Pavel Chekov/Celestial Corrosion: An evening with Slade.

Slade Williams has been playing with Dallas, Texas power-violence/grind/Dallas warpcore band Pavel Chekov for a little while now. They have been gearing up for some new stuff as well as a December tour. Slade also has a little doom metal project called Celestial Corrosion, so let’s start out with that.

What inspired Celestial Corrosion?

Slade: My main musical influences for CC are Hooded Menace, Fuoco Fatuo, Evoken and Hell. But when it came to the mixing and stuff I really dig the production style of Temple Nightside, Abyssal and Irkallian Oracle. I’ve still got a bit of improving to do, but I’m really happy with how the demo came out.

How different is the approach to writing this slow stuff compared to the speed of the usual Pavel Chekov stuff?

The writing styles between the two are honestly pretty similar, just write cool riffs while not dragging them out to where they’re boring. The second song on the demo was originally going to be around 10 minutes but I listened back a couple times and edited it way down because I felt it dragged on way too long. The writing styles are similar, but way slower.

Is everything 100% you?

Yes and no. The logo was done by Parker Turney, he’s a crazy talented dude who actually was the original guitarist of Pavel Chekov, he has a new grind band called Vault Dweller that should be releasing a demo soon also! Then to finish it up, Stoney of Anvileater records helped me by putting together a layout for the tape that he’ll be releasing, give him all of your money, he deserves it for how cool of a dude he is to work with. The music is 100% me, this whole project has been a personal goal of mine, to write record and mix an entire demo by myself. For now CC will remain a solo operation while I sort my life out. I would like to be able to play shows and stuff, but we’ll see how it pans out.

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I wholeheartedly agree with the Anvileater records statement. I like Stoney so much that I gave him a season pass to Abusement Park for life. Keep an eye on the Anvileater facebook for news regarding the Celestial Corrosion tape.

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Is this your first shot at this type of music, or have you been in other doom bands?

This is my first shot at doom, I’ve always wanted to play it, but I’ve never been in a band playing it.

Is this also your first attempt at mixing, recording etc?

Not really, I’ve been going to school for audio engineering so I’ve done all sorts of projects for class. Along with that, Alan and I usually tag team the tracking whenever we record for Pavel releases, so I’ve had a good amount of practice for the short time I’ve been doing it.

What are the meanings behind these two songs?

The first one is about the decay of the astral body after death, while denied ascent, the spirit seems to fade slowly with no hope of reach a higher sphere. The second is loosely based on the mythological idea that the universe was created through the sexual relations of the gods and how after creation, nature has the incredible driving force to spread and thrive all on its own.

Can we expect more Celestial Corrosion in the future?

I’m planning on trying to write more in the coming months, so you can definitely expect more music, but I’ve got a lot coming up with the new year so I’m not sure when it will happen. My plan is to at least have another release out by the coming summer.

Give the demo a listen/download here. It’s one of the best doom demos you’ll here this year!

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Speaking of Pavel Chekov…. Is there anything new in the works for that band?

So we recently sent off three tracks for a comp coming out through Mind Ripper Collective, we’ve finished tracking instruments for three upcoming splits, and we have our west coast tour on Dec. 8th.

Also you heard it hear first people, Pavel Chekov will being doing splits with Concussive, Bandit, and TBA (Ft. Worth, TX). Be on the lookout for those! 

I’ve also always wanted to ask, why Pavel Chekov (of all people)?

Because he is the best Star Trek character! We all are big sci-fi fans, especially Alan, and we just we liked the name a lot.

I’m friends with you dudes on Facebook and it would appear that the drummer Alan is leaving the country. Will this be the end or a hiatus?

This will be a hiatus. Alan continually talks about how he’s going to try his best to come back so we can still do small tours over breaks and such. Todd and I are super stoked that he has the opportunity to go to school out there, but we don’t really have any plans to flat out call it quits.

You guys are doing a tour to close out the year. Are there any dates you’re extra excited about, or bands you’re excited to play with?

I’m really just excited to see friends, we’ll be playing with our friends in Saintbreaker, Concussive, Ingrown, Woundvac, and we’ll hopefully get to see all the non-band friends we’ve made as well haha. One thing I’m super stoked for is our Oakland show, we’ll be playing a split set with Concussive and ending the night will be fucking Godstomper and I’m so excited, they’ve always been one of my favorite PV/grind bands.

