23 June 2018

Freedom Hawk - Beast Remains



Band: Freedom Hawk
Title: Beast Remains
Label: Ripple Music
Release date: March 23, 2018
Country: USA
Format reviewed: vinyl LP

I truly dislike molds. Specifically, music made to fit a certain mold or another. Please feel free to substitute style, genre (or subgenre), for molds. Music should be created independent of any molds, and it should be allowed to be categorized after the fact, after it was composed, recorded and released. Trying to make something to fit in a certain mold does a huge detriment to music. A fact that has been proven time and time again. An artist, or a band, should have the ability to create music freely, and not dictated by trends and/or molds. The large record labels are responsible for forcing artists to confine to artificially imposed molds, a fact that became clearly visible in the 80s, and has taken a huge toll on free creativity ever since.

To fully comprehend the heavy rock music behind FREEDOM HAWK’s fifth full-length release “Beast Remains”, time-traveling is required. And since my DeLorean is currently in the shop, we shall employ virtual means to get to the roots of rock, and due to lack of space, a heavily simplified version of events, barely scratching the surface, is hereby presented. While one of most important influences on the contemporary era (post 1980) of heavy metal, lays on the rise in the late 70s of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM), with it’s forefronts Iron Maiden and Saxon, and even that scene’s close, mid 70s predecessors, the mighty Judas Priest, Motörhead and Thin Lizzy, the roots of heavy rock music are immensely deeper. Deeper than the enormous contributions to rock from the iconic Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, in the late 60s and early 70s, often credited with the inception of heavy metal as a genre. Factually, both Deep Purple (psychedelic/progressive) and Led Zeppelin (blues rock) were hard rock acts, with Black Sabbath bringing “downer rock” to the table, a proto-doom metal root. All three strongly anchored into the late 60s psychedelic rock (alternatively “acid rock”). A period that immediately brings to mind vivid psychedelic acts such as Vanilla Fudge and Iron Butterfly, and explosive power trios: The Jimi Hendrix Experience and Cream, among others. Also, around the same period of time, rock saw a rise of occult influenced acts: Arthur Brown, Coven and Black Widow - indisputably influencers on the upcoming Black Sabbath. Going further down the rock history rabbit hole, in the early to mid 60s, solidly grounded in the earlier American blues and rock and roll, we found: the forefront of The British Invasion and counterculture rebels - The Rolling Stones, the shrine to three of rock's most famous guitarists, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck - The Yardbirds, and the "bigger-louder-wall-of-Marshalls" - The Who. With the electric guitar at their common core and the liberal use of feedback, loud distortion and fuzz tones, these groups rapidly escalated to stardom status. Since we made it this far back, it begs the question: where all this originated? … On May 14th 1954 - Sun Records released a 45RPM single (#106) of blues performer James Cotton: “Cotton Crop Blues” (“Hold Me In Your Arms” B-side), featuring one Pat Hare and his "grittier, nastier, more ferocious electric guitar sound". A very worthy mention would also be the late 1950s instrumentals of Link Wray, particularly "Rumble" (1958), and of what was shaping to become the surf rock of the late 50s and early 60s. (As a side note: Jimmy Page plays airguitar to Link Ray’s “Rumble” in the 2009 documentary “It Might Get Loud” - look it up!). 

Returning as a four-piece band on “Beast Remains”, their first album on Ripple Music, FREEDOM HAWK delivers one of the best releases of 2018, so far. With the addition of guitarist Brendan O'Neill, the founding core of T.R. Morton (vocals/guitar), Mark Cave (bass) and Lenny Hines (drums), an already excellent band gains full artistic maturity. Their trajectory is in every way comparable to (Ozzy’s era) Black Sabbath, whom themselves reached their artistic maturity, and mainstream acceptance, (also) with the release of their fifth full-length “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath” in 1973. And like Black Sabbath before them, FREEDOM HAWK won’t confine to molds! While the 70s (and some early 80s) influences are obvious, the music on “Beast Remains” is in no way “recycled”. The dual-guitar dynamism layered upon the pervasive bass lines, both doubling and bottom filling to the streamlined drumming precision, allowing for an effective vocal delivery. As a whole, the main focus is on the melody and the sound: collectively, the Virginia Beach (VA) band exploits perfectly the inner details in their compositions, resulting in a dynamic, yet melodic flow. The band paints a beautiful canvas of elevated textures using a vibrant palette of colors in every song on the album: from the solid 1-2 opener (“Solid Gold”/“Danger“), instantly gripping the listener, to the very last track (“Champ“). Clocking in at just over forty-one minutes, shorter than the rest of their releases (with the exception of the 2009 self-titled), the impactful eight compositions on “Beast Remains” were all written and arranged by the band, with the lyrical content provided by T.R. Morton. The album, recorded and mixed at Master Sound Studios (Virginia Beach) by Rob Ulsh, assisted by David Stillman, mastered by Chris Goosman at Baseline Audio Labs (Ann Arbor, MI), was entirely produced by the band. The beautifully psychedelic cover art is the creation of Sandra Havik.


