Sunday, September 19, 2021

Seven Inch Review: Thunderclap "Morkkis" (Ashtray Monument) by Corban Skipwith

Band: Thunderclap
Location: Gainesville, Florida
Country: USA
Genre: Doom rock
Seven inch: Morkkis
Format: Digital
Label: Ashtray Monument
Release date: September 17, 2021
Are you guys ready for some of the most exciting and cultivating rock songs of the year? Well look no further because these guys hit the mark with
-Morkkis by Thunderclap!
So this is a duo song set by the band and each song although together share their own unique and eye grabbing differences that make them come together so well!
The first track ‘Morkkis’ feels like the more ‘upbeat’ and ‘emo’ of the two. I know those two words together don’t normally sync but what I mean is this the more catchy and faster of the two tracks while also sharing the same vocal and instrumentation choices you would hear from bands like
-Escape The Fate
-Panic At The Disco
-All Time Low
-Fall Out Boy etc.
It’s infectious and almost hypnotic in the way the track is presented and played!
The final track ‘March Of The Wombat’ is the one that feels closer at hand to the ‘Doom’ aspect of their description. You can hear and feel the heavy, sluggish instrumentation as well as the heavy vibe and aesthetic of the guitar riffs, drums and bass.
The tempo is also a lot slower and more serious in contrast to the former, I feel a strong ‘Black Sabbath’ vibe to this track with the prolonged production and vocal style.
As mentioned above the beauty of the different styles coming together on one EP is delightful and almost presents a ‘Ying and Yang’, ‘Shadow and Light’ scenario to the listener which I think is quite fun and enjoyable!
Please go support this band with the link below and remember if you share this album and recommend others to share then we can start a loop and that will go a long way in helping the band get the attention they deserve! –Corban Skipwith

Lineup:
Todd Rockhill: Guitar, vocals
Ale Gasso: Words, guitar
Salmon Nason: drums

Track list:
1. Morkkis
2. March of the Wombats


This review can also be read at Corban Skipwith's Facebook group Relentless Reviews with Corbz. -DW

Friday, September 17, 2021

Full Length Review: Dalisay "Ang Trahedya ng Dalisay at Ketungin" (Independent) by Corban Skipwith

Band: Dalisay
Country: Philippines
Genre: Death/thrash metal
Full Length: Ang Trahedya ng Dalisay at Ketungin
Format: Digital album
Label: Independent
Release date: September 15, 2021
Who would’ve known that the most brutal sound in metal would come out of the Philippines?
Today I’ll be reviewing the September 2021 release of the band Dalisay, Ang Trahedya ng Dalisay at Ketungin
This album first of all takes the expression ‘sounds like an exorcist’ to a whole different level!
This is one of the most brutal metal albums I’ve ever heard and I mean that if this album came out during the prime era of Cannibal Corpse they would be in deep trouble! Make the mistake of making light of this album!
From front to finish this is such a brutal experience! I mean they are going crazy on the instrumentation the guitar is insanely heavy the drums are relentless and brutal the bass is just shredding your bones apart that’s how bloody ruthless it is!
The thing that I do find interesting though is that in the longer cuts there are two of them, ones nine minutes and ones closer to twelve they do add some variety.
So some elements of acoustic to start the track off some sampling of like cars on the street or something.
It’s in the two tracks that I see the experimental part of them because the rest of the album from the tracks are nothing but pure death metal brutality I would say something heavier than death metal! Maybe a combination of both black and death but in terms of the severity of it all.
Literally the whole time I was listening to this album I was getting scared! It’s just insane the vocals I don’t know anything you’re saying because obviously I’m not from the Philippines but man they can’t be seen anything nice! This is just pure violence on a stick!
See this is the kind of album for an old-school traditionalist nothing but loud hammering instrumentation over death growling, high-pitched scream combination performances, This isn’t for the casual metalhead on the fence this is for decade-old followers.
I will give the album this much it has blown away my expectations of what true heavy (heavy) metal sounds like!
It will sound like a current band because even though they’re taking the old past roots it doesn’t make what they’re making any less unique any less brutal or any les sadistic by any means of the imagination!
Please go listen to this album go give them the support they deserve!
To all your metal bands out there you better watch out! You better shift your game up because at this rate you’ll be blown into the water by this band right here great job guys. –Corban Skipwith

Lineup:
Jorel Torres: Guitars, vocals
Mark Gilbert Saguibo: Bass
Jux Mauricio: Drums

Track list:
1. Botod
2. Karnal
3. Sa Bunganga ng Pagkabaliw
4. Ang Libing na Naipundar ni Jetro R Soler
5. Hamog
6. Gulok
7. Ang Trahedya ng Dalisay at Ketungin


This review can also be read at Corban Skipwith's Facebook group Relentless Reviews with Corbz. -DW

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Single/Video Review: Cadaveria "The Woman Who Fell to Earth" by Dave Wolff

Band: Cadaveria
Location: Biella, Piedmont
Country: Italy
Genre: Black/gothic metal
Single/Video: The Woman Who Fell to Earth
Format: Digital
Release date: June 1, 2021
I still remember Cadaveria when she was the frontwoman of the Italian goth-death-doom-black metal act Opera IX from 1992 to 2001. “The Black Opera: Symphoniae Mysteriorum in Laudem Tenebrarum” was one of the albums I listened to often in the late 90s, so naturally I was interested in learning more when I got wind of her new black/goth metal band.
Cadaveria sounds like the logical progression from her work with Opera IX, particularly with cleaner production and greater vocal range. Though occult and witchcraft based lyrics are something those bands have in common, Opera IX leaned closer toward black magic and dark paganism while Cadaveria’s lyrics are more personal, especially when it comes to thoughts of mortality.
Her personal theme resonates in Cadaveria’s latest promotional video “The Woman Who Fell To Earth”, which includes a thought out story that’s highly spiritual as well as introspective. It refines time tested concepts related to black metal, concepts involving the cosmos and earth’s pagan past, and shows them in a different light without letting them lose their edge.
The concept of “The Woman Who Fell to Earth” involves a woman, possibly some spirit, who arrives on earth from parts unknown, possibly a parallel dimension, seemingly to reunite with her earthbound essence and return it to life after many ages have passed. I say this loosely because there are a lot of unanswered questions left open to interpretation. For some reason I felt compelled to watch Cadaveria’s previous videos, “Shamanic Path”, “Divination”, “Matryoshcada” and “Return” (originally by Deine Lakaien).
I’m guessing her current and previous videos follow a narrative of sorts, at least a loose narrative, about a woman reborn of the earth whose return was brought about by ancient and forbidden pagan/shamanic rituals. Her purpose is to heal a sick world made corrupt by human greed and lack of understanding of a “bigger picture”, one she is eager to teach again.
I don’t presume to say this is what Cadaveria had in mind, but using my own imagination it seemed those videos compile a story, or could compile a story, that jibes well with “Woman”. The imagery presented in those short films seem to reveal key moments in the mysterious earth mother’s tale. Plus the notion that while her legend is perceived as evil, she is nonetheless a force for good.
After watching the videos I watched a mini documentary on Cadaveria’s Youtube profile explaining the concept of each song and the clips made to promote them. Cadaveria and Marçelo Santos of Morbid Vision discuss the ideas they shared during their collaboration. Duality, rebirth, divination, nature, and tribal beliefs and practices are the themes of the first four promotional videos, and in many ways those concepts link them together.
All this seems to culminate in the imagery created for “Woman”, which was likewise directed by Marçelo Santos of Morbid Vision. Within the framework of the darker subgenres of metal, it turns all preconceptions on their heads as it represents a purification of the earth and the possibility for renewal of nature and thus humanity. Hardly a negative outcome for the world.
The video for “Woman” depicts the arrival of this visitor from distant space, and her disorientation as she absorbs her new surroundings as she takes a journey to understanding her purpose. Without additional commentary, I gather the imagery is symbolic of a personal journey into heightened states of awareness of what the human soul can become. I’d suggest watching all five videos back to back to appreciate the shared vision between them. –Dave Wolff

