Sunday, December 26, 2010

Blut Aus Nord/The Mythical Beast Of Rebellion/Debember Morti/2010 CD Re-Issue Review

Blut Aus Nord are a band from France that has a long history, with a musical style that I would describe as being a raw and avant garde take on black metal and this is a review of their 2001 album "The Mytical beast of Rebellion" which was re-issued by Debember Morti during the year of 2010.

Drums are mostly fast with a good amount of blast beats mixed in with some slow to midpaced drumming that is used alot on the last few songs, while the bass playing has a very dark tone with riffs that follow the riffing that is coming out of the guitars, as for the sound effects they have a very dark avant garde ambient feel to them..

Rhythm guitars are mostly slow, midpaced to fast black metal guitar riffs that also have a very dark avant garde and distorted feel to them as well as a doomy edge at times, as for the lead guitars when they are utilized, they have a very distorted and dark sound to them.

Vocals are mostly high pitched black metal creams, while the lyrics have a concept edge to them and deal with dark and occult topics, as for the production it is very dark and raw sounding.

In my opinion this is was a great album from Blut Aus Nord and a sign of the future direction they where going into. RECEMMONDED TRACKS INCLUDE "The Fall Chapter I, II< and IV" and "Raita I". RECEMMONDED BUY.

Ninnagesh Interview

1.Can you tell us a little bit about the project, how you came into existence and what are you doing nowadays?
1- Ok first thanks for this this interview really is a meet respounds urs questions, Ninnagesh starts as a band of a person in the year 2000, Hugo Alejandro Gallego Zuñiga was the frist member of the band, in 2005 he recordered the first Ninnagesh album "In times before the light... when the devil was god", one year later enter the current bassits Arleth Portela, this guy is great person with many things and ideas to provide, with this guy we recordered the second album and possibly the most known album... "Oculta", in the nowdays we worked in us new album "Absolata" relased in the Winter of 2010.

2. How would you describe the musical sound of the 2 albums that you have recorded so far?
2- Realy now we have 3 albums,personally, I define the sound of Ninnagesh, as a powerful sound, with sound who experiment and transcend,but without leaving the concept of what we do...

3. What are some of the lyrical topics and concepts that both albums explore?
3-the issues we deal in our songs, cover many things, Ninnagesh, power, elitism...there a special theme we draw much attention and is the subject and the mystical force that gives us the cosmos,we used a small part of this thought in our last album,we did a good job on this album, both the lyrics and musically.

4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the band name Ninagesh?
4- Ok,the meaning and inspiration behind the band name Ninnagesh, simply is Ninnagesh. This comes from an ancient Indian culture, is all that exists...is the door that illuminates the cosmos ancient, secret universal force, is reflected at the same time, able to drown out the lake at dawn, the energy of the seas, nesesary the awakening of life.
its power can make the gods into beasts, there is evil in the Deep, Creature of the moon, the revival of the centuries, does not pass any light, illuminate the barking of wolves, is just part of past and future , born before he died, is the same force which is crowned with the stars...
The silence before the creation, the silence after the apocalypse.

5. Currently the band is a one man project, do you have plans on using other musicians in the future or are you going to keep it a solo project?
5- Ninnagesh began as a one man project, Currently the musicians are Hugo Gallego (Guitars/voices), Arleth Portela (Basses), we a have a new member Santiago Botero this guy is a excellent musician, to be honest we was playing with many drummers but never find a professional person as is santiago, I think this guy is a great friend.

6. Currently you are unsigned, do you have plans on working with a record label, in the future if so, what kind of label do you think that would do the best on getting your music out?
6- Currently us sign is Blakheartz Records, this is a sign of Germany, with this we have direct contact with countries like Austria, Poland, Russia,Italy,Swittzerland and ofcoruse Germany, really we would like work together with a American sign and so have the same contact with usa as we have with Europe, We have received proposals, but I personally think they are not serious people with which we want to work,but in summary,, yes! would like work with a North American sign.

7. Do you have any other projects besides this one?
7- Yes, all the members have others projects besides Ninnagesh... all great bands,, Hugo have a fussion jazz proyect called Alejandro Gallegoz, great band with a fresh sound, the personal proyect of Arleth is Mond, great Black Metal band he plays all the instruments in the Druidims album signed for a Dannish records,Santiago is a talented person he have many bands and many projects of unusual music haha...

8. On a worldwide level, how has the reception been to your music from black metal fans worldwide?
8- The reception been to the music from black metal fans worldwide, are very great,, the ninnagesh music many people love specialy in Canada and Netherlands, was playing some shows in this countrys and acceptance of people is really excellent, a hug for all us friends in all the world.

9. How would you describe your musical progress over the years and what direction do you see the music heading into on future releases?
9- The musical progress over the years I think it was very good,we have learned and experienced many things with our music Fortunately people like our music and that's what really matters to us,,for the future, we want our music continues to evolve to continue trying to do something new, but enjoyable for fans.

10. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
10- Ok, the bands and musical styles that have influenced us music, are many bands as Immortal, Emperor,Gorgoroth,Bathory among many others black metal bands,, we also have many influence of Colombian music we have grown up with this happy music haha, nowdays we listen all the tipes of music,I think everyone has something to contribute in us music really good music there, other than metal ... all band members have musical influences and tastes very different, that makes us share and bring some originality.

11. What role does Satanism and Occultism play in your music, and how would you describe your views on these topics?
11- The role does Satanism and Occultism play in us music is important becouse in the "Oculta" album some songs deal with this topics,. I think about Satanism and the occultism, I think these thoughts have the power to make ourselves known to themselves explore our body and our senses.

12. Outside of music, what are some of your interests?
12- Our interests really are many things,such as motorcycles, cooking, reading, traveling the world, know countries, cities, culture, friends...anything that can satisfy us as individuals and so to enrich our music some sense.

13. Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?

13- Of course, as I said at the beginning of the interview thanks to USBMS for this space, to all who have helped us grow, all the people who have read this interview... i hope the Ninnagesh music like people who do not know us, a hug for all yours...
Stay metal!!!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Khors/Return To Abandoned/Paragon Records/2010 CD Review

Khors are a band from Ukraine that has been interviewed as well as having previous material reviewed in this zine, with a style that i would describe as being atmospheric pagan/black metal and this is a review of their 2010 album "Return To Abandoned" which was released by Paragon Records.

Drums range from slow to midpaced drumming with some fast playing and the ocassional blast beat, while the keyboards have a very atmospheric pagan feel with some folk instruments being used at times, as for the bass playing it has a very dark tone with riffs that follow the riffing that is coming out of the guitars.

Rhythm guitars range from slow, midpaced to fast black metal riffs with the faster riffing having a very primitive feel and some hints of melody, while the lead guitars are very melodic sounding pagan/black metal guitar solos, as for the accoustic guitars when they are utilized they use full chords to bring a folk music element to the music and some finger picking that has a classical feel to it.

Vocals are mostly deep growls that combine black and death metal with some ocassional high pitched screams, while the lyrics cover Slavic and Nordic Paganism, as for the production it sounds very powerful and professional.

In my opinion this is another great album from Khors and if you where a fan of their previous material, you should enjoy this album. RECEMMONDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Asgard's Shining" "Mysteries Cosmos" and 'Sacrement Of Buyan". RECEMMONDED BUY.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Svart Crown Interview

1. Can you give us a brief intoductuion to the band, how you came into existence and also what are you doing doing nowadays?

JB Le Bail(guitar/vocals) started the band in 2005. The band released a mcd, «Bloody Crown», in 2006 following by numerous shows and various line-up changes until Ludovic Veyssière, our current bass player joined the band before the recording of the first album, «Ages of Decay», released in 2008. After the album came out, Clément Flandrois (guirar) and myself, Gaël Barthélemy (drums) joined the band in order to promote the album with intense touring through two european runs and a lot of shows in France. In early 2010, we began the recording of our second full lenght entitled «Witnessing The Fall». The album has just been released in November on Listenable Records.
 
2. When I listened to your album I can tell that you blend black and death metal together, what made you go for this sound as opposed to the regular French Sounding black metal sound

We listen to various kinds of metal including thrash, death, black metal, doom, sludge, etc… and other styles of music as well. We don’t want to limit ourselves to one kind of atmosphere or be predictable. We’ll always have this attitude to keep things interesting and fresh.
 
3. What are some of the lyrical concepts and topics the new release cover and how would you say it differs from previous releases?

The lyrics are about the fascinating ability man has always had to hurt himself and people around him. History, through wars, politics or infamous behaviors, showed us that it’s a neverending process of self destruction. We try to tell stories about the dark sides of human being. The cover art depicts a man in suffering, in the arms of this ambiguous character which looks at you and seems to say: «You’re running to your loss and you’re the only one to blame». Half the line-up changed since the first album and i think the band matured through the live process and we were more prepared for this one as we worked together on the whole concept and took care of every details.
 
4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the band name Svart Crown?

Svart is a scandinavian word meaning black. It’s kind of enigmatic and the fact that we mix two languages also represents our influences coming from the worldwide metal scene.
 
5. What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and how would you describe your stage performance?

We toured Europe with Shining and Enthroned through October/November and we got really great shows on this one. I remember the show in London where the people went crazy and were shouting our name! Amazing. Well, on stage, we give 100% of ourselves as we feel a dark force surrounding us during the whole performance. We have to go off stage totally exhausted. If not, we failed!

6. Do you have any touring plans for the new release?

The tour with Shining and Enthroned started when the album got released in Europe. In early December, we did a few shows with Melechesh. Some gigs are planned in France in January, a tour in the Balkans in February/ March and other things we’re working on. We’ll tour as much as possible for «Witnessing The Fall» as we strongly believe in this record.
 
