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Burst Magazine, Issue 5, May 2013


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This is issue #5 of Burst Magazine with cover story on Ryan Key of Yellowcard. Also featuring interviews with Warlord, Aherusia, Joshua Adams, Bella Fuzz, Lucky Funeral and much more. Special article on the life of Kurt Cobain! On the film section read about director Lars Von Trier and 4 movie reviews!
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Burst Magazine, Issue 5, May 2013

  1. 1. May 2013, Issue 5billtsamisexposeddepechemodeastoryoffaithanddevotionlarsvontrieronthelegendaryspecialtributekurt cobainRyanKey“We never imagined that we’dreach a level like that”Theartofprovoking!977224153800005ISSN2241-5386
  3. 3. 3Burst { music magazine }RyanKeyBurst MagazineIf there is a band that clearly stands out in the music worldtoday because of its uniqueness it is definitely the American poppunk/alternative rock band Yellowcard. Formed in 1997 thequintet has a rare musical connection to its fans and a signaturesound. Yellowcard comprises of five young people, very down-to-earth and extremely talented...Read the full story and interview on page 20.pages 6-18Tributespages 20-54Interviewspages 56-61Album/EP reviewspages 62-63Pop CornerKarolina PacanOn Voices of The SoulMiss Lakune“How awesome can the maca-bre be!”Turn The PageTurn The PageCover photo processby Dimitris Anastasiadiswww.artisan3.grPop CornerDirector’s Cut
  4. 4. 4Burst { music magazine }Join usDo you want to be part of the Burst crew?We are looking for live reporters, columnists,news writers and photographers from aroundthe world.Contact us now atinfo@burstzine.comAdvertiseSend your request to our advertising depart-ment at and we willwork out the best deal for you and your needs.publisher/editor in chiefmanaging editorart advisoreditorscontributing editorseditor/proofreadingphotographersint. photographerspecial guestRaphael AretakisSpiros SmyrnisAikate D.Andy PhelpsByron S. OrestisCristina AlossiDimitris TsantoulasEleni LamprakiEleni LeonidaHope VnzKorina P.Pana ApostolidouSobieski SistersStathia S. PediotiDavid Anthony G.Elias J. KayEmm DenGiorgos KotrozinisGogo ApostolakiJo GogouJ.Roberto Zenteno JimenezKalliope TsouroupidouMatina KatsarakouSissy DragonflySophie TsekouraSotiris StilianosVana ValmaMarianna KofinakiMatina KatsarakouApostolis KalliakmanisByron S. OrestisEileen Von DJo GogouMyrto CatRaphael AretakisKalliope TsouroupidouKarolina us: info@burstzine.comLandline: +30 211 800 1916Mobile: +30 697 915 7815
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  6. 6. 6Burst { music magazine }The youngest ones might know ChrisCornell from his solo career (that’s how Igot to know him in the first place), whilethe hardest ones surely know Audioslave.In any case, if it weren’t for Soundgarden,we couldn’t probably talk today of neitherof them. Soundgarden come straight fromSeattle’s music scene in 1984, reach theirhiatus in the mid 90’s, break up in 1997and announce their reunion in 2010. Andthe story goes on…Let’s travel back in 1984 and check outa band called “The Shemps”, which fea-tured Chris Cornell as drummer and vo-calist and Hiro Yamamoto (and after hisdeparture Kim Thayhil) as bassist. Cor-nell, Yamamoto and Thayhill will formSoundgarden in 1984. Cornell continuesto be both vocalist and drummer, Yama-moto plays the bass and Thayhill theguitar, until drummer Scott Sundquistjoined in 1985. The band continued withthis line-up for a year, until Sundquistwas replaced by Matt Cameron, formerdrummer of Skin Yard.Soundgarden recorded their first songsfor album compilations (C/Z Records -Deep Six) while touring, until KCMU DJJonathan Poneman saw them perform-ing and decided to fund their release.Poneman and Bruce Pavitt, old friendof Thayhil and Yamamoto, founded thelegendary record label Sub Pop, whichwill manage and promote almost all theimportant bands of the grunge/alterna-tive rock era. Soundgarden signed toSub Pop and released their first single“Hunted Life” in 1987. The band alsoreleased two EPs (Screaming Life/ Fopp)between 1987-1988.The release day of Soundgarden’s first al-bum “Ultramega OK” took place on Octo-ber 31 1988, now signed to SST Records.Cornell later stated that the choice of therecord label was a huge mistake becauseSTT “didn’t know what was happeningin Seattle”. The band’s first music video“Flower” aired in MTV’s “120 minutes”and the band earned a Grammy Awardfor “Best Metal Performance” in 1990.The album contained elements of heavymetal, psychedelic rock, classic rock andhardcore punk.After completing the tour of “UltramegaOK”, Soundgarden signing with A&Mrecords caused controversy and dividedtheir audience. Thayil stated at that time“In the beginning, our fans came fromthe punk rock crowd. They abandonedus when they thought we had sold outthe punk tenets, getting on a major labeland touring with Guns N’ Roses. Therewere fashion issues and social issues, andpeople thought we no longer belonged totheir scene, to their particular sub-cul-ture”. On the 5th of September of 1989,the band released their second album“Louder than Love”. Louder Than Lovebecame the band’s first album to chart onthe Billboard 200, peaking at number 108on the chart in 1990. Because of some ofthe song lyrics (mostly “Hands All Over”and “Big Dumb Sex”), a Parental Advisorysticker was placed on the album pack-aging and it was the last one to featureYamamoto on the bass. Cornell in factsaid about the recording period of thisalbum that at that time Yamamoto hadexcommunicated himself of the band andthat Cornell himself did the most writ-ing. One month before the beginning ofthe promo touring of the album, Yama-moto left to return to college and he wasreplaced by Jason Everman of Nirvana,but he was fired just after completing thetour. On this tour Soundgarden alongwith Faith No More, served as openingact for Voivod on “Nothingface” tour. Twosingles were released “Loud Love” and“Hands All Over”, EP “Loudest Love” andvideo compilation “Louder Than Live”.With bassist Ben Shepherd becomingthe newest member of the band, Sound-garden entered the studio once againfor the recordings of their third album.Shepherd brought fresh elements to theband and the other members stated thathis music and writing skills redefinedthem. “Badmotorfinger” was released onOctober 8, 1991. The first single “JesusChrist Pose” gained publicity, when MTVdecided to ban its video while manylisteners received it as anti-Christian(the band received death threats whileon tour). Cornell explained that theirintention was to criticize public figureswho use religion for manipulation. At thesame time Nirvana released “Nevermind”which gathered much more attention butthe public eye focused on Seattle musicscene and Soundgarden gained publicityas well. “Nevermind”, “Badmotorfinger”and “Ten” by Pearl Jam, brought grunge/alternative rock music closer to main-stream. Three singles came out of thisalbum “Jesus Christ Pose”, “Outshined”and “Rusty Cage”, as well as a limited edi-tion of the album containing the EP withthe palindrome title “Satanoscillatemym-etallicsonatas”, featuring three covers,a Soundgarden original and a live song.After their American tour which lasted fora month, they served as the opening actfor Guns N’ Roses twice and Skid Row.In 1992 they were invited to play at theLollapalooza along with bands like RHCP,Ministry and Pearl Jam.The band’s fourth album was meant tobecome the band’s more successful albumever. “Superunknown” was released onMarch 8, 1994 and debuted as number1 on the Billboard 200 album chart.“Spoonman”, “The day I tried to live”,“My Wave”, “Fell on Black Days” and ofcourse the band’s most popular song tilltoday, “Black Hole Sun”, were the singlesthat were released from this album. Theirsound was more experimental and thelyrics Cornell wrote, under the influenceof Sylvia Plath’s poetry, spoke of sui-cide and depression. The video clip for“Black Hole Sun” became a major hit andwon the “Best Metal/ Hard Rock VideoAward” in 1994 Mtv Awards, while theband won two Grammys in 1995: BestHard Rock Performance for “Black HoleSun” and Best Metal Performance for“Spoonman”. In 1994, the band touredfor the first time in Oceania and Japan,but after some months, Soundgardencancelled some shows because Cornellwas diagnosed with severe damage in hisvocal cords.After the major success of “Superunk-nown”, Soundgarden recorded onemore album before their break up. Theirfifth album “Down on the Upside” wasreleased in 21st of May, 1996. The bandmade the whole production of the album.However, despite the high sales and thepositive reviews, the album didn’t reachthe success of its predecessor. The soundnow varied much from their originalgrunge style and was more experimentalwith acoustic instrumentation, empha-sizing on vocals and melody. It spawnedfour singles “Pretty Noose”, “Burden inMy Hand”, “Blow Up the OutsideSOUNDGARDENA tribute to the grunge of the ‘90’s till todayWRITTEN BY ELENI LAMPRAKI
  7. 7. 7Burst { music magazine }World” and “Ty Cobb”. The summer after,Soundgarden went on the Lollapaloozatour along with Metallica. Tension andstrained relationship between the bandmembers, which started during the lat-est album’s recording session, came onthe surface. At the tour’s final stop atHonolulu, Hawaii, on the 9th of February1997, Shepherd threw his bass in the airand left the stage. Two months later, theband announced their splitting up, whichwas followed by a greatest hits collection,“A-sides”.The band member had been pursuing asolo career for over a decade. On October6, 2009, all the members of Soundgardenattended Night 3 of Pearl Jam’s four-night stand at the Gibson Amphitheatrein Universal City, and were reunited onstage for the first time after their splittingup.On January 1st 2010, after months ofrumors, Chris Cornell announced viahis Twitter account the Soundgardenreunion. The band made a few re-releasesand performed its first show in April.They also headlined for the Lollapaloozafestival on the 8th of August. “Telephan-tasm: A Retrospective” a new compilationalbum, appeared on stores at the sametime and a week earlier it was featured onthe “Guitar Hero” videogame. The bandincluded a new song titled “Live to Rise”on the “Avengers” soundtrack and con-tinued with numerous live appearances.Their newest album “King Animal” wasreleased on the 12th of November, 2012.The album received positive reviews;during its very first week of release, itlanded in position No. 5 on the Billboard200 chart.Soundgarden were called “neo-Zeppe-lins”, as the influence of Led Zeppelin ispretty evident in their music. During theirevolution, they were also influenced bypost punk British bands and psychedelicmusic. Soundgarden is the first grungeband ever to have signed sign to a majorlabel, although they didn’t achieve thehuge commercial success of bands likeNirvana.
