The Budapest based band ASMODEUS MANTRA finished with their first studio album. The band previously worked on the name Elize In Wonderhell, they are after several line up changes by the time it reached the presend shape and line up.
You can categorize easiest as extreme metal, that uses thrash, death or black metal or sometimes doom metal or grindcore elemetns…
Greetings Everyone! We are in Szerencs at the EXTREME NOISE FEST. One of today’s performers is VILE DISGUST from Budapest.
Hi guys! Welcome to Headcrusher. We are glad to finally introduce a goregrind band in our program.
The main reason for this interview is your new full-length album – WIERDO DILDO – which debuted this April. Could you please introduce the album for us? As always, the cover art is very impressive!
Yes. So, as with all our previous material, the new album has been recorded in a home-studio.
I wrote all the music.
Later we contacted the Czech label and they liked it, so they published it. This is the short story of the album.
How about the lyrics? Is there a longer story?
This question sounds way too seriously.
What inspires your songs?
All the extremities.
Porn. The filthier, the better. Everything gore in the world.
Some websites online, right?
There is a website called EFukt – I don’t know if you heard about it – it’s adult humour for adults, a site full of funny porn scenes. This inspires us a lot. it’s so simple.
Are some of the noises in your songs also from this website?
Mostly yes. All the funny scenes are already collected there; we just pick our favourite ones.
You only just mentioned this – I’ve been also meaning to ask – I cannot find a studio name on the album cover. As you said the album is home-recorded, yet it sounds amazing.
If I’m not mistaken, you also use a self-made guitar? Could you tell us more about the recording process? How long have you been building guitars? How did you come up with the idea at all?
The truth is, I couldn’t find an instrument to fit me. I did not want to buy a seven-string guitar, as it feels uncomfortable to me.
Among the six-string ones it’s hard to find a good quality guitar that isn’t extremely expensive. I did not want to pay so much, so I decided to build my own.
Nowadays you can find anything on the internet; you only need to be a bit of a handyman and you can build one.
Just as with your previous album, the new one is labelled by the Czech Bizarre Leprous Production. BLP is specialized on brutal music: death, gore, grind.
How did you find each other? Also, other than publishing the album do they support you in any other way?
I sent them a sample to start with, containing three of our songs, back in 2014. It was a three-song demo with a cover. As soon as they checked it, they contacted us saying they are interested.
We discussed the details and started to work together. It was similar with our second album – LOVE ALL THE PIGS. I asked them if they are interested and they said definitely. Everything went very easy.
And other than publishing the record?
Nothing really. They publish albums like on an assembly line and treat all bands equally. They made it clear for us not to expect anything extra. However, as I heard, all labels work like this in Europe.
They do not provide extra support for the bands, as in the past, when they also used to promote them to earn more money. The focus is now rather on the quantity of the different bands, as they earn way less on an individual band, so they need more now to cover their expenses.
Following the album debut, you did many gigs: you played in Budapest in S8 Underground Club with KATALEPSY (RU) and in Dürer Kert with RECTAL SMEGMA (NL), in Cluj-Napoca (Kolozsvár) with FLESHLESS (CZ).
How do you remember these shows? Did you have a good time on stage? How did the fans like the new material?
The fans are always awesome. The environment can be problematic sometimes. Like in our show with KATALEPSY. This was especially horrible: sound was terrible…
… the heat was unbearable, we kept sweating like pigs, did not have any air, I could hardly breath.
I got totally exhausted halfway our stage time. Although in Cluj-Napoca everything was great, the fans were great; I think that was our best show.
I agree. They loved us. Half of the audience was jumping on the stage with us from the first ten minutes of our show, we couldn’t get them off.
I agree. They loved us. Half of the audience was jumping on the stage with us from the first ten minutes of our show, we couldn’t get them off.
Also, as we are talking about this, do you have more Hungarian gigs planned, other than Budapest? Do you plan to visit West or East Hungary in the near future? As I know, you haven’t yet played in Eastern Hungary.
I’m afraid we screwed that up, cancelling two shows there. We had some family-issues unfortunately. Organizing our gigs wasn’t easy at that time. I think this the reason, that we are not invited there anymore. We screwed it up back then.
And the upcoming show in Germany?
We got this opportunity while playing in Gratz. Another concert organizer saw us on stage and was amazed by us. He invited us to play in Passau. So we are going.
Thanks to DÖGVÉSZ FANZINE your first demo, SUBMISSIVE TEEN SLUTS – which was previously only available on CD – has been published on cassette. How did you like this idea?
I was a bit shocked about “Master Boda”’s idea about releasing cassettes. I used to hate manually rewinding my cassettes, it was a lot of hassle. MP3’s and CD’s are way more convenient nowadays.
Despite this, fans were buying the cassettes, which was a huge surprise for us. He even said that if it sells well enough, we are going to publish our other albums on cassette as well.
This is exactly what I was about to ask. Then we can expect more of these.
There is no discussion about the other albums at the moment, but seeing how it sells, there is a possibility in the near future to make all our albums available on cassette.
I wouldn’t like to hold you up much longer, as you need to be on stage soon. To close it up: we have met each other in the Czech Republic and Germany in various festivals. I would like to ask you about the Czech Republic specifically.
It is well-known, that Czech fans love brutal music, they do have many local underground bands and labels, thematic festivals, the whole metal scene seems to work really well. What is your opinion about the very small Hungarian underground scene?
You’re right. Unfortunately, here we have an incredibly small underground metal scene. Maximum a few hundred people. Also, on this topic, we would love to play at Obscene Extreme sometime, even if it’s not easy to get in. So far, we haven’t been invited.
Yes, it isn’t easy to get in. As with everywhere, you need good contacts. Otherwise not really. If a band has a good demo and has contacts, they can get an invitation.
But even if you have ten albums, yet don’t have any contacts, you have very little chance. Maybe if you are a “slave” of a very big label.
How about the local fans?
