Sunday, 10 December 2017

Interview with Grethor done by Patrick posted on 12-10-17

Interview with Grethor done by Patrick posted on 12-10-17

1.Hails please introduce yourself to the readers. When did you become interested in writing and playing music?

Tony Petrocelly: I played guitar and bass on the album, as well as recording and mixing it. I've been obsessed with music for as long as I can remember, and started playing guitar and bass about 22 years ago.

Brian Frost: I started playing music about 26 years ago when I was still in elementary school. I did well in several solo competitions and become interested in becoming a more dynamic musician. I eventually picking up guitar in my teens and composing my own music.

Marcus Lawrence : Vocals and Lyrics. Been playing since I was 16.

2.Grethor was formed in 2007. When did you all get the idea to form this band, and how did you all choose Grethor as the name of the band?

Lawrence: This was oringinally a side project formed by Willy Rivera of LORD. He came to me with the idea of playing 1st Wave Black Metal, which no one was doing at that time. So, we got some people together and practiced in guitarist Bobby Lute's basement, then played some shows and recorded an EP. We have had some lineup changes and recordings since, but it all began with a bunch of guys just wanting to play old school black metal.

The name Grethor is from Star Trek. It's the Klingon version of Niflheim, the Viking Underworld. It's a place for disgraced warriors in the afterlife, and was a great black metal name. We wanted to do something different from the usual occult or Tolkien themes that are typical in the genre's band names.

3.Who would you say are Grethor's biggest influences?

Frost: I’m all over the map, I did draw influences from Steely Dan and old blues rock albums, and old school black metal for this album. I didn’t write the lyrics, but I do believe that you can write music that draws emotion. I spend a while demoing songs until I felt something while playing it back.

Lawrence : I would say that depends on who is in the band at a given time. Willy was influenced by Bathory, Celtic Frost, or Venom, which is what we were doing. Bobby was quite influenced by Emperor, Immortal, and Dissection. Throw in Gorguts, Ulcerate, Portal, etc, and there you go.

4.Damnatio Memoriae is Grethor's debut cd which will be released in early 2018. Does the whole band take part in the writing process, or does one member write everything?

Petrocelly: The bulk of the songwriting was done by Anthony, with Brian contributing three songs.

Frost: Everyone brought something to the table, which was great because I think it made the album more dynamic. Because of the sheer amount of material, we dropped a lot of music and focused producing and sharpening what we thought was the best songs.

5.Who usually takes care of writing the lyrics, and what are some subjects you all wrote about on Damnatio Memoriae?

Lawrence : That's always been me. I have always written about the dangers of anti-intellectualism and the terror it brings, such as authoritarianism and rampant dehumanization. I grew up in the extremely dogmatic faith of Mormonism, and it shaped my views on authority. I often felt alienated by the lack of complete acceptance of it, as if I was sort of screaming into a wind tunnel. I found it to be stifling of creativity and limiting of exploring your limits. I came to the conclusion that if you believe that a divine being has a plan for you, just you, and someone directly to him and interprets that plan, then you will believe anything. You will kill to preserve conformity. You will crush the lives of others, so long as that man's word is a bond to that divine reward, be he Priest, Politician, Pastor, or Imam. It doesn't matter. You will needlessly suffer or destroy yourself and everyone around you so that he can prosper. I had a lot to write about these last couple of years.

6.Has Grethor played live very often over the years? What have been some of the band's most memorable shows over the years?

Frost: We played a great show in Fairfax VA a few years ago where Marcus was wearing in corpsepaint and I wore a Blackhawks hockey jersey. I get pretty into my playing, and the floor was covered in peanut shells and beer. I almost ate the floor while headbanging with  someone in the audience.

Lawrence: I really liked that old church in Alexandria. Or that field party that got shut down by the cops. Or those VFW shows. Or that Canal CLub show in Richmond back in '07. Still, nothing beats Grethor's very first show. We had no monitors, so we couldn't hear shit. Bobby stated playing the wrong song once, and I looked at Willy, who just shrugged. I look over at Bobby, who is just grinnning through his corpse paint, saying "This is awesome!" People afterward kept coming up to us and saying "That was black metal as FUCK!" I guess it was. Definitely raw.

7.Are there any tours or shows planned in 2018 in support of the debut release? If yes, where will the band be playing, and who are some bands you will be sharing the stage with?

Frost: I think we are going to take a break and reconvene when we see the response of the album. I live in Chicago now, but I would make the time for the right show/tour.

Lawrence: Marcus : Hard to say at the moment, considering so many of us are moving on. This means lineup changes, and it's going to be hard to replace people, of course, but it has to be done. I really appreciate what everyone has done on this album, and moving on is always challenging. I just hope everyone is happy with the end result of their time in Grethor, and happy in the lives to come, you know?

