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This is issue #2 of Burst Magazine with cover story about the art of Seth Siro Anton. Also featuring interviews with Tuomas Saukkonen, Hatebreed, Enforcer, Katatonia and so much more. On the film …

This is issue #2 of Burst Magazine with cover story about the art of Seth Siro Anton. Also featuring interviews with Tuomas Saukkonen, Hatebreed, Enforcer, Katatonia and so much more. On the film section, tributes on Quentin Tarantino and Alfred Hitchcock! Read and share!!

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  • 1. February 2013, Issue 2 TUOMAS SAUKKONEN “THE PLAN IS THERE IS NO PLAN” EDDIE VEDDER THE MAN WHO ROCKED YOUR WORLDDIRECTOR’S CUT HATEBREEDQuentin Tarantino ”WE GET BACK TO OUR HARDCORE ROOTS”Alfred Hitchcock BURST PRESENTS:
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  • 3. BURST MAGAZINE “In my opinion, every modern movement pages 6-20THE ART OF of Art which wants to have an ‘’evolving’’ character needs to re-build and combine Tributes realistic elements from Academic – Classi- pages 21-39SETH SIRO cism period. Interviews I have always liked Mutated hybrids works pages 40-44ANTON on Art, I feel that each period always needs to include elements from the past, the pre- Album reviews sent, and sometimes, if possible, trying for Karolina Pacan an insight character of the future.” On Voices of The Soul e Turn Th Pag Turn The Page February 2013, Issue 2 Director’s Cut TUOMAS SAUKKONEN “THE PLAN IS THERE IS NO PLAN” EDDIE VEDDER THE MAN WHO ROCKED YOUR WORLD DIRECTOR’S CUT HATEBREED Quentin Tarantino ”WE GET BACK TO OUR HARDCORE ROOTS” Alfred Hitchcock Cover by Seth Siro Anton taken from the upcoming Serenity album “War Of Ages” Release date: March 22nd EUROPE and March/April USA & Asia Napalm Records BURST PRESENTS: BURST { music magazine }
  • 4. 4 publisher/editor in chief Raphael Aretakis managing editor Spiros Smyrnis art advisor Aikate D. editors Byron S. Orestis David Garcia Eleni Lampraki Eleni Leonida Hope Vnz Join us Korina P. Pana Apostolidou Do you want to be part of the Burst crew? Sobieski Sisters Stathia S. Pedioti We are looking for live reporters, columnists, contributing editors Cristina Alossi news writers and photographers from around Elias J. Kay the world. Emm Den Giorgos Kotrozinis Gogo Apostolaki Contact us now at Jo Gogou info@burst.gr! Kalliope Tsouroupidou Matina Katsarakou Sissy Dragonfly Sophie Tsekoura Connect Sotiris Stilianos www.burstmagazine.org Vana Valma Zack Papadakis www.issuu.com/burstmagazine www.facebook.com/burstmag editor/proofreading Marianna Kofinaki www.twitter.com/burstgr Matina Katsarakou www.youtube.com/burstgr burstmag.tumblr.com photographers Apostolis Kalliakmanis Byron S. Orestis Eileen Von D Email us: info@burst.gr Jo Gogou Myrto Cat Penelope Tripatzi Raphael Aretakis int. photographer Kalliope Tsouroupidou special guest Karolina PacanBURST { music magazine }
  • 5. 5BURST MAGAZINE Divided we fall. Do we?You are probably familiar with the common saying and also popular Pink Floyd lyric “United we stand,divided we fall”. But does that particular saying apply for everyone? Maybe the Greeks? Ok ok, let me startwith a joke.A man dies and goes to hell. The devil welcomes him and gives him the grand tour to the underground. Af-ter walking for 6 straignt hours, they finaly reach to the room with all the boiling pots, one for each countryin the world. All the pots were guarded by ruthless beasts and unnamed creatures. All but one. The greekone. The man looks at the devil and asks him:-Why don’t you guard the greeks? Aren’t you afraid that someone might get away?And the devil says: No need to. If someone tries to get out, the others pull him back from the inside.Now that we’ve broken the ice, let move on.Nearly 10 years of raw compromising and unrecognizable hard work, and a young man decides to makea few baby steps on his own, only to find himself facing the barel of a gun! Actualy two guns; Society andhimself. Dodging a bullet from your own self and overcoming your personal fears, I believe it’s the easy part.Especially when you grew up on a closed suburban environment and your only wish ever since you were ateen was to break free from the chains of social oppression. Being the black sheep can pay off after all. Thehard part is to overcome society’s hardcore troops disguised as friends, partners, smiles etc. This is whereyou get your hands dirty.From the moment you make your tiny step to differ from the masses you will feel a warm sensation aroundyour feet. Be alarmed! You are the poor guy in the pot who is trying to get away from the flames of a rottensociety and the warmth on your feet are the hands that try to pull you back in. Well to be fair maybe theyonly try to step on you in order for them to get out. Either way, you can’t let that happen. All those years ofyour personal hard work and the work of other likeminded individuals, in order for someone else to get thecredit? Not on my watch...Well, can’t we work together?The answer to that question can be given by someone who has tried it before. There are numerous exam-ples of two or more individuals who tried to ride the partnership horse without considering a simple thing;There’s only room for one on a settle! Very few managed to fit on a single person settle without falling off!And to give you a piece of advice, when you do get to fit, make sure you sit on the back, or else you’re gonnaget fucked.So what do you do?Stand on your feet. Believe in your self and don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need to. Ask for help or anudge but don’t let other’s do your own job or interfere with yours. Yes, united we do stand if we can livewith each other, but divided doesn’t necessary mean that we fall.“Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shallfind a way around or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose them-selves.Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. Youput water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now, watercan flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.” - Bruce Lee Raphael Aret akis BURST { music magazine }
  • 6. 6Written by Sobieski Sisters Is it hot, or is it the warm smiles? The the German director Wim Wenders. of their live shows, you’ll find out that vivid colors, or the vibrant dance? These Having worked before with Ry Cooder you won’t be just a part of the audience. images may pop up in your mind when in some of his films, Wenders, filmed a You’re going to experience a colorful you hear the first notes of “Chan Chan”. documentary, named after the band. It festival, where everyone is welcomed, no And there’s no way to keep your feet from included some shots of Buena Vista Social matter their age or background. The only dancing to the beat of «Candela»! And Club outstanding concert appearances in thing that seems to matter in this party that’s how you enter the world of Buena Amsterdam is to smile and let the music carry you Vista Social Club, this world-Latin band, Carre Theatre and in New York’s Carne- away. It’s amazing how these people show consisted of traditional Cuban musicians, gie Hall (1999), as well as with interviews their passion for life and the importance who were meant to make history. of the members. The film was nominated of small things in it, how everything is a for an Academy Award for best documen- chance to celebrate. It all started in the 90’s, when the Cuban tary feature in 1999 and it was awarded musician, and later band leader, Juan de as the best documentary at the European We can use numerous words to describe Marcos González and the American gui- Film Awards. Buena Vista Social Club’s work and musi- tarist Ry Cooder decided to make a pro- cians. “This is the best thing I was ever in- ject inspired by the, back then, popular After the success of the movie and the volved in”. Ry Cooder mentioned himself, members’ club in Havana “Buena Vista release of their first album “Buena Vista “These are the greatest musicians alive on Social Club”, that held musical and dance Social Club”, people started taking more the planet today”. activities during the 40’s. Some of the interest in traditional Cuban music and Adding to this, the essence is that they best musicians were coming together and Latin rhythms. It seems that their suc- put their heart in their music and that’s by playing there they became members cess not only acquainted the public to what makes it so magical and timeless. of the original ensemble, which took its their music, but also in Cuban culture in name upon this club. general; inspiring salsa dance classes and Cuban-themed bars and cafeterias. After 1997 was the year that the first album was 1998 many concerts were given around released, named after the band. Surpris- the world and even today arenas in main ing as it may seem, no serious promotion capitals are packed with fans. Except was ever made but their label. Despite from the released albums under the name this, their work became known word- “Buena Vista Social Club”, many musi- to-mouth, as anybody who listened to cians of the band made independent their music couldn’t help but falling in projects (Compay Segundo, IbrahimFer- love with their warm rhythms. The sales rer etc). of their record were increasing week by week and today stand at over eight mil- Throughout the years the line up has lions globally. “Buena Vista Social Club” changed several times. Some of the souls album won a Grammy award in 1998 and of the band kept spreading this party un- in 2003 it was listed by the New York til the end of their lives. Today the band based Rolling Stone magazine as #260 in is performing worldwide as Orquestra The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. It Buena Vista Social Club, consisted of is significant that through their long ca- 13 members, some of whom were on reer they have released only two albums: the original line-up, such as trumpeter Buena Vista Social Club and Buena Vista Manuel “Guajiro” Mirabal, laúd player Social Club at Carnegie Hall. However, Barbarito Torres and trombonist and they were not just a flash in the frying conductor Jesus “Aguaje” Ramos. pan, they but were established as the most popular representatives of Cuban Their live performances are not a typical music tradition. music show, but an initiation in Cuban life and philosophy, transporting you in a A defining moment that made the band Cuban neighborhood during a big fiesta. widely known was the co-operation with If you ever have the chance to be in one BURST { music magazine }
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  • 8. 8We are in the early ‘90’s and, to be more “The story and the glory wilspecific, in 1991, in Manchester. LiamGallagher, Paul “Bonehead” Arthurs, Paul“Guipsy” McGuigan and Tony McCarrolldecide to rename their group “The Rain”,to “Oasis”, due to an “Inspiral Carpets” tourposter, Liam and his older brother Noel,kept in their bedroom. Noel soon joined therest, and the now five-membered “Oasis”started their tour from anonymity to glory.If it hadn’t been the ambiguous Gallagherbrothers, probably the group wouldn’t bethat important, and if it’ hadn’t been theOasis, “Britpop” music movement wouldcertainly not be the same. A bunch of greatsongs, legal issues with plagiarism andoffensive behavior, sibling rivalry, “Beatlesobsession”, and a couple of the greatestBritish albums of the last 50 years are someaspects of the story of this, very favoriteband.Let’s start with the era. UK has always beenthe core (at least the European one), of allthe new music movements. In the early90s, we were introduced to “Britpop”, asub-genre of British independent musicthat emerged from British guitar pop ofthe 1960s and the 1970s and stood againstthe American “grunge” scene of the sameperiod. But Britpop wasn’t only a musicalgenre. It evolved to a larger cultural move- we are firstly talking about Blur and Suede, abuse. Liam was the less abused, but statesment called “Cool Britannia” which included and then about Oasis, Pulp, Supergrass, that it affected him deeply and contributedmusic, visual arts and fashion and was also Sleeper and Elastica. At first, Oasis didn’t to his artistic nature. Both Noel and Liamcoincided with the change of the conserva- figure themselves as part of the Britpop were troubled teens, they were expelledtive government of the past decades, to movement, but on the 14th of August they from school at the age of 15, robbing shopsthe “New Labor” by Tony Blair (which also released their single “Roll with it” at the and stealing bicycles. At the same timeled to a tremendous growth of the Brit- same day with Britpop kings Blur’s “Country Noel started to learn playing the guitar byish economy). UK was having its cultural House”, which fired up a supposed rivalry himself, his father had left him while Liamrenaissance. Especially when it comes to between the two groups, powered by the became confident by his vocal abilities. Theymusic, where we meet the term “Britpop” media. In fact, Noel’s Gallagher statement were influenced by The Smiths, The Who, about Blur members The Stone Roses, The Kinks, The Jam, T. Damon Albarn and Alex Rex and of course The Beatles. James that they would “catch AIDS and die” So all five of them meet in 1991 and “The because their single was Rain” becomes “Oasis”, while Noel’s more best-selling, didn’t condition was that he would be the only help the situation. Just songwriter (Liam and Paul Arthurs, the for the record, Noel songwriters of “The Rain”, stood back). formally apologized a Their first single “Supersonic” was released while later. in 1994 and peaked in no. 31 in official UK charts. Their debut album “Definitely But first things first. maybe” was released in August of the same Noel Thomas David Gal- year and went straight to No. 1 of the UK lagher was born on 26 Album Charts. It was also very successful in May 1967 and William the USA. It received overwhelming reviews John Paul “Liam” was from the critics due to its optimistic sound born five years after on and themes, which were very different from 21 September 1972 and the grunge dominance. they were the second and the third child of Their second album came out on October 2 Irish Peggy and Thomas 1995, and it’s the famous “(What’s the story) Gallagher (they also Morning Glory”, maybe their most com- have an older brother, mercial hit album of their whole discogra- Paul Anthony). All three phy. A few months earlier, drummer Tony had unhappy childhood McCarroll left the group in not so friendly due to their father’s terms, and was replaced by Alan White. The alcohol issues, and first single that preceded the album, “Some especially Paul and Noel might say” was the first to reach no 1 to UK were victims of domes- charts. The sound of their second album was Official photo tic violence and violent much different and much softer from theirBURST { music magazine }
  • 9. 9ll go on” – A tribute to Oasis mental material of the previous album. The Written by Eleni Lampraki world tour that followed was successful on one hand but on the other, it consisted of car accidents, violent nights and legal prob- lems. In 2004, drummer Alan White left the group and was replaced by Zak Starkey but he never became an official member of the band. Oasis continued as four-membered. At the same year, they performed for the second time at Glastonbury Festival, exactly ten years after their first performance there. In May 2005, three years after “Heathen Chemistry”, “Don’t believe the truth was released”. Noel left his producing role and his solo song-writing role as well, and like the previous one, it was a collaborative album. It was acclaimed as the band’s best work after “Morning Glory”. Of course it became No 1. The band was starting to have growing fame again. According to Q magazine and HMV, two Oasis albums were voted first and second in the 50 greatest British albums of all the time, “Definitely Maybe” and “(What’s the story) Morning Glory”. Oasis’ last album was released on 6th October 2008 under the title “Dig out your soul”, and it was followed by rumors that the group was going to split up. Dur- ing their tour, on 28th of August 2009 and after a Gallagher fight backstage, the first one, and it became the fourth best sell- The year before the millennium, wasn’t a European tour was cancelled and their man- ing album in UK charts with over four mil- good one for the band. Two founding mem- ager reported that the band did not exist lion copies sold. “Wonderwall” and “Don’t bers, Paul “Bonehead” Arthurs and Paul anymore. Two hours later Noel’s statement look back in anger” were also singles of this McGuigan left the group, while they had came along “With some sadness and great album, and they became classic Britpop an- been recording their fourth album. They relief...I quit Oasis tonight. People will write thems and significant songs of their period. were replaced after the recording session and say what they like, but I simply could On the promo tour of the album that took by guitarist Colin “Gem” Archer and former not go on working with Liam a day longer”. place from 1995 to 1996, we have to point guitarist Andy Bell, as the new bassist. At Noel continued with his own project “Noel out their two historic sold out performances the same time, they formed their own label Gallagher’s High Flying Birds” and Liam in Knebworth House on the 10th and the “Big Brother”. “Standing on the Shoulder and the rest remaining Oasis members 11th of August 1996. Their audience was of Giants” was released on the 28th Febru- (Archer, Bell and drummer and percus- approximately 250.000 people while 2.5 ary 2000 and it hit no 1 in UK album charts sionist Chris Sharrock, who substituted for millions applied for the tickets. Up-to-date, but it was the band’s lowest selling album. Oasis during their last tour) formed “Beady it’s still the largest demand of an outdoor It was followed by “Heathen Chemistry” Eye”. Whether the two brothers talk to each show in Britain. in 2002, Oasis’s first album with their new other or not, and despite the fact that both members and although it received mixed “Beady Eye” and Noel’s “Birds” still sound Despite the huge success of the “Morning reviews, it contained the hit singles “Stop like Oasis, the Britpop and music scene of Glory”, their next album “Be Here Now”, Crying Your Heart Out” and “Little by little”. the ‘90’s would not be the same without which was released in 21 August 1997, it The sound becomes again the familiar Oasis those people. proved to be a commercial failure although rocking style and leaves behind the experi- it was one of the fastest selling albums in British History,. The album’s producer Owen Morris said of the recording sessions: Did you know that: They have been accused several times for plagiarism? For their song “Shakermaker” they “The only reason anyone was there was the were accused by Coca Cola, lost the case, and they were fined $500,000. money. Noel had decided Liam was a shit singer. Liam had decided he hated Noel’s In Knebworth Festival if all people who applied had got tickets, the band would be playing songs [...] Massive amounts of drugs. Big for 53 nights. fights. Bad vibes. Shit recordings”. The huge success of their previous albums and the “Songbird” was the first single written by Liam and not by Noel. overexposure of the group, the bad relation- ship between Noel and Liam, their extrava- “What’s the Story) Morning Glory” was voted Best Album of 30 Years at the 2010 Brit gant lifestyle and the drug use created a Awards media frenzy over the group that believed to be “the biggest band in the world”. After The band and Liam especially, has been accused for obsession with The Beatles. They all that mania, along with the fact that “Be have recorded a cover of “I am the Walrus”, as well. Here Now” didn’t reach neither the produc- ers’ nor the band’s expectations, the group Noel is left-handed but plays right-handed kept a lower profile. Later in the year, Oasis released a compilation album of fourteen “Oasis” name came from an “Inspiral Carpets” poster. Noel was an “Inspiral Carpets” B-sides, “The Masterplan”. touring member, before he joined Oasis. BURST { music magazine }
