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Winterus Vocalist Christopher Neu Talks U.S. Black Metal, Zombies, And Christianity

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A new addition to the U.S. black metal scene, Michigan's Winterus has just dropped it's debut through Lifeforce Records, a monument to frozen despair titled "In Carbon Mysticism." Winterus vocalist Christopher Neu recently corresponded with Metalunderground.com about the new release to explain the band's place in the black metal world and the album's strict anti-Christian lyrical stance.

"There is nothing wrong with acting 'Christ-like' but there is a lot wrong with Christianity. Thankfully it is coming to an end and I hope to help and support this in every possible way," stated Neu. He also goes onto discuss recording a music video on a snowy night with no recording budget and even to talk digital zombie slaying and car theft on the Xbox.

xFiruath: When did the band originally form and how do all the members know each other?

Chris: Late 2009, we formed in Albion Michigan, we knew this was it for Cody, Nathan, and I. We know each other from being in different local bands around the scene. Never really locked down a band that was our niche.

xFiruath: Tell me a bit about what Winterus sounds like. Beyond just being a black metal band, what defines the sound of your group?

Chris: USBM is expanding and it's important to note that we will not weaken what this truly stands for. We will make sure that everyone is educated with the un-arguable truth that the Americans religious agenda and pseudo science is detrimental to our advancement as people. Everything that is shown to you is a glimpse of a half-truth and if we can express that in our music then I can sleep at night knowing we are at least trying to inform and spit in every American Christian’s face.

There is another side to this story and it is absolute depression, the only feeling left by me to describe my pain and suffering is that of someone who's body wants to stop existing every day. It is something that I write about because I truly understand what it is to feel remorse and want to die every day. I will write what I feel in effort to dwell in the sanctity of what music is. Black metal is pain, beauty, suffering, darkness, and the fucking cold. We will always write by these standards.

xFiruath: Where was the new album “In Carbon Mysticism” recorded?

Chris: Battle Creek/Kalamazoo Michigan. We started the pre-prod on “Harmonious” shortly after signing with Lifeforce. We did not have much time to write and gather songs, we had no budget, and most importantly no fancy gear. It took forever to do the drums and we wasted a lot of time only because everyone kept getting sick, our drummer three times, and myself (which I never get sick) three times. We recorded it all and just got through it.

xFiruath: When did you write the songs for the album and how does the band write music?

Chris: We started writing shortly after signing. We mainly come up with a concept, I'll tell Nathan (guitarist) "I'm kind of feeling a ‘Whoracle’ riff here" or "a Bathory kind of feel here" and he knows exactly what I mean. When it gets to Cody’s (drummer) ears he just takes it completely to a new level and before we know it we usually end up with a pummeling end product.

xFiruath: Is there a particular meaning or story behind the album’s title?

Chris: The album is a take on sci-fi thinking, but mostly to deliver an image of brutal honesty in mysticism or paganistic/satanism traits. When you go through life I feel like it’s important to learn from things but also to remember to be noble and respectful. Some people do not deserve respect, and others will actually follow religious indulgence because it is what they need. There is nothing wrong with acting "Christ-like" but there is a lot wrong with Christianity. Thankfully it is coming to an end and I hope to help and support this in every possible way.

This band portrays an honest image, and while we are not perfect as humans, and never will be, we cannot and will not retain enough knowledge to understand our God complex. We are fucking pathetic as it is and to be insulted with borderline delusional teachings is a painful thorn I cannot bear as a human any longer. The album will show that clearly in songs such as "Christ Reign," which is about burning Christians and ending the reign of Christ.

The lyrics have two themes, killing Christians and giving them what they deserve. The other is about pain and seclusion. Growing up with no one, being with no one, wanting to die every single day and never finding a way to pull your head above water. Pain, disgust, sorrow, and suicide. Ending your life.

xFiruath: Where did you guys record the video for “Harmonius,” who did you work with, and what was the shooting like?

Chris: Open path with snow layed softly under an opening of trees. We found perfect refuge in a stage with this in the backyard of some one’s house we knew in Athens, Michigan. Pulled out some cameras, lights, and fog and blasted our track, all of a sudden it starts snowing and we just keep shooting and shooting. Two hours go by and we have nothing but perfect shots, it was incredible, we drank beer and fucked off all night. My buddy Stephen Richmond was the mastermind behind it all. We just collaborated and sat down editing it with zero budget. It was an experience to remember.

xFiruath: I saw you posted your gamertag on Facebook – what games are you guys playing lately? On the multiplayer front personally I’ve been all about the Left 4 Dead 2 these days.

