[EXCLUSIVE INDIAN PREMIERE] LENG TCH’E- Cirrhosis (Single)

Belgian death grind masters LENG TCH’E have released brand new single titled ‘Cirrhosis’ from the latest forthcoming album Razorgrind.

Packed with monstrous vocals, groovy rhythms, punching drumwork, the track ‘Cirrhosis’ stands out well with their counterparts ABORTED, Benighted to name a few.

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CARACH ANGREN [SEREGOR]: Carach Angren has created its own world!

I had a chance to speak with the Dutch horror masterminds Carach Angren about their new upcoming album, horror movies, collaborations, originality and much more. Speaking with the guitarist and vocalist Seregor. Excerpts:

MJM. How are you doing today?

Seregor (CA): I’m doing fine. Thank you very much.

MJM. How did Carach Angren start? Could you tell us the beginning of this horror tale?

Seregor (CA): Well, The Netherlands is a small country. Back in the day in the beginning of the millennium, Ardek and I had our first metal bands. So we found ourselves pretty easily because we had the same taste for music. Ardek was the one calling me one day if I was interested. I declined because I was too busy at the time. Later on he got caught up in a band that needed a singer. They asked me to help out and there Ardek and I where together. Carach Angren started as a project. Ardek told me he had a younger brother who was able to drum. That’s where Namtar came in.

MJM. Your new  album comes out this June 2017. How satisfied are you with the overall initial response to the singles that were out from the album?

Seregor (CA): Very satisfied. I mean you can never please the full 100 % off course but that’s how it works in music and taste. Especially with the complexity in our music. But in general all reactions I’ve seen so far are great for this album.

MJM. Who took over the artworks?

Seregor (CA): We have always worked together with Erik Wijnands when it comes to photography and artworks but on this album we chose to collaborate with Costin Chioreanu who did an amazing job. He’s responsible for our animated horror-lyric videos and his style projects CA in a perfect way.

MJM. How was the studio process this time? Tell us about how it progressed?

Seregor (CA): It went more controlled or streamlined this time. We always work on pre-productions to have an image of how a song should sound for real. We work with different people like Patrick Damiani, Peter Tägtgren and Jonas Kjelgren etc. So actually there are more studios’s involved for recording, mixing and mastering the whole album. This time our brother Ardek took a great responsibility by not only composing but also mixing and recording main parts of the album before it went to Peter Tägtgren. For example; Ardek set up a little studio in his own place to record and edit the vocal parts I was screaming in next door. Our equipment was good enough and it gave us the opportunity to have a certain freedom to experiment with different styles of vocals.

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MJM. Some bands do everything in the studio, while others are able to bring raw material into the studio and stick closer to the budget. How do you guys work when writing? Do you write at home or does most of it happen inside the studio.

Seregor (CA): No we definitely write the whole process at home. Off course things can change during the recordings but like said we always work on a pre-production. I literally need to have that song here in my fucking face for weeks and months hehe. I see it as raw statue we work on. It takes time. Like one of my handmade masks. It would cost us a fortune if we had to go into a studio starting from scrap. We could invent some parts during a jam-session. But only if they’re good enough they’ll be taken home to be analysed and dissected like some fucking alien organism. In order to be rebuilt until we are satisfied.

 

MJM. Each record by Carach Angren has always featured a very complex and brilliant orchestration along with its story telling, how do you work to combine the two elements?

Seregor (CA): Thank you! In most cases we come up with a story and we simply start to compose in its atmosphere. Especially in Ardek’s area there’s much room for instruments in order to make it already sound like the story without any lyrics at that time. If you listen to our second album you’ll hear many sounds associated with a nautical environment. Ghost ships and seas! It’s not that complex. We simply write music as if we’re directing a film. If you’re deep into composing it will take all your time! And I believe that’s the trick. You begin to like what you compose, you’ll fall in love with it until a point it becomes obsessive. You cannot let it go until it’s perfect and that’s the way Carach Angren composes. From musical arrangements, drum rhythms to storytelling.

 

MJM. How was the overall response to new single Charlie?

Seregor (CA): There was a great response! Before ‘Charlie” we released ‘Song for the dead”. I noticed that some people didn’t know what to expect because this song was not that complex and fast compared to our previous material. But this was a conscious choice. With ‘Song for the dead” we wanted to create a very sickening and emotional atmosphere. No use here for blast beats and aggression. But off course CA will always be a metal band. That’s where ‘Charlie’ came in. ‘Charlie’ has that typical threatening Carach Angren feeling in it. It makes you feel uneasy but powerful in a way. “Charlie” is a perfect first track for this album.

