Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Interview with Paralysis{Crossover} done by Patrick posted on 5-20-20



1.Hello please introduce yourselves to the readers?
Hi, My name is Jon Plemenik Vocalist and Guitarist of Paralysis.
2.When did you first discover metal and music in general and who were the first bands you heard? Who are some current bands that you have been listening to? I really started getting into music and metal specifically when I was 10. I had a neighbor that showed me a lot of metal and hardcore bands such as Anthrax, Cro-Mags, Seplutura, and the list goes on. He brought me to my first real metal show as well which consisted of Anthrax, Testament, and Death Angel. Some recent stuff I have been jamming is Drain, Faith No More, and Ozzy.
3.Paralysis was started in 2010 when did you first get the idea to start this band?And are you all satisfied with how things have progressed with the band over the years?
It really started with me and a couple friends from school jamming on some covers. We really started to play locally in 2013. We have definitely had our ups and downs from then but overall we are 100% satisfied with how things came about and the opportunities we have received.

4.Who would you say are the bands biggest influences?For the readers who have never heard  Paralysis music how would you best describe the bands sound?
Some of our biggest influences are bands like Leeway, Power Trip, and Sepultura. The best way to describe Paralysis would be a mixture of old school east coast Thrash Metal and New York Hardcore. Basically crossover Thrash but not the type like Municipal Waste, more along the lines of Power Trip.

5.Mob Justice is the bands second full-length release that is being self-released would you like to find a label to work with or do you prefer to self-release the bands music?
Well we’re actually working with the label “No Dust Records” in the Netherlands. They helped with the physical side of the release by putting out vinyl and CD’s. They are mostly available in Europe but we have a limited amount of both here in the states. If a label down the road reached out to us, we would definitely be reciptive if the offer was fair.

6.How long did it take the band to write the music for the new release?How long does it usually take the band to complete one song?
For this particular album I would say took a couple months to fully have everything set in stone. One song could take us anywhere from an hour to a couple weeks to write. It all depends what's going on in our lives and our mindset towards writing.

7.Who usually handles writing the lyrics for the music and what are some subjects written about on the new release?Which usually comes first the music or the lyrics?
It’s handled by a combination of us all except for our bassist Patrick Harte who solely focuses on writing music. We always try and keep the lyrics to be as real as possible and talk about real life situations. The music usually comes first but it's really either or.

8.Besides the newest release Mob Justice  does the band have any other releases or merchandise currently available?If yes what is available and where can the readers purchase it?
We have our first full length album “Life Sentence” up on all streaming services and for sale on our bandcamp. You can get it on CD and Vinyl now! We also have a couple T-shirt designs, Shorts, and a Hat for Pre-Order up on our Bandcamp as well.

9.Has  Paralysis had the opportunity to play very many live shows over the years?If yes what have been some of the bands most memorable shows and who are some bands you have shared the stage with?
We definitely have played and toured heavy over the course of our career. We have toured with bands such as D.R.I. and Crisix. We got to open for Toxik on their sold out reunion show at Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn. We have had the opportunity to travel to countries such as Bolivia, Peru, and Mexico. One of our best shows as a band was when we played Bolivia to 400 people in a 200 capacity venue. The video is up on our YouTube

10.When bands are able to play live again are their any shows planned in support of Mob Justice?
Of course. We will definitely be planning a lengthy tour in support of this album.

11.What does Underground Music mean to you?
To me I’ve always liked it because there are no barriers on anything from how you write music to how you look. It's always been a place where people feel they can fit in.

12.When you need to take a break from working on new music or band business what do you like to do in your  free  time?
When I'm not spending time working on the band or music in general I like to get outside. I'll go out on my bike or go on a hike. I also like to build things. My dad is a carpenter so I sometimes try and work on things with him.

13.Besides working in  Paralysis  do any of the members  currently  play in any other bands or solo projects? If yes please tell the readers a little  about them?
We all actually have other projects going on right now. I play in a metal/hardcore band called Rest In Piss. Our lead guitarist Ron Iglesias plays in numerous bands, one of them being Toxik. Our drummer Sam Mogollon and Bassist Patrick had a 80’s synth band called Key. Patrick is also in another Thrash band called Sacred Wrath. 

14.Besides metal do you listen to any other underground or mainstream musical genres?
I have actually been listening to a lot of Rap recently. I can also dabel 50’s music and some Jazz.

