Wednesday, 21 December 2011


Ruinebell is the "dark apocalyptic metallic crust" project band of two of the current extreme music scenes most prolific musicians, namely Lasse Pyykkö ( the driving force and mastermind behind such bands as Hooded Menace, Claws, Plegethon etc.) and Dopi ( Machetazo drummer/vocalist and also currently in female fronted Doomrockers Deadmask and the deadly Generic Death aswell as being a founding member of the now defunct Dishammer). The music of Ruinebell is heavily influenced by the classic dark British 80's crust of Amebix and Axegrinder laced with strong dissonant elements of classic Voivod and with a nod to the heaviness of "Streetcleaner" era of Godflesh.
The bands debut offering "Demise In Disgrace" featuring 2 songs was released a little while ago by the Doomentia label and seriously impressed these ears so I sent some questions to gain more knowledge about this project and it's origins and for them to talk about this collaboration in their own words and recieved answers from both Dopi and Lasse:-

Hails guys! Please give us a quick background history on Ruinebell, how did this project between you both first come to discussions?! How quickly did it take to come to life musically after you first talked about it?

Dopi:  We already knew each other from doing mail and trading records, then one day Lasse told me about some new songs he had, and asked me to join on vocals and drums. As soon as I heard the demo he sent me, I was totally shocked, so I had to join! I always wanted to play something like this, old industrial and metallic stenchcore are some of my fave musical styles.  
Lasse: Hi there! I wanted to write dark and metallic crust songs inspired mostly by the likes of Amebix and Axegrinder . Originally I had plans to find members for the band here in Joensuu, Finland but it turned out a bit complicated. A month or two passed before I contacted Dopi about the project. We have been in touch for some years already and I knew he´d probably like this stuff. Ruinebell turned out to be a perfect project to start the hopefully longlife collaboration as it was something neither of us haven´t exactly done before. So for us this was more exciting and reasonable idea than say a death metal project.

Your 7" " Demise in Disgrace" has been released by Doomentia and features 2 songs of dark apocalyptic heavy metallic crust which brings to mind classic Amebix, Axegrinder with some hints of Voivod for the sake of comparisons, are you guys totally satisifed with how this recording turned out?

Dopi: Of course, I think it came out perfect. We put a lot of effort and concentration in this recording. 

Lasse: Yeah, it turned out excellent but the next offering, whatever and whenever that will be, is going to be even better. Yeah, I know bands always say that but I mean that.

Please tell people in your own words what they can expect from this collaboration and debut joint recording?

Dopi: Musically, people will check out our potential in different areas than our usual death metal/grindcore bands. And ideologically, people will see how pessimistic and dark is our view of this fucked up world we live in.

Lasse: Yeah, Dopi nailed it very well. I´d like to add that this is not just some random Amebix worship band by two metalheads but we have our own approach to it. We bring nothing unprecedented to the table but then again we don´t sound exactly like any other band. This should be good reason enough for everyone at least a bit interested in metal/punk to check us out, and for us to keep doing this.

How have the reactions been to the bands music so far in terms of reviews and general feedback?

Dopi: By the way I haven’t seen too many reviews, but I traded and sold a few copies already and everybody got a good surprise.

Lasse:  So far so good. I have read only one review and it was mere praise.

How did you initially hook up with the label for this release?

Dopi: I think Doomentia was interested in it before the recording was done, when Lasse just told him about the idea. Both Hooded Menace and Machetazo work with Doomentia, we know this record label kicks ass. 

Lasse: Lukas at Doomentia loves the bands that Ruinebell is influenced by so it wasn´t a brainer that he was interested to hear the demo tracks when I told him about it. The next thing I knew we were recording the 7".

What was the writing and recording process like for this recording, please tell us abit about that. Was it quite strange living so far away from each other? I guess the internet makes the world a much smaller place thesedays and it is very easy to send music files and ideas back and forth via emails etc.. but did the distance between yourself and Lasse cause any particular problems at any point?. Who is responsible for the majority of music writing for this project or do you both contribute your fair share of ideas for riffs, arrangements etc..?

Dopi: We are veteran and conscientious recording freaks, so distance didn’t cause big trouble. It was a fuckin’ awesome experience, we never practised the songs together but anyway it was funny and very satisfactory to work in the distance. Lasse wrote everything, I practised for a couple of months over demos he sent me, adding some details and my style to it.