In Hungary most of the people don’t buy our kind of music. There is a small group, who are really hardcore fans, they do buy everything: shirts, CD’s and so on. And there is another group, who says this is just squawking and they are not interested at all.
Some people take this way too seriously. Even as we keep it funny. During our shows and all the time. We do not take ourselves too seriously.
Our albums show as well how funnily we represent what we do. We do not plan to sound as heavy as we possibly can. We merely want to have a good time playing music, doing shows, having fun. This is what it’s all about.
Thank you so much guys for your time, see you at the stage! Bye!
The idea of ESTVE, was born in autumn, 2017, with the sole purpose of putting the tone of the ever so distant sky – falling onto the dusk landscape – into music. The atmosphere that lies in the deeper layers of Hungarian landscape and soul.
During the creation the musicians sticked to the rawer sound, but first and foremost the instinctual composition.
The first demo was recorded back in the Autumn of 2018 with then name of ‘Az enyészet ajtaja’ and was released as self release (limited to 30 MC), and at the beginning of 2019 a Canadian record label released also in MC, limited to 80.
Greetings viewers of Headcrusher Underground Music Magazine.
We are here at the 10th Annual Full of Anger Underground Metal festival, joining me for this conversation are members of the band Archaic.
Hey guys, greetings to the folks out there, we think we’re looking at an awesome show tonight, here at the Full of Anger festival,
shortly it’s time for us to go on stage, Laci’s here too, say hello to the viewers!
So, first of all, In August of last year you had your 3-song EP coming out – as kind of an overture for the complete album – but before this you disappeared for a couple of years.
What have you been doing all this time?
Maybe I should be answering this,
I’ve been in this band for a bit more time than Tomi, but not much.
Anyway, it’s a good question.
There have been a lot of things, if you remember we had been active for a good while, then the band took a short break.
Some of us, like myself for a short period, went abroad, so did our vocalist-bassist.
We were coming and going, so did life, then things got lost a wee bit, but in the background there had always been the fact that we were playing music,
rehearsing, but we had some trouble with the playing part because oftentimes we made 8 beers disappear per band member instead and then at around 10:45 it was like
„oh, shoot, we haven’t played anything, well let’s play, ah, next time” and then this went on for a couple years.
That’s why it took 8 years to write that album.
Though your question is also interesting in the fact that Tomi was our singer by then, at around 2012
In as early as 2011, actually…
Yeah, since ’11. So back then.
And we’d been through 3 shows by then with the old members.
Yeah, there was one in Dürer, then another in Buda…
There was one in the Blue Hell, one in Dürer, and one in the Zúzdarock kert!
Yep. That was cool.
Then unfortunately after the Zúzdarock gig, was that we thought we had started again, cool, let’s do this then all of a sudden everyone vanished in every direction.
Well that’s how it was.
Dead silence and smell of carcasses, is what describes it the best, unfortunately.
The rumor is that people say they hope they don’t have to wait for 10 years for the next album.
Let me be one step ahead of this and give an answer: You don’t have to (If there’s gonna be a next album at all).
So, in essence, we exist, but we’ve been gone for a while.
We lived for ourselves, life came by, but we went down to practice, we’ve had our current rehearsal space for a long time, we love it, the whole thing has its own milieu, its own vibe to it. Tomi knows…
Tamás: Yeah, the environment is a real inspiration. There’s a brewery above it!
That’s right, there’s a brewery above it, they are brewing outstanding beer and, well, it kind of hindered our efforts, but in essence this is what went down in those years,
and so many songs have accumulated that, one would say, we talked to Csabi that, hey, listed, we should record all this.
We should have it, put it away, then, come what may, we at least have something to put in the drawer.
So then we started recording, like a year and a half ago, we went to Vörös Attila to record the guitars, we started there, all went well in practice it began to take shape,
we listened to it afterwards, put the demo drum tracks under it, then it hit us:
it could be something great coming out of all this, maybe we should take it seriously.
That’s when we began to take it seriously and that’s when contacted Tomi because of the things going on,
so the picture began coming together at this point, this thing began to grow here, we couldn’t avoid making an album and return to the living world.
That’s it in a nutshell.
As far as I know the album is coming out as a CD attachment to the 300th issue (anniversary)of the Hammerworld magazine but if I’m not mistaken, you can get your copy here as well in digipack format.
If I’m correct it’s still available.
The EP did well in the polls not just in the magazine, but other professional metal-related portals it gained 1st place and it was also well received on other internet portals and other fanbases with a lot of positive feedback.
What do you think of all this? Did you expect this much positivity?
Yeah, we got so depressed immediately that we came out as first, haha.
It felt good, of course, we didn’t expect this at all, especially looking back at how it started, referring to how we started recording the songs only for ourselves.
To have it then we can do whatever we want with it. Had the guys have it just for themselves at the end we’d still be happy.
But eventually it grew bigger and we honestly didn’t expect this, but Tomi here has some comments on this.
Yeah, because the fact that we came back to be received like this and we reached first place on the Hammer hangpróba (HammerWorld’s talent show) then getting positive feedback from Hard Rock, Shock Magazine,
how everyone treated our CD with praising words really hepled us to return with a totally, completely renewed and different kind of show rather than getting up on stage playing our songs just like in 2011.
Then we started working on the experience we wanted our audience to have so that it can reflect what we want to provide, not just playing the songs originally written for the boys but so that it feels like it is for you all and to thrash ourselves apart for you.
Just to top up on these achievements, there was this „Hangsúly” music awards show back at the end of 2017 and you managed to get out on top in two categories.
Previously you mentioned the studio works, also Attila Vörös.
So I’d be curious about where you did the work, what the atmosphere was like, also whose responsibility was the sound and, as you can see, there’s a fine looking booklet that shows a Hungary related theme Can you elaborate on these a bit?
Let me start with the first part because Tomi wasn’t there at the time.
We recorded the guitars at Vörös Attila’s. Yeah…
… I’m not even surprised, having 9 other bands, you were in 10 bands at the time, right?
