Saturday, June 15, 2019

Murk Rider Interview

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


Derek: Ian and I write the songs together; the band has had a few slightly varying lineups over the years.  Our buddies Ross and Adam have played bass for us, and Tom from Depths of Chaos played drums for us for a long time.  I’ve known Ian since high school days when he was pretty much the only other kid with a Darkthrone t-shirt in the school, but we didn’t start jamming until years later, around 2010. It began in a phase of madness and partying, but we started to spend a lot of time talking about making music centered around ecology, spiritual and personal healing. We both quit drinking in 2012, and getting sober sort of became an integral part of the band’s identity. Musically, we just wanted to synthesize our favorite sounds into something new and super heavy, according to our own standards.


Ian: The goal of Murk Rider is to take ourselves as well as our listeners through an intense spiritual experience through our music for the sake of healing, growth and empowerment. It’s a painful yet beautiful process and one that we will continue to recreate as long as we can.


2.You got your first full length coming out this month, musically how does it differ from your previous demos?


Derek: It’s a lot more polished than the demos. It’s a proper studio recording, whereas the demos were recorded and mixed live to tape at our rehearsals by our friend Dustin Lehman, who is an analog fanatic.  Those demos were fun and very raw sounding, but we spent a lot of time working to ensure that the studio recording presents the definitive versions of these songs.  Some parts changed around a little bit.  Our friend Kat from Latona Odola did an absolutely incredible job singing on the interlude passage of “Journey”; every time I go back and listen to her part I’m just blown away by her talent.  So we’re super lucky for that.  Also, my good buddy Mike wrote & arranged an epic horn part for us – something I always wanted to add to the song.


Ian: We always knew the studio album was going to take a long time. We had high ambitions for it and knew we wanted to add lots of layers of sound which we couldn’t do with the live rehearsal demos. The demos are more of a raw expression of our songs. There was much more we couldn’t express in our live studio recordings that we knew we wanted on the album.


3.This is also your first release since 2014, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?


Derek: Just living life pretty much.  Sometimes life fills up your plate and there isn’t as much time for music.  We both moved up to Humboldt for a while, which was an amazing experience for me overall, but ultimately not quite the right place for me to be living.  I’m back in Osos now.  I’ve been focusing on my visual art for the past year or so.


Ian: There were many trials we faced during the creation of this album. Life happened and we had to learn how to keep working on the album while balancing everything else that came up in life such as work, me finishing college, relationships, etc...


4.A lot of your lyrics cover Shamanism and you also have some songs inspired by the writings of Joseph Campbell, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?


Derek: I’ve been into world mythologies since I was a kid.  Myth provides a cultural framework for understanding one’s place in the universe.  Preserving ancient myths is an important way of maintaining our connection to nature, our environment, the living beings around us which make us who we are.  People might recognize some religious themes on the album; religion is at its core an extension of myth.  Joseph Campbell’s writing was sort of a guide to our creative process on Exile of Shadows.  The lyrics are a reflection of this and also an expression of our personal journey in life, moving from a self destructive way of life toward healing and wholeness.


Ian: To me music has always been a source of healing, love and creative energy. To me the idea of using music as a form of spiritual medicine is obvious. So the ideas of shamanism in our music reflect our own love and relationship with music. It also reflects the dark parts of our lives we were trying to overcome while first starting to create the band. I’ve had multiple spiritual experiences in various forms whether they be from psychedelics, nature, or music, and all these experiences kind of led me to the importance of finding some path towards healing and well being through music and other creative art forms. I use the intense, dark cathartic energy that is part of me to make music so it doesn’t come out in more destructive and harmful ways. I hope that people will hear the music who need to hear the music, and that the connection they have with the music may help them learn how to choose life over death or other self destructive behavior.


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


Derek: The one who walks the razor’s edge, the blade of twilight between light and shadow.  The spiritual warrior who rides on through the unknown.  I’m not much of a surfer but we used to paddle out at dusk sometimes, and it’s a freaky feeling.  You have to sort of find your zen, sit there with the knowledge that you’re hovering on top of the abyss and make peace with that sensation.  The ocean is a super apt metaphor for the unconscious mind, and that’s what we’re trying to discuss in our songs.


