dark Recollections: tell us about your upcoming Cd… title, who will release it, when
will it be released?

Schiekron: The new Album is out since April and it`s called Cloaked in eternal Darkness.CD contains
10 Songs and has a running time of around 43 minutes. Kneel before the Masters Throne Records
released the CD and Merciless Records will do the Vinylversion(Fold out Cover plus Bonus 7″
EP).This time we realy got the Sound we wanted and we have some surprises on
the Album as well.The style is still the same like 20 Years ago! Raw,primitive and pure Metal!

10. Dark Recollections: will your many split Eps ever be released together on Cd?

Schiekron: Not sure about that.I guess there is no demand for it!

11. Dark Recollections: any merchandise available for you?

Schiekron: Right now we only have Cloaked in eternal Darkness CD &
Ungod/Sacrilegious Rites Split 7″ EP.We`ll print some limited Shirts soon
as well!

12. Dark Recollections: death metal seems to be making a comeback… what are your thoughts
on this… any favorite new bands?

Schiekron: No idea about new Bands so much,still stick to my old shit like
Death,Possessed etc.But Necros Christos are pretty good!

13. Dark Recollections: any last words, comments? thanks for the interview

Schiekron: Thanx alot for the Interview & Support!Sorry for the long delay,sparetime
is rare these days!Stay forever Metal and get in touch if you want!

AUTOPSY (u.s.a) Interview

Posted in 'zines, underground musak on October 12, 2011 by Dark Recollections 'zine

1. Dark Recollections: Greetings introduce current band members…(who does what, plays what instruments, etc)

AUTOPSY:Danny Coralles guitar;
Chris Reifert drums vocals;
Joe Trevisano bass;
Eric Cutler guitar vocals.

2. Dark Recollections: how hard was finding new members for this current incarnation of Autopsy?
AUTOPSY:Not hard. Chris, Danny and myself are the original members of Autopsy. Joe played bass for Abscess
and when Abscess called it quits he joined Autopsy full time.

3. Dark Recollections: what made you want to do Autopsy again. after being split up as a band for so long?
AUTOPSY: We stayed friends the whole time and decided to record a couple new songs in 2008 for the 20th
Anniversary of our 1st record “Severed Survival.” The 2 tracks were also released as a 7″ called
“Horrific Obsession.” We had fun doing that and next thing we know we have an offer to play the
Maryland Deathfest 2010. We did that, had a great time and decided to do more.

4. Dark Recollections: Autopsy has been around the underground scene for a long time, what has it been like
to see so many bands and trends come and go, and be back doing Autopsy again?
AUTOPSY: Haha, we never knew we were a trend!It’s great that people are into what we are doing, we feel that
we are making heavy music and we appreciate all the support we have received. Metal fans are the best!

5. Dark Recollections: talk about your new Ep “the tomb within”
AUTOPSY: It was written very quickly. We atarted writing songs and had an album plus more material but decided
release the ep first.

6. Dark Recollections: what is the song “seven skulls” about, what inspired its lyrics?
AUTOPSY: The music is inspired by whiskey! I got really drunk before writing this one. Chris wrote the lyrics
and he leaves it to you to decide what is the truth. Did he kill his family? Is he insane? Has there been
any killings? Are the bodies related to him? WTF?

7. Dark Recollections: who did the artwork for “tomb within”?
AUTOPSY: Matt Cavotta did the artwork. He does fantasy stuff mainly
but a brilliant artisT. I love his work and we will see more Matt I believe.

8. Dark Recollections: can we expect a new Autopsy cd in the near future?

AUTOPSY: “Macabre Eternal ” is our new full length out now. A mind crushing ear bleeding make you fucking fall
down and not get back up record! Check it out kids, you get high just by playing it really fucking loud!!
Do it!! Now!!

9. Dark Recollections: what are your thoughts on the latest resurgence of old school death metal, any bands you like?
AUTOPSY: Oh shit, tons of bands I like. Obliteration, In Solitude, Bones, Asphyx, Desaster, Darkthrone, Blizzard,
Bonesaw, Morbus Chron, Merrimack, Nailgun Massacare, Lobotomized, Obituary, Cannibal Corpse,
Torn from the Womb. So many more, I cannot possibly list them, and not all are old school death metal.

10. Dark Recollections: talk about some of the shows you have planned in the near future.
AUTOPSY: We have played this year at Roskilde in Denmark, Hammer Open Air in Finland, Chaos in Tejas in Texas,
Neurotic Deathfest in the Netherlands, plus a few more. We next play in Los Angeles August 27 2011.
After that we have Maryland Deathfest 2012 and working on some more shows.

