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Metal Bulletin 34

Metal Bulletin 34

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metal music; thrash; death metal; black metal; doom metal; grindcore; heavy metal music; rock music; folk metal; progressive metal
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Void Moon
Ad Patres
, Aum
, Bane
, Circle II Circle
, Execration
, Frosthelm
, The Gates of Slumber
, Holy Grail
, Katana
, NettleCarrier
, Nominon
, Offending
, Offensor
, Phobia
, Tsar Bomb
, Vomitchapel
, Waylander
(Northern Ireland)
, Zonaria
, Züül
Metal Bulletin zine #34
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Thanks for supporting DIY metal, and this zine. Washington state
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Void Moon
Reading reviews of Void Moon on Blabbermouth [calls theband “sloppy” and “messy”] and on Brave Words and BloodyKnuckles [says the band’s problem is “rawness” and the non-“modern” production], makes me wonder if they listened tothe album hurriedly to write the review. I like to give albumsproper listens, be it 4 or 6 or however many, until I think I get it,and then decide how to approach the review.Void Moon is a doom metal band that playsmidtempo and slow songs, with clean vocals, in thetraditional doom metal sense, with a non-clicky production.Their album “On the Blackest of Nights” is melodic,melancholic honest-to-goodness doom metal. “Sloppy”? Noway! “Sloppy” makes me think of some crust punk garageblack death metal recordings (many of which areawesome!).I find Void Moon’s album to be fun, in a doom-miserable way, and well done and I have certainly enjoyed it.As with most doom, it does take a few listens to understandthe vibe, but it’s a rewarding experience.Maybe it’s time you checked them out yourself,starting with this interview, answered by Peter (bass).--According to Metal Archives, some of you have played indeath or thrash bands, like Indemnity. Was it strange to getused to playing midtempo/slow? Was it difficult to convinceJonas Gustavsson to sing in a clear voice?We have all played in a lot of different bands, heavy, thrash,black, death, doom. Haha, I think especially Thomas (drums)needed some time to adjust to the tempos. He is a very skilleddrummer and he loves to play fast, but he also understandsthat sometimes for the good of the songs he has to play slowand simple. I think we have managed a pretty good mix onthe album, there are some intense drum patterns as well assome really simple ones.As for Jonas’s clean singing, he has mostly sung in aclean voice before so there wasn’t an issue really. His mainfocus is melodies and I’m impressed how he changed somesongs just by adding a little melody to some passages.Question for Thomas Hedlund and Peter Svensson, your rhythm section. Void Moon made me think about the factthat I can hear the bass, and also that drummer is not playingat lightning speed. Is there more freedom to play this way?We have started rehearsing more or less all songs just byplaying bass and drums. After we set a foundation we addedguitars, harmonies and vocals. I, for one, am very pleasedwith playing a bit slower which gives me a bit more room toadd some bass lines. Since I was in charge of recording I wasvery keen on getting the bass up front as well as the drums. Alot of new doom records have extremely high guitars andbass and drums are very low. I think it should sound like a realband playing.Void Moon sometimes does not do guitar solos, and I havenoticed that Void Moon has found another method of doingthings: You do slow, simple melodies that are verymemorable. Have I discovered the secret ingredient of VoidMoon?! Tell us about that wonderful melody on “Cyclops” atabout 1:30-2:00. Who came up with that melody, both Jonasand Erika? It is such a good melancholic melody. “Amongthe Dying” is depressively good song. At about 1:12-1:35 thereit is again, the Void Moon secret ingredient for melancholicmelody of doom. I notice that Erika is also in Cult of the Fox, atraditional heavy metal band?Yes, I think you stumbled in on our secret! Just don’t tellanybody! Since the band started without a lead guitarist wedeveloped a solo-less sound I think (there are a few solosthough). Doing short melodies is often more effective than asolo.I can’t remember who came up with the idea in“Cyclops,” but at first it was only one guitar playing. Whenboth Jonas and Erika rehearsed it they both played that partwith some variations. It sounded great and we worked howthe melodies should fit together and then we kept it! Erika is,besides a good lead guitarist, excellent when it comes tomelodies and harmonies.Yes, both Erika and I play in Cult of the Fox. You canhear a lot of her melodies on the coming COTF-record (out inearly 2013).For you to play doom metal, what are the bands thatconvinced Void Moon to go for it and play doom? Do youlike New Wave of British Heavy Metal doom bands likeWitchfinder General or Pagan Altar? What about lesser-known Swedish bands like Stillborn from the 90s? I imagine youwill be asked a million times about Candlemass.The sound of Void Moon actually came from the songs I wasputting together in the beginning of the band (I’m a lazyplayer so I play slow). We didn’t have a fixed agenda, it is justhow it happened. We couldn’t name the band until we hada few songs to know what band name would fit the music!I’m a huge fan of Pagan Altar and it was great to be able tobe on the same festival as they last year at Malta DoomMetal Festival. I really enjoy Witchfinder General as well, allthe classic stuff! One of my favorite NWBHM-bands is SatanicRites, but they are not so much doom. Great that youmention Stillborn! We have actually been discussing cover songs and one candidate is “I, the Stillborn” from“Necrospirituals” (album)!We do not mind being compared to Candlemass, it is just a great honour that people think of them when they hear our music. They have influenced us both directly (like whatwould Leif do?) and indirectly growing up with their music.Have you considered that the legends of doom metal (Black Sabbath, Candlemass, Trouble, etc.) are now old/soonretiring, and that at some point here in the next 10-15 years, aband like Void Moon can actually be one of the top bands of
