Wormrot Interview Number 2

Posted: March 30, 2011 by Flashbox in Music
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Wormrot were one of the first bands to do an interview for us and we’ve kept a close eye on their career since, which has seen the lad’s popularity and critical acclaim sky rocket. Having just played a blinder at the SXSW festival, Wormrot are preparing to unleash their sophmore album “Dirge” on May 3rd (through Earache) and based on the already released tracks “Spot A Pathetic” and Erased Existence” (embedded below), its going to blow your mind.

Seeing as the release of “Dirge” is so close, I got in contact with guitarist Raysid to hear how their US tour is going,their feelings on “Dirge” and their new found fame.

Hey Raysid, hows it going?
Hey Norman, everythings going pretty well. Fit has just recovered from his fever and I’m still recovering from my nagging coughs. Other than than, we’re pumped to play every night.

Wormrot’s popularity has exploded since we last spoke with you guys. Has your success sunk in yet?
Not yet dude, we’re still a struggling band on the road. I’m still trying to keep my food spending to less than 4 dollars a day. Sleeping on the floors of generous people at night. Not that we’re complaining. Cuz I’ll forget all that every night after every show.

You guys just played at the SXSW Death party last night. How did the show go?The bill was awesome and it must have been great to be part of such an amazing festival?
It was an awesome display dude. I was so excited to be on the same bill as Magrudergrind and Kill The Client. The attacks were relentless, non-stop. Met lots of old friends we made during the previous US tour. SXSW is an awesome aural and visual orgy.

Have you guys been playing many tracks from the new album in your recent shows?
Our current setlist consists mostly of the songs off Dirge, some from Abuse and the split with I Abhor. Set To Kill was the only pre-Abuse song which made it into the current setlist.

The tracks you’ve released from “Dirge” sound brutal and we cant wait to hear the full album. You guys must be pumped to release it!
I can’t wait to see all the mixed reactions! All I can say about this album is all of us in the band are proud of Dirge and how we worked together in a short amount of time to come up with it. And we cant wait to let it out.

How has your USA tour been going?
Its been great dude. Our tour manager, Mike Red has been taking great care of us. Shows have been awesome, crowds have been crazy, especially yesterday in Churchill’s Pub in Miami, Florida. They were mental last year, they were even more mental this year! It’s becoming a satisfying tour, and we’re only 60% through.

Have you found much of a difference between US audiences and the Singaporean fans?
US audiences are more receptive, more vocal, and as proven by those in Miami, a lot more sweaty. Singapore crowds are more reserved.

Will you guys be heading to European festivals to promote “Dirge” this summer?
We’re in the talks of promoting Dirge in the UK and EU this coming September. I’m not sure which festivals we’ll be part of. But no Obscene Extreme this year. Damn.

What kind of a difference is there between “Abuse” and “Dirge”?
Gotta find out yourself dude. We, as a band, has a strict ‘no-telling’ policy about ‘upcoming albums’.

Finally, any plans to head to Ireland in the near future?
I hope so dude, we had a great time when we we’re there the previous time! I still remember there was this band called Hope Is Noise that I caught a night after we played, and they we’re fantastic. Maybe there might be a date during our tour this September. We’ll see.

“The Silent House” is a small horror film that first surfaced at the 2010 Cannes festival. Now, the plot (which is supposedly based on a true story) is fairly straightforward: A father and daughter are hired to renovate an old spooky house in the Uruguayan countryside. They decide to spend the night in the house before starting the renovations (the fools!) and that night they begin to hear tings go bump in the night.

Sounds familiar, huh?However, “The Silent House” has an ace up its sleeve…it was all shot in a single 79 minute shot on a handheld recorder. Sounds pretty cool doesn’t it! Imagine the time and effort it took to get everything perfect. I love it when people try to stand out from the crowd and do something different so fair deuce to director Gustavo Hernández‘s, actress Florencia Colucci and the entire team. I can only imagine the frustration tese guys encountered at various stages of the filming.

Early reviews of “The Silent House” have been mixed, however /Film gave the flick a pretty good review and I tend to listen to their opinions.

“The Silent House” is set to hit cinemas sometime in April. I can’t wait to check it out and if you want to see something original in a genre thats flooded with crappy 3D sequels and dissappointments, you should be too.

Mish-Mash

Posted: March 24, 2011 by Flashbox in Uncategorized
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First on the agenda today, we’d like to extend our deepest sympathies to the friends of Frankie Sparcello, bassist of “deserve more cred than they get” death metal band Exhorder. There’s been no statement on the cause of death. Here’s some classic Exhorder to remind us all of Sparcello and Exhorders talent.

My good friend DiGi over at Movie Buzzers.com has shared the hilarious new poster for soon to be cult classic “Rubber”. As I’m sure you can tell deduce from the not exactly subtle poster, “Rubber” is about a serial killing tyre. I shit you not. Awesomeness awaits!

Devin Townsend as released the album art for his upcoming release “Ghost”. Very nice.

Anaal Nathrakh are streaming a new track, “Paragon Pariah”, over at Decibel’s website. Follow this link to have your ears blown off.

Amon Amarth have released a pretty deadly cover of System of A Down’s “Aerials”. I like it. Have a listen and make up your own minds on it.