 

There were hundreds of bands who tried this since the late nineties but we can prove with our albums that Carach Angren has created its own world

Carach Angren – Charlie (official premiere)

 

MJM. Carach Angren is often linked to bands like Cradle of Filth, Dimmu Borgir, etc. What is your opinion about that?

Seregor (CA): That’s understandable because that’s the area of music we come from and these are the bands we grew up with. Since the beginning of our time these bands ruled their scene so when we came up with corpse paint and keyboards we had to prove ourselves. We are simply not the first band who invented this kind of music/image so we had to work hard to create our own unique style. There were hundreds of bands who tried this since the late nineties but we can prove with our albums that Carach Angren has created its own world.

 

MJM. The production on Carach Angren albums has always been very polished and clear compared to many Black Metal records. How do you work to achieve such perfect balance between clarity and atmosphere? 

Seregor (CA): That’s comes with the style of music. Since the beginning it was clear that Carach Angren is a band that needed a pure sound. We don’t need too much distortion on guitars or delay/ reverb on those vocals. That’s because we have so much to tell in our music. And when you want everything to be heard it can be a challenge for the sound engineer. We always have to make choices because certain melodies can drown within the sounds-spectrum when there’s too much going on. Off course sound engineers will determine how it sounds in the end after mixing/ mastering. But most of it we automatically decide when the writing process begins.

 

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MJM. Carach Angren’s lyrics have always been one of the very well made.  Who’s the mastermind behind the lyrics of Carach Angren and how are the stories chosen and written ?

Seregor (CA): We come up with appropriate stories all together. If we like a certain tale it starts to grow in our imagination and later we decide if this story works for on album. For ‘Dance and Laugh Amongst the RottenArdek and I are responsible for writing the lyrics.

 

MJM. Now, speaking about the new album. Who came up with the title?

Seregor (CA): That’s a phrase from the track ‘Song for the dead’ written by Ardek.

 

We are very satisfied with his work because manages to make the album sound really powerful.

 

MJM. Your new album was recorded in Tidalwave Studios’ and Abyss Studios in Sweden. I understand this is the second time you work with Peter Tägtgren. How was it and what did he bring in musically into the bands sound?

Seregor (CA): It was great as always! I myself never had to be physically present at the Abyss Studios but Namtar and Ardek worked some time with Peter to record the drums. They always come back with fun stories. But Peter did an awesome job. We are very satisfied with his work because manages to make the album sound really powerful. It’s easy to pump up an album and make it sound ‘full’. But its art to make it pounding like a hammer and let the rings, bells and melodies come out perfect at the same time. Peter Tägtgren is simply one of the best sound-artists out there.

 

MJM. What are your thoughts about the overall metal scene today with streamings, and albums being leaked almost even before they are written?

Seregor (CA): Well it’s the way of the world now and if you take care of business you should be fine. These are the changes you have to go along with anyway. The internet is a great tool to promote your band but off course it has its ups and downs.

 

MJM. CD sales are dropping and vinyl sales are increasing. Do you find this is a growing problem for you and other bands ?

Seregor (CA): If it would compensate I don’t see it as a problem. These kind of changes can be difficult for bands but I believe that people always want something in their hands. A record, CD, LP whatever. This is a time where you have to stay sharp, release strong albums and keep doing live performances to sell your products.

 

The guitars are much tighter now, my vocals more controlled and my stage performance became more explosive.

 

MJM. Carach Angren is known as a three piece band most of time but you have emphasised on using live musicians even without a bass player. What is the reason behind it?

Seregor (CA): We started as Keys (Ardek), Drums (Namtar) and myself on guitars and vocals. We called ourselves ’the triangle’ because we collaborated with different musicians and it never worked out for several reasons. That’s when we decided CA will always be a three piece band. Meanwhile, it became more difficult to combine the guitars and vocals for me and it resulted in an injury. So 2 years ago we decided to permanently use live-guitarists. Luckily we have some good friends, ‘Bastiaan’ and ‘Ludo” who have been doing a great job on it!  The guitars are much tighter now, my vocals more controlled and my stage performance became more explosive.

