About †††††

As he desires to state, V was born on the 5th and “prepared for facing the humanity in a small village in the Bukovina – German colony”, a historical region divided between Romania and Ukraine. Currently, V lives near the Black Sea, in Constanţa and is the vocalist & lyricist of the GermanRomanian project The Wake, a duo aiming to draw out some of the most neglected tendencies in the black metal nowadays, such as the urge to invest a straightforward genre with some of the most twisted melodies. However, The Wake manages to take further the legacy of the reputed torch bearers within the first and the second wave of black metal, from the Venom’s rawness and Bathory’s filthy mysticism to Dissection’s magic and the early Darkthrone’s austerity. It evens transcends the blackened realm and employs the tuneful manner of renowned progressive gothic and doom death representatives, i.e. Anathema and My Dying Bride. With the debut album “Earth’s Necropolis” released in 2017, The Wake has let the world know about the project’s existence earlier through the Legacy magazine compilation, the 99th issue launched in 2015, which featured the title-track of the aforementioned material.

Another important aspect in V’s musical career has to do with Romanian melodic metal band Protest Urban. With this group he released two full length albums in 2005 and 2006, which came to be the most notable local releases within the genre, forgoing a bunch of bands which will later approach the metalcore and other marks typical of the “melo” metal. The following step in the Protest Urban’s discography was the EP titled “Don’t Disturb Me When I Need You”, which was written together with Romanian guitarist and visual artist Costin Chioreanu, who leads the dark metal band Bloodway and was formerly involved in manifold projects and collaborations including Aura Noir’s Rune Eriksen or Mayhem’s Attila Csihar. Other names which involved V’s work in the forgotten past, are The Flood Speaks, Semiosis, Kendo and Deviant, and some of these might be brought to light again at any future moment. The most recent guest appearance is to be found on the latest album of the German melodic death veterans of Night In Gales, namely “The Last Sunsets”. V’s vocals & lyrics were required for the 11th song on this release, “In Pain, In Silence”.

 

walk through minds to light innocent cadavers 
immure them around the mountain of complexes 
i am inside of this mountain 
choke with your revelations and become a part of the necropolis 
loneliness is a cage of freedom 
loneliness is my kingdom 
earth come take them

Between 2005 and 2012 V collaborated with the German label Bastardized Recordings and has done successful promo campaigns for bands like Japanische Kampfhörspiele, Glass Casket, Since The Day and Six Reasons To Kill. Other collaborations as such include I-Def-I and Vert. He started to develop the means of promotion given the activity within his own bands and projects.

V is known also for running the distribution company Blood & Fire Productions since 2002, which once in a while plays the role of a label as well. Besides selling the music of a wide range of artists from the metal, progressive and experimental realms, Blood & Fire Productions features also genuine content based on short and in-depth reviews or interviews with the artists whom the owner appreciates.

www.bloodandfire.ro

Discography

  • The Wake – Born In 84, Died In The 84th Year [2019]
  • The Wake – Earth’s Necropolis [2017]
  • Semiosis – P​.​F​.​D. [2011]
  • Protest Urban – Don’t Disturb Me When I Need You [2008]
  • Protest Urban – I Can’t Find A Question To Survive The Answer [2006]
  • The Flood Speaks – The Flood Speaks [2006]
  • Kendo – Kendo [2006]
  • Protest Urban – The Only Problem In This Case Is The Solution [2005]
  • Protest Urban – Schimbare [2004]
  • Machine Gun Kelly – Live [2002]

Guest appearances

  • Night In Gales – “In Pain, In Silence” [2018]
  • Mihnea – “Simptome naţionale” [2013]
  • Breathelast – “Weapons” [2011]