Lineup:
Cadaveria: Vocals
Kris Laurent: Guitars
Peter Dayton: Bass
Marçelo Santos: Drums

Full Length Review: Freakstorm "Storm Inside My Heart" (Afraid Of Sunlight Records) by Corban Skipwith

Band: Freakstorm
Country: Germany
Genre: Metal, rock
Full Length: Storm Inside My Heart
Format: CD, Digital album
Label: Afraid Of Sunlight Records
Release date: June 25, 2021
So this is the latest full length album by band Freakstorm a band from Germany and this would be my first time listening to them.
What I discovered among these 9 tracks is a band who not only had the brains to take the best elements from their influences but to incorporate them in a way that makes for a fun, catchy and emotionally heavy experience.
Let’s talk production because listening to this album you can hear a whole range of various influences and inspirations such as
-Alternative Rock
-Pop Rock
-Acoustic
-Classic Hard Rock
-Alternative Metal
All these ‘Rock’ based elements are drawn to their best selves with the instrumentation of groovy guitar leads, kicking drums (no pun intended) and slick bass to help leave a tasteful experience to the listener.
It was actually really interesting because depending on the track presented I could hear so many different artists running through my head for comparisons.
-Paramore
-Flyleaf
-Pat Benatar
-Fiona Apple and more!
It was exciting to hear so many different styles and fusions spread across the album. The lyricism was on a case by case basis in which every song presents a different topic and mood, reinforcing a different emotional response and feeling to the listener, doing this made for a very entertaining listen and one I shouldn’t soon forget!
Now to the vocal performances because they were really the star of the show. Although the production and instrumentation were amazing and well played the singer who pulled off those harmonies and melodies deserved a lot of the praise. She kept in tune with the various inspirations and sung clean, heartfelt and passionate lines! You could hear the drive and the soul within her.
It was impressive how from one song to the next she adjusted her singing style and mood to cater to the emotional context of the track that came next, she altered based on the situation and I give a lot of respect for that! Knowing how and when to adjust certain things for the album sake is honestly something most don’t do and I’m glad we saw a shining example of what TO do in this scenario.
I really liked this album guys, it was sold from front to back, the different styles and sonic aesthetic was brilliant and the songs were catchy and on point, If your someone whose only into the heavier sounds of Metal then this may not be for you but I highly suggest you give this album a try none the less!
The album link is done below and let’s all help each other out by supporting our local bands and helping them go viral! SHARE, SHARE, SHARE! –Corban Skipwith

Lineup:
Sinah Meier: Vocals
Oliver Hartmann: Guitars (session musician)
Dennis Ward: Bass (session musician)
Olli Fuchs: Drums

Track list:
1. Storm Inside My Heart
2. Wicked
3. Unbreakable Tonight
4. Not The One
5. Can't Keep Me Down
6. Shot Down In Flames
7. Out Of The Door
8. Nothing
9. Here's To Us (Bonus track)


This review can also be read at Corban Skipwith's Facebook group Relentless Reviews with Corbz. -DW

Monday, September 13, 2021

Interview with Sinah Meier of Freakstorm by Dave Wolff

Olli and Sinah
Interview with Sinah Meier of Freakstorm

Freakstorm began as a tribute project and eventually began writing original songs. At what point did you make the change and what made you decide on it?
In 2016 we recorded Halestorm’s “Here’s to Us”. One day we met them and showed them our version and they liked it. Back home I wrote a song about that experience. It was “We Got the Fire” and that was the point we changed to writing our own songs. It was released as a bonus track on our first EP “From Zero” in 2019.
The days we were on the road following Halestorm on tour and talked to them every evening were fun and we were absolutely in a rock n roll mood. In Bochum, Germany Lzzy Hale (vocals, guitar, keyboards) told the audience about our version of “Here’s to Us”. That’s was the highlight. We felt everything was much cooler than we could have planned.
With my head full of input, adrenaline, and experience I came home and wrote lyrics about the trip. I thought about it as a tribute project, but finally, it was our first own rock song. So I learned how it felt to write and record my own songs. That was the beginning. The next song I wrote was “Nothing”. And it was the first one we recorded with our producer Dennis Ward. From that moment we had nothing more in common with Halestorm. We still love them and they are our inspiration forever, but the songs we wrote until then sound different than Halestorm songs and my voice is different from Lzzy’s.
“We Got the Fire” was the song about the days with Halestorm and we showed that song to them by accident. Olli and I were in vacation in Honolulu when we noticed Halestorm playing a gig in the Republic. Of course, we visited the concert and had a lot of fun. The next day we met Arejay in the Hotel.
“Here’s to Us” and “We Got the Fire” are the only two songs we didn’t produce with Dennis Ward. So they were the bonus tracks on our releases.
“We Got the Fire” is on the “From Zero” EP and “Here’s to Us” is on the album “Storm Inside my Heart”.

What is the band’s current lineup? Has this lineup remained steady since Freakstorm formed? Also, what inspired the name Freakstorm?
When we met to record the first cover just for fun we went with some friends in the studio. Tracy is a girl from the Netherlands and we met her in the front row of a Halestorm concert. She played guitar on some gigs and then left the band because of the distance. The bass player Marc stayed until the “From Zero” EP and left the band during the Corona pandemic because of family reasons. So the only constant members are Olli and I. We tried to find a guitar player who fit into the band but after a few guitarists, I think we found now the best way for us. Our producer Dennis Ward is an awesome bass player and he played the bass on all new tracks and on all our following tracks. He brought Oliver Hartmann into the studio sessions, and he is one of the best studio guitarists in Germany. So, we will continue recording that way. Olli and I now have independence in important decisions. But we have a lot of help from people around like the guys in the newer videos. They are great and help a lot.
When we were looking for a name for our tribute project, we remembered Lzzy Hale is calling her fans freaks. So we liked the Name Freakstorm. I still think it sounds rocking style. The tribute project with all the personal meetings with Halestorm brought us some attention in the local press. So when we started with our own songs we didn’t want to change the name.

How did you and Olli first meet and what made you decide to start working together?
I met Olli first while starting a band together in 2003. Three months later we were a couple and since then we did all our music projects together. Olli knows me perfectly and he gave me the motivation to produce my own songs. Since 2017 we have been married. So Freakstorm is really a 24-hour project for us, because we are together all the time.

What bands did Oliver Hartmann work with before joining Freakstorm?
Oliver Hartmann didn't join Freakstorm as a band member. He is an awesome guitar player who joined us in the studio. It worked very well and we are happy he will help us in the next studio session this month again. It's not easy because he is with his own bands Hartmann and Avantasia.

