Metal hails Rob! How are
things in the u.k. with you this week? Please introduce yourself to
Hails! I'm Rob Belial and I play guitar, perform vocals and also write the
majority of material for Cultfinder. I am in rapture over the completion of
the Olympics / Paralympics which have blighted my life for the last month.
At what age did you discover metal? Who are some of your
all-time favorite bands? Who are some of your "current" favorite bands??
I discovered proper metal just as I was finishing senior school at around
15, Sabbath and Metallica being chief among my discoveries. Before that I'd
been weaned on punk like Dead Kennedys and Sex Pistols from hearing The
Offspring (I know, but we all start somewhere) on the radio, as well as Led
Zeppelin and Deep Purple. Favourite all-time metal bands include Darkthrone,
Sabbath, Celtic Frost, Maiden, Electric Wizard, Aura Noir, Bathory, Watain
and Nifelheim, current favourites include Grave Miasma, Perversor, Sabbat
(Japanese) and Black Witchery among others.
When did you and the other
members of Cultfinder first meet? When did you get the idea to form
I've known Necroskull (bass) for 12 years and Wilbeherit (drums) for about
half that time and have played in separate grind bands with both. I'd been
inactive metal-wise for a few years after those bands split and wanted to do
something raw and thrashy with a minimum of effort. Thus Cultfinder was
born, as an idea at least, in mid 2010.
What is the "current"
line-up of the band? For the readers who have never heard cultfinder's music
how would you describe the music?
The current line-up consists of myself on vocals and six-string blasphemies,
with Necroskull on bass terror and Wilbeherit killing everything on drums. I
would describe our music as pure, unadulterated black thrashing terror and
nothing less. Or more for that matter!
The band recently released a 3 song 7"inch "black thrashing
terror" through the u.k label Eldritch Lunar Miasma rec. How did the band
come in contact with the label? Are you all happy with the job they have
done so far the release??
Tom from ELMRex picked up a flyer for our demo tape and became a fan, then I
emailed him about putting out a record, unaware he already liked us. I am
extremely proud of this released and cannot thank Tom (as I have in other
interviews) enough for his patience and work ethic towards getting this
release out there. Top bloke!
How long did it take the
band to write and record the songs for this release? Are you and other
members happy with how everything turned out for this release??
As I say I am very proud of the work, I think the quality of the production
etc is a good omen for things to come in terms of a full-length. Recording
the EP took a few sessions as we are all pretty busy and can rarely be found
in the same room, but as I don't like to think too hard about the recording
process, it all came together very quickly. Adam Pollard at the studio was
instrumental in getting everything the way I wanted and quickly!
How has the response been
from the press and the fans from around the world??
Pretty good so far! Only had one shit review I think and the guy clearly
didn't have a clue. If you don't like/understand BM you shouldn't review it,
in my opinion! Tom from the label has also done a great job trading it out
to some very cool distros that I am honoured to have carry our record.
Does the band have any
upcoming shows/tours in support of "Black Thrashing Terror"? If yes who are
some bands you all will share the stage with? If you could set-up a "dream
show/tour who are some bands you would love to play tour with?
We have had a dry spell in terms of rehearsals and shows for a while, but we
return to the stage in Bristol, UK in October with Decrepid, Seprevation and
Hellsworn, all killer UK DM acts. Personally I'd love to play with Destroyer
666, Nifelheim and/or Perversor (if they even tour!) as they are big
influences on our sound. More realistically, it'd be cool to support Grave
Miasma on a UK stage one day, as myself and Necroskull are big fans.
The band comes out of the
great u.k metal underground. It seems to me the last few years there has
been some great bands coming from u.k black metal underground. What is your
opinion of the metal scene in England?
I think it is approaching its zenith, I have said elsewhere that we are
approaching a great level of self-sufficiency where we do not need to rely
on foreign bands and labels to support us. It's returning to the old days of
the early 90s, but a lot more DIY now.
Who are some of your
all-time favorite bands from the u.k? Are their any new ones you feel the
readers should check out??
Aside from Maiden, Priest, Sabbath and Motorhead? Haha. Readers should
definitely check out Winds Of Genocide, Craven Idol, Scythian, Sepuku,
Funeral Throne, Decrepid and of course our tag-teammates Witchsorrow.
Everyone has their opinion
on what "black metal" means so I was interested in your opinion. What does
black metal mean to you??
To me black-metal means raw, unfiltered, unholy metal with a Satanic theme,
whether fast or slow.
Are you or any of the other
members of Cultfinder, currently playing or working with side-projects or
bands? If yes please tell the readers a little about them?
Necroskull and Wilbeherit are members of the doom-metal band Witchsorrow
whose second album is absolute essential misery. Wilbeherit is also in a
party-sludge band called XII Boar. I have ideas for other bands but no time
left to do it, so instead I run a tape-only label/distro called Ferrous Void
Well rob it looks we have
reached the end of the interview. Thank you for taking the time to fill this
out do you have any final comments for the readers?
Black thrashing terror eternal! Cheers for the interview!