Friday, February 5, 2016

Brundl Interview

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

We are a black pagan band coming from the lands included between Bassano del Grappa and the highlands of Asiago, North-eastern Italy. Gathered since 2010, the band owes its name to the ancient Germanic definition of the river Brenta, which runs aside the highland and breaks through Bassano.
Originally conceived by Markus as a one-man band, Brünndl finally became real and complete only after Myrk and later Stephan joined the project.
Our first aim is to enjoy the music we play, drinking a couple of "grappe" and spend some good time together. Our friendship is still the foundation of our band. However, since we definitely hate haughty or shallow people, we try to give some sense of everything we do, thus lyrics or concepts behind songs are iconic.
It doesn't mean that we must be considered extremely serious or wiser or something else, not at all. We just care our sound and our tradition, without any interest in creating new waves of extreme sound.
Humility and coherence are supposed to be representing words for our band.
Anyway, we play black metal, we like folk sounds and many other music genres, we are influenced by many old-school bands, we love our homeland as well as our heritage or mithology, which are of course the main topics in Brünndl.
Nothing in our sound is revolutionary, but the sound itself is just ours, born from our interpretation and passion.
Most important, we do play what we like without following any unstable mode.


2.How would you describe your musical sound?

In the beginning, it was raw and cold, rather sharp, very old-school, for it had to be realistic and extremely direct: we wanted the guitars to be compared to a blizzard, like a natural violent effect, and the voice like whipping mournful winds.
But also the presence of clean voices and some folk cadences were part of our concept, necessary to express those feelings/descriptions according to the lyrics.
Now, with the new album, we have changed the quality of recordings, keeping the old-school imprint alive but giving more details to the sound, to all the instruments. Still Brünndl, still raw and realistic, but more complete.


3.Your lyrics do go in detail with Paganism and Folklore, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?

It would be easy to understand if you knew our lands. On the mountains and hills where we live, everywhere you may find memories of ancient times, from the toponymy to the legends, and the landscape is always summoning and evocative. This land is always calling, you just need to listen to its voice to gather whispered stories.
Moreover, we are very bound to our ancestors, our heritage and culture, we believe their praises must be sung.
It is quite clear that we will never talk about annoying, silly and abused topics - leave them to the very true ones.
We have something precious and real, we defend it instead of loosing time with useless ideas: nowadays we should all remember where we come from and avoid to hide ourselves in weak masks. That's why we prefer singing about our woods or villages.
Paganism? Easy: we can't suffer Catholic attitude and ignorance. It ruined our places and people...as well as all the other monotheistic frauds around the world.


4.The lyrics are written in 'Cimbiran', what was the decision behind writing songs in this language?

This was the language spoken in our land. Our decision is linked directly to our will of remember traditions with their true meanings and words.
We should confess that it also sounds better than italian for extreme music, the choice sometime is related to the sound; even if, as you could hear from the songs, we use both our native languages and it is not absolutely a matter of being "more pagan" or "more germanic". We try to keep it alive.

5.I know that the bands is named after an ancient Germanic name for the river 'Brenta', how does this name fit in with the musical style that you play?

Brenta is a beautiful and magical river, could bewitch the one who's staring at its shape, above all in the valley called Valsugana. Markus has always loved this river and its waters reflecting the mountains, so decided to use its old germanic name for the band. Brun- is the germanic root for "source,spring"...no wonder that everything came from this inspiring river. So, the name enshrines all the meanings told before in the other answers.


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 played only in Italy, underground concerts with good bands. Astrophos, Dodsferd, Enisum, Atavicus, Exterminas and our friends Marbas are the most remarkable ones. About the stage performance, usually they tell us we are captivating, but actually you should ask the audience how we are.


7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

Now we have no plans for touring neither having live gigs, however in the future it may be that we will start doing it with much intensity. It depends also on our jobs and personal business.


8.Can you tell us a little bit more about the deal you have signed with 'Grom Records'?

Grom Records has decided to bet on us, they gave us the chance to reach many more ears and spread our music.
We will always be thankful to this label, in particular to Milan, who follows our release with seriousness and professionalism. We couldn't meet better people and hope our collaboration will long last.


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

It's early to say, let our new disc reach these fans. Those who already listened to our music gave us a satisfying feedback, but it is also difficult to answer since a judgement is always too personal to be referred to a complete category of audience. The livings will see!


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

Playing together our music, as we have always done, without thinking much to fame or appearance. We go on and the future will show us what we deserve.


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?