You had a little competition with our other guitarist, Peti, about who has more bands and the numbers were always around 10-ish. Anyway this wasn’t the question.
So we started recording in Attila’s studio, he helped us a lot, even provided some production work, some ideas, we recorded the guitars there then moved to Blind Myself Pisti’s place, we finished the works in there.
Say his name out loud, His Name is Horváth István.
István Horváth is he guitarist for Blind Myself, he’s a cool guy, we love him and he’s also very competent in what he does, he was responsible for the final sound of the album,
it took up its eventual form under his hands.
He also helped us out a lot in the creative process, he was inspiring, the story ended with him.
You also asked about the cover.
It’s related to a gentleman called Péter Sallai.
Would you do the honors?
I would… What was the question again?
So, Peter Sallai created the cover, who also helps out a lot of other famous bands.
Yep, We were pondering a lot about what the cover should look like, I also began working on ideas, come up with the initial design, but unfortunately,
compared to Sallai’s work, mine are extremely amateurish in Photoshop, so we eventually decided to go for quality, and it worked,
we achieved first place in Hangsúly then we won the prodction opportunity at István Horváth’s (WMD) studio.
We didn’t win the record of the year award, but we achieved 2nd place, I would have been really happy if we won the first place and I think it was a matter of one or two votes.
It’s minimal, I know, but still a 3-in-a-row would have looked nice.
Next time then.
Well, yeah, something like that.
I’m eternally greatful for Sallai’s work because it’s something that no one else would have done like this.
I like the artistic composition reminiscent of a painting, it has everything we tried to achieve, every little detail that refer to the lyrics of the songs. Great work.
You are amidst of an intense series of gigs, you have already played at a lot of different places, clubs, smallest to the biggest, you attended some summer festivals.
What experiences and memories did you take home? What kind of feedback did you receive from the fans?
The feedback is mostly positive in Pest and we’ve had some awesome gigs too.
We have an amateur organizer, the Kabanat Circle Productions, so they got us covered in making sure that we can play in front of the audience at Dürer as the headliner band,
they’ve put a lot of effort in tracking down opening bands like Vesztegzár, Stonedirt last time, it was a rad night.
We filled up the small venue just fine.
We are already in the middle of preparing for similar ones during next Spring,
we wish to invite bands like Morning Star or maybe someone from abroad like Distillator who I want to play with again because it was slick when we could pleay before Pestilence, they were really nice guys, playing similar music to ours.
So we’d like something like this and also we wish to continue cooperating with Angerseed too.
And Remorse is indispensable.
About the festivals: We always get the afternoon slots to perform on festivals, which is not a problem because we can still says we were there and it was still awesome.
I witnessed for the first time that people can beat the shit out fo each other because of a t-shirt.
„The hardest mosher gets a t-shirt!!”
On the car seat there was a size L, white T-shirt with the slogan „In the Face of Pain there are no Heroes”
it was Peti’s T-shirt, I took it, threw it in front of the guys in the mosh pit formed in the front row with the promise that the best mosher gets it.
I threw it in and they pulled each other to the ground, you haven’t seen anything like it, I swear. Faces met fists in a matter of moments.
I was like: „whoah, people let’s stop the song, this is not going to end well, and actually it was a size M T-shirt and there’s no way it’s gonna fit on any of these people who are fighting for it anyway.”
Sadly the Fezen gig turned out to be less of a success, it started raining when we played and that was the first gig that day in the Fezen arena on top of it and people didn’t really come out to the festival yet.
My friend Manó, who is from Fehérvár, said that whoever actually WAS in the festival area was attending OUR gig.
It was too early for us to play, we didn’t have enough time to establish our basic alcohol levels,
but we would still wish to return to Rockmarathon and things would be different next time in 2019.
You do want to extend your reach, bring your show abroad too, if I’m right, this year you will take the stage in Nagyvárad and an another one arranged for next year in Germany and one in Croatia if I’m not mistaken.
Are you arranging these for yourselves or do you have someone to help you out?
You can tell people about the Czech gig with Divided what you mentioned before, because there was an abroad gig that was a great success.
There was a successful gig abroad, we rented a tour bus with the other band Divided.
We foreknew, much will happen there.
It was the toughest night of the 12 years I’ve been actively playing.
I’ve never slapped a punk, but I managed to do so there.
It was merciless, there is a 30-min video that was recorded by the bassist of Divided, showing how we woke up next morning.
My God, we can’t watch it enough times.
Not a problem because we have our own promoter now. This is something new for us.
It is something very new to us.
He’s been with us for a month or so.Where is he from? I don1t remember, he’s not Hungarian for sure. He’s from Europe somewhere.
Not Ukranian, and he’s in no way Romanian.
He’s in good relationship with Czech and Austrian places, hepromoted our material to a lot of radio stations and now he’s waiting for a music video from us that he shall receive in the next two weeks.
Ah yes, he’s Polish. –high five-
There hasn’t been a month since we’ve worked with him, we haven’t seen the result of our cooperation yet but anyway we can’t give him too much material to work with because the music videos are still under production, two at a time.
Spoiler alert: There’s gonna be one for „2 Minutes of Hate” and one for „Last Man Standing”
The first one is an image video and the second is a live video about the most recent Dürer gig and we wish to go down this path and then we’ll see. The gigs outside Hungary were taken care of by our drummer, Csaba.
Nowadays the opportunity of opening for a bigger band is a matter of having enough money and, of course, your conenctions. Have you been thinking about trying for something like this? Is this an option for you?
We don’t even know where to spend all that money we have!
Yeah, the change that’s left. About 40HUF. That ain’t gonna work. Yeah, last time I thought up this idea to send out a pile of e-mails, no, really.
I got fed up one day at work, I said I’ve had enough, started a mail, shoved 3 sentences there about who we are, what we want, please reply, then I sent it.
I got some responses with opportunities, but these are the kind of money that needs careful consideration unfortunately, what you want to spend it on and how…
We’re talking about millions here.
