Thursday, July 30, 2015

CD Review: DRÅP En Naturlig Död

DRÅP
En Naturlig Död
Independent (LP)
Xtreem Music (CD)
What an awesome masterpiece of anger and depressed melancholy from Sweden. From the beginning to the end of this album (as crazy as Sleipner's ride made by the drums) I recognized the punk of the Swedish scene, with the vocalist sounding quite like the vocalist from Obituary. A real artwork full of hate and stressing atmosphere; everything we have here is to make you abandon to headbanging anger. Raise your fist damnit and headbang your madness! -Abyss Forgottentomb


CD Review: IRMINSUL Fäder

IRMINSUL
Fäder
Purity Through Fire
Ah Irminsul, the first track of your album Fäder just took my heart away. Remembering your beautiful land, I am now drowning in dark sadness. But then, it's twirling and riding just like a thousand horses in the wind. A very beautiful album which reminded me several times of the melodic metal bands from Scandinavia, except the vocals that remind me of Dimmu and Ensiferum at the same time. Of course I could take more time to understand your lyrics, because I am able to understand "lite" (in English "a little"). If I had to say something in Swedish about this album: "Bra låtar, vilket album, fy fan! Jag rekommenderar det." ("Good songs, what an album, fuckin’ hell/damnit! I recommend it.") -Abyss Forgottentomb


CD Review: INTERMENT Still Not Dead

INTERMENT
Still Not Dead
Dark Blasphemies Records
This bullet blew my head off, a perfect opus I recommend. The vocalist reminds me of Necrophagia and of course (no doubt about it) old Vader (especially on the album "Reborn in Chaos". Both have the same vocals. A dose of Old School metal from the 90's has been detected by my ears (oh really?) with a great work sticking in one single entity, speed and good technique so to speak. Internment is certainly not a cup of coffee for novices, One thing is sure, this band rocks! -Abyss Forgottentomb


CD Review: SEVER THIS ILLUSION Unidentified Assassins


SEVER THIS ILLUSION 
Unidentified Assassins
Turkey Vulture Records
Sever This Illusion play melodic death metal with some thrash, groove and nu-metal added. Personally, nu metal is still my least favorite subgenre of metal due to its commercialization, however this band manage to include its heavier aspects into their formula. Unidentified Assassins sounds produced slightly too rough around the edges for the band’s influences. The material may have benefitted from at least a little polishing but overall this is a minor complaint. What struck me most about this album was the lyrical content, especially in the song introducing the album. The intro to the first track (the title cut) is a depiction of the zombie apocalypse in the form of a radio announcement. Sort of an addendum to Romero’s original Living Dead trilogy (and the second trilogy he started in the 2000s). The zombie apocalypse is still a popular theme for metal bands, one that has been done countless times. Deceased turned the idea into a metal opera in 1998 with Fearless Undead Machines. Can Sever This Illusion approach it in a new fashion? Perhaps their retelling is supposed to represent a political or religious figure who claims to have the only solution to the problem. Follow him or be damned: “I will stand firm. I will show you everything that you need to survive the plague as it spreads amongst our world.” So far this is the closest a band has come to introducing the zombie theme in metal to modern times and contemporary events, considering the Bush administration, the campaigns of religious leaders against gay marriage and the atmosphere of religious hate created by the Westboro Baptist Church. Similar sentiments appear on the following songs, such as Feast For The Eyes. Battleground, Never Back Down and Done. Headed To Colorado is a personal favorite because of lyrics supporting the legalization of pot (I’m no longer a pot smoker but I still think it should be legalized). As far as I know this band is not releasing any new recordings through Turkey Vulture but you can contact them to see about acquiring this album. -Dave Wolff


Tuesday, July 28, 2015

CD Review: MYRD Forbandet Fra Foedsel

MYRD
Forbandet Fra Foedsel
Purity Through Fire
Myrd is a black metal band hailing from Copenhagen, Denmark, the locale that bestowed Mercyful Fate and King Diamond upon us all those years past. Mercyful Fate was one of the bands from the thrash scene that left a lasting impression at the impressionable age of seventeen. While perhaps it’s something to do with the country’s social climate this Danish band has a similar dark appeal on Forbandet Fra Foedsel. It’s as likely that the guitar progressions the band writes contain engaging chord changes. Listening closely I heard the guitar riffs heading in directions I hadn’t expected them to take. Their delivery is as cold and unnerving as the atmosphere and production they were recorded with, not to mention the accompanying themes of darkness and depression. In this manner of speaking Myrd has a decent handle of what it means to play black metal. I’m listening to them at night while channeling my thoughts into words, which increases the intended effect. It’s even making me want to turn the light, off so I can appreciate it more fully. I think the drum sound could use a certain degree of improvement so it better matches the feel of the guitars (especially the solitary parts in some of the tracks. But another element that really carries the material is the vocal style which is so close to sounding like a corpse emerging from its tomb it chills your spine twice over. The singer’s diabolical laughter and maniacally agonized cries are more than sufficient to unnerve you even if the guitars don’t. If you like old Darkthrone and Ancient you’ll like this. The band’s latest full length Longing For Death (a limited edition 12” vinyl split with Nocturnal Depression and Vspolokh) was released in 2014, likewise by Purity Through Fire. -Dave Wolff


Monday, July 20, 2015

CD Review: DEGENERHATE Chronicles Of The Apocalypse

Chronicles Of The Apocalypse
Sliptrick Records (2015)
First released on an independent basis in 2013, Degenerhate’s Chronicles Of The Apocalypse was picked up by Sliptrick (Sweden) for a 2015 release. The Italian band’s founder Gianluca Lucarini has been a fan of death metal and grindcore and working musician since 1989 (this information I acquired researching the band in Extreminal Webzine: extreminal.com). Following several years away from the local scene due to the “rock star” attitudes he observed, he formed Degenerhate in 2002; This is their first full length CD after the band was together on and off for a decade and underwent some lineup changes. Lucarini stated Degenerhate is not your typical grindcore band as they incorporate sludge and melody (along with “other stuff” as he pointed out to Extreminal) into their material. At first listen they sound like typical grindcore with your samples and your similarities to Terrorizer, Benediction and Exit 13, though the unnamed introduction presents the initial impression this band is different. Bushit, directly following the introduction, demonstrates how spot on they are as a unit, and the amount of emphasis they place on blast beats. There were a few moments where the guitars started to remind me of Mayhem on De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas. This combination of influences grew on me the more I listened and I could feel the raw aggression the songs were composed with. A few of them I checked out more than once, such as Earth First. War Inside My Head, Power, Cannibal Ritual and Fur Is Dead. Lyrically I don’t know what they’re saying about the world as a whole, but I’d guess some of their subject matter is environmental issues and animal rights. On slower songs like Another You, Another Me the band show the most deviation from usual grindcore fare. Just about all of the tracks are under two minutes which helps the band get their musical point across simply and directly. -Dave Wolff


