Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Moontower/Darkness...Glory To Hatred/War Productions/2016 Cassette Review


  Moontower  are  a  band  from  Poland  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  satanic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their 2016  album  "Darkness...Glory  To  Hatred"  which  will  be  released  in  December  on  cassette  by  War  Productions.

  Atmospheric  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  and  wolf  howls  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  that  alo  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  along  with  some  high  pitched  screams  and  the  music  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  second  wave  style.

  Melodies  can  be  heard  in  some  of  the  riffing  and  synths  also  get  mixed  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  songs  at  times  and  the  solos  and  leads  gives  the  songs  a  touch  of  classic  death  metal  while  the  tracks  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  a  couple  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars  on  one  track  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction.

  Moontower  creates  another  recording t hat  remains  true  to  the  raw  style  of  satanic  black  metal  from  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while t he  lyrics  cover  satanism,  occultism  and  darkness  themes  along  with  a  couple  of  songs  written  in  Polish.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Moontower  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw  satanic  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Under  The Black Sun"  and  "Death  To  Enemies".  8  out  of  10.

   
 

Archaeos/Forgotten Art Of Sacrifice/War Productions/2016 EP Review


  Archaeos  are  a  band  from  Greece  that  plays  an  occult  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  ep "Forgotten  Art  Of  Sacrifice"  which  will  be  released  on  cassette  in  December  by War  Productions.

  Thunder  and  rain  sounds  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  clean  guitars  a  few  seconds  later and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  that also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  as  well  as  some  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  the  music  is  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's.

  Spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard  at  times  while  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  folk  instruments  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  melodic  pagan  vocals.

  Archaeos  plays  a  style  of  occult  black  metal t hat  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  and  sounds  very  raw,  melodic  and  epic,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Paganism,  Occultism,  Anti  Christianity  and  Misanthropy  themes.

  In  my opinion  Archaeos  are a  very  great  sounding  pagan/occult  black metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  cassette.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Hail  Pan  the  Horned  One"  and  "Hymn  To  the  Nymphs".  8  out  of  10.

   

Snogg/Qivitoq/2016 EP Review


  Snogg  are a  duo from  Slovenia  that has  been  featured  before in  this  zine  and  plays  an  experimental  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2016  ep  "Qivitoq".

  Sci  fi  sounds  start  off  the  ep  along  with  some  elements  of  noise and  after  awhile  grim  black  metal  screams  are  added  onto  the  recording  along  with  some  melodic  riffing  and  death  metal  growls  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  blast  beats  can  also  be  heard  in  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  and  violins  can  also be  heard  at  times.

  Some  of the  tracks a re  very  long  and  epic in  length  and  the  music  can  also g et  very  experimental at  times  and  when  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling  and while  most  of  the  music  is  either  slow  or  mid  paced  one  of  the  songs  is done  in  more  of  a  fast  and  old  school  style  and  spoken  word  parts  are  added  onto  the  last  track.

  Snogg  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  raw  and  experimental  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  releases, t he  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  sci  fi  orientated  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Snogg  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of experimental black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Alien  Nation"  "In  Death,  Erection!".  8  out  of  10.

 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Ovnev/Cycle Of Survival/Naturmacht Productions/2016 CD Review


  Ovnev  are  a  solo  project  from  Spring,  Texas  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2016  album  "Cycle  Of  Survival"  which  was  released  by  Naturmacht  Productions.

  Acoustic  guitars  start  off  the  album  and  they  also  bring  in  a  folk  music  feeling  and  after  awhile  melodic  leads  make  their  presence  known  on  the  recording  along  with  the  music  going  into  a  heavier  direction  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  the  tremolo  picking  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  nature  sounds  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording while  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very powerful  sound  to  them  and  acoustic  guitars  are  also  utilized  on  the  later  tracks  and  all  of  the  songs  stick  to  a  very  slow  musical  direction  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  whispers.

  Ovnev  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  modern  and  atmospheric  sounding  while  also  mixing  in  touches  of  folk  to  create  a  sound  of  his  own,  the  production  sounds  very  dark and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  mountains,  forests,  nature,  consciousness,  death  and  despair  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Ovnev  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Observatory"  and  "Cycle  Of  Survival".  8  out  of  10.

  


Forlet Sires Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Pleased to do so. As of late (we've just picked up a bassist and it helps the live sound an awful lot), we're a five piece (black) metal band from Winterthur, which is located in the german part of Switzerland. The band was formed in late 2013, released a demo in early 2014, did some touring inside and outside of Switzerland, started recording an album in February 2016, which was finally released in October and here we are now, picking our noses.

2.So far you have released a demo and a full length, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on both of the recordings?
Some may say that our demo had even more doom-elements to it then the recently released full-length"Journey Towards Ruin", but I think, this is only because of the first song on the demo, which is the slowest and probably also most heavy-weighted piece we've written up to this point. Apart from that, I think you've captured our style pretty accurately in your review. Black metal with post and doom influences as well as some experimental aspects.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
You could say, most of the topics deal with typical subjects such as war, misanthropy, suicide and what not and that would probably wrap it up, but we try to deliver lyrics that actually add up and tell stories or points of view which the gentle listener can follow. It would certainly be interesting to hear, what others interpret into our words.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Forlet Sires'?
It's old english and roughly translates to "abandoned forefathers", which should express, that mankind has lost it's way (in various aspects). It was only later that we discovered, that the word "sire" is nowadays also used to describe an animal which is used for breeding purposes.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
I think, there is no "best show" in general, because it really comes down to the criteria. The shows we played with Forgotten Tomb in the baltics were the most packed, also it was the first time we've played outside of Switzerland, but the kickoff show of our most recent tour had probably the most people that specifically came to see us, which is a good feeling. Then there are shows, that simply take place in great venues, the organizers are cool and if on top of that the audience (independent of the numbers) is happy - that's also a candidate for "best show".

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Currently, there's a small probability for a tour in summer 2017, which would start off in Lithuania. Shows will happen either way, but we're also writing on new material.

