Written by: Tim Nordstedt

I know that I have crossed ways with this band long ago, but that casual moment was nothing that my memory retained for some reason, one day when I by mistake and with a sudden strike of luck saw the promovideo for the track “The State OF Black Putrefaction” that kind of caught me off guard and after that I was hooked, and I´m more than certain that I will remember the music of Body Core from now on, my certainty did become a fact as I bought the digital release of the album (sadly it seems like no one have printed it in a physical format yet) and played the whole thing on repeat for a whole day.




Written by: Tim Nordstedt

Svartnad is without any form of doubts one of the most anticipated releases for me, as I have patiently been longing for the day a releasedate would come to be announced.
I had the greatest luck to separate myself from the mere mortals that have to await it´s arrival in May from Critical Mass Recordings as I received the whole album in a digital format a couple of months before the physical release.
I was well aware of that things have changed a bit since the release of "Mortui Vivos Docent"  2013, and from what I´ve heard it´s a surprisingly positive change.




Zobibor is one of those few bands that simply sticks in your head. During my visit to Hönö, Gothenburg in 2005, I got to experience Zobibors first demo 'Sodomatic Hate” before it was released. Since then I can't help listening it at least once every 3 months. It had such a soundscape that I always dreamed about experiencing when I was introduced to the Black Metal genre. It was much more evil than any Mayhem-release ever done. It's dirty and raw from superficial skin, next to fierce marrow. It's malicious, gritty and very hating - A peculiar mixture of punk, death and black metal. But unfortunately neither Goliath (ex- Sworn) or P.Penetrator (ex- Morbid Insulter, The Third Eye Rapists) wants to know about the demo as it's written in a period of their life they don't want to be associated with today. More about that later!

In 2011, Zobibor released their EP 'In Transylvania' via the company Death Invocation Records. With a completely new set of members and a different sound that's similar to a new generation of rock'n'roll filled with horror punk. I don't pretend that the sound production is particularly good, but I like the new tone and its feeling with several guitar riffs that offers enormous scrotum kicks with a blacked meltdown in Chernobyl. The atmosphere is a perfect fit to the image and the message Zobibor now want to convey.

Lyrically, it's still as raw as before, but they have been able to bind the message in a different guise in which the listener gets a reasonable perception of its metaphors of drugs, perversion and sodomy. It's like a mixture of bands like 'Order of the Vultures' and 'Hot Graves' but with a horror-filled production that can't even be described in words.

I’m pretty gladfull for finally getting the chance to make a sort of interview with the singer and guitarist of Zobibor, David Goliath. I wished I could do a much longer one, but I promised him to come back to him in future issues.

Greigh Johanson:
What started Zobibor and whose idea was it?

 David Goliath:
- Zobibor was initially an idea a buddy of mine had, it was he who came up with the name. I think he was inspired by Driller Killers name and the old Swedish band Treblinka. From the beginning the idea was to name it "Sobiborr" and have a drill within the logo (I know, it's so damn bad). That dude, another guy and I started to scratch at a song called "plague" or "pestilence" or something, in a rehearsal room at Hönö, Gothenburg - it went at a pace that tried to sound like early Nifelheim, but instead it sounded like an old boat engine - two or three chord riffs in the style of 'Von' and a vocal-song that sounded like 'Nunslaughter'. Today, I regret that we never took a strapper during the rehearsal, because it had been fun to listen to it today. It was terribly bad. A lot of it was because the other two guys weren't musicians at all.

- Later I took the name of the idea and changed the first letter into a "Z" (more about that will be shown below), and began writing songs by myself at the home of another pal using a POD, and his computer , it was on this material that P.Penetrator later started playing drums and we came up with the demo "Sodomatic Hate", whose title is a modification of that word Hell Butcher in Nifelheim screaming in the chorus of Sadistic Blood Massacre; "Sodomatic Rape" - I don't even think the word "Sodomatic" really exists in the English language. I think it's only a conjugation of the word "Sodomy", which Nifelheim came up with themselves. I like the South American misspelled metal lyrics and of course I like Nifelheim as well, so I thought the title was good enough, which I don't think today. Honestly, I couldn't remember the reason why I put a "Z" at the beginning of the name. But today I remember that it was due to that the word should be pronounced "TZobibor" - Someone or something whispered in in my ear.

