Thursday, 22 February 2018

Interview with F.K.U done by Patrick posted on 2-22-18


Interview  with F.K.U  done  by  Patrick


1. Hello please introduce yourself to the readers? At what age did you first start listening to metal music?

Pat - Hi there, I’m Patrik Sporrong aka Pat Splat, the guy handling the bass duties in F.K.Ü. My first contact with metal, or to be more precise, harder rock, was when I saw KISS live back in 1976 at the age of ten. I was totality blown away and there and then I decided that this was the best music ever and that this was something I wanted to do as well.

2. Who were some of the first bands you listened to and who are some of your current favorite bands?

Pat – Well, for obvious reasons KISS was one of the bands I was deeply inspired by and listened to a lot. Then there were Sweet and Alice Cooper that also were in the line of the music I really liked. But pretty soon the search for harder stuff started and bands like Iron Maiden, Metallica and Slayer took over my life. My love for these bands is still intact. Some of my favorite bands right now would be Wolfbrigade, Terrortron, LIK, Södra Sverige and Henrik Palm.


3. F.K.U was started in 1997 what gave you the idea to start this band and who would you say are F.K.U’s biggest influences?

Pat - Well we started the band as early as 1987 actually and then our second big influence besides horror movies was the crossover thrash scene with bands like Crumbsuckers, Carnivore, Wehrmacht, Mucky Pup, D.R.I. etc. And among them one band particularly, namely the band S.O.D., and band that also gave us the idea for our band name.

Since S.O.D. had a song on their album “Speak English or Die” called Freddy Krueger, that and our wish to make the name an abbreviation with three letters, just like D.R.I. we went for the F.K.Ü. aka Freddy Kruegers Ünderwear moniker. Adding the umlaut to the U just to make it more metal.

Our first logo even had a pair of boxers with Freddys knife fingers emerging.
And our main goal was the same as it is today, to have fun!

4. 1981 is the bands newest release, which is being, released through Despotz Rec. how did you and the band come in contact with this label?

Pat – We felt that it was time to move on when it came to record label and we were having serious thoughts of going back to releasing it all by ourselves as in the early years but then I heard from a friend of mine that Despotz knew that we were in-between labels and ask him to ask us to get in contact with them. And it only took one phone call to realize that this was a label we wanted to work with.


5. How long did it take the band to write the music for the new release? Does the whole band work on writing the music or does one member usually write everything?

Pat - On this album Larry and Emp wrote the music, I wrote the lyrics and then we just isolated our self’s in the rehearsal room to make it all merge together into one bloody mess. We were really focused and we decided early on that this album should be short, aggressive and in your face with no fillers. We really had fun recording this album and I think that is reflected in the final result.

6. Lyrics are based on slasher; horror movies released in 1981 what gave you all the idea to do a concept release from the year 1981?

Pat - We wanted to make an album that was 100% focused on paying tribute to the slasher classics and since 1981 was the year when a lot of the best ones in the genre were released, we basically just came up with the idea of focusing on that year.

Calling the album 1981 and naming the songs by the movies that inspired them was our idea with being as honest as we could be with our intentions with this album.

The songs included on the album are definitely among our favorites but there are many that were left out since we wanted to make a relatively short and intense album. Titles like Happy Birthday To Me, Bloody Birthday, Bloody Moon, Cannibal Ferox, Final Exam, Graduation Day could easily have made it if we would have released a double album. But since we decided in an early stage that we wanted to make a short and intense album we had to be extremely selective choosing the ones finally ending up on the album

7. Besides the 1981 release are the bands previous releases still available to buy? Does the band have any other merchandise available if yes what is available and where can the readers buy it?

Pat – Our 1999 debut album ”Metal Moshing Mad” has been out of print for a long time. That goes for both the original pressing and the 2007 re-release. Our second album from 2005 ”Sometimes They Come Back… To Mosh” is still possible to get hold of from some retailers. ”Where Moshers Dwell” 2009 and 4: Rise of the Mosh Mongers is still available both through our home page and most bigger retailers.

8. What have been F.K.U’s most memorable shows over the years? And who are some bands you have had the pleasure to share the stage with?

Pat – Some of the highlights in our career so far would be the 2007 west coast us tour we did with Engorged and Ghoul and playing Sweden Rock Festival in 2010 in that it was our first appearance at a bigger festival.

When it comes to bands that we liked sharing the stage with there’s many. But to name a few: Ghoul, Engorged, Hyades, Entombed, Meshuggah, The Ugly, Dr. Living Dead.

