SILENT LEGES INTER ARMA

SILENT LEGES INTER ARMA came to me as a blank. After having checked them out I just had to interview them. Anders Ekdahl ©2012

OK, let’s start with the name. Why such a long and hard to decipher band name?
-We chose our name because of our interpretation of that kind of idiom – Whatever it may be – find what you love and do keep it on fire till you die. Concerning our music it means that it just doesn’t matter whether we create “modern” or rather “classical” riffs– it has to sound good. That’s just what we want.

Can you explain to me why so many black/extreme metal bands have an almost militaristic graphic approach to their art work/outlook?
-Well this question is hard, but I think many people try to be something different as they were in their “real” life, it is like a roleplay, you can make things you cant do in everyday life and “let it out” on stage, but back in daily life you have to say yes to your boss, smile and think “fuck you bitch” – so that’s a good way to let out your aggression.

What is the status of the German black metal scene? Where do you guys fit in?
-I dont think we fit in any corner, every gig we played in the past the other bands played an absolutely different style, like deppressive, primitive, raw black or death metal, but thats very interesting, looking at the audience and see how they react.
The german black metal scene is still alive, there are many bands and listeners and it will never stop till the day the last musician will die.

As there are as many black metal styles as there are bands what is black metal to you guys?
-Rebellion – to transcend borders and limitations, fuck on everythink people say and make what you think what is right.

How would you like to describe the album in terms of contemporary black metal terms? Where does the album fit in?
-All and nothing, we try to make each song in a different black metal style, “i will hunt you down” is like a new satyricon song, “for the dead” is a kind of depressive black metal, “we are” is raw black metal, “falcon-headed one” is a mixture between death and black metal.. and endless list.. So where does it fit in? That depends on the listener i would say.

What kind of live show do you put on? How important is it to put on a show?
-We love to play live, it is this special feeling you can only get with an audience and a PA that is driven to its limits. Live we’ll play some songs of both cds and eventually some new ones, but that’ll depend to the atmosphere and our feelings on stage. Sometimes we jam a lot and sometimes we play nearly exact the same thing as on cd, so you will see by yourself

How important is it to be underground, to not let the wrong kind of “audience” in?
-Unimportant i would say, if people like your band and they buy a cd – in my eyes that’s a honor. And in my opinion the audience is a very important point, if the people are totaly drunk, they don’t listen to the music but that’s okay, they have fun. If they stood still in front of the band and nod with their heads, that’s a honor for us to, it means they really hear the music and think about it, that’s good

When you record how do you go about achieving the right kind of sound? Do you have to be in right kind of mood to get the right sound?
-For the sound the sound engineer is the main person, we only say in which direction we would like to have the sound but he has to do his job. I can’t speak for the others but i don’t need to be in the right mood, when i play i “fall” in the right mood, it is like a kind of inebriation.

How do you know when you are done in the studio? How tempting is it to fix details?
-We jam a lot and in the studio we don’t play in a fixed way, the main structure is done, but in detail we don’t think about it, one comes to another and it is ready when our feeling says it is ready. I write our songs by taking a riff and constructing the other parts around it, like an organic structure – it evolves itself – it becomes a process with its own dynamics and so it is in the studio to.

What would you like the future to hold for you?
-Nothing special, we let things happen, but many good concerts, damned good songs and an audience in a very good mood would be great. That’s all.

AFTER OBLIVION “Stamina”

AFTER OBLIVION
“Stamina”
(Metal On Metal)
After Oblivion sounds like a thrash metal band just by name. Yeah, I know. You shouldn’t judge a band by its name but sometimes it’s fun to play that game. As long as you don’t get disappointed if you were wrong about the style of metal that the band play. This is the kind of thrash that is of the more aggressive kind. In parts it sounds like Annihilator on steroids or if Overkill had chewed barb wire. This is a rifforama of gigantic proportions. I like that kind of attack. There is no escaping it. You just gotta sit through it. It takes some stamina to stomach a full album of this kind of thrash. Another cool thrash metal release has come my way. Anders Ekdahl

AGONY LORDS “A Tomb For The Haunted”

AGONY LORDS
“A Tomb For The Haunted”
(Chaos Records)
Agony Lords sounds like a band name that could stand for some really great metal. I paint expressive pictures in my head about what this will be like. I hope that I won’t need to get medicated once I actually start listening to this album simply because my head is so full of crap from being disappointed. And with a title like that this could be nothing but death metal. If there is such a thing as old school Mexican death then this is borderline that. I get flashbacks to older Mexican bands as well as more international ones when I listen to this album. Perhaps not as extreme as I had expected there’s more of a melodeath feel to this one. Still a cool death metal album by all standards. Anders Ekdahl

ARKHAM WITCH “Legions Of The Deep”

ARKHAM WITCH
“Legions Of The Deep”
(Metal On Metal)
I will for always have a hot spot in my heart for anything British when it comes to heavy metal. And even though it’s been a while since that really great band came upon me I haven’t lost faith in the Isles to deliver the goods one again. Hence my rather great expectations on Arkham Witch. Listening to this I get a feeling of old British movies like the ones Hammer used to make. I don’t know what it is but there is something very British to this. Perhaps it is my memories that play me for a fool. Whatever the reason might be this is some pretty cool doomy metal that has an old feel to it. If music could be geography this would be the equivalent of the countryside. There is nothing big city about this. Anders Ekdahl

