Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Deadspace Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?

So far we have released 2 music videos, have been filling up our performance calendar for the rest of the year and gearing up to record a lengthier follow up record very soon.



2.In April you had released your first full length, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

Well we would hope that it is perceived to be drenched with raw emotion and passion. Depression, triumph, pain, relief, despair, beauty, disgust and a whole range of other human struggles.



3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?

"The Promise Of Oblivion" is really an expression/celebration of being human. It allows you to feel a range of different emotions and never really quite know what you're feeling or why. In our opinion, that is the human condition. These are all things we live with.. depression, pain and at the same time struggling to keep these things suppressed. This record was our way of letting these things wild.



4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Deadspace'?

Deadspace actually started as an ambient project back when Chris was writing on his own. He used to write little loops that he could just put on and cease existence. It was kind of like his place away from reality.. or his 'deadspace'. So it just developed from there. There was no intentional relation to the video game. Although we like that it reminds a lot of people of something else they enjoy.



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

We've only played one show so far. Our stage performance, I guess, is just honest. It's really just how we feel the music, which we feel is intense so looking back on our performance I'd say that is the first word that springs to mind. That is a hard one to answer.



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

We have a few decent shows coming up in Perth supporting some incredible outfits from our eastern states. In October we're looking at heading over to Melbourne for a run of shows and eventually getting overseas on some tours..



7.In December you were part of a split with Onomy, what are your thoughts on the other band that had participated on the split?

Well this is back when Deadspace was just Chris writing ambient music. This is how Chris met Drew who was part of Deadspace for the debut album. So I guess that was really the beginning of a pretty big thing for this band.



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

We didn't really look for anything with our first record. We are currently looking into doing another record with a higher recording budget. We will see if we get any bites on this new one.



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

Surprisingly, people seem to get exactly where we're coming from. We haven't got one poor review yet (not publicly anyway).. which was a massive shock. As much as there are massive elements of depressive black metal, Deadspace is sort of coming from a different place. So we are extremely surprised we haven't been ripped to shreds (yet).



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

Drew has a project called Ur Draugr. They are a studio project and have a new record coming out soon. Drew is always writing something, whether it be dark ambient or blackened death metal. Ben, our drummer, plays drums in a band called Sanzu who have a new EP out and an album on the horizon. One of the hardest working, tightest bands in Perth. Nish has his band Xenobiotic, they have an album on the horizon also and a few things in the works. And Oli plays in a band called Cloak And Dagger, an upcoming metalcore band who are about to hit the studio again.



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

We are 11 tracks into writing our next record. The raw material is basically all the elements of "Promise".. but taken to the next level. The black metal is faster and more powerful, the doom is slower, the emotion is all there, the ambience is bigger. We are going into Electric City Studios with our friend Sam Allen (Earth Rot, Wardaemonic, Cursed Earth) to record this next record. Everything he does sounds HUGE. So we feel like this record will actually be the perfect mix of more raw, and more polished, most likely all in the right ways.



12.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

Anything from Shining, Taake, Lifelover to Beastmilk, God Is An Astronaut, Placebo. Basically anything emotive.. Jeff Buckley, Pink Floyd, Nine Inch Nails.



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

Thanks for having us.

You can pick up our album and merch here on our new BigCartel store:

deadspace.bigcartel.com

Monday, June 29, 2015

Minneriket Interview

Interview with Stein Akslen (Minneriket) for Occult Black Metal Zine.

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

Stein A: The first recordings started early 2014, and incorporated ideas that were a lot older. It’s a solo project, working in my own pace and treading on some new ground. I wanted an outlet for the more traditional and oldschool Black Metal sound, focusing purely on atmosphere, and decided not to tamper with any existing projects and rather start from scratch, letting the project shape itself as I went along. In a way, it’s a romantic and contemplative approach to Black Metal.

2.Recently you have released your fist album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

Stein A:, On the debut album «Vargtimen» the ambiences of instruments and their sonic position in the musical landscape takes precedence to fuel the creative process. Holistic songwriting, if you want. It’s raw, it’s lo-fi and partly nostalgic, combining the ambiences with the dynamics to present a unique dark sound.

3.Your lyrics cover some Pagan and Existentialism themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?

Stein A: Somehow I think everything I touch ends up related to those labels, but I’d avoid labeling Minneriket as either of them. The lyrics are very introvert, consisting of both the contemplative existensialism and the pagan imagery as a catalyst for further reflection. Most of the lyrics are in Norwegian, some in English, and I think the ones in English might be more accessible for some, while the ones in Norwegian is closer to heart.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Minneriket'?

The meaning of «Minneriket» is, literally, «the realm of memories», which describes the romantic approach to the music, partly living in some kind of esoteric, transcendent past. I consider the name as an image for the Mímisbrunnr, the well located under the root of Yggdrasill in Jötunheimr where Óðinn sacrificed his eye to grow in knowledge. A timeless source of wisdom and visions. Several years ago, I released a book with the same title, a limited print-on-demand feature including translations and commentary of an Old Norse poem, and other artistic endeavours as poetry and photography. One of the texts there written almost ten years ago, is a poem in nine parts called «Minneriket», and gave name to the book, and now the band, and were used as the lyrics for the last track on the album.

5.With this musical project you record everything by yourself but have worked with other musicians in other bands and projects, how would you compare the two?

Stein A: Yes, I have collaborated both locally and internationally with other bands, and the creative process is completely different from each band to the next. It all comes down to finding the right combination of igniting sparks and filling voids. Blodsgard is perhaps the most unorthodox approach, where I focus on the lyrics and conveying a state of mind, then Rex, a musical mastermind, translates this into music to create the entity that Blodsgard has become. Working completely solo, like I do in Minneriket and in other ambient projects, has both it’s pros and cons. It’s total freedom, your own pace, and the process of creating from scratch is rewarding. At the same time, it creates limits and challenges, and the lack of input from others during the creation can be just as much a gift as a curse. Either way, the approach you take should be related to the art you wish to present, and in this case, it is a solitary work of art.

6.Your self released the album on 'Akslen Black Art Records', is this a label for your music only or do you plan on expanding by signing other bands?

Stein A: So far I’ve only released albums there by my own projects, Minneriket and V0id&Khaos, and I intend it to stay that way, at least for now. I wouldn’t have the time, or capability, to give other bands the focus they would deserve. ABAR is mostly there to enable an existence and to remain in complete control of the finished material, and not have external labels tear down what you try to do with their incompetence. For this project, freedom and control is a lot more important than the capitalist greed of the music industry, which really has nothing to offer anymore sans promotion. 

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

Stein A: When you work in a genre like Black Metal, catering to the very few, the feedback is irrelevant to your own sense of accomplishments. Some like it, some don’t. But I do appreciate the feedback when people tell their stories, how the music has touched or inspired them in some way. Moments like that are always powerful, and the best kind of feedback is when people actually connect to your music.

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

Stein A: After we spent about five years recording «Monument» by Blodsgard we needed to take a time off from that, and reconnect to it when the time is right. We’ve been spinning plans for our sophomore album for a long time, and I already did some lyrical groundwork back in late 2013, but a new album is still a few years away. V0id&Khaos will have a new Dark Ambient release out in the not-so-distant future, and I’ve already begun the writing on the next Minneriket album.