  • 10. 10Even if you are not a fan of this genre, it’s In 1975, Alice Cooper releases his first for Alice to work with younger groups ofcertain that you know his persona. Pretty solo album “Welcome to my Nightmare”, musicians with fresher music perspec-much almost everybody has come across adopting the band’s name as his, a con- tives, in order to update his familiarone of his most popular songs «Poison» cept album describing a kid’s nightmare. sound. This process gave birth to “Theon the radio or MTV. Yeah you got it! “Alice Cooper goes to Hell” (1976) and Eyes of Alice Cooper” in 2003 and aWe’re talking about Alice Cooper, one of “Lace and Whiskey”(1977) follow in a couple of years later “Dirty Diamonds”the few rock artists that managed to stay period when Alice’s alcoholism problem followed. Last to be added to his “small”active in the music scene after 5 decades. is getting out of hand. After some months list of albums are the “Along came theSaying that all these years create an inter- in a sanatorium in New York, he’s ready Spider” (2008) and the sequel of his firstALICE COOPER Written by Sobieski Sisters Billion Dollar Babyesting story would be an understatement! for a comeback. 1978 finds Alice sober, solo album, “Welcome 2 my Nightmare” releasing his 4th solo career album “From (2011).A female name that intrigued people, a the Inside”, whose theme was mainlydark persona that fired up many rumours, autobiographical, inspired by his rehab Surprising as it may sounds, mid 60’sprovoking macabre stage shows. Alice period. bands like The Beatles and The Yard-Cooper became inspiration not only for birds were Alice Cooper’s inspirationmusicians. He is the one who introduced A new decade with different sound was in music and, as he mentioned himself,the theatrical element in the world of coming and Alice takes the challenge his whole career was based on the 70’srock, on and off stage. With the outstand- to experiment, adopting the New Wave movie Cabaret. Considering that whening number of 26 albums throughout musical sounds to his own style. The the Alice Cooper band started the peacehis career-of which 19 are solo albums- first half of 80’s he is very productive, and love Woodstock spirit was at its peak,numerous appearances in movies and releasing four albums, one after another, their style made a contrast, showing aTV shows (like Muppet Show, Prince of (“Flush the Fashion”, “Special Forces”, dark side under a humoristic perspec-Darkness, Wayne’s World, Friday the “Zipper Catches Skin”, “DaDa”) that tive. As mentioned above, the theatrical13th, Dark Shadows etc), guest vocals in didn’t make big success comparing to element defined their live performancesmany famous artists’ albums and his own his past releases. Additionally, the new which were not just music shows but fullradio show “Nights with Alice Cooper”, sounds took it all on his audience, result- performances with shocking acts inspiredwe could say that productiveness is one of ing in losing part of his fan base. Warner by horror movies and vaudeville. Andhis best elements. Bros was not satisfied by his latest perfor- Alice Cooper was not just a lead singer, mance and ended their co-operation, giv- but a real entertainer. Extensive use ofIt all started in the late 60’s when the ing Alice the chance to take a mini break fake blood, guillotines, electric chairs,back then, 17-year-old Alice Cooper (real from the music scene, and to dedicate boas, baby dolls and executions are justname Vincent Damon Furnier) formed a himself to his family and hobbies. some of the elements that are turningband with Glen Buxton (lead guitar), Mi- his shocking shows in horror movies. Aschael Bruce (guitar, keyboards), Dennis After this break he came back to the Alice Cooper stated in a 2000 interviewDunaway (bass) and Neal Smith music scene with the album “Constrictor” in Goldmine Magazine, “The Alice Cooper(drums). The original band changed a (1986) including the hit He’s Back (The Band actually changed the way peoplecouple of names until they settled for the Man behind the Mask), theme song for looked when they walked down the street,controversial name “Alice Cooper”. They the movie Friday the 13th part IV: Jaon and we changed the way stage showsstruck it as lucky when they were discov- Lives. After “Raise your Fist and Yell” it’s look. We had a big impact on the entireered by Frank Zappa and got signed to his time for Alice Cooper to make great suc- culture, and it wasn’t just the music,record label. With Straight record label cess with his Grammy nominated album although the music has stood up well overthey’ve released their first two albums “Trash”. From this album comes his most all those years. I think we were at the(“Pretties for You” 1969 and “Easy Ac- popular hit, Poison, which made it to No apex of a movement.”tion” 1970), which were characterized 2 in UK and No 7 in US charts.by the psychedelic sounds of the era, but Proud innovator, constantly experiment-through their unique bizarre style. In the 90’s only two albums were ing with different sounds, and styles released, “Hey Stoopid” in 1991 and a in music and not afraid to take on newTheir third album “Love it to Death” concept album “The Last Temptation” in challenges inside and outside the musichas signified the beginning of their 1994. Despite the fact that “Hey Stoopid” industry. A real veteran and one of hisco-operation with producer Bob Ezrin was a dynamite album in the terms of kind, living between his on stage darkand the famous Warner Bros label. Over the 80’s sounds, it didn’t make the same persona, executing mannequins, and histhe years many albums followed, such commercial impact as “Trash”, prob- everyday life, playing golf and spendingas “Killer”, “School’s Out” and “Billion ably due to the dominance of the grunge time with his family and friends, AliceDollar Babies”, including songs like No movement. Cooper couldn’t do anything else butmore Mr. Nice guy and School’s Out that leave his mark in rock ‘n’ roll history.made massive success and hit the tops of New millennium has arrived and Alicethe billboards. “Muscle of Love”, the last Cooper is still present in the music scenealbum with the original line up came out and ready to try new things. In 2000 hein 1973 and a few months later the band releases “Brutal Planet” with which he ismembers took separate ways, leaving returning to his horror-lined heavy metalAlice to continue the project. style and in the very next year “Dragon- town” is coming out. It was about timeBURST { music magazine }
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  • 14. 14 eddievedder The man who rocked your world by Spiros SmyrnisOfficial Pearl Jam photo by Karen Loria Paraphrasing Nirvana’s words, I started December 23, 1964. Musician, singer, Seattle scene. He was a friend of Jack writing these lines for an Eddie Ved- song-writer and leader of Pearl Jam. Do Irons (former drummer of Red Hot Chili der article, or should I call it a tribute? want more? I am sure you will, so read Peppers). Irons introduce him to a band You could tell when you read it. Let me the lines that follow. in Seattle looking for a singer and Vedder tell you how I fell into Vedder’s music. I wrote three songs for them. You may have been a metalhead since the age of Vedder was born Edward Louis Severson know ‘em: They’re called “Alive”, “Once” thirteen. A proud one, defending my first III in the Chicago suburb of Evanston, and “Footsteps”. Somewhere in Seattle music love till now. Whenever a music Illinois, son of Karen Lee Vedder and Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament (ex Mother conversation took place I was one step Edward Louis Severson, Jr. His parents Love Bone members) with Chris Cornell ahead standing up for all the metalheads. divorced in 1965, when Vedder was one (singer of Soundgarden, Audioslave) What the hell are you talking about my year old. His mother soon remarried a had been working a project dedicated fave music? How dare you? Listen to the man named Peter Mueller, an attorney, to Andrew Wood( the singer of Mother shitty Greek barking pop you like and and Vedder was raised believing that Love Bone who died at the age of 24 from leave us alone. As you may understand, Mueller was his biological father. It was heroin overdose). They named it “Temple I wasn’t an open-minded person, so at this point when Vedder, who received of The Dog”. Matt Cameron (drummer when a friend of mine gave me a Pearl a guitar from his mother on his twelfth of Soundgarden), Matt McCready and Jam album to give it a listen I was loud birthday, began turning to music (as well Vedder joined the band which released and clear: Who the hell are these guys? as surfing) as a source of comfort. When in 1991 the “Temple of The Dog” album. This ain’t no heavy metal, man! This is Vedder found out that Mueller was not Vedder and Cornell’s duet on “Hunger grunge, like Nirvana and you know, I hate his biological father, he changed his name Strike” still mentions as one of the best Nirvana. Back then I was under the stu- to Vedder, which is his mother’s maiden duets ever recorded. pid belief that 90s heavy metal wasn’t so name. He particularly found solace in The popular, because of Kurt Cobain’s band. Who’s 1973 album, Quadrophenia. He Temple of the Dog was the band before Listen carefully my friend said and you said, “When I was around 15 or 16... I felt Pearl Jam as I’d like to say. Gossard will not regret it trust me. all alone... I was all alone—except for mu- Ament and McCready were the founding sic.” In the early 1980s, Vedder worked as members. The last one recruited Vedder Ok man, just because you finally bor- a waiter, earned his high school GED, and in the band. 1991 was an important year rowed me that Black Label Society album briefly attended a community college near for them as they signed Epic Records, I owe it to you. Nine years later I still owe Chicago. He kept busy recording demo changed their name from Mookie Blay- to that guy! He was the one who gave me tapes at his home and working various lock to Pearl Jam and Matt Chamberlain Pearl Jam’s “Ten” to listen for the first jobs, including a position as a contracted replaced Dave Krusen in drummer’s posi- time. That’s when I also first “met” Eddie security guard at the La Valencia Hotel tion. The band was about to release one of Vedder. From time to time, I make lists in La Jolla. Vedder had several appear- the best grunge/alternative/rock albums with my ten, twenty fifty favorite albums ances in San Diego area bands, includ- ever recorded. In my opinion Ten should ever. “Ten” is always on every list I’ve ing Surf and Destroy and The Butts. He be the biggest opponent of Nevermind. ever written. “Garden” and “Jeremy”? joined a band back then with the name Wait don’t shoot me yet! Alice In Chains Countless times, countless listening, Indian Style. Indian Style’s drummer was “Dirt” and Soundgarden’s “Badmotofin- priceless feelings. The man behind Pearl Brad Wilk (the future drummer of Rage ger” were hard rock albums, not grunge. Jam was Eddie Vedder born under the Against the Machine and Audioslave) Period. Let’s focus on “Ten” now. How name, Edward Louis Severson III on Vedder became an active member in the many times has a debut album made so BURST { music magazine }
  • 15. 15much noise? How many bands should more. Eddie attracted attention and he released “Pearl Jam” album an aggressivesay that their first album define a music soon became the most recognizable Pearl album with up -tempo rhythms and “Thegenre, worshipped by audience and crit- Jam member. Vitalogy in 1996 establish Who”-escque riffs. Vedder’s skills couldics. Pearl Jam as one of the most important not have been used in Pearl Jam only, so rock bands of our time and Vedder as he wrote the soundtrack of Sean Penn’sThere are not enough of such albums, one of the most talented and influential film Into the Wild. A cutting-edge filmbelieve me. “Rolling Stone” magazine rock performers and frontmen. “We’ve ,with a heartbreaking performance fromput “Ten in the 207th place in its list of had the luxury of writing our own job Emil Hirsh. Vedder won a Golden Globe500 greatest albums of all time, while description...and that description has for the “Guaranteed” song. The signifi-“Jeremy” took the 11th place on VH1’s basically been cut down to just one line: cance of this album mainly relies on thelist of 100 greatest songs of the 90s. It is make music.” Using Vedder’s own words fact that Vedder decided to tour alonepointless to mention here the awards Ten is easier to describe his affair with music. for the first time in his career. In Maywon, or been nominated because we need A strange connection which was obvi- 2011, Vedder released his first officiala book for them. Grammys, MTV Music ous from his first steps in music and it album with the enlightening title “UkeleleAwards among them… Eddie Vedder will have been revealed at all range some Songs” a collection of original songs andbecame a rock star. Million copies of Ten years later. Vedder is a very sensitive covers performed on the ukulele.” It waswere sold worldwide, tours all around the man. His relationship with his step-father about 13-14 years ago. I was in a tiny rowworld, front covers in the “Time” issue stigmatized him. (The lyrics of “Alive” of dilapidated shops on an outer islandwere just the beginning of an admirable are referred to Vedder when he found of Hawaii with Kelly Slater the surfercareer. out that Mueller was not his real dad). (Vedder himself is a dedicated surfer). I His music influences are known to his went to buy beer at the liquor store andIt was the crucial year 1993. I was in love fans: The Who, Doors (to me Vedder Kelly went to buy fish at the grocery store.with Dimitra, my fellow student in the is a hoarse Morrison) Ramones, Bruce I was done first, so I was sitting there onsecond grade, but she didn’t care. It was Springsteen, Elvis Costello and Tom a couple of cases of beer waiting for himthe same year that Pearl Jam released Waits. When you’re influenced by the when I saw this ukulele in a storefronttheir second album, under the name best, you belong to the best. Write down window. It was a nice Kamaka Tenor.“VS”. Dimitra, now I don’t care. Sorry but my wise words: Vedder is God. Period: It wasn’t a kids’ toy. I went in empty-I always wanna write that down. Un- To be accurate these words are not mine. handed and walked out five minutes laterfortunately I was only 7 years old when Someone said it in the “Dream For An In- with a great sounding ukulele, and had aVS was released to understand why this somniac” movie. I still remember this line chorus and a verse written a few minutesalbum was so important to Jam’s career. even though I found the movie extremely later. I was halfway through writing theFive weeks at number one on Billboard boring. bridge when a few people walked by and200, the album with the most copies of threw some money in the open case. Ian album sold in a week, nominations for “ No Code” was another exceptional had a $1.50 from playing the ukuleleGrammies, and songs like “Daughter”, album affirmed the myth of Pearl Jam. after owning it seven minutes. I thought,“Leash” and “Indifference” which kissed Yield Binaural and “Riot to Act” were “Hmmm, this has some possibilities.”eternity. weaker for the first four Pearl Jam That is how Vedder described to Greg Kot albums without losing their ability to the Eddie Vedder-Ukulele story.Vedder’s popularity was grown more and write great rock songs. In 2006 the band Official Pearl Jam photo by Karen Loria BURST { music magazine }
  • 16. 16 I respect Vedder’s attitude so much. He Jam.”He didn’t like music editors either: there’s going to be a record-burning party stated once “I didn’t trust music that’s “I don’t mind talking to people. I don’t any time soon. I wrote a letter at the made without some pain and insanity” mind giving interviews so much, but beginning suggesting that this was some .This phrase defines him. This phrase the way it’s all organized and regulated. stuff we found helpful when forming an defines a guy still fighting for what he That’s almost like being in the army. I opinion, and you can put it in your pipe thinks it’s worth. “This is guy is still here don’t like rules and regulations.” and smoke it and see what it does for you. said Eddie pounding his chest defend- Even when we were last touring—our last ing his angry attitude in the early 90’s. I’m closing this article with a part of show was the day before the presidential I know that this wasn’t a classy way to Vedder’s interview in The Onion maga- election in 2000—at the beginning of the handle our fame, but you cannot be classy zine, “I think that if your approach is one tour, I was just suggesting that people and delicate in a street fight. You can’t. where you don’t want to alienate vote. We had voting tables out, thinking, You just trying to stay alive out there. It anybody, you’re going “We’re not gonna tell you how to vote, is so difficult staying in the front line for to have to just create a voice for yourself and see if so long”, as Vedder stated to rearview w you can get the politicians to respect your mirror zine. “We have been rn a nd I kno voice.” We just wanted to encourage a was bol die... galvanized through these years. younger crowd to activate themselves.” I “I know that I’l n is mine. Unfortunately, some people died. I am not referring only to Kurt Eddie, I pay my respect here, cause you (Cobain) but to Layne Stanley and ee are still this man singing these goddamn the guitarist of 7 Year Bitch, these were facts that bonded the rest of n betwMine” The i I Am lines: dder us.” Vedder is a man challenges I will walk with my hands bound, I will e himself, trying to evolve his band’s sound: “We’d rather challenge our Eddie V walk with my hands bound I will walk with my face blood fans and make them listen to our songs I will walk with my shadow flag into than give them something that’s easy to soften the your garden of stone digest. There is a lot of music out there viewpoint or the informa- that is very easy to digest but we never tion that you’re offering to such an wanted to be part of it.” extent that it doesn’t have the power to make any difference. You have to take Eddie is an activist, a man with political that risk. That’s part of creating and actions and revolutionary thoughts. I like participating in open and honest debate. him a lot because he hates music compa- I saw a few responses to [the newsletter] nies: “OK, a lot of people would like that, that were pretty intense, and I guess they especially the record companies wouldn’t were questioning how we could align our- mind if we’d sell more albums this way. selves with someone like Noam Chomsky. But for us, it just wouldn’t be right. I personally didn’t follow up on it, but I It’s not the way we do it. It’s not Pearl felt like it was misguided. I don’t know ifOfficial Pearl Jam photo by Karen Loria BURST { music magazine }
