MORBID TALES! Artist Spotlight: ISENBLAST

Posted By Mark on November 10, 2014

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To celebrate the birth of the book, we’ll be having a release show on Friday December 5th at PJ’s Lager House in Detroit. There will be three bands playing Celtic Frost covers and some of their originals. This week we chatted with one of those bands… ISENBLAST.
isenblacc8ast-11 Tell us a little about Isenblast. When/how did you get together/what were your initial goals for the band?

Chronolith: Isenblast is a gateway to channel dark energies by means of using sound vibrations to trigger bioelectrical frequencies in the mind to unlock dark states of consiousness in the listener which have previously been uncharted. Its the reason why we are uncomparable to any other band, as the emotions invoked upon listening are unlike any other band, making us stand out in the flock of generic, unoriginal, copy-cat bands who have no clue as to only further push what has already been done in a monkey see, monkey do type scenario. Our goal is to unleash pure hatred and destruction upon the masses and conquer all who stand in the way.

How would you describe Isenblast’s sound? There are definitely black metal influences, but also equal amounts of old death metal to my ears. Who were some of the bands that informed your direction?

Chronolith: Its undescribable, We don’t limit our song writing to any sub-genres, which is why you can’t easily categorize us. We are an extreme metal band with intentions of writing the most evil music is history.

What was the record that made you want to play music?

Lord Kaiser: There are hundreds of albums that make me want to play music and in many different ways, so to keep brief and relevant I will say the albums that made me want to play what we initially wrote with this band Would be : Ulver’s “Bergtatt” and “Nattens Madrigal” Dissection’s “The Somberlain” Burzum’s “Det Som Engang Var” Of course there is only so much you can do within the boundaries of those influences which is why it is important to me to draw influence from every facet of extreme metal, or even heavy metal and hard rock of the 70s. There are so many bands that just set out to sound like ONE band, or have ONE trademark sound. Nobody’s going to remember the band that sounded “JUST LIKE DISSECTION ON THEIR 2010 FULL LENGTH”ten years from now. I would assume a person with refined tastes in metal would just remember Dissection and pay no extra attention to a band that doesn’t create their own identity through their music.

What’s your songwriting process like? You have a very organic sound to your arrangements.

Lord Kaiser: Long and frustrating. Especially when composing as a unit, but I think better stuff comes out that way. Better to have music that you’re behind %100.

Chronolith: We used to write together, me and Lord Kaiser, but have since then been writing songs on our own time than bringing them in and showing eachother. Our styles have since grown apart, and we usually are very specific with how we want each song to turn out. If we get stuck, than we might turn to each other for further help in writing.

How has Celtic Frost/Hellhammer influenced you as a musician?

Chronolith: They influenced me greatly, Warrior’s writing style, the way he chromatically plays and flawlessly weaves in and out of riffs, creating a unique emotion upon listening, something that wasn’t being done at the time, he wasn’t just copying off previous bands, he went and created music that isn’t easily categorized in any sub genre.

Lord Kaiser: Celtic Frost influenced me more as a music fan. It made everything to come after it sound stale. They can came out with material as Hellhammer or on Morbid Tales that is somewhat straightforward or boneheaded at times but they can also come out with the mammoth of an album that is To Mega Therion, which unlike Morbid Tales/Emperor’s Return/ Hellhammer material is very heavy on atmosphere and even Sounds very artistic and profound at times, with all integrity as an extreme metal band completely intact.

Check out their bandcamp page here.
Also, preorders for the book are still available here!

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MORBID TALES! PREORDERS BEGIN NOW!

Posted By Mark on October 7, 2014

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MORBID TALES! A Tribute to CELTIC FROST!

Posted By Mark on August 28, 2014

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Finally I’m able to share this new anthology that many have been feverishly working on for the better part of 9 months. The second in a trilogy of metal-centric books (see 2012’s Satan is Alive: A tribute to Mercyful Fate), Morbid Tales! is a less literal take on the subject matter than the Mercyful Fate book, this time documenting fictional/factual history and delving into the world created from Frost’s music instead of translating lyrics.

This time around we have work from Justin Bartlett, Jason McGregor, Bruno Guerriero, Lars Krantz, Chuck BB, Shawn Knight, J. Bennett, Eamon Espey, Ed Luce. Jeremy Baum, Johnny Ryan, Josh Bayer, Jacob Hamrick, J.T. Dockery, Kelly Larson, Kim Holm, Michael Hacker, Mike Erdody, Slasher Dave, Tim Shagrat, Mark Rudolph, Sam Wolf, Tim Sievert, Mark Thompson, Scott Murphy, David Liljemark, Kevin Cross, Rob Mills and a few others to announce soon.
Forewords from Tomas Lindberg (At The Gates) and Ivar Bjornson (Enslaved) with other pieces from Joel Grind (Toxic Holocaust), Flo Swartz (Pyogenesis), Ben Ash (Carcass), Scott Kelly (Neurosis), Fenriz (Darkthrone), Dan Lilker (Brutal Truth), Jeff Wagner (author of Mean Deviation), Shane Embury (Napalm Death), Greg Macintosh (Paradise Lost), Trevor Peres (Obituary), Scott Carlson and Matt Olivo (Repulsion), Orvar Safstrom (Nirvanna 2002), Attila Csihar (Mayhem), Chris Reifert (Autopsy) and John Paradiso (Evoken). It’s a great mixture of musicians and artists this time around.

And I’m partnering With Kenneth McNabb at Corpse Flower Records (a new vinyl only label) to produce the book and a limited edition LP of covers (to be announced soon) to be released later this year. Stay tuned for more information about preorders (coming up next month) and more peeks inside the book.

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COMIC PREVIEW

Posted By Mark on April 22, 2014

Here’s a preview of a comic I’m doing for the band Green Death. They are doing a Kickstarter to raise funds for a vinyl version of their fantastic record, The Deathening HERE. I’ve done a bunch of art for these guys and they put out some really high quality stuff. Consider contributing to their campaign.
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CARCASS TOUR POSTER

Posted By Mark on April 21, 2014

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Sanctioned poster for the Chicago date of the 2014 Decibel tour. Carcass, Black Dahlia Murder, Gorguts & Noisem. Only available at the show or from the artists online.

18 x 24″ 4 color screenprint (Red, Yellow, Black, and Gloss) on limited edition Vivitone Plum Punch 100lb cover stock. Collaboration with Shawn Knight.

Hand numbered edition of 106.

BUY IT HERE!

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MULLIGAN’S RUN (An Old Comic)

Posted By Mark on April 9, 2014

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Back in 2006, when I was more focused on sci-fi stories I self-published a few mini comics about three space explorers that got into ridiculous adventures. Why am I talking about this? Well, recent rumblings with another older project have me going through all my older stories from this time and this one has never been seen online before and only sold about 100 copies, so here’s a primer into the world of Mulligan’s Run.
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More Original Art for Sale

Posted By Mark on July 8, 2013

Page 3 of an 8-page story I did for Henry and Glenn Forever and Ever #2. 11x 14 ink on Bristol.
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Original Art for Sale

Posted By Mark on July 8, 2013

Page 8 of the 8-page story I did for Henry & Glenn Forever and Ever #2.
11×14″ ink on bristol.
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Henry & Glenn Forever and Ever Original Art!

Posted By Mark on July 8, 2013

Page 1 of the 8-page story I did for Henry & Glenn Forever and Ever #2.
11×14″ ink on bristol.
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Free Comic Book Day Sketching 2

Posted By Mark on May 5, 2013

Another sketch from FCBD 2013.
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