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Warganism interview on stalker.cd

Date: 2009-04-04

 

Stories & Interviews on STALKER.CD

 

Warganism: Arthropod Metal

What have centipedes of all things to do with metal? Only Warganism from Romania can explain this to you. After a long and changeful career the band now wants to make it with their new album also outside of the Romanian borders. With so dominant Dracula genes there´s nothing that could stop them...

Hey, how are you?
Hi, nice to hear from you again. Warganism is alive and kicking for more than 13 years now and we hope to do the same for the next 13.

Your latest record “Centipede” wowed our reviewer. Good work! Tell us a little bit more about the songs! How does the song writing work in general.
We are very happy that we received a good review in your magazine. The songs have, as you already noticed, a wide range of “flavors”, different styles and lyrics, different influences blended in our music.

We usually do the song writing together. It´s true that some of us, especially Marian and Ioachim in the last period, come with ideas, but then we usually develop them increasing their appeal. The lyrics are being written by Sorin and Ioachim and they cover philosophic but also down to earth themes.



Is it more difficult to express yourself in a language that is not your native tongue?
We always had our lyrics in English. That´s not a big bother because we learned the language at a very early age and it´s very easy for us to express our feelings in English. We think that it´s a more attractive language for rock´n´roll music .

The songs are quite heavy but at the same time also very accessible, was that intended? What kind of crowd do you want to reach?
We started this band thirteen years ago under a different name (Dies Irae) and with different purposes. We were playing black metal, straight and a bit melodic. Time passed and our personalities changed in some ways so now we have other writing ideas. We listen to all kinds of music and it´s normal to have a yearning of reflecting our diversity of favourite bands in our own songs. I guess we reach a slightly different crowd than 13 years ago, that´s correct, but the old fans still like our music.

The song “Envy” stands out most with its clean vocals and campfire feeling, how did you come up with this song?
Marian wrote this song a while ago and we had enough time to "chew" it before we reached the final version. It´s a very special song for us and it was meant to appear on the Centipede album due to its strange ambiance. We want to shoot a video for this song in the next few months.
The song was already played in Romania on mainstream radio stations.

Why is it so different from the others, do you think it´s a good representation of the band/album?
We have on every album a song that´s rather special, different, you may call it as you like. For us it´s a good representation of the band, it means that we can be open minded and not bogged down by a very linear style.

You were/are also shooting a video? How will it look like?
The video we want to shoot is for the song Envy and we have some ideas so far, but the final product will be released in a few months and we don´t know yet how it will look.

“Centipede” is the name of the record, any reason for choosing that creature? Is it the band´s mascot? Any connection to the songs?
Centipede was set as the name of this record because it stands as a symbol for the new diversity that you can find in our style, in our songs. The many feet of a centipede reveal the multitude of ideas that dominate our creations.



The album was released on Taine Records which has only a few bands signed. What or who is behind the label?
Taine Records is the label of the band Taine, one of the oldest metal bands in Romania. They helped us record this album in their studio and they also helped with the mastering that was done in New York by Chris Mackensen. We have very good relations with them. They also participated as guest players on this album, doing some vocals and all of the keyboards.

The band started already in 1995 as a black metal band, then there was an electro period and now your back to metal again, do you think you have found your niche now or can we expect some more changes in the future?
The electro period was represented by our side project, Phobia. That project was a very short "escape" from the metal music, that happened mostly because the departure for 5 years of our drummer, Victor, to the United States. The project remains a part of our history, it doesn´t live anymore. Later some other people collaborated with us but the core of the band remained the same and we reformed as we initially were at the end of 2005. Yes, you can always expect changes, a dynamic band usually develops new ideas.

What was the reason to change styles and also the name of the band?
The name of the band changed from Dies Irae to Warganism because we found, through the years, that there are many bands in the world with the same name. We cannot come to international attention by keeping that name. We found this new name and that doesn´t mean that the important part of our music style has changed.