15.Besides music we are huge movie fans here do you enjoy watching movies?If yes do you have a favorite genre?
I'm a decent movie goer. I would say my favorite genre would be Horror. 

16.What are some of your all-time favorite movies and what are some of the current movies that you have been watching?
I would say some of my favorite movies are Halloween and Midsommar. I recently tried watching that new movie The Hunt. I really don't know how I felt about it but I guess it wasn't too bad.

17.Who are your all-time favorite Actresses and Actors?Are their any directors that you enjoy watching the most?
I really don’t have any favorite Actors or Actresses but for directors I guess I would say Quentin Tarantino.

18.Thank you for taking the time to fill this interview out do you have any final comments for the readers?
Go and check out the two singles “Oblivious” and “Cut Short” on all streaming services and the new album “Mob Justice” will be out everywhere on May 29th. I'd like to give a shout out to bands Subtype Zero, Azotador (their bassist did the artwork for the album), and Rhythm of Fear.
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Sunday, May 17, 2020

Mac the Rebel interview w/ College Underground Radio (Underground Hip Hop)



College Underground Radio have posted a new interview featuring Guerrilla Alliance’s Mac The Rebel, he speaks on The American Villain album, Hip Hop music today, and more! Check it at the link below!

http://www.collegeundergroundradio.com/index.php/stuff/blog-the-underground/blog-the-underground/398-underground-interview-with-mac-the-rebel



Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Interview with Basement Torture Killings{old-school death/grind} done by Patrick posted on 5-13-20


1.Hello Please introuduce yourselves to the readers? 
 Hi, Im Paul and I play the character of Tarquin in Basement Torture Killings, I am the guitarist from the band and also do split vocal duties with our front woman Beryl.

2.When did you first discover death metal music and who were the first bands you discovered?Who are some of the newer bands that have caught your attention?
 I guess it would have been in the early to mid 90’s, it was a natural progression from listening to bands such as Metallica and Slayer. The first band that I discovered was Possessed, I had a copy of the Eyes Of Horror ep which is still one of my favourites to this day. From there I got into Carcass, Death, Morbid Angel and Deicide, The first few albums that I really loved back then were Heartwork, Individual Thought Patterns, Covenant and Once Upon The Cross. I don’ really listen to many of the newer DM bands as I tend to spend more time listening to Gore Grind. Some of my favourite bands at the moment are Exhumed, General Surgery, Haemorrhage, Spasm, Gutalax etc. I also really like the Prostitute Disfigurement album.

  3.When did you first meet the other members of the band and was it long before you started Basement Torture Killings?What is the current line-up of the band?
 Originally I started the band with my best friend back in 2007, we had known each other for many years and I was visiting him in Sweden where he lived at the time. We decided to write a song and record it and that was the start of the band. The first line up lasted for 4 or 5 years and then we had a bit of a change. Currently we have Beryl on Vocals and The Faceless Killer on drums. For the album the bass was played by K- - - - - - but he has since left the band via mutual decision. I knew Beryl from putting on shown in Bristol, she used to be one of the main promoters in the city a few years ago and with our drummer I was introduced by mutual friends. 

4.Who would you say are the bands biggest influences?For the readers who have never heard Basement Torture Killings music how would you best describe the bands sound?
 We play old school death/grind in the style of bands such as Carcass, Napalm Death and others. On this newer album we have brought in some more thrash elements as well, so you can hear some influence from bands such as Slayer etc. Really the music is just fast and furious grinding death metal, very similar to Exhumed and Impaled etc although we have created our own variant of that type of music.  

 5. how long did it take the band to write the music for the Lessons In Murder release?Does the whole band take part in the writing process or does one member usually write everything?
 I would say that the songs took about 18 months to 2 years to finish. I tend to write the riffs for the song and program some drums, then I take those to the studio with our drummer and we work on the songs together making tweaks and messing with the arrangements etc. Lyrics and vox patterns are always done last, those are split between myself and our singer. The first time we really get involved with the vocals is usually in the studio, this has always been the way for the band.