 

MJM. Have you ever considered to score a horror movie ?

Seregor (CA): As I speak for myself, I thought about acting now and then and it would be great to have a fitting act. It shouldn’t be that difficult for me being a good ‘bad guy’.

 

Carach Angren – Blood Queen (Official Music Video)

 

MJM. Could you tell us about your upcoming tours lined up? What are your plans for Carach Angren in 2017?

Seregor (CA): There are some tour plans but nothing has been confirmed yet so more news on that later. For now we are doing some European festivals in Sweden, Germany, Belgium, Finland and Italy.

 

MJM. Do you have any final words to your fans and followers?

Seregor (CA): Many thanks for your support and see you soon at our show… to Dance and laugh amongst the rotten.

 

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Harsha Vardhan (Metaljesus Magazine- Chief Editor/ Owner)

COREY TAYLOR breaks down during an emotional conversation about drugs, suicide attempt and sexual assault.

Corey Taylor of Slipknot/ Stone Sour has mostly been in the news for attracting controversies apart from his music. Little did anyone know about some of the tragic incidences that he faced as a child. Corey, while in a conversation with Dr. Siri Sat Sam Singh at Viceland‘s The Therapist, spoke about some of the problems he faced as a child; that included sexual assault, drug abuse, domestic violence and even a near-death suicide attempt. Taylor has spoken frankly and did not hesitate to open up these topics that seemed rather too personal.

[Video transcribed by Rock Feed] “I took a bunch of pills at my grandmother’s house and just basically laid on the floor. My ex-girlfriend’s mom stopped and my grandmother’s house outta nowhere to check on me, to see how I was and found me. An hour later I was drinking ipecac and throwing up into a bucket. The girlfriend whose mother found me had just broken up with me. There was just something about her that I really connected with but when that went away, a lot of me went with it. I felt so empty that I had a hard time feeling anything other than grave depression. It was the one time I really was just like I can’t handle this.

The Slipknot vocalist was moved with emotion as he recounted the look on his grandmother’s face as she arrived to pick him up from the hospital. He says it was almost enough to lead him to attempt to take his own life again. “So my grandmother came and picked me up. My grandmother, who has been the one person in my life. She came and picked me up and she was so disappointed.Taylor said, fighting back tears. “I could see it on her. You know, it was almost like a race of emotion. Just disappointed, she was glad I was okay, but she was so mad. That killed me and it hurt so much that I didn’t like, it almost put me over again that I immediately just said ok, it’s not something’ you come back from.

Speaking on past issues with drugs, Corey talked about waking up in a dumpster because he believed his friends thought he had died following an overdose. “The last thing I remember was I was taking cocaine and all of the sudden I was waking up in a dumpster. All my friends were gone.Taylor said.  He adds, “What I think happened was they thought I was dead. You can’t call them friends really. That was like the defining moment for me and that’s when I moved. This was in Waterloo, Iowa where my mom and my sister live. Then I moved to Des Moines, to live with my grandmother to break that cycle.

Taylor even mentioned about a sexual assault on him that occurred when he was just 10 years old. “Where we were living at the time — we moved around a lot so obviously I had to make friends quickly. There was really only one person to hang out with, to play with and he was this sixteen-year-old kid. He would invite me over to his house to play music and one day it became something else and I didn’t tell anybody for a long time because he threatened to hurt me, threatened to hurt my mom. He ended up burning his house down and they fled in the night. It was kind of crazy.Corey said in reflection.

For Corey Taylor, it feels like this was more about showing his fans that even those highest up go through pain and suffering. This was an incredibly brave move on his part and he has repeatedly demonstrated why we are lucky to have his leadership in the metal community. You can watch the full episode at Viceland (with a valid cable subscription) here.

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VOGG [DECAPITATED]: I cannot imagine what I would have done without the guitars.

DECAPITATED has been one of Europe’s (Poland) biggest Death Metal exports. Since their teenage years, the band has been through a lot to be where they are today. They are ready with their seventh full length ‘Anticult‘ that is all set to be out via Nuclear Blast this July 7th, 2017. I am speaking with the band’s founder/ guitarist/ composer/ song writer Waclaw “Vogg” Kieltyka in this special interview we did. Excerpts:

MJM. You guys have been in the scene for about 2 decades. Still sounding fresh and raw just like the old times. What is it that keeps you motivated so much?