What members were in the band from the very beginning?

- It doesn't feel relevant to tell you what these guys names were, because we only played five times together.

Why did you choose to hush the first demo "Sodomatic Hate"?

- Simply because the text material is so terribly bad. It's written in my previous life, and most of my past life was pretty disastrous. I certainly don't want anyone to read those texts as they may be interpreted very wrong, and contribute to things that are not in unity with my work today. I've had a drawing all my life and it was when I wrote Zobibors first demo in an infantile stage. I simply couldn't express what I wanted to say because I couldn't articulate it, not even to myself. When you can't show exactly where you are, you tend to point to others and say they’re wrong. You can compare it with the way that Nietzsche calls the resentment; you feel inferior when you know that their path is wrong, but you don't know which way to go yourself. I can admit that I at that time felt small and weak to society as I then lived in - with "world order" - even if I always did any form of resistance, and I can admit it without shame, because I, with the help of hard work, avoid such crap today. Zobibor must act to encourage and excite, not fatten depressed people to be more secure in their own misery - Other bands may deal with such crap if they want - None mentioned.

Were there any consequences from you decision between you and other members?

- No, I 've never really been an enemy to any member or former member of Zobibor.

Why didn't the song "Heroin Messiah" get an official release?

- Simply because I was lazy and devoted myself to other things (like alcohol and drugs ) , we were actuallymeant to record it to "IN TRANSYLVANIA " ep , but forgot about it when we were in the studio.

How many live-performance have you done?

- One, at the old Truckstop Alaska - It was me, P.Penetrator and two session members. It was surprisingly good attendance. I want remember that there were around 50 people by the stage.

Tell us about the recording of "In Transylvania". About the technical aspects and how the EP was created?

- I wrote the songs in the bishop's house when I lived there. It was one big experiment, an attempt to create a hybrid between several different musical styles. The lyrics are (although I'm not completely satisfied with the judgment) relatively good. It was during this period that I, after many years, remembered who I was and what my mission on earth is, and I see "IN TRANSYLVANIA" as a kind of starting point or "birth" of Zobibor and even myself.

- We sat and drank in a rehearsal room in Hönö and recorded everything over a few weeks. We completed recording during a rather primitive ritual; we drank ourselves drunk and greeted the gathering of Christians youths. That night it was "The Hönö-conference" where several thousand Christians occupy half the municipality and spread their conservative crap. We were unpleasant, provoking and we disrupted the meeting. The next day when we were full of fresh hatred, we added the last vocal loops. The place our studio was in is now , in the municipality of initiatives , razed to the ground and there is only little gravel left. Incidentally, it isn't me who sings the song B.D.S.M, but a guest singer from an old demo band called 'Fanskap', he will hopefully will work with Zobibor again.

Where did you get the actual sound of the guitar riffs from in 'In Transylvania'? What has inspired you? I just wondering because It has a huge carnival-feeling to it, so to speak. Have different horror punk bands inspired you? I think of Misfits or Murderdolls or something.

- It's a strange clash of mine 'de mysteriis'-sound and some sort of mastodon sound from the guy who produced the shit - An ugly and stupid bastard who also likes 'Meshuggah' and 'Soundgarden'. Anyway, we used his stuff, but I have no idea how to get that kind of sound. The most important thing is that you fuck-up the sound in some strange way. It can never be too "good" or "fine" - I mean, think about these people who pretend to understand music, suddenly start to like our bands? Ugh, horrible thought!

Do you have anything more to come, or are Zobibor history?

- Zobibor will be heard again, and with a completely different level of both textual and musical commitment. It may happen that the old members will show up as well, but we'll see. The reason that Zobibor has not been more active and productive is simply because I had some other things to stand in. I have more or less forced to away prioritize Zobibor and I will ensure that the band gets the attention it deserves from me in the future, I can promise you that. Thanks!




