Wednesday, 31 August 2016


 I would like to say thank you all for supporting the re-branding of Ancient Visionz, and for recognizing that we wish to present features from all scenes ranging from film to music. Currently, I'm working through a few updates, which need to be cleared, but soon I'll post a review of a supernatural comic called The Shepherd, and the sci-fi comedy web tv series, Dead Drift.

  Since Brutal Existence Radio closed, my time was, and still is, invested in exploring options for me to continue The Wastelands radio show. I've also been asked if I would bring back Crimson Bones Thrash Metal show, and do a underground hip hop podcast. I'm liaising closely with my Brutal Existence Radio family, and I'm still looking at cross promoting with my friends such as Metal Mark.  

More news soon. 1 love. 


Luke Cage | Clip: "Haven't Heard" [HD] | Netflix

 Before any new updates or news, if you haven't yet seen the latest Luke Cage clip, then here it is, so stoked for this show.

Tuesday, 30 August 2016




 Zetkin are a blackened crust thrash band from Austria, and manage to make me very excited! I liked their debut EP Vanguard as soon as I heard it, which was due to the raw crusty vibe flowing throughout their music. Sometimes, nothing beats unfiltered stripped down rawness, especially if containing punk influences. Zetkin provide us with a good example of why this works so well. 

  Recently we had the Olympics, but I partake in another sport worthy of gold medals. Would you like to know what it is? I'm going to tell you, it is the very noble pastime of walking into a living room, and gazing at a sofa in a mean manner, then pointing fiercely whilst you warm up your mosh face, then move the sofa into the middle of the room stating 'oh are you going to be jumped over!'. Proceed to turn up the volume on music player, then jump back and forth engaging in sofa hurdles, whilst raw music plays. 

  Personally, if the world's most terrible sport, 'golf', can be made into an Olympic sport, then there is hope for sofa mosh hurdles. Vanguard is a good debut EP, appealing to people from both the metal and punk spectrum, and is energetic, unfiltered, crusty thrash. 

Vanguard is available from Zetkin's Bandcamp as name your price, but shirts are also in stock.

Ade - Carthago Delenda Est, 2016 (Death Metal, Romano Death Metal)

Track Listing for ‘CARTHAGO DELENDA EST’
I. Carthago Delenda Est
II. Across the Wolf's Blood
III. Annibalem
IV. With Tooth and Nail
V. Dark Days of Rome
VI. Scipio Indomitus Victor
VII. Mare Nostrum
VIII. Zama: Where Tusks are Buried
IX. Excidium
X. Sowing Salt

 The title of Ade's new album 'Carthago Delenda Est', alludes to the setting for the LP, which is the Punic Wars between Rome and the Carthaginians, later resulting in the total devastation and sacking of Carthage. It was a turbulent time for the whole Mediterranean world, spit in two, with each power vying for dominance.

  Ade transport us back to this time with their music, and it's awesome when bands/artists create a different theme to the usual. Yes, there is Nile, and other bands basing music on ancient Egypt and Sumeria, but the Roman culture hasn't been at the forefront in death metal.

  Ade's last album Spartacus, was a classic, and the nerd in me, instantly thought of the Spartacus TV series. With that being said, in true geek style let me then ask "is Carthago Delenda Est fit for purpose? Very much so, but is it better than Spartacus? I would say they are maybe about the same, but there isn't much to separate them. The difference I noticed when listening to Carthago over and over, is the brutality, it is heavier than Spartacus, but retains the historical atmosphere associated with Ade. 

  When I hear music of any genre approach a style with something different, I always nerd so much, and it captivates my imagination. If you are fan of ancient history, then Ade will hold your attention, and take you on a musical journey through the ancient Roman world. I can see legions engaging with Hannibal's troops whilst listening to Carthago Delenda Est, or ships embarking upon the journey to meet the Carthaginians. 

  I can't say this enough, and no doubt will mention this again and again, but I really, really hope, a film maker, one day is brave enough to start using music such as this in movies or series focusing on various eras.  

  Overall, Carthago Delenda Est is a fine album, with a level of depth displaying the clear hard work and time taken in developing the LP. We are taken for a ride with Ancient Rome, whilst Ade narrates the story for our ears, allowing our imagination to take us back to a long forgotten world. 

  If you enjoy concept music and albums, then you will not be disappointed with Carthago Delenda Est. Go pick up a copy, and transform yourself into Maximus Moshimus!

Awesome work guys. Carthago Delenda Est is available from Xtreem Music, and the links are below.

Ade Merch:

Xtreem Music:




Monday, 29 August 2016


True Masterz & Da Shogunz – Rap Buddhaz (2016) [USA|Netherlands] (UNDERGROUND HIP HOP/BOOM BAP)

 1. Intro
2. Rap Buddhaz
3. Jailhouse (Interlude)
4. For Those That Don’t Know
5. Hawk Eye
6. The Orchard (feat. Killah Priest)
7. Building
8. Verbal Boxing
9. Don’t Front (Skit)
10. Can’t Stop Us
11. City Lightz

 I've been meaning to post a review or at least a recommendation for Rap Buddhaz, but I was swamped with all my other music projects, and radio shows. 