There was an opportunity to open for Six Feet Under, but it’s still in the works, we haven’t received a straight answer yet, but these are kind of secret stuff,
mainly because if nothing comes out of all this then what the hell am I talking about Six Feet Under and all that?
We were invited to play before Soulfly, 2 gigs, gonna be badass, for this and that kind of money, turns out we have to pack our things and go to Yekaterinburg next week, but in order to be able to go there you gotta get a visa first, well, how, on such short notice?
And the dude asks: „so are you coming then?” but most likely it’s a no can do. Sorry.
There would have been a gig with Pestilence, well, that happened…no, it was actually Suffocation, but that one came in and there was one week for all the preparations, involved hundreds of Euros too.
So we think about these carefully before we jump into these, and rather we would save up and invest in something big. Currently we have 3 such opportunities, but we don’t feel right about any of those.
Thank you very much, to wrap up this interview, you announced that the next Archaic album is going to be the best most likely, where are you with this, what are the plans, and please confirm that we don’t have to wait for it for years and, let’s say, we can hold the next Archaic record in our hands in 2019. What’s the plan?
Rest assured this is going to happen in 2019. On our way here in the car we we re still clarifying the details of this record, what’s it gonna be about, what the theme will look like.
There will be a concept to it, if anyone saw “Threads”, a BBC-made drama from 1984, well that’s gonna be the theme, I’m not saying anything else, go ahead and look it up, its trailer is on the Otherworld channel if I’m not mistaken.
They made a 5-minute trailer, the documentary is about what would happen if someone popped a nuclear device above the UK,
and how would people react, how many corpses would be left laying around unburied, what kinds of diseases would linger around as a result of the nuclear fallout, we would like to use this theme on our record.
The new songs are already in the making. We should be making a lot of progress in January and we wish to have it released by the end of Summer 2019 or early Fall.
Thank You very much guys, see you in front of the stage, take care!
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I would like welcome the viewers of Headcrusher Underground and also I welcome the members of one of my favourite Hungarian thrash metal, Mörbid Carnage to Debrecen. Can you introduce yourself guys real quick?
Well… We could tell you our stage names too. I am known as Blasphemy in the band but my civilian name is Lambert Lédeczy.
I am Warlock, but my full name is Tamás Szalma. And Zsolt will tell you his too.
And he already told you my name. so, I won’t introduce myself. I am Churchburner and my full name is Zsolt Benkő by the way.
Back in the day, Zsolt and Lambert, you came from a black metal background, right?
You started your metal carer with Ahriman and Fagyhamu, if I am not mistaken. Where did the urge come from to start a thrash metal band?
This was a “svung”, out of nowhere feeling. The whole story started at a Fagyhamu rehearsal actually. The whole thing was, I don’t really know, we were in a “let’s get drunk” mood, but really we just started jamming, some thrashy themes came up.
Back then, Fagyhamu was quite active, we used have two guitarists, pretty seriously, towards the end our singer had to pick up a guitar as well, because one of our guitarist had quit the band.
But that’s not the point, so we were jamming, it went great, and I think we put together two songs on that rehearsal, or maybe three.
It was two.
So, we wrote two-three song for our first demo. And we decided that we will start this new thing.
This happened in 2007, right?
In 2007, exactly.
Where did the band’s name come from?
Haha… fuck knows.
Actually, erm… I was doodling at a rehearsal, we used to have long and intense rehearsals, and during one of the breaks I started drawing, doodling, and somehow this word came up “Morbid”. “Morbid Carnage”.
We went like, let’s put two dots on the “o”, as you should. Then I drew a sketch of the band logo, and I sent this logo idea to one of our good friends, to Balázs Jacsó. He drew many covers for us and made sketches as well.
We are still good friends today. Well, the point is, he gave the final form of the logo, and we used that still to this day. The name… it just came to us.
The conception was and it should have everything that is needed.
And it has everything that you need. Back in the day what albums put you on the path to thrash metal?
Well, that’s an interesting question, because if I may say, I am one of the “old timers”. But if I could be totally honest, two albums led me to the path of metal and these were Iron Maiden’s Seventh Son of a Seventh Son and Helloween’s Walls of Jericho.
These were the very first metal stuff that I have heard. Then came the rest. My “elder” metalhead friends who introduced me more to metal showed me bands like Kreator, Destruction, the big bands of that era like Mercyful Fate, King Diamond, Bathory and the list could go on.
Not just thrash metal bands were involved in this story. The formation of Mörbid was fuelled by a certain feeling. We are not fanatical thrashers but we like to play thrash metal too. Well at least this is my side of this story. The other will tell their version I guess.
And how about you, Tomi?
Erm… What’s the question exactly?
The question was what thrash albums convinced you to like this genre?
Without a doubt, early Metallica was the foundation of everything and stays to this day. That band is unavoidable and… I have over explained it a little.
Except that Lulu album or what the hell is that thing called?
“I am the table”. How about you, Zsolti?
Maybe even I could play my answer on the drums. Unquestionably, it was Slayer that put me on this path, the band that made me like thrash. I could not really tell you any other bands. I wasn’t much of a Metallica fan, and do not even really know them.
I have to confess, I am not too familiar with the German thrash scene. The themes and riffs that I play or we came up with back in the day, these just came from our guts, and not based on such and such influences. But if I have to tell you a band, it has to be Slayer.
The first album was release with the title “Night Assassins”. What was the records reception when it came out?
It was surprisingly good. Actually we have to thank this whole thing to Laci Fodor, who have quit the underground or I am not sure what he is up to nowadays, it’s up to him what he is interested in. What matters is, he released the split cassette with Concrete, that was a thrash band from Budapest.
They have disbanded too. The funny thing is, that tape was sold out already before our first gig in Budapest. So, we couldn’t sell anything to the fans, we just played the show and that was all. Bu this came to the attention of Pulverized Records, this is an Eastern, Far Eastern record label.
They had a real professional attitude, and professional contract they have given us an offer that we couldn’t refuse. They have promoted the album very well, so the band’s first album was featured in pretty big magazines. We were informed about these articles and the sales figures were quite big as well.
