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(interview) HORN PROJECT : Religions are only about power while spiritualism is about one s own development!

Long time no interview in this zine. Horn Project is interesting entity and it was an absolute pleasure to do a chat with them for my webzine. Here it is:

First of all, hails from Croatia and welcome to Kraykulla Webzine. Could you tell a bit more about musical entity called Horn Project for readers who didn´t hear of your opus yet?

Thanks for the invitation, Horn Project is a Melodic Black Metal project. I think everyone should listen to it and make up their own mind.

As I understand, you are a one man black metal band, did you play live yet, or are there any plans maybe to play live with session musicians?

Yes, that’s right, Horn Project is a solo project. However, without the help of Christian Wieser (drumcomputer, guest solos and mix) and Max Carreri (voice) the album would never have been made. Since it is a solo project and I don’t have much time, there probably won’t be any live gigs. Let’s see what the future brings.

Your debut album is coming out in October. How was the writing and recording process? How do you write songs? What comes first, riffs or lyrics? As far as I understand your lyrics deal more with spiritual and mythological themes. Are you a spiritual person? What do the lyrics mean for you?

When I started the project in 2018, everything was new territory for me. I have never recorded professionally.  But with the help of Christian Wieser I learned quite quickly to deal with the programs. First I wrote the guitar tracks and sent them to Christian who then programmed the drums. As soon as I had the mix I could write the bass and keyboard. I always had a concept in mind, but wrote the lyrics as soon as all the songs were finished. For many years I have been dealing with spiritual topics, especially shamanism, natural philosophy and buddism. Spirituality has nothing or at least almost nothing to do with religion, if at all there are small remnants in religion. In my opinion, religions are only about power, while spiritualism is about one’s own development. The more one deals with spiritual topics, the better he can understand oneself and thus live better or, better said, accept many things more easily. Therefore, it was clear to me from the beginning that I have to deal with spiritual themes.

How did the cooperation with Planet K Records come about? Is there going to be physical release or only digital?

I uploaded some songs on Bandcamp where Planet K Records noticed me and reached out to me. Thanks again to Planet K Records for the professional support. The CD will be available digitally and also physically.

How is the underground music scene in the place where you live?

I live in a rural area where there is a small but dedicated scene.  I think South Tyrol has a lot to offer in the field of metal, we really have a lot of talented musicians. Innsbruck or Munich is also not so far away so we can see bands from all over the world.

Are there any notorious or scary urban legends in the area where you live?

Yes, there are many legends and tales that revolve around a man named Pfeifer Huisile. In the legends it is said that he had a pact with the devil and there are many crazy stories about how he brought disaster among the people.

Let´s talk about horror. Do you love horror movies and literature? If you do, what are your favorites? Mine are old Hammer horror movies and found footage, also golden era slashers from early eighties.

No, actually I hardly ever watch movies. I’m more of a documentary person. Mainly nature and astronomy documentaries.

I read somewhere that black metal isn´t black metal if it is not Satanic. Do you agree on that? I personally don´t.

There is certainly a small Satanic scene, but I think that most Black Metallers are philosophical or rather shamanic in nature. Maybe it only looks like that to me because I am like that.

What are plans for immediate future? Classic for the end, is there anything you would like to add? Thank you!

Let’s see how Illusions of Maya is received. My goal would be to release a 2nd album, it will take a few years but the will is there.
I want to thank all the people who made this project possible especially Christian Wieser (Drumcomputer, Mix, Guest Solos) Samuel Stelzer (Album Cover) Max Carreri (Voice) Felix Tock (Video) , Hannes Grossmann (Mastering) and Planet K Records.
And a big thank you to you Kraykulla Webzine!

(interview) Love Equals Death are back!

Love Equals Death from California are back with interesting releases and plans, so it was about time for me to talk with Chon Travis about various topics for my webzine.

HI GUYS, NICE TO FEATURE YOU IN MY ZINE. WHATS UP? CAN YOU TELL THE READERS SOMETHING ABOUT THE HISTORY OF LOVE EQUALS DEATH FOR THE READERS WHO DID NOT HEAR OF YOU? THE NAME OF THE BAND IS VERY INTERESTING.

Thank you for the interview, we are very grateful that you chose us. Love Equals Death is a band that started in early 2000’s in Northern California and split up around 2010 and reformed in 2019. The name means different things to different members of the band. To me(Chon), Love Equals the Death of fear, hate, and validation. To others it means that if you love something too much, you can kill it. Like a cat for instance. If you squeeze your cat too hard, because you love it so much, you are likely to kill it by suffocation.

TALK OF THE DAY IS YOUR NEW RELEASE. WHAT CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT THE SPLIT WITH THE STATIC AGE AND ALSO YOUR NEW SINGLE? HOW WAS THE WRITING AND RECORDING PROCESS? YOU GUYS HAVE SUCH NICE MELODIES AND HARMONIES IN VOCAL AND MUSIC LINES, SO WHAT COMES FIRST, LYRICS OR RIFFS AND MUSIC? WHERE CAN WE GET/BUY YOUR NEW RECORD? HOW DID YOU GET IN TOUCH WITH SBAM RECORDS?