7. I know that the band members have some experience playing in other bands around the French metal scene, are there any current side projects or is this a full time line-up?

Ludovic has his own project called Bestial and some projects could see the light of day in the future, who knows. But Svart Crown is the top priority for us and we’re determined to go as far as possible. Everybody walk in the same direction.
 
8. On a worldwide level, how has your music been recieved by black/death metal fans?

Listenable is doing a great job promoting this album, and we get a lot of reviews abroad and the feedback is really good. We also had positives reactions during the european tours we did so we have to go further and keep the constant touring.
 
9. What direction would you like to take the band into on future releases?

We want the band to be in constant motion. We want to surprise ourselves and create something that didn’t exist before, add new influences. There’s so many bands out there and we would simply be a death/black metal band among others? No, i don’t want that. We’ll see what the future brings.
 
10. What are some band or musical styles that have influenced your music, and also what are you listening to nowadays?

Death and black metal have had a strong impact on us. Bands like Immolation, Morbid angel, Marduk, Slayer or Mayhem to name a few. But as i said above, we listen to a lot of different styles and everything we hear can inspire us. For example, Clément and JB are into post hardcore stuff while i enjoy myself some pop or electro music. These days, i listen to John Mayer, Beast (from Canada), Tool as well as Shining, Watain, or Dimmu Borgir. It’s wide!
 
11. Does Satanism or Occultism play any role in your music?

I would not say in our lyrics but in our sound, as the tones we use have this very dark/evil feeling. We listened to a lot of bands that take inspiration from Occultism/Satanism. It certainly had an effect on us.

 
12. Outside of music, what are some of your interests?

I enjoy sports a lot, like Football or Tennis (watching, and playing). Cinema (mostly DVDs) and books as well. I also like to watch shows about politics on television. Nothing too unusual!
 
13. Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?

Thank you for your interest for Svart Crown. We’re here to stay! Cheers! Gaël

Monday, December 20, 2010

Blodheim Interview

1. Can you tell us a little bit about the band, how you came into existence and what you are doing nowadays?
1. Blodheim was started in mid 2008. We had played since 2007 under a different name. As Rælingen is a very small place in Norway, the ones that listen to/play black metal come together. Grotesqus and myself started the band with the intention of exploring the roots and black metal, but also experimenting with new elements.
At the time being we are one drummer short, but we are in the proscess of recording a new album.

2. How would you describe the musical sound that was presented on the demo, and the newer material that you are now working on?
2. The demo Warroir of the Abyss was a very experimental record. Experimental in the way that it was the first time we recorded anything in a studio. Everythig was low-budget of course. The whole point of the demo was to get experience in studio and also to get our music out to others.
During the time between the first demo and now, we have build our own studio. The means that we have alot more time and we can put more effort into the next record. The sound will be raw but epic and I think it will suit the many different elements of the record.

3. How would you describe the lyrical topics and subjects of the music?
3. The lyrics of Blodheim is all about the struggle we must endure every day. The struggle against Christianity and Islam and the modern way of thinking that completely destroys the good old Norwegian way of life. We look back to the days of old with honor and pride, and compared to the present, we are only weak. Blodheim lyrics is all about how humans should pick up the fight against such a weakness.

4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the band name Blodheim?
4. I will not fully describe the origin of our name, but I will say that Blodheim for us, symbolise a place where we can escape from all. It symbolise the nature as a place to be alone.

5. Have you had any oppurtunities to do livw shows, if so what are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and how would you describe your stage performance?
5. We have actually played alot live. In late 2009 and during 2010 we have played alot live. Black metal is not very popular here in Norway so we have been lucky to get as much live experience as we have. The best show we have played was at a local festival in Gjerdrum. The sound was excellent and we all performed a great show. I think we got the message across. I will not reveal too much of our live performance, but I can say that it contains the blood of pigs.

6. Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label and if so what kind of record label do you feel that would be a perfect fit for the band?
6. When we started up, we said to eachother that we did not need a label. But when we realised how difficult is actually is to get booked for live shows without a label, we changed our way of thinking. So, yes, we are looking for a label. Preferably an underground label. I have heard about alot of serious and hard working underground labels in Germany. Alot of Norwegian bands are/have been signed down there.

7. On a worldwide level, how has your music been recieved by black metal fans?
7. The Warrior of the Abyss demo was printed in 100 copys and we sent them all around the world. Only 3 or 4 copys were sent to Nowray. So I hope that the people we have sent our music to found it interesting and want to hear more. As a Norwegian black metal band, we rely heavily on international interest as black metal is not widely appreciated here in Norway.

8. What direction do you see the music heading into on future releases?
8. That's a difficult question, but I can say that we are being more and more inspired by old Nowregian folk music.

9. Are ther any side projects besides this band or is this a full time group?
9. I have a couple of other projects besides Blodheim, but Blodheim has always and always will be our primary project. Grotesqus play only in Blodheim for the time being.

10. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
10. Before we discorvered black metal, we both listened to music like Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, KISS, Metallica. Bands like these have created the foundation for our music. Since we are a part of the "video game generation" we are also heavily influenced by old soundtracks from games. As I mentioned above, old Norwegian folk music have also helped shape our music.
Nowadays I listen mostly to Norwegian black metal, music from movies and some punk. Basil Poledouris, Howard Shore, John Williams and Ennio Morricone are the composers I listen to.
Grotesqus listen to alot of death metal, so that also shape our music.



11. How would you describe your views on Satanism or Occultism?
11. When it comes to our lyrics, we also use some filosophical Satanic elements. And as a Norwegian black metal band we often use Satanic symbols. In our lyrics, we especially use the principle of how humans are the actual gods and that each individual should be his/hers own god. I'm not very formiliar with occultism as we have an atheistic message in our music. We use old Norse gods and demons in our lyrics too, but only as symbols for human feelings and emotions.

12. Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?
12. Look for updates on our myspace page. We will post the songs as they are recorded, mixed and mastered.
HEIDRA NOREGR!!!
BLOD OG JORD!!!!!
-Blodhorn

Monday, December 13, 2010

Svart Crown/Witnessing The Fall/Listenable Records/2010 CD Review

Svart Crown are a band from France that plays a brutal form of black metal with a death metal edge, and this is a review of their 2010 album "Witnessing The Fall" which will be released by Listenable Records.

Drums range from slow, midpaced to fast drumming with alot of brutal blast beats, while the bass playing is mixed down low in the mix with some fast riffing which seems to follow the riffs that are coming out of the guitars.

Rhythm guitars combine slow, midpaced and fast riffs together that mixes the most brutal elements of both black and death metal as well as a small amount of thrash influences, while the lead guitars are mostly death metal guitar solos that are also very talented and skilled.

Vocals are a mixture of deep death metal growls and high pitched black metal screams, while the lyrics cover dark themes with somewhat of an anti-christian message, as for the production it has a very heavy and professional sound to it.

In my opinion Svart Crown are a very good band that mixes brutal black and death metal together, and if you are a fan of bands that hybrid these two genres together, you should check out this band. RECEMMONDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Dogs Of Gods" "Nahash The Temptator" "Strength Higher Than Justice" "Incetuous Breath". RECEMMONDED BUY.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Nachtmystium/Assassins-Black Meddle Part 1/Century Media Records/2008 CD Review

Nachtmystium are a band from Chicago, Illinois that has been around since the mid 90's that started out as a more primal sounding black metal band but created their own style of black metal with this release and this is a review of their 2008 album "Assassins-Black Meddle Part 1" which was released by Century Media Records.

Drums range from slow, midpaced to fast drumming with some blast beats being thrown in at times, while the synths have a very psychedelic sound to them that have alot of 70's progressive rock influences as well as some noie effects that bring an avant garde feel, as for the bass playing it has a very thick, dark and heavy tone to it which is very easy to hear on certain songs.

Keyboards when they are used bring a very dark feeling to the music, while the saxophones bring a jazzy feel to the music.

Rhythm guitars range from slow, midpaced to fast black metal riffs that are also influenced by many different genres of music such as classic rock in the cathier riffing, while the lead guitars have more of a rock feel in the solos added in with a good amount of melody and some guitar slides, as for the accoustic guitars when they are used to bring in a classic sounding rock/metal feel to the music.

Vocals are a mixture of high pitched black metal screams mixed in with a more shouting style of vocals, while the lyrics cover hateful style themes, as for the production on this recording which was recorded at Engine and Volume Studios in Chicago during the month of December sounds very professional and you can hear all of the musical instruments that are present on this recording.

In my opinion this was a good album from Nachtmystium and while their more hardcore fans considered this rec ording a sell out, and they have also released new material since then, I still feel this is a good recording. RECEMMONDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Assassins" "Ghosts Of Grace" and "YOur True Enemy". RECEMMONDED BUY.

Deafest/Dunkelheit/Split Album/2008 CD Review

Deafest are a band that my readers should be familiar with right now, Dunkelheit are also a band from Colorado with a more cold and depressive take on black metal, and this is is a review of their self released 2008 split album, and we will start out with Deafest.

Drum prograamming ranges from slow, midpaced to fast beats, while the bass playing is mixed down low in the mix and seems to follow the riffing that is coming out of the guitars.

Rhythm guitars range from slow, midpaced to fast raw black metal riffs with the softer playing having an ambient feel to it that is very dark, while the lead guitar are very primitive sounding ambient black metal guitar leads mixed in with a doomy edge with not much in the way of solos.

