T: The CD. “Auld Toby” is the band's last Beltane material such comments from the media and the support of the people?
X: It's not the new one now...! hehe That's "Doomstice" and as far it has been circulated seems to be very well received. (T: I send this interview a long time ago)
T: Why the name for their latest CD. “Auld Toby”? How many copies have been made?
X: “Auld Toby” might ov course be the leaf that Hobbits smoke but he's also an actual Black Metal DJ from a little radio station in Eketahuna. And that's significant 'cause it's on the way to Castlepoint.
T: In the CD. “Auld Toby” these people have also contributed: Dan Lilker, Tamara Picardo, Mark Dubanowski, Chris Warhead, Kvathairein, Giles Lavery & Noslohcin. Can you tell us in which subjects and contributed?
X: Dan played bass on a Manowar cover we did. Tamara did some keys. Chris & Mark did drums. Kvath did some guitar I seem to remember on that one. Noslohcin was *forced* to do some vocals on "A Dark Goddess". Giles wrote and sang on Shadow Knights, which is another song about our antics in "The Cem" from back in the day.
T: How have you gone with the dissemination and promotion of new CD. “Auld Toby”?
X: Like most CDs we have put out, the promotion is fairly basic, however that album has sold well and continues to sell quite well mainly on it's own merits I presume.
T: What usually hear bands and perhaps inspire you to create new styles for Beltane and who treat their subjects?
X: I don't base anything I write for Beltane on what I hear from other bands. I just write it how it comes out. No doubt unconcious influences show through from time to time.
T: About how many EPS have done and if I can name every one of them? And how many CDS have done and also you can name to me please?
X: Here is a list ov all our currently available releases (though it's not ALL the releases we have done)
Beltane's SEASONAL RELEASES
CURRENT (YEAR IX) RELEASES
Summer Solstice 2012 - Vernal Equinox 2013
YEAR VIII RELEASES
Summer Solstice 2011-Vernal Equinox 2012
"Semetary Daze" (EP with CD-ROM Content)
"Democide" (Full-length Album)
"Darkgodbeltane" (EP with Bonus Disc)
YEAR VII RELEASES
Summer Solstice 2010-Vernal Equinox 2011
"Anode to Leviathan" (Full-length Album)
"Auld Toby" (Full-length Album)
YEAR VI RELEASES
Summer Solstice 2009-Vernal Equinox 2010
"Brown Metal" (EP)
"Winterglim" (EP with CD-ROM content)
"Rehearsal Autumn X" (EP with CD-ROM content)
"Sig Neun" (EP with CD-ROM content)
YEAR V RELEASES
Summer Solstice 2008-Vernal Equinox 2009
"D A R K H O V S E" (Full-length Album)
"Autumn MMIX" (MCD with CD-ROM content)
"Summer ov Skoth" (EP)
YEAR IV RELEASES
Summer Solstice 2007-Vernal Equinox 2008
"Shadowplay Desolate" (EP)
"...Through Darker Seasons" (Full-length Album)
"Cape D'Evil - SS07" (EP with CD-ROM content)
YEAR III RELEASES
Summer Solstice 2006-Vernal Equinox 2007
"JERA <2>" (Full-length Album)2>
"JERA <>" (Full-length Album)
YEAR II RELEASES
Summer Solstice 2005-Vernal Equinox 2006
"Her Spring Eyes - VI" (EP with CD-ROM content)
"Solstice's Altar Returns - Winter6" (EP)
"Autumn Craft 2006" (EP)
"Midnight on the Glen - SS05" (MCD with bonus tracks)
YEAR I RELEASES
Summer Solstice 2004-Vernal Equinox 2005
"The Brook Project - VE05" (EP with bonus tracks)
"Equinox Upon Fairfield Autumn 05" (EP)
"Summer Solstice Live 04" (EP)
Beltane's SPLIT RELEASES (newest to oldest)
*The Secret Split* (MCD Length Split)
"Bloody Marion" with Camazotz (Album Length Split)
"Witchraft" with Walpurgi (Album Length Split)
"Geschidt Christlich Erslagen" with Orgy For Satan (Album Length Split)
"Return to Isen-Gate" with Arkenstone (Album Length Split)
T: Have you received an offer from a record in another country for material or is exclusive of Satanica Productions?
X: We also have releases on several other small labels. Some are the same as the ones on Satanica, others are unique to those labels.
T: How would you define your style? Do you think throwing each CD sound different? Do you always innovating?
X: We define our sound broadly as "Gothic Industrial Black Metal" or loosely as simply "Black Metal". We're never necessarily seeking to innovate as such, just sound like ourselves and write what is natural to us. It does clearly sound much different from many bands and most certainly stands out as not being the same as millions ov others.
T: Why the name of Satanica to your production and since when has worked and how many bands have already launched and supported?
X: Cause I saw a cool movie years ago called 'Day of the Beast' and there was a band (fictional I presume) on it called Satanica - I thought it sounded pretty decent. And since we are actually Satanists it kind ov makes sense..heh There are currently nearly 250 bands/projects on the label and it's primary purpose is to indeed support the underground by providing an essentially non-judgemental outlet for bands and solo artists.
T: How is the scene in New Zealand? What do you recommend bands and magazines?
X: I'm afraid to report that most ov the N.Z. scene is nothing but a huge circle-jerk that we have largely been excluded from - but then again now I put it like that maybe it's best we are not in the midst ov it cause we don't want to get covered in the spunk ov mediocrity..! haha However there are certainly some cool bands out there, one I am finding quite intesting at the moment is one that we released on Satanica recently called Sinister Numen.
T: What concerts with bands that have played and if you have played with bands from other countries?
X: Beltane has supported Impaled Nazarene & Christian Death. In my old band, Daemon, I toured with Brutal Truth and opened for Pantera.
T: Do you prepare to play outside their country or perhaps some tour?
X: We haven't really prepared as we honestly don't have much desire these days to propel ourselves overseas via our own efforts/funding. But if someone wants us to play somewhere we'll certainly look at their offer.
T: Anything you want to add to our readers of The Legion Of Tchort? Where can we purchase your Beltane merchandise as well as Satanica Productions?
X: Our new album will be released on September 19th (2013). Beltane CDs can be purchased from either http://www.satanica.org or direct from Beltane's oldschool website. http://www.angelfire.com/band2/beltane I would encourage people to check out Satanica though as there are many other really good bands available and the customers often get killer deals. Thanx TchorT..!