Monday, March 2, 2009

KEMENYAN FANZINE: Interview With Hail


A young unidentified Singaporean band, HAIL already popular by only doing several live-shows in Malaysia. We have chance to asked something to Stormm, the frontman of the band. This interview was featured in issue no. 6 (1999)...

Tell me briefly, what drove you to started Hail? It’s for real or side project bands, how about the involment of As Saharians?
It also started back in 1995 that made me realize that there aren’t many bands that really appreciated the music of black metal, instead more into apprearences. Hail is not a project band. Hanael of As Sahar became of Hail when our bassist couldn’t cope with our proggressiveness. We’re grateful for the involment of the As Saharians towards Hail.

Hail is well-accepted coz of As Sahar’s publicities. How would you denied this words?
Like I was saying, we’re grateful towards them and we won’t deny anything.

What is Hail concept, lyrically and musically?
Hail concept is strictly metal. Lyrically and musically are under our knowledge and capabilities.

I know, Hail has recorded 3 promo tracks. So tell me something about it? Like the responses, problems, satisfactory and selling?
By the way how you know about our promo since it’s hasn’t been released yet. We do get responses through our gigs that were good. We do have a lot of problems. I can say that it is satisfactory but I still don’t prefer the quality of the production sound.

How about an offer from Nebiula Production?
I am not so sure.

Everybands wanted to be original, so they will use weird instruments, chance their sound to 80’s style ( which is fashion lately), etc. Well, what would you say about that?
I have come to notice that more and more bands try different kinds of instruments to sound more original and together with 80’s style of sounding. I think it’s OK as long as they don’t overdo it.

Professionality in layout & phototechique, crystal clear sounds, etc.. will trap black metal into commercialism. Do you agree?
Black metal has already reached commercialization since the sentence of Varg Vikerness that back in 1993. It is understood more and more professional towards their music and everything else. I agree to some part and disagree to some part of it. We must progress ourselves as we are almost into the millenium.

what bands yu’ve grown up with?
Bands such as MAYHEM, SLAYER, VENOM, MERCIFUL FATE, BATHORY, POSSESSED, and etc...

Satanism slowly disappear from black metal of today. What do you think?
People nowadays are more open than that olden age. They are more into music than the art of Satanism.

We’re going to northern Europe, especially the Norwegian. Do you think Norway rule supreme of the black metal throne? And when Euronymous buried six feet under, many of them went pagan instead of being satanist. Your thoughts on those situation?
Norwegian black metal will always rules. About pagans and such, I really have no comments about it.

Your aim for Hail in the future?
To be successful in our kind of music.

Hail shared the stage with a lot of talented bands. Tell me your unforgotable experiences on stage. What bands has the best live performances to you?
We are quite honored to be playing with all the talented bands, all the bands deserve their credits to be the best performers during live shows.

Last words for this interview?
Be a metal freak forever!

c/o: Stormm, Blk 879, Woodlands St 82, Ave 9, #03-22, S(730879) Singapore

interview by:- Rammy

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