Vocals are all high pitched black metal screams while the lyrics touch on nature orientated themes, as for the production it has a very dark and raw feel to it.

Now we will review Dunkelheit which also happens to be a one man project.

Drums are mostly midpaced to fast drumming with some blast beats being used at times , while the bass playing has a very dark tone which is mixed down low in the mix and seems to follow the riffing that is coming out of the guitars.

Rhythm guitars are mostly midpaced to fast black metal riffs , and there atre no guitar solos or leads present on their side of the split.

Vocals are all high pitched black metal screams, while the lyrics cover despair, cold and solitude, as for the production it has a very dark and raw feel to it.

In my opinion this is a good split and Deafest have the best songs on this split. RECemmonded track from Deafest "Embedded" and Dunkelheit "In Shadows". RECEMMONDED BUY.

Vesterian/Violent Hateful Black Metal/2008 CD Review

Vesterian are a band from Hollywood, California that plays a very raw and hateful form of black metal and this is is a review of their self released 2008 e.P "Violent Hateful Black Metal".

Drums range from slow, midpaced to fast drumming with alot of brutal blast beats, while the bass playing has a very dark tone which is mixed down low in the mix and seems to follow the riffing that is coming out of the guitars.

Rhythm guitars range from slow, midpaced to fast raw black metal riffs, while the lead guitars are very primal sounding black metal guitar leads.

Viocals are very high pitched black metal screams with some low ends on the vocals being used and on one sing there are some spoken word male and female vocals being used briefly, while the lyrics cover war, black metal and Satanism, as for the production it has a very dark, heavy and raw sound to it.

In my opinion Vesterian are a very good raw anti christian/satanic black metal band and if you are a fan of this style you should also check oput this group, they also put on a good live show which I witnessed over a year and a half ago. RECEMMONDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Violent Hateful Black Metal" and "Unseen Hordes Behind The Deafening Storms". RECEMMONDED BUY.

Wulfen Krieg/Demo 1/2008 CD Review

Wulfen Krieg are a band from California that plays a very raw form of war induced Satanic/Anti Christian black metal and this is a review of their 2008 demo.

Drums range from slow, midpaced to fast drumming with alot of brutal blast beats being thrown in, and there is no bass guitar being used on this recording.

Rhythm guitars range from slow, midpaced to fast raw war/black metal riffs while the lead guitars are very primitive and raw sounding black metal guitar leads with not much in the way of solos.

Vocals are all high pitched black metal guitar s creams with only a small amount of deep growls being used on the first song, while the lyrics touch on war, misanthropy, anti christain and satanic themes,, as for the production it is very dark and raw sounding with all of the musical instruments coming out with a very evil sound.

In my opinion Wulfen Krieg are a very good raw war/black/satanic metal band and if you are a fan of this style, you should check out this band. RECEMMONDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Born In Flames" and "Dethroning The Holy Gods". RECEMMONDED BUY.

Deafest/Cynd Split/Mountain Draught/2009 CD Review

Deafest are a band from Littleton Colorado that has been interviewed as well as had previous material reviewed by this zine, and Cynd is also from the same area, with both of their musical styles being nature orientated black metal, and this is a review of their 2009 split, we will start of the review with Deafest.

Drum programming ranges from slow, midpaced to fast beats, while the bass playing is kind of mixed down low in the mix and seems to follow the riffing that is coming out of the guitars.

Rhythm guitars range from slow, midpaced to fast raw black metal riffs with some doom metal influences that also have a progressive edge to the softer parts, while the lead guitars have a shoegaze black metal style feel to them.

Vocals are mostly high pitched depressive black metal screams, while the lyrics are very nature orientated, as for the production it has a very dark and raw sound to it.

Now we will review the half from Cynd.

Drums range from slow, midpaced to fast with a good amount of blast beats, while the bass playing seems to be mixed down low in the mix and follows the riffing that is coming out of the guitars.

Rhythm guitars range from slow, midpaced to fast raw black metal riffs and there are no guitar solos or leads present on any of Cynd's songs, as for the accoustic guitars when they are used on the outro they have a very dark sound to it.

Vocals are all high pitched black metal screams, while the lyrics touch on nature orientated subjects, as for the production it is very dark and raw sounding.

In my opinion this is a great split album from Deafest and Cynd, with the songs from Cynd being the best since they have a more faster raw and primitive approach. Recomended song from Deafest is "Coniferous" and from Cynd "Wweorpan".

Nidingr Interview

1. Can you update us with what is going on with Nidingr these days?

Right now we are rehearsing with Hellhammer, wanna make sure we sound solid for the first gig next year here in Oslo in February. Also there are some shirts in the making, design by Christian Sloan Hall, sold by Agonia Records . Also Peter Jackson wanted to make a video for us for free, but I'm not sure he would be the right one for us.

2. What kind of sound did you want to achieve with the new release, and how do you feel it came out?

For this one we did not have any specific plans on the sound, I think its best for us not to make to much plans on doing things, since they seldom being realized. On the last album, "Sorrow Infinite & Darkness", we wanted to sound like Autopsy in the beginning, but the end result was completely different. But I'm satisfied with both albums. "Wolf-Father" is a step forward production wise I guess.

3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the new release explores?

The whole album is based on old Norse Mythology, its about the old Norse Gods, shit they did etc.

4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name Nidingr?

I guess it can have different meanings, the one we think fits the best is : a thief, a outcast or a shameless person. I read somewhere it could also be translated into "gay", that fits us perfectly since our bassplayer is gay as fuck. We plan on killing him onstage.

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

We have played 5 or 6 gigs since 1996, so its not hard to pick one out. Our first gig was supporting Mayhem here on Oslo, we kicked Mayhem's ass. We frogged them.But I guess our second gig was the coolest so far, small venue, small stage, overcrowded with people. Good times. Live we don't do much other than playing the songs and we also have the occasional head banging going on.

6. Do you have any touring plans for the new releases?

Yeah, we want to do some touring, but not too long ones, since we are to lazy to stay on the road for too long. We got a booking agency doing stuff for us now, so who knows..they'll probably cook up something soon for us.

7. What is going on with the other bands these days?

Well, I have been working with King (x Gorgoroth) for some songs to the new God Seed album. Got an album out next year with The Konsortium, cover design still needs to be done, but I'm guessing its out around April next year. The NunFuckRitual album with Dan Lilker is basically done, expected to be released March/April. I have a Umoral album ready, been trying to record it for a couple of years now so once again I'm hoping for next year will be the year for that album.

8. On a worldwide level how has your music been received by black/death metal fans worldwide?

So far I have received good feedback from what I have been a part of.Of course ;)

9. What direction would you like to take the band into on future releases?

Like I said, Its no point of starting to think about things like that now, we just will wait and see what happens, but one thing is for sure, we have 2 more albums to make with a Crowley theme.

10. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music, and also what are you listening to nowadays?

Man, I have no idea, I did the whole school of metal, starting out with Heavy Metal, then into Trash, Death and then Black. These days I don't listen much to music at all, haven't been listening much to music for the last ten years or so actually.

11. Outside of music what are some of the things that interest you?

Hmm not much, other than photography. I am a very simple person, don't find joy in too much things in this world.

12. Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?

Thanks for the support and good luck with your zine!

Teloch

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Setherial/Ekpyrosis/Regain Records/2010 CD Review

Setherial are a band from Sweden that has been interviewed by this zine before, with a history that deates back to the early 90's with a musical style that i would describe as being brutal black metal with an atmospheric and melodic edge and this is a review of their 2010 album "Ekpyrosis" which was released by Regain Records.

Drums range from slow, midpaced to fast with alot of brutal blast beats being thrown in at times, while the bass playing has a dark tone that is overpowered by the guitars and drums and seems to follow the riffing that is coming out of the guitars.

Rhytm guitars range from slow, midpaced to fast black metal guitar riffs that are very brutal at times while retaining a slight melodic edge and alot of skilled riffing that also has influences from other styles of metal, while the lead guitars are very chaotic and skilled black metal guitar solos that are also melodic at times.

Vocals are very high pitched black metal screams with a small amount of deep growls being used briefly on one song, while the lyrics are somewhat occultic with themes of cosmic and creation as well as dying and devourment, as for the production it sounds very heavy, powerful and professional with all of the music having a very brutal sound to it.

In my opinion this is another great album from Setherial and if you are a fan of their previous works, you will not be dissapointed. RECEMMONDED TRACKS INCLUDE "We Shall Fall" "Celestial Realms Of The COsmic Cration" and "A World In Hell". RECEMMONDED BUY.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Adar/Into The Frozen Ocean/Mountain Drought Distro/2009 E.P Review

Adar are a band from Littelton, Colorado that has also been interviewed with a musical style that i would described as being raw black metal with a death metal edge by this zine before and this is a review of their 2009 E.P "Into The Frozen Ocean" w hich was released by Mountain Drought Distro.

Drums range from midpaced to fast playing with some brutal blast beats, while the bass playing has a very dark tone and seems to follow the riffing that is coming out of the guitars and on the last song they sound very powerful.

Rhythm guitars are mostly midpaced to fast raw black metal riffs that also have a great amount of death metal influences and a great sense of melody, while the lead guitars combine black and death metal influences together in the solos and also utilize a great amount of skill with some technical parts, as for the accoustic guitars when they are utilized they use finger picking and full chords to bring a darker sound to the music.

Vocals are mostly high pitched black metal screams with some deep death metal growls being thrown in at times, while the lyrics cover dark themes with an occult edge, as for the production it has a very dark and raw feel to it.