I’ve seen this album categorized as: stoner, doom, psych, heavy metal, whatever … While nuances of the aforementioned styles are present, “Beast Remains” is a heavy rock record. I see no point to the growing trends of over-categorizing and listing every shade of musical influence and crossover styles, on most newer releases. Also, I don’t see any gains in steering a potential listener towards one style or another. FREEDOM HAWK has rightfully landed on Ripple Music’s roster: the San Ramon, California, independent label that keeps charming the rock & metal congregation with one great album release after another.

I encourage any potential listeners to discover on their own the music and where any influences might lay. These reviews are hopefully a source of inspiration to discover something new and musically exciting. Other than that, any review is just an opinion, and those are as many as are people. Let FREEDOM HAWK elevate your mind and spirit, within and beyond the amazing journey that “Beast Remains” is. 

shall leave you with a David Stillman quote, printed on the LP’s insert: “Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not found of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can praise them, disagree with them, quote them, disbelieve them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things.” Utterly recommended! 9/10 By UHF



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22 June 2018

Funeral Mist - Hekatomb


Band: Funeral Mist
Title: Hekatomb
Label: Norma Evangelium Diaboli
Release Date: June 15th, 2018
Country: Sweden
Format Reviewed: Digital MP3

And so, on a cold June day, the mist came around us again, untimely, like a halo of inescapable misery, and Black Metal became an inescapable certainty, again, in the most inhospitable funeral of our minds.

Arioch is back, without warning, and after nine years of having edited his last Full Length, "Maranatha", in 2009, his approach of non-Orthodox Swedish extremity becomes flesh and blood again, to delight us with a pure assault to our senses. 

Perhaps, most of our readers know about the origin of this demon, but, for those new enthusiasts of this incredible music, I clarify that Arioch is also a member of a well-known Swedish band. I speak of Marduk (who coincidentally will also be releasing an album in a few days), where he takes care of the vocals. 

But Funeral Mist is another kind of succubus. Is the personal project of this musician, in which he takes charge of all the instruments, except for the drums that, in this case, are also occupied by a former member of Marduk: Lars, who turns out to be a fundamental piece to analyze the vehemence that this marvel reveals, in its totality.

"Hekatomb" does not take a moment to submerge the listener in an occult sound vortex, which results
in the discovery of an artist perfecting a facet that he had already demonstrated in his last album.

Far has been the excessive chaotic delirium of his cult work "Salvation", from 2003 (One of the best Swedish black metal albums of all time), and his sound search seems to be more in connection with the sound clarity shown in "Maranatha". And this characteristic, in other artists, could be understood as a counter, but in the case of Funeral Mist, it works as an incredible tool for the promotion of aggressiveness without precedent.

I think that what always stood out for this project was the audacity and talent of the artist to develop, in his vision, a unique cosmogony that, even being far from the Avant-Garde niche, could advance the genre towards unsuspected territories of originality. This album is not the exception and, in its somewhat scarce 43 minutes, we attend a concatenation of ideas that are fresh, and totally necessary, that undoubtedly raise the genre to a peak rarely reached this year.

Many will notice certain similarities with Marduk in the most aggressive moments. Technically, the fury and direct disposition of Arioch's riffs and the precision of Lars' blasts manage to reach a climax of absolute insanity very much in tune with his other band. 
Arioch is totally accurate in the guitars, totally abrasive or spitting blasphemies with mastery with his tone so particularly intense.