Sunday, July 19, 2015

CD Review: WILD ROCKET Geomagnetic Hallucinations

WILD ROCKET
Geomagnetic Hallucinations
Independent
The talent of this band is remarkable and takes the listener on quite a ride - the music is more than worthy of the listener's time but buckle yourself in... the professionalism and the artistry of the music is quite a ride for the discerning mind. I must give kudos to the team of gentlemen who recorded, mixed and mastered this album. It does take a team. This band has five stars from this listener!!! I will be interested in listening to more. I would have said more about the lyrics but they are not printed. Bands need to print their lyrics for those of us who appreciate them. I would have commented on them had I been able to read them. -Teresa Clayton


Monday, July 13, 2015

Band Interview: ROSA INFRA by Dave Wolff

Interview with Nickolay Karphushin of Rosa Infra

You just released a new online single Oil Sonata that can be heard on the band’s official Youtube profile. Describe the two songs recorded for this single and what they were written about. I understand the songs are part of a larger storyline?
"Oil Sonata" and “Ot 18 i Starshe” ("18 years old and older") will be included in a future conceptual album. It tells a great story about a fictional parallel world. There lives a young man named Temok, who comes into a war. There he encounters the most terrible horrors and injustice from both sides of the conflict. He is confronted with cruelty, violence, murders, betrayal and cowardice, but at the same time he sees courage, mutual support and true friendship. All the dual nature of humans revealed in this war. At the end he even meets the first and only love of his life: a military nurse named Roza. And she did not allow him to break down as a person. Finally he realizes that, like the other members of the war, he is only a puppet in the hands of rulers of those countries for which they are fighting.
Why did I call this single "Oil Sonata"? Because most of the wars in the world are carried out for resources: minerals, oil, gold, political power etc. But the government invents propaganda for the people and confuses the people. And for all this young men are more willing to go to war and kill their own kind on the other side of the conflict. Those, in turn, proceed in the same way, but for opposite reasons. But in fact, they have nothing to share in that regard. The Earth is for all.
In the plot there is an important mystical background. A certain alien creature of a parasitical kind took over the souls of the citizens of the country (Greyland). The creature is of giant sizes, possessing sharp wits which are only for the benefit of power. The Monstrous Worm is his name. He does not care who to deal with for gaining his objectives: be it God, the Devil or Man. It is only to devour. But basically God and other righteous forces do not accept this, and Man can be influenced by this creature only through dim visions of the subconscious. So the Worm entered into an alliance with evil forces. This is a terrible meta-physical parasite that feeds on human emissions of greed, lust and all the basest passions of mankind. Gradually, people are fattening a Monstrous Worm with their emotions, so much so that he grows to giant size and is capable of wrapping his body several times round the big city. This monster stretches around the world his ethereal tentacles/suckers, through which mankind continues to nourish him with greed. This radiation is called “rajas”. So it created a cult of consumption in the world. And his main adepts, rulers of global corporations provoked the war through its puppet governments around the world, to increase their wealth and influence. A victim of one of these wars became Temok, as well as his country Greyland and brotherly people in neighboring Blackland.

How did you devise and develop this concept for the band? While you were developing it were there any science fiction or occult TV programs you drew inspiration from? Is any of it based on real life events?
I came up with some of the ideas for the concept long before the creation of Rosa Infra. It was almost fifteen years ago. Back then I only practiced as a composer and musician. My outlook was greatly influenced by the book “Rose Of The World”. Its author was the Russian poet and philosopher Daniel Andreev. Unfortunately, I cannot explain in the framework of an interview all the complex principles of this philosophical doctrine, but its main sense is the unity of world religions in universal brotherhood, in a universal love and co-creation. An important aspect of the Rose Of The World is the assertion about multidimensional, multilayered universes and in particular, the trans-physical multilayer of planet Earth. As a basis, I took on the principle of a plurality of otherworldly dimensions of our planet. But, of course, the concept of our upcoming album "Meta-Koma” is from a lot of my personal ideas; in particular, this Monstrous Worm which originated in one of the internal layers of the Earth. I came up with this creature on the basis of my own life experiences. It is a concentrated embodiment of the cult of consumption. The cult makes people mannequins without sincere emotions, the feeling of love, deprived of the ability to create sincerely. And the worst thing is that the need for spirituality and self-improvement disappears Instead, people live just for money and glorification of their ego, and the thirst to consume endlessly. Unfortunately, this excessive consumption is already affecting the Earth's environment, causes a lack of resources and provokes wars. Based on these observations of life, I have developed the concept of my creation.

How many books has Daniel Andreev written and published in his time? Are there other publications of his you have read, that you would want to mention in this interview?
Unfortunately, many of his works were lost. Andreev lived during the reign of Stalin and this creation was outlawed. In particular, the novel "Wanderers Of The Night" was seized and destroyed when Andreev was arrested and imprisoned. But many of his works have been saved and published in our time. For example, the long poems "Iron Mystery" and "Navna". The first poem tells the story of meta-history of the twentieth century; that is, the events that take place in parallel with the other worlds of history. It is described very simply and the struggle is told between the forces of God and the forces of anti-cosmos (the demonic hordes) and it shows how it affects the reality of our world. In a sense I can say that my album "Meta-Koma" describes the same thing, but it is applicable for the twenty-first century.

Where can your newly released tracks be heard besides Youtube? Since these songs were released on the net, how much feedback have you gotten? Is this material also being released on CD?
"Oil Sonata" is an online single. In Russia, it is available for free downloading. Public reaction to it has been very active. In social networks, these two songs caused a mixed reaction. The fact that my music typically uses low tuned guitars and bass. Our material is performed on 8-string guitar. There are a lot of atonal melodies and musical experiments. With one half of the public it caused delight and rumors that Rosa Infra engendered a new genre of metal. Another part of the audience took the release negatively because of its non-standard sound. But I was expecting such a reaction. Anything new always carves its way through difficulties. I should add that we are always focused on creating an unusual, distinctive sound. It is a sincere creation!