Written by: Tim Nordstedt

 In the beginning of this year I made an attempt to list the most anticipated releases of 2016, I am chocked and a bit ashamed to admit that I completely missed that an oddball, unique band from Berlin with undoubtedly the greatest name in the scene was about to release their first fullength album.

Seriously, any extreme metalband who have the balls to name themselves after a Lesley  Gore song deserves a reward in my opinion, but let´s put the genial choice of a bandname aside and put the focus sternly towards the most important thing, which obviously would be the music.




Review written by: Tim Nordstedt.

Hordes of the Apocalypse is one band that I never thought I would write a review for, mostly due to the fact that me and Greigh go way back and we are both involved with Goregasmic, and I´m speed-doodling up some of their covers (something that may give me stressrelated traumas in the future) so it sort of felt like it would be a little bit of a nepotism-like warning going on, and people would probably accuse me of being bias in their favour  if I started to biblically praise the hell out of their albums.




Italian Pagan Black Metal band Brünndl signed with Grom Records for the release of their debut album out in February 2016.

Info: Brünndl is a black pagan band coming from the lands included between Bassano del Grappa and the highlands of Asiago, North-eastern Italy. Gathered since 2010, the band owes its name to the ancient Germanic definition of the river Brenta, which runs aside the highland and breaks through Bassano.

The root brun- refers to the meaning “spring, source, font”, as the origin of all comes from water, specifically in this case, a river; and this band’s inspiration too. On these highlands people used to speak a very old Germanic dialect, known as Tzimbar, a language which brings in its words powerful and untold meanings, which are constantly researched by the band.

From their isolated ancestors and their culture, the members draw the other side of their inspiration. They were just woodsmen, shepherds, hut’s owner, born where Norse mythology meld with Venetic tradition in a mixture that is still alive now, even if rare and probably doomed to disappear.
Asiago is a melting pot, as a cauldron where different elements were put together to get a real balance formulation.

Songs are sung both in Tzimbar and Italian, texts are about heritage and nature, folklore, alchemy and philosophy hidden behind legends or simple stories. The great expressed through simplicity. This new disc as well as the first demo is a journey, each song is a step to arrive at the ending where a new awareness can be found: in fact, it is a kind of realistic myth or dreamlike path in five chapters and an interlude.

Raw and folk sounds, screams and choirs, they all come in one to spread deep contrasting feelings, in order to share the band’s thoughts and emotions with the listener. It is an experience of old school black metal which would open itself to new horizons, by means of alpine heritage and unusual lyrics. 

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Hyperion is a Swedish Extreme Metal band from Stockholm. Formed in 2007, the bands main ambition has always been to create a unique fusion of melody and brutality in order to convey an epic and heroic atmosphere. In the early days of the band, this ambition manifested itself through the influence of melodic death metal bands and thrash metal acts.

As time passed, however, the band quickly drew towards a darker and more extreme sound, while still staying true to the original concept. This became more evident on their latest demo “Blood of the Ancients” released in 2010. Now adding influences from Black Metal acts and also adding elements of epic movie soundtracks, classical gaming soundtracks and numerous other sources of inspiration, the goal was not by any means fully achieved, but the vision was broadened and the result was a stronger musical outlet than the earlier demos released prior to Blood of the Ancients.

This musical vision is also represented in the lyrical side of the band. Themes ranging from Greek mythology, astronomy, tales of ancient warlords and general philosophy and outlooks upon the meaning of life became the new norm. This lyrical and musical concept that developed through years of incubation and hard work resulted in the band’s first full length album which is now completely recorded. It's currently being mixed and mastered by none other than Sverker Widgren, the owner of Wing Studios.

Hyperion stands now at the threshold of unleashing their greatest work to date in cooperation with Black Lion Productions. The artwork and the title have been finalized, and now the band is ready to share the single "Novus Ordo Seclorum" from the upcoming album Seraphical Euphony.

Mixed and Mastered by Sverker Widgren at Wing Studios.
Artwork drawn by Alex Tartsus at Alex Tartsus Art Studios.







Written by Tim Nordstedt:

is one band that always seems to make my eyebrows raise higher and higher, you never know what kind of weird musical maze you will get yourself disoriented in when it comes to the arrangements of these magically talented Japenese musical wizards.

