Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Mork/Det Svarte Juv/Peaceville Records/2019 CD Review


  Mork  are  a  band  from  Norway  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  atmospheric  form  of  Norwegian  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Det  Svarte  Juv"  which  will  be  released in  April  by  Peaceville  Records.

 Atmospheric  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  also  mixing  the  atmospheric  elements  into  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams.

  The  music  also  adds  in  a  great  mixture  of  both  old  school  and  modern  influences  while the  songs  also  add  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  along  with  the  riffs  also  utilizing  a  good  amount  of  melody.

  Some  songs  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  singing  while  some  tracks  also  show  influences  of  doom  metal  and  black'n'roll  and  as  the  album  progresses  a  brief  use  of  melodic  guitar  leads  can  also  be  heard.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Norwegian  and  cover  sadness,  hate,  anger,  pain,  strength  and  self  belief  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Mork  are  a  very  great  sounding  Norwegian  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Morkeleggelse"  "I  Flammens  Favn"  "Siste  Reis"  and  "Det  Svarte  Juv".  8  out  of  10.

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Blurr Thrower Interview

 1.For those who have never heard of you before, can you tell us about the musical project?
The basic idea is to illustrate as best as possible the universe that I have in mind since childhood. Whether it's a game of textures, colors and scents, Blurr Thrower aims to illustrate a diegesis that inhabits me. Roughly it can be summed up in two opposing concepts of darkness and light, personified by the Void and Blur in the project. There is therefore a work process that exploits many emotions in terms of both composition and expression. Initially I did not know if I wanted to release a book, a movie or a record. I do not know if I managed with the Avatars of the Void but insofar as I have the feeling to have been as far as possible in the process, alone, I am proud of the result.
The Void Avatars are a focus on my own vision of the dark. Cold, spectral and abrasive. A drowning in a chilling ether, slowly, punctuated by a few rays of light in places. I try to propose a trip rather than to make music. I hope to make it happen


2.So far you have released an ep, can you tell us a little bit about the musical style?
The idea was to propose music that is both cutting-edge and ethereal, while being a bit ambitious in its progression. It's a personal vision of the Raw Black in reality. Very accentuated in the spectrum and without compression, very visceral, in the manner of a Paramnesia or a Burzum in reality. It was hell to produce, because I am as attached to the sound as resultant than in symbolic, to record certain parts or taken in particular places, with instruments that are important to me etc ...


3.Your lyrics cover a good amount of occult topics, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in occultism?
I think that the texts of the Void Avatars are closer to misanthropic, nihilistic themes, in a form of lyricism than occultism, simply used by metaphor, in order to transcribe the color, the feeling, the threat. I write a lot about my vision of occultism personally, without having the will to post it directly. I have the preference to make the work occult by the atmospheres and sonorities games than by the text, because that is how I live it.
The writing under drugs can lead to very powerful and striking forms of trance in which, sometimes, one palmizes miserably. It is then easy to name feelings or emotions using religious jargon, metaphor or faith. Mysticism is essential with the intensity that I try to write. They go hand in hand and I am very attached to music, the arts or life in general. I was consumed by the style above all for this dimension that appeared to me in full face thanks to NEHEMAH or MUTIILATION. It was visceral and radical. These are my cultural backgrounds, just as many authors are equally important.
We try to live with the Void, the anxiety and the ether, sometimes we completely fall, alternating these phases with Blur, Light and heat. This alchemical opposition was born BLURR THROWER, one night, surrounded by empty bottles, full ashtrays, pages full of smoky theories, lame poems and misspellings. From there, I saw things that completely skewed a form of rationality, without ever really recovering.


4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Blurr Thrower'?
The name is related to the concepts of the project, I interpret BLURR THROWER as the initiator of a movement in a form of violence. It is thuriferous oxygen in an unbreathable environment. It's a very bright name for me. A mentor, a psychiatrist, a razor blade or a trace of C ... This is the silhouette of the end of a labyrinth, in which one finally rushes without having any idea what is behind it.

Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the cover?
The Artwork, made by Came Roy de Rat after having made the feat of understanding the vast majority of the project with very little material and time, represents a number of key symbols attached to the project, more or less obvious. For me this artwork is perfect: it smells of ink, sulfur, dust and remnants of medicine, which perfectly matches the Avatars of the Void.
I think the sequel will have a radically different graphic style, we'll see.