9.Where do you see yourself heading into musically during the future?

Stein A: Expanding, I hope. I can’t stand being static or in a standstill position when it comes to creativity. My contributions to music will forever be rooted in the darker aspects of Black Metal and Ambient, but I’d love to approach the gothic and melancholic genres someday. I’m not much of a metal fan really, I prefer the black in Black Metal, and not the metal. Hopefully I’ll be able to shape Minneriket into the notorious outfit I imagine it has the power to become.

10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

Stein A: Mainly Burzum, without a doubt. But of course other bands like Gorgoroth, Mayhem, Seigmen, Trelldom, Vond, Shining (Swe), etc. All these bands cast large shadows, and that’s well deserved. I don’t listen to much music these days, not much new music at least. Mourning Ritual made a great cover of «Bad Moon Rising» that I’ve been spinning pretty much since it got released, and there’s a Norwegian melancholic rock/metal band called I Lit the Sun who released an excellent album called «Horizon» recently.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

Stein A: Virgin sacrifices and the destruction of public property of course. And a wicked sense of humour. I could list on and on about nature, contemporary art and litterature, but I have a feeling it would sound like a dating ad, so I’ll refrain from the namedropping.

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

Stein A: Thank you for your interest in Minneriket. The debut album «Vargtimen» was released recently on summer solstice both on cassette tape and CD as well as a digital download. There was also made a special box set, containing the cassette tape, a lyric sheet/logo posters, black and white feathers, graveyard dirt, bone dust, human bones and wooden carved runes. I find it important to offer something special to the true fans in this day of digital decay. For those interested, the limited box set is now sold out, but there’s still some CDs and tapes left at www.minneriket.bandcamp.com. The whole album is also available for streaming there. If there’s any wish to interact, Minneriket also has an official Facebook page.

C.O.F.O.C/Ortvsvs/Underground Resistance/Ater Lunae Templi/2015 Split Album Review


  This  is  a  review  of  a  split  album  between  Brazil's  C.O.F.O.C  and  Ortvsvs  called  "Underground Resistance"  which  was  released  by  Ater  Lunae  Templi  and  we  will  start  off  the  review  with  C.O.F.O.C  a  solo  project   that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  raw  form  of   black  metal  with  elements  of  punk.

  A  very  fast  and  raw  bestial  black  metal  sound  starts  off  his  side  of  the  split  along  with a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  demonic  guttural  growls  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  after  awhile  a  small  amount  of  screams  are  added  into  some  parts  of  the  songs  and  you  can  also  hear  the  raw  energy  of  punk  and  harsh  noise  at  times  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  ritualistic  feeling  to some  parts  of  the  songs,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  alcohol,  darkness,  occult  and  blasphemous  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  C.O.F.O.C  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  bestial  black  metal  with  elements  of  punk  and  noise,  you  should  check  out  his  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Beer  Blood"  and  "Ravold".

  Next  up  is  Ortvsvs  a  solo  project  that  plays  a  very  raw and  lo-fi  form  of  black  metal.

  His  side  of  the  split  starts  out  with  a  very  dark  and lo-fi  guitar  riff  along  with  some  grim  screams  a  few  seconds  later  and  the  raw  style  of  black  metal  can  also  be  heard  in  the  background  and  the  songs  also  have  almost  a  primitive  garage  feeling  at  times  while  the  music  sticks  mostly  to  a  fast  musical  direction,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the lyrics   cover  darkness  and  blasphemy themes.

  In  my  opinion  Ortvsvs  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  lo-fi  black  metal  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  his  side  of  the  split.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "I"  and  "IV".

  In  conclusion  I  feel  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  split  and  I  would  recommend  it  to  the  fans  of  true  underground  black  metal.  8  out  of  10.      

Tempers Creature/Si Vis Vitam, Para Mortem/Sturmglanz Produktionen/2015 CD Review


  Tempers  Creature  a  duo  from  Germany  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  depressive  form  of  pagan/black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Si Vis Vitam, Para Mortem"  which  will  be  released  in  July  by  Sturmglanz Produktionen.

  Avant  garde  sounds  start  off the  album  along  with  some  haunting  keyboards  a  few  seconds  later  and  background  voices  and  after  the  intro  the  music  starts  to  go  into  more  of  a  heavy  and  raw  musical  direction  along  with  some  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  the  vocals  also  get  very  deep  and  demonic  at  times.

  You  can  hear  a  decent  amount  of  melody  being  utilized  in  the  guitar  riffing  and  some  songs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts  and  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  throughout  the  recording  and  a  good  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  a  great  amount  of  depressive  black  metal  elements  can  be  heard  in  a  great  amount  of  the  tracks  and  the  screams  also  sound  very  suicidal  at  times.

     Clean  playing  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound   to  them  along  with  a  great  amount  of  atmospheric  elements  and  they  also  do  a  cover  of  Blutkinge's  "Eines  Geistes" and  the solos  and  leads  the  band  uses  are  very  dark  and  melodic  and  also  bring  in  more  of  a  modern  black  metal  feeling  and in  some  songs  a  small  amount  of  clean  singing  is  utilized  and  they  also  bring  more  of  a  pagan  and  folk  metal  atmosphere  to  the  music  as  well  as  a  brief  use  of  female  vocals.

  Tempers  Creature  creates  a  very  diverse  black  metal  album  that combines  the  atmospheric,  depressive  and  pagan  styles  of  the  genre  while  some  songs  also  bring  in  folk  music  elements  and  they  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the lyrics  are  written  in  German  and  cover  dark,  depressive,  misanthropic,  Germanic  and  Suebian  folklore and  Paganism.

  In  my  opinion  this is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Tempers  Creature  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of t he  atmospheric,  depressive  and  pagan  styles  of  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Tranen  auf  nacktar  Haut"  "Dance  Macabre"  "Dammerung  der  Abendsson"  and  "Si Vis Vitam, Para Mortem".  8  out  of  10.       

     

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Ungoliantha/Through The Chaos, Through The Time, Through The Death/2015 CD Review


  Ungoliantha  are  a  band  from  Ukraine  that  plays  a  very  raw form  of  black  metal  with  orchestra  elements and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015 album  "Through The Chaos, Through The Time, Through The Death".

  A  very  epic  sounding  synth  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  choirs  in  the  background  and  after  the  intro  the  music  foes  into  a  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  along  with  some  hateful  screams  and  blast  beats  as  well  as  some  melodic  guitar  leads  and  they  also  mix  in  a  great  amount  of  classical  musical elements into their  musical  style. 

  A  lot  of  the  riffs  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  some  songs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  clean  singing  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  an  avant  garde  feeling.

   There  is  also  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  being  used  at  times  and  there  are  also  a  couple  of  tracks  that  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  some  of  the  later  tracks    also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  death  metal  growls  and  spoken  word  parts and  they also  do  a  cover  of  Lucifugum's  "Pressed  Down  by  The  Fallen  Pivot  Of  Life.   