  This is a solid album, which I've listened too many times, it opens up with the album titled track 'Rap Buddhaz', featuring a ragga/rasta MC, boom bap beats, powerful deliveries, and the timing flows well. The rasta side to me enjoyed this track a lot, but it is a good tone for the rest of the LP.

  Rap Buddhaz is a link up between True Masterz (US), and Da Shogunz (Netherlands). J-Mega, of True Masterz, is featured heavily on Rap Buddaz, and I haven't heard him since I had listened to early tracks on various hip hop albums, mix tapes, and compilations. I was never a huge fan of his style, and by that I'm not meaning he wasn't any good. But, he really does shine on this release with a very clear, concise, and consistent flow, which catches and holds my attention.

  The range of Rap Buddhaz is good, we go from up tempo boom bap, to chilled slower paced tracks ideal for relaxing or thinking. Lyrically, it's a conscious LP, covering topics and concepts now missing from the mainstream. 

  The beats and samples are good, the music intertwines with the MCs, as demonstrated on tracks such as Verbal Boxing. There are also notable jazzy west coast influences, especially on the closing track City Lightz, which closes the album nicely. I guess it's that kind of chilled urban feel too, and I'd listen to this on the train or when running. In-fact I actually did listen to the album whilst running. 

  My personal favorite tracks were: Rap Buddhaz, Hawk Eye, The Orchard (really nice track featuring Killah Priest), Verbal Boxing, and City Lightz. I hope these two crews work together on future music, as they clearly invest time when constructing, crafting, and creating music.

  Rap Buddhas is available from Bandcamp as name your price, and it's a worthy LP.






 A few weeks ago, I came across Chaosbringer, and knew I had stumbled on something quite special, which led to me featuring them on The Wastelands, including the recent random podcast edition. Myself and Metal Mark (Audio Aggression) found them to be very worthy of a particular special jacket. So, I'll continue, but warning, I was pumped up when I wrote this, think of the next Avengers movie, but with the music of Chaosbringer. Can you imagine the Avengers or Captain Marvel engaging Thanos with Chaosbringer as the soundtrack? I can!

   Oh man, just oh man. There is no other way to describe Chaosbringer, but with excitement, and prepare to pass out! Here are some guidelines I advise when listening to Chaosbringer: get a Saxon battle metal jacket, sweat pants (you will sweat buckets when you listen to Chaosbringer), and a mosh zone, start running in circles with a mean mosh face like you beat constipation for the first time.

  Chaosbringer are real, old school dm worship of so many bands I could list, but they do it really well. Mid tempo, powerful riffs, and film makers, please start using this music in sci-fi movies!

  Chaosbringer's 'Immersion In Darkness' EP should also appeal to crust punks, as there is enough crust to crossover into that scene. The EP is available for free download from their Bandcamp, and go to the mosh zone asap! Let's do it! Awesome work guys, and I want to hear more. I want to fall on the floor saying 'ohhhhhhhh' when the next release arrives.

Sunday, 28 August 2016


 Just a quick post to update you all again on the future of The Wastelands. There are a few options I'm looking into atm, but the show is not over or done. I did a random podcast today, which is something I'm going to explore outside of a live show. I'm still liaising closely with my Brutal Existence Radio family, so the cross promotion, and the bond will remain intact. The Brutal Existence Radio spirit will be carried with us all.

  I'm also considering a separate underground hip hop edition, as I miss doing something to help my hip hop friends.

A live edition of The Wastelands will return soon.

1 love to all my friends from all music scenes, indie film, and comics.




 The Wanderer will return live with The Wastelands soon! This edition is themed around sci fi and post apocalyptic movies/comics/games. A fun filled show featuring the best from both punk & metal.  

A random podcast edition, which is something we are considering alongside a live show. The cursing is back, so please avoid if offended by very eccentric humor. 

Thx to the PR companies/bands/friends that support my shows. 1. 


Full Streaming/DL link:

Featured: Brutal DM, Slam, DM, Old School DM, Thrash, Crust, D-Beat, HC, HC Punk, Billy Bond, singing, silly cursing (for humor), Saxon Jackets, & hosted by a silly person.   

