Backdraft Interview

1) Hi guys. How are you? Tell me you history, line-up…

NICK: Hello!! We’re fine. Backdraft was formed back in 1997 by Rob (guitars) and Rev. Sorethroat (vocals) at a shitty rock bar in Stockholm. They decided that there was no good music coming out nowadays, so they started a band, Morningwood… Snejken (guitars) joined with Trisse (drums, now in Grand Magus), and Anders Sevebo (bass, from Blue Matter). They fired Trisse in 1998, and I joined the band in 1999. Shortly after, Anders decided to quit the band, and Peter Tuthill (bass, now singing in Constructdead, and formerly with Dog Faced Gods) joined. In the spring of 2000, Peter decided also to leave the band, and Mats joined. We felt that the line-up was complete and that we had something really good going on. So when we recorded the Goddamn Man EP and the Here To Save You All album, the line up was:

Reverend Sorethroat (vocals)

Rob the slob (guitar)

Snejken (guitar)

Mats (bass)

And me, Nick (drums)

2) You came from a country with well known Black Metal, Death Metal bands.. Why do you play Southern Rock?

NICK: Why we play southern rock……… I don’t think we play southern rock, I just think we play hard, cool rock’n’roll. But one of our main influences is – together with hard rock, metal and pop – southern rock.

MATS: We say this all the time, but… it was more that other people thought of us as a southern rock band, than ourselves presenting us as such. That’s of course because there is not a whole lot of music in that genre nowadays, or stuff that sounds like we do, so maybe people were waiting for something in this style to come along. But I like being put in a category, why not? It makes it easier for people to find music they like, and if they think we’re a bunch of heavy metal kids and that we’re not true to the spirit of “real southern rock”, then that’s fine too. We couldn’t be bothered about living up to other people’s expectations, we do this for ourselves.

3) Your first name was Morningwood. Why this change of name?

MATS: That was long before I was in the band, but the name was considered to be too juvenile. You don’t really take some guys calling themselves Morningwood very seriously, although ZZ Top managed to write a song about morning wood, but that’s another story…

4) I’ve read that your life approach is something like “live-your-life-to-the-fullest” and “have-a-beer-or-twelve”. Why this approach?

NICK: Because it’s fun to have twelve beers…… No, seriously, we’re not into politics, we’re not into anything more than rock and roll, and I personally think, that to NOT have a political or religious message is kind of nice. We just want to drink beer and play rock’n’roll, nothing more. That’s what life, or at least our life, is about.

MATS: I’m into politics, but I agree that there’s no place in Backdraft’s music for that. You should sing about what’s around you and what you do. When the levee breaks, then you make a song about it. Or when the boll weevil, or the high sheriff comes, or if you drank a can of shoe polish… Blues existentialism is what it’s all about. And have-a-beer-or-twelve… You often regret what you did the day after you did it, but what you didn’t do, you might end up regretting for the rest of your life! See… it’s existentialism at its’ finest! Our songs have a deep, profound meaning after all…

5) I love songs like “Wicked Man” or “Goddamn Man”. What is their story, what do you try to tell us in them..?

MATS: It’s just like what I was saying. Songs about drinking and partying, with a LOT of self-irony and humor. It’s situations that most people can relate to – you think you’re the king of the world, but you sort-of know you’re not… well, you’re the king of YOUR world at least.

6) And now tell me about your self released Goddamn Man EP. It was very well received by the public.

NICK: When Mats joined the band, we wanted to do a demo and so we did. We sent out a couple of demos to magazines, record labels, booking agencies, and important people across the world. It was in some big magazines, and we got some radio airplay with it. Then of course, Stuart (Lunasound Recording boss!) liked it and wanted to do a record with us.

MATS: It was done in the rehearsal space and at home, just plugging into a computer with a Pod. Not very southern rock-y but it came out alright. And it got the job done of getting us a little recognition and a record deal. We still have some actually, that I found the other day tidying up my apartment, that are for sale through our home page, at (all the songs are on the album as well, but in new versions).

7) For this new album “Here to save you all”, you’ve changed the drummer. Why? How did him fit in?

NICK: I joined the band back in 1999. So the drummer was changed before that… And I kick ass, and have done from the very beginning…

MATS: Sweet, hot & stikky Nikky is-a da best-a drummer-a inna the a-world!

8) Tell me now about the album “Here to save you all”. From where the title, what do you try to tell us?

NICK: We wanted to save u from the shitty music scene that has been pissing us off forever!

MATS: I really wanted an album title that said something, like Appetite For Destruction, or Screaming For Vengeance – like, blam!! No one really knows this, but I tell you I actually stole the title from a great hip-hop record with the same title, by Chino XL, it was released on American Recordings in 1996 or something. Backdraft’s down with bad-ass hiphop thugs, word, biatch!