Lasse: It´s not necessary to see eye to eye to pull it off. I´d say it can be more efficient to work this way as the focus is in the work and nothing else. You don´t get to chit chat and hang out as much fun as that would be. Of course it would make us more powerful unit if we could meet up and invoke this stench in the rehearsal room and take it to the studio but working with a distance is good enough. It still sounds like a a real band playing together and raising hell. I had written all the music before Dopi joined the project but next time Dopi will write something too I guess.


Have you only wrote/recorded 2 songs so far or have you done more? Is there new material and ideas in the pipeline/ What can we expect next from the band release wise?

Dopi: Only that couple of songs. No idea about next releases, to record a full length abum would be great but maybe too much to work in the distance, but I’m sure we’ll join forces again, maybe another EP, or split?

Lasse: Yeah, those are the only songs we have so far. I have a couple of riffs but it´s way too early to talk about the new material. 

 I take it this is not just a one off collaboration but something you will both be working on again in the not too distant future?

Dopi: Yes, really hope so.

Lasse: Yeah, we are determined to keep thing thing alive. Hopefully it won´t take too long to unleash the next 7", 12" or whatever.

How did you initially get in touch each other, are you big fans of your other musical projects? Have you both actually met in person or is this project just born out of internet - mail communication?

Dopi: We started to trade our bands records some years ago, and I already knew previous Lasse’s work with Phlegethon since I got “Fresco lungs” MLP, back in 1991.

I’m a total Blind Dead fanatic too so gotta love Hooded Menace. We met this year at Maryland Deathfest in the USA, but it was short, festivals use to be crazy places to meet people, you know. 

Lasse: Yeah, Machetazo owns! I came across the band only something like six years back or so. You see, I was so behind of everything in the underground metal scene when I "woke up" from my 14 year slumber. Yeah, we met briefly at MDF. That was cool.

Please tell us a bit about the bands name? Who came up with that?

Dopi: Shit, can’t remember about it right now, I know we shared a few names before this one, but don’t remember if finally Lasse came with this name or it was a combination of two ideas.

Lasse:  The bell of ruin. The gloomy sound you´ll wake up to at the dawn of the apocalypse, haha! I remember we brainstormed the name for quite a while. As far as I recall I think it was me who came up with Ruinbell and Ruinebell. I introduced the idea of using "ruin" in French as "ruine" because  it looked somewhat cooler that way.


Lyrically where does the inspiration come from?

Dopi: Lasse wrote them, surely not inspired by the beauty of this world.

Lasse: Yeah, basically the lyrics are a big apocalyptic feast. Turn on the TV or pick up a newspaper…it´s a deranged, dark world and it´s not gonna end nicely.

What bands fuel and shape the sound of Ruinebell?

Dopi: Good stuff from the old 80’s like Voivod and Amebix, together with the amazing “Rise Of The Serpent Men” LP by Axegrinder, and the heaviness of that masterpiece by Godflesh named “Streetcleaner”. These are obvious influences, but guess that subsconciously we put lots more, cos’ I’ve heard so many different comparisions from people.

Lasse: Yeah those are the obvious ones. It would be cool to read more comments and reviews especially as this is our debut. It´s interesting to hear how people see it.

Do you feel any musical affinity with any other current bands in a similar style? What is your opinion on bands such as Morne and Filth of Mankind who also have a strong Axegrinder influence? What is your opinion on the current crust scene in general?

Dopi: To be honest I don’t know many bands in a similar style to Ruinebell. But I like Morne a lot, I saw them live months ago and they killed me. 

Lasse: Yeah, I agree with Dopi. I guess you can spot out like "this riff sounds like Voivod! This one brings Amebix to mind!"" and so forth but the entirety is our own. I don´t follow the current crust scene that much but I love Morne. Filth of Mankind are great too.

Do you plan to ever take Ruinebell onto the live stage? Is that something you would personally like to do with this project?

Dopi: I never thought about it really, it would be hard to plan, also we would need more people involved.

Lasse: It doesn´t seem realistic nor necessary. The idea doesn´t even interest me much.

What is up with your other bands right now? You are busy guys!! How do you find the time to create so much music?

Dopi: Guess I am addicted to play a few different kinds of music. Anyway Machetazo is the main one, right now we’re decomposing a new album. Deadmask and Generic Death will release new vinyls soon. Dishammer split up seven months ago.

