Sunday, November 23, 2014

Orthank/Rotting World/Wohrt Records/2014 Cassette Review


  Orthank  are  a  band  from  Russia  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  atmospheric  form  of  pagan/black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  cassette  "Rotting  World"  which  was  released  by  Wohrt  Records.

  A  very  dark,  melodic  and  atmospheric  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  pagan  chanting  which  are  also  brought  back  on  the  last  track  before  adding  in  grim  screams  and  synths  in  the  background  and  on  the  other  tracks  the  music  starts  to  speed  up  a  bit  and  brings  in  more  of  a  raw  and  old  school  sound  along  with  a  good  amount  of  blast  beats.

  There  is  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  present  throughout  the  recording  and  the  music  sticks  to  a  90's  style  of  pagan/black  metal  and  after  awhile  the  bass  guitars  get  more  powerful  sounding  and  the  band  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  guitar  leads  on  a  few  tracks  while  some  of  the  other  songs  show  the  vocals  adding  in  a  good  mixture  of  both  deep  and  high  pitched  screams.

  Orthank   plays  a  style  of  pagan/black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  also  captures  the  90's  style  perfectly,  the production  sound s very  dark,  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Paganism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Orthank  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  pagan/black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  cassette.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  "II"  "V"  and  "VII".  8  out  of  10.

Friday, November 21, 2014

My Dying World "Mako" Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
1. Our project was formed in october 2013, as solo project of Sergey "Mako" Tereshchenko. It was based on idea to create some music, which will describe his own feelings, experiences and negative view of outer world and people. During 7-9 monthes was written 6 songs (instrumental part - guitars, bass, drums, atmospheric parts), and he desided to change conception of album - it becomes as some interpretation of diary, written by melancholic and depressive person. And for recording was invited Artur "Shadow" Goncharov as guitarist (accoustic and electric guitars), and was decided to take guitarist as part of the band. Because non of members can`t sing, was invited like session vocalist Nikita "IORIA" Eremeev, who also wrote excellent lyrics for us. After this we complete recording of our first album "My dying world... and life!"

2.Recently you have released your first album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also what do you feel you add to the depressive black metal genre with your musical sound?
2. Our musical sound was chosen to describe our inner feelings, which is raw and negative, but still not so good as we tried to make, because of our low budget. Anyway we think, that our sound still give for raw black metal some way for new experiments.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
3. With our Lyrics we tried to describe all feelings, that "author of diary" has during writting one. We tried to describe what he feel, when someone lie to him, betray him, give negative experience, try to offence him. We tried to make it like a small story of that "author". Of course it has expliting content, cause it can show you, how "main character" hate the world, and how he is angry on everybody, even thou whom he loved, but was betrayed.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'My Dying World'?
4. "My dying world Mako" means, that inner world of band former is ruined and is on the edge of self-destruction. It was chosen, when Sergey "Mako" was interested in making photos in depressive and melancholic style (there was his own internet page, which has same title) and after interpretated in a name of future music project.

5.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you planning on expanding the line-up in the future or do you chose to remain a duo?
5. We are planning to expand, cause we are always looking for a person, who can sing for us (for one album or for whole period of band existence). And if there will be musicians, who are interested in taking part of helping write music or organizing live concerts, we will be glad to invite them to our project.

6.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
6. If any label will offer us their service, we can sigh an agreement. But during unsigned period we are planning to make records at our own home studio.

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
7. We are not such popular to get plenty feedbacks. We recieve only a small amount of them. Some is good, some is not. Someone like music part, someone vocal... everyone has different tastes and oppinions.

8.Do any of the band members have any experience playing or performing in other bands before forming this project?
8. Former is taking part in other project "DEC`50" (bass-guitar), but that project is "frozen" for now (leader and some other members can`t take part in life of the band). Session vocal has his main black metal project "IORIA". For guitarist Artur this is first experience in band.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
9. We are planning to move our music in more atmosphere way, but still we will not forget about depressive parts of music - in that way we are working under our second album.

10.What are some of the band or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
10. We are listening different kind of metal and atmosphere music, but mostly it`s an atmospheric/depressive/suicidal black metal, shoegaze, post-black, ambient. Such bands like Apati, Wolves in the Trone Room, Thy light and so on has great influence on our music in first album.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
11. My (former) non-musical interest are working with photos, reading some books, cooking and so on.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
12. What can i tell at the end - just keep calm and listen DSBM :) and thanks to all, who support and believe in us.

