CAULDRON BLACK RAM “Slaves To The Black” 

By Dr. Abner Mality

The ominous outline of a hulking ship is on the horizon. Even from a distance, this vessel looks unclean. A noisome stench precedes it. The closer it comes to shore, the more forbidding it becomes. Now we can hear a cacophony of screams, laughter and raging curses. A black flag is unfurled from the mast and our worst fears are realized: the undead pirates of CAULDRON BLACK RAM are upon us!

Hailing from the unwholesome port of Adelaide in South Australia, CAULDRON BLACK RAM is a nefarious and mysterious coalition of freebooters who rape, pillage and plunder to a soundtrack of raw and churning heavy metal. Their releases are infrequent but always intriguing in an intimidating way. They play a type of death metal that is unwashed and unorthodox. “Slaver” is their latest and perhaps greatest sortie.

I took a deep breath, cinched up my swordbelt and decided to board the main vessel of CAULDRON BLACK RAM, where I managed a conversation with helmeted and fearsome drummer ESH. Here is the result, which I hope to deliver while still alive...

WORMWOOD CHRONICLES: Hail to the buccaneers of CAULDRON BLACK RAM! First, let me inquire as to the origin of the band name. Where did it come from and what does it mean?

ESH: A rough hewn totem of archaic visage. The colour, cauldron black. I would assume the meaning of such lost to anyone from the outside.

WC: Where did the band’s fascination with piracy come from? Was there a specific movie, book or historical character that inspired it?

E: There was no primary obsession with piracy per se, there just happened to be much old world language and old world characters invested in the story over album 2 and 3. Which are conjoined. The characters were born of books moreso. The Freemasonic/Governmental roots of pirates integrated along with the crimes of robbing civilisations on behalf of such institutions. Less romantic, and skirting the nefarious, one would think.

WC: I know bands often don’t like to label themselves, but how would you describe your music? Do you consider yourselves a death metal band?

E: Yes, I would agree on death metal. There are hints of black metal and heavy metal, but many old DM bands had such undertones. It is a struggle to label a band nowadays, as the pure pedigree has altered for better and worse over time. All we can do is our best, but it comes down to the ear of the beholder.

WC: I know the CBR crew are involved with other bands. Is CBR an actual band or should they be considered more of a “project”?

E: CBR has toured and played live plenty of times, so I guess it is a band. CBR is not quite as busy as our other bands, that is all.

WC: The new album is “Slaver”. Is there one story being told here or are the songs more individual tales of death and debauchery?

E: It harbours more of a theme, as opposed to a character-based story. It captures facets of a violent, unrestrained culture. The trappings in war, idol worship, slavery, sacrifice of heathens to burning Moloch-esque is all inclusive. But really just a mirror to what already happens in this current day and age.

WC: Is there a deeper message underlying the songs that could relate more to our present world or is everything strictly for entertainment?

E: A bit of both. It is intended as a picture of a time between Golden Ages. A fallen one that would be best left behind in memory, and history, though we should learn from it's corruptive barbarity. The hydra of the cult is many headed and destroys on all fronts.

WC: Your songs are very unorthodox in their arrangements and don’t easily resemble other bands. Is this unique style something you work very hard at or does it just “come naturally”?

E: True, and we are unorthodox thinkers and writers. Everyone else is a step behind us because of our obsessions and attention span. We write music that balances the familiar with the untrodden path, as that would be what we want to hear from any other band. So mote it be.

WC: Who are some of the bands you draw inspiration from?

E: Many older bands, but between us there might be too many to list, and who knows how those influences manifest, right? All I could do is list the bands I THINK we sound like, but again, ear of the beholder…

WC: Does CBR play live and if so, what form does the live show take?

E: Yes, we get on stage, play heavy metal the old way, and in between, we make sardonic observances and insult as many people as possible, to weed out the warriors from the weak. We play for them.

WC: On “Slaver”, is there one particular tune that’s your favorite?

E: “Smoke Pours From The Orifices Of The Crematory Idol”. Though I did not write the riffs for that song, the feel is great and I pride myself on those lyrics. It is true deatheavy metal.

WC: Australia has a history of oddball extreme bands like BLOOD DUSTER, SADISTIK EXEKUTION, KING PARROT and more. Does CAULDRON BLACK RAM consider themselves part of this lineage or do you stand apart?

E: I had never considered that. Maybe.

WC: Are there any other Aussie bands in the underground we should be keeping an eye out for?

E: Underground? Is there an underground anymore? Hmmm. FATES HAND, I guess. A new band with members of MONGRELS CROSS/PORTAL/IMPETUOUS RITUAL and ROAD WARRIOR.

WC: Have you had any thoughts as to what follows “Slaver” in your discography?

E: Yes, we have some songs fermenting already. I would like a MLP but we will see. Unfortunately the band is democratic, hahaha. The concept, and there will always be a concept, has already been decided.

WC: What was the last release you picked up just because you wanted to check it out?

E: That has not happened since the pre-internet days, my friend. LORD CRUCIFIER 'The Focus Of Life'.

WC: Do you have any “Spinal Tap” story from your history where things went haywire that you could share with us?

E: We played a nice festival here in Australia in the early 2000's if I remember correctly. New South Wales somewhere. We starting playing, the crowd went ape-shit, and someone, I won't name names, from NOCTURNAL GRAVES climbed on the stage, grabbed the microphone stand and proceeded to inform the crowd that we were the best Australian band since a long time. For extra effect, he flopped his cock out and waved it around a bit. Being the drummer, I had no idea this happened. The cock offended many people, and I endorse such behaviour because life is sterile and boring.

WC: Any final messages from the BLACK RAM horde?

E: Almost everything you think you know, is a lie. Grow some balls, fight for liberty of the spirit. Pull your head out of the mire, be a warrior, or die like the slave you are becoming in the new era.