7.The album was released on 'Cruel Bones', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
Cruel Bones is a small label based in Zürich, Switzerland. We've already knew the guys personally and they've always supported us in various ways. It was a conscious decision, to release the album through Cruel Bones, because while being supportive, they also leave us all the freedom we need. Also, they don't limit themselves to a certain style of music but rather release what they like and what fits into their understanding of art.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black and doom metal?
Pretty good. We've received a couple of reviews from various countries and we're certainly happy with what they've had to say about the record. Also, people seem to like what we're doing, but I guess that we're the kind of band, that is hard to get if you're hearing our music for the first time while being at a concert.

9.Are any of the band members also involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?
Yes, most of them. Be it solo projects, or being involved in bands that deal with different styles of music - our members are pretty busy with music besides their jobs and studies, but I guess that's passion.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We haven't limited ourselves to a specific kind of music, but it seems like the next record will also be in the spirit of black metal. That's where our roots are, but in five years time we may as well release a drone/country album.

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?
Of course, with five people in the band, the musical tastes vary, but we also share some mutual interest in bands and artists such as Wolves In The Throne Room, Ash Borer, Townes Van Zandt, Young And In The Way, SUMAC or Ulcerate.
Right now, the new Tardigrada kicks some serious butt and we haven't yet decided what to think of "Rheia" from Oathbreaker.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
Again, we're five people, so I'll just pick up the ones that worry me the most. Our drummer is alarmingly into football (the one with the round ball and the kicking) and one of our guitarists thinks, it's a good idea to ride a skateboard. So far, he's only injured his ankle.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thank you for the interview, thank you for reading it, consider listening to our new album (what a surprise, it's bandcamp: https://forletsires.bandcamp.c om/) and if you haven't already, remember to try out baby wipes, it helps a lot.

Monday, November 28, 2016

FromHell/March On Gravitation/Naturmacht Productions/2016 CD Review


  FromHell  are  a  band  from  Indonesia  that has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  progressive  form  of  pagan/black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their 2016  album "March  On  Gravitation"  which  was  released  by  Naturmacht  Productions.

  Sci  fi  orientated  sounds  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  atmospheric  synths  and  after  awhile  the  music  goes  into  a  very  fast  musical  direction  which  also uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion and  after  awhile  clean  singing  vocals  are  added  onto  the  recording.

  High  pitched  black  metal  screams  can  be  heard  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  and the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  acoustic  guitars  are  utilized  they  give  the  songs  more  of a  progressive  feeling  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  touch  of  melodic  death  metal.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  they  give  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling  while  the  music  also  mixes  the  atmospheric  and  heavy  parts  together  in  a  lot  of  sections  of  the  songs  and  a  great  majority  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  elements  of  folk  music  can  also  be heard  at  times  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.

 FromHell  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  melodic  and  atmospheric  style  of  black  metal  from the  previous  recording  while  also  adding  in  more  folk  and  progressive  elments  this  time  around,  the production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Myths  and  Legends  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  FromHell  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  the  melodic,  atmospheric,  progressive  and  pagan  styles  of  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Hibernation  Sun"  and  "The  Abandoned  Stargate".  8  out  of  10.  

Sol Sistre Interview

Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?
We’re writing material for our next full-length album. We actually have a lot of songs by now and we’re still trying to get the best out of our rough recordings to come up with great final result. We don’t have a date to start recording this on studio, but I guess there is no rush since our debut album has been on the market for less than six months, so we still have to promote that record for a while before releasing anything new. In fact, the vinyl version is about to be released.
On the other hand, we’re constantly playing live shows locally, and that’s part of our promotion for our first full-length.

So far you have released an ep and a full length, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?
I think both albums share the same principles and are settled on the same foundation. The music is quite melodic yet melancholic, crowned by atmospheric passages that slow down the machinery, which changes the focus from blast beats and powerful riffs to ethereal and insightful soundscapes. We plan our music to be a rollercoaster of emotions beyond simple darkness and grimness, but always inside the boundaries of black metal. There is always creative freedom to explore sounds beyond such boundaries, but we’re not interested in stepping completely out of them.

What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
Our lyrics have always been involved with humanism and the eternal struggles and conflicts of human spirit and our existence, yet always under a ‘foggy’ and obscure point of view. They’re not made to be understood in a direct way, but interpreted under one’s own eyes.
Our new material will maintain these principles, but something is inevitably going to change since the singer, C., who wrote all of the lyrics for the past albums is not part of the band anymore. We are going to continue in the same path as these topics represent Sol Sistere’s main focus.

I know that the bands name means 'still sun' in Latin, how does this name fit in with the musical style that you play?
Though the direct translation is ‘still sun’, that whole concept is the name for solstice in Latin, and we praise the sun as a symbol for human spirit, with solstice being our maximum inner development, the point where the sun is higher and brighter than ever.
These ideas are directly related to our lyrics and the entire concept we want to transmit with our music. I think the name fits perfectly with the band as a whole artistic project.
Also, the sun is a powerful symbol for different cultures, and it can be seen as a metaphor for rebirth, as it dies and is resurrected every day; or a bringer of light (as in knowledge), necessary to all life. It is an interesting symbolic element, no doubt.

What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
One of our favorite shows was in the ARMA Open Air festival, which was carried out in the city of Antofagasta, Chile in December 2015. It was a big festival with a lot of people, and we got a very great feedback when we got out of the stage. Our sales were also quite good that day, and we didn’t even have our full-length back then.
Another one was in a small venue here in Santiago. We decided to do a gig just us, with no other bands, playing both the EP and the full-length from start to finish. We sold out that day and we did a very good show, the crowd was very responsive and, even though it was a small place and it wasn’t like the festival I just talked about, it was really special because all of those people were there just to see us, and no one else.

Our stage performance is quite sober, we try to take care of the way we look, but we don’t really have any gimmick, and we certainly don’t make it a ritual. We like to focus on playing in a way that shows a lot of energy, with a lot of movement and headbanging, but it also has to be solemn and trance-inducing for the atmospheric parts.

Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Yes, we’re planning some European gigs for mid 2017, but it’s still too early to name countries and giving more details. Besides that, we plan to keep playing local shows all year, except maybe during the recording process, which still has no official date.

On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
Well, it has been quite good, actually, and we’re very glad about it. The vast majority of the reviews by the specialized press has been pretty good, and we have had some really nice comments on our social media sites. Considering we’re a small band, our achievements in terms of feedback have been more than expected, and we’re very happy about it.

Are any of the band members currently involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?
Right now, two members have other musical projects. Our bass player Juan Díaz also plays in a doom metal band called Mourning Sun, and he just returned home from a short but quite successful European tour. Also, our guitar player Luis Zapata is the founder of a death metal band called Knell, and he has also released a full-length and toured Europe with that project.

Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We’d like to continue in the same path we have been, but there are always going to be some chances because of the life experiences of the moment, and the music we’re listening. We are still going to focus our objective in melodic, melancholic and insightful music with the ever present atmospheric elements.

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?
We have been listening to Mgla, Batushka, Drudkh, Forteresse, Penitence Onirique, Au Dessus, Barshasketh, Saille, Lluvia, Regarde Les Hommes Tomber, and some others. We’re also interested in new singles that come out from time to time, like the new GreyAblaze track called “IV”, which is honestly great.
All of these bands have been influencing our latest sounds, some bands more than others, but that’s basically what we’ve been listening to lately.

How would you describe your views on Occultism?
There are several trends in occultism, and I’m mostly familiar with Thelema, but what they all have in common, as part of the left hand path, is the focus on the practice of inner development, the search for knowledge, and individual enlightening. We, as a band, are not interested in preaching any form of occultism, but since we value humanistic topics and share many of these visions, it’s quite possible we cover several aspects which are relevant to occultists. We’re mostly interested in the philosophy behind it.

What are some of your non musical interests?
We like movies and books, especially sci-fi with an insightful message.
Also, Juan Díaz is a muay thai fighter, and honestly, he’s the only member of the band who practices any sport.
We like sightseeing too. We live in a beautiful country with a lot of nature and a very diverse fauna and flora, so even though we don’t really talk about that in our lyrics, it’s hard not to get influenced by the mountains and the sea when you have access to such majestic views.

Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thank you for this interview and for supporting us.
To the fans out there, look forward to the vinyl edition of Unfading Incorporeal Vacuum, soon to be released by Hammerheart Records. And also look for the tape edition of our debut EP I, which has just been released by Graven Earth Records.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Hex Morbidity/Self Titled/2016 EP Review


  Xex  Morbidity  are  a solo project from  Wales  in  the  united  Kingdom  that  plays  a  very  melancholic  form  of  black metal  and  this  is  a review  of  his  self  titled  and  self  released 2016  ep.

  Stringed  instruments  start  off the  ep  before  going  into  a  heavier  and  melodic  direction  a  few  seconds  later  and  you can  also  hear  elements  of  doom  metal  in  the  music  and  after  awhile  grim  black  metal  screams  make  their  presence  known  on  the  recording  and  keyboards  can  also  be  heard  at  times.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  early  90's  second  wave  style  and  you  can  also  hear  a  touch  of  the  british  style  in  the  tracks and  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Hex  Morbidity  plays  a style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  melancholic  and  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Witchcraft  and  Romantic  topics.

  In  my  opinion  Hex  Morbidity  are  a  very  great  sounding  melancholic  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "The  Spirits  Of  Aldywch". 8  out  of  10.  

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Tyrant Goatgaldrakona/Horns In The Dark/Neverheard Distro/2016 CD Review


  Tyrant  Goatgaldrakona  are  a  band  from  Hungary  that  plays  a  mixture  of  war,  black,  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Horns  In  The  Dark"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Caverna  Abismal  Records  and  Neverheard  Distro.

  A  very  fast,  raw  and  brutal  war  metal  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  as  well  as  some  bestial  growls  and  the  music  also  incorporates  a  lot  of  morbid  sounding  melodies  while  the  solos  and  lead  are  done  in  a  very  chaotic  fashion  and  the  music  is  rooted  in  the  90's  style  of  extreme  metal.

  Elements  of  doom/death  metal  can  be  heard  in  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  and the  tracks  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  you  can  also  hear  Swedish  influences  in  some  of  the  riffing  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  ar  present  on  the  recording  and  as  the  album  progresses  black  metal  screams  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  some  of  the  songs  and  the  album  remains  very  heavy  and  brutal  from  beginning  to  ending  of  the  recording.

  Tyrant  Goargaldrakona  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  war  and  death  metal  and  mixes  them  together  with  some  black  metal  influences  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism  and  Darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Tyrant  Goargaldrakona  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  war,  black,  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Thief  Of  Lies"  "Horns  In  The  Dark"  "Arcanum  Secretum"  and  "Legions  Of  Styx".  8/5  out  of  10. 

Wolfhowl Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the musical project since the recording and release of the new ep?
This period, i compose new tracks for the next release, i don't know if it will be a full album or another EP. It is very important for me, to improve myself, that means i am never in a hurry thinking that i must release something in a short time.

2.In February you had released a new ep, 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?
I can't and i don't want to put a name under my music BUT If i should, i'd say that the sound of the EP is something between old school and heathen/epic sound. It combines lots of things and that's a good thing for me. Of course it differs a lot from the previous releases, when it comes to composition of the tracks, musical skills, production even vocals. I have made a progress, i think. However, i think that i haven't changed my style, if you listen the first release and the last EP, you'll surely understand that it's the same band.

3.The musical project has been around since 2009, but so far you have only released 2 ep's and one split, can you tell us a little bit more about the gap in between releases?
Yes, three releases in 7 years, it's not enough eh? haha! Well, Wolfhowl as you know is an one-man-band, that means i am responsible for everything and that takes time. You know something? I could have 2 releases each year, if i wanted to...how? Easy.....composing some shitty tracks in a week, recording at my pc, having a bad sound and a shity production and release it via a poor label which releases everything in 30 copies. But that's not me, as i told you before, i take my time to improve myself, and when i feel ready i enter a proper studio and i record my new work, taking care to the composition and production, always! It is better to have 3 quality releases or 10 releases in which you repeat yourself all the time?