Lasse: When the inspiration strikes things can happen quite fast. You just find time and use it efficiently. Hooded Menace is gonna start recording the new album "Effigies of Evil" (out 2012 on Relapse) any time soon. We also got Teemu Hannonen, my old band mate in Phlegethon, in the 2nd guitar for Hooded Menace´s live line up, so we´re been busy practicing a bunch of old and new songs.  

What plans do you have for Ruinebell in 2012? plug available merch! many thanks for answering by questions!

Dopi: Haven’t talked about any plans yet, by the way I think we need to focus in those Hooded Menace and Machetazo albumes for 2012. You’re welcome Kat, thanks for the support! Anybody into buying the 7” go to or

Lasse: Yeah, gotta get the main bands´ new albums out of the way first and see what happens then. Thanks for having us!  

Monday, 21 November 2011


Sweden has produced some old school death metal gems this year, and Maim are another band to add to the list alongside the likes of Miasmal, Morbus Chron, Bastard Priest, Bombs Of Hades, Repuked and Entrails.
The band's first release, the 'From The Womb To The Tomb' debut album, which reeked of old Autopsy influence. The band followed up that with an even stronger second record, released this year via Soulseller Records, titled 'Deceased To Exist' which is one of the strongest new wave of Swedish death metal albums since Repugnant unleashed 'Epitome Of Darkness' upon the underground scene in 2006 - appropriate, since Maim do have a sound strongly reminiscent of Repugnant in places.
I sent some questions to guitarist Christian "Chrille" Sandberg about their latest album, their live UK debut at the Fenriz-curated Live Evil Festival.

Hails Christian, Please give me a quick history on the band and who does what currently?!
Hello! We started out late 2006, with the purpose to play some serious deathmetal. Me and Scott had played togheter before,so we started to look after more members.Then we hooked up with Rikard and Henric. We recorded our first demo and began to play gigs. In the spring of 2009 we released our full-lenght album ”From the womb to the womb” and played abroad for the first time.In 2011 we released our second album ”Deceased to Exist” and have been playing around europe on really cool festivals and tours. Now we are focusing on new material and a mini tour in sweden in december,together with Vanhelgd and Miasmal.Scott has also joined Morbus Chron as live guitarist. 

My first introduction to the band was the "From The Womb To The Tomb" album, a great album which has everything I love about death metal in it, please describe this album in your own words to the readers? Are you totally happy with how it turned out and the response you have gotten to it so far?
Thanks for the sweet words! From the womb… was not acctually supposed to be a full-lenght album. It was originally a demo wich we wanted to release, but after some discussions with the record company(Soulseller Records) we decided to re-record the album and add some tracks.I still think the demo sound is better(of course..) but we are totally satisfied how it turned out. I think we really have that old grimy/mouldy sound on that record, wich we aimed for.And the response have been great! We got some really good reviews and a lot of gigs.

How did you hook up with Soulseller originally was it a case of you just sending them a demo? Are you happy with the work they have done for you so far?
It was a friend of us, Andrés Furukawa, who plays in Darkcreed. Soulseller was going to release their mini-album and he mentioned us. We sent our demo to Soulseller and they signed us. Soulseller has been really good to us, making sure that we can release albums the way we want it.

Is your debut album still available? If so where can people get hold of it from?
I actually dont know, we have sold out everything we have. And I think Soulseller have sold everything as well.We are doing a re-press of both albums in the beginning of next year.If you want to get hold of it, send an email to Soulseller. Or check Ebay and amazon haha.

Your 2nd album "Deceased to Exist" is another fine slab of old school rotten death metal and to my ears is one of the best newer Swedish death metal albums to come out since the Repugnant album. I am actually reminded of Repugnant in places when listening to Maim, I guess that is because they have the same influences or maybes they are also an inspiration on Maim?
Thank you! Repugnant’s Epitome of Darkness is an amazing album. It inspired us and a lot of other bands I think.But the main influences for us is the old stuff from the late 80s/early 90s.Mostly the american scene. Bands like Death, Morbid Angel, Autopsy and Obituary has been a huge influence to us.

Are you happy with how the 2nd album turned out? Did the writing process come together quick after the debut? And are you happy with the overall response so far and work done by the label?
 We are very happy about the release of ”Deceased to Exist”.It turned out exactly as we wanted. We already had songs for it during the release of our first album.And the rest we wrote for like half of a year. I think the songs are more structured and balanced than the songs on ”From the Womb to the tomb”. And people seems to like it very much. The sounds of Napalm death and Brutal Truth was a serious influence to the overall sound. And the artwork is just amazing.It fits well to the filth 
inside.Soulseller did a great job putting the vinyl and cd release at the same date.Vinyl is important, this album is mixed and mastered for vinyl.