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  • 20. 20Art, the strange restless roaming of a The artist puts side by side this “God ‘’The Figure of the Monster’’ in Paristrue conception born in the human mind, that wants to die” and the realistic aspect (France), and INFERNO FESTIVALdeveloping, challenging, forming, until it of the frequent exploitation of people SWISS GALLERY, Solo Exhibition, inreaches its final destination –which is not through religion. Lausanne (Switzerland), in 2012. Let usonly a surface or a canvas- but the inner Admittedly, Seth Siro Anton’s art echoes hope that in the future there will be thecomprehension of itself through other hu- a rhythm of unconventionality and defi- proper educational infrastructure hereman beings. Greek artist Seth Siro Anton ance. Apart from the digital art, his paint- in Greece so as the diversity in Art to be(Spiros Antoniou) handles those passage- ing methods include mixed techniques easily accepted.ways in great skill and determination. using acrylics and collage on canvas. Observing his themes one might conclude Seth’s influences derive from SumerianIn 1990 Seth entered a private school on that they often contain human figures and Egyptian Art enriched with the dyna-DTP, Digital Design and Graphics. Being which most of the times are fragmented, mism of abstract expressionism. Througha vivid and talented spirit he continued with dismantled structural rendering. Seth’s figural forms a vibrant dream nethis art studies and attended the Supreme Rather than featuring a typical destruc- is produced. The images become theUniversity of Fine Arts in Athens under tion of some kind, the artist chooses to means of lifting the veil and revealing thethe supervision and guidance of the es- present sounds of elusive rivalry and remnants of space and time replacing thetablished painter mr. Dimitris Mytaras. overall defiance instead, always under ordinary with a true mystic vision. His the prism of waking decadence. Avoiding methods explore and gloriously presentHe participated in a multiple symbolicnumerous exhibitions manifestation of cha-while at the same time otic expression whichconcentrated on explor- communicates its darking the possibilities of power to the public.artistic creation using According to the artist’sphotography, digital point of view, he intendsart and other mixed to emphasize in histechniques. He also work the crucial utmostdeveloped another form importance of dreams.of art, that of writing, Dreams are conceivedplaying and perform- as a vehicle of chaos,ing music as a founder/ floating uncontrollablymember of the sym- out of our limitations ofphonic death metal band Five Senses. The sub-known as Septic Flesh. conscious contains the rapid imagination, andThe world of music dreams are the bridgessparked his interest in which help to extractdesigning a number of what is underneath.cover artworks of al-bums for famous bands Seth Siro Anton made asuch as Paradise Lost, comment about his in-Moonspell, Kamelot, spiration deriving fromRotting Christ, Draconi- the realm of dreams:an etc, and of course thecover works for Septic “I consider my art, aFlesh. One of the most dark portal to thingsobscure and boldly con- forbidden, freed fromtroversial images is the the safeguarding valveone he created for the al- of Reason. My worksbum “The Great Mass”. are distorting dreamAs the artist himself mirrors of the bodydescribes, the structure and soul. When I amof this artistic synthesis painting, I am trying toforms an aggressive tri- emulate the consciousangle spreading menace state of lucid dream-and drama across the ing. Besides, a dream iswhole complex of forms. actually a canvas filledThe artist intended to with images (and muchpresent “a symposium more) from the subcon-between God and Man”, in which the God loquacious aesthetics, the artist insists scious, with responsible artist the Hyperfigure embodies the idea of weakness and on the domain of directness using a Ego”. S.S.A.fear towards Man and his intention to dramatic but sincere way. Paintings likedevour him while reaching impulsively ‘Addiction’, ‘Childhood’, ‘Misery Woman’, Dreams introduce themselves withfor the God’s heart. In this composition ‘Politics’, are recognized and sold among persistence. Dreams always pierce ourGod is depicted in a reverse position (as various collectors, making Seth one of subconscious. Dreams penetrate ourMan is traditionally weak before God) the most highly respected artists of the souls. Dreams hunt us down and there istormented in a cannibalistic way by his underground scene. no way out. After all, even “The Undeadcreations. At the same time, this figure of Keep Dreaming”…God is pictured in the midst of a transfor- Seth participated in several exhibitions By Aikate D.mation, giving to the viewers a sense of (most of them abroad) including LEStransition, a stage “in between”. TROIS BAUDETS, Group ExhibitionBURST { music magazine }
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  • 22. 22It seems to me that art found you instead the other way However, this results in a monotonous, atrophic art, since itaround… How did it all start? only aims at fun and pleasure. As a rule of thumb, I’d say I’m interested in the human figure through a modern expressionis-I was 8 years old when I started to paint my first portraits and tic deformity and scripture.landscapes on small wooden surfaces. My grandfather was my Through this deformity of figures in a minimalistic and abstractbasic motivation as he painted also. I used pencils, soft –tip place and time, I need to express-transform my internal needs,pens and pastels. impulses and repressions by finding my way to salvation, trans- In 1990 I started my studies in a Private School on DTP, Digital formation into something better, something surreal, somethingDesign and my first attempts on freehand drawing. It was my free from religious beliefs and moral codes.first contact and approach also with Adobe Photoshop, illustra-tor and Quark express software. What makes you more proud about yourself: musicalIn 1991 I had some private lessons in the Art Workshop on free or visual art?Drawing with the purpose to enter the Supreme University of It’s a Great circle of Art, an artistic symposium and Self-satis-Fine Arts in Athens. In 1993 I passed my exams for the Supreme faction; both of them exist equally and they work united , as aUniversity of Arts and I was the 12th person accepted in Athens Massive Mental Recorder of my vision.(also10th in Thessalonica) out of 2000 candidates.I choose to study Painting, study from a live model and Syn- There is a constant theme of decay, death and horror inthesis with professor D. Mytaras. I also studied Photography, your art (that including your music as well). Is it a mes-Multimedia, State design, History Of Art, Theory of Space and sage, or a constant nightmare?Architecture.University of Fine Arts in Athens is one of the best in Europe as My style is realistic with intense doses of expressionism con-the competition is really strong and hard since most nominees cerning the central object of my work although the backgroundare in High-Level. remains clear in terms of shape and color.You could study Painting, Sculpture, Printmaking, Theoretical A nightmarish an claustrophobic world, a plasmatic, alternativeStudies, installation, video, Lithography, Mosaic, Fresco and time and space, where the main figures are fighting, screaming,icon Painting etc… howling, pumping their power from the chaotic kingdom of the cosmic unconsciousness. They’re frightened, self-destructive fig-What was the point of no return? An impulse to dis- ures seeking redemption… Images descending from the primalcover the secrets of the universe or a means of compli- forces of metaphysical disorder…Disfigured faces and bodiescated expression? free of moral and religious codes begging for transformation into a higher being.The instincts and the archetypes are those that form the collec- Now if it’s a message or a constant nightmare, it depends oftive unconsciousness and express a regularity in form. I want the way you decode and which filter you’re using in order to doto believe that art is a basic, archetype therapist of the human that….conscience; art is deactivated from the obvious restrictions of Here comes the quote from Hellraiser movie “Demon to Some..moral and logic. Unfortunately, our optical filter necessarily ac- Angel to others”cepts whichever thing is familiar and known and decodes themas something beautiful, good-looking and pleasant.BURST { music magazine }
  • 23. 23Following the previous questions: is your art about you orabout others? Do you talk to yourself or to the world throughyour visions? Again I will bring the great example of Ouroboros (Uroborus), the Circleof Life and Death , the + and - , creation & destruction and at last our per-sonal existence with others. So there is a great connection between all ofus, we need each other, sometimes we need the ‘’others’’ as a mental mir-rors of our selves ,in order to explore our mental disorder though them.So there is a dialogue between my work and others , a dialogue which isalways different but with no start and ending. At the end ( again!) I willuse a quote from Bane “ It doesn’t matter who we are … all that matters isour plan’’You have tried almost every form of art (music, painting, po-etry, sculpting). Any other that we don’t know of? Yet? Haveyou considered making a movie, or a short film perhaps, to gopublic?Thanks for the description, but I have never been into poetry.. Possibly,sometimes with my art without even knowing. As for your last question...SEPTICFLESH new album (on which I have already started working, pos-sibly released on 2014) will be supported at last from a qualitative, artis-tic & avant-garde video clip. We will have a great support from our labels(Season of Mist and Prosthetic Records) so I could have all the elements,materials, figures with high end Professional equipment and cameras tocreate quality stuff…Do you consider art ever evolving, or a return to the classics ismandatory?In my opinion, every modern movement of Art which wants to have an‘’evolving’’ character needs to re-build and combine realistic elementsfrom Academic – Classicism period. I have always liked Mutated hybridsworks on Art, I feel that each period always needs to include elementsfrom the past, the present, and sometimes, if possible, trying for an in-sight character of the future. BURST { music magazine }
  • 24. 24Most of your exhibitions are in Can this kind of art be commercial? ing to learn, explore new bases for Paint-France, or abroad in general. Is Do you feel good that it pays off? ing and Photography, while I have to beGreece not “ready” for such art updated from the internet on everything(meaning the beautiful grotesque I work really hard, sometimes I even that has to do with Art, Digital processand horrific)? forget to eat as I am almost hypnotized and generally Digital Art. So I have to by creating stuff, and of course it’s a combine 2 tasks which are totally differ-Right now Greece needs time, time to great pleasure to be an artist and have an ent , Analogue and Digital, and recreate areconstruct, recompose, change and be- income from your creation. I don’t like new Artistic Hybrid. Art is a very im-come stronger with a new character and commercial stuff, I work alone and I’ve portant part of my life. Instead of doingaesthetics. Then I am sure we could see a never had any desire to make something sterile repetitive things, I have chosennew chapter even on Art, a new era which bigger with a commercial character. to spend as many moments of my life asaccepts the Beautiful art of Grotesque, possible, doing creative things. My life isthe Dark Art… In addition, education is Who is your average customer, in surrounded by art and I feel very happythe most crucial part, based on whose paintings and Digital Imaging? Do about it. And definitely, all my artisticprinciples we seek knowledge. Greece you have regulars? activities are important for me.needs to Change… Many people, from different ages from 18 to 50, are interested in my art; and yes, They say that through art one canYou have made the artworks for I have some regular collector customers have visions of the future, premoni-many bands around the world. Is especially in painting. tions, and universal understanding.there a band that you have missed Have you ever reached that level ofso far and you look forward to work epiphany? Is it possible?with? Has the whole creativity process ever exhausted you? Do you take That’s a really good question; I attachedDead Can Dance, Diamanda Galas and time to just relax and do nothing? an interesting statistical graph…ofAphex twin. Known / Unknown and Time. You could Never, even when I am relaxing I am try- draw your own conclusions.BURST { music magazine }
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  • 26. 26Is there a light and dark side in art? U.S.A. expressionism, but basically my discipline of drafting, the knowledge ofLike a side to make you messiah main influence is the work and life of the composition and color, can bring to lifeand a side to crown you in hell? great artist and painter Francis Bacon. I something that comes straight out of your could also say all the Dark artists includ- esoteric world.It always depends on how you decode ing me have been influenced by the workLight & Dark; each human has a differ- of the photographer Joel Peter Witkin. Anything radical or innovative youent Messiah , a different nightmare and He really undresses the human subcon- are preparing these days?salvation. I mostly use the nude hu-man figure, which always attracted myinterest, as an example. I guess becauseI could express myself directly and I canprocess the clarity of the sculpture form.In my view there is not “ugly” and “beau-tiful” nude, for example a big disfiguredlady with a small Pig (like a pet), canbe more beautiful from a model in thecatwalk. Basically this is the mission ofart, to doubt, to morph the virtual realitycreating a new sensual reality freed frommediocrity of the day to day realities.The attached photo shows the Dramaticrelativity of a visual content .The first impression that you have is anice shinny place with trees, green andgenerally things that make you feel calmand nice… but if you look more carefullythe message is different... It always de-pends on how you decode things.. scious in a way both sweet and raw. I’ve just finished Serenity’s new album ,Other Artists you look up to? Is working on Belphegor artwork right now ,there a peak you can never reach? I usually express myself freely and as Daylight Misery from Greece, then I have much spontaneously possible, so that Dagoba and 8 more bands if I rememberThe artists whom I admire and are great neither logic can interfere and organize correctly. I am booked until May.influence to me are Leonardo Da Vinci, me nor my fear as a feeling to overpowerMichael Angelo, Vladimir Tatlin, Kasimir my stand. I try to orchestrate whatever A message for us commoners? AMalevich, Constantin Brancusi, Francis comes to the surface later within my hint to observe art more efficiently?Bacon, Pablo Picaso, H. R. Giger, J.P. composition. The cannibalistic and tragicWitkins, Robert Motherwell, Robert figures of Francis Bacon have influenced I will end up with a question that I haveRauschenberg. my work. It’s very early in my career to always had ‘’ Art imitates life or life art?’’ say that I have settled in something, I Thanks for your interview I wish all theIt is actually true that I have influences am still learning and it’s very difficult to best for Burst Magazine. SSAfrom the post-war Germany and from “own” knowledge. It is certain with the Interview by Byron S. OrestisBURST { music magazine }
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  • 29. 29The next best thing in Heavy Metal. The Swedish Metallers signed to Nuclear Blast and are aboutto release their third official album or should I call it another heavy metal masterpiece. Time will tell. Olof Wikstrand (singer/guitarist) of Enforcer talked to Burst magazine about “Forged By Fire” Heavy Metal and their upcoming Enforcer shows in Greece. Read that Loud! By Spiros Smyrnis BURST { music magazine } Enforcer photos by Gustav Öhman Spjuth