There were things that the bands are not really used to, for example we got quite a big bunch of copies of the albums that we could sell ourselves.
We were really happy with them. Actually, we slowed down after this a bit, and even when they told us that they would like to release our second album as well, so much time was spent that Pulverized roster was full and it would have released after six months later than intended, so we have given up on that offer.
Getting back to the original question, it has received really good reviews, a lot of people really liked the sound of the album, we worked together with Gabi Vári in the studio, we worked with him ever since with one exception.
I can’t tell you anything more about this, it’s a really well received debut album. Straight, from the guts stuff, with Tibor Hanyi aka Disguster back in the day. So, a really good, visceral album. That’s about it.
After the release of the first album you played here at one of the Full of Anger festivals. How do you remember that show? May be that was… yes?
I do not really have nice memories of that gig. Actually, there was nothing wrong with the festival itself.
We could not really figure out this singer/drummer thing live, because I am singing and drumming on the records. We were struggling with the question of finding a drummer or a singer.
So, I stayed as the drummer and we found our live singer, Crucifucker, who is our good friend still to this day, helped us out at the gig. But the sound on stage, due the control things the show was a bit chaotic, we did not really think of it as a good gig.
We had much better shows before and after that. There was nothing wrong with the audience or the festival, to put it simply, we sucked. But after that we had fun, we partied with you after that as well…
It was alright, but I won’t consider that show as one of our better ones, sadly.
There were some years between the release of the debut album and the follow up, “Merciless Conquest”. In what ways is it different from the first one? What has change musically?
When it was put together, Night Assassins started out as a “mixed” album. We made an album without really thinking about it. I was put together basically in moments, really. Tibi Hanyi, is a real animal.
We say hello to him from here too. A really good friend still to this day, and an honourable member of the band too, I cannot properly talk or whatever.
What matter is, with the line-up of that time, we wanted make a truly aggressive album as the second one. A not too long one, but a real aggressive album. I think we achieved this.
We didn’t really want anything else, that’s why the title is “Merciless Conquest”. That’s why we wrote song like, pfff… which one is the most violent? I don’t know, all of them. I do not really want to pick any of them.
But you managed to deliver some future live favourites like LambBloodBath that can be sung together.
You are right. Maybe I could say the reason we could play stuff from any Mörbid record because we manage to write some songs that have or will become a fan favourite. But of course we play the cover of Slayer’s Die by the Sword live.
Of course, we have to play that in honour of Jeff Hanneman. Not obligatory but a must!
Well, that’s the story, we wanted an aggressive record and we managed to pull it off. We got a really talented cover artist to do the cover art, this time it wasn’t Balázs Jacsó unfortunately, but it was Costin who later became pretty well-known in the underground.
Yup, it was well received but it was not release under the banner of Pulverised Records but by Southland Records. So, the album could stay on a bit more underground level.
That’s your own record label, right?
We wish not to reveal the people behind the label.
Oh, alright. So that question is gone now. So, if we talked about the albums, can you talk a bit about the band’s mascot, Wülf?
Haha! I am a huge Iron Maiden fan…
If you allow me to add, he is not just present on the covers abut on the stage as well.
That’s right. I am a huge Iron Maiden fan and I always loved with the case of Sodom and Kreator, and of course with Maiden what is a major classic and I loved to follow how Eddie developed, form my childhood to this that.
For me, that is a great experience. I love these kind of things. No surprise that I love fantasy moves blablabla, I don not want to go into details.
Cough, cough… Conan… Cough
Yeah, you could mention him as well. The strong dude, haha. So, we really wanted to have a mascot like those. And we tried to get pictures made by Balázs or by others where Wülf appears. We wanted to get him familiar with the audience. Excuse me, and later we came up with the idea of…
Well, should we reveal his identity or not? Wülf’s civilian name is actually is “Wolf”, the family name “Farkas”. Who is a real underground warrior. He is known from many bands. He loves Mörbid and we love him back.
A really southern country lad, in a positive manner of course. If you call someone a “paraszt” down some, that is a good thing. We do not use this word as someone’s a “peasant”.
If he is available and he is not playing with one of his bands, he switches into berserker mode and he rips up the stage and have lives the whole thing with us. He will remain with us as long as there is a band.
He will be there, spraying beer into the crowd as it should be, screaming the songs with us, so this will continue. This will only ends if the band ends.
Let’s continue chronologically to the next release. The next release was an EP that was special in a way because it is a concept release, The Golden Sin. Could you tell us more about the story?
Haha… Well, I could talk about the story. Do you want to talk about it yourself?
Don’t you want to talk about it?
Give him the mike.
Yeah, right. Dear Norbert, could you tell us more about the story? Foundationally, what is The Golden Sin really about? Thank you for sharing it with us.
Erm… It’s about the witch trial in Szeged as far as I know. But it is your story.
Yes, that’s right. But it was you who realized it to total elegance.
I believe it was me.
So, here is the answer to that question.
Let’s get serious now. The story is based on true events mixed in with some fantasy elements. Have you done some research on the topic?
That is a commonly known thing in Szeged, anyone could do research on what happened. Loads of things are available on the internet as well about the witch trials.
As far as I known the Austrian… I don’t want to say anything stupid but was it Sissi who put an end to these witch burnings and executions or was it the Austrian-Hungarian Monach, or the who the hell knows who stopped this. It all happened at the end of the 1800s, when the people were put on such trials.
Obviously persecuted for stupid made up reason and no solid evidences whatsoever. The thing is that some people thought that this would be a “good thing” to do in Szeged, or I don’t know.
I do not want to go into details, there are loads of stories, a lot of people were put onto trial. There is a place in Szeged, near the embankment that is known as the Witches’ Island, allegedly that’s where they burned the witches.
We know now that these things didn’t happened there but at the Votive Church of Szeged. That’s the foundation of the story. Actually, Szeged has seen quite a lot of things, we love Szeged, especially me. I am a pretty big local patriot. Coat of Arms of Szeged, go Rókus! And so on.