Who designed the artwork for it?

A great friend of us, Mattias Frisk. An amazing artist! Check out his band Vanhelgd.

What bands fuel and shape the sound of  MAIM?
Many different bands, both punk/thrash/death and rock n roll bands! But if I had to say the main influence it would be bands around late 80s/early 90s. Like Entombed and Death and all them classic bands.

Lyrically where do you draw inspiration from?
Mostly old obscure horror movies.

Love the bands logo, who designed that?

Inventor from Bastard Priest designed the logo! 

Describe MAIM in 5 words only

Do you play live often/ What can people expect from a MAIM live show?
Yeah,from time to time.Some months we have several gigs, and sometimes we dont play for like months. But it varies, we cant play every weekend even if we wanted.We have jobs,studies and other things to do in life.If you come to a Maim show,you can expect some serious rotten deathmetal, headbanging, beerdrinking and hellraising! Thats what it’s all about!

Do you have many shows planned? Any tours on the horizon?
Not for the moment, just a mini-tour with Miasmal and Vanhelgd in december! (FUCK YEAH!- KAT!) We will play in Gothenburg,Stockholm and Linköping.Then we will see whats happening. Book us and we will come!

You played the Live Evil fest in London recently, how was that experience for you? What other Fenriz approved bands made an impression on you there? How did your set go and were you pleased with the response you got from the London crowd?
Live Evil was a fucking blast! Best festival ever,with loads of good bands and free beer! It was nice to come to england for the first time to play. Fenriz has really good taste in music, so almost every band on the bill was just amazing.We went there with our friends in Morbus Chron, wich is an awesome band. Antichrist and Nekromantheon crushed us to fucking death as always. I think our set went really well, good sound and and an incredible audience!Nice to get togheter with all our friends and raise hell!

Talking about Fenriz, what was your reaction to being chosen as a band of the week, are you big Dark Throne fans?
We were fucking stoked! I have listened to Darkthrone since i was like 14 years old, Transilvanian Hunger and Panzerfaust made a huge impact on me.Lying alone in my boyroom with these classic albums in my freestyle is really good memories.

What other bands are you guys currently active in that you would like to tell us about?

Were just into Maim for the moment.Scott plays live guitar for Morbus Chron.I did some guitar solos for Bastard Priests album ”Ghouls of the endless night”, but thats it.

What is your local scene like? Any cool bands you could recommend?
The local scence here is pretty dead in my opinion. But you really should check out Vanhelgd .The new album Church of Death is killer! Also check out Skogen Brinner, sounds like a Swedish Black Sabbath!

What is your opinion on the current death metal scene both in Sweden and worldwide? Current fave bands?
Sweden has a lot of good bands for the moment, such as Morbus Chron,Vanhelgd, Miasmal and Bastard Priest. More and more good death metal bands are coming out worldwide. One of my favorites is Obliteration from Norway. Great band with a really killer sound! Nekropsalms is like a modern Mental Funeral!

What are your current plans for rest of 2011 and into 2012??
We are just focusing on our mini-tour in sweden for now. And we also have started rehearsing new songs. We will focus on getting a 7” out next year,before next full-lenght album.In 2012 we will go underground to just listen to good music and create new deadly Maim-tunes.

The last words are yours, please plug available merch and websites etc. cheers Chrille!
Thank you Kat! See you guys out there!  For contact, bookings and merch you can write to, also check out  Cheers! / Christian

Thursday, 10 November 2011


Back across the pond for this weeks pick. Back in the late 1990s and start of the 00's I really started to get heavily into the whole garage punk/punk rock 'n' roll scene, bands like Gluecifer, Turbonegro, Puffball, Electric Frankenstein etc were on heavy rotation on my stereo, and I had a friend back then who had been into that whole scene way longer then myself and who would hook me up with cassette tapes featuring all kinds of garage punk rock 'n' roll bands, and on one tape he did me some stuff by this band The Hookers who I had never heard of before but as soon as "Satans Highway" (title track of the debut album) came raging out of my stereo speakers I knew that this was going to be a band I would get into big time....I asked him to tape me more stuff by them so he did and I would play those songs from various recordings on repeat, rewinding the tape backwards, playing the songs and rewinding again to get myself another Hookers fix!!. Then a good friend of mine came to my place armed with a Hookers CD I had never heard before which was the 2nd album and this album also blew me away totally, this album had a more old 70's rock/NWOBHM influence running throughout it ( the album in question is called "Black Visions Of Crimson Wisdom") mixed in with the full on gritty garage punk rock 'n' roll, I remember loving it so much I loaned it off my friend and never gave him it back for months..or was it a couple years?! I can't remember but I had it for quite a while and would blast it on a regular basis whilst kicking back with some smokes and beers.