Hornwood Fell Interview

.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a
little bit about the band?
Hi, we arranged our group in May 2013 and we play black metal 90’s, we’ve tried to play when we were child but now we don’t apply make up! Our biggest influences are The Ulver, the erlier Borknagar, Satyricon Burzum, and obviously the Darkthrone.

2.Recently you have released a new album, how would you describe the
musical sound that is presented on this recording?
The music follows the Norwegian style of 90’s, dirty guitars, shrill voices. An obsessive Style, far from a sophisticated approach, but we pay close attention to the essential visual/evocative part. With the intention to remember some masterpieces which have lead to success the genre; a tribute to what in the 90’s was.


3.The music on the album has the Norwegian sound of the 90's, what was the decision behind going into this musical direction as opposed to amore modern style?
We are bound to this genre by a teen-love, in the 90’s what that came from Norway embraced perfectly ours places atmospheres, the stories, legends, where we are immersed in.
At the time the black metal scene, born around the “dark and unsurmontable silva cimina” included also the “Hastur Evocation”, earlier  group of “Hornwood Fell”.
Most people could think that we’ re doing nothing special, but we are convinced there is an innovative element in our music, most of all in 2014. that’s the bad taste:  everyone look for the good sound but for us is important the bad sound!

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
A storm, an oak tree, a man alone watching without see, others themes and characters with their  own fears. Actions and life’s dark thoughts of a human counciousness: a landscape made of roughs and fast images, where senses ask to be recognize and to shape form thought symbols and disguises.


5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Hornwood Fell'?
We liked the evocative result that comes out with the words “horn-wood-fell”, seemed to be related with the atmospheres and the unreal of our pieces.

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
We never have done live performance yet; and we don’t know if we will do it. We’re  focusing the attention on new compositions, it’s the most important thing now.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
Not yet, this likes to be a studio project!

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
We received a good feedback, we have not quite a complete point of view because the album is just issued and we’re doing a promotion work.


9.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projectsthese days that some of the band members are a part off?
A lot of bands mentioned on our biography , are actually in pause, we are concentrated on this project.
Wisest farmers used the Crop rotation, they periodically let stand the plots to give them new vitality.


10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
The Hornwood are born just to do dirty thing! We started this adventure playing Black Metal and we’ll finish doing it over again. For us is very important to remain authentic, congruent with the history of this genre. We are so nostalgic.


11.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 actually listen a lot of musical genres, we play black metal remaining to our pasts, but we listen some masterpieces also. We are fascinated by classical music, the black metal seems to be very close to it. You know, this sensation leaved by opened chords, without palm muting, they sometimes like to be a mass of cellos, however they give an orchestral effect.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
.Andrea (bass player) I work as movie editor, the movie in general is my passion.
Andrea (Drum) I love travelling and i do it as soon as possible,  I teach Drum.
Marco (guitar and voice) I teach music and a method called “Ground Discharging Approach”, it helps musicians to work fisical problems out.


13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or
thoughts?
Thank you very much for this opportunity. If somebody wants to listen rough music , we recommend to have a look at our band!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Goatchrist/She Who Holds The Scrying Mirror/SixSixSix Music/2014 CD Review


  Goatchrist  are  a   band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black/death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "She  Who  Holds  the  Scrying  Mirror"  which  was  released  by  SixSixSix  Music.

  Nature  and  ambient  sounds  start  off  the  album  and  a  minute  later  the  music  starts  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  direction  while  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  as  well  as  mixing  black  and  death  metal  together  and  then  the  album  starts  bringing  in  a  very  fast  and  raw  sound  that  utilizes  blast  beats  and  high  pitched  screams.

  Death  metal  growls  and  melodic  riffing  and  leads  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  a  good  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  solos  have  a  dark  sound  to  them  while  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  melody,  talent  and  skill  and  on  the  later  tracks  the  vocals  get  more  grim  and  diverse  as  well  as  adding  in  dsbm  style  screams  at  times.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  at  times you  can  hear  some  atmospheric  synths  and  clean  parts  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts  being  used  briefly  and  in  some  of  the  low  yet  heavy  riffing  you  can  hear  elements  of  doom  metal  and  on  of  the  tracks  also  brings  in  a  very  brutal  sounding  blackened  death  metal  style.
     