  • 30. 30Hi, Olof. Nice to hear from you man. wanna have an entirety in the record. We I’ve got heavy metal music in my are most proud of this entirety. The basic blood and I tried to get it to you if IMe too Spiros difference is that we recorded, produced, could. To me is so simple to you? mixed and mastered “Forged By Fire” That’s quite simple and that was all about.So two weeks are left for the official ourselves. What you hear is Enforcer. It delivers energy to the listener. Deliverrelease of Forged by Fire album. Nothing Else. what you have inside of you.How do you feel about it? From Earache to Nuclear Blast re- Some people may say that tradition-I feel very confident about it actually. It’s cords. A big step indeed. How does al heavy metal is dead. To me bandsbeen very different comparing to the last it feel being a member of the biggest like you Grand Magus In Solitudealbum. For the first time I got the feeling metal label worldwide? is the biggest fuck off to these guys.that we have something coming up that Heavy Metal is not dead. Are youevery single note, every single word we That feels good. We’ve been in the label with me?wrote for this album we are proud of only for a month but they work in much more professional way I’ve ever seen. There are some bands of this movementThe vibe you get so far by the that they are great but the most of them“Forged By Fire” album? Enforcer consist of four members are bad. This type of music will never die. now. Adam split his way with the To me it has never been dead. That’s whatThe critics have been overall much better band. Why does that happen and I believe.than anything before. We managed to how Enforcer are affected?create something that is more uniquethis time, much more unique for being Only positive I would say. It was reallyEnforcer and people seem to appreciate hard when Adam decided to drop off. Butthat. Of course there will always be people as soon as we found out that we wantedthinking that what we achieved before to continue, that I could play guitarswas better like “Diamonds” album. Over- instead of sing and do some rehearsals asall the critics have been much better that a four member band. In fact it’s easier inanything we did before a band of four. Honestly. For this album we have only one vision and when you areYou wrote the album by yourself? five members it’s hard to do it. It was a bit tough when we came for the first timeYeah we did. We started recording some with this idea but now I’m confident thatrecords a year ago in March 2012. It was a we can do better with this line up. It’sfour songs demo but we decided to record much more easy to play together as foursome more. We decided also to do this instead of fivealbum by ourselves. We definitely havethe knowledge with Jonas and especially You’ve made some interesting cov-we know exactly what to do more than ers in the recordings of Forged Byanyone else. We could have that way the Fire. You Can Be of Nagazaki andopportunity to sound how we really like. Bursting Out of Venom. More info please.What differences could a fan listento Forged by Fire compare it to They are very very different. On one handDiamonds? you have a melodic Swedish song, while on the other hand you have an outlet ofThe song writing in this album was very energy. It’s fast, it’s brutal and I think thatdifferent comparing to the other ones. Enforcer moved between these songs.The first one we recorded it without We did not want to destroy these songs.thinking the built ups that an needs. The That’s what we think about covers. Thesecond one has more songs individu- Venom song we wanna do it our wayally written from everybody. It was not because the first recording was poor, theso consequent that it may should have same happened with Nagazaki song whichbeen. This time we wanted to do the total, has very big potentials and we thoughtdefinite Enforcer record. To take what’s that with our production we gonna lift itvery unique to us and then exaggerate a up.lot. Then we have to pinpoint the typicalEnforcer sound, to make the sound that Diamonds album put you in thewe do, even something more unique than heavy metal map as the next bestbefore. We looked more into ourselves. thing in Heavy Metal? How do En-We took the melancholic, melodic sound forcer deal with that?of “Diamonds” and mix it with the speedand intensity of our first album. We also To me there’s no success. To me it’s onlytried to bring back the roughness of the a small step in a long road. I always haveearly demos to this album. I think all of us new goals in mind you know. In my mindare more confident on our way of playing. I am already in the next step of the band.All drums are in one take to be able what’s The good thing is that there people outunique in Jonas style. The same happened there who appreciate what we do andwith the guitars. that’s a good start.In that way we really managed to dosomething unique and that happened be- Every time I’ve listened to an En-cause we recorded this album ourselves. forcer album I remember the Holo-The album is written as a whole. We caust lyrics of Heavy Metal Mania.BURST { music magazine }
  • 31. 31Tour plans. I see that on February You are gonna expect a total energy out-you’re gonna share the stage with let. Like we always do. You gonna expectGrand Magus and Angel Witch. A new songs, new stage show. We gonnahell of a tour package I have to say. travel down Greece with our van so weYeah we feel very confident about this can have a huge show we’ve never donetour. Angel Witch is a great and of the before. The show in Athens we gonnapast and a great band of the present. It’s record it.always to play with bands that share thesame attitude with us. Grand Magus cre- For a live album?ate something out there. I believe that weshare a lot of fans with Magus and it will We gonna record it in 60 channels and ifbe great playing together, it is good enough we maybe use it some- how.23d and 24th of February . Greekfans gonna see you again live on the The last words are yours man.stage of Eightball Club, Thessalonikiand Kyttaro Club, Athens. What I hope will see you all Greek fans in ourshould we expect? shows there. Thanks for the interview. BURST { music magazine }
  • 32. 32 Matt Byrne HatebreeD. Maybe one of the most important hardcore bands out there. Jamey Jasta and his gang from 1994 spreading the disease of hardcore re- leasing great albums and giving shows you will never forget. Matt Byrne, Hatebreed’s drummer spoke to Burst about their upcoming album: The Divinity of Purpose, their U.S.A tour with Shadows Fall, Dying Fetus and The Contortionist and their first show in Greece back in 2003. Read that loud! By Spiros SmyrnisBURST { music magazine }
  • 33. 33 “We get back to ourhardcore roots. The last two or three albums were more metal and that’s the reason wewent back to our roots.“ Photo by Randy Johnson BURST { music magazine }
  • 34. 34 Hey Matt I’m very happy to talk to you.. me and Zeus in the studio working one on ticed in the album. As far as the music go one. That’s really good because he is very it is faster as I said. The last albums have Matt: Me too man straight forward with me he knows what’s longer songs an average of 3 minutes and bad, he tells me whats great. He knows thirty seconds, in this one we go to the The Divinity of Purpose is the title of the how to pull the best performance of me. Hatebreed formula, on average I think it upcoming Hatebreed album. 25 is the is two and a half minutes. We got a little release date right? This is your first release for Razor Tie more simplicity on this album. In the last label right? albums, since they had a metal influence, Matt: Yeah. It was a great process. We all they were longer. Those I think are the worked really well on the studio. We play Matt: They are great so far. The publicity most noticeable things to our best potentials .The songs are great work is great, getting us a lot of great in- they cover a wide range of what Hate- terviews with great magazines, webzines More info about the lyrics part? breed have done over the years in every and stuff. We’ ve worked with John Franc album. You can see influences from every since 2009 so we’ve established a good Matt: You know Jamey writes all the lyrics. We deal with the subjects we typi- cally deal on our Hatebreed album, self empowerment taking something nega- tive and turn it to something positive, the overall message of not letting anyone hold you down, or hold you back. Strike to be better, strike to overcome any issues you have in your life.I think that’s always the universal subject Hatebreed deal with. The economic crisis affects music indus- try. How do bands like Hatebreed deal with that?Photo by Randy Johnson Matt: I think every band across the boards have seen lower tour number, less attendance in the show hurt the promot- ers a little more. Less people buying tickets. As far as we handle this problem we always tour the better time of the year Hatebreed album. It was a great time be- relationship with him and its good to be and we will continue to do that. I think ing in the studio with the guys recording back on a new label, a fresh one. They we re experimenting more with going to over the summer. have a lot of great ideas for the band. different cities throughout the country We were looking forward to working that we wouldn’t play or we had years to Are you done with the mixing and mas- with him again. He’s an old music lover, play, smaller cities, smaller clubs, instead tering process? a heavy metal lover. We’ve talked a lot of going only to major cities. You simplify about old thrash bands or Bruce Spring- things. You try also to reach different Matt: Yeah we’ve recorded the album steen. He’s a really related guy. There’s a crowds. over the summer.Were doing European lot of energy there, there’s a lot of excite- Festivals throughout the summer. We’ve ment working with him. I think we gonna Your tour plans? You gonna share the been to Europe for two weeks and then do really well with this album. stage with Shadows Fall Dying Fetus, The we come home and we ve been to studio Contortionist, A hell of a package! for two or three weeks working on the Divinity of Purpose sounds a little faster, new songs and recording. Then we go than your previous works. Do you agree Matt: Yeah like I just saying. Hatebreed back to Europe doing a few shows and with that? Shadows Fall Dying Fetus and The Con- that’s how we passed the summer. So the tortionist. Every band is so diverse every record was finished and here we are. It’s Matt: Yeah, I think so. We get back to band comes from a different genre of mu- coming out in January. our hardcore roots. The last two or three sic. You have Shadows Fall a metal band, albums were more metal and that’s the Dying Fetus which is a death metal band You worked with Zeus this time. I think reason we went back to our roots. Eve- and The Contortionist which is a new up that you have some interesting stories to rything’s faster, the songs are short, we and comer band. And then Hatebreed a share! have more breakdowns. We went back to hardcore band. I like tour packages like the oldschool Hatebreed formula. that personally from a fan point. I like to Matt: It’s great working with Zeus. I go to a show where every band is differ- mean we’ve been working together since What’s new on Divinity of Purpose? ent and brings something different to the Supremacy so we have a really good work show instead of going to a show where relationship, we know what to expect for Matt: Starting with the artwork, it is every band sounds exactly the same. I each other. As far as the drums recording different than our last ones. It is more don’t wannabe on a tour like that and I we have to work the two of us, so we just oldschool and it is the first thing you no- don’t like to go on a show like that. I’m BURST { music magazine }
  • 35. 35really excited about that, it starts January 26thfor three weeks like With Full Force in Germany we headline a couple of time, orand as I said before we doing some smaller cities and clubs, touring with Slayer in U.S.A back in 2002-2003 are some showsmaybe we’ve been there before, maybe we haven’t. We reach I will never forget. How could I? Slayer is my favorite heavynew territories, and of course we gonna see again some old fans. metal ban. I always remember the first time we played Greece.I never tour with Shadows Fall nor Dying Fetus before. I never I specifically remember the first time we played there. The firsttour with The Contortionist and Im looking forward to that. Im time in 2003 we played to a small club for 300-400 people andsure we gonna have some fun. I remember it was a mirror behind me and we cover it up with a blanket or something. We stayed at a hotel in a corner nearAfter the U.S tour are you gonna have a European Tour. Any the club, the food was really good and man it was so hot, so hot.plans on visiting Greece maybe? The crowd was great, singing every word jumping of the stage, crowdsurfing, everything, it was a really great show.Matt: Yeah we working on that. I love Greece, I love Athen.We’ve played three times over the years. We’re putting together So hardcore vs metal. You are influenced from both genres.that stuff now. Summer touring stuff. We’ve been confirmed to Which are your personal listenings at this time?some tour festivals. Greece has not been confirmed yet. We’relooking it up but it’s all come together now Matt: I will always be more of a heavy metal fan, less than a hardcore fa. So heavy metal will always have a place in my heart.Hatebreed are famous for their intense shows. Which is the one I always find myself going back listening to the old stuff I usedyou will never forget? to listen as a teenager. Slayer, Megadeth, Metallica, Exodu, Testament. I like the early 80s thrash metal scene. I really likeMatt: It’s hard to tell, because as you said I played a lot of shows Whitechapel, Lamb Of God, I loved their last album “Wrath” weover the last ten years. In 2002 alone we did over 300 shows were friends with them and I’m looking forward to listening tothat year. Generally speaking I love playing Europe as a whole. The Contortionist cause I’ve heard a lot about them.All the countries offer some great festival. All the bands are di-verse from different styles of music and everybody there is hav- So, thank very much Matt. I hope we see you in Greece tooing a good time. Everybody respects each others works so that’salways stick with me. Specifically some fests we played out there Matt: Me too man, thank you. Hope you doing well. Photo by Clay Patrick McBride BURST { music magazine }
  • 36. 36 TUOMAS SAUKKONEN “All these years I’ve been planning everything. Now I just want to make the music, the album, mostly things I am interested in “At some point I realized I was keeping the band alive without feeling right ” anymore. I lost the passion to make music my own way. Now that BEFORE THE DAWN is done, it’s logical for me to clean the table completely and start building something from scratch again.”Photos by Mike Sirén Interview by Eleni Leonida BURST { music magazine }
  • 37. 37In 11.01.2013 you posted the news are annoying but they are not… They’re What instrument do you prefer forthat you are tearing down all your not easy ones. I can’t say that I’ve been composing? And why?band projects. Is this is an action inspired by others in the music because Iof your need to rest or do you want write music constantly not every day but I prefer drums and guitar. For the ar-to try something else? What about every week and this started since I was 8 rangement and the rhythm.“Wolfheart” ? years old when I started guitar lessons. At the first 2 months of the guitar lessons, How it is to be on stage with Katato-This is the first time that I talk about BTD my teacher asked me to play a song that nia and Amorphis?after all this. I didn’t hope that someone we learned in the guitar school. I playedwas going to make an interview about my own music, something that it’s not Really well. Really really really well. Kata-this. I didn’t want to explain things… It’s very common. You can see that even in tonia and Amorphis are two of my favour-not that I’ve gotten tired of the bands and this age when I didn’t know very much ite bands. And really I can’t decide whichthe music, but everything goes wrong about guitar, I still tried to make my own the coolest co-operation is. Amorphislike labels, etc. Other stuff gets involved music, instead of playing music that oth- is very good at their job, they are verywhen you are in a band and, basically, I ers composed. So, to me, writing music is outgoing and they have families. I didn’tjust want to make music and to keep the pretty much like communicating with my have what we can call a “party” after thebands; but I did the entire job like mer- own language. It is not something I need show. Katatonia is completely different.chandising, management and I felt like an to be inspired first, it is something I do. But I really enjoy that times too.employer in my own band, than memberof the band. I didn’t feel like a member You’re a multi-player right, Mr. From every tour you’ve ever been,any more. There wasn’t any passion and Multiplayer? which one was your favourite andit became like a factory. And then why?I lost it, because of RoutaSielu andBlack Sun Aeon, because I needed Two years ago (2010), we playedsome inspiration to write and with 3 at China and Japan in a tour withbands, I lost it. It’s very difficult for Stratovarius. I couldn’t say thatme to explain this. I’m a huge fan of Stratovarius but I like some older albums aSo, there is another project. lot. The whole cultural thing isWould you like to share with completely different than theus something about it and your European culture. Also, we hadnew plans? a lot free time, a thing that we didn’t have in other tours. AsiaThe plan is there is no plan. All is so exotic and is the best placethese years I’ve been planning to play.everything. Now I just want to makethe music, the album, mostly things I’ve also read that you areI am interested in. Probably there is nominated for “vocalist ofnot going to be any gigs this year. I the year 2012”. How do youdidn’t have the disc ready, it is the feel about this?first time after years that I don’thave a band. I only have music. It is weird; (he laughs) seeing myself in this way, I’m not veryDoes friendship play a big role proud. I’m not strong enoughin the vitality of every band? as a vocalist, because I’m betterWhat about BTD? in playing than singing. I’m not interested in singing clean vocals.It depends in the structure of There are better singers than methe band. BTD has now 18 past with very good voices, because Imembers. The solo guitar player is can only do the growling.the longest member, as he is in theband for 7 years. From this com- Is music your main job or doing and going I have earned many you have other activities?friends. Music is the most important thing in myIn BTD we can see a lot of melan- Kind of yeah... (laughs). I play guitar, life, but not the only one.choly. Is this your way of viewing piano, drums, base.life? Saxophone is mainly jazz instru-I’m not that of a melancholic person. The ment. Are you interested in jazz oremotion comes from the music. It’s very did you choose saxophone becausehard for me to write a happy song, a song you just liked the sound and gener-for happiness. Melancholy is part of me, ally the instrument?but not that I’m a melancholic person ingeneral. I have a saxophone, but I didn’t have time to learn how to play a Saxophone. I likeLet’s leave BTD now and let’s talk the sound and it is completely differentabout you and your music. What from the others. Many metal bands useare your preferences and where saxophone, like Amorphis. It’s aboutdoes the inspiration come from? curiosity because it is different from the(Pause)… I would say that these questions other instruments. BURST { music magazine }
  • 38. 38Daniel Liljekvist “I believe that Dead Letters is the best representation for the album. It is more progressive, more melodic, for things happening all the time. “BURST { music magazine } Photo by Linus Pettersson
