Thursday, August 16, 2018

Frust Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

Frust was founded just a few months ago as a solo project. I ve been making music for over 20 years now, started as guitar player and co-founder in a punk/grunge band in the mid 90s, we´ve played some gigs and released a demo, till i wasnt able to go along with the band because of some health problems. I ve kept playing music over the years, for me and friends, and started to learn more about playstyles, instruments, programming, mixing and so on. I ve quitted making music from time to time, because i was frustrated by slow progress to be honest sometimes, i had higher expectations and a lot of doubt in myself. In winter 2018, early spring, i ve wrote two song-parts just for fun, and i started to like them more and more, in the past years i ve stopped on most of songs if there were any parts i wasnt satisfied with, but this time i continued working on them, the songs arisen from that sessions are „Air“ and „Earth“. So i decided to make an EP.





2.Recently you have released an ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

I am not sure, it was and is really hard for me to label the music, i don´t like put the burden of a genre on my work,because it just would limit me in many ways. For several reasons, i sure had to put a label on it, and the one with i personally go best is „Post Black Metal“. But to answer the question when it comes to sound, i would say, it´s a mix bewtween Black Metal, Post Black Metal, Black Gaze, some Ambient, specially the new Album, coming in January 2019 will also have some more „Doom Metal“ passages, and some, well, almost „Trip Hop“-like passages…so it´s mabye also „experimental“ in some ways, like it was with the female virtual Instrument vocals from syria and bulgaria i ve used on „Elements“. I am a big fan of The Cure as well, Maybe it has even some of them in it in the slower, more quiet parts, like on „Water“.



3.Both the song themes and ep cover deal with the 4 elements, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this subject?

Well, i am a spirtual person when it comes to nature, i ve lived my first 24 years in the middle of a national park in the austrian alps, so the connection to mother earth was always strong in my beeing. I´ve worked a lot using the four elements in meditations and not at least at some kind of guides, like Earth is very grounding, Water reflects your feelings, Fire your anger or passion. I don´t want to overexpand that topic, but it felt very right for me to give the first record that nature-related background, as i wrote „Air“ it wasnt planned to go on with all the four Elements, but it was clear that that track, can only have this Name.





4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Frust'?

Thats a small, and funny story. It isn´t a lie, when i tell you, finding a band name took my more nerves and thinking than anything else working with Frust.So i was really thinking much and a long time About a name, but all that came up was very chliché, i would have been ashamed sooner or less, using that names. Some day, i was playing online with some friends, and one of them was really angry that day, and i ve said: „Micha, you´re really in a good mood to tell me a bandname for my project, what are you feeling right now, just shoot“ And he answered: „Frust! Only Frust!“ I ve said:“Thanks a lot, that fits well“ haha, and it was done. Frust is the shortform of „Frustration“ in, at least, german language.





5.With the exception of some female vocals from Bulgaria and Syria you recorded most of the music by yourself, are you open to working with a full band?

The female Voices are Instruments too, at least virtual Instrument, a lot of smaller film-, gaming- and so on projects are using them too, it´s really great, you would be astound how many voice-instruments you can buy today. They´re able to modulate in so many ways, it´s a really great opportunity to get some vocals, if you re living in a small town, not knowing any singer. For the Growls/screams, thats me. I don´t have plans for adding more members in the future to be honest.





6.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?

I´ve received a few offers, but i am a sceptical person when it comes to business, specially music business. I ve expirenced so many great opportunities, specially for new bands, and i really prefer to grow organic, with the awareness that that´s gonna be a long way, specially without live concerts. That shouldn´t mean i dont´t want to work with a record label at any cause.



7.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of post black metal?

I wasn´t really sure how/if people would like it, specially with the label „Post Black Metal“ on it, like i ve said earlier. I haven´t had any negative review by now, or any negative comment on shared postings in like in Facebook-groups or on YouTube, so the toxic-community may just haven´t found me by now. Promoting the EP has just begun, and i ve got a lot of responses in form of reviews, radio-airplay, and so on, which i honest appreciate every single one of it. You are granting me the first interview of my life by the way, thank you for that.



8.Are you or have you been involved with any other bands or musical projects?

Like i said earlier, i was member of a punk/grunge band, it was called „Orgasmic Control“, and i am very glad, you don´t ask about former bands names haha. I ve also made some ambient/meditation music in the past, but not for the public, it was for learning and also relaxing while composing.





