Sunday, June 30, 2013

Zinumm/Lobishome/This Winter Will Last Forever/2012 EP Review


  This  is  a  review  of  another  recording  from  Zimumm  with  the  musical  style  this  time  around  being  raw  and  primitive  sounding  black  metal  with  elements  of  folk  music  with  the  ep  being  called  "Lobishome"  and  released  by  This  Winter  Will  last  Forever.

  Drums  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  drumming  with  a  good  amount  of  blast  beats  being  thrown  into  the  music,  while the  flutes  and  folk  instruments  bring  a  very  atmospheric,  medieval  and  pagan  feeling  to  the  ep  along  with  a  brief  use  of  synths  which  bring  in  the  ambient  elements,  as  for  the  bass  playing  it  has  a  very  strong  and  powerful  sound  with  heavy  and  primitive  black  metal  riffing  that  dominates  throughout  the  recording.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  black  metal  riffs  that  are  very  raw  and  primitive  sounding  with  some  melody  being  thrown  into  the  riffing  at  times  and  there  are  no  guitar  solos  or  leads  present  on  this  recording,  as  for  the  acoustic  guitars  they  use  finger  picking  and  full  chords  to  enhance  the  folk  elements  of  the  ep.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  with  some  spoken  word  parts  being  utilized  at  times  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  clean  singing,  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Irish  Gaellic  and  cover  werewolves  and  Northern  folk  tales,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  primitive  sound  while  you  can  still  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on this  ep  with  only  one  of  the  songs  being  long  and  epic  in  length.  

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Zinumm  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric,  raw  and  primitive  black  metal  with  elements  of  folk  and  ambient,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Lobishome"  and  "Oevea,  oevea,  solitaro,  (tenho  lobos,  tenho  sombras)".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.    

Zinumm/Ambient Works Vol. 2/2012 EP Review


  This  is  a  review  of  the  second  volume  of  Ambient  Works  from  Zinumm  which  continues  their  approach  to  dark  ambient/drone  with  the  ep  being  self  released  in  2012.

  Synths  bring  a  very  dark  ambient  sound  to  the  recording  along  with  some  drones  and  noise's  which  also  add  in  the  experimental  elements  to  the  ep,  while  the  wind  organ's  bring in  some  medieval  elements  along  with  some  field  recordings.

  Vocals  and  song  writing are  all  absent  from  this  recording  with  the  music  being  all  instrumental,  while  the  songs  themes  cover  Irish  Paganism  and  European  folklore,  as  for  the  production  the  music  was  all  recorded  live  and  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  primitive  sound  to  it  with  the  only  song  being  very  long  and epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  ep  from  Zinumm  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  dark  ambient/drone,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  BUY.

  

Zinumm/Ambient Works Vol 1/2012 EP Review


  This  is  a  review  of  another  recording  from  Zinumm  with  the  music  this  time  around  being  dark  ambient  with  the  ep  being  self  released  in  2012  and  called  "Ambient  Works  Vol  1.".

  Synths  bring  a  very  dark  ambient  sound  to  the  music  along  with  some  experimental  elements,  while  the  drones  and  noises  bring  in  the  louder  elements  of  the  recording  and  there  are  no  other  music  instruments  being  present  on  this  ep.

  Vocals  and  song  writing  are  mostly  absent  from  this  recording  with  the  music  being  all  instrumental  except  for  some  spoken  word  parts  that  are  used  towards  the  end  of the  song,  while  the  song  themes  cover  Irish  Paganism  and  European  folklore,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  dark,  raw   and  primitive  sound  with  the  only  song  present  on  this  recording  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording from Zinumm  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  dark  ambient/drone,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  BUY.

Zinumm/Self Titled/2011 CD Review


  Zinumm  are  a  1  man  band  from  Spain  that h as  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  with  a  musical  style  on  this  recording  I  would  describe  as   being  raw  and  primitive  sounding  black  metal  with  elements  of  dark  ambient  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  and  self  titled  2011  album.

  Drums  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  drumming  with  a  good  amount  of  blast  beats  being  thrown  into  the  music,  while  the  synths  bring  a  very  dark,  atmospheric  and  ambient  sound  to  the  album,  as  for  the  bass  playing  it  has  a  very  dark  tone  with  riffs  that  follow  the  riffing  that  are  coming  out  of  the  guitars.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  atmospheric  black  metal  riffs  that  are  very  dark,  raw  and  primitive  sounding  with  some  ambient  elements  and  melody  being  thrown  into  the  riffing  and  there  are  no  guitar  solos  or  leads  present  on  this  recording,  as  for  the  acoustic  guitars  when  they  are  utilized  use  finger  picking  and  full  chords  to  add  some  medieval  elements  to  the  album.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  along  with  a  brief  use  of  clean  singing,  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Irish  Gaelic  and  cover  European  Folklore  themes,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  primitive  sound  with  some  of  the  songs  being  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Zinumm  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw and  primitive  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  with  elements  of  ambient,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Loss Of Self/2012 Demo Review


  Loss  Of  Self  are  a  band from  Australia  that  plays  a  mixture  of  raw  and  primitive  sounding  black  metal  and  post  punk  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  and  self  titled  2012  demo.

  Drums  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  drumming  with  some  blast  beats  being  thrown  into  the  music,  while  the  bass  playing  has  a  very  strong  and  powerful  sound  with  heavy  riffing  that  dominates  throughout  the  recording.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  riffs  that  combine  raw  and  primitive  sounding  black  metal  with  post  punk  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own  with  some  melody  being  thrown  into  the  riffing  and  there  are  no  guitar  solos  or  leads  present  on   this  recording.
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  Vocals  are  all  high  pitched  black  metal  screams,  while  the  lyrics  cover  philosophical  themes,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  primitive  sound  while  you  can  still  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording.