  Ungoliantha  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  and  melodic  in  the  second  wave  tradition  but  also  mixes  the  style  in  with  classical,  orchestra  and  avant  garde  music  to  create  a  very  original  sounding  album,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  for  being  a  self  released  recording  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark and  blasphemous  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Ungoliantha  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  black  metal  with  elements  of  classical  music  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Following  The  Black  Kindness"  "Black  Essence of  Christ"  "Reckoning"  and  "Armageddon".  8  out  of  10.

 

Helde/Suaren gerizpea/Negra Nit Distro/2015 Full Length Review


  Helde  are  a  band  from  Spain  that  plays  a  very  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Suaren gerizpea"  which  was  released  by  Negra  Nit  Distro.

  Thunder  and  rain  sounds  start  off  the  album  and  a  few  seconds  later  the  music  goes  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  that  also  uses  a  great  amount of  blast  beats  and  high  pitched  screams  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  music  is  heavily  rooted  in  the  mid  90's  style  of  black  metal.

  Dark  sounding  melodies  can  be  heard  throughout  the  recording  and  all of  the  songs  stick  to  a  very  heavy  and  raw  style  of  black  metal  throughout  the  recording  and  they  also  avoid  using  any  solos  and  leads  which  also  gives  their  music  more  of  a  heavy  attack  and  there  are  no  soft  parts  present  anywhere  on  the  recording.

  Helde  remain  true  to  the  fast  and  raw  black  metal  style  that  was  established  on  the  previous  recording  and  create  a  very  heavy  recording,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Basque  and  cover  mythological  and  misanthropic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Helde  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  fast  and  raw  black  metal,  you  should  check  out t his  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Belearen  hegeldia"  and  "Sasikume".  8  out  of  10. 


Harrow/Fallow Fields/Avantgarde Music/2015 CD Review


  Harrow  are  a  band  from  Victoria,  British  Columbia,  Canada  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  cascadian  black  metal  with  elements  of  folk  music  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  "Fallow  Fields"  which  was  released  by  Avantgarde  Music.

  Nature  sounds  and  drones  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  acoustic  guitars  a  few  seconds  later  which  brings  in  elements  of  folk  music  and  after  a  couple  of  minutes  heavier  guitars  are   added  onto  the  recording  and  once  the  high  pitched  screams  kick  in  the  music  goes  into  a  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  that  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats. 

  Throughout  the  recording  there  is  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  a  great  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  mixture  of  both  folk  and  black  metal  parts  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  folk  instruments  at  times.

  Clean  singing  can  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  songs  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  at  times  and  as  the  album  progresses  elements  of  post rock  are  added  into  the  music  and  the  songs  also  get  more  atmospheric  as  time  goes  on  by  along  with  a  great  amount  of  diversity  and  you  can  also  hear  a  touch  of  progressive  music  in  some  of  the  acoustic  parts  and  they  also  close  the  album  with  a  small  amount  of  shoegaze  sounds.

  Harrow  shows  a  great  amount  of  progress  on  this  album  continuing  their  mixture  of  atmospheric  black  metal  and  folk  music  while  also  mixing  in  more  elements  of  post  and  progressive  rock  this  time  around,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  nature,  conflict  and   Atavism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  harrow  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  cascadian  and  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Pathways'  and  "Awake  before  The  Dawn".  8  out  of  10.  

  

Dystopia Na!/Dweller On The Threshold/Avantgarde Music/2015 CD Review


  Dystopia  Na!  are  a  band  from  Norway  that  plays  a  mixture  of depressive  rock  and  black  metal  along  with  some  avant  garde  and  doom  metal  elements  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Dweller  On  the  Threshold"  which  was  released  by  Avantgarde  Music.

  Avant  garde  sounds  and  heavy  guitars  start  of  the  album  along  with  some  melodic guitar  riffing  and  a  few  seconds  later  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  start  becoming  a  huge  part  of  the  recording  and  the  band  also  uses  a  good  amount  of  clean  playing  and  depressive  whispers  in  some  parts  of  the  songs.

  Melodic  guitar  leads a re  used  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  and  some  of  the  riffs  bring  in  a  modern  style  of  metal  at  times  while  some  sections  also  mix  in  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts  along  with  the  screams  getting  more  depressive  while  also  bringing  in  angry  shouts  and  the  keyboards also  give  the  music  more  of  an  avant  garde  feeling.   

  When  the  music  speeds  up  it  brings  in  more  of  a  raw  style  of  black  metal  and  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  a  good  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  there  are  also  some  songs  that  bring  in  elements  of  ambient  and  as  the  album  progresses  acoustic  guitars  and  clean  singing  can be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  all  of  the  musical instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  there  are  some  songs  that  also  bring  in  elements  of  post  rock along  with  some  of  the  slower  riffs  being  heavily  influenced  by  doom  metal.

  Dystopia Na!  plays  a  very  diverse  from  of  black  metal  that  can  be  very  depressive  and  suicidal  on  some  songs  while  other  songs  go back  to  the  90's  avant  garde  Norwegian  black  metal  sound,  the  production  sound s very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  depression,  drugs,  dystopia  and  modern  society  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Dystopia  are  a  very  great  sounding mixture  of  depressive  rock, avant  garde  and  black  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Doppelganger"  "Through  Mirrors,  Darkly"  "Cold  Is  the  Colour"  and  "Final  Encounter".  8  out  of  10.          

 

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Hope Drone/Cloak Of Ash/Relapse Records/2015 CD Review


  Hope  Drone  are  a  band  from  Australia  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this zine  and  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  post  black  metal  with  elements  of  sludge  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Cloak  of  Ash"  which  will  be  released  in  July  by  Relapse  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  atmospheric  ambient  drone  sound  starts  off  the  album  and  a  few  seconds  alter  the music  starts  going  into  more  of  a  fast,  raw  and  atmospheric  black  metal  direction  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  as  well  as  adding  in  grim  high  pitched  screams  and  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  music  is  very  heavily  influenced  by  the  cascadian  style  of  black  metal  and  there  is  also  a  good  balance  between  both  clean  and  heavy  parts  and  the  solos  and  leads  the  band  uses  bring  a  very  melodic post  rock  feeling  to  the  recording  while  the  slower  sections  of  the  riffing  are  very  heavily  influenced  by  sludge  and  doom  metal  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  they  also  bring  in  an  instrumental  track  before  closign  the  album  with  a  song  that  uses  vocals.  

  Hope  Drone  creates  another  atmospheric  post  black  metal  album  that  is  very  heavily  rooted  in the  cascadian  style  while  also  standing  out  a  bit  more  with  the  sludge  and  doom  metal  elements,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  nihilistic  and  nature  themes.  

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Hope  Drone  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  the  atmospheric,  cascadian  and  post  styles  of  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Unending  Grey"  "The  Chords  that  Thrum  beneath  the  Earth"  and  "Carried  Apart  by  the  Ceaseless  Tides".  8  out  of  10. 

Aversion/Self Titled/2015 Full Length Review


  Aversion  are  a  band  from  Montreal,  Canada  that  plays  a  very  old  school  form  of  black  metal  with  elements  of  thrash  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir  self  titled  and  self  released  2015  album.