In my opinion Adar are a very good black metal band, and if you are a fan of black metal that uses alot of talent and skil, you should check out this band. RECEMMONDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Blood Stained Moon" and "Waves Of Oblivion". RECEMMONDED BUY

Kastigation/Live At Sunshine Studio/2009 CD Review

Kastigation are a band from Colorado Springs that has also been interviewed before by this zine with a style that is black metal with a death metal edge and this is a review of their ep "Live At Sunshine Studio".

Drums are a misture of slow, midpaced to fast playing with some brutal blast beats, while the bass playing has a very dark, heavy and powerful tone.

Rhythm guitars combine slow, midpaced to f ast black metal riffs with some death metal and thrash influences being thrown in at times and some ocassional soft playing t hat is only used briefly, while the lead guitars are very primal sounding black metal guitar leads that have a doomy feel to them on the last song.

Vocals are very high pitched black metal screams with some deep death metal growls being thrown in, while the lyrics cover the universe, inner strength and darkness, as for the production you can tell this is a live recording and it has a very raw and primal feel to it, while all of the instruments still have a very good sound to them.

In my opinion Kastigation are a good band for their style, and if you like black metal with a death metal edge, you should check out this band. RECEMMONDED TRACK "Maliganant Infidelity". RECEMMONDED

Belhor/Demo 2009/CD Review

Belhor are a band from Colorado that plays a very dark form of black metal that also has a death metal edge to it and this is a review of their 2009 Demo.

Drums are mostly slow, midpaced to fast drumming with some blast beats, while the bass playing has a very dark tone and seems to follow the riffing that is coming out of the guitars, as for the keyboards when they are used, they are only there to enhance darkness.

Rhytm guitars are mostly slow, midpaced to fast black metal riffs that also have a good amount of death metal influences to them, and there are little to no guitar solos or leads present on this recording.

Vocals are mostly black metal screams with some death metal growls being thrown in at times, while the lyrics cover dark themes, as for the production it has a very dark and raw feel to it.

In my opinion belhor are a good black metal with a death metal edge and if you are a fan of this style, you should check out this band. RECEMMONDED.

Zebulon Kosted/Dragon's Blood-Die Nibelungen Part OneKapustin Yar Records/2009 CD Review

Zebulon Kosted are a one man project from Missoula, Montana that has also been interviewed by this zine with a style that is a very raw form of black metal mixed with doom metl, experimental, noise and folk music and this is a review of their 2009 album "Dragon's Blood - Die Nibelungen Part One" which was released by Kapustin Yar Records.

Drums are mostly slow to midpaced drumming with some fast playing and blast beats, while the bass playing has a very dark and powerful tone that is very easy to hear on this recording, as for the noise effects they bring a very dark and avant garde edge to the music with a very dark sounding synth being used at times.

Rhythm guitars are mostly slow, midpaced to fast raw black metal riffs that also take in alot of influences from doom metal, while the lead guitars are very primal sounding black metal guitar leads, as for the classical guitars when they are utilized they bring a very dark folk music feel to the recording with alot of fingerpicking and full chords.

Vocals are all high pitched black metal screams, while the lyrics cover Paganism, Inter-Dimensional Travel, World History and Cryptids, as for the production it is very dark and raw sounding but you can still hear all of the musical instruments that are present on this recording.

In my opinion Zebulon Kosted are a very good band and if you are a fan of more experimental sounding black metal you should check out this band. RECEMMONDED BUY.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Hinsides Interview

1. Can you introduce the band, and tell us a little bit about yourself and how you came into existence?



The band consists of Oriasipes: guitar, Gravkald: vocals, Dunkelrot: bass and Stian: Drums.

I have been interested in music and the state it brings me into since I was a kid, that inspired me to start playing instruments and creating music.

The band was started up in 2005 by me. In the beginning I was creating music for this band, when I felt I had enough music I start to look for members. There was several line up changes during the first years. The line up now is stabil and everybody is dedicated to the music.

 

2. How would you describe the musical sound of the new album and how does it different from past releases?



The new album has an intense and dense dark necro sound, compared to our previous album that have a more classic old-school underground sound. The sound we have on the new album fits the musical expression we wanted to achieve.

When it comes to our demo it was recorded on an eight track recorder. The sound is very raw but I think we managed to create a distinct sound on it.



3. How would you describe the lyrical content of the new album?



The lyrics has different aspects, it is about the universe and the search for it’s mysteries from the beginning of time. The intention to put you into a state of feeling being in dark endlessness is absolutely present. Some parts of the lyrics are also very cryptic. I also put critical views on the society we live in in the lyrics. It has an Anti- Christian message.



4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name Hinsides?



Hinsides means beyond and the state of being beyond in English.

The name has been on my mind several years before I officially started up the band.

I think the name suits several themes we write about, especially our lyrics about universes and parallel worlds.

 

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



I like the shows we had at Karmøygeddon Arctic 2010 and the Sint October festival in 2008. We use some light effects on our shows, we do not move so much around on the stage. We want to create a dark obscure feeling for the audience.



6. Do you have any touring plans for the new releases?

We do not have any touring plans right now. We played at the Karmøygeddon Arctic festival 2nd of October and our album was released the 1st of October, so it was a kind of release concert for that album.

 

7. Are any of the band members currently involved with any side projects or is this a full time group?



Gravkald play drums in Nordavind and Kråke, besides he has a one man project called Eldvind. Dunkelrot has a one man band called Dweller. Stian has a one manband called Ulvaskar. I also write music besides Hinsides, I am planning to release that in the future, but it’s too early to say when.



8. On a worldwide level, how have black metal fans reacted to your musical sound?



We have got many positive feedbacks from black metal fans. Especially because we keep the old necro black metal feeling in our music, we do not modernize our music with progressive elements as many bands do today. We absolutely want to keep the dark feelings in our music and we want to make our music original within the frames of Black Metal.



9. What musical direction do you see the band heading into on future releases?



We are rehearsal and writing lyrics for our next album now. We want to too create a deep dark depressive feeling in it. I am manifesting my visions of an eternal dark cold never-ending expanding universe in the music.



10. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also

what are you listening to nowadays?



I like too listen to old school black metal bands if they manage to create their own sound and feeling in their music. I also like noise music, classical, ambient and some death metal. I would not say that I get inspired to make music by listening to a band I like, but of-course everybody is under influence by their surroundings in life. I have been listening to Gorgoroth, Throne of Katarsis, Darkspace, Nile, Cryfemal and Furze the last weeks.

 

11. What role does Occultism or Satanism play in the music, and how would you

describe your views on these topics?



Our music has an Anti-Christian message, but there are also occult elements in it.

I am interested in demonology and like to read about it.

I think practicing Satanism and Occultism is a good think to do, because it is against Christianity and can release people from their mental slavery.

The Christian religion is an instrument to suppress people and keeping the masses away from knowledge. They spread their religion in poor countries and build schools, hospitals and churches with the purpose of increase their power and the control over the people. Those countries often have a lot of analphabetism and the population is easy to convert. In general the Christian religion has been forced upon most of the people in the world since it started. The Christian religion should have been forbidden ages ago.

 

12. Outside of music what are some of your interests?

Here in Norway we have a lot of forests and desolate places, I like to visit places like that, it might sound like a cliché, but I think the Norwegian nature gives a special feeling and is unique in its own way.

I also like to travel around the world, especially in south East Asia and I am planning to travel in Eastern Europe and the countries around the Mediterranean ocean in the future.



13. Any final words or thoughts before we close this interview?



I and Dunkelrot changed our artist names in early 2010.

My artist name is now Oriasipes.

Glaurung changed name to Dunkelrot.

 

Thanks for the interview.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Cavus Interview

1. Can you tell us a little bit about the band, and how you came into existence?

Cavus was started a few years back by our guitarist J.K. and drummer T.T.T. in Porvoo, Finland. After they made some rehersaltapes the rest of us grew on pretty quickly and we recorded the self-titled EP that we released in 2009. We have from the first day had a very oldschool approach to our music, blending thick, dirty and rocking grooves with pure Black Metal. Devilry and powerfull, the way it's meant to be.


2. What is the inspiration behind your lyrics, what sources or feelings do you bring into the songwriting?

Lyrically the album reflects on man under the influence of the Devil's spells and the attempts to overcome yourself, how to unify the master and the servant. The lyrics have a close to theistic approach to this becouse we feel that modern day symbolism is very weak and powerless, and to understand powerfull things you have to use powerfull imagery. In many ways they also are very visual, taking you back to ages and places where evil was feared and and death roamed behind decaying walls and shut nailed doors.


3. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name Cavus?


Cavus is the original word for the english "cave". It describes the aura and atmosphere of the band but was originally chosen becouse of our bass player. He calls rehersals caving (as in let's go caving) so it started from there. Our rehersalplace is this old abandoned wooden house filled with toxins, moisture and weird smells so it's quite appropriate.


4. How would you describe the musical sound of the new album, and what recording studio or equipment did you use to create your musical sound?


We recorded the album in the prementioned house in a studio we built up there ourselves. We wanted a really original feel to it so that was the best choise. The drums were recorded on 8-tracks with one take from the beginning of the album to the end, with no click-tracks or tampering. Guitars were then done using old Soviet made tube amplifiers like Sovtek and Novik. Those fuckers really have a unique sound to them and they glow in the dark like Chernobyl. They actually use old MiG-fighter tubes in them so maybe that's one reason for the sound. This combined with baritone guitars and basses and we got quite the package! We like a lot of low end in the mix to get some punch and power to it. No whiny bedroom BM for us thank you.