  • 39. 39 KATATONIAHow is your experience in Katato- from Katatonia on February22? those guys. I don’t know if it’s because wenia from 1999 to 2013? are friends; in any case, they are really Hmm.. .A couple of new tracks from Dead cool guys.Wow… Good question... A lot of things…. End Kings, a lot of old tracks. I don’tEverything I’ve wanted to do in my whole think we going to play songs from old You are nominated for a Grammylife, touring with a band all over the world Katatonia with the growls. We are going award. How you feel about that? Photo by Mathias Blomand play great music. It means everything to play some old and new songs but weto me. It’s my dream come true. I have are not going to change the set-list from I’ve been waiting for this nomination forbeen dreaming of it since I was a kid. the European tour. the 3 past albums. I don’t expect to win, but I’m happy to be there. It’s a goodDead End Kings has very beautiful Some people put you in the same competition between us, Sabaton, Witch-and emotional lyrics. What’s the category with Anathema. Do you craft and the rest. I don’t expect to winsource of your inspiration? think that your music is similar to the Grammy Award, but it will be fun. Anathema?I haven’t written any music on this Dead Letters is the first song thatalbum, but I really like what the other To be honest, I’ve never listened to Katatonia gave to the crowd. Why?guys wrote. The inspiration comes from Anathema at all. I think that I’ve seenmany different things, stuff that you don’t them live twice in a festival, but I never I believe that Dead Letters is the bestthink about. It comes from nowhere. listen to them. I don’t know what to say… representation for the album. It is moreWhen you go and see a movie, you heard And I know that our fans like Anathema progressive, more melodic, for thingsa song from another band, and then you too. Maybe we have the same sound, happening all the time. Is a weird song! Iget inspiration. We don’t have to be this atmospheric… like it and I hope people like it, too.atmospheric, dark, depressed when wewrite Katatonia music. We know how to Plus, I’ve read that you are going Katatonia changed the sound a lotwrite music. We know how is going to be to play in Turkey with Epica on the from 1991-1998 to 1999 till now.the sound. We didn’t have to think in a next day after your show in Athens, What in your opinion change it?depressive way, it is the way we are. We on 23. Epica is a symphonic band.are not depressed 24 hours a day. It’s our How can your music be combined I don’t know much, but think that theyway to express our music. with the music of Epica? get bored of the old sound, the way of writing and the show. Jonas is not doingGreece is waiting for you on Febru- This is another band that I never heard. I well in growls and he always concernedary 22. How do you feel about play- don’t think is going to be a problem. We with writing music, singing, playinging live in Greece again? play our music, they play their music. I drums and writing lyrics. But in 1999 think is going to be like co-headlining, things changed and Jonas got rid ofWe love Greece and it’s always a good playing the same time drums and I took the role.place for Katatonia to play. We knowwhat to expect but always been the sur- on stage. In my opinion I think that is Friendship plays an important roleprise. Everything is great! The weather better to have a different kind of bands in the vitality of your band, right?and your food. Every time I visit Greece I on stage. Maybe is going to have morewant to go to a Greek restaurant, before people! Yes! Friendship plays a good role.the show. Because of living 3 hours away from You’re on a North American tour Stockholm, we didn’t have time to hangSo do you have fun with friends with Opeth. Any plans? out together every day, but in tours this isafter your shows in Greece? a different story. We are all together every It’s always fun to work and to tour with time and have some good time. We areYes, of course. We like to go before the Opeth. We played together with Opeth laughing, joking and drinking beer aftershow for Greek food in a restaurant and before and it will be more fun than work and before the show. We don’t have anyafter the show to a bar to drink some beer because we’ve been friends for so long. arguments and this is very good.and talk with our fans. The last 3 times Our first live with Opeth was in 2001.we do this and I really like the rock bars. Eleven years! We are more friends than Thank you. See you on stage!And this time I hope for doing it again. just music colleagues. It’s going to be a tour with a lots of friends, fun, music, like Interview by Eleni LeonidaWhat exactly can Greek fans expect the last time. It’s very easy to tour with BURST { music magazine }
  • 40. ALBUM REVIEWS 40 I would also characterize real bomb is coming next, “Unify”! Harsh their new compositions as metalcore male vocals combined with “labyrinths”: Many tempo melodic female vocals and some very nice changes, melodic female orchestral parts in the background! The clean vocals (not the usual last track of the album is entitled “Mas- female vocals though, ters of our Fate”. The song starts with trust me!), A M A Z I N an epic recitation by Sanna and Invoker G backing vocals, more and it also includes a part of Winston guitar solos (some of them Churchill’s speech to the US Congress quite progressive for a fe- during December 1941 (Sure I am that male fronted band), many this day – now we are the masters of our influences from “technical fate; that the task which has been set us metal” bands. They have is not above our strength; that its pangs certainly made progress. and toils are not beyond our endurance. The piano/keys/orchestral As long as we have faith in our cause and parts are still in the spot- an unconquerable will-power, salvation light but in “Psychosyn- will not be denied us. In the words of the thesis” Dimlight decided Psalmist, ‘He shall not be afraid of evil to reveal a very different tidings; his heart is fixed, trusting in the face: the blast-beats and Lord.’ Not all the tidings will be evil). Dimlight - Psychosynthesis growling parts play an important role, But wait a second! What did I say? “The I have to admit that it was with quite too. This fact makes this record much last track of the album ???” Ummm....no. mixed feelings when I had been listen- heavier and certainly I would not call There was some more to come! Dimlight ing to Dimlight’s second studio album this album an “easy-listening” one. If you wanted to spoil us a little bit more and entitled “Psychosynthesis”. That was why are searching for hit-tracks you will be also included an acoustic version of their when I gave it a listen for the first time, very disappointed! This is not very usual older track entitled “Absense of Light” too many different thoughts crossed my for a “female fronted band” isn’t it? So, (forget the studio version of the track mind. If you keep reading this review Dimlight is not “another typical female from their debut, this time the band you will certainly understand the reasons fronted band” that appeared during 00’s decided to perform this song in a totally why. (like many others). No. No way! In my different way!). opinion they chose the difficult path and “Psychosynthesis” is the process of that’s a serious reason to admire these In “Psychosythesis”, the listener will “personal growth”. More or less, “psy- musicians. experience light and darkness at the same chosynthesis” (a term created by Roberto time. And I guess that the band wanted to Assagioli, an Italian psychiatrist) is a The album includes 10 powerful tracks. point out the eternal fight between light comprehensive approach to self-realiza- The opening track is entitled “Agonize” and darkness. Besides, the band’s name tion and the development of human po- it’s quite calm and does not give any makes it very clear: dim-light. Darkness tential. The essential aim of Psychosyn- clue of what is about to follow. A rather and light at the same time. And this is thesis is to help people discover their true “calm” track compared to the next tracks! what I like about this band! One thing spiritual nature and then to effectively The following track (“The Quest of the that really impressed me is the progress utilize this discovery in everyday life. Fallen”) combines some very nice oriental Sanna Salou did as a singer! The album (http://www.willparfitt.com/whatisps- elements. Invoker is coming to remind us was recorded during 2011 in Invoker’s long.html). that “agony and despair is our strength”! home studio and mixed by Fotis Berbardo In “Lucid Dreams” I noticed some amaz- (Septicflesh) at Devasoundz Studios. The album title describes the concept of ing backing and harsh vocals! “Black “Psychosynthesis” mastering was done by the lyrics perfectly. Dimlight songs deal Hole” is the track that certainly reminded Peter In De Betou at Tailor Maid Produc- with issues like betrayal, mind games, me of their early days and it is closer to tion (Draconian, Dream Evil, Emperor, feelings of agony, pain and disappoint- their “Obtenebration” days. Dimlight Madder Mortem, Nightrage, Septicflesh) ment, cruelty, loneliness and life itself. invited some very good musicians to and the artwork was created by Hicham There is a certain truth and even crude- participate in their second studio album: Haddaji at Strychneen Studio. To be hon- ness to their songs. in “Cardinal Sins” you can enjoy Seth est, the fact that the album was released a Siro Anton’s (Septic flesh) growls and in year after the recordings were done made In my opinion “Psychosyntheis” is kind “Mind’s Game” Iliana Tsakiraki (Meden me very sceptical. Oh well, without any of a sequel of their debut album (“Obten- Agan) with her haunting backing vocals doubt it was worth the anticipation! ebration”). In fact, the guys and the gal gave a totally different feeling to the song! took many steps forward! I guess that the “Stillborn Debris” is maybe the darkest *And if you want to know which tracks I blast-beats and growling parts are playing track of the entire album. Apart from the liked the most here you go: such an important and equal role as San- dark lyrics, the piano intro, the orchestral The Quest of the Fallen, Lucid Dreams, na’s clean vocals, and that’s why Dimlight parts and the electric violin (played by Black Hole, Mind’s Game, Unify. make the difference! I would say that the Charalampos Paritsis, Chaostar) are giv- band has two different vocalists and not ing a totally spooky/thriller-like feeling “We are still masters of our fate. just a front-woman. Sanna’s clean female to the whole song. The track features an We are still captains of our souls.” vocals and Invoker’s harsh male vocals amazing vocal performance by Sanna and Korina P. play an equal role in most of the songs. also some very nice guitar solos. But the BURST { music magazine }
  • 41. 41 playing just like the ones I give a listen to the final outcome of “Field mentioned above. Luck- of Dreams”. The album starred our wait. ily there some ass-kickin’ “Illusive Light” which was available on bands out there with a youtube had given us a hint about the front woman/vocalist like amazing guitar play of Alex and the sweet Devil’s Blood, Dead Sara, and smooth voice of Elina. The overall Royal Thunder and the feeling of “Field of Dreams” is at least Greek experimental doom- satisfactory. sters Universe 217. Seduce A truly professional work recorded at the Heaven belong to the Soundflakes Studios with great artwork second category and their and front cover. Let’s talk more about debut album, named “Field music now. “Baseless Addiction” is my of Dreams” is definitely favorite track with cutting riffs, tremen- worth of our attention. dous growls from Mario and clean vocals Founded by Alex Flouros from Elina. The big advantage of Seduce (member of the Greek The Heaven is their composing abilities. I progsters Fragile Vastness) acknowledged that. Enchanting melo- and soprano Elina Lai- dies and powerful riffology are obvious vera in 2009, Seduce The in songs like “Ignorance”, “Falling” and Heaven released “Field of “Field of Dreams”. “Field of Dreams” isSeduce The Heaven - Field of Dreams” album on January 15th. an album with fascinating guitar themesDreams “Field of Dreams” is a very interest- and a magnificent performance by Elina.Every time I hear the term “female-front- ing mix of different metal music styles Natural, heavy, melodic, dreamy, defi-ed metal”, I Imagine a very beautiful girl from N.W.O.S.D.M, American metalcore nitely one more proof that Greek Heavydressed in leather trying to sing in a band (bands like Killswitch Engage, As I Lay Metal scene is more qualified, strongerwhich sounds like boring Nightwish/ Eva- Dying etc.), Progressive and Symphonic and inspired than ever before. Thumbsnescence/ Lacuna Coil replicas. I know Metal. We interviewed Alex and Elina on up guys!this isn’t right but I’ve been sick and Burst.gr a few months before the album Spiros Smyrnistired of the thousands of bands out there release and we are looking forward to be let go until you’re dead! Maiden but still, keeping the original- And Death is what this ity and freshness of Enforcer. The next album is all about, quoting song is called “Sacrificed” and it’s like the vocalist and guitar player record is starting all over again. Melodies, Olof Wikstrand “The screams and riffs all mixed together in an album title refers to the actual Heavy Metal Bomb! Along comes most horrific ways to die… the most epic song of Enforcer called all lyrics on “Death By “Silent Hour / The Conjugation”. It is Fire” hold the same theme the only song that I will not analyse at throughout the record: all, I’ll only say this. It is indeed an EPIC death - in all different composition and I could easily hear it 100 shapes.” The record starts times in a row and not get tired of it. The with a small instrumen- record ends with “Satan” (he he he) one tal keyboard piece called of the fastest songs ever written by the “Bells Of Hades” which band. After all the horror of death that is kind gets you in the mood present in the record, a scream shouting for what is about to fol- “Satan take me away…” is the best way to low. Then all hells breaks end it. loose! “Death Rides The Night” is a classic bang- The album is less than 40 minutes, in theEnforcer - Death By Fire all-the-way Enforcer song. “Run For spirit of every classic Heavy Metal record,Having seen Enforcer in an explosive Your Life” has the perfect blend of riffs, from Judas Priest and Iron Maiden, tolive performance and also, having nearly melodies and high-pitched vocals that we Slayer and Manowar. It also helps themelted their first two albums, I was more love in Enforcer. “Mesmerised By Fire” is sound quality in the vinyl format, becausethan honoured to do a review on their a another classic high energy song with when the duration is longer that 19upcoming third album entitled “Death by even more aggressive vocals. During the minutes on each side, the sound is losingFire”. middle of the song, there is a killer part it’s quality. That is all folks, keep an eye that really adds a lot to the whole mood. out for this record when it comes out, itAt first I was expecting something similar “Take Me Out Of This Nightmare” is by is one of the best Heavy Metal albums ofto their first two albums, which are both far one of the best Enforcer songs ever this year.masterpieces of classic Heavy Metal. written. The whole band really giving Elias J. KayWell, nothing could be further from the their best self, their heart and soul reallytruth. “Death By Fire” grabs you from the went on this one. “Crystal Suite” is a greatthroat from the very beginning and won’t instrumental piece, in the style of old Iron BURST { music magazine }
  • 42. ALBUM REVIEWS 42 ing their 4th studio album. Things were sounding way more heavy than what we going pretty well until the news broke were used to in ‘Audio Secrecy’ and their up that bassist and founding member previous albums. Shawn Economaki is leaving the band! Nevertheless, one might say that after He was soon to be replaced by Rachel composing legendary songs such as Bulan (Skid Row). Controversial opinions ‘Snuff’ or ‘Through Glass’ it was kind began to spread about what the band of suicidal for the artist- his chances of was up to until the disk hit the stores in creating something equal were quite October 2012. The ‘House of Gold and low. All in all, the ‘House of Gold and Bones_Part1’ has to be endured for 43 Bones_Part 1’ is supposed to be a dark minutes as it is an album with a fairly tale of a person’s inner battles, desper- diverse sound while most parts of it could ate but also determined to find his way, fit into a Slipknot’s album. The main idea although it turned out to be a dark tale of this album is the attempt of getting of a band looking for a new identity, Stone Sour - The House of Gold and over traumatic experiences and finding maybe. Its sequel ‘The House of Gold and Bones Part 1 yourself, but it mostly sounds more like a Bones_Part 2’ is scheduled to be released It was a year ago when Stone Sour an- row of 11 tracks coming one after another, in early 2013. nounced that they had started record- chaotic, not seeming to fit each other and Hope VNZ realm (the credits go to Sons of Northern “Youngblood” thy name. I’ve listened to Darkness also known as Immortal) for it once. Hmmm, I said. I’ve listened to it a while to deliver some sexy and badass twice. Uh Uh, I said again. After that, I’ve hard rock lessons. They found a tattooed listening to it once a day. vocalist who’s devoted his life to rock n “Pretty little Sunshine” is a passionate roll and under the name of Audrey Horne rock hit, lost in the ‘80’s. “I’m out of my drove us all crazy. mind pretty little sunshine” sings Toschie and David Coverdale smiles being proud David Lynch’s maniacs, as their debut al- of his bastard son. Uplifting, up- tempo bum got its’ name from “No Hay Banda” till the “Open Sea” this will be one of the quote taken from Mulholland Drive, best rock albums of 2013. “There goes a while their band’s name is a female char- lady… with death in tow right behind” is acter in the cult TV series, Twin Peaks. inspired by the Greek Sirens who blessed Audrey Horne - Youngblood I got in touch with their work three Audrey Horne making addictive songs. I’ve never been to Norway. Unfortunately years later when I’ve listened to “Audrey Songs that remain insane. Like the open- I haven’t had the chance of visiting this Horne” album. Oh my God. These were ing thunder track “Redemption Blues” metal country, which was notorious for the word my tongue managed to utter. with the unbelievable guitar play. I think the Black Metal wave back in the 90’s. Hard rock straight from the heart! So I’ve that straight hard rock lives again. We Norway has a great tradition in black been really looking forward to their next were lucky to see the amazing ‘Apoca- metal. Just let me take a pen… Mayhem, album, which is to be released on Febru- lyptic Love” by Slash and “Choice of Immortal, Emperor, Darkthrone, Bur- ary 5th. “In the beginning we decided: Weapon” by The Cult last year. Another zum, Enslaved, Gorgoroth are some of “We should be a band like Kiss with one diamond in the rust is “Youngblood”. the leaders of the Norwegian black metal maybe two years between albums. That Fasten your seatbelt mates! This is the scene. Some members of Enslaved and wasn’t very practical. “ said Thomas, the hard-rocking beginning of 2013. Gorgoroth left their grim and frostbitten band’s guitarist (also in Sahg) Spiros Smyrnis “For The King” the first track, fast, with Dragon” is the name of the supreme song clean vocals (as the whole album) and by our Swedish fellows. Literary a master- nice solos placed carefully. piece from the beginning to the very end! Coming next, the title track of the album Pentagram meet Spiritual Beggars, as we with the speed dropping quite a lot with- travel with the voice of the dragon. out losing the melody. Maybe it should be It is acknowledged that scandinavians a bit shorter in length. But when we reach produce excellent albums on various the middle we sort of listen to a different, levels, something we clearly understand uptempo song that reaches the bar the in the following two tracks. The orches- placed by the first one. “Spirits Of Fire” trations of “This Will Be Mine” and “I’ll next, a mediocre song that is saved by the Die For You”, raise the bar once again! solos! For the grand finale, a 10minute tune that Forth in line, “A Circle Of Serpents” with stands its ground along with the rest of Year of the Goat - Angels Necropolis the rest of the “goats” participating in the the songs on this first album attempt. Originating from Sweden, Year Of The vocals that in my opinion should be a bit Goat step forward with their debut album harsher and not just to follow. The feeling you get listening to this record “Angels Necropolis”. The band moves Our managing editor told me I’ll listen to is that these guys definitely have what it in heavy rock rhythms with quite a few some heavy rock things.. I had to reach takes to make it! melodic elements in their music. to the 5th track to do so. “Voice Of The Zack Papadakis BURST { music magazine }