  A  very  raw  and  old  school  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  grim  screams  and  elements  of  punk  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  decent  amount  of  thrash  influences  and  when  solos  and  leads a re  utilized  they  are  very  dark  and  melodic  sounding  and  the  music  has  a  90's  demo  black  metal  style.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  riffs  also  bringing  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  at  times  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  some  of  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  touch  of  death  metal  at  times  and  the  whole  album  sticks  to  a  very  heavy  and  raw  musical  direction.

  Aversion  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early 90's  and  also  adds  in  a  touch  of  thrash  to  create  an  album  that  brings  back  the  more  underground  side  of  the  second  wave  style,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  violent  and  hateful  themes.     

  In  my  opinion  Aversion  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  black  metal  band  with  elements  of  thrash  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Flesh  Of  the  Maggot"  "Your  Hate  Against  Mine"  and  "Gangrene  harvest".  8  out  of  10.

Arrogant Destruktor/Amidst The Blackest Void/Wolfspell Records/2014 CD Review


  Arrogant  Destruktor  are  a  duo  from  the  United  Kingdom  that  plays  a  very  old  school  form  of  black  metal  with  elements  of  thrash  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Amidst  the  Blackest  Void"  which  was  released  by  Wolfspell  Records.

  A  very  raw  and  old  school  black  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  grim  screams,  morbid  sounding  melodies  and  blast  beats  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  in  some  parts  of  the  songs  the  vocals  get  a  bit  more  deep  and  the  solos  and  leads  go  back  to  the  80's  style  of  black  metal.  

  Most  of  the  songs  go  for  either  a  first  or  second  wave  style  of  black  metal  while  also  mixing  in  some  of  the  more  thrashy  parts  that  where  also  a  huge  part  of  the  first  wave  and  none  of  the  songs  have  any  modern  influences  and  in  the  fast  sections  of  the  songs  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  and  at  times  the  music  almost  has  a  punk  feeling  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  as  the  album  progresses  some  songs  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  atmospheric  elements.

  Arrogant  Destruktor  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  raw  in  the  second  wave  tradition  while  also  mixing  in  a  touch  of  first  wave  black  metal  and  thrash  to  create  some  heavy  music  that  is  very  heavy  and  old  school,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  mythical,  celestial,  and  fantasy  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Arrogant  Destruktor  are  a  very  great  sounding  old  school  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Black  War  Machine"  "Parasitic  Roots  Of  Earth"  and  "The  Divine  Embers".  8  out  of  10.

 

   

Friday, June 26, 2015

Blaze Of Perdition/Near Death Revelations/Agonia Records/2015 CD Review


  Blaze  Of  Perdition  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  plays  an  occult  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Near Death Revelations"  which  was  released  by  Agonia  Records.

  Avant  garde  sounds  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  choir  vocals  in  the  background  and  a  few  seconds  later  the  music  starts  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  direction  while  also  bringing  in  melodies  at  times  and  they  also  bring  in  solos  and  leads  that  are  very  melodic  and  when the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  are  added  into  the  music.

  The  vocals  the  band  uses  are  very  deep  and  grim  and  there  is  also  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  faster  sections  also  bring  in  more  of  a  raw  style  of  black  metal  and  you  can  also  hear  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Some  songs  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts  and  the  songs  also  go for  more  of  a  modern  black  metal  style  and  as  the   album  progresses  some  of  the  vocals  get  more  high  pitched  and  depressive  while  some  of  the  heavy  parts  have  a  blackened  death  metal  at  times  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Blaze  Of  Perdition  plays a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  fast  and  modern  sounding  while  also  bringing  in  a  lot  of  heaviness  along  with  a  great  amount  of  epic structures,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  and  Near  Death  Experiences.

  In  my  opinion  Blaze  Of  Perdition  are  a  very  great  sounding  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Into  The  Void  Again"  "Cold  Morning  Fears"  and  "Of  No  Light".  8  out  of  10.  

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Sacrimoon/Reflections Of My Suicide Melancholy/Vacula Productions/2015 Full Length Review


  Sacrimoon  are  a  duo  from  Mexico  that  plays  a  depressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Reflections  Of  My  Suicide  Melancholy" which  was  released  by  Vacula  Productions.

  Depressive  cries  and  clean  playing  start  off  the  album  and  the  cries  also  mix  in  suicidal  black  metal  screams  and  after  a  couple  of  minute  melodic guitar  leads  start  becoming  a  huge  part  of  the  recording  and  also  bring  in  a  touch  of  post  metal  and  ambient  style  synths  and  spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  songs.

  A  good  portion  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  album  also  brings  in  a  great  mixture  of  both  clean  and  heavy  parts  and  the  music  also  mixes  in  a  great  amount  of  atmospheric  elements  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  a later  track  also  brings  in  a  few  seconds  of  blast  beats  and  a  couple  of  songs  also  brings  in  a  few  seconds  of  spoken  word  parts  and  clean  singing  while  the  songs  for  the  most  part  stick  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction  and  they  close  the  album  with  an  instrumental  ambient  outro.  

  Sacrimoon  plays  a  style  of  depressive  black  metal  that  is  mostly  mid  tempo  and  melodic  along  with  a  great  amount  of  post  rock  elements,  the  production  sound s very  dark  and  raw  yet  heavy  at  the  same  time  while  the  lyrics  cover  suicide,  sadness,  depression,  melancholy,  mental  disorders,  loneliness  and  distress.

  In  my  opinion  Sacrimoon  are  a  very  great  sounding  depressive  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Shadow  of  A  Forgotten  Feeling"  and  "Disappearing  In  the  Memories  Of  Melancholy".  8  out  of  10. 

 

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Ritual Possession Interview

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

Ritual Possession began in the fall of 2014 as a studio project of
Yaotzin and Canor Morum to produce raw, uncompromising, dark, black metal music.
currently we will have released through VANGUARD PRODUCTIONS a  7 track  cassette EP
it is a testment to black metal in its most die-Hard and underground form.

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> 2.Recently you have released an album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

YAOTZIN: The Ep is unrelenting,uncompromising raw black metal.
which carries man negative messages and sounds in its 27 minute running time
definlty a release for those who are into the genre... it will divide the strong from the weak.
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> 3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?

YAOTZIN: the darker side of existance as humans, isolation, misanthropy, anti-human sentiments
the truth of death.
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> 4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Ritual Possession'?

 CANOR MORUM: I think it's about invoking or becoming something else, through the ritual of creating music.

> 5.Currently there are only 2 members in the band, are you planning on expanding the line up in the future or do you chose to remain a duo?

 CANOR MORUM: It's always a possibility, we could add more members or even have guest musicians on a recording. The core of the band will always be the two of us though.

> 6.Has the band done any live shows or is this strictly a studio project?

CANOR MORUM: It's a studio project. If we play live, we would need more members to recreate all of the studio performances. It is something we've talked about but there aren't any plans at the moment. We've both played lots of shows with our other bands. Personally, the idea of playing in front of twenty people at a dive bar isn't very appealing to me. If the right opportunity came along I might change my mind.

YAOTZIN: Yes to play live it would have to be the right circumstances and situation for Ritual Possession.
we will not play live just to play.


> 7.Can you tell us a little bit more about Iron Wolf productions?