5. I know that you have done alot of shows with some bigger bands, out of all the gigs that you have played so far which one did you enjoy the most and what was your favorite crowd to play to?


Even if the Black Metal crowd is usually thought of us the silently standing type, we seem to get alot of moshpits and action on our gigs. With that in mind maybe one of the gigs we played with Mayhem in Helsinki would count as the most giving, but we also had a really good crowd in Caen, France a couple of weeks ago. Every gig is different what comes to the atmosphere, and sometimes you can play a really powerfull and almost spiritual set even if the audience is small or not so active physically.


6. Do you have any touring plans for the new album?

We just toured 8 countries through Europe with Gorgoroth so we don't have anything on the schedual for now, only a couple one offs here and there. There are some plans to tour England a bit later and things like that, but we'll see what happens after the album is out in both North and South America. We are not really a touring friendly band in many ways becouse of our somewhat maybe difficult or extreme personalities, so we try to avoid having to set out for extended periods of time so no one gets killed in vain etc.


7. How have black metal fans worldwide react to your musical sound?


The overall reaction has been positive, even if some people who prefer the more serene touch to Black Metal have of course been more careful in their approach towards us. This is brutal music and we incorporate a lot of "rock elements" so it's no surprise to us that some purists find it a bit too much. This is still 100% Black Metal for us so we don't really care.


8. What direction do you see the band heading into during the future, are you planning on getting more brutal or do something different?

We don't feel a way to change to any direction so we leave it up to the future. Great deeds take great planning and execution but evil happens by nature, and this is also the way of Cavus. What will become, will be.


9. I know that the band members have a history playing in other bands, are there any current side projects going on, or is this a full time band?

Most of us have some things on the side but Cavus definetly takes most of the time right now. One can not command a painter to only paint on one painting and this is the rule here too. We have different projects to keep our needs satisfied, some of maybe will be heard of in the future.


10. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music, and also what are you listening to nowadays?


We don't try to imitate any specific bands or styles, but of course if everybody enjoys 90's BM like we do, it will come through in some way. All of us then have their own "bands of the moment" that change with seasons, but right now maybe the new Deathspell Omega album is in the most heavy rotation. Then we have everything from doom to industrial and jazz so this question is maybe a bit too vague to have a pinpointed answer to.


11. How would you describe your views on Occultism or Satanism, is there a certain path that you follow?


A true Satanist only follows himself and his only path is to overcome that very self. We don't practise magic or perform rites for any deities outside ourselves. This group concists of 5 highly individualistic people with their own visions and versions of the great truth.


12. Outside of music what are some of your interests?


Speaking here only for myself (as the vocalist of the band) and as a private person outside the group, I would say visual arts, history and specially hidden or forgotten history, science and psychology. Like Aleister Crowley said: "Anything that sheds light on the Universe, anything that reveals us to ourselves, should be welcome in this world of riddles."

13. Any final words or thoughts before we close this interview?


Worship and Rot

best regards,

Bestialized Interview

1. Can you tell us a little band about the band for those that have never heard of you before, on how you came into existence and give us a brief update on what is going on with the band these days?

Bestial Hailz!! I´m Satanized from Bestialized!!

Bestialized is formed by B-Morrt and I in 2004. We played together in other band and we decide to united forces and compose black metal songs. We share the same vision of life and we are really satanic Brothers. We started the production of our first recording “Destroying all Fucking Faith” a promo mcd for the followers of Speed Black Metal. We called our art Bestial Black Metal.

In 2007 we recorded a full length called "Annihilating the judeo-christian Generations" this album was a debut with 9 infernal songs and includes the songs of "Destroying All Fucking Faith" mcd, Old Cemetery Records From the USA released the album for worldwide distribution.

2010 Old Cemetery release "Bestial Flags Of Evilution" our second Full length with all the hate of BESTIAL BLACK METAL.

Nowadays we are recording our third attack. 10 songs for the real metal demons!!


2. When I listen to your music, it sounds like you go for the classic anti christian war/black metal sound, is that the right fit for your music or would you describe it alot differently?

I think we have the essence of Black Metal, we don´t try to copy other bands, We play the metal we like, if you listen to our songs you find all real metal, Black Metal, Thrash Metal and Death Metal, we denominated this Bestial Black Metal.


3. What are some of the lyrical topics and concepts that the band brings out in the lyrics?

Misanthropy, anti religion ALL RELIGIONS, evolution, human weakness, satanic war, and many more issues, read the lyrics!!


4. Where did you come up with the band name Bestialized, what sources did you draw from?

The name born because we played very fast and we adore the beast that is in every one of us.

The name doesn't mean anything with the animals.


5. I know that you have done some shows around Columbia and South America, what are some of the best shows that you have played around that area and how would you describe your stage performance?

Some of our gigs with Inquisition were awesome. Weve played with Carpathian Forest, Marduk, Vader, Krisiun, Monstrosity.

Bestialized on stage is very bestial, with corpse paint, spikes, bullets, and a true Black Metal attitude.


6. Do you have any plans on bringing your live assault to North America or the European shores in the upcoming future?

That's the idea, I will travel to London next month for a year to study and at the same time I'll try to make contacts for a future tour in Europe, and try to get to the USA.



7.Currently you are signed to Old Cemetery records which has put out a good amount of brutal black metal over the last couple of years, are you happy with the way that they have promoted your music so far?

Yes, we are proud to be part of old cemetery. But we are open for other labels.



8. Are any of the band members currently involved with any side projects or is this a full time band?


We are working right now with a technical drummer with alot of experience, he has different bands.

B-Morrt has a solo project called Vermin Kult, Old School Black Metal.

I'm 100% with Bestialized, I have had bad experiences with side projects.



9. How have black metal fans and anti christian elitists worldwide react to your brutal brand of black metal?

Very well, the black metal maniacs send us e-mails from different parts of the world and via myspace too. So go on motherfuckers! a sign of horns to you!!!


10. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music, do you have any influences outside of black/death metal and also what are you listening to nowadays?

Our music is influenced by true metal: BLACK, THRASH and DEATH.

Nowadays I listen to

Nefarium - Ad Discipulum

Infernal War- Redesekration

Necrophobic - Death To All

Belphegor - Walpurgish Rites Hexenwahn

Nocturnal Breed - No Retreat No Surrender

Ad Hominem - Dictator - A Monument of Glory



11. How would you describe your views on Satanism, Occultism or Anti Christianity and how does it influence your music?

I think this is personal. Some people believe in different views of evil and anti religious statements, our music is influenced by a world free without morality and sin. God doesn't exist, evil is in your body and your mind, the nature has the power of the life and death, there is no creation, only evolution, OUR EVILUTION!!!




12. How would you describe the black metal scene in your home country of Columbia?

Here in Bogotá there is no scene, there are bands who play and record songs but here there is no support, bands like us look for distribution outside Colombia, because here the "Metal Scene"(not only black metal) is 4 or 5 bands who never been listened to outside Colombia and they act like rock stars and false metal heads follow them.

This is pathetic, in Bogotá only a few metalheads are true and support the true metal.


13. Outside of music, what are some of your interests?

I'm psychologist, and outside Black Metal my interests are to continue studying behaviorism, and the Human behavior.



14. Any final words or thoughts before we close this interview?

Support the Bestial Black Metal, a sign of horns to you!!

This is Satanized. STAY BESTIAL IN THE NAME OF SATAN!!!


For band contact visit
www.myspace.com/bestialized

Nidingr/Wolf Father/Vendulus Records/2010 CD Review

Nidingr are a band from Norway that consists of many veterans with a musical style that is raw Norwegian black metal in the mid 90's vein and this is a review of their 2010 album "Wolf Father" which was released by vendulus Records".

Drums range from slow midpaced to fast with alot of brutal blast beats, while the bass playing sounds very strong and dark.

Rhythm guitars are mostly slow, midpaced to fast Norwegian black metal riffs that also contain a great amount of death metal influences,and there are little to no guitar solos or leads present on this recording.

Vocals are a different style of black metal that remind me of Zyklon B and Dodheimsgard with some deep death metal growls being thrown in at times mixed in with some ocassional clean singing, while the lyrics are written in Norwegian and English and cover Asataru themes, as for the production it has a very dark and raw feel to it.

In my opinion Nidingr are a very good Norwegian black metal band and while this is not the most original album that I have heard, I still feel that they do the style the right way, and if you are a fan of this style, you should check out this band. RECEMMONDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Fafnismol" and "Reginsmol". RECEMMONDED BUY.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Satani Infernalis Interview

1. Can you update us with what is going on with Satani Infernalis these days and what we can expect in the upcoming future?


Dantalian: I have been finishing up the last track for the new album, as well as the final mixing and mastering of the finished tracks. There is a limited release vinyl coming up with Thanatos Records (formely Project Omega Music). The CD release should be out shortly after. I have no intention on slowing down with producing new black metal. There will be lots more on the way.

2. How would you describe the musical sound of the newer release?


Dantalian: The newer material is similar to the older songs, but now the arrangements are better, the vocals are how I want them, as well as the new material has a more crisp sound. I don't like the guitars to sound like a bunch of noise. All around the music has evolved.

3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects that the newer music explores?


Dantalian: The lyrics are all loosely based around a concept of apocalypse, and a satanic rule. The lyrics do very from performing ritual, to the apocalypse itself, war, hate, occultism. The lyrics topics usually don't change much, but the writing, and structure do improve.

4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name Satani Infernalis?


Dantalian: Satani Infernalis is a latin term meaning, "Satan Infernal." I'm a Satanist. The name is really my respect to the dark energies.