9) How do you get along with Lunasound Recording?

NICK: Stuart is a good friend of ours, he’s very good, he’s put in a lot of work and effort into this. So the answer is: We get along with him very well.

MATS: He’s done an absolutely great job for us, with very, very limited resources in terms of money. At the moment, we don’t have a record deal but we’re talking to Lunasound and a few different other labels and hope to record a new album very soon!

10) You’ll record a new album with Greg Strzempka, from the boogie legends Raging Slab.Tell me some inside info about the textual approach, music line etc.

NICK: Yes, Greg is now in the band, Jonas is now out of the band… I think that you’ll find the new stuff very interesting and good, I can’t tell u anything about the lyrics, but it’s (of course) more American than before. The music is getting a little bit harder and more AC/DC-ish. More straight forward rock and roll.

MATS: Both guys are fantastic people and singers and there should be no comparisons. Greg has a great sense of humour, and has always written very funny, smart lyrics, that you have to think about a couple of times. Fusing that with our music has so far been totally natural. The songs we’ve worked on has come together rather quickly, as the kind of music we’re doing is pretty close to what he’s been doing for twenty years. I also agree that some of the stuff is harder, and more straight-ahead. A little less of the southern rock and boogie influences, and more hard cock arena rock!

11) Thanks for your time. If you have any word of wisdom to share with us…

NICK: Drink beer, eat meat and so on…

MATS: Sometimes life is a very ugly shit sandwich that you’ll have to eat, you’d rather not, but when you’re done you have to go on with your life. Backdraft will be back with a new album and on tour in early 2004 if all goes according to plan, and if anyone wants us to come to Romania, please get in touch!

Editor’s note: For more information on Backdraft, please visit their Myspace profile.


Plexus Interview

1) Hi guys. Tell me about your first album you’ve wrote (an EP, Departure). Why this strange name? Does it mean something for you? How was it received by the public?

We didn’t want any traditional metal names using medieval themes, like iron, steel, war and such kind of things. Plexus sounds different, that’s why we chose it. A lot of people think like us, so they liked it. Of course there will always be someone that doesn’t like, but that’s life. Plexus means: Interlaced parts. That’s a band – interlaced parts, working together to create something nice.

Departure was our first experience as a band in the studio and it worked great for us. There some great stuff in there.

2) You’ve also had a promoting gig for the EP. What was the atmosphere there? Were you afraid that you’ll fail?

That gig was great. The vibe was fantastic and a lot of people bought the CD. We were not afraid at all. Why would we be? 🙂

3) What happened after this gig?

We played a few more times, got in a TV show, entered 2 metal compilations. In 2002 we locked up in the studio to record new stuff.

4) You didn’t start in this line-up. What was the first line-up? Why did you renounce to the other guys for this simple scheme of 3?

It wasn’t working well. We realized that the 3 of us were the central core of Plexus and the other guys just didn’t seem to work nicely with us. This is natural in any band.

5) Your music suffered some changes after this “improvement”?

Not at all. I write all the stuff and create great part of the arrangements. After the line-up change, we felt better playing together and we got to know each other better.

6) Tell me about this album “Plexus”. Where did you got the inspiration for it?

I listen to every kind of music and the ispiration came from all the stuff I listen to. Especially Megadeth, Iron Maiden and some “new” metal bands like In Flames, Soilwork and Arch Enemy. I also have a lot of riffs and ideas that i’ll use for the next album.

7) Some of your lyrics give me the impression that you’re trying to set a rebellion against our way of thinking (in songs like Natural Born Leaders, Not a Chance). Maybe I’m wrong. What’s your message in these songs?

Natural Born Leaders is about leading something and the problems of being a leader. You have to listen to a lot of bullshit and you must exercise your patience. To be a leader is a difficult and honorable task. It is also dedicated to my father, who died last year.

Not a chance is about relationship and don’t give up of the person you love.

8) When you’ve recorded this album, you’ve worked with Martin Mendonca (Mystifier, Malefactor, Dr. Cascadura). How was he? How did you got along with him?

He’s a friend and a great musician and professional. He likes our music and he gives great ideas for the arrangements. We also work with Andre T who is a famous producer and sound engineer of our city.

9) What does your name mean?

See answer number 1 🙂

10) If some Romanian guy wants to buy some of your CD’s, where could he try doing it?

They can send us 10 American dollars to the following address:

Marcelo Martins

Rua Leonor Calmon, 74 Ap. 201 – Ed. Príncipe de Lyon

cep 40296-210

Salvador, Ba, Brazil

I’ll then send the CDs by mail, in a protected special envelope.

11) Thanks a lot guys. Hope to see you soon in Romania. :))) Any last words?