Are you releasing your material independently or are you working with any local labels? How are your releases being received by the rock scene in Germany?
We work with local labels. Major Promo Music is for the digital releases, Afraid Of Sunlight is for the physical releases and they work together with Cargo our Distributor. That works very well. They are both in the same town of Gummersbach and they have lots of experience. They worked both in the 90s for the German EMI and know each other from those days.

How well is heavy rock and classic metal received in Germany these days? Germany is known for bands like Doro, Scorpions and Accept. Is there still an audience today?
We have still have a nice hard rock and metal scene in Germany. Remember we are the country of the Wacken Festival. Doro and Scorpions are the Great legendary acts, and I love them both. But we really have awesome new bands like Beyond the Black or Kissin Dynamite and not to forget the new Helloween Album was Number 1 in the German Album charts. By the way produced by Dennis Ward too. So Germany is not the wrong place to be a hard rock band.

“Here’s to Us” and “We Got the Fire” were also released on an EP with a few other songs. Explain how this was compiled, who worked on it with you in the studio, etc.
Our first EP “From Zero” was the first step into radio stations and record stores. It was a door opener. Now with the album, we see that it is easier. Some people have heard about Freakstorm before. And the magazines didn’t write about us in the demo part. More and more people are buying our CD. More people listen to Tony’s on Spotify, so we are very happy with the new release and I think we are on the right way. But it’s still a long way. We are really happy to go step by step in the right direction.
“Here’s to Us” and “We Got the Fire” were recorded with friends and produced by Robert Schuller. He played a lot of the guitars too. He is a really good friend. We played with him for eight years in the same band before Freakstorm. The releases of these songs, in the beginning, were self-made CDs.
There is another officially unreleased track on the “We Got the Fire” EP. It’s the Halestorm cover of “Familiar Taste of Poison”. “Here’s to Us” and “We Got the Fire” were remastered and remixed for the official releases by Dennis Ward. After that, we started recording with Dennis and everything became more professional. “Familiar Taste of Poison” is not officially released.

You recently recorded a cover of AC/DC’s “Shot Down In Flames” for a single you released this year. What inspired you to cover AC/DC and release it for fans to hear?
The making of “Shot Down In Flames” is a really cool story. I like how we came to that recording and especially to such a good one. We had that song in our live set. It was always fun to play it live. Olli remembered it during preproduction for the album and recorded the drums in case we would get some problems with our own ideas. Or he thought to produce it just for fun. Maybe as a single B-side or something like that. Olli sometimes makes decisions straight from his emotions and he knew I would sing it great. My point of view was different. I thought no way to sing a Bon Scott song for a recording. That’s a different thing than playing it onstage. And I wanted to record my own stuff as much as possible.
At the end of the sessions, Olli came to me again with the AC/DC cover. He knew the drums were still recorded and it wouldn’t take too much time to finish it with musicians like Dennis Ward and Oliver Hartmann. So Dennis pushed me during the vocal recordings and I started to like that version. But when Oliver Hartmann recorded the guitars it was obvious that we made a really strong version.
Afterward, Oliver Hartmann told us that he is one of the biggest AC/DC fans and that he played AC/DC songs since he was a kid. So no wonder he played a really awesome guitar.
So the ACDC cover became the second single release of our forthcoming album. In my opinion, a lot of singers tried to sing like Bon and no one did it really well. Nobody is like Bon. For me, it was different because I am a woman, so it’s obvious I do not try to sound like him. It’s just my own version. And I think it’s really good. BUT no one is better than AC/DC. That’s not what we tried to do.

Tell the readers about the videos you made for your singles. How much promotion did “From Zero” get on the radio and how many copies of the CD have been distributed to record outlets? Is it also available directly from the band?
“Not the One” was the second single and second video, which we shot on the same day like “Can't Keep Me Down”. The dress I wear in the video is mine from our own wedding in Hawaii on the beach. It's a cool rock ballad. I will never forget how we rehearsed it for the first time the evening before recording in the hotel conference room. Even I wrote the song a long time earlier some musicians from the session didn't know it at that time. Both tracks are on the album because they make it definitely better.
We had 300 copies made of the EP. On Amazon, it's sold out, but there are still a few available from us. Sometimes it's a copy on eBay available. It had some radio plays worldwide. It was a real good start.

How many radio stations in Germany have helped support Freakstorm at this stage in their career?
I didn't count them and maybe I don't know all the radio stations in Germany that play Freakstorm but there are a lot. Still not enough that Freakstorm would be known for everyone, but we are working on that. And it's always exciting when a new radio station finds out about us and plays our songs. In the smaller stations they're awesome guys who invest much of their time to support bands. These guys are great.

There was your single “Storm Inside My Heart” which was included on your first full length of the same name. Tell us about how these came to be and how the album was received.
“Storm Inside My Heart” was the first song we recorded for the album another goal was to show the audience to continue where we were with “Can't Keep Me Down”. It was written at the beginning of Corona so it was really ready to produce. We did a cool cover shoot with model Jenny Curci and she had a role in the video clip. That’s something we haven't done before, like my two different outfits in the video.
We have 500 copies of the album. Again another step. We are busy at the moment to fulfill all the questions and orders that come in, but we love it and are glad that it is doing so well for the band.

Having worked with Dennis Ward for so long, how well have you come to work together? Do you plan to work with him on your future releases?
We will continue to work with Dennis. He is definitely the best for us. And we enjoy working with him. It's been three years now we started working after Olli contacted him and asked if he would like to produce Freakstorm. After he had heard the demos he agreed and we find a way where everybody knows the way the other works. And I can tell you we learned a lot about producing by Dennis. We will be in his studio end of this month again. Really looking forward. Which of your songs are you planning to shoot a video for next? Any covers being considered or will there be more original songs? The next video we will shoot is definitely for the song “Wicked”. It's a weird story about a bad and dangerous relationship. We have many ideas for that video and I can say it will be a little more provocative. Really looking forward to it. I like “Wicked” a lot. It's a really good production. At the moment there are no more covers planned. We are concentrating on our own songs. When there is a good idea and it feels good, then maybe there will be a cover again.

Is Freakstorm gaining more listeners outside Germany due to social media and streaming?
Our followers on YouTube and Spotify are getting more and more, especially after the album release. Social media is the only way we can promote ourselves at the moment. So we are glad about all the reviews and interviews that come in. Like yours. Thanx, that helps a lot.

How often did Freakstorm get to perform before the pandemic hit? Any particularly interesting experiences that happened during these shows?
We played some gigs before the pandemic. In Germany. I think it was four or five and then we started producing and spent all our time preparing for the studio. We had a little six-city tour planned for the EP release but we had to cancel because of my pregnancy. I hope we can do that tour later. When our kid is old enough to come without.

How often does the band get to perform live today, what with everything that’s happening with the Covid pandemic?
We are not playing Live at the moment. It's too weird during Covid. Some friends got their concert canceled four hours before the show and that happens all the time. We hope that next summer the situation will be better and some cool festivals can be played.

Does Freakstorm hope to sign to a larger independent label for increased exposure and distribution? Or will you continue building from the grassroots for the time being?
That is really a difficult question. First, we are happy with the team we are working with now. It's a small label, but everyone is working hard and we celebrate every little step together. That's a nice atmosphere. But we know with a major deal it would be much easier to get famous. But I wouldn't want someone to tell me what to record or how to dress in a video. And the money must be good. No money I can although do without a major label. We will see what's coming in the future.


