INTERVIEW SHAPELESS Webzien (Ita)
1. Hi G! Thank you for accepting this interview! So, happy birthday for Nihilistic Holocaust! What's your opinion about it, after ten years of existence? Satisfactions, regrets?
Thanx for the questions, it’s cool! Yes, as you noticed NIHILISTIC
HOLOCAUST is ten years old! I do not really realize, since things
move on so fast, sometimes I still feel the way I used to when I
was 18 years old and working on my first issues, it’s really strange,
you suddenly see the big “10 YEARS OLD!!!” sticker falling in your
face… It might be due to the fact the substance of NIHILISTIC HOLOCAUST
didn’t change very much, I only grew old and things went more complex/
different, I also regularly do reviews, interviews and other related
shits since 2002, so I kinda became the slave of NIHILISTIC for
some obscure reason héhé! But I need it, so in this
case enslavement is kinda good thing! I’d better be active as hell
than bored and drowning in useless complains… I’m satisfied by the
fact NIHILISTIC is still alive, and regularly offers its share of
underground putridity: I have found a regular rythm of about 1 interview
and 10 reviews a month, it seems to be the right amount for me,
I can review what I like and that’s cool.
2. It's hard to be a real supporter of the underground? During your existence, did you never think to stop with Nihilistic Holocaust?
Of course sometimes
it’s hard, there are various depressing factors that do not necessarily
motivate the underground activism… The last years, I was often changing
of job, I’m still in the beginning of my “career” (Computers) so
I can’t find long duration jobs, and it’s not always easy to adapt
and make everything fit right together, with the ultimate putridity
of NIHILISTIC HOLOCAUST! Ah Ah! There are also the problems of peoples
who don’t give a fuck about deep underground music; and sometimes
it’s hard to find new bands you enjoy enough to review/ interview/
support and kick your ass enough to revive the undeaded powers of
the dead, my zine is really focused on Death metal and brutal death
sometimes I feel like every bands sound the same and I wonder what
more/ new/ interesting I could say… But I often find new cool bands
to review so it seems the moments of metallic boredom do not last
too long (Hopefully héhé).
3. With your distro, you got always an eye on the international underground. Which are the more interesting UG bands that you discovered, in the last times?
Yes, I do a lot
of trades worldwide. When I don’t have a job, (Such as today) I
can do a lot of trades and take care of it as if it was my job or
something… So I try to do ate least a trade per day, it helps me
to reach a much better distribution for my releases, I can get a
nice amount of reviews for each (About 100) and take care of the
whole affair seriously (To forward every reviews to the bands is
a cool thing, to decently answer every emails (If possible) etc…).
4. As a label, you supported a lot of interesting bands, like Impureza, Arsonist, Black Bleeding, Hellspawn, etc. What's the reactions of listeneres and critics about them?
Cool to read you like them. The feedbacks are generally good, but obviously everyone has different tastes, so some peoples don’t like this or that band so much… I’m in touch with all kind of underground activist, so feedbacks tend to be very varied… For example a band will sound too modern for the very retro peoples, with some would be too sleepy and old styled for brutal death heads… All in all I’m satisfied by the feedbacks of listeners and reviewers… But I don’t like too much the current state of the metal scene: It’s abusively plagued with boring black metal (All these darkthrone clones and cheap bands with voluntary shitty sound) and peoples still don’t give a fuck about a recording if it’s not written: “PRO CD”, “RELEASED ON EXREMENT WORSHIP Records”, “ PRODUCED BY JAY STARSYSTEM666” and “MASTERED BY SATAN IN HIS UGLY CAVE” with a shiny promotional sticker… And some of these peoples think they help the underground as they buy CDs from bigger labels ahr ahr
5. So, let's talk a little about you! Introduce yourself to Shapeless' readers. When you started loving this kind of music? Had music a great role in your life?
My name is G.S., I’m currently 27 and discovered hard rock when I was 13
or something… My father used to listen to various kinds of music,
including hard rock, so I could get my hands on cool Lps of ALICE
COOPER, CACTUS, LED ZEPPELIN… Few months later, a friend and magazines
helped to discover SEPULTURA, SLAYER… And we fastly got tuned on
Death metal bands such as MORBID ANGEL (Covenant), DEATH (Individual
thought patterns) and the likes… Few months later, I began ordering
demos from some very small French bands, I liked what I heard so
the flyers helped me to get in touch with more bands, zines, order
more demos etc… And since then I’m more or less always in touch
with the underground
6. Then, what can you tell us about Glaukom Synod? When did you start this project? And what do you want to create with its music?
make music with computers and guitars since I’m 15, GLAUKOM SYNOD
was really born in 2003-2004. What I did before was too amateurish
and useless. The first songs of GLAUKOM SYNOD were some kind of
hypnotic industrial loops and dark themes, but I needed some time
to realize it was too repetitive for “external” listeners. So I
became much more strict with the songs’ structures and didn’t hesitate
to throw many too average parts, and kinda inserted a brutal death
dynamic and construction in my music, plus I also thought injecting
bizarre Death metal touches in the electronic motor would be a good
idea! So I released the first demo, and since then I keep on manipulating
and mutilating the computer with strange ideas.
7. What's the listeners' feedback about Glaukom Synod's music?
Héhé, it’s very mixed… Some peoples really get into my music, but some do not understand what’s happening or it doesn’t necessarily fits the criterias of each individual (For example: Too metal influenced and not beautifully produced enough for some industrial/ dark electro peoples… Too electronic for metal peoples). But I’m satisfied with my music, that’s the most important! Really, it doesn’t bother me so much if I don’t receive so many good feedbacks, I receive some interesting comments from time to time and I'm able to spread a quite good amount of copies through trades, so if peoples don’t like it, that’s Ok… The name keeps on growing very slowly, but surely, and I can keep on making my music in peace, without useless trendy pressure! I did my very best, and that’s almost what matters the most for me.
8. Have you got other projects beside Glaukom Synod?
Things are a bit more complex than main project/ subproject… When I make music, I don’t necessarily think about what project should absolutely “release” the song… I make the music first, I’ll think about it later… And sometimes, you find a good rythm with cool groove and sickening idea, but you think it wouldn’t fit for GLAUKOM SYNOD… So you let it sleep for months on your hard drive… But one day you have a great idea, that helps to radically make the initial part much more powerful! It gets emotionally boosted and finally fits very well for GLAUKOM SYNOD! So it’s good to take time… I also did a subproject called KATAPLASM, it was some kind of noisecore/ grind noise built from many micro samples, but it’s kinda asleep right now… Maybe I could say I have 666 subproject or something, since I often try to program many kinds of music (From harsh noise to electronic pop) but it rarely finished… So it keeps on sleeping until I find the killer idea to make something good of it.
9. What can you tell us about the future? Any new release on your label?
Not really, I’m
in the present. I recently released the new GLAUKOM SYNOD demo entitled
“Ogre” (there are 1000 pro printed covers, so it will take some
time to spread everything) plus I have the IMPUREZA Tape (That contains
the 3 demos of the band) and my REINCREMATION Split CDr (Impureza+Arsonist+Sudden
death+Ingurgitating oblivion) isn’t finished (I will cross the path
of 1000 copies soon, but would like to spread more), so there are
enough things in the run. And I’m currently searching for a job,
I have 2 good offers in the work, since I don’t know how it will
occur and if the conditions would be right for more and more and
more release (héhé) it sounds better to wait.
10. Well, this short interview is over. Last words are yours!
Thanx for the
cool interview, Elvis from Hell! I hope my answers will please the
Italian ladies and I will receive a lot of sexy underwears into