We hope to play there as well! Big thanks to all Romanian metal rockers and keep bangin’!

Scleroza Interview

1) Hi guys! How was 2002 for Scleroza?

Hello to all motherfuckers!!!The year 2002 was fucked up for the band ,we only have 3 shows and that because we haven’t were to repeat,the only good thing was that we record the first demo.

2) Give me a short history of Scleroza, line-up etc.

The band was born in 2001 and first we were 4 members Andrei-vocal, Para-drums, Schtephan-guitar and Dan-bass. After a few months Dan left the band and we’d playd without bass,now Insepultus (ex.Irkalla)does the guitar part in the band.

3) What do you listen at home? What can you tell me about you?

At home we listen a lot of hardcore, death-metal but we are very influenced by hip-hop. Because of that in our city we are seen in a very bad light by some fuckin’ people who doesn’t have any idee about metal but they want to look like. I think that you don’t have to dress in t-shirts with metal bands to be a true metal fan, the first thin is to listen metal and you have to like it & understand it, but that is my opinion.

4) What bands had a big influence on your music?

I don’t know, we listen a lot of bands but to give you an answer: Slipknot, Dying Fetus and for the lyrics Parazitii.

5) What are your opinions about our music scene?

What can I tell you, I see that the Romanian scene is in progress and is a very good thing ,but i see that in every fest there are invited the same bands, that I don’t like, The small bands have rare the opportunity to play at a big fest.

6) Your lyrics are very similar to those of “Parazitii”. Do you consider them your “idols”?

We do not consider them idols, we like their music, their way of life, their conception. Our lyrics are based by some things their are happened to us and a little bit exaggerated but not a lot 🙂

7) Define the music line you follow. Try to do it in one word.


8) What new things you do bring in the Romanian hardcore scene?

Shit, I don’t know, chaos, something without sense… vomit, blood, Satan, 666, Gabriel Cotabita, something like that. 🙂

9) Do you have one composer or does the entire band compose?

Every member of the band compose something but I don’t know what, I do the lyrics, I don’t know to do something else, maybe some food and coffee, I am very good at making coffee!!!

10) Tell me the Romanian bands you admire and why?

Avatar because I like their music and they are some fuckin’ great people, Parazitii, Adrian Copilu’, Guta and not last Pepe, I don’t like him.

11) You’ve realised all the goals you’ve had at the begining?

We realized at the beginning and we realized now, but what can we do, to repeat more? The beer is better (it was a joke).

12) Make a “Top 5” with your favorite albums from Romania.

Avatar – The Alchemist (they are playing better now)

Implant pt. Refuz – toate

Korruption – Slaves of Darkness

Bio – Dome

Legion – Marfa

13) Do you have any plans for the future: concerts, collaborations, a full album?

We want to drink more, to play more brutal, to fuck more and to drink more, and to…………. drink more!!!

14) Thanks for the interview, end it how you want.

Thank you and hope to see you soon to drink some fuckin’ beers and fuck some crazy fat girls, and don’t forget people from everywhere, buy yourself something to cover your heads because in the near future it will rain with shit, a lot of shit!!!!!!!!!!!

Warning SF Interview

1) Hi guys. Give me a short history of your band, line-up, etc.

JT: Greetings to you from WarningSF. I’ll make it as short as possible.Warning was formed in 1982 during the beginnings of the Bay Area Metal movement. I was in a band called Thunderhead before Warning and Brian, Tany and Kirk were in a band called Hades. They fired their guitarist and I joined up with them, but none of us wanted to call ourselves Hades because of the previous guitarist. We changed the name to Warning and began writing songs and booking gigs. We fired the first bassist and got a new one and a lead vocalist and started giging around the city and opened for bands like Metallica ( with Dave M ) and Exodus amongst others. We finally replaced the previous singer and bassist with the final 80’s Warning line-up of :

Rob “The Hammer” Halverson : Vocals

Terry Hamilton: Bass

Brian Poole: Guitar/Keys

Jon Torres: Guitar

Tany Fillari: Drums

That is the line-up that is on the 1985 demo that is on the Aftermath album. I broke the band up in 1986 to join another band called Ulysses Siren. In 1999 I started WarningSF back up and got some old friends of mine to play on the record:Aaron, Brian, Will, and Torre. The current line-up is :

Torre Carstensen: Vocals

Brian Poole: Guitar, Keys, Vocals

Jon Torres: Guitar

Ira Black: Lead Guitar

Will Carroll: Drums

Joe Jimenez: Bass

We are currently in the process of writing the next WarningSF record.

2) Why the name change from Warning to WarningSF?

JT: Back in the day when we first started the band there was a French band called Warning that I didn’t know about until my good friend Ron Quintana informed me about them…We tried other names, but none of them worked so we eventually in the year 2001 changed the name to WarningSF to save ourselves from any legal problems.

