Sunday, 25 January 2015

New Releases: January 26th - 31st 2015

Tell us about it in the comments section.
Which of these new albums will you be checking out and purchasing?  
What are your thoughts about the album you have purchased? 

January 26, 2015

Napalm Death - Apex Predator – Easy Meat
U.D.O - Decadent
Abyssgale - Hegemon
Black Sheep Wall - I'm Going to Kill Myself
Winds of Genocide - Usurping the Throne of Disease
Skygge - Antiqua Ignis
Venom - From the Very Depths
Reason - The Deception of Dreams
Rainbow - A Light in the Black 1975-1984 (Compilation)
Von - Dark Gods: Rise of the Ancients

January 27, 2015

Archgoat - The Apocalyptic Triumphator
Cóndor - Duin
Visigoth - The Revenant King
Deafest - Alpine
Ancient Wind - The Chosen Slain
Papa Roach - F.E.A.R.
Periphery - Juggernaut: Alpha/Juggernaut: Omega

January 28, 2015

Blind Guardian - Beyond the Red Mirror
Melmak - Pig Songs

January 29, 2015

Behemoth - Thy Winter Kingdom
Behemoth - Adv. from the Pagan Vastlands
Behemoth - Thy Winter Kingdom / adv.from the Pagan Vastlands... Full-length

January 30, 2015

Saor - Roots
Black Whispers - Essence of Nothingness
Thou Shell of Death - Cave Hill
Thulcandra - Ascension Lost
Atomicide - Chaos Abomination
Fyrfos - The Dance of Creation
Black Cilice - Mysteries
Gamma Ray - The Best (Of) Compilation
Drýsill - Welcome to the Show
Dødsfall - Kaosmakt
Story of Jade - Loony Bin
Ruthless - They Rise
Warrant - Metal Bridge
Obsolete Incarnation - New Breed of an Uncureable Disease

January 31, 2015

Perdition Temple - The Tempter's Victorious
Mudbath - Corrado Zeller
Varathron - Untrodden Corridors of Hades

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Album Review: Persefone - Spiritual Migration

Persefone - Spiritual Migration
Date of Release:  03/29/2013
Record Label: ViciSolum Productions 
Genre: Progressive Melodic Death Metal

Reviewed by: Geoff McGraw
8 out of 10 horns

Track listings:  1. Flying Sea Dragons 2. Mind As Universe 3. The Great Reality 4. Zazen Meditation 5. The Majestic Of Gaia 6. Consciousness (pt. 1), Sitting In Silence 7. Consciousness (pt. 2), A Path To Enlightenment 8. Inner Fullness 9. Metta Meditation 10. Upward Explosion 11. Spiritual Migration 12. Returning to The Source 13. Outro

Persefone has been around since 2003 and already have several releases to their collective name including  "Truth Inside The Shades", "Core", and "Shin-Ken"....the last of which captured the progressive metal scene imagination.

Keeping in mind that writing a successful followup to what is considered by many to be a brilliant and intensly gripping album is at the very least difficult, Persefone manages to almost do exactly that. 

Not an album to be casually dropped in your player and run while you dodge about the house doing what needs to be done, or while building that model kit you've been meaning to get to, "Spiritual Migration" needs to be paid attention to. Sit down with your headphones and spend some time with the album, and be sure to be well rested it takes some energy to listen to. There is an amazing amount of technicality going on, as well as incredibly skilled arrangements and exotic instruments, paying close attention to an album this layered can be draining.

Clocking in at 6 minutes more than an hour, the albums length is also it's achilles heel. For an album to be more than an hour and be listened to in one sitting it absolutely must provide constant shifting textures, and while amazing, "Migration" tends to keep to a similar texture throughout the album delving into a technical death toward the latter half of the album. 

Still, "Spiritual Migration" is an amazing palette of sound and lyric and should be listened to as a whole. This is not an album with songs that are easily removed from the experience as a package. Audiophiles who are enamored of Meshuggah, or Mastodons "Crack the Skye" would be well advised to take heed and give this band a solid listen....although if you are that type you probably already know Persefone.

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Album Review: Moonshade - Dream | Oblivion

Moonshade - Dream | Oblivion
Date of Release: 05/07/14
Genre: Melodic Death Metal

Reviewed by: Geoff McGraw
9 out of 10 horns

Track listings: 1. I. A Bleak Sunrise (Intro) 2. II. Dawn Of A New Era 3. III. Goddess Eternal 4. IV. The Depths Of Despair (Interlude) 5. V. Genesis 3.5 6. VI. Fall To Oblivion 7. VII. Into The Abyss (Outro)

Hailing from Portugal Moonshade is a 5 piece outfit, and Dream|Oblivion is a concept album revolving around the protagonists search and failure to find inner peace in our world, finding it only in the arms of death.

Now concept albums often have a bad reputation, or the "concept" of a concept album has a bad reputation. Often ponderous overwrought affairs during which a band attempts to force the songs they write to fit into the framework they have preconceived.

Moonshade has neatly sidestepped these pitfalls and produced an album that is haunting and aching, even beautiful. Not a one trick pony with nothing but blast beats and brutal riffage with keyboards providing the "melody" added to the "death metal", they deftly weave a tapestry of atmosphere, with both technical and passionate playing. Adding chorus like backup vocals that would not be out of place in power metal just cranks the feel and power emanating from your speakers. Vocalist Ricardo Pereira skillfully shifts from the gutteral to wails, and even the pleasant surprise of well executed clean vocals.

The band claims influence from the likes of Insomium, Dark Tranquility, Amon Amarth and Wintersun. (I have to believe that they may also be fans of Metalocalypse as

I completely enjoyed Dream|Oblivion, and listened multiple times in a row truly a talented bunch of musicians. I highly recommend this album to anyone who is looking for more than a little songwriting talent in their next album purchase. Not yet available as a physical format, it is still more than worth paying for a download....and that comes from a guy who refuses to download albums.

Monday, 19 January 2015

Album Review: Nightbringer - Title: Ego Dominus Tuus

Nightbringer - Title: Ego Dominus Tuus
Date of Release: 09/2014
Record Label: Season Of Mist
Genre: Black Metal

Reviewed by: Geoff McGraw
8 of 10 horns

Track listings: 1. Prayer Of Nephal 2. Et Nox Illumination Mea In Deliciis Meis 3. Lantern Of Eden's Night 4. Things Which Are Naught 5. I Am The Gateway 6. Call Of The Exile 7. Where Fire Never Dreamt Of Man 8. The Witchfures Of Tubal Qayin 9. Salvation Is The Son Of Leviathan 10. The Otherness Of Being

Black Metal, as any of it's fans will tell you, is not a form of music that cannot be anything other than experienced. When it's good it's a Hammer Horror film for the ears, when it's bad...well we don't have to consider that, because "Ego Dominus Tuus" is good, possibly even great.