But the intensity also flows, intermittently, and also yields to sections where original and peculiar ideas can be appreciated. For example, in the song "Naught but Death", you can hear a kind of gospel choir that, far from being artificial, gives a mysterious aura to the composition, which fits perfectly. There are several moments of this nature, that emerge during the work, and that give surprise and the sensation of being listening to a monument of extreme music, unique in its kind, that fluctuates, intrinsic and magnanimous, like a cursed testament of black nature as the deepest hours of nocturnality.

The world of Black Metal is in luck, because Funeral Mist returned with a revitalizing force, with one of the best and radical albums of this year.
Intense, original, lacerating, like a freshly sharpened blade cutting the flesh of your most morbid desires. 9/10. Sergio



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21 June 2018

Down Among The Dead Men - …And You Will Obey Me


Band: Down Among The Dead Men
Album: …And You Will Obey Me
Lable: Transcending Obscurity 
Release Date: June 15th 2018
Country: International
Format reviewed: Digital MP3

Obviously sleeping is for the weak. Why sleep when you can spend every waking minute writing riffs and constructing death metal tunes ad infinitum until you die. This, my friends, is how one Rogga Johansson and Dave Ingram choose to operate on what is, seemingly, a daily basis! 

The roll call for these two metal reprobates is a veritable feast of Death – Ingram, currently set down with ‘Just Before Dawn/Echelon/Ursinne and Ex of the mighty ‘Benediction’ and ‘Bolt Thrower’. Johansson? – Well, whom hasn’t he worked with? – But for the sake of examples; Megascavenger/Paganizer/Revolting/Ribspreader/The Grotesquery…you get the idea? Prolific is an understatement. 

Somehow, with the help of the talents of session musicians Kjetil Lynghaug on leads and Erik R. Bevenrud on session drums, Dave and Rogga have put together the third offering from their ‘Down Among The Dead Men’ (DATDM) collaboration. From the outset and to the very end of this thirty-minute beast, it is clear that DATDM take no prisoners. No reprieve, no mercy – just all out annihilation.

DATDM play exactly the type of steamrolling Death Metal I love to hear. Nothing complex about it – straight forward Old school Death (think Ingram’s other legendary acts) combined with a killer Crust/Dirty Punk element that is captured and delivered with sublime ferocity and power. Furthermore, there is a dark melodic feel to the 10 compositions on offer here. Match that with the deep-seated grooves that Rogga employs with his riffs and the whole thing just explodes with a fire and energy that is truly addictive. The album title itself is almost prophetic in nature as it implores you to reach for the repeat button just one more time. Oh yes, repeated spins is a given such is the spell that this album casts over the listener! 

For me personally, it must be stated that as great as Rogga’s work is on this album, it is Dave Ingram’s vocal performance that has me doing cartwheels. As a massive fan of classic Benediction, nothing pleases more that to hear Dave’s characteristic roar and distinctive tone given the full treatment on this record. Like a Willets or a Van Drunen, Dave’s phrasing and enunciation stands out amongst the crowd, and he is truly one of a kind in the way he constructs his lyrical delivery for maximum impact. For me, Barney Greenway is his only peer when it comes to all out Death Metal style conveyance.

The sound of this album is also a major deal breaker! So Heavy! Superbly crafted with just enough dirt and grime in the back end to heighten it’s ‘Crust’ vibe, ‘Obey..’ possesses a thick pummelling production that only accentuates further the power and devastating intensity of Rogga and co! Such is the experience of the two main protagonist here; they just simply know how to play to each other’s strengths and as such, the whole album flows with unadulterated conviction and sonic precision. Put simply, ‘Obey..’ crushes. 

‘Obey..’ is a fantastic album. At its core, a record that pays pure homage to Old School Death Metal – dark and foreboding, yet the direct and unyielding Crust/Punk element gives a real streamlined edge to DATDM’s compositions. Not a second is wasted here. From the get go of ‘Destroy the Infinite’ to the superb crunch of ‘Darkness of Glass’, ‘Obey…’ is turn on, tune in, heads down, see you at the end! It will be your master…You will Obey! Confident this will be considered as one of the Death Metal albums of the year.  8/10 KMaN



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20 June 2018

Taphos - Come Ethereal Somberness


Band: Taphos
Title: Come Ethereal Somberness
Label: Blood Harvest Records
Release Date: 8 June 2018
Country: Denmark
Format Reviewed: High Quality Digital Promo

If we talk about pure Death Metal assault, uncompromising, aggressive, with a great sense of rottenness and a great old school aura, then we can not ignore Taphos, a Danish quartet ready to shake off the drowsiness of the world's most cavernous Death scene.