5. Do you have any other projects, or is this a full time project?


Dantalian: I am actually writing material for a metal project. It's called The Silver Serpent Cult. I'm doing some vocals, and all guitars. I'm working with Colette Claire on lead vocals. That's a bit different from Satani, but still heavy as fuck.

6. In the past you have worked with other musicians, and now are a one man project, do you have any plans with working with other musicians in the future?


Dantalian: Of course. I would prefer to have a full line up for Satani. It always seems that to move forward I have to do everything myself. I hope to find the right people to play with.

7.What direction do you see the music heading into during the future?


Dantalian: Definitely more technical. Not that I'll be sacrificing the atmosphere, just enhancing it. Hopefully get a full line up to work with and expand this propaganda machine.


8.satani infernalis recently made a deal with Project Omega music(Thanatos Records). How did this deal come about, How has it worked out thus far, and what do you expect from them in the future?


Dantalian: Lloyd approached me after he listened to the myspace tracks. Unfortuanately the parent label backed out on him. The label is now a new fresh label. So far Lloyd has gotten Satani Infernalis radio play, and has a vinyl release in the works. He plans to expand into CD's and merch in time. I like the label. All good metal labels started small. I see the future looking good for both Satani and the label. Hopefully in the future we will have tour support as well.


9. How have black metal fans worldwide react to the musical sound that has came out of your releases?


Dantalian: Satani has some pretty die hard fans all over the world. I get a lot of requests for Satani to play in Austria, Germany, Norway, Finland, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, well you get the point. I am working on getting a show in Dennmark hosted by Nigrum Serpentis. Travel arrangements and line up problems have postponed this temporarily though. The fans react positively.

10. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?


Dantalian: I have a long list of influences. Emperor, Dark Fortress, Sargeist, Behexen, Gravespawn, etc. Styles include some death metal, good black metal, classical, you get it.

11. How would you describe your views on Satanism or Occultism?


Dantalian: That's a really long answer. I'll give you basics. I'm an individual Satanist. I have a satanic philosophy that is not like any of the organized Satanic groups. I don't believe any one way to view something is right. Satanism is suppose to be the opposite. Question all things. My Satanic study and philosophy are diverse in many differents ideas. I'm working on writing a book about it. That's on the back burner right now.

12. Outside of music what are some of your interests?


Dantalian: Writing, and Movies. Mainly horror films. I'm a huge horror movie fan. Art.

13. Any final words or thoughts before we close this interview?


Dantalian: Sure. Buy the album! Haha. Great booze, great sex, great smoke, and BLACK FUCKING METAL!!!!

Bane Interview

1. What is going on with Bane these days?


I am currently writing new material, although it`s going pretty slow at the moment. I have no intentions to rush anything, since I am pretty satisfied with the final result of our current release "Chaos, Darkness & Emptiness". There is still lots of work to be done with the promotion for that album. I am expecting more reviews, as well as live concerts in the following months.


So far we have promoted the album live in several European countries (Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Serbia...), and are preparing another European Tour for March 2011. All details & confirmations will soon be announced on our official MySpace page.

2. How would you describe the musical sound of the new album, and how much do you feel you progressed over the years?


Our new album is pretty much based on Swedish Styled Black Metal from the mid 90`s, but with very strong Death Metal influences, and even Doom Metal elements. We also have ambient passages going in between the songs, since the album is done as a concept and everything is linked - everything has it`s own purpose. We really try to combine all essential things and put it all together in one package - it`s fast, brutal & aggressive, yet it`s melodic and pretty much easy to follow.


The progress of this band was without any doubt huge, considering that we have been a live and active band since early 2010, with a full line-up. So far we had shows all over Europe, and in 2010 released an EP, and after that a full-length album on several different labels & formats. Musically and production-wise we made a huge progress and added many other elements in our music which was not the case earlier, and can easily be heard when comparing previous releases to our new album.


3. Your new album has an interesting concept in the lyrics, what are some of the things that inspired you when writing the lyrics?


Glad you think that way. Basically, everyday life experiences and the stupidity, selfishness & abhorrence of mankind inspire me lyrically.

4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name Bane?


As described in Wikipedia: Bane is a Modern English word meaning "that which causes ruin or woe". Although the word "Bane" was used in many different variations, which most of them are very interesting, and none of them are positive.

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


It`s very hard to pick shows apart from others, as they are all important and in each and every one of them the band gives 666%. But some of the "best" would be say in the Capital of Slovenia when we played as support band to James Rivera (USA), in Czech Republic on the Volyne Metalfest when sharing the stage with Root (CZ), and maybe on Adrenalin Fest Open-Air in Becej, Serbia.


Our stage performance is simply a ritual of the band that makes us complete in order to represent what we stand for. It allows us to truly express the point of our music.

6. Do you have any touring plans for the new album?


As previously mentioned, yes - we should have a 2-week European Tour in March 2011. After that we will be playing a few summer festivals if everything goes well, and then we will see if it will be possible to hit the road again in Autumn...

7. How have black/death metal fans worldwide react to your musical sound?


Judging by the reviews I have read so far, the support given from our record labels and the amount of e-mails/messages sent to me from various people all over the globe, I can say that the majority really enjoyed the new material. I guess it`s interesting for people to hear this kind of genre & production coming from the Balkans, as it`s definitely something that can hardly be seen or heard in this corner of Europe. Hopefully we will be able to put the word "out there" even more in the future...

8. What direction would you like to take the band into on future releases?


It`s hard to tell at this time, since there are so many influences and good bands everywhere. But it would definitely be a very strong and if possible unique mixture of Death, Black & Doom Metal music. I will try to push the limits higher on each following releases, but not in a superficial way. The band will continue to develop in natural ways, as we are not in any kind of competition of some sort. It`s just something that matter to me, and to us. If someone likes it - fine, if not - I don`t care, really.

9. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?


The three (3) main bands that had the biggest influence on me and my music are without any doubt Dissection, Dark Funeral & Saturnus. There are also many Death Metal bands I really like, listen & enjoy, but I just can`t express them all in Bane. That`s why I have other Death Metal & Grindcore projects where I intend to make more "brutal" stuff.


Nowadays I am listening to all sorts of different bands & musical styles. I have a very wide range of music I listen to. But in the last weeks or so I can`t stop listening to Anachroneaon - one of the most original and unique Metal bands I have heard over the years. They come from Sweden, so you should definitely check them out. Also a phenomenal young band you should check out is Sanhedrin. They just released their first full-length album, and it`s possibly the best stuff I have heard coming from the UK. And I just received the first album from a Russian band called Odem. That stuff is simply both insane and amazing - definitely worth your time & money.


I could go on and on with this, there are just too many bands nowadays, can`t keep up with them all...

10. What role does Satanism or Occultism play in your music, and how would you describe your views on these topics?


My views about these topics are quite personal, so I don`t really combine them with my music, although it is at some times inevitable. Satanism and Occultism are nowadays very often only a theme for kids who are into "Black Metal", and using it to be "true" to other people, not really knowing the true meaning behind those words...so that`s mainly why I try not to write too much about them, although as I just said - they are indeed a part of me. They represent my beliefs that inflict on me as a human being, but it`s very personal and I don`t really share my visions and thoughts about those things to the public, sorry.

11. Outside of music, what are some of your interests?

To be honest, nothing much. Apart from keeping a simple lifestyle with my beloveth and listening/writing music, I really don`t have any other types of hobbies. I don`t play sports, don`t play video games, don`t drink alcohol, don`t do drugs, don`t really hang out with people in general. I have a few close ones that I sometimes share time with, and that`s it.


12. Any final words or thoughts before we close this interview?


Huge thanks for the true support, it really means a lot. Thanks to all the people who took their time to read this, keep the underground alive! Support your local bands, don`t stop buying printed fanzines and keep on buying/trading original CD`s, MC`s & vinyl!


For more info & updates concerning Bane visit: http://www.myspace.com/baneband,
And for direct contact & booking, write to: banedeathmetal@gmail.com


Let Thy Chaos Forever Reign Upon Us...




-Branislav/BANE

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Hinsides/Universe Aspire In Mysticism/Abyss Records/2010 CD Review

Hinsides are a band from Norway that plays a very dark and atmospheric form of black metal with avant garde tendencies, and this is a review of their 2010 album "Universe Aspire In Mystcism" which was released by Abyss Records.

Drums alternate between slow, midpaced to fast drumming with alot of blast beats, while the bass playing has a very dark distorted sound which follows the riffing that is coming out of the guitars but has alot of power on the intro, as for the synths when they are utilized they bring a very dark avant garde sound to the music.

Rhythm guitars alternate between slow, midpaced to fast raw black metal riffs and on a cople of songs there is a brief passage with some more slower soft playing, and there are little to no guitar solos or leads present on the album.

Vocals are mostly high pitched black metal screams with some spoken word passages being used on one song, while the lyrics cover ancient myths and the search for the universe of all times, the mysteries of the universe, and the parallels to the nature forces that surround us, with a great dose of satanic, and anti-christain themes with most of the songs being written in English but one song is written in Norwegian, as for the production it has a very dark and raw feel to it.

In my opinion Hinsides are a very good band, and if you like the raw classic Norwegian black metal sound with a small amount of avant garde tendencies, you should check out this group. RECEMMONDED TRACKS INCLUDE "666 To Nero" "Black Witchery Ritual" and "Universe Aspire". RECEMMONDED BUY.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Hat/Vortex Of Death/Abyss Records/2010 CD review

Hat are aband from Norway that has been interviewed as well as had their previous album reviewed in this zine, which plays an Anti Human form of black metal and this is a review of their 2010 album "Vortex Of Death" which was released by Abyss Records.