  In  my  opinion  Loss  Of  Self  are  a  very  great  sounding  hybrid  of  black  metal  and  post  punk  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Seidlitz".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Nor/Slaughter Interview

1. Can you tell us a little bit about the band for those that have never heard of you before?
1: We are a Black Metal band out of Minneapolis, Minnesota. We've been around for about a two years working on our first album Ansikt Grate.
2.How would you describe your musical sound?
2: Crude, damp, old school black metal involving a raw sound straight out of our colons.
3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
3: Metathanastic Satanism, pooping, falling off your bike, and people sucking massive cock.
4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the bands name?
4: We draw heavy influence from Nordic Black Metal bands, so we aimed to incorporate this into our name. We combined the word "Nordic" and "Slaughter" to form Nor/Slaughter.
5. What are some of the best shows that the band has payed so far and how would you describe your stage performance?
5: We have played at a black mass for a local religious group called the Metathanastic Satanists. In our performance we have our lead singer breathe fire, heavy eye contact with our crowd, and include gracious amounts of pig's blood while we emulate the demons of the underworld.
6. Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
6: No way Jose.
7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or received any interest?
7: We are signed with "Butts Butts Butts Records".http://buttsbuttsbuttsrecords.bandcamp.com/
8.Are there any other musical projects besides this band or is this a full time line up?
8: We have several other projects such as Danger Duks, Sex Blood Posse, Wheaad, and Afraid of Worms.
9. What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?
9: We'll probably get a bassist at some point.
10. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
10: Darkthrone, Burzum, Mayhem, False, Wolves in the Throneroom, Napalm Death, Death, fuckin Deathcrush album...
11.Does Satanism or Occultism play any role in your music?
11: Yeth pweeth.
12.Outside of music what are some of your interests?
12: Skateboarding, building tree houses, jumping jacks, and large quantities of lima beams.
13.Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?
13: No homo.

Zinumm Interview

1. Can you give us an update on what is going on with the project these days?

Currently there are two different projects going on. The first one is an EP more related with neofolk/drone/ambient music, not exactly the 3rd "Ambient works", cos it´s gonna be more extended and complex, musically and conceptually. It can be described as a hybrid between "B E I T H" and "Ambient works". The second one is the new LP, that´s gonna be totally more black metal, sonically speaking.

2. How would you describe the musical sound of the newer material and how it differs from previous efforts?

If we speak about the new album (not the EP), it´s gonna be more dense and atmospheric. Longer songs, drone-folk inspiration but translated into electricity, i mean, with electric instruments. If you listen to Sangre de Muerdago´s cover on Z I N V M M´s bandcamp site, you can approach a little to the new sound. In fact, that song´s gonna be included on the album.

3. The lyrics cover Irish, Gaellic and European Folklore, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?

I´m from the north of Spain, i´m just worshipping my roots & my origins. I wouldn´t like these folklorical traditions be lost in time, so who else´s gonna maintain them but people from there?.

4. You have done both black metal and ambient albums, out of the 2 style which one do you prefer to perform as a musician?

Each one of them has its place in Z I N V M M´s timeline, so it´s obvious when i´d been more comfortable with each...should i say "genre"?.

5. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the projects name?

OUBA.

6. Currently there is only 1 member in the band, do you plan on using musicians in the future or do you choose to remain solo/

In fact i don´t play all instruments. In "B E I T H" for example you can find a lot of different instruments played by other musicians who kindly collaborated in such an ambitious song. And of course, i will need some people for live concerts, etc.

7. Currently you are signed to This Winter Will Last Forever, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

They are kind people who spend part of their lives working on this, call it "scene", "underground" or whatever.

8.Recently you put out a split with Awylwin, what are your thoughts on the other band that participated?

I can say exactly the same as in question #7.

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

All of them almost positive, just found a couple of negative reviews. The most weird and bizarre was one that, don´t ask me why, talked about someone who jacked off his dog for "relieving the dog´s sexual tension", then made some questions about it, and then talked about "Lobishome" EP. It´s a crazy, crazy world, i guess.

10. What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?

North

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

Hun Huur Tu, Sangre de Muérdago, Phurpa, Tenhi, Ukrainian folk music, Arvo Pärt, and big long etc.

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

Arts, cinema, reading, history, reading, arts, cinema, history, arts...don´t know if it sounds boring, maybe should i need to learn to cook or something?.

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

Thanks a lot for your interest about this project, stay tuned at Z I N V M M´s FB page ( https://www.facebook.com/Zinumm ) or the bandcamp site ( http://zinumm.bandcamp.com/ ) for new stuff and/or different things that someday, will be released.

Munruthel/Yav, Nav i Prav/Gardirika Musikk/2013 CD Re-Issue Review


  Munruthel  are  a  band  from  Ukraine  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  with  the  musical  style  on  this  recording  being  dark  ambient  instead  of  the  pagan/black  metal  that  is  found  on  the  other  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  1997  album  "Yav,  Nav  i  Prav"  which  was  released  by Gardirika  Musikk.

  Drums  when  they  are  utilized  are  slow  slow  tribal  beats,  while  the  synths  bring  a  very  dark,  atmospheric,  ambient  and  dungeon  sound  to  the  music  and  they  are  the  main  instrument  on  this  recording.

