Interview with guitarist/vocalist Rob Belial by Patrick October 2012

A lot of the bands in the scene today like to label themselves old-school maniacs, or claim to carry the torch of the metal gods from years past but seem to lack the passion, fire and intensity that the bands from the 80's and early 90's had. But that is one thing that can't be said for Cultfinder from the U.K. the band mixes in the best and most intense black/thrash metal from the metal gods from the 80's {venom,slayer and mix in some pure black metal violence for a truly insane and explosive listen}. Read on and learn about this killer band...














Metal hails Rob! How are things in the u.k. with you this week? Please introduce yourself to the readers. 

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 Cultfinder??

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 Productions.

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!



The Cultfinder Discography 

Demo, 2011

Black Thrashing Terror 7" EP, 2012




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