How long were you practicing as a musician and composer before you founded the band? When you started Rosa Infra, was it your intention to create something nonstandard that hadn’t been tried before?
My first musical sketches that had not yet become full-fledged songs, I began to compose on guitar in 2001. Then I began to master professional musical programs and learned to manage synthesizers. I went for several years to courses of compositions and arrangements. By the way, I was never limited to one or two genres of music. Always I am listening to a lot of metal bands, but also very interested in electronic sounds. When I first became acquainted with Industrial-Metal, I finally understood the direction to promote my creativity. But at the same time, I felt that the world is too much into the same type of bands. And not only in industrial music, but any other genre. So I quickly moved away from the imitating musical idols and began to experiment and develop my own style and concept of sound. And by the way, the songs from the upcoming album "Meta-Koma" I wrote back then. But they were still too raw and needed work.
But by the time of the creation of Rosa Infra in 2007. I was interested in the genre of Gothic Metal. I really liked the albums of Type O Negative. They had an impact on my creativity. First time Rosa Infra existed as a gothic-metal band. Our first album “Change Of Scenery”, released in 2012, was influenced by this genre. In Russia in 2007 it was extremely difficult to find musicians who shared my musical outlook about experiments with unusual sound. So I had to compromise and I had a few years to play in a more simple and accessible way for the audience. And at that time such a genre was Gothic Metal.
I do not like to remember the Gothic period of Rosa Infra. At the time I loved these songs. I liked to write melodic and romantic music. But by the release of the first album I was sick of this genre and was anxious to get back to longtime musical experiments. At the time of the release of our EP "Inframorphosis" in 2013, which first included a few songs from the upcoming album "Meta-Koma", it became clear that Rosa Infra completely changed genres. I must say that the abrupt change of style has had a negative influence on the musicians with whom I was working. They were always quite conservative in terms of creativity and were not supporters of the deep concept. They arranged a genre in which we played the first five years, and they did not want to change. By the time I wanted to work on "Meta-Koma" we reached our limits, and I had to almost completely change the band. Yet some of them I am grateful for their participation in my project, for the effort and responsible attitude. We just have different priorities in life.

Are you the band’s guitarist? Explain how you compose material with an eight string guitar and how it differs from composing with a six string guitar.
When the old guitarist left the guitars for the album were not fully recorded. But what he recorded was unsuitable for Mixing. So I had become the guitarist and completely re-recorded almost all guitar tracks for "Meta-Koma." For these unforeseen reasons work on the album last much longer than I had expected.
About 6 and 8-string guitars: in fact there is no fundamental difference between the 6-string and 8-string guitar. At least for me. There is just a wider range of sound’ you can use low notes. I needed that for my experimental material. In this sense, I believe that it does not matter on what instrument you play, but what exactly you play. Many people have a stereotype that if you have an 8-string guitar, the style will be similar to Meshuggah or Tesseract. I have great respect for these bands, but my music is very different from them, I have my own style.

How many musicians are working in the band with you? By what process did you find band members who were on similar wavelengths?
After the change of the composition we have a four men. There are Elija Afanasiyev on bass; Roman Rogojnikov on drums; me on vocal and guitar; and for the keyboards should soon come to a man whose name I'm not going to mention yet. Now he is auditioning. To find people who would like to play the steel cables on the construction crane instead of strings was really very difficult! Unfortunately, very few musicians in Russia would have been obsessed with infra-low sound just like me. We mostly prefer the sound like Iron Maiden or Manowar. And similar bands are too much. I never liked the old Heavy Metal with high voices and screaming guitars. For me, the main essence of metal is brutal and powerful, with low growling sounds. It is similar to the power I've always wanted. And in my songs I did the utmost effort, lowering the guitar to the limit. Elijah really liked this idea, as well as Roman. They, too, were looking for something special for themselves in the music.

How and where did you manage to find copies of Andreev’s publications? What else do you know of his life as a writer?
The writer himself died in 1959 and his wife of many years saved his manuscripts. But in the 90s his work was first published. I bought "The Rose Of The World" at a bookstore. Daniil Andreev is a son of a famous Russian writer, Leonid Andreyev. By the way, you can free download the first six chapters of the book published in English at http://rozamira.org/rm/.

Do you know of any books that were written and published by Leonid Andreyev in his time?
Leonid Andreyev is representative of the Silver Age of Russian literature. He is considered the ancestor of Russian expressionism. In his time were published many of his short stories, novellas and novels. One of his most famous works is "Judas Iscariot."

How would you say Rosa Infra’s material differs from that of Meshuggah and Tesseract?
As a musician it is hard to describe the difference without professional terms. But I still try. Meshuggah also use low tuned guitars, that’s true. But their experiments longer appear in polymetric riffs and drums. But we focus on atonality and elements of dodecaphony of Schoenberg (a composer and avantgardist in the early 20th century). Moreover, in such a system, I often use the strongest dissonance (tritons and minor seconds). Meshuggah has always used only growling vocals. Rosa Infra’s vocals are much more diverse. Of course, the dissonances in their songs also meet periodically in the instrumental accompaniment. But I decided to go ahead and use the dissonant chords and atonal melodies not only in guitars, but also the keyboards, and sometimes even vocals when singing clear voice. I do in those episodes where it fits into the atmosphere of the song. For the unprepared listener this music with its abundance of dissonance may seem like howls from Hell. But I as a composer especially like to create such an effect, because "Meta-Koma" describes a WAR and it cannot be euphonious.

How familiar are you with Schoenberg and what aspects of his are most influential to you?
I would not say I’m closely familiar with his work, but I like the principle of his work – dodekafonia. When during the cycle no note of 12 semitones is repeated twice. This creates a very strange, unusual, and even alien music. But I did not copy his technique completely, since in my compositions there are many repetitions and sequences, typical for metal. Another thing is that the very structure of these pieces, I tried as much as possible to withdraw from the common standards.