  8. 8. 8Burst { music magazine }depechemodeA Story of Faith and DevotionBy Marianna Kofinaki, Eleni Leonida and Georgina PapadaOfficial Depeche mode Photos from
  9. 9. 9Burst { music magazine }For more than thirty years, too much inkhas been spilled by music fans and criticsalike in order to describe the contribu-tion of Depeche Mode to the music scene,both literally and figuratively. Maybe byreading these lines you’d initially thinkthat everything is said by fans and criticsand done by the band respectively. Faithand devotion are, in my opinion, the mostinteresting parts of the band’s history,so today, ladies and gentlemen, we’ll doour best to shed some light in the least“well-known” aspects of the legendaryband. Faith would be defined as the fans’and critics’ support and encouragementtowards the band, as for devotion, itwould involve all those artists and peopleactively involved in making music citingDepeche Mode as their major influence.Here’s some food for thought: Have youever thought how many people had paidtribute to the band not only by means ofcontinuous praise, but also by means ofdirect influences in their own music?So let’s start with faith. For some peopletalk is cheap, so they can summarizetheir opinion on the band in just a short,but at the same time spot-on, state-ment: Depeche Mode became “The mostpopular electronic band the world hasever known” according to Q magazine,“One of the greatest British pop groupsof all time” according to the Sunday Tel-egraph and “The quintessential Eightiestechno-pop band” according to RollingStone magazine and MTV. I think thecharacterization that describes the hugecontribution of the band in the bestpossible way is, to quote Alan Wilder onthe birth on some of the sounds featuredon Songs of Faith and Devotion (Pulse!Magazine, May 1993), “There’s so manysounds that are created from the voicethat you wouldn’t know were taken fromthe voice, like rhythm sounds. The num-ber of times I’ve been sitting in the studioand said, ‘I wish I could get a bass thatwould just go [mimics wet, thick hip-hopbass-drum sound].’ Then I think, ‘Whycan’t I just go [repeats noise] into a micand sample it?’ It’s obvious; you spend allday trying to get a synthesizer to try andcreate this sound but you can just go [re-peats noise] and you’ve got it. Then youcan send it through some other deviceafter that, and you’ve got something thatsounds absolutely nothing like a voice,but the source was a voice. ... It is a veryinteresting process.”But how has it all started? Allow us totake you back in time for a while. Thirtysix years from now, in 1977, schoolmatesVince Clarke and Andy Fletcher formeda The-Cure-influenced band called NoRomance In China, with Clarke on vocalsand guitar and Fletcher on bass. Fletcherwould later recall, “Why am I in theband? It was accidental right from thebeginning. I was actually forced to be inthe band. I played the guitar and I hada bass; it was a question of them ropingme in”.  In 1979, Clarke played guitarin an “Ultravox rip-off band”, The Plan,along with friends Robert Marlow andPaul Langwith. In 1978–79, Martin Goreplayed guitar in an acoustic duo, Normanand The Worms, with school friend PhilBurdett on vocals. In 1979, Marlow, Gore,and friend Paul Redmond formed a bandcalled The French Look, with Marlow onvocals/keyboards, Gore on guitar andRedmond on keyboards. In March 1980,Clarke, Gore and Fletcher formed a bandcalled Composition of Sound, with Clarkeon vocals/guitar, Gore on keyboards, andFletcher on bass.Soon after the formation of Compositionof Sound, Clarke and Fletcher switchedto synths, working odd jobs in order tobuy or borrow the instruments fromfriends. Dave Gahan joined the band in1980 after Clarke heard him perform ata local scout hut jam session, singing acover of David Bowie’s classic “Heroes”;that was, let’s say, the official genesis ofDepeche Mode. How did the name comeup? It was taken from a French fashionmagazine, Dépêche mode (roughly trans-lated from French as “share/dispatch thefashion”). Gore said, “It means hurriedfashion or fashion dispatch. I like thesound of that.”  Gore recollects that thefirst time the band played as DepecheMode was a school gig in May 1980.Does this name sound somehow prophet-ic to you? Prophecy fulfilled, so if you’restill a doubting Thomas figures speakfor themselves: Depeche Mode have had48 songs in the UK Singles Chart andtwelve top 10 albums in the UK charts,two of which debuted at No. 1. Accordingto EMI, Depeche Mode have sold over100 million albums and singles world-wide, making them the most successfulelectronic band in music history. Q maga-zine included the band in the list of the“50 Bands That Changed The World!”.VH1 ranked the group no. 98 on his list ofthe “100 Greatest Artists of All Time”.Still not impressed by numbers? Let’stalk about heritage, or, in other wordsdevotion: One of the most influentialgroups over the last 30 years, DepecheMode have inspired generations of newmusicians while consolidating theirconsiderable reputation. In the processthey have sold over 100 million recordsand played to audiences in excess of30 million. Have you ever wondered howmany popular recording artists have beenhugely influenced by the band, due totheir recording techniques and innovativeuse of sampling? The list is long, you havebeen warned!Let’s start by mentioning Pet Shop Boys.The London duo, aka Neil Tennant andChris Lowe, cited Violator (and Enjoy theSilence in particular) as one of the mainsources of inspiration during record-ing of their critically acclaimed album,Behaviour. In Neil’s own words “We werelistening to Violator by Depeche Mode,which was a very good album and wewere deeply jealous of it”. As for Chris, hetotally agrees with his bandmate “Theyhad raised the stakes”.Brandon Flowers, the famous vocal-ist and frontman of The Killers, stated“Before I even thought of myself as a mu-sician, I was affected by Depeche Modeas a person. I think about Some Great Re-ward or Songs of Faith and Devotion andthey shaped me as an individual beforeI even wrote a song.” According to MattSmith, the former music director of themodern-rock radio station KROQ, “TheKillers, The Bravery, Franz Ferdinand —that whole wave of music owes a tremen-dous amount to Depeche Mode.”In August 2008, Coldplay released analternative music video for their single“Viva la Vida” which was inspired by the“Enjoy the Silence” video. On their web-site the band are quoted as saying, “Thisis our attempt at a video cover version,made out of love for Depeche Mode andthe genius of Anton Corbijn...”. The videoshows frontman Chris Martin dressed asa king walking through The Hague.“I feel more connected to Depeche Mode”(compared to other acts of the 1980s)claimed Magne Furuholmen, the guitar-ist/keyboardist of a-ha. In July 2009,a-ha performed a cover of “A Question ofLust” during a live performance for BBCRadio 2 – The Dermot O’Leary Show.In 2010, while promoting their latestalbum The Suburbs, Win Butler of ArcadeFire cited Depeche Mode as an influence.In his own words: “I grew up listening tobands like Depeche Mode and New Or-der and bands that used a lot of sequenc-es and synth stuff [...] there are songs tome on this new record that sound likeDepeche Mode mixed with Neil Young”Colombian singer Shakira is also highlyinfluenced by Depeche Mode. XimenaDiego, the author of the book Shakira –Woman Full of Grace wrote in this book:“At thirteen Shakira especially liked Dep-eche Mode, an electronic rock band fromGreat Britain. One day she was listeningto the band’s song, “Enjoy the Silence”.She noticed that not only was she hearingthe music but also feeling the music inher body. She said to her mother, “Everytime I hear that guitar riff, I feel thisweird thing in my stomach”.” When shegrew up, Shakira herself also stated thatthe best concert she has ever attendedwas a Depeche Mode one, and calledDave Gahan “the best live singer I’ve everheard”.Both Ken Jordan, member of the LA elec-tronic duo The Crystal Method and RogerRose, lead singer of Christian rock bandMad at the World, have also
  10. 10. 10Burst { music magazine }declared their faith to the Depeche Modecult, as a major influence in their music.Religious or not, techno pioneers Der-rick May, Kevin Saunderson and JuanAtkins regularly characterized DepecheMode as an influence on the develop-ment of techno music during the DetroitTechno explosion in the mid-1980s. Fur-thermore, appreciation of Depeche Modewithin today’s electronic music scene isdemonstrated by the numerous DepecheMode remixes by contemporary DJs suchas Ricardo Villalobos’’ remix of “TheSinner in Me” or  Kruder & Dorfmeister’sremix of “Useless” (not useless at all, forthat matter).What now, still not impressed? We’remostly talking to you, hard rockers andmetallers of theworld! At first,let’s focus on thecase of ChesterBennington, vocal-ist and frontmanof Linking Park,who cites the bandas an inspira-tion. Chester is notthe only memberof the band toshow his devotionfor Depeche Mode.Mike Shinodahas once said,“Depeche Modeare one of themost influentialgroups of ourtime. Their musicis an inspirationto me...”. Shi-noda did morethan just say thewords above: He’salso remixed theband’s song “En-joy the Silence” in2004.Italian gothic met-allers Lacuna Coilare no exceptionto the rule. Notonly has the bandcited DepecheMode as an influence, but also performeda cover of the hit “Enjoy the Silence”.Nu-metallers Deftones also worship theDepeche Mode cult. To be more precise,the band’s vocalist and frontman ChinoMoreno has cited Depeche Mode as ahuge influence lyrics-wise. As for guitaristStephen Carpenter, he has expressed hisadmiration in his own way, with his ownquieter guitar playing in White Pony be-ing inspired by Depeche Mode. Stephenis not the only guitarist paying his tributeto Depeche Mode: According to DarrenSmith, the guitarist of the post-hard-core band Funeral For A Friend, “dark,moodier stuff” in his band’s music was“Depeche Mode-influenced.”Raymond Herrera, the drummer of theheavy/industrial metal band Fear Factoryis another devotee of Depeche Mode. Inhis own words: “A lot of different musicinfluenced the way I play now. Like theband Depeche Mode. If I could sound likeDepeche Mode, but be fast like Slayer, Ithink I might be onto something”. German industrial masters Rammstein,who covered “Stripped” in 1997, havecited Depeche Mode as one of their big-gest inspirations. Richard Kruspe, theband’s lead guitarist, said that growingup his influence was “heavy metal on theone side and pop on the other. (...) I wasafraid to tell my friends I was listening toDepeche Mode. I loved the band. I lovedtheir melodies. That’s why in Rammstein,you can hear a lot of melodies in ourmusic. (...) Personally, the band I thoughtdid the best at changing themselves wasDepeche Mode. If you follow there [sic]career, it’s excellent.”Faith received by the fans, devotionexpressed by the artists (after all, whichis a better indication of devotion from anartist to an artist than inspiration itself?)Quoting music critic Sasha Frere-Jones,“probably the last serious English influ-ence was Depeche Mode, who seem moreand more significant as time passes.” asfeatured in his article  in The New Yorkeron evaluating the impact of British actson the US market. In other words, Dep-eche Mode ended up being many artists’“Own Personal Jesus”, who saved themfrom lack of inspiration both music-wise and lyric-wise. Do you think thisstatement is too far-fetched? In March2012 issue of Mojo magazine, Gary Ny-man cited Songs of Faith and Devotion asthe album that saved his career noting,“[after listening to this album] [my] mu-sic changed dramatically. It became muchdarker. At School I was excused from re-ligious instruction because I had no faithand Songs of Faith and Devotion sud-denly gave me something to write aboutand something to be bothered about. [...]I love Depeche Mode, always will.”Last but not least, Depeche Mode has alsoprovided the inspiration for “a film aboutmusic, about those who sell it and thosewho buy it. Thosewho direct it andthose who writeand perform it.Those who just lis-ten and those wholisten and neverforget, Masterand Servant…Butwhich is which”.The film in ques-tion, premiered onApril 1st in Bad-minton Theater,Athens Greece andon April 6th onOlympion, Saloni-ca for the very firsttime on the “silverscreen”. “101” is adocumentary on agroup of DepecheMode fans, fol-lowing the bandto the very last gigof their U.S. tour.The documentaryis based on thespur of the mo-ment; its viewersget the feeling thatthey’re travellingback in time alongwith the bandthemselves: back-stage, joking, shar-ing the stress of the tour crew, getting onthe bus with them, till the very specialMoment Dave Gahan sends all his posi-tive vibes to the audience while on stage,while performing songs like “Behind TheWheel”, “Black Celebration”, “Shake theDisease”, “Everything Counts”. Gahanappears to be a singer larger than life, notjust a rock star but a true icon for morethan three decades.We, the fans, still express our devotionto the band and our faith that Dave’s laststatements that another album releaseremains uncertain will lead to his changeof heart in creating another musicalmasterpiece.