Dehumanized - Abyss Ambassador (3.18)
Demonbreed - Perish (4.45)
Chaosbringer - Corrupted Reality (5.18)
Disevered - Eternal Life Obliteration (2.10)
Ade - Annibalem 5.06)
Exilent - Ferryman (3:15)
Ataraxia - Bratstvo neohrozenych (2:18)
Disclone - Unnecessary Violence (1:02)
Disclone - Mother nature (2:10)
Pure Disgust - Scumbag (1:39)
Aggravator - Target Obliteration (3:26)
The Hammer - Wide Awake (1:42)
Violent Exit - Am I Here? (1:19)
Pure Disgust - Scumbag (1:39)
Blindside USA - Painkiller (1:41)
Ulthar - III (4:18)
Repression Attack - New Era (3:25)
Bloodstrike - Bloodrotten


 Ancient Visionz has under gone a re-brand, it was time to once again include music as part of the site, providing a vibrant, healthy, and inclusive format. 

We cover:

* Indie Film, movie news, comics, and sci-fi.

* Metal/punk genres: Death Metal, Thrash, Doom, Crust, D-Beat, Grind, HC Punk, and so on.

* Other music we feature: Underground Hip Hop.

* Outside of promotion through the site, I host various radio shows, showcasing some of my favorite music from the underground scenes. 

* The Wastelands Punk/Metal Radio news/updates/dls/play lists


Saturday, 27 August 2016


 Hey all, I'm live via the chat radio show app for a short set of mosh & an update on what's happening with The Wastelands. Not sure how this will stand up for an audio streamed show, but until I figure out what is happening regarding my shows, feel free to tune in via the app on front of the Ancient Visionz site @

Interview with Neurogenic done by Patrick on 8-27-16

Here   is  a   new  interview  with  Neurogenic   who  play  a  form  of  brutal  death  metal  with  elements  of  a  few  genres.  If  you  are  a  fan  of   brutality  then  be  sure to  pick  up  a  copy  of  the  band's  debut  cd  "Ourboric  Stagnation"  through  the   mighty  Comatose  Music.Read  the  interview   and  be  sure to  check  this  band  out  today.

Interview  with  Neurogenic    done  by   Patrick 

1. Hello  what  gave  you  the  idea  to  form    Neurogenic   and  how  did you  come  up  with  the   name  of  the  band?

Greetings. I just wanted to create a high speed technical death metal band and I think that is what we got as a result. The band name means "dysfunction of a nervous system". I took a long time to make up a name but in the end I think the result is very fitting, cuz our music will destroy the nervous
system of unprepared listener, haha.

2. I  believe  each  member  of  the  band  lives  in a   different  country  how  did  you  all  first  meet  and  decide  to   work on  a  band? What   is  the  current   line-up  of  the  band?

We first met at facebook lol. I have played with Anton (our bass player) earlier, we recorded Back Door to Asylum "Cerberus Millenia" with him, the album was released on Amputated Vein Records in 2014. Our line up hasn't changed since 2012: Matteo Bazzanella - (Indecent Excision) - vocals, Anton Zhikharev (Fleshbomb) - bass, Marco Pitruzzella (Six Feet Under) - drums and me on the guitar.

3. Neurogenic    is  getting  ready  to   release  their debut  cd  "Ourboric  Stagnation" through  the  mighty   Comatose  Music  how  did  you  all  come  in  contact  with  this   great   label?

We had a lot of offers from different labels, but we decided to go along with Comatose Music in the end and are very glad we did. We're very happy with the label's support and with everything that he has done for us and continues to do!

4. How  long  did  it  take  the  band  to  write  the  music   on  the  debut  cd?Does  each  member  contribute  to  the  song   writing  or  does  one  member   usually  write  everything?

The writing and guitars were finished in the beginning of 2013, it took few more years to record the instruments of the other band members and guest vocalists. Yes, every band member had invested in the album. I made some raw parts of all the instruments but left a lot of space for individual creativity for every member so all the guys recorded and made their parts sound as they like.

5. Who  usually  writes  the  lyrics  for  the   music  and  what  are  some  topics  you  all  write  about?Which   usually   comes  first  the  music  or  the  lyrics?

All the lyrics parts were handled by our vocalist. The topics are underworld, insanity and other nasties. The music comes first in our camp, lyrics are written when everything else is done.

6. Besides  the  debut  cd  "Ourboric   Stagnation"  coming  out  September does  the  band  have   any   other   merchandise  available  for the  readers?  And  if  yes   where   can  the  readers  buy  it  from?

We released some stuff in the past sure, but as far as the new album, you can order the new shirts from the label's

7. In  your   opinions  what  is  the  best   and  worst   thing  about  the  underground  metal  scene  today?

I really like that the underground is like a big family in which many peeps help each other and try to hold on to each other. What I don't like is the modern plastic sound, but this applies to the modern metal scene in general.


8. Besides  brutal  death  metal  do  you  all  listen  to  any  other  forms  of  metal   or  music  in  general?

I generally like to listen to all kinds of music and don't restrict myself to death metal only, which everybody should do too I think.

9. As  mentioned  you  all  live   in  different   countries   what  are  the  metal  scenes   like  in  your  countries  and  area's  you  live  in?