YAOTZIN: Iron Wolf PRODUCTIONS started back in 2001 as a small D.I.Y. label I ran to distribute demos/full lengths of bands I was in at the time or one man projects I did. it ended in 2013.
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> 8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
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CANOR MORUM: There hasn't been a whole lot of feedback but what we've gotten has been good. I'm not expecting praise or seeking validation and I tend to ignore criticism on the web from anonymous people with more time than sense. I do appreciate people that take the time to listen.

Black metal is not a very popular genre where we live. Most people can't see past the corpse paint, they don't take it seriously. Or they only know about the murder and arson that happened twenty years ago in Norway and ignore the contributions of bands from other countries from all over the world. I can count the number of real black metal listeners that I know personally on one hand.

> 9.Are any of the band members also involved with any other bands or musical projects

CANOR MORUM:I'm currently working with some other musicians on a project that incorporates elements of death/gothic rock, doom metal, and black and roll. That's about all the information I can share about it at the moment.

YAOTZIN: I play guitar in the death metal band  CRANIAL IMPALEMENT

> 10.You have a new ep coming out on Vanguard productions, how will the musical sound on the new recording differ than what was on the full length?

CANOR MORUM: Well it's on cassette so it will probably sound even more raw and primitive.
YAOTZIN: its an EP to be released on cassette it's pretty damn raw and dark.


> 11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

CANOR MORUM: All of the early black metal bands, first wave, second wave. I'm a big fan of 80's post-punk and death rock as well. Also, Drudkh.

YAOTZIN: yes all the classic black metal from the USA and other countries like finland,poland,germany,Sweden etc
mostly first and second wave black metal for me personally alot of the first wave acts like
hellhammer,bathory,venom,celtic frost,bulldozer.


> 12.How would you describe your views on Occultism?
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CANOR MORUM: It's a useful tool or method of seeing that I delved into earlier in life. I no longer have the capacity to believe in the supernatural though, the skeptic in me is always looking for evidence. I haven't found much in the way of that. I'm more fascinated by the mysteries of black holes and quantum mechanics. The only true god is entropy and death.   

Leiru Interview

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

There is not much to tell, the band was founded ten years ago, I performed almost everything until Sadaist (drums) joined in 2010. Leiru was a typical bedroom project and in many aspects (it) is still one, mostly because of my working method. Albeit this is a lo-fi project, the songs always evolve in time, I modify them several times, and they get a lot of care. We have far-flung influences, from black metal to classic rock, and when I create songs, I usually throw away the themes which are orthodox but boring. My intention is to create something that affects emotions. Not something big, strange, evil or monumental, but something about sorrow, loneliness, love, desires, fears, ego and relationships. In the end, all that matters is the song. Not any kind of ideologies or expectations from the outside.

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

Amateur, lo-fi, accidental, experimental. I have no real talent nor real interest in the technical background of the music, but I compensate this a bit with my perseverance. This is a patchwork which contains a lot of energy and sweat, high blood pressure and stomach ache.
   

3.Since 2009 there has only been an ep and a split, can you tell us a little bit more about the gap between releases?

I live in a small town in countryside, Sadaist lives in the capital city, Budapest. We got jobs, we rarely meet, we got only 1-2 rehearsals a year. But this is just one side of the coin. I have long empty phases in my life, when I cannot create, there is no inspiration, or I simply play too much with Dark Souls. Despite, I already have several songs written, enough to record a full-length album, but the new songs are more complex than before, so we need to practice more, pay more attention. I try to manage this.
   

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?

They are mostly based on my average life experiences squeezed through my twisted mind. I mix my experiences and my visions. I often write about dreams and nightmares, my relationships also appear for a few sentences. It’s a self-centered music, so that’s all.  

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

Archangel Uriel is the guardian of Hell’s gates, a mighty divine creature with goals, a mission and no free will at all. My creature Leiru is similar to him in some ways, but mainly the inversion of him: a powerful, immortal creature without any meaning or purpose for its existence. He could be called anti-cosmic as well, with the desire to abolish mankind and the creation, because for him these things like life, humanity, existence are foul, because they were created by the powers of the Demiurge. People have a tendency to romanticize nature, although it has always been our biggest enemy, civilization is based on the ability to rule the powers of nature. But in the meanwhile, we still can’t control our own human nature.
I hate people since my childhood, but on the other hand, I have always understood them, I can even sympathize with them. I have sleepless nights because of the concerns and worries because of the sins we commit and I hope that there is no other form of intelligence in the universe, because humanity’s crimes are unparalelled, but then again: the only thing that can solve or cure this is intelligence. But intelligence and culture are always crushed down by our own nature, the will to power and dumbness. These things are normal parts of the human nature and existence as well. Absorb, devour - that is a law. Leiru is against that law, against the law of nature.

6.With the exception of the drummer the main member records everything by himself, would you consider this more of a solo project?

Yes, but I hope one day Sadaist will bring his own ideas. He does not classify himself as a creative person, but I think he’s not exactly right. Drumming satisfies him, but he bought an analog synth not long ago, and I hope he will learn how to compose, try different things, dare to experiment, and it will help him to develop, and this is Leiru’s interest too.

7.Recently you where a part of a split with 'Kolp', what are your thoughts on the other band that had participated on the recording?

Kolp was the only Hungarian band I could imagine Leiru being on the same recording with. Still, we are far away from each other both musically and lyrically, but I felt something common. I’m not sure what is it exactly. I heard the Valley of Plague EP and I thought: that is it. Miserable and painful, but still human, no fake image. Sadaist was the drummer at the few gigs of Kolp, and he is also a friend of Knot, so I came up with the idea of the split through him. Knot had a lot of work with this, I owe him much. And I am very satisfied with the outcome I feel like this release brought Leiru to a new level.


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

I don’t know. Who are the fans of black metal? I can hardly imagine that a fanatic Marduk fan hears this stuff, and says: “Oh, what a masterpiece!” Or some progressive shit and sound fetishist, who is not laughing because of the lack of sound and instrument quality. I’m afraid, some post-BM guys like it, but I can live with that. I don’t care. I think our music isn’t post black metal, I write riffs for the love of god, but I admit: this music can be confusing. Not pure stuff, but our roots definitely are. The reviews are mostly positive so far, and we already got 104 likes on Facebook \m/. 


9.What is going on with the other musical projects these days that the drummer is a part of?

Sadaist: In the last few years I took on too much work, So I had an urgent need to make a selection because the constant rehearsals had a bad effect on my enthusiasm. From now on, my main project is Purulent Rites. We have a full length record finished, it is online for streaming until we find a label. This band is a live band, we would like to play as much as possible.

Limb for a Limb is currently on hold, we had no gigs or releases since 2 years, and I am not sure if we will ever come back. I also quit Niedergang after the recording of the second album, which will be out soon btw.

10.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?


Soon, I hope so at least, but the thing is as said above: we work slowly. Even though the songs for the new full-length album are written, a lot of work is still to be done. It is possible that it will take even years until we come up with the new album, and I have no idea what will happen after that. Maybe we're just gonna go down the drain. But there is something I can say about the musical direction for the forthcoming album. The new songs are somewhat METAL oriented pieces, influenced mostly by heavy and thrash metal. The split was the goodbye to our middle age, the times of our 90 bpm fast black metal ballads are over. Why? I got bored of that. I feel like I’m about to lose my creativity, so maybe that is the reason I prefer the fast, complex guitar rhythms now. But we’ll see how things evolve.