How have you discovered that writing and composing with dissonant keyboards and vocals enhances the band’s creativity?
I have long noticed one unpleasant thing: all the music that has been published the last fifteen years (with few exceptions) gives rise to the feeling that I had heard somewhere. Rock music no longer seems to be progressing. At least, I cannot name a single direction, which would have produced a revolution in the genre over the past fifteen years. Yes, there is Meshuggah. Perhaps they are the only band in my opinion that has had innovative ideas in metal in those years. But then there are many similar djent-bands that replicate the sound of Swedish innovators. There was nothing new after that. There are very few original bands now. So I started writing music with non-standard decisions. But on the other hand, it would be a riot for the sake of rebellion, if I had to push those chips all in a row. I use dissonance in those episodes where they really are appropriate: where it describes the agony of dying soldiers, mine victims; the unbearable suffering of the soul from the horrors of war. To the listener it should break the heart. And in those moments, I as a composer and vocalist begin to break the heart of the listener ruthlessly, as in life. After all, the purpose of art is to convey the subtleties of reality in such a way to cause a rise in the soul of the observer’s senses, catharsis, enlightenment. From seeing the suffering of people through the arts also comes enlightenment, but in another sense. Enlightenment through compassion. Observers already passes through all the pain and horror he sees and hears in the product. And so he learns to empathize to others in real life. This is my moral motivation to use in the creation of dissonance. And from a purely practical point of view, it’s always interesting to work with what goes beyond the usual stereotypes. For example, the first use of the Tritone, I heard many years ago in Jimi Hendrix’s Purple Haze. It's unfortunate that Jimi had not often experimented with such unpopular intervals. But on the other hand, he was playing very unusual music for his time and made a contribution to the development of rock music. A dissonance that if you listen to and competently apply it, it gives the music personality and drive. And this is one of the main features of rock music in general.

How much has internet downloading helped Rosa Infra since you began releasing material online? Have people in neighboring countries heard your material?
In our time, to distribute your recordings on the Internet is the most effective way to bring creativity to the people. Few buy CDs except some collectors, at least in Russia. The public targets downloads from the Internet. Unfortunately, albums from underground bands do not pay off. In Russia in general it is very difficult to promote metal bands, especially in Death Metal, Djent and Industrial Metal. But there is the opportunity to distribute our records worldwide. We have fans in the Ukraine and Donbass, Belarus, Israel. On our releases have been several positive reviews in Europe.

Does Russia have web zines with editors who want to support local bands increase their fanbase at home and abroad?
I can only speculate on the basis of personal experience. Unfortunately, what I have encountered in this area is very poorly organized. Major webzines are not interested in the underground. In Russia, as a rule, in this environment, everything is decided by money or acquaintances with influential people. If the band does not pay, they are not interviewed or promoted in webzines or magazines. We have absolutely no support system for the development of metal movement. To participate in major festivals, you need to pay large sums of money to organizers. The system of record-labels is nominal. In fact bands are compelled to pay for absolutely everything from recording to shooting videos, promotion on the Internet and the media etc. When we released the first album, the label didn’t organize any city tour to promote it; there was no decent advertising. There was only one review in Russia's Headbanger. That's all. And then, six months later, when it was too late, we had to negotiate for publications, ask friends who work there, or people associated with them. All major publications for our group only appeared thanks to the people who were our fans from Russia, Israel, Ukraine etc. But this help is very unstable. And this is typical for the Russian metal underground. Unfortunately, because of the situation in Russia really talented bands don’t become famous, and those who do simply have commercial acumen. Marketing is essential to any band. There is no doubt! But when this supersedes everything, including creativity, then we obtain the above-described situation. I have often observed this lamentable outcome: a talented artist with amazing material recorded one album or two, and then breaks up because no one goes to see them because there is no money for extensive advertising, etc. This has been the case for a long time, since 2008/2009. I see many bands every day and more than half of them do not understand why I took guitar in hand. I don’t know, maybe I'm wrong, but I always thought that rock and metal are ideological, not just entertainment.

What countries would you want to travel to in order to perform, where bands have more of a chance to get publicity in the press? You mentioned a few locations where the band has a fanbase.
You know, I'd be happy to go wherever there is adequate and interesting people who are open to dialogue, have thoughtful perceptions of creativity, and open to spirituality. And I'm sure there are a lot of those people in Russia, the United States, India, China, Italy, Finland, Norway, Ukraine, Belarus, Israel, England and the rest of the world. Specifically, I’d like to play in Ukraine. But, unfortunately, it is almost impossible to play there because of the civil war in that country. And so coincidentally, my lyrics in its meaning have been very uncomfortable for the current government of Ukraine. But I wrote them about much earlier events in Kiev and was shocked when my lyrics proved prophetic. Also, we'd like to be on all the major metal festivals in Europe and the USA.

What social media sites have most helped the band get their name around outside Russia? How many bands besides Rosa Infra have had to stream their material on those sites to be heard outside Russia?
As I can see, the promotion of groups can help any meta-portals that have high traffic and broad information support to a particular band. Alas, I am not well versed in such matters as ideally I should not deal with cases of promotion of the band, but the managers or directors. In Russia, such a profession exists only among the top groups in which from the beginning have invested a lot of money. I may be wrong, but it seems to me that the only option that would have helped us promote would have been a serious sponsorship or support for major metal labels and media in Russia and abroad. Unless of course we’re talking about international recognition. And frankly, I do not know what these two options seems more utopian.

Describe the lyrics on your debut album Change Of Scenery and how they progressed on your EP Inframorphosis?
The lyrics of Change Of Scenery and Inframorphosis are very different, as if they were written by different bands. I would say that between these releases Rosa Infra were completely reborn as a group experienced in the music genre, category of texts, and general atmosphere. Rosa Infra on Change Of Scenery wrote romantic-gothic lyrics, no more. Rosa Infra on Inframorphosis and Oil Sonata is much more sincere and professional. Frankly, I hate the first album. But at the same time I realize that it was a stage of creative development, albeit full of errors, but that it was necessary to go through to come to the material that we are doing now.

In what ways was Inframorphosis an improvement for the band in your eyes?
Perhaps starting with this release began to be realized my true creative ideas. And exactly as originally wanted: powerful, low, dark and epic. And of course in terms of the meaning of lyrics in "Inframorphosis" I'm very honest with the audience and myself. All that came before it, was a warm-up, the breakdown of the pen.

Describe how the lyrical concept we discussed began to take shape with your latest material.
This material describes fictional reality, but of course the prototypes is the reality surrounding me. Over the past thirty years the world has seen many wars, coups and revolutions. But peace, prosperity and happiness have not come to the societies in which these horrors occurred. This leads me to a lot of thought. To gain inspiration, I watched a lot of documentaries about the war in Chechnya, the former Yugoslavia, Iraq and other hot spots. But it was only a small part of making the lyrics of "Meta-Koma”. Part of the heroes of this great story are echoes of my personality. And the image of the military nurse Rosa in Cathedral Soul. This is the great feminine spirit that is present in every major nation in the world. This holy soul is the focus of all the qualities that embody the concept of WOMAN: love, kindness, caring, compassion, fidelity, motherhood. Unfortunately, most Western nations (including Russia until recently) have almost lost touch with their cathedral souls in the world the cult of brutality, violence and hedonism. For the same reason transphysical in my story "Meta-Koma" was war. Especially because there is one more subtlety of the plot: a Monstrous Worm stole the cathedral soul of Grayland. Therefore, the link with her was almost completely lost. Approved small spoiler: the main character who calls Temok, accidentally succeed to get in touch with her because of the tragic events of the war.