6.Who usually handles writing the lyrics for the music and what are some topics written about on the debut release? 
 The lyrics are split between myself and our singer. On this album I think that I wrote the lyrics for 9 songs and she did 2, usually she would have done more however she was studying with college so did not have lots of time. All of our albums are about murder and torture in its various guises, this time however we decided to do something a little different and do a concept album. The album has been created as an audio guide for wannabe serial killers, sort of like murder for dummies. As such each song is presented as a lesson to teach people how to be serial killers, topics covered include, victim slection, disposing of the body, taunting the police, how to blend in with your surroundings and appear normal etc etc 

7..Besides the upcoming new release are the bands previous releases or merchandise currently available?If yes what is available and where can the readers purchase it? 
 We have our last album “There’s Something About Beryl” still available online for purchase either via digital or physical means. I have also recently acquired a hundred or so copies of our second album “A Night Of Brutal Torture” that should be up for purchase again on line shortly.  

 8.Does Basement Torture Killings play live very often or do you prefer working in the studio?What have been some of the bands most memorable shows so far?
 We love to play live, this is our favourite arena. We have done many shows during the course of our history, some of the best ones include Obscene Extreme Festival, Grind Over Sofia, Incineration Fest in London, Bilbao Death Fest and our first headline show in Porto Portugal. 

9.When bands are able to play live again are their any plans to play live if yes where will the band be playing? 
 We had many shows booked for this before the virus, now we will need to look at rebooking these. Many seem to have just transferred to next year so we should be playing Death Feast Open Air, Nice To Eat You Festival, Fuck The Commerce, Death Coffee Party and many others.  

 10.What does Underground Metal mean to you all? 
 Thats a hard question, first and foremost its a community. A place where like minded people can check out bands and meet friends etc. For bands it provides an outlet for creativity and expression 
that may not be accepted elsewhere. I like to think that its a place where people work together to put on shows and help each other out, its not always like that but it is in the main and thats what it should be in my view. It's about passion and expression instead of business and profit.

11.Besides working in Basement Torture Killings do any of the members currently work with any other bands or solo projects?If yes please tell the readers about them?
 Our drummer plays in a tech death band called Anakim, I play guitar in the black metal Band Thus Defiled although we have been formant for a long time. Our singer used to play in a band called Craniation although that has ceased to exist for a while.  

12.Besides metal music do you or any of the members currently listen to any other forms of music?If yes who are some of your favorite bands and artists? 
 We all have quite diverse musical tastes although I can’t really speak for the others, for me though I really like Nick Cave, PJ Harvey, Duran Duran, Grave Pleasures, Kate Bush, Suede etc. Recently I have been listening to the new Me and That Man album that Nergal from Behemoth has released, its kind of dark country I guess, I really like it a lot.  
  
 13.When not working on new music or band business what do you enjoy doing in your free time?
 I like to travel and read, I also teach Aikido a Japanese martial art. I also like going to good restaurants and hanging out with friends and stuff.  

14.Besides music we are huge movie fans here do you enjoy watching movies?If yes do you have a favorite genre? 
 I love horror movies a lot as well as crime dramas etc. The band has a really visual identity that in part is taken from slasher movies etc. 

15.What are some of your all-time favorite movies and what are some of the current movies that you have been watching? 
 Some of my favourite movies are - Star Wars, Hellraiser 1-3, True Romance, Pulp Fiction, Goodfellas, High Tension, The God Father, Blood Sport, Silence of The Lambs, Rocky (all of them apart from 5), First Blood, Heat, Braindead, Event Horizon, Commando etc Recently ive been watching some Samurai movies such as Blade of The Immortal and Samurai Marathon, Ive also been trying to catch up on some classics so we watched the original Cape Fear a few days ago. I also love a lot of the crazy J Gore movies such as Tokyo Gore Police, Hell Driver, Robo Geisha etc

 16.Who are your all-time favorite Actresses and Actors?Are their any directors that you enjoy watching the most? 
 I don’t really have favourite directors as such, I like most of the Tarantino stuff, Scorsese, Kubrick, Ridley Scott etc but to be honest its more about the actual movie and the story rather than the direction for me - although that of course is integral to the finished product. I really like to De. Niro, Anthony Hopkins, Pacino, James Ganolfini was great I also think that Stallone is vastly underrated. 

17.Thank you for taking the time to fill this interview out do you have any final comments for the readers?
 Check out our new album Lessons In Murder which will be released via Bizarre Leprous Productions at the end of May. If you like old school death grind then you should like it. Other than that thanks for the interview and stay safe during the virus. 
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