The band recently opened for Sepultura in Bucharest, how was it?
We were very glad to be chosen as an opening act for Sepultura. The live show was huge and many of our fans were very pleased to see us again after sometime and to hear the new material from the Centipede album. You can find some videos and photos from this show at this link, on our Romanian based blog. - link: http://warganism.blogspot.com/2009/02/to-forget-live-la-sala-polivalenta.html

The plan, of course, is to break it big with Warganism now, which also means a lot more touring also outside of Romania. How do you think you will manage with being away from your families - many of you are married and have kids?
Don´t forget to mention the working careers:) Yes, some of us have kids, some have kids on the way and 4 of us are married. It´s true that the main possibility to promote your music is to tour heavily and that´s why we are looking now at plans for the next tour around Europe. As soon as we establish some dates, we will forward them to you as well.

Any worries about the “temptations” on the road?
No worries. We usually take 2 or 3 shows for different week-ends so basically we are not away for that long.

Are there any ludicrous touring stories? What was the worst thing that happened during/before/after a show?
This kind of stories comes from our past, when we were a young band touring Romania, finding different kinds of audio engineers at halls around the country, most of them ridiculous and unadapted for metal music. There are plenty stories and we had our fun, ten years ago I guess. Nowadays, things are more settled and you don´t have those surprises, everything is better.



Romanian bands are not so well known, apart from you, do you have some insider tips of great Romanian metal bands?
There are a few very good bands here. I can mention Avatar and Taine, as the best metal bands for me in Romania.

How´s the scene over there, anyway? What´s the most popular genre generally?
Generally, as being one of the so called latin countries, Romania listens to a lot of bad music, as oriental and that kind of shit. Mostly pop, techno or even worse genres take the big crowds. Still, there are many people that listen to metal and can fill a stadium at an Iron Maiden show.

Can you make a living on (metal) music in Romania? What are your day jobs?
It´s impossible to make a living on metal music here. On other kinds of music, more likely. We have, all of us, day jobs. Radu has a cartography company, Sorin and Marian work in a television station, Ioachim owns an editing and video graphics company and Victor works as a financial consultant.

Regarding your “Dracula” ancestry, do you think it´s in your genes to play metal? ;)
Haha! Never thought about that, anyway we consider that story a good subject for B movies (excepting the Nosferatu work of art).

Thank you for your time and good luck with the album.
Many thanks! Everyone in Europe and in Finland can visit our websites at www.warganism.ro and www.myspace.com/warganismband and check out our videos, music and soon to come gigs.


Author: Kathleen Gransalke, photos: Warganism
Date: 2009-04-04

 

"Centipede" -Review by Bleeding 4Metal (GE)

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Review von Kex vom 12.07.2009 (626 mal gelesen)

Warganism - Centipede 1995 gegründet spielten sie als DIES IRAE noch Blackmetal/Pagen und brachten 1998 ein in Eigenregie produziertes Album "Warganism" auf den Markt. Seitdem hat sich - zwar nicht im Line-up - doch einiges sonst geändert: Die Haare sind ab, die Gothic-Mäntel verschwunden und der Sound ein anderer. Die Umbenennung in WARGANISM führt die fünf Rumänen nun musikalisch in die Gefilde des eher melodisch angehauchten Heavy Metal, mit einer gehörigen Portion Pagan, Rock aber auch Gothic-Einflüssen.

Anfang diesen Jahres brachten die Herren dann ihr erstes Album in voller Länge heraus und "Centipede" hat nichts mehr mit dem ursprünglichen Sound von "Warganism" gemein. Statt des verschwommenen Gitarrenbreis erwarten den Hörer schwere Riffs im Midtempo mit durchaus abwechslungsreichen Spielereien. Daneben findet sich die ein oder andere wunderschön und durch die Unterlegung mit dem Synthesizer fast sphärisch anmutende, gezupfte Passage. Auch die durchgängig eindreschende Doublebass ist verschwunden; an Stelle dieser sind flexible Rhythmen getreten, eingesetzt wird sie nur noch an passenden Passagen zur Untermalung. Der Bass erzeugt durchaus eine angenehm düstere Hintergrundatmosphäre, worin man hier den einzigen Einfluss aus früheren Zeiten erkennen kann. Die kraftvollen, wenn auch eher hoch angesiedelten Growls verhindern, dass die Kälte in den Songs zu sehr Überhand nimmt, sodass ein eher nachdenklicher Sound entsteht. Dieser ist aber keinesfalls deprimierend oder etwa lahm - nach dem Eingangstrack 'The Strangest Thing' finden sich von 'Stay' bis 'To Forget' Songs, in denen gebängt und gezuckt werden darf. Nicht auf das Album hätten das sehr modern-elektronisch angehauchte 'Shadow Boxing' und der noch grauseligere Remix gemusst.