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your music?
The lyrics of Wolfhowl have to do with mother nature, winter time and the dark side of the human nature. I am  into these stuff a lot. I was never keen on writing lyrics about anti-religion or evil ones, there are bands which do it in the proper way.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Wolfhowl'?
The wolf is my favourite animal and its howl always passionated me. It's something wild and ?obscure. Furthermore, it fits to the music..to black metal.

6.With this project you record everything by yourself but have past experience playing in a full band, how would you compare the 2?
Well, that was a long time ago...i had the opportunity to play in a full band when i was away from my homeland and it was something i liked back then. Composing together, performing live in other cities of Greece etc...but i think that i prefer the path i walk the last 7 years, the lonely path...doing everything by myself,, compose when i want, record when i want and express 100% myself via my music, having noone tell me what to do with my band.

7.Over the years you have worked with War Productions, Metal Throne Productions and Azermeddoth Productions, are you happy with the support these labels have given you so far?
I can say that i am happy enough with all the three labels i have cooperated through the years, european labels act in a more professional way though, i can say it from my experience.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
In the beginning, it was very strange for me you know...receiving an e-mail from a person who lives in another country, telling you that he/she likes your music. There are people who like Wolfhowl all over the world, but especially in Europe. Apart from Greece, i have a very good feedback from countries like Norway, Poland and Ukraine. But that's a true reward for me....knowing that there are people all around who like your music and support you!

9.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?
Of course i want to release a full album but it's something difficult for me. Wolfhowl is an one-man-band so i have no other person to share the cost of the recordings,production etc. Wolfhowl will exist as long as i breathe, so someday a full album will come eventually, but i can't say when.

10.What are some of the bands or musical projects that have had an influence on your music and also what are yous listening to nowadays?
I have many influences, but the main ones are bands like Bathory, Burzum, Darkthrone, Drudkh and old Satyricon. I listen lots of stuff nowadays, i liked the new Darkthrone album,  but i consider myself a big fan, so it's too harsh for me to say that i don't like a single track of this band..hehe! Apart from black metal, the last month, i listen a lot to neofolk and dark ambient music...

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
Music is my main interest as a person, apart from it, exploring nature - hiking to mountains, weightlifting at the gym, traveling to other places when i can, beer drinking with good company and riding my motorcycle on a sunny day are some other interests. I'm a simple man...

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
As to all the other interviews i had in the past, i want to thank every single person on this planet, which supports me and Wolfhowl...buying my release or sending me an e-mail, telling me that he likes my music..it's an honour always...thank you!

Friday, November 25, 2016

RavenFrost 2016 Interview

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

Sure. Ravenfrost has been around for ten years by now and this is the second full-length album after "Agonies Of The Past". I'm still trying to improve the sound quality with every release and I think I've done that again. It's getting harder to keep up the work on this project since I'm working full time, have a family and another band but Ravenfrost will always continue.

2.Recently you have released a new album, what are some of the things you feel you have done differently this time around that you where not able to do with your previous release?

Most important is: I finally released an album with real drums. That's a huge step forward. Troll from Succorbenoth did a fantastic job and really nailed the drums just the way they needed to be done. I also took lots of time to write the songs. There were like 12 oder 15 of them but I only selected the best ones for the final version of the album.

3.How do the lyrics differ on the new album from previous recordings?

"Lucid Nightmares" has a lyrical concept. As the title says it's about nightmares and how dreams and reality can mix until you can't tell them apart no more. A lucid nightmare would be a state where you would have horrible visions but could not move or do anything about it.

4.On the new album you have also used a regular drummer, do you feel this has made your music more powerful this time around?

Troll definitely made it more powerful. He added something brutal and aggressive to the sound of the whole album. I did not really tell him how I imagined the drums. In many parts he did them totally different from what I had in mind and it turned out great.

5.Also this new album was self released while your previous releases had a label, are you open to working with another label in the future?

I am open to that and would love to work with a good label. Unfortunately I haven't found one at the moment. I only had bad offers so I'm releasing the album myself. Maybe there will be a second release by a label. You never know...

6.Also this year you had also released a full length with your other band 'Grau', can you tell us a little bit more about this band?

Yes. Grau released "Transzendenz" this year via Dominance Of Darkness Records. I play bass and do vocals in this band. It has nothing to do with Ravenfrost's depressive/doom style. I'd say it's fast and melodic black metal.

7.You have also been doing this project for 10 years, what is it that keeps you motivated after a decade?

Well I still have a lot of ideas for new songs and I'm already writing stuff for the next album. This time the songwriting will be different because I know that Troll will do the drums. That's something completely new. Stuff like that keeps me motivated. Also seeing that Ravenfrost at least has some fans in the underground after ten years.

8.The new album is also available on bandcamp, do you feel this site has been very helpful for underground metal bands over the years?

I think it helped a lot. It's easy to use and you can make your music available for the whole world. Personally I believe in sharing music for free. Maybe that's why a label isn't that important for me.

9.Where would you like to see this project evolved into musically during the future?

Honestly: I don't know. That makes it interesting. Troll has done a lot of fast and brutal stuff. Maybe there is a way to mix this style with depressive black metal. Maybe I'll try something more progressive. We will see...

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

Thanks a lot for the review and interview. To everybody out there: You can download the album from my site (ravenfrost.bandcamp.com). Feel free to share it and tell me what you think about it.

Cowards/Still/Throatruiner Records/Deadlight/Terrian Vague/2016 EP Review


  France's  Cowards  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  that  continues  the  black  metal,  sludge,  and  hardcore  mixture  of  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  ep  "Still"  which  will  be  released  in  December  as  a  joint  effort  between  Throatruiner  Records,  Deadlight,  and  Terrian  vague.

