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Abrasive Audio – An Interview with Proscrito

proscrito the band

Proscrito in their nautral habitat

Recently I was lucky enough to be able to scribble a few words upon the newest release from an act who I believe meld doom and death perfectly. Imagine my surprise when they submitted to a request for an interview without complaint. Here is what went down. Before I start however, I’d like to state that their responses are unaltered, uncensored and at times (thankfully) brutally honest.

 

– Before we start would you mind telling us a little about yourself.
sabadell spain

For those needing a visual aid, this is where Sabadell, Spain is

We are Proscrito, hailing from the Sabadell (Spain) depths. We’ve been crafting our music(k) for quite some time and now working with a new line-up featuring Gusi on drums (Graveyard, Insulters, Morbid Flesh) and the recent addition of Marc as second guitar (Mahara, Calderum and several others), which will boost our limits with further output and a more panoramic perspective whilst retaining our boneheaded and conservative style. Dani (bass and growls) comes from Voidkush, along with Gusi, and by now is devoting all his forces to Proscrito, just as I do since my power electronics output (José Bretón) lies dormant for the time being and I’m not really interested in personal/side projects consuming time and energy at all.

 

– Your sound (and style) is vastly different than most in the ‘same’ genre. Was there a moment in which you took that specific direction, any reason in particular?

Thanks for the compliment. Some major guidelines can be traced but still I think our best trait is how we blend them creating discernible songs instead of just amalgamating riffs – I mean, the albums we worship were made like that, just think of “Seven Churches” or most of the heavy metal and thrash classics. The path that we cross comes quite naturally although our influences are clear and much respected/studied. We don’t aim for a specific sound nor boundaries and at the end of the day we can go to sleep knowing we haven’t betrayed our essence, since what we play is what we breathe 24/7 and there’s no way we’re polluting it with wimpy elements. When I started Calvario (pre-Proscrito) the sound was much less accessible, sloppier and more crepitating, imagine some kind of amorphous, deviated brainchild of Necro Schizma, Winter, Unholy, Funereus, Lord of Putrefaction et al. Playing with different people and adding more resources to the palette surely shaped our sound, not necessarily in a different view but actually more dynamic.

proscrito band rehersal

Proscrito in action

– On the same topic. Do you have any major influences (be it music, or otherwise) you cite for this?

Well, here we go…, Celtic Frost/Hellhammer, Necro Schizma, Winter, Asphyx, Cianide, Lord of Putrefaction, Samael, Goatlord, Unholy, Slaughter, women, fights, melting flesh, pouring fire, napalm, shrapnel, lead, dead stuff found on the road, insects, blood and scalps of enemies, old r’n’r (Rock and Roll? – Ed*) albums, dark cinema before Vice/blogger connoisseurs, sects and religious cults ‘n processions, devotion, abandoned factories, glass coffins, decay, metal before safe spaces and circle jerks…, I think it gives a hint or two.

– I’ve recently had the pleasure of being able to impart a few words on your newest release. Could you tell us a little about it?

“Llagas y Estigmas” (“sores and stigmata”) features five heavy tracks of darkness and despair, around 40 minutes of music(k) for those with fondness for maggots crawling through decayed flesh and whatnot…

proscrito

The newest unholy offering

– The lyrics and titles are in Spanish (please tell me this is a correct assumption, I’ll feel silly if it isn’t); I’ve often wondered how does one make the conscious decision to pick a language in which to compose? As I see you are rather proficient in English also (unless you’re using a translator to answer this, which I would fully understand as my grammatical skills aren’t that polished).