Fazit: WARGANISM stellen mit ihrer 180-Grad-Wandlung Können und Flexibilität unter Beweis. Auch wenn "Centipede" eher ein Werk ist, bei dem man erst mal zur Ruhe kommt, finden sich doch so einige Tracks, bei denen man sich richtig austoben kann. Der Sound ist so eigen, dass mir keine Vergleichsband einfällt, die passen mag. Mit 'Envy' findet sich im Übrigen noch eine wunderschöne Ballade mit sauberem Gesang auf der CD. Ich bin begeistert und auf das nächste Werk gespannt.

Anspieltipps: 'Envy', 'Golem', 'Stoy Down'

Gesamtwertung: 7.5 Punkte

 

Recenzie Live In Studio by Metalact.com (RO)

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data: 27 Mai 2008


Avem o premiera. Prima trupa romaneasca la rubrica de "specialitati". Si pentru ca sunt previzibila, aceasta este Taine cu al sau nou produs, Live In Studio DVD /CD. Nu stiu cate produse de acest gen exista pe piata mondiala, imi imaginez ca mai sunt, dar cu siguranta, in micuta noastra lume a metalului romanesc, un asemenea produs nu mai exista. Iar asta este o afirmatie pe care o fac pentru a doua oara, daca ne gandim la A Decade of Metal, primul DVD de pe piata romaneasca de metal.

O sa-mi permit sa copiez detaliile tehnice asa cum le-am primit de la trupa. Materialul este inregistrat live multitrack si post mixat si produs atat in stereo cat si in surround, iar masterizarea a fost realizata in Statele Unite de catre Christian Mackensen. Imaginea a fost captata cu 4 camere video, iar DVD-ul ofera posibilitatea vizionarii din diferite unghiuri. Ca bonus avem un "behind the scenes" de cateva minute, cu si fara comentariile lui Ady si Andy.

DVD-ul este, intr-un fel, rezultatul unei dorinte imposibil de materializat, o transmisie in direct pe internet a unei repetitii. Din pacate conditiile tehnice si banda redusa de internet nu au permis broadcasting-ul live, asa ca Taine s-au reorientat pentru o inregistrare gazduita de Metalfan.TV . Calitatea materialului precum si reactiile primite i-au facut pe membrii trupei sa-si doreasca ca aceasta inregistrare sa ajunga si pe un suport fizic. Astfel s-a ajuns la lansarea, la un an si jumatate distanta in timp, a acestui digi-pack. Trebuie precizat ca produsul se prezinta foarte bine si ca, in afara de pack-urile Negura Bunget, este materialul care arata cel mai bine din punct de vedere al prezentarii din tot ce am vazut pe piata romaneasca.

Cum materialul de pe DVD este destul de static - de inteles, desigur, in fond cata varietate se poate cere de la o cantare "din prima" in studio? - am sa va las placerea vizionarii si am sa vorbesc mai mult de CD-ul audio, material care aproape ca poate fi privit ca mult-asteptatul "al doilea album Taine" dupa deja atat de indepartatul debut Cealalta Parte. De ce spun asta? Pentru ca CD-ul contine practic 5 piese care nu au mai aparut pe niciun material audio - Existence, Inger sau Demon, The Devil Inside, The Genius Way si Love and Hate. O alta trupa ar fi scos un EP cu ele si ar fi rezolvat temporar problema "albumului nou". Taine a preferat, insa, sa ofere si pieselor vechi calitatea pe care acestea n-au putut-o avea in conditiile din 1999, astfel incat CD-ul este completat si de Pierdut, Ce esti tu?, Psalm I si II, Vanity si Avoid the Pain. Fara a fi modificat vreun pic structura pieselor vechi, acestea suna, totusi, incomparabil mai bine decat primele lor variante. De altfel, este momentul sa precizez ca sunetul noului produs Taine este impecabil de la prima pana la ultima piesa, tehnica instrumentala a celor patru fiind incontestabil pusa in valoare de o masterizare superioara, care inca nu poate fi realizata pe plan local.

