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”.

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)


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


Favourites

Vocalists: Jonathan Davis, Warrel Dane, Rob Halford, Carley Coma, James Hetfield, Philip H. Anselmo
Drummers: Billy Cobham, Jaki Liebezeit, Kenneth Schalk, Jesse Smith, Neil Peart, Lars Ulrich, David Silveria
Romanian artists: Myriam Marbé, Ciprian Porumbescu, George Enescu, Marius Popp, Octavian Nemescu, Adrian Enescu, Loredana Groza, Anca Parghel, Iris, Bloodway, Luna Amară, The Mono Jacks, Godmode
Genres: Cosmic Music, (Christian) Metallic Hardcore, Seattle Sound, Jazz, Jazz-Rock, Psychedelic-Rock, Heavy Metal, Project Blowed
Movies: Event Horizon, Star Trek, The 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 Nibelungen, Black Sabbath, La Planete Sauvage, Dekalog, The Network
Romanian movies: Romanian theater, Brigada diverse, Toate pînzele sus, Moromeţii, Filantropica, Aferim, Sieranevada, Beyond the hills
Animations: Looney Tunes, Merrie Melodies, The Aristocats, The Ren & Stimpy Show, Brickleberry, The Angry Beavers, Fritz The Cat, Coonskin
Television series: Star Trek, Charité, Charité At War, Better Call Saul, Goliath, The End Of The Fucking World
Electronic dance music: 2 Brothers On The 4th Floor, Beat System, Culture Beat, Captain Hollywood Project, Scatman John, Haddaway, Dr. Alban
Dessert: Crème brûlée (cooked by my sweet wife), Kunefe
Food: Fresh vegetables (only from Romania), Fish, Traditional Romanian dishes, Lebanese food
Drinks: Water with cucumber, Tonic water, Wine, Asbach uralt (Cognac), Burn – Fuel Your Fire
Sports: Basketball, Table tennis
Brands: Blood & Fire Productions, Honda, Sony, Asus, Nike, Adidas, Puma, Ecco, Otter, 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

Depeche Mode – Ultra
Korn – Korn
Massive Attack – Mezzanine
Metallica – … And Justice For All
Pantera – Vulgar Display Of Power

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
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
Zao – Where Blood And Fire Bring Rest

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

A Storm Of Light, All Pigs Must Die, All That Remains, Anathallo, Anathema, Animals As Leaders, Apocalyptica, As I Lay Dying, Atreyu, August Burns Red, Avatarium, Avenged Sevenfold, Between The Buried And Me, Billy Cobham, Black Sabbath, Bleeding Through, Body Count, Caliban, Castle, Cave In, Chimaira, Coal Chamber, Converge, Dead To Fall, Deadsoil, Death, Deftones, Demon Hunter, Depeche Mode, Down, Earthtone9, East Of The Wall, Eivind Aarset, Enslaved, Evergreen Terrace, Every Time I Die, Faith No More, Fear Factory, Gloryful, Godflesh, Gojira, Guns N’ Roses, Hatebreed, Head, Heaven Shall Burn, Hellyeah, Ihsahn, In Flames, Insect Ark, Irmin Schmidt, Japanische Kampfhörspiele, Judas Priest, Katatonia, Killswitch Engage, King Diamond, Korn, Lamb Of God, Limp Bizkit, Machine Head, Madball, Manic Street Preachers, Martyr A.D., Massive Attack, Mastodon, Maylene And The Sons Of Distaster, Meshuggah, Metallica, Misery Signals, Mutoid Man, Napalm Death, Neurosis, Night In Gales, Novembers Doom, Old Man Gloom, Opeth, P.O.D., Papa Roach, Paradise Lost, Pig Destroyer, Pitchshifter, Porcupine Tree, Prophets Of Rage, Rosetta, Sahg, Selah Sue, Sepultura, Shai Hulud, Since The Day, Six Reasons To Kill, Skunk Anansie, Slayer, Slipknot, Soundgarden, Still Remains, Testament, Textures, The Blueprint, The Dillinger Escape Plan, The Ocean, The Red Chord, The Sisters Of Mercy, Toby Driver, Trivium, Twelve Tribes, Undying, Unearth, Vision Of Disorder, Voivod, Warrel Dane, Will Haven