Hi SUMMON! I was surprised that your „And The Blood Runs Black“ is your fifth release. I get to your name with your third CD „Baptized By Fire“. Could you tell me something about start of SUMMON, which label released your first, second and third CD etc. Are they in the same mood like novelty?
Summon was formed in 1991 we were only together for one release Devourer of Souls (Never released) than I joined Masochist for a few years than Summon was reformed. All of the early albums were a little more black metal mood I think not so fast. Dark Descent of Fallen Souls was released on Grinding Piece Records and Fire Turns Everything Black was also released on Grinding Piece but this was released on tape format. I re released Fire Turns Everything Black, and Dark Descent of Fallen Souls On Blackened MOON Pro. Which is my label I also put out "No Thoughts From The Sky" Which is a much crazier CD than all of these, it is the fastest CDs I have ever heard the sound quality is very raw!!
„Baptized By Fire“ was released by sublabel Hammerheart Records – The Plague. Firm Hammerheart is advancing unusual. You signed contract with Moribund Records. Wasn´t better staying with bigger Hammerheart?
Hammer Heart only did the Euro release we were on Baphomet Records, Which Kill Joy whored out the release and license to NeCRAPolis records Moribund is the right label for Summon!!!!
On the other side I understand that people from Moribund are really „interested in hell“. Could you introduce people from this firm?
Well there is ODIN President owner of Moribund, he has been a friend of mine for a few years now he is a crazy fucker all about the devil!!! ,and there is Tom he is part owner i think and does everything else that Odin doesn't do I am not sure who all works there, but don't forget Mia she answers the phone takes orders and holds down the fort when every one is away!!!
“Baptized By Fire“ sounds really infernal. But I think this is more death metal than black metal. Do you agree with me or is SUMMON unambiguous black metal band in your eyes?
We just write music that we would like to here call it what you want I think that is why there are editors and writers to put labels on bands Summon is 100% Satanic Beer METAL!!
Moribund hasn´t name such as Hammerheart but according to promo material I think they take care about you well. What do you say to other bands from this firm…we know about these bands in our country not at all. Could you tell me something about WIND OF THE BLACK MOUNTAINS, GENOCIDE KOMMANDO or LEVIATHAN? Do you recommend us some blackmetal band, which do like lately?
Well Winds of the Black Mountains I actually sing on these release it is Tchort from Masochist that started Winds Total Masochist rip off Fuck Tchort and his small minded Drug addicted self richeous cunt that he is!!!! Genocide Kommando is killer and I love the new Leviathan total depressing black metal The band I have really been listening to is this band called Saran from Lansing Michigan I think I am getting them to sign with Blackened MOON but they have to change their name there are already too many Sauron's.
I feel a lot of influence of old school metal in your music. So I presume you aren´t enthusiastic teenagers. Could you introduce members of SUMMON and describe your relation to old good time, when thrash, death or black were in the beginning?
Well I go by Necromodeus I I play Bass and back up Vox. I am 31 I have been into metal since the late 80's I still am into old shit like Bathory, and Venom I am really I still love old Destucion and Kreator Xaphan-Guitar vocals I think he is like 28 now not saure how old he is I got him into metal in the early 90's this kid is a freak he has everything on CD or vinyl or tape he loves all kinds of metal and music in general. Than there Is Josh our drummer he is only 22 and what a little spaz he is. He is a little caffeine machine total sick on the drums now I got him pounding beers and i think it makes him a better drummer, a little more relaxed but last but not least we have a new guitar player (and this will be the final guitar change in Summon Matt Buracho McGoat Mcllelland from Corpsevomit, Chicago) He is like 25 or 26 not really sure he is totally sick guitar player and he drinks like we do so this is for Summon last line-up change before we DIE!!
Canadian band CONQUEROR has in booklet greeting for skinhead´s black metallers… Similar things appear in Europe now. It is really out of my head. Could you describe me relations between skinheads and black metal fans in Canada and USA? What do you think about skinheads? This movement is separated to many groups in our country…. every of them hate somebody else…. they are able to attack everybody at the end…
Blasphemy is one of my favorite bands ever as far as them being skinheads I now they go by Satanic skin Black metal godz not sure if they are into the movement or not and I am not sure of the relation between Canada and the US, There are hate mongers everywhere fuck I hate alot to but I am not skin I used to be but not for the reason of being a Nazi. I think to each is own if you dont hate you are dead, and I believe every one is a Racist you don't have to be skinhead to be a racist everyone hates something or someone a little bit some people just take it to the Extreme, which is not always a bad thing...
Are you feeling as a part of some scene in USA or make music and are not interested in things about you? What help from other bands, friendship, etc.?
We just write what we want other bands to play which I really dont think others play like we do, we have people all over the scene(Metal) not just black metal scene that are friends and fans. I cant say that many bands have really helped us out we have done pretty much on our own now we have Odin behind us things are looking up for us!!