Chris: Haha, fuck yeah man. We are all zombie dudes, but we have been playing Black Ops more lately. Honestly I am still playing GTA4, but I don’t really follow any missions, there is enough satisfaction in just tanking everyone in the chest with a shotgun and fucking cops up to follow some gay fucking story. I will have to pick up Left 4 Dead, I’m honestly not that inclined to Xbox live and just got into it. I wanted to get online so I could talk to fans and shoot the fuck out of people.

xFiruath: How is your local metal scene these days and do you get to play live shows often?

Chris: Back when we were in death metal bands we would play two shows every weekend and it was awesome. The scene in Michigan is dense with the East Coast hardcore sound, still dabbling in some deathcore. You've got influences like Pulling Teeth or Ceremony and all the Bridge Nine/Deathwish type bands. Which doesn't leave a bad taste in my mouth, growing up as a Jacob Bannon fan.

xFiruath: Will you be touring in support of the new album?

Chris: Yes we have booked a tour for the entire U.S. We will leave in two months, and will be out for two. Hoping to be touring for an extremely long duration. In all honesty we want to get the fuck out of the United States. We all want to move and be as far away from America and all its bullshit as much as possible.

xFiruath: Seen any really great or interesting shows lately?

Chris: I'm really not the type to go to shows in all honesty, I don’t like any of the music that comes through here and I would rather do other things. Sometimes I just feel like walking on the street and people watching is more interesting than seeing what stupid fucking bands are playing. I am very interested in playing with/seeing this band called Woods of Ypres from Canada. They have been in my playlist lately. We are playing with them in Detroit next week.

xFiruath: What bands/albums are you digging lately?

Chris: Besides afore mentioned Woods Of Ypres, another band I’ve been listening to is local Cemetery Deskrator, from Jackson Michigan. It is true satanic black metal and they scare the shit out of everyone. Also, Alcest, Blut aus Nord, Subrosa, and Nokturnal Mortum. Typing this email however, I'm listening to some older Bathory!

xFiruath: Anything else you’d like to discuss?

Chris: I want to make sure that people understand USBM and what is stands for. I support the decimation of the Church 100%.

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Ty Arthur is a freelance writer who writes for both entertainment and technical instruction sites. An avid fan of many different forms of metal, he has been involved in reviewing music for several years and is currently a contributing editor for Metalunderground.com

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1. Toki writes:

What a bunch of retards XD...... Grr i hate the church so im gonna make a band bashing it.... well hey! i dont like your mom cuz she dont satisfy so im gonna make a band bashing her!!!

# May 11, 2011 @ 9:03 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. brandedcfh420 writes:

typical wannaba satanists! make sh**ty black metal and act all satanic and people will think we are cool!! WHAT A BUNCH OF FKN POSERS!! JUST LIKE 90% OF ALL BLACK METAL POSER BANDS!!!

# May 11, 2011 @ 10:37 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. spiral_architect writes:

winterus sounds like an idiot.

# May 11, 2011 @ 12:15 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. americanpatriot1 writes:

I just love how you have all these folks saying they support all sorts of bad stuff happening to folks just because they're Christians. Tell me something folks. How many Christians do you see on this site screaming for the death of Satanists? None. And if you do, they get shut the hell down, as they should. Being a Christian myself, it's just a little ironic that these Satanists want to put an end to the thing they hate the most. OK, king for a day time folks. You get your wish, and Christianity is banished. Then what? You make your money screaming about your high schoolish God complex. Wouldn't that leave you unemployed? Do you really think 1 person screaming about hating God is going to change alot of minds? Satanists claim they are somehow better than Christians because they "opened their mind". Congratulations. You have stepped up a rung on the evolutionary ladder while the majority of citizens in this country are still down here throwing crap at one another. Right? Most Christians could really give a rat bat sh** over what you believe. Sure, you have the zealots who need to keep their mouths shut, but most Christians really could care less. Yet, Satanists have to scream it from the rafters about how "close minded" WE are.

# May 11, 2011 @ 1:28 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. Blindgreed1 writes:

Toki: Again with the mom reference. You're gonna have to step it up a bit to keep your head above water on this site.

AP1: Very good point my friend. However, I think you're average satanist doesn't scream from the rafters either. I think they just feel the need to be heard because they're a minority amongst religions, whereas christians and muslims are the majority and have better propaganda platforms. Satanists have black metal. Everyone else has churches, temples, media companies etc... Just one man's opinion.

# May 11, 2011 @ 6:19 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. RTB writes:

Check out the lead singer of the band eyes of noctum..
Now there's a bright bulb

# May 11, 2011 @ 6:37 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. Blindgreed1 writes:

RTB: I'd throw one into his mom though. Loved her in Ollie Stone's "The Doors".