Drums range from midpaced to fast drumming with alot of brutal blast beats, while the bass playing has a very dark tone which follows the riffing that is coming out of the guitars with a strong backbone, as for the synths when they are utilized they add an avant garde primal edge to the music and is only used briefly and on ocassion ther is a weird piano sound on the intros mixed in with some weird distorted noises.

Rhythm guitars are mostly midpaced to fast raw black metal riffs that retain the classic Norwegian feel, as for the lead guitars which are onlt briefly used on this recording, they have a very melodic feel to them, as for the accoustic guitar that is only use for a couple of seconds, they bring a very dark avant-garde edge to the music.

Vocals are mostly high pitched black metal screams with some spoken word passages, while the lyrics touch on anti-christain and human themes that are very dark and evil at times with the songwriting being written in both English and Norwegian, as for the production it has a very heavvy, powerful and raw edge to it.

In my opinion this is another great album from hat, and you can teel that they progressed alot with their new album, and if you where a fan of their previous recordings, you should enjoy this recording. RECEMMONDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Invocating Death" "the Flesh I Wear" and "Ultimate Evil". RECEMMONDED BUY.

Bane/Chaos, Darkness, and Emptiness/Abyss Records/2010 CD Review

Bane are a band from Serbia that plays a frorm of brutal black metal that also has death metal influences and this is a review of their 2010 album "Chaos, Darkness And Emptiness" which was released by Abyss Records.

Drums range from slow, midpaced to fast drumming with alot of brutal blast beats, while the bass playing has a very dark tone with riffs that follow the riffing that is coming out of the guitars and on some songs they sound very powerful, as for the keyboards when they are utilized they have a very dark and atmospheric sound that gives the music alot darker and more epic edge with alot of finger picking and full chords.

Rhythm guitars are mostly slow, midpaced, to fast black metal guitar riffs that also have a very heavy death metal influence to them and a great amount of melody and in addition one song has a very doomy feel to it, while th lead guitars are very melodic black metal guitar solos that have a classic metal feel to them, as for the accoustic guitars when they are utilized they bring a very dark and melodic edge to the music.

Vocals are mostly high pitched black metal screams with some deep death metal growls being utilized alot of themes with some ocassional spoken word passages, while the lyrics are somewhat conceptual with the main themes being divided into Chaos, Darkness, and Emptiness and some of the lyrical subjects are about evilness and plagues, as for the production it has a very professional sound and all of the instruments come out with a very good sound.

In my opinion Bane are a very good amount and if you like black metal that has some death metal influences and a great touch of melody, you should check ou this band. RECEMMONDED TRACKS INCLUDE "The True Insomnia" "The Haunting Pressence" and "The Dawn No More Rises" which is a Dark Funeral cover. RECEMMONDED BUY.

Bothildir Interview

1. What is going on with Bothildir these days?
Bothildir I have put on hold for years because i was in college and earning my degree and during that time I was still writing music for it, so I dont like to give people's hopes up and tell them that I have stuff coming out soon but I have new songs that I have written and there pretty much in the same vien as the first album that I have put out and that is pretty much that, the problem is that I have been working with my 2 other bands alot for the past few years, I have new bands now that iare coming out with a new album so even though I have been writing music for my solo project, I still keep putting it off because I have been devoting my time to my full time bands, but there is new music and it is going to be brutal.

2. What are the names of your 2 other bands?
One of them is called Shadar Logoth, that is a name that my bass player came up with from based on The Wheel Of Time books, I never read them but he really liked them and it is kind of like Mordor in Tolkien books, Shadar Logoth is like an evil place, My other band is called Infurum Bruo, 2 seperate words, I am currently in the works of making a website for that band and when I am done I will certainly email you the website so you can check out our stuff, we just finished recording a full-length and we are going to put it out very soon and then after that I will be focusing more on my solo project, but I do have 2 full time bands and I play drums in those bands

3. What are the musical styles of those 2 different bands?
Shadar Logoth is more extreme epic metal as I would call it, it has alot of black metal influences and some thrash metal, Infurum Brou is a straight forward black metal band, we are influenced by bands like Wolves In The Throne Room and Mayhem and stuff like that.

4. Can you tell us more about Bothildir?
That is pretty much straight up black metal, you can call it symphonic black metal because I use keyboards but I would just like to call it black metal, I am not really picky about genres.

5. According to your website you are completly sober, what impact does that have on your music and what is your opinion on the people in the scene that drink or do drugs?
I have been sober and I dont do drugs or drink and I am not afraid to tell people that and it has never been of a big concern to me, no one has really been giving me a hard time about it and the way that I see it that it is very extreme to avoid alcohol and drugs especially as a metal musician and we have guys running around claiming to be extreme but they are just like everybody else and getting drunk on Friday nights and I just dont do that and too me that is really being extreme, not that I am trying to be extreme, I just dont like to drink or do drugs, alot of people associated their music with outside influences like psychedelic influences such as drugs and or alcoholic fuel, to each your own, like for example that band on the radio Hell Yeah all they do is sing about drinking and that is their thing, so I feel that I throw it up there that I dont do that and it does not and it does not influence my music and my music still kicks ass, It is one way to encourage people to look at that and say that is pretty hardcore not to do that and maybe I will try it and not get trashed on Saturday night and wake up with vomit on my face, maybe instead I will write music, that is something that I have thought off and again that is not really a big issue with me but I have had people you know make immature remarks about it I suppose and you just ignore them because they are pretty much arrogant assholes if they do that.

6. What are some of the lyrical topics that Bothildir covers with their music?
I sing alot about nature, I have lived in New England my whole life, i was raised in the Mountain land scene of Vermont where I grew up hiking and , skiing and spending my time around lakes and alot of that has influenced my music over the years, I also sing about my general discontempt with the human race, that is a big theme in my music, i feel like that is a pretty big thing in general with black metal which tens to not like people and we tend to open about that and I am really that that much different and so alot of the themes revolve around corruption or just general hatred towards mankind.

7.What are some of your musical influences?
My number one is and I know it is kind of cliche but I look at Emperor and Cthtonic as my biggest influences and Emperor was the band that really got me into black metal and I always like Ishann's style and approach to music and listening to his interviews and stuff, he is a pretty laid back charecter and he stands out from the crowd, and his songwriting and guitar playing is probably the best that black metal will ever see and I would say that is my number one influence, I am also highly influenced by classical music, I went to school for music, I have a degree in musical performance and I play in an orchestra so I am very involved with the classical genre, I like to use keyboards and I like to incorporate strings and horns in whatever type of symphonic soundscapes that might enhance the metaland other than that almost any other type of black metal in general, I am influenced in some way like Hellhammer, Celtic Frost and all those guys to modern stuff like Aborym, Dimmu Borgir and that is pretty much everything, I soak it up.

8. Do you have an interest in Occult topics?
The guitar player in my band is somewhat involved with the occult stuff, the guitar player in Infurum Bruo and he sort of showed me more of that stuff, I have never dabled in that stuff before, but as far as topics because I dont know much I dont sing about it, because I dont want to pretend that I know lot about the occult practices but you know it is funny because I have been up to like Salem, Massechesetts a bunch of times and there is alot of people out there, they are pretty much into the occult and these people are real witches and stuff and I have been around that but you know it is something that I am still opening my mind to and it is rather new to me, I am being introduced to through other musicians and these guys listen to stuff like Watain and you know and that stuff is like the real deal so and I dont want to pretent to be like them when I am not so right now I am just staying cool and learning what I can, someday it might be incorporated into my side project.

9. What is the meaning behind the name Bothildir?
It is pretty much a made up word, I made it up about 8 years ago when I was a teenager and I wanted to utilize the Norse stylings at the time and during that time I was really interested in Norse music and mythology and all that stuff and I found a word that in ancient Norse language that is not even used anymore and it think it was spilled similiar to Bothilder and it was like Bothulder or something with a Uand I say that it meant some remedy for war and I thought that was cooland so i kind of changed the word around a little bit and made it my own, so I guess you can say that the meaning is that it is just a word thatpays homage to the Norseway of things and life and the Norse mythology that has influenced by music from the beginning.

10. How have black metal fans worldwide react to your music?
Over the past 4 years there has been overwhelmingly positive, surprisingly, I have made only a real limited stash of my cd's, I have only printed about a hundred of them and there was also an edition with a bonus track and I sold out alot of the copies, i have gave alot of them out for free and I sold some of them in stores, the local record shops and everybody that heard it seems to enjoy it so in someway and I have some reviews on my Myspace which is my only website at the moment and all of the reviews where positive I think that other people where relieved to hear something different with th use of the keyboards I do not know but it could just be that the fact that I write the music that I feel and I try not to let external influences necessarly dominate my music, it is eternally an extension of my own and so I think that people realize that when they listen and I think they realize that this is not music that is edited in anyway and it is all performed by me and I never use triggers or anything and so it still has a very raw feel to it and maybe that is something that people really appreciate and overrall the fan reaction has been good, I dont think that I have very many fans but from the few that I have, it has been great.