6.On the heart of the world, do you prefer to work solo?
Writing has been a very powerful experience, mainly because I have tried to dig to an absolute, in a quasi-religious way in the mud, the anxieties and the abyss which can be me, including myself among the targets of choice of a certain nihilism, despite the certain presence of light in places. I try to conceptualize this by the notion of the Void and the Blur. It has always animated me and has been accentuated throughout the design process. The avatars of the void is therefore the result of a long introspection, physical and impacting, which put me and others in the background and in which it is difficult for me to go out today. After that, I do not pretend to think that it all works and is not boring or even coherent. I just communicated in the best possible way and was as far as I could humanly to this conquest of the Void. In this I am satisfied with the result.
In this it was essential that I do everything alone, and it is difficult for me to consider sharing this with other people, even if they can be infinitely more talented than me in their fields.


7.The physical version of the ep is released by 'The Actors of the Chamber Productions', Are you happy with the support that they have given you so far?
Extremely satisfied. For a One-man-band coming out of nowhere, it's a great chance to have LADLO behind you. Beyond the rewarding side of being among this roster, LADLO accompanies its groups to bring them to the end of their project, giving them the necessary means and moral support, which we may need.

8.On a global level how do you feel about your music by fans of atmospheric black metal?
I feel that the returns are generally positive, which continues to surprise me to the extent that, despite everything, BLURR THROWER evolves in a music that remains the niche of a sub-genre. The concept is imbitable, the sound is Raw, sailing on sight between a very traditional Black Metal while boasting to make the Cascadian ...
So it's very easy to lose the listener on an easily saturated stage, especially today. The returns are very rewarding and warm to the heart.

9.Where do you see yourself heading into a musician in the future?
No idea, I write and write on instinct and I can absolutely not say anything, except that I work hard on a sequel to the Avatars of the Void.

10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and what are you listening to nowadays?
I am divided between my deep and first love between the subversive, negative and ethereal Black Metal of the past, especially the French wave of the 90s and 00s, with the current atmospheric Black Metal which manages to synthesize the style more than at a when everything was allowed. BLURR THROWER is a mix between a NEHEMAH and an ASH BORER in my opinion.
My listening at this time are: DIAPSIQUIR, ACATHEXIS, BLACK CILICE, FOALS and the last ROBB BANKS. I am waiting very, very, very impatiently for the HEALTH MORTAL in March. Just the different tracks that we could listen, I'm sure to break this album to the bone, right out.
11.What are some of your non musical interests?
Everything about the Arts is automatically channeled and digested for BLURR THROWER, so I never really get away from the project. It starts with all that is attracted to the writing, the image, the tattoo or the movies ... At this moment I read a lot of Jean-Pierre Martinet and Colette. I would like to immerse myself in the works of Françoise Héritier as soon as I have 5 minutes.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thank you for the interview and the chronicle.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Arstidir Lifsins/Saga a tveim tungum I: Vapn ok vidr/Van Records 2019 CD Review


  Arstidir  Lifsins  are  an  international  band  with  members  from  Iceland  and  Germany  that  plays  a  pagan  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  album  "Saga  a  tveim tungum  I:  Vapn  ok  vidr"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Van  Records.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  which  also  get  very  deep  at  times  as  well  as  having  their  semi  melodic  moments  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  The  riffs  also  add  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  while  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  some  tracks  also  adding  in  nature  sounds  and  classical  guitars  and  stringed  instruments  which  also  introduce  elements  of  folk  music  onto  the  album.

  When  clean  vocals  and  choirs  are  utilized  they  also  give  the  music  more  of  a  pagan  feeling  while  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  the  music  also  getting  very  atmospheric  at  times,  whispered  vocals  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  music  and  all  of  the instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Old  Icelandic  and  cover  the  brutal  power  attempts  of  infamous  Norwegian king  Olafr  helgi  Haraldsson  in  the  11th  century.

