JonthoVocal4PR_zps5537ce60“A lot of new bands are starting up now. But, they are like trying to play Black Metal the way we did in the early 90’s. The difference is that the bands that start today will not last for the next 20 years. But, the older bands like us, the bigger bands, they have lasted 20 years, Mayhem, like 30. But, the bands today will not play Black Metal for the next 20 years.” – Jontho Panthera, April 10, 2016

Metalen Fanzine #10 – Ragnarok centerfold feature, page 14

I genuinely enjoyed chatting with Mr. Jontho, one of the Norwegian fathers of Black Metal. Personable, straight-up, and a little conscious of his “bad English” (which I assured him is far superior to what I am usually subjected to), I got a unique and pugilistic perspective on the scene and conditions. Much of the foundation of Black Metal is laid with the demand to live one’s truth, in defiance of dogma and monotheistic control. This guy walks his talk, ever royal and loyal to his bloody pulpit, and still takes pride in his day job working with at-risk youth.

This was my first assignment for Metalen Fanzine and first centerfold article.

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Light in the Darkness

schammasch-rilla-2-1-of-1“There’s always got to be a certain aspect of darkness to Black Metal music, I think. That’s my personal belief because that’s the fertile ground for that music and it has to be part of it. But, what we try to handle darkness in a constructive way and as a natural part of the whole. Death and life are both equally necessary parts of existence.” – C.S.R.  April 2, 2016

Metalen Fanzine #10 – Schammasch feature, page 18

There is a divine gravity about the enigmatic Schammasch from Switzerland. I was intrigued by their critically-acclaimed “Contradiction” in 2014, like much of the international Metal community, so I looked forward to an opportunity to exchange words with their leader.

As Maximum Metal started to take a different direction, I was unexpectedly invited to write for Metalen Fanzine of Austria by the editor-in-chief — an oddity that CSR pleasantly mused over. Seeing this as a great platform to stretch my more Extreme Metal wings, as they are also distributors of merch and media, I accepted. When it was time to dole assignments, I proposed an interview with Schammasch to help promote their timely new release, “Triangle.” Without opposition, I reached out to the band through social media. I received an immediate and positive response, and had the delight of conducting the interview the very same day. As a further gift, I was the first reporter to receive the news about their upcoming tours.

The piece was featured as a beautiful three-page spread.

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