What matter is that this story was a really exciting one, because in a way we could include Szeged and the Southern things into the life of Mörbid, in a bit more serious manner.
We tried to get Dóri Héjjas to make us pictures for the release, she is from Szeged as well by the way, pictures of streets that would drag the listener into the music.
To accompany that we aimed for a rawer sound, and this was the first time we switched to another studio and didn’t work together with Gabi Vári, with Dávid Fehér, but I’ve heard he put an end to his studio career.
The result was great. That’s the story, it’s a more exiting release. Many people received it with question marks on their faces, we liked it.
Maybe it is a bit more technical, it makes you think a little bit more, not your typical “put it there and banf you head” kind of thrash metal, not that “full on aggression” type of thing. There are catchier, more memorable things on it.
I am just blabbering here, we never discuss things like “we need a catchy thing here, a headbanging theme there” and that kind of nonsense, we don’t talk about such things. That’s why the dude over here is giggling.
Nope, we just go down to the rehearsal room, we just start to riff and “hey that will be good there”, and done, it’s fine. Meanwhile we pour down the “malt juice” on our throats and we rock.
Please tell how me managed to record the drum tracks.
Well, that is a really interesting story. If you allow me to tell this, before that we had a really rough night. On the day when we wanted to record the drums, I planned to record for the Coffinborn “Beneath the Remains” and The Golden Sin. That was altogether 8 tracks. Before that we got so wasted…
You mean “Beneath the Cemetery”.
Ah, yeah, right. And the dude didn’t warn me!
I thought you mentioned a band that I haven’t heard about yet. Do you use to drum for Sepultura as well?
Yeah, whatever. But honestly, I always mix up these two. All the time. Nevermind. What matters is, there is a beer garden in Szeged where we used to hang out with a friend of ours who is also a musician and used to be a bartender there.
We started to chat and well, we had a lot of Jäger and Unicum shots, a lot… really, way too much, it was ridiculous. I am ashamed to admit but we had a crazy amount of those. The next morning my son asked “why is Dad vomiting black”? Nevermind that.
I knew that I should have gotten to that party. The abridged version of the story: the next morning, problems, the guys are calling “When are you coming? What’s up?”. It was around 2 PM Tibi Hanyi called me up saying “Lambert, for fuck’s sake, come down to the studio already”! Alright.
Zsolti didn’t even go home because he was done for that he had slept at the rehearsal room. That’s right. So, I went there, worked through the pain, and so on. So, I managed to do the drums for the whole thing.
It went like, I drummed up a track, headbutted my kit, “go and listen to it guys”, got back to drum up the next one, headbutt again, and repeat. The whole recording went on like this.
The funny thing was that because of the Coffinborn EP an American or Canadian, I cannot remember now correctly, drum magazine got in touch with us with a 22 questions long interview asking about “What kind of hand orders do I use?” and “How’s your drum set up? ” and “with the 16/9 rhythms…”. And I was just looking like…
We had a laugh with Tibi because when knew what went down actually. So, we decided not to do the interview for this guy, not telling him that “I was so pissed drunk that I was happy that I could record the drums at all”.
He would not believe it.
We don’t have ‘hand orders”, practice sessions and such things. So, that’s the background story of that. But know one heard this before.
Sorry for brining this up.
Just here, just now.
If I know this right, after the Golden Sin EP you joined the band. How did you end up joining the ranks?
Well, my phone just started to ring. I was walking down the street, and Lambert gave me a call. “Listen, wanna rock with Mörbid”? And I was like… Well, I am not alone thinking this but Mörbid for me defined that actually there is a good thrash metal band in Hungary.
I tell you this as a fan. I was asked this question as a fan. And I said yes. We started to rehearse together. It wasn’t trivial, because Tibi is a great guitarist with character and a great songwriter.
So, I had to replace someone in a way not trying to be a copy of him. Well, I am 40 centimeters sorter than him, it would have been fucking difficult to sell this to the fans, combing y hair in front of my face and telling everyone that I am him.
No one would have bought this. So, we had to practice together to get the hang of each other, and I think we managed to do that. Basically that’s the story. The short answer is: the phone rang.
That’s how a good story starts: “and then the telephone rang”. The result of this collaboration was the band’s most recent release, the 2 track “Southland Fist”. What was its reception like and how many of were sold because it came out on vinyl?
It has as well, excuse me, burp. It received some mixed feedbacks. That was a bit strange, because we wanted to make this a boasting, proud release. And I think and the rest of the guys think that we managed to make it like that.
Even Tibi Hanyi said about the sound that – he gets all of our release to this days – that this has the best Mörbid sound so far. We worked together with Gabi Vári again and it really shows.
Gyuli Havancsák, I mean, Gyula Havancsák… here I go giving lovely names. Well, he made the cover art, it is fucking right up to the point.
And if you allow me, it is a homage to a classic album cover.
That’s right. Iron Fist. I think a lot of people guessed that correctly. It wasn’t ripping off, we really mean this “Southland Fist” thing, it not just talking big. Anyone could come down to Szeged and act like a prick, but good luck with that. Whatever, I doesn’t matter.
Metropolitan Wolves and Southland Fist, these songs have a bit of angry attitude. They didn’t become so well known. We financed the vinyl release ourselves, to some extent. Southland Records helped us again, to release it. But Balázs Káger from Neverheard Distro to put the 7 inch vinyls together.
That’s why these records were a bit more expensive, but these vinyls cost the same even for the band members not just for the fans. These were not pressed but cut. The quality of them as goods as any other pressed vinyl releases. Only 36 of them were made for order.
They were gone like that. Just like Stallone did it in Oscar. I can’t really tell you anything more about it. It has a puritan design, angry attitude, and Tibi’s legacy is on it a well. Tibi moved abroad leaving us a fully written album.