-Dave Wolff

Saturday, September 11, 2021

Interview with poet Renascentia Bella Morte by Dave Wolff

Interview with Renascentia Bella Morte

You have been submitting poems to Asphyxium zine since May this year. Your writing is loaded with supernatural and wiccan themes but also emphasizes a person’s connection with oneself. How did you develop this approach to writing poetry?
It comes from my life experience. It all started in my much younger years. I always knew I was different from an early age. I was always super sensitive to other people's emotions around me. I could read the energy of a room after I walked into it. I also had the gift of the ability to heal people at a very young age. With some of these special gifts and not understanding how to transmute energies at that of an early age. I would often find myself self-isolating. I found an escape from it through music and writing. Writing poetry became a very good way of releasing these heavy energies surrounding me and that had attached to me. Little would I know it then, but writing and music would ultimately end up becoming my biggest passions. Throughout the many years of writing. I'd say about ten years later I would find and meet so many other individuals like myself. I became part of a spiritualist organization where I took some classes on energy work. A Reiki course to understand my healing capabilities, & also further develop my intuition. A few years after moving to a new state. I would be introduced to a much familiar and broadened community known as The Vampyre Community. I have learned a lot from all of it and my writing comes from a lot of my personal experiences.

Talk to the readers about some of the poems you’ve written recently and where the inspiration came from.
A lot of my inspiration comes from people I feel a deep connection too. Some would call it soulmates. I believe we have many in our lifetime. It's become very cliché to say that they are just romantic connections. I believe it can be more than that. Friends, family, and yes even a lover. Have you ever met someone and don't know how, but you feel like you have known this person before. Perhaps even I'm a past life? It's a very rare occurrence but it does happen. For myself I can count on one hand the connections I have made like this. I treasure them dearly. A lot of my writing goes into connection. Some of my writing goes into my spiritual journey like my poem inward and reflects on my personal journey. I also get inspired by reading a line, hearing a line, or something someone might say. It's hit me to my core. I feel I must pick up the pen and I must start writing and I do.

Besides this zine, are any of the poems you’ve written published in printed or online magazines?
Actually there is one poem I wrote when I was first diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. It was an extremely hard and difficult time for me. I wrote a poem about my experience and it was selected to be published into a book of multiple poems. This was about ten years ago. The poems name was called Tug Of War.

How long has this book been in the works and who do you plan to seek out to help you publish it? Do you have it in mind to publish through an independent company or will it be self-published?
I have been writing for a couple years now. With always the intent to write a complete book. Originally I was going to write a book about my life and experiences. Yet I found I am more motivated, and inspired, by writing Poetry. It just comes pouring out of me. As far as publishing. I have a friend part of that spiritualist community I mentioned above earlier. That told me when I was done writing a book to come to her. She would help me edit it and get it out there. Yet of course I will do my research and see the best thing to do when the time comes to publishing it. It’s good to know I already have an option.

Do you have enough poems written to publish in book form if you were ever inclined to? At what point do you think you would have the means and resources to publish a book of your poems? How much of your work would you want to include?
Not yet but that is my ultimate goal and dream of mine. To publish a book. As far as a set date I do not have one nor the means it right now. I am still currently writing and concluding this book. I hope and plan for it to be soon. I believe also that I could reach out to some people I have met and know to help me in the right direction as far as publishing goes. As for as what I would include in it. Every single thing I have written.

What is Reiki and how much information have you gathered from the course you took?
Reiki is a form of energy healing. It originated in Japan. It is the practice of healing with the conception that we all have this unseen energetic life force that is moving through our bodies. When we practice it as practitioners we use our energy to manipulate the stress or harmful areas of the body of the person we are working with and thus remove it from them. Grounding it back into mother earth from our roots.

How did you discover your sensitivity at such a young age, and how did you learn to express it through writing poems? How did music figure into it?
There were a few incidents that happened.
First starting with premonistic dreams. Whenever I dreamt of myself wandering around in this house looking for certain doors and a way out. I knew danger was afoot.
If I dreamt I was floating to the bottom of my staircase or jumping from one building to another. Something good was to occur. At a later time in life I would find that I was actually astral projecting. Yet when we astral project we are very much free from our physical bodies. The association is pretty ironic that I related it to a feeling of being free when I was young. As I mentioned above too.
I could also walk into a rented out part of my house we lived in and tell how people were feeling. Often times even till this day I know things and people think I’m strange. As for the healing part. Everyone in my house would always want a massage from me. When I give them to my family. They would all say I have such healing hands. I learned later in life to ground the blockages of others back into the earth. In younger years. I took it into myself and found myself hurting and overwhelmed.
I really believe I was just born this way. My grandmother was also a very intuitive psychic. My mother always explains to me I get my gifts from her. I remember her when I was seven and her teaching me how to cloud scry. She sadly passed away when I was eleven years old, but before she passed on. She couldn't speak. She looked at me with a look I'll never forget. It was as if I could hear her. Like I'm so sorry for leaving and all you may endure but that she would always be near and with me always. I still feel her presence till this day.
From all these experiences. I would often need time alone. I enjoyed it. In these moments I could blast my music and get lost in writing and I found I had much to write about.

How did your grandmother learn about scrying and how much of this knowledge did she pass on to you?
I am unsure of how my grandmother learned about scrying. I did learn of her gifts later in life from my mother. She taught me cloud scrying and that was about it. She could read a regular deck of playing cards for tarot. This she did not show me and I learned that also later on. I wish I had the chance to learn more from her, but I am grateful that on my path I found a number of individuals that I was led to who did help me along my way.

At what point after having those experiences did you decide you wanted to increase your sensitivity and put your talents to practice?
It began soon after when I found the spiritualist community. I started by practicing more of my efforts in groups, and at home amongst family. When it came to the vampyre community and learning more about energy manipulation. It became easy to shift the energy in a room after practicing it. My Sire had taught me a lot how to control, strengthen, and manipulate it.

What kind of music did you most closely relate to while writing, and what spoke to you about it?
I listened to just about everything when I was growing up. Anything from the 50s till that time was the 90s. Even now in the 2000s I still listen to just about everything. I love my classic rock and roll but when I'm writing I'm mostly focused on writing. The music is just background noise.

How important do you deem music when it comes to encouraging creativity in writing?
I believe music is a great tool for writing. I can listen to anything and write my heart out. Yet I do believe music can have effect on others writing. Different tunes for different moods.

In what ways do your chosen spiritual views help sustain your connection with yourself?
I believe my spiritual views helped me understand and identify with who I am. Let me also define spiritual as well. When I say I am spiritual it does not mean I am religious. By any means. When it comes to the religious side of things. I am actually an omnist.
I believe there is always something to be taken or learned from all angles of religion but everything in life as well. Believing in spirituality though .Has made me sustain a much higher vibration and connection to myself.

What about vampirism did you learn that differs from mainstream preconceptions?
Mainstream preconceptions. Well there is a lot of them and I never believed any of them. One for instance and I still get messages as a lot of us do is. Can you turn me into a vampire? You cannot be turned into a vampyre. It is just something that is a part of and within you. Awakening is part of the process but no one does that for you. It's something that happens to you. Awakening is a messy process. The dark night of soul as many of us refer to it as. I also believe we don't just awaken once. We transition a few times. This is from my own personal experience and what I have personally been through. Each transition. Moving up each time. Read books If you want to see if some of what you been through relates to vampirism. Is my best advice.

