Friday, October 29, 2010

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Title: End Times Prophetic
Subject: Tombs
Published: Terrorizer #181, February 2009
Interviewee: Mike Hill
Random facts:
- What it says on the interview's lead (which, by the way, is the only part of the article that isn't written by me) is actually true - I reviewed Tombs' amazing self-titled EP a year before, a short 60-word thing when the band didn't even have a proper MySpace, and was totally blown away by it, as those quotations  from my text demonstrate.
- Unashamed Mike Hill fanboy that I am, during this conversation I quizzed him all about Anodyne and Versoma, and he told me tons of people come up to him these days saying how they loved Anodyne especially. And then he quipped playfully "I wonder where they all were when I was playing shows to 20 people!".
- Tombs' show in Porto during the European tour in support of 'Winter Hours' was so unbelievably good that I barely remember Buried Inside's gig who played afterwards. And I love Buried Inside.
- Tombs have a collection of rarities called 'Fear Is The Weapon' which even includes that stellar first EP, strictly limited to 1.000 copies, available for pre-order right now. Fuck are you waiting for?

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

At Our Heels are my band of the week on Terrorizer's website, and they're as cool as that poster suggests.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

No comments necessary, I guess.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

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Title: Shrinebuilder
Subject: Shrinebuilder
Published: Rock-A-Rolla #21, July/August 2009
Interviewee: Scott Kelly
Random facts:
- Within a week, I got to talk to Scott Kelly twice - one about Shrinebuilder, for this article, and the other about a Neurosis retrospective that I might post later in these vault series.
- On his latest acoustic solo album, 'Adrift', Wino has a song dedicated to Scott Kelly called 'DBear', on it he sings the line "if I called someone brother, it would be you," and these two remarkable men have also recently created a folk project together, so it's great to have talked to Scott about his relationship with Wino when they were still really getting to know each other, both musically and personally, after being just aware of each other for years.
- Of all the volcano-related cancellations at Roadburn 2010, none broke my heart more painfully than Shrinebuilder.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

My band of the week at Terrorizer's website is the very underrated but very awesome The Ghost Dance Movement, who just might be back to writing new stuff. Go forth and seek knowledge!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

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Title: Everything And Nothing
Subject: Ulver
Published: Terrorizer #165, December 2007
Interviewee: Kristoffer 'Garm' Rygg 
Random facts:
- The conversation based on which this article was built lasted nearly two hours and it was one of the most interesting conversations I've had with anyone in the music business, interviews or otherwise.
- Funny, with hindsight, to note the resolute unwillingness shown by Garm at that time to ever play live with Ulver.
- The text from this interview is still up on Ulver's Jester Records website.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

My band of the week for Terrorizer is the gloriously old school occult death metal band Witchrist, from New Zealand. Check it out!

If you still needed any more reasons to go... besides these, Acid King, The Gates Of Slumber, Wardruna and Liturgy have also been announced today. See you in Tilburg!

Monday, October 11, 2010

The new issue of Terrorizer magazine, #202, is out, featuring Kylesa on the cover. The Hard Of Hearing is with Wolves In The Throne Room this month and it's extremely interesting, always my favourite article. As for pieces with my name underneath, besides a bunch of album reviews (including US Christmas, one of my recent faves), there's interviews with Interment and The Body.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

José's band of the week at Terrorizer: the mysterious Deafheaven. Check it out here.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Tapes are definitely back. With a vengeance.

If you're going, I kinda hate you.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Issue 28 of Rock-a-Rolla magazine is now out, with none other than Michael Gira himself on the cover. Would be worth it just for that fact alone, but it's also packed with cool stuff, including a few of my articles: US Christmas, Cuzo and a big Helmet feature after a great conversation I had with Page Hamilton. Get it now!