Piesele noi se detaseaza aproape total de influenta pregnanta Death pe care au avut-o compozitiile din 2002-2003 ( No Personality, Inger sau Demon), prezente de asemenea pe Live in Studio, imprumutand mai degraba elemente progressive pe care le puteam intui inca de la aparitia pieselor Invisible Absolute (care ramane, totusi, cea mai experimentala pana la aceasta data) si Existence. De fapt, in acest moment Taine este death-metal cam in aceeasi masura in care ar fi death metal Cynic. De altfel, sunt detectabile influente din aceasta directie, ca si din zona Opeth. Nu lipsesc nici lead-urile jazzy si masurile distonante a la Frederik Thordendal. O suma diversa de influente din care rezulta 3 momente excelente. The Genius Way, totusi, mi-a placut mai mult in versiunea exclusiv instrumentala. Nicio problema, exista The Devil Inside... si cred ca-mi retrag paranteza de dupa Invisible Absolute. Un pic cam dificila chiar si pentru un ascultator obisnuit de technical. Favorita mea de pe acest produs (in afara de Psalm, care inca ramane numarul 1) este Love and Hate. Piesa incepe cu un intro dintr-un film (cred) si se dezvolta intr-un ritm alert care ma duce cu gandul la Elements (Atheist). De remarcat si soloul de la final.
Ca si primul DVD, si Live in Studio se incheie cu celebra The Philosopher (Death). In afara de a spune ca piesa este interpretata 1 la 1, nu prea am ce sa spun. Poate pentru variatie as fi preferat un Crystal Mountain.

Deja "din off" mi se sufla ca am scris prea mult, asa ca in loc de concluzie voi spune doar atat: intrati pe www.taine.ro si achizionati acest produs. Din partea mea, 10/10.

Oana

 

Warganism - Centipede Review in "Lords Of Metal" (En.)

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Warganism - Centipede review by Lords Of Metal
file under Different metal

Wilmar: I have never heard of the Romanian quintet Warganism, but that is going to change really fast! When their second full length ‘Centipede’ fell into my mailbox I was fairly obsessed with the artwork on the digipack, but since I write for Lords, I am quite hesitant in my enthusiasm. I was ready to be disappointed, but during the first time listening to this album, Warganism was convincing enough to prove me wrong.

These five guys weave metal with gothic and pour a death metal sauce over it all. But just calling it metal is selling the band too short. Here and there I hear parts of folk music, world music and in the arrangements there is quite a jazz influence. Sometimes Warganism has a little flaw in their music, like the second riff in ‘The Words’, that actually doesn’t come back that often, but it sounds a bit uninspired. No, you should listen to the marvellous beauty of ‘Stay’… What a beautiful composition that is. Guitarists that don’t play matching parts, eerie melodic, yet gothic sounding harmonies and then the brutal grunt from Rado Iordache over it. That this man can sing as well is audible in the ballad ‘Envy’ which has this hypnotizing guitar melody with a heavy bass underneath and this twin vocal line, just like it escaped from Lord Of The Rings, that kind of atmosphere.

The sound is reasonable, the drums could have been louder in the mix, and next time please use a condenser microphone for the vocal recordings, not a stage piece, because it’s quite audible. But who whines about sound when the music is beautiful? The greatest classics had a butt sound, and look at all those people who defend those albums. Fans of Edge Of Sanity might find this a great buy, but if you are into melancholic metal, Warganism is something you should lend your ears to.

Rating: 89/100

 

 

Recensione Taine-Cealalta Parte (It.)

Date: 23.03.2004

Cealalta Parte-Taine 2003 / Demo Songs 2004

Pubblicata in data: 23/03/2004 by  Trumetal.it          

I Taine sono una band death metal proveniente dalla Romania e, come recita la bio in mio possesso, probabilmente la miglior progressive death metal del loro paese.Nel pacchetto pervenutomi dalla band oltre al cd "Cealalta Parte" e alla bio vi ho trovato anche il promo di tre canzoni più bonus track del nuovo immininte full lenght.La release "Cealalta Parte" è un remaster dell'omonimo album uscito nel '99 presso la ProMusic Records, solo su cassetta ed esaurito dopo poco tempo.I nostri, quindi, hanno giustamente deciso di rimasterizzarlo e stamparlo su cd.

