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1,668 Words With Sarah Elgindy

The following interview was recorded on Saturday January 28th, 2012 only hours before the earth collided with a comet killing all 7 billion passengers.  The interviewee is the amazingly talented Sarah Elgindy, creator of the Blood or Love music blog and co-founder and owner of the Domestic Genocide Records.  She is a poet, a musician and, quite honestly, as cool as the other side of the pillow.

Tyranny:  Are you or have you ever been a member of the communist party?

Sarah:  I flirted with the idea in college when I was a sociology major for a bit. I decided against it. Too much reading involved.

Tyranny:  Awesome. The Chinese commies have great hats. When did you first fall in love with music?

Sarah:  I have a love/hate relationship with hats. I think they look lovely on other people. As for music, that’s a bit hard to pinpoint. When I was younger, my mother would talk to me about The Beatles, Elvis and some Michael Jackson was mixed in there. When we moved from New York to Egypt, the transition was logical since most black and white movies from there had musical numbers. If not people playing instruments or singing, they had people belly dancing. A lot of times they had all the above.

But I would say that my obsession came about when I missed the chance to learn piano a bit more due to relocating so much. When we came back to the US, I discovered music that had meaningful lyrics. It started to serve a different purpose. and then I discovered Jack Off Jill via my friend Aleia. It kicked off from there for me.

Tyranny:  You’ve developed your love for music into a fledgling media empire. You have a blog, a record label and several additional unique musical ventures. How did the label, Domestic Genocide, get started?

Sarah:  It originally came about as a suggestion from Trevor Antonides from darknessofmystery. I had originally intended to interview him for Blood or Love, my webzine, but gradually we became friends. He really liked the name, which was the name of my blog, and the label was something that he was really interested in for his own project. I jumped on it because at that time, through review writing, I’ve come to know some amazing musicians that would benefit greatly from this project.

It just grew from there. We kept it quiet in the beginning with only a chosen few, mainly friends we were going to sign before we both met in person to iron out the details.

Tyranny:  Beautiful. It seems like you have a ton of bands on the label. Who is on the roster?

Sarah:  We have Qafas (Bahrain), Coldnight (Columbia), Evil Lucifera (Italy), WelicoRuss(Russia), Eulen (Syria), Hate Filed (Egypt) and a few other prospective bands that I can’t share with you yet.

Some have been in consideration since the beginning but the only thing holding us back is the lack of actual content to release. A few I am pretty excited about so I can’t wait to make those announcements when the time comes!

Tyranny:  Who is your first release going to be?

Our first physical release will be Hate Field. He is priority right now due to time constraints.

Sarah:  Should be out on the 29th of this month.

Tyranny:  Tell me a bit about his music.

Sarah:  It’s an interesting mix of metal and traditional Egyptian music. He uses the maqam scale (Arabic music scale) a lot with electric guitars. That’s one of the highlights for me and he also uses tabla for some parts. The theme is a very personal one to him so it’s truly a reflective project.

A broken heart and other personal issues come together with an attempt at industrial metal. That’s how I see the project.

Tyranny:  What formats are you looking to release the music in?

Sarah:  We start out with digital, as you know, and then print them out on CD usually.  Vinyl if they want it or if we can cut it with our budget.

We don’t do tape because people simply don’t have the equipment necessary to listen to cassette tapes anymore.

Tyranny:  8-track?

Sarah:  I considered that. Luckily, Trevor waited until I was sober to take any of my ramblings seriously.  We were at a wedding in Michigan and let’s just say that home-brewed beer is awesome.

Tyranny:  Many a strange plan has been concocted over home-brewed beer. I’m pretty sure there is a direct link between home-brew and the American Revolution.  Would you consider signing the idiots…I mean talented gentleman…who did that Newt Gingrich rap song?

Sarah:  Sure. Digital release only and anonymously via iTunes or Amazon.

We have a name to uphold after-all!

Tyranny:  I think Domestic Genocide is a perfect name for anything Gingrich related.

Sarah:  “Gingrich” sounds so medieval. Maybe if we tinkered with the music a bit.