9.You have your first full length coming out at the beginning of 2019, what can we expect musically once it is released?

As the recording process is still going, i can´t speak for the whole album, because i am recording very intuative sometimes, and the same goes for deleting a whole track, i just can speak about what i have recorded, which is like 30% of the album. I think some parts will be a surprise to the listener, specially the ones who already knowing my EP, like the „Trip Hop“-like parts, if they ll stay on the album, and i ve just finished recording a more doomy track, another one has some tribal-like passages a bit like Sepulturas „Roots“, and it will have the ambient, quiet, dreamy parts again as well, for all i ve heared my audience really likes them, on the other hand some  tracks will go in a more „Fire“-like direction, more heavy and brutal.



10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

I would call Heretoir as an influence when it comes to have no fear of putting a lot of melodies in dark and heavy songs, i love their Album „Substanz“, also The Cure, i ve always admired they´re way to create different atmospheres, and for me „Bloodflowers“ is close to an perfect Album, i love many bands even from different genres, and for sure a lot more may have influnced me, like the first Rock/Metal bands i ve started listen to, in the late 80s like Guns n Roses, Black Sabbath or Exploited, later on Abigor from my homecountry Austria, i think they´re still very unique, or Siebenbuergen i really loved them like 15 years ago because of their melodic and the use of female voices and that great Cello they had on some tracks.



Nowadays i am trying to NOT listen to Metal in any form, while i am recording, and since about April i am recording like non stop, The only metal-related bands i ve listen a lot this year were Heretoir and Unreqvited to be honest, because i love them. After long recording-sessions,  listening to my own songs over and over till they´re where i want to have them, i´ll really enjoy silence, or some very different Singer/Songwriter like Angus & Julia Stone, Peter Conway or Joseph Arthur.



11.What are some of your non musical interests?

I ve painted a lot in the past years, i am doin it with passion, but the results aren´t that well, so you probably will not see any of my paintings in the near feature. I am a fucking gaming-nerd as well, not very proud of it, but i am and i do Mountainbiking.  Oh and i love my girlfriend and cats 😊



12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?

Yeah, thank you for giving new bands a place to grow, and thanks for the support to all that giving me a great time with Frust, for all that don´t know me, have a listen, stay tuned for the Album aswell, or just drop a line, i am happy about your Feedback.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Elurra Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?



Elurra was founded 2013 by some friends in Duisburg/Germany. With our roots in the punk and hardcore scene, we still feel connected to many of these scenes ethics like the ideals of do it yourself and left wing politics in general.

For us it is important to combine music and ritual. Stage performance is always a ritual in which we want to create a audio-visual and olfactory gloomy atmosphere with having candles, fire, burning some woods or self created resin mixes.



2.Recently you have released a new album, how does it differ musically from the stuff you have released in the past?



Basicly new on the actual release "von Feuer und Erde" is that it is recorded, mixed and mastered by ourselves. We decided to do so because we like the diy way of making and sharing music and want to have full control over the sound of the record. We tried do make it sound more like we sound on stage, which differs a little of the more “clear” sound of the previous record.



3.You consider yourself as being 'red and anarchist black metal', can you tell us a little bit more about your involvement with this movement and left wing politics?



It is not easy to explain this in short term but we try.

We feel connected to the ideals of RABM, anarchism, communism, of a solidare and caring society, and for some of our bandmembers also satanism. This stands for individuality, free thinking, letting others live their self-determined life. As band and personally, we are against authorial, fascistic, religious ideology and do not agree with the concepts of borders, nations, masters, gods or anything else to keep us in line.

We also support leftist places and like playing there. And the band also organize the Haglaz antifascist black metal fest every year in AZ Mülheim in Germany.



For us it is important to make a clear statement against NSBM and other fascist cowards who dream of a strong “Führer” because they are afraid of freedom and living their own life. They need someone to tell them what to do and think and where their place in society is. Their dream of a society in uniforms with strict rules and their fear of heterogeneity is against everything our understanding of black metal stands for.

Fascism is on a rise all over the world again and people try to escape the impositions of capitalism by crawling into the deceptive security of the warm and stinking lap of nation and race, for us it is important to organize against that madness, and as a black metal band for us it is obvious to support the idea of RABM.