3) You’ve recruited: Aaron Jellum, Will Carroll, Torre Carstensen. How did they fit in?

JT: Well for the most part they all fit very well. The WarningSF record took quite a while to complete. It wasn’t easy getting all of these great musicians together. I had tried out many other musicians before I got these guys together: Greg Haa from Slough Feg, Tom Hunting From Exodus, etc. I finally got in touch with Will Carroll who had done a Laaz Rockit re-union with us in 1998 for a friend of ours that had passed on. He’s done an amazing job on the record as well as with his live performances. Torre Carstensen was a deadly blessing! What an amazing vocalist he is. As with Will I had tried to sequester other vocalists as well: Russ Anderson from Forbidden, Dave White from Heathen, Etc. Torre is one of the most well rounded musicians that I have ever had the pleasure of dealing with. He is not only a great vocalist, but he is also a monster guitarist, great drummer, and decent bassist as well. A treasure to WarningSF. Aaron Jellum is a man who needs no introduction. Lead Guitarist extrarordinarie. Sven Soderlund was supposed to play on the record before Aaron , but couldn’t get his shit together so Aaron came through like the metal warrior that he is and absolutely shreadded all over the WarningSF tracks. Cheers to all of my old friends for coming through for me.

4) A lot of people talked about your re-recordings. Why do you think re-recordings were necessary? Why didn’t you try to record something new?

JT: Originally the WarningSF record was only going to be an EP with only the 1985 demo tracks on it. The guy that wanted to press it initially asked if I had anymore material besides the 3 songs. I told him that I had plenty of songs, but that none of them were recorded on anything more than 2 track practice and gig tapes…Nothing worthy of being pressed.

WarningSF is an “Old School” metal band that got very little publicity or product distribution back in the day, so it made complete sense to me and the rest of the band to re-record some of the old tunes that very few people ( if any ) had ever heard. Writing new tunes has been saved for the new record.

5) You have a contract with Mausoleum Records. How do you get along with them? Why did you leave them?

JT: Yes, we do have a licensing contract with them for certain territories in central Europe and Russia. We have control over the rest of the globe with Relentless Records.

In the beginning we got along just fine. Now is a completely different story. They have bitten off a bit more than they can handle in my opinion. They’ve signed too many artist too quickly and are having a hard time keeping up with their commitments.

Well, we haven’t actually left them yet. They have an option to pick up the second and third albums, but we will only wait so long for them to pick the option up before we move on to another label. Regardless, we will still be on Relentless Records. Check out the websites at,, and

6) In your “Aftermath”, you tell us your vision about the end of the world. How do you see the end? Is it something necessary in our evolution or like something unavoidable?

JT: In some visions I’ve seen the end of the world comes quite quickly actually: By the hand of man and the foolish notion of global domination under one ruling regime. We now have so many different and horrid methods of killing life on the earth that if I had one to choose it be the quicker rather than prolonging a type of global nuclear whirlwind that basically decimates the population and leaves a fallout winter where nothing will survive.

I don’t see the present governments of the world really learning anything from past civilizations as far as a path not to be followed. Unavoidable may just be the case unfortunately. Nostradamus talked about the end of the world.

7) You’ve possibly been inspired by his “visions” or maybe by the apocalyptic end mentioned in the Bible?

JT: I would say probably a mixture of both along with Edgar Casey and other visionary’s as well as real life encounters and stories from friends and relatives.

8) Why do you think that Epic-Doom is the best style to use in these kind of apocalyptic visions?

JT: I know “Epic-Doom” is the right style for apocalyptic material. Let’s put it this way. It would be extremely hard to get your point across if your singing about the end of the world and your music sounds like trippin through the fucking daisies and vise versa.

9) Are you preoccupied with SF books or movies like StarWars, Startrek, etc?

JT: Preoccupied. No. I have a wide range of books and movies I enjoy that have nothing to do with SF at all. To be quite honest I never got into Star Wars, Serpent and the Rainbow, Jacobs Ladder, Pulp Fiction, Night of the living Dead, To name a few. The Interview with the Vampire, The Spear of Destiny, Milton, Of Mice and Men are books I’ve enjoyed. I really loved the ” original ” Star Trek TV series from the 60’s as well as the “Wrath of Khan” and “Search for Spock”.

10) What kind of music do you listen to at home? What bands?

JT: It really depends on the mood. I could range from the Pistols to Slayer to The Reverend Horton Heat. At the moment I’ve really had to lock into my own music so I really try and not be tainted by listening to other bands music but unfortunately I don’t live in a cave so that’s probably not going to happen. I’d say for the most part when I do have something in mind it’s usually older material like UFO, Thin Lizzy, Priest, Sabbath, Old Scorps, Etc.