Hailing from Colorado you wouldn't expect to find an American band that seems to understand Black Metal the way VJS, Menthor, Ophis, Naas Alcameth, and ar Ra'd al Iblis do. Nightbringer doesn't just play on this album, they perform, and there IS a difference. Often Black Metal tires me personally, those bands who regurgitate the patterns, sounds and rhythms of their Norweigan heroes utterly fail to inspire...again we don't have to worry about that here.

"Ego Dominus Tuus" is an oppressive slab of darkness, conjuring images of infernal rites that the elder gods themselves shun. I can best describe the contents of the album as a soundscape....nay, a "fear...scape". Densely orchestrated and layered "Ego" is an absolute must for anyone who considers themselves a fan of the genre. For those who may not be acolytes or who dabble in the genre it's a "you should really give this a listen". For me, with no weak tracks, "Ego Dominus Tuus"...brought the night!

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Album Releases: January 19th - 25th 2015

Tell us about it in the comments section.
Which of these new albums will you be checking out and purchasing?  
What are your thoughts about the album you have purchased? 

Angelus Apatrida - Hidden Evolution
Marduk - Frontschwein
Enter Shikari - The Mindsweep
The Slow Death - Ark
Malnàtt - Swinesong
Confronto - Imortal
Satan's Host - Pre-dating God Part 2
The Slow Death - Ark
Biotoxic Warfare - Lobotomized
Hideous Rebirth Completely Devoured
Malnàtt - Swinesong
Crowned in Earth - Metempsychosis
Von - Dark Gods: Ritual of the Black Mass (Single)
Nibiru - Caosgon
Nibiru - Netrayoni

January 20, 2015

Sial - Emosi Depressi (Compilation)
Goreaphobia - Vile Beast of Abomination (Compilation)
Feral - Welcome to the Graveyard (Demo)
Marilyn Manson - The Pale Emperor
Caïna - Setter Of Unseen Snares
Hellish Outcast - Stay of Execution
Arcane - Known/Learned
Vardan - Verses from Ancient Times
Breathless - Return to Pangea

January 21, 2015

Trial - Vessel
U.D.O - Decadent

January 22, 2015

Lycanthia - Lycanthia / Atten Ash (Split/EP)

January 23, 2015

Finsterforst - Mach Dich Frei
Ostrogoth - Last Tribe Standing 
Stargazery - Stars Aligned
Eisbrecher - Schock
Illuminata - Where Stories Unfold
Stormwitch - Season Of The Witch
Scanner - The Judgement
Toundra - IV
Khaelys - Across The Ages
U.D.O. - Decadent
Vivus Humare - Einkehr
Uhriristi - Haudankylmä

January 24, 2015

Thurisaz - Live & Acoustic (Live)
Beardfish - +4626- Comfortzone
Hate - Crusade:Zero
Calcined - Tormenting Attractions
Hesperia - Metallum Italicum – Aeneidos Metalli Apotheosis pars IV
Ixtab - Invoking the Serpent's Aeon

January 25, 2015

Soul Rape - Endless Reign
Virulent Gestation - Nephropathic Lysogenesis
Warkvlt - Merdeka
Total Death - The Pound of Flesh
Deprive - Into Oblivion

Saturday, 17 January 2015

Album Review: Existential Animals - Surrealith

Existential Animals - Surrealith
Date of Release: October 2014
Record Label: None
Genre: Technical Death Metal

Reviewed by: Geoff McGraw
7 of 10 horns

Track listings: 1. Accretion 2.Vitreous Vale 3.Oneironaut 4. The Zanclean Deluge 5. Stalked Vestige

Can death metal be "progressive"? Existential Animals is here to answer that question with an overwhelming YES. This duo hails from the pit of all black despair..."Ohio".... and claims the genre of technical death metal. That genre tag always worries me, before I even crack the shrink wrap on a disc the word "technical" always puts me in the mind of tremelo picking ascending and and then reversed descending licks repeated over and over at high speed until I am ready to shoot myself in the head....with a cannon. These animals are a breed apart and have about as much to do with the aformentioned repetative swill as a fighter jet has to do with a paper airplane.

Surrealith is mostly an instrumental album with very little in the way of vocals, and I mean there's only one track with vocals, and I guess that's where they manage to squeeze out the death metal title. Aside from that I would drop this 5 song ep firmly into progressive metal, and it doesn't get much more progressive than this. Casual listeners are going to find this ep difficult to listen to, not because it isn't good, because it is heavily cerebral. This cd is one you must actively listen to in order to truly appreciate, it's not a background music kind of thing, it deserves to be a headphone listening experience.

Most of my reviews are rife with metaphor and hyperbole, putting sounds into words so that I can hopefully instill you the reader with what to expect. However in this case I seem to be having some issues doing just that. I can only say that musicians with this much talent deserve to find a place other than "Ohio". Intense and diverse, afficiandos of highly progressive music will find a highly interesting and entertaining listen, do yourself a favor and bring these Existential Animals in from the experiential cold.

Album Review: Dying Eyes Of Sloth - Book Of Blood

Dying Eyes Of Sloth - Book Of Blood
Genre: Death Metal

Reviewed by:  Geoff McGraw
8 of 10 horns

Track listings: 1. Flesh Collector 2.Beneath The Haunting Skies 3. Book Of Blood 4. Dead Alive

Dying Eyes Of Sloth.... Sloth one of the 7 deadly sins is defined as "..habitual disinclination to exertion; Indolence; Laziness..... none of which apply to the tracks within this 4 song ep.

Death Metal is a genre in which technicality and skill has become the standard and often suffers in my personal opinion, failing to put the groove in the music in favor of sheer speed and  brutality.

Much to my pleasure D.E.O.S. does not fall into this trap. This 4 man outfit brings the pain in a groovetastic way. Traditional death metal vocals supplied by Dave Incognito, Jay Prussack, supplying everything else as the duo pile-drives a cement truck of sound through the pavement while the driver throws the horns and windmills his neck to some very tasty riffage.

There are some obvious influences among these 4 tracks that pop out, Morbid angel for one and an obvious love for the chugging goodness we all loved from the heady heyday of thrash metal without being thrash. The songs are terrific and don't overstay their welcome, where many of D.E.O.S. contemporaries stretch the format to epic length songs that begin to become too repetitive, Dave and Jay give the song exactly what it needs and that makes it great, I felt no need at any point to "fast forward".