8.Besides working in Grethor do you or any of the members currently work in other bands or solo projects?

Petrocelly: I play guitar in Construct of Lethe and drums in Lord.

Frost: I play guitar in a rock/jazz outfit called Protobomb, and guitar/vocals/drums in Angry Hate Infestation

Lawrence: I do vocals in a black metal project called Nox Summos, hopefully finish recording in the New Year.

9.Grethor comes out of Virginia's black, death metal scene. What are your thoughts of Virginia's scene?

Petrocelly: We're from northern Virginia, which is sort a world unto itself as compared to the rest of the state. Northern Virginia most certainly has a scene, but death metal and black metal bands are pretty rare. Most of the larger venues around here that hosted shows have closed, so there's a pretty thick network of D.I.Y. shows, to the point where there's generally at least a couple shows every weekend. 

Frost: I was surprised that the metal scene in the DC is so small. Baltimore to the north and Richmond to the south seem to have much more robust music scenes in general. On the other hand, seeing a band like Suffocation play on the floor in a place that holds like 50 people was cool.

Lawrence: Agreed. With all of that.

10.Who are some of your all-time favorite bands from Virginia? And are there any new bands you feel the readers should watch out for?

Petrocelly: The Day of the Beast and Cammo Shorts are my personal favorites.

Lawrence: I also agree, and going to add Affasia, Gloom, and Mournspire.

Frost: Deceased and Municipal Waste come time mind quick. Local band Reticle is outstanding.

11.When not working on new music or band business what do you you like to do in your free time?

Petrocelly: What is free time?

Frost: I work on cars, see shows, I read a lot, and have discovered I’m good at cooking and making cocktails.

Lawrence: Personal Trainer by day, and also an actor. My kids take up quite a bit of my time, however.

12.Thank you  for  taking  the time to fill this interview  out  do you  have any final  words for the  readers?

Lawrence: Yes. Keep an eye out for the album, for starters, but some things beyond that? Stay informed. Ignorance goes beyond the limits of the microcosm of your immediate existence and concerns. If something tells you that anyone not like you has no right to the basic needs of existence, then it's probably bullshit propaganda.

Frost: In the strict scientific sense we all feed on death..even vegetarians.


I'm airing 2 episodes of The Wastelands Radio this week. Featuring 100,000 promos which were submitted. A huge, huge thanks to everyone for contacting me. I'm currently playing catch up as usual, but the 2 episodes will go a long way to get myself back up to speed. I've been on and off hiatus, whilst finishing up my assignments for school. I'll write some details later when the shows are airing, but they will be about 3hrs each.

Full winter schedule posted soon.



The annual Best of Lists are coming soon. Covering movies, TV series, underground metal, punk/hc, and underground hip hop. I always try to post them as close to Christmas as possible to consider later releases.

Friday, 8 December 2017


Super fast update to say that I handed in my end of term papers today at school and can now get back to the radio shows and hopefully some site updates. There are the usual best of lists planned as we near Christmas, but I'm waiting until after The Last Jedi is released to see if it is actually any good. We all know what happened after the hype with The Force Awakens. Yes I fed the hype as well, but it is difficult to avoid when its Star Wars. I usually post the best of lists a few days before Christmas Eve, so I can consider later movie/tv/music releases.

The Wastelands airs next weekend and the level of promos has been insane, so thanks to all! I'm also holding a special silly carol service on The Wastelands Radio titled 'Gaz at Christmas', which features songs from my forth coming festive album. The full track list is below. I'm sure it shall soon be heard in elevators everywhere. 

Gaz at Christmas track list:

1. I give mommy migraines at Christmas.
2. I slept in on Christmas morning and Nana is mad at me. 
3. Constipated on New Year's Eve.
4. Uncle Jim gave me socks again.
5. Brussel sprout soufflet.
6. My Christmas dinner has fallen through the plate and floor, Auntie asks 'Is it nice?'.
7. V Neck jumper relatives.
8. All I can hear is pop music, where is my metal?

Outside of recording festive treats in 2 Dollar Studios, I'm planning to maybe host 2-3 editions of Ancient Visionz Talk Radio before winter vacation on Xmas Eve. 


Friday, 1 December 2017

Interview with Slow done by Patrick posted on 12-1-17

Interview with Deha  vocalist and all instruments  of  Slow  done by Patrick  

1.Hello  Deha  please introduce yourself  to  the readers? How are things going in  Belgium these  days?

Well, I am Déhà, 1985, musician, music producer (mix, master, recording), music coach (musicology, vocal coach ...) and trying to become freelance in music producing as my main job.
I am doing quite fine, despite the insane rain and cold weather here, hah.