Are there any specific world events that came to mind while you were writing the lyrics to Meta-Koma?
Besides the Chechen wars, the wars in Yugoslavia and Iraq, the instrumental song "1986" was inspired by the Chernobyl disaster. But in the end I decided to make the story as it brought together all the military events and tragedies in the general concept of WAR, applicable to any major conflict. I have already mentioned that by chance, without any intention I predicted the civil war in Ukraine, although I wrote the lyrics on this subject one or two years before these tragic events. And, frankly, I'm afraid to know it. This is the case when you're right, but you do not want to be right. Because innocent people die, and instead of fighting for the interests of corporations and the rich, they could love, to have children, create and produce something useful, beautiful and eternal.

Can you provide a synopsis of how your lyrical concept develops on your upcoming full length?
One of my main ideas was to show that in war there is nothing attractive and romantic. Only the movies show us brave and noble soldiers-heroes who falsely fall from mortal wounds, and lay dead with open eyes in neat form with perfect hair, and frozen with white-toothed smiles. In reality, in war there are so many examples of valor, heroism and generosity. But this is more like a short burst of sparks on a background of dirt, the stench of rotting wounds, suffering, cowardice, government betrayal the people, and animal instincts. And the consequences of any war is post-war syndrome. And the people from past wars live the rest of their lives with broken psyches and cannot find their place in an ungrateful society.

How do you expect the storyline to develop on the band’s future releases?
All the above facts form the skeleton of my story will be held a single line through three albums. And when the forces of the physical world is not able to protect humanity, then forces of trans-physical world can protect it. But there is a subtle nuance: protection does not mean that these forces will drive a man from childhood. Anyway man himself builds his destiny, makes a decision, but the higher powers are trying to help him in this way, to suggest that a person does not get lost in the dark times. Only the force of his own will a person decides to succumb to despair, frustration and power of Evil, or to follow Light, humanity, creation and love.

Rosa Infra

-Dave Wolff

Sunday, July 12, 2015

CD Review: FUCK THE FACTS Abandoned

FUCK THE FACTS
Abandoned
Independent
I still remember reviewing this Canadian death/grind band on a fairly regular basis while writing my extreme music column for Good Times. Back then I was receiving their promos on cassette, and I still might have the copies in my tape collection. Now they are part of the digital age and you can stream them on the net. Abandoned was released in 2014 on a limited edition basis (100 copies) and is sold out, though you can hear it on Bandcamp. The production has improved since their cassette days; guitarist Topon Das mixed and mastered the material himself at a place called Apartment 2 which could be his own studio. I’d have to ask him. The production and delivery of the tunes I listened to; Endless Emptiness, Disabused and L’impasse; are beyond brutal and miles ahead of what the band was doing in the late 90s. Das in particular has really honed his originality as a musician and his approach to songwriting goes a long way toward making F.T.F. a unique band in the field of death/grind. His lengthy experience in the band results in professional, near-flawless quality, the kind you’d expect from Nuclear Blast or Candlelight. This also demonstrates that bands have come a long way when it comes to producing their own material, thanks largely to social media. The band’s next recording Desire Will Rot should be out in August. -Dave Wolff

Friday, July 10, 2015

CD Review: HERIDA PROFUNDA s/t LP 2013

HERIDA PROFUNDA
s/t LP 2013
Prowler Records/Distro (USA)
Disturbing and tormented. The Intro stressed me like none else; it sounded like hurt pets. Violent at the end. Musically, everything sticks in one single entity. The voices are tortured, full of rage hiding a sort of sadness, enough to make you feel bad and revolted. I prefer the one called "Paraliz" actually; it’s a bit "punky". The song "Dlaczego" reminded me of a French band named "Gronibard" (if I translate from French to English it means "big boobs") especially because of the vocals. Anyway, it sounds like the band really enjoys what they do. Guys, you made me feel uncomfortable during the intro, but the whole album kicks Satan's ass .I enjoyed the bass notes because it is played quite like in the band "Misanthrope" (France). All the elements stick together. Well done. -Abyss Forgottentomb

CD Review: ENCRYPTED Drifting To The Impaled

ENCRYPTED
Drifting To The Impaled
Down To The Abyss Productions
Drifting To The Impaled is musically perfect: the dose of the music and the vocals are just well-balanced from my view. There's a little ambiguity on the CD cover: the Christ and the impaled enemies but that's my superficial observation. In fact it's related to the movie "Dracula" by Coppola. But anyway, if I close my eyes listening to the whole album, I can remember each scene from the movie. Those guys know how to relate music to the visual. My favorite track is the instrumental masterpiece. I can't say more; it's just perfect. -Abyss Forgottentomb


Music review: JASON QUINLAN

JASON QUINLAN/CIRCLE OF VIOLENCE
I think Jason Quinlan is a great guitarist. When I listened to "Too Many Guitars" my ass got stuck to a seat and died in a car crash at the end of the track. Seriously. The speed made by the hammers and pulling-offs in series quickly just reminded me of a terrible car crash. "Metal Riff 2" is like a piece of jewelry I would call "bijou" (instead of jewel). The beginning is like taking a trip on a highway freely, holding the sound of a little melancholy. This track is too short unfortunately, because I think in its dreamy way should last longer. I won't write all about his tracks but all I can say is that this guy knows how to play with some different atmospheres and melodies. It's like playing with your senses. I agree that the track "Dennis Hopper" sounds a bit strange in its atmosphere by the guitars at least. -Abyss Forgottentomb

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Ghost Hunter Interview: ALYSON FORD

INTERVIEW WITH ALYSON FORD OF P.A.S.T. SASKATCHEWAN (PARANORMAL AND SUPERNATURAL TEAM)