"Book Of Blood" is like good potato chips for the ears, you can't just listen once, while writing this I ran through it 4 (well not typing the whole time). Definitely one of my favorite recent death metal releases, the only downside being that the ep only clocks in at a shade under 12 minutes and leaves you wanting more. So get on the stick guys and give me more ....SOON!

Friday, 16 January 2015

Album Review: Wolfborne - In The Beginning

Wolfborne - In The Beginning
Date of Release: October 2014
Record Label: Kavorka Records
Genre: Hard Rock/Metal
Album Review Format: CD

Reviewed by:  Geoffrey McGraw
8 of 10 horns

Track listings: 1.Living The Life 2. Out In The Streets 3. Sex Sells 4. Jellyfish 5. The Fall 6. Funkytown 7. Let It Rain 8. Stars Are Eyes 9. Stranger 10. Let It Rain - Unplugged

Amongst the deluge of hard rock radio style bands occasionally a group stands out. Wolfborne is that group. The four members Chris Witoski, Lanning Kann, Brett Nussbaum, and Rob Sheldrick have created something really interesting with incredibly varied influences.

70's fuzz rock ...check, 90's x rock ....check, funk ...check, heavy metal ...check, mix in some Iggy Pop, David Bowie, and industrial metal  and you've got Wolfborne. The band weaves not just great songs but a great album, it makes for a great listening experience when and album has songs as diverse and enjoyable as " In The Beginning". Really I can not begin to describe the differences in the tracks, bouncing from hard rock anthem, to well constructed ballad, to Funk Rock, it is truly a great listen and has something for everyone.

Recently returned from tour with SOil, American Head Charge and (hed) p.e., and Powerman 5000 Wolfborne is intent on bringing this their debut album to the public. If you buy just one hard rock album this year be sure it's Wolfborne "In the Beginning".

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Band Interview: MARKRADONN

Interview with Haniel (guitar/synth guitar/vocals) of Markradonn
Conducted live on Facebook by Lady Kat Chaos with Dave Wolff, Alan Lisanti, Andrew J. Prussack and Frank Sommers January 11, 2015.

Lady Kat Chaos: Lately, you've been working on new material. How is the progress going?
Haniel: The progress is going well, actually. It is a long and very labor intensive process, but I am very happy with how this is turning out. We've been working on new material for our next EP, which will be called "The Serpentine Deception", and will feature a brand new brass section, and 5 new songs + a bonus track.

Dave Wolff: What was the inspiration for the title of the EP?
Haniel: The title came from the lyrics to one of the newest songs called "NIN.GISH.ZI.DA: GOD OF THE TREE OF LIFE". There is a line in there that deals with the "serpentine deception" and it is an allusion to the whole mythological and mystical past of serpent gods, the plumed serpent...long story but the song on the EP will brush the surface a little of something we are working on for the future

Lady Kat Chaos: When did you start working on new material for "The Serpentine Deception"?
Haniel: Kat, pretty much all of the material for this band I have been working on for years. One of the songs on this EP I started writing in 2006, and *finally* I was able to get it finished and we are doing a version of it at our next show in 2 weeks. One new song was written last year, and the other, the year before, and we have a pair of interesting instrumentals that we are working on in Feb of this year.

Dave Wolff: Where else besides the Bible have you read about the serpent as a key character so to speak?
Haniel: Well, this is yet another high mileage question, and I love thee sorts of questions. The serpent is everywhere. In fact, the image of the serpent is one of the key figures in human history. The "serpent" god, EN.KI was said to have been responsible with his half-sister/lover NIN.HUR.SAG for creating mankind from the seed and essence of the gods and the "clay" or raw material of Earth. The "Plumed Serpent", Quetzalcoatl, was said to have been the founder of the Olmecs, which lead to the development of high civilization in Meso-America. It is so extensive...but it all comes back to EN.KI, who's moniker always has something to do with "The Serpent", and his youngest son NIN.GISH.ZI.DA was taught by his father all of the secrets of science and "magic". So, NIN.GISH.ZI.DA also bears the "serpent" moniker, and it is said that he is in fact Quetzalcoatl, who migrated to Central America after his oldest brother usurped Egypt from him. NIN.GISH.ZI.DA, which means "Lord of the Tree of Life" was called "Thoth" in Egypt....

Dave Wolff: Does the serpent always have negative connotations or do some texts show it in a different light?
Haniel: The serpent imagery is misunderstood. The "serpent" imagery seems to have some relationship with "life"; all of the gods associated with the serpentine moniker seem to be gods that have some connection with life or the "tree" of life. This is interesting, because if you look at the double helix DNA, you will see that it looks like two serpents entwined. Hence, the "god" of life, and his son, both had the "entwined serpent" sigil associated with them...also known as the "caduceus", which is the symbol for the medical profession. So, the serpent imagery has a lot of relevance to me, personally and musically. "Joseph Campbell believed that the serpent in the Eden story was lifted directly from either the Sumerian God Enki, God of Water and Wisdom, or his son Ningizzida. Both of them were identified as Serpent Gods, among other things. Enki was possessed of the food and water of life as well as the tablets of wisdom. Ningizzida was Lord of the Tree of Truth." I am utterly fascinated with @NIN.GISH.ZI.DA...totally blows my mind how he shows up in almost every culture post 2250 BC...

Lady Kat Chaos: NIN.GISH.ZI.DA is a Mesopotamian deity of the underworld. What would you consider the identity of Markradonn? Haniel: That is still to be determined. Sometimes I feel this has a mind of its own...
Andrew J. Prussack: I totally agree with not keeping your writing locked in a total genre box. I approach writing the same way. But so many people are elitist about what they will only listen to these days. Have you found that having that uniqueness has made you stand out more to people or has it made it more difficult to break through to a larger fan base? Haniel: Well, it is too soon to tell. We are really just solidifying the line up now for the first time since I started doing this, so, the jury is still out. But when I went down to a show Friday and handed out some fliers for the next show, a LOT of people were really interested in what we were doing. It also shocks me how many metal heads *played brass in high school*. It is only a matter of time, I believe, before brass becomes a normal part of metal, as keyboards have become.

Andrew J. Prussack: I really respect that sort of "non-genre-specific" writing style.
Haniel: With this band, we are kinda taking it one step further, by crossing over into "big brass". Just using Cimbasso is strange because there are only I think 2 of them in the entire state...So, there is no ceiling with us because it hasn't really been done before. Master's Hammer used Timpani but that was 23 years ago. The realm of Brass-Death metal is wide open and we hope to explore all of it.