We decided not to announce political messages on stage or explicit in the lyrics, so it is important for us to discus these themes with other (in interviews e.g.). Also we want to create a show that may enables possibilities for personal reflection and enlightenment.



4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored over the years with your music?



Although we consider ourselves as political persons and support left ideas, our lyrics are only in so far political, as my personal attitude of course influences everything I say, sing or write.

The lyrics deal with a mix of personal feelings/stories, dreams and occult/esoteric topics.

They are written to fit the music, to fit the setting on stage to negotiate the walls of reality and hopefully let us and maybe the people at the show pass it for some time, let us have a look at a different junction of cosmic spheres, and maybe give us the power to change the state of the fucked up world we live in.



5.You also mention some left hand path interests on your facebook page, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts?



I will only speak for myself, some band-member do not care about satanism or occultism, but I consider myself as a satanist and use rituals and magic to alter myself and the reality for personal reasons. To do so, I have to silence my inner voice of logic and rationalism, and a good place for me to to so is the stage or the rehearsal room with noise, smoke and fire.

As I told before we also use some kind of ritual on stage to alter reality on a level of society. It is probably not as effective as good old class war, but I think it is worth a try.





6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Elurra'?



Elurra is the Basque word for snow. I like the basque country, I like the soundig of the word, I like snow. Thats it.





7.Can you tell us a little bit more about the cover artwork that is presented on the new album cover?



The picture ist a photo by Richard Peter taken in 1965 and shows the during ww2 destroyed "Frauenkirche" in "Dresden". The “Frauenkirche” is very symbolically. Today’s fascists wants to create a victim myth about the “innocent” city Dresden during war. They also tries in this topic to qualify the horrible crime of nazi regime. This is not to tolerate and amongst other things we use the “Frauenkirche” to remember the brutal consequences of fascist ideologies that has never to be possible again. Additionally we want´s to discuss the “Deutschtum” as a precursor of fascism.



8.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?



best show on a Bauwagenplatz in Badel, where was a very nice show over New Year's Eve with and many punk and crusty people.

Stage performance is always a ritual in which we want to create a audio-visual and olfactory gloomy atmosphere with having candles, fire, burning some woods or self created resin mixes.



9.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?



Right now we have a record release show and we will play at the "Haglaz" Festival in the AZ Mülheim. Due to some personal reasons, we will concentrate on producing new songs for a new release instead of much touring for the next time.



10.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?



If a label would sign us we would discuss it certainly. To be signed on a label also means to have it more comfortable with spreading music or playing shows. You also might get supported in producing upcoming music. But as mentioned we also like the idea of diy and never really tried to find some label or something like that





11.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?

Some people love us because of our attitude, they are happy about the new record.

Some people hate us because of our attitude, they are angry about our “black metal for good people”

To get more reactions for the music, I think we have to send more promos for reviews to some zines and blogs like we did to you. But promotion is not what we really care about or are good at, so I think we will not get to know much about the metal worlds reaction.





12.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?



We are working on new songs and this may improve our musical diversity. At the moment we try to write a more mid tempo song, which avoids blast beats and is inspired by some doom/sludge. On long term it will probably stay black metal.





13.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?



We got influenced mainly by true Norwegian black metal just like million bands before and after us.

Beside black metal one of the band listens to some wired kind of techno, one listens to the punk his other band plays, one has two death metal records and I found love for some black ambient. (Watch out for Elurra side project!)





14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?



It is important to intense political discussions in Metal and to get rid off the fascist scum out of the scene. So thank you for your support, the nice review of our new record and letting us share our wired thoughts!

Rotfront and hail satan!



Monday, August 13, 2018

Dalkhu/Lamentation And Ardent Fire/Godz Of War Productions/2018 CD Review


  Slovenia's  Dalkhu  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  raw  and  melodic  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Lamentation  And  Ardent  Fire"  which  will  be  released  in September  by  Godz  Of  War  Productions.

  Dark  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  drum  beats  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  leads  to  a  heavier  direction  while  the  vocals  bring  in  grim  black  metal  screams  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  also  being  used  briefly  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  vocals  also  mix  in  death  metal  growls  at  times  along  with  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  style as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  music  also  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  Swedish  influences  and  as  the  album  progresses  clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly.

