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Benjamin Shaw

Goodbye, Cagoule World, 2014

7.0 / 10

The UK is a miserable place at times, more often than not in fact, and artists such as Benjamin Shaw fully embrace that misery and spin it out in stories ...

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Clad In Darkness

Decathect, 2014

8.0 / 10

Good things come to those who wait. It's a cliché, yes, but for Clad in Darkness that old adage rings wholly true. Having formed at least fifteen years ago, the ...

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Danaus, 2013

8.0 / 10

When a band or label is as difficult to track down as Olekranon or Inam Records, then you know you're in for an experience. The chap behind Olekranon - Ryan ...

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Omen Ex Simulacra, 2013

7.5 / 10

Omen Ex Simulacra is a difficult record - one that twists and forms new shapes as it progresses, one that falls into an unfathomable abyss and crawls back out again. It’s ...

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One Question Interviews Samothrace

Posted March 30, 2014, 9:54 p.m.

Bryan Spinks (Samothrace, vocalist/guitarist) SPB: How did you get so bloody heavy? Spinks: I suppose it is a culmination of some different things. Obviously the riffs have to be ...


One Question Interviews Mothlite

Posted March 16, 2014, 11:10 a.m.

Daniel O’ Sullivan (Mothlite) SPB: How do you find the time for so many different projects? O'Sullivan: I don't find the time because time doesn't exist. It ...


One Question Interviews Lunaire

Posted Dec. 11, 2013, 8:14 a.m.

Lunaire SPB: Earlier this year you posted a picture of your drum kit in a basketball hall - is that the strangest place you've ever recorded, and if not, where ...


Interviews Caïna

Posted Nov. 30, 2013, 5:12 p.m.

Let's go back to 2011, to when Andy Curtis-Brignell signed the death warrant for his solo, black metal of sorts project, Caïna. We spoke about it at length ...

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1QI: Banner Pilot, Autopsy, Ministry, Organized Crime Records

Bands 1QI: Banner Pilot, Autopsy, Ministry, Organized Crime Records

Posted July 9, 2014, 12:11 p.m.

One of our newest features here at Scene Point Blank is our semi-daily quickie Q&A: One Question Interviews. Follow us at facebook or twitter and we'll post one ...

Nate (Banner Pilot)
SPB: What is the hardest thing about touring in foreign countries? Last year (2 years ago?) you played in Russia…
Nate: I'm having a hard time answering this. Touring foreign countries is easy! I find it to be much easier than touring the States. You have someone driving for you, the language barrier is never that bad, they have a place set up for you to stay every night, the shows are incredible, the people are friendly...hell, I was going to say it's a little tricky being a vegetarian but then I remembered that half the shows *cook (awesome) vegan food for you*. 
I guess if I had to pick something, it would be the upfront prep work. Once you get there, it's great-- maybe we've been lucky, or maybe that's the norm, I don't know. But nothing really "bad" has happened to us. But it takes a lot longer, and requires more work, to get the whole thing set up than if you were just doing some dates in the US. I mean, in order to get into Russia we had to mail our passports to some place, and hope that they would send them back. Iowa never makes us do stuff like that.
These are minor things, though. Really, the hardest thing about touring foreign countries is coming home. (See what I did there?)
Chris Reifert (Autopsy/Violation Wound)
SPB: What’s the best movie you’ve seen this year?
Chris: The best movie ever made is The Dark Backward. It didn't come out this year, nor did I see it for the first time this year. But mark my words, it's warped, dark, weird and I love the hell out of it! A total fave for the ages.
Al Jourgensen (Ministry)
SPB: Is there a sample you’ve tried to get the rights to use but were denied?
Al: ALL OF THEM.... Just kidding. Actually the biggest sample pain in the ass was on Houses of the Molé with the use of Carmina Burana on “No W.” It was a nightmare. We'd reached out to the publisher via Sanctuary's contacts and had gotten an initial okay, but then the record came out and all of a sudden the publisher sent a Cease and Desist letter to Sanctuary about the sample after 30,000 units had been pressed. I had to go back in the studio and re-do the track and a second pressing was made. Then I found out later, it was ‘cause Capital One wanted an exclusive on the use of Carmina Burana and you KNOW they were paying the big bucks. And that fucking Capital One commercial played over and over. Every time I turned on the TV it was that Capital One commercial with Carmina Burana.
Clint (Organized Crime Records)
SPB: How much space in your house is dedicated to music storage (albums or instruments)?
Clint: I would say that overall about 60% of my place is consumed with music. I have been a long time avid collector.
Funny thing: I am dealing with music storage issues right now. Having a label means there are always boxes of records around which can make one feel very claustrophobic. I think that over the years I have been able to get that aspect under control. My biggest problem is housing my personal collection. I wanted to have some shelves made up to better fit in my place but the quotes came in at utterly absurd amounts. So my father, the mad genius that he is, came up with making shelves out of electrical conduit. So over the last few weekends we have been making it up and it has been a lot of fun. I hope to have it done over 4th of July weekend. I have to thank my father. Instead of his response being [that] I could get rid of records he came up with a very cool plan. Thanks Dad.