Lady Kat Chaos: Within your material you will hear French horns, trumpets, timpanis, trombones and tubas besides bass, guitar and drums. What made you step out of the realm and create new challenges for yourself, as a band and in the metal scene?
Haniel: To be honest, I am still trying to figure this one out. To me, it just made sense to use big booming brass and percussion to death metal. It just seemed like a good fit.

Lady Kat Chaos: What are some of the biggest challenges you have faced as a musician and since the birth of Markradonn?
Haniel: Death. Just going back the past few years, there has been a lot of death around here. My neighbor was murdered. My father passed in 2010. Someone in the band's dad passed in 2013; we had a suicide of someone who was close to a band member...someone's grandfather died....and all of this was within a very short time period. My own life was in danger several times. The musical and personal challenges notwithstanding, I can say that we all have been touched in some way by death. But that which does not kill you makes you stronger...and we are all stronger as a result.

Lady Kat Chaos: Indeed and you have overcame many obstacles in your past. Lately, I have seen many guitarist having issues with strength in their fingers, wrist and forearms and at times can be difficult playing and some have gone into a depression because they are unable to perform. What can these guitarists do?
Haniel: Very quickly, bullet points: Break bad habits. Many guitar players rely on "muscling through" playing certain parts and develop bad habits and bad mechanics as a result. The best thing to do is to break down your playing and focus on having good, solid, correct mechanics. Watch Al Di Meola play and watch how he approaches the instrument. No wasted movement at all. Quit toxic substances. Drinking booze, smoking tobacco and pot, doing drugs, all deplete the body of Vitamin C, which is needed to make collagen, the basis for your joints. So, if you are depleting Vitamin C from toxic substances like that stuff, then the body steals it from joints, causing problems that start in the hands. It is reversible to a point, and supplementation can help tremendously. Don’t wanna quit? Then ask yourself this: which do you love more, music, or your habits? I had to quit drinking any booze 8 years ago, and my entire body is better as a result...and I have seen people's joints and cognitive ability improve from quitting drugs and tobacco. I'd give up just about anything to do music. So, the decision to keep myself away from intoxicants was easy. When I started taking care of myself, I saw a ton of improvement...

Lady Kat Chaos: Since, I am not a guitarist what would be some wasted movements?
Haniel: That is hard to say. I would have to show you in person. But a few things would be lifting your fingers too far off the fret board, using your thumb and index finger to "reach" with the pick because your elbow is anchored on the body of the too much of the pick...that sort of stuff...

Lady Kat Chaos: I have read some reviews in the past about Markradonn and it seems some of them have misunderstood your material. How do you overlook some of those reviews and continue to move forth?
Haniel: A LOT of ranting, screaming, eating cookies, and playing faster and heavier on the guitar. I can admit I am very frustrated with reviews and reviewers. Everyone who writes reviews nowadays thinks they are experts on music, and know better than the bands. They tend to penalize bands for having a low production budget while rewarding mainstream-ish bands for having a lot of money backing them. That is bullshit if you ask me, and people need to pull their heads out of their asses. If you want nice, pretty, polished metal, then go lick a chrome bumper on a Harley. If you want dirty and in tour face metal, then go listen to some really raw death metal, done how it should be done.

Lady Kat Chaos: Do you ever find the media or fans criticizing your material because you are doing something different compared to other bands?
Haniel: Honestly, lately, I have been so busy making music and helping people get well that I haven't had much time to pay attention. But since 2013 we have gotten some shit, yeah. Some guys can't seem to wrap their head around the fact that we use live instruments instead of digital samples, and some people have made comments about my song writing since it is not genre-specific. I don't say "hey, that is an 80's thrash riff, I can't use that in a death metal song" or "that is a black metal riff, so I can only use it in bees in a tin can type song". That mind set makes some scenies' heads explode.

Lady Kat Chaos: I will honestly admit I used to be closed minded about the underground coming onto the internet (as you know in the past). There are still many who are selective and don't feel you can't like or combine death, black or thrash metal together and if you do at times they tend to call you a poser or fake. Hence, more have become more open minded. Do you ever get fed up with closed minded individuals?
Haniel: Yes, but it is not my problem. It is theirs. I get worked up over, um, everything, because that's me. But if someone doesn't care for me, my band, or what I do for a living, I tend to just move on to others who do.

Dave Wolff: On the opposite hand, you don't have to be "closed minded" to be unique. Many extreme metal bands have pushed the envelope of creativity and branched out in their own way. This is more open minded than rehashing the same formula again and again thinking it will get you more money or recognition.
Haniel: Dave, I think bands should always challenge themselves and never get too comfortable. Alexander Solzhenitsyn used to gamble away all of his checks from his book publishers so that he would never get too comfortable and stifle his creativity... but I think that was just a great excuse to justify his gambling problem, haha.

Dave Wolff: There is nothing wrong with making a living from playing metal. But if you're not doing it solely for money, that doesn't mean you prefer being broke. At the end of the day, is the actual work as important as making a living from it?
Haniel: I get a great sense of accomplishment from being a part of Markradonn and from working with so many wonderful musicians. I think some day we can be a financial success. But a lot of work needs to be done to get there.

Dave Wolff: Many bands have made it on their own terms (Metallica, Marilyn Manson etc) and established new standards in music, proving you don't have to compromise your ideas to be successful. How much has Markradonn pushed the envelope this far?
Haniel: Not far enough just yet. Expect us to push it even farther...

Alan Lisanti: I see you have a 6 string bassist, as well as a fretless bassist/"Demon Horn" and trumpet player too.. Do these guys play both on your songs, or do they switch roles depending on the material maybe? Also, do you feel stretching the boundaries of what are considered typical instruments in Metal gives you an advantage over say replicating that element digitally?
Haniel: Well, Dennis tends to jump onto another instrument when Nick is on Bass. Nick actually switched from Horn to Trumpet in the song "Internal hate unbounded", and plays a trumpet solo in that tune. He is a very talented musician, and what he does is very tricky to pull off. We are looking into using fretless and 6 string in the same song, because Dennis's style leave room for some smooth fretless. But we have such a big bottom end already with the timpani and 4 bass brass will be very challenging and we look forward to it. I wouldn't say it is an advantage, because everyone uses the tools they need to make their own music. I don't see it as an advantage. I will say, however, if I used digital samples I'd have three albums done already. Using live brass is much more labor intensive, but the rewards are off the charts. Maybe it will come through on the new ep even more so than the last, but live brass gives me so much more of a dynamic range to work with, and the expressiveness from brass and the THUNDER of timpani gives me so many more ways to take this. I have to say, once you go brass, you never go back.