11) This is all for the moment. Thanks for your time. If you could share with us a word of wisdom…

JT: My Pleasure. Don’t swim with sharks. Always question authority. Darkness is a virtue. Bang you Head til you Dead. Cheers JLT.

Lazy American Workers Interview

1) Hi. To begin like a pro, please tell me your history, past releases, line up…

<<The original line up was Steve wells on bass. me on guitar, Kevin Tufts (ex-Porn Flakes) on drums, and Mike Liedtke lead vocals. We released two or three underground type demos and/or full lengths. Mike quit, got married, moved to Texas. Kevin was replaced by Steve Irby (ex-Black Eye) and is still in the current line yup with myself and Steve Wells.>>

2) The first question that pops up my mind is why do you have this strange name?

<<We think it’s kinda funny actually. I suppose you would too, if you knew anybody in the Auto Workers Unions over here.>>

3) What type of “social problems” do you touch in your lyrics? If you touch any.

<<We’re not big on preaching about too much through our music. It’s more about just rockin’ out, and having fun. There’s already WAY too many fuckers out there taking themselves too serious.>>

4) A lot of punkers are being considerated “social problems”. That tag was placed upon you? If yes, why?

<<No, not at all. Like I said, wer’re just three old guys delivering the blistering rock!>>

5) Touring with bands like Slayer, Goldfinger, D.R.I., changed something in your music? What has changed in your music over the years?

<<When Mike sang with us we were more “Poppy-ish”, now we’re almost like an old school speed metal band. The only difference is the heavy punk influence.>>

6) I know a lot of punkers and almost all of them are using drugs: marijuana, L.S.D etc., at every rock concert. Between Heavy Metalists, Black Metalists this this doesn’t happens very often. This is what is happening in my country. In USA do you have the same problem?

<<I think that problem exists everywhere, not just in the music scene.>> What’s your attitude towards drugs? <<Personally, I don’t do drugs. I used to smoke alot of weed years ago, and drank a little. The other guys in the band enjoy a good smoke though on occasion.>> Do you take drugs? <<Nope. I got enough problems.>>

7) Where do you find your inspiration?

<<Everywhere. Out in nature…walking down crowded city street…dreaming… chasing women… inspiration is found anywhere you look.>>

8) When I read the lyrics for “The Empty Glass”, a question appears. What attitude do you have towards heavy drinking?

<<That’s actually a spin off of a really old song that my Grandpa used to sing. He was from one of the Southern states over here, you may have heard the term, “Hillbilly”…it was from an old Hillbilly song…yes, my Grandpa was indeed a Hillbilly.>>

9) I saw that “Windian” is about fake people. Tell me the story behind it.

<<Steve Wells and myself played on a Pow Wow Drum, which is a sacred Native American activity. At all these events were people trying to “act” like Natives (American Indians) trying to out do the next guy. It was sad, because there weren’t many that acted like that, but the ones that did put a black cloud on the entire thing.>>

10) How was received by the public and mass-media your new album? You’ve toured extensively to promote it?

<<So far so good. Of course you’re going to get good and bad reviews, that’s to be expected. We toured quite a bit last Fall and early Winter. I also play bass for GWAR, so now we had to put L.A.W. on hold due to the GWAR recording schedule. As soon as that’s complete, we’ll get back out until the GWAR tour starts.>>

11) If you look back to the origins of punk, do you see these punk wannabees like intruders?

<<Nah man, to each his own, you know? Call it whatever you want, it doesn’t matter. Long gone are the days of, “Death to false whatever”>>

12) In your opinion, who is the best punk band of the world? Except you, of course! He, he.

<<Wow, tough question…hmm…gotta be The Descendents ! !>>

13) Why did you named your cd “Surf Lake Erie”? Reading the lyrics, I see that every song is about something else and only one of them is related to the title.

<<The town we’re from, Toledo, Ohio, is located on Lake Erie…it’s a joke, because there are no waves here, so surfing is impossible, see? Alot of the other songs do have references to this area though, but you probably wouldn’t know that, not many people from the states do either. Oh well…>>

14) When I look to your pics, nothing tells me that you’re a punk band. Nothing from the old bands. But after all, not the clothes are making the man. So, could you tell me, in your opinion, how must behave a punker, dress, etc.?

<<Dude, don’t get caught up in the “punk uniform” So many “so called punks” today are so worried about how punk or street they look, it’s become it’s own trendy fashion show. Like I said, we just deliver the furious rock, people call us punk, that’s fine…some call us metal, that’s fine too, we don’t care, as long as they keep coming out to the shows!>>

15) Well, this is almost the end. Two final questions, are you an Iron Maiden fan and what is the american dream?