9. Are their any shows or tours planned in support of 1981?If yes where will the band be playing?

Pat – Well, things are brewing in the F.K.Ü.-camp, for sure, and although we cannot give you the specifics, there's more to come in a not to distant future and hopefully it will involve the more southern parts of Europe.

10. Besides thrash metal do you listen to any other genres of metal or music in general? If yes who are some of your favorite bands?

Pat - Personally I’m really into bands emerging from the early 80’s German syntwave known as “Die Neue Deutche Welle” with bands like D.A.F. and Der Plan. And of course all in the band are heavily into horror movie soundtracks, for obvious reasons

11. F.K.U draws influences from horror and slasher movies when did you first start watching horror movies?

Pat - My earliest memory is me being 6 or maybe 7 years old, sneaking into the living room in the house were I grow up, and hiding behind a sofa to secretly watch the original ”Invasion of the Body Snatchers” from 1956. And from that moment I was totally hooked and have been a big horror fan ever since. After that my parents realized it was no use trying to keep me from watching horror movies. Thanks mom and dad!

12. What are some of your all-time favorite slasher, horror movies? And what do you feel makes a good horror movie?

Pat - Well my all time favorite when it comes to horror is the first two original Halloween-movies. Both when it comes to the movies and the soundtracks.

Then I have a soft spot for Day of The Dead (1978), Psycho (1960) House on Haunted Hill (1959), Happy Birthday to Me (1981), The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) to name a few.

13. Who are some of your favorite horror movie actors? Are their any directors that you like to watch a lot?

Pat – If we stick to the horror genre some of my favorite actors would be Jamie Lee Curties, Amy Steel, Linda Blair, Kurt Russel, Donald Pleasence and Harry Dean Stanton to name a few. When it comes to directors/writers there’s nothing that beats John Carpenter / Debra Hill.

14. Do you all watch the remakes of horror movies over the last 15-20 years or do you prefer to watch the originals?

Pat - Obviously we are big fans of the horror from the 70s and 80s but I think that especially the last couple of years has seen some really good ones coming out, like A Dark Song, Devils Candy, Raw, Happy Death Day and The Untamed to name a few. I like it when the makers try to do something new even if they use an old formula, like Cabin in The Woods that as released a couple of years ago. 90 % of the remakes I would say are a waste. Why fix something if it’s not broken?

15. Thank you for taking the time to fill this interview out do you has any final comments for the readers?

Pat – Thank you! As mentioned earlier we’re working hard to be able to come over to a town near you to spread some horror and metal to all die-hard moshoholics and until

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Wednesday, 21 February 2018

ANCIENT VISIONZ RADIO: SATURDAY 24TH MARCH WITH AMERICAN WRECKING COMPANY! (METAL)




Ancient Visionz Radio is back with Jeff from American Wrecking Company on Saturday, 24th March. It is Jeff's second appearance on the show to discuss the latest happenings with the band, metal, sci-fi, and movies!

Showtimes:


US: 3pm-5pm EST, 2pm-4pm CST, 12pm-2pm Pacific, 1pm-3pm Mountain.

UK: 8pm-10pm.

Europe: CET 9pm-11pm.

Listening Link (only live during scheduled shows)
http://thewastelands.myl2mr.com/

American Wrecking Company

Facebook
 https://www.facebook.com/americanwreckingcompany/

Twitter
 https://twitter.com/OfficialAwc

Official Web Site
Americanwreckingcompany.com

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

ANCIENT VISIONZ RADIO EPISODE 17-2-18: CEEKAY JONES (US SINGER/SONGWRITER)




Ancient Visionz Radio episode 17-2-18 with US singer/songwriter/musician Ceekay Jones, who discussed his forthcoming UK and European tour, writing and recording music, the new album 'The Introduction Of Mr Jones', future albums, inspiration for music, Hip Hop, Metal, HC, Country, Snowboarding, Motocross, and his favorite movies/TV series.

For those not aware, Ceekay used to play in NY hardcore band, Skarhead. He is very experienced with a multitude of genres and an all round musician, so if you hold any interest for any kind of music, then this show is not to be missed. This episode was one of my favorite shows, Ceekay was such a genuine and interesting person to talk to. 

A great independent musician and highly recommended.

DOWNLOAD/STREAM:
Ceekay Jones

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YouTube

Instagram

Sliptrick Records

Press release courtesy of Grand Sounds PR. 