  Vocals  when  they  are  utilized  range  very  distorted  industrial  style  vocals  and  some  clean  singing which  enhances  the  pagan  elements  of  the  recording  as  well  as  some  samples  in  addition  there  is  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts,  while  the  song  themes  cover  Slavic  Paganism  and  Nature,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  primitive  sound  to  it  with  most  of  the  songs  being  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  pagan/  dark  ambient,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Father-Sun  (Sunrise)"  "Fern  Flowering  (Kupala-Night)"  "Destroyed  By  The  Gold  Crosses"  and  "Initiation  Of  Spring".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.  

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Gaoth Anair/Sochraid/2001 Demo Review


  Gaoth  Anair  are  a  1  man  band  from  New  Zealand  that  plays  a  very  grim,  raw  and  primitive  form  of  atmospheric  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2001  demo  "Sochraid".

  Drums range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  drumming  with  some  blast  beats  being  thrown  into  the music  at  times,  while  the  bass  playing  has  a  very  dark  tone  with  riffs  that  follow  the  riffing  that  are  coming  out  of  the  guitars.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  atmospheric  black  metal  riffs  that  are  very  dark,  raw  and  primitive  sounding  in  the  old  school  vein  and  there  are  no  guitar  solos  or  leads  present  on  this  recording,  as  for  the  acoustic  guitars  which  are  only  used  on  the  last  song  use  finger  picking  to  enhance  the  dark  atmosphere  of  the  demo.

  Vocals are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  along  with a  brief  use  of  clean  singing  chanting  and  spoken  word  parts  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  nature  samples,  while  the  lyrics  cover  fantasy,  and  darkness  themes,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  dark,  lo-fi,  raw,  and  primitive  sound  in  the  90's  black  metal  vein.

  In  my  opinion  Gaoth  Anair  are  a v ery  great  sounding  raw  and  primitive  atmospheric  black  metal  band  that  got  over  looked  in  the  end  because  they  signed  to  a  crappy  label  that  had  bands  that  where  the  total  antithesis  of  black  metal  what  black  metal  stands  for,  which  the  person  in  this  project  did  not  support  himself,  but  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Eternal  Winter"  and  "Under  The  Twilight".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.    

Moradin/Awakening/2012 EP Review


  Moradin  are  a  band  from  Calgary,  Alberta,  Canada  that  plays  a  very  nature  orientated  form  of  atmospheric  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2012  ep  "Awakening".

  Drums  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  drumming  with  a  good  amount  of  blast  beats  being thrown  into  the  music,  while  the  bass  playing  has  a  very  dark  tone  with  riffs  that  follow  the  riffing that  are  coming  out  of  the  guitars  and  at  times  they  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them,  as  for  the  synths  when  they  are  utilized  bring  a  very  dark, a tmospheric  and  ambient  sound  to  the  recording.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  atmospheric  black  metal  riffs  that  utilize  some  raw  and  primitive  parts  as  well  as  melody  and  post  rock  elements  in  the  riffing  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  while  the  lead  guitars  are  very  melodic  sounding  post  black  metal  guitar  solos  and  leads,  as  for t he  acoustic  guitars  when  they  are  utilized  use  finger  picking  to enhance  the  dark  atmosphere  of  the  ep.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  with  some  clean  singing  being  utilized  at  times,  while  the  lyrics  cover  nature  worship,  death  and  the  spirit,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  dark,  heavy,  raw  and  primitive  sound  with  the  last  song  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording.

  In  my  opinion  Moradin  are  a  very  great  sounding  nature  orientated,  atmospheric  post  black  metal band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "A  Cascade  Of  Spirit".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.  

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Fifteen Dead/Self Titled/2011 Demo Review


  Fifteen  Dead  are  a  band  from  Scotland  that  plays  a  mixture  of  raw  and  primitive  sounding  black  metal  and  crust  punk  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  and  self  titled  2011  demo.

  Drums  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  drumming  with  a  good  amount  of  blast  beats  being  thrown  into  the  music,  while  the  bass  playing  has  a  very  dark  tone  with  riffs  that  follow  the  riffing that  are  coming  out  of   the  guitars.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  riffs  that  combine  raw  and  primitive  sounding  black  metal  with  crust  punk  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own  with  some  dark  sounding  melodies  being  thrown  into  the  riffing  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  soft  and  clean  playing,  while  the  lead  guitars  are  very  melodic  sounding  black  metal  guitar  solos  and  leads.

  Vocals  range  from  crust  punk  style  shouting  to  high  pitched  black  metal  screams,  while  the  lyrics  cover  anti  religious  and  political  themes,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  heavy,  raw  and  primitive  sound  to  it.

  In  my  opinion  Fifteen  Dead  are  a  very  great  sounding  hybrid  of  raw  and  primitive  sounding  black  metal  and c rust  punk  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "This  Is  Scotland"  and  "Our  Birth  Spells  The  Death  Of  God".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.

Aylwin/Stellar Descent/Farallon/2013 SPlit Album Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  California's  Aylwin  and  Oregon's  Stellar  Descent  which was  self  released  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  Aylwin  which  continues  their  atmospheric  approach  to  cascadian  black  metal.

  Drums  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  drumming  with  some  blast  beats  being  thrown  into  their  song  at  times,  while  the  bass  playing  has  a  very  dark  tone  with  riffs  that  follow  the  riffing  that  are  coming  out  of  the  guitars,  as  for  the  synths  they  are  only  used  towards  the  end  of t he  song  and  bring  a  very  dark  and  atmospheric  sound  to  their  side  of  the  recording.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  cascadian  black  metal  riffs  that  are  very  atmospheric,  raw  and  primitive  sounding  with  some  melody  being  thrown  into  the  riffing,  while  the  lead  guitars  are  very  atmospheric  sounding  post  black  metal  guitar  solos  and  leads,  as  for  the  acoustic  guitars  they  use  finger  picking  and  full  chords  to  add  some  folk  music  elements  to  their  side  of  the  recording.

  Vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal s creams  with  some  clean  singing  female  vocals,  while  the  lyrics  cover  nature  and  atavism  themes,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  heavy,  raw  and  primitive  sound  with  their  only  song  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Aylwin  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  cascadian  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED.

  Next  up  is  Stellar  Descent  a  1  man  band  that  plays  a  very  nature  orientated  form  of  cascadian  black  metal.

  Drums  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  drumming  with  a  good  amount  of  blast  beats  being  thrown  into  the  music,  while  the  bass  playing  has  a  very  dark  tone  with  riffs  that  follow  the  riffing  that  are  coming  out  of  the  guitars.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  cascadian  black  metal  riffs  that  are  very  atmospheric,  raw  and  primitive  sounding  with  some  post  rock  melodies  being  thrown  into  the  riffing, while  the  lead  guitars  are  very  melodic  sounding  post  black  metal  guitar  solos  and  leads,  as  for  the  acoustic  guitars  they  use  finger  picking  and  full  chords  to  add  more  post  rock  elements  to  their  side  of  the  recording.

  Vocals  are  all  high  pitched  black  metal  screams,  while  the  lyrics  cover  nature  themes,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  heavy,  raw  and  primitive  sound  with  their  only  song  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  Stellar  Descent  are  a  very  great  sounding  cascadian  black  metal  band  with  the  best  music  on  this  split  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED.

  In  conclusion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  cascadian  black  metal,  you  should  add  this  album  to  your  collection.  RECOMMENDED  BUY.  

Aylwin/Zinvmm/Red River Family Records/2012 Split Album Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  California's  Aylwin  and  Spain's  Zinvmm  which  was  released  by  Red  River  Family  Records  in  2012  and  we  will  start  of  the  review  with  Aylwin  with  their  music  style  this  time  around  being  a  very  raw  and  primitive  form  of  atmospheric,  cascadian  post  black  metal.

  Drums  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  drumming  with  some  blast  beats  being  utilized  at  times,  while  the  bass  playing  has  a  very  dark  tone  with  riffs  that  follow  the  riffing  that  are  coming  out  of  the  guitars,  as  for  the  synths  they  are  only  used  on  the  intro  and  bring  a  very  dark  and  atmospheric  sound  to  their  side  of  the  recording  along  with  another  short  song  using some  ambient  sounding  nature  samples.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  cascadian  black  metal  riffs  that  are  very  atmospheric,  raw  and  primitive  sounding  with  some  melody  and  post  rock  elements  being  thrown  into  the  riffing as  well  as  some  soft  and  clean  playing  being  utilized  at  times,  while  the  lead  guitars  are  very  dark  sounding  post  black  metal  guitar  leads,  as  for  the  acoustic  guitars  when  they  are  utilized  they  use  finger  picking  and  full  chords  to  add  more  atmospheric  and  progressive  elements  to  their  side  of  the  split.

  Vocals  are  all  high  pitched  black  metal  screams,  while  the  lyrics  cover  nature  and  atavism  themes,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  heavy,  raw  and  primitive  sound  with  most  of  the  songs  being long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Aylwin  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric,  cascadian  black  metal,  you should  check out  their  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Hymns"  and  "Hymns  III".  RECOMMENDED.

  Next  up  is  Zinvmm  a  band  from  Spain  that  plays  black  metal  influenced  form of  folk  music  .

  Drums  range  from  slow  to  mid  paced  drumming  with  no  fast  playing  or  blast  beats  being  present on  their  side  of  the  recording  along  with  some  shamanistic  style  percussion  work,  while  the  bag  pipes  bring  a  Celtic  folk  music  sound  to  their  song  along  with  some  dark  sounding  synths.

  Vocals  and  song  writing  are  all  absent  from  their  side  of  the  recording  with  the  music  being  all  instrumental,  while  the  song  themes  cover  Gaellic  folklore,  as  for t he  production  it  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  primitive  sound  with  their  only  song  being  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  Zinvm  are  a  very  great  sounding  black  metal  influenced  folk  music  project,  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  their  side  of  the  recording.  RECOMMENDED.

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  cascadian  black  metal  and  neo-folk  music,  you  should  add  this  album  to  your  collection.  RECOMMENDED  BUY.

    

Aylwin/Soil And Cold/Atlatl Music Group/2012 Demo Review


  Aylwin  are  a  band  from  California  that plays  a  very  atmospheric  form of  cascadian  black  metal  and this  is  a  review  of  their  2012  demo  "Soil  And  Cold"  which  was  released  by  Atlatl  Music  Group.

  Drums  range  from  slow, mid  pacedto  fast  playing  with  some  blast  beats  being  present  on  this  recording,  while  the  synths  bring  a  very  dark,  atmospheric  and  ambient  sound  to  the  music,  as  for  the  bass  playing  it  has  a  very  dark  tone  with  riffs  that  follow  the  riffing  that  are  coming  out  of  the  guitars.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  cascadian  black  metal  riffs  that  are  very  dark  and  atmospheric  sounding  with  a  good  amount  of  melody  being  thrown  into  the  riffing,  while  the  lead  guitars  are  very  dark  sounding  post  black  metal  guitar  solos  and  leads,  as  for  the  acoustic  guitars  when  they  are  utilized  use  finger  picking  and  full  chords  to add  some  folk  music  elements  to  the  ep.

  Vocals  are  all  blackened  metal  shouts  that  are  very  aggressive  and  have  a  sound  of  their  own,  while  the  lyrics  cover  nature  themes,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  primitive  sound  to  it.