Since 2016 is almost over, what’s your favorite album of the year?

I can’t pick a favorite but some of my favorites this year are Skáphe – Skáphe2, Lycus – Chasms, Temple Nightside – The Hecatomb, QRIXkUOR – Three Devils Night, Uškumgallu – Rotten Limbs in Dreams of Blood

You have been given 48 hours to kidnap the greatest actor of all time, Steve Buscemi. Who do you call, how do you catch him, and where do you take him?

To catch Steve Buscemi I call Maximillion Pegasus from YuGiOh to use his millennium eye to trap his soul into a playing card, then I take him to Caesars’ Palace, I then place the card with his soul and four decks of cards into a shuffling machine and leave him to be lost in the wasteland of greed and excess.

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If you are located around the west coast, see if Pavel Chekov are playing a show around your area and go see them! They will have a tour tape, sick shirts, and a split 7” with Endless Swarm.

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Smash that like button on the Pavel Chekov Facebook for future updates

Give them a listen on their bandcamp as well for all the anti-fascist blastcore.

Also drop Abusement Park a like as well. We’re low-key doing a little giveaway at the end of the year.

-REH

 

Pavel Chekov/Celestial Corrosion: An evening with Slade.

IT’S USUALLY JUST LOUD

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Today exclusively at Abusement Park we will have Papa Anvil AKA Mr. Stoney Bass the main man of Denton, Texas based record label Anvileater Records. A man of riffs, beer, and hot dogs. Let’s do this!

 One time I ate a bowl of anvils for breakfast without any milk, but anyway, what made you start Anvileater Records and what was the original goal?

AER: Well, I grew up in the punk and hardcore scene booking shows, (trying) to play in bands, and just doing things that go with having a bunch of friends running a venue and it just slowly led into me promoting releases and eventually just putting them out. It kind of happened without me planning for it to, which is kind of the whole mantra of the label. I moved away from scene I grew up with but wanted to help from afar, so I put a few of their demos out. It helped transition the label into a DFW thing. I’ve never had a real goal besides helping my friend’s music get heard and then finding ways to get music I like out to other folks.

 What inspired the name Anvileater? I personally love the name.

 AER: Sadly, there’s not even a cool story about it. I was playing with the idea of actually doing a release instead of just booking DIY tours while signing up for a fantasy football league. I tried to think of a clever name for the team, chose The Anvileaters, and it stuck with me. I didn’t have a name when I went to make a Facebook so I just wrote Anvileater, and it just stuck. 

The name Abusement Park has a similar story. 

Who were the first bands you worked with, as well as first release?

 AER: Well, two releases actually happened at the same time. I was doing a tape release of Cannonball’s 7” for their last show. They were some of my best friends, so it made the most sense. While doing that I became friends with this awesome powerviolence band in Denton called Meaner Demeanor. I got them on the last show and we spent all night trying to dub tapes for both bands. It was the most DIY shit you could imagine, but it was awesome. We drove back and sold a ton of tapes at their show. A lot of them were super janky and we redid the J-Cards for all we had. I’m really sorry if someone has one of those, but thank you.

What’s the hardest part about running the label?

AER: It’s really an everyday struggle to stay relevant, and make people care about what you’re doing. There’s a lot more waiting times in tapes and vinyl than when we started so you’ve got to have constant content in between to keep people engaged. I love it, it gives me a reason to show off my ever waning design talents.

 What keeps you releasing physical media in this digital age? (Please continue to release physical media).

 AER: Man, people are always going to want to hold something. It’s awesome to hold a tangible piece of music and be able to look at it and see people care about details as much as you do. Digital music definitely has its conveniences but I’m a man of ritual. It feels good to just sit down and listen to a record. Spotify is a great marketing tool, and I don’t expect to make any money off of it but I know there are plenty of people like us that get hooked and have to find a physical format. Long winded, but there’s people like me that love that feel. I’m constantly defending putting out analog formats, even if they’re getting bigger.

 I absolutely agree! There is nothing more satisfying than a pile of music to flip through and play after a long day.

Is it just you running it or do you have any help?