I live in the far north of the Arctic Circle and we have a few ok metal bands, but nobody plays or listens to death metal here.

10. You  all  work  with  different  bands  when  not  working    in   Neurogenic    please  tell  the  readers  a  little  about  your  other  bands?

Marco is recording some new stuff for Six Feet Under. Me, Matteo and Anton are working on the new material for our bands I mentioned earlier. I also have created a new band recently, called Imprecated. I like to think of it like an unholy slam.

11. Besides   music   we  are  big  movie  fans   here  at the  wasteland's  do  you  all  watch  a lot  of  movies?   What  are  some  of  your   all-time  favorite  movies?

I love movies a lot and a lot of them, can't just mention enough of them hah.

12. Who   are  some  of  your   favorite  actresses and  actors? 

Hard to tell cuz some movies show a very good actor play but not so good play in another movie. Let it be Leonardo DiCaprio. He finally got his oscar recently and I'm glad he did, he's a pretty talented at what he does.


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

Thanks a lot for all the questions. It was a pleasure to go through them. To everybody who reads this: Support the underground, because YOU ARE THE UNDERGROUND!

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Australian Thrashers Hellbringer interview done on 8-27-16 by Patrick‏

 Here is  another  interview  this  time  it  is  with  the  Australian  thrashers   Hellbringer   who do  have  elements  of  early  black  metal  mixed  within  the  thrashing  chaos.Hellbringer  is  getting  ready to  release  their  second  cd  "Awakened From The Abyss"  for  all those  into  early  U.S  And  German  thrash  defintly  give  Hellbringer  a   listen  today

Interview   with   Josh   drummer   of  Hellbringer   done  by   Patrick

1.Hello  Josh  how  are  things  in  Australia  these days?  Please  introduce yourself  to  the  readers?
Same old shit really. Mundane stuff such as working and all that. Our new album "Awakened from the Abyss" has just come out and our next gig isn't until September so we have taken a short break from rehearsals.

2.When  did you  first  discover  metal  music  and  who   were  some  of the  first  bands  you  heard?
I discovered it in high school. I got into though bands like Metallica, Slayer, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest etc.
I actually think my brother Luke who is also in the band had discovered Metallica first and showed me. We both loved it and it went from there!
3.When  did you  get the  idea  to  start   Hellbringer  and  what  is  the  current  line up  of  the  band?

The idea to start a band came about in high school too. We had a mate at the time who was also into the same kind of music who played guitar. 
We got him in and decided to start jamming. We eventually started writing some material. Straight away we know the sort of thrash we wanted to play. Heavily influenced by bands like Sodom, Slayer, Destruction and so on it went from there!
 4. Hellbringer    is  getting  ready  to  release their  second  cd  "Awakened  From  The Abyss"  does  the   whole  band  work  on  writing the  music  or  does  one  member  usually  write  everything?How  long   does   it  usually   take  to  complete   one  song?

Awakened from the Abyss was kind of a joint effort but mainly Luke and James wrote most of the riffs. I came up with a few but I more come up with ideas about structure, beats and that sort of thing.
It's hard to say how long it takes to finish a song really. It totally depends on how many ideas/inspiration we have and how the flow is going.
There's just no particular answer. Some can take weeks, where we leave it unfinished for a while, then come back to it refreshed when we have more ideas. Some can get done within a couple rehearsals.
 5.Besides  the   new  release  "Awakened  From  The Abyss"  are  their  any  copies  of the  debut  release  still  available?  Besides  the  cd  releases  does the  band  have  any  other   merchandise   available  to  the readers.And  if  yes   where can  the  readers  buy your  merchandise?
I think you can find some copies of our first album floating around on ebay.
We of course have LPs of Awakened and we have shirts available for sale on our Bandcamp page.
6.Does    Hellbringer    ever  get  to  play  "live"  or  do  you  prefer to  work  in  the  studio
We play live of course. I don't see the point of being in a band if you don't play gigs. The sort of music we play definitely needs to be played live.
In saying that, we also take our studio albums seriously too and make sure that what is represented on that is also done like that live.
7.What  have  been  some  of    Hellbringer's   most  memorable  shows  over the  years? Are their   any  upcoming  tours  or  shows the  readers  should  watch  out  for?

Most memorable would probably be Los Angeles on our recent United States tour. Easily the most wild crowd we have ever played to! They are hungry for it which is totally killer! I've never seen a crowd that intense for one of our shows before.
Maryland Deathfest 2016 on the same tour was also great.
Our next show is in December in Sydney to launch Awakened from the Abyss and then in March we head over to Germany to play Hell over Hammaburg fest. We will also be playing some club shows too.
 8.Josh  in  your   opinion  what  is the  best  and  worst  thing  about  the  underground  scene  today?  And  what  does  underground  metal   mean  to you?