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1QI: Old Man Markley, Magrudergrind, Mad Caddies, Crusades

Bands 1QI: Old Man Markley, Magrudergrind, Mad Caddies, Crusades

Posted July 1, 2014, 2:06 p.m.

One of our newest features here at Scene Point Blank is our semi-daily quickie Q&A: One Question Interviews. Follow us at facebook or twitter and we'll post one ...

Annie DeTemple (Old Man Markley)
SPB: What is the best Buck Owens song?
Annie: Well, my favorite Buck Owens song is "Act Naturally."  I'm not just saying that because The Beatles covered it, but it goes to show that they probably thought it was the best Buck Owens song, too! I love “Act Naturally” for its catchy melody.  If you’re ever in the San Fernando, you might find Johnny and I singing it as a duet at a local karaoke bar
Avi (Magrudergrind)
SPB: What’s the secret to a successful tour?
Avi: Efficiency. Don't bring too many personal items or equipment. Bring essential equipment to retain your sound but try and borrow other items (within reason) like extra cabs for full stacks.
Sascha (Mad Caddies) 
SPB: What makes a good roadie? Have you done it? 
Sascha: We don't really use the term “roadie.” That seems kinda like an ‘80s word. We use the term “crew.”
Obviously any crew member must do their job well. Besides that they must be easy to travel with and relatively drama-free especially when under the influence of illegal substances. 
Once I guitar-teched a show in Arizona for Manu Chao. My buddy is his tour manager and when I got to the show he asked me to help out. The job of guitar tech was between myself and the singer of a mariachi band who didn't actually know how to play or tune a guitar. I got the gig.
Good times...  
Dave Williams (Crusades) 
SPB: What do your children think of your music?
Dave: Well, my daughter is only two-and-a-half years old, but I'm a stay-at-home-parent and so our day is pretty full of music. I do my best to be as eclectic as possible, and so we end up listening to a lot of my favourite records that perhaps aren't typical toddler-fodder: The Spectacle, Kiss It Goodbye, Starkweather, The Swarm, etc., but Audrey never really seems put off by even the most extreme sonic onslaught. That said, she does tend to light up when I put on records that are more typically "pleasing" to the ears. Onsind/Martha, The Lemonheads, The Hellacopters/Imperial State Electric, Annalise... she definitely seems to boogie a little more when that stuff is on.
As for Crusades, she's seen us play twice, I believe, and she seemed to think it was pretty neat that I was on stage. That's pretty much all the feedback I've gotten on my band so far. Honestly though, I had a pretty broad musical education growing up and that's exactly what I plan to offer my kids as well. What they decide to do with it is out of my hands. But I'd be lying if I said I wouldn't be at all disappointed if it wasn't an important part of their lives.

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1QI: Catharsis PR, Beartrap, Lagwagon, Japanther

Bands 1QI: Catharsis PR, Beartrap, Lagwagon, Japanther

Posted June 23, 2014, 1:35 p.m.

One of our newest features here at Scene Point Blank is our semi-daily quickie Q&A: One Question Interviews. Follow us at facebook or twitter and we'll post one ...

Kim Kelly (Catharsis PR, writer)
SPB: How did you first get involved in PR work?
Kim: It happened pretty organically. By the time I decided to try my hand at PR, I'd already been writing for a variety of publications for a good four years so I had an inkling of how it all worked. As a writer, I'd also sussed out the kind of publicist I did not want to be by learning from others' mistakes! I got the idea to start Catharsis PR in 2008 during a summer internship; two of the first few bands went on to be roaring successes in their genres, so it made sense to keep going, and see how far I could take it. It's been five years, and while I've learned a lot and gotten a few bumps and scrapes along the way, I'm very happy with how things have turned out.
Mike (Beartrap)
SPB: How do you primarily find new music these days?
Mike: The Internet. There are thousands of music blogs dedicated to whatever little niche of hardcore/punk/ whatever you subscribe to. A lot of people fight the digital age but it does help in a lot of ways too.
Joey Cape (Lagwagon, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes)
SPB: What is the most overdone cover song? 
Joey: "Brown Eyed Girl"
Ian Vanek (Japanther)
SPB: Is there a regional food you look forward to when you tour?
Ian: We eat regionally, seasonally and locally as much as possible. Japanther also forage for wild food and eat out of dumpsters. We snack on oranges and avocados off the trees in Cali and make green juice in almost every hotel room.
Pizza in Manhattan, salmon in Seattle, crawfish in New Orleans, Tacos in Texas, Vietnamese in Orlando... You get the picture.