Yes, Spanish indeed. We thought from the very beginning that Spanish features some harsher and crude phonetics in comparison with the rather “stylish” English language, for instance, so it seemed much more akin to our bare bones overall musicianship and compositions. Also it provides an extra point of originality among many copycats that follow the same route and tend to use the “lyrics generator” approach with really boring themes that get reflected in less interesting song/album titles. Well, also to show some respect and pay homage to old bands that avoided the hegemonic tongue when it felt common, i.e. Kat, Master’s Hammer, Muro, Barón Rojo, Santa, Turbo, Debustrol, Dorsal Atlántica

-For those of us (like myself) with limited language skills would you mind translating the titles and perhaps give a few words on each track.
maRKED BY THE HOOF

I don’t think this is quite what he meant by “Marked by the Hoof”

I don’t really like explaining my own lyrics, since I prefer them to evoke abstract images that could fit the foggy, surreal, nightmarish atmosphere of the music. Anyway, “Persistiendo” (“persisting”) is about being ostracized yet with a clear vision as driving force against all odds and life’s betrayal (“persisting where eagles dare”), “Tronos de Oprobio” (“thrones of opprobrium”) features a barbaric imagery of conquest, triumph and command (“what’s best in life?”, if you know what I mean), “Exequias” (“obsequies”) shows a devastated wasteland of insects swarming over coagulated blood, with a willingness for a time to come for steel to rule, “Marcado por la Pezuña” (“marked by the hoof”) is just another symbol of might, depicting horrors and memories of a (forgotten) past. “Pantalgia” is the instrumental track and its name mainly reflects intense bodily pain, to leave on a high note.

– I would be remiss in not asking about the albums art. Was there an artist in particular you had in mind to use? (I detect undeniable homage, am I wrong?) Can you tell us a little more about it?
entombed back cover art

A youthful Entombed and a cross similar to that found on the “Left Hand Path”‘s back cover

Not really, we gave Alejandro a good dose of freedom and put our trust in his duties. A giant cross could remind of Entombed‘s “Left Hand Path” back cover but hey, ours is upside down. Nothing more than a flagellant covered in sores and stigmata, as the title suggests, kneeling in front of an inverted cross (unworthy of a regular one, if you want it to be). Just another symbol of devotion and triumph of spirit over matter.

– In regards to the region in which you live/ originate. Do you face any difficulties performing, practicing or promoting?

Sabadell has no active metal pubs at the moment and the more clandestine ones where we fit don’t have license for shows, so there’s no place to crash in to play. Luckily, we live about 30 km’s of Barcelona where we’re usually summoned to die. Since it’s a relatively small region we all know each other and there are not backstabbers nor envies/competitivity contests among us, everyone’s very supportive and even there’s some kind of endogamy/cooperation between bands sharing members (it’s mostly Gusi who’s involved in every single band in the Sabathellian ring, I salute them). We have no shortage of rehearsal places whatsoever, or at least the active bands don’t outnumber them.

– Staying on topic. I’ve always been interested as I know (somewhat) how difficult it is to juggle responsibilities (with work, the family and the site and various places I scribble for). How tedious is it for the Prescrito collective to get together to practice, collaborate on new material and to perform at events?
Gusi - Proscrito

Gusi – perhaps the busiest man in metal?

We all have our (supportive) families and jobs (well, most of us), but we are no pussy-whipped cucks either and Proscrito is a priority of us rather than a weekend pastime. Also, we don’t live in the 80’s anymore and we’re closer to our 30’s than to our 20’s, so rehearsing all day long to make a living out of it is not an option, therefore this may work in terms of keeping our creative process and weekly rehearsals less tedious. Also, working with Gusi, our drummer, is inspiring since he’s succeeded at being a caring father and never missing a note for several active bands, so how come could I skip a rehearsal due to a slight headache or “not feeling very well”?

–  Backtracking just a little. How is the creative process? Do you find inspiration from everyday things or does the Muse pounce when least expected?

We live ‘n breathe (death) metal, so a train wreck, news headlines, an open casket funeral or a stressful situation are certainly inspiring and our minds could think in terms of riffage/lyrics. Taking into consideration that Proscrito is like a limb for us, everything transpires and inspires in our creative process, whether we actively look for it or not. Obviously, there’s no such thing as muses without hard work. Composition-wise, I’ve usually taken the riffs and almost complete songs from home to the rehearsal place but now, with the new line-up and the addition of another guitarist, we’re becoming a much more collaborative unit and rehearsals are just another camp to improve, mix ideas and discard some other ones if they can’t pass the test of time. No wonder our newer stuff is much more dynamic and riff-based than droning, still retaining our caveman vertebrae.