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  12. 12. 12Burst { music magazine }Kurt Cobain was born on 20th Febru-ary 1967 in   Hoquiam, Washington DC,where he spent his early years along withhis family, till he later moved to Aber-deen.From an early age, Curt had started to de-velop a vast interest in music. Accordingto his aunt Marie, “He had been singingfrom the age of two. He had been singingsongs by The Beatles, like “Hey Jude”.He was very charismatic even in such anearly age. When, on his 14th birthday,his uncle made him choose between aguitar and a bicycle as a gift, Curt optedfor the guitar. He started taking up a fewsongs, including “Back in Black” by AC/DC and The Cars’ “My Best Friend’s Girl”,and soon he started working on his ownsongs.At the age of eight, a devastating inci-dent had a strong impact on his life: Hisparents’ divorce was something thatinfluenced his life deeply. His mother be-came fully aware of the dramatic changein his personality, with Curt being moreanti-social. During an interview in 1993,Kurt said, “I remember feeling ashamedfor some reason. I was embarrassed formy parents. I couldn’t face some of myfriends from school because I desperatelywanted to have the classic, you know, typ-ical family, a mother, a father. I wantedthis safety, so my parents didn’t feel rightto me for several years because of that.”After spending a year living with hismother after the divorce, Cobain movedto Montesano, Washington, in order tolive with his father. However, a few yearslater, his teenage revolution became toovast so he ended up being messed up withhis family and friends.In school he wasn’t really interested insports. To him, sports were some kind oftorture, since violent behavior and bul-lying became part of his everyday schoollife. Due to his father’s insisting only, hetook part in the wrestling team in juniorhigh school. Although he was good, hestarted neglecting his involvement dueto the abuse he received by other teammembers. Later, he was enrolled by hisfather in the local baseball team, whereKurt avoided playing.On the contrary, art classes were hisfavorite, since he used to sketch duringother classes, even inspired by themesrelative to the human anatomy. Cobainhad a homosexual friend in school.Sometimes, he was the victim of bullyingand harassment by homophobic students.This friendship let some people to believethat even Kurt himself was a homosexual.During an interview in 1993 for TheAdvocate Magazine, Cobain stated thathe was “gay in spirit” and that he “mighthave become bisexual”. Plus, he declaredthat he used to spray paint tags like “Godis Gay” in open trucks in Aberdeen. Inone of his personal diaries, he wrote, “I’mnot gay, although I wish I were, just be-cause I’d like to piss off people who hatehomosexuals.” As a teenager growing upin a small city of Washington, Cobain fi-nally found his way through the bloomingpunk scene of the Pacific Northwest, byattending punk rock shows in Seattle.The reason for entering the world ofmusic wasn’t far. Kurt started hangingout in the practice sessions of his fellowmusicians from Montesano, the Melvins.In the middle of tenth grade, Kurt aban-doned his father’s home and moved backto his mother’s place. Problems cameup a short while after, since two weeksbefore his graduation, Kurt dropped outof school realizing he didn’t have thenecessary grades to finish. His mother gave him the followingchoice: either find a job or leave thehouse. A week later, Kurt found hisclothes and the rest of his possessionspacked up in cardboard boxes waitinghim outside the house. He was oftenforced to stay at friends’ places and oc-casionally sneaked in his mother’s storagearea.According to his own statements, Kurtrevealed that when he had no other placeto stay, he lived under a bridge of theriver Wishkah, an experience which gavehim the inspiration of the song “Some-thing in the Way” featured in Nevermindalbum. However, Krist Novoselic claimedthat, in reality, Cobain never lived theresaying, “He used to hang out there butyou couldn’t live in those muddy banks,with the tide coming and going. That wasa version of his own.”In the end of 1986, Kurt finally moved tohis own house and he started working ina beach resort approx. 32 klm far from hismother’s house in order to pay the rent.At the same time, he became a frequenttraveler to Olympia, Washington, in orderto attend in local rock shows. Duringthose visits, he started a relationship withTracy Marander.A living sister we don’t know about, littleKimberly Dawn Cobain, still uses herbrother’s name along with her own. Sincetheir parents’ divorce, things betweenthe brother and sister were rough, sincethis break-up wanted to divide them butnever actually separated them.Kurt’s involvement in music begins inHigh School, when he rarely found some-one to practice together. His acquaint-ance with Krist Novoselic began back atthe time when he used to hang up in theMelvins’ place. Novoselic’s mother hada hairdresser salon, where Cobain andNovoselic occasionally practiced togetherin the room of the upper floor. A fewyears later, Κurt tried to convince Novo-selic that they should form a band, byborrowing him a copy of the demo Cobainhas recorded with his former band, FecalMatter. After several months of listen-ing to Kurt’s pleading, Νovoselic finallyagreed, and this is how Nirvana was born.During the first years of their collabora-tion, they have been reviewing a long listof drummers. They finally opted for ChadChanning, with whom Nirvana recordedtheir first album, “Bleach”, released bySub Pop Records in 1989. However, Co-bain wasn’t happy with Channing’sWe miss you!!!R.I.P27 bad luck“herbalabortive...itdoesn’tWritten by Jo Gogou
  13. 13. 13Burst { music magazine }style, so he led the band in search of areplacement, ending up in hiring DaveGrohl. It was with Grohl when the groupreached the peak of their success throughthe release of their first album releasedby a major record company, the famousNevermind.Kurt’s struggle to bring the huge successof Nirvana, together with the band’s un-derground roots was huge and painful.It was the time when he felt pursuedby the Media, comparing himself withFrances Farmer (writer’s note: FrancesElena Farmer (1913-1970): An Americanfilm actress driven to a mental institutionbecause of too much publicity). He alsokept on showing his indignation in casesof people claiming to be fans of the band,without being at all familiar with theband’s ideology.Let’s refer to a sad event, the rape of ayoung woman by two men, while Nirvanahad been performing their song Polly onstage. Cobain condemned the incidentin the booklet featured in the Americanversion of the Incesticide album: “Lastyear, a girl was raped by two sperm andballs wasters while singing the lyrics ofour song “Polly”. I have a problem toaccept that there are such plankton spe-cies among our audience. I’m sorry forabusing political correctness but that’show I feel.”Being accustomed from his school yearsand his friendships, or should we sayhis only friendship with his homosexualclassmate, Cobain had one extra reasonto loathe sexists and he was proud ofNirvana’s live performance in an eventfor homosexual rights, supporting No OnNine in Oregon, 1992. Plus, Nirvana wereinvolved in Rock On Choice L7campaignsince its beginning. An article from hisdiaries published posthumously, declaresthat sexual revolution is only feasiblethrough the abolition of sexism.His acquaintance and falling love withCourtney Love didn’t take long to happen.It all started in a live show in 1989, wherethe couple first met. In 1991 they an-nounced being officially together.Love and drugs both came into Kurt’slife, the latter about to cause unpleasantoutcomes.In 1992, at about the time of Nirvanaappearance in Saturday Night Live, Lovefound out she was carrying Cobain’schild. A few days after the end of Nirva-na’s West Coast Tour leg, on Monday 24February 1992, Kurt and Courtney werejoined in matrimony in Hawaii. “I wasengaged during the last couple of monthsand my attitude has drastically changed”,said Kurt himself in an interview for Sas-sy Magazine. “I can’t believe how happyI am. Sometimes I even forget that I’m ina band, I’m so blinded by love. I know itsounds corny but it’s true. I would quitthe band right here and now. It doesn’tmatter, but I’m bound by a contract.” OnAugust 18, the couple’s daughter, FrancesBean Cobain, was born. Her unusual mid-dle name was given to her because Co-bain thought she looked like a bean whenhe first saw her in the ultrasound. Herfirst name was given as a tribute toFrances McKee of the British bandThe Vaselines and not as a tributeto Frances Farmer, as occasionallyclaimed by some.Love has received (and still re-ceives) her fair share of negativecriticism on many aspects, mainlydue to the fact that she took full ad-vantage of the publicity she gainedthrough Kurt. Being unknown inshowbiz herself, she was lookingfor something to make her bandfamous. Many people comparedLove and Cobain with Lennon andOno. Rumor has it that Kurt wrotemost of the songs of the album thatmade her a star, Live Through Thisby Love’s band, Hole, however suchallegations are not valid based onactual evidence and facts.At the same time, it was revealedthat one of the Hole’s songs was initiallywritten for Nirvana. The song in question,“Old Age” was featured as a secondarytrack in Hole’s album Beautiful Son.In fact, a recorded version of the songperformed by Nirvana became publicthrough Seattle newspaper The Stanger.In this article, Novoselic confirmed thatthe recording session of the song in ques-tion took place in 1991 and that “Old Age”was a Nirvana song indeed, leading tomore speculation on Cobain’s participa-tion in Hole’s songs. Nirvana had startedrecording “Old Age” for their Nevermindalbum, but remained unfinished becauseCobain had yet to finish the lyrics and thegroup was running out of time in the stu-dio. As for Hole’s version, guitarist EricErlandson stated that he believed thatthings were totally different, claimingthat Kurt was behind the music and Lovebehind the lyrics .In a Vanity Fair article, published in1992, Love admitted that she was ad-dicted to heroin during her pregnancy(before she found out she was pregnant).FarewellWhy???We love you Kurtwork,youhippie.”Thestoryofkurtcobainphoto:NicolaPittam/
