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Profile: Peter Shallmin of Stench Price

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Not your run of the mill grindcore.

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Peter Shallmin (ESCAPETHECULT, Kamlath) put together an avant-garde grind project called Stench Price featuring members of Brutal Truth, Necrophagist, Cynic, Hail of Bullets, Paganizer, Putrevore, etc. The project’s self titled EP can best be described as grindcore with offbeat bossa/samba and lounge music unlike anything I have heard before. Once I heard it, I had to know more about the mastermind behind this supergroup of sorts. See what Shallmin had to say after the jump.

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February 9, 2017 at 12:06 am

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Indian indie goes digital

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A few days ago I came across this article in inbox that I had written for a zine in 2012. It did not get published for some reason. The article was about 4 new websites which had music by independent artists from acrossIndia on sale. From the websites listed below only Oklisten is still active. The Tagmuse website is online but has not been updated in some time. Musicfellas was acquired by Gaana.com in 2014. Flipkart shut down it’s Flyte store.

The “Big Boys” like Apple and Google are now in India with their Apple iTunes and Google Play. There has also been a shift with streaming services emerging in the past couple of years. The dominant players are Gaana and Saavn, however they feature a limited amount of independent artists.

The past decade has seen a rapid increase in the number of EP/Albums being released by independent bands in India, there were over 50 last year according to NH7.in. A basic problem for bands is getting their music heard and distributed; there have been many platforms, soundclick (does anyone still use it?) Myspace and reverbnation that have been around for a while; bandcamp and soundcloud are relatively newer. Bands in the past used to post their mp3s online for free. “No one will pay for Mp3s ” is a common statement I have heard by band members. However things are slowly changing, in the past few months, a few platforms have emerged in India that offer paid downloads.

music fellas Music Fellas is described as a “social, music discovery platform helping people have great experiences and meaningful conversations around music they love.” The platform was started by 3 techies from IIT Roorkee and BITS Pilani who are also music lovers, Mayank Jain, Shubhranshu Jain and Gaurav Shahlot. Currently it is invite only. Visit http://www.musicfellas.com to get your invite

 

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NH7.in, the music streaming and discovery platform tied-up with the Indian e-commerce Flipkart.com to launch digital music downloads featuring independent music, via Flipkart’s Flyte digital store. The store currently features over albums/EPs from over 50 artists ranging from folk rockers Swarathma to hardcore band Scribe. The singles are priced between Rs. 6 – Rs. 15 for singles and Rs. 20 – 150 for albums. You can download the songs up to 4 times. Visit http://nh7.in/musicstore for more information.

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Ok Listen! was started after Vijay Basrur could realised that he could not buy Mp3s of a Indian rock band. He has over 16 years of experience working in companies like Baazee.com and Quikr. The platform currently features mainly folk and rock artists like Raghu Dixit Project, Indian Ocean and Parvaaz. The prices for singles range from Rs. 10 to Rs. 25 and albums from Rs. 60 to Rs.200. They is no limit on the number of times you can download the songs. The platform is pro musician as they receive 70% of the net sales. Visit http://oklisten.com for more information.

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Tagmuse describe itself as “A double-octave space for independent artists to perform, connect, amplify and inspire the rest of humanity. Creating a launch pad for all musicians irrespective of race, language, ability, style, or genre. We appreciate it all.” They will be launching in another month or so. Sign up on http://tagmuse.com and stay updated.

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October 23, 2016 at 1:04 pm

Interview: Nathanael Larochette on Solo Compositions, Workload and Canada

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New interview I did for Nine Circles.

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Nathanael Larochette is well known as the guitarist of Canadian bands Musk Ox and The Night Watch. He has also performed on albums by Woods of Ypres and Agalloch. Last month, he released his second solo release, Earth and Sky, a double album. The albums have a distinct sound, Earth consists of solo classical guitar tracks whereas Sky is a single 40 minute ambient track. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to both albums and sent a few questions to Nathanael to find out more about the albums, the writing process and more. 

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August 18, 2016 at 8:17 pm

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Nine Circles ov… India

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My pen pal Manny-O-War is the editor for metal website Nine Circles. I did a round up of the Indian metal scene for the website.

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Food courtesy of the one and only Babu Ji. Absolutely delicious food courtesy of the one and only Babu Ji in Alphabet City.