The band have put out a few album and numerous splits with the likes of Electric Frankenstein, ANTiSEEN, Speedwolf since they formed in the late 1990's and have a new full length album which will soon be unleashed upon the world titled "Horror Rises From The Tombs", I was lucky enough to score an advance of the album tracks from vocalist and all round rock 'n' roll outlaw Adam Neal and I can safely say without any hesitation that it is possibly the strongest Hookers album to date, full of catchy hooks, plenty of rockin' riffs and captures all the best elements of The Hookers in one foul swoop, it's a rollercoaster of tempos and the band are definetly firing on all cynlinders and are sounding as mean if not meaner than ever! I sent Adam some questions about the new album and the upcoming European tour and here is what he had to say:-

Hails Adam, ok first of all please give the readers a quick background history on the band and who does what?
Current Line up is

The Rock n Roll Outlaw (Adam Neal) - Vocals
Doug Walker - Lead Guitar
Juan Badmutha - Bass
Chris Hamilton- Drums
Stoney Tombs and I Formed the band Loosely in 1994, after I quit Nine Pound Hammer, doing a more Johnny Thunders style of punk, but came into the sound we are known for in 1995. After that we released our first couple of singles, then the album "Satan's Highway". That album changed everything for us and allowed us to tour, put out a lot more stuff from big labels like Sub Pop and Man's Ruin to tiny ones like Sack o Shit and Devil Doll. Played tons of U.S. Shows with the likes of Antiseen, Dead Moon, Candy Snatchers, High On Fire. And even did a small euro tour before we split up in 2000. After that I did a couple of other bands, Brothers of Conquest and Blade of the Ripper, before we reunited in 2008 for a Black Lung records Showcase show. That went great sp we decided to do some recording and put out a couple of new single, which brings us up to now.

You guys have been active for a long time now and have a bunch of great albums under your belts, looking back which album or albums are your faves and for what reasons? Is there anything you would like to be able to change on any of the past albums or are your satisfied with those recordings?.

There are always things you want to change, usually its my vocals. My favorite recording of our is the Zombiemaker 7". Its a raw and rough one, but the energy is what I like about it and the full blown horror motif.

Please tell the readers a little in your own words about each Hookers album and where they can get these albums from? I presume some of them are still available?.

Actually most of them are out of print at the moment, vinyl is extremely scare of both of our Scooch Pooch records albums. Both are possibley being re-released next year. Satan's Highway-Our first album seems to be the fan favorite, its fast and mean. Drenched in early Venom/Motorhead meets Dead Boys style punk sound. Maybe our rawest sounding album also. We recorded it in 48 hours!
Black Visions of Crimson Wisdom- Also pretty popular with the fans, however when it was released every other person I met told me it was to metal, or two heavy or just not punk enough. now it seems to have found its audiance. The album its self is a slight departure for us, mainly because of the fact that we went to an actual studio as oppossed to a basement, where all the recordng before this album had been made. All we were listening to at the time was Manowar and Deep Purple and it shows. Bigger guitars and weirder song concepts, but its still just a heavy metal rock n roll album! Equinox Beyond Tomorrow-This was our last release and it was really along the lines of "Black Visons" but with more rock n roll attitude, but also songs like "Burn Witch Burn" and "Horse Named Misery", which are some of our heaviest tracks.

You have a new album called "Horror Rises From The Tombs" due for release in early November, I must say this album is a ripper from start to finish and features in my opinion some of the best Hookers songs to date such as "Crypt of The Living Dead" ...please tell the readers abit about this new album in your own words and what they can expect from it. Are you totally satisfied with how it turned out?

I am pretty happy with actually, and I rarely am. Its really a mix of the two sounds were are known for. Its certainly the  fastest album we have recorded and maybe the meanest, especially lyrically. All the songs are Horror obsessed and the production is stripped down and very raw. Hopefully people will dig it? Weve got another one written and ready to go.

So there was quite a gap inbetween the new album and the previous one...what happened with the band? How does it feel to be back, you sound like you are firing on all cylinders and are definetly kicking ass just as much as ever.