Ian: Derek named the band. As I’ve grown older the name has taken on various meanings. I think to me the Murk Rider is someone who has chosen to tread the path of the wounded healer. Someone who understands that to find truth in life one must dive into the darkness of their own mind to unravel and transform the frightening and unknown parts of themselves. A main thing that brought Derek and I together was our interest in the energy of night and darkness, which is reflected in our music and what got me interested in black metal to begin with. We used to go on night walks for hours out in nature and just discuss the mysteries of life and the fears we both shared. Something about the darkness, the unknown, the subconscious, the dissonant calls to us and we find comfort in trying to understand and express it.


6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?


Derek: We used to do some theatrical stage show stuff which was a lot of fun, and it tied in with the symbolism in the songs.  Adam would come out in a Hannya mask as the Rainbow Demon and show the audience their own reflections in a blood stained mirror.  We had a pretty good altar that we would set up with ancestral skulls and torches and maize.  My favorite gig was with Bell Witch at the Stella Natura pre-fest in Nevada City.  We also had a rad one with Wolvserpent in LA.  Our worst gig was no doubt opening for Fauna at Cascadian Yule, which is hilarious because they’re one of my favorite bands ever and I always wanted to play with them.  Due to some miscommunication we believed we were not going to play, so we had no gear.  Ian is a lefty; he had to borrow a righty guitar and string it upside down.  It was ridiculous, we sounded awful but it was a lot of fun.  We made do with the equipment that various band members kindly shared with us.  Joshua and Johnny – the Fauna dudes – are super gracious, sweet people.  The whole Cascadian scene has been nothing but rad to us.


Ian: We got to open up for Fauna which for me was a dream come true. They are one of our largest inspirations for the kind of music we play. But that also happened to be the worst show we’ve ever played. We weren’t planning on playing, it was a last minute decision on the part of the people running the fest so we didn’t have any of our gear. I remember frantically trying to restring some shitty Ibanez guitar to make it left handed just minutes before having to play, because unsurprisingly none of the musicians at the festival had a lefty guitar for me to play . The guitar didn’t stay in tune at all, we weren’t prepared, it was a disaster lol. But it was still rad we got to play with some of our musical heroes.


7.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?


Derek: We’re working on learning some new material with a new lineup, so hopefully we’ll be able to start gigging relatively soon.


Ian: We are working on the second album now so no planned dates thus far. It’s a long process and learning songs that are upwards of 30-40 minutes can be a difficult task to undertake. But yes I would love to start playing shows once we get our new material down within the next few months.


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


Derek: I’m content releasing everything ourselves unless we get a significantly interesting offer.  These days labels are not necessary like they used to be, and we’re not making music that has any kind of commercial appeal.  We’re talking to a few interested parties about some limited edition versions.


Ian: It would be great to get a label or someone to release our album on CD. We have a pretty elaborate packaging idea for the CDs and barely any money. So if we could get some help to get the album released on CD or vinyl that would be rad.


9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black, stoner and doom metal?


Derek: We’re not a worldwide band, so I have no idea.  Our friends here on the west coast have seemed generally positive, which is cool.


Ian: I have no idea, we are still a pretty obscure band. I would be surprised if we had a fan base anywhere outside of the West Coast of the US. The music we play is not for everyone, it’s also not easy listening. I believe those that seek out this sort of  intense underground music will love it, but I’m unsure as to if we will every have a worldwide audience.


10.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?


Derek: I’ve been playing bass in the band Lesions; we have a few gigs coming up.  I have a million Procer Veneficus recordings that I started and never finished over the years; it’s hard for me to prioritize that stuff.  I also record some weird droney, doomy desert rock influenced material which is way on a back burner, but which I hope to release someday.  Ian has recorded some solo synthesizer music which is rad, and Ross is always busy with his array of awesome bands that he spearheads; At Dusk, Malfet, Fetters, etc.


Ian: Derek and Ross are always working on something. I’m much slower in working on my other music projects. I’m working on a synth/ambient album now under the title Diamond Forge. But Murk Rider always takes priority over any other musical project and right now we are working on the second Murk Rider album. So hopefully by the end of the year I will have my first Diamond Forge album done, maybe...


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


Derek: We’re writing the second album now.  The sound is growing organically.  I think it sounds a lot more epic, probably featuring more variety.  Ian and I often look to film soundtracks for inspiration; we want the music to be cinematic in scope.  We’ve become really interested in western guitar sounds and sci-fi synth sounds.  I hope the new material will run the gamut from really light, beautiful, and uplifting to horrendously dark and downtrodden – and a lot in between.  We’re leaving it open to natural growth.


Ian: I hope to play the same shit we played on the last album but better. Our sound is changing in a rad way but it’s also staying grounded in the roots of the Murk Rider sound. It’s always been our goal to make the heaviest metal album of all time, so we are going to keep going in that direction and see what we can create.