And what have to do with new CD, cover is full of pentagrams, devils, fire and lyrics is nearly the same. I like it. What do you think about Christianity (sure only same good things haha) and his influence in your country? And what about Satanism? Is it only some kind of rebellion or you take Satanism like really faith and important part of your life? What do you say to organization of Satanism such as Magus Wampyr Daoloth from NECROMANTIA in Greece, Big Boss from ROOT in Czech republic or Vincent Crowley ACHERON in U.S.?
Fuck Christians all of then even those in my family they are all hypocrites that need to die like their piece of shit savior Diseases Christ!!! I am not really into organized Satanism it seens like the same to me a money gimmick. I am into these bands that you listed though and I have met Vincent he is very cool. I am a Satanist for my beliefs and knowledge not what some book says or what people have to say about it. I just try and live my life for what it has to offer.
Are you for bigger „commerce“ of Satanism for speak to more people or is everything about Satanism in underground and everybody has faith only for himself?
I pretty much practice to have faith in ones self because no one else is going to help you not god not the devil just thy Self!!!!¨
I was surprised by intro of your new CD. It sounds similar to CRADLE OF FILTH haha. I don´t say that it is bad. I think it is excelent and I like moment when intro is destroying by first song. Is intro your work?
The intro was written by James Murphy in the studio he was up one night and and wrote it I think he was having problems sleeping. Cradle of Filth uh I wouldn't know I do not listened to that band.
From the first moment of I was attacked by clear stricking sound which is work of James Murphy. How did you take him to your band, what does he say about your music and what about James?
James is doing very well now I met James in the early 90's down In Tampa Florida, he worked at a record store that I used to go into. I than met James again at the last Ohio Metal fest and told him we were going into the studio to record a new album and he told me he was starting to record bands again so we journeyed to Florida.
I think James has part in rather death metal sound this time…. Do you like death metal bands from U.S.? What do you say to bands from Europe and their more melodic production or doom metal even?
I am not really sure of James's sound with his other recordings I think our album sounds different than the recordings I have heard from him before. I like the bands from Europe, I have always enjoyed the Sweden sound it must be something in the water over there because they are great musicians.
Are you using for photography or concert some of complements like painting, arms etc. Is image important for you or support a natural design? And what about tour „The Unholy Crusade“ with THORNSPAWN and EXCOMMUNION?
I think that Image is vary important, but this we do not have one we don't where paint any more just because it got so trendy, I believe there are only a few bands that should still where paint and that is Marduk and Dark Throne which I think they don't where paint anymore. ( there are a few bands that where it for the different reasons not just for Image). Unholy Crusade HOLY shit I should say we had a blast there were problems like al bands have on tour Thornspwan did not finish the tour their drummer lost his cymbals (well they got stolen) and they went home, we played some really killer show with them I wish they would have finished the tour up cause after they went home we played some really killer shows a couple of shitty was also though. I thought the tour was a success we had a great time met a lot of people sold a ton of merchandise and biggest of all we made it home in one piece and no one went to jail which there was a couple of times we probably should have went to jail.
Next demonstration of your good relation to old metal times is VENOM cover „Buried Alive“. Great times… Hunting for low-class photographs and records from old bands was specific magic. What is your relation on present times with internet, computers, mobile phones and other modern necessity…? A lot of bands have their web site, you can find them on internet…. What is your memories of finding, changing and hunting of information and photographs among fans?
I love the old times the internet has defiantly made it easier to find bands and merch, photos etc. Back in the old days you found a crappy zine that had a couple of contact address half the time you never got through but tape trading was great I miss the old times, the biggest reason is the music, I dont really like to many bands that are coming out these days .
Do you prefer brutality and aggression unambiguous in music or are open to other kind of music e.g. doom metal with female vocals or some „love rock“, ha, ha? Can you play in some „softer“ band? I ask you because of keys e.g. in „Blackwinds Abyss“.
I hate female vocals unless they are screechy brutal as hell or the sound of their voices when the get fucked real good I like fast brutal shit! Most of all we used to use keys a little more but now just to beef a riff up. I like regular rock and roll also though shit like I said I am 31 and rock shows are easier to see than just brutal death or Black metal bands.
Do young people take notice of your music in U.S.? Teenagers take metal such as dead style in our country. They are surprised that metal is living. But not everybody…. Do you feel some different behavior from „normal people“ to you because of metal image?
I think metal is coming alive again there are more kinds coming out to the shows again. For a while I thought the scene had died and in some states and citys I think it has died. Normal people who are they I don't think I have ever met one of those ha ha ha ha.
Thanks for your time and good luck in fight with heavens…Slava Satan!!!
Thanks for the interview and you take care See you in Hell!!! Necromodeus666