traditional doom metal? Your time is coming!Yeah, that would be great! Not that they are retiring, but toget Void Moon up in the league of legends (of course, weknow that we never can match those bands really, but it’s avery nice dream!). Hopefully, by that time we have put out acouple of albums and made a good name for us in the worldof metal! Our goal now is just to put out music and play asmany shows as possible!How can people get in contact with you and your music andshirts? Maybe Void Moon fans can start a petition to get your band to play Wacken or Sweden Rock?Thanks for the great interview! You can find all our merchandise (T-shirts, patches, cds and 7’
) at our websitewww.void-moon.comor just e-mail us atcontact@void-moon.com. We also have facebook and myspace. All tracksfrom the album are available at youtube, channel“mournblade666”
. We hope that the word gets around so wecan play at lot of gigs in the future. For us it doesn’t matter ifit’s Wacken or the local pub, anywhere people want a doseof Epic Doom Metal we’ll be there!!!!
Given that Warseid (Madison, Wisconsin) works with longer song structures, those who are appreciative of bands on themore brainy side of metal should find in Warseid severalaspects to delve into. The progressive melodic dark symphonic metal found on “Where Fate Lies Unbound”presents a treat for the patient ear willing to find out what themusical journey entails. Sounding black metal at times, andfolky at others, frequently melodic, with both harsh and cleanvocals, Warseid has made an effort to produce something tobe proud of, and it shows.For example, “Farewell” is 11 minutes long, so there isa lot room to explore for the listener. It is not really the type ofsong that can be absorbed well with the first listen, of course.For this reason, it is true that Warseid requires a bit of a patientlistener, and that patience is rewarded later, with repeatedlistens. Warseid is not a fast food hamburger, after all.Kyle (bass) answers some questions here. Check outwww.facebook.com/WarseidandWarseid.bandcamp.com  --Your recording “Where Fates Lies Unbound” seems to havesurprised some reviewers, who did not expect the goodquality. Actually, you have four recordings so far, correct?What type of activities have you been doing since youpublished “Where Fate Lies Unbound”? How often do youplay Madison, Wisconsin? What about Oshkosh andOconomowoc?!! Oconomowoc needs to rock, too!!We do indeed have four releases: two demos and two EPs.The two demos were us experimenting and trying to find our sound and the prior EP was a collection of what we felt wasour best songs from those two demos plus a few new songs. Itwasn't until “Where Fate Lies Unbound,” however, that wefound what is our niche in the metal world.Since releasing Fate, we've been trying to push out ofWisconsin and into different regions in the Midwest betweenour terms at college. We really do enjoy playing live, mostespecially for new audiences. We only play Madison onceevery six months or so because of school being as it is andthat we travel a lot to play. Don't get me wrong, Madison isone of our favorite places to play (not just because it's our hometown!), but this way, we will always have somethingnew to offer our fans there.We'd love to play Oshkosh and Oconomowoc! The last timewe played up in that area was at Arbor's release show of
ThePlutonian Shore
in Green Bay. It was a fantastic show and thecrowd ruled.Did “Farewell” (about 11 minutes) have the same process ofcomposing as the other songs? Did you write at home,together in rehearsal? Do you get together to play and writeor only get together to rehearse a full song?“Farewell” did have a similar process of composing as theother songs on WFLU, but unlike the other songs, Joe hadwritten more or less all of it before showing it to us. From there,we changed and wrote more, which really just amounted totelling Joe to do such, and thus creating what is now“Farewell.”Typically, our writing process is each one of uscoming up with sections of song ideas and transcribing themonto a program (we use TuxGuitar, which is the freewareversion of Guitar Pro) before putting them up online for everyone to listen to. We do that so anyone can alter andadd whatever they come up with and see where it goes fromthere and, more importantly, have total control of what isplayed in the song and have an idea of the final product.After probably months of reiteration, we have a more or lesscomplete song and will finally rehearse it together, further tweaking and refining the song.“Frost upon the Embers,” like your other songs, has whatappears to be acoustic guitars? Are those acoustic guitars?Now, what about the symphonic sounds, how do you comeup with that, studio samples, keyboards, etc.? I’m thinkingthat “Embers upon the Frost” is your best song, and then Ilisten to “Vengeance Pact” and I change my mind. Thenagain, “Shackles through Sand” and its melodies is prettydarn good, too. The reviews on Warseid have been positive,but did you have an inkling that you had done something thisgood?It's a classical acoustic guitar with nylon strings. Our former lead guitarist, that recorded “Fate” with us, is majoring inguitar and has become a very good classical guitarist. Thesymphonic sounds were programmed by Joe.And thank you for the kind words! I know that wewere thinking that what we wrote for WFLU was the best wehave written, but we certainly did not expect the amount ofgreat reviews that we have received so far. It's reallyencouraging to read that so many people have enjoyedwhat we have created. I think it's more that the reviewers aresurprised that our kind of music has come out of the US thananything. But even still, I think Wisconsin is more known for death metal (Putrid Pile) and melodic death (Luna Mortis)than other metal genres.How do you balance having a good sound and too muchstudio “magic”? If a band uses triggers, sound replacementand things like that, is it almost like using a drum machine?Are we hearing what the person played, or are we hearingnot the drums (the snare, the double bass, etc.), not thesound of the drums recorded, but rather the sounds of a

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