Favourites

  • Vocalists: Jonathan DavisWarrel DaneRob HalfordCarley ComaJames HetfieldPhilip H. Anselmo
  • Drummers: Billy Cobham, Jaki Liebezeit, Kenneth Schalk, Jesse SmithNeil PeartLars UlrichDavid Silveria
  • Romanian artists: Myriam Marbé, Ciprian Porumbescu, George Enescu, Marius PoppOctavian Nemescu, Adrian EnescuLoredana Groza, Anca ParghelIris, Bloodway, Luna Amară
  • Genres: Cosmic Music, (ChristianMetallic Hardcore, Seattle Sound, JazzJazz-Rock, Psychedelic-RockHeavy Metal, Project Blowed
  • Movies: Event Horizon, Star TrekThe Thin Red Line, Blade Runner, Das Boot, Apocalypse Now, Jacob’s Ladder, The Usual Suspects, The Shawshank Redemption, Matrix
  • Classic movies: Metropolis, Faust, Nosferatu, Lifeboat, Die NibelungenBlack SabbathLa Planete Sauvage, DekalogThe Network
  • Romanian movies: Romanian theater, Brigada diverse, Toate pînzele sus, Moromeţii, FilantropicaAferimSieranevadaBeyond The Hills
  • Animations: Looney TunesMerrie MelodiesThe AristocatsThe Ren & Stimpy Show, Brickleberry, The Angry Beavers, Fritz The Cat, Coonskin
  • Television series: GoliathBetter Call Saul, Star TrekThe End Of The Fucking World
  • Electronic dance music: 2 Brothers On The 4th Floor, Beat System, Culture Beat, Captain Hollywood Project, Scatman John, HaddawayDr. Alban
  • Dessert: Crème brûlée (cooked by my sweet wife), Kunefe
  • Food: Fresh vegetables (only from Romania), Fish, Traditional Romanian dishesLebanese food
  • Drinks: Water with cucumber, Tonic water, Wine, Asbach Uralt (Cognac)
  • Sports: BasketballTable tennis
  • Brands: Blood & Fire ProductionsHonda, Sony, Asus, Nike, Adidas, Puma, Ecco, Skagen

Likes

  • Earth, marine life
  • Romania, Germany, Spain & probably France (I was not there yet)
  • Humans who are at least constant
  • Humans who are favoring progress

Dislikes

  • Space
  • Garbage
  • Humans without healthy judgment (thank space for so many)

All-time likes

Metallica – … And Justice For All
Pantera – Vulgar Display Of Power
Korn – Korn
Massive Attack – Mezzanine
Zao – Where Blood And Fire Bring Rest

In the meantime

Can – Monster Movie
Lucifer’s Friend – Lucifer’s Friend
Billy Cobham – Spectrum
Sunbirds – Sunbirds
Yes – 90125
Judas Priest – Rocka Rolla
Rush – Moving Pictures
Eloy – Floating
Irmin Schmidt – Impossible Holidays
Kraan – Kraan
Faust – So Far
Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers – Caravan
Miles Davis – Nefertiti
Herbie Hancock – Sextant
P₂O₅ – Vivat Progressio – Pereat Mundus
Mahavishnu Orchestra – The Inner Mounting Flame
Max Roach – Drums Unlimited

Honorable mentions

A Storm Of Light – As The Valley Of Death Becomes Us Our Silver Memories Fade
Agoraphobic
Nosebleed & Converge – The Poacher Diaries
All Out War – For Those Who Were Crucified
Animals As Leaders – The Joy Of Motion
Candiria – Surrealistic Madness
Cave In – Antenna
Cephalic Carnage – Anomalies
Coalesce – 0:12 Revolution in Just Listening
Converge – Unloved And Weeded Out
Demon Hunter – Demon Hunter
Depeche Mode – Ultra
Earth Crisis – Slither
Earthtone9 – Arc’Tan’Gent’
Eighteen Visions – Vanity
Enslaved – Ruun
Extol – Undeceived
Faith No More – King For A Day, Fool For A Lifetime
Fear Factory – Demanufacture
Filter – Title Of Record
Further Seems Forever – How To Start A Fire
Glassjaw – Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Silence
Herod – For Whom The Gods May Destroy
Iron Monkey – Iron Monkey
Isis – In The Absence Of Truth
King Diamond – Voodoo
Living Sacrifice – Reborn
Mastodon – Crack The Skye
Merauder – Five Deadly Venoms
Mercyful Fate – Into The Unknown
Meshuggah – Chaosphere
Mindrot – Soul
Morbid Angel – Covenant
Motörhead – Sacrifice
Napalm Death – Inside The Torn Apart
Neck – Should My Fist Eye
Neuraxis – Trilateral Progression
Neurosis – Given To The Rising
Nevermore – This Godless Endeavor
Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds – Nocturama
Night In Gales – The Last Sunsets
Nirvana – Nevermind
Opeth – Ghost Reveries
Pitchshifter – Deviant
Prodigy – Music For The Jilted Generation
Red Hot Chili Peppers – One Hot Minute
Sade – Soldier Of Love
Selah Sue – Reason
Shadows Fall – Fire From The Sky
Skinlab – Disembody: The New Flesh
Skunk Anansie – Post Orgasmic Chill
Smashing Pumpkins – Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness
Snapcase – Designs For Automotion
Soilent Green – A Deleted Symphony For The Beaten Down
Soilwork – Stabbing The Drama
Soundgarden – Superunknown
Spineshank – Strictly Diesel
Starkweather – Crossbearer
The Cooper Temple Clause – Make This Your Own
The Dillinger Escape Plan – Calculating Infinity
The Postman Syndrome – Terraforming
Throwdown – Deathless
Trivium – Trivium
Unearth – III: In The Eyes Of Fire
Vision Of Disorder – Vision Of Disorder
Warrel Dane – Praises To The War Machine
Will Haven – El Diablo