AER: Anvileater has always been somewhat of a co-op. I’m always the one running everything but I’ve always had a small crew that I could bribe with a case of beer to help fold, mail, or stuff records. Lately, my girlfriend Lacey has really stepped in and helped with the organizational side of things. Shipping and getting orders out is way easier with someone on top of it. I get super ADD and get ahead of myself, she helps get it functional and it shows.

Fist bump to Lacey!

How do you find most of your bands and ultimately what makes them good enough to work with?  

AE: I don’t really have one way. I’ve released bands from submissions, seeing them play at a show, or just getting drunk and agreeing. I really like bands that are playing shows and working at it. Show that you really care about what you’re doing. I hate music business shit, I’m more about passion and doing what you love.

 What’s a sure fire way to not get put out by Anvileater? 

AER: Add me on Facebook, make small talk, and then just hint about your band. Send messages over and over. Send me and email with 60 other labels in the same email. Use too many descriptors, MELODIC METALLIC BLACKENED CRUST DOOM DBEAT PUNK USBM OSDM PUNK RIFFS. Please just send me a regular email, a few bands in the vein and a nice bandcamp or some tracks.

 One of my favorite things about your label, is that you have a variety of music on it. Was this originally the goal or did it just happen that way? 

AER: I think it’s really just indicative of the music I like. I just like heavy music. The next few months are going to be even more varied.

What release are you most proud of?

AER: It’s always the last one I put out, I try hard to always be improving. Right now, it’s the Athamé release. It’s just so pretty, and those girls are great to work with. They were more involved than any band has been before, and it showed. Kelly stained and carved the boxes, and Megan carved the stones.

The Athamé boxset was excellent and worth every penny.

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Texas is pretty far from Sweden, how’d you get hooked up with Haoma?

AER: Robyn sent me an email with a soundcloud link, and honestly that kind of throws me off because I hate Soundcloud, but I finally did and was just blown away. I emailed them back and we just got started right away.

You recently worked with Mind Ripper Collective on the Pavel Chekov split with Endless Swarm, how did that come about? Also is that something that might happen again with Mind Ripper or a different label?

AER: Well, we put out the Pavel Chekov/Criminal Slang tape last year and I try to jump on anything those dudes are on. Seriously the best dudes and the most prepared band I’ve ever worked with. They hit me up about Graham (Endless Swarm, Mind Ripper) wanting to put out that split so I emailed him about doing the US distro and helping release it.

Yeah I love working with other labels, we co-released the Panzerbastard/Rawhide split 7” with Unholy Anarchy Records outta Baltimore last year too. I like working with other labels and seeing how they do things, and records are expensive so it’s cool to have other people pitching in.

How would you describe Anvileater records? 

AER: We release music that’s made by people that give a shit about what they do. It’s just a showcase of people doing things we enjoy, and helping people get their music out there. It’s usually Loud, Heavy, and Hazy. I grew up looking at the back of tapes and then researching the name on the back to find new bands, I wanna help people find music they normally wouldn’t listen to.

What does the rest of 2016 have in store for Anvileater? 

AER: Man, it’s gonna be weird. I have several tapes, a record or two, A book/zine, and helping release a Horror movie coming out before 2017, so I’ve been really busy trying to make sure that all happens. There will also be some interesting pieces of merch thrown in there. I’m always overloading myself so just keep watching.

 I cannot wait to find out what all those are especially the horror movie!

Thanks again for agreeing to do this! My final question is: 

If Anvileater Records was going to be stocked in a grocery store, what products would it be located by?

 AER: I would cross merchandise Anvileater Records with a side-stack by the Lone Star beer and one by the hot dog vendor out front. 

Coming Soon from Anvileater Records-

Canyon- S/T CS

Marla Stone CS

Haoma- Endless Stash CS

Blight (FL) Discography CS

Possessor- Dead by Dawn CS/CD (this will be the first cd ever put out by Anvileater!)

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Be sure to check out the FREE Summer Sampler for a taste of everything Anvileater puts out minus the hot dogs.

-REH

Bandcamp: https://anvileaterrecords.bandcamp.com/

Store: http://anvilleaterrecords.myshopify.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/anvileaterrecords/?fref=ts&ref=br_tf&qsefr=1

IT’S USUALLY JUST LOUD