  In my  opinion  Aylwin  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric,  cascadian  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Soil  And  Cold".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.   

Cicadan/Mother/Eternal Warfare Records/2012 CD Review


  Cicadan  are  a  1  man  band  from  Australia  that  plays  a  very  nature  orientated  form  of  atmospheric  black  metal  with  elements  of  doom,  ambient  and  folk  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2012  album  "Mother"  which  was  released  by  Eternal  Warfare  Records.

  Drums  range  from  slow  to  mid  paced  playing  with  no  fast  drumming  or  blast  beats  being  present  on  this  recording,  while  the  bass  playing  has  a  very  dark  tone  with  riffs  that  follow  the  riffing  that  are  coming  out of  the  guitars.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow  to  mid  paced  atmospheric  black  metal  riffs  that  utilize  some  primitive  elements,  melody,  doom  metal  and  ambient  influences  being  thrown  into  the  riffing  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  while  the  lead  guitars  are  very  dark  and  melodic  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  guitar  solos  and  leads,  as  for  the  acoustic  guitars  they  use  finger  picking  and  full  chords  to  bring  folk  music  elements  to  the  album.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  along  with  a  brief  use  of  clean  singing  chanting  as  well  as  some  nature  samples,  while  the  lyrics  cover  Green  Anarchism  and  Nature  themes,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  primitive  sound  with  the  songs  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  Cicadan  are  a  very  great  sounding  hybrid  of  atmospheric  black  metal  and  doom  and if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Dusk".  RECOMMENDED  BUY. 

Ax/Glare Of Autumn/RuneFire Records/2007 EP Review


  This  is  a  review  of  another  recording  from  Ax  with  the  musical  style  this  time  around  being  atmospheric,  ambient  black  metal  with  the  ep  being  called  "Glare  Of  Autumn"  and  released  by  RuneFire  Records  in  the  year  of  2007.

  Drums  range  from  slow  to  mid  paced  playing  with  no  fast  drumming  or  blast  beats  being  present on  this  recording,  while  the  bass  playing  has  a  very  dark  tone  with  riffs  that  follow  the  riffing  that  are  coming  out  of  the  guitars.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow to  mid  paced  ambient  black  metal  riffs  that  are  very  dark  and  atmospheric  sounding  with  a  good  amount  of  melody  being  thrown  into  the  riffing  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  soft  and  clean  playing,  while  the  lead  guitars  are  very  melodic  and  atmospheric  sounding  black  metal  guitar  solos  and  leads.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams,  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  dying,  nature  and eclipse  themes,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  primitive  sound  with  some  of  the  songs  being  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  release  from  Ax  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric,  ambient  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "October  Winds"  and  "Your  Time  To  Die".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.

Ax/Extirpation/RuneFire Records/2007 CD Review


  Ax  are  a  band  from  Iowa  that  plays  a  very  grim  and  primitive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a review  of  their  2007  album  "Extirpation"  which  was  released  by  RuneFire  Records.

  Drums  range  from slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  drumming  with  only  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  being  utilized,  while  the  bass  playing  has  a  very  dark  tone  with  riffs  that  follow  the  riffing  that  are  coming  out  of  the  guitars,  as  for  the  synths  they  are  only  used  on  the  last  song  and  they  bring  a  very  dark,  atmospheric  and  epic  sound  to  the  recording..

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  to  fast  black  metal  riffs  that  are  very  raw  and  primitive  sounding  along  with  a  good  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  being  thrown  into  the  riffing  as  well  as  some  atmospheric  elements,  while  the  lead  guitars  when  they  are  utilized  are  very dark,  primitive  and  melodic  sounding  black  metal  guitar  solos  and  leads.

  Vocals  are  all grim  sounding  black metal  screams,  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness,  anti  religion,  depression,  hatred  and  misanthropic themes,  as  for  the  production it  has  a  very  dark,  raw  and  primitive  sound  to  it.

  In  my  opinion  Ax  are  a  very  great  sounding  grim,  raw  and  primitive  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Remnant  Of  A  Lost  Soul"  'Boneshatter"  and  "Dance  Of  Dybbuk".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.


Acolyte/Leng/2011 EP Review


  Acolyte  are  a  band  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  with  a  musical  style  I  would  describe  as  being  dark  and  progressive  sounding  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2011  ep  "Leng".

  Drums  range  from  slow  to  playing  with  no  fast  drumming  or  blast  beats  being  present  on  this  recording,  while  the  bass  playing  has  a  very  dark  tone  with  riffs  that  follow  the  riffing  that  are  coming  out  of  the  guitars.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from slow  to  mid  paced  progressive  black  metal  riffs  that  use  some  primitive  elements,  death  and  doom  metal  influences  and  dark  sounding  melodies,  while  the  lead  guitars  are  very  dark  and  melodic  sounding  progressive  black  metal  guitar  solos  and  leads,  as  for  the  acoustic  when  they  are  utilized  use  finger  picking  and  full  chords  to  enhance  the  progressive  elements  of  the  ep.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  with  some  deep  death  metal  growls,  while t he  lyrics  cover  Lovecraft  and  anti  Religion  themes,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  strong,   powerful  and  heavy  sound  for  being  a  self  released  recording  with  the  songs  being  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Acolyte  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  progressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Leng".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Akaitsuki Interview