Best thing would be discovering great bands who keep the old spirit alive properly and do it right.
Worst thing would be too many gimmicks, trends and fashion based idiots. The sort of people who put designing a fancy denim vest or something like that ahead of buying the actual music. We try not to associate with people like this though.
I suppose what underground metal means to me is heart, passion and spirit. As cheesy as it sounds but that's what it's about!
9.Josh  you  handle  the  drums  for the  band  when  did you  become  interested   in  playing  drums?  Are you   self taught  or  did  you  take  lessons   when  first   starting  out?
I had always been interested in drums ever since seeing drum kits in music stores as a kid and things like that. My dad also used to play in a rock band and the drums always used to fascinate me. Seemed like a very exciting instrument to me.
I eventually got my own kit. It was a cheap black kit which I can't remember what brand now.
I'm mainly self taught but have had some lessons in the past too. Definitely helps to see how your technique and things like that are.
10.Who   are  some  of your   influences  and  favorite  drummers?  Besides  the drums  do  you  play  any  other   instruments?
Clive Burr - incredibly energetic feel and groove
Dave Lombardo - total power and energy. Made thrash drumming what it is today.
Bill Ward - Underrated drummer. Some incredible beats and fills on that early Sabbath stuff.

No other instruments. I dabbled with guitar when I was kid but it didn't quite take off. I'd like to pick it up again though.
11.Hellbringer     comes  out  of the  legendary  Australian   metal  scene   what  is  your   opinion  of the  scene in  Australia  over the  years?
Not a lot to say about it really. We of course have had a lot of great bands from here over the years like you say but these days it's quiet and not liked it used to be.
The good gigs are few and far between with the good bands rarely playing and there are only a small number of cities that are actually worth playing.
The crowd numbers aren't as big as they used to be (before my time but from what I've been told) but if it is a decent lineup people will still show up. Sometimes from all over. So shows can still be good if they are done right.
12.Who   are your  all-time  favorite  Australian  bands  and  are  their   any  new  bands you  feel  the  readers   should  check  out   soon?

My all time favourite is Armoured Angel hands down. Some other greats are Destroyer 666 of course, Slaughter Lord, Mortal Sin (although really only for their first album as cliched as that sounds), Hobbs Angel of Death.
Although not brand new anymore, I would suggest to check out Convent Guilt. Great, catchy heavy metal.

13.Besides  bands   are  their   any  good  fanzines  or  web-zines you  feel  the readers  should  check  out   soon?  What  about  good  and reliable   labels  and  distro's?
I'm actually not really up to date with a lot of these lately but off the top of my head Voices from the Darkside is a great one. Some quality interviews on there. Recommended!
Some good reliable distros would be High Roller Records, Invictus Productions and some smaller, newer ones, Muerto En La Cruz (USA) and Rush of Power (NOR). They're new, tape labels but they are run by cool guys with the underground spirit. Releasing some great stuff!
14.Other  then  working   with  Hellbringer   do  any  of  the   members   currentl   play   with  any  other  bands?  If  yes   please tell the readers  a   little  about  them?
James plays in a band called Tyrannic which is a mixture of a few different things. Sort of like thrash mixed with doom which is an interesting one. Real cult sort of stuff.
15.Thank  you  Josh  for  taking  the  time  to  fill  this  interview   out   do  you   have   any  final   words  for the  readers?
 Thanks for the questions. Our new album Awakened from the Abyss is out now on High Roller Records!
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Wednesday, 24 August 2016


 I'm still exploring possible radio stations for live dj slots where I could do The Wastelands. We are hoping to maybe develop a separate podcast edition, which would be available for streaming outside of a live dj spot. 

  The other changes coming to The Wastelands will see the end of the no cursing challenge. I think 1-2yrs without cursing has proven the point, that yes, I know when to be sensible. It's time to bring back the fun to the show, so here are the following changes:

* Cursing is back. I'm very polite in RL, but cursing was just a comedy routine for humor, and nothing else. People miss it, and so do I. Time to inject it back into the show.

* Return of old silly characters such as Billy Bond, Jame's Bond's brother, who is licensed to be extremely silly. Sherlock Mosh Holmes, and more stupidly voiced individuals.

* Debut of a new character titled 'The Laughing Man'. 

* Silly singing & motivational mosh speeches telling you to rise from your chairs, but in a hyper manner.  

* Random silly shout outs & promos from friends/bands.

* Crimson Bones & Captain Midnight Mosh. Captain Midnight Mosh will continue to make guest appearances on The Wastelands.

* Possible separate movie reaction podcast. Recently, before Brutal Existence Radio closed, my movie reactions were a welcome edition to The Wastelands, probably because myself and friends were silly. If I do not continue it with The Wastelands, then a possible separate podcast featuring these reactions mixed with a short set of underground music from metal, punk, and hip hop is another option. 

  There are many ideas I'm exploring, but it is time for the return of silly eccentric humor mixed with the usual promotions. A healthy dose of silly is a welcome return for The Wanderer.