Tyranny:  Who is coming out after Hate Field?

Sarah:  After Hate Field, it will most likely be WelicoRuss or Coldnight. I know the digipack for WelicoRuss is about done so that’s something for their fans to look forward to. We have it up for pre-order on our webstore.

Tyranny:  Outstanding. The label seems to have a great line into some of the up and coming music scenes around the world. Where is the next Seattle?

Sarah:  Either Egypt or the United Arab Emirates… or Russia.  It’s a toss-up.

Tyranny:  Why do you figure?

Sarah:  Egypt and the UAE are both fairly liberal as far as music and shows are concerned. I know they have had to face people not liking them, but unlike in other countries over there, they won’t go to jail for it. The music scenes there have had time to expand, grow, and serve as a home for musicians from other countries in the region. Though, with what’s going on with the Brotherhood and Salafis slobbering over Egypt that is going to change quickly.  I say Russia as an afterthought because I’ve been noticing some pretty good music coming out of there. Most people don’t know enough about the music scene there.

Tyranny:  Do you think it’s possible to have Cannibal Corpse jailed in Egypt? I mean, for fun.

Sarah:  Don’t get my hopes up. But, between you, the readers, and me wait a few months and then send them over for a gig. Should be interesting!

Tyranny:  I’m in. Then again, people start to get taken seriously when they do time. Like Varg, for example. That dude would be schlepping gyros in South Philly if he hadn’t stabbed somebody.

Sarah:  It’s interesting that that didn’t seem to work for Leviathan too well.

Tyranny:  Good point! You are the creator of the phenomenal music blog “Blood or Love”. You do a whole mess of amazing interviews on there. How would you describe your style as an interviewer?

Sarah:  Thank you! Well, I think “thorough” is my style. I try to get the most I can from someone in one question as humanly possible. It’s also a challenge sometimes asking original questions especially when you don’t know your subject too well. Other times, it’s a challenge when you’re sending out the standard questions in an email or private message on Facebook. Don’t get me wrong. That can yield good results, but it’s kind of stale.  I developed a love for the “conversational” style from Alfi Hayati and John Stepp’s interviews.

Tyranny:  What do you find most interesting about humans?

Sarah:  How almost everything, even negative emotions, stem from the broad spectrum of emotions that we loosely label as “love.”

Tyranny:  Is there a definable “love”?

Sarah:  I think that the one thing that all forms of “love” have in common is the incentive for self-sacrifice. It’s the one thing that is capable of making us discard our instinct for self-preservation.

Tyranny:  Best I’ve ever seen that answered.  Do you see music as a critical component to the survival of the human race?

Sarah:  Most certainly. Music is art and art is one of the most profound forms of communication that we have as a species. Sometimes, words alone can’t translate what we want to convey and sometimes language can actually be the barrier preventing communication. Culture, religion, society. All that can separate us. A lot of times it does. Art is universal. It keeps emotions like empathy alive.  You don’t need to understand the lyrics to a song to feel the emotion coming from the singer or the music itself.

Tyranny:  What song do you have the strongest emotional connection to?

Sarah:  Piano instrumental of Silent Night. It’s the first song I taught myself to play on piano and I think the melody is very beautiful. The song reminds me of childhood. It brings back memories I would have forgotten without it.

Sarah Looking Deeply Amused By Life

Tyranny:  All right, I give you a name; you give me a quick response. Ready?

Sarah:  Ready!

Tyranny:  Mitt Romney

Sarah:  Ugh.

Tyranny:  John F. Kennedy

Sarah:  Car. Gunshot.

Tyranny:  Sylvester Stallone

Sarah:  Impressive sneer.

Tyranny:  Malcolm X

Sarah:  Islam.

Tyranny:  Ronnie James Dio

Sarah:  Metal horns.

Tyranny:  Yul Brenner

Sarah:  Exotic.

Tyranny:  Would you rather kill a cow or a chicken?

Sarah:  Chicken. Cows are harder to kill. Once, a whole bunch my father bought in Egypt ran away from the butcher and was roaming the streets. I was walking to the butcher wondering why they were walking around unsupervised. Doesn’t happen too often.