  14. 14. 14Burst { music magazine }She accused Vαnity Fair for distorting herwords, however this confession causeda huge conflict among the couple. SinceKurt and Courtney’s relationship hadalways been in the spotlight by the media,the couple was found chased by tabloidreporters after the article was published,in order to find out if Frances was bornas a drug addict herself. The divisionof children care of Los Angeles took theCobain family to court, claiming that drugabuse made them inappropriate parents.The custody of the two-week old FrancesBean Cobain was removed and the babygirl was given to Love’s sister Jamie forseveral weeks, till the couple won thecustody back, provided they should besubmitted for urine tests and to receive acall from a social worker on a weekly ba-sis. After several months of trials in court,the couple finally won the full custody oftheir daughter.Kurt’s life and emotional stability startedfalling apart dramatically. His first sui-cide attempt, according to Love, tookplace in 1994.After a show in Munich, Germanyon March 1, 1994, it was diagnosedthat Cobain suffered from bronchitisand acute laryngitis. On the next day,Kurt flew to Rome to receive medicaltreatment. His wife went to Romein order to be by his side on March3. On the next morning, Love wokeup and found Cobain unconsciousdue to combining a large dosage ofchampagne and Rohypnol (Love hada prescription for Rohypnol, whichshe received when she arrived inRome). Cobain was transferred to thehospital immediately and spent therest of his day unconscious. After fivedays in hospital, he was allowed toleave and he returned to Seattle. Lovelater declared that this was Cobain’s firstsuicide attempt.This mixed up game between life anddeath goes on when on March 18, Lovecalls the police to inform them thatCobain wanted to commit suicide and helocked himself in a room with a gun inhand. The police arrived and confiscatedseveral weapons, as well as a bottle ofpills from Cobain, who insisted that hehad no intention to commit suicide buthe was just locked in the room in order toget away from Love. When love was inter-rogated by the police, she said that shenever mentioned Kurt wanting to commitsuicide and that she has never seen himwith a gun.Love, being a good wife, arranged forcounseling in order to deal with Co-bain’s drug addiction, which took placein March 25. The ten participants wereCobain’s fellow musicians, record labelrepresentatives and one of Kurt’s bestfriends, Dylan Carlson. However, bass-ist Krist Novoselic turned out the ideaas “foolish”. In any case, before the daywas over, Cobain agreed in enteringrehab and he arrived in Exodus RecoveryCenter, Los Angeles, California on March30.Obstacles and negativity are obvious fromthe very first night. Stepping out of the building to have asmoke, Kurt climbed the 2-meter highfence in order to get away from the estab-lishment. He took a taxi to LA Airport,where he took a flight back to Seattle.Between 2 and 3 April, he was spottedon several locations in Seattle, althoughmost of his friends and family had noidea of his actual whereabouts. On 3April, Love got in touch with private eyeTom Grant and hired him in order to findCobain. On April 7, the band announcedthat they weren’t to participate in thisyear’s Lollapalooza music festival, caus-ing rumors to spread like wildfire on theband’s imminent breakup.On April 8 1994, Cobain’s body was foundin his home in Lake Washington by anelectrician who went there in order toinstall a security system. Except for a tinyamount of blood running from Kurt’s ear,the electrician mentioned that he saw noother sign of wound and that at first hethought Kurt was asleep, till he noticedthe gun pointing at his chin. A suicidenote was found, stating “I haven’t feltthe stimulation caused by listening andwriting music, along with actual writing...for so many years”. High concentration ofheroin and traces of Valium were foundin the body, which had remained therefor 3 days. Autopsy report states thatCobain passed away in April 5 1994.On April 10, a wake took place in a parkin downtown Seattle, where approximate-ly seven thousand people came to mourn.Recorded messages by Love and KristNovoselic were played during the memo-rial. Love read excerpts from Cobain’snote to the crowd and then fell apart
  15. 15. 15Burst { music magazine }crying and cursing at the same timebecause Kurt left her. At the end of thewake, Love arrived at the park and gaveKurt’s remaining clothes to the remainingmourners.All that time, his friend, partner and bestman Michael  Stipe (R.E.M), had beentrying to figure out a solution , a help toKurt. Wanting Kurt to forget the drugsduring his attempt of rehabilitation, Stiperecommended him working on a newalbum. The song was never released andCobain gave up both inarms and in life.“Let me in” is a songdedicated by R.E.M, oneof Kurt’s favorite bands,to the fan they loved themost.Ironically enough, dur-ing Nirvana’s last liveperformance on MTV in1994, Kurt had one solerequest: he wanted theentire studio and stageto be filled with whitelilies and candles. Thisreminded of a funeral tomany. The last song forthe evening was LeadBelly’s “Where did yousleep last night”.Secret soft spots, achild’s heart and a lovewhich surely led Cobainto the inner peace he hadalways been looking for.Messages that madeKurt Cobain write hisown pages of history inmusic: Genius is a weird andinappropriate word, andhard work is underrated,but Kurt Cobain had adistinct and personaltake on the world, andgenerally, when someonestrikes a chord with hisaudience, that’s whatpeople respond to...Ihave to admit that Iwasn’t particularly a fanof Nirvana when I wasasked to work on In Ute-ro, but during the courseof making the record I came to appreciatethat they were genuine about their bandand their music, that Kurt was capable ofsophisticated thinking, and that they andtheir music were unique.Steve Albini, quoted in “Steve AlbiniDrops Anonymity, Answers Questions InPoker Forum”, Stereogum (2007-10-06).Nirvana were like...power-chord musicwith the occasional Sonic Youth-y flip-outin it. But the power of that band is KurtCobain’s voice, which is just fuckingcaramel–a beautiful rock voice.Lou Barlow, quoted by Marc Hawthornein “Interview: Dinosaur Jr.”, The A.V.Club (2005-07-20).He had a touch most guitarists would killfor.Chuck Berry, according to Kurt Cobain byChristopher Sandford, Orion Press, 1995.People were trying to call me to do inter-views on the anniversary of Kurt Co-bain’s death. They want me to say somepoignant shit about some poor guy whoblew his head off. It’s just like, “Give mea fuckin’ break, man”...Just say the guymade some good records, and let’s get onwith it.Frank Black, quoted by Scott Gordon in“Interview: Frank Black”, The A.V. Club(2006-10-19).I remember watching Kurt come throughand thinking, “God, this music is nucle-ar,” This is really splitting the atom. Theyraised the temperature for everybody.Manufactured pop never looked so coldas when that heat was around. Nirvanamade everything else look silly.Bono, quoted in Lorraine Ali, “Cries FromThe Heart,” Newsweek (2002-10-28).I was simply blown away when I foundout that Kurt Cobain liked my work, andI always wanted to talk to him about hisreasons for covering “Man Who SoldThe World.” It was agood straightforwardrendition and soundedsomehow very honest. Itwould have been nice tohave worked with him,but just talking wouldhave been real cool.David Bowie, quoted in“A Fan’s Notes,” SPIN(1995-04).Cobain was very shy,very polite, and obvi-ously enjoyed the factthat I wasn’t awestruckat meeting him. Therewas something abouthim, fragile and engag-ingly lost.William S. Burroughs,according to Nirvana:The Day-By-Day Chroni-cle by Carrie Borzillo.I’m sorry I couldn’t havespoken to the youngman. I see a lot of peopleat the Zen Center, whohave gone through drugsand found a way outthat is not just Sundayschool. There are alwaysalternatives, and I mighthave been able to laysomething on him. Ormaybe not.Leonard Cohen, quotedby Peter Howell, Ad-dicted To Noise (1995-08-06).That kid has heart.Bob Dylan, after hearingthe Nirvana song “Polly”,according to HeavierThan Heaven by Charles R. Cross, Hype-rion, 2001.The only person I have any respect for asa songwriter over the last 10 years is KurtCobain. He was the perfect cross betweenLennon and McCartney. He belted it outlike Lennon, but his melodies were soPaul McCartney. They were dead bouncyup and down - jolly melodies - but he wasa miserable fuck at the same time.Noel Gallagher, quoted in Guitar World
  16. 16. 16Burst { music magazine }(1996-05).A couple weeks ago, one of my studentsgave me a mixed tape of Kurt Cobainand there was a version of “Black Girl”of great artistry. Great vocal control andsubtlety, it’s almost as good as Lead-belly’s.Allen Ginsberg, quoted by George Petrosin “ALLEN GINSBERG. GROOVIN’GURU. Beat laureate ALLEN GINSBERGgoes bananas,” Seconds, Issue 28 (1994).He’s the most talented person I everworked with because he was talentedin so many different ways. He’s a guitarplayer and a lead singer and he wrote allthe songs. He did everything for Nirvanathat it took Jimmy Page and Robert Plantto do for Led Zeppelin. Kurt also designedthe album covers and wrote treatmentsfor the videos. He even designed thet-shirts. He was really a comprehensivegenius when it came to the art of rock androll.Danny Goldberg, quoted by StephenElliott in “The Shorty Q&A with Kurt Co-bain’s Former Manager Danny Goldberg”,The Rumpus, (2009-01-30).I suddenly realized Michael [Pitt] wasmuch taller than Kurt, and much morebuff, actually. Kurt was a wee little man,with these big piercing blue eyes and thistremendous smile — and that’s one thingthat nobody can replicate.Kim Gordon, quoted by Rodrigo Perezand Courtney Reimer in “Sonic YouthRevisit Their Friend Kurt Cobain In ‘LastDays’”, (2005-07-22).I still dream about Kurt. Every time I seehim in a dream, I’ll be amazed and I getthis feeling that everyone else thinks he’sdead. It always feels totally real, probablybecause I’m a very vivid dreamer. But, inmy dreams, Kurt’s usually been hiding -we’ll get together and I’ll end up askinghim, “God, where have you been”Dave Grohl, quoted in “I still dream aboutKurt” NME (2007-10-31).Kurt really reminded me a lot of John[Lennon] in his writing, singing, and gui-tar playing. More attitude than technique,but he had incredibly strong rhythm anda great solo sense.Jim Keltner, according to Classic RockAlbums: Nevermind by Jim Berkenstadtand Charles Cross, Schirmer, 1998.And he could be a real grumpy bastard,but that was part of his power. You know,without saying a word he could makethe whole room feel like shit. You know?And he also had an intense narcissism...But he also didn’t have one ATOM of rockstar ego, and he needed it. He didn’t givehimself enough credit. I mean, he knewhe was the shit.Courtney Love, in an interview with KurtLoder, broadcast on MTV (1994-09-08).Rage and aggression were elements forKurt to play with as an artist, but he wasprofoundly gentle and intelligent.Thurston Moore, quoted in “When TheEdge Moved To The Middle,” The NewYork Times (2004-04-08).He was a revealing symbol [of GenerationX]. He called himself passive-aggressive.There was self-pity, whining. There wasa diminishment, a diminution. He wassitting there in his sweater, hunchedover his guitar, looking like a little lostboy. Compare that with the great figuresof my generation: Jimi Hendrix. PeteTownshend. Keith Richards. The greatachievements of rock--of the Sixties, infact--were done by assertion and energy.This is why I’m worried about the future.Camille Paglia, quoted in Playboy (1995-05).I went to see Nirvana at a small clubcalled the Pyramid on Avenue A in NewYork City. It was hard to hear the guitar,but the guy playing and singing had avibe; he hopped around like a muppetor an elf or something, hunched over hisguitar, hop hop hop, hippety hippety hop.I loved that. When he sang, he put hisvoice in this really grating place, and it