How did you react to meeting people with similar spiritual traits after writing for so many years? Were the people you met taking the classes you attended or did you discover them on your own? We had a lot of death happen in my family.
A family friend was going to a spiritualist community where they practice mediumship, and do an offering of healing every Sunday. I finally went, it was incredible. There was a lady after service I will never forget. She looked at me and said "you have the gift." I smiled and I felt like yes these are my people. It was an incredible feeling. This is also where I met many individuals who would also teach me the classes. This was not the only place I learned though. When I moved to Tampa. My neighbor downstairs was also very highly intuitive like myself. Later on I would come to find out and realize she was also my distant cousin. Small world right. Her name is Rebecca Mead also known as Psy Phoenix within the Vampyre Community. She would ultimately teach me more in depth about energy work and an Unknown topic to myself vampirism. She was my first teacher, mentor, or as a lot of us would refer to as my sire. She introduced to the Tampa Vampyre Community. Soon after I would then meet a whole online community of Vampyres.
I would eventually become friends with Goddess Rosemary Sahjaza. I took a liking to her because of her great love and affection for animals. At the beginning of our meeting there was an instant connection. This doesn't happen with many people in your life but it most definitely did with her. Also a few other individuals on my path. A couple years later she would ask me to join the Sahjaza. Where I must say I have learned even more about my path, craft, gifts, and have spiritually grown into my higher self. A Maiden and Priestess. The Temple Sahjaza is a place where I would finally and ultimately feel permanently home.

How much did Psy Phoenix know about vampirism and energy work, and how was her instruction beneficial to you?
Psy Phoenix knew a ton about vampirism. She is someone I would refer to as an extremely naturally gifted Vampyre-Healer in this part of my studies and instruction. To name a few instances she taught me guided meditation. We would often meditate and she would lead me places. These are all private between myself and her of course but what was learned was how to open up that third eye of mine. Also as I mentioned above. She taught me how to manipulate energy. Now in Reiki I learned to manipulate the energy of one person. She would end up teaching me how to manipulate transmute the energy of an entire room. I have always been very much appreciated for so many things she showed me. Which I only have named a few.

Did you meet Goddess Rosemary Sahjaza online through the Tampa Vampyre Community? In what ways did The Temple Sahjaza help you expand on what you were learning from Psy Phoenix? Also have you been involved in any local events hosted by The Temple Sahjaza since you joined?
I actually got a friend suggestion on Facebook 12 years ago. Looked at her profile. I saw her great love for animals and this is how we became instantly connected, In more ways than just one. Meeting Goddess Rosemary Sahjaza and becoming a part of The Temple House Sahjaza has definitely made a huge impact on me. It also did help me expand a lot further. Like I stated early. I finally felt home. It was incredibly easy to open up and communicate with her. It wasn't just her though it has been a number of our family within The Sahjaza. I felt like we all might have come from different belief systems - backgrounds, but there was never no judgment because of it. Also a common goal of unity, empathy, and a strong family brother-sisterhood. The ultimate goal becoming the best versions of ourselves. It was all about learning how to strengthen each unique road within that we are on. Ultimately that is leading to the self. I learned to turn truly inward to heighten and strengthen myself.
There have been a number of online courses. That I might quickly mention.
That are open and welcome to any individual. It is definitely worth learning.
Many great and fantastic courses are available. Offered by our very own high elders. To name one that is offered that I personally took is called Shadow Work. By my dear sister Reverend Priestess Heop Liath Sahjaza. It was not an easy one as it isn't for most, but I assure you it has helped me vigorously and has been very rewarding. You may be asking yourself what is shadow work? For me it recognizing and making sense of old traumas, wounds, triggers, and or behaviors. What I learned most was acceptance, transformation, of being imperfectly perfect but also strengthening my core being to become better and strive for better. Ultimately in the end achieving balance. It's not a class I have done once but I revisit from time to time.
There has been a number of different courses. I'm just naming one off I personally found very beneficial. There are a ton more created by some of our most amazing elders within The Temple Sahjaza. I'm very grateful to Goddess Rosemary for our meeting and also this great opportunity. Also in regard to the last part of your question I learned a great deal from them both. Goddess Rosemary definitely helped me expand, but I wouldn't say one was more than the other. I find we all make each other expand daily. There is something always to be learned from everyone I find. That is what makes learning and life so beautiful. It's a deep appreciation and understanding of one another. I'm just grateful to have met them both on my journey.
I had planned on going to a couple events that had ended up being canceled due to the corona virus. Hoping to attend one as soon as it is safe to.

What other courses hosted by The Temple Sahjaza do you consider worthwhile? If someone outside the Temple was interested in taking these courses, how can they be looked into?
There are a few other courses that I could mention. Such as mediation, astral projection, also one on aromatherapy. If someone is interested. They can simply click the link here. It is open to anyone outside The Temple House.

Is there anything you hope to accomplish with The Temple Sahjaza in the days to come?
I like to continue to accomplish what I already have been. Exploring, developing, and strengthening my gifts. As well as also helping others within our community do the same.

Renascentia Bella Morte Sahjaza Contact information:
Email: missydee8135@gmail.com

-Dave Wolff

Full Length Review: Ballsqueezer "Brainless" (Independent) by Corban Skipwith

Band: Ballsqueezer
Country: Slovakia
Genre: Ball and roll
Full Length: Brainless
Format: Digital album
Label: Independent
Release date: September 1, 2021
You know, it’s not very often I get to review a ‘fun’ oriented album but don’t get me wrong I have a special place in my heart for the fun, parody artists!
Whether you're talking
-Steel Panther
-Weird Al
-Tenacious D
-DethKlok
-Austrian Death Machine and more!
Now we add ‘Ballsqueezer’ to that list of bands who just want to rock out and have fun just for the sake of it!
-BRAINLESS
So this is the September 2021 release by the band, featuring 8 new tracks and the same Metal energy to keep you going for days!
When it comes to a band like this, I feel the best approach would be to not take yourself too seriously and just try to have fun as much as you can! Similar to Andrew W.K. where the energy is high and the responsibility is low that’s what works best in these scenarios and that’s what they pulled off perfectly!
When listening to these tracks I couldn’t help but feel a combination of ‘Pirate Metal’ and ‘Speed Metal’ vibes, as those shredding guitars remind me of something Dragonforce would of pulled off back in their day and the vocal and production style gives me flashes of Alestorm and the Sea Shanty Swagger they possess!
The keyword for today’s review is (FUN) because that’s exactly what this album is! It’s 8 tracks of fun and exciting adventure!
When you listen to this album in your car or walking your dog or on your lunch break wherever you do you will feel this sense of passion and adventure that you don’t get from most albums! The kind of music that makes you stare out into the open world and ponder a life of traveling, missions, and exploring! This is the kind of feeling you’ll get while listening to this record!
I for one had a great time! Even when I was just at home listening it didn’t stop my mind from running wild and my imagination flooding with scenarios and situations I could be in! Imaging my life as a pirate! (Even though I have seasickness) it’s still a cool thing to think about!
Look, one word of advice to those reading this? Take a break from the seriousness of the world and enjoy some FUN every once in a while. It’s okay to have a laugh and imagine for a second! Obviously serious albums are great but so are albums that help us unleash our creative side!
So go ahead, click on the link below, and as always let’s help this record go viral! –Corban Skipwith