Lemme introduce the guys while I have a chance:
Me: Gits and Vox
Tim: Drums and percussion
Jonathan Gabriel Katz: Timpani and Percussion
Richard Blankenship: Principle Trombone
Dennis Bottaro: 6 string bass, Didgeridoo, Hand Percussion
Nicholas Weaver: Fretless bass, "Demon Horn", and Trumpet
Corey: Trombone
Drew Prichard: Cimbasso and Tuba
Allen: Rhythm Guitar
Jesse Hudson: Vox
Robin Sisk: Tuba

Jeez, did I miss anyone? I am always afraid I forget someone!!
label: Otto Kinzel IV from Bluntface Records
PR and promotions: Mike McCoy II + Joshua R Alexander
Webmaster, photography, and all sorts of support: Altara Blakthorne
And introducing Anthony Harvey who just jumped on board on post production, mixing, and production consulting. He is a great asset and a good friend to me and the band, and we are all excited to have him on board.

Frank Sommers: Well hey I'm Uncle Frank owner of Metal Noize TV, a good friend of Kat's and also former manager and now consultant for Dying Eyes of Sloth, who I see two of them are here. I kinda do just about everything in this biz and have for over 30 plus years. I figured I’d pop in say hello, thanks for the invite Kat! Well, 1st thing after listening and watching the live video on your page do you just do cookie monster vocals or do u also do clean?
Haniel: Hello Frank Sommers. Hope your evening is treating you well. No clean singing at all. We are in talks with a session musician to come in and do some operatic vocals here and there, but this is a death metal band. It will always be a death metal band and it will always retain the core qualities of a classic Florida-style old school death metal band.

Frank Sommers: Hey Haniel and yes going great hope yours is also.
Haniel: We are starting to work with the dynamic of my processed and high pitched vocals with Jesse Hudson's low end dry guttural growling.

Frank Sommers: So how is the scene doing down there and it’s funny how FL became death metal hotbed after being the breeding ground for so many great southern rock bands back in the 60' n 70's? If you would like some exposure check out the Metal Noize TV page like it n post on it then ill share it on my 3 pages and well I have an audience of about 30,000 worldwide.
Haniel: People are still going to shows and getting hammered haha! Will do Frank. Feel free to send an invite

Frank Sommers: I meant club wise n stuff are there a lot of clubs or just a few is it pay to play as in selling tickets for a good slot n to get paid that kind of thing.
Haniel: Another plug: Crown of Viserys has a new issue coming out. Well, it is all of those things really. There are places to play in Orlando and Tampa, but Ocala tends to be more close-knit. I don't know about pay-to-play around here because I would stay away from that unless I had very solid chance of making my money back at that event. Camden Cruz does a lot of shows and stuff around here. He is actually very hard working and I respect his efforts a lot. We need more guys who work as hard as he does. Check out his band Seventh Kingdom.

Frank Sommers: Have you played outside of Florida yet and any plans to do so?
Haniel: I played in New York years ago when I lived there. Markradonn would love to play out of state, but the logistics are complicated and the finances need to be taken care of in order for me to get a 12 piece band to travel.

Frank Sommers: As for playing outside of Florida, one thing I try and get bands I manage or work with is to pay 5 bucks a week which is nothing and put into a band bank account. It adds up fast especially with you having 12 members that can help with small tours outside of Florida for ya. Any band I highly suggest this to them. Most don't listen and then they bitch cause they never have the money for playing out or if equipment breaks down you can use it for repairs and whatever comes out of the band kitty belongs to the band not one member. If a member decides to leave he leaves without that money cause it was for the band as a whole weather it gets used or not while they are there that’s 5 bucks each member every week.
Haniel: I want to take a second to plug some bands I like: Epoch, Thrashaholica, Killing Addiction, Sons Of Ragnar, Aberration Nexus, ABDOMEN CANVAS, Critical Dismemberment, and Nocturnus AD. Also, guys, check out Blackened Horde-Radio. and zine Blackened Horde Zine.

Frank Sommers: Here is my info for my company page METAL NOIZE TV
Haniel: Thanks for the mention frank and we'll look into it. It is like second nature for me to mention other bands in an interview. It is hard for me to talk about my stuff without talking about my friend’s bands and their projects and other bands.

Frank Sommers: It’s cool to mention other bands but only as long as they are doing the same in return. It works both ways and many bands jump on your bandwagon when you get a lot of press and such but when they get the chance they don’t return the favor so I would keep it at a min and mainly promote what your band is doing.
Haniel: Frank, I don't share bands or promote other bands because I expect something in return. I am a metal and music fan, and so if none of the bands I share reciprocate, hem, I don't care. I was a fan for a long time before having a band, so my attitude and actions have not changed. I'll still support the underground as much as humanly possible.

Lady Kat Chaos: What is like working with Chris Meyer (Aberration Nexus
Haniel: Well, Chris and I worked together for a song 2 years ago, and it was a lot of fun. He let me do anything crazy that I wanted to do with my solo.

Lady Kat Chaos: How many years have you been playing guitar? What is the most valuable lesson you have learned as a guitarist?
Haniel: Since 1997. Perfect practice makes perfect, and everything is "just practice"...feel the music but know what you are playing...if you hit a wrong note once, it is a mistake, if you do it twice, it is genius.

Lady Kat Chaos: Being a guitarist isn’t always a glamorous as it’s made out to be; could you tell us about a hard or testing time that you've had to endure? Do you feel sometimes guitarist have a lot of pressure on them since they basically write all the music and conduct most of the interviews?
Haniel: I have been battling arthritis for 17 years. But unless it gets very, very cold, I have 99% cured myself of it. Also, Carvin Guitars really caused me a lot of grief lately with some really bad gear they sold me and my band. You would not believe how much stress getting bad gear can cause. I don't feel a lot of pressure with the song writing. I can do that forever. The only pressure I have on me is all the damned driving I do haha. Lots and lots of driving.

Lady Kat Chaos: Speaking of gear what is your full set up (including picks and strings).
Haniel: Gear:
Rig #1:
GSP 1101 c63 update
Peavey TB Raxx
BBE maxcom
Carvin TS100 (falling apart!!)
6 space rack being changed to a BestinCase Road Cases rack case.
Power Conditioner
Rig #2:
J-station + RP 360[...borrowing one now but getting my own soon]
Power Conditioner
BBE 882
Mesa Boogie Simul Class 2:90
Carvin DC 400 and DC 127
Modded Ibanez RG 120 w/ Dimarzio pickups
Modded Charvel M3 w/ Dimarzio pickups and low-pro bridge
Dunlop big stubby w/ gripe tap
Stone Picks
Zoom R24 + ART mic preamps, BBE devices, SM57s, Clear Sonic Baffles, and Fabreeze.