Tyranny:  You saw donkeys in Egypt. What was that like?

Sarah:  It was all right when they went along with what their owners wanted of them. Otherwise, they’re very loud and annoying at the crack of dawn. Even more so than roosters.

Tyranny:  You. Desert Island. One album. What you got?

Sarah:  Dax Riggs, Say Goodnight to the World

Tyranny:  If you could leave the beloved reader with one idea, one mental image, one thought, what would it be?

Sarah:  Floating within a nebula and witnessing the slow birth of stars.

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Exclusive Interview With Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine

Metal Legend Dave Mustaine

Last week, while I was at the Hot Topic in the North Dekalb Mall buying my four year old son a “Blessthefall” hoodie, the most improbable thing took place.  I started talking about heavy metal music with the guy in front of me and he mentioned that he was Dave Mustaine from the band Megadeth.  I was blown away!  I’ve been a huge fan of them for years.  I couldn’t let an opportunity of a lifetime go away, so I asked Mr. Mustaine if he was willing to do an interview with me.  In exchange for a large Orange Julius, he agreed to sit down with me in the Food Court and answer some questions.

Tyranny:  Mr. Mustaine, it’s an honor to meet you.  Thanks so much for your time.

Mustaine:  (slurping at his drink) It’s your dime, pal.

Tyranny: Well, first let’s get through the tough stuff.  You were kicked out of Metallica a long time ago.  Do you still have any anger towards them?

Mustaine:  Don’t try to trip me up, buddy.  I am in the band Megadeth.  M-E-G-A-D-E-A-T-H!  The Julius is going fast.  Hurry up.

Tyranny:  Okay, uhmm, well you have talked about aliens a lot in your music.  Do you really believe the government is hiding their existence from us?

Mustaine:  Look bro (looking around suspiciously and lowering his voice).  I can tell you for sure they are real.  And not just in that Hangar 13 in Arkansas.  I see a guy in here all the time.  He always pretends he’s going to buy a Build-A-Bear.  Everyday he’s in here.  You know why, man?  He’s studying us.  Sizing us up.  Looking to make his move.  One day, he’s gonna bug out and start eating mall goths and babies and stuff.

Know what?  I’m not afraid of him.  Know why?  I drink half a bottle of hand sanitizer everyday.  Stings a bit going down but he can’t see my heat trails because of that.  So, when things get crazy, Old Dave will be just fine.  Don’t worry about me, bro.

Tyranny:  Sounds like you know too much….


Tyranny:  So, you’re Christian?

Mustaine:  No dude, I told you.  I’m Dave.  What is this….a test?

Tyranny:  Have you recovered fully from your injury yet?

Mustaine:  Oh, you mean that thing that happened during the war.  Yeah, I’m mostly better.  The spine eating lizards put a device in my head that causes me to feel burning sensations whenever someone turns on a microwave, but beyond that, I’m totally cool.

Tyranny:  What is the thing that you have written that you are most proud of?

Mustaine:  About 30 years ago, when I was Jane Austen, I wrote a book called Persuasion.  It’s your basic story of love lost and love found.  In many ways, it’s a metaphor for the sadness at the root of the human condition.  There is a passage in the book where Captain Wentworth takes a hammer and beats a squirrel to death.  When I wrote that, I understood truly what it means to be a woman.

Tyranny:  Uhm, okay….

Mustaine:  SHHHHHHHH!!!!  You see that.

Tyranny:  What?!?!?!

Mustaine:  Shhhhh…shut up!  Pretend we are not talking.  You don’t know me and my name is Marvin.

Tyranny:  Uhmmmm…..

(A horrifically awkward silence of about two minutes)

Mustaine:  Okay…it’s cool.

Tyranny:  What just happened?

Mustaine:  Did you ever see that movie “They Live”?

Tyranny:  Yeah.

(Mustaine stares at me nodding with a knowing smile)

Tyranny:  Where do you see your music progressing over the last 10 years?