  • 43. 43 talking to you, the one who buy cds, vinyl Hot Chili Peppers, Metallica, Slayer, Rage records and hate downloading. You man, Against the Machine, System of A Down, who go to concerts, and be proud for the Johnny Cash ) is the man responsible for 20 years old t-shirt you bought sometime the sound of La Futura. Let’s clear some as a teenager. things out. This one is not the best album If you are one of these weird guys then of ZZ Top. La Futura isn’t the worst you may understand the respect I feed to album on 43 years band’s discography, on three guys from Houston, Texas under the other hand. the names of Billy Gibbons (guitars, No you ain’t gonna hear something new vocals), Dusty Hill (Bass, vocals) and from the blues Trinity. You just gonna lis- Frank Beard (drums). Most people knew ten to the old hard rocking blues you are them as ZZ Top. I’ve mentioned in many into. The boogie- men strike back again! reviews for Burst.gr that I love the trios- Gibbons’ guitar sketches melodies bitter bands as I called them ( I own copyright or sweet like the good old soulful bluesΖΖ TOP - La Futura so you can use the term). There are two filled my glass for so many times. “OverWhen you were young, you were look- main reasons for that. Motorhead and You” and “It’s too easy Manana” are mying for some role models, some idols you mainly ZZ Top. The band which gave us personal favorites with the “crying” guitarwould give your soul to be like them. “Fandango” “Rio Grande Mud”, “El Loco” riffs and hoarse Gibbons” voice. GrooveGrowing up this internal need still exists. and the beloved cult diamond “Elimina- and badass like a 65 years old guy with aCelebrities, actors, directors, musicians, tor” the one sold over ten million copies. huge beard and some cheap sunglasseswriters drew the attention more eas- The only band in the universe, which has walking to a bar looking for some goodily. Money, fame, sex drugs and rock n the same line up for forty three years. old whisky and a girl to tell his story.roll baby! Who wouldn’t want to be like So 9 years after “Mescalero” the fifteenth “It’s too easy, it’s too easy feel good” hethem? Who wouldn’t scream for some official ZZ Top album came out in stores. whispered.more? However, how many rock stars “La Futura” is the name and Rick Rubin Spiros Smyrnisout there do you respect man? Yeah I’m ( yes the guy who has worked with Red many 2012 best albums listings, as well rapists… Some of them are shredders; as in Burst list. For those who don’t know others are fusionists or great improvisa- him, Walter Trout dedicated his life in tors. Some of them have an awesome blues. The man has been supporting true attitude, others have been mentioned for legends like Canned Heat, John Mayal’s their big balls and the countless girls they Bluebreakers, Big Mama Thorton and have slept with. John Lee Hooker till 1990, when he started his solo career. There are also some guitarists who put all their heart and soul to their music. He has released 21 albums so far! Im- Walter Trout definitely belongs to this pressed? Just wait till you listen to them category. A man with social concerns and you are gonna be even more thrilled! who stencils in notes love, loneliness, I personally learned about Walter Trout decadences and temptations. “Saw my from the outstanding album “The Out- mama Crying” and “Lonely” are theWalter Trout- Blues for the Modern sider”, which was released in 2008. So ideal opening tracks for this albums.Daze when “Blues For the Modern Daze” came Bittersweet blues diamonds hidden inDo you know what it means to walk out in stores, I had been looking for it the mud. “Blues for my baby” state hisalone? every CD and record store in order to get intentions. Blessed by the Afro-AmericanAnd what it means to be, be by yourself? my hands on it. Unfortunately, I couldn’t blues of Louisiana Trout’s guitarplay hasDo you know what it means when there’s manage to find it anywhere, so I had to a psychedelic approach which defines itsno one to bring you good news? order it online. This was one of the wisest sound. “Recovery” is for me the best bluesIf you do, then you know the meaning of decisions I made last year. The album, ballad written in 2012, with dark poeticthe blues which was nominated for best rock blues lyrics. “I will always be in recovery” sangDo you know what it means to love a CD in Blues Foundation awards, has been Trout for another woman, or anotherwoman you can’t own? keeping me company me many times in temptation… He knows pretty damn wellIf you do, then you know the meaning of 2012. what he’s doing. These magical fingersthe blues. make his guitar weep gently, compos- Touching yet not maudlin this release was ing hymns like “Brother’s Keeper”, “TheI first gave a listen to Joe’s Bonamassa a blues masterpiece. Hard rocking sound lifestyle of Rich and Famous” and, lastversion on Bobby’s Troup classic song in like his pal Joe Bonamassa, Trout wrote but not least, “The Blues for the Modern2011, when the album “Dustbowl” was re- some of his best song of his entire career. Daze”, a deeply emotional portrait inleased and I was stunned. I think that the I personally love guitarists. I believe that America’s 2010’s lifestyle, seen from thelyrics above are the best way of describ- although every musician in general has a eyes of a bluesman.ing what someone should feel by listen- special connection with his instruments,ing to the new album of Walter Trout. a guitarist has a different bond with his Dedicated to the ones who are still seek-“Blues for the Modern Daze” was released guitar. Loners (like the Great Gary Moore ing for the meaning of the blues…in autumn 2012 and it was included in once wrote), guitar lovers, six string Spiros Smyrnis BURST { music magazine }
  • 44. ALBUM REVIEWS 44 have passed, Kiske left are Power Metal leaders and founders. Helloween who replaced Period. They don’t have to prove anything him with Andy Deris to anyone. So they finally give an honest (former singer of Pink album, with modern power metal songs, Cream 69 and a great vo- played through the unique Helloween fil- calist too). Around 2001, ter. This is what we want from Helloween they released the best in 2010s! “Nabataea” is the opening track album of Deris Era named with a killing chorus where Deris presents The Dark Ride, which, us his extremely high vocal skills. strangely enough, most hardcore Helloween fans I always appreciated the sense of humour hated. After that, the al- Michael Weikath and his mates had. bums Helloween released “Assholes” is the indicative song in the seemed boring to me, “Straight out of Hell” album. Excellent moving to mediocrity. So guitar play from Weikath and Sascha I was very reluctant with Gerstner. Faster and faster, their guitars the listening of “Straight will remind you how German power out of Hell”. metal should be played. Teutonic yet melodic with “Queen”ish (We Will Rock Let’s clear some things You) interludes like “Wanna Be God” the out first. Those who wait “Straight out of Hell” album put Hellow- for an album like “The een back in the circle. “Live now! Sing it Helloween - Straight Out Of Hell Keepers of the Seven loud” baby cause tomorrow maybe every- Keys”, better stop reading. Otherwise you thing ends. Head banging and air guitars Ι want out (out out) to live my life and to will be disappointed. These monuments are necessary for the listening of Straight be free. I remember myself when I was 15 were written once, were composed once out of Hell. Hmm, and clear your throat years old trying to follow Michael Kiske’s and they enjoy their place among the oth- first because you gonna sing it loud. voice, something impossible. The years er heavy metal masterpieces. Helloween Spiros Smyrnis EP REVIEW recorded / mixed / mastered at Septic- the Serpent - Enthron the Shepherd. flesh’s Devasoundz Studios. The rehearsal Enthrone the Serpent - Enthron the song “Blessed Blood” was completely Shepherd. Enthrone the Serpent”. I am done at Basement Studios through Base- referring into the Enthoned, a “Jesus ment Productions. The last two songs Heist” song. This version is an orchestral were done in Sakis’ personal studio. approach that easily could be a part of a sci-fi or a fantasy movie. The last song is This EP was a really big surprise to me, an industrial version of “Cockroach”. It since it expands the path of their sec- is an amazing combination of electronic ond album “Jesus Heist” intro “blacker” music with black sounds. It reminds me and into more industrial tunes. The the pattern of “Necropolis” by the Greek first track is amazing and it describes Industrial Black Metal Band Nyne. the uniqueness of their music. The “My Storm upon You” track is a 100% “Jesus The new release of WEB is not only Heist” descendant with groovy riffs and unique; it is also an experiment into the W.E.B. My Storm Upon You the familiar extreme vocals by Sakis. The industrial electronic music, an experi- I have to say that I consider myself a second track is a cover. The thing that ment producing orchestral and acoustic lucky person having I discovered W.E.B. made me really happy, is that the song is versions of familiar songs. They succeed- (Where Everything Begun), since the not a “Moonspell” cover or anything simi- ed to combine all the different elements early days of their career. Their musical lar. It is a Greek Metal cover of the song into a solid product that can be heard by path counts three demo works and two “Anubis” from Septic Flesh. WEB made everyone. WEB fans should not miss it. full length albums. I confess that I am a an extended version of “Anubis” by add- The rest should definitely listen to it. It is really huge fan of them and I own two out ing the “Faust” song also as well. The use a good example of professionalism prov- of three of their demos and I also have of operatic vocals by Androniki Skoula ing for one more time that Greece can their two full length albums. Their debut (Chaostar) and Niki – Rosa Frei onto this have bands that can follow the successful album is my favorite one and I have the one brings the song to a whole new level. path of Rotting Christ and Septic Flesh. three copies of it (promo, first release, The third song takes us back to the “Don’t Sotiris Stilianos re-release). They have appeared in many Wake Futility” period of WEB. It is an live concerts not only in Greece, but they acoustic version of “Full of Sadness” per- covered Europe as well. The “My storm formed by Aggeliki Karatsamis. I always Upon You” EP is the messenger of their liked acoustic versions of songs because I upcoming new album. It is somehow a can play them to non metal fans. Next on 10th year celebration of the birth of the the list, is the first track of “Jesus Heist”. band and includes works from the band’s It is not the album version though. It is first and second album. the rehearsal version of the song, more aggressive, including more extreme vo- WEB worked on a strange schedule cals than the original. The next one starts among four studios. Three out of six were with the best quote I‘ve heard in a metal song. “Enthron the Shepherd. Enthrone BURST { music magazine }
  • 45. 45Karolina Pacan To be human is to have heart and not be affraid to use it!My dear Warriors,I have decided to write a small note, about what I saw…A few days ago, I was walking in the town, at night, alone, when a homelessdrunk man passed me by.I heard a noise behind me, it was that man.He fell on the ground, unable to stand up by himself,Because of the alcohol level…I was amazed how other people showed their ignorance for that homelessman…No one came to help him …no one…!That man was 3 times bigger than me, but I gave him a hand, and I tried topick him up. It took me a while, but he finaly stood up on his feet. I took himclose to the wall so he would not fall again,I gave him my last tissue because he was bleeding and he looked at me like Iwas an alien.I saw tears in his eyes when I picked his hat from the ground, and put it onhis head.I felt it was an honor and my duty to help.I ask you to open your heart, and to be more sensitive for what is going onaround you. Someone could say, it’s not my problem… Yes, you might beright, but if one day, you fell on the street because of lets say, health reasons,and you die there, because no one will help you? Think about it…Lets wake up, we are humans, and we have good hearts. I truly believe inmankind.Lets stop our inner fears, and bring a bright future with honor & dignity,“To be human, means to have a heart and not afraid to show that ‘’ BURST { music magazine }
  • 46. 46 Page Tur n The by Hope VnzDoes the noise inmy head bother you? A rock ‘ n ‘ roll memoir by Steven Tyler“Life is short. Break the rules, forgive quickly, kiss slowly, lovetruly, laugh uncontrollably, and never regret anything thatmakes you smile”, Tyler chooses Mark Twain’s words to openhis memoir, and in a very Tyler-like manner adds, “…and kill allthe lawyers!”The world’s most recognizable voice is once again here to shock,provoke, unconventional, unsettled, louder than ever, but brac-ingly honest.A book just as its main hero, breaking the rules, unfolding thechronicles of one of the most prominent and strangest musicworld’s careers. From his childhood in Yonkers and the Bronx,to an adolescence of drugs, sex and rock’n’roll, towards break-ups and make-ups with fellow band members, until making West velvety growl, “I’m not into the big ten-inch honey,” andpeace with his own demons, now 64, a grandpa, with 10 million slammed the door.”records sold across the globe, four children, from three dif-ferent women, but yet, young and restless. At times a little bit There have always been a lot of women in his life, and he lovesover-detailed as you get lost while reading about places, people women, the attention he gets, boasting about how much womenand events, exaggerating, over stressing. But Tyler is like that, love him, but deep inside feeling a bit bitter, asking himself, wason the stage and in life, too dressed, too emotional, too in any- it real, is this what life is about? “…women love me because Ithing he does. Steven Tyler knows what it means to be a rock sing good, because I am a rock star, because I am Steven Tyler.star and he really enjoys it, numerous parties are listed, band You may say, well hell, what’s wrong with that?..... I just havefights are described, regrets and sensitive alter ego revealed.”I no life!” And there is also regret, pain, for not being around hismay be a monster”, he states, ”but I am a sensitive monster” family enough, of not being enough of a father. “There wasn’t aand the “demon of screaming” makes an honest attempt to drop woman that I had a child with that I didn’t love, but there werethe mask, to leave no story untold, no score unsettled, no secret always two trains running, my family, my band.”unrevealed. This is the life of Steven Tyler, regrets or no, he wouldn’t changeIf there is any emotional centre in the book, or any centre at all, a thing, because this is how he is! Tyler’s trade mark ego isit is his war-and-peace burst-like relationship with Joe Perry everywhere, on every page as he tries to put some order in the(Aerosmith’s lead guitarist, songwriter).It was the summer of story of his life, a Shakespearean hero, brutally honest “sensitive1969, a turning point in Tyler’s life, when a very important and monster”. And yes, he may be a lot of things, but certainly notcomplicated friendship was born together with the birth of one quiet! Humorously diagnosing himself with the LSD syndromeof the most legendary rock groups. And there are also a lot of (lead singer disorder, he calls it), admitting his narcissism anddrugs, everywhere, on almost every page, another story of a con- ego-centrism, but nevertheless, all through the book there is astant rise and fall, a suicidal mania he can’t get rid of, destroying surprising self-awareness, a capacity for empathy and an abilitypeople, family, himself. to forgive the others and himself, and a true passion for life, what you see is what you get, “It’s hard to tell who I am… I amWhat is news here is a reference to another legend, Joan Jett, the Demon of screaming, the dude that looks like a lady, the ragthe woman, who didn’t sleep with him. “In courting Joan Jett doll that married Lucy in the Sky. But I’m also something morewhile on tour with her, I would strip bare naked, put on a robe, than the rock’n’roll junky… Sure, we’re the sum of our experi-pull the chair from near the elevator all the way over to the end ences. If you listen to that song I wrote in 1969, “Dream On”,of the hall, pushing it right in front of her door. I’d then take my you might get a different view...”robe off and, sitting spread-eagled, ring the doorbell and waitfor her to open it. She’d open the door and her jaw would hit Does the noise in my head bother you? by Steven Victor Tal-the floor as I said, “I hate myself for loving you.” She gave me larico, the frontman of Aerosmith, pretty damn loud, but didthat look I really wanted to see and responded in her best Mae you expect anything less from him?BURST { music magazine }