Lady Kat Chaos: I am sure the company will fix any issues that you've been having. I clearly can understand your frustrations when you need your equipment to create new songs and practice. What are some issues that you have been having (pickups)?
Haniel: I ranted about this a lot on FB. It was really that they rushed an $1800 guitar out of production and it had all kinds of problems, including bad pickups. We had two TS100's die on us, one was a warranty replacement. Just a nightmare. And their new 4x12 gt12 cabs are really a joke. They are nothing compared to their older ones. I spent $10k with this company going back 15 years, and it breaks my heart to say these things.

Frank Sommers: switch to Marshalls. That's what I used. I also have a crate practice amp set up in my living room hardly ever hook up my rack system. Mostly just play straight through guitar to amp no effects whatsoever.
Haniel: Frank, I own one JCM900 300w A cab. But that is where my Marshall interest ends. If I can find a straight cab version for under 3 bills, I'd buy it but I am pretty much settled. Marshall doesn't make power amps, and anything they made in the past 20 years doesn't interest me.

Lady Kat Chaos: Because of these issues have you thought about using another company?
Haniel: Absolutely. I have a few in mind.

Lady Kat Chaos: How close should pickups be to the strings?
Haniel: Kat, great question! My friend John Rainey who built my rhythm guitarists guitar can tell you more about that. But, for me, I like to have the pickups a little closer to the strings to get a more articulate picking attack, but it is all relative. Some pickups like the DiMarzio X2N has such a powerful magnet that you can drop it back a little and still get a ton of gain.

Lady Kat Chaos: Does it matter what type of pick-ups is used for Death Metal? Is there a certain type that must be used?
Haniel: I have seen guys use any sort of pickup and make it work. For me, I tend to use DiMarzios and it looks like I am going to replace the pickups in my Carvins with DiMarzios soon.

Frank Sommers: Nope, any pickups and stuff can be used for any type of rock n roll n metal, it’s just a matter of what you set your tone at for the right sound all guitars and amps have a different sound even if they are the exact same they will sound different.
Lady Kat Chaos: I see many guitarists say that EMG Pickups are the best. Would it be best to try different types of pickups that you feel gives you the sound you are looking for?
Haniel: I don't like EMGs that much. I absolutely recommend trying new pickups and trying new sounds!

Lady Kat Chaos: Is it hard to replace your pickups? Do you have to replace your guitar when doing so?"
Haniel: I'd usually have someone else do it that has experience with that. It isn't hard, but I can't perform surgery on myself haha so it is best to have someone like a good luthier take care of it for you if you are not 100% sure you know what to do.

Lady Kat Chaos: When making changes to your guitar can it mess up the body work? What about the Value of your guitars worth?
Haniel: This is a great question! We had to do some routing on the Charvel to make the new bridge fit. So, if you don't know what you are doing you can absolutely mess up your guitar. I support taking your stuff to a good luthier, or learning from a good luthier how to do it yourself! Probably worth about what a bag of cool ranch Doritos would be worth. My DC127 is nice, but Carvin doesn't make guitars with a high resell value. So, I figure it is worth about 1k...maybe all of my gits together would be about $2k.

Andrew J. Prussack: I agree with Haniel. Although I do mostly all the work on my own equipment, if someone doesn't know how or are unsure of their ability to do so then you are best to bring it to someone professional for upgrades or repairs. Frank Sommers: That’s funny Haniel I just had my two main guitars revamped by Ace Frehley of Kiss' ex guitar tech who also has a book out about Ace, and Mr. Bill Baker, he is doing my nephews guitars now.
Lady Kat Chaos: Do you like using wide or thin fret-boards? How do you avoided it from warping?
Haniel: It depends...the DC 400 and DC 127 have thicker fret boards, while my Ibanez and Charvel have slightly thinner boards. It all comes down to string tension and radius...for me, if it is set up correctly I am fine with it. I keep it in the case and don't leave it in the car.

Frank Sommers: Keep it out of dry hot areas for warpin. Also if not using it loosen strings. Feel free on my post above has my address to send CDs for reviews and also my cell if you have any biz questions.
Andrew J. Prussack: Equipment is all relative. Everyone likes different things. Just a matter of finding what suits you best. Us guitar players are never happy though. LOL
Haniel: Andrew, DIY is great, but one must "know before doing."

Lady Kat Chaos: When it comes to guitar accessories what should be included?
Haniel: Picks, straps, cables, tuner, sometimes a foot stool, fast fret, CHOPS Pre-play by Graph Tech Guitar Labs. Frank Sommers: Always searching for the right tone, haha.

Lady Kat Chaos: How long do you practice playing on your own?
Haniel: Typically, 5 days per week, between 2-6 hours. I usually take off the day after a long session.

Lady Kat Chaos: Earlier you mentioned some of your songs were written years ago. What made you decide to rework them?
Haniel: Well, it wasn't a re-working so much as it has been a constant writing process. As far as I am concerned, a song isn't done until I sit with Jon and Tim and finalize the drum and rhythm map. So, every song I have ever written is still in the "writing process". Even the songs we already released are not "finished". That's the way this project is; there are constant different interpretations of the songs because of the different instruments we have available.

Alan Lisanti: You mentioned earlier the "backstory" if you will of the symbolism of the serpent and such, do you prefer to write about things like that, and sort of tell a story, or base material around that, or is it more of a personal sort of perspective for you, or both?
Haniel: Alan, this is a fantastic question, give me a second to answer it: Markradonn is really a band that is based on a concept I created 20 years ago called "Ceremonial Abnegation", which is a deeply spiritual, personal story arc about a man who become so consumed with his own hatred that he renounces his entire life, memories, emotions, thoughts, and identity in an ancient occult suicide ritual. The songs all revolve around this story, and the back story, and the philosophical and spiritual foundation for it. EP #1 "Final Dying Breath" was like a "sampler intro" to the first full album, and EP #2 "The Serpentine Deception" is like a "sampler intro" to the album that will follow the first one. So, it is all of the above. This thing is still coming to life even as I write this, and it is a lot of fun for me. Having the right musicians involved really makes this easier for me. But also realizing that whatever I write will fit seamlessly into the story arc because since I started playing guitar and writing lyrics and singing...this is all I know. I started taking guitar lessons to do *this* concept when I was 20. I kept practicing until I was good enough. I waited until I was in my mid-30s to do this, when I moved to FL. So, all of the song writing is really just a constant continuum that is based on experience, thoughts, ideas, and all put together in a rather loose but coordinated story arc to tie it all together. This is a life's work that I am blessed to be able to work with a bunch of great musicians and share with those who find it interesting or relate-able.