Vogg: Well it’s all about enjoying the music you know. We are inspired by many great legends and I personally love the guitars. I cannot imagine what I would have done without the guitars. Plus, it’s all about getting together with a bunch of other band mates and creating something.

MJM. You formed Decapitated with your late brother Vitek back in the mid 90’s when you were in your teenage. What was your aim and idea back then with the band? Did you anticipate the band to gain such a huge fan base in a good span of time?

Vogg: We never anticipated at all. We just wanted to play for fun and in due time, we took it up seriously and full time. We didn’t expect people to respond so much to our music. It feels great. Back then, we were still learning instruments. We had a demo tape released by a small label who seemed interested. There was no looking back since then.

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At  Capital of Rock – Wrocław.

MJM. Unlike most traditional Death Metal bands, Decapitated has a lot of complex song structures, tonnes of blast beats and grooves. What inspired you to play this form of Death Metal?

Vogg:  We are heavily inspired by the Floridian Death Metal scene, with bands like Morbid Angel, Deicide and also bands like Vader from our home, Poland. As a band, our idea was to stay true to our music. We write stuff that is original and truly unique and staying true to our sound. As a composer, this was the most important part to me to. We wanted to make something different.

MJM. With the seventh album ‘Anticult’ all set for a wide release, how are things shaping up?

Vogg: We are super excited about it. Everything is in place. We are getting ready for our European/ Baltic countries tour.

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MJM. Tell us about the concept behind this album. What is the reference to the ‘Anticult’ here?

Vogg: Oh, yes. The new album, Anticult is a deep mixture of all the Decapitated albums. Everything from the sound, approach, musicality, production and just about everything. It’s going to be a lot different. It’s not just going to be Death Metal or Technical Death Metal stuff with chunky riffs and blast beats but we have explored all the metal genres with this album. We have touched every aspect of it.

We have all evolved from what we were.

MJM. This is also your 3rd release under Nuclear Blast records. How is it working with them?

Vogg: They are very cool and extremely easy to work with. Besides, our band now has a new management- 5B Artist Management. So our management does a lot of work. In terms of booking, promoting etc., On the other hand, our label is involved a lot with the licensing, printing, selling, merchandises and economy. In that way, our label has a different set of functions at the same time, they are very hardworking. They treat their bands well. They push their bands well and far ahead.

MJM. How does this album symbolize the evolution that you guys are going through? How has this change been in terms of evolution and writing approach?

Vogg: We have all evolved from what we were. We follow mostly traditional methods to record. It’s the same with this album. This one is a mixture of all, like I mentioned. I first make the demo tracks and check with the guys. Then we jam the track out to see if we can get everything going with the coordination to keep it more fluid. Then we record the album. We follow the usual systematic way to record the drums, guitars, vocals and bass.

MJM. How do you guys ease of the tense and focus on getting it right? Might help the new bands who are experiencing recording their studio album for the first time.

Vogg: Get together more. More time spent in the studio. So we jam a lot.

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MJM. Apart from writing music, what are the other things that you do in your leisure time?

Vogg- I have 2 kids. Each of them is 2 and 4 years old respectively. When I am at home, I am usually taking care of them. I have my own home studio. I love cooking. I love spending time with my family. I also make sure to spend time in between to record the guitars. It’s pretty much this while I am at it. Being a family man is great.

MJM. Any favorite movies? Or Filmmakers?

Vogg: I love Quinten Tarantino and Gangster flicks, thrillers, crime movies. I do enjoy other stuffs as well. I love the movie Whiplash. I am not sure if you watched it, but it’s very inspirational. My wife enjoys watching this movie as well. I watch dramas, all genres basically.

We are close friends with Behemoth; I was even speaking to Seth three days ago.

MJM. Poland is also an export of bands like Behemoth, Vader, and Hate as such. Are you guys friends by chance?

Vogg: Yes, very much. We are close friends with Behemoth; I was even speaking to Seth three days ago. I keep following Nergal on social media, we speak a lot. He is someone who keeps posting things about everything in life on social media; his instagram, facebook and stuff. And about Vader, I grew up listening to them. Feels amazing to tour with them now. Great guys. Just about everyone.

MJM. What are some of the other non-metal bands that you enjoy listening to?