Thank You! Yeah its been a while, but yeah im glad that we are back doing it again. We broke the first time due to our guitarist and founding member Stoney Tombs had family commitments. Sadley he still cant tour due to his job and family, but it will always be our band, we started it togehter so he will appear on the new records in some compacity.

After listening to the new album a couple of times I must say that I think it is quite possibly the best Hookers album to date! It is just RIPPING from start to finish. What formats will it be available on?

Vinyl Only with a download code that comes with 3 extra songs not on the album for now. I just dont have faith in any other format at this point. The people who will want to buy it, will want it on vinyl

How did you hook up with the current label initially?

Currently were are dealing with Green Mist Records. We have been friends with them for years, Larry and Leslie did a magazine called Carbon 14 and we did an interview with them. They also used to do a label called Steel Cage record that put out a ton of cool stuff, great people with great taste in music!

You are due to hit Europe for a tour at the end of this year, what are your expectations for that? What can people expect from a HOOKERS live show, what does a regular show for you guys involve? What are your fave things about coming to and playing Europe?

There isnt anything I dont like about Europe except flying over there. Our shows now are maybe a little better than in the past, the band is tighter and everyone is on the same page. Primarily we play things from the first two albums, the singles and a few new tracks. Were also currently playing a song called "Teenage Blood" that comes out next year on Black Lung Records.

What are the chances of HOOKERS hitting the UK for some shows in support of the new album? Any plans? Have you actually played the UK in the past?

We have never played the UK, hopefully we will make it there next year at some point, we would certainly love to. We want to go everywhere we can with the new album.

How active are you guys on the live front thesedays? Have you been playing out live a lot in recent times? Throughout the years what are some standout shows and tours you have done? Any funny anecdotes you care to share from the road?!

Nothing that wont get me into trouble at home, haha! But yes we are playing out alot at the moment and plan to do even more next year. The biggest tour for us was the first tour we did with Nashville Pussy. That got us and the name out there and really helped alot.

Where do you plan to play and tour in support of the new album?

For right now its  Europe in December, Italy, Germany, The Netherlands and Austria and the back to the U.S. for soem Texas dates. We would practically kill to get to Australia and Japan

The lyrical themes on the new album seem very horror movie influenced, please tell us a little about some of the lyrical themes and inspirations on the new album.

Yeah im a huge horror fan, its my life outside of music, has been since I was a kid. Most of the songs are based around horror movie themes, songs like "Black Past" and "The Lying Witch" are figurative, while some of them like "Dont Go Near the Park" and "Crypt of the Living Dead" are about actual movies, sort of? But we still do satanic stuff to, like "The Devil Is His Name" and some sexploitation type shit in "25 To Life". But for me at this point in my life, I cant imagine writing non horror/satanic themed music.

Who designed the great looking new cover art? 

Leslie from Green Mist designed this one, the image is from a poster of a movie called EXORCISM, starring one of my favorites, Paul Nashy. I usually try to control the album art or do it myself, but I gotta say Leslie really knocked me out with that cover Idea. I think the rest of the package turned out very good to.

What bands fuel and shape the sound of HOOKERS? Main influences that make you wanna write your own songs and kick some musical ass?

Well im a big music fan so really it could be pretty broad. But really its still the records we listened to back then,The Devil Dogs, Zacherle, Danzig, Manowar, Dwarves, Antiseen, Didjits, Deep Purple, Roky Erickson and tons of other old school punk, metal and horror movie soundtracks. Me and Stoney have also always been obsessed with 77/Killed by Death style punk and N.W.O.B.H.M., both of those show through on the new album I think.

You had another band going for a while called BLADE OF THE RIPPER, and released two awseome albums with this band which to my ears was some kind of horror punk/thrash metal type hybrid, what happened to that band? Are the albums still available? What do you think of those albums looking back on them?

Yes horror punk thrash, both are still available I believe. My biggest problem with that band was, I just couldnt get the right guys to do it. To many jobs, girlfriends and pure laziness killed it. I like both of the albums, Probably like the second one best. But both albums are filled with things I wished we would have changed.

Also tell us about the ROCK 'N' ROLL OUTLAW band, you only had one album released on I used to fuck people like you in prison records, I have only ever heard a few tracks from it personally...fucking hard to get hold of!!! What do you think of that album you did looking back on it? What was the main purpose of that project/band/

Really that album just came about as a what if? What if I went in and recorded an album by myself? So I did and thats what came out. There is a U.S. version to on vinyl. Very limited pressing, so nowadays its more a people talk about but nobody owns. Plenty of fun stuff on it though, my only song that is about Halloween and even a Brady Kids cover.