  Angry  hardcore  style  screams  and  heavy  guitars  start  off  the  ep  before  adding  in  fast playing,  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  which  also  gives  the  musical  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on t he  recording  and  the  songs  also  bring  in a   great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.

  Most  of  the  slower  riffing  is  heavily  influenced  by  sludge  and doom  metal  while  the  mid  tempo  sections  of  the  songs  bring  in  elements  of  post  hardcore  and  the  music  also  gets  melodic  at  times  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  distorted  fashion  and  as  the  ep  progresses  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  clean  guitars  are  also  utilized  briefly  and  spoken  word  parts  are  used  on  the  last  track.


  Cowards  creates  another  recording t hat  remains  true  to  the  black  metal,  sludge  and  hardcore  style  of  previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  anger,  misanthropy  and  sarcasm  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Cowards  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  black  metal,  sludge,  and  hardcore,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Still" and  "You  Belong  To  Me".  8  out  of  10.

    

 

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Root/Kargeras - Return From Oblivion/Agonia Records/2016 CD Review


  Root  are  a  band from  the  Czech  Republic  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  mixture  of  black,  dark  and heavy  metal  and  this  recording  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Kargeras - Return  From  Oblivion"  which  was  released  by  Agonia  Records.

  Clean  singing  vocals  start  off  the  album  before  going  into a   heavier  and  melodic  direction  and  the  riffs  and  solos  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  synths  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  after  awhile grim  black  metal  screams  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Clean  guitars  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  and  most  of  the  songs  stick  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  paced  direction  while  some  tracks  also  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  whispers  and  the  songs  also  incorporate  elements  of  traditional  metal  and  they  also  bring  in  a  couple  of  acoustic  track  along  with  a  couple  of  power  ballads  which  introduces  violins  onto  the  recording  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  and  there  is  also  an  instrumental.

  Root  creates  another  recording  that  keeps  around  the  black  metal  elements  while  also  focusing  more  on  a  melodic  style  of  metal  to  update  their  style,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  are  a  concept  album  based  upon  a  profound  nation  with  an  occult  touch.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Root  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  band,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Life  Of  Demon"  "The  Book  Of  Death"  "The  Key  To  The  Empty  Room"  and  "Do  You  Think  This  Is  The  End".  8  out  of  10. 

Omnizide/NekroRegime/Carnal Records/Daemon Worship Productions/2016 CD Review


  Omnizide  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  raw  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "NekroRegime"  which  will  be  released  in  December  as  a  joint  effort  between  Carnal  Records  and  Daemon  Worship  Productions.

  Bell  sounds  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction  which  also  utilizes  a  decent  amount  of  morbid  sounding  melodies  in  both  the  riffs  and  guitar  leads  and  after  awhile  they  go  into a  very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  that  also  utilizes  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  and  the  music  has  a  lot  of  90's  second  wave  influences  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  music  also  incorporates  a  great  amount  of  death  metal  elements  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts and  one  track  also  adds  in  a  few  seconds  of  clean  playing  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction and  the  last  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  also  brings  in  a  touch  of  Asian  style  music.

 Omnizide  creates  a  recording  that  is  more  focused  on a  90's  second w ave  black  metal  style  this  time  around  while  the  influence  of  death  metal  is  still  present,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  war,  murder  and  total  death  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Omnizide  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  old  school  black  metal  with  a  touch  of  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Return  Of  The  Loving  Dead"  "Deathwomb"  "Nekrmantik"  and  "The  Devil  In  Me".  8  out  of  10.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Wormlight/Bloodfields/Black Lion Productions/2016 EP Re-Issue Review


  Wormlight  are  a  band  from  Sweden  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  melodic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2015  ep  "Bloodfields"  which  will  be  re-issued  in  December  of  2016 by  Black  Lion  Productions.

  A very heavy  sound  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  some  blast  beats,  death  metal  growls  and  black  metal  screams  a few  seconds  later  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  Swedish  style  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  bring  in  single  note  tremolo  picking  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  synths  are  also  added  onto  a  couple  of  songs  while  the  main  focus  remains  more  on a   heavier  and  melodic  style  and  on  one  of  the  tracks  melodic  chants  can  be  heard  in  the  background.

 Wormlight  plays  a  style  of  black  metal  that  is  very  aggressive  and  melodic  in  the  Swedish  tradition, the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes  with  a  touch  of  Nordic  Mythology.   

  In  my  opinion  Wormlight  are  a  very  great  sounding  fast,  aggressive  and  melodic  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Pitch  Black  Hatred"  and  "The  Bloodfields".  8  out of  10.

http://wormlightsweblacklion.bandcamp.com/album/bloodfields

Balfor/Black Serpent Rising/Drakkar Productions/2017 CD Review


  Balfor  are  a  band  from  Ukraine  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  barbaric  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  album  "Black  Serpent  Rising"  which  will  be  released  in  2017  by  Drakkar  Productions.

  A  very  heavy  yet  atmospheric  sound  starts  off  the  album  and  synths  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  solos  and  leads  also  use  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.

  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal  screams  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  at  times  and  some  of  the  riffing  brings  in  elements  of  melodic  death  metal  while  melodic  singing  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  songs  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  acoustic  guitars,  female  vocals  and  folk  instruments  on  one  of  the  tracks  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  of  the  faster  riffing  also  using  a  small  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  as  the  album  progresses  spoken  word  parts  and  chants  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  Balfor  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  the  atmospheric  and  melodic  side  of  black  metal  from  their  previous  release,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  barbarians,  mythology,  fantasy  and  historical  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Balfor  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  melodic  and  atmospheric  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Serpents  Of  The  Black  Sun"  "Among  The  Fallen  One's"  and  "Under  A  Vulture's  Spell".  8  out  of  10. 

Forlet Sires/Journey Towards Ruin/Cruel Bones/2016 Full Length Review


  Forlet  Sires  are  a  band  from  Switzerland  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  form  of  black  metal  with  some  elements  of  doom  and  post  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Journey  Towards  Ruin"  which  was  released  by  Cruel  Bones.