Metal is not music that you would normally associated with a country like India. The best known music export from India is Ravi Shankar. I have been following Indian metal bands for over a decade now and have noticed the bands evolve. Bands are putting out releases with better quality production and much better artwork. Here are some of the releases from the past year that you should check out: (In alphabetical order)

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July 18, 2016 at 5:35 pm

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Now Playing – December 2014 – February 2015

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This post has been long delayed. As this is my 100th post on the blog, I wanted to make it a bit special. The past couple of months have been quite hectic at my day job and I have finally got down to writing this.

It’s been 4 years since I have maintained this blog, my longest “job” so far. I have the chance to interview and review quite a few bands from around the world and it’s been great. Here is what I have been listening to in the past 3 months.

Metal

The latest release from Cloudkicker, the project of Ben Sharp is mellower compared to previous EPs. Released soon after the tour with Intronaut, it is safe to say that it has had an influence on “Little Histories“. My favourite track from the EP is “Digital Lightning“.

 

Humiliation play death metal in vein of Bolt Thrower, who are one of my favourite death metal bands. Those who are into metal/ death metal with themes of war will enjoy this album.

 

Ingurgitating Oblivion are back after a decade. Their latest album continues where their previous album ‘Voyage Towards Abhorrence’ left off. Take a listen to the album below and find out why it has been described as “at once hypnotic, terrifying and unpredictable”.

 

Awesome new release from the prolific Australian grindcore act.

 

Clockwork Dilation did not impress me much when I first heard their album in the first half of last year. Listening to it in the past month, it has grown on me. The only downside on the album for me was a filler tracks which could have been left off the album. Overall an impressive debut album.

 

Non – metal

The first single by the progressive rockers from Kochi with their new line up. Sounds like a mix of their previous 2 releases. If this the direction they are taking for their new release, I am looking forward to it.

 

I was surprised to find a post rock band from the tiny state of Kerala. Their first release, a live album serves as a good introduction to the band. My favorite songs are ‘Acid Rain’ and ‘Cloud Rain’. Looking forward to a studio release from the band.

 

Aqua Dominatrix is the electronic project of Akshay, the guitarist of Scribe. The first thing that struck me about the album was how different it sounded compared to the current lot of “electronic” producers from Mumbai. It reminded me of the soundtrack of 80’s Hollywood movies. To know about Aqua Dominatrix, read an article by my good friend Adwait Patil here

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March 11, 2015 at 1:22 am

Now Playing – November 2014

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All metal (almost Indian) list this time around

Skyharbor – Guiding Lights

The sophomore release of the international progressive metal group is their first as a band. The album continue with the melodic elements first heard on “Aurora” from their debut album “Blinding White Noise: Illusion & Chaos”. Forrester Savell bolsters the songwriting with great production. Progressive metal fans will not be disappointed.

 

Gutslit – Skewered in the Sewer

The first album from Gutslit, death grind band from India is miles ahead of their split with Pulmonary Fibrosis and I have been listening to it a lot lately. The slam parts might put off grind purists. After a short tour of Europe earlier this year including a set at Obscene Extreme, things are looking promising for the band.

 

Pangea – This is NG, taking

Instrumental progressive metal band Pangea are one of the underrated bands from India. Their new single “This is NG, taking” has some trippy riffs. Keep an eye out for more awesome music from this band in the coming year.


 

Bhayanak Maut – Man

‘Man’ is one of the few concept albums released by an Indian metal band. Bhayanak Maut take a very different approach to the concept of serial killers.The band are a twisted lot; reading the journal that accompanies the album will send chills down your spine. Easily their best release yet.

 

Woods of Ypres – Against the Seasons

As the days get shorter and winter sets in, this is my go to album. The debut album of Canadian band Woods of Ypres is one of my favourite black metal releases. Here is my favourite track from it

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December 7, 2014 at 6:50 pm

Now Playing – October 2014

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This is a bit late but here it goes…

Metal

Scribe – Hail Mogambo

The third album by the post hardcore band from Mumbai continues where it left off on “Mark of Teja”. Named after the famous Bollywood villain Mogambo from the late 80’s hit film, Mr. India; the band further experiments with their sound on this album with the introduction of synths and also Vishwesh rapping on most of the songs. Listen to their first single “Cops, Cops, Cops, Cops” to find out why I have been listening to this album on loop lately.

 

Dhwesha – Sthoopa

Dhwesha are an anomaly in the Indian metal scene as their lyrics are in Kannada. The band play straight up death metal and wear their influences on their sleeve. The songs on the album sound a lot better than on the Yuddhabhumi demo that I heard a couple years ago. Sthoopa is a promising debut album from the Bangalore band. They are definitely a band that I will keep an eye out for in the future.