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  • 49. 49Lesbian kisses, burning crosses, and the name of Jesus’ 80’s until now, many new “celebs” have tried to copy hermother. styles but the results were... disastrous?She’s a Material Girl and she sure is the QUEEN -of Pop.But, is she “rock”? In many ways, it seems that the word “taboo” is missing from Madge’s vocabulary.A quick definition to “rock” could be “the one who has nolimits -among other things”. From her early steps to today, she experiments with almost everything: music, style, even profession! So, is Madonna Rock or What? by Stathia PediotiJust her continuous change of styles through the dec- She shocked the world when she kissed Britney a decadeades, prove that she undoubdedly deserves being on ago, and everyone still discusses it. Well, this may stillthe spotlight. Whatever this woman does is tomorrow’s be “hot” for little chit-chats, ‘cause she admit Spears wasfashion, followed by millions. Yes, she is a fashion icon a good kisser -or maybe ‘cause she said she wouldn’t do-literally. that again.We’ve seen her in a hippy style, in a punk/rock style, in a“virgin” style, and so on. Her fans were used to be shocked by their idol. And now,The list is huge -and many articles have been written in her mid fifties, people are starting to ask “Do Madon-about her stylistic choices. na’s “shock tricks”, shock anyone anymore?” . The an- swer is “freaking yes”, ‘cause she might be less extreme“ Madge emerged on the scene in the early ‘80s as a than she was in her 30s, but -God!- she’s the woman whostreet-smart “Boy Toy” and, over the course of her 30- made the Pope give a try to boycott her. And the woman,year career, evolved into a fashion-forward icon whose who, a couple of years ago, “shared” her breast with thesense of style became as influential as her chart-topping crowd (“oops, it was an accident”)!tunes.” (billboard.com) She’s a Diva (latin=Goddess) for sure, but even if some ofWell, I hate exaggerating, but Madonna even turned her us expect her to live in a dreamy castle where everythingsmile into a fashion trend. is “alright”, we’re wrong. She lives in this planet, withThe so-called, London style. all of us, and she seems to care. Remember when sheIn times when everyone tries (with the help of experts) to performed for “Hope for Haiti”?make their smiles look “perfect”, she quietly screams “Mysmile rocks”. (Note : No-one “badass” and also no-one with a “it’s-Same with the Big Brown Brows. crazy-and-i-cannot-support-it”style, could ever be called “rock”.)In the end of the day, she’s some kind of extremist.She likes to provoke, but in a classy way. Conclusion? She might be the Queen of Pop, but as a per-And that’s how she is the Queen of all, ‘cause from the son, as an idol, she definitely is ROCK -as hell!! Photo by Apostolis Kalliakmanis BURST { music magazine }
  • 50. 50 same time he has a sexual relationship with Vyvyan’s wife, Jocasta. Vyvyan doesn’t find out but his arrogance humiliates Frosbisher and he blackmails him in order to steal his master- piece “Cloud Atlas Sextet”, otherwise he will destroy his reputa- tion. Frosbisher shoots him and leaves, he finishes his master- piece in a hotel room and commits suicide. He is the narrator of his own story, reading the letters he wrote to Sixmith, which are the connection to the third storyline. Third Storyline/ San Fransisco 1973: Rufus Sixmith, a middle- aged now nuclear physicist is trapped inside a broken elevator with the young journalist Luisa Rey. She gives him his card and offers her help when needed. After watching newscast Sixmith calls her but someone kills him. Rey decides to inves- tigate the murder and finds out the conspiracy between oil lobbyist and a nuclear reactor, run by Lloyd Hooks. Hooks is behind the murder of Sixmith and tries to kill Rey as well, but with inside help she manages to escape and reveal the con- spiracy. She is assumed to write a book about this story, which is the connection to the fourth storyline. Fourth Storyline/ United Kingdom 2012: During a press party about literacy prizes, book publisher Timothy Cavendish jumps from anonymity to fame in one night when his client, the gangster-author Desmont Hoggins murders a critic in front of the crowd and is sent to jail. When he sends his mobs to take the money from Cavendish, he has one day to find 50.000 dol- lars to pay them off. He asks his brother for help; his brotherWritten by Eleni Lampraki secretly sends him to a nursing home (while on trip, he reads Rey’s manuscript). The nursing home is ruled by tyrannical Nurse Noaks. With a fellow group of old mistreated people he makes a heroic and successful escape. In the end he writes a scenario about his journeys, which is the connection to the fifth storyline. Fifth Storyline/ Neo Seoul 2144: In a near future clones are created in order to serve people. We watch the interrogation/ interview of Somni, a clone who escaped before her execution. She describes her life as a fast-food servant and how she was “Cloud Atlas” is a German drama/science – fiction film, written saved by Hae-Joo Chang, a member of a rebel, almost anar- and directed by Lana and Andy Wachowski and Tom Tykwer chist movement, who fought for clones’ rights. Meanwhile she in 2012. It was adapted by the homonymous novel by David watched a film about Cavendish’s adventures. Chang shows Mitchell. The film follows six different storylines in different her that the clones are destroyed and become food for future time and place, which are in a way connected to each other. fabricants. She decides to make a public broadcast of her The narrative moves from one plot to another, making a “sort manifesto before she is executed, so people will learn the truth of point-list mosaic” as the author stated. One of the film’s most of their existence. notable characteristic is that all characters are played by an Sixth Storyline/ Hawaii 106 years after the Fall: In a not so all-star cast (Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Hugo near future, people or Earth are living again on primitive Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Doona Bae, Ben Whishaw, James D’ societies and worship Somni as a goddess. In a place called Arcy, Zhou Xun, Keith David, David Gyasi, Susan Sarandon “The Valley” we meet Zachry’s tribe who is terrorized by the and Hugh Grant), who have either a major or a minor part in cannibal Kona tribe. Zachry’s village is visited by Meronym, each story. In order to understand the meaning of the movie a member of the Precients, an advanced society. Meronym I’m going to tell each story individually, but if you watch the wants to go to a specific place in the mountains, and visit an movie, remember that they are mixed up. abandoned communication station in order to send a mes- First Storyline/ Pacific Ocean 1849: Young American lawyer sage to people who have left Earth, because the atmosphere is Adam Ewing, has come to the Chatham Islands for a business poisoning them. She is helped by Zachry, who defeats his own arrangement between his father-in-law and Reverent Gilles demons and she takes him and his niece with her. In the end it Horrox. While having a tour to the Horrox’s plantation’s he is revealed that it’s Zachry who tells the whole story to a bunch witnesses the whipping of a slave. He is shocked by the cruel- of grandchildren, and he and Meronym lived happily ever ness and faints. His doctor, Henry Goose, diagnoses an nearly after in another planet. fatal illness and seems to cure him, only to reveal that he is I’m not quite sure if I liked secretly poisoning him in order to steal his gold. Autua, the the movie a lot. The special slave who was whipped, has been hidden to the ship and saves effects were terrific; the Ewing’s life, as Ewing did before for him. In the end Ewing “play” between the actors returns home, with a completely changed mind about human and their roles amusing, but slavery and announces that he and his wife are going to fight the plot had a few downfalls for human rights. The notebook he kept during the journey was along with the interesting published is the connection to the second storyline. parts. No matter what, you Second Storyline/ Cambridge 1936: Young and joyful musi- can’t see this movie only cian Robert Frobisher leaves his lover Rufus Sixmith in order once, so enjoy! to pursue a career in composing near the famous composer Vyvyan Ayrs. Vyvyan hires him as his amanuensis and Rufus’s talent blossoms in Ayrs’s manor. In his library he finds Ewing’s notebook (eventually only the first half) and reads it. At the Scan for movie trailer BURST { music magazine }
  • 51. 51 he perceives his problems as if it was his own business. With his vital help, the cynical Django (Jamie Foxx) becomes the ultimate african american punisher, charged to take revenge for all the suffering black people had to endure. The quote “I love the way you die, boy” declares his ruthless blood thirst. He is going to punish his dynasts sadistically. The above duo is about to confront the nasty but illiterate villain, whose name, ironically, sounds like a sweet. Calvin Candie is a collector of black fighters and enjoys watching them fight to death. He is a Francophile who doesn’t speak French and naïve as he is; he uncovers the scam only when his trusty and sneaky african american servant (Samuel L. Jackson) reveals the love story of Django and Broumchilnte to him. There are plenty of Tarantino’s elements which we expected, on a level we definitely couldn’t expect. The director is showing off his knowledge of history of cinema, with multiple cinematic references. “Django Unchained” is based on an Italian Western film, named “Django”, directed by Sergio Corbucci, starring Franco Nero. Furthermore, the nickname “Black Hercules” was taken from Ken Norton, an actor/boxer, who starred in the movie “Mandingo”. Even the protagonists’ horses, Fritz and Tony, which Christoph Waltz kept introducing to every- body, are named after some horses which belong to two silent western stars, William S. Hart and Tom Mix. Of course he did not exclude the rest of his rituals: sharp language and intenseWritten by Pana Apostolidou violence. The quality of splatter he uses is basically violence de- rived from comic techniques. But as an artist he has a mission: to creatively reform gore into life lessons of morality. He uses plenty of violence, directly on our faces in order to create a series of emotions: he wants us to feel repulsion for the actions that promote the degeneration of African- American people or purify our souls when the final and ex- pected bloodshed will take place. Tarantino, as always, made an exceptional casting choice. We met TV star Christoph Waltz in “Inglourious Basterds”, Jamie The main idea came 10 years ago, when Tarantino was in Foxx got his role after Will Smith passed and Lady Gaga was Tokyo, promoting “Inglourious Basterds”; he realized exactly considered for the role of Lara Lee Candie-Fitzwilly. Some of us what he wanted to do. To make a Spaghetti western film, may observe a masked, unidentified woman making a pass- mashed with German legends, Ku Klux Klan scenes and swag ing through. And we do wonder. Do we know her? This is Zoe hip hop sounds. I know it sounds funny but who dares to ques- Bell, known from “Deathproof” making a cameo! Franco Nero tion his nominated-for-5-Oscars mastery? has a small part as well and it is really interesting to watch the meeting of the old and the new Django (Tarantino’s devotion The film starts with a wandering German bounty hunter, Dr. to fallen stars of his favourite movies genres, demanded that King Schultz, who “buys” the Negro slave Django because he Nero should make a cameo appearance as well). To conclude is the only one able to recognize three wanted bounties. After with this brilliant casting, I should mention DiCaprio’s first Django services are completed, Dr. King sets him free and time as a villain and Samuel L. Jackson’s sixth collaboration together they decide on a collaboration. Django is going to help with the director. Now that I am thinking it more thoroughly, Dr. Schultz to “sell corpses” and Schultz is going to help the poor Jamie Foxx is rather outshined by the rest of the cast. protagonist track down his beloved wife, Broumchilnte. She is a servant at the plantation of Candy Land, owed by one of the Exquisite and mature piece of art, “Django” has another heavy most vicious slavers, Calvin Candie. ally: Ennio Morricone known for the famous “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly” theme composed “Ancora Qui”, one of the Dr Schultz and Django are developing a special bond that leads four original songs included in the soundtrack. The rest of them them through plantations of the American South to a chival- come from Tarantino’s personal music collection. rous quest, to set “princess’’ Broumchilnte free. This fairy tale is framed by the brutality coming from the slavery institu- tion which was legally established before Civil War. We are becoming witnesses of extreme violence, Mandingo fighters are fighting to death, white Southerners are feeding black people to dogs, women are getting roughly whipped and men are play- ing cards using human ears for real money. Dr. King (Christoph Waltz) is the European sophisticated, chatty, romantic type, the civilized among the uncivilized ones, carrying a dubious morality. Despite that, he approves neither slavery nor slavers. He gives Django his freedom and, simulta- neously, the chance to kill his wife’s tortures. Thus he is gaining his trust. But there is more than that. Dr. Schultz represents Django’s paternal figure. Highly involved in Django’s revenge, Scan for movie trailer BURST { music magazine }
  • 52. 52Quentin Tarantino By Spiros SmyrnisBURST { music magazine }
  • 53. 53Ladies and Gentlemen, this is a tribute if I went to film school, I say, “No, I went delicate language, which Stone presentedto Mr. Quentin Tarantino. The haters, to films”. to the audience using his camera. I’minfidels and those who were loboto- sure that many of you would disagreemized (the only reasons I could think Harvey Keitel took the risk of helping but this film is one of the most romanticfor someone not liking Tarantino) better Quentin by co-producing the film, of find- films I’ve ever seen. I can compare it onlystop reading. This is not another review, ing the necessary funds and by starring as with David Lynch’s “Wild At Heart”. Theanother article for Quentin’s movies. Mr. White. The “Dogs’” success prove him engagement scene of Mickey and Mallory“This is just a tribute”, as Tenacious right. 2012 was the 20-year anniversary in a bridge over America is much moreD once sang. I’m gonna share the first of “Reservoir Dogs”, one of the most con- romantic and aesthetic than every singleterrifying moments I had with Quentin. troversial and influential films of the 90’s. bullshit Bridget Jones wrote in her diary.It was more than twelve years ago, I “Reservoir Dogs” is not just a film about a A critic described in just one line whatwas watching TV when I saw a man in a group of criminals getting together to pull I’ve felt for that movie: “Stone’s treatmentblack suit in an old warehouse. There was off a diamond heist. It is much more than to Tarantino’s text was probably equal toanother man with him, a cop. A cop the way Jack the Ripper had treatedbound in a chair. The Man has a London women”. He hits the bull’snickname: Mr. Blonde. He took his eye, man!suit off. He got his cuff links off and And now, what are you waitingturn the radio- volume on. It was for? Pulp Fiction. The movie thatSteelers Wheels singing “Here I am defined the cinema of the ‘90’s. (Instuck in the middle with you”. Mr. my opinion, this one and “FightBlonde (amazingly impersonated Club” are the most characteristicfrom Michael Madsen) started shuf- movies of the decade). Dick Dale’sfling his feet. Was he dancing? Or version of Nick Roubanis classiche just was high? Who knows… He Misirlou (which means Egyptianapproached the cop. He held a jack- woman in Turkish) was one of theknife. He was singing Wheels lines. most recognizable movies’ tone, notHe came onto the cop and cut his to mention the figures of John Tra-ear off (Tarantino’s tribute to David volta and Samuel Jackson playedLynch’s Blue Velvet). Vincent Vega and Jules Winnfield. IMDB describes the plot of the film:That was it, quite a shock for me! “The lives of two mob hit men, aI compare it with the one I’ve felt boxer, a gangster’s wife, and a pairwhen I first watched Scorsese’s of diner bandits intertwine in four“Taxi Driver”. I immediately ran tales of violence and redemption”.to the video club next to me. Yeah, We all know that Pulp Fiction isthere was a time when you had to much more than that. Pulp Fic-go to a video store to rent a movie tion is the pop culture mixed in ayou wanted see long time before blender with tons of blood, extremedown-fucking loading. So I rented violence and hilarious dialogues.Reservoir Dogs. “Who shot this Quotes that beat peanut butter infilm?” I asked the cute brunette taste and Harvey Keitel in coolnessin the store. “Tarantino”, she just like the one Butch Coolidge (a.k.asaid. “Can you recommend any Bruce Willis) said to Fabienneother movies of his?” “Take Pulp (Maria De Medeiros) when sheFiction too”, she answered back. asked him “Whose motorcycle isTwelve years later, I’m still stuck this?” ;”This is not a motorcycle.in the middle with him. “Storytelling has that because the heist goes wrong and we This is a chopper”; “Whose chopper isbecome a lost art. There is no storytelling, the viewers watch the aftermath show, this?” “Zed’s” “ Zed’s who?” “Zed’s Deadthere’s just situations. Very rarely are you speechless. Little drops of humor in a Baby, Zed’s Dead”. The Oscar Academytold a story.” In his words. That’s him: a blood-shaped scenery. A violent injection acknowledged Tarantino’s skills by givinggreat storyteller. He’s a great director, to the independent American cinema, him the Oscar award for the Best Originalscreenwriter, producer and actor too. mixing Jean Luc Godard with the Belgian Screenplay in 1995. cult film “Man Bites Dog”. “Tarantino There are so many scenes in that movieQuentin Jerome Tarantino was born on re-inventing the crime genre”, as Edwin you will not ever forget. If I had to chooseMarch 27, 1963 in Knoxville, Tennessee Page underlines. Just Before Pulp Fiction, just one, that would be the injection of anU.S and he’s undoubtedly “the single Tarantino wrote two scripts which came adrenaline needle straight to Mia Wal-most influential director of his genera- out in theaters. The first one was “True lace’s (played by Uma Thurman) chesttion.” as Peter Bogdanovich, (the great Romance” directed by Tony Scot (R.I.P) from Lance (aka known as Eric Stolz).film critic and Director of “Last Picture in 1993. A fucking love story, in Tarantino Most people may vote the dance competi-Show” once called him. His works as a di- way. Sex, drugs, money, blood and cool tion between Travolta and Thurman asrector made him popular, a pop art idol; dialogues. Patricia Arquette was hot as their favorite scene. Τhey should knowhowever, Quentin introduced himself in hell, while Christian Slater is the dude all that Tarantino was influenced by a danceHollywood as a screenwriter. He was an men wanna be like. sequence in Jean Luc Godard’s 1964employee of Video Archives store when “Bande A part” film. Quentin loves thehe started writing three scripts, “Reser- “Natural Born Killers” premiered in 1994 French Director and the choreographiesvoir Dogs”, “True Romance” and “Natural and it was another “Tarantino love story” used in his movies because they’ve comeBorn Killers”. The first one was in theat- cause just one is never enough. Oliver out of the blue as he said. Tarantino is aers in 1992 and left everyone wandering Stone directed the crazy story of Mickey director who’s never hidden his influ-“who the fuck is that 29-year old guy who and Mallory played by Woody Harelsson ences. Many critics condemned him as ahadn’t graduated from a film school?”