  17. 17. 17Burst { music magazine }was kind of devilish sounding. At the endof the set he attacked the drum kit andthrew the cymbals, other bits and finallyhimself into the audience. Later I saw thesame guy passing the bar. He was little,with stringy blond hair and a Stooges T-shirt. I felt proud.Iggy Pop, quoted in “A Fan’s Notes,”SPIN (1995-04).Cobain changed the course of where themusic went. There are certain peoplewhere you can see the axis of musicalhistory twisting on them: Hendrix waspivotal, Prince was pivotal, Cobain waspivotal.Vernon Reid, quoted in The “Immortals -The Greatest Artists Of All Time”, RollingStone (2004-04-15).In Kurt’s voice I could hear his love ofbluegrass music, of Bill Monroe andLeadbelly. It’s in the twang of his voice.Patti Smith, quoted by Jim Farber in“Patti Smith still doesn’t change horsesmidstream,” Pop Matters (2007-10-13).Yeah, he talked a lot about what directionhe was heading in. I mean, I know whatthe next Nirvana recording was going tosound like. It was going to be very quietand acoustic, with lots of stringed instru-ments. It was going to be an amazingfucking record, and I’m a little bit angryat him for killing himself. He and I weregoing to record a trial run of the album,a demo tape. It was all set up. He had aplane ticket. He had a car picking him up.And at the last minute he called and said,“I can’t come.”Michael Stipe, quoted by Jeff Giles in“Everybody Hurts Sometimes,” News-week (1994-09-26).I was in Pioneer Square - I went to seesome band, I don’t know if it was the theMelvins. Kurt was there - I think Kurt wasby himself and I was by myself. I wentover to tell him how much I loved Bleach.He was very quiet and subdued. He said,“Thanks - that means a lot coming fromyou. Consider yourself our biggest influ-ence.”Kim Thayil, quoted by Greg Prato inGrunge Is Dead: The Oral History of Seat-tle Rock Music, ECW Press, 2009.I mourn for Kurt. A once beautiful, thenpathetic, lost and heroically stupid boy.Pete Townshend, quoted in “Why he diedbefore he got old,” The Observer, (2002-11-03).And like I said I love Kurt Cobain andNirvana, the lyrics are so deep--stufflike “The animals I’ve trapped have nowbecome my pets”.Tricky, quoted by David Trueman in“Tricky Business - An interview withTricky” on’s your archetypal small guy - wiry,defiantly working class and fiery.Everett True, in “Everett True Thrashes ItOut With The Latest Wizards From Seat-tle’s Sub Pop Label Who Arrive In BritainNext Week,” Melody Maker (1989-10-21).Kurt’s wounds were so deep that whenthe music floated to the surface afterbeing filtered through his soul, it wasincorporeal.Steven Tyler, quoted in “A Fan’s Notes,”SPIN (1995-04)....With Kurt Cobain you felt you wereconnecting to the real person, not to aperception of who he was - you were notconnecting to an image or a manufac-tured cut-out.Lars Ulrich, quoted in “Lars Ulrich: KurtCobain Didn’t Want to Share the Stagewith Guns N’ Roses,” know, I always thought I’d go first.I don’t know why I thought that, it justseemed like I would. I mean, I didn’tknow him on a daily basis - far from it.But, in a way, I don’t even feel right beinghere without him. It’s so difficult to reallybelieve he’s gone. I still talk about himlike he’s still here, you know. I can’t figureit out. It doesn’t make any sense.Eddie Vedder, quoted in “I’m Not YourFuckin’ Messiah”, Melody Maker Maga-zine (1994-05-21)He really, really inspired me. He was sogreat. Wonderful. One of the best, butmore than that. Kurt was one of the abso-lute best of all time for me.Neil Young, quoted in “Reflective Glory”NME (1995-07-15) Songs dedicated and inspired by Kurt:1. Kurt - Dan Bern 2. About A Boy - Patti Smith3. Love Love Love - Mountain Goats4. Let Me In - R.E.M.5. The Day Seattle Died - Cold6. Am I High - N.E.R.D.7. Devils Night - D128. I Try - Talib Kweli9. Do You Wanna Go Our Way?? - PublicEnemy10. Sleeps With Angels - Neil Young11. I’m Still Remembering - The Cranber-ries12. Dimebag - Cross Canadian Ragweed13. Mighty K.C. - For Squirrels14. Kurt Cobain - Wesley Willis15. Innocent - Our Lady Peace16. Nothing As It Seems - Pearl Jam17. Just Let Me Breathe - Dream Theater18. Coattails Of A Dead Man - Primus19. Maybe Angels - Sheryl Crow20. Malibu - Hole21. Me And My Monkey - Robbie Wil-liams22. Put Down The Gun - James KochalkaSuperstar23. Fire Water Burn - The BloodhoundGang24. Here’s To Life - Streetlight Manifesto25. Headless Boogie - Insane Clown Posse26. Creamer (Radio Is Dead) - LimpBizkit27. Hurricane Fresh - MC Lars© Seattle Rex/
  18. 18. 18Burst { music magazine }If you were born and your parents gaveyou the name Declan Patrick McManuswould you keep it or not? Well, youngDeclan decided that this name wasn’tsuitable for his music career and quicklypicked up the stage name D.P. Costello;as a tribute to his father, the musicianand trumpet player Ross McManus whoperformed under the stage name DayCostello. It was his manager in the mid-70s who suggested the adoption of ElvisPresley‘s first name. And that’s how ElvisCostello appeared.Costello released his first album, “My AimIs True”, in 1977 with the independentlabel, Stiff Records, and in his picture onthe cover, his oversized glasses he wore,were set as his trademark ever since. Cos-tello wrote most of the songs late at night,in order not to wake his wife or his son,or on the way to work (data-entry clerkon Elizabeth Arden) in the Underground.The first 1000 copies in the UK containeda form asking the buyer to send the ad-dress of a friend, who then, would receivea free copy. Later, in the same year Elvisformed his permanent backing band “TheAttractions” (Steve Nieve, Bruce Thomasand Pete Thomas). Costello at that timewas characterized as a “very angry youngman”. Soon, he signed with Columbiarecords. Costello recorded his second al-bum (and first to be with the Attractions)a year later, entitled “This Year’s Model”.But it was the next one “Armed Forces”that was both a commercial success and asuccess in the world of critics.During the ‘80s Costello experimentedwith new sounds and genres from soul tocountry. Significantly he released “AlmostBlue” in 1981, an album with country mu-sic songs, as a tribute to the music withwhich he grew up with. Two years later,Elvis adopted another pseudonym “TheImposter” and released “Pills and Soap”as a political statement versus Thatch-erism, which concurred with the 1983UK general elections - Thatcher’s mostdecisive election victory. At the same timetensions were growing inside the band,between Bruce and Pete Thomas at first,and between Bruce and Costello himselflater, which led to the second’s retirementand the breakup of the band. Luckily itwas a short retirement to take. He madehis comeback two years later, but thiswould be the last collaboration with theAttractions for many years. Later in thesame year he recorded “Blood and Choco-late” and went back to his post-punkroots. Although “Blood and Chocolate”failed to contain a hit single at that time,it featured “I want you”, one of Costello’smost significant songs. The success con-tinued with his next album “Spike” (andhis new contract with Warner Bros) andhis biggest single in America, “Veronica”in 1989.The 1990’s found Elvis Costello experi-menting with instrumental, orchestraland classical music. He composed thetittle and incidental music for the mini-series G.B.H., for which in 1991, he wona BAFTA with his pair co-composer,Richard Harvey. A few years later, afteran acclaimed collaboration with BrodskyQuarter on “Juliet Letters”, he reunitedwith the Attractions in 1995, for the al-bum “Brutal Youth” (this was one amongthe six Elvis Costello album’s featured in“1001 Albums You Must Hear before YouDie”). Next year’s tour proved to be thelast for the band. Tension between Cos-tello and Bruce Thomas grew once moreand Costello split up with the Attractionsonce again. In 1998 he signed a multi-label contract with Polygram Records,later part of Universal Music Group. Hestarted collaboration with Burt Bacharachand they released the critically acclaimedalbum “Painted from Memory”. At thesame time he appeared in a couple ofsoundtracks, for the films “Austin Pow-ers: The spy who shagged me”, “TheRugrats Movie”, “The long journey home”and of course “Notting Hill” with his ver-sion of Charles Aznavour’s “She”.The new millennium found Elvis Costelloonce again experimenting with morejazzy and classical music styles. He ap-peared in Steve Nieve’s opera “Welcometo the Voice” and he also wrote music fora new ballet, as an artist and in residencein UCLA. In 2002 he toured with his“new” band, the “Imposters”, which hadthe same members with the Attractionbut a different bass player. In 2003 hereleased “North”, an album consisting ofpiano ballads, much closer to the stylewe know him for nowadays. In 2004,the song he wrote with T-Bone Bur-nett “Scarlet Tide” was used in the film“Cold Mountain” and nominated for anAcademy Award. Far away from his newwave or post punk roots, he continuedwith classical and orchestral work with “IlSogno”. He contributed to a jazz projectin 2005 and then attempted to write achamber opera which remained unfin-ished, but material can be found in 2009album “Secret, Profane and Sugarcane”.In the last decade he has made numerousappearances in television shows portray-ing himself but he never quit music. Infact we are expecting his new albumeither late 2013 or early 2014!This elvis hasnot left thebuildingelvis costelloWritten by Eleni Lampraki / Photo from Wikipedia
  19. 19. 19Burst { music magazine }The following tickets, including the below listed range ofservices, you can acquire in advance sale. Ticket-Order or call **49.341.2120862Obsorge-Karte:Limited up to 9999 Tickets for 25,- € each (including advance salecharge), contains the following service-package:• Camping at the Treffen-Campingground (agra-fairground)• “Pfingstbote” (“Whitsun-herald”) - the Treffen-programbookPlease note:Entrance and usage of the campingsite is not possible without the”Obsorgekarte“. The ”Obsorgekarte“ is only valid in connection withthe Treffen-Event-Ticket.Treffen-Event-Ticket:4-Days-Ticket for all events within the 22nd Wave-Gotik-Treffen Whitsun2013, 89,- € each in advance ticket sale (including advance sale charges).The Treffen-Event-Ticket includes free using of public transport (tram,city-busses, regional trains, suburban trains) within the zone 110 ofMDV (”Mitteldeutscher Verkehrs Verbund”) from 17th of june, 8.00 amto the 21st of june, 12.00 am (except for special routes)Parking Vignette:For car parking at the Treffen-area you have to purchase a ParkingVignette for 15,- € (including advance sale charges). Please note:Parking at the Treffen-area (agra-fairground) is definitely not possiblewithout a Parking Vignette.Furthermore we recommend to you: three soirees at the Opera House G Richard Wagner soiree G baroque ballroom dancing G Victorian ball GReadings G videoshow G live adventure role playing G autograph-shows G exhibitions G motion pictures in the CINESTAR G concerts in sacredvenues G organ concerts G theatre & variety G Aftershow parties with well known DJs G Gothic-scene-fair in the agra exhibition hall No.1 G medievalmile “Celebrant 2013” G pagan village G horse-drawn buggy rides G knight performances G medieval acrobats G fashion shows G fetish party“Obsession Bizarre” G fetish performances G fire and light performance G esotericism More details will be published soon!