1. Can you tell us a little bit about the band for those that have never heard of you before?
1. Akaitsuki is a band started in Los Angeles, CA. We have put out an EP, Purpose of the Moon, and currently a new LP is due to be released this summer. I'm Edison, the producer and songwriter.
2. How would you describe your musical sound?
2. Our soundscapes incorporate black metal, shoegaze, and post rock influences. We also include a lot harmonies such those found in Crosby Stills and Nash
3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
3. The EP is about anxiety, nature, unrequited love, and mysticism. And the new album's story tells the tale of a man's journey across the Pacific Ocean. Japanese and Norse mythology guides the narrative.
4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the bands name?
4. The name comes from my fascination with the moon, particularly when it is full close to the fall equinox. I am of Japanese heritage and at the time I was learning the language. Thus, Akaitsukiー 赤い月, The Harvest Moon, was born.
5. What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and how would you describe your stage performance?
5. The little private gigs we would play for our friends. They were good times, we would be in the dark with our stage lights with the fog running. We would drink, smoke and play loud.
6. Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
6. When the new album is finished we want to start touring around the west coast United States. We would love to travel to other countries and continents and make our way around in a van playing gigs.
7. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal, post rock and shoegaze?
7. Most of our fans come from the metal community, black metal in particular. I would love to also hear feedback from shoegaze or post rock fans, and after the next album is released hopefully there should be more.
8. Are there any other musical projects besides this band or is this a full time line up?
8. I have a couple more projects lined up right now. A solo one with more piano and shoegaze, a new band with my friend Eric Lee, and producing for some other friends.
9.What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?
9. The new album that I'm producing is a lot bigger than the last one. The drums are more explosive, and guitars are soaring around the mix. Everything is more pronounced. This is a major step forward since the last release.
10. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
10. My favorites are Radiohead, Pink Floyd, Agalloch, and Alcest. I have been listening to Gojira to capture their production quality, and bands like Cocteau Twins and Type O Negative to get that reverb drum kit down. Recently I've taken an interest to a lot more shoegaze like Slowdive.
11.Outside of music what are some of your interests?
11. I dabble in Web design, and I enjoy reading and watching documentaries. I also meet up with Eric a lot to talk about a project that we are working on, a sort of multi-media production company, laying down plans and ideas.
12.Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?
12. I'm really looking forward to the new album coming out this summer. I really think it has the potential to be something profound. Hope you check it out.
Edison
Akaitsuki.com

Veligore Interview

 1. Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days? Right now we are recording our second album and getting feedback on the first one. We're really enjoyed of the reaction to the first record and trying to put in more music our next one, even more then we put before. We're writing lyrics and composing guitar riffs. This process is totally natural for us, just like breathing. New impressions give the birth to new lyrics and music. New songs change the point of view. And everything is moving. 2. How would you describe the musical sound of the new album? On the one hand - we wanted to create the maximum of heavy sound (right now we're playing in the key of B tuning). On the other hand, we wanted to have a full concept with straight lines of all instruments. We don't really wanted to go away into the noise when it's not necessary and not a part of our plans. As a result, heavy, dirty, but musically justified. 3. The song lyrics cover a lot of occult and ritualistic topics, how would you describe your views on Occultism? Music is the one of manifestations of magic. The wire is vibrating, the magnetic field is changing, people are hearing a cry or scream. Our vision of the modern world is more medieval than the vision of others. We're believe that demons and other creatures are more powerful than other people think they are. A lot of things are happening near to us, but no one can see it, 'cause everyone is looking in any other direction. People are too confident about their well-being and safety. What if everything is not like you normally think it is (well, like you were taught to think) in your school/church/family? If you're not ready to see the occult, then you'll go crazy because of the abyss that will have opened for you. That abyss will be open for sure even though you don't want it to open. The Occultism is not a dogma. It just guides us in right direction. 4. I know that the band name came from Slavic Mythology, what is it that interested you about this deity to name a band after him? Slavic Mythology is totally different than Western mythology because the Orthodox church did not allow citizens to explore the depths of Satan or hidden knowledge. Thereby Slavic demonology is less hurt by church ideology than Western or Catholic demonology. According to the legend, Veligore was the teacher of Satanael (later - Satan). He convinced him to left Heaven and Satan came to hate god and his creatures - people. In other words, according to this legend, Veligore is the reason of everything, the root of evil. That’s why we’re so interested in this person. 5. I have read the band has yet to do a live show, do you have any shows lined up for the future and what do you plan on bringing out performance wise in a live setting? Right now we are busy recording. But in the future we are planing performances in right places and with the right people. We will keep our fans tuned in and we will stay in touch. 6. Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or received any interest? We would like to release our albums on some label with distribution that could help to bring our music and our ideas to those people who need them and interested. That way we can have a feedback through the part of alchemical process of musical creation. If we don’t receive the feedback then this circle isn't complete and energy won’t become action. In this case, the label and distribution are really important. That's all because of emanations from the fans to the creator. 7.The new album came out on a physical cd, what are your thoughts on the newer bands that only release music through a digital format? The physical cd is important as an artifact and physical incarnation of the idea. Essence of substance - is a miracle of sound recording. Online releases are not an alternative to physical publishing. They are good for familiarization, or promoting. But that's only our point of view, of course. 8. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal? We're satisfied by the effect. We were able to made our ideas clear and understandable. The number of our listeners are growing without any special promotion. This is not our target, this is just a symptom. We’ll keep doing what we're doing anyway. 9. What is going on with the other musical projects these days? Everything goes. We aren't focus on our previous projects yet. It's time for something new. Old things are in the background. 10. What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases? We want to keep experimenting with our sound. And of course with the expression of our ideas. Because that was the reason why we are doing it! We don't know exactly who we can become tomorrow. 11.What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays? We're listening many different music with many genres. Black metal, doom, ritual music. Coven, Black Sabbath, Mercyful Fate, Venom, Tibetan Bon Singing, Sun O))), medieval music, European Black Metal like Mayhem, Watain, Darkthrone,Satyricon, Bathory, Marțolea, Svartidauði, Dødsengel, Saligia. And many more... Many of them influenced us. This is like a smelting pot inside us. 12.Outside of music what are some of your interests? Some of us are involved in programming, some of us write poems and prose or even draw. We want to issue covers of our albums only with our art. Also we often hanging out together. 13.Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview? Among the variety of things, find the main one. Don't believe anyone and be yourself. Regards Veligore band