– In regards to touring. Have you performed outside of your native land (Spain)? Do you have any venue, or incidence, in particular which comes to mind when you reflect upon playing in a live setting?
cursewordsvan

Is this the ultimate tour bus. probably not but its got some badass decals

We haven’t toured outside Spain as of yet. As incidences go, I’ve learned the hard way that, whereas a couple of drinks and whatnot may boost your performance and Nikki Sixx poses, that’s where it’s at and more than the required may backfire against you. Hot venues, sweat and annoying first rows placing beer cans close to our pedals help building up that infrared vision and therefore a violent show, too. As for technical specs, those are boring and I ain’t no professional musician whatsoever. And that the “one last song to go” limit is your ally when you’ve got long-ass songs in stock.

– Are there any venues you have in mind to perform at in the near future? Festivals perhaps (there’s one in Portugal in late March, “Extreme Metal Attack” I believe, I’m think you’d fit into nicely)? Anything in the works a fan can be eagerly looking forward to?

We ain’t picky with dates, sp. when outside (we’ve had enough rotation around the Barcelona metropolitan area for some time, so foreign offers would be pretty much appreciated). Just write us with a place to crash in, travel expenses covered and we’re sold. What we don’t like is going after promoters and beg for attention, we let people dig our stuff and it’s up to them contact us for live shows (or anything, for that matter).

– Keeping on topic is there a fantasy line up, that if you had total control over the event itself, you’d like to be a part of?

cianide album

It’s always better to play with likeminded bands and individuals, so a dream gig would involve the legendary Cianide, Funeral Nation and our countrymates Apparition, who are playing for the first time in a couple of weeks, and Oniricous, for instance.  Usually acknowledged musicians end up acting like divas, so no classic bands dropped for the sake of it, sorry. I’d like to tour with (Betsy) Bitch but that’s another story.

– In a similar vein. Is there any possibility of a collaboration in the future be it either in a “Split” release or any guest musicians you’d love to have be a part of your output?

The same can be said, I guess. We like to keep it stripped to the core, so I’m not really interested in external influences adding their grain of salt, plus I’m an awful guitarist and it’s always hard to replicate those collaborations onstage (i.e. Javi Félez’s 2nd solo, “Anuda la Soga” off El Calvario MLP/MCD). Well, actually some tortured moans by Chris Reifert would be cool. Maybe if Paul Speckmann is able to record a couple of lines in Spanish for us we could make an exception to the rule, too, haha.

– Composition wise; Are there any topics you tend to steer clear of when creating?

Death metal is and should always be about, well, death. There are many ways to interact with it without being tiresome and it’s perfectly possible to lead a whole career out of it, so it was a bit disappointing when bands like Death or Kreator opted for social or even humanist issues. The same could be said for openly political bands (be them left or right-winged, even though both sides of the coin truly hold some casualties under their respective banners…). Comic book zombies, like that of Cannibal Corpse, may look cheesy and childish to some, but still the chunks of flesh derived from the musical overtones of, let’s say, “Eaten Back to Life” make them truly reliable and apt.

necrophagia 35 years

In the end, Necrophagia’s 1st LP is one of the darkest, if not the darkest, albums of DM and it didn’t need life-changing lyrics either. So, I don’t know, I don’t foresee ourselves singing about gender inequalities or the nostalgia for a lost childhood.

– Moving on. I’m intrigued. When you aren’t playing, creating, composing or listening to music what might you be doing, do you have any other rabid interests you wish to share? Favorite movie/book?