How long have you been interested in paranormal activity? Were there books you read and researched on the subject? How about programs airing on television? In what ways did they spark your interest in learning more about it?
My earliest recollection of interest in the paranormal would be around the age of eight. I can't pin down a specific incident but I know my father was a big influence on my fascination with the paranormal, as well as a close friend’s mother. My father was interested in all things paranormal. He would tell me local ghost stories and mysteries and introduced me to the author Von Daniken and ancient alien theories. He would even jokingly tell me I was half alien and I loved every minute of it. I remember when the first ghost hunter shows started airing on TV and how much we anticipated each episode.
My friend’s mom was also a big influence on my interest in the paranormal. She was a Reiki Master and into a lot of 'new age' interests. I spent many weekends out at their farm listening to stories and reading the latest books she had acquired. I have very fond memories of their friend Buddy Winn, a parapsychologist who lectured at the local university. He would tell us REAL ghost stories before we went to bed, and of course sleeping in a hundred year old farm house your imagination was running wild.
I have watched many paranormal programs over the years but the programs I enjoy the most involve history and people who are respectful of the paranormal as well as wanting to further the field of paranormal research. It was actually from watching these programs and talking with other investigators that sparked the idea for my invention, Ghost Amp.

Do you recall the ghost tales told to you by your father when you were young? What most fascinated you about them?
My favourite story he told me was when he (my father) was a kid about twelve years old. My Great Grandma had told him about a tragic story that took place outside of our small town on a farm. The family was quite well to do and had a beautiful house and farm. The father must have been suffering from mental illness and first shot himself and then hung from a rope in his barn. When he failed to come in for supper his wife had discovered the body. She returned to the house, packed a suitcase and grabbed her two boys. She locked the door behind her and told the boys to never return to the house again. As a result the house became a time capsule, everything left untouched for over fifty years. My father and his friends decided to go into the house one evening and just see for themselves. He told me he felt many 'cold spots' and a feeling of being watched. At one point he opened the lid of an old record player and it spontaneously began to play. They left shortly after that being quite rattled. Over the years there were rumours of the man that killed himself to be haunting the farm. Year after year at Halloween my father would take my brother and I out to the farm and tell us the story.

In what area is this farm near you located? How widespread is this urban legend to your knowledge?

The farm is located about five minutes south east of the town I live in in Southern Saskatchewan. Anyone who grew up around here is aware of the legend. There are various theories about why the farmer committed suicide. But the one that my father believed and found evidence of was the most intriguing. When he and his friends were in the basement of the farm house they found scientific equipment. I can't confirm it, but the story goes is that he was also a highly intelligent scientist who worked on the atomic bomb that was eventually dropped in WWII. Some say he was devastated by his involvement with so many lives lost that he couldn't live with it anymore. It sounds crazy, but I couldn't even make a story up like that! 

What sort of alien theories did your father know of? Were those legends told to him or were they from books he read?
Like many people he believed that various government institutions around the world were trying to cover up the fact that we are not alone. Also he had expressed to me that he felt that humans could be an alien science experiment and that the visitations we receive are the alien researchers coming back to watch us. Also I know one of his favourite authors was Von Daniken. So naturally I read those books and my imagination was sparked!

Who was Von Daniken, what subject matter did he write about and when was his work published? How many of his publications have you owned since your father introduced you to him?
Von Daniken published his first book Chariots Of The Gods in 1968, a book using ancient archeology to support the theory of ancient aliens and their interaction and influence on early human life throughout history. His work exposed me to these ancient alien theories but I also enjoyed works by Carl Sagan.

I heard of Chariots Of The Gods but haven’t had a chance to read it. Which parts of that book most strongly support the ancient alien theory and that extraterrestrials interacted with humans in ancient times?
The book uses the evidence of art, artifacts, architecture and writing in ancient times to support the theory that extraterrestrials have always been an integral part of human existence, if not the reason for human existence. It's a strong theory and I feel really strongly that it's true.

Has Von Daniken written more than one publication on the subject of alien theories, Chariots Of The Gods being the most well-known? How many books of Carl Sagan’s have you read to date?
Von Daniken's Chariots of the Gods I would say would be his most well-known book. I think he followed it with over eighteen other publications. He has based his whole career around the ancient alien theory, but there are others out there with the same ideas and theories. He has also gained notoriety lately for being on the new TV programs for example 'Ancient Aliens'. So I wouldn't say he was a revolutionary with his publications, just that he has had a great deal of publicity. It has been awhile since I read anything by Carl Sagan, but Cosmos and Contact were the ones that stand out for me. Cosmos being more of a documentary (I think the book came after the TV series) and Contact was fiction. I know he has published many works, mostly scientific papers, and I will have to make an effort to read more.

Tell the readers of this ghost hunter program you and your father watched and the information each episode presented.

My father died soon after the first TV programs were coming out so there were not too many programs we got to watch together. There were several documentary type shows that stood out to me: Weird Travels, Mysterious Journeys and Haunted History. Ghost Hunters I found was the first show to really get me into the investigative side of the paranormal. I found it so awesome that 'plumbers' became supernatural seekers by night. I enjoyed the background stories and facts they would collect about the location. Also the technology they were using to try and gather evidence. I guess I thought to myself, yep, I could do that, I want to do that! A lot of the evidence they gathered confirmed ideas I had about the afterlife. As well it opened my eyes to new ideas and new possibilities to gather evidence of the paranormal. As the years progressed the popularity in paranormal program increased and I kept watching Ghost Hunters as well as Paranormal State, Ghost Adventures and Fact Or Faked.

All those programs you mentioned, were they airing on national or cable TV? If any of them still air today, where can they be watched? How would you rate the information they cover?
Because I lived and continue to live in a very rural area we only had satellite TV. Because of the popularity of these programs there are lots of reruns, but a few programs are still going strong, and many new programs have popped up. I personally enjoy SyFy, Detour, T&E, History and Discovery. Personally I think the content of most of the programs can be quite informative, but like all media it shouldn't be taken as 100% fact. It should be a way to spark the imagination and to seek out your own information... Test your own theories. Dealing with the paranormal almost all of the information given is personal opinion. The information I have gathered over the years from TV has inspired me to find my own answers and make my own theories and to invent new ghost hunting equipment. Unfortunately there is a trend on these reality programs to push the idea that most hauntings are demonic in nature. This is misleading as it is very rare to encounter such a haunting and putting religious ideas aside these entities are being misinterpreted. So knowing what I know and continue to explore in the way of the paranormal and supernatural these programs should really be looked upon as entertainment for the most part.