<<Iron Maiden is one of (if not) the greatest meatl bands of all time. We’re all huge Maiden fans. I just saw them again last summer, they were fucking unbelievable! So tight, and kicking ass after all these years. Hell yeah! As far as the American Dream goes…to me it’s being able to rock in a band, tour the country or world, get paid, meet tons of really cool people, see lots of great places, and make people smile and have fun at shows!>>

16) Now, this is the real end of the interview. Any last punk wisdom to share with us? Thanks for the interview. All the best in the future.

<<Here’s a final bit of wisdom…” You’ll never go wrong by doing the right thing!”
Thanks alot for the interview man, I really appreciate your interest in our band. Best of luck to you with all your endeavors. CHEERS! -Todd/ Lazy American Workers>>

Geminus Sect Interview

I don’t know how many people know about the existence of this great industrial band, a very nice alternative to Rammstein and M.Manson. So, to find out a little more about them and their music, I’ve took them an interview.

1) Hi there. Tell us your history, past releases etc…

XEVIN: The Geminus Sect came about in early ’99 when Xayne and I decided to change the name and start fresh. We were originally a three piece band called Auslander with a live drummer named Gerhart and minimal electronics. We parted ways with him in ’98 and a couple of months later joined up with a programmer/guitarist named Tekk who had some equipment and got us into a studio to record our first demo for free. He had other things going on at the time so we parted ways and went on as a duo again. In 2000 we sent our demo out to a bunch of labels and Sin Klub was really interested in releasing our first CD. We signed a year long contract with them in October of 2000 and recorded the CD in 2001. Gemination is our first official release.

2) The Geminus term sounds like Gemini (Twins), so two questions are ready. Are you really twins and why a twin sect? Do you have any worshipers?

XEVIN: Geminus is the singular form of the word Gemini meaning “twin-born” or “doubled.” We are identical twins… Xayne is a minute older than me and we have pretty much the same taste in music, movies, food, etc. As far as the word “sect” in the The Geminus Sect, we wanted a band name that sounded like it could be the title of a sci-fi movie. I thought “Geminus” would be a cool band name and Xayne added “Sect” and that completed it. Sect really just refers to our fans and the people who are into our music. But who knows, maybe when we make more of a name for ourselves we’ll turn it into a full blown cult and be twin David Koresh’s.

3) And now lets talk a little bit about your album. Why did you name it, “Gemination”?

XEVIN: Gemination means ‘to double’ and we used it as a play on words… as in the idea of The Geminus Sect starting with Xayne and I and spreading into a “nation”. Actually, we originally thought about calling the band Gemination.

4) In the booklet you don’t have any lyrics, so I can’t say what is the concept of the album. So, please illuminate us.

XEVIN: We may eventually put up a lyric page on our site with a new song’s lyrics every month or so. There’s not really one particular concept to the CD. Most of the lyrics deal with a nonconformist mindset and the rut that people fall into when they get older… of just accepting what’s been force-fed to them all their lives and not trying to break out of that mold. Songs like Slavior and Unborn Again kind of deal with those issues. Some of the songs deal with our view of the not-so-distant future and how man’s own inventions will one day render him obsolete. Then something like Digital Deities is totally spur of the moment lyric-wise. Tekk wrote the music to that song and originally titled it “Dead Deities”. Either Xayne or I changed it to Digital Deities and that title fit the music so we went from there.

5) One of your songs has quite a profane sound: Sadomasochrist. Tell us why did you used this strange title. It’s more close to the Black/Death Metal bands song titles than to an industrial band.

XAYNE: Well, that song is about the way people sometimes let Christ, God or whatever religion make them feel guilty about pleasure or different things. It could also be about the “do as I say, not as I do” mentality or the hipocrisy of Christianity and religion. Plus it was just a cool play on words for a song title….adding an R to the word Sadomasochist. Seems like that title would already have been used, or maybe it has. If we were a Black metal or Death metal band, we may have called the group “SadomasoChrist”, who knows. But we usually try not to get too religious or political.

6) What is your opinion about J.Christ? Is he the son of God or was he a smart dude who succeeded to become a spiritual leader only by trickery?

XAYNE: Nobody really knows for sure, but I think Jesus Christ had a real biological dad out there somewhere, he was probably just a really good bullshitter as far as the God thing.

XEVIN: Elvis and Lennon are “gods” or like Christ to some people because they’re dead. Seems to always work that way. Even though what they did on earth was great, dying makes you untouchable and things tend to get amped up alot as time goes by. The same could apply to Jesus and some day bin Laden, Saddam, Ringo, etc… if you’re popular or in some kind of position of power today then when you die you’ll be even more popular and celebrated. Look at Cobain, the guy wrote some good songs but ever since he offed himself he’s become a martyr to some people.