. and Juliette Lewis. Tarantino evolved “thief” because he borrows many scenesQuentin just said “ When people ask me his writing style by using sharp but not from the movies he loved. 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  • 54. 54ones he found hidden in a video store Now it’s the difficult time to list Taran- goddamn beautiful, sexy, funny, with aself, where he worked. tino influences for Kill Bill. Let’s start. license to kill and balls bigger than most The main idea of the film was taken from men. Unique, they were born to lose but,Maybe it was there, where, for the first Toshiya Fujita’s “Lady Snowblood”, while baby, they live to win; they put a knifetime, he met the Goddess of Blaxplo- the yellow suit of Uma Thurman is a into your wound just like women shouldtation, Pam Grier, the leading star in tribute to “Game of Death” movie starring (the credits for this phrase go to the song“Jackie Brown”, the third film by Tar- Bruce Lee. The eye patch Darryl Hannah “Just like a Woman” by Black Spiders).antino. Quentin had mentioned Pam in wore has taken from the uncensored culta Reservoir Dogs dialogue paying his treasure named “Thriller: A cruel Picture” Three years have passed from “Inglori-tribute to her magnificent body and her (directed by Bo Arne Vibenius, starring ous Basterds”, Tarantino’s last movie,beauty. “Coffy” and “Foxy Brown” where Christina Lindberg). The bleeding eyes where we travelled In Nazi-occupiedPam Grier starred in 1973 and 1974 are scene is a dedidation to Lucio Fulci’s France during World War II. We en-main sources of inspiration for Tarantino “City of the Living Dead” film, while Da- joyed the filming of a plan to assassinatewho managed to cooperate in his third vid Carradine’s (playing Bill) flute is the Nazi leaders by a group of Jewish U.S.movie with Robert De Niro the man same one he played in “Circle of Iron”, soldiers, fully coinciding with a theatrestarring in Taxi Driver (among other 1979. Carradine is one of Tarantino’s owner’s vengeful plans. Brad Pitt provedfilm masterpieces, this one is Tarantino’s favorite actors and they finally worked that he is a great actor (“Seven”, “Fightfavorite movie). A critic once wrote: “I together in the shooting of Kill Bill, while Club”, “Twelve Monkeys”, “Snatch”)don’t know any young filmmaker who’s the great actor had the last important and Mike Meyers had a larger than lifeused his success to boost the actors and role in his career. Tarantino delivered an guest appearance. The “Cat people” songfilmmakers he loves as passionately as unbelievable result creating another pop scene is one of my favorites in Quentin’sTarantino has”. Definitely the right words art phenomenon. filmography. Drops of blood, machismoto describe Jackie Brown, which, accord- and Nazi scalps in a delicious cocktail.ing to the American filmmaker: “It’s a “I don’t have to work again If I don’t want I really missed Quentin stories. “I likelove story… A love story with older people to, so I only make the movies I want to it when somebody tells me a story and Iand an older sensibility”. make, when it is fun. Because if you are actually really feel that that’s becoming not going to have fun, why do it?” This like a lost art in American Cinema.” IWe skipped the Robert Rodriguez chapter is the answer all critics are seeking for to totally see what he means… I’m with thein Quentin’s directional life. His pal understand the Tarantino phenomenon. greatest storyteller of our time, waitingdirected him in the cult treasure “From This guy makes movies he likes about his new film named “Django Unchained”.Dusk till Dawn” (Tarantino wrote the movies he likes. Another classic example An homage to spaghetti westerns I fuck-script and starred next to George Cloon- is “Death Proof”, the first half of “Grind- ing love, starring Jamie Fox, Leonardoey, Harvey Keitel and Juliette Lewis) . House”. This one is another homage to DiCaprio, Samuel Jackson and the newTarantino and Clooney were two crimi- the exploitation of the cinema of the ‘70’s kid on the block Christoph Waltz, whonal brothers, who took hostage a family (where you could watch two cheap sexy was discovered by Tarantino in an Aus-going to Mexico to meet some Mexicans. bloody b-movies thrillers in the price of trian TV series giving us another reasonIn this road movie, apart from vampires, one). Who’s gonna get the leading role to salute him. Every time I watch a filmthey met Salma Hayek, who gave one in “Death Proof” but Kurt Russel? No with his signature I remember the Bride’sof the sexiest dances in the history of one, else bitches! Another favorite actor words: “I roared. I rampaged. And I gotcinema. Tarantino and Rodriguez were and a point of reference of Tarantino’s; bloody satisfaction”also the two out of four directors of “Four Russel gives an excellent performance.Rooms”. Tarantino directed the best Two thumbs up! Twostory of the movie named “The Man from separate sets of voluptu-Hollywood” and manipulated Tim Roth ous women are stalkedwith prowess. This was just the beginning at different times by aof the professional affair of Tarantino- scarred stuntman whoRodriguez Company many years before uses his “death proof”GrindHouse. cars to execute his mur-So we reached 2003, when “Kill Bill” derous plans. Stuntmancame to theaters. The inglorious basterd Mike is Kurt Russel,Quentin dared to write in the banner Kurt Russel is stuntmanbefore the movie “This is the fourth Film Mike. Tarantino paysof Quentin Tarantino”. “Kill Bill” had a tribute to Russ Meyer’shuge 200-page script; that was why Tar- underrated cinema,antino decided after shooting it to split while he directed one ofthe movie in two volumes. “Kill Bill” is a the best car crush sceneshomage. A homage to cinema, a homage in the history of cinema.to violence. “To me, violence is a totally I don’t know what I loveaesthetic subject. Saying you don’t like most in Tarantino’sviolence in the movies is like saying you cinema. His sense ofdon’t like dance scenes. Violence in real humor? His writinglife is terrible violence in the movies can skills? His unforgettablebe cool. It’s just another color to work dialogues? His women?with.” , said Quentin. The story of Bride is Tarantino’s women!the best way to approve his sayings. The A special chapter inBride wakes up after a long coma. The his filmography. Frombaby that she carried before entering the Uma Thurman and Pamcoma is gone. The only thing on her mind Grier to Rose McGowan,is to have revenge on the assassination Sidney Tamiia Poitier,team that betrayed her - a team she was Diane Kruger and Mela-once a member of. nie Laurent, they are allBURST { music magazine }
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  • 56. 56 Alfred Hitchcockby Cristina Alossi Director’s Cut “I have a perfect cure for a sore throat: Cut it” “Dialogue should simply be a sound among other sounds, just something that comes out of the mouths of people whose eyes tell the story in visual terms.” One of the biggest, most important and father wanted to punish him by sending egraph published several short horror the pioneer of his kind. Hitchcock is a a note to the police station suggesting the stories written by him and around 1920 controversial personality, as he has been police officers to lock Hitchcock up in a he began working in Paramount pictures called misogynist, misanthropist and cell for five minutes, an event which made as credit titles manager. The opportunity agoraphobic. His phobias transcribed to him having only one target: to continually to sit on the director’s chair appeared his characters and films two years later when the and the larger struggles director of the movie of man were transferred “Always tell your wife” to the big screen through got sick and Hitchcock his camera. The mas- was asked to replace ter of suspense, born him. The producers were under the sign of Leo, impressed by the result “roared” and created 63 and commissioned him films covering a total of to direct his first film, 6 decades. His posterity “Number 13”. But the is mainly based on his studios were closed and eccentric behavior and the film was shut down the film that made him and ran out of funds. forever known, “Psy- The same year he was cho.” The variety of stars hired to create inter- that starred, the prefer- titles for silent movies in ence to blonde actresses, Gainsborough pictures. who were tortured and In 1925 he managed to killed in every possible direct “Pleasure garden”, way, and his appear- which marks the begin- ance as walk-on in 39 ning of his directorial films contributed to his career. In December international success. 1926 he married his A “huge” director who assistant director, Alma never managed to grab Reville, and three years the golden statue of later she gave birth to Oscar. his daughter, Patricia. Early life Filmography He was born in Britain Hitchcock’s themes on 13 of August, 1899. and personal style were His father, William, established after many was a greengrocer and experiments in the U.S. poultry farmer, and and England, with the gave young Hitchcock, spy movie “The man who was obese as a who knew too much”, in child, the name of his 1934. This film marks brother. Growing up the beginning of “Hitch- with Catholic parents, cockian films” as named who sent him to a Jesuit school, he was display unfair treatment, as a theme to by film critics and audience. Until his last surrounded by fear and a feeling of terror his movies. His father died when he was film, “Family Plot” in 1976, his course will against morality and duty. At the age of 14 years old and immediately Hitchcock be marked by highlights of world cinema 5, he experienced a traumatic incident, quit Jesuit school and started to study such as “The 39 steps”, “Blackmail”, “The which triggered his directorial talent. His engineering. In 1919, the Henley Tel- Lady Vanishes”, ” Rebecca”, “Foreign BURST { music magazine }
  • 57. 57 T “Rope” was the first color film, in “Dial M hese are bagpipes. I for murder” he used 3D for the very first time and “Blackmail” was the first “talkie understand the inven- film”. tor of the bagpipes was inspired when he Personal style saw a man carrying Hitchcock was always looking for well- structured scenarios to maintain the an indignant, asthmatic pig un- high interest of the audience and he was der his arm. Unfortunately, the consciously avoiding pauses in the plot or man-made sound never equalled slow storylines. He wanted the viewer to the purity of the sound achieved rest at no point in the movie, by seeking the escalating tension and suspense, until by the pig. the climax and the given solution of the mystery, which was given to the audi- ence at the appropriate time. Hitchcock was intervening in everything! He was calling the shots in editing, lighting and in purely technical issues as well. He was measuring space and distances in order to provide the appropriate atmosphere and not to waste shots. He wanted theCorrespondent”, “Mr & Mrs Smith”, “Sus- viewer to see exactly what he needed to,picion”, “Saboteur”, “Shadow of a Doubt”, and his intention while operating the“Lifeboat”, “Spellbound”, “Notorious”, camera was, in all cases, not to fool the“Rope”, “Under Capricorn”, “Strangers viewers and just give them clean andon a train”, “Dial M for Murder”, “Rear clear clues on the story (except “StageWindow”, “The trouble with Harry”, Fright”, with a pseudo-flashback in the“The Wrong Man”, “Vertigo”, “North by beginning of the movie). His heroes areNorthwest”, “Psycho”, “The Birds”, “Torn usually people who are unjustly accusedCurtain”, “Topaz” and “Frenzy”. Even and who happen to be in the wrong placethough he was from England, he made his at the wrong time. Usually this place isbest movies in America. The British pe- full of enemies and they have few allies.riod includes the 20s and 30s, while the His appearances as a walk-on in 39 ofU.S. begins with his arrival in Hollywood his movies were his personal touch. ence has inspired generations of filmmak-in 1939. From the mid ‘40s until the early Originally, he was popping out at the first ers such as: David Fincher, Christopher‘60s he created a series of excellent films, half of the movie but when the audience Nolan, Martin Scorsese, Brian De Palma,but the most fertile period were the 50s, started seeking him, he was appearing David Lynch, Tim Burton and manywhen he shot some of his most brilliant during the first few minutes of the film, in others. Concluding the tribute to the soworks, “Rear Window”, “Vertigo”, “North order not to distract the viewers. One of called master of suspense and father ofby Northwest” and “Psycho”. His per- his favorite suspense techniques, called psychological thriller, it should be addedsonal favorite was “Shadow of a Doubt”. “MacGuffin”, was about marking an ob- that his life is transferred to the screen ject or a character as highly important for and in February of 2013 a biographical the plot, but, actually, it had nothing to drama, with Antony Hopkins playing do with the end of the story. The macabre Hitchcock, humor, the manias and the feeling that is coming the audience is spying the protagonists, out. are elements of his genius talent. The end Hitchcock died at his home in Bel Air from renal failure and his ashes were scattered in the Pacific Ocean, as his wish was. Shortly before his death, his career was downwards, he was not satisfied with the scripts he had to work with, the actors were aged and his inspiring female protagonists had abandoned him. The legend surrounding his name was deflating and in April of 1980, at the age of 80 year old, Alfred was mended never to scare his audience again. The lion may passed away but his soul and his influ- BURST { music magazine }
  • 58. 58 Written by Spiros Smyrnis Burn influences are obvious in 1000Mods music. Low pitched guitars, a gigantic bass and a fucking cool analog sound sending all those experimental computer programming samples to hell. 7 Flies has an explosive riff which gonna set new measures in the groove meter. Psyche- delic themes lost in the valley of sand. El Rollito brings a John Garcia (Kyuss, Hermano, Unida, SloBurn) air to Korin-I am a huge stoner/heavy/desert/sludge/ cool “Liquid Sleep” 7” EP (In 2007 they thos, while “Vidage” is one of my favoritepsychedelic/rock fan. Name as you like released the self-financed Blank Reality stoner tracks ever. Tripping, satanicman cause labels don’t really matter. EP). This stuff was enough for the great melodies from outer space.I think that my life as a music fan has Billy Anderson (the mighty producer ofchanged the days I listened the follow- Sleep, Om, Melvins, Los Natas, Orange The ideal soundtrack for a road triping albums: Kyuss - Welcome to Sky Goblin and Neurosis among others) to through the American desert. LizardsValley, Down - NOLA, Monster Mag- visit Greece so he could produce group’s creeping and coyotes hunting their prey,net - Dopes to Infinity and last but not debut album named “Super Van Vaca- while the van window is opened. The airleast Nightstalker - Use. That was when tion” is filled with smoke and grease. There’sI got in touch with these badass, groovy a man with cheap sunglasses and a longstoned rhythms I fucking love. On the Wise decision Mr Anderson! Wise de- beard out there. Man he seems likeother hand (as you may understand from cidion 1000 Mods! “Super Van Vacation” Jesus! No he reminds me Dude from Bigthis column on Burst) I had a special was for me the best stoner/doom rock Lebowski! He is barefoot. He is digging inbond with Greek Metal bands. From the album of 2011. CTS Productions released the sand. He’s looking for something. ItGlorious Hellenic Black Metal pioneers the album in a slim digipack case, soon is a vinyl, buried in the sand. It is broken(Rotting Christ, Varathron, Necromantia, to be collectible. “Vidage” as these guys down but you could see some letters inDeviser, Kawir, Order of The Ebon Hand) named the fifth track of Super Van Vaca- Red: “Super Van Vacation”and Progressive Death Metal Specialists tion, like an old van, like the one in the(Nightfall, Septic Flesh, Acid Death) to amazing Taranti-Classic Thrash n Heavy Metal Defenders no meets ZZ TOP(Flames, Spitfire, Sarissa, Northwind, In- in a comic sketchner Wish) and the stoner/heavy/desert/ front coversludge/psychedelic/rock scene (which is (made by Malleusguided by Nightstalker). Rock Art Lab). “Road to Burn”Lord 13, Planet of Zeus, Lucky Fu- is the openingneral, Phase Reverse, Routes, Mahakala, track. I love thePotergeist, BullDoza, Vibratore Bizarro, smell of KyussBeyond Perception just to name a few in the morningof them. Hmm who am I missin? You (paraphrasingguessed right. 1000Mods were formed Robert Duvall inin the summer of 2006. Somewhere Apocalypse Now)outside Korinthos, near the legendaryChiliomodi (from where they named their The Colour Hazeband). Three years later they released the and Karma toBURST { music magazine }
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  • 60. 195 million children worldwide suffer fromthe effects of malnutrition. In 2011, MSF treated 408,000 children in more than 30 countries. Copyright: Francesco Zizola