  Goatchrist  creates  a  very  diverse  sounding  black  metal  album  that  brings  in  a  good  mixture  of  raw,  depressive  and  melodic  songs  along  with  a  great  amount  of  death  metal  influences  and  the  music  always  keeps  around  a  very  dark  and  evil atmosphere,  the  production  sound s very  dark  and  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  Anti  Cosmic  Luciferianism  and  Biblical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Goatchrist  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw,  melodic  and  atmospheric  black/death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Through  Flames  We  Invoke  Him"  "The  Four  Horsemen"  "She  Who  Holds  the  Scrying  Mirror"  and  "Inferno".  8  out  of  10.    

Sviatibor Interview

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

Sviatibor is a solo Pagan Black Metal project I created in November 2013. The main musical purpose of this project is to promote the pagan European heritage and to express my feelings for this land through very personal atmospheres.

2.Since 2013 you have released a good amount of singles, ep's and full lengths, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?

Well, through the 3 albums released during this first year of activity, my sound changed a lot. From Yav To Nav is very cold and dark, desperate, the sound quality is not very good, and there are a lot of effects on my voice. L’Oeuvre De Rod is way less dark than its predecessor, it sounds more positive, with a true atmosphere of passion and contemplation, my voice is still full of effects but there are a lot of spoken vocals. La Foi Des Ancêtres definitely has a better sound quality, it’s way more powerful, there are choirs and strings, and my voice is totally natural.

3.You have released a good amount of material, do you put a great amount of time and effort into writing new music?

Well, to be honest I think I could have spent more time on From Yav To Nav and L’Oeuvre De Rod, but actually I never thought people would be interested in my music, I was just doing this for myself, so I was not very exacting with my work. But I spent a lot of time on La Foi Des Ancêtres and I will spend more on the next album ! Now Sviatibor is a very serious project.

4.Your lyrics cover some Pagan and Nature topics, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in those subjects and how they are also a part of youe everyday life?

Paganism is definitely something really important in my life. I’m connected with my land, my gods and my ancestors, I can feel this union through my soul, and that’s what inspires me for my music and my lyrics. I want to honor our heritage through my art. And about Nature, well, I’ve always been a great lover of Nature. Nothing’s more beautiful than our motherland in its radiance. And I think nature is a great way to express feelings in a very metaphorical way.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Sviatibor'?

The name “Sviatibor” comes from the Slavic god of the forest. I thought it would be a perfect name for my project and its ideology. Paganism, heritage, and nature’s sanctuary.

6.With this project you do all the instruments and vocals, do you fell it is much easier to write the music you want to play working by yourself then it would be with a full band?

Well, I would not say it’s easier. It’s different. You are definitely more free to do what you want to do when you work alone, and you can dedicate your time to do it and not the time of the people you work with. A solo project is way more personal, but for someone who also work in a band project, I can tell it’s also pleasant to work with people, because when you’re feeling bad about your art, you’re not alone and you can carry on with people.

7.Your last full length was released by Primal Relics Records, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

Primal Relics Records is a young American label created by Nick Stanger and Skyler Gabel. Nick just contacted me when he discovered Sviatibor in order to release From Yav To Nav as the first Primal Relics Records release, but I told him that I was working on a new album so we decided to release La Foi Des Ancêtres. I’m really satisfied of their work and I’m glad to had the chance to “meet” these guys, Nick became a very good friend of mine now.

8.Recently Into The Night released your first full length album on cassette, are there any plans in the future to also release some of your other material on cassette?

Not for the moment, but there will certainly be some other tape release in the future !

9.Last year you released a single that was a Burzum cover, what was the decision behind doing your own version of this song?

Well, Illa Tiðandi is one of my favorite Burzum song. Everybody know that Burzum is my all time favourite artist and I wanted to honor this amazing project by learning, playing and recording this song on piano.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of ambient, pagan and black metal?

Pretty good actually ! I had a lot of support from Syria, Poland, USA, Russia, France, Italia, Germany … It’s a great feeling when you know people enjoyed your work.

10.What musical direction do you see the future releases going into?

The next album will follow the path drawn by La Foi Des Ancêtres. However it will be way more atmospheric, with a lot of keyboards, and a more original and elaborate music.You will know more within the next months ;-)

11.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?