  In  my  opinion  Arstifir  Lifsins  are  a  very  great  sounding  pagan  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Fornjóts  synir  ljótir  at  Haddingja  lands  lynláðum"  "Líf  á  milli hveinandi  bloðkerta"  "Vandar  jǫtunn  reisti  fiska  upp  af  vǫtnum"  and  "Haldi  oss  frá  eldi,  eilífr skapa  deilir".  8/5  out  of  10.

 https://www.facebook.com/arstidirlifsins

Mist Of Misery/Unalterable/Black Lion Records/2019 Double CD Review


  Sweden's  Mist  Of  Misery  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  continues  the  symphonic,  atmospheric  and  depressive  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  double  album  "Unalterable"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Black  Lion  Records.

  Symphonic  sounding  keyboards  start  off  the  album  and  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at  times.  On  the  second  track  clean  guitars  also  start  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Clean  vocals  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  depressive  black  metal  screams  are  also  used  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  and  stringed  instruments  are  also  added  into  some  parts  of  the  music.

  Blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  are  also  utilized  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  and  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling.  Spoken  word  parts  are  also  added on  some  of  the  tracks,  a  couple  of  the  songs  are  instrumentals  and  they  also  bring  in  Cold  World  and  Dimmu  Borgir  covers  as  the  album  progresses,  acoustic  guitars  are  also  added  onto  some  of  the  later  tracks.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  depression  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Mist  Of  Misery  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric,  symphonic  and  depressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Halls  Of  Emptiness"  "Desolation"  "The  Dying  Light"  and  "Unalterable".  8  out  of  10.

https://mistofmiseryblacklion.bandcamp.com/album/unalterable   

Monday, March 18, 2019

Vananidr/Self Titled/Purity Through Fire/2019 Full Length Review


  Vananidr  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  very  aggressive,  melodic  and  old  school  form  of  Swedish  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2019  album  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Purity  Through  Fire.

  A  very  dark  yet  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences.

  Synths  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  the  songs  also  bring  in a   great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  along  with  the  riffs  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  Swedish  style  melodies.

  A  couple  of  the  tracks  are  long  and  epic  in  length  while  growls  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.  A  couple  of  the  later  tracks  are  instrumentals  along  with  some  of  the  riffing  adding  in folk  melodies  but  with  a  heavier  take  on  the  genre.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  winter,  war,  nature,  darkness  and  evil  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Vananidr  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic,  aggressive  and  old  school  Swedish  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Raging  Blizzards"  "Abominations  Of  Evil"  and  "Enter  Eternity".  8  out  of  10.

http://vananidr.bandcamp.com/album/vananidr


Primogenorum/Ye Last Ordeal/Lunar Apparitions/Nebular Carcoma/2019 EP Review


  Primogenorum  are  a  band  from  Ukraine  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  lo-fi  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2019  ep  "Ye  Last  Ordeal"  which will  be  released  in  April  as  a  joint  effort  between  Lunar  Apparitions  and  Nebular  Carcoma.

  A  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  starts  off  the  ep  while  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  distorted  style.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  along  with  the  music  also  adding  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  influences  and  the  riffs  also add  in  a  decent  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies.

  One  of  the  tracks  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  music  also  captures  a  very  lo-fi  atmosphere.  After  a  couple  of  slow  yet  heavy  songs  the  music  starts  to  speed  up  on  the  third  track  and  also  add  in  more  raw  energy  as  well  as  some  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picked  riffs  and  leads  and  all  of  the  songs  remain  true  to  a  dark  and  heavy  musical  direction,  on  the  closing  song  the  sounds  of  human  torture  are  also added  into  the  music.

  Primogenorum  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  lo-fi  and  old  school  sounding.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  inhumanity  and  blasphemous  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Primogenorum  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  lo-fi  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Trial  Of  Black  Fire"  and  "On  The  Ground  of  The  Dying  Man".  8  out  of  10. 


Whore Of Babylon Interview


1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
Whore of Babylon is a solo Raw Blackened Death project located in Australia. Deriving sources of musical inspiration from literature, sacred texts, art, dreaming and personal practices of spirituality and worship.

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?
I wasn’t necessarily striving for a specific sound or style when in the compositional / recording phase of this demo. Each song is based on a specific experience, concept and moment. From what I was feeling at that specific time relating to its subject matter, I allowed myself to become a vessel and simply let it write itself over time.