Vogg: There’s too many to name. Not remembering anything now hahaha! But let me tell you that I love metal, we guys love metal. We listen to metal a lot while touring as well. But listening to metal does not necessarily mean that you have to play a show and come back and listen to metal in the backstage or hotel room. I personally listen to a wide range of musical styles, as long as it pleases me musically.

MJM. You guys will be on tour very soon with some amazing bands. How excited are you to put up the new songs on tour?

Vogg: We are very excited! We are going to be touring Europe and Baltic countries with Vader and another couple of Polish bands and a Swedish band as well. It’s going to be a Polish invasion. A good combination of Extreme Metal.

MJM. And is there is a possibility you guys might just drop by in India again?

Vogg: We would certainly love to. We have a tight schedule this year; we have Europe, North America, some major Festival appearances. So we are free early next year, with our tour schedule availability. If promoters in India want to see us, they just have to reach out. We will be there. We would love to.

MJM. Thank you so much for speaking with us, and all the best with the new release! Take care. 

Vogg: It was amazing speaking with you my friend. We hope to come there soon again and also meet our fans. We had an amazing time there before. Thanks for your support and interest in us.

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Science Explains: How do Heavy Metal vocalists perform without damaging their vocal folds?

True story: I was sitting in my dentist’s chair this past Monday morning and we got to talking about metal (I recently turned him onto Gojira). He asked me how it was possible that all these metal vocalists are able to scream their guts out for extended periods of time and not constantly a) blow out their voices and b) develop nodules on their vocal cords? Fair questions, and I was somewhat embarrassed to admit that I didn’t have any good answers.

Luckily, science does! According to this new video from Inside Science, San Francisco’s Dr. Krzysztof Izdebski of the Pacific Voice and Speech Foundation, who specializes in working with patients that have damaged their vocal cords, believes that metal singers have basically figured out a way to do what comes naturally to human babies. And no, he’s not talking about Lead Singer’s Disease/throwing tantrums:

A little baby has all the sounds — it has the sounds of scream and growl, and inhalation and high pitch and whistle and low pitch, and so I thought, wow, you know, all of this we have, we learn from the beginning. We have it and then we somehow lose it, and the patients who suffer can’t learn how to do this.

Dr. Izdebski goes on to explain that by using a very, very high-speed camera (16,000 frames per second — by way of contrast, note that a movie is traditionally only 24 frames per second) placed inside a singer’s throat, he was able to determine that the vocal cords of your average metal frontman or woman never collide, which is how damage to those cords is normally created:

The images that we recorded clearly show that it’s produced predominately, predominately by structures above the glottis. So, the vocal folds do open and vibrate but actually don’t collide, and the entire sick area above — aryepiglottic folds, arachnoids, epiglottis — everything claps and dances, basically, and creates vibrations and creates acoustic orchestration… It’s that the area above [that’s] very loose and the air turbulence that comes through. The air that comes through produces turbulence, and the turbulence produces the sound.

Dr. Izdebski also believes this knowledge could be helpful to his patients:

When you crush the larynx it cannot be repaired, and these people suffer — they cannot talk. So, you know, we can use this, this technology — this artistic technology — perhaps to try to restore some phonation in these individuals.

Fascinating stuff, right?

Heavy Metal Singers are Just Big Babies (watch video here):

Source: Metalsucks | Inside Science

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Norwegian black metal band CARPATHIAN FOREST make a comeback!

Norwegian black metal band Carpathian Forest are now back, and have announced a new album.

Norwegian black metal band Carpathian Forest are now back, and have announced a new album. As stated on Ultimate-Guitar, they are currently taping demos, doing rehearsals some new live performances, and this new album, titled “Likskue”, will be out in 2018, with recording sessions starting this summer or fall. Additional info will be revealed, so stay tuned. The band previously went on hiatus in July 2014, after members Tchort and Blood Pervertor announced they had parted ways with Carpathian Forest, and would form a new band called The 3rd Attempt. The Carpathian Forest’s 2017 line-up include all new band members, except vocalist Nattefrost.

Watch this drunk Black Metal band AZAZEL, struggle through their set at Steelfest Open Air, Finland.

Someone managed to film Finnish black metal outfit Azazel‘s set at the ‘Steelfest Open Air‘ this past weekend in Hyvinkää, Finland, because there’s a good chance they don’t remember much of it. Below you can watch the clearly intoxicated band stumble through their performance, complete with a few breathers, tumbles and more.

Azazel: Live at Steelfest- 19.5.2017

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