As I said on a previous question, I was mainly influenced by the music of Varg Vikernes, Burzum. All his albums. I’ve also been influenced by movie OST (Star Wars, The Lord Of The Rings, Gladiator …), and by traditional European music. I also listened to a lot of band since I discovered Metal but I don’t think a lot of them really influenced my music.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

Lonely wanderings in isolated Nature, Paganism, Role Playing Games, writing and family.

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


First of all thank you very much for this interview and your interest, thanks to everyone who’s reading, sharing it, everyone who listen and support Sviatibor … And sorry for my bad English. I wish you a good luck for the next !

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

My Dying World "Mako"/My Dying World... and Life/2014 CD Review


  My  Dying  World  "Mako"  are  a  duo  from  Ukraine  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  and  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2014  album  "My  Dying  World...  and  Life".

  Rain  sounds  and  clean  playing  starts  off  the  album  before  adding  in  heavy  guitars  a  few  seconds  later  and  you  can  also  hear  the  bass  guitar  in  the  background  along  with  the  music  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  they  also  bring  in  a  good  mixture  of  both  clean  and  heavy  parts.

  The  heavy  and  melodic  aspects  of  the  album  bring  in  a  very  dark  and  depressive  sound  and  after  a  few  instrumentals  high  pitched  suicidal  black  metal  screams  are  added  into  the  music  along  with  a  small  amount  of  deep  death  metal  growls  and  at  times  the  music  also  brings  in  fast,  raw  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  and  on  few  of  the  tracks  also  brings  in    samples  of  a  car  crashes  and  hospitals and  later  on  spoken  word  parts  are  added  into  the  music  briefly  and  these  elements  add  more  depressive  elements  to  the  music  which  also  keeps  around  its  raw  black  metal  roots.

    My  Dying  World  "Mako"  plays  a  style  of  depressive  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  sticks  to  mostly  a  slow  style  while  also  having  its  fast  moments  as  well  as  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  this  is  one  of  the  better  albums  that  has  came  out  recently  for  this  sub  genre  of  black  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  depressive,  melancholic  and  apathy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  My  Dyinf  World  "Mako"  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric,  depressive  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Crying  Fake  Soul"  and  "Oppressive  Lie".  8  out  of  10.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Varathron/Untrodden Corridors Of Hades/Agaonia Records/2014 CD Review


  Varathron  are  a  band  from  Greece  that  has  been  interviewed  before  by  this  zine  and  plays  an  occult  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Untrodden  Corridors  Of  Hades"  which  will  be  released  in  December  by  Agonia  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  ritualistic  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  melodic  chants  and  a  few  seconds  later  grim  whispers  are  shamanistic  beats  are  added  into  the  music  which  leads  up  to  a  more  heavy  and  melodic  musical  direction  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  and  growls  as  well  a s some  guitar  solos  and  leads  that  use  a  great  amount  of  melody,  talent  and  skill.  

  All  of  the  musical  instrument s on  the  recording  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  music  is  very  atmospheric  in  more  of  an  early  90's  way  and  the  music  also  mixes  in  the  ritualistic  sounds  with  the  black  metal  elements  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length,  on  some  of  these  tracks  you  can  hear  the  band  is  adding  in  more  of  a  modern  sound  while  still  bringing  in  the  old  school  Greek  black  metal  feeling.

  As  the  album  progresses  there  are  some  more  fast  and  raw  parts  that  utilized  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  being  added  into  the  music  at  times  and  when  the  band  uses  synths  the  music  gets  more  epic  and  atmospheric  and  on  some  of  the  tracks  clean  playing  and  acoustic  guitars  are  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  some  very  powerful  sounding  bass  guitar  leads,  when  we  get  further  into  the  album  the  band  starts  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Varathron  expand  on  the  occult  black  metal  sound  that  was  present  on  earlier  recordings  while  also  showing  a  great  amount  of  progress  and  moving  wit h the  times  instead  of  writing  the  same  album  over  again  and  the  music  on  this  album  is  very  heavy,  ritualistic  and  progressive,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Kabbalism,  The  Lesser  And  Greater  Kings  Of  Solomon,  Occultism,  and  Left  hand  Path  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Varathron  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  enjoy  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Kabalistic  Invocation  Of Solomon"  "Arcane  Conjuring"  and  "Delve  Into  The  Past".  8  out  of  10.