Lineup:
Daddy: Vocals, bass
Mikey: Guitar
Pedro: Solo guitar
Peat: Drums

Track list:
1. Long To Be Free
2. Whisky And Cloudy Days
3. Dale The Great.
4. Guardians Of Galaxy
5. Hairy Mary
6. Heart Of Sorrow
7. Brainless
8. King Of Rust


This review can also be read at Corban Skipwith's Facebook group Relentless Reviews with Corbz. -DW

Thursday, September 9, 2021

Full Length Review: UnFaced "Filary Szaleństwa" (Independent) by Corban Skipwith

Band: UnFaced
Location: Bogatynia
Country: Poland
Genre: Progressive metal
Full Length: Filary Szaleństwa
Format: Digital album
Label: Independent
Release date: July 19, 2021
Wow.
I want you to ask yourself ‘when was the last time you were blown away by an album?’ Luckily in what I do I come across dozens of albums a week, some good, others great! But how many blow you away? Today, it was this.
Filary Szaleństwa by Unfaced.
So this is the July 2021 release by the Polish band ‘Unfaced’ coming off of Bandcamp and presenting me with 13 new tracks.
What’s unique already off the bat about this album is that it’s explained as ‘tells the stories of famous, masked characters from movies and games’.
That already had me pumped! Just the creativity alone is magic! And although this version is all in Polish they say an ‘English’ version is coming soon which would be amazing to hear what they’re actually saying in the words and lyrics. But no matter that because what they’ve presented us with on this version is more than enough to take top reigns on any Metal chart. I was so impressed with this album in so many ways.
Let’s talk production shall we? Because as I was listening to this absorbed by every song after the next it made me think of what this album reminds me off? Because it has a very unique/immersive aura that you just don’t get with every album.
Then it hit me! Tool! This band reminds me of Tool! Which TRUST ME I never use a comparison like that lightly!
I want you to imagine for a moment what it would sound like if Carach Angren combined with TOOL and this is what the end result would be. It’s glorious to say the least!
You’ve got your grand theatrical aspect most commonly associated with Carach with their chilling performances and vocal passages along with the various background noises and effects that add to the bone crushing atmosphere.
Then you have that ‘Out of this world’ aesthetic that TOOL bring to the table, that interstellar, dream like aesthetic that makes every album of theirs feel centuries ahead of its time. These two elements combined make for one of the most interesting and pulverizing sonic experiences I’ve heard in a while.
The whole 13 tracks just ran together so smoothly that I was entranced the whole way through, nothing could break my concentration and I didn’t want to break it. It felt surreal, magical, scary and enlightening all at once.
This album made me realize just how truly special music can become when put into the right hands. As a music addict nothing pisses me off more than when a band or artist releases such mediocre music! If a band can be heard experimenting with something new and trying a different sound and it doesn’t work out then that’s fine! That’s all part of the game of music and I can respect the effort!
But when people don’t try and just are content with releasing something bland, boring and broken on purpose? That’s when it ticks me off, so listening to this album restores my faith in bands who actually care!
It’s pretty obvious what my stance is on this album, I love it. I don’t do ratings but if I did this would be a 9.5/10 a near perfect Black/Prog/Thrash album. It’s majestic and brutal all in the same sentence and the conceptual elements are amazing as well! Nothing about this album is ordinary and between you guys and me.
TO HELL WITH ORDINARY!
Let’s do our best to help this album go viral! I’ll be sharing it and anyone who reads this if you could share it and encourage the people you’re sharing it with to share it then we can all support each other more efficiently! Excellent album guys, great work! –Corban Skipwith

Lineup:
Tristan "Trichu" Kłycho: Vocals, rhythm guitar
Maciej Małek: Lead guitar
Daniel "Dante" Gosk: Bass
Mateusz "Buczyfer" Buczek: Drums

Track list:
1. Narodziny Zła
2. Terapia Kanibala
3. Pokuta
4. Efekt Leatherface'a
5. Koszmarna Kołysanka
6. Pech
7. Niebo Nad Moim Piekłem
8. Ciemna Strona
9. Zgubny Uśmiech
10. Toksyczna Symbioza
11. Stan Wiecznego Snu
12. Grunt Przyszłości
13. Pod Każdą Maską Kryje Się Idea

 

This review can also be read at Corban Skipwith's Facebook group Relentless Reviews with Corbz. -DW

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Single Review: Roxin’ Palace "Neighborhood Stars" (Sleazy Rider Records) by Roberta Jean Downing

Band: Roxin’ Palace
Country: Italy
Genre: Glam/sleaze metal
Single: Neighborhood Stars
From their second full length “Freaks of Society” (Sleazy Rider Records)
Format: Streaming, video
Release date: November 15, 2016
“Neighborhood Stars” is very refreshing as it takes me back to a blast to the past with the mid to late 1980s that has those kickin’ guitar riffs- the kind of riffs that invoke the feeling of the band Ratt from back in the day.
Al the lead singer has an awesome and seasoned singing voice. Easy on the ears and it is very easy to make out most of the words that he sings. Crown, the lead guitar player is rippin’ it up with those riffs he does; he’s certainly no novice to playing! Hell, the drummer, is very good at keepin’ it lively and at times making ya wanna bang your head to the tune.
The lyrics to the song need improvement but the words “We might fall along our way but we choose to wager our lives” does strike a chord on many levels that I’m sure everyone can relate to because it is a reminder that no matter how hard times are, we must get up, brush off the dust and keep on trying because nothing in life comes easy and that we have to really stop to consider our choices in life.
The video to this song is sorely lacking and frankly the only thing it really does provide are the lyrics to the song. It sports a “goth” person holding some type of firearm, fades to a yellow brick wall that then has some green goo. It does not show any of the band members performing. I am in hopes that the band will do a (official) true video of the song. At least one thing is certain with this video, those who watch it can learn the lyrics.
The band signed a deal with Sleazy Rider Records and their second album “Freaks of Society” was released November 8, 2016, though the “official video” was released on Youtube on November 15, 2016. -Roberta Jean Downing

Lineup:
Al: Vocals
Crown: Guitar
Gian Roxx: Bass
Hell: Drums

Monday, September 6, 2021

Interview with Nate Alicie of Aporium by Daniel M. Ryan

APORIUM INTERVIEW by Dan of DANS BLOCK (ex-Transylvanian Forest eZine)

This is Dan, formerly of Transylvanian Forest eZine. I have not done an interview in years but I did one live in the chatroom on METAL DEVASTATION RADIO.com while I was DJing promoting the METAL & BEER FESTIVAL sponsored by DECIBEL MAGAZINE plus airing many other bands that night. You can find the airing on my Mixcloud for my segment DANS BLOCK. https://www.mixcloud.com/DansBlock/
My main website link - https://dansblock.carrd.co/
The defunct TF eZine website I ran for three years - http://tfezine.blogspot.com/
Now here is the interview between Nate and I that night.

First question, when did you start Aporium and how long have you been making metal music for?
Aporium has been in the works since only the beginning of 2021 actually. I've been playing metal guitar and doing vocals for small bands since the mid-90s.