 

Phobocosm – Deprived

Deprived is described as “a suffocating and beastly dark death metal album with injections of doom, black and ambient elements throughout.” A few listens into the album you will understand exactly why. Phobocosm like to keep things simple unlike their peers from Montreal. Those who prefer listening to death metal with clean production should avoid this album.

 

Zero Gravity – Holocaust Awaits

Zero Gravity are from Indore, a city I least expected to have a metal band especially one with a female vocalist. Their first album has 8 tracks of death metal with catchy riffs. The album sounds good courtesy production by Ashwin Shriyan (Demonic Resurrection). A gem of a release by Transcending Obscurity Distribution.

 

Non – metal

Empty Yard Experiment – Kallisti

Empty Yard Experiment are one of the few progressive rock bands from the UAE. The band have matured as songwriters on their sophomore album, which is getting them attention across the world. I feel this is the best release from the UAE this year, along with Aramiac who were featured last month. The band put on a great show live with a lot of visual elements. They are touring the UK next month check the dates and more here.

 

Skrat – The Queen

The Chennai rockers are back all guns blazing with new album. Their latest album Queen continues with their style of uptempo rock that we heard on their previous album, Bring Out The Gig Guns. You can’t resist singing along to the infectious riffs and hooks. Skrat are at the moment my favourite rock band in India along with The Supersonics.

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November 12, 2014 at 12:54 pm

Now Playing – September 2014

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After the good response I got for this feature earlier, here is what I have been listening to in the past month.

Metal

Primitiv – Lords of Primitiv

The new single from Mumbai metal band Primitiv starts off with a catchy riff that you can’t help but headbang to. Awesome vocals by Nitin Rajan (Morticide). Check out the lyric video below to find out why I’ve been listening to the track on loop in the past week.

 

Aramaic – The Fallen

Aramaic are a Death/Doom metal band with oriental influences. I checked out the band as it has my friend Serge (Abhorred) on vocals and I was not disappointed at all. One of the best releases that I have heard recently by a band from United Arab Emirates.

 

Dying out Flame – Shiva Rudrastakam

The debut album by Nepali Vedic Death metal band, Dying Out Flame blew me away with it’s aggressive sound. Fans of early albums by Rudra from Singapore will enjoy this album. Good release by the Spanish label Xtreem Music.

 

7H. Target – 0.00 Apocalypse

I am not a huge fan of brutal death metal but have been listening to this album a lot while working out at the gym. As Kunal (Transcending Obscurity) described the album in his review “It’s like Transformers playing Brutal Death Metal”. The album features Ruslan “Mirus” Iskandaroff (Ex-Katalepsy) on vocals and has killer production courtesy Neil Kernon.

 

Non – Metal

Amogh Symphony – Vectorscan

On their latest release “Vectorscan” Vishal J Singh shifts Amogh Symphony into “Avant garde” territory. The album is “about the cosmic war between positive forces and negative forces of darkness in nano and pico level of matter of composition.” Read the entire story here. Vishal J Singh is a genius. In my opinion, this album is easily one of the best releases by an Indian band this year.

 

Hoirong – दण्डनीय अपराध

Dislike music with clean production? Give the new album from Hoirong a spin. Not sure how to describe the sound of this album as it has pop, disco, grunge and everything in between. Give it a couple of listens and I’m sure you’ll have a couple of songs stuck in your head.

 

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September 28, 2014 at 7:09 pm

Domination – The Deathfest

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Around 10 years when I lived in Canada I bought the second issue of the Metalindia Magazine and got to know about Domination through a extensive report about the 2003 edition of the festival. I was quite surprised that there were extreme metal gigs in India. The music scene in India and Bombay was a lot different then.

“Bombay mainly had rock show not metal shows.” Says Nitin Rajan, organiser of Domination – The Deathfest “ Thursday nights at Razz and college competitions were the only avenues open to extreme metal bands. We started Domination – the Deathfest with The idea to get a band from another cities, a couple of bands from Mumbai and an upcoming band together.”

Audience at Domination - The Deathfest 2000.

Audience at Domination – The Deathfest 2000.

The first edition of the festival took place on the 24th of June 2000. The bands that performed were Morticide, Kryptos, Threnody, Yama, Blasphemy and Nemesis and the venue was Razz Lawns. There was a tremendous response from bands and audience alike.

Demonic Resurrection performing at Domination - The Deathfest in 200.

Demonic Resurrection performing at Domination – The Deathfest in 200.