©goeart2013The following artists already promised their appearance:Treffen & Festspielgesellsaft für Mitteldeutsland mbHFernruf: 0341/2120862 G Weltnetz: G Elektronise Post:<1979> (D) G A SPLIT SECOND (B) G ABNEY PARK (USA) – exclusive German show 2013 G ALEXANDER PAUL BLAKE‘SAETHERNAEUM (D) – world premiere (D) G ALTAR OF PLAGUES (IRL) G ASLAN FACTION (GB) G BANANE METALIK (F) GBLOODY, DEAD & SEXY (D) G BRIGADE WERTHER (D) G BRUDERSCHAFT (USA) G BURN (D) G C-LEKKTOR (D) G COPPELIUS(D) G CREMATORY (D) G DARKWOOD (D) G DAS ICH (D) G DESIRELESS & OPERATION OF THE SUN (F) G DEVILISHIMPRESSIONS (PL) G DIE SELEKTION (D) G DIGITALIS PURPUREA (I) G DUNKELSCHÖN (D) G ECHO WEST (D) G ENABLEDDISASTER (D) G END OF GREEN (D) G ENSIFERUM (FIN) G FEJD (S) G FIRE+ICE (GB) G FORMALIN (D) G FRANK (JUST FRANK)(F) G GITANE DEMONE (USA) G GOD MODULE (USA) G GRAUSAME TÖCHTER (D) G HAGGARD (D) G HALO EFFECT (I) GHAUTVILLE (I) G HECATE ENTHRONED (GB) G HENRIC DE LA COUR (S) G HYPNOSKULL (B) G I LIKE TRAINS (GB) G IAMX(GB) G IN MITRA MEDUSA INRI (D) G IN STRICT CONFIDENCE (D) G INCITE/ (D) G INCUBITE (D) G IRM (S)G ISZOLOSCOPE (CDN) G K-BEREIT (F) G KARIN PARK (S) G KMFDM (USA) G KOFFIN KATS (USA) G LACRIMOSA(D) G LEAETHER STRIP (DK) G LETZTE INSTANZ (D) G LORD OF THE LOST (D) G LUX INTERNA (USA) GMARTIAL CANTEREL (USA) G METALLSPÜRHUNDE (D) G NACHTGESCHREI (D) G NAMNAMBULU (D) –reunion G NAUGHTY WHISPER (I) G NIN KUJI (D) G NOISUF-X (D) G NOMANS LAND (RUS) G OBJEKT/URIAN (D) G ORANGE SECTOR (D) G OTHER DAY (D) G PASSION PLAY (GB) G PATENBRIGADE WOLFF(D) G PATRICK WOLF (GB) G PHOSGORE (D) G POKEMONREAKTOR (D) G PREDOMINANCE (D) GPROYECTO MIRAGE (E) G READJUST (D) GREFORMEDFACTION(GB) G ROBOTIKO REJEKTO(D) G – exclusive world premiere G SALTATIOMORTIS (D) G SEX GANG C H I L D R E N (GB) G SHE PAST AWAY (TR) G SHIV-R(AUS) G SKELETAL FAMILY (GB) G SLEEPING DOGS WAKE perform“Understanding“ – worldwide exclusive show (NZ/D) G SOFT KILL (USA) G SORIAH(USA) G STILL PATIENT? (D) G SUICIDE COMMANDO (B) G SUTCLIFFE JÜGEND(GB) G TALVEKOIDIK (D) G TEARS OF OTHILA (I) G TERMINAL GODS(GB) G THE 69 EYES (FIN) G THE BIRTHDAY MASSACRE(USA) – exclusive German show 2013 G THE BLUEANGEL LOUNGE (D) G THE BREATH OF LIFE (B)G THE KVB (GB) G THE MESCALINE BABIES (I) GTHE OTHER (D) G THE SPIRITUAL BAT (I) GTHE SPOOK (D) G THE TWILIGHT GARDEN(USA) G THEATRES DES VAMPIRES (I) G THUNDRA (N) G UNITARY (S) G UNZUCHT (D) G VELVET ACID CHRIST (USA) –exclusive German show 2013 G VERMALEDEYT (D) G VNV NATION (GB) G WELLE:ERDBALL (D) G WHISPERS IN THE SHADOW(A) G WINTERKÄLTE (D) G WIPEOUT (A) G X-IMPROVISO (NZ) G X-IN JUNE (D) G XANDRIA (D) G XENO & OAKLANDER(USA)
  20. 20. 20Burst { music magazine }Ryan Keyburst presentsInterview by Hope VNZ
  21. 21. 21Burst { music magazine }If there is a band that clearly stands out in the music world today because of its uniqueness it is definitely the American pop punk/alternative rock band Yellowcard. Formed in 1997 the quintet has a rare musical connection to its fans and a signature sound.Yellowcard comprises of five young people, very down-to-earth and extremely talented, -Ryan Key (vocals, guitars), Sean Mackin(violin, vocals), Ryan Mendez (guitar, vocals), Longineu Parsons (drums) and Josh Portman (bass).Not a typical punk band, using the violin in their music masterpieces, unusual for the genre. An almost overnight success, with theirsingle “Ocean Avenue” peaking at #37 on the Billboard Hot 100! In 2012, after signing with Hopeless Records, Yellowcard releasedtheir 8th studio album called “Southern Air”, which Alter the Press ranked album number 1, Album of the Year. We’ve had the pleasure of speaking with Ryan Key, lead singer and rhythm guitarist.Enjoy!interviewHow did you come up with yourband’s name? Does it have any spe-cial meaning for you guys?I was not in the band when that wasdecided. But I think the original mean-ing didn’t hold a whole lot of weight. AsI understand it was a last minute deci-sion before the band’s first show. Now itmeans everything to us. It is a way of lifefor us and our fans. I think it stands forour relationship with them more thananything.Do you remember the firsttime you went on stageand you said to yourselfthis is what I want to do?Well, I knew I wanted to beon stage when I played TinyTim in A Christmas Carol atage 6. But it actually wasn’ta stage but a rehearsal roomwith Yellowcard that I realizedI wanted to play music forever.I just knew somehow that itwas what I was supposed to donext.Nowadays you can findmusic all over the inter-net, music is more accessi-ble, in your opinion is thisgood or bad?Personally I think it is moreof a bad thing. I think it hastaken a lot of the magic awayfrom records. So many things about analbum are not important anymore. Theartwork, the sequence of the songs, thebuild up to the release date, all have beendefeated by the Internet. I think we areon our way back to the time when artistsjust recorded and released singles a fewtimes a year.You had such a little amount oftime to record your latest album,but the outcome was far than amaz-ing! How did you feel about that?We went into the writing and record-ing process for Southern Air so quicklybecause we felt that there was a momentwe didn’t want to lose. We were reallyinspired to keep moving the band forwardand I think that inspiration found a placein the studio in a big way. We are ex-tremely proud of this record, and amazedby the positive feedback it has received.You have mentioned that you haddecided to write about family inyour latest album. What otherissues inspired you during thatprocess?I thought a lot about all the things thathad brought Yellowcard to the placeit was. This album was something weneeded, I think, to prove to ourselves thatwe are here to stay. So I found inspirationin lots of different places, but all of themrelated to our journey in some way.Did spending a lot of time as a bandin Jacksonville, Florida affect yourwriting style?Jacksonville provided a common threadof musical influence, I think. We are allinterested in very different types of musicindividually, but collectively we willalways have the punk sound we grew uplistening to.Any experience you had together asa band and you will never forget?I think winning an MTV Video MusicAward in 2004 will always be somethingwe remember. It was such a surreal ex-perience for us. We never imagined thatwe’d reach a level like that.Tell us more about your coop-eration with your producer NealAvron.Neal has produced everyrecord we’ve made since OceanAvenue. He is very much likea sixth member of Yellowcard.We have an amazing relation-ship with him which allows usto have a high level of trust andfriendship, but also profes-sional respect. Neal knowshow to get the best out of eachmember of the band.How was your experienceof collaborating with Sil-verstein?Unfortunately I didn’t get togo into the studio with them.They sent me the song andI recorded my part while wewere in the studio for WhenYou’re Through Thinking, SayYes Acoustic. The song cameout great though. I was stokedto be a part of the record.Did you have any musicalinfluences or people thatinspired you while composing yourown music?I think our influences are always with uswhen we write. One thing about Yellow-card is that while the band was formedaround a common interest in the sametype of sound, individually our influencesare very different. I think that brings a lotof diversity into the room when we arewriting music.You have been writing for a longtime together. Does this make iteasier to create and experiment?It does. We are always progressing assongwriters, but we have learned how towork together to get the best songs we
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  23. 23. 23Burst { music magazine }can over the years.Violin parts in pop-punk are a rare thing to find butyou guys do it extremely well! How do you combine itwith your sound?Sean has been a part of the band from the start. We don’t havea science for it. It comes very natural for us. The violin is just apart of what we do.Should a band always be on the alert so as not to disap-point its fans?I think honesty is the most important thing. True fans will un-derstand you if you are honest with them. You will never be ableto please everyone so you can’t get too caught up in worryingabout who is disappointed.Are you touring this period? How is that going for you?This particular tour is the longest we’ve ever done as band.It has been a full 8 weeks with no sign of home. So we are allpretty ready for a break. But I know Yellowcard and it won’t belong before we are all itching to get back on the road again.Who else, band or artist you would like to work with,even make a CD?I would love to work with Dave Grohl or Chris Martin in anyway possible. Just the chance to soak up an ounce of theirknowledge would be amazing.How difficult is it to have personal life and keep thingsprivate when you are in the public eye?It is a challenge these days with the internet. It seems some-times like fans are not happy with just music any more. Theyneed to have total access to every aspect of your life. We try andkeep it about the music. That’s why we are here, not to postpictures of our private parts to gain notoriety.What is your advice for new bands who dream of suc-cess?Hard work. As obvious as that may sound, it’s true. If you’rewilling to work harder than everyone else, then you can achieveanything you want. The only ingredient for success I cannot pro-vide, is the songs. You can work super hard but you have to havegreat songs as well. And there’s no instruction manual for that.One last question, what is more inspiring for you, longsession in the recording studio or the experience of alive concert?I love them both. Making records is such an exciting and crea-tive experience. Live shows are the fruits of all our labor.New albumOUT NOW
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  26. 26. 26Burst { music magazine }WarlordAn interview with Bill TsamisBy Elias J. Kay
  27. 27. 27Burst { music magazine }Hello Bill and welcome to Burst.During the last year everywhereI look I see the name “Warlord”.New merchandise, record reissues,Warlord anthology, the “Sons OfA Dream” management company,live shows for 2013, etc… how doyou deal with this publicity? Howmuch have things changed since the“Destroyer” days?Well, the demand for Warlord to playfestivals in Europe hasn’t really stoppedfor the past 10 years. We’ve been offeredto play everywhere. However, I had acareer as a college professor and therewas only a couple months during the yearwhen I could do anything apart from theacademic life. Actually, I had “no time”because even during those 2 summermonths when there was no school I wasdoing research and acquainting myselfwith the latest scholarly works. It wasn’tuntil Oct 2011 when I was hospitalizedfor a severe “digestive illness” (I lost 70pounds in one year). I personally thoughtmy life was over because I was so sick.Although my college would have takenme back no matter what and whenever(and if) I got better, during that time Idid a lot of thinking and decided that if Iwas going to survive this deathly illness, Iwould return to music and just enjoy my-self - thus I would retire from the collegelife and play music. It just so happenedthat the attention was all about Warlordso I decided to go forward with a “new”Warlord project which would incorporatemany ideas I had as well. It’s Warlord,but it’s different. More medieval and epicthan the earlier Warlord. Very dark.You’ve always dealt with religioussubjects in Warlord, from parablesto the battle of Good and Evil. Whatwas the story behind the “darker”side of the band? What inspiredyou to write songs like the “BlackMass”, which by the way is one ofmy favorite heavy metal songs of alltime?Nothing. I wrote songs like Black Massand Child of the Damned when I was18 and I just tried to use dark themes inorder to convey an image of power. Thesongs are completely meaningless andreflect my songwriting when I was at theend of my high school years.In the past, have you ever beenbadly criticized by the fans or thepress, about a song or a decisionthat