  A  very  heavy  sound  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  start  off  the  album  while  also  mixing  in  a  great  amount  of  dark  sounding  melodies  in  both  the  riffs  and  solos  and  the  songs  also  mix  in  a  great  amount  of  atmospheric  elements  and  when  the  music  speeds  up a   great  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard.

  During  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  you  can  also  hear  a  great  amount  of  post  and  doom  metal  influences  throughout  the  recording  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  at  times  while  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  one  track  brings  in  female  vocals  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful sound  to  them and  one  song  also  adds  in  a  few  whispers.

  Forlet  Sires  plays  a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in  atmospheric  black  metal  while  the  post  and  doom  metal  elements  gives  the  songs  more  originality,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.  

  In  my  opinion  Forlet  Sires  plays  a  very  great  style  of  atmospheric  black  metal  with  elements  of  post  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Suffocating  On  Time"  and  "Deadlocked".  8  out  of  10. 

GreyAblaze/Self Titled/Ashen Dominion/2016 CD Review


  GreyAblaze  are  a  band  from  Ukraine  that plays  a  very  atmospheric  form  of  post  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  titled  2016  album  which  will  be  released  in  August  by  Ashen  Dominion.

  A  very  dark  yet  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  and  after  awhile t he  music  gets  more  heavy  and  atmospheric  along  with  some  synths  also  being  added  onto  the  recording  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  also  use  a  decent  amount  of  melody.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  music  can  also  be  very  depressive  at  times  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  they  also  mix  in  a  lot  of  modern  post  black  metal  elements  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  along  with  a  brief  use  of  tremolo  picking  that  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  while  most  of  the  music  focuses  more  on  a  slow  to  mid  paced  style  and  clean  guitars  are  introduced  on  the  last track.

  GreyAblaze  plays  a  style  of  post  black  metal  that  is  very  atmospheric  and  melodic  while  also  focuses  more  on  the  heavier  side  of  the  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.

  In  my  opinion  GreyAblaze  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric  post  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "@'  and  "$'>  8  out  of  10.

Dekadent Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?
We have just finished producing our latest effort. Basically, it’s a collection of songs that originally appeared on our first two albums. Since we recently celebrated 10th anniversary, we decided to give them a fresh update in terms of sound quality and how we play them as Dekadent in 2016. We always loved these songs but felt they could be presented in technically superior fashion. I am pleased to say we were right. The newly recorded songs sound far tighter and mightier. It shows the quality and solidness of our current line up. As always, other than some finishing touches by V. Santura (Dark Fortress, Tryptikon, …), we handled all the production duties ourselves.

2.How would you describe the musical sound of the newer music?
I feel Dekadent has always maintained its recognizable character with constantly present uplifting vibe and somewhat positive atmosphere. Our recent and newer material is gradually shifting towards something more technically challenging which brings a darker anima in the foreground. But that shift feels natural and organic as this advanced process has been evolving since our 2011 album ‘Venera: Trail & Tribulation’. 

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
The grand theme of aggressive devotion remains ever-present, but while lyrics on our first three albums were obviously leaning towards existential romanticism and emotional despair, my penning includes more and more sense of individual triumph nowadays. The eternal love for flesh and stone is being loudly praised in my latest creations, with lesser attention towards anxiety and spiritual self. Philosophically, Dekadent is now more material and human than ever in terms of spirituality, praising the here and the now and dealing less and less with transcendental ideas and other-worldly concerns. My obligation to this life has greater importance and is my sole present universe.

4.Originally the band was called 'Vigred', what was the cause of the name change and also the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Dekadent'?
I still think the name Vigred encompassed music and the message of my work in a more appropriate manner than what people understand under our current moniker which has nothing to do with decadence per se. Vigred means ’spring-time’ in archaic Slovene and it fit my compositions really well. Alas, it also had some connotations I wasn’t fond of later on. Hence I went for a darker sounding ‘Dekadent’ and like I mentioned, few know I named my project after the Decadent movement and its great association with intellectual Symbolist aesthetics which find a great role in all my creations. The portrayals that I paint with my music could easily depict the works of Delacroix, Baudelaire or Wagner. Extensive romantic worlds filled with emotional tornadoes and heroic acts that end up in failure are common themes that are perhaps more evident musically than lyrically in Dekadent’s portfolio. 

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
We have had quite some memorable performances, but in general there were more of those I wish we would not take part of. I quickly learned most venues (if they can even be called that) are not on par with our demands. Being extremely experienced in visual arts I always wanted to enhance our performances to a maximum degree but wasn’t able due to technical restrictions in most clubs. Therefore most of the shows I would categorize as satisfying came from our own organizing and production. Unveiling our ‘Veritas’ album at the movie theater, for example, was something we could at least partially conduct to our liking. On the other hand shows in obscure clubs in the middle of Russia or somewhere in Amsterdam can leave a positive impression with its raw atmosphere that demands from us, as musicians, to show whatever we’ve got even without the most basic stage paraphernalia.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Yes! By all means. Dekadent is now finally a very solid collective of trained performers who love what they do and cherish every minute on stage. 2016 was actually quite busy with two extensive tours across Europe and Russian Federation. Needless to say we gained some mileage along the way and now feel prepared for whatever comes our way.

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
Most of the people who listen to Dekadent have broader knowledge in music and therefore accept our music with a different criteria in relation to something as daft as true black metal. On the other hand we are still so extremely underground that majority of black metal fans do not even come across our music in the first place. I am pleased to say those few that had an opportunity to listen our music at least once, now follow our work and appreciate what Dekadent delivers to the scene.

8.Are any of the band members currently involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?
They were until recently, but it is now forbidden to partake in musical acts outside Dekadent. Seriously, all members mutually agreed that we should channel our energy into Dekadent’s further growth and make it as strong of an entity as possible. We have come over that barrier of what was once a musical project and is now becoming an institution in its own right.