"Come Ethereal Somberness" is an album that shouts to the four winds its passion and devotion to the foundations of the best Death Metal of the late 80's, although trying to define the style can become a somewhat complicated task. You could say that the strength of the combo lies in the ability to amalgamate different influences of the past, passing them through a modern prism (in terms of sound quality) that leads to a vicious and frenetic concatenation of Death Metal very well made, simple and terribly addictive.

Of course, the greatness of a band like Taphos lies in the distinctive grace that they apply to their compositions, which places them in a position of substantial privilege, unlike the multitude of acts that only remain in an attempt of homage that, unintentionally, they do not stop having a certain aftertaste to a simple carbon copy of past glories, like Gruesome, for example.

Taphos is responsible for redefining the teachings of legends such as Sadistic Intent, with some obscurity à la Incantation, Autopsy's own maniacal obsession and a tendency, in a lower percentage, for certain Blackened Death characteristics, which are so fashionable today.
The attack is fierce, with excellent riffs and fast tempos. Many millimeter-calculated blasts and tremolo techniques, in the most intense parts, stand out in structures made directly to create internal traumas in cervical areas.

The machine stops its march, at times, to delight us and give us a break with small acoustic interludes, although they are not very durable and, before we know it, we are quickly submerged again in a frenzied whirlwind of endless assault riffs. The formula works perfectly.

"Come Ethereal Somberness" is an absolute pleasure of pure classic Death Metal, totally punishing and very easy to assimilate and enjoy, made by a young band of which I hope to have more news in the near future. Put Taphos to 11 and break your neck!. 8.5/10 Sergio.




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19 June 2018

Malauriu - Morte


Band: Malauriu
Title: Morte
Country: Italy
Label: Southern Hell Records
Release date: 21 May 2018
Format reviewed: Digital Mp3

Malauriu is a Black metal band from Sicily, Italy founded in 2013. They have participated numerous split releases and compilations in their relatively short existence. A band with a serious approach to the genre, personally I am not familiar with their earlier offerings. Some releases you just happen to come across, and how sweet it is to find some gold…

This 5 track ep starts off with a intro track to get the listener into the mood of some serious Black Metal. It closes with an outro track much in the same way. Though I understand the choice to create an atmosphere, black metal is about atmosphere! With an ep ticking in at 19 minutes, it seems a bit out of place.
The first real track, Vortex of supremacy, is a kick of a tune. Full blast ahead, raw vocals and old school guitars. The drumming is fast and intricate.
Revenge of the shadows is up next. Sets of in slower pace, drums all over the place (in a good way). More of an epic song, if brutal BM can be described as epic. This song has many variations and grooves big time.
The last real song is Behold the Damnation, here Malauriu is back to a full assault again. Great vocals and drums, classic BM guitars. What`s not to like?
With this ep Malauriu is proving that they have their own take on BM, though firmly planted in the early 90`s, they show creativity and technical ability to bring something new to the table. If I could change anything I would have skipped the intro (and outro), and given it a fourth real track.
All in all, 19 minutes well spent: 8/10 Harald


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18 June 2018

Paroxsihzem Interview

Paroxsihzem is a Black/Death band from Toronto, Canada who formed in 2007. Hellthrasher Productions is their current label but they also have releases in different formats and distribution as well from Dark Descent records, Vault of Dried Bones and Krucyator Productions too. Inspired by nuclear warfare, darkness, chaos, and negativity, Paroxsihzem has been destroying the light for eleven years now. This is an interview with Krag, the vocalist from the band.


Hello Krag and thank you for doing this interview with me for Blessed Altar Zine! What are the near future plans for Paroxsihzem?
Thanks, we've just finished playing 2 shows very close together so now we are going to lay low and focus on writing for our next full-length album and then go from there.