# May 11, 2011 @ 6:56 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. RTB writes:

Haha
Foe sho!

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9. -Metal_Rapture- writes:

Wow their vocalist couldn't have made himself look anymore emo then he did in this interview. Pain and suffering boo hooooooo I wanna die everyday. I checked their music out however and I did kind of dig it. Its like a modern black metal. Just cut it out with the whining and childish nonconformist antiestablishment bullcrap. Im so original and nonconformist, but I wear all black, tattooed up, pierced, and have tribal earrings like the rest of my friends.

# May 12, 2011 @ 2:23 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. WOLF7 writes:

Just another 'Me, myself and I' guy. The classic "I know it all, I know the truth, listen to me" type.
This guy should seriously take a look at himself with some professional help before pointing his finger at others.

# May 12, 2011 @ 5:38 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. Toki writes:

Haha Blindgreed I know XD, just had to think of an example and thats all i could come up with

# May 12, 2011 @ 8:46 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. Toki writes:

Whats the point of this band anyway?? I am a huge christian but most of my friends are athiests but are cool wit me... Whats the point of a band that want Christianity die? Hmmm... sounds pretty bland with lyrics like this: "Die christians die, I have no life, Die christians die, blah blah blah" And all that...

# May 12, 2011 @ 8:49 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. RTB writes:

Those kind of lyrics dont drive you to burn a church down?
Haha

# May 12, 2011 @ 9:33 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. Diamond Oz writes:

If their lyrics actually have the words "Blah blah blah" then they really are bad.

# May 12, 2011 @ 10:10 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. Blindgreed1 writes:

LMFAO @ Oz... Again.

# May 12, 2011 @ 10:42 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. Toki writes:

HAha exactly!

# May 12, 2011 @ 12:06 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. spiral_architect writes:

I LIKE BLACK METAL, ZOMBIES AND CHRISTIANITY. I COULD DO WITHOUT WINTERUS THOUGH.

# May 15, 2011 @ 4:08 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. Crushem writes:

I gotta agree with statements 4 and 5, though I myself despise Christianity. But unlike Winterus I in no way advocate killing Christians, which he does and sings about it. This to me is completely hypocritical. And drop the emo "oh, I wanna die, life is pain" bullsh#t. That's not black metal. Black metal is empowering, not for feeling depressed and suicidal. I love black metal, but if this fake-ass sh#t is true representation of American black metal artists, I have one thing to say- quit while you're ahead.

# May 15, 2011 @ 6:54 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. Toki writes:

*In Old gospel black man voice* Amen My Brother! and let the HEAVENS rejoice by your brains

# May 16, 2011 @ 8:49 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. Toki writes:

I love how he Says Christianity is coming to an end and hes supporting it.... IT has never been coming to an end, in fact its growing XD whata bunch of losers

# May 17, 2011 @ 9:02 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. RTB writes:

norwiegan independence day
loading up on dimmu borgir tracks and lutefisk all day today...FTW \m/

# May 17, 2011 @ 3:43 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. !Nailgun! writes:

I think people/bands like this are morally and intellectually incompetent hypocrites. They hold Christians to a different moral standard than anyone else while in the meantime act no better themselves in their private life. "It's ok to act Christ-like" but yet he would like nothing more than to see Christianity die? What do you call those that are being Christ-like? Christians! Which make up, Christianity! So no, he doesn't think it's ok to be Christ-like. Geez!

# May 17, 2011 @ 11:42 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. dethguy writes:

leave blackmetal with foreign bands not U.S.

# May 18, 2011 @ 10:49 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. Blindgreed1 writes:

dethguy: Congratulations! You just surpassed #20 for dumbest post in this thread.

# May 18, 2011 @ 10:55 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. Toki writes:

Dangit!!!!!!!! I must work harder!

# May 18, 2011 @ 10:58 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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26. Blindgreed1 writes:

Toki: What are doing for the rapture on Saturday?

# May 18, 2011 @ 11:07 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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27. Toki writes:

Well seeing it didnt happen.. I went to this Mayfest thiing in dowtown in mah city... Isaw some pretty sweet bands

# May 23, 2011 @ 8:47 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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28. Toki writes:

Like Blues... and Jazz and some Cover bands like Beatles

# May 23, 2011 @ 11:21 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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29. Guttersniper writes:

I am against organized religion in general, but wanting to purge and kill ppl for believing something is just stupid and ignorant... Religion has caused much death throughout the years, but spreading more blind hatred like this makes you just as bad as all the other religious extremists out there.

# May 23, 2011 @ 4:43 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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30. Toki writes:

Today is my last day to comment Seeing as school is now out XP... I shall return with my stupidity and meaningless comments for everyone to see in August

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