More news soon, but for further information about The Wastelands, please go here




The Wastelands Radio Show Seeks A New Station

 Just a quick reminder, The Wastelands is currently seeking a new station to do the show. If you run a station, and would be interested in featuring The Wastelands with live dj slots or a possible separate podcast edition, then contact me @

  Further info, and archives of The Wastelands can be viewed here

Full link to archives & Wastelands show details:

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Wastelands Site Closing Soon & Radio Show News

 Hey all, I'm closing The Wastelands site down soon, and moving everything back to Ancient Visionz. It was extremely difficult to try keep the two sites updated, and I need to run everything from one place again, especially since I will be starting school in October.

  Ancient Visionz will go through a re-brand, which will be kind of back to what it was, all underground music from metal, hc punk, hip hop, with movies, comics, and nerd stuff.

  I'm still figuring out what to do with The Wastelands in terms of outlets to air the show as a podcast too or maybe other live slots on other stations, or more ideas, as people still want to work with me, and I'm always a believer in expanding, and working in more than one scene. It helps strengthen the scenes, so there is much food for thought atm.

All the posts from here will be moved back to Ancient Visionz asap.

Brutal Existence Radio Closure (2008-2016)

 Hey all, and peace! I've been holding off posting this statement for some time, but friends/bands/and many more people are asking where the station has gone, and why isn't The Wastelands airing today?

  A few days ago, Brutal Existence Radio closed it's doors for good. It has hit me real hard, as it was something that was important to me, and I simply love doing the shows to help share/support all of this awesome music. My favorites maybe punk, metal, and hip hop, but I enjoy so many forms of music. Music is truly a wonderful gift that I appreciate so much. 

  Brutal Existence Radio ran from 2008-2016 bringing forth so many forms of metal and punk music, helping niche bands/artists from all over the world. It was a pleasure to be a part of, and I'm extremely grateful for the freedom I was given to play anything underground from metal and hc punk. 

  I tried a few different themes for various shows such as the Stressed Out punk show, Crimson Bones Thrash Radio with Captain Midnight Mosh, Darth Jedi Metal show, and finally, my separate long running hc punk radio show, which evolved into The Wastelands featuring many forms of metal and punk. The freedom and scope for creative expression was something unheard of compared with most organizations. Recently, I started recording movie reviews/reactions to air on The Wastelands, and it proved to be popular. 

  I would like to thank everybody for supporting the station, and the many shows, both past and present. We all gave it 100% and tried our best to keep it going on air. It is not the end, but the beginning of a new chapter for all the staff. Many are seeking new stations, and it would be great if we all can be together again. 

  The Wastelands will continue, and I'm currently looking for a new station where I can to do the show.

  In closing, I want say thank you to all the djs/staff for helping build a very special bastion of mosh. I personally would like to thank my good friends Metal Mark, and Jedi Master Tony, whom tutors me in the ways of the force, and general nerdom. 

  Fowler, thank you for the opportunity, and the great years of not only experience, but friendship as well. Without you man, we wouldn't have been able to do any of this. Hope you stay well, wherever you are.

Thank you all, and see you soon on a new home with The Wastelands! Brutal Existence Radio 2008-2016. 1 love.

Brutal Existence Radio Closure

Hey all, I'm extremely sad atm, and trying to think of some words to say about the closure of Brutal Existence Radio. The Wastelands is off air until I find a new station to do the show. I will post an update later. 1 love.



Oh, I have sailed the sea for a thousand years
Cried a sea of salty tears
And through this storm I found the time
To think of my 'Mosh Days'
And put it to rhyme

Away the lads, here we go
Sailing for bounty lying deep below
We dropped the anchor, let it down,
It came back up caught in a crown.

Oh Captain Midnight he found fame
Now his music shouts his name
He and his mateys they all dance going round and round in a trance

To the mosh they tap their feet
Bodies jerk, bang goes their feet
Music pounding, sweat pouring down
To Captain Midnight's Mosh of Sound

So come and join me in the mosh
Aye lads, show we didn't give a 'tosh'
We're all here to let loose the sound
Before we all go a long way down

To the depths where he now lays
Thinking of his happier days
But we'll keep him alive when we all sing

'Captain Midnight's Mosh will ring

Sweden's Vanhelgd interview is now up done by Patrick on 8-7-16‏

Here  is  a  new  interview   with  Sweden's   Vanhelgd  who  have  just  released their  fourth  cd,lp  "Temple  Of  Phobos   through the  mighty  Dark  Descent  Rec.  so  if you  liked  the  bands  previous  releases   be  sure  to  pick  up  this  release  today.
 If   anyone   is  looking  for  artists  to  work  with  on their  releases  etc...  be sure  to  check  out   Mattias  web-site{web-address  is  in the  first  question}

Interview   with   Mattias Frisk of Vanhelgd   done   by   Patrick 

1.Hello  how   are  things  going  in  Sweden these days? When  did  you  first   meet  the  other   members  of  the  band?

