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Interview Pokerface

Interview with DedMoroz (bass) and Doctor (drums) about the Thrash metal band, Pokerface.



Salutations to you both, how things are going?
DedMoroz: Hi, Carla! Everything fine, thanks.
Doctor: Hi, all the best. Thank you!


You’re the bass player of the Russian Thrash metal band called Pokerface. When the band was formed?
DedMoroz: The band Pokerface was formed in Moscow in 2013 by our drummer Doctor and ex-leader Dietrich. I came to the band in Autumn 2014.

You have debuted last year with the album entitled ”Divide and Rule”. Where the recordings took place?
Doctor:  We were not interested in abroad producing – it’s a little bit expensive for DIY release, you know. So album was recorded and mastered in Navaho Studio (Moscow). It’s one of the best studios in Russia. Many heavy bands prefer to have a deal with Navaho. There are talented and outstanding sound engineers in crew. Highly recommend for extreme music.

Were the reviews positive ones for this release? What is the album’s story?
DedMoroz: Yes, almost all reviews were positive. Many well-known magazines and webzines give us average 7,5/10 and sometimes – 9/10. It’s very pleasant to know that we could make the album on such high quality that was warmly met not only in Russia but in Europe in a whole. We started to write this album while we were on tour with Sepultura, but the first song (Killed by Me) was written at the and of 2014. Some songs we remade several times (Human Control, Age of Terrorism) while others were born on the first try (Existence, All is Lie). The title song Divide and Rule was written a few days before the general recording. So, after the Summer Hell Tour we went to the Navaho studio for recording and then mixing and mastering.

The cover art of the album might suggest something…
Doctor: Yeah. The cover is great. It’s real painting, you know? In colors, about 1×1 meter. Exciting picture! The artist, Svetlana Golikova, didn’t have experience in extreme music covers. But she did best. There is a bit sinister scene – Poker with deadmens. You can recognize each deadman, of course. Main meaning of painting – don’t be crazy in playing against the higher justice. Never mind who you are – dictator, terrorist or the richest person in World. No matter.

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Interview: WormHoleDeath records

I had the pleasure to have an interview about WormHoleDeath records with the owner itself, Carlo Bellotti.


Hi Carlo, first I want to thank you accepting answering this interview, how things are going?
Hello Carla. No problem, my pleasure! All in all things are going very well here. Thanx!

First of all, I want you to tell me a small history of WormHoleDeath Records, when did you ”gave birth’’ to this label.
WormHoleDeath was conceived when I asked Emiliano Lanzoni (Aural Music Group) if he could meet me at lunch half way (Imola – Firenze) cause I wanted to talk to him about my idea. He said yes, let’s meet up. I wanted my label to be under a bigger mother company/network to start the work in a very effective way since the beginning. I like Emiliano as a person and Aural Music Group as a company (not to mention the great job done by him with Code666) so I met Emiliano during 2006 and he said that he wanted my label to belong to his group. We made a deal and I started my work. By the end of 2007 (31st December 2007) we announced the beginning of WormHoleDeath. After so many years I am still happy and proud of what we have done together with Aural. I couldn’t be happier actually.

Which were the first bands that have signed a deal with the label?
We signed Onsetcold from England and Lifend from Italy. Both bands are no longer active unfortunately cause they made 2 absolutely amazing albums for us. I am grateful to these guys which wanted to give us their records for release. Afterwards we signed Mechanical God Creation and The Way Of Purity which pushed our label to the next level. With the releases of these 2 bands (respectively CELLXIII and CROSSCORE) we turned from an unknown entity to a more international brand. Both these bands are still with us and I will never let them go unless they do not sign on a bigger label.

Some bands are no longer active or simply did not re-newed the contract with WHD, since last year I see new bands signed: Words That Burn, Lamori, Excruciation, Dark Oath, Norhod, Selfmachine and Shadowdream re-signed with the label, this is a positive thing regarding the label having new bands.
Bands split up, change label etc , I mean, this is part of our job so what can I say. Instead when a band is truly active and dead serious we ask them to release their new efforts with us again, if they are happy with our work. Most of the bands re-signed with us ,signing for a second album is even more exciting than signing for the first time.

Since the label’s existence there are more than 80 releases and the number continues to grow…
Our catalougue is actually at release number 115 if you include EP’s, distribution and digital releases. Some releases have been removed from the catalogue when our licensing rights expired. We release an average of 12 albums per year, but we do not release one per month. We prefer to release batches of 2-3 albums per time. Is more effective for such a small company like we are.

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Interview: Nu Nation

Interview with Alexander Maiden, guitarist in the Russian Deathcore metal band, Nu Nation.

By Carla Morton

10492422_665426303525713_4029494868343541936_nHi Maiden, how are you?
Hey Carla, I’m fine, thanks a lot! Working hard on a new album for Nu-Nation.

Tell me a few words when did Nu Nation was formed.
The band was formed in 2009 when some people and I decided to make a new band playing in vein of Sepultura and Soulfly. We all left the bands we played before and started to work on songs.

Until now, you have released an EP and a LP, tell me about them.
Apart from the debut Art Of Riot EP’2010 We have 2 LP released: Wake Up’2012 and The Awakening’2014. The first album is groovy alternative metal, but after some lineup changes we released the second one, it’s a kinda of mix of different styles, based on oldschool nu-metal but influenced by another music we like. I can say that it’s a bridge from the old NU-NATION we had in 2012 on ‘Wake Up’ album to the nowadays band. Now we are mixing everything, from black metal to modern djent.

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