7) When I’m looking to the front cover and reading the title of another song: H.E.D. (Human Elimination Device), I can’t stop wondering if you believe in extra-terrestrials.

XAYNE: H.E.D. is really about technology and machines taking over things a man used to do or the roles being reversed as far as robots/machines taking control. But I can kinda see where you get the extra terrestrial concept as far as aliens invading and eliminating humans.

XEVIN: Aliens are a cool thing to want to believe in just like ghost, but I’d have to see them with my own eyes to really believe that something else exists out there. I think the idea of life somewhere else in the universe is a possibility though.

8) You’ve had some great reviews for the album all over the world, but what was the fans response? Have you received many demands for the CD?

XEVIN: The fan response has been great. I’ve gotten emails from Germany, Canada, and all over the world so the disease is spreading beyond the States. The CD is available through a number of music outlets all over the world. If they don’t have it in the store you can most likely order it through the store or through Sin Klub or our site when we get through revamping it.

9) Did you tour intensely to promote the album?

XEVIN: We’ve done the odd bit of touring for the CD and opening for some nationals but nothing extensive. That ought to change this year. We took a year off (not really by choice) to get our heads back together and decide our next move and write some new stuff. We’re itching to get back out on the road.

10) Touring with masters like Moonspell, The Kovenant made you change something in your music? If yes, what, why?

XEVIN: Both were great bands to play with but honestly I don’t know much about either’s music so I can’t say it influenced us at all. I remember the singer for Moonspell was a really nice guy and complimented us on a great show even though half the crowd probably didn’t know what to think of us. Opening for Bile was alot of fun too.

11) I see with some reticence that a lot of bands are renouncing to classical instruments: guitars, bass, drums etc., in favour of computer programming. How do you see this change of attitude? It’s a metamorphosis in something better or they use computer prog ’cause this way a CD is cheaper and sometimes the result is better?

XEVIN: With us it’s just how we choose to write the music. Some of the songs on Gemination were conceived the old fashioned way… banging away on a set of drums and a guitar (Better Off Dead, Nothing Is Real, Lapse and Cyst were written this way). Yes it is sometimes easier to record a programmed drumbeat instead of a live human drummer on a acoustic set with fifteen microphones. But I would never strictly record one way even though that may be the most common way… we’d be willing to record live drums if the opportunity arose or it sounded better that way. Actually we’re thinking about revamping some of the songs for live drums for the live show. All the guitars, bass, vocals, and some keyboards are live in the studio though.

12) Sin Klub was a good supporter of your album: advertisement, promo Cd copies for world wide mag, distributors, radio stations etc?

XEVIN: Now that the CD has been out over a year Sin Klub has done a good job of promoting it and getting the word out. Honestly, there was a time when I didn’t think the CD was going to see the light of day. We recorded it in February of 2001, mixed it in October of that same year and it finally came out over a year later in late 2002.

13) Who is your favorite industrial metal band? What bands helped you to become the ones you are today?

XEVIN: We don’t really have a favorite industrial band or any type of band for that matter. There’s the usual lot of electronic-based bands that we got into early on like Skinny Puppy and Ministry. We have a pretty wide range of influences that go beyond just industrial or metal acts. When I’m in the car I can listen to anything from Bread to Bile. As cliché as it sounds I guess if I could pin-point one band that we idolized when we were younger it was Kiss. That started the idea for us as far as being in a band just like it did for a million other kids. As far as an industrial band that shaped us, it’d probably be Ministry. When I first saw the NWO video I kinda laughed but then later on I got it. 80’s Metal was also a big influence… Shout-era Crue and early Twisted Sister. As far as later stuff it’d be some Aphex Twin and both of the Ohgr CD’s are killer from front to back. Great songwriting with plenty of hooks… something you wouldn’t expect from Ogre when you think about his SP days. I love Mark Walk’s programming on both.

14) This is the end of our interview. Thanks. Bye. Any last words?

XEVIN and XAYNE: Thanks to Metal Silvae for the questions and check out during the next couple of months for new info and songs. Lots of new stuff planned for 2004!

Editor’s note: All the pictures used were taken from The Star

Out Of The Lair Interview

1) Hello! How are you doing? How are things going on for Out of The Lair?

Hi Metal-Silvae & Romania. Thank you for the interview invitation. Everything considering OUT OF THE LAIR is going fine.

2) Could you start by presenting your history, line-up?

The band OUT OF THE LAIR was formed back in 1995, under the name WOLVERINE. Some live shows, recordings and line-up changes took place until now. Todays line up is Spyros V. (guitars, vocals), George Kantzios (bass), Dim (guitars), Dionysis Nikolaidis (drums).