I would first like to give enormous praise to Felix, Stefan, Adam, Tim, and The Static Age. What an amazing group of people. I have never been so happy to work with this group. The Split is a great appetizer. I think it helped get us in the writing mode for what’s to come and we also got to enjoy a band we never heard before in The Static Age. When writing songs, it varies. Sometimes a melody will come first, sometmes a lyric will appear to one of us, and sometimes you’ll hear a riff in your head that you can’t stop thinking about and if either one of those thrives with the whole group, then you usually get a song out of it. If you’re lucky. Thank you about the melodies and harmonies. The new record will be out on SBAM and will be available through them and various music outlets. We were introduced to SBAM by Mr. Felix Willinkonsky of Flix Agency. One of the coolest humans alive.

YOU DELIVER PERSONAL THEMES IN YOUR LYRICS TO THE SONGS, DO YOU THINK THAT THERE ARE TOO LITTLE POLITICAL PUNK BANDS LEFT IN THE SCENE AND THAT PUNK SCENE LOST ITS TOUCH WITH BEING PROVOCATIVE, ANGRY AND REBELlOUS?

You’re absolutely correct. I tend to write from a personal perspective, because it’s easier for me to write about real things that I have experienced rather than things that I’ve only heard about from someone else. I agree also that punk rock has gotten sod in it’s political stance across the board as well as that aggression that drew us all to it in the first place. I like the balance of both personal and political. I also think that the Casualties really deliver the anger, the politics, and the presence of trad punk rock all the way around.

DID YOU GUYS TOUR A LOT? DID YOU DO A EUROPEAN TOUR? WHAT ARE THE MAIN DIFFERENCES BETWEEN EUROPEAN SCENE AND CROWD AND BACK IN USA? ANY FUNNY TOUR STORIES?

We toured often. We were always on the road and yes, we did tour Europe. There’s not much difference in the two. We have a good time wherever we go. We’re just grateful to meet new people and see old friends. Oh, and there’s always something funny going on…trust me!

WILL THE NEW RECORD BE IN PHYSICAL FORM(CD) OR ONLY DIGITAL? DO YOU BELIEVE THAT BANDS CAN STILL SELL ENOUGH HARD COPIES OF THEIR RECORDS NOWADAYS OR IS DIGITAL THE RELEASE FORM OF THE FUTURE?

From what I understand, the new record will be available in hard copy form, digital, and vinyl. I think that digital might be the way to go now, but there’s plenty enough people who prefer hard copies for them to be successful as well in this day and age.

WHAT WERE YOUR MUSICAL INFLUENCES GROWING UP AND WRITING AS A BAND? TO REPHRASE THE QUESTION, CAN YOU STILL REMEMBER THE FIRST PUNKROCK/HARDCORE SHOW YOU WENT TO?

Aha!? My influences growing up were Bad Religion, GBH, Social Distortion, NOFX, Jawbreaker and mostly The Misfits and Generation X. My first punk rock show was GBH, The Cro-Mags, and Death Angel. It was hard fucking core.

WHAT IS YOUR STANCE ON THIS COVID VIRUS AND ALL THE PROPAGANDA? HOAX? CONSPIRACY THEORISTS HEAVEN OR SOMETHING ELSE?

I feel that people are going to believe whatever they want no matter the truth or lies. Some of us can feel that there’s something wrong with the information and there’s a lot of us who will believe whatever new information is being fed is the gospel, even if it’s contradictory. It’s sad to watch people divided in any case.

WHAT CAN YOU SAY WERE YOUR PEAKS AS A BAND AND YOUR LOWEST POINTS ALSO? WERE YOU DISAPPOINTED A LOT OF TIMES?

The peaks of the band had to be the signing with Fat Wreck Chords, reforming the band in 2019, and signing with SBAM. The lows were splitting up, but because the band started up again, I can erase it. As far as disappointment goes, never.

WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO PAY BILLS AND SURVIVE BESIDES PLAYING IN THE BAND? HOW IS LIFE IN AMERICA GENERALLY?

To pay bills, I buy and sell abandoned property through lien sales and auctions. It’s super fun going to auctions and bidding. Life in America is difficult for a lot of people right now. We are going through an identity crisis it seems. We are at a crossroads with racism and I think that we will see a big change very soon where it’s concerned and I believe the outcome will shock everyone in a good way. I’m always hopeful.

THIS IS IT FOR THE FIRST TIME. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS ONE. ANY WISE WORDS FOR THE END?

Thank you so much for the interview and my last words of wisdom would be, “If your heart is not in it, you need to also remove yourself”. -Chon Travis (Love Equals Death).

(interview) Bull Brigade: History tends to repeat itself and the signs are clear out there.

There are lot of things going on for Italian streetpunks Bull Brigade because they will release new record with Demons Run Amok Entertainment and also they are celebrating 15 years, so it was time for me to talk with them a bit for my zine.

I BELIEVE THIS IS NOT YOUR FIRST INTERVIEW FOR SOME CROATIAN MEDIA, BUT STILL, CAN YOU PRESENT BULL BRIGADE IN A COUPLE OF WORDS TO THE READERS OF THIS ZINE WHO DIDN´T HEAR YOUR MUSIC YET?