I’m an avid reader, at least I’ve been so for a whole chunk of my life. Hundreds of classic authors but lately it’s been more historical essays and 1st person accounts of the Great War. If I’m to say a favourite book, maybe it’s Céline’s “Journey to the End of the Night”, but I’ve truly had my own dose of depravity, acid, corrosion and powerful imagery with Henry Miller, Bataille, Marquis de Sade, Burroughs and the likes.

lucio fulci

This is Lucio Fulci “There’s Death Metal, then there’s Death Metal!” and this isn’t an actual quote by him

For cinema I’m a sucker for Ingmar Bergman in general (and now sir Von Sydow has left us), but my favourite movies would be Apocalypse Now (Redux, pure evil), Straw Dogs (not the remake), La Dolce Vita and Excalibur (for decadence), Videodrome, Mad Max 2, Conan the Barbarian and Cross of Iron (for strength), Eyes Wide Shut and Taxi Driver (for nightime inspiration), Paths of Glory, The Godfather I & II, Salò and Caligula (for depravity)…, lots and lots of gialli and vintage terror (Henry: Portrait of a Killer, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre saga, Hellraiser I & II, Hammer flicks, Lucio Fulci, Mario Bava…). Fuck, literally hundreds of them.

– Winding down. Are there any albums in particular the band are listening to (vintage, new or otherwise) that that they can’t get enough of (which they believe should be garnering more interest)?

Any post-reunion album by Iron Maiden, Motörhead’s lesser known jewels from the 90’s and beyond (Snake Bite Love worship ’til dessssss…) are the obvious ones, since they have a wide public but not so in the subterranean underground and those are the only classic bands I worship from the first to the last album. I don’t know, mate, Funeral Nation and Armoured Angel’s whole discography, In Torment’s Lamentations (best doom/death demo from Spain), Necrophagia’s “Holocausto de la Morte” LP, At War’s “Retaliatory Strike” and Infidel LP’s (pretty much decent follow-ups to the debut), Wild Dogs’ “Reign of Terror” and Dr. Mastermind’s LP’s were my latest “dollar bin” acquisitions that were giving me some good times… and from the recent days, The Fog and Ascended Dead LP’s are mandatory, and so are Oniricous. Torture Rack, Carcinoid, Usurper’s “Lords of the Permafrost” LP and Cianide’s “Unhumanized” MLP (can’t wait for my copy to arrive, thanks sir Perun) have made metal return to its place, and I’m sure Blood Storm’s will do, too. Maybe they aren’t occult or hooded enough for the crowd, what do I know. Our drummer Gusi also plays in Krossfyre, a great act for all ye Nifelheim worshippers, and our newest addition, Marc, drums in Mahara, that will appeal the Electric Wizard devotees.

– That’s about it. In bringing this to a close is there anything you wish to say, or promote, before we sign off and part ways.
proscrito

Pick this up, you can thank me later.

Fine, enough for now. Pretty much has been covered so far. At the moment we have some copies of “Llagas y Estigmas” and “El Calvario”, both CD (8 €) and vinyl (12 €), and some shirts left (10 €). Spend your money on our albums and merch, watch us live and buy us some beers. Here you have some sites to reach out:

http://proscrito.6te.net

http://facebook.com/proscritoyolvidado

http://instagram.com/proscrito_sabathell

http://proscritoyolvidado.bandcamp.com

Huge thanks to Proscrito for their godly patience, allowing me to pick their brains and letting me annoy them with my amateurish barrage of constant emails. Don’t forget to check out their newest release, and their first, on Bandcamp and at whatever fantastic establishments, some not so much, where great audio is exchanged for currency.

Cult

Abrasive Audio

A few words with “Necrosexual”

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Welcome readers. Every once in a while, I encounter a presence, an individual, or act who makes an instant impact with an “aura” which intrigues me to no end. An act who cannot be ignored, and shouldn’t be. In this instance I’d like to introduce  ‘Necrosexual’. Flamboyant, hilarious, boisterous, bass poundin’, musically creative and apparently a fine purveyor of “culinary chaos” are only a few ways to describe his many talents. However, most of all I would use the word ‘unrelenting’ as his energy is undeniable. How about we let him tell us more…

Cult – First things first…

For those of us who have little or no idea, where does  ‘Necrosexual’ have its origins, can you tell us of some major events or circumstances which may have helped shape your “notoriety”?