11. Dark Recollections: there is so many bootleg Autopsy live recordings out there… have you heard any of them…
any favorites, would Autopsy ever record a show to be released officially as a live Cd?
AUTOPSY: I have many in my collection. I like most of them. The only problem we have with bootlegs is we have no
artistic control or approval of material. Sometimes a songs needs to be cut out! It is good in the end
though because it promotes Autopsy and Death Metal. We will be releasing some new DVD live shows soon.
One is called “Born Undead.” It is a documentary with a band history, interviews with the band, friends
and other bands as well. It will also include rare videos and pictures as well as a second disc containing
concert footage with Dan Lilker on Bass and Joe Trevisano on bass after Joe joined the band.

12.Dark Recollections: any merchandise available from the band?
AUTOPSY: Of Course, on our website. We are adding new stuff all the time too. Some items are exclusive to our
website, which is

13. Dark Recollections: any last words, comments? thanks for the interview
AUTOPSY: Thank you Wilhelm. And to all, thank you for your support. Keep it sick, keep it brutal-Eric Cutler

HEKSERI (u.s.a) Interview

Posted in 'zines, underground musak on October 12, 2011 by Dark Recollections 'zine

1. Dark Recollections:Pagan hails… for those not familiar with Hekseri, introduce the band
(who does what,plays what instruments, etc)

{Thuringwethil>>>} Iron Meggido performs guitar and vocals, I do bass, vocals, and drum programming. We have no permanent drummer currently, so we may use a session drummer for live shows.

2. Dark Recollections: Give us a brief band bio

{Thuringwethil>>>} Thuringwethil and Iron Meggido met in Boston, Massachusetts 2003 during a chance jam session and found mutual interest in extreme metal. Both had been seeking bandmates with similar interests for quite a while, so this was a great start.

Iron Meggido: We really forged a strong musical bond from that first meeting on.

3. Dark Recollections: what is the origin of the word Hekseri, its meanign and why was it chosen
as a band name?

{Thuringwethil>>>} Hekseri means witchcraft in Norwegian, and it seemed appropriate for our music which itself is a type of metal sorcery. Plus, many of our basic musical and mythological influences originate from Northern Europe, so it seemed fitting.
Iron Meggido: We have strong spiritual ties to Northern Europe in the form of music and mythos in addition to ancestral.

4. Dark Recollections: tell us about your releases, how did your demos and split Cd with Gravewurm
do… what kind of response did they get from fans, sales, etc?

{Thuringwethil>>>} Our first demo “Retaliator” was recorded with a drum machine and a 4-track, and it got a good response from other local metal bands and fans. Essentially we were trying to find a suitable, permanent drummer so we could play live shows. We found someone and recorded our “Belzebut, Prince” demo, also on a 4-track. This wasn’t received as well, because the sound turned out a bit muddy and lo-fi. But we played many more live shows at this time, and managed to gather a larger local following and play with bands with whom there was mutual respect and admiration. Then we recorded a much longer session with local guitarist and producer Eric Braunschweiger and most of those tracks made it to the Time Before Time Records split with Virginia’s Gravewurm. We’d met Kevin Gravewurm at a big black metal show in New England and stayed in touch over the years. When the opportunity to do the split came along, we were thrilled because it would be our first officially distributed release. After that, we made it to a few compilations which gained us further recognition internationally. Myspace may not be so hot now, but in the early years was very helpful in getting our music heard beyond our local scene.

5. Dark Recollections: have you had any offers to releases your demos on cd?

{Thuringwethil>>>} We actually had a very limited cassette demo compilation release on a Thai label, Witchhammer Productions. They’re probably only available on ebay now, though. We’d be open to re-releasing the tracks on CD, but tracks from the first two demos can still be listened to at the bottom of this web page:

6. Dark Recollections: talk about your debut Cd on Time Before Time Records

{Thuringwethil>>>} Preparing for this album was great because we had time to really prepare the songs to sound how we wanted. Iron Meggido moved from New England to Germany after the split with Gravewurm came out, but she and I continued to record and exchange ideas. It was a long process, but I was starting to learn recording software more while Iron Meggido wrote a lot of new material and even rewrote some songs from the earlier demos. We also had time to really work with producer Eric Braunschweiger on mixing. We think the songs flow together very well, and are a good representation of how we’ve progressed on our own.