1st show ever

Loredana Groza

Special shows

Anathallo, Billy Cobham, Cave In, Demon Hunter, Earthtone9, East Of The Wall, Faith No More, Fear Factory, Irmin Schmidt, Korn, Massive Attack, Metallica, Misery Signals, Neurosis, Novembers Doom, Pitchshifter, Selah Sue, Soundgarden, Textures, The Blueprint, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Undying, Vision Of Disorder & Will Haven

Best hardcore shows

Converge & Unearth

Shows

25 Ta Life, A Storm Of Light, Akral Necrosis, All Pigs Must Die, All Shall Perish, All That Remains, Anathallo, Anathema, Animals As Leaders, Annihilator, Apocalyptica, Architects, As I Lay Dying, At The Gates, Atreyu, August Burns Red, Avatar, Avatarium, Avenged Sevenfold, Between The Buried And Me, Billy Cobham, Billy Corgan, Black Sabbath, Bleeding Through, Bloodway, Body Count, Born From Pain, Bossk, Breathelast, Bullet For My Valentine, Caliban, Candlemass, Castle, Cave In, Chimaira, Clawfinger, Coal Chamber, Converge, Crazy Town, Curse Of Instinct, Cynic, Daath, Darkest Hour, Dead Label, Dead To Fall, Deadsoil, Death, Deftones, Demon Hunter, Depeche Mode, Despised Icon, Down, Dropkick Murphys, Earthtone9, East Of The Wall, Eivind Aarset, Enslaved, Entombed A.D., Evergreen Terrace, Every Time I Die, Faith No More, Fear Factory, Gloryful, Godflesh, Godmode, Gojira, Guns N’ Roses, H2O, H8, Hatebreed, Head, Heaven Shall Burn, Hellyeah, Holograf, Horace Andy, I Killed The Prom Queen, Ihsahn, In Flames, Insect Ark, Iris, Irmin Schmidt, Japanische Kampfhörspiele, Job For A Cowboy, Judas Priest, Katatonia, Killing Option, Killswitch Engage, King Diamond, Korn, Lamb Of God, Limp Bizkit, Loredana Groza, Luna Amara, Machine Head, Mad Caddies, Madball, Martina Topley-Bird, Martyr A.D., Massive Attack, Mastodon, Maylene And The Sons Of Distaster, Meshuggah, Metallica, Misery Signals, Misery Speaks, Motörhead, Mutoid Man, Napalm Death, Neurosis, Night In Gales, Novembers Doom, Old Man Gloom, Opeth, P.O.D., Papa Roach, Paradise Lost, Parazitii, Parkway Drive, Pig Destroyer, Pitchshifter, Porcupine Tree, Rosetta, Rymden, Sahg, Sanctity, Selah Sue, Sepultura, Shai Hulud, Sincarnate, Since The Day, Six Reasons To Kill, Slayer, Slipknot, Soundgarden, Still Remains, Stolen Babies, Sunrise, Testament, Textures, The Black Dahlia Murder, The Blueprint, The Dillinger Escape Plan, The Mono Jacks, The Ocean, The Red Chord, Toby Driver, Trivium, Twelve Tribes, Undying, Unearth, Vader, Vama Veche, Vision Of Disorder, Voivod, Warrel Dane, Will Haven