Lady Kat Chaos: Because you have many musicians do you ever clash with one another?
Haniel: The only musicians I ever clash with are other guitarists haha. But we all get along with each other great. Our practice room is like a frat house.

Lady Kat Chaos: The battles of guitarist. Have you ever threw out a song because you felt it sounded too much like one of your own influences?
Haniel: Not really. Pretty much everything is always in transition, so if something has potential I keep it. Now, mostly, when I write, I pretty much hit record, play what comes out, hit stop, and boom, a new song. But pretty much all of the material for this band is written. I have literally 4 albums done.

Lady Kat Chaos: What are you doing differently compared to your first EP?
Haniel: Well, I loaded the software and all the stuff I need into a modded ASUS lap top with an SSD in it. Next, I started working with different mic'ing techniques. We got better gear. I found an engineer to do the post-production (Anthony Harvey), which is probably the smartest thing I could have done. He rules. I also am not using the Trombone mute for anything but the French horn for certain effects...I am doing different things with the vox. The production is more organized. Pretty much everything is different.

Lady Kat Chaos: Do you speak with each other to all understand deeply the meanings of your lyrics, or do each of you find your own representation and understanding of Markradonn's lyrics?
Haniel: We don't really talk too much about the lyrics. Only me and Jesse Hudson talk about them. he and I have a lot in common but also have some differences, and it is a fun dynamic and I bug him all the time, haha. We have fun. The guys think I talk too much anyway, so with the non-singers we talk more about the mood and tone of the music, and how the music represents and relates to the mood of the lyrics.

Lady Kat Chaos: Which song are you most proud of?
Haniel: As of right now: "Veils of Negative Existence Part 1" Which has not been released yet, and will be on the upcoming EP.

Lady Kat Chaos: Is "Final Dying Breath" still available?
Haniel: Yes, at Click here to support Symphonic Death Metal w/ Horns &Timpani by Haniel.

Lady Kat Chaos: How difficult was it for Markradonn to get enough support in order to present their music to bigger Metal audiences? How important do you feel it’s to promote your band?
Haniel: People like you, Altara Blakthorne, Joshua R Alexander, Mike McCoy II, Otto Kinzel IV, Zachary Moonshine, Massimo Ricciardi, Dave Wolff (AEA zine), Soulgrinder Zine, and so on make it much, much easier to get out there.

Frank Sommers: How do you go about promoting the band? Does every member also promote?
Haniel: I create flyers, do social media networking, go out and meet new people (when I leave my house), work with online promoters, make friends, etc...The other guys do what they can do. They are all more popular than me and they have more friends than me, so they are great at networking just for that haha! But we leverage our promoting well because everyone does a little and it adds up. Tim Carter is great because he seems to have some great opportunities lined up. He has been great all-around with everything since we started. The guys all do a great job and I am impressed with the buzz they are creating around this. You have to protect your investment. If you don't think it is important enough to promote your own band, then no one else will think it is important. We are not rock stars. Gotta go to work and pound the pavement.

Frank Sommers: Here is an example of a flyer I would make and print. I didn't print this one, instead I used the one above.
Haniel: Special bonus video for you guys hehe: This is an example of the effects on the video from the Sony handycam, and using Vegas 10. Another: Just a quick shred practice w/ a drum machine. Nothing special, just practicing chops. Just call me "the broom" ('cuz I sweep a lot...get it?) Here is me just jamming out some solo ideas at 4am. It is a little. This is the last one: Internal Hate Unbounded/band introduction This a song from the first performance this band has ever done.

Frank Sommers: That's what I mean everyone in the band has diff friends n outlets and that’s why it’s important each members does his part even if it’s once a week at least it’s something which many bands don’t do n to me that’s when I say well if they can’t take 5 min to promote the band there heart ain’t in it n don’t let the door hit ya in the ass see ya! that’s what I tell my bands I work with.
Haniel: There are some guys that can't promote, such as some of the brass players. That's cool with me. I want to make music. I can handle all of the promoting myself. I have a lot of experience in this

Frank Sommers: I understand that but to me with all bands have to work with 5 minutes to do some promotion is not much to ask 1 man can’t reach what 12 can do. Let alone when it’s a 4 or 5 man group I should promote. Unless you consider this more of your solo project with just backup players and not an equal type of band.
Haniel: Ya gotta understand Frank that most of the guys in this are professional musicians who only play music. They don't have the time to go out there and hand out flyers, post to a message board, or pound the pavement. I am not going to kick out one of the best brass players in the state just because they "won't promote 5 minutes a day". This isn't that sort of band. I have a huge team of people doing the promotion so that it doesn't require any one else to do what they can't do. Part of the reason why I am able to put this together the way I have is that I put *zero* pressure on everyone, except to play their instruments and work with me around the schedule. It has been hugely successful because I have music professors at the local college playing brass with me in this, as a full time member of this, helping me with the arrangements, putting hours in to writing stuff out, and so on. So, everyone has their job to do. I have worked very diligently at delegating responsibilities to make this work, and it has gone smoothly. There is no drama. There are no altercations. No one practices drunk. We don't have any druggies in this. Everything works, so I am not going to start being a dick about how much promotion the flippin timpani player does on a daily basis. I feel as if I have a great handle on this, great control over the situation, and a lot of people simply do not get how I work and how I do things. In fact, I have gotten more "shit" from people telling me how to "run" this than I have about the music itself. Well, the reason why the music has been making massive strides is because of how I set up the dynamic. There is no reason for me to take a 49 year old professional trombone player and grill him because he went home to be with his kids instead of handing out flyers at the local bar for the next gig. I am pretty confident that we will have great numbers that the next, our second, gig in 11 days.

Frank Sommers: I mean when I started my band way back in high school in the early 80s it was mainly me n 1 other guy writin then when I moved back to jersey from South Carolina I owned the name n rights so I restarted it all with new players n it was sorta a concept idea like you are doing band was called Morlock .but then I got tired of doing most of the work n disbanded it n went into the other side of the biz which I like a lot better n do more I still write n play but with injuries n stuff I’ve had n surgery n stuff now I can’t play more then 15 to 20 min before my arms n hands go numb so playing anymore I don't do much of but I do write with others on occasion n always writing for myself n also working on 3 diff books one is all in verse so that taking a while to keep a story going doing it that way but sooner or later it’ll be a complete book ready to publish. Hopefully, haha.
Haniel: "unless you consider this more of your solo project with just backup players n not an equal type of band" No, not at all. I don't understand your remarks. This is not a solo band. What gave you the impression it was?