Monday, June 24, 2013

Harrow Interview

1. Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?
Sure, I’d just like to start by saying most of this interview is answered by Ian, but Derrek and Jacob have provided their input as well and such responses are marked.
As of summer 2013 we are in a short hiatus as Ian is currently living in different town than Derrek and Jacob for a few months, so we haven’t played together for a little while. However, that isn’t to say that the band isn’t active in other ways. We are all writing new music for a new album that we hope to record this coming winter. September will see us be back in the same city again, so we will begin to really work on the new material starting then. Ian has also been busy getting things ready for the release of our album “Fragments of a Fallen Star,” which will be split-released on cassette by Eternal Warfare from Salem, Oregon, and our own label, Shadow of the Stone sometime in the near future.
2. How would you describe the musical sound of the newer material and how it differs from previous efforts?
That is kind of a hard question to answer, because to me, our new album “Fragments” is already old. It was recorded back in summer 2012 and has been sitting ever since. It is a different beast entirely from the “Wanderer” album though. With “Fragments” you can expect something much more influenced by something like 70s progressive rock in the aspect that it contains much more blending of genres than our previous offerings. It is some of the most dense music I have ever written, influenced by neofolk and traditional folk, drone, noise, doom and even indigenous North American music. A lot of people have told me that the “Wanderer” album sounds a lot like some early Norwegian black metal bands, but I think with “Fragments” people are going to hear quite a difference.
3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the newer music explores?
“Fragments” is less of a concept album than “Wanderer” was, but it still has some overarching themes. Nature’s power over the arrogance of man is always a foremost theme, but “Fragments” also contains themes of the concept of oneness in the universe, and thus it is hopeful in a way, even if songs like Keening seem very dark (the lyrics of which are based on a very intense dream I had about the death of the sun). As for the music being written right now, I haven’t finished any lyrics yet, but I have a feeling that tribalism and community will be a theme that comes out in my writing.
4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the bands name?
Harrow is a word with many meanings. I very much like the idea of not being limited in concept by a name with a singular meaning. A “harrowing” experience can be something that may be terrifying and dangerous, but it is also transformative, a passage of sorts. A harrow is also a farming tool, used to till soil, which in its own way also has connotations of rearranging of pieces to form a new and more nutritious whole.
5. I know that the band started out as Wraith, what was the decision behind the name change?
Wraith was really just a one man project and its releases reflected that. When our first drummer, Kyle, joined the band and we actually started to play together I realized I wanted a clean slate to work with. We rewrote some of the Wraith material into some Harrow songs that we still play today, so the projects are still connected even though Wraith as it was is long gone.
6. What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and how would you describe your stage performance?
In my personal opinion our show with Alda this year in Victoria was possibly the best we have ever played. It was the culmination of a few months of stress on my part, with getting the new lineup ready for our first show, booking a tour and having to get another band over the border. However, everything went off pretty much without a hitch, and it was my first time back on stage in almost a year, our new lineup’s first performance and even our bass player’s first ever live show. Considering all these factors things went amazingly well, and the response from the crowd was the best we’ve ever had before or since.
I’d say we try to convey the intensity of the catharsis we are experiencing when we play live. It is a very intense internal experience we feel, not simply a playing of the notes for entertainment purposes. It is very gratifying to feel the audience be in sync when it does happen, it is indeed a magical (to sound completely cliché) feeling. The moment that that feeling either clicks or does not, at least for our set on our last tour, is the climax of the song “Fragments of a Fallen Star,” which ends with a tribal drum solo of sorts, in which I play bodhrán, Derrek plays a large native drum and Jacob does a sort of solo on his kit. At a certain point at each show I would jump into the crowd still playing my drum as an attempt to break the perceived wall that exists between the audience and a band. The first reaction was always shock on the audience’s part, but after a few seconds I could always tell if they were getting into it or not and it is fantastic to see people really coming together. Going back to our show with Alda in Victoria, this was one of the moments we could really tell that the room had a certain energy that each of the bands tapped into and the moment of that drum solo really made that energy release in many ways.
Besides the performance aspect we also prefer to play in minimal light, purely candle light is the best, it evokes a very special atmosphere, with incense is even better. In front of the drums we also construct a small altar, usually with a deer skull on a moose antler as the centerpiece, along with other natural objects that have significance to each of us.
7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Nothing concrete at the moment. There are a couple potential shows in the fall in Victoria being discussed, but nothing is confirmed as of yet. We are also talking of venturing down to the US for the first time soon. Maybe next summer, maybe sooner for a smaller undertaking. Time will tell.
8.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or received any interest?
I’m not sure if we are looking to “sign” in a traditional music industry sense. If someone is interested in supporting our music we are always on the lookout. Most of our music thus far has been self-released. We haven’t had too much interest from labels in the past, but things seem to be changing with our working with first Prairie Fire and now Eternal Warfare. We may have our first cd release with a label coming up too, but we’re still ironing things out. We are interested in releasing music on all formats, so the lack of those is not due to lack of interest on the band’s part.
9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