“It was an awesome experience.” “It was the first open air gig that DR had played and it was at the pituresque razz lawms. We were a new band and got to open the show, it was a huge honor for us. It was a great scene” – Sahil “The Demonstealer” Makhija (Demonic Resurrection)

“I remember it being one of my first shows – I couldn’t care less about the others. This being the mighty ‘Deathfest’ was a war call for someone like me. I don’t remember seeing a much better line-up in years.” – says Kunal Choksi of metal webzine/record label Transcending Obscurity.

“Back in 2000 Domination was one of those gigs that we were totally excited about and it was great to be part of something that helped shape the scene in one way or the other. Those were great times, exciting times, because we were just kids stepping out into the great unknown and Domination broke a lot of barriers for us back then and now 13 years later it comes full circle.” – Nolan Lewis (Kryptos)

Kryptos in the early 2000's

Kryptos in the early 2000’s

“The first few editions of Deathfest featured Kryptos, and for us, back then, it was a totally crazy fucking idea! We’re were totally blown by the organising, the reception we got, Razz and the scene that was being built in and around it. We’d travel by train (or bus) from Bangalore, general compartment, and upon arrival we’d be usherd into a 3 (4)-star hotel in Ville Parle. We had the fucking spa, steam room, pool and all else at our disposal. And, everything, and I mean EVERYTHING, was on the house and taken care of. Nitin I, Nitin II, Nishant, Scrotum, Chirag, the rest of the Fate/Morticide gang and the support crew were not only good lads, but they pretty much set-up a support platform for all that there is today. Kudos! Feels great to be back at the original underground extreme fest. Only wish it was at RAZZ.” – Ganesh Krishnaswamy (Bevar Sea)

In the years to come, Domination also took place in Pune and Bangalore. However in 2003, the members of Intune Entertainment (the company Nitin co-founded) had to split up due to personal reasons. Check out the old Domination website for the line-ups and more information.

DV After almost a decade, the 5th edition of Domination – The Deathfest will take place and it stays true to its initial vision. The bands performing are Orion, Atmosfear, Insane Prophecy, Witchgoat, Gutslit and Exhumation. The line-up is quite diverse and should please all extreme metal fans. I will be seeing almost all of the bands for the first time hence really looking forward to the gig.

“I’m Excited and thrilled” says Nitin “Also extremely lucky to have people like Riju & Yash around who are putting in tremendous amount of effort for the gig. Of course the bands who are extending total support for it the fest to make a decent comeback!

“I’ve always been part proud, and part envious of Bangalore’s DIY metal scene, where the underground is very much alive with regular club gigs.” says Riju “When Nitin proposed bringing back Domination – The Deathfest for its 5th edition, it just seemed like the ideal avenue for bringing that experience to Mumbai. Every aspect of the fest will be an experience- from heritage to the music, and finally the awesome merch. We’ve been through a lot of shit to make this particular event happen, but its extremely rewarding to see such a great response for an exclusively underground lineup. Support the underground, and keep it alive!”

For interviews with the bands and review of Deathfest V, check out my friend Kunal website Transcending Obscurity.

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March 9, 2013 at 12:48 am

Tribute to David Gold

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This is one of the toughest piece I’ve written as yet, been working on it for over 2 weeks and yet I am not sure of the right words to express myself.

Last week I lost a friend, David Gold. David was the front man of the Canadian black and doom metal band Woods of Ypres. I first heard Woods of Ypres when I was a radio jockey back in 2005 at a internet radio station (Fusion Radio) at University of Toronto. I got in contact with David to do an interview for the magazine that the station published. We staying in contact after the interview as I started buying Woods of Ypres cds and merchandise from him.

The only time I met David was at a Katatonia concert in Toronto in 2006. He was really appreciative of me covering Woods of Ypres on the radio as well as the zine and bought me a beer to say thank you. I’ve always enjoyed interviewing David upon the release of a new Woods of Ypres album as he never held back and always spoke his mind (something i really admired about him).

The future of the band is uncertain. I will try to get in contact with Joel Violette for an interview about the new WOY release, Woods V: Grey Skies & Electric Light, until tell here are all the interviews I had done with David Gold since 2005.

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The first interview I did with David Gold in March 2005. It appeared in The Frequency, a publication of Fusion Radio. Read it here

My second interview with David was for the planned Trendcrusher Zine # 3. Read it here.