Hi, busy days here in Sweden with the new album coming, interviews and a lot of artwork and illustrations to do for other bands ( , so no vacation for me this summer! It’s the reality for most people working with art and illustrators in Sweden... No fun, just work if you want to make a living from it...

I have known the others in the band for eons. Me (Mattias vocals guitar) and Jimmy (guitar vocals) goes back over 30 years... Björn (drums) and I about 18 years I guess and Jonas (Jonas) and I have known each other for almost 15+ years now...

2.How  did  you  all  choose the  name  Vanhelgd   as  the  band  name?  Does it have a special  meaning?  And what  is  the  current   line-up  for the  band?

All names in English we came up with were already taken so we went for the old Swedish form of “vanhelgad” which means desecrated. It was of course a bad decision since almost no one can pronounce it or knows what it means.  

3.Vanhelgd   is  getting  ready  to  release  the  bands  fourth  album  "Temple  Of  Phobos"   how  long  did  it  take  the  band  to  write the  music  for  this  release?  Does  the  whole  band   work  on  the  music  together  or  does  one  member  usually  write  everything?

I write the most material but I really must stress that the songs wouldn’t be the same without our mutual input in the process of arrangement. For us songwriting is often an uphill battle with ideas that won’t fit together but at some point we can all agree that the song is done and it’s time to go to the next one. We rework everything until it´s the way we like it, so we usually don’t have any extra material for bonus tracks, compilations and B-sides. We started to work with the songs for Temple of Phobos in the summer of 2014 and recorded the album in November/ December 2015.
4.Who  usually  writes  the  lyrics  for  Vanhelgd    and  where  do  you  all  draw  inspiration  for  the   lyrics?

I write all of our lyrics but sometimes I get a line or two suggested by Jonas. I think it’s natural that I write them since I have to sort the vocals out; it would be so much harder if I had to work with someone else’s lyrics. Most often I have a line or two, maybe a verse or a chorus on my phone or in Word.  The inspiration comes from the daily news, art and literature. I usually don’t care much for lyrics but this time I decided to challenge myself and write something better than before. On our previous records there are 1-3 songs on each that I think have lyrics that are ok, but on Temple of Phobos I am happy with most of them. The Swedish lyrics are often better since it´s my native tongue. I can experiment and put more nuances and emotion into them. The English ones are often more "meat and potatoes" generic death metal stuff.

5.As  mentioned   in  a   previous  question  "Temple  Of  Phobos"   is  the   bands  fourth  cd  to  date. How  do you  feel  the  music  has  evolved   and  changed   over  the  years?

When we started the band we had much more of a punk approach towards the music. Our first album was quite diverse with a lot of inconsistency within each song. On our second album “Church of Death” we did a better job with the songs but the album was still quite shattered. “Relics of Sulphur salvation” was the first one we recorded in a proper studio, we stepped up a bit in terms of songwriting and came to understand more how the band worked, what kind of stuff we are good at and so on. Basically I think that “Temple of Phobos” is based upon songs like "Ett liv i träldom" and "Where all flesh is soil", both from "Relics…", we just refined that aspect of Vanhelgd on this album.
But I also think that we did stuff back on both “Church of Death” and even “Cult of Lazarus” that would fit on “Temple of Phobos”. Take "Avlad i synd" from "Cult of Lazarus" for example, it’s a slow piece with some folkish tunes and a lot of emotions... We still play it live and it would have fit good on "Temple.. " so I guess when people say we evolved, taken a new direction or so, I disagree, they don’t see that we been doing songs like this all the time. But now we have more of them on one album. I think our Paradise Lost and My Dying bride influences have become a bit more obvious, they have been there all the time but maybe more in atmosphere than in the actual riffs…

6.Besides  the  newest  cd  "Temple  Of  Phobos"   are  any  of  the  bands  past  releases  still  available   and  if  yes   where  can  the  readers  buy them  from?
 Cult of Lazarus from 2008 can be hard to get these days. We still have a few copies of Church of Death on vinyl at , and Nuclear War Now! might have them as well. “Relics of Sulphur Salvation” is still available from 20 Buck Spin and Pulverised. The EP that we released on Nuclear War Now! In 250 copies is probably really hard to get your hands on. It’s just two songs from me and Jimmy’s former band Ceremonial Execution that we reworked for Vanhelgd.

7.Does  Vanhelgd   play  "live"  very  often  or  do  you  prefer  to  work  in  the  studio? What  have  been  some  of  the  bands  most  memorable  shows  over the  years?