11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

At the age of 15 I listened to the first 3 Metallica albums and Seventh Son of a Seventh Son by Iron Maiden again and again. (Kill em’ All is nowadays’ an inspiration to me again.) Then Impaled Nazarene came, and everything changed. When I made the first demo, my main influences were the early Ulver, Enslaved and Burzum albums, the Norwegian classics. I transform my inspirations, I work like a filter and recreate something similar but different. The songs of the last split MC are plagiarisms, I copied myself. I know that I have my own style, but my style is to steal from different artists, even from myself. This is not on purpose, but that’s how it goes. Some new songs are inspired by Plaga, In Solitude, Spite Extreme Wing, Ash Pool, these bands are all time favorites, they always touch me. This year I listened mostly Funereal Presence, Emptiness, Misþyrming, Pallbearer, Alraune, Selim Lemouchi & His Enemies, Elder, The Soft Moon, the first Deutsch Nepal album and Necros Christos.


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

Go and hope!

Belliciste Interview

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

I am recording drums for the next full length (to be titled Bàrdachd Cogaidh) in just over a week. Guitars, bass and vocals will be completed at my leisure sometime over the next few months. I also have two split releases planned, which I am very excited about.



2.So far you have released a demo and a full length with this solo project, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on both of the recordings and also how do they differ from each other?

I would describe the overall sound of Belliciste as raw, aggressive black metal with a strong sense of melody. It also incorporates some elements of punk and heavy metal. I suppose the sound of Belliciste is most comparable the ‘Finnish’ style of black metal.

There are no major differences in sound over the 2 releases. The album consists of eight tracks, so there was more room to explore different influences and feels, but overall, there is no huge departure from the demo.



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

The themes put forth by the music don’t differ to those of the early recordings in any way. These are themes of hatred, death, barbarism, pestilence, war, apocalypse and the depths of human cruelty and depravity, often explored through mythological references.



4.In one interview you had talked about bringing  in Maori concepts into some of your songs, and while a lot of ancient cultures have been explores in black metal over the years do you feel the mythology of your homeland has for the most part been ignored in black metal?

As far as I am aware, Vassafor from Auckland are the only other band to explore such themes. I think the reason for a lack of black metal bands covering these topics relates directly to the lack of black metal bands in New Zealand. I don’t have any Maori blood personally, but some aspects of Maori history and mythology were perfect for the themes explored in Belliciste (cannibalism, concepts of revenge, the deities Whiro and Hine-nui-te-po to name just a few). I also wanted to use themes that were unique to New Zealand.



5.You have also talked about Anglo Saxon folklore in a previous interview, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?

Yes, as well as Maori mythology, Anglo-Saxon and Norse folklore and mythology are often used to explore the various morbid themes of Belliciste. These topics have interested me since a young age, and again, they are very useful in exploring the themes of Belliciste.



6.I know that the band name means 'warmonger' in French, how does this name fit in with the musical style that you play?

As the music of Belliciste is sonically abrasive and performed with violent and aggressive energy, the moniker is really a perfect fit. It also suits the lyrical themes of the band extremely well.



7.Over the years this musical project has been based in 4 different countries, what was the decision behind all of the moves and do you feel this has made your music a lot more stronger being around the different types of cultures?

The numerous relocations were all based on personal reasons and the flow of life, and were not based in music at all. I don’t think the different environments have really had an effect on the music. The music is composed with the same visions and energies in Serbia as it was in Scotland. I guess it’s difficult to really gauge the effect of changing environments on the music.



8.You have talked about eventually making this solo project into a live band, are there still plans for this or do you prefer to remain solo?

Recordings will always remain a solo endeavour, but I have established a line-up in Serbia, featuring some excellent musicians from some excellent bands. We hope to begin performing sometime in the latter part of 2015 or early 2016.



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

Belliciste is very much an obscure band and I haven’t noticed much feedback, either positive or negative.



10.What is going on with your other musical project these days?

Barshasketh is my main source of musical output and our third album ‘Ophidian Henosis’ is set to be released by Blut & Eisen and World Terror Committee on July 30th. We also have a number of performances booked and tours in the works. As well as this, I create atmospheric black metal under the name Bròn. The debut demo Fògradh (digitally released in 2014), is set to be released on CD in the coming months, and a full length album has been completed.



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

Creating music is part of my everyday life and is vital to maintaining some degree of harmony, so I will continue to do so as long as I am able. This will mostly be in the form of the bands discussed previously in this interview, but will also manifest in some newer projects.



12.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

There have really been no influences in the newer music which weren’t present since the beginning. Belliciste is just my vision of what pure, raw black metal should be. I listen to a wide range of musical styles these days. Outside of extreme metal, I guess the most common are classic heavy metal/classic hard rock, post-punk, neo-folk and d-beat punk, although these cover only a fraction of what I listen to.



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

Thanks for the interview. The past is dead, the future is death!

Deadspace/The Promise Of Oblivion/2015 Full Length Review


  Deadspace  are  a  band  from Australia  that  plays  a  very  depressive  form  of  black  metal  with  elements  of  death  rock  and  ambient  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2015  album  "The  Promise  Of  Oblivion".

  Ambient  style  keyboards  start  off  the  album  and  they  also  mix  in  with  the  depressive  black  metal  sound  that  kicks  in  a  few  seconds  alter  that  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  tortured  screams  and  when  they  use  solos  and  leads  they  remain  true  to  a  melodic  musical  direction  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Elements  of  goth  and  death  rock  can  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout recording  and  the  music  can  also  be  very  atmospheric  at  times  and  also  bring in  a  touch  of  post  black  metal  along  with  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  being  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  some  songs  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  part.

   You  can  also  hear  a  great  amount  of  melody  being  added  into  the  guitar  riffing  as  the  album  progresses  and  the  whole  recording  sticks  to  mostly  a  slow  or  mid  paced  musical  direction  and  on  some  songs  the  vocals  almost  get  melodic  and  there  are  also  a  couple  of  tracks  that  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  

  Deadspace  plays  a  style of  depressive  black metal  that  is  very  depressive,  atmospheric and  melodic  sounding  while  also  mixing  in  elements  of  ambient,  post  metal,  goth  and  death  rock,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  depressive  and  suicidal  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Deadspace  are  a  very  great  sounding  depressive  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "With  Tears  of  Callous  Lust"  "Oblivion"  and  "In  The  Coldness  Of  the  Darkest  Night".  8  out  of  10.

  

 

Minneriket/Vargtimen/Akslen Black Art Records/2015 Cassette Review


  Minneriket  are  a  solo  project  from  Norway  that  plays  an  ambient  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2015  album  "Vargtimen"  which  was  released  on  cassette  by  Akslen  Black  Art  Records.