The Necrosexual – Necrosexual is an amplification of my inner most heavy metal hellraiser. Everything is dialed to 11 and over the top.  I began performing as The Necrosexual to take out my frustrations of being a failed comedian and musician. I have a twisted and self-deprecating sense of humor that I inject my performances with, as well as sexual innuendo and an element of satire. A lot of black metal heads take themselves way too seriously.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXEGT_P0w_w

Doing a little research (not a great deal, I’m a lazy sum bitch) I can see you have quite the Internet presence, a plethora of videos and a myriad of interviews with a ton of bands and prominent metal icons across the vast online universe. How did this all come about?

In my past life I studied the dark arts of journalism, so the Necrosexual conquest has allowed me to put my otherwise useless degree to use. Sending emails, contacting publicists and tour managers, editing videos. There’s a lot of boring behind the scenes work that goes into it, plus I have to be careful not to annoy people in the industry. I also made friends with the MetalInjection.net dudes straight out the gate, after I posted my first interview with Pete Iwers from In Flames, so that made for a lot of connections down the road. I strive to be the Joan Rivers of black metal. You can love me or hate me, but I’m here to stay, and work my ass off.

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Can I can unlimited fries with that?

Do you have a favorite interview?

Is there anyone you haven’t conversed with yet that you wish to (anyone living or dead, obviously the latter might take some work and perhaps a spot of midnight excavation).

I really enjoyed interviewing Mille Petrozza from Kreator, for one thing because Kreator is one of my favorite bands and he is one of my thrash metal heroes, and also because he had a great sense of humor. He totally got the entertainment aspect of what I do.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ARB47DVNExY

(for your enjoyment – the Mille Petrozza interview)

How did Necrosexual (the “Necrosexual”?) find his way into carving a musical path? For fear of making this a multi-part question are there influences (be they musical in nature or otherwise) which may have helped shape the specific style in which you create or perform?

I’ve played bass for 20 years, starting with my school orchestra. I guess that makes me a classically trained Necrosexual. The musical chapter of my career was definitely a long time cumming, and then the issue of finding solid band members delayed my progress for another three or four years.

I call myself the most electrifying band in corpse entertainment for a reason. I’m here to put on a show. My metal influences tend to be old school eighties thrash metal stuff like Venom, Slayer, Celtic Frost, King Diamond, but there’s a lot of Van Halen, Motley Crue, Yngwie Malmsteen thrown in there. Big riff energy.

necrosexual Grim 1

“Big riff energy” and then some!

Was the transition difficult? Did you encounter anything unforeseen which you believe newcomers to the (wicked world of recorded music) scene should be aware of.

Once I secured a reliable line up in Anthony VIGO Gabriele and Mike Churry, the pieces fell into place quickly. Really, the biggest challenge is being patient, because I still have years’ worth of songs, I’m eager to record and release with my bandmates. I’m hoping to jump in the studio again in the fall or winter to record one more EP before I focus on the next full-length album.

https://necrosexual.bandcamp.com/

How was the creation and recording process for Grim 1?

We recorded GRIM-1 in a dark basement in South Philly known as Red Water Recording, so it totally fit the aesthetic I hoped to convey in songs like “The Lair Where No Light Enters” and “Bottomless Pit.” The album features guest drum performances from Rob Pallotta, who hits the skins in Tragedy: The All Metal Tribute to The Beegees. Rob recorded the drum parts for two fan favorites off that album “Bottomless Pit” and “Trust No One,” from his home recording lair. I always dig collaborating with people I admire.

Did you find creating, composing and recording ‘Gory Hole’, your second release, any easier?

Would you say there are any major differences between the two albums.