Frank Sommers: No, I get that n ur doing a great job from what ya said n yes it’s a big project n great you have top players in all aspects ..I’m just asking general questions and stuff like that. So please don’t take offense. I just see so many bands that have 1 or 2 members doing the work and the others just sitting around getting fucked up and shit. I didn’t say it was a solo project asked if that’s what it was as we were talking about promoting and such but you gave me the answers already so all good.
Haniel: Frank, you are so right. However, I tend to do the work of 8 people by myself, and I have literally boundless energy for this. I get pumped up. I have no issues with doing a lot of the work myself. In fact, I enjoy it. I want these guys to play some music, have some fun, and have some laughs every week when we practice. I like the hard, laborious, boring crap. These guys do everything I can possibly ask, and more. I want to reward them with some good times and some fun and inspired music.

Frank Sommers: That’s awesome ya have a great working environment within the band very hard to come by today with all the egos n extra stuff they putting in their bodies. So I give ya props brother for keeping it all good with that many people involved ya should get a lot of kudo's for that alone..
Haniel: Thanks Frank! That means a lot! I give credit to the team for working hard and being so receptive to everything.

Lady Kat Chaos: Did you have anything specific in mind prior to starting the process of composing your songs?
Haniel: Not any more. It just sort of happens now. Mostly what I have been doing lately has been layering and building the songs and arranging the other instruments and parts. So, I think subconsciously I write with brass and timpani in mind now.

Lady Kat Chaos: Did you find the addition of the "newest' members of the band helpful in achieving will help with more of an impressive result?
Haniel: Yes, Richard Blankenship has been a god send. Drew on Cimbasso has really put us over the edge and has been so helpful in getting the brass written out. He is a great asset and I love working with him.

Lady Kat Chaos: I know that Allen is handling rhythm guitars. Do you prefer playing leads over rhythms? Does Allen ever come up with some lead sections of your songs?
Haniel: I prefer playing the songs, and I get a little turned off by my own lead playing sometimes. "Does Alan ever come up with some lead sections of your songs?" No, strictly rhythm. He has his own project he is working on and I am looking forward to hearing it.

Lady Kat Chaos: How do you avoid too much overdrive or distortion when layering guitars?
Haniel: I have no idea haha that's why I teamed up with a good audio engineer to help me with that!

Frank Sommers: I agree definitely hard with that many players to keep ego's in check n just do it for the love of music it’s kinda like what Paul O'Neil does with Trans Siberian Orchestra.
Haniel: Exactly! We are a bunch of fun loving guys who spend more time cracking on each other than we do actually playing the songs haha! But it is so much fun.

Lady Kat Chaos: Do you feel that this new EP will be guitar-based album or will each instrument play a very important role in the way your music comes across? Do you feel that each member should standout?
Haniel: This will be actually *less" guitar driven in the sense that 2 of the 3 songs with vox do not have a solo. The guitar *sound* will be vastly improved, but this is more about the songs, and how they impact the listener. I do not like to play solos for the sake of soloing, and I do very much like how the brass and the bass are sounding together. Tim's drums on this one will be really fun to listen to. This isn't about the individual members; it is about the team as a whole. They all work well together and the songs are what are important. They all focus on what the song requires, and our fretless bassist Nicholas Weaver really does a phenomenal job with his parts that he plays bass in, and his brass parts, to make them work in the context of the songs. I couldn't be more proud. If there is one guy that I really need to send props to, it's Nick.

Lady Kat Chaos: As you mention, that you also keep in mind brass and timpani when it comes to your writing, do you ever get stuck and how do you overcome the block? Are you now also learning how to play other instruments to help with your creations?
Haniel: I really don't have writers block or mental blocks, because if I know when to quit and go watch some TV or play with my cat. The process has been very liquid and very fluid the past year or so, and I don't get worried any more. There is so much material to work with...we do not have any issues with content. Plus, we have guys that if I just hit "record" they can bust out this big improvisational, I love that. I also make sure I take a lot of brain nutritional supplements that really help me stay focused and improve my energy greatly...No, but I am learning more about notation and how to write music out...

Lady Kat Chaos: Talking about the sound, how do the new songs come across in a live environment in your opinion? Is it hard to maintain the same sound from your release in a live setting or do you like to change it up?
Haniel: Not sure yet! We will find out in two weeks! Is it hard to maintain the same sound from your release in a live setting or do you like to change it up. Again, we shall see in two weeks!

Lady Kat Chaos: How hard was it for you to find the right musicians? Do you feel this line-up is solid? Are you still looking to add other musicians?
Haniel: Literally, 20 years. I hope so! We are working great together...Yes, I would love to add a trumpet player who has a lot of jazz chops for some recording and possible live playing.

Lady Kat Chaos: Some individual's would say that Death Metal shouldn't have jazz fusion mixed and I often wonder if they are truly listening to some of the bands fully. Who would be some bands that you've enjoyed that has combined them both?
Haniel: Atheist, Early Cynic.

Lady Kat Chaos: I was just thinking about Atheist's after asking you that question. Do you feel that your fans and friends will find some sort of connection with your releases?
Haniel: That's why we are taking the sort of marketing direction we are taking. My goal is to have deeper, more personal relationships with the people who appreciate the music we are doing. I mean, I am splitting my soul open for the world to see, so the fan-base is almost like "part" of this journey with us. We are still in the early stages, but as we release more material we will see a much deeper connection between the music and the fans and the band. I have a hard time with people so this is yet another challenge that must be met haha!

Lady Kat Chaos: Do you feel that you have managed to achieve a big part of the artistic dream that you had when you started Markradonn?
Haniel: Not even close. That won't happen until the last album we do.

Lady Kat Chaos: I know that you had to head out Haniel. I thank you for stopping by and answering many questions from other hordes. Is there any last words that you would like to add.
Haniel: Sure. Support local music. BUY CDs. Support bands that are working hard. Don't be a bitch about "genre"; it is all just METAL. Plus, please consider making a donation to us for some really cool Markradonn gear!! Thanks folks, have a great week!

Alan Lisanti: You mentioned Florida Death Metal earlier as being a big part of the core of the band’s sound, what bands drew you to Death Metal starting out, and what are some other influences or genres that inspire you?
Haniel: Thanks Alan Lisanti, last one of the night! Death. Death. And MORE DEATH!!!! Hahira But also brutality, Monstrosity, Obituary, and of course, Nocturnus AD.

Frank Sommers: Great talking with ya Haniel look forward to hearing more from ya take care n keep it \m/ brother n best of luck n if I can be of any help in the future don’t hesitate to ask my number n addy in the ad i posted earlier \m/
Haniel: Hey guys, I leave you with my favorite band!! The song "Arctic Crypt" by Nocturnus (a damn good band of old-school death metal) from the album THRESHOLDS.