I see on Bandcamp, that you recently put up a previously unreleased track from 2013, titled Excavation of Despair. Is this a single release on its own or is this going to be part of a future release?
It was an old demo track that we recorded before the split with Adversarial. We were pleased with how it turned out but it won’t be part of any future releases we just wanted to release it on its own as a 1 song demo track.

Will Paroxsihzem do a tour in the future, whether for Canada, USA or elsewhere?
We plan to eventually. Most likely after our next album comes out.

Is there a main writer in the band musically or lyrically or do you all collaborate in this process?
Impugnor is the main writer for all the music and I collaborate with him on the lyrics.

Considering Paroxsihzem’s inspirations for lyrical or topic matters, are there certain main musical influences that have had a big impact on the sound or direction of Paroxshizem?
Influences come from all over the place and there are too many to name, but a few of them are Incantation, Arkhon Infaustus, Archgoat, Revenge and Morbid Angel. For lyrics inspiration

Being a musical collector myself, I tend to ask everyone this question. Which do you prefer for listening? Vinyl, CD, Cassette or digital format?
Vinyl and CD for sure.

Out of all the releases from Paroxsihzem so far, is there a release that you like the most?
I would say our newest EP, Abyss of Excruciating Vexes is my favourite Paroxsihzem release.

How do you feel about the ways and means of social media now and how information is used or conducted?
I try to use social media as little as possible and usually only for contacting people. I have mostly a negative view on it these days.

What are your main preferences in musical styles? Whether for metal or other types of music too?
Filthy death metal

Ok, in closing and thanks again Krag for your time with this interview. What inspired the creation of Paroxsihzem as a band and with the name itself too?
We found we disliked the direction of most “metal” bands in the local scene and decided to start our own project. The name Paroxysm, “a sudden attack or violent expression of a particular emotion or activity.” Another meaning, “a sudden recurrence or attack of disease; a sudden worsening of symptoms”. Both apply to our influences, direction and intention with the band. The spelling was slightly altered to fit our directive as well as looks more aesthetically appealing in our opinion.



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16 June 2018

Abythic "Beneath Ancient Portals

Band: Abythic
Title: Beneath Ancient Portals
Label: Blood Harvest
Release Date: 11 May 2018
Country: Germany
Format reviewed: Digital CD quality

"Beneath Ancient Portals" is Abythic’s debut full-length release which contains eight tracks and goes a little over forty minutes in its entirety. Although Abythic is a death metal band and fairly much influenced by the old school, there are at times, quite the hints of doom here too. This can be heard on and off throughout the tracks, especially in the first track, "Prelude to Obscurity", which comes across as a bit of an intro style track as well and without any vocals present either, and in the track, "T.H.O.N." and also in the track "Depths of Oblivion" too. In these moments the listener is cast into a world of slow, heavy, sustaining, sorrowful riffs which can be accompanied by dark harmonies and sometimes eerie solos as well. The sound here reminds me a bit of the likes of Desecresy and their style of a doomy death metal that they are known for. This combination of death and doom that Abythic does, works well together while the vocals remain guttural and brutal throughout despite the pace being either slow, mid-pace or fast. The more faster tracks on this full-length are Purulent Phantasm and the track "Afterwards Behind Beyond", which presents the more aggressive attack of old school death metal styles, that is also part of this release by Abythic. Not having heard this band before, until now, has made me take a further interest and shows how variations of styles can complement each other. What you have here, is raw, heavy, doomy death metal of the old school flavour taking you down a road of obscurities and dread. Abythic "Beneath Ancient Portals", is an example of underground death metal with a unique blend and worthy of your attention! 9/10 Wolven Deadsoul  




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15 June 2018

TRAITOR Interview


New merciless and heavily devastating Teutonic storm is raging over the world! With three crushing albums so far, Traitor have the very responsible duty to carry on raising the mighty German thrash flag. They prove no wrong – Traitor are among the finest thrash acts from the past decade and we are more than sure – Teutonic thrash is in very safe hands!
I invited Andreas, one of the founding members of Traitor, also performing drums and vocals, for a friendly and very special punching chat, in order to share with us some inside information about the secrets of the Teutonic thrash. (And pelase make sure to check here the review of Traitor's brand new album, which my brother in arms UHF made for Blessed Altar ZIne)

- Hello Andreas, it is a real pleasure to have you here on Blessed Altar Zine! Busy times for you now?
- Hey Ho! Thank you for having us here. Not busier than usual. It got a little bit more administrational work, but its fun.