The Gory Hole Overture In F# is an EP. We recorded the primary instrumental parts for tracks 1- 4 that comprise the overture live in the studio at Panther Pro Audio, so it captures our chaos and cohesion in real time concert performance. It was actually really fun to head into the studio and crank out most of the album in one weekend. A lot of metal is overproduced these days, so recording in a live environment gives the album a raw edge.

Lastly, Gory Hole features the recording debut of Ryan Dred Rot on drums for the song “Orgy on Your Burial.” Ryan has assisted The Necrosexual on a fill-in basis for live performances these last two years, and he is an absolute maniac multi-instrumentalist. The song itself is our fastest and most riff-addled thrash tune to date, and we will be premiering it shortly on a major metal site. 

We’re all looking forward to playing and recording with Ryan more in the future, along with Mike Churry.

necrosexual gory hole release party

What does the future hold? Do you have any upcoming projects you’re especially proud of that you can tell our readers about?

I’m only getting started with my sonic assault. After this upcoming slate of shows in the summer I hope to head back to the studio for round three. But FIRST! I’m opening for the mighty THOR on May 7 in Philadelphia at PhilaMoca, and I can’t wait to pick his brain about his heavy metal muscles. Necrosexual has our first proper tour with Basilysk on June 12-14 in Baltimore, Richmond and Raleigh.

https://thormusic.bandcamp.com/

(for those who’re curious, I give you THOR)

 Let’s try a multiple choice, rapid-fire approach.

Which would you rather be a part of; GWAR or Manowar?

Whatever pays more. I’m going to assume Manowar because they know how to make more money.

Which of these movies could you watch and watch again;

time bandit fan art

Bet you were expecting A pic of ‘Bad Taste’?

Time Bandits, Bad Taste (my favorite, how did that get in here?) or Troma’s Toxic Avenger?

I’m overdue to watch Time Bandits. I enjoy Terry Gilliam films a lot. But with a name like “Bad Taste” it’s got to be a classy flick, right? (it’s a must see! *Cult)

 

 As far as black metal goes;

Emperor or Immortal?

Immortal.

https://www.immortalofficial.com/

Dimmu Borgir or Cradle of Filth?

Venom destroys both those bands.

Which would you rather watch;

Kindergarten soccer or Women’s professional basketball?

Mixed Martial Arts and Pro wrestling (that was my choice too *Cult)

Who would you rather read;

weaveworld

The title about say it all!

Stephen King or Clive Barker?

I still need to read Clive Barker, but the first two Hellraiser films have been a direct lyrical inspiration for a few of my own songs. You might be able to pick out the references if you read my lyrics.

 

And, for the big bucks (a pocketful of change and lint. Ha, ha)

Which of these do you prefer;

cronos

Of course, we both Fn’ rule!

Venom or Motorhead?

That’s a tough one. I’m a huge fan of both bands. I consider Venom the ultimate black metal band, but Motorhead’s overall rock n roll ethos really speaks to me as well.

 

That’s about it, thanks for being a sport.

Is there anything else you’d like to say, anyone to thank, anything to promote? The floor is all yours.

I hope the metal maniacs of the world listen to my albums GRIM-1 and The Gory Hole Overture In F# at https://necrosexual.bandcamp.com.

And lastly, it’s not a phase I’m going through Dad!

 Necrosexual, black metal comedy

necrosexual Im out!

I’m outta here!

Necrosexual can be found on all social media platforms and even a few places one wouldn’t expect

Twitter https://twitter.com/search?q=necrosexual&src=typd

Youtube https://www.youtube.com/user/TheTrueNecrosexual

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/thenecrosexual/

 

-Cult

bestof18Audio

A few Words with Hellripper  and a listen to the newest EP
Hellripper – Black Arts and Alchemy
(Scotland)
Release – April/5/2019
Reaper Metal Productions

black arts n alchemy

https://hellripper.bandcamp.com/

With cover art depicting a scene from another dimension in which unfathomable arcane beasts are surrounding a priest of sorts deep in study this promises a certain diabolical nature, or so one would think.