12.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?


Derek: Besides the super obvious ‘90s black metal influences, the biggest ones for me have always been Neurosis, Sleep, and Kyuss.  Motorhead and Iron Maiden are perennial influences that are ingrained in us to the core.  Personally, I mostly listen to a lot of ‘70s rock - Thin Lizzy, Sabbath, Grand Funk.  The classics.  I love stuff with that ‘70s prog vibe to it; bands like Heart, Camel, Druid, etc.  In the summer I start putting on a lot of warm solar music, a bunch of desert & stoner rock.  When winter comes around I usually dig into the darker, doomier, blacker stuff.  Since childhood I’ve been super into the ambient works of dudes such as Steve Roach, Robert Rich, Thom Brennan.  I guess I’m a little all over the map.


Ian: I think by far the band that comes closest to achieving what we are trying to achieve through our music conceptually, aesthetically and spiritually is Fauna. The feeling I get when listening to their music is the feeling I’m trying to emulate in my own way through Murk Rider. Besides the influence of Fauna, Murk Rider has always been the sound of intense early 90s black metal mixed with early heavy metal like Sabbath, Priest, Iron Maiden and Motorhead. Bathory has always been one of our greatest musical influences as well. We are constantly trying to blend the epic triumphant sounding heavy rock and roll sounds of Maiden and Motorhead with the dark more intense elements of black metal. There are a few bands who have done this well over the years that we admire such as Dissection and Gorgoroth, they kind of have what I would consider a Maiden style black metal sound.


As for what I listen to personally it varies day to day. There’s the few bands mentioned above I always go back to but I love all genres of music and it mostly depends on my mood what I decide to listen to. I naturally tend to gravitate towards darker more minor sounding music but I try not to limit what I listen to by listening to various genres of music. I love Beethoven, Arvo Part and Chopin, but also love listening to Tupac Shakur, Warren G and Three Six Mafia. I enjoy listening to old country music like George Jones, Dolly Parton, Hank Williams and Buck Owens and also love jazz artists like Charles Mingus, Fats Waller, Herbie Hancock, etc…


I’ve really been getting into Lustmord lately which is a sort of dark ambient artist. I’ve also been listening to lots of classic death metal and black metal albums I loved in my early years for inspiration for the next album including Death’s Symbolic, Nile’s album Annihilation of the Wicked, Gorgoroth’s Antichrist, Dissection’s Storm of the Light’s Bane, and Dimmu Borgir’s album Enthrone Darkness Triumphant. So yea I try not to discriminate with what genres I listen to, but I definitely always end up listening to the same essential metal bands over and over again more than anything- Maiden, Motorhead, Sabbath, Gorgoroth, Dark Throne, Bathory, Metallica’s first three albums, Fauna, and a few more.


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


Derek: Thanks so much for taking the time for this interview, and thanks to everyone who’s listened to our music or said a kind word.


Ian: Thanks for taking an interest in our music, stoked you enjoy it!

La Poule Noire/The Bastard Sons Of Lucifer/Ishtar Recs LP/2019 Full Length Review


  La  Poule  Noire  are  a  band  from  Mexico  that  plays  a  very  satanic  and  blasphemous  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "The  Bastard  Sons  Of  Lucifer"  which  was  released  by  Ishtar  Recs  LP.

  A  very  dark  and  ritualistic  sounding  intro  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  Blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  music  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them. 

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  style  while  tremolo  picking  when  it  is  utilized  it  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  A  small  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  and  a  lot  of  the  music  focuses  more  on  a  mid  tempo  style.

  Clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly  as  well  as  one  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  Ritualistic  sounds  also  make  a  return  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  they  close  the  album  with  some  Inner  Mortem  and  Ereshkigal  covers.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Luciferian,  Black  Magick  and  Anti  Christian  themes.

  In  my  opinion  La  Poule  Noire  are  a  very  great  sounding  satanic  and  blasphemous  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Bastard  Sons  Of  Lucifer"  "The  Hex"  "Queen  of  Heresy"  and  "Descent  To  The  Maelstrom".  8  out  of  10.

Www.lapoulenoire.bandcamp.com 

  

Friday, June 14, 2019

Okomisanthrop/Black Misanthropic Beast Worship/2019 CD Review


  Okomisanthrop  are  a  solo  project  from  Germany  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2019  album  "black  Misanthropic  Beast  Worship".