Graveward got released in April so I am a couple of months late as I recently discovered it, regardless it was a great surprise as I currently have the album on repeat, and I´m constantly trying to focus and let the variation coalesce together in a coherrent fluent form, luckily I´m failing gravely, every split second bring a theatrical part that demands attention and my curiosity and amazement gives in completely and surrenders itself kneeling.



TORMENT (2008)

Written by Tim Nordstedt:

And here we have an other one from Brain Damage with a clown theme, but I have to admit that this one actually impressed me, in the way that it was far more tedious than the previous movies that I hardly managed to sit through and even more pointless than Clown Killer.

The greatest thing with this release was the cover, where we have an evil looking clown, a tormented woman and the tagline "Meet Dissecto the Clown, He´s got a captive audience", sounds great! and the first thing we see is a clown with a strapped down victim, great. Then the scene fades out without any torture, just a badly made stabbing and all of the minor  expectations I somewhat had slowly faded away.

Then we meet up with Ray who went to the looniebin to pick up  his lovely wife Laura, and in the middle of all the attempts to random ramblings he comes up with the greatest idea, maybe they should go to a house in the middle of nowhere to work on her mental issues and their marriage.
The plan seem to go successively asunder as Laura starts to see things like a couple of people that obviously had to be an illusion and a clown lurking around the woods which also have to be an illusion. Ray can´t find any evidence of this, and the situation becomes slightly aggitated between the two as one takes comfort in pills and anxiety and the other one takes the bottle and just don´t feel like giving a bigger shit about anything.

For some reason the clown Dissecto (who is only named on the cover and never says a word in the movie) lives nearby in a really tragic shabby place where he tries to entertain the few people he come by, kidnaps and ties to a chair, then he kills them off offscreen, and then we see him applying an uneven amount of white makeup on his mask, that was another good waste of screentime.

Now he only appears about four short times in this movie and not one scene pays off in anyway so all the gorehounds will be very unsatisfied, the most exciting scene with Dissecto involved a long needle and a balloon, will it pop or will it not? now that was a real hair raiser! then he chops a fakehand of another bad actor... the end, sorry for the spoiler but it´s really not getting more fun than that.
So what we have here is a 92% of a dramatic relationship between two extremely boring, whining people who´s marriage seems to be crashing with or without hallucinations, pills, booze or a murderous clown, and then some extremely bad torturing that hardly passes for torture.

Did that sound bad? well it didn´t really help that the acting was more robotic than anything else and the few effects that were in this film where really poorly executed, well truthfully everything in this movie was poorly executed!

I don´t have that much to say about this one, it´s dumb, it´s excrutiatingly boring, Lack of suspense, hardly any blood or anything that squeamish people could be offended by, no appearant sense or logic whatsoever, loads of braindrilling ultra-annoying drama, no backstory and no form of interesting anything in my opinion!

This movie is as equivalent as banging your head to the table a hundred times, but on the other side that would have a positive effect, because after the headbashing you would forget the most crap your brain have stored instead of leaving your filled with more crap.
But it would be fun if Dissecto could get a revival without any strings attached from this movie seeing how that dumb ending made it even dumber!

And if someone could make up a little more colourfull, quirkier, funnier and ofcourse meaner, more cruel, bloodier  and add those things with alot of funny props and a big circus/carneval stage, now I would probably want to watch that!



Written by Fred Andersson (Instagram: SchmollywoodBabylon):

As long as I’ve been alive I’ve been aware of my dreams. No, I haven’t been aware in them, but they’re often with me when I wake up and sometimes,  just sometimes, I can remember them very vividly, so detailed I still today can visualize them in front of me. The funniest one was the time when me and Jean-Claude Van Damme fought zombies with big eggs as heads in an autumn forest, and we defeated them by knocking them in the head with… a spon. That’s actually very logical if you think of it. During my depression years, as I usually think of them as, I just dreamed of cities and villages around me being empty, flat facades, like that fake western-town in Blazing Saddles. So I’m a firm believer in the symbolism in dreams, even if I think it differs very drastically from person to person. They are there for many mysterious reasons, and it’s up to ourselves to find out what to do with them.