Well, another familiar with Hellripper might have somewhat of an understanding as to what to expect, be it either from their experiences with ‘Coagulating Darkness’, the various EP’S or the recent collected Split works. In essence Hellripper, in actually one guy, James McBain one ultra-talented individual indeed, does not fuck around!

https://reapermetalproductions.bandcamp.com/album/complete-and-total-fucking-mayhem

(the recent collected split works via Reaper Metal Productions)

‘Black Arts and Alchemy’ is the result of several years conjuration and recording. Commencing with an anthem of sorts ‘All Hail the Goat’ (which could well be the track Hellripper opens with from this moment on such is the energy it exudes) the album is off to a thunderous start. At this point if one does not know who (hypothetically), or what, the ‘Goat’ is, or represents, a little research is in order.

whiplash power and pain

This is not a picture of a goat you might have been expecting

‘Decrepit Christ’ is next up and puts me in mind of Whiplash, especially the legendary ‘Power and Pain’ release. Be it either through the lyrics …”nailed to the cross.” or the blackened speed feel with a dash of punk which has the effect of an abrupt surge of adrenaline to my form.

The albums highlight, however, appears in the form of the title track. A lithe playful, mischievous, sprite riffing attack complete with a splash of blackened atmosphere, a dash of folk rhythm and James’ rasping vocal assault. All in all, utter brilliance which is sure to leave a craterous indentation in the scene.

This woefully short EP concludes with ‘Headless Angels’ a rip-roaring audio assault which showcases the Hellripper catalog of influence. Imagine if you will Bathory, Motorhead, Venom and vintage Metallica (‘Kill-em’ All’ era) waking from a month-long drinking, drug-fueled debauchery binge (complete with a NWOBHM soundtrack) only to find out they had an offspring. Hellripper is likely the result of such without all of the ill-gotten side effects one could well imagine. And to think this is merely an appetizer for things to come.

hellripper scotland

   All Hail the Goat!!

 

The Interview Bit

Cult – So how does it feel, finally getting some recognition for all of your hard work, the blood, sweat and hours behind the board and instruments (I honestly think it’s been long overdue).

 

James/Hellripper – First of all, thank you for that, I really appreciate it! Hellripper has had more recognition than I ever imagined so anything more than the initial 10 people I thought would maybe enjoy it is a bonus to me haha!

But it is really nice to see that people like the music, it’s something I would be doing anyway regardless of if people enjoyed it or not so I don’t expect any sort of praise or recognition for doing this, but it does mean a lot to me that people like the music enough to support me in some way, whether it be purchasing the music or a piece of merch or just sharing it around to their friends!

https://hellripper.bandcamp.com/album/coagulating-darkness

(prepare to fall down the Hellripper ‘rabbithole’)

coagulating darkness

Inbetween “Coagulating Darkness”, and all the various Splits (collected kindly by Reaper in one handy dandy collection) have there been any difficulties or unforeseen circumstances which might have resulted in a deviation from your overall goal?

Not at all, the process is still exactly the same! It’s all done in my bedroom at home by myself and nothing has really interfered with it.

 

In the very near future I see you have a special tour lined up. Can you tell us about it?

ROADBURN-2019-Ignition-V1a

Yeah! From April 8th until April 19th we will be heading off on our first “proper” tour. We will be playing a few shows in Germany, Netherlands, France and England. We got the opportunity to play some really cool shows as part of it such as Roadburn Ignition, Taunus Metal Festival and a support slot with Midnight.

As far as a first tour goes, I couldn’t really ask for much more and I’m looking forward to playing some new places as well as meeting a bunch of new people!

 

What does it feel like to finally be able to play with an act which many tout as being your ‘mentor’.