  A  very  dark  and  atmospheric  ambient  sound  starts  off  the  album  and  mixes  in  with  the  heavier  guitars  a  few  seconds  later  and  the  music  brings  in  blast  beats  and  at  times  and  after  awhile  grim  screams  start  becoming  a  very  huge  part  of  the  recording  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  When  the  music  speeds  up  it  brings  in  a  more  raw  and  brutal  style  of  black  metal  and  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  amount  of  melody  in  some  of  the  riffs  at  times  and  some  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  more  depressive  side  of  the  genre  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  some  of  the  tracks  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  melodic  guitar  leads  and  there  is  also  an  instrumental  track  while  the  remaining  songs  bring  the  vocals  back  in  while  one  song  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts.

  Minneriket  creates  a  very  diverse  style  of  black  metal  with  his  music  taking  the  raw,  melodic,  depressive  and  atmospheric  sides  of  the  genre  and  mixing  them  in  with  epic  structures  and  a  great  amount  of  ambient  elements,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Norwegian  along  with  a  few  song  titles  being  in  English  and  cover  Paganism,  Existensialism,  and  Melancholy  themes  while  some  tracks  also  borrow  from  select  parts  from  the  Poetic  Edda.

  In  my  opinion  Minneriket  are  a  very  great  sounding  ambient  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  cassette.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "A  folge  spor"  "Fra  Yggdrasill"  and  "The  Ballad  Of  Ordinary  Flowers".  8  out  of  10.     

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Opus Inferii/Ancient Mysteries Unveiled/Vacula Productions/2015 CD Re-Issue Review


  Opus  Inferii  are  a  band  from  Brazil  that  plays a  very  raw  and occult  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2012  album  "Ancient  Mysteries  Unveiled"  which  was  re-issued  in  2015  by  Vacula  Productions.

  Dark and  ritualistic  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  atmospheric  synths  and  after  the  intro  the  music  starts  to  get  a  lot  more  heavier  and  goes  into  a  black  metal  direction  along  with  a  great  amount  of  high  pitched  screams  and  the  when  the  songs  speed up  they  add  in  more  blast  beats and  a  raw  style  of  the  genre  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Morbid  sounding  melodies  can  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  and  the  music  also  displays  a  great  amount  of  influences  from t he  90's  second  wave  Swedish  style  of  the  genre  and  in  some  songs  you  can  also  hear  a  small  amount  of  clean  playing  being  utilized  and  some  tracks  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  growls  and  all  of  the  musical instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  on  a  couple  of  the  later  songs  synths  make  a  return  to  the  music  briefly.

  Opus  Inferii  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  fast,  raw  and  melodic  and  also  goes  back  to  the  mid  90's  style  of  Swedish  black  metal,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  yet  heavy  at  the  same  time  while  the  lyrics  cover  Darkness  and  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Opus  Inferii  are  a  very  great  sounding  fast,  raw  and  melodic  occult  black  metal  band  and  if  you  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Unveiled"  "The  Hecate's  Veil"  "Nephilim's  Arrival"  and  "Anoit  To  Suicide".  8  out  of  10.

   

   

Lifeless/Inner Shouts From A Sad Soul/Vacula productions/2015 Full length Review


  Lifeless  are  a  band  from  Mexico  that  plays  and  ambient  form  of  depressive  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  album  "Inner  Shouts  From  A  Sad  Soul"  which  was  released  by  Vacula  Productions.

  Smooth  ambient  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  a  good  portion  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  on  the  second  track  the  music  starts  going  for  more  of  an  atmospheric  black  metal  direction  along with a  great  amount  of  depressive  screams  and  cries  and  they  also  mix  in  the  ambient  synths  in  with  the  heavier  parts.
 
  Depressive  sounding  melodies  can  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  and  some  parts  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  small  amount  of  female  vocals  and  the  solos  and  when  also  stick  to  a  very  dark  and  melodic  musical  direction  and  the  tracks  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  cle4an  playing  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  you  can  also  hear  a  touch  of  post  black  metal  in the  bands  musical  style  and  the  whole  album  also  sticks  to  either  a  slow  or mid  paced  musical  direction.

  Lifeless  plays  a  style  of  depressive  black  metal  that  is  very  atmospheric  and  melodic  while  also  mixing  in  elements  of  ambient  and  post  rock,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  suicide,  nature,  wilderness,  depression  and  melancholy  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Lifeless  are  a  very  great  sounding  ambient,  depressive  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Forgotten  Voices  On  The  Dreary  Water" "Misery"  and  "Painful  Life".  8  out  of  10.

 

Forsaken Crypt Interview



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



Forsaken Crypt is a one man black metal project created and run entirely by myself (Nefareous). It started with the interest in creating true black metal…. something abrasive and in many ways cinematic. A project with pure intentions, not created to please others or fit into a pre existing shape, but to please myself and make music I want to hear, because so much so called “black metal” these days is utter horse shit...



2.So far you have released a demo and you also got a decent amount of songs on your soundcloud page, how would you describe the musical sound of the songs you have recorded so far?



Each song has its similarities of course, but each has its own feeling. When I create the music the focus is on the feeling, the end result rather than the technicality in the making of it. Too many get caught up creating songs that are referential to other metal bands, I strive to create black metal that is conscious of its history, but never treads old ground… I would like to think I am adding something to the medium. There is a certain tension and release in the music.



3.On the demo you had some satanic and occult lyrics, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the dark arts?



Anything dark or occult interests me and always has… I am a creature of the night, a misanthrope if you will… I tend to take these inspirations and feed them into my music as much as I can. The individuality aspect of it all is what I respect, strength and individualism.



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



Death, nature, evil, vampyric lifestyle & spiritual darkness in any respect are all what I write about. Dying love is something I keep going back to in my lyrics, a woman… someone I used to love… necro poetry.



5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Forsaken Crypt'?



It is to put the listener in a state of mind so to speak, as well as I when I create the music, the idea of walking into a place you are not suppose to be, a place you are not welcome. Somewhere long forgotten, cursed place cold and grim where you do not know what lies ahead around the next corner…



6.With this musical project you record everything by yourself, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?



Yes, I am constantly on the lookout to share my music with those who are interested in any way possible… I record everything myself at my place of residence and always have. I fund my own projects and I feel that’s the way it will remain for the better part of my output.



7.What part of Canada is this musical project located in?



Ontario is the province I am currently located in, which is subject to change within the next few years. It’s not particularly known as a place for those who prefer to live on the outskirts of society… almost everyone here who is my age are into obnoxious garbage I couldn’t give less of a shit about. Stupid, pathetic robots of this lame and doomed society.



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



The focus of getting signed to a label is not the money of course, I do not do this for money, but since it is something I put my entire being into, it would be nice to get some semblance of recognition from a label of some sort, preferably one with a similar outlook on things as I. So far I have not received any interest from labels, but I have confidence that will change soon enough.



9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by the fans of black metal that have heard it so far?



It has been widely positive. I have friends and fans all over the world because of my music. They recognize it is true black metal… the intention will always remain the same though, I will always make the music for myself first and foremost and share it with others from there, rather than creating it for other people.



10.Are you also involved with any other musical projects?



I am constantly creating music, whatever I feel I want to create. I have ambient projects as well as experimental ones, one of my others is an experimental metal project called Hammer musik, which is also on bandcamp.



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



Who knows what the future holds, if I have it my way, I would like to continue with this project and really innovate much more with the black metal medium, really do something spectacular and noteworthy, otherwise what the fuck is the point of my existence? I hope to be signed to a respectable, no bullshit, label within the next few years at least. Other than that, continue to improve my abilities and expand horizons.