Come accennato, i Taine si definiscono prog death metal, il che non è del tutto errato: la band, la cui influenza per i Taine è stata più che determinante, è quella di Chuck Schuldiner del periodo d'oro Human - Symbolic.Si possono avvertire comunque altre influenze death dell'area di Tampa (e zone limitrofe) ad esempio in certe soluzioni tecniche a là Pestilence di Spheres, in realtà di vero prog death metal non ce n'è, è più un techno death misto a soluzioni thrash a là Cynic.

I Taine sono ragazzi che con gli strumenti ci sanno fare, anche se devo dire che questo "Cealalta Parte" è troppo ancorato a stilemi death metal americani.Vorrei, invece, spendere due parole in più per il secondo cd del pacchetto: il "Promo 2003", anticipazione di quello che sarà il secondo album ufficiale, autoprodotto.Questa demo è composta di tre brani originali più "The Philosopher", cover che andrà a far parte della compilation di prossima pubblicazione "Tribute To Death".Il cd parte subito esplosivo, finalmente si riesce a percepire una certa personalità ancora derivativa dei vari Death, Pestilence,Atheist e Cynic (sono cosciente di nominare gruppi altisonanti...ma questi Taine sono davvero bravi), pero' alcuni spunti sono del tutto personali.Davvero vincente la seconda traccia intitolata "Invisible Personality", un connubio perfetto tra i Meshuggah di Nothing e i "soliti" Pestilence di Spheres.Anche "No Personality" che, al contrario del nome, possiede una personalità, filtrata dal loro amore viscerale per i Death, davvero forte; in questa traccia i nostri osano, inventandosi uno stacco centrale degno di una prog rock band collaudata.

Che dire della bonus track, i Taine sono i figliocci dei Death, il vocalist rumeno è un ottimo Schuldiner - clone, la cover è pressocchè perfetta, manchevole, ovviamente, di quel pathos che rende uniche le bands originali.Davvero bravi questi Taine. Credo che la vendita dei loro cds avvenga solo attraverso il sito ufficiale.

(n.b.:il voto finale è la media tra il 75 di "Cealalta Parte" e l' 85 del "Demo 2003")

 

VOTO 80

 

 

Warganism review by Bloodchamber (De.)

Date: 2009

Review in Bloodchamber.de

WARGANISM hießen einst DIES IRAE. Jetzt allerdings nicht mehr, gibt es doch eine polnische Band mit gleichem Namen. Die Polen spielen beinharten Death Metal, doch was machen die Rumänen?

Sie spielen auch Death Metal, allerdings einen viel moderneren. Melodischer ist er auch noch und vor allem massenkompatibler, aber das muss ja nicht immer zwangsläufig ein negativer Kritikpunkt sein. Sänger Radu kann brüllen und auch klar singen. Beides gelingt ihm hervorragend, obwohl er für meinen Geschmack den cleanen Gesang komplett weglassen könnte. Die Songs gehen direkt in die Magengegend, besitzen genug Arschtritt und Groove um zum Mitnicken und mehr zu animieren.

Akustische Zwischensequenzen lockern die Stücke gekonnt auf und auch die oftmals eingesetzten Keyboardpassagen untermauern die Leichtfüßigkeit und Eingängigkeit der Lieder. Klingt doch eigentlich nach einem spitzenmäßigen Oberhammer, oder? Könnte man meinen, doch es gibt auch negative Seiten, über die es zu schreiben gilt.

WARGANISM machen grundsoliden melodischen Death Metal, mehr aber auch nicht. Es bleibt nicht wirklich etwas hängen, jedenfalls nicht genug, als dass ich mehr als sieben Punkte verteile. Diese sieben Punkte haben sie aber mit Fug und Recht verdient, denn unterhaltsam ist das Album auf alle Fälle, aber halt kein Fall von Dauerbrenner. Zu unspektakulär agieren WARGANISM um Kultstatus zu erreichen. Für eine Autofahrt zum Festival oder das Abgammeln am eigenen Zelt auf jeden Fall geeignet, vielleicht auch um Frauen zu beeindrucken, aber für mehr reicht es dann halt doch noch nicht.

 

 

Interviu cu Andy si Adi in Maximum Rock (Ro.)

Date: 2009

Interviu cu Andy si Adi (Taine) in revista Maximum Rock 2009 despre munca in studio si numai. Interviul este in limba romana.