He told us, “later you change some bits on it if you want”. But in time we started working really well with Tamás, and we realized that these things would not fit properly, so these two songs emerged.
We think that this is a fucking great release. Sadly, because we could only release it in a limited quantity it didn’t get more attention. That’s it. What else do you want? Oh yeah, you wrote the lyrics.
Hymn like lines that could be sung together.
I just wanted to mention this, as a side note.
Thanks again for asking me to do this.
We thank you for the cooperation. Cheers!
So, if we started to talk about the Hungarian scene, what do you think about the current Hungarian thrash scene?
I am just being honest here. I am very disappointed in the bands, well, there not many people out there to be disappointed of. Well, there is no such scene there as it used to be in ‘80s and ‘90s. Everyone needs to see that. I try to believe in the scene and a lot of people told me to “wake up from living in the memories”.
But it was fucking great back in the day. It wasn’t that long ago, 20 or 25 years ago. Maybe 30, whatever. What I see know, the lads who started this at the age of 15-16, still those guys are doing it today and there are no new bands.
I could tell you in who I am disappointed in, but I cannot sense that musical feeling in the bands what we have as something that unites us. We miss that feeling, that pride. If you go on the stage you, you there to destroy, you don’t mess around, you show what’s what. I am talking about thrash bands.
I cannot really mention any thrash bands, to be honest. If I think of the Hungarian thrash scene, if we would organize a thrash festival, who could we invite? After a couple of jägers and beers, I cannot particularly think of anyone. No one, I’m sorry.
On the other hand, the Hungarian underground have some really good bands, but they are representing a very extreme branch or maybe a something completely different genre than thrash. We are involved in different bands as well.
For example tonight we will play with Ahriman in Debrecen and you can see here are some common things as well. All the three of us are playing in Ahriman too.
Hopefully there will be some positive changes in the future and the young rockers will pick up the guitars and drumsticks and they show what they are capable of. Personally, I am fed up with the political thrash metal. I am not interested in social issues, politics and whatever.
Werewolves and necromancers.
That’s right! Let yourselves go a little, have some fun, life drags you down anyhow. Have some fun with metal, that’s what metal is all about. Good music, pride and so on. I don’t know whether the others want to add anything.
At least metal shouldn’t drag you down.
That’s right. I wanna screw up this perfect closing thought with a last question, but it could have been good. Right? If we brought up Ahriman and just one day before we set down to do this interview was the premier of the first new song , the title track from Őskő. If you are here, I would like to ask: when will be the record out?
Don’t ask things like this from us. About Bőrkoporsó I told everyone that it is a brilliant release, I guess the other agree with me as well. But Őskő is the best release of my life. Personally.
When people will here it, I am not interested how they will dislike or how they will give negative feedback, that is the best release of my life. When it comes out and when anyone will listen to it, it’s in Hungarian, the whole thing.
Our keyboard player, Zoli Márta went through some brilliant improvements musically. With “Enyészet rengeteg” he basically created a monumental piece of classical music. It is a full length record that we put together.
Fantastic solos, fantastic rhythms, with a bit of different vocal approaches, as you could hear in the title track. We really don’t want to tell you anything more about it. And no one should ask when will it come out? With our case it was always a guessing game, when the Ahriman albums will be released. The sooner the better.
Unfortunately, we could bring any copies of this new release today, so that’s why we put online this one track, so at least people could get to know at least one song from it. But we are excitedly awaiting the responses to it. I hope that the Hungarian lyrics will make the people think.
We are in a world where we should reach back to our roots. We should really think about whether we just want to destroy the world, or do we want to live in it for a long time. If we want to live here for a while than we need to do something about it, not just ruining everything.
Not just think about mankind but think about whole world. That is the main concept of Őskő. I think it is a quite serious theme. Everyone has given their best for this record.
I can just repeat myself, it a fantastic record. I would like to use this opportunity to thank everyone in the band that we could create this album. So that’s about it.
Thank you having the time for us and I wish you have a great show tonight.
We would like to thank the Headrcusher Crew for the opportunity. Metal!
Thanatos, or on his latest stage name Szabó VOID made his second full lenght SPÜOLUS album, that is released by 2 Hungarian record label: NGC Prod and Total Därkness Propaganda on CD, limited by 500 pieces.
The whole album is only one, athmospheric funeral doom song in 43 minutes, which is a final relief for every suicid bastard with its mood. You can listen to the album on the NGC Prod Bandcamp page, and you can even download for free.
The Hungarian HUMUGUR released their first full length album, by the Virradat Records label. The band plays complex death metal with sumerian and prehistoric themed lyrics.
The members are well experienced, and the band was helped out by Olivér Ziskó on the drums during the recording of the Intro and the 12 songs. Some of the songs were already recorded on the Endless Caverns demo, but now they were re-recorded with some changes and fine tunings in Tapolca, by István Fekete.
The album title is Bring Decay to an End, you can receive it directly from the band, or the record label, and you can find among the offering of some promoters too.
In a hostel off the map, away from the bustling world, three old, childhood friends gathered to tell each other how their lives have evolved since they haven’t seen each other.
The boss carefully listened to the story of the three friends, the story of the husband who rewarded the unfaithful wife by excising, the different tortures of the underworld executive, and the story of the pastor, who disorted the body of sinners to the unrecognizable, to clear their souls.
Guided by overwhelming envy, the boss decided to immediately implement his own story, which he would then be able to engrave on his tombstone. He immediately started to slowly cursh the paralyzed bodies of the three friends until they were fully conscious.
The story of the Four was composed by the Budapestbased death metal band Purulent Rites with the title Bastard Inn. The band continued its tradition and did not depart from the primitive ramming, old-school death metal.
The four-track EP has been released under the care of Lost Horizont Productions in cassette format.
Greetings to all, welcome to the newest issue of Headcrusher Underground magazine, from Red Hole and Blue Hell in Budapest at the release party of the 6th issue of the Tales of the Morbid Butcher Fanzine.
On my right (to your left) here’s Tulsadoom’s guitarist… Virgin Penetrator.