11-11-11

Posted: March 23, 2011 by Flashbox in Uncategorized

Anyone here familiar with the 11-11 phenomenon? I most certainly wasn’t until this morning I was checking out Bloody-Disgusting.com and saw the trailer for the upcoming “11-11-11″, the latest offering from Darren Lynn Bousman, the man behind the camera for Saw II-IV.

Now, personally, I’m a big fan of religious horror. “The Exorcist” is among my favorite films ever (still scares the beejusus out of me every time I see it!) and others like “The Exorcism of Emily Rose”, “Martyrs” and “The Omen” all have a special place in my heart. So after checking out the trailer I was pretty pumped for this movie (which you can learn more about on its official site).

At the same time, I was intrigued. I’d never heard about the “11-11″ phenomenon and wanted to know more, especially if it meant something spooky was gonna be going down in the future. I Googled “11-11-11″ and to be honest, was left pretty disappointed. Apparently, people all over the world have started seeing the number “11-11″ in random places, like on pones, watches, clocks, tv, everywhere. When a person sees these numbers, they become obsessed with them and search for a meaning in them. long story short, they seem to then go on to become good people and help others in their everyday lives….YAWN!

What a jip! I get teased with a spine tingling trailer about some haunting prophecy and when I look into it further, theres nothing to it but people becoming helpful and friendly. However, when I decided to ceck out the more Mr. Bousman, after getting me all worried about a new prophecy, one that will finish us off before the Mayans in 2012, you owe us all a damn scary movie!

Here’s a quick round up of today’s stories that might be of interest to 1 or 2 of you out there:

Californian death metallers Vile are streaming the track “Prophetic Betrayal” from their upcoming album “Metamorphosis” on their MySpace page. Worth a listen if you like your death metal brutal as a sledgehammer to the side of the head.

Polish death metal legends Vader announced that drummer Pawel “Paul” Jaroszewicz has decided to leave the band due to “family matters”. His replacement is 21 year old English drummer James Stewart, who has played for Divine Chaos. Check out the video above to get an idea of James’ style of drumming.

DEVIN TOWNSEND RELEASES NEW MUSIC!No need to say any more, just listen…NOW.

Another teaser has appeared for the spooky looking “Insidious”, the latest offering from Saw creators James Wan and Leigh Whannell. “Insidious” looks pretty creepy and early reviews seem to point to the guys delivering another pants soiling scary movie. Check out the clip at Bloody-Disgusting.com

Looks like we’re getting a sequel to 2008 monster movie “Cloverfield”. I really enjoyed “Cloverfield” but I’m not really excited at the prospect of a sequel, though it would be cool if it explains a little more about the giant beast that terrorizes New York in the original. /Film has all the details.

Blogging Is Hard!

Posted: March 21, 2011 by Flashbox in Uncategorized
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I’ve been sitting in front of my laptop for the past 20 minutes trying to think of something to write about and I keep drawing blanks.

First I was going to give you guys a review of Red Fang’s “Murder The Mountains”, which by the way is an AWESOME album which fans of Black Sabbath, Mastodon, Kylsea and maybe even old school Kings of Leon will enjoy. Seriously, “Murder the Mountains” is a groovy as hell record that will have you banging your head and stomping your feet uncontrollably. Listen to track “Wires” below and tell me it didn’t have you jumping around the place!

However, I couldn’t think of anything more than the 2 or 3 sentences above to write about the album so I decided to try writing about Scream 4. While I’m excited to see the 4th installment of Wes Craven’s slasher series, I just couldn’t think of anything interesting to write about it apart from it comes out on April 15th and I can’t wait to see Ghostface terrorize the survivors of past films. Take a look at the trailer below if you want to know more.

I went snooping throug a few more sites then to try and get the creative juices flowing but to no avail. However, my times wasting was not in vain as, while reading through Metal Sucks SXSW festival review (side note: SXSW seems like the coolest festival in the world!Movies, music, gadgets; what else do you need!), I stumbled across Turbid North, who are now top of my bands to check out list. Warning: Turbid North are HEAVY AS HELL. If you don’t like metal, TURN AWAY NOW!

Well looky here!After all that I’ve gone and got myself a blog post! And not only have I written a blog post but I’ve reviewed an album, hyped a film and recommended a band…all in under 300 words!Mybe this blogging stuff ain’t so hard after all…

Paddy Power

Posted: March 18, 2011 by Flashbox in Music
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Is there any better way to cure the post paddy’s day hangover than with an ear full of the best Irish metal?Probably, but since you’ve taken the time to read this far you deserve a treat so give these tunes a spin!


Drainland:Essentially an Irish Neurosis, these guys have the sickest guitar tone in Ireland and their debut “And So Our Troubles Began” is a brilliant if extremely down-hearted piece of work.


Altar of Plagues:These black metallers have been causing quite the stir both at home and abroad, with their 2010 release “Tombs” receiving a great reception all around. Definitely a band to watch in 2011.


Dead Label:I played a gig with Dead Label about two years ago in Bakers Place in Limerick and they blew me away. For a 3 piece they sounded heavy as hell and the riffs had the crowd moshing like there was no tomorrow. These guys definitely deserve more attention and credit.


I’ll Eat Your Face:You all already know these guys. We just love having an excuse to put up one of their tracks!