The most recent interview I did with David earlier this year in April 2011 for theunderground.in

Hi David, congrats on the signing with Earache Records and also the re release of “The Green Album”. How do you feel about both?
We’re excited about it and we’re working harder than ever. W4: The Green Album gets released on CD and double vinyl via Earache Records on March 22nd and we’ve put together a Green Album tour that will have us on the road in Canada and the USA throughout the month of March. The timing is rather perfect, actually. The Green Album was always intended to be a “spring” themed album, though originally released in November 2009, and here we are preparing to have it re-released in March 2011, spring, coinciding with the release of our video for “I Was Buried in Mount Pleasant Cemetery” and a tour of the East Coast of Canada and the USA. We’ll finally get to do the photo shoot where we’re having pints of beer on a patio somewhere, in March, with a total brick wall downpour of rain coming down on us. That’s WOODS OF YPRES. Lastly, of course, we’re excited to finally see how a wider audience will respond to the band with the help of the Earache Records promotion. Even though we’ve been around since 2002, we’re well aware that most of the metal listening world doesn’t even know we’ve existed. It’ll be interesting to see what happens to us.
In an interview a couple of years ago you have described this album as “one of new growth and renewal.” Is that how you would describe the album now??

Yeah, somewhat at least. It was at least the beginning of new growth and renewal. True recovery can be a long and slow process. It’s still a work in progress. It was certainly the only album I knew how to make at the time and the album that I needed to make. I needed to get The Green Album out of my system before writing anything else. I didn’t really feel that I had any choice. It was either make that album as it came to mind or spend the rest of my days in denial and avoidance of it. Nearly two years later, I’m proud of what we made The Green Album to be, we’ve started to regain some new perspective and we’ve moved on to new ideas. It worked. We’ve survived.

The album features more doom elements, is this new direction for Woods of Ypres? Will future albums feature more of it?

Yeah, I can’t imagine that we’ll ever go backwards and start writing black metal again. WOODS OF YPRES have always had doom elements in our music since the first album but the first three albums were still primarily based in black metal sounds. W4 was certainly a shift to more of a pure doom sound but we also wanted to flex muscle in other genres in order to tell the different moods of The Green Album story. Some journalists have suggested that W4 is a story told in 3-4 “acts” or that the album is 8 “pairs” of songs that covers doom, ballads, rock, sludge, prog and other. In the long run, it pays off for having been honest, artistically.
We’ll always write albums that sound like the way we feel and at the time, we felt mostly like doom. Historically, what’s bad for our personal lives is usually good for the songs and vice versa. I can imagine what kind of music we might make if our outlook eventually became sunnier for some reason but until then, we’re a quite the authentic true doom band.


“The Green album” is the best produced Woods of Ypres album even though it was recorded faster pace when compared to previous albums. What was the difference in the recording process this time around?

The recording processes of the previous three albums were unavoidably longer because I used to have a day job back then and therefore we could only record on the weekends. W4 was recorded in about four weeks in the summer of 2009. We would record during the working hours of the weekdays and relax and prepare for the next day in the evenings and on weekends. It really is a better and easier process to record an album in a more focused, shorter period of time, like we did with W4, but in the early days we always felt that we simply had to make it work with the situation we had, which would consist of working all week, recording all weekend and repeat until the album was finished. Looking back, I’m impressed with how much we were willing to tolerate in order to make this music. I am hopeful that things will never be as bad as they once were because I certainly don’t have that kind of patience anymore.

You recently released the video for “I was buried in Mouth Pleasant Cemetery”. Will there be a video for another track off this album?

There might be. We’d like there to be. I can say that it’s in discussion right now. We’re hopeful, but we’ll have to wait and see what happens. A video for “Wet Leather” would be fun to shoot as that song is all about binge living and self abuse therapy. Of course with a great “Wet Leather” video there’s the risk that we’d become the “Pain and Piss” band which I think would misrepresent what WOODS OF YPRES is all about to a wider audience. That song is catchy and uncharacteristically more sarcastically depressing than our usual more genuine tone. That’s also the reason why we chose “Buried” to be the first video which I think shows our sincerity and our serious side a little better, which is closer to who we really are. If “Wet Leather” is us selling out, I hope we make some money from it.

Woods of Ypres now has a stable line up after many changes in the past couple of years. Tell us a bit about the new band members.

Evan Madden, drums, has been with us since the fall of 2008, his brother Shane Madden, bass, has been with us since summer 2009 and Joel Violette, lead guitar, joined us for touring in summer 2010. These guys are part of the first real touring lineup for the band. In the last two years, we’ve toured Eastern Canada twice, Western Canada twice, all of the USA once, various one-off shows and we’ve done two recordings. The current band is the best band we’ve ever had. I’m hopeful that we’ll become better and more focused with time in order to deliver the best albums as well as the best live shows yet. When you finally have the right people, you can prioritize the music itself again.
Prior to leaving for Kuwait you recorded an EP “You were the Light”, will that be released any time soon?