Hi all, thanks for the opportunity for the interview, we can hardly wait for tonight’s show,
this is the first time there’s only the 3 of us, we had always played with the full complement of 5 members until now, so it’s gonna be an exciting night, I barely can wait
For those who see Tulsadoom’s name for the first time, can you summarize the early years of the band, how the band came to be, where the name comes from, who this character is?
If I’m right, the movie Conan the Barbarian was the inspiration behind all this.
Exactly, so the band was formed in 2007.
When I moved to Vienna I met Rick Thunder who is playing the bass now, we were mostly active in black metal bands,
we thought it’d be nice to play some thrash and heavy stuff we both enjoyed, then one night we got wasted and somehow we pondered like:
„hey, what was your favorite movie?”
he was like „well, it’s Conan the Barbarian”
I says „No shit, it’s mine too.
So then let’s put a band together and it’s gonna be called Tulsadoom”, he was the antagonist of that movie, so this is how it began.
Then through the years many members came and went, 11 years later it’s only the 2 of us and the drummer, all the others have gotten replaced through the years, but we are still doing the same:
Thrash and heavy metal about Conan the Barbarian with a tad bit of black metal here and there.
Mainly oldschool stuff, that’s all.
Am I right, that in Hungary you already attended the Total War fest in Körmend then Pécs and the surrounding parts, Komló.
What are your memories of these, how was the audience? What do you remember of these gigs?
All these 3 were great shows, I enjoyed myself very much, at the end it’s like home to me when we play in Hungary despite the facet that I’m from Felvidék (Upper Hungary, now Slovakia),
it’s always fascinating to me to get to know the Hungarian underground, the audience has always been superb, I welcome every opportunity to play here.
At the time of our conversation, the Tales party will include the release of this here double-cassette edition published by the domestic Total Darkness Production.
What can we know about this, what musics are on it, what songs and how did you manage to get in contact with a Hungarian publisher?
This box of cassettes consists of two cassettes, it has our first two albums on them (Barbarian Steel and Storms of the Netherworld)
plus there’s a live recording, I think 6 or 7 songs, that have never been released before.
It’s limited to 200 pieces so we don”t have too many of them in stock.
How did I get to know the Total Darkness?
I have known Attila Dudás for at least a good 14-15 years, I got to know him from the internet,
our paths had crossed each other in the past few years, he offered to make some cassettes and we were in right from the start.
Would you please talk about the Austrian underground?
What kind of places, what clubs are there? How about you in particular, what’s your opinion about the local underground audience?
There’s a lot of life in the Austrian underground scene as well, maybe it’s not as lively as its Hungarian counterpart,
especially looking at the extreme style, old school thrash and heavy is more popular, extreme metal is not so much, but there are still a few places,
especially in Wienna, upper Austria, Tirol has quite a few, also there are some hidden places where they don’t have public gigs but rather just private shows and there is an invited guest list, mostly those are the best ones.
Earlier you played at a lot of places, from smaller clubs to bigger festivals taking place in different countries.
If you are to name one event, which one would it be? Which one was the most memorable, the best show? Are there gigs booked for 2019?
To name only one show is a tough one, I don’t even know how many countries we have played in, we’ve been through about a hundred gigs,
so pointing my finger at only one that really stands out is very difficult.
Maybe one of the best was when we played at the Phantoms of Pilsen (sic!) festival in the Czech Republic,
(Piels, Pilsen?) Pilsner… Urquell?
You know this because of that, do you?
Well it was outstanding because a friend of ours made that festival and how it was is that one day before the festival I received a call from him,
he said one band canceled their show, they need someone else and fast, we said ok, we’d step in, we’d go,
but we had no idea how it was going to work out, especially since about 90% of the artists were serious black metal bands, so how’s it gonna be with Tulsadoom,
there’s some black metal influence in it, but mostly it’s the brawl and more party kind of music is how we do it, so it’s not that serious,
then I was really surprised that the whole place was filled up, there were 500 people headbanging in front of us, now that was awesome, totally unexpected.
Thank you very much, I’d rather not hold you up, we’re still before your show, we want to let you have some time to prepare, but a final question for the end:
If you were to go on a longer journey and you would be allowed to take only one record with you which one would it be and why that one?
Hmm, this one’s a tough one too, usually I take a lot of CDs with me, so I hate mp3 stuff, I’d rather take 100 CDs wherever I go,
if I had to choose one I’d pick some Judas Priest CD or the Painkiller or Ram It Down, well maybe the Ram It Down,
that’s my favorite heavy metal album
, it has a lot of songs I’ve heard a million times and still wanna hear it a lot of other times,
so yeah, most likely that’s what I’d take, the Ram It Down.
On behalf of our viewers, thank you very much, see you in front of the stage
Thank you very much, Rock & Roll!
NO OBLIGATION fanzine comes for the sixth time by 48, 12 coloured A4 sized pages. You can find 6 interviews, reviews, the usual Merengő cloumn, book reviews, and a biography.
The printed special press can be found at the CD Pince and among some of the best Hungarian distros’ offerings.
The fourth full album of GYÖTRELEM was released in February on Cd under the umbrella of Putrid Cult label. There are 8 new songs on the album, the lyrics haven’t changed since the previous releases.
You can listen to slow-middle speed songs throughout the 33 minutes long album, which differs on its style from the previous albums.
All the songs were written by Gloam, who recorded all instruments and vocals except for the drums, that were played by Botond. The music was recorded by KK, mixing and mastering was made by Gloam. You can by the Cd from the label and some other promoters.
“This is one of the oldest Aornos song, the majority of the riffs were born back around ’98-’99.”
The Castellum is the fortress, the Citadell, which unshakeably stands against every doubt or attack.
This outstanding, only as ideal known human transcendent human’s soul’s home, where even the demons are regulated and waiting for the commands forced to service.
As Ourboros, eating its own tail, symbolizing the Existence and Passing perpetual rotation. And what should be that secret power? This is the greatest mistery….