7. Dark Recollections: what is the song “gods of rotting death” and what inspired its lyrics

[Iron Meggido>>>
The song Gods of Rotting Death reminds me of Celtic Frost in feel, although that was not the aim while writing it. The song channels a rage, a frustration of sorts is voiced, with the seeming downward motion of mankind, or rather the seeming inability to break free of that mentality and downward motion. By getting these demons out, it allows fresh perspective which is especially to be found on the track Enjoin the Circle, which is for me a returning to roots (nature) and of freeing oneself from the bonds raged about in Gods of Rotting Death. “Enjoin” is the reconciliation of “Gods”, whereas “Invoking the War Goddess” and “Bladefucker” are raw war cries, Atrocity is a chaotic dream through the astral planes. “Hekseri” though, is “just” a metal song.

8. Dark Recollections: care to talk about other projekts old and new you are involved in?

[Iron Meggido>>>} My current endeavors are Idis Orlog, which is based around the Norse Mythology/Nordic heathen spiritualism. This is acoustic and esoteric.

My other project is Witchblood, a Nürnberg based black metal band with elements of heavy metal.

{Thuringwethil>>>} I’m working on a new black metal project with my boyfriend called Lemegeton, in addition to a solo acoustic project called Spoorloos, all really haunted sounding shit.

9. Dark Recollections: what is your opinion on the resurgence of old school death metal,
any bands you like?

{Thuringwethil>>>} I don’t really listen to much death metal or grind anymore, underground black metal to me is much more interesting. However, I listen to tons of death/doom like Incantation, they’re an ongoing favorite of mine, and Portal are just beyond fucking comprehension. Angelcorpse and Impiety never get old, also. Of course, I still love the old school, but there are so many new bands to hear there’s no point in just keeping the same music in your speakers all the time.

10. Dark Recollections: what is the scene like where you live… any bands worth checking out?

{Thuringwethil>>>} I still live in Boston and we have a pretty good metal scene here still. A lot of cities in the Northeastern United States are closer together so it’s easy to check out touring bands. Right now I’m really into Cythraul, Abnormality, Sarcomancy.

11. Dark Recollections: tell us about some of the places you played at, bands you opened for,
and what was the crowd’s reaction to your music?

{Thuringwethil>>>} I think our biggest show was opening for Destruction at the Middle East in Cambridge, Massachusetts. We played to a lot of people. I also remember one of our first shows opening for Grand Belial’s Key before Richard died.

12. Dark Recollections: any merchandise available for sale from the band?(list items and prices)

{Thuringwethil>>>} we had shirts but those are long since sold out, we haven’t made any new merch yet, I think we may wait until we can start playing live shows again, ideally in Europe.

13. Dark Recollections:any last words, comments? thanks for the interview

{Thuringwethil>>>} Thanks for giving us a chance to talk about metal and our new CD.

Iron Meggido: Also, thank you for the opportunity.

DRUID LORD interview

Posted in 'zines, magazines and e=zines, underground musak on February 7, 2011 by Dark Recollections 'zine

DruidLord interview for Dark Recollectionszine 2011

1. Dark Recollections: For those not familiar with Druid Lord give us a brief band bio.

Druid Lord: I formed Druid Lord with my former Equinox drummer Stephen Spillers early 2010. I already had the concept for the band, the name/logo, and two songs written.
So Steve and I started to reherse then Tony Black joined on bass/vocals. The concept was to play Horror/Occult inspirted Doom/Death Metal. We wrote the whole album
“Hymns for the Wicked” in about 7 months then Recorded Aug/Sept 2010. We signed with Horror Pain Gore Death Oct and on Oct 31st the our 1st album was released.
We were lucky enough to get Putrid to do the album cover for us. We are very pleased with the results.

2. Dark Recollections: when you decided to form Druid Lord how hard was it to find suitable members?

Druid Lord: Not at all. I already knew that Steve and I would be working together again. Tony was an easy choice. Steve, Tony, and I all played in Equinox So it was like old times.
We recently adding a second guitarist “Ben Ross.” Now the Druid Death Cult is complete.

3. Dark Recollections: how did the different band members meet…?

Druid Lord: Steve and I met when I was in Acheron. Acheron did a gig in FL and Steve was there hanging out. We talked about how we like bands like Dream Death, Goatlord, Aspyyx, Venom,
Bathory. So we kept in touch. When I left acheron mid early ’92, Steve and I put Equinox together. Tony and I also played in Acheron Together from late ’90 to ’91 if I
remember correctly. We just recently met Ben. He had been in some killer FL Black/Death bands. He really though that Druid Lord was playing great Doom. He heard we wanted a
second guitar player and auditioned.

4. Dark Recollections: who came up with the name Druid Lord any other names considered before name was chosen?

Druid Lord: I came up with the name. I liked the idea of a Druid King or Druid God. A ruler of the Druids that was about ancient knowledge and sacrifice.
We didn’t have any other names. Druid Lord was a perfect for the style of music we were playing.