We did record an e.p. in August before I moved to Kuwait which was also before we signed to Earache Records. Those songs will be released eventually in some way I’m sure, though I’m not sure how yet. We’ve been discussing different ways we could repackage and release them but we haven’t come to a decision yet. In the meantime, we’re working on a completely separate full length WOODS OF YPRES album for Earache Records.
Has writing for Woods V begun? Will it feature any Kuwaiti/Arab music influences?

I’ve only just begun writing music for the “Earache Woods 5”, but there won’t be any room for middle-eastern influences on this one. At least one of the songs we recorded last August actually did have a few Arabic scale guitar riffs that I wrote as I was preparing to move to Kuwait, but the new album is intended to be completely separate from those influences. However, maybe some darkness from the middle-east will somehow find its way into the new songs after all. I didn’t do any writing when I was in Kuwait, as I was rather preoccupied with my job and didn’t have much brainpower leftover for anything else. I just worked, ate, slept and soaked up the sun and the brutal experience that it was. It was a life changing trip, but I‘m not exactly sure how yet. I don’t quite understand how to articulate how I feel about it all yet. It’s still happening to me now, though the whole thing already feels like a dream, as if it might not have even happened at all.

“The Green Album” is the first Woods of Ypres album to be released on vinyl. Will the past releases also be available on Vinyl in the future?

I hope! Yeah, W4: The Green Album is getting a pretty cool vinyl treatment, being released on double-gatefold vinyl in four colours. My next vinyl goal would be to release Woods I: “Against the Seasons” on vinyl, maybe for the 10th anniversary of that album and the band itself in 2012. In time, I hope that all WOODS OF YPRES albums will get released on vinyl. I look to the listeners to make demands for such things online so Earache Records and other investors can see the potential.

Now that you are signed to Earache records will there be Woods of Ypres tours in other parts of the world like Europe, Asia, and maybe India?

We hope! Europe is certainly a possibility as Earache has their head office in London, England and they’re well connected over there. Having dome some traveling on my own, I’d love to bring WOODS OF YPRES to Asia and India. A dream of mine is to have WOODS OF YPRES play a show in Seoul, South Korea, specifically at the venue called “Sapien’s”, where I played many shows drumming for the Korean metal band NECRAMYTH in 2007-2008 when living and working in Seoul. Interestingly, we’ve recently been approached by two promoters in India who’re wanting to do some business with us, so of course we’re investigating to see where it might go. We’d love to play India of course! We keep hearing good things about the exploding metal scene out there.

After being an independent band for 8 years you signed to Earache Records, do you an advice for Indian bands that are looking to get signed?

My overall advice is to do whatever makes you happy creatively, first and foremost. Even if you don’t get signed, at least you can be proud of the music you made and for knowing that you made it for the right reasons instead of trying to follow trends, writing to please an audience or a record label. This business of art is certainly tricky because what might make you happy artistically might not sell records and vice versa. Also, each band’s path is different and shaped by literally thousands of factors. The bands who are dedicated enough to learn to tolerate the bad sides of the business are the ones who’ve earned the chance to enjoy the good sides of it. Basically, giving and receiving advice is also tricky in this business. Any band who wants to make it work has to get out there, get in there, dig, give it all they have and try to find a way to survive and sustain themselves. It’s a constant struggle with endless challenges. If you can handle that and are willing to accept the way the music business is run, you might have a fighting chance.
What are your plans for the rest of 2011?

We’ll be touring Canada and the USA in March, writing and rehearsing in April, back on the road in Canada and the USA in May and June, recording in July, then back on the road for the rest of the year. Wish us luck!

Thanks for answering all our questions. Do you have any Final words?

Visit http://www.earache.com and order a copy of W4: The Green Album on CD and/or double vinyl, available in four colours! See our new video at http://www.youtube.com/DavidYpres, follow us on Twitter atwww.twitter.com/DavidYpres and “like” us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/woodsofypres
Lastly, help spread the word out there and help bring us to India! Indian food is my favourite, having acquired a taste for it while living in Toronto and also while living in Seoul, Korea, so now I want to influence India with the Canadian blackened doom of a WOODS OF YPRES show! E-mail me:davidypres@gmail.com

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January 10, 2012 at 4:18 pm