Describe The Hookers in 5 words only

Heavy Metal Thunder From Kentucky

What the local scene like where you live? Any cool local bands you would care to recommend to the readers out there?

No not really. We live in Louisville Kentucky now. Which is known as an indie rock town. Not much of a  real Punk or Metal scene has ever existed here to my knowledge. In the 90's there was a hardcore scene here that spawned a killer band called Kinghorse and a handful of other good bands, but past that its all pretty derivitive. We do better almost anywhere but here. Still appreciate the fans we do have here because of the situation

Back when you guys first formed and hit the scene, the whole scandinavian garage punk rock n roll scene was really starting to take off and make waves, did that whole explosion have a significant impact on you guys and was it even an inspiration to start making such a hardrockin form of music?

No we werent into most of those bands actually, we always liked older music and were really into classic heavy metal and also bands on the Crypt label at the time at that time. But we did like Turbonegro, who were friends with our friend Steve Bass from The Devil Dogs, he was actually the first person to play them for me, it was the song "Midnight Nambla". I did a bunch of coke with him and the Candy Snatchers and he played a cassette of it, we all loved it. We also dug Glucifer at the time and got to play with them twice. Both of those had some great albums. Otherwise at the time we didnt care for much of it, or were just unaware of it at the time.

What other bands in a similar style to the Hookers do you personally enjoy and would recommend?

Thats a really hard one. Speedwolf, Mongo Ninja, The White Barons

"Ride the Dragon Into The Crimson Light" is an older Hookers songtitle, I guess you are a big Sleep/Doom fan?! You ever thought about doing a band in that style?

I do love tons of those records. not so much the stuff like that now, but the older stuff. I would love to do a bluesy Doom band at some point

As a musician what keeps you going and what has kept you going throughout the years and the good times and bad times with the band(s)?! Any advice out there for people who are just starting to form bands and getting actively involved in playing and creating their own music?

What keeps me going is just releasing new records, thats what I love the most about it. Getting the finished product in my hands and playing live. As far as advice goes I would say. first of all it  certainly isnt easy to do it or  keep doin it, its hard and people need to realize that. The one thing you gotta do is work hard at it and dont stop. If this is what you want to do, then do it and dont give up on it. Find what you like and what you want to sound like and fuck everyone else's opinion. Work hard, it's your dream not theirs.

What bands have current members been involved with or are currently involved with that are worth mentioning?

Our Bassist Juan Badmutha has killer band called Spreadeagle and our guitarist Doug Walker has a current Prog Punk band called Nixon

Another question, you have also done quite a few cover versions, everything from ANTiSEEN to Pentagram, which covers are your personal faves? Do you play any covers live currently? How many covers have you done overall in the bands history?

We have done so many, I dont have an actual number. My favorites were the Krokus song "Ready to Burn" that we did on the Sub Pop Single and "Two Wheels" by Centurion on the new album

A live and unreleased album called Ripped From The Crypt was released a few years ago, what was the purpose of that release and whos idea was it to put that out? Its a very rough and ready sounding release showing the live energy of the band!

Yeah it was really just stuff we had laying around. There were only a hundred or so made I think. Mainly those were made to sell at our first reunion show. They also feature the last songs we recorded in Germany before the break up

Who are some of your vocal influences? When did you first start singing and when did you find out you could sing like you do in The Hookers? 
What are in your opinion the most vital ingredients to make a band ROCK successfully like The Hookers...I would say plenty of catchy riffs and vocal hooks are important! You guys have those in abundance!! What is the songwriting process usually like for new songs? Is there a lot of jamming in the rehearsal room going on?

Biggest vocal influences were Elvis Presley, Howling Wolf, Glenn Danzig, Jeff Clayton and Stiv Bators. Sometime after the first album I really started to be able to sustain my vocal style. now if I raise my voice at all it sounds like that. Thankfully i dont have kids
 I think people forget how important good songs are! Also cool lyrics are important, it doesnt have to be poppy or comercial, just something that people can remember and rock out to. On stage its all about attitude and action, dont be a statue. If you dont like your own music enough to rock out, then why should anyone else? More than anything get into it and lose yourself in it. thats what its all about right? Escape?
As far as our songs, I usually write all the material alone and bring it into the band. We will jam on the songs and make slight changes here and there, but for the most part it is written outside the band room. Inspiration comes and goes, you just have to jump on it when you feel it and dont forget to write it down.