No doubt: Windir, Storm, Kampfar, old Helheim, old Enslaved first; then also Taake, Summoning, Satyricon, Falkenbach, Moonsorrow and probably many other bands. Figure out that we get impressed even by underground bands we play with. Every song and every band we listened to may have left a trace, might influence our composition.
After all, we are just dwarves standing on the shoulders of giants. 
Inside the band, each member has a different taste and various musical influences, from classical to punk, brutal or traditional songs, and so on. We don't close our perspectives at all, we still listen to everything could move either thrill us.


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

Thanks for your interest and keep on defending your local tradition.



Natvre's/Wrath/Clean Head Productions/2015 CD Review


  Natvre's  are  a  band  from  Greece  that  plays  a  very  psychotic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review of  their  2015  album  "Wrath"  which  was released  by  Clean  Head  Productions.

  A  very  hard  and  heavy  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  melodies  and  once  the  grim  screams  kick  in  the  music  starts  going  for  more  of  a  modern  and  mid  tempo  take  on  the  genre  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  it  goes  into  more  of  a  raw  direction  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.

  A  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic in  length  and  the  guitar  leads  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  nature  sounds  are  also  brought  in  at  times  along  with  one  of the  tracks  being  all  instrumental  and  it  also  introduces atmospheric  elements  and  clean  playing  onto  the  recording  while  the  later  songs  return  back  to  more  of  a  harsh  black  metal  style.

  Natvre's  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  modern  while  also being  very  heavy,  grim  and  psychotic  at  the same  time, the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Obcure  Philosophies  and  Paganism.

  In  my  opinion  Natvre's  are  a  very  great  sounding  psychotic  and  aggressive  black  metal  band  and   if you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Narcissus"  "Wrath"  and  "Endless".  8  out  of  10.     

Natanas Interview

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

My main project is Natanas. This project was birthed in 2013, a product of a need for creative release. I am the sole member, playing drums, guitar, bass, mandolin, violin, keyboards, and vocals.

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> 2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings ?

Natanas gives a priority to feeling and atmosphere. Stylistically: black metal with a doom and depressive influence. Tempos are typically slow, vocals are harsh. Experimentation and incongruent moments exist as my mood dictates.

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> 3.Since 2014 there has been a great amount of music released, do you put a great amount of time and effort  into  writing and creating music?

For over a decade I have worked in the oil field. Working two weeks straight, sixteen plus hour days. This left me with a pretty intense work ethic. In my spare time, I do not watch TV or films. I read books and make music. So, yes, I spend a large portion of effort and time writing, experimenting with, and recording music. It is a consuming passion for me, and something my family understands.

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> 4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your music?

With Natanas the feeling typically comes from the frustrations of life. The powerlessness of the average person. The futility of our existence. I have a pretty elaborate personal philosophy involving quantum entanglement and consciousness. This comes up a lot in my lyrics.

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> 5.The musical project is located in  Wyoming, do you feel that living in this state that has a small population and not much going on for metal has given your music more of an isolated feeling?

Wyoming is the least populated state in the USA. I moved here back in 2005, leaving El Paso, Texas, where I grew up. El Paso has more people than the state of Wyoming. I feel much more at home here. That feeling of being surrounded by the open, the empty, the dry absolute cold. It pervades my music.

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> 6.With this musical project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to remain a solo project?

Natanas will always remain a solo project. It wouldn't feel right to let anyone else in. No guest appearances, no one else may touch it.

I have worked with other musicians in projects like Telerumination (with Liam Weir of Necroennui), or performing drums or vocals on other band's releases. I enjoy working with other musicians of a like mind.

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> 7.So far you have been a part of many splits, can you tell us a little bit more about the bands and projects that you have shared splits with?

Unhappy out of Istanbul, Turkey is a dsbm band that I enjoy immensely, a favorite of mine. I feel honored to have shared a release with him.
Necroennui out of Phoenix, is an ambient project of Liam Weir. The soundscapes he produces are like liquid emotion. They invoke a feeling, a place. This split spawned a side project: Telerumination.
Music Distroyer out of Colorado (a state I lived in twenty years ago, and have fond memories of), play an old school brand of extreme metal. I am a fan of their sound and was very pleased to have a split release with another band in the Rocky Mountain area.
Ulfrinn out of West Virginia is a black metal project that makes you feel the woods, and the crumbling infrastructure. This release spawned an ongoing friendship.
Bukavac out of North Dakota (a state I have spent quite a bit of time in) has a technical approach, no matter how much he'll deny it. You cannot help but raise the horns when Bukavac is on the stereo. Great guy.
Vore out of Mexico is a band with intimidating talent, and a friend. I am very happy to have had the opportunity to have a release an album with this act.
Nekroverse out of Finland play a traditional brand of black metal. Filthy and pestilent. When the chance came to do a split, I jumped at it.
Atel out of California play a depressive atmospheric blend of black metal. Slithering vocals and fast riffs. I have enjoyed the sound since my first listen. I am very pleased that a split happened.