We are definitely more of a studio and rehearsal oriented band than a live act. We did a couple of shows throughout the years, the NWN! show at Blacklands were great, Party-san open air was interesting since we never played a big sage or in the middle of the day or in 36 degrees C…  Nordfest in Sundsvall was cool and Mörkaste Småland is a great festival in Hultsfred that was a blast. When we played Truckstop Alaska the lights went out for a couple of songs… that was an interesting experience. Kill-town was a great festival too but I fucked up quite a lot on that one...


8.In  your   opinion  what  does  underground   metal  mean  to  you?

I’m not really sure what is to be considered underground these days... trends come and go faster and faster, sub cultures are global and small death metal bands are bigger globally than some of our national mainstream pop-artist that are big here in Sweden. So... mainstream metal, mainstream death metal, underground death metal... Is death metal in its widest notion to be considered underground metal? I don’t think so. A lot of bands I consider as “big” seem quite underground in comparison to the scene at large. If you can buy a shirt from a band at a random major online cd store I think it’s hard to talk about underground as “unknown” to the metal audience…  or does underground mean just to be on a small label doing interviews with paper zines and releasing demos on tape?

We were recently played on Swedish Public Service Radio, in a program that most often airs trendy current music, sometimes metal and on rare occasions even Death Metal, punk, HC and Black Metal. They played our song “Gravens Lovsång” just before some stuff with Beyoncé.  I didn’t believe it at first and had to check the playlist online… are we to be considered mainstream death metal suddenly because of some good reviews and radio spins? I think it’s typical for mainstream media here in Sweden to pick up something more or less underground , just one band at the time, trying to be relevant, to show that they know what’s going on, to show off. But most often they have no idea what it’s all about and it feels more like a joke when you´re the only band on the rock side of music being played on the program. It’s like when At the Gates released their recent album, it was all over the main stream media music news, and it was almost the only metal band mentioned in media that year, same thing with, Entombed, Watain, The Haunted and Ghost, like it’s just one metal band releasing an album every year. Considering this metal is always underground, it really depends on which level you are looking and in which context. The results you have are depending on what you are measuring and in which context. But at least we have two good magazines in Swedish that covers a lot: Sweden Rock and Close-Up Magazine.

I think that the underground should not be praised for the sake of being underground, what I think is most important is that you as an artist is honest to yourself and do what you believe is the right path for expressing yourself. Personally I despite most mainstream culture and I´m not a fan of a “Metal Community” at large, I fucking hate those “festival metal heads” running around in plastic Viking hats and kilts making fools of them self... I have nothing in common with them except from that we might both enjoy “Ace of Spades”, I like red wine too and so did probably Jesus, Stalin and UB40... Or  on the other hand those who are there just because it’s cool to listen to death or black metal, like if it’s some sort of fashion, but have no idea about the music at large. But when it comes to dedication, to honesty, pride for the music and understanding the roots I enjoy the underground... 

9.Vanhelgd   comes   out  of  the  Swedish  death  metal  scene   what  is  your  opinion  of  Sweden's  metal scene?

I don’t know many people in the metal scene in Sweden... I don’t live in Stockholm or Gothenburg... there is quite many non-mainstream bands around in our region but not many of them are Death Metal bands, just Maim, Throne of heresy and Tormented. Sweden has a lot of band but there is not much of a scene, at least not here in our part of the country.

10. Who   are  your  all-time  favorite  Swedish bands? And  are  their  any  new  bands  you  feel  the  readers  should  check  out   soon?

Old stuff: Edge of sanity, Entombed, Dismember, Grave, At the Gates, God Macabre…

New Swedish stuff to check out: Maim, Miasmal Throne of heresy, Tormented, Entrails, Skogen, Bombs of hades, Snake tongue, Siberian, Tid…
But I think Finland has a lot of really interesting stuff these days that needs to mentioned:  Desolate Shrine,Lie in ruins, Krypts, Corpsessed, Maveth ( rip), Lantern, Profetus.

11.Besides  bands  are  their  any  good  Swedish  labels  or  distro's  you feel  the readers  should  check  out  soon?  And  are their   any  good  fan  or  web-zines  you    could  recommend  to  the  readers?

 Gaphals/the sign records, I hate records, To the death records, Blood harvest.

12.When  not  working   with   Vanhelgd    do  any  of  the  members  work  and  play  in  other  bands  or  solo  projects?  If  yes  please  tell  the  readers  a  little  about  them?
Jonas  is also in King of Asgard and Björn in Ocean Chief.

Jonas: King of Asgard is some sort of viking history tinged blackened death metal blended with folkish tunes.

Björn: Ehh spaced doom… sort of.

13.What  do  you  all  enjoy  doing  in  your  free  time Any  hobbies?

I don’t think anyone us have any hobbies besides playing music except for Jimmy who is sort of a collector… mainly of vinyls…

14.Thank  you  for  taking  the  time  to  fill  this  interview  out  do  you  all  have   any  words  to  end  the   interview?


/ Mattias Frisk

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