 Dalkhu  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  raw  and  melodic  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  death  and  occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Dalkhu  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  melodic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "I  Am"  "Gaps  of  Existence"  and  "Night".  8  out  of  10.    

Incorporea/To Exorcize The Sun/Vertabrae/2018 EP Review


  Incorporea  are  a  duo  from  Spain  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  with  elements  of  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  ep  "To  Excorcize  The  Sun"  which  was  released  by  Vertabrae.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  a  few  seconds  later  while  the  music  also  gets  very  atmospheric  at  times  as  well  as  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  the  music  also  has  a  lot  of  90's  influences.

  Elements  of  doom  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  while  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  some  acoustic  guitars  also  being  used  briefly  and  the  music  also  brings  in  some  modern  influences  and  spoken  word  parts  are  added  onto t he  second  track.

  Incorporea  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  atmospheric  black  metal  while  the  doom  metal  elements  makes  the  songs  stand  out  a  lot  more,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  negativity,  suffering  and  despair  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Incorporea  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  mixture  of  black  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  duo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Carved  In  Paroxysmal  Void".  8  out  of  10. 

Burial Shrine/Labyrinth Of Bridges/Saturnal Records/2028 CD Review


  Burial  Shrine  are  a  band  from  Vancouver  B.C,  Canada  that  plays  a very  raw  and  aggressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "Labyrinth  of  Bridges"  which  will  be  released  in September  by  Saturnal  Records.

  Atmospheric  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  musical  direction  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  chaotic  style.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  a  more  raw  feeling  while  the  vocals  sound  very  deep  at  times  along  with  the  tracks  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts,  most  of  the  music  sounds  very  modern  but  also  adding  in  some  old  school  influences  and  the  last  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  also  introduces  violins  onto  the  recording.

  Burial  Shrine  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  fast,  raw  and  aggressive  in  a  more  modern  direction,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  occultism  themes  along  with  some  songwriting  from  Johannes  Nefastos. 

  In  my  opinion  Burial  Shrine  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  aggressive  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "To  Walk  The  Edge  Of  Infinity"  "To  See  Beyond  The  Mask"  and  "Labyrinth  Of  Bridges".  8  out  of  10.  

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Theudho/De roep van het woud/Heidens Hart Records/2018 CD Review


  Theudho  are  a  solo  project  from  Belgium  that  plays  a  pagan  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2018  album  "De  roep  van  het  woud"  which  will  be  released  on  August  30th  by  Heidens  Hart  Records.

  Nature  orientated  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  clean  guitars  a  few  seconds  alter  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  some  atmospheric  synths  also  being  mixed  in  at  times  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  as  well  as  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  some  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  acoustic  guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  clean  vocals  as  the  album  progresses  and  there  is  also  an  ambient  instrumental  before  closing  the  recording  with  a  heavier  track.

  Theudho  plays  a  style  of  pagan  black  metal  that is  very  melodic,  epic  and  atmospheric  sounding,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Belgian  and  cover  Germanic  Mythology,  History,  Philosophy  and  Cultural  Tradition  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Theudho  are  a  very  great  sounding  pagan  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of t his  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Waar  kraaien  de  ondergang  bezingen"  "De  eik  van  Hakiloheim"  "Wolfstijd"  and  "In  de  schaduw  van  de  zwarte  banier".  8  out  of  10. 

  

Invocation/The Mastery Of The Unseen/Iron Bonehead Productions/2018 EP Review


  Invocation  are  a  band  from  Chile  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  ritualistic  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  ep  "The  Mastery  Of  The  Unseen"  which  will  be  released  in  September  by  Iron  Bonehead  Productions.


  Drums  start  off  the  ep  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  bring  in  a  mixture  of  black  metal  screams  and  death  metal  growls  along  with  the  riffs  also  utilizing  a  great  amount  o  dark  sounding  melodies  as  well a s  some  elements  of  war  metal.

  A  great  amount  of  South  American  underground  metal  influences  can  also  be  heard  in t he  bands  musical  style  while  the  songs  also  bring  in a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  second  track  is  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Invocation  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  their  ritualistic  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Spiritualism,  Possessions  and  Witchcraft  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Invocation  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Ouija  (The  Mystifying  Oracle)".  8  out  of  10.