you’ve made?I’ve been criticized for lots of things. I wascriticized for the song “Deliver Us FromEvil” because it was too Christian. I wascriticized for Lordian Guard because mywife wasn’t a perfect singer and the lyricswere Christian. I was criticized for choos-ing Joacim Cans to sing on “Rising outof the Ashes.” I’ve already been criticizedfor using Rick Anderson to sing on thenew album. Ironically, those are the onlytwo singers who love Warlord. I couldcare less about the criticism. People don’tknow the whole story. Metal fans are“quick to judge and slow to understand.”Warlord reunited in 2001, releasedthe “Rising Out Of The Ashes” re-cord in 2002 and played in WackenOpen Air. Sadly, this reunion didn’tlast long either and you disbandedonce more. What happened backthen?It was kind of a combination of things. InMay 2003 when I was working on somethemes for a new Warlord album, wewere driving home late at night (around11:00pm). As we were sitting at a stoplight, I looked in the rear view mirror anda Mercedes Benz came crashing into ourvehicle at 55 miles per hour. We were sta-tionary. It was a massive car accident. Mywife’s hip was shattered and I receivedsome damage to my spine. So it was verydifficult for a few years for me to evensit down for long periods and play theguitar. It was difficult for me to stand upfor long periods and play the guitar. Evento this day it is difficult but my spine hashealed as much as possible so it’s not toopainful. At the same time Joacim wasattacked and mugged in Sweden and hereceived knife wounds to the face and hewas hospitalized. So the “stars fell out ofalignment for Warlord” at that time.Personally I loved “Rising Out OfThe Ashes” record as well as thevoice of Joacim Cans. Was Joacimyour first choice for the singer’s po-sition or not? Have you ever consid-ered working with him again?I knew Joacim from the Hammer Fall“Glory to the Brave” days when theycontacted me to get my permission to do“Child of the Damned.” We were alreadygood friends at that time. I think he’s agreat vocalist. Mark and I were readyto do a new project in 2001 and Markasked me, “Who do you want to sing?”And I didn’t even think twice about it. Itold him “Joacim Cans from this Swedishband HammerFall.” *This was before HFwas well-known so Mark didn’t know whohe was. I sent Mark “The Dragon LiesBleeding,” “The Metal Age,” and “Childof the Damned” and Mark said, “Yes,this is our man.” I was shocked when hereceived so much criticism from Greekfans. Very “mean-spirited” criticism.People can criticize whoever they wantbut they don’t have to be “mean-spirited”and call musicians “terrible names.” Iwould love to work with Joacim again butI wouldn’t want to subject him to these“mean-spirited” attacks. The northernEuropeans had no problem with Joacimsinging for Warlord - they loved the“Rising out of the Ashes” album, but theGreeks basically “hated” the guy. Theythought he was a poser, when, in fact, itwas Joacim’s dream since he was 12 yearsold to sing for Warlord. Like I said, theonly other singer who loved Warlord thatmuch is Rick Anderson. Jack Rucker andRick Cunningham didn’t care or under-stand what Warlord was all about. Theywould have worked with any band thatwas doing a record. And they were just“parroting” my lines in the studio. We putthose old songs together sometimes oneline at a time. I would sing the melody forthem and then they would practice it afew times in the studio for 5 minutes andrecord it right there. I remember the song“Aliens” was done “one line at a time.”People praise the first two Damien Kingsas if these singers loved Warlord when, intruth, they could care less about Warlordapart from the fact that we were record-ing an album. They had no idea they weresinging classic heavy metal songs.How is the scene right now forheavy metal bands? Are things bet-ter than they were back in the 80sor about the same?I really don’t pay much attention to themetal scene right now although I havenoticed that many classic metal bands arebeing discovered among young peopleand, of course, greatly appreciated by theolder crowd. It may be possible that alot of young metal bands aren’t offeringthe quality of metal that the classic metalbands did. I certainly know that this isthe case with Warlord. The popularityof Warlord has grown largely becausethere has been a vacuum for this type ofmelodic power epic metal in the contem-porary scene.Lately you’ve been using a lot theinternet and social media. Thisincludes a lot of sharing, frompersonal info to file sharing (music,photos, etc). In your opinion, inter-net can help or harm a band?Definitely. In this age of ‘social media’this is probably one of the best ways tomarket your band (or music) to the mostamount of people with very little cost. Infact, back in March 2012 I was told by anold Warlord fan, who is now a profes-sor of Marketing at the esteemed LoyolaMarymount University that we shoulddo as much “social media” as possible. Ithas certainly brought in a lot of peoplefrom all over the world into our network.Further, it gives fans the opportunity toexchange stories, etc. in a kind of discus-sion forum. Although the official Warlordwebsite is, it is thelast thing we are preparing.  It only existsas a link to our Merchandise Store.  But
  28. 28. 28Burst { music magazine }the real Warlord Fan Club (Warlord Bat-tle Choir) is right there on Facebook at  Anyway, ‘social media’has worked wonders in naturally promot-ing Warlord with little cost, although wealso go the conventional route with someads in magazines, etc.I know that you’re a fan of moviesand movie soundtracks. Actually,the music in your solo album “SeaOf Tranquility”, reminds me a lotof a soundtrack for some fantasy/epic/sci-fi movie. What’s the storybehind that album?Very simply, because it is a long story -around 1990-1994 I went on a personalquest to teach myself the piano.  I firststarted by transposing certain renais-sance songs I knew from the guitar to thepiano. At first, it was difficult using bothhands on the piano (it is unlike the gui-tar).  But as I became better and better,I progressed to Baroque music, playingBach and the like.  I’ll never forget theday when I was play a “Two Part Inven-tion” by Bach and I thought to myself, Ishould write “my own” piano/keyboardmusic.  With a good synthesizer andsound bank I started composing melodiesand utilizing different sounds.  I thoughtI would put some guitar leads or melodiesin there too, but it sounded so pure tome just as instrumental keyboards thatI didn’t use the guitar.  The music wastotally for myself.  I never expected any-one to hear it.  So, in that sense it is pureand full of emotion, taking the listenerto distant places of the imagination.  Therelease by No Remorse Records is some-thing I never planned on or expected.  Butin remastered form is sounds wonderful. I am happy that it was released on CD. It’s not metal, but anyone who loves greatmelodies and soundtrack type music willenjoy it.Your music work in Warlord andLordian Guard, shows that you’veexperimented a lot and enrichedyour compositions with a lot ofelements. How much have yourinfluences as a musician changedthrough the years?Well, my musical venture started when Iwas 8 years old learning “melodic” music,whether it was Simon and Garfunkel,Peter, Paul, and Mary, renaissance musicor baroque music.  In that sense I startedoff “right away” playing melodic musicand I always loved melody (even when Iwas a kid).  At age 11-12, add some BlackSabbath and Deep Purple influences. At age 14, start adding Rainbow w/Dio,early Scorpions, and some Judas Priestand I just became a metal guitarist andsongwriter but I always maintained themelodic aspect of music.  As I becameolder I was very interested in “epic” music(especially film scores) so I wanted mymusic to sound huge and powerful. Youwill hear what I mean when you listen tothe new Warlord album (to be releasedin mid-March 2013). So it was a naturalprogression for me, even adding elementsof ecclesiastical music (which I alwaysloved), whether Gregorian or Byzantine,into the mix. Some of my influences comefrom Greek folk music from when I wasa kid and I used to hear my dad playthat deep minor music all the time. So,essentially, I’ve blended all these styles,maintaining a metal sound, but I alwaysput “music” before “metal.” The more Igrow, the more the music becomes grandand epic, always retaining its melodicflavor.Between the time of the first War-lord split-up in 1985 and the reun-ion back in 2001, you had a projectcalled Lordian Guard. In this pro-ject you kept all the familiar War-lord melodies, but you’ve added alot of chants, hymns, keyboards andorchestral parts. One can really tellthat you’ve put a big part of yoursoul in this music as well. What’sthe story behind Lordian Guard?Would you ever consider playingLordian Guard songs in the future?Well, some Lordian Guard songs orthemes have been transferred onto theWarlord canvass.  “Pure” Lordian Guardcan never be done again because mywife, who did all the vocals and narra-tion has suffered from numerous failedspinal surgeries and she simply can’t do itanymore.  However, if you hear the newWarlord you will hear plenty of LordianGuard elements in the music.  Now, it justhas that Warlord ‘bite,’ with Mark Zonderon drums and Rick Anderson on vocals. However, it still retains the grand epic vi-sion that I had during the Lordian Guardyears.  Back then, in 1995-97 I didn’thave the advanced pro recording studiothat I have now so Lordian Guard alwayssounded under produced.  Now, though,things have changed.  My studio is totallypro and I’m using a lot of “virtual instru-ments” as well.  The new Warlord is dark,epic, and powerful music in a metal for-mat.  It is like Lordian Guard on steroids.I’ve always considered you to be aChristian as well as a philosopherand a thinker. However, we bothknow that Christianity condemnedfreedom of thought throughout his-tory. Have you somehow found theperfect balance between organizedreligion and free thinking?Well, I don’t want to get into a religiousdiscussion but the statement that “Chris-tianity condemned freedom of thoughtthroughout history” is a generalizationthat is representative of some of thepower politics played throughout historyby the church.  That is NOT Christianity. THAT is “Christendom.”  One exam-ple, Martin Luther, though a RomanCatholic Augustinian monk was hardlysomeone who didn’t express “freedom ofthought.”  We “protested” many of thehuman teachings of the Roman Catholicchurch when that element of the Churchwas at its highest level of power andcontrol.  Anyway, I can go on, but simplyput, Christianity, founded by Jesus, wasa completely new way of thinking aboutthe world.  I’m highly educated in theol-ogy, philosophy, history and the like and“generalizations” as the one you men-tioned are fallacies. Atheists, for instance,are NOT all “freethinkers.” They adopt a“naturalistic” or “materialistic” philoso-phy. Thus, they view the world throughcertain presuppositions and their conclu-sions are predictable. Everyone views theworld through presuppositions.  Christiantheism presupposes that God exists -that’s all. And Christianity, of all the greatreligions, though it lays down guidelines,simply gives one “free will” to thinkwithin that context. I ALWAYS examineboth sides of every issue. I know as muchabout atheism as any atheistic philoso-pher. So, am I “not allowed” the “freedomto think” because I am a Christian? Peo-ple use stereotypes and, for the most part,it’s probably Christianity’s fault for help-ing create these stereotypes.  But “trueChristianity” is not a faith where one canreign it in and give it a stereotype. Themeasure of determining true Christianityfrom false Christianity is Jesus.  If one’sfaith conforms to his teachings it is trulyChristian.  And Jesus never taught thatone should “check his brain at the door.” If anything, he invited probing andthinking - very deep thinking.  Whateverstereotype you have of Christians (fromyour comment) I can assure you that I“People can criticize whoever they want but they don’t have to be“mean-spirited” and call musicians “terrible names”