2.When did you  first  become interested in writing and playing music?What  was the  first  instrument you  learned to play?What  instruments do you currently play and are their  any instruments you  would like to  learn one day?

I think I got interested in music back in 1989 when I was just four years old. From there, I’ve listened a lot, carefully, just listened, but I remember back then we had AMIGA computers, and I discovered that programs such as OCTAMED were sound trackers, kind of an old-school digital audio workstation, used to make video games music. So I started like this.
I’ve learnt to play guitar first, but it’s not my main instrument. As I learnt by myself, I am quite incapable to play live with guitars. So I consider myself more of a bassist. I also play a bit of piano and drums.
I’d love to be able to play those instruments masterfully. And violin / cello / Theremin. Mostly.

3.Who  are  some of your influences and favorite  musicians?

Too many to say, seriously.

4.Deha you  started  Slow  in 2007 when did you first  get the idea to  start this band?

I wanted something which was a ‘trip’ to deep waters, and space at the same time. This kind of darkened blue mood. For me, it almost was the antithesis of Yhdarl, which was primal darkness, suicide, and so on. Now I believe Slow has emerged to something better since “Gaïa”, when I introduced voices to the band. Maybe a bit more mainstream, per se? But it has become what I wanted, and it is even more amplified by the presence of Lore in the band.

5.Who  would you  say  are  Slow's biggest influences?

Darkness, serenity, drowning, voyage, Blue.
There are no musical influences in Slow. I never influence myself with other music.

6.I believe you are the sole member of Slow did you plan on working as a one man band  or would you like to find new musicians to work with?

Well, Lore got into the band this year, as I was composing/finalizing the latest album “V – Oceans”. For me, she is a milestone, despite such a small time she’s been in the band.
As for composing… I think we would stay like this right now. If one day we go live, then, I already know who I would ask. (Dan if you read.) It’s true that I am taking care of almost everything in the band (all instruments, voices, production), but once again: Lore gives me limits and puts other limits away. The workload is more than shared.

7.If you  had the opportunity  to work with  any musicians{past or present} who  would you  like to  work with?

Hm. I believe I would go for Jacques Brel, first. Then I’d love to work with Devin Townsend, or Ihsahn. But I’d add Diamanda Galas also. I have no idea, too many outstanding artists. As much as for example I would love to collaborate with my friend Amduscias from Temple of Baal.

8.V-Oceans is  Slow's fifth full length which is being released through Code666  how did you  come in contact  with this label?

I have no damn idea. I was contacted by them, out of nowhere. It’s still an amazing shock. I didn’t even go to ask or else.
9.How long  did it  take  to  write  the music  for  V-Oceans?

June 15th 2015 until June 15th 2017. Two years.
I know the dates because it was just on the day that Shape Of Despair released their masterpiece Monotony Fields. Fate had it that I finished two years later.

10.Besides the upcoming release are any of  Slow's previous  releases  still available for the readers to buy?Besides physical releases  do you have any other merchandise available for the readers to buy if yes  what is  available and where can the readers buy it?
Right now, only digital. Yet I am planning some reissues of the other albums, in case. Priority being on album IV & III.
No merch, unfortunately.
Everything digital is on
11.Besides  working Slow do you  currently  play in  any other  solo projects or bands?If yes  please tell the readers a little  about them?
I am pretty known in the ‘scene’ to have a lot of bands & solo projects. Yet the main ones are :
. Clouds (international / atmospheric doom)
. Ter Ziele (Belgium / Depressive black / doom)
. Imber Luminis (solo / atmospheric something metal)
. Maladie (Germany / progressive black metal)
. and I would stop here.

12.When  not  working on  new  music or  band  business  what do you  enjoy doing  in your  free time?
I try to make photo retouching under the monicker I BREATHE NEEDLES. Or well, the typical : games, listening to music, watching movies, …
Yet : I don’t have a lot of free time. Which is okay.
13.Thank you  Deha for  taking the time to fill this  interview out  do you have any  final words for the readers?
Don’t be ignorant.

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Wednesday, 29 November 2017


Hey all, I'm a little quiet atm and busy working on assignments for school, which are due in a week on Friday. With that being said, general site updates and radio shows are cancelled for this week. 

I want to thank all the artists/bands/PR companies for the submissions, which shall be worked into The Wastelands Radio next weekend. 

A rough date for the return date of The Wastelands is Friday 8th or 9th December. Metal, Punk, Underground Hip Hop, and much more.

Ancient Visionz Talk Radio is aiming to start the rescheduling process soon, and maybe I can squeeze in 2 or 3 shows before winter vacation.

The Ancient Visionz 2017 'best of lists' are usually posted as late as possible to take into consideration any late releases before Christmas.