I wouldn’t say Midnight are “mentors” as I’ve never met or talked to them, but they are a big influence on me and one of my favorite bands so it’s definitely exciting to have been given the opportunity to play with them!

https://midnight-ohio.bandcamp.com/

(Midnight Bandcamp)

Does a live setting affect the overall ‘Hellripper experience’, seems as you are solely responsible for all of the bands output, and obviously require more hands to recreate the overall aural assault on stage.

complete and total Fkn

Does the title hint at the atmosphere at a show?

I think the experience is different in some way for every band when comparing them live to on-record. We still try to give the same vibe that you get on the studio recordings, so fast, fun and full of energy but I’m perhaps biased when judging that haha. You would be best to ask someone that has seen us live and ask them to compare it with the records.

But the guys I have in the live band are all great musicians and more than capable of playing the material so there’s no worries in that respect.

 

Where might one be able to catch you on the road in the near future?

We’ll be playing a few shows throughout April in Germany, Netherlands, France and England and after that we currently have 2 shows booked for later in the year (Bloodshed Fest in the Netherlands in September, and Byker Grave Fest in Newcastle, England in November).

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That’s all that we currently have booked but we are always looking to play more, so you can keep up with any new additions etc. on our official website, or Facebook page!

https://www.hellripper.com/

https://www.facebook.com/Hellripper1/

(It would be remiss of me not to include links)

How pleased are you with the latest EP.?

Did you have any specific direction you wished it to take as you were creating it?

I’m very pleased with the latest EP and think it contains some of my best work to date. I think the production and sound of the tracks is “fuller” and overall the EP has a heavier sound than my previous material.

I didn’t have a specific direction in mind when writing the EP but I think it ended up sounding more punk-influenced than ‘Coagulating Darkness’. I was listening to a lot more of bands like Zeke, Anti-Cimex, Toxic Holocaust, Wolfbrigade etc. so I guess that kind of crept into my mind during the creation process.

skadvaldur artist

Only one variation of the outstanding work on offer across a myriad of extreme metal genres

I’ve always been intrigued by the gritty, grotesque and vivid somewhat old school Black and White artwork that accompanies each of the Hellripper releases. Satisfy my curiosity please. Who’s responsible?

Most of my art is done by Skadvaldur! A great artist from Iceland.

(his work can be found, and he can be contacted on Facebook @skadvaldur)

 

What can fans expect in the future.

Can you hint at any collaborative efforts, studio efforts or anything with the James McBain stamped seal of approval which you are especially excited about?

lord rot

If you like Death metal you need to discover Lord Rot. nuff said!

The two things I am working on at the moment that I am excited to release are the next Hellripper album which is halfway written as of this moment, and the debut full-length from my death metal project – Lord Rot. I’ve been planning the Lord Rot album for way too long now but I keep getting distracted haha. I think both of those will be released in 2020.

https://lordrot.bandcamp.com/

(Lord Rot Bandcamp)

I always have something on the go, and right now I have over 20 folders full of ideas and songs for potential new projects haha. Not all of them will come to fruition, but I do hope to release something from a new project or two by the end of this year.

Slightly off topic. What does James do on his ‘off’ time? Could one find him gardening, playing Polo or perhaps winding down with the newest Agatha Christie tome? I’m intrigued, as to I’d bet is a large portion of your fanbase.

I’m not very interesting I’m afraid haha. I will be listening to music, watching TV, watching football (soccer) or playing guitar. Usually on my ‘off time’, I will be writing new music as that’s what I enjoy the most.

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James enjoying an impromptu  game of ‘hide and seek’.

My thanks for James for being so patient for me and allowing me to pick his brain so close to the bands first, overdue, tour. Perhaps now Scotland will conjure more than merely images of English oppression, tattooed Celtic warriors running at the enemy brandishing naught but their body paint, dishes comprised of the innards of mammals better known for their you-will-one-day-be-a-sweater coats and an array of criss-crossed patterned kilts. Speed Metal is most certainly now a part of what one should be thinking when they think of Scotland thanks to the genius creative of James McBain.

 

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