ASYLUM PYRE “Fifty Years Later”

ASYLUM PYRE
“Fifty Years Later”
(Massacre)
I haven’t bothered to check out the origin of this band as it really doesn’t matter where they are from. What matters is if they are any good. That geography can’t help with. I know that I’ve said that I tend to lean more towards bands that have a female member or two more than all male bands but lately there seems to be a trend going in signing bands that are female fronted so I’ve kinda given up on that to just concentrate on if a band is good or not. I like up tempo music. I think it has to do with my extremely short patience span. I don’t really like to wait for things to happen. I want my stuff to happen immediately. And even though I’ve with age come to appreciate metal that is a bit slower I still get my rocks off when the tempo is a bit higher. Asylum Pyre are metal that is heavy, melodic and with a tempo that is high enough to keep me awake. Anders Ekdahl

CYSTIC DYSENTRY “Culture Of Death”

CYSTIC DYSENTRY
“Culture Of Death”
(Deathgasm Records)
This has the promise of being along the lines of Cannibal Corpse or the stuff Sevared Records releases. Death metal in its most brutal and raw form. No pussy footing. Just plain good old take no prisoner death metal. I’ll be disappointed if this turns out any other way. I had not to worry. This is the kind of death metal that is full of blast beats and a growler from the deepest pits of hell. No way you’ll be able to decipher any lyrics here. Instead you’ll have to take the vocals as another instrument. I might not have gotten Cannibal Corpse the first time I heard them. 20 odd years later I simply love this kind of death metal. Cystic Dysentry have stilled my need for this kind of death metal this week. Anders Ekdahl

FALLBRAWL “Pure Mayhem”

FALLBRAWL
“Pure Mayhem”
(Beat Down Hard Ware)
Hardcore to me can be some of the greatest music or some of the most tiresome. I kind have a love/hate relationship to it. I like albums like Agnostic Front’s debut or Cro-Mags debut but every once in a while I come upon some really boring albums that I tend to forget immediately. I hope that this won’t be one of those. I gotta admit that I don’t hear too much old school hardcore. If anything this makes me think deathcore. This is heavy like the heaviest death metal band. I can see myself moshing to this. I like the combo of death and hardcore. There is something to this that makes me smile. Perhaps I’m coming round to this whole new wave of metal/deathcore. Anders Ekdahl

FORCENTURY “Revelant”

FORCENTURY
“Revelant”
(Mighty Music)
OK I’ll admit that the band’s name makes me think of the old Seattle band Forced Entry and the thrash metal that they played but that is as far as it goes. I haven’t heard of this band before so it is with some trepidation that I take them on. It could turn out to be anything from really good to some of the worst. Musically this is heavy metal with a rather high pitched vocalist. Perhaps a bit borderline power metal. For some reason it made me think of a cross between German Angel Dust and Italian symphonic metal. No matter what it reminds me of I like it. Perhaps I found it a bit too chaotic for my ears, well at least the first track, before I got accustomed to the sound. This is the kind of heavy metal that might seem shallow if you don’t lend it your ears full out. If you do you’ll find that there is a depth to this album. I haven’t heard this kind of metal in a long time. Didn’t know I missed it until this album dropped in on me. Anders Ekdahl

INFERNAL TENEBRA “New Formed Revelations”

INFERNAL TENEBRA
“New Formed Revelations”
(Massacre)
Metal from the Balkan isn’t overly present in my collection. But I’m slowly getting to there, piece by piece. Infernal Tenebra seem to have a great history, as many bands from that area have, that dates back several years but due to circumstances haven’t really taken off. Too bad as there are some really great bands coming from that part of Europe that deserves to be heard. I don’t know if I’d call this death metal with thrash tendencies or the other way round. Guess I settle for deathrash. I like the combo of the two. It gives the music the drive of thrash and he aggressiveness of death. And when done the way Infernal Tenebra does it there is nothing to complain about. This makes me wonder why I haven’t heard of this band before. I need to shift my focus to the Balkan now. Anders Ekdahl

LED ASTRAY “Decades Of Addiction”

LED ASTRAY
“Decades Of Addiction”
(Massacre)
German death metal. Now that is a term that might not be as common as thrash or power metal but there are and have been some really great German death metal acts. Who don’t remember Morgoth? That was one hell of a band back in the days. I’m not even gonna compare Led Astray with Morgoth. I just tried to make a point. I get a strong mosh feeling listening to this German death metal band. Don’t know what’s so modern about it. To my ears this has been done countless times before. Yet you cannot deny that when done well this could be some of the best metal around. Led Astray are not there yet but this album shows promises of things to come. As it is now it reminds me of another German band, Lemming Project (no other comparisons). If they can shake off that air of anonymity they’ll be on to something greater. Anders Ekdahl