3) Your album was released in the Fall of 2003. Are you satisfied with the final result?

The album was released in Fall of 2003, only for promotional reasons. The number of the copies can prove that. Most of the cds have been sent to labels and web zines, magazines etc. We are 100% satisfied with the final result. People listening to “Psychotears” are (most of them) satisfied and that make us satisfied too.

4) I was really impressed by the front cover. I think it blends with your lyrics. Are you satisfied with the outcome? How is Chris Karietis (Less than Human)?

It took much time and work for the making of the cover. Chris Karietis worked very long and very hard to conclude to this cover, after some guideness of the band. By looking at the cover and the layout in general, it’s easy to understand the professionalism of Chris. Checking some art of Chris can prove everything written above.

5) After Dim (ex. Desertomen, Transcending Bizarre) joined the band you changed your music style? He added more speed to it? How does he fits in the band?

The style of the band has not changed. OUT OF THE LAIR just got more mature time by time. Dim is an excellent guitarist. He’s one of the best in Thessaloniki in the metal genre. He added more ideas. He added his music personality at the group. Dim made OUT OF THE LAIR’s sound more complex.

6) You choose an interesting title for this new album, Psychotears. Could you elaborate a little bit on its meanings, as well as on the whole lyrical concept of the album?

The lyrics of the album are not talking about something specific. Most of them give social, political messages, some are talking about religion and some of them have fantastic content, but after analyzing them you get to social conclusions. The track Psychotears is talking about the human soul, the fears that someone may have and the battle that may be going on someone’s brain.

7) How did you worked with Sakis (Rotting Christ)? Is he a difficult person?

We met Sakis some time ago. We thought that the contribution of Sakis vocals would be great for OUT OF THE LAIR, since he is one of the best singers in metal. He came at the band’s studios to listen to us. Then he agreed in cooperating with us. He is a very friendly and cooperative guy.

8) Reading the lyrics from God, some questions are poping up my mind. Are you guys believing in after life (life after you die)? Do you think that Satan without God could not exist and vice-versa? Are they two faces of the same coin?

Spyros: I don’t know about after life. I’m not dead yet. I know about this life. God could not exist without human. Satan could not exist without God. I don’t know if there is God or Satan. Everyone can choose the path he likes. Concluding, I don’t like any religion. Religions are economical societies – companies nowadays.

9) I see that you also have a track about a vampire lady. Are you familiar with the story of Dracula? I must say I disagree with the term Dracula=vampire. Do you know who really was Dracula?

I think Dracula was first existed in the 1923 movie. It is a very good and cult movie. Everyone that wants to know about Dracula should refer to that movie. We haven’t met any vampires or Dracula since now.

10) I’ve understood that you have been selected to record two tracks that constituted the soundtrack of Erevos PC Game. That made you feel more important in the metal scene? Do you think it was an acknowledgement of your skills?

Erevos PC Game was our first official release. It was something we will not regret. The pack of the game was in a very nice box package and there was 2 cds. One cd had the game and the other had the soundtrack of the game. Erevos gave the chance to people to get to known us worldwide.

11) What bands influenced your music style? And what kind of music you listen at home?

Some bands that influenced our music style are: Helloween, Blind Guardian, Anthrax, Annihilator, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Crimson Glory, Conception, Kamelot, Paradise Lost, Candlemass, In Flames, Children Of Bodom, Motorhead, Bob Marley, Sanctuary, Warlord, Kreator, Sodom, S.O.D., D.R.I., Queensryche and many many many more… At home we listen mostly to metal music.

12) I’ve read that you’ve played with bands like Sentenced, Rotting Christ, Primordial, Evergrey, etc. All these tours influenced in some way your music?

Playing with bands like Candlemass, Nevermore, Evergrey etc made us act in a more professional way. It didn’t influenced out music tho. It just influenced the way we act for promoting the group and our presence on the scene.

13) Are you satisfied with the collaboration with George Prigos (Less than Human, Homo Iratus) and with Fotis Demertzis (Homo Iratus, Disembowel)?

Both of them guys know how to do their job in a perfection. They are also our concert sound engineers. They are our friends too. So cooperating with them was really fun.

14) After 9 years in the Heavy Metal scene, how do you see it’s development? It became better with time or now it’s in decline?

Heavy metal music was at its top at ‘90s. Although, lately the heavy metal scene has began getting bigger. More people are listening to heavy metal bands and through internet more people can listen to heavy metal and read about the groups.

15) This seems to be all for the time being. Hope you’ve had a good time answering these questions. All the best in the future. Cheers…

Thank you for the interview. It was really fun answering the questions. We hope to meet you in person, when we may have a concert in Romania. We wish all the best for Metal Silvae, too.

Best regards,

Spyros, George – OUT OF THE LAIR