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1QI: Peelander-Z, Agrimonia, Haiduk, Screaming Females

Bands 1QI: Peelander-Z, Agrimonia, Haiduk, Screaming Females

Posted June 17, 2014, 10:59 a.m.

One of our newest features here at Scene Point Blank is our semi-daily quickie Q&A: One Question Interviews. Follow us at facebook or twitter and we'll post one ...

Peelander Yellow (Peelander-Z)
SPB: What is your favorite music-related book?
Peelander Yellow: I never read music-related book!!!
I have to learn a lot of things without music-related book!!!
music-related book never teach me how to dance "My dance"!
music-related book never show me how to kiss "My kiss"!
music-related book never bring to my world!!!
OK!! Lets start to do myself everything!!
but, how!!!!!!!!
music-related book says like  "Do it yourself!!"
Pontus (Agrimonia)
SPB: What makes death metal - or metal in general - so prevalent in Sweden?
Pontus: I think there is a huge music interest in general in Sweden. This might have to do with that it’s easy to pick up and learn an instrument at an early age thanks to Sweden’s community music school, so many people who maybe otherwise wouldn’t have the opportunity to play an instrument can start out. Also, when there’s lots of people playing--good bands, good shows all the time--I guess people get inspired. Creativitiy feeds creativity. Sweden has a very small population which also might help breaking down boundaries between different scenes and such. Clubs and showspaces are open for many kinds of music. So metal, including other underground music, has had a really good starting point in Sweden, I think.
SPB: What do you remember of your first live performance ever?Haiduk: I'd been talking to some friends from a local band about possibly, eventually doing one-man shows. So, without telling me, they went ahead and booked Haiduk and their band for a bar show 2 weeks later! The sound guy was somewhat confused when I told him the plan and to run my backing instruments through the PA. I remember practicing my ass off then being disappointed at seeing only 4 or 5 people there.
Jarrett D (Screaming Females)
SPB: What song in your active playlist requires the most practice? What part is the hardest to get down?
Jarrett: Screaming Females plays a different setlist every night. We have a catalogue of about 70 songs.
I'd like to be able to say that we could play any of those songs at any time but that's not quite true. On any given tour we have about 35 songs we are ready to play. Just the other day a kid in the crowd asked us to play a song we hadn't played in probably 3 years. We just so happened to have played it once or twice in practice the day before, so we played it for him. It went ok
Trying to remember the order of a song, the particular beats to that song, and most importantly how the song is supposed to feel is really mind-bending sometimes. But putting aside the fact that at any given show Mike or Marissa might ask me to play a song I haven't thought about in a year or more, the hardest song we are playing right now is called “Let Me In.” It is a new song that we are going to be recording soon (Spring 2014). The song has gone through a ton of revisions and I'm pretty sure we have yet to play any version correctly at a show. The fact that it has gone through so many rewrites makes it even harder. Everything will be going fine playing it and then, suddenly, it is a mess because someone forgot that the chorus is half as long in the newest version.
Overall the order of the parts of this song is its hardest feature. It is not the type of song that is just a couple alternating sections. There is an intro, 2 versions of the chorus section, a verse that has a tough transition into and out of it, a bridge with 3 sections and another tough transition, a part were we all stop for about half a measure while
Marissa just sings, and an outro. And it is fucking fast!

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Show Review: Caïna @ The Unicorn

Posted Sept. 8, 2013, 3:25 p.m. by Cheryl Prime

Caïna, Hordes, Barshasketh The Unicorn London, UK September 6 2013 We've been talking a lot about the rebirth of Caïna of late and we'll soon have a review of the new ...

Show Review: Winterfylleth @ The Black Heart

Posted Jan. 29, 2013, 7:50 a.m. by Cheryl Prime

The tiny Black Heart in Camden holds court to an evening of droned out sludge, traditional heavy doom, and more English black metal than you can shake a stick at ...

Show Review: The Great Old Ones w/Terzij de Horde and Oblivionized @ The Unicorn, London (January 5th 2013)

Posted Jan. 9, 2013, 12:17 a.m. by Cheryl Prime

The Unicorn is suffering from a severe lack of air con tonight, the tension in the air made all the palpable by the insane levels of heat and the anticipation ...

Show Review: Neurosis and Godflesh @ Kentish Town Forum, London (December 2nd 2012)

Posted Dec. 8, 2012, 8:39 p.m. by Cheryl Prime

The view that Scene Point Blank has been afforded for tonight’s performance is beautiful, and the sea of heads below on the floor is all the more astonishing seen from ...

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