11. What direction would you like to take the music into on future releases?
It is funny that you say that because I have been thinking alot of different directions , one direction that I wante dot go into was too incorporate more accoustic stuff into my metal rather than just using all electronic instruments, I would like to have more accoustic guitar mixed with some violins, cello that was one thing I have been dabling with using 7 strings, I have a 7 string guitar that I have had for a number of years I have never actuallly used it on recordings I just have one and I thought what the fuck if a have a 7 string guitar I might as well use it, so that is one direction I may head into to write some songs using a 7 string guitarand it is hard to say how it will turn out but I think it will be pretty cool, Emperor's last album was all 7 string guitars and some people dont know that but I though that album was awesome and the 7 string guitars had a pretty brutal attack and whether some people call it black metal or not, whatever you want to call it, it is very spectacular music and so you know I have been thinking of incorporating some 7 string stuff and alot more clean singing is another thing you might hear in upcoming music, so that is some of the newer directions that I would like to take as far as music itself it is still going to be fast, extreme and it is going to come out good.

12. Have you ever thought of incorporating any other musicians in your project or are you going to keep it solo?
It has always been my project so I try to keep it that way but I like using guest musicians, I have some friends with one that has a project called Hallowed by Butchery he might do some quest vocals and I have some guitar players that might do some solos, usually on the drums, keyboards, guitars, riffs, and bass must of that stuff is done by me but I always like to collabarate with people. on my first album I had a guitar player do a solo that was pretty awesome and collabarating with other people so I would like to do a little bit more of that and have some other musicians that play, I dont want a bass player that play all of the bass riffs or anything like that but as far as guitar solos, maybe some guest vocals, stuff like that I am deffiantly open to and incorporating.

13. Are you currently working with any record labels right now?
We dont know yet, my first album did not have any record label, I just made the first album by myself because I was very young when that album came out and I did not know what I was doing so I just printed all of the cd's by myself and payed for them by myself and everything, but know I have some more connections and I will be sending some demos out to alot of American labels and maybe some European labels and we will see who hits us up, but until we got a label, we are just going to release our music independently.

14. have you recieved any record label interest yet?
We have not sent out the demo for the full length for our new album yet but ther are some local labels in Boston where I live that have shown a little bit of interst in what they have heard of our demo and we will see how that goes.

15. What are some of your interests outside of music?
I am a pretty normal guy I like to read alot of books and I like to play video games on PlayStation 3 and I spend time with my wife, I am married and just live by myself with my wife and we just live a very normal life, we both work, I like to teach music which is related to my music interests,, and I hike, bike and I ski up here in New England, I dont know if you ski in Colorado, that is real skiing but we have pretty good skiing out here too and I spend alot of time outdoors .

16. Do you have anything else that you want to say before we close the interview?
Thanks for calling me, I am glad that we finally got together and I know that we have been exchanging e-mails for months which you have been patient about it and put it up on your website, we are very excited about it and I am glad that after all these years have gone by since I have released an album that there are still people showing an interest in it and even if it is just one person, that gives me hope to continue on writing stuff , so thanks for contacting me and being patient with putting this together . And here is a download link for our album : http://www.megaupload.com/?d=KEJQOUOF

Monday, November 22, 2010

Ilbeltz Interview

1. Can you tell us a little bit about the project, you have been around since 1995 but have remained underground so there is alot of people that have never heard of you before?

First of all thanks for this interview and your interest in our music, and sorry for my english. As you say, the band ILBELTZ was borned in 1995, in the Basque Country, and in the beggining we played heavy metal most of all, even though we also used some classical and clean guitars sometimes. At that time we used to play concerts, and the band was formed of four members: drum, bass, guitar, and guitar-vocals.
In 1999, some of the members where more interested in other things than playing music, and that’s when the band suffered a change, according to the members and also to music, in some ways.
That year we began recording two songs and an intro for an album shared with other two bands, and that’s when our music opened to black metal and traditional music, in a humble way. The album was “Iluntasunaren Itzulera” (The return of darkness, in Basque language), even though it was translated into english as “Triarchy of Vasconia”.
The other two bands were ADHUR and AIUMEEN BASOA.
After that until 2010, I’ve been conposing songs, and finally I decided to record some of these songs in this album called “Auskan Gabiltz Olatun Gainian” (We’re struggling on the waves).


2.You have alot of different styles and musical instruments on the new album, what was the sound that you wanted for this new release and how do you feel that you have achieved it?

I’m very happy with the result, because in the beggining I found a lot of obstacles. I had very little money, and I recorded most of the things in my little digital homestudio: classical and clean guitars, vocals, violins, flutes, oboe, accordions, bass... and then I had to go to a studio for the drum programming, the distorsioned guitars... mix and mastering.
The most inportant thing for me has been the feeling. I needed to combine the humble recording equipments that I did have, with the most feeling I was able to.
I also wanted an equilibrium between the different styles. Black and heavy metal parts had to be strong and rough enough, as well as the traditional parts, while the renaissance parts had to be sweet and bright enough. So, this recording has been an adventure for me.

3.You have some interesting lyrics, what was the main inspiration behind your songwriting?

Thanks. The lyrics tell a story that happens in the XVI th century. The story is about a Basque fisherman who scaped from war, and became pirate. It is based in a novel I’ve writen these years.
I live closed to the sea, and probably the sea is my main inspiration behind this album, as well as our Basque language (wich we call “euskara”), and history. Usually, the history that they teach us, is taught by the point of view of the ones who won the wars, and had the power, and I think the other points of view must also be told. For example the point of view of this fisherman.

4.What is the meaning or inspiration behind the name Ilbeltz?

“Ilbeltz” is an ancient and nowadays little used word of our language that just means “january”. Its literal translation would be “black month”. This word reminds me those days that pagan belivings were alive, those days before the arrival of christianity.

5.Have you ever used any outside musicians to do some live shows?

No, I haven’t. Around 1999 some friends helped us playing a concert that we had taken before, but apart of that, we haven’t played since then. I must say that since around 2000-01 I have also been playing in other bands, like for example “AIUMEEN BASOA”, with which we’ve also edited an album this year.
I often think about playing concerts with ILBELTZ, but this would be such a hard work, I would have to join a lot of people, and I don’t feel strong enough to do something like this nowadays.

6.Currently, you are unsigned, are you looking for a label, if so what kind of label do you feel would be a perfect fit for your music?

Well, I really don’t know. I’m not shure if I want a label or not. I think that nowadays labels don’t offer interesting contracts to little bands like us. Perhaps I would be interested in a label if they would pay the studio costs, as well as the CD costs of the factory, but these doesn’t happen nowadays, at least where I live.
And I also think that the percentages that musicians earn are ridiculous.
For me it’s also important to have complete control about the music that will appear in the album. These are basic things for me.

7.Your last release was in 2001 and it took 9 years for the new album, what where you doing in between those years?

The shared release that you’re talking about was in 2000, and in english was known as “Triarchy of Vasconia”. After that I’ve been conposing songs, trying to find and realize what I had in mind, and this have been a long and hard journey, because I didn’t kwow well enough the renaissance music for example, and the story I had in mind happened in the renaissance era.
At the same time I’ve been writing the novel of 1049 pages, and playing music in other bands, from rock to classical music. But I wasn’t able to earn any money with this, so I also have been working in a pub, for example. Nowadays, apart of other things, I’m conposing classical music, a concert for soloist and orchestra. This was new for me.

8.How has the support been to your music worldwide from black/pagan/folk metal fans worldwide?

Great. It’s difficult for me to promote and let people know that I’ve recorded this album, but a lot of the ones that have listened to it usually tell me very good things. I mean, the ones that have writen to me by internet were very happy with the album, so I’m so glad about it.

9.What direction would you like to take your music into on future releases?

Well, I realy will not know the direction that it will take until I begin recording, but I’ve got songs for a couple of albums more or less. And it seems that black and heavy metal will be more present. Maybe, a little more kind of blues too, we’ll see.

10.What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music, and also what are you listening to nowadays?

I think all music styles have interesting things, and I listen to a lot of kinds of music, and if I should say what bands have influenced ILBELTZ’s music, I would have to write a very very long list. For example concerning to metal and rock; Naglfar (Vitra), Ananimated, Amorphis, Dissection, Emperor, Bathory, Cathedral, Death... Running Wild, Iron Maiden, Riot, Blind Guardian, King Diamond, Judas Priest, Deep purple, Dire Strites...
This 10 years, what I’ve most listened to is renaissance and medieval music, and this includes traditional music from any country.
But as I said before, I also listen to classical music of any period, jazz...
I’d like to mention some black metal bands from the Basque Country; AIUMEEN BASOA, NAKKIGA, DENIAL, NUMEN, SENTIMEN BELTZA, ADHUR... there are a lot more.

11.What are some forms of paganism or occultism that you have the most interest in and what role does it play in your music?

For me, paganism is the point of view, the relation with nature, and the way of understanding life and death, that had got people, before the arrival of religions.
In my case, I am from the Basque Country, and they say that christianity began arriving to the Basque Country between the years 800-1000 more or less (At that time Basque Country was first known as Vasconia, and afterwards as Navarra). Christianity tryed to erase this pagan way of thinking, and I’m very interested in recovering it.
Our language and traditional music are part of this pagan way of thinking.

12.Outside of music, what are some of your interests?

I like reading and writing, and I’m writing some novels. I like films, and I’m writing a script. I also like painting, learning languages, drinking rum, beer... I’d like to sail in an ancient ship...

13.Any final words or thoughts before we close this interview?

I’d like to thank you again for your review and this interview. And also I’ll write here our address on “myspace”, in case someone would like to listen to some of our songs: HYPERLINK "http://www.myspace.com/ilbeltzofficial" www.myspace.com/ilbeltzofficial . And if someone wants to bye the album, can write to HYPERLINK "mailto:ilbeltz@hotmail.com" ilbeltz@hotmail.com . Thanks and best wishes!