Do you think those shows portraying these entities as demonic are more concerned with sensationalism and/or ratings? How would you produce a TV program differently?
I think the demonic portrayal of entities on these programs are for ratings. It's really a pet peeve of mine. Entities perceived as 'dark' or demonic are not that common. In reality they are few and far between to encounter while in the field. Also it is the responsibility of the investigator in my opinion to look at all the evidence and try not to label these entities as 'dark' or 'light' as who are we to judge them as such? For example what an investigator might perceive as a menacing growl may be a completely harmless entity trying to communicate, but the sound was distorted to the investigator. A program that I would produce wouldn't be as exciting when it came to the whole good versus evil concept that is currently popular. I would like to explore all avenues of the paranormal without the labels 'dark' and 'light'. Bringing my personal theories into play I would explore both sides as well as twilight, the middle path which in my opinion should be the ultimate goal. Living in balance spiritually.

Is the whole “good vs evil” theme brought into paranormal programs so as not to offend the religious right? Which of your personal theories would you bring into your own show?
I'm not sure if this theme was brought into the programs for religious reasons, but thinking on that I would have to agree to some extent. I would think the religion of most of the people watching these programs would be Christian and "good vs evil" would appeal to this demographic. It also makes for “good” TV. In my own show I wouldn't go with this theme. I don't buy into the idea of a grand struggle between good and evil. However I would like to try and challenge people’s perceptions of good and evil. So I guess my theory would be let us (as investigators) put aside our labelling of entities and experience the paranormal without judgement using our personal beliefs. If you don't fully understand something how can it be labeled?

How long had Buddy Winn been lecturing when you knew him and at which university was he working? What ghost and haunting legends do you remember him telling you?
I don't know how long Professor Winn had been lecturing at the University of Regina in Saskatchewan. But today he is in his eighties and still researches the paranormal as well as will be assisting my team on cases as well as a possible TV program of our own in the works! I don't remember many of the stories except for one where he was saying a woman was getting grabbed inappropriately by an unseen ghost and I guess that stood out because I thought wow, they (spirits) can touch you? And to follow up on that I was touched by an entity on the shoulder and I was thrilled, intrigued and a bit caught off guard all at the same time.

Do you remember a program that aired in the 70s called In Search Of? Which paranormal themed programs did you watch as you researched the subject and which do you watch these days?
I haven't seen that program. I was born in 1977, but I'm sure I should be able to find it online. Looking back on the books being published and programs there seemed to be a trend for the paranormal at that time just like today. I pretty much watch any program dealing with the paranormal, Ancient Aliens, Ghost Adventures, Ghost Hunters, Haunted Australia, and various documentaries and web series when I have a chance.

Which programs about the paranormal do you watch on the net? On Youtube for example I watch programs on UFO TV.
I am part of many Facebook groups that produce Youtube videos, so I try and watch as many as time allows to keep up with new techniques and new equipment. My favourite informative web programs are by Michelle Bellanger.

Who is Michelle Bellanger and what programs is she currently hosting on the web? What topics are covered on her show and how much research goes into it? Where can her show be viewed?
Michelle Bellanger is a prominent figure in the world of the paranormal. She is an amazing author and occultist and founder of House Kheperu. She has been featured on many paranormal programs such as ghost hunting TV programs and documentaries. Her current web series 'My Haunted Life' covers various topics on the occult, magic, and even reincarnation. I have a lot of respect for her work as not only do I think that she does a tremendous amount of research but is also willing to share this knowledge with anyone with an open mind. I watch the episodes on YouTube.

What books penned by Bellanger have you read and gotten the most out of, and how would you rate her program My Haunted Life?
The works I have read by her so far were what I had come across with her co-authoring. Her insights and knowledge on a given subject featured in books as a reference or a preface essay. I have yet to read 'The Ghost Hunters Survival Guide' but it is definitely on my list. The episodes I have watch so far of 'My Haunted Life' have been good. There is good information in there for people starting in the paranormal as well as veterans. So if I had to rate it, it would be 4 out of 5 stars.

Are there any specific episodes of My Haunted Life you particularly remember?
My favourite episode was 'My Haunted Life: Reincarnation and Past Lives'. I have always strongly believed in reincarnation and this video reinforced my ideas on the subject. I highly recommend it.

Explain how you got started becoming a ghost hunter: how you went about forming a team, the equipment you chose to start with, the subjects you researched and so on.
The first team I was involved with was back in 2004. We only did a couple of investigations. It wasn't until recently over a year ago when I was looking for a team to test my Ghost Amp invention. I researched the teams that were around and approached a few with the idea. The P.A.S.T. Saskatchewan team was the most active and were the most excited about trying out Ghost Amp. A few months ago the team asked me to join as a full investigator and I was honoured!
The team already had the basic equipment, full spectrum cameras, K2's, MEL meters, ghost boxes, EVP recorders. I gifted the team a Ghost Amp and also bring a few extra on investigation.
Prior to most investigations we try and gather as much information on the property as possible. So this would dictate the type of research needed. History, location, stories, interviews and articles are utilized. I like to come into each investigation with as much information about the property as well as the experiences being had there paranormal or not. This can determine sometimes if it is an intelligent haunting by an entity or entities or a residual haunting, like a video being played over and over.
YouTube videos can be a great resource as well. I am always interested in what other teams are using for equipment.

From watching videos on Youtube, what information are you gathering on equipment used by other ghost hunting teams? Does any of this information gathering prove helpful?
For business reasons I am interested in other tech coming out on the market, as well as keeping an eye out to see if Ghost Amp is being used or copied. For the investigation side of things I like to see what tech other investigators are using and how they are using it. From watching these videos I have sometimes repeated certain techniques on investigation. It also in my opinion keeps supporting the idea of getting away from pumping large amounts of EMF into the environment.

How did you design and construct the Ghost Amp, and what are its functions? How well does it help your investigations?
I actually came up with idea of Ghost Amp while watching one of many ghost hunting TV shows and using what was occurring while in the field. I noticed that on investigation our equipment batteries would suddenly drain, and shortly after there would be an increase in paranormal activity. For example increased EVP (electronic voice phenomena), entities captured on video or camera, and even physical touches. I went to a friend of mine who was an electronics engineer and asked if he could create a device that gave off a huge amount of DC current that was replenish-able for entities to utilize or 'feed' from. There are other 'ghost feeders' on the market that use EMF to hopefully give energy to entities, but Ghost Amp is different as it emits DC current. In my opinion using EMF pumps in an investigation can be potentially dangerous as it is proven that EMF is large amounts can cause nausea, headaches and even hallucinations, and ultimately this could cause contaminated evidence. I and the P.A.S.T team have been using Ghost Amp and attributing an increase in paranormal activity to the device while on investigation. Which is why I thought getting Ghost Amp out there would be the first step, increase the activity so we can have more to investigate!

