MATG Exclusive: An Interview with Bulletbelt

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Written by Elliot John Doe

Photos Courtesy of Matt Mendonca

Bulletbelt is one of the forerunning pioneers in the New Zealand underground metal scene today. Since inception, they have been building up their reputation. Despite a few lineup changes they have never backed down any challenge and now stand with one of the most impressive recorded and live sounds I have ever witnessed. As 2017 came upon us I sat down with Steve Francis (drums), Ross Mallon (guitar), and Jolene Tempest (vocals) to discuss their history, upcoming third album, and what other surprises they might have in-store for us in what may be the band’s biggest year to date.

E.J.Doe: Hi guys, so let’s start off by giving us a bit of band history, how you got together and decided we’re going to be ‘Bulletbelt’?

Steve: Yeah, so Ross and I were Bulletbelt back in 2009, kind of goes like…

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Desecration, Brody’s Militia and Destino/Entierro CDs now in stock!

New stock from Trauma Records from Colombia!

email headhorsenz@gmail.com to order and/or for a postage quote!


DESECRATION – 20 Years Of Perversion And Gore(CD, Trauma Records, compilation of 7” tracks, album tracks and the “Mangled remains” demo 1993, w/slipcard + poster (R18) + postcard, 2016) $15

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BRODY’S MILITIA – Covered In Violence (CD, Trauma Records, compilation of cover songs (including; RUPTURE, NUNSLAUGHTER, ANTISEEN, THE RAMONES, NAPALM DEATH, BLUE OYSTER CULT, LED ZEPPELIN etc w/patch + postcard, 2012 / 2016 Reissue) $15

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DESTINO/ENTIERO – Cryptic Procession Of The Yellow Sign (CD, Trauma Records, 2016) $12

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SPIRE (Aus Black Metal) titles in transit!

Spire (Australian Black Metal) releases are on their way to Headless Horseman HQ.

Includes their new album ‘Entropy’, out on Iron Bonehead, -“All in all, this album is one of the strongest, enjoyable debuts I’ve heard in 2016. It has all the elements of a good black metal record: it’s dark, unsettling, and chaotic, living up to its name. It’s a deeply honest and personal record…” http://metalbandcamp.com

SPIRE (AUS) ‘Entropy’ LP + Booklet $25

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SPIRE (AUS) ‘Entropy’ CD Digipak $18

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SPIRE (AUS) / MIDNIGHT ODYSSEY (AUS) – ‘Scientia / Magica’ Split 7″ Vinyl $10

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SPIRE (AUS) ‘Metamorph’ 12″ + 4 Inserts $20

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New stock from Iron Bonehead Productions!

TEMPLE NIGHTSIDE (AUS) – The Hecatomb (LP, Iron Bonehead Productions, Booklet & Poster, 2016) $30

ALTARAGE – MMXV (7″, Iron Bonehead Productions, 2015) $10
ATHANATOS – Unholy Union (7″, Iron Bonehead Productions, 2014) $10
POSSESSION – Anneliese (7″, Iron Bonehead Productions, 2014) $10

DEAD CONGREGATION – Promulgation of the Fall (TAPE, Iron Bonehead Productions, w/slipcase, 2014 / 2016 Reissue) $10
RIPPING DEATH – Tales of the Ripper (TAPE DEMO, Iron Bonehead Productions, 2015) $8
TEMPLE NIGHTSIDE (AUS) – Ritualistic Death Metal Necromancy (TAPE x 2 BOXSET, Iron Bonehead Productions, Condemnation full-length and Prophecies Of Malevolence demo, PVC Sticker, 2011 + 2013 / 2015 Reissue) $19

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Pre-order: Black Metal: Evolution Of The Cult + sequel books!

I have some books by the author Dayal Patterson up for pre-order…

– Black Metal: Evolution Of The Cult – an epic tome [which] examines the creation of the black metal genre in the eighties and nineties and explores the artistic, musical, spiritual development of the genre as well as the creative work, ideologies and often colourful lives of some of its most significant bands
Feral House
600 page book, released 2014!

“…finally a book on the rise of nineties extreme Metal and its facets, from someone who understands what it was actually about; musical integrity and artistic visions.”
Ivar Bjørnson (ENSLAVED)

“…This is by far the best book I’ve read on black metal and I can recommend this to anyone that is interested in a good read on our diverse genre.”
Deathlord of Abomination & War Apocalypse (BLASPHEMY/CONQUEROR)

“This is a very insightful work: Without doubt the ultimate book on the subject, a testimony of black metal and a good introduction for neophytes.”
Vorph (SAMAEL)

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Also available,
CULT 001: BLACK METAL: PRELUDE TO THE CULT (Dayal Patterson, 2014)
60 page mini-book.
Features interviews with: MAYHEM, BEHERIT, ARCHGOAT, SKITLIV, HADES ALMIGHTY, GORGOROTH, MARDUK, IMPALED NAZARENE, SIGH, ENTHRONED and TAAKE.

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CULT 002: BLACK METAL: THE CULT NEVER DIES VOL. ONE (Dayal Patterson, 2015)
300 page book, released March 31 2015. Released in two formats to date:
Features interviews with: SATYRICON, MANES, KAMPFAR, SOLEFALD, WARDRUNA / JOTUNSPUR / GORGOROTH, XANTOTOL, MASTIPHAL, ARKONA (POL), EVILFEAST, MGLA/KRIEGSMASCHINE, STRID, SILENCER, BETHLEHEM, FORGOTTEN TOMB, TOTAL NEGATION and an article on the art of Theodor Kittelsen.

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CULT 003: BLACK METAL: INTO THE ABYSS (Dayal Patterson, 2016)
300 page book, released May 31 2016.
Features interviews with: FURIA, MASSEMORD, 1349, FORGOTTEN WOODS, TSJUDER, NOCTURNAL DEPRESSION, VEMOD, ONE TAIL, ONE HEAD, MYSTIFIER, BLACK ALTAR, BESATT, MORD ‘A’ STIGMATA, TRIST, HELHEIM, HYPOTHERMIA, LOITS, DEINONYCHUS, PSYCHONAUT 4, KOLDBRANN, URGEHAL, SACRILEGIUM and BLAZE OF PERDITION.

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