Bull Brigade started in 2006 in Turin, we’ve recorded two full length albums and a bunch of singles so far. We play street punk but in the last few years our sound evolved a lot towards more melodic punk rock. In the last 15 years we played all around Europe and South America. We’ve been lucky to play the Balkans three times so far, twice in Zagreb and once in Novi Sad.

THE TALK IS YOU GUYS ARE RECORDING NEW ALBUM AND IT WILL BE OUT, IF I AM NOT MISTAKEN WITH DEMONS RUN AMOK ENTERTAINMENT, SO CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT THE WRITING PROCESS, WHAT WILL THE SONGS BE LIKE? WHAT CAN WE EXPECT? MAYBE SOME SURPRISES CONCERNING GUEST PERFORMANCES?

We started writing new songs during the Vita libertà tour cycle, right after that we decided to take a break and that was followed by the COVID-19 pandemic. That meant we had several months to polish our material, spend more time on lyrics and melodies and eventually creating an album we’re really proud of. The record will be out on Demons Run Amok, a German label we started collaborating with a few months ago. We’re very happy with the relationship we’ve established with them and we’re hoping to meet expectations because this is a very critical moment in our career as a band. We have several guests on this album but we prefer not to disclose any spoiler yet.

WHAT COMES FIRST IN WRITING SONGS, MUSIC OR LYRICS?

We have songs that were written after the lyrics and others that were written instrumentally, we don’t really have a set of rules… we tend to go with the flow.

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WHAT ARE THEMES FOR LYRICS ON THE NEW RECORD? IS IT EASIER FOR YOU TO SING IN ENGLISH OR ITALIAN?

This album “IL FUOCO NON SI E’ SPENTO” is very introspective and personal, I used it as an outlet to write about what happened in my life in the last few years… having two kids, getting married, losing my dad, loving my football team. But I also wrote about the struggle of the working-class suburban kids in general.

IS THE NEW RECORD GOING TO BE PHYSICAL RELEASE(VINYL, CD, CASSETTE) OR ONLY DIGITAL FOR STARTERS AND THEN LATER ON PHYSICAL?

The new album will have both a physical (vinyl, cd) and digital release.

HOW MUCH IS DIY PUNK ETHICS IMPORTANT FOR YOU AS A BAND AND AS INDIVIDUALS?

Undoubtedly the DIY attitude had a major impact on us as a growing band and as individuals. We spent most of our youth in a very DIY scene and now approaching our fourties we can proudly say we have no regrets.

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ALSO, IN MARCH YOU GUYS CELEBRATE YOUR FIFTEENTH ANNIVERSARY. THIS IS ALREADY RESPECTABLE NUMBER OF YEARS, HOW DO YOU GUYS PLAN TO CELEBRATE IT? ANY PLANS YET OR ARE YOU WAITING FOR COVID SHIT TO SLOW DOWN AT LAST?

For sure the 15 years anniversary is a major landmark in a career full of beautiful memories. We are really gutted we can’t celebrate it on stage but we will definitely come back stronger than ever after the pandemic ends.

IN THESE FIFTEEN YEARS, WHAT ARE TOP THREE BEST MEMORIES AND TOP THREE WORST MEMORIES?

Best memories:

1) playing South America for the first time

2) playing the St Pauli skinhead anniversary

3) playing with Cock Sparrer in Venice

Worst memories:

1) destroying my knee on stage in France

2) driving from Portugal back to Turin after all flights were cancelled

3) the day our first drummer Stevie Cemento left the band

HOW IS LIFE IN ITALY IN GENERAL? WHAT DO YOU GUYS DO FOR A LIVING? HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH COVID NO GIGS DEPRESSION?

The situation in Italy is pretty depressing, the pandemic exposed how unsustainable our economic system is. A large portion of our society has been essentially abandoned with no income. Thankfully we never supported our families with music, we all have full time jobs still.

I RECENTLY WATCHED A DOCUMENTARY ABOUT WITCHES AND ALL HYSTERIA BLAMING SOMEONE FOR POVERTY AND MISERY AND MANIPULATING PEOPLE WHO ARE MISERABLE TOWARDS SOMEONE WHO IS SUPPOSEDLY TO BLAME FOR THEIR MISERY. DO YOU GUYS THINK THAT EUROPE IS A BIT SIMILAR AND DANGEROUS BECOMING SIMILAR TO LATE THIRTIES OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY AND RISE OF FASCISM AND HATRED CAN BE STOPPED?

History tends to repeat itself and the signs are clear out there. The anti-fascist message we always spread now resonates more than ever.

THIS IS ALL FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MY WEBZINE. THANK YOU SO MUCH. FOR END, TYPICAL ZINE QUESTION, ANY LAST WORDS YOU WOULD LIKE TO SAY AND I DIDN´T ASK YOU?

Thank you for giving us this great opportunity and congratulations on your remarkable work for the scene. We hope to catch up with you soon in the Balkans, a part of the world we’re very fond of. See you on the road!