What do you use to record with and where are you located?
I use an old Crate Blue tube amp for some of my stuff, but mainly the amped roots sim from ML sound lab played through my Jackson dinky 7string with Seymour Full Shred pickups. I also play my five string Ibanez Jazz bass through a sim'd cab on logic. Some of the guitars are done on my Martin and also on an old telecaster as well believe it or not. I used it mainly in "Rebirth". Nothing beats that solid ass body tone.

Next question, what bands are you influenced by or artists?
I'd have to say that my first influence into death metal was the 1989 ultimate revenge 2 compilation from combat records - I heard two Chuck Schuldiner songs, and I was hooked for life. I'd have to say that I was extremely influenced by the mainstream Metallica and Megadeth stuff (especially Justice and Rust in Peace) in addition to Slayer's Seasons in the Abyss album.
I would also say that I'm extremely diverse in terms of what I've been brought up listening to - Neil Young, James Taylor, Rush, and Marty Friedman's Cacophony were some early influences for sure.

Awesome, how has the reception been so far for your self-titled EP Aporium?
Man, it's been really good in the Spotify arena. I've really got some great feedback, and felt the love from the metal community everywhere. Aporium was hard to summarize into a specific genre, and I think that has lent some challenges to grouping it with other stuff.
I feel like I am Lestat and you are Louie from Interview With The Vampire right now. I am giving you the chance I never had. LOL...

Hahahahah. I'm with you man! I appreciate the shit out of it! What is the local metal scene like for you and how has this year been for you musically reaching out to other artists?
I grew up playing house bands at local bars for free beer, and there was nothing like it man. Although it's still happening, It's been a challenge recently to link up with old band members, and even find new studio musicians who are willing to work on a project, so I said fuck it, why not do it all? Haha. Aporium is the brainchild of that. This past year in particular has undoubtedly put the damper on every scene musically out there, but I think doing a solo project like this is an evolutionary step to keeping our community alive and well.

I started off the same way in 2009 when I burst onto the scene with Strings Of Distorted Doom, short for S.O.D.D. when my song, Thorns On The Coffins hit stations from USA to South America, Mexico, and Europe. Then there was a hiatus and I finally got DOOM TRIALS out there. I worked with other musicians and know what it is like working solo. It is really a good way to also expand on your abilities. I am blessed to have had other musicians to work with but soon I would like to put out a solo effort again. For now, I am working on my soundtrack projects latest album, for Mors Omnibus.
I see you are from Watertown NY, how far is that from Albany? Also, what bands have you been listening to lately?
You got it brother, it's a day at a time, and the music industry isn't what it used to be, but that's not all a bad thing. It's been a real eye opening experience doing everything from the production to the promotion in addition to writing and performing everything. Albany's about three hours south of me believe it or not! I spent time here in my early adult life, and I moved back here five years ago. No place like it, especially in the summer. Lately, I've been listening to a lot of technical stuff like Archspire and The Zenith Passage - all stuff that really had influences from Necrophagist one of my all-time favorites. I just found out one of my old thrash favorites Faith or Fear just released an album as well, and was happily surprised that it kicks ass as well. The metal is alive and well brother Besides those guys, Decrepit Birth, Beyond Creation, the new Lorna Shore album, Cognative, last year's Kataklysm album! \m/

What do you think of Carnivore? Peter Steele RIP!!!!
Definitely had early inspiration from Carnivore man - Damn shame when we lost Peter, but the metal will live on forever brother!

Excellent, what were the last bands you seen live and if you done any gigs who would you like to play amongst?
I hate to admit this, but it was Slayer, Carcass, and Testament. Took my son to steep him in the metal the year they retired man. Fucking hell of a show. Hail to the King!!!!

My teacher at the time got me into more old school metal from festival CDs who would give me. Lucky for me he knew I liked black metal and thrash at the time. He got yelled at by our principal for wearing a Black Sabbath shirt once lol.
My old band Behavior Modification Theory (BMT) played several shows up here in Watertown years back, and I definitely look back fondly on that. My lead guitarist Jason Velie is still my go to brother for bouncing ideas off of. Looking back, it's always just been about making good music and sharing it with other likeminded people.

That is great. How it should be. I remember posting flyers in music stores in an old DM band I was in before I went solo for S.O.D.D.
Where can people find your music and merch at? And when do you plan to put another album out?
I'm on all the big stores, Apple, Spotify, Amazon, and Bandcamp, I have some material to segue off of the EP already. I'm seriously considering a full album release in about a year, but with other work stuff going on, it's a bit too early to speculate a release date at this point.

If you had to see one band, dead or alive what would that band be? Or, any band that is around today?
Man, that's a tough one - I've seen so many of my favorites, but I have to say that Cradle of Filth put on one of the most amazing shows I could have imagined. They are some amazing talented guys, and I'd go back to see their show any day.

Where did you come up with the name Aporium for your band?
Long story short with Aporium, Aporia is a puzzle, and an Emporium meaning a factory - a factory cranking out puzzles and lies meant to control the masses and keep everyone under the thumb of oppression. I've spent some significant time in the various corners of the earth and have witnessed the box of belief ruin, control, and oppress.

Who would win a fight? LEMMY OR GOD? And any final words for your listeners and everyone part of the metal community including Metal Devastation Radio & my segment DANS BLOCK featuring METAL & BEER FESTIVAL hosted by DECIBEL MAGAZINE?
Hahaha, I'd say Lemmy, God, and the Devil are drinking a better IPA than I am right now kicked back listening to Metal fucking Devastation Radio after a fucking brawl to end all brawls that Lemmy was called the almighty Victor of. I have to thank the Metal Devastation Radio family and graciously thank Dan for interviewing me and keeping metal alive!

TRICK QUESTION, LEMMY IS A GOD!!! lol Thanks man for the mention. I do my best to provide as much as I can while doing my own music and everything else associated to me. I deeply care about the underground and where it is heading.
Especially during these times. We will rise above!!! You are welcome and thanks for taking the time out to do this interview with me tonight. Cheers brother. \m/ We will cross paths soon.

Article: "Goddess Rosemary Sahjaza" by High Elder Ordained Priestess Liath Sahjaza

Art by Queen Xendra Sahjaza of Sahjaza Brazil
Goddess Rosemary Sahjaza
Written by High Elder Ordained Priestess Liath Sahjaza

When I joined Temple House Sahjaza, I didn’t know what to expect. I had spent my life staying mostly solitary because of the rudeness and mistrust that is a general part of Vampyre and Occult communities. What I discovered is that it was never meant to be that way.
The first time Goddess Rosemary called me on the phone, I was very surprised and cautious. Anyone in the community who is paying attention knows who she is. Not only did she call me, but I found myself talking to her so easily. The few who know me well know that’s unusual.
With each Sahjaza project I worked on, I chatted more and more with her, which led to more and more phone calls, and one day it hit me that I had a true sisterhood with this woman. Many of us in the occult community don’t even have that with biological sisters, and that is true for me, also, so this was unexpected.
Photo by high elder Walter Warlock Sahjaza
Through the years, life happened as it does, and I was there for her as much as possible, and she has been there for me and others of Sahjaza. She is beautiful both inside and out, stunningly so. I’ve seen naysayers come and go because no matter how great you are, you will always have those. Goddess Rosemary chooses to show love and compassion even in the midst of drama. That is quite a feat in the drama-filled community.
When she decided to join in working with the Unity movement, I went with her, as did the whole Temple. In my opinion, this is the perfect project for her, because that is what she’s always sought. Make no mistake, as kind as she is, her kindness should not be mistaken for weakness. When needed, she does take action, yet always in the most loving way the situation allows. It is amazing to see her in action.
For the Unity project, we went on a trip to New Orleans, Louisiana. When I finally got to hug her for the first time, we were both drawn to tears with a long embrace. I was overcome with emotion. While staying by her side for most of the events that took place, I saw amazing things.
She reaches people in such a way; it’s indescribable. She was treated with great reverence and respect, as the Mother of the Vampire Community that she is. People bowed or knelt and kissed her hands. She was given gift after gift. People constantly told her how beautiful she is, how much they love her. And she is every bit as beautiful as they said, inside and out. She is deserving of every bit of the love and respect she was given.
When Goddess Rosemary and her friends at that time began the first House, she intended compassion, love, and respect to be first and foremost. She has been steadfast for over 40 + years and refuses to back down.
Hail Sahjaza!