9.When can we expect newer music and also where do you see the band  heading into musically during the future?
As we speak Dekadent is negotiating with several small labels for the upcoming release of the aforementioned collection of songs. We hope this release will see the light of day in early 2017, while new material is constantly being written. Dekadent’s creative field is extremely wide and our contemporary style allows further development and refinement. To say we achieved our zenith with ‘Veritas’ would be arrogant and at the same time fairly pathetic. Not to say I am not content with our past releases, but we are capable of much more and we are determined to achieve that. If not with our next full-length, maybe with one after that. I am however aware Dekadent is slowly turning into a living organism with its own system that could twist into a different monster I would expect at this very moment.

10.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?
To many metalheads’ approval I have to admit I am actively listening to what the underground metal scene has to offer. Generally I listen to what I find online by coincidence, while our guitarist Gajwasz became somewhat of a personal curator of mine and introduced me to interesting acts such as Oranssi Pazuzu and Sinmara. I absolutely love what bands like Bölzer, Schammasch and Inferno (CZ) are doing recently, but to say where I find direct correlation and Dekadent soul at I would have to confess I immensely enjoy ‘BLUE’ by iamamiwhoami.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
Working in visual arts makes me feel fortunate as it enables me to combine profession with what I do passionately. Intense interest in arts and literature on a daily basis enriches my life, however semi-professional activity in wine-making is what makes times ever more vibrant and pleasant.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thank you for this interview and thanks to our fans for spreading the fire of Valburga.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Abigorum Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
1. Project from Russia, formed in 2012 in St.Petersburg by Aleksey Korolyov. The music can be described as a black doom ambient.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings you have released so far?
2. The group formed after the ambient project Satanath because a new style in which I wanted to try myself, did not fit into the frames of ambient. Genres of project is different and varies from many styles, so as I have broad musical tastes.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with your music?
3. No texts. music tells about deep matters as space, death, philosophy. More instrumentals.

4.I know that the name 'Abigorum' comes from the demon Abigor, do you have an interest in Occultism?
4. Not occult, but adheres to the dark ideology. I do not understand, when me compared with Abigor band, or say I take their name. They are also can be blamed that they came up with not their name. all the names is only a set of letters. if Mayhem called themselv differently (eg, Dead Forest), from that their cult album would not be worse.

5.With this musical project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to remain solo?
5. First there were session musicians such as Amezarak, Astarium, Winter Vampyr, Misanthrofeel, Dmitry Kolosov, but then project became a solo, as I'm a perfectionist and I can not work with people.

6.Can you tell us a little bit more about your other musical project 'Satanath'?
6. Yes, this project formed in 2011 as a forerunner of the label, there is a lot of ambient music, which is composed in the programm is not made for this, on it wrote music in different styles.

7.Recently with your other musical project you where a part of a 4 way split, what are your thoughts on the other projects that have participated on the recording?
7. There was a lot of splits in Satanath, in Abigorum only compilation with Cryostasium. Styles are similar, though it sounds different.

8.You also run the record labels 'Satanath Records' and 'Symbol Of Domination Productions', can you tell us a little bit more about these labels?
8. I have two labels, Satanath Records and Symbol Of Domination. SR only for metal, founded in 2012. SOD in 2013 (founded by my colleague from Belarus), it published unformat + music style is not suitable for the SR. It was still a sub-label DeadDogSkull & HeilHellProductions, for unformat, founded in 2012 too, but he separated himself from us in 2014. There is still a distro GrimmDistribution (founded in 2011 by the same colleague from Belarus).

9.Also on a lot of the albums you release they usually have other labels working on them as well, can you tell us a little bit more about this?
9. Yes used a lot of partners, as it is convenient. CDs and money in half. For bands more promotion. Worked with many good guys.

10.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music projects by fans of black metal, doom and ambient?
10. I have several fans, many are interested in the projects. Hopefully I will attain even more after the collaboration. although not set myself this goal. just captured the creativity in time. decided not to look for labels for publication and published himself, because I want that everything was made beautifully, without mistakes. Unfortunately, even the major labels make a lot of mistakes, I would like to have everything to be perfect and in time.

11.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician in the future?
11. I see myself as a famous boss of label, sipping a martini on the beach. or contrary, in a Russian prison - some Christians tell the authorities what we are bad (we now have these medieval practices in the trend), or that it is easier, any employee of the security forces decide to take away the business (although it is difficult to call me a millionaire), comparing the label name to extremism.

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?
12. Many. Bands - Death, Autopsy, Obituary, Pestilence, Atheist, Suffocation, Morbid Angel, Vital Remains, Bolt Thrower, Nile, Immolation, Darkthrone, Mayhem, Judas Iscariot, Burzum, Satyricon, Immortal, Candlemass, Bathory, Celtic Frost, Slayer, King Diamond, Mercyful Fate, e.t.c. Standard set. I love many genres, even jazz and blues. Chuck Berry, Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, The Doors, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Alice Cooper, Black Sabbath, Rainbow, Dead Can Dance, Dargaard... But lovely style always - old school death metal. Check out my last.fm

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
13. Thank you for interest to my music friends
Best regards

Monday, November 21, 2016

Ilemauzar/The Ascension/Sepsis Records/2016 CD Review/


  Ilemauzar  are  a  band  from  Singapore  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black, death  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "The  Ascension"  which  was  released  by  Sepsis  Records.

  Epic  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  more  of  a  blackened  death  metal  direction  along  with  some  grim  black  metal  screams  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  the  tracks  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  when  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  fashion  and  the  riffs  also  use  a  decent  amount  of  melody  and  there  is  also  an  instrumental  track  that  also  introduces  Asian  style  acoustic  guitars  onto  the  recording  while  the  main  focus  remains  more  on  a  heavier  style  and  the  last  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Ilemauzar  plays   a  musical  style  that  is  mostly  rooted  in a   very  aggressive  and  melodic  style  of  black  metal  while  also  mixing  in  influences  of  thrash  and  death  metal  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Luciferian,  Goetic,  Blasphemy  and  Darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Ilemauzar  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black,  death  and  thrash  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Dessolute  Assumption"  "Doctrine  68"  and  "Reclamation".  8  out  of  10. 