CEEKAY JONES Offers You ‘The Introduction Of Mr. Jones’


American singer/songwriter Ceekay Jones returns with his new album The Introduction Of Mr. Jones. The album features 8 original tracks and 2 acoustic live studio takes full of intimacy and passion. The Introduction Of Mr. Jones is an unpredictable sonic journey, displaying Ceekay Jones vast abilities to tap into many genres of music and find the glue to make it all work. It features his previous 3 singles, the soulful I Don’t Know, the thoughtful A Blind Man’s Gunand the rhythmic The Reason which feature the hip-hop stylings of guest stars Ekoh & DJ Presto One.

The album features some of Ceekay’s long term associates and also some new collaborations, all building to a substantial, cohesive whole. The Introduction Of Mr. Jones artwork has been created by the artist John Wentz.
 

The Introduction Of Mr. Jones | Released February 28th, 2018 on Sliptrick Records.

Monday, 19 February 2018

Sunday, 18 February 2018

ANCIENT VISIONZ RADIO EPISODES UPLOADED TOMORROW!


The recent Ancient Visionz Radio episodes featuring Haniwa and Ceekay Jones shall be uploaded tomorrow. I'm also arranging guests for this week's episodes.

Saturday, 17 February 2018

AMERICAN WRECKING COMPANY RESCHEDULING FOR NEXT WEEKEND!


Hey all, today's second show with American Wrecking Company is going to be rescheduled. Sadly the guys lost power and it won't be restored for a few hours. Apologies all, but the guys are unable to do the show under those circumstances. However, we are looking at next Saturday to bring them back on Ancient Visionz Radio.

Friday, 16 February 2018

ANCIENT VISIONZ RADIO TOMORROW WITH AMERICAN WRECKING COMPANY (METAL)


Ancient Visionz Radio is live again tomorrow with our second show of the day, which features my friend Jeff from American Wrecking Company. He is back for his second appearance on the show to discuss the latest happenings with the band, metal, sci-fi, and movies!

Showtimes:

US: 4pm-6pm EST, 3pm-5pm CST, 1pm-3pm Pacific, 2pm-4pm Mountain.
UK: 9pm-11pm.
Europe: CET 10pm-12am.

Listening Link (only live during scheduled shows) 
 
American Wrecking Company
 
Facebook
 
Twitter
 
Official Web Site

ANCIENT VISIONZ RADIO TOMORROW WITH CEEKAY JONES! (US SINGER/SONGWRITER)


Ancient Visionz Radio is live tomorrow with singer/song writer and musician Ceekay Jones who shall be chatting about his forthcoming UK and European tour. I'll also be speaking to Ceekay about writing and recording music, current and future albums, inspiration for music, music he enjoys, favorite movies/TV series, and much more!

For those not aware, Ceekay used to play in NY hardcore band, Skarhead. He is very experienced with a multitude of genres and an all round musician, so if you hold any interest for any kind of music, then this show is not to be missed.
  
The show usually last for 1hr 30 mins-2hrs.

Showtimes:

US: 1pm EST, 12pm CST, 10am Pacific, 11am Mountain.
UK: 6pm.
Europe: CET 7pm.

Listening Link (only live during scheduled shows) 


Ceekay Jones

Official Web Site

Facebook

YouTube

Instagram

Sliptrick Records


Press release courtesy of Grand Sounds PR.

CEEKAY JONES Offers You ‘The Introduction Of Mr. Jones’

American singer/songwriter Ceekay Jones returns with his new album The Introduction Of Mr. Jones. The album features 8 original tracks and 2 acoustic live studio takes full of intimacy and passion. The Introduction Of Mr. Jones is an unpredictable sonic journey, displaying Ceekay Jones vast abilities to tap into many genres of music and find the glue to make it all work. It features his previous 3 singles, the soulful I Don’t Know, the thoughtful A Blind Man’s Gunand the rhythmic The Reason which feature the hip-hop stylings of guest stars Ekoh & DJ Presto One.

 

The album features some of Ceekay’s long term associates and also some new collaborations, all building to a substantial, cohesive whole. The Introduction Of Mr. Jones artwork has been created by the artist John Wentz.

The Introduction Of Mr. Jones | Released February 28th, 2018 on Sliptrick Records





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YouTube

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Interview with Voracious Scourge done by Patrick posted on 2-16-18


Interview with Voracious Scourge done by Patrick

1.Hello how are things going with you this week? Please introduce yourself to the readers?