Full Length Review: Eternity "To Become The Great Beast" (Soulseller Records) by Corban Skipwith

Band: Eternity
Location: Oslo
Country: Norway
Genre: Black metal
Format: Digital album, jewel case CD, limited edition vinyl (sold out)
Label: Soulseller Records (Netherlands)
Release date: September 13, 2019
*Gasping for Breath*
I don’t think I can go much further, this… this is a death trap! (Oh my god, why did I let him talk me into this) ….just try to stay calm, *forced gulp*
Just. Try. To. Stay. Ca..
*TO BECOMING THE GREAT BEAST!!!*
WHAT WAS THAT? WHERE DID THAT COME FROM? *Pulls out blade* I won’t be intimidated YOU HEAR ME?! Try your best! I didn’t come here to FUCKING DIE!! So go ahead do your worst!
Please. I know it was my idea to bring you along with me but you must understand the severity of the situation we are in, that sound, those.. those words! They can only mean one thing..
It’s ETERNITY!
The legendary creature born of Metal. Not just any ordinary metal but BLACK METAL!
What do you mean ‘Black Metal’?
*Worried look forming* Tell me, what does Black Metal mean?
It means, *Tears starts rolling down*
JUST TELL ME! WHAT DOES BLACK METAL MEAN!
It means, death.
*SUN OF HATE*
*Blasting Metal sounds flying through the air*
WE HAVE TO GO NOW! They are on to us!
They? Eternity is a they?
NO FUCKING TIME... RUN!!!
*Both running as fast as they can*
Those thrashing guitars, that malicious pattern of rhythm and technic! THIS ISN’T WHAT I SIGNED UP FOR! You said ‘The Metal’ would be a tamed beast! Ready for the Kill. WELL WHAT THE FUCK IS THIS????
*BRINGER OF THE FALL*
DUCK!!
*Sonic guitar waves slices the air*
Holy shit, Holy shit, Holy shit.
*Both hide behind a tree temporarily*
Look, *Wipes tears from his eyes* we have no choice, we HAVE to stand AND FIGHT THE METAL!
ARE.YOU.INSANE!! Fight Eternity? Fight The Metal?! Are you out of your FUCKING MIND! It was a scary thought even if it was just a ‘tamed’ Metal! But a BLACK METAL that fights back? No, no way in HELL ARE WE FIGHTING THAT THING! IT’S TOO POWERFUL!
*TE NOSTRO DEUM SATHANAS*
They’ve spotted us! It’s no use hiding anymore. I can feel their demonic glare piercing through my soul, as I’m sure you do as well.
*Heavy breathing partially controlled*
The way things are going now, we will just waste our energy running. I’m not saying I’m not scared out of my brains but we have no other choice then to stand and fight!!
*Frozen in disbelief*
I…I….I…I
SNAP OUT OF IT, I SAID THEY KNOW WHERE WE ARE NOW SO GET YOUR HEAD OUT OF YOUR ASS AND LET’S MAKE A PLAN!
*If Ever I Lived*
WATCH OUT! SPIKES! FROM THE AIR!
*Grabs the friend and dives to the left*
*Slaps friend in the face*
DIDN’T YOU JUST SAY YOU DIDN’T WANT TO DIE?
*Slowly regains confidence*
Yeah…yeah okay fine let’s go...
I’m telling you, if we just stick to the core plan to defeat the Metal we will do what we set out to do! I promise you WE WON’T DI...
*HORROR VACUI*
*Friends body splits into two*
….No…no..no..NO!!!!!!!!!
YOU! FUCKING! COWARDS!! HE WAS DEFENCELESS AND SCARED! AND YOU BUTCHERED HIM LIKE A PIG! HOW?! HOW COULD YOU!!!
*Picks up blade of his friend*
;I Don’t give a fuck if you’re the strongest Metal on earth, or how brutal your instruments of torture are, one way or another I.WILL.KILL.YOU
*In Subspecies Aeterna*
HAHAHAHAHAHA IS THAT ALL YOU GOT? LOUD THUNDERSTORMS AND SCARY NOISES?
*Quick stepping back and fourth/Left to right*
Oh your all mighty Metal one, you’re going to have to do better than that to get me!
(Okay, these thunderstorms are actually quite a pain to get rid of, I have to stay focused and stay quick above all else or risk getting killed just like... NO TIME FOR THAT NOW)
*TO BECOME THE GREAT BEAST*
YES, I SEE YOU! JUST A FEW METERS AWAY BEFORE I RETURN THE FAVOUR AND GUT YOU LIKE A PIG YOU ANIMAL!
*Running closer and closer*
YOUR FINISHE...
*VIOLATOR*
...Arghh, Arghh, *Body frozen in fear*
(… What.. What are these creatures? This can’t be real, no this ISN’T REAL! NOTHING can be this demonic... I’m scared, so..so scared. Someone help me please)
*Tears flow once more but words can’t be uttered*
(I need someone to help me. Is there anyone there to help me? PLEASE SOMEONE FUCKING HELP ME!.. I’m so scared..)
*Empire*
Guttered like a Pig? We did that peasant a service by ending his pathetic life so quickly as we intend to do yours. You just don’t get it do you? We are THE METAL! We are Eternity and we are THE DARKNESS
*Eternity cuts him in half*
Those who defy us, defy the metal. Those who defy the metal. Die.
*Nine Magic Songs*
For all whom dare read of this event and aspire to mock us and our sacred metal, a tale of caution. We have been crafting our art for generations. Our life and soul is bound to the Dark Arts Of Black Metal, it is the devil’s will incarnate and we are the vessel.
/I challenge any ‘mortal’ to listen to our epilogue of chaos and not grovel to your knees in humility over the masterpiece that we have created, the most pure, brutal and sinister Metal design ever created to be heard.
/For those who understand the importance of the Metal, you will not have to worry about any Ill Will shared on your behalf.
But for those who dare defy the Metal. You have chosen Death.
FOR ETERNITY IS TO BECOME THE GREAT BEAST! -Corban Skipwith

Lineup:
Evighet: Vocals, all instruments

Track list:
1. Sun of Hate
2. Bringer of the Fall
3. Te Nostro Deum Sathanas
4. If Ever I Lived
5. Horror Vacui
6. In Subspecies Aeterna
7. To Become the Great Beast
8. Violator
9. Empire.
10. Nine Magic Songs


This review can also be read at Corban Skipwith's Facebook group Relentless Reviews with Corbz. -DW