12.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?



The obvious ones are; Burzum, Darkthrone, Mayhem, early Immortal, Thorns, Emperor, Bathory, the ones everyone was inspired by when they first heard them. I really love Les legions noires music, Dzlvarv, Belketre, Moevot and Vlad Tepes. Currently I listen to a lot of music off soundcloud... some great artists and friends are; Raiserdrone, Necroplague, Dark Blasphemer & Mental Flamethrower.



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



There are too many weak people on earth these days who take the victim complex… have strength of self… give yourself to the idealism that the individual goat is stronger than a flock of sheep. This world is flooded with too much mediocre bullshit, so if you’re getting into this to reference acts that are already established and tread old ground, just stop yourself now.  Respect and know what has come before and build off of that. I would like to thank occult black metal zine for the review and interview. Hail.

Forgotten Horror Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?

Well, the album was released in Finland and Scandinavia in May and we had a great album release gig and party during Walpurgisnacht in my home town Kuopio with the legendary cult of Demilich! The worldwide release was just a few days ago, so there hasn’t been tons of stuff happening since… I’m doing a lot of interviews, editing the upcoming music video, designing upcoming merchandise and so forth. Busy busy.


2.Recently you have released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

With “Aeon of the Shadow Goddess” I’ve finally made an album that I am 100% satisfied with. I feel that we truly found our identity as a band with this full-length, you know? It’s a conscious step forward on the Left-Hand Path and continuation to Forgotten Horror’s debut album “The Serpent Creation”.

Forgotten Horror walks hand in hand with my own esoteric and spiritual growth and I think you can hear that the songwriting has matured and evolved quite a bit if you compare it to its predecessor.


3.This is the first album to be release in 4 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?

While making this beast, I’ve also been active with my other bands. We released our sixth full-length with DEATHCAIN and a debut full-length with JESS AND THE ANCIENT ONES. I also play the bass in TRUE BLACK DAWN, we’ve recorded a new full-length and it’s gonna be a killer!

But the real reason for this long time between the albums is that after the first album, I encountered a lot of strange obstacles in my personal life. Immediately after the debut album in 2011, I began making the next album and I was also working with my second Qliphothic initiation. A lot of dream and astral workings related to the Gamaliel Qlipha and its ruler, Lilith.

All of the sudden my life turned basically into chaos. There was so much hardships, financial problems, serious sudden illness within people closest to me, problems with my own health, strange fuck-ups from people working with FH related stuff, and just so much “bad luck” (I don’t believe in bad luck or coincidences) that I was totally getting buried alive under all these things. But eventually, some extremely positive things happened and I managed to struggle through those hardships. But it really made me step back and re-evaluate everything in my life.

I always try to see the positive side of things, so I used all this extra time to polish the material which definitely paid off. So all in all, it’s been a huge process for me and the album release was a kind of rite de passage to let go of this phase in my life and move on to the next. I’m very happy about how things eventually turned out.


4.You label your music as 'Lilithian Black Metal', can you tell us a little bit more about this term?

Well, our guitarist Kennet came up with the term. He is a PhD., an assistant professor and an expert in Tantricism and Western esotericism, and we talk a lot about FH in this context. I agreed that the term suits the band very well since FH has become almost like a band with an entirely “Lilithian” concept.


5.Your lyrics cover a great amount of Occult and Left Hand Path themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in the Black Arts?

Sure. For years I was a member in a dark magical organization Dragon Rouge, and the main reason why I moved to Sweden was so that I could be more active near the Mother Temple. Then during the making of “Aeon…” something happened that really changed me as a person. You could say that “seek and you shall find”. I found something that made me realize my own destiny and the changes and sacrifices required to stay true to my own path and thus I left Dragon Rouge. DR was a great teacher for me and I learned a lot about the essence of magic, rituals and how to put theory to practise so there was no bad blood or anything like that. In the deepest sense, that’s what I feel an esoteric organization or a guru is supposed to do; to point out the way for the adept so that he/she can walk into the burning darkness alone.

So you could say that these things are not mere symbolicism or imagery for me, but quite the opposite. I don’t dress like a typical BM dude, actually I don’t relate metal music to real occultism at all anymore, but I live and breathe these things in my everyday life instead. Practise what you preach…


6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Forgotten Horror'?

It can be anything, really. An ancient deity, an evil ex-girl or boyfriend hahah, the listener can give a meaning of their own to it. I used to contemplate on changing the name into something more catchy but I embrace the band’s name now. I prefer for my band to have a name with a real meaning for me that’s charged with energy, than something that might sound more cool but which doesn’t resonate with anything, you know?


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

Of the FH gigs so far my absolute favorite was the recent “Aeon…” album release gig at Walpurgisnacht in my home town, that show was very important for me. All in all, out of all the gigs I’ve played, the Jess and the Ancient Ones North American tour with KING DIAMOND was absolutely the greatest experience so far. I’m a huge MMA (mixed martial arts) and UFC fan and it was unreal to play at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas where they arrange the biggest UFC events!


8.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?

We have now signed with Incantation Agency, actually both Forgotten Horror and True Black Dawn are in there now. FH is very hungry for more gigs and we’re hoping they’ll book shows for us later this year, in Finland and abroad! Can’t wait to play abroad with my beast child Forgotten Horror, I know we will absolutely DESTROY any festival / venue!


9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to the new album by fans of black metal?

I actually don’t know, I live such a busy life that I barely have time to listen to the final album versions of my songs hahah! I’ve read two 10/10 reviews of “Aeon…” which is something that’s never happened before. So I think the response has been good. Of course, I know that there are people who don’t like it but that’s okay. To each his own.


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

Besides Forgotten Horror, I play in Jess and the Ancient Ones, Deathchain, and True Black Dawn. JATAO will enter the studio depths in a few weeks to record the sophomore full-length, DC will activate again after a hiatus and we’ll start making new songs hopefully this year and we’ve already recorded a full-length with BD and it should be out quite soon…

Kassara plays in many other projects, I’m not even sure which ones. The ones I know are Deathchain (naturally ‘cause I play there as well heh) and BAPTISM, who seem to be playing quite a lot all over Europe and overseas.

Kennet plays also in SATURNALIA TEMPLE and he just returned from a show in Austria. I stayed at his place in Stockholm, taking care of his cat while he was gone.


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

We’ll just keep on evolving and listening to our hearts. I think this can be heard as even more dynamic material in the future; the fast parts will be faster, slow parts slower, more tempo changes, bigger sound scheme… it’s a neverending progression and we know now where to go with FH.


12.What are some of the bands or musical projects that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

I’m a big fan of soundtrack music such as Hans Zimmer’s Interstellar, Gladiator, The Last Samurai scores etc. but the greatest composer ever for me is Ludwig van Beethoven… I just love his piano sonatas and I think his music is the heaviest shit ever made!

I listen to all kinds of music, it doesn’t matter what genre it it. Good music is good music. At the moment I’m having a lot of 80’s hard rock and pop stuff on my playlist.


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

I encourage everyone to question their lives, their lifestyles, their attitudes… free