  A  very  powerful  bass  guitar  lead  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  distorted  and  heavy  riffing  a  few  seconds  later.  A  decent  amount  of  melody  can  also  be  heard  in  the  riffs  while  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Death  emtal  growls  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  music  as  well  as  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  When  guitar  leads  are  added  onto  the  recording  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  as  well  as  the  music  mostly  focusing  more  on  a  heavy  bass  guitar  sound  as  well  as  some  clean  playing  also  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording.  One  track  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  Muslim  chants  before  going  into  more  of  a  blasphemous  direction.

 Spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  a  mixture  of  German  and  English  and  cover  Terror,  Misanthropy,  Fall  Of  Mankind,  Ethnocentrism  and  Anti  Islamic/Religion  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Okomisanthrop  is  a  very  great  and  original  sounding  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fa  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  solo  project.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Arthropodian  Terror"  "Kill  Halal"  and  "Waheela  Sacrifice".  8  out  of  10.

www.metal-archives.com/bands/%C3%96k…op/3540428544   

  

Sylvaine Interview


1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the musical project since the recording and release of the new album?
- After the release of «Atoms Aligned, Coming Undone» on the 2nd of November 2018, we have done a handful of shows with Sylvaine, in addition to working behind the scenes on making further shows and tours happen for late 2019/early 2020. I have also been working on new material for the 4th album, and already have a couple of tracks ready. There’s also been a few other projects I had the pleasure of working on, that will be revealed shortly.

2.In November you had released a new album, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
- As I see it, “Atoms Aligned, Coming Undone” has a more focused expression than the previous two albums. At the same time, it holds a stronger variety and pushes the dualities even further, creating a greater balance between the opposing forces found within the music. Where “Wistful” was an incredibly somber and downright sad record, I feel like “Atoms Aligned, Coming Undone” carries a bigger darkness to it. In those moments where there’s no hope, you really can’t find a glimmer of light left within the music, yet, there’s still an uplifting vibe to some of the other melodies, letting a bit of light in. It’s more contrasted. I think this record is a natural progression from “Wistful” though.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored over the years with your music?
- My music functions as a therapeutic catharsis, and lets me deal with issues and struggles that otherwise would have been suppressed. Like many other artist, I use music to express those issues I find difficult to put into words, offering some temporary relief. I suppose I tend to speak about more existential thoughts and struggles and the relationship I have with the human form. On “Atoms Aligned, Coming Undone”, I also got inspired by the outside world for once. The record represents the feeling of decline, when something unravels before your eyes. Little by little, something is worn down or broken, until it finally disintegrates completely. I believe the human form tends to temporarily sever us from our origins, at the same time that our society tends to corrupt the innocence we naturally hold, as time goes by. “Atoms Aligned, Coming Undone” not only refers to my personal relationship with life, but also how the human world is destroying everything; nature and man alike.

4.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover?
- I got in touch with my brilliant, illustrator friends in Førtifem in Paris and they worked their magic to come up with the cover we know today. I wanted to have something that was more graphic than my previous cover for “Atoms Aligned, Coming Undone”, made by the great Sylfvr. The cover needed to be striking, yet it had to keep the atmospheric touch that the music clearly gives. The idea of a crystal cluster being the perfect embodiment of something that is breathtakingly beautiful and deep, yet still harsh and dangerous was very intriguing to me. I have a distinct memory of having been shown “The Sea of Ice” by Caspar David Friedrich, featuring aggressive icebergs that almost looked to take on the shape of crystals, which became the starting point of the artwork. I’m so happy with Førtifem’s work on this album -  It truly represents the music in a perfect way.

5.With the exception of a few session musicians you record most of the music by yourself, do you feel this gives you more room to be creative with your musical style?
- Absolutely. The whole reason I decided to keep Sylvaine a solo project, was to avoid artistic compromise. I wanted to be completely free to express myself however I needed at any given time, to really keep the music and emotions as personal as possible. That’s why I decided to try to record all the instrument in Sylvaine myself, back in 2014, when I was making my debut album “Silent Chamber, Noisy Heart”. This without sacrificing the quality of the takes of course, which is why I brought in session guys for the main drum parts. I know my own limits.

6.On the new album you also had a few session musicians, can you tell us a little bit more about who they are and also their contributions to the recording?
- Yes, I have been working with my dad Stephen Shepard and my dearest Stéphane Paut (Alcest) for the drums of all my albums, in addition to a few other session musicians on “Wistful”. As I said, I know my limits, and knew early on I wouldn’t be able to fulfill the drum duties completely on my own. Therefore I wanted to share this experience with people that are not only excellent musicians, but also that are very dear to me. It all seemed to come together perfectly.