Hails Metal brothers and sisters, this is Jason main song writer and founder of Voracious Scourge. Things are going great! Just got back from watching the Mighty Exhorder (Louisiana Thrash Legends) destroy a venue in New Orleans.

 
For anyone who hasn’t heard of Voracious Scourge here’s a brief description of who we are.


Voracious Scourge is an old school brutal Death Metal Project which consists of Me (Jason Mcintyre) guitar player of Louisiana death metal band “Suture”, Mike Smith on drums who is a former member of the brutal death metal gods “Suffocation”, Adrie Kloosterwaard on vocals of the mighty Dutch death metal masters “Sinister”, and Lance Strickland also of Suture on bass.


2.When did you first get the idea to start this band? And who would you say are Voracious Scourge biggest influences?


I came up with the Idea for the project early in 2017. After a few email conversations, Mike and Adrie jumped on board, then Lance joined about month later after I had everything in place to start recording the EP.

Some of my biggest influences are of course the late 80’s and early 90’s death metal and thrash bands like Suffocation, Sinister, Deicide, Death, Pestilence, Entombed, Exhorder, Paradise Lost, Entombed and so on.


3.Our Demise is Voracious Scourge debut Mcd which is being released through Immortal Souls Prod. how did you and the band come in contact with this label?


Adrie has been friends with Juro (ISP label owner) for many years. He told him about the project and Juro was immediately interested. He contacted me about signing Voracious Scourge to ISP. So he and I worked out a deal we both benefited from. Immortal Souls has been great to us so far. He and I have a good business relationship.

 


4.Does the whole band work on writing the music or does one member write everything? How long does it usually take to write one song?


I write all the material including lyrics. Send out rough demos and everyone puts their own unique twist on it. As far as how long a song takes, I never put a time limit on creating a song. Some come pretty quick while others take weeks to finish. I never rush anything. The song Oracle of Repugnance took 2 days to write, while Harbinger of our own Demise took 2 weeks. It’s funny because you would think it would be the other way around considering the 2 songs themselves.

5.Besides the debut Mcd does the band have any other merchandise available forth readers to buy? If yes what is available and where can the readers buy it?


At the moment Immortal souls are offering Cds, and T-shirts. But its my understanding Vinyl versions and Cassettes will be available in the very near future. Please visit immortalsouls.sk

6.Has Voracious Scourge played live yet? If yes what have been some of the bands most memorable shows?

No, we all live worlds away from each other. A live show is not probable but it’s also not impossible, it would just need the right motivation behind it. Motivation meaning funding.


7.Has the band started working on new music for the next release? Will it be a Mcd or would you like to work towards a full length?


Yes, I have started working on new material. The next release will be a full length. I am hoping we can be finished recording it later this year for a 2019 release. But who knows, if things fall into place quickly, maybe it might even be sooner. Like a late 2018 release. I definitely do not want to be a band that takes 2 years to put out releases. Especially since we are not built for touring.


8. I believe all the members of the band have been active in the metal underground since the mid 90's what is it that has kept you doing this for so long?


Sorry for such a short answer but, The love and passion for creating extreme music fuels me, that’s it.

9.How would you say the underground scene has changed or evolved since the 90's to present day?


Other than the fact the scene is still thriving and healthy with tons of great and unique bands. I can say the “real quality” bands from back in the day, mainly the forefathers, have withstood the test of time. While all the pretenders and bandwagon bands (and fans for that fact) have fallen off the map.

10.When you need to take a break from writing music or band business what do you like to do in your free time?


Spend time with my family. That’s the most important thing to me in life next to Voracious Scourge.

11.Thank you for taking the time to fill this interview out do you have any final comments for the readers?


Thank you very much Patrick for the interview, I really appreciate it. I am also very humbled by the show of love and support we have been receiving so far regarding our new Ep "Our Demise". Please Visit Immortal Souls Productions, they put a lot of their faith, hard work and support into us by releasing our ep. Stop by our Facebook page give us a like, a share, or send us a message letting us know if you liked the ep. Once again Thank you and stay brutal My friends!

Band Contact
https://www.facebook.com/voraciousscourge/

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http://www.immortalsouls.sk/
https://slovakmetalarmy.bandcamp.com/
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ANCIENT VISIONZ RADIO AIRING TOMORROW WITH 2 SHOWS & 2 GUESTS!


Hey all, I'll be on air tomorrow with 2 episodes of Ancient Visionz Radio featuring a singer/song writer and a metal band. The first show airs 1-3pm EST/6-8pm UK and the seconds follows at 4-6pm EST/9-11pm UK. Full details later today.