  29. 29. 29Burst { music magazine }am not of that ilk.One thing that saddens me deeply isthat you’ve dealt with major healthproblems in your life. You foughtyour way through them though, andalways managed to come on top.How is your health right now?Well, not only my health but my wife’shealth. Like I said, she’s suffered fromnumerous failed spinal procedures andshe is essentially bedridden with littlemobility. However, she has a strong willand a strong spirit - plus, she is naturallyan optimistic person so she has learnedto deal with her situation and adapt.  Sheis a person of great courageand strength.  As for me, I’mmore pessimistic and moreof a complainer. My healthproblem started in Jan 2010and I discovered that I waslosing weight.  I’m 6 foot 1inches tall and I weighed180 lbs. (which is not heavy)for my height.  In one yearI lost about 60-70 lbs. andthey wanted to put me ona feeding tube. I thought Iwas a gonner, but that wasokay if it was God’s will(as strange as that mightsound to you). Anyway, aftergoing through numeroustests and specialists it wasdiscovered that I have a raredigestive illness which has“no known cause” and “noknown cure.” I am beingseen on a monthly basis bya top expert in that field(digestive diseases) and shehas helped me greatly in“managing” my problem so Ican have a decent quality oflife.  Little by little I startedgaining weight by follow-ing a nutrition regimen andgoing along with her adviceand I now find myself at 172lbs (which is perfectly fine). So, although I still havethis problem and alwayswill - I have learned how tomanage it so I can proceed with musicor whatever I want to do, although I amlimited in certain ways. For example, mydiet is very restrictive. But I was oncenear death and now I’m pretty much aliveand kicking - I can’t complain. Everybodydies sometime anyway. I’ve lived a halfcentury which is far longer than most ofthe people who have inhabited this planetso I am grateful.  I believe that “struggle”is a good thing.  I’m very much a StoicChristian. “Struggle” can either cause youto perseevere with great determination orit can cause you to “give up.”  With all theproblems we have faced over the years Ihave become a strong person with greatwill and determination to move forwardno matter the circumstances.I believe that the decision to recordnew songs and play a few concertswith Warlord, was definitely notan easy one to make, consideringall the health problems that you’redealing with. What was the mainreason that once more breathed lifeinto Warlord? Did Mark Zonderhave something to do with it?You’re right.  It wasn’t easy. Mark didn’thave anything to do with it apart fromwhen I gave the “green light” to eve-rything he was more than willing toparticipate. But it was a hard year - butlife is hard for everyone.  You just have to“press forward” like a Roman legion and“not give up.” So that’s what I’m doing. When my health fails utterly or I can nolonger do it then I will probably just dosome recording. But since there is aninterest in seeing Warlord live, and sincewe’ve been able to put together a topnotch act, we will go out and play (as wellas record). Personally, I don’t know whatthe future holds.There always was a certain fussabout the singers in Warlord. As faras I’m concerned though, the musicin Warlord comes first. Having saidthat, who is your favorite Warlordsinger?I don’t really have a favorite. As far asI’m concerned they were all just “instru-ments” that I was using. Every singleword and melody line was dictated by meeither in the studio or on a scratch track. The vocal melodies are just another in-strument presenting my lyrics. I can workwith any singer and it would be the samething. I write everything even the vocalmelodies and harmonies. As a songwriterI have always wanted 100% control overmy compositions.Looking back in time, isthere something aboutWarlord that you don’tlike and that you wouldchange if given thechance?Well, until the past couplealbums we never had theproduction quality that wewanted because our finan-cial resources were limitedand Metal Blade was a smalllabel with no money.  Now,however, we all have ourown professional studios,we use a Grammy Awardwinning engineer, so themusic is well-produced andsounds better than ever.Still, though, even thoughwe recorded the “DeliverUs” album on an 8 track for$500-800, it remains prettymuch a classic. Good metallisteners have always beenable to hear beyond the pro-duction quality. But again,“now” we are very pleasedbecause our music is sound-ing the way we envision it tosound.Last question. Judgingfrom what you’ve al-ready been through withWarlord, the currentresponse from the fanstowards the band as well as the cur-rent state of the music industry andyourself as a productive musician,how do you feel about the band’s fu-ture right now? Has Warlord risenfrom the ashes once more here tostay?Simply put, as long as fans want to hearmore Warlord, and as long as I am ableto produce it (that is, with regard to myhealth), I will continue to compose andrecord more Warlord material.
  30. 30. 30Burst { music magazine }How did you fall in love with mu-sic? Who cast the spell on you?Your famil, a musician, a friend ora teacher?My first inspiration to learn how to playthe guitar was from Eddie Van Halen ofthe legendary rock band Van Halen. Iwanted to be just like him, so at 13 yearsold my parents bought me an electricguitar from a pawn shop and it all started.Soon after, I began writing songs andthen singing them.Is America still the Promised Landfor musicians or are things roughthere too?I think the United States of America pro-vides many opportunities for musiciansand talented people in general. The coun-try seems to be very entertainment-driv-en. I also think the internet can provideanyone in almost every part of the worldthe opportunity to share their music andtalents. Even though I am located in theUSA, many of my amazing fans are inother countries because of worldwide ac-cess through Twitter, Facebook, my website, and YouTube.In the past you formed a band, andif you had talent and originality youstood out. Nowadays with so manyeducated and talented musicians,do you believe it is more difficult tosucceed? Is persisting your dreamenough?I think it is definitely more difficult to be-come an international mega-star like TheBeatles, Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson,Madonna, etc., but feel it’s easier to findsuccess. Labels just are not what theyused to be. Their budgets have becomesmaller and the deals are not as good forthe artist anymore. However with digitaldistribution and social media outlets, it’seasier for an artist to make a living at anindependent level.You write all of your own music;where do you draw inspirationfrom during songwriting and what’syour favorite part in this process?I try to find inspiration in almost every-thing around me...the world news, love,my own personal struggles or successes,friends, fans, etc. My favorite part aboutthe writing process is creating somethingthat expresses an emotion, feeling, andideas through melody. I love just sittingin a quiet room with just a guitar and laptop.Is there a specific background orany story behind your songs or doyou just sit and wait for the musicto come?There are times when I sit down and tryvery hard to write something great, butthe best songs happen without planning.My favorite songs come to me withoutwarning while I’m driving in the car.Are there any musicians you’ve al-ways looked up to and affected youwhile writing your own music?I definitely have some favorite musiciansand artists in my iPod, however whenwriting, I just let my fingers and the gui-tar lead me to something special. I can’tthink of specific musicians who inspiremy writing, but a few who inspire my vo-cal performances include Myles Kennedy,Chris Cornell, and Scott Weiland (toname just a few).If you could tour with an artist orband, who would it be and why?I’d love to open for some living legendslike KISS, Foo Fighters, or Bon Jovi. I’malso a big fan of what Slash is doing aswell as Alter Bridge.I’ve noticed you are taking partin the VeeWall Vocals video con-test and if you win, you are gonnadonate to Breast Cancer Research.How important do you considercharity is for a musician?I think as a human being, charity shouldbe important. If you have the opportunityto help those less fortunate, I say help. Idon’t normally do online contests, but theVeeWall Vocals contest has a grand prizeof $100,000 USD and I see that as an op-portunity to do something great for oth-ers. If anyone wants to help the cause andvote daily for my video “I Promise You”,the link is Voting ends April 29th.Tell us more about your forthcom-ing album.It’s definitely different from any ofmy previous releases with a lot moreelectronic sounds, but still very simpleproduction. It incorporates rock, pop,acoustic, dubstep, and dance sounds, soI’m excited to see what people think ofit. I also solely wrote, produced, played,engineered, mixed, and mastered all ofthe songs. It should be released in earlyspring on iTunes worldwide and throughmy web site as a hard copy.Any live shows on schedule?I played over 320 dates over the pastfew years, however there’s nothing onthe calendar at this time. I’ve decided tofocus on finishing up the new album andpromoting the VeeWall Vocals contest.Dates will definitely be posted soon, mostof which will include solo-acoustic perfor-mances at many Hard Rocks throughoutthe USA. I am also hoping to visit a fewparts of Europe toward the end of theyear.What does success means to you?How would you define it?This is a good question with a very simpleanswer. Success to me is being happy andfeeling fulfilled. Many people go theirentire lives trying to find success, butshould realize that success may be sittingon a secluded beach in the Caribbean orenjoying time at home with their beauti-ful family and friends.If you had a wish for the future,what would it be?My wish and hope is that I continue tofind success and joy throughout my jour-ney in life and music. I also hope to sharemy music and happiness with many moreamazing fans.http://www.JoshuaAdamsMusic.comgetting to know Joshua AdamsInterview by Hope VNZ
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  33. 33. 33Burst { music magazine }Burst presentsVoreas FaethoNInterview by Spiros Smyrnis / Photos by Raphael and Byron AretakisAherusia is a very interesting Greek black metal band, which combines traditionalGreek music elements with the pagan essence and the frozen riffs of black metal. Theband is about to release the successor of “And Then Tides Shall Reveal”, named “AsI cross the Seas of My Soul”. We met Voreas Faethon, the front-man of Aherusia, atAbsente Cafe and talked about everything we should know about Aherusia.Read that loud!