5. Dark Recollections: talk about your debut Cd “hymns for the wicked” … where was it recorded… how long
did it take to record?

Druid Lord: We recorded the album at Tony Blakk’s home studio. It’s call Blakk Magic Studios. It too us about five months to write the album. We recorded it in a few different
sessions. We were going to do an EP first but then decided we had to make it a full length. So we added a few more songs, mixed and mastered everything. This was our
1st attempt to do everything ourselves. It wasn’t easy and it’s not perfect but we learned a lot from the process. We are very much ready for the next cd.

6. Dark Recollections: did you ever think you will get a Cd deal so quick … without even releasing a demo… what has the response to Cd been like?

Druid Lord: Not really but We seemed to have a great response from the beginning. Once people heard a few rough tracks they knew it was going to be HEAVY. HPGD offered us a good deal for
the 1st album and we accepted.I thought it was going to take longer but we gained a big following quite quickly. From what I’ve been told the CD is selling well as been
the limited LP that has been released on “Witches Tone Records.” We seem to get a big response all over the world which as been very cool for us.

7. Dark Recollections: you have been active in the underground scene with various bands for awhile… what has it been
like to be around for so long… to see many bands come and go?

Druid Lord: It’s been a very exciting to be around since the beginning of FL Death metal, to see the rise of Black Metal again, and to see what the scene has become as of now.When the FL
scene 1st exploded it was truly amazing to see so many great bands come from Tampa/Orlando. There were gigs almost every weekend. I was lucky enought to see Pre Deicide “Amon” kill the Fl
scene. Massacre and Death were both shreading it everywhere. Obituary, Nocturnus, Malevolent Creation, Athiest, Nasty Savage, so many great bands. Then the scene just went to shit.
Too many copy bands ruining the scene for everyone else. Then it seemed as FL Death Metal went back underground, Norwegian Black Metal became huge. I have to say I like where
Metal is now. The style of music we play is very old school and keeps it true to the old style. It’s exciting to play Doom/Death again and that classic feeling is back.

8. Dark Recollections: Druid Lord is quite different from waht you used to play with former band Equinox… what inspired
you to write this kind of tunes?

Druid Lord: I always loved Doom music like Candlemass, Pentagram, Witchfinder General and old school Death metal like Hellhammer, Celtic Frost, Dream Death, old Obituary. I wanted
to combine the two styles. I tried to put a traditional Doom band together but findind a real good classic style vocalist was hard. So we went with the rough vocal style.
That seems to compliment the writing style of Druid Lord better anyway. I was also getting tired of playing Black/Death metal. Don’t misunderstand me, i still love that style of music and
always will but I needed a change. I was getting burned out.

9. Dark Recollections: any advice for anyone trying to get a band together?

Druid Lord: DOn’t give up, work hard, become serious as a musician and stay dedicated no matter what anyone else says. I’ve seen so many of my friends just give up. Stay true!!!

10. Dark Recollections: care to talk about Equinox… when did band end… is band done for good?

Druid Lord: you know Equinox is a band that I put 15 years into or more. I’m proud of everything we accomplished but we just got fucked all the time. Shitty record deals, Ripoff labels,
No tours worked out. The fans supported the band but the labels and promoters always tried to fuck with us. So I decided to say screw it!!! I enjoy everything we did but
it was time to step back and take a long break. I’m not sure what will happen at this point. I’m just going to focus on Druid Lord for now.

11. Dark Recollections: can we expect any Druid Lord releases in the near future?

Druid Lord: Yes, our split 7″ep is being released on ALtsphere Productions on Feb 11th. The other band is Wooden Stake. We are right now working on a split 7″ep with Skeletal Spectre to
be released on HPGD productions and then a split CD with Death Metal band Kaiju that will have three new Druid Lord tracks. Then we start writing for out next cd. Druid Lord
is here to stay.

12. Dark Recollections: tell us about your debut show… what was the crowd like…any plans
to play outside of florida?

Druid Lord: Man, the 1st show was great. We even played on a Thursday nite and the club was packed. Great 1st gig. We are right now planning on playing North USA like NY, MD, and OH maybe.
We will and want to play gigs to spread the message of the ‘Druid Death Cult”

13. Dark Recollections: any last words, comments? thanks for the interview

Druid Lord: We really appreciate the support for Druid Lord. We have cd’s available and shirts are coming. The LP is selling fast and the orange/Black Die Hard version is almost gone so
buy now if interested. Wilhem, thanks for the interview. SUPPORT UNDERGROUND METAL. WATCH FOR MORE DOOM/DEATH COMING!!!!