I couldn’t really say, I honestly don’t hear much feedback besides maybe when we play shows. We barely ever get reviewed for one thing. I know we have a few fans in Europe for sure, as I get people ordering multiple things. Many people who are into Cascadian black metal in the USA also seem to be digging us. Other than those two examples I don’t hear too much positive or negative from anyone I haven’t actually met.
I will be interested to hear people’s reactions to our new album, as I would have a hard time even calling it a “black metal” album, but almost everyone I have played the album for has said it is a big step forward.
10. What is going on with the other musical projects these days?
IAN: My folk project, Crooked Mouth, is about to release its first full length on cassette through Preposterous Creations in France. I’m also working on releasing recordings from Kamlaniye (the old Skagos live band) on my label, Shadow of the Stone. That tape will be out before the summer is over.
JACOB: My main project Walden is about to put out three new releases, two of which have been delayed heavily, ranging from weirdo blackened industrial noise to Windir as fuck monolithic melodic BM. My grindcore band Bungus has a few shows coming up and we're putting out a split 7" with Soy, as well as a split cassette with Satanic Blood Ritual from Seattle. I also rap as White Aladdin for shits and giggles.
DERREK: Apart from Harrow, Jake and I are doing a project called Moose Cavalry. It's a think tank and free jam that allows us to explore avenues that don't fit into Harrow. Though it is becoming more of an experimental sludge project than anything.
Aside from that I have my personal songs I am working on, no name to the project yet as it is still very much in the ether right now.
11.What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?
As for the actual new material we are writing right now (the first with the current lineup) I think the sound will end up being more stripped down. “Fragments” was about as far as I could take the dense, conceptual sound for now. Since we are once again an active live band we want to cultivate music that takes advantage of the 3 of us playing together as well as possible instead of relying too much on samples and endless overdubs that you can use when recording records. As for the actual style of the music, it is more influenced by post-rock in the sense of energy being built up to a sudden ecstatic release.
12.What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
IAN: Drudkh, Burzum, Alda, Skagos, Alcest, Hail, Fen, Hexvessel, Comus, Lasher Keen, Agalloch, and Leech are never far from my ears nowadays. Jace from Alda recently introduced me to The Flight of Sleipnir, who have been a great discovery and are already influencing some new stuff I am working on.
Godspeed You! Black Emperor and good post-rock in general has been a new and welcome discovery that has definitely shaped some of our new material as well
JACOB: I've got tons of influences from almost every genre, and you'll be able to hear that in some of the new Walden stuff (sorry for the plug!) These days I’ve been listening to a heady brew of Ulver (you can never have fucking enough of those first three albums...), Empyrium, Discordance Axis, Assuck, HELL, that awesome Threnos demo, Tommy Wright III, Summoning, old Behemoth, old Cryptopsy, No Comment, Sadhaka, Panopticon, the mighty WARSORE, Ethelwulf, Chri$ Travi$, PizzaHiFive, and of course Creed.
DERREK: Oh boy. What a question. Well, for Harrow, it's much of the Cascadian scene, Alda, Agalloch, Fauna and the like.
Moose Cavalry and my personal music is more influenced by bands such as Pelican, Isis, Co-Pilot and Alaskan.
So, all of those bands are bands/genres I would say have regular play. Outside of that stuff like the new Daft Punk album and Pucsifer have been getting a lot of play.
13.Does Paganism play any role in your music?
IAN: Yes, in that it is a part of my life that influences my world outlook. I don’t identify with any kind of pagan organization, but I try to learn all I can about the traditions and gods of my ancestors, who are the Celtic and the Norse/Germanic tribes, and bring what I find to be the positive aspects into my life. I suppose I have pantheistic tendencies as well, as I agree with everything Jacob expresses below, but I also feel that ritual and tradition has an important part in our psychology. The names we give the gods is almost arbitrary, however what they represent in each of us is not.
As for the band, we don’t use the pagan aspect in the sense of re-telling the old stories, but one of the main pagan traditions that has been almost a subconscious influence is the use of characters who represent certain traits of man (the gods) to tell stories of struggle and growth. We’ve also used ancient symbols like the triquetra and certain runes as they are appropriate.
JACOB: I consider myself a pantheist and all of my music has been inspired by nature in some way. Metchosin (the most recent tape Walden put out), was a pure expression of joy and rapture at the beauty of some of my favorite wild places and the wonderful memories contained therein, whereas some of my other, bleaker pieces are born from anger and despair toward the lack of reverence that most people have today. The reason so many people are so out of balance today is because they have lost that integral, emotional bond with nature. Many people would walk past a clear-cut without batting an eye; whereas something like that affects me on a profoundly deep level.
DERREK: If you count my love, respect and appreciation for nature paganism, then yes most certainly. Many of the ideas and concepts for songs come when I am out hiking or fishing or just immersing myself in the natural world.
14.Outside of music what are some of your interests?
IAN: I read quite a lot and have a passion for literature, mythology, fantasy and science fiction. I like playing RPGs and board games with friends when the opportunity arises too, it is so much more satisfying than online games. I also try to spend as much time as I can in nature, going for hikes and whatnot. I’ve recently taken up gardening as well and I make my own wine, mead and beer when I can.
JACOB: Walking in the woods, playing my drums, listening to music, growing veggies, craft beer, bongs and enjoying the company of my friends and family. I am simple.
DERREK: Well, I spend most of my free time fishing or hiking the lakes and trails close to home.
Eventually I want to get a bike and a canoe and spend even more of my time out in the woods, learning all that I can.
15.Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?
We’d all like to thank you for your interest and caring enough to let us share some of our views. You can keep up with us on facebook and shadowofthestone.blogspot.ca
The journey continues ever onward!