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- Who is the Traitor, what are his typical features and what are his sins so far? A fictional character from our two songs „Traitor“ and „Hell-Hammer“. His typical features are very evil. Just listen to the songs. His sins  are told there in all their evilness. 

- You have changed the band’s name several time before choosing Traitor...
- Yes. The ones before were silly and/or to complicated.

- The band is already in the echelons of the Teutonic thrash. With such musical heritage on this scene, how hard is to get there?
- If you are from a German-speaking country (Germany, Austria, Switzerland) and if you play Thrash Metal, you are in the Teutonic Thrash scene! It´s not that hard, isn’t it? But you are right: the heritage is glorious. It's nearly impossible to compete with the heroes from the 80s. But we are not trying to compete. We just want to honour the time and the Bands from then. And we want to play the music we love.

- I guess your main influences are in the Teutonic thrash scene, right? Are there more bands or genres, or even types of music, that inspire you?
- We love all types of music. And for example, I am listening to all kinds of music I enjoy and like. There are days where I listen to Ice Cube, Slayer and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in one row. But the main influences are the great Bands from the 80s like Darkness, Assassin, Violent Force, Tankard and all the others.

- What has changed for you since “Thrash Command”?
- We got better and improved our playing.

- Is this the hard road to success?
- I would not call it hard. We had to make mistakes, we had to play bad shows and had to learn some lessons. But it was fun!

- You have a brand new record “Knee-Deep In The Dead”. Could you please tell us more about it? What does it mean for you?
- The writing and recording process was the most intense so far. Pure aggression and power. But we also focused on groove and variable vocals.  In my opinion it's our best record so far. 

- What is the initial response of the audience so far?
- The response of the press was not that good. But the response of our listeners was very good! 

- You had a special guest in “Xenomorph”...
- Yes. Gus Drax from Suicidal Angels.

- Since I saw the artwork of the album for the first time, I’ve always wanted to ask you about it. Whose head is the Predator carrying? Of course, I’m curious about “Venomizer” and “Thrash Command as well”!
- It's not meant to be the predator. It's our mascot, inspired by Arnold Schwarzenegger from the Predator movie. And he is holding the head of Duke Nukem. On the other artworks, it's also our mascot. Always in different outfits. 

- You have been always very critical in your lyrics pointing out all the venom spilling around. How dead is the society and the world, and how deep-knee are we in it? 
- Not really to be honest. I try to avoid political lyrics because it got some kind of trendy mainstream to do that. We got very negative reviews because of that. But I don’t want to write the 101st lyrics about Donald Trump, Refugees or the climate change. When I listen to music, I want to have fun. So our lyrics are fictional and entertaining. Not about things, making a bad mood. They are about things we love. About things that let you enter a different world. It's better to be for something than to be against something. 

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- You are going to play Wacken very soon. How do you feel about it, what are your expectations? 
- We are very excited and we hope to make a very special and unique experience.

- What are your plans after Wacken?
- Business as usual. 

- I know it is early, but have you thought about the next record already? Is it planned yet?
- We are celebrating our 10th anniversary next year. So you can expect something. Definitely!

- Can we expect any change stylistically or any compromises?
- No way!


- How do you see the thrash scene nowadays?
- Great! Its growing and it's going in the right direction. 

- Where the fans can find vinyls of your records? It seems they are already hard to find...:-))
- You can find them at our online store on www.traitor-band.de/shop. If they are out of stock, we will reissue them as soon as possible.

- Is there anything you would like to add or exclusively to share with Blessed Altar Zine readers?
- Hmmm… (thinking) …I never learned to play the drums. I just started to play. Sometimes I regret that. That's exclusive! ;-)

- Thank you very much for taking time for this interview despite of your busy schedule. It’s been a real pleasure! We are wishing you much success and you guys have our full support! Thrash’em all!
- Thank YOU for your support and the chance to share our thoughts and opinions with your readers. 






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