7.What are some of the best shows that you have played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
- I absolutely love being on stage myself. The direct connection you have with the audience is just magical. To be able to convey the emotions behind Sylvaine, and communicate with the audience face to face is a gift, really. My favorite show recently was when we played together with Saor in Glasgow. Was our first time playing in the UK and it was just amazing for us! We felt so humbled by the kind reception by the crowd and their enthusiasm…… This was an evening to remember for us for sure! We also did some really cool shows in Belgium last year, starting with a special performance in the Amuz cathedral in Antwerp and ending with a intense show at La Botanique in Brussels. Every show holds a special place in my heart though.

8.Recently you were nominated for a Norwegian Grammy, did you ever think you would of made it this far when you started out as a musician?
-  When I first started expressing myself thru music as a teenager, I had no belief whatsoever that I would do anything of what I experienced with Sylvaine so far. I’ve always lacked confidence when it comes to this aspect of my life, so I haven’t really had many expectations for it. I did however know it was something I had to do, something I needed to pursuit, as it’s just one of those things that keeps me alive. To have a small audience worldwide for my music is already completely surreal to me, and when I received this nomination for the Spellemannprisen (as the Norwegian Grammy is called), I was really positively surprised! Norway is a small country of course, but this is the highest recognition you can get as a musician over there after all, making me feel so humble and happy to be the first ever female nominated in the metal category! It was a true honor.

9.What are some of your non- musical interests?
- Every single day I practice yoga and meditation, something that has taken over as the number one interest I have outside of music. Spirituality as always been very present in my life, something I also use Sylvaine to explore, but it’s only the past 1,5 years that I have been cultivating a daily practice to get more connected to myself, my spirituality and the present in the shape of yoga and meditation. It has really changed my life quite a lot if I’m honest, which I am forever grateful for. Other than this, I’m also a huge fan spending time in nature, retro gaming, cooking, watching movies/tv-shows, reading, going to museums, traveling….. There are endless amounts of cool stuff to do with our time.

10. Any last thoughts for our readers?
- Thank you ever so much for this opportunity to speak to the readers of OccultBlackMetalZine! I truly hope to see you guys on tour sometime in the future; hopefully sooner than later! Until then; stay creative, be mindful and take care!


Thursday, June 13, 2019

Nuitville Interview

1. For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
Hello! 'Nuitville' is my musical one-man project. I guess, it can be liked by metal fans looking for a mystic, dark but not aggressive music.

2. Recently you have released an ep, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?
Well, my chosen musical style becomes clear when you see the track list of this EP, I am talking about 'Amesoeurs' cover song. So for today 'Nuitville' is a blackgaze project. Definitely.

3. You started working on the music as far back as 2012 but waited until 2019 to release any music, can you tell us a little bit more about the earlier years?
Yes, it is young metal project, however it’s officially. De facto I have started making some atmospheric and dark music sketches already in my adolescence. Then I was 12-13 year-old schoolboy, who was inspired by just appeared in his life Black Metal. Later in 2012-2013 when the sketches became longer and better I took name 'Nuitville' and decided that “time has come” to make something more serious. But anyway I still didn’t have enough experience and opportunities to breathe life in it. Final steps of this album creation began in 2015, but I used a lot of riffs from the past years. So for me 'Nuitville' isn’t so young like for others.

4. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored so far with the music?
I was always inspired by the Night, sometimes I even think I feel it in some special way, so the main goal of 'Nuitville' is trying to share these feelings. I used lyrics like imaginative element which works in pair with my music. So what about the subject, it is a hidden mystic side of the Night.

5. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Nuitville'?
It’s some place from which Night comes to us…

6. Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the ep cover?
This artwork shows you that moment of my life which predetermined 'Nuitville' birth in the future. So it’s a little bit conceptual.

7. With this project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to remain solo?
Definitely yes. This EP was an experience for me to understand how difficult it is to do all by yourself, especially when we talk about not simple, really multi-track and qualitative music. I’m planning to use services at least of session drummer and bass player. Probably this time I will use services of studio sound engineers for mixing and mastering. Other things I will still do by myself.

8. On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of blackgaze and post black metal?
I guess it hasn’t passed enough time for any final conclusions, but for today, definitely, the reaction is positive. Moreover quite many people ask me about full length album. It really inspires, especially at the beginning of my musical way.