Sunday, November 20, 2016

RavenFrost/Lucid Nightmares/2016 Full Length Review


  Germany's  solo  project  RavenFrost  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  continuing  the  doom influenced  style  of  depressive  black  metal  from  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2016  album  "Lucid  Nightmares".

  A  very  dark,  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album and  after  a  few  seconds  grim  black  metal  screams  make  their  presence  known  on  the  recording  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  the  guitar  lead  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of
 dark  sounding  melodies.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  music  also  gets  very  depressive  at  times  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  deep  growls  can  also  be  heard  in  some  parts  of  the  songs  and  the  slower  riffs  are  very  heavily  influenced  by  doom  metal  and  as  the  album  progresses  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  one  track  also  brings  in  a  brief  use  of  ambient  style  synths.

  RavenFrost  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to t he  doom  influenced  atmospheric  and  depressive  style  of  black  metal  from previous  releases,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  RavenFrost  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  atmospheric  and  depressive  black  metal  with  some  doom  metal  touches,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Spheres  Of  Self-Destruction"  and  "Nocturnal  Terrors".  8  out  of  10.        

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Mortespermia/Estrupo Antediluviano/Aniquilacion Satanica Productions/2016 CD Review


  This  is  another  review  of  a  recording  from  Mortespermai  that  also  keeps  the  occult,  raw  and  perverse  style  of  black  metal  from  previous  recordings  and  the  album  is  called  "Estrupo Antediluviano"  and  was  released  by  Aniquilacion  Satanica  Productions.

  Drum  beats  and  a  very  heavy  yet  lo-fi  sound  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  clean  parts  in  the  background  and  after  a  minute  grim  black  metal  screams  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  the  solos  and  leads  are  also  done  in  a  very  yet  yet  melodic  style  and  the  faster  sections  of  the  recording  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.

  A  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  during  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  which  also  adds  more  to  the  raw  style  of  black  metal  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the music  also  gets  very  depressive  at  times  and  you  can  also  hear  a  lot  of  90's  influences  throughout  the  recording  and  there  is  also  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts and  the  last  track  is  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Mortespermia  creates  another  recording  that  remains  true  to  a  very  raw,  lo-fi  and  depressive  occult  black  metal  style,  the  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Portuguese  and  cover  darkness  and  occult  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Mortespermia and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  raw,  depressive,  lo-fi  and  perverse  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Cemitério de Monólitos Cropolitos"  "Miasmas Vulgar da Desesperança"  " Osculo Noma"  and  "Morte Negra II".  8/5  out  of  10.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Mortespermia/Demo I/Aniquilacion Satanica Productions/2016 Demo Review

 This  is  a  review  of  the  first  demo  from  Brazil's  Mortespermia  which  is  also  in  the  raw  and  perverse  style  of  black  metal  and  the  demo  was  released  by   Aniquilacion  Satanica  Productions  in  2016.

  Clean  guitar  playing  starts  off  the  demo  along  with  some  demonic  growls  a  few  seconds  later  and  after  the intro  the  music  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  a  very  fast  and raw  black  metal  direction  that  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  full  chords  and  the  vocals  are  grim  screams.

  Clean  guitars  can  be  heard in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the  songs  also  bring  in a   great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  some  of  the  riffs  also  bring  in a   decent  amount  of  depressive  melodies  and  when  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  remain  true  to  a  very  raw  musical  style  and  as  the  demo  progresses  ambient  style  synths  can  be  heard  briefly    along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  while  the  main  focus  is  on  a  heavier  style.

  Mortespermia   plays  a  style  on  this  recording  that  is  very  raw,  lo-fi  and  depressive  sounding  and  sticks  to  a  more  underground  approach  to  the  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  are  written  in  Portuguese  and  cover  Occultism  and  Darkness  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  very  great  sounding  recording  from  Mortespermia  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of r aw,  depressive,  perverse  and  lo-fi  black  metal,  you  should  check out  this  demo.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "O  Ritual  E  Corrompido"  "Lilith,  Abusada,  &  Violada"  "Depois  Da  Chuva  Acida"  and  "Gosto  Se  Sangue  Na  Boca".  8  out  of  10.

Harrow/Fragments Of A Fallen Star/Hypnotic Dirge Records/2016 CD Re-Issue Review


  Harrow  are  a  band  from  Vancouver  B.C,  Canada  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  and  plays  a  cascadian  style  of  black  metal  that  is  also  very heavily  influenced  by  folk  music  and  this  is  a review  of  their  2013  album  "Fragments  Of  A  Fallen  Star"which  was re-issued  by  Hypnotic  Dirge  Records.

 Atmospheric  synths  start  off  the  album  and  they  also  give  the  music  more  of  an  ambient  and  psychedelic  touch  and  after  awhile  guitar  sounds  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  when  acoustic  guitars  are  utilized  they  bring  in  elements  of  folk  music  and  a  decent  amount  of  clean  singing  can  also  be  heard  at  times.

  All  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are done  in  a  very  melodic  post  rock  style  while  also  getting more  aggressive  at  times  and  the  heavy  riffs  also  bring  in  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  the  heavier  vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.

  When  the  music  speeds  up a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  black  metal  feeling  and  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  tribal  beats  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  some  tracks  also  mix  in  elements  of  drone  and  doom  metal  and  they  also  mix  the  acoustic  parts  into  the  heavier  sections  of  the songs  as the  album  progresses  and  the  last  track  is  all  instrumental.

  Harrow  played  a  style  of  black  metal  on  this  recording t hat  was  very atmospheric  in  the  cascadian  tradition  while  also  mixing  in  a  lot of  folk  music elements,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  nature,  conflict  and  atavism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  was  a  very  great  sounding  recording  from  harrow  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  folk  influenced  cascadian  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue. RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Fragments  Of  A  Fallen  Star"  and  "Song  Of  The  Seasons".  8  out  of  10.