3.The lyrics on the ep cover Hecate Goddess of Witchcraft, Hermetic and Goetia themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the occult and dark arts?
That is incorrect, only the first ambient illustration entitled Ἑκάτη relates to that subject matter, which doesn’t have vocals, every song has its own story and relevance to something that is entirely greater. My relationship to such I wish to remain private for the time being as it is deeply personal.

4.What was the decision behind using the name 'Whore of Babylon', for your musical project?
The title ‘Whore of Babylon’ derives from two sources, the most notable being the Bible, stated in Revelations 17:5, “As mystery, Babylon the Great, Mother of Prostitutes and Abominations of Earth.” (This can be found written in Greek running down both sides of the track listing on the physical copy). The other from the 1927 German silent film ‘Metropolis.’ In both sources, Christians have depicted a female as the deceiver of mankind, leading the blind and ignorant astray. I decided to use this title as I see this concept everywhere in Americanised western culture, in the media, celebrities and trends pushing forth their agendas, to which I despise immensely. Relating to this I also tie in my own practice and worship.

5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the ep cover?
The artist goes under the vice of Alemsahim, based in Moscow, a profoundly talented artist who also did the Whore of Babylon logo. The design depicts a female face with ‘W’ embedded into it if you look closely enough; around it features spurs of sigils. The representation of the selected sigils is an intentional mockery of the Kabbalah. The Na’amah sigil at the very top symbolizes feminine divinity, something very prominent to my own worship and practice, as well as a prominent source of musical influence.

6.With this project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to work solo?
For the time being no, I prefer to work by myself, as I am yet to meet another individual who composes in a similar fashion as to how I compose. If I ever meet someone like that then I would be very much open to making this project collaborative. Though In the recent past I have contributed to two split releases, Thuringwethil from USA and Cultor Noctis from Belgium, both of which have allowed this project to explore new territory in a very individualistic and personal manor, for that reason I will continue to involve myself in split collaborations, but other then that, Whore of Babylon will remain a singular entity.

7.The ep was released on 'Akashic Envoy Records', how did you get in contact with this label?
I initially heard of Clayton via his work with Indymetal and social media, when I found out about the conception of Akashic Envoy Records, I was very quick to introduce myself to this highly talented man via Instagram, the only place I can be found: https://www.instagram.com/arkngthunch.nchuleftingth/

8.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal and ritualistic dark ambient?
Its been very interesting receiving feedback, some have enjoyed it quite a lot, whilst others have not. Interestingly enough I have been messaged on multiple occasions of abnormal dreams occurring after listening, most notably the artist Alemsahim who did both the logo and album art, he told me recently he listened to it before going to bed and had a dream of monolithic waves crashing to shore, to then be awoken by his bedroom door opening by itself. Regardless of weather these stories are true its very entertaining and constructive for me to receive as much feedback as possible. So I welcome all to tell me what they experienced when listening to Chapter I.

9.Are you also involved with any other bands or musical projects?
Currently I am also involved in a Bestial Black / Doom project entitled ‘Dionysian Rites’, everything will be written and performed by me except vocals (most likely), this is currently yet to make its debut, which can be expected towards the end of the year.

10.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?
That’s a hard question to answer, for the time being until I am fortunate enough to meet more individuals as devoted as I am, preferably located in my homeland, Whore of Babylon will remain singular. So, I will continue to progress musically and spiritually with my practices, complete the three chapters I have envisioned and go from there. 

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?
My main source for musical inspiration is art, literature and my relationship to private practices, musically however, projects like Impetuous Ritual, Grave Upheaval, Convulsing, Striborg, Portal and Aethyrvorous, all of which are from my homeland. As for what I am currently listening to, anything that comes from my country I will listen to extensively, I would go as far as saying Australia is by far the king of this style of music.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thank you kindly for having me and thank you for your support, I’ve very much enjoyed answering your questions. The physical artefact of Chapter I: Devotion, Adoration, Invocation will be available for purchase early April to my knowledge; both on a standard cassette edition, as well as a special edition (strictly limited to 10 copies) which will include wormwood, witch hazel, brimstone, teeth and a number of other herbs and powders, so stay tuned… Thrall awaits...