What are the plans for rest of 2011 and into 2012? Do you have much in the pipeline?

Tour, tour and more tour!
And another new album next fall!

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Thursday, 3 November 2011


Here we have another exhumation from my Terrorizer mag website archives, here is a little article I wrote on the band earlier this year.

Just what in the hell are they putting in the water (and beer for that matter!) up there in Sweden? I am convinced some mad scientist is holed up somewhere deep within the suburbs of Stockholm and has extracted DNA swabs from all the members of Autopsy and various members of Entombed and Murder Squad (as well as the rotting corpse of GG Allin in this bands case!) and has been creating mutant bastard death metal offspring and then letting them loose into garages across the east coast of Sweden armed with instruments and an endless supply of strong alcohol, a punk attitude and old Nihilist recordings for inspiration. Yet another killer death metal band has been vomited forth from the sewers of the Swedish underground scene; this week's pick Repuked are a punked up hybrid of all of the bands I have mentioned already with some of Motörhead's rock 'n' roll swagger and some of the punkiness of later DarkThrone as well as nods to Repulsion thrown into this filthy dirty stinking musical mix!
The band started out in 2007 and quickly started making demos, they puked forth their first musical abomination in 2008 titled 'Excremental Funeral', a 5-track affair, which includes an Autopsy cover of 'Fuckdog'. They quickly followed up this with another demo, 'Vomitfilled Baptism', a 6-track affair which includes a Pungent Stench cover.
I want to focus on the band's debut album 'Pervertopia', which was recently unleashed by underground label Soulseller Records (who helped bring Repugnant to the attention of the worldwide underground masses) and which currently seems to be kicking up somewhat of a stink in the underground scene with death metal freaks the world over seemingly lapping up this album like a dog eagerly slurping up the remnants of the dinner it has just ahem... repuked.

This debut album vomits forth 11 tracks of pure filth (with such titled songs as 'I Wanna Puke On You', '...Fucking Something Dead', 'Pervertopia' and 'Orgasmic Death Deliverer'). There is no other word to describe it... it is just dirty, depraved, disgustingly delightful DEATH METAL, from the outrageously tongue-in-cheek, crude songtitles via the killer brutal Chris Reifert-style vocals (A DNA test is definitely required to prove if these guys are actually related or not!!) to the punked-up-as-fuck, old school influenced death metal music that is on display here, just pure stripped-down, punky death, as stripped down as GG Allin onstage at a spoken word show naked and covered in his own faeces hurling abuse at the crowd!.
The band made a very cool and very amusing promo video for the title track as well, which is what first grabbed my attention towards this band. I pressed clicked on that video due to already being very curious about the band and was met with what could only be described as an infectious musical hybrid of Motorhead, GG Allin and DarkThrone having its wicked way in a seedy public toilet in Stockholm with Autopsy, Abscess and Entombed with Death Breath and Murder Squad looking on while drinking beer, laughing deliriously and screaming drunken degrading obscenities in Swedish, with some graphic images added into the visuals, which made me kinda flinch a bit at first, which are mixed into footage of the band playing mostly in what looks like their rehearsal room, but I must have replayed the video 6 times in a row, maybes more actually, you know its kinda like when you drive past a car accident you just can't help looking, then looking again at the carnage that has happened.

So you pretty much know what to expect from this band. The musicians responsible for this killer music go under the amusing monickers of Rob The Slob (vocals and bass), Kinky Stieg (drums and vox), Nicke Piss(guitar and vox) and Richie Rimjob (guitar and vox).
I recently quizzed one of the band members about the bands upcoming plans and this is what he puked up in reply:
“Our current plans, at this very moment is to get shitfaced and have a puke-a-mania! But soon, April 30th we are gonna play with Interment here in Stockholm, its gonna be a riot. And we are looking to get out and play as much as possible, spreading the horror and disease! We are also gonna release a split 7" with Haemophagus and we are also releasing an EP also 7" on Singapore label Slap Bet Records. Plus we are featured on two tribute albums, one Regurgitate and one Impetigo.”
What really is left to be said?! If the above comparisons and descriptions sound appealing to you then go and grab yourself a copy of this album, which has also been released on heavy duty vinyl, which someone described as being “heavy as a grave stone”. Sounds very appropriate!