What differences have you seen in your investigations from using the Ghost Amp? How does it compare to traditional instruments overall?
We (P.A.S.T) have revisited locations we have investigated before where Ghost Amp was not used.  Using Ghost Amp in the investigation the second or third time we noticed an increase in paranormal activity as compared to the previous time(s) we were there. Ghost Amp is revolutionary to the field of paranormal investigation as it is DC current based and all other devices are based on EMF.

In addition to Youtube, where do you research information on places you visit? How much background do you usually gather before heading to a location?
It depends on the time we have to research before we go to a location. Sometimes it's an emergency situation so not much research is done. Other times we can gather information from the internet, land titles and interviews. Also if we have an idea of what kinds of entities we might be encountering we can consult experts that we have on different avenues of the paranormal to assist us. We have utilized psychics, parapsychologists, witches and occultists.

From 2004 until today you and the P.A.S.T Saskatchewan team must have had many experiences worth discussing. Can you relate some of your most memorable visits?
I have only been working with the P.A.S.T team for a little over a year and a half. But yes we have had many intriguing moments. The first one I would like to share happened at The Q Bar in Regina. We were doing a group Ouija board session and after one of the investigators expressed that we didn't want to invite any negative spirits a disembodied voice was heard by all of us as well as captured on camera. It stated "but you are". This bit of evidence is available to view on our YouTube channel P.A.S.T Sask. It was also an inspiration for a PsiVamp song entitled Voices In The Dark which is the first song of its kind, merging EVP and electronic music. It's available for free download on psivampmusic.com .One of my most memorable personal moments was at the youth hostel in Regina. I was seated with the manager of the hostel doing a pendulum session and was physically touched on the shoulder. It was the first time I was touched by an entity so it was exhilarating and intriguing all at the same time.

Does Regina have many paranormal experiences like those you discussed experiencing?
Regina I don't think has higher paranormal activity compared to other cities. Just like other cities we have our famous locations that most locals would be able to point you to. As our team is getting more well-known and respected in the community it is opening the doors to these famous locations. Recently we have been approached by Casino Regina to do an investigation of their facility. This is a great honour as other groups have tried to get in there to investigate. The location is a turn of the century train station. Apparently there has been and continues to be quite a bit of reoccurring activity. We are very much looking forward to doing this investigation as it will be high profile. We will definitely have to be on our game for that one!

What information have you uncovered about the Regina train station so far?
The Train station was built in 1912 and was actually Regina's third train station. The building is a historic site and was converted into the Casino Regina after years of sitting empty. The building was extensively renovated and while renovating the property they came across old railway police jail cells in the basement that were used for transporting prisoners as well as tunnels. There are a system of underground passages under the building that extended into the downtown part of the city, but some are collapsed and some are not safe, but we hope to get into some of them. There are many stories about the Casino being haunted. Most of the accounts so far point to a haunting by those who worked at the location while it was a station. They said that you can hear voices when no one is around or you can see doors open that required key cards. These instances are also said to be caught on camera. So I'm thinking there could be residual activity as well as maybe an intelligent energy present. Can't wait to interview the employees who have had experiences!

Have you traveled often across the U.S. researching the paranormal and would you consider visiting overseas countries in the future?

I have travelled extensively in the U.S. But have only really done research on the paranormal in New Orleans, outside and in Las Vegas, as well as South Dakota specifically DeadWood. I do however tend to pick up stories and legends from people wherever I travel. Everyone has a story about the paranormal whether they experienced it themselves or through someone else's experience. Of course I have many overseas countries locations that I would love to investigate. My personal wish list would include England, Ireland and Egypt.

Of the psychics, parapsychologists, witches and occultists you have been working with, who do you and the team get the most favorable results with?
Honestly all of these experts have equally helped us learn and grow as a team. We are a very open minded group and strive to learn and further the field of paranormal investigation. We have the utmost respect for all of our experts.

If you had the time and the resources, would you consider hosting a regular series on the internet or cable television?

I don't think at this point in my career that I would like to host a show of any kind. I do however like to be interviewed on internet radio as well as local radio stations. I enjoy participating in our web episodes. Just recently my team has been approached to do a history/reality show by a large production company which we are currently waiting to hear back if it's a go. If it is a go it will be aired nationally and even internationally. So fingers crossed! I'm not looking for fame, but having our team much more recognized opens doors to more investigations. Especially at locations that would otherwise would be hard to get into.

How many interviews have you done on internet radio and traditional radio to date? Which of your web episodes has received the biggest response?

Since launching Ghost Amp not quite a year ago I have done a couple of internet shows, and been a repeat guest on a local radio paranormal program. It's hard to gauge the largest response to which show, but I definitely get an increase in traffic to my website and likes to my FB page. So that being said I am open to do any programs on any media as it tends to get the word out about Ghost Amp and also gives me the opportunity to express my ideas about the paranormal. 

Is there anything you can reveal about the history/reality show you’ve been approached about?
At this point I am only able to say that the production company that approached us were looking for a team to make a series about the paranormal with an emphasis on Saskatchewan history. The network asked the production company to put together a 'sizzle' sort of like a trailer to see if they want to pursue with the funding of the series and that it was what they were looking for. We have finished the sizzle and are waiting to hear back from the network at this time. Sorry I can't give out any more detail than that. All I know at this time is that the sizzle looks really awesome and I wish I could share it. It will be a tremendous amount of work but I know we are up for the challenge!

Do you have any other plans for the future of P.A.S.T you would want to let the readers know of?
Of course our hope is to have the TV series become a reality so we are working with the production company doing everything we can to do this project. We have also done a few 'paranormal sleep overs'. This was where we have teamed up with a local hotel owner whose location we have investigated multiple times and had a group come in. We schooled them on what we do and the equipment we use and then do a full investigation. They are then invited to stay the night, funny we have only had two people stay the entire night. We would like to continue with this project as well we are looking into graveyard investigation tours. Our team enjoys educating and working with the public. Of course there are a few locations we would like to gain access to so we will continue to work with integrity and build our reputation and maybe the doors will open. We have also thrown around the idea of travelling to New Orleans to work with a group there investigating as well. I have been to Nola many times and would like to do an investigation with some of the talented people I know down there.

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-Dave Wolff