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> 8.What is going on with your other musical projects these days?

Telerumination is on a hiatus for personal reasons. Just prior to this work had started on a second album. When this project returns it will do so stronger. Look for it!

Uls De Tol has had two releases this year, so far. It is depressive, mainly instrumental rock music. Thematically inspired by Aleister Crowley, and meditative in quality. It is another solo venture. An outlet for a side of myself that doesn't quite fit into the scope of Natanas.

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

By and large positive. I have spoken to people all over the planet who enjoy what I am doing. This is nice to hear, yet at the same time Natanas is a personal expression and reflects what I am feeling. The prospect of what other people may think of it doesn't impact the creation of it. This is not meant as a douchebag kvlt statement. It is my escape. It is my time in aural form.

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> 10.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?

Continuing to improve and expand the techniques and instruments in my retinue. I think that is all any musician can hope for.

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> 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?

Music is religion to me, the only one I have ever fully given myself to. Queen, AC/DC, Rush, Black Sabbath, Kansas, Led Zeppelin - these were my childhood, to this day bands I adore. GG Allin, DRI, King Diamond, Metallica, GBH, Slayer, Cannibal Corpse, the early Chilli Peppers albums, the Smiths formed a larger world during my early teen years. Striborg, Burzum, Xasthur, Leviathan taught me of the possibility of creating the output of an entire band by one man. This was revelation.

Lately, I have been listening to a playlist of favorites from Ulfrinn, Vore, Striborg, Idaaliur, Sleep, Darkthrone, Cannibal Corpse, Gorgoroth, Metallica, Merciful Fate, Neurosis, Syphilic, Flachenbrand, the list goes on...

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> 12.How would you describe your views on Satanism and Occultism?

I am an atheist who identifies with Laveyan Satanism as a philosophy. It most directly lines up with my personal views. I have read widely sources from many occult traditions. I am a fan of the works of Crowley, yet am not an adherent of his approach. I was formerly a 32 degree regular Freemason, yet decided to leave their organization due to the requirement of belief in a deity - something I feel incapable of doing.

Overall occult systems are, in my mind, methods of approaching the unknown. Ways of reconciling the universe around us. I am for anything that works foreach individual. There has never been another point in history where the availability of information has been this great. Nothing is hidden, it is all out there...

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

Until the day I expire, I see myself making music. If it is something you enjoy then I am pleased that my labor has found a favorable ear. Thank you for the opportunity to answer these tailored questions.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Dead River Runs Dry/Hierophants Of The Storm/Static Tension Recordings/2016 CD Review


  Dead  River  Runs  Dry  are  a  band  from  Australia  that  plays  a  very  diverse  form  of black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Hierophants  Of  The  Sun"  which  will  be  released  in  June  by  Static  Tension  Recordings.

  Dark  soundscapes  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  distorted  reverbs  a  few  seconds  later  setting  up the  mood  for  some heavy  guitars  to  kick  in  and  after  the  intro the  music  goes into  a  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  that  also  utilizes  a  great  amount of  blast  beats  and  growling  vocals  that  start  evolving  into  high  pitched  screams.

  Elements  of  thrash  can  be  heard  in  the  music  at  times  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  growls  give  the  music  an  influence  of  death  metal  and  the  faster  riffs  also  use  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  ;picking  while  also adding  a  lot  of  melodies  into  the  open  note  riffs.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  dark  and  melodic  fashion  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  while  the  black  metal  vocals  also  get  more  grim  as  the  album  progresses  and  some  songs  also  bring  in  influences  of  hard  rock  and  heavy  metal  while  others  add  in  psychedelia  and  experimental  music  and  there  is also  a  few  seconds  of  melodic  vocals  while  the  main  focus  remains  more  on  an  aggressive  style  of  black  metal  and  the  last  track  is  long  and  epic  in  length  and  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  guitars.

  Dead  River  Runs  Dry  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  the  raw  side  of  the  genre  while  also  being  melodic  and  also  adding  in  touches  of  death  metal,  hard  rock  and  experimental  to  create  a  style  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  yet  heavy  at  the  same  time  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  angry  and  misanthropic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Dead  River  Runs  Dry  are  a  very  great  sounding  and  diverse  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Only Skies  Remain"  "Skull  Of  The  Wind"  "Revenge  Upon  Fate"  and  "For  the  Fallen".  8  out  of  10.  
   

Sacrilegium/Anoma Lucifera/Pagan Records/2016 CD Review


  Poland's  Sacrilegium  have  returned  with  their  comeback  album  that  has  been  awaited  for  20  years  which  shows  the  music  going  into  more  of  an  occult  black  metal  direction  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Anima  Lucifera"  which  will  be  released  in  March  by  Pagan  Records.