9. When can we expect a full length and also where do you see yourself heading into as a musician during the future?
I really want to believe that already in 1-2 years we will be discussing a new album here. It’s quite hard to predict such things. But anyway, I believe, it is just a matter of time.

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?
First of all it is a lot of black metal bands, mainly Norwegian, French and Ukrainian, of course. Some classical doom bands, I think even some old hard rock bands. Undoubtedly I must to mention 'Amesoeurs', the really great project. For quite long time 'Recueillement' was for me like a tunnel to another special world. Today I feel very happy to have the official cover song on my debut EP. It was really important for me, so big thanks to Neige and Emi for the given me opportunity to do it.

11. What are some of your non musical interests?
I can’t say that I listen to some modern music a lot during the last time. So currently it is mainly old classical goth rock bands, like “The Cure”, “Bauhaus”, “The Sisters of Mercy”. Besides, some atmospheric rock bands from the 80s and 90s, such ones like 'Fields Of The Nephilim' or 'Type O Negative'.

12. Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Look into the Night. You can find there your own way to the stars!

Serpents Athirst/Genocide Shrines/Trepanation/Heresiarch/Scorn Coalescence/Cyclopean Eye Productions/2019 4 Way Split EP Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  4  way  split  ep  between  Sri  Lanka's  Serpents  Athirst,  Genocide  Shrines  and  New  Zealand's  Trepanation  and  Heresiarch  called  "Scorn  Coalescence"  which  will  be  released  in  July  by  Cyclopean  Eye  Productions  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Serpents  Athirst  a  band  that  plays  a  violent  and  satanic  form  of  black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  heavy  sound  along  with  a  small  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  that  also  add  in  a  touch  of  death  metal.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  song  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Theistic  Satanism  and  Violence.

  In  my  opinion  Serpents  Athirst  are  a  very  great  sounding  violent  and  satanic  black  metal  band  with  a  touch  of  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  their  song.

  Next  up  is  Genocide  Shrines  a  band  that  plays  a  mixture  of   black  and  death  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  fast  and  brutal sound  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  bring  in mostly  death  emtal along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.   The  song  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  also  adds  in  some  mid  tempo  sections,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Tantra/Spiritual  Warfare, Ravana,  Death  and  Warfare  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Genocide  Shrines  are  a  very  great  sounding  blackened  death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  song. 

  Next  up  is  Trepanation  a  band  that  plays  a  mixture  of  war  metal  and  grindcore.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  slow  sound  which  also  uses  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies.  Vocals are  mostly  bestial  growls  along  with  some  black  emtal  screams   and  when  the  music  speeds  up  it  mixes  the  rawest  and  most  brutal  elements  of  war  metal  and  grindcore  together,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover   apocalypse,  darkness  and  death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Trepanation  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  war  metal  and  grindcore  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.

  Closing  the  split  is  Heresiarch  who  return  with  their  mixture  of  war,  black  and  death  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  along  with  some  bestial  death  metal  growls  a  few  seconds  later.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  song  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  chaotic  style, black  metal  screams  can  also be  heard  at  times.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  death  and  war  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  track  from  Heresiarch  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  enjoy  their  side  of  the  split. 

  in  conclusion  I  think  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  war,  black  and  death  emtal.

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Hoofstomper/Chapter 1/Black Mourning Productions/2019 EP Review


  Hoofstomper  are  a  band  from  Lithuania  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black  metal,  psychobilly,  dark  surf  and  country  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  ep  "Chapter  1"  which  was  released  by  Black  Mourning  Productions.

  A  very  dark,  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  ep  while  the  music  also  mixes  in  elements  of  rockabilly  and  surf  music.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  spoken  word  parts  and  the  acoustic  guitars  bring  in  influences  from  country  music.

  Clean  singing  vocals  are  also  utilized  at  times  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  as  well  as  the  songs  also  bringing  in a   great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  When  keyboards  are  used  briefly  they  also  give  the  music  more  of  a  psychedelic  feeling  while  one  track  also  introduces  melodic  guitar  leads  onto  the  recording  and  all  of  the  tracks  sound  different  from  each  other.  The  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  lo-fi  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  about  a  character  known  as  the  'Hoofstomper'  with  some  themes  about  fear, loss,  disappointment,  metamorphosis  and  acceptance. 

  In  my  opinion  Hoofstomper  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black  emtal,  psychobilly,  dark  surf  and  country  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Introducing  HoofStomper  (Threshold)"  and  "Mother  (Realization  And  Acceptance)".  8  out  of  10.

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