Mustaine:  You know how bands always say their music is either going to get heavier or that they are going to begin to hold strangers down and pour mouthwash in their eyes until the demons in their soul are vanquished to the Land of The Mog or that they are sorry that they randomly kicked and beat that vagrant on the side of the road in Phoenix all those years ago or that time I started cutting pictures of men with mustaches out of fashion magazines and pasting them up on the front door of local daycare centers or that they should know better and that they should beg forgiveness from a gila monster that won’t get off my front porch…..

Tyranny:  (waiting for the thought to be completed) Uhmmmmm…….uh-huh.

Mustaine:  (snapping back from a brief moment of staring staring blankly into space)  Did I turn my iron off at home?  It’s important.  I don’t want there to be a fire.

Tyranny:  I’m not really sure what….

Mustaine:  (suddenly filled with rage) Look, I need to let you know that the world is going to end on February 29th, 2017.  I need you to understand that.  Because we are all fragile beings.  Because we are delicate people.  Dreamers.  Dreaming.  Alone.  Bewildered.  Facing demons of our own creation and of the creation of so many others.  Facing eternalness.  Everywhere we look.  Besieged by creatures that call our names but disappear when we turn around.

Tyranny:  But…2017 isn’t a leap year?!?!

Mustaine:  Exactly!  See what I’m saying.  You see!!!

Tyranny:  But…..

Mustaine:  Nah!  That’s it.  I’m on to you, Gropius.  I see you in there!  You can’t fool me.  My Julius is finished!  You’ve nibbled at the toes of eternal truth long enough.  Peace!

And with a flash of light, he was gone…..

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Venom Singer Saddened By Royal Snub

Uncle Cronos

There is one Brit who is still waiting for his invitation to tomorrow’s wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton.  Cronos (Conrad Lant), the bass player and singer from the band Venom, has checked his mailbox everyday patiently waiting for a message that may never come.  Why would the lead singer of a band that recorded songs like “Sons of Satan” expect an invite to one of the most sacred and important events in Britain this century?  Cronos is, in fact, Kate Middleton’s uncle.

As hard as this may be to believe for many metalheads, Cronos is the brother of Kate’s mom Mary Lant.  In an exclusive interview with The Tyranny of Tradition, Cronos revealed that he had a close relationship with Kate from the time she was a baby.  “We were on tour supporting the Welcome to Hell album when I got the call.   Little Katy was about to be born.  The band and I cancelled the show and rushed to the hospital.  I’ll never forget when I held her for the first time.  Abaddon and I broke down in tears.  It was beautiful,” recalled Cronos.

Cronos was always a big part of the future princesses life.  She grew up going to Venom concerts and was even in the studio when the band recorded their third album “At War With Satan”.  “Mantas had this great idea to have her voice mixed into the background of the song “Aaaaaarrghh” but it we were never able to get it to sound right.”

As Kate got older she got more involved with the band.  “She started playing drums at age 7 and even sat in with us a few times during concerts.  She played Buried Alive with us at a show in Coventry back during the reunion in 1995 and was amazing.  She reminded me a lot of Dave Lombardo.”

When the royal couple first started dating Kate promised Cronos that they might play at the wedding if the two ever decided to tie the knot.  “She had this whole idea about us playing Countess Bathory during the part of the service where she walked up to the altar.  I thought it was crazy, but she kept bringing the idea up. I’d have been honored to play her wedding.”

Cronos was in touch with Kate as recently as seven months ago, but since the wedding announcement she has not returned any of his phone calls.  “She used to call me her favorite uncle.  She loved singing songs with me when she was a little girl.  We used to sing the song “Black Metal” together.  She loved doing the growling part at the end.  Now she won’t even talk to me.”

There have been few mentions of Cronos’ relationship with Kate in the British press.  He believes the royal family has conspired to keep the Kate Middleton/Venom connection out of the media.  “There used to be video of her playing with us up on YouTube, but that was mysteriously taken down months ago.  I feel like they are embarrassed by my career as one of the founding fathers of Satan influenced thrash metal.  I’m not trying to get famous out of this or make money.  I just want my Little Katy back.”



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