 Avant  garde  sounds  start  off  the  album  giving  the  recording  more  of  an  experimental  feeling  along  with  a  touch  of  ambient  and  after  a  few  seconds  clean  guitars and  melodic  guitar  leads  make  their  presence  known  on  the  songs  along  with  the  guitar  riffs  getting  heavier  which  also leads  up to soem  grim  screams  and  the  music  going  into a  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction.

  Blast  beats  can  be  heard  quite  a  bit  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  music  while  the  guitar  riffs  also  utilize  a  great  amount of  melody  and  they  also  mix  the  atmospheric  and  heavy  parts  together  along  with  the  synths  bringing  in  a  very  epic  like  quality  to  the  tracks  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  as  the  album  progresses  clean  playing  makes  a  return  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  one  track  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  ritualistic  spoken  word  parts.

  Sacrilegium  creates  an  album  that  moves  away  from  their Polish  pagan/black  metal  sound  of   the 90's  and  becomes  more  guitar driven  and  the  music  is  in  more  of  an  aggressive  occult  black  metal  direction  this  time  around  while  also  retaining  the  grimness  of  their  older  material,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  Luciferian,  Left  Hand  Path,  and  Occultism  themes  along  with  some  references  to  W.B  Yeats,  Leopold  Staff,  and  Ferdnando  Pessoa.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Sacrilegium  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  enjoy  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Angelus  (Anima  Lucifera)"  "The  Serpent  Throne"  and  "Venomous  Spell Of   Fate".  8  out  of  10. 

 

Atrabilis/Negativa/MMX/Nebular Carcoma Records/2015 Split 7 Inch Review


  Once  again  Spain's  Atrabilis   and  Negativa  team  up  to  create  another  split  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  7 inch  which  was  released  by  Nebular  Carcoma  Records  and we  will  start  of  the  review  with  Atrbilis  who  also  continues  is  experimental  black  metal  sound  of  previous  recordings.

  His  side  of the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  heavy  and  distorted  sound  along  with  his  song  being  over  6 minutes  in  length  and  after  a  few  seconds  high  pitched  depressive  black  metal  screams  make  their  presence  known  on  the  track  and  the  whole  song  sticks  to  a  very  slow  musical  direction  while  also  retaining  a  very  heavy  and  atmospheric  side  and  spoken  word  samples  can  also  be  heard  at  times,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Isolation  and  Dadaism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  track  from  Atrabilis  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  experimental  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  his  side  of  the  split.

  Next  up  is  Negativa  who  also  create  another  track  of experimental black  metal.

  Their  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  avant  garde  soundscapes  and  a  few  seconds  later  spoken  word  parts  are  added  onto  the  track  along  with  some  distorted  revers  which  leads  up  to  more  of  a  heavy ,  dark  and  atmospheric  sound  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  that  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  high  pitched  depressive  screams  and  the  song  is  6  minutes  in  length  and  after  a  few  minutes  the  music  starts  slowing  down  a  bit,  the  production  sound s very  dark  and r aw  while  the  lyrics  cover  hateful  and depressive  themes.

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  another  great  sounding  track  from  Negativa  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  experimental,  depressive  black  metal, you  should  check  out  their  side  of t he  split.

  In  conclusion  i  feel this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  would  recommend  it  to  all  fans  of  experimental  and  depressive  black  metal.  8  out  of  10.   

Lubert Das/Deluge/Dunkelheit Produktionen/2015 EP Review


  Lubbert  Das  are  a  band  from the  Netherlands  that  has  an  album  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  very  raw  and  atmospheric  form  of black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  ep  "Deluge"  which  was  released  by  Dunkelheit Produktionen.

  Thunder sounds  start  off  the  ep  and  along  with  distorted  reverb  a  few  seconds  later  that  also  leads  to  the  guitars  kicking  in  and  bringing  in  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  sound  to  the  music  and  both  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  vocals  use  both  deep  growls  and  high  pitched  screams.

  Once  the  music  speeds up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  as  well  as  the  guitars  utilizing  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted in  the  90's  second  wave  style  and  the  songs  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present on  the  recording  and  after  awhile t he  riffs  start  bringing in  more  dark  sounding  melodies and  they  also  manage  to  be  atmospheric  with  guitars,  drums  and vocals  alone and  the  last  track  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  melodic  guitar  leads.

  Lubert  Das  creates  2  epic  tracks  that  are  very  dark,  raw  and  atmospheric  while  also  showing  you  can  ignore  modern  trends  and  still  be  very  original,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Armageddon  and  the  end  of  the  world.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Lubbert  Das  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  and  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Forlorn  Ages".  8  out  of  10.