It's sad to see the nowadays Black Metal scene: big
"extreme" magazines (sic !!) affirm every day that "this
is the future of black metal.... that group is innovative...this is
really experimentation" and so on, calling black metal to many
groups that personally I'd love to see destroyed for their lack of attitude
and meanings. I think Barbarud Hrom and Vlad Blasphemer, the two warriors
behind the name Maniac Butcher, have thought the same before deciding
to put the word end on this mighty group, surely one of the East Europe
best act of all times. Once again, the bands with the right attitude
and the true spirit should disappear, and the stupid vampire-gothic
oriented teenagers group remains to show their "evolution"...
We though about for a long time and few months ago we have finally decided that we don't want to be part of this shitty scene for more. We and our musical feeling stayed same but the scene around us was changed a lot in the last years. Many old great hordes already left the scene and there remain tons of sweet childish imitations full of romantic keyboards and female vocals. We are afraid there is no more place for hordes like Maniac Butcher on today's scene. Now nearly no bands plays that, what was called as Black Metal in the past... and that, what is called as Black Metal today, we call shit. We don't want to do anything with that shit. We don't want to be part of this fuckin' scene for more!!
I absolutely agree with your statement, the nowadays scene is full of shitty bands that should stop themselves, and not great hordes like you, but you know, it's the sad destiny of the underground Can you tell us something about this "Epitaph" (one of your best works, absolutely and sadly, 'cause it's the last ) and about the decision to include a video track on it?
full title is "Epitaph - The Final Onslaught Of Maniac Butcher".
It includes 5 blasphemies in total length about 35 minutes full of speed
Black Metal with fuckin' raw and brutal sound. Of course, it is free
of any fuckin' keyboards or female vocals. Also we made video for the
first song and it is included on CD as bonus-video-track playable on
Personally, I consider the idea to add a video on the Cd a nice idea, whereas the fact that it represents all the genuine and uncompromising attitude of the band. Your way of playing and interpreting Black Metal stayed always the same since the beginning, so I'd like to know what is Black Metal for you, your point of view about it
favorite music, of course. But also my personal philosophy is very close
with my music. I can say, (Black) Metal is way of my life. But I don't
think we want to give some special message to another people. We just
make music that we love, it fully satisfies us.
Ok, and about your influences in the music? What are the bands that Barbarud loved (and loves) to listen to?
always very preferred old stuff of old hordes like Mayhem, Darkthrone,
Venom, Celtic Frost / Hellhammer, Sodom, Kreator, Slayer, Possessed,
Piledriver, Razor...and many others. We were surely influenced by all
these great bands.
I have been in contact with him for many years, long before he moved from USA to Germany. I very like music of his both bands. By the way, I re-released one of Judas Iscariot's album on tape through my label. He plays bass for Maniac Butcher on gigs.
And about your side project Nhaavah? What does the name means and what kind of music you play with this band?
This word comes from old-Czech language. It means "death" and it is also name for kingdom of mighty Slavonic warriors fallen in battles. Nhaavah is only studio project. It has different concept than Maniac Butcher. Our main idea was to make the rawest and fastest Black Metal ever. In 1998 we released limited debut mCD called "Kings Of Czech Black Metal". We recorded all in my house, all was mixed in my computer, and also drums were made there. We experimented with speed. It is total ultimate massacre. Very extreme music for extreme listeners only. I have never heard so fast and brutal Black Metal before... And in early 2000 there was out split-EP with German horde Katharsis. Some parts on the EP are still faster than on the debut.
Ok, a short time before I asked you about the reasons you decided to leave the scene, now, what's your opinion about the nowadays scene? Do you like groups like cradle of filth, dimmu borgir (you know, vampires, keyboards, sweet vocals and so on ), the new mayhem and so on? What's for you the future of Black metal?
see no future for Black Metal. Black Metal scene is nearly destroyed
now. The most of old true hordes left the scene, which is now full of
new sweet shitty bands. Big labels made business from Black Metal. They
kill it... Black Metal children buy the stuff from big labels. They
kill Black Metal... Bands, which signed to big labels, started to make
sweet music for sweet Black Metal children, but all still call it "Black
Metal". They all kill Black Metal.
Ok, let's talk about your beliefs: are you a Satanist? What do you think about Satanism?
Yes, I am Satanist. But not in LaVey's vein. I don't care on his rituals etc. It is stupid game for small children and stupid people in USA. The best synonymous for my Satanism is individualism. What is good for me is good. Moreover the name "Satanism" and some Satanic symbols are not so important for me. The philosophy (way of thinking, way of making decisions, way of solving problems...) is important for me. No heaven, no hell, no god, no Satan exist. I believe only in myself, my own powers, and my own brain. I worship only myself. I am my only god. What is good for me, is good
And about politics? Are you interested in this kind of topics into Black Metal?
By my opinion, the real BM was always about Satanism, hate and evil... not about politics or some fucking Viking mythology or romantic forests and nature... Symbols of real BM were always pentagrams, upside down crosses, number 666...but not some 88 or 777, Celtic crosses or Viking runes.
Ok, Barbarud, the last question: what about the future of Maniac Butcher?
Hmmm, there is no future. Huh, some our friendly hordes from Czechia, Germany, Italy... already prepare our cover-songs for something like "The Best Of / A Tribute To Maniac Butcher", a special double-CD including collection of our songs from all our albums and demos, some special never-released studio-, live-, rehearsal- recordings, and covers of our tracks recorded by some our friendly hordes. At this moment there are finished recordings of Impending Doom (Germany), Avenger (Cz), Thy Winter Kingdom (Italy), Inferno (Cz), and Dark Storm (Cz). And some more bands should record their songs soon.
Ok, it's the end:
Thank you for the interview and best wishes for the
future Barbarud !! Maniac Butcher will forever live in our black souls